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University library to display typewriters of former editor-in-chief Roger Ebert, Hugh Hefner

University library to display typewriters of former editor-in-chief Roger Ebert, Hugh Hefner

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

June 17, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, News, Showcase

The typewriters of famed University alum — including movie critic Roger Ebert, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, writer Carl Sandburg and novelist James Jones — are on display at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, located within the Main Library.  The exhibit showcases the early works of the likes...

Illini 4000 riders make stop in Champaign on their 4,787-mile bike ride for cancer

Illini 4000 riders make stop in Champaign on their 4,787-mile bike ride for cancer

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

June 16, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

From New York City to San Francisco, 17 University students are trekking a 4,787-mile bike ride journey across the country to raise money for cancer. Last Tuesday, riders from the nonprofit organization Illini 4000 made a stop in Champaign during their 78-day cross-country trip. They were greeted...

Events leading up to Yingying Zhang’s disappearance explained in opening statements

Events leading up to Yingying Zhang’s disappearance explained in opening statements

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 12, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

After nine witness testimonies and the defense telling the jury they won’t deny the fact that Brendt Christensen is responsible for the death of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, the court adjourned at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Four University of Illinois Police Department officers testified in...

Brendt Christensen’s lawyers acknowledge he killed Yingying Zhang

Brendt Christensen’s lawyers acknowledge he killed Yingying Zhang

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 12, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

Opening statements for the accused kidnapper and murderer of visiting scholar, Yingying Zhang began Wednesday morning. Christensen’s defense attorney, George Taseff, said the defense acknowledges Christensen’s responsibility in Zhang’s death. “Brendt Christensen is responsible for the death...

Jury for Brendt Christensen’s trial will be seated by Tuesday

Jury for Brendt Christensen’s trial will be seated by Tuesday

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 10, 2019


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

Opening statements for Brendt Christensen’s trial will begin Wednesday. Christensen is the alleged kidnapper and killer of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang and is being charged by the federal government for kidnapping resulting in death. Christensen is also facing two nonfederal charges for giving...

Fire near apartment building causes power loss, resident displacement

Fire near apartment building causes power loss, resident displacement

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 9, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

A resident of an apartment building on Green Street discovered and reported a fire Saturday around 11:56 p.m.  According to a City of Champaign press release, firefighters found flames in the back of the apartment building located at 509 E. Green St. The flames extended to the building’s electric m...

Commission report calls for formal retirement of Chief Illiniwek, suggests remembrance in moving forward

Commission report calls for formal retirement of Chief Illiniwek, suggests remembrance in moving forward

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

June 7, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, News, Showcase, Top Stories

The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation released its report to provide suggestions on how the University can create a path forward with the retirement of Chief Illiniwek. The report suggested holding a public event for the recognition and commemoration of the hi...

Free speech group files lawsuit against UI

Free speech group files lawsuit against UI

By Ethan Simmons, Staff writer

June 6, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

Virginia free speech advocacy group Speech First has filed a lawsuit against the University for four policies and practices that, in their view, target protected speech. Speech First filed a preliminary injunction motion tonight to restrict these practices until the suit closes. According to th...

Court needs only 12 more jurors to qualify for Brendt Christensen’s trial

Court needs only 12 more jurors to qualify for Brendt Christensen’s trial

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 6, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

Fifteen potential jurors came into court for questioning Thursday morning and 16 were questioned that same afternoon for the trial of Brendt Christensen, alleged kidnapper and killer of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.   The fourth day of jury questioning ended with a total of 58 qualified jurors. Six...

Alumnus Tom Siebel offers to pay employee tuition for online master’s degrees through University

Alumnus Tom Siebel offers to pay employee tuition for online master’s degrees through University

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

June 5, 2019


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

Tom Siebel, University alumnus and CEO of C3.ai, will cover the total cost for eligible company employees to earn an online master’s degree in computer science focused on data science through the University, according to a recent press release. Employees who complete the master’s degree program ...

Opening statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial predicted to begin Wednesday

Opening statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial predicted to begin Wednesday

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 5, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

Day three of jury selection in Brendt Christensen’s trial included groups of 14 jurors in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Six of the potential jurors qualified from the morning group and two qualified in the afternoon, bringing the total up to 45 potential jurors of the 70 needed before c...

Day two of jury selection ends with 24 more potential jurors

Day two of jury selection ends with 24 more potential jurors

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 4, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

The second day of jury selection ended Tuesday with 24 jurors total added to the pool from Monday. Sixteen jurors were brought in for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Nine jurors were qualified in the morning, and 15 qualified in the afternoon. After 70 jurors qualify, both sides will “stri...

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