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Reaction to white-only scholarship divided at UI

Members of some University of Illinois student organizations were divided in their reaction to an East Coast university group's decision to set up a white-only scholarship.

The College Republicans chapter at Roger Williams University now offers a $250 scholarship for white students only, a move they said was designed to protest affirmative action.

State handing out 5 ag scholarships

Applications are now available for "Excellence in Agriculture" scholarships from Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka's office.

"Agriculture education is so important to keeping the industry alive and well in Illinois," Topinka said in a written statement. "By encouraging today's students, we can help ensure agriculture's success well into the 21st century."

UI vets say mad-cow risk to cats and dogs is low

During the peak of the mad cow outbreak in Great Britain in the 1990s, about 100 cats were diagnosed with a feline version of the brain-wasting disease.

But the risk of a cat or dog contracting mad cow disease from its pet food is rare, said veterinarians with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Measure promotes electronics recycling

SPRINGFIELD – It's hard to keep up with changing technology, but once you do buy that new computer, what happens to the old one?

State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, hopes a new bill will encourage people to recycle such items, rather than throw them away.

Intruders hasten Prairienet upgrade

URBANA – Prairienet officials expected key services to be back in action today after an attack shut down most of the community computer network for East Central Illinois.

Intruders attempted to install "sniffing" software to collect Prairienet e-mail addresses, passwords and other information, but the software was incompatible with Prairienet's mail system.

It's Your Business: Campustown shop features high-end clothing

Paris' Boutique, a store featuring high-end clothing for women, opened earlier this month in Campustown at 202 E. Green St., C.

The owner, Paris Seloover of Farmer City, said she is carrying casual and dressier clothing in such brands as Ella Moss, C&C California, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Blue Cult, Chip & Pepper and Yanuk.

Common bond crosses cultures

DANVILLE – Laughing, joking and talking at a Valentine's Day party at the Danville Family YMCA, 17-year-old Gaelle Cintre of France and 16-year-old Danny Labordo of the Philippines don't appear to be from different cultures or speak different languages.

"We're living the same things far from our families," said Cintre, referring to Labordo, herself and the other Rotary exchange students who are thousands of miles from their homes while attending school in East Central Illinois.

Latest planning effort includes all of growing UI campus

CHAMPAIGN – For 30-some years, St. Mary's Road was an unofficial line of demarcation between the University of Illinois campus and farmland to the south.

Even if it was UI land on the south, it was still agrarian, spotted with farms, barns, sheeps, pigs, horses and cattle, and close enough for city kids to ride their bikes over and investigate the rural life in their back yard.

Good friends in high places

SPRINGFIELD – While waiting for his car one night outside a fund-raiser about a decade ago, Champaign native-turned-Chicago roofing contractor Christopher G. Kelly met a gregarious young state lawmaker.

"He just came up and introduced himself," Kelly said.

No student load is heavier than getting out vote

The life of University of Illinois senior Lauren Kidwell is only going to get busier. The president of the College Democrats worked all last week to register students for the March primary election.

"Right now, we are in the middle of a big voter registration push," said Kidwell. "Students are very much under- registered."