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A Look Back at WIU Through the Years images

February 4-10


Feb. 7: Western Women Lose First Game of Inaugural Season

The women's basketball team at Western Illinois lost their first game to Monmouth High School in the 1903 inaugural season. Because the gym in the Main Building was not completed, all home games during the season were played in the Macomb Opera House.

Feb. 9: Earthquake Rattles State Normal School

A small earthquake was felt by the students and faculty of the State Normal School at approximately 6:20 p.m., lasting about 20 seconds. Even though it was just a minor quake, it was strong enough to rattle dishes. The epicenter of the quake was later found to be in southwestern Illinois, between Alton and Edwardsville.

Feb. 10: Fireman's Fair Held at State Normal School

The State Normal School hosted a firemen's fair for the surrounding fire departments. New firefighting techniques were discussed by the group, and new equipment was displayed by several companies.


Feb. 8: Courier Editor-in-Chief Resigns

Gabino Tabunar resigned his position as editor-in-chief of the Western Courier. The staff unanimously elected Mildred Dinsmore, who had previously covered athletics, as the editor-in-chief.

Feb. 10: YWCA Starts Points and Letters Program

The Normal School's YWCA began a recognition system using points and letters. When members would participate in campus or YWCA activities, they would be awarded a point, and for every 10 points, a letter. The goal for the women was to earn four letters for their YWCA member jackets.


Feb. 4: Botany Class Field Trip

Students of Dr. Maurice Myers's Botany 421 and 536 classes journeyed to both the Pabst Brewery and U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Laboratory in Peoria. The first stop at the Pabst Brewery included lessons about the yeast and allied products that were used in beer production, while at the USDA lab the students looked at how penicillin was produced and learned about the lab's research with antibiotics.

Feb. 7: Warehouse Arrives for Receiving Station

A former medical dispensary arrived from Camp Ellis and was placed at the corner of Murray Street and Morgan Gym Avenue. The warehouse became part of a new receiving station/supply depot.

Feb. 10: Food Lab Gets New Cooking Equipment

The Food Lab, located on the third floor of the Arts Building, received new state-of-the-art cooking equipment.


Feb. 4: Bookstore Records Revenue of $170,000

It was reported that the Union Bookstore had a profit of more than $170,000 in Fall 1980, one of the better returns in recent years. Bookstore profits were used to help offset the costs of operating and maintaining the University Union.

Feb. 6: Western's ROTC Program Enrollment Gets Boost

Enrollment in Western's ROTC program jumped 179 percent over the previous year, with 372 cadets enrolled in 1981. Officials attributed the increase to patriotism as a result of the Iranian hostage crisis.

January 28-February 3


Jan. 29: Trustees Travel to Springfield to Speak to Legislature

Three of the Western Illinois State Normal School trustees traveled to Springfield to request an additional $100,000 to complete the construction of the Main Building (Sherman Hall).

Feb. 2: New Edison Movie Shown

The newest motion picture from Thomas Edison’s movie company, "A Trip to the Moon," was shown in the Main Building. Following the movie, Professor A.F. Odell spoke about what the science world actually knew about the moon.


Jan. 30: Debate Forum Held on Turkish Empire

The Geography Department held a discussion and debate forum on the break-up of the Turkish Empire.

Feb. 3: Academy Third Grade Wins Physical Education Banner

A contest was held between the elementary grades of the Training Academy to see which class was the most athletic. Games were held between different grades during physical education classes with points being awarded for wins and losses.


Jan. 28: Graduate Program Enrollment Increases Slightly

The Western Illinois State College announced that graduate enrollment had increased from 58 to 60 students for the spring semester.

Jan. 31: Increase in Student Fees Announced

Beginning with the 1951 summer session, student fees at Western State College were increased, including registration ($15 to $20) and graduation fee increase ($5 to $10). Two new fees were implemented, a $10 activities fee and a $1 fee for each test that was taken late.

Feb. 1: WWII Assembly

The Pi Kappa Delta Fraternity sponsored an assembly on World War II, with several veterans speaking about their experiences. Kenneth Phlamm spoke on the 2 1/2 years he spent as a pilot of a B-24 Bomber in the Pacific, while Spiro Lekas talked about the two bombings he lived through while working as a radio operator in Greece.


Jan. 28: Fraternity House Damaged in Fire

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house, located at 420 N. MacArthur St., was damaged by a fire. Due to a quick response by both the fraternity members and the Macomb Fire department, no one was injured. The fire was contained to the third floor of the house. The cause of the fire was found to be electrical.

Jan. 29: WIU Receives New Radio/TV Tower

The Board of Governors approved the construction of a new 485 foot microwave radio tower for the Macomb campus. Besides radio, the tower supported television signals and was part of the CONVOCOM Public and Educational Television Network. The new tower, which cost $3,500, strengthened television signals so that the city of Peoria, as well as communities in Iowa and Missouri, could receive programming from the WIU campus.

Feb. 2: Hardee's TV Room and Lounge Closes for Renovation

The student lounge and T.V. room located next to Hardee’s in the Union closed for renovations. Once the work was completed, the new lounge, "Union Station," sported décor of a 1900s railroad station.

January 21-27


Jan. 22: State YWCA Official Visits WesternPresident Bayliss

Floy G. Coleman, assistant secretary of the Illinois YWCA, visited the State Normal School to deliver a program for female students. This meeting was also used to gauge the interest in starting a YWCA chapter at Western.

