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Champaign, U of I featured on The Onion

These are always fun to see. Check out this hilarious column in the Onion, which features "a study" from the University of Illinois. Check it:

Researchers: Quality Of Sleep May Be Affected By Abandoning Family In 1994

CHAMPAIGN, IL—According to a study published this week by researchers at the University of Illinois, an individual’s ability to get a good night’s sleep may be directly influenced by having made a decision 20 years ago to walk out on their family and never return. “In many cases, we found that chronic insomnia is strongly linked to reaching one’s breaking point on a winter evening back in 1994, waiting until everyone in the house was in bed, and then driving off into the night without looking back,” said study co-author Tim Liu, who noted a close correlation between erratic delta waves during stage 3 of the sleep cycle and not having spoken to your daughter since you tucked her in that night when she was 7. “Additionally, we saw that while nearly everyone who deserted their loved ones experienced some form of sleep loss, those who exhibited the most restless nights were the ones who told their new families they were off working on container ships 20 years ago instead of coming clean about the spouse and three children they left behind halfway across the country.” In a related finding, the researchers also concluded that individuals who carry on extramarital affairs with someone their spouse trusts sleep eight hours every night and always awake fully rested.


Ticket giveaway for Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar at the Highdive

Hey readers. We're doing a ticket giveaway on Twitter currently for The Pygmalion Festival's Show Series installment of Pallbearer, Tombs, and Vattnet Viskar at the Highdive. The show is this upcoming Sunday, October 19th.

Check out the tweet below and RT for a chance to win a pair of tickets.


Wayne McClain has passed away

Per a report by The News-Gazette, Champaign Central basketball coach and former Illini assistant coach Wayne McClain has passed away:

URBANA — Wayne McClain, the former Illinois assistant basketball coach and state-champion head coach at Peoria Manual, died Wednesday. He was 59.

Mr. McClain, the boys' basketball coach at Champaign Central,  was hospitalized earlier this week in the intensive-care unit, suffering from pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife Robin, son Sergio, daughter Brindeshie and grandson Sergio Jr.

Updated: 2:40 p.m.

Here's a statement from Champaign Unit 4 Schools:

​​Today our Unit 4 Family was saddened to learn that Central High School Basketball Coach Wayne McClain has passed away. This is a tremendous loss for not only our students, staff, and families, but for the community. Coach McClain influenced the lives of many during his time at Central, and impacted so many more during his long, successful coaching career. We offer our condolences and support to the McClain Family and will be offering support to staff and students during this difficult time. ​


This Jimmy John’s employee non-compete document is insanity

You're most likely already familiar with this incident. Well, here's some more bad news for the sandwich joint, which is headquartered in Champaign. Via Jezebel's Kitchentte, posted yesterday, discussed this absurd non-compete document that all Jimmy John's employees must sign. Here's a couple of paragraphs to begin:

Huffington Post obtained a copy of a Jimmy John's non-compete agreement that all employees are required to sign, no matter where they sit on the corporate food chain. The agreement states that after leaving Jimmy John's for any reason, the employee cannot work for two years at any Jimmy John's competitor. That would be crazy enough, but it gets even more Banana Town when you consider what Jimmy John's apparently considers a "competitor": any business that makes at least 10% of its revenues from sandwiches within three miles of ANY Jimmy John's.

Basically, any former Jimmy John's employee can't work at ANY restaurant that serves sandwiches or even any business that provides sandwiches as a side service (10% of their revenue, remember) within three miles of any existing Jimmy John's. A company spokeswoman refused to comment, because Jimmy John's doesn't give even a semblance of a fuck about basic human decency, and they're scared that if they have to publicly comment on this issue, that'll become blatantly obvious.

They're not making this very easy on us, are they?


Someone is having a good time on Tim Beckman’s Wikipedia page

There are some pretty great things happening at the Tim Beckman Wikipedia page, which, at the time of posting this SPlog, still remain. Below are some screenshots for you to see.

Here's what the text reads right now, in case it is deleted, or you have issues reading the screenshot posted above and below.

