URBANA – The University of Illinois will celebrate its 95th homecoming with events all week long, beginning Sunday. The theme for Homecoming this year is "Ignite My Illini."
The following is a schedule of events this week. In addition to those listed, many UI colleges and departments are hosting receptions. For information, go to the UI's homecoming Web site at www.admin.uiuc.edu/homecoming.
Almost 33 years after he stepped off the surface of the moon, astronaut and geologist Harrison Schmitt isn't surprised that kids, some with parents who weren't even alive then, want to hear all about it.
Including stuff like how you go to the bathroom in space and why, in film clips from the moon, Schmitt always seems to be falling down.
URBANA – The NCAA's policy restricting postseason competition for schools using American Indian imagery interferes with the schools' autonomy and is the result of a flawed process by the NCAA Executive Committee, according to an appeal filed by the University of Illinois.
The UI sent its appeal of the NCAA policy on the use of American Indian imagery overnight Thursday. The appeal was expected to be received in their offices this morning.
URBANA – Police are giving warning tickets to pedestrians and drivers on campus who violate traffic laws, in the wake of a fatal bus-pedestrian accident almost two weeks ago.
The increased attention on traffic safety comes after Sarah Channick, a UI freshman, was struck and killed by a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus on Sept. 29 at the corner of Sixth and Chalmers streets. University of Illinois, city and MTD officials are discussing ways they can make campus streets safer, such as reducing the speed limits to 20 mph. The MTD has already asked its bus drivers to slow to 20 mph.
CHAMPAIGN – For decades, Illini fans could always count on one thing (if not a victory) when they visited Memorial Stadium or Assembly Hall.
Just to the south was a sharp reminder – for the eyes and nose – of the rich agricultural heritage of the University of Illinois.
Candles left burning on a wooden bar threatened the lives of eight people in an apartment fire in Champaign.
They all escaped injury, but that fire on April 6 caused an estimated $180,000 to a student apartment house at 1006 S. Oak St., C, according to Champaign fire officials.
URBANA – Some faculty at the University of Illinois and other universities are asking NCAA Division I schools not to schedule sports competitions with the UI and other schools that use American Indian mascots.
A letter signed by 90 people, mostly faculty members from various universities, was sent Tuesday to the presidents, chancellors and athletic directors at more than 300 universities. The letter specifically calls for a policy that precludes competition with the UI and the University of North Dakota, which uses the nickname "Fighting Sioux."
CHAMPAIGN – Lisa Baer is proud of her "interesting" ancestry. A Tolono resident and University of Illinois junior, she's half Korean and also has Jewish ancestors who came to this country from Lithuania.
That heritage is helping Baer pay her UI bills. She started attending Parkland College in 2003, graduated last spring and plans to return to teach at the Champaign community college after she earns her master's degree. That return will fulfill a promise she made when she received a Parkland PROF scholarship, designed to diversify the college's future faculty.
URBANA – The student trustee from the Urbana campus will have the official vote on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees this year.
Nicholas Klitzing said he received a call from the governor's office Monday telling him he would have the vote. The appointment has not yet been made official with the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions, because Klitzing must fill out some forms to be filed with that office.
CHICAGO – A lawsuit filed by the Illinois Native American Bar Association against the University of Illinois has been dismissed.
The lawsuit, filed in March in Cook County Circuit Court, sought to force the UI to stop using Chief Illiniwek as a sports symbol. The plaintiffs claimed its use was a violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003.