March 22nd, 2011
“Spirit Rock” Unveiling Highlights the Madison Society
Dozens braved Tuesday afternoon’s rainy weather to witness the beginning of a new tradition.
After a brief statement from University Unions director Dave Barnes, the Madison Society unveiled JMU’s newest tradition— the Spirit Rock. The five-foot tall rock is covered with painted positive statements from various members of the university community. In the future, anyone will be able to paint messages on the rock, which is located on the Festival lawn.
Barnes hopes “that [the] Spirit Rock will become another living symbol of what it means to be a part of the JMU community…it is the hope of the Madison Society that [the rock] will be seen as an ongoing positive tradition for the JMU community.”
The Madison Society, which was founded in early 2011, aims “to serve the JMU community by promoting, enhancing, and celebrating the University’s finest traditions.” The organization will attempt to unite students, faculty, staff, and administrators who share a passion for the University and are committed to its improvement. As of now, the Madison Society has 13 faculty, staff, and administration members, and will soon receive an additional 25 student members. Applications to join the organization are available to the entire JMU community and will be accepted until March 29.
For more information about the Madison Society, check out their website here.