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Lunar lessons

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.


In wake of fatality, police giving safety reminders

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.


UI barn on the block

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.


Events spotlight safety, emergency preparedness

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.


Letter calls for schools to shun UI sports

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."


Student trustee from Urbana campus gets vote

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.


Diversity program provides funding for student who come back and teach

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.


Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging violation of state civil rights act

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.


Bus hits UI freshman

CHAMPAIGN – An 18-year-old University of Illinois student was killed Thursday as a result of being run over by a bus.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Sarah E. Channick, whose hometown is Deerfield, was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m. Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room.


Smithsonian affiliation with UI announced

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois is now affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, meaning it will have greater access to the Smithsonian's collections.

"These are two great institutions. There is no reason why we can't share our expertise to each other's benefit," said Scott Schwartz, director of the UI's Sousa Archives and Center for American Music and the liaison between the UI and the Smithsonian.