It is the end of the spring semester and after four hard years of toiling through schoolwork, senioritis is hitting hard.
But before the big day, all seniors should look back at their time at Illinois State University, and appreciate all the memorable events that occurred.
The first items to discuss on this nostalgic journey will be construction and maintenance. In the past four years, ISU has seen several new installments to campus.
During the spring of 2011, the Student Fitness Center opened its doors for the first time to faculty, students and staff. At a cost of $49.6 million, the Student Fitness Center has allowed students state-of-the-art equipment free of charge.
In addition, Hancock Stadium, Cardinal Court, The Lodge and The Flats were all constructed in this time period.
With new construction comes the need to make other changes, such as closures and edcomissions. On the south side of campus, the residence halls of Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Witten were decommissioned after the spring semester 2012.
Furthermore, The Movie Fan and Redbird Pizza closed their doors for a Cherry Berry directly across the streets from the decommissioned dorms. No longer could students buy pizza for $5 a slice early in the morning, or rent cheap independent films.
Graduating seniors also witnessed the transition from Blackboard to ReggieNet. Who could forget the almost successful Fool’s Fest of 2011? Probably most current ISU students.
In presidential events, the 2014 graduating class was under the reign of three different ISU presidents and saw President Obama elected into his second term in November 2012.
The presidents who were in office at ISU include the adored Bowman, Flanagan and currently President Dietz.
The Quad was brimming with students and farewells when Bowman announced his retirement.
A larger gathering on the Quad could not be matched except when news of Osama Bin Laden being assassinated circulated the campus. Students flooded the Quad and streets the Sunday before finals week, making major news outlets.
And you would not be attending an Illinois university without a reference to weather being in a senior year recap.
Over the past four years, ISU has experienced severe weather from snowpocalypse in 2011, to two snow days in March in 2013 and finally the never ending polar vortex of this year. Seniors even made it through the ‘real’ apocalypse of Dec. 21, 2012.
These are a few of the many incredible events which transpired at ISU during a senior’s academic endeavors. Some events may not have been covered, a few were highlighted and many more will come in the future of all ISU students.