"Kids were running all over the streets, causing chaos for everyone!" — Betsy Hendrick
At 74, Betsy Hendrick isn't into the shenanigans that played out on campus Friday. But her description of her era's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day — the infamous Water Fights at the University of Illinois — had a familiar ring to it.
Update 8:38 p.m.
As of Friday evening, local officials said the infamous daylong drinkfest seemed pretty uneventful. As in the past, plenty of students were ticketed for public possession of alcohol, but police reported no major injuries or accidents through the bulk of the day.
Top University of Illinois administrators have turned down a recommendation to dismantle the university-level office that oversees campus research parks and the new UI Labs initiative in Chicago.
But the vice president for research may get a new name to clear up confusion about authority over research activities at the UI's three campuses, according to UI President Robert Easter.
10 things to know about Unofficial St. Patrick's Day
1 Now in its 18th year, Unofficial started as a bar promotion in the 1990s to attract the St. Patrick's Day crowds they typically miss out on because March 17 usually falls on spring break.
URBANA — The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January.
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has instructed the university to make contingency plans for the cut, which would amount to about $80 million, UI officials said Thursday.
URBANA — University of Illinois trustees approved a proposal Thursday to cover gender reassignment surgery as part of the student health insurance plan at the Urbana campus.
The board voted 8-2 to approve student insurance rates for 2014-15, which include a small premium to cover the surgery. Trustee Timothy Koritz and Urbana student Trustee Michael Cunningham voted no.
After a tense, closed-door meeting in March 2012 to consider the future of University of Illinois leadership, UI trustees launched their public session with ... a song.
It was just days before embattled UI President Michael Hogan would resign, and trustees were considering the latest revelations about his former chief of staff.
URBANA — Opera superstar Nathan Gunn didn't select Jacques Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" for production by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois.
But the general director of the new program views the comic operetta, which premiered in 1858 in Paris, as beautiful, silly and charming.
And he's the one who made the decision to have it performed in English rather than French.
Scenes during a rehearsal of Orpheus in the Underworld at Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. It runs Thursday March 6 to Saturday March 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday March 9 at 3 pm in the Tryon Festival Theatre.