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Gregory Geoffroy, Iowa State President Daniel Fischer, GSB President Ann Campbell, Ames Mayor Josh Hillman, Iowa State Daily Editor in Chief


CyRide gives free rides to students, faculty, staff (Ross Boettcher) Learn the rules to riding your bike on campus (Jenon Katt) ISU Dining provides many on-campus food options (Tameka Hilson)


Several book-buying options exist (Tara Flockhart) Not stuck with a class after all (Jenon Katt)


Student groups appeal to interests of every kind (Stefanie Buhrman) Students balance work, social, academic life (Patrick Crowley) Campustown ‘the center of everything’ (Katie Deiderichs) SUB has on-campus entertainment (Kelly Howard) Ames, Iowa State are home to many faiths (Anthony Capps) Consider opportunities offered by greek system (Kristopher Kish)


Officials suggest students pack light (Rebecca Carton) ISU Alert to keep campus informed (Kyle Ferguson) The key to living together: good communication (Katie Deiderichs) Healthy relationships take time commitment (Jennifer Dryden) Homesickness not uncommon among freshmen (Allison Suesse)


Tutor recommends seeking help at first sign of trouble (Pat Shaver) IT Services answers computer questions (Sarah Thiele) Find advice through financial counseling clinic (Benjamin Day) Check out cameras, projectors, laptops through IT Services (Kim Norvell) Parents association exists to answer questions (Holly Johannsen) Iowa State offers help to struggling students (Ashley Crouthamel)


Catch up on the last 10 years of Cyclone football (Kyle Oppenhuizen) A student’s guide to ISU tailgating (Matt Gubbels) Athletic ticket information Iowa State Center to host various events (Andrea Beisser) Memorial Union’s M-Shop a venue for performances, contests, studying (Kim Norvell) On building a business, from the sidewalk, in (Josh Harrell)


Thielen offers clinic, pharmacy to students (Emily Bishop) Dining centers work with students to avoid allergic reactions (Emily Bishop) ISU Dining offers variety, eating advice (Emily Bishop)


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Destination Iowa State schedule Hey, you with the red bag! You look like a freshman (Stefanie Buhrman)

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A word from GSB President Daniel Fischer A letter from President Geoffroy... We’re delighted to welcome you to Iowa State University for orientation! I hope you have a fantastic visit and that we are able to provide everything you need to get you ready to come to Iowa State this fall. You are beginning a very exciting time in your life, and there is no better place to experience it than Iowa State University. The campus will come alive for you this fall, with new classes, new friends, new activities and many new opportunities to learn and grow. We want you to get the most out of this experience, and enjoy it to its fullest. Our faculty and staff are eager to assist you in any way as you make the transition to your life at Iowa State. While you are here, take advantage of them — ask questions, get their advice, and make connections that you can continue to use throughout your time at Iowa State. I want to thank you for choosing Iowa State University and becoming a Cyclone. You made a great choice! Have a wonderful visit, and I look forward to welcoming you as new students at Iowa State this fall! Sincerely,

Gregory L. Geoffroy ISU President

Welcome to one of the most exciting times in your life, at a university that will help you reach your goals and enable you to have a great time in the process! Iowa State University offers tremendous opportunities to students, not only in the classroom, but through clubs, organizations and experiences you may never have imagined. I remember the day that I came to college, and Fischer I experienced many of the same nervous feelings that many of you probably have: What do I do if I am struggling in a class? How will I make friends? What should I do if I am not pleased with Iowa State? Luckily for you, there are plenty of resources and services available for you to utilize. Classes may sometimes be large and difficult, but professors truly do care about students, and the Academic Success Center is a tremendous resource. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek the advice of your professors, because helping you along the way is a part of their job. No matter what type of personality or interests you possess, there will be opportunities to meet lifelong friends. There are well over 500 organizations here at Iowa State, including academic department clubs, fraternities and sororities and clubs for all types of backgrounds. Whether your interest is sports, music, politics, religion or service, there is something for you. Many students worry about the size of a large university, but you will quickly find that campus becomes a much smaller and less intimidating place once you begin to get involved. The Government of the Student Body is here to represent you when you feel like something needs to be changed at some place throughout the university. GSB is the recognized voice to the ISU administration, the Ames City Council and the state of Iowa’s politicians. Whether we can help fix the problem or refer you to the people who can, we would love to hear your feedback and help to continually improve this great university. These will be some of the best years of your life. Work hard, get involved and have fun! Daniel Fischer Government of the Student Body President

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Mayor Campbell: Welcome to Ames! Ask many people around the state and the nation what first comes to mind when hearing of Ames, Iowa, and Iowa State University, that wonderful institution with a 150-year history, is the immediate answer. And now we are pleased to have you join our special community. Let me recount some of the ways in which Ames and Iowa State are so totally intertwined. Brookside Park, with paths for biking and walking, shelters for picnics and quiet spots for study with anticipated new wireless connections, is owned by the university Campbell but run by the city. It is truly a spot where all come to meet — right next door to the campus. Just north of Brookside Park, construction is underway on a new, state-of-the-art aquatic center. It too is on university property, but is being built by the city of Ames and will offer reduced fees to ISU students. Watch the progress there and help us anticipate the grand opening in the summer of 2009. Note the cardinal and gold buses, affectionately known as CyRide, which travel to all parts of town, seven days a week, with most routes converging on Central Campus. Ames and Iowa State made national history in introducing the concept of this unique bus system, which is jointly funded and operated by ISU students, administration and the city of Ames. Now, more than 4.5 million passengers ride annually. Hopefully you will join those ranks where students ride for free. Additionally, the city is blessed by having university expertise right in our midst. We have had a history of being able to turn to ISU professors and students when seeking sophisticated answers to technical issues or employing student interns in many of our city’s departments. And, finally, as we all embark on a new academic year, I hope you will join the university and the city in our commitment to have every individual join the conscious effort to make Ames an outstanding model for an environmentally sustainable community. Learn what has already been done; learn what we all still need to do. And let’s “Go Green.” Thanks for choosing Iowa State University and Ames, Iowa. Sincerely,

Ann Campbell Mayor, City of Ames

Daily editor in chief: Have fun at ISU! So now you’re a Cyclone. There are so many great things about being a Cyclone — academically, there’s the number of ways you can shape your education and the professors who truly care about you. There’s also the outstanding amenities: the beautiful campus, the football tailgates, broomball and the intramural program, and Campaniling, just to name a few. And there’s the Iowa State Daily. The Daily is a 13,500 circulation newspaper that prints Monday through Friday during the school year and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. This is in addition to Hillman our Web site,, which gets updated continually. It’s my hope that as you learn about Ames and campus, the Iowa State Daily becomes a part of your routine at Iowa State. If there’s a hot issue on campus, you can be sure we’ll be covering it in our news section, and then running editorials and letters to the editor sounding off about it in our opinion section. Same goes for the more mundane aspects of ISU life. A Board of Regents meeting isn’t exactly a spectator sport, but if it means a change in tuition, fees or policy, we’ll fill you in on our Web site and in our print edition. Iowa State is an outstanding place to spend four (maybe more) years. Have a wonderful time while you’re here this summer, and make the most of it this fall! Josh Hillman Iowa State Daily Editor in Chief


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CyRide gives free rides to students, faculty, staff By Ross Boettcher Daily Staff Writer

Need a ride? Don’t have a car? No problem. CyRide has you covered. As the 2008-2009 academic year is set to kick off, you’ve likely heard of the popular public transportation service that the city of Ames and Iowa State have to offer. CyRide, which is funded collaboratively by the Government of the Student Body, the city of Ames and Iowa State University, provides students with an economical means of efficient transportation. “The bus service is a great opportunity for the kids to be able to get around campus very easily and, obviously, economically, because it’s free to all ISU students,” said Sheri Kyras, director of transportation for CyRide. “All they need to do is get on and show their ISU card and they can use the bus at no cost.” When first arriving on campus, Kyras said she would encourage students to try the service “right off the bat,” using the buddy system and asking questions. “Maybe grab a friend and go out and try the service; and I think they will find that it’s very easy to use. Our drivers are out there to help them if they have any problems or questions,” Kyras said. For students who will be riding public transportation for the very first time, Kyras said getting famil-

iar with the different routes and making sure “you’re going in the right direction” are both important issues to alleviate early on. Shari Atwood, transit planner for CyRide, echoed Kyras’ sentiments, saying students should call CyRide with any questions about “getting from point A to point B.” For those unfamiliar with CyRide in the heat of the academic year, Atwood said it is an objective of CyRide’s to never leave students standing at a bus stop. She said contracting with other transportation companies, such as CIT, allows CyRide to use extra buses if certain routes, particularly the orange and red routes, are seeing increased ridership. “CyRide doesn’t leave anybody standing on a route,” Atwood said. “If there are several people standing out on red route, we send out what we call extra buses to cover all those additional people that need to get to that 9:30 [a.m.] class.”


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CyRide considers future — new routes, buses CYRIDE continued from PAGE 15 rides back to the dorm areas, including Maple-Willow-Larch, Friley Hall and Towers. Furthermore, the green route, Kyras said, will see an additional hour of service time on Sunday mornings, as it will start at 9:30 a.m., one hour earlier than in the past. When it comes to what Kyras called the “busiest route in the state of Iowa” — CyRide’s orange route — CyRide will continue to service the park and ride at the Iowa State Center every two minutes, something she said is extremely helpful to new riders.

What’s to come

During the 2007-2008 school year, the future of CyRide was a popular topic for discussions. While some loose ends concerning fleet expansion and free rides for all Ames residents may get tied up during the 2008-2009 school year,

discussions concerning CyRide’s future will certainly continue. After completing a feasibility study of CyRide’s orange route, Kyras said it was suggested that the public transit organization implement articulated buses instead of the run-of-the-mill buses that are currently used. Instead of the typical 37-passenger limit on the average CyRide bus, articulated buses have a potential carrying capacity of 60. The only problem with the idea: funding. Currently, the normal CyRide bus costs approximately $335,000, a pricetag that seems dwarfed next to the cost of articulated buses, which hold a value of nearly $600,000 a piece. “We’re struggling with the cost of the vehicles, as well as our storage area — we’re getting fairly close to being at capacity,” Kyras said. “We’re actually in the process of working on a facility study to give us direction on how we can accom-

modate all of that. That should be finished up this fall.” In the area of facility expansion, Kyras said there are a few directions CyRide could go. At CyRide’s current campus facility, 1700 University Blvd., Kyras said storage space is getting tight. Because CyRide owns the building at its current location, its options are to expand on the land that the company owns on campus, to create a smaller, supplemental satellite location off campus, or to move the entire facility to a different, off-campus location. Whatever the case, Kyras said it is unlikely students will see articulated buses in the upcoming school year. “I would say it would be a good couple years before you would see the possibility of the larger vehicles here in Ames,” she said. Atwood said that after each year, CyRide’s transit coordinator, Tom Davenport, helps “tweak” routes to best suit the needs of the student

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Before students can pedal off to class, they must first learn a few bicycling regulations. Bicycles brought to campus must be registered with the ISU Department of Public Safety or licensed with the city of Ames. According to the Policy Library, students can pick up free registration forms at DPS offices, in room 168 of the Armory, or on the DPS Web site,, or at the Ames City Hall, as well as local bicycle shops and various other businesses in Ames. “The university works with the city of Ames, just in case the bike gets lost or stolen, we are able to

find it for people,” said Mishelle Michel, program assistant with DPS. “It is in conjunction with the city of Ames, so both are able to locate them.” Registration requires such information as the bike’s make, model and serial number. After registration forms have been completed and turned in, DPS mails identification stickers to the bike owner. Michel said it is wise for students to get their bike registered as soon as possible. Once a bike is registered and has an identification sticker on it, students are able to ride on any university property. When riding on campus, however, there are rules as to where bikes may be parked. “We don’t want you to chain your bike around a tree or a railing going into a building, so that is why there

are so many bike racks around campus,” Michel said. According to the DPS Web site, “bicycles must be parked in the bicycle racks provided. They must not be parked on lawns or sidewalks; chained to trees, light poles, fences, benches, etc.” Bicycles are also not allowed in university buildings unless they are authorized buildings as determined by DPS.


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ISU Dining provides many on-campus food options ByTameka Hilson Daily Staff Writer

Hungry? The ISU campus offers a variety of different dining options and an easy process to purchase them.

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Dining Dollar$ can be redeemed at any ISU dining center, cafe, CStore or in the MU Food Court. They are also a part of your meal plan and the number of Dinning Dollar$ available to you for the semester depends on how many meals you get. Dining Dollar$ are available during the academic school year, so your Dining Dollar$ from the fall semester will carry over into the spring semester. Any unused Dining Dollar$ will expire after the spring semester ends.


You can add up to $250 to your CyCash account through AccessPlus, on the university’s Web site.

You can transfer money from your checking or savings account to your CyCash account. You may also charge up to $50 to your university bill. You may also use CyCash at a variety of locations, including the Parks Library, laundry facilities, vending machines and other places on campus.


C-Stores provide students with everything you would find in a convenience store, except the gas. • Hawthorn Market & Café Frederiksen Court Community Center • Maple-Willow-Larch Commons • Wallace-Wilson Commons • West Side Market Union Drive Community Center

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By using your meal plan you have the option of buying a meal bundles at the following locations: Hawthorn Market & Café (break-

Job opportunities through ISU Dining Each semester, more than 800 students work for ISU Dining. Many jobs are available on campus, especially at the dining facilities. Further advancement is also available, including being a student supervisor or student assistant manager. Having the ability to make your own schedule is provided at select dining halls. Staff members also work around class schedules and other activities that may be going on in students’ lives. Many student-employees with ISU Dining claim it is one of the best ways to make new friends, gain valuable work experience and conveniently balance work with school while using time management skills.

fast, lunch and dinner), the Memorial Union Food Court (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Clyde’s Sports Club (lunch and dinner). Meal bundles provide students with the ability the grab something and go if they are in a hurry or sit down and eat, whichever can fit into their schedule.

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Ryan Osterberger, manager of food service for campus dining services: • Maple-Willow-Larch closed for renovations on May 9 and will reopen in August 2009. • The Linden Hall dining center reopens in August to help with the rush of students that will be on campus while the MWL dining center is closed for renovations. • Oak-Elm will serve MondaySunday, rather than MondayFriday. • ISU Dining is looking into a premium coffee program at the Union Drive Marketplace. • “Purchasing local sustainable products is what we are striving to continue, which would contain more fresh, local produce, including vegetables, fruits and other items,” Osterberger said. • “There is also a new chief manager, Thierry Bourroux, who is from France. [He] will be creating new menu ideas for the upcoming school year,” Osterberger said. • ISU Dining will be offering meal

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Several book-buying options exist ByTara Flockhart Daily Staff Writer

In the midst of reuniting with old friends and making new ones, purchasing textbooks and supplies for classes is normally toward the bottom of students’ to-do lists. It’s a necessity for most, though, and whether you are brand new to campus or transferring to Iowa State and ready to finish up your college career, there are several things to keep in mind in order to avoid unnecessary headaches throughout the process. “The best advice I can give is for students to be informed,” said Amy DeLashmutt, program coordinator for the University Book Store, adding that students should shop with a company that knows first hand what is needed for particular courses. There are many buying options available, including shopping at

either the UBS or Campus Book Store, 2300 Lincoln Way, using online marketplaces or buying from friends. Campus Book Store management could not be reached for information on their plans for the start to the fall semester. For the most part, however, personal preference will rule your choice, but there are some pros and cons to consider for each. Maria Reiling, vice president of marketing with, said that renting is a more sensible option for students, as books are generally only needed for a single semester. “We offer more than 1 million titles for rent [and] fast delivery to your door, and we plant a tree for every book that’s rented,” Reiling said. Currently, is available to more than 1,000 U.S. campuses. Both DeLashmutt and Reiling

Students wait in line for textbooks and other supplies on Jan. 16, 2007, at the University Book Store in the Memorial Union. UBS is just one of several options available to students looking for textbooks. File Photo: Iowa State Daily agree that online sales continue to rise as more and more people are becoming technologically savvy and prefer the convenience of

ordering from the comfort of their home.

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Not stuck with a class after all By Jenon Katt Daily Staff Writer

Students may change their schedules by adding or dropping a full semester class by following steps and guidelines outlined by the Office of the Registrar.

Period 1

According to the 2007-09 ISU Course Catalogue, the first period in which a student can add or drop a class ends on the fifth day of classes of a fall or spring semester. From the time students start registering for courses until the fifth day after the first day of classes, adding or dropping a full semester class may be done through the class registration function on AccessPlus. The schedule change becomes effective as soon as the change is made by the student. Diane Rupp, program coordinator with the records and regis-





A sign directs students to Room 10 of Alumni Hall, where add/drop slips are taken to make schedule changes. Photo: Kiley Phillips/Iowa State Daily tration department, said students may drop classes throughout the first period without it counting toward their drop limit and the drop will not appear on students’ transcripts. Students are limited to five drops in their college career. Students may also present a

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Student groups appeal to interests of every kind By Stefanie Buhrman Daily Staff Writer

Welcome to Iowa State, a university with endless possibilities, and where you can choose your own adventure. What better way to get started than by a joining a few of the many student organizations? Here’s a quick glance at a few different types.


There is something here covering almost every end of the political spectrum, from the Democrats and College Republicans to the Libertarians and Socialists. You can also get involved in groups that support specific candidates. There are even groups unaffiliated with parties that support political activism, such as Ames-ISU for Darfur, and the Students for Iowa Public Interest Research Group.

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There are a lot of Christianbased groups on campus, such as The Salt Company, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Catholic Student Community. There are also organizations such as the Atheist and Agnostic Society, the Unitarian Universalists of Iowa State and the ISU Pagan Community.

Sports and recreation

Here you’ll see the usual: the Iowa State Ultimate Frisbee Club, the Iowa State Broomball Club and the ISU Tennis Club. And yet, there are others you might not have expected, such as the Judo Club, the Parkour and FreeRunning Club and the Unicycling Club. There are also clubs that don’t involve physical activity, such as Game Renegades, the Official LEGO club of ISU and DDR@ISU.

Special interest

At Iowa State there is a club for every interest. You could do Medieval Re-Creationist Club, Mock Trial, the Ames Mac Users Group, the Ames Science Fiction and Fan-

tasy Association and the ISU Coffee Club. You can join clubs for the foreign languages you speak, anywhere from German to Russian. Even the ISU Vegetarians / Vegans

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One of the most important decisions upon entering college is whether to get a job during the school year. Ann Wessman, assistant director of financial aid, said she recommends that students get a job as soon as possible. “We recommend that [incoming freshmen] get a job as soon as they are on campus,” Wessman said. “It’s a good way to connect with the university, meet new people, and there is no better time to develop time management skills than the first semester.” Wessman said most studies show that working 10-15 hours every week help students develop better time management skills than students who choose not to work. The only downside to getting a job is that it can become too much of a good thing, Wessman said. “There is definitely a point of diminishing return — when students work too many hours a week,” Wessman said. Kaleb Hahn, sophomore in mechanical engineering, saw other problems with getting a job right away. “I chose not to get a job because I felt, as a freshman, my main goal was to get my feet planted,” Hahn said. “You shouldn’t consider getting a job until you’re completely situated.” Hahn said getting a job would interfere with his grades, as he was taking 17 credit hours and had to study outside of class. “I came to Iowa State to be a full-time student, not a parttime employee,” Hahn said.

Sign on to AccessPlus and check out the Student Job Board. You will find listings for on-campus jobs, as well as jobs throughout the Ames area.

Alex Kennedy, sophomore in kinesiology and health, decided to get a job during her second semester at Iowa State. “I waited until spring semester because I wanted to get everything figured out,” Kennedy said. Kennedy said she has learned time management skills and made great friends at her job. “Getting a job was a great decision,” Kennedy said. “I feel accomplished when I get my paychecks because then I don’t have to ask my parents for spending money.” While Kennedy is happy with her situation, she knows that getting a job isn’t for everyone. “Jobs aren’t for everyone,” Kennedy said. “You need to know your limits. If you think you can handle a job, I encourage you to get one. If you think your grades will be affected, don’t risk it.”

