Serving James Madison University Since 1922 Vol. 86, No. 52 Monday, April 19, 2010
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Breeze Receives Legal Counsel After Friday’s Raid By Aaron Koepper The Breeze
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On Friday police copied 926 photos from The Breeze newsroom, 682 of which were from Springfest. These images are now on a sealed disk while discussions between attorneys for The Breeze and the commonwealth’s attorneys office continue.
Internet Power Boost By Tyler McAvoy contributing writer
Sluggish on-campus Internet speed will soon be a thing of the past. JMU’s Department of Information Technology recently announced an increase to JMU’s Internet speed, a campus-wide upgrade that will affect both academic and dorm buildings. According to Dale Hulvey,
assistant vice president for IT, the new upgrade, with a completion date set for July 15, will double the megabits per second of the current system for both Wi-Fi and wired connections. According to an article on wisegeeks.com, megabits per second is a measure of how fast data can be transferred through a network. Increasing
In an agreement reached between the attorney for the commonwealth and The Breeze’s attorney, the images seized during Friday’s raid on The Breeze office have been temporarily sealed until a further agreement can be reached. According to Katie Thisdell, editor-inchief for The Breeze, the attorney’s agreed Sunday to have a third-party source hold the seized disks, while the commonwealth’s attorney continues to press for the release of at least some of them. After police raided The Breeze newsroom on Friday demanding Springfest riot-related photos under threat of confiscating all newsroom computers, the Student Press Law Center provided support. Attorneys Seth Berlin and John O’Keefe are representing The Breeze and Editor-in-Chief Katie Thisdell. Marsha Garst, Virginia’s commonwealth attorney for the region, along with JMU and Harrisonburg police, confiscated 926 photos, 682 of which were of the party and riot. Frank D. LoMonte, the executive director of the SPLC, said the action by
the commonwealth attorney’s office violated the federal Privacy Protection Act. The act states “it shall be unlawful for a government officer or employee, in connection with the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense, to search for or seize any work product materials possessed by a person reasonably believed to have a purpose to disseminate to the public a newspaper, book, broadcast, or other similar form of public communication.” LoMonte said that, under the statute, the newspaper should have had reasonable amount of time to obtain legal counsel and oppose the search. The Privacy Protection Act allows the persons being searched to “submit an affidavit setting forth the basis for any contention that the materials sought are not subject to seizure.” Students gave differing opinions on whether the raid was legal or necessary. “They’re just dragging our school through the dirt now,” freshman integrated science and technology major Sam Frere said. “I don’t think the police need to be doing this. Something needs to be done [to fix the situation], but not this.”
Freshman media arts and design major Zack Russo agreed, “If they really need to see photos, it’s all over the Internet, on YouTube. They’re just searching for people now.” Sophomore nursing major Matt Hill said the police should investigate to the maximum extent of the law. “I don’t know the law, but if it doesn’t violate students’ rights, they have right to take the photos,” Hill said. The commonwealth attorney’s office was not available for comment. Thisdell said that the commonwealth attorney’s office requested the photos Thursday morning. “I decided I was not going to release them because I felt that it wasn’t our mission,” Thisdell said. “We shouldn’t be the arm of the police.” The office then phoned Breeze facultyadviser Mike Grundmann to ask if he would order The Breeze to turn over the material. Grundmann said he was advisory only but that he had strongly advised The Breeze not to do so, for the same reason. Thisdell and Grundmann then each contacted the SPLC.
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No Repeat for Rave? “Another rave will not be tolerated. Individuals choosing to participate in inappropriate behavior will be subject to criminal and university judicial charges.”
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Last semester’s rave in East Campus Library took place around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. The rave lasted about an hour and the library received a fire code violation for the event. By John Sutter The Breeze
Plans for a rave in Carrier Library during finals week received a serious blow Friday night as Mark Warner, senior vice president for student affairs, sent an e-mail warning students about the consequences of participating in the event. “Another rave will not be tolerated,” Warner said in the e-mail. “Individuals choosing to participate in inappropriate behavior will be subject to criminal and university judicial charges.” Sophomore Josh Mead created the Facebook event “Carrier Library Rave,” encouraging students to rave in Carrier on April 25. Mead said he created the event to replicate the success of the Dec. 6 rave in the East Campus Library. On the Facebook event page, more than 1,900 people have replied as “attending” to the event. Mead plans to
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have a DJ and speakers in Starbucks. Mead created the event under the pseudonym, “Matt Dixon,” to avoid being known by administrators and potentially receiving charges from police or JMU judicial affairs. “I wanted to have a rave because it worked so well last time and people had so much fun last time,” Mead said. Mead said he chose Carrier Library for the spring rave because there was less chance for destruction, as there are no open stairwells and no balconies for students to jump off. “I see this as a way for JMU students to redeem themselves,” Mead said. “As a campus we can have a good time and still be considerate of others. It’s not necessary to destroy things to have fun.” According to Warner’s e-mail, JMU received a firesee Carrier, page 4
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5 Event creator speaks up opinion Carrier Library rave
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9 Students raise money for life Slam dunk
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The City that Never Sleeps
Relay for Life at JMU lasted from 7 p.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m. on Sunday. About 1,000 students and more than 200 teams attended to camp out, walk the Festival Lawn and light candles in memory of loved ones who died of cancer. The event raised more than $144,000. Four a capella groups (Into Hymn, Note-oriety, the Madison Project and Low Key) performed for students involved. Co-chair, senior Janessa Muraco, thought this year’s location was much better. “It’s a great atmosphere,” she said. “We’ve had a great sunset with the mountains behind us.”
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Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travel Delays Worsen LONDON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; An air-travel crisis caused by a volcanic cloud from Iceland escalated sharply Saturday, with President Barack Obama and other world leaders forced to cancel plans to attend the Polish presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral and millions of passengers from Washington to New Delhi left stranded by a bottleneck that could last for weeks. Across Europe, commercial flight bans were in force in ď&#x2DC;şď&#x2DC;ź countries, with some closing airports through Monday. But as majestic Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued an eruption that began Wednesday, the reality was dawning that air access to much of the region could be cut off for far longer, with potentially severe consequences for aviation-related industries and businesses
dependent on air freight, such as those dealing in perishable goods. Concerns have also been raised that a long period of closures and delays could affect the pace of European economic recovery when it is lagging behind that of the United States. On Saturday, no end seemed in sight. Even when the eruption does stop, experts said, the high-altitude plumes of grit, which can cause jet engines to fail, could take at least two days to disperse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the mercy of when the volcano dies down,â&#x20AC;? said Graeme Leitch, of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national weather agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the gods how long this goes on for.â&#x20AC;? Given the global links of international air travel, the problems in Europe were beginning to spread chaos worldwide. As far away as Singapore, the backup of international passengers was so bad that hotel rooms were
becoming hard to find in the city-state. Some airlines were offering little compensation, leaving cash-strapped travelers to turn a number of international airports into impromptu emergency shelters. Across Europe, meanwhile, authorities were weighing cancellations of championship soccer matches and heads of state were altering travel plans. In addition to Obama, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-chan and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper abandoned plans to fly to Poland for the funeral Sunday of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, who were killed in an air crash April ď&#x203A;&#x153;ď&#x2DC;š. All airspace in the country remained closed Saturday to flights above the cloud level of ď&#x2DC;şď&#x2DC;š,ď&#x2DC;šď&#x2DC;šď&#x2DC;š feet. In a statement released by the White House hours before his scheduled departure Saturday, Obama said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelle and I continue to have the
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Polish people in our thoughts and prayers, and will support them in any way I can as they recover from this terrible tragedy. President Kaczynski was a patriot and close friend and ally of the United States, as were those who died alongside him, and the American people will never forget the lives they led.â&#x20AC;? U.S. troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan were being flown directly to Andrews Air Force Base for treatment in the United States rather than at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the usual first stop for the wounded. Military planes unable to land in Germany because of the volcanic ash will refuel in midair or in Italy, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. Rail lines were seeing booming business, however, with many adding trains and operating at standing-room-only capacity. Industry officials said that U.S. carriers have had to shuffle their fleets to replace planes stranded in Europe but that there have been no cancellations of U.S. domestic flights. Once the skies clear, passengers trying to rebook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the United States in particular â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are likely to face long delays.
Iran Asks U.S. To Disarm First TEHRAN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called for the destruction of all atomic weapons, starting with those in the U.S. arsenal, in a speech at a nuclear disarmament conference attended by representatives of ď&#x2DC;žď&#x2DC;š countries. The two-day forum, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none,â&#x20AC;? came a week after the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, to which the Islamic republic was not invited. The United States was not invited to the Tehran conference. Ahmadinejad took particular aim at President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement this month of a new U.S. policy that does not rule out the use of nuclear weapons against Iran and North Korea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Threatening with nuclear weapons only dishonored the American government officials and more fully exposed their inhumane and aggressive policies,â&#x20AC;? he said.
