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,...

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Athletics Hall of Fame

This fall, the University will induct 16 new members into the UI Athletics Hall of Fame. Athletes and coaches from 11 sports are represented. Among those honored are football greats J.C. Caroline, Bobby Mitchell,...

Memory Lane: The Rinky Dink

Joe Rank, ’69 MEDIA, MS ’73 MEDIA, happily spent many days during spring semester of his sophomore year playing golf. A rank beginner (pun intended), the advertising major from Urbana hit his share of...

Our Space

Sweeping and intimate, long-ago and close-at-hand, institutional and personal, anecdotal and archival: the tales are here by the hundreds in the Richmond Family Welcome Gallery. The Gallery’s narrative—aggregated into faces and voices, writing and...

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...