Therapy Dogs Returning to the Library!

Winter has come, and with it, finals week and all the associated tension. Thankfully, the library has your bark — I mean back.

Take a break from studying for finals and stressing about deadlines to hang and take selfies with therapy dogs at the library (#UGLPawParty). This year’s pack is all geared up to play away your anxiety on the following dates:

Thursday 12/8/16 (2-4 PM): Nala, Henri, Star, and Raven will be sitting and waiting for you at Grainger Library.

Monday 12/12/16 (2-4 PM): Atlas, Maisey, and Zeus are already rolling over in excitement at Funk ACES Library.

Tuesday 12/13/16 (2-4 PM): Atlas, Star, and Widgeon are itching for you to scratch behind their ears at the Undergraduate Library.

Now, let’s meet a few of our canine pals:



Atlas is a Rottweiler that was adopted from South Suburban Humane Society when he was a year old. He especially loves hanging out with kids at libraries and schools, helping them read. His favorite toy is his Kong and his favorite spot to be scratched is his “bow tie” on his chest.



Henri is a 2 year old Field Spaniel who comes to us all the way from France (yes, he is bilingual)! He enjoys long walks on the beach, cuddles, and ear scratches. Don’t think he’s too serious, though! This guy is a goof with some serious heart melting eyes and a huge heart. When not doing therapy work, Henri enjoys showing, lure coursing, tracking, and living life on a farm.



Maisey is an Australian Shepherd-Retriever Mix that was adopted back in 2011 from a local shelter in Muncie, Indiana. Maisey participates in various therapy dog events, including visits to the Carle Foundation Hospital, kids read to dogs programs at local libraries, and a number of school visits. When not doing therapy dog work, Maisey enjoys taking long walks, chasing squirrels, and squeaking her plush hedgehog toy.



Raven is a Standard Poodle. She does most of her therapy work at libraries and loves people of all ages. In her downtime, Raven likes to play fetch with Frisbees and tennis balls.



Widgeon is a Yellow Labrador born in Ireland more than a decade ago. He spent his younger days traveling, training, and hunting in Oxford, Mississippi before taking on his current position as a therapy dog operating out of Champaign, Illinois. Though he still loves trekking all over America, Widgeon is happy to take on his new, more suburban role.

Have any questions about therapy dogs? Want to express how excited you are to meet these animals? Tweet at us (@askundergrad), check our Instagram (@askundergrad), or contact us on Facebook (Undergraduate Library at Illinois), and don’t forget to come see all of these dogs and more furry friends in person!

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Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving Break right around the corner, you may be looking forward to an abundance of football, family, and FOOD! This Thanksgiving, instead of the usual turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole, try changing it up a bit with one of these fun alternatives. All of these recipes are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or kosher, and taste just as great as the traditional! All these recipes are from the UGL’s cookbook collection, so get creative and explore what fall food has to offer!


Thanksgiving - Flickr Creative Commons

Thanksgiving – Flickr Creative Commons

Butternut Squash Latkes (vegetarian, kosher)

1 3- to 4-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeds and pith removed

1 medium onion, grated

1 cup matzo meal

½ cup chopped fresh sage

5 large eggs

1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Canola oil

Makes 25 to 30 small latkes

Cut the squash into chunks and pass them through the grating disk of a food processor. Then combine the squash and grated onion in a large bowl and mix them together with your hands. Add the matzo meal and mix together, then add the sage. Finally, add the eggs and massage them into the squash mixture until thoroughly incorporated. Add the salt and pepper and mix it in with your hands.

Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Work in batches so that the latkes are not crowded in the skillet, take a golf ball-size portion of the squash mixture, flatten it between the palms of your hands, and add it to the skillet. Repeat. Cook the latkes until they’re crisp and brown around the edges, about 4 minutes; then flip and cook for another 3 minutes, until crisp and deep golden brown all over and still tender inside. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining squash mixture, adding a tablespoon or so of oil between batches.

You can reheat the latkes in a 450 degree oven in 3 to 4 minutes.

Source: Bernamoff, Noah and Rae. “Butternut Squash Latkes.” The Mile End Cookbook: Redefining Jewish Comfort Food, from Hash to Hamantaschen. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2012. 168-169. Print. Call Number: TX724.B4646 2012


Onion Gravy (vegetarian, vegan)

4 tablespoons light sesame oil

A pinch of sea salt

¾ cup onion, sliced into thin half-moons

4 garlic cloves (optional)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon rice or agave syrup

2 tablespoons unbleached plain/all-purpose flour

1 cup water

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Crushed black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped herbs

Makes two cups

Slice the onions in thin half-moons lengthways. Add the sesame oil and salt to a large frying pan/skillet over a low heat and sauté the onions until they’re translucent and soft. You can also add a few chopped fresh mushrooms or 2 tablespoons soaked, drained and chopped dried mushrooms to the onions while sautéing, for extra flavor. Add 4 crushed garlic cloves if desired, and cook until fragrant. Slightly bring up the heat, add the soy sauce, vinegar, and syrup and stir well until it sizzles.

Slowly add the flour and whisk vigorously for a minute, then, still whisking, add the water little-by-little until a gravy consistency is reached. There should be no flour lumps! (If you want to avoid flour you can use a diluted thickener of choice, such as cornflour/cornstarch, kuzu or arrowroot powder). Add mustard and pepper, taste and add more soy sauce if needed. Finally, sprinkle with chopped herbs to garnish, just before serving.

Source: Gulin, Dunja. “Onion Gravy.” The Vegan Pantry: 60 Naturally Delicious Recipes for Modern Vegan Food. London: Ryland Peters & Small, 2014. 160. Print. Call Number: TX837.G85 2014.

Lemon-Garlic Crusted Leeks (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)

6 medium leeks, white and pale green parts only

1 large lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

cup Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To prepare the leeks: Trim the leeks, discarding the dark green leaves. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and rinse well in cold water, being careful to keep the halves intact. Set aside.

To prepare the lemon and steam the leeks: Zest the lemon into a small bowl and set aside. Cut the zested lemon in half and keep squeeze 1 teaspoon of juice into the zest. Squeeze the remaining lemon juice into a large pot equipped with a steaming basket. Add the 2 lemon halves to the pot, along with enough water to steam the leeks. Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Arrange the leeks, cut-sides up, in the basket. Fit the basket in the pot, cover, and steam the leeks until slightly tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well. Arrange the leeks, cut-sides up, on a lightly oiled baking sheet and set aside. The leeks can be prepared 1 day ahead. If preparing them ahead, cover and refrigerate.

To prepare the topping: In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté the garlic in the olive oil until tender, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the bread crumbs, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Stir until blended.

To cook the leeks: Preheat the broiler. Position the oven rack 3 to 4 inches from the heat source. Using a teaspoon, spoon the breadcrumb mixture onto the cut side of the leeks and gently pat the mixture down with the back of the spoon. Broil until the leeks are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Watch them carefully so they do not burn. Serve hot or warm.

Source: Jardin, Denise. “Lemon-Garlic Crusted Leeks.” Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2012. 115. Print. Call Number: RM234.5.J373 2011


Lentil Loaf (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)

1 ½ tablespoons avocado oil

6 mushrooms

3 celery stalks

½ white onion

¼ cup fresh parsley

3 cloves garlic

1 cup firm tofu

1 16-oz. can lentils

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

3 tablespoons tomato sauce

3 tablespoons tamari

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup pumpkin seeds

Makes two loaves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your loaf pan with ½ tablespoon of oil. Finely chop mushrooms, celery, onion, and parsley. Mince garlic. Place remaining oil in frying pan and add veggies and minced garlic. Sauté for about 4-5 minutes, or until soft. Place in large mixing bowl.

Next, crumble tofu and add to bowl with sautéed vegetables. Add lentils, oats, parsley, tomato sauce, tamari, chia seeds, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Once the mixture is the right texture (you should be able to form into balls if desired), place in greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeks and bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust is browned.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing to serve. Enjoy!

Source: Browne, Jennifer. “Lentil Loaf.” Vegetarian Comfort Foods. New York: Skyhorse, 2015. 155. Print. Call Number: TX837.B876 2015.


Rosemary Drop Biscuits (gluten-free, dairy-free)

1 cup Dairy Milk Alternative

1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar

2 cups Gluten-Free Flour Mix

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon xantham gum

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons coconut oil or dairy-free margarine

Makes 10 biscuits

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line an insulated baking sheet with parchment paper.

