Some Illinois students stay on campus for break

2013-12-27T00:00:00Z Some Illinois students stay on campus for breakThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

URBANA, Ill. | It may be winter break, but there are still dozens of students living at the University of Illinois.

Students — either by choice or necessity — spend $30 a night for the on-campus housing during the break, according to a report in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.

Many are international students, like Jane Pyo, an exchange student from South Korea who is studying English and communications.

"The hall is really, really quiet," she said.

Pyo plans to spend two weeks on campus before traveling to the West Coast.

Others are student workers who put in extra hours, including employees at the school's dairy farm.

"Cows don't know it's a holiday," said Henry Hoene, the dairy farm manager. "Basically at the dairy farm, nothing changes on break."

The farm includes 200 cows that need to be milked three times a day. And the 500-strong herd also needs to be fed.

While dining halls are closed, along with the Activities Recreation Center, campus workers are trying to keep the lingering students entertained.

"I want to make sure they're having a good time," said Michael Allensworth, a senior at the school who's a residence hall adviser. The housing office has movie and games nights planned.

Campus police, however, remain on duty.

"We still will have a full complement of officers patrolling streets," said UI Police Lt. Todd Short. "When students are gone, we're providing as much security as we possibly can to apartments and residence halls, fraternities and sorority houses that may or may not be fully occupied."

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