Alumni & Campus Stories

1969 Thanksgiving Dinner

Jane’s Restaurant

“You can get anything you want at Jane’s Restaurant.” The year was 1969. Woodstock’s three days of peace and music had made history only months before, and one of the event’s stars, Arlo Guthrie,...

Martin “Tike” Santos

Audio Ace

Those chills running down your spine when singer Garth Brooks does a live performance of the song “The Thunder Rolls”? They come in part thanks to Martin “Tike” Santos, ’89 LAS.  As monitor engineer...

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...