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RSO presidents speak out about leadership experiences

Students wrestle around during Quad Day. August 21, 2016.

By Abby Paeth, Features editor

August 27, 2017

Walking into Quad Day as a freshman can be a very overwhelming task. Hundreds of booths line the sidewalks of the Main Quad, each one representing an entirely different organization on campus. Sorority women parade their house's T-shirts, restaurant employees hand out coupons and registered student...

Synchronized swimming club team to show off bond at Moms Weekend performance

The Illini synchronized swimming club practices a routine titled

By Ashley Wijangco

April 5, 2016

Last school year, freshman Andrea Hayden MGwas browsing through Illinois’ Class of 2019 admitted students Facebook page when a post caught her attention.Hayden, a synchronized swimmer, came across a post from a girl who also did synchronized swimming. She thought to herself, “Wow, that’s so rando...

Why it's never too late to join an RSO

By Mara Shaprio

August 19, 2015

For many upperclassmen, Quad Day is a day for freshmen to join clubs on campus. If anything, they will just stop by to grab the free food and coupons. But for Jessica Lee, senior in AHS, her last Quad Day will be about getting more involved during her final year at Illinois.Lee said she is grateful for...

University RSOs gain followers through friendship, school pride

By Maddie Galassi

August 19, 2015

The University has a reputation for being an extremely large, diverse campus, and their RSOs follow the same trend. But what distinguishes an organization from gaining a small or large following? And how do clubs maintain their presence? These RSOs weighed in:Illini PrideWith a campus full of students...

Quad Day by the numbers

By Emily Scott

August 19, 2015

Gryphon PollAround 20,000 people are expected to attend Quad Day.There are over 1,000 registered student organizations at UIUC. Almost 700 RSOs will be represented at Quad Day. Around 600 tables will be used at Quad Day. Quad Day has been in existence for 44 years, with the first...

Unique RSOs offer alternative workout option

By Lillian Barkley

August 19, 2015

Among the performances on Quad Day, two athletic RSOs tend to garner more whispers and sideways glances. Illini Pole Fitness and Bellydance UIUC members will take the stage on Aug. 23 in an effort to draw attention and increase membership.“The pole definitely drags people in and piques their curiosit...

Illini columnist: A message for the people of Quad Day

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez attempts to bring down Nebraska's James Green during the wrestling match vs. Nebraska at Huff Hall on Jan. 23. The Illini lost 22-9.

By Kevin McCarthy

August 17, 2015

If your Quad Day experience is anything like my Quad Day experience, the crowd of eager and electrified freshmen will soon become a mass of overwhelmed, sweat-soaked students being pushed through the midwest’s best version of a Middle-Eastern bazaar.By the end of the day, you’ll have more flyers than o...

Moving past melanoma

Skin cancer survivor, Kaitlin Johnson, proudly presents her surgical scar and melanoma awareness tattoo in recognition of Melanoma Monday.

May 4, 2015

In October, Kaitlin Johnson got a tattoo. She stood patiently as the tattoo artist inked delicate orange and blue flowers connected by a green vine around her leg. The needle hurt, of course, but she was tough. After all, it wasn’t the first time she had felt pain. Two hours later, the artist added...

Illini Pole Fitness hosts third annual Halloween Showcase

October 26, 2014

On Sunday, Illini Pole Fitness will host its third annual Halloween Showcase. This event is not only meant to feature the various Illini Pole Fitness performers, but to also spread some Halloween spirit. The show will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Venue 51, located at 51 E. Green St. in Champaign. Tick...

Belegarth Medieval Combat Society links University students

Member's of the University's Belegrath Medieval Combat Society practice on the South Quad on Monday evening to prepare for the RSO's frequent battles and tournaments.

September 9, 2014

Every Monday and Wednesday night, the South Quad becomes a fierce battlefield for approximately 100 students. Their medieval-inspired garb may confuse passing pedestrians as they travel past the battlegrounds. But the knights, marshals and commanders are hard at work as the fights and battles begin. Th...

Quad Day through the Eyes of Seniors

Lina Al-Chaar and fellow club members at the Vicenna Community Health Center booth at last year’s Quad Day.

August 22, 2014

While Quad Day, a sacred campus tradition, transforms freshmen and transfer students into active members of the University community, the day is anything but reserved to underclassmen. While bright-eyed and enthusiastic newcomers to the school wander the crowded Quad, signing up for Registered Student ...

Cultural organizations provide international students a home away from home

Kayla Smith, with members of JNET.

By Earn Saenmuk

August 22, 2014

With nearly 9,000 full-time international students enrolled in the University last spring, there is no question that the campus boasts a diverse student body. And, while being away from home in a different environment and culture, students may find it difficult to adapt. For many students, Quad Day provide...

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