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SGA Debate

SGA candidates encourage involvement By Anne Elsea The Breeze

This year’s Student Government Association elections, held Wednesday and Thursday, will mark the first time of a ticket of four students running together for president, vice president, executive treasurer and student representative to the Board of Visitors. On the ticket, Pat Watral is running for president, Emily Douillard is running for vice president, Abby Ware is running for executive treasurer and Chris Brown is running for Student Representative to the Board of Visitors. In the four students’ slogan, “A Change of P.A.C.E,” P.A.C.E. is an acronym for the students’ first names. The four are running with similar platforms on the ballot to collaborate on ideas before they are elected. They are working together to get elected in hopes that their similar objectives will make it easier to bring change to SGA, according to their website. Kenzie Fisher is running independently for vice president. “I really don’t know why people

aren’t running against Watral, Ware and Brown,” said Jordan Descovich, the 2011 elections commissioner and a junior political science and history double major. “That’s a question I really wish I could answer, but all the executive positions will get filled by write-in votes if not by election.” Students can still fill the leftover spots in the executive board and the class council as a write-in on the ballot. If they get majority vote, then they get the position, according to Descovich. Watral, a junior international affairs major, would replace Andrew Reese, but Watral said he was unhappy that he didn’t have any opposition. “It’s really disappointing, the lack of interest in the presidency,” Watral said. “SGA is hoping to make a big deal out of this election to encourage students to participate and take notice of what SGA is doing this year.” Watral has been an at-large senator representing his class for two years, and in the past academic year he chaired the committee on student services. see SGA, page 5

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TOP SGA candidates Pat Watral (left), Abby Ware, Chris Brown and Emily Douillard are running together on one ticket. BOTTOM Kenzie Fisher is running independently for vice president.

Weekend of fun and service for Dukes

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More than 100 students and a number of faculty members stand in line on the Quad awaiting their Big Event community service assignments Saturday.

Students gather for music, food and fun at Madipalooza

JMU organizations participate in a day of community service

By Oscar Jurado contributing writer

Despite modest estimates for attendance, nearly 6,000 students took part in Madipalooza. Carrie Martin, Madipalooza Planning Committee Co-Chair, was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, as they had expected around 2,500 people. The event brought free food, popular musical acts and giveaways to the Festival lawn. The event, designed by University Program Board in part as an alternative to spring block parties, featured inflatable entertainment, food from Festival and multiple bands. The event had a budget of roughly see Madipalooza, page 10

The Big Event by the numbers

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TOP Freshmen Arijana Lempke (left), Taylor Benavidez, Matt Boyer and BOTTOM sophomore Justin Calhoun take advantage of inflatable entertainment on Festival Lawn.

Rain clouds and dreary weather lingered Saturday morning but didn’t stop more than 900 students and a handful of faculty from volunteering across the Shenandoah Valley for the Big Event. Student organizations, represented by teams of five to 15 people, met on the Quad Saturday morning to receive their assignment locations. Although registration for the event occurred throughout April, the teams received their project the morning of the Big Event. The directors and their committee of 30

2,778 estimated hours of work was completed. If each volunteer had worked at minimum wage, the event would have had to pay more than $20,140 in labor. $6,000 was spent on the Big Event. More than $500 was personally contributed by the Big Event directors.

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JMU publications receive 12 awards in Region 2 >> To see the award-winning photos, visit Three JMU publications received 12 awards Saturday at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 conference. Region 2 includes Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina. The Breeze received second place in the category of Best All-Around NonDaily Student Newspaper. Port & Main magazine received first place in the category of Best Student Magazine. Curio

magazine, the product of SMAD 321: Feature Magazine Production, received second place in the same category. The Breeze also received first place in the category of Breaking News Photography for 2010 graduate David Casterline’s photograph of Peter Morgner “inciting a riot” at Springfest. In the same category, junior Breeze Photo Editor Robert Boag received second place for his photo of the Springfest riot, a wide-angle shot of attendees standing near an enflamed dumpster on fire. The

4/11 Inside 3 news Leaving behind a legacy Alumna honored for awards and scholarships contributed to JMU.

Breeze staff received third place in the category of Breaking News Reporting for the “War Zone” front page and the coverage of the Springfest riot. Other Breeze photography awards include first place in the category of Sports Photography for Boag’s photograph showing free safety Ryan Smith intercepting the ball by the knees at the football game against Morehead State University and second place in the category of General News Photography for Boag’s photograph of sophomore Nic

Mirenda biking in preparation for the DR-100 Memorial Ride and Run. Former Breeze Editor-in-Chief and 2010 graduate Tim Chapman received first place in the category of Sports Column Writing for his column “yeah . . . I said it.” Former Breeze cartoonist and 2010 graduate Karen Thorsdottir received first place in the category of Editorial Cartooning. Curio magazine received a first place award in the category of Non-Fiction Magazine Article for Chapman and

2010 graduate Rebekah Lowe’s article “Making Strides” and third place in the same category for 2010 graduate Anna Young’s article “From Madison to Washington.” Those awarded first place in all categories will go on to compete at the national level at the Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans this September.


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Madison’s matriarch

Ceremony honors alumna’s decade-spanning dedication to JMU Husband Ralph Roop founded Petroleum Marketers, Inc., which allowed Roop to offer a total of 142 student scholarships.

Roop graduated from Harrisonburg State Teachers College.


1935 Mills E. Godwin, former Virginia governor, signed the official document changing the name of the university to James Madison University.

As a Board of Visitor member, Roop formally proposed to change the university’s name from Madison College to James Madison University.


1974 Peaceful death on Nov. 10 at age 97.

1981 Roop started the James Madison Founders Society, allowing people to leave JMU in their will or estate plans.


1994 The College of Education and Psychology building was named Roop Hall.


Ceremony held in her honor. graphic by jena thielges / the breeze

By Evi Fuelle contributing writer

Without alumna Inez Roop, we might have all been attending a school named Dolley Madison University. Steve Smith, associate vice president for Constituent Relations, shared this story and others Friday afternoon, as parts of a commemorative ceremony held for Roop, after whom Roop Hall was named. Roop died on Nov. 10, 2010, four years after her husband, Ralph Roop, died in 2006. Beneficiaries of the Roop Scholarship, members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, President Linwood Rose, family members and personal friends of Roop mingled together at the ceremony. “So many people here represent so many areas of Inez Roop’s influence,” Smith said.

In 1935, Roop graduated from Harrisonburg State Teachers College, which became Madison College and, thanks to her, was renamed James Madison University in 1977. In 1974, Roop was the first member on the Board of Visitors to make a formal motion to change the name of Madison College to James Madison University. She was present on March 22, 1977, when Virginia Gov. Mills E. Godwin (after whom Godwin Hall is named) signed the official document changing the name. Nancie Roop Kennedy, Roop’s daughter with Ralph, said that Roop opposed the proposed name change for Madison College. The name Dolley Madison University was proposed at a Board of Visitors meeting held in 1974. “In her view, men would never want to come to a college named ‘Dolley Madison,’ ” Kennedy said.

