University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Salvagers salivating

PACA members tour UI houses they hope to get OK to salvage

CHAMPAIGN — Preservationists who've been fighting to save architectural treasures inside two old University of Illinois houses got their first look inside this week, and they weren't disappointed by what they found.

Star recruits

URBANA — After a series of visits to the campus, including meet-and-greets with potential teammates, neighborhood tours and dinners highlighting local food of Champaign-Urbana (however, there was no reported home visit from the chancellor), the University of Illinois has landed a package deal: two young(ish) recruits out of Detroit who have committed to join the campus by fall 2014.

Director taking final bow Sunday

URBANA — Conductor Eduardo Diazmunoz will take his last bow as director of the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program on Sunday with the final presentation of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff."

UI advisory group offers recommendations on MOOCs

URBANA — An advisory group to the chancellor has recommended the University of Illinois continue offering massive, open online courses, or MOOCs, with the California company Coursera, but the campus should also explore other options it could offer either on its own or with other partners.

UI senior's work on display at Asian American Center

URBANA — The Asian American Cultural Center is showing work by Jessica Lee Rojas in the solo exhibition "Child of the World."

It features paintings and photography by Rojas, a University of Illinois senior majoring in painting. As an artist, she explores "ideas of the other, the weird, the foreign and the outsider."

Her father came from Puerto Rico, and her mom is from Taiwan.

Reviews could refine UI administrative changes made by Hogan

URBANA — Two high-level reviews could result in fewer top executive officers at the University of Illinois, possibly undoing key appointments made by then-University of Illinois President Michael Hogan.

Figure One to host conversations

CHAMPAIGN — Figure One, the downtown Champaign exhibition/project space of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design, will have a two-part conversation series starting this week.

Friends since grade school, now they're on an elite UI squad

There must be something in Rantoul that likes to make cheerleaders. Maybe it's in the water.

Illini cheerleaders number about three dozen out of the 40,000-plus University of Illinois student body. Yet three of them hail from a town of 12,937.

Broadway actress to sing at Illini Union

URBANA — Broadway actress Shoshana Bean will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Illini Union at the University of Illinois.

Bean originated the role of Shelley in the original production of "Hairspray" and drew rave reviews as Elphaba in "Wicked."

Choreographers 'wreck' each others' work for UI dance concert

URBANA — The Dance at Illinois November Dance concert is usually a showcase of discrete faculty-choreographed pieces.

But this time around, the eight choreographers had to put their egos aside as they developed an hourlong piece called "Big Tiny Little Dance," opening Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.