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20 has become the unofficial “holiday” among people who use marijuana. It’s a day when many smokers get out of regular daily obligations and responsibilities to hang  out, smoke pot, eat popcorn and pizza and do their thing.  Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day has become the  unofficial “holiday” among University of Illinois  students who use alcohol. It’s a day where stu dents get up early, make sure their homework is done ahead of time and head out to Green Street to drink like they’re Irish. Notice any similarity?  The fact that marijuana is illegal doesn’t stop those who want to from getting really, really  stoned on their pot-glorifying holiday. Banning Unofficial St. Patrick’s day isn’t going to end the event either. Even without a well-organized and completely legal organization to send out e-mails outlining the day, celebrators of 420 still manage to get the word out that everyone should stop what they’re doing and spark a bowl at twenty minutes after four o’clock. Knowing that people all over the country are doing the exact same thing and the exact time instills a sense of camaraderie among marijuana users. You get that same feeling from nodding at a stranger who’s wearing the baseball hat of your

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favorite team — even though you don’t know the guy from Adam, you still have a common bond and know that he’s feeling the same joy you feel when Barrett hits a grand-slam in the bottom of the eighth to win the series. And you can appreciate that. Simply banning an event isn’t going to stop people from excessively consuming their moodaltering substance of choice — hell, even banning the specific substance doesn’t work. Maybe the University should keep this in mind while hatching out their plan to see Unofficial to its demise — you might be able to end the name but you can’t kill the activity. WHAT THE HELL? So Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise had their kid on Tuesday. A healthy little pink-bottomed baby girl named Suri. Normally I couldn’t deem a celebrity baby worth mentining but once I read that Tom Cruise planned on eating the baby’s placenta ... yeah. Cruise is going to eat the placenta. And the umbilical cord. Why? “I thought that would be good. Very nutritious,” said Cruise (as reported by the UK Web-paper The Mirror). When my dog had puppies, she ate the placenta. She also suffocated the pups that were too weak to make it outside the womb.

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michael coulter FIRST THINGS FIRST

Can Tom Cruise really help Heroine junkies kick the habit? Yeah, and he and Katie really have good sex.

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ov ie st a r s a re a tricky thing. Take Steven Seagal for example. In one movie, he’s “Hard to Kill.” Then, before you know it, he’s “Marked for Death.” I’ll admit to not knowing much about the true ways of the martial artist, but common sense would suggest that if you know a guy’s hard to kill, don’t mark him for death. You’re really just asking for trouble. Violence isn’t the answer, you might suppose — taking him to court is. Well, you still can’t touch Mr. Seagal because he’s “Above the Law.” Steven Seagal is one slippery dude. I imagine most movie stars are this way. That being said, I don’t really hate Steven Seagal. I never watch his movies or anything, and he strikes me as sort of an ass and not an especially talented thespian — but I don’t hate the guy. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, who’s also sort of an ass and also not much of a thespian, I am growing to hate a little bit more each day. I realize that just admitting he bothers me suggests I’m sort of an idiot in my own right, but enough’s enough. He’s just such a … for lack of a better word, let’s go with “fruitcake.” It wasn’t that long ago that he started dating the also somewhat dramatically challenged Katie Holmes. He immediately went on The Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about his newfound love. At this juncture, he got all excited and started jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch. Sure, the guy’s in love and all, but it was a little extreme. I mean, you put a monkey on Oprah’s set, whether he’s in love or not, and the monkey will likely act in roughly the same way Mr. Cruise did. The only difference is that the monkey is probably a little bit smarter and isn’t promoting his suckass new movie. See, there’s the tricky part, not only was Tommy in love, but he also had a new movie to promote. I really don’t think it’s happenstance that he fell in love the same week his movie was coming out (note: this would be a perfect place to make some sort of joke about him probably being gay, but I hear he sues your ass if you do something like that, so I’m gonna let it slide). The movie was called War of the Worlds. I haven’t seen it, but I’m fairly sure it probably sucked. Considering Tom Cruise’s need for publicity around that time, one could argue a more correct title might be “Whore of the Worlds.”

So, the movie comes out and it appears that Tom suddenly realized folks had really had just about enough of him, so he laid low and took care of his now pregnant new girlfriend. Sure, he made sure he and his temporary child growing device got their pictures taken every so often, but he made himself less visible. It was a lovely, yet brief respite. Now, just as his new movie, Mission: Impossible 27, is about to come out, so is his new child. Wow, talk about a lucky break. I mean, it’s almost as if he planned it that way or something. Sadly, he is once again all excited about something and back in the press. I almost said back in the news, but it’s not really news. It’s just one big commercial for Tom Cruise. He hasn’t jumped on a couch to promote this new movie, but even that might have been a fairly sane thing to do considering his new PR methods. This time around he decided to talk about those things important to him, like how his wacky “religion” can really help people out. In an interview with GQ magazine, Mr. Cruise boasted about the how spectacular he and Katie’s sex life is. I’m sure that’s true. He failed to mention anything about the two of them having sex with each other though. I’m sure it was an oversight. I mean, why would Tom lie to us? He’s just here to help. The secret to this great sex? Communication. He communicates to her that he would prefer to have sex with someone else and she does the same. It works out perfectly. He doesn’t care just about his inner circle though. Tom insists he’s personally helped get people off drugs and went on to say he can help anyone kick a heroin habit in just three days. What the ... ? Wow, if it’s that easy, it’s almost worth becoming a junkie for a few days, seeing what it’s like, and then letting Tom perform this miracle procedure and get clean. You could go from straight, to junkie, to straight but crazy in a long weekend. He cures people of their addictions with some special, secret, detox Scientology products. Wow, Tom’s pretty special. I’m sure if you don’t want to take the time to become a Scientologist, you could just cure yourself. Simply stick some sort of rod up your ass, spin around three times, and then eat a plum. I’m fairly positive one idea would work about as well as the other. Maybe in the next installment of Mission: Impossible, Tom could spend the whole movie attempting to explain his wacky ass. The franchise might finally live up to its title.

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A Brief History of 420 from Steven Hager Former editor in chief of High Times magazine, an Urbana native and a Daily Illini and University of Illinois alum.

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420 started in 1972 with six students at San Rafael High School in Marin County. They called themselves the “Waldos” because they didn’t fit in with any of the established social groups at school. The Waldos really loved the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the first Grateful Dead spin off band. In the mid-seventies, the headquarters for the Grateful Dead was only a few blocks from San Rafael High School. One day, one of the Waldos was given a map to an abandoned pot field located in a remote section of Marin County near the ocean. The Waldos met one day after school to go look for this pot patch and they decided to meet at the Louis Pasteur statue outside the school at 4:20. They reminded each other during the day about the planned adventure by saying “420” to each other in the hallways. They would spend many afternoons searching

for the field, but never found it. Eventually, 420 became a Waldo code word for marijuana, a code that spread into the Grateful Dead scene, and eventually reached High Times magazine. After I discovered the code, I began organizing ceremonies at 420 at the Cannabis Cup, WHEE!, and other events. Before long, the code circled the globe and people in Japan, Australia, Netherlands, Brazil, and many other countries began celebrating marijuana at 4:20 p.m. I think 420 is important for a number of reasons. Not only is it the first big international holiday of cannabis culture, but it’s also a helpful guide for responsible use. Unless you have a medical need, it’s best to wait until 4:20 to become intoxicated. It’s our “tea time” and “happy hour” rolled into one. And remember: The less you do, the higher you get. People who wait until 4:20 get a lot higher than breakfast bonghitters.

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Do you know what 420 means?

You get caught with marijuana.

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“It’s the universal time to smoke. 20 (minutes) after anything is 4:20 somewhere. I thought it was originally a police code.”

“It’s a common code for pot smoking amongst the stoner type and non-stoners as well. It is a police code, I think.”

“When everyone smokes up.”

“420 is something about the Grateful Dead and the time of day. It originated with the Grateful Dead and pot smoking.”

If you’re caught with more than 10 grams, the state crime lab does the tests.

Fines depend on value of pot, lab tests, etc. If you’re caught with less than 10 grams, the city does a field test to determine if it’s pot.

More stringent penalties if marijuana is sold on school grounds.

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Second offense, small amount: Suspension from the University. You have the option of appeal.

It also goes on your transcript until you graduate (so employers for internships and jobs can see “restrictive conduct probation” on your transcript).

