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Painting on history Madison Society pushes for new tradition at JMU, paints James Madison quote on Forbes Tunnel walls

D.C.-area parents feel the effects of the government closure By chris kent contributing writer

The government shutdown has frustrated much of the U.S., but the families of JMU’s D.C.-area students have been feeling the effects more than anyone else. The shutdown first came about when House Republicans were set on defunding the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The Republican-controlled House passed a budget bill defunding the ACA, but the Democrat-controlled Senate denied it. After several efforts, neither the House nor the Senate could come to an agreement.

“It’s frustrating in terms of not being able to access the things we pay taxes for and with my dad out of work it has affected us financially, considering he provides most of the financial needs for our family,” Tyrus Mason

freshman kinesiology major

Jake Singer, a freshman economics major from Springfield, Va., said his father has been working for the Central Intelligence Agency for 35 years. “My dad is current CIA. He has had to work during this time,” Singer said. “He told me that their pay is not guaranteed ... But [my father] loves his job enough to keep working, and obviously he loves his country.” Singer said his stepmother, who works in real estate mortgage, cannot create contracts because she currently has no access to tax returns because the International Revenue Service is closed. Singer isn’t the only JMU student with family members struggling because of the government shutdown. Freshman kinesiology major Tyrus Mason said his father, an electrical supervisor at the Pentagon, had to go on a five-day unpaid furlough but has recently returned back to work. He’s still not receiving a paycheck due to the shutdown. “It’s frustrating in terms of not being able to access the things we pay taxes for and with my dad out of work it has affected us financially, considering he provides most of the financial needs for our family,” Mason said. see shutdown, page 4

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3 Has JMU taken enough news Sound the alarm

measures to prepare for emergencies?

5 It’s never not a good

opinion Out with the sickness

idea to get your seasonal flu shot.

7 Students relieve midterm life Furry friends

stress at Broadway’s puppy farm.

8 Goal in double overtime sports Dukes prevail

gives women’s soccer third conference win.

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The Forbes tunnel, once used by students to advertise campus events with chalk drawings, has been painted over with a quote from James Madison that officials believe embodies the school’s mission. In response, students took to the floor to express themselves and their contempt over the change. By Stephanie Gross contributing writer

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance.” James Madison’s widely known quote from a letter he wrote to a colleague in 1822 covers the walls of the tunnel that leads from the Forbes Center for Performing Arts to the Quad. The previously unpainted cement walls now show off a fresh coat of purple with Madison’s quote in yellow, replacing what students in the past had used as an outlet for expressing creativity and relaying announcements. The Madison Society, a group focused on promoting positive traditions at JMU like the spirit rock and Breakfast with the President, came up with the idea for the tunnel renovation. Dave Barnes, director of university unions and founding member of the Madison Society, said the quote was chosen because of how well it fits into JMU’s mission statement and what the university is all about. “The idea of putting the quote up somewhere on campus came

to us and we thought, well, this is something we’d definitely be supportive of,” Barnes said. “This is something that’s been created as another lasting landmark on campus for students, faculty and staff to get excited about.” Barnes said this new tribute to Madison wasn’t meant to stifle creativity. “The idea that [students] can’t chalk on the walls will be harder, but on the other hand, there’s still plenty of places for chalking to occur,” Barnes said. “This is a way that we can create a message that would be more permanent.” Barnes hopes students will adjust to the new quote and will continue to express their creativity elsewhere on campus. However, the paint job has received mixed reviews among students. “I personally liked it the old way because I felt like I got a lot of information from it since I park in Warsaw, but I definitely think it looks pretty the way it is now,” said Cate Jensen, a writing, rhetoric

Dukes squash Spiders After big third quarter, JMU hangs on to beat CAA rivals 38-31 By wayne epps jr. The Breeze

It took just one quarter for No. 19 JMU to solidify its 38-31 win over the University of Richmond Saturday. And it took just one more for Richmond to make things interesting in the end. After collecting just 144 yards of offense and one touchdown in the first half, JMU (5-2, 2-1 CAA) erupted for 147 yards and 21 points in the third quarter alone. As the game headed to the fourth quarter, the Dukes had a 28-9 lead and still hadn’t allowed a Richmond (2-4, 0-2 CAA) touchdown. Redshirt junior running back Dejor Simmons got the third quarter party started, returning the second half’s opening kickoff back for a touchdown. It was officially marked as a 100-yard return, not counting the fact that Simmons was roughly three yards inside the end zone when he caught the ball. It was JMU’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since cornerback Scotty McGee’s (2006-09) 94-yarder at home against Appalachian Matt Schmachtenberg / The Breeze State University in 2008. It was also Simmons’ first kick- Redshirt senior wide receiver Quintin Hunter scores on a nine-yard run to put off return touchdown since high JMU up 21-9 midway through the third quarter on Saturday afternoon. school, his first overall touchdown of the season and the second after studying Richmond’s special “I feel like it definitely was a teams coverage patterns. spark, we got everybody ready,” touchdown of his career. “He’s the fastest kid in the “We thought we had a chance to Simmons said. “The next thing league,” head coach Mickey Mat- return a punt or a kickoff against you know, [sophomore quarterthews said. “He’s really fast, as you them when we reviewed the tape,” back Michael] Birdsong came out could tell. And we just got to give Matthews said. and threw a touchdown pass. So him the first 30 yards just to stick JMU had a 7-6 lead over Rich- it ignited us.” it up in there.” mond to start the second half and The Spiders almost responded The return, which may have the return might’ve been just what with a touchdown of their own been a surprise after the mini- the doctor ordered. Of the Dukes’ following Simmons’ return, but mal scoring in the first half, was 144 first half yards, 83 came on the their drive stalled out at JMU’s actually something JMU pre- touchdown drive, their first drive pared for throughout the week of the game. see football, page 8

