University of Illinois alum Roger Ebert and his wife, Chaz, have given the UI a sizeable gift to benefit the film program. Ebertfest is in full swing, with several UI staffers mysteriously absent today and tomorrow. (We call it the Ebert flu.) Urbana’s just put a nice plaque in front of Ebert’s boyhood home on Washington Street.

And Matt Dillon is here, for goodness’ sake. So I’ll be holding office hours on the Cowboy Monkey patio the rest of today and all of tomorrow. Just look for the woman in the Rumble Fish t-shirt.

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