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Day camp at UI shows science 'not just for boys'

URBANA – Cathy Seebauer squealed as she added baking soda to a beaker with water colored purple from the dye of cabbage, a good pH indicator.

"It turned blue. Cool," said the 11-year-old from Urbana.

Rural Tolono man picked as interim ACES leader

A rural Tolono man has been named as the interim dean designate of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Interim Provost Designate Robert A. Easter announced on Tuesday that Robert J. Hauser has been selected for the position.

Rutherford to run for state treasurer in 2010 election

State Sen. Dan Rutherford, who ran statewide in 2006 and lost by more than a million votes to incumbent Secretary of State Jesse White, says he'll try again in 2010 – this time running for state treasurer.

Incumbent State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is pondering a run for U.S. senator, but Rutherford, a Chenoa Republican, said he'll run even if Giannoulias seeks a second term.

Ex-UI administrators call for changes on Board of Trustees

URBANA – Four past leaders of the University of Illinois are calling for major changes on the UI Board of Trustees to protect the "integrity" of the school following reports of a politically compromised admissions process.

Trustees appointed by former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich have "pursued personal interests and saw themselves accountable only to the governor" rather than acting as stewards of the university, the former presidents and chancellors said in a strongly worded letter to the Illinois Admissions Review Commission.

UI law school dean pledges no "special" admissions

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois College of Law is adopting new rules on admissions inquiries to "ensure the integrity" of the school's admissions process, according to Dean Bruce Smith.

The college will give no "special" consideration to candidates with political clout, Smith told members of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission during testimony Wednesday in Chicago. The college will accept admissions inquiries only from candidates themselves, and will take input on them only through formal letters of recommendation, Smith said.

Scholarships helped offset law school's 'unwelcome admissions'

CHAMPAIGN – Scholarships for top law school applicants recruited to offset underqualified students forced upon the University of Illinois College of Law cost the campus about $350,000, newly released figures show.

Stakeout clips wings of suspected parking meter scofflaw

URBANA – A University of Illinois student from Chicago who mistakenly thought a paper clip could buy her more time on a city parking meter has been ordered to appear in court next month.

New UI Web site to track requests for public information

URBANA – What sort of information are newspapers and TV stations – and lawyers and unions – asking of the University of Illinois?

Visit a new Web site and you can find out.

The University of Illinois has started listing the requests for public information it receives on its Web site at

48 UI faculty members pen letter supporting chancellor

URBANA – A group of 48 prestigious University of Illinois faculty sent a letter in support of Chancellor Richard Herman to The News-Gazette on Monday, the day Herman testified before the state commission looking into the school's admissions procedures.

The letter calls recent events surrounding the admissions process "an unexpected and unwarranted assault" on UI leadership, and it expresses "full support" of UI administrators in their efforts to deal with the matter.

Studio Visit: Jessie Knox, 56, of Urbana

Q: When did you start making art?

A: I can't remember when I didn't do it. In grade school I would do all the bulletin boards and backdrops for the student plays. I did medical illustrations for science classes. I did school emblems. During Black History Month, I'd do drawings of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and other historical figures.