University of Illinois

University of Illinois

That old mattress? Uh, thanks but no thanks

CHAMPAIGN – Couch? Check. Computer table? Check. Dryer – no way.

The University YMCA's Dump and Run collection season is starting, and Becca Guyette is glad that in the last few years, people are no longer "dumping" unsellable things on the charity sale.

Bill granting tuition break for fifth and sixth years of college sent to governor

SPRINGFIELD – Students who need five or six years to graduate from an Illinois public university still would get a tuition break under a bill approved by the Illinois House Wednesday and sent to Gov. Pat Quinn.

'No one who deserves big money will work for less': Group backs UI administrators

URBANA – With the University of Illinois in a financial hole, maybe the answer is to raise salaries for UI administrators.

That's the semi-facetious basis for a Facebook group, "Students for increased UI administrator pay."

The manifesto of the group, founded by Mark Baker, a computer science/economics student in his second year:

Around the Big Ten

News from the home cities (and states) of the Big Ten universities:

PENN STATE: Filmmaker Ken Burns to be honored at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will serve as this year’s commencement speaker for Penn State University’s College of Communications.

Chief supporters select new portrayer

Chief Illiniwek no longer officially represents the University of Illinois, but his supporters have chosen a new student to portray the Chief for several more years.

Ebertfest coverage

We will use this space to compile our coverage of the 2010 Ebertfest.

Ebert makes special point of presenting thumb-up to director of 'Synecdoche'

CHAMPAIGN – Calling Charlie Kaufman the most creative screenwriter of his generation, Roger Ebert made the unusual move on Friday night of coming onto the Virginia Theatre stage to introduce him and hand him his "Golden Thumb" award.

Ebert: 'Transforming' performances like that in 'Trucker' deserve better play, recognition

CHAMPAIGN – Every year the Academy Awards are announced, Roger Ebert feels underwhelmed by the small group of finalists, usually from movies that have grossed a lot at the box office.

Around the Big Ten

News from the home cities (and states) of the Big Ten universities:

INDIANA: Backyard tents for homeless worry neighbors

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana man is running afoul of his neighbors by letting several homeless people spend the night in tents he's set up in his backyard.

Melissa Merli's Ebertfest notebook: sketches, youth, sublime writing and crowds

Most of us know Roger Ebert is a fabulous writer. Some of you might not know he's a visual artist too.

One of his sketches graces the cover of the 12th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival program as well as the festival poster, souvenir mugs and T-shirts.