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A Homecoming History

With Homecoming week in full swing, it is worthwhile to take a trip back in time and see where the idea of “homecoming” at the University of Illinois came from and what it was like in its first years. Clarence Fiss Williams and W. Elmer Ekblaw (who also wore the hat of botanist on the Crocker […]

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Fight, Illini! The Stadium Song

The University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium turned 90 years old last year, as it was officially dedicated in 1924, but planning and fundraising to build the stadium began long before that. The Memorial Stadium was intended as both an athletic field and memorial to the fallen soldiers of WWI, whose names are inscribed on the columns […]

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