In the 1940s, Southern Illinois State Normal University was transitioning from a normal school into the university it is today. During this decade, university officials produced documentation to help justify this transformation to the Illinois General Assembly. This issue of Southern Alumnus, the alumni magazine, is dedicated to making “The Case for U. S. I.”, or the University of Southern Illinois as the name was initially envisioned. The magazine discusses the lack of educational opportunities in Southern Illinois, the inability of Southern Illinois students to go elsewhere, the resources such a university could help develop, the limitations of a teacher’s college, the advantages of a university in Southern Illinois, the university’s place in Illinois higher education, how Illinois compared to other states, the need to prepare for post-war conditions in Southern Illinois, and what a university in Southern Illinois would cost and save.