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Campustown ‘the center of everything’ By Katie Diederichs Daily Staff Writer

Directly across the street from south side of campus lies Welch Avenue. This street and the streets parallel and adjacent are, collectively, known as Campustown. This area is known for its bustling nightlife and many businesses. Stroll along these streets and you’ll find restaurants, tanning booths, hair salons, postal services, bars, apartments, boutiques, copy shops, tattoo parlors and more. “Campustown is great because I can go tanning, mail a package and grab dinner all at the same time,” said Toni Mortensen, junior in apparel merchandising, design and production. “Next year I am living in an apartment right in the middle of Campustown. I can’t imagine a better place to live because it is in the center of everything.”


Some students have certain places they like to visit frequently. “My favorite place in Campustown is a coffee shop called Stomping Grounds [303 Welch Ave. #101],” said Rachel Hakes, sophomore in design. “It’s a perfect place to meet friends or to study. I also love walking around Campustown on the weekends because there are so many people. There are stands that sell gyros, hot dogs and fajitas that are perfect for my late-night cravings.” Janelle Heth, senior in family finance, housing and policy, goes to Campustown often. “I am addicted to tanning, and the Campustown area has three booths to choose from,” Heth said. Whether you need a haircut, copies of a term paper or are simply looking for a night out on the town, Campustown will surely have what you are looking for.




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SUB has on-campus entertainment By Kelly Howard You’ve made it to campus, registered for classes and are wondering what’s next. Although perusing the bars on Welch Avenue is still a few years away, Iowa State’s Student Union Board and ISU AfterDark provide an array of activities for students to take part in. These activities range from movie nights to comedy performances to live music. Not to mention that most of it’s free.

venue since 1974, featuring both local and national artists. In addition to hosting more than 70 shows a year, students can also attend various student functions, including many from ISU Theatre, Grandma Mojo’s improv comedy troupe and other student organizations. In the past the MShop has hosted Jack Johnson, Mae, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ari Hest and Matt Costa. Check out the Web site for a complete list of past performers and upcoming performances in the new year.

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Want to avoid the prices of a show at the movie theater? SUB offers free films on campus Thursday and Friday nights during the school year. Admission is free and popcorn is usually provided. Save yourself a drive to the theater, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie. Lists of films to be shown can be found on the SUB Web site.

SUB fine arts

As you walk through the Pioneer Room and Gallery of the Memorial Union, make sure to take note of the art on the walls. A part of SUB Fine Arts, the walls of these rooms are decorated with pieces by local and regional artists. In addition, SUB sponsors a student show and hosts three judged art shows throughout the school year.

The Maintenance Shop

Also known as the M-Shop, the Maintenance Shop in the Memorial Union never has a dull evening. Located on the west side of the MU, the M-Shop has been a live music

This division of Student Union Board brings ISU students a little bit of comedy, theater, singing and dancing. Some of these events include Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival and Cyclone Idol.

SUB special events

When you first come to Iowa State in the fall, be on the look out for WelcomeFest and ClubFest. Not only are these great opportunities to learn about campus organizations, businesses and clubs, but there’s also a lot of free stuff. SUB Special Events is responsible for organizing these events, in addition to Terrace Parties and Stress Free Zones during finals week.


An ISU tradition for more than 70 years, Varieties is an original student production featuring 20minute musical skits and short performances called vignettes, all of which are performed by students. These exciting events bring

DJ “TouchNice,” from Des Moines, mixes records during Aeon Grey’s performance on Feb. 6 in the M-Shop. The Maintenance Shop is just one of several venues for live music in the area and is conveniently located in the basement of the Memorial Union. File Photo: Dan Francis/Iowa State Daily students from all corners of the university and is a great production to attend if you can’t be a part of it.

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AfterDark is an organization that plans late-night events for students, including bingo, Casino Night, outdoor movies, crafts and comedians. On Fridays, make sure to check out Glow Bowling at The Underground in the MU.

Ames, Iowa State are home to many faiths By Anthony Capps Daily Staff Writer

Religion is important to some people and can be something new to others. Iowa State has a place for people of many different faiths. “The student body is approxi-

mately 25 percent Catholic,” said Mary Sawyer, professor of religious studies. “Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Unitarian-Universalists, Baha’is, Wiccans, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists are all represented in

small numbers.” Sawyer said the remaining students would be divided between those who are not affiliated with a religious organization and those who are Protestants. “Some of the non-affiliated would identify as atheists or agnos-

tics, some as spiritual seekers,” she said. Sawyer said the Protestants are largely divided between those who would affiliate with “mainline” churches, such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, United Methodist Church and Presbyte-

Orientation Guide rian, USA, and those who are either evangelical or fundamentalist. “Those churches are more likely to be independent churches rather than being part of a national denomination,” Sawyer said. There are a variety of religions represented in Ames. “Most all religious traditions have an organizational presence in Ames,” she said. There are several student organizations geared toward religion and spirituality. For Christian organizations, Campus Crusade for Christ and Salt Company are among the most popular and meet once a week for fellowship and worship. Others include The River, The Rock, Navigators and Campus Christian Fellowship. Most of the organizations host small group events during the week outside of weekly gatherings. Several churches have a role in the student organizations. One example is the Wesley Foundation, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Concerning the Christian faith

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The United Church of Christ Congregational is located at the corner of Sixth Street and Kellogg Avenue in downtown Ames. The church is just one of many places in Ames for students to meet others who share their beliefs. File Photo: Iowa State Daily

there are even more organizations devoted to denominational ties, such as the Lutheran Student Movement, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of ISU, the Latter Day Saints Student Association and the Catholic Student Community.


Outside of the Christian faith, there are just as many opportunities to get involved. The ISU Pagan Community, the Atheist and Agnostic Society, the Baha’i Student Association, Unitarian Universalists of Iowa State, ISU Hillel, a Jew-

ish organization and Karma Kagyu Study Group, which is a Tibetan Buddhist organization, also have a presence on campus. For a full list of student organizations, visit www.stuorg.iastate. edu.

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through watermelon tosses, canoe races in Lake LaVerne, barbecues, sport tournaments and pie-eating competitions. For those looking to give back to their community, greeks are involved with community service projects. “Last year alone, the greek community served more than 23,808 hours and raised more than $85,249 for various charities,” said James Parrott, junior in computer science and vice president of community service and philanthropy for the Interfraternity Council. Every greek chapter at Iowa State holds at least one philanthropy event a year that can range from cookouts that bring in a couple hundred dollars to haunted houses and 5K runs that consistently raise more than $10,000 every year. Philanthropies and community service don’t always have to be limited to chapter premises, however, as some chapters choose to work with national associations as well. Events such as Push for America, Bleed Purple and Dance Marathon have large greek participation. On the ISU campus alone, freshmen can jump right into greek leadership opportunities with Junior Greek Council, Greek Week Aides, chapter officer positions and the Greek Marketing Executive Council. As leadership skills improve, students can excel in positions on councils such as the Interfraternity Council and the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, which govern all of the fraternities and sororities on campus, Greek Week Central, or become presidents of their chapters. So whether you’re looking to get your feet wet with a bit of community service hours, dancing on stage, networking with people or are looking to take the plunge head first into governing one of Iowa State’s largest student organizations, the greek community can provide you the floaties to jump start your life.

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Moving away from home and into a residence hall should be a time to create a new space, not relocate your bedroom. Virginia Arthur, associate director of the residence halls, said when preparing to move into your dorm, students should learn to bring only what they need, rather than everything they have. “[Students] typically bring more than what they need,” she said. “They bring tons of stuff, like most of the things they had in their room at home. A lot of times they end up with duplications.” Stephanie Zywicki, residence hall coordinator and graduate student in curriculum and instruction, said students don’t need to bring everything they need from home when moving away to college. “I think that students don’t think about how much they are going to accumulate over the course of the year,” she said. “I don’t think you need to bring an entire set of anything with you to school. I think the tendency is to want to transport your room at home.” Max Boose, sophomore in philosophy, said items such as aspirin and cold medicine should also take a higher priority than novelty items such as the collection of plastic axes he brought to school with him. “It turned out they weren’t relevant,” he said. Even though they bring their entire wardrobe or DVD collection, Zywicki said students often forget essential items that they may need for their dorm over the course of the year. “We get most requests for our cleaning supplies, paper towels, spray cleaners and sponges,”

she said. “I think everyone brings their toiletries, but in the process of moving people forget cleaning supplies.” David Hansen, senior in physics, said students should also purchase phone cards when moving onto campus, especially if their home is outside the state. “It can get expensive to call people,” he said. Big items, such as lofts, may be provided by the department of residence, so students don’t need to transport their beds from home. “We provide lofts in a lot of the rooms,” Arthur said. “We usually let [students] rent them or build them themselves.” When packing or purchasing new items for the residence halls, Arthur said students should be aware of items that aren’t allowed, such as items that may pose a fire hazard. “You can’t have cooking units with exposed coils and those types of things,” Arthur said. “You can’t have pets other than the pets that fall into the pet policy. Starting July 1, the campus will be smoke free. People could bring cigarettes, but they wouldn’t be able to smoke them on the grounds.” Zywicki said it is common to find candles and halogen lamps, which are illegal inside the dorms. “I would say that a lot of students think they can have candles with no wicks, but you actually can’t have candles,” she said. If a student is found to be in possession of an item that is not allowed inside the residence halls, Zywicki said the department of residence normally asks them to remove the item. “We just normally have a conversation with the student, because when new students are moving in they may not be aware,” she said. In the end, Zywicki said “less is more” when moving to the dorm life. “Bring things you can’t survive without,” she said.

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ISU Alert to keep campus informed By Kyle Ferguson Daily Staff Writer

With so many things incoming freshmen have to worry about, one of the last things anyone wants to think about is how to stay safe. However, neglecting to think about your own wellbeing can be a recipe for disaster. “Things can happen, so people should always be prepared and alert to possibilities of getting help, should they need it,” said Gene Deisinger, ISU Police commander. With the events that occurred at Northern Illinois and Virginia Tech universities still lingering in people’s minds, Iowa State has taken steps to ensure students are informed of any emergencies on campus through the ISU Alert system. When activated, the system sends voicemail messages, text messages and e-mails to every student, faculty and staff member. “Everyone is automatically enlisted in the service,” said Dione Somerville, dean of students. “Students can opt out, but we hope they wouldn’t do that.” Somerville recommended students keep their contact information updated via the ISU Alert tab on AccessPlus, which is accessible on the ISU homepage.

“If students don’t use the tab, we will pull whatever contact information we have on them and use that,” Somerville said. “If that happens to be a home phone number, then that’s not serving the purpose of reaching people in harm’s way to help enhance their safety.” However, students should not just rely on the program for safety — they should also rely on themselves. “Get familiar with your environment — with people who don’t seem to fit,” Deisinger said. “Don’t walk where you can’t see or hear your surroundings, and always be aware of them and the time of day.” In case something should happen, there are a number of ways to get in touch with authorities. There are a number of emergency phone stations on campus that put people in touch with the dispatchers, and people can also call 911. “People should note that if you call 911 on your cell phones, you will go to the Ames dispatch and will probably get forwarded to us,” Deisinger said. “If you call 911 on a campus phone, we will be able to know which building you’re calling from and will be able to get help out quicker.”

The key to living together: good communication By Katie Diederichs Daily Staff Writer

Roommates can be your study partners, workout buddies and best friends. Making sure you get off on the right foot is important since you will be spending quite a bit of time with them. Ginny Hammes, junior in preadvertising, learned from experience that it is important to discuss your boundaries right away. “I was assigned with a random

roommate my freshman year,” Hammes said. “After a couple of weeks, I thought about moving out because we didn’t get along at all. She took my stuff, stayed up late at night, didn’t clean up after herself and always had people over.” Hammes sat her roommate down and told her something needed to change, otherwise she would move out. “She started crying and said that she was having trouble adjusting to college life and wanted to work

Orientation Guide things out,” Hammes said. “After our talk, she started respecting my space and being more considerate. Eventually we became inseparable. Now she is one of my best friends, and now I talk to her all the time.” Hammes said she is glad to have gone through the situation and taken the opportunity to talk things out with her roommate. “The whole thing taught me that college is not just about education, but it’s about getting to know different types of people and learning how to get along with them,” she said. Some topics to discuss with your roommate, which are listed on the department of residence Web site, include cleanliness, study habits and when guests will be allowed in the room. Some people advise new freshmen to step out of their comfort zone and live with a random roommate. Nathan Stoss, senior in electrical engineering and community adviser in Willow, recommends that freshmen don’t room with friends from home. “I have seen too many friends ruin their friendship after living together,” Stoss said. “Also, living with a random roommate gives you an opportunity to meet new people and make new connections.” Stoss, who was a community adviser for two years, said if there is a problem between roommates the first step is to see what the problem is. “Usually the community adviser will sit down with both roommates and see if anything can be worked out,” Stoss said. “If nothing can be done, each roommate has the chance to move to a different room, a different floor or even a different dorm.” Stoss said it is a simple process that requires minimal paperwork. According to the department of residence Web site, nine out of 10 incoming freshmen choose to live in the dorms or on-campus apartments, even though it is not required that they live on campus for any amount of time. For those who choose to live elsewhere, there are many options for off-campus living, such as greek houses and apartments.

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Living with a new roommate can often bring about conflict between living styles. Room cleanliness, personal hygiene and being noisy while the other is studying are the top complaints. Community advisers recommend sitting down and simply talking to your roommate if you aren’t getting along, although room changes can be made if you and your roommate can’t settle your differences. File photo illustration: Trevor Patch/Iowa State Daily Campustown Property Management has a total of 22 apartment complexes in Ames, all of which are located near campus and are mostly rented by college students. Jen Sanford, office manager of Campustown Property Management, said one of the biggest problems that roommates in apartments face is issues with money. “We do everything we can to facilitate roommate problems,” Sanford said. “Sometimes we get all of the roommates involved in the conversation, and sometimes it works better with a one-on-one discussion. It just depends on the situation.” Sanford said since the majority of their tenants are college students, they are understanding when it comes to financial situations and will try to help work out problems with roommates. “I see more roommates that are best friends than those that are enemies,” Stoss said. “But when people are living in a bad situation, there is always something that can be done to fix it, whether that be moving to a different room or just sitting down to talk things out.”





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Healthy relationships take time commitment By Jennifer Dryden Daily Staff Writer

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Students are packed up, moved out and already adapting to new routines. The change can be disconcerting to anyone’s life, especially during those fragile first semesters away from home. Maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and romantic partners can be a top priority and concern for many students. Leaving parents, life-long friends and maybe even a romantic relationship can cause many students to question what to do next. Marty Martinez, staff psychologist with student counseling services, explained the process as a “balancing act.” “One thing you want: to take a balanced person — yourself — into a relationship and, hopefully, with

a person who [also] has a healthy balance,” Martinez said. “[If] you have a good, healthy approach to life, that’s the number one thing that will contribute to a healthy relationship.” Change is often portrayed as a negative thing, but it’s often not, in all cases, Martinez said. Growth can be a good change that can impact one’s life in becoming an individual with personal goals and values, he said. “Change means different; different means unfamiliar; unfamiliar means scary,” Martinez said. Martinez said that a person needs to recognize that change happens and it’s scary, but, more importantly, healthy. Change is a good sign of growth and maturity and needs to be embraced, rather than feared, he said. Carolyn Cutrona, professor of

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Carolyn Cutrona, a professor of psychology, suggests students commit time and patience to friends and family at home, who need time to adjust to the changes in yourself, as you grow up. Photo: Courtesy/ psychology and director for the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, said staying connected with loved ones is most influential in maintaining good long-distance relationships. “Predictability in your contacts with the people who are not with you,” Cutrona said. “That’s really reassuring with the people who can’t see you every day. Just make your communication predictable with parents and romantic partners [because] it shows you still care.” Cutrona said friendships are easier to maintain than parental or romantic relationships while you’re away at college. The main obstacle with friends, she said, can be explaining the changes individuals go through. “When people go off to college, you grow up in certain ways and maybe your values change in certain ways,” Cutrona said. “If you can explain that to the people back home they’ll know it’s still you, but

now you are thinking a little differently about certain things.” In making new friendships at college, Cutrona encouraged students to take the initiative, to take risks, to get involved in different activities and to “be true to yourself.” Coming to college means entering a new world, by making new relationships and maintaining the ones from home. Martinez, along with many other faculty, staff and graduate students, is available, upon appointment, to talk with students. The services are free and they offer individual, group, career and couples counseling, along with eating disorder and substance abuse services. Beginning Aug. 16, Student Counseling Service office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 515-294-5056. For more information, visit their Web site, at ~stdtcouns.

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Homesickness not uncommon among freshmen By Allison Suesse Daily Staff Writer

Going to college can be an exciting and liberating experience. But as with any new experience, there comes an uncertainty that can lead to feelings of homesickness. Homesickness is a very common emotion experienced during students’ first year at college. Leaving things that are familiar and comfortable can take a toll on students. Loreto Prieto, director of Latino/a studies and counselor, said homesickness is a situational occurrence, and not a psychological disorder. “You’re away from things that are familiar, secure — away from the predictability and routine,” Prieto said. Prieto said it’s inevitable that people will feel attached to people and things they feel have meaning in their lives. In order to feel more at home, Prieto said students

should make the best of living in a new situation and try to create meaning with the new people and things in their lives. Prieto said there are a variety of ways students can deal with homesickness and start to feel more comfortable in their new surroundings. Students deal with homesickness in a variety of ways, depending on their personality. Prieto suggested that the best way to deal with feeling homesick is to make a strong effort to make Iowa State feel more like home. He advises students go to social events and join clubs. Although the cure for homesickness seems relatively simplistic, many students feel too shy to try and meet new people. Research suggests that shyness is a character trait, and often situational — for example, when meeting new people in a new situation, Prieto said. Everyone feels unsure of themselves once in a while. “You’re not

weird or odd if you feel shy in a new situation,” Prieto said. Luckily, Prieto said shyness is not chronic and there are ways to shake the feeling of uncertainty in new situations. “Display openness to want to get to know others,” Prieto said. “People are drawn to other people who are easygoing and open.” Everyone goes through feeling homesick their freshman year of college. Elizabeth Noldan, sophomore in kinesiology and health, came to Iowa State from Florida. Noldan said to shake the feeling of homesickness she tried to keep herself busy and active. “Once I started making friends it wasn’t so bad anymore. I missed my family, but talking on the phone to them helps a lot,” she said. Scott Meyer, staff physician at the Thielen Student Health Center, agreed that homesickness is best remedied by making an effort to get to know people and getting involved.

“Get to know your neighbors,” Meyer said. “Check out ClubFest. Get involved to take your mind off homesickness and make Iowa State feel less like an impersonal, scary space. This will make college seem more personal and homey.” Meyer also said doing something physical, such as going on a walk or run for a mood booster, was a good idea. It is also important to get enough sleep and to eat nutritious food, as these are the things that start to slip when students begin to feel homesick, Meyer said. Both Prieto and Meyer said homesickness only becomes a problem when students start feeling so sad that they stop doing things they once enjoyed and struggle to find motivation. Meyer said the Student Wellness Center is a good place to go if students are feeling overwhelmingly sad. “Counseling is free, and if you’re feeling down, talking it out with someone will help.” Meyer said.

