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The office of annual giving revealed Tuesday that JMU has a low percentage of graduates donating to JMU, comparing other schools’ numbers.

Decrease in state funding means JMU needs alumni now more than ever By Jen Eyring The Breeze

When Taylor Schwalbach spoke with SGA on Tuesday about alumni donations, he split universities up into three categories: the good, the bad and the ugly. JMU was in the ugly. Schwalbach, assistant director of annual giving and ‘09 alumnus, said that although 97 percent of alumni say they would recommend JMU to another person, only seven percent of alumni give back to the university. Kelly Snow, director of annual giving, believes this disconnect stems from the perception that alumni don’t need to give back to the university because other people are already donating. “I think what a lot of people think is, ‘I don’t need to give because other people are giving,’ and if everyone thinks that way no one is going to give,” Snow said. William and Mary reports 23 percent of alumni give back and 11 percent of Virginia Tech alumni give back. Pat Watral, 2011-2012 SGA president, said he was disappointed to hear such a low number of alumni give back. “Frankly, it’s just embarrassing for a school that gives so much for students not to give back,” Watral said. Schwalbach said JMU is looking to private donations now more than ever because of a cut in state funding. State funding used to account for almost 50 percent of JMU’s annual budget, but that number has recently decreased to about 30 percent, he said. Snow said that because of the previously large amount of money JMU received from

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Taylor Schwalbach, assistant director of the office of annual giving, spoke to SGA members on Tuesday about starting to give back to JMU while they’re still here.

the state, they weren’t reaching out to alumni for money as frequently as they are now. To help with this lack of private funding, the office of annual giving is trying to encourage more students to give back before they even leave JMU, Snow said. Matt Klein, SGA president, said that small donations can help. “It will certainly be harder for some than it is for others, but every bit matters,” Klein said. “You can donate $5 — that’s a cup of coffee.” SGA members pointed out that one of the reasons many students don’t give back after

graduation is because they have a lot of debt, so they don’t feel like they have much money to give back. Schwalbach said JMU actually has a relatively low number of students who graduate with debt and that one of the main reasons they seek alumni donations is to be able to provide more students with scholarships. “A lot of what we do in my office in terms of fundraising is actually trying to stop [student debt],” Schwalbach said. Madison Forever, a program that gives JMU financial aid officers flexibility to help students in most need, has a scholarship fund supported by alumni donations. But other SGA members brought up the additional costs that many students face at JMU such as parking tickets and food costs. Schwalbach explained that most of students’ tuition money isn’t going to help the same organizations that alumni donations would. Alumni can choose which department or organization they would like to donate to. The office of annual giving also has a Madison Forever Fund supported by alumni donations. Snow said although it may be hard for some students to give back, she wants everyone to understand that the more funding the university has, the more it will benefit students. “I know everybody has many monetary commitments and it’s always a struggle to think about giving more,” Snow said. “The thing is, the more private support we have the more possibilities are opened to us.” Watral said he didn’t advocate for asking students for money while he was here see Alumni, page 4

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In polls, Republican Senate candidate George Allen is eight points behind Democratic opponent Tim Kaine, who visited on Saturday. By Josh Hahn The Breeze

Former Gov. George Allen stopped near JMU to rally support for one of the tightest Senate races this November. More than 30 local small business owners listened to Allen speak at the Rockingham County Administration Center yesterday for a small-business roundtable discussion with the Republican Senate candidate. Recent polls conducted by The Washington Post show Democratic challenger Tim Kaine has an eightpoint lead over Republican senatorial candidate George Allen. Allen’s visit to Harrisonburg came after Kaine spoke Saturday at the Rockingham County Courthouse. Kaine spoke to about 120 people, including many students. Kaine’s speech was student-centered, discussing college affordability and his “Two-By-Two” plan to help community college students with associate degrees have guaranteed acceptance to any public Virginia university. Allen spoke briefly at his event about topics related to small business leaders: cutting taxes, simplifying the tax code and compromise between political parties. He then opened the floor for business owners to ask questions. “To make our tax code more simple see Allen, page 4

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A green genetically engineered bunny glowed in the dark in Montpelier Hall on Tuesday. Geraldine Craig, associate professor and art department head at Kansas State University, addressed an audience of art students and professors, showing examples of art like this. Her lecture, “Why Materials Matter,” focused on how everyday materials can convey emotion and meaning to give a sensory experience to art. “Contemporary art portrays many current cultures with materials that help the viewer trust his or her senses with matter,” Craig said. “The viewer must consider the images of matter as equals, discovering familiarity through the invisibility.” Craig is well-known for her research in Hmong textile art, characterized by bold, geometric embroidered. Her work has been featured in art journals around the world, like the Journal of Modern Craft in 2009. She featured artists like Kara Walker, who uses silhouettes to portray slavery in the Antebellum Era, and Lee Bontacue, who welded steel frames on to recycled canvas to display 3-D black holes. Another feature was “Course of

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Guest lecturer Geraldine Craig showed unusual examples of contemporary art Tuesday.

Empire” by Allan Desouza, which uses trash as an installation, the artistic genre of 3-D works that transforms the perception of a space. Craig touched on many modern works and artists in multiple genres in the last 30 years, showing the diversity of contemporary art in its innovation and craftsmanship. “It’s great to learn about other types of art and artists because I do want to be an art teacher,” said Sarah Carney, a senior studio art and art education double major. “I enjoyed the lecture because I’m very interested in

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ceramics.” Suk Jin Choi is an assistant professor in the School of Art and Art History. Choi’s mixed-media installation, “Recollection,” embodies her passion in ceramics and use of traditional Korean surface techniques. In “Recollection,” Choi’s used small, abnormally shaped ceramic pieces colored with different shades of blue. Craig explaine d that “contemporar y art with materials focuses on memory, usually giving the viewer nostalgic feeling.” see Art, page 10

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CAIRO — The Libyan man who reportedly discovered former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hiding in a drainage pipe in his hometown died Tuesday after Gadhafi’s supporters kidnapped him. Fears rose immediately that his death would fuel rising tensions between proand anti-Gadhafi forces. Omran Shaban, a member of the Misratan brigades, died in a Paris hospital allegedly as a result of a bullet wound and torture he received after his kidnapping in July by militia members from the city of Bani Walid.

