University of Illinois

University of Illinois

MTD sets 2 hearings to discuss changes in UI service

URBANA – Two hearings will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday regarding proposed changes in campus mass transit service.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will present information on the service revisions at hearings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the College of Law courtroom, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Illini Union Room 404, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Residents briefly evacuated from Scott Hall at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Residents of a University of a Illinois dormitory were temporarily evacuated today due to an unusual odor.

Champaign firefighters were sent to Scott Hall, 202 E. Peabody Ave., C, to investigate a possible hazardous odor, according to Deputy Chief Tim Wild. Investigation showed there was a problem with a battery for the phone system in the computer room in the basement of the building, he said.

Ebert impressed by questions at film festival

CHAMPAIGN – Chicagoan Armando Rodriguez was surfing the Internet on Sunday morning when, just by a fluke, he came across a link to Ebertfest.

He noticed that the festival would end that afternoon with a screening of "Baraka" and an onstage discussion afterward with Chicago Sun-Times tech writer Andy Ihnatko and the two men who made the epic, non-verbal film.

"When my friends said, 'Let's go to the lake and play ball,' I said, 'How about going down to Champaign to see Mr. Ihnatko and Roger Ebert and 'Baraka'?" he said.

400,000 miles later, man sticking with 1990 Honda

Jerry Loyet nods his head and agrees that Americans are keeping their cars longer and putting more miles on them than ever before.

Then he rolls his eyes, takes a breath and proudly exhales: "Not this long!"

Krannert Center celebrating 40 years with party Friday

URBANA – Krannert Center for the Performing Arts opened on April 19, 1969, but will pay tribute to that anniversary with a celebration on Friday, May 1.

"Minus 10: Forty and Forward" will feature tenor saxophonist Phil Doyle and alto saxophonist Henning Schröder performing at Stage 5 in the Krannert lobby. The event is free; no tickets required.

Artist who created 'Beyond the Chief' exhibit to return to campus

URBANA – The artist who created an art exhibit that was recently damaged by vandals will be returning to campus to take part in an open meeting next week.

Last month, three out of 12 outdoor art sign plates displayed on the 1200 block of West Nevada Street on campus were vandalized. The signs were part of an exhibit titled, "Beyond the Chief."

Ebert gives his alma mater a million reasons to cheer

CHAMPAIGN – Roger Ebert just gave a big thumb's up to his alma mater, in the form of a $1 million gift.

Ebert, class of 1964, and his wife, Chaz, gave the University of Illinois $1 million toward creation of the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies Fund – a program that didn't have a counterpart in his undergraduate days.

Urbana honors Ebert with plaque by childhood home

URBANA – Michael and Jackie Esteves stood in front of their home late Wednesday morning, sipping mimosas and, with friends and family, celebrating a special occasion.

Observing them were 100 or so people, most of them strangers to the Esteveses, milling about in the street.

"It's very surreal and very strange to wake up and know people are staring at your house," said Michael, a bass guitarist for the Brat Pack and other groups. "I'm used to being on stage, but it's still kind of weird."

UI scholar's 'Art in Conversation' talk set tonight

URBANA – Culture critic Jabari Asim, scholar-in-residence at the University of Illinois Department of Journalism and the UI's African American Studies program, will give an "Art in Conversation" talk at 5:15 p.m. today at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Earlier this month, Asim was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative arts. The fellowships are cash grants intended to free up time for those in mid-career. There are no conditions on how the money is spent.

Guggenheim winner Asim to speak Tuesday at UI

URBANA – Culture critic Jabari Asim, scholar-in-residence at the University of Illinois Department of Journalism and the UI's African American Studies program, will give an "Art in Conversation" talk at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Earlier this month, Asim was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative arts. The fellowships are cash grants intended to free up time for those in mid-career. There are no conditions on how the money is spent.