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The commemorative video shown Friday included clips where Roop herself had spoken about her role in the name change. “I made the motion we name it James Madison because I thought it just had to be that,” Roop said in the video. Coming from a family of teachers, Roop cared deeply about education. Kennedy read a statement of remarks from her sister, Pat Roop Webster, who said her grandparents even named Inez after a favorite student of theirs whom they had taught in Louisiana. Roop provided seven decades of service to JMU and was a close friend to five university presidents: Julian Burruss, Samuel Page Duke, G. Tyler Miller, Ronald E. Carrier and Rose. Because of Roop and her husband, there have been 142 Roop scholarships awarded to students and 37 awards given to alumni over the years that Roop was involved in as an alumna.

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Smith said Roop never lost her love for JMU and she had a continued involvement in its


Fraternity returns Feminism’s faults to campus in fall Conservative critiques movement’s radicalism

» To read the full story, visit By Sean Dolan The Breeze

The Pi Nu chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, a predominantly African American fraternity, is returning to JMU after more than a decade of inactivity. While Phi Beta Sigma is the nationally recognized organization, Pi Nu is the specific name to identify the JMU branch of the fraternity. Devenchi Arnold, a JMU Phi Beta Sigma alumnus of 1996, is one of four members from the last line of Sigmas recruited during the spring semester of 1995. The chapter dissolved in 1996 because of low recruitment and intake numbers. With three of the fraternity’s four members on the football team, there wasn’t enough time for recruitment, according to Arnold. Year after year, Arnold was disappointed to see that his fraternity’s services and programs no longer existed. “We did a lot of great things at the university when we were there,” Arnold said. “Coming back and seeing that your fraternity is not represented — it kind of gets to you.” Recently, Arnold and a few other brothers decided to spearhead the reactivation of the Pi Nu chapter. An interest meeting was held March 27. Arnold said the alumni were satisfied with the turnout. The brothers hope to have Pi Nu reactivated by the fall, but “we don’t want to rush it,” Arnold said. The process of reactivating a fraternity can be difficult. First, the chapter members have to pay various national dues, insurance fees and chapter assessment fees. Once the various dues are paid, the national chapter contacts the regional director, who then contacts the university official. In the case of JMU, that official is Tenea Lowery, the adviser to all 11 multicultural fraternities and sororities on campus. Lowery said that the Pi Nu chapter members is in good standing with the national and regional directors. Applicants to the fraternity must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, have a total of 12 credit hours at JMU, as well as additional mandates set forth by Sigma’s national office. The fraternity

holds its members to a high standard and seeks to find men who will uphold the fraternity’s values, according to both Arnold and Lowery. Arnold said he remembers when the fraternity participated in various service programs that aided the Harrisonburg community, including the “Adopt-a-Highway” program, the Special Olympics and after-school mentoring programs at local elementary schools. He said many of these same programs would continue once the chapter is reactivated.

“We pattern ourselves as not being individuals. We are a part of the community.” Devenchi Arnold

Phi Beta Sigma alumnus

“Phi Beta Sigma development is devoted to being inclusive rather than exclusive,” Arnold said. “We pattern ourselves as not being individuals. We are a part of the community.” Although many social fraternities function for the same purpose — to bring people together — Phi Beta Sigma is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Members do not rush and the fraternity has a nonprofit business structure, which focuses on service more than social events. NPHC member organizations were established to improve their respective cultural communities, according to Lowery. By establishing themselves as nonprofits, these fraternities and sororities distinguish themselves as service organizations. Arnold said he wants to hold another interest meeting sometime this month, but has not yet decided on a specific date. For now, Lowery is the only representative for the fraternity on campus. All students interested in joining are directed to speak with her. Contact Sean Dolan at

By Georgina Buckley The Breeze

» Women’s studies major responds to Obenshain, see page 7 Kate Obenshain, former chairman of the Virginia republicans from 2003 to 2006 and regular Fox News contributor, had a radically different perspective on modern feminism. “My speech is not about feminism as a big, fat failure, but it is about the failures of feminism,” said Obenshain, current vice president of Young America’s Foundation. At the invitation of the JMU College Republicans, Obenshain gave a talk Wednesday about “The Failures of Feminism” to a packed room at ZaneShowker Hall. Emily Buck, a junior political science major and chairwoman of the College Republicans, was able to get Obenshain to speak on campus through the Claire Boothe Luce Policy Institute, an organization that promotes and supports conservative women and ideals. Buck faced significant adversity in advertising Obenshain’s talk. “Our posters were torn down, we received nasty emails, we got rude emails from alumni,” Buck said. “We were discriminated against for our beliefs from a campus that supposedly embraces tolerance and diversity.” Obenshain believes that radical feminism has led to a devaluation of marriage and motherhood, as well as increased abortion rates, sexual promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases. Freshman Amanda Miller was more open to Obenshain’s viewpoints. “I thought she did a really great job and I thought she hit a lot of really controversial points,” said Miller, a political science major and member of College Republicans. “I was glad that she could speak on a more conservative side and show people that there were two sides to feminism.” Obenshain has not always expressed such strong views regarding feminism. She said that the movement’s shift, tempered by her experiences as chairman and as a divorcée, have impacted her views. “At first I was completely opposed to the concept of feminism, but now I am opposed to what it has become,” Obenshain said.

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Former NBA star raises money for charity with golf tournament

Former NBA and college basketball star Ralph Sampson will be raising money for five charities with a celebrity gala and golf tournament May 19-20 in Harrisonburg. The gala will be held May 19 at the Holiday Inn and the golf tournament will take place May 20 at Heritage Oaks golf course. Sampson, a Harrisonburg native, has sent invitations to 60 athletes and coaches.

Jones to testify in front of grand jury

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Conservative Kate Obenshain said that feminism itself isn’t “a big, fat failure,” but she believes there are many failures within it.

Obenshain, whose brother is State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, said she holds the feminist movement responsible for sexual culture on college campuses nationwide, which she believes has turned men and women into sexual objects. “They have sought to convince women that they are the same as men,” Obenshain said. “But women don’t need and flourish with the one-night stand. That’s thanks to the feminist movement.” She was critical of the recent sexual harassment scandal at Yale University, in which a group of 16 women have filed a complaint against Yale under Title IX (which protects discrimination in educational programs or activities based on sex) in its handling of sexual harassment. The Department of Education is currently investigating the claims. “I think there is a vast overemphasis on gender discrimination and oppression in our schools,” Obenshain said. “We are steeped in a culture that says we have to be offended by perceived gender oppression.” Obenshain was also critical of what she perceives is the lack of assistance that conservative women get when they move onto college campuses. see speaker, page 5

Andrew Jones, 19, who allegedly infiltrated the JMU College of Republicans and stole students’ credit cards, will appear in front of a grand jury in Harrisonburg Circuit Court April 18 for one felony count of credit card theft and one of credit card fraud, according to online records. Jones, from Broadway, Va., had 46 charges dropped in Harrisonburg District Court in Thursday, including multiple counts of felony credit card forgery and misdemeanor, obtaining money by false pretenses, according to online records. Arizona

Passed Arizona bill allowing guns on campus

On Thursday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill to allow people to carry guns when walking or driving through campuses on public streets and sidewalks, according to The Christian Science Monitor. The original bill would have allowed guns to be carried in campus buildings, but was revised. The bill is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona. Arizona law dictates that each college and university can decide whether or not to allow guns on campus, but none of them currently do, the paper said. Blue Ridge Community College campuses are the only campuses in Virgina that currently allow guns to be carried on campus, according to CNN.