First offense, small amount: Conduct probation until you graduate, with a possible requirement to participate in drug education, write a research paper or do community service. It goes on your discipline record. sounds from the scene


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SOBER UP with Dierdre O’Sullivan

MARY JANE, BUD, DOPE, CHRONIC, GANJA, GRASS, HASH, HERB, POT, REEFER, SINSEMILLA, SKUNK, WEED... WHATEVER YOU CALL IT, HERE’S THE FACTS

BY ASHLEY WOOLLEY

Marijuana {mar·i·hua·na}: The dried leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant that yield THC and are sometimes smoked in cigarettes for their intoxicating effect — Carle Foundation What does marijuana look like? A green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant.

What’s it cost? Marijuana can range from $400 to $1,000 per pound near the border and $700 to $2,000 in the Midwest.

Who uses marijuana? M a r i ju a n a is t h e m os t c o m m o nl y us e d illegal drug.

Marijuana can: • Impair your memory • Increase heart rate • Cause anxiety and panic attacks • Create a physical dependence after tolerance is built. • Cause respiratory problems if smoked: daily cough, bronchitis symptoms, chest colds

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They may simply let you go.

Dierdre O’Sullivan has taught Drug Use and Abuse at the University for two semesters. Because of her extensive experience in the classroom and in rehabilitative counseling, the graduate teacher’s assistant is very knowledgeable about marijuana effects and abuse. According to O’Sullivan, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main chemical ingredient of marijuana. When it is smoked, effects may include a distorted perception of time and space, memory loss, hallucinations, panic, lower motivation, and others. Instances of death or overdose are rare or nonexistent unless marijuana use is combined with alcohol or other illegal drugs; however, people with hypertension may be at serious risk due to an increase in heart rate caused by marijuana. Marijuana is addictive, and studies show that use of the illegal drug may lead to use of other substances, such as alcohol and cocaine, O’Sullivan said. “Usually people don’t experiment with hard drugs right away,” she said. “There’s a definite relationship.” When users purchase marijuana, a danger may be that they are not aware what components are added to the drug, O’Sullivan said. “It could be anything,” she said. “You don’t know what you’re getting, and there is no way to regulate it.” O’Sullivan said that abuse of the substance is def initely connected to April 20. “That’s the 420 thing,” she said.

The demand for marijuana seems to be decreasing among casual users. This will result in a drop in prices because of the high availability and decreasing demand (to try and increase demand for it once again) — it’s a matter of simple economics. The average potency of government-seized marijuana has doubled since 1994 because cultivation techniques have allowed for producers to improve the strains.

Source: United States Drug Enforcement Administration

Or they may fill out a Field Interview card (a record that police have talked to you) and take the evidence with them or destroy it on the spot. You wont be punished.

Or they may take you in for charges.

If you have 0-2.5 grams (.09 oz) it’s a Class C offence; possible fines and/ or court supervision.

If you have 2.5g-10 grams (.35 oz) it’s a Class B offence; possible fines and/ or court supervision.

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30-500 grams (17.64 oz) is a Class 4 felony and you’re looking at one to three years in prison and fines.

BY TATYANA SAFRONOVA

How a Parkland College student from Tuscola, Ill. spent his 420. Did you skip school on 420 in high school?

In high school, we couldn’t do it because all the potheads in Tuscola were usually on the track team, so skipping to go smoke pot was really bad. But after practice, we would smoke hard-core, like more that day than any other day. What about in college? AUSTIN HAPPEL • PHOTO

I didn’t skip school for 420 until last year — my freshman year of college. And that was fun. I woke up really early and got up here in Champaign by 4:15 in the morning and met up with some friends. We had bought a huge amount of weed — at least three pounds. We smoked in my friend’s apartment from 4:20 (a.m.) to 4:20 (p.m.). We took breaks to eat and stuff but it wasn’t real amounts of food.

What happened afterwards?

I skipped classes all day and I think I went to play practice later that night. … I went to a lot of practices high. What were the effects of 12 hours of smoking?

My legs were really, really tired. Even though I had been sitting for the majority of that 12 hours, it was still crazy. Actually, I don’t think I had play practice that night. I think I ended up going to the Highdive … There was Goth Night or something like that. Or maybe that was before 420? Crap! It’s bad ‘cause it messes with your memory.

If you’re caught in Champaign with under 10 grams, you get a Notice to Appear (NTA) – you have to appear in court or pay a $290 fine; they stopped doing jail sentences because too many people were clogging up the jails.

What’s your plan for this year’s 420?

I will probably not skip school but go to classes high.

Sasan Shabrou

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If you have 10-30 grams (1.06 oz) it’s a Class A offence (unless it’s a subsequent Class A offense. Then it’s moved up to a felony); fines.

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NORML (pronounced “normal”), The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is a nonprofit organization that has represented those Americans who responsibly smoke marijuana. While they condone marijuana for adults, NORML does not excuse poor decisions and use of bad judgment as a side effect. Robert Title, the president of UIUC’s chapter of NORML, explained a little more about the organization. Learn more about NORML at www.norml.org. What is “Hash Wednesday”? Perhaps you remember some previous Hash Wednesdays where we had large displays on the quad, performances, contests, music, etc. This year it will not be as big a production, but we’re still planning on having people on the Quad and a table by the Union with information about the organization and Hash Wednesday. We want to make people aware and educate them about our club on 420. What we don’t want is people smoking pot on the quad. This is dangerous and stupid — every year I have seen undercover cops on the quad on 420. Since Hash Wednesday will be smaller this year I don’t think it’ll be too much of a problem. But NORML does not condone this — if you want to smoke on 420, do it somewhere else.

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What is UIUC NORML’s overall goal? Our goal is to work towards a change in current Illinois marijuana policies and to provide information to the UIUC community about drug laws, marijuana, and other drugs. Not everyone in the club smokes marijuana — we are trying to change the law, not promote its use. Hash Wednesday is a fun event, and we’re hoping to reach out to people on campus and teach them about our organization. What is NORML’s history here at U of I? NORML has existed at UIUC since the 1970’s, but has been active for about 7 years since it was started up again by a now-UIUC law student. NORML is about changing the law, not promoting breaking it. 420 is a fun holiday, but we wouldn’t want to promote high school (or college) students to skip class. High school ends at 2:00, if they want to celebrate, they should do so after class. FAQ from NORML: • 80 million Americans have admit ted to smoking marijuana. • Only 1 out of every 104 people that have tried marijuana is a regular user. • According to the US Institute of Medicine (IOM), fewer than 1 in 10 marijuana smokers become regular users and most voluntary stop after by the time they’re 34 years old. • Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug. • There are almost no withdrawal symptoms.

You’re caught! ...And prosecuted. The penalties for cannabis possession in Illinois depend on the amount of marijuana you’re holding. Carrying less than 30 grams is usually a misdemeanor while more than that is punishable as a felony.

If you’re carrying... less than 2.5 grams

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less than 30 grams

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Help the Sniffer get a real protest together And appreciate your umpires

FIRST SNIFF I did not attend Church last Sunday for Easter. Personally, I felt like I’d be a sellout if I went. I mean, for real. I only went like four or f ive times in the past year. So I didn’t feel like I deserved to be there. I know that runs opposite of what Christianity is all about, but I guess my thought was that God would look down and see me in there and say, “Come on dood. We’re not fooled up here.� I suppose that even though I know better, God can be a hater too. OPEN INVITATION AND THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING AN UMPIRE My fellow columnist and I are finally being social together. Coulter and I have joined a softball team. We play on Monday nights and I would like to take it upon myself to invite the legions of lovers and haters of ours out there to come and cheer or jeer us at Parkland. We are, uh, ok, I guess. But being out there on Monday night made me remember when I used to be an umpire for men’s softball. No, that’s not sarcasm. I spent a great deal of time out on the diamond, calling balls and strikes and trying to ignore the players wives and girlfriends as they threatened my life. And no, that was not sarcasm either. It’s hard being an umpire. The main thing about being an ump or a ref in a competitive game is staying consistent. It doesn’t really matter how you call the fouls or where your strike zone is as long as you are calling it both ways. But these umpires — the ones than can make or break a game, in the end, are fallible human beings. On Monday, as we celebrated a 22-7 victory, I limped off the field after going 3-4 with 6 RBIs, a home run and 4 runs scored with an OBP of 1.000, and I realized I was the only person out there who told the ump “good game�. Just a little thought out there for all you haters of umpires out there: Try to recognize the type of pressure that they are under. They’re doing their best and they deserve your thanks as well — from players and fans alike. GET ME TO THE HOSPITAL As I limped to the car after the victory, I could tell that I was in pain. But nothing could prepare me for what I awoke to the next morning.

