University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN – Tears spill from Norma Mejia's eyes as she talks about her two young sons back home in Honduras.
Instead of going to school, they're working construction to help support the family. Mejia, a seamstress, lost her job when Russell Athletics closed the local factory, and she said she's been blacklisted from other factory work.
URBANA – Some community colleges will be offering online agriculture courses taught by University of Illinois professors starting this fall.
Introductory courses will be available in animal sciences, crop production, horticulture and soils. All Illinois community colleges are eligible to participate.
URBANA – The space is all ready and waiting.
Now all Carle Foundation Hospital needs is for medical researchers to move in and put Urbana on the map as the place where a giant leap is made in the treatment of breast cancer.
URBANA – Two hearings will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday regarding proposed changes in campus mass transit service.
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will present information on the service revisions at hearings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the College of Law courtroom, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Illini Union Room 404, 1401 W. Green St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – Residents of a University of a Illinois dormitory were temporarily evacuated today due to an unusual odor.
Champaign firefighters were sent to Scott Hall, 202 E. Peabody Ave., C, to investigate a possible hazardous odor, according to Deputy Chief Tim Wild. Investigation showed there was a problem with a battery for the phone system in the computer room in the basement of the building, he said.
CHAMPAIGN – Chicagoan Armando Rodriguez was surfing the Internet on Sunday morning when, just by a fluke, he came across a link to Ebertfest.
He noticed that the festival would end that afternoon with a screening of "Baraka" and an onstage discussion afterward with Chicago Sun-Times tech writer Andy Ihnatko and the two men who made the epic, non-verbal film.
"When my friends said, 'Let's go to the lake and play ball,' I said, 'How about going down to Champaign to see Mr. Ihnatko and Roger Ebert and 'Baraka'?" he said.
Jerry Loyet nods his head and agrees that Americans are keeping their cars longer and putting more miles on them than ever before.
Then he rolls his eyes, takes a breath and proudly exhales: "Not this long!"
URBANA – Krannert Center for the Performing Arts opened on April 19, 1969, but will pay tribute to that anniversary with a celebration on Friday, May 1.
"Minus 10: Forty and Forward" will feature tenor saxophonist Phil Doyle and alto saxophonist Henning Schröder performing at Stage 5 in the Krannert lobby. The event is free; no tickets required.
URBANA – The artist who created an art exhibit that was recently damaged by vandals will be returning to campus to take part in an open meeting next week.
Last month, three out of 12 outdoor art sign plates displayed on the 1200 block of West Nevada Street on campus were vandalized. The signs were part of an exhibit titled, "Beyond the Chief."
CHAMPAIGN – Roger Ebert just gave a big thumb's up to his alma mater, in the form of a $1 million gift.
Ebert, class of 1964, and his wife, Chaz, gave the University of Illinois $1 million toward creation of the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies Fund – a program that didn't have a counterpart in his undergraduate days.