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“What do you think nice Christian girls feel getting onto campus and seeing the LGBT-whatever banner?” Obenshain asked. “These girls need support.” Obenshain said that on-campus health centers are really women’s centers. “They are busy handing out condoms and, on most campuses, are led by radical leftists,” Obenshain said. “They are highly ideological and they are peddling a specific liberal mindset under the guise of women’s health.” Obenshain said the hypocrisy of the feminist movement is that it defends only liberal women and

ideologies. She also said the feminist movement fails to address Sharia law, the religious law of Islam. According to Obenshain, Sharia law promotes violence against women and denies them rights. “I can’t think of a more obvious example of violence and oppression against women than Sharia law,” Obenshain said. “I would like to see them stand up and have the guts to say something is wrong there.” Miller said she agreed with Obenshain’s opinions on Sharia law. “I really liked how she talked about Sharia law and how she mentioned that feminists here

say nothing about women being oppressed in Middle Eastern countries,” Miller said. Obenshain closed her talk with words of encouragement to conservative women with conservative principles. Buck was taken aback by some sources of the animosity toward Obenshain’s visit to campus. “Some of the anger that we got was from LGBT students, and those are students who know what it’s like to face adversity, and they promote diversity,” Buck said. “We’re part of diversity, we just promote a different view.” CONTACT Georgina Buckley at

ROOP | Portrait of alumna unveiled from page 3

changes. She was president of the Richmond chapter of Madison College alumni, a member of the College Alumni Association Board of Directors and a charter member and co-founder of the James Madison Founders Society. “Presidents get lots of advice about how to run their universities,” Rose said. “Some of it is listened to, some of it isn’t. When I got a letter from Inez, I read it.” At the ceremony, Kennedy presented Rose with the last check to JMU from Roop and her husband. One word continually used to describe Roop was generosity. Based on stories shared by friends, family, business associates and fellow Board of Alumni members, Roop was generous not only with her finances, but also with her time and commitment to every student as well. “She cared no matter who people were or what they were,”

said Lynn Cothran, one of Roop’s relatives. Minnis Ridenour, former executive vice president for Virginia Tech and a family friend of the Roops, attended the ceremony. “Both Inez and Ralph were very generous with Tech, JMU and other organizations,” Ridenour said. His wife, Louise, added that Roop truly cared about the wellbeing of all students. “Inez loved young people,” she said. “She loved to meet students and wanted to know what they were doing, and what they were interested in.” After various speakers’ remarks at the ceremony, Kennedy was joined by Ashley Privott, executive director of the Alumni Association, and Joanne Carr, senior vice president of University Advancement, to unveil a portrait of Roop. The portrait, which used to hang beside one of Ralph in their

family home, will now hang in the Madison alumni great room of the Leeolou Alumni Center. “We thought the perfect place for her would be JMU,” Kennedy said. Derrick Payne, a member of the Alumni Association at the same time as Roop, said he fondly remembers her unique personality. “I wish other people could have the will and tenacity that she did,” Payne said. “It was fun to know her.” Roop’s legacy remains a part of this campus through scholarships, alumni service awards and the Roop building, all of which bear her name. As they exited the ceremony, guests were given s yearbook photos of Roop as mementos of the Madison matriarch. CONTACT Evi Fuelle at




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people rounded up projects in Harrisonburg, with some locations in Dayton and Waynesboro. The projects included trash pickup, weeding at local elementary schools, stream maintenance and cleaning at Cat’s Cradle. Seniors Andy Eblin and Cori Kendrick, co-founders of Madison Involved, started planning the event in September. “Madison Involved is an initiative to foster the relationship between the city and the university,” said Eblin, a media arts and design and history double major. “I wouldn’t say it’s a response to Springfest so much as an attempt to better the relationship.” While Eblin started Madison Involved and initially suggested the Big Event, senior political science major Kendrick joined his efforts as co-director and Student Government Association’s community affairs chair. Coordinators or iginally planned for approximately  students to attend. However, more than , students signed up to attend on Facebook. “It just goes to show how many students really care about our community considering an extra couple hundred of us showed up to help out,” said Megan Scheyder, a junior elementary education major. A group formed by Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity on campus, sorted through and priced large quantities of donations in the back of the Mercy House thrift store. “They are a great bunch of people and always do what I ask of them,” said Bob Kimbel,

supervisor of the Mercy House thrift store. “The people of Harrisonburg support JMU a lot. The community really appreciates their service.” Participants said one of the reasons they wanted to volunteer was to change perceptions associated with JMU students since last year’s Springfest riots. “This represents us better as a whole,” said Sarah Ibrahim, a junior studio art major. “There were students that ruined our reputation who didn’t even go to our school, so this is us building it back up.” Ibrahim said that physical acts of service are the best way to give back to the community. “I think it’s better than just a verbal ‘thank you,’ ” Ibrahim said. Of the $, spent on the Big Event, the directors personally contributed more than $. “If you consider the impact of the Big Event on such a small budget, I think it’s definitely worth noting. If I don’t get reimbursed for what I spent, then at least I invested it in something worthwhile,” Eblin said. Although both Eblin and Kendrick are graduating in May, they want be available to help members of the Big Event committee that will plan next year’s event. “Other than showing JMU students that there is a world outside the JMU bubble,” Kendrick said, “we would like to beat Tech with our numbers and show the Harrisonburg community that we’re not just the students they saw at Springfest.” CONTACT Natalie Dohner and Sallie Drumheller and at

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His platforms include easing the transportation worries next year, pursuing alcohol abuse reduction strategies and promoting sustainability on campus. If elected, Watral said he plans to improve the relationship between SGA and Harrisonburg. “It’s a long-standing ignored obligation of the Student Government Association to represent the student body at Harrisonburg Town Council meetings,” Watral said on his campaign website. He hopes to reduce alcohol abuse by creating resources allowing students to make smart choices instead of destructive ones. Even the name of the organization — Student Government Association — is something that Watral is looking to change. He wants it to better reflect his

view of the association as the representative of JMU students instead of a governing body. Fisher’s platform is similar, also emphasizing student involvement outside of SGA. The sophomore communication studies major’s platform includes “making SGA approachable to students” and taking feedback from students about what they want from SGA and seeing what can be changed. Fisher has mixed feelings about Watral, Ware, Douillard and Brown running as a group. “I understand where they are coming from with the ticket and I think it’s a great idea,” Fisher said, “but it is very stressful because the situation is kind of four against one.” Fisher’s competition, Douillard, is a newcomer to SGA. She was a friend of Watral’s who persuaded her to join his campaign ticket. “Through my experience

preparing for this position, I have learned how SGA has been and I am ready to help shape it to what it can be,” Douillard said on her website. Douillard’s platform includes improving the way T-shirts are distributed at Purple Out, including increased security to reduce the number of people cutting in line and ensuring that students are receiving only one shirt. She also wants to make the SGA vice president a co-leader with the head of the community affairs committee to plan the Big Event, in order to have the support of the executive council and the senate. Ware, a sophomore political science major, is running for reelection as executive treasurer and wants to increase funding for student organizations. Ware listed some activities she wants to bring to JMU, including a version of “The BIG Sale,” which is held annually at