Jazzy First Look Opening on Thursday, April 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. A limited number of tickets, at $50 per person, are available at the following locations: Bacca Cigar Co. 1707 W. Kirby, Old Farm Shops Circles 107 N Walnut St.

Friday, April 28 6:00pm – 10:00pm Grand Opening, Champagne Reception with music from DJBrom. ID will be required for alcohol.

I couldn’t even get out of bed. I had to call in sick to work, had to write this column in bed and couldn’t even take the dog out for a walk. Note to self: Stop smoking and start exercising more. Now. BAND OF THE WEEK I guess this guy is a solo artist, but he has a dope backing band as well — so it works. Krukid, who was fucking robbed of the Best Rap Artist at the wildly inaccurate and poorly attended Local Music Awards is my favorite hip hop artist in town. Like I’ve said before, I am not a hip-hop head. No my friends, not by any means. But his record “Raisin in the Sun� is one of the freshest albums to come out of Champaign for a while. And no doubt, much of that can be attributed to the fine production talents of Garenne Bigby, one of my personal musical heroes. Don’t be a fool — if you f ind yourself downtown on Friday Night they play live at Cowboy Monkey. It is nice to know that we have good live hip-hop, and thanks to people like Krukid, Garenne and his joint, Nargile, it has room to develop. FINAL WHIFF George Ryan. Convicted of racketeering. Tom Delay. Going down. Libby busts out Cheney AND Bush for leaking classified information about pre-war intelligence leading up to the “War� in Iraq. At what point do we look back and say, “Hey. That Clinton fella might have had his problems. He might have even done some shady business deals on the side. But at least gas was affordable and there wasn’t a daily death toll to watch out for. At least we could wake up in the morning and feel like we weren’t about to burn in hell.� See, I am still pining over the best way to go about protesting all this bullshit and perhaps I am just not motivated enough. I’d like to hear your suggestions. No matter how outlandish they may be. I have my own ideas — but I’d like to be able to share yours with the community as well. I invite you to email me with ideas. sethfein@hotmail.com.

Saturday, April 29 1:00pm – 10:00pm Exhibition continues. Live music 1:00pm – 6:00pm Desafinado 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday, April 30 1:00pm – 7:00pm Exhibition continues. See Zoo Theatre Improv at 1:00 pm Water Between Continents from 4:00 - 6:00pm Monday, May 1 1:00 – 7:00pm Exhibition continues and closes

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After self-producing and releasing a promotional EP and opening for Allister, Something for Sundown has established a name for itself in the highly competitive Chicago music scene. The band’s ensemble sound blends each member’s diverse influences, ranging from jazz to folk to rock, over an engaging stage presence.

When it comes to The Funds, perhaps the only thing more ambitious than its changing names (formerly Phrygian Squire), is its sound. The group combines six members and eight instruments to provide a new sonic experience on each track they create, from blues to funk to jazz to rock and roll.

A band that describes themselves as “ just five people playing five people’s music,” The Breaks has come together to create a unique sound influenced by everyone from Aretha Franklin to Wu-Tang clan.

Marmaduke molds a new breed of fusion jazz with classical piano at its core and rock drums and tenor sax to complete their experimental sound. Using improvisation and careful songwriting, the three translate then ref ine varied genres into their own, leaving a loud and serious mark that remains catchy and light-hearted.

Tony Sorrentino (lead vocalist and guitar) Arjun Venkataswamy (bass and backup vocals) Dan Loman (drummer) Stephen Moll (guitar and keyboard)

Joseph Altshuler (clarinet, contra bass) Benan Avci (piano, vocals) Connor Grant (guitar, vocals) Charles Lane (tenor sax, tambourine, vocals) Tony Nicosia (bass) Andrew Patun (drums)

Brendan Hanna Holloway (guitar) Collin Carlier (guitar) Devon Izard (drums) Devin Atkins (vocals) Nathaniel Hanna Holloway aka Murr y (bass)

Russell Dietrich (drums) Andy Costello (piano) Adam Kivel (sax)

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Beatles, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Built to Spill, Radiohead, Phish, Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Folds, The Meters, Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, The Bee Gees, John Scofield

Tina Turner, John McLaughlin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Ariane Peralta

Weezer, Hot Hot Heat, Alkaline Trio, Green Day, Bright Eyes

Time period together

1.5 years

1 year

6 months

The New Millenium (04-06)

Urbana or Champaign

Champaign

Urbana

No preference

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Big Lebowski or Royal Tenenbaums

Haven’t seen either, actually.

Big Lebowski

“Obviously you’re not a golfer.”

Rushmore

Beatles or The Stones

The Beatles

No question – Beatles

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“Free Bird”

“Free Bird” – and only because nobody can do it justice – except a band with three guitars, two drummers, and Billy Powell. Plus, we have a saxophone – come on, now.

Any Dave Matthews

Anything by the Beatles – they did it best the fi rst time, so let perfection be.

This year’s album succeeds the GSR debut Emergence (2004) and its sophomore album Playlisted (2005). On the Quad Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, GSR will be distributing free copies of Crescendo, featuring the following University of Illinois bands.

Band Lineup

What song do you refuse to cover?

What dead celebrity would you like to face in a boxing match?

Ray Charles. I figure that physically inept as I am and blind as he was, it would be a pretty fair fight.

2 Pac – or does this make the question invalid?

Mother Teresa, Jesus (pre-resurrection), Kurt Cobain or Jon Benet-Ramsey.

Marlon Brando. It’d be cool to say I got beat up by Marlon Brando.

Greatest turn-off/turn-on

Funky smells ... There are others, of course, but that’s probably the biggest. What a mood killer/A well developed intellect

The same people asking us to cover the same crap every time we play a bar/Andrew Patun

Dave Matthews/puppy dog tails

Unsightly stains on velour tracksuits/ good teeth and a nice jaw-line

What do you do to relax?

I am always relaxed, baby.

There is no relaxing at this school. But if there was – start fi res.

Read, watch movies, play music and drink at Barfly

Listen to System of a Down (I’m being dead serious) or Sufjan Stevens and draw pictures of my feelings.

Upcoming Shows

Free show on April 21 at Alpha Chi Rho 311 E. Armory 7 p.m., Free show on April 23 at the Six Pack, 5 p.m.

April 19 at Canopy Club, 8 p.m. $5

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It’s not listed on the menu, but on Friday’s at Potbelly’s every order comes with a side of Mike Winegardner. Though he usually fi lls the restaurant with covers of feel-good oldies, the aspiring singer-songwriter is eager to have his growing repertoire of original songs heard. Winegardner’s songs, which he says he creates for “people who really like to think about life,” rely heavily on the unique lyrical metaphors he pens involving people and nature.

The pop-rock band Missing the Point marked the release of their fi rst self-titled album on March 16, 2002. Since then, they have shared the stage with such acts as Fall Out Boy, Lucky Boys Confusion, Local H and The Matches. This October they announced the release of Healing of the Nation, their fi rst full-length album.

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Ian Fell (vocals and bass) Stephen Henigman (guitar) Steven Carroll (drums) Steve Meadows (guitar and vocals)

All initially part of the Campus Crusade for Christ Worship band, the members of the Morning Call just “came together,” armed with an untitled four-song demo, to form the band in June 2004. Their sound is an eclectic mix of rock and pop with vocals that are hard to defi ne although certainly reminiscent of Ben Folds.

Initially formed in 2002, Triple Whip has merged, transformed and minimized into its cur rent ‘06 bass-dr um duo. With an EP and a full-length already out on I n nocent Word s Record s , Triple Whip released its third album in October 2005. Currently, the band in its present duet form is recording a demo of new material.

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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

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Lately, I’ve been watching the Food Network.

Have a few brews on the balcony.

Fridays at Potbelly on 5th and Green St., 6 p.m.

April 22 at The Galaxie Theatre, Charleston, Ill. with Lucky Boys Confusion 9 p.m.; April 27, EIU Campus, Charleston, Ill. 9 p.m.

