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Ebertfest appearance 'a big personal first' for 'Hysteria' director

CHAMPAIGN — Halfway through directing her first feature film, "Finding North," Tanya Wexler felt as if she didn't know what she was doing.

So she called her uncle, the great cinematropher Haskell Wexler.

Ebertfest director ready to let 'Hair' down in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Though he lives nearly 700 miles away in Athens, Ga., where he serves as a professor at the University of Georgia, Nate Kohn has served as the director of Roger Ebert's Film Festival every year since its inception in 1999.

UI Natural History Building's rebirth complete

URBANA — The sagging floors are gone, replaced with gleaming terrazzo and bamboo.

High-tech classrooms and modern labs with touch-screens and data ports line the hallways.

An intricately carved oak staircase has been restored and replicated, and an old museum is now a spacious student hub.

Champaign council OKs new development deal with UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Research Park will be getting additional tax money back from the city of Champaign in connection with a planned development to be built south of the I Hotel and Conference Center.

On Tuesday night, the Champaign City Council voted 9-0 to approve a development agreement with the research park.

All women should get tested for cancer gene, says scientist who led discovery

URBANA — The scientist who led the discovery of genes responsible for 15 percent of all breast cancers says every woman age 30 and over should be tested for those genetic mutations, regardless of family history.

Ebertfest: Townsend says ISU naysayer was 'catalyst for my destiny'

Hear from Chaz Ebert Wednesday at 9 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — If Robert Townsend would have listened to one of his Illinois State University theater professors, he might not be where he is today.

Part 22: A toast to Chances R, Kam's and Wednesday karaoke at the White Horse Inn

With the University of Illinois celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday and one Sunday a month throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 22: The legendary bar scene.

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UI fine-arts grad students show off their master's-pieces

CHAMPAIGN — A new University of Illinois exhibit features sustainable art from a former electrical engineer who moved into design, a mobile app that teaches girls about positive attitudes on body image, art inspired by a daily walk here and a sculpture that takes its visual cues from the human body.

Wired In: Thomas Nicol

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet THOMAS NICOL, a software developer and senior consultant at PowerWorld Corp. in Champaign.

Illinois Theatre unveils schedule for 50th anniversary year

URBANA — Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Illinois Theatre, the producing arm of the University of Illinois Department of Theatre, will present plays and a musical next academic year that delve into issues of gender and political corruption.