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4 Beekeeping Club at UIUC 5 5 DDRIllini 6 6 Friends of a Feather 7 7 Game Night 8 8 GLAM Squad 9 9 Gluten Free Illini 10 10 Illini Railroad Club 11 11 Illini Students Supporting Israel 12 12 Illini Veterans 13 13 IlliniFurs 14 14 Japanese Animation Club 15 15 K-pop Fan Connection 16 16 LGBTGreek 17 17 Magic the Gathering @ UIUC 18 18 MATRIX (Mathematical Advancement 19 Through Research Idea and Exchange) 19 20 October Lovers 20 21 Phi Alpha Theta 21 22 Positive Illini 22 Rube Goldberg Society 23 Sexual Health Peers 24 Social Gaming Club 25 Spongebob Fan Club 26 Star Wars Club 27 Students For Chief Illiniwek 28 Tea & Company 29 Try Everything Club 30 Venturing 31 Women of Pride

ACADEMIC & UNIVERSITY DEPTS. 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78

ATLAS Internship Program Bike at Illinois - F&S Blacks and African Americans in Computing Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center Business Graduate Programs Center for Innovation in Teaching in Learning/Illinois Online Communications Library Counseling Center Department of Psychology Design for America Dining Services Economics Club EntreCorps Eta Kappa Nu European Union Center Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange Illinois in Washington Illinois Leadership Center Informatics INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre iVenture Accelerator Krannert Art Museum Minorities in Health Sciences McKinley Health Center NetMath New Student Programs Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations Office of Minority Student Affairs Office of the Dean of Students Office of Undergraduate Research REACT (Reaching and Educating America's Chemists of Tomorrow) Research Park Robert E. Brown Center for World Music School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics School of Social Work Siebel Center for Design Society for Engineering Mechanics Spurlock Museum Student Legal Service Sustainable Student Farm at UIUC Technology Entrepreneur Center Technology Services Tenant Union The Career Center The School of Labor and Employment Relations University Library University of Illinois Press University of Illinois Student Health Insurance


80 Allerton Park and Retreat Center 81 72 Canaan Development Foundation 82 73 Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education 74 at UIUC and Road Home Program at Rush 83 75 Champaign Area Fish Exchange 84 76 Champaign County Forest Preserve District 85 77 Champaign Love Of Christ 86 78 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District 87 79 Channing Murray Foundation 88 80 Chinese Christian Union Church - North 89 81 Courage Connection 90 82 Ctrl-Z FRC Team 4096 91 83 CUDO Plays 92 84 Deliverance Temple Apostolic Church 93 85 Dollars for Dreams 94 86 Dublin Street Church of Christ 95 FIMRC UIUC Chapter 96 Hannah's Song Ministries 97 Kellsie's Krusaders 98 Marine Officer Selection Station 99 McKinley Foundation 100 Planned Parenthood 101 RISO (Raising International Scholars Online) 102 Saint Andrew's Lutheran Campus Center 103 She's the First*{UIUC} 104 Teach For America 105 The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum 106 Tolerance Means Dialogues 107 University Lutheran Church 108 University of Illinois Foundation 109 Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners 110 Urbana/Champaign MHOA 111 WEFT Champaign 90.1 FM 112 Wesley United Methodist Church 113 Wildlife Medical Clinic

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEER 114 4 Paws for Ability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 115 Active Minds 116 Alpha Phi Omega 117 American Red Cross Club 118 Asha Urbana-Champaign 119 Autism Speaks U 120 Avicenna Community Health Center– Student Initiative 121 Be The Match on Campus 122 Best Buddies International 123 Bridges to Prosperity - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter 124 Camp Kesem at University of Illinois 125 Circle K International 126 College Diabetes Network–University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chapter 127 Colleges Against Cancer 128 Community Blood Services 129 Conch Shell Mental Support 130 CURE International at UIUC 131 Education And Training For Health 132 Engineering Outreach Society 133 Engineers Volunteering in STEM Education 134 Engineers Without Borders, UIUC Chapter 135 Eye to Eye 136 Fitness for the Ages 137 Growth International Volunteer Excursions 138 Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter 139 Human Interest Professionals Club 140 Humanity First at Illinois 141 Illini Epilepsy Project 142 Illini Equine Rescue Society 143 Illini Family Promise 144 Illini Fighting ALS 145 Illini Fighting Alzheimers 146 Illini Fighting Hunger 147 Illini Girl Up 148 Illini Medical Screening Society 149 Illini Mentor Program 150 Illini Rotaract Club 151 Illini Service Dogs 152 Illini Thaakat Foundation 153 Illini Young Life 154 IlliniThon 155 MEDLIFE UIUC 156 My Sister's Keeper 157 NAMI on Campus UIUC 158 Novaree 159 Open Ears 160 Operation Smile UIUC Chapter 161 Overseas China Education Foundation 162 Play for Change 163 Project 4 Less 164 Red Bison Ecological Restoration 165 Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women 166 Silver Wings - Steven R. Nagel Chapter 167 Special Populations Health Education Program

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SERVICE AND VOLUNTEER 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180

Stress Management Peers The Good Athlete Project The Harry Potter Alliance The Helping Illini Timmy Global Health Together Educating All Children In Hospitals Tzu Chi Collegiate Association UNICEF at UIUC University Vegetarians Vis a Vis Tutoring Volunteer Illini Projects, Inc. Wesley Food Pantry Women in Nuclear Student Chapter at the University of Illinois 181 Yesplus- UIUC Chapter

CREATIVE, MEDIA & PERFORMING ARTS 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235

.4 Photography 3Spot Dance Troupe Chai Town Champaign Photography Association Chinese Independent Film Society Chinese Theatre Group Dancing Illini Fizaa Flashpoint Photography Club flor poetry For Art's Sake Ghungroo Dance Company Girls Next Door Groove Daze Group for New Music Haus of Chiefs Hip-Notic Dance Team Illini Awaaz A Cappella Illini Bhangra Illini Film and Video Illini Ishaara Illini N Motion Dance Team Illini Raas Illini Student Musicals Illinois Rip Chords ImagiNation Dance Crew Krannert Center Student Association Legend Dance Company Mimosa Dance Crew Moda Bellissima MVMNT Dance Community New Revels Players No Comment A Cappella No Strings Attached Odd Request Improv Other Guys Penny Dreadful Players Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Pizza FM Potted Meat Sketch Comedy rubato Squad Mob Style Council Subatomic Pigeon Improv The Collective Magazine The Fashion Network The Illini Swing Society University of Illinois Women's Glee Club Varsity Men's Glee Club Velocity Dance Team Vintage Analog Manual Photographers Vitality Dance Team Wrapsody Dance Company Writers Organizing Realistic Dialect (W.O.R.D) Zindaa UIUC

CULTURAL AND ETHNIC 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 281

African Cultural Association American Sign Language & Deaf Culture Club Arab Student Association Asian American Association Asian American Student Housing Organization Asian Pacific American Coalition Ballet Folklorico Mitotiani Capoeira Club at UIUC Central Black Student Union Chinese Language and International Development Society Diverse Curlz Eastern European Illini ENGLISH CORNER Gah Rahk Mah Dahng Go Club@ UIUC Hellenic American Student Organization Hillel Student Board Hindu Students Council Hindu YUVA UIUC Hong Kong Student Association Illini Japanese Association Indian Faith Journey Indian Student Association Iranian Cultural Association Japanese Conversation Table Laos Student Association Latino Christian Fellowship Latino Student Association-Housing Division Luso Brazilian Association Men Of Impact Mixed Student Union Origami & Japanese Club Pakistani Students Association Peruvian Student Association Philippine Student Association Polish Club Zagloba Puerto Rico Student Orgnization Sikh Student Association UIUC Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth Taiwanese American Students Club Taiwanese Students Association Transcendental Meditation Club Turkish Student Association Vietnamese Student Association

INTERNATIONAL 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295

Chinese Career Board Chinese Engineering Student Association Chinese Students and Scholars Association Events@UI Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children–UIUC Chapter Illini International Pre-health Student Association Indian Graduate Students Association International Christian Fellowship International Student Car Association Korean Illinois Transfer Entrance Korean Student Association Malaysian Student Association (MaSA) Singapore Students Association Tassel Campaign

ATHLETIC AND RECREATION 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338

Academic Buzzer Team: A Quiz Bowl Organization Archery Club Badminton for Fun Card Connoisseurs Champaign Urbana Ultimate Rec League Champaign-Urbana Trickers Changing Health, Attitudes, + Actions to Recreate Girls Climbing Club at UIUC Club Tennis Cross-Country Club Flippin' Illini Gymnastics Club Goshin Jitsu Mixed Martial Arts Illini Badminton Intercollegiate Sports Club Illini Bass Fishing Club Illini Bodybuilding Club Illini Boxing Illini Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Illini Bridge Club Illini Chess Club Illini Cycling Illini Dancesport Illini Disc Golf Club Illini Equestrians Illini Esports Illini Glider Club Illini Handball Club Illini Hockey Illini Juggling and Unicycling Club Illini Men's Rowing Team Illini Smite Club Illini Swim Club Illini Swing Society Illini Table Tennis Club Illini Taekwondo Club Illini Trap and Skeet Club Illini Waterski and Wakeboard Club Illini Women's Hockey Club Illini Women's Recreational Soccer Illinois Club Golf Illinois Fitness Peers Illinois Lacrosse Club Illinois Men's Club Soccer Illinois Men's Rugby

