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AUGUST 20, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE • Live Bands & DJs
BACK TO YOUR FUTURE
• Outdoor Beer Garden
buzz tips for starting the school year off right
• Over 90 Different Beers
MADE TO ORDER
• Large Scotch/Whiskey
Make your event with L.A. Catering
Paleo-art at Orpheum Children’s Museum
105 N. Market St. Downtown Champaign (217) 355-1236
FLOWER POWER 6
... at Champaign’s Champagne festival
Your guide to this week’s events
AUTHENTIC GERMAN DINNERS
Before heading out to Quad Day on Sunday, check the217 for a breakdown on which booths to visit for musically oriented groups. Whether you are a musician looking for band mates, or a fan wanting to help promote on-campus shows, we’ll let you know which clubs can cater to your needs.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 5-8PM
ARTS Hip hop is manifested in so many different styles. Read about the different styles “America’s Best Dance Crew” showcases on Friday. 119 W. Main St. • 217.328.4405 • urbanabistro.com TUE-THURS 8AM-3PM • FRI-SAT 8AM-8PM • SUN 8AM-2PM
COMMUNITY The start of school means it’s time for the annual Quad Day. With hundreds of student organizations, picking what you want to get involved with can be a challenge. Avoid the drama by referring to our tips for getting the most out of Quad Day, online Saturday.
FOOD AND DRINK Summer may be on its way out, but there’s still some time to enjoy the warm weather. Do just that by celebrating National Lemonade Day on Thursday, August 20. Look online now for a recipe for this sweet and citrus-y beverage.
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Don’t let this whole “new buzz” thing throw you off. It’s still the same magazine, still spelled with a stubbornly lowercase “b.” And it’s still run by the same kids. We still edit stories during class, between bands at a show or instead of having a life. We all will still like the Internet for a couple more years, mainly for the217.com (but also for Grooveshark or latfh.com). We still play Starfox 64, design with 3D glasses and will continue to remind you that we really know how to survive summer music festivals like Summercamp, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. Our ofﬁce still smells worse than the DI but better than Kam’s and our Managing Editor is still working here (even after last weekend). But, as you might have been able to tell from this week’s cover and throughout the rest of the issue, something is slightly different. Imagine us still doing everything we’ve been doing like we always have, except wearing bright colored spandex. This is what the buzz redesign is all about. This is the reason why you may be mildly confused or disoriented as you peruse this week’s buzz magazine. And this is why buzz just got even closer to becoming as cool as A) a frat house or B) someone on their MacBook at Caffe Paradiso. buzz magazine is now in spandex. So this week’s issue should feel like that ﬁrst Technicolor scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy begins to realize that she is surrounded by munchkins. Just like the world ﬁrst being able to see Dorothy’s dress as blue and hair as red, we can now see more of the bright new colors of buzz. And just as the munchkins came out to play, so can you, the reader with many of our new features like Rants and Raves, buzz’s photo corner (to the left) or the babbler (explanations on page 4). We’ll literally print anything you want us to. And in color. That’s what the spandex is all about. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think.
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What are you excited about for this school year?
AUGUST 20 - 26, 2009
come outside and play !
ERIK HALVERSON INTRAMURAL REFEREE
I’m most excited for football season. Plain and simple.