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Iowa State’s tutoring program offers students the option to get help from other students outside of the classroom. If students are interested in getting a tutor or becoming a tutor, they can visit the Academic Success Center or get information on the tutoring services Web site, www. “I recommend seeking out help at the first sign of trouble. It is better to stay on top of each subject and not get behind,” said Nick Landmesser, graduate student in educational leadership and policy studies and tutoring program graduate assistant. “Tutoring, or other services at the Academic Success Center, are designed to help each student reach their full academic potential.” The Academic Success Center usually sees around 1,800 tutees and employs about 300 tutors every semester, Landmesser said. “I think tutoring services are a great resource,” said Andrea Herrick, tutor and junior in psychology. “I have been on both ends — as a tutor and as a student — and I just want people to know that if you are patient, anyone can be successful.” Although Herrick said tutoring can be rewarding, it is important for students to invest time and energy into their sessions. “It’s hard for students to understand that tutoring isn’t a quick fix for their grades or their overall understanding of the material,” Herrick said. “Most people think that, if they get a tutor, that all of

Tutoring costs: – $5 administrative fee – $4 per hour for group tutoring – $7 per hour for individual tutoring Charges are sent to students’ U-Bills. — Information compiled from the Tutor Program Web site.

their academic problems will magically disappear or be fixed, and tutoring, just like anything else, is a process which takes time and patience.” Whitney Rock, tutor leader and senior in finance, said most of the courses she tutors for are introductory courses, so often the tutees struggle most with adjusting to life at college. “A lot of the time the biggest challenge for students is developing good time management and study skills and developing them fast enough and applying them in order to do well the first year,” Rock said. When a student signs up for tutoring, the structure of the session is based on how the student learns best and the type of material they are studying. “Generally the sessions are question based, meaning that tutees come to each session with concepts and problems they need help with,” Rock said. “After addressing the questions, we often review the material from the current and previous sessions.” If students are in a class that does not have tutoring available, Rock suggests they talk to their professors or teaching assistants, see if there is a help room that they could go to, any Supplemental Instruction that may be offered or to get help from friends, classmates or family.

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IT Services answers computer questions By SarahThiele Daily Staff Writer

Durham Center is your one stop for computer help. Located next to Parks Library, the Durham Center is home to the Solution Center and Computer Service. Here you will find help for all of your computer-related needs. Many help services can also be found on the Information Technology Web site,

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Find advice through financial counseling clinic By Benjamin Day Daily Staff Writer

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Counselors give tips on spending, saving FINANCES continued from PAGE 49 find out when opening a checking account is if they charge a fee for holding your account. Hennick also had many other tips for checking account holders. “Watch your spending. Overdrawing your account is another problem for students,” Hennick said. “At around $40 per overdraw, this can add up fast. Also watch for ATM fees as well — those can add up fast too.” She suggested budgeting your income and spending as the only way to keep from overdrawing. One of the reasons for opening an account is because so many times students don’t know where their cash goes. “One day a student will have $20 cash; two days later it will be gone and they will have no idea where it was spent,” Hennick said. Utilize your online banking resources if they are available, Hennick said. And check your state-

ments regularly, to monitor your spending. Savings accounts are another type of banking account students could consider. Hennick said the average savings account only gains around a 0.1 percent return. If you are looking for a larger return on your savings, she suggested opening an online savings account. Online savings accounts average a much higher return — upwards of 3 percent. Credit cards are something else to consider. If you are using a credit card, Hennick said you should pay off your balance every month. “When using your credit card, you really need to assess your needs versus your wants,” Hennick said. “The average college student has around $2,200 of credit card debt upon graduation, that’s about an $88 per month payment that could be going to something else.” Looking for cards that don’t have annual fees is another sug-

gestion Hennick made. Hennick said students should make sure they always ask when opening the account so that they don’t get hit with an unexpected annual fee from their credit provider. The biggest area students find financial trouble in is in the area of student loans, Hennick said. “Know your capacity when it comes to student loans. Consider how much you are going to make in income after graduation when deciding how much you want to borrow,” Hennick said. “Be well educated about borrowing.” One thing to consider is a student loan consolidation plan. Many consolidators will offer some discount for using their services as well as allowing you to only make one payment per period. This can be especially nice if you have borrowed from multiple lenders. One overall suggestion Hennick had was to track your spending for a couple of weeks or a month. “Bring a piece of paper with

you and write down every transaction you make,” Hennick said. “This is the best way to make judgments on what you can and cannot spend your money on, to limit your spending.” The ISU Financial Counseling Clinic exists to help students make financial decisions. If you are having credit card problems, getting ready to graduate, planning a major purchase or wanting investment information, they can help you with all of those things, and at no charge. You can set up an appointment with either Hennick or Doug Borkowski, financial counselor, via e-mail, at They are located at 4380 Palmer, Suite 1331. For quick questions, e-mail and either one of them will get back to you as soon as they can with an answer or at least another resource. For more information, go to

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Check out cameras, projectors, laptops through IT Services By Kim Norvell Daily Staff Writer

For those students working hard to pull together the resources for a laptop or some other piece of digital equipment, look no further than the Information Technology Student Equipment and Laptop Checkout program. Funded by the Computation Advisory Committee, which is responsible for university student computer fees, and partially funded by the Government of the Student Body, the program provides students with the opportunity to check out media equipment they might not be able to purchase. The program is available through Information Technology Services and is located in the communications building, on the north side of campus. Many options are available for media checkout, including video equipment, digital cameras, projectors and laptops. There are approximately 60 laptops, 20 digital cameras and 30 projectors available for checkout. Jeremy Kellen, instructional support specialist for IT services academic technologies, said all laptops are Dells and rotated yearly so none are more than five years old.

Equipment is available on loan for five business days. Reservations can be made 30 days in advance — in person — at the communications building. An ISU card is required and it’s free to check out equipment. However, large fines are given for every day they are returned late. Some projects assigned by professors require the use of expensive, high-tech equipment that students may not be interested in purchasing for one-time use. Shzamir Garcia, senior in landscape architecture, found the service useful, renting both digital cameras and projectors for an inclass power point presentation. “The variety of digital equipment offered is useful since we focus on visual communication here at the college of design,” Garcia said. “I haven’t had to buy a camera in the three years since I’ve been here. I certainly recommend other students to use the resources provided [by IT]. It’s a subsidized program that benefits all those students that lack resources.” For more information and a complete list of equipment call 294-8026 or visit edu/checkout/students.html.

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Parent’s Association exists to answer questions By Holly Johannsen Daily Staff Writer

Parents: You may have just realized you are sending a child off to college. Maybe it’s your first, or

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teers for the board of directors, but every parent of an ISU student is a part of the association. The main purpose is create a connection between parents of students and the university. “A lot of parents have concerns for their students,” Ross said. “We are the best resource with a great connection for parents to the university where they can get answers to their questions.” The association’s main event is Cyclone Family Weekend, during which, families are invited to visit campus and their children. During orientation, the Parents’ Association also serves on a panel to answer questions for new families at Iowa State. “We can develop communication with the general parent population,” Port said.

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Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult. With a higher course load, some students may find it difficult to find time to study and keep up with classes. Iowa State offers a variety of solutions for students to help keep them on track. The Academic Success Center, 1060 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, offers multiple options for helping students succeed. Academic Consulting One-on-one work between students and a consultant helps identify problems with study habits and time management. Strategies are then developed in order to help improve those areas for the student. Academic Intervention This program encourages students to stay on track toward graduation by helping them recognize obstacles to their success and offering workshops that can help develop strategies to overcome them. Psychology 131 This course teaches students about effective time management, test preparation, memorization, reading, effective note taking, critical and creative thinking, writing, relationships and healthy choices. The course is offered fall and spring semesters and has a limited amount of seating to help ensure students get individual attention. Tutor Program One-on-one tutoring and small group tutoring are both available for many undergraduate classes. Tutors are students who have excelled in a particular class and have knowledge in certain subject areas. Tutors can help go over course material, provide feedback and answer questions about assignments.

If students don’t necessarily need assistance with study habits and are just looking for a quiet place to go, Kurt Earnest, residence life coordinator, said all residence halls provide rooms specifically for studying. “All halls have dens and/or parlors, and many designate specific time when these spaces will be used for study,” Earnest said. “Other halls have converted existing space to expand the availability of study environments.” He said the residence hall directors and community advisors also help out by posting items on bulletin boards and in newsletters related to academic success, and routinely meeting with students to discuss academic concerns. Another part of the residence hall’s role in encouraging academic success is the development of learning communities. “Learning communities are small groups of students who share academic interests, class and develop close friendships as a part of an innovative program in cooperative learning,” Earnest said. “The department of residence, in partnership with the colleges, offers residential learning communities in which students live together on designated houses/floors within the residence halls and apartment communities. In many cases, upper-class peer mentors are assigned to these communities and plan programs or meet one-on-one with students to assist their transition to Iowa State.” Learning communities aren’t just limited to those who live in residence halls. Iowa State also offers non-residential learning communities. “Both residential and non-residential learning communities have been proven to boost students’ satisfaction and increase students’ retention rates,” Earnest said.

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Parents are also encouraged to become involved with various campus events, such as Veishea, where they are welcome to give input and volunteer. Newsletters are also available for parents to receive information about current events occurring at Iowa State and how to get involved. Ross said partnering with admissions and new student programs has allowed for more parental involvement and information for new Cyclone families. “It’s important to know about our various campus resources,” Port said. Ross said parents should look for ways to help their students and become more aware of what is happening at the university. “Iowa State feels different, and there is a willingness for parents to be a part of this,” Ross said. “It creates a sense of family.”




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Catch up on the past 10 years of Cyclone football Daily Staff Writer

Never been to an ISU football game? Here’s what you need to know before stepping into Jack Trice Stadium on Aug. 28 for the Cyclones’ opening game against South Dakota State.

Dan the man

Before former coach Dan McCarney came to Iowa State in 1995, the Cyclones hadn’t been to a bowl game since 1978 and were coming off of a winless season. McCarney went through initial growing pains, but led Iowa State to unprecedented success. He ended the Cyclones’ 15-game losing streak to Iowa in 1998. He led Iowa State to their first bowl game in 22 years in 2000, and their first-ever bowl victory against Pittsburgh in the Bowl, which would prove to be the beginning of a streak that would see five bowls

in six years. McCarney twice had ISU teams in position to win the Big 12 North. In 2004 and 2005, Iowa State entered the final games of the season with a chance to go to the Big 12 Championship game with wins. Unfortunately for Cyclone fans, crucial missed kicks late in the games hindered Iowa State’s chances for victory. During the next season, McCarney resigned and parted ways with Iowa State. “Dan is a special person,” Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said.

Beat Iowa

Iowa State entered the 1998 game against in-state rival Iowa as huge underdogs, having lost the last 15 games in the series. The Cyclones left Kinnick Stadium that day with a 27-9 win and completely changed the complexion of the rivalry, going on to win five in a row in the series.

Alexan Robinson pushes past Colorado’s Jeff Smart on Nov. 10, 2007 at Jack Trice Stadium. File photo/ Iowa State Daily Some memorable ISU victories during the last 10 years include: 2002: Iowa State rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit at Kinnick Stadium to win, 36-31. 2005: Coming into the game as heavy underdogs, the Cyclones pulled off a 23-3 upset over the No. 8 Hawkeyes. 2007: Bret Culbertson hit five field goals, including the game winner, sealing a 15-13 Cyclone victory and garnering Gene Chizik his first victory as the Cyclones’ head coach.

Last season

Aside from the victory over Iowa, the first seven games of the season were forgettable for the Cyclones. Iowa State started off with losses to Kent State, Northern Iowa and Toledo in three of their first four games. They then lost to Nebraska, Texas Tech and Texas by a combined score of 133-37.


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A student’s guide to ISU tailgating By Matt Gubbels

played to 21 points.

With the fall on its way and school about to begin, football is on the horizon. And when there is football going on, on a college campus, tailgating is as well. Tailgating, for some, is more important than the games on Saturdays, and that is no different at Iowa State. Here are some lists that, if they are followed, will help those who have not really experienced tailgating. These will help everyone fully experience the fun of tailgating at Jack Trice Stadium and the games inside the stadium as well:

3. Tailgate Washers This game is maybe the least complicated them all. It also requires a piece of wood with a hole in it. The goal is to try and throw just plain old round washers through the hole. If the washer goes through the hole, it scores a point, and this game can be played to any total number of points.

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Games to Learn 1. Bean-Bag Toss Many of these games are cheap, and bean-bag toss can be one of these, unless you’re looking for a customized set of equipment. Otherwise, all you need is eight bean-bags and a rectangular piece of wood, atop a platform, with a hole near the back of it. Each team throws four bean bags and tries to reach exactly 21 with a shot into the hole scoring three points and a shot landing on the board counting as one. Opponents can cancel out your points by landing the same shot. 2. Ladder Golf For this game you just need three-rung ladders and six bolas. A bola is two golf balls connected by a string. Teams takes turns throwing their three bolas. The goal is to get the bolas to hang on the rungs, with the bottom rung counting for one point, the middle for two, and the top for three. This game is also

Tailgaters play bean bag toss in preparation for a Cyclone football game. There are any number of ways to spend your time before a game. Matt Gubbels has a few recommendations for you to consider. File Photo: Iowa State Daily

4. Football To get yourself prepared to cheer on the Cyclones, students can get an impromptu game of football going as well. Two-hand touch, flag or tackle is to be debated between the participants. 5. Horseshoes This old pastime requires four horseshoes and two metal posts. The goal is to get the shoes on the post and, just like washers, can be played for any length of time.

Items to Have 1. Portable Grill Having the right food to eat prior to the game might be the most important pregame item. Many choose to grill, and any kind of portable grill is essential to pre-game preparation. 2. Weather-Appropriate Clothing Unless you want to be crazy and go outside with very little clothing on when it’s only 10 degrees outside, proper clothing is very important. This includes such things as ponchos for the rain, sun block for sunny days and winter coats and gloves for the snow and cold, which can happen a lot during the fall in Iowa.

3. Coolers Along with food comes drinks and something to keep them cold: a cooler. Coolers can be stocked with water, food, pop and, for those who are 21, an assortment of alcoholic beverages. 4. Folding Chairs Unless you want to sit on the ground, folding chairs are an important item to have. Bag chairs are the most easy to

transport for those with a long trip to wherever they are tailgating. 5. Favorite Music The final thing you’ll need to have to get pumped up to cheer on the Cyclones is the proper music. This can be whatever your heart desires. You’ll hear everything from heavy metal to country music from speakers in the parking lots of Jack Trice Stadium.

A look at what’s ahead for Cyclone football FOOTBALL continued from PAGE 71 The Cyclones turned their season around with a close 17-7 loss to Big 12 Champion Oklahoma. Two weeks later, Iowa State beat Kansas State, and then erased a 21-0 deficit against Colorado to win 31-28 on senior day. The Cyclones finished with a 39 record, but won two of their last

three games.

This season

If there is one thing new ISU football fans should know going into the first game, it’s that Phillip Bates is a quarterback. Bates, a sophomore from Omaha, not only had five catches for 73 yards last season, but also made a play that most Cyclone fans

will have a hard time forgetting. With Iowa State trailing rival Iowa 13-12 late in the fourth quarter in last fall’s annual in-state showdown, Bates made a crucial 38-yard reception to set up a game-winning field goal that sent students rushing onto the field at Jack Trice Stadium. Now Bates finds himself in a battle for the starting quarterback

position with sophomore Austen Arnaud. Arnaud may have the upper hand, as he shared time at quarterback last season with outgoing senior Bret Meyer. But don’t expect it to be a quick decision, Chizik said after the annual spring game. “That decision will be made gameweek. I can envision it going that long,” he said.

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Iowa State Center to host various events By Andrea Beisser Daily Staff Writer

Theatre, music, sports and other entertaining events are often shown at the Iowa State Center for students and Ames residents alike. Started by a donation of $2 from an anonymous donor, the Iowa State Center blossomed into an attraction covering 76 acres of land along University Boulevard. Clifford Y. Stephens gave the second donation of $1 million, which enabled the facilities to be opened in 1969. The Iowa State Center seats 2,747 people and has attracted famous performers from around the globe. Among them has been the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which gave a five daylong concert celebrating the year of the center’s opening to kick off

a tradition of excellence in music, theatre and entertainment. The Iowa State Center’s curtain, weighing 3,000 pounds, has been drawn up many times to reveal performances of The Nutcracker Ballet, various popular concert artists, musical recitals and a multitude of theatrical productions. The center also offers events throughout the year that consistently attract ISU students and community members of all ages. It is one of Iowa State’s most popular places for entertainment, and Stephens Auditorium was named “Building of the Century” by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Coming to the Iowa State Center in 2008 include the musicals “Sweeney Todd,” “Movin’ Out” and “To Kill A Mockingbird,” as well as concert artist Lorie Line.





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The Division of Student Affairs will help you find your way! For help with almost anything on campus, contact one of these Student Affairs offices.

ISU Dining

Student Counseling Service

Residential Dining Centers, Retail Dining Establishments, C-Stores, Catering, Vending 1215 Friley Hall 515-294-3856

Individual and Couples Counseling, Career Exploration, Testing Services Student Services Building, 3rd floor 515-294-5056

Student Affairs Central Office

Thielen Student Health Center Family Practice, Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy Union Drive at Sheldon Avenue 515-294-5801

2350 Beardshear Hall 515-294-4420

International Students and Scholars Advising, Orientation, Referrals 3248 Memorial Union 515-294-1120

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Student Financial Aid

Residence Halls and On-Campus Apartments 2419 Friley Hall 515-294-2900

Scholarships, Grants, Loans, Employment 0210 Beardshear Hall 515-294-2223

Dean of Students Office Greek Affairs, Legal Services, Women’s Center, Recreation Services, Disability Resources, Judicial Affairs, LGBT Student Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Academic Success Center, and more! 1010 Student Services Building 515-294-1020

New Student Programs

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Student Answer Center Beardshear Hall, 1st floor 515-294-4469

Office of the Registrar Registration and Academic Records 214 Enrollment Services Center (Alumni Hall) 515-294-1840

Office of Admissions Campus Visits and Experience Iowa State 100 Enrollment Services Center (Alumni Hall) 515-294-5836

Memorial Union Weekly Events, Student Organizations, Study Spots, Dining, Book Store, Maintenance Shop, Underground Lincoln Way at Lynn Avenue 515-296-6848

Learning Communities 3024 Morrill Hall 515-294-5165

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Memorial Union’s Coming to M-Shop a venue for performances, college is contests, studying stressful enough Nightclub hosts bands, dance nights, comedy shows


By Kim Norvell Daily Staff Writer

The Maintenance Shop, Ames’ longest running nightclub, is located right on campus, in the basement of the Memorial Union. The M-Shop, as it is more affectionately known, is an intimate setting used for a variety of activities. The venue is best known for the variety of bands that are brought in, both local groups and those that are nationally recognized. Every genre is featured — from indie rock to hillbilly blues or rap. Bands are booked by Steve Satterlee, entertainment programs coordinator with the M-Shop, but the decisions of who will be featured are directed by the student union board. “Because students help book the bands, we are known for treating them differently,” Satterlee said. “We are more kind and will treat a band better than if they play at a bar. Bands always want to come back because of the great atmosphere.” One advantage of the M-Shop is that it is one of the only places in Ames that will cater to all ages. Among many local bands, large name acts have played at the MShop, including Jack Johnson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Tristan Prettyman, and Tyler Hilton. “We like to bring in bands that are on the verge of getting big,” Satterlee said. “It’s a lot of fun to be a

part of the experience.” Not only does the M-Shop bring in a variety of bands but they also cater to comedy sketch groups, awareness groups, theatre and dance nights. A popular student sketch comedy group called Grandma Mojo’s is featured at the M-Shop for only a dollar. Cultural dance nights are featured including a Brazilian dance night, and they also host the battle of the bands every year for Veishea. The M-Shop is open every day from 11-5 p.m., which, Satterlee said, serves as “overflow from the cafeteria.” Kenyon Shafer, junior in graphic design, uses the M-shop to eat lunch, listen to music and just relax. “It is a quieter alternative [than the cafeteria] and a more relaxed atmosphere,” Shafer said. Katherine Sheluga, junior in child, adult and family services, enjoys going to the M-Shop to see some of her favorite bands, and also play games throughout the day. “It’s a great atmosphere to go and chill with your friends. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house,” Sheluga said. The M-Shop is available for reservation for student groups to utilize the quiet atmosphere. Although the schedule has not been finalized for the fall semester, students can look forward to a night featuring local bands to kick off the semester. For more information about the M-Shop, and to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit

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Amanda Mullen, senior in performing arts, plays ‘Sarah’ and embraces ‘Hark,’ played by Ellis Wells, in a production of “Carthaginians,” on Jan. 28, 2007 in the M-Shop. File photo: Dan Francis/ Iowa State Daily

On building a business, from the sidewalk, in By Josh Harrell Daily Staff Writer

Campustown is a changing area with its many bars and restaurants, but this area, which ISU students frequently visit on the weekends, has a history, especially for one particular restaurant and bar. Café Beaudelaire, 2504 E. Lincoln Way, with the Brazilian flag painted on the ceiling and famous for its long island iced tea and international food, was not always a staple of Campustown. It has grown in the 17 years since its humble beginnings. While waiting for his then wifeto-be Kelly to graduate from Iowa State, Claudio Gianelhe, of Ames, noticed there were few places international students hung out and no coffee shops in Campustown. So in October 1991, Gianelhe started a place with hints of influence from his Brazilian heritage. When Beaudelaire first opened it was an open-air café with a kitchen crammed into a four-foot wide corridor. Customers, mostly international students, ordered coffees, fresh-fruit drinks and international food from a window located where

the DJ booth is now. Once they received their food, patrons could relax on patio-style tables along Lincoln Way. People were hooked. “We had people lining up around the end of the block to get a table or something off the menu,” Gianelhe said. The popularity was almost the downfall of the cafe. Pedestrians were forced to walk on Lincoln Way to bypass the massive line of people waiting for service. In 1991, after complaints from citizens, the Ames City Council revoked Cafe Beaudelaire’s license and banned open-air cafes because of the congested sidewalk in front of the business. “They pretty much shut us down. So we started a petition,” Gianelhe said. “After eight hours we handed over the 500 signatures to the city council. They had to call an emergency meeting and have the law amended.” According to city code for sidewalk clearance, Chapter 22.4, section 3e, “A sidewalk cafe shall be permitted only where the sidewalk is wide enough to adequately accommodate both the usual

pedestrian traffic in the area and the operation of the proposed cafe. A sidewalk cafe shall not occupy more than 50 percent of the sidewalk’s width at any point as measured from the curb, and there shall be a minimum of 4 feet of sidewalk width clear of obstructions.” Gianelhe eventually moved the cafe inside after purchasing the adjacent Chinese restaurant, which expanded the business to its current size. In 1994, a bar was added to the restaurant. It was constructed where the old wall formerly separated the two restaurants. When the 1994 World Cup Soccer Tournament was kicking off, students packed the small business to watch the games. “That’s when this place really grew as a bar,” said Gianelhe. “We had a big screen television and people filled from wall to wall.” People still go to Cafe Beaudelaire to watch soccer and other sports, but what pulls in customers is the business’s drink selection. The bar is stocked with alcohol, beer and mixed drinks, like the caipirinha or mojito, but the Long Island Iced Tea has towered in popularity above the rest.

