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."
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."
URBANA – Kelly Kean walks to most of her classes on campus, and she says she's well aware of the dangers posed by vehicles and pedestrians sharing the streets.
"I've driven around campus, and it's horrible how people dash out in front of you and they're not even paying attention," said Kean, a University of Illinois junior. She recently had to slam on her brakes while driving on campus when someone walked out in front of her car.
URBANA – The University of Illinois would have to spend $13 million on new equipment for its computer network to comply with a recent government order extending a wiretap law to e-mail and online communications.
And it would have to replace some brand-new equipment being installed as part of a $20 million, five-year computer network upgrade.
CHAMPAIGN – When school bands stopped playing in areas of the south hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it wasn't for lack of emotion. It was for lack of instruments.
Through an instrument fund drive, members of the University of Illinois Student Chapter of the National Band Association are trying to bring back the music.
A state agency says the University of Illinois failed to follow the law in putting two early 20th-century South Farms buildings up for sale.
The Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency sent the UI a letter Wednesday stating that "no further action should be taken" on the two projects until additional documentation is submitted to the agency.
SPRINGFIELD – Without discussion, the Illinois House on Wednesday approved a resolution challenging the NCAA's authority to restrict postseason competition for schools making use of American Indian imagery.
State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he planned to fax a copy to the NCAA president's office immediately.
CHAMPAIGN – Speed limits in the university district won't be going down.
Champaign City Council members voted 9-0 Tuesday night to reject a proposal put forward by the Campus Area Transportation Study Technical Advisory Committee to reduce the speed limit on most campus streets from the current 25 mph to 20 mph.
URBANA – Four University of Illinois ag programs will get $3.7 million in funding from the federal government next fiscal year – basically everything they asked for.
CHAMPAIGN – This Assembly Hall didn't need to be painted orange.
It was already grown that way.