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University Of Illinois Nixes $98,000 Sculpture Of Former President

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Former University of Illinois president Stanley Ikenberry has been described as one of the school's "most beloved" leaders, but that alone is not enough to merit a $98,000 sculpture of the man, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Tribune launched an inquiry into the sculpture plans after the school filed paperwork to go through with the piece, which was to be financed by student housing fees and hang in a dining hall. The paper's curiosity spurred Ikenberry to halt plans for the art:

U. of I. spokesman Thomas Hardy said Thursday that Ikenberry called off the project Monday shortly after the Tribune started asking questions. The artist was informed Thursday.

"(Ikenberry) didn't want to generate any ill will toward the university or put the university in an embarrassing situation," Hardy said.

The University approved a 9.5 percent tuition increase last month.

The school may look for a private donor to fund the project.

What do you think? Was the sculpture idea an egregious waste of funds, or a fitting tribute to Ikenberry? Leave your opinion in the comments section.