From 1999 to 2002, the bar featured a $3 special for Friday After Class (F.A.C.) — when students head to bars after class on Friday afternoons. “People literally lined up for them,” Gianelhe said. A competition started among patrons to see how many Iced Teas could finish in a sitting. The record stood at eight when it was discontinued. Gianelhe said patrons were getting too sick or would get too drunk and unruly while trying to beat the record. Gianelhe has seen a change in the type of customers who visit the cafe. “It grew from an international place to internationally-minded people,” Gianelhe said, “to pretty much anybody.” Although the cafe has gone through a metamorphosis, Gianelhe keeps the focus on the atmosphere. “The people that come here make the atmosphere,” Gianelhe said. “People come in and are themselves. We try to provide the background so they can be themselves.”

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• Physical examinations • Preventive screenings • Illness • Injury care • Monitoring of chronic health problems • Minor surgical procedures • Routine vaccinations • Annual exams for women • Allergy shots • Travel medications • X-Ray • Pharmacy • Laboratory Services •Health Promotion & Peer Education • Health Leadership Opportunities

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From this... this! A student donates blood on April 2 in the Durham Great Hall of the Memorial Union. File Photo: Daren Osborn/Iowa State Daily

Thielen offers clinic, pharmacy to students By Emily Bishop Daily Staff Writer

The Thielen Student Health Center offers a variety of services for you to stay healthy, and is conveniently located on campus. If you are not feeling well or have an injury, call to make an appointment, said Lauri Dusselier, health promotion supervisor at the health center. “We have 10 doctors and one nurse practitioner on staff to serve students,” Dusselier said. A resource nurse is available to call if you have a health-related question or are not feeling well. Simply because you’re at college now doesn’t mean you have to forgo check-ups, which are available at the heath center, as well as annual exams for women. The student health center includes a pharmacy, as well as a travel clinic to prepare you for studying abroad. The allergy clinic can provide help and relief through allergy shots. There are some requirements freshmen and new students need to satisfy before the fall semester. “They need to turn in their immunization form, health history form and health insurance form,” Dusselier said. Dusselier said to be sure to turn these forms in by the end of July, in order to prevent a hold on registra-

Phone Numbers: Thielen Student Health Center: 294-5801 Wellness Center: 294-1868 Pharmacy: 294-7983

tion for spring semester. The only requirement to attend Iowa State is proof of two measles immunizations. If students don’t have these, measles immunizations are available at the health center, she said. The student health center offers meningitis vaccines, Hepatitis B vaccines and the HPV shot. Dusselier said that at the start of the school year a clinic will be held for international students to get the tuberculosis test. The process of payment at student health is relatively simple. “We ask that they provide a copy of the front and back of their insurance card and we will bill insurance directly. Anything not covered goes to the university bill,” Dusselier said. The student health center also includes the Wellness Center, which offers nutrition counseling, fitness testing, stress management and smoking cessation programs. Dusselier said the Thielen Student Health Center’s Web site covers an array of health topics. Students can learn more at www.

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Dining centers work Music for you! with students to avoid allergic reactions Bands Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band Concert Band Jazz Ensemble I & II Cyclone Marching Band Marching Band Auditions: Day 2 of Orientation 2:00-4:00 p.m. Music Hall * Room 107


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Auditions are held on Sunday, August 24 (the afternoon before classes begin).

By Emily Bishop Daily Staff Writer

Nutritional counseling is available to provide nutrition guidance or to accommodate food allergies in the dining centers. Judy Trumpy registered dietitian and program coordinator for ISU Dining, is available to work with students who have food allergies, such as corn allergies or celiac disease, to make a personalized meal plan. “If they have food allergies or food intolerances, they can talk to someone,” Trumpy said. Trumpy and other dieticians can help students be aware of their options, and meals can be made specifically to your needs. “We try to write their menu around what they don’t like as well,” Trumpy said. In the event of a medical emergency related to food allergies, “we strongly encourage students to come in and be acquainted with a physician [at Thielen Student Health],” Trumpy said. Trumpy said it is important to remember, if you live in the residence halls, that it is required to have a meal plan. Therefore, when you sign a meal contract, it is final. Students are independent but if you have a food allergy, don’t

ISU Dining offers variety, eating advice By Emily Bishop Daily Staff Writer

Audition requirements for all ensembles are listed on our web site.

be afraid to ask for help if your allergies are becoming a problem when eating at the dining centers, Trumpy said. “We encourage students not to wait till the end of the semester to voice complaints,” Trumpy said. Katherine Lundberg, senior in English, was not aware nutrition help was available from dietitians on campus. Lundberg, who used to be a vegetarian, said she could have benefited from a dietitian’s help with eating on campus. “I probably would [have used a dietician], in respect to how to have a well-balanced diet,” Lundberg said. Net Nutrition is another resource students can use as a guide for healthy eating. Net Nutrition is a program that allows students to make sure they’re getting enough nutrients and to calculate their daily number of calories. Instructions and more information about Net Nutrition are available on ISU Dining’s Web site, Nutritional counseling is available through the Wellness Center at the Thielen Student Health Center. Appointments can be made by calling 515-294-1868 or e-mailing Trumpy at trumpy@mail.adp.

ISU dining offers an array of choices, whether you’re craving a burger and fries or pizza, you’re sure to find something you like. Judy Trumpy, registered dieti-

tian and program coordinator for ISU Dining, said efforts are made to ensure the food is made as nutritious as possible. Dining menus are posted on each residence hall floor and are

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Eat slowly; enjoy breakfast, dietician says DINING continued from PAGE 88 available on the ISU Dining Web site. “By giving [students] a variety of choices, they can make good choices based on what they like,” Trumpy said. Much of the food is made from scratch, and skim milk is used with desserts as a low-fat option. Vegetarian options are available and designated on the menu with a

carrot. Trumpy said eating vegan is possible but the dining center doesn’t specifically cater to it. However, dining centers do have fresh fruits, salad bars, raw and cooked vegetables, and soups. The transition from eating at home to eating meals at a dining center can be overwhelming for any student. Trumpy offered advice for incoming new students. “Don’t come to school with the idea of dieting,” Trumpy said. Instead, Trumpy said to “eat moderate meals” and “honor the food.” Have two-thirds of the plate made up of vegetables and the other third consisting of protein or meat, she said.

“Make these meal times as enjoyable as possible,” Trumpy said. At meals “use only one tray at a time” and eat slowly, then, if you’re still hungry, add an additional entree. “Don’t make the tray an extension of the plate” Trumpy said. “Go tray-less; get one thing at a time.” Whether it’s fresh fruit or yogurt, make sure to eat something to fuel you for your day, preventing you from getting hungry later in the day and late at night, Trumpy said. “I would strongly suggest [students] try to eat breakfast,” Trumpy said. The dining centers also offer pop and juices, but Trumpy said to make sure you’re staying hydrated with water. “Don’t drink your calories,” Trumpy said. “Quench your thirst first with water.” Along with the dining centers

Places to eat on campus Dining Centers • Linden Hall • Oak-Elm • Union Drive Marketplace Meal Plan Rates: • Oak-Elm and Linden Hall: Breakfast: $6.25 Lunch: $7.50 Dinner: $8.75 • Union Drive Marketplace: Breakfast: $6.25 Lunch: $8.00 Dinner: $9.25 *Meal Bundles available at Clyde’s, Hawthorn and the food court in the Memorial Union — Information from: www.dining.

on campus, there are cafes and restaurants, as well as C-Stores. Brandon Janssen, senior in chemistry, enjoys eating at the food court in the Memorial Union. “It’s convenient. You can use a credit card, ISU Dining or CyCash,” Janssen said.


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7 p.m. Residence hall activity Houses gather to meet with community advisor. 8 - 11 p.m. Late Night at the Memorial Union

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1 Papas’ partners 6 Batter Boggs 10 Stumble 14 Popeye’s girl 15 Stravinsky or Sikorsky 16 Nevada city 17 Borden’s spokescow 18 Papal name 19 Otherwise 20 Irish-born “Waiting for Godot” playwright 23 In due time 25 Waste allowance 26 Daisylike flower 27 Singer Reed 28 “__ Now or Never” 29 Coming next: abbr. 31 Secret agent 32 Tranquil 34 Coastal birds 36 Irish-born “The Vicar of Wakefield” author 41 Bring to bear 42 Intended route 43 Coll. sports grp. 46 Nabokov novel 47 Samovar 48 Operated 49 Mont of the Alps 51 Flintstones’ pet 53 Hoity-toityness

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Just after you spent the first three years of high school trying to get to the top of the food chain, here you are again. As you take your first steps on the campus of Iowa State, you find yourself low on the totem pole, again — the freshman. Don’t worry though, it’s possible to avoid looking awkward and like you don’t belong.

1. Don’t get over-excited For the first week of my freshman year, my roommate walked around screaming “Yay, College!” Granted, there were only freshmen on campus at the time, but still, not a good idea. Your best bet is to act cool — like you belong here — and then just go back to your room to secretly and silently scream your joys of excitement, that you have finally reached the days of collegiate freedom.

2. Ladies: Don’t dress up for class Even jeans can sometimes be a bit too classy for class. Sweatpants are as much of a college staple as Ramen Noodles. The trek across campus can become a hassle and the weather won’t always cooperate. You never know when a big gust of wind will come.

3. Check your map of campus before you leave your room Nothing screams “Freshman!” like walking around looking at building names and those huge maps of campus next to major sidewalk intersections. If you really need one, print off a small version and stick it in a notebook; then you’ll just look like you’re studying. If you check beforehand and remember key points of your walk, then you can at least pretend to know where you are going. However, if you do get lost, don’t be afraid to ask for directions. People are generally willing to help.

4. Don’t run with your backpack You’re running late for class,

and it happens, but seriously — do NOT run with your backpack on. It just flops around on your back and looks ridiculously silly and borderline junior high, which is the worst way to look.

5. Don’t brag or obsess about drinking alcohol First of all, most of you are underage, so it’s illegal (Not that I am opposed, but obliged to bring up the obvious). Not only is it awkward, it’s just unnecessary. It is OK to talk about funny things that happened during those crazy times, but over-obsessing about how you drink every night is not impressive. It’s just sad and no one will think that it makes you more awesome. Someone might even suggest that you need counseling.

to have to perform a welfare check on you. And yes, it’s been done.

9. Walk to the right on the sidewalks and in hallways. It’s something that is so simple. It’s just like driving a car. You wouldn’t drive your car down the middle of the road, and especially never down the left side. Walking on the right side of sidewalks and hallways helps with the flow of traffic and can even help you avoid bicycle accidents.

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So even though you might be a newbie on campus, you don’t have to be afraid. With this tidbit of helpful advice, you can be one in a million at Iowa State. — Stefanie Buhrman is a freshman in pre-business from Council Bluffs.

6. Don’t wear Hawkeye apparel At least don’t do it in public. It’s just asking for a lot of dirty looks. Plus, don’t you at least want to pretend to support the athletics of the school you attend?

7. Don’t walk backwards in dining centers This is for everyone’s sake. You never know who is going to behind you with a tray full of mashed potatoes and gravy, a salad with dressing and a glass of grape juice. It’s best to just completely turn around and know where you are going. Not only does it avoid a mess, but it prevents your making other people returning to make the rounds and grab their food, a second time.

8. Call your parents I know you are celebrating your freedom and quite possibly the distance away from them, but call your parents and tell them about all the exciting things you are experiencing. Tell them that you are going to all of your classes (Even if you aren’t). Most importantly, let them know that you are alive. You wouldn’t want the police





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madison101 A guide to JMU and Harrisonburg for students and parents // The Breeze 2008-2009

Features inside: JMU FOOTBALL:

Ballet keeps players on their toes


Student turns late-night snack into booming business


JMU alum turns country star

Eleni Menoutis, travel guru and blogger, shares tips on studying abroad and navigating Europe

The ABC’s of JMU A N B O C p D q E r f s G t H u i v J w k x L Y Z m

amy fisher/staff writer

Ashby The name of an apartment complex on Port Republic Road and the international dorm located on the Quad.

The Breeze JMU’s twice-weekly awardwinning student newspaper. The most popular section of the paper is Darts and Pats, where students submit anonymous kudos or snarky putdowns toward targets of their choice.

Convo This phrase is short for the Convocation Center. Located across I-81 on the east side of campus, this facility seats 7,612 and hosts basketball games, large conferences and concerts.

D-Hall Although officially titled Gibbons

Hall, most students refer to this popular eatery as “D-Hall.” The all you-can-eat facility requires a punch for admission and is famous for its grilled cheese Thursdays.

E-campus This online system is the go to spot for class registration, paying tuition bills and requesting transcripts.

FROG This acronym stands for First yeaR Orientation Guide, the person who will lead you through a week’s worth of orientation activities at the start of school.

Greens Mrs. Greens, located in the basement of Chandler Hall, primarily serves salads and healthier fare. This popular dining destination is only open for lunch during the week. H’burg This abbreviation is common among students when referring to our ‘friendly city.’

IDLS Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies is the major of choice for those who wish to pursue teaching elementary education.

JAC This card is crucial to your surivival

at JMU. It gives you access to your dorm, computer labs and is required for meal plans and Flex usage.

Keezell Hall This building, located on the Quad, is the site of the departments of English and Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Linwood Rose JMU’s fifth president

can often be seen walking around the Quad or chatting with students in D-Hall.

Mr. Chips This convenience store, located near

Warren Hall, contains a Quiznos and various products dorm dwellers might have forgotten at home.

NoVa This terms refers to Northern Virginia, an area located right outside of Washington, D.C. that is a common hometown for many students. Outpost University Outpost is the off-

campus equivalent to the JMU Bookstore. Located across from Rockingham Hall on Port Republic Road, the store sells textbooks, JMU gear and is an alterative to the oncampus bookstore.

Punch The equivalent of one meal (roughly $4) on campus. Depending on the eatery, a punch can hold a different value but will almost always be a better deal than buying individual items. Quad The Quadrangle is a central portion of the main campus, located in front of Wilson Hall. On warm days, the area is crowded with students playing Frisbee, walking dogs and hanging out.

Registrar The Office of the Registrar can

help with any question regarding scheduling, transcripts and graduation.

Sawhill This gallery is inside of Duke Hall and features artwork from students and professors.

TDU Taylor Down Under is a popular meeting place and hangout spot offering free entertainment, pool tables and a Java City coffee bar. UREC The University Recreation Center is a three-floor fitness facility with a swimming pool, rock wall and indoor track. The center offers many outdoor programs and is a popular workout spot for students.

Varner House This building, located behind the James Madison statue on Bluestone Drive, houses the Counseling and Student Development Center (CDSC).

Wilson Hall This trademark

building on campus seats 1,372 and has a cupola with a clock tower that plays the JMU Fight Song twice a day.

X-ing When getting around campus, make sure to pay attention to the train that runs through JMU. You The most important component of JMU.

Zip code JMU has its own zip code: 22807. Note that other areas (including most off-campus housing) in Harrisonburg will have a different code.


Welcome, freshmen Lee Brooks

Linwood Rose

Student Body President


elcome Class of 2012! Congratulations on your acceptance to JMU and get ready to sport purple and gold as you now live in the legacy of James Madison and over 100,000 graduates since 1908. Madison is an exciting place; it is filled with people who will change your life, professors who will expand your knowledge, administrators who care and an interstate that will make your walk to class a little longer. The campus is literally alive and growing every day, and you are the newest class of students that will carry on the Madison spirit to your future jobs and careers. I cannot reassure you enough that you have made the right decision in choosing to attend JMU.  I, myself was having doubts until my sophomore year! But I soon found my place in SGA, Greek life and orientation, and I knew I had made the right decision. My number one advice for you is to take advantage of your four or five years here; immerse yourself in the JMU culture; join a club or organization; attend a guest speaker; go to your classes; and by all means, have fun! Never in your life will you have more opportunities for learning, growth and personal development as you will at JMU. Good luck with your Madison experience, and remember we are all together one here, don’t be afraid to meet someone new or try a new experience.

From the m101 Editors

photo by evan dyson/photo coordinator



elcome to JMU! Congratulations on being accepted, but get ready for four intense and exciting years at James Madison. JMU recently celebrated its centennial birthday, an important milestone for the university. You’ve also just reached a turning point – starting your first year of college. To help prepare you for the next phase of your life, we’ve provided information to help get you through your first year at JMU. Within these 64 pages you will find tips on everything from how to rush to how to eat healthy on campus. You will read features on student entrepreneurs, blitzing ballerinas and JMU’s own Nashville star. It is our hope that you can use this publication as a guide to steer you through the best years of your lives. As graduating seniors, ready to venture off into the real world outside of these collegiate walls, we know how quickly time passes. It seems like just yesterday we were in your shoes, nervously anticipating what was to come. We hope that you take advantage of the information we’ve given you and enjoy your time here at JMU. Remember… this is just the beginning.

Kelly Conniff

Ashley Hopkins Executive Editor Executive Editor

Brianne Beers

Lauren Coghlan Editor Editor

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elcome to the 20082009 academic year at James Madison University. Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, JMU has enriched the lives of some 100,000 men and women who are using the power of knowledge to create positive change in communities all over the globe. In a similar pursuit, we are committed to preparing you to tackle the big problems of our time and to create a brighter tomorrow for future generations. While much has changed over the decades, including the size of the student body, academic programs, extracurricular activities, student interests and campus traditions, JMU’s commitment to each individual student has remained steadfast. Each student is respected as an individual, yet also shares a connection to the greater JMU community. Rooted in a common purpose, our students, faculty and staff are encouraged to lend their talents, skills and perspectives for the greater good of the Madison community. We call this unique camaraderie “All Together One.” At JMU, you will learn and grow—both intellectually and as individuals. Each experience, challenge and opportunity that you encounter is one more step along your academic journey. My best wishes to each of you for a successful, rewarding and enjoyable year.

