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UI open houses expected to attract thousands

Join in an archeological dig, match wits with a robot named Bert, meet the host of "Time Warp" or watch "Floral Design to Music" – the University of Illinois is reaching out to young and old Friday and Saturday.

Country singer Gary Allan sets show at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Country music singer Gary Allan will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Grad assistant grateful for UI's assistance

URBANA – Besides spending 40 hours a week on her graduate studies, Emily Passey works an average of 18 hours a week as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library.

She earns about $1,000 a month for her assistantship – enough to get by, but only with careful budgeting.

Union 'thrilled' by UI plan to help tax-stricken

URBANA – A graduate employees' union is "thrilled" by the University of Illinois' plan to help graduate assistants shoulder unexpected tax-withholding costs this semester.

Graduate assistants due to have money withheld from their paychecks starting next week can get emergency grants from the university to cover the cost.

UI grad student wins Lemelson-MIT inventor prize

URBANA – University of Illinois graduate student Scott Daigle has won the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize, given annually to an outstanding student inventor on campus.

Daigle, a graduate student in mechanical science and engineering, started IntelliWheels Inc. to add automatic gear shifting to wheelchairs.

Aviators defend institute to UI officials who recommended its closure

URBANA – Dozens of supporters of the Institute of Aviation, two full rows of them in pilot uniforms, called for the University of Illinois to reverse course after a Stewarding Excellence report suggested eliminating the smallest college on the Urbana campus.

UI student remembered as 'outspoken, outgoing'

URBANA – Friends, teachers and loved ones remembered Bradley Bunte as a cheerful man who was pursuing his dream of becoming a sports journalist.

Bunte, 21, a University of Illinois student from Urbana, was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m. Monday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Smoke odor prompts emergency landing in Savoy

SAVOY – An American Eagle jet out of Chicago made an unexpected stop in Savoy on Friday night after the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit.

Vignettes from Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

Some snapshots of the people and activities involved in the 2011 Unofficial St. Patrick's Day:

The emergency operations center at the Fire Service Institute looked like a scene out of a James Bond movie.

"This is tactical operations," said University of Illinois police Lt. Todd Short.

Unofficial revelry continues in the rain

Updated at 11:40 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN – Police were phasing out their extra squads as Friday's daylong Unofficial St. Patrick's celebration continued toward the early morning hours of Saturday.