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This is the final issue of LAS Chalk for this semester. The deadline for entries in the next issue will be noon on Thursday, Jan. 15.

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Have a nice break!

Good luck on your final exams next week and enjoy winter break!

December 1-7, 2014

Women on the Move—Belly Fit: Free Weekly Belly Dance Classes
Monday, Dec. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Belly Fit, a series designed for women-identifying students and part of our Women on the Move Series, consists of fitness classes for students seeking a women-identified workout space for religious or healing-related purposes. These FREE weekly belly dance classes take place at the Women’s Resources Center and are designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
IATA Illini Art Therapy at the Women’s Resources Center
Monday, Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Come participate in art workshops led by the Illini Art Therapy Association! Take a break from your classes and create art for self-reflection, self-knowledge and empowerment. The Illini Art Therapy Association will provide all necessary art supplies, occasionally offer refreshments, and lead self-expressive projects. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
TAG General Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
1022 Lincoln Hall
Are you a transfer student? Do you like holidays? Come join the LAS Transfer Advisory Group, also known as TAG, for free pizza and information from some awesome guest speakers! We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and we have some awesome social and professional events as well! Make sure to come check us out.
Whitney Baldridge,
Tackle the Tension: Overcoming Test Anxiety
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
406 Illini Union
Are you stressing over finals? Take a study-break and come out to the workshop series Tackle the Tension: Overcoming Test Anxiety! This workshop is a space for you to discuss test anxiety with peers in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere. By the end, you will have gained greater awareness of test anxiety symptoms and tools for how to cope when exam woes are overwhelming. Get inspired to move forward and take care of yourself along the way!
WRC Art Opening: “The Non-Resilient Molecule” by Koushalya Jenganathan
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Join us for a pop-up art exhibit of work by Koushalya Jenganathan, an artist, filmmaker, and poet. Also known as earthling, she is a filmmaker, visual artist, and poet. At Accessible Horizon Films, she writes, edits, and directs short films and documentaries. About the exhibit: Once upon a long space called the Finite...there lived a being within it called the Infinite...which led the Finite by its purpose.... View the art and learn the rest of the story. Sponsors: Women’s Resources Center, School for Designing a Society, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Israel Facing the Current Situation in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
120 Architecture Building
The consul general of Israel to the Midwest, Roey Gilad, is coming to campus to speak about Israel’s unique situation in the Middle East. Illini Students Supporting Israel is hosting the event. Consul General Gilad has years of experience in the Israeli Foreign Ministry. His talks are always insightful and offer a nuanced view of what’s going on in Israel in regard to its neighbors and the Middle East region. Event cosponsored by illinipac and the Department of Political Science.
Noah Feingold,
AAPH General Body Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
163 Noyes
Join Kaplan and AAPH for the final general body meeting of the semester! This event offers an interactive and energetic play on Jeopardy where all the questions are related to the MCAT content, structure, strategy, health industry trends and more. Students have the opportunity to exercise their science, MCAT, and industry knowledge while being competitive with their peers. Contact the email address below if you have any questions.
Contact us,
Illini Union’s One Book One Campus
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.
Illini Union Rooms A, B, C
Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, is the highlighted speaker at this year’s free lecture. Raising the issues of friendship and family, mental illness, cliques and behavioral codes, religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the lack of guidance for life after prison, Piper captivates the audience while providing an education on the prison system.
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
What makes a man? This question is rarely asked and even more rarely discussed—especially by men. ManTalks is an opportunity to discuss men’s issues in today’s society. Each talk will be an open conversation about a different topic concerning the development of men and the role that society plays in manhood. From how work defines us to sharing our emotion, ManTalks looks to examine how men are able to be whom they want to be. Join the conversation about men, with men, in an environment that hopes to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of what man “really” is.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Lorado Taft: The Sculptor’s Legacy
Thursday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m.
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
Lorado Taft is known to University of Illinois students and alumni worldwide for creating the revered Alma Mater statue. Learn about his American art legacy in presentations from experts Robert La France, co-editor of the new book Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, and Wayne Pitard, director of the Spurlock Museum. La France is director of the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University and former curator of Pre-Modern Art at Krannert Art Museum.
Yoga for Healing: Women on the Move Fitness
Thursday, Dec. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
If you’ve been curious about yoga but hesitant to join an ongoing class, the WRC welcomes you to a yoga for healing class. We will begin with a background of yoga including philosophy, fundamental components of a yoga class, and styles of yoga. We will explore yoga breathing practices and learn some basic yoga poses, with an emphasis on safe movement and effective alignment. Our practice will conclude with a final relaxation period. Yoga for Healing is a safe space, survivor-centered and designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in!
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Sex + Gender Film Series: Virgin Diaries
Thursday, Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Evangelical Christians are calling out for a second sexual revolution: Chastity! As a counter-movement to the attitudes and practices of today’s culture, today one in eight girls in the U.S. has vowed to remain “unsoiled” until marriage. Seven children of the Wilson family, founders of the Purity Ball, take this concept of purity of body and mind one step further: their first kiss will be at the altar. For two years filmmakers followed the Wilsons. In the process, a broader theme emerges: how the religious right is grooming a young generation of virgins to embody evangelically-grounded American future.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Film Screening: Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)
Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum Auditorium
On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity. Introduction by associate professor of history, French, and gender and women’s studies Tamara Chaplin. This event is part of “The Great War,” a cross-campus initiative. Free admission.
VOICE Reading Series
Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery
New poetry and fiction by student authors in the U of I Creative Writing Program, featuring Sara Fan, Katherine Scott Nelson, and John Dudek.
Boren Scholarship Application Workshop
Friday, Dec. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (807 S. Wright)
Studying a less-commonly-taught language? In need of linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to U.S. interests. Must be a U.S. citizen. The maximum awards are $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for an academic year. Summer programs ($8,000 awards) are available for STEM students. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. This session will help students begin to craft competitive Boren applications.
Richelle Bernazzoli, National and International Scholarships Program,
Fans and Dance: Cultural Traditions around the World
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Hand-held fans are a very important accompaniment to many dances, and they
often tell stories, celebrate traditions, express religious beliefs, and pass on histories. During this presentation by “fan fancier” Robin Goettel, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the geography and cultural use of fans, as we explore ethnic dances incorporating fans in their tradition. Beautiful dance videos will be shown, including Flamenco, Balinese, Korean, Yupik, and many others. After the presentation, the audience can view fans from Goettel’s collection. Free admission.
Kim Sheahan,

