Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Student Opinions on the University/The Orange Statement
Author(s):Corwin, Alison
Subject(s):ENGL 274
social spaces
Chief Illiniwek
Greek system
Abstract:This project examines student’s perceptions, ideas, and opinions about the University of Illinois and discusses the issues that surround their particular school. The author seeks to answer the following questions: How do students feel about the academics, student body, and social life at the university? How has the Greek system, being the largest in the country, impacted student’s college life? How do students feel about the retirement of the Chief as the school symbol? What were student’s main reasons for choosing to come to this school? Based on individual student interviews, this study concludes that University of Illinois students are similar in many ways because of their communal college experience.
Issue Date:2007-05-15
Genre:Book Chapter
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-11

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  • 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.
  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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