ATHLETIC AND RECREATION 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365

Illinois Men's Ultimate Frisbee Team Illinois Men's Volleyball Illinois Sailing Club Illinois Shotokan Karate Club Illinois Synchronized Skating Illinois Synchronized Swimming Illinois Track and Field Club Illinois Triathlon Team Illinois Women's Club Basketball Illinois Women's Lacrosse Club Illinois Women's Rowing Club Illinois Women's Rugby Football Club Illinois Women's Soccer Club Illinois Women's Volleyball Club Kendo and Naginata Muay Thai Club at UIUC National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association Oskees Illini Dance Company Outdoor Adventure Club Real Madrid Illinois Association Sports Business Assocation Tae Kwon Do at UIUC The Chief's Airsoft Platoon The Illini Metagamers Underwater Hockey Women's Fastpitch Softball Club Womens Ultimate Frisbee


366 Army ROTC Student Council 367 Flyin' Illini Booster Club 368 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

PRE-PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381

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Actuarial Science Club Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Society Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Alpha Rho Chi American Advertising Federation at Illinois American Chemical Society American Concrete Institute 521 American Institude of Chemical Engineers 522 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 523 American Marketing Association 524 American Medical Student Association Premed 525 American Medical Women's Association 526 American Railway Engineering and 527 Maintenance-of-Way Association Student Chapter528 at UIUC 529 American Society of Biochemistry and 530 Molecular Biology 531 American Society of Civil Engineers 532 American Society of Mechanical Engineers 533 Animal Sciences Industry Group Anthropology Club/Lambda Alpha ASBMB ASCEND Student Chapter Association for Computing Machinery Association for Information Systems Association of Data Science and Analytics Association of Food Technologists Axiom Beta Alpha Psi Beta Psi Omega Beta Psi Omega Biomedical Engineering Society Bioscience Journal Club Business Council Business in Environmental Responsibility Carle Volunteers Champaign-Urbana Business and Engineering Consulting Classical Fencing Club Creating Oppurtunites Recognizing Excellence Delta Sigma Pi Economics Research Society Eco-Olympics Enactus Engineering Council Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors Epsilon Delta Professional Teaching Organization FACES Consulting Federal Bureau of Investigation Financial Planning Club Food Product Development Club Founders Illinois Entrepreneurs Fulbright Student Association Fusion Future Health Care Executives GeoClub Global Medical Training Hack4Impact UIUC Healing Everything and Reaching the Soul HELIX IEEE Illini Aerospace Outreach Illini Algae Research Group Illini Formula Electric Illini Hyperloop Illini RoboMaster Illini Statistics Club Illini Wildlife and Conservation Club Illinois ALPFA Illinois Biodiesel Initiative Illinois Consulting Academy Illinois Cryptocurrency Organization Illinois Public Relations Student Society of America Illinois Robotics in Space Illinois Sales and Marketing Association Illinois Solar Decathlon Illinois Space Society Illinois Sports Business Conference Illinois Trial Team International Consulting Network Investment Portfolio Organization iRobotics Kinesiology Student Association KOJOBS LAS Council LAS Leaders League of Linguists Lean In UIUC Midwestern Robotics Design Competition Minorities In Pre-Medicine Minority Association for Future Attorneys Minority Association of Future Educators Minority Business Students Association MRDC Teams National Association of Black Accountants National Association of Black Journalists National Organization for Business and Engineering OTCR Consulting Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Peer&Career Phi Beta Lambda Phi Chi Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon PHI ETA SIGMA HONOR SOCIETY Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority Philosophy Club- Phi Sigma Tau Physics Society / Society of Physics Students Pre Physical Therapy Club Pre-Dental Club Pre-Law Honors Society: The Order of Prospective Lawyers Pre-Optometry Club Pre-Pharmacy Club Pre-Physician Assistant Club Pre-Vet Pricing Academy Rho Epsilon Robobrawl D1 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and D2 Native Americans in Science – UIUC Chapter D3 Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers D4 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers D5 Society of Women Engineers D6 Society of Women in Business D7 Speech and Debate Team at the University D8 of Illinois D9 Student Aircraft Builders D10 Student Alumni Ambassadors D11 Student Chapter of the American Meteorological D12 Society D13 Student Education Association D14 Student Nurses' Association D15 Supply Chain Management Association D16 an APICS Chapter D17 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society D18 TEDxUIUC D19 The Satellite Development Organization (SatDev) D20 Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity Undergraduate Neuroscience Society Undergraduate Psychology Association and PSI CHI University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Undergraduate Law Review Wildlife Society, Illinois Student Chapter

PRE-PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC 505 Women in Computer Science 506 Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)

RIGHTS AND FREEDOM ISSUES 507 508 509 510 511 512

Amnesty International 124 Interfaith in Action Liberty in North Korea Students Against Sexual Assault Students for Justice in Palestine Underrepresented Muslims and Minority Advocates 513 weDignify-UIUC 514 YWCA at the University of Illinois

POLITICAL 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528

College Republicans at UIUC Illini Democrats Illini Libertarians Illini Public Affairs Committee Illini Young Democratic Socialists Illinois Congressional Debate Society Illinois Model United Nations Illinois Student Government La Colectiva Political Science Club Science Policy Group Student Advocacy Coalition Students for Environmental Concerns Turning Point USA

RELIGIOUS 529 530 531 532 533 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 556 557 558 559 560 561 562

Adventist Christian Fellowship Alive Vineyard College Ministry All Souls Presbyterian Church Campus Ministry Alpha Omega Campus Ministry Baptist Campus Ministries Catholic Illini Retreats Chabad Jewish Student Association Christians on Campus Cornerstone Christian Student Fellowship Covenant Fellowship Crossway Cru Ecclesia Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Greek InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Illini Chinese Christian Fellowship Illini Life Student Fellowship Indian Christian Fellowship InterVarsity Christian Fellowship- Urbana Chapter InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship Knights of Columbus Council #2782 Koinonia Christian Cooperative House Muslim American Society Muslim Students Association Navigators Stratford Christian Cooperative House The Baha'i Association at the University of Illinois Twin City Bible Church UniPlace Community Service United Church of Christ Campus Ministry Wesley Foundation Student Fellowship Yedam


Alpha Iota Omicron Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda Alpha Omega Epsilon International Engineering Sorority Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. Beta Sigma Psi, The National Lutheran Fraternity Chi Sigma Tau National Fraternity, Inc. Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. Delta Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc. Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. FarmHouse International Fraternity Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Kappa Pi Beta Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Sigma Fraternity La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Omega Delta National Fraternity, Inc. Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc The International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity Psi Upsilon Fraternity Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Incorporada, Inc. Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Sigma Nu Fraternity Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Theta Chi Fraternity Theta Xi Fraternity Triangle Fraternity Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Zeta Psi Fraternity

DEMONSTRATION AREA D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20 D21 D22

Champaign-Urbana Roller Derby Competitive Super Smash Bros. Club Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) Eco Illini Supermilage Electronic Music Club EV Concept Fencing Illini Floor Lovers Illinois Flow Arts Club Historical European Martial Arts Illini 4000 Illini Automotive Group (IAG) Illini Ninja Warrior Illini Pole Fitness Illini Pullers Illini Ridgebacks Quidditch Club Illini Solar Car Illinois Spikeball Club Mopeds and Motorcycle Club Student Space System The Black Glove Society The Shire of Wurm Wald


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Students gather in the peak hours of Quad Day in August 2017. Social media director Kelly gives advice on how to navigate Quad Day chaos and finding RSOs ahead of time.

Just say no: avoid unnecessary RSO signups BY KELLY JOHNSON SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

As Quad Day approaches, eager young freshmen will be racing toward the Main Quad to grab every free bag in sight and sign their emails on any piece of paper they can get their hands on. But not only freshmen can fall victim to this. Anyone can be guilt tripped and overwhelmed by a peppy group convincing you to join their salad eating club, even if you hate salads. But then you are wondering why anyone would feel the need to create a salad eating club, when you can just go out and order a salad at

dinner. And while those thoughts race through your head, you’ve already given your email out for a lousy lollipop. Next thing you know, you'll be getting emails daily about the salad dressing of the day. So, before you step on the Main Quad you’re going to need a few game plans just so you don’t get wrapped up in a club you have no interest in joining. Before we get into the, ‘how to say no’ portion of this, there are some preemptive things you can do to make sure Quad Day goes smoothly.

