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Local kids got a lesson in how fun physics can be, when a young science star visited Normal in April 2015.

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Local kids got a lesson in how fun physics can be, when a young science star visited Normal in April 2015.

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Dietz provides budget update

Illinois State University is to begin its fiscal year 2016 on July 1 without an approved budget by Governor Rauner.

On June 29, President Dietz wrote in a letter to his fellow colleagues explaining what this type of financial uncertainty means to faculty, staff and students. Dietz assured that in the absence of an approved budget ISU will continue provide it’s usual services to all students, staff and faculty.

Rauner’s original budget message proposed a 31.5 percent appropriation reduction for public universities. The General Assembly has proposed a 36.3 billion dollar operating budget for the new fiscal year, which includes an 8.6 percent reduction in higher education appropriations.

An 8.6 percent reduction equates to a $6.36 million cutback from last year’s $73.9 million appropriation. The Governor has not yet signed this budget.

When the Governor and lawmakers do come to an agreement, it is anticipated that the final budget will not reflect a cut as high as 31.5 percent. However, it will likely be higher than the 8.6 percent decrease approved by the General Assembly.

Staff and faculty layoffs are not anticipated although the hiring of new staff and faculty will decline. To meet these budget cuts, travel opportunities and new equipment purchases will be reduced.

Additionally, the timelines for construction and maintenance projects will be pushed back.

Enrollment rates for this fall semester are projected to remain stable. This will help provide a steady revenue stream that will help ISU continue to provide quality education.

For the full statement, click here.

Archive Photo  President Dietz sent out an email Monday addressing the state budget plans and its impact on ISU.

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President Dietz sent out an email Monday addressing the state budget plans and its impact on ISU.

Top five places to visit on a college budget
  1. Chicago

Only an inexpensive train ride or short drive away for Illinois State University students, the Windy City offers a number of possibilities for those on a college budget.

For example, the Chicago Park District offers free movies in parks across the city. The district will show over 240 films, on nearly every day of the week, from June to September. Showings begin after sundown.

Additionally, Millennium Park offers many free events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals and movies, making it a perfect spot to visit for those with limited funds.

Whether you’re visiting for a day, a week, or staying all summer, Chicago offers a huge variety of cheap entertainment and is the ideal place to visit on your minimum wage summer job salary. http://www.choosechicago.com/

 

  1. Nashville, Tennessee

While this option is a little more of a drive for some ISU students, it offers a wide variety of activities perfect for college students who are into music and art.

Nashville has live music on nearly every corner. Blues, country, jazz, bluegrass, and rock venues can be found almost anywhere in the city for those who are up for some exploring.

If you’re looking for something specific, check out The Basement, which showcases bands six to seven nights a week with cheap cover charges, or the popular Grand Ole Opry, one of the city’s top attractions.

Additionally, the city is full of art museums for students looking for some visual stimulation. Nashville has nearly 20 art museums and galleries to explore. One of the city’s most popular galleries is The First Center for the Visual Arts, which offers free admission to college students on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as a Friday concert series that mixes music and art for about nine bucks. http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors

 

  1. Great Smokey Mountains (Tennessee-South Carolina)

The Great Smokey Mountains are the ideal place to visit for those looking to explore all that nature has to offer. Plus, camping is perfect for students on a budget since it allows you to enjoy a vacation with minimal spending while you live off the land.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, which spreads over a half-million acres, offers backcountry camping for hikers, front country camping for a more traditional experience, and large campsites for groups of 8 or more. Camping fees range from $15-65. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

 

  1. Boulder, Colorado

Okay, this next one is a bit farther afield but if you have the resources to travel, Boulder, Colorado would be an excellent place to start.

Take a look at how the University of Colorado Boulder compares to ISU, and explore a campus that offers much different scenery from the one you are used to back home.

Also, be sure to take a trip to Red Rocks, where you can see a concert in a natural amphitheater for a fairly decent price. The venue offers a breathtaking backdrop to some of your favorite bands.

You may also want to check out nature and wildlife tours, such as Front Range Ride Guide Day Tours, which has a perfect five star rating online and can cost as little as $30 a person. https://bouldercolorado.gov/

 

  1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the end of June through the first week of July, Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world.

Unlike many music festivals, which require an expensive multi-day pass often out of the price range of many students, Summerfest attendees can purchase tickets to individual concerts—so you can see as many shows as you can afford. Ticket prices vary depending on the artist.

If music isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of inexpensive things to do on your visit to Milwaukee. For example, you can: go to the Milwaukee Art Museum for $10 and see over 30,000 pieces of work on display; see a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game at Miller Park; or, if you’re over 21, take an $8 beer tour at the Lakefront Brewery. http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/

So take a chance to explore this summer without feeling guilty about how much money you’re spending. There are affordable places to visit and activities to do, even on a college budget.

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