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Seating expected to score an ace with spectators

Todd Black, a Champaign attorney who was on the University of Illinois tennis team in the late 1970s and early 1980s, plays at the UI's Atkins Tennis Center at least once a week. He's also a frequent spectator.

"Indoors, if you are there for any of the big meets, you may go three to four (people) deep in the upstairs level," he said. "You're standing, and if you're in the back row of people standing ... you don't have a real clear view.


Visions for future shared

Candace Montgomery is a University of Illinois graduate student. She's not from Champaign County, but she wants to make the place her permanent home after graduation.

"I'm black, and I'm young, and I'm planning to stay around here," Montgomery said.


Chemistry Department nets two rising stars

URBANA – University of Illinois officials have worried for years about losing their best faculty to other schools that could pay more.

But this time, the UI has lured two rising stars in chemistry to the Midwest. John Hartwig is currently at Yale University and Anne Baranger is at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The two are married.


Urbana won't vote on reducing speed limit

URBANA – The city of Urbana is backing the decision of the Champaign City Council this month to retain a 25 mph speed limit in the University District and will not lower the speed limit to 20 mph in campus areas of Urbana.

Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray said the city had been planning to bring the proposed 20 mph speed limit to the Urbana City Council for consideration Monday in committee.


UI group helps several families enjoy holiday

CHAMPAIGN – Nearly 90 families will have a traditional, stomach-stuffing Thanksgiving this year, thanks to a turkey drive led by the Black Greek Council of the University of Illinois.

Held at the Douglass Community Center on Friday, families and individuals picked up enough turkey, cranberry sauce, veggies, cornbread and cake mix to feed a family of eight.


Space conference draws students from around U.S.

College students today have the opportunity for many exciting careers, including working on an elevator into space.

Don't laugh.


NCAA rejects UI's policy appeal

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has denied the University of Illinois' appeal regarding its use of Chief Illiniwek, but it said the nicknames "Illini" and "Fighting Illini" are acceptable.

The UI filed an appeal last month of the NCAA's policy restricting postseason competition for schools using American Indian imagery.


Trustee wants attention placed on drivers

SPRINGFIELD – University of Illinois police need to get tougher with drivers, not just pedestrians, who violate traffic laws, and UI officials should pressure the cities and the MTD to make changes to improve traffic safety on campus, said UI Trustee Niranjan Shah.

The UI Board of Trustees at their Thursday meeting in Springfield got an update on actions taken to improve safety after UI freshman Sarah Channick was hit by an MTD bus and killed Sept. 29 while crossing the street at Sixth and Chalmers.


UI women's basketball players give students something to shoot for

CHAMPAIGN – Danyel Crutcher couldn't quite remember the title of her favorite childhood book, but Garden Hills School students soon set her straight.

Crutcher, who plays on the University of Illinois women's basketball team, told students details about the rhythmic book's content – an old woman swallows a lot of strange creatures – and they quickly remembered the name, "I Know an Old Lady."


Official wants activities linked to academics

URBANA – The education of a University of Illinois student should be more than just acquisition of knowledge. It should be tied to service to society, said Chancellor Richard Herman.

"Citizenship and civic ethics and leadership must be the personal responsibility of us all, if we are ever to live in a truly just society," Herman said in a speech on the UI campus Tuesday. "We must be better at educating – even inspiring – students to realize that citizenship and leadership are the sacred duties of all people who would govern themselves."