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rebeccaschneider // editor in chief 

parvinamamatova // creative director 

sarahchain // copy editor 

nataliewall // photograpliy director 

tiffanybrown // assistant pliotography director 

matthewjohnson // managing editor 

bethprlncipi // supervising editor 








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The university is made up of many 
dimensions. Students, faculty and staff 
come together on a daily basis to create 

a unified community. Whether you are 

involved in Greek life, athletics, or visual 

arts, each person contributes to the 

diversity of our campus. 

Members of University Program Board 

and others involved in music production 

helped put on performances by artists 

ranging from Three 6 Mafia to Corey 

Smith. Former President Jimmy Carter 

visited campus to spread his message of 
peace. Organizations on campus such 
as the Center for Multicultural Student 
Services sponsored educational and 
entertaining programs ranging from the 
Homecoming Step Show to the Martin 

Luther King Jr. Formal Program. Alumni 
and faculty showed their Duke pride at 
the Homecoming football game, where 

the entire stadium bled purple and gold. 

Through honored Madison traditions 
and new and exciting experiences, our 
campus has multiple layers that are 
continually being discovered. 

What is your dimension? 


Basking in the warm air. sunflowers wait to be sold at the 

Harrisonburg Farmers' Marl<et. The farmers' marl<et was held 

every Tuesday and Saturday since it began in 1979 as an 

idea of Samuel Johnson, a local fruit and vegetable farmer. 

piiQirj/ lessicadodds 

opening // 5 


Showing their excitement, the players on the baseball 

team celebrate their victory (left). The baseball and 

Softball teams moved into a new stadium in the spring of 

2010, just one of the university's new expansion projects. 

Other construction completed this year included a new 

dining facility and a new residence hall on East Campus. 

Construction also began on Bridgeforth Stadium, which 

would add 10,000 seats to the stadium. 

photos //courtesy of sportsmedja & laurabock 

opening 111 


The university dance team performs on stage (left). 

Wilson Hall (right) hosted several entertainment acts 

throughout the year, including country artist Corey Smith, 

acrobatic performance "Cirque D'or" and the improvisa- 

tional show "Whose Line Is It Anyway" Wilson Hall also 

housed the offices of University Advising, Career and 

Academic Planning, and Community Service Learning. 

The building was named after former President Woodrow 

Wilson, one of the eight U.S. presidents born in Virginia. 

photos //jessicadodds & laurabock 

opening //9 


Outside her apartment, senior Kerry Shannon enjoys 

her snow day on Friday, Feb. 5 (left). The university saw 

more than 50 inches of snow for the winter season, with 

three snow days in February alone. Students sledded 

down the hills of East Campus, including the hills in 

front of Shenandoah and Potomac Halls (right). Some 

students also Indulged their childlike tendencies by 

building snowmen and snow forts, 

photos //nataliewall & caseybailey 


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Posed outside a residence Inail on the Quad, junior K.D. Doxie 

takes a break from Resident Adviser (RA) training in August 

(rigint). RAs, Orientation Program Advisers and First yeaR 

Orientation Guides worked togetlier to make freshmen's first few 

weeks at the university a smooth transition. 1787 Orientation 

provided several opportunities for freshmen to get acquainted 

with the university, including conversations with professors and 

a beach party at the University Recreation Center (UREG). Other 

resources available to first-year students included the First Year 

Involvement Resource and Writing Genter, and the Academic 

Mentor Program, both located in Huffman Hall. 

photos //sarahmcginnis & rosemarygrant 

opening //1 3 







rebeccaschneider// writer 

~ ~ "T' elcome to Respect Is Earned: Battle of 
the 'Burg, a regional mixed martial arts 
' (MM A) fight night. It is 9:30 p.m., and 
it's time for the main amateur event of the evening. 

From Herndon, Va., at 6 feet 1 inch tall and, 155 
pounds, freshman Herman Brar enters the,cage. The 
crowd cheers. Brar and his opponent, "Stone" Cole 
Presley, touch gloyes and the bell rings. . 

Presley immediately goes after Brar 'with a right 
hook and slams him back against the cage. Brar 
begins to feel dizzy as Presley goes for his ankles. 

Now a sophomore, Herman Brar had been 
training to be an MMA fighter since September 
2008. With a 2-0 record, Brar prepared for histhird 
amateur fight against a 5-2-1 regional welterweight 
and lightweight champion, scheduled fdr March 21 
at Rockingham County Fairgrounds. 

Brar played football in high school, and began 
kickboxing as an off-season activity. He took an 
interest in the sport after watching the Kl Grand 
Prix, a Japanese kickboxing tournament. 

"I saw some dudes get kicked in the face, and 1 
was like, 'Wow, I want to try this out,'" said Brar. 

In his senior year of high school, Brar's cousin, a 
university alumnus, sent him a Breeze article about 
a new MMA gym in Harrisonburg. Brar jumped at 
the opportunity to take kickboxing to a new level. 

"It sounded really hardcore," said Brar. "I think 
that's a big reason why I chose JMU over some 
other schools. JMU had academically what I was 
looking for, and a big plus was they had MMA 
Institute (MM AI) also." ' - — 

MMA was like ^ pl^ysical chess match, normally 
held inside an oct^oh-sl'wps^ cage, The full- \ ^ 
combat, competitivegport hicOrporated JJrazil^an 
Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai/lAjjjtoxii.ig, ,kai;afe, wiestliilg, ■ 
Judo ijnd Sambo, amoii^rorioils other discipJines.' . 
' Bfar spent at least four days a week at the gym in 
vpreparatibn for his fight. ' "• \ , ' 

Two days before the fight, Brar cut 1 1 pounds "by ' 
sitting in the sauna. He reduced calories," controlled 
when he would eat, and stayed away from saturated 
fats like whole milk — a big change compared to his ■ 
usual six plates of food at D-Hall. 

"It's two different extremes almost," said Jeremy 
Whitmore, Brar's strength and conditioning coach 
at MMAI. "It's a pretty pure lifestyle. You sacrifice 
a lot. Basically if it tastes good, you're probably not 
going to eat it." 

After weighing in on Friday, MMAI owners Beau 
Baker and Whitmore encouraged Brar to eat small 
amounts every 30 minutes, as to not overfill his 
stomach. Brar loaded up on fruit, carbohydrates 
and proteins. 

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Straining to submit his 

opponent with a l<nee bar, 

sophomore Herman Brar 

looks to his trainers for 

encouragement during the 

second round of Brawl in 

the Cage 5. A l<nee bar, 

technically known as a 

straight leglock, resulted in 

hyperextension of the knee. 


Receiving high fives from 

his training partners, 

sophomore Herman 

Brar goes to his comer 

after being declared 

the Brawley Fights 

Lightweight Champion. 

Brar fought in the 

lightweight division, one 

of nine MMA weight 

classes, in which fighters 

weighed between 146 

and 155 pounds. 


When asked about his opponent the day before the 
fight, Brar seemed comfortable, knowledgeable and 
prepared. "[Presley] is a very respected fighter in the 
MMA community and he holds a few titles, not to 
mention he is going pro very soon," said Brar. 

Both fighters were aware of each others strengths and 
weaknesses. Presley's strengths were groundwork and 
submissions, while Brar's were stand-up and striking. 

"If I win, I know that I can roll with the big dogs, and 
if I lose, I know I lost to a very good fighter," said Brar. 
"Every true fighter wishes for a battle and hopefully 
that is what the fans will get." 

With Brar stunned, 
Presley goes for a single-leg 
takedown and takes Brar 
to the ground. Presley is in 
top guard, straddling Brar. 
With Brar on his back, he 
throws six hard elbows to the 
top of Presley's head. Presley 
advances his position and 
manages to get Brar in an 
armbar, an arm lock that 
hyperextends the elbow. Brar 
scrambles and escapes — and 
the crowd goes crazy. 

They get back to their feet, 
but seconds later, Presley 
lands a hard right kick to 
Brar's side, knocking him 
over. Brar stumbles into the 
fence and tries to go for a 
single-leg takedown. Presley 
grabs Brar by the neck and 
swings around onto his back. 
In a piggyback-like position, 
Presley submits Brar in a 
rear naked choke. Brar taps, 
1:34 in the first round. 
"The fight ended. . . harsh," noted junior James 

Brar graciously accepted his defeat, and 
congratulated Presley. 

Event volunteer Brandon Sardik saw that Presley 
"landed a couple of blows that opened it up and I 
think that [Brar] was staggered by those blows and 
after a while it disheartened him." 

Brar knew that he came out relaxed with his usual 
combination, which he thought might have been his 
downfall. Presley got Brar to the ground early, and 
Brar said he knew he was in a bad spot from then on. 



"I learned a lot as a fighter because of it and I'm just 
going to go back to the drawing boards and come 
back stronger next time," said Brar. 

Brar worked with the Jiu-jitsu Club on campus to 
improve his groundwork, planning to "bulk up" for 
his next fight in late August (see "Brar's Update"). 

"As long as he learns something from this fight, it 
can be seen as a success," said Brar's training partner 
and friend, senior Shea Kelly. "He knew it was going 
to be a tough fight and came away knowing that he 
gave it 100 percent in training and during the fight. 
He had nothing to lose." // 

With his arms encircling Corey 
Wamsley's neck, sophomore 
Herman Brar attempts a 
guillotine choke to restrict his 
opponent's breathing. Even 
when fighters were bloody and 
exhausted, the officials would 
not stop the tight until a fighter 
tapped out, was knocked out or 
was unable to defend himself. 




His face was split open, he could 
not see straight and he only had a 
two minutes to go in the third round. 
Sophomore Herman Brar was just 
seconds away from his goal. 

On Aug. 29, Brar became 
the Brawley Fights 155-pound 
lightweight champion at the 
Rockingham County Fairgrounds. 
The fight consisted of three five- 
minute rounds, ending halfway 
through the third round. 

"This belt means more than 
anything to me and when I finally 
won, it took me a second to realize 
what had just happened," said Brar. 

Brar's trainers pushed him in the 
gym and taught him how to counter 
his opponent, 20-year-old Corey 

"I knew he was tough and I knew 
he could take a hit from the videos I 
watched on him," said Brar. 

Training for the title proved to be 
different than training for any other 
fight, an average day consisting of an 

hour of technique drills and an hour 
of intense cardio training, ending with 
hard sparring. 

"Everything all of a sudden became 
a lot more serious," said Brar. 

"My trainers began throwing me 
in five-minute rounds for sparring 
against a fresh opponent every time 
to build my stamina and to break me 
mentally so that I would be more than 
ready for any situation I encountered 
in the cage," said Brar. 

The most important part of training 
was making sure each day involved 
something different so Brar's muscles 
never got used to the same motions. 

Although the physical aspect of 
training for this fight was different, 
Brar said he mentally prepared for 
this fight like any other fight. Alone 
time and soothing music helped Brar 
get in the zone. 

"You want to be very calm going 
into a fight so you can think instead 
of reacting on instincts," said Brar. 

Freshman Tyler Peacock attended 

the fight and claimed Brar's was the 
best fight of the night. 

"[Brar's] opponent picked it up 
in the last few rounds and made 
it a much tougher fight for Brar," 
said Peacock. "The back and forth 
momentum was what made it so 
enjoyable for me," 

Three minutes and six seconds 
into the third round, Brar mounted 
Wamsley and dropped several 
punches and elbows for the TKO, or 
technical knockout, and the title. 

Brar suffered a fractured orbital, the 
seven small bones surrounding the 
eye socket, in the second round and 
had surgery to replace it with titanium 
a few weeks after the fight. 

"After the referee stopped the fight 
I just rolled over and laid my hands 
over my face because it was so 
surreal that I had won the lightweight 
championship," said Brar. "It was the 
greatest feeling ever." 

amandacaskey // writer 




features //21 



Ever wonder about all the hard work 
that goes into a concert? Junior Jenn 
Steinhardt was no stranger to setting up 
a concert stage. 

"Anyone who likes puzzles and 
teamwork would love putting up the 
stage," said Steinhardt, director of 80 
One Records, the university's student- 
run record label. Steinhardt helped to set 
up the Convocation Center for the Girl 
Talk and Three 6 Mafia Concert. 

"The pieces aren't light at all, but we usually have 
two people holding one square on either side, two to 
four people with a stand, and then one person on the 
bottom to guide you," said Steinhardt. "The process 
requires a lot of collaboration." 

Steinhardt said that while lifting up the individual 
pieces of the stage might seem like the hardest part, 
the hardest thing to do was move the stage squares up 
and down the sets of stairs. 

"Once the group is on a roll with each group of people 
sliding squares into place or taking them off, everything 
runs smoothly. Those stairs, however, are a beast." 

The entire process wasn't all work for UPB. "My 
favorite part about making the stage is seeing what 
comes of all these tiny squares together, and seeing 
a concert play out on something you built," said 
Steinhardt. "Although I worked the Boys Like Girls 
concert as well, seeing Girl Talk dance and jump 
around the stage [I helped build] was just amazing." 


Dancing skills prominently 

displayed, Girl Talk lets loose 

with students on stage. Filled 

with sporadic bursts of energy, 

Gillis provided a unique concert 

experience for many students. 

With hands waving in the 
air, students dance to "Play 
Your Part." This song is on Girl 
Talk's 4th album, "Feed the 
photo ',' nataliewall 





caitlinharrison// writer 

tudents crowded the floor, greeting one another 
and trying to claim some standing room in the 
Convocation Center while waiting for Three 6 Mafia 
to take the stage. The rap group was slightly delayed; their 
plane had landed late and the airport was two hours away, 
making the group absent for sound check. The students waiting 
on the floor were still eager for the concert to begin. 

Three 6 Mafia made it to the stage around 8:30 p.m., and 
began with some of their more popular songs like "Fly," "Doe 
Boy Fresh," and "Chop Me Up," which they usually sang with 
Justin Timberlake. Despite missing their sound check. Three 6 
Mafia still performed without any problems. Group members 
got personal with the audience, getting them involved in the 
show by asking where the parties were and if everyone was 
having a good time. 

One student was actually wearing a Three 6 Mafia shirt, 
and the group tried to get him up on stage. Although concert 
security wouldn't allow it, the group was glad to have a loyal 
fan in the audience. 

After Three 6 Mafia finished their set, there was a 30-minute 
break to set up for Girl Talk and for students to get food. 
More people started to enter the Convocation Center for the 
headlining group, filling the reserved seats and crowding the 

"The Girl Talk concert was out of control!" said sophomore 
Laura Hayden, a longtime Girl Talk fan who went to the 

concert with a group of friends. "A group of us met up before 
the concert to get pumped and had a jam session to some Girl 
Talk favorites." 

Girl Talk, also known as DJ Gregg Michael Gillis, was 
known for his mash-ups of favorite classic and popular songs. 
He mixed older songs like "Shout," by The Temptations; 
"Thunderstruck," by ACDC; and "Time After Time," by Cyndi 
Lauper; and blended other, more current songs by Kanye West 
and Beyonce. 

He also played fan favorites from his newest album "Feed the 
Animals." The atmosphere became more like a big dance party 
than a concert, especially on the floor where students had more 
room to dance. 

One group of lucky students was able to get on stage during 
the Girl Talk portion of the concert. UPB had decided 
beforehand that they would allow students this privilege. 

"We all got our special tickets from Sarah Sunde, the UPB 
coordinator at the time, and she gave us some safety rules and a 
few other things we needed to know, and then we waited by the 
stage for the signal to run up and begin dancing," said junior 
Tyler Conta. 

After Girl Talk exited the stage, the dancing students were 
able to take pictures with him and ask for autographs. 

"It was honestly one of the highlights of my JMU career," said 
Conta. "I owe it all to UPB and just being in the right place at 
the right time." 

Clapping his hands, DJ Gregg 
Michael Gillis engages the 
crowd. Better known as Girl 
Talk, Gillis studied biomedical 
engineering at Case Western 
Reserve University in Cleveland, 
Ohio, during the beginning of his 
musical career, 
photo// robertboag 


ilendar events 

Mon., 4/13: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day 
-Trash The Commons 

Students sorted trash on The Commons to 
discover hidden, recyclable treasures. 
-Trashion Show 

A fashion show with recyclable materials was 
hosted by Jay McCarroll. 

Tues., 4/1 4: Spirituality & the Environment Day 

-"If you love the creator, tal<e care of the creation" 
stickers were available. 

-Spirituality and the Environment Panel 
Students could check out how different faiths 
related to the environment in a positive way. 

Wed., 4/1 5: Grassroots Activism Day 
-Letter Writing 

Grassroots activist groups visited campus, and 

students could write letters to representatives 

about local environmental issues. 
-Rising Tide North America 

Exposed false solutions to climate change. 

Thurs., 4/16: Sustainable Economics Day 

-Really Really Free Market 
Students could get stuff for free, or could 
donate old clothes, shoes, furniture, etc. 

-Locally Owned & Operated Renewable Energy 
A facilitated discussion about localizing energy 
production proposed a strategy for energy 

-Sustainable Economics Panel 
Local currencies, worker-owned businesses, 
local sustainable food and green business 
representatives shared insights into how to 
make our economy green in the long term. 

Fri., 4/17: Alternative Transportation Day 

-No Drive Day 

-Community Bike Ride 
Bike enthusiasts young and oldcelebrated clean 
transportation with a ride through Harrisonburg. 

-Arboretum: Festival Fest Pre-Show 

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Flaunting a dress made 
from recycled newspaper, 
a model struts tier stuff 
on ttie catwalk. Student 
designers showcased their 
talents in a challenge a la 
"Project Runway." 
photo // hannahpace 

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top and skirt, a student 

model strikes a fierce pose. 

Unconventional materials 

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materials used by "Trashion 

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photo //hannahpace 


features //25 






A fantastic, heart-pumping 

workout offered the option of 

high- or low-impact moves. 


A fun dance with moves 

inspired from all over 
the world; Belly Dance, 

Latin, Salsa, African, Irish, 
Caribbean and more! 


A workout that blended 

African, Latin and Caribbean 

dance moves. 


A strength and cardio 

workout that got students' 

hearts pumping. 


A high-energy workout based 

on kickboxing moves and 
drills. Participants learned to 
punch and kick with the best. 


Students danced in an 
energetic workout. 


Participants grooved like 
back in the disco days. 



mandysmoot // writer 

/ £ ■ t was a beautiful day and a great change 
I to exercise outside," said sophomore Elise 
I Shellenberger, one of the 47 participants 
who took part in Fit JMU, the University Recreation 
Center's (UREC) newest group fitness class. 

Warm spring weather permitted students and 
faculty to scope out a spot on the UREC turf in April, 
where group fitness instructors took turns teaching 
the 90-minute class. 

The sampler reached out to individuals of all 
interests. Students and faculty had the opportunity 
to participate in various classes, including cardio 
craze, world beat, kukawa, athletic conditioning, 
kickboxing, hip hop, boogie fever and yoga. 

The participants weren't the only ones who enjoyed 
the wide variety of fitness classes. Graduate Kellie 
Hayes, a group fitness instructor, had just as much 
fun teaching. 

"It was great to have the chance to interact with 
participants and watch the other seniors teach for 
one of the last times before we graduate," said Hayes. 

Hayes even felt that Fit IMU had the potential 

to become a university tradition. "We had a great 
crowd that was very energetic and seemed like they 
were enjoying themselves." 

"I love to teach when there are large groups 
because the energy is always high," said graduate Jen 
Everdale, also a group fitness instructor. "1 think it 
is a great way to introduce our participants to new 
class formats and get them excited about taking 
other classes," she added. 

Fit JMU also seemed to be a hit among students. 

"1 definitely think UREC should do this annually," 
said Shellenberger. 

"1 think we have something to shoot for now," 
said Holly Wade, coordinator of group fitness and 
wellness. "We've established a baseline and can 
build from that." 

Wade, who had been with UREC since 2006, 
trained the group fitness instructors and oversaw 
the fitness classes. She had previously taught 
numerous classes herself, including boogie fever. 
Wade enjoyed the event just as much as the 
participants, evident by her gold, sparkling shirt she 

While other students perform 
crunches, a fitness instructor keeps 
her heart rate elevated by running in 
place. Aerobics were incorporated in 
classes such as athletic conditioning 
and cardio craze. 






This class combined yoga 

postures and modern fitness 

for a mind/body workout 

that increased strength, 

endurance and flexibility. 


26 // thebluestone20^ 


Conditioning their upper 
bodies, students line up on 
the UREC turf to do push- 
ups while others do sprints. 
With sunny skies and warm 
temperatures for April, the 
event offered an enjoyable 
glimpse of spring. 

sported during her disco dancing exercise. 

"I liked the dancing classes the best," said 
sophomore Sameera Navidi, whose friend, 
sophomore Ariel Vital, agreed. 

"My favorite part was the disco portion," said Vital. 

Vital and Navidi weren't the only ones who took 
the class with a friend. Many participants found out 
about Fit JMU through word of mouth, particularly 
roommates and friends. 

Twitter and Facebook also helped market Fit JMU 
in August, when UREC held its second giant group 
fitness class. The class moved inside UREC due to 
rainy weather, but that didn't put a damper on the 

"We doubled in participation numbers, so I think 
people are starting to look for it," said Wade. "Either 
way, it was a blast." // 



Throwing a left jab, 
sophomores Ariel Vital, right, 
and Sameera Navidi, middle, 

work their upper bodies. 
Kickboxing incorporated an 
intense, full-body workout. 
photo// kimlofgren 

features //27 


Waiting to receive his diploma, a student 

snaps a picture to capture the special 

moment. Students heard speeches from 

President Linwood H. Rose. SGA president 

Larson Thune. student speaker Amrou Kotb, 

and commencement speaker Paul Holland. 

photo// lizzycannon 

Family and friends gather at 

Bridgeforth Stadium to celebrate students' 

accomplishments. Graduation day flooded 

Harrisonburg with an influx of visitors. 

keeping hotels and restaurants busy. 

photo /' lizzycannon 

Holding flowers close, family members 

wait to congratulate their graduates. The 

university did not require tickets, allowing 

multiple family members to attend the 



Creatively expressing her gratitude, graduate 

Briana Marcantoni's graduation cap reflects 

her appreciation for her parents' support 

over the past four years. Decorative caps 

were seen all over campus on graduation 

photo// lizzycannon 



sarapryor// writer 

Dark clouds hung over Bridgeforth 
Stadium, but even the threat of" 
rain could not dampen the spirit of 
graduation day. Packs of graduates donned 
purple gowns and strolled down Port Republic 
Road, trying to avoid the long line of cars 
headed toward campus. Waiting outside the 
stadium, graduates felt a mix of emotions. 

"It is a weird feeling," said graduate Ashley 
Lowry. "I'm really excited to graduate with all 
my friends, but sad and a little scared all at the 
same time. It is definitely bittersweet." 

Graduate Bo Snead agreed. "Today is 
insanely surreal. You always know this day is 
approaching. It's what we work hard for, and 
something we all want, but you never expect it 
to sneak up on you so fast." 

As the graduates filed in, audience members 
waved brightly colored umbrellas and ponchos 

in order to catch the graduates' attention. 

President Linwood H. Rose started the 
ceremony. "You are the first graduates of 
Madison's second century," said Rose. "You 
join a world full of challenges, and certainly 
not a very friendly job market. You entered 
this university as the most academically 
accomplished class in our history, and you leave 
with the knowledge and skills to address the 
opportunities that will come your way." 

Student Government Association President 
Larson Thune was next on the podium. 

"Over the past four years, JMU has been more 
than a home to us," said Thune. "It has been 
a community of people who have helped us 
enrich our minds as well as our character." 

Thune then introduced the student speaker, 
graduate Amrou Kotb, who centered his 
speech on a metaphor about time at the 

university being just one piece of art in the 
graduates' lives. 

"We sit here today in Bridgeforth Stadium 
awaiting the presentation of our final drafts ot 
our works of art," said Kotb, "each one unique 
and each one reflecting upon the originality of 
its artist." 

The commencement speaker, Paul Holland, a 
1982 graduate and entrepreneur with a passion 
for green technology, began his address with a 
memory of his first visit to the university. 

"I have two memories that stand out," he said. 
"Number one: I had never seen so many pretty 
girls in one place in my life. Number two: It 
seemed like they were all wearing a bikini." 

After four years of studying political science 
and business, Holland and the class of 1982 
faced the worst job market since World War II. 
He offered the following advice to graduates: 

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'As an entrepreneur I believe you have to 
sell out — you have to give all of yourself to a 
venture or you have very little time and chance 
to succeed. I also learned the concept of 'doing 
well by doing good."' 

Holland concluded his speech with 
encouragement for the graduates who faced a 
dismal job market. "As time has gone by, I have 
been convinced that EQ — the ability to work 
with people — is at least as important as IQ, and 
that MQ, or the Madison Quotient, is the secret 
weapon that you take out into the work force," 
he explained. "The graduates sitting before me 
have the highest EQ of any graduates from any 
school in the world. I urge you to use your EQ 
and your MQ to embrace the challenges that 
await you in your career and in your life." 

As the commencement came to a close, 
senior vice president for Academic Affairs, 
Dr. Douglas T. Brown, recognized the honors 

When Rose declared them alumni, blow 
horns sounded and a few beach balls bounced 
through the crowd. The graduates flipped their 
tassels and sang the alma mater, led by graduate 

Yunjin Kim. In the final moments of the 
ceremony, the sun began to break through 
the cloudy sky. 

After hugs and pictures, graduates headed 
to their individual college ceremonies. As 
they left the stadium, many reminisced on 
fond memories as Holland had. 

"My favorite memories at JMU are just 
spending time with my best friends," said 
graduate Stephanie Potter. "JMU was more 
than just school to me. It was going to 
events, laying on the Quad and making 
friends with the best and funniest people in 
the world." 

In addition to Holland's advice to do 
well by doing good, some graduates 
offered their own parting advice for 
current underclassmen. "Enjoy every 
moment, because you don't realize how 
fast this really comes," said graduate 
Patrick DiMarchi. "Do all you can and 
don't ever avoid doing something because 
you're scared. Live up every moment on 
and off campus and you will leave here 
accomplished in every way." 

Aside from celebrating the accomplishments of 
graduating seniors, families also had to consider the 
logistics of securing hotel and dinner reservations, and 
navigate the influx of traffic on graduation morning. 

"We understand that there's going to be a lot of 
people coming in, and so you manage it the best 
way you can in terms of traffic flow and parking," said 
university spokesperson Don Egle. 

Strong relationships with the city of Harrisonburg 
and local law enforcement, and being proactive 
about announcing parking information and alternate 
routes early also helped control the traffic problem, 
according to Egle. 

In terms of a hotel, many families began planning 

. their accommodations months in advance. When 

Hampton Inn on University Boulevard accepted 

phone reservations, they began taking requests one 

year in advance and filled up within four months. 

But the hotel encountered troubles with cancelations 
and arguments over differing nightly rates, according 
to front desk manager Chris, who asked his last 
name not be published. To avoid future complications 
Hampton Inn moved to a contract method, beginning 
with Family Weekend 2009, where the guest 
requested a room and returned a contract with his 
or her credit card information before the reservation 
was complete. 

Even reserving a restaurant became a multiple-step 
process in some cases. For larger, casual restaurants 
like Dave's Downtown Taverna and Cally's Restaurant 
and Brewing Co., guests were free to make 
reservations or walk in the evening of graduation. 

"People will walk in and we like to have tables 
available for them," said Dave's owner, David Miller, 
whose restaurant sat up to 425 people. "We've never 
turned anybody away." 

But for smaller restaurants like the Joshua Wilton 
House, resen/ations policies were stricter — and more 

"We start accepting reservations the second 
Tuesday in January, 10 a.m.," said co-owner Sean 
Pugh. "We usually fill up within the day" 

Resen/ations at the Joshua Wilton House required 
a $65 deposit for the first ten guests in a party, 
refundable only up until two weeks prior to graduation. 

With 2,651 graduates who walked in Saturday's 
commencement ceremonies, it was no surprise that 
hotels and restaurants filled up quickly 

"All of Bridgeforth Stadium was packed," said Egle. 
"When you think about that many people, plus the 
graduates and faculty and staff, it's a large number" 

sarahchain// writer 

features// 29 



allisonlagonigro //writer 

caitlinmullins II Movie premieres, promotional events and meeting 
celebrities. Sound appealing? For Caitlin Mullins, a senior English 
major with a minor in film, it was just a part of her summer intern- 
ship working in the Warner Brothers publicity department. 

A typical day for this Warner Brothers intern started at 9:30 a.m. 

"First thing in the morning we had to look through all the 
newspapers and magazines and see if there was any mention of any 

of our movies," said Mullins. Most days she stayed in the office, and 
generally finished working between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Among Mullins' favorite events were several movie premieres 
where she worked the red carpet. During the course of her summer, 
she worked at the premieres for "My Sister's Keeper," "The Time 
Traveler's Wife," and the New York premiere of "Harry Potter and 
the Half- Blood Prince." 

"Harry Potter was the most fun — there were so many fans com- 
pared to the other premieres, and it was cool to see all of the stars," 
said Mullins. During the premieres, she often escorted various 
stars down the red carpet. During the Harry Potter premiere, she 
escorted Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick, along with 
his entire family. 

Another rewarding experience for Mullins was working at the 
various press junkets, where several different magazines and news- 
papers interviewed the stars of a movie on one day. 

"I felt like I was helping them out, and wasn't doing boring intern- 
ship stuff," said Mullins. 

"When I started, I didn't know anything about PR," said Mullins, 
who planned to work in the industry post-graduation. During the 
course of her internship, she learned more about the business and 
entertainment industry, including how to pitch story ideas and how 
to talk to people. 

"I definitely recommend people doing internships," she added. "I 
think they can really help you figure out if you're interested in that 
field or not, and it really gets you involved in it." // 

Standing in the Paramore/No Doubt pit at the Nissan 

Pavillion in Bristow, Va., junior Angela Marino enjoys 

one of the benefits of her internship with Live Nation; free 

concert access. Manno was a booking intern who helped 

in the planning and executing of concerts at the 15 Live 

Nation venues in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 

photo. /courtesy of angelamarino 

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jorgeliloy // Ever wanted to 
work for a major celebrity? For 
sophomore Jorge Liloy, who 
interned with Marc Anthony's 
production company for two 
months, that dream came true. 
Over the course of his summer, 
Liloy worked on a number of 
projects for the company, including 
concert organization and Jennifer 
Lopez's 40th birthday party. 

A typical day for Liloy, who 
stayed with family in New Jersey 
and commuted into New York 
City, consisted of waking up and 
catching an early train. 

"I'd open up [the office] and 
check the messages," he said of his 
morning routine. But his internship 
was much more than that. 

"When it came to concerts, my 
big job was ticket organization," he 
explained. "There were times where 
I had $20,000 worth of tickets in 
my hands." During his time with 
the production company, Liloy 
worked on three concerts, and 
even got the chance to be backstage 

during one of them. 

"I walked around," he said. "I 
wanted to see what it actually took 
to run a concert." 

One of the biggest projects of 
the summer, and Liloy 's least 
favorite, was planning Jennifer 
Lopez's birthday party. In the weeks 
leading up to the party, several 
miscommunications complicated 
the planning of performances 
by Broadway singers and Latin 
musicians. Liloy worked backstage 
during the show. 

"I was the guy running back and 
forth telling them 'you gotta be here 
this time,' 'you gotta be there that 
time.' It was probably one of the 
most stressful nights of my life." 

Liloy 's ideal job was working as 
a scriptwriter, but he also hoped 
to work with a public relations 
company or as a publicist. 

"It's a lot of personal responsibil- 
ity," said Liloy. "Just make sure you 
communicate effectively. That's 
definitely the biggest thing I've 
learned." // 

Decked out in scrubs, senior 
Katya Chopivsky sits outside 
the University of California in Los 
Angeles, Calif., with a fellow intern. 
Los Angeles, known for its cutting 
edge health care, was an opportune 
place to gain field experience for 
Chopvisky, a nursing major, 
photo //courtesy of katyachopivsky 

Stationed behind two large 
computer monitors, senior Alyssa 
Johnson works with an image- 
editing program to fix pictures of 
bands' merchandise for online 
sales. Johnson was an intern in the 
art department at Musictoday in 
Crozet, Va. 
photo //courtesy of alyssajohnson 

christabelledarby // With past guests 
including The Beatles, Diana Ross and Frank 
Sinatra, the Omni Shoreham Hotel was rich with 
history. Christabelle Darby spent her summer 
interning at this four diamond, luxury hotel in 
Washington, D.C. 

During the course of her internship. Darby 
and her fellow interns rotated through each 
service within the hotel for a well-rounded 
• experience in the industry. This included 
working in the kitchen, being a server in the 
restaurant, and working in housekeeping. 

"When I worked in housekeeping, that was 
the day that Jesse Jackson came unexpectedly to 
stay for the night, so I got to clean his mirrors," 
said Darby. 

One of the busiest events Darby worked was 
weekend of July 4th. Being a popular and historic 
hotel in the nation's capital, the restaurant was 
packed, and the servers had up to 16 tables at a 

"As much as I wanted to pull my hair out, 
that was such a great experience and I remember 
after we were all done, we just sat there and it 
was just like 'Wow I can't believe we did it,'" said 

"The biggest lesson I learned is that you can't 
please everybody," said Darby of her experience 
working in customer service. "If you try to keep 
pleasing everyone every single day, you're just 
going to get burnt out." 

The beauty of a colorful fruit tart and 
nch dessert wine is captured on film 
by senior Jessica Oodds for her 
photography internship at Richmond 
Magazine. Dodds traveled to The 
Dessertehe. a northern-style pastry 
shop in Midlothian. Va., for one of 
her many assignments, 
photo //)essicadodds 

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Displaying a sample 
advertisemenl, senior 
Matt LaPierre and junior 
Kari Ebmeier teach a class 
on creative advertising to 
RAs. RAs were required 
to hold four programs 
per semester: two 
community programs, 
one academic program 
and one multicultural 
photo// tiffanybrown 

Resident advisers listen 
closely during a discussion 
session. Trainees had 
to attend three interest 
meetings prior to 
freshman move-in. with 
topics such as how to 
balance being an RA with 
one's personal life. 
photo // tiffanybrow n 




I isamees //writer 

s sophomore Resident Adviser (RA) 
Megan Trotter opened the door to 
the "dorm room," she was overcome 
with the anxious feeling of having no idea what 
to expect. One of her "residents" sat in the 
room, obviously upset about something. As 
Trotter found out, he wasn't upset about just 
one thing — he was struggling with depression. 
It was one conversation you would think you 
could never be prepared for, but Trotter was. 

This was just one of the many situations she 
was forced to face during her training to be an 
RA in an exercise called Behind Closed Doors 

BCDs were used to test RAs on what they had 
learned during training. Experienced RAs and 
hall directors acted out different situations — 
everything from loud music to a student being 
homesick and possibly suicidal. 

"Depression was definitely the hardest to deal 
with," said Trotter. "You really have to open up 
to them and there's really no hard or fast policy 
for that." 
Some situations even required standing up 

to fellow staff members. Sophomore RA Alexa 
DeLuca had to confront a staff member for 
drinking with a resident. 

"It's hard to confront your own staff because 
you build such a bond with them and you want 
to be on their side and have a front against the 
residents, have each other's backs," said DeLuca. 
"When there's a problem with another RA, 
especially when a resident is involved, it ruins 
that relationship because they'll probably get 
fired. But then again it puts you in a hard place 
between your friend and your job, because if I 
don't do my job then we both get fired." 

"[BCDs were] basically a culmination of 
everything we learned during the week. By 
the end I was exhausted," said sophomore RA 
Kerry Tousignant. 

The RAs moved in Aug. 7, and began training 
right away. They reviewed policies and learned 
about on -campus resources for their residents. 
They also learned how to build community and 
how to plan programs, which kept them busy 
every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After training, 
they typically met for dinner and bonding with 

their staff, leaving them only five or six hours 
to sleep. 

"Training encompasses everything— from 
relationships with your residents, how to be 
guidance counselors, how to handle different 
situations about safety on campus and alcohol 
policies," said Tousignant. 

However, training wasn't all work and no 
play. Each hall participated in spirit days, where 
they would come up with their own theme 
to dress up as. Chandler Hall even did James 
Madison Day, where they made wigs out of 
shower caps and cotton balls. 

For an RA, orientation was only the begin- 
ning. While the FROGs' responsibility ended 
Aug. 24 , the RAs' responsibilities lasted the 
entire year. 

"The first week we had a mother calling 
the office asking us to check on her daughter 
because she wasn't answering her phone," 
said Tousignant. "We told her mother that we 
couldn't do that. We did let the girl know that 
her mother was worried about her, but she's in 
college now. It's her choice to call home." // 

Passing around the "question 
ball." senior Carolyn Russell 
and sophomore Arlana Witt 
explain the value of icebreakers. 
Questions ranging from "Cats 
or dogs?" to "What was your 
proudest moment?" encouraged 
RAs to get to know one another. 

features //33 




Shenandoah Hall, the newest 
residence hall, houses honors 
students. Incoming freshmen 
students in the honors program 
^ were expected, but not required 

In Shenandoah. 



Taking advantage of the various 
options at ttie dessert station, 
sopliomore Cory Valentine 

considers lier ctioices. Tlie East 
Campus dining hall offered an 
all-you-can eat meal for a punch, 
or $8.25 in dining dollars, 


Laughing, sophomore Lauren 
Burwell enjoys a side of fresh 
pineapple. The salad bar offered 
produce options including bell 
peppers and strawberries. 

heidicampbell //writer 

When most students thought of 
East Campus, they thought 
contemporary, modern and 
new. This was no exception for the new 
additions to the campus, Shenandoah Hall 
and E-Hall. 

Shenandoah Hall, which housed both 
freshmen and upperclassmen, was located 
next to Chesapeake Hall. Shenandoah had 
a view of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum 
and a flat screen television in every 
lounge, not to mention air-conditioning. 
"It makes me feel kind of special being 
among the first people living here," said 
freshman June Hundley. But Hundley 
had one complaint about the beautiful 
building she called home. 

"The location is not ideal," she said. 
"All but one of my classes is on the Quad 
and it takes about twenty minutes to walk 
there." Due to her theatre major, many of 
her classes and activities were in Theatre 
II, located off on South Main Street. 

Sophomore Mike Morris was indifferent 
about the location. "It was close to the 
chemistry building, which was what I 
wanted. I don't like how far away it is from 
all the band activities." 

For freshman James Gwinn, the location 
was just fine because E-Hall was basically 
in his backyard. 

"E-Hall is so good, it should be called 
A-Hall," said Morris. 

After the university's $18.8 million 
investment in E-Hall, the student body 
seemed to enjoy the newest addition to the 
campus. The tables, chairs, lights, and even 
the plates were modern and chic. 

E-Hall featured all-you-can-eat meals 
just like D-Hall, so there were plenty of 
choices: from brick-oven pizza and salads 
to home-style entrees and desserts, not to 
mention Indian cuisine from an authentic 
Tandoori oven. 

For all the environmentalists, E-Hall was 
the first building on campus eligible for 
certification by the U.S. Green Building 
Council, according to Public Affairs. 
The certification meant that E-Hall was 
built to improve performance and energy 

savings, a goal accomplished by using 
recycled building materials and water- 
efficient plumbing, and taking advantage 
of available daylight instead of wasting 

Even with all the support for E-Hall, 
there were a few complaints. Some 
students said that E-Hall was not as fast 
or efficient as D-Hall and had trouble 
identifying specific stations without names 
prominently displayed. 

Festival changed its weekend hours after 
E-Hall opened, limiting the dining options 
on the east side of campus. 

Students complained about not having 
the option of a grab-and-go meal after 7:30 
p.m. on weeknights or at all on Saturday. 
Another change was the convenience store 
originally located on the bottom floor of 
Festival, which moved to E-Hall upon the 
opening of the new dining hall. 

Shenandoah Hall became a popular place 
to live in on campus, and E-Hall had a 
line of students out the doors for the first 
few weeks. East Campus was growing, and 
continued to become a more recognizable 
part of the university's campus. // 



features // 35 







Most of the time 
when students 
applied to be an 
Orientation Peer 
Advisor (OPA), 
they were looking 
to get more in- 
volved on campus. 
What they ended 
up with was a summer job unlike any other. 

"I'm so grateful for that opportunity," said junior 
OPA Kristen Espinosa. "I don't know where I would 
be if it didn't happen to me." For OPAs, orientation 
provided valuable leadership experience that began even 
before some freshmen were accepted to the university. 

kristenespinosa // OPA 

juiiemoores // OPA 





Spring semester, OPAs were responsible for in- 
terviewing and selecting the First yeaR Orientation 
Guides (FROGs). They were also required to take an 
eight-week class, two hours a week, where different 
organizations and departments from around campus 
spoke to OPAs about the resources available to first- 
year students. 

"We learned a lot of little things," said sophomore 
Julie Moores, which was important since OPAs were 
expected to be sources of information for first-years. 
Their next major event was summer springboard, 
which offered freshmen their first glimpse of their 
classmates. The program consisted of 14 days spread 
out in June and July, days that typically started at 5 
a.m. and lasted until 8 p.m for OPAs. 

Each day began with 
the traditional breakfast 
at D-Hall. From there 
the OPAs would go to 
a placement, a spot on 
campus where freshmen 
or parents were likely 
to be, to direct them or 
answer questions. They 

Freshmen Lauren Ashcroft, 
Katie Grube and Sarah 
Weissberger, along with their 
FROG, junior Rachel Navarrete, 

listen intently during the "First- 
Year Reading Discussion." "The 
DNA Age," by Amy Harmon, 
stressed that with great 
knowledge, came great power 
jd responsibility. 





would then head over to Wilson Hall to welcome the 
freshmen and gather up a group of 10 to 20 first-years 
for a peer group. The OPAs led icebreakers and group 
discussions where the freshmen could ask anything about 
college life. 

During 1787 August Orientation, an OPAs responsi- 
bility changed drastically. Instead of working directly 
with the first-years, each OPA became a supervisor and 
trained a new group of mentors: the FROGs. 

Over the three days prior to freshman move-in, the 
OPAs were responsible for teaching FROGs how to facili- 
tate small groups, icebreakers and group discussions. 

"Coming back to 1787, everything came full circle," 
recalled Espinosa. "Finally getting to see [the first-years] 
here was an indescribable feeling." 

Even poor weather didn't dampen the OPAs' enthusi- 
asm during orientation. 

"It was sunny one minute and then torrential downpour 
the next, which was a challenge," said Moores. "But we 
worked around it." 

As Espinosa noted, "our goal of that week had noth- 
ing to do with the weather. We wanted it to be a positive 
experience for [the first-years] rain or shine." 

In any case, it wasn't the individual jobs, early morn- 
ings, or countless hours of training that the OPAs remem- 
bered when they thought of the signature purple polo. 

"I took away so much," said Moores. "I gained 25 new 
best friends and got the chance to change lives in the first 
years. I gave them the tools to succeed here. I wouldn't 
want to have spent my summer any other way." 

While orientation may have ended August 23rd, as 
Moores pointed out, "We're OPAs forever. I may not 
always wear the purple shirt, but I'm always going to be 
an OPA 2K9." // 

lisamees// writer 

rachellewis // 


^ — jH I Freshman Rachel Lewis arrived to Shorts Hall on 
^H^^«M Aug. 19 amidst a crowd of parents, stifling humidity, 
^B^ "^^ff ^ downpour of rain, and a gaggle of excited FROGs 
^B , . ■ ! ^'^^ ^^^- After making her way up five flights of stairs, 
^^L ^^y Lewis had to deal with moving in with a random 
HP MBt foommate, organizing her room and saying goodbye 
H 'W to her parents — all without air conditioning. 

"Saying goodbye to my parents was easier than I 
thought it would be," said Lewis. "It just felt like it 
was time." 

Move-in may have been a stressful time for freshmen, but saying 
goodbye was only the beginning. Orientation activities began the 
same afternoon Lewis moved into her new home. As rain-soaked 
freshmen piled into the Convocation Center where Orientation Peer 
Advisors (OPAs) led the audience in the familiar "J-M-U Duuuuukes" 
cheer which inspired some and left others hesitant. 

After the University Welcome, the glow of familiar neon yellow T-shirts 
sprang through the aisles to offer another greeting. The famous 
"FROG Dance" surprised and amused the freshmen with its five- 
minute routine of various popular songs. In a short Michael Jackson 
tribute, the FROGs danced to "Thriller" 

"The FROG Dance was interesting," said Lewis. "I didn't really know 
what was going on so it was a little scary." 

Later that night Lewis and the other freshmen in the "Spongebob 
SquareSHORTS" group had more of an opportunity to get to know 
their FROGs, juniors Cori Kendrick and Yvette Blackwell, and spend 
time with their new neighbors. 

"I'm most nervous about meeting the people I'll hang out with on a 
regular basis," said Lewis. "I'm ready for orientation to be over and to 
just have my regular routine." 

But orientation was far from over 

While some events were called "mandatory," Lewis and other 
freshmen soon realized that apart from academic meetings, they 
could decide which events to go to as long as they were willing to 
incur the wrath of their FROGs. 

Thursday night was the UREC Beach Party, where freshmen were 
allowed to take shortened classes and work out as an introduction to 
university's on-campus gym. 

"I loved UREC," said Lewis. "I didn't expect it to be up to the status 
that normal gyms have like the Y[MCA]. But it really is a great facility." 

The next day Lewis attended We Are JMU, an event that emphasized 
the diversity of the freshman class and encouraged students to be 
open and accepting. 

"One thing I really liked was how the event involved the crowd," said 
Lewis. "There were parts where the speaker would say 'Stand up if 
you're the first in your family to attend college' and they'd stand up 
and the speaker would say 'We Are JMU.' 1 thought that was neat 
because it really made me feel like we had a unified student body." 

Saturday night Lewis and her friends rushed over to the Convocation 
Center to get into the most anticipated freshman orientation event, 
where hypnotist Michael C. Anthony dazzled the audience with his 
mind tricks. Not only did his hypnosis work on randomly picked 
students on stage, but it affected certain audience members as well, 
causing them to leave their seats and fall on the ground multiple times. 

Eventually, 1787 August Orientation ended on Sunday and it was 
time to start classes. Lewis, being a business management major had 
a scary first couple days. 

"I already got yelled at on day one for talking!" said a concerned 
Lewis to a RA in her building. 

Reflecting on her first week, Lewis described her orientation 
experience as uncomfortable, but worth it. 

"At first you feel awkward talking with people you don't know and 
playing icebreaker games," Lewis said, "But now I say 'hi' to people I 
wouldn't have before, and I've started making pretty regular friends." // 

racheldozier// writer 

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alexfrazier // 


The night before 1787 August Orientation, freshman Alex Frazier 
said goodbye to his parents and drove from northern Virginia 
to Harrisonburg with his older brother. Frazier 's anticipation for 
move-in day outweighed any sadness he felt about leaving home. 
Comforted by the advice of his older brother, Max, a junior at the 
university, Frazier looked forward to orientation and settling into 
his dorm room in Dingledine Hall. 
"I wasn't nervous at all," said Frazier, who noted moving in was 
not a difficult transition because he decided to room with a friend from high school. 

After settling in, Frazier was swept into the whirlwind of events scheduled during 
orientation. While Frazier wished the events could have started a little later in the day, 
he appreciated the efforts of his First YeaR Orientation Guides (FROGs), who helped 
him adjust to his new environment. 

"I have talked to a lot of friends that go to University of South Carolina and they told 
me that they didn't really have much of FROG type of stuff," said Frazier. 

Due to the high number of people living in Dingledine, Frazier felt it would have been 
much more difficult to make friends and meet other freshmen in his hall if it were not 
for the events and icebreaker games. 

"A lot of the games were awkward," said Frazier, but the game "I love you baby, but I 
can't make you smile" soon became a favorite. One person tried his or her best to make 
his or her partner crack a smile after saying, "I love you baby, but I can't make you 
smile" in silly ways. This game forced the players to let loose and act ridiculous. Many 
of the icebreaker games played at orientation were aimed at making the freshmen relax 
and feel comfortable around one another. 

While a full agenda of events was scheduled for the freshmen, it did not take much to 
impress Frazier, as one of his favorite memories of orientation was eating dinner with 
his FROG group at the new dining hall on East Campus, E-Hall. 

"E-Hall was amazing — it's way better than D-Hall," said Frazier. Frazier's other 
favorite event was watching the FROGs perform their famous "FROG dance" at the 
Convocation Center during the University Welcome event. 

"The FROG dance was awesome," said Frazier, after recognizing the FROGs' hard 
work and efforts put into their choreographed dance, which was performed to a mix of 
popular songs. 

Unfortunately, the orientation week ended on Sunday with the FROG finale, and 
freshmen were faced with the reality of starting classes. 

"I feel as if it's hard to wake up and go to class at 8 in the morning, as I do three days 
of the week," said Frazier. After the first week of classes, Frazier already dreaded the 
difficult task of waking up early, especially after temptations of staying up late. 

Learning the art of juggling studies and free time was one of the first lessons Frazier 
would encounter as a freshman at the university. Luckily, with the experiences of 
orientation and his FROGs' guidance, Frazier was able to start his first year as a Duke in 
the right direction. // 

chloemulliner// writer 

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1 787augustorientation 



percent of 

the freshmen 

class were 


79 percent had 

JMU as their 

first choice 









AH was quiet and peaceful across 
campus at 6:40 a.m. on the first day 
of 1787 August Orientation. That 
was, until a herd of more than 200 
yellow First yeaR Orientation Guides 
(FROGs) arrived. As they congregated in the Commons, they 
had already packed enough excitement to out-scream the 
4,000 first-years. 

Enthusiasm, school spirit, dedication and some personal 
flair were important attributes of a FROG, according to senior 
Orientation Peer Adviser (OPA) Brett Pearsall. 

"You are the first impression of JMU that the first-years 
have, and if they do not get a good first impression then they 
won't want to be here," said junior FROG Mayra Yanez, whose 
group was overseen by Pearsall. 

Yanez joined her group of 19 FROGs and immediately began 
playing icebreaker games and preparing for the day's busy 
schedule of events. Just after 7 a.m., it was off to D-Hall for a 
hearty breakfast. 

At 8:45 a.m., Yanez and her fellow FROG, junior Rachel 
Navarrete, headed to Hillside Hall, section 3B, to awaken their 
31 first-years. 

In order to help the first-years feel like part of the university 
community, FROGs went through a rigorous training to 
prepare for orientation. 

"I was kind of shy going in and didn't know what to expect, 
but orientation really motivated me to break out of my shell," 
said Yanez. 





It IIMt: Yl 

An all-day event in April kicked off training and was 
continued in August the Saturday before orientation, where 
FROGs participated in icebreaker activities, learned how to 
facilitate discussions with the first-years, and practiced the 
FROG dance to perfection. 

Icebreakers continued throughout the week, making it 
easier relax despite the groups initial awkwardness. 

Yanez's first-years also opened up at the "Conversation 
with Professors" event. They talked with ease to 
communications professor, Thaddeus Herron. They shared 
their reasons for coming to the university and their fears 
about being in a new environment, and asked any questions 
they wanted. Yanez's group was especially interested in 
Greek life. 

At 12:40 p.m., Yanez and Navarrete met up with their 
first-years outside Hillside Hall for the "First Year Reading 
Discussion" event in Taylor Hall, where first-years were 
challenged to make positive, strong identities for themselves 
at the university. 

Yanez and Navarrete sent their first-years to their peer- 
advising meetings at 2:30 p.m. and set off for some free time. 

"It is a huge commitment to be a FROG," said Yanez. "You 
have to really want this because you are running around 
from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed." 

Her favorite part of orientation was watching her first- 
years get comfortable on the campus and make new 
friends. She felt that helping them do this was worth feeling 
exhausted at the end of the day. 

Yanez and Navarrete's first-years appreciated the hard 
work the FROGs put in to help them adjust to the university. 

"They make a good effort to make you feel comfortable," 
said freshman Katie Grube. "I would feel so lost without 
their help." 

JMADisON, QuadFest, the UREC beach party and Laugh 
Out Loud Comedy left little time for Yanez and Navarrete 
to relax for the rest of the night. They finally bid farewell to 
their first-years at 11:30 p.m. and retired to bed. 

Despite the chaotic schedule, Yanez said that it was her 
best experience thus far at the university and she would not 
change a single thing about the FROG program. 

"I took away lifelong friends, [both] FROGs and first- 
years," said Yanez. "I met so many wonderful people that I 
would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise." 

The only complaint Grube had at the end of orientation 
was that she ran out of fun facts about herself She even 
aspired, along with freshman hallmate Allison Lagonigro, 
to become a FROG in the future. 

When asked about how he thought his FROGs 
performed, Pearsall responded very pleased. "Words 
cannot describe how proud all of the OPAs and orientation 
staff felt towards them." // 

allieconroy// writer 

features //41 










mandysmoot //writer 

n the interests of clarifying judicial policies, the 
university began fall semester to strictly enforce 
the "two strikes policy" of selling or providing 
alcohol to minors. 

"You're proven guilty based on the 50 percent 
rule — there is no 'beyond reasonable doubt,'" said 
senior lake Fishman. "If they can be 51 percent sure 
that you're guilty, then you receive the strike." 

Some students felt that with only two strikes before a 
student could be suspended or expelled, it could open 
the door to more people getting into trouble when 

they might not deserve such harsh punishment. 

"Instead of deterring students from drinking, they 
will just end up kicking out students who could 
have potentially been very successful here," said 
senior Pam Talman. 

However, according to Director of Judicial Affairs 
Josh Bacon, the two strikes rule had always been in 
effect to discourage upperclassmen from supplying 
alcohol to underage students. 

"We are just pushing it this year," said Bacon. "To 
me, I hope it makes students make safer choices." 

The university made efforts to inform the student 
body of the stricter enforcement. Prior to school 





Liquor bottles and empty beer 
cans clutter an apartment 
countertop after a night of 
drinking. Doubts flew among 
students about whether the new 
policies would change students' 
drinking habits. 

Starting, Judicial Affairs went out to make sure 
everyone knew the community standards. City 
police stood on Port Republic Road, offering 
students advice and encouraging them to call 
SafeRides. They wanted freshmen to know 
community standards and consequences before 
they went out partying. 

But many students were still confused about the 
specific guidelines of the policy. 

According to Bacon, three strikes was just the 
minimum. For example, something as severe as 
selling drugs could lead to immediate suspension or 
even expulsion on the first offense. The two strikes 
guideline specifically applied only to students who 
supplied alcohol to underage students. 

"We want to make people aware if you are selling 
[or providing] alcohol to minors and you do it 
twice, you are gone," said Bacon. 

According to the associate director for the 
University Health Center's Substance Abuse 
Prevention, Paige Hawkins, the university 
developed a stronger partnership with city officers 
to place an emphasis on enforcement and keg 

The university held focus groups with the student 
body last March to address the role alcohol played 
in relation to students' decisions to attend the 
university. Two themes emerged as a result: the 
culture of "free" beer, and how the late-night transit 
(known as the "drunk bus" to students) defined the 
university's community. 

This became a "springboard" for changes in 
the drinking policy, said Hawkins. It sparked 
conversations that aimed to challenge the free beer 
culture of the university. They also wanted strong 
consequences for being found guilty because they 
wanted students to realize the impact it had on 
their future. 

In addition to changes in the university s ui 

policy, the late-night transit hours were reduced by 
45 minutes. 

"I completely understand why JMU is trying to 
change the reputation it has as a party school, but 
imposing new regulations will not achieve it," said 
senior Jake Fishman. "The change has to come 
from the student body itself." 

The university-made decision resulted from 
behavior that occurred during early morning hours. 
According to Paige Hawkins, associate director for 
the University Health Center's Substance Abuse 
Prevention, it all boiled down to students' lack of 
respect for themselves and others. 

But senior Pam Talman worried the change would 
have a negative effect. 

"Instead of students coming home earlier, they will 
simply get rides with friends, some of whom may 
have been drinking," said Talman. "It is better to 
provide the students with a safe way home." 

Senior Lindsey Monroe disagreed. "It is not going 
to lead to more drunk drivers, just more walkers," 
she said. 

From the university's perspective, the extra 45 
minutes was not servicing the local community. 

"As an institution, we want to make sure we are 
challenging the behaviors of the community and 
drivers at risk," said Hawkins, who said 3 a.m. 
seemed a little too late. The role of the transit was 
to take students back and forth, servicing their aca- 
demic needs during the day and providing a safe 
environment for positive engagement at night. 

"I feel like we will adjust as time goes on," said 
junior Allison O'Boyle. 

The university has no plans to reduce the time of 
the late-night transit further. "I feel 2:15 a.m. is an 
appropriate time," said Hawkins. 

A new marketing campaign by Anheuser-Busch 
sold cans of Bud Light dressed in college sports 
team's colors. Students purchased purple and gold 
Bud Light cans from places such as Wal-Mart, 
Martins and Food Lion. Bud Light targeted Virginia 
Tech and the University of Virginia with their school 
colors as well. 

"When someone is looking at the school-colored 
Bud Light next to the boring old silver cans, it's a 
pretty easy choice between which one looks more 
appealing," said Fishman. 

"It doesn't matter, people are still going to drink 
and be held accountable for their own decisions," 
said O'Boyle. 

Fishman also agreed with O'Boyle. "College stu- 
dents are going to drink [beer] regardless of what 
brand it is, what it tastes like, or what color it is." 

Despite how students felt, the university's admin- 
istration worried that "fan can" beer sales at local 
stores would contribute to underage and binge 
drinking, or give the impression that the university 
endorsed the beer. 

"The majority of our students are under 21 ," said 
Hawkins. "The product is marketed to ages [unable 
to drink]." 

Edward Forty Hands, a popular drinking 
game among some students, requires a 
40-ounce bottle of beer to be taped to 
each hand. Participants were unable to 
untape their hands until the bottles were 
empty, restricting activities such as going 
to the bathroom or using a cell phone. 
pl'~:'i-: n.-italiewall 

features // 43 








kanekennedy //writer 

Overtones member, 
junior Brittany Young, 

introduces freshman 

Amy Janicki to the 

panel of judges. 

Young served as the 

social chair for the 


photo// nataiiewall 

§etween Sept. 6 and Sept. 8, the 
university a cappella community 
lield tryouts to searcli for its newest 
jrs. Witli sucli prestigious reputations, 
it was considered an honor to be selected for 
one of the groups. 

There were seven a cappella groups on 
campus: all-male groups Exit 245 and The 
Madison Project; all-female groups the 
BluesTones, Note-oriety and Into Hymn; 
and coed groups Low Key and Overtones. 
Students could audition for as many groups 
as they were eligible for. 

The auditions were open to any student on 
campus. Aspiring singers arrived and signed 
up for the groups they wanted to try out for 
As they auditioned, students got a feel for 
which group fit them best. 

Through the first three days of auditions, 
the hopefuls were evaluated on several 
musisal components including sight singing 
and rl^ythm reading, tonal memory and 
pitch iViatching, range testing, and song 

For sang preparation, those trying out were 
requiredto sing the verse and chorus of a 
pop sonk to last 30 seconds to a minute in 
length. Students were able to chose a song 
that showcased his or her voice best. The 
BluesTonei and Exit 245 recommended a Top 
40, rock, pop, hip-hop or country song so that 
the material was familiar to all involved and fit 
with the grouQS repertoire. 

Callbacks, announced after the end of 
initial auditions, ^ere held on Sept. 10. After 
callbacks, students were notified whether or 
not they made the group. Regardless of the 
final outcome, studeWts learned to conquer 
intimidation and expancl their horizons. //' 

stormburks // auditioner 

As freshman Storm Burks paced outside the 
audition room in the music building, he hummed a 
simple tune to himself. It was the song he planned 
to sing to audition for the all-male a cappella group, 
Exit 245. 

"I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said 
Burks. "I had to be confident, and I knew I had 
to believe in myself." After he finished his initial 
audition, Burks waited to see if he had made the 
callback list. 

"I thought I had a good shot, I thought I sung 
really well, but I wasn't the one who made the 
decision," said Burks. But Burks impressed members 
of Exit 245. Out of more than 200 students that 
auditioned, Burks was one of 15 who were called 
back for a second audition. 

Unfortunately, he did not make the final cut of five. // 

lowkey // 

Weeks of strenuous work played out in three 
nights. Senior PJ Ohgren and other members of 
the coed a cappella group Low Key spent weeks 
advertising their upcoming auditions. They hung 
fliers throughout campus and spread the word to 
music majors, along with anyone else who could 
sing. After they had promoted their auditions for 
weeks, they sat in the music building from 3 p.m. 
until midnight for three nights and listened as more 
than 1 20 students auditioned for the group. 

"We attract all different {)npe& of students," said 
Ohgren. "All of our members are involved in 
something else. If not, it's kind of odd." Low Key's 
members ranged from Orientation Peer Advisors 
to First yeaR Orientation Guides to Student 
Ambassadors. "We are always looking to broaden 
our group," said Ohgren. "We are the youngest a 
cappella group, so I feel we can grow the most." / 

44 // thebluestone201 


sarahyi // auditioner 

Freshman Sarah Yi stood in front of the members of Low 
Key, laughing. Red-faced, Yi paced in front of the room. 

"It was an awful way to start my audition," said Yi, 
who doubted that she would be called back. But after 
120 students had auditioned, Yi was one of 30 to receive 

"I initially did not choose Low Key, but during the 
audition process, I felt somewhat awkward in the room 
with the other groups that I auditioned with," said Yi. 
"When I was in the Low Key audition room, I felt very 
comfortable and welcomed by the audition staff. They were 
all understanding of my nervousness, and worked with me." 
From the 30 that were called back, Yi was one of the five 
that were selected to become members. "I had a feeling that 
I wasn't going to be chosen," said Yi. "But to my surprise, I 
got a call at 5:30 a.m. saying 'Congratulations!"' // 

bluestones // 

Lady Gaga's hit song "Just Dance" could be heard from the 
choir room in the music building. The only unusual thing? 
There was no stereo. The ladies of the a cappella group 
BluesTones harmonized the popular tune before beginning 

"BluesTones is one of the more different a cappella groups 
that JMU offers," said BluesTones president, senior HoUi 
Matze. "Some people say we have attitude." 

This "attitude" drove more than 200 girls to audition for 
the all-female group. 

"Out of about 200 girls, 15 were called back, and five 
actually became members, or 'News Tones' as we like to call 
them," said Matze. 

Prior to auditions, Matze and fellow group members 
spent weeks preparing. They created posters and 
campaigned via word of mouth. Matze also had to set 
up the audition times of every girl who tried out. 

"Every moment of free time I had went towards 
auditions," said Matze. "But it was worth it." 

somerbrillhart // auditioner 

As 200 girls went in and out of the BluesTones 
auditions in the music hall, few made big impressions. 
Freshman Somer Brillhart strove to be the exception. 

"I felt all right about it because the girls did a really 
good job of making you feel comfortable and calm your 
nerves, by just being really chill," said Brillhart. "But I 
was still pretty jittery, especially when I saw how many 
people I was up against." 

Brillhart happened to make an impression on the 
panel of present members of BluesTones and was called 
back for a second audition. 

"It's hard to think that you can beat out that many I 
people for a spot in the group," said Brillhart. 
From more than 200 girls who auditioned, 
Brillhart was one of five who were selected to be 
in the group. 

"They told us at 5 a.m. and I texted my mom 
right away," said Brillhart. "Poor lady. But she was 
really stoked for me. It felt awesome to have been 
chosen out of so many. I'm truly blessed, and it 
gives me more confidence in my abilities as a 
singer that I could make it into a group with such 
talented people." 

Performing in front of members 
of thie BluesTones, sophomore 
Kelly Hodgkins Inopes to nail 
tine audition. Potential members 
were required to sing a verse 
and a cfiorus of a pop song, 
but were encouraged to avoid 
Broadway or classical music. 

features //45 









stephsynoracki // writer 

Since the first case of the swine flu appeared 
in Mexico Cit)' in late April, the HlNl virus 
received a sensational amount of media attention, 
as individuals feared the worst. Nightly news reports 
and newspapers informed the nation about the newest 
outbreaks and what safety precautions individuals should 
take. As students arrived at college campuses for the start 
of fall semester, universities around the country made 
swine flu prevention a topic of concern. 

According to the Virginia Department of Health 
(VDH), the first swine flu cases in Virginia were 
confirmed on April 30. Two individuals, one male and 
one female, had both recently traveled to Mexico. Their 
cases were mild and did not require hospitalization. 

It was not easy to confirm whether the swine flu hit the 
university's campus due to the fact that the state, under 
the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC), stopped testing for the specific swine 
flu strain. 

Dr. Stephen Rodgers, medical director of the University 
Health Center (UHC), stated that students on campus 
did have influenza-like illness (ILI), and health centers 
across the state were given guidelines for ILI to diagnose 
patients based on certain clinical symptoms. 

Symptoms of the swine flu were identified as runny 
nose, nasal congestion, a sore throat, fatigue, headaches, 
coughing and fever, according to information posted on 
UHC's Web site. The swine flu, whose symptoms lasted 
for about a week in most cases, was spread in the same 
manner as the seasonal flu. 

College students fell into one of the risk groups 
identified by the CDC: children and adolescents age 6 
months to 24 years. 

Dining Services took many proactive steps in creating 
a safer and healthier environment for students. Hand 
sanitizer dispensers were installed in all dining facilities 
and employees were encouraged to practice thorough 
hand washing, which was a reinforced memo at all 
meetings held before each meal period. Attempting 

With cases of 

the swine flu on 

the rise, the use 

of hand sanitizer 


Classrooms often 

had antibacterial 

wipes available 

for desks and 

computers, and 

dispensers of hand 

sanitizer were 

installed in dining 


photo //nataliewall 


to keep any student with flu-like symptoms away from 
others. Dining Services provided an option that allowed a 
roommate or friend to request a to-go meal for any student 
with a meal plan. 

In addition to the seasonal flu vaccine offered to students, 
faculty and staff in October, the university also offered the 
HlNl vaccine free to the public. But some students and 
faculty expressed concern as to whether the HlNl vaccine 
was safe. 

"The vaccine is produced and tested just as the annual 
vaccine for seasonal flu, so it should be equally safe," said 
Dr. Rodgers. "We will follow recommendations from the 
CDC and VDH for who is a candidate." 

Senior Theresa Wakenight recalls a professor discussing 
the swine flu during the first week of class. 

"She told us the more people who get vaccinated, the 
better everyone will be because those who received the 
vaccination will protect those who did not get vaccinated." 

Wakenight did not plan on receiving the swine flu vaccine 
because she knew her roommates intended on getting 
vaccinated. Even though the vaccine was available at no cost 
to the public and individuals were assured that prevention 
was key, many students did not plan to receive the vaccination. 

Most of the students who were not concerned about the 
possible epidemic felt that way because they did not know 
anyone who had the virus, rarely contracted the flu, or were 
not convinced the swine tlu was a serious threat. 

Sophomore Stefan Jobe believed that the swine flu was a 
concern when the outbreak first occurred, but as October 
rolled around, Jobe believed the virus was dying out. His 
older brother was infected with the virus and recovered 
without complications. Jobe based his decision to receive 
the vaccine on evidence of the effects of the vaccination and 
whether it would actually give an individual immunity to 
the virus. 

Senior Lauren Walker had definite plans to receive the 
vaccination. She believed it would be unwise to not take the 
university up on a precautionary offer. Tiffany Burbic, also a 
senior, felt swine flu was a concern and planned to be in line 
once the swine flu vaccination became available. 

"My mom is in the nursing field and she strongly 
encouraged me to get the vaccination as soon as it was 
available," said Burbic. "I want to be on the safe side and 
know that I took that extra step to protect myself from the 
possible swine flu epidemic." // 


Paper bags filled with 
medication, disposable 
thermometers, tissues, 
hand sanitizer and 
facemasi<s were 
given to students 
with symptoms of the 
swine flu. Each dorm 
on campus was given 
a handful of these 
bags to distribute to 
residents as necessary, 
photo //nataliewall 


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Former President Jimmy 

Carter gives his lecture 

to a sold-out crowd in Vne 

Convocation Center. His 

speech, "The Path to Peace 

in the Middle East," focused 

on the steps necessary to 

improve distressed countries. 


karylnwilliams //writer 

The Convocation Center was at full capac- 
ity with on-lookers eagerly awaiting the 
arrival of former president, Jimmy Carter 
and former first lady, Rosalynn Carter. On Sept. 
21, the 28th annual International Day of Peace, 
these two high-profile individuals received the 
Mahatma Gandhi Global Nonviolence Award. 

The award was given every two years to "in- 
dividuals with global recognition who believe 
humans everywhere are to be peacemakers, 
support nonviolence, love their enemies, seek 
justice, share their possessions with those in 
need, and express and demonstrate these beliefs 
in their words, life and actions," according to the 
Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonvio- 

"With everything they have seen and done 
all over the world, to be honored with such a 
prestigious award at my alma mater in little Har- 
risonburg, Va., is pretty awesome," said Michael 
Earman, 76 graduate and lifetime resident of 
Rockingham County. 

The ceremony processional commenced with 
a song performed by the Shenandoah Valley 
Children's Choir as the Carters walked down the 
center aisle onto the illuminated stage. 

First to take the podium was the university's 
president, Linwood H. Rose. He noted the 

university's mission to create "educated and en- 
lightened" citizens and how the Carters should 
serve as model citizens to the students through 
all their peacemaking efforts. 

Favorite hymns of Mahatma Gandhi rang 
throughout the Convocation Center as the 
Carters, the Indian and Syrian ambassadors to 
the U.S., and Secretary of the Commonwealth, 
Katherine Hanley, lit the ceremonial lamp. 

The Carters were first awarded with honor- 
ary doctorate degrees from the university, the 
31st and 32nd doctorate awarded in the history 
of the university. 

Sushil Mittal, director of the university's 
Gandhi Center, touched on the Carters' history 
with Habitat for Humanity as well as the start 
of their Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, 
the Carter Center. 

"It's dedicated to raising peace, fighting dis- 
ease and building hope," said Mittal. 

Adorned with shawls and certificates, Jimmy 
put his arm around Rosalynn as Hanley read 
them their honorary resolutions and presented 
them with the golden Gandhi statue. 

Jimmy Carter's speech, titled "The Path to 
Peace in the Middle East," started with his 
accomplishments as the 39th president of the 
United States, including the Camp David nego- 

tiations between Israel and Egypt. 

Since leaving the White House, he had traveled 
extensively throughout the Middle East, seizing 
every opportunity to "encourage peaceful rela- 
tions between Israel and its Arab neighbors." The 
current situation between these two nations was 
still in turmoil. 

"Almost every small commercial establish- 
ment has been wiped out, with 50,000 homes 
destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli attacks 
in January," said Jimmy. 

For the future, Jimmy emphasized that Israel 
would never find peace until it was willing to 
withdraw its troops from its neighbors' land and 
permit the Palestinians to exercise basic human 
and political rights. He ended his speech on an 
optimistic note, however, closing his speech by 
saying, "We can have peace in the Holy land." 

"Qualities that every citizen should have are 
persistence, hope and, after tonight, energy," said 
Rose. "All of us can take a lesson from that." 

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir closed 
the night by leading the audience in a "Happy 
Birthday" chorus; Jimmy turned 85 years old on 
Oct. 1. 

"I was impressed," said Earman. "Even at the 
age he is, he still looks and sounds strong and 
vibrant." // 


Fran Strohm. mother of 
university Board of Visitors 
rector Meredith Gunther, 
watches as the Carters receive 
the Mahatma Gandhi Global 
Nonviolence Award. Carter 
assumed the presidency 
in 1977, the same year the 
university formally shifted 
Its focus to becoming a 
leading, globally inclusive and 
interdisciplinary university. 

Former President Jimmy 
Carter and first lady 
Rosalynn Carter share a 
moment at the end of the 
ceremony. Their visit served 
both as a learning opportunity 
for students and faculty as well 
as means of inspiration for the 
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Making use of physical humor. 
Aziz Ansari brings laughter 
to Memorial Hall. A fomer 
member of Upright Citizens 
Brigade, Aziz is one of many 
famous alumni including Amy 
Poehler, Horatio Sanz and 
Jenny Slatz. 
photo// nataliewall 



racheldozier // writer 

Nestled between International 
Week and Spaghettifest on 
Tiie Breeze's "What's Hot" and 
"What's Not" meter laid comedian Aziz 
Ansari. The actor had performed in such 
films as "Funny People" and "I Love You 
Man," and starred on the NBC show 
"Parks and Recreation" with actress 
Amy Poehler. Friday, Sept. 25, Ansari 
headlined in Memorial Hall to a packed 

But Ansari wasn't the only performer 
that night. Comedian Dan Levy, who 
had performed his stand-up on "Comedy 
Central Presents," opened the show with 
his crude brand of humor. Levy started 
off his set talking about typical aspects of 
college, such as fire-obsessed RAs, trashy 
Halloween costumes and the pain of 
ong-distance relationships. 
Though he began lightly, Lexy did 
not stick to a college-friendly script. 
His jokes soon turned to the Web site 
YouPorn, the pornographic alternative to 
YouTube, where he graphically described 
"gang bangs" and masturbation. 

Sophomore Drew Midgette, director of 
special events for the University Program 
Board (UPB), said that UPB couldn't 
always make the "tasteful" decisions. 

"It's hard for me personally because 
I'm a pretty conservative person," 
said Midgette. "I have to put personal 
manners aside sometimes. Our goal 
is to appeal to the student body and 
sometimes that means crude humor." 

Midgette thought that Ansari had 
a more refined sense of humor than 
Levy. But despite fewer crass one-liners 
than Levy, his humor transferred to the 
tear-streaked faces of student audience 

Ansari began his set by holding up 
a copy of The Breeze and discussing 
his concern at being rated beneath 
Spaghettifest on the "Breeze-0-Meter." 
Despite initial dismay, he was able to use 
humor to eventually come to terms with 
the choice. 

"Well, I guess I'm technically cooler 
in temperature than spaghetti, so I can 
understand how this decision was made," 
said Ansari. 

As the jokes progressed, Ansari slipped 
between his experiences with fame and 
his life as an Indian male in his 20s. 
Discussions such as misleading thread 
counts and body image issues made 
Ansari easily relatable to his audience. 
Ansari also told anecdotes about his 
chubby cousin Harris, a cinnamon bun- 
loving pre-teen on an AP history class 
MySpace group. 

Including jokes about his star status, 
Ansari told a story about being invited 
to Kanye West's house in Los Angeles. 


Dan Levy performs for 
enthusiastic audience 
members at Memorial Hall. 
Born in 1981, Levy began 
his stand-up career while 
maintaining his full-time status 
as a student at Emerson 
College in Boston. 


Ansari mentioned countless times how out of 
place he felt at West's house, watching him bop 
his head to his own "fresh beats" and "look in the 
telescope to see the girl with the big titties." 

At the end of the night, Ansari gave the 
audience a special treat. He pulled out his 
infamous character personality Randy (officially 
spelled with 8 As) to do a few impressions for a 
cheering crowd. Ending on a high note, Ansari 
brought the audience to their feet. 

UPB was pleased with the event's success. "Our 
job is to make the college experience better," said 
Midgette. "We have to please the students, and I 
think we did that tonight."// 

Searching for some laughs, 
Aziz Ansari comments about 
his status on The Breeze's 
"Breeze-0-Meter." Ansari also 
provided the special treat of 
his "Randy" character from the 
movie "Funny People," a rare 
appearance on his college tour, 
photo// nataliewall 


Ansari played Tom Haverford, 
an employee with the Parks and 
Recreation department in Pawnee, 
Ind., who cheerfully exploited his 
government position for personal 
gain on NBC's "moci<umentary- 
style" sitcom. 


In this star-studded movie, 
whose cast included Adam Sandler 
and Seth Rogen, Ansari played a 
fellow stand-up comedian in the 
club where Rogen 's character, Ira, 
performed. His stand-up persona, 
R/\AAAAAAANDY, relied on 
raucous, raunchy jokes. 

"RENO 911!" 

Ansari moonlighted as an 
insurance agent for one episode of 
Comedy Central's popular spoof of 
a Reno, Nev., police squad. 


In his role as fencing student 
Eugene in "I Love You, Man," 
Ansari's character was just one of 
Paul Rudd's many failed attempts to 
find male friends. 


Alongside Seth Rogen once again, 
Ansari played a lotion salesman and 
flasher suspect named Saddam in 
this mall-cop comedy. 


Ansari landed a gig playing 
"Scrubs" intern Ed, where he lasted 
four episodes before being fired by 
Dr Cox (John C. McGinley). 


Ansari partnered with Paul Scheer 
t and Rob Huebel to create a sketch 
comedy show on MTV. As alumni of 
the Upright Citizens Brigade and VH1 's 
I Best Week Ever, the three comedians 
blended their unique humor in a series 
of video shorts each episode. 

features //51 




colleencallery// writer 

Huddled under umbrellas and slick 
raincoats, a small crowd formed 
to watch the rhythmic stomping, 
twirling, and singing from Aztec dancers 
splashing in puddles on the slippery grass. 

Despite the unrelenting rain, 
Harrisonburg's International Festival 
pressed forward with their 12th annual 
celebration in Hillandale Park on Sept. 
26. The Tiet Papalotzin Aztec Dancers 
were just one of the many groups that 
participated in the free event dedicated 
to acknowledging and celebrating the 
diversity in the area. 

"It is a fun way to raise awareness of 
different cultures in Harrisonburg and 
Rockingham County," said co-chair Tina 
Owens, who had helped coordinate the 
festival for the past six years. 

Across the lawn from the dancers under 
a tent dripping with rainwater, a young 
girl found the right color of paint to 
squeeze onto a felt square. ~^~^ 

"Are you done with the one for your 
mom?" asked Molly Fisher, a junior art 
education major and volunteer at the art 
tent. The finished piece, which read, "I 
Love You Mom," took its place at the end' 
of a clothesline filled with other cloth 
pictures depicting peace, family and unity. 

"This is my first year, so I didn't really 
know what to expect," said Fisher. "[The 
art tent] is definitely a kid-favorite. In 
school, art is more controlled and this 
environment allows them to have fun. 
They can make jewelry or paint on the 
[commUNITY] mural, and no one tells 
them what to paint." 

Recruited through the National Art 
Education Association on campus, Fisher ^ 
and senior Nicole Pattullo helped oversee 
art projects that expressed unity between 
all residents within the community: a 
main theme of the event. 

Tents littered each side of the paved 


walkway through the park, each offering 
something unique. Guests could buy 
sweaters, toys and socks made from 
locally raised Alpaca fur. Booths served 
traditional foods ranging from Central 
and South America to East Asia. The 
main stage showcased dancing, singing 
and music from various cultures. 

The festival attracted between 2,000 
and 3,000 guests. Although it was only 
half the turnout coordinators had seen 
in previous years, Owens felt it was a 
testament to the local support willing to 
come out on a rainy day. According to 
Owens, the public school system hosted 
nearly 30 different languages, indicative 
of the diversity in the area. 

"[One] may not necessarily see or 
know it's in this area," said Owens. "It's 
incredible to see people in their native 
dress, speaking their native language." 

The amount of community outreach 
and involvement also suggested diversity 
was an issue many people cared about. 

The Chinese Student Association 
(CSA), unable to perform because of the 
^rain, felt that participating in such events 
helped reach their mission of promoting 
diversity on and off campus. 

Junior Michael Wu, president of the 
CSA, explained that one of its biggest 
goals as an organization was to emph 
the aspect of community across 
ethnicities in a welcoming environment 
to promote education. 

"We learn more about each other, 
we have fun, and most importantly we 
develop better traits in ourselves," said 
\^'u. "I want to see diversity as a tradition at 

Overall, Owens felt the event was a success. 