To prepare the dough: Combine the milk and vinegar in a measuring cup, stir to blend, and set aside. Combine the flour, rosemary, baking powder, baking soda, xantham gum, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Add the coconut oil and crumble the mixture with your fingertips until it resembles coarse pebbles. Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until just incorporated and the batter pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

To form and bake the biscuits: Using a greased ¼-cup measuring cup, scoop a level amount of batter and drop it onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining batter, placing the biscuits about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: Citation: Jardin, Denise. “Lemon-Garlic Crusted Leeks.” Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2012. 144. Print. Call Number: RM234.5.J373 2011

Looking for more non-traditional Thanksgiving ideas? Have some ideas of your own? Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

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Thanksgiving Break Hours

Looking to get some work done over Thanksgiving break? Have no fear, the Undergraduate Library is still open! For those of you staying in town, the UGL will be open, but will have reduced hours. Come on in, say hi, and check out some DVD’s or video games! If you still need a space to study, you’re in luck. The UGL will be open so you can relax or do homework.

Hours will be the following:

Friday, November 18th: Library closes at 7 pm.

Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20: Closed

Monday, November 21st – Wednesday, November 23rd: The library will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Thursday, November 24th – Saturday, November 26th: Closed

Sunday, November 27th: The library opens at 1:00 pm.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break, and keep an eye out for a special Thanksgiving recipe themed blog post! As always, our hours can also be found on the library gateway, or contact us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with any questions!

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Voting on Campus: When, Where, How

First time voting? No problem! Whether it’s the legalization of marijuana, taxes, or choosing the next president, the UGL has got your back. Check out these resources for casting your vote on campus this election cycle.


Early voting

Did you know you don’t have to wait until Election Day to cast our vote? Early voting started Monday, October 24 and will continue all the way up to Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. There are nearly a dozen places in Champaign county where you can cast your vote and two places right here on campus. Voters can visit either the Federal Room in the basement of the Illini Union or the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) to cast your ballot. Here’s the times and locations for early voting on campus:

Illini Union (Federal Room–basement)

1401 West Green Street, Urbana

  • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

ARC (Activities and Recreation Center)

201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign

  • Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Walk-up voter registration

If you forgot to register, it’s not too late. Voter registration is super easy. If you a 18 years old (or will be by Election Day) and a US citizen, then bring a photo ID/license and a piece of mail with your current Champaign/Urbana address to either the Union or the ARC. You can even register and vote on the same day! Not sure if you’re registered? Check our Illinois’ Registration Lookup:

Getting to the polls

If you won’t be on campus on Election Day, no worries! There are nearly a dozen places around Champaign County where you can cast your vote. To make transportation even easier on Election Day, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CU-MTD), the bus system, is offering free bus rides all day. From 5:30am-7:30pm, no ID, pass, or cash is required to get your to a polling station.

Absentee ballots

If you’re not originally from Champaign County and you’re feeling some loyalty to your home precinct, it’s not too late to request a ballot by mail. Just make sure it’s received no later than November 3. Request an in-state ballot from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

What else can I vote for besides the presidential candidate?

There are multiple initiatives on the ballot and multiple positions “down-ballot” that need your input. To find more in-depth information on the issues and candidates, check out Illinois’ Voter’s Edge, an online tool developed in partnership with Illinois Public Media:

 Taking selfies with your ballot?

Sorry, that’s against the rules. Voting is serious business here in Illinois. You’ll want to put your phone away once you pick up your ballot. In Illinois showing your marked ballot to another voter is a felony that can earn you up to three years in prison. So whether it’s in person, via text or Twitter, keep your ballot to yourself! Of course, if you want to share who you voted for, share away!

Those are all the tips we’ve got for voting this election, but if you have specific questions, Tweet us @askundergrad or find us on Facebook!

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Where is Uggles the UGL cat? Find her and win a prize!


Cats like to hide. It’s what they do! For 15 Mondays beginning October 31 (excluding campus breaks), a photo of Uggles the UGL cat will be hiding in a location around campus. Locate her to win $10 cash from the UGL and have your name entered into a raffle for the grand prize of a Kindle Fire. The winner each week will also have the option to be honored on our Instagram account as the week’s victor!