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COB professor remembered Kenneth Bahn regarded by students as personable, friendly and engaging

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Kenneth is remembered for his engaging and unconventional teaching style. By IJ Chan The Breeze

Kenneth D. Bahn, 66, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday. Bahn, a marketing professor, had been at JMU for the past 20 years. Mary Kelly, a senior marketing major, was in Bahn’s services marketing class. Kelly said she remembers Bahn as an engaging and personable professor who strived to connect with his students. “He was just very kind,” she said. “He was very fair and he treated us all equally and was just so friendly and outgoing. He made you feel very comfortable, which made learning from him very easy, so class was always very enjoyable. It was never really a chore.” Bahn taught market research, consumer behavior and integrated marketing communications and also see bahn, page 4

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Budget talks move to Senate to end shutdown WASHINGTON — For the first time since a political impasse shut down the federal government, the Senate’s top Republican and Democrat have started negotiations to try to resolve the stalemate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met with key allies in Reid’s office for an hour Saturday morning to consider a new negotiating path to reopen the government and end the threat of a possible default this coming week. The get-together follows a move by McConnell to begin seeking a resolution, with House Republicans unable to enter into substantive negotiations with the White House. McConnell earlier this week tapped Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to start talks with Senate Democratic leaders, which led to days of conversations with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the thirdranking Democrat. Until that point McConnell, who has been at the center of major

compromises in the past, had maintained a low profile in the current budget fight. He faces a potentially difficult re-election campaign in 2014, with a challenge from the right in the primary and from a well-funded Democrat in the fall. “The conversation was extremely cordial but very preliminary — nothing conclusive,” Reid told reporters Saturday after a closed-door meeting of the Democratic caucus. “I believe Sen. McConnell showed good will,” Schumer, who was also in the meeting with McConnell and Alexander, told reporters. “I believe he wants to come to a solution.” On Saturday afternoon, Senate Democratic leaders met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. There is real urgency, particularly among senators, to pass legislation to raise the nation’s borrowing limit by Thursday, when the Treasury Department said it will run out of authority to borrow money and would run the risk of defaulting on the nation’s debt. Senate aides said that while a deal could come together quickly, the conversations between party leaders were still tentative. Earlier Saturday, the Senate defeated a Democratic proposal to suspend the nation’s debt limit through next year.

Chemical weapons watchdog group wins Nobel Peace Prize

Powerful Cyclone Phailin forces evacuations in India

LONDON — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the watchdog group now at the forefront of the effort to divest Syria of its chemical arsenal, was declared the recipient Friday of the Nobel Peace Prize. It was the second year in a row that the prize committee decided to honor an institution and not a person. The 16-year-old agency has toiled in relative obscurity in its mission to implement the global Chemical Weapons Convention banning the use and production of chemical arms. But it began grabbing headlines last month as the United States looked increasingly set to launch airstrikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Whether it can succeed amid continued fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels trying to oust Assad remains an open question.

NEW DELHI — India was battered by a massive cyclone Saturday as nearly half a million people evacuated to shelters in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas. Officials said Cyclone Phailin was expected to affect 12 million people in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, with the potential to become a “super cyclone,” which occurs when wind speeds exceed 135 mph. “This is one of the largest evacuations undertaken in India,” Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told reporters in the capital, New Delhi. “Our priority is to minimize loss of life.” Television footage showed large waves battering the shore, wind-wrecked palm trees and communities blacked out by power cuts as hundreds of people lined the shore looking out to sea in the direction of the storm. Compiled from McClatchy-Tribune wire services


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ARE WE PREPARED? JMU’s alert system allows students to be aware in dangerous and threatening situations

By Amber Montgomery contributing writer

As JMU’s enrollment grows in numbers, so does the wireless coverage of campus. However, some students are still facing slow Internet speed and poor connections. “Wireless expansion is one of our top priorities,” said Dale Hulvey, assistant vice president of information technology. “We expect this trend to continue as we provide extended wireless coverage across campus.” Students in Eagle Hall and Shorts Hall, the two halls evaluated for the upgrade next summer. Freshman Eagle Hall resident Monika Chill said that it’s difficult to do tasks on her smartphone, like FaceTime family members. Portability has also been an issue. “I can’t bring my computer to other rooms, which I am frequently hanging out in,” Chill said. “I have to adjust the wire everywhere I go.” Eagle and Shorts Halls aren’t the only areas of campus where students are having difficulty connecting to the Internet. “The only wireless we get is when we go to our lounge,” Nora Kim, a freshman nursing declared major and Hillside resident, said. Kim said the lack of reliable Internet connection has made studying a hassle and that many times she has to share computers and Ethernet cords when studying with classmates in different dorm rooms. Other dorms on campus don’t have wireless access at all and must connect to the Internet through Ethernet cords. The cost of installing Wi-Fi everywhere on campus is one of the main reasons JMU hasn’t address the problem of patchy wireless service. Costing around half a million dollars, the installation of wireless in the Village dorms this summer was far from budget-friendly, Hulvey explained. The price of installation varies due to the size of the location on campus. “It’s great not having to plug up an Ethernet cord just to check my email,” said freshman studio art major, Tori Jackson. “It makes doing schoolwork so much more convenient because I don’t have to go to the library or to a basement to have Internet access.” JMU IT has been tracking the usage and measuring connectivity of the wireless Internet to see if more Wi-Fi needs to be improved, according to Hulvey. It’s based on when and how frequently students connect to the Village residence halls’ Wi-Fi. It found that 38 percent of Village residents connect to the Internet by Ethernet connection. The other 62 percent of Village residents have connected online wirelessly. see Wireless, page 4

