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JMU grabs No. 2 rating U.S. News & World Report releases 2014 college rankings By Steve Wildemann contributing writer

JMU has been named the No. 2 public regional university in the South and No. 6 out of all colleges and universities in the South according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges. The ranking is based on numerous factors. Schools are broken down using the Carnegie Classification system judging factors such as location (rural, suburban or urban) and the type of school (public or private). The report was also broken down into four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West. Education experts then measure factors like assessments by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

”When I tell people I graduated from JMU, people will have that in their minds and think ‘Wow, she went to a great school with great professors and a great passion for educating its students.’” Erin Quigley

Vol. 92, No. 11 Monday, September 30, 2013

cluck Blue Hens

JMU loses lead in the second half to drop first conference game

By hayley thompson The Breeze

Somber faces lined the hallways of the Delaware locker room after JMU’s 29-22 defeat by the University of Delaware Saturday. But surprisingly enough, dropping the first conference game had little effect on how the Dukes plan to approach the rest of their season. “Ninety percent of the time you get a punt blocked you’re going to lose the game,” head coach Mickey Matthews said. The blocked punt in the third quarter, compounded with a 15-yard JMU personal foul on the play, gave Delaware the ball at the Dukes’ 15-yard line. That marked the turning point in the game against the Blue Hens, allowing their offense to punch it in after two quick plays and get a two-point conversion to gain a 22-19 lead late in the quarter, UD’s first lead of the game. “When they’re starting on the 15 or 20 you know that’s a recipe for disaster,” Matthews said. The last matchup between the two teams was in 2010 when Delaware came to Harrisonburg. Both teams are almost entirely different now than they were then,


but the numbers looked much like they did on Saturday: under 170 rushing yards for both teams and a top-heavy game for the Dukes, with their only touchdowns coming in the first half. “I thought it would be a really tough assignment coming up to play here,” Matthews said. “Two good teams playing some football.” And it was; neither team could get much done running the ball. The Dukes came into the game averaging 252 rushing yards per game, but they managed only 139 on Saturday. Even though offensive coordinator Mike O’Cain was brought in to establish a passing offense, it became clear early on this season that running the ball was the name of the game. Classic Mickey Matthews style. Delaware’s defense was much tighter than any JMU had faced yet this season, and it did its job shutting down redshirt senior running back Dae’Quan Scott. Consequently, the game was left to sophomore quarterback Michael Birdsong. “They took the running game away,” see football, page 8

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TOP Offensive line coach Curt Newsome offers words of advice to the team between plays. BOTTOM Michael Birdsong carries the ball through Blue Hen defense, rushing for 23 yards by the game’s end.

graduate student in elementary education

JMU was also ranked highly in other categories including highest average freshman retention rate in the South at 91 percent; a strong commitment to teaching and service learning categories. “Many people use the rankings as a guide to where they want to look, but then it’s what they find that determines whether they want to apply or not,” said Michael Walsh, dean of admissions. Walsh explained that even though the media recognition is good for the school, the experience students get on campus is what lures them into attending the university. “The campus sells itself very well,” Walsh said. “The two main reasons people select JMU are the accessibility of the faculty and classes and the students. It all depends on the students’ experience.” Erin Quigley, a graduate student in elementary education, said she thinks JMU’s high rankings and good reputation will help her find employment. “As a future teacher, coming from a school with these great credentials and respect is proof that we may not be an Ivy League school, but we’re still a great school.” Quigley said. JMU is making a bigger name for itself every year. Students are proud to be a part of the growing community. “When I tell people I graduated from JMU, people will have that in their minds and think, ‘Wow, she went to a great school with great professors

Walk this way

Former Marines on cross-country charity pass through Harrisonburg during 2,700-mile trek

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Chris Senopole and Adam Shatarsky are walking from Southern California to Washington, D.C. to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. They arrived in Harrisonburg on Wednesday and continued their journey Friday. By IJ Chan The Breeze

For Chris Senopole and Adam Shatarsky, walking 2,700 miles across the United States for their fellow comrades is worth every step. Senopole, 24, and Shatarsky, 31, are former Marines on a mission to walk from Southern California to Washington, D.C. On Wednesday