Appalachian State University. Attendees sell items left at residence halls to raise money for green initiatives of four local nonprofits and a scholarship for ASU students. She said that SGA would host the event, but the selected charity has not been determined. Brown, a junior health sciences major, is running unopposed for student representative to the Board of Visitors. Brown wants to establish committees of representatives from different regions of campus like the Quad, Hillside and Skyline to actively embody the different organizations and types of students of JMU and help to communicate students’ voices. Elections take place Wednesday and Thursday. Students can cast their ballots at CONTACT Anne Elsea at

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Capitalism places consumers first

Contrary to Sean Dolan’s ‘Food coloring and capitalism’ column, profit-incentive system built on choice actually meets people’s needs >> To read Dolan’s column from March 28, visit BREEZEJMU.ORG. Last Monday, Sean Dolan’s article “Food coloring and capitalism” asserted that an unregulated market harms consumers. Dolan claimed that there was scientific evidence that artificial food coloring, like those in certain flavors of Yoplait yogurt, are carcinogenic and cause hyperactivity in children. The continued use of these additives in Yoplait products is, to him, proof that greedy capitalists would rather hurt their customers than lose revenue. The claim makes some sense. After all, capitalism is a system in which firms are judged almost exclusively on profit and their abilities to maximize revenue while minimizing cost. But to earn that revenue, you have to sell something people want, so when Dolan says profits are put before people, he’s got it backwards. Unlike state-run economies, a capitalist system obliges a person to enrich others before they

enrich themselves. That’s the beauty of the system: It turns individual greed into a mechanism for improving collective well-being. The food dye study in question ultimately did not find a single causal link between any one food dye and hyperactivity in children, although a correlation is suggested. Even if the results were conclusive in that study, they’d have to be repeated before they could be accepted. Dolan says Americans are less trusting of scientists than Europeans are, but perhaps for good reason. In , a study in The Lancet, a respected British medical journal, found a causal link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism. Vaccination rates dropped dramatically, resulting in some deaths and permanent injuries from mumps and measles, before further analysis revealed that the author had manipulated data and broken a variety of ethical codes. The study’s claim was bogus, but the harm was done, and a fear of vaccinations persists. Dolan’s strange paranoia with for-profit organizations is shared by many, and creates a climate in which people are willing to believe that a pharmaceutical company would knowingly poison its customers.

Whether it’s Big Pharma or Big Yogurt, they make their money because these companies provide products that people want to buy at a price they’re willing to pay. If the customer decides the enjoyment or benefit of the product outweighs the harm it can cause, then so be it. People make that choice all the time when they drive cars, drink alcoholic beverages and eat potato chips.

Regulation and an intrusive government’s role in the economy can inhibit the long-term improvement of goods. If we’re expected to put warning labels on everything that could conceivably hurt us, our world will be more littered with blocks of text than wordy introduction of “Star Wars.” In the modern information age, publicity protects us. Considering the media hype over bird flu, child predators and shark attacks, it probably overprotects us. Regulation and an intrusive government’s role in the economy can inhibit the long-term improvement of goods. People

want delicious things, but they also want healthy things. If the government had fewer restrictions on producers, more resources would be devoted toward improving consumer goods, and then real progress would be seen. Regulatory laws are suggested based on what benefit they will be to customers of current firms, but the regulations are often much harder for new businesses to work with, effectively discriminating against new firms. “Our competitor’s product causes cancer, ours doesn’t” is a pretty persuasive advertising campaign. So in an unregulated market, if the risk in Yoplait’s product is real and important to consumers, they’ll find themselves losing business quickly. It’s true that there are countless examples of products and companies claiming to be healthier than they actually are; or passively encouraging overconsumption; or boasting of “going green” to win publicity points without living up to their promises. Companies often highlight superficial benefits, while obscuring the negative consequences from the consumer — but is government any better? With a national debt of more than $ trillion, the Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., agreed to a

temporary budget compromise, pending the passage of a spending plan with $. billion in cuts. The cuts were called “painful” by President Obama as he celebrated the agreement, but if cutting about twotenths of one percent of the debt is painful, surely the country will collapse and die rather than solve its debt crisis. The government is as prone to boasting superficial accomplishments while downplaying serious problems as the private sector, if not more so. The “winners” in capitalism are those that profit the most. This means that in a capitalist system, we aspire to consume as much as we want while working as much as we want. People usually like to consume a lot and work only a little, but don’t you? Is that so wrong? Capitalism isn’t about profit, it’s about choice. Most of us don’t want to work harder than we have to; but we do work to afford the things we want to consume. That’s profit. That’s maximizing consumption while minimizing cost. When someone criticizes the capitalist system, they’re actually criticizing us. Lucas Wachob is a sophomore public policy & administration major. Contact Lucas at

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Fighting for feminism

I attended Kate Obenshain’s lecture on “The Failures of Feminism” with one question on my mind: What could this woman possibly have to say that would appeal to my fellow college students? I was severely disappointed as many young men and women, along with older women in the room, applauded and laughed at her dated, essentialist and homophobic arguments. All of Obenshain’s quotations, research and feminist knowledge stemmed from women like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, key voices in the second wave (s-s) of feminism brought about by the suffocating and unrealistic image of the s family: housewife, husband bread-winner and two obedient and smiling children. For women raised in these households like Friedan and Steinem, their arguments were contextually significant. Women should have a choice as to whether they would like to marry, to have children, to take on the unpaid, stay-at-home mom gig over a paid career. I doubt many women of my generation would argue that the ability to have the choice is one of value. But

Obenshain failed to mention the key word here: choice. If she is going to make an argument about how awful feminism is, I think she should look into what it currently represents and argue from third-wave feminists like Jessica Valenti or Inga Muscio. She also argued that a conservative Christian woman has nowhere and no one to turn to in the college environment — where she implied being “liberal” is forced onto students by welcoming “B, G, L, T whatever those letters are.” When InterVarsity, Cru, several Christian Greek organizations and just about every Christian denomination has a group that host thousands of JMU students, it’s pretty hard to argue that Madison Equality — the single student-run organization that caters to LGBT students — is a big threat to this hypothetical student. I will say I agree with Obenshain on one point: Thank you, feminism, for suffrage. Without you, I could not cast my vote on the candidate that is not Kate Obenshain. Leina’ala Robinson senior sociology major

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An “April-Fools-is-over” dart to my suitemates, whose holiday antics are still being found. From a prankster who loves the holiday, but is tired of finding your tricks a week later. A “get-on-the-road” dart to all the angry cyclists who don’t seem to understand that sidewalks are for pedestrians. From a headphone-wearing walker who doesn’t care if you’re on his right. A “you’re-a-rich-girl-andyou’ve-gone-too-far” pat to the art students blasting Hall & Oates and the Jackson  in the art studio at  a.m. on Thursday. From a fellow procrastinator who enjoyed the music from a floor below and needed the pick-me-up. An “I-only-let-my-shadowfollow-me” dart to the girl running half a foot behind me on the UREC track. From an aggravated runner who stopped on purpose, just to see if you would fall on top of her.

