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SPews: March 25, 2011

UI police chief addresses Illini-Alert sent in error,” Daily Illini, March 24

An Illini-Alert template mistakenly alerting recipients of an “active shooter” in the area Thursday morning was the result of human error.

University Chief of Police Barbara O’Connor said in a mass mail to students this afternoon that a person had pushed the “submit” button instead of pushing the “save” button to update the pre-scripted message. As a result, an incorrect alert was sent to 87,000 e-mail addresses and cell phones that were subscribed to the system.


SEC accuses Urbana money manager of stealing $6 million,” News-Gazette, March 24

An Urbana money manager stole more than $6 million of mutual-fund shares from several employee deferred compensation plans he advised, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges.

The civil complaint filed this week by the SEC alleges that Timothy J. Roth, 55, of Urbana took the money from plans of companies that were clients of his employer, New Jersey-based Comprehensive Capital Management.

U of I trustees OK 6.9 percent tuition increase,” Pantagraph, March 23

University of Illinois trustees approved a 6.9 percent tuition increase Wednesday for incoming freshman this fall, pushing the single-year cost of attending the flagship campus in Urbana past $11,000 a year.

Administrators blamed dwindling state aid and overdue bills from Springfield for an increase that university president Michael Hogan said would be in line with inflation when spread over a four-year college education.

Third floor of fire-struck buildings will be demolished,” News-Gazette, March 23

The city of Champaign and the owners of three Campustown buildings have agreed to demolish the third floor area of three buildings damaged by fire on Wednesday.

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[Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher] expected the demolition will take place on Thursday or Friday.

Ill. legislators to U of I: ‘Prepare yourself for cuts’,” Daily Illini, March 23

Illinois legislators are warning the University to prepare for budget cuts due to the state’s financial situation, top administrators said Wednesday at the school’s bimonthly Board of Trustees meeting.

University Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr said Gov. Pat Quinn kept the school’s funding level flat in his proposed budget. But when Knorr and University President Michael Hogan spoke with Illinois legislators three weeks ago, they received a warning.

“(They said) this budget situation is so tough, you should prepare yourself for cuts,” Knorr said.




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