News briefs

By Danielle Gaines

Campus Briefs

Illini Union Bookstore hosts Reading the World Festival

From Tuesday to Thursday, the Illini Union Bookstore and several sponsors will host the first annual Reading the World Festival. The festival is designed to bring international authors to the central Illinois area so they interact with local readers. It will feature several panels and readings throughout the festival. For more information, go to

Lambda Theta Alpha to hold lemonade stand for charity

Lambda Theta Alpha sorority will set-up a lemonade stand on the Quad Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lemonade stand, sponsored by Playtex, will raise money to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a foundation started by a young girl who was diagnosed with cancer. For more information, go online at

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Campus Rec sponsors six-day trip to Grand Canyon

Students will be able to enjoy a six-day backpacking and camping excursion to the Grand Canyon. The trip will last from May 15 – 26. Two nine-student teams – a beginner and a veteran group – will hike between five to 12 miles a day along the Colorado River.

The fee is $540 students and Campus Rec members or $640 for non-members and the general public. Applications can be obtained by calling 217-333-TRIP.

Compiled by Danielle Gaines

Metro Briefs

Illinois American Water plans temporary treatment change

Illinois American Water will adjust its treatment process for the next five weeks as part of its regular, ongoing maintenance program. From April 17 through May 19 the company will switch its disinfection method to a form of chlorine known as “free chlorine” which does not contain ammonia.

Residents may notice a difference in taste and odor of their water, which is only due to a switch in chlorine type that will eventually lead to cleaner drinking water.

Career in government seminar to be held

State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-103) is hosting a “Career in Government” seminar Wednesday night from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 192 of Lincoln Hall. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) will also be present.

Students and graduates will be able to learn about job, internship and volunteer opportunities in the government at the event.

Compiled by Sky Opila