French president Sarkozy is blaming txting for the imminent demise of the French language (link).
Last March, Sarkozy, an avid texteur, was caught messaging while awaiting an audience with the Pope, and later in a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. His advisors were apparently so concerned with Sarko's disregard for protocol that they warned him to curtail his habit in preparation for a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, herself an avid mobile phone user.
I associate the university with two things: (1) the first web browser which I used (in late 1994), Mosaic (link) from the NCSA at the UIUC, and (2) the linguistics department there (link). OK, maybe three things, but the other one is from a work of fiction and not necessarily associated with the university.
Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992.
Oh, I am sorry. Now there'll always be three (or four) things I think of when I read a reference to it. (Come to think of it, there is one more thing: irrationally I think of cremant made in the city, but that's just silly.)