In January, Chancellor Phyllis Wise was the target of sexist and racist online comments after her decision to keep campus open despite the cold.
College of Business offered a 3D printing class.
Adjunct instructor James Kilgore’s contract was not renewed because of his former ties with the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Illinois’ pension reform laws resulted in mass retirements.
Crop Sciences major Richard Fu of Taiwan was reported missing in June, after going swimming with two other students off the coast of Brazil while studying abroad.
Chancellor Phyllis Wise blocked the appointment of Steven Salaita to the American Indian Studies Program. As a result, nearly 6,000 professors nationwide support boycotting the university, 16 departments voted “no confidence” in the administration, and Salaita sued the University after being denied a request for public documents.
Timothy L. Killen named 20th president of the University of Illinois.
In December, Central Black Student Union organized peaceful marches and a Die-In when hundreds of students protested the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri regarding Mike Brown.
Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) went on strike.
Late March storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the campus, causing classes to be canceled.
University police increased their use of surveillance cameras.
Blue Waters computing facility officially opened.
Alumni astronaut Mike Hopkins spoke to students from aboard the International Space Station in October.
In November, the YMCA lost support from the Catholic Church over its connection to a group that supported same-sex marriage.
Assembly Hall renamed State Farm Center ahead of expected renovations.
Former student Dany Sammak from Saudi Arabia arrested and deported after making terrorist-like threats on campus.
Jolette Law fired as women’s basketball coach and replaced by Matt Bollant.
Bruce Weber fired as men’s basketball coach and John Groce named as replacement.
UIUC students approve a fee to help the Daily Illini in March.
Michael J. Hogan resigned as President and Robert Easter chosen as his successor.
Alma Mater statue sent to Forest Park, IL for renovation.
Timothy J. Nugent Hall completed.
February snowstorm caused classes to be canceled for two days.
March 23rd fire on Green Street forced Mia Za’s Cafe, Zorba’s, and Pitaya to close. The businesses reopened roughly one year later.
Phyllis Wise named Chancellor.
Mike Thomas appointed Athletic Director to succeed the retiring Ron Guenther.
Ron Zook fired as football coach and replaced by Tim Beckman.