38 things we love about Illinois: No. 29

The Morrow Plots
From venerable agriculture to the computer revolution, rare books to Round Barns, Homecoming parades to tunnel walks, these are a few of our favorite things about our favorite institution of higher education.

29. The Morrow Plots

So, yes and no, the Undergraduate Library wasn’t built below ground for fear of shade on these hallowed furrows. (Seems an open mall behind Foellinger was needed to create architectural symmetry with the Quad.) Still, the Morrow Plots are sacred ground—dating back to 1876, the oldest continuously cultivated corn plot in the world—and a living demonstration of Alma Mater’s commitment to her land-grant mission. The decision to situate the Institute for Genomic Biology alongside Morrow attests to UI’s commitment to research.

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