Spotlight on Service, April 7, 2015

This week: Champaign-Urbana branch, American Association of University Women

About the club

President: Deborah Richie

UI event to share stories of sexual-assault survival

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois students will share the stories of sexual-assault survivors at a free program tonight for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Called "It Happens Here," the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Dining and Residential Programs building, Room 2025, at 301 E. Gregory Drive.

Top of the morning, April 7, 2015

On Monday, director Steven Bentz gave me an hourlong tour of the Virginia Theatre, from Roger Ebert's statue on Park Avenue to the late film critic's dressing room beneath the stage.

It was part of a video project that we'll unveil at on Sunday, ahead of Roger Ebert's Film Festival that runs April 15-19.

Area history, April 5, 2015

In 1915, in Judge Roy C. Freeman's court this morning, William Bailey pleaded guilty to living in adultery with Nettie Cokayne, and was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail.

In 1965, the Urbana City Council Monday night approved hiring an Indianapolis planning consultant to develop a comprehensive plan for the city.

Salute to veterans: Korea veteran to take honor flight

SAVOY — Ed Tichenor has never seen the Korea War or World War II monuments in Washington, D.C., but on Tuesday he leaves on an all-expense paid plane trip to be there in person.

Tichenor, 83, has some trouble getting around because he contracted polio while serving in Korea, but his son Brian will be there to help him and share in the memories.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 5, 2015

With Cardinals-Cubs opening day tickets sure to fetch top dollar tonight outside Wrigley Field, we asked this week's panel: What's the most you've ever spent on the price of admission?


Box office manager, Virginia Theatre

Letter from Birdland: The old windmill generates noise, lots of memories

Birdland is sunny, and if not warm, then warming up. In town, flowers bloom before they bloom out here, but yesterday I saw my first crocus, one the color of my hens' egg yolks in the bed behind the house. Too bad I did my laundry yesterday, because today is sunny enough to hang out clothes, though it would still be a little cold — wet clothes in the chilly wind means frozen fingers.

Getting Personal: Susan Davis

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with Susan Davis, 61, of Urbana. She is a University of Illinois professor teaching a course on the folklore of death. Recently she took her students on a field trip to Mount Hope Cemetery to look at changes in the way the living interact with the dead by marking and decorating the graveyard.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

'Petals & Paintings'

Reluctant Townie: The case against the Easter Bunny

Happy Easter, people of East Central Illinois. Did you get the hookup on candy and toys this morning, or did the Easter Bunny do you dirty? It was probably more of a coin toss than you realize.

This year, I humbly ask you to reconsider your position on the Easter Bunny. It is my belief that we have been blinded to the Easter Bunny's faults through years of conditioned thinking.