University of Illinois

Trip's expenses are far outweighed by benefits

The University of Illinois could bring in about $2.3 million from participating in the Rose Bowl, but it's not cheap to fly the players, coaches, band members and others out to Pasadena.

The UI will spend upwards of $2 million to go to the Rose Bowl, officials estimate.

A cheap trip? No. Worth it? Definitely

CHAMPAIGN – Ticket to the game: $135. Tour package: $2,200.

A chance to see the Tournament of Roses parade in person after watching it on TV all her life: Well, let's just say it's worth an awful lot to Betty Sappenfield.

Orchard Downs project delayed

URBANA – The University of Illinois is still planning to redevelop Orchard Downs, the family and graduate housing community south of campus.

It's just taking a little longer than expected to put those plans together.

Daily Illini to take road trip by Greyhound to Rose Bowl

CHAMPAIGN – If all goes as planned – the glamour of riding 2,000 miles on a Greyhound bus, sleeping on a floor near a California beach, New Year's with hundreds of Illini, watching the Rose Bowl on press passes – seven college journalists will probably never forget their trip to Pasadena.

The journalists work for the Daily Illini and WPGU-FM, both part of the Illini Media Company. They leave Chicago the day after Christmas and come back Jan. 4.

Secret to treating water? Go with the flow

When Manish Kumar was doing research for the water-treatment industry, people kept wondering why the new membranes he was trying to develop to filter water still seemed slow getting the job done.

Look at biological filtration systems, they said, like the kidneys, which have no problem processing nearly three beer kegs' worth a day.

Faculty, staff to get look at redesigned UI home page

URBANA – A makeover is in the works for the University of Illinois' Web site.

The current home page at features news headlines about the various colleges, a calendar, and search options for contacting faculty, staff or students, as well as links to admissions and other units.

Name game, level 2, for UI college

URBANA – CMAS is out. Anyone for CJAM? Or COM?

The University of Illinois College of Communications' search for a new name is not exactly back to square one, but the choice favored by faculty and alumni is apparently out.

Did you get your Rose Bowl gear?

CHAMPAIGN – People in the bookstore business pay attention to sports – very close attention.

"We started thinking Rose Bowl two weeks ago," said Greg Baumer, department manger for TIS Bookstore, Champaign. "It started looking like Ohio State might move up and Illinois could move into the Rose Bowl, and I'm thinking, 'I better order some stuff!'"

Senate tables homecoming resolution

URBANA – The University of Illinois Senate on Monday tabled a resolution that called for the university administration to sever its ties with homecoming.

The resolution was brought before the legislative body of faculty and students a little more than a month after Chancellor Richard Herman announced he had overturned a campus policy that initially prohibited the use of Chief Illiniwek images on homecoming parade floats. Herman said floats, costumes and other decorations are representations of personal expression. Students who support the now-retired Chief Illiniwek ended up marching in the homecoming parade and wearing Chief apparel.

UI living-learning med professions group launched

URBANA – University students who are considering careers as doctors, veterinarians or nurses can now cram for tests together, participate in late-night chats and ponder their careers all while living in the same dorm.

This fall the university launched its newest "living-learning community," where students of similar interests live and study together in the same residence hall.

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