University of Illinois

University of Illinois

An officer and a trailblazer

URBANA — As a teenager growing up in Oak Park in the late '60s, Debbie Read was a sweet, blue-eyed blonde who got good grades, wrote for the school newspaper and smiled a lot.

Not exactly the Most Likely to Join the Military type, her classmates have told her at high school reunions.

Even Read wouldn't have guessed it.

"Absolutely not," she said.

Brothers wielding fake knives banned from campus

URBANA — Two brothers from Urbana have been banned from the University of Illinois campus after their decision to “have fun” resulted in numerous complaints to police about men with knives and caused widespread alarm due to misinformation on social media.

Alma Mater vandalism can be repaired

Just six months after its $360,000 makeover was complete, the Alma Mater has been vandalized.

Someone scratched the eyes and face of two figures on the University of Illnois sculpture at Wright and Green streets.

Illinois bands corner

Here is what the bands are doing this weekend for the UI homecoming and Alumni Band Weekend celebration:


4:50 p.m.: Marching Illini march-out from the Armory to the MI Practice Field at First and Gregory.

Going gray for homecoming at UI

Do not adjust your television sets. The Illini will indeed be playing in gray on homecoming.

It's the 90th anniversary of the day Harold "Red" Grange dominated with four TDs in the Memorial Stadium dedication game, Oct. 18, 1924.

Resolution blasting Wise email rejected

Fallout from the Steven Salaita case continued with less vitriol Monday, as a resolution critical of University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise prompted a vigorous discussion on free speech, "civility" and academic freedom.

Monday's campus academic senate meeting was free of the hissing and jeers that marked previous sessions on the Salaita case.

'It's cool to be a hacker'

URBANA — Women, if you're dismayed with the number of females studying and working in technology and are thinking of leaving the field, don't do it, says Max Levchin, entrepreneur, investor and University of Illinois computer science graduate.

Environmental Almanac: UI making progress on conservation goals

Let's face it; conservation is rarely sexy. And stories of conservation can be difficult to tell, because they typically lack individual heroes and often turn on doing less of something, not more.

Search committee narrows options for next UI president

The list of candidates for the next University of Illinois president started with 200 names, but the search committee has zeroed in on a smaller pool, the panel's co-chairman said.

UI physics Professor Doug Beck declined to say how many people are still under consideration to replace President Bob Easter, who plans to retire June 30.

Campustown beatings put UI students on guard

CHAMPAIGN — It's 2 a.m., closing time at the bar, but the diner is open on the other side of campus where some friends have gathered.

It's a nice night (or morning), and you figure you'll walk over there by yourself, sending a few texts and checking Facebook for updates along the way.

Not a good idea.