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Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear program was heavily debated at the Washington summit last week, with the United States working to win support from China for a fourth round of sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program. The United States and its Western allies suspect that Iran is trying to build an atomic weapon, while Iran says it wants only to meet the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing energy needs. In a statement to the Tehran conference, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top political and religious authority in the predominantly Shiite state, reiterated a fatwa, or religious edict, he had issued earlier against the use of nuclear weapons. He called the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nuclear weapons â&#x20AC;&#x153;tools of terror and intimidation.â&#x20AC;? Fatwas are binding only on followers of the religious authority that issues them and can be changed if the situation requires, religious experts here say. Taking direct issue with the consensus reached in Washington to take steps to reduce the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock of nuclear weapons, Ahmadinejad called for more rigorous action. He demanded an end to what he called the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;blind supportâ&#x20AC;? for Israel, which he said has ď&#x2DC;şď&#x2DC;šď&#x2DC;š atomic warheads yet has not signed a nonproliferation treaty. Ahmadinejad also called for veto power for all members of the United Nations, a right now accorded only to the five permanent members of the Security Council. Talks on nuclear disarmament should from now on be controlled by states that do not have atomic weapons, Ahmadinejad said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The involvement of the government of America will prevent any new treaty from being fair.â&#x20AC;? Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Rybakov, used the conference to call for more confidence-building measures by Tehran to allay international concerns over its nuclear
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Russia Halts U.S. Adoptions
MOSCOW â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Russia said Thursday it has suspended all adoptions of Russian children by U.S. families until a bilateral agreement can be reached to ensure their well-being. In making the announcement, the government was following through on a threat it made last week after a ď&#x2DC;ż-year-old boy was sent back to Moscow alone by his adoptive mother in Tennessee. A U.S. delegation is scheduled to visit Moscow next week to discuss a new accord on adoption procedures and safeguards, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Future adoptions of Russian children by citizens of the United States, which are now suspended, are possible only if such an agreement is reached,â&#x20AC;? Nesterenko said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russia believes that only such an agreement, which will contain effective tools for Russian and U.S. officials to monitor the living conditions of adopted Russian children, will ensure that recent tragedies in the United States will not be repeated.â&#x20AC;? But there was confusion surrounding the announcement. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has not received notification of a formal suspension, officials said. In Washington, the U.S. State Department denied that adoptions had been suspended, the Associated Press reported. The case of the ď&#x2DC;ż-year-old boy, who was named Artyom Savalyev before his adoption, has received intense publicity and prompted widespread anger in Russia. But t he governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ombudsman for children, Pavel Astakhov, has acknowledged that conditions for children in Russia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially orphans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are no better than in the United States, and can be worse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we compare the statistics for dead children in Russia with America, it is not in our favor,â&#x20AC;? he told reporters this week. Urging reforms in Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own adoption regulations, Astakhov said as many as ď&#x203A;&#x153;ď&#x2DC;˝ children adopted by Russian parents die every year. His office also released data showing that about ď&#x203A;&#x153;,ď&#x2DC;şď&#x2DC;şď&#x2DC;š children adopted by Russian parents died between ď&#x203A;&#x153;ď&#x2122; ď&#x2122; ď&#x2DC;ť and ď&#x2DC;şď&#x2DC;šď&#x2DC;šď&#x2122;&#x20AC;. Russian authorities say more than a dozen Russian children have been killed by their American adoptive parents since the mid-ď&#x203A;&#x153;ď&#x2122; ď&#x2122; ď&#x2DC;šs. More than ď&#x2DC;žď&#x2DC;š,ď&#x2DC;šď&#x2DC;šď&#x2DC;š Russian children were adopted by U.S. families during the same period.
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Building Proposals Made For One Court Square
The city received three building plans on Friday from contractors in Roanoke, Richmond and Harrisonburg for the One Court Square building downtown, according to the Daily News Record. Built in 1950 with the hope of increasing technology jobs in Harrisonburg, the building has failed to stimulate companies’ interests in renting the space. Charlottesville
Harrington’s Missing T-Shirt Found
Virginia State Police confirmed on Thursday that a black Pantera T-shirt found Nov. 11 belonged to Morgan Harrington, the Virginia Tech student who was abducted and killed in the fall. Harrington, who went missing after an Oct. 17 Metallica concert at UVa.’s John Paul Jones Arena, was found Jan. 26 in a field on a 700-acre farm in Albemarle County. Blacksburg
Virginia Tech Students Commemorate Shooting
Three years after the April 16 shooting at Virginia Tech, thousands of students, faculty and community members gathered for a candlelight vigil on Va. Tech’s quad Friday night. The commemoration, in honor of the 32 students and staff killed by SeungHui Cho in 2007, stretched two days, when two benches were added to the April 16 memorial. Washington, D.C.
Protesters Bring Guns to Demonstration in District On Monday, several dozen “selfproclaimed patriots” made history as the first group to take their guns to a rally in a national park. The Washington Post reported the group of activists protested what they consider to be President Obama’s anti-Constitution, anti-freedom and anti-gun leadership.
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Rebuilding One School at a Time By Amanda Caskey The Breeze
Since losing his home in the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti that destroyed the capital city and killed thousands of Haitians, senior Patrick Eugene’s efforts to strengthen the Haitian educational system have doubled. The Haitian native has been spending the past four years giving speeches and holding events on campus and around the country in order to raise money for the people of Haiti. “People have been trying to help Haiti even before I was born,” Eugene said. “But people are still poor and still struggling.” Eugene is a co-founder of the Chemen Lavi, a nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan foundation based in Staunton. Chemen Lavi was created by Haitians to help educate and gain donations for Haitians worldwide. Rebuilding the educational system in Haiti is one of the main goals of Chemen Lavi’s mission. “Without well-educated citizens, a country cannot fully bounce back from a natural disaster, not to mention make significant progress towards civilization,” said Prevot Daniel, communications director for Chemen Lavi. “Therefore, we need to make sure that our young citizens are able to get quality education they deserve.” Eugene and the organization are continuing their efforts to gain support and donations in order to build a technical school in Haiti for young people to learn business, computer science and other related skills. The city of Hinche, a central Haitian city and Eugene’s hometown,
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Senior Patrick Eugene, a Haitian native, believes giving back to his country comes in the form of strengthening its education system. Working with a student from Blue Ridge Community College, Eugene is raising money to build a new school in the impoverished and devastated country.
gave land to Chemen Lavi to build this school on the east side of the city. The school will have 20 classrooms, 10 offices, a cafeteria and a conference room. According to its Web site, Chemen Lavi was founded in Haiti in June 2000 by a group of young professionals who wanted to provide education to Haitians so they can learn how to take care of themselves. According to Eugene, since the earthquake struck, young people in Haiti have not had the resources
they need for a proper education. “I believe it is our responsibility to build our own country,” Eugene said. “A lot of people help by giving food to the people, but if you do that, next week they are going to be hungry. We teach people the best way to help the people so they can make their own food and things like that.” Eugene grew up in small community called Saltadère in the central part of Haiti. According to a message from Eugene on Chemen Lavi’s Web site,
Saltadère is a very poor community of about 15,000 people with little business activity, roads, electricity or stores. Eugene came to America and JMU in 2006 for the purpose of higher education, something many people in Haiti do not have the opportunity to do. As part of the group, Eugene gives countless speeches on campus and surrounding colleges in order to see Haiti, page 4
Earth Week Promotes Sustainability Everything about Earth Week is environmentally green, including the T-shirts. “Instead of buying them from [sweatshop-free sources like] American Apparel like past years, we bought them from Goodwill,” said Elizabeth Chenevey, a junior English major. “We are re-using post-consumer items, which is much more important to me than Americanmade organic shirts.” Earth Week, a national celebration of environmental awareness, is an annual event celebrated at JMU to inform students about conservation and inspire change. The main event is Festival Fest, which takes place on the Festival Lawn this Saturday at noon. This year’s Fest features nine bands including Momentary Prophets,
By Courtney Rutledge contributing writer
“I would like to see the plasma TVs around campus taken away because they are counterintuitive to the message of conservation the university is trying to promote.” Elizabeth Chenevey Earth Week coordinator
Hackensaw Boys and Murphy’s Kids. Various vendors will also be stationed on the lawn to provide arts and crafts as well as free food. Chenevy and Shane Boyd, a junior psychology major, coordinated this year’s events by booking the speakers for Earth
Week and the bands for Festival Fest. “I do think that a lot of the people who attend these events are already environmentally aware, but I hope that at least one person who comes isn’t already informed, learns something and tries to apply it to themselves,” Chenevey said. Boyd and Chenevey said JMU has taken many steps to promote environmental conservation. They also agree there are more steps to be taken. “I would like to see the plasma TVs around campus taken away because they are counter-intuitive to the message of conservation the university is trying to promote,” Chenevey said. Boyd said the most important focus is the promotion of alternative transportation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This annual celebration comes after JMU received a Governor’s see EARTH, page 4
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The Shenandoah Valley Tea Party held a rally at Court Square, on Thursday, attracting local residents and college students to protest government spending programs and high taxes. Former Va. Gov. and Sen. George Allen spoke at the rally. Demonstrators brought blank 1040 EZ tax forms to the rally which were then ceremonially shredded at the end of the event.
Campaigns Strain Candidate’s Wallets
By Amanda Herman The Breeze
Free beards and candy became the norm on the commons these past weeks. But with the elections over, all the flyers and freebies are gone and the cost may have ended in vain for some candidates. According to the Student Government Association election policy, campaigning is allowed at least one week before the election is scheduled to take place. “If people campaign the week before elections, no one will remember the next week,” said senior Rob Cellucci, who served as elections commissioner. As elections commissioner, Cellucci was responsible for leading the elections commission and keeping track of candidates to make sure they followed the policy set by the SGA. According to junior Caitlin Natale, former candidate for student body president, campaigning is expensive in both time and money. “I missed two classes to campaign on the commons,” Natale said. “I spent hours labeling candy and making flyers.” Junior Dan Smolkin, who won student representative to the Board of Visitors, said he started working on his campaign at the beginning of the semester in order to solidify his platform and goals. He said he missed some meetings for extracurricular activities, but he did not miss classes. “While it is campaign season, we still have an obligation to academic priorities,” Smolkin said. As far as cost, Smolkin said he “tried to keep costs as low as possible” by only campaigning with fliers and handouts. The runoff election between Natale and sophomore Andrew Reese added an extra week of campaigning, which meant spending more time and money. “I did everything for the one week, so adding another week really tacked on a lot of work,” Natale said. Natale said she spent between $300 and $400 on her campaign. Cellucci said last year the idea to limit the campaign spending at $100 was brought up in SGA, but did not pass and was not added to the election policy. Natale said that although the runoff was costly, she found both positive and negative aspects to the second week of elections.