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Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

The “power” button

Uncleanliness/smiling

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With the downpour visible through the plate-glass door behind bassist Jim Mefford, Mad Science Fair unleashed a lot of new songs Saturday at Brass Rail, among them unnamed synco-funk and pseudo-metal tunes, as well as “Let’s Go” and “New Hippie Pumpkins.” The eleven-song set featured only four songs from the album ...for a better tomorrow, a strong seller on the road. Attendees received complimentary copies of opener The Respondent’s four-song self-titled EP. Across University Avenue, Cameo Turret played for the first time with bassist Chris Ericson, while Mike Schmitt drummed despite a sprained wrist. Ericson, an audio assistant at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is producing the Cameo Turret full-length due later this year. Folk singer-songwriter and two-time WPGUbuzz Local Music Awards Best Female nominee Joni Laurence announces her last local concert, Wednesday at The Canopy Club. It is a nonsmoking show, as well as an all-request show, and Laurence asks that fans e-mail her with song requests. Show time is 7 p.m., and cover is $5. Laurence moves to Portland, Ore. May 14. Her live album, recorded Feb. 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana, is “still on track for a June release.” The six-song f iref lies EP initially due in mid-April now has a release show June 3 at The Canopy Club. The show will alternate between the lobby and the main room, and opening for fireflies are: Shipwreck, Bailey, The Old Faith and Monte Carlos. Shipwreck also has an EP due in June, and the track listing became official last week: “House of Cards,” “Atlantic,” “Alias,” and “Black Moon.” Meanwhile, Shipwreck continues its April residency at The Canopy Club for Rehearsal Space, followed in May by Watery Domestic and in June by Lorenzo Goetz.

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Tomorrow at Mike ‘n Molly’s marks the debut of Michael Allen and Jason Ewing’s selfdescribed crunk-trance-black metal band (their lie, not mine) Bellcaster. It is also the second show for popcorn-obsessed lo-f i quartet The Rise and Fall of Tomax and Xamot, and The Vivian Girls (ex-The Hissy Fits). Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $4. A l so tomor row, L ate Nig ht spACE at Independent Media Center has broadened it s Boneya rd A r t s Fe st iva l l i neup. Now aboard are: A lma A fro-Beat Ensemble, Tr i p l e W h i p, J a s on F i n k le m a n’s N u O rbit E nsemble w ith M a rk Deut sch, Brandon T. Washington, Ear Doctor, and Environmental Encroachment. Show time is 8:45 p.m. and admission is free. An even larger lineup is Sunday for the Artists Against AIDS record release at Cowboy Monkey. Scheduled are: reds, The Greedy Loves, Adam Wolfe, Megan Johns, Mike Grill and the Downslope, elsinore, U of Idol winner KJ McKinnie and Bruce Sain, A ng ie Heaton and The Sokolsk i Boys (Cody and Nate), all of whom have donated original material for a CD to benefit the Greater Community AIDS Project. Show time is 6-11 p.m. and cover is $5. Correction: Last week, about the disconnect when elsinore lost Best Folk/Americana yet won Best Live Band, I appeared to write: “This will seem quaint in retrospect, despite how well elsinore connects with audiences.” I actually wrote: “This will seem quaint in retrospect, as well as elsinore connects with audiences.” Todd J. Hunter hosts WEFT Sessions and Champaign Local 901, two hours of local music every Monday at 10 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM. Send news to soundground@excite.com. Support your scene to preserve your scene. sounds from the scene


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trying to be, unless theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re intel lect ua l ly def icient. DFBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Top of Our Game is ripe with song after song of catchy, club oriented brilliance, and to evaluate it on any other terms would be a disservice to the art form DFB are emulating and to some degree, embodying. Jermaine Dupri, president of the So-So Def Urban Music branch at Virgin records, as well as Bow Wow and the Chicago-based rapper da Brat contribute to a number of excellent tracks, as does Three 6 Mafia on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Play With Me.â&#x20AC;? If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already heard â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Think They Like Me,â&#x20AC;? you need to get out more. And the rest of the album almost plays like a concept cut, utilizing terms that surface initially in chorus hooks but when recontextualized lend to great lyrics like â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m settinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; my trend dawg/jusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lean wit it rock wit it.â&#x20AC;? Also, the White T remix at the end is something that should not go unmentioned or missed. Trust me, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vouch for those who have had to get a ride from me in the past couple months who have been exposed to hours of this album through a really crappy car stereo system, but as for myself, this cut has only gotten fresher on each listen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something I would have never admitted to myself about a mainstream rap act even two months ago. If I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pilfered the album from the Illini Media building back in January, I would have said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the most worthy use of my drug money this year.

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There comes a time in every boy’s life when he needs to just get the Led out. And as much as that sounds like a weird, painful euphemism for masturbating, I am speaking strictly about experiencing the rock that is Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late, great John Bonham. Sure there may be some overlap with the more hardcore fans, but this really isn’t the place to discuss such matters. The point is everybody loves the Zeppelin, and everyone is utterly miserable/distraught/forlorn because they are no longer a part of the rock world. Robert Plant solo albums just do not cut it and it is so frustrating. This Wednesday night, instead of crying in your room listening to Physical Graffiti on vinyl, come to the Canopy Club to experience something our generation thought it’d never witness; Led Zeppelin songs LIVE! Sure it’s not the real quartet or power and fury and all things rock, but Zoso is the next best thing. The glorious riffs and mind-blowing solos that makes us pee our pants, the drum solos that turn our vehicles into careening, swerving death-machines on the road and all of Zeppelin’s testosterone and awesomeness will be there in full force. I’m out of breath and sweating just typing this description. Come see Zoso to pump your fists and experience everything that is the greatest, hardest and most amazing rock band of all time. –Brian McGovern

Live Bands Mark Croft Aroma Cafe 8pm, free Feudin’ Hillbillys Tommy G’s 8pm, free Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Groovatron, Cornmeal Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 U of I #3 Big Band Iron Post 9pm, cover Hippus Campus Zorba’s 9:30pm, $3 Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm, free Lorenzo Goetz, Probably Vampires Highdive, 10pm, $5 Live Karaoke Band Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 Eclectic Theory Joe’s Brewery 10:30pm, cover Concerts Junior Recital: Marc Day, tenor Smith Recital Hall, 11am, free Junior Recital: Jisoo Park, piano Smith Recital Hall 11:30pm, free Beckman 12:20 Series: Chris Reyman Jazz Trio Beckman Institute, 12:20pm, free University Symphonic Band II and Concert Band I Krannert Center, 7:30pm, $6, $2 Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Seung Min Ha, piano Smith Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free

Bach and Beyond Verde Gallery, 8pm, $5 DJ Generic DJ Jackson’s Ribs-NTips, 8pm, cover Zen Thursdays: DJ Asiatic Soma, 9pm, free DJ Limbs Boltini, 10:30pm, free Dancing Swing Dance McKinley Foundation, 9:30pm, free Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Radmaker’s, 7pm, free “G” Force Karaoke Pia’s of Rantoul, 9pm, free Liquid Courage Karaoke The Office, 10pm, free Lectures / Discussions Bridging the Local and the National: Rethinking Political Mobilization in Late 19th Century Peru International Studies Building, 12pm, free Ernest Gaines Preview Discussion Champaign Public Library, 2pm, free Calling to Account: Corporate Gender Responsibility in the Global Era Levis Faculty Center, 4pm, free Colloquium Series: Lev Manovich Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 4pm, free Roundtable: “Globalizing Abu Ghraib” Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 4pm, free The Battle of the Sexes is Over: A Dialogue on Sexual Assault La Casa Cultural Latina 6pm, free Breaking the Silence of Torture: Survivor and Activist Dong Tizon

Speaks Out Illinois Disciples Foundation, 7pm, free SPEAK Cafe: Hip Hop Awareness Week Krannert Art Museum, 7pm, free Miscellaneous Canvas: “21st Century Tools For Artists” Krannert Art Museum, 7pm, free Amy Hassinger Signing “The Priest’s Madonna” Borders 7pm, free Coffee Hour: Lebanon Cosmopolitan Club, 7:30pm, free Film Social Justice Film Festival: “Breaker Moment” Law Building, 6:30pm, free Break the Silence: Scenes Addressing Sexual Assault, Survival, Support and Speaking Out Florida Avenue Residence Halls, 8pm, free Mind / Body / Spirit Krannert Uncorked Krannert Center, 5pm, free

