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Meet your new music editors!

We're happy to announce that John Steinbacher and Ben Valocchi are Smile Politely's new co-music editors. John went to the U of I back in the day, spent some time in the Great White North, and recently returned to C-U. Ben is an Urbana native and currently attends the U of I.

We're thrilled to have them on board! They'll be getting up to speed over the next few weeks, so your patience is appreciated. Make 'em feel welcome!


All-you-can-eat tapas @ Radio Maria Feb. 18

Brittany Pyle passes along the following event info:

  • Proceeds to go the U of I Photography senior thesis exhibition.
  • The event is called "Tapas y Fotografias"
  • It is at Radio Maria, Thursday February 18, 8-11 p.m.
  • Student work will be exhibited and for sale
  • It costs $20 — this cover includes the tapas buffet and a raffle ticket to win an art piece of their choosing from one of the photo seniors.

Blueprint America on TV tonight

WILL TV at 9.  Some of my favorite subjects: US infrastructure decay, American decline, Spanish high-speed rail and eco devo, the disaster that is Detroit.  Looks like a good show for those interested in such things.


Scabs union decries unfair treatment of scabs

There is enough irony here for a reasonably good two-act play.

State universities (notoriously left-leaning?) "augment" the system of salaried/tenured/benefited employees with a batch of one-year-contract (expendable) employees.

These new hires are willing to take jobs which would otherwise be filled by salaried/tenured/benefited persons.

i.e. they are scabs.

Then, a union finds and recruits these new hires, thus estopping any previously recognized unions from complaining about scabism.

The new union files a grievance on the grounds that the temporary replacement workers aren't being permanently placed?

Link here.



New West African Dance Class/Teacher…Starts Tonite!

Alseny Soumah's new, weekly West African Dance class is starting THIS WEDNESDAY, February 3rd, from 6:00-7:20 P.M.. (please note the new time from the one mentioned in the previous email!)  Classes will be held every Wednesday at the Capoeira Academy at 32 E. Springfield (a multi-unit white building with big windows, across from Fireside Grill, just East of the Neil St. viaduct.)

Alseny is a Master Teacher very adept at teaching to a range of levels in the same class, so all dancers should feel very comfortable and accomodated taking this class. The class is run on a "Drop-In" basis and the cost is $10 for Students, $12 for General Public (Bulk-Purchase Discounts Available).   Master Drummer Bolokada Conde, one of West Africa's premiere Djembefolas and a visiting UIUC Music Instructor, will be playing lead djembe for this class!   Witnessing Alseny and Bolokada together in the same room is incredibly entertaining and ELECTRIC, and you MUST come to experience it at least once!

So,please help spread the word about this great new teacher and class in town, and be there Wednesday to welcome Alseny at his first community class!!!


We need a music editor

Hello dear readers, we come to you today with a request. With the departure of one Mark Sieckman to the promised land of Northern Kentucky, we are currently operating without a music editor. After a couple of weeks of this, we miss Mark even more terribly than we thought, and we're thinking that maybe one of you (or someone you know) would be able to fill his shoes.

Like all other Smile Politely endeavors, it's a labor of love at this point (read: unpaid), and the time commitment is pretty flexible, although it can be substantial. The music editor would be expected to:

  • Put together the Overture every Monday
  • Attend editors meetings (currently Monday nights at 7 at Esquire, but flexible if said prospective editor has a conflict)
  • Coordinate music coverage from our writing staff, and contribute articles themselves occasionally
  • Input articles of their own and from their writers into the content management system (we use Expression Engine)
  • Fend off accusations of manipulation at the hands of dark forces

We're pretty easy to get along with, and we feel like what we're doing enriches life in Champaign-Urbana. It's like community service, you see, and you can get into some shows for free.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, shoot us an email at editors [at] and we'll make talk, as they say.


Illini will wear pink uniforms


Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend
Coaches wearing Nikes Saturday; Illini to wear uniforms trimmed in pink

Champaign, Ill.–Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber and his assistants will be sporting Nikes on the Assembly Hall sidelines Saturday during the game against Indiana, as college coaches across the country trade in dress shoes for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend. In addition, the Fighting Illini will wear pink-branded Nike uniforms to raise awareness about Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration between the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Since 1993, the organization has raised more than $55 million for ACS. Coach Weber serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer national board and was recognized for his contributions and involvement with the program by receiving the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award in 2007.

The shoes were designed by Dr. Cliff Johnson, who worked alongside the Illini basketball staff in creating the shoes. It was a Christmas gift from his wife, Dr. Cristina Medrano, who was the high bidder on the "Design a Nike Shoe" package that was part of a Coaches vs. Cancer auction held on WDWS radio last fall.

Illinois is one of four Nike sponsored men's basketball programs that will showcase the pink-trimmed uniforms this weekend, joining Oregon, BYU and Iowa State. The custom designed uniforms are part of Nike's support of the V Foundation for Cancer Research and Kay Yow Cancer Fund and compliment the Coaches vs. Cancer program.