JAMES CASTILLO RESIDENCE HALL LIBRARIAN
UNIVERSITY YMCA DUMP & RUN
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Fear not broke college students. The University YMCA will be hosting the annual Dump and Run sale this coming weekend. Held at the University Stock Pavilion (1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Urbana), the sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 23. For a $2 admission fee on Saturday (the sale is free Sunday), Shoppers can ﬁnd everything from posters, backpacks and school supplies to furniture, computer parts and household appliances. “It provides inexpensive items for those in need,” said Becca Guyette, director of development for the University YMCA. “The environmental beneﬁts of this sale are huge. Most of these items would be in dumpsters and therefore ultimately in landﬁlls,” said Guyette. How the sale works: the YMCA collects reusable items during two series of collection sessions, one that lasts throughout the month of May and the other during the ﬁrst few weeks of August. The items collected are then organized and priced, and then sold during the sale. Not only can students get household items at a low price, but by buying used furniture and appliances, students are also giving new life to things that would otherwise be thrown out. So rather than heading out to Target, Walmart or some other large chain for your apartment needs, check out the Dump and Run sale for great prices and green living. COVER DESIGN Bryan Kveton EDITOR IN CHIEF Tommy Trafton MANAGING EDITOR & COPY CHIEF Mark Grabowski ART DIRECTOR Tanya Boonroueng PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Rebekah Nelson IMAGE EDITOR Claire Keating PHOTOGRAPHERS James Kyung, Sarah Syman DESIGNERS Bryan Kveton, Claire Keating MUSIC EDITOR Amanda Shively FOOD EDITOR Maggie Carrigan MOVIE EDITOR Matt Carey ART EDITOR Jean Kim COMMUNITY EDITOR Michell Eloy CU CALENDAR Amanda Shively COPY EDITORS Tom Cyrs SALES MANAGER Sarah Gleason 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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I’m most excited for my senior year, and completing my “bucket list.”
JEFF DAVIS PAR RESIDENT ADVISOR
I’m excited for my ﬁrst year as an RA, and the opportunity to build a new student community.
August 28 4p-close Green Fair 5p Post Historic 6p The Duke of Uke 7p High Cotton 8p Hot Buttered Rum Admission is free! At the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road, Champaign
MICHELL ELOY COMMUNITY EDITOR
LIKES 1) Urbana: I just moved to the other side of the quad and I couldn’t be happier. I have a house, a yard and a porch swing. Shout out to my roomies AE, AC and AT. Holla! 2) Senior Year: I know all the secrets to campus, like which staircase in the Armory will get me to my needed destination and which buildings have the best bathrooms. However, this is not likely to be a “like” for long. 3) Finding my Food & Drink Editor Replacement: I’m sad to see the section go, but I will loooooove to watch it leave. MATT CAREY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
GRIPES 1) No car: I had a car down
here all summer, but now it’s gone. I now ﬁnd walking to be a giant pain in the ass. I’m thinking of getting a Segway. 2) Writer’s Block: Since I’ve become an editor, I now hate any and all types of writing. Or, maybe I’m just really lazy. It’s probably the latter. 3) Murphy’s expanding: It’s probably a good idea from an economic standpoint, but I’m afraid that making the bar bigger will attract fratty douchenozzles to come to my favorite bar.
we’re listening... Call to MusiCians We’re searching for musicians to perform at our Krannert Uncorked wine tastings. For consideration to perform between October 2009 and August 2010, send a CD with at least three selections and a group description by 5pm, September 4 to: Tammey Kikta Krannert Center 500 S Goodwin Ave Urbana, IL 61801 Acts should be acoustic or low tech. Music will be featured at Krannert Uncorked on the first and third Thursday of each month from 5pm to 7pm. Please include your name, day and evening phone numbers, and e-mail address. Payment of $75 for first musician, $50 for each additional musician. Thanks for your interest! 217/333-6700
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Make Your Movies
What is a babbler?
Champaign Movie Makers Helps Aspiring Filmmakers Get A Start
You may have noticed the lines of non-sequiturs at the top of each page of the buzz. These are our new “babblers” and we can use your help making them. If you have a blurb or two to spare, drop by the217.com and deposit your nuggets of goodness at our new babbler forum.
by Matt Carey
iving in Champaign, it can be difficult for aspiring filmmakers to get a movie made. Beyond finding a way to pay for it, getting in contact with actors and crewmembers may be a major chore. However, the Champaign Movie Makers looks to remedy these problems. The Champaign Movie Makers is a club that seeks to give anyone who wants to get involved in the art of filmmaking a start. The club has members from each aspect of movie production, from actors to editors. By providing a place for filmmakers to meet, the group is able to give new people experience and an opportunity to work with people who can help you out. The group does both short and feature length films, with two members having already shot feature length films. “The primary purpose of the Champaign Movie Makers is to provide a place for all parts of a movie production to meet each other,” creator of the group, John Robinson, said. Robinson started the group a little over a year ago, using Craigslist and grapevine connections to find people who would be interested in helping out the club. Once he did that, word got around town about the club and now there are 60 active members with the number constantly rising. Robinson’s reason for starting the club came.
RANTS & RAVES Tri-Town Talk
“I moved here just this June, but I’ve been coming here for three years and have a lot of interest in filmmaking,” said Robinson. “But it was hard for people who wanted to make movies to get together.” On the third Tuesday of every month, The Champaign Movie Makers have a meeting with all of the members. There is no definitive place for the meeting; it has been at places ranging from group member’s houses to the WILL building. Meetings generally follow the same routine. The first thing on the agenda is that you introduce yourself, and what you’re working on or want to work on. Then, there is a presentation on a certain aspect of filmmaking. Some topics covered in these presentations include screenwriting and voice dubbing. Or, there may just be a presentation on a film someone in the group made and what the shoot was like. Finally, the group discusses their future plans, such as making a film with the whole group instead of everyone working on their own work. The club is in the middle of a group shoot this summer. They also plan one-day shoots in which they film an entire short film on that day. Besides meetings, the group has other events, though not on a monthly basis. There are workshops that focus on a certain aspect of filmmaking, and there will be one on location sound recording on September
Our new weekly feature, “Rants and Raves: Tri-Town Talk” is a space for your words, not ours. Tired of your neighbor always leaving their trash cans in the street? Overheard a hilarious conversation the other day that you just have to pass on? Want to commend the driver who let you into traffic the other day when no one else would? “Rants and Raves” is a space for you to do just that, anonymously. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or (even more anonymously) post your rant or rave on our online forum at the217.com (click on the forums tab at the top and scroll to “Rants and Raves” and we will also print it in an upcoming issue — with minor grammatical, and if necessary, content edits of course). We do reserve the right to refuse to publish any email on the basis of content, so if you want to be truly offensive, do it somewhere else. But if there is something you just want to get off your chest, this will be your anonymous opportunity to do so.
I was invited to hang out with frat bros the other night. I guess they like arguing about baseball, referring to each others’ favorite teams as “we” and “you guys”, all while watching cage fighting. After a commercial break presented the bros with male enhancement advertisements, they started arguing about what women like better, girth or length (oddly enough they still kept referring to “we” and “you guys”). I ended up leaving the hangout before they reached a conclusion, but I concluded that none of them knew anything about what women like. Oh well, at least they know how much money Aramis Ramirez makes per home-run.
My new place is totally the boss. Clean (with no cracks in the walls), quiet (the floors are no longer one-inch thick and my downstairs neighbors do not have their stereo hooked up to their bass amps), and right in downtown Urbana, could I ask for much more?
“End of summer” parties in the beginning of August. I’m all for parties, but hearing that it’s the end of summer as soon as August starts puts a damper on the three weeks of summer still left.
Photo by Melissa Larson. Used with permission from the Champaign Movie Makers.
20. Also, on August 22, the group will be having a mixer at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount. At the party, they will show local short films and have live entertainment. The event is open to the public. There will also be overnight camping for anyone who doesn’t want to have to make the drive back. One point Robinson wants to stress is that all levels of filmmakers are welcome to join. “We’ve got some people who will carry equipment and hold a microphone, and others are professionals
who make their living filmmaking,” Robinson said. In order to get in touch with anyone in the Champaign Movie Makers, simply use your computer. The Champaign Movie Makers have a group page on Yahoo with contact information, photos and messages from people involved. While the Champaign Movie Makers hasn’t been around long, it has already established itself as a great place for rookie filmmakers to get their feet wet and, hopefully, make some really interesting movies.