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UNITED NATIONS — Warning of a deepening rift between the West and the Muslim world after two weeks of anti-American violence, President Barack Obama used his annual U.N. address to urge Arab states to continue difficult political reforms without tolerating violence or curtailing free speech. As he defended his own record in the turbulent aftermath of the “Arab Spring” revolutions, Obama vowed Tuesday that the U.S. would “do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” He called for a

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Rescue center and shelter works toward increasing adoption, foster homes for cats during busy kitten season

The John C. Wells Planetarium and the Physics and Astronomy departments will host Phil Plait, an astronomer, author and professor tonight at 7 in the Wilson Hall auditorium. Plait will present his “2012: We’re All (Not) Going to Die!” program about the Mayan apocalypse and whether the world will end in December 2012. Plait’s television show, “Phil Plait’s Bad Universe” premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2010. The event is free. richmond

Romney, Obama to speak in tough Virginia cities

Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be campaigning in Virginia this week. Romney will attend an event in Fairfax County and President Barack Obama will campaign in Virginia Beach. Fairfax County, with 1.1 million residents, and Virginia Beach, with 442,000, are the state’s most populous areas, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Both candidates will appear where their parties lost in 2008. Obama carried Fairfax by 109,000 votes, while Republican John McCain won Virginia Beach by 1,400. This is Romney’s first campaign stop in Virginia in weeks. Recent Virginia polls show Obama slightly in the lead by about four points. Charlottesville

Huguely attorneys seek appeals in murder trial

George Huguely’s attorneys in the University of Virginia murder case are asking for an appeals court to overtern the jury’s decisions, according to NBC29. Huguely was a lacrosse player at UVa. His attorneys filed to appeal Tuesday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Huguely was convicted earlier this year in the May 2010 killing of Yeardley Love. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison in August. Love, 22, was also a lacrosse player for UVa. She was from Baltimore. Huguely has been transferred to state custody at the Powhatan Correctional Center, according to Larry Traylor, Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman.

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People may see kittens as loving companions, but one Harrisonburg shelter also sees them as a consistent problem. Cat’s Cradle, a cat rescue and shelter downtown, can comfortably fit up to 22 cats. It currently has about 20. People are giving more kittens to Cat’s Cradle because of the heavy cat breeding season between April and October, according to Matt Chan, adoption coordinator at Cat’s Cradle. To help more cats get adopted, Cat’s Cradle is having an adoption special this month. It includes spaying and neutering, all shots and deworming. Usually, the adoption fee is $100, but temporarily, cats cost $35 and kittens are $50. Chan explained that Cat’s Cradle isn’t trying to make a profit through the adoption fees. He estimates a loss of $100 on every cat they take care of. “It’s more to help a cat get a home so we can take more cats out of shelters and increase the speed of that cycle,” Chan said. Cat’s Cradle is supported solely by private donations and has a wish list for donations that includes scratching posts, cat and kitten food and small blankets. There is a jar on the front desk to place donations and they can also be made online. The shelter also works to prevent euthanization of cats. Pat Rosi started Cat’s Cradle in 1988 to provide a no-kill alternative for stray cats. Cat’s Cradle primarily works with cats because there aren’t many locations

that specifically shelter them. But Chan said larger cities are more efficient in dealing with this problem because there are more shelters and resources to encourage adoption. To help ease the issue in Harrisonburg, Cat’s Cradle takes part in a process called Trap, Neuter, Release to reduce unwanted litters and unnecessary euthanasia at shelters. TNR is when Cat’s Cradle trappers catch cats in order to have them Jordan Cmeyla / the breeze spayed or neutered before releasing Mowhawk (top) and Precious are two of around 20 cats that are currently living at them again. “One of our chief goals is to con- Cat’s Cradle. The organization is having an adoption special this month. stantly educate on the importance of spay and neuter so that we can are euthanized. which about 70 people are doing eliminate unwanted litters and In the past few years, Cat’s Cradle now, Chen said. unnecessary euthanasia,” Chan said. has coordinated 325 adoptions, Chan Cara Prodanovich, a public relations graduate student at JMU, has “In general, Virginia has a very high said. number of stray animals compared Laura Gravatt volunteers at Cat’s fostered for Cat’s Cradle for about a to places such as New York, where Cradle and is a student in a veteri- year and a half. She said she’s fostered they have a really good grasp on spay nary technician program at Blue Ridge so many cats, she’s lost count. and neuter.” Community College. She said adoptShe thinks fostering is an easy way ing doesn’t just benefit one specific for JMU students to decrease the num“When you adopt, you’re cat. ber of stray cats on the street. “When you adopt, you’re really sav“The little kittens have grown on really saving two lives: ing two lives: the cat you’re adopting me,” Prodanovich said. “I just wantthe cat you’re adopting and another cat from the pound,” Gra- ed the fun of a pet without the entire vatt said. responsibility. Cats are a lot easier and another cat from the Gravatt said her favorite part about [than dogs], especially being a stupound.“ working at Cat’s Cradle is seeing cats dent. You’re always in and out, and find a good home, and helping them you don’t know when your hours are Laura Gravatt adapt to a better environment. going to be.” volunteer at Cat’s Cradle “Fostering for a special needs cat People who foster can keep the cats was great, especially watching him until they’re adopted but have to go learn,” Gravatt said. “When he got through an application process before his eyes removed he was lethargic doing so. JMU students can help out According to the American Soci- and really scared of everything, but by volunteering at Cat’s Cradle, fosety for the Prevention of Cruelty to he became more comfortable over tering, making donations or buying Animals, there are about 5 million time.” specific products on the cat wish list. to 7 million animals entering animal If someone doesn’t want to comshelters nationwide every year, and mit to adopting a cat, Cat’s Cradle Contact Kelsey Beckett at approximately 3 million to 4 million also allows people to foster cats, becketka@dukes.jmu.edu.


