Afro-American Studies Commission established.
Black Law Students Association formed.
ROTC lounge firebombed.
Students protested General Electric on-campus recruiting, five arrested. Curfew imposed in response to protest. National Guardsmen brought in to enforce curfew.
Students objected to installation of Illiac IV when it is discovered that two-thirds of the new computer’s time was reserved for the Department of Defense.
Students celebrated the first Earth Day.
President Henry announced retirement.
Teaching assistants formed Assistants Union.
Gay Liberation Front organized.
Plan to bring attorney William Kunstler to campus provoked controversy. Kunstler ultimately appeared on campus, speaking to a crowd of 6,519 at Assembly Hall.
Record Service opened.
Yippie Festival of Life held at Armory.
Kent State killings sparked campus protests. Students went on strike. National Guard mobilized again.
"Rap on Quad"--precursor to Quad Day--held.
Psychology Building opened.
University offered its first Women’s Studies course.
John Corbally succeeded David Henry as UI president.
Students protested invasion of Laos.
Black Law Student Association boycotted classes to obtain scholarships for 20 freshmen.
Irepodun–the first African-American students’ yearbook– published.
Women’s Week held on campus.
The Foreign Languages Building opened, becoming the first new edifice on the Quad in
Women admitted to the UI band.
“The Fountain of Diana”–a sculpture by Carl Milles– moved from the Time-Life building in Chicago to the Illini Union.
First official Quad Day held.
Tenant’s Union and Community Council founded.
Food service workers in UI residence halls went on strike.
Black Student Association became Coalition of Afrikan People.
Council on Program Evaluation (COPE) launched.
The Music Building completed.
Members of Gay Liberation Front picketed the Wigwam Bar, charging harrassment of gay patrons.
Faculty-organized blockade at Chanute Air Force Base resulted in 38 arrests.
Some two thousand students, faculty and community members marched against the Vietnam War on May 4th.
WPGU-FM began stereo broadcasting, moved from Oglesby Hall to new Century 21 building.
Members of Coalition of Afrikan People demonstrated in support of appointive power on University committees, disciplinary code revision, and African-American community access to University facilities.
The Alumni Association celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Students at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall formed the Black Student Committee at P.A.R,, later renamed Salongo.
Some 300 students protested outbreak of war in Middle East.
State law revised, allowed 19-year-olds to drink beer and wine.
Measure passed providing for election of student trustees.
Fire in Sigma Chi fraternity house caused an estimated $160,000 in damages.
December blizzard dumped a foot of snow on area.
African-American students protested University’s grading and financial aid policies.
Undergraduate Student Association and Graduate Student Association initiated free Student Legal Service.
University required students to earn at least a C to obtain course credit.
Streaking fad hit campus.
Board of Trustees withdrew Illini Union Board’s responsibility for policy-making and programming.
University formed Office of Minority Student Affairs.
Third and fourth floors of Clark Hall used for experiment in student-run housing.
UI football player Greg Williams shot and killed at fraternity party.
First National Women’s Festival held.
Women’s Wheels started. Program offered rides for women at night and would later be re-named NiteRides.
La Casa Cultural Latina founded.
Memorial Stadium received artificial turf.
Athletic scholarships were made available to women for the first time.
The Board of Trustees gave each student trustee an advisory vote.
Lou Henson named coach of men’s basketball team.
Article “A Challenge to the Chief” appeared in the Illio. The article contained statements critical of Chief Iliniwek and mentioned that the symbol of the Chief was removed from University stationery.
The Campus Council on Program Education advised that the College of Communications be abolished.
Gay Illini formed.
Orange Crunch (the Crush, now Krush) formed
Halloween street disturbance led to 18 arrests.
Six campus buildings damaged in series of arson fires.
The School of Medicine opened in Peoria.
A committee organized to save the College of Communications.
Thirteen cherry trees were planted north of Lincoln Hall as a bicentennial gift from the Japan Illini Club.
In a temporary experiment, Wright Street north to John Street was closed to all traffic except for buses, taxis, and emergency vehicles.
First Hash Wednesday held on campus.
The movie “Star Wars” was shown for 26 straight weeks at the Virginia Theater in
The City of Champaign and the UI Division of Campus Recreation sponsored year’s Halloween festivities.
The Johnstown Centre mall opened on campus.
Illini Pride founded.
Speech and Hearing Clinic completed.
A program honoring African-American alumni brought 300-400 alumni back to campus.
Because of weather conditions, Daily Illini failed to publish on December 10th. The newspaper also did not publish on January 26-27, 1978.
University canceled classes on January 25th because of weather–6 inches of snow and a wind-chill factor of fifty-degrees below zero.
The UI Library adopted a computerized circulation system.
UI President John Corbally resigned
Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF) initiated.
Undergraduate Student Association merged with Graduate Student Association to become Champaign-Urbana Student Association.
Friends of the Auditorium organized in bid to raise money for Auditorium renovation.
First disco opened on campus.
Anti-apartheid protesters placed chains on arms of Alma Mater in symbolic statement.
Three social work graduate students wrote piece critical of Chief Illiniwek in Daily Illini Forum.
Wright Street re-opened to traffic amid student protest.
Daily Illini Forum featured writer critical of Chief Illiniwek.
Stanley Ikenberry became 14th president of the University.