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Don’t miss these two acts at Cowboy Monkey. The show is $10, and it kicks off at 8:30 p.m.
Let the good times roll at Bentley’s Pub with performances by Tractor Kings and Chemicals beginning at 9 p.m.
UFL Reads At The Movies — Pride/Bride & Prejudice
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Beginning at 1:15 p.m., discuss the famous Jane Austen novel and then watch the Bollywood film adaptation at the Urbana Free Library.
This biennial event at the Parkland Art Gallery will be curated by Aletha Jones and will feature the work of nationally recognized artists from Illinois and beyond.
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Music: On Tuesday, find out what the latest from Franz Ferdinand has in store for listeners.
Roy Zimmerman, Funny Songs About Ignorance, War and Greed Head to the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center at 8 p.m. for the satirical song stylings of Roy Zimmerman. Tickets are $12.
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Terms of Service. The online social network made it clear that absolutely anything someone does on Facebook, whether it be writing a wall post or putting up a video, is and always will be property of Facebook, even after a user drops their account. Half of me is amused that people actually think Facebook would ever want to use that photo of them at the putt-putt golf course. At the same time, I’m scared of the incredible amount of power that social network sites and search engines have over a population so reliant on the Internet. More than 175 million people are using Facebook now, discussing personal issues with friends and posting embarrassing videos and comments. I could look up a
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I’m taking a class on new media and something about it seems backwards. The class is interesting but the idea of a 50-year-old professor teaching college students about the Internet is like a child teaching their parents how to ride a bike.I’ve been to too many lectures on “how the Internet has affected (insert field of study here)” dealing with convergence and interactivity andall that good stuff but I think we all already know that the Internet is cool. What we don’t know is how easily it can become un-cool. Last week, Facebook changed their new
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long lost friend that I haven’t talked to in years, read his information, take a plane across the nation, and show up to creep him out at a party. And Zuckerberg can do this to you…if he really wanted to. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while my generation may like to think of ourselves as being more tech-savvy, we may have too much trust in these large databases and search engines. Everything that happens in Facebook is permanent and if people make it a habit to treat these spaces as their bedrooms decorated with photos and posters of their favorite people and celebs, then maybe my New Media professor does have something to teach us.
Amanda Shively Music Editor ALL OF THE ABOVE Likes- Diet Coke: I cannot even begin to explain my love for Diet Coke and its evil aspartame. Some call it poisonous, I call it delicious. Indifference- Indifference: I’m entirely indifferent about the fact I can’t even think of anything to be indifferent about. Schmeh. Gripes- Silence: Silence makes me so incredibly uncomfortable. I need background noise at all times, even during sleep.
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sensible to everybody as well.” If you are not looking to grab a quick bite to eat on the spot, don’t worry ... you were not forgotten. Fink said, “In our self-service refrigerated case, we are also going to have what we call our ‘cookout meals to go.’ Whether it be fresh sides or fresh turkey, there will be a lot of things there that you can take home and pop in your microwave. Again, they are not leftovers. Everything is made fresh to order, and then we chill it so you have really good quality food to go home to late at night.” As you can see, a lot of thought went into how to cater to the needs of County Market’s new location. Director of Operations Tod Engle talked about County Market’s direction with the Stoughton Street location, “We have some different deli items we really don’t do in most of our stores, but we thought it ﬁt this crowd very well, so we are ﬁne-tuning our staff with that right now.” The pleasant organization and quick food options will make this grocery store a one-stop shop for many students. Engle said, “You can get things done, eat, drink coffee and we have the WiFi and power for people and their laptops.” County Market is bustling with employees putting the ﬁnal touches on the ﬂoor. Regarding the interior design, Engle said, “That is our biggest concern, opening a store that is this pretty. We are concerned that they may walk in and see this beautiful store and think this place must be high priced, but County Market in town is known for its low prices; we are very competitive. We want to make people understand that this place will be on the same price structure as our other stores.”
