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UI disables lobbying branch's access to student info

URBANA – The University of Illinois has restricted access to its student-information system following a News-Gazette report that found legislators attempted to influence the admissions process on campus.

The office of government relations, or the university's lobbying branch, was suspended from having access to the UI's Banner system, which includes student information.

Veteran ACES dean named interim provost at UI

URBANA – A veteran dean who continues to teach and do research was designated interim provost at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois on Tuesday.

Robert A. Easter, the dean of the UI College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has the job, pending approval by the board of trustees at its July 22 meeting in Chicago.

UI suspends its "Category I" special admissions list

URBANA – The University of Illinois on Monday announced it has suspended use of the so-called "Category I" list following recent reports that trustees, legislators and others tried to influence the admission of some students to the university.

The university will also create a task force to review the UI's admissions process, according to a university statement released Monday afternoon.

UI's flash economic index increases slightly in May

URBANA – The University of Illinois flash economic index was up for the first time in 10 months – but only slightly.

The index increased to 94.1 in May, up from 94 in April.

Mediation called off in UI-GEO contract talks

URBANA – University of Illinois officials called off mediation with the Graduate Employees' Organization Monday, saying there was no need since both groups could agree on ground rules.

No date has been set for the next negotiating session, said Rich Potter of the GEO, but it will probably be held later this month.

UI reviewing admissions process, suspends 'Category I'

URBANA – The University of Illinois today announced it has suspended use of the so-called "Category I" list following recent reports that trustees, legislators and others tried to influence the admission of some students to the university.

The university will also create a task force to review the UI's admissions process, according to a university statement released Monday afternoon.

Records: UI chancellor discussed applicants pushed by lawmakers

URBANA – Legislators applied influence on University of Illinois administrators to win admission for favored prospective students, according to memos obtained by The News-Gazette.

Although such requests were often denied, some legislators had a pipeline to the admissions process through the university's top lobbyists, according to UI documents received through the Freedom of Information Act.

The memos show that Urbana campus Chancellor Richard Herman discussed individual applicants in some of the admissions decisions brought to him by Rick Schoell, executive director for government relations, and by Terry McLennand, the UI's assistant director of state relations.

Several campus bars punished for infractions

CHAMPAIGN – When university students return this fall, two popular campus bars will be temporarily closed with suspensions and another will be open only for those 21 and older.

UI physicists to discuss science in "Angels & Demons"

URBANA – Around the world, big screens show Tom Hanks trying to save the Vatican from antimatter that, if exposed, will destruct with enough force to vaporize a chunk of Rome.

Well, that's the fiction of "Angels & Demons" anyway.

Life Remembered: Ex-UI dean, chancellor Cribbet a pioneer

URBANA – Area residents remember John Cribbet as an outstanding speaker, ground-breaking educational leader and a beloved teacher.

Cribbet, 91, former dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and former UI chancellor, died Saturday at Clark-Lindsey Village following a long illness.