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Title:University of Illinois Myths
Author(s):Chontofalsky, Nichol
Subject(s):ENGL 274
Abstract:This project investigates the myths, legends, shocking facts, outrageous lies, and other stories told about the University of Illinois. The author seeks to answer the following questions: Are there ghost stories that maintain a firm grip on campus folklore? What are some of the myths of the university? What is the allure of such tales? Based on archival research, this study concludes that those most well-known myths tend to be the least believable, most easily dispelled, and oldest legends accompanying the university’s rich history.
Issue Date:2007-05-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-10

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  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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