“It’s definitely a longer process, but I think there are some pros to it,” Natale said. With four candidates for student body president, Natale said that there was more campaigning than last year, when there was only one contested position. Reese, the winner of the student body president runoff election, could not be reached for comment Sunday. Of the major elections this year, there were at least two candidates for each position on the executive board except for vice president of student affairs and treasurer. Freshman Abby Ware ran uncontested for executive treasurer, which affected the amount of money and time she spent on her campaign. Ware said the fliers she made came out to $13 total and that her “main pull” was the Facebook group she created. Ware said that if she had had an opponent, it would have been more exciting but more stressful. “It would have definitely motivated me to spend more money and time on my campaign,” Ware said. Voter turnout for SGA elections has always been low, but the candidates were surprised at just how few voters there were. While around 16,000 undergraduate students attend JMU, only about 10 percent of students voted on Thursday. “I’d love to know why they aren’t voting because I know the candidates spent a lot of time advertising,” Natale said. Cellucci believes the low turnout is because the vote was held on a Thursday and Friday instead of a Wednesday and Thursday like in the past. But he also said there could have been more campaigning. “Some candidates didn’t start passing things out until later in the week,” Cellucci said. Cellucci also said he had hoped since there were candidates who are not currently in the SGA that they would have been able to widen the vote by bringing in students unaffiliated with SGA. Smolkin said that he thinks the rules for campaigning regarding where posters and fliers can be hung should be changed to allow a more thorough coverage on campus. Ware, however, believes it boils down to the voters. “Frankly, I don’t think students care,” Ware said. “Some do, but a lot do not care.”
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RAid | Springfest Photos Copied from front
Thisdell, a junior media arts and design major, was contacted at 10:38 a.m. Friday morning by The Breeze’s office assistant, Charlene Rice, who told her that Garst was in the office with a search warrant. According to Thisdell, Garst arrived with at least six or seven police officers, with more outside. They had a search warrant for all electronic materials related to the Springfest riot with the purpose of identifying and prosecuting violent rioters. The warrant gave police permission to search all Breeze offices and copy photos and other materials. Thisdell said she at first refused, citing the Privacy Protection Act.
“We would have preferred that a subpoena would have been issued. ” Roger Soenksen legal consultant
Garst responded that if the paper refused, the police would seize all of the computers and electronic equipment in the office. Removing all the computers from the office would shut down The Breeze newsroom indefinitely, severely inhibiting the staff from producing the paper. Faced with this threat, Thisdell allowed the police copy
photos and other Springfestrelated materials onto DVDs. The affidavit that gave the reasoning behind the warrant is sealed, and could be sealed for up to a year. Roger Soenksen, a media arts and design professor and legal consultant to The Breeze, said the search was unnecessary According to Soenksen. “We would have preferred that a subpoena would have been issued, because we would have an opportunity to process the request and that the rights of our students will be protected, whereas with a search warrant they are not.” Kaite Thisdell had no part in the reporting or editing of this piece.
Carrier | Facebook Event Creator Still Plans to Have Party from front
code violation as a result of the rave in the ECL. He also cited numerous “high-risk” behaviors such as students jumping from balconies, disturbing a studying atmosphere and receiving potential injuries from large crowds. Mead said the Facebook event lost 200 confirmed attendees since Warner sent his e-mail Friday. Even with the loss of members, Mead said he will still hold the event because he thinks students will be able to gather without destroying property. “It bothers me that people are so easily dissuaded by a
“It bothers me that people are so easily dissuaded by a threat.” Josh Mead sophomore
threat,” Mead said. Although Mead wants to still have the event, some students wrote on the Facebook wall expressing concerns about the rave, in light of the Springfest riot last weekend.
“If anyone thinks mixing a large student gathering with police so soon after the last time, I have to question how you got into this school in the first place,” senior Matt Leslie wrote on the Facebook event’s wall. Some students have suggested on Facebook that the rave should still take place, but not in the library. “A rave on the Quad would legit be insane and the cops wouldn’t be able to do anything about it,” freshman Casey Ruth wrote on the Facebook event’s wall. “What better place to have a rave than one of our best assets?”
HAITI | Focus on Improving Local Education For Earthquake Survivors from page 3
garner support for Haiti. During these speeches and programs, he provides an overview of what Haiti looks like and what is being done to provide aid. Anne Toliver, a sophomore at Blue Ridge Community College, said she first met Eugene through a presentation on campus and became involved with the organization. “That’s the first time I really gained any knowledge of the situation in Haiti, like exactly how bad the circumstances were, so I asked him to come speak at my church,” Toliver said. Moved by the organizations goals, Toliver helped Eugene and another student gain more
“So often in this country you hear of people struggling and I feel like if you have the opportunity to do something, you should do it.” Patrick Eugene co-founder, Chemen Lavi
support for the organization and managed to have 32 children sponsored over the course of a
summer. Eugene said that it is his responsibility as a student in America to help people in need in Haiti who have not had the same opportunities as him. “It’s been four years now and people have been very generous in giving support to Haiti,” Eugene said. Eugene sees his efforts through Chemen Lavi as his personal way of giving back to his home and making sure his people are provided for. “So often in this country you hear of people struggling and I feel like if you have the opportunity to do something, you should do it,” Eugene said. “Because if I don’t do it, who’s going to do it?”
EARTH | JMU’s ISNW Wins Awards for Energy Sustainability Policies from page 3
Environmental Excellence Award on April 7. According to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the awards are divided into three separate categories including environmental programs, environmental projects and land conservation. JMU received the award for the work of the Institute of Stewardship of the Natural World in the Environmental Program category. Founded in 2006, the ISNW, a JMU environmental awareness program, has implemented environmental policies in water,
air, materials and waste, energy, environmental literacy education, and citizen attitudes and behavior. JMU hopes to reduce water use by 2.5 million gallons and eliminate 3,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Office of Public Affairs. The institute has also increased the recycling rate by 34 percent as well as the use of alternative transportation by at least 7 percent. Chenevey has high hopes for the success of this coming week. “The environmental movement is incredibly broad and
there is something in it for everyone,” Chenevey said. “I hope people learn stuff they didn’t know before, and spread the information on to their friends and family.” Additionally, this year’s celebration includes an art show by the Beehive Collective, a group of radical artists from Maine. They will present their latest mural about mountain top removal, which is the destruction of mountains for the purpose of mining coal, at 7 p.m. on Monday in Taylor Hall 404.
INTERNET | IP Switch For Educational Purposes from front
this speed allows for more information to be processed at a faster rate, increasing the load a network connection can handle at a time. This increase in speed is a result of switching to nTelos, a different Internet provider. NetworkVirginia, an outreach program from Virginia Tech, is the current provider. “nTelos was best able to meet our requirements and specifications at the best price,” Hulvey said. According to Hulvey, the current system is based on two Internet connections, both running at 125 mbps. If one fails, the
other connection must take up the load of the failed connection, slowing performance. The new system will implement two 500 mbps connections. In case the main connection fails, another connection running at 500 mbps that will take over, resulting in little to no Internet speed difference. IT believes the importance of education on the Internet outweighs the cost of entertainment. “We can’t tell if a YouTube video is educational or the latest entertainment, so we’ve increased the capacity for everyone,” Hulvey said. Brian Kaylor, a communications studies professor, streams
videos from the Web and uses them often in his lectures, but must sometimes improvise to make up for unreliable technology. “Some days it runs smoothly, some days I just have to give up,” Kaylor said. “It’s frustrating when students in other classes don’t get what other students do.” Some students, however, don’t find any problems with the current connection. Junior Steven Kallman hasn’t noticed any problems when using JMU’s connection to conduct research online. “It’s as fast as you need it to be for research,” Kallman said. “Streaming video is always pretty slow though.”
According to Hulvey, although the connection speed will still focus primarily on academic buildings during the day and dorms in the evening, speed increases will be evident through all connections. Plans to increase the speeds beyond this update aren’t out of the question. “It’s always an ongoing process. We’ll continue to monitor it,” Hulvey said. “I’m optimistic about it. Any speed improvement is a good thing,” Kaylor said. “It’s frustrating when technology doesn’t work.”
Faculty Springfest Response
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Josh Mead | guest column
Where Are You?
Administration Wrong on Collective Stereotype
During a time of conflict, there needs to be visible leadership. JMU has condemned the students who were involved in the Springfest riot and have also warned against future affairs. We need a leader to represent us and address the community and media during a difficult and challenging time. Mayor Kai Degner asked for the expulsion of students violently involved in the riot. Yet, the face of the university, President Linwood Rose, was absent from this crucial city council meeting and is currently out of the country. On Friday Rose e-mailed parents about the riots while Vice President of Student Affairs and University Planning Mark Warner e-mailed students warning them to not be involved with other planned nonuniversity-sponsored gatherings. These faceless lectures do not inspire confidence in our school’s administration, but only stir discord and distrust. This riot is one of the biggest controversies to happen to JMU in years. Students and administration need to come to an agreement on how student-organized activities can still be fun while maintaining a safe atmosphere. After last weekend, the administration has understandably lost trust in our abilities to hold such activities. There needs to be a level of transparency to soothe tensions among students, visitors, the community and authorities, and we need a leader during this time.
