Category: Video

Here’s a video of Guinea Pigs eating lettuce

I know we often think of dogs and cats when we think of adoptable animals, but the Champaign County Humane Society often has other critters too, including rabbits (we adopted our bunny Lola there), snakes, birds, and guinea pigs. They have several guinea pigs available for adoption, like Rodney and Randall pictured above, and Pepe and Taki seen having a snack. I know this is something you needed to see on this Wednesday afternoon.

Photo of Rodney and Randall from CCHS Facebook page

Instagram Story Takeover with Diamond Walker

The next installment in our Instagram Story Takeover series is happening today. Champaign Centennial student Diamond Walker will be taking the controls to lead us through her high school graduation. Read Julie's interview with Walker, as she found the spotlight pointed at her following her amazing accomplishments ahead of gradution.

Find us at @SmilePolitely on Instagram to follow along with this installment of our Story Takeover series. Head over to our Instagram Highlight section to see our previous installments, which include Krannert Center, Patrick Earl Hammie, Polyvinyl Records, and more.

Photo provided by Diamond Walker


U of I Professor Ben Grosser’s supercut of Mark Zuckerberg is gold

Ben Grosser is a professor at the U of I, and his recent supercut of Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg has been circulating quite a bit. I noticed it published in Fast Company's article about the video, discussing how Zuck's rhetoric about Facebook's growth has existed over the course of its lifetime.

"More" and "more" and a ton of numbers, of course.

You can watch the video, ORDER OF MAGNITUDE, below, as well as read more about it over at his website.

Top photo by Anthony Quintano; Usage permitted via Wikipedia Commons


Watch this pro-Trump “rally” from this past weekend in Champaign

This past Saturday, a "rally" in support of President Trump took place on North Prospect in Champaign, and our Editor Steve Pratten went and caught the action. Rally organizer Mark Thompson discussed his efforts with Pratten, which you can watch below.

In response to this rally, Champaign County Republican Party had this to say:

The Trump Rally was neither supported nor promoted by the CCGOP.   Our focus is finding and electing qualified candidates to local offices who will provide exceptional service to all people of Champaign County no matter their party affiliation, race, religion or sexual orientation.  

It is our hope that by working to make local politics functional for the citizens of the county it will work its way beyond our county lines to help move politics away from the fringes and back to the middle where compromise is possible.

Watch the video:

Photos and video by Steve Pratten


Instagram Story Takeover with Japan House

Our next installment in our Instagram Story Takeover series takes place this Saturday, April 20th. Japan House will be taking the controls during their Sakura Pop-Up.

Follow us at @SmilePolitely on Instagram to follow along with this installment of our Story Takeover series. Check them out and give them a follow @japanhouseofui on Instagram if you don't already. Head over to our Instagram Highlight section to see our previous installments we've done in the past, which includes Krannert Center, Patrick Earl Hammie, Polyvinyl Records, Erin Erdman of Page Roasting Company, and more.

Come to Japan House during our April Third Saturday this weekend on April 20th! We will be holding a special Sakura Pop-Up event. We are anticipating the bloom of the Sakura, or Japanese Cherry Blossoms, and will be featuring local craft vendors, food, and drinks. Don't miss out on the chance to get a glimpse of these fleeting flowers!

Japan House will be open to the public for shopping and browsing from 11:00am - 1:30pm with free scheduled tours given at 11:00am and 12:00pm.

Vendors include: Same Street Studio, Piper Pottery, Maxx Gogski, Pipapo, Wright Soapery, Plant Mode, Broadway Food Hall, and Matcha Café provide by the Japan House Interns featuring matcha, cold matcha, ramune soda, bottled water, matcha ice cream, matcha shortbread cookies, traditional Japanese matcha wagashi and matcha crepe cake!

In addition, check out this Tomonokai reception:

Tomonokai Hanami Reception
Tomonokai members only!

We will be hosting a private event for our Tomonokai members to enjoy the sakura from 4:30pm - 6:30pm on Saturday, April 20th. We will be welcoming the cherry blossoms with a light hanami snack, cherry blossom short bread cookies by Cream & Flutter, sake and cocktails for you to enjoy in the gardens. Music will also be provided by Senior Intern Jeffrey Elem.

Want to learn more about becoming a Tomonokai member? More information on benefits and membership on our website.

Top photo from Japan House


This American Library Association video features a U of I librarian

The ALA is doing a video series on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in libraries, and this one feature University of Illinois librarian JJ Pionke. In it, he discusses his advocacy in the area of disability rights, and highlights the ways he's helped make our university libraries more accessible for those with disabilities. It's worth the watch!

You can find Pionke's library guide of resources here
Photo from University Library Facebook page

Watch this viral video taken on the U of I Quad

The video was tweeted by a group of students with a YouTube channel called Crying Laughing, and it's all at once hilarious and utterly embarrassing (and rather shameful). It's clear that overall lack of education in black history and black culture — or willingness of individuals to learn — is a real issue. 

Watch, cringe, and do better. 


A Parkland student just won the Boston Marathon Men’s Wheelchair race

Daniel Romanchuk, at 20 years old, is the youngest man to win the race, and he also recorded the fastest time for an American: 1:21:36. He adds the title to a growing list, as he won the Chicago and New York races in 2018. 

Here's the video of his finish, from CBS Chicago:

He's a member of the University of Illinois Wheelchair Racing team, which also produced Paralympians Tatyana McFadden and Amanda McGrory. 
Photo from U.S. Paralympics Facebook page

Celebrate Tax Day (and National Poetry Month) with the Quintessential Poets

Here's some motivation to file your taxes before midnight on Monday. After all those hours of number crunching, let your mind enjoy the sound of poetry, brought to you by The Quintessential Poets.  So this Monday at 7 p.m., stop by the Urbana Free Library and say goodbye to Tax Day and hello to National Poetry Month. 

Feautred poets include John Palen, Karen Steiner, and Elaine Palencia.  Members of the Red Herring Fiction Workshop will read with Quints Emily Kerlin and Frank Modica. The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served afterward.

Reading by The Quintessential Poets
April 15th, 7 p.m.
Urbana Free Library
210 W Green St, Urbana

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