Freshmen enrollment slightly down from 2009

According to University enrollment records, as of the first day of school, there were 6,491 first time freshmen enrolled at the University.

The enrollment number has gone down slightly from fall 2009, when there were 6,528 first time freshmen. In individual colleges, Liberal Arts and Sciences has the most new students enrolled with 1841, followed by the Division of General Studies with 1560. The Institute of Aviation has 35 freshmen enrolled, the lowest amount.

Software development office in UI Research Park closes

Qualcomm, a mobile technologies company, has decided to close its office in the University of Illinois Research Park after three years in Champaign.

Emily Kilpatrick, a representative from Qualcomm’s corporate communications office, said they decided to transition the work and resources to existing locations currently working on the same projects.

University Library receives over 200 books

The University Library received a donation of 213 books from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Karen Wei, head of the Asian Library said the books — volumes in the Chinese studies and Taiwanese literature as well as Buddhist studies and arts —will mainly be used by students and faculty in Asian language and culture studies.

A celebration ceremony will take place Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the University’s Asian Library.

Google launches voice calling on Google Mail

According to the Google Mail blog, any Google Mail user now has the ability to call any phone from their Google Mail account.

Calls are free to any number in the U.S. and Canada for the rest of the year at least. Other international calls can be made at rates as low as $0.02 per minute. According to the blog, users will start seeing a “Call Phones” option on their chat list over the next few days. To use the feature, the voice and video plug-in has to be installed.

Compiled from Daily Illini reports