University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Top of the Morning, May 2, 2017

Checking in with a pair of UI heavyweights who continue to put up a good fight:

— Hall of Famer Lou Henson is due back in Champaign on Friday. The all-time winningest basketball coach in UI history is coming off a three-week stay at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he was diagnosed with influenza and a staph infection in his lungs.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 30, 2017

Isn't Krannert Center approaching its 50th anniversary?

Wired In: Emma Mercier

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet EMMA MERCIER, a University of Illinois curriculum and instruction professor with a doctorate from Stanford. A native of Ireland, Mercier, 37, still eats meat sometimes, but teaches children about its impact on our environment, in terms of both the carbon and water it takes to produce.

Bike to Work (or Campus) Day set Tuesday

Tuesday is the day to leave the car at home for Bike to Work (or Campus) Day.

Ten welcome stations across the community will be open from 7 to 10 a.m. offering free snacks, coffee and Bike Month 2017 T-shirts to cyclists.

Garth Brooks on C-U: 'This place stays forever young'

CHAMPAIGN — Friday night's performance at State Farm Center was show No. 325 on his world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood, but Garth Brooks hasn't grown tired of playing any of his greatest hits.

Not even "Friends in Low Places."

Wilco frontman among acts coming to 2017 Ellnora guitar festival

URBANA — Jeff Tweedy, Janis Ian and the Ronnie Baker Brooks Band will be among the acts performing at Ellnora: The Guitar Festival on Sept. 14-16 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

UI grad student hopes new statue engineers change in attitudes

URBANA — It's taken some time, but Sakshi Srivastava's determination to get a statue honoring women in engineering on the University of Illinois campus is finally paying off.

The life-size statue, a gift from Texas Instruments, is scheduled to be unveiled at its home on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright St., with a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. today.

Cozad winners hit right note with judges

URBANA — The judges took longer than expected to determine the winners of this year's Cozad New Venture Competition.

To help fill the time, one of the finalists, Sam Walder, played his violin.

Once the judges returned, Walder's project was named one of two first-place winners, receiving a $15,000 prize for his app, Trala, that helps students learn to play the violin.

38th time's a charm for Garth Brooks superfan

Bubba Strauss has never met Garth Brooks, though that doesn't stop the Cleveland man from proclaiming "I feel like I almost have a bromance with him."

Brooks, the country-music megastar, has millions of fans worldwide, many of whom claim to be his No. 1 fan.

Count Strauss among the many No. 1 fans out there.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

ASIAFEST! 2017

What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.