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State's questions resolved on UI solar farm

A field of solar panels designed to supply about 2 percent of the electricity demand at the University of Illinois has cleared a major hurdle with the state, and officials are hopeful installation will start later this year.

Top of the Morning, April 7, 2014: From the archives

URBANA — It's not even an acre, but it's an important piece of land.

So important one entire building was constructed underground and, decades later, another was built elsewhere.

The Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club's a cappella group, The Other Guys, have a song about it:

"No sir, we don't mess around, our library's underground, 'cause you can't throw shade on the corn."

Environmental Almanac: An educational trip to Costa Rica

Two weeks ago this morning, I awoke to the singing of a clay-colored robin. The song was entirely new to me, but the voice so closely resembled that of an American robin I knew I was hearing a close cousin. Where?

Nike rebranding to deliver consistent look for all Illinois athletic teams

CHAMPAIGN — Coming soon to Krannert's main stage: Nnanna Egwu and several other University of Illinois athletes.

In a fashion show-like event, complete with sound effects and special lighting, the basketball teammates will launch a new look for the Illini later this month.

Documentary filmmaker to show work, speak at Spurlock

URBANA — The award-winning documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist Irv Drasnin will give a talk titled "The Reporter and Revolution" at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Drasnin will talk about the different roles and expectations of the documentary filmmaker in China and in the United States. He first began filming in China in 1973.

Melissa Merli: Gunns join high-caliber list of donors to Krannert

Opera superstar Nathan Gunn, as most of us know, has sung in the major opera houses of the world.

During his travels, he said, he's seen nothing else on the planet like Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where he honed his baritone voice over four years as an undergraduate in the University of Illinois School of Music.

Late for class? How about an excuse from the governor?

If you're going to have an excuse for missing class, you might as well go big.

UI junior Will Goff knew he was cutting it close with his 2:15 p.m. History of Media class Thursday afternoon when he was asked to attend a 1:45 p.m. press conference at the Illini Union with Gov. Pat Quinn.

REVIEW: 'O Beautiful' an ingenious satire

By Tricia Stiller

It was a unique and unexpected prologue that greeted us Thursday night as we arrived at the Krannert Center Studio Theatre for the opening of Theresa Rebeck's edgy social commentary, "O Beautiful." The state-of-the-art venue was celebrating its 45th year, and the lobby was filled to near capacity with people from every time and place in life.

Direct from the conductor

The University of Illinois School of Music this week announced the hiring of choral conductor Andrew Megill.

Megill leads several notable vocal ensembles, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale and Fuma Sacra, a chamber choir specializing in early music.

Siebel intends donations to 'make change happen'

URBANA — "Make change happen."

That's the philanthropy philosophy adopted by billionaire alumnus Tom Siebel, who has donated millions to the University of Illinois and funded a variety of initiatives, from stem cell research to methamphetamine prevention.