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Sept. 18, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 6)
Curb cuts, a now common feature that benefits all pedestrians, were first employed on the U. of I. campus and community streets in the early 1950s. Nugent says city of Champaign officials were often more cooperative than campus administrators.
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Curb cuts, a now common feature that benefits all pedestrians, were first employed on the U. of I. campus and community streets in the early 1950s. Timothly Nugent, who pioneered disability services on the U. of I. campus, says city of Champaign officials were often more cooperative than campus administrators.

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U. of I. Board of Trustees vote to not appoint Salaita

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ON THE JOB: Brandon Boyd

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Committee OKs further planning for new college of medicine

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NEW FACES 2014

Among the newcomers to the Urbana campus are faculty members whose appointments began this summer or fall. Inside Illinois continues its tradition of introducing some of the new faculty members on campus and will feature at least two new colleagues in each fall issue.

  • Jefferson Chan, assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Endalyn Taylor, assistant professor of dance in the College of Fine and Applied Arts

Wise apologizes to SEC for handling of Salaita situation

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Partnership helps Extension expand outreach, impact

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Sinfonia da Camera announces its 31st season

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Pygmalion Literary Festival features award-winning authors

Last year marked the inauguration of a new literary festival held in conjunction with the popular Pygmalion Music Festival, the annual four-day showcase of regional and national bands at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum, and a variety of local clubs. Pygmalion’s bookish arm, dubbed the Pygmalion Literary Festival, returns this year Sept. 25 (Thursday) – 28 (Sunday) with a long list of writers reading at venues other than libraries or book stores.

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Finding money to update or replace laboratory equipment just became easier with a campus initiative recently unveiled by the offices of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Research.

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