Letters Formal Apology
I would like to apologize to The Breeze for putting myself in a bad situation during the Springfest weekend. Yes, I was arrested and charged with public intoxication and failure to disperse an unlawful scene. While I am no longer the editor of this newspaper, many in the community still associate me with The Breeze. I was not reporting for The Breeze when I was arrested and therefore was not representing the publication on the day of the riots. Many on the Internet have taken joy in my arrest and they have the right to do that. Freedom of expression is a good thing. I would like to tell my story so there aren’t any misconceptions. I want those who can’t remove the association of me with The Breeze to know that I was not a participant in the rioting. I was standing on the hill near the Texaco gas station with a friend when I recognized a Harrisonburg Police officer who had assisted my roommate and my brother when they were victims of a crime in October. I have been a reporter for more than four years and being naturally inquisitive, I approached this officer to casually talk about what was going on. I should have known that this was not the best time, even though I had friendly conversations with officers earlier in the day. The officer didn’t recognize me and had me arrested for failing to disperse. I was not aware at
the time that people were being forced to leave the area. I am 22 years old and had partaken in a few alcoholic beverages during the afternoon. I was charged with public intoxication because my blood alcohol content was a .08. I was by no means out of control and was simply trying to speak with an officer in a friendly manner. I would also like to apologize to the police. I am a friend of a number of officers who work for JMU, Harrisonburg Police Department and the Virginia State Police. I was by no means trying to make your honorable service any more difficult. Many have questioned the police response, but I firmly believe that the majority of officers were acting in a manner to protect citizens and apprehend those who disgracefully threw bottles and started fires. Thank you to all police forces that responded. I would also like to apologize to JMU for being one of the students who unfortunately has been listed in connection with this despicable event. Thank you to everyone who is legally taking responsibility and trying to repair the strong reputation of JMU and its student body. Tim Chapman senior media arts & design major and former editor-in-chief of The Breeze
Dear Vice President Warner,
I am a JMU student. My father was not a JMU graduate and I am not a professor, a member of the Student Government Association or even particularly active in any student organization. For the most part I try to stay as uninvolved as possible — preferring to focus instead on my studies and job on campus. I cannot claim to have been a member of the JMU community for anywhere near as long as you have, nor can I in good conscience claim to care as much. Don’t get the wrong impression — I love this school. I ended up here by chance and can honestly say I am glad that I made the choice I did. My last two years here have left me greatly changed as a person, and for that I owe this school a debt much greater than my tuition. You probably had similar feelings when you were a sophomore here. The problem is that somewhere along the line you must have lost that connection with this school. Somewhere along the line you stopped believing that a student’s experience here was individual and personal. Sometime between the time that you attended and the moment you sent that letter Friday night you forgot that the student body isn’t single-minded, it’s thousands of future educators, lawyers and nurses. As an individual it makes me sick to read such harsh words about the student body from someone who claims to care so much about it. Mr. Warner, I started the Facebook event for the Carrier Library rave. I did it with no malicious intent toward the school, and with no desire for it to get out of hand. I’m aware of the events of the last rave, though I was not in attendance. Had you taken a moment to consider the spatial differences between East Campus Library and Carrier Library, you could also see how much less threatening this second rave would be. There are no balconies to jump off of at Carrier Library. There is only one doorway to the outside that
is not alarmed. There would be far less of a ruckus, and it would be much easier to control. I was honestly shocked when 24 hours after creating the event I had 1,300 students pledging their attendance to the event. I didn’t think it would be that easy to bring together so many people. It’s a little bit awe-inspiring to see how excited people get about gathering with their fellow students in celebration of the things that connect them. This all said, before your e-mail I had no emotional investment in making this rave happen. If nobody were to show up, I would not have personally been offended or disappointed. I would merely have accepted the will of my fellow students and carried on with my life.
Mr. Warner, I’m still going to go to the Carrier Library Rave. I don’t know how many people will be scared off by your ridiculous threats, but I’m not. Your e-mail was condescending and threatening. It was offensive to me, not only as a student of JMU, but also as a person. To hear that you can even connect the events of Springfest with this rave makes me doubt your ability to understand either event. Both you and President Rose have made statements regarding the behavior of the student body during Springfest which concern and disturb me. As a student who was not a member of the riot, it bothers me to hear such judgmental libel brought upon the community that I am a part of. Those events involved mistakes on the part of the students, but also mistakes on the part of the Harrisonburg Police Department. I feel that you’re using these events as a crutch to try to
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Lenient Police: Are They Doing Their Job?
For as long as I can remember, JMU students have looked forward to Tuesday nights at The Pub. Unfortunately, The Pub closed down on Thursday, April 1. Two days prior to the close, The Pub was packed, like usual, full of college students enjoying their last Tuesday night at the bar. Around 10 p.m. there was a one-in, one-out policy due to the overwhelming number of people inside the bar. Students patiently waited in the long line — determined to party one more time at their favorite spot. I was in line with several of my friends for about 25 minutes before I became angered by what a cop did — or failed to do. Behind me in line was a girl I knew. I found it funny that she was even in line because I knew she was only 19 years old (The Pub was strictly for 21-year-olds and up). She decided to cut the entire line because she knew the bouncer. He allowed her to enter and the employee scanning IDs didn’t even bother to check it and let her right in. To my surprise, a policeman was standing right next to me. My friends and I brought to his attention what had just occurred. The cop laughed and simply replied, “If she’s already in, there’s nothing I can do.”
This situation truly bothered me. After the disturbing events that took place during JMU’s 2010 Springfest, I am more inclined to share my opinion than ever before. I fully support and respect the Harrisonburg Police Department, however I believe there is a lack in consistency on how the officers treat students. Harrisonburg policemen are at times ruthlessly strict — not hesitating to write students a ticket for stepping off a curb with an alcoholic beverage. Yet, other officers remain lackadaisical with students they know — willing to bail them out of any trouble they may get in. I am fearful that JMU students are receiving mixed messages. No one is above the law and it is illegal to allow underage individuals admittance into a bar. The unfortunate riot that occurred last weekend is an indication that JMU students seriously need to be reprimanded. At this point in time, it is necessary for the JMU community to rebuild its reputation and prove to Harrisonburg that we are more than a bunch of careless and spoiled college kids. Police need to crack down and give punishments to students when a law is broken. Students will continue to push the limit unless there is an increase in firmness and authority. Danielle Puorro junior communication studies major
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A “do-we-need-to-buy-youclothes?” dart to my roommate who chooses to walk around in a towel 24/7. From your roommate who isn’t sure if you actually own anything besides towels.
A “corporate-takeover” dart to JMU for allowing a convenience store to open in the only quiet place in Showker Hall. From the current vending machines — are my coffee and snacks not enough?
A “def-could-have,-like,-saidthat-better-myself” dart to the girl in front of me at D-Hall who responded to the server’s question of “Is this piece of chicken OK?” with, “Oh yeah, totes!” From a student who saves her valley girl slang for Facebook, sparing innocent middle-aged workers.
An “I-still-love-you,-JMU” pat to the place I consider home even after moving away AND the events of this year’s Springfest. From an alumnus who doesn’t like all the other alumni throwing you under the bus.
A “thanks-for-showing-whatJMU-students-really-careabout” dart to the Springfest rioters. From someone who wishes students would get that involved over real causes and not just booze. A “do-it-yourself” dart to all the students who rely on Adderall to get through college. From a junior who does it drugfree and still manages to have a 3.6 GPA. A “you-guys-totally-rock!” pat to the JMU girls lacrosse team who saw me miss the bus, picked me up and blocked the bus at its next stop long enough for me to get on. From a grateful commuter who thinks you girls are better than Cash Cab.
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An “I’m-glad-we’re-still-cool” pat to the sergeant who helped me clean all the glass out of my car after someone shattered my window. From a senior girl who will never park in C5 lot again. A “Ms.-Independent” pat to all the girls out there who don’t need a man to complete them. From a girl who doesn’t let JMU’s gender ratio get her down. An “I-thought-I-lived-here-too” dart to the Harrisonburg locals who claim that “JMU children ... prance around this city acting superior.” From a student who thought she was a member of the community and not an unwelcome guest. A “who-wants-to-hang?” pat to the spectators on campus. From the opossum outside Carrier Library who’s up for a night out.
guilt the student body into ceasing to be, in your words, “vibrant.” Your e-mail about the Carrier Library Rave insinuated that students always make errors. You assume without thought that the students of this university cannot be trusted. You assume we will gather in numbers only to disregard the safety of others. You assume incorrectly. Mr. Warner, I’m still going to go to the Carrier Library Rave. I don’t know how many people will be scared off by your ridiculous threats, but I’m not. I’m going to be there. I’m not going to destroy anything, I’m not going to climb anything and I’m not going to hurt anyone. My behaviors will put no one at risk. I do not understand how you intend to levy criminal charges at those who gather safely, or why you would make such threats and assumptions in the direction of the community you’ve been a part of for so long, but I hope you will reconsider. I have to wonder where exactly the line is drawn. You say another rave will not be tolerated. Does it stop there? Are we still allowed to rally, Mr. Warner? Would this event be allowed if it had political significance? What about parties, Mr. Warner? Can we have those? The point at which the student body ceases to be outraged by attempts to stifle our right to gather is the point at which we lay down the vibrancy that makes this campus great. Mr. Warner, I want you to trust the students again. I want you to understand that the small portion of the student body that acted inappropriately during Springfest does not represent the entire JMU campus. I want you to realize how offensive the rest of us find it when you judge us based on the actions of this small portion. I want you to believe we are individuals and not numbers. We think before we act, and we’re not out to hurt anyone. Josh Mead is a sophomore English major.
