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.
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.
URBANA – Several University of Illinois student fees are likely to increase next year.
In addition to a proposal to raise tuition, UI trustees on Tuesday are expected to vote on increases to room-and-board fees; general student fees which cover, for example, health services; plus a new fee that would create a need- and merit-based scholarship.
Soon, Mario Camacho will be able to file his taxes.
He can't wait.
URBANA – Six months after a bus struck and killed a University of Illinois freshman, the UI is asking a transportation consultant to take a comprehensive look at how campus traffic can be improved.
The UI took several steps to protect pedestrians after Sarah Channick, 18, died Sept. 29, installing four-way stop signs at key intersections, painting warnings on crosswalks and installing monitors that display driving speeds.
URBANA – Earning a degree from the University of Illinois could get more pricey beginning this summer.
The UI Board of Trustees on Tuesday is expected to consider proposals to increase tuition and to add a new fee that would cover the costs of repairing and maintaining buildings on the three campuses.
URBANA – A University of Illinois Senate meeting on Monday came to a rather abrupt end when several student members got up out of their seats, backpacks and jackets in tow, and left the room.
As a result, the campus legislative body did not have a quorum, and UI Chancellor Richard Herman adjourned the meeting.
In-boxes are once again being filled with e-mails warning consumers about a dire threat.
If you don't register your cellphone numbers with the Do-Not-Call Registry as soon as possible, starting today the telemarketers will come a-calling.
URBANA – The year: 1970. Vinyl was in. Platform shoes were gaining momentum. The personal computer? Still years away.
In the three decades since the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library opened its doors, the vinyl chairs have split open. And just about every table has a laptop, tablet computer or other portable device brought in by students.
CHAMPAIGN – Preliminary drawings of the University of Illinois' new conference center show a building that can easily accommodate gatherings of 500 or more.
The conference center, planned for the south side of St. Mary's Road across from Assembly Hall, would be a single-story structure featuring a 7,500-square-foot ballroom, a junior ballroom, several conference and breakout rooms and a "board room" for more formal meetings.