MyMadison prompts students to update and check their emergency contact info periodically Local law enforcement, campus law enforcement and JMU administrators decide when notifications are sent out

By Alana Scharlop and Natalie Johnson The Breeze

With the shootings and disasters that have occurred over the past few months it seems citizens all over wish they were better prepared — a plan for when things go terribly wrong and when safe spaces become the target for malicious acts. The JMU alert system is the university’s plan. According to Bill Wyatt, associate director of communications and deputy university spokesperson, the alert system is used any time there is a threat to the JMU community, whether it be a natural disaster or a crisis situation. “After the Virginia Tech shootings, we took a comprehensive look at our alert system and added things like the text messaging

and email alerts,” Wyatt said. JMU’s alert system has been in place since 2007, notifying students through text message, email and voicemail any time a threat is posed to the community. In addition to this, there are five sirens around campus to alert students of an emergency. Under the 1990 Clery Act, campuses are required by law to distribute timely notifications and emergency situations must be communicated in a way that reaches all students. Students are enrolled into JMU’s alert system when they set up their MyMadison accounts as freshmen. Students put in all of their contact information and have the option of deciding how they would like to be contacted. Because of the unpredictable nature of most emergencies, some students find the alert system to be a step behind.

“JMU is pretty good at keeping us in the loop with the timely notices,” sophomore computer science major Keegan Sullivan said. “But I think it’s honestly almost like an illusion of safety because the only way you’re going to know about it is if something bad already happened.” Other students feel safer knowing that they will be notified in the case of an emergency. Sophomore interdisciplinary liberal studies major Annie Cochran gets her updates via text message and believes that the alert system is an efficient method in most situations since a large majority of students are constantly on their phones. Though the alert system is most frequently used for weather alerts, it is also see Alert, page 4

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tunnel | Students used chalk drawings to communicate with each other from front

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On Oct. 2, JMU started painting over the Forbes tunnel with one of James Madison’s quotes. Students used to decorate the walls with chalk.

and technical communication major. Some students were disappointed about the lack of communication JMU had regarding the renovations. “I just would’ve preferred if they asked the students if they wanted that addition or not,” Jensen said. “Maybe if they kept one side to chalk on and painted the other side, it’d be a good compromise between the two.” While the wall may be an ideal place for the quote, students think that it was also a valuable spot for students to communicate with one another. Instead of writing on the walls, students are getting their messages across by writing on the tunnel floor. Senior sport and recreation management major Brett

Garrison wasn’t surprised when he heard people took to the floor to get their point across. “So many people walk through the tunnel every day, and people look on the ground anyway,” Garrison said. He also thinks that the quote is hard to read from some angles depending on where you stand whereas before, messages were clear and legible. Christie Belinski, a JMU class of 2012 alumna, was sad to hear of the change. “I used to go through the tunnel with one of my roommates at least three times a week and we would just stop to see what people would draw,” Belinski said. “And honestly I’ll miss those pictures of Pokemon.” Contact Stephanie Gross at

shutdown | Affecting families alert | JMU police work with HPD from front

Some professionals working for public institutions in Virginia are also feeling the stress of the government closure. “Because the government can’t work out a budget, they don’t know how much they are going to be making, and how much their budget is going to be for the upcoming semester,” said freshman marketing major, Ian Hawkes whose parents work for Tidewater Community College

and the College of William and Mary. The U.S. Department of Education has sent home 95 percent of its employees which may delay pell grants and student loan payments according to the Washington Post. As the deadline for defaulting grows near, House and Senate leaders have been meeting to hash out a plan, but are still struggling to find middle ground.

The National Journal is reporting Republicans and Democrats are willing to meet to push ahead a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of the Treasury to continue borrowing money past the October deadline. If this deadline isn’t met, the government will have a little more than $30 billion in the reserve to continue paying its debts and obligations. Contact Chris Kent at

bahn | Made bonds with students from front

enjoyed playing catch with students outside Zane Showker Hall, according to JMU’s website. Bahn, Kelly added, didn’t use conventional teaching methods like powerpoints and textbooks to teach his class. Kelly and her class recently completed Bahn’s “Coke-Pepsi Challenge.” During this in-class challenge, Kelly said that she and her classmates were blindfolded while Bahn placed three cups — each filled with Pepsi, Coke or Sprite, in front of them. The students sampled each cup and had to guess which soda they were drinking. Kelly said Bahn wanted to show his class how much a brand name can influence people’s perspectives. “Not that many people in the class were getting it right,” she said. “It was kind of funny, most people would think like, ‘I would totally be able to tell the difference.’” She also recalls the first day of class, when she said Bahn was already making efforts to connect with his students by telling them about his current life and memories. “I mean, people will tell you their history, like, where they studied, or what degrees they