A “grow-up-and-get-overyourselves,-generation-Y” dart to all the students whining to The Breeze who think they are entitled to have a scot-free Springfest extravaganza and now simply acknowledge NO responsibility for their actions. From a JMU alumnus who is not opposed to a good party as long it doesn’t lead to violence, arson and assault, and wishes this idea of entitlement would dissipate faster than tear gas. A “leave-me-alone!” dart to the creepy student staring at me on the Quad. From the squirrel who just wants to prepare for next year’s winter in peace. A “tik-tok-on-the-clock” dart to all the Springfest party goers who should be ashamed that the “po-po shut [YOU] down!” From Ke$ha who agrees with the Beastie Boys, don’t take my lyrics so literally, it’s just a song! A “neVer-forgeT” pat to JMU for lowering the flags to half-mast and the workers of Dining Services for wearing maroon uniforms on April 16. From a Hokie-at-heart who will always remember 4.16.07. A “is-this-high-school?” dart to my professor for assigning a book report. From a girl who is used to exams and isn’t sure how to handle this. A “you’re-pretty-muchoffensive-to-all-five-senses” dart to the girl that eats her smelly food loudly with her mouth open in the middle of class. From your considerateness that is deep down somewhere past all the onions.
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Faculty Perspective On Springfest
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In his letter on April 15, Michael Samarasinghe states that JMU students are partly to blame for the Springfest riot. He is incorrect. It was JMU students who organized the party and it was JMU students who widely publicized it via social networking sites essentially inviting the 8,000 attendees. Therefore, it was JMU students who created the conditions for the riot; unintentionally, to be sure, but that doesn’t change the result. JMU students, here’s my opinion of what your failure to think ahead accomplished: You made the institution where I and many others earn our livings look stupid. You might have noticed us around campus. We are those who teach you, advise you, help you negotiate complex procedures so you can graduate, give you overrides into already large classes though we haven’t had a raise in three years, prepare your food, clean up after you, patrol the campus to keep you safe, remove ice and snow from the sidewalks lest you fall and so on. You have shown us a grave disrespect; and while I can only speak for myself, I believe you have also deeply hurt us through your disregard of all the efforts made by us toward your education; an education you apparently consider a pesky interruption of your preferred activities. Of course, you intended neither the riot nor the offense mentioned above. So? A drunk driver does not intend to kill anyone, and the fact that you did not consider how your party might affect those of us who live and work in this community reveals, in my opinion, that you possess an overblown, unearned sense of entitlement. Let me explain something to you: JMU is not your university; it does not belong to you. JMU belongs to the people of Virginia and is tasked by them to, among other things, provide you with an education. The quality of that education, which is generally rated as very good, is the combined creation of those of us who work at JMU, because we think (or thought?) you deserve the best we can devise. Yes, I know you pay to go here, but what you are
paying for is the opportunity to earn your education, to deserve your degree. It is a privilege, not a right. Samarasinghe also states that, “while all of this madness was going on, there were people who were trying to do the right thing,” and I know, as so many students have told me in the last few days, that most JMU students did the right thing by not attending Springfest. Again, so? Aren’t we all supposed to do the right thing all the
You made the institution where I and many others earn our livings look stupid. time? It seems to me, however, that these right-thing speakers expect some kind of praise for doing what they are supposed to do, sort of like receiving a gift card for obeying the speed limit during a drive from here to Richmond. Certainly those JMU students who organized and attended Springfest are more culpable than those who did not attend, but those of you in the latter group bear some responsibility. What have you done, you right-thing doers, to change JMU’s party school reputation? What have you done to increase the appreciation of academics at JMU, to promote a life of the mind? Isn’t it long past time for you to abandon your fear of peer rebuke to insist that your fellow students behave as if they deserve to be here? However, maybe you need motivation beyond it being the right thing to do for you to work to improve JMU’s image. Here it is: Because of the Springfest riot, and the nationwide publicity that followed, the value of every JMU student’s degree in this wretched economy has been diminished. Kenneth R. Wright is a professor of interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Martin Steger | guest column
Take a Good, Hard Look Student Acknowledges, Questions JMU’s Unhealthy Drinking Culture.
The last line of President Rose’s message regarding the Springfest riot reads, “To mitigate the negative consequences of these types of situations in the future, we will be conferring with students, property owners, law enforcement, including the Virginia State Police, government officials and others.” I’m glad something finally has this school’s attention, but “conferring” will not be enough to fix the real issue: our drinking habits. JMU students have been in denial about the problem for too long, and this comes from a participant in the drinking scene. I came to this school as a drunk, rowdy 18-year-old, and over the past four years I’ve stumbled my way through apartment parties, fights, binges and blackouts. But all the shots I’ve taken at JMU did not prepare me for the sting of teargas or the shock of seeing a rioting mob. On Saturday, I was there still as a drunk, rowdy 21-year old. For a time, my group of friends had no idea what was going on, thanks to both our drunkenness and ineffective communication with the police. My role in the melee was minor: I foolishly waited around to see what the riot squad was up to, found as many friends as I could and fled as the tear gas came. Still, I had an excellent view of the chaos, and I learned one thing: This riot was the apex of our drinking problem. And by drinking problem, I mean not only the binges that leave people hospitalized or the alcohol-fueled assaults. I mean our partying with anyone at anytime, and I mean the adversarial relationship between “us” (the students) and “them” (the police and, to a lesser extent, administration). Rose cites “public drunkenness, destruction of property, and threats to personal safety [as] unacceptable outcomes” of Saturday’s block party. Public drunkenness? Take a look at Port Republic Road on any weekend night. Destruction of property? Someone breaks all the exterior lights on my apartment building
every month. Threats to personal safety? There was a murder at a party in Hunters Ridge in 2008. Then, as now, we were quick to point out that a non-JMU student was the perpetrator. Terrible acts of violence occurred at off-campus parties regardless. Unacceptable outcomes? Absolutely. And it’s sad that it took a 1,000 person riot on CHOICES weekend for us to notice that something isn’t right with the way we party. But maybe even that won’t be enough to cause a change. A riot already happened in 2000. According to Monday’s edition of The Breeze, Rose responded to the 2000 riot by forming a Community Coalition to look into the matter; it recommended “examining the university’s judicial system, offering more alternative activities for students and finding a more effective way for students and police to work together.” All of those solutions sound good; it’s too bad that they either didn’t occur or didn’t work. There is a deeper problem here, and that problem is our toxic drinking culture. Waiting for people to react with riot shields and snarling statements won’t change that. Dialogue is a good start, but that won’t be enough, either. Perhaps we should look at schools that don’t have riots or murders at their parties. Perhaps we should find out what non-drinkers do on weekends. And perhaps we shouldn’t be so willing to party with random people. I’m not sure what the real solution to our drinking problem is, but Springfest showed that it’s time we figure it out. The administration and police can help and we’ll definitely need their assistance. However, when a student-driven culture leads to a riot, it’s up to the students to respond. Martin Steger is a senior media arts & design and writing, rhetoric & technical communication major.
Long-time Resident Creates Her Own 10 Best Places to Visit in and Around Town. A few weeks ago The Breeze released its version of the “Top 10 Things to Do in Harrisonburg.” The newspaper staff definitely had some great ideas and highlighted some of the special places in the valley, but as a local who was born and raised in Harrisonburg, I have the insider’s top 10. The Breeze placed Reddish Knob in the No. 1 spot. This mountain top is definitely the highest point around Harrisonburg and the view is insurmountable. However, I know of a place that gives you plenty of air and adds an element of fear and excitement. The Union Springs tower located off Route 33 West is about 30 feet tall. After you climb the ladder and catch some rays at the top, there is only one way down. Jumping off “The Tower” was always a rite of passage in high school and it is definitely something every JMU student should do before they leave this town. Another amazing place at the same end of town is camping in Rawley Springs . This was another weekend getaway spot that we took advantage of in high school, but if you like the outdoors and don’t mind sleeping in a tent, camping on the west end of Rockingham County can be a lot of fun. You just need plenty of friends, a campfire, music and supplies to make S’mores. There are many places to camp along Dry River and many of them can be found on the Internet. Visiting the Grand Caverns in Grottoes, just a few miles east of
Harrisonburg, is another exciting adventure. The caverns offer several daily tours and there’s nothing like checking out all of the stalactites and stalagmites in “Cathedral Hall.” Some of my JMU friends who
Jumping off “The Tower” was always a rite of passage in high school and it is definitely something every JMU student should do before they leave this town.
are staying in town over the summer are constantly asking me what there is to do around here in June, July and August. Because I’m a lifeguard at the
Westover Park Swimming Pool Complex, that is always the first
answer I give them. We have an Olympic-size pool as well as a large diving pool and water slides. The pool will take you back to your younger years as you do handstands with your friends and look for diving rings underwater. You can lay in the sunshine and relax while enjoying the beautiful weather that Harrisonburg has to offer. Another great activity that usually takes place before students return for the fall semester is the Rockingham County Fair. This is an event you
definitely don’t want to miss. The fair goes on for a week and there are so many things to do there. They have craft shows, tractor pulls, motocross races, amusement rides, games, food, concerts, petting zoos and so much more. The fair has its own Web site and Facebook group that lists all of the activities it offers each year.
