University of Illinois

UI President discusses demographics

CHAMPAIGN – More out-of-state students and more international students will strengthen the University of Illinois and help spread the word about its quality, said UI President B. Joseph White.

He spoke and answered questions at noon Tuesday at the University YMCA, for its Know Your University lecture series.

Tuscola school nominated for Blue Ribbon

TUSCOLA – North Ward Elementary School in Tuscola is one of only 16 schools in the state to be nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education for the National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon school program.

North Ward's students scored in the top 10 percent on state tests in reading and math.

Educating C-U about Islam

URBANA – With cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad sparking violence overseas, members of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center Sunday invited community members to get to know them better.

"We decided to hold an open house soon after the publication of the Danish cartoons, the offensive misrepresentations of Muhammad," said Irfan Ahmad, outreach coordinator for the center. "We want to show people there are ways to address these issues peacefully and intellectually. The violence is being caused by less than 1 percent of Islam."

Daily Illini publisher blasts suspended editor's decision in letter

CHAMPAIGN – Daily Illini Publisher Mary Cory, in a letter to DI alumni, excoriated the actions of the paper's editor-in-chief in deciding to publish anti-Muslim cartoons.

Now a lawyer representing the editor, Acton Gorton, says Cory and the Illini Media Company, which owns the paper, defamed Gorton.

UI TV show gives realistic view of judicial system

CHAMPAIGN – For a dramatic and entertaining look at courtroom activity, watch "Law & Order."

For a realistic view of how the judicial system works, watch "Illinois Law."

Two Daily Illini editors suspended from jobs

CHAMPAIGN – Two Daily Illini editors were suspended from their jobs Tuesday after the paper received complaints about anti-Muslim cartoons.

Editor-in-chief Acton H. Gorton said the Daily Illini's publisher suspended him and the newspaper's opinions section editor, Charles Prochaska, for two weeks pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

UI Women's Club uses day of love to mark 100 years

URBANA – From hat to toe, attendees of the Women's Club at the University of Illinois' Tuesday Tea were ready to party.

More than 60 members, ranging in age from 30s to pushing 90, gathered in Clark-Lindsey Village's activity room to celebrate the club's 100th year the way women celebrated back when the club first began. That the celebration took place on Valentine's Day just made the event a little sweeter.

Modernized educational campaign part of safety initiative

URBANA – Looking both ways before you cross the street is the safe thing to do. So you've been told since you were 5.

Now, officials are trying to make it the hip thing to do. The University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District are looking at getting students' attention in ways that don't make them sound like their mothers.

Faculty study how to teach effectively

URBANA – University faculty members have extensive training in their own disciplines but often no formal education in teaching when they first stand in front of a classroom of students.

"It's a really scary proposition for most people," said Cleo D'Arcy, a University of Illinois crop sciences professor.

White announces plans to hire CFO

URBANA – University of Illinois President B. Joseph White is creating a new position for a chief financial officer for the university.

In an e-mail sent to UI administrators Tuesday, White announced several organizational changes, including a search for a new vice president and CFO.

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