Illini Everywhere: Chinese Illini, 1917-1927

Since at least 1906, Chinese students have been attending the University of Illinois. During the second decade of Chinese Illini enrollment, a great many more agriculturalists, business leaders, engineers, humanities majors, and scientists would choose Illinois to study. In fact, there were at least two local weddings and three locally produced theatrical performances too.

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Illini Everywhere: Chinese Illini, Since 1906

Since at least 1906, Chinese students have been attending the University of Illinois. Early Chinese Illini have included accountants, agriculturalists, architects, architectural engineers, business administrators, chemical engineers, chemists, civil engineers, economists, educators, electrical engineers, English majors, entomologists, historians, home economists, lawyers, mathematicians, metallurgical engineers, municipal and sanitary engineers, physicists, political scientists, railway administrators, railway engineers, student leaders, and translators too.

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“A Mad Mixture of Sleigh Bells and Telephone Bells”: The History of Dial-a-Carol at the University of Illinois

An advertisement for Dial-a-Carol (Daily Illini, 12 December 1975)

The holiday season is once again upon us and along with it an Illinois tradition returns. From December 14 until December 21, thousands of callers from around the world will dial in to Snyder Hall 24 hours a day to be serenaded with yuletide tunes.

Betty Gordon is commonly credited with conceiving of the Dial-a-Carol idea around 1960 when she was working as a clerk in Snyder Hall. “The story goes that she was speaking with a friend on the phone and her friend mentioned she could hear Betty’s radio playing while they were talking. Betty was inspired and thought it would be a neat idea to play carols on the phone to friends. She started Dial-a-Carol with the help of Snyder Hall residents and the rest is history,” said Snyder Hall RA George Carrera in 2008. [1]

Snyder Sanctum member Steve Price participates in Dial-a-Carol in 1962 (Daily Illini 11 December 1962)

Traditionally, the student volunteers have kicked off their 24 hour carol hotline with a call to Gordon at 12:01 am on the first day of the event. “As the students always do, they asked me if there was anything special I would like to hear,” Betty said in 1982, “Then no matter what I said, they sang ‘Jingle Bells’ at the top of their voices… After they sang, I told them the same thing I always do: what you lack in talent, you certainly make up in volume.” [2] Read More »

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Illini Everywhere: Lebanese Illini, Since 1934

Since at least 1934, Lebanese students have been attending the University of Illinois. They have included architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers, entomologists, instructors, professors, sociologists, and writers too.

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Illini Everywhere: Hungarian Illini, Since 1941

Since at least 1941, Hungarian students have been attending the University of Illinois. They have included chemical engineers, chemists, dentists, fencers, librarians, mechanical engineers, Olympic athletes, poets, political scientists, swimmers, university professors, urban planners, veterinarians, and writers too.

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