On this type of flight, cocktail peanuts would fly right out of passengers' hands.
As would everything else.
URBANA – A University of Illinois seminar on black power is drawing scholars and activists from all over the nation, as well as one who's homegrown.
Terry Townsend, a fixture in local politics since the 1960s, will attend "Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the Legacies of Black Power," which continues through Saturday on campus.
INDIANAPOLIS – In a document sent to the NCAA this week, the University of Illinois reiterated its arguments that the NCAA Executive Committee exceeded its authority in establishing a policy on the use of American Indian imagery.
It also said the NCAA has not provided evidence that supports the policy, and it is only now identifying a standard of review for appeals and defining the terms "hostile" and "abusive."
URBANA – A state audit has found fault with how two former Urbana-Champaign campus researchers filed receipts for travel on federal grants.
The University of Illinois repaid the federal government $35,000 for expenses charged by the two unnamed married researchers, spokesman Thomas Hardy said.
URBANA – After nearly two hours of contentious debate about merging two engineering departments, the University of Illinois' faculty senate realized it didn't have a quorum and shut itself down.
So the senate didn't vote Monday on merging its Theoretical and Applied Mechanics department with Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
The empty coffee cups and caffeine-laden soda cans spread around the room told the story.
"Right now, we're very tired," was the commentary added by Christy Sauper, a University of Illinois senior in computer science.
URBANA – The Unofficial St. Patrick's Day event affects the safety of University of Illinois students and the conduct of classes, and Chancellor Richard Herman wants it to end.
Herman said both the UI and the cities have to play a part in taking control of the event.
URBANA – When Linda Katehi officially takes office as the new University of Illinois provost at the beginning of April, she'll be paid $320,000 a year.
That's an increase of almost 12 percent over her predecessor, Jesse Delia, who was paid $286,000 as interim provost. And it's an increase of 42 percent over what the position paid five years ago, when Richard Herman, now chancellor, was making $225,000 as provost.
SPRINGFIELD – Grants to help University of Illinois scientists study swine breeding and help a Champaign farm develop an agricultural tourism Web site were among the 2006 AgriFIRST winners announced on Thursday.
The grant program is part of the governor's Opportunity Returns economic development initiative and is designed to support new advancements in the state's agriculture industry.
URBANA – The University of Illinois received a record number of applications this year, and officials will be making fewer initial offers of admission. That means getting into the UI will be more competitive for next fall's freshmen.
The amount of applications increased by 14 percent this year, to about 22,300, said Stacey Kostell, director of undergraduate admissions.