afternoon, they reached Harrisonburg and continued walking to New Market on Friday morning. “We wanted to do some good and make a change,” Senopole said. “You spend your whole life saying you want to make a change but when it really comes down to it you just kind of do it. This walk is literally the biggest ‘just do it,’ things we’ve ever done.” On June 15 the pair started walking from Camp Pendleton, Calif. No one had donated gear or funds yet. Now, after traveling across the country through deserts, along highways and over rough terrain, Senopole and Shatarsky have raised about $53,000. “It’s kind of crazy — we never expected it to take off like it did,” Senopole said. All proceeds from the walk will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which provides help and services to wounded veterans. Senopole and Shatarsky, former roommates while they served in the Marine Corps, said they were eating dinner at an Outback Steakhouse when they decided to walk. “It was kind of on the table of ‘Let’s do something big,’” Shatarsky said. “It just kind of stuck. I don’t remember if it was Chris or myself that came up with the idea, but once it was on the table it stuck and we decided, ‘Hey, let’s do it for some good.’” Both Marines have served in Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Okinawa from 2008-2012. Senopole also spent five months in Afghanistan. During their interview with the The Breeze, an elderly man in a white pickup truck pulled up and stopped on the side of the road. The man walked over and handed Shatarsky $10 and told the pair to use it to buy themselves food. “This is for my friends who didn’t make it back from Vietnam,” the man said, who was fighting back tears. see marines, page 4

see ranking, page 3

9/30 Inside

3 Genetically altered mice news Miracle mice

may hold progress for malaria immunization.

6 Forcing students to pay

opinion Will not pay for work

for internship credit takes advantage of free labor.

Fostering opportunity Adapted Sports Day shows kids with disabilities that college is possible despite challenges. Page 8

7 Theatre students take

life An awfully big adventure

on the childhood classic, “Peter Pan.”

8 Women’s soccer loses to sports Streak over

William & Mary, snapping a five-game win streak.

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Professor uses genetically altered mice to develop malaria remedy

Tech’s cyber-attack leaks information on about 145,000 people Virginia Tech announced yesterday that a cyber-attack on its human resources department exposing sensitive information of about 145,000 applicants was due to a human error, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The information was illegally accessed on Aug. 28. Some information disclosed about the job applicants from 2003 to 2013 included their drivers’ license numbers, résumés and educational background. Virginia Tech is giving a free year of credit monitoring services for those whose drivers’ license numbers were revealed.

New jail to open in Grayson County Virginia’s newest correctional facility will open next Wednesday afternoon. The River North Correctional Center in Grayson County is the first new correctional facility Virginia has had since 2007. The prison will house 1,000 inmates and employ about 350 people. It was completed in 2010 but stayed empty because of lack of funding. Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to open the prison on Wednesday afternoon. Inmates are set to move in by Oct. 7.

Virginia named best state for business by Forbes magazine The Commonwealth of Virginia gained the top spot on Forbes’ eighth annual list of the Best States for Business. Virginia was ranked No. 2 for the past two years, and No. 1 in 2009. Forbes rankings are based on costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Virginia has business-friendly government policies and substantial incentive offers, drawing in investors and workers. Its five-year annual GDP growth is 1 percent and gross state product of $446 billion.

Obenshain recieves support from Virginia sheriffs Attorney general-hopeful State Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, earned the endorsements of 59 Virginia sheriffs, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. These include 25 Independents and one Democrat. Obenshain announced the numbers after receiving the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Legislator of the Year award for his work in the General Assembly. He spoke last week, pledging to keep working with sheriffs and prioritizing law enforcement.

New state program to track gun problems in Virginia

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Senior biology majors Anna Young, Julianne Naples and Abdalla Sheikh work with “knockout” mice in the Bioscience building. The mice are genetically altered to lack a protein that helps the immune system fight diseases. Their findings have been sent to a journal, in hopes that it will be published.

By Laura Trask contributing writer

One day four years ago, JMU biology professor Chris Lantz ran out of mice for his parasitology lab. He quickly tried to find an alternative, and he accidentally chose what would become a new link in malaria remedy discovery: “knockout” mice. These mice are genetically altered to lack a protein called interleukin-3, which assists the immune system in fighting off diseases. JMU is one of the only labs in the world that have these knockout mice. Lantz brought them to JMU from his postdoctoral work at Harvard, where he studied infectious diseases. Lantz divided the class into four groups: two of them had the normal — not genetically altered — mice, and two groups had the knockout mice. He had his students test the mice with the malaria parasite. Malaria, transmitted through mosquito bites, displays symptoms like fever, headache, and vomiting, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms usually appear between 10 to 15 days after the mosquito bite. The two groups that infected the normal

mice found that the mice had enlarged spleens: a sign of malaria. The two groups with the knockout mice did not find any change in spleen size. “I had never worked with the malaria parasite before that class,” Lantz said. “So when the students showed me the unusual results I figured they just used different techniques.” When Lantz decided to try the experiment himself, his findings confirmed his students’ results. The protein-deficient knockout mice had a “more robust” immune system response to malaria than the normal mice. “I was shocked. I didn’t know what to think,” Lantz said. The mice lacking the IL-3 protein, which improves the body’s response to disease, had an increased chance for survival. Lantz received a $250,000 grant in 2009 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to research a different parasite, however, his newer findings concerning the malaria parasite inspired him to pursue the discovery further. Lantz teamed up with his longtime college friend Ken Roth, a visiting assistant professor of biology at JMU. “We were graduate students and worked together in the same lab at the Medical College of Virginia in the 1990s,” Roth said. “We

ranking | JMU places high with 91 percent freshman retention rate

A new program to create a shared gun and traces database is in the works. Virginia is the test state for the national initiative to share more information concerning gun problems and reports, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Since its July launching, many local Va. law enforcement agencies have opted to participate in the initiative. The program is aimed to help officials connect gun patterns and keep better records.

