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jamâ&#x20AC;˘pacâ&#x20AC;˘tion [ jam-pakshuhn] n. Internal buzz lingo Jam packed with action [Origin: August, 2007] Rhymes with: Fraction, faction, action, infraction, attraction, etc. Usage: The word describes an instance when there is a profusion of information, when knowledge destroys evil (note: the cover illustration), when the buzz overwhelms new students, old students, locals, out-of-towners and foreigners alike with important information about Champaign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Urbana, for some their new home and for others their very familiar habitat. Our goal was never to overwhelm an already overwhelmed town â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thousands of new students, mass disregard for pedestrian and traff ic laws, and long lines out of Green Street eateries and bookstores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but that seems to be the result this week; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolute jampaction.

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Learn about upcoming local festivals and the sweetest venues in the music section (pg. 10); read up about local bars serving up your favorite drinks and f ind advice about making new friends as a newbie in the community section (pg. 4). And, hey, while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it, learn a thing or two about having sex in public in our weekly sex column, Doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; It Well (pg. 18). Of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still much, much more to read about in the rest of the magazine . The buzz is changing too, getting into the rush of things. Three of our summer editors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Community Editor Stephanie Prather, Music Editor Caitlin Cremer and Art Director Nikita Sorokin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have completed their last issues, and our fall section editors come back from internships in Chicago and a new Art Director takes artistic control. Enjoy this issue, the heat and the rush, because as fall tumbles in, the excitement will wane, and a word like jampaction will have to lay low for another season. sounds from the scene


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Relieving Anger How to overcome shoving your anger deep down until you explode into a fiery ball of rage Saturday afternoon was a disaster at the Coulter place. It all began when the dog tore up a stack newspapers I happened to leave lying on the floor. After the tearing, he did some scattering, to the point where most of the house looked like a recycling factory. I considered buying a rake, but picked it up by hand instead. When I finally got around to sweeping up the crumbs, the cord from the vacuum caught on a lamp which set off a Rube Goldberg-like set of chain reactions. Sodas were spilled, bulbs were broken, full ash trays were emptied, glass was shattered, tantrums were thrown. I get angry so seldom I honestly wasn’t sure how to handle such a situation. Sure, I’ll get peeved occasionally. Sometimes I’ll even get sort of pissed. Mostly though, I just tend to get a little annoyed. I feel this is good because I slowly bleed off the anger in small portions as I go, rather than dumping it all out at once. Either that or I simply push it back down inside where it belongs. Still, it made me wonder a bit, so I did some halfassed research again in an effort to deal with my anger better when it comes around again. As usual, I quickly found seven semi-useless tips for anger management. The first tip is to relax and visualize. I have to say, far easier said than done. You know, virtually any time someone tells me to relax, that’s about the last goddamned thing I’m probably gonna do. Just relax, everything will be fine. Oh really? Then you should also just relax because that’ll make it much easier for my foot to get up your ass. I do, however, find it very easy to visualize. I visualize myself getting even angrier and knocking the piss out of something. I suppose I’m expected to imagine my “happy place,” but whatever. I’m not sure my happy place makes me all that happy most of the time. Assuming the first tip doesn’t work as well as one might like, it’s supposed to be a fine idea to pour out your anger into different outlets. For example, if you’re mad at a friend, take your anger out on a punching bag. Honestly, I’d much prefer to pretend I’m angry at the punching bag and throttle the friend a couple of times. There’s no reason a defenseless punching bag should shoulder the burden of your dumbass friend. It’s like saying “Geez, I’m really thirsty. I should probably eat some potato chips.”

Another idea is to forgive and forget. Yeah, um, I’m really not that type of guy so much. I can do it, but it takes me a pretty long time and even then it’s not especially sincere. Exercise is also supposed to help, and that’s one I could sort of agree with. The thing is, if I exercise to get rid of the anger, I’m usually thinking about the anger the whole time I’m exercising. When it’s all said and done, I’m still pretty angry, but I’m just too damned tired to care about it. Maybe that’s the point. Man, I hate it when advice works out. It is also a good idea to have a circle of “sponge” friends. I thought I had that, but it doesn’t mean friends who can soak up a crapload of alcohol. It means you should have someone you can talk to when you’re upset or down. Let me tell you this, if you find this person, use the hell out of them while you can. The shelf life on a whiney-assed person sharing their problems with somebody else is about a week, so full advantage should be taken of this sucker before they wise up and kick your crying ass to the curb. They say you should also listen to some soothing music. I don’t know that I actually have any music that would be considered soothing. My collection is mostly either loud and pointless or soft and thoughtful, but I wouldn’t call any of it particularly soothing. I’ve thought about getting one of those sounds of the ocean CDs at Target, but every time I hear one of them I don’t really relax. They only make me have to urinate, and I promised a long time ago that I would never pee in anger again. Lastly, they say to ask for guidance and pray. See, the problem with that is that when I’m angry, I tend to pray in a really backhanded way. Something along the lines of, “Dear God, please quit making things happen to me that make me pissed off. Seriously, it’s enough already. You used to be so cool, but these days, I don’t know.” I suppose tips like that can’t hurt, but I get super pissed on such rare occasions that I really feel I should experience as much of it as I can. I throw a little fit, as my mom used to say, simmer for an hour or so, and before you know it, it’s already out of my head. If it’s really bad, I’ll punch something inanimate for a little physical release and that usually does the trick. It’s tough to be angry at anything but yourself when your knuckles are skinned and your whole arm is throbbing. I really can’t believe that wasn’t one of the tips.

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n a town like CU where bars are seemingly as plentiful as trees, there are a plethora of choices to make when going out for a cold one. The subtle differences in price, quality and atmosphere are factors to consider when choosing a bar. This graph deals with the price factor. Because many bars offer quality and atmosphere, a lower price on the drink you’re craving could likely be the deciding factor. While most rail drinks and beers are comparable in price from place to place, those included on this graph have the most price variance between bars. We hope this information will assist you in being both a socially and fi nancially responsible drinker.

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f the same old food chains bore you and you loathe crowded restaurants with 30-minute waits (a situation brought on by the arrival of thousands of new hungry mouths to town), you need to broaden your epicurean horizons. Especially if you’re one of those new hungry mouths, look beyond the familiar and you’ll soon fi nd your new favorite joint to grab a bite at. If you like the Olive Garden or Biaggis try ... The Great Impasta (114 W. Church St., Downtown Champaign) — Here, the noodles are fresh, the vegetables are ripe and the food selection is both traditional and unique. They served the best heirloom tomatoes in a Caprese salad (tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella) and the best swordfi sh I ever ate. Save room for the sorbet and gelato.

The Bread Company (706 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, next to the Canopy Club and just minutes away from Allen, Lincoln Avenue, Busey, Evans and Illinois Street Residence Halls) — Probably the most romantic-looking restaurant in town (it resembles a European bistro), it features over 100 wines, a simple lunch menu of sandwiches and salads and a wider dinner menu that includes fondue. Get your sandwich on at ... Pekara Bakery (116 N. Neil St., Downtown Champaign) — Try the smoked salmon sandwich on focaccia. It’s loaded with fi sh, the bread is soft, and the portion is huge. This little place bakes and sells whole loaves of bread as well as a wide selection of desserts and pastries. The added bonus is the cheap day-old

bread and dessert selection. Caffe Paradiso (801 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, just minutes away from Allen, Lincoln Avenue, Busey, Evans and Illinois Street Residence Halls) — This mellow café serves your usual fare of coffees, teas and pastries, but it’ll feed you properly when you’re hungry too. There are loaded sandwiches (try them with the whole wheat bread) and daily salads and soups. Courier Café (111 N. Race St., Downtown Urbana) — The Courier is like a journey through history. The restaurant is named after an old newspaper and has relics from the past, like the authentic sign in the women’s bathroom convincing patrons that electricity is safe to use. Their sweet potato chips are the perfect accompaniment to their Reuben or any of the other sandwiches and burgers on the menu. continued on pg 5

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Shopping without a car ... Strawberry Fields (306 W. Springfield Ave., Downtown Urbana) — Just a few blocks east of Lincoln Avenue, this grocery store sells everything from cheeses, cereals and fresh produce to allnatural body products and gluten-free foods. Try the hummus mix (sold as a powder in the bulk aisle) and the bread, which is baked fresh daily. World Harvest (519 E. University Ave., Champaign) — Located at the Southwest intersection of Sixth Street and University Avenue, this little shop carries dozens of cheeses from around the world, jams, caviars, spices, bulk dried fruit and certain grains and international goodies galore. Come on Saturdays for a free tasting of olives and olive oils, cheeses, stuffed grape leaves and dips. Far East Oriental Grocery (Fifth Street and University Avenue, Champaign) — This store is located in a white, seemingly windowless building on Fifth Street, just south of University Avenue, its name painted in red above the front door. It’s a maze, but you’ll fi nd lots of cheap goods like the tofu in the refrigerated aisle and the noodles in the back. E-mail us at buzz@readbuzz.com for more recommendations, or send us your own.

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Advice for the newbies • COLIN BIRD

As a senior I have seen and been through all conceivable changes that occur in college. I’ve gained 30 pounds, lost 30 pounds and gained it all back again. I’ve overspent thousands of dollars on credit cards to take spring break vacations and buy rounds of drinks. I’ve experienced heartbreak and tittered on alcoholism, but the most tumultuous change was gaining new friends. Probably the most immediate and important change in college is the loss of one’s safety net — childhood friendships. After 18 years of life most people have settled on one group of friends, developing their own idiosyncrasies and lexicons. Once you come to college these familiarities are gone. This depresses a few but invigorates many; “Its a clean start,” we all think, and it can be. The biggest mistake freshmen make is going home for Labor Day or every other weekend. I recommend staying at school at least until Thanksgiving. Those fi rst weekends are critical,

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because by the end of the fi rst month many people begin to settle into groupings. If you’re constantly going home, people wont know who you are. Keep your door open in your dorm, display your posters proudly and play the music you like. Doing so will rouse curiosity in others, and, especially if you’re not outgoing, displaying yourself like this will allow other outgoing people to come to you. Sit with your floormates in the dining hall and attend the floor get-togethers. Ask your floormates about themselves and be socially engaged with them. Silence is not golden and can instead lead to obscurity. Bars may be scary and foreign to you (you being underage and all), but when your buddies say they’re going and invite you ... go. You don’t have to drink, but by being there you have proven your willingness to make friends. Another important arena for friendships is in

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the classroom. Speak up in your classes, stay in or near the front and ask questions. Do so early on (probably on the fi rst day). It’ll insure that you are a class leader and people will like (or cringe at) your opinion. Doing this can cause students to engage with you after class or ask to be your partner for assignments. This has given me some of my best friendships. You don’t wa nt to be t he l a mb of t he group. Join clubs that express who you are (i.e. culture, ethnicit y, sexualit y, political orientation, etc.) The people you meet may be just what you’re looking for, especially if you’re particularly quirky. At the end of the day, relationships are a balancing act. Be assertive and outgoing but also respectful and true to oneself. In doing these things you can insure your visibility amongst your peers and increase the possibility of new sustainable friendships.

