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Birds of a Feather

In his first picture book, Mr. Watson’s Chickens (Chronicle Books), Jarrett Dapier, ’01 LAS, MSLIS ’15, tells the story of a same-sex couple whose love can survive anything—even a house overrun by 456 singing,...

Dr. Nicole Williams

Taboo Buster

Dr. Nicole Williams, ’97 LAS, ’97 LAS, doesn’t get mad—she gets motivated. When a guidance counselor suggested that she consider becoming a nurse instead of a doctor, Williams doubled down on her studies, earned...

Alumni Interview: Ronald S. Urick

In the 1995 movie Mr. Holland’s Opus, Richard Dreyfuss plays a classical composer who begrudgingly accepts a high school music teaching job to pay the bills. As the film unfolds, though, his outlook transforms,...

FIRST CLASS

To understand what has happened at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CIMED), it’s helpful to begin on a scale that goes from titanic to tiny. Within the mighty University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, more...

Matthew C. Ehrlich

Free Speech and Controversy

It was the 1960s, a decade that would change everything, and at Illinois, that change would come in a swirl of controversy. In Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic Freedom in the...

Michael VanBlaricum

Fleming’s Man

The driving passion of Mike VanBlaricum’s life (one of them, anyway) sparked to life early in 1965 at the Apollo Theater’s Friday-night show in Princeton, Ill., a tiny town surrounded by cornfields about two...