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Steps toward satisfactory salaries JMU faculty rank less satisfied with pay than state average By Kyle hightower contributing writer

The Breeze receives Virginia Press Association awards, wins best mid-sized non-daily in Va. The Breeze, the twice-weekly student newspaper, has been named the top mid-sized, non-daily newspaper in the state by the Virginia Press Association. The newspaper, the only student publication in a category of professional, community newspapers, received the association’s grand prize sweepstakes for overall excellence in news and advertising. The grand prize sweepstakes was the staff ’s most significant honor at Saturday’s VPA annual meeting held outside Richmond. The Breeze competed in a division that includes nearly four dozen non-daily newspapers with circulations of 5,000 to 9,999. In addition to the grand prize sweepstakes, The Breeze received three best-in-show honors among all 100-plus non-daily newspapers. These awards are chosen from among the first-place winners in each of the VPA contest’s core competition areas: writing, art, photography, presentation and advertising. The entire Breeze staff received a best-in-show honor for its general makeup, or design, of the newspaper. “For a student-produced publication, The Breeze shows a very impressive consistency of style and sense of relative play,” the judges wrote. “These people are doing excellent work.” Two staffers also won bestin-show honors. Tori Smith, the newspaper’s newly named advertising creative director, won a non-daily best-in-show award for her advertisement campaign design for Macado’s restaurant. Smith’s ads were then deemed “best of the best,” making them the judge’s choice for best-designed entry among all bestof-show winners, which included major daily publications, non-dailies and specialty publications. Spencer Ward received a bestin-show honor for his editorial cartoons. The winning art was a cartoon about the constant use of social media and the rapid rise and fall of social-media outlets’ popularity. A judge called Ward’s work a “good illustration of how quickly the social media world changes and also of how little we really communicate with each other.” In addition to these major awards, The Breeze also took home 10 first-place, five second-place and three third-place honors in various news and advertising categories for work completed in 2013. The Breeze competed in the non-daily category with circulations between 5,000 and 9,999. The Breeze circulates 9,500 newspapers on Mondays and Thursdays.

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3 Jean Claude Nkundwa news Escaping violence

tells story of his escape from genocide.

6 North Korea is

opinion Kim Jong uh-oh

getting a little too big for its britches.

7 The new app Yik life Say what?

Yak brings a new meaning to gossip.

9 In a three game series

sports Dukes sweep Tigers

vs. Towson, the Dukes outscore the Tigers 30-2.

see pay, page 4

THE ROCK DOESN’T STOP The Breeze’s photographers take on Macrock XVII. See photos of this past weekend’s festival on PAGE 9 and online at

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Come one, come all

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For more information and a rundown of individual honors The Breeze received check out page 5.

Out of 10 professors randomly questioned at JMU, none knew that JMU topped its category in the state for its faculty pay, according to the Governor and General Assembly of Virginia’s Joint Legislature and Review Committee report on academic spending and workload at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. Thirty percent of JMU’s faculty seem to be “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their salary, though when confronted with the facts about their pay, none of the professors would comment on whether or not it altered their degree of satisfaction. Considering the Virginia statewide average of professors satisfied with their payis around 40 percent, according to the same report, the low numbers from the JMU faculty could raise some concerns. The report also states that the overall statewide satisfaction rate among Virginia faculty members is on the rise for the first time in a few years, and may be the result of a recent and statewide raise. “It’s moving in the right direction,” David McGraw, the speaker of JMU’s

faculty senate said about the JLARC report. What goes into professors’, coaches’ and other faculty and staff salaries all around Virginia public colleges can vary widely by discipline, location, professional standards and market demand. Virginia colleges are categorized as doctorate-granting, master’s-level or baccalaureate (granting bachelor’s degrees). JMU is a master’s-level university, as are Norfolk State, Radford University, University of Mary Washington, Longwood University, Christopher Newport University and Virginia State University. The six doctorate-granting universities, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech University, College of William & Mary, George Mason University and Old Dominion University, typically pay their faculty more on average than the other public colleges in the state, roughly ranging from $76,000 to $96,000 per year based on appropriated average salary. In its master’s category, JMU has the highest appropriated average

Football program invites student body to take part in practice on Saturday By Wayne epps jr. The Breeze

The football team makes up less than half a percent of the general student body — the disparity is obvious. But what is also fairly obvious is the importance of the 20,000-strong student body supporting the 80-some players on Saturdays during the fall. With head coach Everett Withers in his third full month on the job and the Dukes in the heart of their spring practice period, JMU held its first football Student Appreciation Day at Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday, and more than 820 students checked in. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., students filed in Gate C at the stadium. But instead of taking the turn into the stands, they could grab a spot on the sidelines to watch warm-ups and the stretching portion of practice. Students gathered around players on the field for a brief one-on-one circle blocking drill, with Withers and his assistants hyping up the crowd as they picked players to match up with one another. As the

day progressed, students had the opportunity to directly participate in drills. From holding blocking bags, to running routes and directly interacting with players and coaches, attendees got the full team experience throughout the early afternoon. “I’ve always wanted to stand on the football field, so that was really cool,” sophomore nursing major Kaicee Klock said. “And then just being so close to the football players is just kind of surreal.” Students also toured the locker room, taking pictures and trying on helmets and pads. The club level of Bridgeforth was open for tours as well. Free T-shirts as well as hot dogs and wings were given away at Gate C, and senior philosophy major Ryan “DJ Ryan Clark” Slocum provided a live music mix to pump through Bridgeforth’s speakers. The event may have fostered a stronger bond between students and the football program. It’s a connection that could potentially pay off in attendance and support in the fall. see football, page 10

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Students had the opportunity to watch a one-on-one circle blocking drill and participate during Saturday’s first football Student Appreciation Day.

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JMU’s informational email about GayMU, the LGBT Pride Week at JMU, elicited strong reactions from the student body. This columnist speaks out about acceptance and tolerance at the university. What does Pride Week mean to you? Is JMU an accepting campus??

As an alum, an ally, and someone that strongly supports LGBTQI activism I am deeply saddened that JMU students seem to be taking 10 steps back for LGBT inclusion and acceptance on campus. If there is anything that alumni can do, please let us know.

Laura Rogers | via Facebook




GayMU was a thing when I was there, has been a thing since I left, and was a thing before any of the current students started there. So was “Live Homosexual Acts.” None of this is new. For the outrage to come now tells me we may be sliding backwards a bit. Very unfortunate. Keep fighting. Know that you all have support from alumni all across the nation.

Josh Grubb | via The Breeze website





As a 2008 alum and a previous member of the exec board when we coined “GayMU” I want to say I fully support all of you and am so proud that you all are speaking out against the hateful messages you’ve received. I’m sad that such small mindedness and bigotry still exists at JMU but I know you are a strong community and I hope people will come to the events to learn, grow, have fun, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

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2000 alum and legacy here ... Jmu administration needs to be part of a solution instead of being ostriches. The support of lgbt community has to be part of the “all together one” ethos. Right now, were not walking the talk. Perhaps some efforts to get lgbt alums organized to help create structures of support and light in partnership with administrators and center for multicultral student services could bring the university into the current age of college administration. Beth McGinnis | via The Breeze website



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Israeli planes kered in November 2012 following the killing of three Islamic Jihad militants strike Gaza Strip in southern Gaza Strip. after rocket attack Crimea’s residents Deutsche Presse-Agentur must become GAZA CITY, Palestine — Israeli mili- Russian or leave and Gaza militants that was first bro-

tary jets carried out a series of airstrikes on separate targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, in response to a rocket being fired into Israel on Saturday. Witnesses said that a series of explosions were heard in northern and southern Gaza Strip as Israeli jets flew overhead. Hamas officials said that four successive airstrikes hit training areas. Ashraf al-Qedra, emergency spokesman in the Gaza Ministry of Health, told reporters that no injuries were reported following the successive airstrikes. On Saturday, unknown militants fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. No injuries or damage resulted from the rocket, according to Israel Radio. On Thursday, Israel carried out 10 successive airstrikes on military posts in Gaza in response to four rockets being fired into Israel. Last month, Egypt mediated an extension of a ceasefire between Israel

