Illini Lingo Decoded

While you’re walking around Illinois’ campus it may seem like the University students are speaking another language. Here’s my guide to some of the Illini basics:

Alma Mater Statue

Alma Mater – The statue located on the southeast corner of Wright and Green Streets.

ARC – The ARC is shortened for the Activities and Recreation Center and was built in 2008. It is a work out and recreation facility on the south end of campus.

Block I – The student cheering section at football games that sits in the north end zone and is known for entertaining the crowd with various block card stunts.

Chief Illiniwek – He is also known as “The Chief,” and is the former symbol of Illinois athletics at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Illinois currently does not have a mascot.

CITES – The provider of campus-wide computing, networking, telephone and technology services.

CRCE -The Campus Recreation Center East, which is a workout/recreation facility that has an indoor pool among other features.

Crime Alert – Alerts that are mass emailed to students notifying them of reported crime on campus.

Ebertfest – A film festival held each April in Champaign. Roger Ebert, a famous movie critic, is a native of the adjoining town of Urbana and is an alumnus of Illinois.

Engineering Quad – The quad area north of Green Street, which houses Grainger Engineering Library and a majority of the College of Engineering buildings.

Freshman 15 – A phrase used to describe the 15 pounds that some students gain during their first year of college.

Grainger Bob

GDI – Gosh-Darn Independents (or God Damn Independents) who won’t go Greek and have no desire to do so.

Grainger Bob – The statue of a man reading a book that sits on a bench outside Grainger Engineering Library.

i-card – The official UI student identification card which is purchased and replaced at the Illini Union Bookstore.

IUB – This is the Illini Union Bookstore, the official bookstore of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Illinites – This is a late night program featuring free entertainment, free activities and free food for students who wish to participate in non-alcoholic activities.

Late Night – This is available in the public dorms and provides access to food, snacks and drinks purchased with credits and open late at night.

Orange Krush

McKinley – The student health care center.

Orange Krush – The student cheering section that sits on the floor at men’s basketball games.

Pledging – The process of joining a fraternity or sorority.

Pokey Stix – A popular late night snack of cheesy bread and sauce that can be ordered from Gumby’s, a local pizza place.

The Quad – The name for the main area of campus where the Union and major buildings are located.

Quad Day – A huge event the Sunday before classes start in which many student organizations set up information booths on the Quad.

RA – Resident Advisor.

Reading Day – A day of no classes on the Thursday before finals so students can study. Students spend the night Reading Day Eve, the last day of classes, celebrating.

SafeRides – The service through the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) that students can call late at night for a ride when there is no bus service.

Six-Pack – This term refers to a group of six residence halls that are part of the Peabody and Gregory residence halls. Officially called Ikenberry Commons, the term “six-pack” is widely used among students, referencing the amount of partying that goes on there. It is currently in the process of being tore down and rebuilt.

Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day

The Stacks – The nickname for the bookshelves in the main library.

Undergrad (UGL) – The underground library for undergraduates.

The Union – The main student center at the North end of the Quad that houses many University events, a hotel, printing, a food court, a bowling alley and many other features.

Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day – A local event on campus which replaces the celebration of the official St. Patrick’s Day holiday with excessive drinking of alcohol.

About: Emily Bayci

Emily Bayci recently graduated with a B.S. in News-Editorial Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Orange and blue is in her blood, and she will be the fourth in her family to receive her bachelor and masters from Illinois as she is now pursuing her masters degree in Library and Information Science. She is an aspiring sports reporter and has covered Illinois athletics for The Daily Illini the past four years.