The Dayton Farmers Market
is another venue that offers a taste of the Valley. It also has a craft show, many handmade gifts and toys and of course tons of delicious food items like kettle corn, pretzels and candy. If the Rockingham County Fair and Dayton Farmers Market are a little too down-home for you, maybe checking out what Massanutten Resort has to offer is more your style. In the warmer seasons, it offers 18-hole golf, miniature golf, swimming and horseback riding. During the winter season, it opens up the ski slopes and snow-tubing park. It also has an awesome indoor water park that is open year-round. If you’re willing to travel a short distance, there are two towns nearby that will count as number eight and nine on my top 10 list. Luray is about 45 minutes north, but is totally worth the drive. They have a petting zoo and reptile center, famous caverns and a garden maze. Luray also offers canoe trips and river tubing. In the other direction, Staunton (pronounced STANton) is a cool little town about 30 minutes south of Harrisonburg.
You can explore the Frontier Culture Museum, Gypsy Hill Park and eat at an awesome restaurant called Wright’s Dairy-Rite. The Frontier Culture Museum is not your average museum. They have huge, authentic exhibits that represent West Africa, England, the Forge, Ireland, Germany and America though the decades. You get to walk in the buildings and see re-enactors demonstrate the various ways of life. Gypsy Hill Park is also not your average recreational area. The park offers barbecue pits, sports fields, a duck pond, fishing, horseshoes, tennis and volleyball courts, playgrounds, pools and a mini train ride that takes you around the park. While you’re in the area, you have to stop at Wright’s Dairy-Rite. It’s an original drivein restaurant, and continues to offer quality homemade food and delicious ice cream treats in a 1950s atmosphere. Finally, Cally’s Restaurant and Brewing Company makes number 10 on my list. Cally’s has been a part of downtown Harrisonburg for about 10 years serving tavern food and locally brewed beer. Cally’s has great food, drinks, service and atmosphere. They even have a rooftop seating area that is so much fun during the warm weather and they have specials and events going on throughout the week. So there you have it: the local’s version of what to do in and around Harrisonburg. Emily Anderson is a junior communication studies major.
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Helping through Larrick Michael Larrick
To the Editor Dear Editor,
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left JMU senior Chad Kiernan blocks a shot by sophomore Virginia Commonwealth University student James Lovata. Right Senior Luke Sjogren, who helped organize the Drive for 25 event, takes it to the hole despite David Grant’s defense (Virginia Tech ’09 graduate). Many students came from other schools and states to participate in the By Jeff Wade The Breeze
The combination of student athletes’ endurance and the generosity of benefactors made this weekend’s Drive for 25 event a buzzer-beater on hunger. Spearheaded by JMU students under the umbrella of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drive for 25 was a 25-hour basketball game, food drive and fund raiser organized to send to aid orphanages in Mozambique, as well as benefit local children with the help of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. This club reaches out to local kids in an effort to provide them with a sense of belonging and companionship. The nontraditional length of the event sprang from the idea that it takes more than one day to make a lasting change. During the event, held in the Hillside basketball courts, 35 participants played five-
hour segmented time slots and were divided into two teams. The occasional late-night foot traffic by Mr. Chips can attest that the players were still toughing it out far past sunset. Senior media arts and design major Luke Sjogren, one of the event’s planners, said around 40 people signed up to participate. Sjogren himself played about 18 of the 25 hours. The amount of play time led to an unprecedented score. Most players racked up enough points over the course of the day to make Kobe and Lebron jealous. The final tally after the marathon of play was surprisingly close, with the green team edging out the orange team with a 1541 to 1532 win. While the event may have been divided into teams, it was evident that all the participants were primarily on one team — that of a cooperative charity-minded group striving to make a difference. Sophomore nursing major Sarah Powell, a
participant in Saturday’s portion of the event, echoed this sentiment. “You weren’t playing for yourself — you were playing for the kids,” Powell said. “It was a benefit greater than ourselves.” Sjogren spoke for many when he said he loved being able to raise money in such a different way. He remarked that basketball was easily chosen as the main event, since all five organizers are fans of the sport. “One of my dreams has been to play in a charity basketball tournament,” Sjogren said. But the event wasn’t simply a hoopsfocused war of attrition. Over the course of the day, many auxiliary events broke up the basketball battle. Preliminary rounds of competitions included games of “Knockout” and “H-O-R-S-E” on Friday.
Q&A with Tom Owens Tom Owens has been bartending at Beyond Restaurant and Bar for more than three months, and at Chili’s for several years prior to working at Beyond. Owens, a Rappahannock native, is a senior philosophy and religion major at JMU. Are there a lot of state and local laws you need to know and enforce as a bartender? You definitely have
to know everything about IDs. If their driver’s license is cracked or tampered with in any way, you shouldn’t serve them, just because it could possibly be a fake. It’s really important to, you know, match the photo with the person giving it to you.
What is your favorite drink to make and why?
Sex with an Alligator, simply because it’s fancy. You basically have to make one shot, you pour it into a martini glass and then you have to sink one liquor to the see Bartender, page 10
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Senior Tom Owens has worked as a bartender at the Beyond Restaurant and Bar for more than three months. He knows how to make over 100 drinks.
I see that there are some parts in this article where the author is clearly being sarcastic. Although that is blatantly obvious, I’m going to take it very seriously and tell him that he singlehandedly disgraced the entire human race.
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By Adam Dove contributing writer
I’m writing you in regards to an article that was printed in last week’s edition. The author of this article chose to express an opinion that is the exact opposite of mine, and this made me very angry. How dare someone write an opinion column that doesn’t agree with everyone else’s ideas? As the First Amendment clearly states, people are allowed to express their feelings on any subject without fear of repercussions, and it’s freedoms such as these that make America so great. However, I believe that this right should only apply to those who share the exact same opinions as myself and all dissenting opinions should never be printed. This is the part of the letter where I scrutinize every single part of the article I find offensive, and list the reasons why I think the author is stupid and should be waterboarded until he admits how wrong he or she is. Perhaps I’ll replace some simple words with much larger ones by typing them in to Microsoft Word, rightclicking and discovering a synonym that has a three- to four-syllable count. Maybe I’ll throw in “simulacrum” or possibly “ephemeral.” When you attempt to read these words, your eyes will cross because my vocabulary is far more advanced than yours, and your ping-pong ball of a brain can’t handle my level of intelligence.
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Thursday’s Greek Sing, located in Godwin Hall, featured several student performances, including one from Madison Dance. Participating Greek organizations put on five-minute skits were based on a chosen theme. Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon were selected as having the winning performances. The $5 per person benefit the Harrisonburg Free Clinic and the FSL Scholarship Endowment. The night was one of many activities including Greek trivia, a scavenger hunt, a gala and a barbecue that Greek organizations all over campus put on throughout the week. They plan to send the money raised to philanthropies around the Harrisonburg community. Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta were the Greek Week Champions this year.
You’d think that in light of my eagerness to cut someone’s work down and explain how right I always am, I would actually write something of my own to show how I think it should be written, but I’m not going to do that. Why waste time and actually put myself out there for other people to judge? I would much rather avoid that situation and negatively comment on other people’s work, as if I am superior and my opinion matters much more than anyone else’s. I’ll just wait until someone puts time and effort into a piece and then anonymously comment on it, because I’m a loser who spends a great deal of time reading things I don’t enjoy and making fun of people who actually do enjoy it. I see that this particular article was supposed to be humorous. I found it to lack humor completely. Maybe some people find this to be funny, but I don’t, so obviously that means it’s not funny at all. You see, my sense of humor is far more complex than the average person’s, and I always make sure I laugh very hard during parts of comedies that no one else does, to show everyone that they just didn’t “get” it and I did, because I’m so f------ smart. I see that there are some parts in this article where the author is clearly being sarcastic. Although that is blatantly obvious, I’m going to take it very seriously and tell him that he single-handedly disgraced the entire human race. You should be ashamed of yourself. Hopefully in the future, you will not print any articles that I don’t agree with. Get your s--- together.
Love, Michael Larrick Michael Larrick is a senior media arts & design major and a humor columnist at The Breeze.
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Charity | Raises Money for African Orphans from page 9
The event raised an estimated $3,500 in donations that will be sent to orphanages in Mozambique. The orphanages here were chosen thanks to the company’s 100 percent guarantee that all of the money raised would go to the children. Participants and onlookers alike also had the chance to make half-court shots, with prizes offered to the few individuals skilled (or lucky) enough to sink the long shot. Prizes ranged from $5 gift cards to Best Buy and WalMart to $20 gift cards to Dicks Sporting Goods. Complimentary jerseys were also awarded to the winners of the championships. The entire event saw an audience that was between 300 and 700 people. The most popular
times in attendance for the event were between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. The final non-game related event was the slam dunk contest. It attracted the most attention from passers-by. However, Drive for 25 wasn’t simply contained to the basketball court. The influence of the event spilled over into the nearby Mr. Chips. The store allowed purchases from the store to be placed in a special donation box where the non-perishable foods would be sent to the Blue Ridge Food Bank. Josh Reifel, head manager of Mr. Chips, matched the donations of students. The turnout was “everything that I hoped for and more,” Sjogren said. Sjogren hopes to continue more Drive for 25 events.
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bottom and you have to float one liquor on top so that it’s layered. It takes a little bit of finesse, though. It’s nice to show off.
