University of Illinois

Three freshmen football players suspended following incident

CHAMPAIGN – Three freshman football players for the University of Illinois have been suspended by Coach Ron Zook for the Saturday game with Michigan, following an incident outside a campus bar early Thursday.

Daryle Ballew, Brian Gamble and Mark Jackson were all given city ordinance violations, according to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.


Authorities look for skull used for classes

URBANA – University of Illinois anthropologists and police are looking for a human skull used for teaching purposes that's been missing from the anthropology department for about a month.

Steven Leigh, head of the anthropology department, said the skull was used in an undergraduate class on human osteology.


Jordan breezes into town for 'Today Show' taping

CHAMPAIGN – Michael Jordan has added some orange to a Carolina-blue wardrobe.

And the Illinois basketball program continues to benefit from a unique freshman who has yet to play in a game.


No cheap ticket: Some UI trustees chauffeured to meetings

Round-trip train ticket from Chicago to Urbana: about $30 to $50.

Round-trip commercial flight: about $350.

Round-trip, chauffeured car ride via Premier Limo: $700 to $1,000.


Sterling junior commits to Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - In the wake of a sudden and promising recruiting haul, it turns out that one of Illinois' more influential recruiters was one of its recruits.

"D.J. (Richardson) played a big part in getting the other two guys," said Sterling coach Peter Goff, whose standout junior Joseph Bertrand committed to Illinois on Thursday night. "D.J. was a pretty good recruiter, as well. He told Joseph, 'Let's get this thing going.'"


Juniors give UI their word

CHAMPAIGN - The oral commitments of two highly regarded juniors are expected to put some punch in the backcourt of the future at Illinois.

Pledges from Peoria Central guard D.J. Richardson and Warren guard Brandon Paul also allow the program something else it needed: recruiting mojo.


UI entrepreneur program ranks in top 25

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has one of the top 25 entrepreneurship programs in the country, according to new rankings compiled for Entrepreneur magazine.

It's the first time the Urbana-Champaign campus has made the list, a University of Illinois news release stated. Actual rankings of colleges on the list won't be released until the November issue of Entrepreneur arrives on newsstands Oct. 23.


UI Glee Club plans Dad's Day of song

CHAMPAIGN – Nothing goes better with a win over Wisconsin than a good concert, you'll have to agree.

The Varsity Men's Glee Club, with the Dad's Day theme of "Live Glee or Die Hard," will perform before and after the game at Memorial Stadium, and at various points on campus, before performing a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.


UI horse dies from West Nile Virus

CHAMPAIGN – In 2002, when crows everywhere died of West Nile Virus, horse owners learned a hard lesson – horses are very susceptible to the disease.

No University of Illinois horses died that year, but vaccination for West Nile became routine. So animal scientists were stunned in September when a new filly who recently had her booster went down in a field.


Popular UI apple lab may be last for some years

URBANA – Put slices of 30 different types of apple on tables in the Mumford Hall lobby, send in 200 University of Illinois students and what happens? They taste them, they rank them, they get credit for one quiz and they have a lot of fun.

Wednesday, horticulture specialist Bob Skirvin conducted his popular annual apple lab, asking for students to compare varieties and pick their favorites. This year, the event was a bit nostalgic for regular participants because it may be the last one.


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