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Serving James Madison University Since 1922 Vol. 87, No. 15 Monday, October 18, 2010

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Homecoming

Tailgates go off without a hitch

redefining party

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Homecoming weekend saw 19 alcohol-related violations on campus with only five of 12 drunk in public violations during peak tailgating hours. By Molly Haas and Aaron Koepper The Breeze

Graphic by Nataliya Ioffe / the breeze

New Greek life policies address alcohol at recognized events By Ryan Platt The Breeze

The 15 social fraternities and nine sororities now have a new set of policies that govern all chapters, specifically regarding alcohol and party policies. Oct. 5 marked the end of the probationary period placed on the chapter members of social Greek life, which began Sept. 7. It also marked the implementation of the new alcohol policies. Fraternity and Sorority Life leaders, including presidents, ex-presidents and general members, have revised the set of rules and regulations they abide by. They created a new set of policies that all chapters agreed upon and the FSL administration approved. While all of the FSL Greek community was involved, three students in the Greek community were the driving force behind the changes — seniors Josh Dodson and Callie McGee and fifth-year senior Ryan Birckhead. The old wording made it unclear about what exactly defined a “party” for a fraternity or sorority, explained Birckhead. “The definition of a party is any fraternity or sorority event that is registered with the university and Harrisonburg Police Department where alcohol is present,” Article III of the new policy states. Violations are approached from a standpoint of not just punishing chapters for violating charter policies, which contrasts the previous policies where a majority of the time FSL members were somewhat unaware of what the exact charge was, according to Birckhead. The new policies include a creation of a Standards Committee, where now if there are any accusations of violations, the chapter in question would be brought to the standards committee, which would judge if the function being investigated was an officially recognized fraternity or sorority function. “It’s worded in a way that you may or may not be brought to a standards meeting, which doesn’t

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chapter’s national policies and the JMU policy, the stricter policy will apply. A minimum of six sober members per sponsoring organization must be present at the event where alcohol is served. Sorority parties shall not exceed the size of the sorority plus three guests per sister. Fraternity parties shall not exceed more than 250 registered guests and 30 unannounced guests. Chapters must maintain a collective 2.7 GPA.

necessarily mean you’ve done something wrong, just that there are questions about what actually happened versus the accusations,” Birckhead said. The new policy states that in the case of a reported violation, all organizations involved will be brought up on charges and the chapter president will be contacted Monday by 5 p.m. Alcohol education was another focus of the policy amendments. “Each fraternity and sorority must have all executive members complete sober training,” the new policy states in Article V. “Each fraternity and sorority must have all of their new members participate in a sober team training program as apart of new member education.” Additionally, chapters that have below a 2.7 cumulative GPA will be placed on social suspension, meaning the organization cannot have events where guests would be allowed to consume alcohol. “A large focus was made for standards in terms see GREEK, page 4

Saturday’s Homecoming tailgate was the most relaxed of the year, according to some students, despite initial concerns of a crackdown on drinking with heavy police prescence. Police presence seemed minimal compared to previous games this year in both student and alumni lots. There were about 65 to 70 JMU, Harrisonburg and Virginia State Police Officers on duty Saturday, 15 of which were assigned to patrol tailgate lots, according to JMU Police Chief Lee Shifflett. The officers not assigned to patrol tailgate lots worked traffic and stadium security. This year, police gave out 12 drunk in public citations and seven underage possession citations on-campus from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, up from 15 total alcohol citations on the Saturday of last year’s Homecoming game. However, only five of the 12 drunk in public citations occurred during tailgating hours. “This is definitely the best atmosphere yet,” said Emily Govel, a senior international business major, while tailgating in the Convocation Center lot. The parking lot behind the Convocation Center was filled with alumni, families and students playing cornhole, ladder ball and throwing footballs. “I think every game is getting a little better,” Govel said. “At the beginning of the year, they really cracked down. I still tailgate at every game even with more police around.” Mike Prior, a sophomore media arts and design major, agreed. “There’s definitely been an increase in police at other games, but today is a good atmosphere,” he said. Prior tailgated on Saturday in both the R-1 and Convo lots, and he said the increase in police earlier in the semester would not stop him from coming out for the game.

“I’m not at all hesitant,” he said. The once-overflowing baseball lot, however, was nearly deserted. “The baseball lot was closed off so we came here,” said Kelsey Dill, a sophomore social work major, while standing in the Convo lot. “There are a lot of cars but barely any people. This year I feel like everyone tailgates off campus at like Forest Hills and other places.” The commuter lots next to Godwin field and Zane-Showker Hall were flooded with purple-clad alumni and their families. “I love being back here,” said Avery Daugherty, a JMU alumnus who graduated in ’09. “To me, it feels just like last year. I don’t want to leave again.” Some never got the chance to tailgate as students. “When I graduated in ’97, there was no tailgating,” said Vince Coyle, a marketing alumnus. “After the national championship [in 2004], our expectations for our team changed, and this was one of the ways to support the team.” Kim Turman, a ’99 alumna, said she only went to two football games while she was a student and was happy to return. “This is the first time I’ve been back in 11 years, and I’m really excited there’s a tailgate,” Turman said. Despite the rumors circling about a police crackdown in the student lots, alumni who tailgated frequently said they noticed little change from last year. Some said they were told they had to pour their alcohol into cups, but other alumni played beer pong and had visible cans or bottles of alcohol. “I like tailgating in a controlled atmosphere. Everyone here seems to be having a great time,” said Kevin Kozlowski, a ’99 alumnus who attended the tailgate with his family. “It feels like a safe atmosphere.” Contact Molly Haas at haasmr@ dukes.jmu.edu and Aaron Koepper at koeppead@dukes.jmu.edu.

in the Community

Hustle, bustle in ’Burg

JMU traffic from Family Weekend and Homecoming brings more business By Betsy O’Brien contributing writer

With Family Weekend and Homecoming two weeks apart, local businesses experienced a boost in sales, yet Family Weekend brought in more money for some downtown bars and restaurants than Homecoming weekend. “Just from talking to our hospitality members everyone was extremely happy,” said Frank Tamberrino, the president of the Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce. With Harrisonburg’s population at 44,015 and with JMU undergraduate enrollment at 16,896, widespread family visits means a jump in sales for local businesses. Many hotels, restaurants and bars were filled to near capacity. “We decided not to do reservations and it worked out better, we were able to seat more people,” said Clementine Cafe hostess Allie Hurst. Hurst estimated Clementine serves around 200 people on an average night. Over Family Weekend, they nearly doubled their business by serving 341. Homecoming didn’t quite measure up, serving 261 people.

Annual Homecoming Stompmania Step Show, which features sororities and fraternities, picks competition winner, page 9

10/18 Inside 3 news Testing alternatives Community test drives

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7 Chipotle to fuel a food opinion Halloween booritos

revolution on Oct. 31 to keep kids healthy.

