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10 essentials for the Homecoming tailgate

10 essentials for the Homecoming tailgate

By Julie Kang, Contributing Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Tailgating is fun, but it is important to be prepared for the long day ahead by packing efficiently. The tailgate may be long depending on when you start, and you're going to need a lot of items when getting ready for the big game. Here are 10 items to bring to make your tailgating experience the best ...

Dos and don’ts of Homecoming Week

Dos and don’ts of Homecoming Week

By Kaolin Sewell, Contributing Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

During the week of Oct. 22 to 28, both alumni and current students will come together to celebrate the 2017 Homecoming Week. This week is full of events for Illini fans all over the country and is often the time for families to visit students on campus to enjoy a weekend filled with activities. Do ...

Block I makes big plans for Homecoming Week

Block I makes big plans for Homecoming Week

By Meral Aycicek, Assistant Special Sections Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Block I, the football branch of Illini Pride — the largest student organization on campus — is the best way to experience football at Illinois. Membership comes with premium seating and tailgating opportunities, as well as a huge group of spirited Illini. Allie Hartlein, junior in LAS, is the commun...

How to entertain your family during Homecoming Weekend

How to entertain your family during Homecoming Weekend

By Molly Zupan, Contributing Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Homecoming is one of the biggest events of the school year. Throughout the week of the annual Homecoming celebration, campus is packed with excitement, school spirit and events. Homecoming is a big attraction for family or friends to visit, but don’t worry, there are plenty of things to keep them busy....

Places to find spirit wear on campus

Places to find spirit wear on campus

By Melissa Neimeic, Contributing Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

With Homecoming comes more orange  clothing than a spill in a Sunkist factory. Hats, shirts, overalls — whatever you can do to express that Illini spirit. You’re giving shirts to your grandma, your mom, your dad, that guy who isn’t your grandpa but still wants an Illini grandpa hat. Whether y...

2017 Homecoming Court seniors

2017 Homecoming Court seniors

By Ashley Rayan, Contributing Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Every year, 20 seniors are selected to be on the Homecoming Court. Seniors submit an application, and are evaluated and interviewed by faculty and staff at the University. The students who are chosen are incredibly talented and involved in their respective fields. Each student was asked for a brief b...

Q&A with Homecoming Parade Director

Q&A with Homecoming Parade Director

By Arden Youn, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Jack Hamman, sophomore in AHS, is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the Greeks Support Homecoming Parade Director for the 2017 year. He has been working since last year to organize this year’s Homecoming Parade along with the members of the Greeks Homecoming Committee. The Daily Illini: When ...

100 years later, Badgers return for a Homecoming rematch

100 years later, Badgers return for a Homecoming rematch

By Kyra Kirsh, Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

A lot has changed on campus since the very first University of Illinois Homecoming in 1910. But one priority has stayed constant: football. Hut-hut-HIKE. Here’s a look at the history of Homecoming through the face mask. In 1910, seniors Clarence F. Williams and W. Elmer Ekblaw — the chief reporte...

Marching on Homecoming: The Band’s Perspective

Marching on Homecoming: The Band’s Perspective

By Yoav Margalit, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Anybody attending a full-scale event at the University would be hard-pressed to miss the Marching Illini, who perform a variety of musical pieces while marching in perfect time with one another. This polished veneer doesn’t just happen, though; it’s only with the careful coordination and deter...

2017 Homecoming Schedule

2017 Homecoming Schedule

By Brooke Eberle, Special Sections Editor

October 22, 2017


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

Monday Lunch on the Quad 11:30 a.m. Anniversary Plaza Tuesday Homecoming Comedy Show 7 p.m. Anniversary Plaza (Rain location: Illini Union I-Rooms) Wednesday Illinois Spirit Day All day Campus Homecoming BBQ and Showcase 4-6 p.m. Washington Park Thursday Black Power on Campus: ...

Block I card stunts dazzle audience for 90th year

Block I card stunts dazzle audience for 90th year

By Jacqueline Betthauser, Staff writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

During Homecoming, old traditions are celebrated with as much fervor as the first year that they began. For card stunts in Block I, its installment was exactly 90 years ago. Card stunts are fan favorites done in Block I, the Illini Pride student section at home football games, in which each fan holds ...

Homecoming awards honor dedicated, passionate alumni

Homecoming awards honor dedicated, passionate alumni

By Rabia Ilyas, Staff writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Homecoming Guide, Special Sections

To many University students, Homecoming is just another Saturday for college football. However, for the thousands of alumni, the term “homecoming” literally means “coming home." The significance of  Homecoming Weekend, then, comes from the act of welcoming back this part of the Illinois f...

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