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Detailed 2014-15 Illini Basketball schedule announced

Per the IlliniHoops Twitter account, there have been more details revealed about the upcoming 2014-15 Illinois Basketball season. Sure, we're only a few games into the Illini Football season, but let's be real here. I doubt I'm the only one looking past that season at this point in time.

Here are the details:


Where can I develop film in C-U?

Walgreens on Springfield Avenue is the only place in town that I have found to develop rolls of film. This may be changing come wintertime, though. They are slated to implement a new "dry print" system and are unsure of whether or not they will still develop rolls of film. 

If you know of anywhere else in town to develop film or if you have anything to say about film vs. digital photography, post it here!

P.S. — Does anyone know in which local establishment this photo of printed photographs was taken? Bonus points if you do. 


Friday Forum: “Conscience, Justice, and Equality” at University YMCA

                       September 19th, 12 p.m. at the University YMCA
                                     Conscience, Justice & Equality

Father Roy Bourgeois is scheduled to speak at the Friday Forum, Latzer Hall, University YMCA on September 19, at 12 p.m. His topic is "Conscience, Justice, and Equality". 

Fr. Roy Bourgeois is a former Catholic priest who was removed from his position by the church for attending the ordination of a woman and speaking in favor of women's ordination. He will talk about his experience leading him to follow his conscience, from his call to priesthood, to battling the injustices of the School of Americas, to the support for ordination of women to the Catholic Priesthood.

About the speaker: After serving in Viet Nam, he joined the Maryknoll Missionaries and served among the poor in South and Central America, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. Based on his experience with "death squads" in his mission service, he was impelled to take an activist leadership role in opposing the training of armies in counter-insurgency at the Fort Benning Georgia School of the Americas. Six Latin American countries have withdrawn their contracts with the school.

In 2008 he decided he must also address an injustice closer to home that affects women throughout the world — the exclusion of women from the Roman Catholic priesthood. His refusal to recant and deny the dictates of conscience eventually led to his canonical dismissal as a priest.

To quote Father Roy, "When there is injustice, silence is complicity". This philosophy extends to all areas of human justice.

He is also scheduled to speak on this topic at Allen Hall/Unit One on campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th.

Friday Forum is a weekly lectures series held every Friday at 12 p.m. in Latzer Hall at the University YMCA. The series takes place in the fall and spring semesters and strives to raise awareness about national and international trends and events. 


The Color Run happening in Champaign on September 27th

The Color Run is happening in Champaign on Saturday, September 27th, and we're hosting the official information for the event right here in Smile Politely. Check out all the information about the event below, how to register, where the event takes place, and everything else you can imagine. Check it out below, and download the PDF here as well.


Academic Freedom and Political Dissent: A Conversation with Katherine Franke and the Community

CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR TO SPEAK ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM, SALAITA:  Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke joins off-campus panel discussion

What’s next, now that the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has voted down Steven Salaita’s job? This Thursday, September 18th, Katherine Franke, a top national scholar of law, religion, and human rights, will speak at a community conversation focused on academic freedom, political dissent, and particular legal issues involved in political action on Israel-Palestine as well as the firing of Salaita from a tenured faculty position.

Franke, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia University, is paying her own way to speak at the Independent Media Center in Urbana. Joining more than 5000 other faculty who are boycotting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she announced her decision to cancel a previously scheduled speaking engagement at UIUC in a September 2 letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

Joining Franke at the Independent Media Center in Urbana will be Michael Rothberg, professor and head of the UIUC English Department and director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies Initiative on campus; Robert Warrior, director of the American Indian Studies Program, which offered Salaita the tenured position in comparative indigenous studies nearly a year ago; Chantal Nadeau, professor and former chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; and UIUC graduate students Brenda Sanya (Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership) and Eman Genayam (Department of English).

WHAT: “Academic Freedom & Political Dissent: A Conversation with Katherine Franke and the Community”

WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana (Elm and Broadway)

SPONSORS: Independent Media Center and Illinois Faculty for Academic Freedom and Justice

For more information on Katherine Franke, see http://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Katherine_Franke

For Franke’s recent interview on the Salaita case, see http://m.democracynow.org/stories/14633


Cassette Store Day happening September 27th

Once again, record stores in Champaign-Urbana will be celebrating International Cassette Store Day on September 27th. Exile on Main Street and Error Records will both be participating, per the CSD website. I'm uncertain of what will be going down at Exile on this particular Saturday for CSD, but the Pygmalion Festival will be happening, so you might find yourself there anyway. Error Records' information is below (via their Facebook event).

Error Records is happy to be a participant in this year's Cassette Store Day. Just like Record Store Day, labels and bands release exclusive tapes just for this one day and you can only get them from independent record stores. Below is the list of releases that will be in stock. More will be added as the date gets closer.


7Seconds - Leave A Light On
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island
Chuck Ragan - Till Midnight
Circle Jerks - Live At The House of Blues (2xCS)
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
Dirt Wizard - No Son Of Mine (Error Records)
Foxygen - ...And Star Power (2xCS)
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Obliterations - Obliterations/The Hole
Pujol - Reunited States of Being
Vivian Girls - Share The Joy
Zero Boys - History Of

Coachwhips - Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine
Dan Deacon - America
Damaged Bug - Hubba Bubba
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Head Wound City - Head Wound City EP
Joy - Under The Spell Of Joy
Real Estate - Days
Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
+ more!