There seemed to be a crowd at many restaurants in the area on both weekends. “This year it was more appreciated because of the nature of the economy,” Tamberrino said. Tamberrino said Harrisonburg has a unique economy, as there is not one dominant employment center and many small businesses support each other. Joshua Wilton House on South Main Street has strong ties to JMU because the three owners are JMU alumni and was expecting a boost in sales. “Homecoming has been steadily increasing, although it’s not as slammed as graduation and Family Weekend,” said innkeeper Jamie Marsh, who explained a lottery system is used to determine reservations. The inn at Joshua Wilton House was fully booked for Homecoming, while the restaurant served more than 100 people. “Bar business was good, especially last night after the game,” said Anne Marie Coe, one of the owners. Unlike other restaurants in Harrisonburg, Homecoming weekend was busier than Family Weekend for Dave’s

Taverna. Manager Sara Kesser attributed sales to the weather and having the heated tarista on the roof open. Dave’s was prepared for the high volume of food sales over Family Weekend, but saw their sales shift towards alcohol for Homecoming weekend. “It was not quite as rowdy,” Kesser said. “I was expecting a lot of bizarre occurrences, but everyone was pretty well-behaved.” Allie Toro, a JMU graduate and bartender at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, said the restaurant had a large crowd during Family Weekend. “It was busy from the time we opened ’til the time we closed,” Toro said. “There were a lot of students showing their parents Jack Brown’s.” The burger joint was popular as sales for Family Weekend and Homecoming were about equal, averaging 450 to 500 burgers sold a day. Even clothing stores saw a boost in sales over those two weekends. The clothing store The Yellow Button, a boutique that has been gaining popularity since its opening a year and a half see impact, page 4

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KABUL, Afghanistan — With a year-end report card coming due, top U.S. military and civilian officials in Afghanistan have begun to assert that they see concrete progress in the war against the Taliban, a sharp departure from earlier assessments that the insurgency had the momentum. Despite growing numbers of Taliban attacks and American casualties, U.S. officials are building their case for why they are on the right track, ahead of the December war review ordered by President Obama. They describe an aggressive campaign that has killed or captured hundreds of Taliban leaders and more than 3,000 fighters around the country in recent months and pressured insurgents into exploring talks with the Afghan government.

WASHINGTON — Since 1930, party control of the House has flipped seven times. And each time, Senate control has also switched. The reason is simple: Wave elections are, well, wave-y. If the voting public wants to send a message to the majority party, it tends to send it across the board, not just in a single chamber. In 2006, for example, most pundits expected Democrats to win back the House. (They did.) But, few thought the party would gain the six seats it needed to reclaim the Senate majority; narrow victories by candidates such as Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., however, put Democrats back in charge for the first time since they won back the chamber in 1994. In 15 days, that historical maxim will be put to the test.

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JMU shows support for climate scientist’s claims By Tyler Mcavoy The Breeze

JMU’s Faculty Senate is supporting a former University of Virginia professor against the Attorney General’s attempted investigation of his research on climate change. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

ordered an investigation in April at U.Va. for Michael Mann’s climate research during his tenure from 1999 to 2005, according to Bill O’Meara, a JMU professor of philosophy and religion. Cuccinelli argued that Mann’s work was manipulated to “arrive at pre-set conclusions,” to prove his case that global warming is a prevalent issue.

Called “climategate” by the press, Cuccinelli ordered a subpoena after a series of e-mails between Mann and other associates pointed to manipulation of the climate change data. Since Mann received five state-funded research grants, Cuccinelli’s claims Mann’s actions could have been in violation of the Virginia Fraud Against

Taxpayers Act of 2002, according to the Daily News-Record. “It’s a concern for all of us because it attacks academic freedom,” said Ralph Grove, a professor of computer science at JMU. “This attack endangers students and professors alike.” Grove, who brought the idea of a motion to the Faculty Senate’s attention

on Oct. 7, believes that Cuccinelli’s subpoena could affect the reputation of Virginia’s schools. “If this continues, people will be less likely to take jobs here, and Virginia will be seen as backwater,” Grove said. O’Meara, the faculty senator who see Faculty, page 4

in brief

Sustainability

Harrisonburg

Steam line work to affect Grace Street traffic

Beginning Monday and lasting through Oct. 29, part of Grace Street will be a one-way street, according to JMU Public Affairs. The portion of the street within campus allows drivers to enter the parking garage via the Grace Street entrance, but drivers must exit using Cantrell Avenue. Mauzy

Coop fire kills thousands of chicks

A fire killed more than 37,000 chicks at Stephen Lohr’s chicken farm Wednesday, according to the Daily News-Record. The fire destroyed one of the two-story poultry houses that may cost more than $200,000 to rebuild. Lohr was raising the chickens for Pilgrim’s Pride, which did not have insurance on the chickens. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Lynchburg Matt Schmachtenberg / contributing photographer

Jamison Walker, a senior integrated science and technology major, test-drives a three-wheeled 2010 Xebra electric vehicle at Friday’s Alternative Fuel Odyssey Day. Virginia Clean Cities teamed with JMU’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab to allow community members to test an array of cars in the Memorial Hall parking lot.

Racing into the future of technology By Shevy Chaganti contributing writer

Chris Bachman, the director of the Alternative Fuels Vehicle Lab, completed a project seven years ago by converting an old motorcycle into an environmentally friendly vehicle. It took him two years to complete with the help of his student team. “I always loved cars and motorcycles and engines, and when I was a kid I had a dirt bike,” said Bachman,

an integrated science and technology professor. “So, I had thought one day, ‘You know what would be really cool? Let me do an alternative fuel motorcycle.’ And I was amazed that they would let me do it, and they gave me support.” Projects similar to Bachman’s were visible at Memorial Hall on Friday. Virginia Clean Cities paired up with the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab for Alternative Fuel Odyssey Day to provide the community an opportunity to test-drive an array

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of environmentally friendly vehicles. The organization wanted to “bring people out and let them know that alternative fuel vehicles and alternative technology vehicles are here,” said Ryan Cornett, the outreach coordinator for Virginia Clean Cities. “They’re happening now. It’s not just something we’re studying and thinking about, although we are studying and thinking about it.” The organization had about 10 cars on display from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., from hybrid to electric to

flex-fuel cars, or cars that could run on gas consisting of up to 85 percent ethanol. Most gas stations today sell fuel with up to 10 percent ethanol. “The closest E-85 station is Charlottesville right now,” said Alleyn Harned, program coordinator for Virginia Clean Cities. “Most of them are in the Hampton Roads area. There are about 8 million cars on the road today; there will be 12 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road see energy, page 4

Barefoot professor challenges shoe addiction

Daniel Howell, a biology professor at Liberty University, is not wearing shoes in the hopes of convincing others to do the same, according to The Washington Post. He is the author of “The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes.” However, Liberty University requires him to wear shoes in the classroom. Baltimore

Off-duty officer killed in dispute over parking spot

An off-duty officer in Baltimore died Sunday after being struck in the head with a piece of concrete, according to CNN. Brian Stevenson was celebrating his 38th birthday when an argument ensued over a parking space. One individual threw a piece of concrete that struck Stevenson’s head. It was unclear whether the attacker knew Stevenson was a police officer.

