Summer brings a new look to campus buildings

By Sarah Small

With all the destruction, construction and traffic hassles that plagued last year, here’s a rundown of buildings you should keep an eye out for this semester. They’re all new, and all meant to make your life feel a little more fulfilled.

Alpha Xi Delta

The Alpha Xi Delta recruitment begins Sept. 15 to recolonize the sorority on campus. Women interested in joining sororities now have another option out of 18 other sororities, and the women of Alpha Xi Delta have the challenge of recruiting their first pledge class at the University.

Urban Outfitters

This retail chain carries a variety of interesting and expressive pieces for men and women. The opening of this store gives students another opportunity to shop. While Urban Outfitters offers a wide selection of apparel, it is still one of a few retail stores on campus. Students should brace themselves for the possibility of encountering someone wearing the same outfit.

Get The Daily Illini in your inbox!

  • Catch the latest on University of Illinois news, sports, and more. Delivered every weekday.
  • Stay up to date on all things Illini sports. Delivered every Monday.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Thank you for subscribing!

Activities and Recreation Center

Construction on IMPE is finished and it reopens this fall as the ARC. After enduring minimal facilities at IMPE and overcrowding at CRCE, students are rewarded with a brand new athletic facility. The ARC features indoor and outdoor pools, basketball, volleyball, racquetball and handball courts and a climbing wall. Campus Recreation also offers a group fitness classes at the ARC. With all of these features, there is something for everyone.

Business Instructional Facility

Located at Sixth and Gregory streets, this facility includes classrooms as well as centers for career development, meeting spaces, and academic counseling. According to the College of Business Web site, this instructional facility will “provide a sense of place to current and future College of Business students and will become a new home for alumni.” This is also the first sustainable building on campus.

Expansion of the Newman Center

The expanded Newman Center has seven floors that are connected to the original four. The rooms are suite styled, and a popular room option consists of four single bedrooms attached to a common living room and bathroom.

“Our big challenge now is working on how we’re going to keep the community alive,” said Brittany Sylwestrak, a Newman Center resident advisor. “We’re organizing lots of activities so that students will still be a part of the community at Newman.”

Presby Hall

Presby Hall is the first certified sustainable residence hall to open on campus. Students living in Presby Hall have furnished units, which includes full kitchens, washers and dryers. Some units have private balconies, and residents have access to the building’s fitness center.