URBANA – University of Illinois faculty members convened for the annual faculty meeting Monday, at which they could hear from administrators and raise any issues or questions on their minds.
One of the first topics brought up by faculty members was the new Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund, an initiative started by donors and alumni to support teaching and curriculum development, research, lectures, scholarships and more. The academy fund launches on campus later this week with a forum featuring Robert Novak and Steve Forbes.
CHAMPAIGN – Since its opening in 1988, Illinois Field typically has sat empty during much of the summer.
That would change if a group intent on bringing minor league baseball to Champaign-Urbana reaches final agreement with the University of Illinois on use of its baseball facility.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois plans to build a new facility to house the planned $200 million supercomputer on campus.
In August, the National Science Foundation board recommended the petascale computer system, capable of 1,000 trillion calculations per second, be built at the UI, under the direction of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The system, to launch in 2011, would be 500 times more powerful than the supercomputers currently being used.
URBANA – University of Illinois faculty are invited to attend the annual faculty meeting on Monday afternoon.
The event will begin at 3:10 p.m. on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – Jerrance Howard's career has been on the fast track since he finished his playing career at Illinois.
The path has led him back to his alma mater.
CHAMPAIGN – When director Rene Moreno first heard the writers and performers of "N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK" talking about their show on his car radio, he sat in his driveway and stayed there.
"I had to finish listening to them," said the visiting director from Dallas. Moreno was struck by the cast members' stories and how "they were talking about my life ... how race provides some opportunities, but also stops you at the door."
CHAMPAIGN – Cindy Curtis unhooked her helmet and oxygen mask and breathed fresh air after crawling into a burning "room" Saturday.
Curtis, a University of Illinois senior who lives in a Champaign apartment complex, was among a team of graphic design students participating in an annual campus fire program called "Fire Factor."
URBANA – Clothes made in China, then shipped to and sold in the U.S., cost less here than in China.
The same goes for other consumer goods like shoes, computers, even Starbucks coffee.
CHAMPAIGN – If you haven't seen Memorial Stadium since last football season, things will look a little different, both inside and out, when you head to Illinois' first home game against Western Illinois today.
Want to check out the instant replay of an Arrelious Benn touchdown reception? Look south, not north, for the scoreboard. It was moved because of the construction of the north stands.
URBANA – Ten Tuskegee Airmen, who challenged the status quo and changed society during and after World War II, will be honored by the University of Illinois today. They will be presented medals at halftime of the Western Illinois University game.
On Friday, Harvey Alexander was at a reception in the Illini Union. At 86, he looks at least 20 years younger, and is full of stories about his past, including some memories that would make other men bitter.