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UI grad realizes dream of flight into space

URBANA — Mike Hopkins had been preparing for this moment since high school, when he first set his sights on becoming an astronaut.

At 3:58 p.m. Central time Wednesday, the University of Illinois engineering graduate and former Illini defensive back realized his dream, blasting into space aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy.

Ex-band director arraigned on theft charges

URBANA — The former University of Illinois director of bands, accused of stealing instruments from the UI, has been ordered to be back in court Nov. 12.

Robert Rumbelow, 48, formerly of Champaign and now living in Texas, made a brief appearance in county court in Urbana Tuesday afternoon, where he was arraigned on two counts of theft over $10,000.

Author to deliver keynote at symposium

CHAMPAIGN — Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture Thursday at "Writing Another Future," a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities at the University of Illinois.

In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will feature several concerts.

Trustees take no action after four-hour hearing on professor

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees took no action Monday following a more than four-hour, closed-door hearing in Chicago to discuss the possible dismissal of a tenured professor.

Angela Davis to give lecture on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — Political activist, educator and author Angela Davis will be on the University of Illinois campus Friday to deliver a lecture called, "Abolishing the Prison-Industrial Complex."

Davis holds the title of distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

UI student falls from fire escape

A 19-year-old University of Illinois student fell from a third-floor fire escape shortly after midnight at a party on campus.
Champaign police say the woman is at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after the fall from a house in the 300 block of East Armory Street. 
No report of her condition was immediately available.

UI puts hold on building demolition over salvage issue

URBANA — In response to a flap over the disposal of architectural salvage, the University of Illinois has put a temporary hold on demolishing any older buildings on campus.

UI Facilities and Services has suspended all demolitions until a comprehensive process is developed for handling materials in buildings slated for demolition, campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said Friday.

University Y marking 140 years, launches fund drive

URBANA — When the first international students arrived at the University of Illinois in the early 1900s, they were greeted at the train station by staff members from the University YMCA.

UI institute to honor Snowe

URBANA — The University of Illinois will honor former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe next week in a ceremony in Washington.

Olympia J. Snowe will receive the 2013 Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Award in a ceremony hosted by Sen. Dick Durbin and UI President Bob Easter on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs administers the program.

Ex-UI band director faces felony theft charges

URBANA — The former director of the University of Illinois Bands has been charged with felony theft in connection with the disappearance of instruments belonging to the UI.