Insect Fear Film Festival

“When we began, Ronald Reagan was in office, materialism was rampant, and insect movies were terrible; today, there's a democratic president in Washington, environmental awareness and volunteerism are more fashionable, and insect movies are still…

History of Illinois Homecoming: 1970s- Recent Past

Despite the debacle of 1969 and the Illini Union Board Homecoming Committee chairman's estimation that there would be no Homecoming the next year, there was a Homecoming in 1970. That year organizers and participants attempted to make the tradition…

History of Illinois Homecoming: 1950s-1960s

The decade of the 1950s opened with the crowning of two noteworthy Homecoming queens. In 1950 Mildred Fogel ’52 wore the “Miss Illinois” crown; in later years, “Millie” starred in the “Mission Impossible” TV series and would be better known by her…

History of Illinois Homecoming: Depression and Wartime

The Illini football fortunes faded after 1929. This “football depression,” coupled with the economic depression gripping the country, cast a shadow over the Homecomings of the 1930s. As early as 1930, The Daily Illini detected what it thought was a…

History of Illinois Homecoming: 1920s

The "Victory Homecoming" of 1919 ushered in the decade of the 1920s – perhaps the heyday of Homecoming at the University of Illinois. One great Homecoming followed another: In 1920 the Library (now Altgeld Hall) chimes were dedicated; in 1922 a…

History of Illinois Homecoming: Origin - 1919

There would never be another Homecoming game like it. On the 80-degree afternoon of Oct. 18, 1924, some 67,000 raucous fans, jammed into a newly dedicated Memorial Stadium, waited in suspense for the start of the contest against a powerhouse Michigan…

Ebertfest

In April each year, a film festival is held at the Virginia Theater in Champaign that is dedicated to lesser-known and under-appreciated films. Organized by the University of Illinois’ College of Media, the festival began in 1998 and was originally…