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You can add some local flavor to your Zoom background

Until approximately three weeks ago, I’d never used Zoom. Now it’s a regular part of many of our lives. You could just continue to have your boring wall or messy house in the background, but a few C-U institutions have compiled some local background options that you can use. Follow the links to find all of your options.

Illini Union

A view through a large window with a grid pattern of window panes. Outside there are leafy trees lining the quad. In the distance is Foellinger Auditorium, a red brick building with white columns and a black dome. Photo from Illini Union Facebook page. Photo from Illini Union Facebook page. 

Krannert Art Museum

An art gallery with white walls. There are brightly colored art panels hanging along the wall. Photo from Krannert Art Museum. Encounters exhibit. Photo from Krannert Art Museum website. 

Visit Champaign County

A wrought iron sign that says Crane Alley is arched between two brick buildings. There are strings of lights criss crossed behind it. Photo by Scott Wells. Photo by Scott Wells. 

I didn’t know how to make these a Zoom background, and maybe you don’t either, so I Googled it for you

Top photo from Visit Champaign County website.

Staff writer

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