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AUGUST 12, 2010
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IN THIS ISSUE OH BOY, ILLINOIS!
Find out how to use coriander more than once in a blue moon.
THE FUTURE OF FAMILY ARE WE COLOR BLIND?
Locals sound off about race in America.
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MOVIES & TV A review of Sylvester Stallone’s ode to ‘80s action movies, The Expendables, on the217.com this Saturday.
MUSIC Mumford & Sons take the stage Sunday during Lollapalooza. Photo by Sarah Syman
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EDITOR’S NOTE BRAD THORP
This is certainly a time of transit! Here on campus, with the onset of the fall semester fast approaching, students are moving out of their worn in, old places and into their exciting, new places of residence. Lucky for me, I am living in the same house as I did for all of last year, which means I get to bypass the whole “packing up my life, moving down the block and settling into a new environment” thing. This doesn’t seem to be the case for many other people, though, which brings me to the big question: Why is it that the companies who rent out these places to the college students don’t get together and ﬁgure out an easier system for moving people in and out? There are people everywhere who have their old place closing on one day, and their new place opening up a week or so later. What are they supposed to do with all their stuff? In this situation, they are almost forced to move three times, out from the old, into the temporary, out of the temporary and into the new. Does this seem ridiculous to anyone else? I know that there has to be time for the companies to get in and do repairs, or replace furniture and do maintenance, but can’t they see the frustration and the problems the current system brings with it? As with anything else, I think it is just a matter of ﬁnding a better way to communicate. With students coming and going every year, these places have the opportunity to try some new things out, learn from them and grow to better service their clients. It’s a constant opportunity for trial and error! Step it up, realtors, step it up. Students are stressed enough, getting back into the mindset of school and working hard to be responsible, just let them have a place to put their things!
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Learning to Fight Back by Rebecca Halleck
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We all like to think that in a community such as Champaign-Urbana, we’re safe. After all, we know the roads and our neighbors, and we prefer to assume the figure approaching on a darkened street has intentions as friendly as our own. Yet, the number of crime alerts seemed to take a sudden rise in the wrong direction last semester, shaking our sense on security. Thankfully, however, there are steps you can take to make yourself feel and be ready should you end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. For those tired of spending the walk home looking nervously over their shoulder, Hwa Rang Do Champaign Academy is offering free self-defense courses on different Saturdays, every month, throughout 2010. Great ways to feel more in control of your environment, selfdefense classes have become a necessity. A fact that has become all too real for some. “Everything happens so fast, you hardly know what’s going on,” said Kimberly Johnson, a UIUC student, who was attacked returning home last year. “Maybe if I’d taken one of these classes, well I’d like to think it would’ve helped.” The class is open to the public and will cover different topics, situations and moves each month. And, since no former training is required, everyone is welcome. Just wear loose clothing that is easy to move around in, and come willing to learn. “I think mentally preparing yourself is even more important than the moves I learned,” said Maria Bashko, a Champaign resident who attended a similar self-defense class in the past. “Taking a class every month, to have that reinforcement, that’s crucial.” Cover Design Will Wyss Editor in Chief Brad Thorp Managing Editor & Copy Chief Claire Keating Art Director Annaka Olsen Photography & Image Editor Annie Goold Photographers Sarah Syman, Jess Easter, Sarah Ludmer Designers Will Wyss Music Editor Eli Chen Food Editor Jeanine Russell Arts & Entertainment Editor Matt Carey Community Editor Lauren Hise CU Calendar Elisia Phua Sales Manager Carolyn Gilbert Marketing/Distribution Brandi Willis Publisher Mary Cory On the Web www.the217.com Email email@example.com Write 512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL 217.337.3801
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» Illini 4000’s return: Yes, I’m proud of them for riding across the country and raising money for cancer research, blah blah blah. Mostly I’m just glad my gal pal (and former buzz editor) Michell Eloy has come back so I have someone to go shopping and talk about boys with. Wanna compare awful bike shorts tan lines? » The British invasion: I’ve recently become acquainted with a couple of Brits. We have been exchanging cultural memes, and I’m working real hard on incorporating their colloquialisms into my everyday speech. However, I don’t think I’m quite ready to give up on celebrating my American heritage. You may have given us the Beatles, but we gave you Bruce Springsteen, bitches. Nonetheless, I still say, “God save the queen!” » My mom’s Facebook status: She claims she is going to start an all-librarian pop music cover band called Lady Biblioteca. Her status: “If you liked it then you should have put a hold on it.”