FRI. APRIL 21 Live Bands Billy Galt Blues Barbecue 11:30am, free Acoustic Music @ The Urbana Free Library: The Javelinas Urbana Free Library 4pm, free Boneyard Jazz Quintet Iron Post, 5pm, cover Dave and Steve Joe’s Brewery 5pm, free Melissa Ferrick, Kinnie Starr Highdive, 7pm, $12 The Chemicals, The Invisible Art Coop, 7pm, free Bob, Dan, and Joni Hubers 8pm, free

Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Adam Wolf Fat City Saloon 9pm, cover The Living Blue, Tractor Kings, Dark Country, The Dolphin Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Bullet Called Life, Mad Mardigan, Coco Coca Iron Post, 9pm, cover Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm, $3 Pomeroy, Krukid Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5 The Vivian Girls, Bellcaster, The Rise and Fall Mike & Molly’s 10pm, $4 Concerts String Chamber Music Symposium Allerton, 3pm, free University Concert Bands IIA and IIB Krannert Center 7:30pm, $6, $2 Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Suh Young Park, piano Smith Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free Colby Fahrenbacher, tuba, and Sarah Younker, horn Music Building 7:30pm, free Nedra Johnson, Megan Johns Wesley Foundation 8:30pm, free DJ Happy Hour: DJ Elise Boltini 6:30pm, free DJ Bozak Soma, 8pm, cover DJ LNO Nargile, 9pm, cover DJ Stifler Tommy G’s, 9pm cover DJ Delayney Barfly 10pm, free DJ Mertz Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Tim Williams Highdive 11pm, $5 Dancing Contra Dancing Phillips Recreation Center, 8pm, $5

Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke The Brickhouse, 9pm, free Miscellaneous The Festival of Quilts Lincoln Square Mall, 10am, $5 Lectures / Discussions “Documenting the Differences Racial and Ethnic Diversity Makes: Uncovering, Discussing, and Transforming the University” Levis Faculty Center 8am, free Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Series: “Exploring Central Illinois” University YMCA 12pm, free International Coffeehouse Wesley Foundation, 4pm, free “Ethics and the Collapse of Civilization” Gregory Hall 4pm, free Etc. Coffeehouse Wesley Foundation, 9pm, free Film Film Series: Match Point Gregory Hall, 7pm, 9:30pm $2 w/ UIUC ID, $3

SAT. APRIL 22 Live Bands Ryan Groff, Darrin Drda and David Tcheng Aroma Cafe 2pm, free Pauli Carman w/ Paul Sabuco The Hideaway, 7:30pm cover No Secret Iron Post 8:30pm, cover Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 The Boat Drunks Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Bullet Called Life Courtyard 9pm, free Bruiser and the Virtues Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $4 Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm, $3

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Concerts String Chamber Music Symposium Allerton, 8am, free Master of Music Recital: Matthew Cameron, trombone Music Building, 2pm, free Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Haeyoung Yoon, piano Smith Recital Hall, 3pm, free Junior Recital: Talitha Ortiz, oboe Smith Recital Hall 5pm, free Senior Recital: Laura Theby, piano Smith Recital Hall 5pm, free University Varsity Men’s Glee Club Krannert Center 7:30pm, $6, $2 Joshua Redman Quartet Krannert Center, 7:30pm $35, $29 “Let’s Party” by Prairie Ensemble McKinley Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm, $14, $6 Master of Music Recital: Caroline Stuart, soprano Smith Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free Senior Recital: Nicole Zak, clarinet Smith Recital Hall 7:30pm, free Undergraduate Recital: Tara Blocki and Cody Halberstadt, saxophone Music Building 7:30pm, free

Family Fun American Girl Fashion Show Virginia Theatre, 10am 3pm, $25 Mind / Body / Spirit Falun Gong Springer Cultural Center, 10:30am, $5

SUN. APRIL 23 Live Bands Jazz Sandwich Iron Post 6pm, cover Artists Against AiDS CD Release Party: Cody & Nate, Angie Heaton, KJ McKinnie, Ryan Groff, Mike Grill, Megan Jones, Adam Wolfe, Greedy Loves, Reds Cowboy Monkey, 6pm, $5 Rock Against Rape Illinois Disciples Foundation, 7pm donations Arlie Neaville Hwy 45, 7pm cover Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Concerts Senior Recital: Adam Mormolstein, percussion Smith Recital Hall, 11am, free UIUC Saxophone Quartets Recital Smith Recital Hall 11am, free Junior Recital: Nathan Newman, trombone Music Building, 1pm, free Senior Recital: Adelaide Muir, soprano Smith Recital Hall 1:30pm, free Bomi Lim and Rochelle Sennet Krannert Center, 3pm $34, $20 Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Elizabeth Ducey Moss, soprano Smith Recital Hall, 5pm, free Freshman Bass Quintet Music Building, 5pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak Soma, 8pm, cover DJ Babyface and the Hot 105.5 Staff Nargile, 9pm, cover DJ Elise Boltini, 10:30pm free DJ Tim Williams Highdive 11pm, $5 Karaoke “G” Force Karaoke American Legion Post 71, 8pm, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s 9pm, free Miscellaneous The Festival of Quilts Lincoln Square Mall, 10am, $5 “Folclfand Fest- A Viking Celebration of Spring” Forest Glen Preserve, 10am, free

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Miscellaneous The Festival of Quilts Lincoln Square Mall, 10am, $5 “Folclfand Fest- A Viking Celebration of Spring” Forest Glen Preserve, 10am, free Latina/o End-of-the-Year Picnic Hessel Park, 12pm, free “The Site in the Sand: a Roman port in Black Cilicia” Krannert Art Museum, 3pm, free

MON. APRIL 24 Live Bands Feudin’ Hillbillys Rose Bowl Tavern, 6pm, free Michael Davis Bentley’s Pub 7pm, free Jazz Jam w/ ParaDocs Iron Post, 9pm, cover Shipwreck Canopy Club 9pm, free Open Mic Night Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Dave and Steve White Horse Inn, 10:30pm, free Finga Lickin The Office 10:30pm, free DJ DJ Delayney Barfly, 10pm, free

Learn To Dance: Swing Class Old Urbana Post Office 8pm, $35 for 6 weeks Latin Dance McKinley Foundation, 9:30pm, $1 Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s 9pm, free Lectures / Discussions Power and Solidarity: Women of Color and 20th Century Social Movements Humanities Lecture Hall, 2pm, free Holocaust Awareness Week Lecture Hillel Foundation 6pm, free Botanical Healing Champaign Public Library, 7pm, free “Why is it Time to Change our Drug Laws?” Channing-Murray Foundation, 7pm, free Toxic Drift: The Lasting Legacy of Post-World War II Pesticide Use Spurlock Museum 7:30pm, free

Comedy Magical Night of Comedy: Josh Blue, Matt McClure Gregory Hall, 7pm, $2 w/ UIUC ID, $5

Andy Moreillion Tommy G’s 9pm, free Thollem McDonas, Nu Orbit Iron Post, 9pm, cover Zoso Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Soultro Joe’s Brewery 10pm, cover

WED. APRIL 26 Live Bands Parkland Jazz Combo Iron Post, 5:30pm, cover Irish Traditional Music Session Bentley’s Pub, 7pm, free Kayla Brown and Mike Ingram Silvercreek, 7pm, free Pass the MIC: Latinas/os in HipHop La Casa Cultural Latina, 7pm, free Joni Laurence Goodbye Show Canopy Club, 7pm, $5 Chambana Jackson’s Ribs-NTips, 8pm, cover Fuedin’ Hillbillys Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free

Concerts University British Band Krannert Center, 7:30pm $6, $2 University Jazz Combos Krannert Center, 7:30pm $6, $2 DJ Welcome Back Wednesdays: DJ LNO Nargile, 9pm, cover Chef Ra Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Bozak Boltini, 10:30pm, free Dancing Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 8-10:30pm, free Salsa Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 10:30pm, $3

Karaoke “G” Force Karaoke T&T Tavern, 7pm, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovantis, 10pm, free Lectures / Discussions ISGS Centennial Lecture: “A Crack in the Edge of the World” Illini Union, 7pm, free Ernest Gaines Champaign Public Library, 7pm, free “Revolution by the Ream: How Paper came to the Islamic Lands and the West” Spurlock Museum, 7:30pm, free Film “The Optimists” Huff Hall 6:30pm, free Visit www.cucalendar.com for the most current events and to add your own.