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YALTA, Crimea — The Russian tricolor is not yet ubiquitous in the Black Sea resort town of Yalta — made infamous by a World War II agreement that divided up the world — but many native Russian speakers give a thumbs-up when they’re asked what it’s like now that it’s ruled from Moscow, not Kiev. For everyone else, however, it’s a nightmare come true that’s forced them to choose between taking Russian citizenship and submitting to rule from Moscow, or fleeing. Many native Ukrainian speakers, who compose at least 24 percent of Crimea’s 2 million population, are packing their bags after Crimea voted in a referendum last month to become part of Russia. But Crimean Tatars, the Muslim ethnic group that composes 14 percent and has built a thriving civil society since

returning from exile when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, say they’re staying — and they won’t accept the takeover. The Tatars’ Mejlis, an informal assembly, voted last weekend to demand that the U.N.-defined right to self-determination apply to them, as Crimea’s indigenous people. The assembly called for “national territorial autonomy.” It’s not clear just what that means, nor how Russian leader Vladimir Putin will deal with it. But Mustafa Dzhemilev —who was exiled as an infant and became a legendary dissident in Soviet times and then a top political leader here after he returned to Crimea with the collapse of communism — is not about to throw in the towel. Dzhemilev, who’s on a U.S. tour to drum up sympathy for Tatar rights, said the Muslim minority backed the Maidan revolution in Kiev that toppled Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, because it had never been able to regain its old property under the pro-Russian local governments that had ruled Crimea since Ukraine became an independent country in 1991. If they accept Russian citizenship, they’ll be “completely deprived of the opportunity to even discuss the status of the territory” Dzhemilev said.

Liberian president cautions against panic over Ebola Deutsche Presse-Agentur

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Saturday appealed to her countrymen not to panic over the Ebola outbreak, which is suspected to have claimed at least six lives in the West African country. In a written statement, the president said the situation was being managed well by the Health Ministry, working with international partners, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., whose representatives were expected to arrive shortly in Liberia. “We ask the media, we ask politicians and we ask everybody not to create panic in the country. By talking things when you don’t have the details, you simply make people afraid and that’s not good,” Johnson Sirleaf said. Compiled from McClatchy-Tribune wire services

NATIONAL NEWS Pipeline fears run deep in East Texas Fort Worth Star — Telegram

PARIS, Texas — Deep in the heart of East Texas, gently sloping fields, fertile cropland and willowy pine trees stretch as far as the eye can see. Horses and cattle roam the grassy land just feet above an underground pipeline stretching from Cushing, Okla., to the Texas coast that has sparked an international battle over politics, the economy and the environment. While the debate rages over the northern part of the project, the $2.6 billion southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is already pumping crude 487 miles to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The part of the pipeline that began operating in January was fast-tracked by President Barack Obama and has been called an economic boon, a job creator, a way to help the U.S. become more energy independent — and one of the “safest” pipelines built to date. But some who live along the path of the TransCanada pipeline say they fear the day a leak occurs and the contamination it could unleash on Texas

land and waterways. In recent years, the highly emotional issue prompted legal challenges and spurred protesters to turn out, staging hunger strikes, chaining themselves to equipment and camping in trees, hoping to prevent progress along the route or cause Texas refineries to shut down or opt out of using the pipeline. In this midterm-election year, Obama has yet to say whether he will approve the northern portion.

Coast Guard in rescue effort for sick child aboard sailboat Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO — Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed

toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort began late Thursday when the San Diego family aboard the 36-foot sailing boat Rebel Heart sent a distress message via satellite phone to the Coast Guard that the 1-year-old child was sick. By late Thursday, four para-rescuemen — described as a cross between combat medics and Navy SEALs — plunged into the water from a fixed-wing aircraft and swam to the sailboat, said 2nd Lt. Roderick B. Bersamina, spokesman for the 129th Rescue Wing based at Moffett Federal Airfield in the San Francisco Bay Area. The para-rescuemen will stay with the child to make sure she does not relapse, Bersamina said. She had been suffering a severe rash and high temperature. Also aboard the boat are the girl’s parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their 3-yearold daughter, Cora. The San Diego-based frigate Vandegrift was expected to reach the sailboat by midnight Saturday. “The situation is very fluid,” Bersamina said.

Lawmakers seek millions to fund quake alert system Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — A group of lawmakers is hoping the recent string of Southern California temblors will jolt Congress into funding an earthquake warning system. The lawmakers are seeking some of the $38.3 million needed to build the system on the West Coast and the $16.1 million a year needed to operate and maintain it. Securing the funding could be difficult at a time when congressional Republicans are determined to reduce Washington’s red ink. No California Republican signed the letter asking the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee to provide $16.1 million next year for the system. The letter was signed by Democrats from California, Oregon and Washington state. Compiled from McClatchy-Tribune wire services


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EMU grad Jean Claude Nkundwa shares his story of escape from the ethnic war in Burundi

This summer, JMU freshmanLorraine Pettit will be biking across America to support affordable housing. Pettit is one of 30 young adults who will be making a cross-country trip in support of Bike & Build — a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for affordable housing. Pettit and her fellow bikers will begin their trip on May 13 when they report to Nags Head, N.C., according to a press release from Bike & Build. From there, they will ride out to San Diego with plans to finish the journey on July 21. With a distance of 3,592 miles, a bicyclist would have to travel on average roughly 69 miles per day. They will be making several stops along the way to help other nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity to build homes in cities such as Charlotte, N.C., Little Rock, Ark., Colorado Springs, Colo. and Prescott, Ariz. In 2014, Bike & Build will grant more than half-a-million dollars to hundreds of affordable housing nonprofits across the country. Pettit herself has raised around $4,500 to support the cause.


Va. gay marriage decision pending As an Ohio federal judge claims he will “strike down” the state’s same-sex marriage ban, Virginia’s stance on the issue is being called into question. Former governor and current U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine, said that gay marriage could be recognized in Virginia within the upcoming months, according to WHSV Harrisonburg. A federal judge ruled in February that Virginia’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. “I don’t know if they’ve yet made their determination about when the appeal will be. Let’s see. If it’s April now, I think the likelihood of a decision by the end of the year is pretty high,” Kaine said.

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Trailer of goats overturns on I-81 A trailer filled with goats crashed on I-81 on Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. Millard T. Brown, who was operating the vehicle, drove the trailer off the side of the road, according to the Daily News-Record. Even though the trailer didn’t turn over, emergency vehicles blocked the right lane until 9:30 a.m, when it was reopened, according to Sandy Myers, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. Brown was charged with reckless driving. None of the goats escaped and after the trailer was uprighted, they were moved from the accident. Neither the drivers nor the animals were harmed by the accident. Harrisonburg

Will Shak entices GOP With the upcoming election for Mark Warner’s seat in the senate, several Republican candidates are preparing to compete for their party’s nomination according to the Daily News-Record. One candidate is Shak Hill, who visited Harrisonburg on Friday. And believes that his clean background makes him an ideal candidate for the upcoming election. Currently, the favorite for the nomination is Ed Gillespie, who served as a chairman of the Republican National Committee and an aide to President George W. Bush during his second term in office. However, Shak, who is a retired Air Force pilot in Centreville, is keen to win the seat through his sound career, which includes serving as a former combat pilot, being a certified financial planner and being a foster parent to 46 children. No matter who the GOP chooses during their June convention in Roanoke, they will face an uphill battle due to the fact Virginia has swayed to supporting Democrats in recent elections at both the federal and state levels.

