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Free UI event to remember music, times of World War II

URBANA – A free event featuring World War II music and information on the effects of the "Great War" on the University of Illinois campus will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave, U.

After the United States entered World War II, the UI campus was transformed. Enrollment sharply declined, and women took on new positions of leadership, while many male students went off to fight. New courses were added to support the war effort, and the Navy and Army offered training courses that brought thousands of soldiers to campus.

Police seek man who exposes, photographs women at UI

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign police department is looking for information on a man who is exposing, then photographing women on the University of Illinois campus.

At 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, two female University of Illinois students were walking in the area of 50 E. John St. when a man approached them from behind, according to information released by the police department Thursday night.

Delays force Champaign high-rises to postpone move-ins

CHAMPAIGN – First, Brian Davidson signed a lease for an apartment in a new luxury campus high-rise on Green Street known as the "Whopper."

Then, last April, two of his roommates backed out. So Roland Realty let Davidson transfer his lease to a smaller apartment building under construction at 54 E. Chalmers St.

As it turned out, neither building will be ready Friday, the original occupancy date. The Whopper, in fact, has a giant crane sitting on top of it.

UI union schedules rally to protest raises on move-in day

URBANA – Union members unhappy with raises awarded to University of Illinois employees will stage a rally Thursday – in the middle of move-in day for new students.

UI President B. Joseph White last month announced raises averaging 2 percent for UI faculty and 1.5 percent for other staff, citing a tight budget and increasing costs, particularly on the energy front.

Motorists beware: UI Move-in Day is Thursday

URBANA – If you work at the University of Illinois, or plan to be anywhere near campus Thursday, you might want to alter your commute.

Take a bus. Walk, Carpool. Ride your bike. Run screaming. Stay home.

Land near Allerton Park to remain untouched after state buys it

MONTICELLO – The state has bought 151 acres of forest near Allerton Park and intends to do essentially nothing with it – to the benefit of hunters, canoeists and wildlife.

The University of Illinois hadn't been doing anything with it, either, keeping one of the few woodland remnants in Piatt County in much the same condition as longtime owner Robert Allerton did. (Six acres of it have been farmed).

Trio names new supercomputer after NCSA pioneer

CHAMPAIGN – If you're going to name something after Larry Smarr, why not a supercomputer?

Smarr – best known in Champaign-Urbana as the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – returned to town this week for a ceremony dedicating a supercomputer in his honor.

Minor problems mar school's transition to ''

URBANA – Type in a professor's name on the University of Illinois Web site's "people" search, and the familiar "" e-mail address pops up.

No big change there, but that's the problem. The UI is in the process of switching to a new Web address and domain name, "," one more closely identified with the campus, according to market research.

Car-sharing business gets green light in C-U, Campustown

CHAMPAIGN – City council members gave their enthusiastic backing Tuesday night to creation of a car-sharing program in Champaign-Urbana, despite the fact that it could wind up costing the city thousands of dollars if drivers don't use it.

Meeting in study session, Champaign council members voted 8-0 in favor of directing staff to complete an intergovernmental agreement with Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, all of whom will share equally in the costs, and risks, of the car-sharing program.

Comcast to begin carrying Big Ten Network on Aug. 15

URBANA – Comcast cable subscribers who are fans of Big Ten sports can soon get their kicks on Channel 66.

Beginning Friday, Comcast will carry the Big Ten Network as part of its expanded basic lineup, with the network airing on Channel 66, said Melody Brucker, Comcast's Champaign-Urbana District director.