Jess made a SPlog about this a while back when the campaign was launched, but I stumbled upon the Pandemonium Doughnuts Indiegogo campaign today and realized it's nearing the end. Check out the campaign here, which has just about 14 hours left until it closes up.
Reddit is one of those destinations that generates an incredible amount of interaction between users on just about the most random stuff around. Per an article on Mashable, a user on Reddit posted a question: "What's the best website other than reddit?" Users voted Wolfram Alpha, a "computational knowledge engine" whose corporate headquarters are based right here in C-U, #3 on that list. Pretty cool. Check out the whole list linked above.
As with past IJPAN events, "Timings" will also be streamed live via our website.
"Timings, an Internet Dance" joins together dancers in three locations: Tokyo, Champaign, and Dekalb, IL, for an experimental dance fantasy on the idea of timing, and the role it plays in our lives. The performance features motion-capture control of 3D avatars, real-time live streaming and recorded video, and live electronic music. Many innovative technologies are being used, some of which have been developed specifically for this performance. This is dance theater of the future, developed now at University of Illinois.
Produced by U of I Professor and IJPAN Technical Director John Toenjes, "Timings" features a cast of U of I dance alumni and current doctoral students. In Tokyo, well-known Butoh dancers will be performing from the Digital Hollywood University, and in Dekalb, dancers will be at Northern Illinois University under the direction of professor Paula Frasz.
This event is also sponsored by the Harry D. Castle Fund, Dance at Illinois, and eDREAM.
There are a few ways you can get involved with changing the process of determining how the state districts are drawn, and here's how. This sort of thing affects everyone in Illinois, including people in C-U. Check out this petition from Yes For Independent Maps, plus the description from the site below:
Illinois government is in terrible shape, plagued by high levels of corruption and too many decisions based on political paranoia and or self-interest. Politicians are failing to respond to the needs of every day citizens.
It is time for voters to raise their voices and demand fair, honest, effective Illinois government. The first major step on the road to fundamental change in Illinois is to establish an independent process for drawing legislative maps. That is why Yes for Independent Maps is working to place a redistricting ballot measure on the November 2014 ballot.
Join the Yes for Independent Maps campaign and help make Illinois government more transparent, fair, honest, and accountable. It's time to draw fair maps and put voters back in charge.
The site will have all the information on how to sign the petition.
We see these lists all the time, but we think this one is still worth mentioning. In a recent study conducted by the American Institute for Economic Research, they've ranked Champaign-Urbana as #7 on their "Best College Towns" list. You can check out the whole study here, as well as the PDF specifically designated for C-U. Huffington Post has some additional info here as well.
The Market Place Mall must have Santa Claus on a ridiculous contract, because Santa is set to be available to take photos as early as this Saturday.
That's right. 11/23/2013. Before Thanksgiving even hits us, Santa is going to be at Market Place Mall at the SEARS wing.
So if you have younger siblings or kids of your own, might as well get the dreaded, often hilarious Santa photos out of the way early.
The pricing details for photos can be seen here.
Just stumbled upon the news that WCIA's newscaster Dave Benton is to undergo brain surgery to remove a tumor. From the WCIA Facebook page:
A message from Dave Benton…
You may have noticed I've been gone a few days and I wanted to let you know why. I'm scheduled to have brain surgery tomorrow. Doctors found a tumor and they're taking it out. We will know more after that. I hope to be back to work after Thanksgiving.
I believe in the power of prayer. The more people sending some up for me the better.
Thanks for your support,
Our best wishes go out to Dave and his family during this time from us here at SP. Hoping for a speedy and full recovery.
Regardless of this being a handful of years old at this point, this article from The Onion has surfaced around on Facebook feeds. We think it's worth sharing.
You can click the link above, or check out the text here:
University Of Illinois Researchers Find Link Between Attending University Of Illinois, Receiving Solid Education At Great Price
URBANA, IL—According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois, there is a strong correlation between enrolling at the local four-year college and receiving a well-rounded, but moderately priced education. "Our research indicates that the likelihood of getting a solid bang for your academic buck increases dramatically when attending the U of I, located in Urbana-Champaign, just minutes away from beautiful downtown," said chief author Dr. Joseph Mahler, who works extensively in his field and brings years of experience to the classroom. "In all cases, test subjects reported that the price of matriculating at the University of Illinois was nearly as unbeatable as the vaunted Fighting Illini Men's Basketball Squad. Go Illini!" Researchers are currently conducting a new study linking the contribution of alumni funds to the university with a sense of general happiness and well-being.
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