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Game days are great days, even for non-fans

Members of the Spike Squad student section sing “Hail to the Orange” during a break in the match against Penn State at Huff Hall on November 10. The Illini won 3-2.

By Hannah Preston, Copy chief

July 17, 2019

If you aren't a huge sports fan — much like me when I first entered Memorial Stadium during Sights & Sounds my freshman year — you'll be quick to realize sporting events mean a lot to the people at the University of Illinois. While there may be much to be done in terms of winning with some...

Don’t be afraid to get those gains

Students use the elliptical machines at CRCE. CRCE is just one of many workout options on campus.

By Melissa Niemiec, Assistant Special Sections Editor

July 17, 2018

I remember my first time in the weight room well. I had thought it a terrifying place, with the clank of metal ringing throughout the building and people sweating and gasping in pain as they labored. It was the gym and, in my mind, a place of torture. Everyone staring, waiting for you to mess up and ...

Sporting events to go to before graduating

The Illini celebrate after scoring a point during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017. The Illini won 3-2.

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

July 17, 2018

Being a student at the University is *pick a word* — but being an Illini fan is better. With 19 varsity teams, finding something to watch during any season isn’t a challenge. And there are a few iconic teams you shouldn’t pass up a chance to see while you’re a student.   Every August t...

New students can look forward to Illini wins in all sports

Students in Block I cheer during a football game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium in 2016.

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

July 17, 2018

It’s safe to say some recent graduates envy the new students walking onto campus this fall. While the envious mood may come from the desire to avoid what college students perceive as the “real world,” it also may come from the fact that incoming students will miss out on the ineptitude of the...

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

Illinois quarterback Chayce Crouch runs for a touchdown in the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor in Chief

August 1, 2017

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

Students in the Block I student section cheer on the Illini during the game against North Carolina at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 10.

By Tatiana Perry, Assistant sports editor

August 1, 2017

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

Illini fans hold up a sign during the Big Ten Tailgate before the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday October 29.

By Joseph Longo, Managing editor for reporting

August 1, 2017

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

Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. looks to pass the ball during the game against Michigan State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 6.

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

August 1, 2017

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

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 setter Jordyn Poulter (1) sets the ball to Ali Bastianelli (5) during the match against Arkansas at Huff Hall on Friday, August 26. The Illini won 3-0.

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

July 8, 2017

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...