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United Way chapter Varner House now overseeing at JMU first in state responses to sexual assault By Kaleigh Somers The Breeze

Although the United Way Worldwide’s headquarters are in Alexandria, Va., JMU is now the only college in the state with a student chapter. After being formally approved by the Office of Student Organizations on Thursday, the chapter wants to bridge the gap between the Harrisonburg community and JMU’s student population. The United Way funds 32 nonprofit organizations across the country, each falling into one of four impact areas: ready children, successful youth, self-sufficient families and independent adults. Student director Jackie Futrell, a senior psychology major, said the organization’s main goal is “mobilizing the community to make long-lasting changes within the community.” For the JMU chapter, that means meeting with the Harrisonburg chapter to determine what specific problems exist in the city. Members plan to address issues with education, health and family life, among other things. Student director Anthony Russo, a senior business management major, got involved with United Way because it helps many problems areas simultaneously. United Way “provides the perfect link for students getting into the Harrisonburg community,” Russo said. According to Russo, the new chapter is already trying to get involved in many organizations, such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Futrell said the organization doesn’t have many events set up for this

semester, but hopes to increase student involvement so that the spring semester would offer more service projects. “We don’t want 100 members this year, because we don’t have a lot for them to do, and we’re just taking off,” Russo said. “If we get 30 this semester, we’ll be completely happy.” Even though the chapter just started, people within the community have approached the leaders, wanting to donate their goods and services. Senior marketing major and co-director Allison Bland hopes the chapter will help educate students, including reading to children. “I think it’d be really important for students to help younger students,” Bland said. “I think that’s always a need.” The chapter’s biggest event will be the fourth annual Streamer Night on Nov. 13. During the home football game against The College of William & Mary, members will sell streamers for $1, or the donation of a canned good, as part of a canned food drive with the Har-risonburg chapter. The drive will feed 250 families in Rockingham County for Thanksgiving. Later in November, members hope to join the Harrisonburg chapter in spending an evening playing games and hanging out at The Arc, a day center for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as entertaining children at the Roberta Webb Child Care center, a daycare center for low-income families. “On top of all that, we want to host our own events,” Russo said. Contact Kaleigh Somers at somerske@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Varner House now handles the clinical response to sexual assault cases, formerly the duty of Student Wellness and Outreach. By Molly Haas The Breeze

Varner House looks like any other building on the Quad. But the interior offers a different world from the bustling atmosphere of students outside. Big armchairs, cool colors and quiet voices create a calming and comfortable atmosphere for students. This year Varner House began handling the clinical response to sexual assault in the way that Student

Wellness and Outreach did in the past. Varner House has both clinical and counseling services in the same place. “The difference is that we can now offer more services at the same place,” said Jenelle Boo, the coordinator of sexual response services. The Counseling and Student Development Center, located in Varner, works with more than 1,000 students a year on a variety of levels of counseling and traumas. This year there have been five

reported assault charges and zero reported sexual assaults, according to Josh Bacon, director of Judicial Affairs. Varner House has a large staff trained in the emotional response to such a traumatic experience. “We are trying remove the treatment barrier for survivors,” Boo said. This is the first year for the program, so Boo said they have not yet analyzed the number of see assault, page 4

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Professors in the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab encourage and assist students in building vehicles, like biodiesel tricycles and electric trucks.

ENERGY | JMU has 46 alternative fuel vehicles from page 3

by .” The cars shown were of new models, such as two Toyota Prius, a Mercury Milan hybrid, a Honda Insight hybrid, a Chevy Impact flex-fuel and a Zap Xebra, a three-wheeled vehicle similar in size to a Smart vehicle. “Some of them came from JMU, a few came from local dealers, some came from folks in Virginia Clean Cities state holder group, people that we have contacts with in the state of Virginia,” Cornett said. “Most of us are really worried about what’s going to happen in this world, with the dependency on oil,” said Dave Haley, a member of the Harrisonburg community who attended the event. “So many bad things come in because

of that. I’m full of hope after I’ve seen this presentation. It makes me feel like there’s some research coming out that going to actually lead the way.” Professors who work with the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab have also been encouraging and assisting students to build such vehicles for their senior projects. Though incomplete, several of these student projects were also on display. “Second semester of our junior year, we actually have a class, we sort of brainstorm, but we talk around to other teachers [and] say, ‘Do you have a research project you’d like us to help with, or do you know of any projects that local companies want to do?’ ” said Billy Copley, a senior ISAT major. “And we’ll jump in on something like that.” A local Harley Davidson

dealer donated an old engine for Copley and his team to use in their project. Donations and sponsors, like the Environmental Protection Agency, lessen the cost of designing and making these vehicles for students. Senior industrial design major Chris Thomas is building additions on a tricycle to create a private-use vehicle for ISAT professor Jeff Tang. They bought the bicycle for a much cheaper price from a bike shop called Bikes at Vienna in Northern Virginia. “It’s a bike, but it’s going to have an aerodynamic shell that goes over it, and so it can be out in inclement weather, and it’s going to have an electric motor on it eventually,” Thomas said. The bike would be covered in wood and complete with windshield wipers, turn signals

and lamps. After discussing the possibility with Bachman, Tang collaborated with Thomas to plan out the project and buy the base bike. “I ride my bike to work every day,” Tang said. “I actually gave up my parking pass a year ago, February. Biking is fine, but sometimes the winter gets a little cold … so it would be nice to have something that’s a small, highly efficient vehicle, yet would keep me enclosed when it’s raining and snowing.” Transportation manager Kelly Sites said that JMU has acquired  hybrid,  flexfuel and two fully electric trucks for various campus jobs. CONTACT Shevy Chaganti at chaga2sx@ dukes.jmu.edu.

“The iceberg under Cuccinelli’s feet is melting. Universities are a bastion of research, and needs to resist against political attacks.” Bill O’Meara

philosophy and religion professor

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proposed the motion, wanted to make sure that the show of support was timely. The senate waived its regular procedure of waiting two sessions to pass a motion, and it immediately passed the motion in support of U.Va. Passing with  to two votes and three absent, part of the Faculty Senate motion states: “University professors should have academic freedom to pursue research activities without politically motivated interference from the State.” “The iceberg under Cuccinelli’s feet is melting,” O’Meara said. “Universities are a bastion

of research, and needs to resist against political attacks.”

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ago, saw a boost in sales. “It was the busiest weekend of the year, surpassed sales from last year,” said owner Miranda Lancaster, about Family Weekend. Although the crowds were welcomed by the businesses, it kept some locals and

the motion against the Attorney General. Arch Harris, professor of computer science at JMU, is chair of the faculty appeals committee in the Faculty Senate, and believes Cuccinelli isn’t taken seriously in academic circles. “I doubt Ken Cuccinelli has a good reputation anywhere in the academic community,” Harris said. According to The Washington Post, Judge Paul Peatross rejected Cuccinelli’s probe into Mann’s research due to insufficient evidence on Aug. . A subpoena was reissued on Oct.  and is still awaiting a court’s decision.

Paul Whatley

coordinator, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

agreed upon the new policies. “ T h e n e w p o l i c i e s a re very fair,” Birckhead said. CONTACT Ryan Platt at plattrf@dukes.jmu.edu.

experienced students away. Liz Ortiz, a junior interdisciplinary liberal studies major, said she learned early to avoid the crowds. “My parents haven’t come since freshman year,” Ortiz said. “They said ‘Never again.’ “ Longer lines were to be expected at restaurants, but lodging was a difficult obstacle

to overcome. “Everyone sold out Saturday night from Woodsto ck to Staunton,” said Sue Messelrodt, desk manager at the Hampton Inn, a b o u t Fa m i l y We e k e n d . CONTACT Betsy O’Brien at obrienee@ dukes.jmu.edu.

ASSAULT | Varner staff trained to handle various mental health issues

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CONTACT Tyler McAvoy at mcavoytl@dukes.jmu.edu.

students coming in for services. The goal of the program is to provide convenience and comfort for a victim of any assault. “Such an event has a big impact,” Boo said. “It can be overwhelming. We have put a lot of time and effort into getting students through that kind of trauma.” At Varner Hous e, students can receive both group and individual counseling, depending on their preference. Students can also receive counseling if they believe someone close to them has

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“They’re creating their own policies, and overall I’m really happy with what the students did and what they did with the policies in order to govern themselves more effectively. There’s always gonna be little changes needed here or there, [but] I’m really happy with how the community responded in the end.”