National open enrollment for health insurance to be installed Oct. 1 marks another installment of the Affordable Care Act. Uninsured individuals will be able to participate in a state insurance marketplace to “shop” and compare insurance plans that are better suited to their lifestyle. Open enrollment through the marketplace will run through March 31. Jan. 1 marks another installment; individuals not covered will be fined in their taxes for every month they are uninsured.

complement each other well in the lab.” Lantz and Roth agree that the malaria project is very beneficial to students because it gives them a chance to conduct real investigative research. The professors are currently working with eight undergraduates and one graduate student on the project. “I don’t like routine, ‘cookbook’ labs. I like the investigative labs,” Lantz said. Anna Young, a senior biology major, says working on the research project, “makes you feel like your education here is really taking you to that next level.” Young, who joined the knockout mice study last spring, will continue to work on the project next year. “It has brought light to what I am really passionate about,” Young said. This project uses one of the largest studentaccessible research labs in the department. Kathryn Ogborn, a 2013 alumna, had worked on the project since fall 2011. She became interested in malaria because her mom is from Panama, a country heavily affected by the disease. “I thought it would be really cool to work on something that affects developing nations so drastically,” Ogborn said. Julianne Naples, a senior biology major, see mice, page 4

Crash closes S. Main Two-vehicle crash blocks traffic Friday afternoon

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First responders had to cut the door off from one of the cars involved in Friday’s accident in order to get the driver out of her car. She suffered minor injuries.

*According to U.S. News and World Report

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JMU also ranked 6th among Southern colleges and univerisities overall. Elon University and Rollins College tied for first. from front

and a great passion for educating its students,’’’ Quigley said. Amanda Slade, a communication sciences and disorders graduate student, originally debated going somewhere other than JMU for graduate school but made the decision to return to JMU. “Hearing statistics like that makes me feel good to be back at JMU again,” Slade said. “It will show that our school has validity and that a student from JMU would be a great candidate because students from JMU are really prepared.” Contact Steve Wildemann at

A two-vehicle crash temporarily blocked off traffic on South Main Street Friday afternoon. According to Sgt. J. Palaskey of the Harrisonburg Police Department, at about 4:37 p.m. one of the vehicles was pulling out of Rocco Drive, the entrance street to Pheasant Run Townhomes, and collided with another vehicle that was traveling northbound on South Main Street. The Harrisonburg Fire Department, HPD, JMU Police Department and the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad all responded to the crash. Capt. Ben Zimmerman of the HFD, said responders had to cut the door off one of the vehicles in order to get one of the passengers out. The victim suffered minor, visible injuries. “Sometimes we do that not because they’re severely injured, but we don’t want to cause any neck injuries from

what we’re doing,” Zimmerman said. “In this case, the door was already ruined anyway, so what we did didn’t cause any additional damage.” Zimmerman said that the HFD had to temporarily block both southbound traffic lanes on South Main to give responders a safe place to work. After the police had arrived, they were able to leave one lane open on either side of the street. Palaskey said the owner of the vehicle was given a summons for violating a state law stating vehicles entering a public highway or street from a private road must stop before going into the highway. They also must yield to oncoming traffic. The accident, he added, caused about $10,000 worth of damage for each vehicle. The owner declined to comment on the incident. -staff report

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marines | ‘It’s hard because it brings back friends ... that we’ve lost.’ from front

“It’s hard because we don’t know that man and I’ll never see him again in my life, but he gets out and shares his story and obviously it’s emotional for him and it’s emotional for us because we understand where he’s coming from,” Shatarsky said. “It’s hard because it brings back friends, you know, that we’ve lost. It’s hard, there’s just that brotherhood — that age does not matter.” Another woman, whose husband was a former Marine who recently passed away, also gave words of encouragement to them. She stressed the importance of supporting resources like the Wounded Warrior Project. Shatarsky said similar incidents happen every day he and Senopole are on the road. Senopole said one of the most memorable people he’s met on their journey is Bill, an elderly veteran they met in while traveling through Oklahoma. Bill suffered from numerous health problems, including diabetes and posttraumatic stress disorder. Despite his health issues, Senopole said Bill’s fighting spirit motivated the pair and gave them an enlightened