"We are not a classroom," said Owens. 
"But it's hard to show up and not learn 
something about another culture or 
own community." II 


Bassist David Berzonsky 

of the musical group, Lua, 
from Charlottesville, Va., 
performs on tlie main stage. 
Inspired by a blend of Nortfi 
American. Latin American 
and African influences, 
Lua'E music focused on 
transforming the world- 
photo //tiffanybrown 

Sophomore Courtney 

Schwalbe helps a child 

make a Cinco de Mayo 

Sunshine Mask. Many 

students from other local 

universities, including 

Eastern Mennonite University 

and Bridgewater College 

also volunteered at the 

International Festival 

photo// tiffanybrown 

Seniors LaTrice Ellerbe 
and Sean Youngberg 

demonstrate how to 
make Zambian peanut 
butter using just 
peanuts. Peanut butter 
typically also included 
vegetable oil, and 
sometimes molasses or 
sugar to add flavor, 
photo //tiffanybrown 


jng & finance 

country of origin: 

Benin, a French-speaking country in West Africa 

came to the university: January 2008 

why did you come to the U.S. for college? 

"My major deals with business every day. English 
is known as an international language and also 
the business language. There is no way I could 
learn and speak fluently without being in the envi- 
ronment that will help me." 

how has coming here impacted you? 

"I am learning to live and work in a different envi- 
ronment that will definitely give me an advantage 
over other people. I am taking away a lot, and as 
I always say, I am lucky and blessed to have this 
opportunity. Many people want it!" 

do you have any advice for other 
international students? 

"Beginnings are always difficult in a new environ- 
ment, but it gets better every month. And I try to 
tell myself, I am growing up a second time be- 
cause it's a new environment." 

// junior 

major: international affairs 

country of origin: Bermuda 

came to the university: August 2008 

why did you come to the U.S. for college? 

"In Bermuda the education level is very poor. It is 
such a small, isolated island with only one college 
and not many options to study The United States 
simply opens my eyes up to the bigger world, and 
the dedication of the teachers to the students' 
learning is far superior" 

how has the adjustment been, if any? 

"When I first came abroad to study I was very 
young, only 13. I was extremely homesick and 
almost in shock to be around people that were 
close to a polar opposite from the locals back 
home on the island. Being away for quite some 
time now, there was really no adjustment coming 
to JMU, other than meeting new people, which I 
love to do." 

what is it like being an international student? 

"Probably the best. It never hurts being someone 
who stands out from the others, especially when 
people think I have an accent. Overall though, 
it has taught me to appreciate and be proud of 
where I am from and be very thankful that I have 
the opportunity to travel far away just to study" 

Spaghettifest attendees 

endured the rain to listen 

to the various bands that 

performed. Tickets cost 

$40 presale or $50 at the 

gate, and gave access to 

the campgrounds and three 

days of music. 


Rocl<ing out, music 

industry professor Joe 

Taylor performs on the 

keyboard with his rock band, 

Undercover, Formed in the 

early 1980s, Undercover 

had recorded eight studio 

albums and two live albums. 


photo ''■' .^lexledford 

University alumnus Mikael Glago 
surrounded himself with music: 
he instructed Concert Production 
and Promotion (MUl 422) three 
days a week, taught 40 guitar and 
mandolin lessons every week, 
and performed in a funk band 
called Midnight Spaghetti and the 
Chocolate G-Strings every Friday 
and Saturday. Together, the band 
toured as far north as Canada and 
as far south as Costa Rica. Glago 
also owned his own business, 
Midnight Spaghetti Productions, 
which put on the annual music 
festival Spaghettifest. He also 
had a five-year-old who he spent 
at least half his time with. 

It was a tight schedule for 

"Sometimes I roll into my class from 
a gig in a suit and tie," said Glago. 

Preparation for Glago's music 
career started at 13, when he 
lived in Mexico City and learned 
to play the guitar. When he was 
14, he began working at the 
Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., 
where he discovered that putting 
on music shows was his dream. 
In high school, he worked at a 
driving school in northern Virginia, 
where he was quickly promoted 
to manager. Glago learned the ins 
and outs of running a business, 
which later proved valuable. 

In his senior year at the 
university, Glago changed his 
major from music performance to 
music industry. 

"I came to a realization that I 
really wanted to be involved with 
concerts and putting on large 
shows," said Glago. 

For his internship and senior 
thesis, he put on music events. 
His first was held at PC. Dukes, 
where he performed with his funk 
band, Midnight Spaghetti and the 
Chocolate G-Strings. 

"We weren't that good, but there 
was something really special that 
the people liked about the band, 
and we knew we were on to 
something," said Glago. 

After the event, he began 
calling his business Midnight 
Spaghetti Productions and hired 
himself as an intern. He put on 
a music festival for his band — 
Spaghettifest — for the first time 
in 2003 at Natural Chimney's 
Regional Park in Mount Solon, Va. 

Glago bankrolled Spaghettifest 
himself and did everything from 
booking bands to building the 

stage, donating all profits to 
charity. He also studied the sound 
engineering at Spaghettifest for 
his practicum. 

What began as one student's 
internship became a tradition. It 
started small, with 400 people 
at the first event, and grew to an 
expected 1 ,000 attendees this 

In 2005, Glago became a music 
professor at the university. His 
class, Concert Production and 
Promotion, involved learning 
all the skills it took to put on 
a concert. He instructed his 
students to go out and put their 
skills to the test. 

"Instead of saying you took 
a class, say you formed a 
business," said Glago. 

allieconroy// writer 






alexledford II writer 

As you drove in on the narrow, crooked roads 
of Mount Solon, Va., towards the entrance, the 
sign read, "Natural Chimneys Welcomes You." 
The atmosphere at Spaghettifest, the Shenandoah Valley's 
homegrown music festival, was exactly that: welcoming. 

The three-day festival opened its doors Sept. 25-27 and 
attracted more than 1,000 guests. The weekend centered 
around live music from more than 40 bands on three 
stages, but a lot of the action took place in the woods 
surrounding the stages, where cars, tents and grills had 
taken over. Harrisonburg residents and university students 
all crowded together within the boundaries of Natural 
Chimneys Regional Park. 

"Spaghettifest is a lot smaller than other music festivals, 
so you have a lot more of a close-knit feel," said senior 
Anne Dreyfuss. "It's a kind of impromptu community 
where we all share everything." 

It wasn't uncommon to see festival-goers sharing food, 
clothes, tents and other essentials. Most people watched 
the performers from under makeshift shelters with 
tarp ceilings, or huddled under umbrellas as it rained 
throughout the day on Saturday. 

Senior Matt Powers was especially grateful for the what's- 
mine-is-yours attitude during the weekend, particularly 
when it came to shelter. 

"It's been tough," he said. "Our tent leaked really badly 
and our sleeping bags got soaked." Powers called the 
University Recreation Center (UREC) to see if they had a 
dry tent or a sleeping bag, but they were all checked out for 
the weekend. 

"It was cool though, the people camping next to us let us 
sit with them and they cooked us food and everything," he 

The sharing continued late into the night on Saturday, 
when one band provided spaghetti for the whole crowd. 
The funk band Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate 
G-Strings — whose founding member, Mikael Glago, started 
the festival in 2003— served spaghetti to their fans while 
they played. 

But it wasn't just about the spaghetti, according to 
Dreyfus. The fans poured in for the impressive lineup of 
bands from a variety of genres and for the fun, neighborly 

"Why not go see all your friends' bands and have fun 
and all camp together," said junior Matt Clem, a first-time 
Spaghettifester. "That's the coolest thing about it. Everyone 

knows everyone." 

It was junior Patrick Fjtzgerald's first time at the festival 
too. But he wasn't just attending; he was playing in the 
festival. Fitzgerald and three of his friends started their 
band, Pelicanesis, during the summer and played at 
Spaghettifest for the first time this year. The band was 
proud of the size of their crowd on Saturday, despite the 

"I think everybody is 

just really enthusiastic 

about the whole thing," 

said Fitzgerald. "I came 

expecting rain, but the 

thing with Spaghettifest 

is: it always rains." 

"It's just a hot wet globe 

of psychedelic; of old 

people and hippies and 

dogs," said senior Josh 

Ariel, another member of 

Pelicanesis. "It was wet, 

but it was perfect," he 


Another first-time 

Spaghettifest performer, 

Joe Taylor, of Undercover, 

was happy with the 

turnout at the festival too. 

"It's professionally done. 

It's growing strong." 

But Taylor landed in 

Harrisonburg for a different gig: he's a professor at the 


Taylor took a job as a music industry professor in 2007, 
more than 20 years after his Los Angeles-based Christian 
rock band. Undercover, made their first album. His 
purpose had changed since then, using his experience in 
the music industry to teach aspiring musicians. But he 
wasn't afraid to get on stage and show his students how it 
was done. 

"I'm confident that we can get up on stage and do it," 
said Taylor. "The kids seem to respond well to it. It's fun 
for me and hopefully it's fun for them." He expected his 
students would come in on Monday and comment on the 
performance. "If they want an A,'" joked Taylor, "they'll tell 
me it was awesome." // 

Getting into 
the music, the 
guitarist for 
Future jams 
on the electric 
guitar. This punk/ 
hip-hop band 
provided a break 
from the mostly 
indie rock genres 
at the festival, 
where more 
than 40 bands 
performed in 
three days, 

features // 55 





sarahlockwood //writer 

A ticket to Court Square Theatre (CST) 
became a passport — a passport to a time 
when girls were "dolls," and boys who 
wanted kisses wanted "cash" on the "kisser." If he 
had "it," then he was the "cat's meow" and he'd 
probably know where the best "juice joint" was. 
A passport to CST provided a 1920s flashback; 
the building was designed with an art deco style 
reflecting the roaring twenties, which renting 
companies and audiences appreciated. 

It took just one stroll through Court Square 
and into The Marketplace, a building with high 
ceilings and marbled floors — past a restaurant 
called Cally's and an old-fashioned shoeshine 
station — to get to the maroon-trimmed CST doors. 
Tickets could be purchased at the cast-iron barred 
box office station framed in dark wood and gold 

"I really liked the ticket booth with the cute little 
gate," said freshman Alanna lohn. "The whole 
building had a 1900s feel with the old-fashioned 
shoeshining and all. But not so much old- 
fashioned, more in a cool, retro way." 

Originally the service department for 
Rockingham Motor Company, the theatre was 
established 12 years ago. 

"In '98 the Harrisonburg Redevelopment & 
Housing Authority (HRHA) took over the space 
and gutted it," said CST manager, Noah Jones. 
The theatre was rebuilt as part of a downtown 
Harrisonburg revitalization effort, and in 2000, the 
HRHA contracted the nonprofit organization Arts 
Council of the Valley, which became the theatre's 
umbrella organization. 

The theatre drew crowds throughout the year 
with its intimate setting and architectural beauty. 
With 250 seats, "the house is large enough for a 
decent showing," said Jones. "It's also a rarity for 
small concert venues because it has raked seating," 
allowing everyone to view the performance. Other 
small venues simply sported floor-level tickets, 
which blocked audience view. 


In addition to unique decor and design, 
entertainment breathed energy into the building. 

"[The theatre's] purpose now is to provide 
film, live concerts, theatre and dance," said Jones. 
The theatre was a roadhouse theatre, meaning it 
could be rented by small groups for parties and 
conferences or booked by touring productions. 

"One of the considerations is to establish a 
resident company which would produce work 
for and in the Court Square Theatre," said Jones. 
However, this would not negate the theatres 
status as a roadhouse. In fact, the theatre would 
continue "to bring in theatrical tours and other 
styles of performances from the area and beyond," 
explained Jones. 

Events of many styles scattered the theatre's 
schedule, including the American Shakespeare 
Center in September, Latino Film Festival in 
October, and Blue Grass Thursdays on a monthly 

Spanish professor Hugo Moreira offered extra 
credit to students who attended an evening of the 
Latino Film Festival. 

"I see a number of plus signs," said Moreira. 
"Students see the culture of people from a different 
country, and some plots involve Latin American 
customs. Hopefully, students will also learn to 
appreciate what they have after seeing how little 
others may have in comparison." 

Unfortunately, the theatre did not see as many 
students as it would have liked. 

"CST is a cultural center within walking distance 
to JMU," pointed out Jones. He expressed gratitude 
towards the university community affairs manager, 
Rachel Walters, for being "extremely generous in 
disseminating information about events which 
have JMU connections." 

John planned to keep her eye out for interesting 
events on the theatre schedule. "It has a nice 
location in the middle of downtown and there 
are other things to do in the building. You can 
make an evening out of it, going to Cally's before," 
suggested John. 

With its intimate atmosphere and variety of 
performances and events, CST was the place to be, 
or as some might have said, "the cat's meow." // 

Greeting guests, theatre employee 

Maria Avila takes tickets for tine 

Latino Film Festival. Freshman Sara 

Anderson attended Friday evening 

for extra credit in her Spanish class 

with Professor John Tkac. 

photo // nalaliewall 

Spanish professor Hugo Moreira 

explains the importance of 
celebrating Hispanic heritage. As 
extra credit, Moreira encouraged 
his students to attend the Latino 
Film Festival at Court Square 
Theater in October, 

downtown revitalization 

The Harrisonburg Downtown Renais- 
sance (HDR) began in 2002 to support 
downtown revitalization, but like Court 
Square Theatre, many renovation projects 
had already begun. 

"In terms of revitalization, there were 
several efforts before Harrisonburg Down- 
town Renaissance was formed," said 
HDR's executive director, Eddie Bum- 
baugh. Two different types of these efforts 
existed: volunteer-based organizations 
working in partnership with the city and 
initiatives taken by the HRHA. 

"HRHA worked closely with the city in 
the '90s to help with economic and down- 
town revitalization," said Michael Wong, 
the executive director of HRHA. 

Valley Mall, built in 1978, encouraged 
many department stores to move out of 
their downtown buildings. HRHA began 
identifying these abandoned structures, 
renovating the buildings in 1998 and nam- 
ing it "The Marketplace." 

In 2000, demolition of the old JC Pen- 
ney's building made way for the construc- 
tion of a new judicial complex including a 
courthouse, jail and sheriff's department. 
Another downtown project called "The 

Metro" involved the conversion of an old 
clothing factory into apartments and com- 
mercial spaces. 

Bumbaugh believed the variety of proj- 
ects "indicated an interest— of the public 
and the city — in downtown revitalization." 
Early projects made clear that large gener- 
al community service organizations could 
not bring the overall change the commu- 
nity wanted. 

"What really inspired the downtown 
renaissance was an article in the local 
newspaper written by the editor at the 
time saying that downtown Harrisonburg 
should be closed to a pedestrian mall," 
said Wong. 

This caused a group of people to begin 
discussing the pros and cons of closing 
Main Street to traffic. Although they de- 
serted this idea, the community realized 
that they had another common goal: revi- 
talizing the city. 

Like the community, Bumbaugh de- 
scribed himself as extremely passionate 
about the downtown revitalization. 

"It connects with my values as far as 
hoping to create a place where the whole 
community can come together." 

features // 57 





stephsynoracki //writer 

Frustrated with their living experience at 
Ashby Crossing, located off Port Republic 
Road, many students made the decision to 
relocate when their leases expired. Ashby was not at 
full capacity at the beginning of the fall semester, a 
result of students' poor experiences and the rising 
popularity of newer student living complexes. 

"As soon as my roommates and I decided we 
didn't want to live in [Ashby] anymore, we told 
[management] that we didn't wish to renew our 
lease," said senior Nick Discolo. "It might be a 
coincidence, but as soon as that happened, we started 
getting mysterious fines." 

Discolo and his roommates lived in Ashby for two 
years before moving to Squire Hill for their senior 
year. He had chosen Ashby originally because it was 
in the center of everything on the weekends and rent 
was relatively cheap. 

Senior Amber Richards lived in Ashby her junior 

year but decided a second year there was not an 
option. Ashby attempted to convince Richards and 
her roommates to renew their leases, but lower rent 
was never offered. 

"I think that the new complexes have had an effect 
on Ashby 's decline in rentals," said Richards. "But I 
also think people are willing to pay a little bit more 
[in] rent to get a better experience and to have a 
better sense that you're getting your money's worth." 

Richards chose to live in Sunchase her senior year, 
saying she had a much better experience there and 
she felt safer than she had at Ashby. 

Senior Jordan Snead decided to stay in Ashby for 
his final year. He waited too long to find another 
apartment and Ashby was the only place left that 
allowed him to keep his dog. Ashby dropped the 
fee for having a pet because the student interest in 
renting through Ashby had declined. Although he 
never had any serious problems with management. 

The afternoon sun shines 

through a breezeway in 

Ashby Crossing. "They bill us 

an arm and a leg," said senior 

Kerry Shannon. "Ashby really 

can't expect people to want 

to stay here." 




appliances in and around the apartment continuously 
broke and maintenance did a poor job at fixing 
them, according to Snead. He also found the lack of 
overnight visitor parking to be frustrating. 

"It used to be fun living here, but now with almost 
nobody living here, it's really boring," said Snead. 

Ashby offered students a new opportunity called 
"flex-leasing" starting for the fall 2009 semester. 
Depending on their individual needs, leasers could 
choose between a 12-month, 10-month or 5-month 
lease. If students chose the 12-month lease, they were 
given one month free. If students chose the 10-month 
or 5 -month lease, they were guaranteed savings up to 
$440 or $1,690, respectively 

Throughout the year, Ashby placed ads in The Breeze 
and hosted themed events to attract students and 
increase their rental population. "Freshman Freakout" 
was one event where guests enjoyed festive food, 
giveaways and incentives and had the opportunity to 
participate in a costume contest. 

Ashby s property manager declined to comment on 
the number of occupied or unoccupied apartments or 
on the complex's new marketing strategies, and despite 
Ashby 's efforts, students continued to have a negative 
feeling about the apartment complex. 

"I think it is going to take a lot of time and effort to 
change the reputation that Ashby has around the JMU 
campus," said Richards. // 

Empty rooms are often 

locked with a deadbolt so 

residents can't have guests 

stay in the unoccupied 

rooms. Bedrooms were 

leased individually, so Ashby 

management restricted 

access to unoccupied 



Empty spaces in the Ashby Crossing parking lot 
highlight the number of unoccupied apartments. 
The new apartment complex 865 East opened 
across Port Republic Road in the fall, competing 
with Ashby for residents who were looking for an 
apartment in a central location, 
photo //nataliewall 


features //59 




caitlincrumpton // writer 

He was at every game, revving up the 
crowd and getting fans involved in the 
excitement and spirit of the crowd. 

But students would never know who exactly the 
individuals were behind the Duke Dog costume. 
According to one student who donned the Duke 
Dog suit, it was part of the mystery. 

"Since you were a kid you didn't want to know 
the person behind the mask was actually a person," 
he said. 

The university's policy was to not release the 
names of students who dressed up as Duke Dog, 
but more than one student held the title— three to 
four a year to be exact, and the individuals rotated 
each game. 

The secrecy, however, didn't detract from the 
commitment that came with acting as the mascot. 
Aside from home games, Duke Dog participated 
in tailgating activities when the Duke Club was 
invoK'ed and attended all away games. Duke Dog 
was also involved in the community, representing 
the "face" for the Dukes and the university. 

Wearing the actual Duke Dog costume had 
requirements prior to putting it on, while the 
individual was in costume and after the event. 
Before stepping into the attire, the student 
completed a physical through the Sports Medicine 
Department and was checked by the Sports 
Medicine doctor. The student was also required to 

shower and be fully hydrated before the event. 

Once in costume, the student was required to 
have an escort within 100 feet for the entire game. 
Duke Dog was not allowed to talk to anyone 
besides the escort or the cheerleading coaches, but 
it didn't stop him from taking plenty of pictures 
with students, alumni, families and Harrisonburg 

The maximum time limit the person was allowed 
to be in the costume without taking a break was 
one hour, and two 15-minute breaks per hour 
were required in extreme weather conditions. 
Finally, the individual was to prohibit anyone from 
violating him or pulling off the costume. 

After the game, Duke Dog — officially considered 
a student-athlete— placed the costume in its proper 
carrying cases and returned it to Godwdn Hall, 
where it was stored between events. The individual 
rehydrated himself and removed the liquid packs 
from the cooling vest if needed. If the person was 
injured during the game, he/she sought medical 
attention at the Athletic Training room. 

One student who was selected to be the mascot 
received his position after being approached by 
a Duke Dog representative. Requirements to 
become a Duke Dog included showing interest, 
trying on the costume and being able to move 
freely, and most importantly, the ability to pump 
up the crowd. 

"They saw the way I was acting in the stands 
and approached me to be the Duke Dog," said 
Duke Dog. 

The position was unpaid, but the students 
seemed not to mind. Instead, their position was 
self-gratifying— it was all about interaction with 
the crowd and showing loyal support for the 

"I wanted to get the fans involved in the game," 
said Duke Dog. "It's fun being there, it's exciting 
to me." 

The sport that Duke Dog enjoyed the most was 
basketball because the temperature was controlled. 

"You know what it is going to be like every 
game," he said, unlike football where the season 
began in the heat of September and ended just 
before Thanksgiving. 

Aside from hyping up the crowd at games, being 
the mascot had its perks. Duke Dog received 
apparel, access to the Athletic Performance Center, 
early registration for classes, two complimentary 
tickets to home football and basketball games, 
and participation in the Varsity Athletic Awards 

Attending a collegiate level game was one thing, 
but being on the sidelines and involved with the 
enthusiasm of the game while having only a few 
select people know who was behind the mask was 
a benefit only Duke Dog had. // 


it was game day and the air was crisp — the hot dogs sizzled on the 
grill, the players warmed up and a sea of purple and gold surrounded 
Bridgeforth Stadium . The only problem was actually getting into the game. 

Many students experienced this frustration at the first home game 
of the season against Virginia Military Institute, when the student 
section filled well before everyone was admitted. 

"This is the same number of students as we have always allowed 
into games," said Mike Carpenter director of ticket operations. 
'There are 4,500 seats allotted to students plus an additional 800 
seats for the JMU band, color guard and Dukettes." 

Carpenter went on to explain that the reason for the increased 
student interest in home games was due to "additional students on 
campus" along with "the growing popularity of JMU football." 

In response to this issue, students were required to pick up 
tickets in advance for the last two home games, which was not an 


option at the start of the season. This allowed for less anxiety and 
disappointment because students were guaranteed to get in if they 
picked up their tickets prior to the game. But students expressed 
frustration when tickets sold out quickly and early morning classes 
prevented some people from being able to pick up their tickets first 
thing Monday morning. 

The building of the new stadium, to be completed by the fall of 
201 1 , would also provide a solution to the overcrowding at games. 
Athletic Director Jeffrey Bourne explained that the capacity of the 
new stadium would be 25,800 seats, which was 1 0,000 more than 
the previous stadium. 

With a new stadium on the way that would offer club seating 
and allow ticket operations to be available as an online option, 
students were assured a more enjoyable experience when 
attending home games. // 

The Duke Dog mascot is the brainchild of Ray Sonner, 
former vice president for advancement. Sonner also 
started the tradition of having a real English Bulldog in 
attendance at many campus events, 
photo// lesiiehaase 

Duke Dog poses for a picture during a basketball game, Duke 
Dog appeared in his first home game of the men's basketball 
season on Nov. 28, 1982, against Virginia Military Institute, 
photo// liz^ycan^on 

features //61 




rebeccaschneider// writer " 

hen the University Program Board (UPB) 
announced the performers for the spring 
convocation concert, some students expressed 
disappointment that the alternative rock band, Third Eye BUnd 
(3EB), would not make a stop at the university in April. 

After appearing on the spring UPB survey, 3EB was a hot 
topic among students. Sophomore Amanda Gilligan said the 
spring concert was great, but she believed that a band such as 
3EB would have reached a larger portion of the student body. 

"3EB is one of those bands that everyone knows," said 
Gilligan. "You can't help but like at least one of their songs." 

On UPBs fall survey, 3EB ranked No.l. In response to 
students' requests, UPB began putting forth its best effort to 
bring the band to the Convocation Center. Planning for the 
fall concert began in August, and tickets went on sale Sept. 17 
at 8 a.m. Some students chose to camp out overnight to secure 
their spots first in line. 

Gilligan arrived at the box office at 10 p.m. the night before, 
and set up her stuff outside. "It was rainy and horrible, and 
they let us into Grafton-Stovall Theatre to sleep around 2 a.m.," 
said Gilligan. 

UPB also advertised an extra incentive for die-hard fans such 
as Gilligan: Get in line early to buy tickets for a chance to win 
"meet and greets" with 3EB for you and a friend. 

"Right before 8 o'clock we all went outside and they gave out 
meet and greet passes to the first two girls in line, and then 
they counted back 10 people and it was me!" said Gilligan, who 
had to correctly answer a 3EB trivia question to receive the 

General admission tickets sold out within an hour, priced 
at $31 each. Reserved seating was $26, and general public and 
day-of-show tickets were $36. 

Some students such as senior Victoria Tuturice thought the 
tickets were a bit overpriced. "3EB is a really good band, but 
they've been around for a while so you think they would be 
cheaper," said Tuturice. 

Junior Zachary Hamby, vice president of marketing and 
communication with UPB, explained the higher prices by 
noting that flat fees for artist performances were increasing. 

"To be able to bring the caliber of artists such as 3EB, we 
put on the biggest concert expense-wise," said Hamby. "UPB's 
budget is dependent on revenue, so we have to make money 
on our concerts to be able to program all the other shows and 
events." |^g 

A total of 3,017 tickets were sold, making the concert one 
of UPB's biggest successes in terms of ticket sales and student 
excitement, according to Hamby 

Forty-five minutes prior to showtime on Thursday, Oct. 
8, only 150 tickets remained unsold. When doors opened, 
the floor filled up quickly, and at 8 p.m., the opening band, 
Blueskyreality, began to play. I .^ 

Five males in skinny jeans took the stage, sounding like a 
combination of Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and O.A.R. They played 
songs such as "Heavy Heart" and "Giving You Up," getting the 
crowd excited for 3EB. 

After six songs and a long set change, almost every seat in the 
Convo was occupied. 

The lights dimmed and the audience stood up, forming 
a wave motion. An instrumental intro began and a female 
dancer illuminated in glow sticks appeared above the drum set 
in the background. 

The stage became cloudy from the billowing smoke 
machines, and the faint ouUine of four men emerged. The 
crowd cheered and the musical breakdown continued as 3EB 

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Third Eye Bliiifl's load 

guitarist Tony Fredianelli 

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transitioned into "Losing a Whole Year." Barefooted, lead vocalist 
Stephan Jenkins played the tambourine and belted out the opening 
lines. The crowd echoed back. 

The band played a series of old favorites intermingled with new 
songs from their most recent album, "Ursa Major." To represent the 
album, the stage production was an all-black partial dome shape, 
mimicking a planetarium. Stars appeared and raced along the "sky" 
as the band played. 

Strobe lights flickered on and off, and reversed to illuminate the 
packed audience. 3EB classics such as "Jumper" and "Never Let You 
Go" had crowd members playing electric guitar, dancing with friends, 
and taking videos with their cell phones. 

By 1 1:30 p.m., the show was winding down. After an acoustic set 
with "Believe" and "How's It Gonna Be," 3EB ended the performance 
with "God of Wine." 

"The show was amazing!" said Gilligan. "The guys were phenomenal. 
They did such a good job mixing new songs in with the old ones that the 
crowd was never dead. The guys may be old, but they really killed it!" 

Although the band left the stage and attendees filtered out slowly, the 
night was not over for some. For Gilligan, the best was yet to come. 

"I got all of their autographs and got pictures with each, and I told 
each of them something I liked about the show," said Gilligan. "They 
were really into the feedback and it was just really chill and fun." 

When asked about the experience, Gilligan said meeting 3EB was an 
once-in-a-lifetime event. 

"I was freaking out, actually!" she said. "Like, I've been listening to 
these guys for years, I know all their songs by heart, and then I get to 
watch them perform and meet them backstage? It was awesome." // 

Third Eye Blind front man 

Stephan Jenkins croons to 

the crowd. Along with singing, 

Jenl<ins brol<e into Hollywood 

by acting in the films "Rock 

Star" and "Art of Revenge." 


Q A 

brad harg reaves// drummer 

how long has 3eb been together? 

"We stalled in the San Francisco Bay 
Area in 1995." 

how do you feel about your new album? 
who had the most creative input? 

"Ursa Major lias been a long journey but we 
really found ourselves again in the process 
and are quite gratified with it debuting No. 1 . 
Stephan [Jenkins, vocals/guitar] is the [major] 
writer and producer." 


did any members of 3EB go to college? 

"Stephan and I both went to UC Berkeley. The 
funny thing is I am not even sure I know how 
to spell Berkeley." 

have you done many college shows? 

"We play college shows constantly. In fact, they 
are often the skeleton around which we book 
our tours. I think college students appreciate 
what [Stephan Jenkins] is saying lyrically." 

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what is the one thing a fan has said that 
has resonated most with you? 

"We had a contest on where we 
asked fans what Third Eye Blind means to 
them. Reading the responses was quite 
powerful. The music has seen people through 
some of the darkest hours of their lives as well 
as some of their happiest memories. It was 
very gratifying to hear how the music has been 
the soundtrack to so many peoples lives." 

any words of advice for aspiring musicians? 

"I always say make sure you really love music 
and have to play it if you want to make a career 
of it. It is incredibly hard to achieve success 
but the passion is what will get you through." 


ilueskyreality, consist! 
Zak Stucchi, 20 (lead vocals); Nick Fronti, 21 (guKiSrirfd 
Chong, 21 (drums); Philip Bloom, 19 (bass); and Jake Koops, 19 

(guitar). The band created a pre-recorded personal message for 

its fans at 818-748-9099, 




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mandysmoot //writer 

Sometimes, seeing was believing. 
Peter Boie, the self-proclaimed "Magician for 
Non-Believers," performed an array of magic 
tricks for a full house in Taylor Down Under (TDU) 
during the university's Family Weekend. By the end of 
the show, doubters were few and far between. 

An audience of nearly 250 students and family 
members found seats wherever they could, from the 
tables to couches and even some on the floor 

"We were a little surprised at the amount of people 
because we knew there were other events occurring 
at the same time, and we weren't sure how many 
parents would take time to see a magician," said junior 
Patrick Crosson, the director of spirit and traditions 
for Universit)' Program Board (UPB), who sponsored the 

After Boie's silent opening act, he introduced himself 
to the crowd and performed the first trick he was 
taught — the hollow egg. 

"It is a matter of pretend," said Boie, who pushed a 
scarf into a plastic egg. To the audience's surprise he 
erased the hole and broke the egg in a glass — yolk and all. 

"I'm watching my cholesterol," said Boie, as the 
astonished crowd burst into laughter 

Throughout the show, Boie incorporated various 
props, including cards, chalkboards, ropes, newspapers, 
handcuffs, toilet paper and even a straitjacket. Some 
acts combined comedy with magic. At one point, Boie 
incorporated a silly rhyming poem into one of his acts. 

Another act Boie performed involved what he called 
"spirit communication." He randomly selected two 
members from the audience, a male and a female, to 
join him on stage. Each student sat in a chair and held 
a chalkboard. The female closed her eyes, while Boie 
touched her friend, freshman Kevin Gallagher, on his 
nose. To everyone's surprise, the female thought she 
felt herself being touched on her nose. Then, when one 
chalkboard was revealed, it magically spelled out the 
words, "I'm here Kevin." 

Freshman Danielle Bohy, who attended the show with 
her parents, enjoyed the chalkboard trick the most. 

Balancing an egg between his 
fingers, Peter Boie wows the 
audience with another creative 
trick. Boie had practiced 
magic since he was 11 years 
old, when he stumbled across 
a book about magic in his 
local library. 



Using everyday objects during 
his performance. Peter Boie 
captivates his audience. Boie 
had performed magic for 
celebrities sucti as Neil Young, 
the New England Patriots 
cheerleaders and Troy Brown 
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Locked in a straitjacket. Peter 
Boie enjoys the audience's shock 
and awe as he works to escape. 
Boie won first place at Columbus 
Magi-Fest and was a finalist in the 
Society of American Magician's 
national stage contest. 

"It was really cool," she said. "My least favorite part though was 
the rope trick, because I've seen it from my dad a million times." 

In the "rope trick," Boie took a long piece of rope and cut it 
into individual pieces. Suddenly, the rope was whole again. 
He also called a member of the audience up on stage to try 
blowing knots off the rope that were not actually attached to 
begin with. 

Junior Laurielle Olejniczak watched closely, hoping to 
discover some of Boies secret techniques, such as clues about 
how he cut the rope and magically put it back together. 

"He covered up his illusions really well," said Olejniczak. 

Boie ended his performance with a straitjacket escape. 
After Boie thanked his compassionate audience, Crosson 
started some rhythmic, upbeat music as Boie hobbled 
across the TDU stage, rolled around on the floor, and finally 
unfastened the straitjacket piece by piece— and then confetti 
fluttered through the air. 

UPB members were so pleased with the turnout of the 
event, they hoped to have Boie return for Family Weekend the 
following year. 

"It has a cross-generational appeal," said Boie, after his 
performance. "Magic is universal, and everyone can enjoy it." // 


peterboie M 

hovfl^^^pi get started? 

"At age 1 1 , when I was going through awkward 
adolescence, I canne across a nnagic book at 
the library." 

when did you reach the professional level? 

"I performed my first professional show when 
I was 15 years old. I loved it. I saw magic as a 
way to get paid to do something that is both 
extremely fun and fulfilling." 

in your opinion, is magic trickier these days? 

"People are becoming smarter and hipper. 
However, people are not cynical. Every 
audience is different, but most people have 
a positive attitude because they want to 
enjoy magic. The style I incorporate in my 
show is even for cynics. I go by the tagline: 
'Cynics don't like magic, but they really 
enjoy the show.'" 

do you have any comedic character traits? 

"I was a really shy kid. but toward the end 
of high school I came out of my shell. I was 
always able to make my family and friends 
laugh. I love to laugh. It comes out naturally 
when I perform, so I go with it." 

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Enjoying the games, students 

and their families partake in the 

Godwin Field Festival. The festival 

had booths with university apparel 

for sale, airbrush face painting and 


photo // carolineblanzaco 

karylnwilliams// writer 

footballgame // Despite the threat of rain, 
families kicked off game day on Oct. 10 by 
setting up their tailgates around 8 a.m. The 
weather predicted rain on and off for the 
tailgating hours, so many tailgaters were 
equipped with tents in addition to the elaborate 
display of refreshments. 

Families substituted breakfast foods like fruit, 
yogurt, and egg and sausage casseroles in place 
of traditional burgers and hot dogs. Instead of 
beer, mimosas became the beverages of choice 
for many tailgaters of legal drinking age. 

The sun peaked through the clouds right 
before the start of the game, and though the air 
was still chilly, the students and their families 
packed into Bridgeforth Stadium. The game 
against the University of Richmond was sold out. 

The Dukes came close to a victory with 
less than a minute left in the game, when 
redshirt freshman, quarterback Justin Thorpe, 
fumbled the ball yards from the end zone. The 
Richmond Spiders won 21-17. 

"The game was a little disappointing," said 
Mary Egger, mother of freshman Zach Hopf 

"They had them and let them go," said her 
husband. "We think it was a coaching error." 

Though the highlight of Family Weekend for 
many was the game, tailgating with their kids 
and friends took first priority for others. 

"The kids have been here for eight years 
and I have yet to see a game," said Vicky Kelly, 
mother of senior Shea Kelly. "I need to get to 
one soon, I want to see the band." // 


improvcomedians// The stage was set with 
two stools and two microphones, as Colin 
Mochrie and Brad Sherwood began their show. 
Family Weekend brought the improvisational 
comedy of ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 
to a sold out show at Wilson Hall on Oct. 9. 

"You may be wondering what we're doing this 
evening," said Sherwood. "Colin and I don't 
even know." 

Every game relied on audience participation. 
The first was Moving Bodies, where Sherwood 
picked two audience members to control 
Mochrie's and Sherwood's bodies during the 

Sherwood called on Melissa and Jay Margolis, 
parents of freshman Rayna Margolis, sitting in 
the first row. 

"I said as soon as we sat down, 'We're in a bad 
spot,'" said Melissa. "Because on the show, they 
always chose people in the front." 

Melissa hesitated to go up on stage, forcing 
Mochrie to leave the stage and pull her out of 
her seat while her daughter coaxed her into it. 

Sherwood then turned to the audience. "Give 
me a country in Europe," he asked. 

"Paris!" shouted someone. 

As Sherwood repeated "Paris?" the audito- 
rium erupted with laughter. 

"1 didn't know they were making that into a 
country," said Mochrie. 

They took other suggestions on what the 
topic of conversation would be in the scene, 
which ended up being two characters who 
made cheese. 

"The hardest part was figuring out how to 
make them move on a moped," said Jay. 

"I got frustrated because he [Sherwood] 
was so much taller than me," said Melissa. "A 
lot of the time he didn't move when 1 tapped 
him, to make the scene funnier." 

Mochrie and Sherwood performed five 
games for the audience, noting the games 
changed every show to keep the comedians 
on their toes. The duo had enough games 
to have two completely different sets, but 
they had been doing Moving Bodies, Sound 
Effects, and a newer game called Question 
and Answer in most of their shows because 
these games required participation from the 
audience throughout the entire game. 

"I have lots of favorites, but in Sound 
Effects you never know what the audience 
is going to come up with for sounds," said 
Sherwood. "So it's one of the times when the 
audience inakes us laugh." 

According to Mochrie, the hardest thing 
about improv was "going out on stage with 
nothing planned, because it's human nature 
to be prepared." Mochrie and Sherwood 
played cards before the shows to jumpstart 
their ability to think quickly. 

They both agreed that the easiest thing was 
not having to learn lines or practice. 

"Improv is a mind game, crossword puzzle, 
and riddle all at once," said Sherwood. 

Sherwood and Mochrie worked to ensure 
they never did the same performance twice, 
challenging themselves to avoid repeats and 

continuously asking the audience for absurd 
suggestions they'd never had. According to 
Sherwood, if you were doing improv correctly, 
there was always an "instant panic." 

Frequently the pair got flak from people 
thinking they planned what they were going to 
say before they hit the stage. 

"A lot of people can t believe it truly is all 
made up on the spot," said Sherwood. "When 
people say it's so good it couldn't be made up 
but at the same time are calling us liars, it's an 
insult and a compliment all at once." 

In the final game, assistants placed 99 live 
mousetraps on the stage as Mochrie and 
Sherwood removed their socks and shoes and 
placed blindfolds over their eyes. WhOe acting 
out a scene involving mowing the lawn in the 
character of Opera singers, the pair tiptoed 
between the mousetrap landmines. The traps 
were snapping left and right and eventually 
Mochrie removed his blindfold so he could 
throw the traps directly at Sherwood. 

The audience was impressed with their quick 
wit and comedic appeal throughout the show 
as they brought up jokes from earlier games 
and wrapped it all up in the ending song to the 
music of "I Did It My Way," by Frank Sinatra. 

Michelle Walker, mother of freshman 
Melissa Walker, thought it was better than the 
television show. 

"It shows their intelligence behind the 
comedy," said Michelle. "To think, I used to 
get mad at Melissa for watching the show in 
middle school." // 

Improv comedians Brad 
Sherwood and Colin Mochrie 

do their best to make the 
crowd laugh. Both were regular 
comedians on the hit ABC show 
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 
photo // l<imlofgren 

mandysmoot // writer 

godwinfieldfestival // Students and their families enjoyed music, food and sales 
without letting the chilly morning interrupt their pre-football game fun. Despite 
the dreary, rainy weather, the Godwin Field Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10 was a 
popular activity during Family Weekend. 

Traditional purple and gold beads, pom-poms and face painting were offered for 
all to enjoy. University apparel, jewelry, hats and glassware were also sold under 
the enormous white tent that housed the event. 

Lovely Designs, a business run by alumni Debbie Peterson and Clo Rodeffer, 
featured the artists' creativity and talent by selling scrapbooks and hand-painted 
glassware. Peterson's daughter, Samantha Rodeffer, was a sophomore at the 
university and took credit for bringing Peterson and Rodeffer back to the university. 

"We love JMU," said Peterson. "We even wear purple to work on Fridays." 

Aside from commercial vendors, student groups also participated in the tent sale. 
University newspaper. The Breeze, promoted its special family edition, while its 
marketing and circulation coordinator, senior Lindsey Monroe, advertised for the 
"Darts and Pats" section of The Breeze. 

Students and their families showed their Madison spirit and had the opportunity 
to take a little bit of the university home with them. // 

In preparation for their 
performance during Family 
Weet<end, the School of Music 
ensembles arrange themselves on 
stage. Tickets to the event, held in 
the Convocation Center, cost $11, 
























features //67 




allisonlagonigro // writer 

As families continued to endure financial hardships due to 
the economic crisis that began in the fall of 2008, tuition 
money became scarce and many students found it difficult 
to pay for college. In the past year, appeals for financial aid had 
increased 26 percent, but the university had already awarded all 
available grant and scholarship money. With the average student's 
financial need at $6,353, students dealing with economic difficulties 
were at risk of being forced to leave the university. 

Madison for Keeps, an emergency fundraising program designed 
to assist students in paying for their education, began in the fall of 
2009. The Office of Financial Aid determined which students were 
at greatest risk, and provided each of these students with some 
amount of aid for the current academic year. All of the money that 
was donated through Madison for Keeps went directly to these 

"We wanted to raise enough of an emergency fund pool to 
provide a 'bridge' that would allow students to stay through the full 
year, while they, their families, and their longer term financial aid 
package can make adjustments," said Dr. Joanne Carr, senior vice 
president of the university. "Basically, we don't want students to give 
up hope of remaining at JMU." 

Fundraising began in mid-September with Madison Connection, 
an organization that solicited donations from more than 85,000 
households per year. Madison Connection generally handled 
donations made to the school by calling homes and sending 
mailings and emails to alumni, parents and friends of the university. 

By mid-October, Madison for Keeps had raised significant funds 
for the project with help from many offices and organizations 

"It's a product of so many people coming together to do this for 
those students in need," said PJ Kania, coordinator for Madison 

As recognition and interest in the fundraising project grew, two 
groups made large donations. On Saturday, Oct. 17, as a part of 
Homecoming Weekend, the Alumni Board donated $25,000 to the 
project, setting the total amount of money raised for the project at 
more than $100,000. 

"The Board felt they needed to get involved by giving a significant 

gift and a commitment from individual board members to make their 
own gifts, hopefully inspiring other alumni to get involved," said Ashley 
Privott, director of Alumni Relations. 

Three days later, the class of 1999 also made a donation to Madison 
for Keeps. The donation came from the net proceeds from a class social 
at Ham's, an event that was part of their 10-year reunion. The event was 
not intended as a fundraiser, but $171 was left over at the end of the 
night, and the money was donated to Madison for Keeps. 

The program's immediate success was the result of hard work and 
many generous donations. As of Nov. 13, Madison for Keeps had 
received 1,881 donations and had raised $185,134. Twenty-eight 
students had been awarded aid and would be able to continue in the 
spring semester. The program's deadline was Dec. 31, at which point 
Madison for Keeps hoped to have raised enough money to help each 
student at risk for dropping out. 

"We have alumni who support a variety of programs on campus," said 
Sheila Williams Smith, director of Annual Giving. "We hope that they will 
continue to support these areas and make a Madison for Keeps gift." // 

On the lawn near Warren Hall, signs advertise for 

the Madison for Keeps fundraising effort. Alumni 

and donors participated in the initiative during the 

fall semester to help Dukes otherwise unable to 

continue at the university, 

photo// shainaallen 




Working to persuade donors to 
support Dukes, frestiman Kelly 
Kolonay makes phone calls for 
Madison Connection. A group 
of about 35 student employees 
helped contact potential donors, 




connection fees 

for an on-campus 


provided a 

student with 

two full meals 

per day in the 

dining halls 

covered full 

tuition and fees 

for a student 

for the spring 



enabled a 

student to buy 



allowed a student 

to remain in his/her 

dorm room 

$9,650 supplemented 

a student's total cost of 

attendance for the spring 


Answering calls from donors, junior Brittany Webb helps 
raise money for the emergency student aid initiative. 
Twenty-eight students out of more than 200 applicants had 
.^received aid as of Nov. 13, 2009. 
- - - --photo/Zshainaallen 


features //69 


rials and 
ribulations of 




mandysmoot // writer 


Time and money seemed to be the main influence in 
students' transportation decisions. Some students 
felt that driving their cars was more convenient, 
while others argued that the Harrisonburg Department of 
Transportation (HDPT) buses saved fuel, reduced traffic 
and decreased the demand for parking. 

"There aren't enough spots around the big academic 
buildings for the number of students attending classes," 
said sophomore luli Mathews. 

Even though many students drove to campus daily, 
students like Mathews felt that parking at the university 
was just one giant hassle. 

Mathews drove her car to campus most of the time 
during fall semester, but eventually decided to walk more 
often since she only lived a half-mile from the campus. 

"I don't think [the university] should keep building all 
these lavish buildings without considering where people 
are going to park," said Mathews. "People are parking over 
in the Wal-Mart shopping center and walking over to ISAT 
classes every day, and that is ridiculous if you have paid 
[$192] for a parking pass." 

While many students fought the frustration of trying to 
find a parking spot on a day-to-day basis, other students 
opted to ride the HDPT buses to class. 

"Sometimes the bus is inconvenient, but nothing 
compares to the inconvenience of looking and stalking for 
a parking spot," said junior Kayla McKechnie. 

McKechnie rode the bus to campus every day from her 
Copper Beach apartment. It saved her time and worked 
best with her schedule. 

Sophomore Chelsea Krueger found that saving $200 by 

With few spots left for students and faculty 

in the Warsaw parking deck, drivers are 

often forced to find somewhere else 

to park. The parking deck and its spot 

counter were recent additions to the 

university, an attempt to avert drivers from 

crawling through all five levels only to find 

no open parking spaces. 

photo //tiffanybrown 

not purchasing a parking pass was an awesome benefit of 
riding the bus to campus. "I ride the bus every day, and I've 
never been late to class when I take the appropriate bus," 
said Krueger. 

Other students found themselves irritated with the bus 
schedule, which was often not on time. 

"Sometimes it can be a pain because you have to worry 
about what time the bus comes and sometimes you have to 
wait for it," said senior Jenn Krueger. 

Junior Amanda Cramer, like other annoyed students, 
chose to drive campus. Students disliked waiting for the 
bus if their class ended early, or risked missing the bus if 
their class ran late. 

Students also had commitments other than classes, ^ 
including jobs, errands, meetings and volunteering. Some ^ 
students expressed frustrations because they wasted time 
waiting for the bus to get them back to their apartment just 
to get their car. 

"It is more convenient to be able to leave campus 
whenever I want," said Cramer. "Even though it is 
frustrating to find parking some days, I always manage to 
find a spot." 

Cramer felt that parking passes should have been 
distributed the same way students registered for classes. 

"I think to alleviate some of the stress. Parking Services 
should only allow a certain number of students parking 
passes on a first come, first serve basis," said Cramer. 

But senior Pamela Talman felt that the real solution 
was making better use of the buses. "People who insist 
on driving to campus probably haven't given the buses a 
chance," said Talman. // 

70 // thebluestone201 





Finding a ticket on the windshield of a 
car was something many students were 
familiar with. Drivers would often park in 
restricted lots after not being able to find a 
parking spot in an appropriate lot. 
photo // tiffanybrown 


tarting Monday, Oct. 5, the university ffl^^^Rited a 
new bus service — the Convo Express. Students had the 
opportunity to catch the Convo bus every 10 minutes 
betw/een 7:40 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Fhday, 
and could board/exit at any stop. Students parked at the 
Convo F Lot, located by the Softball field. From there, the 
students took the Convo Express bus to other parts of 
campus, including the bookstore. Festival, ISAT and the 

According to the university transportation demand 
management coordinator, Lee Eshelman, the Convo 
Express gave students the opportunity to avoid the 
frustration of searching for a parking space. However, valid 
commuter or resident permits were still required to park at 
the Convo F Lot. 

"The difference was that students were assured that they 
had a place to park," said Eshelman. 

Students appreciated being able to get to class on time 
without leaving forty minutes early, walking long distances 
or hunting down a parking spot. 

"I got to wait in my car and listen to music while I was 
waiting for [the bus]," said sophomore Juli Mathews. "The 
Convo Bus definitely saved the hassle of having to search 
down a spot." 

stalking other cars for a parking spot, 
students often find the lack of parking on 
campus frustrating. After a month-long 
initiative by the Student Government 
Association, parking services turned the 
017 lot next to the arboretum, previously 
for commuters only, into R5, where 
students with a valid resident or commuter 
permit could park, 
photo //tiffanybrown 

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stephsynoracki // writer 

Thousands of books lined the shelves, arranged 
into a complicated maze that spanned two 
tloors. Grandparents, families and students 
made their way down the rows of books, picking 
up novels and placing them in their baskets before 
proceeding to the next genre. 

The Green Valley Book Fair, a family-owned business 
established in 1971, had become a much-anticipated 
event in the Shenandoah Valley. Just a 10-minute drive 
from the university, the Book Fair occupied more than 
25,000 square feet. 

Rather than being open to the public year-round, 
there were six "book fairs" a year, which each ran for a 
two-week span. Visitors could find more than 500,000 
new books on almost every subject, otten 60 to 90 
percent off retail prices. 

Senior Jake Ewers visited the book fair with his 
roommate and found the atmosphere soothing and 
friendly. He was in the market for computer science 
books and was not sure if there would be a huge se- 
lection. Book fair workers helped him find exactly 
what he was looking for, and he was surprised by 
the number of books on the subject. 

"I definitely recommend [students] go there at 
least once and check it out," said Ewers. 

Co-manager Michael Evans' parents started the 
Green Valley Book Fair in 197L He remembered 
helping his parents throughout high school and 
college, before taking over and co-managing the 
b()i)k fair with his sister. He was in charge of day- 
to day operations, as well as the advertising and 

Evans started a direct-mail campaign to create 
awareness of the book fair in addition to an e-mail 
campaign, which was expected to reach more than 

12,000 individuals. TV advertisements were broadcast- 
ed locally, as well across Virginia in cities like Charlot- 
tesville, Lynchburg and Winchester. The book fair's Web 
site attracted an average of 10,000 visitors per month. 

The Green Valley Book Fair had been lucky with its 
cashier staff many of whom had been a part of the book 
fair for more than 10 years. Kathy Starick, who worked 
in the University Business Office, had been a book 
fair emplo\'ee for 20 years. "[The Evans] are just great 
people to work for," said Starick. 

With a friendly environment, customers could always 
find an array of books to satisfy their ijiterests at the 
Green Valley Book Fair. Whether young or old, readers 
never tired of a good book. / 

A simple sign welcomes visitors 
to the book fair. The Green Valley 
Book Fair was held in the rural 
town of Mount Crawford, just two 
miles from 1-81. 


,'r* '^' ■■'■'" 

Visitors come from as far as Indiana and 
New York to attend ttie Green Valley Book 
Fair. A map on the wall allowed book fair 
visitors to mark thieir fiometowns by inserting 
a pustipin. 

Flipping through a novel, sophomore 
Lauren Scofield considers making a 
purchase. The Green Valley Book Fair 
provided a selection of books in 60 
different categories, including children's 
books, cookbooks, general fiction and 
audio books. 


2009 Schedule: 

March 1 4 - March 29 
May 9 - May 25 
June 27 -July 12 
Aug. 22 - Sept. 7 
Oct. 10 -Oct. 25 
Nov. 27 -Dec. 13 

2010 Schedule: 

March 1 3 - March 28 

May 15 -May 31 

July 3 -July 18 

Aug. 21 -Sept. 6 

Oct. 9 - Oct. 24 

Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 2 


features //73 





britnigeer// writer 

commonsday // Homecoming Week gave way for Commons Day on 
Wednesday, Oct. 14. Although events scheduled for the Commons 
moved inside due to inclement weather, activities still took place 
outside on the Festival lawn, where clubs and organizations volunteered 
to help with food, games and free prizes. 

Food included funnel cakes, sno cones and cotton candy. Corn hole, 
a popular favorite, was set up for those wanting to improve their aim. 
Other activities included airbrush tattoos, juggling lessons and music. 

"My favorite part of Commons Day was the free JMU Homecoming 
gear," said sophomore Katie Sepanski. 

From "Under the Big Top" prizes to free carnival food and games, 
Commons Day proved to be yet another success. As time winded down 
to the big game, the student body enjoyed the events around campus 
leading to the match up against the Villanova University Wildcats. // 

Acting as ringleader, junior 

Evan Balaber introduces 

the acts who performed 

at Sunset in Godwin. This 

annual event included the 

distribution of popular 

"Purple Out" T-shirts. 

photo, amygwaltney 


madisoncafe // Refreshments, prizes and free entertainment— what 
more could students have asked for? Madison Cafe provided all of this 
and more the Thursday evening of Homecoming Week. Performers 
included guitarists, singers, up-and-coming artists from 80 One 
Records and dramatic poetry readers. 

"For tonight's performance I played mostly sing-a-longs to get the 
crowd involved and have more fun," said sophomore Andrew Rohlk, 
who taught himself guitar at age 13 and starting performing when he 
was 15. "My favorite part about performing is seeing people have a 
good time." 

Along with student performances, Duke 
Dog also made an appearance of his own, 
dancing around the crowd and catching 
all the photo opportunities. With free 
snacks, and free "Under the Big Top" 
prizes, Madison Cafe proved to be a fun 
event for all. 

Tubas held high, the Marching 

Royal Dukes prepare to take 

the field for the pre-game show. 

Although the majonty of the 

student section was empty by the 

end of the game, the Marching 

Royal Dukes continued to play for 

dedicated fans. 

photo// carolineblanzaco 


K^n^ecomingparade // Marching through campus, participants 
in the annual Homecoming parade created an electric mood and 
a definite sight to see. With 13 organizations and residence halls 
participating, the parade route forced parts of Carrier and Bluestone 
Drive to be closed. 

President Linwood H. Rose, finalists in the Mr. and Ms. Madison 
competition, the Marching Royal Dukes, Dukettes, football players, 
Rockingham Glitterettes and Duke Dog also participated in the parade. 

Float prizes were awarded to the most spirited float, the best 

composition or production, and the overaU winner. Delta Gamma 
took home the most spirited award, while Student Ambassadors 
won for composition and overall. The winners were added to the 
Homecoming Parade plaque located in the Clubhouse in Taylor Hall. 

"Our Student Ambassadors float was designed to be a circus," said 
sophomore Drew Savage. "We made a big top out of curtains and a ring 
of fire from a hula hoop. We also made a bearded lady, a lion tamer and 
a wild cat. It only took us about five days to put it all together." 

The parade set the spirited tone for the Homecoming game. V 

A member of ROTC 
salutes the American 
flag as tfie Marcfiing 
Royal Dukes play 
the "Star Spangled 
Banner." Members of 
ROTC worked during 
the football games, 
checking tickets and 
marking hands of 
those who had entered 
the student section. 
photo/7 lesliehaase 

features //75 


sunsetingodwin // Sunset on the Quad experienced 
setbacks due to the rain that persisted throughout 
Homecoming Week. Setting the inclement weather 
plan into motion, the decision was made to adapt 
Sunset on the Quad into Sunset in Godwin. 

"Even though the rain call kept us from being on the 
Quad, the event was still really fun," said sophomore 
Dani Dutta. "All the performances were great and I love 
being able to sing along with some of the a cappella 

Dance clubs and a cappella groups kept the 
Homecoming mood upbeat with their performances. 
Mosaic Dance Team included a dance routine with 
children from the Harrisonburg community, while Exit 
245 sang a mash-up of three hit songs. A group of men 
from Student Ambassadors performed their popular a 
cappella act as the Exit 247 B Flat Project. 

While Sunset in Godwin did not provide an actual 
sunset, the performances throughout the evening kept 
the audience entertained. / 


taJigatingcompetition // University alumni, faculty, staff 
and parents participated in the fourth annual tailgating 
competition before Saturdays game. Each tailgate site had 
one entry and was assigned a judging time. The judging 
criteria consisted of creativity, amount of purple and gold, 
participants' spirit, incorporation of the "Under the Big Top" 
theme and overall school spirit. 

The judges picked first, second and third-place winners in 
both the spirit competition and the entree competition. First- 
place winners received a banner and a $50 gift card to the 
bookstore. Three tailgates also received honorable recognition 
from the judges. 

Alumni participants ranged from class of 1977 all the way to 
class of 2009, adding to the Duke pride prevalent throughout 

Homecoming Week. // 

Redshirt sophomore tailback Scott Noble 
attempts to take ttie football down ttie field as a 
University of Villanova Wildcat tries to stop him. 
The Dukes lost to Villanova. 27-0, in its first shutout 
defeat at home in 19 years, 
photo// lesliehaase 

top left: 

Standing on the sidelines, the line 
judge Vi'aits for the Villanova University 
center to spike the ball. Two turnovers 
by freshman Justin Thorpe resulted in 
two Villanova scores, 
photo //lesliehaase 

The Mozaic Dance Club breaks it 
down at Sunset in Godwin. Mozaic 
members held a dance workshop 
for children and offered them a 
chance to showcase what they'd 
learned before the dance club's 
photo //amygwaltney 


With each new season throughout the year came a new look 
around campus. Homecoming Week in October coincided with lower 
temperatures, and the Facilities Management Department responded 
by sprucing up the beds around campus with cold-weather plants. 
Pansies replaced the annual flowers such as impatients and geraniums, 
incorporating purple and gold into the campus' landscaping. 

Along with the replacement of new flowers and plants, the Facilities 
Management Department turned and added new mulch to help the new 
plants flourish. According to John Ventura, assistant director of landscaping 
operations, the department also converted to more sustainable beds for 
the plant varieties and converted beds to provide for longer lasting plants, 
allowing for fewer change outs and less watering. 

The Facilities Management Department consisted of two teams of 25 
employees. The horticulture team took care of the flowers, bushes, mulch 
and greenery throughout campus, while the other team cared for the turf 
and athletic fields. 

The mixture of new plants, fresh mulch, and the changing colors of 
leaves and plants provided for a calming and beautiful sight to see. With 
the perfect timing of Homecoming Week and the changing of seasons, 
the landscaping team created a fall atmosphere throughout campus for 
all to enjoy. // 

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With synchronized 
motions, members of 
Alpha Phi Alpha receive 
approval from the 
audience and win first 
place among fraternities. 
The group took six 
weeks to develop the 
winning script and step 
routine, with senior 
Dominique Scott named 
■'stepmaster" as the 
mastermind behind 
much of the routine. 
photo // katielyvers 



caitlincrumpton // writer 

erformers' hands and feet formed the rhythm, their bodies 
flowing in precise movements with gestures that presented 
an attitude of determination and an undeniable swagger of 
confidence that could only be described as stepping. 

The Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) joined with 
the Intercultural Greek Council the evening of Oct. 16 to put on the 
annual Homecoming Step Show for students and alumni. The step show 
represented the multicultural fraternities and sororities on campus. 

Eight chapters performed, giving the audience a taste of each fraternity 
and sorority's history, while pro\'iding a nights worth of entertainment. 

Each organization incorporated a theme into its performance, which 
involved props and costumes. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., won the 
show by basing its theme off the concept of McDonalds and performing 
as "McDelta" toy action figures. 

"When coming up with themes, you always have to think of what is 
going to entertain the audience and how to best portray your message in 
the little time you have," said senior Jerrica Browder, president of the Deltas. 

Judges crowned Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the winning 
fraternity, awarding the Alphas and the Deltas each a cash prize of $1,000. 

"Our fraternity will use the money to fund Chapter Programming, 
which includes community service projects, book scholarships and other 
miscellaneous costs," said senior Brandon Brown, president of the Alphas. 

The judges were selected based on the opinions of the chapter 
members, including members of Fraternity and Sorority Life, 

Multictiltural Recruitment, the Office for Equal Opportunity, and 
Career and Academic Planning. 

Judges used specific criteria in their decisions, including how the 
groups entered and exited the stage, the creativity of group members' 
wardrobes, crowd participation and overall performance. Mike 
Andrews, a '98 alumnus who also earned his master's at the university in 
2000, hosted the show. 

Preparation for the step show took extensive time and commitment. 
Most of the organizations began practicing over the summer and 
continued to practice daily until the show. 

CMSS was responsible for finding a DJ and an emcee, selling tickets 
two to three weeks prior to the show, and promoting the event, 
according to Trey Lewis, associate director of CMSS. 

The step show gave the organizations an opportunity to showcase 
their talent, as well as a way to represent their chapters in a positive 
light. It allowed for each fraternity and sorority to demonstrate 
the positive qualities their members brought to campus and the 
surrounding community. 

"We are a community service-based organization whose motto is 
sisterhood, scholarship, and service," said Browder. "We want the 
community' to know that service comes first, then entertainment and fun." 

The Homecoming Step Show was more than just an enjoyable cultural 
experience; it was a way for these chapters to educate the community 
about the diversity and creativity of each organization. 


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C- iC'TT'* fi/^- ETC' 

As the student body grew, so did the presence of a wider range 
of ethnicities and cultures, creating the need for the Center of 
Multicultural Student Services (CMSS). 

The office was originally referred to as the Office of Minority 
Student Affairs, changing its name to CMSS in 1993. But CMSS' 
mission had been consistent throughout the years. 

"We work to heighten diversity awareness on campus while 
educating constituents," said Trey Lewis, associate director of 
CMSS. "We have large scale programming such as the Martin 
Luther King Celebration, the Homecoming Step Show [and] a 
Native American Program, in addition to a Student Leadership 
Component, which oversees 28 different student organizations." 

Two primary programs consisted of Experiential Learning 
Trips, which gave students an opportunity to travel to different 
destinations and interact with different cultures, and a Multicultural 
Attache Program, where CMSS students were placed within 
resident halls to discuss diversity with first-year students. The 
conversations with first-years allowed the residents to gain insight 
into other ethnicities and talk about issues that they would not 
normally find themselves discussing. 

CMSS also partnered with the Office of Admissions to host 
programs such as Take a Look Day and Prospective Students 
Weekend, in an effort to attract a more diverse pool of applicants 
to the university. 

Wearing patriotic gear, members 
of Zeta Phi Beta finisin tlieir 
performance by raising the 
sorority's symbol. The women 
tool< second place to Delta 
Sigma Theta. 
i .li. iu //■ l<atielyvers 

Performing in military attire, 
members from Alpha Kappa Alpha 
(AKA) perform at the step show. 
Aside from this event, AKA was 
involved in Adopt-A-Highway, 
AKA Coat Day, AKAdemic Study 
Hall and the annual Mr. and Mrs. 
Enchantment Pageant, 
photo // katielyvers 

features //79 


A 7-foot tall war 

memorial stands at the 

entrance of Memorial 

Stadium, featuring 

emblems representing 

ttie five brancties of 

the armed services on 

one side and names of 

fallen soldiers on the 

reverse. On Veterans 

Day, the community 

dedicated the stadium 

and honored veterans in 

a ceremony at the new 




amandacaskey // writer 


// V^ lay ball!" 

H^^ The baseball and softball teams got 
I a fresh start in a new, state-of-the-art 
complex at Memorial Hall. The new stadium was 
called one of the best facilities in the Colonial Athletics 
Association (CAA), according to David Biancamano, 
director of athletics development. 

Both fields were lighted and had separate press boxes 
designed to be technologically up-to-date for broadcast 
and Internet interviews. Inside Memorial Hall, facilities 
included new locker rooms with wooden lockers, coaches' 
offices, a lounge area for meetings or studying, two tunnel 
hitting cages, a sports medicine area, and a cardio training 
and weight room. 

These new amenities were meant to help athletes with 
their busy schedules by providing them with the necessary 
training and equipment in one place. 

"For our programs here, and when you compare it to 
the CAA, you talk about having one of the best facilities 
in terms of the playing surfaces and then one of the best 
areas where teams can work out, they can study, they can 
meet and they can prepare for games," said Biancamano, 
who added that the need for lighting was one of the major 
reasons for the new complex. 

According to Deputy Athletics Director Geoff Polglase, 
the lighting feature would allow for the scheduling of 

night games, which he believed would increase home 
game attendance and decrease the number of classes 
missed by athletes. 

"We have certainly known for a number of years that we 
wanted to address a number of our facilities on campus 
and that we wanted to improve our facilities for baseball 
and Softball," said Polglase. "In both cases, where the 
facilities are located and the fact that they have lights 
automatically increases the opportunity for us to really 
promote the games and attendance." 

Both of the old stadiums' proximity to the highway 
prevented them from being lit. 

The Athletics Department and the university developed 
separate master plans for changes and construction to 
occur on campus. According to Polglase, plans for a new 
baseball and softball complex just fell into place. 

Construction began in November 2008 and was 
expected to be completed in December 2009 so the teams 
could start practicing in the new facility before their 
seasons started. 

The university purchased Harrisonburg High School and 
the surrounding 27-acre property in 2006, which included 
athletic fields and Veterans Memorial Stadium. 

The baseball facility, still known as Veterans Memorial 
Stadium, was built on the site of the old stadium, which 
had been constructed in 1948. A new monument marking 
the entrance of the complex honored fallen heroes who 
had served in the military. 

According to Win Hunt, director of Facilities Planning 
and Construction, the total facility cost was approximately 
$8.6 million and was funded from the university's 
auxiliary funds. Despite the high costs of construction, the 
economic recession and subsequent budget cuts had no 
effect on the building process of the complex. 

"The time frame and schedule we [were] on [were] the 
ones initially established," said Polglase, which meant 
everything was in place for the baseball and softball teams 
to begin their season with a bang in their 
new complex. // 


The new complex seated 1,200 
spectators for baseball and 500 
for Softball. Construction began 
in November of 2008 and lasted 
about a year, 
photo //brittanyjones 

Memorial Hall is the new home to 
the university's baseball and softball 
teams as well as the Harrisonburg 
Turl<s. The stadium replaced the 
1970s-style fields that were located 
near 1-81. 


days construction was 
expected to last 


$8,600,000 I 

total facility i 
cost I 


cost of 

■ naming 


for baseball 

locker room 







# of chairbacks 

tal seats 

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colleencallery// writer 

As the first band warmed up, toes were 
already tapping. Decorative vinyl records 
dangled from the ceiling just above 
students' heads as they trickled into Taylor Down 
Under (TDU) for the second annual Rumble 
Down Under show. In a battle-of-the-bands 
style concert, nine acts competed for the title of 
"Rumble Master" and the opportunity to headline 
their own show put on by 80 One Records, a 
component of the University Program Board 

Rumble Down Under was the start of a new 
direction for 80 One Records. Last fall the show 
went by the name "Record Deal Rumble" and 
acted as a competition for student bands or artists 
to compete for a record deal with 80 One Records, 
the university's former student-run record label, 
through a series of elimination rounds. 

"The event was originally intended to create a 
fun program for students to attend and make the 
decision for who 80 One should sign to the label 
more interactive," said junior Jenn Steinhardt, 
director of 80 One Records. 

In an effort to meet UPB's mission of providing 
events that benefited students, 80 One Records 
shifted from signing and recording artists to 
providing more shows and music events on 
campus throughout the year 

"Since 80 One Records will no longer sign artists 
and record, we thought it was only fair to rework 
our annual event," said Steinhardt. 

Rumble Down Under engaged students at 
the show by encouraging them to vote for their 
favorite performance by placing a ballot in one 
of nine boxes as the show went on. Many came 
with the intention of supporting a friend, but 
others enjoyed hearing new music and discoveriiig 
new talent. The atmosphere was relaxed and 
friendly as friends mingled, grabbed a bite of fre^ " 
food and enjoyed the live music. UPB's graduate • 
assistant, Lindsey Mitchell, counted more than 100 • 
attendees at the beginning of the show, estimating * 
many more as the night went on. . / 

"There is a good flow," said sophomore Emily 
Grochowski, who also worked for UPB. "People 
filter through as different bands play. [The bands] 

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Lights in the Fog 4\ 
brightens the audience 
with a song. The _ • 

band had perfornned '', 
in venues around 
Harrisonburg, including 
the Artful Dodger. , 
photo// kimlofgren ^^r 

^ • ' §2// thebluestone201U 



are really diverse. It's a great mLx." 

Each artist brought a different energy 
to the stage that reverberated through the 
audience. The first band. Lights in the Fog, 
was reminiscent of upbeat Incubus-like 
guitar and reggae-inspired hooks with a 
soulful female vocal twist. Other students 
played quirky acoustic songs about boat 
shoes and hand sanitizer that got the crowd 
laughing, while mellow blues songs brought 
a calmer atmosphere in between other pop- 
and rock-inspired bands. 

"I thought TDU was more for poetry 
jams," said junior Evan Clinthorne. "It's 
nice to know there's real stuff here too." 
While TDU's typical events attracted 
a number of students. Rumble Down 
Under was able to offer a source of free 
.entertainment to another dimension of the 
student body. 
In addition to audience votes, four formal 

judges made the decision, including two 
music industry professors, loe Taylor 
and Mickey Glago; UPB's coordinator, 
Carrie Martin; and the director of 80 One 
Records, Steinhardt. While the judges used 
a checklist of criteria for each performance, 
Steinhardt explained the job was more 
difficult than just adding up scores. 

"There is a balance between raw talent 
and stage presence," said Steinhardt. 
"You have to take into account the whole 
performance, from audience connection to 
the cohesion within the band." 

Ultimately, Stay At Home Greg 
was crowned the winner, earning the 
prestigious title of "Rumble Master" and its 
own show sponsored by UPB on Nov. 6. 

"We didn't expect to win," said 
sophomore Robb Safko, leader singer of 
Stay At Home Greg. "So it exceeded our 
expectations and felt great for all of us." // 



Acoustic soloist 
freshman James Orrigo 

does his best to win over 
the audience. His music 
was similar to singer- 
songwriter Jason Mraz. 

Overjoyed, Stay at 

Home Greg accepts the 

winning prize of Rumble 

Down Under. The group 

formed during the 

members' freshman 

year at the university. 

photo// kimlofgren 

robbsafko // sophomore 
vocals&guitar // stayathomegreg 

how did you guys get started? 

"Paul and I met at the first open mic night dur- 
ing freshnnan orientation. We both performed 
separately and were impressed with one another 
Then I found Stew [Sheerwood] on bass living in 
the same dorm early [freshman] yean [We] had a 
different lead guitar player named Wes Tilghman 
and while recording the EP [Playing for Fireflies], 
Wes dropped out of JMU and [Michael] Jeffers 
filled the void perfectly." 

how would you describe your sound? 

"Fast-paced acoustic rock with strong and 
passionate vocals and modern guitar lead parts." 

what if you could only use three words? 

"Groovy, funky, fresh." 

what distinguishes your band from other 
local bands? 

"We like to have fun with our stuff and not get 
caught up in the whole scene or try and take 
ourselves so seriously" 

what is your favorite song to play? 

"'Half Afloat,' a song soon to be recorded on our 
next CD, because it is fast and during the bridge 
me and drummer [Jones] get to yell 'WOOOO!'" 

was this your first big show? 

"This was one of the biggest shows we have 
■played thus far at JMU. It was a whole lot of fun 
playing for an audience of 1 00 people cheering 
and smiling at you." 

how did it feel to win rumble down under? 

"It was an amazing feeling. Everyone in the band 
has participated in other battle of the bands in 
prior bands and this was the first one any of us 
had won." 

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the WAY 


maryclairejones // writer 


r m ! M! U! Duuuuukes!" was heard 
■ throughout campus. If a student 
^^ saw an arm-waving, purple polo- 
wearing student being tailed by a group of 
wide-eyed high schoolers, it was a safe bet 
they would soon hear the infamous cheer. 

Students who wore the purple polo knew 
they had earned the honor. Aside from 
rigorous training (see sidebar), new Student 
Ambassadors (SAs) were given a 38-page tour 
manual containing all the information they 
needed to know. 

Tours began in either Sonner Hall or 
Festival, and hit campus hot spots like 
Huffman Hall, Taylor Down Under, the 
Warren Post Office, the Quad, and at least one 
academic building. 

Major talking points for tour guides included 
resident life, on-campus activities, academics, 
campus food and campus safety. The anxiety 
of speaking in front of a crowd and having to 
memorize so much material may have seemed 
like a lot to handle, but SAs loved their jobs. 

"I like talking about JMU, and I want to 
make other people love it as much as I do," 
said junior Kristin Alexander. "It's not a paid 
position— you definitely do it for the love of 
the school." 

Senior Allie Weissberg, president of SA, 
agreed. "I think it's really cool that we get to 
be one of the first impressions a prospective 
student has on the university," she said. 

Depending on the tour, those first 
impressions were often quite remarkable. 

"I was giving a tour one day that was pretty 
standard until we reached the Quad," said 
junior Stevanna Hochenberger. "Five mimes 
were standing in front of Wilson doing some 

street performing for people passing by. As I 
walked closer with my tour, these kids started 
to act out what I was saying. They acted out 
the tunnels, the kissing rock and more as I told 
my group all about the Quad. They definitely 
gave my tour a JMU experience that they will 
never forget." 

Junior Katie Gordon also had her fair 
share of unusual tour experiences. During a 
segment near Carrier Library, Gordon realized 
someone had dumped a bottle of dish soap 
into the new fountain outside Burruss Hall. 

"Bubbles were flying everywhere and there 
were actually students in the fountain playing 
in the bubbles like it was a bath or something," 

said Gordon. "One of the little kids from my 
group actually asked his mom if he could join 

On a more personal level, many SAs relished 
the opportunity to talk to prospective students 
and get to know them better. SAs stressed 
continuing communication with students in 
their tour groups. 

"When we walk past the post office, I always 
point out my mailbox and say that if anyone 
sends me a letter, I'll write them back," said 
Alexander, who ended up getting a tangible 
thank-you for her hard work. 

"At the end of one tour, a grandma was 
talking to me, and asked for my address," said 
Alexander. "I gave it to her, 
[and] three days later, a huge 
batch of cookies showed up 
in my mailbox with a note 
attached saying how much she 
enjoyed the tour." 

Dressed in purple and yellow, 
junior Katie Baker introduces 
a group of prospective 
students to Newman Lake. 
Several information sessions 
and student-led tours were 
offered each month to provide 
high school students with an 
opportunity to explore the 
university's campus. 


applying to be an 


Tour guide sophomore Drew Savage shows his group 
the sundiai, as sophomore Megan Crawford iooks on. 
The sundial was donated by the secret society, INS, and 
was a popular sight on campus tours, 
photo// sarahwink 

Standing in front of Wilson Hall, sophomores Drew Savage and 
Megan Crawford inform their group about the academic buildings 
and residence halls located on the Quad. During October, an open 
house was offered for each college, so that the prospective students 
could learn about the academics in the major they hoped to pursue. 

Students knew it was not the average application process when 
the president of Student Ambassadors (SA) said some of her favorite 
applications were three-dimensional. The application for SAs was 
known around campus to be very competitive. 

"We're not looking for one set type of person," said senior Allie 
Weissberg, president of SA. "Every person that applies brings 
something new, different and unique to the table. We want real people 
that love JMU." 

The semester-long process started out with a rigorous application, 
complete with short answers, fill in the blanks, essays and a personal 
statement. The personal statement held a great amount of pressure, 
because it provided the applicants with a chance to make an 

"My favorite one was when someone made the soundtrack to their 
life and wrote an explanation for how each song made up who they 
are," said Weissberg. 

The next stage was a group interview, and then finally an individual 
interview. Applicants were notified in the spring whether they were 
accepted, but just like everything else in SA, not in the traditional way. 
Applicants were surprised in the middle of the night with a sign of 
acceptance on their apartment or dorm room door. 

"I was a freshman when I applied, so I didn't completely know what 
Ambassadors was about," said sophomore Claire Austin. "But because 
of the extensive application process, I knew that the fact I got in meant 
that my college experience was about to get a whole lot better." 

This difficult application process was part of what gave the 
organization its prestige, but it didn't compare to the rigorous new- 
member period that awaited them. The tour guide's training process 
included information sessions to learn what to say; a comprehension 
tour, which walked them through possible tour routes; and shadowing 
two tours run by current SAs. However, the major focus of the 
first eight weeks of the spring semester was about getting them 
acclimated to the organization. 

"I realized how much more Ambassadors do than just give tours," 

said Austin. "It's what we're most known for, but we do a lot more 

than that." // 

lisamees //writer 

features //85 




chloemulliner// writer 

Huddled around their ghost hunting tools, nearly 
100 students followed ghost hunter Thomas 
Durant through campus. They trekked from the 
Festival Ballroom down to the Wilson Bell Tower with the 
hopes of picking up paranormal activity. 

"What we are looking for is any atmospheric 
phenomena, luminous anomalies, [or] unexplainable 
audio and experiences," said Durant, prior to the ghost hunt. 

The students were separated into groups and given a 
device to detect paranormal activity. 

"He had a whole bunch of equipment like 
magnetometers and thermometers," said junior Kelley Curry. 

Other devices used were electromagnetic signals 
and voice recorders. Those who used recorders asked 
questions to possible ghosts and allowed 15 to 30 seconds 
for a response, as advised by Durant. 

After the ghost hunt, the groups gathered back at 
Festival Ballroom to check the results. Only one group 
had signs of paranormal activity that they had picked up 
on a tape recorder. 

"The students said 'Thanks for your time and there 
was a deep breath that sounded just like the ones on the 
videos we heard during the presentation," said sophomore 
Natalie Hamlin, who listened to the recording. 

None of the group members claimed hearing the breath 
at the time of its occurrence — only after they played the 
tape did they hear the breathing noise. It was a situation 
that happened all the time in the field, according to Durant. 

Prior to the ghost hunt, Durant gave a presentation 
titled "Investigation: America & Para-101 Introduction." 
As the TV editor and field producer of SyFy's "Ghost 
Hunters," Durant had ample experience with the 
supernatural. He explained how his childhood experience 
growing up in a haunted house led him to his interest in 
paranormal activity and the official title of "Paranormal 

"This becomes the field that finds you," said Durant, 
joking about his experiences during his investigations, 
which involved feeling and hearing paranormal presences. 

Durant began by labeling the many different 
definitions of ghosts. 

"I think they are energy that is manifested into what 
we think resembles a person," said Durant. Other 
definitions included "the soul of a dead person," 

"residual electromagnetic energy," and "the soul of a 
passed sentient being." 

Once he had discussed all the background elements of 
ghosts and investigations, such as rules and equipment, 
Durant revealed the evidence he had gathered in his 
work since 2001. He showed several pictures of shadow^' 
figures captured in haunted areas and played electronic 
voice phenomena (EVP) that were captured on audio 

Durant presented information and evidence on five 
famous hauntings in which he had the opportunity to 
investigate, which included the Queen Mary, Alcatraz 
Prison, Stanley Hotel, Waverly Hills Sanatorium and the 
Linda Vista Hospital. 

Durant played audio clips from the Queen Mary, 
a luxury liner during the 1930s that later served as 
transport vessel for prisoners of war during World War II. 
Accordingly to legend, a young girl named Jackie died in 
the pool room and her ghost still haunts the area. 

One paranormal investigator recorded a 15-minute 
conversation with Jackie in the pool room as she 
responded, "You're not my uncle!" Twenty years later, 
paranormal investigators recorded another conversation 
with a young girl in the same location. Police audio 
analysts studied the two separate recordings and matched 
the two voices as the same person, a phenomenon that 


Durant referred to as the "Holy Grail" of the paranormal world. 

Durant's presentation left students with differing opinions on 
paranormal activity. Some became more skeptical, while others' 
beliefs were confirmed. 

"I am a skeptic about the paranormal, but I do find it fascinating 
to watch and hear things about the paranormal," said freshman 
Christina Gallegos. "I love a good scare!" 

"The fact that he brought a lot of evidence to the table — he 
seemed like a guy that takes his job seriously," said freshman 
Nathan Sleighen "I don't think he'd bring anything fake." 

"The presentation confirmed my belief in ghosts," said junior 

Alexis Wu. "It was more informative than scary." 
Durant described the crowd as one of the best audiences he'd 

ever had. He showed interest in returning again the next year and 

advised students on how to begin a ghost hunting club on campus. 
Thirty people stayed after the presentation to sign up for 

more information from Durant on ways to start a ghost hunting 

committee. Even students like Wu and Gallegos, who didn't sign 

up, expressed interest in the idea. 
Gallegos said, "It would be a phenomenal experience to 

have JMU form a ghost hunting group so its own students can 

investigate ghosts." // 







Award-winning singer and actor, 
Franc D'Ambrosio performs 
one of fiis Broadway hits for 
an audience at Wilson Hall. 
D'Ambrosio was working on a 
new show called "I'll Be Seeing 
You," a Bronx boy's musical •-^- 
perspective on World War II. 
photo //katiely vers , 

juliacramer// writer 

n Friday, Oct. 30, a phantom visited the university. Franc 
D'Ambrosio, who earned the title of the "World's Longest 
Running Phantom," had performed the musical more than 
3,000 times. For a packed Wilson Hall, he sang a melody of "Phantom 
of the Opera" songs and a "Broadway" selection, which included classics 
like "Les Miserables" as well as music from his role in the "Godfather III." 