Plan ahead

Make sure to go into it with a plan of some sort. Do some research to see what clubs you want to look for. If you go in knowing to look for a few clubs or activities it will make your experience much less overwhelming. Figure out how many extracurricular activities you want to be involved in before you go. If you get overwhelmed quickly, consider sticking to only one or two clubs at first. Or, if you’re the type of person who likes to stay busy and can handle getting dozens of emails daily, go crazy.

The most important thing to master before Quad Day is how to say no to someone. Don't feel pressured to join anything. Here are some tips for different personalities and comfort levels.

direction and pretend you can't see them.

Give them a chance

Have a little fun

Listen to them intently, let them do their whole spiel and feel free to ask questions about their club. Then, let them down easy and simply say you don't want to join.

Do the bare minimum

Do the awkward little no-teeth smile with a shake of the head, they’ll get the hint. As they are about to tell you all about their club and why it's the best, start talking about your crazy busy schedule and how stressed you are.

Just say it

Or, you could just kindly Don’t make eye contact say ‘no thanks.’ if you see a club that isn’t Now that you've read for you. Keep your head these tips, you are ready down, walk in the opposite to hit the Main Quad, and

Run for your life

you won’t fall victim to the endless emails that I still receive. Quad Day can be a great day to figure out what things you want to spend your time doing over the school year, but make sure the free stuff doesn’t overshadow the excitement of the day. The University is huge. Take advantage of the diverse recreational options that are available to you. Good luck on Quad Day, and don’t be afraid to say ‘no thanks.’ Kelly is a sophomore in Education


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Students search for Registered Student Organizations to join on Quad Day in August 2016. Assistant opinions editor Jamie gives tips on how to find RSOs that will offer leadership and connections.

Enhance your RSO search with these tips to consider your college and major, as well as your Quad Day is hands social life. down the most overYou most likely won’t whelming day of the Uniwalk away empty handed versity’s Welcome Days. or feeling left out. Quad This isn’t necessarily a Day was crafted to cater bad thing. However, there to all students, so it’s likeare some ground rules ly you will leave the event and tips you can use to feeling good about the harness the abundance upcoming year. of information to your Due to the size of this advantage. school and its rural locaThis is a great time to tion, understand that reflect on the kind of per- getting involved in Regson you’ve always wantistered Student Organizaed to be. How so, you ask? tions and other UniversiEven though this is easty-sponsored groups are ier said than done, prior the easiest and potentially to Quad Day, take a step only ways for you to build back and think about your your calendar. long-term and short-term In my experience, getinterests, activities you ting as involved as posenjoyed in high school, sible on campus is what side hobbies and opportu- cultivates the happiest nities you’ve always want- life throughout the school ed to pursue but never had year, and is the largest the chance to. Don’t forget regret of those I know BY JAMIE LINTON


who failed to do so freshman year. Yes, there will be other chances to pursue the opportunities you may miss on Quad Day; however, there are benefits to laying some sort of foundation for your freshman year rather than later on. For those students who seek careers in creative fields where experience is key to a great resume, beginning your climb up the leadership ladder early ensures enough time to land an executive position as an upperclassman. Additionally, spending time playing different roles in an organization will help you achieve a well-rounded skill set and an understanding of what you like and don’t like about different positions. This will do great things

for your social life as well. Many incoming students think the only reason why the University is considered an excessively social school is because of our huge Greek life, but what many don’t see is how much effort other large organizations put into their social calendars to bond and improve the lives of their members. Almost every RSO will have an annual dance and most have scheduled weekly events as well. Once you have an idea of what hobbies pique your interest, take a look at this list of registered student organizations, best known as RSOs, and take note of which ones you’d like to learn more about. I’ve found that larger organizations with long

histories of success seem to be the most valuable for students to join. Due to their reputations, contacts and other resources, they tend to be the most well-organized and best equipped to handle large numbers of students while maintaining a reasonable level of productivity. Joining one of these organizations will provide you with a long list of alumni to network with in the future as well as fun traditions that help students feel more integrated with the University and its history. Although Quad Day is a social activity, I encourage you to venture off on your own. The best friends are those who encourage you to take advantage of opportunities, but it’s likely you

and your roommate won’t want to join all the same clubs. Don’t feel rushed and sign up for as many email lists as you’d like. You’ll regret this decision in the next three years when you’re still getting emails from the chai tea club. Make sure you’re choosing one or two clubs to seriously consider and actually follow through with attending informational meetings. Even though it’ll likely be hot, loud and overwhelming, Quad Day is one of the only times invaluable opportunities are quite literally right at your fingertips. Avoid second guessing yourself and take advantage — you won’t regret it. Jamie is a junior in Media.

There is something for everyone on the Main Quad BY MOLLY ZUPAN SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

College campuses all around the world offer varying degrees of student life, size, academics and sports. But the majority of them have one particular aspect in common that brings them all together. You guessed it, it’s the Main Quad. Sitting in the center of campus, the Main Quad is the action-packed, community-building hub of the University. Lined by a significant portion of academic buildings, such as Gregory Hall, Noyes Laboratory and Lincoln Hall, the Main Quad is a location with which every student and faculty member is familiar. Each day, hundreds of students pass through the Main Quad to get to classes, their dorms or to grab food nearby. When the weather suffices, it becomes a hotspot like no other; dozens of students flock to it to stretch out on a picnic blanket, throw a frisbee around or just to catch up with friends. Now try to picture campus without the Main Quad. What would it look like? Without it, the impact would be huge, and not in a good way. The Main Quad is the most essential and representative part of campus. With a different structure or design, I would imagine students would feel much different about the University and the college experience in general. As an urban planning


Students take advantage of the relatively warm weather and play frisbee on the Main Quad in February 2017. The Main Quad is a hub for student activities and gatherings around Illinois’ campus.

student, I have learned a lot about the functionality of urban spaces, including how they flow and why they flourish. Of all I’ve learned so far, the most valuable and relatable aspect of planning is every urban area deserves an open environment that provides a welcoming sense of community and safety. Without a doubt, the

University’s version of that special space is the Main Quad. It is a space where all students and faculty are welcome to interact, share and communicate. It is a space where people can speak freely. It is a space that welcomes individuals of any race, gender or culture. Most importantly, it is a space where political and societal issues can be

voiced, heard and seen. A great example of this use took place just a few months ago, when the University’s Graduate Employee Organization went on strike for better wages, healthcare and treatment. During this strike they staged the majority of their actions on the Main Quad. The GEO chose to occupy the Main Quad with

intentions for their purpose to be seen, heard and recognized as a united drive for an overall better quality of life. There are hundreds of examples of this recurrence throughout history, in places like Chicago’s Grant Park, New York City’s Central Park and the Washington Monument. For as long as our country is a democracy,

this movement of organization and the collective voice will continue. As social beings, people need safe spaces to express themselves, aside from just their private homes. In order to live a fulfilled and healthy life, a majority of people need to experience feelings of acceptance and connection to the outside world. This is exactly why the Main Quad and similar spaces are so essential for human growth, satisfaction and cohesiveness. So the next time you pass by, stop and take it all in. Look closely at the people who are using it and notice their facial expressions and movements. Admire the open yet secluded structure of the space. Notice the intentional layout and placement of the benches, trees and sidewalks. The next time you find yourself on the Main Quad, relaxing or talking to classmates, recognize how it makes you feel. Become aware of this environment and it’s everlasting value because you will only be on this campus for so long. Wherever you go after college, keep your eyes open for spaces that give you that same sensation; take advantage of them, share them with others and make sure they remain safe and welcoming. There are more out there than you think. Molly is a junior in FAA.

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What to expect from Greek life at Illinois BY ANDREA FLORES LONGFORM EDITOR

At this point, you’ve probably noticed that Greek life is a large part of campus. It's likely that you've already seen groups of students together, chanting and wearing the same shirts, and you may be wondering if sorority or fraternity life is right for you. I knew nearly nothing about Greek life when I arrived on campus, and even if you have friends or family who have joined a chapter, you likely still have some questions of your own. I did not join a sorority until my sophomore year, and the following notes are all aspects of Greek life I learned about in my year apart from the community, which eventually influenced my decision to join.

Financial responsibility

It's no secret that college and Greek life are pricey, so if you're considering rushing for a sorority or fraternity, be prepared to pay up. Joining a chapter, as exciting as it is, will only add to an already expensive college budget, and it’s important to consider that before thinking further about going through formal or informal recruitment. However, sorority and fraternity dues are manageable. I’ve been paying for my chapter’s dues out of pocket through parttime jobs on campus. I know many of my friends do the same, and other friends have help from their families or financial aid packages.

Time commitment

Movies and recruitment videos often don’t show how much dedication and consistency is necessary for fraternity and soror-


Students visit various Greek organizations behind Foellinger Auditiorium during Quad Day on August 21, 2017. Greek life on campus recruits at the beginning of every year for its new pledge class.

ity life. There are a variety of different meetings, retreats, philanthropy and service events, both within and outside of each chapter, along with different social events. Some may be required while others are optional. Believe it or not, it is possible to manage classes, work, other Regis-

tered Student Organizations and Greek life. I am one to always have a lot on my plate, but somehow, I am still able to pull it off. I find that keeping busy makes my college experience feel much more fulfilled. If you're like me, Greek life may be good for you.