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Chris Senopole, a West Virginia native, served in the Marine Corps from 2008-2012. He and fellow former Marine and Adam Shatarsky started walking on June 15 from Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base in Southern California. Their goal is to walk to Washington, D.C. and raise money.

perspective. “Bill is the most motivated S.O.B. I’ve ever seen in my life — he’s pushing 70 but in his head he’s still in the Marine Corps,” Senopole said. “We

just see a screeching vehicle pull up to the side of the road and the door fly open and the whole time he’s screaming, he’s saluting at us.” Senopole said Bill told

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them he was moved by their determination. “So he gets out and he said ‘You know, I was laying on my couch and feeling sorry for myself. [I] couldn’t move

and I didn’t want to even think about getting up today, and then I got this phone call and you guys motivated me to come out here,’” Senopole said. “For us to be able to do

that — it makes it all worth it.” Some people, Shatarsky said, even joined and walked short distances with them. “It’s an honor,” he said. “For them to be able to come out and sweat and feel the pain, it means a lot to them, because they’re donating their time and energy to something bigger and broader than them — it’s pretty cool.” Part of their journey required them to walk 30 miles in the Mojave Desert, which covers parts of Southern California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. While walking there, the pair only had two water bottles and a CamelBak. Their shoes also melted from the heat. Senopole said he and Shatarsky also motivate each other. “I don’t know if it was being in the Marine Corps or sheer hard-headedness, but I know if he’s still walking, then there’s no way I’m not,” Senopole said. “There’s no way either of us are quitting.” The pair made it to New Market, Va. from Harrisonburg on Friday night and they’ve since stopped in Mount Jackson and Woodstock. Their donation site is Contact IJ Chan at

mice | No vaccine developed yet from page 3

began working on the project this spring because she wants a career in the field of treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. “From standard laboratory technique to advanced immunology research skills, I’ll be more prepared to enter the workforce or graduate school after college,” Naples said. After 20 years of working with the IL-3 protein, Lantz was still shocked at the outcome of the testing. “There is nothing in the literature that indicates IL-3 [protein] has anything to do with malaria,” Lantz said. Lantz and Roth have spent countless hours educating themselves in the field of malaria immunology to try and make sense of their discovery. Their goal for the project is to figure out, at the cellular level,

what role this protein plays in a human’s immune system response to the malaria parasite. They agree that it’s naïve to think their research will “cure” malaria, but they hope it will lead to greater survival rates. While certain individuals with weaker immune systems, like pregnant women and children, might be more vulnerable to the disease, healthy individuals can contract the disease as well. In 2010, JMU alumnus John Goodman contracted malaria at the age of 23 during a mission trip in Malawi, Africa. The disease left him sick for nearly 72 hours. “To say that I wanted to die would be the understatement of the century,” Goodman said. “My abdomen was writhing in pain. I laid down and all the sudden the vomiting started, and it didn’t stop for 14 hours.” Since a vaccine has yet to be

developed, the most effective and cheapest method to preventing malaria are bed nets. But the problem, according to Lantz and Roth, is getting the nets distributed and then educating people how to use them. Lantz said a cure hasn’t been found has similar reasons, since “solutions are often simple,” but distribution is not. Lantz and Roth are hopeful for the future of malaria research. They have submitted their work to the Infection and Immunity Journal, hoping it will be published and bring the scientific community one step closer to treating malaria. “As I tell my students, ‘We’re doing a bunch of experiments to put together a puzzle,” Roth said. “Our puzzle, if it’s ever completed, will only complete one piece of a larger puzzle.’” Contact Laura Trask at

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Monday, September 30, 2013   Letter to the Editor

Alina Gasperino | contributing columnist

Unpaid internships come at a high price

It’s bad enough that companies don’t pay students but JMU requiring them to pay for credit is too much Last summer I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at Silver Spring Studios, owned by “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh. Like most internships in the music industry, it was unpaid — and I was prepared for that. I was also prepared for the four-hour commute in heavy traffic from my house in Haymarket, Va. to Silver Springs, Md. What I was not prepared for, however, was the $1,000 price tag to receive credit for it. Keep in mind, this was paid out of pocket because internships are considered a summer course and are not covered under my pre-paid Virgina529 College Savings Plan. So not only was I paying $1,000 to do an internship, but I was also paying weekly travel

expenses such as gas and toll fees. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that all the hours I worked without pay prevented me from having an actual paying job and saving money all summer. I understand that it is not the school’s fault that I don’t live close to the Metro or the D.C. area. However, I would like to raise some questions regarding the tuition charge for my internship. What exactly did JMU provide to make that internship possible besides sharing the opportunity via email? What exactly did it cost JMU to put the number 3 next to “course” on my transcript? And lastly, why on earth did I not only work for free, but essentially pay $1,000 to work for free? Apparently I’m not the

only one facing this problem. According to The New York Times, employment experts estimate that undergraduates work in more than one million internships a year, an estimated half of which are unpaid. The Times also reported that Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman, production interns on “Black Swan,” sued Fox Searchlight Pictures in September 2011, claiming they did basic chores usually undertaken by paid employees. As a result, the federal district court judge in Manhattan ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying the production interns. In the ruling, the judge said unpaid internships should be allowed only in very limited

food for just one low price of a punch. From a hungry man who likes his food local and his portions big. Darts & Pats are anonymously submitted and printed on a space-available basis. Submissions creatively depict a given situation, person or event and do not necessarily reflect the truth.