D'Ambrosio had been touring the nation for two years and the 
university's American Choral Directors Association (ACDC) had the 
opportunity to bring him to campus for students and the community. 

D'Ambrosio was able to help 10 singers from the area during a master 
class he held the night before. Students auditioned by sending in a CD 
with two contrasting styles of music. One had to be from "Phantom," 
but the other could be anything the singer wanted. In the end, 
D'Ambrosio accepted all 10 of the vocal performers who applied. 

Freshman Mattia D'Affuso, a vocal performance major, was one of 
the few who took the opportunity. While D'Ambrosio only worked with 
each performer individually for 20 minutes, D'Affuso was still impressed. 

"I got so much from him in such .short time," he said. During the class, 
D'Ambrosio also "really emphasized acting the song and thinking of 
speaking the word while singing instead of just singing." 

D'Affuso was able to use what he learned the night of the performance 
when hi .iic; with Brianna Galligan, 19, from Shenandoah 

Conservatory, was given the opportunity to sing the final number of the 
night, "All I Ask of You." Before he introduced D'Affuso, D'Ambrosio 
described the students from the master class as "some of the nicest, 
polite and talented people [he had] met in a very long time." 

ACDC students who volunteered as ushers were as excited to see 
D'Affuso perform as they were to see D'Ambrosio. 

"Mattia is a vocal performance major, and he also has a supporting 
role in the opera, "Carmen," and he is only a freshman," said 
sophomore Ryan Olson. 

After the show, D'Affuso was all smiles as he gushed about the 

"It was great, everything went great!" D'Affuso said. "Franc is really 
personable, really nice and great to work with." 

Senior Briana Calhoun, a vocal music education major, was excited to 
hear music from the "Phantom of the Opera" sung live. 

"I'm really excited to see [D'Ambrosio] cause I'm a singer," said 
Calhoun. "I've seen the movie and I'm very familiar with the story. I like 
all the music from the show." 

D'Ambrosio's musical selections were intermixed with his own 
anecdotes about his experiences on Broadway <md his very Italian family. 
He described growing up in the Bronx in an Italian bakery, which he 
joked made him and his family the best smelling family on the block. 




Morgan McDowell 

takes advice from Franc 
D'Ambroslo during the 
master class held for the 
competition applicants. 
D'Ambrosio had been 
nominated for a National 
Theatre Award. 

Gazing into each other's eyes, Grayson Owen and Brianna 
Galligan perform the roles of Christine and Raoul. Galligan 
was one of two vocal students selected to sing with 
D'Ambrosio and received season tickets to the JMU Encore 
Series, which D'Ambrosio's show was a part of. 
photo //katiely vers 

D'Ambrosio also mentioned that his musical experiences began when he snuck into 
the Penn Hotel ballroom to practice on the baby grand piano. He would also slyly 
listen to Broadway rehearsals by telling the theatre doorinen that his father was a 
substitute light technician. 

Getting a part in "Phantom of the Opera" was unexpected for D'Ambrosio. He 
was auditioning for the musical "Miss Saigon" when producers told him that he was 
auditioning for the wrong show, suggesting instead a new musical coming over from 
London. Although D'Ambrosio was underprepared for the audition — he wrote lyrics on his 
arms so he wouldn't forget them — he got the role and spent six years on Broadway playing the 
Phantom of the Opera. 

The audience had a real Halloween treat as they listened to D'Ambrosio's Broadway 
melodies and the tales of his time spent as the Phantoin. 

// freshman 

when and how did you start singing? 

started singing as a little kid because I would 
always hear my little brother sing and I wanted to 
be able to sing too. I did not get serious about 
singing until my sophomore year in high school." 

what made you want to audition? 

"I wasn't originally going to send in my application 
and CD because it was the beginning of the 
school year and I had so many other new things 
to think about as a freshman. But then I decided 
that I should try and not waste the opportunity. 
Once I found out that I was getting a master 
class with him I was so ecstatic. He's an amazing 

how much did you rehearse before the 
performance? were you nervous? 

"1 did not know the lyrics well at the master class, 
nor had I taken the time to really work on the 
song because I did not expect to get It at all. But 
after I found out I had to perform it at the concert 
I ran home to practice nonstop. I was definitely 
nervous throughout the whole thing but then I just 
got on stage and was able to feed off of Brianna 
[Galligan] and put on a good performance." 

what was the best part of the experience? 

"The best part of the whole experience was 
developing a friendship with Franc as we worked 
together. By the end of the night he was cracking 
jokes and laughing with me and Brianna, which 
was just great because it made me feel really 

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jenniferbeers // writer 

Whether training for a triathlon or looking for a fun 
form of exercise, 5K runs on campus provided 
something for everyone. They were used as 
fundraisers for projects or philanthropies, including the 
Alternative Break Program (ABP) and Habitat for Humanity. 
ABP's second annual 5K run, held on Sept. 1 9, started at the 
Festival Lawn with 249 participants. Some people trained for 
the event, but others opted to walk the 3.1 miles. A few runners 
were members of the Triathlon Club and received community 
service points and funds from University Recreation Center 
(UREC) in return for participating in the student groups 

"The turnout was a tremendous success, thanks to a lot of 
hard work with publicity," said senior Danielle Longchamps, 
ABP's 5K coordinator. "We targeted community members as 
well as students in our publicity initiatives." 

All of the profits from the run went to offset the costs of 
future ABP flying trips, which ranged from volunteering 
at an orphanage in Honduras to clearing trails in northern 

The day started around 5 a.m. with volunteers picking up 
Mr. J's bagel donations for breakfast, making sure Aramark 

breakfast donations were set up, setting up signs and posters 
to direct participants to the registration tables, and setting up 
the raffle table. These volunteers included ABP executive board 
members, local high school students, several Circle K members 
and volunteers who received credit for their classes. 

Prizes for the top place runners included $25 gift certificates 
to the bookstore. Touch of Earth and Franklin's Cafe. 

"A lot of work went in to obtaining over $500 worth of 
prizes for top runners, raffle prizes, and food donations that 
I obtained from local businesses," said Longchamps. "It is a 
part of my personal philosophy that local businesses should 
give back to the community and donate to charitable causes, 
especially something like the ABP which helps students not 
only serve communities but develop their own commitment to 
community service and becoming active citizens." 

Habitat for Humanity held its 5K run on Saturday, Oct. 24, 
with a total of 20 participants. The proceeds benefited the 
nonprofit organization, which was devoted to getting rid of 
poverty locally and worldwide. The race started and ended in 
front of Festival. 

"We decided to do a 5K last year when cleaning out our 
closet," said senior Amanda Wilkins, vice president for Habitat 

Contestants in the Homecoming 5K race 

toward the finish line. Participants paid $15 

on the day of the race or $12 if they pre- 

registered, which included a free T-shirt for 

the first 75 participants who signed up. 

photo //amygwaltney 


for Humanity. "We found a whole box of shirts that said annual 
5K Homerun. So we ran with the idea and started planning at 
the end of last year." 

Putting their plan into motion, they asked Habitat for 
Humanity members to assist in putting the 5K together. 

"We had to get a committee together to direct people the 
day off, we had to make arrows and signs, and we had to get 
sponsors [for] T-shirts," said senior Torie Eberle, president for 
the university's Habitat for Humanity chapter. 

Proceeds from the 5K totaled $300, which Eberle considered a 
success. But she also acknowledged there were some obstacles, 
especially "getting people interested in running." Eberle 
attributed the low number of participants to the high number of 
5Ks held in October. 

But whether the crowd of runners was large or small, 5Ks 
offered students a quick workout for a great cause. // 

Determined, runners 

pass UREC as they 

follow the course of the 

Homecoming 5K. This 

was the 14th year the 5K 

was held. 

photo //amygwaltney 

Warming up their 

muscles, senior Mary 

Monk and junior Kristen 

Lenihan stretch before 

the beginning of the 

race. A 5K held on 

Halloween encouraged 

participants to dress up. 

plioto // heidicampbell 




allieconroy //writer 

ince the birth of the university in 1908, its 
members strongly demonstrated James ■ 
Madison's belief that knowledge was the 
power that enabled citizens to change the world. The 
Be the Change Award was launched in March 2006 
in recognition of the students, professors, alumni 
and donors who shifted their knowledge into action 
for the betterment of society, according to Martha 
Graham, coordinator of Be the Change. The award 
was given across the categories of arts & culture, 
athletics, citizenship, economy, education, energy, 
global affairs, healthcare and sustainability. // 

maryslade // education // 2006 

Mary Slade, a professor in the College of Education, was committed 
to teaching students firsthand about the importance of community 
outreach and relief Slade led the university's first relief trip in 2005 
to the Gulf Region following the devastation of hurricanes Rita 
and Katrina, and arranged trips to West Virginia, California and 
Tennessee to provide relief following other natural disasters. 

Slade became involved in a more sustained volunteerism effort 
in 2008 with the private international humanitarian organization 
Aid for the World. Slade and her students worked to reverse the low 
standard of living caused by historic poverty in McDowell County, 
WVa., an effort spread over five trips in 2008 and 2009. 

"[We] work with the community and individual families to rebuild 
hope and restore a quality of life that every American is entitled to- 
clean water, food, work, a safe home, good health and an education," 
said Slade. 

Alumni, family members and high school students joined 
university students, with 35 to 55 people on each trip. Some 
volunteers returned two to six times, and others went on to work for 
the Peace Corps, America Corps and Teach for America. // 

joannegabbin // arts&education // 2006 

A writer ever since she was a girl, Joanne Gabbin developed her 
love of poetry in college. Since then, she had written poems and 
books and produced anthologies that educated her students about 
African American poetry at the university as well as around the 

Some of Gabbins most notable accomplishments were her 
Furious Flower conferences, held in 1994 and 2004, which 
celebrated African American poetry from the past 50 years. 

Gabbin was the executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry 
Center at the university, which was established in 2005, as well 
as a literature professor in the English department. She had been 
teaching for 40 years — 23 at the university. Her role as an activist 
and teacher of African American poetry and her many literary 
contributions led to her induction into the Literary Hall of Fame 
for Writers of African Descent in 2005. 

"I have been able to teach students not only about literature, but 
something about life and how they can be inspired by literature 
and how they take what they learn in books and inspire others," 
said Gabbin. // 

danieldowney // sustainability // 2007 

An alumnus himself Daniel Downey recognized the great 
importance of undergraduate research. He sought outside 
funding in the late 1980s, writing a grant that brought the 
National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for 
Undergraduates program to the university. For 20 years, the 
program had given university and high school students the 
opportunity to do paid chemistry research during the summers. 

Downey, an avid outdoorsman, wanted his students to focus 
on environmental research with chemistry applications. They 
had done long-term ecosystem studies, as well as research on 
environmental pollutants including "liming" of local streams, a 
process where limestone was introduced at the top of a stream to 
mitigate the effects of acid rain. 

Some of Downey's research with his students had been 
recognized nationally, and he worked hard each year to ensure 
that students had these research opportunities. 

"I wouldn't do this if it wasn't for the students," said Downey. 

Undergraduate research in other math and science 
departments had also opened up as a result of Downey's 
efforts, making the university one of the few that enabled many 
undergraduate students to partake in research. II 


debrasutton // healthcare // 2007 

Debra Sutton's strong interest in disease prevention led her to organize a 
summer study abroad program to South Africa, a country with the highest 
rate of HIV/ AIDS than any other place in the world. According to Sutton, 
30 percent of students at the University of Western Cape had HIV or AIDS. 

Interested in educating students about the problem, Sutton and her 
students interacted with people living with HIV/ AIDS, ranging from babies 
to young adults. They listened to presentations, went on tours of clinics, 
hospitals and nurseries, and participated in research related to HIV/AIDS. 

Despite the devastation, Sutton's students were able to realize a sense of 
hope for the disease. 

Sutton had also taken students to Greece in 1998 with a health behavior 
change focus and to Trinidad and Tobago in 2004 and 2005 with a HIV/ 
AIDS focus. 

"They learn so much more about their own thoughts, their values and 
their attitudes," said Sutton. 

Many students who went on these trips also volunteered for the Peace 
Corps and other nongovernment organizations such as 25:40, which 
helped babies orphaned from the effects of HIV/ AIDS. Sutton stressed that 
her students understand that "everything is connected"— their actions and 
behavior ultimately had the ability to affect everyone. II 


Judith Flohr, a kinesiology professor, 
teaches her philosophy of self-confidence to a 
captivated classroom. "If you have confidence 
in your physical self," explained Flohr, "then 
that confidence will make an impact on your 
self esteem and all other aspects of your 
being, including your emotional health and 
cognitive ability," 
photo // brittanyjones 

judithfiohr // athletics // 2006 

Kinesiology professor Judith Flohr built oil" 
the legacy of two former facult)' members, 
Lee Morrison and Patricia Bruce, with her 

i: development of The Morrison-Bruce Center for 
the Promotion of Physical Activity for Girls and 
Women (MBC). The center's first event occurred 

-Ivin 2004, but was not officially named until 2006. 
"Both of these women [Morrison and Bruce] 
devoted their careers to expanding the competitive 
athletic or physical activity opportunities for 
women at JMU, in the state, region, nation and the 
world," said Flohr. 

Flohr continued their mission by working to 
encourage women and girls to engage in physical 
activity and learn about health issues that affected 
them. Donors had already given $325,000 to 
the Center's endowment, according to William 
McAnulty, the director of development for Science, 
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 

jy "The programming provided by the MBC has 

■helped hundreds of women and girls enhance their 
physical well-being, which has enhanced their self 
confidence," said Flohr. // 

Enthusiastic about their collection 
of more than 600 bras. Professor 
Debra Sutton and her students 
pose for a picture before distributing 
the undergarments to vi^omen living 
in rural areas of South Africa, a 
donation that was a part of "Bras 
Abroad - Women Supporting 
Women." The fundamental garment 
in Western women's wardrobes was 
a luxury in a country where many 
struggled with poverty, 
photo //courtesy of debrasutton 

features / 93 


Candles and letters sit 

on the steps of Wilson 

Hall to honor those 

recognized by INS 

during the fall semester. 

It was unknown as to 

who left the letters, part 

of the society's secret . 


Lurking in shadows, meeting in secret, walking 
through tunnels below campus and spying on 
people are all activities you might not expect 
from a group of elite, involved students and faculty. 
But that was the picture painted by rumors and 
whispers about the university's secret society, INS. 
The truth behind the rumors was that you'd never 
find INS drawing attention to itself at all — members 
made it a point to keep their identities secret. 

"It could be anybody," said senior Eric Fries. 
"There's no way to know who's in it." 

The members were so secretive that many students 
had never even heard of the organization, let alone 
knew who the members were. 

"INS? What does that mean?" said junior Zach 

"If it's something on campus, I have no idea what it 
is," said freshman Courtney Wardwell. 

"Can I phone a friend?" said freshman Casey 
Crone. "If I had to guess, I would think it had to do 
with sustainability." 

Knowledge of the secret society was hard to come 
by, but anyone who had taken a tour of campus had 

heard the guide explain that INS donated the sundial 
on the Quad. Beyond that, its accomplishments 
generally went unnoticed. But maybe that was the 
way the members wanted it. 

"I heard that they don't want anyone to know who 
they are or what they do because they want the focus 
to be on the JMU community, not them," said senior 
Tyler Conta. 

The focus was on Conta when he was recognized 
by INS during the fall semester. He and seven 
others received letters of congratulations and 
thanks from the secret society. The eight letters 
were also displayed on the Wilson Hall steps, each 
accompanied by a candle. 

Conta woke up that morning and the letter was 
sitting at the bottom of his stairs. 

"I thought that INS had somehow gotten into my 
house," said Conta. "I was a little freaked out." 

But Conta found out later that his roommate had 
moved the letter inside. 

"[The] first thing I thought was, 'Why did I get 
recognized?'" said Conta. "I was wondering if there 
were other people who should have gotten it." 

94 // thebluestone201 

Throughout the day, Conta received congratula- 
tions from his friends. 

"It was a big pat on the back for a lot of things that 
I never got a pat on the back for," said Conta. "It was 
nice to not only get the letter but to also have people 
tell me that I deserved it." 

The letters also sparked curiosity about INS and 
its goals. Some students wondered what else INS 
did. However, senior Andrae Hash thought that 
recognition was enough. 

"That simple act of recognition and gratitude 
will perpetuate more of that kind of behavior," said 
Hash. As far as the secrecy of the group. Hash said 
outside of an oath or a vow he had no clue how they 
were able to be so secretive. But he didn't think that 
got in the way of the group accomplishing its goals. 

"You don't have to be the face of JMU to be an 
agent of change," said Hash. 

Although the members of the secret society 
typically kept quiet, INS made sure that the efforts 
of the university's students and faculty were 
recognized and applauded. // 

One of the only indicators of a secret 
society on campus is the IN8 sundial, 
situated between Keezell and 
Burruss Halls. The logo was made 
by INS member Russell Hammond, a 
2003 alumnus, 
photo// nataliewall 

Senior Tyler Conta reads the letters 

that acknowledge the achievements 

of students, faculty and staff. INS 

delivered letters to the homes of the 

university members that the secret 

society chose to recognize. 

photo //alexledford 

features //95 





britnigeer// writer 

One 40-minute set, Craving Cookies for sale, 
and one comedian provided a night full of 
laughter and entertainment during senior 
Mikey Larrick's comedy show. An aspiring standup 
comedian and The Breezes humor columnist, Larrick 
began living out his dream to make people laugh after 
competing in a standup contest his freshman year. By 
the end of his sophomore year, Larrick began writing 
for The Breeze, and on Nov. 9, he shared his comedic 
talent in person in Grafton-Stovall Theatre. 

"I have been preparing for this show since the beginning 
of the school year," said Larrick. "I would write out all my 
jokes and tell them to my friends for their opinions." 

Tickets to Larrick's show cost $2, and the event 
attracted around 250 people. Half of the money from 
the show went to The Breeze, while the other half went 
to Larrick. Alpha Phi sold Craving Cookies for $1 
each, with proceeds going to Alpha Phi's philanthropy, 
the American Heart Association. 

"I went to the show to support my sorority. Alpha 
Phi, and had a great time," said freshman Morgan 
Seckinger. "I took a bunch of my friends with me and 
we loved it. We were cracking up even after leaving 
the show." 

Humor came in all kincis of forms, from Larrick's 
summer camp jokes to analyzing Lil Wayne's lyrics. He 
also joked about Lady Gaga, tests. Snuggles, friends 

96 // thebluestone201 

how he began 

Senior Mikey Larrick, the humor columnist 
for The Breeze, began writing for the student 
newspaper at the end of his sophomore year. 
Larrick, a native of Alexandria, Va., found it 
difficult to book performances throughout the 
D.C. area in high school and over summer 

In college, he pursued the opportunity to 
showcase his greatest talent, humor. He had 
his first standup comedy show in Taylor Down 
Under during his freshman year, but it was 
a humor column in The Breeze that caught 
his attention. Larrick submitted a piece of his 
own comedic writing to the Life section editor, 
and after it was edited by up to five different 
editors on the staff, Larrick's comedy was first 
published on Sept. 18, 2008. 

Larrick wrote regularly for The Breeze, which 
allowed students to recognize his name and 

and his mom. 

"The show was awesome and I was laughing 
the whole time," said freshman John Bachman 
"Larrick is really funny and I would definitely 
go see him perform again." 

Not only did the show prove to be a huge 
hit among the audience, Larrick recorded his 
performance for his first CD and had various 
plans for its future. 

"The CD sounds awesome, definitely 
better than my expectations," said Larrick. 
"Performing is a weird thing and I tend 
to think I did worse than I did, but the CD 
sounds great and put my fears to rest." 

Unsure of the next step, he planned to either 
sell the CD or give it away online within the next 
year. Larrick and two of his friends had also started a 
sketch group, where they wrote, videotaped and edited 
sketches, and uploaded them to YouTube. Depending 
on the success of the sketches, Larrick planned to 
possibly put the videos on iTunes too. 

Laughter filled the theatre as Larrick kept the jokes 
flowing, and his entertaining performance left the 
audience in high spirits. With the success of the show 
behind him and a promising future ahead, Larrick 
set out to continue pursuing his dream of becoming a 
standup comedian. // 

have someone specific to search for when 
scanning the paper. Although his columns were 
sometimes controversial, Larrick brought humor 
to students through his writings. He performed 
his first comedy show hosted by The Breeze in 
April 2009, paving the way for his second show 
in November that filled Grafton-Stovall Theatre to 
about half-capacity with 250 audience members. 

Larrick planned to continue writing his humor 
column in his final semester, and pursue the 
possibility of standup comedy shows in 
other venues. 

think doing shows is just the 
coolest thing," said Larrick. 
"It's my dream."// 

features // 97 




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both members of University Program Board, display 
To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) T-shirts for 
sale. The TWLOHA T-shirts helped to promote the 
organization through word of mouth, 
photo //kimlofgren 




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■ team. 

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lisamees// writer 


hen Jamie Tworkowski first wrote the title, he 
, thought it sounded Hke a Fall Out Boy song. 
But it became the title to something much 
bigger— a nonprofit organization, To Write Love On Her 
Arms (TWLOHA). As part of the organizations efforts to 
raise awareness about addiction, depression and self-injury, 
Tworkowski traveled across the country to tell the story 
that TWLOHA grew from— the story of 19-year-old Renee. 
When Tworkowski first met Renee, she had cocaine fresh 
in her system and hadn't slept for 36 hours. A mutual friend 
had asked Tworkowski to come with him that night to try 
to help her, because although she had tried to get clean be- 
fore and had been unsuccessful, she was considering trying 
again. When Tworkowski and his friends finally succeeded 
in getting her to a detox center, they found the center could 
not take her because of the fresh cuts on her arms— she was 
too much of a risk to take in. She would need to come back 
in five days. So for those five days, Tworkowski and his 
friends made their own detox center for her— giving her a 
place to live, taking her to concerts and finding any way to 
keep her safe until she could get professional help. 

"1 remember coming back from work and seeing her 
asleep on the couch and just being thankful that she was 
safe," recalled Tworkowski. 

As of the TWLOHA event in Festival on Nov. 16, Renee 
- had been sober for three years, 
ft. Renee agreed to allow Tworkowski to share this 

story, in hopes that her pain would have a pur- 
pose. Looking around the room, it was clear her 
story had touched the audience. Before closing 
the event, Tworkowski asked for those who 
had been affected in some way by addiction, 
depression or self-injury to raise their hands — 
it was half of the room. 

In fact, according to TWLOHAs statistics, depression 
alone was so widespread that it was the third leading cause 
of death among teenagers. It was also estimated that while 
there were 18,000 people in the United States suffering 
from depression, two out of three people didn't get help, 
leading many to believe that the problem was even larger. 

"It's OK, even essential that we talk about this," said 
Tworkowski. "What I want you to know is those hands 
don't have to be secrets." ■, 

More than 30 minutes after the event, people were still 
lining up for pictures and autographs, to say thank you 
for coming, or to share a little bit of their own stories. To _ 
make sure the conversation didn't end with that night, K 
sophomore Olivia Light announced a TWLOHA chapter I^T-'ji 
would begin at the university in the spring semester. '""I ^...'. 

"There are a lot of 'hospitals' for students suffering 
with these problems, like R.E.A.C.H. [Reality Educators 
Advocating Campus Health], C.A.R.E. [Campus Assault 
ResponsE] and Varner [House]," said Light. "We want to be 
the ambulances,' making students aware and giving them 
someone to call when they don't know where to go." 

It may have started as another wellness passport for 
students, but it also began the "love movement" on campus, 
inviting students to hope and help. 

"I believe that as people, we weren't meant to live life 
alone," said Tworkowski. "We need each other." // 


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for her boyfriend, she carefully went deeper into the 
tunnel. A noise from behi^ startled her. She looked b, 
but saw nothing. £ 

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the heart of the tunnel. She felt a pull on her arm and 
turned toward J^m^^ker, screaming. She hadn't fou 
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tunnels. The university deemed the tunnels under the ^"•" 
Quad unsafe at^jmt them down, never to be used agi 

'imilar myths had spread among students since the 

|s under the Quad closed around the 1960s. Even 
17 years later, students were still guessing the reasons 
id the dosing of the tunnels. 

langerous ," said junior Molly Hawkins. 
"Low security," said junior Emily Samulski. "Homeless 
people would go into the tunnels at night because they 
were heated." 

"The tunnels were closed because it became a safety 
and security issue," said senior Sondra Vitaliz. "Also, they 
were haur Uted," 

While solj^^tudents guessed as to why access to 
the tunnel^^^^K off, others took matters into their 
own hands. ^^^H 
Senior Rach^|[^nbuhl managed to break into the 
I tunnels her freShman year. 

"There was four of us who broke in, two of which were 
jin a band fraternity," said Luginbuhl. "Somebody from 
Cithat fraternity had destroyed this door [that was an 
|!!entrance to the tunnels.] It's inbetween Ashby Hall and 
Harrison Hall." j. 

Once inside, LuginbiM understood why people viewed 
le tunnels as haunted. * 

tit's really creepy," said Luginbuhl. "It was like 'Saw.' 
acre's like one light bulb and there's a lot of these exits 
tod ifferent places, but you can't see through them. So 
tevere flashing our lights, taking pictures [with our 
nteras] just so we could see tfKwas down those 
Iways." ^^^^^ 

Luginbuhl said the floor was cc^H^ui boxes, wood, 
' Ipeis and old desks. Along the walls were white pipes 
iiiat traveled through the tunnels. She described the 
tunnels as being "very hot" with "graffiti.eyerywhere." 

"Every fraternity [had names on th«l(|pr said 
Luginbuhl. "There's names everywhere. There's T 
'ive this person.' We just wrote our initials. We were 
eshmen, so we thought [the administration] would see 

s and find us. 

ihl and her cohorts were caught ai , ^ 
rson saw a Facebook note about their adventure 
innels, resulting in a trip to Judicial 
Still, Luginbuhl said she'd never regret it. 
According to Judicial Affairs official Tammy ., 

lost school years saw only one case of trespassing in 
le tunnels, with the punishment being disciplinary 
•obation and the mandatory attendance of a behavioral 
.edification class. 

ainnels had originally been built to help distribute 
iroughout Jackson and Maury Halls, according to 
le university's centennial office Web site. The tunnels 
, ire then extended to reach Harrison and Ashby Halls, 
^ut of convenience, students and faculty used the 
tunnels to move from one building to the next during 
times of inclement weather. Despite now being closed 
to students, the tunnels still helped to heat the buildings 
they hid under. 

So why were the tunnels closed to students? The myths 
were much more interesting than the actual reasons. 
During the 1960s, much Uke today, the campus was 
expanding, and classes and student services were no 
longer limited to just a few buildings. Therefore, the 

[5 were closed down due to lack of necessity. No one 
Murdered or raped. No ghosts haunted the tunnels 
'aiting to scare a shaking freshman. 
The tunnels were about 10 feet tall and 1 1 feet wide, 
concrete floors were dressed in dirt and trash left behij 
from years of visitation. The concrete walls were covert 
in graffiti, mainly the initials of those who managed 
to find their way into the tunnels. Running along the ] 
walls were various pipes and cables that led up into th^ 
buildings above. These pipes were another reason why 
tunnels were closed. 

"If [students] knew the dangers that were there within 
the tunnels, I don't think they'd go in," said Michael m 
Derrow, a construction engineer within Facilities « 
Management. "They could actually step on a steam pirn 
and break it. Steam, when it vaporizes, it would U 

the oxygen out of the air. It could suffocate them and 
[they'd] get badly burned." 

Even though the tunnels were closed off to students, 
they still got plenty of traffic on a daily basis. 

"There's probably someone in there every day from 
different shops," said Jack Martin, a utility locator for 
Facilities Management. "When I'm locating utilities 
sometimes I have to go into them to access the utility." 

A common misconception of the tunnels was that they 
all had room to walk through— parts of the tunnels were 
only crawl spaces. 

"If you go in those, you better like cockroaches," said 
Derrow. "It's not a nice place to go." 

With all of the history surrounding the tunnels under 
the Quad, few knew that there were tunnels on the east 
side of campus as well. The tunnels stretched from under 
Shenandoah Hall through Festival, and ended just on the 
other side of the Alumni Center, according to Martin. 
Maybe in time, those tunnels would have a mysterM 
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Pointing up at the screen, speaker 
Shane Windmeyer discusses 
sensitivity issues surrounding ttie LGBT 
community. Windmeyer was the editor 
of a new book, Brotherhood: Gay Life 
in College Fraternities, a series of first- 
person accounts from male students 
about the situations they encountered 
when coming out to their fraternities. 


allieconroy// writer 


J hane Windmeyer kept more than 100 audience 
k members laughing throughout his presentation, 
'but his message was serious— students had to stand 
up as alUes for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 
(LGBT) friends and family members. 

Speaking about the importance of respecting and 
embracing diversity during "What's Your Gay Point 
Average" on Nov. 17, Windmeyer urged the crowd to help 
break the cycle of silence that many LGBT people confined 
themselves to. 

"It doesn't make you gay to talk about stuif that is gay," 
said Windmeyer. "It enlightens you." 

The LGBT & Ally Educational Program and Madison 
Equality organized the event, held in the Festival Ballroom. 
Windmeyer had already given the presentation to more 
than 100 colleges as a part of Campus Speak, an agency 
that represented campus speakers. 

Windmeyer kicked off the presentation by asking the 
audience to keep two questions in mind — what would you 
do if you had a best friend who came out as gay, and what 
would you do to come out as an ally. 

Windmeyer "came out" to his fraternity at Emporia 
State University in Kansas and received the support of 
his brothers. He paved the way for other brothers in the 
fraternity to feel comfortable "coming out" shortly after. 
Since his graduation, Windmeyer had written four books 
and had also become an avid leader of LGBT civil rights. 
He served as the coordinator of the national organization 
Stop The Hate, which combated bias, and as the founder 
and executive director of Campus Pride, which helped 
student leaders to achieve friendly campus environments 
for LGBT students across the nation. His work gained 
national attention from MSNBC, Rolling Stone, Time 
magazine, the New York Times, OUT magazine and several 
other publications. 

"What's Your Gay Point Average" illustrated Windmeyer's 
goal for students to recognize their own levels of LGBT 
consciousness. Shortly into the program, six straight 
students were called to the stage— where they wore 


on cam 

colorful, glittery boas— to answer a round of four 
questions to determine their "gay point average" 
(GPA). The questions involved the colors of the gay 
flag, die symbol for the gay community, the scale 
that ranks sexuality from one to six, and gay pop 
culture — there were a few 4.0s and a lot of GPAs 
between 2.5 and 3.0. 

The contestants earned extra credit if they 
could perform the "z-snap" really "gay" — the 
audience roared with laughter, but the underlying 
message concerned stereotyping LGBT people as 

Windmeyer addressed widely asked questions 
throughout the program, including the number 
of gay men and women worldwide. He estimated 
10 percent of the population, but said that the 

With concentration, 

"What's Your Gay Point Average" 

participants answer questions about 

gay popular culture and other trivia. 

Speaker Shane Windmeyer was 

considered a national leader in the 

fight for LGBT civil rights. 


Taking turns w;th the microphone, 

students answer questions to find 

out their "Gay Point Average." To 

acknowledge and challenge gay 

stereotypes, all contestants on stage 

wore colorful boas. 


number of people who knew someone who was 
LGBT was tremendously larger — and that was 
more important. 

Overall, he encouraged the audience to realize 
that diversity was everywhere because we were 
all different. 

"All of us are queer," said Windmeyer. 

Windmeyer wrapped the presentation by 
urging those in the audience to be allies to the 
LGBT community. 

Sophomore Richard Buffington, vice president 
of Madison Equality, knew that Windmeyer wasn't 
asking the audience for much. 

"You don't have to do a lot," said Buffington. "You 
don't have to run down the street with a rainbow 
flag on. Just be there for somebody." // 

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual 
Transgender (LGBT) & Ally Education 
Program originated in 2003 as a part of 
the university's "commitment to diversity 
through education, support, advocacy 
and the fostering of equality for all 
students, regardless of sexual orientation 
or gender identity," according to the 
program's Web site. 

The program demonstrated support 
for LGBT students through events 
such as the Lavender Graduation that 
was held at the end of every school 
year, which "affirms the person-hood 
of LGBT students by celebrating 
their academic successes as well as 
honoring their personal journey and 
growth," according to the Web site. 
The program also held semi-formals to 
raise money, brought guest speakers to 
the university and presented awards for 
outstanding contributions to the program 
and the LGBT community, such as the 
Christopher L. Gatesman Service Award. 

One leader was a former university 
student, Courtney Boyd, who became 
the graduate assistant in 2009 and aided 
in raising awareness, programming 
events and maintaining the Student 
Wellness and Outreach resource library in 
Warren Hall. 

Boyd had personal reasons for 
becoming a part of the program. 

"Having gay family members, I've 
always had a passion for LGBT issues," 
said Boyd. "I wanted to make a 
difference in my time at JMU and thought 
this program was a good way to start." 

Another leader since 2008 was 
Kristin Gardner, the associate director 
of Student Wellness and Outreach, 
which LGBT & Ally partnered with. She 
supervised Boyd, oversaw the budget 
and assisted in its development. Senior 
Jasmine Fo also volunteered with the 
program throughout her college career. 

Housed in Warren 403 with Student 
Wellness and Outreach, the staff worked 
hard to provide a "safe space" for 
LGBT students, as well as resources for 
their personal and academic success, 
including academic planning and even 
healthcare tips. The program held 
monthly open houses in the resource 
library that were open to everyone. 

Gardner was proud of the program's 
success so far, but knew that there was 
much to be done. 

"Increasing awareness and educating 
the campus on LGBT issues is a 
marathon, not a sprint," said Gardner 
"We are committed to our mission." 



Volunteers take time out of their schedules 

to visit the Camp Still Meadows tree house. 

Camp Still Meadows was a nonprofit 

organization that had served special needs 

children and adults through therapeutic 

activities since 1997. 

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sarahlockwood// writer 

Instead of a typical, turkey- filled Thanksgiving break, 
graduate student Rachel Finley looked forward to 
leading 12 students on a Alternative Thanksgiving Break 
backpacking trip through the southern rim of the Grand 

After enjoying Alternative Break Program (ABP) trips at 
Central Michigan University as an undergraduate student 
and leading two trips as a graduate student, Finley prepared 
for one last trip before graduation. 

With the focus on environmental stewardship, participants 
took in views of spectacular landscapes, faced brutal 
temperatures, camped, cooked, backpacked and learned 
about the Earth during two nights and three days in 

It was the first time 1 1 of the 13 group members saw the 
Grand Canyon. 

"There are no words to describe how beautiful and 
captivating seeing it for the first time was," said senior 
Christine Brus. "The colors are so much different from back 
East. I could look at it all day." 

In the wild, the group met many obstacles, including 
temperatures in the teens. Backpacking also proved to be a 
challenge for the participants. 

"We tried to backpack into the Canyon on one of the 
steepest trails and I ended up tripping and falling," said 
senior Lindsey Monroe. "I never thought that carrying 40 to 
50 pounds on my back downhill would be that tough." 

The group also ate meals and slept in the wilderness. 
Monroe, who could only remember grocery shopping once 
during the fall semester, began the trip as a cooking novice, 
especially in the outdoors. 

"The first night was just a shock," said Monroe. "We fried 
up stuff in a frying pan over this little teeny tiny stove that 
was about three inches by three inches." 

Unlike typical ABP trips that provided direct service for a 

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Members became very 

close with one another over 

the local weeklong trip. In 

addition to volunteering with 

other local organizations, 

participants worked with 

Meals on Wheels, which 

delivered meals to families 

within the community. 

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community, this trip's service aspect was long term. 

"The majority of our service will be through the education 
students gain through their experience," said Finley. "Their 
service will go far beyond this one week we spend together 
in the Grand Canyon." 

Finley, a certified Leave No Trace Behind trainer, taught 
the participants to give back to the environment through the 
programs seven principles. 

"These principles are guidelines on how to act and behave 
when in nature so that it wUl be preserved for future 
generations," said Brus. 

"[If] you drop some food on the ground and just leave it, 
some squirrel might come and pick it up, and it could be 
really really harmful to them," said Monroe. 

The participants practiced these principles on the trip by 
cleaning up around their campsites. 

Getting a chance to show 
off their creativity, Alternative 
Thanksgiving Break 
participants make Christmas 
tree decorations at Elkton 
Area United Services. First- 
time learning partner, Laura 
Cambriani, said the activity 
was relaxing. 
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While some Alternative Break Program (ABP) 
trips included travel around the globe, the 
Harrisonburg Alternative Thanksgiving Break 
trip focused on issues in the local community. 

"We tend to go really far outside [our 
community] to do service, but there's so much 
need right here within our own community" 
said senior Kristi Van Sickle, a trip leader. She 
hoped that doing a trip in the local community 
would enable trip participants to make strong 
connections with the agencies and continue 
their service beyond the trip. 

Another aspect of this ABP trip that made it 
unlike most others was that it served multiple 

"We're getting a touch of all different 
issues." said senior Danielle Longchamps, 
also a trip leader. 

This variety was one reason that junior Cody 
Clifton chose this trip for his first ABP trip. 

"I figured this was a good way, especially 
since our trip focused on pretty much every 
area, [for me to] know what I was really 
passionate about and what I'd want to 
continue service in," said Clifton. 

The agencies that the group served 
over the three-day period included Our 
Community Place, Meals on Wheels and 
Camp Still Meadows. In addition, they had 
an environmental issue day at the Grand 
Caverns, where they did trail maintenance 
and mentored five high school students from 
Students Serving the 'Burg. 

The group also worked with Reading Road 
Show, also known as The Gus Bus. 

"You go into neighborhoods of lower 
economic status and [The Gus Bus] is 
basically like a mobile library," said Van Sickle. 

This experience working with children 
inspired Clifton to volunteer outside of ABP. 

"I'm definitely trying to get an actual position 
with Gus Bus for the spring where I can do a 
day every week," said Clifton. He also signed 
up for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the spring. 

The seven participants, faculty learning 
partner Laura Cambriani, and the two trip 
leaders also built strong relationships working 
side by side. 

"You really go on the trip not knowing 
anyone because it's a lottery system," said 
Longchamps. "And that means you're 
meeting people outside your social circle." 

Clifton was a little nervous about being the 
only guy on the trip, but that quickly changed. 
"Now," said Clifton, "we kinda joke around 
that I have six sisters." 

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"Every time [you] dropped M&Ms, or nuts or 
even a spoonful of peanut butter on the ground, 
it would be covered in dirt, but you just pick it up 
and eat it," said Monroe. 

A wealth of relationships and memories 
accompanied this knowledge. 

"One of the best things about the trip is how 
quickly complete strangers can bond over 
such an amazing experience and build lifelong 
friendships," said Brus, who began the trip not 
knowing anyone very well. 

Monroes best memories from the trip revolved 
around strengthening these relationships, 
especially through time spent huddled around 
the campfire at night. 

"The thing that kept you the most warm was 
joking around and laughing," she said. The last 
night was a favorite in her mind, when group 

members laid out their sleeping bags under the 
stars, falling asleep to the sunset and waking up 
to see the sunrise. 

The travelers learned life lessons as well. 

"The most valuable thing I got out of the trip 
was learning to put my trust in others," said Brus. 
"When you are doing things for the first time and 
stepping out of your comfort zone, you have to 
trust that other people will have your back." 

Joking and laughing taught Monroe that "you 
really can't survive certain situations without the 
right people." 

The goal was for the trip participants "to 
learn more about themselves, what's important 
to them, and how amazing life can be while 
outside," said Finley, lessons she felt the 
participants would carry with them even after 
the trip. // 

Spending the entire day at 

Grand Caverns, Alternative 

Thanksgiving Break 

volunteers help maintain 

trails by raking leaves and 

trimming nearby plants. The 

country setting provided a 

safe, creative environment 

for children and adults 

with intellectual or physical 


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At the end of the each 
day. volunteers took time 
to reflect on the positive 
and negative events of 
the day. "Daily reflections 
really supported all of us 
in better understanding 
each step we were taking 
into the activities," said 
first-time learning partner 
Laura Cambriani. 


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The lead guitarist from the headlining 

band, Future Leaders of World 

(FLOW), gets in tune with the crowd. 

This end-of-year show allowed the 

students to demonstrate what they 

had learned all semester in MUl 422. 


karlynwilliams // writer 


Start your own company, put on two small- 
scale shows and one large-scale show with 
a national act: this was the mission given 
to the 25 students registered in MUI 422: Concert 
Production and Promotion. The students started 
PulseFX Productions as a team in the fall semester. 
For their large show, they booked the alternative 
metal band, Future Leaders of the World (FLOW), to 
play at The Pub on Dec. 2. 

Professor Mickey Glago was a concert promoter in 
the area and had contacts to help the students reach 
out to artists and venues. He also provided the do's 
and don'ts when writing e-mails to artists for the 

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students' initial contacts. 

"The company is completely, 100 percent all 
student-run," said senior Courtney DeCroes. "We 
do have Mickey to turn to for guidance, but we have 
done all the work involved. He just guides us." 

The larger company was split into five groups, and 
each group had to put on two small scale shows. 
Running a company in a fast-paced industry was 
a giant matching game because students had to 
coordinate the available artists with the available 
venues all while planning and promoting the event to 
get people to come out. When one of those elements 
was dropped from the equation, it spelled disaster 

Junior Chris Palmer was the point of contact for 
his group, which put him in charge of contacting 
artists or their agents and booking them for gigs. The 
job was frustrating when it came to the availability of 
the artists and the venues in Harrisonburg, according 
to Palmer. 

"The worst thing was how difficult it was to 
work with a lot of the people in the industry," said 
Palmer. "In multiple instances you would talk to a 
booking agent of a larger band, saying 'Yeah, we're 
available for that date' and a couple of weeks later 
they say 'No, we're not available for that date, we're 
not going to do it.'" 

On a smaller scale, booking events in 
Harrisonburg was often tough because of failed 
communication from the venues. 

"I had a gig booked at a venue downtown, and 
they gave me a go ahead," said Palmer. "After leaving 
multiple messages, they finally got back to me the 
day before the show and said we couldn't have a -^ 




;how [the following] night." 

After weeks of working on the event's promotion, 
Palmer had to notify the artist that the show was 
:anceled. Palmer was also frustrated because he had 
expected an audience of more than 100. 

Students learned quickly that PulseFX was not 
iust a class exercise; it was the real deal, with a 
contract for artists as well as a business license. To 
get the company up and running, students sold and 
promoted Spaghettifest tickets; held yard sales, bake 
sales and fundraising nights at local restaurants; and 
sent out sponsorship letters to area businesses. The 
small shows also raised money. 

All of these efforts went into the large-scale show. 
After paying the band and the venues for security 
and sound system, the proceeds from the larger show 
went to PulseFX's chosen charity. The Reading Road 
Show, often known as The Gus Bus. 

Finding bands to perform was a multi-step process. 
The first step was to figure out if the act was in the 
company's price range. 

"We have a whole equation on how we would 
calculate what price range the artist is in and if we can 
afford them," said senior Jackie Dolan. "Then after 
that, it is all about availability." 

According to DeCroes, local bands were always 
a plus because they were easy to contact and had a 
local fan base that was sure to attend events. Word of 
mouth was also a great help. Aside from bands, the 
company also tried to promote events for comedians 
and solo acts. 

After the semester was over, DeCroes and Dolan 
planned on remaining active within the company. 

"I have learned that a lot more goes into it then 
I originally thought," said DeCroes. "There are so 
many small things involved that I had no clue of, but 
I am very grateful and happy that I am a part of it— it 
is such a great learning experience. I want to continue 
this company and take it over with whichever 
partners are also interested." // 

Alternative metal band Allyria opens a 
PulseFX-promoted show at The Pub. 
The band began in Mississippi and 
had toured with Three Days Grace and 
Breaking Benjamin. 

Students discuss last-minute details 
the day of the large-scale concert. 
The class was divided into groups, 
each in charge of different aspects of 
the concert productions that PulseFX 

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PulseFX Productions brainstormed several charities that it wanted to donate 
concert proceeds to before deciding on the local charity, The Reading Road Show, 
also known as The Gus Bus. 

"We picked the Gus Bus because we all think it's an awesome organization," said 
senior Courtney DeCroes. "It gives children the chance to learn and encourages 
them to read, which is very important." 

The Reading Road Show planned to use the majority of the donations from PulseFX 
to offset fuel costs for the two Gus Buses. One bus in Page County traveled to '\ 
several neighborhoods, three days a week. The Harrisonburg bus traveled to more 
than 20 different neighborhoods a day. 

According to The Reading Road Show's Web site, The Gus Bus had four main 
goals; to provide a free book bag exchange program containing high quality, 
culturally diverse children's literature; to increase the amount of time families spent 
reading together; to educate parents on the importance of reading to their preschool 
children; and to teach parents and daycare providers appropriate reading techniques 
through activities on The Gus Bus. 

"Getting an organization from JMU involved bridges the gap from the community 
to the students," said Leah Rossenwasser, coordinator of The Reading Road Show. 
"I like that they are putting on social events for the student community while at the 
same time supporting a good cause..",^,^^. 


Though their shifts were typically 

short, long lines keep cashiers busy. 

The bookstore hired temporary 

workers at the beginning and end 

of each semester to help with the 

swarms of students buying an- 

selling books 

photo// hannahpace 



sarahlockwood// writer 

The words "Cash for Books" could be seen on buses, table 
tents and flyers. As fall semester wound down, advertising 
for the university bookstore's buyback program appeared 
across campus. 

Although the bookstore advertised up to 50 percent money back, 
many factors affected the return on a particular textbook. 

"The main thing you're supposed to remember is would you 
buy this book if it was on the shelf?" said senior Ashley Pond, 
who had worked for the bookstore during buyback for seven 
semesters. "You're really looking for water damage and any pages 
that are torn out." 

Senior Donna Jones, who had worked for the bookstore during 
buyback for two years, described her experiences with disgruntled 

"I just feel bad when people pay like $100 for a book and then they 
get like $40 back," said Jones. "Some people are like 'It's not your 
fault,' which, you know, it really isn't." 

There were other options for selling back books other than the 
campus bookstore, but neither Pond nor Jones had tried them, citing 
convenience as the main factor that had kept them from looking 
into alternative methods. 

Senior Diana Mason, however, did look beyond the campus 
boundaries. Instead of selling her books through a bookstore, she 
opted to sell to individuals through Half com, an eBay company. 
Mason found that her books sold quicker at the end or beginning of 
the semester. 

"There's been a few that I haven't been able to sell at all, but usually 
it you lower the price enough, you can sell anything," she said. 
Mason did have some success selling back through the on-campus 
bookstore during her freshman and sophomore years, but switched 
to Half com in her junior year. 

"I've just found that you can sell a lot more books online, and 
usually I think I make more money online," said Mason. 

Mason agreed that if the bookstore bought all of her books she 
might have continued using the program for its convenience. 

"With the online [method], you have to ship each individual 
book," said Mason. "That's what's kind of a pain." 

Another option was the University Outpost, which extended its 
hours and pitched a tent outside in its parking lot for selling back 
books. Senior Brittany Foley usually sold her books back through 
the Outpost and felt like she got good deals. 

"I had a pretty big total today," said Foley, who compared the 
money she received with a friend who had the same books and had 
returned them elsewhere. 

Senior RJ Ohgren said the lottery ticket that the Outpost gave 
away was a big motivating factor. This promotion, aimed at bringing 
costumers into the store, gave each student who sold back books a 
scratch-off lottery ticket. 

But some students tried to avoid the bookstores and online 
companies all together. Freshman Kelsey Fisher traded her health 
book for her roommate's statistics book and believed she got a better 
deal than she would have if she had sold the book back through the 
bookstore. Although she planned to look for people to trade with in 
the future, she didn't plan on looking online for traders. 

"I would probably just look for people to trade with, or sell and 
buy from the bookstore," said Fisher. 

Freshman Terence Edelman, who paid for all his own books, used 
Craigslist to sell his books. Another fiscally conscientious student, 
junior Greg McCarley, sent out an e-mail to fellow students with a 
list of books he was looking to sell and buy. 

"I have tried this in the past with amazing results," said McCarley. 
"It may have taken a little longer and a little more work on my part, 
but the money I gained and saved was well worth it." 

In the end, students chose many different methods of selling 
back their textbooks, often having to choose between convenience 
and value. 


On Saturday, Dec. 5, a white blanket of snow fell over campus, 
adding to the abundance of "mental break" activities available during 
the first day of finals. That day, registered students received a blast 
text announcing that exams after 12:30 p.m. would be postponed 
until Sunday. While the extra study time delighted some students, 
the change of plans frustrated others. 

Sophomore Zeke Lukow was "beyond pissed" when he woke up 
and found out his Saturday exam was canceled. 

"I stayed up till four in the morning studying for it," said Lukow. "I 
was kinda burnt out on studying by Saturday night, so I'm sure I 
forgot a lot." 

Others used the wintery mix as a break from studying. 

"I built a snowman, went sledding, jumped around the snow and a 
made a fool of myself," said freshman Julia Nashwinter, who felt like 
she should have been studying but didn't regret her fun in the snow. 

Another way to take a break from studying took place at the East 
Campus Library with the school's first library rave. Organized through 
Facebook, hundreds of students filled the library on Sunday eve- 
ning. Students sang the fight song and pumped their fists to music 
brought in by a DJ. Some students even leapt from the second floor 
balcony and crowd surfed. 

"It was a much needed break," said freshman Logan Meyer, who 
had been studying for her chemistry exam and decided to join when 
a group of people from her hall asked her to go. 

For sophomore Jeffy Turner, the rave was more of a distraction 
from studying, but he didn't seem to mind. 

"When 'Sandstorm' came on, people started freaking out," said 
Turner, who had two finals the next morning that he thought he still 
did well on. 

Despite these study reprieves, the libraries and facilities through- 
out campus remained full of students rereading chapters, flipping 
through flashcards and organizing study groups, all in the name of 
cramming for final exams. // 

students wait in long lines to sell 
their books back at the on-campus 
bookstore. Textbook buyback 
began the Wednesday before 
exams and lasted through the Friday 
of finals week, 
photo //hannahpace 

Students have the option to sell their books off campus at 

the University Outpost. Some students felt they got better 

deals online or trading books with friends. 

;"'h' I: j'.'h.'innahpace 

features // 1 1 1 


A graduate watches the 
ceremony's conclusion after 
turning her tassel to the right. 
Although Winter Commencement 
was smaller than the spring 
ceremony, graduates were still 
organized by their colleges. 



sarahchain //writer 

M s December graduates looked toward their 


■I V 

^^m m futures, the commencement's keynote 
^^ ^~ speaker reminded them to learn from 
the mistakes of their parents' generation. A '79 
alumnus, Craig Williams encouraged the class of 
2009 to recognize the potential they had to address 
the world's issues at hand— wars in Afghanistan 
and Iraq, the economic recession and caring for the 
environment, among others. 

He also offered advice to graduates about how 
to excel in the difficult job market and economic 

"Everyone can accomplish anything if they simply 
try," said Williams. 

Williams encouraged the graduates to find a balance 
in their lives and strive to maintain it, all while 
working to make a difference in their communities. 

Near the end of his speech, Williams stepped off the 
stage and walked into the graduates' seating section, 
asking them to seriously consider what they'd like 
to accomplish. He then instructed the graduates to 
turn to their neighbors and share their goals with one 

(another. In 30 years, Williams predicted, they could 
hold one another accountable as to whether they had 
! accomplished their goals. 

"It was nice that he got up into the group of us," 
said graduate Bethany Mix. "He had some interesting 
things to say." 

Graduate Annie Barnes agreed that Williams gave 
her something to think about. 

"He made it short enough, but long enough to be 
memorable," said Barnes. 

Graduates had mixed feelings about leaving the 
university where they had spent four or five years. 
Some expressed excitement about a job offer or a 
change of pace, while others were more reluctant to 
leave their friends. 

"I'm excited to be doing something else for a while, 
but I'm not quite ready to bolt," said Mix. 

President Linwood H. Rose encouraged the 
men and women to remember to thank the family 
members, friends and professors who had supported 
them and led them to this day of celebration. 

"A fulfilled life is all about 'we,' not about 'me,'" said 
Rose. "Every milestone we attain is rooted in some 
fashion in the help that others have provided for us." 

Rose conferred graduate and undergraduate degrees 
to nearly 700 graduates. Family and friends showed 
their enthusiasm through cheers, foghorns and even a 
cowbell, as graduates donned in purple robes and hats 


11 2 // thebluestone201 

accepted their diplomas and flipped their tassels. 

Families and friends who had packed the 
Convocation Center stayed around after the 
ceremony ended to congratulate the graduates and 
take photos before heading off to lunch reservations 
or other special plans they had made for the day. 

"I'm most nostalgic to leave the people," said Barnes, 
whose family threw a party for her the night before 
graduation to celebrate her success. 

Barnes, a communication sciences and disorders 
major, was waiting to hear back from a choral arts 
internship she had applied for in Washington, D.C. 

Rose acknowledged the difficult job market in his 
opening remarks, but added that time and statistics 
were on the graduates' side and they shouldn't 
become discouraged. 

Williams noted that success after graduation didn't 
depend solely on a job. 

"No one on their death beds ever said, 'I want to 
spend more time in the office,"' said Williams. He 
suggested that graduates should find a place they'd 
love to live and apply for a job they would enjoy. 
"As long as you love what you're doing, you're never 
gonna 'work' a day in your life." // 

Preparing to take the stage, 
graduate Alisa Paige Kieffer 

IS all smiles. Kieffer sang 
the National Anthem at the 
beginning of the ceremony 
and the university's Alma 
Mater at the closing. 
photo// tiffanybrown 

Faculty and staff look on 
as graduates receive their 
diplomas. As the students 
w/alked across the stage, they 
shook hands with the dean of 
their respective colleges and 
President Linwood H. Rose, 
photo// tiflany brown 

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Holly Bailey, coordinator of fitness and 
nutrition programs for the University 
Recreation Center (UREC). advises 
students on tiow to keep their health- 
related New Year's resolutions. UREC 
ottered ways to help students maintain 
their health-related goals through 
educational programs ranging from "Find 
the Balance: Nutrition and Exercise" to 
■'Eating Healthy On Campus." 

mandysmoot // writer 

enior Nicole Fiorella aimed to start 
off the new year with less haste on the 
roadways. She wanted to lessen her 
road rage and demonstrate more patience 
when she was driving. 

"I plan on keeping [my New Year's 
resolution] by not being in a rush when I 
drive, and if I get frustrated, [I'll] just pause 
and take a deep breath to calm myself down," 
said Fiorella. 

Junior Kayla McKechnie decided to focus 
her resolution on academics. She wanted to 
get only As and Bs in the spring semester by 
doing the readings and staying on top of her 

"I've had most of my professors before, so 
they already know my potential and my goals 
for the future," said McKechnie. Til have more 
motivation to go in and talk with them and get 
help that I need." 

Although this New Year's resolution may 
have seemed common, McKechnie was taking 
a different approach this year. 

"After changing my major, it's been really great 
to see how much I'm improving," said McKechnie. 
"Calling this a 'New Year's resolution is a fun way 
of working towards my goal." 

In addition to academics, some students 
wanted to center their resolutions on ways 
to better their health. Senior Sarah Lokitis 
hoped to not fall asleep without removing her 
contacts first. 

"I guess it's an unusual resolution, but after 
scratching my cornea and dealing with that, 
I'm not so sure it is," said Lokitis, who had 
focused on her health last year by trying to 
make more of an effort to go to the gym. "I try 
not to make resolutions I can't keep. I think 
the mistake people make with resolutions is 
that if they break their resolution once, they 
continue to break it." 


Lokitis felt it was best for people to 
realize that making occasional mistakes 
was normal, and they could simply get ba 
on track with their original goals without 
punishing themselves. 

Like Lokitis, senior Lindsey Monroe 
also made a health resolution this year by 
attempting to lower her cholesterol. High 
cholesterol ran in her family, and it was 
something both her and her dad strove to 
work on. 

"My resolution is very unusual for 
someone my age," said Monroe. "I hope to 
keep it, but we'll see what happens later on 
in the semester." 

Other students disregarded New Year's 
resolutions altogether. Junior Amy Sullivan 
didn't make a resolution at all this year. ^ 

"I didn't, probably because I knew tcpcay 
committed would be too hard," said Sullivan, 
who didn't understand why people had to start 
new plans and goals on Jan. 1 of every year. 
"What a cop-out if it doesn't work. I think 
New Year's resolutions are unrealistic, short- 
lived and overrated. The whole mentality is 
doomed to fail." 

Junior Tessa DuBois, who made it her goal 
to stop biting her nails this year, understood 
the tendency to make mistakes with a New 
Year's resolution. | 

"It failed one week in," said DuBois. "I think 
you need a lot of self-control and patience for 
New Year's resolutions." i 

But DuBois agreed with Lokitis, saying that 
just because you might break a resolution, 
doesn't mean you should just gh'e up — just 
start it the next day. 

Regardless of what students decided to do 
with their New Year's resolutions, junior James 
Ashworth felt that students should "have fun 
and live with no regrets." 

Junior Amy Sullivan 

works on homework in 
tlie library, fulfilling her 
short-term New Year's 
goal of earning a good 
grade in her statistics 
class. Many students 
set grade-related New 
Year's resolutions and 
hoped to earn a higher 
GPA for the semester, 
photo// heidicampbell 

Senior Anna Grace Abell. junior 
Amy Remmer and sophomore 
Andrew Midgette listen to the 
University Recreation Center's 
"How to Keep Your New Year's 
Resolution" presentation. The 
presentation was created in 
conjunction with the University 
Program Board and Student 
Wellness and Outreach, and 
included tips on how to stay 
healthy on campus, 
photo// heidicampbell 


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oTTng in the new year, the lJniversi^7^'rografn''yoa1^P!IP^ 
Wellness and Outreach (SWO) held an event on how students could keep 
their New Year's resolution of staying fit in 2010. Tips included how to diet 
properly, exercise, and eat healthy on cannpus. 

According to junior Stephen Eure, UPB's public relations director, nnany 
students made New Year's resolutions to lose weight. 

"Unfortunately, many people try to lose weight in unhealthy ways," said 
Eure. "This program allows students to lose weight in healthy ways by 
learning how to eat and exercise properly." 

Holly Bailey coordinator of fitness and nutrition programs for the 
University Recreation Center, recommended that students put activity in 
their calendars, because people were more likely to exercise when they 
made it a part of their day She also suggested that students design their 
fitness programs based on their individual needs, and advised students to 
keep their goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based. 

The turnout of the event was exactly what UPB and SWO expected. 

"UPB is happy to bring a variety of programming to JMU," said Eure. 
"While the larger, more entertaining events might receive more attention, 
we feel that bringing the more intimate and educational events is vital to 
enhancing students' overall college experience." 






amandacaskey// writer 



VIon., 1/11 - Fri., 1/15: Commons Days 

Several student organizations sponsored booths 
and events on the Commons, in the spirit of 
service embodied by Martin Luther King Jr. 

Ned., 1/13: Community Service 

Students volunteered at Our Community Place, 
a community center in Harrisonburg. 

rhurs., 1/14: March and Speak Out 

Members of the university community gathered 
at the James Madison statue in front of Varner 
House to march through campus. Along the 
route, participants witnessed several interactive 
scenes that depicted past and present 
injustices. During the Speak Out, members of 
the university community were encouraged to 
share their reflections on Martin Luther King Jr , 
his dream and his legacy. 

=ri., 1/15: Community Service 

Students volunteered at Loyaiton of 
Harrisonburg, a retirement home and assisted 
living community. 

5un., 1/17: University Sunday 

A nondenominational worship service 
sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi 
Beta Sorority Inc. 

VIon., 1/18: MLK Jr. Formal Program 

The Rev. James Lawson, identified by Martin 
Luther King Jr. as the "leading theorist and 
strategist of nonviolence in the world," spoke at 
a program that honored the life of King through 
words, drama and music. 

rues., 1/19: Lecture on Global Nonviolence 

The Rev. James Lawson presented "Nonviolent 
Action for Civil Rights." an event sponsored by 
the Center for Multicultural Student Sen/ices 
and Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global 


/ / Mk Timeless Dream: Enduring Change 
^^^ and Shaping Our ReaUty," the theme 
M ^ of the 23rd annual Martin Luther 
King Jr. Celebration, was communicated through 
dramatic expression, a candle-hghting ceremony 
and a speech from the keynote speaker, the Rev. 
James Lawson. The program was sponsored by 
the Center for Multicultural Student Services 
(CMSS) as a part of the university's annual 
Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Week. 

The celebration was held in the Wilson Hall 
auditorium on Jan. 18. After President Linwood 
H. Rose welcomed the audience, the MLK 
Community Service Award was presented 
along with the winners of the essay and creative 
writing contests. 

Then Lawson took the stage. Once considered 
by King to be the "leading nonviolence theorist in 
the world," Lawson had practiced the principles 
of nonviolent resistance through his participation 
in social movements for more than 50 years. 

The purpose of Lawson's speech was to urge 
people, especially students, to live in a nonviolent 
manner and as "a majority of one with God, with 
compassion and truth." 

Lawson spoke of his admiration of 
James Madison as being "one of the true 
revolutionary spirits" by establishing a system 
of self-governance. However, he claimed we 
were far from the ideal. According to Lawson, 
the most important goal of government was to 
serve the people. 

"We have not yet achieved levels of self- 
governance we need," said Lawson. "We can have 
a better world." 

By coming together as a group of ordinary 
people, Lawson believed we could effect change 
through nonviolence. Lawson, who spent three 
years in India studying the practices of Mahatma 
Gandhi, said that in order to gain peace, "you must 
behave in a peaceful manner," and if you want 
truth, "you can't speak in the language of violence." 

The Contemporary Gospel Singers perform at 

the Martin Luther King Jr. Formal Program. MLK 

Day was signed into law by former president 

Ronald Reagan in 1983, but the holiday was not 

first celebrated until 1986. 

photo// heidicampbell 

Senior Renee Newsom takes time to 

read what students have written on 

the Martin Luther King Jr. banner. The 

first time MLK Day was celebrated by 

all 50 states was in 2000. 

photo //tiftanybrown 

As junior Ryan James shares his 
thoughts, seniors Telmyr Lee and 
Renee Newsom invite students 
passing through the Commons to 
answer the question, "How is Martin 
Luther King Jr.'s dream effecting 
change in your life and shaping your 
reality?" Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 
Inc. was one of the organizations 
that set up a booth on the Commons 
during MLK Week, 
photo// tiftanybrown 




However, Lawson was quick to point out that 
nonviolence was not passivism. He claimed it 
took more nerve and courage to be nonviolent in 
order to "find character and courage in wit and 
intelligence [and] reject the nonsense of chaos 
and turmoil." 

This chaos and turmoil were defining 
points of the movement during the 1960s, 
when occupational, religious and educational 
environments were segregated. Lawson claimed 
in his speech that King "is the best symbol of 
this relentless journey from chaos to community, 
from injustice to justice." 

"That's what MLK Day means," added Lawson. 

Lawson praised the university for establishing 
CMSS and making it an emphasis in students' 
lives, claiming it was a sign that what could be 
achieved was beyond our imaginations. Lawson 
also encouraged students to recognize that they 
were one of the most privileged groups of people. 

"Not only are you privileged, but your most 


important work is the gift of your life," said Lawson. 

One of Lawson's main points was to emphasize 
the importance of not only making a difference, 
but "making our lives" for the benefit of beauty 
and justice. 

The messages in Lawson's speech resonated with 
students in attendance. 

"I thought he made a very good point about 
how you can't crack one form of injustice 
without looking at the others," said graduate 
student Mike Shirdon. 

Others applied Lawson's message to their 
own lives. 

"We should just start worrying about 
ourselves, making changes to ourselves before 
we start demeaning other people," said freshman ) 
Jennifer Sun. "That's basically what I took the 
most out of it." 

In closing, Lawson said that we couldn't honor 
King without honoring his vision: to dream of a 
world in which love would bless the Earth. // 


features //1 17 



colleencallery // writer 

An honors thesis was not just an opportunity to be distinguished at graduation 
and bolster a graduate school resume, it also provided students with 
experience researching and whting, according to Barry Falk, the director of 
the Honors Program. 

An honors thesis could serve as a capstone project to finish an honor student's 
undergraduate career, or students could apply during their junior year to work on a 
senior honors thesis. The thesis process generally took three semesters, and the final 
product was submitted for approval during the student's final semester. 

Although they were traditionally a research-based projects, honors theses also 
included creative projects as well — past students had submitted video documentaries 
or dance pieces. The intention was to give students a chance to academically explore 
topics and issues they were passionate about and give them insight into the field they 
hoped to enter professionally. // 

natashanau // As a public policy and 
administration major, senior Natasha Nau 
focused on a topic she felt was important in 
her field: female city managers. Interviewing 
a number of city managers up and down the 
Eastern seaboard, Nau analyzed how age, 
work experience, family situations and gender 
discrimination had influenced their careers. 

"I wanted to write on a topic that would help 
me later on in my career," said Nau. "So I thought, 
what better way than to actually talk to a bunch of 

people— women specifically, since I am one— to 
get an idea of what their jobs are like?" 

Nau gained interesting insight into handling 
discrimination in the workplace, found surprising 
trends among successful female managers, and 
made professional connections in the process. 

But the process was definitely a challenging one. 
Balancing schoolwork and outside commitments 
with extra research and writing was intimidating. 
However, Nau found that the rewards outweighed 
the demanding schedule. // 

Many nights during 

the school year, senior 

Natasha Nau spent 

time transcribing 

interviews for her honors 

thesis. Nau interviewed 

16 female city managers 

in nine states on the 

East Coast, 

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johnherlihy // This was the first semester working 
on his thesis for junior John Herlihy, a biology 
major, but he had been researching his topic, 
the molecular biology of Thale cress plants, 
with Professor Jonathan Monroe for a year. 
For Herlihy, the subject matter was compelling 
enough to overcome struggles in data collection 
and creatively solve unexpected problems. 

"As in all sciences, there are going to be 
stumbling blocks," said Herlihy. "It's not bad, 
like in a class, when you get unexpected data. It's 
more of a learning experience over anything. I've 
probably learned more in this lab than in most 
bio[logy] classes combined." 

Herlihy worked specifically with the beta- 
amylase protein in Thale cress plants. Herlihy 
explained that the Thale cress plant was the 
standard model for genetic and molecular 
research because scientists had identified the 
entire genetic code and were therefore able to 
manipulate specific parts they wanted to study. 
The beta-amylase protein broke down the starch 
produced in a plant during the day in order to 
feed the plant at night. However, how this protein 
metabolized the starch still wasn't completely 
understood. If and when it was understood, 
it would have yielded new fields of study for 
molecular biology. 

"There could be a novel metabolic pathway that 
uses relay signals," said Herlihy. "It could even 
open up a new field in retrograde signaling." 

Understanding the Thale cress plant's processes 
had implications greater than just the molecular 
level. Biologists could apply new knowledge about 

metabolism to other plants — like food crops — and 
potentially manipulate them to produce more 
starch, creating more nutritious and calorie 
efficient plants. 

Herlihy considered the greatest aspects of 
his project, however, to be the vast resources 
available to students. 

"There are just great research opportunities in 
the biology department," Herlihy said. 

Many students like Herlihy finished writing 
their theses with a great experience but also a 
new mentor and friend in their faculty adviser. // 

Junior John Herlihy 

does research for his 
thesis in a Burruss Hall 
lab. According to the 
Honors Program Web 
site, biology was the 
most popular major 
among honors students. 

Senior Kelly Mayhew is in the final 

semester of her honors thesis, hoping 

that when she's done, her work will 

help bridge generational divides in the 

future, Mayhew researched how older 

adults benefited from interaction with 

children by observing intergenerational 

relationships at the Generations Crossing 

daycare in Harrisonburg. 


kellymayhew // As a public health education major and gerontology minor, senior Kelly 
Mayhew especially benefitted from the support of her adviser and thesis committee, 
which also included two faculty readers. 

"The biggest challenge is that I've never done a thesis before," said Mayhew. "So I 
haven't always known what to do or how to do it. But with the help of my committee, 
I've come a long way." 

Mayhew focused on intergenerational relationships and programs in her thesis 
because of her interest in working with older adults and her experience volunteering 
at the Adult Health and Development Program ( AHDP) during her junior year. 
The AHDP was offered as a class and paired students with elderly adults from the 
Harrisonburg community for weekly social, physical and health education activities. 

Mayhew's thesis studied how older adults thought they benefited from activities and 
programs with younger children at the Generations Crossing intergenerational daycare, 
also located in Harrisonburg. 

"I witnessed so many amazing interactions between the adults and children," said 
Mayhew. "So I decided to learn more about these beneficial relationships through my 

Mayhew hoped her work would help with future efforts to establish more 
intergenerational programs. 

"I hope to find a job that allows rne to work with older adults in some capacity," 
said Mayhew. "I would love working in an intergenerational setting and my thesis has 
certainly given me a good start."// 

features //119 






jenniferbeers // writer 


With nearly 18,000 students at the university, there were 
bound to be technology questions and problems that 
arose throughout the year. Luckily for students, the 
HelpDesk offered answers. 

lunior Chelsea Bowles took her computer to the HelpDesk after 
experiencing problems with the computer's operating system. 

"I had a great experience with the HelpDesk," said Bowles. 
"They were easy to approach and their knowledgeable staff 
walked me through a troubleshoot over the phone. When that 
didn't work, they happily took my computer in for repair and 
quickly got it back to me." 

The HelpDesk was located in the lower level of the Frye 
building, next to Greek Row. 

Between 30 and 35 students worked at the HelpDesk during 
the academic year, and four to tlve students worked there in the 
summer. The office also hired part-time and full-time professional 
employees, but the students were scheduled to take phone inquiries 
and help those who came into the office during walk-in hours. 

Patrons of the HelpDesk included faculty, staff, students, affiliates 
and occasionally parents. In 2009, there were more than 30,000 
requests for assistance, with more than 70 percent resolved on 
the first attempt. Among the many questions that the HelpDesk 
received, the top inquiries to the HelpDesk were about the new 
e-mail system, virus removal, software installations, and printer 
and mobile devices. The HelpDesk also honored Dell and Apple 
warranties and provided a convenient repair location for students. 
But the main question staff received was in regards to passwords. 

"People have a tendency to let them expire," said Debbie Boyle, 
manager of the HelpDesk. "[Passwords] are always close to the 
top, if not the top issue." 

Junior Ekaterina Ksenjek listens 

as a caller explains his computer 

troubles. The Remedy Action 

Request System allowed HelpDesk 

employees to see additional 

information, such as previous calls a 

student had made to the HelpDesk. 

photo //tiff anybrow n 

There were four different ways to contact the HelpDesk: phone, 
submitting an online request, e-mail and walk-in. How students 
contacted the HelpDesk affected the amount of time it took to 
answer their questions. Employees typically responded to each 
request within two business days, although it depended on if it 
was the beginning of the semester, which tended to be the busiest 
time of the year. 

The HelpDesk Web site also allowed for self-help, which 
was available 24/7. Here, students could quickly locate their 
problems alphabetically under the browse section and receive 
instant problem-solving tips. They could get information about 
frequently asked questions and responses, troubleshooting steps, 
recent issues, quick links, campus computing services, technology 
solutions and more. 

Due to certain laws and regulations, the HelpDesk made sure 
that students were aware of information security threats and 
dangers such as viruses, scams and identify theft. The security 
awareness training was required to be read when faculty, staffer 
students needed to change their passwords. An understanding of 
how the security system worked helped to protect the university. 

The HelpDesk sent out random customer satisfaction surveys 
after every fifth contact made, with more than 1,000 surveys 
returned in 2009. The survey rated a customer's satisfaction with 
the staff's courtesy, skills, timeliness, resolution, and overall help 
received from the HelpDesk on a scale of one to five. 

The HelpDesk received 4.5 or higher in each category. They also 
received written comments praising their dedication to helping 
students and faculty. 

"Typically we work as fast as we can," said Boyle. "There is a 
whole lot to the HelpDesk, a lot more than meets the eye." // 


Senior Britnie Green enters the 
caller's information into the computer. 
When students called in, HelpDesk 
employees first asked for certain 
information, such as the student's 
e-ID, the brand of computer and its 
operating system, 
photo ./ tiffanybrown 

Stepping to the other side of 
the counter, senior Scott Pruitt 

explains to a student why her 
computer screen is malfunctioning. 
If the HelpDesk could not resolve a 
problem, it provided the telephone 
numbers to computer repair 
businesses around Harrisonburg, 
photo //tiffanybrown 


The HelpDesk required e-ID passwords to be changed 
every 90 days. Prior to expiration, multiple e-mails were 
sent to users as a reminder to change their passwords. If 
an individual failed to change his or her password before it 
expired, he or she was locked out of e-ID based services 
such as Webmail, e-campus, J-Ess and Blackboard until the 
password was reset. 

At the Computing Accounts Portal, students, staff, faculty 
and affiliates could change, activate, reset and access their 
accounts. A password could be reset online using a secret 
question set by the user, or in person at the Frye Building with 
proper photo identification. 

With the HelpDesk requiring this password change four 
times a year, students often found it a hassle to come up 
with a new password that they needed to memorize. The new 
password could not be one that had previously been used, 
and each password needed to include at least one capital 
letter and at least one number. 

"The primary reason behind requiring periodic password 

changes is to limit the password's usefulness in the event it 
is compromised." explained the Computing Web site. "The 
technology industry's best practices indicate passwords 
should be changed, at most, every 90 days, preferably more 

By requiring users to change their passwords often, 
information and computer systems were better protected. 
The university notified individuals that it would never ask 
for their personal password, and if one was ever asked to 
provide it, they should change it immediately. This sort of 
security awareness was a vital part of the password-changing 
process, and during a reset, users were required to go 
through a series of Web pages that explained various risks of 
using the Internet, including viruses, scams and identity theft. 

Since the government mandated the university to maintain 
a technology security awareness program, linking the security 
training to the e-ID password change process ensured that 
all students, faculty and staff participated in Internet safety 
training on a regular basis. // 

features //1 21 



Senior Stephen Gunther, who wrestled 
in the 141 -pound weight class, flips his 
challenger over backwards, an unusual 
move In wrestling. Gunther was 
president of the club wrestling te. 
photo// hannahpace 


alexledford // writer 

In the spring of 2007, the varsity wrestHng team 
was poised for a strong season. The wrestlers were 
conditioned and focused. The team had recently hired 
a new coach. But suddenly, the team members had their 
legs swept out from under them when the university cut 10 
varsity teams to comply with Title IX. 

"They didn't tell us the team was gonna get cut," said senior 
Nick Broccoli. "Two weeks before our first match, they told 
us it was our last season." 

The team finished out the season, but it was diflScult to 
maintain enthusiasm and drive. At the season's end, some 
of the team's members transferred to other schools where 
they could continue to wrestle competitively. The rest of the 
team was seemingly stuck, with no options other than the 
university's wrestling club. 

"It was that or nothing," said senior Ivan Legares. 

Despite feeling spurned, some of the former varsity 
wrestlers joined the club team to continue competing. 

However, the club team wasn't being run competitively. 
It wasn't until the following year that the club made strides 
toward becoming a more serious team by attempting to 
schedule matches with other schools. But even then, the club 
had trouble getting organized. 

"They ended up canceling all the events that were planned," 
said senior Steven Gunther. Another year passed without 
any competitive matches, but during the summer of 2009, 
Gunther became the club's president, and devoted more effort 



Freshman Charlie Flynn, 

who wrestled in the 

125-pouncl weight class, 

attempts to break his 

opponent's grip during a 

wrestling match against 

Longwood University. The 

club wrestling team had 

open practices during the 

academic year and did not 

require members to try out. 

photo/.' hannahpace 





to contacting and scheduling matches with other teams. 

"They were reluctant to schedule stuff with us because they 
felt it would probably fall through again," said Gunther. "It 
took some convincing on my part." 

But this time the team was serious. In January 2010, the 
club hosted its first home match in Godwin Hall. Fans filled 
the bleachers to cheer on the wrestlers as they faced Virginia 
Military Institute (VMI) and Longwood University. It was 
important to the wrestlers that their friends and families 
could see them wrestle again. 

"A lot of the people who were out there were the same 
people who were there three years ago," said senior Patrick 
Finch. "They knew what we've been through and they knew 
what a big deal the match was." 

The team won the match against VMI convincingly, 38-12, 
but beating VMI wasn't the only valuable success that day. 
For the first time in three years, the vreestlers were able to 
compete in their school's colors. 

"It meant a lot to us," said Gunther. "When the team got 
cut, I never thought I'd wrestle another match again." 

After breaking the long no-match streak, the team was 
confident that there would be many more matches to come. 
The graduating wrestlers had high hopes for the continued 
success of the team. 

"We finally got the ball rolling and we know they can stay 
competitive," said Finch. "Everyone at the match could see 
that JMU wrestling is back."// 


Freshman Charlie Flynn tries to gain 
an advantage over a rival wrestler. 
The club wrestling team's competitive 
season lasted from November through 
early March. 
pholo// hannahpace 

features //1 23 




Sitting below a reminder of the Honor Code, senior 
Kate McFarland fulfills one of fier roles as president by 
conducting an Honor Council meeting. Beginning in the 
fall of 2006. all incoming freshmen, transfer students and 
graduate students were required to take the university's 
Honor Code tutorial and test. 

124 // thebluestone2010 


mandysmoot // writer 

We work to promote honor in every aspect of 
university academics," said sophomore James 
Owen, an investigator on the Honor Council. 

The university's Honor Council was student-run, which Owen 
thought created a good open forum for students to help one 
another. Whenever a professor reported an Honor Code violation 
such as cheating, the Honor Council assisted the student and 
professor through the hearing process. 

Owen was only one of the four investigators, each of whom 
worked on one case at a time and met with the student and 
professor individually prior to the hearing. 

"I mostly guide them through the procedure and clarify any 
questions they have," said Owen. 

In addition to the four investigators, the Honor Council had a 
president, vice president and secretary. As the president, senior 
Kate McFarland led the weekly meetings, discussed cases and 
presided over every hearing. According to Owen, the council's 
members bounced ideas off one another to brainstorm ways to 
handle each situation. 

The council was also composed of about 50 student and 50 faculty 
representatives, all of whom were required to apply for the position. 
Although there were no specific requirements to be accepted, the 
Honor Council selected students and faculty members who it felt 
were most qualified for the position. 

Three students and three faculty representatives were present 
at each hearing, and if an accused student was found guilty of 
committing an Honor Code violation, the panel imposed a sanction 
that the representatives felt was appropriate. These sanctions 
ranged from a reduced grade on the assignment to expulsion from 
the university. 

Owen felt that one of the council's biggest challenges was realizing 
that it was an uncomfortable position for both the student and 
professor to be in. 

"You can feel the tension, and you have to keep that in mind," 
said Owen. 

As of January, the council had seen 16 cases for the academic year, 
some of which had run over from the end of the previous spring 
semester and the summer. These cases ranged anywhere from 
plagiarism to improper use of devices during exams. 

A growing issue in the last couple of years involved the rise 
of technology, including certain Web sites that offered previous 
tests from college courses and even specific tests from particular 
professors. This had brought on a lot of discussion at various 
Honor Council meetings. To address these issues, all freshmen 
were required to take an Honor Code test when they started at the 
university, in order to learn what could be classified as an Honor 
Code violation. 

"Even though we have the Honor Code test, a lot of students don't 
understand the extent to which it covers," said Owen. 

