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CHAMPAIGN – NASCAR fans are well-served by the auto racing league's structure, says a University of Illinois law professor.
Professor Steve Ross, who specializes in antitrust and sports law, has written about the business structure of NASCAR with co-author Stefan Szymanski, a leading sports economist in Britain. The two have a book proposal currently being considered by academic presses.
CHAMPAIGN – For some, Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on the University of Illinois campus is one of the best parties of the year.
Throngs of green-clad students filled the streets on Friday morning, happily hopping from house party to bar and back. Some started the drinking before sunrise, and many ended it well after sunset. Classes became secondary, beer became green and Green Street became a hazardous place to drive.
URBANA – During a short walk on the University of Illinois campus Friday morning, Suzan Pinsof, an Evanston transportation and land-use planner specializing in pedestrian and bicycle trails, noted several unsafe areas for pedestrians.
"There's no question it needs improvement," Pinsof said of the sidewalks and crosswalks.
If you don't ask somebody a question and they give you the answer to the question you were thinking about asking but didn't, you might mark it down to an odd coincidence, or to ESP.
If your computer is on and you don't run a Google search and you still get an answer, you might think a hacker has taken over the machine, or a cyber-savvy poltergeist.
SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois' Mumford House was named one of the 10 most endangered historic sites in Illinois on Wednesday.
The top 10 list is an annual project of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, in an attempt to draw attention to sites that are in danger of being torn down or lost to deterioration and lack of maintenance.
CHAMPAIGN – Solar power will supply some of the energy for a new College of Business building.
The building will be the UI's first "green" or sustainable building, meaning it is designed to be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Thanks to a $186,500 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the building will include solar panels on its auditorium roof.
CHAMPAIGN – Police will have extra patrols, and University of Illinois officials will be watching out for any problems this Friday during what has become known locally as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day."
Champaign police Lt. Holly Nearing said there will be additional officers working that day, specifically assigned to work the campus area and adding staff for the morning and mid-day. They will look for and address problems, including binge drinking and underage drinking, she said.
When University of Illinois Professor Anhai Doan went shopping for a house recently, he couldn't get what he wanted.
Oh, he found a house all right, by driving around neighborhoods and scoping out for-sale signs, among other low-tech means.
CHAMPAIGN – As an Army interrogator in the Vietnam War, Mike Jones was well-versed in the Geneva Convention. But he's not so sure his superiors really cared whether he followed it.
"The Army wanted information. They didn't want to know how I was getting it," Jones told an intimate group at the University of Illinois Law School on Friday morning.
CHAMPAIGN – More out-of-state students and more international students will strengthen the University of Illinois and help spread the word about its quality, said UI President B. Joseph White.
He spoke and answered questions at noon Tuesday at the University YMCA, for its Know Your University lecture series.