Also, take 10% off everything non-CSD in the store for 9/27 only!


Call for Submissions announced for Short Film Festival

Per an Eastern Illinois University press release:

Plans are underway for the 10th annual Embarras Valley Film Festival scheduled for Nov. 6-8 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The planning committee is seeking submissions from student filmmakers to be shown during a special Short Film Festival as part of the activities on Nov. 8.

“We are looking for films of high artistic quality make by student filmmakers,” said Robin Murray, co-project director. “Preference will be given to Central Illinois filmmakers.”

Guidelines for submissions are: films should be short, under 30 minutes in length; submissions should be labeled with the filmmakers name, address, email address, and the title of the film; and a 2-3 sentence synopsis should be included in a cover letter.

For the first time in the history of the festival submissions are being accepted online at www.filmfreeway.com/festival/EmbarrasValleyFilmFestival/.  Filmmakers can fill out a short form with the required information and upload their film for consideration.

Films will also be accepted via email at rlmurray@eiu.edu or by mail at Embarras Valley Film Festival, Short Film Contest, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920, Attn: Robin Murray.

The deadline to submit a film is Oct. 10.

EVFF is a yearly event honoring a person or theme relevant to the Embarras Valley, which encompasses much of east-central Illinois. This year’s festival highlights the films of Dick Van Dyke, a native of Danville in Central Illinois.

Past festivals have honored Gregg Toland, William Phipps, Burl Ives, James Jones, Joan Allen, Lincoln, Silent Films & Illinois, Films For and About Children and Young Adults, Gene Hackman, and Documentary Films.

All festival events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-2787 or visit EIU Embarras Valley Film Festival on Facebook.


40 North announces winners of the 2014 ACE Awards

Champaign County, IL – 40 North | 88 West proudly announces the winners of the 2014 ACE (Arts, Culture, and Education) Awards. All seven ACE Award winners embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of Champaign County. Please join us for the tenth anniversary ACE Awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 14th, 5:30 p.m. at the Canopy Club in honoring their outstanding contributions!

The winners of the 2014 ACE Awards are:

Advocate ACE Award – Pens to Lens/Thomas Nicol, for expanding access to screenwriting and filmmaking to local k-12 students, and for forging creative partnerships with schools, CU Film Society, Champaign Movie Makers, and CUDO.

Artist ACE Award – Jason Patterson, for his outstanding achievement in impactful and powerful American history portraiture, and for his contributions to the excellence of the arts in Champaign County.

Volunteer ACE Award – Eric Robeson for demonstrating his unwavering commitment and generosity to the cultural arts community, and for being not only the catalyst, but also an active volunteer for numerous arts and cultural initiatives.

Business ACE Award – Art Coop for providing invaluable knowledge and resources to artists, educators, and students, including the highest quality materials, a free gallery space, and employment opportunities for young artists for over four decades.

Teacher ACE Award – Nathaniel Banks, for his spirit, dedication, and drive behind the successful after school enrichment music program, Mo Betta Music, and for his overall commitment to accessible music education for underserved youth.

Student ACE Award – Megan Diddie, UIUC Masters Candidate in Studio, for her outstanding achievement as the studio manager at Fresh Press agri-fiber papermaking lab, as well as her leadership in bringing papermaking workshops to numerous community arts programs.

Lifetime ACE Award – Gerald “Candy” Foster, for his decades of limitless talent and energy, his life-long dedication to his practice, his profound impact on countless musicians, and his engagement with the community as a whole.

The winners were chosen from over 90 public nominations by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County.

Judges: Alan Mette, Executive Association Director at UIUC School of Art + Design; Sophie McMahan, local artist; Carly McCrory, Communications Director at the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation; Jason Finkelman, Director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; Brandon T. Washington, music teacher at Urbana School District #116 and local musician.

Tickets to the 10th Annual ACE Awards are $12 each and are available at 40north.org/tickets and canopyclub.com. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the 40 North office at 106 S. Neil Street or call 217.351.9841. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Krannert Art Museum, Kessler Optical, Canopy Club, and Shatterglass Studios!

40 North | 88 West
40 North - Champaign County Arts Council - is dedicated to cultivating creativity in Champaign County. Through advocacy, information and collaboration, 40 North works to stimulate a vibrant, thriving environment for the arts, culture and education essential to the quality of life in Champaign County. For more info, visit www.40north.org. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


2014 Urbana Business Survey to close on September 19th

The City of Urbana would like to remind Urbana businesses that the 2014 Urbana Business Survey will close September 19th, 2014. The City intends to use the survey feedback to recognize what areas of improvements are needed and address any concerns Urbana businesses may have to work towards creating changes for a better business community.

The Urbana Business Survey was first administered in 2002 and again in 2009 as a means of understanding the needs of Urbana business owners and how the City could further economic development in the community. The 2014 business survey will build upon those efforts and help the City to see which areas have grown or decreased over the last five years. In addition, the survey will also help give a larger understanding of what areas need more focus during the Tax Increment Financing District and Enterprise Zone renewal.

Businesses that participate in the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. Only one survey entry per business is allowed. The survey is estimated to take about ten minutes. The survey can be found at: www.urbanaillinois.us/survey. The survey will close September 19, 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2014 Urbana Business Survey, please contact Brandon Boys at 217-328-8270 or bsboys@urbanaillinois.us.