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of chapter accountability and responsibility,” Birckhead said. With regards to the new alcohol and party policies, Birckhead said some wording was left intentionally vague to benefit both the Greek community and the administration. Senior Patrick Folliard, president of the Interfraternity Council, the governing body for all social fraternities on campus, explained the newly revised policies are simpler and easier for the chapter members to understand and follow. “We revised the alcohol policy,” said Folliard, a history and information analysis double major. “It’s easier to abide by and more practical. It’s just a lot friendlier in general, because chapters can now go by their national chapter policies versus just the school’s policies.” The final changes followed multiple drafts of studentmade revisions, according to Folliard. They became official on Oct. . The FSL office was pleased with the alterations made by the students in the Greek community, but Paul Whatley, coordinator for the office of FSL, would not comment any further on potentially private Greek matters. “They’re creating their own policies, and overall I’m really happy with what the students did and what they did with the policies in order to govern themselves more effectively,” Whatley said. “There’s always gonna be little changes needed here or there, [but] I’m really happy with how the community responded in the end.” B e c au s e t h e p ro b at i o n per iod began just before

recruitment started on Sept. , Birckhead said the chapter presidents were too busy to take a major leadership role for the task. Being a former president, he offered to help. The benefit of three former presidents working with Birckhead was the experience they had working with the office of FSL. On Oct. , every Greek chapter under FSL unanimously

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been assaulted. The program also offers advocacy services for students who are interested. These counselors help students file charges within the JMU judicial system or the Harrisonburg Police Department or receive medical treatment, if needed. “They act as a navigator for the students,” Boo said. “They can do whatever the student wants or needs.” The Varner staff also handles more than just assault-related cases. “We have staff trained in all sorts of areas of mental health,” Boo said. “We see students

who have suffered from many types of trauma.” The first step in moving on from an assault is calling, Boo said. Varner House makes appointments by phone or on a walk-in basis. On campus, there is also a -hour student run sexual assault hotline, Campus Assault Response, or CARE. “I want students to know that they have a place on campus to come where they can talk and confidence and find support,” she said. CONTACT Molly Haas at haasmh@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Secret money As the election season escalates near its close, millions of dollars of donations are being pumped into advertisements for campaigns to make one last final push for your vote. But where is all this money coming from? This year is looking like a high water mark for secret campaign donations. The Supreme Court’s decision in 2008 on the Citizens United case labeled campaign donations as free speech, which erased donation caps, giving advocacy groups, companies and organized labor the right to anonymously donate heavily to specific campaigns. The Senate’s failure to pass a new campaign finance reform earlier this year also boosted secret donations. Lastly, with the relaxed enforcement of the current tax code, interest groups are finding it easier and easier to secretly influence the democratic system. Nonprofit advocacy groups and trade associations are allowed to engage in political advocacy and are not required to reveal the identities of their donors. While the Internal Revenue Service does stipulate that these groups cannot be directly acting on behalf of a specific candidate or party, these rules have been left virtually unenforced and allowed for 2010 elections to become the wild west of campaign spending. Public Citizen’s website found that only 32 percent of donors are not anonymous this year, which is a 66 percent decrease from 2004. Spending has also peaked at $100 million, which is twice the amount of elections four years ago. These tax codes must be strengthened and enforced. Secret money cannot be allowed to reign supreme again in 2012. It is fundamental to the democratic process that these donations and transactions are made transparent and accountable. Do you know what corporations and special interest groups you are voting for through candidates’ campaign money this year? EDITORIAL BOARD: Katie Thisdell

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Check the statistics

Statistics from Gross Domestic Product reports of the Bureau of Economic Analysis from  to the present reveal some interesting facts. When Republicans have controlled the House and Senate, but not the White House, the average inflation adjusted deficit was a $ billion surplus. During this same period, when Democrats have controlled the House and Senate, but not the Presidency, the average inflation adjusted deficit was $. billion. Also, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, from  to

, Republican control of the House and Senate has produced an average unemployment rate of . percent, and Democratic control of the House and Senate has produced an average unemployment rate of . percent. Seeing how beneficial it is to have Republicans in the House and Senate, it makes sense to elect a majority of Republicans this election cycle. Vote wisely on Nov. . Michael Zban individualized study major, class of 2014

Military fairness If you believe in fairness, you cannot help but be overjoyed by the worldwide and immediate injunction against enforcement of the shameful ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military issued Tuesday by a federal judge in California. We have seen too many heroes drummed out of the armed services because they were honest about who they are. But this ruling makes me angry. Not because I disagree with the action taken, per se. But because the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” ought to be done by Congress. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to act. The House overturned the prohibition in May. The Senate failed to do so in a vote held last month. As a result, whether “don’t ask, don’t tell” will be repealed is now in doubt.

The case was brought by the gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled last month that the -year-old ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military was unconstitutional. The Justice Department has  days to appeal Tuesday’s injunction. But don’t be surprised if the Justice Department asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the th Circuit for a stay of that ruling. This might give the Senate enough time do the right thing and overturn “don’t ask, don’t tell” in a lame-duck session of Congress after the midterm elections. Otherwise, we should all get comfortable with the federal courts doing what Congress can’t — or won’t. Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post

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Chipotle fights obesity Childhood obesity rates are rising and Chipotle is dressing up to stop it. I’m not sure if the words “burrito” and “healthy” go together, but they do for me — but really only if it’s a burrito from Chipotle. Now, a burrito the size of a small child is not necessarily the correct portion size, but fresh, natural ingredients beat calorie or carb counting any day. The busiest day for Chipotle is usually on Halloween. If you show up to Chipotle wrapped in tin foil dressed as a burrito, you get a free burrito of your choice. This year they’re switching it up a bit. If you come after  p.m. dressed up as the most “horrifying” processed food, you can get any meal for $. Up to $ million of the proceeds will be donated to Jamie Oliver’s food revolution. This movement, which was featured in the Emmy Award-winning ABC series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” is focused on cooking and eating fresh foods instead of frozen, processed or fast foods. Oliver’s main goal is to bring fresh, low sugar, low fat produce and meats to schools, and educate parents about healthy meals for their families to combat childhood obesity. First lady Michelle Obama has a similar program called “Let’s Move” that focuses on reversing the tripled childhood obesity rate over the past three decades. She, like Oliver, advocates incorporating healthy meal choices into schools and keeping children

active by involving parents, schools, local officials, community leaders and health care providers in making healthy decisions for children. These programs are designed to reverse the possibility of this generation of children having a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to health issues related to obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in children can cause psychosocial stress, low self-esteem and physical ailments such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cancers and type II diabetes.