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allen | Nearly 3,500 people work in small downtown businesses from front

and competitive and reduce the worst-in-the-world tax rate of 35 percent to better than the international average of 20 percent — that alone would help create over 500,00 jobs a year,” Allen said. Jerry Scripture, owner of home designer business Scripture Communities, said Allen’s speech resonated with him. He understands that some regulation is needed for small businesses, but too much hurts owners like himself. Some regulations discussed include $500 fines for overflowing trash cans and farming permits up to $30,000. But Scripture thinks Allen can fix that problem. “George is committed to creating a business-friendly environment, especially for small business,” Scripture said. “I think he’s committed to meaningful regulation, but he’s also mindful of the harm that you can do with harmful regulation.” Using the United States’ own natural resources, like allowing states to drill for oil, was another issue the audience proposed. Allen said his economic and job-growth plan also concerned energy. “America is blessed with the most energy resources of any country in the world,” Allen said. “My goodness, let’s utilize our American energy resources.” Scott Davidson, owner of Campus Cookies, didn’t attend the event, but he wants

whichever elected candidate to invest time into helping businesses like his improve. “It’s anything they can do to support and help small businesses to get to the next step, whether it’s helping them taking on a new location or hiring new employees,” Davidson said. Allen also spoke about how current economic policies affect students, although few, if any, students attended the event. “You look at young people right now, and these policies aren’t working for them,” Allen said. “A third of young people graduating from college these days move back home.” Allen said his oldest daughter, a JMU alumna, was one of the people affected by the economy when she initially had to move back home after graduation. Despite the shrinking of the national economy, Harrisonburg’s is on the rise, according to Eddie Bumbaugh, executive director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. Bumbaugh didn’t attend the event but hopes small businesses will keep growing regardless of the election’s outcome. “Even though nationwide small businesses have had challenges, there’s actually been a net increase in businesses in downtown Harrisonburg,” he said, addressing the recession that began in 2008 that’s hurt businesses across the U.S. Bumbaugh said downtown revitalization is a high priority

for his organization. He added that nearly 3,500 people work in downtown Harrisonburg in small businesses, nonprofits and restaurants. The 26 restaurants in that area are main employers, Bumbaugh said. In his opening remarks, Allen stressed the importance of working across party lines and pointed to his record as governor who worked with a Democratic legislature. “We reduced taxes, made regulations reasonable, grew college tuition to make it more affordable,” Allen said. “We worked together and got it done, and net 300,00 jobs were created in those four years.” Bumbaugh said the election shouldn’t be about partisan interests. “ There’s opportunity, regardless of who is in office, where we can work for the common good for small businesses and families,” Bumbaugh said. “I don’t see any benefits to some of the strong language and blame and accusations that characterize national politics. I would like for the public and politicians to step forward and work as a team.” He used Harrisonburg’s City Council as an example. “City Council is definitely supportive of small businesses, regardless of party,” Bumbaugh said. “Government and small businesses have always worked together to benefit downtown revitalization.” Contact Joshua Hahn at hahnja@dukes.jmu.edu.

Controlling cravings

Melanie Jatsek spoke to about 50 students on Tuesday at Grafton-Stovall Theatre about making healthy choices when eating at college. She had attendants pledge not to limit their food intake but to think and make healthy choices. She emphasized that if students cut foods out of their diet, it will make them gain weight in the end because they would end up binge-eating.

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because he felt there were other ways to build that community. He explained that many students don’t respond well to a broad campaign but if they are told specifically where their money is going, they’re more likely to donate. Jacob Mosser, SGA’s student representative to the Board of Visitors, agreed with Watral but thinks there’s something to be said about giving some sort of support while you’re here. “I think it’s a positive thing,” Mosser said. “Asking students to take $5, take $10, and make that donation.” Klein said he thinks that it’s important for SGA members to be aware of the problem. He added he would be happy to donate money to JMU while he’s still a student here and he thinks that other students should as well. “If they donated in the past while they were students, they’re a lot more likely to donate in the future when they are alumni,” Klein said.

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Snow believes most students are already very philanthropic and she wants to show them they can help JMU, too. “Our student body really believes in giving back,” Snow said. “I just think it’s a matter of helping them understand that JMU is another place they can give back to.” One of the main goals Schwalbach has for the future is creating a culture of giving back that will stay with students even after they leave JMU. “There’s gotta be something here that we can start to generate on campus that not only makes it an active and participating part of the culture of JMU but then it transfers to when we become alumni,” Schwalbach said. To help encourage more alumni to become part of this culture, President Jon Alger has been extending his listening tour events into other states to reach out to more alumni. On Sept. 13 Alger visited alumni in northern Virginia and on Sept. 19 and 20 spoke

with alumni in Portola Valley and San Francisco in California about why JMU matters to them. Snow said annual giving has already seen an increase in donations. “We started off the year pretty well,” she said. “Our annual fund is about $100,000 ahead of where we were from last year. I think with going off the momentum of some of these listening tours, we’ll continue to see success.” SGA also plans to reach out to alumni through different events it will host throughout the year. Watral said he donated $50 to JMU his last week here and he plans to donate more in the future, even if he can’t give much. “I’m currently not a millionaire, and I don’t anticipate being one,” Watral said. “So my name might not be on the side of a building, but I’ll give what I can.” Contact Jen Eyring at breezenews@gmail.com.


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A week-old baby panda no bigger than a stick of butter died at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The official cause of death is still unclear, but the initial necropsy said there was fluid in the abdomen and some liver damage. Only four zoos in the United States actually have panda enclosures, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper reported that borrowing a panda for a year from China costs about $ million. That doesn’t include habitat upkeep, research requirements made by federal import permits and the basic care of animals. Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo, said that over three years, the Washington, Atlanta, Memphis and San Diego Zoos spent $ million more than they received in revenue for their pandas. Zoos, like colleges, are just businesses. Their main focus is to keep their animals safe and content, but they also need money to function. It has reached the point that some zoos take shortcuts to support themselves. The vice president of Animal Care at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio said the zoo uses mirrors in the flamingo exhibit, according to the Columbia Monthly. These mirrors not only made the enclosure less costly but also make the flamingos believe they were kept in a bigger space than they were. Similarly, in Rob Laidlaw’s book “Wild Things in Captivity,” he talks about research of elephant enclosures in zoos. The habitats were found to be , times smaller than animals’ natural one. Animals also act unusually

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A “way-to-pop-my-bubble” dart to whoever staple-gunned my bike tire in Hunters Ridge for ruining my Monday. From a girl who is thankful her roomie was willing to jump out of the shower and drive her to class. A “turn-that-frown-upsidedown” pat to all the amazing Harrisonburg bus drivers for smiling when passengers get on and off the bus. From a stressed student who appreciated the positive attitude the bus drivers constantly show, rain or shine, night or day. A “thank-you-for-making-myday” pat to the students jamming outside Spotswood on Monday. From a student who just sat through an hour of French and was thankful to hear a talented version