“...He talked about his kids ... his wife, it was just so in-depth and it just meant so much more because you could tell he was really concerned with building relationships with us and making sure he was learning about us as we learned about him, which was really nice.” Mary Kelly

senior marketing major

have,” she said. “But for him it meant so much more than that — he talked about his kids … his wife, it was so in-depth and it just meant so much more because you could tell he was

really concerned with building relationships with us and making sure he was learning about us as we learned about him, which was really nice.” Bahn was out sick with the flu two weeks ago, but returned to class on Tuesday. Kelly said Bahn told the class that he was taking medicine and recovering well. “He seemed to be totally fine — he seemed normal,” Kelly said. “On Thursday we came to class and we were told. It was really shocking.” It’s unclear, she added, who will teach the class in Bahn’s place. Yesterday afternoon, JMU’s marketing department tweeted “students and faculty — if you would like to leave kind words for Bahn’s family, you can do so at his office, Showker 439. Rest in peace.” According to the Daily NewsRecord, Bahn had also served in the U.S. Navy as a data analyst from 1967 to 1971. Bahn is survived by his wife, Mary, his four children and three grandchildren. A memorial service for Bahn was held yesterday afternoon at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Contact IJ Chan at

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set up to notify students of any threats to the community’s safety. In this case, the system would give students different instructions depending on the emergency. Each situation is case specific and handled differently based on the circumstances. Wyatt commented that campus law enforcement works closely with local law enforcement and administrators to utilize the system appropriately. JMU is always looking for new ways to improve the system and to better target the ways that it can communicate with students effectively. “It’s been around for quite

some time but we are constantly testing the system to make sure everything works as it’s supposed to and just evaluating those tests,” Wyatt said. Students receive an email after alert testing to evaluate how it performs so officials can improve the system based on students’ feedback. Some students feel that national tragedies are cause for concern about greater community and campus safety. “There needs to be something else, especially with all these things that have happened like Newtown and Virginia Tech,” Sullivan said. “These are awful things, and just a text being sent to your phone when you’re in class or something — I don’t think

that’ll be enough.” Sullivan said he wishes JMU had a more thorough plan for how students should respond in specific situations that have plagued other institutions. While the alert may instruct on a case-by-case basis, it seems that students want to know how to react before a crisis occurs. Wyatt advises students to follow the instructions of the alert system in the case of an emergency. “Be vigilant and if you feel like you’re in immediate danger call the university police,” Wyatt said. Contact Alana Scharlop and Natalie Johnson at

wireless | Expansion in 2014

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Interconnectivity is a main goal for the IT department in 2014 and it hopes to double Internet bandwidth. from page 3

The department’s research has also found many wireless users are accessing the Internet through other devices, breaking JMU’s Acceptable Use Policy. Students in the past have attempted to bypass the use of Ethernet cords with their own wireless router. Hulvey said that students found with routers are asked to remove them, because they can cause interference with existing connections on campus, making it slower and harder to access. JMU has recognized that wireless connection is essential to student life and success, as stated in The Strategic Plan for Information Technology for 2014. The plan attributes the increasing need in bandwidth

and the increasing use of media streaming on the university’s servers. It also acknowledges the growing popularity of these sites, but also states its servers weren’t meant for the amount of media they are receiving. “I usually skip the Wi-Fi because there are so many people that use it, so I just use an Ethernet cord by choice,” said Nick Foley, a sophomore computer science major and Chesapeake Hall resident. Despite living on East Campus, Foley takes advantage of Wi-Fi in other places on campus. “I love having the option of using Wi-Fi, and how they’ve added it to places like the Quad,” Foley said. Another sophomore, Cat

Jenkins, lives off campus and finds the Wi-Fi on campus to be a hassle. “It’s just really frustrating because it’s so slow on campus,” Jenkins said. As stated in its strategic plan, the IT department will meet with a company in February to agree on a time frame for the increase in bandwidth, then carry out the project from there. Eagle and Shorts Hall are awaiting on funding to create a time frame. The IT department hopes to start projects to double bandw idth connections, increasing Internet speed f o r t h e e n t i r e c a m p u s. Contact Amber Montgomery at


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Zombie fighters: why you should get a flu shot ASAP There’s no reason to refuse vaccination, especially when it’s for the good of the population, not just you Don’t be that guy. You know, the one who gets bitten by a zombie in battle and lies to his friends about it, only to transform a few hours later and kill all of them? That’s what happens when you don’t get a flu shot. OK, well maybe not exactly that, but you could make the people you love and countless others sick. So why are employees getting up in arms about companies, even hospitals, requiring them to get flu shots? Last flu season, an Indiana hospital ended up firing eight employees for refusing to get shots. “This is my body. I have a right to refuse the flu vaccine,” Ethel Hoover, a 61-year-old nurse, told ABC News. “For 21 years, I have religiously not taken the flu vaccine, and now you’re telling me that I believe in it.” It’s confusing to me that people believe vaccines aren’t part of God’s plan for them. It’s the same as when people stay in their houses during hurricanes and then wonder why God didn’t protect them. Well, they had multiple chances to evacuate. Those could have been God’s attempt to protect them. Vaccines could be sent by God, too.

Whether you’re religious or not, refusing to get a flu shot (especially if you work at a hospital) is selfish. Yes, there’s a chance you won’t get the flu, but there’s also a chance you could infect other people that will get seriously ill from it. If you come in contact with a lot of people during the day, those chances increase.

