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Streetfest canceled for game days

CHAMPAIGN – Along with all the changes at Memorial Stadium for this football season, there will be one more change outside the stadium: no Streetfest.

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics decided to discontinue the game-day promotion that included local bands and inflatable games. Officials said they'll take this year to evaluate the promotion and come up with other options for next season.

Embattled police institute leader resigns

URBANA – The head of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, under fire recently for his relationship with the military contractor Blackwater USA, has resigned.

The move comes a month after questions were raised about Director Tom Dempsey's consulting work for Blackwater and the institute's agreement with the company.

UI assistant basketball coach headed to Kentucky

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois basketball program is in the process of losing an assistant coach.

Tracy Webster is expected to complete new coach Billy Gillispie's staff at Kentucky and an announcement could come as soon as today, multiple sources said. Gillispie, who took over the program from Tubby Smith in April, has two assistants but has been in the market for a third.

Watkins won't enroll at Illinois this fall

CHAMPAIGN – Quinton Watkins, a highly regarded shooting guard from California, will not enroll at Illinois for academic reasons this fall.

Illinois coach Bruce Weber said today that "it is a complicated academic issue. Privacy laws won't let me get into it. We felt we had recruited a quality player later and we're very disappointed for him and his family.

Illini basketball player Smith to sit out season

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber announced today that Jamar Smith will sit out the upcoming basketball season.

Smith, a 21-year-old junior, pleaded guilty in May to a felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence. The Peoria Richwoods graduate was the driver in a February car accident that hospitalized teammate Brian Carlwell with a severe concussion. Under a plea agreement, Smith was sentenced to 15 days in jail and two years of probation.

PTI, Blackwater pact terminated

URBANA – A pact between the University of Illinois Police Training Institute and a controversial military contractor was canceled by the university last week.

UI Chancellor Richard Herman, in a letter to Blackwater officials dated Aug. 15, notified them of immediate termination of the "memorandum of agreement."

UI convocation speakers urge students to get involved, enjoy college years

CHAMPAIGN – Where will you be at the end of four years?

That's just one of many questions University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman asked of thousands of freshmen students on Monday.

Researcher to take over as head of department

CHAMPAIGN – Randall Westgren has been appointed head of the Department of Business Administration in the University of Illinois College of Business, effective Aug. 15.

He will succeed Huseyin Leblebici, who has held that position for seven years. Leblebici plans to continue teaching and research in the business college.

UI plan for hotel, restaurant, conference center gets OK

CHAMPAIGN – A plat for a new hotel, restaurant and conference center in the University of Illinois Research Park has received the backing of the Champaign Plan Commission.

Plan commission members voted 4-0 Wednesday to endorse the preliminary/final plat, which now goes to the city council for consideration at its Sept. 4 meeting. The plat creates separate lots and dedication areas for sidewalks.

UI business school students must now pick major

CHAMPAIGN – Students in the University of Illinois Department of Business Administration will have to declare a major, beginning this fall.

No longer will the simple phrase "business administration" appear on their transcripts.