Sunday, the facts don’t lie: Financial issues and animal issues go hand in hand. It’s time for zoos to re-evaluate their priorities and remember the values they’re founded on: animal protection, education and preservation. Jessie Doyle is a freshman biotechnology major. Contact her at doyle2jm@dukes.jmu.edu.

of “Call Me Maybe.” A “stay-awesome” pat to the guy I talked to on the bus who wants to work for the Special Olympics. From a girl who has met only a handful of genuinely caring people and needed to be reminded they’re still out there. An “is-this-the-headbangersball?” dart to D-Hall for blasting rock music at  a.m. From a senior who goes not for the raging but for the peace and quiet to study while eating breakfast. A “Footlocker-called” dart to the replacement refs who singlehandedly determined the outcome of the Packers-Seahawks game with their unbelievable and outrageous calls. From a Pats fan whose jaw dropped at your calls more times than Rodgers was sacked. A “get-off-your-Huffy-andsolve-a-crime” dart to the bike cop who wrote up my friend. From a senior who knows that your time would be much better spent on the  block of Devon Lane.

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Every time I hear people talking about this whole birth control issue and how President Barack Obama is making insurance companies and businesses provide free access to contraceptives, I start thinking: Why is this such a big deal? Birth control and other contraceptives are preventative forms of medication that give women options regarding sex and having children. It should be no different than men being able to obtain Viagra subsidized through insurance. Companies, organization and churches (especially the ones that provide health benefits) should be responsible for providing affordable birth control options for not only lower income families, but any individuals who can’t afford other options. The prime aggressor toward this policy has been religion. It goes against Catholicism and other religions for a woman to use birth control as a method of contraception. The line that separates church and state has not always been clear, but in this recent controversy, the requirement to provide birth control and other contraception has made that line almost disappear completely. In The New York Times article “Obama Shift on Providing Contraception Splits Critics,” Laurie Goodstein discloses that Obama’s

An “I-just-want-to-thankyou” pat to the guys who saw me waiting for a parking spot by Festival and didn’t steal it just because they were closer. From a grateful senior who knows how tempting it must have been and truly appreciates you being gentlemen. An “I-see-your-true-colors” dart to the girl who tweeted a picture of a fellow student calling her an Oompa Loompa. From an upperclassman who thinks you should’ve learned by now that this school sticks together. A “thank-God-we-love-eachother” pat to the First Year Involvement program advisers. From a fellow PA who believes snaps are the only reason we make it through our late-night staff meetings. An “I-wish-I-could-upgradeya” dart to the JMU bus app for being wrong. From two seniors who looked like freshman when they took a shameful bus ride. A “get-your-facts-straight” dart to the freshmen girls in HHS

The line that separates church and state has not always been clear, but in this recent controversy, the requirement to provide birth control and other contraception has made that line almost disappear completely.

original plan required only “that parishes and houses of worship would be exempted from the requirement, but that other religiously affiliated employers, like Catholic hospitals and universities, would still have to pay for the coverage. But this was still too much for the Catholic church, which led to a compromise that religious institutions wouldn’t have to cover birth control at all or even refer their employees. Instead, the insurance company would cover the cost directly. That sounds fair. While I think it’s see CONTROL, page 7

 for putting down “Trashby” on your off-campus living search. From a student who didn’t want you to live there anyway. A “sorry-for-being-nice” dart to the guy who gave me a weird look when I picked up his jacket off the floor. From a fellow Duke who thought everyone here knew how to say ‘thank you.’ A “crikey!” dart to the kangaroo and her joey that won eight straight games of beer pong at a party last weekend. From a bystander who wanted to see the panda and her cub win at least one game but had respect for the legendary performance. A “what-garden-are-youpicking-from?” dart to Let’s Go Local for serving frozen corn in September. From a girl who knows corn isn’t in season and doesn’t want the canned stuff. A “don’t-forget-your-croakies” dart to frat stars. From a GDI who loves watching you parade around in pastels and backwards white snap backs.

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CONTROL | Serious medicine

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Take advantage, stay covered As we get into the swing of things in a new semester, I’m grateful to be back on campus, taking interesting classes and hanging out with my friends. But one thing I’m grateful for that many take for granted is my health insurance and the fact that over the summer the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, allowing me to stay on my parents’ insurance until the age of  so I’m covered if disaster strikes. Young adults are commonly referred to as young invincibles because we think we are just that — invincible. The truth is, accidents happen to everyone and no one ever knows for sure when they might occur. Young adults have the

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Young adults are commonly referred to as young invincibles because we think we are just that — invincible. The truth is, accidents happen to everyone and no one ever knows for sure when they might occur.

highest rate of injury-related emergency department visits among all age groups, according to Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit that focuses on

health care. Fifteen percent of young Americans have a chronic condition. Nearly one in  of us report having a mental health condition. Young adults need health care, which means we need health insurance. The good news is that getting health insurance is easy for young adults. When Congress created the ACA, it knew that students have a lot to worry about when they graduate, like getting a job or paying student loans, but health insurance shouldn’t be one of them. In the two years since the ACA became law, nearly three million young adults have gotten health insurance. So to everyone here at JMU, I recommend to get with the trend, talk to your parents and be among the next million to get covered. Ashleigh Crocker

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important to respect other people’s opinion — in this case the historical disagreement of birth control within religion — I still feel strongly that it should be covered some way or another. There are still many issues with this plan, but isn’t that how compromise works? Everyone gets a little of what they want. I take birth control not only for preventing pregnancy, but also for the hormones. Birth control helps with my acne,

If your job provides health benefits, contraception should be part of those benefits. and other psychological and physical needs. Not just PMS. Birth control is a serious medication that has other inherent benefits other than just preventing me from

getting pregnant; it’s a serious medicine that should be subsidized by the government. I think a fair compromise would be that these organizations, companies and churches provide discounted, not necessarily free contraception, to those who need or ask for it. If your job provides health benefits, contraception should be part of those benefits. Kelsey Wadsworth is a senior communications major. Contact Kelsey at wadswoka@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Farmers Market how-to Advice on what to buy, avoid and who to talk to The Farmers Market can be an intimidating place. Before I started going, I thought it was too expensive and confusing. I pictured a crowded place filled with older people who would be aggravated by all my questions. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The market is a place where the community gathers to celebrate the hard work of local small-scale farmers and the fresh products they bring each week. Still, you have to keep a few things in mind.

