Top of the morning, Sept. 18, 2015

In the cinema classic "Animal House," the Delts have all their belongings confiscated by the school, "even the stuff we didn't steal."

Which leads house president Robert Hoover to ask "What are we going to do?"

In unison, Boon and Otter answer back, "Road Trip."

Sounds like a plan.

Life Remembered: Virginia, flower islands part of Toalson's legacy

CHAMPAIGN — Friends and colleagues remember Bob Toalson as a hard-working, soft-spoken man who loved his community and went above and beyond to make Champaign's parks what they are today.

Shady past

Prepare to be creeped out by the dark side.

Organizer Brian Ward of Rantoul bills his Dark History Con as his second annual event on gangsters, serial killers, spree killers, assassinations, public enemies, massacres — "anything not covered in traditional 'history books.'"

Clubs listings, Sept. 17-24, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Area history, Sept. 17, 2015

Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Event a bittersweet homecoming for creator of Dahmer comic book

One of the stars of the Dark History Con this weekend is a name who will be familiar to many in Champaign: Hart Fisher.

Fisher made the news back in 1992, fresh out of the University of Illinois, when his Boneyard Press published the comic book, "Jeffrey Dahmer: An Unauthorized Biography."

Notes-Worthy: John Matteson

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with JOHN MATTESON of The Crazy Johnny Band. He has been playing around C-U since the mid-'60s:

How long have you been playing live music in C-U?

Top of the morning, Sept. 17, 2015

The Bears need some work, but Soldier Field is really cool. That's what clarinet section leader Jon Sheetz took away from the Marching Illini's NFL experience on Sunday.

Education secretary visits UI as part of national tour

Julie Wurth is covering today's visit. Follow along here

URBANA — Like many other business students at the University of Illinois, Maddi Stark hopes to get an accounting degree, then an MBA, then a job at an accounting firm.

Meg Makes: Let the pumpkin recipes begin

September seems to flip the magic switch — you can now find pumpkin in just about everything.

I recently observed a dozen pumpkins fresh off the vine in my mom's backyard and decided that, hey, if they're in season, I'm happy to join the pumpkin-flavored bandwagon.

This Pumpkin-Yogurt Bread calls for canned pumpkin, but I substituted pumpkin butter with good results.