University of Illinois

Six Pack dormitory work underway

CHAMPAIGN – The "Six Pack," as tens of thousands of University of Illinois students have known it, will be history within about two decades.

This summer, the university begins its overhaul of the Six Pack's residence and dining halls, a multiphased, multimillion-dollar project that will transform the area into a more modern, neighborhood-like setting.

UI cyclists stop in Urbana on their way to California

URBANA – Cyclists who are a fourth of the way through their cross-country ride said Sunday the lengthy trek through Pennsylvania was the first shock of the trip.

"Pennsylvania was a problem – 400 miles of hills," said University of Illinois senior Nick Ludmer, who signed on for the Illini 4,000, a 4,000-mile bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research, with his roommate, Anish Thakkar, a key organizer. He's one of 18 participants, most UI students or alums, making the 65-day trek that will end Aug. 4 in San Diego.

Judge throws out efforts to keep Chief

URBANA – A Champaign County judge this morning threw out two lawsuits filed as efforts to get the University of Illinois to retain Chief Illiniwek as its honored symbol.

"I would be telling the university to 'deal with it.' I would be subjecting the UI to many potential consequences and very clearly controlling the actions of the state. This is something that falls within their (the trustees') authority," Judge Michael Jones said. "The relief requested would have this court controlling the actions, the conduct and the liability of the UI. This I am not entrusted to do."

Work on new on residence hall to begin next month

CHAMPAIGN – Construction is set to begin next month on a six-story residence hall to replace Presby House, a former women's dormitory run by the McKinley Presbyterian Foundation.

The new building, slated to open in August 2008, will have room for up to 264 men and women, plus two levels of underground parking. It will be covered in red brick to match the nearby McKinley Church and Foundation buildings.

Two teams vying for Orchard Downs project pitch plans

URBANA – In one room it was the Devonshire Group.

In the other room it was the partnership made up of Vermilion Development, Fox Development, The Atkins Group and Clark-Lindsey Village.

Couple sees 6th child graduate from university

CHAMPAIGN – For the better part of two decades, the McKennas of rural Mason City have been regulars at the University of Illinois.

Much to the surprise of Phillip and Patricia McKenna, on Sunday, Chancellor Richard Herman publicly thanked them for the investment and sacrifice they have made in sending all six of their children to the UI at Urbana-Champaign.

YouTube co-founder tells grads to be persistent, take risks

CHAMPAIGN – The co-founder of the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube told the 2007 University of Illinois graduates he didn't have any great insights into the meaning of life.

That's because Jawed Karim, a multimillionaire at the tender age of 28, said he's still searching for them himself.

It's your business: Ticket firm sets up shop at mall

A Bradley-based sports and music ticket broker with one retail store in Bourbonnais will open its second shop at Champaign's Market Place Mall on June 1.

Go All Out, to be located in the Bergner's wing, will sell tickets to major league sporting events, NASCAR races and concerts across the nation. The shop will also carry sports apparel.

Having a hot time with horseradish

URBANA – Emily Cox drafted adventurous friends and classmates to help her finish her pungent second-semester project.

"It makes your scalp tingle," said Caitlin Ramsey, a graduating University of Illinois physics major who stopped by Cox's recent horseradish taste test on the UI Quad. Participants sampled horseradish Cox made from five different cultivars grown by doctoral candidate Mark Uchanski, who has discovered a way to cure a devastating horseradish disease.

Grads urged to 'continue on good path'

URBANA – Geronimo Caldwell was the first American Indian student at the University of Illinois to have a home away from home to hang out in for all four years of his undergraduate career.

The 22-year-old from Sims, a small community in southern Illinois just east of Mount Vernon, called the Native American House on West Nevada Street in Urbana an "awesome" place.

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