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UI students get chance to create their 'restaurant for a day'

URBANA – On Friday evening, Heather Lanuti will open a restaurant.

On Friday night, she'll shut it down.

The week after, Agneis Koenitz-Hudac will do the same thing.

WILL seeking to shatter record tally in Great BritCom Vote X

Viewers of PBS are being asked to vote at 7 p.m. Saturday on their favorite British comedy.

WILL-TV will host the Great BritCom Vote X at that time, when viewers may sample five British comedies and then call in a vote for one of them. WILL-TV Program director David Thiel plans to buy the winning program to air during the next fiscal year.

UI considers changes to tuition waiver policy

URBANA – The University of Illinois is considering changing the way it awards free tuition to graduate students, a move some graduate employees say could hamper academic quality on campus.

Under the current policy, if a graduate student has a 25 percent teaching appointment (based on a 40-hour work week, that's 10 hours a week), a tuition waiver is automatically generated.

UI flash index's January reading confirms recession

URBANA – The latest reading of the University of Illinois flash economic index clinches it.

"If there were ever any doubts, the January index shows that the state's economy is clearly in recession like the rest of the country," said UI economist J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the monthly index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

UI Linguistics professor takes wit, wisdom to World Wide Web

URBANA – Dennis Baron writes a blog about language that's also about politics and humor.

The University of Illinois English and linguistics professor recently discussed how President Barack Obama flubbed the oath of office, with an assist from Chief Justice John Roberts:

Mumford House plan draws critics

URBANA – Keep it where it is.

That's the message preservationists are sending to the University of Illinois regarding the 139-year-old Mumford House.

Crowd at town hall meeting clamors for UI budget answers

URBANA – Faced with rumors about impending layoffs, University of Illinois students and employees gathered in Foellinger Auditorium on Thursday evening to air their concerns about the budget situation.

UI researchers develop scab-resistant apple variety


URBANA – Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new kind of apple called WineCrisp that is resistant to apple scab.

Apple scab is a fungal disease often found in apples grown in areas of high rainfall and high humidity.

When uncontrolled, apple fungus can defoliate trees and blemish fruit to a point where it is unmarketable.

East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra to perform Monday

URBANA – The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the University of Illinois' Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. The concert will be in the recital hall.

The orchestra is made up of middle and high school students from Savoy, Sidney, Mahomet, Monticello, Champaign and Urbana as well as home-schooled students. Kevin Kelly directs it. The concert will feature the William Tell Overture by Rossini as well as pieces by Strauss and Shostokovitch.

Herbs, wisdom, recipes on tap at annual UI Extension event

URBANA – A robust monk wearing a hooded black cassock stole the show set up for herb lovers.

The Rev. Dominic Garramone from St. Bede Abbey in Peru, Ill., joked as he kneaded bread dough at the Holiday Inn in Urbana during Saturday's annual Herb Day sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.