Yes, there’s a chance you won’t get the flu, but there’s also a chance you could infect other people that will get seriously ill from it. If you come in contact with a lot of people during the day, those chances increase. “We vaccinate not only to protect ourselves, but to protect the people around us,” William Schaffner, professor and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine told The Huffington Post. “And when people realize that, ‘Oh, [getting the vaccine] means I can’t give influenza to any member of my family or co-workers or my pals the gym or whatever,’ that gives them a lot of motivation, because no one wants to give anyone an

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rock-paper-scissors with over a parking spot. From a woman who is stressed out about exams and needed a good laugh on a rainy Thursday. A “thanks-for-letting-meeat” pat to Corey in Festival who punched for me when I ran out of dining dollars. From a woman who barely has time to think, much less worry about dining dollars. A “your-kindness-isnoticed” pat to Shirley and Liz for making my burrito bowlbuying experience the best ever. From a student who loves Tuesdays and Thursdays! A “hell-yes-I-will-nap-forcookies” pat to the Nap Nook for the best challenge ever invented. From a student whose day was made so much better. A “go-with-the-flow” pat to

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illness.” It seems like there are infinite excuses we’ve made up not to get vaccinated. “I never get the flu.” “I’m tough enough to get over it quickly.” “Flu season will be over before we know it.” And, of course, there’s the age-old myth that the flu vaccine gives you the flu virus, which is both a lie and impossible. It’s easy. Shots range from $20-$30 depending on where you go and if there are any coupons offered. Some insurance companies even offer to cover the full cost without charging a co-pay.

The price might seem steep for a college student, but it’s worth it, especially to fend off sickness during midterms and exam week. The healthier you are, the better your grades will be. So don’t be the zombie fighter who ends up compromising the entire team. Get a flu shot, stay healthy and kick a--. Jessica Williams is a senior English and writing, rhetoric and technical communication double major. Contact Jessica at

the people who actually follow the traffic pattern established for entering and exiting Carrier Library. From a woman who is fed up with running straight into people who are going the wrong way.

for kindly answering my ticket question and making my day a bit brighter. From a student who doesn’t understand why that office has such a bad rep and wanted to show that they’re not all bad.

A “think-before-youspeak” dart to that student in everyone’s English class who constantly raises their hand to restate exactly what the professor just said in an unnecessarily verbose way just to make themselves sound more intelligent. From an English major who is so tired of it.

A “go-back-to-driver’s-ed” dart to all of the people in South View who don’t know how to park. From a resident who’s polite enough to only take up one parking spot instead of two.

A “you-go-Glen-Coco” pat to University Program Board for bringing Nasim Pedrad to JMU later this month. From a senior who has her ticket and is so excited to finally see her live. A “what-would-I-havedone-without-you” pat to my wonderful MYMOM leadership counselor for helping me with my science project. From a very appreciative freshman who is in well over her head. An “I-appreciate-you” pat to Donna at Parking Services

A “don’t-make-me-glueyour-feet-to-the-floor” dart to the woman in my classes who refuses to sit still. From someone who stopped fidgeting in elementary school. A “but-Rose-Library-hasone” dart to Carrier Library for not having a three-hole punch for students in need. From a grad student who has a backpack full of papers and an empty binder. A “that’s-a-party-foul” dart to whoever pulled the fire alarm at South View on Friday night. From one of the many disgruntled residents who had to listen to the alarm for almost an hour just so you could have a laugh.

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On Oct. 4, James Madison University’s Board of Visitors met to discuss several very important topics including an update on the Madison Future Commission. As you’ll see from the summary (available online at, the agenda included the discussion and approval of the university’s six-year plan — a planning document required by law to be submitted to the State Council on Higher Education of Virginia — and the university’s 2014–2016 biennial budget requests to the commonwealth. Both of these items provide the university with an opportunity to outline our academic, financial and enrollment priorities for the near term. A major priority reflected in both the six-year plan and the biennial budget requests were faculty salary increases. Unfortunately, The Breeze inaccurately reported that faculty would not receive raises for the next three years in its Oct. 7 print edition. There was no discussion at the board meeting of not providing raises. On the contrary, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Charles King briefed the board on the administration’s intention to provide raises over the course of the coming biennium. The Breeze’s inaccurate reporting has resulted in considerable confusion within the university community regarding faculty salaries.

Improving faculty salaries remains a top institutional priority for President Alger and the university administration. This commitment is reflected in the salary increases implemented over the summer.

The Breeze ran a correction in its Oct. 10 edition. However due to the obscure placement of the correction, it is likely many have not seen it. Improving faculty salaries remains a top institutional priority for President Alger and the university administration. This commitment is reflected in the salary increases implemented over the summer. While the administration acknowledges there is more work to do, the university was pleased to take this significant step. Additionally, a Compensation Advisory Council (CAC) has been established as a result of a recommendation proposed by last year’s Compensation Task Force. The CAC will have responsibility to provide compensation-related advice to the JMU senior leadership team. The CAC’s feedback will help the vice presidents to render fair and equitable decisions concerning compensation. As we continue to work on this very important issue and advocate in Richmond on behalf of the faculty and staff, we appreciate your continued patience and feedback. It is very early in the state budgeting cycle and we will do everything within our power to influence the governor and General Assembly to include raises for all state employees in the 2014–2016 budget. The work that you are doing here at James Madison University truly makes an impact on the lives of our students. We thank you for your continued commitment to the university’s mission. JMU administration

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A golden opportunity Local breeder provides community with puppies, cuddles and a break from student life By HALEY MCDERMOTT contributing writer

