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UIPD handles increase in DUI’s over Unofficial weekend

By Daily Illini Staff Report

March 8, 2016

This past weekend marked the annual Unofficial celebration on campus, and with it came an influx of visitors from outside of the UIUC community. There was also a notable three arrests for DUI’s over the course of the weekend.“Obviously this weekend we had some visitors in our campus for Unofficial St...

Unofficial St. Patrick's Day 2016: Live updates

Unofficial St. Patrick's Day 2016: Live updates

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

March 4, 2016

3:45 p.m. -- Activity on campus is slowing down. Many bars aren't nearly at capacity, and students and visitors are meandering about Campustown. The Daily Illini will have full post-coverage of Unofficial 2016 throughout this weekend and into early next week. By 4 p.m. last year, over 75 ...

What's the cost of Unofficial?

By Aaron Navarro

March 2, 2016

Many students are ramping up for this Friday, putting their green on and amping up for the Unofficial festivities. But what what could it cost a student’s wallet if their Unofficial experience goes wrong?Tickets vary based on different types of offences and their circumstances, for example a ticket for pu...

Warmer weather, balconies top list of “Unofficial” concerns for police

Warmer weather, balconies top list of “Unofficial” concerns for police

By Joseph Longo

March 2, 2016

With 40 degree temperatures expected on Friday, Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day celebrations may pose a problem for local law enforcement.“Unofficial is a completely weather-driven event,” Champaign Police Sgt. Joe Ketchem said. “Weather drives people in from the balconies and the houses.”With seasonab...

The 5 sports jerseys you'll see on Unofficial at Illinois

The 5 sports jerseys you'll see on Unofficial at Illinois

By Kevin McCarthy

March 2, 2016

Sports jerseys may as well be legally required to get into campus bars. So much so that they seem to be more important than actually being of legal age.But that’s a discussion for another day.I’ve seen every jersey from Donald Duck to Yao Ming on Green Street. There’s a lot of in-between on th...

What Mayor Deborah Feinen's emergency order means for Unofficial

By Daily Illini Staff Report

February 28, 2016

On Feb. 19 Mayor Deborah Feinen issued an emergency order regarding “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day.” Here’s how it will impact campus celebrations Friday.All businesses located within the city limits of Champaign, bounded by Springfield Avenue on the north, Wright Street on the east, Kirby Avenue on...

Trademarking a tradition

Trademarking a tradition

By Aaron Navarro

February 28, 2016

“Unofficial” is officially on its way to being trademarked — at least when it’s written on the green t-shirts that cover campus during the first weekend in March.According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO, website, the clothing company “UpMerch” filed a trademark...

UI grad student creates chocolate-covered pretzel business

UI grad student creates chocolate-covered pretzel business

By Maddie Galassi

April 26, 2015

When the savory, rich taste of chocolate is combined with the crisp, saltiness of pretzels, a delectable snack is created for anyone with a sweet tooth or salt craving. Rebecca Hoke, graduate student in Social Work, is putting a twist on the common snack by starting her own gourmet chocolate-covered ...

May the Unofficial force be with you

February 27, 2015

Dear Great Ones,You've made it to the holy grail of public ivy at the University. If there's one thing that alumni & students alike can almost all agree on, it's that Unofficial is awesome. The Daily Illini accurately dubbed it as the "Social Storm" of second semester - a joyous occasion where academi...