University of Illinois

University of Illinois

State liquor commissioner urges bar-entry age at 21

A letter sent last week to parents of University of Illinois students asks their help in combating the annual drinking bash known as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on March 7.

That's fine, says parent Cynthia Cronin Cahill, but she has a request for the UI as well: use your clout to raise the bar-entry age from 19 to 21 year-round, not just during Unofficial.

Illinois bands corner, Feb. 20-27, 2014

The University of Illinois bands are a beloved institution in Champaign-Urbana. Here is what they are doing this week:


7 p.m.: Pre-concert lecture, "American Music and the Significance of the University of Illinois Band Program," Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Watch Illini bring down the house at Jock Jams

Did you know your favorite Illini athletes can also sing, dance and act?

You can view Jock Jams — in which University of Illinois student-athletes take the stage — at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth St., C.

History prof will deliver lecture Thursday

URBANA — A professor of history at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will deliver the 2014 W.E.B. DuBois Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday in the University of Illlinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave.

Reddit co-founder: Entrepreneurs should focus on users, not competitors

URBANA — The Internet is a wonderful technology that can help people fulfill what they imagine, the co-founder of Reddit said.

But to succeed, they'll have to plunge ahead with their ideas, even if things aren't letter-perfect, even if they have "no idea what they're doing," according to Alexis Ohanian.

Rules issued for 2014 Unofficial

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Mayor Don Gerard has issued orders in connection with this year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, which has been set for the weekend of March 7-9.

Is it time to end Unofficial? Let Tom Kacich know here and he'll respond

UI report looks at nontenure-track faculty

URBANA — Nontenure track. Contingent faculty. Other academics. Specialized faculty.

Whatever you want to call them, the ranks of nontenure-track faculty such as lecturers and instructors have grown over the last decade while the numbers of tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois have shrunk.

UI professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'

"Monuments Men," George Clooney's new movie about art rescued from the Nazis in World War II, is about the real-life adventures of a University of Illinois art history professor and hundreds of others.

You can be among the few to see Edwin Carter Rae's photographs taken during the rescue, and read his account, which is now preserved in the University of Illinois Archives.

Melissa Merli: There's an app for that dance

The University of Illinois dance department's dances tend to be hyper-conceptual. But that wasn't the case last week.

February Dance, presented over three nights at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, featured solid movement without the usual postmodern twists.

And the dance majors — there are more young men than usual — were solid.

Richard J. Leskosky: Pesticides play leading role in Insect Fear Film Fest lineup

This year, the 31st annual Insect Fear Film Festival, sponsored by the Entomology Graduate Students Association at the University of Illinois, offers a couple of groundbreaking surprises.