BACK TO REALITY
Six tips for heading back to school by Michell Eloy Face it kids. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is over. Forgetting what day of the week it is is no longer an option. Classes are about to start up again, and that means tests, papers and a whole slew of stressful situations are soon to follow. While avoiding the back-to-school blues is much easier said than done, you can make the process less painful by following these easy steps: 1. Lay everything out The morning of the first day of school is not the time to be running around figuring out what you’re going to wear, what you need for class, where you need to go, etc. The night before, pick out your clothes, organize your bag and write down the location and classroom number of all your classes for that day. Going back to class is stressful enough. Why add to it by being disorganized? 2. Do some research No, not by Facebook stalking your new roommate to find out which movies he/she likes best. Go online to the Illinois website. See if your teacher has a website of their own rather than contacting them via email, or find out about your professor at ratemyprofessor.com. Look up information on the courses your taking. Knowing what you’re getting into before hand can help prevent the back-to-school shock.
3. Map it out There are over 30,000 students that attend the University of Illinois, making campustown bigger than many actual towns. Make sure you’re not running from one end of campus to the other by making a map of where your classes are being held, and adjust your schedule accordingly. This may not be a necessary step for seasoned senior veterans, but for new students, this is a must. 4. Do a test run If you’ve ever walked into the Armory, you know that there are what seem to be 5 million staircases, none of which lead to the room you need. The Armory isn’t the only building like this on campus. Avoid the confusion by doing a walk through of your class schedule before classes start, locating each room you’ll need to find. Once again, probably not a necessary step for older students, but great for new students. 5. Plan your weekend Plan a party with your friends you haven’t seen in a while, or schedule a lunch date with one of your roommates. Having something to look forward to at the end of the week will help keep your mind off syllabuses and cranky professors. 6. Pour yourself a stiff drink Four months of tests, papers, midterms, finals and inevitable computer problems stand between you and Christmas break. Drink up my of-age friends. It’s going to be a long semester.
CATERING TO SUCCESS L.A. Catering mixes presentation with customer service by Amanda Wielgus A family farm in rural Illinois is not a typical location for the headquarters of a high-end catering company. Yet just west of the small town of Thomasboro resides L.A. Gourmet Catering, a high-end catering service that prides itself on impressive presentation and tasty food. The masterminds behind this edible endeavor are Lauren and Annie (“L” and “A” of L.A.) Murray, two sisters born and raised in the Champaign-Urbana area. With the help of their family, the sisters opened L.A. Gourmet Catering in September 2006. Since its conception, Lauren and Annie have catered over two hundred weddings and countless private parties and local events. When asked what makes their catering company so different, Lauren and Annie both agree it’s “the food people love, the friendly service, and [listening] to what our clients want.” Those three ideals are expressed in the company’s motto: “Eat well. Entertain often. Impress always.” The sisters believe this adage explains what to expect when being served by L.A. Gourmet Catering. Annie and Lauren pride themselves on their flair for presentation, their fresh ingredients and their willingness prepare food to suit even the pickiest customer’s tastes. “For the most part, our food is made from scratch
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and from fresh ingredients,” said Annie. “We like to be able to put our name to our food.” With an always-changing menu, the sisters say they draw their inspiration from a number of different sources, allowing them to curtail their menu to individual tastes. “We turn to cook books, magazines, and our staff for inspiration. We have a vocal staff that offers great, new ideas. We also travel to try new foods,” said Annie. And when it comes to staffing, the girls turn to their Alma matter, the University of Illinois. “We utilize U of I’s Hospitality Management program to provide staff. We have a close relationship with the staff and professors within the Hospitality Management program,” said Lauren. “Plus, college students don’t mind working at crazy hours. College students are always eager to work,” said Annie. That resourcefulness and their desire to please their clientele have brought the sisters staggering success in the CU area. Since 2006, the company has seen continual growth. With the help of Lauren and Annie’s family, the two sisters have been able to double the size of their kitchen. They’ve also hired four full-time employees along with another seventeen part-time employees and six part-time kitchen aids. The sisters are quick to attribute much of their
Photo used with permission from L.A. Gourmet Catering.
