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A monthly PCH Resident Newsletter brought to you by the Housing Information Office

February 2015

When you step into a crosswalk, you automatically have the right of way.

Find out why below...

We are so excited to welcome you to campus, and are looking forward to a fantastic Spring Semester!   As you get unpacked and settled in, we want to remind you of a few simple things you can do to keep you, and your belongings, safe.  Whether you have lived on campus for a while, or are just arriving for the first time, please remember to: 

  • Keep your Doors Locked, even when you are in your rooms
  • Check with your Residence Halls on their Guest and Security Procedures
  • Avoid walking or running alone at night
  • Utilize SafeWalks and SafeRides (the numbers are on the back of your iCard)
  • When walking on campus, the law states: as a pedestrian you do NOT have the right of way in a crosswalk unless you have given oncoming traffic the opportunity to slow down and react to your presence. You do not automatically have the right of way.  Remember to look before you walk!

For more information, check out some more tips from the Univeristy of Illinois Police Department.

Blood Donation FAQ

Bromley Hall is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 17th.  Donations will be taken from the donation van outside their building from 3-7pm, find directions HERE.  Everyone in the PCH community is welcome to come and donate blood- we hope to see you there! 
Learn more about the event on facebook.


Join the Central Black Student Union for the annual Cotton Club variety show from 2pm-6pm on February 21st at Foellinger Auditorium.  Cotton Club is an annual weekend long event that occurs in mid-February, and has remained one of the biggest events within the UIUC African American community since the 1980s.  The weekend is filled with festivities such as a fashion show, variety show, and several parties, and serves as a representation of the original Cotton Club that began in the early 1920s and 30s.  In its history, Cotton Club served as place where African American performers could showcase their talents.  Today, the tradition is still alive here on the UIUC campus!  Want to see more, check our some videos from the event.


The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center began in 1969 as the Afro-American Cultural Program, and was created with the two-fold purpose of assisting the university in providing a safe and welcoming environment for African American students, and to be a resource to the campus at-large regarding African American contributions and issues.  Today, BNAAC  continues to be a vital part of the institution, and serves as a resource not only for students of African descent, but all Illinois students. BNAAC hosts a number of events for Black History Month, as well as throughout the year.  To learn more about the center, or their events & programs, visit their website or stop by BNAAC anytime!  Click HERE for a map.

February 19th, 2015- YEAR OF THE GOAT/SHEEP

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".  In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. 

Here on campus, vist the Asian American Cultural Center, or find them on facebook, to learn more about all the different Lunar New Year celebrations around campus.  You can also visit OIIR to lear more about the holiday.


Have you made your Spring Break plans yet?  Check out these ideas ...

Civil Rights Pilgrimage! You could spend your spring break learning about the Civil Rights Movement. We travel to Greensboro, Atlanta, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma, Little Rock, and Memphis. To learn more visit our blog. To sign up, email January Boten.

Join UIUC Habitat for Humanity for their Collegiate Challenge this spring break.  This is great opportunity to go on an amazing trip and to do something good during your vacation.  There will be 3 Collegiate Challenge Trips, with 12 people per trip, to go to different communities in the USA and work on building a home for a deserving family. You will spend the week working with your hands to make a difference in a family's life. As with any Habitat build, there is no experience necessary and it is a great way to become involved. For many officers, these trips were how they first got started. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Shimizu or Sonya Dave.

Alternative Seasonal Breaks (formerly Alternative Spring Break) is a 100% student-run, non-profit volunteer organization of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University YMCA. ASB sends U of I students on nationwide service trips four times throughout the year. During their fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks, ASB participants travel throughout the country to learn about and actively combat social justice and environmental issues. Year-round Trips concern issues such as homelessness, poverty, animals, healthcare, environment, and many more.


Mark your calendars for APRIL 11th The PCH Community will be coming together to take part in the National Day of Service.  We will work together for a great cause, and afterward have a fun event to socialize and celebrate our efforts!  Check our upcoming newsletters, and find us on facebook for more information.


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Did you know...  

  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14.
  • The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
  • Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and has become widely popular. However, only women buy Valentine chocolates for their spouses, boyfriends, or friends. The men return the favor on White Day, a type of “answer day” to Valentine’s Day, on March 14.
  • Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
  • On Valentine’s Day, James Cook was killed by natives in Hawaii (1779), Oregon and Arizona were admitted to the Union (1859 and 1912, respectively), James Polk became the first president photographed while in office (1848), UPS (United Parcel Service) was formed (1919), the League of Women Voters was established (1920), Aretha Franklin recorded “Respect” (1967), Richard Nixon installed a secret taping system in the White House (1971), the U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site (1976), and Voyager I took a picture of the entire solar system (1990).