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A “someone-had-to-be-first” pat to the girl wearing the bikini on the Quad. From a senior who’s happy to know you’re keeping tradition alive. A “way-to-hang-in-there” pat to the seat-less bike that has been in front of ISAT for three years. From someone who admires persistence. A “thanks-for-bringing-backmy-childhood” pat to Mrs. Greens for serving corn dogs Tuesday night. From a girl who forgot the deliciousness of a hot dog on a stick. A “thanks-for-waiting-until-Igraduate” dart to Dining Services. From a senior who has wanted double-punches on weekends since freshman year. A “you’re-hotter-than-ever” pat to the boy who admitted to enjoying and appreciating romantic comedies in the midst of his buddies ridiculing him. From girls everywhere who appreciate your appreciation.

A “you-made-me-smile-ona-rainy-day” pat to University Program Board for throwing Madipalooza. From a proud Duke who loved everything from the live music to the free hot dogs to the mechanical bull. An “apparently-you-were-TOOcool-for-school” dart to the guy with the license plate “To Cool.” From a girl that decided to pay attention when learning grammar in elementary school and doesn’t think you’re cool. A “take-off-your-riot-gear” dart to the state police swarming around Harrisonburg this weekend. From a disappointed junior who thinks there are worse things going on in Virginia than rumors of college drinking. An “I-would-really-appreciateit” pat to anyone who may have found my gray, black and red scarf somewhere on campus and feels inclined to turn it into The Breeze. From a girl who is hitting herself over the head for losing her souvenir from Scotland.

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Re-examining JMU priorties Football is America’s rightfully deserved pastime. Even though baseball has assumed that title, the enthusiasm for the sport plummeted after last year’s World Series between the Giants and Rangers. The sport should give up the title to football. It is almost unpatriotic to not follow football, whether it is the National Football League or college football — both of which are becoming more popular. As college football becomes more competitive and important in the grand scheme of higher education, it is important to fully understand the relationship between education and athletics. A university is an institution of learning of the highest level. Basically, college is founded on the accumulation of knowledge. To phararase the Oxford English Dictionary, “sport” is an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and is often of a competitive nature. It is a safe assumption that sports and school are — at their basic level — contradictory. Athletic competition is based upon physical superiority, while academics are based upon intellectual superiority. Why would our society want to stress sports so in these institutions of learning when learning should be of main importance? College athletics are changing here at JMU on a rather large scale. Our university is undertaking what is perhaps one of the biggest projects this campus has ever seen in the name of athletics. According to the JMU Public Affairs website, the university is spending $ million on the new stadium. An upgraded stadium undoubtedly has a lot of appeal and the prospect of JMU

joining the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, but it raises questions about the university’s priorities. In addition, JMU is building University Park on Port Republic Road to house a new track, tennis courts, practice fields and other sports facilities. The appeal of a particular college is certainly weighed by their athletic prowess, but isn’t it odd that the focus of our school seems to be shifting from academics to athletics? Because of college sport popularity, a new debate has surfaced around whether it is a good idea to pay student athletes, and it’s quickly becoming a serious topic. This preposterous nature of paying students for their athletic commitments debases the notion of a university being the place of highest education. If student athletes could be paid, why couldn’t top intellectuals at universities be paid? Again, the focus is on sports. Paying players would raise tuition, make schools more selective and emphasize an aspect of school that should be second to academics. JMU should take a step back and look objectively at the ideas on the table. Colleges should be enthused about academics. Hiring more professors, building the school’s academic prestige and raising overall student GPA should be goals for our administration. Higher education should cater to American’s growing need for just that — higher education — and not athletic competition. Mat Cloak is a junior English and media arts & design double major. Contact Mat at

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Author explores rise and fall of depictions of women in pop culture

By Heather McNelis contributing writer

Feminist Susan Douglas said Wednesday night in the opening to her speech that she was competing with another speech — Kate Obenshain’s “The Failures of Feminism.” “But feminism is not a failure,” said Douglas, author of the book “The Rise of Enlightened Sexism: How Pop Culture Took Us from Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild.” Douglas spoke to approximately 100 audience members at the Festival Highlands room with a humorous approach to the issue of male and female equality. Pictures of characters from TV shows like “The Closer,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “24” flashed behind Douglas as she explained how these powerful women on screen are ahead of the feminists of the real world. Douglas attributed the misconception to the “girl power generation” that grew up thinking feminism was “old school” and that the “flirty girl power” movement was a new way for women to assert their equality. She referenced her daughter’s fourth-grade sleepovers, where the girls blasted songs by the Spice Girls, who claimed in their pop classics that if they weren’t treated well by men, they had no problem kicking their boyfriends to the curb. But the irony of the “Wannabe” singers’ claim to independence? They’re dancing half-naked, Douglas said. Some students appreciated the comparisons on display. It was a “new and interesting take on pop culture that I hadn’t heard much about before,” said Teresa Koski, a senior English major.

“I know there’s a stereotype about women hating men, but some actually like them.” Susan Douglas Feminist author

This movement, according to Douglas, made it OK for girls to be empowered and independent — but seemingly only if they were beautiful and submissive. “Women can do anything they want,” Douglas said, as long as they “conform to femininity and don’t want too much.” The women from “Bridezilla,” “Bridalplasty,” “My Super Sweet 16” and Snooki also flashed on screen during the presentation. Douglas used these pop culture figures as an example of women’s acceptance of their subordination. She stressed that these women and their ridiculous onscreen behavior aren’t OK to laugh at. But Douglas’ work was unfinished until she discussed one of the most difficult battles for a modern feminist — the stereotype of feminist women, who Douglas described as “shrill, overly aggressive, hairy, intentionally unattractive lesbians unwilling to bend or compromise.” She stressed that feminism does not have to come at the expense of others. “I know there’s a stereotype about women hating men, but some actually like them,” Douglas said. “Some of us even married them.” Audience members appreciated the humor and intent of her message. “I think it’s great she’s counteracting the ‘feminazi,’ ” said Suzy Wilson, a freshman history major, referring to the pejorative cast at many feminists. Douglas further supported her claim that equality has not been met by citing a 2007 study that found women make an average of 31 percent less than men and that half of all women earn approximately $27,000 a year. By the end of the program, many audience members came away with a deeper understanding about the representation of women in society. “I’m a pop culture junkie, so anytime I can connect these two things and still feel feminine is a really good thing,” said Courtney Hyde, a senior English major. Many audience members joined Douglas at her book signing after the program. Douglas is also the author of bestseller “Where the Girls Are” and “The Mommy Myth.” Contact Heather McNelis at

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Students celebrate at the Hillside lawn for JMU Fusions, an event designed to increase unity within the JMU community through games and icebreakers.

