University of Illinois

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Some UI faculty favor a class disruption to send message

Some University of Illinois faculty say furloughs should come on days when students are in class, to send state officials a message.

Ilya Kapovich, associate professor of mathematics, said the state's fiscal "irresponsibility" caused the UI's budget dilemma.

Bid for C-U broadband service near final stages

A local consortium seeking more than $31 million in federal grants for construction and infrastructure for a broadband Internet service in Champaign-Urbana received word that their application is moving on to the final stage of review.

The Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband project, also known as UC2B, learned in a message Tuesday that the local grant application will go into the due diligence phase of review. The consortium includes Champaign, Urbana and the University of Illinois. They have also applied for another $5 million for public computing centers and sustainable broadband education and training.

Furloughs once again possibility at UI in spring

URBANA – Furloughs at the University of Illinois will be "back on the table" during the spring semester unless the state of Illinois steps up in a big way, UI officials said this week.

Heavy gusts knock area about

Below-zero wind chills are now expected in Illinois as a storm that brought high winds and snow accumulations of up to 10 inches moves out of the state.

UI units to plan for shortfalls

URBANA – Campus units at the University of Illinois must submit contingency plans for spending reductions of 7 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent, faculty members learned Monday.

"Before the end of the month, everyone will have to have these plans in place," said Robin Kaler, associate chancellor for public affairs.

UI panel to look at buying 'Beyond the Chief'

URBANA – The chancellor's design advisory committee will consider on Wednesday whether to recommend the purchase of the "Beyond the Chief" public-art installation by Edgar Heap of Birds, an internationally known artist from Oklahoma.

The committee recommendation would be passed on to the University of Illinois president. Money for the purchase would come from the John Chester Needles Fund, according to Robert Warrior, a UI professor of American Indian studies. Mr. Needles, a UI alumnus in the College of Engineering, established the campuswide fund years ago for the purchase of art.

Campus bars face ordinance violation charges

CHAMPAIGN — Eleven Champaign campus bars face liquor ordinance
complaints, Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart, who is also liquor
commissioner, announced Monday.

Zipcar adds two more autos at UI

URBANA – The University of Illinois hopes additional rental cars will decrease traffic on campus and increase pedestrian safety.

In partnership with the cities, the UI and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the car-sharing program Zipcar has introduced two new cars on campus, for a total of 10 cars available in the Urbana, Champaign and campus communities.

Bill would allow faculty member on UI board

URBANA – A bill starting its way through the state House could add faculty representation to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, introduced amendments to the board of trustees laws Nov. 23. On Friday, she said that she's not sure how much support the bill has at this early stage.

Scholarship fund at UI created in Chinese student's honor

URBANA – A fund to help students from China attend the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information Science has been established in honor of a student who died in a car crash last month.

Yingbo Zhou, 26, was the first student taking part in the graduate school's 1+1 program, which brings library students from Zhejiang University in China to the UI.