At the wonderful learning institution that is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, there are many students who like to drink. A lot. Unfortunately for them, the ultimate drinking holiday (St. Patrick’s Day) often falls during spring break, thus depriving them of the pleasure of getting trashed for the holiday. But, in a remarkable show of cleverness and business-savvy, the local bar owners created a holiday of their own. It’s called “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” and it is today.
Some rube’s photo album.
Some other rube’s photo album.
(pictures courtesy of the Daily Illini)
Well, those pictures were both taken, most likely, sometime in the early afternoon, and that’s what “unofficial” is all about. It’s a day for freshmen to stumble drunkedly across campus in the middle of the day, instead of in the middle of the night as usual. It’s also a day for the cops to make an annual “show of force” and ticket a few dozen people for underaged drinking. Their reasoning is probably that if they actually work on the problem for one day out of the year, they can feel better about not doing anything the other 364 days.
This year, the office of the Provost even got into the act. They sent out a massmail, warning people that today was the day, and that “student behavior … may disrupt classes.” CK has posted a full copy of the letter, which seems to actually make “unofficial” a little bit more “official.” The bar owners should be sending the provost fruit baskets in return for the free advertising. For more general, and hilarious, information about the UI drinking lifestyle, check out The Booze News. It’s one of the few aspects of living in Champaign-Urbana that I actually might miss.