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Create a suitable practice field for the Marching Illini

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I was a member of the Marching Illini for five years. The MI practices 5 days a week with two rehearsals on Tuesdays. The field that we use on the South Quad of the University of Illinois has seen its better days. It was not designed to experience the daily use of 350 students. It is now a dust-bowl. This not only creates dangerous situations for students; there have been twisted ankles, falls, and when it rains the field gets muddy and slippery, but also is an eyesore to visitors.

I would like the U of I to create a practice field or facility the Marching Illini members deserve for being "The Best Band in the Land." Using the same Astro-Play or turf style the football team gets (like the old one they just removed from the stadium) and put it somewhere convenient for the Marching Illini to use (perhaps on south quad where the field is already destroyed).

The U of I continues to treat the members of what is the world's first marching band as second class students and athletes. Please help the Marching Illini get the practice facility they have earned through years of service to their state and university.

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