University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI's Global Campus starting small

URBANA – Global Campus isn't exactly spanning the globe – yet.

Right now, 10 students are taking classes through the University of Illinois' new virtual campus – three in a bachelor's-completion program in nursing and seven in electronic-learning programs – and the majority are from Illinois.

Conference features renowned participants

URBANA – Two nationally known writers will deliver the keynote talks at a conference hosted by the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois. It opens today and runs through Saturday on the UI campus and is free and open to the public.

"Rupture, Repression and Uprising: Raced and Gendered Violence Along the Color Line," explores the continued local, national and global legacies of a history of violence in America, particularly in the past 40 years.

Veteran British actor to appear at Ebertfest

Screen, stage and television actor Timothy Spall will be a guest at Roger Ebert's Film Festival with the screening of "Hamlet." The 1996 movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh, will open the festival at 7 p.m. April 23.

Individual tickets to the 13 movies in Ebertfest go on sale starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Virginia Theatre box office. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. Call 356-9063 for information. Festival passes sold out soon after they went on sale in previous years.

Writing, history scholar to take over as Indian Studies director

CHAMPAIGN – Robert Warrior first visited the University of Illinois in 1992 to talk about contemporary issues facing American Indians – economic development, tribal government reform and the like.

Most of his audience wanted to talk about Chief Illiniwek. A visit in 1996 turned out much the same way.

Jobless rates down from January, up from 2007

February unemployment rates in East Central Illinois tended to be down slightly from January, but up from a year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported.

Champaign County's rate was 5.2 percent in February, down from 5.8 percent in January but up from 4.3 percent in February 2007.

UI leads in number of foreign students

CHAMPAIGN – Seung yeoul Lee, sipping on a Sunny D in a University of Illinois office, followed a pipeline direct from South Korea to John Street.

Lee, whose UI graduate work was in metals, has a friend who graduated from the UI two years earlier.

Interest costs hamper UI amid credit crisis

URBANA – The national credit crisis is costing the University of Illinois money – $30,000 to $50,000 a week in interest costs – and forcing the school to restructure some of its short-term debt.

Trustees this week gave administrators broad authority to rework up to $110 million of "variable rate demand bonds" backed by two troubled bond insurance companies.

UI trustees call for 'Bill of Health'

URBANA – The University of Illinois is asking legislators for a multimillion-dollar "Illinois Bill of Health" to tend to its financially ailing medical school and health sciences programs.

If the special appropriation is approved by legislators, the state would provide another $50 million annually, phased in over five years, to support education of doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals.

Tuition hike at UI approved 'reluctantly'

URBANA – They're not happy about it, but University of Illinois trustees approved a 9.5 percent hike in tuition costs for next school year.

Before voting unanimously Wednesday to raise tuition to $9,242 annually for new students, trustees agonized about the impact on affordability, especially for middle-class families who don't qualify for financial aid.

Study: Global warming might help insects in war on plants

When University of Illinois researchers found that soybean plants heavily exposed to carbon dioxide at an open-air lab here suffered more insect damage – and that the insects damaging them lived longer – they wondered what was behind the effects.