By Sky Opila



The FirstJob Career Counseling Seminar Sunday, Feb. 26 will be at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St. Registration will take place from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Students can register at

Greek musicians to hold date auction

Looking for a hot date to take out this Friday night? Well, Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota, Greek music societies, will be holding a date auction to raise money for VH1’s Save the Music. The event will be held at Smith Hall, 805 S. Matthews Ave., from 7-10 p.m. Admission to the event will be $3 and a ticket provides a night of live music and a raffle ticket for the auction. The Girls Next Door, Cutting Edge, The Xtension Chords, The Swing Society, Doxy and True Story will perform at the date auction. Come on out and find a beautiful guy or a girl to enjoy your Friday night with.

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Several colleges to host all day event

On Friday, Feb. 24, Champaign judges Michael Jones and Jeffrey Ford will be speaking on treatment of prisoners during wartime and other human rights issues. It will begin at 10 a.m. in the College of Law Courtroom with the discussions presented by the judges. A second presentation will begin at noon where Colin Fenwick, University of Melbourne, will be hosting a brownbag lunch discussion about labor laws. In addition, a 1:30 p.m. event will feature a panel of professors and lawyers from around Illinois. The discussion will center on freedom of the press. Discussion by University professor Sandra Sperino and two Chicago attorneys about employment discrimination will cap off the event at 2:45 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend any portion of the event.


Animal Behavior Center launched in Illinois

On Feb. 4, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals established an animal behavior center at the Midwest office in Urbana. The center provides local area residents with help managing common behavior issues with pets. Several services are available to pet owners and veterinarians in Illinois, including behavior consultations for dogs, cats, birds, horses and exotic pets, temperament testing and evaluation for puppies and adult dogs, rehabilitation programs for shelter animals, and forensic animal behavior analysis in dog and cat bite legal cases. For more information about the animal behavior center call (888) 226-4435 or online at

Illinois Senate passes bill making threatening police a crime

On Feb. 22, the Illinois Senate unanimously approved a bill that would make threatening a police officer a crime. There have already been laws passed that make it illegal to threaten “public officials,” however; the term public officials never included sworn law enforcement officers. The bill is in reaction to a case in a Fifth District Appellate Court decision that was dismissed when a police officer was threatened, but it was determined the officer was not a “public official.” The Senate bill now resides in the House, where it must receive majority vote before moving to the governor’s desk for consideration.