University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Changing coach comes with a cost

If Illini reach a bowl, Beckman gets $32,000

CHAMPAIGN — With two years and two months remaining on his contract, Tim Beckman would receive a payout of over $1 million if Illinois decides to replace its football coach.

'Excitement in the air': A chat with the incoming UI president

So we know Timothy Killeen is a rocket scientist and has a long higher education resume.

But did you know that the future University of Illinois president played soccer and rugby in Wales, is a classical guitarist and art aficionado, and was once a Michigan football fan?

Sleeping tight? UI study attempts to show link between rest, obesity in kids

We are a sleep-deprived nation.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 percent of adults report sleeping less than six hours a day, rather than the seven or eight hours recommended. And just 31 percent of high school students report getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

UI offers language classes for non-students in January

URBANA — The University of Illinois this January will offer a variety of foreign language classes for area residents.

The classes — in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian — are offered by the UI's School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics through its Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program.

UI law professor: Grand jury decision not a surprise

The grand jury's decision in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting wasn't a surprise to a University of Illinois expert in criminal procedure.

There were plenty of signs the case would turn out this way — the National Guard was placed on alert, for one thing — and it's been an unusual case from the start, said UI law Professor Andrew Leipold.

Panel finishing its probe of Salaita decision

URBANA — A campus committee looking into Steven Salaita's case is wrapping up its work and may issue a report in the coming weeks.

The Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure was asked to review the matter earlier this fall. A subcommittee conducted the investigation and is drafting a report.

Previous presidents of the University of Illinois

The first 19 presidents of the University of Illinois:

John M. Gregory, 1867-1880

When it first opened, the UI was called Illinois Industrial University. During his term, landmarks like the Morrow Plots and Harker Hall opened. Gregory is buried south of Altgeld Hall.

Selim H. Peabody, 1880-1891

Killeen's time in New York prepared him well for UI job

Timothy Killeen walked into turmoil when he started his job as president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York. The agency was marred by ethical breaches and perceptions of secrecy that forced out his predecessor.

A super conductor: UI's Barry Houser

CHAMPAIGN — The first time Barry L. Houser worked with the Macy's Great American Marching Band for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, he thought the music would never come together.

After all, the huge ensemble is made up of nearly 250 high school students from all over the country.

Before meeting up in New York, they don't know each other and they haven't played together.

Studio Visit: Mikel Combs

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Mikel Combs, 40, of Urbana, a professional bassist and doctoral of musical arts degree candidate at the University of Illinois, chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

I heard you grew up in Berlin.