University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Chief Illiniwek event aims for dialogue, not debate

URBANA – So they didn't solve the controversy, but some University of Illinois students did sit down together in the Illini Union on Monday night to talk about one of the touchiest topics on campus.

"What's the deal with Chief Illiniwek?"

UI researchers using genetic relationships to track evolution

URBANA – The latest computer technology has buttressed a revolutionary look at how life evolved, while offering new potential for medicines.

Carl Woese startled the scientific world in 1977 by positing that there are three essential domains, or types of life. Before, there were thought to be two, bacteria and everything else: eukaryotes, whose cells contain membrane-coated parts, such as the nucleus.

Ex-professionals rejuvenated by second career in teaching

"Why do I have to learn this stuff?"

If Lauren Heckelman hears that during the math class she teaches at B.T. Washington Elementary School in Champaign, she can tell students about how she used math in her prior job as an accountant.

When John Parks teaches how to write resumes in his business classes at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, he can refer to decades of working in business and hiring people.

The two teachers are part of the growing ranks of second-career educators, people who either started or completed jobs in other fields before they came to teaching.

Large crowd gathers at Assembly Hall for Chief's 'Next Dance'

URBANA – For just over four minutes on a cold, windy Saturday, Chief Illiniwek was back.

As a dozen protesters rallied outside, thousands of supporters rallied inside at the Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon to watch University of Illinois student Logan Ponce, dressed in a replica Chief Illiniwek costume, dance to the song played by a band of alumni, not the alumni band – an event billed as "The Next Dance."

Contest-winning compositions to be performed in concert at UI

URBANA – A 24-year-old graduate student composer at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin is the winner of the 12th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition at the University of Illinois.

Abel Paul will have his "fragmentos del vertigo" performed by the UI New Music Ensemble, with conductors Stephen Taylor and Mei-Fang Lin, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. After the concert, there will be a reception in the lobby featuring music by the Boneyard Jazz Quintet.

Sex offender found to be living inside campus library

URBANA – A convicted sex offender was found to be sheltering himself at a campus library.

University of Illinois police Lt. Roy Acree said Eric J. Kaminski, 21, who gave a Champaign address, was discovered about 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the Undergraduate Library, 1402 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Vigil message: POWs, MIAs not forgotten

URBANA – Just a few days after Veterans Day, a 24-hour vigil will commemorate those who haven't come back – yet.

Cadets and midshipmen from the Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC detachments at the University of Illinois are holding a POW/MIA Vigil today and Saturday.

Anti-war groups hold march on campus

URBANA – Steven Wyatt doesn't think Barack Obama will be the anti-war president, but he does think Obama supporters could swell the ranks of those opposed to U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The University of Illinois senior, majoring in physics and astronomy, was an organizer of daylong events at the UI calling for an end to the wars and support for soldiers and veterans.

Green Street to get another high-rise

CHAMPAIGN – A new 11-story high-rise apartment building is likely going up on East Green Street.

Campus Property Management is planning to build a 112-unit apartment building at 201 E. Green St., with ground-floor commercial space and, below the ground floor, a fitness center, according to project architect Josh Daly of Henneman Engineering of Champaign.

Burnham 310 opens first six floors for tenants

CHAMPAIGN – Tuesday was Move-in Day: the Sequel, for University of Illinois sophomore Jessica Sturdy.

A tenant at the Burnham 310 development, Sturdy moved into her one-bedroom apartment after several months of temporary lodging at a Savoy apartment complex. She's happy finally to be there, but "it's kind of been a nightmare," said her mother, Teresa Sturdy.

Initially scheduled to open in August, then Oct. 31, the 18-story Burnham high-rise opened its first six floors this week. The city recently approved a partial occupancy permit for those floors, said Garry Bowman, Champaign's building safety supervisor.