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Sunday, March 1, 2009

That crowd of 2,013

To say I enjoyed the atmosphere in The Recreation and Athletic Center yesterday afternoon is an understatement. First our women's basketball team won a thrilling victory over McKendree. Later, the men's team hung close but lost to the conference-unbeaten McKendree, which is fourth-ranked nationally in the NAIA. I'll always remember this day because TRAC attendance topped 2,000 for the first time. Officially, it was 2,013. Lots of people came from the community, and students came, and friends and family were there on Senior Day. I hope that by word of mouth, the energetic buzz generated yesterday by the players and their supporters will spread. Don't be surprised if someone unexpectedly says to you: Do you realize how things are growing and growing at UIS? It was a really big day for UIS and therefore, for the Springfield community.

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