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UI announces police chief selection

URBANA – Barbara O'Connor has spent most of her life in her home state of Massachusetts but said she's ready for a change of scenery – in the Midwest.

O'Connor, 47, director of public safety at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst since 2001, was announced Wednesday as the new University of Illinois police chief, pending approval by UI trustees in November. If approved, she will begin her duties Jan. 1 and earn $160,000 annually.

Experts: It will take sacrifices to fight global warming

URBANA – Americans can fight global warming and its causes, but they'll have to make some sacrifices to do so.

That was the gist of the message three experts delivered during a Wednesday discussion about global warming and the public policy necessary to fight it. The conversation took place at the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, the sixth annual Craig S. Bazzani Lecture in Public Affairs. After experts gave 10-minute talks on their primary findings concerning global warming and the policies needed to regulate it, Moderator John Foreman and audience members questioned them about the subject. Foreman is the editor and publisher of The News-Gazette, Inc.

Handgun, cocaine found in trash net felony charges

Accused faces mandatory prison term if convicted of either offense

URBANA – A handgun and about 3 ounces of cocaine found in a Champaign man's trash has resulted in him being charged with two felonies.

Massachusetts official chosen as new UI police chief

URBANA – The director of public safety at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will be the new police chief at the University of Illinois, pending approval by UI trustees.

Barbara O'Connor, police chief at the Amherst campus since 2001, will begin her UI duties on Jan. 1, according to a UI release. She succeeds Oliver J. Clark, who retired in 2005. Kris Fitzpatrick and Jeff Christensen had filled the interim position since then.

Prof, son reveal keys to happiness

CHAMPAIGN – Money isn't everything, but according to happiness expert Ed Diener, it certainly is something.

"Our research shows money is, in fact, related to happiness," Diener told about 200 people attending a Busey Wealth Management seminar Monday in Champaign.

UI play 'La Soy Latina' focuses on life as Latina in America

URBANA – The members of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority will perform the ensemble play "La Soy Latina," which explores their identities and connections in American society, on Wednesday evening at the Illini Union.

"An honest and funny look at what it means to be Latina in America, it explores the stories of six diverse women growing up bilingual, bicultural and proud to declare, 'Yo Soy Latina!,'" according to a news release.

'Obamamania' author to speak Thursday at UI faculty center

URBANA – The author of the book, "What's Wrong with Obamamania: Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

The talk, "Obamamania and the Crisis of Political Leadership," by Ricky L. Jones, an associate professor at the University of Louisville, is free and open to the public.

Artist's talk canceled

CHAMPAIGN – Artist Fred Tomaselli, who was to have given a talk at 5:30 p.m. today at Krannert Art Museum, has canceled due to illness.

University of Illinois art history Professor Jonathan Fineberg said the talk will be rescheduled for the spring.

UI's emergency notification plans get routine tweaks

URBANA – Brian Kucic is enrolled in the emergency notification system at the University of Illinois, where he is an administrator at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications.

"Especially in today's environment, you want to be notified if there is a danger," Kucic said.

Kucic's daughter is a student at Northern Illinois University, where Steven Kazmierczak of Champaign shot 21 people, five fatally, before he killed himself on Feb. 14.

"It's a big concern," Kucic said of the need for campus emergency alerts.

The UI continuously practices and revises its emergency plans, including an alert last week regarding a violent threat for Halloween night.

EIU Jazz Lab, Collegiate bands to perform Tuesday night

Eastern Illinois University's Jazz Lab and Collegiate bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Charleston campus.

The first half of the concert will feature the EIU Jazz Lab Band, a 19-piece ensemble directed by Paul Johnston, playing a variety of big-band music, including selections written for the Count Basie Orchestra and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.