Despite low turnout, JMU Fusions brings students together for hour-long bonding event By Kelsey Peters and Madison Smith The Breeze, contributing writer

More than 17,000 people. Three hundred and fifty organizations. One JMU student body. At Hillside field this Friday, Student Ambassadors, University Outriggers and the Student Government Association hosted the first JMU Fusion, an attempt to make the 17,329 become one united community. To do this, the organizations collaborated to put together an hour-long set of games and icebreaker activities at Hillside field. Shauna Plesmid, a sophomore political science major, worked as a first-year orientation guide, and was impressed with the sense of unity she felt after Playfair, an activity at 1787 August Orientation her freshman year. Along with her partner, Ricky Buffington, a junior secondary education and English double major, she designed the event based upon that experience. “We want to fuse the JMU community together,” she said. The group of enthusiastic JMU students played simple childhood games in effort to allow different organizations to get to know each other. Plesmid emphasized that the event did not promoting any organization above another. “We’re not doing it for Ambassadors or Outriggers, this is coming from a JMU student to the community,” she said.

To advertise the event, Plesmid and Buffington made a Facebook event and the Student Ambassador Outreach committee sent out emails and wore signs around their necks with facts about JMU and the words “JMU Fusion.” Despite more than 700 people “attending” on Facebook, only about 70 people attended. “I know the rain was a damper and kept people from coming, but it was still a lot of fun,” said Jeff Alexander, a senior kinesiology major. Rashaunda Jackson, a senior public policy and administration major, said that one of the problems with having 350 organizations on campus is they do not often mix. “We create our own little bubbles inside our JMU bubble,” Jackson said. Fusion incorporated several different types of games for students from different organizations to interact with one another. The crowd favorite was the game “Standing Ovation.” In the game, a group of students form a circle and one student asks for a standing ovation. After asking for her standing ovation, the crowd lifted one of the attendants, Sarah Everett, and chanted, “J Maddy, J Maddy.” Everett, a junior theater major, is known for impersonating James Madison. Speaking as Madison, he said it reminded him of his boyhood. “In my day, this wasn’t something people did as adults,” Everett said in character. But she said this kind of event was important to

bond with one’s “country folk and countrymen.” Although Everett would not take part in the rest of the activities, the enthusiastic crowd played more games, such as “Shields and Assassins.” Sami Berkley, a sophomore biology major, appreciated getting to know new people through these childlike games. “I think it was a great way to break the ice between new organizations,” Berkley said. “And we had fun doing it.” While the event lasted only one hour, the spirit formed from the event was nowhere close to finishing at 4 p.m., according to Berkley. “You can see these people on campus,” Berkley said. “And not necessarily know their name, but you can always smile.” Berkley was not the only one who felt a new “fused” bond. “From coming to leaving, I feel closer to the people,” Alexander said. “And I think that was what the event was supposed to do.” Participants wrote notes on a signature wall to be displayed year-round to show the unity of JMU’s student body. Each year the signatures will grow as the event grows larger, according to Plesmid. “I would have been happy if three people came,” Plesmid said, “because those three would get the message.” Contact Kelsey Peters and Madison Smith at

Non profit club uses mochas, music to aid Africa By Kelsey Peters The Breeze

Skipping your morning mocha only two days a month can provide clean water for seven Africans for an entire year, according to a nonprofit called Mocha Club. Headquartered in Nashville, Mocha Club is an international nonprofit online organization that asks for $7 a month, or the amount of two mochas, and puts it toward providing sustainable solutions for the people of Africa. Amy Gwaltney, a senior media arts and design major, spent last summer as an intern for Mocha Club. She is now a Mocha Club representative for JMU and a member of the Clean Water project. Mocha Club has five different projects, which include orphan care and housing for vulnerable children, an initiative to provide clean water to Africans in poverty, an education program and a project to provide medicine and sexual education to those with HIV/ AIDS. Another program, “child mothers and women at risk,” helps to rehabilitate women who were forced into prostitution by offering counseling and a means of income. One of the reasons Gwaltney chose Mocha Club was that she gets to see the results of the money she sends through a monthly email specific to her project. “It’s something you look forward to,” Gwaltney said. “It’s not just something that is filling up your inbox.” The email includes a story, photos and sometimes some news regarding the Clean Water projects. “Sometimes it is sad, but sometimes it is uplifting to see the good you are doing,” she said. As seniors, Gwaltney and Jeremy Cherry, a senior media arts and design major, wanted to do all they could in their last year to bring the organization to JMU. “We would love to build up a solid JMU team,” Cherry said.

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Brightwork played at a benefit concert Wednesday night at Clementine Cafe for Mocha Club. “We are a band that wants to inspire social change,” said Brian Gurney guitarist for Brightwork. Brightwork played alongside performer Andrew Rohlk.

But since their time was limited, they decided to not make it an official JMU organization yet. Their biggest event in Harrisonburg took place Wednesday night — a cozy acoustic performance by Andrew Rohlk and Brightwork at Clementine Cafe. “It was good music with good people and for a good cause,” said Caitlin McDonald, a senior writing, rhetoric and technical communication major. The bands also encouraged the audience to sign up for Mocha Club. “We are a band that wants to inspire social change,” said Brian Gurney, guitarist for Brightwork and a senior media arts and design major. Gurney did not know about Mocha Club when he originally signed up to play, but after learning about it, he was happy to promote such a great cause. “It literally changes people’s lives,” Gurney said. Also at the event was fashioNABLE,

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a new project from Mocha Club that sells scarves. Gwaltney helped develop the program last summer. The scarves were handmade by prostitutes in Ethiopia. Selling the scarves gives them a sustainable alternative to provide for their families. “It gives them an income with dignity in their work,” Gwaltney said. 100 percent of the profit goes to the woman who made the scarf and the projects website,, features each woman’s story. Gwaltney showed a video to emphasize the need for help in the

countries of Africa and also to show that men, women and children suffering in Africa are people just like us. Unlike pity-seeking infomercials, Mocha Club’s promo video portrayed the joy of the people Mocha Club is helping. The music played to children playing soccer with a ball of trash and adults laughing despite living in impoverished locations. “Africa is so generalized,” Cherry said. “We need to see these people not just as statistics that need curing.” Cherry emphasized that while the people Mocha Club help are in poverty, they are not lacking in happiness. “We look at the people in Africa with pity, but Mocha Club wants to show the joy, the community the people have over there,” Gwaltney said. The club hopes to spread their sense of community, according to Cherry. “We are all one human race, one people,” Cherry said. “I know [Afrisee club, page 10


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MADIPALOOZA | Has hours of music, food from front

$ď™€ď˜š,ď˜šď˜šď˜š, with inspiration for the event was arising from a similar festival that takes place at Longwood University. After last year’s Springfest, the university was looking for a safe alternative through which people could enjoy live music and warm weather. Music was provided by nationally touring acts such as The Movement and Eric Hutchinson as well as a couple of DJs and a rapper. The Movement and Eric Hutchinson drew the largest crowds with many in the audience singing, clapping or dancing along to favorites. “I love that he’s just as good live as he in on his album,â€? said Rheanna Martino, a junior English major. F r e s h m a n D r e w Wa t t enjoyed The Movement, a reggae band with keyboards and occasional rap verses. The audience was particularly excited by songs like “Throwdownâ€? and “Mexico.â€? “They are incredible and rock hard,â€? Watt said. Jordan Miller, the singer and guitarist for The Movement, said after the show, “We like doing college gigs because the kids are really into it.â€?


