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Please enjoy this video of former Illini running back Rashard Mendenhall hitting a tether ball

Thanks to Deadspin, things like this exist. I'm not sure why this is so satisfying, but if you want to spend a minute-ish watching it, you might enjoy it too. Rashard Mendenhall used to play football here in Champaign-Urbana at the University of Illinois — he was good!


Tara Terra release new single and video

C-U natives Tara Terra have released a new single and a video to go with it. The video for “Feel Better” is the band’s very first. It features light and fun cartoon animation backed by a simple message of positivity. This is in theme with the band’s general disposition, which is manifested often by bubbly pop-rock music that functions as a response to darker, more serious themes. A lot of their music focuses on healing, so “Feel Better” sums up their attitude well.

Directed by Holiday Kirk, “Feel Better” is the second single to be released from the band’s upcoming LP, Where’s Your Light?, which is their second full-length release and comes out on May 31st. Stream the video below.


40 North releases newest Artist at Work feature on EKAH

40 North has released a series of videos highlighting local artists in the Champaign-Urbana area over the course of the last few years, and they've just released their most recent installment.

Read a little bit about EKAH, and watch the video below:

EKAH was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in New York City. She studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City and Paris, with a background in fine arts foundation. After college, she worked as a graphic designer and art director for advertising agencies in New York City. Her interest in 3D/CG led to eventually working in broadcast animation and video games. She has worked with clients such as Jim Henson Productions and Mattel Interactive. EKAH has since lived in France, San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, and Montreal, Canada. She currently lives in Mahomet, Illinois with the most supportive spouse and two cats.


Tigerbeat release new single and video

Dreamy folk-indie outfit Tigerbeat have released a new single and video. “Augusta” is the first track off of the band’s upcoming album and comes with an accompanying video, which was filmed at Orpheum Theatre. The theatre’s graceful stage serves as a fitting backdrop for the track, which supplies more of the pleasantly swirling strums and heady melodies that Tigerbeat is known for.

The release comes ahead of a small tour the band will embark on over the summer. More details on the tour and album will unfold soon and can be followed here.

Stream “Augusta” below.


This couple got engaged at Fleurish and it is pretty adorable

I paid a visit to Fleurish this past week, and right before I did, Sarah Compratt, the owner, mentioned this was happening later in the day. I was curious to see how, but this couple got engaged in the cooler at Fleurish, surrounded by flowers. 

Not everything in the world is bad, you know? Assuming, of course, she said yes. While you can't hear much, you can see facial expressions and such.


Marriage proposal in the cooler! Happening now @ Fleurish #love #life #flowers

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Watch Nick Offerman’s U of I 2017 commencement speech here

After the announcement came a few weeks back about Nick Offerman being the 2017 University of Illinois commencement speaker — the day came this past weekend. You can check out his entire speech here, it starts around the 1:03:00 mark (and you can read the transcript here if you are inclined). Check out our interview with Offerman before his appearance at April's Japan House benefit here.

Photo by Garrett Pauley


Tom Hanks discusses his brother, U of I Prof. Dr. Larry Hanks, on Colbert

It isn't unusual for Tom Hanks to talk about Champaign-Urbana from time to time — this time, he goes about it discussing his brother, University of Illinois Professor Dr. Larry Hanks, on Colbert's "The Late Show". Check it out via the Chicago Tribune:

From the article:

Hanks said he introduced himself to the students and said his brother, Lawrence Hanks -- who "insists on being called Professor Lawrence around our house" -- is an entomology professor.

"I said, 'Well, I'm Tom Hanks.' And they said, 'Yeah, and your brother is Dr. Larry Hanks.' So I was like the famous guy's brother, you know, at the thing. And it rattled me. And my brother Jim is still angry about it, and my sister Sandra still can't quite...," Hanks said.

Lawrence Hanks has been at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 20 years, according to his resume. Tom Hanks stars in the tech movie "The Circle," which hit theaters Friday.

Photo from the YouTube video.


Watch Rodney Davis duck a bunch of U of I students like a lame

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Rodney Davis can't take the heat. He refuses to meet with those who disagree with him, treats concerned constituents with a smug sense of partisanship and is rapidly on his way to being ousted in the 2018 election (have you seen those bumper stickers all around town?). Today, however, you don't just have to take my word for it - you can watch for yourself via Facebook.

A group of students, concerned with affordable higher education, took to Rod's office in D.C. to air some concerns.

They enter the office around the 4:40 mark.

Then, at the 8:20 mark, the student organizer brings up Davis' insistence on not holding a town hall, at which point Rodney decries them for being members of Illini Democrats (as if he doesn't have to represent them). Then, after answering exactly 0% of their questions, he storms out of his own office, undoubtedly spooked by hard questions.

There's a whole lot to unpack here (for example, pennants from higher education institutions adorn Davis' office, but he refuses to meet with students from those institutions), but the most important take-away is that Rodney has no interest in representing the students of the 13th district. None whatsoever.

See you in 2018, Rod.

Watch the full video below: