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Champaign, IL
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31,118
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Drug Safety: Beyond liquor, there does not seem to be a major problem with substance abuse on campus. Seriously, I think that you will find something if you search for it.

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Drug Safety: One word describes the general drug scene on campus: pot. There is lots and lots of marijuana. Your neighbor probably smokes. It's not just potheads, either. People smoke-up to write papers, do engineering homework, to study, to go out, to play Frisbee. Everybody is smoking, and everybody is selling.

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Drug Safety: Cocaine is starting to make a small resurgence as a high-class party drug, but people are becoming aware of how dangerous it is. The ecstasy craze is dying from what it was a couple of years ago. The number one experimental drug right now is mushrooms. The second most popular drug to marijuana is nitrous . . . go figure.

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Drug Safety: Well, when I was living in the dorms, there were some people caught smoking marijuana, and they were dealt with by residence hall authorities. I am not really sure what the punishment was.

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Drug Safety: Well, I have been offered pot and acid. I have heard rumors of coke, and I know some people take cold and pain medicine to get more of a buzz when drinking. But most people just stick to beer. Hell, it's cheaper.

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Drug Safety: The biggest drug is Metabolife. Seriously, all the sorority chicks are scarfing those things with their Diet Cokes day and night.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are not a problem.

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Drug Safety: What was the question? Just joking. Drugs are limited and not worth it. Most people don't bother. This is not high school, you know. Pot isn't that cool anymore.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are ever-present on the University of Illinois campus, but if you're safe walking down the street with a beer it's up to chance-whether you will get away with it depends on the night.

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Campus Strictness: Depending on the situation, the police can be strict. Like fake IDs-they really crack down on them.

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Campus Strictness: I have known people-good student types-who have gotten anything from drinking tickets to arrested. My best advice is be nice to cops. They can screw you over if they want to.

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Campus Strictness: Since 18- and 19-year-olds can get into bars in Urbana-Champaign, cops tend to be fairly lax on policing house, apartment, and fraternity parties. Frat parties rarely get into trouble, and house and apartment parties usually only have trouble when the police receive complaints from neighbors. Watch out for police bar raids, which are usually spread by word-of-mouth beforehand.

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Campus Strictness: In Urbana-Champaign, a person only has to be 19 to get into a bar. Therefore, almost everyone at the University can get into the bars, although they are technically not allowed to drink. So the campus police are pretty harsh if they catch a person. Expect a $200 fine if a person is drinking before they are 21, and he or she is caught.

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Campus Strictness: Yeah, I hear about busts now and then. Personally, I wouldn't know because I don't go out to bars too much.

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Campus Strictness: A law was passed about a year ago under which anyone convicted of underage drinking can lose her or his license for up to a year, and the increased security in the bars reflects this change in legislature.

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Campus Strictness: The cops are out there, sure. But as long as you conceal what you are doing-and you would be stupid not to-you should be fine.

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Campus Strictness: When you put alcohol and Urbana-Champaign in the same sentence, you get campus police and angry parents. It is strongly recommended that to be on the safe side: do not drink if you are under 21. You can run, but you cannot hide from them.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are so so strict when it comes to underage drinking that even if a person under the age of 21 is sitting within arm's length of a bottle of Budweiser, they will get reprimanded and ticketed. They do not play around.

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Campus Strictness: They have been said to go undercover, like they were college students trying to have a good time, laughing in your face, but then will snap you up within the next second.

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Campus Strictness: In the dorms, and depending on your RA, underage drinking is forbidden. If you are of age, then you should not have a problem (unless you're clowning at 3 a.m. in the morning).

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Campus Strictness: I think that for the most part the police can't get a finger into the drug scene. Mostly because people keep it in its place because they are more careful not to get caught.

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Campus Strictness: The police really crack down on underage drinking and alcohol related offenses. Everything from public intoxication to open containers and DUIs carry heavy fines. Noise violations are usually hit pretty hard, too.

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Parking: It's not recommended for students to bring cars on campus because of the high parking fees (around $200 per semester). Then there are traffic violations to worry about (and obnoxious parking meters).

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Parking: Parking is a nightmare on campus. Because it is a large school, many people are driving, and there is only a limited amount of parking spots. If one has to drive to campus, he or she might have to leave pretty early to find or wait for a spot.

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Parking: I don't have a car, but I know it is hard to find a place, especially when going to class in the morning. You have to come back every two hours because of the meters, or you get a ticket.

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Emily Thiersch
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One might expect some tentative and even negative opinions about any school, but this is truly not the case here at U of I. Students are proud of U of I’s history, proud of is academic accomplishments, proud of the social opportunities it offers, and, most of all, they are proud to be alumni. For so many students to view their choice to come here as an unequivocally good one is a fantastic testament to the University’s strength.

Of course students here have plenty to complain about—the weather, the parking, the Greek social scene, the rural location. But all things considered, the positive points of the U of I experience tipped the scale—the University’s academic excellency, the safety, the social atmosphere, the athletic tradition, the city’s excellent transportation system. Some students admitted that they had a hard time adjusting, that they occasionally wished they had made another decision—but in the end, they were all happy to be here. The most encouraging fact was that so many people mentioned that they were leaving as better people, more knowledgeable, eclectic, and better equipped to navigate through life. University of Illinois students do not just leave with a piece of paper in their hands, they leave with a wealth of experience that is not easily rivaled—and, for in-staters, without enormous debt burdens to face when they graduate.

 

 

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