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President of James Madison University

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student life

Executive Editors Kelly Conniff Ashley Hopkins

9 Surive your First Month @ JMU

a calendar of things to do 11 Dorm Rooms on a Dime affordable tips to decorate your room 12 Living the Double Life meet students with full-time jobs 15 It’s a Small World spotlight on JMU’s international dorm 17 Entering the Next Chapter the ins and outs of greek life @ JMU 19 Let’s Go Ride A Bike the benefits of campus bike riding

Editors Brianne Beers Lauren Coghlan

photo by susan sommerfeldt/staff photographer


live strong 25 The Rules of UREC using UREC and beyond 26 For the Athlete in You how to join a sports team 27 Workin’ it Out guide to taking UREC classes 29 Blitzing Ballerinas JMU football flexes with ballet class 31 Eat Smart, Feel Great tips to eating healthy on campus 35 Bored? Join the Club. JMU’s most unusual club sports


This publication is produced by the Feature Magazine Production class SMAD 321 and The Breeze.

photo by craig hutson/photo editor

get the grade 37 Rate My Professors a look at the popular ratings web site 39 The Inside Scoop on Internships clues to finding internships 41 Books on a Budget consider textbook options 42 Six Colleges, 51 Majors JMU’s educational opportunities 45 Phil Vassar alum remains a Duke at heart 47 Finish in Four

Senior Editor Brittany Lebling Section Editors Rachel Canfield Ron Counts Ashton Smith Meg Streker Staff Writers Elizabeth Carpenter Amy Fisher Eleni Menoutis Kristina Morris Patrick Shanley

Photo Coordinator Evan Dyson Photo Editor Craig Hutson Photo Staff Ashley Beaudin Erin Coffman Susan Sommerfeldt Designers Kendra Bassi Mary Frances Czartsy Kaleigh Maher Web Editors Ashley Knox Alissa Nagle Advisers Ken Terrell David Wendelken

on the cover

graduate on time with these smart steps

going places

photo courtesy of kristin palmer

49 Alternative Spring Break breaking down JMU’s service trip program 52 All Abroad the basics of studying abroad 55 Spring Break: Steal vs. Splurge consider your spring break options 57 Get in the “Know” learn secrets only seasoned students know 59 The Day Tripper where to go with out-of-town guests 61 Snapshots of Every Season take advantage of the Valley’s special spots

62 Fly Away Home different options for traveling back home

photo illustration by evan dyson/photo coordinator

Eleni Menoutis is a senior media arts and design major from Baldwin, N.Y. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy during spring 2007. Eleni has traveled extensively throughout Europe, visting countries such as the Netherlands, Greece and Spain. After graduation, she plans to move to New York City to work in the fashion industry or for a travel magazine. MADISON 101 7




Grab some weekend brunch at D-Hall


Play basketball or volleyball at one of the outdoor locations on campus


Get ahead in your classes and start reading

Walk around campus and find your classrooms


Read the table tents at lunch or dinner and pick an activity to do



Attend your classes

September 1

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Congratulations! You’ve survived your first month at JMU!


september 2008

your first month


Grilled cheese Thursday at D-Hall

Meet up with friends for dinner at Dukes

Catch up on homework or start studying for your first college test



Grab some friends and shoot some pool at Taylor Down Under (TDU)


Participate in activities with your dorm and Freshman Orientation Guide (FROG).



Go for a run on campus


Catch a movie at Grafton-Stovall for $2.50 (see upb.jmu. edu for showtimes)


Official freshman move-in day! Meet your roommates and hallmates





Visit UREC with your roommates or buy your books from the bookstore

Dorms open for students to begin moving in





5 Walk to the Arboretum and have a picnic



Take the bus to Valley Mall and go shopping


Sit outside and catch some summer sun




Walk downtown and explore the culture of Harrisonburg

Watch a movie with friends

FROG activities and the freshman pep rally


Decorate your dorm on a dime

dorm room transformation: go from drab to fab with five easy tips

ashton smith/section editor Freshman move-in day is full of excitement and anxiety about the uncertainties that come with living away from home. Don’t be discouraged by the bare, cement blocked walls you encounter in your new dorm room; instead, get inspired and decorate them! Space is obviously limited and decorating options can be slim on a student’s budget, so designing a comfortable and attractive room can be difficult. Follow these quick tips to make a dorm room go from bland to bold without spending tons of cash.

1. Get comfortable.

Get a comforter in an eye-catching color, such as blue, green, pink, yellow or one that has a pattern or print. Try to keep it to around three or four different colors as too many will clash.

2. Add accents.

Use the comforter as inspiration for other decorative items, keeping its color palette in mind. Throw pillows are a nice accent without a huge cost, and can be complemented by a side-table lamp that uses the same color scheme.

3. Deck the walls.

Posters are a classic choice, but getting one that matches the décor is difficult. Try thinking about colors and scenes together. For example, a turquoise or blue comforter will match a scenic beach poster.

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4. Rugging it.

Getting a nice area rug can help bring the room together and liven up a bare space. Neutral colored rugs usually work best for coordinating with a new roommate, but having a neutral rug with hints of color will work well.

5. Curtain call.

Curtains are the last must have that will make a dorm room feel like home. The sun will shine through most windows, so curtains are also a good way to keep the heat out of rooms with no air conditioning. When picking curtains, try to stick to one solid color. Patterns will create a busy look that overwhelms small dorm rooms. Most importantly, be wary of any fire hazards by avoiding curtains that could reach a heater.

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d o u b l e life Living the college students by day, entrepreneurs by night — meet three JMU students who make money while making the grade

The Cookieman kelly conniff/executive editor

susan sommerfeldt/staff photographer

Junior Scott Davidson always has a list, whether it’s on a paper in front of him or simply in his head. He demonstrates concepts by sketching ideas on an erasable white board, writing a bulleted list next to the abstract shapes of the ideas he is trying to explain. “Before I go to bed I make lists of every hour of what I’m going to do that next day because I’m usually jumping from one thing to another,” Davidson says. This habit makes sense, because as the sole owner and operator of Craving Cookies, a JMU-area cookie and milk delivery service, Davidson has a lot on his plate. The Richmond, Va., native came to JMU in his freshman year as a member of the varsity tennis team. After a year on the team he was cut and decided to refocus his energy on a new project: starting his own business. However, the idea of a fresh-baked cookie delivery business didn’t come to mind immediately. “I took informal surveys from students in my classes to see what type of feedback I would get,” Davidson says. “I was looking for something that I could do that would be feasible with what I had.” After realizing the potential of a cookie delivery service in a relatively small college

town, Davidson did some more legwork before creating the business model that he currently uses. For his initial plan, Davidson gives credit to Insomnia Cookies, another cookie delivery business run by college students at the University of Pennsylvania that was started in 2003. Davidson studied their business model and realized that he could streamline his production and avoid extra labor costs, equipment expenses and strict Health Department guidelines if he used prepackaged dough instead of baking the cookies from scratch like Insomnia. After more research, he obtained a representative at Sysco, the largest foodservice distributor in the United States with a branch in Harrisonburg. Through Sysco, he was able to handpick his product. “I was looking around and I found Otis Spunkmeyer, which is a gourmet brand with brand awareness,” he says. “It was all about planning, setting a timeline and achieving goals so that I could make sure that I would have a functioning business by the time fall rolled around.” His vision was fully realized on Sept. 7, 2007 when Craving Cookies opened for business six nights a week. Davidson’s workforce has increased along with his business as he now maintains a staff of four employees.

Junior Scott Davidson operates out of his Fox Hills Townhome. He owns the business and manages a staff of four employees.


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‘Model Student’ eleni menoutis/staff writer

photo courtesy of Kaltman / Brides, © Condé Nast Publications Senior Kathy Leutner graced the cover of the 2005 November/December issue of Brides magazine in a $4, 990 Vera Wang wedding gown.

Adrenaline is pumping. The room is completely silent, yet seems so loud. The music starts, her heart begins to race. She walks out onto the runway and the show begins. “You just do it,” senior Kathy Leutner says. “You get on the stage and you just do it.” Modeling is a regular part of Kathy’s life. Just as she attends school every day, being on the cover of magazines, strutting down catwalks and shooting photo spreads in Jay-Z’s New York City nightclub have also become standard. Modeling for almost four years now, Kathy has had the opportunity to work for a host of renowned companies. She circulated all over the United States and United Kingdom in a Vera Wang dress and Cartier jewels when she was selected to be the face of Brides Magazine in June 2006. Representatives of the finest jewelry companies were on set drowning her in jewels and diamonds, while stylists were helping her step into the gown’s sea of silk tulle. “It was nice because the directors really encouraged me to be myself,” Kathy says. “They kept telling me to pretend how I would feel if it was my wedding day, and that’s hard to do when you’re 19.” Self Magazine’s Self Challenge cam-

paign in December 2005 was an easier role for Kathy to play. She flew down to the Florida Keys during her Winter Break of freshman year to shoot the women’s healthy lifestyle spread. Several mornings she and the models had to be up before sunrise, but the beautiful scenery, private bungalows and beachside villas made up for the early wake-up calls. “We were running, jumping rope, basically demonstrating ways to stay healthy,” Kathy says, all while modeling the featured sportswear. Kathy was also cast to introduce J. Crew’s new line of wedding dresses for its Fall 2004 magazine, model clothing lines on NBC’s Today Show and shoot a commercial in Los Angeles for Stage Stores. For an InStyle fashion spread she modeled ways to vamp up day clothes for night in Jay-Z’s NYC nightclub, the 40/40 Club, and she represented Aeropostale in an adrenaline-pumping runway show. “The rush is nothing I can put into words,” she says. Lacoste, Glamour, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, Natori and Macy’s fill the rest of her portfolio pages, but shooting Hollister and Abercrombie — with the fashion photographer, Bruce Weber — have been the most memorable. The fall 2004 Hollister campaign was Kathy’s very


Geared-in to JMU ashley hopkins/executive editor Senior business finance major Aaron Graham is his own boss. He sets his own hours, handles his own clients and makes his own money. As the creator and sole owner of Gear 6, a Web development company based in Harrisonburg, he has applied all that he has learned at JMU outside of the classroom. “As a business major I could draw from the experience [of creating my own company],” Graham says. Graham started Gear 6 with a friend in seventh grade, but it has only grown in the 10 years since its creation. Graham now has clients ranging from Massanutten Vacation, a four-seasons rental service, to Mid Atlantic Motorwerkes an interactive car dealership selling German sports cars. Graham helped start the car company in 2004 before quitting to focus on his Web company. While Graham has accomplished a lot during his four years at JMU, he thinks that anyone with a good understanding of time management could do the same. “Freshmen might not realize that college is super easy,” Graham says. “Any freshman could do this or something similar.” Above all else, Graham encourages good communication, as he thinks it is the key to success in both business and life. “One of the most important entrepreneur-

ial activities is the ability to communicate with people, whether it be clients or vendors,” Graham says. “JMU is one of the best places to learn how to communicate. It’s not a stuffy place, it’s a social place.” In his spare time, Graham works on a side project,, the campus’ first exclusive social networking site. He created the site after he was approached by development representatives in the College of Business to increase networking efforts across campus. “Since I own a Web-based software business I said, ‘Hey, why don’t I start a Facebook-like service just for JMU,” he says. Graham isn’t all work and no play. When he isn’t in front of the computer screen designing pages, he’s behind the guitar wowing crowds. As the bassist for The Super-Octavious, a jam cover band based in Harrisonburg, Graham has played at various parties, bars and eateries across the city. “I haven’t given up on the social aspects of college,” he says. Graham graduates in May and his future looks bright. He has been hired as an information technology consultant for CGI Federal, a systems integration and consulting company based in Fairfax, Va. He is set to begin working in June will work around 40 hours a week.

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It’s a Small World international culture, JMU style

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patrick shanley/staff writer photos by craig hutson/photo editor For international students or those interested in connecting with students from around the world, Ashby Hall is a co-ed dorm with a mix of nationalities and age groups. Home to the Madison International Program, Ashby Hall is a learning experience designed to celebrate a global community. Students who choose to live in Ashby Hall experience theme housing after completing a short application. Residents are expected to enroll in program-related classes, as well as join a Madison International committee or coordinate at least one special program each semester. At the beginning of the year each committee chooses a research topic and hosts special events and community service activities. Recently, one Ashby Hall group

Ashby Hall was built in 1911.

International Students

attend meetings to learn, meet new people and have fun. ISA’s dedication to increasing cultural awareness attracts many different speakers to campus to talk about international experiences and cultures. The organization also holds international movie nights, performs community service and hosts several big events each semester. This fall they plan to hold their annual international fashion show. Last


The International Student Association is committed to uniting students of different ethnic backgrounds in the hopes of exploring the various cultures of the student body and enhancing campus diversity. ISA is open to every student, not just international students or members of the Madison International Program. In fact, the organization encourages everyone to

completed its service at local high schools by exposing the students to different cultures. Junior Ipeleng Bosilong came into the program as a freshman and found it so rewarding that he became a Resident Adviser for two years and will be the dorm’s Hall Director his senior year. “Being around international students and American students is the best of both worlds,” Bosilong says. “You get to learn so much from people from all around the world and they all have interesting stories to tell.”

year more then 15 cultures were represented, and they hope to include more this year. Past events include an international cookout, a global dance off and a culture show. Membership with the ISA is not required to participate in these events — anyone is invited to attend or participate and let others learn about their culture.

Interested in joining? Look for ISA at Student Organization Night or e-mail

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Entering the Next Chapter a personal reflection on sisterhood and Greek life

we’ve got answers

Jill Courson: assistant director for student organization services

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What is the Recruitment process? Recruitment is a way for prospective new members to visit and learn about the Greek organizations on campus. It is an opportunity for students to explore the benefits of going Greek as well as the opportunities that each chapter has to offer. There are many organizations on campus and most likely a fit for everyone. Fraternity Recruitment will be held Sept. 8-19 and then again Jan. 26-Feb. 6. It allows men to visit each chapter at their discretion and visit multiple chapters over several days and get to know what each fraternity values. Sorority Recruitment is a formal process run by the Panhellenic council. It allows every woman being recruited to explore every sorority on campus and to be paired with a sorority through a mutual selection process (see story). What do fraternities and sororities consider when “rushing” potential new members? Chapters are looking for a good fit for their organization. Overall qualities are leadership, scholarship and a willingness to serve the community. The process is about getting to know each other and finding new members that are excited and ready to be part of the Greek system. Do all members live in the houses on campus? The nine sororities have houses on campus and each houses 27 women. Most of the fraternities have housing off campus where some, but not all of the members live. Do the organizations have any policies regarding hazing? Hazing is against the law in the state of Virginia. JMU’s hazing policy can be found at hazing.htm. What can new members expect in terms of initiation rites? New members will be a part of a new member education period in which they will learn organizational history and will be integrated into the organization’s activities. This period will be no longer than eight weeks.


Registration Sign-ups on campus are from Sept. 1-5. A $33 fee is required.


You then rank the sororities that you’d like to join. The next two rounds, on Saturday and Sunday, you visit the houses you ranked highest on your list, provided you have been invited back. Ultimately, you narrow it down to the one or two houses you want to visit on Preference Night—a special, intimate ceremony with each sorority. The last step is choosing which sorority you want to join. For me, it was an easy choice. As soon as I stepped into Sigma Kappa’s house I knew it was where I belonged. They were down to earth, interested in both social and community service events and shared the same values as me. Everyone will experience something different, and that is the wonderful thing about rush. After Preference Night I received a bid from Sigma Kappa, a letter inviting me into their sorority. All of the new members and I were greeted ecstatically at Bid Cel (Bid Celebration), a huge celebration welcoming the newest pledge class — or as we were called, “baby snappas.” We were given presents, took professional pictures on the steps of Wilson Hall and went out to dinner. It was an amazing evening that I will hold in my heart forever. Being part of a sorority is more than just social events. All of the sororities are extremely involved in giving back to the community and to their philanthropies. As the saying goes, you don’t go to college to meet your husband, you go to meet your bridesmaids. I’m more than happy to say I’ve met mine. I’ve made the most of my time here at JMU with my “sisters” that became family.

Recruitment Round-Up September ’08



Rushing a sorority is one of the best ways to meet people and make lifelong friends at JMU. I went into rush hesitantly but realized later it was one of the greatest decisions of my life. I was part of a dance team in high school, and I really loved being part of a group. When I first came to JMU I didn’t know anyone; all I knew was that I wanted strong friendships. Joining a sorority gave me the feeling of participating in something special. It opened me up to meeting new and interesting people. There’s a certain process every girl must go through during recruitment. The first step is signing up on campus and paying a $33 sign-up fee, which covers the cost of recruitment materials. During orientation girls are broken up into groups and assigned a Rho Chi, short for Recruitment Counselor. She’s your leader and big sister all in one. She made me feel comfortable with the recruitment process. During orientation I learned about each sorority, the recruitment schedule and socialized with new people. The next step is rushing, and that’s exactly what it feels like — a rush. It can seem overwhelming at first, because you are scheduled to visit every sorority house. But once I got the hang of the fast-paced schedule all my nerves vanished. I was able to be myself and talk to girls that shared interests with me. At each house you talk to several girls and learn about the sorority and its purpose. You have the opportunity to learn about the organization’s history, ideals and structure. During first rounds, you visit all nine houses.



Orientation Meet your Recruitment Counselor (Rho Chi) and rush group. Learn about the rush process.



First Rounds Receive your schedule and visit half of the sororities on Greek Row.



First Rounds Visit the remaining houses and turn in a ranked list of the sororities to your Rho Chi.





Second Rounds Revisit the houses you’ve been invited back to and turn in your ranked list.

Third Rounds Revisit the houses you’ve been invited back to and turn in your ranked list.

Preference Night Attend ceremonies at the house(s) you’ve been invited back to.

Bid Celebration After receiving a bid, celebrate with your future sisters.




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Let’s Go Ride A Bike

get around the ‘Burg without a car

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photo by erin coffman/staff photographer Shenandoah Bicycle is one of three bike shops in Harrisonburg. It is located downtown on South Main Street.

It may be a little difficult to get used to, but not having a car comes with being a freshman. What some students may dismiss when they come to college is that there are other ways to get around — one option being a bicycle. “I personally didn’t bring a bike, but I definitely wouldn’t be against using one instead of walking,” freshman Jessica Overbey says. “I know quite a few people who have them.” Cyclists are just like any other person riding in a vehicle. “Most people have a driver’s license,” Shenandoah Bike Company employee Ben Wyse says. “Bikes are considered a vehicle; they follow all the same rules.” Riding a bike is often more convenient than driving a car through town because it can erase the time that is normally spent finding parking or waiting in traffic. “I’ve found that it’s really convenient riding to class, because I can pull the bike right up to the front door of the building I have class in, saving me the long walks from the parking lots,” senior Troy Herndon says. Fitting in exercise is a concern that many students have. With a bike, this problem is alleviated. “The bike has been the way I get exercise without setting aside time to exercise,” says Wyse, who has been using his bike as a primary mode of transportation for over 10 years.

Students may be concerned about bike safety, especially on Harrisonburg’s busy roads and at night. It’s important to always wear a helmet and to have appropriate lights on a bike. “I feel safer in the pitch dark,” Wyse says, adding that it’s because of the lights he has on his bike. Bikers should also follow traffic signals, just like other vehicles. “Try to make eye contact with drivers,” Wyse says. It’s vital for drivers to understand where cyclists are so that they can share the road. Staying alert is important when riding a bike. “You have to ride defensively and realize that you aren’t always visible,” Wyse says. “Following the rules will make you safer.” There are several bike shops in Harrisonburg. East Coast Bicycle Academy, Mark’s Bike Shop and the Shenandoah Bicycle Company are all close to campus and contain different types of bike equipment. All three stores contain several different helmet options and bike apparel. These shops also sell necessary accessories. Make sure to purchase a light for night riding and a basket for holding extra items. There are countless things that students can see in Harrisonburg, some of which they will miss if they think the only way to get around is by car. Being a freshman is new and scary, but finding a way around town doesn’t have to be.

