Alumni & Campus Stories

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...

Illini Sports: Gridiron prep

Soon the required headgear in the new Henry Dale & Betty Smith Football Center will switch from construction hard hats to gridiron helmets. Scheduled for completion before the upcoming fall season, the new 107,650-square-foot...

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...