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Concrete contract up for approval on State Farm Center project

CHAMPAIGN — Little by little, contract by contract, the State Farm Center renovation is moving forward.

Earlier this fall the university signed several contracts totaling $10 million for utility and earth work, to prepare the site for the addition of air conditioning and other upgrades planned as part of the $165 million renovation.

Union also has rooms to get away from it all

There's studying, and then there's studying.

As in, rent-a-hotel-room-to-get-away-from-everyone-during-finals-week studying.

Of the approximately 43,400 students at the University of Illinois, a dozen or so every year take advantage of a special "Finals Week Study Deal" at the Illini Union Hotel.

Shhhh! They're trying to study

Go anywhere on campus this week and you're likely to find students hunkered down with a book — or more likely, a laptop or notebook computer.

It's finals week, and every chair or couch has been turned into a study space.

How and where students study is often a personal choice based on food options, noise levels, architecture and caffeine availability.

Budget deal will help UI research

URBANA — The new budget agreement making its way through Congress should have "significant benefits" for the University of Illinois and its researchers, its chief federal lobbyist says.

No-smoking policy on UI campus takes effect Jan. 1

CHAMPAIGN — For Illini tailgaters, some things are sacred.

The grill. The beer (shhh, don't tell). The orange and blue tent (or bus). And the right to enjoy an occasional — very occasional, of late — victory cigar.

In future seasons, they'll have to do it on the sly.

10 companies launching pilot projects today

CHICAGO — University and state officials today (Friday, Dec. 13) will officially launch an initiative designed to spur advancement in the manufacturing sector.

The Illinois Manufacturing Laboratory was to kick off Friday morning with 10 different pilot projects at companies that make everything from gasoline additives to bronze tools and garage-door openers.

Deck us all with telephone carols (with video)

Now in its 53rd year, Dial-A-Carol at Snyder Hall involves spirited University of Illinois students belting out "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" and other songs to callers from around the world. The event, which takes place in the lounge of the residence hall, kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, and runs until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 18.

UI, state officials to unveil plans to boost manufacturing

CHICAGO — University and state officials on Friday are expected to unveil additional details about plans under way to boost innovation in Illinois manufacturing.

UI students are getting a free pass to regional

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois students won't need to pay to attend the Champaign Regional volleyball tournament this weekend at State Farm Center, thanks to an Illini booster group and the school's athletic department.

UI Dial-a-Carol starts Thursday

Whether you need a study break or you're just someone looking for some holiday cheer, students at the University of Illinois are ready to sing for you.