Gap View Ranch and Kennel, better known as “the puppy farm,” has become quite an attraction among JMU students. This hundred-acre ranch in Broadway, Va. is one of the largest facilities for golden retriever breeding on the East Coast. Owner David Liskey has been in the business for 29 years now. Liskey, who graduated from JMU in 1984, stumbled into the puppy business by accident. “I bought my first female golden at a rest stop,” Liskey explained. “My college roommate had bought a male and ended up bringing him to my farm so he could have more space. Before we knew it there were puppies running out of the barn.” Since then, he has refined and expanded his business into the successful establishment it is today. He retired from his other job at Branner Printing and now runs the ranch full time with five other employees working for him on their own schedule, though his crew hardly allows him to sit back. “Every day there are obligations,” Liskey said. “Be it bringing them food, filling up the water buckets, cleaning up. There’s always something to be doing.” One of his employees is Trish Moore, a senior biology major at Bridgewater College. She has been working at the ranch for nearly five months. “I enjoy working here because I spend most of my time hands-on with our 40 dogs,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a hard job, but it takes the right kind of person to balance the care of the dogs as well as being there for the customers and visitors.” According to Liskey, how many puppies they sell per year varies depending on how many females have been bred. The puppies range in price from $850 to $1,250. One thing that sets Gap View apart from other breeders is the incredibly high standards it maintains for the care of its dogs. There is often a negative stereotype that comes with breeders because of the controversy surrounding living conditions in “puppy mills,” but Gap View makes every effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment. “The health of all of our dogs is very important to us. These dogs are my babies,” Liskey said. “The top two health issues with large dogs are hip problems and heart problems. All of our dogs are OFA and SAS certified.” The dogs meet the standards for healthy hips and hearts. In addition, Gap View recognizes the importance of healthy genetics in breeding; it examines the genetic history of its dogs in order to ensure that all the puppies are healthy and have the best traits possible. Gap View also gives females a break before breeding them again. “I want them to have a year off to ensure that they are healthy and that the puppies will be healthy,” Liskey said. Over the years, Gap View has become a hot spot for JMU students to visit. “We see JMU students every day,” Liskey said. “They like


Kate Brydon, a sophomore social work major, plays with one of the puppies for sale at Gap View Ranch and Kennel on Saturday.

A year ago, the number of students visiting per day got somewhat out of hand, causing a brief ban in student visitation. “So many students would come at one time that they would sometimes get in the way of paying customers, and it was hard to make sure they were following all precautions,” Liskey said. Since then, Gap View has established new rules requiring students to make appointments before coming to ensure that there are not too many at once, and students are once again welcome at the ranch. Many students enjoy this opportunity to visit the ranch and play with the dogs and puppies. “I think it’s really great that they allow JMU students to visit,” Chelsea Perrine, a JMU 2013 graduate said. “It’s a fun way for college students to de-stress after a long week, and it’s good for the dogs because they get a lot of attention and play time.” According to Moore, the ranch got much busier once

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JMU students came back to school than it had been when she started working there over the summer. “Most come to play with the puppies, but we like to have them walk the older dogs too,” she said. “Some get excited about that and end up walking multiple dogs.” There are also students who are willing to participate in the farm’s everyday chores. “Some of them like to help out with grooming as well, which is great for me,” she said. Although most students merely come to play, they have seen an occasional student buy a puppy, and some students even bring their families to purchase one. Gap View is not only a fun place for students to visit, but also a flourishing local business. Whether you’re looking for a new best friend or some time away from your textbooks, Gap View is just down the road. CONTACT Haley McDermott at

MARY KATE WHITE | what’s app?

Maritime drama ‘Captain Phillips’ keeps the audience hooked

Your Extra Life: In case you need even more challenges By MARY KATE WHITE The Breeze


Captain Phillips is held at gun point aboard the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in this film, which is based on a true story. By TRAVIS BARBOUR The Breeze

Move over Johnny Depp, ‘cause Tom Hanks is playin’ the pirate game now. Except these aren’t the cliché “yo-ho, yo-ho” pirates but rather the gun-toting, hostage-taking Somali kind of pirates. Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips”is based off the 2009 hijacking of Phillips’ ship, the Maersk Alabama, and his subsequent abduction by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks plays the captain in charge of the American container ship. On what seemed like a routine voyage, Phillips notices the ship is nearing the coast of Africa where Somali pirates had been reportedly hijacking freighters more and more frequently. Sure enough, the Alabama proved quite the prize for the impoverished “fisherman” pirates. Led by their fearless, yet naive leader, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), the gang boards the container ship and takes the captain hostage in the escape boat after things go awry. Unbeknownst to the pirates, the United States doesn’t take too kindly to those who threaten its cubs. Shot in a documentary-esque style, “Captain Phillips” feels very real and inclusive for the viewer. Set on the open sea, this quick cutting, shaky camera movement

wonderfully builds the uncertainty and tension of the film but also comes with a side of seasickness. I admit when I first went to see the film, I was worried it was going to be another “us-versus-them” military tale but was pleasantly surprised when Greengrass chose to humanize both sides of the story. I enjoyed the amount of screen time the pirates received, revealing an impoverished society of young men who can only rely on piracy as a means to make a living.