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to communicate the ambiguous and anxious moments of a deployment with the 1244th Transportation Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This series of personal war images is Aaron Hughes’ effort to deconstruct the nostalgic war epic (which informs so much of how war is interpreted by mass media) in order to convey the overcomplex, monotonous anxieties of a personal war narrative.] IPRH through May 5

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School of Art + Design: Master of Fine Arts Exhibition [This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in photography, industrial design, sculpture, painting, narrative media, metals, ceramics and graphic design.] Krannert Art Museum through April 30

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Pour la Victoire: French Posters and Photographs of the Great War [Graphically charged, lushly colored lithographic posters from World War I vividly depict the place of women in the war effort, the need for personal sacrifice on the home front and the position of French

colonial subjects.] Krannert Art Museum through July 30

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Project 66: An Exploration of Utopia Inspired by the Works of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov [Project 66 is both an installation and a website created by a group of students from the School of Art and Design, the Department of Computer Science and other campus units.] Krannert Art Museum through July 30

Doctor of Musical Arts Recital: Hyunjung Choi, violin Smith Recital Hall, 5:30pm, free University Chamber Singers Krannert Center, 7:30pm $6, $2 University Latin Jazz Ensemble Krannert Center, 7:30pm $6, $2 Master of Music Recital: Rebecca Hinkle, soprano Smith Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free Doctor of Musical Arts Project: Timothy Phillips, clarinet Music Building, 7:30pm, free

Live Bands Billy Galt Blues Barbecue 11:30am, free Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolf w/ Mike Brey Tommy G’s, 9pm, free Live Karaoke Band Canopy Club, 9pm, $3 Open Mic Night: MC / Spoken Word Nargile, 9pm, free Larry Gates, Jason Greenlee White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Tally Hall, Ambitious Pie Party Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5 Shrink Wrap Tuesdays: Liberty Valence, Frank Must Go Joe’s Brewery, 10pm, free Concerts University Jazz Band II Krannert Center, 7:30pm, $6, $2 DJ Subversion: DJ TwinScin, DJ Evily Highdive, 10pm, free DJ Hoff, DJ Gambino Mike N Molly’s, 10pm, cover DJ Tremblin BG Barfly 10pm, free DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10:30 pm, free

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UI Symphonic Band II and Concert Band I 7:30pm, $2-$6

UI Varsity Men’s Glee Club 7:30pm, $2-$6

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Chris Reyman Jazz Trio 12:15pm, Beckman Institute Atrium, free

UI British Brass Band 7:30pm, $2-$6

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Parkland Community College’s production of Angels in America turns some angry heads but delights open minds ROSALEE INENDINO • STAFF WRITER

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t isn’t rare to see theatre in the Champaign-Urbana area. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts turns out shows all the time. The Illini Union Board performs on parents’ weekends entertaining the friends and family of everyone involved, and even Parkland Community College produces fun and entertaining seasons of theatre. It is rare, however, to see an incredibly profound and celebrated piece of work put on well enough to deserve attention from everyone in the community. Parkland’s current show, Angels In America – A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches is just that. Set in 1980’s New York, Angels In America follows four characters: Prior, Louis, Joe and Harper. Prior recently informs his boyfriend Louis that he has tested positive for AIDS, a very new disease for the time. In another relationship plotline, Joe is up for a great job promotion from his boss, the infamous Roy Cohn who’s character is based on the real-life person. Joe, however, must confront his wife Harper, who has a slight addiction to painkillers and does not see the world the same as her husband. The play follows the interactions of these two couples who deal with love, loss, and guilt, all in the face of a very frightening disease. The play was written by Tony Kushner, and if this name sounds familiar, it is. He was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his screenwriting work on Steven Speilberg’s Munich. Kushner wrote Angels in America in two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, each part running approximately three hours long, giving the overall play a very epic feel. Both Millennium Approaches and Perestroika won Tony Awards when they premiered on Broadway in 1993, and Kushner also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that year. In 2003, HBO brought the play to the screen, which only meant more acclaim and awards for Kushner and everyone involved. The mini-series starred Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker and Meryl Streep. Pacino, Streep and Parker were handsomely awarded for their work in the forms of Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. The series itself also won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy. sounds from the scene

A play with as many accolades as this one suggests that other productions of the play have large shoes to fi ll. Parkland Community College’s adaptation brings something different and new to the piece. Thom Schnarre, the director of Parkland’s production talks about some of the changes he made in his vision of the production. For example, he says that he had seen the show performed a few times, but they all used classical music. “When I think of the ‘80s, I think of how much club music was around and I decided to use that instead. I felt that it would be more true to the time of the piece.” Schnarre also mixes the club music from the 1980s with some of the popular club songs of today, making a startling statement about today’s modern social scene in comparison to that of twenty years ago. Despite the excitement surrounding the new adaptation of this play, Parkland has received some angry emails regarding the play’s contraversial content, especially the subtitle “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” Director Schnarre explains he got the impression that people who wrote angry letters focused on the word ‘gay’ and responded to that. “Most of the negative responses we’ve received were just from people who were uninformed about the piece, but there were a few actual threats that kept myself and others invovled up for a night or two.” Regardless of this negativity, Schnarre says that he has also received a lot of positive responses about taking on this show. “I really get the feeling that if you miss this show, you’re going to miss something special. It is a remarkable cast, and a very different interpretation of the entire piece. I’m hoping it’s going to be different from what people are used to seeing, and create a much needed conversation after the show is over,” Schnarre says. Angels In America-A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part I: Millennium Approaches has performances on April 20, 21, and 22, at 8 p.m. and a matinee at 3 p.m. on April 23. Tickets are 10 dollars, or eight with a student I.D.

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Seeing Angels Joe Pitt, played by Aaron Clark, sits on the floor and talks with Roy M. Cohn, played by Tim Schirmer, during a scene at the dress rehearsal of Angels in America Tuesday evening Apr 11, 2006.

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ony Kushner’s Angels in America is a multi-part masterpiece that is one of my favorite plays. A “Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” this is a play that addresses homosexualit y, AIDS, religion and povert y through a brilliant lens. I went into the Parkland Community College Production not knowing what to expect and was delightfully surprised. This small community theater performed Part 1- Millennium Approaches with a unique perspective and adaptation of the play. The cast was f illed with many professional actors and local students, making for an interesting blend of talent. Memorable performances include Mike Harvey as Louis Ironson, Emily Hard as Harper Pitt and even K.J. McKinnie stood out in a smaller role as a woman in the South Bronx. Screenplay author Tony Kushner’s writing captures an intensity and complexity that can be challenging to interpret. The scenes were precisely directed and also very fun. A play like this can disappoint if the humor is lost. I would recommend seeing this play this coming weekend, because a live production is very different than watching the HBO movie version. The HBO version is ground-breaking, but is still only a DVD. Go see this play at Parkland fi rst and then watch Mary Louise Parker and Meryl Streep. The director of the Parkland production, Thom Scharrne, brought a lot of original ideas to the play and the actors really get to the bottom of their characters. It has more passion and sincerity than any production I’ve seen at Parkland thus far. I think everybody involved in this show really cared about doing it justice for the right reasons.

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Susan B. Anthony Somers-Willett was born in Ohio and raised in New Orleans, where she considers her hometown. She did her undergraduate work at Duke University obtaining her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies. After graduating, Somers-Willett worked in the New York publishing industry mainly in editing and designing. She then continued her education at University of Texas in Austin where she earned her M.A. in Creative Writing and her Ph. D. in American Literature. Somers-Willett has also been a part of the National Poetry Slam community for over a decade now, and has participated on three Slam Poetry competitive teams. She considers herself both “a practitioner and a critic” of Slam Poetry; she is currently finishing up a book of criticism on Slam Poetry at UIUC, where she is teaching as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities. Most recently, Somers-Willett published her first book of poetry entitled Roam with the Crab Orchard Series and the Southern Illinois University Press. She also received the 2005 Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award for her poem, which is published in her book entitled The Effects of Light on a Woman’s Body, after Overflow by Andrew Wyeth.

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the stage. There are three poems in [Roam] that I’ve performed in the Slam context. One of them is a persona piece called “Ophelia’s Technicolor G-String,” which is really fun; another is called “The Gift,” and the third is “What the Doctors Forget to Tell You about Morphine.” And those are three very different poems, but ones that I think can translate through the embodiment of the voice ... For me, the dividing line between a reading and a performance is when you come to embody a voice not only vocally but physically, and those are three poems where I think that the language works well on the page and then can translate to the stage well. Why did you choose the title Roam?

