University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Meeting will discuss future of Mumford House

URBANA – Discussions of what to do with Mumford House, the oldest building on the University of Illinois campus, resume next week with a daylong public planning meeting headed by architects and engineers who recently evaluated the small frame structure.

The 139-year-old building, originally used as a model farmhouse and the home of early deans of the UI College of Agriculture, was to have been moved to the university's South Farms until the UI Board of Trustees intervened last March. The trustees voted to keep the building where it has been since 1870, just off Lorado Taft Drive near the McFarland Memorial Bell Tower on the UI's South Quad.

Beckman Institute marks 20 years of collaboration

URBANA – In 1985, the Illini baseball field, Strawberry Fields and a cinder track, five laps to the mile, dominated the area near Wright and University.

Within four years, a $50 million facility jutted from the area, a 20-year experiment in bringing scholars from different fields under one roof that has paid off with research that benefits our daily life.

'Hip-Hop Project' offers in-depth view of vibrant culture

URBANA – Ask people what hip-hop means to them and you tend to get answers like bling, saggy pants or baseball hats worn to the side. Some folks might even make beat-box music.

All those water down a vibrant culture that has spread across the globe in a short amount of time, with roots that go far beyond Grandmaster Flash and other hip-hop pioneers to African and Caribbean music and culture, said Millicent Johnnie, a hip-hop scholar and dance professor at Southern Methodist University.

Marlee Matlin hoping to inspire others with new book

URBANA – The News-Gazette checked in with actress Marlee Matlin, who was the youngest winner of the Academy Award for best actress for "Children of a Lesser God" in 1986. More recently, you've seen her on "The L Word" on Showtime, NBC's "The West Wing" and the TV movie "Sweet Nothing in My Ear." She also performed in season six of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

You can catch Matlin at "An Evening with Marlee Matlin" on the University of Illinois campus next week. The talk is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Illini Rooms at the Illini Union. Admission is free, and the doors open at 7:30 that evening. It's sponsored by the Illini Union Board and LGBT Resource Center.

Exec wants extended, expanded home-buying incentives

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate chain is pressing for the first-time home buyer credit to be extended and greatly expanded.

But Jim Gillespie said he doesn't know how successful the proposal will be because it could push up the federal deficit.

Marshal feels honored, even though it rained on her parade

URBANA – A painter, a firefighter and a pilot in training, this year's homecoming parade marshal has seen a lot in 23 years, including two tours in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Katherine Maglia of the Illinois Air National Guard was to oversee the soggy proceedings Friday, but had only a reception to shine at, after the non-stop drizzle canceled the parade itself.

Student on homecoming court destined to attend UI

URBANA – B.J. Frobish started sporting orange and blue when he was far too young to understand what it was.

Frobish, who's 21, was featured as a baby in the University of Illinois Alumni News, sporting an orange-and-blue bib. The caption? "B.J. Frobish, Class of 2010."

MTD plans rerouting during UI Homecoming Parade

On Friday, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District services will be rerouted to accommodate the University of Illinois 2009 Homecoming Parade.

MTD services will be rerouted beginning about 5:45 p.m. and will continue until the parade has ended, which should be about 7:30 p.m. The parade is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Baby-sitting may become an option at UI's ARC

CHAMPAIGN – We all know the impediments to exercise – you don't have time, you hate yourself in workout clothes, there's no one to watch the kids, etc.

Search for new UI provost temporarily put on hold

URBANA – The University of Illinois is temporarily suspending a search for a top administrative post, the Urbana campus provost, Chancellor Richard Herman announced.

His e-mail to the campus did not directly say it had to do with problems at the top following a summer of scandals about the admissions process.