But regardless of changing technology, the Honor Council aimed 
to ensure integrity in the university atmosphere. 

"We don't want to see cases, but when we do, we work diligently 
to help," said Owen. "It will be interesting to see how things go in 
the next 10 years with greater technology." // 

Junior Erin Price and sophomore 
Matt Wallace listen as the council 
plans the schedule of hearings. 
The president, vice president and 
all investigators served yearlong 
terms than began and ended with 
graduation in May. 
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Chris Campbell, an academic and career 
adviser in Career and Academic Planning 
who was also a point of contact for the 
Honor Code test, confirms the heanngs' 
schedule. Students were required to tal<e 
the Honor Code test before the end of their 
first semester at the university in order to 
avoid an academic hold on their record, 
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karlynwilliams // writer 

Senior lillian Johnston was sitting in 
class when her anthropology professor, 
Mieka Polanco, announced the news of 
the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that 
struck Haiti on Jan. 12. 

"Seeing someone so compassionate and 
knowing she wanted to help made me want to 
help," said Johnston. "If I have an interest in 
helping others and JMU is such a service-oriented 
community, then I figured other students would 
want to help as well." 

After conversing back and forth through 
e-mails and after class, Johnston and Polanco 
began planning a fundraising campaign. On 
Monday, Feb. 3, they launched "30 for 30: Travay 
pou Chanjaman" — Haitian Creole for "Work for 
Change." The campaigns title was inspired by the 
-university's motto, "Be the Change." 

30 for 30 developed into a loosely organized 
collective of students and faculty who shared a 
concern for Haiti. The goal was to raise $30,000 
in 30 days, and donate the proceeds to help 
organizations that had a proven track record of 
ongoing humanitarian work in Haiti. 

The organizations chosen were Fonkoze, an 
alternative bank that aimed to serve the needs 
of the poor; Partners in Health, a nonprofit 
organization devoted to healthcare, health 
education and disease prevention; and Haiti 
Outreach Foundation, an organization based in 
Staunton, Va., which provided food, education 
services and care for those that were sick. 

Since 30 for 30 was not a student-run 
organization, the International Student 
Association stepped up to sponsor the 
campaign and hold the funds. Although the 
winter weather created obstacles in planning 
and executing the events throughout February, 

the group remained optimistic. 

The group planned on raising money through 
six different events, publicized through Facebook 
and press releases. The campaign kicked off with 
a "teach in," where geography professor Mary 
Tacy and other members of the community spoke 
about their experiences living in Haiti. 

Other events around campus included penny 
wars between organizations on campus and the 
"Two From You" envelope campaign, where a 
student could pick up a manila envelope and go 
around campus asking for donations. An online 
store through provided another 
fundraising opportunity by selling items that 
ranged from clocks and mouse pads to T-shirts 
and mugs. Each item had a Haiti-related image 
on it, and $5 from each item sold was donated 
to the 30 for 30 campaign. The group also 
planned a benefit concert and banquet dinner. 

Other groups around campus joined in 
to help the cause. "For Love, For Haiti," a 
semiformal benefit on Feb. 13, originally 
started as a winter ball planned by Madison 
For You (Mad 4 U), an office in Student 
Activities and Involvement. When the Student 
Government Association (SGA) Community 
Aff^air Committee heard about the event, its 
members approached Mad 4 U and requested 
they add a charity component to the ball. 

"We decided to collaborate, originally 
hoping to give the funds to a local United Way 
funded organization," said junior Corinne 
Kendrick, SGA's junior at-large senator and 
a co-leader of the event. "The earthquake 
occurred before we were able to gain contact 
with the organization, so we decided that we 
would instead have proceeds go towards Haiti 
Relief and the '30 for 30' initiative." 

SGA and Mad 4 U worked with the University 
Program Board, Fraternity and Sorority Life, 
Latin Dance Club and Swing Dance Club to put 
on the highly anticipated event in the Festival 
Ballroom on Feb. 13. The evening was full 
of entertainment, including a silent auction, 
spinning by DJ Masked Man (sophomore Ty 
Walker) and showcases from the Latin Dance 
Club and Swing Dance Club. Tickets were sold 
for $3 at the Warren Box Office and $5 at the 
door. With about 150 people in attendance, the 
event raised $800 for the campaign. 

"I think the best part of the night was probably 
the dancing," said Kendrick. "Everyone seemed 
to be having a really great time. Other than that, 
we were just very happy with the turnout and 
appreciative of all the donations." 

Aside from its involvement in For Love, For 
Haiti, SGA had set up its own donation Web 
site through Partners in Health. Its original goal 
was to fundraise $1,000 by the end of the spring 
semester. However, SGA members quickly 
realized that their energy would be better used 
in consolidating relief efforts between the 
different organizations on campus. 

SGA's goal changed from raising a certain 
amount of money to helping other groups reach 
their fundraising goals, according to senior 
Candace Avalos, SGA student body president. 

Avalos took it upon herself to serve as 
liaison between organizations and the campus 
community. She set up a blog to share 
information on the relief efforts going on 
around campus and to survey organizations 
about their fundraising. 

Through its eff"orts, SGA aimed to serve as a 
resource for students who wanted to help the 
people of Haiti. // 

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Singing a song, 
senior Katherine 
Lauer entertains tiie 
students and faculty 
members attending 
the semiformal ball. 
The funds raised 
at the ball, which 
totaled $800, were 
used to help those 
devastated by the 
earthquake in Haiti. 

DJ Masl<ed Man. 
sophomore Ty Walker, 
mixes music for the 
semiformal ball's 
attendees. The benefit 
included musical 
entertainment and a 
silent auction, among 
other performances. 
hoto,/ tiltanybrown 

niors Ryan Doren and Michelle Tlllery dance at the 
semiformal winter ball planned in part by Madison For 
You. "Mad 4 U." as the organization was abbreviated, 
"was charged with creating and facilitating programs 
that enliven our student union spaces and also create 
community between faculty, staff and students," according 
to coordinator Shari Scofield. 


After students heard news of the damage 
caused by the catastrophic earthquake in 
Haiti, most of them, although concerned, 
probably didn't have to worry about the well- 
being of their loved ones. They were still able 
to complete their assignments, enjoy time 
with their friends and watch the latest episode 
of their favorite television shows. But for junior 
Patrick Eugene, the news of the earthquake 
shook his entire world. 

Eugene was born in a suburb of Haiti's 
capital, Port-Au Prince, the location of the 
Jan. 12 earthquake. Although Eugene had 
come to the United States for college, his 
family still lived in Petionville, northeast of 
Port-Au Prince. Eugene was frozen when he 
heard the news. 

"I dropped everything," said Eugene. "I 
couldn't think of anything else. The very first 
thing that came to my mind was my family." 

Three days passed before he could reach 
his family. 

"All those three days, I couldn't think about 
anything but 'Is my family OK?'" said Eugene. 
When he finally did make contact, he was 
relieved to hear that they were unharmed. 

According to the New York Times, it was the 
worst earthquake in the region in more than 
200 years. Although Eugene's family was OK, 
his people were not. 

"Besides my family, I was afraid for my 
country, the country that I love," said Eugene. 
"The people are shocked and they don't 
know what to do. They are hungry, but they 
can't get food. There is nowhere to get food." 

As a member of Chemen Lavi, a nonprofit 
organization formed to create better lives for 
Haitians, Eugene received permission from 
the university to collect donations on the 
Commons and in the College of Integrated 
Science and Technology. He helped organize 
other events in hope of providing as much aid 
for Haiti as possible. 

Eugene was eager to go home to see his 
family, but he had to wait until May. 

"I planned to go for spring break, but the 
airports are very busy," said Eugene. "It was 
difficult to get a flight." 

In the wake of the tragedy, Eugene still 
remained hopeful. 

"This is a time of rebuilding for my country," 
said Eugene. "It is a time of hope and we 
must all work together now more than ever." 

alexledford // writer 

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britnigeer// writer 

ppetizers, friendly rivalries, unique commercials and all-American 
football came together on Feb. 7 for Super Bowl Sunday. At the 
6:25 p.m. kickoff, students gathered together to watch the most 
anticipated football game of the year, Super Bowl XLIV. Get-togethers 
among friends and organizations happened across campus, providing 
opportunities to celebrate — or sulk, depending on who you were rooting 
for— as the New Orleans Saints took on the Indianapolis Colts. 

The Catholic Campus Ministry House held its annual Super Bowl party 
despite the snowstorm that occurred days before, which dumped 18 
inches of snow across Harrisonburg. About 25 people braved the weather 
to attend, filling the house's "couch room" with cheering football fans. The 
party started at 6 p.m., with an abundance of common football foods: 
chips and dip, wings, cheese and crackers, and homemade desserts. 

"Despite the snow, we celebrated the Super Bowl," said senior Becky 
Dial, a student campus minister "People came and went throughout the 
night and most of us were pulling for the Saints since most of us that 
attended are Catholic. Overall, we had a really great night." 

The Catholic Campus Ministry House pulled off another successfiil Super 
Bowl party and those who attended left satisfied with the Saints win. 

"Since we were in the house of God, I figured I might as well get on His 
good side and root for the Saints to win," said freshman Zach Martini. 

While some students gathered with friends to cheer on their teams. 

others decided to go home and watch the game with family. 

"I actually went up to Northern Virginia, back home, to get snowed in 
with my family," said junior Kristen Espinosa. "My family and I went to 
my aunt's house to watch the Super Bowl and we had a great time." 

Because of the snowstorm, many students had trouble driving anywhere 
to pick up food and snacks for the big game. Those who couldn't make it 
to parties and events decided to stay in and order delivery. 

"I decided to stay at home and watch the game," said sophomore 
Danielle DiBari. "We called Jimmy John's and they still, surprisingly, had 
reaUy fast delivery." 

Along with the big sporting event came friendly competition about the 
final outcome of the game. Many friends decided to wager small bets on 
which team they expected to win the game. 

"I was rooting for the Saints and my friend was rooting for the Colts," 
said sophomore Dan Lobdell. "We decided that whoever's team lost 
wouldn't be able to text for a week. Thankfully the Saints were able to pull 
through for the win." 

Known for its commercials, the Super Bowl brought a variety of new 
and heavily debated advertisements. Winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy 
and former University of Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow, was the center 
of a controversy surrounding his commercial on behalf of pro-life group 
Focus on the Family. 

Gathering around the 

television, football fans 

huddle under blankets 

to keep warm while 

watching the game. 

Super Bowl parties were 

prevalent across campus, 

despite the snowstorm 

that hit a day prior to the 

game and prevented 

many students from 

driving anywhere. 



Relaxing at an off-campus 
apartment, senior Rikki 
Wagner looks on as the 
indianapolis Colts celebrate 
a touchdown. The final 
score of Super Bowl XLIV 
was 31-17, with the New 
Orleans Saints clinching 
the win over the Colts. 

"I'm a huge fan of Tim Tebow and was really anticipating his 
commercial that was supposed to resemble the pro-life standpoint," 
said freshman Amber Sherman. "When his commercial aired, I wasn't 
sure what the all the hype was about, as it didn't seem controversial or 
political to me at aO. My favorite commercial, however, would have to be 
the Doritos one with the little kid talking to his mom's date." 

A Snickers advertisement, which showed a cranky Betty White 
transforming into a young man ready to play football after eating a 
Snickers bar, topped the USA Today Ad Meter. 

With commercials of aU kinds, friendly competition, and enough chips 
and salsa to go aroxmd, students added to the Super Bowl's 106 million 
viewers. The game surpassed the 1983 finale of "M*A*S*H" as the most- 
watched program in TV history. 

While Colts fans suffered a loss. Saints die-hards and even bandwagon 
fans relished in their first Super Bowl tide and bragging rights for the 
next year. ' 

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coreysmith// musician 

how did you get into playing music? 

"I started writing songs when I was right out of 
high school, but I've only been doing it full time 
for four years. It's been a very gradual sort of 
thing. I don't like taking risks, so for me, I never 
wanted to just throw caution to the wind and 
give up my day job. I went to school, got an 
education, figured out a back-up plan to fall 
back on." 

how would you describe your music? 

"I have to start with country, because it's more 
country than anything. But it's unprocessed 
country. It's unrefined, really more of a blend 
of country and rock and blues and folk. I can 
write one song that sounds very traditional 
country and I can write another song that 
sounds rock'n'roll, and I can write a song in 
the middle that sounds blues." 

what's the idea behind giving your music 
away for free on your Web site? 

"When I write a song, I want to share it with 
as many people as I can, as quickly as I can, 
because it's close to how I'm feeling at that 
time. So giving songs away for free is a way to 
make sure that as many people can experience 
the song, [do] experience the song," 

what's your favorite song to perform? 

"My favorite songs to perform are the ones 
that are most recent, because they're closest 
to me at the time. So I like performing the 
songs off the new record. '$8 Bottle of Wine' 
is a lot of fun. At the same time, it's cool to play 
'Twenty-One,' because people sing along and 
know it and you can feel the energy it creates 
in the crowd." 

how would you sum up your experience? 

"Sometimes I wonder if maybe if I'd have just 
dove in earlier on, I might have had even more 
success. Right now, I might be able to go to 
California and draw a crowd like this. But you 
know, it's easy to ask a lot of what its, and 
the reality is that I feel pretty good about the 
choices I made." 






sarahchain //writer 

onning his ever-present sunglasses, singer-songwriter Corey Smith 
took the stage in Wilson Hall on Feb. 11. After nearly an hour's 
worth of songs by the concert's opening act, acoustic artist Bryan 
Elijah Smith, chants of "Corey Smith!" sounded throughout the auditorium. 
Audience members rose, clapping in anticipation as Smith walked onto the 
stage, his guitar slung over his shoulder. Dressed in a plaid shirt with the 
sleeves rolled to his elbows and a simple pair of jeans, Smith appeared to just 
be hanging out with 900 of his friends on a Thursday night. 

As he alternated between older songs and music from his recently 
released album, "Keeping Up With The Joneses," Smith revealed the 
multiple dimensions of his unique style, which he usually declined to 
define explicitly. Ranging from country to folk to blues to rock, Smith's 
sound varied throughout his 20-song set. 

But students seemed to enjoy his lyrics regardless of the music's style. 

"Corey's music is an honest depiction of growing up," said senior Alex 
Jerasa, who believed Smith's performance was a welcome change from 
the typical programming that the University Program Board (UPB) 
brought to campus. 

UPB's public relations director, junior Stephen Eure agreed that it was 
nice to be able to present a program for the "country crowd," because 
it was an important niche on campus that had not been addressed for a 
couple of years. 

Smith's music ranged from "$8 Bottle ot Wmc and Uiruer by Ihe 
Year," off his new album, to older favorites, including "F*** The Po-Po" 
and "Twenty-One." Because Smith wrote all of his music, most of his 
songs originated from personal experiences. Before the beginning of each 
song, Smith paused to share its story with the audience. 

"I personally really liked the song 'First Dance,' which was one of the few 
'love songs" he played," said senior Maria Davis. "He told us that his friends 
asked him to sing at their wedding, and that was where the song came from." 

Although Davis had not heard much of Smith's music prior to the concert, 
she was glad that her roommates convinced her to go. She prepared for the 
evening by visiting Smith's Web site, where fans could download more than 
20 of Smith's songs for free. 

"Even though I did not know all of his songs, I was still able to really enjoy_ 
his music," said Davis. "A lot of his songs are definitely aimed towards a 
college crowd and I loved watching everyone get really excited about them 
and sing along." 

Audience members clapped along and danced in the aisles to upbeat songs 
like "Party," and swayed vfith their sweethearts to slower songs such as "First 
Dance." About halfway through the evening. Smith's band left the stage while 
he transitioned to a slower acoustic part of the concert. 

Performing a song off 
his new album "Keeping 
Up With The Joneses," 
country singer Corey 
Smith sings to a packed 
crowd in the Wilson 
Hall auditorium. Smith, 
who graduated from the 
University of Georgia in 
2001, began performing at 
coffee houses, restaurants 
and local bars during college. 

As the opening act for 
Corey Smith, Bryan Elijah 
Smith alternates between 
singing into the microphone 
and playing his harmonica. 
Smith was the winner of the 
Shenandoah Valley Acoustic 
Roots Festival and Songwriting 
Contest in October 2009. 

To pick up the pace and get the crowd revved up again a few songs 
later, Smith took a breather while the band played instrumental 
versions of songs including "Don't Stop Believing" and "Living On 
A Prayer." Almost instantly, the crowd began to sing along. 

"The energy in the crowd was incredible and made for a great 
overall concert experience," said Eure. 

After the concert ended around 1 1 p.m., several lucky students 
were led backstage for a meet and greet with Smith, where they took 
photos and asked for autographs. Students had entered for a chance 
to be included in the meet and greet through attending certain UPB 
events, arriving early before the show, or commenting with their 
favorite song on a UPB blog post. 

"Corey was very nice during the meet and greet," said Jerasa, 
whose friend had actually won the meet and greet pass but was 
unable to go. "He took time to meet everyone and talk with anyone 
who wanted to. He was very laid back, so that was awesome to see." 

Overall, Eure seemed pleased with the concert's turnout. 

"We thought that the concert went fantastic," he said. "This was an 
amazing show." 

cirqued or 



A Golden Dragon 

Acrobat jumps through 
a hoop on stage in the 
Wilson Hall auditorium. 
The company had 
traveled to all 50 states 
and internationally to 
more than 65 countries 
on five continents. 





jenbeers // writer 

udience members filled Wilson 
Hall quickly the night of Feb. 18, to 
watch the Golden Dragon Acrobats 
perform. Children anxiously dragged their 
parents down the aisles in a race to find 
their seats. Students, grandparents, parents 
and children waited in excitement for 
Cirque Dor to begin. 

As the lights dimmed and the audience 
got quiet, the pounding of a drum echoed 
and the curtains slowly opened. Women in 
elaborate pink and blue costumes with gold 
headpieces stood on stage, lined up behind 
one another to put on the "Thousand Hand 
Dance," which gave the illusion of many 
hands coming out of a single body. 

"It was amazing to see some of the 
things the performers could do," said 
junior Sam Dettmer. "It was nice to take 
a break from studying for one night and 
to experience something so authentic and 
entertaining right in Wilson." 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats began 
in 1967, and had toured North America 
since 1985, performing more than 200 
times a year. The group was made up of 
20 to 22 performers, all from the People's 
Republic of China. 

Following the "Thousand Hand Dance" 
was a contortion solo performed by 
female acrobats. The audience watched 
as the woman twisted her body into 
different positions, and gasped in 
disbelief that a person could distort her 
body with such ease. 

The performers' stunts eliminated the 
need for stage props, since the audience was 
enthralled simply watching the performers' 
movements. Act III, where performers 
juggled balls, umbrellas, hats and jars, was 
one of the only times where props were used. 
The performers laid their backs on chairs as 
they lifted their feet in the air and balanced 
the prop on their feet, both twirling the prop 

and juggling it with their hands and feet. 

A big reaction from the audience came 
from another balancing act, which included 
three performers standing on one another's 
shoulders. They stood in the air for a few 
seconds before giving the illusion that they 
were falling straight down to the ground. 
The audience let out a collective gasp, but at 
the last second the acrobats all tumbled in 
synchronized summersaults. 

Another prop that the audience seemed 
to enjoy was a spinning wheel that the 
performers twirled around in. The spinning 
wheel resembled a giant hamster wheel that 
the acrobats would stand in and do different 
stunts, like starting on the ground and 
twirling their way up as they glided along 
across the stage. Dressed in neon-colored, 
tightly fitted body suits, they performed this 
stunt to techno music. 

Out of 11 acts, the highlight of the 
performance seemed to be Act IV, the 
Tower of Chairs. During this act, one of the 
male acrobats started off doing a headstand 
on one chair, and then added more chairs 
until he had a total of six chairs balanced 
on top of one another. With the addition 
of each chair, he would climb up and do a 
headstand on the tallest one, at one point 
appearing to touch the ceiling. The audience 
had the strongest reaction to this stunt as 
they cheered and whistled at the addition 
of more chairs being piled up. During this 
act, the music stopped, and for the first time 
in the show a performer spoke. Kidding 
around with the audience, he asked "One 
more?" Some audience members hid their 
faces in fear that he would fall. 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats received 
a standing ovation at the end of their 

"The show was incredible," says junior 
James D'Aconti. "There was not a boring 
moment, I was entertained the whole time."// 

I university's Masterpiece Season 
,d the audience standing in Xhe aisles 

id cheering for nnore. In each show, 
audience nnembers explored different 
themes and cultural legacies from around 
the world, from Chinese acrobatics to 
an Irish-American Celtic musical group. 
Shows were either part of the Encore 
Series, which included prominent 
national and international professional 
touring companies and individuals; or 
the Dance, Music and Theatre Series, 
whose performances included students, 
faculty and guests. 

The history of the Masterpiece Season 
had "mutated over the years," according 
to Jerry Weaver, executive assistant to 
the dean of the College of Visual and 
Performing Arts. 

"Over the years, we have expanded 
our budget," said Weaver who added 
that in the past, there had been a limited 
number of expensive acts. Tickets this 
season cost as much as $45 for a more 
prominent show. 

Not only had the price of the acts 
changed, the collection of acts had also 
grown over the years since the Masterpiece 
Season was formed in 1 990 by Dr Richard 
Whitman, who was the dean of the College 
of Visual and Performing Arts at the time. 

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood 
performed the most popular show of the 
Masterpiece Encore Series this year Both 
starred in "Whose Line Is it Anyway," the 
improvisational comedy show that aired 
on Comedy Central and ABC Family. 
"Oklahoma," Rodgers and Hammerstein's 
popular musical, was the most popular 
show overall, with tickets to the weekend 
performances sold out. 

"The interest from the community 
and students were high," said Weaver 
"Students get to see their friends perform 
in the production." 

In addition, ideas for the shows stemmed 
from DVDs, conferences, showcases and 

"We receive a lot of direct contact from 
agents that call," added Weaver 

Next yean the Masterpiece Season 
planned to move into a new building. 
According to Weaver the Masterpiece 
Season would likely expand and include 
more mainstage performances. 

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Seeing HER m if/Story 



sarahlockwood // writer 

As audience members filed in, Chaka Khan's "I'm Every 
Woman" rang through Grafton-Stovall Theatre, introducing 
the theme for the evening: valuing womanhood. 

"Through The Eyes of A Woman," a program sponsored by 
Student Wellness Outreach (SWO) and the Center for Multicultural 
Student Services (CMSS), celebrated womanhood through artistic 
expression. Students had the opportunity to "incorporate what it 
means to be a woman, what women have inspired them — anything 
that has to do with women and how [they] affect their life in a 
positive way," said Courtney Jones, graduate assistant for CMSS. 
Jones directed the event with fellow CMSS graduate assistant Doron 
White and SWO graduate assistant Megan Brill. 

CMSS represented any group whose voice had been repressed in 
the past, making this event for women an ideal program for the 
center, according to Jones. SWO became involved with the program 
after merging the forces of many women's groups, including the 
Women's Research Center. 

"We see it as our roll to maintain a place to recognize women; our history 
and our advancements, our struggles and our triumphs," said Brill. 

The event had personal meaning for all three assistants working 
on the project. For White, a sports leadership major and high school 
sports coach, it was about working with the student performers. 
Jones, who was working on her master's in college student and 
personnel administration, hoped to work in multicultural affairs, so 

the event gave her insight and experience in this area. For Brill, it was 
an interest in women's topics. 

"Women's issues have always been close to my heart," said Brill, 
citing her grandmother as her role model. "Even the history of the 
Lion Dance [performed by the Chinese Student Association] and how 
women weren't originally allowed to participate in the dance and now 
they are. It's the little things like that." 

"Through The Eyes of A Woman" took place on Feb. 23, beginning 
the celebrations for Women's History Month in March. Because this 
year marked the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month, the 
program's theme recognized a national effort to write women back 
into history with the phrase "Seeing HER in HIStory." As Khan's 
voice belted in the background, the program opened with a slideshow 
highlighting women's advancements in history. Between acts, the 
emcees also asked the audience trivia questions about influential 
women such as Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. 

The evening's performances lasted about 80 minutes, ranging from a 
cappella groups Note-oriety and the Alpha Phi Heartbreakers, to hip 
hop performers from the Mozaic Dance Team. Sophomore Loleeta 
Dalton, a member of the executive board of CMSS, performed Eve 
Ensler's soliloquy "Hair" from the "Vagina Monologues." In her search 
for monologues about empowering women, she wasn't swayed by the 
frequent occurrence of the "v-word." 

"'Vagina' is a politically correct word, so people should get used to 






student Wellness and Outreach (SWO) was a university 
organization that worked with students to help them make 
educated choices by providing them with information on various 
health, lifestyle and educational topics. Founded in the summer 
of 2008, SWO organized campus-wide events where speakers 
discussed topics including nutrition, eating disorders, sexual assault 
prevention, sexual health, substance abuse and relationships. 

A number of student organizations that SWO oversaw included 
Reality Educators Advocating Campus Health (R.E.A.C.H.) peer 
educators; 1 in 4, a men's group dedicated to lessening the 
incidence of rape and sexual assault; Campus Assault ResponsE 
(C.A.R.E.), a support system for individuals bringing their assault 
cases to court; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender 
(LGBT) and Ally Education Program, which worked to promote 
a welcoming community for all students, regardless of sexual 
orientation or gender identity. Students could join support 
groups and receive individual and group counseling through 
SWO. In addition, a resource center was located in Warren 403. 

One notable program that SWO hosted was "Through 

The Eyes of A Woman." During this night of song, dance and 
creative expression, university members celebrated the diversity 
of women. Female students joined together to recognize the 
contributions they had made throughout histon/. 

Graduate assistant and counseling intern Anna Khizanishvili 
worked with SWO for three years, where she was able to provide 
a safe and comfortable place for survivors of sexual assault. 

"[I] love working with JMU students and it definitely shows [in 
our work]," said Khizanishvili. "I think the difference I feel at SWO 
compared to other jobs is that I feel extremely supported and 
appreciated at SWO." 

A female C.A.R.E. volunteer approached Khizanishvili after 
a sexual assault program and informed her of the fulfilling and 
life-changing experiences she had as a C.A.R.E. volunteer 
Khizanishvili, who was touched by the student's comment, said 
it proved that SWO programs and outreach efforts really did 
have a huge impact on the university community // 

stephsynoracki// writer 

saying it," said Dalton, of her speech discussing pubic hair. Because 
she didn't consider herself a repressed woman, Dalton did not 
identify directly with her character, but she performed to support 

Slam poet junior Brittany Suit performed her original piece 
"Little Alice." As the third performer from the Word Is Born Poets 
Society, Suit wrote her emotionally charged piece as "a message to 
controlling parents that their overbearing natures would result in 
a wayward woman; she would struggle in life because her parents 
weren't just honest with her about the 'facts of life.'" 

The importance of community resounded throughout the 
night, which Jones summarized as "getting together with 
other females to celebrate being a woman in our society and 
specifically on JMU's campus." 

However, the message did not only reach out to women. 

"[This is] an opportunity for women to be able to showcase or 
tell their story through their own eyes," said Brill. "I think men can 
really appreciate that." 

Men even held a presence on the stage, beating the drums and 
other accompanying instruments during the Lion Dance while 
women performed. 

As a first-time performer, Suit didn't know what to expect from 
the evening. 

"I got a sense of "We're not alone in this' from the experience," she 
said. "I found it to be an entertaining and eye-opening experience 
that I will definitely recommend to my classmates next year."// 


Note-oriety performs at Through The 
Eyes of A Woman on Tuesday, Feb. 23. 
Performers were limited to 10 minutes 
each and were required to submit an 
application by Feb. 1 that described 
their performance in detail to be 
considered for the event. 

Members of the Chinese 
student Association perform 
the history of the Lion Dance 
at Through The Eyes of A 
Woman. Traditionally, women 
were not allowed to perform 
the Lion Dance. 

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allisonlagonigro //writer 

As the spring graduation ceremony drew closer, 
the class of 2010 prepared for the future. In 
hopes of making the most of their time left 
at the university, members of the senior class council 
developed a countdov^n to graduation program, 
which consisted of celebratory events for each major 
countdown milestone. 

"The countdown nights are just the senior class 
council's way of getting people together before 
graduation," said senior Ashley Fary, the vice 
president of the senior class council. "It was an idea 
that we came up with as a fun way to bond." 

On Thursday, Jan. 28, the senior class council 
held an event at Clementine Cafe in downtown 
Harrisonburg to celebrate 100 days left until 
graduation. The event included free food, a senior 
slideshow, raffles and giveaways. 

"I thought it was a lot of fun," said senior Scott 
Petercsak, "1 went with a few friends and met several 
others there and just stayed for a few drinks." 

While most seniors enjoyed the event and the 
chance to reminisce with friends, the realization that 
graduation was drawing nearer brought out concerns 
about finding a job in the frustrating market. 

"The job hunt is difficult because my field of study 
does not involve the sciences or computers," said 
senior Bonnie Weatherill, an English major and 
creative writing minor. "I am currently looking into 
programs for teaching English abroad. I would prefer 
to teach in Latin America or in Asia." 

While Web sites that enabled users to search for 
jobs made the process easier, many sites required 
payment for their services. And even when students 
made liberal use of job sites, finding a job that fit 
was a challenge. 

"I check and other sites at least every 


other day and I even put my CV [curriculum vitae, 
a longer and more detailed resume] on job sites in 
Ireland and England," said senior Anna Young. Young 
hoped to obtain a journalism, design or nonprofit job. 
She also applied for AmeriCorps programs. 

For senior Candace Workman, the pressure of the 
job hunt was delayed. Workman decided to remain at 
the university for another year as part of the graduate 
school program for education. 

"Some of the most helpful classes for the education 
program are in that fifth year, so I think it is really 
important," said Workman. "After the fifth year I 
hope to have a job teaching. I'm not sure where I 
want to be, but I know that I want to teach middle 
school English." 

Despite difficulties in preparing for the future, 
seniors agreed that their time spent at the university 
shaped who they were, and were some of the best 
years of their lives. 

"My favorite part of JMU, other than all the 
awesome people 1 have met, was my study abroad 
experience," said senior Laura Starsiak, who studied 
and interned in London for two months in the 
summer of 2009. 

"Living in another country was by far the best 
choice I made while here," said Starsiak. 

"I have made some great life-long friends 
throughout my four years and I have definitely 
found my place," said Young. "I think what's really 
special about JMU is that everyone can find their 
place here." // 

136 // thebluestone2010 

Senior Katherine Cook plays an 
icebreaker game at "Dinner on Us," a 
program sponsored by Off Campus 
Life. Students learned about finance, 
safety and maintaining relationships 
after graduation. 
photo // tiffanybrown 





Editing her resume, senior Anna Young prepares to 
submit her application for job opportunities after college. 
A media arts & design (SMAD) major concentrating in 
journalism, Young was one of the executive editors of 
Curio, a regional magazine published each spring by 
students In the SMAD program, 
photo// nataliewall 


(Ion., 4/26 
Where In The World Are JMU Seniors Going? 

Seniors had the chance to share their plans 
after graduation by placing their name and 
corresponding location on a map of the United 
|States. Sponsored by Student Ambassadors. 
-Hall Dinner 
Seniors came out to Gibbons Hall (D-Hall) one last 
time to enjoy their favorite D-Hall foods with fellow 

, 4/27: Free Movie 

Irs enjoyed a free movie at Grafton-Stovall 
|re, hosted by University Program Board. 

1 4/28: Senior Class Picnic 

led on the Festival Lawn by Student 
Sovernment Association Senior Class Council. 

Thurs., 4/19: 

Mark Warner's "Words of Wisdom" 

Hosted by the Alumni Assocation at the Leeolou 

Alumni Center. 

jREC Sand Volleyball Tournament 

^Seniors and friends joined together for a sand 
volleyball tournament in the University Recreation 
Center Courtyard. 

Thurs., 5/6: Senior Candlelighting 

Immediately following Senior Convocation, seniors 
were inducted into the Alumni Association and a 
Class of 2010 picture was tal<en on the College of 
Integrated Science & Technology steps. There was 
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Housed in buildings throughout the Quad, the College of Arts and Letters 
(CAAL) was nnade up of three schools: the School of Communication, 
Information and Media; the School of Liberal Arts; and the School of Public 
and International Affairs. CAAL offered degrees to a large number of students 
while keeping classes small. By providing students with individual attention 
from professors, the college created a unique environment different from the 
majority of the university, according to David Jeffrey, the dean of CAAL. 

The School of Communication, information and Media (SCIM) was home 
to the School of Communication Studies (SCOM), the School of Media 
Arts & Design (SMAD), and the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical 
Communication (WRTC). 

These schools offered majors ranging from corporate communication to 
computer software. SMAD was one of the most popular and vocationally 
oriented majors, according to Jeffrey. Thinking critically about media and 
getting valuable practical experience were two goals of the program, according 
to its Web site. The college accomplished these goals through award-winning 
student publications such as the student newspaper. The Breeze. 

Another popular choice for students was housed under the School of 
International & Public Affairs. Areas of study included political science, 
international affairs, public policy and administration, and justice studies. 

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As hard as it was for some people to admit, there was no such 
thing as magic, or Hogwarts, or even Albus Dumbledore. But 
for students who were deeply disappointed that they didn't 
receive their Hogwarts acceptance letters on their 11th birthdays, 
there was a solution. Professor Elisabeth Gumnior knew that the next 
best thing to taking classes with Harry Potter, was taking classes about 
Harry Potter. 

The book series' popularity, along with its academic significance, 
sparked Gumnior's interest. 

"I thought, 'I've got to do something with that,'" said Gumnior. "Teaching 
a class seemed like the logical thing to do. It was a dream come true." 

This dream led to the creation of WRTC 400: Critical Perspectives on 
Harry Potter, which highlighted the vast amount of scholarly writing 
about Harry Potter that existed. 

"I didn't want to teach a fan club class," said Gumnior. 

The Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter class had only been taught 
once before, as a general education course in the fall of 2007. 

"It was a lot of reading and writing," said senior Elizabeth Ramsey, who 
had taken the course when it was offered as a general education class. "We 
discussed different takes on the books in general — how some people think 
it's completely evil compared to the wholesome aspects of the books." 

Still, the class wasn't all work and no play. 

"It was the year before ['Harry Potter and the] Deathly Hallows' came out. 

so we would all theorize about whether or not Snape was bad," said Ramsey. 

Since then, Gumnior had expanded the scope of the class. She encouraged 
students to look at secondary material about the novels, as well as the 
whole Harry Potter phenomenon in general. 

"They all have something to say," said Gumnior. "How they use 
Harry Potter in their teachings to explain concepts in their discipline is 
fascinating, and there are a wide variety of disciplines — everything from 
the media and culture, to law, medicine and business." 

One of Gumnior's favorite things about the class was exploring how 
Harry Potter applied to other disciplines and career paths. She used the 
articles she read to learn about other professions. a 

The end goal for class members was to construct their own academic 
projects for The Scholars Wand, a journal for undergraduate Harry Potter 
research that was sponsored by the university's school of Writing, Rhetorii. 
& Technical Communication (WRTC). 

"I like to give them lots of scholarly and creative freedom," said Gumnior. 
"I've had students turn in papers, create artwork [and] start blogs. They 
always surprise me." 

Gumnior hoped to continue to teach the class and spread her love for 
Harry Potter beyond the classroom. 

"With the class, and especially with The Scholar's Wand, I hope to attract 
interest from students who want to write about Harry Potter outside of any 
class," said Gumnior. // 


A group of students in Professor Elisabetfi Gumnior's WRTC 

400; Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter listen to a fellow 

student give his opinion. Students in the class read critical 

literature on the Harry Potter phenomenon from a wide variety 

of disciplines, including law, medicine, philosophy, media 

studies, business and psychology. 

photo '/brittanyjones 

The class often faced one another to facilitate in-depth 

discussions about the complexity of the Harry Potter series. 

Students had to create fictional lesson plans based on the 

Harry Potter books that teachers could use to promote learning 

in math, biology, English and other subjects. 

_ photo/Zbrittanyiones 


Jacob Agner 


Danielle Ainson 


Elizabeth Anderson 


Sara Aultman 


Candace Avalos 

Modern Foreign Languages 

Angela Barbosa Wilborn 

Political Science 

Diana Bazarbayeva 

Public Policy & Administration 

Caroline Bourne 

Communication Studies 

Brandon Brown 

Communication Studies 

Jessica Brown 

Communication Studies 

Tiffany Brown 

Media Arts & Design 

Lauren Brumfield 

Justice Studies 

Julie Bryant 

Communication Studies 

Ashleigh Bynunn 

Communication Studies 

Elisabeth Cady 

Communication Studies 

academics //1 47 

collegeofartsand letters 

Sarah Chain 

Media Arts & Design 

Meagan Clark 

International Affairs 

Katharine Cook 

International Affairs 

Leigh Culver 

Communication Studies 

Matthew Dorting 

Communication Studies 

Ansa Edim 

Media Arts & Design 

Beth Feather 

Media Arts & Design 

Paula Ferguson 

Communication Studies 

Kiersten Fescemyer 

Communication Studies 

Alyssa Fisher 


Jasmine Fo 

Philosophy & Religion 

Joseph Garcia 

International Affairs 

Danielle Garrigan 

Communication Studies 

Allison Gould 

Media Arts & Design 

Britnie Green 

Communication Studies 

148 // thebluestone201 

Members of the pre-law fraternity, Phi 
Alpha Delta, take a look at sample law 
school applications. Phi Alpha Delta 
was the first law fraternity to open 
membership to all genders, races, 
creeds and national origins, according 
to the university chapter's Web site, 

John Benfield, the associate dean of 
administration at his alma mater, Charleston 
School of Law, talks to pre-law students about 
what admissions coordinators look for in an 
application. As members of Phi Alpha Delta, 
pre-law students hosted presentations by 
guest speakers who could answer questions 
about applying to law school or potential 
careers in law, 

chloemulliner // writer 

:e pre-law program was a resource facility equipped with advisers 
to guide students who were interested in pursuing a future in law. 
The program offered prospective law students an opportunity to 
learn more about law school and possible careers. 

Our job is to give advice to students on what they should be taking and 
how they should prepare for the LSAT [Law School Admissions Test], 
which was the entrance exam for law school," said David Jeffrey, dean 
of the College of Arts and Letters. "What I do is try to catch students 
early in the freshman year and say, 'Here is what you need to do to start 

One of the most useful aspects of the pre-law program was the constant 
supply of information provided to the students. 

They keep you on your toes about things you wouldn't usually know," 
said senior Michael Snively. "There have been things I wasn't aware of that 
they let us know." 

The pre-law program was unique in that students were able to personally 
choose their own advisers. The program was made up of eight advisers in 
areas of finance/business law, political science, philosophy and religion, 
English, and media arts and design. This opportunity allowed each student 
to pick an adviser whose schedule and field of study best matched the 
student's availability and interest. 

Although political science was the most popular major for students in 
the pre-law program, there were no major requirements, and students 

were encouraged to get involved regardless of their areas of study. 

In addition to having no major requirements, the pre-law program did 
not have any course requirements. Instead, advisers recommended courses 
that would be most helpful for students planning a future in law. 

"The program offers a student a great degree of flexibility because we 
don't say you have to be a specific major," said Roger Soenksen, a pre-law 
adviser within the School of Media Arts & Design. "We've adapted the 
program [because] law schools have indicated they like a large diversity of 

"Students have little idea how much work law school entails and I 
tell them that the best preparation for it is to take demanding courses," 
said Howard Lubert, a pre-law adviser within the deparment of political 
science. "That means courses that require a lot of critical thinking, reading 
and writing, because that's what one does in law school." 

The pre-law program also worked closely with organizations such as Phi 
Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity. Advisers in the program contacted 
lawyers, judges and others affiliated with law school to speak at meetings. 
This relationship between the fraternity and pre-law program created 
an opportunity for students to hear about real-life law applications and 

"The program is an excellent opportunity to learn more about law 
school and help you make a decision about whether you want to apply," 
said Snively. // 




stephsynoracki // writer 


No one in the Middle Ages, let alone later periods, thought the 
Earth was flat," said sophomore Emily Kohlhepp. "They may 
have thought the Earth was the center of the universe, but in 
manuscripts the Earth is always depicted as round." 

"Vikings didn't actually wear those horned helmets," said senior Marlee 
Newman. "Who knew? I was kind of disappointed when I learned that." 

These were just f\vo of the many myths that students in the Medieval 
Renaissance Studies (MRS) minor explored during their studies. The minor 
was first established in 2007 with the help of Charles Bolyard, a philosophy 
and religion professor. Nine students had officially declared the minor. 

Professor Mark Rankin, who had a Ph.D. in English renaissance 
literature, believed that the study of this time period was truly important 
in understanding human beings and humanistic problems. The minor also 
provided students with an appreciation for the former time period and 
how times had changed since then. 

"The medieval and renaissance periods established a foundation for 
the development of modern ideas concerning the individual and its 
relationship to broader ideologies, social structures and systems of 
government," said Rankin. 

Word of mouth advertising was used to entice students' interest in 


the medieval and renaissance periods. The department also sponsored 
lectures, film screenings and public readings. 

Newman was unexpectedly drawn to the minor when she caught a 
glimpse of a brochure advertising the minor She hoped to become a history 
professor and thought the MRS minor would complement her double 
major in history and English, as well as make her academic discipline more 

"[This minor] has taken me in directions that I probably would not have 
gone otherwise," said Newman. "I think it's a really great way to broaden your 
horizons both intellectually and [socially], in terms of the people you meet." 

Kohlhepp was drawn to the minor because of the romantic perception she 
had of the Middle Ages. In one word, Kohlhepp described her experience 
in studying the Middle Ages as "fulfilling." 

"I am constantly reminded that I know very little," said Kohlhepp. "It's 
humbling and yet so exciting to know there is still much [knowledge] to 
be gained." 

Both Kohlhepp and Newman advised any student who had the slightest 
interest in the medieval and renaissance periods to take the minor into 
consideration. Students quickly found that the reality of the Middle Ages 
that was not all that familiar after all. // 

Students take notes in ENG 

457: Shakespeare's Comedies 

and Histories, taught by 

Professor Mark Rankin. 

Rankin was the Medieval and 

Renaissance Studies minor 


photo// tiffanybrow 


Flipping through pages of the 

text, students discuss the play 

"Richard III." A mix of art history, 

English, music, philosophy, 

political science, religion, 

language and history courses, the 

Medieval Renaissance Studies 

minor required 18 credit hours. 

photo //tiffanybrown 


Chelsea Gutshall 

Communication Studies 

Emily Haines 

International Affairs 

Michelle Hammerle 

Justice Studies 

Caitlin Hardgrove 

Media Arts & Design 

Caitlin Harrison 

Media Arts & Design 

Sean Hart 


Andrae Hash 

Communication Studies 

Dan Heinkel 


Melissa Jarrett 

Justice Studies 

Alyssa Johnson 

Media Arts & Design 

Vladislav Kassiyev 

Public Policy & Administration 

Jason Knight 


Linda Laarz 

Public Policy & Administration 

Thomas Leahy 

Media Arts & Design 

Telmyr Lee 

Media Arts & Design 

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Mariel Liceaga 

Communication Studies 

Averyl Long 

Public Policy & Administration 

Bryan Lundahl 

Public Policy & Administration 

Ashley McPike 

Media Arts & Design 

Caitlin Merritt 


Chervon Moore 

Communication Studies 

Owen Mullaney 

International Affairs 

Patricia Newett 


Timothy O'Keefe 

Media Arts & Design 

Hannah Pace 

Media Arts & Design 

Ashley Pangle 

Media Arts & Design 

Kendra Parson 


Cassandra Potler 

Media Arts & Design 

Judith Quintal 

International Affairs 

Maeve Rafferty 

Communication Studies 



Senior Kelly Weber, junior John Napier and 
Professor Kevin Borg use their free time to explore 
the beach. San Diego's average temperature in 
January was 57°F, a far cry from Harrisomburg's 
average temperature of 36°F. 
iioto// courtesy of paulmcdowell 


Conference presenters stay at the 
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and 
Marina. Mission Bay was the largest 
aquatic preserve in the United States. 
[ilioto.,' courtesy of paulmcdowell 




amandacaskey // writer 

Three university students were selected from Phi Alpha Theta 
(PAT), a national history honors society, to present their research 
in front of panels of fellow students and distinguished historians 
at the 2010 Biennial Convention. The convention, which included 
presentations from undergraduate and graduate students, was held in 
San Diego from Jan. 6 to Jan. 9. 

Associate history professor Kevin Borg and assistant history professor 
Mary Gayne selected three students to represent the university; senior 
Kelly Weber and juniors Paul McDowell and John Napier. About a dozen 
students had submitted papers for consideration. 

"We selected the students' papers based on the quality of their primary 
source research, their analysis of those sources, and the quality of their 
writing," said Borg. "It was a difficult decision and we would have liked to 
have been able to send more than three to San Diego." 

Students at the convention were grouped into panels based on subject 
matter and had to formally present their research in 15-minute time 
periods. A question-and-answer session followed once all the papers in 
the panel were presented. 

Students' papers could not exceed 10 pages, and all three students from 
the university had to cut out significant portions of their papers in order to 
stay within the limited time frame. 

"That was a little difficult, trying to figure out which part of my research 
didn't matter enough to fit within the 1 5-minute time limit," said McDowell, 
whose research focused on the mass lynching of 11 Sicilians in 1891. She 
explored newspapers' responses to the New Orleans event and how these 

responses varied across different geographical regions. 

Fortunately, Weber, McDowell and Napier had plenty of practice 
rehearsing their papers. Napier, who researched how the gradual term 
extensions of military leadership in the Roman Republic ultimately led to 
the reign of Julius Caesar, had won first place at the PAT Virginia Regional 
Conference in the spring of 2009. 

Weber believed presenting at other conferences helped her confidence 
when presenting this time around. 

"Public speaking is not my favorite activity, but I have presented this 
paper at other conferences and know the material very well, which helped 
to diminish most of my anxiety," said Weber, whose research focused on 
how the American Civil War affected the lives of Confederate women. 
Weber found that although the war had impacted their daily and long- 
term lives, their support for their country did not waiver. 

The students had written their original papers for Professor Raymond 
Hyser's and Professor Stephen Chappell's sections of HIST 395, a seminar 
course on how to research thoroughly and effectively. 

"Part of my job was to help them with their topics and show them where 
to get books and scholarly articles and where to get primary sources," 
said Hyser. 

All three students credited their success to their professors and their 

"More than anything, [the professors] have been extremely supportive 
of me and my research," said Weber. "[That's] what anyone working on a 
long-term project such as this needs the most."// 

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[SPAN490] enforcement 

caitlincrumpton // writer 

s the Spanish-speaking community grew, the need for bihngual 
individuals became increasingly important in city offices. SPAN 
'490: Practical Law Enforcement was a practicuni experience 
that gave students the opportunity to apply practical uses of Spanish in 
routine and high-risk law enforcement situations. 

"SPAN 490 was created to develop the skills that students need to 
interact with the Spanish-speaking community and to be able to have 
an outlet for newly required language skills," said Professor Stephen 
Gerome, who taught the course. 

The practicum was established as a combination of medical- and 
business-oriented Spanish courses and was not restricted to just Spanish 
majors or minors. The only prerequisites were SPAN 231; Intermediate 
Spanish, and SPAN 360: Law Enforcement Spanish. 

In SPAN 360, students learned about the basics of criminal investigation 
and practiced vocabulary that pertained to law enforcement personnel 
and situations. In SPAN 490, students were exposed to real-world 
interactions while shadowing law enforcement personnel at their 
individual sites. 
Junior Virginia Alfaro, who was a double major in justice studies 


and Spanish, completed her practicum at the Harrisonburg Police 
Department and c^escribed her experience as "absolutely amazing." 

"I met so many police officers and rode along with the officers whenever 
I had the chance," said Alfaro. "I saw criminal procedure up close and 
got to see a lot of exciting things, and learned so much about how the 
police department is actually looking out for [the students'] best interest 
instead of the preconceived notion." 

Students who took the course were typically individuals seeking 
professions in social work, public safety, emergency medical technicians, 
fire and rescue, political science and criminal justice. 

"This course appeals to students in a lot of ways," said Gerome. "It 
appeals to their ability to use knowledge that they've learned and apply 
things and see how effectual they are." 

By incorporating basic information in courses and then allowing 
students to apply the material to real-world experiences, SPAN 490 gave 
students opportunities to explore potential career fields. 

"These courses have definitely prepared me in a sense that I have a 
good idea of what I'll be exposed to if I continue to pursue a profession 
in law enforcement," said Alfaro. // 

In her Internship witli 

the Harrisonburg Police 

Department, junior Virginia 

Alfaro rides along with an 

on-duty policeman. During 

ride alongs. which lasted 

between tour and six hours. 

Alfaro translated between the 

officer and Harrisonburg's large 

Spanish-speaking community. 

photo // tiftanybrown 


Junior Virginia Alfaro calls the 

Harrisonburg Police Department 

(HPD) to check in after arriving at 

the Harrisonburg Public Safety 

building. It was Alfaro's second 

semester interning with HPD. 

photo// tiffanybrown 



Matthew Richard 


Sara Riddle 

Media Arts & Design 

Amanda Scheffer 


Rebecca Schneider 

Media Arts & Design 

IVIary Shindler 

Philosoplny & Religion 

Julia Simcox 

International Affairs 

Amanda Slade 

Communication Studies 

Brittany Smith 

Justice Studies 

Caley Smith 

Organizational Communication 

Michael Socha 

Communication Studies 

Kellen Suber 

International Affairs 

Adam Swisher 


Holly Taing 

Justice Studies 

Kira Thompson 

Justice Studies 

Dan Tichacek 


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Thomas O'Connor, a media arts and design professor for script 
writing and documentary and film, educated his students 
based on the experiences he had gained in the professional 
documentary field. 

"He is heavily involved and always talks about his travels, what he's 
working on, and his projects," said senior Lauryn Burrell. 

Although he had already created more than 50 documentaries, O'Connor 
continued to pursue his outside interest in documentary production as he 
worked on his new project, "Dangerous Edge," a film that detailed the life 
of British author Graham Greene. 

Having won two Emmys for his documentaries "A Place Called Home" 
and "Fatima," O'Connor had extensive experience in the documentary 

"It's something we all admire about him," said Burrell. 

Although O'Connor had enjoyed success with many of his projects, he 
also faced challenges as a writer and producer, such as financial obstacles 
during the production stage. He advised students to push through such 
setbacks and maintain a strong work ethic. 

"Develop a tough skin," said O'Connor. "It's a very competitive business 
[and] you need to learn to overcome. Perseverance, I can't emphasize 
enough — and being passionate about your work." 

In addition to winning two Emmys, O'Connor also received the 
Cine Golden Eagle Award and the Gabriel Award for his work on two 


other documentaries. Because he was publicly recognized for his work 
O'Connor was highly regarded among his students and his peers. 

"He's not afraid to tell you if your material is boring, which is good," said 
junior Kelly Meehan, who took O'Connor's documentary and film class in 
the spring. "It's what you need to hear." 

O'Connor's documentary achievements allowed him to base hil 
lectures on the first-hand knowledge that he had gained from writing and 
producing documentaries for a living. 

"He has real-life, current experience with what we're working on," 
said Burrell. 

Meehan agreed. "He knows the business. He's been out there and has 
done the work for it." 

O'Connor's success inspired his students and served as proof that they 
could achieve similar success in the documentary and screenwriting 

"It's nice because it shows people can actually make it," said Meehan. 

Teaching while working on documentaries allowed O'Connor to blend his '< 
artistic interests with his scholarly interests. While O'Connor's experience 
as a writer and producer affected his teaching style, his experience as a 
professor affected his work outside of the classroom as well. 

"Students in any class challenge you to think differently," said O'Connor. 
"I'm surprised about what movies and techniques they're talking about. 
We exchange ideas." // 

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In a classroom with stadium-style seating, a video 

projector and a large screen for viewing films, students 

listen intently to Professor Thomas O'Connor 

O'Connor wrote and produced more than 50 

documentaries and teleplays for broadcast media, and 

had traveled internationally for his worl<. 


Jennifer Turner 


Hana Uman 

Media Arts & Design 

Brant Underwood 

Political Science 

Tara Vaezi 

Communication Studies 

Angel Walston 

Justice Studies 

Jane Walters 


Jacqueline Weisbecker 

Communications Studies 

Amanda Williams 


Lindsay Williams 

Communication Studies 

Professor Thomas O'Connor 

glances at his notes while 
lecturing on the film "Nanook of 
the North," a documentary about 
indigenous people living in 1920s 
Canada. Students In SMAD 462: 
Documentary in Film and Television 
watched at least one documentary 
each class to study the films' 
content, style and techniques, 
photo //hannahpace 

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Ranked as one of the top five business scliools in the nation by BusinessWeek, 
the College of Business (COB) was committed to preparing students to be 
active and engaged citizens who were exceptionally well-qualified leaders for 
success in a competitive global marketplace. 

One major development within COB this year was the creation of the 
Innovation Master of Business Administration (IMBA) program. Classes were 
scheduled to began in the fall of 2010 and would be centered on the program's 
theme, "Leading Through Innovation With Technology and People." 

The program would be led by Paul E. Bierly III, the university's first director 
of the Master of Business Administration program. Bierly had recently been 
recognized as one of the top 50 authors in the area of innovation and management 
of technology over the last five years, an honor that placed him within the top 1 
percent of all researchers in the field, according to the International Association 
for Management of Technology. 

The program was created for working professionals who had two years 

of experience in the working world. Two highlights of the program were the 

Leadership Development Program, which matched students with a mentor 

to create a closer bond with a professional and a personal leadership plan; 

and the conclusion of the IMBA program, where students took a two-week 

international trip. 

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lisamees // writer 

Students had always bled purple, but in 2010 a new organization 
encouraged them to bleed green. Net Impact was a national 
organization with more than 30 undergraduate chapters. During the 
fall semester, the uiiiversit)' became one of them. The new chapter launched 
the organization with an event in Taylor Down Under, designed to bring 
people together through something they loved while teaching them about 
something they knew little about. 

"VVe wanted to bring people in through a laid-back, social event, but still 
educate them about our cause at the same time," said senior Tyler Conta, the 
event's coordinator. "We needed to find something they were interested in 
and use it to create interest in the organization." 

This .\-factor was music. The line up for Net Impact's laugh event included 
some of the campus' most talented musicians. Sophomore Casey Cavanagh 
played original acoustic pieces and covers that got lighters out of students' 
pockets and up in the air. Freshman James Orrigo was, as he put it, slightly 
more "goof)" than the other acts, but still a crowd pleaser. One of his songs 
turned out to be a melody of different songs thrown together, including 
Miley C)tus, the Lion King and Lady Gaga. Lights in the Fog also performed, 
followed by the final guest, a cappella group The Madison Project. 

"It melted my heart to its core," said sophomore Sarah Elliot, who attended 
the event. "I love anyone who can sing, so this is the place for me to be." 

WTiile the music reeled students in. Net Impact used the intermissions 
as opportunities to inform students about what they could do to make the 
world a little greener. 

An entrepreneurial class introduced a product they created called "Maddy 
Soap," a detergent that was environmentally friendly all the way to its recycled 


packaging. The students claimed that it was not only just as effective as th( 
average detergent, but it also only cost $5 to do 64 loads of laundry. Th( 
product held true to Net Impact's motto — it was easy to do little things t( 
make a big impact. 

Sophomore Andrew "Bagsby" Pharr, the organization's president, claimei 
that while the United States consumed 80 billion cans of soda per year 
recycling just one would save energy worth half a gallon of gasoline. Statistic! 
like this enforced the group's main message of the night: sustainability. 

"Sustainability is the development that meets the needs of the presenl 
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their owii 
needs," Pharr read from the promotional flyer for the event. In his owi 
words, he explained "that means you've got to live sustainably if you want ti 
have more than two kids, and everyone loves kids." 

Net Impact hoped that by having events like this and speaking to large 
classes and organizations, it could help students and the community to 
advance the "green" initiative. Knowing a fact — like every ton of papei 
destroyed 17 trees — could spark students' interest enough to join the group 
in its efforts. 

The group had already been out in full force at game-day tailgates, giving 
students plastic bags to recycle their cans and solo cups. They hoped that 
with this launch event, they could gain enough support and membership to 
create a program that helped less fortunate people file paperwork to receive 
more energy efficient heaters, doors and windows. 

"There have been other similar organizations on campus, but none of 
them have been super organized," said Conta. "HopefuUy the support w( 
have nationally will help change things." // 


Senior Tyler Conta. the events 

coordinator, speaks with a faculty 

adviser at Net Impact's launch 

event. There were more than 30 

undergraduate Net Impact chapters in 

the United States and Canada, 

photo/Ztitfanybrow ' 

Senior Morgan Hartwell looks over 

information to be discussed at the 

launch event, some of which was also 

included on the Net Impact poster 

set up for prospective members. Net 

Impact members could be spotted 

around campus sporting their "I Bleed 

Green" T-shirts. 

photo/Ztiffanybrowi < 


Mark Browner 


Laura Cascio 


Christie Cerimele 

International Business 

John Cewe 


Carter Cole 


Veronica Collins 

Computer Information Systems 

Alysia Cushman 

Computer Information Systems 

Amanda Cybulski 


Ryan Farrell 


Steven Galer 


Megan Geddes 


Cora Gnegy 


Amanda Grace 


Nicole Grayson 


Yun Huang 


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Piyachai Kasemsant 

International Business 

James Kelly 


Joseph Kotula 


Daniel Lacasse 

Computer Information Systems 

Michael Lee 


Devon Little 


Michael MacDonald 


Andrew Marshall 


Gina Martellacci 

Accounting p 


A group of Second Life users 
gather for junior Marina 
Yancheva's virtual exhibit 
opening. Between 100 
and 150 Second Life users 
unaffiliated with the university 
visited its virtual campus 
each week, 
photo// courtesy of 

alexledford // writer 

magine you were on your way to class in the morning. The grass was 
green, the buildings were bright and inviting, and oh — you could fly too. 
It wasn't a dream. It was Second Life, a virtual world where anything 
could happen. In 2003, the university built an entire virtual campus on 
Second Life, with the hope that the program would enhance distance 
learning. It allowed students and professors to hold meetings, collaborate 
on projects and even have class, all while never leaving their rooms. 

"Basically, you can do everything you would do in class, from bed," said 
Kathryn Stevens, one of the faculty members responsible for bringing 
Second Life to the university. Stevens taught her students to use the 
program in her museum studies and ancient art history courses. The 
first step was creating an avatar, an electronic representation of a person. 

"You can be anything from a cute little gummy bear to a disgusting, 
rotting zombie," said senior Chris Kniss. 

"When I told my friends about it they thought I was insane," said senior 
Molly Campbell. "They had heard about it and thought it was for shut- 
ins who were afraid to talk to real people." 

But Stevens maintained that it was actually a useful teaching tool. 
Professors held office hours and other meetings in Second Life, and 
Stevens even held entire classes in the program, lecturing to a room 
of avatars. She also took her classes on virtual field trips to world- 
renowned museums and other famous sites like the Egyptian pyramids. 

Senior Chris Kniss creates a Second Life 
version of herself to participate in classes 
and meetings. In addition to the benefits 
of hosting virtual classes, the Second Life 
campus also allowed prospective students 
who were unable to visit the university 
virtually tour the campus from home. 
L I luto// courtesy of kathrynstevens 


the Parthenon and Stonehenge. 

"It's a very cheap field trip," said Stevens. 

But Second Life was not just about exploration, it was also about 
creation. Stevens had her students create their own art exhibits in Second 
Life, and senior Alison Huffstetler used the program to create an entire 
African mask museum. 

"Dr. Stevens helped me design the texture and shape of the masks, and I 
built the remainder of the museum — everything from curtains and walls 
to informational panels and books," said Huffstetler. "But I still haven't 
figured out how to put shoes on my avatar and keep them on." 

While it was still a work in progress, professors and students had high 
hopes for the program in years to come. In December, the university's 
Second Life campus hosted an open house and a virtual fashion show, 
providing a mock scenario for business students to employ skills learned 
in their marketing courses. Practicing business principles — and learning 
new ones — was a method that large companies like Adidas and IBM were 
already employing, according to Toni Mehling, communications director 
for the College of Business. 

As for students, most seemed to enjoy classes where faculty chose to 
use the program. 

"I would recommend other professors to use the program for sure," said 
Campbell. "It shakes things up and makes the class more interesting." 

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[HTM473] management^ . 

J ^ marketing 

sarahlockwood // writer 

The first requirements were fairly typical for an upper-level 
hospitality and tourism management (HTM) class: must have been 
accepted into the HTM major, must have completed COB 300, 
must have been a senior. However, it was the tlnal prerequisite that stood 
out: must have been at least 21 years old by the first day of classes. This 
age limit was necessary because HTM 473: Beverage Management and 
Marketing involved taste testing of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. 

It was this hands-on, or rather, "snack-on" experience that senior Mindy 
Halpert appreciated the most. 

"You sit in class and talk about the h)'pothetical so often," said Halpert. 
"In this class, we talk about wines and we actually get to try it." 

"The tlrst week of class, we smelled about 35 different liquids, food and 
woods, just trying to familiarize ourselves with each scent," said senior 
Jenny Wise. 

This process helped students identify specific aromas in wines. During 
a class period focused on wine, students examined and discussed every 
visual and olfactory characteristic of the wine in front of them before they 
tasted a single drop. 

Professor Brett Horton led these class discussions and brought his 
past experiences into the classroom, including photographs of the many 
wineries he had visited. 

"Dr. Horton really knows what he's talking about," said Halpert, 
describing Horton's pictures and the visual context they brought to class. 

"1 never knew you could learn so much about how wine is made, where it 
is from, and why vineyards age wines and harvest them at a specific time," 
said Wise. "It is a really intriguing class." 

Students not only became wine connoisseurs, but coffee and beer 
experts as well. The course objectives included learning the business 
aspect of beverages through writing beverage descriptions for menus, 
discussing beverage characteristics in a professional manner, discerning 
characteristics of different drinks, and being able to market and describe 
these products to consumers of all knowledge levels. 

Grades in the course were based on professionalism, readings, a 
group project, the midterm and the final exam. Horton's definition of 
"professionalism" included attendance, preparedness, engagement and 

As seniors, the students gained practical skills that they could use after 

"I'll be able to sell wines if I'm working at a restaurant as a server or 
manager," said Halpert, who also said the skills she learned would come in 
handy for event planning and weddings. "You have to know what you're 
talking about." // 

Seniors Taylor Donohue and Matthew 

Sines raise their wine glasses to get 
a whiff of the scents in a white wine. 
HTM 473: Beverage Management and 
Marketing was offered to students 
who had declared the food and 
beverage management concentration 
in hospitality and tourism management, 
where students applied problem- 
solving sl<ills to issues that often arose 
in restaurants, 


A group of students in HTM 473: 

Beverage Management and Marketing 

take notes on aromas in woods, and 

wines and other liquids. Students in the 

class applied what they learned in class 

to their theme dinners in the Catering 

Operations and Events Management 

class, one of hospitality and tourism 

management's core courses 

photo// anniekraf 


Alexander Plunkett 


Ashley Pond 

Hospitality & Tourism Management 

Amber Richards 


Jason Ruffner 


Joseph Swartout 


Rachel Swecker 


David Walters 


Kajun Waybrlght 


Lauren Wiest 

International Business 

Matthew Wright 


Elliott Yousefian 


Marginis Zamora 


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Initially founded as a college focused on teacher education, the university opened its Education and 
Psychology Department in 1927, Although the program had gone through extensive restructuring over 
the years, the College of Education (COE) had upheld its goal to "prepare educated and enlightened 
individuals who can skillfully contribute to the common good of society and who can enter competently 
into positions of teaching and educational leadership, civic responsibility and national service," 
according to the college's Web site. 

Located in Memorial Hall, COE gave undergraduate students a strong liberal arts education, 
specialized study and opportunities to gain professional skills, according to the college's mission 

The Early, Elementary and Reading Education department focused on providing students with the 
opportunities to work with children and their families. The Young Children's Program, where students 
assisted in operating the daily preschool program, served as a professional learning environment that 
provided hands-on experience. Senior Rachel Smith said that she benefited from the small class sizes, 
which allowed for interactive learning and discussions during class time. 

COE offered a fifth-year graduate program, which Smith thought was a great asset to the program. 
Graduates would leave with a master's in their field of study and a teacher licensure in Virginia. 

"it's nice because you stay with the same people for the fifth year," said Smith. "If you do it after you're 
graduated, then you would do it while you're teaching, which would be really hard at the beginning and 
would take two or three years." 

Another program in COE was the department for Exceptional Education, which focused on preparing 
educators to teach and work with individuals who had special needs or students who were considered 
gifted. The department offered three distinct programs in gifted education, special education and 
teaching English as a second language. 

The third of five departments in COE was Learning, Technology and Leadership Education. Along 
with assisting with the 21 st Century Community Learning Centers, the department offered two programs 
of undergraduate study: Educational Media and Human Resource Development. It also provided adult 
education programs and English as second language courses, among other graduate programs. 

The fourth department was Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education, and the fifth was the 
Military Science department, which housed ROTO. 

Through its five departments and a series of innovative programs, COE was working towards 

its mission to educate students "not merely by transmitting skills and knowledge but by stimulating 

creativity developing cognitive abilities and encouraging the testing of hypotheses and reinterpretation 

of the human experience." 

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studentteach i ng/n ROM E. 

britnigeer // writer 

Field trips to the Colosseum and the chance to indulge in authentic 
gelato made up just a few of the perks to the study abroad program 
in Rome, where students wishing to pursue a career in education 
had the opportunity to student teach at the Marymount International 
School. The program, which lasted from May 12 to June 13, provided 
students with a cultural experience to better aid them in their future career 
plans. Participants taught four da)'s a week in classrooms of students who 
ranged from 3 -year-olds to high school students. 

"1 taught music in 6th, 7th and 8th grade, and I also taught a high school 
music class, which was 9th to 12th grade," said senior Taylor Vaughn. "My 
favorite part was getting the chance to learn about other cultures and how 
students learned and interacted with each other in an international school." 

The program focused on the theme of cultural competency and taught 
students how to interact effectively with people of different cultures both 
inside and outside of the classroom. Students wrote weekly journals based 
on their experiences while in Rome, developed and taught a lesson plan, 
and completed two projects after the trip's conclusion. 

"My favorite part about the program was that we were able to have 
the experience of student teaching in another country," said senior 
Maria Davis, who taught 3 -year-olds in the early childhood program. 
"Although it was an international school and was based on an American 
curriculum, it was still a completely different experience for me than 
student teaching locally." 

Being in Rome allowed students opportunities to experience different 

food, culture and history. They took weekend trips to Pompeii, Vesuvius 
and Florence, and some students also took a side trip to Capri. Participants 
visited different historical sites such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain 
and Vatican City. 

"One of my favorite things about Italy was the food, and especially the 
gelato," said Vaughn. "Our favorite place we got gelato was called Old 
Bridge, and I would go to Old Bridge at least once a day." 

Along with cultural education and an unusual teaching experience came 
challenges that many of the students faced when teaching in a different 
school setting. 

"Teaching in an international school was most difficult because of 
the language barrier," said Vaughn. "Even though the students were all 
required to speak English, it was still difficult teaching in a school where a 
lot of the students spoke Italian." 

Teaching at an international school over the summer provided stucients 
with exposure to a new culture and lifestyle without causing them to miss 
a semester at school. 

"For me, it was the perfect amount of time, and I loved that I could get 
experience student teaching while still enjoying time traveling around 
Italy," said Davis. "I felt like I came out with a better understanding of the 
Italian culture." 

The program enriched students' understanding of teaching in different 
cultures, provided educational and career-oriented opportunities, and 
offered the experience of a lifetime. // 

Marymount International School is locnt-l 

in the northern part ol Rome. The :,( ' 

was created to serve the children of Aiiiei i 

personnel in Rome following WWII, it and 

bought this building in 1953 

photo/Zcourtesy of taylorvaughi 

Seniors MaryAlyse Klement. Katie 
Becker, Erica Whiting, Taylor Vaughn 

and junior Jessica Capano pose for a 

quick photo in front of the Colosseum 

In addition to student teaching, 

students had free time to explore Rome 

and other cities in Italy 

photo/Zcourtesy of taylorvaughi 

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As one of the first undergraduate institutions to offer a Virginia 
Add-On K-12 Gifted Education Endorsement to its students, tiie 
College of Education encouraged future educators to add on the 
gifted education endorsement to their degree. 

"The add-on endorsement prepares any teacher, administrator or support 
personnel to study the unique characteristics and needs of gifted learners 
as well as how to best differentiate their educational programming," said 
Mary Slade, the program's coordinator. 

The gifted education endorsement allowed educators to develop 
the skills necessary to teach students who showed evidence of high 
performance capabilities in areas ranging from intellect to creativity. 
The endorsement also allowed educators to qualify more easily for a 
position in a gifted education classroom or program. Others used the 
endorsement to help individual gifted learners in classrooms that did 
not have separate services or activities that would allow gifted children 
to fully develop their capabilities. 

"I would recommend that anyone who works or wants to work in 
education or schools should add on the endorsement," said Slade. "We 
also hope that teachers who want to teach advanced placement or honors 
will enroll in this program." 

There were only a handful of institutions in the country that offered 
the endorsement to initial teacher licensures. The gifted education 

endorsement in the Commonwealth of Virginia required a minimum of 
15 graduate credit hours. 

"There are five courses total and we offer one course per semester," said 
Slade. "We have approximately 10 to 12 graduating students in each course 
and average about 30 full-time educators in another section of the courses." 

The course sequence was offered to students in initial licensure 
programs as well as practicing educators. For graduate level students, the 
coursework was offered entirely online. Full-time employed educators 
had the choice of teaching for a year or participating in a gifted education 
practicum. Students not enrolled in a master's degree program were still 
able to participate in a practicum, unlike other university endorsement 
programs that only allowed students to add the endorsement if they were 
enrolled in the program. 

According to Slade, the program raised awareness about the population 
of K-12 gifted students who proved gifted in a wide range of areas from 
academic to creative. 

"Gifted students deserve accommodations for their learning styles, and 
my goal is to be an advocate for these bright and fascinating students," 
said senior Lauren Mattson, who planned to complete the requirements 
for the add-on endorsement. "By getting my endorsement, I feel more 
competitive entering the job market and I hope to work with advanced 
students in new and exciting ways." // 

[.1j: \, brochures and literature are available to 

students to explain ttie benefits of the gifted 

education program. It was one of the only college 

programs that included a practicum for students 

who were not completing a master's degree. 


The gifted education program keeps its students 

informed about current activities and awards using a 

large bulletin board. The program was most beneficial 

to student teachers who planned to teach advanced 

placement, honors and dual-enrollment courses. 

photo// katielyvers 

Professor Teresa Harris, an elementary 

and early childhood education faculty 

member, takes a break between 

classes, Harris received a Fulbright 

grant in January to spend six months 

building partnerships between the 

university's education programs and the 

elementary education programs at the 

University of Pretoria in South Africa. 


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britnigeer// writer 

With seven years of schooling, a seven-hour time difference 
and one determined mind, Professor Teresa Harris worked 
to achieve her goal of improving education in South Africa. 
After being awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in March 2009, Harris 
set out for Johannesburg, South Africa in January 20 1 to create a positive 
impact on the education process for children and their families. 

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's 
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, was designed to "increase 

E mutual understanding between the people of the United States and 
the people of other countries," according to the program's Web site, 
ffarris received a grant to build a collaborative relationship 
between the Early Childhood Development department of the 
University of Pretoria (UP) and the university's Early Childhood, 
Elementary and Reading department in the College of Education. 
"South Africa is one of the first countries I ever visited, and I fell 
in love with the people I met," said Harris. "I have been working 
in South Africa in the Gauteng Province since 2006, when I came 
with a group from my church to provide professional development 

Ofor teachers. We all shared our concerns for providing high-quality 
educational experiences for children of all life circumstances." 


After her visit in 2006, Harris brought 1 1 graduate students to South 
Africa in 2007 and eight in 2009, where they studied primary education 
in the post-apartheid environment and worked in children's academy 
classrooms. During this time, Harris connected with Nkidi Phatudi, the 
head of UP's Early Childhood Development department, and the two set 
out to find ways to work together as educators. 

"Nkidi Phatudi and I have already managed to successfully Skype with 
one another across the seven-hour time difference, and now we're already 
trying to plan our first departmental meeting to share research interests 
with one another," said Harris. 

The Fulbright Scholarship provided travel, living expenses, a stipend 
and funds for purchasing materials for the project. Harris developed a 
proposal of her plans; completed an application about her professional 
life experiences, and solicited recommendations from those who knew 
of her qualifications for the project. Her hard work paid off when she 
was able to move into her apartment near UP in January and start closely 
examining primary education in South Africa and the challenges that 
needed to be addressed. 

Along with her extensive work in South Africa, Harris had accomplished 
many roles in her career. In 2006 she served as the curriculum specialist 
for the university's Fulbright Hays Short Term Program for Teachers. She 
also served at the state level on several early childhood initiatives as well 
as on the executive board of the International Beliefs and Values Institute. 

"I hope we can become a professional community of learners who can 
take what we understand today, challenge one another and have a positive 
impact on the communities in which we live," said Harris. // 

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The College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT) empowered students to analyze and 
solve "real world" problems by integrating scientific, technological, commercial and social aspects 
of these problems, and communicating innovative solutions to a diverse audience. 

Introduced by former university president Ronald E. Carrier, CISAT started with a proposal in 
1989 and officially entered its "pilot" stage in 1992. The geographic science program was added in 
1995, and psychology and kinesiology joined in 2001. The information analysis program, created 
for students interested in working for the government as trained intelligence analysts, was the 
college's most recent addition, added in 2007. 

CISAT offered programs ranging from communication sciences and disorders to sport and 
recreation management. Computer science, nursing, dietetics, geographic science and health 
services administration were also housed in CISAT, among other programs. 

The master's program in integrated science and technology (ISAT) was added in 2000, but 
a new development in the program was its joint master's program with the University of Malta. 
Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, housed the entire program according to Pauline 
Cushman, who had served as the interim department head in CISAT for two years and planned to 
retire at the end of the year. 

Formally named Sustainable Environmental Resource Management (SERM), the Malta program 
had 22 students enrolled in 201 0. SERM motivated its students — half American and half Maltese — 
to develop a broad international viewpoint and focus on the European-Mediterranean region. 
SERM also allowed students to gain and implement specialized knowledge to deal with natural or 
man-made problems that impacted the environment. 

CISAT students also worked to implement innovative ideas for "real world" applications by 
renovating a motorcycle to make it more environmentally friendly. The team, led by engineering 
faculty member Rob Prins, had renovated a 1968 Sears motorcycle by installing batteries and an 
electric motor. With help from students in finance, engineering and ISAT, three seniors broke the 
East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) record when their "E-Cycle" went 70.1 7 mph. 

By combining cutting-edge research with a collaborate environment between faculty members 
and students, CISAT was accomplishing its goal of contributing to the betterment of society. 

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Suicide was the second leading cause of death among college 
students, with more than 1,100 students' lives claimed each year, 
according to Active Minds. A nonprofit organization. Active 
Minds was dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and reducing 
the stigma of mental health issues on college campuses. 

The university began its own Active Minds chapter during the spring 
of 2009, Colleen Slipka, a psychiatrist at Varner House, proposed the idea 
of beginning a chapter on campus to a group of students who were doing 
their internships at Varner in the fall of 2008. Senior Liz Loveless, who 
became the president of the university's Active Minds chapter, worked with 
Slipka and seven other students to develop and establish the organization. 
Students created a mission statement, objectives and goals for the chapter, 
and a constitution. 

Alison Malmon, a former University of Pennsylvania student, founded 
Active Minds in 2001 after her older brother, Brian, committed suicide. 
The organization was founded to serve as a liaison between students and 
mental health communities, and to raise college-aged students' awareness 
of mental health issues and symptoms. Since the organization's beginning, 
chapters had sprung up on college campuses across the United States. 

The Active Minds chapter on campus had approximately 20 active 
members who attended meetings, helped plan campus-wide events and 
worked to live each day by the founding principles of the organization. 

Sophomore Maegan Pisman, the chapter's publicity chair, advertised 
the chapter through flyers. The Breeze, Facebook and the psychology 
e-newsletter. A number of events were held on the Commons to promote 
the organization and awareness of mental health issues. i 

Stress Out Day on the Commons was a day dedicated to relieving stress 
before final exams during both fall and spring semesters. Students made 
their own stress balls and received tips on how to relieve stress. 

On National Day Without Stigma, the Monday of Mental Health Awareness! 
Week in the beginning of October, a panel was available to speak to students 
and to hopefully reduce the negative feelings toward mental illness. Mental 
Health Awareness Week also informed the campus community about 
leading mental health issues and how to recognize symptoms. 

Also in October, the chapter brought an exhibit to the university called 
"Send Silence Packing," a traveling display of backpacks from students who 
had committed suicide within the past year. The display demonstrated 
that "preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but also about 
saving the lives of students, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends,'"" 
according to Active Minds' national Web site. 

"Each backpack comes with a picture of that student and their story," said 
senior Vanessa Olson, the chapter's vice president. "There are approximately 
1,100 [backpacks in the display]. This is a truly powerful message for 
suicide prevention and we feel it will greatly impact the JMU campus." // 

Seniors Liz Loveless and Vanessa Olson 

take a break on the Commons during fall 

semester's Stress Out Day. Members handed 

out literature about different mental disorders 

and tips for handling stress, and provided 

games and bubble-blowing to help students 

take a break from studying. 

photo/Zcourtesy of lizloveless 

Senior Liz Loveless and juniors Christine 

Schmidt and Kelsie Bathurst attend the Activf 

Minds National Conference in Washington, D.G 

In 2009. the university's Active Minds chapter 

won an honorable mention for the Road Runner 

award, which was given to a chapter that had 

established a strong presence on its campus in 

a short period of time 

photo// courtesy of lizloveless 

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Dansowaa Ahima 

Health Sciences 

Shami Ammad 

Computer Science 

Alice Anderson 


Barbee Ashley 


Charnelce Barnes 


Katie Byrd 

Health Sciences 

Mark Caplinger 


Shari Carlos 

Health Services Administration 

Briana Carper 

Integrated Science & Technology 

Katya Chopivsky 


Ivaco Clarke 

Social Work 

Rebecca Coleman 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Dana Corriere 


Paul Crisman 

Integrated Science & Technology 

Ashley Cross 


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Chelsea Dilkes 
Health Sciences 

Rebecca Dial 
Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Patrick Deal 

Athletic Training 

Brooke Eckman 

Health Services Administration 

Katelyn Dillon 

Athletic Training 

Veronica Dlllard 

Social Work 

Colleen Farrell 


Lathee Ellerbe 

Health Sciences 

Danielle Egan 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Christopher Flint 

Computer Science 

Vernita Fisher 

Integrated Science & Technology 

Timothy Finney 


Eleanor Garretson 

Athletic Training 

Andrew Fornadel 


Elizabeth Forde 



Professor Amy Graham teaches 
an Impact of Chronic Illness class. 
Graham was the faculty advisor of 
the university's Nursing Student 
Association, a student organization 
within the School of Nursing where the 
chronic illness minor was housed, 

Sophomore Beth Stinson. 

a psychology major, listens 
intently during class. The chronic 
illness minor was offered to all 


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veryone involved in healthcare, regardless of their specialty, 
needs to consider the impact of chronic illness on their specific 
client population," said Mont\' Gross, a nursing professor with 
1 Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. 

Many professors agreed with Gross' belief that understanding chronic 
illnesses was important for students' future careers. For this reason, the 
chronic LUness minor was developed and approved by the Committee on 
Academic Programs in the fall of 2009. 

Department head Merle Mast, who had a Ph.D. in nursing, first sent out 
a survey to current nursing majors to get a better idea of the interest le\'el 
in a chronic illness minor. Professors worked together to come up with a 
curriculum and course objectives for the minor. 