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Pony (right), played by senior Ross Neal, consoles Jeff, played by senior Mike Swan, in the mainstage production of “subUrbia.” It runs through Sunday.

R-rated youth Raunchy script, grunge set aim to relate to students

1. Pay attention to whether produce is priced by weight or quantity. This can make a

huge difference on the actual price you’ll pay. Green beans might cost $3.50 per pound, but two huge handfuls of green beans usually weigh less than one pound.

2. Wait for a surplus.

Too much of any one items will result in the best prices and bulk discounts. Usually, you’ll see things like tomatoes, potatoes, onions and carrots packaged like this.

3. Avoid pricey seasonal products. While it’s fun to buy

seasonal products like apple cider or apple butter, these items will drain your wallet. One jar of apple butter can cost somewhere around $7. Time and effort put into these products are reflected in the cost.

4. Only bring what you want to spend. This way,

when you’re tempted to splurge or have to choose between two things, your dwindling cash will be a reminder to pick wisely. You’ll avoid extra fees in ATMs or in converting to the farmers market currency.

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5. Save some things for the grocery store. Some

things are just better to buy elsewhere, like herbs and bread. Dried herbs found in the store will be cheaper and last longer than the fresh ones you’ll find at the market. Bread is typically priced around $4 a loaf at the market, but you can find it for $2 in a grocery store. The Friendly City Co-Op on Wolfe Street is a good option if you want to buy local.

6. Talk with the farmer.

If you don’t know how to cook something, just ask. It’s how I learned some valuable cooking tips. One thing I learned is to microwave butternut squash for 15 seconds to make the peeling process faster. Farmers also have really good recipes. Nu Beginning’s Farm sells quail eggs, which seemed really scary to me at first, but the owner told me that they make really good frittatas.

By Kelsey Nunn The Breeze

With a provocative script full of fourletter words, “subUrbia” is targeting Generation X. The play, which runs through Sunday afternoon at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, tells the story of a group of 20-somethings who hang out by a local convenience store. When an old friend of theirs, now a successful rock star, returns to the small suburban town, they begin to contemplate what they each want to do with their lives. “This one is really vulgar,” said

Francisco Almenara-Dumur, a freshman school of media arts and design-declared major. “It’s a lot easier to understand the teenagers and young adults. It’s more real than all of the other plays that I’ve seen.” Sooze, played by junior theater and dance major Katie Bianchi, introduces herself with a raunchy performance art monologue where she figuratively curses all men. “It’s meant to be provocative in numerous ways, but I think it’s the best way to start the show for me,” Bianchi said. The set depicts a 7-Eleven parking

lot, complete with scattered beer cans, empty pizza boxes and paved parking spaces. The actors climb on the Dumpster, the roof and onto the pay phone throughout the course of the play. “I actually felt like I was there at the 7-Eleven,” said Will Sandish, a freshman SMAD-declared major who attended the performance Tuesday night. All the characters are college-aged, making them relatable to students in the audience. “I think there are a lot of themes to see play, page 10

tv preview

Fall lineup brings back the ’90s Broadcast comedies feel like a blast from the past, shifting focus to more conventional themes

By Jeff Wade The Breeze

Throw on your flannel and crank that Nirvana, because this fall season of television seems desperate to capture the spirit of the ’90s. After a decade of single-camera comedies and experimental fare, the story of this season’s fall crop of shows is one focused on more wideappealing comedies. Spurred by the dominance of hits like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family,” broadcast networks are going more mainstream than ever. The result is a batch of shows that highlight family and recognizable stars to fuel the DeLorean to the 88 m.p.h needed to go back to the future. But while this season’s slate of comedies feels a bit oldfashioned, there are still a few standouts.

“Ben and Kate” Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX “Ben and Kate” does a great job of proving that having solid fundamentals means you don’t need gimmicks, if it’s well executed. Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson play the title siblings. Ben Fox is a whirlwind bachelor with no attachments who’s never really grown up, while Kate’s unplanned pregnancy forced her to. Both share a tight bond from their largely parentless childhood and aim to avoid that for Kate’s daughter, Maddie. Faxon gives his all to the material and his energy propels the character forward, keeping him full of likability without being obnoxious. Johnson similarly nails see TV, page 10

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Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson star as siblings in “Ben and Kate,” FOX’s new fall comedy about strong bonds found in unconventional families.

7. Have a good time. The

market is a great place to meet your friends for breakfast and connect with the community. A breakfast sandwich from J & L Green Farm with a cup of coffee from Grains of Sense is a perfect way to start the morning.

The market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. After Thanksgiving, it transitions to winter hours and is only open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Emily Winters is a senior of media arts & design and sociology double major. Contact her at winterer@dukes.jmu.edu.

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‘Babel’ starts strong but ends in confusion Mumford & Sons album strays from acoustics, crumbles with comotion of electric guitar By Michael Gears contributing writer

Mumford & Sons couldn’t have picked a better time of the year to release their sophomore record, “Babel.” Mumford & Sons

Babel 

Released Sept. 25

As the Shenandoah Valley changes to deep hues of red and orange and folk music is in the air, “Babel” comes just in time. Lend your ears to Marcus Mumford and his band will carry you through a collection of the saddest love songs you’ve heard all year. The band’s evangelical roots are evident through naming the album “Babel,” referencing the biblical tower, constructed so tall that its top scratched the heavens. That ambition is mirrored as the band is tasked to mimic the four-time platinum debut “Sigh No More.” Unfortunately, “Babel” fails to live up to its predecessor. The album begins with

the title track which is a near perfect banjo blazin’ jam. It sets the mood of the album and emphasizes the theme of love and pain. Lead single “I Will Wait” is the most upbeat song and has the kind of chorus that gets stuck in your head for days. It’s evident in this album — and particularly this track ­— that Mumford & Sons is writing songs that will shine during live performances, where they’re at their best. Mumford & Sons is noted for their exceptional live shows, as shown in its 2011 Grammy performance. The songs on “Babel” will also allow the English band to expand on their live hoedown-jam sessions and let Marcus belt out tracks with his rock star voice. The album gets stuck in a rut though, repeatedly delivering songs with the emotional pain of a broken heart. “So watch the world tear us apart. A stoic mind and a bleeding heart,” Marcus sings in “Reminder.” He constantly plays the

hopeless romantic in songs which attempt to build slowly, yet fail to peak to any substantial folk-rock anthem. Listeners will zone out in the later half of the album. The band simply can’t package the live experience they’re credited for into this second record.