Chelsea Custer, a junior communication studies major, was one of nearly 6,000 students who turned out for the Springfest alternative.

Local acts also performed during the six-hour event, with groups like Lights in the Fog and the Casey Cavanagh Band taking the stage. Cavanagh’s set opened the show, with the band’s music drawing an evergrowing audience as people arrived. “We were really excited to play with Eric Hutchinson,� said senior Shivani Bhatt, singer of Lights in the Fog. “I began listening to him as I was starting to write music and it was an honor to do a show with him.�

Washington, D.C.-based DJ Brenton Duvall finished out the night with a mix of pop, rap and electronic music that had the crowd dancing until the end. Inflatables such as obsticale course “Adrenaline Rush Extreme,� and a large slide named “Cliff Hanger,� maintained a consistent crowd lining up to relive childhood fun. There were a total of seven inflatables, as well as a mechanical bull and padded sumo wrestling outfits. “I enjoyed the ‘Adrenaline

Rush Extreme,’ � said Noel Edwards, a senior theatre major. “It was bigger than I expected and I was neck-and-neck with my friend while racing.� A wide variety free food options were offered, ranging from barbecue chicken sliders and nachos to funnel cake and hot dogs. Eating contests for hot dogs, pies and hot wings provided an outlet for those with a competitive nature, as well as a source of entertainment for onlookers. Raffle drawings awarded prizes of varied value, including several cameras and four iPads as the final giveaways. Other giveaways included free water bottles, cups and T-shirts with the Madipalooza logo. Madison Man, a masked hero donning a purple and gold outfit complete with cape, made an appearance as well “I’m here to ensure peace and tranquility occur on the JMU campus during the academic school year,� he said. Regarding plans for Madipalooza next year, Martin seemed optimistic. “ We’ re i n t e re s t e d i n doing it again,� she said. “People definitely want it.� CONTACT Oscar Jurado at

The Foos strike back By BRENDAN GILSENAN contributing writer

Wind back the clock. Dave Grohl and company have stepped back into the ď›œď™ ď™ ď˜šs. The Foo Fighters have teamed up with producer of Nirvana’s “Nevermind,â€? Butch Vig and recorded their latest release completely nondigital with analog equipment. Original guitarist Pat Smear is back in the fold, and Grohl’s former Nirvana band mate, bassist Krist Novoselic, makes a guest appearance. The result of all this nostalgia is “Wasting Light,â€? the band’s best release since ď›œď™ ď™ ď™ â€™s “There Is Nothing Left To Lose.â€? While the Foo Fighters have always been known for their radio hits, over time their music has become rather formulaic. Yet they’ve broken from this mold, trading in high-class designer pants for an old pair of tattered jeans. It’s classic Foo Fighters rock — loud guitars, memorable hooks, a bit of screaming and a lot of energy. Particular standouts are single “Ropeâ€? and Grohl’s Virginia hometown ode, “Arlandria.â€? The song most reminiscent of the group’s biggest hits from the â€˜ď™ ď˜šs is “Back & Forth,â€? which is poprock gold from beginning to end. Your mother is sure to loathe the balls-to-the-wall “White Limo.â€? But that’s all right as the song hearkens back to songs like “Weenie Beenieâ€? or “Enough Space,â€? when Grohl was constantly on his A-game.

Few parts still stink of cheese. Grohl’s vocal delivery of the album’s opening line comes across a little clichĂŠ, and the chorus of “These Daysâ€? is stereotypical of many a Foo’s chorus from the past decade. Fortunately, these are only bits and pieces, rather than entire songs. Things slow down a bit with “I Should Have Known,â€? but the intensity remains. “Wasting Lightâ€? is the Foo Fighters’ anti-ballad album. There is not one to be found, and there doesn’t even appear to be a single acoustic guitar on the entire album. On “Wasting Light,â€? the Foo Fighters balance their younger carefree approach with the maturity developed over the years. Strong backing vocals from those other than Grohl also add a new, exciting flavor to the band’s sound. Overall, it’s a cohesive record that leaves little temptation to skip tracks. In the standout album closer “Walk,â€? Grohl sings, “Learning to walk again / I believe I’ve waited long enough / Where do I begin? Learning to talk again / Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough? / Where do I begin?â€? An analogy for learning how to write a solid album again, perhaps? Probably not, but it applies pretty damn well. Regardless, can’t you see that we’ve waited long enough, Dave? But you’ve redeemed yourself. We can now forgive you for the past two mediocre albums. Apology accepted. CONTACT Brendan Gilsenan at

CLUB | ‘Still unofficial’ from page 9

cans] would do the same for me if I needed it.� Cherry and Gwaltney plan to take a mission trip to Ethiopia this summer, where they hope to see some of Mocha Club’s projects in action.

While the club is still unofficial, the online community is growing. This was the group’s last major event of the year, but the group will continue next year with new leaders. CONTACT Kelsey Peters at

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Football tackles spring fever in the offseason




Top Left Redshirt sophomore Jay Thorpe is returning from a knee bruise that kept him out for the majority of last season and is now battling for the starting quarterback position. BOTTOM LEFT Redshirt sophomore Lee Reynolds is set to play a bigger role in the Dukes’ offense after having only four carries for 16 yards and a touchdown last season. RIGHT Redshirt freshman linebacker Stephon Robertson returns to the Dukes after receiving Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year and being second on the team with 90 total tackles.

Stiff competition at the quarterback and tailback positions, unexpected losses, coaching changes are the talk of spring drills By Matt O’Toole The Breeze

With warmer weather on the horizon, the JMU football team is progressing through its spring regimen with scrimmages and afternoon practices. There are many questions facing a team that finished 6-5 last season, the biggest of which concerns the quarterback position and who will become next season’s starter. Let’s take a look at how spring ball is shaping up and what lies ahead for the 2011 Dukes.

Quarterback battle

Quarterback was a major issue last season, with senior Drew Dudzik failing to perform after the upset of Football Bowl Subdivision foe No. 13 Virginia Tech. With Dudzik graduating in May, the competition is more wide open than it has been in recent years and currently there is no assured candidate to win the starting position. “It’s really close,” head coach Mickey Matthews said. “The young guys are still learning the offense. I think Billy Cosh will do some good things. Jace [Edwards] redshirted last year and

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n Liberty University @ JMU

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he brings a lot to the table. The guy that’s going to win is the guy that makes first downs, moves the team, and is a competitive guy. We’ll give equal repetition and see how it works out.” Kansas State University transfer Billy Cosh, Fork Union Military Academy graduate Andre Coble and freshman Edwards are all in the mix to start under center for the debut of the renovated Bridgeforth Stadium. “Competition is always great at a position” Thorpe said. “It brings out the inner competitiveness in everybody. ‘The cream rises to the top,’ is what I always heard.” Redshirt sophomore Justin Thorpe was absent for almost the entire 2010 season with a bruised knee he sustained in the first half of JMU’s season opener against Morehead State University. He practiced in full pads on Wednesday for the first time this spring. Thorpe started in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2009, rushing 148 times for team highs of 654 yards and five touchdowns. He also went 82-for-145 through the air for 1,260 yards and six scores. Getting into rhythm this spring will be key if he wants the starting quarterback position. “Coaches know what I can do, and I know what I can do,”

Thorpe said. “I’m just trying to get back in the flow of football.” Cosh was the starter for the first spring scrimmage on Saturday, at Shenandoah University. “There’s not a preconceived idea on who we want to be the quarterback,” Matthews said.

