Day at Center gives students peek behind Krannert's curtains

URBANA — Since Krannert Center opened nearly 50 years ago, some of the world's most famous classical musicians have performed on its Foellinger Great Hall stage.

Recently, 22 fifth-graders from Yankee Ridge in Urbana took the world-renowned stage to sing the introductory song to "Into the Woods."

Daly invokes cousin's memory in plea to Unity kids to not drink, drive

TOLONO — Sarah White still remembers the time that Annie Daly loaned her a pair of running spikes that were three sizes too small.

"I never ran so hard in my life because I couldn't wait to get them off," the Unity High School track team member said with a smile.

Dozen hurt in stage collapse at Indiana high school

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than a dozen students suffered minor injuries after a stage packed with dancing and clapping youths collapsed during a musical performance at a central Indiana high school, authorities said Friday.

Lieutenant governor rewards Barkstall students' letters with visit

CHAMPAIGN — Vice President Joe Biden was not the only second-in-command politician to visit Champaign on Thursday.

After receiving copious letters from Barkstall Elementary School teacher Teresa Ellis' third-grade class requesting a visit, state Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti decided to drop by the school this week.

Report finds few colleges have Shakespeare requirement

NEW YORK (AP) — As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days."

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.

Biden's visit, tennis tournament, marathon make UI place to be

URBANA — April has been a busy month on campus ever since the days of Vietnam War protests and Hash Wednesday celebrations.

Throw in a 20,000-person marathon, a Big Ten tennis tournament and a visit from the vice president all at once, and you're talking crazy town.

Bennett's bill would protect student-loan defaulters' licenses

SPRINGFIELD — A state policy that calls for the suspension and revocation of professional licenses when the license holder's student loans go unpaid would be reversed under legislation sponsored by state Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign.

Danville school board OKs one-year extension of teachers' contract

DANVILLE — Danville Education Association members today are working under an extended contract that provides an overall average 3 percent raise to its members.

The Danville school board on Wednesday approved extending the current agreement by one year, making it effective through June 30, 2016.

East Park Elementary to be renamed in Denman's honor

DANVILLE — Come July 1, Eliza Brooks will be known as the principal of Mark Denman Elementary School.

The Danville school board on Wednesday voted unanimously to rename East Park Elementary for the superintendent, who is retiring on June 30 after 40 years with the district.

A 1971 Danville High alumnus, Denman taught for eight years at East Park, then a junior high school.

Danville High seeking volunteer mentors Friday

DANVILLE — Some students may already be thinking about their summer-vacation plans and sleeping in late, but the school year isn't over yet.

On Friday, schools officials plan to give Danville High School sophomores and seniors some extra support and encouragement to get them through the last nine weeks, and they're looking for the community's help to do that.