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BUDGET CUISINE Cheap recipes from a gourmet guru JENNIFER FERGUSON

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So, you’re a college student. It’s the beginning of a new semester, and you’re already short on cash because of last night’s bar crawl. You would do anything, almost anything to avoid eating another package of last semester’s Ramen that has somehow made it to your new apartment. What to do? Well, according to Stacey Burton, kitchen manager of Seven Saints restaurant located at 32 E. Chester St. in Champaign, there is a lot that a penny-pinching college student can do as long as you use a little creativity. Here are some inexpensive and easy ways students can spice up their drab cuisine according to Burton.

Or add thyme, basil and oregano to plain cream cheese making an herb spread, and top the bagel with turkey lunch meat or fresh veggies. GRILLED CHEESE FIXINGS

Tr y different cheeses — Monterey Jack, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Colby, Gouda, Chipotle Cheddar, Muenster, Gorgonzola — or any combination there of. You can also add tomato slices and a pesto spread for a gourmet grilled sensation. Also try adding a little garlic or garlic powder to the butter before spreading it on the bread pre-grilling.

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Boil the noodles their usual way, and drain. Instead of adding the fl avor packet, throw in some grilled veggies and chicken. Top it off with some spicy peanut sauce to give it a Thai fl are, or even some sesame seed oil, both of which can be found at World Harvest Grocery at 519 E. University in Champaign.

Again, use the left-over Ramen f lavor package and sprinkle it on top of freshly popped corn for an easy treat. Or, make popped corn balls. Melt marshmallows on top of freshly popped corn, stir well, and shape into balls. Add any f ixings you wish — M&Ms, chocolate chips, caramel bites, granola, or even dried fruits. These travel easily and are perfect to grab before your 8 a.m. class.

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For starters, take the left over Ramen flavoring and add that to plain yogurt to make an easy veggie dip. You could also make a fruit dip by adding a little powdered sugar and cool whip to plain or fl avored yogurt. Dipping not your style? Use the yogurt to make a homemade gyro sauce. Just dice cucumbers and add sesame fl avoring to plain yogurt. Add salt and pepper to taste. BAGELS

Buy bagels instead of bread because they are not only more versatile, but they stay fresher longer, and they aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Try different spreads like a cilantro lime cream cheese by simply adding those two ingredients and topping the bagel with fajita chicken strips.

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“A George Foreman Grill. I’ve seen a few in my dorm days. Just don’t cause a fi re or anything, and everything will be good.” — Caitlin Cremer

“One thing you need in your dorm room is a tapestry that you can cover your bed with. Without it, the sun gets in your face when sleeping in is the best option. Smoke Shack sells big ones with good designs.” — Josh Fisher “I always put nails and tacks on my walls and hang bags, coats and umbrellas off of them — it’s a bank if your closet is tiny or you can’t fit your things into small shelves.” — Carlye Wisel “Ear plugs. Life will be much easier on you.” — Caitlin Cremer

“A really large, non-conspicuous bag for grabbing food on your way out of the dorms.” — Caitlin Cremer “It’s always a good idea to keep a sharpie marker in hand around the apartment to label what’s yours.” — Renee Okumura “Don’t keep buying stuff. All you really need is enough underwear. Remember: space is scarce in small apartments and dorm rooms.” — Tatyana Safronova

Other Tips From Stacey: 1. Go off campus to buy groceries. It might take half a day using the MTD, but it’s well worth it because of better selection and cheaper prices. 2. Buy cheaper canned items, it will save money for fresh produce. 3. Buy meats in bulk if you have the freezer space. Then when you get home, package and freeze individual portions and thaw as needed.

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MY FIRST NIGHT OUT (A MAD LIB) KERI CARPENTER • ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

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You have to believe me. I’m telling you; yesterday was the craziest day of my life. First, I saw the biggest _________________ you ever saw. I just wanted to squeeze it all night long. _________ ______ couldn’t believe his/ (noun) (person’s name) her eyes. That wasn’t the craziest thing that happened last night, though. In Greg Hall, ___________________ was (celebrity name) wearing a ______________ that he/she got from all those dollar bills he/she earned from ________________ last (noun) (“ing” verb) weekend. Then, after we left the quad, we went to downtown Champaign and saw a flying _______________. It had (noun) eight _________________, two _________________ and a talking ______________ living on its shoulder. Get this. (plural noun) (plural noun) (noun) While we were downtown, two police officers asked us____________________? We said, “Of course. We already did.” (question) On the way back from downtown, we crashed into a ____________ that was ________________ and____________. (noun) (adjective) (adjective) The top of the ________________ fell off, and we were left stranded in________________ for _________hours. We (previous noun) (name of a country) (number) were so pooped that we were desperate enough to ask____________________ for some money to get home. He/she (name of a person) said kiss my ___________, so we had to _____________ for money just to get enough bus fare to make it home. (noun) (verb)

“Knife fighting. Sometimes I just pick up a knife, close my eyes and run around in the streets, screaming about imaginary ghosts. I wouldn’t recommend this activity for the untrained.” — Will Kurlinkus

Time Well-Spent “Tossin’ the ol’ Frisbee on the quad, at frat park, or even the outdoor amphitheater.” — Josh Fisher “Yahoo! Games (games.yahoo.com) is a great Web site to go to when you have some free time. The bored, lazy guy in me loves PileUp, but the English major in me is all over the crossword puzzles.” — T.J. Erb “Watching the drunks on Green Street — Take your seat at Jimmy John’s on Sixth and Green Streets (open until 3 a.m.) and enjoy.” — Tatyana Safronova “I’m constantly playing the mini-games that come included on video iPods. The Music Quiz is always hilarious to see how bad I am at identifying my own music.” — T.J. Erb.

“Discussing life’s most pressing questions in bars and coffee shops — Let’s count just the ones between Wright and Fifth streets, on and just off Green Street: Moonstruck Café, It’s Brothers, Bar Guiliani, Murphy’s, Legend’s, Firehaus, Clybourne, Starbucks, Joe’s. That’s a lot of discussing. Why haven’t we discovered the meaning of life yet?” — Tatyana Safronova “Spider Solitare. I dare you to play a game. You’ll never stop. I did only when Lent came around two years ago and I permanently — well temporarily gave it up until two weeks ago ...” — Caitlin Cremer “Slate.com — This online magazine has it all: political, social and world news; analysis of issues ranging from the difficulties of getting pregnant when you’re underweight — like Nicole Richie — to wine tasting, to Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the Wall Street Journal; really insightful movie reviews and photographs from around the world on topics that change daily (weddings, celebrating Indonesia’s independence, etc.) It’s like information on crack.” — Tatyana Safronova

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So I moved into my new apartment yesterday. The lo c a t ion i s i nc r e d i ble; literally a nine second walk from the quad. The f irst thing my roommates and I noticed when we walked in was that we had really nice bathroom doors ... that happened to be laying on the kitchen table. The ceiling lamp in the hallway consisted of a single hanging light bulb surrounded by fi re-singed insulation; half of the drawers in the kitchen were largely fi lled with sand (seriously, sand). Mov i n g i nt o a ne w residence on campus can only mean one thing: It’s time to start looking for next year’s place, and for students — especially those new to the CU housing mire — this can be a daunting process. Champaign or Urbana? Apartment or house? Should there really be sand in the drawers? The University Tenant Union (located on the third floor of the Illini Union) provides students with free services designed to help to make the hunt more manageable — essentially, to prevent you from getting screwed. “The single most important thing is to pick a good landlord,” said Esther Patt, “A refrigerator can break down anywhere ... and if [the landlord] is good they replace it the same day, not a month from now.” The most important step a potential tenant should take is to check landlord complaint records, just one of the services the Tenant Union provides. It’s incredibly easy, just jot an e-mail to tenant@uiuc.edu with the name of the landlord, and Patt will send back the landlord’s records. In many cases, the fi rst thing a student will consider when choosing a new place is geography, and in addition to differences in daily life between Champaign and Urbana, there are legal differences as well. For instance, Urbana happens to be one of only four cities in Illinois that require a landlord to give tenants 24-hour advance notice if they intend to enter the apartment. “A good landlord in Champaign is better than a bad landlord in Urbana, but all things being equal, Urbana city code is more protective of tenants’ rights,” says Patt. Also, Urbana provides recycling collection services while Champaign does not (a full list of legal differences is available on the Tenant Union website, www.tenantunion.uiuc.edu). City aside, there is one thing that all new leasers should do very carefully, and though it sounds simple, according to Patt, it is too often overlooked.

“Read the lease, because whatever your responsibilities are are def ined by the lease, not the law.” Patt told me a quick story that highlighted the importance of this simple act. An apartment complex in Champaign was advertising a price that included rent and utilities. Its signs said, “utilities included.” When it came time to sign the lease, however, this stipulation was nowhere to be found. Many students blindly signed, only to realize later that the price they would be paying would be significantly different than the one advertised. And at that point it was too late; the signatures were binding. With that in mind, it’s about time to get started. Most landlords will start advertising three and four bedroom apartments on October 1. When touring your potential place, Patt said, take your time, and look especially at the ceiling for evidence of roof leaks (on any fl oor) and mold. Make sure that plumbing is satisfactory, and that the windows doors fit properly in the frames. Above all, if you have questions, check out the Tenant Union, they’ll help you with everything from f inding a place, to signing a lease. Good luck!

Champaign vs. Urbana Noise: Urbana is decidedly the quieter of the two options. I learned when I lived there, however, that if your neighbor has a motorcycle that he really likes to rev-up daily — for an hour at 7 a.m. — in the backyard because your zip code makes no difference in the world. Rec ycl i ng: A f ter watch ing An Inconvenient Truth last year my roommates and I decided that we were going to try and do our part. After driving around for three hours with a car full of garbage, being ping-ponged from supposed recycling center to supposed recycling center, we decided that trying to recycle in Champaign is the most inconvenient truth of all. Aesthetics: Urbana has some really beautiful houses, cobblestone roads and tall thick trees, but Champaign has CO’s. To each his own. Safety: According to Patt, the highest crime area is between Green and Armory and between Wright and First, meaning location is less important than habits. Patt had three general safety tips: 1.) Don’t hang out with drug dealers 2.) Lock your doors and windows and 3.) Stay out of Campustown Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

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Save money by going around your neighborhood lawns and alleys. Plenty of usable furniture and random objects are thrown out after move-in days. Photo illustration by Maria Surawska.

Dump and Run 1402 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana (just north of the cemetery). Thursday, Aug. 23 from 2-9 p.m., $2 admission; Friday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free; Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., $3 bag sale) Find everything from clothes to furniture, home wares and accessories at this three-day YMCA Garage Sale. Come early to get your hands on the best used goods.

Use your i-card to the max R ide the MTD for f ree, get d iscounts on ice cream at Culver’s (located at 903 W. Marketview, Champaign), get discounts on rides home from Lex Express. Asking for i-card or student discounts can keep cash in your pocket and you on the town. Just remember to carry it with you.

