"Alternate" Alma Maters

Published 05/08 2013 05:40PM

Updated 05/08 2013 05:42PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The Alma Mater may not be back on campus for graduation, but the UI is making sure seniors won't miss out this weekend. They're bringing in some replacements for the missing Alma Mater.

There's now an app for that. It's an augmented reality program recognizing the surroundings which are then projected to your iPhone or iPad. A group of artists and programmers made it after they heard the Alma Mater would be out of commission.

It was taken away in August to be restored, but the damage turned out to be more extensive pushing back the process. Students say it's still a fun, hi-tech way to make a tradition all their own.

The art department is also molding plaster almas to be put around campus graduation weekend. There will also be a green screen where students can take their pictures with a life-sized creation. The statue is expected to be back for 2014's graduation.

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