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Scholarship auditions for music camp set

The Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will hold scholarship auditions for the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp on April 12.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C, students in grades six through 12 can audition to receive one of 10 $300 scholarships to the camp.

Japan House's spring open house Saturday

URBANA — Japan House will have its spring open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring tea ceremonies at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., hosted by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association.

The tea ceremony will cost $5 per person and is free for Tomonokai members. Reservations are not required.

Flash index drops for second straight month

URBANA —The University of Illinois flash index has declined for a second straight month, suggesting a slower rate of growth for the Illinois economy.

The index fell to 106.5 in March, down from 106.8 in February and 107.2 in January, according to the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Hopkins to speak at UI commencement

Astronaut Mike Hopkins will give the keynote address at the 2014 University of Illinois commencement next month.

Hopkins, a 1991 UI engineering graduate and former co-captain of the Illini football team, just returned from six months aboard the International Space Station.

Alma's getting ready to come home

She plans to live-tweet her progress back to campus next week as she returns from a Chicago conservation studio after more than a year of rehab.

Alma Mater is scheduled to be loaded up on a flatbed truck on April 8 and kept overnight at "an undisclosed location," then head to Champaign starting at 6 a.m. April 9, said campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler.

A guide to Moms Weekend

On Saturday, Pamela Russell will finish her one-year term as president of the Moms Association at the University of Illinois. Until then, she's still BMOC (Big Mom On Campus) in our book.

With Moms Weekend kicking off Friday on campus, we turned to Russell for advice. The 1987 UI grad will make the trip from Winnetka and mix business with pleasure (daughter Kaitlyn is a senior).

Top of the Morning, March 31, 2014: From the archives

I bet some of you who never go to campus went to campus last week.

Some of my co-workers, for instance, hit Papa Del's for lunch.

Spring break is the perfect illustration of the ambivalence that can exist in a college town.

International Week carries more weight on increasingly global UI campus

Didn't make it overseas for spring break?

Head to campus and try the Finnish cuisine at Bevier Cafe on Tuesday. Or maybe Moroccan is your style — that's Thursday's menu. Or go see "Kisoboka," an African variety show.

It's all part of International Week at the University of Illinois, which highlights the breadth of international activities on campus.

'Art of Science' at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition "The Art of Science 4.0" will be on view from Thursday through April 7 at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; viewing hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

MTD backs contract for business plan for Willard Airport

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board members Wednesday approved a $113,200 contract with a Eugene, Ore., firm to develop a strategic business plan for Willard Airport.

The University of Illinois, which owns the airport, will cover 90 percent of the cost of the study by Sixel Consulting Group. The MTD will provide the other 10 percent, or about $11,320.