Get Free condoms from Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org Come to this center to pick up condoms for free. They’re open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Unlimited free condoms for everyone, unlike McKinley where you have to bring your i-card and you’re limited to 12 every two weeks.

Freecycle http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ freecycle-Champaign-Urbana/ Find used items or recycle your old belongings on these Web classifieds where everything is free and local. Illini Book Exchange www.illinibookexchange.com This Web site assists University students with buying from and selling to their fellow Illini. It’s cheaper than shopping at the bookstore, and the best part is there are no shipping charges; just meet up on campus and swap books.

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These are definitely not all the venues, but a few you should check out. Also, if you’d like to read more, check out Mike Ingram’s column.

CAMPUS CANOPY CLUB: They’ve got everything from funk-hop to acoustic to electronic; they even have pizza. The Canopy Club also hosts one of the best music festivals of the year: Pygmalion. All I have left to say is that I’ve never been disappointed. JOE’S: Sometimes they have random upand-coming local artists play a small set in the front room. It can be fun to sit and have a beer while listening to the music — they are usually cover bands, so you’ll know the stuff. ZORBA’S: Jazz! If you like jazz, come here on Thursdays. They know what’s up in CU’s world of jazz and, sooner or later, you will too. COURTYARD CAFÉ: The quality can range from good to bad. Yet, they still have some really good line-ups along the way. More times than not the show is free, and if it’s not, it’s really cheap. So keep an eye out, the Courtyard seems to be forgotten on weekend nights.

CHAMPAIGN SOMA ULTRALOUNGE: They’re known for mainly their house music and DJ Bozak’s frequent visits on weekends. The place is smooth and suave and has everything going for it’s aura, including the music. THE HIGHDIVE: Country nights, 80s nights, DJs galore, festival hosts, visits from local artists and many people just running through are some of the things you will find here. The set up is interesting. There are two main rooms: one for music and one for, well, alcohol and hanging out in purplish booths. COWBOY MONKEY: There is something about this place that made me fall in love with it the first time I went. I have been there a ridiculous amount of times, and I have seen some perfect shows there and had some perfect experiences. In other words, the sound is good, the drinks are good, the people are fun, the shows are fun, the set up works and so does the name. They have a pretty wide variety in their shows too. So everyone should be satisfied at some point.

THE RED HERRING: They feature some really laid back and funky f lower children playing. I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere and the music there and wouldn’t hold back on recommending it to you.

MIKE ‘N MOLLY’S: So, I have not been here yet, considering I am not yet 21, but I have been jealous of people who are for quite some time. This jealousy is not for the alcohol, really, but the shows. Anyone who is anyone plays there. I can’t say anything about the inside, but I’m sure it is pleasing.

FOELLINGER AUDITORIUM: I have seen some of the best shows of my music-going life here. Guster and the Decemberists put on some great shows, and the sound quality is delightful.

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ASSEMBLY HALL: This is where the really big bands come. Downfall, LLLLOONG, shitty lines, for usually shitty seats, unless, of course, you camp out, screwing class, food and sleep for many hours. Oh, and it’s expensive. But, usually, it’s worth the pain to many people.

INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER: Fist pummeling and shoe kicking madness. The IMC has been host to a slew of different sounds, from local punk bands like Carbomb Lottery to indie bigshots like Beirut. It’s upgrading itself as of late and is putting on many shows with many different bands. So if you are tired of the same old, same old, head over here.

KRANNERT: T h i n k cl a s sica l a nd t a me, these are delights of the tasteful and the mindful. Many orchestras and operas come through here but so do acts like Shawn Colvin (coming this September). Oh, and I’ve heard that the sound quality in some of the theatres is of the top in the country.

IRON POST: A small place, and quaint — much like the rest of Urbana. They have these shows on Sundays that feature three different bands from all different genres, so really, they play anyone, at least anyone with talent. I haven’t gone too many times, but I’ve enjoyed the times I have. It’s a pleasant place.

MUSIC 133: Typical venue? Maybe not. Great class to hear some world musical performances. Oh yes.

THE OFFICE: Mostly a bar, but they play some local acts too. Just an addition to an already fun time.

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1.) “Sliding Glass Door” by elsinore. You can check them out online and at the Canopy Club tomorrow (Friday, August 24). They’ve won multiple awards locally, including best Americana Band. They have that folk punch to their music and a taste of something sweet. They are just about my favorite local band. 2.) “Hi-Ya!” by Headlights. They’ve been renegade for quite some time around here, but I am looking forward to their return. I would say they have one of the largest local followings, especially on campus. They’re really upbeat and well put together on their album. Depending on the venue, their sound can be “eh” live — yet still, like I said, they have a religious following. 3.) “Hi-Fi” by Shipwreck. Another band that follows that alternativerock-ish genre, Shipwreck has a good following and some cool ideas. For their albums, they decided to come out with four EPs that all

follow a different theme. So far there is Walk in the Woods and House of Cards.

5.) “Suck My Kiss” by Beat Kitchen. I wish all of you who are reading this right now had seen them at the past 16th Annual Great Cover Up. Oh my dear, they were superb in their Red Hot Chili Pepper’s costume, excellent in their energy and perfect in their sound. It would make any of you hop on to the computer and f ind out when they are playing again. Anyway, that is one more festival for you to look forward to in the spring. For now, check out these rhythm gods, they’ve got talent.

on-stage sips from an espresso mug, Guy kicked off the show with “Hoochie Coochie Man,” August 2 at Ravinia Festival in the first of the night’s few Muddy Waters tunes. Highland Park, Ill. Performing with a bit more energy at Ravinia than at Crossroads, Guy’s highlights included a CARLYE WISEL • STAFF WRITER tease of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom Boom Boom,” poking fun at Clapton’s molasses-like For Susan Tedeschi and Buddy Guy, the party playing speed on “Strange Brew,” and a “Feels never stops. Only days after their performance Like Rain” duet with Susan Tedeschi, who joked at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, the that her husband probably wouldn’t mind if the duo hit up another Chicago suburb to keep the two got together. six-stringed good times raging at Highland Park’s Guy’s performance transcended music — he’s Ravinia Festival. more of an entertainer than a guitarist, though the Tedeschi, the opening act, combination simultaneously could have easily held the enhances both aspects of hot, sticky crowd’s attention his persona, instead of one w it h her sou l f u l voice. taking away from the other. Instead, she paired it with Playing at times with his similarly impressive guitar teeth, one hand and even the solos, making her dualistic pants of his black jumpsuit, talent near mind-boggling. Guy had the crowd laughing, Borrowing husband Derek cheer ing and hol ler ing, Tr u c k s’ b a n d f o r t h e but only when he wanted night, the group garnered it. Shush-ing the audience increasing a mount s of at t imes and repeated ly standing ovations between commenting on how good songs as the set progressed. he felt playing to the loud Playing a handful of tracks crowd at others, the funniest Photo courtesy of www.nzentgraf.de off her newest album Hope interjection came when Guy, and Desire (Verve) — including “Loving You whose storytelling was interrupted by a shout, is Sweeter Than Ever” by Stevie Wonder, and scolded, “Would you shut the fuck up?!” Bob Dylan’s “Lord, Protect My Child” — it He wasn’t coldhearted to the fans, though. was Tedeschi’s personal tunes, specifically the Sauntering up the aisles twice, Guy went outside man-caught-cheating “Evidence,” that fit her the pavilion into the venue’s general admission trademark bluesy melismas best. lawn section first and later interacted with a From the second Buddy Guy starts playing, you little girl who adorably shuffled towards him, know you’re in for a treat, and his follow-up to repeating, “I love you Buddy Guy!” which Tedeschi’s set was no exception. With a quick- on ly echoed the sentiments of the highly handed keyboardist playing as smoothly as Guy’s enthused audience. sounds from the scene

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AV: Yeah, we’re doing five dates. buzz: What’s that been like? AV: It’s been great. It was pretty dusty up in Canada. For some reason they didn’t have grass at any of the locations, just dust. But, the kids have been great.

4.) “Is What Sweet You So?” by Santa. I’ve seen these guys at shows for quite some time now, and, as of last year, their popularity has skyrocketed in comparison to the short run they had the year before. They are also playing on the same line-up as elsinore on Friday and will most likely produce a rather energetic set.

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Lollapalooza, Warped Tour and then ... Urbana? Obviously we’re in the running for the hippest places to hear music. So take this moment to see how one band from St. Louis is taking their time to play here on August 29 at 9 p.m. with special guests Last Fast Action, Shock Stars ( featuring Stubhy of Lucky Boys Confusion) and Inept, while on a traveling whirlwind of shows (and interviews). buzz: How have you been lately? Andrew Volpe: We’ve been doing very well. We’ve been on the road. buzz: Where have you been playing? AV: Well, we’ve done two dates on the Warped Tour so far. We just did two Canadian ones in Toronto and Montreal and we are driving back from Montreal right now. We’re on the last hour of an 18-hour trip, and we’re doing St. Louis and then Kansas City and then Idaho buzz: Have you been getting a good response from the shows? AV: Yeah, it’s really cool. buzz: How do you think [signing with Island/Def Jam Records] will affect your career? AV: I think it’ll allow us to take things to the next level and get our music in front of as many people as possible. We just felt like it was time to release a record and be able to use all of a major label’s resources to get in front of people. And, so far so good. buzz: So, what’s the album [you’ve just made] like? Could you describe the sound, what direction you’re taking it? AV: Our first record was definitely a pop-rock record and then our second album [The Broken Bride EP] was the rock opera — specifically one particular concept that was crazy and off the wall. And, this one is more like the first album in terms of it just being a regular rock record just full of pop songs except it definitely takes elements of the [theatricality] of Broken Bride and really takes all those pop songs to a new level. buzz: You were on the Warped Tour this summer?