The minor was made up of two core classes — Impact of Chronic Illness, 
and Li\'ing Successful!)' With Chronic Illness — as well as a number of 
electives. In Impact of Chronic Illness, students gained a better idea of 
the influence that chronic illnesses had on the individual and the local 
and global communities. Living Successfully With Chronic Illness offered 
students an understanding of existing resources and strategies that 
pro\'ided the most effective care for each patient. 

Gross, the minor's coordinator, advertised the new program through 
word of mouth. Nineteen students had officially declared the chronic 
illness minor, including senior Matt Sears. 

"The chronic illness minor initially caught my interest as something 

that could be valuable to me in my future career by giving me a glimpse 
into the clinical aspect of health care," said Sears, a health services 
administration major. 

All majors were ^velcomed to add the minor, although the majority 
of the 19 students were part of the School of Nursing. Junior Stephanie 
Modena, a nursing major, picked up the minor in addition to her medical 
Spanish minor. 

Through her chronic illness classes, Modena had learned a number of 
interesting facts. As the U.S population aged, chronic diseases were the 
leading causes of death and disabUiU'. These illnesses included obesit); 
diabetes, arthritis and emphysema. According to an article presented in 
class, 100 million people in the U.S. had at least one chronic condition, and 
half of those indi\iduals had more than one. Another fact that stuck out to 
Modena was that chronic illness accounted for three-quarters of the total 
national health care expenditure. 

Four nursing professors taught the two core classes, while other nursing 
or healthcare professionals taught the electi\'es available to students. The 
number of electives would grow over time as the professors worked to 
develop courses that had a strong emphasis on chronic illness. 

"Those who complete the chronic illness minor will have a comprehensive 
understanding of chronic iUness and strategies to better manage [its 
effects]," said Gross. 

Information compiled from and 

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[KIN157]^^efense , 

maryclairejones // writer 

/ / ^k Mou said all I have is sarcasm ami a gun." 
^W "That and a right hook." 

I -"Aliss CongeniaUty" 

Even Sandra Bullock understood that no woman should be without a 
basic knowledge of self-defense. The university saw the importance of 
educating women in this area, and added KIN 157: Women's Self-Defense 
to show its commitment to women's safety. The eight-week course gave "a 
practical hands-on experience [where students] are shown simple things 
they can do with their body to defend themselves," according to Professor 
Denise McDonough. 

"We practice a lot of basic defense principles like twisting and blocking, 
and we take turns attacking each other," said senior Stephanie Hunt. 

McDonough didn't classify the course as a certain type of self-defense, 
instead combining a series of styles that she had learned over the years. 

"There's a little bit of jiu-jitsu with the twists and turns, but it's really 
just a combination of styles I've studied," said McDonough. "It is 
important for the girls to know that it's not necessarily about strength. 
It's mainly about using their bodies to get loose, how to get out of 
different situations." 

"We keep logs of what we've learned each day and what we've learned 
about ourselves," said Hunt. "The best part for me is realizing that I'm 
capable of doing all these things, of being able to defend myself." 

McDonough also stressed to the women that what happened in the real 
world could be very different than what happened in a classroom. 

"She tells us not to be so careful with our partners, that we won't learn 
that way," said Hunt. "And it's true— I've learned that I don't think about 
the moves, if I just go for it, it comes naturally." 

Aside from the hands-on portion of the class, there were also times 
when students were able to bring in questions they had about different 

"It's kind of an open forum," said McDonough. "The discussion goes 
where the class goes." 

Discussions included various situations one could get into, the best 
ways to get out of dangerous situations by using your voice, and different 
avoidance strategies. One of the main things the class discussed was 
assorted ways to stay safe in various settings, including in a group or car. 

Students also had assignments outside of class, including a stalking 
assignment where the students had to pick someone to follow. I 

"They had to stalk someone just to get a feel for how easy it really is," said 
McDonough. "It just gets them thinking. In today's society, people are just 
in more risks, more situations where there is increased violence against 
other people. Knowing what to look for and how to keep yourself safe are 
all unfortunately part of our society and it's important for both men and 
women to be able to protect themselves." ;, 

Practicing at home in their living room, seniors 

Rikki Wagner and Morgan Coubot work on a 

chol<e hold and defense they learned in KIN 157: 

Women's Self-Defense. KIN 157 was just one of 

the one-credit kinesiology courses offered in the 

first or last block of each semester. 


Senior Rikki Wagner demonstrates a rear hold 

on senior Morgan Coubot while practicing 

at home for KIN 157: Women's Self-Defense. 

Other eight-week kinesiology courses offered at 

the university ranged from scuba and skin diving 

to mountain cycling, 

photo// anniekraft 


Alexandra Gawler 

Health Sciences 

Christina Gennari 


Donald Gleason Jr. 

Integrated Science & Technology 

Courtney Gordner 

Social Work 

Alynn Gordon 



Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Jeffrey Haas 

Geographic Science 

Christina Hairston 

Health Sciences 

Catherine Harmon 

Health Services Administration 

Lura Harrell 


Kristy Marie Harris 

Health Sciences 

Lucas Hauschner 

Integrated Science & Technology 

Christopher Hite 

Athletic Training 

Jessica Hopkins 


Caitlin Howard 


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Jennifer Jenkins 


Ashley Jackson 

Health Services Administration 

Ashley Hudson 

Health Services Administration 

KImberly Kavanaugh 


Donna Jones 


Katie Johnson 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Daezel Lacanlale 


Jacqueline Kurecki 

Health Sciences 

Paula Keough 

Health Services Administration 

Bethany Magee 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Ashley Luhrs 


Megan Lipp 

Health Sciences 

Ryan McGlynn 

Information Analysis 

Kelly Mayhew 

Health Sciences 

Allison Marano 

Health Services Administration 


Smiling in anticipation, students 
and their mentees prepare 
for a hayride as part of tfie 
Fall Harvest Festival. The 
festival was held at a park near 
Waynesboro, Va., and also 
included hot cider and games, 
photo //courtesy of jessicacave 

Students from Waynesboro 
High School (WHS) join their 
mentors for a Fall Harvest 
Festival. "It was a huge 
success," said graduate 
assistant Jessica Cave, who 
worked specifically with WHS. 
phoio// courtesy of jessicacave 

lisamees // writer 

MU students are different from the surrounding community in 
the sense that they have had people around them to help them 
dream and think about their lives a little bit more, even if it was 
just a good high school teacher," said Professor BJ Bryson. 

This was the need Bryson saw in Waynesboro High School, and with the 
help of the Professors in Residence program, she was able give the university's 
students an opportunity to give back the support that they had received. 

"Young people need the capacity to dream," said Bryson. "You can't dream 
if you've never had the experience, or saw, or even thought of something." 

The Purple and Gold Connection began in the fall with a small group 
of students who were mostly social work majors. The group partnered 
with Waynesboro High School teachers and counselors to find rising 10th- 
graders who they felt could greatly benefit from the program. Even though 
the program was new, its presence had already impacted the school and 
the community. 

Students hosted a snow tubing trip, a family pizza night and a harvest 
festival. They also began reaching out to the rest of the student body by 
hosting "Hanging Out With P&G," where kids who may have been turned 
off from the formal relationship of a mentor could still go for lunch and 
hang out to talk about their own issues and concerns. 

"Our role as mentors is to, in a nutshell, be your mentee's No. 1 fan," said 
sophomore Elizabeth Coates. "We are there to be a tool for the mentee to 
navigate through their emotions, and more fully realize who they are." 

However, the inentors did not just jump in feet first. They received 

extensive training on confidentiality guidelines, the basics of conversation, 
developmental stages, and how to be most beneficial to their mentees. 
They also participated in scenario-based training where they practiced 
handling potential situations where their mentees confided dangerous 
situations such as violence in the home, family members using drugs, or 
plans to run away. In these situations, the mentors learned how to help 
their mentees make better decisions and lead them to higher goals and a 
lifestyle that was beneficial to them. 

Mentors were required to spend four hours a month with their mentees, 
which Bryson noted was more time than many students got with their 
own parents. 

"My mentee is more than just another high school student, an immigrant, a 
statistic; she is a kind, hard-working, bilingual, and differently experienced 
young lady that will, I believe, one day make something great of herself," 
said sophomore Annunciata Corey. "Believing this has made me see that 
the less fortunate person who happens to live on the wrong side of the 
tracks in a small town has just as much potential as the less grateful one 
who lives in the right neighborhood." 

The goal of all students involved was to build a greater community 
and develop the Waynesboro area. The Professor in Residence program 
intended to do the same in the other 12 partner schools. 

"Education changes a lot of people," said Bryson. 

The Purple and Gold Connection was bringing that message to those 
who didn't hear it enough. 

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caitlincrumpton // writer 

, ^^ at/7/ef/ctraining 

education program 

Athletes tolerated long practices at intense levels that often caused 
injuries to their bodies, requiring treatment by professionals who 
had specifically studied athletic injuries. These professionals, 
called athletic trainers, focused on the prevention, evaluation and 
rehabilitation of athletic related injuries. 

The university's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) provided 
students with academic and hands-on experiences that would better 
prepare them for a profession in athletic training. 

"Students learn about inj ury evaluation, emergency care and management, 
general medical conditions, cardiovascular and skin conditions, injury 
rehabilitation, bracing, taping, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and 
administrative topics," said Connie Peterson, an athletic training faculty 

In order to be accepted into the program, students were required to 
take certain pre-requisite courses and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. 
The students also went through an application and interview process to 
determine if they were passionate about a career in the field. 

The student couldn't be accepted into the program typically until his or 
her junior year, when they entered the professional phase of the program. 
There were 31 individuals in the professional phase, and up to 18 students 
per year were accepted. 

Students in the pre-professional phase, which typically began in the 
spring semester of his or her sophomore year, were required to complete 
nine to 12 hours per week of observation in the athletic training facilities. 
Once admitted into ATEP, the students completed 800 hours over four 
semesters at a clinical site. 

Clinical sites were located on campus with varsity teams or at surrounding 
colleges, universities and high schools. At these sites, students practiced 

hands-on applications under the supervision of certified athletic trainers. 

"It is a way for students to take his or her skills from class, and apply it to 
the real world," said Peterson. 

Students in ATEP also had the opportunity to be involved with 
Madison Athletic Training Student Association (MATSA), a student-run 
organization established specifically for individuals interested in pursuing 
a career in athletic training. 

"This is done so through three goals, including academic, professional 
and social aspects," said senior Kelly Murphy, the organization's president. 
"Ultimately, MATSA looks to give back to the community and promote 
the profession and its skills through various events." 

After completing ATEP, students went onto graduate school to obtain 
their master's, where opportunities with high schools, major colleges and 
universities, and even professional sports were possible. Other individuals 
went on to physical therapy school or physician assistant school, or even 
received a graduate assistant position at a university in a large athletic 

"Athletic training is a good healthcare profession that gives you 
opportunities and also allows you to create your own jobs," said Peterson. 

With the education and hands-on experience that the ATEP provided, it 
gave students the opportunity to become more knowledgeable and skilled 
in the field of athletic training. 

"The ATEP brings a unique quality of education to its students through 
practicum and clinical rotations as well as through academic classes," said 
Murphy. "The classes are beneficial for learning the content, [but] the 
experience the students are exposed to in the athletic training rooms truly 
allows them to apply what they've learned for further understanding and 
growth in the subject matter." // 

A player raibts tiei diiiis, allowing the 

student athletic trainer to tape a bag of 

ice to an inflamed muscle. Athletic training 

students devoted approximately 20 hours a 

week to clincal education. 


Working to massage a player's knee, 

senior Elly Hart gains practical experience 

in working as a student athetic trainer 

with the women's basketball team. The 

Athletic Training Education Program was 

approved by the National Athletic Trainers' 

Association (NATA) in 1982. 

photo //alexledford 


Tiara McKeever 


Brittany IVIelton 


Jared IVIiller 

Athletic Training 

Dana Mitcliell 


Lauren Murphy 


Bianca Newton 

Health Sciences 

IVIichaei Oliver 

Computer Science 

Eileen Peterman 


Emily Phillips 

Health Sciences 

Erin Plecker 

Health Sciences 

Caitlin Price 



Athletic Training 

Maggie Ramseyer 

Health Sciences 

Melissa Reimert 


Polly Reuter 

Health Sciences 

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Tara Searight 


Angela Saunders 

Health Sciences 

Rachel Rosenburg 


Tiffany Stevens 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Steph Smith 


Janay Smith 

Health Sciences 

Michael Trop 

Integrated Science & Technology 

Shannon Thornhill 

Health Sciences 

Nina Szemis 

Athletic Training 

Allison Walsh 


Shavonne Turner 


Jessica West 

Health Sciences 

Sarah Weitzel 


Sarah Ward 



students listen with rapt 
attention as Professor 
Ronald Raab lectures on 
alpha radiation. During the 
semester, students learned 
about different types of 
radiation, including beta 
radiation, gamma rays and 

examples of radiation. 

awareness &. 

understanding of 

[ISAT459] massdestmction 

karlynwilliams // writer 

The syllabus read: "The current war in Iraq, predicted on the 
likelihood of Saddam Hussein's store of 'weapons of mass 
destruction,' illustrates the feeling of the current concern about this 
type of modern warfare and terrorism." 

Students enrolled in ISAT 459: Awareness and Understanding of 
Chemical, Biological and Radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction, were 
from various disciplines including public administration, information 
analytics, biotechnology, media arts and design, and criminal justice. The 
course educated students about chemical and biological instruments of 
terrorism, with an emphasis on bacterial, viral and chemical agents. 

"They will do a project where they divide into pairs and each pair will 
plan a 'terrorist attack' using a certain agent," said Professor Ronald Raab. 
j"They must include reasons for the attack, where it will take place, how the 
agent will be used and the expected outcome." 

After the assignment was turned in and graded, pairs were given one of 
the "terrorist attacks" from another pair. Their role was to plan a response to 
that attack based on the knowledge they acquired throughout the semester. 

Raab believed that the media was desensitizing Americans to ignore 
possible warning signs of an attack with weapons of mass destruction. 
Through this project, Raab wanted the students to become more aware of 
the various agents that could be used in potentially dangerous attacks. 

"I want to become more aware on what's going on around me," said 
senior William Jay. "As a biotech major, knowing what chemicals make up 
explosives will keep me aware of suspicious activity in my everyday life." 

In addition to gaining awareness about these agents, each student had 
the opportunity to gain certifications in Weapons of Mass Destruction 
Awareness, Radiological Awareness and Federal Emergency Management 
Agency. These certifications proved valuable when the students sought 

Senior Andrew Piske applied the skills he had learned in the course by 
volunteering at the fire department, where Raab served as a hazardous 
materials (HazMat) officer for the Rockingham County Fire and Rescue. 

"[I use] hazard recognition skills as well as response skills — knowing 
what the hazards are, what to look for in suspicious situations and how 
to handle them accordingly," said Piske. "I plan on using the information 
in my career pursuits as I am looking to begin my career in emergency 
management after completing my master's." 

Those who did not understand the importance of the class had questioned 
Raab in regards to the course's subject matter. 

"I've got the question, 'Are you training terrorists?'" said Raab. "My answer 
is 'No, we're just teaching [the students] how to respond to an attack with 
certain chemicals because certain chemicals require different responses.'"/' 

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Jessica Wray 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 

Obolety Yacob 


allisonlagonigro // writer 


Joann Grayson, a professor in the department of psychology, worked 
as an advocate for child and family abuse victims and won several 
awards for her work. Through her class teachings as well as her 
volunteer work, Grayson was an inspiration to her students. 

At the university, Grayson taught in the areas of chUd abuse and neglect, 
child clinical psychology and clinical psychology. 

Grayson had also played an important role in the department of 
psychology's field placement programs, which consisted of volunteer 
programs that students participated in for university credit. These programs 
included mentoring elementary school students, tutoring at-risk and 
foster children, and working with programs like the Virginia Mennonite 
Retirement Community, Healthy Families or the Virginia Child Protection 
newsletter, a publication distributed nationwide that Grayson had edited 
and published since 1981. 

"I have had the opportunity not only to learn more about what it 
is like to work as a professional in the field of psychology, but I have 
also learned more about my personal strengths and weaknesses," said 
senior Cassie Castro, a student who worked at Shenandoah Academy 
for the Shenandoah Youth Services of Virginia. "I have also learned that 
I am in the right profession because I value helping others enrich their 
quality of life." 

In addition to her other accomplishments, Grayson sat on the Governor's 
Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect from 1983 to 1993, and served 
as its chair for four years. In 2001, Grayson testified before a Congressional 

committee to lobby for the reenactment of the Child Abuse Prevention and 
Treatment Act. 

"Speaking to the Congressional Committee was something I did as a 
service to the American Psychological Association," said Grayson. "I 
gave testimony on my thoughts and hoped my ideas were helpful to the 

In 2006, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia awarded Grayson with its 
Champion for Children Award in recognition of her dedication to helping 
children and families. In March 2009, Grayson was awarded the Virginia 
Women in History Award after being nominated by a fourth-grade class 
from a school in Alexandria, Va. She had also won the university's Be the 
Change award in healthcare. 

"It is certainly wonderful to be recognized," said Grayson. "It is especially 
nice that others see the efforts as worthwhile. It is humbling, as so many 
others also do exceptional work." 

Many of her former students had enrolled in graduate school, while 
others were conducting their own case studies or spending time teaching 
in foreign countries. Despite their differences in occupations, future 
goals and plans, they all attributed some amount of their success to their 
participation in the field placement program and the encouragement they 
received from Grayson. 

"It's just very positive to know that students are able to launch wonderful 
careers," said Grayson, who enjoyed hearing from former students. "It's just 
so much fun to read what everybody has done." // 

Professor Joann Grayson fills out paperwork in fier 

Miller Hall office. Grayson was named a "Virginia 

Woman of History" along with seven other women. Past 

recipents of this award included Martha Washington. 

Dolly Madison and Katie Couric. 


Psychology professor Joann Grayson 

is well known for her prevention 

programs for at-risk children in the 

Harrisonburg community. Grayson had 

taught at the university for 30 years and 

supervised more than 9,000 hours of 

community service. 






The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) made a series of changes over 
the course of the year, adding three environmental minors and a biochemistry minor 
to the curriculum. Students experienced the benefits of developments made inside 
and outside the classroom. 

A new bioscience building was in the planning and production stages, to be 
built in the space between the East Campus Library and the Physics and Chemistry 
building, which was currently a parking lot. 

Math students competed in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications 
Project (COMAP), a math modeling competition sponsored by a nonprofit 
organization. Over a period of four days, 800 teams from 1 1 countries used 
mathematical modeling to present their solutions to real world problems. 

Students who wanted to get some hands-on experience had this opportunity 
through the Office of International Programs, where CSM sponsored programs for 
students to study geology in Ireland, explore the history of science in London, and 
dive into environmental issues in the Bahamas or Madagascar. The college also 
periodically sponsored a study abroad program in the Galapagos Islands. 

"Our study abroad programs are fabulous," said Dr, David Brakke, the dean 
of CSM. 

CSM was dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education and research, 
according to the college's Web site. Its programs were student-centered and 
designed to prepare students for responsible positions at all levels in research, 
industry, education, medicine and government. 

The college emphasized learning through hands-on activities and provided 
active learning experiences in a range of settings. It also encouraged collaborative 
research with faculty, internships and other experiences that facilitated transitions 
to the work environment, or graduate or professional education, preparing students 
for life after graduation. 

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sarahlockwood // writer 

Captain Planet was quoted at the top of the syllabus, "Protect 
the environment or I'll f@!&%*# kill you!" Despite its comical 
nature, the sentiment was no joke. During its debut in the 
spring, ENVT 400: Capstone Seminar in Environmental Problem 
Solving gave conscientious students the opportunity to study and 
address some of the world's environmental issues. 

A team of professors called "The Environmental Science and Studies 
Work Group" created the capstone course as part of the reorganization 
of the three environmental minors. Because the new curriculum 
required all environmental minor students to take the capstone course, 
it enabled "very different perspectives to come together to work on 
problem solving over one central controversial issues," according to 
Professor Jennifer Coffman, who co-taught the course with Professor 
Steven Frysinger. 

Coffman and Frysinger chose the theme "Biofuels and the Global 
Food Supply." 

"The reason we want to teach this is because we are nowhere near to 
having all the answers," said Coffman. "[We're] very interested in this 
controversy and hearing what they think because these are the ones 
that are going to graduate and likely get involved." 

"We wanted to find an issue that would be sufficiently difficult, 
challenging and ill-defined so that there's no quick answers [and] we 

could have a conversation about it," said Frysinger. The plans for the 
class allowed for a different set of teachers to present students with a 
different theme each semester. 

Although current environmental minor students were not required 
to take the capstone course because they were grandfathered in, the 
course was almost filled. On the first day of class, both professors agreed 
that this pilot group was promising, as they were already discussing 
candidly and intelligently with one another. 

"We even assigned an advanced reading and they did it," said Coffman. 
"What more can you ask for?" 

The 14 students, who ranged from integrated science and technology 
majors to communication studies majors, had more than readings 
and discussions in store for them. Students also took field trips to the | 
university's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab, listened to guest speakers, and 
were given the responsibility of designing five weeks of the course — 
one lesson a week taught by a group of two to three students. 

"When you're going to teach a topic, you really do have to dive in ; 
and learn as much about it as you can and so that's what we're hoping 
happens in that process," said Frysinger. "The broader picture is we're 
hoping that they learn to appreciate different points of view about 
environmental issues in general, improve their methods of discourse, 
and develop their critical thinking skills." // 

Passing back an informational pamphlet, students listen as 

Professor Steven Frysinger elaborates on environmental 

issues. Before teaching at the university, Frysinger was a 

lead display systems engineer in the development of sonar 

systems for the U.S. Navy. 


Taking time out of class for discussion, Professor Steven 

Frysinger talks to students in ENVT 400: Capstone Seminar 

in Environmental Problem Solving. The capstone was 

designed around a particular environmental topic, and was 

usually capped at 16 students to facilitate intensive projects. 

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Jason Branton 


David Craven 


Amanda Dedonato 


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juliacramer // writer 

Last summer while flipping through the presets on his radio, Professor 
Mark Mattson turned to WXJM 88.7, the university's station. All he heard 
was static, and he thought of the dead air as a waste. This experience, 
"mashed with a desire to spread science and math," gave him the idea to create 
his own science-based radio program. With his co-host, Professor Brian Utter, 
Mattson created his weekly radio program, STEM Sell. 

Mattson had originally become interested in teaching during his freshman year of 
college at Virginia Tech. He majored in chemical engineering but often found himself 
helping friends understand math and came to enjoy it. His teaching adviser encouraged 
him to fulfill teaching requirements, and Mattson also eai'ned his Ph.D. in physics. 
After he graduated, Mattson taught at a tew schools in Virginia before coming to the 
university' in 1997 to teach physics. 

Utter had served as a teaching assistant when he was a graduate 
student at Cornell University and worked as a researcher tor three 
years at Duke University. The university's physics department 
hired him in 2004. 

In the fall, Mattson began contacting the advisers at 
WXJM and higher university administrators to develop his 
idea into a reality. The radio station told him he needed a 
co-host for his show, so he started e-mailing other faculty 
members. Utter saw the e-mail and jumped at the chance to 
co-host a science radio show. Neither Mattson nor Utter had 
any experience in radio, but they hosted their first show on 
Tuesday, Oct. 27, under the direction of the WXJM program 
director, senior Eric Wuestewald. At the time, the show did 
not have a name, but both Mattson and Utter quickly came 
up with the name STEM Sell and decided to stick with it 
at the risk of sounding cliche. STEM was an acronym for 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

"Stem cells have been an issue in the news lately and we're 
selling the concept of science and math," said Mattson. 

In the spring semester, the show ran every Wednesday 
from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the first 15 minutes of the show, Mattson and Utter 
reported science in the news. Then they interviewed a guest, usually a faculty 
member who talked about his or her latest research. In the final 15 minutes, 
they discussed STEM in the news and science in everyday life. For example, in 
January they explained the science behind the 3D movie, "Avatar." 

"Ultimately, I like learning new things," Utter said. "I like talking about some of 
the bizarre and amazing things that science uncovers. This show has given me an 
excuse to talk to STEM faculty and students across campus and troll the Internet 
for interesting science news. It's fun. In the end, I guess that's why I do it." // 

STEM Sell guest Kevin Minbiole leans in 
closer to the microphone while Professor 
Brian Utter looks on during STEM Sell's 
seventh broadcast episode. Minbiole, a 
professor in the university's chemistry 
department, was working in collaboration 
with the biology department on the Natural 
Product Isolation Project, whose research 
on amphibian extinction was presented in a 
program on the Discovery Channel in 2008. 
photo// kirnlofgren 


Senior Daniel Simonson peeks into 
one of the six telescopes mounted 
at the Astronomy Park. The park 
had been constructed in the fall of 
2006 and the Astronomy Club often 
hosted "star parties" there to allow 
students to view nearby planets. 

Astronomy Club president, senior 
Patrick McCauley, adjusts the 
telescope to fry to see through the 
clouds. Less than optimal viewing 
circumstances often caused the club to 
cancel their "star parties." 

karlynwilliams // writer 


The Astronomy Park provided an escape for students and the 
community and allowed them to star gaze in the convenience 
of the university's campus. Located on the east side of campus 
between the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) building and the 
Skyline dorms, the Astronomy Park was used by classes, the Astronomy 
Club and the public. 

The Astronomy Park had electricity and six mounting pedestals for 
telescopes, so its users didn't have to worry about batteries, long extension 
cords or tripods. The park's concrete pad also made viewing easier when 
the ground was wet or muddy. The park was primarily reserved for 
introductory science courses, such as GSCI 104: Exploring the Night Sky. 

"These courses use the park to look at bright objects in the sky," said 
William Alexander, assistant professor of physics and the planetarium's 
director. "They aren't too bothered by light pollution from the stadium 
and the nearby fields." 

The campus lighting was not ideal for research and deterred some 
faculty and students from doing more serious scientific research at the 
on-campus park. 

"The light pollution on campus severely inhibits the collection of 
scientific data, " said senior Daniel Simonson, who used Alexander's 
telescope for projects related to his astronomy minor. 

As members of the Astronomy Club, both Simonson and senior 

Patrick McCauley 's biggest project was reaching out to the community 
through events at the park. McCauley, the club's president, believed 
astronomy was a casual interest for most people, so the park was able to 
pull a decent crowd when the park held public events such as viewings 
of a lunar eclipse. 

"Having an on-campus site for setting up telescopes is very important to 
us in terms of how many people come out," said McCauley. "Many people 
are content to have a quick look and leave, so I think having to trek any 
further might discourage some folks." 

Alexander agreed. "If we were on a mountain top some place, we 
wouldn't get that random traffic that is walking by the park." 

Students or community members could learn to use the specialized 
equipment with just a few training sessions. The club attempted to use the 
park every other week, but often had to reschedule due to weather 

McCauley did not use the park much for his own research, but instead 
preferred using a larger telescope in darker skies off campus. Faculty, staff 
and student organizations often did their own research at the University 
Farm, located just 10 miles east of campus. The farm provided 31 clear 
acres alongside the North River, eliminating some of the light pollution 
found on campus. 

"In an ideal world, we'd have both the park and an off-campus observatory 
for research," said McCauley, "possibly located at the University Farm."// 

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provided a platform for students 
to creatively express themselves. CVPA offered degrees in art, art history, music, 
theatre and dance. 

"In the College of Visual and Performing Arts, students are able to pursue rigorous 
training in their major discipline within the context of a top-notch, undergraduate- 
focused university," said Kate Arecchi, an assistant professor of musical theatre. 
"There is a real sense of excitement and collaboration between the varied artistic 
disciplines that make up the College of Visual and Performing Arts." 

The School of Art and Art History had more than 600 students who could choose 
from more than 155 available courses. This "collaborative community" offered 
degrees in art history, studio art, graphic design, interior design and industrial design. 
The school sponsored four art galleries, which offered opportunities for students to 
explore, think and succeed artistically. 

The School of Music allowed students to study subjects ranging from percussion 
to the music industry. Anthony-Seeger Hall and Wilson Hall auditorium remained 
the sites for student performances as the university completed construction on the 
Center for the Performing Arts, which was due to open in the fall of 2010. 

The School of Theatre & Dance would also use the new facility for its programs 
in theatre, musical theatre and dance. Although classes were spread out around 
campus in four separate locations until the new construction was completed, the new 
building would bring the different schools closer together. 

"Theatre, dance and music sharing this new facility will foster even more 
collaboration between students and faculty," said Arecchi. 

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Lindsey Andrews 

Studio Art 

Courtney Barnes 


Melissa Burrus 

Studio Art 

Kathleen Coffey 

Studio Art 

Rachel Garmon 

Theatre & Dance 

Katherine Houff 

Theatre & Dance 

Brittany Jones 

Studio Art 

John Keeney 

Music Indsutry 

Sang Yong Kim 

Studio Art 

Shanna Langhorne 

Studio Art 

Patricia Lawless 


Stephen Long 

Studio Art 

Lorinda Loucks 

Fine Art 

Kelley Oliver 

Studio Art 

Tiffany Painter 

Studio Art 


Siana Pentcheva 

Studio Art 

Roger Phelps 

Music Education 

Alyssa Suran 

Studio Art 

Marina Yancheva 

Art History 

Warming up witin a series of pirouettes, 

sopliomore Lindsay Wirt and senior 

Briana Carper prepare for DANC 246: 

Intermediate Jazz. Like many courses 

in tfie dance program, DANC 246 could 

be repeated for credit. 


[DANC246] intermediate/ 

allisonlagonigro // writer 


/ ■ azz is a fun, upbeat form of dance," said Professor Suzanne 
I Miller. "It's a fun way to be getting exercise without really 
%^ knowing you're getting exercise, and a fun way to gain 
strength and flexibility." 

DANC 246: Intermediate Jazz was a class designed for any dancers 
who had minimal jazz training or for those who had previously only 
taken a beginner's jazz class. However, priority placement in the class 
was given to students majoring in the School of Theatre and Dance. 

"It has provided the opportunity for me to escape the stressful world of 
a college student and enjoy dancing," said senior Kelsey Ann Hickson. 

Many students who enrolled in the class had danced growing up, either 
on a school dance team or at a private dance studio. Those students saw 
the class as a way to continue their passion for dancing. 

"It is such a release," said senior Jenna Thibault. "I can truly say I get 
lost in my own world when I'm dancing. I am only aware of myself the 
movement and the music." 

Through the class, students worked to increase skills such as flexibility, 
strength, balance, endurance and rhythm. 

"My favorite part of the class is going across the floor," said senior 
Alissa Clayton, which she described as practicing technical skills in 
sequence or in combinations. 

The purpose of the class was not only to improve upon existing skills, 
but also to learn about the many different styles of jazz dance. 

"In the first half of the semester, they're usually taught three different 
dance combinations and they're graded on those combinations," said 
Miller, who had taught at the university for 14 years. "They're graded on 
things like musicality, memory, technique and use of space." 

Another component of the class consisted of a choreography 
assignment, where the class was given a combination and then required 
to manipulate the combination in order to make it their own. Students 
were able to add a segment, change certain aspects of the combination, 
or add their own style to it. 

"It's a great class to take even if you don't ever want to continue 
to dance again because it teaches lifelong skills," said Miller. "It 
probably gets them excited about being physically active for the rest 
of their lives."// 

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tnandysmoot // writer 

The university prepared students for their futures by providing 
them with a broad range of general education requirements 
and career-oriented majors. The general education program 
required students to take classes in the arts, humanities and sciences, 
which consumed about one-third of the necessary undergraduate credits. 
While some students grumbled about these mandatory classes, a number 
of students had a higher regard for the university's commitment to their 
overall education. 

Junior Kayla McKechnie felt that the idea of the program benefited 

"If you get a passionate [general education] professor that isn't overly 
fond of projects, readings and assignments, then the classes can be 
enjoyable and entertaining," said McKechnie. "You can't help but walk 
away with more knowledge than you had before." 

But McKechnie also recognized difficulties in balancing her general 
education classes with required classes for her major. 

"It's nice to learn things that I wouldn't otherwise be exposed to, but 
there is nothing worse than a [general education] professor that goes too 
far in making the class overly difficult," said McKechnie. 

Students who had already declared their majors prior to their freshman 
year may have considered the program to be a waste of time, but others 
found that general education classes were particularly helpful when they 
were stUl trying to figure out their majors. 

"I think that it [the general education program] is very helpful for those 

who are undecided as to what major they want to pursue," said sophomore 
Katelyn O'Donnell. 

The program offered students an assortment of diverse classes to 
introduce them to variety of subjects and career fields, and students 
often had a choice between one or more classes that would fulfill a 
certain requirement. 

"I appreciated that I was forced to take a class other than my minor," 
said junior Amy Sullivan, who enjoyed her general education math class 
thrown into a semester full of writing courses. 

Professor Timothy Howley, who taught GKIN 100: Lifetime Fitness & 
Wellness, also saw the benefits of general education classes. 

"If students were not mandated to take a general health [or] wellness 
class, they may not examine their own health behaviors," said Howley. 
"With current health trends, it is essential that we promote wellness 
and prevention." 

A remainder of students were on the fence when it came to the program. 

"I think JMU should keep [general education classes], but they do get 
in the way at times," said junior Tessa DuBois, a communication studies 
major who disliked her required science class because she didn't see its 
benefits in her field. 

In the end, it often depended on the student. 

"I took several science and English courses, which seemed fairly 
repetitive," said senior Lindsey Monroe. "I wish we had more free range 
when it comes to selecting which [general education classes] to take." // 


Students take notes during a lecture in GEOL 110: Physical 

Geology. GEOL 110 was one course that filled a requirement in 

the third general education cluster, "The Natural World." 

photo// anniekraft 

Diane Abadam 
Kristina Apwisch 
Rachel Atkins 
T'Airra Belcher 
Lauren Bernardo 

Kelsey Blanchard 
Elizabeth Cannon 
Joni Carnes 
Amanda Caskey 
Nadia Charity 

Veronica Choi 
Kristi demons 
Cody Clifton 
Taylor Cochran-Sutton 
Candice Coleman 

Brandi Cooper 
Logan Cox 
Julia Cramer 
Kelsie Davenport 
Jessica Davis 

Paul Dimarco 
George Dippold III 
Rachel Dozier 
Catherine Duval 
Constance Evans 

Alana Ferens 
Allyson Fleming 
Margaret Fogarty 
Alexandra Foundas 
Kathleen French 

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Ashley Grappone 

Candice Groover 

Danlell Haas 

Tiffany Hawkins 

Elisa Hernandez 

Kaitlin Holbrook 

Sara Hollands 

John Hollenbeck 

Chris Holt 

Shannon Huntley 

Azamat Ibragimov 

Danielle Jenkins 

Matthew Johnson 

Ilia Koulinitch 

Kariey Kranich 

Allison Lagonigro 

Abby Lantzy 

Betsy Larue 

Britanie Latimer 

Brianna Lauffer 

Emily Law 

Sarah Lockwood 

Kimberly Lofgren 

Jessica Ludwig 

Katherine Lyvers 

Lisa Mees 

Almas Mendygaliyev 

Evalena Miller 

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Sophomore Lauren Burwell looks on as 
senior Jack Wickham helps her to choose 
her classes on e-campus. In addition to 
offering help in the office. Madison Advising 
Peers could also be reached through e-mail. 

sarahchain // writer 


Imagine yourself as an underclassman: bombarded with general 
education requirements, the stress of declaring a major, exploring 
study abroad opportunities and navigating e-campus. Imagine yourself 
as a senior: completing your major, completing your minor and getting 
an override into the last course you need to graduate. Understanding the 
ins and outs of the academic system was often overwhelming for even the 
most resourceful students. 

"I think we-all have been in a situation where you have a question that 
keeps getting referred to someone else," said sophomore Allison Scire. 

Recognizing a need for direction that would supplement assistance 
provided by faculty advisers, the Student Government Association (SGA) 
and University Advising created a new program in the fall of 2009: Madison 
Advising Peers (MAPs). 

More than 50 students applied for the eight available positions, and 
in August, Scire and seven others returned to campus before classes 
i started to complete three days of training. The MAPs learned about 
j general education requirements, registering for classes on e-campus and 
S other general advising topics. They also attended presentations by guest 
speakers from different colleges, in order to better understand the policies 
of individual colleges. 

Some students were intimidated to approach a faculty member, according 
to the director of University Advising, Anna Lynn Bell. Students often 
met with a MAP first in order to prepare for a meeting with their faculty 
advisers, which eased students' worries about asking the right questions. 

"We thought there was a role that the peers could play in collaboration 
with the faculty advisers," said Bell. "From the very beginning working 
with the SGA, we felt that it was important to partner with faculty and not 
create a system to replace faculty advisers." 

MAPs covered mostly procedural questions about how certain academic 
systems worked, and directed most curriculum- and career-oriented 

questions to a faculty adviser. 

The MAP office was open five days a week in Wilson Hall, and saw an 
infliix of both underclassmen and upperclassmen searching for guidance. 
The peers' busiest time of year was typically during the course adjustment 
period at the beginning of each semester, and during course scheduling 
near the end of each semester. 

"People want us to look over their schedules and make sure they're on 
the right track," said junior Courtney Dickerson. "We can help them look 
over any scheduling issues and then send them to the appropriate program 
directors or professors that they may need to talk to." 

Aside from the common questions about general education, MAPs also 
dealt with correcting misinformed students, students looking to build 
their GPAs, and seniors who wanted to adjust their schedules to prevent 
staying an additional semester. 

"A lot of people who come to our office are confused or stressed out, 
and we get to feel really rewarded because we can sit down with them and 
figure out what their problem is and what the easiest and most logical 
solution is," said junior Alexis Jason-Mathews. 

Six of the eight advisers planned to return the following year, with new 
ideas for advertising the program and attracting more students. MAPs 
had held programs on campus and in residence halls to explain the 
services they offered and answer common questions, but planned to add a 
communications coordinator position next semester. 

"It's really rewarding to be able to help a student with a problem they've 
been struggling with," said Scire, who added that the diversity of the 
MAPs added to the program's collaborative nature. "If I get a major-related 
question that I cannot answer, chances are one of the other peer advisors 
in the office has that major and can answer that question." 

By working in collaboration with one another and the faculty advisers, 
MAPs provided answers and direction for any confused student. 

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Instead of spending class listening to lectures and taking endless 
notes, students in GSCI 164: Physical Science - Learning Through 
Teaching learned how to teach science concepts by using hands-on 

Sophomore Miranda Lojek had asked Professor Nicole Radziwill to 
teach this course in the spring because Lojek had enjoyed her teaching 
style during the fall semester. 

"She gets on a personal yet still professional level with her students," 
said Lojek. "She does her very best to make herself available for her 
students. She's willing to Skype, text, call, e-mail or whatever is easiest 
for the student." 

Though the spring was Radziwill's first time teaching this course, 
she had taught all the enrolled students during her first semester at the 
university in the fall. 

"I know them all from before, so we can get started full force," said 
Radziwill. "It's nice because it is only an eight-week course." 

For the first few weeks, Radziwill reviewed a few basic concepts with her 
students, who were all Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) majors. 
Then RadziwiU stepped back, and the students taught the course. Their 
major project was to pick a topic, create a lesson plan and find a way to 
effectively demonstrate that concept to the rest of the group. 

"Professor Radziwill leaves the assignments very open," said sophomore 

Katie Putnick. "We are able to take our own ideas and run with them." 

The class only had 12 students, which made it easier for Radziwill to 
focus on the students' specific needs. Junior Vanessa Dunn enrolled in the 
course because she hoped to understand the concepts in physics better. 

"Physics is not my strongest subject," said Dunn. "1 want to be able to 
better understand so I can feel confident when teaching." 

Radziwill encouraged students to adopt a hands-on approach to 
teaching and learning so they could begin thinking outside the box 
when they created their own lesson plans. 

"In 10 years down the road, I want them to remember and internalize 
the fundamental concepts through memorable experiences in class," 
said Radziwill. 

Since they were learning about momentum in the beginning of the 
course, Radziwill took the class to play pool in order to learn about the 
effect of mass and velocity on the momentum of the pool balls. 

"In my opinion, this is a much better alternative to sitting in class and 
working through sample problems," said Putnick. "We are actually able 
to see the reasons behind the formulas." 

After the students' lesson plans were completed, RadziwiU had a surprise 
for her students. She published a PDF document of all of the students' 
work in a book, so that each student had the class' entire collection of 
lesson plans to use in the future when teaching their own classes. // 

Sophomore Kelly Merle takes notes during a student- 
led presentation on thermodynamics. GSCI 164 was a 
block course that lasted eight weeks, where students 
taught the last four weeks of the course. 

Professor Nicole Radziwill sets up a student 

presentation. In her first year teaching at the 

university. Radziwill encouraged her students 

to keep in contact through phone calls 

e-mails, texting and even Skyping 


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Jade Morse 
Chloe Mulliner 
Matthew Phillips 
Andrew Reese 
Alyssa Richardson 

Skye Riddle 
Corbin Rugh 
Kaitlyn Schmit 
Emily Senn 
Michael Serna 

Amy Shadron 
Alex Smart 
Katlyn Stiedle 
Thomas Stokes 
Elisabeth Sundin 

Ethan Thompson 
Joshua Thompson 
Samantha Thompson 
Stacey Walker 
Brock Wallace 

Kimberly Walsh 
Jessica Weaver 
Lindsay Weida 
Morgan Wells 
Laura Wilkins 

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matthewjohnson // writer 

The Office of the President's main priority was the student. 
"One of the main things that the senior management of the 
institution has an emphasis on is that the student is the main 
priority," said Donna Harper, the executive assistant to President Linvvood 
H. Rose. "We try to think of what is in the best interest of the students." 

With the recession in full swing, attention was given primarily to the 
budget crisis in Virginia and its effect on students. The Office of the 
President was constantly looking for different ideas that could help 
students, but due to a hold on the budget, it wasn't sure what resources 
would be available within the current budget. 

Harper said that the faculty and staff had helped by writing for grants 
that allowed undergraduates to assist with research, an opportunity that 
was usually only available to graduate students. 

Besides looking out for students, the Office of the President 
oversaw four divisions at the university: Academic Affairs, 
Administration and Finance, University Advancement, and Student 
Affairs and University Planning. 

"The strategic emphases of the university for the current year are 

President Linwood H. Rose 

academic programs, diversity, sustainability and philanthropy," said Nick 
Langridge, assistant to the president. 

These emphases brought doctoral programs in both strategic leadership 
and nursing practice. The Office of the President also developed the 
university's Master Plan, which anticipated use of the space recently 
acquired with the purchase of Rockingham Memorial Hospital in 2009. 

The Office of the President's emphasis on environmental efforts was 
one of its most important objectives. The office established the Institute 
for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW), which held programs that 
focused on the university's sustainability efforts. 

The ISNW had three main goals: to minimize materials' impact, 
emissions, toxins, solid waste and consumption; to conserve, steward 
and restore natural systems; and to advance environmental literacy and 
engagement through research, education and community programs. 

The university's effort paid off when it was ranked among the top 10 
schools for Power Vote pledges, which was a campaign to create a clean 
energy economy. 

As for future plans, the Office of the President intended to eventually 
accommodate an enrollment of more than 20,000 students. But even 
in the midst of the university's growth, the students were always on the 
administration's mind. 

"[Decisions] are always made with the student's best interest at the 
forefront," said Harper. // 

Charles W. King Jr., senior vice 
president of Administration and Finance, 
concentrates on paperwork in his office. 
Administration and Finance was tioused 
in Alumnae Hall along witln the other 
administrative divisions, 
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sarahchain // writer 

As the administrative division that coordinated each academic 
program at the university. Academic Affairs kept busy throughout 
the school year. In addition to managing each of the six colleges, 
the department also oversavvr the general education program. 

During the 2009-2010 academic year, the department worked on 
developing new programs and expanding old ones. Staff focused on 
adapting the university's academics to better complement the changing job 
market and growing industries. 

One new program was the School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation 
Management, which would open in the fall of 2010. The new school was 
a result of a task force that considered all areas of the hospitality and 
entertainment industries. 

The task force recommended putting faculty together from all areas and 
letting them develop existing programs and create new programs," said 
Douglas Brown, the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. 

By creating this new school, the administration hoped to attract a large 
hotel corporation interested in putting a "sizeable" hotel on campus where 
students could gain experience in an internship setting. The hotel would 
be connected to a large conference center, according to Brown. 

The Academic Affairs branch was also working on expanding the 

curriculum in three other areas: creating a doctoral program in strategic 
leadership, reorganizing the College of Arts and Letters to create a 
School of Public and International Affairs (SPAI), and developing a 
communications major with a focus on health communication. 

"We're trying to anticipate student demand and what we see out in the 
market in terms of job potential," said Brown. 

In SPAI, the curriculum had changed in the past few years to include 
more emphasis on cultural education and critical thinking. Focusing on 
these skills prepared students to fill the federal jobs left open by retiring 
employees, according to Brown. 

The Health Communication program would educate students so they 
could help both professionals and patients understand the healthcare 

"In hospitals there are a lot of specialties, but not enough people 
coordinating what's happening to the patient," said Brown. "These 
professionals would be experts in that." 

Whether it was international affairs, hospitality or a change in health 
focus. Academic Affairs was working on implementing a series of 
academic changes to better prepare each student who graduated from the 
university. // 

administration Rl finance 

sarahchain // writer 

As the largest division at the university. Administration and 
Finance included a wide range of units. Athletics, Facilities 
Management, Dining Services, Public Safety, the post office and 
Parking Services were all areas the division oversaw. 

Despite difficult economic times. Administration and Finance worked to 
use the university's budget to best serve its programs and departments. 

"With the economic downturn continuing, the budget office works 
hard to make sure JMU squeezes value out of every dollar spent," said 

Brian Charette, assistant vice president of human resources, training 
and performance. 

Some of the improvements the division was working on included 
renovations to Bridgeforth Stadium. Construction on the stadium, which 
would add 10,000 seats, began in the fall semester and was scheduled 
for completion by the fall of 201 1. Administration and Finance had also 
completed designs for new recreational fields to be constructed at the 
corner of Port Republic Road and Neff Avenue, although the bids that it 
had received were over budget allowances. 

Information and Technology (IT) was also developing a new e-mail 
system for faculty, staff and students, which was unveiled on Jan. 20. 
Staff and faculty had the new option to use the Microsoft Exchange 
system, which offered integrated services including a calendar and task 
management system, in place of Webmail. IT was also working on moving 
student e-mail to the Microsoft Live@EDU service in the spring. 

The division was also particularly proud of the new East Campus dining 
facility, according to Charette. "E-Hall," as students had labeled it, was the 
first building on campus eligible for sustainability certification by the U.S. 
Green Building Council. Building the university's newest dining facility 
with a focus on sustainability was in step with the university's commitment 
to environmental stewardship. Facilities Management, which cared for 
the campus' grounds and buildings, was a leading force in this movement, 
according to Charette. 

Charette acknowledged that the budget would affect the university's 
future plans, but offered assurance that Administration and Finance's first 
obligation was to the students. 

"The budget situation creates significant challenges related to future 
projects," said Charette. "However, we never stop thinking of how to 
improve services to students." // 

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From the day students moved into tlieir dorms freshman 
year to the day they flipped their tassels at graduation, the 
university was constantly evolving. The changes ranged 
from subtle — what constituted a punch — to massive — two libraries 
instead of one. But the largest changes that affected the students in 
a direct way were all planned by the division of Student Affairs and 
University Planning. 

Student Affairs and University Planning based its mission on 
"providing the best possible programs and services for our students 
and to help them develop life-long skills which will enable them 
to accomplish their dreams and realize success in all areas of life," 
according to the division's Web site. 

The division was made up of a wide variety of university 
departments, including Community Service Learning, Disability 
Services, Judicial Affairs, Residence Life and University 
Recreation. These departments, among others, were expecting big 
changes in the future. 

One of the largest projects that Students Affairs and University 
Planning had undertaken was the renovation of the Rockingham 
Memorial Hospital (RMH), which the university bought in 2009. 
According to Mark Warner, senior vice president of Student Affairs 
and University Planning, the new hospital would house a number of 
different departments, including Orientation, Career and Academic 
Planning, the Health Center and a counseling center, as well as a 
dining facility for students. 
RMH planned to close in the summer and move its patients to its 

new building located off Port Republic Road. The university would 
move its departments into the vacated buildings by 2012, leaving 
some buildings on campus empty and available for other uses. 

"The health center building will probably come down," said Warner. 
"And Wilson and Varner Hall will become academic buildings." 

Another development to the university was the addition of 
Environmental Stewardship as the university's 18th defining 

"Not only has it been added as a defining characteristic, but it 
has been further elevated to become one of the institution's four 
strategic emphases," said Nick Langridge, assistant to the president of 
University Planning. 

The four strategic emphases of the university were academic 
programs, environmental sustainability, diversity and philanthropy. 

Besides coordinating university changes, the division also took 
pride in the events put on by the different departments, including 
the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) March and Speak Out, which took 
place on Jan. 14, and was organized by the Center for Multicultural 
Student Services. 

"It was the best MLK March and Speak Out in 23 years," said 
Warner. "The most powerful thing to me, as it always is, was when 
students speak out and to hear their voices." 

With Student Affairs and University Planning working on 
significant transformations to come in the university's future, it 
seemed as though the students' experiences were sure to change along 
with them. // 

Senior Vice President 

of Student Affairs and 

University Planning Mark 

Warner checks his e-mail 

Inbox. In addition to his 

duties with Student Affairs, 

Warner also taught HTH 

439: Leadership, an 

upper-level course that 

encouraged students 

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Joanne Carr 

Senior Vice President for 
University Advancement 

Douglas Brown 

Provost and Vice President 
for Academic Affairs 

Mark Warner 

Senior Vice President for Student 
Affairs and University Planning 

Charles King Jr. 

Senior Vice President for 
Administration and Finance 

Jerry Benson 

Vice Provost for Science, Technology, 
Engineering and Mathematics 

John Noftslnger 

Vice Provost for Research 
and Public Service 

Teresa Gonzalez 

Vice Provost for Academic 
Program Support 

David Jeffrey 

College of Arts and Letters 

Robert D. Reid 

College of Business 

Phillip Wishon 

College of Education 

Linda Cabe Halpern 

University Studies 

Sharon Lovell 

Dean, College of Integrated 
Science and Technology 

David Brakke 

Dean, College of Science 
and Mathematics 

George Sparks 

Dean, College of Visual 
and Performing Arts 

Ralph Alberico 

Dean, Libraries and Educational 

Ronald Carrier 


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undergraduate students chose to 
enhance their experience on campus by 
joining a student organization. No matter a 
student's interests or hobbies, there was a 
club at the university that could fit their needs. 
From special interest organizations such as 
the Outdoor Adventure Club, to Greek life or 
club sports, opportunities for extracurricular 
involvement were abundant on campus and in 
the surrounding community. 

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meaningful and productive lives," according 
to its Web site. The OSAI Web site offered 
a one-stop shop for students looking for an 
activity that extended beyond the classroom. 
The site offered a lengthy list of more than 350 
recognized student organizations. 

The OSAI Clubhouse, located in Taylor 202, 
was a resource center for all recognized 
student organizations. The Clubhouse sup- 
plied developmental and promotional tools 
free for use by all recognized student organi- 
zations, including colored paper and banner 
paper, use of the copier and laminator, and 
organizational resources such as handouts 
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Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae look 

through scrapbooks and reflect on 

fond memories of the sorority. The 

70th anniversary brunch was a way 

for current sisters and alumnae to 

reconnect and learn about past and 

present ASA events. 



caitlincrumpton // writer 

Alpha Sigma Alpha (ASA) had a lot to be proud of as the 
sorority celebrated its 70th year at the university. 

The sorority organized a series of special events on Nov. 7, 
inviting alumnae to participate in campus tours and attend a 
brunch and home football game against the University of Maine. 

"We had a really good turnout for the amount of alumni that 
came," said senior Catie Hans, vice president. "They shared old 
stories, and it was nice to meet a lot of alumni that we hadn't met 

Not only were the festivities a success, but ASAs national 
magazine, The Phoenix, also featured the 70th anniversary 
celebration in the January 2010 issue. 

Another accomplishment for ASA was the creation of the 

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ASA Beta Epsilon Web site, which featured pictures, videos and 
updates about the sorority. 

"This Web site allows members, alumni, family and friends to 
find out more about our chapter," said senior Kristen Matthews, 
president. "We hope that the Web site will continue to grow as 
more people contribute documents and information." 

The organization also participated in the Homecoming banner 
contest, winning third place out of 25 contestants, and held its 
first Special Olympics philanthropy week, which occurred the 
first week in November. 

ASAs philanthropy week was based off the "R" word campaign, 
also known as the "Spread the Word to End the Word" pledge. 
The Special Olympics sponsored this specific campaign, which 
influenced individuals to pledge to not use the word "retard" to 
insult another person. 

Another philanthropy ASA was involved with was the S. 
June Smith Center, which used education and other services to 
support children with developmental needs. 

"Instead of donating money, we created large, simple, 
handmade puzzles that the children could use," said Matthews. 
"We felt that donating something the children could actually 
learn from was more valuable than simply writing out a check." // 

Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters look through 
sorority scrapbooks to learn about the 
history of the organization. The sorority 
held its Madison MADDness philanthropy 
week In the spring to raise money for 
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) 

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Front Row: Lauren Turner, Allison Perez, Kristen Matthews, Anne Birkhead. Second Row: Liz Cyr, Alex 
Busch, Elizabeth Buckley, Cara Bevan, Bobbie Lou Long, Taryn Anrig. Third Row: Ella Smith, Courtenay 
Craven, Lynsey Studer, Annie Leslie, Allie Romeo. Back Row: Katie Carter, Melissa DeFuria, Liza 
Mencarini, Meg Brooks. 


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Proudly wearing their letters, the sisters of Alpha 
Phi prepare cookies to sell to the audience at 
Michael Larrick's comedy show. The sorority 
participated in other organizations' events, 
including Alpha Phi Alpha's Miss Black and Gold 
Scholarship Pageant, where one of their sisters, 
senior Kelley Kolar, won. 

alexledford// writer 

Over the course of the school year, the women of 
Alpha Phi were busy competing in scholarship 
pageants, building their GPAs, organizing community 
service events, staying involved on campus, and bonding 
with new and old members. But all year, there was one 
thing consistently on their minds: philanthropy. 

h: the fall, the members of Alpha Phi raised more 
than $19,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation and the 
Rockingham Memorial Hospital Women's Health Focus 
Center. Both organizations worked to raise awareness of 
women's heart disease. 

"Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among 
women, so as young women we feel it's crucial to 
educate and raise awareness about cardiac care," said 
senior Erin Flint. 

During its philanthropy week, "A-Phiasco," Alpha Phi 
raised money through its "King of Hearts" male auction, 
selling T-shirts on the Commons, a 5K run and the 
Red Dress Gala. It was the sorority's most financially 
successful philanthropy week. 

The members' hard work was recognized by the 
Fraternity and Sorority Life office when Alpha Phi won 
the Chapter of the Year award. The award took into 
consideration everything the sorority did during the 
year, including its community service, sisterhood events, 
programming, GPAs and philanthropic efforts. 

"I think Fraternity and Sorority Life saw that Alpha 
Phi doesn't strive to succeed in only one aspect of Greek 
life," said senior Kelley Kolar. 

It was balance and diversity that defined the sorority, 
according to Kolar. 

"It's hard to say what makes an Alpha Phi an Alpha 
Phi,'" said Kolar. "There is for sure no cookie-cutter 
mold or equation you can put together to equal a sister. 
We have one thing in common: we are sisters and we act 
like it." 

"We're not just a bunch of girls trying to be social," 
said sophomore )ulie Moores. "We respect the 
organization and its history. Alpha Phi has given me 
the opportunity to surround myself with down-to-earth 
people who truly care." 

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Front Row: Cara Prodanovich, Ally Baker, Rachel Northridge. Sarah Konspore. Brittney Tardy Katie Grady Danielle Girard, 
Emily Lindamood, Jessica Shelton. Second Row: Kaitlyn Gemmell, Shannon Nelson, Stacy Murphy. Ericha Forest. Liz Bixby, 
Katte Soriano, Christie Reitz, Erin Turkel, Jessica Farah, Erin Collins. Third Row: Caroline McGraw. Casey Crone. Julia Fio- 
no, Amanda Sower, Kaitlyn Schmit. Megan Lipp, Elspeth Hart, Shelby Allard, Kelley Kolar, Stephanie Tan, Ann Smith, Back 
Row: Alison Parker Victoria Juhasz, Lindsay Martin. Cara Livingston, Kelsey Peyton. Kaitlin Solomon, Melissa Peale, Abby 
BLirkhardt, Heather Nunziato, Megan Roth, Lauren Hughett. 







With smiles on their faces, junior Rachel 
Northridge and sophomore Katy Summerlin 

serve cookies and collect money at Mikey 

Larrick's comedy show. The cookie sale was 

one fundraiser that the sisters held to raise 

money for the Alpha Phi Foundation. 


Alpha Phi underwent changes as it added new 
members, according to senior Emily Lindamood, vice 
president of marketing. 

"Change is necessary because it allows us to meet 
new people and experience new things every year," said 

The sorority had a large turnout during recruitment 
week and was excited about the new additions to the 

"We feel we got such great new members because they 
could see our bonds shine throughout the week," said Kolar. 

Alpha Phi was confident that the bonds made between 
new and old inembers would continue to grow in the 

"It's a home away from home to many sisters, and 
a place where each one of us can go and feel safe and 
loved," said Lindamood. 

"I don't feel like I have to look or act in a certain way 
to fit in," said Kolar. "I only feel that I need to have an 
open and welcoming heart."// 

organizations //21 9 


Dressing up in Dukes apparel, sisters 

of Alpha Sigma Tau huddle together 

for a snapshot. Tailgates before 

football games were a popular way 

for sororities to get together and 

celebrate sisterhood. 

photo/Zcourtesy of lesliehaase 

amandacaskey// writer 

^^^ ommunity issues were no match tor the women of Alpha 
Sigma Tau (AST). 

With 134 women in the sorority, AST members were involved 
in more than 30 organizations on and off campus, including the 
Boys and Girls Club and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty 
to Animals (SPCA). The sorority was committed to promoting 
ethical, cultural and social development, according to junior 
Danielle Storrie. 

AST also changed its philanthropy this year, from AIDS 
Awareness to juvenile diabetes. Also known as type one diabetes, 
juvenile diabetes affected more than 3 million people in the 
United States and an average of 40 children were diagnosed each 
day, according to Storrie. 

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The sorority supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research 
Foundation and Lions Camp Merrick, a camp in Maryland for 
children with diabetes. They raised $4,131, enough to sponsor a 
child to attend the camp that he or she could otherwise not afford. 

AST also raised money for diabetes research through Rockingham 
County Kids with Diabetes (RockU), a community group for parents 
with children who had been diagnosed with the disease. 

The sorority's philanthropy week in October consisted of 
fundraising events such as the Mr. Fraternity Pageant and a 
kickball tournament. AST also had a donation table and held 
a 5K run with Pi Kappa Alpha to spread awareness and raise 
money through Rockd. 

"We wanted a philanthropy that we felt could connect us to the 
community," said senior Sarah Kyger. "One of our sisters has type 
one diabetes, and after hearing about her life with diabetes we 
wanted to help support her and others with diabetes." 

"We felt that because diabetes affects so many, it was a cause 
that hit close to home for us," said senior Lauren Littleton. "Any 
little bit that we raised is one step closer to finding a cure." 


Wearing their letters, sisters of 
Alpha Sigma Tau pose for a picture. 
Letters for sororities and fraternities 
could only be worn once a person 
was formally inducted into the 
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Cassell, Sarah Kyger, Chelsea Richter. Second Row: Lisa Gvozdevsl<aya, Kimberly Kavanaugh, Molly Shea, Jennifer Campbell, 
Jessica Armes, Haley Levin, Emily Douillard, Victoria Bradley Jenna Calascibetta, Allie Baxter. Third Row: Ashley Earnhardt, Lindsey 
Grogan, Leslie Haase, Katy Huntsinger, Meghan Bourne, Krissy Cover, Emily Green, Ashley Meston, Katie Duquette, Katerina 
Tzamarias, Sydney Talbot, Reisa Berg. Fourth Row: Lauren Littleton, Julia Bleuer, Courtney Denelsbeck, Lauren Hartman, Bergdis 
Magnusdottir, Megan Kennedy, Meghan Gardiner, Amanda Thacl<er, Spil<e Leffke, Marlee Wise, Ashley Jones, Danielle Rallo. Back 
Row: Kristen Westbrool<, Krista Rockhill, Megan Becker, Kristin Baltimore, Bridgette McNamara, Jamie Dalsimer, Ann Gottlieb, 
Kristen Bromaghim, Christie Belinski, Clair Richardson, Logan Meyer. 

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The four members of Alpha Kappa 

Alpha kept busy throughout the 

year with programs such as Skee- 

week, Capture the Fun, the Mr. 

and Ms. Enchantment Scholarship 

Pageant, and AKAdemic study hall 

hours. Founded in 1908, the group 

required its members to maintain a 

GPA of 2.5 or higher and perform 

a certain number of community 

service hours. 

Twelve university women 

established the charter for Alpha 

Kappa Delta Phi in spring of 2003, 

with the mission of promoting 

Asian awareness on campus. 

The women participated in 

service events like Breast Cancer 

Awareness month and Adopt-A- 

Highway. Any female student with 

an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher was 

eligible to participate in rush. 

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Jung, Jenny Chung, Amanda Ou, Michele Patena. Hong-Quy Duong. Back Row: Courtney Wu, Chelsey 
Sison, Jill Lu, Nabila Hafez, Christina Pickman, Diana Pei. 

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by putting on golf tournaments 
and 5Ks to raise money for its 
philanthropy, cystic fibrosis. The 
business fraternity was open to 
all majors and combined aspects 
of a social, honorary and service 
fraternity with the professional 
development that led to success. 

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Front Row: Megan Ngo, Kate Asai, Katy Lovin, Stefanie Winnicki, Kerry Mattiiews, Patricia Grinnell, Stacie 
Garay Second Row: Jessie Hendrick, Kelly Salire, Ali Donzella, Stephanie Sousa, Lindsay Higgins, Brittany 
Jennings, Elise Lindquist, Marsha M. Shenk (Adviser). Back Row: Jeff Danowski, Luke Nelson, Nick Snider, 
Justin Patterson, Kristen Davis, Tyler Austria, Kim Wojno, Kyle Ikeda. 

Through events like the Miss 
Black and Gold Scholarship 
Pageant and Homeless Night 
Out, Alpha Phi Alpha fulfilled 
its goals of developing leaders 
and promoting brotherhood. The 
fraternity also began an initiative 
in 2008 called Tools for School, 
which ensured that students in 
two local elementary schools 
were equipped with the necessary 
supplies to return to school in the 
fall. Historically a black fraternity, 
Alpha Phi Alpha was open to all 
races and ethnicities. 

Front Row: William McCoy, Aamir A. Cobb, Zachary Lane, Jarrett W. Smith, Emmanuel J. Jefferson. Back 
Row: Justin Harris, Brandon Brown, Shaun Harris, Kenneth Hopkins, Dominique Scott, Alex Lee Jones. 

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Showing off their goofy sic 

Campus Assault ResponsE members 

pose for a picture. Sweatshirts with 

organizations names printed on 

them, similar to the ones worn by 

CARE memebers, could be seen all 

throughout campus. 

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mandysmoot// writer 

To expand its mission, Campus Assault ResponsE (CARE) 
went through various changes in the fall. The group adapted 
its programs to address intimate partner violence (IPV) as well as 
sexual assault. 

"We identified a need on this campus for someone to talk to 
and an awareness about emotional, physical, mental and sexual 
abuse in relationships," said senior Kelly Johnson, president. 

In addition, CARE greatly expanded its membership, doubling 
in size from previous years. 

"We are incredibly excited about what this new mission and our 
increased membership will be able to do for our campus," said 
Johnson. "We were created by students for students, and we are 
here for you." 


In October, CARE put on Rape, Abuse and Violence 
Elimination (R.A.V.E.), an event where CARE members 
performed skits and read poetry to raise awareness of sexual 
assault and IPV. 

CARE also continued to offer a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week 
helpline for survivors of sexual assault. Each person had to 
complete a minimum of 30 hours of training through the 
organization before he or she was allowed to take calls. The 
helpline ran whenever the university was in session. 

"We offer a nonjudgmental and confidential person to talk 
to and give you available resources on and off campus," said 
Johnson. "The number for our helpline is located on the back of 
the JAC card." 

Phone operators had also been trained this year to deal with IPV. 

"We are now capable of handling any dating violence issue from 
stalking to rape and everything in between," said senior Caitlin 
Bitto, training coordinator. 

"There is no specific day, week or month that is dedicated to 
educating the campus," said Johnson. "We, as CARE members, 
consider every day a day in which we can dispel the rumors about 
sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and raise awareness 
of the issues to prevent them from happening here at JMU." // 


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of Campus Assault ResponsE 
(CARE) smile for tfie camera. CARE 
was successful due to the supportive 
and comfortable atmospfiere 
provided for ttnose in need. 
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Front Row: Ashley Libby, Jenni Frazier, Jenn Ahokas, Jessica Paradis, Cara Lawn. Second Row: Kelly 
Wilson, Duncan Campbell, Emily Garrett, Sally Boyd, Teresa Xie. Back Row: Kelly Johnson, Lydia Hotek, 
Ellen Katzman, Danielle Terry, David Comer, Ariana Vanderveldt. 



Members of The 

Bluestone's editorial 

board work diligently 

during a deadline 

weekend. There were 

a total of five deadlines 

ttirougfiout the year and 

the editorial staff often 

stayed in the office past 

midnight both Friday and 

Saturday nights. 


allisonlagonigro// writer 

The 101st volume of the university's yearbook, The 
Bluestoiu\ underwent many changes from previous 
years. With publication trends constantly changing, the 
yearbook needed to undergo a "makeover" in order to 
remain reader friendly. The Bluestone was updated to 
provide readers with a more contemporary feel, much 
like that of a magazine. 

Going against the lengthy stories past Bluestone 
yearbooks traditionally held, the 2009-2010 volume 
contained shorter stories while still providing a vast 
amount of information through alternative copy, such as 
personal profiles and Q&As. 

Another major change made to The Bhiestone was the 
size of the book. The book originally had 400 pages, 
which was reduced to 352. Senior Rebecca Schneider, 
editor in chief, hoped that by reducing the number of 
pages in the book, the staff could increase the amount 
of time spent on each page, improving the quality of the 
book as a whole. 

In addition to a new take on the yearbook, several new 
people were given the opportunity to become members 
of the editorial board. Senior Tiffany Brown, assistant 
photography director, was one of those people. 

"I got involved with The Bluestone because I love 
photography and it seemed like a great opportunity for 
me to showcase my photos," said Brown, who worked 

on her yearbook staff in high school taking pictures, 
writing and editing. 

"My favorite part is getting to do what I love, taking 
photos," said Brown. 

Junior Matthew Johnson, managing editor, was also 
new to the editorial board this year. During high school, 
Johnson worked on the school newspaper, but decided 
to try yearbook once he got to college. Johnson began 
working for The Bluestone during his sophomore year as 
a writer. 

"One of my favorite things is being able to work on 
things I'm interested in pursuing once I graduate," said 
Johnson, a media arts and design major. 

Each year, a new group of students began working for 
The Bluestone as writers, interviewing a wide variety 
of people in order to get as many student voices in the 
yearbook as possible. 

"I love interviewing people because it gives me a 
chance to get to know a wide variety of people and 
events on campus," said senior Mandy Smoot, a staff 
writer. Smoot had originally hoped to be a designer 
for The Bluestone but had also applied for a writing 

Another new addition to the yearbook staff was 
sophomore Sarah Wink, a staff photographer. 

"I love experimenting with light and contrast and 

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Senior Sarah Chain edits the December 
graduation story. Cliain served as The 
Bluestone's copy editor for two years after her 
adviser, Nancy Nusser, recommended sfie 
apply for tfie position. 

Front Row: Beth Principi, Matthew Johnson. Second Row: Parvina Mamatova, Caitlin Harrison, Rebecca Schneider, 
Sarah Chain, Tiffany Brown, Natalie Wall. Third Row: Kristin McGregor, Amanda Caskey, Britni Gear, Staph Synoracki, 
Amy Schlinger, Caroline Blanzaco. Kimbarly Lofgren, Julia Cramer, Allison Lagonigro, Susy IVIoon. Back Row: Colleen 
Gallery, Sarah Lockwood, Karlyn Williams, Chloe IVIulliner, Brittany Jonas, Allie Conroy, Anna Thompson, Lisa IVIeas, 
Katie Lyvers, Sarah Wink, Caitlin Crumpton, Shaina Allen. 

just basically documenting everyday life," 
said Wink. "Photography gives people 
different views on things they may or may 
not have seen before." As a photographer, 
Wink got the opportunity to attend a variety 
of campus events, and some events that she 
photographed were ones she likely would not 
have attended otherwise. 

Also new to the staff was junior Mary Kate 
Wilson, a designer. Although she had no prior 
yearbook experience, her passion and interest 
in art and design helped push her in the 
direction of designing for the yearbook. 

"I like that I can do it on my own time, and 

that I don't have to go into an office and sit 
there and work on a design," said Wilson. "Art 
was always fun for me and I really like doing 
it more than anything else." 

With the combination of several new 
editorial board members, new staff 
members and changes that had been made 
to the yearbook, the 101st volume of The 
Bluestone was guaranteed to capture the 
year in a new light. 

"We are trying to find interesting angles 
in order to capture this year at JMU," said 
Johnson. "I think the book itself is looking a 
lot better than last year."// 

Thinking hard, junior Beth 
Principi digs deep to find the 
perfect words to complete a 
photo caption. Principi joined 
the editorial board staff 
as supervising editor after 
writing for The Bluestone her 
sophomore year. 



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Senior Alexis Bergen and junior 

Joe Laura help to apply a girl's 

temporary tattoo after she answers 

a question on fire safety. Circle K 

International volunteered at the 

Children's First Fair on Sept. 12. 

photo/zcourtesy of alexisbergen 


amandacaskey// writer 

Live to serve, love to serve — the motto of Circle K 
International held true throughout the year as the 
organization participated in many community service projects. 
Members were involved in programs such as Big Brothers 
Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). They were also pen 
pals with elementary school students and volunteered with the 
Harrisonburg Children's Museum. 

Circle K International was the world's oldest service 
organization, dating back to 1936 when it began as a fraternity 
at Washington State University. The university started its own 
chapter on campus in 1971, as an organization dedicated to 
service, leadership and fellowship. 

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"This organization encourages students to do their part to make 
our world a better place, not only during college, but for the years 
to follow," said senior Alexis Bergen. 

Circle K welcomed 40 new students this year, bringing the total 
to 80 members. To join, students simply had to pay dues and 
participate in a required number of service hours per semester. 

One of the main events that Circle K helped put together was 
the third annual Autism Walk with Gamma Gamma Sigma 
and FIJI, held in March. The event, which followed Autism 
Awareness Week, helped to raise money for the Shenandoah 
Valley Autism Partnership, a nonprofit organization that worked 
to improve the lives of those living with autism. 

The money raised went toward scholarships for families, 
efforts to raise awareness, training and support for parents 
and professionals, and resources to be shared with other 
organizations, according to sophomore Randa Meade. 

"While our organization is involved with many different causes, 
we often focus on making children's lives better," said Meade. 
"Increasing money and awareness for autism will hopefully help 
us to decrease the likelihood that a young child will have to live 
with this." ,/ 


Junior Mary Catherine Aesy and 
sophomore Marianne Bradshaw 

play an icebreaker game on the 
Quad. To help members get to 
know one another better, the board 
members of Circle K International 
held a social event at the beginning 
of each school year. 
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Front Row: Kaitlin Silver, Renata Esquillo, Kelsey Gardner, Stephanie Corkett, Kate Miller, Alexis Bergen, 
Angela Lewis. Second Row: Mary Catherine Aesy, Lyz Tarman, Kristin Silver, Katie Benusa, Randa 
Meade, Kelsie Davenport, Bonnie Weatherill, Jenna Ashworth, Lisa Wallace, Katie Schwenke, Kelsey 
DeWitt. Third Row: Kelley Kolar, Meredith Sizemore, Label Sak, Jone Brunelle, Randi Dillard, Kelsey 
Seward, Alyssa Suran, Gina Waclawski, Kelly Pilkerton, Jennifer Schwartz, Allison Seward. Back Row: 
Mesbaul Haque, Laura Barkley, Marianna Bradshaw, Margaret Fogarty, Donna Jones, Leannah Williams, 
Tony Garner, Carter Lusk, Justin Kibiloski, Spencer Holleman. 

orqanizations //229 




The American Medical Student 

Association (AMSA) was 

chartered as a local chapter at 

the university, whose members 

worked with children at Spotswood 

Elementary School, hosted a 

Pre- Health organizations fair, and 

attended regional and national 

conferences. Its mission was 

to provide an environment of 

support for physicians in training 

and increase the knowledge of 

health information among its 

members and the public. AMSA 

also provided an opportunity for 

members to network with others in 

the medical field. 

The Asian Student Union (ASU) 

worked to raise awareness and 

understanding of Asian- American 

cultures. The organization 

strived for multiculturalism, the 

promotion of multiple ethnic 

cultures in the interest of diversity. 

ASU held its annual culture show 

in November, "Traveling With 

Destiny," which educated others 

about different cultures. 

Front Row: Jennifer Bienz, Chris Gurreri, Gina M. Cavallo, Iwona Stepniak, Matt Cronin, Lindsay Pipion, 
Meghan Frawley, Megan Barnes. Back Row: Lindsey Nelson, Natalie Burrus, Robert Guanci, Sean Burke, 
Paul Gomez, Cameron Straughn, Gregory Minutillo, Kevin Root. 

Front Row: Amber Nguyen, Thanh-Thuy Nguyen, Yoonji Ha, Brittany Bailey, Adrianne Maraya, Kristin Brouillard, 
Regina Perena, Bibiana Oe, Alethea Spencer, Jenny Shi, Raphael Villacrusis, Priscilla S. Odango, Diane E. 
Abadam, Tina Bui, Emily Goodin. Second Row: Ngoc-Han Thi Nguyen, Rachel Hernandez, Christina Thai, 
Erica Hwang, Tommy Surma, Phoebe Liu, Angeline Vo, Michael Wu, Thanh Nguyen, Patricia Ahn, Andrew 
Spurr, Linda Zeng, Jessica Say Olivia Stout, Jen Park, Maria Siapno. Back Row: Vivian Ho, Jason Chuang, 
Jacob Albert, Faheem Hamidzada, Michael Nguyen, Athony Hwang, Sung Ho Park, Daniel Maeng, Jonathan 
Belmonte, Megan Mullins, Michael Evangelista, Eugene Jung, Nona Aragon, Andrew Aldaya, Michael Urgel. 

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Front Row: Loleeta Dalton, Asya Toney, Jazmine Harrington, Christine Stallswortli. Back Row: Teneislia 
Bailey, Mynik Taylor, Janna Hall, Jessica Bailey. 

Front Row: Matt Acosta, Scott Keo, Abby Lantzy, Kat Kaufman, Stephanie Corkett, Shea Goitia, Jessica 
Scudder. Second Row: Amanda Podgorski, Jonathan Blair, J.J. O'Malley, Daniel Phillips, Kelly Carr, Rachael 
Pucillo, Becky Moorshead. Back Row: Pat Lay, Mike Dusold, Noah Curtis, Zack Neurohr, Phil Blake, Bon 
Tang, Emory Johnson. 

Proud winners of the 2008-2009 
Dolly Award for its Annual Hip- 
Hop summit fashion show, the 
Black Student Alliance worked 
to raise awareness both on 
campus and in the community. 
Membership was open to all who 
were interested and members met 
every first and third Wednesday 
of each month. Ebony Exposure 
Week, held in the fall semester, 
focused on educating the 
community on black culture. 

As a recreational organization, 
Bocce Ball Club promoted its 
sport along with other outdoor 
extracurricular activities. Bocce 
ball was typically played on a 
beach or flat stretch of land, so 
club members usually practiced 
on the Quad or Hillside Field. 
The club often visited the Virginia 
Mennonite Retirement Center to 
play bocce ball with its residents. 

organizations //231 

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Helping themselves to a variety of 

pastries, sisters of Tri Delta pass out 

plates to one another. The colors 

of the sorority were silver, gold and 

cerulean, and the official sorority 

flower was the pansy. 



britnigeer// writer 

With its annual Triple Play softball tournament 
approaching, Tri Delta prepared for one of its biggest 
events of the year. Normally occurring in the fall, the sorority 
planned to move the tournament to March to coincide with the 
start of spring. 

"We hold our Triple Play softball tournament every year," 
said senior Lindsay Schoenle, president. "We invite all kinds 
of different organizations across campus, not just Greeks, to 
participate in friendly competition and help raise money for our 
philanthropy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital." 

Instead of paying a registration fee to participate in the 
tournament, the sorority required the organizations to send 


letters to friends and family asking for donations to St. Jude. 

"Having the organizations send letters to participate in the 
tournament increases awareness for what St. Jude is all about," 
said Schoenle. "It also encourages further donations to the 
hospital in the future." 

Lasting for three days, the Triple Play tournament took place 
on the Festival lawn and allowed for organizations to partake 
in friendly competition while raising awareness for Tri Delta's 

"We organize various facilities around the local community to 
donate food and raffle items for the tournament," said Schoenle. 

With about 18 organizations participating, the tournament was 
split into a mens and a women's bracket, guaranteeing two winners. 

"I actually had the pleasure of coaching one of the teams and 
had a blast," said sophomore Elizabeth Kitts. "And the best part 
about the whole tournament was that we were running the bases, 
trying to win so we could help children with cancer. It was a great 
success and last year we raised over $25,000 dollars for St. Jude." 

A cookout with free food, raffle items and T-shirts for the 
winners encouraged organizations to participate in a tournament 
designed to spread awareness and promote donations for St. Jude 
Children's Research Hospital. // 

Tri Delta sisters enjoy a snacl< at 
ttieir Founder's Day Lunclieon at the 
Ramada Inn. The university's chapter 
was founded on Nov. 27, 1988. 


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Front Row: Stephanie Peace, Lauren Coble, Lindsay Schoenle, Alison Malinchak, Anne Blessing, Amanda Finnerty. Second Row: Christina EyI, Kate Klipfel, 
Lauren Pesce, Cristen Cravath, Whitney Seull<e, Cindy Phung, Moira Gallagher, Meg Gerloff, Christina Smith, Madeline Micali, Paula Funslen, Alii Marshall, 
Kellen Suber. Third Row: Callie McGee, Sonja Webster, Caitlin Fontanez, Libby Hale, Christen Showker, Amanda Toney, Jenny King, Becca Lippman, Leah 
Wetchler, Jenna Hudson, Kristine McNerney, Loren Heaps, Stephanie Carey, Elise Emmons, Michelle Ojeda, Kristen Dasch, Christina Liou, Kaitlyn Clinage, 
Makenzie Walter, Bits Kitts. Fourth Row: Hayley Mantio, Kate Baker, Luci Brinn, Lindsay Malinchak, Kimmie Bass, Bianca Regan, Georgina Buckley, Meghan 
Lloyd, Katie Grube, Patience Cantrell, Kristen Hotz, Charlotte Moss, Cara DiFiore, Jackie McKay, Laura Spinks, Olivia Fritsche, Kim Falk, Erica Super, Kate 
Freshwater Michelle Stonebrink, Jess Hendricks. Back Row: Arlene Carney, Lindsay Jondahl, Claire Ballweg, Kari Owens, Kayla Hirschmugl, Ashley Monger, 
Kelsey Jensen, Michelle Kopera, Kelsey Jefferies, Samantha Platania, Dana Verner, Chelsea Burgess, Lauren Hamill, Anne Parks, Heather Fox, Melissa 
Margulies, Ashley Ward, Kelly Morris, Kelly Gooch. 

