A guide to Moms Weekend

On Saturday, Pamela Russell will finish her one-year term as president of the Moms Association at the University of Illinois. Until then, she's still BMOC (Big Mom On Campus) in our book.

With Moms Weekend kicking off Friday on campus, we turned to Russell for advice. The 1987 UI grad will make the trip from Winnetka and mix business with pleasure (daughter Kaitlyn is a senior).

Area history, March 31, 2014

Today is Monday, March 31, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Instructor inspired by GED students at jail

URBANA — Jacqueline Archey finds the artwork done by Champaign County jail inmates inspiring.

The Parkland College adult education instructor recently taught GED classes — with a new twist — to inmates at the Champaign County Satellite Jail in Urbana.

Top of the Morning, March 31, 2014: From the archives

I bet some of you who never go to campus went to campus last week.

Some of my co-workers, for instance, hit Papa Del's for lunch.

Spring break is the perfect illustration of the ambivalence that can exist in a college town.

Melissa Merli: 'Small-town life' brought Hatchadoorian to Urbana

City's public arts coordinator settling in to new position

Talk about transplanting yourself!

Lisa Hatchadoorian, the new public arts coordinator for the city of Urbana, grew up in a suburb of Wilmington, Del., went to college in Virginia, and lived in New York City and Casper, Wy., and then back in New York before coming here last month.

Getting Personal: Joan Dykstra

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Joan Dykstra of Savoy, a teacher, local government official and community volunteer.

So ... what's new with you?

Cubs calling up area 100-year-old for Opening Day

Lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and former Buckley and Loda resident Louie Reinhart is gearing up for the game of his life on Friday, the Cubs' home opener.

For the retirees, March 30-April 6, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Voices -- Joseph Bauers: 'He must have just snapped!' -- and other delusions

The only time I ever fired a gun was with my friend Jim on his family farm. He had suggested that we make a little foray into the woods on the edge of a cornfield, where we could shoot away. Jim was recovering from a divorce, so I figured he had a desire to take out his frustrations on Mother Nature. The weapon was a small handgun, the caliber of which I do not know.

Reluctant Townie: Video game reflexes vital in winter driving

I would like to think that every video game I have ever played in my life has been part of the universe's larger plan to prepare me for driving on the roads of Illinois this winter.