WBEZ | Illini http://www.wbez.org/tags/illini Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en U of Illinois students broadcasting football games in Mandarin http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-02/u-illinois-students-broadcasting-football-games-mandarin-113154 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Illini football Flickr Roger W web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>David He and Bruce Lu are typical college kids &mdash; they&rsquo;re nuts about their school&rsquo;s football team. And they&rsquo;re doing something with that passion that&rsquo;s a first in the country: Broadcasting the Illini football games in Mandarin Chinese. They join to talk about why they&rsquo;re doing it and how it all came together.</p></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-02/u-illinois-students-broadcasting-football-games-mandarin-113154 Morning Shift: August 31, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-31/morning-shift-august-31-2015-112777 <p><p>There&rsquo;s a shuttered high school in Washington Park that community activists have been pushing to re-open as a neighborhood high school and they&rsquo;ve been on a hunger strike for two weeks now over the issue. We explore the issues surrounding the future of Walter H. Dyett High School and what it says about the future of the traditional neighborhood high school model in Chicago.</p><p>A government agency that helps businesses cover the costs of exporting goods and services has not been in operation since the beginning of July and there&rsquo;s no telling when the Export Import bank will be up and running again. We find out how that lapse is affecting small businesses in Illinois.</p><p>WBEZ Sports Contributor Cheryl Raye Stout stops by to talk Bears, the future of the Fighting Illini, and, of course, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta.</p><p>We also talk about anthropomorphism &mdash; that&rsquo;s when we attribute human characteristics to animals and objects. Advertisers rely on the concept quite often but until recently it was never really explored from a business perspective.</p></p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-31/morning-shift-august-31-2015-112777 U of I football coach out one week before season starts http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-31/u-i-football-coach-out-one-week-season-starts-112774 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/A Syn illini football.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s not a great start of the new school year for Fighting Illini fans... One week before the start of the season, the University of Illinois fired head football coach Tim Beckman. U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas said in a statement on Friday that he learned of &ldquo;efforts to deter injury reporting&rdquo; and pressure players &ldquo;to continue playing despite injuries.&rdquo; There were other allegations about Beckman threatening the scholarships of some seniors who were injured.</p><p>WBEZ Sports Contributor Cheryl Raye Stout joins us with more on that, and Jake Arrieta&#39;s no hitter.</p></p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-31/u-i-football-coach-out-one-week-season-starts-112774 Illini lineman arrested in possible hate crime http://www.wbez.org/story/illini-lineman-arrested-possible-hate-crime-88752 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/AP051119027277.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Illinois football player arrested in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime has a previous felony conviction for cocaine possession.</p><p>Champaign police say they arrested 20-year-old defensive lineman Chris Jones on Sunday on a preliminary aggravated battery charge after two men reported he punched them outside a bar. The men said Jones was in a car whose occupants shouted anti-homosexual insults at them.</p><p>University spokesman Kent Brown said Jones has been suspended. Jones hasn't entered plea and has not responded to an e-mail from The Associated Press.&nbsp;</p><p>Jones is a 310-pound freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. Duval County, Fla., records show Jones pleaded guilty in July 2010 to cocaine possession and was sentenced to 60 days probation.&nbsp;</p><p>Brown said coach Ron Zook is aware of that conviction.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 19:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illini-lineman-arrested-possible-hate-crime-88752 Illinois' odds not so good in NCAA tournament http://www.wbez.org/story/news/sports/illinois-odds-not-so-good-ncaa-tournament <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-14/109981266.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There's some statistical help in filling out those NCAA basketball tournament brackets.&nbsp;But University of Illinois fans might not like the odds.</p><p>The Illini are a No. 9 seed in the Southwest region. Later this week, they'll face off against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a No. 8 seed.</p><p>U of I computer science Professor Sheldon Jacobson says the Illini are favorites to win that game.&nbsp;That's based purely on statistics that 9 seeds have historically faired better than No. 8s in the second round of the tournament.</p><p>Jacobson put together a mathematical model that helps determine who will make it to the Final Four.</p><p>&quot;If you look at the seeds there are very consistent patterns that have evolved over the past 26 tournaments. So you can actually determine how likely they are to occur,&quot; Jacobson said.</p><p>Jacobson said the best bet for the Final Four is two No. 1s, No. 2 and a No. 3.</p><p>As for Illinois, Jacobson said the odds aren't so good for the team to advance past the third round, much less win the championship.</p><p>&quot;In fact it's so low that you'd be better off buying a lottery ticket than you'd be betting on Illinois,&quot; he said.</p><p>The Illini are the only team from Illinois to make the tournament. The team came close to winning the championship in 2005, but lost out to the University of North Carolina. That year, Illinois was a No. 1 seed.</p><p>Jacobson and two undergraduate students created a website for people to check the odds of their <a href="http://bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu/">brackets</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/sports/illinois-odds-not-so-good-ncaa-tournament