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Jean Claude Nkundwa wants to use what he’s learned from the Conflict Transformation program at Eastern Mennonite University to aid Burundi. By Chris Kent The Breeze

The jungle pulsed with fear. Each murky shadow held back a darkness, not revealing if it was a friend or foe. Jean Claude Nkundwa was lost and confused in the jungles of Burundi. He had just witnessed genocide, and the fire that consumed his mind was engulfing everything — the last time he saw his community, it was scorched black. In a panel discussion organized by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery last Wednesday in the ISAT 159 auditorium, Nkundwa and other trauma specialists led talks on conflict recovery and peaceful reconciliation. Nkundwa shared his story and explained his efforts to change the current situation in Burundi, a small country in central Africa. Since its nation’s founding in 1965, Burundi has seen endless bloodlust, misunderstanding and genocide. The Tutsis were in power for the latter half of the 20th century, with the Hutus winning the presidential election of 1993. After the election, Burundi entered a further state of turmoil as a civil war broke out. The Tutsi-controlled military started a coup d’etat while Hutu gunmen were taking their revenge for the years of attrition created by the Tutsis. The violence can be traced back to its years as a colony under German control. Until 1965, the German regime was increasing its power in the Tutsi communities and dismissing the Hutus, all while secretly pitting them against each other. Nkundwa spent three agonizing days in 1993 fumbling through the jungle of Burundi. He was dehydrated and running away from murderers he used to call neighbors and friends. Finally, Nkundwa

escaped the jungle. The first people he saw were Burundi soldiers at a military post, where he sought safety. Soon after, Nkundwa suffered a mental breakdown. All the stress and trauma had left him in a state that he described as “crazy.” “You can’t imagine being able to understand the people who killed you, it is not something that you can say ‘OK, I’m going to [have] perspective now,’” Nkundwa said. “It is something that comes, like medicine you drink and heals the disease from your blood and you become a new person.” The horror Nkundwa witnessed was the murder of his Tutsi family by his Hutu neighbors. These acts of genocide are sadly recurrent themes in the history of Burundi. His mother and his stepfather were victims of the 1972 genocide. His father, an intellectual man, was assassinated during this time for being a Hutu man who married a Tutsi. His mother escaped the 1972 genocide with psychological trauma but only one physical scar — her arm. It was broken, battered and left useless after an attack. Nkundwa said she was traumatized by the misery she had experienced. “The suffering of my mom was like my suffering,” Nkundwa said About his life growing up in his community. “It came in time that I hated my own ethnic group. Because the life I was living then, it was really bad, and it was coming from my own people who did that.” Until February 1994, when Cyprien Ntaryamira, a Hutu, was elected to be Burundi’s president; the Tutsi’s maintained governmental power and control. Later that year in April, Ntaryamira was assassinated by a Tutsi.

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Diverse geology of the Valley JMU professors in search of clues to Shenandoah Valley’s prehistoric past By Bianca Moorman contributing writer

The Shenandoah Valley region once rivaled the warm and tropical climates of locations like the Caribbean, with its cool breezes and warm sunrays. However, these characteristics were a part of the area long before JMU or Harrisonburg even existed. Between 50 and 250 million years ago, much of the Shenandoah Valley region was flooded in a watery landscape that promoted sea life. Local geologists such as John Haynes, an assistant geology and environmental science professor, prefer to focus on this particular era in history known as the Paleozoic period. Haynes, who has been involved in the study of this period for five years, scouring caves to find and conduct research on specimens you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with the Shenandoah Valley: fossilized coral reefs. Haynes and Stephen Leslie, head of the Department of Geology & Environmental Science, have been working together on one cave in particular in Highland County. The rocks they are finding share similarities with the rocks that were being deposited in Florida and the Bahamas. This conclusion has been determined through the study of carbonated rocks that are located in the Shenandoah Valley. “The fossils and the sedimentary structures are consistent with the shallow environment,” Leslie said. Sitting atop a counter in Hayne’s lab, located in Memorial Hall, are prehistoric rocks and specimens of coral, which, with their skeletal structure and ability to filter ocean water for nutrients, are actually quite animalistic in nature. Just like modern-day coral, the specimens are riddled with brain-like wrinkles, colored mostly brown and gray, with a lighter coloring on the bottom. “Most of these groups of corals have been extinct, but have distant relatives,“ Haynes said.

This fossil in particular tells us a lot about prehistoric life in the region, such as the composition of the water at the time, according to Leslie. He added that they know the water was marine ocean water, warm and clear. Many other unique and unusual creatures flourished during this era, such as brachiopods and sea lilies, which while now extinct, lived alongside coral in their oceanic habitat. While many species have changed or gone extinct over time, there are a handful of species that remain today, such as sharks, algae and certain fish, which have hardly altered their appearance or characteristics. Haynes is also studying erosion, which exposes limestone and creates sinkholes and caves within the area. This erosion manipulates groundwater, which chisels away at the earth’s landscape and carves the caves and rivers we’re familiar with today. A sinkhole is created when erosion works from below the earth’s surface, and water slowly softens the ground above it until it collapses. While Haynes has been exploring caves for five years, his interest in the environment has been lifelong. When he was young, he enjoyed going on hikes and was fascinated by the ways in which our landscape changed slowly over time. When he isn’t working on his research, Haynes shares his knowledge of his passion with his students, while also attempting to spark their interest in oceanography. “He makes sure the class is very interesting. Because he does not even bring notes to class, he just teaches everything from the PowerPoint,” Julie Campbell, a junior interdisciplinary liberal studies major, said. Campbell also mentioned that she thinks Haynes should write a book about oceanography. Haynes’ research not only tells us about our mysterious world and its origins, but also enables him to project his results into the future. He speculates that in a few million years, this region will be underwater again with the emergence of new creatures. Contact Bianca Moorman at

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Pay | Men’s and women’s athletic coaches among top earners at JMU

Blair rosen / the breeze

Some of the highest paid employees at both JMU and other Virginia universites are coaches. While most are state employees, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is paid by seveal organizations affiliated with the university. from front

salary at about $75,000, according to the General Assembly report. The other master’s-level colleges in Virginia range from about $66,000 to $74,000. “We’re trying to pay people as much as we can to get the very best people we can possibly get and keep them,” Rick Larson, the JMU assistant vice president for human resources, said. While JMU tops its category of master’s-level colleges in Virginia, it’s still below the goal of where it wants to be compared to peer groups in nearby states. “Our target is to have salaries that are at the 60th percentile of that peer group,” said McGraw. According to the General Assembly report, JMU is about $9,000 per faculty member under it’s 60th percentile

goal. During the six-year span where it didn’t receive an across-the-board raise, JMU couldn’t gain any ground on its peers. Since President Jonathan Alger started at JMU, he has already given the faculty a raise. “He’s really demonstrated a commitment for increasing faculty salaries,” McGraw said. While JMU is trying to catch up with other universities, it seems to be a good sign that it is at the top of it’s category in Virginia. Salaries and wages cover a wide range at JMU, from a starting housekeeper, who would make $19,240 yearly, to President Alger, who makes $420,000, according to the Richmond Times-Dipatch online data center for state employee pay in 2012-13. That makes Alger’s pay $20,000 more a

year than President Barack Obama’s. President Alger’s salary ranks fifth among all Virginia public college presidents, behind doctoral university presidents Angel Cabrera (GMU, $531,000), Charles Steger (VT, $496,688), Michael Rao (VCU, $488,500) and Teresa Sullivan (U. Va., $485,000). Some of the top earners from each college are coaches, which could skew some of the averages. Last year, three of JMU’s top seven salaries were those of coaches. Men’s basketball coach Matt Brady made $290,000, former football head coach Mickey Matthews made $222,000 and women’s basketball coach Kenny Brooks made $216,000. JMU’s new football coach, Everett Withers, will be making about $325,000 for the upcoming year. Paul Hewitt, GMU’s head basketball

coach, was the highest-paid state employee with a total salary of $744,750 (which includes an $85,000 bonus) in 2012-13. Why isn’t Virginia Tech’s football coach, Frank Beamer, who made about $2.4 million last year, not on the list? He is actually not a state employee, and therefore Beamer receives no money from the state. Most of his money comes from organizations affiliated with the university. Location, workforce, cost of living and other factors help determine salaries. GMU pays an average of nearly $72,000, which is at least $7,000 more than any other public college in Virginia. Other than the fact that it’s a doctorate-granting university, the cost of living in Northern Virginia is significantly higher than anywhere else in the state. In the report to the

