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Colorful mural of a female student holding books among plants with a rainbow and "vote" sign.

La Casa Cultural Latina

When she came to Illinois from Puerto Rico in 1984, Nancy Nieves Muñoz, PHD ’87 ED, discovered the meaning of culture shock. “When I arrived, I was scared because I

Room with a number of large sculptures

Living Monument

From its agricultural and engineering roots, John Milton Gregory had a profound vision for what the U of I should become—a full-fledged university offering courses in every field and grounded

View of the front of the YMCA building

University YMCA

What really lasts for 150 years? If the 1873 attendees of Illinois Industrial University visited the U of I campus today, what would they recognize? Perhaps they’d identify some of

The Student newspaper cover from 1871

Read All About It

The Daily Illini was founded in 1871 by the University’s first senior class, as an eight-page literary journal called The Student. Chock full of undergraduate essays on topics such as

Newspaper headline clippings

Famous Front Pages

The Big Game, 1924 There he was, front and center, above the fold: Harold “Red” Grange, ready to take on the Michigan football team. The occasion was the dedication of