Tim Beckman, or Lasagña!!! to friends and family, (born January 19, 1965) is an American football "coach" and former player. He is the soon-to-be-former head football coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. One of the worst hires in the last 20 years in all of NCAA football, he set the once promising Illinois program back so far that it will take years to recover from the stain of his reign. He was hired on December 9, 2011, by Athletic Director Mike Thomas, after coaching at the University of Toledo for three years.[1] By some miracle, Beckman's teams at Toledo saw consistent improvement. The 2008 team he inherited went 3-9. In 2009, his first year as a head coach, his team improved to finish 5-7. In the following year, his team finished 8-5, 7-1 in the MAC, earning a berth to the 2010 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, which they lost 34-32 to the FIU Golden Panthers. In his final year at Toledo, Coach Beckman finished 9-4, 7-1 in the MAC to be West Division co-champions with Northern Illinois. This team earned a berth to the 2011 Military Bowl. However, Beckman left after the regular season to become the head coach of the Fighting Illini.


Not to mention — "Tim Beckman (AKA Jimmy Peckerface)"

Someone is having a real hay day out there on the interwebz.

H/T to a reader for this suggestion. You know who you are.


BodyWork Associates now offers online scheduling

BodyWork Associates, a group practice of massage therapists serving Champaign-Urbana since 1982, is now offering online scheduling for both their Campus office (inside the ARC) and also at their Windsor Road location.

Clients can access the online scheduling link at http://www.bodyworkassociates.com/book-online/

Once an account has been set, clients can conveniently book their appointment at the time of their choosing. Of course, scheduling over the phone is still possible by calling (217) 351-1011 during normal business hours.


Plant Mode soon to be open in Furniture Lounge’s loft space

Per Plant Mode's website:

Plant Mode had a very fun and successful time at The Made Fest last weekend, I mean really, it was a blast. So much energy and time went into the prep, the weekend was a blur. Now things are calm enough for me to think about the next move on the horizon for Plant Mode.

Starting this coming Saturday October 4th, Plant Mode will begin a 3 month stint at Furniture Lounge. Things may go on past January, but we are starting with a 3 month partnership to get things off the ground. And as Amanda from Furniture Lounge said, "it's expected that Plant Mode will need to move into a larger space", once one opens up in our fair downtown. 

Here are the logistics of Plant Mode in Furniture Lounge. 

Every Saturday I will be posted up in the rear lofted area of Furniture Lounge, selling the hell out of plants. Basically like a permanent Pop Up Shop. Amanda and or Scott will be holding down the fort at Furniture Lounge as they always do. These Hours will be 12-5pm.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday I will be at Furniture Lounge (as a Furniture Lounge Employee) This means customers of Furniture Lounge will be my first priority, but of course if you come to look at plants up in the rear loft area, I will be there to talk to you about it, and will be able to sell you plants.  These hours will be 12-4pm.

It's like saying Plant Mode will be "open" Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays inside of Furniture Lounge. No plant sales on Thursday and Fridays. Sunday and Monday, you can purchase any plants that are in the loft space, but I will not be there to teach you about the plants. Really, I'd rather you come and buy plants when I"m there on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays....

This is Scott and Amanda as drawn by Carly...

The furniture that Plant Mode sells will not be at these Furniture Lounge hours, but still available at the Loft Space on Main street. The 8 Main street loft space location will also be where I will have client meetings and any after hours sales and appointments. This is a fluid situation, and we will work things out as we go along.

I will start to bring in a few larger plants, and a few lines of planters and such. In a week or two, there will be a mobile potting station, so you can have things planted up on the spot, or even bring in things to be planted up.

Furniture Lounge is located at 11 E University Ave, in downtown Champaign. South side of the street, next door to The Brass Rail (my favorite bar!)


Credit cards compromised at Jimmy John’s shops

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Jimmy John's believes patrons of their establishment may have had their credit cards compromised. JJ's HQ calls Champaign home, and there are plenty of shops around C-U, so consider yourself warned.