General Assembly, GMU was given an 8.57 percent cost-of-living raise for its appropriated average salary for 2011-12. As for “market forces,” Larson mentioned examples such as specialized courses or studies and fields difficult to hire in. Nurses and business professors can typically do very well outside of the classroom and it can be hard to attract them. While the salaries of JMU professors remain low compared to those of other schools, according to JMU’s website, JMU has been a fast-growing university, increasing in enrollment each year since 2009-10, grabbing the attention of potential employees throughout the state. Contact Kyle Hightower at

Conflict | Nkundwa hopes to encourage peacebuilding in Burundi from page 3

Between the genocide of his community and his arrival in the U.S., Nkundwa was able to live with his aunt in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, where he was able to continue his schooling. Nkundwa began involvement in peace and reconciliation activities as a volunteer for a local organization, “My job was to bring young people in different communities and talk about these issues of divisions and historical trauma. So that they can have the same views,” Nkundwa said. “Show how we can grow up in a very different present than our fathers; who grew up in divisions and hatred. That was my main passion.” Nkundwa left Burundi for the U.S. in 2003. By then, he was a social worker trying to promote reconciliation. He was invited by the American Friend Service Community, a Quaker-run activist group that invites young Africans involved in

“We want to be examples and not just meeting the needs of communities or changing policy, but by being the person people can see as the reference: working with integrity, dynamics and clarity, also by giving ourselves to serve others.” Jean Claude Nkundwa Graduate student at EMU

social change to come to the U.S. In his first month here, Nkundwa was able to experience Black

Former Francis Marion U. student wins $1.6 million in hazing suit By Chris Winston The State (Columbia S.C.)

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. — A former Francis Marion University student who was hospitalized in 2011 following a night of fraternity hazing was awarded a $1.6 million verdict this week, his attorneys said Friday. Daniel McElveen said in a 2013 civil suit filed against Maurice Robinson — an active Phi Beta Sigma member, FMU alum and Florence high school teacher — that he was brutally beaten with paddles to the point of suffering acute renal failure at Robinson’s home during the fraternity initiation’s “Hell Night.” McElveen was hospitalized for several days following the incident and dropped out of school. The Florence County jury returned on Thursday night with a verdict for $600,000 in actual damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages. The lawsuit originally included Francis Marion University and the fraternity. Those parties agreed in December to a confidential settlement with McElveen. “Hazing is an injustice to all of us and I hope my case raises awareness about hazing and prevents others from being victimized,” McElveen said in a press release. Attorney Mullins McLeod, who represented

McElveen, said he was able to present evidence that hazing is not a consensual act. The perpetrators of the hazing have the “power and control over the victims,” and not the person being hazed, according to a press release. “The jury rejected the idea that victims are to blame in hazing cases,” McLeod said in the release. “I hope their verdict makes college students think twice before they brutally, physically haze innocent students. Hazing and bullying has no place in our schools or universities.” McElveen claimed in the suit that he was seriously and permanently injured Oct. 23, 2011, during the fraternity’s “Hell Night” initiation process for Phi Beta Sigma’s Francis Marion Chapter. He was hospitalized for eight days at McLeod Regional Hospital, and as a result of the incident, nine men were arrested by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. The final night of initiation was the culmination of a pattern of hazing, the lawsuit claimed, that included McElveen being forced to eat unidentified foods, being blindfolded and driven off campus, wearing the same dirty clothes each night as part of Sigma Educational Training and being deprived of sleep.

History Month and American culture. “I was impressed on how people really engaged in social issues and were interested in Africa,” Nkundwa said. “I was really encouraged to see that people in the United States think about [Africans]. But I also found a lot of people did not know about Burundi.” Nkundwa then spent time working with activist groups in the mid-Atlantic region. At one point he marched with a group down to Washington D.C. to protest the federal government’s debt deduction problems in 2010. Since then, he’s attended and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and is studying for a master’s degree in the Conflict Transformation Program. “Actually I kept on doing that until I came [to EMU] and I think I’m going to continue when I go back but in a different level,” Nkundwa said. In May, Nkundwa will be returning to Burundi. He is already reminiscent about the days spent on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. “Its shore is very beautiful and a very good

breeze,” said Nkundwa. “I like it because it a country of very strong geographic ranges. If you want somewhere cold you can find it, if you want somewhere hot you can find that too.” Once he returns, he hopes to take all that he learned at EMU and apply it to the Burundi political sphere by setting up activist groups to promote reconciliation instead of violence. He said he’s planning to start his own activist group called Generation of Hope. Nkundwa wants Generation of Hope to help him reach the whole nation rather than just small communities. Two ideas he has are to write articles and have Burundi reach out to its neighbors. “We want to be examples and not just meeting the needs of communities or changing policy, but by being the person people can see as the reference. Working with integrity, dynamics, and clarity also by giving ourselves to serve others.” Contact Chris Kent at

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Kevan Hulligan | the war room

North Korea needs to be stopped Kim Jong Un and his country have been criticized by most, including China North and South Korea recently traded artillery fire along their sea border last week in what has become a long and arduous conflict between the West and North Korea. It seems like at least once a year North Korea rattles its sabers towards America, South Korea, Japan and anyone who will pay attention. Usually there’s a national conversation about its supposed nuclear capabilities, some war games are played by the U.S. and South Korea and then it slowly filters out of the 24-hour news cycle. However, the United Nations Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution calling for an investigation for crimes against humanity in North Korea. It is at this time that I think action should be taken. While the council suggested that additional sanctions should be placed against North Korea, it is my opinion that the leaders of North Korea, including Kim Jong Un, should be put to an international tribunal for crimes against humanity. If we were to yet again let North Korea fall out of the news cycle, we risk losing a vital opportunity to enact justice against monsters who dare call themselves men. Life in North Korea under the regime of the Worker’s Party of Korea is so terrible that words almost fail to describe it. People live in crippling poverty, unless they happen to know someone in the military hierarchy. Freedom of speech, religion and assembly are completely outlawed. Every building has a built-in radio linked to the government radio station that pumps out propaganda on the hour, which is impossible to turn off. The personality cult surrounding Kim Jong Un and his family has reached bizarre and unnerving extremes. His father, Kim Jong Il, was reported to be able to control the weather and also was said to have invented

the hamburger. Massive forced labor camps hold hundreds of thousands of North Korean citizens — considered prisoners by their government — where they are tortured, forced to work, starved to death and even raped. In short, North Korea is a cornucopia of fear, paranoia, militarism and repression designed to break the soul of anyone living there. It is for precisely this reason that the U.N. must take the so-called “leaders” of this country to task for their transgressions against basic human decency and integrity. Ad hoc tribunals were held against criminals involved in the crises in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, so based on this precedent, the world’s powers should once again band together to help end the madness of the North Korean government. Their crimes cry out for punishment, demanding that the near-worldwide consensus of unalienable human rights existing be made readily apparent to these men who dare to suppose that they are above ethics and morality. Through the ad hoc tribunal, people fortunate enough to escape North Korea can present their case against the regime in an international court. Of course the big red elephant in the room regarding North Korea is China, who has shared the most open relationship with the country. Recent events have shown that this idea might be starting to dissipate. One of China’s state-run newspapers called Global Times recently allowed the publication of an editorial that was highly critical of North Korea. In China, almost nothing is published without government approval, which puts this editorial in an interesting light. If there truly is the beginning of a disintegration of China’s relationship with North Korea, then bringing Kim Jong Un and his military commanders to justice might just become a little bit easier. Without China, North

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Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, has created a country of oppression and unjust living conditions.

