The News Gazette | She does it again
University of Illinois alum Tatyana McFadden will be competing in next year’s Paralympic Games following her victory Sunday morning at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. McFadden captured her fifth consecutive victory in the women’s wheelchair race, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes, 10 seconds. She broke her own course record of 1:42:35, set in 2013. “I have my ticket for Rio for next year,” she said following the race. “It was really challenging this year because the wind direction kept changing. I used the wind to my advantage.” Continue.
News Bureau Illinois | The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko’s brain
In the summer of 2012, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with more than 30 world records in her age group, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois and submitted to an in-depth analysis of her brain. The resulting study, reported in the journal Neurocase, offers a surprising first glimpse of the potential effects of exercise on the brains and cognitive abilities of the “oldest old.” Continue.
The News-Gazette | Thursday’s the day to leave the car in the garage
URBANA — Champaign County Bikes will make your bike commute to work on Thursday a lot easier as well as more fun. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday — Bike to Work Day — the organization and bicycle shops will staff nine Bike to Work Day Welcome Stations in Champaign, Urbana and on the University of Illinois campus. Continue.
Business Insider | The 16 most beautiful and iconic American college quads
Although the college quad first became associated with academia on the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, most of America’s great universities now feature a central space surrounded by residence halls and classrooms. Many of these collegiate spaces appear on the US National Register of Historic Places and are considered among the most iconic examples of American architecture and design.
The UIUC Main Quad houses Foellinger Auditorium, a concert space and lecture hall that can seat over 1,500 students. Continue.
In celebration of May as National Bike Month, the Champaign-Urbana community celebrates its fifth annual Bike to Work Day in 2014. There are several sponsored events throughout the season, so check the calendar and get biking! Check out events here.
Smile Politely | Urbana Police Department free bike giveaway
The Urbana Police Department will be giving away free bicycles on Thursday, May 8th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 704 South Glover Street, Urbana. They’ll be offering one bike per person in as-is condition, so show up early to check out what they have to offer. Continue.
Business Insider | The 20 best college towns in America
When picking a college, a school’s location can sometimes be just as important as its academics. The American Institute of Economic Research has released its latest College Destination Index, which compared college towns around the country based on their academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity.
32,000 undergrads attend class at the University of Illinois here. These sister cities ranked second in terms of student diversity (15.2% of students are non-U.S. residents) and fourth in city accessibility (17.3% of workers commute by public transportation, bike, or walk). Continue.
MSN | 10 cities where you want to walk to work
#6. Champaign-Urbana, IL
Residents of the sister cities of Champaign and Urbana, which straddle the University of Illinois campus, often walk to work and to the weekend farmer’s market and local outdoor cafes. Eight percent of workers travel to the office without a car. Five years ago, Champaign officials made a big push to make pedestrians, not cars, the priority. Continue.
ISSUU | On Campus: A guide to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2013-14
An annual publication released each August, this full-color, magazine-style publication offers feature content as well as maps, calendars, sports and performance information, as well as general campus facts and news. Explore U of I here.