Here's the information from the article above:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • The Jimmy John's sandwich chain said Wednesday that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops, including at least eight in the St. Louis area.

The Champaign, Ill.-based chain said in a news release that someone stole log-in credentials and remotely installed malware on machines used to swipe credit cards. Some customers' credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and names were stolen between June 16 and Sept. 15, the company said.

Here are the eight area locations that were affected and the time period during which information was stolen:

St. Louis: 5720 Oakland Avenue in St. Louis, June 16 to Aug. 9; 3822 Laclede Avenue in St. Louis, June 16 to Aug. 7; and 13 N. Euclid Avenue in St. Louis, June 27 to Aug. 1.

Hazelwood: 6064 North Lindbergh Boulevard in Hazelwood, June 26 to Aug. 9.

Creve Coeur: 11429 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, July 1 to Aug. 1.

St. Peters: 4865 Mexico Road in St. Peters, July 1 to Aug. 2.

University City: 6681 Delmar Boulevard in University City, July 3 to Aug. 1.

Collinsville: 501 Beltline Road, June 27 to Aug. 1.

Elsewhere in Missouri, stores in Cape Girardeau, Independence, Sedalia, Kirksville, Jefferson City, Parkville and Kansas City were also affected. In all, 14 stores in Missouri and 23 in Illinois were targeted. 

Jimmy John's said it believes its security has been restored by installing encrypted swipe machines and taking other steps. The chain did not say how many customers were affected.

The privately held company said it discovered the problem on July 30.

Jimmy John's has more than 2,000 locations.

Though the rest of the article doesn't say C-U has been directly involved, but take it for what it is worth. Also — never forget.


Allerton hosting Farm to Mansion dinner

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center is hosting a farm to mansion dinner, and the deadline to get tickets is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17. 

The dinner is Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. and will feature a menu by Thad Morrow of bacaro. Here's the press release:

Allerton’s fall fundraiser to feature local chef, foods

Monticello – Allerton Park & Retreat Center will host a Farm-to-Mansion Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Tickets are limited and are available for $100. Call 217-333-3287 or visit allerton.illinois.edu.

Guests will enjoy an evening of farm-to-table food and conversation as Chef Thad Morrow, of Champaign’s Bacaro, highlights the flavors of the season with produce grown at the University of Illinois’ Sustainable Student Farm and meat sourced from Triple S Farms in Stewardson, IL. Tasting-portion samples of Chef Morrow’s culinary mastery will be complemented with beer from JT Walker’s Brewery in Mahomet, IL. Wine will also be available.

The event will raise money for continued stewardship and educational efforts in Allerton’s natural areas. “Our inaugural Garden Party fundraiser this Spring was a huge success, and we wanted to shift the focus from the gardens to another well-known and loved aspect of the Park,” said Bridget Frerichs, Allerton’s Director of Development. “We are looking forward to working with these local organizations to not only raise funds for Allerton, but to highlight their businesses and all that they are doing for our community.”

One of the first to get involved with the fundraiser was Stan Schutte of Triple S Farms. “I was excited to learn about the fundraiser for Allerton Park. Allerton is known for teaching 4-H groups, which we were heavily involved in, so it holds a special place in my heart,” Shutte said.  “I’m looking forward to the event.”

Besides being the site for the well-known 4-H Memorial Camp, operated  by the U of I Extension Service, Allerton Park & Retreat Center has hosted an increasing number of public events in the recent future, including summer nature camps and the U of I Credit Union Concert Series.

Tickets for the Farm-to-Mansion Dinner are $100 and must be purchased by September 17. Call 217-333-3287 or visit Allerton’s website to purchase tickets online.

Allerton Park & Retreat Center, located in Monticello, Illinois, is comprised of 1,500 acres of woodland, prairie areas, a Georgian-inspired manor house, a 10-acre meadow, formal sculpture gardens, and interpretive and primitive hiking trails. There is no admission fee to the Park; open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. For more information and to view other events, visit allerton.illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.


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: