Alumni & Campus Stories

Rashard Mendenhall

Class Notes Profile: Gridiron Writer

He hasn’t played football since 2013, but Rashard Mendenhall is still pushing himself. After a glittering college career for the Illini—27 touchdowns, 3,103 yards, 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and All-America...

Story Teller

Growing up, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MFA ’15, felt absent from the fiction she was reading. “I didn’t see a lot of black nerds,” is how she explained it to NPR’s Audie Cornish when interviewed for...

A Reader Writes

When Lisa Dunick, PHD ’10 LAS, was a youngster and her mother urged her to go outside and play, she preferred to stay inside and read—even the back of the cereal box was fair...

Old-schoolers

On warm summer mornings, the line stretches halfway to the corner. On the freezing-cold November Sunday that I visited, it was standing-room only inside. Waiters skittered past packed tables with trays of eggs and...

Canine Crusaders

As the No. 7–ranked tennis player in the world (as of this writing), Kevin Anderson knows something about life in the spotlight. So last December, the former record-setting Illini tennis player and three-time All-American...

Dynamic Duo

The dolphin looks to be in heaven. Her chin is tilted out of the water; she’s gripping the wall with her flippers. She gulps a piece of fish and opens her mouth for more....