Processed foods may not seem scary, but when eaten in excess and not paired with regular exercise, they can cause unbalanced diets, weight gain and obesity. Heavily processed foods are less nutritious because the vitamins, enzymes and fibers are destroyed or damaged during the process. Additives such as artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners make food cheaper and last longer, but also fail to provide balanced nutrients. Which brings me back to how Chipotle serves only natural non-processed foods, which I am a huge fan of. So it makes sense that its Halloween theme

Drill, baby drill Just a week after an independent report revealed that the federal government underplayed how much crude was spewing into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration announced that it is lifting its moratorium on deep-water drilling in the gulf. Ironic timing aside, one can sense the whiff of politics in the administration’s decision as the midterm elections near. Still, Obama is justified in allowing offshore drilling to proceed. For months, gulf-state politicians have agitated for lifting the moratorium, arguing that drilling is critical to their economies and that any real recovery — either economic or environmental — would be exceptionally difficult without the revenue that offshore exploration provides. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has reasons to insist that the Outer Continental Shelf is entering “a new day” in oil and gas production. One reason is BP’s vast improvement of deep-water containment technology; another is the thorough safety review that drilling companies and the government conducted

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since the spill. Salazar’s reasons won’t hold, however, unless the federal government improves its offshore drilling regulations. The Interior Department recently announced tougher rules; Salazar says that no new deep-water drilling will begin unless operators can prove they can contain a worst-case scenario accident. But just as important is professional application of the rules, which the government failed to provide before the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Among other things, more consistent oversight probably requires more and, critically, much better-trained inspectors. Congress has much to do. This includes granting the national oil spill commission subpoena power. Lawmakers can also lift the limit on liability for damage caused by oil spills that offshore drillers now enjoy. That’s just for starters; more reform should come after the oil spill commission and other inquiries release their findings. The Washington Post

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An “I-want-to-be-foreveryoung” pat to my senior roommate who stood in line with the freshmen for a “Purple Out” shirt. From a senior who is jealous she never got one. A “hang-in-there” pat to everyone who’s been sick or is getting sick. From a fellow sicky who just wants to feel better. A “you-play-AND-sing?” pat to that guy making beautiful music on his balcony at North . From a bunch of girls who stopped to stare and would gladly be late to their meeting again.

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is “The Horrors of Processed Food.” Processed foods may not seem scary, but when eaten in excess and not paired with regular exercise, they can cause unbalanced diets, weight gain and obesity. Be conscious of what you’re eating. We’re not elementary school kids forced to accept processed chicken nuggets and processed macaroni as a complete meal (although a little comfort food is good occasionally). But we have to start thinking about the future and what we are going to be serving our kids. If we start the trend of healthy lifestyles with ourselves, chances are our children will develop these same habits and reverse the obesity rates. Eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, naturally raised meats and fresh dairy products as often as you can. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, the Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market has bushels of great all natural foods grown and cooked locally. Other locally owned restaurants, like A Bowl of Good or The Little Grill Collective, serve all natural food from local farms. Or try cooking at home more than eating fast food and see how your body feels on a diet of fresh, unprocessed foods. So, a “pat” to Chipotle for making all natural ingredients mainstream and standing by their principles by supporting a movement that can really change our world.

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An “it-wasn’t-me” pat to the guy at the East Campus Library computers with a “Shaggy-delic” ringtone that went off loudly and unexpectedly in the quiet library. From the girl who wouldn’t want to catch you on the counter, but definitely needed a good laugh to start off her morning along with everyone else sitting around you. A “why-bother-coming-tothe-game?” dart to all the fake JMU fans for leaving the football game before the end of the second quarter. From a loyal student who stayed at the game until the end.

A “the-ACC-is-NOT-the-CAA” dart to JMU football. From a senior who just wishes the football team would mentally come back to Harrisonburg instead of still celebrating the win in Blacksburg more than a month ago. A “what-were-you-drinking?” dart to the security officers who kicked sober students out of the homecoming game. From someone who thinks it’s ironic we’re being punished for being sober now. A “wheels-on-the-bus-droveme-home” pat to the bus driver who extended his last run for me. From the grateful senior who didn’t want to walk from Festival to downtown at  p.m.

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Harrisonburg horror: Fear Forest fulfills expectations By Kellan Howell contributing writer

On Friday night, I found myself on my way down the desolate Oak Shade Road. I was looking for some Halloween fun at Fear Forest. I had heard rumors that the forest was a truly terrifying experience, and I was up for the challenge and ready to test my courage. After a short and spooky hayride, I approached the doors of Fear Forest. Standing in line with hundreds of eager daredevils, I soon learned that nowhere is safe in Fear Forest. Gruesome chainsaw-wielding men took pleasure in the sadistic torture of their victims in line. Even children were fair game for their terrifying antics. The only way for me to escape the terror was to enter the forest. Too bad I have never gotten over my fear of the

dark. After scrambling through a pitchblack maze where danger lurked at every turn, I was thrust into the woods. What awaited me was far more than I had imagined. A treacherous mountain trail dotted with ghostly dwellings stretched out before me. As I set out on my path, I was immediately bombarded by my worst fear: clowns. I am terrified of clowns in the same way that some people are deathly afraid of spiders. The creators of Fear Forest have capitalized on this aspect of the human psyche. Multiple haunting sites are set up along the path, each playing on a different phobia. These sites include a spider’s lair, a psychiatric ward, a haunted campsite, a wild hunter’s bloodstained trailer and an abandoned school bus. Aside from the clowns, I was most intimidated when I stumbled into a

military fortress. Men with black faces and camouflage lurked in corners whispering horrifying tales of war. Coming from a military family, this site particularly played with my emotions and I left it feeling drained and vulnerable — the perfect set-up for the rest of the haunting that awaited me. A group favorite was a mysterious unmarked room along the path. Though mundane on the outside, when I stepped inside I was swept into a dizzying world of neon colors. The room itself was spinning, throwing the rest of my group and myself into a trippy daze. Fear Forest lives up to its reputation, and at a cost of $10, it’s a frighteningly perfect Halloween weekend activity for students. Contact Kellan Howell at howellkc@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Fear Forest contains chainsaw killers, a pitch-black maze, a spider’s lair and evil clowns.

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Sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha walked away with $1,000 for the members’ winning step performance in Wilson Hall auditorium Saturday night.

Stepping it up Sorority-backed step teams perform for alumni, community at Homecoming By Stephany Holguin contributing writer

The crowd screamed and chanted “Let’s go Gamma Sigma Sigma,” while “I’m Back” by T.I. blasted in the background. Wilson Hall auditorium vibrated with energy; balloons and people filled the aisles in the auditorium, which reached above its maximum capacity of 1,300, causing part of the audience to watch the show standing. Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority that is non-selective, and Sigma Iota Alpha performed an exhibition for the first time in Wilson Hall during Homecoming weekend. Stompmania was this year’s theme for the annual Stepand-Stroll show competition that is hosted by the Center for Multicultural Student Services and the Intercultural Greek Council. The theme was picked to show extravaganza, as CMSS celebrates its 25th year on campus. This competition is held among the Intercultural fraternities and sororities. The show has been going on since the early ’90s, according to Tenea Lowery, the assistant director for multicultural programming and Greek Life, and member of the Intercultural Greek Council.

“The purpose of this event is it serves as a showcase of talents of the fraternities and sororities,” Lowery said. “It also serves as a way to welcome back the alumni and community.” According to Lowery, each team that performs must incorporate an educational component to teach the community what each organization is about. “They give historical origins and accounts of stepping which started in Africa, which were later matriculated on college campuses across America,” Lowery said. There were seven teams competing and two doing exhibition. “Gamma Sigma Sigma is performing for the first time which shows more unity in ICGC, and it also shows a variety of teams and diversity,” Lowery said. Senior psychology major Cassandra Bisconti, president of Gamma Sigma Sigma, said Stompmania could get the sorority’s name out. “We had never participated, and this is a good way to show our face and support other ICGC organizations,” Bisconti said. This team was composed of eight girls See stomp, page 10

Ghosts, costumes fuel creativity at Glen’s Fair Price By Elyse Krachman contributing writer

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Glen’s Fair Price Store, which has been selling and renting costumes for about 25 years, has more than 2,000 costumes, as well as many masks to choose from.