Jan. 23: Bayliss Addresses Students on Summer School

School Superintendent and Trustee Board Member (and future Western President) Alfred Bayliss addressed the students of the Normal School on the recent decision to hold a summer session at the school and the benefits of such a session.

Jan. 26: Professor Sutherland Elected V.P. of Teachers Association

State Normal School Professor of Geography and Geology W.J. Sutherland was elected vice president of the Central Illinois Teachers Association at the association’s meeting in Peoria.


Jan. 21: President Morgan Speaks with Junior ClassPresident Morgan

President Morgan called a mandatory meeting of the junior class to discuss what he felt were several ongoing issues among members of the class. He spoke of how he was disappointed in the lack of involvement in class organizations, lack of school spirit, and the fact the many members failed to attend their classes on a regular basis. President Morgan stated he expected all of these problems to be fixed within the next few weeks. Before they could leave, students had to form a line which passed the president, shake his hand, and promise to do better.

Jan. 24: Student Council Elections

The Normal School held elections for the spring semester student council members. Mr. Tabunar was elected council chair and Mr. Torrens was elected secretary.


Jan. 22: Pi Kappa Sigma Sorority Announces "Hell Week"Angie Marini, senior running back on the 1950 WIU football team

The Pi Kappa Sigma Sorority's WIU chapter announced “Hell Week” for all the girls pledging the sorority. Some of the tasks that were expected of the pledges were to wear turquoise and gold everyday, no talking to boys, carry bags filled with cigarettes and gum around campus for anyone who requested some, spend every night during that week at the chapter house, and prepare a full meal for all fraternities on campus. At the end of the week, the pledges were initiated as members of the sorority.

Jan. 24: Marini Named Top Running Back in IIAC Conference

Angie Marini, senior running back on the 1950 WIU football team, was named the top running back in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). Marini totaled 13 touchdowns and 570 yards on 103 carries that year, as well as playing defense in the linebacker position for several games during the season.

Jan. 25: Green Door's Annual Variety Show Held

The Fourth Annual Variety Show was held by the Green Door Club in the Morgan Gym.


Jan. 22: Record Late Registration Numbers Force Class Cancellations1981 Sequel wins third place in national contest

Due to a record number of students registering late for classes, the first two days of classes after the holiday break were cancelled for a number of classes. Almost 750 students had their classes cancelled due to the confusion which stemmed from both late registration and the fact that the Registrar's office was temporarily moved to Memorial Hall due to the installation of an elevator in Sherman Hall.

Jan. 25: The Sequel Wins Third Place in National Contest

The WIU yearbook, The Sequel, won the third place prize at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s national yearbook competition. The competing yearbooks were judged by professors of graphic design and journalism from Columbia University and scored based on their structure, photographic lay-out and design, coverage and community advertising.

Jan. 27: Leathernecks Defeat Northern Michigan, Take Conference Lead

The Western Illinois men's basketball team beat the Northern Michigan Wildcats 83-72. The win was WIU’s fourth straight in the Mid-Continent Conference, put the Leathernecks in first place in the MCC with a conference record of 4-0 (13-4 overall), and moved them into 12th place in the nation among NCAA Division II programs.

January 14-20


Jan. 16: Female Glee Club Formed

After returning from the holiday break, a group of female students joined to form a Women’s Glee Club.

Jan. 17: Board of Trustees Meets, Approves Summer Session

The State Normal School’s Board of Trustees met in Macomb for their first meeting of 1903. The board approved both the budget for the spring term and that the school would follow a summer session calendar similar to the other normal schools around the state.


Jan. 14: Household Department Sets up Pie Shop

During the spring semester, a pie shop was open every Thursday in the main office of the Household Arts Department. More than one dozen varieties of homemade pies, made by students from a baking class, could be purchased by the slice or as a whole pie.

Jan. 17: Training School Holds Fundraising Film

A showing of the film “Rip Van Winkle” was held in the Main Building (Sherman Hall). A free will donation was charged for those attending, with the proceeds going to school supplies for the training school. A total of $57.80 was collected from the audience.

Jan. 20: Western Beats Carthage College for First Win

The Western basketball team got their first win of the season after winning a tough defensive game against Carthage College by a score of 17-15.


Jan. 14: Break-in at "Bar None" Store

A break-in was reported at the “Bar None” student goods store, which was located in the student lounge barracks building just east of Garwood Hall. The thieves got away with several sweatshirts, t-shirts, candy and $25 in cash.

Jan. 17: Dr. Mary Bennett Elected to Science Association

Dr. Mary Bennett, who was head of the biology and zoology departments, was elected to the American Society for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Bennett was admitted due to her research work dealing with animal behaviors.

Jan. 18: Biology Department Receives Donation

Western’s Biology Department received a donation consisting of a large collection of plants from the southwestern United States. Much of the collection consisted of cacti, shrubs, desert flowers, and tree branches and bark. The collection was donated by former WIU student Frances Ricket of Tucson.


Jan. 15: Biology Department Rescues and Rehabilitates Owl

The students and faculty of the Biology Department worked all week to rehabilitate an injured barn owl. The owl was found in Hancock County and had suffered damage to the feathers on its right wing. Members of the Biology Department repaired the damaged wing by replacing the damaged feathers with transplant feathers from a road-kill owl. After four days of observation, the owl was released into the wild.

Jan. 20: WIU Announces Tuition Increases

Due to a recommendation from the Board of Governors (BOG), WIU announced it would increase tuition rates by 10 percent beginning in Fall 1981, from $606 a semester to $667 a semester.