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Designed to provide support for 

minorit)- men on campus. Brothers 

of A New Direction encouraged 

its members to grow personally, 

spiritually and intellectually. The 

organization promoted cultural 

awareness through the discussion 

of issues that affected men as a 

whole. Members also reached out 

to the communiU' through service 

projects with the Boys and Girls 

Club and local soup kitchens. 

Often seen performing the Lion 

Dance at Student Organization 

Night, the Chinese Student 

Association accepted any students 

who were interested in learning 

more about the Chinese culture 

and tradition. \Vith more than 30 

members, the group performed 

at more than 20 events each \'ear. 

They were also committed to 

philanthropy, with a goal to raise 

SI, 500 to help the Wolong Panda 

Reserve, which worked to save 

pandas from extinction. 

Front Row: Ryan James. K.D. Doxie, Zachary Lane, Brian Davis. Back Row: Chris Copolillo, Forrest Parker, 
Jn, Donte Jiggetts, Justin Wilson, Kenny Tinsley. 

Front Row: Thanh-Thuy Nguyen, Maria Siapno. Ngoc-Han Nguyen, Courtney Wu, Rachel Hernandez, Jenny 
Shi, Raphael Villacrusis, Kristin Brouillard, Amy Wu, Adrianne Maraya, Olivia Stout. Second Row: Angelina 
Vo, Michael Wu, Winsie Lee, Jessica Say, Thanh Nguyen, Lisa Huynh, Phoebe Liu, Michael Urgel, Christina 
Thai. Back Row: Peter Chan, Jason Chuang, Michelle Rudman, Michael Evangelista, Tian-Hao Wang, Daniel 
Maeng, Michael Nguyen, Sung Ho Park, Anthony Hwang, Jacob Albert. 


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As the only film club at the 
university dedicated to educating 
the community on the creative 
aspects of classic, independent 
and foreign films, Cinemuse was 
open to any interested students. 
The group, which was formed 
in 2005, held an annual tllm 
festival each spring semester. The 
festival grew each year, expanding 
in 2009 to show films at Court 
Square Theater in downtown 

Front Row: Emily Correa. Rebecca Pratt, Helen Jaques, Kristin Silver, Kaitlin Silver, Ashley Scott, Jessica 
Weaver. Second Row: Kimmy Rohrs, Kimberly Tyson. Natalie Lauri, Stephanie Jansen, Dustin Kenney, 
Andrew Henchen, Keely Walsh, Jared Schaubert. Back Row: George Dippold. Tyler McLeod, Thaddeus 
Lamar, Sydney McKenney Leanna Caplan, Jason Kim, Nicholas Young, Jacob Dickey. 

Front Row: Jill Zeller, Catherine Haley Harmon, Kelly Narc: Second Row: Lauren Kiser, Michele Patten, 
Courtney Wallace, Erin Henning. Back Row: Nicole Averse, S ieiC_, ,'vebb, Nikki Peros, Lauren Ashcroft, Kelly 

Participating in the National Club 
Softball Association (NCSA), the 
Club Softball team qualified for 
the collegiate \Vorld Series in four 
of its last five seasons. Trv'outs 
were held each fall and spring, 
and students were required to 
have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 
or higher to become part of the 
team. The women in the club 
devoted much of their time to 
fundraising and service efforts in 
the local communitv. 

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Members of the "Fly Girl" family take 

a break during Philanthropy Day of fall 

recruitment. The sisters of Delta Gamma 

raised money for Service for Sight 

through Anchor Splash, an event they 

sponsored every spring semester. 

photo/zcourtesy of caitiinharrison 

stephsynoracki //writer 

Fathers came to visit their daughters from all over the country 
for a new tradition in the making: Dad's Day at Purcell Park. 
A barbecue feast brought the women of Delta Gamma and their 
fathers together before they competed against one another in a 
game of kickball. The fathers also had a chance to play against other 
fraternity men. 

The women of Delta Gamma strove to show their potential 
for growth during the fall and spring semesters. They attended 
philanthropy events of other Greek organizations on campus and 
participated in numerous community service-oriented activities. 

"We've made a lot of progress and the only way we can go from 
now is up," said senior Candace Avalos. 

During recruitment, Delta Gamma sought women who were 
dedicated to leadership and involvement in their community. 


"Through recruitment, all of the sisters worked their butts off to 
recruit new members who believed in our mission and the places we 
were going" said senior Kelsey Schum, vice president of fmance on 
the Panhellenic Council. 

Unlike many other Greek organizations that had varying 
philanthropies, Delta Gamma had only one: Service for Sight. All 
Delta Gamma chapters worldwide had the same philanthropy, which 
aimed to raise awareness for the blind and visually impaired. 

"[Delta Gamma] is different and special because of our genuine 
sisterhood and our unique philanthropy," said Avalos. 

Since the sisterhood had only about 75 women, the members of 
Delta Gamma formed a very tight and close-knit relationship with 
one another. The women were there for one another academically, 
emotionally and socially. 

"Delta Gamma has given me my best friends, whom I will carry 
with me through my life, despite my college years quickly coming to 
an end," said Schum. 

"At the end of the day, we know that we can look at the woman 
standing beside us and say that she upholds the values set forth by 
our original three founders," said senior Kerry Stolz, president. "We 
have confidence in each other and we can depend on one another 
for the rest of our collegiate and alumnae lives." // 

Sisters of Delta Gamma work to make 
their marks on a mountain of steps 
on the Festival lawn. Fraternities and 
sororities came together to participate 
in activities throughout campus during 
"Greek Week." 
photo/Zcourtesy of caitlinharrison 

Front Row: Caroline Willis, Lauren Gibson, Gopi Pitcher, Gaitlin Van Suetendael, Sean Morgan, Natalie Godwin, Heather 
Holston, Eryn Wall, Mary-Scott Standish, Kathleen Thompson, Nikki Fischer, Julie Bryant, Courtney Margid. Second 
Row: Maggie Gallagher, Sarah Scharf, Jenna Wagner, Gaitlin Harrison, Jackie Kurecki, Elizabeth Doering, Elizabeth Davis, 
Victoria Elliott, Stephanie Trapani, Fay Gzaus, Caroline Bourne, Danielle Dutta, Amanda Deane. Third Row: Chantelle 
Patch, Brittany Dempsey, Emily Ainswot=th, Sarah Scholtz, Emily Mullen, Lauren Debski, Sarah Hayes, Kate Zielinski, 
Emily Inge, Michelle Scotellaro, Erin Henning, Audie Ferebee, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Katherine Salgado-Velez. Back Row: 
Sailey Nimmagadda, Erin Baldw^in, Karen Stefanski, Melissa Cunningham-Hill, Sara Riddle, Cathi Owens, Alissa Clayton, 
Rebecca Kinsey, Kerry K. Stolz, Heather Murray, Lis Palmer, Caroline Darland, Megan Crosby, Mariana Cronan. 

organizations //237 







Concentrating on his 
target, freshman Clinton 
TMgarden steadies his 
hands before he shoots. 
Competitors could shoot 
their arrows at speeds of 
up to 150 mph. 

Aiming for tine target, sophomores Rachel 
Mabb and Katie Patterson prepare to take 
their best shots, in individual competitions, 
archers had 40 seconds to shoot each arrow, 

maryclairejones// writer 

The university's varsity archery team 
formed in 1965, but was cut from 
varsity status in 2007 when Title IX was put 
into effect. At that time, several students 
decided to form the Club Archery team. 
Since then, the team had become a point 
of pride for the university, producing 
standout athletes including several world 
champions and 35 U.S. Collegiate Archery 
Ail-Americans. In 2007, the club won its 
second National Championship. 

"We've got a really good team," 
said sophomore Scott Einsman, vice 
president. "I started shooting in high 
school, and when I was looking at 
colleges, JMU definitely had the best 
archery team." 

The team participated in several 
tournaments, two of which were 
held at home. The National Indoor 
Championship, where hundreds of 
shooters competed, was held in Godwin 
Hall over spring break. A memorial 
tournament was also held in honor of 
Adam Wheatcroft, a former member 
who passed away in 2003 after battling 

"The team is open to all skill levels, 
but the travel team consists of a smaller 
number of students who are willing to 
prove their dedication and skill level," 
said senior Katie Jepson, president. 
"We traveled to Texas A&M, Illinois, 

Front Row: Bryan Brady, Katie Lee, Rachel Mabb, Amy Hui. 
Katie Jepson, Tyler Martin. 

Back Row: Katy Holmes, Clinton Teegarden, 

a couple of schools in New Jersey — pretty 
much all up and down the East Coast." 

These tournaments varied in the number 
of arrows shot and distance from the target, 
depending on where they took place. 

Indoor tournaments took between two 
and three hours, and each shooter shot 20 
ends of three arrows, each from a distance 
of 18 meters. Outdoor competitions lasted 
up to six hours, with each shooter shooting 
144 arrows at four distances, which varied 

for men and women. 

Preparing for these tournaments was 
time-consuming — the team practiced five 
days a week for two hours a day. Members 
practiced shooting both indoors, in the 
basement of Godwin Hall, and outdoors on 
Hillside Field. 

"We're a good team," said Einsman. "We 
can shoot together and encourage each 
other and push each other. We make each 
other better." // 

Closing one eye, 
unior Paul Sexton 
-aims for a bull's- 
eye. Archers wore 
arm guards to 
prevent injury from a 
bowstring slap when 
shooting their arrows. 

organizations //239 



racheldozier // writer 

I irrahman Catherine Vaugha 

performs a fence jump during a fall 

fiorse show. The number of riders 

varied at each show, depending on 

how many students were allowed to 

compete for each team. 

photoZ/courtesy of carolynhall 

C( I 'ilniost had a different childhood than most people," said 

I sophomore Carolyn Hall. "It's hard to go from doing 
something every day to just cutting it." 

Since riding was a specialized sport that required the use of a 
live animal, most of the 15 students on the show team had been 
riding for many years — and most riders continued in college 
because they enjoyed it so much. Hall described riding as 
"rewarding and very stress relieving." 

"When you're having a bad day, if you have a good ride it can 
fix everything," said Hall. Others on the team agreed, which 
was why many of them spent entire weekends "showing" 

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in competitions. The Equestrian Club worked with the 
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and competed 
against other Virginia schools such as Radford University, 
Hollins University and Sweetbriar College. The majority of the 
shows in the fall took place in October, and the shows in the 
spring took place in February. 

"With jumping, it's like a puzzle almost," said junior Morgan 
Fink. "You need to figure out how to solve the problems, like 
the horse's pace. Once you figure something out, it's so exciting. 
Everything feels like a really cool accomplishment even on 
small levels." 

One major factor in riding was taking into consideration the 
skills needed to control an animal. 

"You forget that it's an animal," Hall said. "And then you're like 
wait, this thing is thinking. It's kind of like a constant anxiety 
'cause you never know what's going to happen. But it's almost like 
a good feeling. I think it's a really cool concept that someone my 
size can control a 2,000 pound animal." // 

Sophomore Devon Williams 

performs a show jump while 
practicing at Seventh Heaven Farm. 
Practices were scheduled by the 
farm depending on each student's 
Indlvual class schedule. 
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Front Row: Liz Lange, Molly Schulman, Jessica Aquilino, Camille Corum, Devon Williams, Jessica 
Scudder. Second Row: Leslie Carlson, Vanessa Colley, Allison Emerick, Tessa Amey, Katelyn Bianco, 
Johanna Pedersen, Linnea Elsammak. Back Row: Allison SmyrI, Maggie Foley Amanda Podgorski, 
Catherine Vaughan, Carolyn Hall, Bekah Jarzombek, Joanne Forrest. 

organizations //241 




As the only singing group that 

didn't have an audition process, 

the Contemporary Gospel Singers 

accepted anyone who loved to sing. 

Each spring, the group brought 

together local choirs for a Gospel 

Extravaganza, with the purpose 

of spreading the gospel of Jesus 

Christ through song. The group 

was established at the university 

40 years ago and often traveled 

along the East Coast to perform at 

different churches and universities. 

Started by Dr. Robert Holmes, the 
College of Business (COB) Student 

Advisory Council (SAC) had been 
at the university for about 20 years. 
The organization served as a means 

of presenting student perspectives 
and concerns to the COB dean and 

assistant dean. All COB juniors in 

good standing were eligible for the 

SAC, but were required to complete 

an application and interview 


Front Row: Kenneth Giliiam, Nathanial Kearney, Joshua Holmes, Andrew Jackson, Dominic L. Wright. 
Second Row: Cyndle Hash (Directress), Amy Luggett, Alicia Carroll, Jasmine Gilbert, Lamar Walker, Felicia 
Bracey, Amanda Williams, Jasmine Booker. Third Row: Tia Mack, Tekeya McDonald, Lauren Smith, Maggie 
Florence, Quaneisha A. Green, Brittnie Sykes. Back Row: Heavenly Hunter, James Rosenquist, Korey Lamb, 
Teneisha Bailey, Grace Flanagan, Angelina Stauer, Hannah Cope. 

Front Row: Justin Giuliano, Jared Antin, David Melendez, Ashleigh Kenion, Jayce Guthrie (Adviser), Ryan 
Farrell, Amber Richards. Back Row: Astin Pronio, Justin Quaglia, Katherine Cole, Will Goffield. 

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Front Row: Rashunda Jackson, Nell Smircina, Candace Long, Briana Harris, Adriane Lauier. Back Row: 
Ivaco Clarke, Nicole Carter, Jerrica Browder, Mynik Taylor, Yernita Fisher, Jessica Wade. 

With dedication to public service 
and academic achievement, the 
women of Delta Sigma Theta were 
committed to their involvement 
on campus and in the surrounding 
community. In December, 
the sorority paired with other 
multicultural organizations to 
teach five sororities and fraternities 
the significance and art of step 
dancing. The event promoted 
unity between two cultures and 
helped to bring together the Greek 
community on campus. 

Encompassing worship, 
fellowship and discipleship. 
Divine Unity worked to help 
students develop their individual 
spirituality. The organization 
served as a bridge between 
the university's community 
and Divine Unity Righteously 
Applying God (DuRAG 
Ministries). Divine Unity helped 
students realize their potential in 
Christ through understanding, 
applying and relating the Bible to 
their everyday lives. 

Front Row: Rebecca Wineland, Jasmine Booker, Alicia Carroll, Sharae Floyd, Amanda Williams, Tiera Hinton. 
Second Row: Quaneisha A. Green, Grace Flanagan, Ashleigh Bynum, Aamir Cobb, Constanee Gillison, 
DaNae Colson, Angela Jenkins, Tekeya McDonald. Back Row: James Daniel, Darrin Whitley, Dominic L. 
Wright, Nathaniel Kearney, Korey Lamb, Demetrius Lancaster, Ron Tazz Clay, Lamar Walker. 

organizations //243 


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Two club members each do their 

best to win the duel. There was a 

four-minute limit in foil and saber. 

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maryclairejones// writer 

Although playing pirate and pretending to sword fight was 
often considered child's play, the Fencing Club knew better. 
Practicing four times a week for several hours, the Fencing Club 
proved that the art of sword fighting wasn't just for kids. 

The Fencing Club began after Title IX was put into effect in 2007 
and the women's varsity fencing team was disbanded. Members 
participated in tournaments sponsored by the United States Fencing 
Association (USFA), "the NFL of fencing," according to senior Scott 
Bell, club president. The season officially began in August and lasted 
through the academic year. 

Because fencing was an individual sport, club fencers could 
compete in as many or as few USFA tournaments as they wanted. As 
a team, the club participated in three tournaments. 

"One was an exhibition tournament — a friendly one between 
colleges," said Bell. "The next one is the Southern Atlantic 
Conference, which will have collegiate teams ranging from Florida 
to New York. And the final one is the largest, the Collegiate Fencing 

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Championships, which have teams from all over the United States." 

The club also participated in collegiate team tournaments that 
were organized by the collegiate clubs themselves, outside the USFA. 

These tournaments were especially competitive because they were 
team-based, explained Bell. 

"Not only are these competitions a great opportunity for our 
members to fence against clubs from around the nation, but going 
is also a great travel and bonding experience for our members," said 
junior David Warnock. 

Each match in fencing was called a 'bout.' In a tournament, each 
bout went to either five or 1 5 points. Score was kept on equipment 
called 'boxes' that had lights go off whenever a button on the tip of 
each sword was pressed. The bout took place on a long strip that the 
fencers were required to stay on. 

The Fencing Club was open to any interested students, and they 
had two separate practices to meet members' varying skill levels: 
beginner, which met Tuesdays and Thursdays, and advanced, which 
met Mondays and Wednesdays. 

"My favorite part about being in Fencing Club is probably the 
practice atmosphere," said Warnock. "Everyone in the club is very 
friendly and willing to help each other. Overall, the practices are 
very laid back, but it's still easy to get a lot done and to improve 
significantly throughout the semester." 

Bell acknowledged most fencers on the team had started as 
beginners in college. 

"But we do encourage all people to give it a try," said Bell. "And we 
will work with anyone willing to do that to try to make them into 
excellent fencers." // 

Practicing his footwork, a fencing 
member prepares for an upcoming 
matcti. Fencing was conducted on a 
14 meter by 2 meter "strip" or "piste." 
to replicate combat in confined 
quarters such as a castle or hallway. 
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organizations //245 




With approximately 100 

performances each year, the 16 

members of the all-male 

a cappella group. Exit 245, stayed 

busy. Founded in 1998, the group 

released a greatest hits CD this year. 

Its reunion concert in December, 

"2+4+5 = Exit's 1 1 -Year Reunion" 

brought back Exit alumni from 

across the country. 

Celebrating its 40th year at the 

university, the Geology Club was a 

social network for those interested 

in geological and environmental 

issues. The club hosted field trips 

that educated elementary school 

children about the Earth. Members 

also got together for potluck 

dinners, hiking, camping and 

formal events. 

Front Row: Denny Norris, Adam Spalletta, Evan LaLiberte. Second Row: Tyler Bradley, Corey Hummerston, 
Dave Amadee, Ryan Larson. Back Row: Thomas Tombes, Drew Daniels, Kyle Hutchinson, Austin Colby, 
David Batteiger. 

Front Row: David Craven, James Gehman, Michael Tracy, Kimberly Walsh. Second Row: Natalie Caro, Craig 
Morris, Derek Magnuson, Adam Wenger, Elizabeth Weisbrot, Katie Jepson. Back Row: Mike Fertitta, Susan 
Hoffman, Sara Rangel, Kevin Cabaniss, Erica Ragland. 

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Front Row: Sara Hanlon, Ashley Portch, Jason Farber, Brittany Jones, Kathryn Crowley. Back Row: Adam 
Baez, Victoria Eberle, Amanda Wilkins, Nikki White, Jenna Testerman. 

Front Row: Eric Blumenthal, Danielle Halsey, Johanna Salas, Leeanne Shepherd, Rachel Hutchins, Margaret 
Amos, Meghan DePace, Stephanie Hunt, Caitlin Canoles, Jessica Cutler. Second Row: Jennifer Koch, Emily 
Parker, Caitlin Callahan, Vicki Stratton, Rachel Drane, Shandra Aber, Ashley Porter, Lauren Philp, Stefanie 
Ward. Third Row: Bret Zawilski, Daniel Singer, Benjamin Soltoff, Kim Wisener, Brian Giordano, T.C. Sasser, 
Dominique Paquette, Kelly Borkey, Kimberly Woods. Back Row: Dan Rowson, Patrick Haggerty, Kevin 
O'Brien, Steven Colella, Daniel Carpenter, Durrell Lewis, W. Todd Magowan, Kelsey Holland, Ralph Hill. 

Helping out families locally, 
nationally and internationally, 
Habitat for Humanity built 
homes to benefit those in need 
of shelter. With 300 members at 
the university, the organization 
took day trips as well as spring 
break trips to help build homes 
in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and 
Johns Island, S.C. Started at the 
university in 1994, Habitat for 
Humanity's roster continued to 
grow with each year. 

Kappa Kappa Psi was composed 
of students who had performed 
in a large band for at least 
one semester. The fraternity, 
founded in 1980, had grown to 
43 members. The group often 
participated in regular service 
projects with the Marching Royal 
Dukes, the School of Music and 
the surrounding community. 

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show off their outgoing personalities 

on the Wilson Hall steps. Each sorority 

at the university elected two delegates 

who served as representatives to the 

Panhellenic Council. 

photcV/courtesy of annebiessing 


britnigeer// writer 

The 12 executive members and two advisers of the Panhellenic 
Council led and oversaw more than 1,500 sorority women. 
As the executive board of the sororities, the Panhellenic Council 
directed each chapter, implemented formal recruitment and led 
each chapter in weekly meetings. 

One of the group's biggest accomplishments included the "Be 
Beautiful" campaign, a self-confidence campaign initiated by 
senior Anne Blessing, president. 

"The 'Be Beautiful' campaign is meant to implement self- 
confidence by recognizing sorority women for their inner beauty," 
said Blessing. "The campaign has brought motivational speaker, 
Andrea Cooper, and Dove real beauty model, Stacy Nadeau, to 
our campus. We put on events and programming for the campaign 
and aim to instill service, character and scholarship in all of the 
sorority women." 

The campaign held a role model fashion show in April to support 
these goals. The council received more than 50 nominations for 
the show and selected two women from each sorority to represent 
their inner beauty and role model attributes. Sponsored by DEB 
formal dresses, the fashion show included an evening wear section, 

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where each role model walked the runway in an evening gown. 
More than 300 people attended the event, and all the proceeds 
went to the Panhellenic Council's philanthropy, First Step, a 
battered women's shelter. 

"We added First Step as our philanthropy this past year and have 
gifted them over $1,500 in supplies," said Blessing. 

Along with the addition of a campaign and a new philanthropy, 
the Panhellenic Council also changed sorority recruitment. For 
the first time, the council sent promotional postcards to freshmen, 
which had increased rushing by 50 percent since 2007. The 
council also successfully trained and prepared Rho Gamma for 
recruitment, resulting in zero Rho Gamma initiated infractions for 
the first time. 

"I was so proud of the fact that there were zero Rho Gamma 
infractions," said junior Kaitlin Solomon, Panhellenic vice 
president of Rho Gammas. "We had a more intense selection 
process this year, and the 38 women chosen respected the position, 
the integrity of the recruitment process, their training and myself, 
resulting in a successful recruitment." 

The 12 women of the Panhellenic Council strove to empower 
the Greek community, the campus and Harrisonburg. Through 
campaigns, recruitment, weekly meetings and fundraisers, the 
women were set on recognizing sorority role models and instilling 
self-confidence in each sorority. // 

Potential new sorority members show 
entlnusiasm during an recruitment 
information session. Recruitment 
for ttie sororities was a formal and 
structured process sponsored by the 
Panhellenic Council. 
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Front Row: Taryn Crampton, Kim Olson, Taryn Anrig, Hannah Hanks, Anne Blessing, Allie Romeo. Back 
Row: Hunter Bedard, Ashley Melone, Kelsey Schum, Kaitlin Solomon, All Van Sickle, Meg Gerloff. 

organizations //249 



With its focus on helping children, 
Kids Klub volunteered at after- 
school programs, book fairs and 
school carnivals. The group also 
helped a local radio station put on 
Monster Mash, an accessible way 
for kids to trick-or-treat in a safe 
environment at the Valley Mall. 

Lambda Pi Eta, the 

communications honor 

society, was founded in 

1985 to reward outstanding 

scholastic achievement and to 

stimulate interest in the field of 

communications. Members of the 

group had to maintain a 3.0 GPA. 

The group held speech workshops 

at Skyline Middle School each year 

and encouraged its members to 

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Front Row: Liz Town, Kristen Giambrone, Jennifer Cusick, Saraii Young. Back Row: Courtney Wallace, 
Michelle Scotellaro, Jennifer Bennett, Liz Reitman, Chelsea Bruno, Ashleigh Gunderson, Courtney Waldmann, 
Steph Synoracki. 

Front Row: Brittany Kaschak, Elizabeth Price, Kelsey Dayton, Amanda Slade, Elaine Bussjaeger, Alshah 
McNeil. Back Row: Kallie DelVecchio, Shawn Ramsey Jacqueline Weisbecker, Chelsea Gutshall, Micah Day 
Carrie Klamut, Constance Gillison, Jone Brunelle. 



Front Row: Vanessa Palenque, Alexandra Hansen, Stephanie Mazzamaro. Second Row: Kimmy Rohrs, 
Kimberly Tyson, Natalie Lauri, Stephanie Jansen, Dustin Kenney Andrew Henchen, Keely Walsh, Jared 
Schaubert. Back Row: BIythe Klippstein, Joe Endress, Brittany Rosato. 

Although it was considered a 
business organization, the Madison 
Marketing Association was open 
to all majors. Founded in 1982 
as the collegiate chapter of the 
American Marketing Association, 
the organization aimed to educate 
students on business practices, 
dress code and interview protocol. 
To become a member, students 
had to fill out an application and 
send it to the American Marketing 
Association in Chicago, 111. 

Any student who wanted to 
become a math teacher was 
welcome to join the Math Teacher 
Organization, a group committed 
to the professional development 
of prospective math teachers 
at the university. Through the 
organization, students gained work- 
related experience relative to their 
goals as future math teachers. 

Front Row: Alana Ferens, Theresa Dalmut. Back Row: Lane O'Brien, Meghan Ragghianti, Eden Middleton. 

organizations //251 



Wearing yellow and white, a Sigma 

Kappa family takes a break during 

the third round of rush week. 

During rush, there were multiple 

rounds girls would go through In 

order to find the sorority that best 

suited them. 

photo/Zcourtesy of jennlferbeers 

caitlincrumpton// writer 

After receiving the highest honor at the Sigma Kappa 
National Convention, Sigma Kappa was promoted to a 
three-star sorority in 2009. 

"Getting awarded three stars at national convention means so 
much to our chapter," said junior Amy Dolan. "It is the highest 
honor that a chapter can receive, and it is very rewarding to know 
that Sigma Kappa's national headquarters recognizes all ot our 
hard work." 

Founded in 1874 at Colby College in Maine, Sigma Kappa's 
chapter at the university began in 1959. Its philanthropies 
included gerontology with a focus on Alzheimer's research, and 
The Maine Sea Coast Mission, which delivered food and clothing 
to people in need. The sorority went by the motto of "One Heart, 
One Way." 


Recruitment for all sororities started on Sept. 10, and ended 
with a bid celebration on Sept. 15. Sigma Kappa recruited a new 
pledge class of 52 girls. Playing off The Beatles' song, the theme 
of its recruitment was "All you need is love and Sigma Kappa." 
The theme was consistent throughout the week with Beatles 
board games created by the sorority. 

"We had really strong recruiters this year," said senior Rachel 
DiGirolamo, vice president of Membership. "I think a lot of the 
girls that were rushing were given more information about the 
sororities by the new booklets that were given this year so they 
were better informed to make a decision." 

The sorority's biggest event was its annual Turkey Bowl, 
a philanthropic event in November that raised money for 
Alzheimer's research. Twelve teams, ranging from fraternities 
to groups playing for fun, competed in flag football games. The 
2009 Turkey Bowl winner was a group of friends called Little 
Rascals, and was awarded a Thanksgiving dinner by Sigma Kappa 
in celebration of their win. Other events that took place that 
week included bowling at Valley Lanes and a benefit concert at 
the Pub. 

Senior Tara Higgins was proud of the money Sigma Kappa 
raised and its commitment to philanthropy. 

"The Greek community has made me realize how great the girls 
of Sigma Kappa are," said Higgins. // 

Squeezing in for a photo, sisters 
of Sigma Kappa tal<e a picture to 
remember Bid Celebration. Bid 
Celebration takes place thie nigtit 
the new recruitments ctiose and are 
accepted to pledge the sorority of 
their choice, 
photo.'.'courtesy ui leiinifeibeers 

Front Row: Chrissy Sullivan, Amy Dolan, Nicole Nesbitt, Chrissy Hartley, Katelyn Thyrring, Liza Charnack, Emily Abram, Nicole Napolitano, Alyssa 
Lopez, Alex Switzer, Tara Ginty, Kaitlin McKinley Sarah Roberts, Alyssa Hirsh, Brittany Writt, Alyssa Miller, Caitlin Romig, Morgan Higgins. Second 
Row: Tara Higgins, Heather Santymire, Lisa Muoio, Colleen MacDowell, Alexis Kyriacou, Amanda Scott, Kouryn Lupino, Logan Hannah, Amy 
Schlinger, Shariene Anonick, Jennifer Freed, Caitlin Ryan, Lauren Fisher, Arianna Hartmann, Amanda Armstrong, Carly Sinkin, Veronica Nalbandian, 
Katelyn Murray, Janey Tazzioli, Third Row:- Erica Parker, Joanna Kirby, Sarah Mecke, Laura Anderson, Alex Morgan, Devin Gunther, Sarah Robertson, 
Allie Smith, Brooke A. Williams, Nedj Alsagoff, Jacqueline Strasser, Christine Lynch, Kelly Ziegler, Brittney Schiff, Alexa Greenstein, Lora Hellman, 
Caitlin Whitt, Justine Fink, Amber Campitelli, Kelly Mertz, Kristen Richardson, Meggie Greenwood. Back Row: Alicia Puzin, Christine Tedesco, Becky 
Hoffman, Jordan Long, Bridget Gumersell, Jenna Federico, Katie McClure, Lizz Donnelly, Lauren Mawn, Caroline Leach, Tiffany St. Clair, Lauren Maira, 
Erinn Madsen, Allyson Rubino, Robin Perrella, Jordan Guskind, Kristen Resutek, Marry Ferro, Casie Loudon, Nicole Del Negro, Kathryn Plytynski, 

organizations //253 

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Wearing their own special chef hats. SGA members 
serve mashed potatoes to students from the Southern 
Bistro station in D-Hall. "SGA Serves You at D-Hall" 
took place on Nov. 20. in the all-you-can-eat dining hall 
located on the Bluestone side of campus. 

chloemulliner// writer 

The Student Government Association 
(SGA) worked to maintain the 
communication bridge between the student 
body and the administration. Perpetually 
seeking opinions and concerns from the 
student body, the SGA strove to accurately 
represent all students on campus. 

"We represent student voice," said senior 
Candace Avalos, student body president. "We 
influence policy changes and anything that 
will affect student life." 

Every Tuesday evening, the SGA met for 
senate meetings, where members drafted bills, 
passed out money to clubs and listened to 
presentations. In addition to senate meetings, 
individual committees met on different days to 
further discuss their targeted areas. 

Although individual SGA members held 
different positions and worked on separate 
focuses, there was a common passion for 
seeking the best interest of the students. 

"I love meeting new people and being able to 


be the spokesperson for the student body," said 
junior Caitlin Natale, director of Membership 

"I joined SGA to make a difference," said 
sophomore Pat Watral, a senator at large for 
the Student Service Committee. "The best part 
is probably that it takes a lot of hard work, but 
finding out that if you really want to try, you 
can help the students." 

The SGA reached out to students and looked 
for ways to facilitate communication between 
the organization and the student body. 

"Write-Up Wednesdays" were created to 
encourage students to contact SGA members 
and share their opinions. Students could 
anonymously leave comments, questions or 
concerns on a bulletin board for the SGA to 

"When there is a problem, we seek it out and 
work on fixing the situation," said junior Brock 
Wallace, vice president of Student Affairs. 

Although the SGA senate was smaller and 

filled with more newcomers than previous 
years, the organization embraced the 

"There's a lot of fresh faces and eager people 
who are actively going out there and seeking 
out issues," said Wallace. 

One of the major focuses of the organization 
was campus safety. The SGA conducted a 
late-night bus survey to collect student data 
concerning the buses' shortened hours and its 
effect on the students' sense of safety. 

"We were extremely pleased with the survey," 
said Watral. "Over 4,000 students took the 
survey, which is 23 percent of the student 

SGA members worked directly with campus 
security and the police department to address 
safety issues and find ways to better inform 
students on safe behavior. Members also 
began planning a new safety video for first- 
years to view during orientation that would 
address issues such as safe drinking and safety 


resources available on campus. 

Another big milestone for the SGA was 
changing the C17 commuter parking lot to permit 
residents to park there 24 hours a day, adding 
much-needed resident parking on the east side of 
campus. While a lot of issues with parking were 
unchangeable, the SGA was proud of this one 
opportunity to make a difference. 

Another major accomplishment of the SGA 
was changing a line in judicial policy regarding 
obscene conduct. Students felt as though a certain 
phrase in the student handbook, which prohibited 
lewd, indecent or obscene expression regardless 
of proximity to campus, violated the students' 
constitutional right to freedom of speech. The 
SGA successfully assisted in the revision of the 

passage to prohibit only obscene conduct, not 

While the SGA was successful in bringing about 
positive changes to campus, it was not an easy task 
due to a scandal that threatened the organizations 
reputation. The organization's moral image 
was in jeopardy when two SGA members were 
involved in generating an automatic voter for the 
Homecoming Banner Contest to rig the votes. 
Reeling from its temporarily damaged reputation, 
the SGA was forced to rebuild its credibility and 
faith within the student body. 

"We realized how we influence the students and 
were able to refocus our energy and time into 
giving back to the students," said Avalos. "It's 
been a motivator to want to be better." // 











Front Row: Susanna Chacko, Allison Wong, Melanie Goff, Amber Richards, Erin Brooks, Rheanna Martino, Jessica Morris, 
Susan Ghanem, Second Row: Timmy Austen, Adam Hall, John Napier, Daniel Smolkin, Ashley Fary. Rania Qura, Christine 
Rettig, Candace Avalos, Stephanie Kissam, Kenzie Fisher. Back Row: Hugh Blanchetti, Keith W. Zirkle, Dwight Richardson, 
, Jacob Glessner, Patrick Elwell. Matt Wisniewski, Ian Crowe, Kyle Smith, Carlos Ruiz. 

Smiling, a Student Government Association 
(SGA) member serves a wrap to a fellow 
student. During "SGA Serves You at D-Hall" 
day, SGA fulfilled the service aspect of the 
organization's mission "to serve, inform, 
educate, and represent." 


A Student Government Association (SGA) member uses tongs to serve 
chicken nuggets to students. SGA paired with Dining Services to bring 
"SGA Serves You at D-Hall" day 

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Members of Sigma Nu and Delta 

Delta Delta run the cornhole 

tournament as participants wait for 

ttieir cue to start, Sigma Nu also 

held a proceeds night at Ham's 

Restaurant and collected monetary 

donations from students on campus. 


colleencallery// writer 

As members of the oldest running fraternity on campus, the 
49 brothers of Sigma Nu worked hard to make an impact 
in the Harrisonburg community. Established in 1974, the 
chapter had some trouble maintaining a connected, enthusiastic 
organization throughout the 1990s. Since then, members had 
made strides in establishing a cohesive and leading fraternity. 

"The fraternity was divided," said senior Michael Boitnott, 
president. "There was no optimism. But we were able to take our 
negatives and turn them positive; now everyone has a clear view 
of our goals." 

Improving internal operations, like restructuring its committee 
and awards systems, helped to establish a more organized 
fraternity that enabled its members to work more effectively 
toward its larger goals. These goals included philanthropy, 


local volunteer work and maintaining strong relationships with 
alumni. In addition to volunteering for after-school programs at 
local elementary schools, Harrisonburg nursing homes and the 
Rockingham Educational Foundation, Inc. (REFI), members worked 
on making their annual philanthropy event bigger each year. 

Formerly known as Hoops 4 Kids, the brothers of Sigma Nu 
renamed the event Wish Week, adapting the schedule of events 
to include a beanbag toss as well as basketball tournaments and 
fundraising efforts around town. Raising $4,200 for the Make-A- 
Wish foundation, Boitnott said Sigma Nu got closer to raising its 
goal of $6,000 every year. 

"It's always good to give back to the community," said Boitnott. 
"We aren't in it to serve ourselves. We are more than just a group 
of guys; we're a group of guys that works for other people." 

Sigma Nu was featured in Madison Magazine in the winter 2010 
issue and named one of the university's top five chapters. It was 
also highlighted for having one of the highest GPAs on campus. 

According to Boitnott, members planned to talk to their 
national headquarters to change their recruitment process 
and improve their alumni relations, and the effort seemed 
to be paying off Sigma Nu had one of the most successful 
Homecoming events this year, with more than 150 alumni 
returning for the fun. // 


Beanbags fly as teams participate in 
Sigma Nu's cornhole tournament lield 
in September. Fifty teams participated 
in tfie tournament during tfie fraternity's 
first annual Wish Week, where all 
proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish 



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Front Row: Andrew Barnett, Gun Cho, Christopher Elliot Hetland, Samuel Blinstrubas, Austin Title, 
Steven Irby, Ryan Bixler. Second Row: Michael Owen Burgess, Derek Lucaczyk, Dustin Woolridge, Jorge 
Liloy IV, Sean Lynch, Tyler Hunt, Brett Baldino, Warren Sealock, Ryan Carlson, Paris Al-Nsour Third Row: 
Alexander Bailey, Collin Yarusso, John F. Kirk IV, Jake E. Divers IV, Adam Wermus, Sean Miller, Steven 
Bates, J. David Ward, Sean Grabill. Back Row: Josh Kroll, Matthew Passarge, Stephen R. Moulton III, 
Alexander Richert, Michael Boitnott, Patrick Folliard, Kyle Seymour, Max Greer, Chris MoShane. 

organizations //257 




Celebrating its 20th anniversary, 

the National Society of Minorities 

in Hospitality had grown from 

four to more than 1,000 students 

nationwide since its inception. The 

organization was open to anyone 

interested in learning about the 

hospitality industry. Its members 

focused on diversity in the 

workplace and networking between 

students and professionals. 

The Pre-Physical Therapy Society 

helped students understand 

the physical therapy (PT) 

environment and the process of 

applying to graduate schools. The 

group stayed active by holding 

an annual PT Expo in the fall, 

where representatives from PT 

programs spent the day meeting 

with students. The club welcomed 

anyone who was interested in 

physical therapy. 

Front Row: Christabelle Darby, Aisha Alami, Erika Maxberry, Yuliya Khrystych, Erin Niemela. Second Row: 
Kierra Jones, Cathy Snyder (Adviser), Bhavik Shah, Amy Hunt, Leigh Ashley Harden. Back Row: Taylor 
Donohue, Khea Adams, Leigh-Ann Mendelson, Ashley Pond, Katie Manges, Victor Bukowski. 

Front Row: Shani IVloore, Kathryn Boyd, Jessica Capano, Jessica Dang, Nicole Zelena, Lauren Pierce. Back 
Row: Joshua Egloff, Alexis Luis, Lauren Micelle, Brooke Powell, Courtney Miller, Christine Rettig, Nick Vitale. 

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Front Row: Kristyn Huff, Evie Korovesis, Brett Wilson, Megan Ashby. Back Row: Sarah Young, Katie 
Garden, Courtney Hixson, Claire Harvey Misty Newman (Adviser). 

Front Row: Shennean Tatem, Kimani Boykins, Chervon Moore, Victoria Gaines. Back Row: Rashonda 
Roberson, Tabatha Sherman, Angel Brockenbrough, Candace Cottrell, Britnie Green. 

Sigma Alpha Omega was a 
new Christian social sorority 
established in the spring of 2009. 
The university's chapter was the 
first chapter in Virginia and was 
open to all women who wished to 
serve the Lord through fellowship 
and service. Their philanthropy 
was ovarian cancer, the fifth 
leading cause of death from cancer 
in women. 

In an effort to bridge the gap 
between the university and local 
community, sisters of Sigma 
Gamma Rho held annual events 
throughout Harrisonburg. With a 
motto of "Greater service, greater 
progress," the sorority's main goals 
were service, sisterhood and the 
education of youth. The 10 sisters 
at the university held programs like 
Greekswitch, Gospel Explosion 
and their annual Easter Egg Hunt 
to help promote unity within the 
Greek community. 

organizations //259 

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Singing their sororities song, sisters 

of Tri-Sigma dance around in 

matching outfits during rush weel<. 

Members of the sorority received a 

lifetime subscription of Tri-Sigma's 

national magazine, "The Triangle of 

Sigma Sigma Sigma." 

photo/Zcourtesy of ashleyhudson 


stephsynoracki // writer 

Greek letters for Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigma) were proudly 
displayed on the T-shirts, sweatshirts and bags of Tri Sigma 
sisters. These women were under the leadership of a new executive 
team that took an oath to refocus the members of the sorority on 
the true values and mission of Tri Sigma. 

The new executive board aimed for consistency and unity so that 
all executive members were on the same page. Board leaders felt it 
was extremely important for the entire chapter to be informed of 
any and all decisions made. 

The women of Tri Sigma also made a point to attend more 
philanthropic events hosted by other organizations on campus, 
believing it brought unity to the group and made Tri Sigma 


Tri Sigma participated in Eating Disorder Awareness Month 
during February, where women who suffered from eating 
disorders spoke to the sisters as well as members of the student 
body who attended the events. 

"It is our hope to spread awareness [of] eating disorders to 
women who are struggUng," said senior Jeannie Costin, vice 
president. "[We want them to know] that they are not alone, as 
well as supply them with the resources to get help." 

After losing a Tri Sigma sister, Leslie George, from complications 
arising from an eating disorder in 2000, the disease became very 
personal to the sorority. 

With the motto of "Faithful Unto Death," Costin had heard 
the world "cult" used to describe the group, but she took it as a 

"As sisters, we love, defend, protect, support and trust one 
another," said Costin. "If that makes us a cult, then I'm okay with that." 

Tri Sigma's close-knit community was its biggest attraction 
for senior Ashley Hudson, president, who had a difficult time 
warming up to people during her freshman year. 

"[Being a part of Tri Sigma] has helped me grow from a very timid 
girl from Delaware, to an extremely confident [woman] who is ready 
to embrace graduation and take on the world," said Hudson. // 


Sporting their sorority letters, 
sisters of Tri-Sigma pose for tfie 
pfiotograpiier. Tri-Sigma made it a 
point to attend ottner functions field 
by ottier sororities and fraternities. 
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Front Row: Alexandra Tobia, Christine Ching, Michelle Heard, Melanie Curto, Sara Rose Sommerstein, Kaitlen Brown, Alexa Broccoli, Jocelyn 
Kyle, Ashley Parra, Ashley Ostendorf, Lynsee Fowler, Rebecca Smith. Second Row: Melanie Sena, Jessica Shives, April Bowler, Alison Atkins, 
Bridget Draper, Kristie Bruzenak, Jeannie Costin, Carter Tyrrell, Hallie Newbill, Lauren Jefferson, Jacqui Kirol, Emily Brown, Joanna DeBrouse, 
Megan Godfrey. Third Row: Rebecca Rust, Heatherann McHugh, Krysten Collins, Catherine Barila, Nicole Bauk, Jenna Robb, Stephanie 
Mazzamaro, Gabriella Fulton, Claire Maguire, Madeline Joy, Courtney McKeown, Erica Marraffa, Anna Catanzaro, Sarah Proske, Ryan Brizzolara. 
Back Row: Ashley Wilson, Katri Lindholm, Kate Kenney, Katie McFeely, Courtney Stewart, Sarah Toth, Colleen Stevens, Ashley Hudson, Taylor 
Greaney, Erin Crowley, Britt Thompson, Kathryn Leonard, Maggie Kiely, Aynsley Guertin, Erica Johnson, Victoria Avara. 

organizations //261 




Members of Student 

Ambassadors collect toys 

for Operation Santa Glaus. 

Tfie group held many events 

tfiroughout the year to help 

give back to the community. 


Many dance groups and a 

cappella groups perform 

at Operation Santa Glaus. 

During the school year, 

Student Ambassadors 

gave tours, sponsored 

alumni events and offered 

scholarships such as the 

Garrie Kutner Scholarship. 


racheldozier// writer 

Some of the first memories that incoming students 
had were of cheering Student Ambassadors 
waving signs and sporting the famous purple polo 

Ambassadors participated in community service 
events both on and off campus, spirit events such 
as Homecoming, and gave the famous tours to 
prospective students and visiting alumni. 

The tours were definitely a major part of the 
organization, according to junior Kristin Alexander, 
vice president of Alumni. 

"There may be some days when you don't want to 
give a tour," said Alexander. "But once you get there 
and begin interacting with a group of people, you 
really start to get into it. I always take a poll on my 
tours to see who has been to JMU before, and most of 
them haven't. It's just really cool to be able to share my 
experience with them and let them see the campus I 

Ambassadors accepted 64 new members in 2009. 
They had an intensive application process, which 
included a written application, a group interview and 
an individual interview. Those who were accepted 
went through a three-hour training session before 
giving their first tours. After the training session, 
the new members were required to take a tour with 
someone on the executive board and then shadow two 
separate tours. 

Aside from the tours. Ambassadors gave back to the 
community and worked directly with alumni. 

"We're all going to be alumni one day," said 
Alexander. "Most students here really enjoy their 
Madison experience so it's important to remember 
that so you can give back in any way possible, whether 
it's monetary or coming back to share your experience 
with current students." 

Sophomore Brandon Farrar thought it was 
important to volunteer within the community as well 
as on campus. 

"When you have a school put in the middle of a city, 
obviously there's a lot of college students and we're 
taking up a lot of space," said Farrar. "If this is where 
we're living for eight to nine months out of the year, 
it's important to give back and to have respect for 



Senior Sarah Coppinger and 
junior Emma Young take turns 
reading from "The Polar Express" 
during Operation Santa Glaus. 
Student Ambassadors held 
Operation Santa Glaus each year 
in efforts to raise money and col- 
lect gifts for Harrisonburg Social 

those people who Hve here year-round." 

Alexander agreed. "All of the people I've 
interacted with really enjoy the contribution that 
the students give. Many of them have businesses 
downtown and appreciate our presence." 

Ambassadors had raked leaves in local parks, 
helped out at the Children's Museum and worked 
at a variety of events at local elementary schools. 
Members also participated in an event called 
Block Party in the 'Burg, where they gave tours of 
downtown Harrisonburg. 

Though the organization was enthusiastic and 
excited to show off the school, it did recognize 
that some students might have been overwhelmed 
by members' outgoing personalities. However, 

they believed that fear was unnecessary. 

"I think that everyone has their own way of 
expressing that kind of spirit," said Alexander. 
"While Student Ambassadors has a really large, 
outgoing presence, 1 think that even if students 
aren't into that kind of thing, they can show it in 
small ways just by going to an event on campus or 
sporting JMU gear." 

Farrar wanted students to feel like Ambassadors 
were approachable. 

"They're just really pumped about the school 
and the chance to show it off," said Farrar. "It's 
not like we're up on a pedestal, we're just JMU 
students that are lucky enough to have the chance 
to do that." // 

Front Row: Alli DiMartino. Lauren Granger, Melen Hagos, Phil Saunders, Nick Zurlo, Courtney Dickerson, Rachel Northridge, 
Janelle Sous, Jess Hopkins, Janelle Huggins. Second Row: Ghrista Samaha. Anna Degenhard, Kaitlyn Gordon. Kristin 
Alexander, Emmaunel Fairley, Gamilla Posthill, Lauren Patrick, Megan Grawford, Melissa Reitano, Nicole Bruyette, Sarah 
Pineres, Kelsey DeVesty Third Row: Katie Peabody Tara Vaezi, Allie Weissberg, Rachel Navarrete, Katie Baker. Whitney Getka, 
Jen Morganstern, Dana Verner, Conally Owen, Kelly Weitzel, Deanna Garroll, Caitlyn Anderson, Lucy Madden, Alice Riley-Ryan. 
Fourth Row: Ahna Turley, Jordan Moore, RJ Ohgren, Anthony Riley, Drew Savage, Kelly Patullo, Kelly Bonnez, Mary Alyse 
Klement, Jordan Cole, Lauren Wholihan, Carlin Sherrill, Kristen Hanes. Stevie Hochenberger, Bethany Maxfield, Caitlin Heinlen, 
James Morrissey Kaitlyn Kilduft, Back Row: Tyler Conta, Chris Palmer, Ghns Meyers, John Morris, Abby Rucker, Andy Young, 
Sara Morgenstern, Matt Pronio, Erin Shellenberger, Daniel Gurrie, Claire Austin, Daniel Feldman, Amy Moore, Connor Birkner, 
Jim Antsey Emily Govel, Meaghan McDonald, Chris Collins, Evan Balaber, Andrew Resse. 













organizations //263 





Senior Lorayah Priester, |unior Nicole 

Carter and sophomore Leah Young 

prepare tor check-in dunng Take A Look 

Day. Students for Minority Outreach 

sponsored the open house for multicultural 

prospective students each year. 



lisamees// writer 

When senior Ivaco Clarke was applying to colleges, she 
thought she had completely ruled out the university. Then 
she attended Take A Look Day. 

"It gave me greater insight to what the university has to offer," 
said Clarke. "Before coming for Take A Look, I knew what I was 
going to do and JMU definitely wasn't it. For Take A Look to 
change my entire perspective is just phenomenal." 

Now the president of Students for Minority Outreach (SMO), 
Clarke made that transformation happen for hundreds of other 
high school students. 

While Take A Look Day had been a university tradition since the 
1980s, it had recently become something much bigger SMO had 
expected a turnout of around 800 high school students for Take A 
Look Day on Nov. 14, but were surprised to see 1,200 students and 
their parents. 

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Families were invited to attend presentations from admissions, 
financial aid, Centennial Scholars and the Center for Multicultural 
Student Services, while students broke into groups and had the 
chance to meet with University Studies and Academic Planning. 
They were also provided with tours led by SMO members and 
were invited to the Organization Resource Fair, which included 46 
organizations and resources. 

As one parent commented. Take A Look Day accomplished more 
than most universities by providing students with both social and 
academic information. 

SMO also hosted a Prospective Students Weekend for students 
who had been accepted to the university. This provided a more 
in-depth look at what it meant to be a student at the university by 
providing a student host for the weekend and organizing different 
events and activities. 

With the university growing rapidly, SMO had been a driving 
force in recruiting the prospective students that made the 
university so successful. 

"Our goal is to be proactive in helping admissions with 
recruiting," said Clarke. "We are the minority students. We can 
share our experiences, tell them why we're here and why we're so 
grateful to be. We try to show them something they might not have 
considered." // 


Past presidents of Students for Minority Outreacti 
(SMO), alumna Whitney Davis and senior Angela 
Saunders, look over ttie schedule for Take A Look 
Day. In addition to Take A Look Day, SMO also 
held Prospective Student's Weekend and Bowl-A- 
Thon, a friendly competition between on-campus 

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First Row: Tiara McKeever, Tiffany Valentin, Islia Arora. Second Row: Leali Young, Briana Harris, Zurisadai 
Pena Roman, Vernita Fisher. Back Row: Nicole Carter, Lorayah Priester, Tiffany V. Gary, Ivaco Clarke. 

organizations //265 




Tau Beta Sigma, the national 

honors band sorority, accepted 

any woman with an interest in 

music. The chapter began on 

campus in March 1987. With 27 

active members, the organization 

encouraged advancement in the 

music profession and promoted the 

appreciation of band music. 

The Vietnamese Student 

Association spread awareness 

of the heritage, traditions and 

distinguished history of Vietnam. 

Any student at the university was 

ehgible for membership and there 

was no application process. The 

organization was especially proud 

of its culture show and awareness 

week, usually held in February. 

Front Row: Hillary Benedict. Keairra Berkeley, Nikki Garmer, Natalie French, Lauren Couture, Alexa Painter 
Second Row: Amanda Banks, Kayla Payne, Geraldine Fiesta, Amanda Bell, Melanie Flick, Julia Barnes, Emily 
Long. Back Row: Danielle Liette, Allison Sachs, Saraii French, Grace McMahan, Michelle Beatty, Catherine 
Patterson, Kayla Mittelman. 

Front Row: Christine Luong, Cathleen Nguyen, Susan Xayavongsa, Vivian Ho, Natalie Ngu, Jessica Say, 
My-Ha Moon. Thanh-Thuy Nguyen, Emily Goodin, Tina Bui. Second Row: Vivi Sperling. Lisa Huynh, Man/ 
Ta, Thanh Nguyen, Olivia Stout, Christine Tran, Briana Dishongh, Dun Weiss, Michael Wu, Tony Truong. Back 
Row: Vuhuy Pham, Jason Lieu, Eric Lien, Bryan Vu, Peter Chow, Minh Nguyen, Michael Urgel, Ryan Pitts. 

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Front Row: Jillian Pope, Heidi Lindenfelser, Megan Flosdorf, Laura Smith. Second Row: Katie Jenkins, 
Lauren Davis, Katie Sepanski, Hannati Holioway, Kelly Foelber, Lauren Rotsted. Back Row: Kelsey Karach, 
Allie Krafft, Caroline Reimann, Shannon McKernIn, Courtney Versfeld, Emily Fano. 


Front Row: Luci Brinn, Lauren Cartier, Marianne Jarboe, Whitney Eagleson, Carolyn Fridley, Jennifer Blenz, 
Catherine Fadul, Jenna Boyd, Megan Kerr, Melissa Stieb. Back Row: Natalie Burrus, Shannon Wheeler, Katie 
Morion, Kristine Wayson, Kelly Corcoran, Kelsey Thistlethwaite, MacKenzie Taylor, Megan Matesic, Chelsea 
Shaut, Jess Stafford. 

After winning the national 
championship in 2004, the Women's 
Club Water Polo team had become 
a thriving club. Members played 
competitively against other 
mid-Atlantic teams, participated 
in community service events 
such as canned food drives, and 
volunteered at the Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 
All vi'omen at the university were 
eligible for membership, but to be 
on the travel roster, members had 
to have a 75 percent attendance rate 
at practice. 

With 32 members on the team. 
Women's Club Lacrosse held 
tryouts at the beginning of each 
semester to attract new members. 
The team was involved in the Mid- 
Atlantic Women's Lacrosse League 
(MAWLL) and also competed 
nationally. Aside from practice, 
players were required to maintain a 
GPA of 2.0 or higher and complete 
five hours of community service 
per semester. 

organizations //267 


for your 




Members of the 
University Program 
Board and the lead 
singer of the opening 
band, Blueskyreality, 
help to clear the 
stage. Bluesl<yreality 
opened for Third 
Eye Blind during the 
fall concert at the 
Convocation Center. 

Waiting patiently, 
students search 
for any signs of 
paranormal activity 
during the Ghost 
Hunter event hosted 
by the University 
Program Board (UPB). 
|)hoto//courtesy of upb 

mandysmoot// writer 

University Program Board (UPB) had been 
focused on bringing events to campus for the 
education and entertainment of students since its 
inception in 1978, but this year UPB experienced 
some major changes. 

"We are [now] able to function as more of a cohesive 
organization," said junior Stephen Eure, director of 
PubHc Relations. 

Programmers in training (PIT) allowed UPB to train 
new members on all aspects of the organization. PIT 
was a six-week induction where new members learned 
about all the things UPB did. 

"We saw it as the best fit for them," said Eure. "It 
brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to events." 

UPB gathered ideas for its events from the National 
Association for Campus Activities (NACA) South 
Regional Conference that members attended each 
year. The organization also researched what other 
schools were doing and used inspiration from popular 

UPB marketed its events through banners, flyers, 
table tents, Facebook, Twitter, mass e-mails, bus ads, 
radio promotions, Breeze ads and word of mouth. 
However, the newest addition to UPB's marketing 
campaign was its blog. 

As opposed to Facebook and Twitter, UPB's blog 
gave more transparency, personality and depth into 
the organization. The blog offered audience members 
details about why they chose to bring certain events to 
campus rather than just the date and time of an event. 

"So far, the number of hits have exceeded our 
expectations," said Eure. 

Even though Eure was in charge of the blog, the 
entire organization helped make it a success. 

"We all run it," said Eure. "It gives a well-rounded 

In addition, 80 One Records changed its focus this 
year, choosing to no longer record artists. In the past, 
the organization signed an artist and worked with 
him or her to record an album. But the organization 
refocused because members felt they couldn't fully 
serve the artists' needs. 

"We don't have resources they need," said Eure. 

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A student takes her 
best stiot at ttie basket 
during Commons Day. 
The University Program 
Board (UPB) held 
various events on the 
Commons throughout 
the year. 
photo/Zcourtesy ot upb 

Instead, UPB focused on giving bands 
performance space and promotion, which 
allowed the organization to focus on holding 
more concerts. The change better provided the 
"maximum benefit to students," according to Eure. 

Matinee movies were added this year as well, a 
once-a-month event with reduced prices. 

"It is more than just a film screening," said Eure. 
"We promote it as more of an event." 

Trivia, costume contests and penny wars were 
just a few of the events that went along with 
matinee showings of "Harry Potter," "Up" and "500 
Days of Summer" during the fall semester. 

According to Coordinator Carrie Martin, UPB 
far exceeded its attendance expectations at almost 
every Late Night Breakfast, the Family Weekend 
magician Peter Boie, the Ghost Hunter, To Write 
Love On Her Arms and the advanced screening of 
"The Fourth Kind." 

It was hard for UPB to determine which event 
was most successful without first defining success 

"The most financially successful event has been 
Third Eye Blind," said Martin. "Next semester I'm 
excited to see new, innovative ideas that haven't 
been done on campus before." // 

Front Row: Anh Le, Holli Hughes, Claire Ainsworth, Chelsey Sison, Amy Steffens, Melissa Janocha, Carrie Martin, Second Row: Kayla 
Fleming Maeve Rafferty, Natalie Hamlin, Katelyn Stewart, Angela Marino, Jacqueline Barnwell, Samantha Karnes, Sarah Montgomery, 
Leslie Bland, Kelsey Coffin. Third Row: Paul McDowell, Elizabeth Maddox, Craig Dixon, Zach Hamby Patrick Crosson, Courtney 
Tubbs. Alyssa Johnson, Andrew Midgette, Maria Cheshire, Samantha Scutellaro, Christine Wells, Annie Blewett. Back Row: Sydney 
McKenney Mike Johnson, Karlyn Doyle, Lindsey Mitchell, Erik Bowen, Rachelle McCracken, Emily Grochowski, Stephen Eure, Maribeth 
Jones, Katie league, Paul Lindsey Mary Becker 






















organizations //269 

women sultimatefrisbee 



Taking control, junior Colleen GIglia 
reaches for the disc and heads down 
field. The size of a regulation ultimate 
frisbee field was 70 yards by 40 
yards, with end zones 25 yards deep. 
photo/Zcourtesy of jacquelinewagner 


juliacramer// writer 

One look at the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club told you it 
was an unusual group. Known as the Bitchmonkeys, the 
organization was unique not only because of its original team name, 
but also because each teammate was given a nickname in her first 
season. The three captains of the Bitchmonkeys, seniors Danielle 
"Cargo" Ainson, junior Colleen "Cody" Giglia and Jacqueline 
"Tinkerbell" Wagner, were referred to only by their nicknames. 

In addition to their unique names, team members were proud of 
their "tlair," ranging from flowered leggings to sequined tube tops 
and leopard-print leotards. At tournaments, they stood out from the 
other teams because they added "anything sparkly" overtop their 

"It ranges from sparkly pants to anything retro and ridiculous," 
said junior Janna Vloet, nicknamed fester. "Some teams [we compete 
against] have flair, but we do it more than anyone else that I've seen. 
We have an entire closet full of flair passed down to rookies from old 

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The team roster boasted a large number of rookies this year. 

"We got a really big newbie class — they just jumped in and were 
really good," said sophomore Leslie Keller, nicknamed Baywatch. 
The freshmen this year were able to "jump in" quickly because some 
of them had played ultimate Frisbee in high school. 

"In the past our social part was more important, but we have a lot 
more players and even the [veterans] have set a new tone," said Keller. 

The freshmen increased the team's skills on the field and chemistry 
off the field. 

"This year the team has a really tight bond," said Vloet. "The 
majority of our team has been playing for two years or less." 

Besides practices and tournaments, the team got together for 
pasta dinners before each tournament and for community service 
projects. In December, the women volunteered with the Boys and 
Girls Club and helped sell concessions at the men's basketball games. 
The team also had its own personalized Frisbee discs the players 
sold at practices. 

In February the team hosted its own tournament, the Bonanza, 
with the Men's Ultimate Frisbee team. Interested teams sent in 
bids and the Bonanza committee chose teams to compete based 
on how fun, competitive and close they were geographically. Every 
tournament the team participated in contributed to its standing in 
the Ultimate Player's Association (UPA). With flair and funk, the 
team ended the fall semester by placing fifth at club sectionals and 
10th at club regionals. // 


Leaning down to intercept the disc, 
senior Danielle Ainson blocks her 
opponent. No physical contact was 
allowed between players on the field 
and players called their own fouls. 
plioto/'courfesv of idirquelinewaqner 

organizations //271 


As the university's student-run 
radio station, WXJM broadcast 
independent music from a variety 
of genres ranging from electronic to 
jazz to indie rock. Its members also 
sponsored shows in and around 
Harrisonburg, including the Mid- 
Atlantic College Radio Conference 
(MACRoCk) in the spring. Aside 
from programmed music, the radio 
station also broadcast live music 
and talk radio hosted by students. 

Front Row: Ryan Auvil, Lisa Shea, Eric Wuestewald. 


Active Minds 

Cartoon Satire Club 


Madison Motorsports 

Phi Beta Delta 

Societ/ for Human Resource 

African Student Organization 

Catholic Campus Ministry 

Greek Intervarsity 

Madison PR.I.D.E, 

Phi Chi Ttieta 


Agape Chnstian Fellowship 



Madison Po«o^ Affairs Club 

F=hi Epsilon Kappa 

Society for Technical 

Alettieia Campus Organization 

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship 

Health Administration Student 

Madison Prqect 

Phi Gamma Defta (RJI) 


Alpha Chi Sigma 

Chi Sigma lota 


Madeon Student Giving Campaign 

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia 

Society of Automotive Engineers 

Alpha Epsibn Delta 

Chnstian Student Union 

Health Administration Student 

Make Your Mark on Madison 

Phi Sigma R 

Society of Manufacturing 

Alpha Epsilon R 

Circolo Culturale It^iano 



Phi Sigma Tau 


Alpha Kappa Lambda 

Clear Cadence 

Hillel Counselorship 

March of Dimes 

Physician Assistant Student 

Society of Physics Students 

Alpha Phi Omega 

Club BasPhall 

Horn Club 

Mathematics & Statistics Club 


Sociology Club 

Alpha Psi Omega 

Club Managers Association of 

Ice Hockey 

Men's Club Basketball 

R Gamma Mu 

Speech Team/Individual Events 

Alpha Tau Omega 


Ihhl- Computer Society 

Men's Club Lacrosse 

R Kappa Alpha 


Amencan Choral Directors 

Club Spanish 

Inter-Cultural Greek Council 

Men's Club Soccer 

R Kappa Phi 

Stratford Rayers 


Club Swimming 

Inter-Fraternity Council 

Men's Club Volleyball 

R Mu Epsilon 

Student Acadamy of Audiology 

American Criminal Justice 

Club Tennis 

Inf 1 Interior Design Association 

Men's Rugby 

Pi Sigma Epsilon 

Student Duke Club 


College Democrats 

International Student Association 

Men's Ultimate Frisbee 

Pre-Dental Organization 

Student Education Association 

Amencan Sign Language Club 

College Republicans 

Int'l Tuba & Euphonium Assoc. 

Men's Water Polo 

Pre-Law Society 

Student Occupational Therapy 

Amencan Society of Interia 

Colleges Against Cancer 

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 

Mid-East Interest Club 

Pre-Med Association 



Collegiate Music Educators 

Into Hymn 

Mortar Board 

Pre-Oocupational Therapy 

Student Officials Association 

Amencan String Teachers Assoc. 

National Conference 

ISAT Honors Society 

Mozaic Dance Team 


Students for a Democratic 

Amnesty International 

Council fa Exceptional Children 

James Madison Eco Communrty 

Multicultural Women for Change 

Pre-Phannacy Society 


Animal Rights Coalition 


& Alumni 

Muslim Student Association 

Pre-Physician Assistant Club 

Students for Concealed Carry 

Anthropology Club 

Cross Country & Track 

Jete 1 Esprit Dance 


Pre-Veterinary Society 

Students fa Minority Outreach 

Aimy ROTO Cadet Association 


JMU Choree 

National Art Education Assoc, 

Presbyterian Campus Ministry 

Students Helping Honduras 

Art History Student Association 

Dance Company 


National Association of Social 

Rotessional Convention 

Students in Free Enterpnse 

Assoc, fa Computing Machinery 

Dance TTieatre 

Kappa AJpha 


Management Association 

Sudent Association of English 

Association fa Health 

Delta Chi 

Kappa Alpha Psi 

National Organization for Women 

Promoting Love of the Arts to 



Delta Epsilon Chi 

Kappa Alpha Theta 

National Residence Hall Honorary 


Swing Dance 

Assoc, of Black Psychologists 

Delta Sigma R 

Kappa Delta R 

National Science Teacher Assoc, 


Tabte Tennis 

Association of Childhood 

Destination Imagination 

Kappa Pi Artemity 

National Society of Collegiate 

Psi Chi Honor Society 

Tae Kwon Do 

Education Intemalional 

Dietetic Association 

Kappa Sigma 


Psychologists fa Sustainabiiity 

Tau Kappa Epsilon 

AssocBtion of Energy Engineers 

Double Reed Club 

Keyboard Association 

National Student Speech/ 

Psychology Club 

The Breeze 

Assoc, of Information Technology 



Language/Hearing Association 

Psychology Peer Advising 

The Human Collective 


Dukes Fa Life 

Korean Students Association 

Neo-Underground Railroad 

Public Relations Student Society 

The Impact Movement 

Association of Women in 


La Unidad Latina Lambda 


of America 

The OrangeBand initiative 


Economics Club 

Upsilon Lambda 

Net Impact 

Reality Educators Advocating 

The Peace House 

Astronomy Club 

Environmental Management Club 

Lambda Alpha Epsilon 

New and Improv'd 

Campus Health 

Theta Chi Fratemrty 

Bah'ai Association 

Epsilon Chi Omicron 

Lambda Chi Alpha 

Nicaraguan Orphan Fund 

Relay For Life 

To Write Love On Her Arms 

Belly Dance 

Eta Sigma Gamma 

Latin Dance Club 




Best Buddies 

Exceptional Education 

Latino Student Alliance 

Nursing Student Association 

Roller Hockey 

Trombone Association 

Beta Alpha Psi 


Latter Day Saints Student Assoc. 

Omega Psi Phi 

Roop Group: Past & Present 

Unix Users Group 

Beta Beta Beta 

Fashion Design Club 

Leadership Team Development 

Omicron Delta Epsilon 

Rotaract Club 

Up 'til Dawn 

Beta Gamma Sigma 

Federalist Literary Society 

Living Buddhism 

Omicron Dete Kappa 


Voices for Ranned Parenthood 


Fellowship of Christian Athletes 

Low Key 

One in Four 

Science fiction Fantasy Guild 

Walt Disney Watd College 

Blue Rkjge Church of Christ 

Field Hockey 

Lutheran Campus Ministry at 

Opera Guild 

Scuba DMng 

Program Alumni 

Chnstian Fellowship 

Rute Club 


Operation Smite 

Sigma Alpha lota 

Wesley Foundation 


Fa The Love of Cobnguard 

Madison Advertising Club 

Order of Omega 

Sigma Alpha Lamtxia 

West Side College Ministry 



Madison Association of Clarinets 

Organization For Youth 

Sigma Chi 

Women of Color 

Brass Band Club 

French Club 

Madison Athletic Training 


Sigma Delta R 

Women's Club Basketball 

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu 

Fnends of Rachel 

Students Association 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship 

Sigma Gamma Epsilon 

Women's Club Soccer 



Madison Dance 

Outdoor Adventure Club 

Sigma lota Alpha 

Women's Club Volleyball 


Gamma Sigma Sigma 

Madison Equality 

Outriggers Peer Educations 

Sigma Phi Epsilon 

Women's Rugby 

Bnng Your Own Spiritually 


Madison Flyfishers 


Sigma Tau Delta 

Word Is Bom 

Building Tomonrcw 

Geography Club 

Madison Historians 


Sister Speak 

Wrestling Club 

Campus Cnjsade fa Christ 

Global Nonviolence Club 

Madison Honors Club 

Phi Alpha 

Sk & Snowboarding 

Young Ufe Leadership 

Cantertxjry Episcopal Campus 

Golden Key Int'l Hona Society 

Madison Investment Fund 

Phi Alpha Delta 

Ski Club 

Zeta Phi Beta 


Golf Club 

Madison Uberl-.' 

Phi Alpha Tlneta 

Social Work Organization 

Zeta Tau Alpha 

272 // thebluestone201 


From a T-shirt or sweatshirt, one could 
tell a lot about a person. At the university, 
many students chose to wear apparel with 
their sorority or fraternity letters, student 
organization name, club sport team, or 
major printed on the front. This form of "free 
advertising" was popular around campus, 
and many university organizations chose 
to offer personalized apparel for their , 



The Office of Student Activities and 
Involvement provided a list of approved 
and licensed vendors, which organizations 
could chose from. One of the most popular 
vendors was SOS Advertising, located on 
Grace Street next to the art studio. Realizing 
the popularity of Greek life and club apparel, 
SOS owners capitalized on the opportunity 
and provided students with everything they 
needed to promote their organization. 



organizations 7/273 

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batter UP 

caitlincrumpton // writer 

for the varsity baseball team, dreams of winning the Colonial Athletic 
Association (CAA) title and advancing into the National Collegiate 
Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament were still out of reach at the 
end of the season. Season-ending injuries from two of the Dukes' top three 
starting pitchers, senior Kurt Houck and junior Kyle Hoffman, caused the 
team to struggle early on. 

The team also lost two would-be returners to Major League Baseball. 
Sophomore first baseman Steven Caseres was drafted to the Los Angeles 
Dodgers, while junior outfielder Brett Sellers signed as a free agent with the 
Washington Nationals. 
The squad quickly felt the impact from the loss of these players. 
"The frustration of losing was definitely the hardest obstacle, but it 
motivated me to work harder and push my teammates," said junior Kevin 

With the season off to a slow start, the team regained confidence with a 9-6 
win over Coastal Carolina University (CCU) at home. CCU was ranked 22nd 
nationally in the preseason poll, giving the Dukes their first triumph over a 
ranked competitor since their win against University of Virginia in 2007. 
"We treat the season as a marathon, not a sprint," said Coach Joe "Spanky" 

278 // thebluestone201 

MacFarland, who completed his 12th season with the Dukes. "We focus 
on getting better every day, and understanding the mental part [of 
baseball], one pitch at a time." 

Despite the obstacles the Dukes faced, they ended the season with 
an overall record of 30-24 and a 12-11 record in the CAA. The team 
was eligible to qualify for the CAA tournament, but lost its spot after 
the University of Delaware and Old Dominion University both posted 
victories. Falling short of the final spot to Delaware by .002 percentage 
points, it was the first time in the program's history a team with a winning 
record did not move on to the CAA tournament. 

The final game in the team's regular season marked the last game to be 
played at Long Field at Mauck Stadium, home to the varsity baseball team 
for 35 years. The Dukes capped off this historic day with a 9-6 defeat over 
George Mason University, a game that only lasted eight innings due to 
rain. Plans were in the works to demolish the stadium and build a new 
complex, which could seat 1,200 spectators and would cost $8.6 million. 

Although unexpected events gave the Dukes more difficulties than 
they anticipated, the team worked together and finished its season with a 
winning record. // 

Winding up, sophomore Evan Scott prepares to 
throw a pitch. According to Baseball America. Scott 
was named the fifth-best newcomer in the Colonial 
Athletic Association in preseason of his freshman year, 
photo //brittanyjones 

Front Row (L to R): McKinnon 
Langston. Jake Lowery. Kent 
Burford, Ian Haynes, David 
Herbek, David Edwards, Stuart 
Wright. Second Row (L to R): 
Trevor Knight, Shaun Villenave, 
Alex Valadja. Brett Garner, Kurt 
Houck, Mike Fabiaschi, Chris 
Johnson, Matt Townsend, 
Alex Foltz. Third Row (L to 
R): Justin Wood, Jason Kuhn, 
Evan Scott, Sean Tierney, 
Turner Phelps, Kyle Hoffman, 
Bryan Lescanec, Matt Brown- 
ing, Kevin Munson, Josh Putter, 
James Weiner Back Row (L 
to R): Director of Baseball Op- 
erations Chris Kelty, Assistant 
Coach Ted White, Head Coach 
Spanky McFarland, Associate 
Head Coach Jay Sullenger, As- 
sistant Coach Jason Middleton. 
Missing from Photo: Chris 
Beaver, Lee Bujakowski. 

Leaning in for the catch, redshirt junior Trevor Knight tags the 
base as Georgia State's Derek Simmons runs through. The 
Dukes defeated Georgia State in a three-game series in ApnI. 
photo// brittanyjones 


1 T^ 


Turner Phelps 


Sports Management 

Roanoke, Va. 


- Winning percentage - .800 

- Strikeouts - 90 

- Innings pitched - 82.2 


- Second Team All-East Region by the 

- Second Team All-CAA 

- All State (VaSID) Second Team 

- Second in CAA history for career 
winning percentage (.889) 

- Tied for eighth in season strikeouts (90) 

- Ranked first in CAA for shutouts (1) 


David Herbek 


Business Administration 

Haymarket, Va. 


- Batting average - .370 

- Homeruns - 10 

- RBIs - 54 

- Games played - 99 

- Games started - 84 


- Listed on watch list for the Brooks 
Wallace Award for the nation's best 

- All-State (VaSID) Second Team 

- Invited to Cape Cod Summer League 



southernillinois // 4-19 
troy // 3-6 
Kentucky // 3-8 
coastalcarolina // 8 -6 
liberty //1 1-2 
maryland // 5-1 
lafayette // 8-9 
lafayette // 5-0 
lafayette //1 0-9 
stetson // 9-3 
stetson // 9-5 
stetson// 6-1 5 
stetson // 1 7-8 
youngstownst. // 6-6 
bryant // 8-22 
bryant // 9-4 
bryant // 7-8 
liberty //1 3-2 
towson // 1 1 -9 
towson //1 6-1 7 
radford // 5 -1 
virginiatech // 0-4 
olddominion // 7-3 
olddominion // 10-14 
olddominion // 3-6 
mountst.mary's // 21 -1 2 
virginiatech // 9 -13 
vcu // 4-5 
vcu // 1 3 -8 
vcu //1 2-1 
vmi // 20-2 

georgewashington // 1 0-0 
delaware // 8-7 
delaware // 7-8 
delaware // 8-3 
longwood// 16-14 
georgiastate // 6-2 
georgiastate // 8-6 
georgiastate // 6-5 
maryland// 10-17 
vmi // 8-5 

william&mary // 2-8 
william&mary // 3-1 2 
georgewashington // 8-5 
longwood // 6-9 
georgemason // 6-1 
georgemason // 6-16 
georgemason // 9-6 

sports //279 


scoreboard // 


Illinois // 4-6 

houston // 3-1 

ucdavis // 0-5 


easterntenn. // 1 -0 

Syracuse // 3-2 

akron // 2-0 

collegeofcharleston // 9-3 

sacredheart // 5-0 

Chattanooga // 2-0 

northflorida // 4-1 

easternillinois // 3-2 

jacksonvillest. // 0-6 

tennessee // 1 -3 

lafayette // 2-0 

lafayette // 2-0 

rider // 4-0 

lafayette // 4-3 

delaware // 3-4 

delaware // 6-4 

delaware // 5-3 

georgewashington // 7-0 

georgewashington // 1 7-0 

hofstra // 0-1 

hofstra // 4-6 

radford // 4-2 

radford // 5-1 

georgiastate // 5-1 1 

georgiastate // 4-8 

georgiastate // 1 -5 

liberty // 4-1 

liberty // 2-1 

towson // 3-4 

towson // 6-0 

towson // 1 -2 

drexel // 4-0 

drexel // 3-2 

drexel // 2-0 

georgetown // 2-4 

uncwilmington // 5-0 

uncwilmington // 4-1 

uncwilmington // 5 -3 

georgemason // 3-0 

georgemason // 3-0 

georgemason // 3-1 

georgemason // 3-0 

hofstra // 2-0 

towson // 1 -0 

towson // 11-1 

tennessee // 3-4 

jacksonvillest. // 0-6 

Graduate Meredith Felts and 

senior Brittney Dyson cheer on 

senior Chel'sea Ryan as she 

goofs off during a game. Felts 

was one player the team was 

sure to miss in the 2010 season. 

holding six university records at 

the time of graduation. 


caitlincrumpton // writer 

the season was a series of firsts for the Softball team, with 
members clinching the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) 
Championship title for the first time in the conference's eight- 
year history. The win put an end to Hofstra Universit)''s seven-season 
reign as conference champions. 

The fourth-seeded lady Dukes were able to crush Towson 
University in the championship game with the help of strong batting 
and consistent pitching from graduate Meredith Felts. The team 
scored 10 runs in the second inning and was able to tag on one more 
run in the fourth inning to keep the lead, winning ll-l. Felts only 
gave up one run and struck out five, which ended her season with a 
pitching record of 18-4. Picking up this win allowed Felts to break her 
own university record for number of wins in a season. 

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After defeating Towson, the lady Dukes advanced to the National 
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional tournament, but 
lost to Jacksonville State University, 0-6, resulting in elimination. This 
ended the team's season with a record of 35-16, allowing them to 
finish with the second-most wins in school history and tying them for 
the fewest number of losses. 

"Winning the CAA title was probably the best feeling I've ever had 
in an athletic atmosphere," said sophomore Ashley Burnham. "I'm not 
sure I can even put in words how it really felt." 

Burnham played a significant role after winning the position as 
starting shortstop. 

"I think playing around experienced upperclassmen who were great 
leaders was very helpful [in my adjustment]," said Burnham. "They 

were all so supportive of me." 

One player who exhibited this leadership role was senior Shannon 
Moxey. Moxey hoped to not only improve individually but to also help 
her younger teammates adjust and become better players. 

"I want to do better than last year and lead the team in every possible 
way," said Moxey. "I hope to improve myself and also improve others." 

The lady Dukes lost six seniors at the end of the season, including 
starting pitchers Felts and Jenny Clohan. 

"It is a challenge to replace those six seniors," said coach Katie Flynn. 
"Five of them were starters their entire career. But we have a very 
talented recruiting class, and some of them will challenge to start for us 
right away." // 

Front Row (L to R): Caitlen Manning, Brittney Lyddane, Michelle Clolian, 
Bnttney Dyson, Lauren Robison, Gillian Giarrizzo, Megan Forbes, Casey 
Mansfield, Heather Widner, Kendra Johnson, Melissa Hill. Back Row (L to 
R): Ashley Burnham, Shannon Moxey, Courtney Simons, Julia Dominguez, 
Kaitlyn Wernsing, Chel'sea Ryan, Meredith Felts, Amber Kirk, Jenny Clohan, 
Katie Spitzer, Julie Smith. 

Sliding into third 
base, graduate 
Kaitlyn Wernsing 

helps secure 
another win against 
George Mason 
University The 
Dukes defeated 
George Mason in a 
three-game series 
last May. 




Meredith Felts 

Sports Management 
Greenville, N.C. 


- Winning percentage - .783 
-Strikeouts- 184 

- Threw first career no-hitter 


- First-team All-CAA selection 

- 2009 CAA Championship Most 
Outstanding Player and All- 
Tournament selection 

- University's all-time leader in wins (61), 
ERA (1 .62), games started (85), 
complete games (52), strikeouts (581), 
shutouts (20) 


Chel'sea Ryan 
Sandston, Va. 


- Batting average - .281 

- RBIs- 10 

- Games played - 48 

- Games started - 48 


- All-Tournament selection at the 2009 
CAA Championships 

- Conference Commissioner's Academic 

sports //281 

women siacrosse 

a quick draw 

amandacaskey //writer 


tier losing close to one-third of its 
members to graduation, the women's 
lacrosse team faced multiple chal- 
lenges in the form of new team d\'namics, giving 
younger players the opportunity to prove their 
abilities to coaches and veteran players. 