success to their family, from where they say their support comes. According to Lauren, “We stayed in Champaign because we love central Illinois. Annie always wanted to go to the city, but it has been a family affair. Our family has always helped us out.” In addition to the growth of their business, the sisters have received many awards, despite their relatively short time in the catering industry. In 2008, the College of ACES recognized Lauren and Annie with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. In addition, two of their recipes have been featured on “Three Minute Grill,” a food special featured on the local network “Channel 3 News” every Friday. However, the sisters said the greatest achievement has been the large amounts of positive feedback from their clients, who rave about how they “just took care
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of everything.” What the sisters hope to provide to all of their clients is consistent food that can be recognized for quality. “We want our food to taste as good as it looks,” said Lauren. “We change our menu according to what the client needs,” For Annie and Lauren, wellpresented food helps make for a memorable event and shows that the hostess cares about the guests. The future of L.A. Gourmet Catering looks bright as the sisters keep learning about running a business and catering. According to Annie, “We don’t want catering to get boring. We want to try and keep up with the trends and master catering before we decide to move on.” “We want to be the best in town,” said Lauren. “Catering never gets boring and we’re still learning how to run a business.”
by Amanda Wielgus
by Page Roth
This week, buzz sat down with Zachary Grant, manager of the new student-run farm at Lincoln and Windsor in Urbana. The farm has been operating since this past spring, and is currently supplying a vareity of produce to the campus area, such as tomatoes, green peppers, herbs and salad greens. Unlike other University farmland, this two-acre farm is being used almost exclusively to provide fresh produce to campus dining halls and catering. Some residence halls were even lucky enough to eat some of the produce from the farm during finals week. Grant remains optimistic with the positive support the farm has received thus far, and is waiting for the first full calendar year to see how support for the farm will grow. buzz: Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Grant: I received my degree from Illinois State University in 2002 in Agribusiness and Horticulture and have spent time working on a number of different farms. I received my master’s at U of I in Horticulture last summer. buzz: Being a student run farm, do you receive any assistance or support from the University, like from the College of ACES? Grant: We have received support initially from funding from the Student Sustainability Committee, and former Dean and Provost Robert Easter from the College of Aces has visited the farm.
Now that corn season has reached its height, it takes only a quick peek at our stalk-filled landscape to see how well this local vegetable thrives. For gardeners who have planted sweet corn, it’s important to be aware of the small window when this tasty mid-western treat is ripe. When sweet corn is ready to be harvested, the ends of the tassels will begin to turn brown. Another way to gauge ripeness is to see if an ear is in its “milk-stage,” in which kernels release a milky-white liquid when pierced. Under-ripe ears will have kernels that release translucent, or watery liquid, while overripe kernels will be hard, or doughy. The milk stage lasts for less than a week, and once the ear is picked, it loses its sweetness within moments as the sugar breaks down into starch. So the sweetest ear of corn is one that you grow in your own backyard. However, if you don’t happen to have your own tall and tidy sweet corn plot growing nearby, don’t be discouraged. Urbana’s Farmer’s Market provides freshly-picked, local sweet corn. Also, be sure to check out the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival, happening next weekend in downtown Urbana.
Zachary Grant harvests tomatoes at the new student-run farm at Lincoln and Windsor. Photo by Rebekah Nelson.
We also receive support from the community through our volunteers as well. Both Engineers Without Borders and the Dining Services have supported us as well, with the dining halls composting their own food waste, which helps with the resource loop. buzz: What makes the farm unique? Grant: One thing that makes our farm unique is that our produce is exclusively served in-house to places like the dining halls and residence halls. We operate year-round toward food production, and hope to become financially and in-house sustainable. From June to August is when we do most of our outdoor work, when students aren’t usually here. buzz: How can the University or people from the area better support the efforts of the farm? Grant: Not many people know that if they volun-
teer with the farm, they can bring home some free produce, sometimes a lot of free produce. buzz: What has been one of the greatest challenges so far? Grant: I would have to say labor, working out how to balance the help we need for harvesting with the day-to-day farm operations. buzz: What do you see for the future of the farm? Grant: We’d like to plan to have five acres next year at the most. The sky’s really the limit. We would like to turn our focus to providing for one of the dorms on campus throughout the year. There will also be a graphic design class helping to spread the word of the farm with signs. Nothing is direct marketed, although we might want to work with Bevier Café in the future.
BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE
Major paleo-illustration company creates dino mural for Orpheum
by Brad Vonck may be currently just beginning to take shape, but Marshall has been brainstorming the direction he would like to take Paleospectrum for almost a decade. Their collaboration with Orpheum will provide the Champaign-Urbana community with a work of art that both entertains and educates the mind. It is that combination of entertainment and education that is the driving force behind Marshall’s creativity. “I want to do something really cool with the prehistoric animals,” says Marshall. “[I want to] depict them in a way that is more life-like and more real. Something that people can say, ‘Oh my god I feel the texture of that skin,’ or ‘I can smell his breath from your Illustrator Todd Marshall (right) with his marketing and sales manager, Steve Pollutro. Photo by James Kyung painting.’ I wanted something to be more real.” Marmagine if it were possible to stare directly into and longtime friend, Steve Pollutro. Jones indicates shall, whose work has been published in countless the eyes of dinosaurs, the same prehistoric crea- the overall connection between Orpheum and Pa- scientific publications, has a quality of flair within itself tures that continue to fascinate the minds of children leoSpectrum was evident from the beginning. “Our that really pushes it away from the old, dry approach as well as adults everywhere. The CU community’s initial conversations revealed a mutual interest in the to scientific endeavors, and into a realm of realism imagination will have an opportunity to be trans- education of children around paleontology with a that is truly out of this world. In fact, Marshall’s work ported back to prehistoric times on Aug. 29 as the focus on current thinking and ideas in the field. It was has been so accurate that he has worked side by side Orpheum Children’s Science Museum unveils a perfect timing that Steve contacted us in regards to with many distinguished paleontologists. Such a list 28-foot-tall mural, designed by the up-and-coming PaleoSpectrums’ work right as we were in the midst of includes the notable Dr. Paul Sereno of the University paleo-illustration company, PaleoSpectrum. our innovative Dino Days programming, she says.” of Chicago, whom Marshall aided by illustrating the The mural’s unveiling comes at the tail-end of a Marshall, a lifetime fan of dinosaurs, wanted to newest dinosaur discoveries from around the world, summer-long program at the Orpheum known as share the excitement he gathered in his youth with bringing them to life for the very first time. Dino Detective Days. This program teaches chil- the children of today. “When I was a little kid I had Extremely gifted, Marshall is still humble and thankdren about the methods behind scientific research all of those cool little dinosaur books, and [they] ful for the opportunity to work with such prestigious during a creative and entertaining experience. took me places,” says Marshall. “I would just sit in members of the academic community. “My part is just Meadow Jones, the Orpheum’s associate director, my room and stare at [the drawings] for hours, and a cog in the wheel in bringing these things to the public further discussed how the events are an excellent that’s what I wanted to do for kids.” It is through the and making these things happen,” says Marshall. “I owe it all to these guys who and unique opportunity for children to learn about reaches of PaleoSpecthe scientific method. “Specifically, children learn trum that Marshall and the orpheum children’s do all this back-breaking, how our original hypothesis may need to be con- Pollutro want to create hard, dirty, filthy work.” science museum The unveiling of the mural tinually revised based on the discovery of new and a medium of artwork 346 N. Neil St., C depicting accurate, possibly contradictory information,” says Jones. is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Who: Todd Marshall, world renowned paleo-illusAug. 29 at the Orpheum The paleo-illustration company responsible for captivating visions of trator and founder of PaleoSpectrum What: He is creating a 28-foot dinosaur mural for the creation of the mural, PaleoSpectrum, is the the dinosaurs that once Children’s Science Museum, the Orpheum brainchild of world renowned paleo-illustrator Todd defiantly roamed the located on 346 N. Neil St., in When: The unveiling is set for Aug. 29 downtown Champaign. Marshall, as well as his marketing and sales manager Earth. The company
Fleurish’s Sarah Compratt gives flower arranging pointers by Daryl McCurdy Sarah Compratt opened her flower shop, Fleurish, in downtown Urbana in February. After spending 14 years managing a flower shop in Los Angeles, Compratt has developed a lot of signature styles. Upon entering Fleurish, you can begin to get a feel for Compratt’s aesthetic. When describing her own style, Compratt calls it, “tight, clean and simple.” “I’m also really interested in the scientific aspect of flowers,” says Compratt. An avid collector of containers of all types, Compratt sometimes arranges flowers in old beakers and lab equipment. Compratt also collects, and has available at her store, salvaged glass bottles that are aged and worn. “You can make them look really modern,” explains Compratt. “These bottles lend themselves well to a field flower,” suggests Compratt.