For clues as to where Uggles is hiding each Monday, follow the UGL on Instagram (@askundergrad). During Spring 2017, we will begin to reveal the special meaning behind all of Uggles’ chosen hiding spots. Happy searching!

1. Eligible participants are undergraduate UIUC students who are enrolled during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
2. In order to win, participants must bring the photo of Uggles into the Undergraduate Library and present it to staff at the front desk.
3. Each week, the winner will receive $10, as well as have their name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire once the contest is finished in Spring 2017.
4. Winners will need to claim their prize in person and present proof of eligibility (i-card).
5. Students are only eligible to win a cash prize once for the duration of the competition.
6. If a prize remains unclaimed by Sunday at 1pm, it will not be awarded for that week.

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Readers Advisory: Books That Go Bump in the Night

There’s only one week to go before the spookiest holiday of the year! Cozy up or hunker down with these creepy stories fit for a chilly October evening. Find all of these titles right here at the UGL!

The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

The Haunting of Blackwood House – Darcy Coates

If you’re a big haunted house fan, you’ll love The Haunting of Blackwood House. Mara, the daughter of spiritualists, is fed up with the occult: no more seances, scams, and ghosts. She and her fiance fall in love with an old house. People tried to warn Mara and Neil about the house: its odd cold spots in the basement where the original owner was murdered, bloody handprints that appear on the walls, and whispering voices. Mara won’t accept that nonsense, though, because ghosts aren’t real. What will it take to prove to Mara that she and Neil aren’t alone?

Library of the Dead edited by Michael Bailey

Library of the Dead edited by Michael Bailey

The Library of the Dead – edited by Michael Bailey

We had to include a horror story about a library! Okay, so it’s a crematory and columbarium. The “library of the dead” contains thousands of urns, known as “golden books,” filled with the ashes of those who have passed. This Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology, inspired by the real crematory Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, is composed of fifteen spooky stories about the inhabitants of the golden books. Fans of literary fiction, short stories, and less gorey horror will love this pick.

Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book of Shadows – Alexandra Sokoloff

Love a good detective-witch pairing? Missing Charmed? When a wealthy college student is murdered in what seems like a Satanic ritual, Adam, a rising homicide detective quickly arrests another student who may have been either stalking or dating the murdered woman. Instead of a case closed, though, in comes Tanith, a witch from nearby Salem. She convinces him that the killer is still at large and murdering other teenagers in order to summon a powerful demon. A blend of witchcraft, murder, and mystery, this book is great for horror readers of all types.

The Sorority by Tamara Thorne

The Sorority by Tamara Thorne

The Sorority – Tamara Thorne

If you thought your sorority was intense, just wait until you read about Gamma Eta Pi. This twisted sisterhood is bad, and they’re the envy and horror of Greenbriar University. When you pledge this sorority, your connections are truly for life: until death each sister must remain faithful to the evil coven. Gamma Eta Pi is actually a secret society called Fata Morgana, a centuries old coven with rituals, dark magic, and murder. The Sorority is perfect for fans of Scream Queens and other cheesy horror.

Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb

Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb

Z-Boat – Suzanne Robb

After the world has largely deteriorated, a submarine, Betty Loo, is sent to rescue some survivors. Readers won’t know who to trust when the mission reaches what they’ve been looking for. Spoiler alert: there’s zombies. Suzanne Robb’s thriller-horror-dystopia blended trilogy isn’t just another zombie novel, though. The series was lauded for its creative setting underwater and the inability to decide who is the hero of the story. This series transcends genres and will appeal to readers of dystopian fiction and thrillers too.

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror edited by Lynne Jamneck

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror edited by Lynne Jamneck

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror – edited by Lynne Jamneck

Dreams From the Witch House is another anthology for the literary types, but is only written by women! If you like the classic stuff from Lovecraft but wish horror was more inclusive of women, this is the book for you. Each tale is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos universe, which tackles dreamlands, pseudomythology, cosmic beings, and illusions. Gothic and horror giants like Joyce Carol Oates, Gemma Files, and Caitlin R. Kiernan are only a few of the authors featured in this twenty-story collection.

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If You Like Netflix, You’ll Like These Board Games

We love Netflix as much as the next person, but there are only so many hours you can binge before even TV gets boring. Don’t be afraid to mix it up this week! We’ve got a list of favorite TV shows—and board games to match.

