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Melissa Merli: Gunns join high-caliber list of donors to Krannert

Opera superstar Nathan Gunn, as most of us know, has sung in the major opera houses of the world.

During his travels, he said, he's seen nothing else on the planet like Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where he honed his baritone voice over four years as an undergraduate in the University of Illinois School of Music.

Nike rebranding to deliver consistent look for all Illinois athletic teams

CHAMPAIGN — Coming soon to Krannert's main stage: Nnanna Egwu and several other University of Illinois athletes.

In a fashion show-like event, complete with sound effects and special lighting, the basketball teammates will launch a new look for the Illini later this month.

Late for class? How about an excuse from the governor?

If you're going to have an excuse for missing class, you might as well go big.

UI junior Will Goff knew he was cutting it close with his 2:15 p.m. History of Media class Thursday afternoon when he was asked to attend a 1:45 p.m. press conference at the Illini Union with Gov. Pat Quinn.

REVIEW: 'O Beautiful' an ingenious satire

By Tricia Stiller

It was a unique and unexpected prologue that greeted us Thursday night as we arrived at the Krannert Center Studio Theatre for the opening of Theresa Rebeck's edgy social commentary, "O Beautiful." The state-of-the-art venue was celebrating its 45th year, and the lobby was filled to near capacity with people from every time and place in life.

Direct from the conductor

The University of Illinois School of Music this week announced the hiring of choral conductor Andrew Megill.

Megill leads several notable vocal ensembles, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale and Fuma Sacra, a chamber choir specializing in early music.

Siebel intends donations to 'make change happen'

URBANA — "Make change happen."

That's the philanthropy philosophy adopted by billionaire alumnus Tom Siebel, who has donated millions to the University of Illinois and funded a variety of initiatives, from stem cell research to methamphetamine prevention.

Quinn pushes budget, tuition help in visit to UI

Gov. Pat Quinn says failing to adopt his budget plan — which relies on extending a temporary income tax increase — will mean a $50 million cut in the state program that helps pay tuition costs for low-income college students.

A sight of the whole site

URBANA — Occupying two square blocks, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is impossible for anyone to take in as a whole as they walk or drive by.

Now, a new architecture model of the complex — created by recent University of Illinois master's graduate Nicholas Berchtold — gives an impressive bird's-eye view.

Japan House's spring open house Saturday

URBANA — Japan House will have its spring open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring tea ceremonies at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., hosted by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association.

The tea ceremony will cost $5 per person and is free for Tomonokai members. Reservations are not required.

Orange Krush pieces together help for children's home event

URBANA — The 10th annual Cunningham Children's Home Festival of Quilts this weekend will take on an orange-and-blue flavor in one respect.

A unique Illini quilt made by the Orange Krush, the University of Illinois students who cheer on the Illini, is the centerpiece of the two-day festival.

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