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“Not Your Mascot” discussion happening tonight; protest of the Chief at Homecoming is Friday

In light of the news of the Chief making an appearance at this weekend's Homecoming Parade at the University of Illinois, there are a few worthy events to check out in the next few days.

Tonight at the Asian American Cultural Center (1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana), there will be a discussion about the Chief hosted by the Asian Pacifi American Coalition and the Native American & Indigenous Student Organization at U of I. The event is tonight at 7 p.m.

On Friday, there is a protest being held to reject the Chief's presence at the Homecoming Parade — this is being held at the Illinois Student Government portion of the Illini Union (250 Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana). That is being held at 6 p.m.


U of I Prof. Emeritus Alan Nathan featured in Popular Mechanics feature on home runs

There's a mind-boggling amount of science and research done around sports — and especially a game like baseball. Popular Mechanics recently published a feature about homers: "What's the Longest Possible Home Run?"

We're deep in the playoffs, so this is a good and interesting read if you're interested in some of the physics behind the long ball. Author Tim Newcomb leans on U of I Professor Emertus Alan Nathan, an expert in this arena.

Read the whole article (linked above) for the full scoop.

Perhaps no shot was more impressive than one from New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who blasted a home run 495 feet in Yankee Stadium this summer. 


Alan Nathan is a professor emeritus of physics at the University of Illinois who has spent a career tracking physics, especially as it relates to baseball. He says two primary factors guide how far a ball is going to fly: exit velocity and launch angle.

Aaron Judge photo by Getty/Abbie Parr


You can reserve a free range turkey for Thanksgiving from Black Dog Champaign

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and Black Dog Champaign is offering their services for your feast this year.

I mean, just look at those birds!

Short version: we are smoking turkeys for Thanksgiving again this year and you can reserve your bird by stopping by Black Dog Smoke & Ale House Champaign or calling them at ‭(217) 954-0465‬. Details depicted below. Comment or message us if you need anything clarified.

Here's the information they posted on their Facebook page:


Columbia Street Roastery hosting tea cuppings starting November 4th

We've posted about Columbia Street Roastery's coffee cuppings before, but here's an opportunity for all you tea lovers out there to do a cupping session. There's one upcoming on November 4th — check out the Facebook event, and the info from it below:

If you’d like to join us for a tea cupping, the only way to do so is to call us at 217-352-9713 or email us at to reserve your spot. We don't take reservations through Facebook. These classes have limited seating and they fill up fast, so don’t wait.

Our tea cupping sessions are an introduction into the wonderful world of tea. We discuss the different processes used to create the different teas, as well as brewing and sampling teas. We typically compare about 5 varieties, learning how temperature and brew times affect the flavors.

Just for kicks, check out this feature from way back on CSR.


Illini Basketball lands five-star recruit PG Ayo Dosunmu

Illini Basketball will be here soon, thankfully enough, because Illinois Football is trash. That said, Brad Underwood has landed a massive recruit — Ayo Dosunmu out of Morgan Park High School in Chicago.

As the Champaign Room reports, this is a big deal:

A five-star point guard out of Morgan Park High School (Chicago), Dosunmu is surrounded with a lot of hype. The last time Illinois landed a five-star recruit from Chicago? Think back to Dee Brown. Brown was named Mr. Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Illinois, and he was also a McDonald’s All-American among many other accolades. All of these awards and recognitions are realistic expectations for Dosunmu entering his senior season.

We need somethinganything for major Illini sports to have some sort of movement. 


Common Ground’s 2017 turkey pre-order is now available

Common Ground has opened up pre-orders for the 2017 holiday season, and it is turkey time.

Check out the pre-order page on their website — they have Triple S Turkeys in a variety of options, which you can read below:



Stan's Triple S Turkeys are Broad Breasted Bronze Heritage breed, Organic Pasture-Raised, Local, & Delicious!

Prices per pound (before discount):

$5.49/lb for 10-13.9 lb turkeys

$4.79/lb for 14-17.9 lb turkeys

$4.19/lb for 18-25+ lb turkeys


Just $20 reserves your holiday turkey from Triple S Farm!

And, because we love holiday pre-orders so much, we have some great rewards for you if you pre-order:

  • Everyone who pre-orders automatically saves 50 cents a pound.
  • If you pre-order by November 2, 2017, you will be entered in a drawing to receive your turkey for free (your $20 deposit will be refunded).
  • A coupon for $2 off the purchase of any whole pie (valid Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017 available at the front registers)
  • A coupon good for a future shopping trip--$2 off when you spend $25 or more, $5 off $50 or more, and $12 off $100 or more (valid Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017 available at the front registers)  

Note: Due to state regulations, our turkeys must remain frozen until they get to you. Please allow ample time for thawing in your refrigerator when selecting your pick up date.

All pre-orders must be completed by Nov 9, 2017

Please use the form below to pre-order your 2017 Triple S Farms holiday turkey. 

  • Items with red asterisks are required.
  • Because your order cannot be processed without payment you will be taken to a page to pay via Paypal after you complete the order form below.
  • You do NOT need a Paypal account to pay. You can pay with your chosen credit card.
  • If you do not want to pay online, please complete a paper pre-order form with with our Front of House staff at the registers in-store. 

Photos from Common Ground