Join us on Wednesday, October 12th for the UGL’S Board Game Night from 7-9pm! We’ll have our games out for you to play, along with staff to teach anyone who wants to try something they’ve never played before.

If you like The Walking Dead, try Pandemic.

Pandemic, from Z-Man games

Pandemic by Z-Man Games

It’s the game that’s trying to kill you. After selecting a card assigning you a job, it’s up to your team of players to use those skills to defeat four infectious diseases. While you fly from city to city to create cures, the cards you draw bring the world closer to destruction. You’ll have to work together if you want to survive.

If you like The Americans, try Codenames.

Codenames, from Czech Games

Codenames by Czech Games

You can’t trust anyone at your table. Codenames is a game of spies—teams compete to see who can locate all their agents first. The players chosen as spymasters can only use one-word clues to try and get their teams on their side—but if the spies guess wrong they could end up in enemy hands, or killed by the assassin.

If you like House of Cards, try Diplomacy.

Diplomacy by Avalon Hill

Diplomacy by Avalon Hill

This strategy board game is fraught with tension–in order to win, you have to betray the other players before they can betray you. Taking place during World War I, you’ll have to create alliances if you want to win, but with none of the players able to trust each other, you’ll need to break out your inner Frank Underwood to succeed in negotiations.

If you like Firefly, try Race for the Galaxy.

Race for the Galaxy by Rio Grande Games

Race for the Galaxy by Rio Grande Games

Would you be a browncoat, or join the Alliance? Players draw cards to determine the fate of their worlds. What planets will your people settle on? Will you have technology? Resources? This fast-paced card game is a race to find who can build the strongest galactic empire before you run out of cards. Will you have a few, strong planets or a large empire to colonize?

Try out these games or some of the other games in the UGL’s board game collection at the UGL Game Night on October 12, or check them out any time! Got a favorite board game you’d like to play? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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October Events Blog

Fall is finally here, and with the month of October comes sweaters, pumpkins, apple cider, spooky ghost stories, and crisp falling leaves. Read up on the events around campus and Champaign-Urbana to fill the spookiest month of the year!


C-U Oktoberfest

C-U Oktoberfest

C-U Oktoberfest, October 1 3-Midnight — $5 Entry

Kick off the month at the fourth annual C-U Oktoberfest in Downtown Champaign! Indulge in German beer, pretzels, dancing, and face painting and a bounce house for the kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Developmental Services Center.

Midwest Mandeng: West African Drum and Dance Festival

Midwest Mandeng: West African Drum and Dance Festival

Midwest Mandeng: West African Drum and Dance Festival — October 7-9, Prices Varied

Hosted at the Krannert Center by the C-U West African Drum and Dance Collective, this weekend of drumming, dancing, shopping, and community building celebrates the West African drumming tradition. Attendees can watch or participate in drum and dance classes.

Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch

Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch

Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch —Throughout October, free entry, activity prices varied.

Just a fifteen minute drive from campus, Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch features U-Pick apples, a petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and live music. Throughout the month of October, Curtis Orchard is offering a Groupon deal for discounted rates for U-Pick apples and corn maze entry, so snap up this deal before it’s gone!

Shocktober 2016

Shocktober 2016

Shocktober 2016 at the Art Theater Co-Op — Throughout October beginning October 6, prices varied.

Beginning with a free kick off event on October 6, the Champaign Art Theater Co-Op is hosting a month-long Halloween movie event. With the return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, live trivia, music, and horror movies, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser for Halloween lovers. The event’s finale is an all-night movie marathon featuring the classic George Romero horror flick Dawn of the Dead, don’t miss out!

Spurlock Museum

Spurlock Museum

Spurlock Museum Ghost Story Events — October 29, $6 for students

This pair of events at the Spurlock Museum features storytellers from the C-C Storyteller’s Guild. At 2:00 pm, the storytellers will regale kid-friendly multicultural ghost stories, and kids will leave with candy to kick-off their trick or treating. At 7:30, the storytellers will shift to adult-themed horror stories with heightened fear factors. The later event is restricted to adults only (16 and up). Get in the mood for Halloweekend with these bone-chilling tales!

Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert

Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert

Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert — October 30, $4 for students

For more of a low-key event, check out the Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert, just $4 for current U of I students. Hosted at the Foellinger Auditorium, the Illinois Wind Symphony will play six Halloween-themed works, including Night on Bald Mountain, which students may recognize from Disney’s Fantasia, led by director Stephen Peterson.

