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Restoring Alma taking longer than expected

URBANA -- University of Illinois students are celebrating homecoming without one of campus' most iconic figures.
URBANA -- University of Illinois students are celebrating homecoming without one of campus' most iconic figures. She's been gone since 2012. Wednesday, we got a sneak peak at her makeover.

Alma Mater is looking quite different these days. She's lost her head and her arms among many other body parts. But don't worry. They won't be disassembled for long.

Architects say the statue has been broken down into 48 pieces and almost 1,000 bolts and fasteners. It means putting her back together will take time. Their work also includes a laser treatment.

The good news is, students graduating this year are still expected to get to do it with Alma by their sides. She's supposed to be back by spring 2014.

She was supposed to be returned by last graduation, but architects say the work has taken longer than expected so far because of the extent of the sculpture's deterioration.

Friday, the lead architect on the project is coming to campus to discuss the latest on Alma's treatments.
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