“Lend your ears to Marcus Mumford and his band will carry you through a collection of the saddest love songs you’ve heard all year.”

The track “Below my Feet” introduces an unwelcomed electric guitar element (many will be looking for growth from this band on “Babel,” but many fans will be turned off by even the smallest sway from acoustic strings).

Lyrics from the final track “Not with Haste” sums up these last songs well, like “I have no strength from which to speak, when you sit me down and see I’m weak.” Their slow songs with hollow lyrics designed to feature the talent and quality of Marcus’ voice. He undoubtedly has one of the best voices within his genre. However, his voice alone can’t carry this album and make it a classic. Overall, “Babel” is an easy listening album with a twang and makes a great companion to your glass of cider. No giant creative leaps are made in “Babel” and listeners receive more of the same blend of acoustics and folk-style vocals that was seen their debut “Sigh No More.” This album expands Mumford’s base for quality songs, yet inconsistent clarity and a lack of standout tracks prevents the record from becoming memorable. Michael Gears is the business manager and a DJ for WXJM. Contact Michael at gearsmt@dukes.jmu.edu.

Tv | ‘Mindy Project’ reflects ‘The Office’ humor from page 9

the balance between being a comic foil without becoming annoying. Both squeeze out enough laughs in the first episode that it’s a surprise that this is the first leading TV role for either. Echo Kellum and Lucy Punch round out the cast as longtime friends, providing a little extra sweetness and bite respectively. Its world already feels lived in, and, like “How I Met Your Mother,” suggests a rich history and backstory for its characters ripe for revisiting.

And for the heavy lifting a pilot episode needs to do, “Ben and Kate” handles it with ease, causing it to edge out its slight competition for best comedy pilot of the fall. How ’90s is it? That cute kid is one step away from a “You got it, dude.”

“Go On” Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC NBC’s comedies have been running since the Olympics ended in August, offering a chance to comment based on

something more than the first episode. Several episodes in, Matthew Perry’s most recent sitcom has settled into its “Community” — but less weird — structure fairly comfortably. It still isn’t sure of how to reconcile its premise of characters assembled for grief counseling with how and when to play for laughs. And while the first four episodes suggest several different directions, it doesn’t stick with any particular one. But the cast has a deep bench of talent and is finally coming into its own, with Brett Gelman and Seth Morris standing out. A little counseling and “Go On” might be able to rehabilitate itself just yet. How ’90s is it? Chandler Bing.

“The Mindy Project” Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on FOX Mindy Kaling left her job at “The Office” but she hasn’t wasted much time finding a new one. Kaling plays an OB/GYN in her early 30s who shares her name, as well as Kaling calling cards like fixations on romantic comedies and a healthy amount of neurosis. The self-awareness helps the love triangle between Mindy and British casual fling Jeremey Reed (Ed Weeks) and seemingly incompatible Springsteen acolyte Danny Castellano (Chris Messina). While it doesn’t sidestep all of the pitfalls associated with that set up, “Mindy” should be pretty familiar to fans of Kaling’s time on “The Office.” Mindy isn’t a clean break from Kelly Kapoor, but she does retain sharp humor from her “Office” scripts. Yet the cast sprawls out a little too much. As nice as it is for veteran character actor Stephen Tobolowsky to have

a hopefully permanent home, the rush to set everything up is a little exhausting. “Mindy” is smartly paired up with “The New Girl” on Tuesday nights. That show improved dramatically when it let the rest of the cast into the limelight, and hopefully Kaling can continue to expand her show to realize its potential. How ’90s is it? While it’s pretty modern and aggressively weird at points, it does remind people that Meg Ryan exists.

“The Neighbors” Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC Every decade gets the alien sitcom they deserve. The ’70s had “Mork & Mindy,” the ’80s had “Alf,” the ’90s, “Third Rock From the Sun.” Right on schedule, it’s time for “The Neighbors” to invade unsuspecting audiences. A New Jersey family and their accent moves into a new gated community only to find out that the neighbors are a little alien. Because they’re extraterrestrials. Get it? The joke is that suburbs are weird. And that aliens do alien things like aliens. Like be in spaceships and stuff. The one joke premise wears itself out in record time and feels subDisney Channel in execution. ABC has been cultivating much sharper comedies in the last year. “Happy Endings” has come into its own and the spring premiere of “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23” shows a taste for more biting fare than just “Modern Family.” “The Neighbors” isn’t even in the orbit of quality and hopefully will crash and burn very soon. How ’90s is it? Men in Black gated communities. Contact Jeff Wade at breezepress@gmail.com.

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Craig encouraged the audience to go out and observe these artworks instead of just seeing them on a PowerPoint. The best way to observe artwork with objects, according to Craig, is to go up to it and touch it. “I love modern art that uses materials, because I love the visual pleasure and it excites my imagination,” Craig said. “Your emotions and your thoughts come into play.” Craig also elaborated on the increased use of technology in modern art, with artists using emotion sensors and data programming to portray their art. “Everything I learned about graphic design came from contemporary art,” said Jun Bum Shin, an assistant professor of interactive media and graphic design. “Technology has changed a lot in the last five years, changing art along the way. Graphic design has changed from just brochures to a medium of art.” The art program at JMU has slowly been incorporating this kind of art. This year, an interior design major and a graphic design major have been added in the School of Art, Design and

Art History. They used to be concentrations. Requirements for the graphic design major include computer graphics, varying levels of typography, design methodology and a final class on portfolio preparation. While the department has always had roots in this type of technology-based design, the step toward turning the concentrations into majors reveals an emphasis on giving students more ways to specialize. “The art program at JMU has always had an interest in contemporary art,” said Aderonke Adesanya, an assistant professor of art history. “As far as I remember, JMU has always been openminded to many different genres of art.” JMU’s art program started in 1909, a year after the college’s establishment. “The art school at JMU has always been current in different mediums of art, said Cole Welter, director for the graduate art program and a painting professor. “It’s been contemporary from the very beginning.” Contact Johnathan Rivera at riverajx@ dukes.jmu.edu.

