Alumni & Campus Stories

West Point of the West

Outfitted in West Point-style dress grays and a blue scoop-shaped cap, Illinois freshman Clarence Shamel stood painfully at attention alongside dozens of other fledgling cadets. It wasn’t easy. “We had our first drill today in...

Cancelled

Under a gray and drizzling October sky in 1918, freshman Fred H. Turner stood at the locked iron gates of Illinois Field, then located north of the Engineering Quad. He watched from afar as...

Illini Replay: Big Ten Champions

It’s been 15 years since the Fighting Illini football team hoisted the outright Big Ten Championship trophy after a 34-28 victory over Northwestern University at Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving Day 2001. With captains such...

Memory Lane: Lost Cities of Elms

It stands on Race Street, on the very edge of campus—a survivor from a more genteel time when stately American elms formed lush, green archways over many small-town and suburban streets, their graceful branches...

Memory Lane: Down Under

In the early 1980s, an intrepid Illio writer, accompanied by a friend, ventured into “the bowels, the darker recesses of the Illini Union,” hoping to find out what kind of cellar dwellers frequented the...