Parkland's 'Only You' full of 'unexpected surprises'

Parkland College's 27th annual student production is "Only You," a "quirky, funny, yet romantic urban fairytale" by Timothy Mason that premieres tonight. The cast includes Matt Christman, Maya Hammond, Zoe Dunn and Jarrod Finn. Director GENNIE APPLEBEE chatted with staff writer Paul Wood:

A Life Remembered: Gutsy journalist became Ebertfest's 'guardian angel'

This year's Ebertfest will carry a special dedication to a woman who helped turn it into an international event.

The 20th annual movie festival will be dedicated both to its namesake, Roger Ebert, and to Mary Frances Fagan, a University of Illinois graduate, former statehouse reporter and movie lover who grew up in Champaign.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018


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What:Show off your knowledge of love songs, quotes, and famous couples. Prizes awarded for the winner of each of the six rounds, whoever has the best, library-friendly team name, and a grand prize awarded to the most knowledgeable team. Play in teams of one to four people. For adults.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Teacher of the Week: Carrie Hopkins

Meet CARRIE HOPKINS, who went into her career thinking she would teach kindergarten until just after graduation, when an unexpected development altered those plans.

"I got a TA position, and I fell in love with these two autistic boys," she says. "So then I went back to school and got my master's in special education."

$3.47 billion requested for state's public universities

SPRINGFIELD — Bowing to fiscal realities, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a state funding request for the state's colleges and universities Tuesday that is $254 million higher than last year's allocation — but still millions below what they received in 2014-15.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 7, 2018

Is there an area classroom as pumped up about the Winter Olympics as DREW O'CONNELL's cross-categorical kids at Mary Miller Junior High in Georgetown?

We'd love to hear about it. Because right now, Twitter tells us, O'Connell's crew has locked up the gold.

Holocaust workshop set Thursday at Urbana Middle School

The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation's education committee will lead a free Holocaust-oriented workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Room 1520 at Urbana Middle School.

The workshop is open to anyone. An emphasis on teaching plans and classroom activities for educators will be part of several presentations.

SIU-Edwardsville settles free speech lawsuit

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has settled a lawsuit alleging the school violated First Amendment rights by limiting free speech to a small area on campus.

Yankee Ridge's African-American Read-In never gets old for storytellers or audience

URBANA — It's moments like the one Terrence Stuber experienced Monday that have made Yankee Ridge Elementary's annual African-American Read-In a mark-the-calendar occasion for him for more than a decade-and-a-half.

Jim Dey: I've learned a few things as well, Chancellor Jones

OK, gang, listen up.

It's time for another foray into hate speech. That's the speech the apostles of tolerance on campus can't tolerate hearing.

Want an example? Cccccccchhhhhhhhiiiiiiieeeeeeefffffffff!