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Students missing Alma on move-in day

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Students returning to campus won't have a familiar face to welcome them back.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Students returning to campus won't have a familiar face to welcome them back. Alma Mater isn't returning to her home on Green and Wright streets until Spring 2014. 

The 83-year old statue was sent to Forest Park about a year ago for restoration work. She was supposed to return in May but turns out she needed more than just a little face lift.

Architects are laser-cleaning her, removing oxidation and repairing some bad metal. Students just hope Alma is back before graduation.
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