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UI Varsity Men's Glee Club tuning up for year's big show

It's Tuesday evening, and that means the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club is singing in one of the lower-level rehearsal rooms at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This night, their session lasts a little longer, as the young men prepare for their biggest concert of the year.

That would be the Dads Day event on Saturday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. It draws not only fathers and sons but also alumni of the Glee Club, the oldest choral ensemble on campus.

Friends, family hold birthday fete for LED inventor

CHAMPAIGN – A shadow box of achievements, a $300,000 graduate student award and a cake with LED candles capped a day-long symposium Friday that celebrated Nick Holonyak's birthday.

Dozens of friends, family and colleagues came to honor the life of Holonyak, inventor of the first practical light-emitting diode in the visible spectrum, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors.

UI announces police chief selection

URBANA – Barbara O'Connor has spent most of her life in her home state of Massachusetts but said she's ready for a change of scenery – in the Midwest.

O'Connor, 47, director of public safety at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst since 2001, was announced Wednesday as the new University of Illinois police chief, pending approval by UI trustees in November. If approved, she will begin her duties Jan. 1 and earn $160,000 annually.

Experts: It will take sacrifices to fight global warming

URBANA – Americans can fight global warming and its causes, but they'll have to make some sacrifices to do so.

That was the gist of the message three experts delivered during a Wednesday discussion about global warming and the public policy necessary to fight it. The conversation took place at the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, the sixth annual Craig S. Bazzani Lecture in Public Affairs. After experts gave 10-minute talks on their primary findings concerning global warming and the policies needed to regulate it, Moderator John Foreman and audience members questioned them about the subject. Foreman is the editor and publisher of The News-Gazette, Inc.

Handgun, cocaine found in trash net felony charges

Accused faces mandatory prison term if convicted of either offense

URBANA – A handgun and about 3 ounces of cocaine found in a Champaign man's trash has resulted in him being charged with two felonies.

Massachusetts official chosen as new UI police chief

URBANA – The director of public safety at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will be the new police chief at the University of Illinois, pending approval by UI trustees.

Barbara O'Connor, police chief at the Amherst campus since 2001, will begin her UI duties on Jan. 1, according to a UI release. She succeeds Oliver J. Clark, who retired in 2005. Kris Fitzpatrick and Jeff Christensen had filled the interim position since then.

Prof, son reveal keys to happiness

CHAMPAIGN – Money isn't everything, but according to happiness expert Ed Diener, it certainly is something.

"Our research shows money is, in fact, related to happiness," Diener told about 200 people attending a Busey Wealth Management seminar Monday in Champaign.

UI play 'La Soy Latina' focuses on life as Latina in America

URBANA – The members of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority will perform the ensemble play "La Soy Latina," which explores their identities and connections in American society, on Wednesday evening at the Illini Union.

"An honest and funny look at what it means to be Latina in America, it explores the stories of six diverse women growing up bilingual, bicultural and proud to declare, 'Yo Soy Latina!,'" according to a news release.

'Obamamania' author to speak Thursday at UI faculty center

URBANA – The author of the book, "What's Wrong with Obamamania: Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

The talk, "Obamamania and the Crisis of Political Leadership," by Ricky L. Jones, an associate professor at the University of Louisville, is free and open to the public.

Artist's talk canceled

CHAMPAIGN – Artist Fred Tomaselli, who was to have given a talk at 5:30 p.m. today at Krannert Art Museum, has canceled due to illness.

University of Illinois art history Professor Jonathan Fineberg said the talk will be rescheduled for the spring.