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Dear Lord, the students are back. The days of easyto-find parking and a quiet Campustown are behind us again. This means there are thousands more music fans in town, though. And for those of you who are here for the first time, or those of you whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never bothered to check out the excellent music scene that CU has to offer, now is your chance. Several of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best bands will play shows this weekend in an attempt to catch your ears before you get too serious about school (ha). If you want to access a calendar with music listings for all venues, check out openingbands. com. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great resource that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky to have â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now we just need more people using it. The best thing to check out this weekend is the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival in downtown Urbana. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quick walk to the east, down Springfield Avenue, from campus, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. On Friday night you can catch the Kilborn Alley Blues Band and the Boat Drunks (a Jimmy Buffett tribute act) starting at 7 p.m. Saturday brings two stages, with funk legends Parliament/Funkadelic headlining (9 p.m.) after performances from Doxy (college acoustic-pop, 4 p.m.), Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue (blues/soul covers, 5:30 p.m.) and the Tons of Fun Band (fun, of course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7:30 p.m.). Will George Clinton perform with Parliament? Well, no, probably not. But they had a shitload of original members, so we can assume that one or two will be up there. The second stage on Saturday will feature elsinore in the headlining slot. The band is a winner of several CU Music Awards, and has been touring the Midwest over the summer. Their sound is in the realm of Wilco/the Decemberists/ Andrew Bird, and that will begin at 6 p.m. Before them, the Chemicals will play their smartly written garage pop tunes in the 4:30 p.m. slot. Dark Meat, a band from Athens, Georgia, tours with something like 13 players who put on a show that has to be seen to really be understood. They hit the stage at 3 p.m. Local acts Third Flight and Shoelove will play at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Again, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is free, and offers the chance to catch some great acts, eat some real sweet corn, and scope out downtown Urbana. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see: the Iron Post â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a venue with a surly owner and live music going on most every night; the Embassy Tavern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a bar that has recently started hosting shows again; the Office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not much for music except for Monday night jams; the Rose Bowl â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as real a country bar as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to find with music to match, and if you take a peek behind that big hotel, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the IMC, located in the old post office. The space hosts shows, art and a community radio station. The Canopy Club (on Goodwin, just east of the quad, next to Krannert) is a place youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll

hopefully come to know well if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a music fan. The club hosts all genres and has something happening nearly every night. This weekend theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got several great shows to get you in the doors. Tonight (Thursday) there is a show with two fantastic local bands (Shipwreck and the Beauty Shop), who will share the stage with Inspector Owl (great band from DeKalb), Neoga Blacksmith, and Kristovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agenda. The show is $5 and starts at 8 p.m., and the club is 18+. It is also a pre-party for the Pygmalion Music Festival, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking yourself what that is, get to http://2007.pygmalionmusicfestival. com right now. On Friday night, the Canopy will present two shows. The early show (6 p.m.) is with Rooney, the Hush Sound, and Hello Stranger. A late show at 10 p.m. will be with college favorite Santa and the previously mentioned elsinore. Tickets for that show are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. The Courtyard CafĂŠ inside the Illini Union is also a great place to go to see a show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not 19 yet. Tonight theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put on a free show with Treologic (a hip-hop band from Chicago) at 8 p.m. Check out myspace. com/iucourtyard for more show info. Treologic will also play on Friday night at Champaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cowboy Monkey, alongside the outstanding instrumental band Pulsar 47, and rapper Krukid (a Ugandan transplant, now local, with ties to Rawkus Records). That show will be $6 (well worth it) and will start at 10 p.m. 19+. The Iron Post will forego shows for the weekend days due to the festival, but will present an installment of the 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays series, which features three bands in town for only $3.50. This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup is mad mardigan, Casados, and Five Oh First. For those of you wanting to get a head-start on going to clubs where popped collars are still popular, head to Firehaus on Saturday, who will inexplicably host live music for the night. Luckily, the bands are good, even if the bar isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much. Brother Embassy, the funk-rock band fronted by an Apollo Creed wannabe, will play with Trouvere, the rock band with a conscience. The show starts at 9 p.m., and carries a $1 cover (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m apparently serious about this). A quick look at openingbands.com will get you information on all of these venues and bands, and they of course all have MySpace pages if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to take a listen. While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re checking out elsinore and the Beauty Shop, also take a listen to Headlights, Terminus Victor, Kayla Brown, and the Tractor Kings, as they are some of the best bands that the scene has to offer. Next week: in another page-turner, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cover the Champaign sceneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ups and downs. Mike Ingram can be reached at forgottenwords@gmail.com with scene questions, show info, and marriage proposals.

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ WESTERN There’s nothing like the silence right before a draw in an old Western. We know, now you’re going to go rent Have Gun Will Travel and keep re-playing the “shootout” scenes. Two buzz writers face off on their opinions of what makes a Western great and if the Western has enough gunpowder to blow us away once again.

This May Have to be Settled With a Draw PAUL PRIKAZSKY • STAFF WRITER ILLUSTRATION BY NIKITA SOROKIN

The lone gunslinger appears, silhouetted against a fading sun. Bar patrons hush into a deathly silence. With six-shooter cocked and loaded, the rogue searches for his elusive nemesis. Upon discovering him, he delivers his swift brand of bul leted retribution in classical Western fashion. Such a sequence is both familiar and iconic from the great Westerns. Stoic legends like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood revolutionized the most popular genre when movies were still in their infancy. Since then, the Western has undergone radical thematic and stylistic transformations — with mixed results — before the beloved tales of America’s lawless days came to a screeching halt. Decades of John Ford-helmed vehicles with righteous cowboys punishing ruthless outlaws marked a venerable Golden Age, which included Rio Bravo, The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance. Known for their honest protagonists overcoming incredible odds, these films reflected the American ideology of “conquer or be conquered.” And to no surprise, they flourished at the box office. Later, as the eyes of the world focused on Vietnam, such patriotic sentiments died in favor of a more severe and cynical view. Then came an Italian called Leone. Single-handedly, Sergio Leone established the Western as we know it. Pious gunfighters were traded for morally ambiguous drifters with only their self-interests as motivation. The zenith of the “Spaghetti Western” — named for their Italian production — arrived with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It was populated by characters who had an almost supernatural proclivity for blowing away anyone who defied them. Gritty, unshaven and in need of a bath, these virtual sociopaths marched to the seminal hymns of Ennio Morricone and trod through a sun-scorched landscape leaden with duplicitous scum. These films achieved a mythic status amongst American audiences, forcing them to root for the f lawed crusader. Never have shoot-outs and showdowns looked as sharp and beautiful. Regardless of some gratuitous violence, they performed as western operas. To think we may never see another Once Upon a Time in the West is truly heartbreaking. Alas, the latter entries fizzled; from hollow (Pale Rider) to nostalgic (Silverado) and, finally, unspeakably horrible (Bad Girls). Hollywood got too comfortable with the noble genre and buried it in a veneer of selfparody. But like the gunslinger who triumphs in the finale, so will the genre. If Eastwood’s bleak but genius Unforgiven indicates anything, it’s that Westerns are far from dead. sounds from the scene

Re-Opening the Frontier RANDY MA • STAFF WRITER

I’m always hesitant to proclaim the death of any sort of medium because the word “death” conveys a sense of absolution, a final bookend. So when the Western is proclaimed dead over and over again, my reaction is a mixture of annoyance, uproar and apprehension. We’ve been through this before. The Western was declared dead in the 1950s with an over saturation of crappy Western musicals, the launch of the space race and basic public disinterest. But this is what happens to any genre once a formula reaches its toll. After John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, it was no surprise that the outcry was the death of the Western. But low and behold, enter new blood Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, two key directors who revitalized the genre with the seminal “Spaghetti Western”, A Fistful of Dollars and the masterpiece The Wild Bunch. These films rejuvinated the Western through creating a new, exciting and colorful “West,” spurring numerous films in the following decades. However, once this freshness and originality reached saturation, audiences once again proclaimed the death of the Western after the release of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. But styles come and go in cycles, and for the past decade the Western has been at a point of repose. It’s easy to see why it is considered (albeit naively) a defunct genre. The Western has come back in a big way and a resurgence of films is seeing its return to form as one of the most interesting genres of cinema. Many of the plots in today’s films are inspired by Westerns. Simple guns, boots, horses, f ights for survival and even draws are still prominent aspects of many current films. The Proposition is a recent Western displaced in the outback of Australia. Roger Ebert recently described it as the closest realization of Cormac McCarthy’s vision of dread and despair in the American West. Aborigines replace American Indians and delusional hermits replace gold crazy prospectors. Seripham Falls features European actors playing Southern soldiers, post-American Civil War, as they trek across the Nevada landscape, culminating in a surreal encounter as the characters receive visions of their impending death’s. And Tommy Lee Jone’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada was a modern Western surrounding the themes of male bonding, loyalty and isolation. All of these films were released roughly within a year of each other and have received wide critical acclaim, recalling back to the same elements that made the deconstructionist and Spaghetti Westerns interesting and relevant. The remainder of 2007 sees the release of the road movie 3:10 to Yuma, the Coen Brother’s No Country for Old Men (based off the Cormac McCarthy book of the same name) and the art-house-esk The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It’s an exciting time to be a fan. The Western isn’t dead; it just needed some new blood. INTRO | A ROUND TOWN | L ISTEN, HEAR | THE HOOPLA | STAGE , S CREEN &

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MATT KNICL • STAFF WRITER

Welcome back! Well, for some of you at least. For others, this week marks their f irst days on campus. The purpose of this column is for me to bring you information about comic books. But as I see it, comic books are just one aspect of comic book c u lt u re. Ac t ion f ig u re s , games, movies, writers, books, blogs and TV are all a part of comic book culture. One of the biggest aspects of this group, though — sadly, not as much today as in the past — is the comic book store. This week I will tell you about three local stores where comic hungry college students can find the newest in comics. THE OTHER REALM

This is the main comic source for the U of I and has been for years. As such, this shop — located between Fifth and Sixth streets at 506 E. Green — has adapted to the college clientele. To preorder titles, you or your friends need to order 15 to 49 comics, that may be duplicates, and you receive 15 percent off all regularly priced

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The Worst Column Ever merchandise. Other Realm does not make you prepay to preorder as they are holding the titles for you. It may interest all you nerds and nerdettes out there that there will be a one day sale this Saturday the August 25 where all regularly priced items, such as comics, games and toys are 40 percent off. G-MART

Located at 44 E. Main Street in Champaign, G-Mart is another comic option. The biggest issue students may find is that it is not on campus, but the store is unique in that it has a Web site, www.g-mart.com. From the site you can order current comics at cover price, and back issues for a possibly larger price. You can also preorder comics, toys, shirts, and posters months in advance at discounts, which for comics is about 35 percent off. This differs from Other Realm is that you have to pay upfront, which, depending on your financial situation, may also influence your decision.

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like a Border’s or Barnes & Noble. Located across the street from (just west of ) the Quad, IUB sells General Books, including graphic novels and trade paperback collections of comics. Though the selection is not incredibly large, the special order service allows students and staff alike to order any type of book, including comics, for pickup in the store about a week later. This is a good alternative for students without cars. Also, IUB has a discount program know as “Priority One,”

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where customers accumulate points based on the dollars spent on General Books. Once a certain number of points are accumulated, one can receive percent discounts. They don’t sell individual issues, but this may be a good place to catch up on back story. Also, all proceeds go to student services, so that may be incentive as well. Next week I plan on continuing to review titles, focusing mainly on exposure, trying to make sure the best comics get into your hands. Cheers!

Whether this is your fifth year in college or you are just starting out, check out this “mockumentary” on college life. Several people sit around and talk about their experiences with ramen noodles, beer, missing class, cramming, parking tickets — you know — the works. Pay particular attention to the hilarious song in the background. See why college is the best six years of your life.

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The patio of the new Genomic Studies Laboratory Located between the Morrow Plots and Bevier Hall, this patio is equipped with tables and benches perfect for grabbing a quick study break between classes. Not only does it have a perfect view of the new, high-tech, über-expensive lab, but you can also check out the gigantic Play-Doh sculptures which are sure to make you wonder what that artist must have been thinking. The Atrium of the Psychology Building This is a cool little nook not many think about. There is plenty of natural light and, in fact, you may feel like you are on a tropical island with the lush plant oasis in the center of the atrium. It’s in the heart of campus on Daniel, which means if you get the study munchies you can pop across the street and grab a quick bite. The ETC Coffeehouse This is not your average coffee shop. In fact, it’s not much of a coffee shop at all, but it serves as a great study spot. It’s at the corner of Green and Goodwin in the Wesleyan Church and is equipped with free Wi-Fi and a student computer lab. It’s dedicated to study space from Sunday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. It also has all the Fair Trade Coffee you could ever drink.