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A “rocky-relationship” dart to all of the unpaved paths on campus. From a student who’s tired of getting rocks in her shoes. A “shame-on-you” dart to

the student I saw harassing a woman jogging on the street. From a Double Duke who knows to respect people. An “oh-I’m-going” pat to Let’s Go for serving so much delicious


A “piece-of-home” pat to the people who sent copies of The Breeze to the students studying abroad in Florence, Italy. From a few Dukes who missed the Darts & Pats. A “you’re-cute-too” pat to the sweetheart holding the sign at the Port and South Main stoplight.

circumstances. Enough is enough. Something’s got to give. Either universities should not charge for internship credit, or federal laws should be more restrictive when it comes to unpaid work. The system in place now takes advantage of college students in terrible economic situations who are just trying to make it, and are willing to do whatever it takes for a chance at a career opportunity — even if it means paying $1,000 for an unpaid internship. There’s a point where work becomes much more than a learning opportunity, and we deserve compensation. Alina Gasperino is a senior communication studies major. Contact Alina at gasperac@ dukes.jmu.

From three women whose day you instantly made. An “I-want-to-marryyou” pat to the caramel apple frappuccino at Java City. From a senior who’s in love. An “I-hope-it-was-worth-it” dart to the Harrisonburg Police Department for continuing a high-speed chase down South Main Street. From someone who’s glad you didn’t kill a student.

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JMU branded by advertising Is it possible that we could have been subjected to anything more insulting to the ethos of our wonderful university and its environmental sustainability initiatives than the recent Dasani invasion? In case you missed the phenomenon, Dasani’s marketing team converged on a field in the Village, erected an enormous kiosk, played loud music and hyped its bottled water and new (and pricey) Dasani Drops, which is a bottled brew of water, citric acid, malic acid, natural flavors, potassium citrate, sucralose, acesulfame potassium — you get the picture. Those of us attracted to bright, shiny objects got to jump up and down on a bouncy surface in a blizzard of confetti and shoot Dasani bottles out of an air gun. Gifted with tchotchkes, we went on our merry way, presumably with increased brand awareness and budding brand loyalty. Sorry to be a killjoy, Dasani, but it didn’t take. I’m a big fan of tap water and stainless steel bottles, and I’m trying to reduce my intake of all that tasty acesulfame potassium. The prospect of having two plastic bottles to dispose of leaves me cold. And the contempt you displayed for our collective intelligence leaves me even colder. I was left wondering why JMU is in the business of selling students to advertisers like Dasani. A polite university official explained to me that Dasani is a Coca-Cola brand and that we are a Coke school. Where have I been? I thought we were the “engaged university.” Pardon this aside from a former copywriter and professor who’s been teaching advertising for two decades: Advertisers salivate over the prospect of promoting their products to a captive audience of JMU students. But commercial advertising subverts reason and critical thinking; it’s utterly incompatible with our mission. That’s because advertisers conceptualize us as consumers, not as citizens seeking to lead meaningful and productive lives. Over the dozen years I’ve been at JMU I’ve lived through a mass of Dasani moments in which advertisers used unsanctioned guerilla marketing and bent the rules of our posting policy. Let’s think hard about the costs of this commercialization. I hope we’ll push back, resist the pressure to become Coke U., and retain the integrity of JMU. Alex Leidholdt Professor School of Media Arts and Design


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Staying on track

Use your voice

‘Rush’ offers a compelling race through the lives of drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda

JMU a capella groups featured on nationwide best-of CD


“Voices Only” features performances from top university a capella groups across the country. COURTESY OF MCT CAMPUS

In this film, based on a true story, Chris Hemsworth (left) and Daniel Brühl play rivals in 1976 as they dominate the Formula One stage.