Melinda Bare, co-owner of Glen’s Fair Price Store, held up The Wave: a costume with a grassy body pelt, a comically menacing beast face, complete with a red gaping mouth, sharp teeth and bloodshot eyes. The Wave is just one of the more than 2,000 costumes you can rent at Glen’s. Bare’s flair for the dramatic has proved useful not only in scouting costumes but in finding quality stage makeup to scare. The makeup selection is a big draw for employees for many of the Halloween themed attractions around the Harrisonburg area, such as DarkWood Manor and Fear Forest. “I pretty much work with all of them,”

Bare said. “If I’m not mistaken, each individual person has to fix their own costume, and they’ll come in and buy all kinds of accessories. So they’re in all year looking.”  The store hasn’t been known for costuming. When Bare and Gary Stiteler, another co-owner of Glen’s, inherited the store from Bare’s father, it was still a small store that mainly sold convenience products and cameras.  Bare believes that the ghost of her father still resides in Glen’s old location. As for Bare’s mother, she believes her ghost moved with the family to the new store five years ago. “A year ago, when I went downstairs in the basement [of the old location], I could not get a light on in one of the little rooms,” Bare said. “So I said ‘Dad,

where are you? I need this light on, you’ve got to help me.’ ” She went looking for a flashlight, but when she came back, the light had been turned on. The first day Bare and Stiteler moved in to the new location, Bare found a bottle of Giorgio perfume sitting on the bathroom sink. “That’s all my mother used in her entire life,” she said. “I figured it was her approval after we’d bought the bigger store and had more room.”  Bare and Stiteler decided to start selling and renting costumes about 25 years ago. “We had kids from New York and Washington coming in and saying that

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Hotspur performance heats up Taylor Down Under By SYDNEY PALESE contributing writer

Taylor Down Under buzzed with excitement on Wednesday night as D.C.based Hotspur performed for University Program Board’s Spotlight Series concert. Hotspur, named after Shakespeare’s villain in “Henry IV,” was formed in  at the University of Maryland by frontman Joe Mach and keyboardist David Trichter. Since then, they have been blazing the indie/alternative music scene with albums including “Beta” () and “You Should Know Better By Now” (). Their first album, “Beta,” gained them critical acclaim and attention from major music networks like MTV. The band is known for its power pop lyrics, similar to contemporaries such as Boys Like Girls and Muse. They were recently voted “New Artist of the Year” by the Washington Area Music Association. When the band opened with “You Should Know Better By Now,” the title

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Joe Mach, lead singer of Hotspur, impresses an energetic crowd Wednesday night.

track of its latest album, the majority of the crowd instantly lit up in recognition. Mach worked the audience from the get-go, encouraging the initially placid crowd to snap along to the catchy beat and eventually leaving the band clapping

along, even after the snapping faded away. Although the band focused their setlist more so on its latest album, the crowd warmed up to the band (due in large part to Mach’s charisma and resolute stage

VIDEO GAME REVIEW

‘Sonic ’ married to nostalgia By JEFF WADE The Breeze

In the video game world, Sonic the Hedgehog is the closest thing to a troubled child star. When Sonic first burst onto the scene back in the beginning of the ’s, he did so with a series of practically perfect platforming titles that inspired devotion and fueled the eternal schoolyard struggle of Sega versus Nintendo. But living fast has its price. The former golden boy soon started hanging out with weird friends, listening to cheesy music and wandering around -D landscapes aimless and awkwardly. Possibly due to fans’ persistent demand for this game, or more likely driven by the success of other retro game revivals like “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” and “Mega Man ,” Sega returns to the hedgehog’s sidescrolling roots with “Sonic .” In “Sonic : Episode ” (Xbox , PS, Wii, iPhone) Sonic runs and rolls through various themed environments, collecting rings, jumping on bad guys and zipping

through his trademark loops. The games is comfortably quaint in a medium currently striving for maturity and complexity. “Sonic ” is seemingly designed to calculatingly evoke the old games. It is almost impossible to divorce the game from the prism of nostalgia. The game revels in it, pushing familiar images, with many of the stages “inspired” by levels from previous titles. The goal here is an attempt to remind players why they loved Sonic in the first place, but as is often the case, something seems different with their old friend. The most striking difference is the way Sonic moves. While in the older games Sonic would continue his momentum and follow along with his own inertia, that’s not quite how it works here. In “Sonic ,” if the player stops holding the directional button, the arc of Sonic’s jump drops straight down, instead of continuing laterally. Similarly, when Sonic coils into his signature ball, the player has to hold a direction on the controller to keep moving, resulting in some interesting interpretations of the laws of physics.

This is an odd design choice that takes time to adjust to and is emblematic of the identity crisis that plagues “Sonic .” The game pushes itself as a return to form, yet tries to place newer mechanics into the more fondly received classic trappings. It’s fun while it lasts, but therein lies another problem. Players can run through all of the game’s  stages in one sitting, and getting all the bonus content only takes the rest of the afternoon. Sure, the game has multiple paths through the levels encouraging replays, but with a $ price tag, the post-credit sequel hint is less of a promise and more of a cruel tease. While “Sonic ” is not the grand rebirth that many have clamored for, it is a solid and fun game, albeit one bogged down by issues that make it feel unplanned for. Hopefully this first episode is more of an earnest stumble than a total misstep. If Sega can iron out the problems with the next episode in this new “Sonic ” sub-series, Sonic can get the rebirth he is due for. CONTACT Jeff Wade at wadeja@dukes.jmu.edu.

presence), steadily filled in the dance floor upon Mach’s encouragement. This participation set the tone for the rest of the night, with the dance floor slowly collecting fans of all ages and genders. The band’s electro-synth song “Atlantic” invited not only dancing from the floor, but also head nodding and toetapping that didn’t stop until the band left the stage. The band members paused in between “Her Majesty” and “Young and Reckless” to thank the crowd, admitting they haven’t played a show in a while. With “Young and Reckless” came a crescendo of dancing, catchy vocals and approval from the seasoned fans that were happy to hear this tune off of the band’s debut album “Beta.” Mach wasn’t the only one working the crowd. Bassist Coop Cooper was strum-happy, making his way around the stage while Trichter on keyboard added some harmonies to the band’s power pop ballads. The band kept this stigma throughout the rest of the concert,

resulting in successful crowd pleasers. Throughout the rest of the set, the band played out its latest album with songs like “$$$” and “Gunfight,” both of which evoked excitement palpable throughout TDU. The band maintained the crowd’s attention throughout its hour-long set, never leaving a lull in the crowd. Despite a few technical glitches (the Macbook used to create their synth sound was knocked off stage), Mach kept the crowd going. The night continued in this spirit until the entire dance floor was at capacity; even spectators in the back of the venue were off their seats and dancing along. The band finished its set with a cover of Katy Perry’s “Hot n Cold,” intriguing the already enthusiastic crowd. But the band’s performance wasn’t over after the last chord strummed. The crowd begged for an encore; Hotspur ended with “Sold!” CONTACT Sydney Palese at palesesv@dukes.jmu.edu.

STOMP | Focus on unity from page 9

and they started to practice a week before the event. The practices lasted between an hour to three hours. GSS received helped from another sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Delta Sigma Theta showed their support to the new strolling team by teaching them moves. “We helped GSS because it’s not all about competition. We are under the same umbrella of ICGC, and this shows

our unity,” said Adriane Lanier, a member of Delta Sigma Theta. The very last act of the night portrayed the ICGC unity, as all ICGC organizations joined. Each organization involved in the event sent two participants to come up with impromptu step moves to keep the audience tight while judges voted. Alpha Kappa Alpha won the c o m p e t i t i o n , g a i n i n g $ ,   . CONTACT Stephany Holguin at holguise@dukes.jmu.edu.