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Affordable Entertainment

take in a show, rock out to a cappella or get artsy - there’s always something to do

patrick shanley/staff writer


photo by craig hutson/photo editor Taylor Down Under (TDU), located in the basement of Taylor Hall, has live music and comedy preformances several times per week.

Theatre II - Theatre II provides a stage for four

Dance - In addition to regular student concerts

New & Improv’d - New & Improv’d is a student-run organization that performs improvisational comedy and holds workshops around campus. Every month the group performs as part of Taylor Down Under’s (TDU) late night series and Festival’s Festivus After Dark series. Admission to all its events is free.

Circles – Besides performing at various

Funny Freakin Fridays - The University Program Board (UPB), a student organization that organizes many of the entertainment events on campus, brings a comedian or comedic troupe to TDU for a free comedy show on the first Friday of every month. The events usually start at 8 p.m., but times may vary so be sure to check

Masterpiece Season – Masterpiece Season

to six student productions each semester. Tickets are $3 for plays and $5 for musicals and can be bought at Theatre II starting the Monday before the production begins.

Choirs - JMU has a large range of choirs,

Music Department - Through the school

University Program Board Concert Series - Every semester UPB holds

WXJM - JMU’s student-run radio station has been promoting independent and local music for over 10 years. The station holds a number of concerts on- and off-campus each semester. Tune in to WXJM 88.7 FM or go to for more information.

including the Madison Singers, a group of mostly upperclassmen and graduate students; JMU Chorale Treble Concert Choir, a smaller choir of about 30 students; and the University Chorus, which is open to all students. Performances usually take place in Wilson Hall, with tickets not exceeding $2.

one big concert in the Convocation Center, with tickets priced from $20 to $25. The organization also hosts one smaller concert in Wilson Hall, with tickets priced around $15.

in Godwin Hall and Latimer-Schaeffer Theatre, there is also a special senior concert in the fall. Some years there is a special joint show with another university. Ticket prices will vary but are usually between $5 and $6.

university and charity events throughout the year, the Breakdance Club hosts Circles, an event held at JMU every spring celebrating all aspects of hip-hop culture.

is a compilation of stage productions offered at JMU each year. The season consists of five series: family, dance, encore, theatre and music. These productions are held in Latimer-Schaeffer Theatre in Duke Hall or Wilson Hall. Tickets can be purchased for a single show or for the entire series at the Harrison Hall box office.


of music, students can attend both faculty and student recitals performed by symphonies, bands, ensembles and soloists. Performances are held in Wilson Hall, Anthony-Seeger Hall, the Convocation Center or Memorial Hall and usually require a small entrance fee.

A cappella - There are a number of talented a cappella groups who perform on campus throughout the year. The groups include all-female groups the BluesTones, Note-oriety; all-male groups Exit 245 and Madison Project; co-ed groups Overtones and Lowkey; and religious-themed groups Clear Cadence and IntoHymn. Check each group’s Web site, found off on, for more details about performances.

photo by ashley beaudin/staff photographer The Madison Project is one of many a capella groups on campus. Check out their Web site at for a preformance schedule and audition listings.

TAKE A LOOK AROUND Sawhill Gallery - This gallery located in Duke Hall, Room 101, features changing exhibitions of contemporary and multicultural art.

ArtWorks Gallery - Located at 131 Grace Street, this student-run gallery features exhibits of student work that change every two weeks.

Madison Art Collection in Festival - This

New Image Gallery - Also at 131 Grace

university art collection features art and cultural objects from the Neolithic Era to today. It includes artifacts from ancient Sumerian and Egyptian cultures, Greco-Roman society, and works from medieval and modern Europe and America.

photo courtesy of frank ameka The Prism Gallery (connected to the Madison Art Collection) showcased “Through Her Eyes” on Feb. 16, displaying photographs taken by female child soldiers of Northern Uganda.

Street, this gallery focuses on contemporary photography of regional and national importance.

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COOKIES: over 26,000 sold JUMP FROM 12

Davidson has since scaled down his hours in favor of his intense school workload but has had some trouble letting go. “I could have gotten a partner and taken some of the load off of myself,” Davidson says. “I know Craving Cookies from head to toe, and I feel like I can do it myself. It’s been really hard to give some of the responsibility to someone else.” On weeknights, Davidson estimates that he makes between 20-40 deliveries, averaging out to 300-500 cookies a night. The numbers go up on Saturday, when orders can run anywhere from 30-55, totaling between 700-900 cookies for one evening. “I’ve probably sold over 26,000 cookies,” he says. “It’s interesting to think that I’ve baked about 25,000 of those.” Although Davidson gives credit to JMU’s business school for providing him with skills and concepts, his business model and motivation are entirely his own. “Obviously I’ve learned out of the textbook and the courses haven’t hurt me,” he says. “It’s helped me be able to manage everything.” Despite his success, Davidson always thinks there is more for him to achieve. “I’m the type of person where I’m not going to call it a success until I have three stores and a stable income,” he says. Davidson is always thinking about the future. He is currently looking for an investment to further his business after college and is looking into establishing a storefront. His dedication to the business has benefited him as the company started turning a profit after several months in business. But Davidson’s 54-hour work week coupled with a full course load at JMU can take a toll on him. “It’s a balance I’m willing to work with,” he says. “It’s definitely difficult, but when you have customers to remind you, they always end up coming first.”

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photos by susan sommerfeldt/photographer Davidson takes a full courseload in the College of Buseinss at JMU and works 52 hours a week. During shifts, he bakes most of the cookies and has his employees make the deliveries.

Check out Craving Cookies on the Web:

MODEL: New York dreams JUMP FROM 12 first taste of modeling and Abercrombie’s Spring 2006 campaign has been her favorite yet. The Abercrombie & Fitch campaign was a three-day shoot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There was music on the beach, dancing and models running around, chasing each other while photographers snapped candid photos. “It was like real life into still life,” Kathy says. “They were capturing natural moments between all of us friends.” Kathy said that by the third day it felt like she had been with her fellow models and the crew of photographers for three months, and that’s why she loved it so much. It is obvious by Kathy’s impressive collection of castings that she has rarely been faced by a model’s number one fear — rejection. “It’s nothing personal,” she says. Clients need to choose the person whose ‘look’ best represents what their company is trying to sell. “Each company is trying to advertise an image, and if you fit that image naturally, then that’s perfect and it makes the job so much easier,” she says. That is another reason why Kathy enjoys working for Hollister and Abercrombie: “It’s like Vaseline on our lips and no makeup.” Kathy admits that it was difficult balancing school life in the beginning of her career because all she wanted to do was be in New York and model. She now recognizes her priorities. “It’s good that I’m able to go to school and model at the same time,” Kathy says. “A lot of agencies don’t allow it.”

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The 22-year-old full-time senior media arts and design major from Chantilly, Va., was a lacrosse star before being discovered by a Click Model Management scout in Tyson’s Corner Mall. She currently balances Monday through Friday classes with traveling to New York by train almost every weekend to tackle an average of one to six model castings a day — what she likes to call “cattle calls” — while maintaining a 3.3 GPA. “Even with everything going on in her life now, she never gets stressed out and she always knows how to keep a balance,” Kathy’s older sister Jen Leutner says. “She’s good at remembering what’s important at the end of the day,” says Leslie O’Kelley, Kathy’s best friend and fellow Click model. Kathy strongly believes in the importance of earning a degree and having other options, but modeling sounds like a promising future for her. It will most likely be a part of Kathy’s everyday schedule after her time at JMU. Her future plans are to move to New York City and model year-round. “I want to really devote myself to at least a full year of modeling to see how it works out, if not I have my degree,” she says confidently. Nonetheless, she is not quick to let go of the perks of modeling: traveling to exotic locations in Miami and Los Angeles, staying in villas alongside the beach, getting the inside scoops on fashion, meeting celebrities and having personalized stylists on shoots. “I always think of modeling as when you’re a little girl and you’re playing dress up,” Kathy says. “Now the dress up is so much more amazing,.”

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how to a step-by-step guide

The Rules of UREC

know the ways to get the most out of UREC before setting foot in the door

lauren coghlan/editor

photo by craig hutson/photo editor The rock wall in the University Recreation Center’s atrium is about 32-feet high. All students are required to wear harnesses and follow other safety precautions when climbing.

sauna. The racquetball courts and the auxiliary gym are located to the left just next to the main desk. The second floor studios are used for classes but are available for individual use when they aren’t occupied. Check with the staff at the front desk for permission and availability before use. The entrance to the main gym is on the second floor at the top of the steps and consists of four basketball or volleyball courts. The second floor workout area has an array of equipment to choose from. There are weight machines, abdominal equipment, rowing machines, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical machines and treadmills. The important thing to remember is to sign up for an elliptical or a treadmill. There are two white sign-up boards set up on the wall underneath the row of televisions. Note that the athlete’s name and time of use is required — there is a five-minute window in order to claim the machine before it is up for grabs. “I get frustrated when someone steals my machine, so I tend to watch and make sure the person before me doesn’t get off the machine early, otherwise I have to re-sign up,” senior Mary Campbell says. The third floor holds the three-lane track that circles the entire floor and where cycling classes are located. This is also where some people choose to stretch and complete crunches or sit-ups. The basic aspects of UREC are simple and easy to use for the avid athlete to the casual weight lifter. Now that you know all about it, there is no excuse not to go.

Workout Outside the Box ashton smith/section editor While some prefer to indulge in the luxury of an easily accessible gym, others don’t have time to wait 30 minutes for an elliptical machine. For those that are restless and turned off by the occasional crowds at the University Recreation Center, there are many other exercise options for students. The Harrisonburg Fitness Center is less than a mile away from campus on East Wolfe Street. Warm up for an exercise session by running or walking to the gym. The center offers the same basic workout amenities as UREC, but takes it a step further by offering tanning. Looking to stay on campus to exercise? There are many options that can be incorporated into a routine. The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, located behind Potomac and Chesapeake Halls, has many trails circulating throughout the woods. Along with tranquility, the trails offer beautiful views of wildlife. JMU offers numerous basket-

ball, tennis and volleyball courts that are located on campus. Popular locations include in the Village, by UREC and behind Mr. Chips, the convenience store on campus. “I love playing basketball on the courts after I get off work,” sophomore Erich Franck says. “It’s a good way to exercise without going to UREC.” There are always people playing games or sports on Godwin Field and the Quad. People play football, baseball and hacky sack. There are also ultimate Frisbee teams. JMU offers lots of different club sports, from softball to soccer. Join a team to stay active and meet new people. “I would go on Godwin Field and throw discus and play softball,” junior Kristin Otte says. “It was nice because there were so many people around so it was really interactive.” For a quick and simple workout, take advantage of nice weather and the hilly terrain by running a loop around campus.

photo by craig hutson/photo editor

tired of waiting in line at UREC? try out other options in and around campus

“It’s a busy place so prepare yourself and have some patience,” senior Jen Spiteri says . Countless students rely on the University Recreation Center as their place to exercise, play sports, practice dance, get a massage, swim or even climb the 32-foot high rock wall. JMU’s 140,700 square foot UREC opened its doors in 1996 and has functioned as a community center for both students and faculty ever since. On any given day teachers and students can be found playing racquetball, basketball or volleyball games in the main gym and running on the track. Similarly, there are almost always a few UREC employees teaching classes like yoga, kickboxing and cycling. There are also people lifting weights and occupying the many treadmills and elliptical machines. UREC can be an overwhelming place if it is unfamiliar, but it’s quite actually simple. “The busiest time of day at UREC is between 3 and 5:30 p.m.,” senior employee Liz Winfield says. “Steer clear of prime-time UREC and it’s really not so intimidating a place.” The weight room, equipment center, swimming pool, racquetball courts and the auxiliary gym (used for intramural sports) are all located on the first floor. The entrance to the 25-meter by 25-yard swimming pool is through the men’s and women’s locker rooms, which can be found right across from the equipment center at the far right end of UREC — just past the rock wall and weight room. Students also have access to a hot tub and

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is the only publicly oriented arboretum on a Virginia state school’s campus. Many students and faculty use it for exercise.

Start at Godwin Hall, follow the tunnel to UREC and continue up the stairs to Festival. Continue by running back down through the Village, and head toward D-Hall, finishing by looping around the Quad and ending at Godwin Hall. “I run around the apartment complexes but when I was on campus I would run around the

campus instead of running at UREC,” junior Nicole Cottone says. “It’s nice because I can just get dressed and go and enjoy being outside.” Take advantage of alternatives to UREC as a way of creating an exercise routine that can easily be incorporated into a busy schedule.

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we’ve got answers

senior Emily Werner: group fitness instructor at UREC How did you get involved with group fitness? When I came to JMU, I started taking group fitness classes the first week. I fell in love with the classes and just knew that I had to become an instructor. The instructors seemed so professional and creative. I had the best time working out. Why would you recommend becoming involved with group fitness to other students? It has been the most wonderful experience that I’ve had here, and it has truly made my experience at JMU. I have grown and learned more than I ever could have imagined. I found my niche, great friends and great knowledge. Why did you decide to make the jump from participant to instructor? There is nothing better than the high you get from teaching a class that really makes the participants work hard. Also, it has opened so many doors for me in terms of career opportunities in the future. Not to mention after spending the first two and a half years of college trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, Group Fitness has given me a great potential career path. What classes do you recommend students take? I would definitely recommend that students take as many group fitness classes as they can to become familiar with all of the different formats. Most of the participants who end up enjoying the classes return as often as their schedule allows.

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For the Athlete in You sharpen your game on an intramural team

ashton smith/section editor photo by craig hutson/photo editor Want to play a sport competitively without the time commitment of a regular JMU sports team? Sign up for an intramural sports team and get benefits on the field without a time crunch at home. During the fall, JMU offers flag football, indoor soccer, volleyball, disc golf, tennis singles, inner tube water polo, team golf, outdoor soccer, floor hockey, racquetball doubles and three-on-three basketball. In the spring, JMU offers basketball, bowling, inner tube water polo, racquetball singles, table tennis singles, indoor soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, tennis singles and sand volleyball. Students interested in playing must recruit a team and register online. The teams can be co-ed. Each sport has a different sign-up time, so students should check the intramural Web site ( for appropriate schedules. Each team needs a member that will attend mandatory meetings. The program charges fees to cover forfeited games, but if a team does not forfeit any games during the season the money will be returned. The fees are $20 for all sports requiring officials and $10 for sports requiring a supervisor. “I wanted to play intramurals to exercise and have fun in a relaxed but organized setting that would keep me accountable in practicing my sport,” says junior

Senior Brian Gatosa and sophomore Edgar Awumey shoot hoops at UREC. Stephanie Galing, who played intramural volleyball at JMU. “I liked it because it was a fun way to take a break during the crazy school weeks, and intramurals are a lot less of a time commitment.” To register, go to the JMU Recreation Web site at and create an account using an e-ID and JAC Card number. This account will stay active for a full year. Once it has been created, enter teammate contact information. Students can start a team on one of three levels. Level 1 is for any who are new to the sport or just want to play for fun. Level 2 is for any that have experience in playing the sport and understand the rules of the game. Level 3 is for any who have previously competed in the sport and have the skills necessary to compete against the best and most competitive students, faculty and staff at JMU.

find out the who, what and how of taking a group fitness class at UREC

Workin’ it Out alissa nagle/web editor

How do I sign up?

1) Go to 2) To review the Group Fitness schedule and choose a class, click on Group Fitness Schedule under Quick Links. 3) Pick a class, and then click on Group Fitness Registration, also under Quick Links. 4) Enter an e-mail address and password. First time users should click on the First Time User link and enter JAC Card information. Create a password and write it down. 5) Register for a class by logging in and clicking on the Group Fitness tab on the top left side of the page. Click on the magnifying glass next to the name of the preferred class. 6) Click Make Booking to complete the process.


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classes are offered throughout the semester. • Group Fitness classes are available seven days a week. • Most classes are offered on three intensity levels (1-3) based on the user’s experience. • Participants can also register during walk-in registration at the Program Registration desk 15-45 minutes prior to class start time. • If the class is full, a waitlist will form. UREC will contact participants if and when a spot

becomes available. • Participants can cancel registration online at any time prior to 15 minutes before the class starts. • Those who don’t cancel will be considered a “no-show participant.” If this happens three times in one semester, online registration privileges will be revoked. • Students can register for up to two different types of classes per day. • Try to arrive early for class. When class begins, the studio doors will be locked.

photo by craig hutson/photo editor

What do I take?

•Yogalates – Combines Yoga and

• Hip Hop – Try something different and get your groove on in this dance-inspired class.

• Step and Sculpt – Another great full-body workout. Combines step aerobics and weight training.

• Kickboxing – Discover moves you

Pilates. A great workout for the whole body.

• Cycle Fit – Don’t own a bicycle?

Try cycle fit and do sprints and climbs on a bike indoors.

• Athletic Box – Take out your

frustrations and experience an intense workout through this boxing class.

never knew you had. Different styles of punches and kicks are just the beginning.

• Cardio Craze – No equipment necessary, just a crazy cardio workout that will get your heart pumping. • Nap Time – Nap Time is the name, meditation is the game. Get rid of stress and extra worries with this class.

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Blitzing Ballerinas JMU football players tackle flexibility off the field amy fisher/staff writer photos by evan dyson/photo coordinator

(top photo) Senior sports management major Alex Fotiou (center) leads football players Sam Daniels (left) and Pat Williams (right) and other members of the team at the Plecker Athletic Preformance Center football locker room in February. have less injuries.” Fotiou makes sure all the players are doing the exercises properly so they will feel a difference over time. Even though the class is fairly new, the players are already feeling the benefits on and off the field. Since the beginning of the class, fewer players have been missing practice because of muscle-related injuries. “We started a month ago and you can tell that it has helped,” junior defensive lineman Samuel Daniels says. “After a while you loosen up more.”

The desire to win is useless without the desire to prepare. - from a sign in the JMU football team’s locker room.

A sign hangs in the JMU football team’s locker room stating, “The desire to win is useless without the desire to prepare.” Preparing to compete on the field is just what these players are doing by taking a new exercise class that focuses on ballet and yoga techniques. The methods are the same, yet the students are somewhat different. Instead of mirrored walls with balancing bars supporting pink-toe shoes and slender dancer’s bodies, the locker room is filled with shoeless 200-plus pound men. Football helmets and pads are strewn around the purple and gold carpeted room. Sounds of laughter and excitement fill the locker room as the players learn new ways to stretch. “I’ve never known a player who is too strong or too flexible,” JMU head football coach Mickey Matthews says. This is why he and the rest of the Dukes’ coaching staff agreed that players would benefit from a flexibility class rooted in ballet, taught by senior sports management major Alex Fotiou. The idea came to Fotiou after telling her kinesiology professor, Benjamin Carr, about her ballet background. Carr asked her if she had ever thought about teaching a ballet class at JMU. He told Fotiou that teaching a class would be a unique way to benefit athletes. Fotiou brought up the idea to JMU’s strength and conditioning coach, Jim Durning. They held a trial run fall semester and after seeing the potential program benefits, set up a class during the first week of the spring 2008 semester. Fotiou teaches the players flexibility using normal ballet and yoga techniques. She works with them by giving the players the same individual attention she would her ballet students. “We work on hamstring, quad and calf,” Fotiou says. “The point is, yes, to gain flexibility, but to also

Daniels was one of the players that the coaches were targeting when this class started. “Sam was a guy who definitely needed to work on that aspect of training,” Durning says. Daniels wasn’t hesitant about participating in the new class when Durning told him about it because he already had experience through taking a yoga class at UREC. He feels as though the class is helping him perform at a higher level “I feel a little bit more loose at the joints, and my lower body has gotten looser,” Daniels says. “I go to every class, and I think it’s beneficial.” The coaches didn’t push the class on the players, but offered it to them as an option. “From week one to this point in time, the same

guys are in there day in and day out,” Durning says. “That speaks for itself. Them giving up their free time speaks volumes. It’s obviously helping them.” Most of the players weren’t fearful of the new class. “They seemed more intrigued than apprehensive,” Fotiou says. Durning says that the players realized this opportunity could help improve their skills. “This presented our guys an opportunity to use our facility together as a group,” Durning says. “They want to be there and want to get better.” The players are showing they are willing to do whatever it takes to perform at a higher level by letting their guards down and participating in the class. “Coming off of Winter Break, I was really stiff,” sophomore offensive lineman Theo Sherman says. “I was really excited about it and wondered what it would be like. I know NFL players do it.” The coaching staff is all in agreement about the benefits of the new class. “When you watch the session, there’s no question it’s a positive thing,” Matthews says. “Football requires a lot of quick-speed bursts and the muscles are required to react very quickly.” The coaches know that flexibility and agility are very important to helping a player’s performance on the field, and they have seen a marked improvement. “You’re trying to develop all phases of the human body,” Matthews says. “Flexibility is a huge component.” This class offers the players a chance to get better and perform. They have fun while learning and are dedicated to what they do. It shows that they will do just about anything to advance their skills, even ballet. “We will have improved athletes,” Matthews says. “Which is what you are striving for.”