Opportunities to Plan For

Midnight Madness at the Writers Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m.-midnight
251 Undergraduate Library
Need help with a final paper? Grad school statements due soon? Want to ask about citation styles? The Writers Workshop will be offering quick drop-in sessions for the evening of Reading Day. Writing consultants will be standing by to help on first-come, first-serve basis with your essays, statements, resumes, or any other pieces of professional or academic writing. No appointment necessary!
Khaleel Gheba,
Office of Undergraduate Research Spring ’15 Conference Travel Grants
Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 11
The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 competition for conference travel grants to subsidize the presentation of undergraduate research at professional conferences. (Please note, this is for conference travel only; applications for a grant for research travel is a separate application and process.) In order to apply, students will need to have information on the conference dates and location, evidence that conference participation has been confirmed, estimated expenses, and possible support from mentors and departments.
KAM Chamber Music Series: Opera by Lyric Theatre at Illinois
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery
This free chamber music concert is produced in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music. Lyric Theatre at Illinois will present performances by U of I faculty members Sarah Wigley Johnson, Michael Tilley, and others.
Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the EUI is Accepting Submissions
Deadline is Monday, Jan. 12
Peer Review is an open-access, digital journal. It publishes research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates who participated in Ethnography of the University Initiative-affiliated courses (this may include independent study/thesis coursework), or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university or the university experience in a meaningful way. We also invite short commentaries and reflections on the EUI research or teaching experience from former EUI-affiliated students and faculty.

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