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Members, alumni glad UI glee club will be open to all majors

URBANA – It has bonded father to son, connected generations of University of Illinois alumni and fostered a marriage or two.

Heck, it even spawned one of the most popular (albeit tongue-in-cheek) UI ballads, about the famous Morrow Plots (more on that later).

Much more than a singing group, the 123-year-old University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club has been an unofficial fraternity and surrogate family for thousands of UI students over the years. They return faithfully for reunion concerts, recite verbatim the medleys they sang decades ago, and stand up at each other's weddings.

Teams compete at UI to find new uses for old electronics

URBANA – An old computer returns to life as a hydroponic mini-farm, with a monitor filling in as a grow-light.

Perfect for a long space flight, with astronauts in deep sleep, the computer adjusts water, feed and lights, and tells you when the lettuce is ready to harvest.

UI School of Music changes its tune concerning glee club

URBANA – The University of Illinois School of Music will modify its audition policy for the Varsity Men's Glee Club, hoping to quell a chorus of protests from alumni across the country.

Glee club changes booed by some UI alumni

URBANA – Changes to the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club have some alumni singing an unhappy tune.

They're upset students can no longer simply try out for the glee club, but must instead audition before a panel of music faculty, who then assign students to whichever School of Music choir is deemed to be the best match.

42-year Urbana Park District Board member attends final meeting

URBANA – For 42 years, Bruce Larson spent at least one Tuesday night every month attending a meeting of the Urbana Park District board.

No more. The University of Illinois emeritus professor of biochemistry and nutritional sciences attended his final park board meeting Tuesday, after opting to not run for an eighth six-year term. Larson is the longest-serving commissioner in the history of the park district, eclipsing the 40 years served by J.C. Blair, who was on the original park board and was its first president in 1907.

Concoard Coalition panel seeks solutions to fiscal woes

CHAMPAIGN – We have problems.

That's one thing three Washington insiders agree on, even if they don't share common views on how federal budget deficits, a mounting national debt and escalating health care costs should be contained.

Champaign County to host Money Smart Week events

CHAMPAIGN – More than 50 different workshops and classes on financial issues will be offered in Champaign County next week as part of Money Smart Week.

The free events – coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – are designed to educate consumers about money management and to answer questions they have about finances.

It's Your Business: Yoga shop opening with art show

In conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival this coming weekend, the new Amara Yoga & Arts will debut with an art show in its new space on the east of Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

Amara aims to showcase work by local artists, offer art workshops and art therapy for kids and adults. Yoga classes also will be offered. Yoga begins in May. The owners plan to have a variety of different yoga classes available, including classes for children, plus Pilates and meditation courses.

New UI business dean set to tackle challenges

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois farm boy. Economist with degrees from Bradley and Cornell.

Thirty-year University of Illinois faculty member. Long-suffering Cubs fan.

That's Larry DeBrock, newly appointed dean of the UI College of Business.

DeBrock, 56, faces several challenges – and opportunities – in the years to come, according to Ira Solomon, co-chair of the search committee that recommended finalists for the position.

Couple barreling ahead with container manufacturing

When Wendi Lindsay was planning her green products store, B. Lime, in Champaign, she knew she wanted to sell rain barrels.

But since B. Lime is an earth-friendly store and she wanted to keep the carbon footprint low, the last thing she wanted to do was order rain barrels from a distant place like Canada, she said.