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The Vending Room at the Illini Union This is a good spot because not only is it close to everything you need on campus, but it’s secluded from the regular hustle and bustle of the Union. It’s on the northeast side of the building and has all of the vending machine snacks you could imagine. Of course, it is also equipped with free Wi-Fi and has large spacious tables for the studying. The Siebel Center’s First Floor If you happen to be on the north side of campus, stop here. The perfect study spots are right next to Bevande Café where there are couches for comfort and tables for practicality. There is also a lot of natural light and a great view because of the huge window wall on the north side of the building. Don’t worry; there is also free Wi-Fi.

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The Illini Grove Perfect for the student who hates the confi nes of four walls when cramming. There’s no Wi-Fi or outlets, but there are picnic tables and a pavilion as well as the intoxicating smell of all those knotty pines. Plus, fresh air is good for the brain!

The Classics Library Never heard of it? That’s ok, not too many other people have either, which is why it is a perfect study place. It’s at 419A in the Main Library and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free WiFi and if you need a break, just pick up some light-reading off one of the shelves. Perhaps Egyptology is your forte or maybe it’s Papyrology.

Aroma Café This off-campus option for those willing to venture beyond Campus Town is located at 118 N. Neil in Champaign. Not only does it have free Wi-Fi and an outdoor patio, but it is also highly likely that you will run into at least one of your TAs, who I’m sure would love to give you extra study help.

The Urbana Free Library Yet another great off-campus treasure, which is located at 210 W. Green in Urbana, right across from the Lincoln Square Mall. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the quad, or you could take the 5 Green bus line. There is plenty of space and more free Wi-Fi. Just in case you need a caffeine boost, café Latte Da is right in the library’s front doors. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ACES Library You certainly don’t have to be an Ag or An-Sci major to use this massive but state-of-the-art study nook. This is three stories of sheer study madness. Not only is there free Wi-Fi, student computer access, and couches for the napping, but there are marble floors with golden accented decor, which make you certain that you are getting your money’s worth out of this fi ne University. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

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12.) Exile on Main (One Main Plaza, 398-6246): For those of you who claim that vinyl sounds better than CD’s this is your place. They sell used records and new and used DVD’s, CD’s, and video games.

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The patio of the new Genomic Studies Laboratory Located between the Morrow Plots and Bevier Hall, this patio is equipped with tables and benches perfect for grabbing a quick study break between classes. Not only does it have a perfect view of the new, high-tech, über-expensive lab, but you can also check out the gigantic Play-Doh sculptures which are sure to make you wonder what that artist must have been thinking. The Atrium of the Psychology Building This is a cool little nook not many think about. There is plenty of natural light and, in fact, you may feel like you are on a tropical island with the lush plant oasis in the center of the atrium. It’s in the heart of campus on Daniel, which means if you get the study munchies you can pop across the street and grab a quick bite. The ETC Coffeehouse This is not your average coffee shop. In fact, it’s not much of a coffee shop at all, but it serves as a great study spot. It’s at the corner of Green and Goodwin in the Wesleyan Church and is equipped with free Wi-Fi and a student computer lab. It’s dedicated to study space from Sunday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. It also has all the Fair Trade Coffee you could ever drink.

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The Vending Room at the Illini Union This is a good spot because not only is it close to everything you need on campus, but it’s secluded from the regular hustle and bustle of the Union. It’s on the northeast side of the building and has all of the vending machine snacks you could imagine. Of course, it is also equipped with free Wi-Fi and has large spacious tables for the studying. The Siebel Center’s First Floor If you happen to be on the north side of campus, stop here. The perfect study spots are right next to Bevande Café where there are couches for comfort and tables for practicality. There is also a lot of natural light and a great view because of the huge window wall on the north side of the building. Don’t worry; there is also free Wi-Fi.

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The Illini Grove Perfect for the student who hates the confi nes of four walls when cramming. There’s no Wi-Fi or outlets, but there are picnic tables and a pavilion as well as the intoxicating smell of all those knotty pines. Plus, fresh air is good for the brain!

The Classics Library Never heard of it? That’s ok, not too many other people have either, which is why it is a perfect study place. It’s at 419A in the Main Library and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free WiFi and if you need a break, just pick up some light-reading off one of the shelves. Perhaps Egyptology is your forte or maybe it’s Papyrology.

Aroma Café This off-campus option for those willing to venture beyond Campus Town is located at 118 N. Neil in Champaign. Not only does it have free Wi-Fi and an outdoor patio, but it is also highly likely that you will run into at least one of your TAs, who I’m sure would love to give you extra study help.

The Urbana Free Library Yet another great off-campus treasure, which is located at 210 W. Green in Urbana, right across from the Lincoln Square Mall. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the quad, or you could take the 5 Green bus line. There is plenty of space and more free Wi-Fi. Just in case you need a caffeine boost, café Latte Da is right in the library’s front doors. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ACES Library You certainly don’t have to be an Ag or An-Sci major to use this massive but state-of-the-art study nook. This is three stories of sheer study madness. Not only is there free Wi-Fi, student computer access, and couches for the napping, but there are marble floors with golden accented decor, which make you certain that you are getting your money’s worth out of this fi ne University. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? Sex in public?

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? People have various reactions to the thought of having sex in public. For some, it’s the ultimate fantasy, for others sex is viewed as something private and therefore should be done at home behind closed doors. Sex in public can be exciting for some people simply because it’s seen as “wrong” or taboo. The arousal that we experience during moments of danger or fear can feel similar to, or add to, sexual arousal. Other people may experience a rush of excitement due to the possibility of being seen or caught. Having sex in public is a common fantasy and can include anything from rubbing your partner’s thigh or genitals under the table at a restaurant, to having intercourse in the Morrow Plots. Whether it’s the thrill of being watched or caught, or because you don’t have a private place to go (roommates), there are some things you should know to keep public sex hot and safe. COME PREPARED It can be really exciting to suddenly realize that both you and your partner want to have sex, and that doing so in public would add to the thrill. Planning ahead can make it all the better. Talk to your partner about your fantasy to make sure they too want to expose that side of themselves. Public sex is not for everyone and pressuring a partner who is reluctant is not cool. Think of it as an impromptu sex picnic: Bring a backpack with a blanket, condoms and lube. Wear clothing that can easily be pulled down or off and put back on again quickly. Having public sex at night will help you go unnoticed. On the other hand, a poorly thought-out plan can be a disaster. Coming home after a night out to find your roommate home and then having sex in the resident hall lounge is almost guaranteed to end in a bust that neither you nor your partner may be prepared for. In addition, sloppy sex is rarely hot and deciding to hook up on the quad when both you and your partner are drunk may not seem as “spontaneous” and “fun” the next day when it’s featured in the Booze News. Keep public sex sober, safe and always consensual.

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PRIVATE EYES … ARE WATCHING YOU … Some people enjoy sex in public because there is a chance that someone might see them. Keep in mind, those people might have cameras, might be police officers or, worse, might be minors. Some people may enjoy the voyeurism of watching people having sex, and it might add spice to their own sex lives. At the same time, you and your partner may not be prepared for your lovemaking to appear on YouTube. Be aware of who’s around when getting down in public.

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Aside from possibly taking pictures or filming you, those who can see you might not share in your fantasy of exhibitionism. It’s hard to tell, so consider the consequences. You might offend them. They might call the police. Most states (and campuses) have laws against i ndecent ex posu re, publ ic lewd ness a nd trespassing. If you get caught by a police office or a Resident Advisor you might get into trouble. Part of the thrill of public sex is the idea that you might get caught. Actually getting caught or, worse, arrested usually dampens the mood you’ve created. Although part of the thrill may be getting caught, public sex should not be about forcing other people to watch you. This crosses the line from sexy to creepy very quickly, and it’s frankly disrespectful of other people’s rights to NOT see you exposing yourself or having sex. Also, never, ever have sex in an area where children might see you. This is abusive and, for good reasons, illegal. Whether it is your roommate or an innocent bystander, think how your romp may affect others before you get it on. KEEP IT CLEAN, FOLKS Most people who see condoms or condom wrappers on the ground think “Gross!” Here at Doin’ it Well, we think, “Awesome! They were safe! Except, they littered.” Picking up after you have sex will ensure that you don’t ruin the public hot spots for the rest of us and it’ll help the environment, too. Kindly throw away your condoms when you’re done.

SEX 411 PUBLIC THRILLS • Stimulate your partner manually or orally while they are driving (get permission first) • Pull into a rest area or off a dirt road and get it on the backseat • Have sex in a public restroom on a city street that has one way windows — you can see out but no one can see in! • Tr y it on the balcony of your apartment • At home, pull up the blinds. You can leave the lights off, or increase the thrill (at night) by turning them on.

Kim Rice and Ross Wantland are professionals in the fields of sexuality and violence prevention. E-mail them your favorite places for public sex at buzzdoinitwell@yahoo.com

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free will astrology AUG. 23 — AUG. 29 ARIES

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You’ve been putting out and putting out and putting out, Aries. Good work! I’m impressed with the blend of high-minded generosity and ego-boosting self-expression you’ve synergized. Now, however, it’s time to make a transition. You need to start taking in and taking in and taking in. Your radiance needs to be fed by other radiances. Congratulate yourself for how aggressive you’ve been, then cultivate an equally robust receptivity.m.

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April 20 – May 20

Don’t try to understand the Great Mystery in the coming days, Taurus. Instead, be the Great Mystery. Don’t go with the Flow; be the Flow. Don’t struggle and strain to put yourself in harmony with the Creative Surge of the Divine Wow. Be the Creative Surge of the Divine Wow. Do you catch my drift? It has never been more important than it is now for you to be a uniter who is at one with everything and everyone you encounter. This is the time and this is the place for you to be an exhilarating and playful force of nature who’s madly in love with all of creation.

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CANCER

June 21 – July 22

In the coming weeks I’d love you to learn more about how to heal your own pain and wash your own brain and right your own wrongs and sing your own songs. I’ll be overjoyed if I see you grow in your ability to unbreak your own heart and unfreeze your own assets and unleash your own surprises and understand your own motives. This is, by the way, not a prescription for loneliness, but rather for self-sufficiency. In fact, the magic that has been missing from your collaborations with others will probably appear as soon as you resolve to be your own guru.

According to the Haggadah, an ancient Jewish text, the first thing God made, before anything else, was the Torah. This book was “written with black fire on white fire.” The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet became the raw materials out of which the Divine One forged heaven and earth. Now you, Cancerian, have a chance to get firsthand evidence of the power that language has to shape experience. In the coming days, I suggest that you formulate what you say with great precision. The words you use will have the power of the ancient magical incantation, abracadabra, which is derived from the Aramaic word meaning “I create as I speak.”