STORE | A costume ‘mecca’ from page 9

they didn’t want to buy the costumes, they wanted to rent them,” Bare said. Before, they had been selling the basics, but Bare sensed a niche opportunity. They started small and slowly began to expand. They bought costumes from all over the country, but their first big purchase was a buy out of a costume warehouse in Florida, where they acquired  costumes. Since then, shopping for costumes has become one of Bare’s favorite parts of the job. “I love to buy,” she said. “I love to put it together.” 

Nowadays, Glen’s (also known as “Harrisonburg’s Most Unusual Store,” Bare said) is a veritable mecca for those who enjoy costuming. If a customer wants it, Bare is almost guaranteed to know exactly where it is, or, if she doesn’t have it, she makes a note of it and says she will try to remedy that in the future. “I listen to what you all come in and ask me for,” she said.  Glen’s rents costumes from $ to $; from pirate gear to Scooby Doo to The Wave, Glen’s seems to have it all.  CONTACT Elyse Krachman at krachmeh@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Comeback kids Senior helps team in thrilling victory over Tribe, gets 900th dig By Matt O’Toole The Breeze

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ABOVE The Dukes are third in the CAA. BELOW Senior outside hitter Lindsay Callahan became the sixth player in school history to record 900 digs and 1,000 kills.

Just when it seemed like the JMU volleyball team would lose its second straight crucial home game, the squad dug down deep to fight off three match points and win a five-set thriller against William & Mary. With several Dukes setting career marks, the fans at Sinclair Gymnasium in Godwin Hall were on the edge of their seats throughout, as the final score read: 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 32-30, 15-12. “I expected a win from 7 p.m. when it was 0-0 to now,” first year JMU coach Lauren Steinbrecher said. “I was disappointed in the first two sets, but I was just waiting for them to turn the switch on and get it going.” The first two sets could not have been more even. Both teams went back and forth, having 12 lead changes, and the score was tied 27 times in the two frames. Some communication errors and inaccurate balls cost the Dukes both sets, 25-23 and 25-22. “I’m not exactly sure what it was,” Steinbrecher said. “We’ve had some injuries so we haven’t had good practices and many people have been sitting out. We just got to communicate better on those stupid plays.” Down two sets, the Dukes didn’t help themselves out, starting the third set down 8-0. JMU found that switch Steinbrecher was looking for and turned it on in an instant. With their backs against the wall, the Dukes started chipping away until a great serve by junior Kelly Turner knotted the game up at 19-19. Back-to-back kills by junior Holly Wall, who finished with a career-high 20 kills, gave JMU a 21-20 advantage, and senior Lindsay Callahan made three straight outstanding plays, to complete the third set comeback, 25-21. “I was just feeling it tonight,” Wall said. “I didn’t have a doubt in my mind that I was going to miss a block. The sets were perfect. I knew if I hit the ball the girls were going to cover me, so I didn’t have a worry.” Momentum had shifted to the Dukes’ side and they carried that into the fourth set. The set started out in a similar fashion to the first two, with both teams going back and forth. A drop shot by redshirt sophomore Natalie Abel cut the lead to 23-22 and a block by Turner and Abel evened the score at 23-23.

“They are tough girls and kept fighting back,” Steinbrecher said. “Abel was dying out there, her knee is killing her, but she played a great match.” William & Mary scored the next point on a kill by junior outside hitter Lindsay Kresch to give the Tribe their first match point of the game. The Dukes responded with a kill from Abel to even the score again, but an attack error by Callahan on the next point gave the Tribe their second match point at 25-24. With the point going back and forth and the crowd members on the edge of their seats screaming, a set from Lauren Fanelli went to Abel’s side and she crushed it to tie the game at 25-25. “I owe it to my teammates,” Abel said, who also finished with a career-high 23 kills. “All season they have been leading the team in kills, so that made me and Holly free on the outsides to make the kills.” The Tribe got another match point, only to see JMU defend its home court again and continue its relentless comeback. At 31-30 and JMU leading, both teams played one of the best points of the match, as a back-and-forth battle ended with a little bit of controversy. A shot by Abel went wide, and the Tribe thought they held off another JMU set point. The officials huddled up to make the call, and conclued that a William & Mary player tipped the ball causing it to go out of bounds. The Dukes got the point, giving them the fourth set, 32-30. “We’ve started off slow in a lot of games this year,” Abel said. “We’re confident, we’re smart, and we know when we can and can’t make mistakes and have the ability to go on runs against teams like that.” The two teams entered the fifth set with the Dukes trying to complete the comeback and the Tribe trying to hold them off and steal a win on the road. JMU took an 11-7 advantage after a drop shot by senior Jessica Zeroual, but just like every other set, the team that was down clawed its way back into it. A service ace by freshman Julia Swalchick cut the lead to 13-12, but the Dukes had enough. A service error by Swalchick gave JMU its first match point of the evening, and a bad set by the Tribe completed the comeback, giving the Dukes the win in the decisive fifth set, 15-12. The Dukes improved their conference record to 5-2 and 16-5 overall with William & Mary dropping to 2-5 in see Volleyball, page 12

football

Second half collapse leads to another conference loss By Joey Doherty contributing writer

Usually when anyone talks about a dominating running performance in Harrisonburg, it tends to be about JMU football. But on Saturday afternoon it was the No. 16 University of New Hampshire Wildcats that broke out their seldom used running attack as they rushed for 88 yards in the second half to take over the game and upset No. 7 James Madison, 28-14. JMU (4-2 overall, 1-2 in Colonial Athletic Association) looked to be on track for a Homecoming victory after taking the14-10 halftime lead, but missed tackles and lack of an offense in the second half allowed the Wildcats (4-3 overall, 2-2 in CAA) to steal the game away. The Dukes’ ground game was limited to -6 rushing yards while the passing game didn’t fair much better. Senior defensive back Dino Vasso picked off two of redshirt senior quarterback Drew Dudzik’s throws and the UNH defense forced an early Dudzik fumble that was recovered and returned for a touchdown. “There were three turnovers. They’re all my fault,” Dudzik said. “New Hampshire, they just play really hard and they just came through and played better in the second half than we did.” The Wildcats capitalized on the mistakes and sealed the Dukes’ fate after a 4:13 drive halfway through the fourth quarter. The drive covered 78 yards, 57 of which were gained on the ground, and was capped by a 14-yard touchdown by sophomore running back Dontra Peters.

The JMU defense had been shutting down senior quarterback R.J. Toman, but it was the addition of the rushing attack that changed the tone of the game for the Wildcats offense. “We were a little off in the first half, I think R.J was pressing a little bit,” UNH coach Sean McDonnell said. “We created a little run game, and we needed to do that because we hadn’t done that in a long time. Peters gave us a lift and Sean [Jellison] gave us a lift.” Peters rushed for 70 yards on 11 attempts and a touchdown, while Jellison, a junior running back, added 58 yards over nine attempts.

