WBEZ | university http://www.wbez.org/tags/university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en University of Illinois attempts to break the record for largest serving of salsa http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/university-illinois-attempts-break-record-largest-serving-salsa-108493 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Salsa.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will attempt to break the world record for the largest serving of salsa on Friday.</p><p>The university aims to prepare more than 7,500 pounds of salsa made from local produce. The dish will include 7,000 pounds of tomatoes, 600 pounds of onions, 20 pounds of jalapeno peppers, 375 bunches of cilantro, and 70 gallons of lime juice.</p><p>The current record holder is AsociaciĆ³n de Productores del Tomates de Los Palacios in Spain, which made 5,868 pounds of salsa on 15 June 2013.</p><p>Associate Director of Housing Kirsten Ruby said the U of I&rsquo;s dining staff will prepare the salsa in the middle of their football stadium.</p><p>&ldquo;What people will see will be a large vessel on the field of Memorial Stadium,&rdquo; &nbsp;Ruby said, &ldquo;The vessel is probably about six feet tall and maybe six or seven feet wide. So when you look at it, you may not think that that is something that will be containing 748,000 calories but that is what it will take to break the record.&rdquo;</p><p>The record attempt is part of a university tradition that dates back to 2011, when organizers prepared the world&rsquo;s largest smoothie for new students. The university broke another record the following year for the most number of people husking corn in one location.</p><p>Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Renee Romano said these events give their students a taste of life at the University of Illinois.</p><p>&ldquo;The students say things to one another, like, what did you do your year?&rdquo; Romano said, &ldquo;We did salsa, or we did shucking corn. It makes them feel a part of a tradition.&rdquo;</p><p>The record attempt is being made in conjunction with the new student convocation. Kirsten Ruby said they expect 8,000 people at the event. The salsa will be weighed on Friday, but students will only be able to taste this tangy part of their university&rsquo;s history the following day.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-24936aea-a6f8-d5b7-4bfd-282837d59746"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him </span><a href="https://twitter.com/jclee89" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">@jclee89</span></a><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></span></p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/university-illinois-attempts-break-record-largest-serving-salsa-108493 A Mere $392,800 Gets You A Degree!? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-02/mere-392800-gets-you-degree-105687 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/college tuition.jpg" style="float: right; height: 263px; width: 300px;" title="(tax credits/flickr)" />Are you shocked by the cost of a university education today? I am, and I work at a university.</div><p>Frankly, I don&rsquo;t understand how parents and students today are able to pay the present room, board, and tuition costs of an education at either a public college ($25,000) or a private college ($55,000). The cost of higher education has increased at a faster rate than inflation for at least the last ten years.</p><p>And, according to college financial aid consultant Kalman Chany, there is no end in sight. Chany predicts that when today&rsquo;s children to go college, the estimated cost of a state school will be $37,000 a year, and at a private school, the cost will be $98,200.</p><p>When you multiply these numbers by a factor of four, you wind up with public tuition topping out at $150,800, and private tuition at $392,800. (And, by the way, these figures do not include books, spending money, and transportation) Now, don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I&rsquo;m still convinced of the importance of a college education, both in regard to developing competence and a career, as well as addressing the related questions of &ldquo;personal identity and character.&rdquo;</p><p>However, I am also convinced that universities need to redefine their financial models and ways of doing business. The golden ages of the &ldquo;baby boomers&rdquo; charging off to college in unprecedented numbers is over. Birth rates have been down for over 15 years, and so has the pool of normal college age students.</p><p>Moreover, the demands and specific needs of the market place have changed. Nowadays, just getting a degree is no longer a guarantee of getting a job.</p><p>&ldquo;Boomer&rdquo; parents were once able to help, if not, completely pay college bills while simultaneously maintaining a middle class existence and planning for retirement. But, today&rsquo;s parents can&rsquo;t do it all anymore. And, clearly, most students cannot pay for their own tuition.</p><p>Those students who do pay their own bills, often do so by taking on loans that often require 10 to 15 years to pay off. Given today&rsquo;s and tomorrow&rsquo;s projected costs, I simply don&rsquo;t think universities can maintain their present pedagogical model and method of doing education.</p><p>I&rsquo;m convinced that within 15 years, the average university undergraduate curriculum will be a two to a three year experience. Yes, there will be &ldquo;some&rdquo; liberal art; but the focus will be on career preparation and technical competencies. This possible near-future scenario deeply troubles me greatly.</p><p>But, after four-decades in the classroom, I, sadly, just can&rsquo;t imagine any other workable alternative.</p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-02/mere-392800-gets-you-degree-105687