Around the Big Ten

News from the home cities (and sometimes states) of the Big Ten.

MICHIGAN STATE: Ex-Rep Kennedy speaks at MSU 'green commencement'

UI institute studying the 'anytime, anywhere' nature of learning

URBANA – When Professor Nicholas Burbules envisions the classroom of the future, he doesn't see large lecture halls filled with hundreds of students listening to a professor.

He sees them in coffeehouses or residence halls, interacting with teachers on iPhones, doing homework over the Internet or watching lectures remotely.

How Family Treatment Court works

Family Treatment Court is a highly structured, highly supervised program that aims to help addicted parents who are involved in neglect cases overcome their addictions, turn their lives around and reunite with their children.

Program aims to take parents from courtroom back to family

One and a half years ago, Jami Smith stood in a Vermilion County courtroom.

Smith, a longtime substance abuser, had failed a drug test two months earlier. She had been sentenced to jail for violating her probation in a criminal case, and her 2-month-old son had been taken from her for child neglect. Her three older children had been taken for the same reason the year before.

School volunteer says helping others helps him

URBANA – The volunteer in the seventh-grade math class helps the teacher by preparing a worksheet to review the previous day's lesson with students every morning.

He works with kids to help them understand math concepts they are struggling with.

Gardens may hold big yields - fun, nutrition, exercise - for families

CHAMPAIGN – The way Julie Pryde sees it, one of the best ways to reverse the obesity epidemic in America is to teach people how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and give them an opportunity to try it.

40th Earth Day bringing week of C-U activities

The 40th annual Earth Day on Thursday is the inspiration behind a week of activities in Champaign-Urbana.

Events include a campfire at a meditation center, talks on environmental initiatives and a concert.


The Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center offers tours of alternative energy technologies at its site from 2 to 6 p.m.

UI releases first budget review report

URBANA — The University of Illinois released the first of its reports from budget review teams Friday, on possible wastefulness in scholarships and waivers, with some students getting more money than it costs to attend the Urbana campus. 

Thousands of volunteers still needed for Million Meals event

If you've thought about volunteering at the Million Meals for Haiti event next weekend, now's the time to stop thinking and start doing.

Just one week out, the Salvation Army of Champaign County has registered 1,700 volunteers for the two-day effort but needs 6,300 more, said administrator Kris Fuqua.

Workshop scheduled on basics of using Twitter

If you're interested in using Twitter but aren't sure how to get started, the Champaign Public Library has a workshop that can help.

A Tech Talk next week will focus on teaching Twitter to beginners. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library's Busey Computer Room.