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  • Dads Weekend 2015Tuesday, november 10, 2015

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 The Daily Illini | www.DailyIllini.com2



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    M embers of the Marching Illini and the Illinettes Dance Team put in countless hours of practice to pre-pare for their shows throughout the year. But, during the Dads Weekend game, there is an additional element of fun as their fathers join in the performance.

    Caitlin Grant, sophomore in AHS, started dancing when she was three years old, and has not stopped since.

    Through the years, one of her biggest sup-porters has been Doug Grant, her dad. He came to all of her recitals and competitions and danced with her at Dads Weekend events. This weekend will be the sixth time he has joined his daughter in a routine.

    In high school, it was just in front of the team, coaches and parents, but last year was in front of a lot more people, Caitlin said.

    Luckily, her father is willing to perform in front of the large crowd, and enjoys the time he gets to spend on campus with Caitlin.

    Dads Day gives the parents an oppor-tunity to take part in some of the activities that our kids are passionate about in col-lege, Grant wrote in an email. We get a firsthand look into how much time and prac-tice is needed for the Marching Illini and Illinettes to look as great as they do at each performance.

    The sophomore Illinettes have choreo-graphed the dance for this year, which will incorporate the whole team and all 28 dads. Caitlin said they will rehearse the dance on the morning of the Dads Weekend game, but during the game, they will also be calling out the moves in case the dads forget them.

    She said seeing her dad dance is always entertaining.

    You never see him dance unless he has to, which means its really funny when hes out there, Caitlin said.

    For George Couston, junior in Engineer-ing and a member of the Marching Illinis clarinet section, this weekend will be special because its the first time his dad will be on the field with him.

    Couston said his dad was the one who took him to campus when he was auditioning for the Marching Illini, and hes excited to be able to share part of the experience of being on the field with him.

    Having him come down here and take the time to make the three-hour drive means so much, Couston said.

    He elaborated that like every show, the Marching Illini pay great attention to detail in preparation for the weekend, but the members know that the dads will be bring-ing an additional atmosphere of fun to the performance.

    Daniel Knobloch, senior in Engineering,

    said the Dads Weekend show will be espe-cially memorable for him because its the last time he and other Marching Illini seniors will take to the field as Illinois students.

    We all know its going to be a fun environ-ment. We have a song that will focus on the dads, and were looking to enjoy our time on the field, he said.

    Knoblochs entire family is coming to cam-pus on Friday, but he said the weekend will really begin with the Marching Illinis Dads Weekend practice early Saturday morning.

    (My dad has) been a huge supporter. Hes not musical himself, but hes always been there to watch, Knobloch said. Hes a huge photo enthusiast; I dont remember a time hes not been taking photos of the section.

    For all three of the students, Dads Week-end serves as an opportunity to show their fathers how they spend their time at the University.

    We arent really around our parents much. Its nice to have a weekend to show them what goes on around campus, Caitlin said.

    Besides being a tradition for the students performing, the Dads Weekend show is also always immensely entertaining for the crowd to watch.

    The MI dads kick line is second to none! Couston said.

    Marching Illini and Illinettes perform with dads

    PHOTO COURTESY OF CAITLIN GRANTCaitlin Grant, a member of the Illinettes Dance Team, has a tradition of dancing with her dad, Doug, during Dads Weekend.

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    Its 1983. The Illini football team holds a record-breaking 9-0 fi nish in the Big Ten. Foellinger Auditorium is not yet named Foellinger Audi-torium. Roger DiGiulio is a junior studying Civil Engineering, while Ed Steinweg is a sophomore in Com-puter Science.

    Its 2015. Freshmen in LAS Ellie DiGiulio and Delanie Steinweg now follow in their fathers footsteps after deciding to attend their alma mater.

    Much has changed since each of their fathers were students here, while some things seem to be the same as they were 32 years ago.

    A noticeable difference that the two men have noticed between then and now is in the campus itself. Some of the buildings and locations that students are accustomed to werent around back then.

    I spent most of my time on the Engineering Quad which was home to the mens baseball team, at the time, DiGiulio said in an e-mail. The Engineering Quad and the South Quad are now fi rmly estab-lished, many of the dorms have been

    modernized, and downtown Cham-paign, which was a place to be avoid-ed at night, is now has a trendy cul-tural scene.

    Delanie said she thinks the cam-pus is a lot more developed than it was when her dad was here.

    Theyve done a lot of renova-tions, and there are lot more high-rise apartments here now, Dela-nie said.

    But some plac-es, such as the Union, were fre-quented back then for much of the same reasons they are now.

    It was a good place to relax and unwind between classes. In my days, there were a lot more video games in the basement. We didnt have video games on our TV so we used to go relax down there and play, Stein-weg said.

    While students now may head to Antonios or Second Story to grab a

    quick slice of their favorite pizza, back then the go-to for a slice of deep dish was Garcias Pizza .

    For home football games they would fl y a tomato-shaped hot air bal-

    loon because they were nicknamed the home of the fl ying tomato, DiG-iulio said.

    The traditions and atmosphere at sporting events have changed sig-nifi cantly. While there may not have been a des-ignated student section at football games back then, many students still tailgated and attended.

    I think the best part about the games was that we were still

    allowed to have Chief Illiniwek out on the fi eld, Steinweg said.

    Nowadays, not only is Chief Illini-wek no longer allowed to perform at sporting events, but student partici-pation at these games has declined.

    I think that attending the football and basketball games was more of a big deal during his years at school, Ellie said. People today still have

    a lot of Illini pride, but they dont always go to games, and my dad always texts me on Saturdays to make sure I am going.

    Whether it be 1983 or 2015, there is one thing that will never change.

    It was, and still is, a Big Ten uni-versity where you gain from strong academics, good friends and a lot of great opportunities, DiGiulio said.

    Students, fathers refl ect on their time at UI

    PHOTO COURTESY OF DELANIE STEINWEGDelanie Steinweg (second from left) comes from an Illini family. Her father, Ed (right), is a University alumnus, as well as her two brothers.

    My dad always texts me on

    Saturdays to make sure I am going (to the football game).


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    For most students, Dads Weekend is a time for fathers to cheer on the Illini and see their kids for the first time in months. But things are a little dif-ferent for Sam Leroy, who is always within walking distance of his fathers office on campus.

    Some weeks it could be a quick, Hi, bye, in Huff Hall, or I drop into his office and there we are an hour later talking about who knows what, said Sam, sophomore in Business.

    His father is Michael Leroy, professor of labor and employment relations and of law. Leroy earned his bachelors and masters degree from the University before return-ing to teach in 1986.

    It was strange when I came back, because I was in a very different role, he said. I had to be a different person and fig-ure out how to be a professor.

    His sons enrollment at the University has allowed him to see things from anoth-er perspective.

    Whatever the controversies are at the campus level, especially at the undergradu-ate level, life thrives here and student cul-ture is constructive and positive, he said. Its helped to ground me in a very impor-tant way.

    After seeing the honors courses Sam was offered, Professor Leroy started his own course, which Sams roommate and friend took.

    I felt guilty that my colleagues were offering these wonderful programs and I had not stepped up to the plate, he said.

    Sam and his father also participate in traditional Dads Weekend activities: They

    both said last years Iowa game was one of their favorite memories.

    As a member of Block I, Sam invited his parents to join the card section, and his dad bought him a hot dog.

    We shared the hot dog, and I went back to my seat. It was perfectly good, Leroy said.

    Sams Illini pride isnt