What is your favorite to drink? My favorite shot
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JMU freshman Mark Grant (from left), Tidewater Community College freshman Bobby Mills and JMU freshman Meg Joyce shoot hoops for the cause. Many participants played well into Friday night.
‘Kick-Ass’ Lives Up to Its Title By Jeff Wade The Breeze
The question that serves as the spark for the violent and hilarious “Kick-Ass” is: Why aren’t there any superheroes? After seeing the movie, one might still ask the same thing. Based on the comic book by Mark Miller, “Kick-Ass” reveals how the unspectacular Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) transforms into the world’s first superhero who lacks superpowers. Fed up with the rampant crime in New York City, Lizewski modifies a wetsuit, takes the alter-ego of Kick-Ass and sets out to clean up the streets. Kick-Ass then promptly gets his ass kicked. However, with the aid of some metal implants and a viral video of his exploits, KickAss finds himself shooting to fame and notoriety. While Kick-Ass gets to live the idealized and clean life of the comic book superhero, the father/daughter team of Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) portrays the violent actualities that being a masked vigilante entails.
Their bloody, personallyfueled vendetta against crime boss Frank D’Amico (Matt Strong) wages a heavy toll on the kingpin’s business. This inspires the mobster’s son Chris (“Superbad”s Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to don superhero garb and the title of Red Mist in an effort to prevent the duo’s success and prove his worth to his father. Kick-Ass may have his name in the title, but the real stars here are Cage and Moretz. Cage is a delight as Big Daddy. Say what you will about Cage — he puts a level of intensity to every role and his energy serves Big Daddy’s combination of manic optimism and depravity well. Prone to camp, Cage is given full license to indulge in those tendencies as Big Daddy and the film is all the better for it. That is only half of the equation however, as Hit-Girl proves to be equally capable of stealing scenes, if not the whole movie. Equal parts sugar and spice, Hit-Girl moves with homicidal grace: She is a genocidal gymnast who not only defeats bad guys but also to dismembers them. This ability
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is made particularly clear in the stunningly choreographed fight scene during the film’s climax where she engages in a beautiful display of violence that would make full-grown action stars green with envy (and red with blood).
‘R’ 117 min. Starring Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Matt Strong
The archetypes and conventions of the genre are cheekily played with and subverted to the point where even minute details like the individual’s costume mockingly reflect the medium’s many different eras.
The pair’s excellent chemistry is enough to rank them among the best of superhero pairings. And it’s due to this chemistry that controversy over Hit-Girl’s violence and vulgarity is unwarranted. “Kick-Ass” pulls off its satire of superhero conventions with stunning accuracy. The archetypes and conventions of the genre are cheekily played with and subverted to the point where even minute details like the individual’s costume mockingly reflect the medium’s many different eras. For all of its genre savvy, “Kick-Ass” makes some typical missteps. A level of over-ambition keeps the film from being as tight and fast-paced as it could be. Its transformation from a superhero critique into a rollicking action movie is less than smooth. The requisite warnings about changes made in the comic book to movie transition also apply. But none of that really matters. Sardonic and post-modern, often funny, occasionally touching and endlessly cool, “Kick-Ass” does exactly as advertised.
is called a Surfer on Acid. It’s what I give anyone [21 and over] who comes in and has no idea what they want. It’s Jagermeister, Malibu and pineapple juice. It’s a really tasty drink.
Do you ever mix drinks incorrectly? How do customers react? I’m not gonna lie, there have been times where someone will say a drink and I don’t know exactly how to make it, but I’ll know what color it is and I’ll kind of know how it tastes, and by that I’ll kind of throw something together that’s similar. I can’t think of a time when anyone’s ever noticed or gotten mad about it. I have had drinks sent back, but it doesn’t happen very often.
What’s it like dealing with people who need to be cut off? Not fun, not fun at all. It’s only happened to me a couple times. People just, they don’t like it. They don’t like someone else telling them what to do or making judgment for them. But, you know, as a bartender you’re put in a position of authority where you do have to make those decisions.
Do you remember the most wasted person you’ve ever seen at the bar? It was during happy hour and this woman came in, she sat down, she didn’t say a whole lot. She only had three drinks, which really threw me off because normally I tally drinks in my mind. Either she was intoxicated before she came in and I didn’t realize it, or she was on some sort of medication, because after three drinks she was literally falling out of her seat. I had to get her purse, pull out
her driver’s license, find out where she lived, call a cab and I literally had to like, carry her out of the bar.
What’s more common — drunk customers tipping too much or too little? For a bartender,
no one can really tip too much. People are more inclined to sort of forget the tip or just walk out, but more often than not people will tip you more, just because they’re happier. Unless you cut them off — then they won’t tip you.
Do you have many issues with underaged customers trying to use fake IDs and order drinks? One of the few
times I had to cut someone off, I actually cut a dude off who was completely sober. I saw a girl hand him money, he came up to the bar, bought a drink and then went back and gave it right to her. So I knew that obviously he was buying her drinks, so I had to take the drink from her, and then cut him off completely.
Do you ever have customers vent to you or pour their hearts out? Most of
the time, people coming in that want to talk, they just want small talk. There have been a few occasions where someone comes in, they’ve had something on their mind and you end up being a psychiatrist.
Do you ever flirt with customers to help your chances of getting good tips? Yes,
yes. I mean, part of being a bartender is being extremely approachable. You know, it definitely helps you out to be very sociable, pushed to the point of being flirtatious. If it’s a young woman and she comes in and she’s not with a guy, then I will — I definitely flirt. It’s part of the interaction. It’s part of having a good time. And yeah, a lot of times it’ll help your tip. Sometimes you’ll even get numbers.
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field hockey receives team academic award
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games this week softball n Towson @ JMU Saturday, 12 p.m. Saturday, 1:45 p.m.
The Tigers currently sit third in the conference, while the Dukes are in seventh.
Weekend action Baseball
n Friday, vs. UNCW (12-11 win) n Saturday, vs. UNCW (6-0 loss) n Sunday, vs. UNCW (6-5 win)
n Saturday, vs. Georgia
State (7-1 loss)
n Saturday, vs. Georgia
State (9-2 loss)
n Sunday, vs. Georgia
State (4-3 win)
Track & Field (JMU Invitational)
n Saturday, (individual results can
be found at jmusports.com)
Men’s Tennis (CAA Championships)
n Friday, vs. No. 3 UNCW (4-0 loss)
Women’s Tennis (CAA Championships) n Thursday vs. No. 11
Towson (4-0 win)
n Friday, vs. No. 3 Georgia
State (4-1 loss)
n Friday, vs. Drexel (19-7 win) n Sunday, vs. Hofstra (14-8 win)
Men & Women’s Golf (CAA Championships)
n Friday-Sunday, (individual results
can be found at jmusports.com)
Assistant Coach Will Head to Alma Mater JMU women’s basketball associate head coach Jackie Smith-Carson will be leaving the school to take the head coaching position at her alma mater, Furman University. Smith-Carson graduated in 2000 from the Greenville, S.C.-based institution. It was at Furman where she first made her mark in women’s college basketball, leaving the school as second on their all-time scoring and rebound lists. At Furman, she was the Southern Conference Player of the Year as a junior and a senior. She made the conference First-Team three times. In 2005, she was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. After leaving Furman, she played professionally in Belgium and Israel before eventually taking an assistant coaching job at Bucknell University. After spending two years at Bucknell, she came to JMU, where she coached for the past five seasons. Smith-Carson leaves a substantial hole to be filled at JMU, as she was the primary coordinator for the Dukes’ recruiting and scheduling efforts. She was also the team’s frontcourt coach. In 2009, Smith-Carson was a recipient of BasketballScoop.com’s national “Rising Star” award along with coaches from Texas A&M, Xavier, Bowling Green and Notre Dame. The award recognizes the country’s top assistant coaches. In her time at JMU, the team posted an impressive 125-40 record. She helped lead the team to last year’s Colonial Athletic Association championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
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Dukes Win Rubber Match to Take Series By Thom Martinicchio contributing writer
It might have been the chilly 37 degree weather, or maybe it was the biting wind that whipped around Eagle Field on Saturday night that caused the player’s bats to turn ice-cold. Either way, the Dukes walked away from Veterans Memorial Park with a 6-0 loss to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks on Saturday night. The loss snapped the Dukes’ sixgame conference winning streak and dropped their league record to 10-4, 12-16 overall, while UNCW improved their record to 22-14 overall and 7-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes were riding high a day after senior Matt Townsend connected on a game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday, giving JMU the 12-11 win. In addition, the team scored an astronomical 46 combined runs in its previous four games. The Seahawks’ starting pitcher Cam Roth halted the Dukes’ momentum, hurling 6 1/3 innings while striking out eight and only allowing two hits. JMU coach Spanky McFarland commented on the team’s struggles at the plate. “It was really hard getting into a rhythm,” McFarland said. “A lot of times with two strikes we put the call in the hands of the umpire. We have to put the ball in play.” JMU’s starting pitcher, junior Alex Valadja, was ousted after giving up five earned runs in only 4 1/3 innings of work. He only allowed four hits, but his lack of control was his undoing, as he issued seven free passes; four via walks and three by way of hit batters. The Seahawks scored five of their six runs in the third inning, four coming off the bat of Matt Holt’s line-drive grand slam over the right field fence. The home run was his second of the season. Valadja’s record dropped to 1-4, while his ERA rose to 8.03. “I didn’t make the adjustments with my body and my mechanics to be able to command the zone,” Valadja said. “And when you don’t command the zone against a good-hitting team, they’re going to put up runs against you. I left a fastball up in the zone after walking some people and in this ballpark you can’t do that.” But even with all the difficulties the Dukes faced, they still were able
to work counts and put runners in scoring position. In the fourth inning, JMU loaded the bases, but UNCW was able to get out of the jam after senior shortstop Michael Rooney made a vital defensive play. Rooney ranged to his right and fired the ball to second base to get the runner on a sharply hit ground ball by JMU junior third baseman McKinnon Langston. Despite JMU being able to put multiple base runners on in the early innings, they didn’t get a hit until Townsend knocked a single to right field in the fifth inning. In total, they left 11 men on base and went 0-18 with runners in scoring position. “They threw some good arms at us, we were able to get a lot of guys on base, but we just never capitalized,” Townsend said. “We had our opportunities; we just didn’t take advantage of them.” Even though the Dukes failed to come out on top Saturday, McFarland remained optimistic after the game as the team maintained its second-place standing in the CAA. With the loss, JMU is only a game and a half back of conference leaders Virginia Commonwealth, and is still in the chase for the regular season CAA championship. “I thought we played good defense and I thought the bullpen did a nice job,” McFarland said. “Everybody that came in pitched well: Slogik, Kuhn, Edwards. That’s encouraging that those guys did a nice job.” The Dukes bullpen had a strong outing, striking out four and only allowing one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief. Junior shortstop David Herbek’s defensive work was also impressive, as he made several outstanding plays in the field. Valadja knows this is no time to sulk. The team is prepared to embark on a four-game road trip, culminating with a game in College Park against the University of Maryland next Wednesday. “We’re a good team and we’re going to come out tomorrow ready to play and get after it,” Valadja said. On Sunday, JMU clinched the series with a 6-5 come from behind win, bringing their record to 20-16,11-4. The Dukes will be back in action on Wednesday, April 21 at Liberty. They will head to Georgia this weekend to face Kennesaw State for a three game non-conference series matchup.
