University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Cuban expatriates reunite to recall revolutionary escape

CHAMPAIGN – "Salud!" the former Cubans shouted as they toasted the Catholic chaplain who welcomed them to Illinois 47 years ago.

The occasion was a weekend reunion for 11 of the 14 Cuban youths who finished their educations in central Illinois. Some reconnected in Florida 10 years ago. Others had not seen each other for 47 years.

Portuguese water dogs learn to do ancestors proud

Jan Eastburn was smiling as she stood in waist-high water at the Lake Park subdivision lake.

Her chipper little Portuguese water dog, a 2-year-old named Arthur, dutifully swam downstream, grabbed a float line bobbing in the water, and eagerly brought it to the Louisville, Ky., woman.

Artist questions value placed on stolen signs

URBANA – Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Edgar Heap of Birds says Crimestoppers has never been part of his career.

"I guess it is now," he said.

2 chancellor's office computers seized in admissions probe

URBANA – The University of Illinois legal office removed two computers from Chancellor Richard Herman's office Thursday as part of a new "protocol" to ensure all e-mail relevant to an ongoing admission inquiry are recovered.

Documents show negotiations, influence on UI admissions

URBANA – Newly released documents show University of Illinois administrators negotiating with powerful figures seeking to influence admission to the Urbana campus.

The 123 pages of e-mail messages were released Thursday after a four-hour board of trustees meeting was held behind closed doors. They were in response to Freedom of Information requests from The News-Gazette and the Chicago Tribune.

Excerpts from e-mails

Excerpts from e-mails released Thursday by the University of Illinois regarding admissions.


UI trustees reduce level of next year's tuition increase

CHICAGO – University of Illinois freshmen at the Champaign-Urbana campus will get a smaller tuition increase than expected.

The UI Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted unanimously Wednesday by teleconference to reduce a 4 percent increase to a 2.6 percent one. This amounts to incoming freshmen paying $121 more a semester than last year's freshmen.

UI researchers' work flies Air Hobbico to help Boeing

CHAMPAIGN – Radio-controlled planes can be a lot of fun. But they also have practical value, as was proved in a recent demonstration of new technology by Boeing Co.

The technology – which involves the transmission of video data from airborne planes to units on the ground – could end up helping firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to crises such as earthquakes and floods.

Indian Market and Festival to take place this weekend

The Eiteljorg Museum will present its 17th annual Indian Market and Festival this weekend on the museum grounds at White River State Park on the west side of downtown Indianapolis.

The Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday will feature more work by 130 American Indian artists; performances by native storytellers, dancers and singers; food including Indian tacos; and family activities, from mask-making to corncob-dart tossing.

Tried and True: Cucumber Pasta Salad a cool treat

Becky Rodgers of Clinton offers this recipe for Cucumber Pasta Salad. She tried it and recommends it to others.

If you would like to share a recipe you've had success with, mail to or The News-Gazette, Recipes, 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61820.