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Applicant files $5 million suit against UI

URBANA – A University of Illinois applicant has sued the university for $5 million over its now-discontinued "Category I" admissions system, a move administrators say they expected to happen.

Jonathon Yard of Taylorville, who was denied admission to the UI's Urbana campus, filed the class-action lawsuit Tuesday.

Jogger dies after collapsing in front of UI police station

URBANA – The Champaign County coroner said he's not sure what killed a University of Illinois student who collapsed in front of the UI police station Monday morning.

Coroner Duane Northrup said Vincent J. Clarkson, 20, of Elburn was pronounced dead at 10:17 a.m. at the Provena Covenant Medical Center emergency room in Urbana. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma nor any suspicion of meningitis. He said a cause of death would have to wait until toxicology tests are completed.

Chancellor Herman to stay on as assistant

URBANA – After spending years creating opportunities for underprivileged students, Chancellor Richard Herman lost his job because of his role in helping privileged students get into the University of Illinois.

Officials say resignation was right move for UI

URBANA – An admissions scandal, years in the making, had many expecting Richard Herman to resign as chancellor since last month, when Urbana's faculty-student senate voted to recommend that both he and the president of the University of Illinois step down.

The Sept. 14 resolution, approved 98-55, called for an orderly transition. Less than two weeks later, on Sept. 23, UI President B. Joseph White obliged by exiting first.

Herman resigns; Ikenberry, Easter to assume duties

URBANA – The University of Illinois made it official Tuesday: Chancellor Richard H. Herman will resign his campus leadership position effective Oct. 26 and return to teaching.

Meanwhile, Interim President Stanley Ikenberry and interim Provost Robert Easter will assume many of Herman's duties, possibly for several months.

New exhibition at Krannert examines 'Control' issues

CHAMPAIGN – Artist's assistant Juliana Kase of Sao Paulo, Brazil, stood on a scaffold earlier this week inside a Krannert Art Museum gallery, using a black marker and a template to carefully draw on a white wall a stark representation of a chain-link fence.

Nearby, awaiting arrangement according to another artist's specifications, were numerous Tensabarriers, those crowd-control tools that we all have to pass through at airports, theaters, banks and other public venues.

Invention to help quadriplegics makes finals in competition

CHAMPAIGN – Designing an assistive device for a quadriplegic friend has earned a University of Illinois student a place in the finals of the 2009 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

Stephen Diebold, a 21-year-old senior from Rolling Meadows, will compete against two other undergraduate students and six graduate students in the finals next week in Chicago.

UI still doesn't have H1N1 vaccine for students

URBANA — Parents of University of Illinois students wondering how soon their kids will be vaccinated for H1N1/swine flu will have to wonder a bit longer.

UI, GEO contract talks at a standstill

URBANA – The Graduate Employees' Organization at the University of Illinois has until next week to form a committee to discuss a possible strike on the Urbana campus.

UI president says early years crucial for success of children

URBANA – In August 2006, B. Joseph White was bicycling around campus on move-in day – one of his favorite days of the year – talking to new students and their parents.