Korea is essentially adrift in the international community without a friend in sight. Justice doesn’t turn away from a situation simply because it is complex and difficult. It soldiers in order to bring down those who seek to defy law and ethics for their own personal gain. This is what we as a global community need

to do in order to solve the North Korean crisis. Through the U.N., we must reaffirm the rights of individuals through the ad hoc tribunal system. Kevan Hulligan is a junior political science major. Contact Kevan at hulligkx@dukes.

Jace Brady | contributing columnist

Lawmakers need to put education on their agenda Elected officials are leaving students with crippling debt and giving them no chance to recover As candidates campaign for the impending midterm elections, don’t expect your future to be taken into consideration by those asking for your vote. Don’t expect them to run on policies that would save Social Security for our generation, or lower student loan rates. Don’t expect them to support policies that would provide jobs after graduation or any sort of reward for all the hard work you put in here at JMU — instead, expect to be forgotten in 2014. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was passed into law. Inside the thousands of pages of legislation, one of the major funding mechanisms for this law was built on our backs. The federal government declared a monopoly on student loans, and last year it netted $41.3 billion in interest payments, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In comparison, one of the world’s most profitable companies in the world, Exxon Mobil, made a little over $44 billion. However, this money isn’t coming back to us in the form of Pell Grants. Instead, it is being used to fund healthcare subsidies for families making up to 400 percent of the poverty level, or about $95,000 a year. Considering there is a 15 percent chance you will be unemployed or only working part time after graduation, and a 36 percent chance you will be working a job that doesn’t require a degree, as reported by a article, it seems to me that

we have been forgotten. This is not meant as a critique of Obamacare or an endorsement, but simply an example of how our generation is being abused by the system. Student debt is not the only burden that the government has placed on our generation. For as long as most of us can remember, we have been fighting a war in the Middle East. While the government had no problem setting up tables in our high schools, begging us to have our parents sign a permission form so we could join the military at 17 and fight their war for them, they recently cut veteran benefits in a new spending deal. So now many of our veterans, who are people we went to school with or our older (and even younger) siblings, have also been forgotten. They will no longer be receiving as much assistance for school, health care benefits or the same increases in pension benefits. Instead of cutting the budgets of superfluous government programs, those who have sacrificed for our country are being asked to sacrifice even more. Also, don’t you dare try to buy an alcoholic beverage, because even though deciding whether or not to shoot an Afghani villager’s lamb that looks like an improvised explosive device is within your pay grade, you are not mature enough to handle a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Once again, the system abused our youth while obstructing our liberty. If you are a veteran who has rejoined the

workforce or for those of you who are working their way through school, trying to make ends meet as you pursue your degree, take a look at your pay stub. You may notice the government has taken some of your money for Social Security and Medicare, which you should be getting back in about 50 years. The problem is the CBO is projecting Social Security insolvency in 2031 and Medicare in 2022. So, if we should get our benefits in 2055 and we subtract 2031, that means there will be no money 24 years before we can expect our first payment; yet they keep taking our money. It seems to me that somebody forgot to mention that we are being charged for a product we are never going to see. As bad as these other government abuses may seem, they barely compare with the terror of the runaway spending that is currently taking place. Each year the government spends more than it takes in, and the result is a national debt that is over $17.5 trillion. That is $152,000 per taxpayer. This year the government will be another $600 billion short and they have no intention of balancing the budget anytime soon. Six percent of all the money we take in currently goes to paying interest on our debt, and as our debt grows, so will that percentage. That means billions of dollars that can’t be spent on government programs that will improve our lives or returned to hard working taxpayers.

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A “southern-but-not-agentleman” dart to @StraightJMU. From a Duke who thinks that expressing hate through an anonymous Twitter account is almost as sad as your views. A “hang-in-there” pat to the guy on the Quad with sleeping problems. From the guy passing by who has them too — we’ll get better.

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Long after our grandparents and parents die, we will be left to deal with this catastrophic amount of debt. We cannot let the government continue to build this crushing debt with the expectation that we will pay it off; instead, we need to find a way to balance the budget through tax reforms and budget cuts so that our generation can continue to thrive in this great country. Whether you are voting Republican or Democrat this fall, try and find out what the candidates are going to do for you. Growing up they told us that this was America, the greatest country on earth, and in America if you work hard and go to college you could be successful. Now, government leaders seem to have forgotten about that promise and they have forgotten about us. Don’t let us be forgotten this year! Call your representatives and tell them you want to be on the agenda for 2014. Go to campaign events and let those running know that we are the future of America and they can’t win without us. While we are willing to pay our fair share, we will not allow our parents and grandparents to suck our government dry and leave nothing for us. Let them know that this is our country too, and we will not be forgotten. Jace Brady is a senior political science major. Contact Jace at brady2jp@dukes.

A “thanks-for-theencouragement” pat to the woman sitting in the EJC Arboretum who started cheering for me as I ran by. From a girl who needed/loved the motivation to push through that last mile. A “go-ahead-and-transfer” dart to the students spreading hate to the LGBT community and GayMU. From someone who shouldn’t have to tell you that’s not the Madison way.

A “say-something-I’m-givingup-on-you” dart to JMU’s administration for its continued silence on the increasing amount of bigotry taking place. From a student who is starting to be ashamed to say they go to JMU. A “we’ll-always-have-thatdance” pat to the car in line at Taco Bell who wasn’t afraid to ‘Talk Dirty’ with us after midnight. From two women who indulge in late-night Crunch Wrap Supremes and Jason Derulo.

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Yik Yak, the location-based anonymous app, brings social media drama to JMU By MELANIE FARRELL contributing writer

Releasing all your inner emotions and thoughts to the public anonymously has now become a reality. Yik Yak, an app similar to Twitter, has made this dream, or nightmare, come true. The app is an “anonymous social wall for anything and everything” as described by its creators, Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll of Furman University. A user can open the app on his or her smartphone and see recent “yaks” posted by other users in their local area. For this reason, when a JMU student accesses Yik Yak, he or she will likely see “yaks” of fellow JMU students. With the newest update released in April 2014, users can now “peek” into other schools yaks, view their most recent yaks and can now see how well their yaks were received through a new “karma” system. Yik Yak also separates its feed of yaks into “new” and “hot” categories. In the “new” section, the user can see the most recent yaks from their area. In the “hot” section, the user can see yaks that have been voted up the most by other users. In contrast, if a yak receives enough down votes, it can disappear from the Yik Yak feed. Other than a 200-character limit, there are no restrictions as to what an individual can post. Many students use this to their advantage to vent about other students or organizations. “It is definitely an outlet for anonymous bullying,” Daria Capaldi, a freshman interdisciplinary liberal studies major, said as she observed the behavior she saw being used on the app through yaks like “f*** you b**** and you know who you are.”

Despite the vulgarity of it, the app does warn the user that it contains age-restrictive material, and to be weary of it. With yaks like “Almost f***ed that girl last night” and “Enjoy your sleep b******! Just sprayed my stank all up on some silver Prius!” on the Yik Yak newsfeed, the app certainly lives up to those billings. The anonymity creates a perfect channel for a person to negatively vent about any individual or organization without fear of their name being linked to the harmful words. This type of bullying is mainly an attack on different Greek organizations. “I only use the app every once in a while because a lot of time the same stuff is repeated over and over again,” Amanda Welsh, a freshman interdisciplinary liberal studies major, said. Negativity can become exhausting to read, but many find amusement in the simple virtual catfights. “Personally, since I’m not affiliated with a sorority, seeing fraternities and sororities pick on each other is entertaining,” said an anonymous source. Although some find the controversial statements interesting, others see the good potential that the app holds. “It has the power to be positive, but no one is using it in the right way,” Kelly Colton, a freshman business major, said. Some use Yik Yak to vent their frustration about all of the bashing on the app, saying things like, “Clearly it was one person bashing SK last night because every post start out with ‘if your a girl…’ Well if you weren’t a degenerate, maybe you’d be grammatically correct.” Some users avoid the negative route completely, however. Periodically, as users scroll through the feed on the app, they will see posts informing students of what specials the dining halls are serving or where the best party is being held that night. “I think JMU students take pride in our campus culture being so friendly and welcoming,” Megan McCoy, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major, said after seeing the app for the first time. “Seeing something like Yik Yak makes me so disappointed because this is the opposite of what JMU culture stands for. This is not the JMU way.” CONTACT Melanie Farrell at


Yik Yak’s 200-character postings, a few of which are depicted above, range from interesting observations or thoughts to commentary that ranges from the obscene to borderline cruel.

