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Background checks to be implemented soon

By Adam Kaz

October 19, 2015

Anxieties held by some faculty members about the University’s new background check procedures erupted Monday at the Academic Senate.On Nov. 1, the University will adopt the new background check procedures approved by the Board of Trustees in September. The background checks will be overseen by Gener...

Some think the label of “felon” stigmatizes ex-criminals

By Christin Watkins

October 18, 2015

Former governor George Ryan — who was convicted of fraud and racketeering charges in 2006 — recently called for legislation to end labeling people as “felons” once they serve their prison sentence. SORebecca Ginsburg, director of the Education Justice Project, supports informing peopl...

Kilgore speaks about new book at University YMCA

Kilgore speaks about new book at University YMCA

By Christin Watkins

October 8, 2015

Charlotte Green is very interested in the criminal justice system, “to put it mildly.”“To me, it’s a human rights issue,” said Green, a friend of University adjunct lecturer James Kilgore.Green spoke at the University YMCA Wednesday at an event about Kilgore’s new book, “Understanding M...

Academic Senate to urge to Board to postpone implementation of background checks

Academic Senate to urge to Board to postpone implementation of background checks

September 22, 2015

The newly approved background check policy is expected to be implemented in less than two weeks, but the Academic Senate might put it on hold. Teresa Barnes, professor of history, presented a resolution at the Academic Senate meeting Monday asking the senate to urge the Board to postpone the impleme...

Provost search will not start until new chancellor named

Provost search will not start until new chancellor named

By Maggie Sullivan

August 27, 2015

The search for a new provost to replace Ilesanmi Adesida, who resigned Monday, will not begin until a new chancellor is named first, said Jan Dennis, assistant director for the Office for University Relations. “It’s important the new chancellor have input into the decision of provost, because the...

New SEC Chair Gay Miller prepares for year ahead

New SEC Chair Gay Miller prepares for year ahead

By Maggie Sullivan

August 25, 2015

New Senate Executive Committee Chair Gay Miller said her biggest focus this year is ensuring the committee is as collegial and productive as possible.“I’ll continue to work to make sure, as best I can, our meetings result in productive work that helps move us forward,” Miller said. Former SEC Ch...

Students should consider Teach for America

March 2, 2015

Dear Illini seniors:I hope this message finds you well, and I hope you’re braving the walk to class, despite the winter weather. As a University alumnus, I remember well those cold walks across the Quad. A year after graduating, I found myself in a warmer but less expected locale, teaching sixth g...

Kilgore supporters push Board of Trustees to consider his employment

Kilgore supporters push Board of Trustees to consider his employment

November 11, 2014

Supporters of James Kilgore rallied on Monday to urge the Board of Trustees to reconsider the former African Studies professor’s employment status at its upcoming meeting. Although the Board of Trustees will meet in Chicago on Thursday, there is no item on the agenda pertaining to Kilgore’s empl...

Celebrating South African freedom at Krannert Center

Celebrating South African freedom at Krannert Center

April 23, 2014

For South Africans, 2014 marks 20 years since the general elections of 1994 that elected the late Nelson Mandela to office. As an anti-apartheid revolutionary, Mandela sought to bring human rights to all South Africans, regardless of color. On Wednesday, Mandela’s efforts will be celebrated at the Kr...