Only a month into the new year, and Illinois State University has hit the ground running.

The football team advanced to the FCS national championship game for the first time in school history. The Redbird basketball team won The War on 74, and the campus avoided major snow up until the very end of the month.

Every month on the STATEside campus blog, we use Storify to give our readers a “best of” photo gallery, powered by tweets, Instagram photos, and Facebook posts from the previous month.

So here’s a look at the best photos of the Illinois State campus community on social media in January 2015:

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