Spreading purple and gold JMU’s outreach program for Waynesboro High School brings new opportunities to students

By MOLLIE JONES contributing writer

The JMU campus isn’t the only place you’ll find purple and gold. Purple & Gold Connection, a student group in the social work department, attempts to provide outreach programs for students at Waynesboro High School. Group members work to cultivate more interests and opportunities for the students, a need that is far from being met. “A lot of students in the [Waynesboro] area are the first generation in their family to go to school,” Richard Lackey, JMU graduate (’12) and program director of Purple & Gold explained. “Many don’t even know someone that went to college — they have the misconception that only rich white people are able to go.” The group is able to combat this mentality through various academic outreach programs that also help develop life skills, all of which occur outside of school. For example, interns organize workshops on anti-bullying, cooking, cyber defense and even beekeeping. There is also a theater-based group which will host a family night at the end of the semester to help make the program more inclusive. To help fund current and future programs, Purple & Gold Connection will be hosting “Sing 4 Success,” an a cappella concert on Wednesday evening featuring JMU’s Low Key, Overtones, BluesTones, Unaccompanied and Note-oriety, as well as U.Va.’s Flying Virginians. Purple & Gold also accompanies the students on weekend trips to take part in tours and college fairs at schools such as Longwood University and George Mason University. On a few of these visits, students have been accepted to schools on the spot. One of the group’s main goals is to help students figure out what exactly they want to do after high school and then to make connections relevant to that field. On some occasions, Waynesboro students who are interested in nursing shadow JMU nursing students, those interested in computers are able to work with a computer information systems graduate students and those who would like to work in biology have the opportunity to meet biologists from JMU and Hampton University. Trips to universities are free for students. “It’s expensive to visit colleges and there are lots of barriers involved that we help get rid of,” Lackey said. “Many are things that people don’t even think about so we try to fill the void and ask those questions. [Purple & Gold Connection] does not push students into coming to JMU, but merely uses the school as a tool to help better their outlook.” The high school students participating in the program are not the only ones to benefit, however. “I’ve seen a difference in myself since becoming involved with Purple & Gold,” senior social work intern Stephanie Woodson said. “I’ve felt more connected and comfortable with the students and

have seen them open up more as well.” Renna Wirchin, another senior social work major and intern for the program, also believes the group has had a positive impact in her life. “It was definitely out of my comfort zone to work with the high school population,” Wirchin said. “I’ve been there about three months, though, and have already been able to understand their situation better. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m discovering the underlying behaviors which is really nice to see.” The group is funded mainly through donations from the community, but has also relied heavily on a grant that is in its third and final year. The grant is funded by 21st Century Community Learning Center, a program that helps fund programs that aid students that attend “high-poverty and low-performing schools,” according to the U.S. Department of Education’s website; however the grant will be gone by August. The group will try to make up for this gap in funding by asking for small grants from companies and government programs, and from fundraising. Purple & Gold Connection is currently working on obtaining another grant, a process Wirchin described as, “Little things building up for bigger advancements — it is a long process but we are putting our full force into it.” Representatives also stressed that the program existed before the 21st Century grant, and will continue to do so without it. JMU will continue to have a presence at Waynesboro High School for a long time to come. Admission to Sing 4 Success on Wednesday is a minimum $5 donation. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. There will also be prize baskets raffled at the concert, courtesy of local business donations from Bella Luna, Court Square Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, Quaker Steak and Lube and Starbucks. Representatives of the Purple & Gold Connection will be in ISAT and on Festival Lawn selling tickets for the concert and baked goods today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who cannot attend on Wednesday are able to donate to the program via their Gofundme website ( Those wishing to work in the program are able to do so either through the Youth Empowerment Strategies course (SOWK/FAM 386) at JMU, or through the required internship for senior social work majors. CONTACT Mollie Jones at EDITOR’S NOTE: Richard Lackey is friends with Breeze Life Editor Joanna Morelli. Lackey had no part in writing or editing this story.

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LEFT Guitarist and vocalist of the Boogarins from Brazil performs at the Artful Dodger. TOP RIGHT Drummer of Amanda X performs at Clementine Cafe. BOTTOM RIGHT Lead singer of Charly Bliss performs at Clementine Cafe. All of the bands that performed Friday night were part of the 17th annual MACROCK musical festival that took place downtown this weekend. Find more photos of MACROCK performances online at

‘Legen...wait for it...dary’ lessons

Television series ‘How I Met Your Mother’ leaves audiences with several life lessons

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Lily (Alyon Hannigan) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) in a scene from the TV series “How I Met Your Mother.” The season finale aired last Monday. By MADELINE RAFI contributing writer

Was it a struggle to get out of bed last Monday morning, more so than on the typical Monday? For “How I Met Your Mother” fans like me, the answer is definitely yes. Last Monday marked the end of an era for fans of the hit television show “How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM).” After nine seasons, HIMYM premiered its final episode. Avid watchers of the show listened to the main character, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) narrate stories about falling in and out of love; we saw Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) start a family together; we watched Robin (Colbie Smulders) belt her heart out at the mall and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) donning his classic suits, making us all laugh by sharing his “Legen … wait for it … dary” stories. HIMYM’s narration was unique — the show is replete with memories and flashbacks told from Ted’s perspective. He is speaking to his two children, recapturing every moment leading up to how he met their mother. After heartbreaks, new career opportunities and the changing lives of close friends, the show taught its viewers a lot since it first aired in 2005. I have compiled six life lessons from over 200 episodes. These lessons, once put into actions, will stay with us though the show has ended.

Top six Life Lessons I Learned from HIMYM:

1. “Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.” Don’t order that “one

last” drink at the bar. Don’t send your ex-boyfriend that “I’m thinking of you” text message in the middle of the night. Just go to bed. If you do, everything will be all right in the morning.

2. “The most important people in your life are the ones you can picture sitting on a porch with.”

If you can imagine sitting silently in a rocking chair next to someone, stay close friends with him or her. If you can’t and you continue to exhaust your time and energy on them, you will be miserable.

3. “Sometimes, you don’t end up with the guy who gave you a blue French horn.” In the pilot

episode, Ted stole a blue French horn from a restaurant and gave it to Robin. My high school boyfriend bought and painted a blue French horn for me. But then, he broke up with me over a text message. Ted and Robin don’t stay together. My boyfriend and I didn’t stay together. But eventually, everyone ends up with the person they are meant to be with.

4. “Don’t chase after what doesn’t work.” To expand on number three, don’t waste your time with the wrong people. All of us have liked or dated someone who just wasn’t right for us, and maybe we couldn’t even see it. Don’t worry about romantic relationships; let the universe take over

for a little while.

5. “No one likes a ‘woo girl.’” Ted defines a ‘woo girl’ as “a type of young woman, who like the Cuckoo Bird or the Whippoor-will, gets its name from the signature sound she makes.”

Other examples include girls who are overly excited about nothing, girls cheering when they are confused about what is happening and girls who have other seemingly annoying tendencies. People like other intelligent, insightful, thoughtful people. The same rule is applicable to guys as well; let your full potential shine through.

