University of Illinois

University of Illinois

A host of excitement

As Krannert Center for the Performing Arts gears up for today's Opening Night Party for the season and Ellnora The Guitar Festival, director Mike Ross took time out to chat with arts writer Melissa Merli:

You've been director of Krannert Center for 18 years. Why have you stayed here after having come from New York City and California?

Flag denial 'ridiculous'

URBANA — University of Illinois sophomore Chris Piper was 5 years old on Sept. 11, 2001.

As a kindergartner, he remembers some talk about Osama bin Laden and going to war in Afghanistan, but he doesn't have a memory of seeing the planes hit the twin towers or the emotions he felt on that day.

Salaita's book tour includes Urbana

URBANA — Steven Salaita will visit Urbana next month to promote his new book, “Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom.”

Wall full of racism on campus — for a reason

URBANA — Few are spared in the vocabulary of prejudice, judging by the writing on a temporary wall at the University of Illinois.

"Stupid hick." "Oreo." "Foreign."

Those were some of the least offensive scribblings Tuesday on a "Wall of Prejudice" built by a campus fraternity on the South Quad to raise awareness about the prejudice that people of all stripes encounter every day.

Ag secretary to speak at UI

URBANA — The University of Illinois will host the nation's top agricultural official on Thursday in a lecture open to the public.

Beckman gifts honor institute's first director

URBANA — A $5 million gift to the University of Illinois will honor the founding director of the Beckman Institute and its donors, endowing postdoctoral fellowships and a lecture series in their names.

Updated: In-state enrollment up at Illinois

URBANA — The second-largest freshman class in University of Illinois history has a slightly larger share of Illinois residents than a year ago, reversing a decade-long percentage decline. (Detailed stats here.)

Smoking on campus? Get ready to pay up

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Smokers will now be punished for lighting up on campus.

It's Your Business: Bike shop rolls out rentals

A local business has launched a semester-long bike rental service called the Chambana Bike.

Neutral Cycle, at 624 S. Fifth St., C, is leasing a single-speed road bike, according to business owner Tim Chao.

For $69 plus deposit, you can rent a bike for the semester. Once you return your bike, you get the deposit money back.

Another Fletcher in the fold

The Fletcher family had already supplied the Illini with three top baseball players before Preslie Fletcher graduated from Oakwood High School.

She's a University of Illinois freshman who had trouble deciding between diving and cheerleading at the University of Illinois.