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UI fraternity to remain open despite suspension

The head of the Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity said the University of Illinois chapter will remain open despite being suspended by the university.

Salaita tweet gets him into trouble - with Twitter

Steven Salaita, whose controversial tweets about Israel's invasion of Gaza prompted the University of Illinois to withdraw his job offer in August, was briefly removed from Twitter on Wednesday.

Salaita's followers started tweeting around 4 p.m. that his account had been suspended and demanding to know why:


Jim Dey: Cockamamie video a flaccid attempt at supporting academic freedom

Last week, academics gathered at the Beckman Institute for a panel discussion on the importance of academic freedom.

The Starting Line: Upgraded digs aiding UI wheelchair athletes

The training room where the University of Illinois wheelchair athletes worked out until recently was once part of the women's locker room. The converted space had room for six or seven rollers but little more, becoming so cramped when it was full of athletes working out that their everyday wheelchairs took up all the available floor space.

Salaita calls off planned speech at UI-Chicago

CHICAGO — Professor Steven Salaita has canceled his talk today at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The American Indian studies scholar was to deliver a speech at the UIC student center, but he informed the organizers he had to postpone it, per advice from his lawyers.

Top of the morning, Oct. 7, 2014

— In Monday's paper, Staerkel Planetarium's David Leake advanced this week's lunar eclipse, which could start as early as 3:45 a.m. Wednesday (about the time my News-Gazette hits the stoop). Sounds interesting, I told Parkland College's veteran skywatcher. But let's say I don't want to stay up for the whole thing.

UI Vet Med Open House gives kids chance to play animal doctor

URBANA — Kadin Lemme, 6, of Mason City and 8-year-old Emily Duong of Champaign were veterinarians for the day Sunday — as were hundreds of other boys and girls who took part in the University of Illinois Vet Med Open House.

Camp offers kids 'a safe place to talk'

MONTICELLO — Last year when her mom told her about a special camp for kids who had lost a loved one, Diana Siedenburg wasn't sure if she wanted to go.

Her jitters disappeared as soon as she arrived and saw scores of counselors and volunteers dressed like pirates. UI educating students on fire safety

URBANA — For the past month, the University of Illinois has been teaching students about preventing fires as a part of a national campus-fire-safety initiative.

Nowhere are those lessons more needed than in the fraternities and sororities that routinely have dozens of fire-safety violations.

Wise on proposed medical school: 'Only we can do this'

CHAMPAIGN — It's time to be bold, to lead, to act.

That's the message University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise has been delivering around campus and throughout the state as she makes her pitch for a new College of Medicine for the Urbana-Champaign campus.