University of Illinois
URBANA — Ask anyone; you won't find a soul at Urbana Middle School who doesn't like Mr. Higgins.
That's coming straight from the mouths of seventh-graders Olivia Rosenstein and Isaac Gewirth, who think their school social worker, Stephen Higgins, has everything it takes to be a top-notch educator and a friendly mentor.
And they think the whole school would agree.
URBANA — A week's worth of planning for a visit from the vice president generated some interesting numbers on campus.
The University of Illinois is still tabulating the final cost of Thursday's event, but spokeswoman Robin Kaler estimated the total at about $30,000. Most of the materials purchased will be reused, however, so the net cost is probably closer to $25,000, she said.
URBANA — Since Krannert Center opened nearly 50 years ago, some of the world's most famous classical musicians have performed on its Foellinger Great Hall stage.
Recently, 22 fifth-graders from Yankee Ridge in Urbana took the world-renowned stage to sing the introductory song to "Into the Woods."
CHAMPAIGN — Race participants started streaming into the Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois Campus at 9 a.m. Friday and didn't stop throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.
There was a general hum to the ARC atmosphere: One part anticipation, another excitement.
Alex Kirkeeng has been training for the Illinois Marathon 5K for months, but he's been training for more than just 3.1 miles.
"I figure if I can run 5 miles, hopefully I can run 3.1 with a sousaphone," he said.
URBANA — What's a visit to campus without an Alma Mater photo op?
Vice President Joe Biden detoured through Campustown on his way back to Willard Airport on Thursday to take pictures at the iconic University of Illinois statue.
Biden had seen photos of Alma decorated for his appearance today, and asked students about it as soon as he came on stage.
URBANA — Chances are "Into the Woods" is playing at a theater near you. After all, the Stephen Sondheim musical has been produced numerous times all over since its 1987 Broadway review and was among the top 10 shows produced in 2014-15.
URBANA — April has been a busy month on campus ever since the days of Vietnam War protests and Hash Wednesday celebrations.
Throw in a 20,000-person marathon, a Big Ten tennis tournament and a visit from the vice president all at once, and you're talking crazy town.
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Brian Moline talks with the Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the Unviersity of Illinois about "Camp Cursive" and the importance of reading longhand.
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