It’s not for everyone

During my freshman year, I had several classmates who were dead set on joining a chapter, but when things didn’t work out, they were, of course, devastated. They felt rejected and disappointed, and their whole college experience seemed over before it started. But those feelings quickly passed, because

everyone can find their own home on campus. There are so many RSOs and groups to pursue, all with extraordinary students, and it will only be a matter of time before you can find your people on campus. I am so happy in my chapter, but I know the cards don't always line up for everyone. Greek life

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The Main Quad is inundated with thousands of students in search of Registered Student Organizations, clubs, fraternities and sororities on Quad Day in August 2017. Editor-In-Chief Abby Paeth urges students to pay attention to what they want and be prepared for anything, even the weather, this Quad Day.

Maximize your Quad Day experience BY ABBY PAETH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Having been to three Quad Days already, once in front of the table and twice behind it, I think it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about how to maximize your first Quad Day experience. For anyone, freshman or not, Quad Day can be extremely overwhelming. There’s a lot of people around, giveaways being handed out, organizations to choose from and not a lot of time to see and take it all in. Here’s a few helpful tactics about how to get the most out of your Quad Day:

Get there early

Quad Day gets extremely crowded and it can be very unpleasant navigating the

booths when you’re shoulder to shoulder with your fellow Illini — not to mention it might be really hot and sweaty. Try to beat the crowd if you can, and leave before it gets too hectic. It’s also best to get to Quad Day early instead of later because you wont run the risk of booths being in short supply of their freebies or handouts. Also, you want to have first pick of the food if it’s offered!

is also a Quad Day app that you can download if you’re not into holding a physical map. Figure out your starting point and locate all the places that are close by to visit first. Make sure to stop in front of the Illini Union because that’s likely where the free food will be. Remember that everyone here is looking to try something new, so keep an open mind when you plan out where you want to go. The beginning of the year is the Make a plan easiest time to join a club The first thing you should because your class load is do once you get to Quad light and many other memDay is pick up a map and bers are new, just like you. review it carefully. It might be helpful to circle all of Organize your freebies the places you know you Free food and drinks want to go and mark all the are everyone’s first priorplaces you might want to go ity; however, don’t underif you have the time. There estimate the importance of

coupons on Quad Day. This is normally where local businesses give out the year’s best coupons, some of which can be saved for a later date. During my freshman year, I stocked up on a ton of free coffee coupons and used them throughout the semester. I would definitely suggest doing this because you can use them for an extra pick-me-up on a rough day. Also, remember to think about the environment when you're picking up flyers and handouts. If you really don't think you're going to read the flyer, leave it on the table.

Prepare for the weather

Weather, especially in Illinois, is unpredictable. You don’t want to get

caught in the rain without an umbrella or a raincoat. Likewise, you don’t want to forget to wear sunscreen or bring your sunglasses just in case it gets too hot or too bright outside. I suggest checking the day’s weather before you leave, just in case, to prepare for any surprises. In addition, remember to bring a water bottle and keep yourself hydrated. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, it’s good to keep drinking water. Quad Day is very crowded and it can be difficult for emergency responders to get to you if you pass out from heat exhaustion (which can happen).

something different and you should always push yourself to branch out and try new things. Don’t be afraid to turn down the organizations you know you’re not interested in right away. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and, frankly, their time as well. Going off of that, I remember being flooded with mass emails from different RSOs that I signed up for, so don’t be afraid to deny giving your email. It will save you time unsubscribing to them later on. Just remember not to be rude about it and turn them down politely.

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Tips and tricks on how to survive Quad Day BY CINDY OM DESIGN EDITOR

Apart from Gameday’s annual clearance sale, Quad Day is my favorite day of the year. You get to meet new people, and you get free food and T-shirts. Who doesn't love free food and T-shirts? I know I do. I have a collection of T-shirts and sunglasses. Quad Day can be a bit overwhelming, but I've put together some tips and tricks on how to survive Quad Day:

Go early

All of the good stuff runs out fast. Go earlier in the day to get all the goodies. I recommend going when it starts. The best items to get are T-shirts. You can wear them anywhere. I wear my shirts to the gym, and I use them as pajamas, too. During sophomore year, I made the mistake of going later in day, and I did not get a single T-shirt, as opposed to freshman year where I got three. If you want a T-shirt, go early.




Do not sign up for everything. Sign up for clubs you are genuinely interested in. If you sign up for everything, you'll have a ton of emails in your inbox. During my freshman year, I made the mistake of giving out my informaton to too many booths. I got emails all the time. I spent about 30 minutes unsubscribing to all the clubs. However, if you don't mind getting a ton of emails, sign up for everything.

Go with a buddy

Watch the Marching Illini

Pick a side

Bring a bag

If you are a bit nervous about approaching new people, bring a friend! You can go to the booths together and it will be less intimidating. It's also nice to have someone you know in a big crowd, because the Main Quad can get crowded quickly.


Sign up at your own discretion

The Main Quad is going to be full of booths and people. I recommend you pick a side and start from there. Picking a place to start allows you to see all the booths. I always like to start at the Illini Union and make my way around. After I make a full lap on the Main Quad, I start tackling the diagonals.

My favorite part of Quad Day is the Marching Illini, the University of Illinois marching band. The band performs on the steps of Foellinger Auditorium. They perform the fight song and a mixture of other songs. It is like a sneak peak of what the football games will be like.

You will get a ton of paper, pamphlets and a mixture of other items. It's good to store all the items in a bag so you can keep your hands free, which allows you to get more items.

Bring a water bottle

It will most likely be hot and you will get thirsty. Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Some booths give out water and other drinks, but it is always a good idea to bring your own.

Quad Day will forever have a special place in my heart. It marks the beginning of the school year, and it is a day filled with excitement. It is also the way I found out about The Daily Illini. I was somewhat interested at the time, and now, three years later, I'm the design editor of the paper. I'm definitely looking forward to my last Quad Day. Come to our booth and let's talk! Cindy is a senior in Media.


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they post will help you understand the personality of an organization. Many groups hold informational meetings or introductory social events soon after Quad Day to allow interested students the opportunity to get to know the organization and the people in it. If you’re serious about getting involved in a particular group, block out time in your schedule and make it a priority to attend these events. These events are the most efficient ways to get to know and make an impression on an organization. Taking initiative and attending a meeting or event can be intimidating for many students, especially when it involves walking into unfamiliar

territory. Keep in mind there are plenty of other students in the same situation. Most of the new students in attendance will be just as unsure of themselves as you are. If you’re especially hesitant, don’t be afraid to reach out to an organization’s leadership via email or social media in advance of attending an event. You’ll most likely get an encouraging and enthusiastic response that will make you feel more comfortable and confident when you attend. Remember that finding an organization where you feel like you belong and that speaks to your interests can take time. Don't be discouraged if an organization you were drawn to on Quad Day doesn’t end up being a

“In many cases, connecting with an organization on social media and seeing the type of content they post will help you understand the personality of an organization.” good fit once you start attending events or learning more about it. Quad Day is important, but it’s by no means the end-all-be-all of your opportunities to get involved on campus. Look out for flyers posted around campus and events within your college or department to

learn more about student organizations you might have missed during Quad Day. Most organizations recruit throughout the semester so there’s plenty of time to discover a good fit if your Quad Day picks don’t end up panning out. Katie is a junior in LAS.

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Find your niche: breaking down clubs on campus BY CAMILLE BAER FEATURES EDITOR

So let’s talk about Quad day. It’s a chaotic hodgepodge of University students all in the same space, fighting for a chance to find where they belong. With over 1,600 RSOs, things are bound to get a bit hectic. But don’t feel like you’re in over your head — with a little planning and information you’ll feel like a Quad Day navigational expert. It may seem like a lot to take in, but there’s no pressure to join clubs or Registered Student Organizations from each category. As a new student, it’s hard to tell exactly where you belong. Whether you’re a freshman or not, making decisions is difficult, especially when you’re not sure what’s best for you. So, where to start? Don’t stress. Deep breathes. We’ll get through this together. A great way to begin your search is to start with your interests, either academic or personal. It makes it much easier to break down what you might be looking for in an RSO. Let’s say, for example, that I love music and really want to do something music-related. Student groups like Electronic Music Club, Folk and Roots Club, Illini Student Musicals, No Strings Attached (a coed a cappella group) and so many more serve as a way to bring students together with similar interests. Perhaps sports are more your speed. You’ve certainly got options, with over 135 athletic, recreational and club sport RSOs available on campus. Want to try out some more unique athletic opportunities? Look for Archery Club, Climbing Club at UIUC, Fencing Illini, Illini Bass Fishing Club, Illini Billiards Club, Illini Boxing Club, Illini Pole Fitness


Students browsing the various Registered Student Organizations, clubs, fraternities and sororities on Quad Day in August 2017. There are over 1,600 RSOs on campus to choose from, many of which are available to preview on Quad Day.

