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UI department head already has big plans — and much centers on new works

URBANA — If you're a fan of new plays, you're in luck. So is Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, the new head of the University of Illinois Department of Theatre.

Jazz Professor Chip McNeill throws himself into his work

By Samantha Kiesel

Chip McNeill walks down the hall in his black sneakers as jazz music floods the basement of Smith Hall. He waves with his left hand to a couple of students and clutches a soprano saxophone in his right.

Union, UI to meet next week

CHAMPAIGN — Following a three-day strike, members of a campus labor union are expected to meet with University of Illinois officials early next week to resume negotiations.

UI farmland research center launches

URBANA — The need for more information on farmland economics drove financial services firm TIAA-CREF to help fund a new research center at the University of Illinois, a company spokeswoman said.

The TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research was formally launched Wednesday at the UI, thanks to a pledge that reportedly totaled $5 million.

UI student vote favors Chief Illiniwek

CHAMPAIGN — By a nearly 4-to-1 margin, University of Illinois students supported Chief Illiniwek in a recent referendum.

The release of the results was prompted by a student judicial group that reviewed the "constitutionality" of the University of Illinois Student Senate's actions surrounding Chief Illiniwek. That decision is expected within a month.

UI law school drops 12 spots in U.S. News rankings

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Law dropped another 12 points in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, falling to No. 47 in the country.

Once a top-20 program, the law school slid from 23rd to 35th last year following disclosures that an assistant dean had fudged several years' worth of admissions data — a key factor in law school rankings.

Senate won't consider honorary degrees in closed session

URBANA — A governance group at the University of Illinois that for decades has discussed the awarding of honorary degrees behind closed doors will no longer hold those meetings in private.

No talks scheduled in campus strike

CHAMPAIGN — As the campus labor union strike moved toward its second day, managers at the University of Illinois have turned to non-union, extra-help employees to serve students hot meals, while members of other unions on campus, as a sign of support, have refused to cross picket lines.

Updated: About 800 UI workers on strike

Update at 8:49 a.m. Monday

URBANA — Members of the SEIU Local 73 at the University of Illinois are on strike Monday after they rejected the school’s latest contract offer on Sunday afternoon.

SEIU members voting on contract

URBANA — With the threat of a strike looming, members of SEIU Local 73 are voting on a contract this weekend, with the results to be announced Sunday afternoon.