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» Falling behind: I’m one of those weirdos who requires a schedule to be productive. But, lately, I keep saying ‘yes’ to too many projects and not saying ‘no’ enough when I KNOW there is going to be overlapping with events. Then, I have to run back through my contacts list, put out the fires of my own making, and pray I remembered appointments. Overall, I end up feeling like I did a horrid job on completing the daily tasks for which I’m being paid. For all those I’ve impacted poorly these past weeks, I apologize wholeheartedly. » Moving out: Don’t make me go! Can’t I sleep in the attic or in one of the closets for the next nine months? To leave these people I’ve literally just met and grown to love is making me well up, and you wouldn’t like to see me cry. The contents of these boxes and bags piling up around me hold no value as great as having shared 13 weeks of glory with each of you guys. You know who you are and you know I mean that. » August: Aside from friends’ birthdays, August holds daunting temperatures, ridonkulous humidity, the ever-begrudging memories of classes starting again (sans A/C) and a great likelihood of momentary homelessness — all things found to be less than savory in my mind. The sooner we can get through this month, the better. Anybody got a spare couch for the next week? No takers? Oh. Okay. I’ll just ... go over here ... by this... construction site. Looks cozy and safe enough. Nails and whatnot all strewn about the place. Yeah.
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August 12 - 18, 2010
In plane sight
Help the Chanute Museum keep flying
by Lauren Hise
hock is probably not the first emotion that you would associate with a museum. Higher up on your list might be fascination or even nostalgia, and with good reason. After all, walking through a museum is often the only chance some of us have to see what was or revisit who we were. Nevertheless, shock is one of the first emotions most people feel after walking into the Chanute Air Museum, where you are sure to find far more than just a collection of planes. Opened in 1994, the Chanute Air Museum was created after the Chanute Air Force Base was closed the year before. Out of a desire to preserve the planes scattered across the base, an effort was made to have them brought together and displayed for the public. “We started out with a fairly large collection with the airplanes,” said Curator Mark Hanson. “We also hold the Chanute Air Force Base History Office collection. We get a lot of material from outside donors, folks who were at Chanute, family members of people who were at Chanute. We purchase nothing. It’s all donations that come in that we build our collection with.” Over the last 16 years, the museum has occupied the land, which once held the famous base, as a lasting memorial to those who passed through, and to the technology that helped shape our history. “There are stories here that can’t be told without having the objects,” said Ernest Christensen, a restoration volunteer at the museum and one of many who was once stationed on the base. “It’s a piece of history that can’t be retold, can’t be duplicated.” It’s also a piece of history that is at the risk of being lost. Due to a lack of funding, the museum is now faced with the very real possibility of having to close its doors. “There are a lot of great ideas and different things that can be done,” said Operations Manager Robyn York. “One of the things we’ll run into is manpower to get it done, and then the first thing we run into is money.” Chanute, which receives no state funding, is relying mostly on admission and membership to keep its doors open. Even more trou-
bling than the loss of the museum, however, is what would become of the astounding planes currently resting in its hanger. “The aircraft we have are unique and rare,” said Christensen. “If we can’t find homes for them, the planes will all be destroyed.” There is also the matter of the many other exhibits housed at Chanute, which include rooms dedicated to POW/ MIA and the Korean War. “We’re doing good work, but it’s a struggle to continue,” said Hanson, whose favorite exhibit is the 99th Pursuit Squadron, “and that’s what we really want to do. We want to become a better museum and continue to grow as a museum.” Hanson believes that the value of the museum also lies in the base’s history with Rantoul and Illinois as a whole. “[The Chanute Air Force Base] was a driving force in Rantoul and this part of Illinois for many, many, many years. I believe it was one of the biggest industries in the state in terms of manpower, payroll,” said Hanson. “Over two million people came through Chanute when it was an Air Force base, whether it’s trainees, civilian employees. In Air Force circles, military circles, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t at least know about Chanute Air Force Base. Because of that wide reach, what we do here, our mission, is important, because we’re it.” A testament to how much the museum means to those who knew the base, visitors from across the country can be found wandering the barracks room or taking in the pictures and objects showcasing America’s passion for flight.