"I wanted to show the team that even though 
I'm a freshman, I can still play at the college lev- 
el from day one," said redshirt freshman Casey 
Ancarrow, an attacker and midfielder. Ancarrow 
had been leading the team in goals for the first 
four games until she suffered a season-ending 
knee injury. 

The season-opening win against Virginia Tech 
set the team in motion and helped prove the 
ability of a young team. 

"I would say our most memorable game was 
our first game against Virginia Tech," said red- 
shirt senior Kim Griffin. "All of our hard work 
paid off and came into play as we connected all 
over the tleld." 

The team suffered additional injuries, in- 
cluding Griffin. A captain during the previ- 
ous season, she tore her ACL during a game 
against The College of William & Mary. 

"This year's team had some injuries occur 
after the season had started," said Griffin. 
"We overcame them by having the entire 
team step up and everyone taking on a new 

Consisting mostly of freshmen and 
sophomores, the team ended the season 
with a 5- 1 1 overall record and only won one 
of their six Colonial Athletic Association 
(CAA) games. 

"I think that all of our CAA games were 
tough because they were all very close — 
three went into overtime," said Griffin. 

The team dominated the statistics for 
unassisted goals, ground balls and draw 
control — the act of getting possession of 
the ball at the draw. However, the team fell 

short when it came to goals, assists and fan at- 

Although the team suffered two five-game 
losing streaks, the women found redemption 
in the form of wins against Drexel University, 
Richmond University, Longwood University, Yale 
University and Tech. 

The team connected off of the field as well. 

"I have never been a part of a team that is as 
close as these 28 girls," said assistant coach Meg 
Dentler. "From freshmen to seniors, these girls 
respect each other as teammates and as friends." 

Senior laime Dardine, an attacker, agreed 
that the team's relationship was enhanced by the 
connection between the players — both new and 

"Each year a new freshman class comes in, and 
the way you welcome them to the team deter- 
mines how strong your team dynamics will be," 
said Dardine. "I don't think we could have asked 
for a closer knit team for the past year." // 

Stick raised in defense, 
senior Morgan Kelly 

blocks a shot tor the 

Dukes. Kelly had a total 

of 84 saves during her 

lacrosse career at the 


photo/Zcourtesy o' 


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scoreboard // 


virginiatech // 1 4-9 
iongwood// 17-11 
notredame//12 -16 
richmond// 14-11 
Princeton //1 1-1 3 
Virginia// 9-1 8 
maryland // 7-1 7 
hofstra// 12-13 
william&mary // 1 3-1 4 
georgemason // 7-8 

Front Row (L to R): Ashley Kimener, Cally Chakrian, Casey Ancarrow. Monica Zabel, Caitlin McHugh, Alex Napoli. Annie Brophy, Second Row (L 
to R): Rebecca McLouth, Megtian Wienecke, Kim Griffin, Mary Fran Shelton. Morgan Kimberiy. Jaime Dardine, Annie Brophy, Lexy Schwabenland, 
Alisa Konishi, Third Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Meg Dentler, Jess Boshko, Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe, Assistant Coach Kristin 
Hopson. Fourth Row (Lto R): Ariel Lane, Caitlin Sullivan, Diana Apel, Mary Kate Lomady, Alex Menghetti, Michelle Maier. Back Row (Lto R): Jessie 
Heisterman, Liz Walsh, Morgan Kelly, Susan Lines. 




Kim Griffin 
Jarrettsville, Md. 


Susan Lines 



South Windsor, Conn. 



- Shots - 63 

-Shots- 14 

- Goals - 30 

- Goals - 7 

- Assists - 8 

- Assists - 1 

- Draws - 30 

- Draws- 13 

- Led team in shooting percentage 

- Second in draw controls 

- Second in free-position goals 

- Third in points and goals 


- Conference Commissioner's 
Academic Award 

- Dean's List 


- All-conference (CAA) first team 

- All-State (VaSID) second team 

- Team captain 

- Conference Commissioner's 

Academic Award 

sports //283 


MaKiNG a RAckeT 

jenniferbeers //writer 


^ ^ ^^% iving 100 percent every point 
n is really important so that you 
know you did your best for 
yourself, your teammates and everybody 
at JMU," said sophomore )ared Robinson, 
summarizing the men's tennis teams 
motto for the year. With this attitude, 
sophomores Ville Maaranen and Tommi 
Nissinen came up strong with their first 
career victory, while doubles partners 
Robinson and junior Mike Smith also 
added to the team's success. 

Titled Colonial Athletic Association 
(CAA) Co-Rookie of the Year, Robinson 
made second-team AU-CAA selection. 
Smith also made a name for himself as 
a two-time AU-CAA doubles selection, 
becoming one of only five or six doubles 
teams in the conference to receive that 
honor. The pair won two out of three 
matches prior to the Group B consolation 
crown, putting the Dukes in the lead. 

One highlight from the season included 
the teams victory home match against 
Liberty University in the non-conference 
tennis action. 

"The home matches are always a 
highlight because we don't play at home 
very often, so it's great to have the home 
ground advantage and the fans cheering 
for us really does help," says Robinson. 

"Our 4-3 victory over Liberty was also 
a big win because earlier in the season 
we had a lot of close ties with other 
universities, and the win gave us some 
momentum toward the end of the season." 

Wins during the match against Liberty 
included Smith and sophomore Matt 
King with an 8-1 victory in No. 1 doubles. 
Maaranen had a pair of three set wins, 
and Nissinen finished the match with a 
win in No. 3 singles. 

Some of the teams' main competition in 
its conference was The College of William 
& Mary, Old Dominion University 
and University of North Carolina- 

"Our most memorable overall match I 
would say was our last match in the CAA 
Tournament at Old Dominion University, 
where we played William & Mary," said 
King. "Unfortunately we lost this match. 
But a positive that came out of this 
was that we won the doubles point in a 
dominant fashion." 

The Dukes were sixth-seeded against 
William & Mary, who was third-seeded. 
Although they started off strong with 
a 1 -0 lead after doubles play, William 
& Mary came back in singles play and 
proceeded to the semifinals after winning 
four singles matches. 

With strength In his swing, senior 
Mike Smith aims to continue a rally 
during his match. Smith ended his 
season 14-19 in singles play, 
photo// courtesy of sportsmedia 

"In terms of motivating my guys, they 
understand that if they put out the effort 
and hard work in practice, the results will 
eventually come in matches," said assistant 
coach Erik Skartvedt. "As coaches, we 
work to translate all that hard work into 
a never-give up attitude out on the court. 
If the guys live by that philosophy on the 
tennis court, that's all I can ask for as a 
coach from my players." // 





Jared Robinson 
Sports Management 
Johannesburg, South Africa 


- Went 1 7-14 in singles play 

- Went 1 0-1 5 in doubles play 

- All-CAA second team in singles 

- Finalist for JMU Male Athlete of the Year 

- First in Group B consolation Bracket at 
U.Va. Invitational 



Yaroslav Voznenko 
Kherson, Ukraine 


- Went 1 2-1 1 in singles play 

- Went 8-5 in doubles play 


- Conference Commissioner's 
Academic Award 

- First in C-2 singles bracket at Sergio 
Tacchini Invitational 


Concentrating on 
his backliand, junior 
Yaroslav Voznenko 
attacks the ball. Originally 
from Ukraine, Voznenko 
joined the Dukes in 
January of 2008. 
photo/Zcourtesy of 



temple // 1 -4 
Campbell // 2-3 
vcu // 1 -4 

northicarolina // 0-7 
olddominion // 0-7 
st.bonaventure // 3-4 
william&mary // 1 -6 
georgetown // 5-2 
thecitadel // 2-5 
casereserve // 7-0 
eastcarolina // 2-5 
coastalcarolina // 1 -5 
liberty // 4-3 
georgemason // 7-0 
longwood // 3-4 
norfolkstate // 4-2 
howard // 7-0 
delaware // 3-4 
uncwilmington // 1 -6 
radford // 0-7 
william&mary // 1 -4 

sports //285 

women siennis 

tutu traditbn 


When graduate Barrett Donner was recruited for 
the tennis team her freshman year, she would 
have never guessed that ordering purple and 
gold tutus would become a tennis team tradition. 

Originally, Donner thought the tutus would be fun to 
wear to football games. So she told her mother, the owner of 
a vintage shop in her hometown of Durham, N.C., to order 
10, one for each member of the team. 

"They were an instant hit with all the girls," said Donner. 
"Every year since then, we have ordered them in purple and 
gold for the incoming freshman as a welcome-to-the-team 
present. It's our special tradition." 

In addition to tutus, another tradition was the high team 
morale and the team's solid support system. Maria Malerba, 
veteran coach of 34 years at the university, heightened 
spirit by balancing hard work and fun. While the players 
and the coaching staff realized that tennis was top priority, 
they understood that it wasn't everv'thing. Malerba enjoyed 
interacting with the players and watching them grow and 
develop not only as players, but also as individuals. 

Donner, who served as team captain for two years, took a 
hands-on approach in building a support system between 
players and coaches. 

"I felt I could relate well to both, which is really important 
because communication and understanding is key to having 
a close team," said Donner. 

She conversed with teammates and coaches on the best 
way to run practices to meet everyone's needs. Some players 
loved to get feedback from coaches during practices and 
matches, while others preferred to play without anyone 

The spring season had a few firsts for Malerba as a coach, 
including two injured players who needed surgery. Sopho- 
more Ida Donner had wrist surgery on her racket hand 
and missed some of the fall practices and all of the spring 
season. Sophomore Alyssa Brandalik had both legs oper- 
ated on for compartment syndrome, the compression of 
nerves and blood vessels that often led to muscle and nerve 
damage. In addition, the team lost seven matches by a score 
of 4-3. 

"I've never had either of those things happen before," said 

On the brighter side. No. 1 doubles team sophomore Leah 
DeMasters and senior Rebecca Erickson made the All-CAA 
third team, making them of one the top nine doubles teams 
in the conference. 

With complete confidence, 

junior Kristin Nimitz smashes 

the ball during a match. Nimitz 

was the returning No. 3 singles 

player and played with junior 

Rebecca Erickson as part of 

the No. 2 doubles team. 

photo/Zcourtesy of 


286 // thebluestone201 

Another highlight that both Barrett and Malerba agreed on 
was the team's spring break trip to Florida. Team members got 
to spend quality time off the court and showcased their skills 
on the court as well. 

The upcoming season looked strong because it would be the 
first year that the scholarship players outnumbered the walk- 
ons. In 2001, the university's Board of Visitors made the deci- 
sion to create two sports sections, one with scholarships and 
the other without. Women's tennis fell into the non-scholarship 
group. Then in 2007, when the university cut 10 sports pro- 
grams in compliance with the Title IX ruling, the tennis team 
reached full scholarship status, giving coaches greater flexibility 
in recruiting team members. 

"This has created a great deal of depth and will definitely 
make a huge difference in our results," said Malerba. // 

The team comes 
together in a huddle 
after a successful 
match. Team 
members attributed 
their success to their 
family-like atmosphere, 
rilioto/'/courtesy of 

Front Row (L to R): Kinsey Pate, Kristin Nimitz, Alyssa 
Brandalik, Rebecca Erikson, Back Row (L to R): Leah 
DeMasters, Kelly Maxwell. Barrett Donner. Ida Donner, 
Anna Khoor. 




Leah DeMasters 
Media Art and Design 
Lititz, Pa. 


- Went 15-6 in singles play 

- Went 14-12 in doubles play 

- Played No. 1 doubles 

- Played No. 5 singles 


- All-CAA third team in doubles 

- Team MVP 

- Conference Commissioner's 
Academic Award 


Kelly Maxwell 

Health Sciences 
Williamsburg, Va. 


- Went 14-10 in singles play 

- Went 1 1 -6 in doubles play 


- Coaches' Award recipient 

- Conference Commissioner's 
Academic Award 

scoreboard // 


westvirginia // 3-4 

liberty // 3-4 
georgetown // 5-2 
olddominion // 0-7 
norfolkstate // 6-1 
georgewashington // 3-4 
boston // 2-5 
flondaatlantic // 5-2 
southernillinois // 3-4 
washington&lee // 4-3 
towson //6-1 
longwood // 6-1 
georgemason // 6-1 
richmond // 0-7 
delaware // 3-4 
drexel // 3-4 
uncwilmington // 0-7 
radford // 4-3 
towson // 5-0 
georgiastate // 0-4 

sports //287 

women stracKanaTieia 




Tanique Carter 
Richmond, Va. 


- School record in 100m (11.68). 

- School record in 60m (7.50) 

- Member of school-record 800m relay (1:38.72) 

- NCAA East Region qualifier in 100m and 200m 


- All-CAA in 100m and 200m. 

- All-East in 100m and 200m at ECAC Championships 

- CAA Athlete of the Week 

- ECAC Track Athlete of the Week 

- Conference (CAA) 200m champion 

- Conference (CAA) 100m runner-up 

- Conference Commissioner's Academic Award 

- ECAC qualifier in 400m relay 


Katelyn Guerriere 
Sidney, N.Y 


- 10th in 100m hurdles (14.58) at CAA Championships 

- 10th in long jump at CAA Championships 


- Conference Commissioner's Academic Award 

- Finalist for JMU Scholar Athlete of the Year 

- JMU Athletic Director Scholar Athlete 

- President's List 


! HflB^^^ y first few steps are slower, but I accelerate quickly 

■ H H and grab the ground with my spikes. Then I plant 

■ H H my left foot on the ground and drive upwards with 
my arms. My body rotates with momentum, so I tilt my head back, 
keep my hips up, and allow my body to clear the bar," described senior 
Jess O'Brien. 

As a high jumper, O'Brien considered her process to be very 
technical. But when she was in the moment, her mind was clear and 
she didn't even have to think about her steps, her angle or her jump. 

Head coach Kelly Cox, who came to the university in 2002, was a 
huge motivation to the women throughout the season. "Coach Cox 
has been a key component in developing my high jump ability," said 
O'Brien. "She was a very talented high jumper herself and she knows 
how to translate my raw ability into a refined skill" 

The women showed a tremendous amount of growth each week as 
they worked on developing their skills. 

"Working with the athletes and seeing them develop into strong 
leaders who go on to lead very meaningful lives is the best part of my 
job," said Cox. 

All of the women's hard work helped them attain fourth place at 
the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship. A number 
of individuals qualified for the Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) 
Indoor and Outdoor Championships, as well as the National 
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Outdoor Regional 

The track and field team comprised sprinters, distance runners 
and jumpers/throwers. Each group trained separately and built close 

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Focusing on her 
task, Jessica 

O'Brien clears 
the high jump. 

O'Brien set the 
university record 

for high jump at 
5'8 3/4" in 2006. 
photo// courtesy 


stephsynoracki // writer 

relationships with the members of their immediate group. 

"We've seen one another at our best and worst, and I think that's 
a factor that creates a strong bond," said senior Jess Propst, a long- 
distance runner. 

"It is my own personal belief that track and field athletes, because of 
the individual component of the sport, struggle to feel connected to 
every member of the team" said O'Brien. "Spring season proved how 
important the idea of 'team' was, so we are making team unity a goal." 

Injuries were a nonnal part of any athletic season and the women's 
track and field team saw their fair share. A number of the injured team 
members were jumpers, i 

"Our bodies are pushed to the extreme, not just with sprinting, 
but launching our bodies jfer, long, high and even upside down," said 
O'Brien. She and a few of the other team members struggled to stay 
in the competition. "We had to be creative in finding ways to preserve 
our bodies and yet still pi actice enough to improve." 

O'Brien had her own injury during her freshman year after setting 
an exceptionally high jump record, an incident that had served as 
her motivation ever since; Propst also understood the pressure that 
injuries brought to the sport. 

"I try my best to look at 'those obstacles as things that'll only make 
me stronger," said Propst. 

Injuries had the potential to hinder a team, but both O'Brien and 
Propst had seen how injuries could bring team members together. 

"I am a member of the women's track and field team because I 
believe in my teammates,'' said O'Brien. "I know that when we can pull 
together and support each other, we can achieve our goals." // 





Rounding the last corner, 
junior Lana McGowan 

kicl<s at the finish of the 

1600-meter relay at the 

CAA Championship meet. 

The relay team placed • "■'' 

at ttie meet with a 
3:51.16, quali*--' ■ 
the Eastern C- 




































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306 M 308 


Senior Briana Guertler belts out the fight song to 
pump up the crowd. Lyrics for the fight song were 
pnnted upside down on freshmen's class T-shirts. 
so one could look down and sing along, 
photo // hannahpace 



racheldozier// writer 

as cheerleaders bounced around the 
room, scrambled to make dinner 
plans, and lifted one another in the 
air. Coach Tameka Burroughs worked on 
getting their attention. Equally as bubbly as 
each squad member. Burroughs joked with 
the students about her dinner of macaroni 
and cheese that she mixed with sugar because 
"it's not real cheese and that's just gross," and 
the power of anti-bacterial: "You can borrow 
my pen only if you use Germ-X after because 
you're diseased, do you understand that?" 

Despite her jokes. Burroughs was proud of 
the two squads she coached. 

"It is truly a pleasure working with the 
student-athletes," said Burroughs. "I do 
sometimes feel as if their hard work and 
dedication goes without being appreciated, 
but I thank them for being the ones that are 
paving the way for where the program is going." 

The program had already come a long 
way. There were two squads, the coed 
Purple Squad and the all-girl Gold Squad. 
Burroughs, who had served as the head 
cheerleading coach since 2004, created the 
all-girl squad in 2006. Seven of the squad's 
graduating seniors had been on the original team. 

Both squads were extremely dedicated to 

their sport. They practiced from 5 a.m. to 7 
a.m. once a week and traveled regularly for 
away games. Members of both squads agreed 
that being constantly together had improved 
the groups' overall chemistry. 

"We all get together outside of practice 
and that's when we really bond," said junior 
Brittany Fortner, a member of the Gold 
Squad. "Being together really helps our 

"I think we're most productive at 5 a.m.," 
said junior Molly Chilton, also a member of 
the Gold Squad. "We all come from so many 
different majors with different activities that 
it's the best time to get together. Sometimes 
you do have those nights where you've stayed 
up past midnight, and that sucks, but it's all 
about how your manage your time." 

Despite demanding schedules, both squads 
didn't seem to mind the added workload. 

"I like being the one out on the field," said 

Though team members agreed that 
cheering was a fun way to get energized for 
a game, junior Nick Keatts, a member of the 
Purple Squad, acknowledged that sometimes 
the males on the squad got criticized for it. 

"At the University of Maryland, I was called 
plenty of slanders," said Keatts. "Usually I 
take it, because it isn't true. People say it's a 

feminine sport, but I like it. It's fun." 

Though the season was a hard one for the 
football team, the squad remained loyal. 

"We keep up with the team, like who has 
injuries and who all of the players are," said 
Fortner. "It's nice cheering for a team you 
know about." 

Though they were often on the sidelines, the 
squads definitely considered cheering a sport. 

"It's such a stereotype that all we do is sit 
there and cheer, but it's tough when we're 
trying out a new stunt at a game and a girl 
falls," said Fortner. "It's embarrassing to 
do it in front of everyone. We have a lot 
of tumbling requirements for even being 
considered for a spot on squad." 

In 2008, the Purple Squad went to the 
ENCORE: Cheer and Dance Championships 
regional competition in Maryland and 
won the title of National Champions in the 
collegiate cheerleading division. The team 
had not been able to afford to return since. 

"1 look forward to the day that our program 
can consistently compete in Collegiate 
Nationals," said Burroughs. 

"Though we're considered a [MU sport, we 
still don't get as much funding as some of the 
other teams," said Fortner. "We need money to 
travel and compete, but sometimes we just don't 
have it. But at least they consider us a sport."// 

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During a break in the game, 
cheerleaders perform an 
arabesque stunt. To perform 
this stunt, a cheerleader 
kept one leg down straight 
and extended her other 
leg behind almost at a 
90-degree angle to her back, 
all while balancing in the air. 
photo //lesliehaase 

Front Row (L to R): Matthew Hill. Holly Stevens, Ty Freeman, Briana Guertler, Leigh 
Culver, Greg Stuart, Lauren Schick. Rachel Johnson, Nicholas Keatts. Mary Sykes, 
Emmanuel Fairley Second Row (L to R): Katherine Wrona, Stefanie Paige. Stephanie 
Lyons, Kimberly Ward, Kristen Slaughter. Kelsey O'Connor, Stephanie La Testa, Kath- 
erine Worten, Haley Hanson, Coach Tameka Burroughs. Third Row (L to R): Brittany 
Ford. Lauren Maira, Jennifer Tatanish, Samantha Schohn. Rosie Ortiz, Morgan Sterner, 
Anne Bianchi, Annie. Lewis, Rachel McDonnell. Madison Furman. Back Row (L to 
R): Sarah Ratchford. Nikki Beatfy, Sarah Smith, Brittany Fortner, Kendall Hicks, Lorin 
Whitt, Kristin Sachs. 

coedvarsitycheerleading ." 

The coed varsity cheerleading team reported to Godwin three 
hours before home football games started — almost as early as 
the football team. Team members used the time to warm up and 
practice their stunts, basket tosses and pyramids they would 
perform during the game. 

"My favorite part of being on the team was stunting with the 
team," said freshman Katherine Wrona. "Since we had a small 
squad, everyone plays an important role in making the stunts hit." 

Before each game started, Wrona and her teammates would 
huddle and break on "Dukes" before running out onto the field. 
Once on the field, team members started pumping up the crowd. 
They also began their pre-game rituals, including running the 
flags, tumbling across field and performing the "We Are Madison" 
cheer for the crowd. 

"My favorite part of cheering at a game is when the team scores 
a touchdown," said Wrona. "The crowd gets really pumped and 
cheers along with us." 

After the game, the team held a meeting to discuss the game 
and return the equipment to Godwin, including tumbling mats, 
megaphones and pompoms. 

all-girlvarsitycheerleading // 

While most students were still sleeping, members of the all-girl 
varsity cheerleading team were already awake and "game-face 
ready." They had to have their hair and make-up done and be 
ready to cheer well before the game started. 

"I usually showered the night before because we had to curl our 
hair for the game," said junior Anne Bianchi. "I got up probably 
two hours before I had to be at the game, and we had to be there 
two hours before the game starts." 

Warming up, Bianchi and her teammates practiced all of the 
stunts they would perform during the game, usually about ten. 
During halftime, the team stayed on the field and ate a snack for 
energy before switching sides to cheer for another section. 

"We are on the field until the game ends and then we have to 
carry everything into the gym and we are free to go," said Bianchi. 
"It tends to be a long day but worth it." 

caitlinharrison //writer 

sports //293 



britnigeer// writer 

fresh talent, determination and enthusiasm 
helped the women of the cross country team 
as they began their season. The team strove 
to compete at the National Collegiate Athletic 
Association (NCAA) championships the following fall, 
and team members used the season to prepare for the 
tough competition ahead. 

With seniors Alison Parris and Jess Propst 
saving their last season of eligibility till 2010, the 
predominantly young team focused on its long-term 
goals of building strength and success through four- 
hour practices, six days a week. Conditioning and 
bonding helped the 10 freshman runners adapt and 




ali.<^nnnarri.s 7 ?;finior 

On a team filled with young talent, senior Alison Parris was 
a stand-out performer. Although she struggled with anemia 
and redshirted her freshman year, Parris contributed many 
successes during her sophomore and junior seasons. Parris led 
the Dukes to a sixth-place team finish at the National Collegatie 
Athletic Association (NCAA) Southeast Region Cross Country 
Championships and ran her best time in the 6,000-meter course 
at 20:41.5. 

"Before the race 1 felt a little more nervous than normal," said 
Parris. "Once the gun went off, I was totally in the race and 
actually beat one of my arch rivals from another school." 

Parris' long-term goal had been to make it to the NCAA 
Championships, held on Nov. 23 in Indiana. As a team, the 
university did not make the cut for meet, but Parris was invited 
to compete as an individual runner. Parris was confident that her 
team would join her for next year's national meet. "I am excited 
to experience it and see what it is like for next year," said Parris. 
"[Whatever happens], at least I know I shot for the stars." 

bethfeather// writer 

294 // thebluestone201 

gain experience in college-level competitions. 

"My goal as a runner is to reach my full potential," 
said freshman Katie Gorman. "I want to become the 
best that I can be and represent JMU in the best way 
that I can. We are a cohesive team and through our 
individual and team goals we are able to succeed." 

Each runner had her individual goals, but the 
women still came together and worked as a team. 
Relying on their positive attitudes and close family 
bond, the women competed in the team's largest meet 
at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals on Oct. 17, and 
finished in 18th place. The experience helped the 
women prepare for other large-scale competitions like 
the NCAA championship. 

"We work hard at practice each day and encourage 
each other to get to where we want to be," said senior 
Holly Fredericksen. "We are very encouraging and 
supportive of one another and that kind of attitude 
definitely pays off in practices and races. We are also 
very energetic and enthusiastic because we love what 
we do." 

With a promising season ahead of them, the team 
set out to establish a successful and strong group of 
runners by adding weight lifting to its conditioning 
routine. Strengthening exercises included work with 
medicine balls, free weights, bands and foam rollers. 

With the success of Indiana State Pre-Nationals 
behind them, and the excitement of placing second 
at the Colonial Athletic Association conference 
championship, the team enjoyed its season of 
preparation, keeping in mind the women's ultimate 
goal: a chance at the NCAA championship. 


Front Row (L to R): 
Lynne Colombo, Katie 
Harman. Carole Spoth, 
Katie Gorman, Kate 
Otstot, Jessica Propst. 
Second Row (L to R): 
Mariah Hagadone, Kelly 
Jemison, Amber Lussier. 
Holly Fredericksen, Ashley 
Leberfinger, Jessica Zozos, 
Third Row (L to R): Jack! 
Ferrance, Megan Barnes, 
Alison Parris, Brittany 
VViltielm, Heattier Lambert. 
Anne Reiner. Fourth Row (L 
to R); Tina Forgach, Mikaela 
Davis. Brittany Lussier. 
Christine Toepfer, Michelle 
Savarese. Mary Cerasa. 
Back Row (L to R); Stacey 
Nobles. Kelly Jones. 

Maintaining her pace, senior 
Alison Parris seeks the finish 
line with determination, Parris 
was a JMU Athletic Director 
Scholar Athlete, 
photo/'/courtesy of sportsmedia 

With the sun beating down on senior 

Jessica Propst, she remains motivated 

and steady throughout her race. Propst 

placed 23rd in the 5.000-meter race at 

the Eastern College Athletic Conference 


photo// courtesy of sportsmedia 

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duke // 0-4 

ohiostate // 1 -0 

kentstate // 3-2 

wakeforest // 1 -3 

massachusetts // 0-1 

albany // 2-1 

michiganstate // 1 -4 

american // 3-2 

towson // 2-1 

delaware // 1 -2 

radford // 8-1 


drexel // 3-2 

vcu // 3-0 

richmond // 3-0 

northcarolina // 0-2 

william&mary // 2-1 

olddominion // 1-2 

iowa // 2-3 

northeastern // 3-2 

day by day 

sarahlockwood // writer 

the women's field hockey players began their season 
with obstacles. Out of eleven starters, the team lost 
five players — strongholds who had started for the 
past three seasons. The loss left a gap in the camaraderie on 
the field, according to senior Amy Daniel. 

"But we're working on it," said Daniel, with an 
optimistic smile. "We're working on it every day to bring 
more chemistry to the field." 

Team members proved their determination by setting 
goals, approaching each game with optimism, demanding 
commitment and sticking together. 

"[We] go out as hard as we can," said Daniels. During 
pre-game practices, the players decided on individual 
goals. These motivated the players because it gave them 
a specific aspect of the game to focus on improving. In 
addition to individual game goals, the team approached 
the season with some overall objectives. 

"We want to be [Colonial Athletic Association] regional 
season champs and win the championship in conference 
so we can get an automatic bid to [National Collegiate 
Athletic Association] and do well there," said Daniel. 

But head coach Antoinette Lucas didn't place one 
particular game above the rest. 

"I look at the next game," said Lucas. "One game at a 

Even when the odds did not favor them, the team went 
out to win. 

"Like always, we're going to go out and do our best," 
said Daniel. "It's always fun to play the high-ranked 

teams and conference teams. They're really tough games 
and we get really riled up." 

The team raised morale before each game through a 
commitment talk. After warming up, the team stood 
in a line behind the sideline on the field to listen to 
inspirational words by one of the upperclassmen. The 
talks demonstrated to the players "why we are on this 
team and why we play," according to freshman Tori 
Lindsey. The speaker concluded by asking the players to 
step over the line to show their commitment. 

"It's pretty cool to watch," said Lucas. 

Despite the work they had to put into building 
chemistry on the field, camaraderie came easily off the field. 

"Coming in as a freshman was very exciting," said 
Lindsey. "The upperclassmen are all welcoming and great 
to be with." 

The team always displayed a "willing[ness] to help each 
other out, whether with a class or getting rides," said 
Daniel, noting the helpful relationship appeared between 
players and coaches as well. 

"They help us whether as a team or as an individual," 
Daniel said. "They want you to be the best hockey player 
you can be." 

Some coaches, including assistant coaches Julie 
Munson and Baillie Versfeld, helped off the field even if it 
meant helping players study on bus rides. 

These relationships, the commitment of each player 
and the team's goals and determination helped the young 
field hockey team overcome the challenges it faced. // 

4k^ 9 f A 

Front Row (L to R): Vivienne Koni|nendi]k. Randi Segear. Meghan Bain. Sarah Warlick, Megan Matthews. Jessie Dawson. Tara King, 
Melissa McNelis. Becky Hilgar. Lindsay Cutchins. Erica Henderson. Back Row (L to R): Asst. Coach Julie Munson. Volunteer Coach 
Cole Werkheiser, Asst. Coach Baillie Versfeld. Kerrie Edmonds, Sam Smierlka, Jenna Taylor, Courtney Versfeld. Margo Savage. Kelsey 
Cutchins, Kristen O'Rourke, Amy Daniel, Rachel Wein, Dolores de Rooij, Ton Lindsey, Auburn Weisensale, Trainer Jackie Downar, Head 
Coach Antoinette Lucas. 

296 // thebluestone201 


Water sprays off the turf as junior 
Amy Daniel takes a shot at the 
cage. Poor weather conditions 
made the turf slippery and difficult 
for players to compete on, 
photo //courtesy of sportsmedia 


Rebounding the ball after a shot, 
senior Meghan Bain regains 
possession of the ball. Bain 
started 16 of 19 games after 
recovering from an injury she 
suffered in a car accident during 
her junior year. 
jhoto// courtesy of sportsmedia 





Kelsey Cutchins 


Psychology major, geography minor 

Suffolk, Va. 


- Started all games 

- Saves percentage 

- Saves- 121 

- Shutouts - 1 



- CAA Silver Anniversary Team as one 

- NFHCA Senior All-Star 

- Preseason CAA Player of the Year 

- First Team All-CAA 

- First in CAA in saves (121) and saves per 
game (6.05) 

- Second in CAA in shutouts (3) and shutouts per 
game (.15) 


Dolores de Rooij 
Vaardingen, Netherlands 


- Games played - 20 

- Games started - 20 
-Goals- 13 

- Points - 28 

- Assists - 2 


- Preseason All-CAA 

- First Team All-CAA 

- Fourth in CAA in shots (79) 

sports //297 


trying times 

Senior wide receiver 
Rockeed McCarter 

ruslies witin tine 
football as University 
of Maine's defensive 
bacl< Darlos James 
attempts to bring 
iim down. Witfi nine 
touchdown receptions, 
McCarter began the 
season one reception 
short of the top:10 
career list. 

kanekennedy // writer 

after four straight years of making it to the playoffs, it seemed 
as if the football team's bid at a fifth consecutive trip to the 
Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) post season was slim. 

At the beginning of the season, the playoffs didn't seem too far out of 
reach. Playing at Maryland University, the Dukes took the Terrapins into 
overtime. But the team couldn't hold on, allowing Maryland to kick a 
26-yard field goal and end the game 35-38. Considering the reputation of 
the Division I-A Atlantic Coast Conference in which Maryland played, 
the Dukes' close finish was a surprising end to a game that many students 
expected Maryland to win with ease. 

"Their top 50 players at Maryland are better than our top 50 players at 
JMU," said coach Mickey Matthews. "But when they get 1 1 out there and 
we get 11, it's just not a lot of difference. It gets down to who's executing 
and not making mistakes, in this game we did not allow any big plays, 
and ottensively we didn't turn the ball over." 

Following the loss at Maryland, the Dukes returned to Bridgeforth 
Stadium for their home opener against Virginia Military Institute. Having 
scored 45 points in each of their last two meetings with the Keydets, the 
Dukes continued this dominance with a 44-16 victory. The Dukes also 
won the next weekend's game against Liberty University. 

But the Dukes encountered trouble midseason, losing to Hofstra 
University and Richmond University. Against Richmond, junior 
quarterback Drew Dudzik threw for the Dukes' only touchdown but was 
forced to leave the game after breaking his foot in the third quarter. 

A fumble on the Dukes' six-yard line by freshman Justin Thorpe sealed 
Richmond's victory. 

Homecoming brought defeat by the Villanova University Wildcats. 
With Dudzik still injured, Thorpe was forced to play the whole game. 

"It is very frustrating," said Thorpe. "You just want to make plays. I had 
the two fumbles and that didn't help. The errors I made were on me and I 
just can't let it happen." 

"This is the youngest team that we have had since 2001," said Matthews. 
"You look out there and we have got a lot of young kids, but we are not 
using that as an excuse." 

After a loss to William & Mary University, the Dukes recovered on 
Halloween, posting a 20-8 win over the University of Delaware. 

"I had a real good game against Delaware," said Thorpe. "And it gave 
me a lot of confidence coming into this game [against the University of 

Thorpe racked up 216 total yards in their game against Maine, while 
senior Arthur Moats recorded six tackles, resulting in a victory for the Dukes. 

"It was definitely important to get the home crowd back under us," said 
Moats. "When we lost at home I felt like we let the fans down, so it was 
nice to be back home with a win." 

"As JMU we are known as a top team and a winning team, so we have a 
sense of swagger that we can always go out with confidence," said redshirt 
sophomore Scott Noble. "But we had lost it and with these two wins we 
got our pride and swagger back." // 

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maryland // 35-38 
liberty// 24-10 
hofstra // 1 7-24 
richmond// 17-21 
villanova // 0-27 
william&mary // 3-24 
delaware // 20-8 
maine// 22-14 
massachusetts // 1 7-1 4 

Sophomore tailback 

Corwin Acker holds 

on to the football as 

University of Maine 

sophomore Jerron 

McMillian dives for a 

tackle. Acker returned 

a blocked punt for a 

touchdown during the 

game against Maine. 

photo //amyg waltney 




Inside Zane Showker Stadium on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, the varsity football 
team was hard at work. Aside from practices, the team also met on Tuesday mornings to scout the 
opposition for their Saturday games. 

Preparation began early in the morning on game days. For home games, team members woke up 
around 8:30 a.m. to have meetings and a pre-game breakfast. Each player often had his own pre- 
game ritual. 

"I like to take a nap in the training room for a bit with my music on my iPod on low, and when I wake 
up I get in the cold whirlpool followed by the hot tub," said sophomore Vidal Nelson, a strong safety 
"Then I get taped up by the same trainer always." 

He also had specific songs and artists he liked to listen to before the game started. "I like to listen to 
T.I., Jay-Z's 'The Blueprint 3,' Lil Wayne and of course anything from [Young] Jeezy." 

caitlinharrison //writer 

sports //299 



kanekennedy// writer 

With the loss of the team's two top players, graduates 
Fielding Brevvbaker and Tim Driver, the Dukes 
looked to their young players to fill the top half of 
their roster. 

"Before the season started, I thought it was going to be a tough 
year," said Coach Jeff Forbes. "As it turns out, we played three 
tournaments well and two tournaments poorly." 

At their first two tournaments, the team finished in fifth 
and third place. After finishing in the top five in the next 
two tournaments, the Dukes traveled to Hawaii for the Kauai 
Collegiate Invitational, where they posted a second place finish. 

"They've got a bright future," said Brewbaker. "Yes, they lost 
Tim and I, but they've had some top five finishes and they got 
second at Hawaii. Frankly, I'm not surprised. They have a lot of 

One source of talent was junior Mike Meisenzahl, who recorded 
top 20 finishes in every tournament. 

"Mike has stepped up again this year in his play," said Forbes. 
"He is starting to become a leader on the team." 

"Leading this team is what I have been aiming to do since the 
moment I came to JMU," said Meisenzahl. "I am a person that 
thrives off being in a leadership position." 

The Dukes also benefited from the play of senior Ihonny 
Montano, sophomores Mike Smith and Chris Wellde, and 
treshman Ryan Vince, who finished in the top 20 at Spring 
Hill Suites Intercollegiate and the Sea Trail Intercollegiate 

"Ryan has been a huge surprise as a freshman," Brewbaker said. 
"He is playing very well right now, and 1 am eager to see what he 
does in the future." 

To prepare his team, Forbes focused more on course 
management and shot preparation than he did in previous years. 
"Having a young team right now is good because they are much 
more willing to learn and take advice," said Forbes. 

"The advantage of having a younger team is depth. We now 
have a core as opposed to one or two all-stars," said Meisenzahl. 
"Collegiate golf is team-oriented and one or two guys can't bring 
a team a championship. "When all five guys are all focused on the 
same goal, we honestly can compete with anyone" 

"To be doing as well as they're doing is pretty crazy," said 
Brewbaker. "They only have one senior and the underclassmen 
are really stepping up. They kept it going, and I'm just really 
proud of them." 

300 // thebluestone201 

Sophomore Mike Smith does his best to hit 

the ball out of the sand pit. Smith carded a 

4-under-par 212 at the 2009 Kauai Collegiate 

Invitational held at the Puakea Golf Course in 

Lihue, Hawaii. 

photo// courtesy of sportsmedia 

Front Row (L to R). Coach Forbes, Jhonny Montano, Garrett Whitmofe. Chris Wellde, 
Mozingo, Jack Bonifant. Back Row (L to R): Ryan Vince, Mike Meisenzahl, Rich Leepei, 
Neely, Mike Smith. 

Lining up for the putt, graduate Fielding 

Brewbaker prepares for the shot. During a 

golf match, it was important for spectators 

to stay extremely quiet so the players could 

concentrate on their shots, 

photo// courtesy of spurtsmedia 






Mike Meisenzahl 
Redshirt Junior 
Business Management 
Medford, N.J. 


- Ranked 9th in the CAA after fall play 

- Second-lowest score for an 1 8-hole round (68) 

- Lowest score for a 54-hole tournament (211) 


Mike Smith 
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla 


- Stroke average 



- Named CAA player of the week on Oct. 29 

- Ranked 28th in the CAA after fall play 

sports //301 

women sgolf 

I in 


mandysmoot // writer 

■ he mission of Coach Paul Gooden was to recruit the 
best women golfers who could make an impact at the 
university on the course, in the classroom and in the 
community — and he was prepared to be patient in achieving 
this goal. 

"It takes a while to build a team," he said. 

After certain teams were cut in compliance with Title IX in 
2007, women's golf was awarded scholarship status. The team 
received six scholarships and had used three as of the 2009 
season. Gooden stressed the importance of using them wisely, 
spreading them over four or five years. 

"You can't, after one year, expect to play good," said Gooden. 
"You can't throw all your eggs in one basket." 

The seven girls on the team were ranked 71st in the country at 
the beginning of their season, which Gooden considered "pretty 
decent" for the team's second scholarship year. 

A highlight of the season came with sophomore Nicole 
Sakamoto's win at the University of Michigan (UM) tournament 
at the beginning of the season. At the time, UM was ranked 





Nicole Sakamoto 
Dietitics Major 
Honolulu, Hawaii 


- Average strokes per round 



- Named CM co-player of the week on Sept. 1 7 

- First in the CM after fall play 

- Won the Mary Fossum Invitational 

- Fourth woman in team's history to break 70 for an 
18-hole round 


Gatrin Gunnarsson 
Bankeryd, Sweden 


- Ranked 18th in the CAA after fall play 


second in the country. 

"It is really awesome if we can beat one of the top teams," said 

Sakamoto was very proud of her team's performance at UM. 

"We did well as a team, and I won my first college 
tournament," she said. 

Many women on the team had been playing golf for more 
than a decade. Sakamoto started playing golf when she was 1 1 
years old, continuing throughout middle school and high school 
because she loved the feeling she experienced when the pressure 
was on. 

"Every stroke counts," said Sakamoto. "You can't afford to 
mess up." 

Junior Laura Mesa began playing golf when she was 9 years old. 
Eventually, she quit playing tennis so she could focus solely on golf. 

"It's definitely a mental game," said Mesa. "If you can't control 
your thoughts and emotions then you will never be successful." 

Junior Kelly Lynch couldn't remember a time when she wasn't 
playing golf Her dad got her into junior golf when she was 
young, and she had been playing it ever since. 

"It is a very hard sport that takes constant work and 
talent," said Lynch. "You can't just pick up the sport and play 
automatically. It takes time." 

The women's golf season ran from September to May. By the 
end of the season, the women wanted to bring their overall team 
score from 314 to 305. 

"Next year we hope to break the 300 area," said Gooden. "We 
want to play the best teams, wherever that might be." 


Finding her way out of a sand 
trap, redshirt junior Mary 
Chamberlain chips the ball onto 
the green. The Dukes' home golf 
courses consisted of Lakeview 
Golf Course in Harrisonburg, Va., 
and Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club 
in Keezletown, Va. 
photo// courtesy of sportsmedia 

Front Row (L to R): Asst. Coach Lisa Gooden, Catrin Gunnarsson, Laura Mesa, Ivlary Chamberlain, Nicole Sakamoto. 
Valentina Sanmiguel, Kelly Lynch. Shannon Kramer Head Coach Paul Gooden. 

Dressed in purple and white from head to toe, sophomore 
Nicole Sakamoto putts the ball into the hole. Putters were the 
most important golf club; almost half the shots taken in a round 
3f golf required a putter 
ohoto/Zcourtesy of sportsmedia 

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men ssoccer 

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winstars // 5-0 


duke// 0-2 

rider// 3-2 

richmond //2-0 

st.joseph //1-0 

uncgreensboro // 1 -0 

pennstate //3-0 

american // 1-1 


vcu // 2-0 

georgemason // 3-3 

william&mary // 3-2 

georgiastate // 0-2 

olddominion //0-1 

drexel // 1 -0 

uncwilmington // 0-2 

hofstra // 6-2 

northeastern //I -12 

towson // 5-2 

alexledford //writer 

With an older, larger team 
this year, Coach Tom 
"Doc" Martin planned 
to use depth and strength to the team's 
advantage. The Dukes ended the season 
7-3-2, but it was all about new beginnings 
for men's varsity soccer. 

"It's a season of retribution because 
it's been a long time since our execution 
has matched our talent and we are all 
motivated to prove ourselves this year," 
said junior Andrew Harvey. Team 
members made a conscious effort to start 
each game more assertively. 

"As a team, we really stress starting games 
off very intense and working so hard that 
it throws the other team off immediately" 
said senior Joel Senior, a captain. 

The Dukes began their season the 
same way they started every game: with 
aggression. Winning five of their first six 
games, things were taking off for the team. 

They were especially proud of the win against 
Penn State University, who was ranked in 
the top 25 of the National Collegiate Athletic 
Association (NCAA). However, the Dukes 
began to slow down in the middle of the 
season, tying American University and losing to 
University of Delaware. 

After two hard-fought games against George 
Mason University and the College of William 
& Mary, the team appeared to be regaining 
some strength. The Dukes began both games 
two goals behind and fought back to tie George 
Mason 3-3 and beat William & Mary 3-2. 

Beating and tying these powerhouses gave 
team members confidence. 

"We knew we could play with just about 
anybody out there," said Martin. 

"They approach us with caution," agreed 

Cautions, another name for yellow cards, 
turned out to be the team's biggest enemy during 
the season. After a player accumulated five yellow 
cards during the season, he was suspended for 
one game. With more than 30 yellow cards in 
the season, many of the team's key players were 
suspended from multiple games. 

uusr.u:» S 


Jumping up to grab the ball, redshirt sophomore Justin Epperson 
blocks a shot from going into the goal. Epperson started as a 
goalie for four years at Oal<ton High School In Herndon, Va. 
photO/Vcourtesy of sportsmedia 

"We had a tough time keeping our starting 
lineup consistent," said Harvey. 

But the team found relief in a deep bench. 

"We had a number of players on the 
team capable of starting, which kept the 
competitiveness and versatility of our team 
high," said Harvey. "Our substitutes gave us a 
larger boost this year than ones before." 

Even though the team played against tougher 
opponents, they finished with a better record. 
Junior CJ Sapong attributed this to the team's 

"The team cohesiveness and leadership is 
spread more evenly throughout the team," said 

"We just wanted to be a better team than last 
year," said Martin. "Wins and losses don't always 
define a season." 

Martin was hopeful the team would improve 
again next year, saying it had a very strong 
nucleus coming back that the team planned to 
build on. // 

304 // thebluestone201 

Dribbling through defenders, redshirt sophomore Damien 
Brayboy heads straight for the goal. The Dukes suffered many 
injuries during the season, with 11 of the 31 players redshirted. 
photo/Zcourtesy of sportsmedia 



pre-gamepreparation // 

The day before a men's soccer game, the team had a 
lighter practice, including a discussion about its opponent 
for the upcoming game. 

The training session emphasized shooting, also 
known as finishing, free kicks and set plays. The team 
also worked on tactical patterns, which were especially 
effective against the team's opponents, according to 
sophomore defender Bakari Williams. 

Williams went to bed early the night before a game, 
and attended his two classes the next morning before 
meeting up with the rest of the team. 

"At 3 p.m. we have a pre-game meal at 'La Italia' 
on Port Republic where I always got baked ziti with 
meatballs," said Williams. "After the meal, I went back to 
my apartment for a quick nap before driving to the locker 
room with my roommates around 5:15 p.m." 

The players got pumped for the game by listening to 
music and hearing the game plan from the coaches. 

"Once our coaches leave we go into a huddle in which 
one of our upperclassmen would give us some words of 
wisdom and motivation," said Williams. After the huddle, 
team members boarded the bus to take them to the 
game field to warm up. From there, it was game time. 

caitlinharrison // writer 

Front Row (L to R): 

Bakari Williams, Johnny 
Borsellino. Mitch 
Mori, Paul Wyatt, Adam 
Bastidas, Marl<us 
Bjorkheim, Andrew 
Harvey Uche Ukoha. 
Second Row (L to R): 
Daniel DiLullo, Patrick 
Innes, Stefan Durr, Kieran 
Rice, Torey Beiro. David 
Sandford, Jean Tshimpaka, 
Rahul Chandhry, Damian 
Brayboy, Joel Senior. 
Back Row (L to R): Patrick 
Stevens, Dale Robbins- 
Bailey Billy Swetra, Tom 
Pollock, Colin Newcity. 
Matt White, Ken Manahan. 
Justin Epperson. David 
Meiklejohn, Jason Gannon, 
Jonathan Smithgall. 
Christian McLaughlin. CJ 

sports //305 

women ssoccer 




Preparing for an onside kick, redsh 

junior Kristin Bowers plays in front of a 

fiome crowd. The Dukes' first six games 

were played at home at the university's 

soccer complex on the east side of 


photo amygwaitney 

Scanning the field for an 

open teammate, junior Gate 

TIsinger heads toward the 

opponent's goal. TIsinger 

began the 2010 season tied 

in 12th place for career goals 

at the university. 

photo/,' amygwaitney 

306 // thebluestone201 

chloemulliner// writer 

the women's soccer team had a rocky start to its season as team 
members struggled to uphold the reputation of the team's prior 
Expectations for this team were very high this year and we got 
rostrated when we weren't living up to those expectations," said head 
oach David Lombardo. 

The team began the season with several ups and downs, and after losing 
;ames that team members expected to win, they worried about their 
hances of scoring a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) 

"We lost some disappointing games, but turned around and won the 
lext game," said Lombardo. "We've showed lots of resiliency." 
Filled with individual talent and a strong will to succeed, the team 
edirected its efforts during rough times. The players remained optimistic 
ather than focusing on their defeats. 

We tried to be really positive and tried to find the fun in the soccer 
;ame," said redshirt junior Morven Ross, a team captain. "We tried to 
ake the pressure off to figure out why we're here to play soccer and that 
las been the main focus." 
"We focused on hope and optimism," said sophomore Lisa Heise. 
Being positive is what's so important." 

Two major accomplishments for the women's soccer team were its wins 
against Old Dominion University and the College of William & Mary 
in the same weekend. These wins bumped the team up to second place 
in the CAA conference, making the Dukes eligible for a chance at the 
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. 

The team felt a sense of urgency after its unsteady start to the season. 

"We've been thrown obstacles this season, but what defines this team is 
how we overcome those obstacles," said Ross. 

"We struggled in the beginning," said redshirt senior Melissa Reimert. 
"Just the fact that we came together when we really had to so that we 
could make the CAA tournament was a big deal." 

After a loss to the University of North Carolina- Wilmington, the Dukes 
weren't selected for the NCAA tournament. They placed second in the 
CAA conference. 

The Dukes finished their season with a record of 11-8-2 overall and 6-3- 
2 in the CAA conference. 

The team also saw individual achievements. Star player and reigning 
CAA player of the year, senior Corky Julien, left the university as the 
second all-time leading scorer. Her efforts, combined with those of 
junior Teresa Rynier, who held the school record for career assists, greatly 
benefited the team. // 



Front Row (L to R): Sarah Zawie, 
Anana Rueia, Ashley Flateland. 
Danielle Corey. Katie Menzie, 
Charline Cartoux. Morven Ross, 
Kristin Bowers. Jessica Remmes. 
Kelly Germain. Elisa Davidson. 
Theresa Rynier Amalya Clayton, 
Theresa Naquin. Second Row (L 
to R); Melissa Reimert, Lisa Heise. 
Natalie Heintz, Jordan Zarone. Gate 
Tisinger Corky Julien. Corinna 
Strickland, Kristen Conrad, Jes- 
sica Barndt, Ten Maykoski. Third 
Row (L to R): Student Trainer 
Brittney Barns. Student Trainer 
Lauren Pierce. Megan Fesslen 
Yolie Anderson-Golhor Stephanie 
Poucher, Diane Wszaiek, Ellen 
Kimbrough, Asst. Coach Rachel 
Ghupein, Grad Asst. Lindsay Bow- 
ers, Asst. Maggie McFadden. Asst. 
Coach John McClure. Tom Kuster 
Back Row (L to R): Associate 
Head Coach Bobby Johnston, 
Coach Dave Lombardo, Athletic 
Trainer Nell Brazen. 


Waking up at 8 a.m., she ate a bowl of raisin and spice 
oatmeal, drank a glass of orange juice and headed to class. It 
seemed like a typical day for senior Corky Julien, a forward on 
the women's varsity soccer team, but Julien was preparing for 
game day. She kept water with her in her classes to stay hydrated 
and loaded up on carbohydrates and protein at D-Hall. 

After lunch, Julien headed back to her room to take a two- 
hour nap, put on music and clean her room. "I tried to shut out 
everything," said Julien. 

After relaxing in her room, Julien and her roommates, who were 
also on the team, went to their team room in Godwin to prepare 
for the game. On the way, they listened to "Spice Up Your Life" 

by The Spice Girls, or "Burnin' Up" by The Jonas Brothers. "If we 
won the last game, we listened to the same song [again]," said 
Julien. "I also always tried to wear the same lucky spandex." 

Once in the team room, Julien used the time to relax, listen to a 
pep talk from the coach and watch video clips from international 
games, premiere league games and their own games. 

For away games, the team used time spent on the bus to 
further pump one another up. By the time they arrived on the 
field, the women were ready to play. 

caitlinharrison // writer 

sports //307 






Lindsay Callahan 


Media Arts & Design 

Virginia Beach, Va. 


- CAA Commissioner's Academic 

Award as a sophomore 

- JMU Athletic Director Scholar 

Athlete as a sophomore 


Kelly Turner 


Media Arts & Design 

Ontario, N.Y. 


CAA All-Rookie Team as a freshman 

- JMU Athletic Director Scholar 

Athlete as a freshman 

Spiking the ball, freshman Danielle 

Erb wins the point for her team, Erb 

was named to the All-Tournament 

Team In the university's Days Inn 

Invitational the first weekend in 


photoZ/courtesy of sportsmedia 

Front Row (L to R): Morgan 

Maddox, Danielle Erb, 

Holly Wall, Kelly Turner, 

Jessica Zeroual. Kelly 

Johnson, Merideth Riddell, 

Haley Jacobsen, Lindsay 

Callahan. Second Row 

(L to R): Manager Jessica 

Marsala, Sara Dougherty 

Lauren Fanelli, Strength and 

Conditioning Coach Callye 

Williams Megan Wiechmann, 

Natalie Abel, Trainer Erin 

Moore, Back Row (L to R): 

Asst. Coach Brian Grimes, 

Head Coach Disa Garner 

Asst. Coach Ryan Parker 

308 // thebluestone201 

amandacaskey // writer 


With only four Colonial Athletic Association 
(CAA) wins and no seniors on the roster, 
the women's volleyball team had a learning 
year The opportunities for new players to step up 
were prevalent, but in the end, injuries and a lack of 
consistency on the court proved to be too much. 

"We've faced a lot of struggles," said junior Lauren 
Fanelli. "Obviously we are a young team, but we've 
had a lot of injuries and a lot of things we've had to 
overcome. It's definitely been a learning experience." 

FaneOi suffered three injuries personally. She had 
been dealing with a back injury since January 2009 
and suffered a concussion and broken nose during 
the season. 

Junior Lindsay Callahan believed the team 
members' injuries caused a lot of adversity on the court. 

"We had a lot of unlucky injures, which really 
prevented us from gaining a lot of improvement in the 
gym and creating chemistry," said Callahan. "We've 
been working with a lot of different lineups and I 
think that prevented us from, unfortunately, clicking." 

The holes in the roster from injuries were 
immediately filled with newcomers. Thrust into the 
spotlight, freshmen got a sudden taste of college-level 

'You really have to learn how to manage your 
time and get your work done," said freshman Haley 
lacobsen. "You learn fast." 

Head coach Disa Garner was faced with many 
challenges as she worked on the roster for upcoming 

"All of the [top] teams in the conference mainly 
have one freshman playing for them, while we have 
three and four at a time playing," said Garner 

The constant shifts in the lineup proved to be a 
challenging aspect of the season. 

"It's been hard for us to build consistency and 
confidence because we've had to do a lot of changing 

and adjusting for the various things that have popped 
up along the way," said Garner. 

Though the new players were a vital part of the 
team, the team's record at the end of the season 
was not enough to achieve a spot in the playoffs. 
However, the team took pride in interfering with 
other teams' chances. 

"We finally gained that last bit of confidence and 
got the proof that we know we can do it," said Fanelli. 

Many of its CAA matches were close, but the team 
only achieved victories over four schools. 

One close game was against the College of 
William & Mary, a formidable opponent in the CAA 
conference. Down after the first two matches, the 
Dukes came back in the next two only to lose in the 
fifth match. 

"You might not see the wins, but when you get 
improvements like that, they really lead you to the 
wins in the end," said Callahan. 

The Dukes also defeated seven nonconference 
teams, but they trailed the competition in 13 out of 
26 statistical categories, including kills, aces, serve 
attempts and block assists. Though the desired results 
were not achieved, the team stayed positive. 

"It's frustrating because it's been a lot of hard work 
and a lot of hours have gone into it," said Jacobsen. 
"We just try to think ahead to next season." 

Practices usually lasted about three hours and 
consisted of skill work and watching film of previous 
games and opponents. In the gym, the women 
worked on position work, drills and team concepts. 

On home game days, the team met up for a pre- 
game meal and started warm-ups an hour before 
game time. A locker room dance session always 
preceded the game in order to get everyone pumped up. 

"The main focus right now is just to build a strong 
core," said Callahan, "and getting our chemistry to get 
a second chance next year with our younger girls." // 

Sophomore Natalie 
Abel, the libera on 
the team, positions 
herself for the shot. 
A libero was a 
player specialized in 
defensive skills, who 
wore her jersey in 
a contrasting color 
from her teammates 
and could not block 
or attack the ball 
when it was entirely 
above net height, 
photo //courtesy of 

scoreboard // 


moreheadstate // 0-3 
etsu // 3-1 
Chattanooga // 2-3 
duquesne // 2-3 
st.francis // 3-0 
hampton // 3-1 
radford // 3-2 
charlotte // 0-3 
northwestern // 0-3 
presbyterian // 1 -3 
georgiasouthern // 0-3 
davidson // 3-2 
winthrop // 0-3 
umbc // 1 -3 
towson // 1 -3 
delaware // 0-3 
william&man/ // 2-3 
vcu // 0-3 

georgemason // 1 -3 
norfolkstate // 3-1 
northeastern // 0-3 
hofstra // 0-3 
delaware // 3-2 
towson // 3-1 
georgiastate // 3-2 
uncwilmington // 3-1 
vcu // 1 -3 
william&mary // 0-3 
georgemason // 1 -3 

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310 ' ;i 'bluestone2010 




















men sDasKeTDaii 

enter the MADhouse 

caitlincrumpton // writer 

As a team with the potential to walk away with a regular season 
title, the last thing the men's basketball players expected was 
to end the season with only nine active team members on the 
roster and a losing conference record. 

Team members overcame adversity early on \vhen they lost 
sophomore Devon Moore, a starting point guard, to a season-ending 
knee injury in a preseason scrimmage against Hampton University. 
The Dukes' luck continued to dwindle when more injuries and 
academic ineligibilities caused several players' seasons to be cut short. 

"We lost some good players and had to revise our plan for this team, 
and our goal now is just trying to improve every day," said Coach Matt 
Brady, who completed his second season with the Dukes. 

With these unexpected obstacles, there were big roles left unfilled. 
One player that capitalized on the opportunity to get more minutes 
was junior Ben Louis, who "displayed terrific passing skills and 
defensive presence," according to Brady. 

Another significant player who impacted the team was a transfer 
student from Texas A&M University, junior Denzel Bowles, who 
described himself as "the big man" that the program needed. Bowles, a 
forward, led the team in scoring and rebounds, averaging 20.8 points 
and 9.2 rebounds per game. 

"I was welcomed in [the program] and had a smooth transition," said 
Bowles. "I've been able to play and be a focal point on offense." 

Three freshmen who received a significant amount of playing time 
due to the unusual circumstances were guards Darren White and 
Alioune Diouf, and forward Trevon Flores. White, Diouf and Flores 
were all exposed to the differences between collegiate and high school 
basketball early on, when they were asked to step into positions that 
were normally tilled by older players. 

One player who was comfortable with the level of play in the league, 
senior guard Pierre Curtis, expressed "the frustration of leading a 

Front Row (L to R): Devon Moore, Ryan Knight, Darren White. Pierre Curtis, Ben Louis, 
Dazzmond Thornton, Julius Weils. Back Row (L to R): Alioune Diouf, Matt Parker, Trevon 
Flores, Alvln Brown, Denzel Bowles, Andrey Semenov, Eric Beard. 

young team throughout the year." Curtis felt compelled "to be more 
vocal day in and out, and be a leader for the younger guys." 

With four years of experience under his belt, Curtis took over as 
starting point guard when Moore got injured, and finished his season 
by scoring more than 1 ,000 career points and setting new school 
records in career games played, games started, assists and steals. 

Although the team felt pressure throughout the season, it still pulled 
out some close wins. 

One game that proved the Dukes' underlying talent was their home 
victory over 'Virginia Commonwealth University. With only 43 
seconds remaining in the second half, sophomore forward Julius Wells 
hit a tie-breaking three-pointer to advance the Dukes 72-69. Curtis 
followed, sinking four free throws in the last 18 seconds of the game to 
secure the 76-71 win. 

"If we play hard like we know we can, we are a team that people don't 
want to play," said Curtis. "If we put it all together, we have a good 
chance to upset teams." 

Even though the team fell short of a winning season, the players' 
challenges allowed them to focus on long-term improvement in the 
seasons to come. 

"We are not concerned with end results," said Brady. "We are more 
process-oriented and do what we need to do as a group to improve. We 
focus on getting better, not winning games." 

With all the unexpected obstacles that the Dukes faced throughout 
the season, the team took the trials in stride and concentrated on 
developing a strong future program. // 






Denzel Bowles 

Justice Studies 
Virginia Beach, Va. 


- Total points this season - 520 

- Total rebounds this season - 230 

- Games played - 25 

- Games started - 25 


- All-conference CAA second team 


Julius Wells 
Justice Studies 
Toledo, Ohio 


- Average points per game - 16.3 

- Total steals this season - 30 

- Games started - 32 


- 2009 CAA Rookie of the Year 

- All-conference CAA third team 

With arms outstretched, junior Denzel 
Bowles attempts to make a basket 
while Kelvin McNeil of University 
of Delaware tries to block the shot, 
Bowles transferred to the university 
from Texas A&M University in the 
spring of 2009. 
photo/Zcourtesy of sportsmedia 

Senior Pierre Curtis 

tries to maintain 
control of the ball as 
his opponent reaches 
in for the steal. Curtis 
became the 24th player 
in the team's history to 
score 1,000 points in 
his career. 
photo/Zcourtesy of 

scoreboard // 


ohiostate // 44-72 
murraystate // 43-71 
floridainternational // 81 -68 
northcarolinacentral // 79-66 
umbc // 53-51 
norfolkstate // 72-64 
georgiastate // 44-49 
easternmichigan // 64-75 
gardner-webb // 78-57 
fordham // 85-73 
northeastern // 61-73 
olddominion // 72-74 
towson // 69-66 
william&mary // 78-85 
georgemason // 71 -82 
drexel // 57-78 
uncwilmington // 64-67 
radford // 67-63 
william&mary // 65-63 
georgemason // 68-70 
hofstra // 48-68 
towson // 78-81 
olddominion // 44-64 
vcu // 76-71 
georgiastate // 72-77 
canisius // 66-70 
longwood // 96-86 
vcu // 62-76 
drexel // 64-67 
drexel // 65-70 
william&mary // 65-70 

sporio ■ oi3 

women sDasketball 

Freshman guard Tarik Hislop tries 

to keep her opponent from passing 

the ball. Hislop was named Colonial 

Athletic Association Rookie of the Week 

in December after scoring 15 points 

against Liberty University and 14 points 

against the University of Virginia. 

photo/Zcourtesy of sportsmedia 

Fighting for the rebound, sophomore 

center Rachel Connely jumps up to 

get the ball in a game against Virginia 

Commonwealth University (VCU). In the 

Feb. 25 game against VCU, junior Dawn 

Evans scored a game-high 34 points. 

photo/Zcourtesy of sportsmedia 





Dawn Evans 


Health Sciences 

Clarksville, Tenn. 


- Total points this season - 763 

- Games played - 31 

- Games started - 31 


CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player 

- All-conference CAA first team 


Sarah Williams 



Wilmington, Del. 


- Total steals this season - 51 
Total rebounds this season - 213 

- Average points per game - 8.6 


- All-academic CAA first team 

- Team captain 

, i 







slam dunk season 

amandacaskey // writer 

The women's basketball team had another 
winning season with an overall record ot 
20-6 and a Colonial Athletic Association 
(CAA) record of 10-5. Even with injured players, 
the team took wins against several tough opponents, 
including George Mason University, Old Dominion 
University and Virginia Commonwealth University. 
These victories gave the team both reasons to 
celebrate and opportunities to learn. 

"The team went through a dry spell where we just 
could not find the energy to play," said freshman 
Tarik Hislop. "But we overcame that because we 
know how good we can be and we all have the same 
goal, which is to win a CAA Championship." 

According to junior Dawn Evans, the team 
experienced phases where players put less effort into 
their performances, although the team and coaches 
couldn't pinpoint why. But this lack of consistency 
did not have a negative effect on the team's record. 
The Dukes had experienced winning seasons for 
four years, ever since the majority of the team — now 
upperclassmen — were freshmen. 

"Even though this season was more challenging 
because everyone is talented, I enjoyed [it] because 
we have a great team and it feels good to beat other 
great teams," said Hislop. 

One season highlight was when the team defeated 
Drexel University at home after losing to them on 
the road. The Dukes had lost to Drexel by one point 
in their first CAA game of the season. But after 
meeting them for a second time later in the season, 
the Dukes pulled out an impressive 73-56 win, with 
Evans scoring 31 points. 

The Dukes experienced a similar situation when 
they first played Towson University. When the game 
went into overtime, the Dukes won by just four 
points. However, upon meeting them a second time 
at home, the Dukes destroyed the Tigers, 67-35. 
Games such as these demonstrated how the team 

grew throughout the season by overcoming setbacks. 

Injuries were prevalent, which the team took in 
stride. Junior Lauren Jimenez recovered from a knee 
injury from the previous season and was able to 
contribute to the team by playing often. 

"I had to get used to playing again," said Jimenez. 
"My knee still hurts at times." 

Jimenez was sidelined again this season in one of 
the final games, where she suffered a concussion and 
broken nose. 

Evans also suffered an injury toward the end of 
the season to her ankle, but was not out for long. As 
the lead scorer for the National Collegiate Athletic 
Association (NCAA) from Dec. 21 through Jan. 30, 
Evans was recognized as the leader in three-pointers. 
Evans also scored a record 38 points in the Duke's 
win in overtime against Delaware University. She 
was named CAA Player of the Week for the week 
ending Feb. 21. 

According to Evans, the team practiced at least 
five days out of the week, including drills, plays and 
competition between teammates. 

"The harder we go in practice, the better we get," 
said Evans. "If I could describe it in one word, it 
would be intense." 

No matter what the team faced, the coaching staff 
supported the team the entire season. Head Coach 
Kenny Brooks and his staff pushed the team to not 
only win games, but to be better players in general. 

"The coaching staff motivates me by pushing me 
every day in practice to become a better player," said 
Hislop. "They are always available if I want extra 
shooting or help with plays or the scout. They love 
their job, which makes it a fun environment." 

The team appreciated everything the coaches did for 
the players and wanted to prove their worth to them, 
according to Jimenez, who added, "when someone 
does that much for you, it's only right to make this 
program better and work our hardest for them."// 

Front Row (L to R); 
Graduate Assistant 
Tim Clark, Director 
of Operations Jenna 
Burkett. TarIk Hislop, 
KJara Francisco, Sarah 
Williams, Dawn Evans, 
Courtney Hamner, 
Strength Coach Greg 
Werner, Back Row (L 
to R): Athletic Trainer 
Sherry Summers, 
Assistant Coach 
Sean O'Regan, Head 
' ■ lach Kenny Brooks, 
Lauren Whitehurst, 
Lauren Jimenez, 
Rachel Connely, 
Kanita Shepherd, 
Nikki Newman, Jalissa 
Taylor, Associate Head 
Coach Jackie Smith 
Carson, Assistant 
Coach Lindsay Smith. 



georgetown // 79-76 
virginiatech // 66-59 
austinpeay // 83-56 
wcu // 80-63 
liberty // 60-50 
Virginia // 75-73 
sienna // 85-57 
duke // 65-79 
longwood // 85-67 
lafayette // 86-54 
westernmichigan // 74-65 
drexel // 67-68 
georgiastate // 67-61 
georgemason // 62-50 
towson // 72-68 
olddominion // 58-67 
northeastern // 64-57 
georgiastate // 67-61 
hoftra // 62-69 
towson // 67-35 
drexel // 73-56 
william&mary // 56-64 
uncwilmington // 67-70 
delaware // 88-83 
olddominion // 65-59 
vcu // 79-70 
william&mary // 67-53 
georgemason // 53-65 
uncwilmington // 67-40 
VCU // 79-70 
olddominion // 67-53 
temple // 53-65 

Sports //31 5 


aking a splas 

maryclairejones // writer 

While being in the pool for hours on 
end might have sounded like tun and 
games, for the women on the swim 
and dive team, it was also a lot of hard work. Team 
members relied on one another to stay motivated 
throughout the season. 

"Our team has a very unique dynamic," said senior 
Julie Stefanski, one of the swim team's three captains. 
"My favorite part of the team is the people. Our 
sport can get very hard mentally and physically, and 
without the family of teammates we would never be 
as successful." 

The women practiced nine times during the week, 
which included time in the pool, dryland practice and 
weight training. Their hard work paid off in the team's 
eight meets, with six away and two at home. The most 
important meet, however, was the Colonial Athletic 
Association Conference Championship in February. 

"The Conference Championship is the focus of 
our season," said Dane Pedersen, the assistant coach. 
"All of our training, all of our competition is focused 
on training to perform at maximum level for the 
Conference Championship." 

Swimming and diving well at meets wasn't the only 
motivation to train hard — meets were also some of the 
most fun the women had together. 

"For me, the most fun [was] showing what all our 
hard work does," said head diving coach, Becky 
Benson. "There's a misconception about the training 
we do. I always get asked how we get the girls so 

When they weren't training in the pool, the 
team ran dryland practice, including work on the 
trampoline and hurdles. 

"We have a pretty long season," said junior Jessica 
Everett, the diving captain. "Our first meet is in 
October, and the divers' postseason meet is in March, 
so we are in season most of the year." 

The divers typically traveled with the swim team. 
Although they competed at different times, the women 
were together most of the time cheering for one 
another. This camaraderie was something that ran 
through the entire team, whose members commonly 
referred to themselves as a family. 

"The other girls on the team are some of my best 
friends and I couldn't imagine it any other way," said 
Everett. "The swim and dive team is also one unit, 
which is something that is very special to the JMU 
program, because we try to always support each other." 

"The day-to-day interactions are the best part," said 
Pedersen. "We're a close-knit group, and they swim the 
fastest when they're having fun." // 

Freshman Janene 
Senofonte comes up 

for air while swimming 
the butterfly, one of the 
more difficult strokes. 
With a specialty in 
sprints, Senofonte won 
the 100-meter butterfly 
event against Marshall 
University, where the 
Dukes broke four pool 
'oto 7 courtesy of 


Front Row (L to R): 

Laura Edwards, Carne 
Greene. Morgan McCarthy. 
Enka Lupacchino, Julie 
Stefanski. Beth Feather, 
Jessica Everett, Lauren 
Broussard, Morgan 
Hammond, Lisa Colapietro, 
Layne Eidemilier. Second 
Row (L to R): Andrea 
Criscuolo, Carly Gibson, 
Christina Lepore, Becca 
Senn, Kimberly Helfrich, 
Leah Webber, Caroline 
Burns, Emily Vance. Third 
Row (L to R): Jackie 
Hartman, Melissa Helock, 
Janene Senofonte, Emily 
Eidemilier, Lauren Kranz, 
Jean Rodmi. Back Row (L 
to R): Rebecca Hunt, Anna 
Susko. Kate Kessler, Emily 
Konieczny, RJ. Naber, 
Amanda Hauck, Knsten 
Wolla, Samantha Holland, 
Nicole Jotso, Chelsea 

I ''the 


scoreboard // 


vmi // 254-21 

georgetown // 1 87.5-1 12.5 
radford// 173-1 10 
olddominion // 207-146 
northeastern // 248-1 04 
william&mary // 1 61 -1 90 
towson// 131-169 
loyola // 244-56 
marshall// 180-108 


For most student athletes, balancing academics and a busy 
sports schedule could be difficult and stressful. For senior Julie 
Stefanski, a member of the swim and dive team, taking advantage 
of the resources offered to student athletes, using her free time 
wisely, and visiting the study center in the Robert & Frances 
Flecker Athletic Performance Center (APC) helped her reduce her 
stress levels. 

"From freshman year on, I had to implement study strategies and 
management skills to make sure I stayed on top of all my school 
work," said Stefanski, a communication sciences and disorders 
major. "Swimming at the college level has taught me a new level of 
dedication to my sport, but this also carried over to schoolwork." 

Head coach Samantha Smith emphasized the importance of 
balancing athletics and academics, applauding the team members 
for managing their time well. 

"Our first priority was academics," said Smith. "We expected 
excellence in the classroom but it is not a message we had to 
repeatedly remind them. They have been an Academic All-American 
team [achieving above a 3.0 team GPA] since I've been the head 
coach and this is my sixth year." 

Stefanksi's balance between swimming and her classes paid off 
in both areas, placing her on the President's List her junior year, 
and winning her the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's 
Academic Award and recognition as an Athletic Director Scholar 
Athlete at the university. Stefanski also gathered three top-5 
finishes in the team's home meet against Marshall University on 
Feb. 4, two in individual freestyle events and one as a member of 
the 200-meter freestyle relay team. 

"I felt that my season went pretty well," said Stefanksi. "My best 
times were at the end of the season." // 

caitlinharrison //writer 

sports //31 7 





Sophomore Andy Smith and freshman Sean O'Neill run 
onto Zane-Showker Field in Bridgeforth Stadium before a 
game. The 2009 season was the last season before the 
expansion of the stadium began, 
photo //courtesy of sportsmedia 



For underclassmen, we hope that 

you find your dimension in the 

university and become involved 

in an area that best fits you. For 

those who are graduating or 

moving forward, we hope that your 

experience at the university will 

help you lead a productive and I 

meaningful life in whatever field you 

may pursue. m^H~ 

The multiple dimensions of the 


introduced us to a variety of . 

interests, beliefs and values. As 
Madison students, we are constantly 

inspired to succeed as educated 

and enlightened adults, and to be 
understanding of others. The faculty 
and administration have encouraged 

us to explore different views and 

cultures, including those outside of 

the Harrisonburg area. 

It is now our responsibility to use this 

knowledge to continue the tradition 

of being open to all new people we 

might meet, and situations we may 

encounter in the future. 

closing //321 

Determined, a cheerleader works on a new stunt while 
practicing on the Quad (right). Students flocked to the 
Quad during the warmer months of the spring semester 
to hang out with friends or study. The administration was 
planning significant changes as part of the university's 
Master Plan, including a tunnel under the Quad that would 
allow students to easily access the new Performing Arts 
Center and parking garage. Although the parking deck was 
already open to students and faculty, the Performing Arts 
center would not open until the fall of 201 0. 
photos// nicolesantarsiero & jessicadodds 


322 // thebluestone201 

closing //323 

Losing themselves in their performance, members of the 
dance team move around the stage (left). The university 
offered several different opportunities to develop new 
interests in areas like modern and contemporary dance. 
Students were also encouraged to explore new research 
in the sciences and humanities. Faculty and staff 
applied for grants that allowed undergraduates to assist 
with research, an opportunity that was typically only 
available for graduate students. 
photos/Zjessicadodds & alyssaviars 

324 // thebluestone201 

closing //325 

With mixed feelings about the future, graduate Lily Baldwin 
gives one last hug to the James Madison statue on the 
Quad (right). "We were excited to graduate, but sad too," 
said graduate Logan Stana, Baldwin's freshman roomate. "I 
loved being able to spend the ending of my undergraduate 
years with my freshman roommates, who were there with 
me from the beginning." Graduates faced an uncertain job 
market, but some relied on Career and Academic Planning 
to aid in the transition. As they entered the real world, they 
took with them James Madison's advice to "arm themselves 
with the power which knowledge gives." 
photos/Zjessicadodds & joedebordi 


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letter/rom the editors 

Dear Readers: 

The 2009-2010 academic year has been a year of drastic change for us as members of 
the James Madison University community, as residents of Virginia, and as residents of the 
United States. We've seen hysteria caused by the H1N1 virus, budget cuts that threatened 
student scholarships, and international devasation caused by massive natural disasters. 
We've also seen students, faculty and staff come together to fundraise through Madison 
For Keeps, dive into new research about the beta-amylase protein in the Thale cress plant, 
and sit back to enjoy the laughter at events like "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and Aziz Ansari's 
standup comedy performance. 

While the world around us is changing, it has also been a year of drastic change for The 
Bluestone. We've cut the page count from 400 pages to 352, to focus on making the 101st 
volume of The Bluestone the best it can be. We've overhauled the design to create a more 
contemporary feel and a more unified book. We've broken up longer sections of writing 
into shorter, snappier coverage with sidebars, behind-the-scenes reporting, and backstage 
interviews with the entertainment acts that performed on campus. 

Our theme this year is a reflection of the many faces of the community and the changes 
that we all have both experienced and initiated. Our campus is multi-faceted, brimming with 
endless opportunities to become involved. It's almost impossible not to find your own niche. 

The editorial board thanks the student body, the professors, faculty and staff for making our 
university such a unique place, and for allowing us access into your lives, your classrooms, 
and your events. We feel privileged to cover the ins and outs of the university, and are glad 
to have had the opportunity to explore each dimension of our community. 

The Bluestone couldn't be done without the help of hundreds of individuals, but first and 
foremost, we'd like to acknowledge all the efforts put into the book by our adviser, Kristi 
Shackelford. We appreciate your guidance and the time you commit to every little detail from 
August until May. 

We'd also like to acknowledge our Taylor Publishing Company representative, Brian 
Hunter. From helping us pick our fonts over the summer, to submitting the final cover proof 
in February, you have guided us in creating this wonderful book from the ground up. Through 
your continued encouragement, you have become not only an adviser, but also a friend. 

As a final note, we hope that while reading the book, you are able to see the multiple 
dimensions of the university that make our community so special and unique. We hope you 
enjoy The Bluestone as you look back on this year, and we hope you enjoy it equally as 
much when you reflect on your time at the university in the future. 

The 2009-2010 Editorial Board 

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Rebecca Schneider 


Parvina Mamatova 


Sarah Chain 


Natalie Wall 


<^'4M Tiffany Brown 


Matthew Johnson 


Beth Principi 

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Samantha Thompson 

Kerri DeVries 

Mary-Kate Wilson 

Susy Moon 

Sonya Soroko 

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Caitlin Harrison & Betln Feattier 



Colleen Gallery 

Chloe Mulliner 

Sarah Lockwood 

Britni Geer 

Julia Gramer 

Allison Lagonigro 

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The 2010 Bluestone, volume 101 , was created by a student staff and proudly printed by Taylor Publishiing Company 
on Kimori presses at their Dallas, Texas facility. The 352 pages, which cover March 2009 through March 2010, were 
submitted on compact disc and on the Internet using Macintosh versions of Adobe InDesign CS4 and Microsoft Word 
2008. Photographs were edited with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Graphics were created with Adobe Illustrator. 
Brian Hunter and Ashby Pollard served as publishing representatives and Glenn Russell as the account executive. 


The theme. Dimensions, was developed by Sarah Chain, Parvina Mamatova and Rebecca Schneider. Tiffany Brown, 
Beth Feather, Caitlin Harrison, Matthew Johnson, Beth Principi and Natalie Wall were also involved in brainstorming 
and selecting the theme. 


Designed by Parvina Mamatova, creative director, in collaboration with Rebecca Schneider, editor in chief, the cover 
material is Teal #754 Lexotone with a Black #910 silkscreen application. The endsheets are printed with 100% black 
ink on one side, with full-bleed on all sides. Endsheet paper stock is 65 pound cover weight and the content paper 
stock is 100 pound dull enamel. 


Parvina Mamatova designed the dividers, title pages and accompanying graphics. Rebecca Schneider designed 
the closing and index. Parvina Mamatova and Rebecca Schneider designed the theme pages. Susy Moon, Sonya 
Soroko and Anna Thompson helped design the student life features section. Samantha Thompson contributed to 
the academics section and Kristin McGregor assisted with the varsity sports section. Parvina Mamatova, Rebecca 
Schneider and Mary-Kate Wilson designed the organizations section. All section design, layout and typography was 
finalized by Parvina Mamatova and Rebecca Schneider. 


Type styles used in the 2010 Bluestone include the Helvetica Neue and Minion Pro font families. Body copy is Minion 
Pro Regular lOpt with 13pt leading. Subheadlines within the student life features section are in Helvetica Neue Thin 
20pt with 24pt leading. Sidebar titles use Minion Pro Display and Helvetica Neue, and alternative copy uses Helvetica 
Neue Light. The varsity sports section headlines and drop caps are Harabara and Soolidium. All photo captions are 
written in Helvetica Neue Light 7.5pt with 9pt leading and all bylines are 12pt Helvetica Neue Light and Medium. 