“Captain Phillips”  PG-13 134 min. Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman

Hanks (like always) does a phenomenal job acting in the film, conveying the fear one might associate with, oh, I don’t know, having a gun pointed at your head by Somali pirates. However, he wasn’t the only shining star. Abdi had a stunning performance that rivaled the seasoned actor, an impressive feat for someone’s first acting gig. The music in the film works effectively hand in hand with the shooting style to create and heighten the tension. Because two-thirds of the movie is within a tight-spaced life boat in the ocean, there isn’t a lot of

variety in the setting to keep the story interesting, but the filmmakers do a great job of keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats by using fast edits and extreme close-ups to help convey the terror and claustrophobia the characters felt. Because “Captain Phillips” humanizes both the captors and the victims, I felt somewhat conflicted at the outcome, almost wanting something good to come of the pirate captain. I believe the film did this so the viewers would notice how much opportunity there is in the U.S. that may only be the stuff of dreams in the the developing world. One of the most powerful exchanges in the film between Phillips and Muse enforces this idea when Phillips says, “There’s gotta be something other than kidnapping people,” to which Muse simply replies, “Maybe in America.” Though the story is contained within a small, enclosed setting, “Captain Phillips” maintains a highenergy pace mostly designated for action films. It’s an impressive tale of bravery and leadership that updates your view on pirates from the hook-handed, adventurous band of merry men to a much more real, ruthless threat. Travis Barbour is a senior media arts and design major. Contact him at

We live in an age dominated by social media, and our smartphones are literally designed to boost our involvement in all of our networks. Apps, push notifications and badges keep us glued to our screens even during our most intimate moments with friends. But a new app, Your Extra Life, is trying to get more users face-toface with friends and family in JILLIAN PAUL / THE BREEZE the real world. Your Extra Life presents users with “life challenges,” often social, to be accomplished and recorded in photographs on a list of achievements. The challenges fall into a range of categories that are always changing: “nightlife,” “altruism” and “romance” are all sets of challenges that can be achieved visually. Challenges start off simple and get more difficult. The first romance challenge asks you to upload the earliest known picture of you with your significant other. A later challenge requires you to buy your SO $10 worth of pointless gifts from a dollar store and then take a picture of it: a challenge I refused to complete because, well, OK fine, I don’t have a boyfriend. Thanks for the reminder, Your Extra Life. Whenever you complete a challenge, your photo is uploaded to the app where it awaits approval. Somewhere, someone is looking at your picture and deciding if you’ve played enough video games or if the surprise love note left for a boyfriend was, in fact, surprising enough. Although it’s never happened to me personally, apparently it is possible to have your “evidence rejected.” The first nightlife challenge is to go out to a bar with friends and make everyone put their phone in a pile; the first person to touch their phone has to buy everyone a drink. So, how do I take a picture of this if I can’t use my phone? Am I just being tricked into buying all of my friends drinks? Would my friends and I ever be able to leave the bar, or would we just sit there sweating bullets and glaring at each other with our poker faces forever? I see the point this app is trying to make: Get off your phone and out of your comfort zone. But the irony of living your life to the fullest in ways that an app tells you to is not lost on me. I admit, I personally have never made it past the first three challenges of any category without the challenge being out of my means. I don’t own any Legos, I don’t have a boyfriend and I don’t often go out to bars in big groups. Maybe these are all shortcomings that the app is trying to change, but honestly, it just makes me feel worse about the fact that they won’t. This app seems designed for people with a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of friends; basically it’s for people who don’t even need the app. Maybe my life is just too challenging as it is, but I definitely don’t need my phone reminding me of that. Mary Kate White is a senior media arts and design major. Contact her at


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Women’s soccer (11-4)

A little luck JMU beats Towson in double overtime after own goal in 102nd minute

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Redshirt junior defender Sam Lofton tries to evade Towson junior midfielder Morgan Fraczkowski Sunday. The Dukes limited the Tigers to just four shots the entire game, including overtime. By Andy Lohman contributing writer

An own goal in double overtime was the difference for women’s soccer in its 2-1 win over Towson at University Park yesterday afternoon. The goal came when the Dukes crossed the ball into the box from the wing and deflections from Tigers defenders directed the ball into the net and ended the game. JMU dominated play throughout the game, registering 19 shots to Towson’s four, but Towson senior forward Emily Banes tied the game at 1-1 with 14 minutes left in the regulation. A defensive lapse allowed Banes to have a free shot on a half volley in the box, which she sent past sophomore goalie Ellen Forrest. “[Banes] is a special player,” head coach David Lombardo said. “She got free, and she buried her shot.” The Dukes opened the scoring midway through the first half when senior defender Becky Sparks finished sophomore midfielder Kelly Kerrigan’s corner kick with a header in the 22nd minute. “I like that we’re finishing a high percentage of set pieces,” Lombardo said. “I think we went 0-forthe-season last year on set piece opportunities.” The first half of the game belonged solely to JMU. The defense held the Tigers without a single shot on goal, while the offense created multiple scoring chances along the flanks. The Dukes had 10 corner kicks in the game, including seven in the first half alone. “Our athleticism gave them trouble,” Lombardo said. “I thought we played well in two-thirds of the field but didn’t make good attacking decisions.” Senior forward Lauren Wilson was dangerous on the left wing the whole game, firing off six shots, including four on goal. Her best scoring opportunity came eight minutes into the second half when her shot from 25 yards out was tipped just over the goal by Towson junior goalie Erin Quinn. “We have really fast forwards,” Wilson said. “And we used that to our advantage.” The Dukes seemed to be comfortable with their lead in the second half and lacked aggression in