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“It’s a really good museum,” said Bob Smith, who drove from White Oak, Texas, and trained on the base in 1969 and 1984. “It has a whole lot more inclusive stuff than most museums that you run across, especially since it has the civilian stuff and the military stuff and the Illinois history. Being that it’s on the historic base, to me, it’s just amazing.” For all that the museum has to offer in size and number of artifacts, one of the things that sticks with you the most is the dedication of the staff. I had only started to make my way through the museum when Christensen came across me, stopping to share stories about the Tuskegee Airmen, the planes and his own experience with the base and the museum. He also made sure to remind me to look up, since like any good museum dedicated to the skies, Chanute has its fair share of things to see above eye-level. It’s the personal touches like these are what make the museum truly worth visiting. “What we do is unique,” said Hanson, “and it fills a niche that no one else is able to or is capable of filling.”
Take in the old and start the new at the State Fair
Who doesn’t love a fair? Judy Garland clearly did when she sang “Meet me at the fair!” with a jovial tone unparallel to any silly old gathering in Meet Me in St. Louis. And, after all, any place that allows you to throw baseballs at a target in order to send a person into a tank of ice water has to have its merits! For all those that love the fair, this attraction along with many others will be awaiting you, Aug. 12 through August 22, at the Illinois State Fair. “There are staples that people expect every year,” said Jeff Squibb of the Illinois State Fair Press Office. “You don’t mess with traditions!” Traditions can include sights as well as activities come fair time. One of the largest crowd-drawers and oldest of sights, the Butter Cow Display will once again be housed in the Dairy Building on the grounds. “Sharon BuMann sculpts 400 pounds of unsalted butter into the shape and size of an actual cow,” said Squibb, “and she’s been making extra scenery out of the butter just to add to the scene and unify it as a whole art piece.”
If a buttery bust isn’t too enticing for you, though, don’t worry! There are loads of other fair regulars worth visiting. “Our famous corndog stand and lemon shakeups are a must for the majority of people visiting the fair,” said Squibb. “And, of course, our giant slide is a big crowd-pleaser. It’s really easy to find: right across from our giant Abe Lincoln statue.” Fortunately, not everything stays the same. With every year, there are new people, new attractions and new things worth our childish excitement. “This year, we have an exhibit called Farmer’s Little Helpers,” explained Squibb. “It’s an interactive exhibit where kids learn about the foods they eat.” Combining education and fun, Farmer’s Little Helpers takes a child through the food industry in a very hands-on manner. “They learn how to plant crops like corn and soybeans, care for livestock, milk a cow, how to sell their harvest and, with the ‘money’ earned, purchase an actual treat.” Nearby, in the Agriculture Tent, there will be a
little something different this year, too. “There will be 18 different food companies serving samples,” Squibb said. “It is a promotion [the fair is] doing to bring about brand-awareness and to stress the importance of food processing.” It’s a good place to stop and nibble on items such as homemade noodles and organic candies before heading off to answer the call of fame. On Aug. 13 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., MTV will be holding a casting call for their hit reality show MADE. Whoever you are and whatever floats your boat, know that fun is inevitably in your future if you head to the Illinois State Fair this year.
Come be a kid again at the Illinois State Fair.
by Annie Goold
“I just remember how much fun it was to spend time with my family and watch them win awards as members of their 4-H club,“ said Nancy Baird, a former 4-H mom and frequent visitor of the State Fair. “The memories may be of warm weather, but they’re also made of a lot of excitement.”
AUGUST 12 - 18, 2010
by Tolu Taiwo Stemming from North Africa, South Europe and Southwest Asia, coriander is a hairless herb that’s part of the Apiaceae plant family. The name coriander is thought to stem from the Greek word korriannon; the name is similar to the Greek legend Minos’ daughter Ariadne, who helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur. Don’t let the spice’s sophisticated name and its connection with Greek mythology turn you off, however. Coriander is used in many common foods and drinks, including Blue Moon beer. If you were ever strolling through a spice-laden garden, you would be able to pick out coriander — just look for the plant with ﬂowers. Coriander is a unique, almost all-purpose super-spice because all of its parts are usable(the leaves, the base or root, and the seeds), though the best parts to use in most recipes are the leaves and the seeds. Coriander has many uses — it can stop certain foods from spoiling and its juice is an ingredient for some acne treatments, just to name a few. It’s mostly recognized in foods, and can be used for just about anything.