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Junior pitcher Alex Valadja started Friday for the Dukes, but was replaced with relief pitchers after giving up five earned runs in only 4 1/3 innings. The Pittsburgh native has started six games, throwing for 37 innings and striking out 28 batters this season.
Track & Field
One Week ’Til Conference Championships
— staff reports
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Name of Event Hammer Shot put Discus Javelin Pole Vault Long Jump High Jump Triple Jump Steeplechase 4 x 100 meter relay 1,500 meter run I00 meter hurdles 400 meter dash 100 meter dash 800 meter dash 400 meter hurdles 200 meter hurdles 3000 meter run 4 x 400 meter relay
highest Place No participants 5th 7th No participants 6th 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 5th No participants 3rd 5th 1st
LEFT Junior Kelly Jemison (steeplechase), freshman Jennifer Monk (shot put), and sophomore Kelnesha Hinnant (4x100 meter relay) competed on Saturday to give the Dukes the overall win.
On Saturday, the JMU track and field team won seven events: five individual and two relays, at the JMU Invitational at the JMU Track & Field Complex. Freshman Marissa McDonald won two, taking first in the 100 meters — with a time of 12.15 seconds and first in the long jump with a jump of 19 feet, 3/4 inches. She also ran the opening leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay. The team, which included freshman Gabrielle Poore and sophomores Aubrie McAlpine and Kelnesha Hinnant, was timed at 48.65. Freshman Maria McDonald won the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.04, and junior Kelly Jemison took first in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:25.75. Sophomore Jaclyn Smith was the triple jump champion, winning the competition with a jump of 38’1 1/4.” The Dukes also captured the 4x400 relay. The foursome, clocked in 4:00.03, was Smith, senior Lana McGowan and freshmen Jennifer Monk and JaQuonna Lott. JMU finished with a team score of 168.5, taking first place overall out of five teams. The rest of the top five consisted of West Virginia, Robert Morris, William & Mary and George Mason, respectively. — staff reports
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A Balancing Act: School and Sticks By Shannon Kenny contributing writer
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Junior Becky Hilgar earned a spot on the NFHCA’s National Academic Squad for the third time in her three seasons at JMU. Hilgar, a forward/midfielder, started 14 games last season for the Dukes.
The average full-time JMU student spends about 15 hours a week in the classroom. The average JMU field hockey player spends about 15 hours a week in the classroom, 28 on the field or in the weight room and an additional 10 traveling to away games. Despite balancing two responsibilities, the members of the JMU field hockey team have been recognized for the second year in a row for their academic success by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, receiving the Division I National Academic Team award. This award recognizes Division I teams that have maintained a cumulative team grade point average that is at or above a 3.0. JMU coach Antoinette Lucas, who is in her sixth year at JMU, believes her team deserves to be recognized for its academic success. She credits not only her athletes for their drive to excel in their academics, but also the university itself. Lucas cites JMU as having one of the best academic advising programs in the country.
“Our athletes are under no pretense that they are going to make fortunes as professional field hockey athletes. They are here to get a degree and to have future careers.” Along with the team’s recognition, seven players were awarded individually, receiving placement on the NFHCA’s
“Sometimes, when I really needed to get something done, I would have to escape to the bus’s bathroom with my work and finish it in there.” Kelsey Cutchins senior goalkeeper
National Academic Squad. This honor is given to athletes who maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Cutchins and senior back Jessie Dawson were both honored for their fourth straight year. “I always appreciate and support recognition for all
student-athletes,” Cutchins said. “I believe participating in a Division I athletic program is extremely demanding and student-athletes often go unrecognized for their dedication to both athletics and academics.” Cutchins and Dawson have different approaches to maintaining their high GPAs during their careers. “It wasn’t easy managing my time, but I just needed to stay focused and set aside time to do my work,” Dawson said. “I am a pretty big procrastinator but luckily it worked out for me.” Cutchins, on the other hand, is just the opposite. “I never do things at the last minute,” Cutchins said. “Assignments are usually done one or more weeks in advance. When I look at my schedule for the upcoming weeks, I plan out time for studying or completing activities with our travel schedule in mind.” Many of the girls have found that traveling to away games makes it more difficult to get schoolwork done. Cutchins has found a somewhat unconventional method to solve this problem. “Sometimes, when I really needed to get something done,
I would have to escape to the bus’s bathroom with my work and finish it in there,” Cutchins said. “I was always doing work until the last minute when the team had to get off the bus and start warming up.” Five other JMU players were also recognized: junior forward/ midfielder Becky Hilgar (third time award winner), junior back Amy Daniel and redshirt freshman forward/midfielder Megan Matthews (both second time award winners), and sophomore back Lindsay Cutchins and freshman forward/midfielder Rachel Wein. After such an academically successful season, Lucas maintains an optimistic outlook for the future of the field hockey program. “Four of our recognized athletes will be returning in the fall,” Lucas said. “I would like for about eight to 10 of our 23 girls to be recognized after our 2010 season. I think this can happen.” In addition to their academic success, the team is returning 18 of 23 players from a squad that finished 12-8 a year ago. The team is more than prepared to make another run at success, both on and off the field.
Redskins Have Just Four Draft Picks to Work With The Washington Post
Since taking control of the Washington Redskins, General Manager Bruce Allen and Coach Mike Shanahan have drawn glowing reviews from around the league for their quick maneuvering to improve the franchise’s fortunes. But even as signs of change are evident in all corners of Redskins Park, the team will enter this week’s draft situated similarly to years past: too many needs, not nearly enough picks. The three-day draft commences Thursday night in New York and the Redskins have only
four of the draft’s 255 picks, fewer than any other NFL team. In fact, 21 teams have twice as many picks, and Cleveland and New England hold three times as many as Washington. “I think the Redskins’ mission statement over the years, particularly under Dan Snyder — I think Dan wants to win now,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “Dan doesn’t really want to wait three or four years, which is fine. ... When you start giving away too many picks, it affects your ability to build that team from the ground up.” The Redskins traded away their second-round pick this
month as part of the Donovan McNabb deal. They lost the third-round pick because they selected defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon in the supplemental draft a year ago. And their sixthrounder belongs to the Miami Dolphins as part of the Jason Taylor trade in 2008. Kiper believes a team with so many holes should better utilize the draft to build a foundation of talent. “And the Redskins believe otherwise,” he said. “They believe in packaging picks to move up, or giving away picks for this guy or that guy. ... They’ve had a couple playoff games here and there.
But to try to get to a Super Bowl, to me, that’s not the way I would build a football team.” And it might not necessarily be the overriding philosophy of Allen and Shanahan either. Though they traded away the second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, they’re largely playing the hand they’ve been dealt by the team’s previous regime. The Redskins have twice before had four draft picks or fewer — in 2003 and 2004 — but many around the league will be looking to see if Shanahan and Allen can successfully stockpile more picks.
The team has several players who could hear their names included in trade talks this week, including quarterback Jason Campbell, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and safety LaRon Landry. Asked if the draft is the best way to build a team, Allen was noncommittal on Saturday. “There’s several ways,” he said. “It’s through the draft, free agency, trades and the waiver wire.” The roster he and Shanahan inherited was lacking in many areas. Currently holding only one pick in the draft’s top 100,
the team might have a difficult time addressing all its needs with prospects who can provide an immediate impact. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, expected by most to be the draft’s No. 1 overall pick, has impressed many in the organization. Despite acquiring McNabb, the team could still consider picking a quarterback and letting the draft pick sit behind McNabb for a couple of seasons. Such a move would be a costly one, as it’d likely require trading up to the No. 1 spot, forgoing a tackle in the first round and committing an unearthly sum to two quarterbacks.
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