University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN – Old times at Po' Boys are not forgotten. To prove the point, some of the late proprietor's friends are resurrecting the barbecue house for homecoming weekend at the University of Illinois.
"A group of us who were regulars thought it might be a nice idea to have something in Arnie Yarber's honor to coincide with UI homecoming," said Dan Hamelberg, a Champaign real estate investor who was a close friend of Mr. Yarber.
URBANA – The University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs will sponsor a forum on the economy Wednesday morning on the UI campus.
The forum will bring together nationally known experts on the economy, tax policy and the financial markets to analyze the situation facing the financial system, the proposals before Congress and prospects for the future.
CHAMPAIGN – Just before the Civil War, Simon and Catherine Percival spent a decade scratching a farm out of treeless prairie south of Champaign.
For decades, their homestead lay under a horse pasture in the University of Illinois South Farms. What's left of it, mostly a cellar, was being dug up and cataloged Thursday by a trio of UI archaeologists.
"Turn around!" my wife squeals. "There's a plane crash back there!"
She's not kidding. But Richard Pollard is.
Pollard, owner of Pollard Motor Sales on Illinois 37, just north of Salem in south central Illinois, does indeed have an airplane planted nose-first in his backyard. It's first-rate yard art. Besides the plane, which is set in concrete, he has a "bumper crop" – an assortment of more than 300 chrome car bumpers growing out of the ground. And there's the "pot rod," a riding lawn mower equipped with a toilet, a giant ladybug (a Volkswagen Beetle with six metal legs sprouting from it) and more.
I love this guy. And I love this kind of stuff: Roadside architecture.
CHAMPAIGN – Author David Jauss will begin the 2008-09 Robert J. and Katherin Carr Visiting Authors Series at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Author's Corner on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., C.
The talk is free and open to all, and sponsored by Creative Writing Program in the University of Illinois Department of English.
As the booking agent for his son's Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Tom Duncanson often updates the musicians on the number of shows they have done.
"He will show up and tell us, 'This is your 900th show.' He gets on the microphone and announces it and gets all crazy," said Andy Duncanson, who founded the band in 2000, when he was a student at Centennial High School.
On Wednesday evening at the Iron Post in Urbana, if the band allows it, Tom Duncanson will announce that it's Kilborn Alley's 1,000th show – not counting weddings, picnics, house parties, fish fries and barbecues.
CHAMPAIGN – By the late 1970s, Zora Neale Hurston's novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," had been largely forgotten – except by one scholar who thought it was worth reprinting.
He contacted Richard Wentworth, then director of the University of Illinois Press. He agreed and in 1978, the Press took the risk and reprinted "Their Eyes," with an introduction by the scholar, Robert Hemenway.
While university presses don't normally originate fiction, one of their functions is to examine the American literary heritage for neglected works. The UI Press does that, mainly with Illinois and Midwestern authors.
Fiction, though, is not the bailiwick of the UI Press, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary. It is scholarly books and academic journals. The UI Press publishes 120 to 140 new titles each year and 30 journals, most notably the American Journal of Psychology," founded in 1887 by G. Stanley Hall. Three UI Press journals are online only.
URBANA – Six years after an ammonia spill killed 100,000 fish in the Salt Fork, the final piece of a legal settlement is in place.
The University of Illinois, its cleaning contractor CEDA Inc. and the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District will pay the state a total of $65,000, and agreed to change procedures for disposing of wastewater, to resolve a water pollution complaint filed by the Illinois attorney general's office in 2002.
CHAMPAIGN – A professor and a Ph.D. candidate might have a friendly working relationship, but they're usually not friends.
Not so with University of Illinois Professor Jeff Mondak and Sergio Wals, both of whom study political behavior. They not only work together academically but also musically.
The University YMCA's Know Your University lecture series begins later this month with a talk by Provost Linda Katehi, who is expected to addresses a variety of campus issues.
The Know Your University talks are held at noon on Tuesdays in Latzer Hall at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.