National Geographic : 1953 Dec
I d AI 820 Center of the Nation's Population Lies in a Southeastern Illinois Cornfield Olney, a town close to the site, celebrated establishment of the location in 1951. A monument now stands on the spot (page 817). Since the 1950 census the true center has shifted slightly westward. many diseases of stock, increased output of dairy products, made hens lay more eggs. At its own airport the university maintains 37 airplanes, and 250 of the faculty are li censed pilots. They fly all over the State to conduct extension classes. By thus saving time, they are able to teach students in distant towns and return the same day. In the autumn of 1952 on my first visit to the University of Illinois I saw a football game in the magnificent stadium which seats 71,000 spectators. The Illini that day defeated the University of Washington 48 to 14. As an alumnus and former faculty member of the University of Washington, I was a little down cast. but I enjoyed the spectacular perform- ance of the 175-piece Illinois football band and their Indian dancer Chief Illiniwek. To one who has deplored reports of ir religion in modern colleges, the University of Illinois offers heartening reassurance. There is no compulsory chapel, yet the students go to church. Religion Flourishes in Illinois Fourteen denominations have campus church foundations, and most of the churches are obliged to conduct two services every Sunday to accommodate the crowds of students who come voluntarily. To me the sight seemed further proof that this country is still healthy at heart.