Unless otherwise noted, all photographs were taken by The Bluestone staff and contributing photographers. Portraits 
in the academics section were taken by Candid Color Photography of Woodbridge, Va. Group photographs in the 
organizations section were taken by Natalie Wall, photography director, and Tiffany Brown, assistant photography 
director. All athletic team photos were provided by Sports Media Relations, unless otherwise noted. Closing photo 
courtesy of JMU Photography Services. All digital photos were taken on a Nikon D60, Nikon D3000m Canon Digital 
Rebel XTI or Fuji S6000. 


Pages within the organization section were purchased by the featured groups. All university-recognized organizations 
were invited to purchase coverage through direct mailings and informational e-mails. 


Editorial content does not necessarily reflect the views of the university. The editor in chief accepts responsibility for 
all content in the book. 


The Bluestone is located in Roop Hall, room G6. The staff can be contacted at MSC 3522, 800 S. Main St., 
Harrisonburg, Va., 22807 and at (540) 568-6541 . The e-mail address is and the Web site 

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brown family 

chain family 

Johnson family 

mamatova family 

principi family 

Schneider and grey families 

wall family 


brian hunter 
ashby pollard 
glenn russell 
technical support 


kurt araujo 
russ reed 


sports media relations 
university photography services 


accounts payable 

events and conferences 

facilities management 

financial aid and scholarships 

jmu helpdesk 

jmu police 

mail services 

office of the registrar 

procurement services 

recycling staff 

roop hall housekeeping 

office of student activites and involvement 

university unions 


university media board 
John gruver 
kristi Shackelford 
david wendelken 


university program board 

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1 in4 

_ If^S 

30 For 30: Travay pon Chanjaman ... 


80 One Records 22, 74, 82, 268 


Abadam, Diane 


Abe, Paige 


Abel, Natalie 


Abell, Anna Grace 


Aber, Shandra 


Abram, Emily 




Acker, Conwin 


Acosta, Matt 


Active Minds 

173, 174 

Adams, Khea 


Aesy, Mary Catherine 


Agner, Jacob 


Ahima, Dansowaa .... 


Ahn, Patricia 


Ahokas, Jenn 


Aid For The World 


Ainson, Danielle 

147, 270, 271 

Ainsworth. Claire 


Ainsworth, Emily 


Al-Nsour, Faris 


Alami, Aisha 


Alberico, Ralph 


Albert, Jacob 


Aldaya, Andrew 


Alexander, Kristin 


Alexander, William 


Alfaro, Virginia 


Alff, Kristina 


Allard, Shelby 


Allen, Shaina 




Alpha Kappa Alpha 

79, 116, 117,222 

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi 222 

Alpha Kappa Psi 223 

Alpha Phi 96, 134,218,219 

Alpha Phi Alpha 78,223 

Alpha Sigma Alpha 216, 217 

Alpha Sigma Tau 220, 221 

Alsagoff, Nedj 253 

Alternative Break Program 

17,90, 104 

Alumni Association 137 

Amadee, Dave 246 

American Heart Assoc 96 

American Marketing Assoc 251 

American Psychological Assoc. .186 

Amey Tessa 241 

Ammad, Shami 175 

Amos, Margaret 247 

Ancarrow/, Casey 282, 283 

Anderson, Alice 175 

Anderson, Caitlyn 263 

Anderson, Elizabeth 147 

Anderson, Laura 253 

Anderson, Sara 57 

Anderson-Golhor, Yolie 307 

Andrews, Lindsey 196 

Andrews, Mike 78 

Anonick, Shariene 253 

Anrig, Taryn 217, 249 

Ansari, Aziz 50, 51 

Anthony Marc 30 

Anthony Michael C 37 

Antin, Jared 242 

Antsey Jim 263 

Apei, Diana 283 

Apwisch, Kristina 201 

Aquiiino, Jessica 241 

Aragon, Nona 230 

Archery Club 238 

Arecchi, Kate 194 

Arey Hunter 219 

Ariel, Josh 55 

Armes, Jessica 221 

Armstrong. Amanda 253 

Arora, Isha 265 

Asai, Kate 223 

Ashby Megan 259 

Ashcroft, Lauren 36, 235 

Ashley Barbee 175 

Ashworth, James 115 

Ashworth, Jenna 229 

Astronomy Club 193 

Atkins, Alison 261 

Atkins, Rachel 201 

Aultman, Sara 147 

Austen, Timmy 255 

Austin, Claire 85, 263 

Austria, Tyler 223 

Auvil, Ryan 272 

Avalos, Candace 

126, 147,236,237,254,255 

Avara, Victoria 261 

Averse, Nicole 235 

Avila, Maria 57 


Bachman, John 97 

Bacon, Josh 42, 43 

Bailey Alexander 257 

Bailey Brittany 230 

Bailey Holly 114, 115 

Bailey Jessica 231 

Bailey Teneisha 231, 242 

Bain, Meghan 296, 297 

Baker Ally 219 

Baker Beau 18 

Baker Kate 233 

Baker Katie 84, 263 

Balaber Evan 74, 263 

Baldino, Brett 257 

Baldwin, Erin 237 

Baldwin, Lily 326, 327 

Ballweg, Claire 233 

Baltimore, Kristin 221 

Banks, Amanda 266 

Barbosa-Wilborn, Angela 1 47 

Barila, Catherine 261 

Barkley Laura 229 

Barndt, Jessica 307 

Barnes, Annie 112, 113 

Barnes, Charneice 175 

Barnes, Courtney 196 

Barnes, Julia 266 

Barnes, Megan 230, 295 

Barnett, Andrew 257 

Barns, Brittney 307 

Barnwell, Jacqueline 269 

Bass, Kimmie 233 

Bastidas, Adam 305 

Bates, Steven 257 

Bathurst, Kelsie 174 

Batteiger David 246 

Bauk, Nicole 261 

Baxter Allie 221 

Bazarbayeva, Diana 147 

Beard, Eric 312 

Beatty Michelle 266 

Beatty, Nikki 293 

Beaver Chris 279 

Becker Katie 168 

Becker Mary 269 

Becker Megan 221 

Bedard, Hunter 249 

Beiro, Torey 305 

Belcher T'Airra 201 

Belinski, Christie 221 

Bell, Amanda 266 

Bell, Anna Lynn 203 

Bell, Scott 244,245 

Belmonte, Jonathan 230 

Benedict, Hillary 266 

Benfield, John 149 

Bennett. Jennifer 250 

Benson, Becky 316, 317 

Benson, Jerry 21 1 

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Benusa, Katie 229 

Berg, Reisa : 221 

Bergen, Alexis 228, 229 

Bergeron, Laetetia 191 

Berkeley, Keairra 266 

Bernardo, Lauren 201 

Berzonsky, David 52 

Bevan, Cara 217 

Beyonce 23 

Biancamano, David 80 

Bianchi, Anne 293 

Bianco, Kateiyn 241 

Bienz, Jennifer 230, 267 

Bierlylll, Paul E 158 

Big Brothers Big Sisters 105, 228 

Birkhead, Anne 217 

Birkner, Connor 263 

Bitto, Caitlin 225 

Bixby, Liz 219 

Bixler, Ryan 257 

Bjorkheim , Markus 305 

Black Student Alliance 231 

Blackwell, Yvette 37 

Blair, Jonathan 231 

Blake, Phil 231 

t Blake, Timothy 191 

Blanchard, Kelsey 201 

Blanchetti, Hugh 255 

Bland, Leslie 269 

Blanzaco, Caroline 227 

Blessing, Anne 233, 248, 249 

Bleuer, Julia 221 

Blewett, Annie 269 

Blinstrubas, Sannuel 257 

Bloom, Philip 63 

Blueskyreality 62, 63 

BluesTones 44, 45 

Blumenthal, Eric 247 

Bock, Laura 140 

Bocce Ball Club 231 

Bohy, Danielle 64 

Boie, Peter 16,64, 65,269 

Boitnott, Michael 256, 257 

Bolyard, Charles 150 

Bonifant, Jack 300 

Bonnez, Kelly 263 

Booker, Jasmine 242, 243 

Borg, Kevin 153 

Borkey, Kelly 247 

Borsellino, Johnny 305 

Boshko, Jess 283 

Bourne, Caroline 147, 237 

Bourne, Jeffrey 60 

Bourne, Meghan 221 

Bowen, Erik 269 

Bowers, Lindsay 307 

Bowers, Kristin 306, 307 

Bowler, April 261 

Bowles, Chelsea 120 

Bowles, Denzel 312, 313 

Boyd, Courtney 103 

Boyd, Jenna 267 

Boyd, Kathryn 258 

Boyd, Sally 225 

Boykins, Kimani 259 

Boyle, Debbie 120 

Boys and Girls Club. ..220, 228, 271 

Boys Like Girls 22 

Bracey, Felicia 242 

Bradley, Tyler 246 

Bradley, Victoria 221 

Bradshaw, Marianna 229 

Brady, Bryan 239 

Brady, Matt 312 

Brakke, David 188, 211 

Brandalik, Alyssa 286, 287 

Branton, Jason 191 

Brar, Herman 18, 20, 21 

Brayboy, Damien 305 

Brazen, Nell 307 

Breaking Benjamin 109 

Brennen, Alex 271 

Brewbaker, Fielding 300 

Brill, Megan 134, 135 

Brillhart, Somer 45 

Brinn, Luci 233, 267 

Britt, Ashley 169 

Brizzolara, Ryan 261 

Broccoli, Alexa 261 

Broccoli, Nick 122 

Brockenbrough , Angel 259 

Bromaghim, Kristen 221 

Brooks, Erin 255 

Brooks, Kenny 315 

Brooks, Meg 217 

Brophy, Annie 283 

Brothers of A New Direction 234 

Brouillard, Kristin 230, 234 

Broussard, Lauren 317 

Browder, Jerrica 78, 243 

Brown, Alvin 312 

Brown, Brandon 78, 147, 223 

Brown, Douglas 29, 209, 211 

Brown, Emily 261 

Brown, Jessica 147 

Brown, Kaitlen 261 

Brown, Robert J 245 

Brown, Tiffany 147, 226, 227 

Brown, Troy 65 

Brown, Will 245 

Browner, Mark 161 

Browning, Matt 279 

Bruce, Patricia 93 

Brumfield, Lauren 147 

Brunelle, Jone 229, 250 

Bruno, Chelsea 250 

Brus, Christine 104, 106, 107 

Bruyette, Nicole 263 

Bruzenak, Kristie 261 

Bryant, Jennifer 169 

Bryant, Julie 147, 237 

Bryson, BJ 181 

Buckley Elizabeth 217 

Buckley, Georgina 233 

Buffington, Richard 103 

Bui, Tina 230,266 

Bujakowski, Lee 279 

Bukowski, Victor 258 

Bullock, Sandra 178 

Bumbaugh, Eddie 57 

Burble, Tiffany 47 

Burford. Kent 279 

Burgess, Chelsea 233 

Burgess, Michael Owen 257 

Burke, Sean 230 

Burkett, Jenna 315 

Burkhardt, Abby 219 

Burks, Storm 44 

Burns, Caroline 317 

Burnham, Ashley 281 

Burrell, Lauryn 156 

Burroughs, Tameka 292, 293 

Burrus, Melissa 196 

Burrus, Natalie 230, 267 

BunA/ell, Lauren 35, 203 

Busch, Alex 217 

Bussjaeger, Elaine 250 

Bynum, Ashleigh 147, 243 

Byrd, Katie 175 


Cabaniss, Kevin ' 246 

Cady, Elisabeth 147 

Caesar, Julius 153 

Calascibetta, Jenna 221 

Calhoun, Briana 88 

Callahan, Caitlin 247 

Callahan, Lindsay 308, 309 

Gallery, Colleen 227 

Cambriani, Laura 105, 106 

Campbell, Chris 125 

Campbell, Duncan 225 

Campbell, Jennifer 221 

Campbell, Molly 163 

Campitelli, Amber 253 

Campus Assault ResponsE 

(C.A.R.E.) 99, 135,224,225 

Campus Speak 102 

Cannon, Elizabeth 201 

Canoles, Caitlin 247 

Cantrell, Patience 233 

Capano, Jessica 168, 258 

Caplan, Leanna 235 

Caplinger, Mark 175 

Garden, Katie 259 

Garden, Nathan 139 

Carey Stephanie 233 

Carlos, Shari 175 

Carlson, Leslie 241 

Carlson, Ryan 257 

Games, Joni 201 

Carney Arlene 233 

Caro, Natalie 246 

Carpenter, Daniel 247 

Carpenter, Mike 60 

Carper, Briana 175, 197 

Carr, Joanne 68, 211 

Carr, Kelly 231 

Carrier, Edith J 35 

Carrier, Ronald 172,211 

Carroll, Alicia 242, 243 

Carroll, Deanna 263 

Carter, Jimmy 4,16, 48, 49 

Carter, Katie 217 

Carter, Nicole 243, 264, 265 

Carter, Rosalynn 48, 49 

Carter, Tanique 288 

Cartier, Lauren 267 

Cartoux, Gharline 307 

Gascio, Laura 161 

Gaseres, Steven 278 

Caskey, Amanda 201, 227 

Gassell, Kristin 221 

Castro, Cassie 186 

Gatanzaro, Anna 261 

Catholic Campus Ministry 128 

Cavallo, Gina M 230 

Gavanagh, Casey 160 

Gave, Jessica 181 

Centennial Scholars 265 

Center for Multicultural Student 


4,16, 78, 79, 116, 134,265 

Gerasa, Mary 295 

Gerimele, Christie 161 

Gewe, John 161 

Ghacko, Susanna 255 

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Chain, Sarah 148, 227 

Chakrian, Cally 283 

Chamberlain. Mary 303 

Chan, Peter 234 

Chandhry, Rahul 305 

Chappell, Stephen 153 

Charette, Brian 209 

Charity, Nadia 201 

Charnack, Liza 253 

Chemen Lavi 127 

Cheshire, Maria 269 

Chewning, Dana 349 

Chilton, Molly 292 

Chinese Student Association 

52, 134, 135,234 

Ching, Christine 261 

Cho.Gun 257 

Choi, Veronica 201 

Chong, John 63 

Choplvsky, Katya 31, 175 

Chow, Peter 266 

Christie, Sara 169 

Chuang, Jason 230, 234 

Chung. Jenny 222 

Chupein, Rachel 307 

Cinemuse 235 

Circle K 90, 228, 229 

Clark, Meagan 148 

Clark, Tim 315 

Clarke, Ivaco 175, 243, 264, 265 

Clay RonTazz 243 

Clayton, Alissa 197,237 

Clayton, Amalya 307 

Clem, Matt 55 

demons, Kristi 201 

Clifton, Cody 105, 201 

Clinage, Kaitlyn 233 

Clinthorne, Evan 83 

Clohan, Jenny 281 

Clohan, Michelle 281 

Club Archery 239 

Club Softball 235 

Coates, Elizabeth 181 

COB Student Advisory Council.. 242 

Cobb, Aamir 223, 243 

Coble, Lauren 233 

Coffey, Kathleen 196 

Coffield, Will 242 

Coffin, Kelsey 269 

Coffman, Jennifer 190 

Colapietro, Lisa 317 

Colby, Austin 246 

Cole, Carter 161 

Cole, Jordan 263 

Cole, Katherine 242 

Colella, Steven 247 

Coleman, Candice 201 

Coleman, Rebecca 175 

Colley Vanessa 241 

Collins, Chris 263 

Collins, Erin 219 

Collins, Kevin 139 

Collins, Krysten 261 

Collins, Veronica 161 

Colombo, Lynne 295 

Colson, DaNae 243 

Comer, David 225 

Connely Rachel 314, 315 

Conrad, Kristen 307 

Conroy Allie 227 

Conta, Tyler 23, 94, 95, 160, 263 

Contemporary Gospel Singers 


Cook, Katherine 148 

Cooper, Andrea 248 

Cooper, Brandi 201 

Cope, Hannah 242 

Copolillo, Chris 234 

Coppinger, Sarah 263 

Corapi, Grace 271 

Corcoran, Kelly 267 

Corey, Annunciata 181 

Corey Danielle 307 

Corkett, Stephanie 229, 231 

Correa, Emily 235 

Corriere, Dana 175 

Corum, Camille 241 

Costello, Elvis 62 

Costin, Jeannie 261 

Cottrell, Candace 259 

Coubot, Morgan 178 

Couric, Katie 186 

Couture, Lauren 266 

Cover, Krissy 221 

Cox, Kelly 288 

Cox, Logan 201 

Cramer, Amanda 70 

Cramer, Julia 201, 227 

Crampton, Taryn 249 

Cravath, Cristen 233 

Craven, Courtenay 217 

Craven, David 191, 246 

Craving Cookies 96 

Crawford, Megan 85, 263 

Criscuolo, Andrea 317 

Crisman, Paul 175 

Cronan, Mariana 237 

Crone, Casey 94, 219 

Cronin, Matt 230 

Crosby Megan 237 

Cross, Ashley 175 

Crosson, Patrick 25, 64, 65, 269 

Crowe, Ian 255 

Crowley Erin 261 

Crumpton, Caitlin 227 

Culver, Leigh 148,293 

Cunningham-Hill, Melissa 237 

Currie, Daniel 263 

Curry, Kelley 86 

Curtis, Noah 231 

Curtis, Pierre 312, 313 

Curto, Melanie 261 

Cushman, Alysia 161 

Cushman, Pauline 172 

Cusick, Jennifer 250 

Cutchins, Kelsey 296, 297 

Cutchins, Lindsay 296 

Cutler, Jessica 247 

Cybulski, Amanda 161 

Cyr. Liz 217 

Cyrus, Miley 160 

Czaus, Fay 237 


Dalmut, Theresa 251 

Dalsimer, Jamie 221 

Dalton, Loleeta 134, 135, 231 

Dang, Jessica 258 

Daniel, Amy 296,297 

Daniel, James 243 

Daniels, Drew 246 

Danowski, Jeff 223 

Darby Christabelle 31, 258 

Dardine, Jaime 282, 283 

Darland, Caroline 237 

Dasch, Kristen 233 

Davenport, Kelsie 201, 229 

Davidson, Elisa 307 

Davis, Brian 234 

Davis, Elizabeth 237 

Davis, Jessica 201 

Davis, Kristen 223 

Davis, Lauren 267 

Davis, Maria 130, 168, 169 

Davis, Mikaela 295 

Davis, Wanwick 30 

Davis, Whitney 265 

Dawson, Jessie 296 

Day Micah 250 

Dayton, Kelsey 250 

de Rooij, Dolores 296, 297 

Deal, Patrick 176 

Deane, Amanda 237 

DeBrouse, Joanna 261 

Debski, Lauren 237 

DeCroes, Courtney 108, 109 

DeDonato, Amanda 191 

DeFuria, Melissa 217 

Degenhard, Anna 263 

Del Negro, Nicole 253 

Delta Delta Delta 256 

Delta Gamma 236 

Delta Sigma Theta 

78, 79, 116,243 

DeLuca, Alexa 33 

DelVecchio, Kallie 250 

DeMasters, Leah 286, 287 

Dempsey Brittany 237 

Denelsbeck, Courtney 221 

Dentler, Meg 282, 283 

DePace, Meghan 247 

Derrow, Michael 101 

Dettmer, Sam 133 

DeVesty Kelsey 263 

Devino, Timothy 245 

DeWitt, Kelsey 229 

Dial, Rebecca 128, 176 

Dickerson, Courtney 203, 263 

Dickey Jacob 235 

DiBari, Danielle 128 

DiFiore, Cara 233 

DIGirolamo, Rachel 253 

Dilkes, Chelsea 176 

Dillard, Randi 229 

Dillard, Veronica 176 

Dillon, Katelyn 176 

DiLullo, Daniel 305 

DiMarchi, Patrick 29 

DiMarco, Paul 201 

DiMartino, Alii 263 

Diouf, Alioune 312 

Dippold 111, George 201, 235 

Discolo, Nick 58 

Dishongh, Briana 266 

Divine Unity 243 

Divers IV Jake E 257 

Dixon, Craig 269 

Dodd, Kelsey 169 

Dodds, Jessica 31, 138 

Doering, Elizabeth 237 

Dolan, Amy 252, 253 

Dolan, Jackie 109 

Dominguez, Julia 281 

Donnelly Lizz 253 

Donner, Barrett 286, 287 

Donner, Ida 286, 287 

Donohue, Taylor 164, 258 

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Donzella, Ali 223 

Doren, Ryan 127 

Dotting, Matthew 148 

Dougherty, Sara 308 

Douillard, Emily 221 

Downar, Jackie 296 

Downey Daniel 92 

Doxie, K. D 13, 234 

\ Doyle, Karlyn 269 

Dozier, Rachel 201 

Drane, Rachel 247 

, Draper, Bridget 261 

Dreyfuss, Anne 55 

i Driver, Tim 300 

DuBois, Tessa 115, 200 

Dudzik, Drew 298 

Duke Dog 16,60,61, 74 

: Dumbledore, Albus 146 

Dunn, Melissa 169 

Dunn, Vanessa 204 

Duong, Hong-Quy 222 

Duquette, Katie 221 

i Durant, Thomas 86, 87 

I Durr, Stefan 305 

Dusold, Mike 231 

Dutta, Danielle 76,237 

Duval, Catherine 201 

Dyson, Brittney 280, 281 

D'Aconti, James 133 

D'Affuso, Mattia 88, 89 

D'Ambrosio, Franc 88, 89 


Eagleson, Whitney 267 

Barman, Michael 48 

Earhart, Amelia 134 

Earnhardt, Ashley 221 

Eberle, Torie 91 

Ebmeier, Kari 32 

Eckman, Brooke 176 

Edelman, Terence 110 

Edim, Ansa 148 

Edmonds, Kerrie 296 

Edwards, David 279 

idwards, Laura 317 

igan, Danielle 176 

igger, Mary 66 

Egle, Don 29 

;gloff, Joshua 258 

jdemiller, Emily 317 

iidemilier, Layne 317 

]nsman, Scott 239 

Elgert, Andrew 255 

Ellerbe, LaTrice 53, 176 

Elliot, Sarah 160 

Elliott, Victoria 237 

Elmore, Victoria 271 

Elsammak, Linnea 241 

Elwell, Patrick 255 

Emerick, Allison 241 

Emmons, Elise 233 

Endress, Joe 251 

Ensler, Eve 134 

Epperson, Justin 305 

Equestrian Club 240, 241 

Erb, Danielle 308 

Erickson, Rebecca 286, 287 

Eshelman, Lee 71 

Espinosa, Kristen 36, 37, 128 

Esquillo, Renata 229 

Eugene, Patrick 127 

Eure, Stephen 

115, 130, 131,268,269 

Evangelista, Michael 230, 234 

Evans, Constance 201 

Evans, Dawn 314, 315 

Evans, Michael 72 

Everdale, Jen 26 

Everett, Jessica 316,317 

Ewers, Jake 72 

Exit 245 44,76,246 

Exit 247 B Flat Project 76 

EyI, Christina 233 


Fabiaschi, Mike 279 

Fadul, Catherine 267 

Fairley, Emmaunel 263, 293 

Falk, Barry 118 

Falk, Kim 233 

Fall Out Boy 99 

Fanelli, Lauren 308, 309 

Fano, Emily 267 

Farah, Jessica 218, 219 

Farrar, Brandon 262, 263 

Farrell, Colleen 176 

Farrell, Ryan 161, 242 

Fan/, Ashley 136, 255 

Feather, Beth 317, 148, 227 

Federico, Jenna 253 

Feldman, Daniel 263 

Felts, Meredith 280, 281 

Fencing Club 244, 245 

Ferebee, Audie 237 

Ferens, Alana 201, 251 

Ferguson, Paula 148 

Fernandez, Maria 25 

Ferrance, Jacki 295 

Ferro, Marry 253 

Fertitta, Mike 246 

Fescemyer, Kiersten 148 

Fessler, Megan 307 

Fiesta, Geraldine 266 

Finch, Patrick 123 

Fink, Justine 253 

Fink, Morgan 241 

Finley, Rachel 104, 106 

Finnerty, Amanda 233 

Finney, Timothy 176 

Fiorella, Nicole 114 

Fiorio, Julia 219 

Fischer, Nikki 237 

Fisher, Alyssa 148 

Fisher, Kelsey 110 

Fisher, Kenzie 255 

Fisher, Lauren 253 

Fisher, Molly 52 

Fisher, Vernita 176,243,265 

Fishman, Jake 42, 43 

Fitzgerald, Patrick 55 

Flanagan, Grace 242, 243 

Flateland, Ashley 307 

Fleming, Allyson 201 

Fleming, Kayia 269 

Flick, Melanie 266 

Flint, Christopher 176 

Flint, Erin 218 

Flohr, Judith 93 

Florence, Maggie 242 

Flores, Trevon 312 

Flosdorf, Megan 267 

Floyd, Sharae 243 

Flynn, Charlie 123 

Flynn, Katie 281 

Fo, Jasmine 103, 148 

Foelber, Kelly 267 

Fogarty, Margaret 201, 229 

Fokonze 126 

Foley, Brittany ■. 110 

Foley, Maggie 241 

Folliard, Patrick 257 

Foltz.Alex 279 

Fontanez, Caitlin 233 

Forbes, Jeff 300 

Forbes, Megan 281 

Ford, Brittany 293 

Forde, Elizabeth 176 

Foreman, John 98 

Forest, Ericha 219 



.Brett Abrams 

Juddy & Tanya Austin 

-amily of Angela W. 

)harles & Susan 
Geiser Phillips (77) 

Dale & Linda Sheppard 


Forgach, Tina 295 

Fornadel, Andrew 176 

Forrest, Joanne 241 

Fortner, Brittany 292. 293 

Foundas, Alexandra 201 

Fowler, Lynsee 261 

Fox, Heather 233 

Francisco, Kiara 315 

Fraternity and Sorority Life 


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Frazier, Austin 349 

Frazier, Jenni 225 

Fredericksen, Holly 294, 295 

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Freeman, Ty 293 

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French, Sarah 266 

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Fritsche, Olivia 233 

Fronti, Nick 63 

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Fulton, Gabriella 261 

Funsten, Paula 233 

Furious Flower Poetry Center 92 

Fumnan, Madison 293 

Futter, Josh 279 

Future Leaders of The World 1 08 

Gabbin, Joanne 92 

Gaines, Victoria 259 

Galer, Steven 161 

Gallagher, Kevin 64 

Gallagher, Maggie 237 

Gallagher, Moira 233 

Gallegos, Christina 87 

Galligan, Brianna 88, 89 

Gamma Gamma Sigma 229 

Gandhi, Mahatma 48, 116 

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Garcia, Joseph 148 

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Garmer, Nikki 266 

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Garner, Tony 229 

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Gary, Tiffany V. 265 

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Geddes, Megan 161 

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Gehman, James 246 

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Generations Crossing 119 

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Geology Club 246 

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Giglia, Colleen 270 

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Gilliam, Kenneth 242 

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Gillis, Gregg Michael 23 

Gillison, Constance 243, 250 

Ginty, Tara 253 

Giordano, Brian 247 

Girard, Danielle 219 

Girl Talk 22,23 

Giuliano, Justin 242 

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Glessner, Jacob 255 

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Godfrey Megan 261 

Godwin, Natalie 237 

Goff, Melanie 255 

Goitia.Shea 231 

Golden Dragon Acrobats 132 

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Gordon, Alynn 179 

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Gray Karen 138 

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Greaney Taylor 261 

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Green, QuaneishaA 242, 243 

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Greer, Max 257 

Griffin, Kim 282,283 

Grimes, Brian 308 

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Grochowski, Emily 82, 269 

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Gunther, Stephen 122 

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Guskind, Jordan 253 

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Gvozdevskaya, Lisa 221 

Gwinn, James 35 


Ha, Yoonji 230 

Haas, Daniell 202 

Haas, Jeffrey 179 

Haase, Leslie 221 

Habitat for Humanity 90 

Hafez, Nabila 222 

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Haggerty Patrick 247 

Hagos, Melen 263 

Haines, Emily 151 

Hairston, Christina 179 

Haiti Outreach Foundation 126 

Hale, Libby 233 

Hall, Adam 255 

Hall, Carolyn 240, 241 

Hall, Janna 231 

Halpern, Linda Cabe 21 1 

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Halsey Danielle 247 

Hamby Zachar/ 62,269 

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Hamill, Lauren 233 

Hamlin, Natalie 86, 269 

Hammerle, Michelle 151 

Hammond, Morgan 317 

Hammond, Russell 95 

Hamner, Courtney 315 

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Hartley Katharine 48 

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Hansen, Alexandra 251 

Hanson, Haley 293 

Hague, Mesbaul 229 

Harden, Leigh Ashley 258 

Hardgrove, Caitlin 151 

Hargreaves, Brad 69 

Harman, Katie 295 

Harmon, Amy 36 

Harmon, Catherine Haley... 179, 235 

Harper Donna 208 

Harrell, Lura 179 

Harrington, Jazmine 231 

Harris, Briana 243, 265 

Harris, Justin 223 

Harris, Kristy Marie 179 

Harris, Shaun 223 

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Harrison, Caitlin 151, 227,237 

Harrisonburg Clnilclren's Museum 


Harrisonburg Turks 81 

Hart, Elspeth 182,219 

Hart, Sean 151 

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Hartman, Jackie 317 

Hartman, Lauren 221 

Hartmann, Arianna 253 

Hartwell, Morgan 160 

Han/ey, Andrew 304, 305 

Harvey, Claire 259 

Hash, Andrae 94, 95, 151 

Hash,Cyndle 242 

Hauck, Amanda 317 

Hauschner, Lucas 179 

Hawkins, Molly 100 

Hawkins, Paige 43 

Hawkins, Tiffany 202 

Hayden, Laura 23 

Hayes, Kellie 26 

Hayes, Sarah 237 

Haynes, Ian 279 

Heaps, Loren 233 

Heard, Michelle 261 

Heinkel, Dan 151 

Heinlen, Caitlin 263 

Heintz, Natalie 307 

Heise, Lisa 307 

Heisterman, Jessie 283 

Helfrich, Kimberly 317 

Hellman, Lore 253 

Helock, Melissa 317 

HelpDesk 17, 120, 121 

Henchen, Andrew 235, 251 

Henderson, Erica 296 

Hendrick, Jessie 223 

Hendricks, Jess 233 

Hendrix, Jimi 62 

Henning, Erin 235, 237 

Herbek, David 279 

Herlihy, John 119 

Hernandez, Rachel 230, 234 

Herron, Thaddeus 41 

Hetland , Christopher Elliot 257 

Hibson, Sara 218 

Hicks, Kendall 293 

Hickson, Kelsey Ann 197 

Higgins, Lindsay 223 

Higgins, Morgan 253 

Higgins, Tara 253 

Hilgar, Becky 296 

Hill, Matthew 293 

Hill, Melissa 281 

Hill, Ralph 247 

Hillery, Jade 222 

Hinton, Tiera 243 

Hirschmugl, Kayla 233 

Hirsh, Alyssa 253 

Hislop, Tarik 314,315 

Hite, Christopher 179 

Hixson, Courtney 259 

Ho, Vivian 230, 266 

Hoang, Kristen 222 

Hochenberger, Stevanna 84, 263 

Hodgkins, Kelly 45 

Hoffman, Becky 253 

Hoffman, Kyle 278, 279 

Hoffman, Susan 246 

Holbrook, Kaitlin ' 202 

Holland, Kelsey 247 

Holland, Paul 28, 29 

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Hollands, Sara 202 

Holleman, Spencer 229 

Hollenbeck, John 202 

Holloway, Hannah 267 

Holmes, Joshua 242 

Holmes, Katy 239 

Holston, Heather 237 

Holt, Chris 202 

Honor Council 17, 124 

Honors Program 118 

Hopf, Zach 66 

Hopkins, Jessica 179, 263 

Hopkins, Kenneth 223 

Hopson, Kristin 283 

Horton, Brett 164 

HonA/itz, Truman 49 

Hotek, Lydia 225 

Hotz, Kristen 233 

Houck, Kurt 278, 279 

Houff, Katherine 196 

Howard, Caitlin 179 

Howley, Timothy 200 

Huang, Yun 161 

Hudson, Ashley 180, 260, 261 

Hudson, Jenna 233 

Huebel, Rob 51 

Huff, Kristyn 259 

Huffstetler, Alison 163 

Huggins, Janelle 263 

Hughes, Holli 269 

Hughett, Lauren 219 

Hui, Amy 239 

Hummerston, Corey 246 

Hundley, June 35 

Hunt, Amy 258 

Hunt, Rebecca 317 

Hunt, Stephanie 178, 247 

Hunt, Tyler 257 

Hunt, Win 80 

Hunter, Heavenly 242 

Huntley, Shannon 202 

Huntsinger, Katy 221 

Hurley, Gabrielle 169 

Hussein, Saddam 185 

Hutchins, Rachel 247 

Hutchinson, Kyle 246 

Huynh, Lisa 234, 266 

Hwang, Anthony 230, 234 

Hwang, Erica 230 

Hyser, Raymond 153 


Ibragimov, Azamat 202 

Ikeda, Kyle 223 

INS 17, 94,95 

Indianapolis Colts 128, 129 

Inge, Emily 237 

Innes, Patrick 305 

Institute for Stewardship of The 

Natural World 208 

Intercollegiate Horse Show 

Association 241 

International Student Association 


Into Hymn 44 

Irby, Steven 257 

Jackson, Andrew 242 

Jackson, Ashley 180 

Jackson, Jesse 31 

Jackson, Michael 37 

Jackson, Rashunda '. 243 

Jacobsen, Haley 308, 309 

James, Darlos 298 

James, Ryan 117, 234 

Janicki, Amy 44 

Janocha, Melissa 269 

Jansen, Stephanie 235, 251 

Jaques, Helen 235 

Jarboe, Marianne 267 

Jarrett, Melissa 151 

Jarzombek, Bekah 241 



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Jergen Family 

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)on & Barbara Henn 

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Jason-Mathews, Alexis 203 

Jay-Z 299 

Jefferies, Kelsey 233 

Jeffers, Michael 83 

Jefferson, Emmanuel J 223 

Jefferson, Lauren 261 

Jeffrey. David 144, 149, 211 

Jemison, Kelly 295 

Jenkins, Angela 243 

Jenkins, Danielle 202 

Jenkins, Jennifer 180 

Jenkins, Kaitlyn 237 

Jenkins, Katie 267 

Jenkins, Stephan 63 

Jennings, Brittany 223 

Jensen, Kelsey 233 

Jepson, Katie 239, 246 

Jerasa, Alex 130,131 

Jiggetts, Donte 234 

Jimenez, Lauren 315 

Jiu-Jitsu Club 21 

Jobe, Stefan 47 

John, Alanna 56, 57 

Johnson, Alyssa 31, 151, 269 

Johnson, Chris 279 

Johnson, Emory 231 

Johnson, Erica 261 

Johnson, Katie 180 

Johnson, Kelly 224, 225, 308 

Johnson, Kendra 281 

Johnson, Matthew 202, 226, 227 

Johnson, Mike 269 

Johnson, Rachel 293 

Johnson, Samuel 5 

Johnston, Bobby 307 

Johnston, Jillian 126 

Jondahl, Lindsay 233 

Jones, Alex Lee 223 

Jones, Ashley 221 

Jones, Brittany 196, 227, 247 

Jones, Courtney 134, 135 

Jones, Donna 110, 180, 229 

Jones, Kelly 295 

Jones, Kierra 258 

Jones, Maribeth 269 

Jones, Noah 56, 57 

Jotso, Nicole 317 

Joy, Madeline 261 

Juhasz, Victoria 219 

Julien, Corky 307 

Jung, Eugene 230 

Jung, Yuri 222 


Kania, PJ 68 

Kappa Kappa Psi 247 

Karach, Kelsey 267 

Karnes, Samantha 269 

Kaschak, Brittany 250 

Kasemsant, Piyachai 162 

Kassiyev, Vladislav 151 

Katzman, Ellen 225 

Kaufman, Kat 231 

Kavanaugh, Kimberly 180, 221 

Kearney, Nathaniel 242, 243 

Keaton, Maria 191 

Keatts, Nicholas 292, 293 

Keeney, John 196 

Keller, Leslie 271 

Kelly James 162 

Kelly Morgan 282, 283 

Kelly Shea 21,66 

Kelly Vicky 66 

Keity, Chris 279 

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Kenion, Ashleigh 242 

Kennedy Megan 221 

Kenney Dustin 235, 251 

Kenney Kate 261 

Keo, Scott 231 

Keough, Paula 180 

Kerr, Megan 267 

Kessler, Kate 317 

Khan, Chaka 134 

Khizanishvili, Anna 135 

Khoor, Anna 287 

Khrystych, Yuliya 258 

Kibiloski, Justin 229 

KidsKlub 250 

Kieffer, Alisa Paige 113 

Kiely Maggie 261 

Kilduff, Kaitlyn 263 

Kim, Jason 235 

Kim, Sang Yong 196 

Kim, Yunjin 29 

Kimberly Morgan 283 

Kimbrough, Ellen 307 

Kimener, Ashley 283 

King, Jenny 233 

King, Matt 284 

King,Tara 296 

King Jr, Charles W 208, 21 1 

King Jr Martin Luther 17, 116 

Kinsey, Rebecca 237 

Kirby Joanna 253 

Kirk, Amber 281 

Kirk IV John R 257 

Kirol, Jacqui 261 

Kiser, Lauren 235 

Kissam, Stephanie 255 

Kitts, Elizabeth 233 

Klaes-Bawcombe, Shelley 283 

Klamut, Carrie 250 

Klement, MaryAlyse 168, 263 

Klipfel, Kate 233 

Klippstein, BIythe 251 

Knight, Jason 151 

Knight, Ryan 312 

Knight, Trevor 279 

Knisely Katie 271 

Kniss, Chris 163 

Knott, Tammy 100 

Koch, Jennifer 247 

Kohlhepp, Emily 150 

Kolar, Kelley 169, 218, 219, 229 

Kolonay Kelly 69 

Konieczny Emily 317 

Konijnendijk, Vivienne 296 

Konishi, Alisa 283 

Konspore, Sarah 219 

Koops, Jake 63 

Kopera, Michelle 233 

Korovesis, Evie 259 

Kotb, Amrou 28 

Kotula, Joseph 162 

Koulinitch, Ilia 202 

Krafft, Allie 267 

Kramer, Shannon 303 

Kranich, Karley 202 

Kranz, Lauren 317 

Kroll, Josh 257 

Krueger, Chelsea 70 

Krueger, Jenn 70 

Ksenjek, Ekaterina 120 

Kuhn, Jason 279 

Kurecki, Jacqueline 180, 237 

Kuster, Tom 307 

Kyger, Sarah 221 

Kyle, Jocelyn 261 

Kyriacou, Alexis 253 


La Testa, Stephanie 293 

Laarz, Linda 151, 271 

Lacanlale, Daezel 180 

Lacasse, Daniel 162 

Lady Gaga 45,96, 160 

Lagonigro, Allison. .40, 41, 202, 227 

LaLiberte, Evan 246 

Lam, Jennifer 191 

Lamar, Thaddeus 235 

Lamb, Korey 242, 243 

Lambda Pi Eta 250 

Lambert, Heather 295 

Lancaster, Demetrius 243 

Lane, Ariel 283 

Lane, Zachary 223, 234 

Lange, Liz 241 

Langhorne, Shanna 196 

Langridge, Nick 210 

Langston, McKinnon 279 

Lantzy Abby 202, 231 

LaPierre, Matt 32 

Larrick, Michael 17,96, 97,219 

Larson, Ryan 246 

Larue, Betsy 202 

Latimer Britanie 202 

Latin Dance Club 126 

Latour, Sophia 271 

Lauffer, Brianna 202 

Lauen Katherine 127 

Lauier, Adriane 243 

Lauper, Cyndi 23 

Laura, Joe 22£ 

Lauri, Natalie 235, 251 

Law, Emily 202 

Lawless, Patricia 196 

Lawn.Cara 22£ 

Lawson, Rev. James 116, 117 

Lay Pat 231 

Le.Anh 26£ 

Leach, Caroline 252 

Leahy Thomas 151 

Leberfinger, Ashley 29£ 

Lee, Brian 24£ 

Lee, Katie 23£ 

Lee, Michael 162 

Lee, Telmyr 117, 151,222 

Lee, Winsie 23^ 

Leepen Rich 30C 

Leffke, Spike 221 

Legares, Ivan 122 

Lenihan, Kristen 91 

Leonard, Kathryn 261 

Lepore, Christina 31? 

Lescanec, Bryan 27S 

Leslie, Annie 217 

Levin, Haley 221 

Levy Dan 50, 51 

Lewis, Angela 22£ 

Lewis, Annie 29C 

Lewis, Durrell 247 


Lewis, Rachel 37 

Lewis, Trey 78, 79 

LGBT & Ally Educational Program.... 

102, 135 

Libby Ashley 225 

Liceaga, Mariel 152 

Lien, Eric 266 

Liette, Danielle 266 

Lieu, Jason 266 

Liggett, Alison 271 

Light, Olivia 99 

Lights In The Fog 82,83, 160 

Lil Wayne 96,299 

Liloy IV, Jorge 30,257 

Lindamood, Emily 219 

Lindenfelser, Heidi 267 

Lindholm, Katri 261 

Lindquist, Elise 223 

Lindsey Paul 269 

Lindsey Tori 296 

Lines, Susan 283 

Liou, Christina 233 

Lipp, Megan 180, 219 

Lippman, Becca 233 

Little, David 45 

Little, Devon 162 

Littleton, Lauren 221 

Liu, Phoebe 230, 234 

Livingston, Cara 219 

Lloyd, Meghan 233 

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Lockwood, Sarah 202, 227 

.ofgren, KImberly 202, 227 

Logan, Heidi 169 

Lojek, Miranda 204 

Lokitis, Sarah 114, 115 

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.ong, Candace 243 

-ong, Emily 266 

.ong, Jordan 253 

.ong, Stephen 196 

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.opez, Jennifer 30 

.opez, Stephanie 169 

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.ouis, Ben 312 

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[Low Key 44, 45 

Lowery, Jake 279 

Lowry, Ashley 28 

Lu, Jill 222 

Lua 52 

Lubert, Howard 149 

Lucaczyk, Derek 257 

Lucas, Antoinette 296 

Ludwig, Jessica 202 

Luggett, Amy 242 

Luginbuhl, Rachel 100 

Luhrs, Ashley 180 

Luis, Alexis 258 

Lukow, Zeke Ill 

Lundahl, Bryan 152 

Luong, Christine 266 

Lupacchino, Erika 317 

Lupine, Kouryn 253 

Lusk, Carter 229 

Lussier, Amber 295 

Lussier, Brittany 295 

Lyddane, Brittney 281 

Lynch, Christine 253 

Lynch, Kelly 302,303 

Lynch, Sean 257 

Lyons, Stephanie 293 

Lyvers, Katherine 202, 227 


Maaranen, Ville 284 

Mabb, Rachel 239 

MacDonald, Michael 162 

MacDowell, Colleen 253 

Mack,Tia 242 

Madden, Lucy 263 

Maddox, Devan 245 

Maddox, Elizabeth 269 

Maddox, Morgan 308 

Madison Advising Peers .... 199, 203 
Madison Athletic Training Student 

Association 182 

Madison Connection 68, 69 

Madison Equality 102, 103 

Madison For You 126, 127 

Madison For Keeps 16, 68 

Madison Marketing Association .251 

Madison, Dolly 186 

Madison, James 116, 326 

Madsen, Erinn 253 

Maeng, Daniel 230, 234 

Magee, Bethany 180 

Magnusdottir, Bergdis 221 

Magnuson, Derek 246 

Magowan, W. Todd 247 

Maguire, Claire 261 

Maier, Sarah 191 

Maier, Michelle 283 

Maira, Lauren 253, 293 

Make-A-Wish Foundation 257 

Malerba, Maria 286 

Malinchak, Alison 233 

Malinchak, Lindsay 233 

Malmon, Alison 174 

Mamatova, Pan/ina 227 

Manahan, Ken 305 

Manges, Katie 258 

Manning, Caitlen 281 

Mansfield, Casey 281 

Mantle, Hayley 233 

Marano, Allison 180 

Maraya, Adrianne 230, 234 

Marcantoni, Briana 28 

Marching Royal Dukes 74, 75 

Margid, Courtney 237 

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Margolis, Melissa 66 

Margolis, Rayna 66 

Margulies, Melissa 233 

Mariel Liceaga 152 

Marino, Angela 30, 269 

Maroon 5 62 

Marraffa, Erica 261 

Marsala, Jessica 308 

Marshall, Alii 233 

Marshall, Andrew 162 

Martellacci, Gina 162 

Martin, Carrie 83, 269 

Martin, Jack 101 

Martin, Lindsay 219 

Martin, Tom "Doc" 304 

Martin, Tyler 162, 239 

Martini, Zach 128 

Martino, Rheanna 255 

Masin, Erica 221 

Mason, Diana 110 

Mast, Merle 177 

Matesic, Megan 267 

Math Teacher Organization 251 

Mathews, Juli 70, 71 

Matthews, Kerry 223 

Matthews, Kristen 217 

Matthews, Megan 296 

Matthews, Mickey 298 

Mattran, Kelly 141 

Mattson, Lauren 170 

Mattson, Mark 189, 192 

Matze, Holli 45 

Mawn, Lauren 253 


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.Steve & Linda Austin 

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5lenn & Lynne DiLeo 



Maxberry, Erika 258 

Maxfield, Bethany 263 

Maxwell, Kelly 287 

Mayhew, Kelly 119, 180 

MaykoskI, Ten 307 

Mazzamaro, Stephanie 251, 261 

McCarley, Greg 110 

McCarroll, Jay 24 

McCarthy, Morgan 317 

McCarter, Rockeed 298 

McCauley, Patrick 193 

McClure, John 307 

McClure, Katie 253 

McCoy, William 223 

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McCrary, Ashia 141 

McDonald, Meaghan 263 

McDonald, Tekeya 242, 243 

McDonnell, Rachel 293 

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McDowell, Morgan 89 

McDowell, Paul 153, 269 

McFadden, Maggie 307 

McFarland, Joe "Spanky" ..278, 279 

McFarland, Kate 124 

McFeely, Katie 261 

McGee, Callie 233 

McGinley John C 51 

McGlynn, Ryan 180 

McGowan, Lana 289 

McGraw, Caroline 219 

McGregor, Kristin 227 

McGrew, Evan 140 

McHugh, Caitlin 283 

McHugh, Heatherann 261 

McKay, Jackie 233 

McKechnie, Kayla 70, 114, 200 

McKeever, Tiara 183, 222, 265 

McKenney, Sydney 235, 269 

McKeown, Courtney 261 

McKernin, Shannon 267 

McKinley, Kaitlin 253 

McLaughlin, Christian 305 

McLeod, Tyler 235 

McLouth, Rebecca 283 

McMahan, Grace 266 

McMillian, Jerron 299 

McNannara, Bridgette 221 

McNeil, Aishah 250 

McNeil, Klevin 313 

McNeils, Melissa 296 

McNerney Kristine 233 

McPike, Ashley 152 

McRae, Dana 169 

McShane, Chris 257 

Meade, Randa 229 

Mecke, Sarah 253 

Meehan, Kelly 156 

Mees, Lisa 202, 227 

Mehling, Toni 163 

Meiklejohn, David 305 

Meisenzahl, Mike 300, 301 

Melendez, David 242 

Melone, Ashley 249 

Melton, Brittany 183 

Mencarini, Liza 217 

Mendelson, Leigh-Ann 258 

Mendygaliyev, Almas 202 

Menghetti, Alex 283 

Menzie, Katie 307 

Men's Ultimate Frisbee Club 271 

Merle, Kelly 204 

Merritt, Caitlin 152 

Mertz, Kelly 253 

Mesa, Laura 302, 303 

Meston, Ashley 221 

Meyer, Kendall 221 

Meyer, Logan 111, 221 

Meyers, Chris 263 

Micali, Madeline 233 

Micelle, Lauren 258 

Mid -Atlantic Women's Lacrosse 

League 267 

Middleton, Eden 251 

Middleton, Jason 279 

Midgette, Andrew.. 50, 51, 115, 269 

Midgette, Drew 50, 51, 269 

Midnight Spaghetti and The 

Chocolate G-Strings 54, 55 

Miller, Alyssa 253 

Miller, Christopher 162 

Miller, Courtney 258 

Miller, David 29 

Miller, Evalena 202 

Miller, Jared 183 

Miller, Kate 229 

Miller, Sean 257 

Miller, Suzanne 197 

Minbioie, Kevin 192 

Minutillo, Gregory 230 

Mitchell, Dana 183 

Mitchell, Lindsey 82, 269 

Mitchell, Mary 202 

Mittal, Sushil 48 

Mittelman, Kayla 266 

Mix, Bethany 112 

Moats, Arthur 298 

Mochrie, Colin 66, 67, 133 

Modena, Stephanie 177 

Moen, Bryan 245 

Molnar, Becca 45 

Monger, Ashley 233 

Monk, Mary 91 

Monroe, Jonathan 119 

Monroe, Lindsey 

67, 104, 106, 115, 200 

Montano, Jhonny 300 

Montgomery, Sarah 269 

Moon, My-Ha 266 

Moon, Susy 227 

Moore, Amy 263 

Moore, Chervon 152, 259 

Moore, Devon 312 

Moore, Erin 308 

Moore, Jordan 263 

Moore, Shani 258 

Moores, Julie 36, 37, 218 

Moorshead, Becky 231 

Moreira, Hugo 57 

Morgan, Alex 253 

Morgan, Sean 237 

Morganstern, Jen 263 

Morgenstern, Sara 263 

Mori, Mitch 305 

Morris, Craig 246 

Morris, Jessica 255 

Morris, John 263 

Morris, Kelly 233 

Morris, Mike 35 

Morrison, Lee 93 

Morrissey, James 20, 263 

Morse, Jade 205 

Morton, Katherine 162, 267 

Morton, Angela 269 

Moss, Charlotte 233 

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 


Moulton 111, Stephen R 257 

Moxey, Shannon 281 

Mozaic Dance Team 76, 77, 134 

Mozingo, Chad 300 

Mraz, Jason 62 

Mullaney, Owen 152 

Mullen, Emily 237 

Mulliner, Chloe 205, 227 

Mullins, Caitlin 30 

Mullins, Megan 230 

Munson, Julie 296 

Munson, Kevin 278, 279 

Muoio, Lisa 253 

Murphy, Kelly 182 

Murphy, Lauren 183 

Murphy, Stacy 219 

Murray, Heather 237 

Murray, Katelyn 253 


Naber, PJ 317 

Nadeau, Stacy 248 

Nalbandian, Veronica 253 

Napier, John 153, 255 

Napoli, Alex 283 

Napolitano, Nicole 253 

Naquin, Theresa 307 

Nardo, Kelly 235 

Natale, Caitlin 254 

National Association for Campus 

Activities 268 

National Club Softball Association ... 


National Society of Minorities in 

Hospitality 258 

Nau, Natasha 118 

Navarrete, Rachel.... 36, 40, 41. 263 

Navidi, Sameera 27 

Naylor, Jessica 219 

Neely Matt 300 

Nelson, Lindsey 230 

Nelson, Luke 223 

Nelson, Shannon 219 

Nelson, Vidal 299 

Nesbitt, Nicole 253 

Net Impact 159, 160 

Neurohr, Zack 231 

New Orieans Saints 128, 129 

Newbill, Hallie 261 

Newclty, Colin 305 

Newett, Patricia 152 

Newman, Marlee 150 

Newman, Nikki 315 

Newsom, Renee 117, 222 

Newton, Bianca 183 

Ngo, Megan 223 

Ngu, Natalie 266 

Nguyen, Amber 230 

Nguyen, Cathleen 266 

Nguyen, Duy-Nhat 222 

Nguyen, Kim 222 

Nguyen, Mary 271 

Nguyen, Michael 230, 234 

Nguyen, Minh 266 

Nguyen, Ngoc-Han Thi 230, 234 

Nguyen, Thanh-Thuy.230, 234, 266 

Niemla, Erin 258 

Nimitz, Kristin 286, 287 

Nimmagadda, Sailey 237 

Nissinen, Tommi 284 

No Doubt 30 

Noble, Scott 77,298 

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Nobime, Diane 53 

Noftsinger, John 21 1 

Norris, Denny 246 

Northridge, Rachel 219, 263 

Note-oriety 44, 134, 135 

Nunnally Michelle 162 

Nunziato, Heather 219 

Nursing Student Association 177 


O'Boyle, Allison 43 

O'Brien, Jessica 288 

O'Brien, Kevin 247 

O'Brien, Lane 191, 251 

O'Connor, Kelsey 293 

O'Connor, Thomas 145, 156 

O'Donnell, Katelyn 200 

O'Keefe, Timothy 152 

O'Malley, J. J 231 

O'Neill, Sean 320 

O' Regan, Sean 315 

O'Rourke, Kristen 296 

O. A. R 62 

Odango, PriscillaS 230 

Oe, Bibiana 230 

Office of Student Activities and 

Involvement 273 

Ohgren, RJ 44,110,263 

Ojeda, Michelle 233 

Olejniczak, Laurielle 65 

Oliver, Kelley 196 

Oliver, Michael 183 

Olson, Kim 249 

Olson, Ryan 88 

Olson, Vanessa 174 

Orrigo, James 83, 160 

Ortiz, Rosie 293 

' Ostendorf, Ashley 261 

Otstot, Kate 295 

Ou, Amanda 222 

Overtones 44, 45 

Owen, Conally 263 

Owen, Grayson 89 

;Owen, James 124 

bwens, Cathi 237 

'Owens, Kari 233 

;Owens, Tina 52 


Pace, Hannah 152 

Page, Jimmy 62 

Page, Patrick 162 

Paige, Stefanie 293 

Painter, Tiffany 196 

Painter, Alexa 266 

Paienque, Vanessa 251 

Palmer, Chris 108, 109, 263 

Palmer, Lis 237 

Pangle, Ashley 152 

Panhellenic Council 248, 249 

Paquette, Dominique 247 

Paradis, Jessica 225 

Paramore 30 

Park, Jen 230 

Park, Sung Ho 230,234 

Parker, Alison 219 

Parker, Emily 247 

Parker, Erica 253 

Parker, Forrest 234 

Parker, Matt 312 

Parker, Ryan 308 

Parks, Anne 233 

Parra, Ashley 261 

Parris, Alison 294, 295 

Parson, Kendra 152 

Partners In Health 126 

Passarge, Matthew 257 

Patch, Chantelle 237 

Pate, Kinsey 287 

Patena, Michele 222 

Patrick, Lauren 263 

Patten, Michele 235 

Patterson, Catherine 266 

Patterson, Justin 223 

Patterson, Katie 239 

Pattullo, Nicole 52 

Patullo, Kelly 169,263 

Payne, Kayla 266 

Peabody Katie 263 

Peace, Stephanie 233 

Peacock, Tyler 21 

Peale, Melissa 219 

Pearsall, Brett 40, 41 

Pedersen. Dane 316, 317 

Pedersen, Hans 162 

Pedersen, Johanna 241 

Pei, Diana 222 

Pelicanesis 55 

Pena Roman, Zurisadai 265 

Pentcheva, Siana 197 

Perena, Regina 230 

Perez, Allison 217 

Peros, Nikki 235 

Perrella, Robin 253 

Pesce, Lauren 233 

Petercsak, Scott 136 

Peterman, Eileen 183 

Peterson, Connie 182 

Peterson, Debbie 67 

Peyton, Kelsey 219 

Pham, Vuhuy 266 

Pharr, Andrew "Bagsby" 160 

Phatudi, Nkidi 171 

Phelps, Roger 197 

Phelps, Turner 279 

Phi Alpha Delta 149 

Phi Alpha Theta 145, 153 

Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) 229 

Phillips, Daniel 231 

Phillips, Emily 183 

Phillips, Matthew 205 

Philp, Lauren 247 

Phung, Cindy 233 

Piccinino, Cristina 169 

Pickman, Christina 222 

Pierce, Lauren 258, 307 

Pilchard, Jonathan 24, 25 

Pilkerton, Kelly 229 

Pineres, Sarah 263 

Pipion, Lindsay 230 

Piske, Andrew 185 

Pitcher, Gopi 237 

Pitts, Ryan 266 

Pittsburgh Steelers 129 

Platania, Samantha 233 

Flecker, Erin 183 

Plunkett, Alexander 165 

Plytynski, Kathryn 253 

Podgorski, Amanda 231, 241 

Poehler, Amy 50 

Polanco, Mieka 126 

Polglase, Geoff 80 

Pollock, Tom 305 

Pond, Ashley 110, 165,258 

Pope, Jillian : 267 

Porter, Ashley 247 

Posey, Kaylene 171 

Posthill, Camilla 263 

Poller, Cassandra 152 

Potter, Harry 145, 146 

Poucher, Stephanie 307 

Powell, Brooke 258 

Powers, Matt 55 

Pratt, Rebecca 235 

Pre- Physical Therapy Society ....258 


Jarry & Joanne 

aerow Family 

'im & Marie Hanley 

John & Barbara 


Presley, Cole 18, 20 

Price, Caitlin 183 

Price, Elizabeth 250 

Price, Erin 125 

Priester, Lorayah 264, 265 

Principi. Beth 227 

Prins, Rob 172 

Pritchett, Zach 94 

Pritt.Sara 271 

Privott, Ashley 68 

Prodanovich, Cara 219 

Pronio, Astin 242 

Pronio, Matt 263 

Propst, Jessica 288, 294, 295 

Proske, Sarah 261 

Provost, Genevieve 24 

Pruitt, Scott 121 

Pucillo, Rachael 231 

Pugh, Sean 29 

PulseFX Productions ... 17, 108, 109 
Purple & Gold Connection , 173, 181 

Putnick, Katie 204 

Puzin, Alicia 253 


Quaglla, Justin 242 

Guillen, Ginna 183 

Quintal, Judith 152 

Qura, Rania 255 


Raab, Ronald 185 

Rachubka, Alyssa 222 

Radziwill, Nicole 204 

Raeder, Christina 191 

Rafferty, Maeve 152, 269 

Ragghianti, Meghan 191, 251 

Ragland, Erica 246 

Rallo, Danielle 221 

Ramey, Mitch 25 

Ramsey, Elizabeth 146 

Ramsey, Shawn 250 

Ramseyer, Maggie 183 

Rangel, Sara 246 

Rankin, Mark 150 

Ratchford, Sarah 293 

Ray, Leah .....171 

Reading Road Show 105, 109 

Reagan, Ronald 116 

Reality Educators Advocating 

Campus Health (R.E.A.C.H.) 

99, 135 

Reese, Andrew 205, 255 

Regan, Bianca 233 

Rego, Ben 53 

Reid, Roberto 211 

Reimann, Caroline 267 

Reimert, Melissa 183, 307 

Reiner, Anne 295 

Reitano, Melissa 263 

Reitman, Liz 250 

Reitz, Christie 219 

Remmer, Amy 115 

Remmes, Jessica 307 

Resse, Andrew 263 

Resutek, Kristen 253 

Rettig, Christine 255, 258 

Reuter, Polly 183 

Rice, Kieran 305 

Richard, Matthew 155 

Richards, Amber 

58,59, 165,242, 255 

Richardson, Alyssa 205 

Richardson, Clair 221 

Richardson, Dwight 255 

Richardson, Kristen 253 

Richert, Alexander 257 

Richter, Chelsea 221 

Riddell, Merideth 308 

Riddle, Sara 155,237 

Riddle, Skye 205 

Riley, Anthony 263 

Riley-Ryan, Alice 263 

Robb, Jenna 261 

Robbins-Bailey, Dale 305 

Roberson, Rashonda 259 

Roberts, Sarah 253 

Robertson, Sarah 253 

Robinson, Jared 284 

Robison, Lauren 281 

Rockhill, Krista 221 

Rockingham Educational 

Foundation 257 

Rodeffer,Clo 67 

Rodeffer, Samantha 67 

Rodgers, Stephen 46, 47 

Rogen, Seth 51 

Rogers, Bryce 245 

Rohik, Andrew 74 

Rohrs, Kimmy 235, 251 

Romeo, Allie 217, 249 

Romig, Caitlin 253 

Root, Kevin 230 

Rosato, Brittany 251 

Rose, Linwood H 

...28, 29,48, 112, 113, 116, 208 

Rosenburg, Rachel 184 

Rosenquist, James 242 

Ross, Diana 31 

Ross, Morven 307 

Rossenwasser, Leah 109 

Roth, Megan 219 

Rotsted, Lauren 267 

Rowson, Dan 247 

Rubino, Allyson 253 

Rucker, Abby 263 

Rudd, Paul 51 

Rudman, Michelle 234 

Ruela, Ariana 307 

Ruffner, Jason 165 

Rugh,Corbin 205 

Ruiz, Carlos 255 

Russell, Carolyn 33 

Rust, Rebecca 261 

Ryan, Caitlin 253 

Ryan, Chel'sea 280, 281 

Rynier, Theresa 307 


Sachs, Allison 266 

Sachs, Kristin 191,293 

Safko, Robb 83 

Sak, Label 229 

Sakamoto, Nicole 302, 303 

Salas, Johanna 247 

Salgado-Velez, Katherine 237 

Salire, Kelly 223 

Samaha, Christa 263 

Samulski, Emily 100 

Sandford, David 305 

Sandler, Adam 51 

Sanmiguel, Valentina 303 

Santymire, Heather 253 

Sanz, Horatio 50 

Sapong, CJ 304,305 

Sardik, Brandon 20 

Sasser, T. C 247 

Saunders, Angela 184, 265 

Saunders, Lauren 191 

Saunders, Phil 263 

Savage, Chelsea 317 

Savage, Drew 85, 263 

Savage, Margo 296 

Savarese, Michelle 295 

Say Jessica 230, 234, 266 

Scharf, Sarah 237 

Schaubert, Jared 235, 251 

Scheer, Paul 51 

Scheffer, Amanda 155 

Schick, Lauren 293 

Schiff, Brittney 253 

Schindler, Annie 271 

Schlinger, Amy 227, 253 

Schmidt, Christine 174 

Schmit, Kaitlyn 205, 219 

Schneider, Rebecca ..155, 226, 227 

Schoenle, Lindsay 232, 233 

Schohn, Samantha 293 

Scholtz, Sarah 237 

Schulman, Molly 241 

Schum, Kelsey 237, 249 

Schwabenland, Lexy 283 

Schwalbe, Courtney 52 

Schwartz, Jennifer 229 

Schwenke, Katie 229 

Schwieder, Liz 221 

Scire, Allison 203 

Scofield, Lauren 73 

Scofield, Shari 127 

Scotellaro, Michelle 237, 250 

Scott, Amanda 253 

Scott, Ashley 235 

Scott, Dominique 223 

Scott, Evan 279 

Scudder, Jessica 231, 241 

Scutellaro, Samantha 269 

Sealock, Warren 257 

Searight, Tara 184 

Sears, Matt 177 

Seckinger, Morgan 96 

Segear, Randi 296 

Sellers, Brett 278 

Semenov, Andrey 312 

Sena, Melanie 261 

Senior Class Council 137 

Senior, Joel 304, 305 

Senn, Becca 317 

Senn, Emily 205 

Senofonte, Janene 316, 317 

Sepanski, Katie 74, 267 

Serna, Michael 205 

Seuike, Whitney 233 

Seward, Allison 229 

Seward, Kelsey 229 

Sexton, Paul 239 

Seymour, Kyle 257 

Shadron, Amy 205 

Shah, Bhavik 258 

Shannon, Kerry 10, 11, 58 

Shaut, Chelsea 267 

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Shaw, Katie 25 

Shea, Lisa 272 

Shea, Molly 221 

Shellenberger, Elise 26 

Shellenberger, Erin 263 

Shelton, Jessica 219 

Shelton, Mary Fran 283 

jShenandoah Valley Autism 

I Partnership 229 

kShenandoah Valley Children's Choir. 

I 48 

iShenk, Marsha M 223 

'Shepherd, Kanita 315 

Shepherd, Leeanne 247 

Sherman, Amber 129 

Sherman. Tabatha 259 

Sherrill, Carlin 263 

ShenA/ood, Brad 66, 67 

ShenA/ood, Stew 83 

Shi, Jenny 230, 234 

Shields, Mallory 221 

Shindler, Mary 155 

Shirdon, Mike 117 

Shives, Jessica 261 

Showker, Christen 233 

Siapno, Maria 230, 234 

Sigma Alpha Omega 259 

Sigma Gamma Rho 259 

Sigma Kappa 252, 253 

Sigma Nu 256,257 

Sigma Sigma Sigma 260 

Sigma Theta 79 

Silver, Kaitlin 229,235 

Silver, Kristin 229, 235 

Simcox, Julia 155 

Simmons, Derek 279 

Simons, Courtney 281 

Simonson, Daniel 193 

Sinatra, Frank 31, 67 

Sines, Matthew 164 

Singer, Daniel 247 

Smkin, Carly 253 

Sison, Chelsey 222, 269 

Sizemore, Meredith 229 

Skartvedt, Erik 284 

Slade, Amanda 155, 250 

Slade, Mary 92, 170, 221 

Slatz, Jenny 50 

Slaughter, Kristen 293 

Sleigher, Nathan 87 

Slipka, Colleen 174 

Smart, Alex 205 

Smiertka, Sam 296 

Smirclna, Nell 243 

jSmith, Allie 253 

Smith, Andy 320 

Smith, Ann 219 

Smith, Brittany 155 

Smith, Bryan Elijah 130, 131 

Smith, Caley 155 

Smith, Christina 233 

Smith, Corey 4, 130, 131 

Smith, Ella 217 

Smith, Janay 184 

Smith, Jarrett W 223 

Smith, Jeffrey 245 

Smith, Jenny 171 

Smith, Julie 281 

Smith, Kyle 255 

Smith, Laura 267 

Smith, Lauren 242 

Smith, Lindsay 315 

Smith, Mike 284, 300, 301 

Smith, Rachel 166 

Smith, Rebecca 261 

Smith, Sarah 293 

Smith, Sheila Williams 68 

Smith, Staph 184 

Smith, Thomas 191 

Smith Carson, Jackie 315 

Smithgall, Jonathan 305 

Smolkin, Daniel 255 

Smoot, Mandy 226, 227 

SmyrI, Allison 241 

Snead, Jordan 28, 58, 59 

Snider, Nick 223 

Snyder, Cathy 258 

Snively Michael 149 

Socha, Michael 155 

Society for The Prevention of Cruelty 

to Animals 228 

Soenksen, Roger 149 

Solomon, Kaitlin 219, 249 

Soltoff, Benjamin 247 

Sommerstein, Sara Rose 261 

Sonner, Ray 61 

Soriano, Katie 219 

Sous, Janelle 263 

Sousa, Stephanie 223 

Sower, Amanda 219 

Soyka, John 245 

Spalletta, Adam 246 

Sparks, George 21 1 

Spencer, Alethea 230 

Sperling, Vivi 266 

Spinks, Laura 233 

Spitzer, Katie 281 

Spoth, Carole 295 

Spurr, Andrew 230 

St. Clair, Tiffany 253 

Stafford, Jess 267 

Stallsworth, Christine 231 

Stana, Logan 326 

Standish, Mary-Scott 237 

Starsiak, Laura 136 

Starick, Kathy 72 

Stauer, Angelina 242 

Stay At Home Greg 83 

Stefanski, Julie 316, 317 

Stefanski, Karen 237 

Steffens, Amy 269 

Steinhardt, Jenn 22, 82, 83, 269 

Stepniak, Iwona 230 

Sterner, Morgan 293 

Stevens, Colleen 261 

Stevens, Holly 293 

Stevens, Kathryn 163 

Stevens, Patrick 305 

Stevens, Tiffany 184 

Stewart, Courtney 261 

Stewart, Katelyn 269 

Stieb, Melissa 267 

Stiedle, Katlyn 205 

Stinson, Beth 177 

Stokes, Thomas 205 

Stolz, Kerry 237 

Stonebrink, Michelle 233 

Storrie, Danielle 220, 221 

Stout, Olivia 230, 234, 266 

Stowe, Erica 271 

Strasser, Jacqueline 253 

Stratton, Vicki 247 

Straughn, Cameron 230 

Strickland, Corinna 307 

Strohm, Fran 49 

Stuart, Greg 293 

Stucchi,Zak 63 

Student Ambassadors 

84,85, 137,262,263 

Student Government Association .... 


Student Wellness and Outreach 

103, 115, 134, 135 

Students for Minority Outreach ..264 

Studer, Lynsey .' 217 

Suber, Kellen 155,233 

Suit, Brittany 135 

Sullenger, Jay 279 

Sullivan, Amy 115, 200 

Sullivan, Caitlin 283 

Sullivan, Chrissy 253 

Summerlin, Katy 219 

Summers, Sherry 315 

Sun, Jennifer 117 

Sunde, Sarah 23 

Catherine Teresa Moran 

Justine O'Neill 

^on & Carol Schwartz 

closing //345 


Sundin, Elisabeth 205 

Super, Erica 233 

Suran, Alyssa 197,229 

Surma, Tommy 230 

Susko, Anna 317 

Sutton, Debra 93 

Swartout, Joseph 165 

Swecker, Rachel 165 

Swetra, Billy 305 

Swing Dance Club 126 

Swisher, Adam 155 

Switzer, Alex 253 

Sykes, Mary 293 

Sykes, Brittnie 242 

Synoracki, Steph 227, 250 

Szemis, Nina 184, 221 

Szymanski, Monica 192 


T 1 299 

Ta, Mary 266 

Tacy, Mary 126 

Taing, Holly 155 

Talbot, Sydney 221 

Talman, Pam 42, 43, 70 

Tan, Stephanie 219 

Tang, Bon 231 

Tardy Brittney 219 

Tarman, Lyz 229 

Tatanish, Jennifer 293 

Tatem, Shennean 259 

Tau Beta Sigma 266 

Taylor, Jenna 296 

Taylor, Jessica 315 

Taylor, Joe 54, 55 

Taylor, MacKenzie 267 

Taylor, Mynik 231, 243 

Tazzioli, Janey 253 

Tebow, Tim 129 

Teague, Katie 269 

Tedesco, Christine 253 

Teegarden, Clinton 238, 239 

Terry, Danielle 225 

Testa, Stephanie La 293 

Thacker, Amanda 221 

Thai, Christina 230, 234 

The American Medical Student 

Association 230 

The Asian Student Union 230 

The Beatles 31 

The Bluestone 226 

The Breeze 96, 97, 144, 174 

The Jonas Brothers 307 

The Madison Project 44, 160 

The Scholars Wand 146 

The Special Olympics 217 

The Spice Girls 307 

The Temptations 23 

Thibault, Jenna 197 

Third Eye Blind 62,63 

Thistlethwaite, Kelsey 267 

Thompson, Anna 227 

Thompson, Britt 261 

Thompson, Ethan 205 

Thompson, Joshua 205 

Thompson, Kathleen 237 

Thompson, Kira 155 

Thompson, Samantha 205 

Thornhill, Shannon 184 

Thornton, Dazzmond 312 

Thorpe, Justin 77, 298 

Three 6 Mafia 4, 22, 23 

Three Days Grace 109 

Thune, Larson 28 

Thyrring, Katelyn 253 

Tichacek, Dan 155 

Tierney, Kelly 171 

Tierney Sean 279 

Tiet Papalotzin Aztec Dancers 52 

Tilghman, Was 83 

Tillery, Michelle 127 

Tinsley, Kenny 234 

Tisinger, Gate 306, 307 

Title, Austin 257 

Tkac, John 57 

To Write Love On Her Arms ... 1 7, 98 

Tobia, Alexandra 261 

Toepfer, Christine 295 

Tombes, Thomas 246 

Toney Amanda 233 

Toney Asya 231 

Toth, Sarah 261 

Tousignant, Kerry 33 

Town, Liz 250 

Townsend, Matt 279 

Tracy Caitlin 171 

Tracy Michael 246 

Tran, Christine 266 

Trapani, Stephanie 237 

Trelawny Dillon 192 

Tri Delta 232 

Triathlon Club 90 

Trop, Michael 184 

Trotter, Megan 33 

Truelove, Jacob 245 

Truong, Tony 266 

Tshimpaka, Jean 305 

Tu, Avian 222 

Tubbs, Courtney 269 

Turkel, Erin 219 

Turley Ahna 263 

Turner, Jeffy 111 

Turner, Jennifer 157 

Turner, Kelly 308 

Turner, Lauren 217 

Turner, Shavonne 184 

Tuturice, Victoria 62 

Tworkowski, Jamie 98 

Tyrrell, Carter 261 

Tyson, Kimberly 235, 251 

Tzamarias. Katerina 221 


Ukoha, Uche 305 

Ultimate Player's Association 271 

Uman, Nana 157 

Undercover 54, 55 

UndenA/ood, Brant 157 

United States Fencing Assoc 244 

University Program Board 

23,50,62,64,82, 115, 126, 

137, 268, 269 
University Recreation Center 

26,55,90, 114, 137 

University Studies and Academic 

Planning 265 

Upright Citizens Brigade 50, 51 

Urge!, Michael 230, 234, 266 

Utter, Brian 189, 192 


VaezJ,Tara 157,263 

Valadja, Alex 279 

Valentin, Tiffany 265 

Valentine, Cory 87 

Van Sickle, All 249 

Van Sickle, Kristi 105 

Van Suetendael, Caitlin 237 

Vance, Emily 317 

Vanderveldt, Ariana 225 

Vaughan, Catherine 240, 241 

Vaughn, Taylor 168, 171 

Ventura, John 77 

Verner, Dana 233, 263 

Versfeld, Baillie 296 

Versfeld, Courtney 267, 296 

Vietnamese Student Assoc 266 

Villacrusis, Raphael 230, 234 

Villenave, Shaun 279 

Vince, Ryan 300 

Virginia Department of Health 46 

Vital, Ariel 27 

Vitale, Nick 258 

Vitaliz, Sondra 100 

VIoet, Janna 270, 271 

Vo, Angeline 230, 234 

Voznenko, Yaroslav 284, 285 

Vu, Bryan 266 


Waclawski, Gina 229 

Wade, Holly 26,27 

Wade, Jessica 243 

Wagner, Jacqueline ...192, 270, 271 

Wagner, Jenna 237 

Wagner, Rikki 129, 178 

Wakenight, Theresa 47 

Waldmann, Courtney 250 

Walker, Lamar 242, 243 

Walker, Lauren 47 

Walker, Melissa 67 

Walker, Michelle 67 

Walker, Ty 126, 127 

Wall, Natalie 227 

Walker, Stacey 205 

Wall, Eryn 237 

Wall, Holly 308 

Wallace, Brock 205, 254, 255 

Wallace, Courtney 235, 250 

Wallace, Lisa 229 

Wallace, Matt 125 

Walsh, .Allison 184 

Walsh, Keely 235,251 

Walsh, Kimberly 205, 246 

Walsh, Liz 283 

Walston, Angel 157 

Walston, Lauren 184 

Walter, Makenzie 233 

Walters, David 165 

Walters, Jane 157 

Wamsley Corey 21 

Wang, Tian-Hao 234 

Ward, Ashley 233 

Ward, J. David 257 

Ward, Kimberly 293 

Ward, Sarah 184 

Ward, Stefanie 247 

Wardwell, Courtney 94 

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Warlick, Sarah 296 

Warner, Mark 210, 211 

Warnock, David 245 

Washington, Martha 186 

Watral, Pat 254 

Waybright, Kajun 165 

Wayson, Kristine 267 

Weatherill, Bonnie 136, 229 

Weaver, Jerry 133 

Weaver, Jessica 205, 235 

Webb, Brittany 69 

Webb, Shelby 235 

Webber, Leah 317 

Weber, Kelly 153, 235 

Webster, Sonja 233 

Weida, Lindsay 205 

Wein, Rachel 296 

Weiner, James 279 

Weisbecker, Jacqueline 157, 250 

Weisbrot, Elizabeth 246 

Weisensale, Auburn 296 

Weiss, Dun 266 

Weissberg, Allie 84, 85, 263 

Weissberger, Sarah 36 

Weitzel, Kelly 263 

Weitzel, Sarah 184 

Wellde, Chris 300 

Wells, Christine 269 

Wells, Julius 312 

Wells, Morgan 205 

Wenger, Adam 246 

Werkheiser, Cole 296 

Wermus, Adam 257 

Werner, Greg 315 

Wemsing, Kaitlyn 281 

West, Jessica 184 

West, Kanye 23, 50 

Westbrook, Kristen 221 

Wetchler, Leah 233 

Wheatcroft, Adam 239 

Wheeler, Shannon 267 

White, Betty 129 

White, Darren 312 

White, Doron 134 

White, Matt 305 

White, Ted 279 

Whitehurst, Lauren 315 

Whiting, Erica 168 

Whitley, Darrin 243 

Whitman, Richard 133 

Whitmore, Garrett 300 

Whitmore, Jeremy 18 

Whitt, Caitiin 253 

Whitt, Lorin 293 

^A/holihan, Lauren 263 

Wickham, Jack 203 

Widner, Heather 281 

Wiechmann, Megan 308 

Wienecke, Meghan 283 

Wiest, Lauren 165 

Wilhelm, Brittany 295 

Wilkins, Amanda 90 

Wilkins, Laura 205 

Williams, Amanda 157, 242, 243 

Williams, Bakari 305 

Williams, Brooke A 253 

Williams, Callye 308 

Williams, Craig 112, 113 

Williams, Devon 241 

Williams, Karlyn 227 

Williams, Leannah 229 

Williams, Lindsay 157 

Williams, Miranda 186 

Wiliams, Sarah 314, 315 

Willis, Caroline 237 

Willis, Christopher 192 

Wilson, Ashley 261 

Wilson, Brett 259 

Wilson, Justin 234 

Wilson, Kelly 225 

Wilson, Mary-Kate 227 

Wilson, Woodrow 9 

Windmeyer, Shane 102, 103 

Wineland, Rebecca 243 

Wink, Sarah 205, 226, 227 

Winnicki, Stefanie 223 

Winsten, Brady 271 

Wirt, Lindsay 197 

Wise, Jenny 164 

Wise, Marlee 221 

Wisener, Kim 247 

Wishon, Phillip 211 

Wisniewski, Matt 255 

Witt, Ariana 33 

Wojno, Kim 223 

Wolla, Kristen 317 

Women 's Club Lacrosse 267 

Women's Club Water Polo 267 

Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club 


Wong, Allison 255 

Wong, Michael 57 

Wood, Justin 279 

Woods, Kimberly 247 

Woolridge, Dustin 257 

Word Is Born Poets Society 135 

Workman, Candace 136 

Worten, Katherine 293 

Wray, Jessica 186 

Wrestling Club 122 

Wright, Dominic L 242, 243 

Wright, Matthew 165 

Wright, Stuart 279 

Writt, Brittany 253 

Wrona, Katherine 293 

Wszaiek, Diane 307 

Wu, Alexis 87 

Wu, Amy 234 

Wu, Courtney 222,234 

Wu, Michael 52, 230, 234, 266 

Wuestewald, Eric 192, 272 

WXJM 272 

Wyatt, Paul 305 


Xayavongsa, Susan 266 

Xie,Teresa 225 


Yacob, Obolety 186 

Yancheva, Marina 163, 197 

Yanez, Mayra 40, 41 

Yarusso, Collin 257 

Yi, Sarah 45 

Young, Andy 263 

Young, Anna 136, 137 

Young, Brittany 44 

Young, Emma 263 

Young, Leah 264, 265 

Young, Neil 65 

Young, Nicholas 235 

Young, Sarah 171 , 250, 259 

Youngberg, Sean 53 

Yousefian, Elliott 165 


Zabel, Monica 283 

Zamora, Marginis 165 

Zarone, Jordan 307 

Zaw/ie, Sarah 307 

Zawilski, Bret 247 

Zelena, Nicole 258 

Zeller, Jill 235 

Zeng, Linda 230 

Zeroual, Jessica 308 

Zeta Phi Beta 79, 116 

Ziegler, Kelly 253 

Zielinski, Kate 237 

Zirkle, Keith W 255 

Zozos, Jessica 295 

Zurlo, Nick 263 

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