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Alcohol-related citations drop since past Unofficials

Source: UIPD
February 28, 2019

Alcohol-related citations on Unofficial saw a huge fall last year, dropping from 113 in 2017 to 57 in 2018. These Notices to Appear are not bar citations. While these could be issued for a variety of...

Blackouts present unintended consequences

Hyrdations IV Lounge and Oxygen Bar on Green Street. The location offers hangover treatments.
February 28, 2019

Without taking caution to your alcohol limit, a few drinks could turn the celebration of Unofficial into a terrible memory. Catharine Fairbairn, assistant professor in LAS, said the social factor of events...

Student safety is a priority for police

February 28, 2019

The medical amnesty policy is a state and University rule that keeps underaged drinkers from getting a ticket or getting in trouble if they were to call 911. This could become an important policy to remember...

Business as usual for campus bars on Unofficial

Patrons of KAM’s hang out in the beer garden during Unofficial on March 3, 2017.
February 28, 2019

Bars and liquor stores in close proximity to the University will have modified service during Unofficial weekend, after both Champaign and Urbana issued emergency orders.  For Champaign bars, no one...

Companies caution against unsafe transport

Companies caution against unsafe transport
February 28, 2019

Community transportation companies and safety organizations are preparing for Unofficial weekend and potential safety hazards related to the festivities. Amy Snyder, customer service director at the Champaign-Urbana...

How to ensure the best weekend of the semester doesn’t turn into the worst day of your life

How to ensure the best weekend of the semester doesn’t turn into the worst day of your life
March 2, 2018

To some, “tips to being safe” fits with Unofficial about as well as a square peg fits in a round hole. On a weekend when you’re supposed to be wild, drink unceasingly and raise hell, safety can sound...

The Chief is gone, retire its Unofficial apparel

The Chief is gone, retire its Unofficial apparel
March 2, 2018

A bright green tee displaying Chief Illiniwek with his headdress replaced with the letters “U-N-O-F-F-I-C-I-A-L” has become a common sight in the days leading up to the University’s infamous drinking...

Moving from drunk to drastic: alcohol poisoning and you

Moving from drunk to drastic: alcohol poisoning and you
March 2, 2018

A day that’s all about drinking: it's a marathon, not a sprint. Days like Unofficial are for forgetting about everything and partying like there’s no tomorrow. That’s a great idea, until suddenly...

Frequently asked questions about Unofficial

Patrons of Kam's hang out in the beer garden during Unofficial on Friday.
March 1, 2018

What is it? By this time of year, most of campus, even out-of-state freshmen, have a pretty good idea of what it is. Unofficial is said to have originated in 1995, and it is essentially an alternate St....

Bring the luck, then go drinking

A bartender serves drinks to people celebrating in KAM's on Unofficial on March 2. Assistant features editor Marissa explains official and unofficial University traditions students can choose to take part in.
March 1, 2018

Drinking-related trouble can be upsetting, not to mention embarrassing, for everyone. However, such misfortunes can also be meaningful shared memories. I still remember one awkward time when my friends...

Is Unofficial really worth the risk?

Is Unofficial really worth the risk?
March 1, 2018

As a wide-eyed freshman, I had long heard stories about the incredible day-drinking festival known as Unofficial. Students live for it, teachers abhor it and the administration is on a mission to get rid...

Unofficial: 22 years too long

Unofficial: 22 years too long
March 1, 2018

Unofficial is famous — or maybe notorious — for being a day full of partying and binge-drinking in celebration of a premature St. Patrick’s Day. Despite past accidents and the endless number of tickets...

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