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Audition announcement for PDP holiday show

Auditions have been set for an original holiday show, to be produced by Penny Dreadful Players. Here's the lowdown:

What? 'Tis the Season—A New Holiday Show

Whence? Written and Directed by Stephanie Svarz and Aaron Russell

Whereabouts and Whenabouts? October 21st in Greg Hall from 7-10pm

For more information, check out the PDP website.


Upcoming Sex + Gender Films Series screening at the Women’s Resources Center

The Women's Resources Center (703 S. Wright, 2nd Floor, Champaign) is hosting a screening of an interesting film, I Wasn't Always Dressed Like This, this Thursday at 7 p.m.

Here's some info about the film:

In a very intimate and meditative mode, three Muslim women reflect around issues of cultural memory, identity, self-censorship, feminism, politics and media. By appreciating the personal and experiential quality of veiling, this documentary is able to articulate critically and reflexively while challenging its popular perception. This event is part of Islam Awareness Week at the University of Illinois and in conjunction with Wear a Hijab Day. Post film discussion facilitated by Muslim Student Association and the Women’s Resources Center.


Ticket giveaway for Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar at the Highdive

Hey readers. We're doing a ticket giveaway on Twitter currently for The Pygmalion Festival's Show Series installment of Pallbearer, Tombs, and Vattnet Viskar at the Highdive. The show is this upcoming Sunday, October 19th.

Check out the tweet below and RT for a chance to win a pair of tickets.


Wayne McClain has passed away

Per a report by The News-Gazette, Champaign Central basketball coach and former Illini assistant coach Wayne McClain has passed away:

URBANA — Wayne McClain, the former Illinois assistant basketball coach and state-champion head coach at Peoria Manual, died Wednesday. He was 59.

Mr. McClain, the boys' basketball coach at Champaign Central,  was hospitalized earlier this week in the intensive-care unit, suffering from pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife Robin, son Sergio, daughter Brindeshie and grandson Sergio Jr.

Updated: 2:40 p.m.

Here's a statement from Champaign Unit 4 Schools:

​​Today our Unit 4 Family was saddened to learn that Central High School Basketball Coach Wayne McClain has passed away. This is a tremendous loss for not only our students, staff, and families, but for the community. Coach McClain influenced the lives of many during his time at Central, and impacted so many more during his long, successful coaching career. We offer our condolences and support to the McClain Family and will be offering support to staff and students during this difficult time. ​


Sugar by Sarah pop-up announced

Sugar by Sarah, the delightful bakery serving up colorful and tasty macarons at Urbana's Market at the Square, will hold a pop-up at [co][lab] from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, October 30. 

Here's a chance to impress someone (or yourself!) with some yummy macarons, cookies, or cakes in jars. The menu is still to be determined, so check the Sugar by Sarah Facebook page for updates. 


Become a CU dream chaser

CU Dream Chasers is a local organization you as a professional should join. Through the organization you'll have the opportunity to talk to kids in the community about your career path. The group hopes to help kids learn about careers paths that they might like to follow someday.

By signing up, you are showing that you care about the kids, and this community as a whole. 

Your willingness to share and inspire will help create a new generation of dream chasers.

For more information about the program check out the website at www.cudreamchasers.org or by contacting Beckie Kane, Beckie.kane@gmail.com


U-C Energy Star Challenge surpasses first two goals

The Urbana-Champaign ENERGY STAR Challenge has exceeded the first two goals in the partnership’s two year effort to engage commercial buildings to save energy. Presently 61 buildings are registered for the Challenge and 28 have submitted documentation of their benchmark energy performance. The goals for the Urbana-Champaign competition were 50 buildings registered and 25 buildings benchmarked. By comparison, similar competitions in Portland, Seattle, and Boise are attracting 64, 110, and 41 registrations respectively. Additional goals for the local effort include achieving energy savings in 10 buildings and helping 5 of these buildings achieve ENERGY STAR Certification.

The Urbana-Champaign ENERGY STAR Challenge is part of the larger efforts of the Challenge Partners to reduce pollution and improve sustainability and prosperity in our region.

Current Participants include:

  • UIUC- Snyder Hall
  • UIUC- Scott Hall
  • UIUC- Lundgren Hall
  • UIUC- Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall
  • UIUC- Barton Hall
  • UIUC-Allen Hall
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • UIUC - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
  • UIUC - Wohlers Hall
  • UIUC - Physical Plant Services Building
  • UIUC - National Soybean Research Center
  • UIUC - Natural Resources Building
  • UIUC - Illini Union Hall
  • UIUC - Fred Turner Student Services Building
  • UIUC - Engineering Hall
  • UIUC - David Kinley Hall
  • UIUC - Admissions and Records
  • Busey Bank
  • Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign
  • IGBA
  • Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment
  • Manolo's Pizza & Empanadas
  • The Canopy Club
  • University of Illinois Employees Credit Union
  • Urbana Business Association
  • VE Websites
  • Ippatsu Salon
  • Shatterglass Studios
  • Champaign County Head Start - Urbana
  • Westview Elementary School
  • Booker T. Washington Elementary School
  • Stratton Elementary Elementary School
  • South Side Elementary School
  • Robeson Elementary School
  • Kenwood Elementary School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Garden Hills School
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Edison Middle School
  • Dr. Howard Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • Central High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Carrie Busey Elementary School
  • Bottenfield Elementary School
  • Barkstall
  • Champaign County Head Start
  • C-UPHD Building
  • First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana
  • Busey Bank
  • Champaign Police Station
  • Champaign City Building
  • Champaign Fire Station 6
  • Champaign Fire Station 5
  • Chamapaign Fire Station 4
  • Champaign Fire Station 3
  • Champaign Fire Station 2
  • Champaign Fire Station 1
  • City of Champaign
  • Farm & Fleet of Urbana
  • Urbana Fire Department South Substation
  • Urbana Fire Department North Substation
  • Urbana Civic Center
  • Urbana Public Works Building
  • Urbana City Building
  • Finch Law Office
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Current Partners include:

  • City of Urbana
  • City of Champaign
  • Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  • University of Illinois
  • Ameren ActOnEnergy
  • Illinois Green Business Association
  • Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Anyone can watch the progress of the Challenge participants or register themselves at ucenergychallenge.com. 

For more information, please contact Scott Tess at 217-384-2381 or srtess@urbanaillinois.us.


This Jimmy John’s employee non-compete document is insanity

You're most likely already familiar with this incident. Well, here's some more bad news for the sandwich joint, which is headquartered in Champaign. Via Jezebel's Kitchentte, posted yesterday, discussed this absurd non-compete document that all Jimmy John's employees must sign. Here's a couple of paragraphs to begin:

Huffington Post obtained a copy of a Jimmy John's non-compete agreement that all employees are required to sign, no matter where they sit on the corporate food chain. The agreement states that after leaving Jimmy John's for any reason, the employee cannot work for two years at any Jimmy John's competitor. That would be crazy enough, but it gets even more Banana Town when you consider what Jimmy John's apparently considers a "competitor": any business that makes at least 10% of its revenues from sandwiches within three miles of ANY Jimmy John's.

Basically, any former Jimmy John's employee can't work at ANY restaurant that serves sandwiches or even any business that provides sandwiches as a side service (10% of their revenue, remember) within three miles of any existing Jimmy John's. A company spokeswoman refused to comment, because Jimmy John's doesn't give even a semblance of a fuck about basic human decency, and they're scared that if they have to publicly comment on this issue, that'll become blatantly obvious.

They're not making this very easy on us, are they?