and so many more. Political Science extraordinaire? There’s a club for every political party, for minority students, and for students who are looking to ignite positive change in others and create an open forum for students to speak freely amongst each other. Clubs like, I-Cause, Political Science Club and Young Americans for Liberty are available to try. If you’re seeking to embrace your quirkier side, we’ve got you covered. For starters, Outdoor Adventure Club allows college

students to engage in University activities to gain ranks amongst others in the club. Bee Keeping Club at UIUC brings students together who share a love for bees and who want to care for and work with bees at the Sustainable Student Farm. Also, there’s a Social Gaming Club — need I say any more? Humans vs Zombies is an interesting take on the game tag, however, this one lasts an entire week. Most of the club starts off as humans, with a few original zombies, and the rest

is history, so-to-speak. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, Illini Ridgebacks Quidditch team may be more your speed, a coed club that holds scrimmages and participates in Quidditch tournaments. If you’re looking for a more professional environment, there are clubs that bring students from the same major or interest together to discuss important issues and challenge each other to succeed. From engineering to business, math to advertising, journalism to pre-med,

there’s an opportunity for anyone to find a group of like-minded students. Take advantage of the prolific amount of cultural and ethnic organizations on campus, whether you’re seeking out students with a similar background as yourself, or you may just want to learn about a different perspective on campus. All of the above are options offered at the University. With almost 100 different culturally unique clubs, there’s bound to be one that intrigues you. Learn more about your

heritage, facilitate change within your community or engage in activities such as Bhakti Yoga Club, Capoeira Club at UIUC, Dheem, Men of Impact and plenty more if you’re interested. As you can see, the list of organizations available on campus doesn’t end there. Each student has the opportunity to find their place on campus, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. (Cheesy, but true). Camille is a junior in Media.







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Left unsatisfied? Consider starting your own RSO BY PARI APOSTOLAKOS ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR

It’s every student’s worst nightmare: you took one lap, two laps, three laps, four laps around the Main Quad. You even made sure to hit the diagonal pathways so you wouldn’t miss any of the booths. Yet, you still can’t find the organization you were looking for. Don’t get me wrong, you are more likely than not to find multiple groups that pique your interest on Quad Day. But there is a chance that, despite the seemingly endless plethora of Registered Student Organizations at the University, you might still be left unsatisfied. Perhaps a group you were involved in during your high school career is nowhere to be found, or a friend of yours at another university is involved in an organization that hasn’t yet developed a chapter here. This could actually be a blessing in disguise, because being unable to find a specific organization in which you want to participate leaves only one option: start your own from the ground up. Creating your own RSO can be a fantastic opportunity to develop leadership and problem-solving skills, which will be a great asset for your time at the University and after. If you want to know how many students have done it before you, just count the number of booths on Quad Day. All RSOs start somewhere, and you could be the brains behind the next big club on campus. Although this process is not as difficult as it sounds, there are still steps you must take if you are going to bring about a new group. The full list of requirements can be found on the Illini Union website.


Surprisingly enough, in order to start your very own RSO you must have at least five people. Just five people! Come to think of it, knowing that you yourself will be involved brings you 20 percent closer. The name of your organization should be unique and not conflict with any other organization on campus or nationally. The only time this would be acceptable is if you intend to bring a chapter of a nationally recognized organization to the University.

But why would you want to use another group’s name anyway? Starting an RSO is a big way to leave a mark on campus, and you should want yours to be memorable. I know we all love our school. However, none of the words or abbreviations we use to describe it are acceptable to use within the name of your RSO. The only way to work our lovely institution’s name into your group is to follow your group’s name with “at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign”

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which we all know is a mouthful, to say the least. Names must also “be in good taste,” according to the Union’s web page, and this is left up to interpretation. If you ask me, this condition would definitely rule out curses, slurs and crude language. The key word in Registered Student Organization is the middle one: student. All members and leaders of an RSO should be students, faculties and staff who are currently registered with the University, or (surprise,

surprise) their spouses are also eligible for membership. As is to be expected, no unlawful discrimination of any kind is tolerated. The University itself also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation and more. So don’t even think about it. Only one party is permitted to register a new RSO, and that is the president or primary contact of said group. In addition to a president, all groups are

required to have a treasurer and three authorized agents (which explains the minimum of five members). The actual registration of a new RSO can be done through the Illini Union website. Keep in mind that starting an organization is one thing, but building it to last is another task entirely. Put in the effort to build your RSO into something you will be truly proud of. Pari is a sophomore in Media.


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The Illini football team gathers in the middle of the field before its last training camp practice a Memorial Stadium on Aug. 18. The team held a fan appreciation day to meet with fans after the practice before looking toward the start of the season at home on Sept. 1 against Kent State.

Illinois football camp round-up BY GAVIN GOOD STAFF WRITER

After two weeks of training camp, one major question seems to have been answered: grad transfer AJ Bush has emerged as the standout candidate for quarterback. Sure, there hasn’t been a ‘Chayce Crouch is our quarterback’ moment, but head coach Lovie Smith seemed to offer something relative to an endorsement after practice on Saturday. “I like what AJ Bush has been doing throughout,” Smith said. “Seems like the last week or so he’s really kind of taken control a little bit.” The Virginia Tech transfer has never held a starting job at a Power Five school, but the Illini sports staff likes what it’s seen from him in camp

and believes he can be a good fit in the new offense. The new Illini offensive coordinator has praised Bush too, and so have his teammates. Rod Smith also said he has put in the work necessary to take on the job well. “He’s one of those guys who takes it to heart,” Rod said. “He understands what the position entails, it’s not just a come here, show up, go home, go to bed. He’s here putting in extra hours and all the little things that need to be done.” He even said that one day after camp, he and Bush stayed to review film together until around 1 a.m. The staff loves Bush’s athleticism, and he has shown a competent arm in his reps during practice, certainly more steady than that of

returning sophomore, Cam Thomas. He has also proven to be a better decision-maker than Thomas and youngsters Matt Robinson, M.J. Rivers and Coran Taylor. Some on the Illinois staff see Bush’s confidence and energy he brings as something that is rubbing off on other players, within the quarterback’s room and on the team as a whole. Rod wants to see that effect continue, especially as he continues to push his offense to reach the potential he thinks it has. “He’s helping our football team become better,” Rod said. “He’s helping our quarterback room become better. What we’ve got to do as a quarterback group is continue to keep getting better,

keep making better decisions, eliminate the turnovers, and continue, like I said, to reach a certain standard in our room that is expected.”

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Freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers admitted that the transition to the collegiate level has been a big one, but he’s settled in since the beginning of camp. Rivers has shown an ability to make good throws and reads at times. Though like his fellow freshmen Robinson and Taylor, he has made some illadvised decisions. Overall though, the Illinois staff is pleased with how he has adjusted and how he has applied its early teachings. Lovie noted how the

openness of the position has forced each quarterback to raise their level of play. Each rep is a chance to impress the coaches, or disappoint them. “M.J. Rivers has really kind of picked it up in the last couple days a little bit,” Lovie said. “Competition brings that out in you. All of the guys have gotten an opportunity to play.” Rod conceded that his young quarterback struggled at the beginning of camp. “(Rivers) started off very slow and you could just tell it was all new for him,” Rod said. “Trying to learn the system, trying to adjust to college speed. We’ve tried to simplify some things, not give them as much on their plate so they could get good at something. I’ve seen M.J.

take some steps forward this week. He’s had his best week of practice. He made some good throws tonight as well. He just continues to get better.” Peoria-native Coran Taylor has also looked more comfortable in his time under center late in camp. He had his best series yet at the end of practice on Saturday as he drove the offense down for a score, connecting smoothly with multiple receivers for solid yardage. Rod said he and all the quarterbacks have a ways to go before being game-ready, but he’s happy with how each is progressing under his tutelage so far. SEE ROUND-UP | 11B

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New Illini QB Bush: ‘I know where I’m supposed to be’ BY GAVIN GOOD STAFF WRITER

Illinois grad transfer quarterback AJ Bush has made himself at home in Champaign. An unlikely journey spanning four schools in five years has humbled the Alpharetta, Georgia, native, but Bush feels like it’s his time now. Since joining Illinois at the inception of training camp in August, Bush has shown an ability to connect with receivers and an athleticism that can make an offense multi-dimensional. The 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pounder likes to go on the run when he can’t find a receiver downfield, and his decision making has been a level above the likes of sophomore Cam Thomas and the freshmen trio of Matt Robinson, M.J. Rivers and Coran Taylor. Though head coach Lovie Smith has not officially declared Bush the starter, all signs are pointing to Bush being under center when Sept. 1 comes and the Illini square off against Kent State. "The last week or so, (Bush has) really kind of taken control’ of the team, something the staff wants from its No 1 quarterback," Smith said after Saturday's final training camp practice. After stops at Nebraska, Iowa Western Community College and Virginia Tech, Bush came to Illinois to finally be the guy at a Power Five school. He’s only completed seven passes at the Division I level, but Bush doesn’t carry himself like that. “I never lack confidence, no matter what I went through in my career,” Bush said. “I know where I'm supposed to be, I know how good I am. I know what kind of player, leader and teammate I am, so why not be confident?” His path has forced him to become stronger mentally, especially as he went through multiple quarterback competitions and never came out on top. Those experiences have helped significantly in Champaign, as Bush has gradually won over the coaching staff and the majority of the first team


