University of Illinois
URBANA — In an unusual step, the campus provost will be at the bargaining table when the University of Illinois meets next with its nontenure-track faculty union, to "help move things forward a little bit," interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said Monday.
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URBANA — A faculty union that staged a two-day strike at the University of Illinois last week has scheduled a "work-in" at the main administration building on campus Tuesday and Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN — Between 5 and 8:30 a.m. every weekday, Anita Mixon is unreachable.
That's her precious "me time," where one can find the University of Illinois Ph.D. student running, painting or "doing whatever I want to do."
The remaining 201/2 hours of the day Mixon devotes to her 42 students and her research. And occasionally, just a bit of shut-eye.
A lot of people used to live here.
People grow up here and leave town, or graduate from the University of Illinois and launch careers elsewhere.
Sometimes, it's both.
Like my friend LUANN LaBARE, who was Luann Ponsler from Mansfield when we were both students at the UI and working part-time at the Green Street McDonald's a few decades ago.
OK, so the budget deal worked out in the Legislature last week didn't have enough money for colleges and universities, and some institutions will run out of cash again in a few months and, yes, the agreement might mean continued meager amounts for higher education.
On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Brighten Godfrey, 35, co-founder and chief technical officer for Veriflow, which has offices in Champaign and Oakland, Calif. He is also a professor at the University of Illinois, on sabbatical, and a dog owner.
As hotel bills go, this was a whopper: $5,365.89, to be exact.
That was the tab for two nights' stay at a downtown Indianapolis luxury hotel for University of Illinois officials assigned to "Project Varsity": the selection of a new Illinois athletic director.
Today's column comes from Rae Cramer, a recent alumna of the University of Illinois School of Earth, Society, and Environment, who wrote it for the environmental writing course taught by Rob Kanter. Kramer currently works as a ski instructor in Colorado; in the fall, she'll begin a master's program at the University of British Columbia.
PODCAST: Tom Kacich, News-Gazette political reporter on higher ed bill passing: Play now!
The News-Gazette's Tom Kasich offers insight and analysis of the Illinois General Assembly passing a stop-gap higher ed spending bill.
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