University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Senior Odyssey team putting what it has learned to test

URBANA – Less than six months after these seniors started a project to sharpen their minds, they're about to take on another set of seniors, those still in college.

"This group, one of nine in our study, is going to a state tournament outside the program, the only ones in their age group," said MaryTerese Campbell, the assistant program coordinator for Senior Odyssey.

Senior Odyssey is a University of Illinois study headed up by Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow, a professor in education psychology. The program is based on the international problem-solving program, Odyssey of the Mind, and is finishing the second year of a five-year National Institute on Aging grant.

UI honors Washington instructor for her skills

URBANA – Carrie Riggins sits on a tiny chair at a low table in her classroom at Urbana's Washington Early Childhood School and calls her students over to her, one or two at a time, from where they are playing.

She says to one girl, "Remember the other day when we talked about how we use our eyes to ... smell?"

Uni team's protein model wins regional award

URBANA – Low-density lipoproteins carry cholesterol to the arteries, causing heart disease. What if you could trick them with a protein that carries it to the liver and out of the body?

Well, you can't do that now, but a team of four teenagers have won a regional award for science that could be accomplished in the next 20 years in a program called ExploraVision.

Disney's 'High School Musical' to grace Assembly Hall rink

The original is hitting the ice arena for an adaptation like no other.

"High School Musical: The Ice Tour" will make a pit stop at the Assembly Hall, and the title sounds exactly like what the show entails: a band of talented young entertainers recreating the familiar dance sequences on ice.

Governor's budget proposal has funds for UI's priorities

URBANA – Gov. Pat Quinn's budget would ease pressure for tuition increases at the University of Illinois and fund "long overdue" renovation projects on the UI's three campuses, top officials said.

The UI's top building priority – the renovation of Lincoln Hall – is among the $220 million in capital projects included in Quinn's budget plan, which must now go to the General Assembly.

Grease fire damages UI golf course's clubhouse

SAVOY – A fire at the clubhouse at the University of Illinois golf course Tuesday will keep golfers from getting hot dogs for a few days, but not from swinging those clubs.

Mike Wallner, director of golf for the Orange and Blue courses, said the courses would be open by 7 a.m. today for golf, but "the hot dogs are going to be on hold a few days."

Man who interrupted speech by Ayers won't be charged

URBANA — The Champaign County state’s attorney has decided not to charge a Dewey man in connection with his disruption of an activist’s speech on the University of Illinois campus last week.

Two UI College of Media administrators stepping down

URBANA – The University of Illinois College of Media will lose two top administrators this summer.

Dean Ron Yates has decided to step down, effective Aug. 15. And Walt Harrington, the head of the Department of Journalism, will relinquish that position and go back to teaching full-time when his current sabbatical ends. Both announced their decisions to college faculty and staff recently.

Cash taken from cafe at Siebel Center

URBANA – University of Illinois police are investigating the theft of several hundred dollars from a cafe at a campus building over the weekend.

Some time between 5 p.m. Friday and 3:50 a.m. Saturday, someone entered the Bevande Cafe at the Siebel Center for Computer Science, 201 N. Goodwin Ave., and stole between $700 and $900.

Students get taste of real life - with surprises - in court

URBANA – The courthouse evacuation wasn't in the script. Neither was the part about the expert witness forgetting his glasses.

A few bumps in the road aside, four future attorneys managed to get through their mock trial unscathed Monday – despite some concerns about the rather youngish jury.