LEO

July 23 – Aug. 22

Many of us don’t always know what we feel. At imes we may have a vivid sense that we feel something, but we’re not sure what it is. That’s why musicians, writers, actors, and other creative people play such a crucial role in our emotional lives. Their work can help us articulate the mysteries unfolding within us. But here’s the problem: There are some artists out there who aren’t very smart or original; they express only the most hackneyed and superficial feelings. If we look to them for illumination, we’re cheated. So your next assignment, Leo, is to home in on the enigmas that are swirling within you by seeking the guidance and inspiration of only the very best artists: those who have cultivated a high level of proficiency in their heroic struggle to find meaning in the fascinating chaos that surrounds us.

VIRGO

Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

Are you ready to leave the past behind, drop all your assumptions, welcome the return of your innocence, adopt a beginner’s mind, and start fresh everywhere? I hope so, because that’s what the universe will be nudging you to do. Here are some words of wisdom to incite you and arouse you. (1) “You don’t know what you can get away with until you try.” - Colin Powell. (2) “Never underestimate your power to change yourself.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (3) “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - my friend Lucy Spinner. (4) “God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” - Frederick Buechner.

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Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

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Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

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Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

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Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

On the Whosoever.org website, Thomas Woodrooffe describes Mother Teresa’s actions in Calcutta in 1993. She tended intimately to the sick and dying without asking them their religious beliefs or judging them for any behavior that might have played a part in their illness. In contrast, fundamentalist missionaries were roaming Calcutta’s streets at the same time, handing out religious propaganda to the diseased and destitute, warning them they’d face eternal damnation if they’d didn’t convert to the One True Way. Keep that difference in mind during the coming weeks, Scorpio. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you have tremendous power to heal people, fix misaligned energy, and provide the kind of moral leadership that raises everyone’s integrity levels. Be like Mother Teresa, not the fundamentalist missionaries.

While I was out in the California wilderness doing a vision quest, I came upon a painting in a cave that I immediately sensed was an oracle for the current state of your life. In the painting, there was a hunter who had dropped his bow and arrow on the ground. He appeared to be dancing inside a circle of eagles. The birds were also at ground level and had their wings spread, as if dancing with the hunter. I encourage you to come up with your own interpretations of this oracle, but here’s how I see it: You need to commune with wildness in a way you have never before imagined. The best way to proceed is to empty your mind of all thoughts about what you can get out of the experience, and instead cultivate the free-wheeling, no-expectations attitude that comes when you’re dancing uninhibitedly.

“The harder that we love, the deeper we’re gonna feel,” sings Keith Greeninger in a rootsy tune from his Glorious Peasant CD. That’s good advice for you right now, Capricorn, since what you especially need to guide you during this phase of wandering and exploration is ever-deeper and ever-more- nuanced feeling. I’ll add a corollary that may help as well: The softer you love, the smarter your emotions will be. You can love harder and softer at the same time, right?

“The chemo treatments burned out all the math skills in my brain, which were already pretty meager,” said Risa, a friend who survived cancer a few years ago. “On the other hand, they awakened my ability to feel perfectly at ease while in the midst of paradoxical situations that everyone else finds maddening and uncomfortable. The chemo also made me ridiculously tolerant of people’s contradictions, sometimes even their hypocrisies, and freed me to enjoy life as an entertaining movie with lots of interesting plot twists rather than as a pitched battle between everything like and everything I don’t like.” I have really good news for you, Aquarius: If you make use of the current cosmic opportunities, you can achieve Risa’s state of mind without the prod of anything even remotely as extreme as cancer or chemotherapy.

PISCES

Feb. 19 – March 20

William Henry Harrison died in 1841, just a month after he’d been inaugurated as U.S. president. When a messenger went to Vice-President John Tyler to inform him he had ascended to the highest office in the land, Tyler was down on his knees playing a game of marbles. I’m guessing there’ll be a similar scenario in your immediate future, Pisces. Big magic may come to visit you while you’re in a lowly position. Or maybe an imposing invitation will arrive while you’re in a humble situation. Homework: Take the quiz at http://tinyurl.com/2peocv . Send your response to uaregod@comcast.net.

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Sept. 23 – Oct.22

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing,” wrote German mystic Meister Eckhart (1260–1328). I suggest you make that your guiding thought in the coming days, Libra. The most important work you have ahead of you will involve dissolution, demolition, and deletion. I’ll even go so far as to say that you’re more likely to win big if you’re vigorously committed to losing big. “Give it up!” should be your battle cry.

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“The Dr. Is In” — can’t forget about him. by Matt Jones Across 1 Dwarf with glasses 4 Full range 9 Bedframe strips 14 Play that introduced the term “robot” 15 Guy who cuts you off in traffic, e.g. 16 Wireless carrier formed in 2005 17 Hot season in Paris 18 Big wheels 19 Crab in a can? 20 Fish to wear to formal events? 23 Wilberforce University’s affiliated denom. 24 Aquarium fish 25 Toronto tags 26 Oom-___ band 27 Singer who has performed songs in Tolkien languages 28 Muscle twitch 31 Sported 32 Basis of NBC’s 1990s “New to You” campaign 34 Ancient region of Turkey 35 Systematically categorized one’s anxieties? 39 They may be dashed 40 Key with one flat 41 Marty Feldman role 42 Frigid temperature range 43 De-___ (airport de vice) 47 Windows can be found on them 48 Tie the knot 49 Actress Hu 50 Granola piece 51 What people had to repeat to Freud? 55 Snowboarders’ lifts 57 Bay 58 Salt Lake City athlete 59 Blazed a “J” 60 Breeze (through) 61 Tierra ___ Fuego

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Keri Carpenter Arts and entertainment editor LIKES 1) Quad Day: 180 - degree weather. Overload of people. Watching organizations do silly things to make people join. Watching freshmen carry around loads of brochures and flyers. Poster sales in the Union. No Class. Quad Day is clearly the best day of the year. 2) Back to School Campus Environment. Kind of: It really sucks lemons that you can’t drive down Green Street in less than one hour, but knowing that there are lots of people back in town and seeing all your friends again is refreshing. Knowing that classes have started is not. 3) Hugs: I love you. You love me. We’re a happy family. With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you ... won’t you say you love me too? Come on, when was the last time you watched Barney? You know you wanna hold hands and sing a song.

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Tatyana Safronova Editor in chief LIKES 1) Love and dedication.

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Whitney Ariese Harris Copy Chief LIKES 1) Senior year: The countdown begins for me as I wrap up my final months as a college student. It has been fun, memorable and oh so life-changing. I am, however, looking forward to life on the other side but am cherishing every last moment of this senior year. 2) Puppies: I think I have developed some kind of obsession and have been researching getting a puppy for almost a year now. Every time I see the tiny fluffy bundles on the quad — or in the buzz office — I can’t help but close my eyes and wish, wish, wish my landlord would allow it! 3) Swedish Massages: Let me tell you, they do a body good. I had my first massage this past Monday and will be scheduling these visits to the spa for midterms, finals and anytime for any reason. I highly recommend them.

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1) All work, no fun: What I really hate is the fact that I didn’t have a summer vacation at all. What happened to laying on the beach, having sleepovers with friends, and spending money carelessly like there is no tomorrow? Nowadays when someone asks me how my summer was, the only answer is, “I worked.” 2) Growing up: So I’m a senior now in college and I’m not liking the idea of going out in the world trying to find a steady career. Life will be circulating around bills, bills, and more bills. As the Toys R’ US commercial says, “I don’t wanna grow up!” 3) Internet addiction: I just realized today that with my Internet not working, there’s absolutely nothing else to do while I’m at my apartment. I hate the idea that we’re in a time when people rely on the Internet so much that we forget the other activities available to us. What a sad time we live in.

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And Super Funny R KEVIN OLSEN • STAFF WRITER

The makers of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up continue their cinematic success, performing another feat of comedic genius in the form of Superbad. This obscenity-laced, sexually crude film is bound to be another instant classic from producer Judd Apatow. Michael Cera (Evan) and Jonah Hill (Seth) star as two best friends trying to make it to the party of their lives before they graduate and head off to separate colleges. They are joined in their mission to supply alcohol for a party that will be attended by the girls of their dreams, by newcoming-actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who shines as Fogell, or “McLovin,” according to his Hawaiian fake ID.

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Becoming Jane is director Julian Jarrold’s entertaining fictionalized biography of the early creative years of writer Jane Austen’s life when she fell in love with a rather rough, untamed Irish lawyer. It offers interesting speculations for what inspired the literary ideas of a woman who wrote six major novels in her short 41-year-old life. Anne Hathaway stars as the young Jane in the narrative presented by screenwriters Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams. Clearly inspired by true events, the film seems almost like an amalgamation of several of Austen’s own novels, without the requisite happy ending. Troubled by traditions of the time, the daughter of a landed country clergyman — Jane struggles to balance duty to family, personal beliefs and desires, without a complete necessity to fulfill the expectations of a late 18th Century middleclass woman. Jarrold tells the story of Austen’s life with an obvious modern sensitivity, including s ome s l i g ht l y fe m i n i s t inter pretations of Jane’s actions. By choosing a career of writing and selecting a life-partner based on the passions of the heart, rather Jonah Hill (left) and Michael Cera stoop the ground to make it to the party of than financial expediency, their lives in Superbad. Jane seems to be a mild trend The film is crude but smart as the audience setter. Despite stern lectures by a mother who says, follows the tribulations of Evan and Seth in a time “Affection is desirable; money is indispensable,” of transition to college, featuring girls and possible Jane lives by her heart and imagination. changes to their lifelong friendship. Run-ins with Don’t be fooled: this entire story is not a weepy the police and other constant obstacles stand in the chick flick or a depressing literary romance. It way of the duo achieving their night of glory. has many moments of true dry British humor, Situations border ing on r id icu lous and too. When Jane is about to receive a proposal embarrassing fill this film with non-stop laughter from the awkward, but wealthy, nephew of Lady as Hill and Cera perfectly perform their roles, Gresham the Great, Maggie Smith exclaims in putting them on what should be the fast-track to wonderment, while Jane walks away and begins becoming future comedic stars. Seth Rogen, who writing in a notebook, “What is she doing?!” co-wrote the film as well as co-starred as Officer When one of Jane’s parents replies, “writing,” Michaels, follows his success in Knocked Up and Smith’s sarcastic reply is, “Can anything be remains the core of a rising group of young actors done about it?” — as if Austen was inflicted looking to supplant the “Frat Pack” as the next with an illness. generation of comedic players. This co-Irish/English production has gorgeous Rogen and co-officer Bill Hader almost steal production values from its Irish country estate the show as two cops more interested in getting locations to its richly decorated sets, lavish costume drunk and partying than performing their simple designs and f ilm score. Its supporting cast of patrol duties. They intertwine with the three mostly English actors, including Maggie Smith, friends throughout the film, providing for some James McAvoy as Jane’s Irish love interest, James of the movie’s funniest scenes. Cromwell and Julie Walters. Also adding to the After following these best friends through a outstanding performance are Jane’s parents, who are memorable night, it will not be long before you excellent compliments to a surprisingly believable are craving a second viewing of Superbad. and demanding performance by the American star Hathaway, who has grown considerably as an actress since her Princess Diaries films. sounds from the scene