This manuscript was actually originally titled In This Country, and it just wasn’t quite ringing right. And I had a couple poems that had the word “roam” in it, so I thought “What about this title?” because it fits into a larger theme of the book which is the event of the death of my father, and the loss of the sense of home that I had afterward. More specifically, Roam has to do with searching for that as a young woman, and the emotional and physical travels that happened after the event of my father’s death.

Will you explain your name? Who or what is your inspiration for writing poetry?

My full name is Susan B. Anthony SomersWillett, which is the name that my parents gave me because they were lobbying for the ERA at the time I was born. They were very active in the feminist movement, and that upbringing has also led me to where I write from ... I consider myself a Feminist writer. I consider myself a Southern writer. Is the poetry published in Roam more like Slam, performance poetry, or is it simply meant to be read from the book?

Because I’ve been acting in both the performance poetry scene and the academic poetry scene, I like to experiment with both media and both venues for my work. I think that most of the work that’s in Roam is work that is a little bit more tailored to the page, obviously because it’s in a book, and that’s the venue I chose for that work. There’s other work that’s not represented in this book that I perform regularly, and that’s a result of the fact that as poets, I think we need to be selective about the venue for our work. Sometimes when I’m sitting down and writing, I’ll start writing a poem and I’ll realize that it wants to lean more towards the page or it wants to lean more towards the stage. And I just let it go. I don’t try to make it fit into one venue or another, I’m really about honoring where the poem wants to go. Are there any poems in Roam that you fit well on the page as well as the stage?

There are a few poems that I think can bridge that gap, that can work between the page and

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I’m always inspired by different topics and different types of poetry, but I can say that I’m writing out of a few different traditions. One of them is them is the feminist tradition in poetry. So, I’m taking as models for my work writers like Adrienne Rich, Audrey Lord, and Sylvia Plath, and that’s sort of related in the subjects that I choose and the voices that I choose. In Roam, I have some poems written in the voices of characters from myth and history women ... and I’m interested in revising their off icial narratives with a more modern sensibility in mind ... Another tradition that I write in and through is the performance tradition and understanding what operating and performance has done for me as a writer is its helped me fully realize the musicality of language so that I understand the cadence, the prosity, the rhyme, everything and take that into account. And now I’m f inding that having been on the stage that when I sit down to write and compose, I actually have that music in mind. And often, I’ll f ind myself not sure of where the poem is going narratively in terms of plot or subject but I will know where its coming musically. If you were stranded on a desert island you had a CD player and you could only have one CD with you, what would it be?

This is so hard! I think it would probably have to be James Brown’s Twenty Greatest Hits. Because he’s James Brown (laughs). And he makes me happy. He’s the one who’s moved me ... in many different ways (laughs).

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exuality is a natural, normal and healthy part of life. We can be sexual in many ways and for many reasons ... we can even be sexual with ourselves! We each have the right to enjoy our sexuality and to express it in ways that make us feel good while respecting the rights of others. When we are sexual with other people we have the responsibility to make absolutely sure that it is mutual and consensual. Non-consensual sex is a form of violence that is neither natural nor healthy and it causes untold damage to millions of people. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have been victims of sexual violence (sexual assault or sexual abuse) either as children or adults. For many survivors of sexual violence, reclaiming their body and sexuality can be challenging. Healing can take a long time. This column is dedicated to survivors everywhere ... to their courage to heal and to reclaim their sexuality, as well as to the allies who help in that healing. FOR SURVIVORS • Be patient and loving with yourself. Healing from abuse/assault is an ongoing process. Sometimes things that you have “already dealt with” may resurface. If this happens, allow yourself time and space to continue healing in whatever way works best for you. • When it comes to sex, go at your own pace. Sexual violence robs us of our ability to feel safe in our bodies. The experience can be so painful that some survivors disassociate from their bodies and tune them out on an ongoing basis. Some survivors have to re-learn how to be conscious and present in their bodies; how to listen to their feelings, desires, and needs. In sexual situations it may be helpful to check in with yourself and remember that you have the right to ask for what you want and to stop at any time, for any reason. • We each react differently and have to decide for ourselves the best way to recover from trauma. Some survivors react by not wanting any sexual contact with anyone for a long time. Others may try to bury the violence, or reclaim their power of choice by having a lot of sex with many people. The important thing is to work towards getting to a point where you can be sexual in ways that feel genuinely good to you, which are not a reaction to the abuse, but an expression of who you are. • Communicate with your partner(s). Sometimes when our voices have been ignored it’s diff icult to reassert ourselves during sex. Additionally, there is much silence and shame associated with sexual violence. Because we have been robbed of our voices and ability to communicate, we may have to work on

(re)building those communication skills. We each have the right to state our needs, our limits, our desires, and have those be respected. FOR PARTNERS Sometimes people may not know what to do when their partner is a survivor of sexual violence. The healing process is different for each person because the event comes into context with a unique set of life experiences ... so there’s no step-by-step guide on how to help them through the healing process. But we came up with a few ideas to get you started. • One very simple thing you can do is believe the person when they talk about the abuse and remind them that sexual violence is never ever, under any circumstances, the fault of the victim. • Sometimes partners may respond to their partner’s disclosure by avoiding the subject altogether. If this happens, it can leave a survivor of sexual violence feeling isolated. Remain available and take care of yourself. • If you are in a position to support a survivor there is no one way to act. Be real, be yourself and ask them what they need from you. Perpetrators of sexual violence take away power and control from the survivor. Part of being a good ally to a survivor is helping them to reclaim that power and control. It can help to educate yourself about resources for survivors including support groups, hotlines, legal services etc., as well as ways to work to eradicate sexual violence. But remember, the survivor needs to figure out what is best for them and part of helping them reclaim power and control in their life is not pressuring them into taking action they do not want to take.

SEX 411: RECOMMENDED READING • The Survivor’s Guide to Sex by Staci Haines • The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass &

Laura Davis • Male on Male Rape by Michael Scarce • Woman to Woman Sexual Violence by

Lori Gershick • Victims No Longer by Mike Lew

Special thanks to R. Wantland and A. Hund for input on this week’s DIW. Kim Rice and Kate Ruin are professional sex educators. You can reach them at riceandruin@yahoo.com

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free will astrology APR. 20 — APR. 26 ARIES

March 21 – April 19

“When the only tool you have is a hammer,” said psychologist Abraham Maslow, “you tend to treat everything as if it were a nail.” Since it will be crucial for you not to regard everything as if it were a nail in the coming weeks, Aries, I suggest you make sure your toolbox is filled with screwdrivers, wrenches, drills, crowbars, and chisels, as well as hammers. If you want to nudge your craftsmanship even further outside of the box, you might also want to expand your definition of what a tool is. Remember that old TV show MacGyver? The hero used a paper clip to short-circuit the launch of a missile and a candy bar to plug up a leak of corrosive acid.

T A U RU S

April 20 – May 20

GEMINI

May 21 – June 20

It’s perfectly fine for you to have dreamy eyes in the coming days--wistful, hopeful, liquid eyes that are more focused on the fantasies within than on the sights without. Muse to your heart’s content, Taurus. Wander over to paradise in your imagination. Entertain utopian visions. As much as is practical, give yourself permission to visit LaLa land, where you can explore infinite possibilities, imaginary adventures, and “forbidden” topics that up until now you haven’t dared to play with.

Poet Kay Ryan told the Christian Science Monitor how she cultivates the inspiration to write. She rouses the sense of a “self-imposed emergency,” thereby calling forth psychic resources that usually materialize only in response to a crisis. Please note that she doesn’t provoke an actual emergency: She doesn’t arrange, for instance, to have a loved one get pinned beneath the wheels of a car. Instead, she visualizes hypothetical situations that galvanize her to shift into a dramatically heightened state of awareness. This would be an excellent technique for you to try, Gemini. It’s quite possible that simulating an imaginary crunch will prevent a real crunch. So picture yourself rescuing a talking parrot from a burning pet store; envision yourself making a snappy comeback that halts the abusive behavior of an out-of-control authority; imagine a nightmare in which you save the world.

CANCER

June 21 – July 22

Psychotherapist James Hillman and essayist Michael Ventura wrote the book We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World’s Getting Worse. In it, they propose that resolving our problems may not necessarily come from sitting in a room talking about our deep, private feelings with a trusted counselor. Instead, the best approach might be to go out into the world and do good works like helping the underprivileged or fighting for social justice. That happens to be the right prescription for you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. As you marshal your moral force and collaborate with other people who are motivated by altruism, you’ll heal your own personal pain.

