University of Illinois

Two women, one war

This story is about two young women who've never met. Christina Penrod, a Mahomet widow, and Stephanie James, a recent UI graduate and Army sergeant, have seen their lives stamped, shaped and unalterably changed by the events in a scorched part of the faraway Middle East called Iraq.


Students support returning UI symbol

URBANA – They want the Chief back.

In a nonbinding referendum this week, University of Illinois students gave a resounding "yes" when asked if they want Chief Illiniwek to return as the official UI symbol.


Campus officials getting word out on meningitis

URBANA – Thousands of students entering the University of Illinois each year are vaccinated against meningococcal disease, a life-threatening bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis.

Two people connected to the UI – a female student and a male who graduated in December – were diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in the last week. The female student is expected to fully recover, but the graduate was still listed in critical but stable condition Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.


Second meningitis case linked to campus

URBANA – A recent University of Illinois graduate has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the second case in a week connected to campus.

He was admitted to a local hospital Wednesday night with meningococcal meningitis, according to Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the UI's McKinley Health Center.


Some students upset words were added to Chief proposal

URBANA – A year after his demise, Chief Illiniwek is stirring controversy – this time in a University of Illinois student election.

Some UI students cried foul this week over last-minute changes in the wording of a ballot question asking if voters want the Chief reinstated as the UI symbol.


Herman calls for city action

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman made a dramatic plea Tuesday night to the mayor and city council, urging them "to do the right thing" and take steps to curtail "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day."

Herman blasted the event, a bar-promoted drinking holiday that will occur this Friday and Saturday, as "an occasion that has no meaning other than to soil our campus and lower community standards."


Communications college gets new name

URBANA – The University of Illinois College of Communications finally has a new name – and a nifty new acronym.

With no debate, the faculty-student senate Monday approved "College of Media" as the new name for the college, two months after the suggestion favored by college faculty and alumni was shelved because of objections by other academic units.


Chancellor calls for end to Unofficial

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman is calling on the cities to put an end to the annual drinking "holiday" known as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

In remarks to the University of Illinois faculty-student senate Monday, Herman said he will attend tonight's Champaign City Council meeting to urge members to take a stronger stance on behalf of student safety.


Benefactors offer help with entrepreneurship program

URBANA – Champaign developer Peter Fox and venture capitalist G. Steven Burrill have pledged a total of $200,000 to help support a new University of Illinois program that provides life science students with training in entrepreneurship and management.

The program is a joint effort of the Institute for Genomic Biology and the College of Business, with the pledged money going toward scholarships, a UI news release stated.


Marshall police seek help identifying victim

MARSHALL – Police in Clark County are looking for help in identifying a man found dead in Marshall late last month.

On Jan. 25, about 9:45 a.m., someone found the body in a garbage bin in the 200 block of Walnut Street outside the Cherry Street Apartments.


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