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Noted conductor Andrew Megill to lead choral activities at Illinois

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 31, 2014

Andrew Megill, considered one of the leading choral conductors of his generation, will join the University of Illinois in the fall as the director of choral activities and as a professor of conducting.

Published Date: March 31, 2014


The green patina of Alma Mater will be gone when she returns to the U. of I. campus on April 9.

Restored Alma Mater sculpture to return to U. of I. campus on April 9

Author: Mike Helenthal

Published Date:March 21, 2014

The Alma Mater sculpture will make her long-awaited return to the Urbana campus April 9, where she will be put back on her pedestal to silently watch the next century of university progress.

Published Date: March 21, 2014


'A Simple Life,' a drama from Hong Kong that was part of Roger Ebert's top 10 list for 2012, will be shown April 26 at 2 p.m. at Ebertfest. Director Ann Lui will be a guest for the post-film discussion.

Ebert documentary, Spike Lee and Oliver Stone all part of 2014 'Ebertfest'

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 20, 2014

Roger Ebert will not be at his namesake festival this year, but he will kick it off just the same. “Life Itself,” a documentary about the late film critic’s life, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, running April 23-27 in Champaign-Urbana.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


About 1,000 saxophonists are expected to attend the North American Saxophone Alliance conference hosted by the University of Illinois

Saxophonists conference brings in both jazz and classical stars

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2014

The University of Illinois School of Music will host the North American Saxophone Alliance conference next weekend (March 20-22). Held biennially, the conference is expected to draw about 1,000 saxophonists – jazz and classical, amateur and professional – to participate in master classes, competitions and performances.

Published Date: March 12, 2014


Students of architecture professor Mark Taylor are designing sustainable homes to replace structures destroyed by the tornado that hit Gifford in November.

Illinois students plan sustainable homes for tornado-ravaged Gifford

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 3, 2014

In 2010, University of Illinois students were in the planning stages for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition when an EF2 tornado hit Streator, Ill., destroying scores of homes and businesses. Mark Taylor, the architecture professor supervising the students, said that event inspired the students to focus their efforts on designing a house that could be quickly constructed and assembled to meet the needs of families affected by future tornadoes. They entered the competition with a 1,000-square-foot solar-powered modular house called that they dubbed “Re_home.”

Published Date: March 3, 2014