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Evangelos Benos

Evangelos Benos

Senior economist | Bank of England | Class of 2009

It's the spring of 2007, and Evangelos Benos is reading papers alongside colleague Marek Jochec in a ground floor office in the Surveying Building.

“There’s a knock on the door," he recalls, "and an old gent steps in.

"He asks: ‘What is this place?’ We answer: ‘It’s the Ph.D. (finance) students’ office space.’

"He looks around and says: ‘I used to have a class in this room back in the 1950s.’

“He sat on one of the couches, looked around a bit longer, then left. It was only then that I realized how many people must have used these buildings and rooms over the many years of Illini history.”