University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI's flash index increases for third straight month

URBANA – The University of Illinois flash index rose for the third straight month in December, indicating the recession may be bottoming out here.

The index rose to 91.2 in December from 91 in November. Generally, index readings above 100 reflect a growing economy, while readings below 100 indicate a contracting one.

Krannert going ahead with change to lobby lighting

URBANA – You think you've got high power bills.

The annual cost just to light the lobby at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is $59,000, or almost $5,000 a month.

Board approves $39,000 tax levy for Southwest MTD

CHAMPAIGN – The board of the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District – a government agency with no employees and no operations – adopted a $39,000 property-tax levy Tuesday night.

UI site puts pets in holiday spirit, without a fuss

URBANA – Any cat worth its catnip knows it was born into royalty. Now you can use a University of Illinois Web site to get that tiara.

On paper, or in an e-mail, anyway.

UI's charitable contributions drive close to goal

URBANA – With the campus abuzz about potential furloughs and budget cuts, organizers of the University of Illinois charitable contributions drive weren't sure what to expect this year.

The final count isn't quite finished, but donations are "very close" to the $1.4 million goal, the head of the campaign said Thursday.

Employee buyouts mentioned as one way to cut UI spending

URBANA – Employee buyouts might be the next method the University of Illinois uses to reduce costs in the spring semester.

Earlier this month, campus units were told to make contingency plans for spending reductions of 7 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent, and the plans came due Wednesday.

Dial-A-Carol taking call-in requests through Dec. 17

If you need more holiday music in your life, consider calling Dial-A-Carol.

The service is located at Snyder Hall, a residence hall on the University of Illinois campus.

Movement workshop offered for people with Parkinson's

URBANA – Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has teamed up with the Mark Morris Dance Group and local entities to offer a monthly movement workshop for people with Parkinson's disease.

The next session will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 in the Drama Rehearsal Room on the lower level of Krannert Center. The monthly class will take place through May 2010.

UI entomology department marking 100th anniversary

URBANA – "A termite walked into a bar and asked, 'Is the bar tender here?'"

That's the favorite insect joke of an expert on insects, insect humor and insect horror films, May Berenbaum, the chair of the University of Illinois department of entomology.

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.