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UI Senate approves resolution to ban Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

URBANA – Meeting for the last time this academic year, the University of Illinois Senate on Monday called for the elimination of Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

Senators approved a resolution to eliminate "Unofficial," a popular student drinking holiday held before the actual St. Patrick's Day. Debate on the issue had closed at a previous UI Senate meeting.

Two at UI get stem cell research grants from state

Two University of Illinois researchers are among the first 10 recipients to be awarded state grants for stem cell research.

UI scientist Matthew B. Wheeler of the Department of Animal Sciences was awarded $591,322 for studying mesenchymal stem cells. Stephen J. Kaufman with the UI's Department of Cell and Developmental Biology was awarded a $250,000 grant for work with mesoangioblast stem cells.

Petition calls for smoking ban in Campustown bars

URBANA – Tired of smelling of smoke after coming home from a night on the town, two University of Illinois students decided to circulate a petition to ban smoking in Campustown bars.

UI graduate student John Stevo of Blue Island and UI senior Ryan Fitzgerald of Bethany plan to take their petition to the Champaign and Urbana city councils.

Online courses have helped UI's library program achieve top ranking

It's a rainy day, and Christine Jenkins turns on her car's windshield wipers.

She's not thinking about how the wipers, let alone her car, work. The car is just something that she uses to go here and there.

Five-year diversity plan in the works at UI

URBANA – The University of Illinois will embark on a five-year diversity plan that ultimately charts a course on how the university can foster a diverse and inclusive campus, Chancellor Richard Herman announced Friday.

A committee will gather insight and input from all the university's colleges and schools and draw up this comprehensive plan, said Herman, who spoke at the UI conference, "Documenting the Differences Racial and Ethnic Diversity Makes: Uncovering, Discussing, and Transforming the University."

UI chancellor meets with Chinese leader

Breakfast in St. Louis, dinner in Washington, D.C.

Just another day for University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman, who dined in Washington, D.C., on Thursday evening with visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Diversity study findings to be presented at UI conference

URBANA – Now that a two-year study on diversity at the University of Illinois has wrapped up, what's in store for the campus?

Several academics will present their findings this Friday as part of the conference "Documenting the Differences Racial and Ethnic Diversity Makes: Uncovering, Discussing, and Transforming the University."

Event focuses on matters of the mind

Your brain does a lot of thinking for you, but you probably don't think much about it.

University of Illinois researchers would like to change that with the annual "Brain Awareness Day," put on by students and staff from the UI Neuroscience Program, at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign.

'Bold steps' under way for health of the Earth

URBANA – Here's a thought before you take a sip from your plastic water bottle. Or juice bottle. Or soda bottle.

Americans go through about 2.5 million bottles of plastic bottles every hour. That's right: every hour.

Here are some more numbers for thought.

Last year the University of Illinois burned 65,700 tons of coal. It burned 476,504 gallons of gasoline and it used 1.4 million kilo gallons of water.

Tuition increase approved

URBANA – University of Illinois trustees on Tuesday approved a tuition increase and a new student fee that will cover costs of repairing aging buildings on the three campuses.

Beginning with the 2006-07 school year, freshmen enrolled in general degree programs at the Urbana-Champaign campus will pay $3,854 per semester in tuition. That's an increase of about $333 per semester.