Remembering a day of destruction

By Jennifer Staire

Top of the morning, March 19, 2016

He could be spending spring break lounging on a Florida beach, like many of his stressed-out University of Illinois classmates.

Instead, Siping Meng will report to Allerton Park at 3 p.m. Sunday for five days of scrubbing statues, picking up brush and spreading mulch.

"My parents are proud of my decision," the UI freshman said. "They encourage me to try different things."

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Area history, March 18, 2016

Today is Friday, March 18, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

UI has lost 22 professors this year

URBANA — The numbers are still "fluid," but the University of Illinois' flagship campus has lost 22 tenure system professors so far this year, a 70 percent increase over the comparable figure last year.

The numbers, as of January, include tenured professors and those on the tenure track, according to Vice Provost Abbas Benmamoun, who oversees faculty matters.

What's in a name? Carle Foundation Hospital

When employees are hired at Carle Foundation Hospital, part of their orientation includes a session about the history of the Urbana hospital. That includes the origin of the name of the place.

A surprising gift from a quiet couple

DANVILLE — Harold "Boo" and Virginia "Ginny" Auter led quiet, unassuming lives.

The Danville man worked as an engineer at Esco Corporation, and his bride of 55 years worked at the GE plant.

During most of their marriage, they lived in a house they built on the edge of town, where they could enjoy nature.

Religion calendar, March 18-25, 2016

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Top of the morning, March 18, 2016

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"The Dark Knight," 7:20 p.m., MTV

Raise a glass for Mike N Molly's

CHAMPAIGN — After 19 years, two locations and countless bands, Mr. Mustache competitions, improv performances and karaoke nights, Mike N Molly's is preparing to serve its last perfectly poured Guinness.