Category Archives: Getting to know Champaign-Urbana

Maybe you’ve heard about the troubles that local Champaign-Urbana band Elsinore recently encountered with the cover artwork for their new album, Yes Yes Yes.  The artwork is a painting by UIP’s very own student worker Brittany Pyle, a friend of … Continue reading

  On Monday, several gracious UIP employees volunteered to answer phones for WILL-TV‘s Winter Pledge Drive. As we answered phones and filled out pledge forms (on camera!), we listened to programs featuring Red Grange; the University of Illinois marching band; … Continue reading

The Champaign Public Library is hosting an event this evening that looks like fun: “Ethnic Illinois: French Traditions in Music and Food:” Dennis Stroughmatt, an authority on French Creole music, presents a program featuring traditional music that has been played … Continue reading

This morning’s Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Report features “A Tradition of Banality” by Don Troop. (Warning: CHE‘s links are walled after a few days.) The “Banality” refers to the thousands of taglines collected at Troop reports that Rick … Continue reading

Today’s Inside Higher Ed includes a small item on preparing for a Swine Flu outbreak. “At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, more students than normal are seeking treatment for the flu, and officials attribute the increase to worries about … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Oh, dear. Here are a couple of nice examples of the silliness of springtime. Shelf Awareness brings us up to date on this year’s BEA. And our local online city paper, Smile Politely, does, in fact, make us smile. (I’ll … Continue reading

This past weekend Champaign Centennial High School won the class 3A state boys basketball championship over Oswego.  Centennial’s semi-final opponent helped pave the way with a “fashion don’t.”

Before you fill out your NCAA Men’s Basketball brackets, be sure to consult Inside Higher Ed‘s annual Academic Performance Tournament.  We’re in the sweet sixteen, baby!

One of the things I love about living in Champaign-Urbana is the prominence of books in our culture. In addition to the U of I libraries, we have three public libraries, one for each city as well as a branch, … Continue reading