the attacking third of the field. When Banes tied the game late in the half, the attack became more frantic again as both teams fought for a winning goal. The Dukes’ best opportunity came with eight and a half minutes left in regulation when freshman midfielder Allie Bunner played a through ball to junior forward Katie Hyland, whose shot was then saved. With four minutes to play in regulation, Towson freshman defender Marissa Green ripped a volley from well outside the box that swerved to the top corner. Forrest made a diving save and was able to push the shot over the crossbar to keep the game tied. “I thought we did a good job of putting bodies behind the ball,” Forrest said. “We knew they weren’t afraid to turn and shoot from outside the box.” The frantic play continued in overtime. Redshirt junior defender Sam Lofton cleared a ball off of the goal line that could have won the game for Towson halfway into the first overtime period. Wilson had shots saved at the end of the first period and the beginning of the second before the own goal won the game for JMU. “We made it a little harder than it needed to be,” Forrest said. “But it’s a huge win. This game sets us apart in the conference.” A couple of minutes into the second overtime, Sparks went down after a collision at midfield. It appeared to be a concussion and she did not return to the game. “It was a costly win for us,” Lombardo said. “Sparks may be out for awhile.” The Dukes came into Sunday’s game ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The win improves them to 11-4 on the season and 3-1 in the CAA. Towson falls to 7-8-1 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The next game for the Dukes is on Friday at UPark at 7:00 p.m. against UNC Wilmington. Contact Andy Lohman at

FOOTBALL | Bye week ahead

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Redshirt freshman cornerback Kwe’shon Williams runs back his third quarter interception Saturday.

JMU freshman midfielder Meghan Cox volleys a header in Sunday’s 2-1 win.

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four-yard line. They settled for a 21-yard field goal from sophomore Brandon Jordi, their only points of the quarter. On JMU’s ensuing drive, it took just two plays for the Dukes to find the end zone again. Birdsong hit freshman wide receiver Brandon Ravenel for a 71-yard reception, then redshirt senior wide receiver Quintin Hunter ran it in from nine yards out to give JMU a 21-9 lead. The drive lasted only 35 seconds. “Execution at its finest,” Birdsong said. “Good play calling from up top.” Birdsong and redshirt sophomore tight end Deane Cheatham connected for JMU’s third touchdown of the third quarter, a 16-yard completion at the end of a four play, 40-yard drive with 2:34 left in the quarter. Matthews attributed JMU’s quick scoring drives in the second half to Richmond’s defense, which was set up for the run attack. “They really had aligned themselves where they were going to stop the run, and it let our guys run deep routes,” Matthews said. “They were wide open.” And Richmond did limit JMU’s running game: The Dukes rushed for a season-low 84 yards. Redshirt senior running back Dae’Quan Scott had 42 yards on 13 carries and freshman running back Khalid Abdullah had 39 yards on six carries to lead JMU in that category. Heading into the fourth quarter, JMU kept Richmond out of the end zone the longest of any opponent since the University of Maine in a 31-7 win on Nov. 3 last season. The Black Bears didn’t score their touchdown in that game until 30 seconds left. Saturday, Richmond began the fourth quarter with the ball and redshirt sophomore fullback Seth Fisher capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown reception from redshirt junior quarterback Michael Strauss. That was just the first of Richmond’s 22 fourth quarter points. “I really thought we lost our focus there in the fourth quarter,” Matthews said. “We told our players, ‘Someone forgot to tell the Richmond kids the game was over.’ We certainly didn’t handle it well.” The Spiders almost came within a field goal of tying the game with 1:32 left. But Strauss had a rush for no gain and two incomplete passes at JMU’s six yard line and Richmond settled for a Jordi field goal instead of a touchdown. Ravenel recovered the onside kick that followed,

and JMU ran down the clock to seal it. “It was a typical JMU-Richmond game,” Matthews said. “One group’s not going to let the other team get ahead very far … There are very few blowouts.” Redshirt junior placekicker Cameron Starke hit a 46-yard field goal with 11:42 to play and Birdsong found redshirt junior wide receiver Daniel Brown in the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown with 11:14 to play for what turned out to be necessary insurance points in the fourth quarter. The defense included junior wide receiver DeAndre’ Smith as a starter at cornerback for the first time in favor of redshirt freshman Taylor Reynolds. Smith was recruited as a cornerback but ended up on offense. Smith didn’t play at receiver on Saturday, but Matthews said he may play both ways moving forward. Richmond certainly tested the secondary, which had Smith at cornerback on one side and redshirt freshman Kwe’shon Williams on the other. Williams recorded his third interception of the season in the third quarter, which helped set up Cheatham’s touchdown. But Strauss set a Richmond and Bridgeforth Stadium single-game record for passing attempts and completions, going 41-64 for 423 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception. “We struggled to get a rush on (Strauss),” Matthews said. “He was throwing the ball so quick.” Saturday was the 31st meeting between the Virginia foes dating back to 1981. Richmond has a 17-14 lead in the overall series, but JMU has a 6-5 advantage since 2003. JMU now heads into its only bye week of the season. The Dukes originally had two open dates, before filling the first one with a Sept. 21 game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The Dukes will suit up again in Williamsburg against another CAA rival, the College of William & Mary, on Oct. 26. The Tribe are 4-2, 1-1 CAA after beating the University of Pennsylvania 27-14 at home Saturday. William & Mary travels to No. 17 the University of Maine (5-1, 2-0 CAA) this week. JMU currently sits tied with Towson University and the University of Delaware for third in the CAA standings. “It’s always good to go into the bye week with a win,” Marlowe said. “Especially 2-1 in the CAA.” Contact Wayne Epps Jr. at


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