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Gov. Quinn to reopen more parks

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Quinn will be reversing Blago's decision and reopening seven more state parks: Castle Rock State Park; Lowden State Park; Illini State Park; Hidden Springs State Forest; Moraine View State Park; Weldon Springs State Park; and Wolf Creek State Park.


Coming Soon: Anatomy of a Cupcake


Anatomy of a Cupcake is coming to C-U starting March 1st! A pastry catering business dedicated to the science of sweet and pleasing hungry people! We offer all kinds of goodies for any occasion and can even be carried at your local business if you would like! For more information, feel free to call Sidney at (217) 621-1269!


It’s story time — with Bobby Jindal!

Pardon me, but I thought I'd at least get come cookies and milk with this wasted 12 minutes of my life. If the GOP thinks that this is their answer to Barack Obama, then they might have to get up a little earlier in the morning. This, simply stated, is a joke.


The live nude girl in the devil’s territory

Authors Kathleen Rooney and Kyle Minor will read at the Illini Union Bookstore on March 3 as part of their 25-city Live Nude Girl in the Devil's Territory Tour. Joining them will be special guest reader Jodee Stanley, editor of Ninth Letter, the award-winning literary/arts journal published at UIUC.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading With Oprah (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), Something Really Wonderful (with Elisa Gabbert, dancing girl press, 2007) That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (also with Gabbert, Otoliths, 2008), Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (Switchback Books, 2008), and her latest book, a memoir, Live Nude Girl (Arkansas, 2009). Her poems have appeared in AGNI online, 32 Poems, and Cincinnati Review, and her essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Humanities Review, and Provincetown Arts. She lives in Chicago.

Kyle Minor is the author of In the Devil's Territory (Dzanc, 2009), a collection of short fiction, and co-editor of The Other Chekhov, an anthology of Anton Chekhov's lesser known stories. Other recent work appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.

Jodee Stanley is the editor of UIUC's own Ninth Letter, and has previously worked for other literary journals including Ploughshares and New England Review. Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, 580 Split, North Atlantic Review, Cincinnati Review, Book/Mark Quarterly, and other journals.

The readings will take place at the Illini Union Bookstore Author's Corner on March 3 at 4:30 p.m.


Worth Sharing: Josh Freese's new album Since 1972 ... and um ... more

Welcome to Worth Sharing. This is where we'll share what we think is some of the best of what is out there on the internets beyond C-U.

Up first, your chance to buy the new record by Josh Freese, session drummer extraodinaire and current member of A Perfect Circle, Devo, and The Vandals. He has also performed with Sting, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Westerberg, Ween, and more.

Needless to say, he is a rockstar.

But check out your options for buying his new album entitled, Since 1972. This is worth sharing.

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Lane closer

Warning! University Ave. in downtown Champaign will have "closer" lanes starting March 2nd.

I hope they end up being closer to my house.