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How to get involved in a Big Ten school when you dislike sports

How to get involved in a Big Ten school when you dislike sports

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor in Chief

August 1, 2017


Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Sports and I go together like an exam and Unofficial: not very well. Going into one of the largest sports schools in the nation, I spent a solid amount of time with a puzzled look on my face as people talked about what famous alumnus lived in my dorm (Scott Hall) or who just got recruited to play what. E...

Why you should get involved with Illini Pride

Why you should get involved with Illini Pride

Tatiana Perry, Assistant sports editor

August 1, 2017


Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide, Special Sections

Watching a game on television is just a glimpse of what it is like to be part of the Illini fan experience. Illini Pride is a cheering section for all varsity sports teams on campus. From its inception in 1977, with 300 members, the Pride has grown into the largest student organization with nearly 3,...

Don’t confuse Block with gameday spirit

Don’t confuse Block with gameday spirit

Joseph Longo, Managing editor for reporting

August 1, 2017


Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide

Jerseys, Snapbacks and socks with sneakers. That’s the go-to look for Saturdays on Campustown. Members of the Greek community wake up early on Saturdays, head to the Red Lion and drink the day away all in the name of school spirit as the Illini play on big screens above the bar. It hasn’t always...

Breaking down the Illini football home games

Breaking down the Illini football home games

Cole Henke, Sports Editor

August 1, 2017


Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide

College Football season is right around the corner, and with it comes round two for the Lovie Smith-led Illini. For those new students who want to try and plan out what games they want to go to through the season, here is a breakdown of the Illini’s home schedule. Week 1: vs Ball State There are a l...

A message to new students from President Timothy Killeen

A message to new students from President Timothy Killeen

August 1, 2017


Filed under Academics, Athletics, Campus, Community, New Student Guide

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! You have chosen an exceptional institution to take you on your educational journey, and I am delighted to join so many others in wishing you all the best as you pursue your goals and dreams. You are on your way to becom...

Illinois athletic power expands beyond football and basketball

Illinois athletic power expands beyond football and basketball

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

July 8, 2017


Filed under Athletics, New Student Guide, Special Sections

The Illinois athletic department generated $96.2 million in revenue during 2016, as reported by USA Today. Though that figure lags behind Big Ten powerhouses Ohio State ($170.7 million) and Michigan ($163.8 million), it's a sizable chunk of money. The vast majority of that revenue comes from two sources: t...