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Audit finds fault with travel receipts

URBANA – A state audit has found fault with how two former Urbana-Champaign campus researchers filed receipts for travel on federal grants.

The University of Illinois repaid the federal government $35,000 for expenses charged by the two unnamed married researchers, spokesman Thomas Hardy said.

Vote on UI engineering merger will wait

URBANA – After nearly two hours of contentious debate about merging two engineering departments, the University of Illinois' faculty senate realized it didn't have a quorum and shut itself down.

So the senate didn't vote Monday on merging its Theoretical and Applied Mechanics department with Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

In this contest, good D really does win championships

The empty coffee cups and caffeine-laden soda cans spread around the room told the story.

"Right now, we're very tired," was the commentary added by Christy Sauper, a University of Illinois senior in computer science.

UI: Take control, 'before things get out of hand'

URBANA – The Unofficial St. Patrick's Day event affects the safety of University of Illinois students and the conduct of classes, and Chancellor Richard Herman wants it to end.

Herman said both the UI and the cities have to play a part in taking control of the event.

UI salaries increase as university competes for top-level leaders

URBANA – When Linda Katehi officially takes office as the new University of Illinois provost at the beginning of April, she'll be paid $320,000 a year.

That's an increase of almost 12 percent over her predecessor, Jesse Delia, who was paid $286,000 as interim provost. And it's an increase of 42 percent over what the position paid five years ago, when Richard Herman, now chancellor, was making $225,000 as provost.

UI among winners of grants to further state agriculture

SPRINGFIELD – Grants to help University of Illinois scientists study swine breeding and help a Champaign farm develop an agricultural tourism Web site were among the 2006 AgriFIRST winners announced on Thursday.

The grant program is part of the governor's Opportunity Returns economic development initiative and is designed to support new advancements in the state's agriculture industry.

Students showing record interest in UI

URBANA – The University of Illinois received a record number of applications this year, and officials will be making fewer initial offers of admission. That means getting into the UI will be more competitive for next fall's freshmen.

The amount of applications increased by 14 percent this year, to about 22,300, said Stacey Kostell, director of undergraduate admissions.

UI students' information mistakenly put on Web

URBANA – The Social Security numbers of some University of Illinois students were posted on a Web site for about six weeks in January and February.

The Department of Computer Science inadvertently posted the names, Social Security numbers and UI identification numbers of some of its students on its departmental Web site. The posted file did not contain the Social Security numbers of all the students listed, but it did contain the UI identification number for all of them.

Professor labeled a dangerous academic

URBANA – Robert McChesney has been labeled a "dangerous academic," but the charge doesn't leave him very concerned.

He called the new book that cites him, "The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America," an attack that is "sloppy and unimpressive, an apparent rush job."

New general manager hired

URBANA – A manager with long ties to public broadcasting has been hired as general manager of WILL-AM-FM-TV in Urbana, pending approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Mark Leonard, general manager for Central Washington at KCTS-TV in Seattle, has been chosen to succeed Donald Mullally, who retired last year.