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alking into the new County Market located at 331 Stoughton St. in Campustown has a similar feeling to walking into a corner grocery in Chicago. Set to open today, the new County Market is half the size of its usual ﬂoor plan; however, from characteristics such as smaller grocery carts to slightly narrower aisles, the organization makes it perfect for regular grocery shopping or a quick grab-and-go. In order to cater to the college demographic, County Market has added more hot food options made to order as well as meals to go. Director of Deli Operations Tim Fink described some of these: “Chicken will be a big part of that, chicken tenders. There will be a casserole of the day, a hot sandwich of the day and the sides that go with that.” Fink added: “In addition to that, we are going to be doing a made-to-order grill offer, which will include a third-pound Angus hamburger or cheeseburger. Then we will offer a rib-eye sandwich, pork tenderloin and then the traditional grilled chicken and breaded chicken sandwiches.” Besides the option to order grilled food, County Market will be bringing something else back to campus. Fink said, “We are going to be offering Garcia’s pizza by the slice. Garcia’s recently left the campus area, so we are going to be able to bring it back.” If you think the deli sounds pretty complete, it is not done yet. Fink described the other two offers: “There will be ﬁve different sandwiches on a couple different breads with some unique twists. They are not really unusual, but they are different.” Then, if you are not the grill, sandwich or pizza type of person and are looking for something equally satisfying but perhaps more healthy, the deli is your stop, too. Fink said, “We are also doing a handtossed salad bar. They are large salads that are packed as a meal; it is not a side salad. I’m sure you have eaten a salad where you get about halfway through and all you have left is greens; in this case, because we hand toss it, all of the ingredients get mixed through as well as the dressing.” So you get the idea that the deli counter at County Market will be more than just that. Not only will there be numerous options for a fresh made-to-order meal but it is reasonably priced. Fink said, “We understand that students are always under the gun for dollars, but with the economy the way it is, we are trying to be
Celebrate Mint Chocolate Day by Chelsea Besalke Today is Mint Chocolate Day so celebrate CU style by trying some local treats. Cakes on Walnut (114 N Walnut St.): If you’re feeling indulgent, try their chocolate cupcake with peppermint butter cream icing for just $2.50. Insomnia Cookies (502 E John St.): Stop in for their brownie with mint chocolate topping to satisfy your sweet craving. Just $1.50.
Cozy’s Custard (1511 W Springﬁeld Ave.): If you’re an ice cream lover, make sure to order their mint chocolate tornado despite the cold weather. It’ll be $3.80 for a medium — a small won’t cut it. Espresso Royale (602 E Daniel St.): Those feeling extra celebratory can warm up and wash it all down with a mint hot chocolate for $3.56. come and get it
Let’s Talk About Jesus Cru brings the Naked Jesus series to Lincoln Hall by Danielle Perlin
hether religious or not, people have many conflicting interpretations of who Jesus really is. How do Christians see Christ differently than Muslims? What do they mean by “the Messiah?” Campus Crusade for Christ, or Cru, a ministry and international organization on campus, came up with the idea of Naked Jesus in order to answer these questions and inform students about Jesus. “The series came about as a brainstorming idea to break down stereotypes and preconceived notions of who Jesus is,” said UIUC senior Jessica Facker, who is on the leadership team of Cru. “Even people that have grown up in the church or people that have never been to a church or people that hate the church ... [it’s] just for all people to come and hear who does Jesus say he is, who do the millions of Christians in the world say he is ... in a non-church environment.” Facker also noted how people normally perceive Jesus as a stereotypical image. “It’s a weekly seminar on just breaking down kind of that painted picture that everyone gets in their heads of Jesus and who does he really say he is or what does history really say he is,” said Facker. The series is made up of one lecture every Tuesday for six consecutive weeks, which began Tuesday, Feb. 3. Each lecture addresses one main question, such as “Haven’t we put Jesus out of job?” Different pastors, or people that have already gone through post-graduate training, come to speak at each lecture, said Facker.
Getting to Know the New Exec Michael Doyle heads the University YMCA by Em-j Staples When Michael Doyle began his job as the new executive director at the University YMCA, he saw it as a job with certain benefits. “I realized it was an opportunity to engage students in social justice, to bring change and make a difference,” said Doyle. The YMCA’s 135-year tradition of involvement with student leadership and community support attracted Doyle to the job. “The Y has helped engage students beyond www.the217.com
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the classroom and into the community. I’m looking forward to being a community organizer and working on leadership developments with students,” he said. As executive director, Doyle will be focusing on program purpose (finding meaningful benefits to each of the programs the Y sponsors), leadership development with students and faculty, fundraising and maintaining the YMCA’s presence in the community.
