University of Illinois

University of Illinois

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.

Signs outside Native American Studies house damaged again

URBANA – For at least the fifth time in the last two months, someone has damaged signs outside the Native American Studies house in Urbana.

University of Illinois police Lt. Skip Frost said the latest round of vandalism to the exhibit featuring the names of American Indians that had homelands in Illinois involved six signs.

UI Pollinatarium to host Eagle Scout induction ceremony

URBANA – The new University of Illinois Pollinatarium, a science center devoted to bees and other pollinators, will be closed for a special event Sunday.

The free museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. But this Sunday it will host an Eagle Scout induction ceremony for Alex Durack, who cleaned up the grounds for his scout project, said museum Director May Berenbaum, head of the UI Department of Entomology.

University of Illinois' 'flying saucer' has aged gracefully

How about a round of "Happy Birthday" to Champaign-Urbana's most famous structure?

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking – a remarkably understated one, it turns out – for the still-breathtaking University of Illinois Assembly Hall. For a building that was so unusual and so long-awaited, the beginning of construction on Monday, May 25, 1959, passed with little fanfare.

Man robbed while walking near UI engineering quad

URBANA – A 32-year-old man was robbed early Sunday as he walked near the University of Illinois engineering quad.

A UI police report said the man was walking in the 1300 block of West Springfield Avenue about 12:30 a.m. when four young men surrounded him.

New UI Pollinatarium already abuzz with activity

URBANA – On this beautiful spring day the place is buzzing with excitement.

Thousands of bees crawling over a hive will do that to a roomful of fourth-graders.

"Ooooh, ooooh," they gasp as University of Illinois entomology Professor Gene Robinson pulls out a tray of bees busy making honey.

"You have to stay calm, because if you go crazy, they'll go crazy, and they'll sting you," warns junior bee expert Kayla Sharp.