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? Eat Smart,

how to a step-by-step guide

Eating healthy on campus is a challenge for even the most health conscious student. Adjusting to eating campus food several times a day is like learning how to eat out without overindulging every night. The best part about JMU’s dining services is the variety of foods and dining experiences that are available. Each dining facility on campus offers options for the meat-lover as well as the vegetarian, the human garbage disposal as well as someone with a peanut allergy.

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Feel Great

nip bad habits in the bud by choosing the best options when eating on campus

D-HALL GOOD: Grab a salad with several vegetables and a small side of dressing. For a complete meal, add ham, turkey and beans from the salad bar. Not a salad-lover? Don’t forget the vegetarian and vegan sections.

BAD: Don’t load up on carb-heavy options like pizza, pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches and corndogs. Grab a small portion and make sure that you don’t overindulge at the dessert counter.

FESTIVAL GOOD: Head over to the sandwich line for a sub with variables like turkey, hummus and veggies. Don’t forget the salad bar and extras such as yogurt, carrot sticks and fruit.

BAD: Be wary of going to Cranberry Farms for a full Thanksgiving meal or GrilleWorks for a Philly cheesesteak. These options may leave you in a food coma.

DUKES GOOD: Grab fresh sushi or inari while on the go during the school day. The meal is quick, easy and portable.

BAD: Beware of Bene Pizza and Pasta. Although very tasty, the heavy sauce and large potion of carbs will do you no favors.

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Bored? Join the Club.

miss being on a sports team? never had time to join? check out JMU’s club sports program Ski and Snowboard Racing Team kendra bassi/designer Some people love nothing more than speeding down a mountain on a gorgeous winter day with a board or skis attached to their feet. Members of the JMU Ski and Snowboard Racing Team do when practicing for three competitive events: giant slalom, slalom and boarder/skier cross. Giant slalom is an event for both skiers and snowboarders because the competition course is wider. Slalom is a faster course and is designed for skiers because the course is narrower and more challenging. Boarder/skier cross was originally created for snowboarders on slalom days. The race involves a terrain park and several obstacles. “I have more fun on the giant slalom course because the turns are more open, and I can go faster,” club Vice President Anna Korman says. The team travels to five different races each year: Wintergreen, Va.; Snowshoe,

W. Va.; Sugar, N.C.; Hawksnest, N.C.; and Bryce Mountain, Va. The team competes against other schools such as the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute and Duke University. Racing experience isn’t necessary to join the team; riders just need to be comfortable on a board or skis. Ryan Locher, owner of Bryce Mountain, coaches the team on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Locher raced for LeesMcRae College and was ranked first in his conference in college. Practices are held every Tuesday and Wednesday night at Bryce Mountain. Members of the team find themselves receiving benefits beyond increased athleticism. “That’s what is so great about the team, getting to know so many more people with the same passion and love for snowboarding and skiing,” Korman says.

photo courtesy of barry clayton Sophomore Hannah Shepherd races around a giant slalom gate during a race at Bryce Mountain, Va. in 2008.

Bocce Ball

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Get Involved. Find other JMU sports clubs and organizations at : Bocce Ball: Triathlon Club: Ski/Snowboard Racing Team:

Anyone walking by the Quad on a warm Saturday afternoon will see students playing a game their grandparents play on the beach. Two groups of students take turns rolling designated team balls toward a smaller ball 10 feet away. The name of the game is bocce ball. The object is for one team to get its balls closest to the jack, the smallest ball on the field. The Bocce Ball Club at JMU encourages everyone to join their Saturday games. “Anyone and everyone is capable of joining regardless of skill and experience,” junion Erin Josenak, president of the club says. “It is easy for anyone to learn the game. We are also excited when members bring friends who aren’t officially in the club to come out and play with us.” The club is more than happy to help teach

newcomers the game on one of their three sets. UREC has four sets that can be rented for free. Josenak says that the club has big plans for the future. They are looking forward to competing against other schools in tournaments. The club is eager to make their mark on the JMU campus with plans of installing a bocce ball court sometime in the near future. Josenak realizes this will be a difficult task but is looking forward to having a place to play the game other than the quad. The club is growing rapidly, with new, people joining every day. “It’s great that this club is composed of a group of people who just want to get outside, meet new people, contribute to the Harrisonburg community and enjoy life.”

Triathlon Club kristina morris/staff writer

photo by craig hutson/photo editor Triathlon Club members are encouraged to practice on their own by running indoors. UREC has an indoor track on its third floor.

Looking for a fun, unique sport that will test endurance and help avoid gaining that dreaded freshman 15? If so, the JMU Triathlon Club is just what aspiring athletes and casual competitors have been looking for. The Triathlon Club incorporates running, swimming and cycling over various courses and distances. Club members travel all over the east coast and create a social network with fellow club members Although the team does have practice every day, members are not required to go and are encouraged to practice on their own. By combining activities every day, club

members can gain muscles they never knew existed. Out of shape? No problem. The Triathlon Club welcomes everyone, no matter the skill level. The process of training for a triathlon can be long, demanding and frustrating, but members find that the training always pays off. “Just knowing what you just did, and that so many people would never have the ambition or courage to try something like that, is amazing,” senior club member Mark Bauman says.

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Trading Places rate my professors invites students to assign a grade patrick shanley/staff writer It’s that time of the semester again. Students are about to register for classes and want to be completely prepared. They’ve talked to their advisers about what they need to take to graduate, checked the course catalog, and consulted e-campus for the proper descriptions and the best class time slots. Everything is in place, except they have to make a choice between two professors for the same class at the same time. How do they choose? allows students to see their peers’ opinions about their professors before making a decision. has become increasingly popular in recent years as more students have learned about the site and its rating scale. Instructors are rated by five different criteria: ease, helpfulness, clarity, “hotness” and the rater’s interest. Students can write a small blurb about the class to explain their ratings. The site is free and ratings are anonymous. Renee Herrell, from JMU’s Office of Career and Academic Planning, warns students against using the site because the ratings are not based on research and can be written by anyone. Since not every student submits a rating, the results can be biased. Those who made a poor grade in the class are more likely to review the professor. Herrell cautions against letting a review influence a student’s decision to register for a class they need and may not have the opportunity to take later. Dr. Wilson Liu of the finance department says that students and instructors typically have two different sets of priorities and goals, making their opinions of a class different. Despite reservations, JMU is still ranked highly.’s first-ever top 50 rankings listed the university as No. 11. Psychology professor Kimberly Duvall-Early was ranked No. 23 among standout professors at over 6,000 schools.

photo courtesy of aaron stewart/madison magazine Professor Kimberly Duvall-Early is a favorite of JMU students. She has received numerous positive ratings and comments on the Web site

Students are ‘Psych’d’ about Professor DE

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professor ranked 23rd-best in nation on ratings web site recently released its first-ever faculty rankings based on student input from around the country, and JMU is ranked 11th. The Web site singled out psychology professor Kimberly Duvall-Early as the 23rd-best professor in the nation. “I was floored,” Duvall-Early, or “Professor DE,” as she is referred to by her students, says. Duvall-Early teaches GPSYCH 160: Life Span of Human Development and is also a psychology preparation adviser. She has taught at JMU on and off since 1988, and says she was inspired to teach by former JMU psychology professor James Benedict. “He encouraged me to give [teaching] a try,” she says. “Benedict believed in me and helped me to find new abilities that I never knew I had.” Students seem just as excited about Duvall-Early as she was about her mentor. “I am so glad I got a spot in Prof DE’s class,” one patron says. “I have tried for two semesters.” Students use the site to elaborate on what makes their psychology professor worthy of her high marks. “She uses real life examples that are informative and entertaining,” one student says. “She’s a gem at JMU.” Duvall-Early echoes many of the students’ sentiments.

“My goal is to develop a rapport with my students,” she says. “I let my students know me through personal anecdotes. They love my stories.” Duvall-Early says that it is JMU’s atmosphere that allows her to succeed as a teacher. “I feel so very fortunate to be able to do what I love, in a supportive department, at an incredible university,” she says. “There are so many unbelievable professors in the psychology department. I teach among the best of the best.” Duvall-Early says that she tries to show her students respect, as she thinks that coming from a teacher it is almost priceless. “I make sure that I always treat my students the way I want to be treated.” Former students point to this as one of the main reasons they enjoyed their semester in Duvall-Early’s classroom. “Professor DE was so sweet,” a student says. “She cares a lot about her students, and the class was great.” Duvall-Early, however, cautions the reliability of sites like RateMyProfessors. com. “The sampling is a bit skewed,” she says. “Only really happy or really unhappy students tend to rate their professors on this site. I am just very fortunate that my skew went in a positive direction.” REPRINTED FROM THE BREEZE

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The Inside Scoop on Internships


we’ve got answers

senior Katie Schrecker: student manager at the Career & Academic Planning Resource Center

True Life: I Interned at Nick Magazine

What is the Internships 101 program? We meet every Tuesday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Resource Center in Wilson Hall to explain the ins and outs of what internships are and how to apply. We put on a PowerPoint presentation, and we give handouts at the end. People are free to stay and ask questions and sometimes a panel of alumni will come to talk about job searching. Look for updates on our website at When is it best to start looking for an internship? Students can begin applying as soon as freshman year, but it’s common to apply as a junior around Winter Break. A lot of internship deadlines are around mid February, so a goal I give students is to definitely do it before Spring Break. Why are internships important? Experience is the number one thing because you get a feel for what that job is like. It’s a good way to find out what you really want to do after graduation. It’s great for networking. The experience builds your resume and shows initiative and responsibility. A positive internship may result in a job offer.

What are the different ways to get an internship? The number one way is networking through your parents, your parents’ friends or your family. Pay attention to what’s out there and let people know you’re looking for an internship. We recommend contacting your major’s internship coordinator, an adviser or professor. You can also come to the Career and Academic Planning building for resources (e.g. books, binders and Web sites.) There’s also a group of Career Education Officers (CEO) who volunteer as undergraduate peer educators in the Resource Center. They offer one or two programs about internships. For more information visit

Web sites to search for Internships:

brianne beers/editor I have always wanted to work for a groundbreaking publication with an innovative vision, so it was a dream come true when I was offered an editorial internship at Nick Magazine, the No. 1 entertainment magazine for kids and tweens. The magazine’s office is located in the heart of Times Square in New York, N.Y. That was the beauty of where I worked; I was in the midst of all the city’s action. I felt significant, yet still very small as I walked amid professionals through the intimidating Viacom building each day. I worked on a trendily decorated floor with colorfully-painted walls reminiscent of the “Slime Time Live”

Nickelodeon show. I had several duties as an intern, and luckily none involved slime. I assisted editors in developing story ideas, and I was able to pitch some of my own. I also helped organize contests, respond to fan mail and test pranks. There were many perks to my internship besides working with the incredibly talented staff. I attended a junket where I previewed upcoming Nickelodeon shows. It was exciting and inspiring to be among the creative, passionate people that were involved. Through Nickelodeon, I became a 2007 MTV Video Music Awards correspondent. I was given new informa-

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tion about the show and it was my job to get the word out. I won a contest at a VMA correspondent meeting to be an audience member of Total Request Live. The craziest part wasn’t seeing Rihanna, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke or Timbaland live, and it wasn’t watching Kanye West and Common perform; it was having my friend tell me she saw me on TRL. Internships are a great way to jumpstart your professional career. For me, the most rewarding aspect of it all was flipping through the magazine and seeing everything I had done. I was a part of something that I used to read and still admire.

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Books on a Budget tips to buy patrick shanley/staff writer Having already paid for tuition, housing and a meal plan, the price of textbooks can feel like an enormous burden. However, buying books doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. The textbook-savvy student should explore the different options that are available. With a little research, students can ease the stress of buying books and sometimes cut costs by more than half.

JMU Bookstore

• The official JMU

Bookstore guarantees to always have the right book.

• The store offers a

full return policy so if a student withdraws from a class the book can be returned or exchanged.

• Students may

pre-order books on the Internet and pick them up at the bookstore to avoid shipping costs.


• Outpost provides

an alternative to the JMU Bookstore.

• The store has a flexible return policy, allowing students to change schedules and return books without penalties. • The book’s condition is directly related to its price. Used books are priced on a scale, so a damaged book will fetch a lesser price.

The Internet

• Students can buy

books directly from users on Internet outlets such as Amazon’s Marketplace, eBay and

• It is easy to compare prices quickly, enabling students to find the best deal.

• No return policy means a student can get stuck with an unnecessary book if he or she drops a class.

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2 Six Colleges

51 Majors

explore academic options when deciding on what to major in at JMU

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photos by craig hutson/photo editor (photos from top) Burruss Hall, home to Science and Mathematics; Jackson Hall, home to Arts and Letters; Duke Hall, home to Visual and Preforming Arts; Zane Showker Hall, home to Business; Memorial Hall, home to Education; (right) ISAT, home to Integrated Science and Technology.


programs in majors such as athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, geographic science, health studies, kinesiology, psychology and social work. Minors include coaching education, environmental management, materials science, nonprofit studies and telecommunications. The Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services is part of this college. The institute offers a variety of programs designed to help both the college and the community. Some of their programs include the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and the Health Place.

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Students must apply to the major after completing 45 credit hours. Students who wish to be accepted must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 and have completed all 100 and 200 level core courses. B.B.A. majors must complete all admissions requirements before they are eligble to take any junior-level business class.

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The College of Visual and Preforming Arts showcases its artwork through the artWorks Gallery, the Institute for Visual Studies, the Madison Art Collection, Masterpiece Season Theatre, New Image Gallery and Sawhill Art Gallery. Students belonging to this college have opportunities to showcase their work. The walls of Duke Hall, home to the college, are covered with student photos and other art projects.

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college has many resource and service centers, including the Center for Computational Mathematics and Modeling, the Electron Microscopy Center, the Mineral Museum, the Observatory, the Office of Statistical Services, the Shenandoah Valley Regional NMR Facility and the Science and Mathematics Learning Center. Each year the college hosts a mathematics contest and science fair.

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offer majors. Students hoping to teach early, elementary, special or middle education must major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and minor in a pre-professional program specific to the license they are seeking. Students can minor in different fields, including early childhood education, educational media, elementary education, English as a second language, human resource development, middle education, military leadershiop, secondary education and special education. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to receive a bacceloureate and master’s degree in five years.

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‘Just Another Day in Paradise’

for JMU alumnus and country singer/songwriter Phil Vassar

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Promoting a new CD, “Prayer of a Common Man,” performing concerts at different venues across the United States and doing countless hours of promotion doesn’t faze Phil Vassar one bit. “It’s easy when you have kids, they don’t care who you are or how many number one’s you have,” he says. “They still want you to cook them breakfast and that’s what I did at 6 a.m. this morning.” His two girls Haley, 9, and Presely, 4, traveled with their country superstar dad to the White House in Washington D.C. and passed through JMU on their way home to Nashville. As they drove by Vassar told them, “That’s where daddy went to college.” photo courtesy of kristin palmer The girls responded, “It’s really pretty, is that where I’m going to go?” Vassar said would love to see his daughters graduate from a university he holds so close to his heart

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The title track “Prayer of a Common Man” holds special significance to him, because he wrote it about his father, whom he remained distant from for some time. “I think it just fit me, the song is basically about going home, and I wasn’t on the greatest terms with my father back home and I think he tried to talk me out of going to Nashville, you know, really out of concern,” Vassar says. “One day my daughters are going to say ‘Dad I want to move away’ and I’ll go ‘no, stay here in Nashville.’ I realized how hard it must have been to raise three kids. ‘Prayer of a Common Man’ took me back home.” Touring and promoting the new record for the next few months will be hectic, but Vassar loves what he does. “I will always love performing forever,” Vassar says. “I feel like I’m such a singer/songwriter and that one is an extension of the other. I love every facet of my business.” Vassar relished his time at JMU before he got into the music business. He says that he only realized what he was missing after he was gone. “I would just suggest to take it all in, because you don’t realize right now what an incredible experience you are in the middle of,” he says. When Vassar was a freshman he lived in Weaver Hall, and then the following year lived at the Beta Chi house where he was a member of the fraternity. Vassar was a member of an a cappella group and was able to sing around campus. He credits his work ethic as one of the many reasons behind his success. “I keep my nose down to the grindstone and work hard,” Vassar says. “I’m really trying to keep it going.” With a gold record under his belt, his career is only continuing to rise, and he does not take any of it for granted. “You’re just as good as your last hit,” Vassar said. “I want to be sitting there talking to my grandkids and saying you know what, I had a good career.”

I would just suggest to take it all in because you don’t realize right now what an incredible experience you are in the middle of.

“I’m hoping they are JMU grads one day,” he says. “It has grown so much since I’ve been there, and I’m just proud of it. I wear the JMU banner proudly.” Vassar, whose most famous hits include “American Girl,” “Just Another Day of Paradise,” and “Six-Pack Summer” has also had success in songwriting. He wrote “Right on the Money” for Alan Jackson, “For a Little While” for Tim McGraw and “I’m Alright” for Jo Dee Messina. “‘I’m Alright’ was a big hit for Jo Dee, and that was about my buddy Mitch from JMU,” Vassar says. Vassar left JMU after a couple of years but not without reservations. “I had the opportunity to go sing, and my coach at the time, Eddie Witt, told me, ‘You have the opportunity to go sing right now, you can always come back to school,’” Vassar says. “So I did it. I wish I had stayed in a way, but I had to go.” Vassar grew up in Lynchburg, Va., about an hour away from Harrisonburg, and his roots still influence his songwriting. “I think you are such a product of your environment, and I’m definitely the guy from central Virginia,” he says. “Those times come back to me all the time, and I write about it all the time. I think it’s such a cool backdrop. I went back and did a photo shoot in Lynchburg and saw all my friends from high school and just had a blast.” The photo shoot was promotion for his new album, a compilation of recent experiences. “I’ve been working nonstop for the last two years,” Vassar says. “The last album I had out was, what four years ago? It did really well. I have been working on new album for a long time. I’ve had a lot to write about.”

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? Finish in Four

how to a step-by-step guide

get on the right track to graduate on time

kelly conniff/executive editor

College is supposed to be one of the best times in life, but it can’t last forever. Graduating in four years can be important, especially because of finances. Follow a few simple steps and finish school on time.

1. Know the numbers.

Keep track of the total number of credits earned each semester. Each major dictates how many classes are needed within the major and outside of it. JMU requires 120 credits for graduation.

2. Choose classes wisely.

Get to know the format of the General Education clusters and certain majors. Look and see if certain classes are required for graduation. Don’t forget degrees have different language, science and philosophy requirements. Avoid graduation panic by realizing many classes only meet during one semester of the year.

