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Campus traffic safety moving in right direction

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.

Official: FCC Internet order has a high price

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.

UI band organization instrumental in helping out

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.

Historical agency: UI didn't follow law

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.

Resolution critical of NCAA edict

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.

Speed limit on campus won't change

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.

Carve the hall orange

CHAMPAIGN – This Assembly Hall didn't need to be painted orange.

It was already grown that way.

UI agriculture programs to get requested funds

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.

Old farmhouse will get new life in Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – A Skokie developer and University of Illinois alumnus will move and renovate a historic farmhouse on campus.

Terraco Inc., which won a state award last year for preserving a historic train station in Skokie, plans to move the former poultry manager's house to a lot in Urbana and possibly rent it to UI students.

Prof's gift chronicles Pulitzer Prize career

URBANA – Readers will be able to trace the remarkable genesis of a Pulitzer Prize-winning story, now that Leon Dash has donated his notes, photographs and taped interviews to the University of Illinois Library.

Dash, 61, is a UI professor of journalism and African-American studies. He has immersed himself for years at a time in the lives of the underclass, both in the United States and in Africa, for the Washington Post, where he worked from 1965 until he joined the UI in 1997.