Grad-transfer quarterback AJ Bush meets with fans after the final Illini football training camp practice was held at Memorial Stadium on August 18, 2018. Bush has been a standout during training camp and is expected to be named the team’s starting QB for the season.

reps. “When you're prepared, you can be confident,” Bush said. “A lot of people who aren't prepared may fake it. But if you're prepared, you can act confident and be comfortable doing that.” Whether it’s a big play, giving direction to other players or simply keeping it loose during downtime in between drills, Bush feels this is his team. He regularly gets in the faces of his teammates to motivate them, congratulate them and to talk smack. The offseason approach was different for Bush than it is for most college football players because he wasn’t eligible to practice with the team until camp began. He


focused on doing what he could, working individually receivers on their own time and mining the lessons learned from past camps. Bush’s collegiate years have taught him a lot about, not only the game of football but how life works. “I've learned a lot of things on the way,” Bush said. “Just learning what not to do, how to approach things, what to listen to when I'm in meetings. If you play Madden or a video game over and over, you're going to lose a couple times, but eventually, you're going to get better. That's the thing I don't think people realize, just because someone doesn't have success early in their career or early in

what they try to do, a lot of people miss what's inside of that person. That's one of the things you can't judge, the desire inside somebody.” That’s why Bush wants to be judged on his contributions to this Illini team and not by his resumé, something that would be considered less-than-stellar for most Big Ten schools looking to identify a starting quarterback. After a 2-10 season that saw Illinois come in as the No. 126 rated offense in the country, Bush is an option the staff feels will massively boost the team’s prospects. Confidence especially looms as the team shifts into new offensive coordinator Rod

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Smith’s fast-moving offense. With a new offense to learn, surrounded by a sea of unfamiliar faces turned teammates, time is not on Bush and the Illini’s side. Little margin for error exists at this point, so Bush is making sure he’s a guy everyone knows and can approach. He wants to be a leader on the field and in the locker room, so he has wasted no time getting to know everybody. “That's just my personality, man, I like to meet new people,” Bush said. “Everybody can be friendly with everybody, it's just that comfort zone. I like to get people out of their comfort zone. I'm an outgoing person, if you're a type that's quiet,

I'm going to talk to you just to see where your head's at.” In football and life, Bush applies the same philosophy. The setbacks will come, it’s about getting past them. He hopes that will carry over well into this year at Illinois. “It all comes down to your character and what you want,” Bush said. “If you want to do this, you're going to capitalize on those lessons. I never lost, I took lessons and I learned from them. I always say, 'two L's make a W'. You've got to just keep grinding and focus on what you want in life.” @itsallG_O_O_D

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Justice Williams finds his place in Illini offense BY ELI SCHUSTER SPORTS EDITOR

On a Thursday night in the fall of 2017, linebacker Justice Williams got his shot. “It’s going down,” Williams would tell former Illini quarterback Jeff George. “If I move to receiver, it’s going down.” Williams lined up with Jaylen Dunlap, a former teammate who was, at the time, one of the team’s best defensive backs. The ball was thrown up in his direction, it was a simple fade route. “It was like a one-hander, it was probably my best catch ever,” Williams said. “It was really cool.” It’s now a catch that has been remembered by teammates and staff members alike, but more importantly, it’s a catch that must have caught the attention of head coach Lovie Smith. Williams recounts a lot of the position switching talk as merely a joke. He had experience in the position from playing both linebacker and wide receiver in high school, at the end of the day, he was recruited to play defense. But that didn’t stop him from confronting his head coach. “I went up to Coach Smith’s office, jokingly asked if I could move to receiver, and then come springtime it actually happened,” Williams said. Now that training camp has gotten underway for the Illini, the reality of Williams lining up at the receiver position is all too real. Since day one of camp, Williams has been in the thick of things. New Illini offensive coordinator Rod Smith has not been shy about getting him involved, as Williams continues to be in the mix with first-string wideouts Mike Dudek, Ricky Smalling and Sam Mays.

ing and Mike Dudek, two receivers that are looked at as potentially the offense’s top playmakers. Williams has praised the work his teammates have done to put him in the position he is today. “(Justice is) a big strong receiver, go up and get the ball, still learning a few things but he will be ready by Kent State, I can promise you that,” Smalling said. The transition has been rather smooth for Williams, and a lot of that can not only be contributed to his play in high school but his understanding of defensive schemes. “In high school, it was, ‘hey man, go run a slant, go run a fade, go do a hitch,’” Williams said. “Now, it’s you got to read the coverages, so actually knowing what defenses do, what coverages look like, it makes making my route conversions a little bit easier.” While Williams has been able to learn from the veterans at the position, he has been able to bring a different perception into the film room. He has worked with new freshman receivers to better their understanding of defensive coverages. As for his individual play on the field during training camp, Williams has been pleased. “I feel like I’m doing pretty well right now,” Williams said. “Just little things I need to catch up on, but we will get there.” When it comes to the team as a whole, Williams has plenty of confidence to go around. With the season slowly inching closer PHOTO COURTESY OF ILLINI ATHLETICS and closer for the Illini, Senior wide receiver Justice Williams runs during Illinois training camp on Aug. 3. Williams is transitioning from the linebacker Williams has only one way position and quickly moving up the depth chart. to describe what’s going to happen game one. “You have to run a lot The practice routine is work on, even if it’s just the linebacker to wide receiv“We will be ready, Sept. 1, on offense,” Williams said. only one adjustment Wil- little things. er, going at full speed and it’s going down.” “Let’s just put it this way, I liams has experienced “One thing I know I need- trying to stop on a dime is had to run three step with during the teams training ed to work on was how something I need a lot of @Schuster_Elias linebacker, now I’m run- camp. The 6-foot-3-inch to stop,” Williams said. help on.” ning 15 steps at receiver, receiver has made sure to “Sounds kind of dumb, The help has come from it’s a lot more.” point out he has plenty to but one thing coming from teammates Ricky Small-

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Linebackers Phillips, Hansen tapped for big roles in 2018 BY GAVIN GOOD STAFF WRITER

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson speak openly about what they want from their defense: takeaways. For a 2017 season in which the Illini sputtered to a 2-10 (0-9 Big Ten Conference) record, the defense actually fared respectably in the takeaway category, tying for 60th in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision with 19 takeaways. But all too often, opposing teams were able to wear down the defense — especially as the offense could only muster 174 first downs on the season (No. 125 of 129 FBS teams), and the program surrendered an average of 418.5 yards of offense per game (85th in FBS). Now, Illinois is confident it is making improvements in all areas of the field ahead of the new season, closing the gap on Big Ten opponents who overwhelmed a young team in 2017. Though the staff has talked about progress being made, arguably no area on the defense needs a bigger increase in production than at the linebacker position. With last year’s starters Tré Watson (Maryland) and Julian Jones (Georgia State) transferring, and with the staff moving sophomores Marc Mondesir and Ayo Shogbonyo to the defensive line, Illinois hopes it has the quality at the position to compete. On paper, that quality comes from returning starter Del’Shawn Phillips, who led Illinois with 85 tackles (46 solo) and is the only senior on the defense. It also comes with the return of nowhealthy redshirt-sophomore Jake Hansen, who missed all of last year with a knee injury he suffered in camp. “Jake fits the profile of what we play with linebacker-wise,” Lovie said. “Athletic, can play in space, smart and a playmaker. That year off allowed him to become more of a student of the game, too.

Like where he is, hasn’t had any issues injury-wise.” For his part, Phillips is making sure he and his guys have the schemes and reads locked down so they can focus on what’s important — making big plays. “Things are going great, could definitely be better, (but) there’s always room for improvement,” Phillips said. “But for the most part, things are going great. Guys flying around to the ball, learning their responsibilities, reading their keys, executing their technique and finishing.” Keeping pace with offensive coordinator Rod Smith’s much faster offense has been a difficult task, Phillips said. However, he believes it’s excellent preparation for some of what the defense will see during the season. The offense’s increased speed makes it more difficult on newcomers such as Khalan Tolson and Jacob Hollins, who are working to learn their places in the defense but have to connect it all and get set more quickly in between plays. “It’s exhausting, actually,” Phillips said. “A lot of reps, a lot of moving, a lot of running, play after play. They’re lining up the snap for the next play and we’re trying to get the call in still, get set up. It’s something to get used to; it’ll actually help us in the long run. We’ll be better conditioned moving forward playing against Big Ten teams.” Nickerson is pleased with how his guys are coming along so far in camp but knows there is a lot of work to be done before the unit lines up against Kent State on Sept. 1. For the third-year coach, making sure his guys are ready ahead of each play has been a focus. “The thing that’s most important for us is communication, everybody being on the same page,” Nickerson said. “Especially when things are going really fast, it can be a little hectic at times.” The Illini will most likely


Linebackers Jake Hansen (right) and Del’Shawn Phillips (left) line up on defense at Illinois football training camp on Aug. 15. Phillips and Hansen will take on a larger workload this upcoming season as the team is low on players at this position.

have to rely on junior Dele Harding more this season, who started five games last season at linebacker and finished sixth in team tackles (32). Nickerson likes Harding’s experience, but can also use sophomore James Knight, who played in every game of 2017 on that strong side when Illinois opts not to use a nickel back.

