CHAMPAIGN – The week Austin Kaplan started law school at the University of Illinois, a hurricane was ravaging the Gulf Coast.
The devastation done by Katrina in August 2005, it turns out, would provide learning opportunities for him and fellow law school students that they could not have received in a lecture hall in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – This time next year, those sweet seats at midfield might cost a tad more – with a minimum price tag in the $6,000 to $10,000 range.
With a bowl-bound Illini team fresh off a victory over No. 1 Ohio State, the University of Illinois athletic department has announced plans to "reseat" its season ticket-holders in the renovated Memorial Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN – Coming from Berkeley, Calif., a city that offers not only curbside recycling for residents but also free recycling for businesses, Aaron Pollack was a bit mystified at the recycling, or lack of it, in Champaign.
He remembers walking and driving through town and thinking, "Where are all the recycling bins?"
Today marks the start of Winter Storm Preparedness Week in Illinois, and state officials say now is the time to assemble emergency kits for homes and vehicles.
"As we saw last year, severe winter weather can trap people in their homes without heat or power for several days," said a statement from Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Velasquez III.
SAVOY – Avid sports fan that she is, "Shorty" Eichelberger rarely misses an Illinois game.
But one thing she's never done before, she says, is go to the airport to welcome an Illinois football team home.
Not until Saturday night, after Illinois pulled off a stunner of an upset by toppling top-ranked Ohio State 28-21 and likely guaranteed itself a spot in a Jan. 1 bowl game.
URBANA – Several million dollars will come to East Central Illinois, thanks to earmarks in the recently approved Department of Defense appropriations bill.
U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, announced Thursday a $2 million grant for University of Illinois nanomedical technologies research and a second $1 million grant for Creative Thermal Solutions, an Urbana company developing cooling units for soldiers.
URBANA – The ballots are in and the College of Communications has chosen a new name.
Trouble is, some people on campus don't like it.
It seems "College of Media Arts and Sciences," the top pick of college faculty and alumni, is a little too close to "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences." And the College of Fine and Applied Arts, which has a media arts program, isn't thrilled either, officials say.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial tailback Mikel Leshoure, a 2006 News-Gazette All-Stater, has made a commitment to join the Illinois football team.
Leshoure made it official Tuesday, visiting with the Illinois coaches at practice. In the Varsity Room parking lot, Leshoure said he decided to make his decision now and not take any other visits.
URBANA – A new bequest to the University of Illinois crop science program will encourage students to study plant breeding, a science at the heart of advances in agriculture.
"The demand is escalating," said UI crop science department head Robert Hoeft. "Seed companies are involved in putting traits into seed; that requires people with knowledge and that affects the number of people seed companies need."
URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman has asked a faculty and staff committee to come up with a new memorandum of understanding between the university and the donors of a controversial new initiative on campus.
The Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund was established in the summer of 2006 but not launched publicly until last month with an event in the Illini Union featuring Robert Novak and Steve Forbes. Its mission is to promote and advance, through grants, the research and teaching of free market capitalism, limited government, individual rights and responsibilities, and enterprise and entrepreneurship.