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10 Champaign-Urbana Stereotypes That Are Completely Accurate

We couldn't resist referring our readers to the entertaining new article entitled "10 Champaign-Urbana Stereotypes That Are Completely Accurate," written by Brian Arthur and posted on Movoto.com. Arthur's #7 selection particularly caught our eye (for obvious reasons)...

"The People Of Champaign-Urbana Are Kind Of In Love With Roger Ebert"

“Roger Ebert: longtime writer for the Chicago-Sun Times, but undisputedly a product of Champaign-Urbana.

Champaign-Urbana folks love to remind anyone and everyone that the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic was born in Urbana, wrote his first pieces for The News-Gazette while attending Urbana High School, and inked his first review for the Daily Illini while attending U of I.

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These days, Champaign-Urbana people celebrate their favorite native son with the Ebertfest film festival, where a bronze statue of the local hero greets attendees.”

Here are a few other selections:

"Natives Are Total Deep Dish Pizza Snobs"

"The locally beloved Papa Del’s is proof that the deep dish pizza can thrive outside of Chicagoland. When Chicago friends visit, Champaign-Urbana folks know that even the most discerning eaters of inches-thick-dough can’t hate on the Champaign favorite.

Cheese so thick you need to twirl it with a fork? Fresh, homemade tomato sauce? A delish crust as thick you as want it? Check, check, and check."

"Everybody Here Is A Complete Film Geek"

"Champaign-Urbana’s love of the movie picture extends far beyond their hometown thumb-up thumb-down hero Roger Ebert.

In addition to Ebertfest, the region is home to the indie Art Theater Co-op, which hosts the New Art Film Festival, downtown’s historic Virginia Theatre, plus all the Oscar hopefuls in the University of Illinois’ Cinema Studies department."

"Champaign-Urbana Folks Can Code You Under The Table"

"What do YouTube, Yelp, Paypal, and Netscape have in common? They all had founders that attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Adding to that serious techie creds is the fact that Volition games, makers of massive hits like Red Faction and Saints Row, is based in the area too.

It’s probably no coincidence that U of I has one of the best Computer Science programs in the country."

Click here to read the rest of the piece, which confirms the truth of other cherished Champaign-Urbana stereotypes.

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