By PATRICIA SUTHERLAND contributing writer

JMU’s a capella groups have officially earned their stripes again using their voices only. “Voices Only” is a two-volume collegiate compilation album composed of tracks released by various college groups from across the country. The selection process is very subjective. Corey Slutsky, founder, executive and associate producer of the album, listens for things such as quality of the soloists, arrangements, innovations and production quality. “We do not simply pick the ‘best’ songs,” Slutsky said. “But each song is selected for a purpose to provide what we feel is the best mix of songs that provide variety not just in excellence of the aforementioned qualities, but also for variety in style and genre.” The Madison Project, Exit 245 and The Bluestones each have a song on the “Voices Only” 2013 track list that just came out a few weeks ago. Exit 245’s contributed its cover of “Cinema,” originally performed by Benny Benassi and Skrillex. “Electronica and dubstep are not genres you hear done well that often in a cappella, and this is one of the best we’ve heard,” Slutsky said. Exit 245 is grateful for the success it has had this past year. From the collaborating with the producer and the late nights rehearsing, they all came together for a moment of pure joy. “The support we’ve received from not only our families but also the JMU community has been absolutely amazing,” former member Kody Sharp, who performed on the track, said. The Bluestones recorded “Lie To Me” by Sara Bareilles. The song stood out for a few reasons. One reason is that it was arranged with an ominous vibe. Another reason it stood out is because of the dubstep breakdown toward the end as well as the artistic take the producer, James Gammon, had on it. “The arrangement by Nicola Bertoni has some really lush chords, and Nina Beaulieu’s solo brings it home,” Slutsky said. “Ever After” by The Madison Project is the closing track of the compilation. The song was performed by junior Dan Johnson. President Keith Hutchison, a senior engineering major, said he was amazed by the support of his fans. “I also hold a huge sense of pride in where we’ve come, and with 17 years of alumni it’s always important to realize the success we have now is due to the unique brotherhood that they created,” Hutchison said. The groups are happy to share the limelight with each other, and the fact that three groups made it on the album says so much about where our university stands in the genre. “We are very close with The Madison Project and Exit 245 and we really respect the musicians they are,” Darcy West, a senior psychology major and member of The Bluestones, said. “They deserved to be chosen as well and we couldn’t be happier. We’re just as happy that JMU a cappella was represented on ‘Voices Only’ in such a big way.” To learn more about all the groups or download via iTunes visit


Before you race to the theater, prepare yourself for a rushed film. Director Ron Howard has made a visually striking, historical film that delves into the drama of an internationally recognized rivalry. British driver James Hunt (Chris Rush Hemsworth) and  Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) are ‘R’ 123 mins. the two best drivers Starring Daniel of the 1976 Formula Brühl, Chris One season. Over the Hemsworth, course of six years, Olivia Wilde Hunt and Lauda gain international attention by earning sponsors from their talent and technical prowess. However, Hunt’s boisterous and party-centric attitude clashes with Lauda’s calculating and methodical love of professional racing, which makes their rivalry come to a head halfway through the season. But although the two are constantly at odds, both drivers slowly understand that they are motivated to win because of their begrudging sense of respect for one another.

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dialogue focuses on how the racers feel about one another, even when they are off the track. But as much as the film talks about the rivalry, the rivalry itself was not given the proper amount of time to develop. We understand that they don’t like each other and have different driving philosophies, but this is all the film wants to focus on. The film also suffers from a confusing narrative at times, as it jumps from scene to scene with little time to breathe. With one scene, you’ll be in 1970, and then suddenly, without much development, it’s 1975. Because the movie substantially focuses on the rivalry in Hunt’s and Lauda’s lives, we never get a full understanding of their feelings. Several scenes are also harmed by Hans Zimmer’s overwrought score, which will tell you how dramatic or uplifting each scene is supposed to be. “Rush” works as a good film by showing you the intensity of Formula One racing with a keen, technical eye, but it just doesn’t quite cross the Oscar finish line Howard and writer Peter Morgan accomplished in “Frost/Nixon.” CONTACT Scott Johnson at

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“Rush” is one of those rare films that can proudly tout its “based on a true story” tagline with pride. Even as a sports film, it is as sensational as any action thriller; Formula One is portrayed as an incredible but deadly sport. Through fantastic camera work, you can feel the speed and power of each racing scene. You’ll watch the race from every angle: from the sidelines to behind the wheel, which really makes this true story incredibly intense. Hemsworth plays Hunt with an engrossing sense of charisma. You can sense that Hunt is under emotional strain even with his smile and rambunctious attitude. I was really surprised and impressed by Brühl’s transformation into Niki Lauda. As much as Lauda seems antisocial, it’s still very easy to sympathize with him because of his earnest relationship with his wife and his constant concern for technical safety. It’s also worth noting that the makeup for this film is incredible, as every actor is given a stunning resemblance to his or her real-life counterpart. And that really sticks out when you bring in the brutal injuries of the sport into the mix. However, what makes the movie unnatural is how overstated the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda is. Most of the