We hope we’ve covered the major events happening in Champaign-Urbana for the next month…but if we missed anything, let us know! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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UGL 101: Brand New Loanable Tech!

We’re almost a month into school and you’re already knee deep in homework. Luckily, the UGL’s Loanable Tech desk has a couple of new items for you to try out this semester. Also, remember that you are able to make an advanced booking on Loanable Tech items. So, if you know when your project is due, you’ll be able to make sure an item is available for you to use! Advanced bookings can be done in person or over the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet. Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet is fantastic for class note taking or for your own personal use. You have the convenience to check this out for one week and to carry around this tablet in your backpack or purse.

Lenovo Laptop. Photo Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

SLenovo Laptop. Photo Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

We now have laptops for you to use! These Lenovo Laptops can be borrowed for 2 hours and used within the Undergrad Library.

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker. Photo courtesy of Amazon

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker. Photo courtesy of Amazon

This Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker brings the boom to any situation, whether it’s hanging out on the quad playing frisbee, or pumpin’ out jams in your dorm. Who says our Loanable Tech should only for studying? Check out one of these speakers and show your friends how cool the UGL really can be!

If you are curious about the loanable technology available, drop by the Loanable Technology desk to ask more questions. What’s your favorite technology item and why? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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September Events

It’s almost sweater weather, but there are still plenty of outdoors things to do before the winter descends upon us. Read on for the latest scoop on September events.


Parade in Downtown Champaign

Photo by Daniel Schwen

Urbana Labor Day Parade- September 5th, 10am — Free

Celebrate workers and historic labor movements in America at the annual Labor Day Parade! The parade starts at 10am at Lincoln Square, so get a good seat! After the parade there will be a picnic in Prairie Park, featuring food, games, and a local union softball game.

Champaign Urbana Pride Festival

Champaign-Urbana Pride

Champaign Urbana Pride Festival — Free

Yet another historic & “sick’ning” celebration is happening in CU this month. Pride Festivals began in 1969 after the Stonewall Riot, which served as a catalyst for LGBTQ movements in America. Join the CU Pride Festival for events including a parade, drag shows (featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race Alumnus- Jade Sotomayor), comedy, dancing, and workshops. Check their website for updates and more events!

The Pygmalion Festival

The Pygmalion Festival

The Pygmalion Festival- Weekends, September 16-24 — Prices Vary

You can come for the music, Made Fest, or the literary and technology lectures, but whatever you do, don’t miss Pygmalion. Pygmalion is known for its line-up of music artists, but it also features many free events: a market of handmade items from local and regional artists and an impressive group of authors, scientists, and others who will present their work. Buy tickets for the music events, but Made Fest and lectures are free! And as always, there will be food.

Celebrating Labor History

Celebrating Labor History Event

Celebrating Labor History with Rep. Carol Ammons September 15th 5-7pm — Free

If you’re not a fan of the outdoors or loud parades, we do have one indoor event on the calendar for September: a lecture with Representative Carol Ammons on the history of local unions and labor in Champaign County and Illinois. Dinner is provided.

Flannel Fest

Flannel Fest

Flannel Fest — Free

It’s almost plaid season! Break out that flannel you haven’t worn in months and join the Flannel Fest. Flannel Fest features music, art demos, games, crafts, food trucks, a mustache contest, and a Lumberjack show. When was the last time you saw axe throwing? To round out this event, regional mattress company Bemco is sponsoring the Human Mattress Domino event, which allows community members to purchase mattresses to be donated to homeless shelters in central Illinois. Those who cannot afford to purchase a mattress may also donate in smaller increments.

Ghostbusters Outdoor Screening

Ghostbusters (2016) Outdoor Screening

Ghostbusters Outdoor Movie Sept. 22nd Starts at Dusk (Approx 8:15pm) – Free

If you’re bored on September 22nd, who you gonna call? The Women’s Resource Center is hosting a screening of the recent Ghostbusters remake later this month on the Quad. What’s better than a group of women kicking ghost butt? If you ain’t afraid of no ghost, you better come.

We hope we’ve covered the major events happening in Champaign-Urbana for the next month…but if we missed anything, let us know! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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