While Fleurish creates lovely arrangements, you can also buy individual or bunches of wrapped flowers. Compratt is happy to offer advice or pointers to anyone looking to make an arrangement for themselves. Roses, which along with orchids are Fleurish’s top sellers, can look really great in a big mass. When you first purchase a rose at Fleurish, the bud will be pretty tight and closed so it will last longer. Before an event or occasion, put the rose outside in the sun for a bit so it can breathe, puff up and become very full. Compratt works with farms in California and Oregon to get some of her more unusual flowers, but this time of year, she explains, you can get all
Photo by James Kyung.
types of local flowers. Lilies, hydrangeas, dianthus, begonias and snapdragons, just to name a few, are all in bloom right now. Gladiolas are also readily available this time of year and do well in one color on their own. “You can see really unusual colors of gladiolas too, like dark, dark purple and chartreuse green,” says Compratt. “It’s a really pretty and long lasting summer flower,” she explains further. Whether you want to buy a beautiful arrangement or try your own hand at flower arranging, hop into Fleurish for some lovely flowers and lots of inspiration.
ALTERNATIVE BACKPACK FASHIONS Think outside the pack by Mary Russell It’s time for back to school, and while that backpack you still have from high school might have served you well in the past, it’s likely a little worn at the seams. Backpacks often look and feel bulky, so it might be a good idea to explore backpack alternatives. Combine functionality and style by looking at messenger bags, tote bags and satchels. There are numerous varieties to suit your personal aesthetic. Illini Union Bookstore 809 s. wright st., c
IUB has a good selection of Illinois tote bags and protective laptop cases. For a backpack substitute that still has a classic feel, IUB stocks a $50 JanSport messenger bag in black and pink. This is a good choice for those with a more casual sweatshirt style. It’s also very functional for late-night trips to the library with interior padding to protect a laptop and various compartments for a water bottle, cell phone and writing utensils. Urban Outfitters 507 e. green st., c
For affordable leather and other bags with fashionable metal decals, Urban is the place to go. Urban carries a black leather slouchy satchel by Deux Lux for $68. The satchel has a side zipper compartment that can be used for pencils and has two strap options so that it be carried like a briefcase or worn as a shoulder bag. The bag can fit a laptop (with protective sleeve) and a small amount of notebooks, so it works great for class on a lighter day and can easily be used as a small weekend bag. Vilardo 1729 w. kirby ave., c
Vera Bradley bags are a very popular alternative to backpacks on campus, with many colorful patterns to choose from. IUB used to stock the bags, but have recently been lacking. Vilardo’s, located at the Old Farm Shops on Kirby and Mattis, is a licensed Vera Bradley retailer and stocks virtually every item and every print that are available online. The “Vera” is a popular tote for its roomy interior and pockets and sells for $78. Many Vera Bradley prints are very bright, but for the fall and winter Piroutte, a solid black print with small reddish flowers, may be a better choice.
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