play | Director acted in original production from page 9

consider for young people,” said director Kevin “Wolf ” Sherrill, a theatre professor, “whether it’s about how you view racism, art or how you make those discoveries that lead you to where you think you need to go.” Sherrill acted in the Contemporary American Theatre Company’s original production of “subUrbia” in 1995 playing Buff.

subUrbia Showings Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets $11 with JACard

According to Sherrill, there aren’t many performances in which all of the actors play characters their own age. The cast hoped to create the world of their New Jersey suburban hometown, from hanging out with friends to relating to their characters’ innermost desires. “Just discovering hanging out, as weird as that sounds, with a hundred people watching you and lines you have to say, was a challenge,” said Alex Towers, a senior theater and dance major who played Buff, the main character’s best friend. Cast members developed their characters, making them more realistic to the audience. “It was interesting to watch the audience members react, because it’s a hard show to watch,” said assistant director Alex Levenson, a sophomore theatre and dance major. In certain tense situations, Towers said he could hear the audience laughing nervously

because they didn’t know how else to react. “I don’t see the actors,” Sherrill said. “I see the characters struggling with a problem and a challenge.” Sherrill acted in the play 17 years ago and was excited about the different elements the new cast brought to the play. He said everyone brought new and different energy to the script, and that the two productions were almost incomparable. “It was really important for me not to try to recreate something that I was nostalgic about,” Sherrill said. “With this group of people, we’re going to tell the story and find it together.” With the audience, the actors said they had more energy to work with and they felt they were directly interacting with the audience.

“I don’t see the actors. I see the characters struggling with a problem and a challenge.” Kevin ‘Wolf’ Sherrill

‘subUrbia‘ director

“There are still discoveries opening night,” said actress Amanda Kohr, a senior theatre and dance major who plays Bee-Bee. “There are still things we’re learning about this world and these characters.” “subUrbia” runs through the weekend. Each performance begins at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $11 with a JACard. Contact Kelsey Nunn at nunnkm@dukes.jmu.edu.

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Nearly two-year streak snapped

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Senior midfielder Paul Wyatt attempts to shake off senior midfield/defender Jimmy Nealis in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Georgetown. The Hoyas snapped the Dukes’ 15-game at-home wins treak.

Tuesday’s loss to Georgetown ends Dukes at-home win record; team looks for fresh start Saturday By Wayne Epps jr. The Breeze

The Dukes lost a home-game unbeaten streak they’d been carrying since 2010 after their Tuesday defeat by Georgetown. The fifth-ranked team defeated the Dukes 1-0 in University Park Tuesday night. Spanning 15 games, the unbeaten streak was the longest in JMU history. Georgetown was the Dukes’ second top-five ranked opponent in just over two weeks. The team’s defense stepped up and held the Hoyas scoreless in the first half. Coming into the game, Georgetown had scored five first half goals in nine total games and had outscored

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opponents 15-6 overall. But in the second half, Georgetown sophomore midfielder Tom Skelly found the back of the net in the 62nd minute for his first goal of the season. The goal marked redshirt junior goalkeeper Colin Newcity’s fifth goal allowed in two games. The Dukes created several scoring opportunities in the second half, outshooting the Hoyas 12-4. The team also earned five corner kicks in the second half, including two in the final six minutes, but couldn’t convert these into goals. “That’s one thing that’s been consistent with a lot of our games,” said associate head coach Tom Foley. “We have more

of the ball, we have more opportunities to shoot, and we’ve been able to do that. We just haven’t been able to put the ball in the back of the net yet.” For the season, the Dukes have outshot opponents 119-55 overall and 63-25 in the second half of games. Over the course of its home unbeaten streak, the team was 13-0-2. But the Dukes aren’t dwelling on the snap. “We don’t really think about that too much,” said senior midfielder Paul Wyatt. “We set a record, but we didn’t even know we had set a record when it came about. Those are just things that come with games, and it’s not really a focus of ours

to break records. We just try to do the best we can every time we come out.” The coaching staff planned for the matchup against the Hoyas in much the same way that they did before facing then top-ranked University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, which the Dukes defeated 1-0. Georgetown now remains unbeaten for the season at 9-0-1. Georgetown and North Carolina have similarities in their style of play. “They’re two very similar teams in the way that they possess the ball and the way they move off the ball, so they’re very similar teams in the way that they

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Team doubles in size

Last year, the club dodgeball team finished its inaugural season coming in fifth in the national standings. This season, the team has even higher expectations. As a result of its success, the team doubled in size and popularity. Most of last year’s 30 members are returning for this season and around 30 new players, mostly freshmen, have joined the club. The dodgeball club competes in the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association. The NDCA is composed of schools all around the country, including Penn State and Towson University, with a national championship held in April. Dodgeball is usually played on a basketball court, with 15 players on each side who try to knock each other out of play. A match consists of two, 25 minute halves, and a point is scored each time a team gets all of the opposing team’s players off the field. In essence, the rules are basically the same as the children’s sport, although it’s taken more seriously and with far greater intensity. The playing field is supplied with 10 rubber balls to use in play, which are divided between each team’s side, as well as the neutral zone in the middle. A player can be knocked out of play by getting hit by a ball, or the player can catch the ball to knock the thrower out of play. Freshman health sciences major Maggie Prescott said the main difference between the games is the terminology. For instance, when someone is out, it’s referred to as a “kill,” a phrase that was never used in elementary school games. Team practices usually consist of drills, running, stretching, and mock

matches. The team runs different plays and strategies. There are both offensive and defensive plays. An ideal dodgeball player is typically physically fit and aggressiv, but these are only the physical requirements. The players are also fiercely competitive, and the game quickly becomes fast-paced and almost chaotic. The sport’s growth in popularity is largely a result of the uniqueness of the sport, according to Vice President Ben Sizemore, a sophomore biology major. “It’s not really a traditional sport,” he said. “Just to play competitively really appeals to a lot of people.” Dodgeball a coed sport, although there are only 11 girls currently on the team. Prescott, as one of the few girls on the team, doesn’t seem to mind the gender gap. At first, she was intimidated by the amount of guys on the team, but she soon discovered that being smaller than most of the team had its advantages. “It can get really intense, and some guys really get into it, but if you’re really sneaky, you can get them out when they are not paying attention,” Prescott said. But, the team is also committed to creating a strong bond off the dodgeball court. It also organize many events throughout the year, such as D-Hall Fridays when the entire team meets for lunch. Sophomore history major Jacob Creech, a returning player, feels this is the biggest draw to the team. “You have a real sense of belonging,” Creech said. “It’s not only that you get to play a sport, but you get a whole new set of friends. That’s the best thing I got out of it.” Club president Christopher Hess, a senior computer science and sports management double major, attributes

