The Big Picture: Sounds of summer

Students play music during Quad Day. (Image courtesy of UI Public Affairs)

Sounds of late summer fill the air as Illini gather for Quad Day, the day before classes begin. Today’s students use the day to explore activities and organizations with an eye to discovering new interests or making new friends. The first Quad Day in 1971 was conceived for a different purpose—to encourage a sense of community during a time of protest and unrest. Then as now, however, Quad Day offers Illini the chance to come together to kick off the school year.