Around the Big Ten

News from the home cities and states of the Big Ten universities:

MINNESOTA: Theater troupe breaks down perceptions of disabilities

Homestead Corp. looking to assist even more in need of housing

By PAOLO CISNEROS / For The News-Gazette

(Editor's note: for more on this and related stories, see the C-U Citizen Access website.)

Options for school physicals

What if you are uninsured and can't afford to pay for a school physical?

Parents who turn to the Champaign-Ford Regional Superintendent's office for help are given this list of possible options for lower-cost or free physicals:

Prof hopes to have overdue climate survey for Champaign schools soon

CHAMPAIGN – A racial climate survey of the Champaign school district – commissioned while the district was still operating under a federal consent decree and due to be finished last year – is not yet completed.

EIU crew headed to Gulf Coast to film documentary on oil spill

CHARLESTON – An Eastern Illinois University instructor and three students left Charleston by car Thursday evening for the Gulf Coast to help produce a documentary on the BP oil spill.

Team sees no savings from merging academic units at UI

URBANA – Merging or consolidating several freestanding academic units wouldn't result in significant administrative savings for the University of Illinois, a budget review team has concluded.

Spectators at Danville High School outdoor track getting a place to sit

DANVILLE – When Danville High School hosts outdoor track meets in the future, spectators can watch from bleachers, thanks to community members.

Urbana school budget figures may change over next few months

URBANA – The Urbana school board approved a tentative 2010-11 budget Tuesday night, but the budget figures could change drastically as the district learns more in the next few months about its state funding.

Chanute Air Museum puts site selection on hold till money picture is clearer

RANTOUL – The selection of a new site for the Chanute Air Museum is being put on hold until the museum determines a way to pay for it.

The president of the Octave Chanute Aerospace Heritage Foundation board says his group is considering three options on the former Chanute Air Force Base, and six sites off the base, for the future of the Chanute Air Museum.

Two assistant principals named for Champaign high schools

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board approved two assistant principals for its high schools Monday.

Brian Yacko will be an assistant principal at Central High School. He currently teaches science at Franklin Middle School. He'll replace Jane Stillman, who was named associate principal at Central.