- Illinois defeated Virginia in the Citrus Bowl, 31-21, ending a 26-year bowl victory drought.
- Students for the Chief formed.
- Trustees voted 7-1 to retain Chief Illiniwek as the symbol of the University of Illinois.
- Students filed 19 complaints of harassment after police attempted to break up a rally of mostly African-American students.
- Catalyst, an international student environmental conference, held on campus, attracted more than 7,000.
- Committee against the War in the Gulf organized.
- African-American students stood up in classrooms to protest University in wake of recent racial incidents.
- Illinois played in the Hall of Fame Bowl, lost to Clemson 30-0.
- Students and residents marched from downtown Champaign to the Quad in opposition to Gulf War.
- U-C Senate approved resolution stating University military-science classes open to all regardless of sexual orientation.
- The NCAA sanctioned the men’s basketball team for recruiting violations.
- University announced that Chief Illiniwek would no longer appear in Homecoming parades or pep rallies.
- Fire on fourth floor of the Natural History Building caused over $2 million in damages.
- Farmhouse fraternity banned the possession and consumption of alcohol on its property.
- An $18 million renovation of Memorial Stadium began.
- Student Government Association voted to end all support of Chief Illiniwek.
- A $1 billion fund-raising drive called Campaign Illinois began.
- Plant and Animal Biotechnology Laboratory dedicated. Building re-dedicated as Madigan Laboratory in 1995.
- Illinois played in John Hancock Bowl, lost to UCLA 6-3.
- Latino students and their supporters occupied the Office of Minority Student Affairs and Administration Building. The students called for a new director of La Casa Cultural Latina and greater funding and autonomy for the cultural center.
- National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media formed.
- University vaccinated 18,000 students in the Armory for meningitis.
- Computer and Systems Research Laboratory dedicated.
- Illinois played in Holiday Bowl, lost to Hawaii 27-17.
- The Asian American Alumni Association was founded.
- The men’s swimming and fencing programs were eliminated.
- Undergrad Library underwent renovation.
- January 18th saw temperatures of 20 degrees below zero, with wind chills estimated at 62 below. McKinley Health Center treated 13 students for frostbite in a two-day period.
- University President Stanley Ikenberry announced his retirement.
- Krannert Center vandalized.
- Courtyard Café opened in Illini Union.
- A plane crashed after leaving Willard Airport, killing two alumni.
- Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) issued bill of rights.
- The Grainger Engineering Library and the new Illini Union Bookstore opened.
- Illinois defeated East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl 30-0.
- James J. Stukel became the 15th president of the University.
- Uof I Direct, a new online registration system, took effect, eliminating the on-campus registration at the Armory.
- Temple Hoyne Buell Hall dedicated.
- Trustees appointed by the governor instead of elected by a statewide vote.
- Sangamon State University became the University of Illinois at Springfield.
- Illinois Student Government (ISG) succeeded the Student Government Association (SGA).
- Chemistry and Life Sciences Building opened.
- Green Street repaved from Wright to Neil streets.
- Men’s basketball coach Lou Henson retired, replaced by Lon Kruger.
- Grade point rule changed from five to four points. Grade of ‘E’ became an ‘F.’
- New Office of Admissions and Records Building dedicated.
- Campus Recreation Outdoor Center and Multiplex Fields opened.
- Racial incidents led to proclamation of “Month of Mourning.”
- GEO members rallied on the Quad.
- Freshman killed in shooting incident.
- Asian-American studies program created.
- Women’s basketball team reached the Sweet Sixteen.
- Governor Jim Edgar vetoed a bill that would have given student trustees a binding vote.
- Jay Rosenstein’s In Whose Honor?, a documentary critical of Chief Illiniwek, aired.
- Alumni Against Racist Mascots formed.
- Illini Homecoming king and queen made statements critical of Chief Illiniwek. The following year, the University ended its practice of crowning a Homecoming king and queen.
- Daily Illini became a free newspaper.
- Muslim students held a public demonstration during Islamic Awareness Week.
- President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore spoke at Assembly Hall.
- Faculty-Student Senate approved resolution asking Board of Trustees to replace Chief Illiniwek with a new symbol in a 97-29 vote.
- Students for Chief Illiniwek and Chief Illiniwek Educational Foundation formed.
- University professor Stephen Kaufman filed grievances against University administrators, arguing Chief Illiniwek violates the University’s anti-discrimination policies.
- Women’s basketball team reached the Sweet Sixteen for second year in a row. Media named Theresa Grentz Big Ten Coach of Year for the second year in a row.
- Men’s basketball team shared Big Ten title.
- Bill giving student trustees a binding vote passed into law.
- Week-long symposium held to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights efforts.
- New student athletic fee went into effect.
- Graduate student died following an incident at a Champaign bar.
- William and Claris Spurlock donated $8.5 million for new World Heritage Museum.
- Illini baseball team won Big Ten championship.
- Japan House opened.
- Hallene Gateway Plaza dedicated.
- Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex opened.
- Senior died of gunshot wounds during Homecoming weekend.
- Women’s basketball team began to play at Assembly Hall, moving from Huff Gym.
- Student shot at White Horse Inn.
- Two campus bars sponsored Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party, the precursor to Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day.
- First Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival held.
- Two students hospitalized after ingesting drug known as Liquid G.
- Football team came from behind to defeat Michigan at Ann Arbor.
- Illinois defeated Virginia in Micron PC.Com Bowl, 63-21.
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