“We’re struggling to block people up front. I’m just getting frustrated with everything we’re doing on offense.” Mickey Matthews JMU football coach

Perhaps most devastating for the Dukes was an ankle injury to senior defensive tackle Ronnell Brown early in the second quarter. With Brown — a team captain — out, the Dukes’ run defense collapsed. “Losing anybody will effect anyone, but it just shows that younger players need to step up,” senior defensive end D.J. Bryant said. After struggling for three quarters, Toman was able to break through early in the fourth quarter. He hit five receivers for 63

yards on a drive that ended with senior wide receiver Terrance Fox catching a 13-yard swing pass for a touchdown. After Jellison took it in for the two-point conversion, UNH took the lead for good, 21-14. The drive started for UNH with a 15-yard catch by Fox after sophomore free safety Jakarie Jackson missed a tackle that would have prevented a first down. “We just really tackled very poorly in the second half,” JMU coach Mickey Matthews said. “I’ve never seen us tackle that bad, and I don’t know why we did.” JMU never made UNH sweat because the Dukes’ offense disappeared in the second half. JMU gained just one first down and 36 yards of total offense in the final quarter of play. “In the first quarter we were executing and finishing,” junior running back Scott Noble said. “Third quarter and fourth quarter we weren’t executing. Offense is all about finishing and we weren’t.” Noble, who filled in for the injured Jamal Sullivan, was the one bright spot on a less than spectacular JMU offense, as he rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Noble put the Dukes on top 14-10 early in the second quarter by punching it across the goal line from two yards out. Although he got the job done early, he was eventually shut down in the second half as UNH held him to just 16 yards in the final two quarters. The Wildcats were also able to put pressure on Dudzik, forcing him to make premature passes. He was held to 38 yards rushing see Football, page 12

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ABOVE Redshirt senior captain defensive tackle Ronnell Brown left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury and did not return. Brown was one of two preseason all-conference selections for JMU. BELOW Drowned out by continuous pressure from the New Hampshire defensive line, redshirt senior quarterback Drew Dudzik completed just 10 of 23 pass attempts against the Wildcats.

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women’s soccer

Dominating weekend performance

Sporting the purple away uniforms as part of a Homecoming weekend tradition, the JMU women’s soccer team shut out Colonial Athletic Association team Drexel University in a 2-1 win Friday night, out-shooting the Dragons 34-8. “They were a good team,” JMU coach Dave Lombardo said. “They came out and they battled us. We had to really earn it tonight.” The first half started slow, with the defense keeping both teams in the game. While JMU (9-60 overall, 5-2-0 in conference) attempted twice as many shots on goal as Drexel (5-9-1, 1-5-1), neither was managing to follow through. A goal finally bounced in off the left goal post in the 30th minute, scored by sophomore midfielder Katie Menzie, with an assist by senior forward Cate Tisinger. The Dukes continued to one up Drexel in the second half, with another JMU goal scored by Tisinger, and assisted by junior forward Yolie Anderson-Golhor in the 71st minute. “We were kind of picking them apart with possession,” Lombardo said. “I thought our backs just

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conference and 8-11 overall. “This win does a lot,” Steinbrecher said. “We’re trying to make the top four in conference and a loss tonight would have hurt those chances to make those dreams and plans. If they can come down from 14-7, they can come back and do anything.” Overshadowed by the marathon game was senior Lindsay Callahan becoming the sixth

player in JMU history to record 1,000 kills and 900 digs. “You can’t express what Lindsay has given to this program, on and off the court,” Steinbrecher said. “It’s just another milestone that she’s reached.” The Dukes wrapped up their two-week home stretch going 3-1; their lone loss was courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth University on Friday night in four sets. JMU is in third place in the Colonial Athletic

Association. The top four teams advance to the conference tournament. The Dukes step out of conf e re n c e p lay We d n e s day night as they travel to Norfolk State University (8-14), but return back home next Saturday night against the conference’s top team, George Mason University (6-0, 11-7). Contact Matt O’Toole at otoolemw@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Sophomore midfielder Katie Menzie scored the first goal of the game. It was also her first goal of the season. By Shannon Kenny The Breeze

Volleyball | Split weekend

didn’t give them any opportunities, which gave our goalkeeper only two saves for the night.” Redshirt senior goalie Diane Wszalek accomplished her 21st career solo shutout, tying the school record for most solo career shutouts set by Jessica Hussey (’06). While the accomplishment is impressive, Wszalek’s focus is not on breaking this record, but on the team’s overall success. “It is nice to get the shutout for me and the defense,” Wszalek said. “I hope we can get a few more shutouts this year. Our defense has been playing very well and they deserve it.” JMU went on to face another CAA contender on Sunday in their game against the University of Delaware. The game was an opportunity for redemption according to Lombardo. “This is a team we should have beaten last year,” Lombardo said. “We tied Delaware 1-1 the last time we faced them, so I think there’s a little bit of a revenge factor there.” The Dukes succeed in their mission, but only in the second half. JMU went on to beat the Blue Hens 4-0, scoring all four goals in the final 45 minutes. Freshman forward Lauren Wilson recorded her first hat

trick, while Tisinger netted the final goal along with an assist. Wszalek broke the record for most solo career shutouts, now in possesion of first place with 22. “We are really starting to play well now, and together, as a team,” Menzie said. “I think we should be able to knock off these last few games and hopefully win ourselves a conference championship.” The Dukes remain optimistic about the remainder of the season, despite conference foe Hofstra University’s currently undefeated CAA 8-0-0 standing and league leading status. The only opportunity JMU will have to play the Pride is in the conference tournament. “We can’t control what Hofstra’s doing right now,” Lombardo said. “They’re kind of running away with everything, but we can control what we’re doing. We want to end up with a 9-2 record and second place in the conference. If Hofstra stumbles, then we’re in position to maybe get that first place nod.” The Dukes will travel to Williamsburg on Friday to take on the Tribe, who are currently sixth in the conference. Contact Shannon Kenny at kennyse@dukes.jmu.edu.

and only 157 yards through the air, making his head coach more than frustrated with the offensive play. “We are just not very good on offense,” Matthews said. “We’re struggling to block people up front. I’m just getting frustrated with everything we’re doing on offense.” While most of the spotlight could be put on the disappointing JMU offense, the UNH defense was the main reason JMU was shut down. They sacked Dudzik four times and had eight tackles for loss overall. “They play hard and are disciplined,” Noble said. “They’re always in the right spot and when you play hard, things

Return of a legend Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats returned to JMU on Saturday to watch the team play the UNH Wildcats. One of the best defensive players in JMU history, Moats was a sixth-round (No. 178 overall) draft pick by the Bills this past April. After leading his new team in tackles during the preseason, he has officially made his mark in the National Football League. Playing primarily on special teams, Moats has four tackles through five games this season. robert boag / the breeze

happen to go your way.” UNH’s defense set the tone early when redshirt freshman linebacker Matt Evans scooped up a Dudzik fumble and ran 14 yards for the score, giving the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead. Along with Vasso, Evans was a dominating force in the game for the Wildcats as he had 14 tackles, one sack and the fumble recovery. The Dukes were able to bounce back from the mistake after an exceptional 53-yard punt return by redshirt freshman wide receiver Dae’Quan Scott set the Dukes up on the UNH 11-yard line. Four plays later, Noble recorded his first touchdown of the day to make the score 10-7. But the overwhelmingly poor play on the offensive side

of the ball has the coach questioning whether the negative energy stemming from a stagnant offense is now swaying to the defensive side. “I’m really concerned,” Matthews said. “You hate to say that because it’s not fair, but do I think that one side of the ball affects the other side? Yes, I do.” Whatever the case may be, JMU has limited time to figure out the problem as a daunting CAA schedule lies before the team. The Dukes return to action next Saturday, Oct. 23, when they travel to play defending Football Championship Subdivision champion, No. 6 Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. contact Joey Doherty at dohertjp@dukes.jmu.edu.

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