St. Petersburg, Florida, native Tolson has also seen a lot of reps so far in camp. Rated as the No. 55 (247Sports) and No. 83 (ESPN) outside linebacker in the class of 2018, Tolson looks to have the athleticism of a Big Ten linebacker. He almost certainly won’t start, but will probably see time on the field, especially if injuries test the Illini’s depth.

“(Tolson is) doing good, he’s learning,” Hansen said. “He’s starting to figure it out definitely more and more. Obviously, he’s a great athlete, he’s starting to figure out how to take it to the next level at linebacker.” Collectively, Nickerson, Phillips and Hansen like how the unit is progressing, but each acknowledged there

is a lot of work to be done still. “I think we’re coming together,” Hansen said. “Obviously, there is stuff you’ve got to work on every day and get better at, like just little details. As a whole, I think we’re starting to really mesh as a unit for sure.” @itsallG_O_O_D


Sunday, August 26, 2018



Big Ten Media Day: A look at some of Illinois’ biggest changes BY MEGHAN REST ASSITANT SPORTS EDITOR

The 47th Big Ten Media Day kicked off in Chicago on July 24 with Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith bringing along players Nick Allegretti, Mike Dudek and Jamal Milan. The Illini had plenty of question marks surrounding their young team and its early training season this August. Here are some of the most talked about storylines from the day.

Third year of the “overhaul”

Illinois only needs to win one Big Ten game in order to eclipse last season’s 0-9 conference record. If the team goes on to win four games, it will beat its record of 3-9 in 2016 ­­— Smith’s inaugural year at Illinois. In terms of wins, last season was a step backward. However, in Smith’s third year at the helm of the Illini, there is hope for a solid season in the Big Ten with a smoother schedule that will not include Michigan, MichiALEX AGUILERA THE DAILY ILLINI gan State and Ohio State. Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith addresses the crowd at Big Ten Media Day on July 24

New staff

This fall, the football program welcomes four new members to the coaching staff. New tight ends coach Cory Patterson is fresh off a threeyear coaching job at Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis. Alongside Patterson is the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith. Smith begins his career in Champaign after spending six seasons as cooffensive coordinator with the Arizona Wildcats. The Illini also added new passing game coordinator and safeties coach Gill Byrd, a seasoned coach in the NFL. Byrd previously spent one season as the defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills and has scattered his career across the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), the Chicago Bears (2006-12) and the former St. Louis Rams

in Chicago. Important talking points regarding Illini football included new coaching staff, facility updates and what to expect in the upcoming season.

(2003-05). According to Smith, being able to communicate well and relate to people have been pivotal hiring points. “Gill Byrd is an excellent people person; he knows how to relate to people and that makes an excellent recruiter,” Smith said. “That’s the way I look at it with all of my guys.” Additionally, new defensive line coach Austin Clark was hired by Lovie Smith after two seasons on the University of Southern California’s defensive staff. He played at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley and returned as a recruiting assistant after his tenure.

Facility update

The new Illinois Football Performance Center is well underway in Champaign and set to be completed prior to


the 2019 season. The $79.2 million project — funded through private donations and the Intercollegiate Athletics Fund — is focused on improving workout resources for studentathletes, as well as a point of attraction for new recruits. Features of the new facility will include an updated locker room and a state-of-the-art sports medicine wing.

Young players

nett Williams and defensive end Bobby Roundtree on the defense, while weapons like running back Mike Epstein and wide receiver Ricky Smalling lead the offense. Smith started 16 true freshmen last season, and he commented multiple times on how even one year of experience goes a long way. “(Sophomore) players got a lot of experience last year,” Smith said. “Now they’re bigger, faster, stronger, and year three will produce results.” Smith also spoke of redshirt freshman Kendrick Greene’s move to the offensive line from his traditional role on the defensive line, stating he could very well be in competition to start at the beginning of the season.

The 2018 season marks the second generation of Smith’s first true recruiting class. Now sophomores, Smith’s first recruits are expected to make an ample impact on the team. His class was ranked 11th in the Big Ten and 47th overall per Rivals and Fox Sports Chicago. Among some of the stand- The Wild (Big Ten) West outs are defensive back BenThe western section of the

Big Ten has become a bit of a toss-up. Wisconsin has strung together practically 25 years of winning Badger football and is the clear front-runner heading into this season. On the other hand, Illinois was not only ranked last not in the western division, but also in the conference overall. While the Illini are on a mission to improve on their troubled record, other teams are battling it out in the middle of the division. Last fall, Northwestern cruised to a 7-2 finish in the Big Ten on the momentum of an eight-game winning streak. No other teams besides Northwestern and Wisconsin had a winning record in conference play. Although, the consistency of Kirk Ferentz, only missing a bowl game four times since his arrival in 1999, says one can never rule out the Hawkeyes, and the new addition of head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska could give the Huskers a step in the right direction. No matter the case, the Big Ten West is a competitive division and teams are continuing to put themselves in the conversation.

according to Alred. “I wish him well,” Alred said. “It’s a little slower start than any fan would like, but he’s building from the bottom up and hopefully it will take us to good places.” Alred isn’t the only Illini fan excited about Smith, even after his “newness” has faded with two seasons. Adam Blake is an Indiana alumnus, but his girlfriend went to Illinois. While he’s not a traditional Illinois fan, he said he’s still seen the competition grow between both schools’ football programs. “I think it’s escalating,” Blake said. “Both teams are trying to build the program with new coaches and inject that excitement back into the schools.” Illinois’ anticipated success under Smith is paralleled in other rivalries as well. Rich Myers is a Michigan fan, but celebrates Illinois when he’s with his daughter. “I’m an Illinois fan when I’m with my daughter, and I’m a Michigan fan when I’m not with my daughter,” Myers said. “We have a place we live in Holland, Michigan, and we also live in Illinois. But I’ve been going to Ann Arbour since 1973 and my family’s Victory, Illinois, Varsity been Michigan fans for a long Some Illini graduates time.” spend Saturday’s cheering on the orange and blue, but New redshirt rule one of the team’s most loyal The NCAA passed a new fan’s didn’t even attend the rule this summer that allows University. Jill Alred never student athletes to play a walked across a University maximum of four football stage to receive her diploma, games before redshirting. but she might as well have. For Smith, the new rule “I started going to the is a little foreign. While the games in the ‘60s with my regulation gives players folks and we’ve been season and coaches a wiggle room ticket holders since the ‘70s,” throughout their four years Alred said. of eligibility, it’s still a new Alred hasn’t missed a home concept for the Illini. game in 45 years and has been “I’m anxious to go through on the Illini Quarterback it,” Smith said. “Last year we Board of Directors for 20. In played a lot of freshmen. If the that time, she said, there’s rule was in place, we probably been a lot of change. Among would have looked at Kendthe “saddest” to her includes rick Green and Lere Oladipo.” the derailment of the Chief mascot over 10 years ago. @meghan_rest Among the best? The era of Lovie Smith,

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Big Ten Media Days: style of offense is its own battle BY MILES POWERS-HUANG ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Traditionally, the Big Ten is known for its hardhitting, ground-and-pound style of play. With many programs across the country adopting an up-tempo, spread offense in the new era of mobile quarterbacks, the Big Ten could become an outlier. Penn State led the Big Ten conference with 290.2 passing yards per game, 23rd in the country. Otherwise, more than a few schools ranked towards the bottom nationally, as Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and Minnesota finished outside the top 100. Rutgers ended up with the 124 ranked passing offense, ahead only of schools that run the tripleoption offense. For the most part, the Big Ten stuck to its profile as a physical, defensive, runheavy conference. Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan all finished in the top 50 for rushing offense, nationwide. Meanwhile defensively, Wisconsin and Michigan were the second and third-ranked schools in total defense. Ohio State and Michigan State cracked the top 10, with five other schools finishing in the top 40. At Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer argued teams do not need to follow a trend and instead scheme to the strengths of their personnel. “I think it’s (about) best available player,” Meyer said. “We’ve won three national titles; two have been with drop-back quarterbacks (Chris Leak and Cardale Jones), also an undefeated season with a pro-style quarterback in Alex Smith. Then you had Tebow, Braxton Miller, and I put J.T. (Barrett) in the middle of both, so we fit whatever we have.”


