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Robot competition at UI Engineering Open House a culmination of fun

URBANA – They worked thousands of hours for those seven minutes Saturday.

That blip of time in which four remote-controlled robots competed against each other to collect balls and dump them into a designated bin for points represented months of trial and error, but mostly fun, for the college engineering and computer students who designed and built the machines.

C-U experts monitoring situation in Japan

Japan is probably the best-prepared nation in the world for earthquakes and tsunamis, but the sheer force of the quake and its aftershocks suggests to University of Illinois experts that there is great potential for further damage.

200 join UI walkout for state workers

URBANA – More than 200 students demonstrated Friday on the University of Illinois Quad in a walkout in support of state workers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.

They weren't all UI students. About 20 made the walk over from Urbana High School, and a similar number went south from University Laboratory School.

UI Open Houses, March 11-12, 2011.

Beckman Institute, the Engineering Department, and the College of ACES all held their annual open house's on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Country singer Gary Allan sets show at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Country music singer Gary Allan will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

UI open houses expected to attract thousands

Join in an archeological dig, match wits with a robot named Bert, meet the host of "Time Warp" or watch "Floral Design to Music" – the University of Illinois is reaching out to young and old Friday and Saturday.

Grad assistant grateful for UI's assistance

URBANA – Besides spending 40 hours a week on her graduate studies, Emily Passey works an average of 18 hours a week as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library.

She earns about $1,000 a month for her assistantship – enough to get by, but only with careful budgeting.

Union 'thrilled' by UI plan to help tax-stricken

URBANA – A graduate employees' union is "thrilled" by the University of Illinois' plan to help graduate assistants shoulder unexpected tax-withholding costs this semester.

Graduate assistants due to have money withheld from their paychecks starting next week can get emergency grants from the university to cover the cost.

UI grad student wins Lemelson-MIT inventor prize

URBANA – University of Illinois graduate student Scott Daigle has won the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize, given annually to an outstanding student inventor on campus.

Daigle, a graduate student in mechanical science and engineering, started IntelliWheels Inc. to add automatic gear shifting to wheelchairs.

Aviators defend institute to UI officials who recommended its closure

URBANA – Dozens of supporters of the Institute of Aviation, two full rows of them in pilot uniforms, called for the University of Illinois to reverse course after a Stewarding Excellence report suggested eliminating the smallest college on the Urbana campus.