Your a Debbie downer aren't u?!?!I've lived here my whole life and celebrated this once. The real St Patricks day is more appealing to me, maybe cause i'm not a douchey frat boy or in college anymore. All i know is the streets will be filled with drunk jackasses, some driving and some not.
Unofficial St. Pat's rules expected soon; 'not dissimilar' from past years
"We may tweak a few things," Gerard said, but for the most part, the restrictions are "not dissimilar" from what the city has done in the past.
"If anything, campus bar owners might be a bit miffed that it's stricter in some ways," Gerard said.
A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor is asking Gov. Pat Quinn to stop the area’s “unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day celebration, calling the annual drunkfest an “orgiastic defilement of Saint Patrick.”
Prof. Francis Boyle, who teaches international human rights law and has nominated former Gov. George Ryan for multiple Nobel Peace Prizes, wants Quinn to invoke emergency powers to suspend all Champaign liquor licenses on March 2, this year’s date for the party known simply as “Unofficial.”
Hilarious. He teaches human rights, but would like to quell those of the University of Illinois students. I don't think it's crazy, it's sad. This guy is paid for with tax payers money. If he wrote this during working hours I would call this fraud, waste, and abuse.
So then move it to March 3. Idiots. They have already regulated the hell out of it, I'm half surprised that people aren't starting to ignore it and party the next weekend anyway.
Champaign issues rules for Unofficial
Among other things, the rules restrict bar entry to those 21 and over, limit keg and other beer sales, prohibit special pricing by bars and require someone at the door of each campus bar to check identification.
Here is a 3-MB pdf file of the rules and the map of the area where they will apply.
Police say focus during 'Unofficial' will be on pedestrians, parties
Police say they have public safety on the top of their minds as they prepare for this Friday's inevitable Unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration.
And on Tuesday, they wanted to deliver a clear message to Campustown residents who plan on hosting parties.
"Keep it small, keep it legal and allow only invited guests in," said Champaign police Lt. Brad Yohnka.
Agreed. I worked at a pretty crazy bar (Kams, don't judge), but it was nothing compared to some of the parties. Anywhere with kegs (i.e., non greek) is likely to be crazier than a bar on fakey St. Pats.I think it's dumb that the bars are 21 and up only. It encourages more house and apartment parties.