The first issue of The Argus was published on September 17, 1894IWU rests on land once cared for by native nations including the Kickapoo, Peoria, Ochethi, Sioux and MiamiIWU has many famous alums including Richard Jenkins, Jack Sikma and Chris FuscoThe first female graduate was Hannah I. Shur, who received her diploma in 1872. She was the 74th student to receive a diploma from the universityThe first day of classes were held on Monday, October 28, 1850. Seven students attended and tuition was $3 to $5 per quarter. There was no president or board of trustees at the timeComedian Andy Dick attended IWU, but did not graduateActor John Belushi applied to IWU, but was not acceptedThe first commencement was held on July 3, 1853. Only two degrees were awarded that day. The first BA degree went to James Hugh Barger.IWU played its first football game in 1887. The school colors used to be navy blue and grayGus A. Hill was the first African-American graduate of IWU in 1880IWU switched its colors to green and white in 1898The first international students at IWU arrived in 1889 from TokyoRalph C. Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters International was a 1903 graduate of IWURalph S. Freese wrote the school cheer song during the 1910-1911 school yearIn 1970, Presser Hall was set fire by juvenile arsonistsDuring the Great Depression, IWU had programs that allowed students to pay their tuition in produceBuck Memorial Library used to be a school of law IWU is older than both ISU and UIUC The university archives are on the fourth floor of Ames and Meg Miner can tell you loads of more fun facts
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