Vanilla Spice Bread Ingredients: » ¾ cup water » ½ cup milk » 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract » ¼ cup brown sugar » 2 tablespoons sugar » 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom » ¼ teaspoon ground coriander » 2 tablespoons vegetable oil » 1 ¼ teaspoons salt » 3 cups bread ﬂour » 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast Directions: Put all the ingredients except for the ﬂour and yeast into a bread machine pan
Pour in the ﬂour, sprinkle yeast on top, and turn on the machine to dough cycle. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a pan, preferably 9x5 inch. When the dough is ﬁnished, put the mixture in the pan, knead if needed, make a loaf shape and then cover the pan for about 30 minutes. Put the dough in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Let it cool for roughly 5 minutes before removing the bread from the pan. Eat, enjoy and give yourself a pat on the back if you can recognize the taste of the versatile spice called coriander. (Info found on allrecpies.com)
CU PRIDE FESTIVAL Champaign-Urbana’s first Gay Pride Festival August 20, 2010 4PM-9PM Lincoln Square and 88 Broadway in Urbana
Afterparty for 19+ until 2AM at 88 Broadway • • • •
Visit with local artists, vendors, and community organizations Family friendly entertainment from 4PM-6PM Food provided by Piato Catering and PoBoys “Taste the Rainbow” of Piato’s rainbow cupcakes and 88 Broadway’s rainbow drink specials (available after 6PM) • Raffle for a weekend trip to Chicago and other prizes • Performances by Amasong, C-U Theater Company Choral, Desafinado, Zoo Improv, and others
Pride Fest will be the culmination of events happening throughout the week of August 16 throughout the CU community. The Champaign Public and Urbana Free Libraries will create pride-themed book displays. Businesses in downtown Champaign are also participating in the festivities. Tuesday Night Trivia at Boltini Lounge will feature pride categories, Luna and Café Kopi will show works by local LGBTQ artists, and the Art Theater will show special late night screenings of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. Although gay pride festivals have become regular events worldwide since 1970, when they were first held in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, there has never been one before in Champaign-Urbana. Nearly 350,000 LGBTQ people live in Illinois, with Champaign County having one of the highest populations in the state. CU Pride Fest is being coordinated by a committee made up of Champaign-Urbana residents with support from the Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County, the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Illinois, the Buzz, WEFT 90.1 FM, Urban Outfitters, and Fluid Events. CU Pride Fest Committee co-chairs are Evelyne Tardy and Caroline Nappo.
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Together for six years now, the quartet has stayed intact since their beginnings at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, where they lived before deciding to move to CU. â€œItâ€™s really a fourperson marriage,â€? said Groff. â€œWeâ€™ve been able to make it a team and figure out who Having just released their latest full-length album of glory, Yes Yes Yes, Elsinore has cities does best at this and singing along and out for more! Photo by James Kyung that. So, we moved to his Saturday night will have you saying, Champaign after two years [of starting out], â€œYes, yes, yes!â€? as local band Elsinore gets and after playing here, we decided this is where pumped to take the Canopy stage and celebrate we wanted to live and thereâ€™s not some better the release of their long-awaited full-length music scene waiting for us.â€? Yes Yes Yes itself is a mix of the contemplative album. Earlier this year, the band released The Chemicals EP, welcomed with much enthusiasm and declarative, pronounced by an emotionally by Elsinoreâ€™s rich local fanbase. Now, they aim to provocative variation of pop and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll styles take that enthusiasm up a notch not only in CU reminiscent of major league artists such as Rabut also in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago and diohead and the Arcade Fire. many other major cities. â€œWe looked at the songs and thought about the â€œWe expect a sudden crescendo to this climax of dynamic contour, the loudness, the speed and the having a record finally come out,â€? said Ryan Groff, musical flow,â€? said Groff. â€œItâ€™s not meant to be, singer and guitarist of Elsinore. â€œWeâ€™ll also have horn â€˜Read this left and right, and youâ€™ll understand.â€™ and string sections coming to play with us at the Itâ€™s more like, â€˜Read this as a whole and itâ€™ll make shows and itâ€™ll feel good to replicate what weâ€™ve been sense to your ears and heart and brain as one "5:: doing with those sections. Weâ€™ll be debuting two or thing.â€™ The more accessible â€˜popâ€™ songs are meant 4(523$!9 three new songs, which will be pretty exciting.â€? to balance out the heavier songs.â€? !5'534