Sophomore wide receiver Ricky Smalling goes up for a catch in the game against Indiana at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 11, 2017. Smalling looks to highlight the Illinois offense this season as it switches to a spread style.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz felt similarly, as he has battled many different styles of offense through his 19 seasons as head coach of the Hawkeyes. “It’s like everywhere else, our conference is reflective of the entire nation,” Ferentz said. “There are teams that have gone that direction and that’s what they do. That’s the essence of coaching: Figure out where you’re at, what you can recruit to, what your coaches can coach and then you go from there.” However, the conference’s perception could

soon change. The addition of Scott Frost at Nebraska, whose Central Florida team went undefeated last season while averaging 530 yards per game, will bring that program a new look. In addition, Shea Patterson as quarterback for Michigan, a highly-touted recruit and transfer, is known for thriving in a spread offense. Illinois could also be apart of that change, as Lovie Smith hired offensive coordinator Rod Smith out of Arizona, who is expected to use the quarterback position as a running threat in the Illini's new offensive

scheme. Smith feels an added weapon under center could free up his receivers on the outside and allow the team more of an opportunity to succeed. “Guys know the history about playing in this offense, now it’s about getting it done each day,” Smith said. “A guy like Ricky Smalling will love playing in it. When you have an offense where the quarterback is a part of running too, that puts you in a one-on-one situation on the outside, wide receivers love that.” When it comes to pre-

venting up-tempo offenses from scoring, Indiana head coach Tom Allen has some experience. The long-time defensive coordinator feels controlling offense was the reason he was hired in the first place. He has familiarity with coaching against fast offenses in practice from his time at South Florida and Ole Miss, two programs known for filling up the scoreboard. Allen feels comfortable stopping any style of offense, just as long as he can contain his opponent to playing one type of scheme. “One of the reasons Kevin

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“A lot of those guys are po has looked impressive in going to get to play,” Nicker- one-on-one’s. He seems to be son said. in contention for a starting job at defensive tackle next Fire-tested sophomores to Tymir Oliver, but will likemove into bigger roles ly see a lot of time regardless If Illinois is going to of whether or not he wins the improve in 2018, it will likely job. need to do so on the backs of Two of the expected secLovie’s first recruiting class, ondary leaders, Bennett who received plenty of play- Williams and Hobbs, have ing time last season as Illinois not seen much time with sputtered to a 2-10 record. the first unit. Williams was Di sr upter s B obby in pads Saturday but didn’t Roundtree and Isaiah Gay participate in drills. Hobbs seem set to be leaders on the wasn’t with the first-string defensive line, though Gay guys either during his reps. hasn’t been with the first The staff tends to keep susteam during camp as a result pensions and injury details of his suspension from spring locked up, so it might be a practice. while before it becomes clear Roundtree has NFL eyes what is going on with the pair, on him now, and Lovie but Illinois will have to rely thinks he’s only continued on inexperienced players at to improve his game after a those spots if either is set to full offseason in the Illinois miss significant time. program. He said it’s hard to not count the sophomore as Notes on the running back one of his favorites and that and wide receiver positions there’s “just nothing to disIllinois has some depth at like about him.” running back this year, as Elsewhere on the D-line, leading rusher Mike Epstein second-years Owen Carney is back and healthy, along Jr. and Lere Oladipo have with Reggie Corbin and the made major strides through more powerful pair of Dre the offseason and camp. Car- Brown and Ra’Von Bonner. ney’s build is much more in While Epstein is the most line with what the Illini want explosive of the bunch, and to do defensively, and Oladi- the most proven, Rod has

used a variety of backs in the past and has said he’s comfortable using any of the four guys mentioned above. “I’m excited about our whole running back group,” Rod said. “We have four guys who I think we feel comfortable with, that I think we can win with.” Last season, Garrick McGee turned to Bonner on short yardage situations. Brown has yet to be at full strength during a regular season, as he has undergone two season-ending knee injuries, but has been used a lot as a kick returner in camp. Bonner’s size helps him get some leverage in the trenches, something Rod thinks he can use well. “He’s a bigger back that has some strength to him; he makes some decisive cuts,” Rod said. “He’s going to maybe bring us some overall type package deal. He’s one of our better blockers, he’s got size that he can fit up against linebackers and not be a matchup problem.” Brown brings a similar style of running, though he hasn’t really had a chance to demonstrate his full potential during a regular season yet.

“Dre is kind of like Ra’Von, where he’s a bigger guy, stronger,” Rod said. “He’s probably faster than Ra’Von, but he’s got the all-around skill set. He can block, he can run, catch. He’s got some good elusiveness to him. Just a steady back, and he’s had a very good camp.” Wide receiver has been a position Illinois hasn’t had strong production at in some time, and while part of that may be due to not having a quarterback who can deliver the ball, 2018 will test the quality of this unit. Behind starlet Ricky Smalling and battle-tested Mike Dudek, the Illini receivers are relative unknowns. Smalling has had a number of eye-popping catches in camp, while Dudek has been steady. After that, Sam Mays and Justice Williams have gotten a lot of first-team reps. Each has had his struggle with drops, but both have also come up with some nice catches. With the unit scaling on the shorter side, each receiver brings critical size at 6 feet 3 inches tall. The size gives AJ Bush a lot of help when it comes to connecting on jump balls downfield. Sophomore Carmoni

Illinois is not afraid to play freshmen. Lovie went to his guys early, often and all the time in 2017, and though Illinois doesn’t have as big a need on paper for them this year, the staff feels like a number of recruits brought in are ready to fit into the system and contribute immediately. Smith acknowledged Illinois’ depth “isn’t eventually what it will be,” and several camp standouts seem set to see time right away. Delano Ware has seen a lot of meaningful reps at safety, and under-the-radar recruit Sydney Brown is well-liked at nickelback. The Illini look to play a lot of nickel sets in 2018. Jartavius Martin has made multiple picks and has broken up a number of pass plays in camp. He could work into the corner rotation behind the likes of Nate Hobbs, Cameron Watkins and Tony Adams. “They have the traits at the defensive back position that we’re looking for,” said defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson. “Guys that can cover, they’re athletic, they can run. They haven’t let us down. They’ve shown up and shown those abilities. They’re really poised on the field and in coverage. They’re getting more and more polished as we go along here.” Freshmen defensive backs Ron Hardge, Kerby Joseph, Nick Walker and Dylan Wyatt have each shown potential in their reps, though Walker and Wyatt have each been banged up for a lot of camps. Walker went down after a scary hit early in camp and has been limited in action since his return, while Wyatt has been nursing a knee injury. On the offensive side, receiver Edwin Carter has shown spurts of impressive speed and an ability to beat Illini corners to get open. Fellow freshman receiver CarELI SCHUSTER THE DAILY ILLINI los Sandy, though smaller, has Freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers stands in front of teammates on the sideline during the last Illini football training camp on Aug. shown similar signs of prom- 18. Illinois now heads into the season looking to improve on a 2-10 record with plenty of new and returning young players. ise throughout camp.


Green has had a lot of meaningful reps and should see some time on the field too.

Fans weigh in as camp closes to public

Saturday was Illinois’ fan appreciation day, so the scrimmage at Memorial Stadium was open to the public and there were autograph sessions after. Tim Griffin, freshman kicker Caleb Griffin’s uncle, spoke on the effect of having two Danville natives in the program. He said about 45 Danville residents have locked down season tickets in the horseshoe for the next five years to watch their hometown kids play in orange and blue. “There’s a huge (interest) because of (Caleb Griffin) and Julian Pearl being here,” Griffin said. “There’s a huge influx and game day walk-up. I’m not kidding you when I say that 200 to 400 people, just because those two are on the team, are going to be here.” Though many students are still yet to arrive on campus, some were in attendance on Saturday, and they liked what they saw from the Illini. They also enjoyed being able to interact with players most people only see on television. “You see that they really are student athletes and they’re really working their butts off all year,” said Nick Hafner, sophomore in LAS. “It really puts a new perspective on knowing them as people. It makes you want to root for them even more rather than just seeing them on TV.” Expectations are tempered though, especially with Illinois being one of the youngest teams in the country; over 70 percent of the players on the roster are freshmen or sophomores. “The vast majority of the team is freshmen and sophomores, so I think people can expect quite a few mistakes from those guys,” said Tyler Grober, a Peoria native. “But I definitely think it will pay off in a few years, they’ll be able to start making bowl games once again.” @itsallG_O_O_D

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The Illio Yearbook is a student-run publication that has been around since 1894. Each full color book is jam-packed wih special memories at Illinois that will last a lifetime. From the Engineering Quad to the South Bell Tower, the Illio encompasses all aspects of U of I life.

Time Will Fly By. Reminisce on all those late nights with friends, hours in the library studying, and lasting friendships you’re going to be making. The Illio is a keepsake you’ll treasure forever, just like your high school yearbook, only 150% more awesome!



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Return this form with payment to: Illio Yearbook 1001 S Wright St Champaign, IL 61820

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Books will be shipped to the address above at the end of Summer 2019. If you have any questions about your yearbook, please call us at 217. 337.8314 or visit us at Thanks!




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