This week’s upcoming student-produced-and-directed show at Forbes Center for the Performing Arts will take audiences to new heights of magic. “Peter Pan,” based on the play by J.M. Barrie, runs tomorrow through Friday at 8 p.m. and this Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the studio theatre. Many students have already directed and produced plays for the Forbes Center, but the process to even begin directing a production is more arduous than it seems. Whitney Trevillian, a senior theatre performance major, is directing “Peter Pan;” she explained that piecing the show together was no simple feat. Interested students piece together a production team and propose their concept idea to the Stratford Players and faculty. The two groups then vote on which plays or musicals should be chosen for the semester; up to four can be selected. Trevillian rose to the task by adding anew character to the traditional story. “J.M. Barrie wrote this play with a lot of stage direction, so much so that it becomes more narrative than stage direction; if you just do the play, you lose all of that,” Trevillian said. “So, what we decided to do was add a narrator as a new character.” The narrator’s interaction with his younger brother appeals not only to younger viewers, but to the child within us all. The narrator is not meant to be any person in particular — he is a messenger from our childhood. “J. M. Barrie was an author before he wrote scripts, so his stage directions are very flourished and represent Barrie’s opinions about the play; they’re very crucial,” Sean Grady, a senior musical theatre major who plays the narrator in the show, said. Through Barrie’s heavy descriptions, the character of the narrator was born. The narrator is meant to be an older brother who happens upon his little brother reading. When he finds his sibling, he begins to tell him the story of Peter Pan, imagining himself as Peter. “We have a couple times in the show when we interact. For instance, when he can’t figure his way out of a situation — he stops and turns to me, and I give him inspiration for what he should do next,” Grady said. “I’m kind of a buffer to the actors and the audience. I like to think ‘If you’re lost, look to me.’” “Peter Pan” is a timeless tale that involves the audience in a refreshing and unique fashion by placing a narrator always in view . With so many other accounts of the same story, it was important to make the presentation stand out and entertain. However, it was not easy to create a new twist on the popular tale. Shaun Nerney, a sophomore theatre major, fearlessly delved into the role of Peter Pan. “I thought it was going to be really easy. But it’s actually been — to date — one of the most difficult roles I’ve played,” Nerney said. “The story has been told by so many people, so when people come to see it, they’ll expect those stories. It’s difficult; but if it was easy, everyone would do it.” Trevillian’s presentation of “Peter Pan” combines an old story and a new interpretation, so that audiences can both reminiscence and enjoy a brand new angle of the story. “With every story, there can be a new light shed on it,” Nerney said. “We all have kids inside ourselves, so audiences can come and fictionally and literally go to Neverland. We’re asking the audience to imagine with us.” CONTACT Joanna Morelli at


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Adapted perception Event aims to change mindsets on sports and disabilities

By WAYNE EPPS JR. The Breeze

For kinesiology professor Thomas Moran and sport and recreation management professor Joshua Pate, a plan to empower students with disabilities through sports came to life Saturday. Funded through a $4,000 Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards (IDEA) grant awarded from the university president’s office, 18 students ages 11 to 21, and approximately 50 JMU student volunteers combined efforts Friday and Saturday to make the first Adapted Sports Day happen. “The goal of this grant was to offer an event that, one, shows these participants that sport is an option. And for many of them, they’re already participating in a sport and physical activity,” Pate said. “But if they’re not, we want to show them that sport’s an option. No. 2: We want to show them that college is an option and get their families comfortable with that too.” Soccer was the foundation of the event, but the Adapted Sports Day goes deeper than just soccer. Moran and Pate planned the event to show the participants what is possible, regardless of any disability. “We titled the event not only Adapted Sports Day, but Empowerment through Sport,” Moran said. “And so what that allows us to do is use sport, use soccer as the vehicle to help these kids understand that they can do more than we ever thought or imagined.” Most of the participants arrived at JMU Friday night before the men’s soccer game against Furman University. The volunteers met with the campers, played a little soccer, ate pizza donated by Chanello’s and then watched the game. During halftime, three separate fields were set up for Adapted Sports Day participants to put on five minutes of exhibition games in front of the fans at University Park. The social events Friday got things ready for a full day of activities Saturday. “They jumped right in, both sides,” Pate said. “The volunteers and the participants got right into it. They were meeting and talking, hanging out, laughing, joking.” On Saturday morning the participants started with soccer drills on UPark’s turf fields. For about two hours the participants rotated through stations that emphasized things like passing, dribbling and shooting. Then the campers loaded onto a JMU shuttle to grab lunch at E-Hall. Afterward, it was back to UPark for scrimmages on the field. Following the scrimmages, participants had the option to tour campus or listen to professors and representatives of the Office of Disability Services discuss the services JMU and other schools offer and academic expectations at the university level. “I’m just thrilled that JMU’s doing this thing, because there’s so little for the kids,” said Lawana Harper, a 1985 JMU graduate whose son, Ben, participated. “I’m talking to the moms, and … we want our kids to be normal too, as normal as they can be — but find their niche, and it’s harder.” Ben, 17, is a senior at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Va. He has cerebral palsy, but he’s been an assistant P.E. teacherhelping with adaptive P.E. at his high school since he was in middle school. He found out about Adapted Sports Day through his high school P.E. teacher, who had been a student of Moran’s. “I think it’s been awesome. Having everybody helping us out and all the kids,” Ben said. “Soccer’s harder for me, so making it fun and enjoyable is awesome. I’ve had a good time so far.” The 50 volunteers comprised mostly of JMU kinesiology


