University of Illinois

Chief logo's designer wants rights to it

URBANA – If the University of Illinois has no more use for the Chief Illiniwek logo, the artist who created it wants it back.

An attorney for graphic designer Jack Davis, who created the logo in 1980 and sold it to the university for $210, sent a letter to the UI asserting that Davis has a "right to resume control of the logo and associated rights to it," said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.

Parkland proves to be a perfect partner for UI

CHAMPAIGN – When University of Illinois officials searched for a partner to help make the Global Campus Partnership work, they didn't look far.

More than 1,600 UI students were already enrolled in Parkland College courses, many of them online, and officials tracking outcomes at both schools could see they were excellent.

UI plans to keep Chief logo rights

URBANA – The University of Illinois announced today it plans to keep its ownership rights to the Chief Illiniwek logo.

The university also set a timetable for when manufacturers need to stop producing Chief merchandise, in keeping with the UI Board of Trustees' decision to eliminate the use of American Indian imagery.

Nobel Prize winner dies

URBANA – University of Illinois professor Paul C. Lauterbur, 77, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2003 for his pioneering work in the development of magnetic resonance imaging, died this morning at his home in Urbana.

Professor Lauterbur and Briton Sir Peter Mansfield, a former UI research associate, shared the 2003 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology.

Johnson reintroduces NCAA bill

URBANA – A bill allowing universities to sue the NCAA if they're sanctioned for having American Indian mascots has been reintroduced by U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson, R-Urbana.

The measure, known as "The Protection of University Governance Act," would allow the University of Illinois or any other university to sue the NCAA and seek damages for lost revenue if it were barred from hosting a championship game.

School of Music lands opera star, accompanist wife

URBANA – The University of Illinois School of Music has added another marquee name to its faculty roster – baritone Nathan Gunn, recently described by The New York Times as opera's latest superstar.

Gunn, whose appointment becomes effective Aug. 16, will be a tenured professor of voice. His wife, Julie Gunn, who has a UI doctorate in accompaniment, was appointed associate professor in accompaniment, also effective Aug. 16.

Newly appointed trustee joins in on Illiniwek vote

URBANA – When the final vote came on the Chief Illiniwek resolution, a familiar but surprising face was at the board table.

The UI learned Monday that Gov. Rod Blagojevich had reappointed Trustee Robert Vickrey for another six-year term, according to UI spokesman Tom Hardy.

UI trustees OK Global Campus

Imagine a college degree, without the dorm food.

Always wanted a University of Illinois degree but couldn't spend four or five years on campus? The UI's new Global Campus program might be just the thing.

Leftover Chief issues in Herman's hands

URBANA – The testimony on both sides was heartfelt and emotional.

On one side, University of Illinois graduate student Genevieve Tenoso, an American Indian threatened because of her opposition to Chief Illiniwek, spoke of having to summon her courage simply to come to campus every day.

Lawyer files suit over UI decision on Chief

URBANA – A Champaign lawyer known for his outspokenness has filed suit against the University of Illinois Board of Trustees over the decision to retire Chief Illiniwek.

John Gadau, 64, a graduate of the UI College of Law and longtime supporter of UI athletics, filed suit in Champaign County Circuit Court on Monday asking a judge to declare that the actions of the trustees in retiring the UI's symbol to have been beyond their statutory authority.

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