Offensive playmakers

Quarterback isn’t the only position ending in question marks leading up to next season. After losing redshirt seniors Jamaal Sullivan and Griff Yancey to graduation and redshirt junior Scott Noble to a dismissal during the offseason, the Dukes will have new faces in the backfield. Among the competitors will be redshirt freshman Jordan Anderson, redshirt sophomore Lee Reynolds and freshman Dejor Simmons. Last season, these tailbacks had 20 rushes between them for JMU, but the talent level more than makes up for their lack of college football experience. Anderson was an All-Met running back for Westfield High School in Fairfax, which also produced Penn State running back Evan Royster. Simmons was first team see Football, page 12


Georgia State defeats JMU in weekend series

By Alex Van Rees The Breeze

The JMU Dukes were defeated by Georgia State University’s Panthers this weekend after going 1-2 on the threegame series at Eagle Field in Veterans Memorial Park. JMU fell to a 22-11 record and are 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association, moving the Dukes to second place in the conference standings behind Delaware, while the Panthers’ overall record is 25-9, holding fifth place in the conference with a 7-5 mark.

Game one

In game one, the Panthers quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after a couple of hits, a hit-bypitch and an error, which allowed two unearned runs to score. By the fifth inning, GSU tacked on three more runs. The Dukes chipped away at the Panthers’ lead in the sixth and seventh innings as they scored three runs after a couple of RBI singles, and were within two runs, trailing 6-4 heading into the eighth inning. Junior catcher Jake Lowery crushed his 17th home run of the season, leading off the eighth inning and signaling the JMU comeback. After a single by senior shortstop David Herbek and a walk to sophomore first baseman Matt Tenaglia, freshman Tyler McFarland singled to right, scoring Herbek to tie the score at 6-6. Freshman third baseman Conner Brown stepped up to the plate and laced a two-run double through the right side, putting the Dukes on top for the first time in the game with a score of 8-6. JMU added another run

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on a fielder’s choice RBI by junior leftfielder Ian Haynes, closing the game with a 9-6 win.

Game two

With a start similar to game one, the Panthers struck for five runs within the first three innings of game two, and quickly staked themselves to a 5-0 lead. Junior first baseman Brandon Williams blasted a solo home run in the first, and senior outfielder Ryan Fleming hit a two-run home run in the third. Shaban immediately responded with a leadoff home run in the bottom half of the inning. The Dukes managed to score one more run on an RBI single to left-center off the bat of Herbek, and trailed 5-2, but that was the closest they would be able to reach. The Panthers added three runs in the top of the sixth inning to increase their lead to 8-2 and then posted another three-spot in the eighth, lengthening their lead to 11-2. Herbek responded with an RBI single, scoring sophomore outfielder Cole McInturff in the eighth inning. Georgia State was not done as they put a five-spot on the board in their last at-bat. Three runs were courtesy of the second home run of the game for Fleming — this time a three-run shot. The Panthers took a 16-3 lead into the ninth and split the afternoon doubleheader to set up a rubber match in game three.

Game three

The Dukes entered the final game of the weekend series on Sunday with redemption in mind after the 16-3 loss.

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Senior starting pitcher Alex Valadja pitched five innings in game two of the weekend.

After a back-and-forth possession of the lead between the Dukes and the Panthers, JMU was finally able to break away in the seventh inning with a 6-5 lead. With an unscoring eighth inning, JMU’s outlook appeared to be good. At the top of the ninth however, Georgia State made its comeback. Senior shortstop Rob Lind hit a grand slam home run, giving the Panthers a

9-6 lead that the Dukes were unable to take back. The Dukes will be in action next on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as they host the Liberty University Flames at Eagle Field in Veterans Memorial Park. CONTACT Alex Van Rees at


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FOOTBALL | Despite setbacks, expectations are high for the 2011 season from page 11

All-Tidewater his senior year at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, along with being a nationally ranked sprinter. “I think we have some really good play-makers but I don’t know if there is one guy right now,” Matthews said.

Defensive domination

The  JMU defense was undoubtedly the backbone of the team, ranking second in the Colonial Athletic Association last season in total defense and scoring defense. It kept them in most games during the season, and the returning unit has the potential to be even better.

All of the linebackers will be returning for the  season including redshirt freshman Stephon Robertson, the reigning CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year. When asked about the defense’s progress since last year, Robertson was clear. “No question we can be better,” Robertson said. “We got a lot

of guys stepping up. We lost Ronnell [Brown], who was a big part of our defense. Jordan [Stanton] is stepping up and so is [Lamar] Middleton. I think we can be a lot better than last year.”

Coaching changes

Starting this season, Matthews has taken over the quarterback

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coaching role and is also calling the offensive plays. He has replaced Jeff Durden, who will keep his offensive coordinator role and will be the newly appointed tight-ends coach. “I really am enjoying it. I think we’re doing fine,” Matthews said. “We’re still very young offensively and that has tested my patience a little bit. I don’t care if you’re a first-year coach or been coaching for  years, it will test your patience.” Jeff Durden has been with the JMU football program since  and called the plays while former star quarterback Rodney Landers was under center for the Dukes. Asked if Durden has been enjoying his new role, Matthews said, “Oh yeah. He’s great. Coach Durden is a heck of a football coach. We just felt like we had to tweak our offense. We’re running a lot of the same plays, just trying to run them better. We have some new ideas so it’s all very positive.”

Unexpected departures

Several Dukes may not be allowed to return next season due to off-season charges placing their football careers at JMU in jeopardy. Junior safety Jonathan Rose and sophomore safety Peter Rose were indicted on a felony charge of malicious wounding by mob along with freshman wide receiver Anthony Rose, who was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit malicious wounding by mob. The three brothers remain suspended from all football-related

activities and it is uncertain whether they will play football at JMU again. Matthews said starting weak safety Jonathan Williams was dismissed from the team after he violated team policies. Williams was already facing assault charges stemming from the incident with the Rose brothers and then was arrested for public intoxication.


JMU has not reached the playoffs since , and with a new stadium, expectations to be back at the top will be higher than ever. They also will look to grab their second consecutive victory over the Atlantic Coast Conference when they travel to Chapel Hill and face University of North Carolina’s Tar Heels. “I think at JMU, the expectations are always going to be high in football,” Matthews said. “We recruit good players, we recruit them with the idea to play for championships here. They expect that, and as a coach, we demand a high level of expectancy around here. That’s nothing new to us.” The Dukes are coming off their first scrimmage of the season this weekend at Shenandoah University and will participate in “Dukes Tackle the State Capital” in Richmond for an open practice and scrimmage Saturday. Their final scrimmage will be April  once spring drills end. CONTACT Matt O’Toole at


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