Fighting Hawks picked as North Dakota nickname

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota backers have selected Fighting Hawks as the school’s new nickname, the school announced Wednesday.

Area update: Fisher school board hears request for local food

FISHER — A local resident would like to add locally-grown food to Fisher schools' lunch menu.

UI not planning to bring students out of Europe

URBANA — University of Illinois officials have no plans to evacuate UI students from Paris, or cancel study-abroad plans in France next semester, in response to the recent terror attacks.

Some faculty criticize cost-cutting plan at Center for Advanced Study

URBANA — Proposed staff cuts at an interdisciplinary center described as the "intellectual heart of the university" are drawing criticism from faculty at the University of Illinois.

Area update: Monticello council to discuss mayor's post

MONTICELLO — The city of Monticello could have a new mayor sometime Wednesday evening.

Board: 1 not enough; 3 still possible

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 will stick with its current two-high-school model, but the school board is not ruling out the possibility of a third.

Board set to discuss small rise in tax levy

DANVILLE — City residents could be paying a little more to the Danville school district next year under a 2015 tax-levy proposal.

Under the proposed levy, which the school board will discuss Wednesday, the district's rate would go from about $5.29 per $100 of assessed valuation to $5.41 per $100.

Updated: UI slips two spots, to No. 5, in global enrollment rankings

URBANA — Despite a growing number of international students, the University of Illinois’ rank among U.S. universities slipped this year in terms of global enrollment.

Unit 4 board brainstorming about high school plans tonight

CHAMPAIGN — Should the Unit 4 school district have one, two or three high schools?

Studio Visit: Grace Savina

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist; this week, with Grace Savina. The artist and master's degree candidate in art education at the University of Illinois recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Tell me about this show you're curating for The Basement Gallery.