Two Adapted Sports Day participants play power soccer, using power wheelchairs, on Saturday. 18 students came to JMU for the event.

and sports and recreation management majors. Participating in the weekend’s activities was eyeopening for the volunteers. “Just realizing that they’re pretty capable. We had an activity over here we were running through with them and they were completing it successfully every time,” senior kinesiology major Ryan Kelly said. “So we had to modify it to make it even harder for them. So it’s encouraging for them to see that they’re successful and it’s kind of fun for us to see that too.” Moran and Pate will have another Adapted Sports Day in the spring centered around wheelchair basketball and also funded by the IDEA grant. But after that, the event’s continuance will depend on more funding. The professors want to fuel a change that goes beyond a twice-yearly event. “What we want to do is start this as a movement, start it as a culture of JMU. To where, not just people with disabilities have an opportunity to participate, but people without disabilities understand and can participate in other games as well,” Pate said. “So to be able to provide that as an option, maybe even at the recreation level, like maybe even a club team at JMU. Maybe even an intramural option. That would be ideal.” Adapted Sports Day may be in its infancy, but it’s already achieving one of its goals — showing students with disabilities and their families what’s out there for them at the collegiate level. “There are opportunities for you beyond high school,” Lawana said. “And that’s amazing in itself.” CONTACT Wayne Epps Jr. at

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Birdsong said. “They did it all night. Hats off to them for that.” Birdsong threw for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns, but 214 of those yards came in the first half of the game, as did both of the touchdowns. The Dukes carried a 19-7 lead into the locker room at the half and returned to the field ready to continue the game they had been playing. But Delaware hit hard from the very beginning, keeping the Dukes away from the red zone throughout the third quarter after redshirt senior place-kicker Cameron Starke missed a 33-yard field goal with 8:07 to play in the quarter. “It stung a little bit,” Birdsong said of the Blue Hens’ revitalized defense. “But we needed a drive at that point in time … We should have never been in field-goal position. We should have got a touchdown.” A blocked punt and four penalties held up the Dukes’ effort in the third quarter and, aside from an early field goal in the fourth by Starke to tie the game 22-22, no other points were put on the board in the second half. “[The offense’s] objective is to put as many points on the board as it takes to win the game,” Birdsong said. “We didn’t do that tonight, so it’s on us. We got to be better.” Delaware scored its game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter after driving 11 plays and 75 yards to take the 29-22 lead with 6:40 to play. Even though both teams had difficulties running the ball Saturday, Scott still got his bit in, collecting 51 of the Dukes’ total 122 yards rushing yards

and racking up 60 yards receiving and a touchdown. Scott is consistently JMU’s best offensive player when it comes to running the ball. The 51 rushing yards he gained Saturday are less than half of his “worst” game so far this season — ­ that game being the first of the season against Central Connecticut State University in which he rushed for 120 yards. Since then, he’s rushed a total of 524 yards and scored five touchdowns. One pleasant but not as statistically significant takeaway for the Dukes Saturday was an interception — and consequent touchback — by redshirt freshman cornerback Taylor Reynolds. Not only was it a crucial save for the Dukes while they still held onto their lead in the first half, but Reynolds is also a native of the home of the Blue Hens — Newark, Del. It may not have been as big of a play as his 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in the home opener against CCSU, but Reynolds making his switch from quarterback to cornerback looks as natural as could be. There are still seven games left in the season, and all of them are conference games. So with one of the toughest games of the season under their belts, the Dukes are looking forward, morale remaining unphased by their first conference loss. “I think the conference champion will have two losses,” Matthews said. “I think it will be just like last year.” The Dukes’ next game will be Saturday at home against Albany for Family Weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CONTACT Hayley Thompson at



High school student Ben Harper works through a drill during the event. Harper and his mother, a JMU graduate, traveled from Purcellville, Va. for the Sports Day.

>> Soccer’s streak snapped

Freshman defender Jennie Sroba helped limit WIlliam & Mary to nine shots Saturday night. But the Tribe pulled out the 2-1 win to break JMU’s fivegame winning streak. The loss dropped the Dukes to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. JMU continues conference play at Delaware at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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