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Feeling the energy in holiday show

Lisa Gaye Dixon didn't realize how big the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" was until the first preview performance last year.

As she walked onto the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Present, she saw that every seat was taken in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. She could feel the energy.

Arena ready for its close-up

CHAMPAIGN — The construction dust has settled, the new Lou Henson court is in place and the arena is awash in cushy Illini orange and blue.

"State Farm Center Renovation: Phase 4" will debut at Wednesday's true Illini home opener against Notre Dame, and fans who paid a pretty penny for their new seats are eager to see the new digs.

Marching Illini: Next stop, Soldier Field

CHICAGO — They've spent the past two weeks together: rehearsing nearly non-stop, traveling to and from New York City, sleeping when they can, performing in the biggest parade in the country, even doing a little bit of sightseeing in between.

Athletic success takes more than a coach

While it's anyone's guess who'll replace the ousted Mike Thomas, this much is known: Illinois' next athletic director will be charged with rebuilding a department that trails its Big Ten peers in most meaningful measurements.

AD search has yet to begin

URBANA — With speculation rampant about the next University of Illinois athletic director, campus officials have yet to decide on a search committee, a search consultant or a time frame for the process.

Jim Dey: Oh, say, can you 'C'

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a day for leftovers.

It's no different in the newspaper business, where a handful of short stories can make a big one.

So think of today's offering — the killer "C"s — as the journalistic equivalent of a turkey sandwich. It's Cantor, the Cubs and a careless coonhound named Charli.

Go figure, UI edition, Nov. 27, 2015

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UI students chosen in the last six years for a Marshall Scholarship, which covers the cost of graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom.

'Part of that parade now'

NEW YORK — Every year, the Hanson family turns the television to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. But not today.

A (drum) major award

NEW YORK — Not only does Rose Craig get to spend her Thanksgiving break touring New York City and marching in the Macy's Parade with her favorite band — and Santa.

She's also coming home with a $5,000 prize, courtesy of the late Bob Hope.

Thanksgiving message from UI's Killeen

Dear friends and colleagues:

Thanksgiving is a particularly special time — a time to gather with family and celebrate our blessings — and I sincerely hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday.

It is also an opportunity to look ahead and imagine a better tomorrow.