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The Invasion is an intense ps ycho -t h r i l ler t h at stimulates the body while keeping the mind mildly e n g a g e d . T he mov ie doesn’t hesitate to jump right into the nitty-gritty, which happens to be the elimination of the human race. It all begins with one (eerily) familiar scene of a space shuttle burning up in the atmosphere. Not long after that, an invasive species begins to take over t he hu m a n r ace. The Colin Firth and Aishwarya Rai find romance as the Roman Empire falls in The bacterium attaches itself Last Legion. to its host, and while they The Last Legion becomes another fantasy/sci- sleep, it takes over. When the individual wakes fi movie that Ben Kingsley should be ashamed up after their body has been invaded, instead of of (like BloodRayne and Thunderbirds). Ben being identified as “he” or “she,” their identity Kingsley’s inclusion in this film means it lacks becomes “they.” any real originality or charm. While Sir Kingsley is one of the finest actors of our day, he appears to lack the same taste in these types of genre films as his contemporaries Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. From the opening voice-over to the awkward fighting of Colin Firth, The Last Legion is pure agony for any adults who happen to see this movie. Those of us who have seen, much less read, any tales of the Arthur legend will gape at the changes that have been made to it to fit this silly story. This movie is for 10-year-olds who don’t know any better. Ultimately, The Last Legion is a sweet movie for boys too old to enjoy the Disney version but too young to learn the Nicole Kidman is “superbad” in The Invasion. nasty bits of the legend. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. The concept has been played upon since the late 1950s and perfected in the 1978 interpretation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, by Philip Kaufman. Since then, there have been dozens of knockoffs, from Doppelgänger to Body Snatchers and now The Invasion. Warner Brothers, however, says The Invasion isn’t a remake of The Body Snatchers. Screenwriter Dave Kajganich distinguished the movie enough to be its own separate concept. Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Jeremy Northam are simply going through the motions as they act out this stale story. On the other hand, cinematographer Rainer Klausmann should be commended for his focus on creating tension. Klausman films his scenes very tightly, giving you little chance to anticipate impending danger. Combined with superb usage of lighting and costumes, this movie was almost adequate. Ultimately, Kajganich’s conceited act is a major Anne Hathaway shows of her maturity since The Princess foul because The Invasion has now become a clichéd Diaries as a sophisticated woman in Becoming Jane. notion rather than an exemplary remake.

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THU. AUG 23 Live Bands Chip McNeill Quartet $3, all ages, Iron Post, U. 7pm Acoustic @ Aroma: Monica Del Castillo Free, all ages, Aroma Cafe, C. 8pm Soul Fish, Jeremy Harper Free., Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Pygmalion Music Festival Pre-Party: The Beauty Shop, Shipwreck, Inspector Owl, Kristov’s Agenda $5/$7 after 10pm, 18+, Canopy Club, U. 10pm Concerts Indian Ocean — Live in Concert Some critics describe their music as “Indo-rock fusion with jazzspiced rhythms. Tickets Available at: Annapoorna Stores (505 S. Neil Street, Champaign; 355-5215) or Online at our Web site: http://www. ashanet.org/uiuc/indianocean. html. Lincoln Hall, U. 7pm

DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Nothin’ but Rock. Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm J Phlip & Mertz: The Final Performance Free, 19+, Soma Ultralounge, C. 10pm Power & Soul: DJ Delayney $5, 19+, Highdive, C. 10pm Chris O House, Barfly, C. 10pm

Disco Phil Funk, House. Fubar, C. 10pm Lincoln Jones House. Soma Ultralounge, C. 10pm Bozak Funk, Hip Hop, Turntablism. Free, Boltini Lounge, C. 10:30pm Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Come and enjoy karaoke every Thursday. The Office, U. 10pm Live Karaoke Band Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm

Film Knocked Up (2007) Slobby Ben and up and coming career girl Alison meet at a bar, and end up having a one night stand. Eight weeks later, Ben is shocked when Alison meets him and reveals that she is pregnant. Despite having little in common, the two decide that they have to at least try to make some kind of relationship work for the baby’s sake. $2 Tuesday, $3 Thursday. Virginia Theatre, C. 7pm Miscellaneous French Department: Pause Cafe Espresso Royale Cafe, U. 6pm Normal Person’s Book Discussion Group Illini Union, C. 7pm Instrumental Ensemble — Concert Band From Sousa to swing, the Parkland

Concert Band studies and performs all types of symphonic band literature. This is a fun group to play in and listen to. This group will meet on Thursdays from August 23 to December 6 There is no fee and no auditions are required. For more information call 351-2392. Parkland College, C. 7pm Art Exhibits Parkland Faculty Art & Design Exhibition This exhibition features works by approximately 20 studio art and design faculty in painting, photography, drawing, metals, sculpture, digital, ceramics, and design as well as mixed media. Parkland Art Gallery, C. 1pm “Allerton Legacy” Open until dusk, daily. Also, garden tours can be arranged if you call 333-2127. Allerton Park, Monticello. 9am The Group: D — zero17 Exhibition An exhibition of original artworks by The Group: D — zero17. The Group: D — zero17 is a collection of students from the Watercolor II Class taught by artist Donald Lake at Parkland College. Pages for All Ages, Savoy. 9am Different Directions Featuring photography by Chris Brown, drawings by Gil Rocha and Ceramics by Taylor Schmidt. The exhibit runs through August 26. Springer Cultural Center, U. 9am “Masquerade” A show of recent work by Den-

nis Rowan. A percentage of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the American Indian College Fund. Cinema Gallery, U. 10am Elzie Sexton Mixed Media Paintings Elzie Sexton’s art is on exhibit at Radio Maria Tapas Bar through September 2. The following is the artist’s statement regarding the work: Radio Maria, C. 11:30am

Family Fun Funfare Children ages 3 to 6 are invited — with an adult — for a program featuring stories, songs, puppets and films for children and their parents or caregivers. Preschool groups are invited to come from 9:45 to 10:15am. (Groups please register in advance by calling 3674069) Second program from 10:30 to 11am. Urbana Free Library, 9:45am “Mission Read: To the Library and Beyond” Blastoff this summer with the Children’s Department of The Urbana Free Library when you join the 2007 summer reading program. Sign up for one of two independent reading clubs in the Children’s Department: Space Stars (pre-readers) and Book Blasters (readers). For more information, call 367-4069 or visit the library’s Web site at www. urbanafreelibrary.org. Urbana Free Library, 10am

Museums “A Whole Nother Game: Baseball in Central Illinois from the 1860s to the 1970s” Visit this years special exhibit featuring the history of area baseball from its beginnings during the Civil War through the Eastern Illinois League teams of the 1970s. No admission fee. Early American Museum, Mahomet. 1pm Volunteer Books to Prisoners Work Day UC Books to Prisoners accepts request letters from Illinois inmates, finds books that meet their needs and provides them at no cost to the inmates. Volunteers for Books to Prisoners read and respond to prisoners’ letters, as well as choose the books they think the prisoner would most enjoy from our selection. For more information, check out our Web site: http:// books2prisoners.org/. Independent Media Center, U. 2pm

FRI. AUG 24 Live Bands Appy Hour with Live Music at Silvercreek Restaurant Half-price appetizers and live music every Friday 5 to 8pm. Silvercreek Restaurant, U. 5pm Jeff Helgesen Quintet w/ Chip McNeill Free, Iron Post, U. 5pm The New Orleans Jazz Machine

ART & THEATER, AUGUST 23 — 25 Elzie Sexton Art Exhibition Mixed Media Paintings 2004 — 2007 A group of mixed media collage paintings from the past three years focusing on the artist’s rural upbringing in the presence of God and Satan and the houses haunted by the people we know illustrated in dense layers of collage and paint. The works produced by Sexton are influenced by his experiences, much like the music he creates with the local band, New Ruins. Radio Maria Tapas Bar, Thursday, August 23.

Art and Design Faculty Exhibition This exhibit will feature recent works by the art faculty at Parkland, including staff of both the Fine Art and Graphic Design programs. Painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metals, digital design and mixed media artwork will be included. This is a yearly glimpse of what Parkland’s art faculty has been creating in their studios. Check Parkland Web site for Gallery hours. Parkland College Art Gallery, Thursday, August 23.

Cinema Gallery: Masquerade Show “Masquerade,” a show of recent work by Dennis Rowan, August 22 — September 22. A percentage of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the American Indian College Fund. Cinema Gallery, Thursday, August 23, 10am.

FILM — Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) From opening scene to closing credits this delightfully dark film takes you on a fast-paced ride with the ingenious Baudelair kids through one unfortunate event after another after a fire orphans them. Virginia Theatre, Saturday, August 25, 1pm & 7pm, $5.

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Free, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 5:30pm Rooney, The Hush Sound, Hello Stranger $14/$16 at the door, 18+, Canopy Club, U. 6pm Velvet Touch Free, Hubers, C. 8pm Country Connection $1, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Pygmalion Music Festival Pre-Party: Santa, Elsinore $5, 18+, Canopy Club, U. 10pm Treologic, Krukid, Pulsar 47 $6, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm Mighty Groove Trio Get your dancing shoes on to rock out with this power trio after sweetcorn fest. Embassy Tavern, U. 10pm

DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm DJ Mertz House, funk, electro. Free, Boltini Lounge, C. 10pm “Baile”: DJ Bris Salsa, cumbias, and much more presented by Power ‘n Soul. $5, 19+, Highdive, C. 10pm DJ Mambo Italiano. House music. Free, Ko.Fusion, C. 11pm

Dancing Tango Newcomer Party An introduction to tango: Performances, Intro Lesson, Practice, Refreshments. Meet local tango dancers. $7, Phillips Recreation Center, U. 8pm Film The News-Gazette Film Series: “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” From opening scene to closing credits this delightfully dark film takes you on a fast-paced ride with the ingenious Baudelair kids through one unfortunate event after another after they’re orphaned by a fire. Starring: Jim Carrey. Rated PG. 2004, 1 hour and 48 minutes. Virginia Theatre, C. 7pm Lectures/discussions A Molecular Mousetrap Determines Polarity of Termination of DNA Replication in E.coli Dr. Aaron Oakley, Australian National University, Beckman Institute, C. 11am

Sporting events Women’s Soccer Butler exhibition, C. 6pm

Family Fun Family Fun Happy Hour Free food from 5 to 7pm. Arcade games, pool tables and more. Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports Bar, Tolono. 5pm

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Faith in Action — Assistance for Seniors

Lectures/discussions Try Y: Adults Read Young Adult Favorites Book Club Gary Paulsen’s Non-Fiction. Urbana Free Library, 2pm

