Monthly Archives: January 2010

Upcoming Cultural Events at UC-IMC

JAN. 22ND—IMC SHOWS PRESENTS: BEAT KITCHEN @ UC-IMC, Saturday, Jan. 22nd, Start Time: 9:00PM Adm. $5 Beat Kitchen is Champaign-Urbana’s premiere funk/soul/reggae band, known for it’s intriguing repertoire of classics that, in the words of front man Brandon T. Washington, … Continue reading

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Makerspace Urbana Brings Tech Knowledge to UC-IMC

An unusual group for Urbana-Champaign has begun meeting at the IMC recently. They plan to forge a new model for creating and democratizing technology within the community. Urbana-Champaign has been fortunate to have community groups and workshops capable of teaching … Continue reading

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Announcing the IMC Computer Help Desk

The Urbana-Champaign community has had a deficit of realistic personal computer support options since Prairienet faded away. The existing options for computer support in Urbana- Champaign are limited to Best Buy’s Geek Squad, two or three local businesses and UIUC’s … Continue reading

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Changing the Way U of I Trustees are Selected

Representative Naomi Jakobsson has introduced a bill (HB4688) in the 96tth General Assembly that would fundamentally change the way trustees are selected at the University of Illinois. This legislation has two main elements: The first is the establishment of a … Continue reading

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Edgar Heap of Birds Speaks at Closing of “Beyond the Chief” Exhibit

On December 4, 2009, Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Edgar Heap of Birds gave a talk at the YMCA on the University of Illinois campus for the closing of his “Beyond the Chief” art exhibit. He spoke publicly for the first time about … Continue reading

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Honduras: The Fight Continues

“As a revolutionary I will be today, tomorrow, and forever in the first ranks of my people, all the while knowing that I may lose my life.” —Walter Trochez Those who are not willing to stay silent in the face … Continue reading

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State’s Attorney Files No Charges Against CPD

On December 8th, 2009, Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Reitz released her report on the death of Kiwane Carrington, a 15 year-old African-American, at the hands of Champaign police officers. Almost two months after the shooting, Reitz determined that while … Continue reading

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Organizing the Unemployed

A disheveled man stands in a local post office asking for spare change. Another man hands him a dollar and strikes up a conversation, fishers-of-men style. The second man describes a local effort among unemployed and underemployed workers to get … Continue reading

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Juvenile Justice in Champaign County— A Racial Disparity

The nature of the daily interaction between local police and minority youth has become a topic of great discussion in our community. The recent police shooting of Kiwane Carrington and the charging of the other 15 year-old involved have highlighted … Continue reading

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Todavía un Sueño

El pasado diciembre, Ira McDougall se graduó de la Universidad de Illinois con el triunfo de una licenciatura en la ciencia política. Es un triunfo porque Ira es un estudiante indocumentado. La reforma inmigratoria no es simplemente un tema político … Continue reading

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Still a Dream

This December, Ira McDougall (a real person with a different name) triumphantly graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science. The seemingly normal feat is even more significant because Ira is an undocumented … Continue reading

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