“They’re all very qualified,” said Facker. “[They have] this knowledge of Jesus. [It’s] not just a college student talking.” Cru has about 200-300 members come to weekly meetings, Facker said; however, the Lincoln Hall Theater was filled after the first lecture with over 600 seats. “[It] just showed such an interest of campus,” said Facker. “People want to know what Christians believe.” People from a variety of backgrounds came to the second lecture on Christian history. Senior Tim Shiou, majoring in MCB, spoke of how it is imperative for people not to judge about other people’s value or worth simply based on religious beliefs. “[I want] a better understanding from where we’ve come from,” said Shiou. “Poor communication is such a cause for misunderstanding [and] hurt.” Senior Rachel Burke, majoring in environmental science, is a member of AAF, the Athiests, Agnostics and Freethinkers group on campus. She came to the Naked Jesus event on Tuesday, Feb. 10 because many of her friends are a part of Cru. “[You] can find a lot in common no matter what you believe,” she said. Andrew Kamm, a 2006 alumnus of the UI, is currently studying at the Urbana Theological Seminary and spoke at the second lecture. “[Students] are as thoughtful as ever about the true identity of Jesus. For those students that have been interested in that, I think you’ll find that this series is helpful.”
Doyle’s extensive community involvement is helping his new job. As founder of both the Champaign County Health Care Consumers and Community Shares of Illinois, Doyle has been active in the community since he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975. “As a community organizer from Chicago, I never thought I’d stay here in Champaign,” said Doyle. His new position helps him find inspiration everywhere. When he attended the University, he found inspiration in Campustown, and now he sees it again in the current recession. “I would love to see students and the Y get involved with social change,” he said. “It’s time to do something new and take it to the next level. The current economic crisis provides great opportunity for that.” But before he begins the big projects, Doyle is getting acclimated to the new job and his bigger office. “I’ve worked out of a cubical for the last 25 years. I like the extra elbow room,” he said. Though he also enjoys the cultural benefits of being on-campus and the close walk from home it provides, Doyle’s favorite part about the Champaign-Urbana community is its mid-size: “You can make more of an impact on the people. There’s interaction between elected officials; you can’t get that in Chicago.”
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by Amanda Shively Celebrating the art of percussion in 12 hours is a daunting task. While the initial announcement of a half day of events seems overwhelming in and of itself, when you break it down, 12 hours is only the beginning of what can be experienced through performances, workshops and interactive events. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will play host to a bevy of percussive events entitled, “Day of the Drum.” Organized by the likes of Event Curator Rocky Maffit, Krannert Center director Mike Ross and fellow Krannert employees and under the sponsorship of a number of local businesses and enthusiasts, the Day of the Drum will feature four main performances, two workshops and an accessible, interactive “Traffic Jam.” Local percussion legend Maffit explained
the origins of the event as entirely possible because of the “wonderful group” at Krannert. After attending the Sundance Film Festival two years ago, Maffit approached Krannert Center director Ross with the idea for a percussion festival “similar to the Wall2Wall Guitar Festival [also hosted by Krannert Center].” With the Japanese percussion performance group Kodo already scheduled for appearance at Krannert Center in February 2009, the foundation of the event was set in motion. “Our main concerns for the day were a threefold process. Working around Kodo (which sold out nearly three weeks after tickets went on sale), we wanted to make certain that every other event was free of cost, that [events] would be accessible to and utilize the community and that there would be
at least one interactive event,” Maffit said. One glance at the finalized schedule for Day of the Drum impresses the notion that these measures were met (and then some) and will be ready for public participation on Tuesday. The 12-hour schedule begins at noon in the lobby of the Krannert Center with a performance by Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Liam Teague and Robert Chappell. With Velez on frame drum, Teague on steel drum, Chappell on piano and Cotler singing konakkol (a South Indian form of chant), the act looks to provide an improvisational-styled infusion of the members’ varied backgrounds. Following this performance, there will be two separate workshops by the members of that same quartet. At 2 p.m., Velez and Cotler will introduce the frame drum and overtone singing on Stage 5, and at 3:30 p.m., Teague and Chappell will share the history of the steelpan drum and tabla. At 5 p.m., the lobby of Krannert will transform into a community drum show when Dahui brings their West African vibes (and more than 100 drums) for an interactive performance. The community is invited to borrow a drum or bring their own and join the “Traffic Jam.” The last free event occurs at 9:30 p.m. with the Rocky Maffit Group’s Afterglow performance in the lobby of Krannert Center. Besides premiering music from their upcoming release Sun and Shadow (which will be released by Jhana Music in March), the group will be joined by a number of special guests including Amasong and fellow performers form the Day of the Drum. “It’s an amazing gift to have a day devoted to percussion. If I weren’t personally involved, I certainly would spend the day [there],” Maffit said.
