2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 8

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U.S. colleges attracting fewer new students from abroad

The number of foreign students heading to U.S. colleges and universities fell again last year, the second straight decline after more than a decade of growth, a new report finds.

UI studies find gratitude journals are the gift that keeps kids giving

URBANA — Parents who want to raise more generous and less materialistic kids may want to consider giving them journals.

A pair of studies co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values suggest children and teens who have a grateful disposition are less materialistic, and keeping a "gratitude journal" reduced materialism and its negative effects on generosity.

UI senate backs honorary degrees for 'M*A*S*H' star, first female Librarian of Congress

URBANA — Honorary degrees for Alan Alda and the first woman to head the Library of Congress won overwhelming support from the University of Illinois Academic Senate, though trustees still have to sign off.

A call for a sustainable campus landscaping plan and a clearer senate role in decisions to name academic units after donors also won approval at Monday's senate meeting.

Champaign school board rejects resolutions on arming teachers

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CHAMPAIGN — The Unit 4 school board formalized its stance against armed teachers in its schools Monday night when it rejected multiple resolutions recommended for adoption by the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Family Checkbook | Your money personality may affect your holidays

Money and the holidays. For some of us, we happily swing into spending mode. I look forward to the excuse to buy people gifts and spend money on treats and extras. Each store I walk into is full of tempting, fun, creative and exciting things, all waiting for me! One of my strong money personalities is "giving," and this is my season.

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The kids at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School would like nothing better than to spend part of Thanksgiving break at Memorial Stadium.

"The school is very excited for our football team," senior GABBY DAMMKOEHLER said. "The team went to state last year, and we hope they make it again this year. Everyone's very supportive and proud."

Bar gunman was 'out of control' in high school, coach says

MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) — A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him on Sunday as volatile and intimidating, and said that repeated complaints to school administrators about his behavior failed to prompt any discipline.

Caught in 'Jeopardy': Uni High teen's performance set to air this evening

CHAMPAIGN — Since August, Tim Cho has been carrying a secret.

The 17-year-old Urbana Uni High student was free to tell friends where he went (Los Angeles) and why (to participate in the "Jeopardy!" teen tournament).

But anything beyond that was off-limits.

Thanks to e-cigs, gains in reducing teens' nicotine use going up in smoke

Monticello High School Principal Adam Clapp first became aware of students vaping at school last spring.

Since then, he's confiscated seven electronic cigarettes from them, while middle school Principal Jeanne Handley has confiscated at least three at the grades 6-8 school.