6. “Love is the best thing we do.” Treat others with kindness and

wear your heart on your sleeve. Finally, believe in the fairy tale. Some people find their significant other on their first day at college, like Marshall and Lily. But for most of us, like Ted, we must relentlessly chase the dream. If you do that, you are sure to receive the best love. HIMYM was more than a source of entertainment; it was also a source of wisdom. Barney’s “Bro Code” provided hilarious guidance, as well as lessons with more substance. HIMYM taught us to shift our attitudes and goals, how to be supportive and how to be a great friend. Although the show won’t last a lifetime, these life lessons will. Madeline Rafi is a sophomore communication studies major. Contact her at


Captain America battles the villain in the new Marvel superhero movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that hit theaters last Friday. By TRAVIS BARBOUR The Breeze

Since Marvel chose to do “The Avengers,” it has been tough keeping up with all the superheroes in theaters. But I knew not to miss the new “Captain America” movie and I’m glad I didn’t. Chris Evans returns as the title “Captain America: character, now workThe Winter Soldier” ing as a freelance agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  under the direction PG-13 136 min. of Nick Fury (SamStarring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, uel L. Jackson). His Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie p a r t n e r Nat a s ha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), provides the complete package of wit, sex appeal and all the badassery we could hope for and more. Needless to say, the cast of “The Winter Soldier” certainly gives everything they’ve got to the screen, and it shows. There are a couple of new captivating character additions to the Marvel universe who command their scenes. Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson, a veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder trying to find his place back in the states. Also known as Falcon, Wilson befriends Cap and helps him on his mission, giving an outstanding performance. Many superhero movies rely too heavily on intense action sequences and flashy computer-generated imagery (and believe me, this film is no stranger to those) at the expense of the plot. However, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” seems to have everything in check: captivating action sequences and a rocksolid plot with enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most hardened of movie critics. After a ship is hijacked, Cap and Black Widow are on the case, freeing the hostages in an almost comically easy, stealthy buttkicking sequence. But to Cap’s surprise, there was an ulterior motive to the kidnapping of the ship. It seems that S.H.I.E.L.D. was compromised by an old enemy who had been growing through the agency for years like a weed, undetected. Unable to trust anyone, Cap, Widow and Nick Fury have to avoid their former employers at all costs, dodging captivity in a Jason Bourne fashion that’ll leave you guessing who’s trustworthy and who isn’t. The film tackles some tough topics prevalent in post-9/11 America, from PTSD to security measures taken by the National Security Agency. Being from a different era, Cap is suspicious that S.H.I.E.L.D. is overstepping their boundaries when he discovers they are building three airships capable of locking onto and eliminating hostile targets from miles away. Sound familiar? Obviously calling into question the political and moral rightness of drone warfare, Captain America asserts that a fear-based peace is not peace at all. This element of his character is what makes him so captivating. Whereas the first film was more of a red, white and blue fanfare of patriotism, “The Winter Soldier” takes on a much darker tone set amid political unrest, and focuses on Cap’s struggle on where he fits in this new world. The directors of the film, Joe and Anthony Russo, who have formerly only worked on comedy films and sitcoms, prove that they have what it takes in the action genre and pack a big punch. They ably strike the balance between drama and action in ways many Marvel films fail to do, which is why I believe this film is easily in Marvel’s top. Another element I enjoyed about the film was the strong female leads. There are multiple high-tension moments that are saved by women in the film. Black Widow finally gets the screen time she deserves, and if this is any precursor to what we can expect from her solo movie, count me in. All in all, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a great film that constantly keeps you guessing. With humor, action, drama and a couple “hell yeah!” moments, it’s the first film of the year that I can definitively say is truly worth seeing. Plus, Robert Redford’s in it! What more do you need? Travis Barbour is a senior media arts and design major. Contact him at


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Softball (28-11)

Dukes send Tigers packing JMU allows just two runs in three weekend games, sweep Towson

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TOP Centerfielder Nikki Prince slides into third during Sunday’s game. She finished with two hits and two RBIs. BOTTOM Head coach Mickey Dean talks to pitcher Heather Kiefer on the mound. By Richard Bozek The Breeze

The clear spring-like weather this weekend accompanied a clear sweep of Towson University for the JMU softball team. During Saturday’s doubleheader, the Dukes held the Tigers scoreless, defeating them 11-0 and 9-0. On Sunday the Dukes completed the threegame sweep, winning 10-2 in six innings. JMU now sits at 28-11 overall and 7-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes are first place in conference play. Sunday, both teams made it on the scoreboard early. In the top of the first inning, Towson got a runner on base before its senior outfielder Maureen Hepner knocked a home run over the fence in right field, giving the Tigers an early lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Dukes answered back, thanks to senior shortstop Caitlin Sandy, who drove in a run with two outs, her first of four RBIs on the day. In the top of the second inning, sophomore Jailyn Ford entered the game to pitch for the Dukes, relieving junior Heather Kiefer. Ford recorded two of her eight strikeouts that inning. JMU opened up its lead in the bottom of the third inning. The Dukes loaded the bases with no outs before a Caitlin Sandy single drove in two runs. Later in the inning, freshman outfielder Taylor Newton brought in two more runners after a combination of a hit and a defensive error by Towson. Senior outfielder Cassidy Clayton drove in one more run before the inning was over, giving the Dukes a 6-2 lead after the third inning. The Dukes found themselves in trouble in the top of the fourth when Towson loaded the bases. However, Ford was able to keep the

Tigers off the scoreboard, striking out another batter and forcing a fly-out to end the inning. The Dukes’ offensive dominance continued in the bottom of the fifth inning as Clayton tallied up her second RBI of the day; freshman outfielder Niki Prince also drove in two runs of her own on a single. Finishing strong, the Dukes ended the game in six innings by way of the early termination rule after Sandy sent a laser clear over the left field wall. “We matched their intensity,” Ford said. “After beating them twice yesterday we knew they would come out fighting today, and we knew we had to fight back.” JMU lost two out of its three games against the College of Charleston last weekend. However, after winning both games in a doubleheader at Virginia Tech Wednesday and sweeping Towson this weekend, the Dukes have found themselves on a five-game win streak. Heading into the last month of the season, the team will be looking for similar results. “We need to stay focused and work hard in practice, knowing that what we do in practice will spill over into games,” Sandy said. According to head coach Mickey Dean, consistency is key for the Dukes. “We need to stay consistent every game, both offensively and defensively,” Dean said. “Consistency is one things we can control. We don’t want to worry about the wins and losses because you just can’t do that.” The Dukes’ next opponent is Longwood University, with a doubleheader Wednesday evening at Veterans Memorial Park. The first pitch of the first game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Contact Richard Bozek at

Women’s lacrosse (7-5)

Sharing the wealth

Eight different players score as the Dukes topple the Tribe

men’s basketball

Third transfer filed

Sophomore guard Charles Cooke latest to leave


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JMU sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress defends WIlliam & Mary redshirt junior midfielder Alexi Farmakis Saturday. By Katahleen Maniatakis contributing writer

JMU blew past the College of William & Mary Saturday en route to an 18-11 win to open Colonial Athletic Association play. It was a meeting JMU (7-5, 1-0 CAA) had been preparing for all week. The Dukes had just finished non-conference games that contributed to the country’s 10th-toughest schedule according to LaxPower. com. They finally had time to focus on themselves. “We talked about having a lot of options,” head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said. “We wanted to find some other ways to open up other offensive threats.” Practice appeared to make perfect. Junior attacker Stephanie Finley and senior attacker Emily Rhoads led a family affair as eight JMU players would go on to notch a goal during the contest. Finley finished with five goals and Rhoads put on a career-high, four-goal

performance. The game got off to an uneasy start for JMU, as the Tribe would make the first two strikes and lead the game 2-0 in just under four minutes. This was the last time they would be on top of the Dukes all day. JMU’s sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress ignited one of two 4-0 runs in the first half. The streak was highlighted by ruthless speed as JMU racked up four goals in under two-and-a-half minutes. The scoring was made possible by a heavy series of fast-breaks stemming off draw controls — a style of play we have yet to see from the Dukes this season. “Actually, it’s been something we’ve been working on all year,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “We had speed advantage today, and we’re working hard on trying to push transition tempo to try and take advantage of that athleticism and speed.” see Lacrosse, page 10

