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Illinois football games to be broadcast in Mandarin Chinese

Today, the University of Illinois announced that football games will be broadcast in Mandarin Chinese via online radio. This seems like a natural fit for the U of I, seeing as though more than 4,500 of the undergraduate population is from China. For an atheltic department and sport that could use a substantial boost, this seems like a fantastic marketing move as well, as American football is now more accessible to an international population than ever before. Maybe now we won't consistently get ripped on by Deadspin for having the saddest student section in the country.

The broadcast will feature David He and Bruce Lu behind the mic, and will be available starting this season. More info can be found here.

To anyone who doubts Champaign-Urbana's status as an international city (or cities), what's more international than this? Every day we're more connected, and every day it's more exciting than before.

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RSVP to SZA at The HighDive

SZA is hot right now — and she's playing at the HighDive September 16th. Provided you are 19 or older and RSVP, admission is only $3. Click here to RSVP (admission not guaranteed — it's first come, first serve). Red Bull Sound Select performers Lizzo and Povi are also playing. A very cool show, and at the dirt cheap price of $3, attendance is a no-brainer.


 

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U of I to name Lou Henson Court at State Farm Center on Monday

Per the Champaign Room:

Photo from WILL.

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Oktoberfests announced

Dates for two Oktoberfests have been announced.

C-U Oktoberfest, organized by the Developmental Services Center, will happen in Downtown Champaign 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, October 10th. Check out SP's reviews of the 2013 and 2014 events in the meantime. Additional information is available on the event's Facebook page

Crane Alley will also celebrate Oktoberfest from 1 p.m. to close (or whenever the food is gone) on Sunday, September 20th. Tickets are not required; traditional German dress is encouraged. 

Prost!

 

Photo by Jessica Hammie

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GWAR will return to C-U in November

Thrash aliens GWAR are playing Canopy Club in all their blood-spurting glory on Monday, November 2nd with Born of Osiris and Battlecross. The show is part of a newly-announced second leg of the band's 30 Years of Total World Domination Tour. After mourning the passing of long-time front-alien Oderus Urungus last year, GWAR has shown no signs of stopping as the band is on its second new singer, Blöthar.

Here are the details, from the show's Facebook event page:

GWAR promises an all new show that cannot be missed. All human scum are commanded to attend each and every show of the tour! So tell your bosses, spouses and screaming rug rats to suck it! Dedicate your life to GWAR!

The band is keeping the gory details of the show tightly under wraps, but guitarist Pustulus Maximus seems hell bent on leaking some information about what to expect…

”I have yet to grasp this concept of the internet and the spouting of self-important speeches by people in social media; the INTERNET MUST DIE, so GWAR will KILL IT!. Management tells me the internet is not a person that can be fought and killed, but they don’t know the true power of a Scumdog. WE KILL EVERYTHING!”

Tickets are $20 in advance and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

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Farmer City sign sparks outrage

According to The News-Gazette, a new sign up in Farmer City is sparking outrage.  The sign, which was put up on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death, reads: "Congrats Michael Brown: one year with no criminal behavior."

It should go without saying that poking fun at the death of a teenager is horrendous, but other than that, there are no words to articulate just how disgusting this is.

So I'd like to extend the most sincere middle finger possible to Schmidt's Welding & Machine Shop in Farmer City. They're doing a great job at setting the new Central Illinois standard for stupidity.

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HUM's "Stars" on SPIN's "95 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1995" list

Lists are fun, especially nostalgic ones like this. C-U's HUM is heading out on tour (new website and everything!), starting with tomorrow night's sold out show with C-U comrades the Dirty Feathers. This is the band's first significant tour in quite some time. They've been featured on SPIN's list of "The 95 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1995" list at #31

Also, this is still great.

Here's the text from the article:

31. Hum, “Stars”

The flipside to “Girl From Mars,” Hum’s “Stars” is an equally spectral dream-pop crusher about a girl with a bad case of extraterrestrial envy. The riffing is as gorgeously anthemic and spotless as any ’90s fretwork found outside Siamese Dream, and the lyrics are as simultaneously wondrous and disconcerting as any perplexed-dude gawk at femininity since Talking Heads’ “And She Was.” —A.U.

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U of I Chancellor Phyllis Wise to resign

In a surprising move, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise announced today that she would be resigning her position on August 12 to return to the faculty. WCIA's Aaron Bennet has the full press release, seen below:

In making her decision, Wise claimed "external issues have arisen over the past year that have distracted us from the important tasks at hand." It's easy to infer these "external issues" are, at least in part, lawsuits against the women's basketball team and soccer team, as well as accusations of mistreatment of players on the football team.

Wise has been one of the most vocal supporters of Athletic Director Mike Thomas throughout his tenure and especially during these "distractions." As such, her resignation has the potential to greatly affect the future of the athletic department.

Here's more info from the News-Gazette.

Photo from Huffington Post.

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Ronda Coleman announced as Champaign County’s first African-American judge

Yesterday, it was announced that Ronda Coleman of Urbana would be hired as the next judge in Champaign County, its first African-American judge and its fifth female judge. According to The News-Gazette, Coleman is a veteran prosecutor, spending her time in C-U as a Federal attorney for the Central District.

Out of 25 applicants, Coleman was chosen - and while this may seem rather typical - an expereince lawyer becoming a judge, that is - Coleman is breaking into an establishment continually controlled by white males, showing that Champaign County is continually striving towards representative diversity.