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Illinois universities to issue budget plea

URBANA – University presidents across Illinois plan to send a common plea to state legislators in coming days: work with us to fix the state's budget crisis, and stick to a payment plan.

Group concerned about 'Next Dance' e-mails

URBANA – Chief Illiniwek supporters say that e-mails from University of Illinois administrators show a pattern of trying to discourage the group from using the Assembly Hall.

"We feel that our rights to speech were muffled or were attempted to be muffled. They never really gave us any clear explanation" about requests for use of the large hall, said Roberto Martell, a spokesman for Students for Chief Illiniwek.

Helping students map business ideas

CHAMPAIGN – Student entrepreneurs at the University of Illinois should find it easier to advance their business ideas this year, thanks to a new program on campus.

UI researchers use gamers' brains to analyze learning

URBANA – Maybe practice makes perfect when it comes to baking a loaf of bread. But it's your brain size that counts a lot when it comes to scoring high on a video game, researchers have found.

A study conducted at the University of Illinois looked at MRI brain scans of men and women trained on "Space Fortress," an approximately 30-year-old video game developed at the UI, and discovered that how well gamers performed could be predicted by the size of certain regions of their brains.

Some UI faculty plan to take same days off

URBANA – Some University of Illinois faculty in Urbana plan to take the same unpaid days off to send a message to state politicians – that budget cuts hurt.

The Campus Faculty Association, an unofficial union for UI professors, is planning four coordinated furlough days, the first on Feb. 15.

Faculty nominations sought for two seats

URBANA – Faculty members have until Jan. 27 to apply for positions on the University of Illinois athletic board.

The board serves as an advisory committee to the chancellor and athletic director on the fiscal and operational aspects of the varsity sports program. The board is also responsible for that program as it relates to the academic and educational objectives defined by the campus senate.

Teams from Urbana, Mahomet take prizes in Lego tourney

Two area teams received awards at last weekend's Lego League state tournament.

"The Wheels" team from Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana received a first place for teamwork – one of four areas on which the teams are judged.

UI police looking for person who pulled fire alarms in dorms

URBANA — University of Illinois police are looking for the person or persons who may have maliciously pulled fire alarms in the Pennsylvania Avenue residence halls Thursday morning.

Some UI faculty welcome option to take a pay cut

URBANA – Some faculty leaders welcomed a clarification of the University of Illinois' furlough policy Wednesday, saying the unpaid days off amounted to a pay cut anyway.

UI clarifies furlough policy: voluntary pay cut an option

As the semester begins, University of Illinois faculty are struggling with how to take furlough days without affecting their students — or, for younger faculty, jeopardizing their chances for tenure.