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Bentley’s throws down on some live music Bentley’s, the cozy watering hole at 419 N. Neil St. in Champaign, has been subtly making a play for live music fans over the last several months. Starting out small with singer/ songwriter shows and acoustic acts, the bar has recently stepped up to host full bands — including both original acts and cover artists. I’ve primarily ended up at Bentley’s as a result of live music (either to check out a show or perform), and each time, I’ve encountered a fairly attentive crowd full of friendly faces. The bar itself isn’t as frilly as many of its downtown counterparts and sticks with a classic look that attracts more townies than campus kids, while bands are packed into the front corner, meaning you might occasionally trip over a monitor on your way outside for a cigarette. Shows are generally early, in the 8-tomidnight range, making Bentley’s a great place to start your night, though the Guinness might just keep you there until close. The bar has held true to its commitment to rarely charge a cover (almost every show is free, and the only one I’ve
seen with a cover was $3) while hoping you’ll take that extra bit of cash and buy another drink or visit the band tip jars. The music calendar can be found at http://www.myspace.com/bentleyspub, along with history, information on drink specials and other events. This weekend offers several great excuses to check out the bar if you haven’t already, but as a reminder, the bar age is 21+. On Friday, Bentley’s will feature music from one of the area’s best blues acts, the Impalas. With over a decade of history in CU, the group is currently comprised of several of the scene’s most seasoned pros in lead vocalist Dawna Nelson (who would just as soon insult you in a horribly graphic manner as she would sing to you) and the expert rhythm and solo playing of guitarist Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie. The quiet but frighteningly groovy bass player back there on a stool is Andre Mossotti, and that guy back there behind the drum kit, Ian Sheppard, drove from Indianapolis to play for you. They’ll kick things off at 8:30 p.m. if Dawna shows up on time, and there is no cover, so get down there and take part in the Impalas’ new game: Suggest New Songs for Us to Learn. The person with the best suggestion gets a lap dance from Ian Sheppard, who will be wearing a captain’s hat. On Saturday, Bentley’s changes things up a bit with
a 10 p.m. show featuring the Chemicals and Tractor Kings. While this show is scheduled to carry a $3 cover charge, that’s $1.50 each for two of the best original bands in Central Illinois. In the off chance that anyone reading hasn’t managed to see either of the bands in your time here, this would be a prime opportunity to check them out. For those who have seen them, this might be a good opportunity to see how well they can compact themselves into a small space. Seems like a win for everyone. Mike ‘n Molly’s is set to host the second concert in the Shadowboxer Collective’s series of quiet showcases. This Saturday, the Collective will invade the second floor of MnM’s to present Sheboygan folkies Cedarwell. Along for the ride are fellow Wisconsiners (based out of Eau Claire) The Daredevil Christopher Wright. Local support falls to Carl Hauck with his contemplative indie-folk and Mordechai in the Mirror with their quirky experimentalism. This show takes off at 9 p.m. and will cost you $5. ...a sample quote from next week’s interview with Live Karaoke Band/The Brat Pack’s Guido Esteves: “I will punch all of you in the face.” Intense! —Mike Ingram can be reached at forgottenwords@ gmail.com. come and get it
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live Owen needs to pick better projects. Heâ€™s a very talented actor with some great roles in the past, but after the abysmal Shoot â€˜Em Up, it seems heâ€™s been saying yes to every action script that comes his way. Clive Owen can do good action films, such as Children of Men, but that was three years ago. His latest effort, The International is a boring, confusing spy film thatâ€™s only saving graces are an incredible action sequence and Clive Owen himself. Owen stars as Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent attempting to expose an international bank that is involved in an illegal arms dealing ring. Salinger is assisted by district attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts, who is completely wasted playing an unnecessary character), who is working on the case from the American end. Their investigation takes them all over the world, from Berlin to Istanbul to New York City. I wish I could go into more specifics about the plot, but it would make little sense and take me forever to try to put the plot together. Essentially, itâ€™s the duo going from place to place with different mysteries for them to solve every 15 minutes. The one greatly entertaining part of this movie, though, is the gunfight that takes place inside the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim is completely torn to shreds in this sequence, with glass and bullet holes everywhere around the famous museum. Unfortunately, this scene comes halfway through the movie, which means enduring the dullness of the filmâ€™s first hour.
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The International is an extremely boring film that while admittedly slick, isnâ€™t a good movie by a long shot. While the Guggenheim action scene is impressive, itâ€™s certainly not worth the price of admission. The film couldâ€™ve been better had the filmmakers actually included a sinister villain, but
instead, the audience is given an assortment of similar-looking men in suits who spend most of the movie speaking in code in skyscrapers. The International is a spy film that gets too twisty for its own good, leaving the audience confused and bored out of their skulls.
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