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Last straw

As the club enters second year, it prepares for national championship By Kathryn Bell contributing writer

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Monday Night Football mistake should be NFL’s wake-up call

strength is the “team cohesion,” rather than their physical ability. “We love each other to death, we practice three days a week, and we’re a family,” Creech said. “I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true.” Even though freshman biology

OK, time for full disclosure. I was fully committed to writing a great column about the return of Beltway Baseball, since the playoffs are right around the corner and the timing is perfect. But never have the immortal words of Lee Corso, “Not So Fast!,” been more appropriate. I went to bed at halftime of the Monday Night Football game to catch up on sleep and woke up to one of the great sports maelstroms in my lifetime. If you didn’t see or hear about this, I’m assuming you’ve been confined to your house with the plague or something. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s Hail Mary touchdown in the final play of Monday night’s NFL game was incorrectly ruled a touchdown reception by receiver Golden Tate via an incorrectly applied and seldomused Simultaneous Catch rule. The play went to review, but when the referees emerged from under the hood, the Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12.

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Sophomore history major Jacob Creech makes an athletic catch during Tuesday’s practice. The team has their first tournament this saturday at Towson University.

the team’s success on the court and their popularity as a team to both its athletic ability and team spirit. “Everybody is able to rely on everybody,” Hess said. “While our team is very athletically inclined, I think our true positive is that we get along with each other really well.” Creech states that the team’s true


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Analysis from every person from Mike and Mike to the guy three seats down on the bus flooded radio, television and daily conversation. Twitter became unilaterally dedicated to the discussion of this one play. President Barack Obama even weighed in. In a bold political move, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reached across the aisle to actually agree with the president. The sudden explosion of voices certainly caused a lot of confusion, so here’s a step-by-step look into what I know as fact upon replay.

SOCCer | ‘I think it all starts with our attitude’ from page 11

possess the ball and the way they move off the ball, so they’re very similar teams,” Foley said. The Dukes’ “game plan was very similar actually: to apply pressure at the right times and to defend and recover at the right times.” The defeat marks the second straight loss for the team, after falling 4-2 at Loyola on Saturday. The Dukes haven’t won on the road this season. Before Saturday’s matchup, they hadn’t lost a game since Aug. 26, when the team fell 1-0 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in a tournament

at Virginia Tech. In the time since, the team has gone 3-0-1, with all of those games played at home. As the team prepares to start the bulk of its Colonial Athletic Association schedule this weekend, it will focus on the mental aspect of its game to end its two-match skid. All of the Dukes’ nine remaining regular season games are against CAA opponents. “I think it all starts with our attitude,” Newcity said. “Coming in, working hard, getting the right attitude, getting our head on straight and making sure we show up for these games. Because we put ourself in a bind with our

out-of-conference games.” After losing their first two games of the season, the Dukes went on a four game unbeaten streak. Foley thinks the team has the potential to put another similar run together now. “In the same season, if you go beat the No. 1 team in the country, and you play the No. 5 team in the country very, very well, you have the ability to play against anybody,” Foley said. “And when we’re on, when these guys play very well together, they can compete against anybody in the country.” Despite their recent losses, the Dukes aren’t planning on making many adjustments

before facing Towson on Saturday at 7 p.m. in University Park. They will review the game film from Tuesday’s game before practicing on Thursday and Friday. During the games against Loyola and Georgetown, head coach Tom Martin wasn’t on the sidelines because of recent eye surgery. But he’s remained in touch with the team throughout, helping it to prepare for games. It’s unknown whether he will be there for Saturday’s game. Contact Wayne Epps Jr. at breezesports@ gmail.com.

1. The first player to make contact with the ball was Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings.

Jennings elevates higher than any other player in the end zone and clearly made an effort to intercept the ball. By rule, a reception or interception is not completed until both feet (or the body) impact the field of play in bounds.

2. “Simultaneous Possession” governs an offensive player and defensive player catching a ball at the same time. When this occurs, the tie goes to the offense. But for true simultaneous possession to occur both players must contact the

ball at the same time and both must maintain possession for the duration of the catch.

3. Tate clearly touched the ball after Jennings. Enough said. 4. While the bestplaced replacement official prepared to signal a touchback (meaning Jennings intercepted the pass), the line official signaled a touchdown. Also enough said.

5. The review crew would need indisputable video evidence that Tate didn’t catch the ball to reverse the call on the field.

Overturned calls are rare. No one is arguing rule interpretation. The NFL’s refusal to address the real problem — the terrible calls replacement officials are making — leaves me even more dumbfounded and angry at the League’s unfettered arrogance. Every labor union strike has its collateral damage; every league has its mistakes. This is all just an unfortunate byproduct of labor negotiation. Casualties happen. I’m just wondering how many bodies are going to pile up before this is all over. Contact Chase Kiddy at kiddyca@dukes.jmu.edu.

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major Sloan Meadows has only been to one practice so far, he already feels the sense of community the team strives for. “They are one big family and they are all a lot of fun,” Meadows said. Dodgeball can be an extremely competitive sport, and its players are usually

extremely athletic. The sport calls for skills in throwing strength and agility, so players with backgrounds in baseball and lacrosse are well-suited for the game. Sizemore believes the main reason the sport has grown so successful is the type of player they look to add to the team. “The main thing we look for is teamwork,” he said. “It also

“We’ve had a number of schools tell us that they expect us to make the national championships ...“ Christopher Hess Club dodgeball president

really helps if you have a pretty good arm and can catch the ball.” Hess has even greater expectations for this season’s success within the national standings, and other teams within the league agree. “We’ve had a number of schools tell us that they expect us to make the national championships, if not win it,” Hess

said. Their first round robin will be held at Towson University this Saturday. A round robin is a tournament with two or three other teams. Each team plays a match against every other team, and the winner is declared based on the number of wins each team has at the end of the tournament. But, Creech most looks

forward to the tournament at JMU called “The Beast.” This tournament is one of the largest college tournaments held in the country. Many teams will c o mp e t e, i n c l u d i ng l a s t year’s champions. It will be held at UREC in February. COntact Kathryn Bell at bellkm@dukes.jmu.edu.


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