University of Illinois

Men continue fight to preserve UI tradition in some form

CHAMPAIGN – A group of men who once portrayed Chief Illiniwek gathered a few hours before Wednesday's basketball game to say they are not through working to try to preserve the Chief tradition in some form.


Current Chief's parents: Whole thing is such a travesty

CHAMPAIGN – It's not an overstatement to say that Tom Maloney bleeds orange and blue.

The 48-year-old Galesburg financial adviser graduated from the University of Illinois, as did his wife, four of his siblings, his father and his father-in-law. And a large portion of his paycheck now goes to the UI, as three of his four children are currently students there.


Mood at UI game mix of anger, sadness

CHAMPAIGN – Daniel Clark summed up in a heartfelt yet succinct way what many of the 16,000-plus fans at Sunday's University of Illinois basketball game were feeling.

"I wish they wouldn't get rid of the Chief," said the 20-year-old UI junior after watching the Chief perform the dance that has both endeared and offended legions.


Systems help researchers in predicting use of land

Let's say local officials could have seen how the mega-strip mall on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign was going to progress and, more importantly, the traffic with it.

Perhaps, given political and other considerations, nothing would have changed. Then again, maybe North Prospect the street would have been built out enough that driving there doesn't remind you, with some regularity, of Chicago at rush hour.


Chief portrayer had hoped common sense would win

CHAMPAIGN – Wednesday's performance at halftime of the men's basketball game won't look any different.

Dan Maloney, the University of Illinois student who portrays Chief Illiniwek, won't use the occasion of the Chief's last dance to make a statement, even though some have urged him to do so.


Judge's Chief ruling leaves some issues still open

URBANA – A judge's ruling denying a temporary restraining order to stop the University of Illinois from stopping Chief Illiniwek's performances leaves open complaints by two students that their rights are harmed by such action by campus trustees.

Judge Michael Jones ruled late Friday morning against the two students, Dan Maloney and Logan Ponce, only as far as denying them a temporary restraining order against the UI and its board of trustees.


UI students file suit to save Chief

URBANA – Two University of Illinois students who portray Chief Illiniwek took legal action today to bar the NCAA from imposing sanctions on the university – and stop the UI from eliminating the Chief.

A lawsuit filed this morning in Champaign County Circuit Court alleges the NCAA's actions violate state law and the students' constitutional rights of academic freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.


Pay rules for snow day draw UI workers' ire

URBANA – University of Illinois administrators plan to review how they will pay employees who worked – and who didn't – on the snow days this week.

For the first time in decades, the University of Illinois canceled classes Tuesday and Wednesday because of snow, and asked only "essential" or emergency employees, such as snow plow drivers or police officers, to work those days.


UI students, staff make most of first snow day since 1979

URBANA – When East Central Illinois doesn't give you hills, you make your own.

When a slope in front of their house didn't provide enough thrills for sledding, four sorority sisters hiked over to Foellinger Auditorium on Tuesday morning, cafeteria trays in tow.


Program's goal is to impact student learning

URBANA – Neil Knobloch got excited about international teaching and learning connections last spring when he took a group of students to South Korea.

"It was my first international experience; I learned a lot, and I hope to draw on that, to focus on the next opportunity and make it a better experience," said Knobloch, a member of the second class of the University of Illinois College of ACES' Academy for Global Engagement.


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