Work with Faith in Action and plan a chore day for your group or organization. Help local senior citizens with household chores and yard work. Your large group will be divided into smaller teams, which will work for about 1 to 3 hours to complete a list of tasks. These seniors in need all reside in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. To set up a workday for your group, please contact Martha Paap at 337-2022 or Martha.paap@provena.org

Sporting events Women’s Soccer UW — Milwaukee exhibition. Champaign, 2pm

SAT. AUG 25 Live Bands Dan, Bob & Joni Free, Hubers, C. 8pm Haiti Benefit Concert Help the kids in Haiti and enjoy an evening of rock music by local artists $5 Minimum Donation, all proceeds go directly to the construction of a Methodist School in Thor, Haiti, all ages. Independent Media Center, U. 8pm Briggs — Houchin Duo Come to Pages and be cool with the Briggs — Houchin Duo. Free, Pages for All Ages, Savoy. 8pm Work In Progress Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Sippy and the Night Owls Memphis on Main, C. 9pm Brother Embassy, Trouvere $1, Firehaus, C. 9pm Renegade $5, 19+, Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports Bar, Tolono. 9pm Live Music Monster Honkey, & MsF. Mike ’n Molly’s, C. 9pm Broken Day, Missing the Point, Terra Diablo $5, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm Unpossible Unique blend of seventies style rock with a modern flair. Embassy Tavern, U. 10pm The Brat Pack Sangamon River Music Festival, 12:30pm

DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm DJ Dance Party 18+, Canopy Club, U. 9pm DJ Tim Williams Remix of top — 40, house, techno,, dance-pop, disco, ’80s and hip hop. $5 Cover, Highdive, C. 10pm Chris O House. Free, Boltini Lounge, C. 10pm DJ Tim Williams $5, 19+, Highdive, C. 10pm

Karaoke Live Karaoke Band Sangamon River Music Festival. 3pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Come and enjoy karaoke every Saturday. Geo’s, C. 9pm

Workshops The Window Repair Workshop The workshop will be an introduction to: Repairing and restoring old windows cost effectively, and making existing wood windows as energy efficient a replacement windows. Registration required, limited space available. Call 384-2440, or e-mail at rlbird@city.urbana.il.us. Independent Media Center, U. 8:30am Recreation Environmental Education Center Open Explore interactive display, see live animals and enjoy natural history exhibits at the Environmental Education Center. Join nature center staff and volunteers for guided nature hikes at 1pm. Admission to the center and for the hike is free. For more information, call 896-2455. Homer Lake, 10am

Miscellaneous Market at the Square Over 150 Illinois vendors, produce, food, flowers, plants, art, fine craft & more. Illinois St. & Vine Street, 9am

Volunteer ReStore Volunteer Orientation Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for our ReStore. Volunteers assist in all store duties, including customer service, pricing and displaying, pick ups and deliveries, and cashiering. All proceeds go to building more homes in Champaign County. For more information, a current ReStore orientation schedule, or to RSVP for an orientation, please contact Courtney at 355-6460 x116 or e-mail volunteer@cuhabitat.org. Habitat for Humanity, 9am

SUN. AUG 26 Live Bands Jam Session w/ MRS Trio Cover, Iron Post, U. 7pm 7 to 9 Sundays: Mad Mardigan, Casados, Five Oh First $3.50/$3 Cover with band flyer. All ages. Iron Post, U. 7pm Crystal River Free, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm New Sound Sundays: Canadian Customs, Abigail, Rajasekar, Goodnight Good Morning Free, 18+, $1 beer cans. Canopy Club, U. 9pm

DJ Salsa Sundays with DJ Bris Lessons 7 to 8:30pm, then open dancing. Free, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 7pm DJ Bris Mueller Free dance lessons 7 to 8pm. 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 7pm DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm

Recreation Boat Rentals Paddleboats, kayaks and rowboats will be available every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. There is no charge, but donations are requested. For more information, call 586 — 3360. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet. 1pm

Auditions Open Auditions for “To Kill a Mockingbird” Youth auditions from 1 to 4pm, adult auditions 6 to 8pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be on Monday August 27. Readings can be found on our Web site at www.parkland.edu/theatre They do not need to be memorized. No experience necessary. Call 351-2529 with questions. Parkland College, C. 1pm

Miscellaneous UIUC Falun Dafa Practice Group Illini Union, C. 4:10pm

MON. AUG 27 Live Bands Open Mic w/ Andy Morilion Free, Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports Bar, Tolono. 8pm

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Monday Night Rage: Zmick $1.50 Domestic Drafts, $2.50 Import Drafts. Free, 18+, Canopy Club, U. 8pm The Signal, Vanattica No alcohol, $5, all ages, Independent Media Center, U. 8pm Virgo Birthday party Brian Wilke and Dawna Nelson host a Virgo b-day party with prizes, drink specials, and mystery guests. Embassy Tavern, U. 8pm Open Mic Night with Hosts Brandon T. Washington and Mike Ingram Free, Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm WEFT Sessions featuring Trouvere WEFT 90.1 FM, 10pm The Surreal Deal Members of The Mighty Pranktsers and The Funky Butt Drum Club play groovy tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure. Members include Jeff Kerr, Billy Gault, Jesse Brown and Josh Quirk. The Office, U. 10pm

32nd Annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Friday, August 24th Main Stage 7:00pm — Kilborn Alley 9:00pm — Boat Drunks Family Stage 6:00pm — Good Night and Good Monrning 7:00pm — David Howie 8:00pm — Billy Croft Band

Saturday, August 25th 11am to 11pm Main Stage 4:00pm — Doxy 5:30pm — Candy Foster 7:00pm — Tons of Fun 9:00pm — Parliament/Funkadelic

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2nd Stage 12:00pm — Third Flight 1:30pm — Shoelove 3:00pm — Dark Meat 4:30pm — The Chemicals 6:00pm — Elsinore

Family Stage 11:00am — CUperStars 12:00pm — Fortyminusone 1:00pm — Stuart Smith 2:00pm — Day 40 3:00pm — Mike Brownlee 4:00pm — Fieldstone Road 5:00pm — AliveInside 6:00pm — Hillside Hero 7:00pm — Mark Harris The Chemicals

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DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm Open Decks Hosted by Chris O and the Infinite Imagination. Barfly, C. 10pm DJ SorceryKid $1, Ruby’s, C. 10pm Miscellaneous Jazz Ensemble — Orchestra If the sounds of strings are your thing, the Parkland Community Orchestra has a place for you. Participants will read and perform all styles of orchestral repertoire, from great classical works to contemporary composers. There is no class fee; however, permission by instructor is needed. For more information call 351-2392. Parkland College, 7pm Italian Table Italian converstaion. Intermezzo Cafe, U. 12pm

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Live Bands Lunchtime Series: Kayla Brown Free, Courtyard Cafe, C. 11:30am Original Music Showcase Musicians are encouraged to participate and to showcase their original material. Espresso Royale Cafe, U. 8pm Rehearsal Space Series: Lucky Mulholland, Bad Flirt $2 Long islands, Free, 18+, Canopy Club, U. 8pm

DESTROYING THE SPIRITS OF MANY. Lectures/discussions Phone Confusion Analysis and Its Applications Sandeep Phatak. Beckman Institute, C. 2pm “Recent Advances in Poultry Genetics and Impacts on Poultry Industry in China” Discussion by Dr. Ning Yang. Architecture Building, C. 12pm

Ludo, Last Fast Action, Shock Stars (featuring Stubhy of Lucky Boys Confusion), Inept $7, 18+, Canopy Club, U. 8pm Bugtussle Free, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm The Piano Man Playing all the hits and taking requests. 18+, Canopy Club, U. 10pm

Miscellaneous Bingo and Improv Happy Hour Boltini Lounge, C. 6pm

DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm

Family Fun Babies’ Lap Time Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to The Urbana Free Library for Babies’ Lap Time on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 10:15am. This program of songs, stories, and rhymes is for our youngest patrons, ages birth to 24 months, with an adult. No registration is required. For more information, call 367-4069. Urbana Free Library, 9:45am

Dancing Illini Folk Dance Society Beginners welcome: 398-6686. Illini Union, C. 8pm

Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s, C. 9pm Karaoke Karaoke with Randy Miller. Free, Bentley’s Pub, C. 9:30pm Live Karaoke Band Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm

Mind /Body / Spirit Tarot Card Readings Every Tuesday. $10 per reading. The Office, U. 5pm

Film Movie Night Come and meet with like-minded people and watch a metaphysical movie. Make friends, munch popcorn and be inspired. Titles include: “What the Bleep Do We Know,” “Indigo,” “The Secret,” and “What Dreams May Come.” School of Metaphysics, U. 7:30pm

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DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm Country Night w/ DJ Stifler Country 8 to 11:30pm, then Top — 40 Dance, hip hop, etc. $3/$5 after 10pm, 19+, Highdive, C. 8pm Disco Phil Disco, funk and soul. Free, Boltini Lounge, C. 10:30pm DJ Bozak Reggae, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, etc. Free, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 10:30pm Dancing Tango Dancing: DJ Joe Grohens Free, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 7:30pm Karaoke Dragon Karaoke Paul Faber hosts karaoke. Embassy Tavern, U. 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovanti’s, C. 10pm Miscellaneous The Deutsche Konversationgruppe Bread Company, U. 1pm Scandanavian Coffee Hour Bread Company, U. 4pm

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DJ Mertz

August 24th @ Boltini Lounge, 10pm, No Cover

For Mertz, it has always been simple: Find amazing music and share it with others. Whether it has been hosting radio shows, covering electronic music buzz file photo in magazines, promoting, or DJing, Mertz has found ways over the last seven years to share the music he loves. In the last five years Mertz has made his mark in central Illinois spreading his house sounds live behind the decks to appreciative crowds. His ear for great tunes has put him before crowds across the Midwest and playing alongside big names such as The Sound Republic, Bryan Jones, Colette, Justin Long, Pete Moss and Chris Grant to name a few. He’s also shared the decks at gigs and residencies with his DJing partner, rising star and former Boltini DJ, J Phlip. As he continues to play to new crowds in Champaign, the Midwest and beyond, the goal remains the same: keep sharing the music that moves him. www.boltinilounge.com

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The Hush Sound

Friday, August 24 @ The Canopy Club, 6pm, $14/$16 at the door School just started but that doesn’t have to mean there’s no room for fun! This Friday the Canopy Club is offering a precursor to the pre-game. So before you head off to whatever fraternity is handing out the best free beer, get your juices flowing as you dance to the easy rhythms of The Hush Sound.

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Together, this four-person unit has established a band in which every member is truly musical. Each member contributes vocally and instrumentally, creating a full melodic sound strengthened by its boy/girl harmony. Their genre is not unheard of, pop-rock and folk influenced; however, their capability to generate imagery through their lyrics is sincerely unique. The Hush Sound joins co-headliners Rooney, as well as opening band Hello Stranger. So fill up your Friday while you still have time to go out, and remember, it’s “syllabus week” for a reason! —Alyssa Vale

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August 24TH - 27TH Special sales event on Friday, August 24TH from 4-7PM

Live Music + BBQ Cookout + Giveaways

Discounts on iPod and Mac accessories all weekend long.

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