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UPDATED: U of I Women’s Basketball parents respond to recent allegations

Things have not been the brightest surrounding U of I Athletics as of late. Though several of the teams have been remarkably great on the field of play (baseball, tennis, golf) — the Illini Football program has been under fire, and more recently, Illini Women's Basketball.

Reading "Coach Bollant has systematically tried to create racial tension among the team." is not exactly the best thing to see, and there's more below.

In response to the allegationsthe News-Gazette has published some letters from parents of players.

From the News-Gazette

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

So the News-Gazette isn't allowing us to publish all of the letters as we originally did (I mean, I get it, but this is the internet, people), so if you want to support people who treat their readers like bathroom stalls with gloryholes, go click over there.


Despite the fact that we've linked through to the News-Gazette site, and credited them with what they published (something they've never done for us, not ever, not once), legal counsel for the local daily paper has asked us to please remove the screenshots of letters that they didn't write and re-direct you to their website, where you can read them there. That's where they also sell advertising via Google ads while publishing mugshots of unconvicted citizens, interrogate the recently bereaved, and endorse the dissolution of unions.

Bomani Jones from ESPN also sent this out on Twitter yesterday afternoon:


Send IMC to AMC fundraiser to take place Sunday

A fundraiser to help send UC-IMC artists to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit will take place Sunday evening at the IMC.

From the release:

A dinner will be served for a suggested $25-$50 a plate.

With this event the IMC wishes to further the Black Lives Matter movement by supporting some of our own emerging young Black artists. There will be an exhibit of photographs by Jameel Bridgewater for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to go to the fundraiser. Local hip hop artist T.R.U.T.H will also be performing. IMC activists will talk about a panel they will be presenting at the conference, "Organizing & Winning Against Mass Incarceration Locally."

The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world! Help us ensure an Urbana presence at this year's conference!

Can't make the fundraiser, but want to support us?
Please make a donation here!

We hope you'll join us!     

In solidarity,
The UCIMC Delegation to Allied Media Conference

The Psychedelic Furs to headline Urbana Sweetcorn Festival; More acts to be announced

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival will be celebrating its 40th year in Downtown Urbana on August 28th and 29th. In the past, the Urbana Business Association has brought in a national act to headline the main stage on Saturday night.

This year, the UBA is bringing in a two headliners — one to perform on Friday night and one to perform on Saturday night.

“Since we’re celebrating 40 years of the festival, we wanted to do something big,” said Cynthia Chandler, executive director of the UBA. “So we decided to get national headliners on our Main Stage on both Friday and Saturday nights of the festival — historically we’ve only had a big name on Saturday night.”

Well, big UBA has gone, as two international acts are part of the first announcement of headlining acts. Performing Friday night will be Brits, The Psychedelic Furs, who will be supported by Australia’s The Church.

The London-based Psychedelic Furs, most famous for 1981’s “Pretty In Pink,” will bring their blend of new-wave and post-punk to Urbana’s main stage. “Pretty In Pink” inspired the John Hughes film of the same name, and drove the Furs to re-release the track in 1986 to coincide with the film.

The Church, who just released a new record in 2014, are probably most well-known for “Under the Milky Way” which hit #2 in the US in 1988.

The Saturday headliners, along with the rest of the entertainment schedule, will be announced later in the summer.

The just-announced tour featuring the Psychedelic Furs and the Church is already gaining national attention as influential music blog Brooklyn Vegan just made a post about it and included their stop in Urbana:


Spindependence will return this July

DJs from around the midwest will unite July 2-4 for "Spindependance," a 3-day Independence Day festival taking place in Downtown Champaign.  See more info and the initial lineup of DJs (including several locals) in the press release below. The full lineup will be announced June 1st.

DJ Kosmo at a previous Spindepencence


DJ Festival and BBQ returns to Cowboy Monkey and The Highdive bigger and better than ever!!!

CHAMPAIGN, IL (May 18, 2015) -- On July 2, 3 & 4, Central Illinois’, Chicago’s, Indy’s and St. Louis’ top DJs will all gather for 3 music filled days, during Spindependence at Cowboy Monkey and The Highdive in Downtown Champaign, Illinois.

Spindependence Day was introduced in 2003 by John Kosmopoulos aka DJ Kosmo and was originally created as a barbeque party for DJs and staff in the bar and restaurant industry who were looking for something to do during the 4th of July holiday. It was hosted in various locations throughout Downtown Champaign throughout the years but never on a consistent annual basis. After a few years in hiatus, John Kosmopoulos aka DJ Kosmo and Douglas Layne aka DJ Delayney, brought Spindependence Day back as a single day annual event in 2009 and it has consistently grown in attendance and has quickly become one of the most anticipated parties of the summer event season.

Today Spindependence Day is a multi-day barbeque and DJ event with over 25 DJs, both locally and regionally, of various genres performing in venues inside and outside that attracts a diverse group of DJs, bar/restaurant industry staff and all around good vibe party crowd.

Spindependence Festival General Info:

Regional DJs:
Available June 1

Central Ilinois DJs:
A-Ron, Belly, Bud Walters, Delayney, Disco Phil, DopeBoyNextDoor, Eva Dix, Funktobot, G-Neal, Grapes, Greg2Hype, Harsh, Ja’naea Modest, Kirkwood West, Kosmo, Kow, Krucial, Loco Lounny, Matrix, Mike Alvez, Mingram, Rasul, Tim Williams, Tristan Travis, Tugz, Vamp, Wesjile and more TBA.

Thursday, July 2 – Informal Kick-Off

5pm – 12am Cowboy Monkey Outdoors
10pm – 2am Cowboy Monkey Indoors

Friday, July 3

5pm – 12am Highdive Outdoors
10pm – 2am Highdive Indoors

Saturday, July 4

12pm – 12am Highdive Outdoors
10pm – 2am Highdive Indoors




U of I College of Business named top 5 Undergraduate Residential Business School

We've been posting a lot about C-U and the U of I showing up on "best of" lists recently. Today, Value Colleges posted their list of the top 50 Value Residential Business Schools and included the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Business as their #5 school. They had this to say:

We at valuecolleges.com are particularly interested in Illinois as their high 20-year return on investment (ROI) of around $500,000 finds them ranking higher than some Ivy League and many other Big Ten universities across the country.

You can check out the full write-up and the rest of the list here.