3. Build a relationship.

Advising is one of the most valuable resources offered by JMU. The best adviser will be able to give advice about schedules, career information and valuable lessons about life beyond college.

4. Know the grade.

It’s important to realize getting a ‘D’ or an ‘F’ will not only drag down GPAs but can erase the possibility of receiving credit for a class. Consult an adviser and the registrar as a way of finding the best option. Options include withdrawing with a passing or failing grade, repeating the class the next year (JMU will erase the initial grade) or taking the class “credit/no-credit� and receiving no numeric grade.

5. E-campus.

E-campus is a valuable tool for class registration, paying tuition and tracking the progress of an undergraduate degree. Play around with the system to gain an understanding of how it works.

6. Look around.

Plan carefully and research several programs before picking a major. Many students chose to receive minors and second majors in related subjects. Consult an adviser for the combination that will look best for potential employers and graduate schools.

7. Get help.

Visit Career and Academic Planning for advice on choosing majors and careers. Go to for resources and guides on the different majors and services JMU offers. Still confused? Make an appointment with a counselor and get some hands-on advice.

8. Summer school.

Consider staying for summer school sessions to make up or get ahead on credits. Note summer course at local communities colleges with JMU equivalents. Don’t forget to get the transfer approved before registering for the class.

9. Study abroad.

Studying abroad is a rite of passage many students at JMU choose to undertake. Plan ahead by realizing only a limited variety of classes are offered in each location. Alternatively, study abroad in the summer as a way of getting ahead with class credits.


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Break from Tradition JMU students go against the grain with alternative spring break trips kendra bassi/designer

the process: 1. Find out more Decide which type of trip is best for you and learn more about the ASB experience by attending the informational meetings in Festival. a. Long Distance/International: Oct. 15 b. Domestic: Nov. 13

2. Put your name in the hat Sign up for the type of trip you want to go on by signing up for the lottery drawing in the Community Service-Learning office on the second floor of Wilson Hall. a. Long Distance/International: Oct. 15 to Nov. 6 b. Domestic: Nov. 13 to Dec. 4

3. Decision day In order to participate on a trip you MUST attend the lottery drawing in Festival for the specific type of trip you want. a. Long Distance/International: Nov. 6 b. Domestic: Dec. 4

4. Wait your turn While at the lottery meeting wait for your name to be called and then go pick the trip of your choice.

5. Group Bonding Look for e-mails and messages from your trip leaders to learn about trip get togethers and hangout so you can get to know the other students on your trip.

ASB lingo:

photo courtesy of kendra bassi A group of JMU students wash windows for CASA familiar (an organization that works with the immigrant community of San Ysidro) in San Diego during a spring 2008 ASB trip.

Alternative Spring Break – A student organized and led community service-learning trip.

student’s name is called they are able to pick a trip based on remaining trip availability.

Domestic Trip – Any trip within 1,000 miles of campus.

Trip Leaders – JMU students lead ASB trips to their selected destinations and make necessary arrangements for the trip, such as sleeping accommodations, itineraries and budgets.

Long-Distance Trip – Any trip within the country, but further than 1,000 miles from campus. International Trip – Any trip outside of the United States. Lottery – Those interested in going on an Alternative Spring Break trip must sign up for the lottery at the Office of Community Service-Learning and attend the lottery drawings on the designated dates at Festival. Names are drawn at random. Once a

Learning Partner – A JMU staff or faculty member who travels with the rest of the group to provide knowledge and shed light on the topic being addressed. Service learning – The entire idea behind ASB: Students learn about the surrounding culture and community.

The experience of a lifetime alissa nagle/web editor

ASB alumna looks back on her experiences ‘with a smile’

Cruise ships, white beaches and a nice suntan are what the typical college student might associate with Spring Break. However, JMU alumna Rachel Halpin (’07) experienced a different type of Spring Break, and she took away much more than just a suntan. Halpin spent her vacation volunteering with Alternative Spring Break, a partnership program run by several campus community service and religious-based organizations. An avid volunteer, she saw ASB as the perfect opportunity to help others and her community on a larger scale. “I found out about ASB by attending an interest meeting and decided to check it out because I didn’t know too much about it,” Halpin says. “I went and absolutely loved what I heard.” Due to the high volume of participants, ASB volunteers are chosen through a lottery system during the fall semester. The first names drawn get a large selection of destinations to choose from, however Halpin had a limited selection because she was almost the last name called. She happily chose to travel to Redwood National Park in California. “Our goal was to help the park rangers clear the trails in Redwood National Park and prepare trails for tourist season,” Halpin says. “Twelve strangers came together, all with the same goal, and grew to know each other and accomplish that goal.”

Halpin formed friendships with the 11 other participants while appreciating the serenity and beauty of nature. “We would spend the day hiking the trails and clearing trees that had fallen during the winter,” Halpin says. “Being in the Redwoods really put things into perspective for all of us. It reminded me how important it is to be relaxed, enjoy life to the fullest, and not stress about the small stuff… like 12-page papers and final exams. ” Traveling to the other side of the country and meeting different people enriched Halpin’s ASB experience. She met and worked with several park rangers while staying in the cabins in the park. “One of the park rangers was actually a Native American,” Halpin says. “He took us to the local school where there was a Native American sweat house, as well as a canoe he had made himself that was on display at the school. On our last day he played a native song/chant that is a yearly ritual in his culture.” ASB inspired Halpin to continue to participate in community service organizations. She traveled to New Orleans twice after Hurricane Katrina with JMU’s College of Education. She is currently a JMU alumna enjoying her first year of student teaching and looks back upon her ASB experience with a smile.

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How, if at all, did the trips affect you?


we’ve got answers

senior Kourtney Rusow: 2008 Alternative Spring Break Student Coordinator How many ASB trips have you gone on?

Two – a program called Gesundheit! in West Virginia and a separate trip to La Gonave, Haiti.

Which one was your favorite?

I loved both of them. They were so different I couldn’t choose a favorite.

What is the best part about going on an Alternative Spring Break trip? The people for sure. I made so many long lasting friendships on these trips and throughout the program.

What is the hardest part?

Seeing poverty. Poverty is usually an issue on any ASB trip you go on, because you are working with underprivileged populations. It’s hard not to let it get to you.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you while on a trip?

Every trip has a lot of inside jokes, so I am sure there were tons of funny moments. The thing that comes to mind is from my trip last year. We were taking a picture on a fire truck in our clown costumes, and right as the camera flashed, I slipped and knocked the entire group over and off the truck. I am kind of a klutz.

This is a perfect question for me because all of them have led to life-changing experiences. Because of my trip to West Virginia I was able to go on a clowning trip to Ecuador with Patch Adams, and a friend and I started a clowning club here on campus. The Haiti trip I went on was a research project I had been working on for over a year, and actually going there was one of the best experiences of my life. We are trying to buy land and set up a sustainable farming project right now.

Do you plan on continuing with service learning projects after graduation?

Of course. I am attending Tulane University School for International Health and Development to get my master’s in Public Health, and as part of the program we enter into a 27-month post in the Peace Corps. I also know that Tulane has a great service-learning aspect in the City of New Orleans.

2008 ASB trips Domestic

Long Distance

Cafe 458, Ga. Catalina Island Camps, Calif. Camp Vacamas, N.J. Cherokee Nation, Okla. Essential 2 Life, Ga. Redwoods National Park, Calif. Sea Base, Fla. Hands On Atlanta, Ga. Lifespan, N.C. International Operation Breakthrough, Mo. CUMI, Jamaica PACE Center for Girls, Fla. Nicaragua SAFER, New Orleans, La. Dominican Republic Sunshine Shelter, Miss. Bahamas

For complete list and descriptions go to:

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Keeping in contact:

with Eleni Menoutis m101’s travel guru eleni menoutis/staff writer

Every semester, a number of JMU students jet off to study abroad in locations all over the world. After spending weeks or months in a foreign country, leaving new international friends behind isn’t easy. But, thanks to the Internet the world can become smaller and communication across time zones is easy. People can easily maintain cross-cultural relationships with today’s communication media’s instantaneous connection. “There’s no distance in MSN messenger,” 23-year-old Dimitri Karanikolas says. “Actually, because of technology, people are closer than they might think.” Karanikolas lives in the Netherlands, but is only seconds away through an instant message. “I’m in contact with all of my friends and they are from all over the world,” Dashamir Seti, from Italy, says. “Most of them are from the U.S., then Canada, Albania, Italy, Sweden, England, Mexico, Spain, Hungary, Russia, Greece and Colombia.” Most of the world communicates through technology. Individuals can instant message, e-mail, view Web cams and have live conversations. “If you go on a Web cam you see the real person,” Karanikolas says. “It’s much better than only typing; you can see them laugh.”

Study Abroad Tips: 1) Get a VISA.

Visas are required if traveling to Europe for more than 90 days. Obtaining a visa can be a timeconsuming undertaking, so be aware of deadlines and the time needed to process paperwork. For details on country-specific visas, visit the government’s Web site.

2) PASSPORT dates.

Passports expire - check dates.

3) MONEY counts.

photo by evan dyson/photo coordinator Senior Eleni Menoutis studied abroad in Florence, Italy during her spring 2007 semester. She offers travel tips, photos and anecdotes from her additional travels at her travel blog:

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Student loans can help cover the cost of a study abroad trip. Nellie Mae ( offers step-by-step instructions for taking out an undergraduate student loan. The process can take as little as a few weeks, and the money can be deposited directly into a bank account.

The do’s and don’ts of traveling Europe:

The Perfect Fit

DO travel. Take any opportunity. DO bring a journal to write down every single detail. DO purchase or rent an international cell phone.

find the study abroad program that’s right for you

DO bring an ATM card. DO shop at local markets.

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DO attempt to speak the country’s language. DO stay in hostels. It’s a great way to meet people, and it’s cheap. DO pay attention to airport weight requirements.

DON’T take out more money than necessary — it may get lost with the currency exchange. DON’T be embarrassed to shop at the Euro stores — the equivalent to U.S. “99 cent stores.” DON’T walk around with open bags.

While in Italy, Eleni Menoutis got to visit a variety of historic landmarks, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

photo courtesy of eleni menoutis

DON’T carry around a lot of cash.

Imagine watching the sunset from the Piazza Michelangelo in Florence, Italy; sharing a plate of Spanish tapas afterward; or having class in the middle of the rainforest in Costa Rica. Every year, hundreds of JMU students have similar experiences as they travel around the world, embracing cultures and taking classes in different countries as part of JMU’s study abroad programs. The programs have increased significantly over the past five to six years, according to Jacqueline Ciccone, director of program operations at the Office of International Programs. There are now over 40 programs offered, including semester abroad, short-term trips, exchange programs and internships abroad. If students do not find a JMU program that interests them, the OIP has made it possible to participate in external programs and receive university credit. “Students can go practically everywhere and do practically everything,” executive director of OIP Lee Sternberger says. “There are so many options available now; I just want to see them go wherever they want.” The OIP began sending students abroad in 1990 with trips to London, England. Student interest was great enough that the staff added the Florence, Italy, trip shortly after. Trips to Beijing, China and Salamanca, Spain, shortly followed, forming the “classics.” Students travel to these “classic” locations every fall, spring and summer semester, with the exception of Beijing, which is only offered during the summer. These programs are liberal arts based and are the only constant programs offered by the OIP. Short-term trips, created in 1997, range from a week to a few months. They are generally more intensive and major-specific, according to Ciccone. Faculty members have arranged trips to the Bahamas to study geology and Ireland to study cinema. Since not all trips occur at the same time, short-term trips give students a chance to “engage in shorter trips but at several destinations,” director of OIP Felix Wang says.This gives students the opportunity to see multiple areas around the world while satisfying major requirements. Each year the OIP accepts about 100 more students, with even more students applying to be in the program, according to Ciccone. The growing interest in study abroad programs may have something to do with globalization. “The world is getting smaller because of new technology and the Internet,” Ciccone says. “Not only that, but many students come to college having already traveled abroad and want to do it again.” Some students take advantage of the programs simply because it is an opportunity to have a lifechanging experience. “I had the best time of my life in Italy,” junior Michele McCloskey says, an art major who studied abroad in Italy. “I was able to go and do things such as bike ride through Tuscany and eat gelato at two in the morning. That is something that only comes around once in your lifetime, I’m so glad I did it.”

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tips to go on an affordable or elaborate spring break vacation

Steal vs. $plurge MTV has been immortalizing spring break for years. It’s a college student’s dream – sun, fun and no classes. When November rolls around, just as everyone is preparing for winter holidays and finals, many college students are already daydreaming about their spring breaks. Whether a student’s dream is traditional or alternative, there is a spring break trip for every budget.

Splurge a little! • Use a travel agent: Get help and interpersonal communication from a professional trip planner. However, be ready to pay a little more for this luxury, due to high rates and commissions.

• Spend the week at an all-

inclusive resort: Get flights, lodging, meals and beverages taken care of in one lump sum.

• Use the Web: StudentCity. com can help with planning the perfect all-inclusive spring break. The Web site provides information and booking options for spring break trips to tropical destinations, including South Padre Island, Texas; Cancun, Mexico; and Jamaica. StudentCity. com also sends representatives to travel to universities to help students coordinate their spring break plans.

rachel canfield/section editor elizabeth carpenter/staff writer

What a steal! • Use a travel Web site: Shop around and compare prices without a pesky travel agent commission. Check out:, or

in the price of the cruise and alcoholic drink packages can be added. But, keep in mind that cruise lines enforce the U.S. drinking age, even on international waters.

• Go on a cruise: The main

• Fundraise: Plan in advance by

cruise lines are Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Princess. Meals are included

saving up money from holidays, graduation and summer jobs.

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Get in the “KNOW” upperclassmen share knowledge

craig hutson/photo editor

about JMU that only comes with time

What’s the best kept secret about JMU?

Craving Cookies; a student-run company that delivers freshly baked cookies any day of the week, and they even deliver milk.

How have you kept in contact with old friends from high school?

What do you wish you had known as a freshman?

All of the on-campus entertainment options like TDU, Grafton movies and a cappella groups.

(Dara Silbert, junior)

(Phil Carron, senior)

Definitely Facebook. It’s the best, because it’s not too formal but still gets the job done.

(Loisann Buchanon, sophomore)

What makes JMU stand out from all the other schools in the area?

How do get around the ‘Burg without a car? The buses that run through campus are great because the drivers are friendly and they will take you all around Harrisonburg.

(Chiquita King, junior)

What’s your favorite place to eat in the ‘Burg and why?

Little Grill Collective and Earth and Tea Café because I love organic food and supporting local businesses. The people are friendly and the atmospheres are awesome.

(Kristin Kleis, sophomore)

(Heather Robertson, sophomore)

The strong sense of community. People want to make a difference and an impact on the lives of others.

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The Day Tripper brianne beers/editor

Washington, D.C. Head north to Washington, D.C. for a weekend adventure with entertainment, history and breathtaking scenery. The nation’s capital has much to offer so consider spending an entire weekend exploring the city. Start outdoors in Georgetown, where shopaholics satisfy their cravings with chic boutiques, national retailers and everything in between. If the weather’s bad, head inside for shopping at The Shops at Georgetown Park. Framed by Victorian-style architecture, the shopping center has more than 100 shops, boutiques, galleries and cafés. Not just a shopping mecca, Georgetown is also home to dozens of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine. Candyland, Georgetown’s candy emporium located in Georgetown Park Mall, is the perfect place to indulge. Georgetown is also home to historic sites and gardens. Check out the famous pre-Columbian artifacts at Dumbarton Oaks and garden tours, or head over to Georgetown University’s campus. To see a magnificent view of Washington, D.C. from the Potomac River, Capitol River Cruises offers hourly riverboat cruises. When ready to venture out of Georgetown, make sure to visit the Washington, D.C. museums. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum has the largest collection of historic air and spacecrafts in the world. It’s a great place to research the history, science and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. As part of the world’s greatest museum and research complex, the National Museum of Natural History has collections, exhibitions and education outreach programs that teach visitors everything about the natural world. Whether it is botany, zoology or mineralogy, there is a collection to grab everyone’s interest. For those ready for a little bit of mystery, the International Spy Museum is the place to be. With the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts, the museum will be worth your while.

take a break from the JMU bubble by visiting these sweet escapes


Staunton, 30 miles south of JMU, escaped the Civil War with its rich history still intact. Several homes and buildings date back to the 18th and early 19th century and are well preserved. The small city offers theaters, a beautiful park and restored Victorian-style streets. There is always the option to shop at the Staunton Downtown Merchant, a great place to look for antiques and collectibles. The Frontier Culture Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the Farmers’ Market provide local culture and history. The Gypsy Hill Park is the perfect setting for a relaxing picnic. Go back in time by visiting the Blackfriars Playhouse, a modernized indoor Shakespearean theater. For some exercise, take a walking tour with a brochure from the Historic Staunton Foundation and appreciate the distinctive and magnificent historic areas and structures. According to the Foundation, walking tours allow visitors to get the most out of the history and architecture of Staunton.

Charlottesville Charlottesville is known for its abundant cultural and artistic history. The city is a great place to go and enjoy the scenery when the weather is nice. There’s something for everyone: museums, galleries, wineries, shops and parks. Charlottesville Downtown Mall is located in historic downtown with more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants. Young children can have fun at the Virginia Discovery Museum. The whole family can enjoy the water by sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing or fishing at one of the local rivers. Local parks also offer perfect spots for playing sports or having a picnic. For those interested in learning more about the history of Charlottesville, take a tour of Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson, or Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe.

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(or ride or drive)

Away Home:

Trying to get home, but not sure how to do so? Here are some great resources to get from JMU to home, and back again.


Ride Board: The Ride Board is located in Warren Hall by the post office. It is one of the most popular spots to find a ride. Students can look for rides or for passengers to various locations by posting an inquiry on the board. Ride Board is easy to use and a great way to meet ride contacts.


Home Ride: Home Ride is a bus service for JMU students. It leaves JMU on Friday afternoons and returns Sunday night. Home Ride stops at four locations: in Northern Virginia at the south parking lot of Vienna Metro Station; in Charlottesville at the Student Activities Building at UVA; in Richmond at the James Cabell Library at VCU; and in Hampton near the Montgomery Wards at Coliseum Mall. Home Ride tickets are $48 round-trip or $28 oneway to Northern Virginia, $35/$21 to Charlottesville, $51/$31 to Richmond or $65/$39 to Hampton. They also offer discount packages to those interested in buying several tickets at once. All rides start from and return to Godwin Hall. For more information,

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the top five ways to get home from JMU maggie miller/contributing writer

check Home Ride’s Web site at or call (800) 553-6644.


CollegeTransit: CollegeTransit is another bus service offered at JMU. It provides transportation during Thanksgiving and Winter Break. CollegeTransit also offers services during Freshman orientation, Homecoming and Spring Break. It runs throughout Virginia and as far north as Massachusetts and Connecticut. All rides start from and return to Godwin Hall. For more information, go to the CollegeTransit Web site at or call (703) 229-4311.

4Airport: Shenandoah Valley Regional

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport services Augusta and Rockingham Counties and is especially convenient to Harrisonburg, Waynesboro and Staunton. Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport now works with Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, to provide flights to and from the area. For more information on flights

and fares, visit SHD also has a Fares Specialist, Tammy Powell, who can help you find the best schedules and prices from SHD. Powell can be reached at (540) 234-8304 or


Washington Flyer: The Washington Flyer is a complement to Home Ride. By taking the Metro from the Home Ride drop off in Vienna to the West Falls Church Metro stop, students can take the Washington Flyer for $8 to get to Dulles Airport. For more information on the Washington Flyer and its other stops, visit or call (888) 927-4359. Other Services: Amtrak ( or (800) 872-7245), Greyhound ( or (800) 229-9424,) ABC Cab Company (540) 5641214, Yellow Cab Company (540) 434-2515), Nations Transportation Limo Service (866) 454-6687, and A Goff Limo ( or (877) 463-3227). REPRINTED FROM THE ’06-’07 madison101


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