LEO

July 23 – Aug. 22

It may be a good idea for you to hang around a blacksmith or pay a visit to a foundry. You would benefit from gathering firsthand evidence of how metals can be melted, bent, cut, and worked. That might boost your confidence as you seek to reshape a certain situation in your life that to the naked eye seems utterly fixed and impossible to change. You have more power than you know, Leo, but in order to use it you’ll have to believe in it more zealously.

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that will help you navigate your way through the labyrinthine terrain ahead. They have interesting speculations about what might work and not work for someone of your genetic make-up, and they also have perspectives that will help you put your upcoming decisions in a richer historical context. Even if you’re a materialistic, scientific person and scoff at the idea of dead ancestors providing useful information, I urge you to temporarily suspend your disbelief. Adopt a playful open-mindedness and at least pretend it’s possible.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

S AG I T TA R I U S

Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

AQUA R I U S

Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

As you enter the Season of Unleashed Desire, here are a few guidelines to help you navigate your way through the interesting complexities ahead. (1) Consider the possibility that you have a lot to learn about what you really want. (2) Find out whether your chronic anger is obstructing the full bloom of a potentially beautiful desire. (3) Be careful about desiring experiences you don’t understand. (4) Meditate on the likelihood that some of your desires are superior to others, and that maybe you should cultivate those superior desires with more determination that you do the mediocre ones.

In contemplating your astrological omens, I’m reminded of Terence McKenna’s comment about a friend who “hurled herself into the abyss and discovered that it was a feather bed.” If you can summon the courage to dive into the scary depths, Sagittarius, I do believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the comfy, luxurious digs that await you at the end of your descent. Now go ahead and yell “Geronimo!”, which the dictionary defines as an exclamation used to express exhilaration when leaping from a great height.

In his book False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear, Dr. Marc K. Siegel argues that our circumstances are far better than we’ve been conditioned to believe. In fact, only a fraction of our culture’s histrionic pessimism is justified. Alas, the collective delusion that life is totally messed up has seeped into your personal life (as it has into mine and everyone’s), tainting even your most intimate moments. But in the coming weeks, it’s crucial that you fight to undo the brainwashing. Opportunities will be coming your way that will remain inaccessible if you’re too busy indulging in knee-jerk cynicism. So please resist the hypnotic temptation to look for the worst in everything. Be a fiercely buoyant nonconformist. Make this Nietzschean principle your watchword: Optimism tends to engender good health, while pessimism leads to morbidity.

Two friends of mine teach elementary school. They agreed to help me conduct a survey to determine how many first-graders eat worms, and what astrological signs they are. Among the 68 kids whom my buddies asked, seven boys enthusiastically bragged about their odd culinary habit. One girl also confessed, though with a little embarrassment. Of these eight, five were-you guessed it--Aquarians. I wasn’t surprised, seeing as how your sign is renowned for being the most eccentric. I was also quite pleased at the results. It made it easier for me to broach the unusual suggestion I have for you, which is that maybe you, too, should eat worms. This is the most direct way I can think of for you to carry out your current cosmic assignment, which is to come way down to earth.

Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

In early spring, some of our forebears made love in newly seeded fields, hoping to magically propitiate the growth of the crops. Right now would be an excellent time for you to perform a similar ritual on behalf of what you love. If you’re game, find a secluded outdoor spot on a warm day. Bring a partner if one’s available, or take the earth or sky as your lover. Then carry out a rite of pleasure in which you offer up the spiritual essence of your bliss to the health and success of a beloved person or creature or situation that you want to thrive in the coming months.

PISCES

Feb. 19 – March 20

Sept. 23 – Oct.22

Some people imagine that I’m a bohemian mystic who lives outside the system and disdains conventional wisdom. That’s half-true. I’m also a disciplined artist with a fondness for analytical thinking and a commitment to self-mastery. In accordance with your current astrological omens, I will emphasize the latter approach in your horoscope this week. No matter how flowing and unbound you love to be, it’s high time for you to inject more organization and logic and selfregulation into your rhythm. Your Tarot card is the Emperor, “he who sets in order.”

The spirits of some of your dead ancestors are in your psychic vicinity, eager to make appearances in your dreams and waking visions. They’re hoping to fill you in on a number of subjects

Homework: You can read a lot of my most recent book for free online at http://tinyurl.com/lhwx2

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KIYOSHI MARTINEZ, Designer LIKES 1 . 24: The Jack Bauer Power Hour every Monday night has me pumped. Nothing beats watching Bauer dis pense all-American justice on terrorists in 60minute intervals. 2. Comic book conventions: Visiting a recent show in Urbana, I managed to score plenty of Booster Gold #1 and plenty of Green Lantern back issues. At 40 cents a pop, who cares if the comic isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mint? 3. L.A. Dodgers: Yes, I am a Dodgers fan. No, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t name a single player on their team. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball season and I feel guilty bandwagoning again onto a popular Chicago team. So, yes, go

TOMMY MENDOZ A Deputy design editor GRIPES 1. Chicago Bullsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06 retro uniforms: Who t hou g ht t hese were a good idea? The fireengine red, white and blue scream â&#x20AC;&#x153;yay Americaâ&#x20AC;? and make me want to projectile vomit. They look like an underfunded public schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gym uniform. 2. Seeing other people register for classes: As a second semester senior, watching others contemplate next semesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class load tugs at my heartstrings because I know I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. But watching them scream in frustration at Banner makes things a little better. 3. Instant message abbreviations: C U l8tr. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to say.

DANIELLE GAINES Deputy metro editor LIKES 1. Studying on the Q ua d: I tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so g r eat to get out of a library, smell the spring flowers and hang out with your friends. Being able to tan at the same time actually makes reading Aristotle tolerable. 2. Easter baskets: My mommy sent me and my roommates Easter baskets. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I will ever be too old for bubbles, jump ropes and plastic eggs filled with cash. 3. Sweatpants: There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many things in the world as fantastic as sweatpants. They are oh-socomfortable and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be socially acceptable after college, so live in them now.

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DAN MCDONALD Night editor GRIPES 1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: What a buzzkill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have nuclear capabilitesâ&#x20AC;? this, â&#x20AC;&#x153;death to Israelâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be enter taining if he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as crazy as Kim Jong-Il and as dangerous as Saddam Hussein was supposed to be. Someone needs to lock Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president up in the vault so Sayid and AnaLucia can play bad cop/worse cop until Mahmoud decides to shut up and play nice. 2. President Bush/Donald Rumsfeld: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insistence on continually showing up to work each day wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so frustrating if former generals werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t criticizing his work and he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ALREADY TRIED TO RESIGN. The buck stops at the top, and the President needs to rebuild the Pentagon from the top down, but not because his poll numbers matter. The shake-up before the midterms could ease the hemorrhaging that might take place come election day. He should put Donald on a long trip to the South Pacific ... I heard Oceanic is a nice carrier. 3. J.J. Abrams: Dear Mr. Executive Producer of LOST: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired of the back stories and MacGuffins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhausting. I want more violence. I want more blood. I want to see a fight with The Others. Forget Hurley, forget Rose and Bernard. Give me more of what I want (conflict), or I quit. Seriously, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wait until the series is over. Sincerely, Dan McDonald

PAUL WAGNER Deputy sports editor LIKES 1 . To i l e t p a p e r : Where would we be without it? Wherever it is, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d smell pretty bad. 2. 1987 Volvo station wagons: â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87 was the greatest year ever for Volvo cars. I had one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was like driving a luxury tank, all it needed was sweet ass rims. 3. The Quad: Aside from my friends, the quad will be the thing I miss most about U of I. And now that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring, I get to lay around in the sun, basking in the glory that is the quad, and working on my killer farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tan.

ASHLEE HARMON (ghost written by Paul Wagner) Design editor GRIPES 1. The West Wing: Where the hell is Sam? They promised me Sam like two months ago and I want him back. NOW. 2. Mark Prior: Stop being a baby. Suck it up and get your wussy ass off the DL. 3. The Easter Bunny: Who the hell does he think he is, breaking into my house and hiding eggs while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m asleep. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want eggs randomly hidden around my house; rotten eggs smell like, well, rotten eggs.

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