On Thursday afternoon it was revealed by recruiting guru Alex Kline via Twitter that sophomore guard Charles Cooke was leaving the men’s basketball program; JMU confirmed Kline’s statement later that day. The release papers had been signed and Cooke is now seeking to transfer. Head coach Matt Brady and Cooke were in talks for a week and JMU finally granted Cooke his release last week. “I’ll say to you that we think the world of Charles and he’s a terrific young man,” Brady said. “I thought he had a very good season and we wish him nothing but the best going forward in his next experience.” Brady would not go into any detail surrounding Cooke’s desired departure. Just three days before Cooke signed his papers, it was confirmed that sophomore forward Taylor Bessick and freshman guard Tom Rivard were also searching for a new home in college basketball. Cooke played 62 games for JMU, logging 1,781 minutes while starting 40 of those games. He scored 15 points in JMU’s First Four victory over LIU-Brooklyn last year in Dayton, Ohio. He followed that up with a then-career high of 18 in the second round against Indiana University. This year, he played a pivotal role in JMU’s offense, especially in the first half of the season while sophomore guard Andre Nation served his 15-game suspension. At times, Cooke was the only person who could consistently score. He averaged 14.3 points per game this season, accruing a career high on Dec. 14 when he netted 25 at High Point University. Cooke finishes his two years with 613 points (9.9 per game). He was named to the Third Team All-Colonial Athletic Association in Baltimore prior to this year’s tournament. “There’s always plans,” Brady said of the future. “In our level of basketball,

you’re always recruiting, you’re always recruiting.” Brady confirmed that with Cooke, Bessick and Rivard gone, three scholarships are currently available. “I feel like we’ve prepared a really solid nucleus of recruits to move forward,” Brady said. “We’ve been in communication with some kids.” Flashback to a little over a year ago when Cooke and the rest of the team were preparing for JMU’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 19 years. Remember “Nation Vision,” the inside look at the team during last year’s NCAA tournament through Andre Nation’s eyes and a team-issued iPad? In the first episode, Cooke broke out some flashy dance moves inside the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and debuted the famous “Brady Rap” that poked fun at coach Brady and his verbal tangents in practice. “Block out! Block out! The Lane! The Lane!” We were all promised a follow up sequel to the Brady Rap, but instead Cooke is calling it a wrap here in Harrisonburg. Perhaps the most memorable line from the improvised rap was, “This is mind boggling, this is mind boggling!” Now it almost seems like a truly relatable phrase to the events taking place underneath the Convocation Center roof this offseason. Cooke’s decision leaves three players from the 2012 recruiting class: Nation, guard Ron Curry and forward Dimitrije Cabarkapa, who redshirted his freshman year. When asked if anyone else on the team had approached Brady with plans to transfer or seek release from the team, he answered with a firm, “No.” On Saturday, Nation tweeted, “Imma always be Jmu nation …. I am JMU.” Contact Stephen Proffitt at

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Dukes rehearse for national spotlight

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JMU cheerleading, the Dukettes and the Duke Dog mascot held their 4th annual Cheer & Dance National Showcase at the Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon. The squads ran through the routines they will perform at the National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer and Dance championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. The competition will be held April 9-13. In 2012’s competition, the cheerleading squad won a national championship.

football | Recruits also visited from front

“I think getting this personal feel is definitely more encouraging for students,” sophomore hospitality management major Abigail Cottrell said. “I feel like that they want us here.” But Saturday wasn’t reserved solely for current JMU students. It also served as a chance to bring in recruits for the team. An extra 200 people, including recruits and their families, visited, checked out practice, talked to coaches and toured campus. James Trucilla, a junior defensive line prospect from Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pa., drove six hours for his first-ever trip to Harrisonburg on Friday. He met with defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brandon Staley on Friday night and was offered a full scholarship. Trucilla said he was impressed by the festivities, stadium, school and the Valley, but hasn’t made an official decision yet. “You can definitely tell it’s a great atmosphere and where I’d like to be,” Trucilla said. Another recruit in attendance was defensive end Kevin Robbins, who redshirted his freshman season at Georgia Tech in the fall and is looking to transfer. He made the decision about a month ago after deciding Georgia Tech wasn’t the right fit, and was in contact with JMU coaches shortly after. “ I love the coaching staff, and it’s a really, really nice place,” Robbins said. Robbins, originally from Maryland, knows redshirt junior quarterback Vad Lee, who transferred from Georgia Tech in January. As Robbins was deciding to transfer, Lee put in a good word about JMU. The two hung out Friday night and their relationship could prove to

be important. But Robbins said he has no timetable on a decision yet. “[Lee’s] definitely a big factor,” Robbins said. “[Just] having somebody from my old school that I already know coming here.” Withers presented the idea for Student Appreciation Day at the beginning of his tenure and brought it from Ohio State University, according to JMU Director of Athletics Marketing Stephen Pugh. Withers, who was not made available for comment Saturday, was a coach for the Buckeyes the past two seasons under head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer started a Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State in 2012, his first year on the job there. The Buckeyes had their third annual appreciation day Saturday as well. There are similarities between the Ohio State event and new JMU event, with added twists like the locker room tour at JMU. “I think he’s added some elements and different things to help bring the event along and continue to make it better,” Pugh said. Saturday’s event also gave JMU the opportunity to offer students something that didn’t overalap with with Madipalooza and The Big Event, which will be going on at the same time as the Dukes’ official spring game scrimmage this Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Bridgeforth. After the inaugural turnout, Student Appreciation Day is something JMU hopes will become a staple of the football program. “We really hope it can become a great tradition for the students that they look for ward to ever y spring,” Pugh said. Contact Wayne Epps Jr. at

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By driving to the net, JMU created limitless opportunities. If the Dukes weren’t able to find a direct lane, they were drawing fouls that would allow them a shot on goal. During the day the Dukes were awarded five free-position shots. Of the five shots, four ended up on the scoreboard. Lastly, if they weren’t drawing fouls, they were drawing defenders, leaving players such as Rhoads wide open to shoot on goal. Rhoads found herself in this position during three of her four goals. “We knew that we wanted to come out in high pressure,” Rhoads said. “Knowing that ahead of time just gave us the mindset to come out and attack.” The fast and aggressive effort occurred on both sides of the ball. Despite William & Mary winning draw 18-13, the purple and gold defense was able to force turnovers and send the ball right back to the offense. A clean transition came up big as JMU was able to successfully clear the ball 13 out of 17 tries. The Tribe could only muster five of six clears. During the game there seemed to be a glimmer of hope for the Tribe, as they found themselves down only 10-7 with 26:40 left in regulation. It

looked as though a comeback was just around the corner as the Dukes set in with the second half. But JMU switched up the tempo and constructed a settled offensive. During halftime, Klaes-Bawcombe stressed the importance of possession. By working the ball around and methodically plotting each maneuver, JMU was able to control the clock and create an 8-0 run that would seal the win in the books. Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy racked up 11 saves to earn the win while the Tribe’s goalie, sophomore Meredith Crizer, would take the loss and only tack on three saves. “We just wanted to come out strong and play upbeat all game as if it were a one-goal game – always a fight,” Healy said. The fight will continue as the Dukes hit the road for two conference road games this weekend. Hoping to add to their three-game winning streak, the Dukes will take on head coach Kateri Linville’s Blue Hens at the University of Delaware on Friday before heading to Maryland on Sunday to match-up against CAA foe and reigning champion Towson University. Contact Kathaleen Maniatakis at


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