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UI may extend winter-break classes for two years

CHAMPAIGN — After receiving strong positive responses to online courses offered over winter break, the University of Illinois is considering extending the period for two more years.

The educational policy committee of the academic senate passed a proposal at its meetings on Monday, calling the 2014-15 classes "a generally positive undertaking for the campus."

Day at Center gives students peek behind Krannert's curtains

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."

'Nobody doesn't like' Social Justice Award winner Stephen Higgins

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.

At ARC, calm, eagerness before Illinois Marathon storm

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.

UI's bill for Vice President Joe Biden's visit: $30,000

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.

A 5K's not a marathon -- until you run it with a sousaphone

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.

Hangin' with Biden: 'Cool is an understatement'

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.

Biden's visit, tennis tournament, marathon make UI place to be

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.

Lyric Theatre heading 'Into the Woods' without cheese

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.