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The Future of UPB…is you!

APRIL 22ND, 2014

The Future of UPB…is you!

University Program Board (UPB)—the organization at the core of the many pivotal events at JMU, including the upcoming Juicy J concert and the eminent Late-Night Breakfasts—seeks input from students of all ages, grade, and interests. Though UPB is a student-run organization, it puts on events year-round from small audiences in Tayl…

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Saturday Night Fever at MadiTHON

APRIL 7TH, 2014

Saturday Night Fever at MadiTHON

Instead of closing at 10pm on Saturday, March 29th, the party was just getting started in UREC’s main gym, as over 700 students literally danced the night away for JMU’s first ever MadiTHON. MadiTHON was an all night dance party organized by Phi Mu and Delta Upsil…

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Finding Superpowers at JMU

FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014

Finding Superpowers at JMU

Excitement fills the morning air on Saturday, February 8th as students eagerly await JMU’s first ever Superpowers, Strengths, and Leadership Conference.  With Room 405 of Taylor hall at a comfortable capacity of around fifty students, those in attendance display a great enthusiasm for the day ahead.

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Greek Organizations Awe with Helping Hands

FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014

Greek Organizations Awe with Helping Hands

Every calendar year, JMU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life hosts the Excellence Awards to showcase Greek organizations of particular accomplishment. The Outstanding Philanthropic Event or Program award continually depicts the giving nature of JMU&r…

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New Fraternity & Sorority Life Site Puts Community First

FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014

New Fraternity & Sorority Life Site Puts Community First

On February 7th, JMU Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) launched a new website. The site exhibits a renewed focus on FSL news, events, and organizations. It is more user-friendly, offering a three column layout and image slider mimicking the

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The Tuesday Night TDU Buzz

FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014

The Tuesday Night TDU Buzz

It’s Tuesday night and TDU is alive with the buzz of conversation. Twilight has set in outside and the lights are low inside, giving the usually chaotic basement of Taylor Hall the look of an underground poetry bar in the city. As 7:00 pm nears, students start to trickle in and find seats, creating a cozy and dedicated audience of liste…

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Photo Contest Reveal During Study Unions

DECEMBER 4TH, 2013

Photo Contest Reveal During Study Unions

For the December shows, Madison Union Galleries decided on a different approach.  Instead of featuring only photographs from a single artist, they held a contest and invited the JMU student body to submit pictures related to two themes: 'Who Are You?' and 'My Favorite Things: Toys and More!'  Students could submit up to…

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Sammy Adams: Behind the Scenes

NOVEMBER 23RD, 2013

Sammy Adams: Behind the Scenes

A line of students waited outside of Wilson’s front entrance on Thursday night. At 7 p.m. on November 11th, the doors opened, and a sea of JMU students filled the rows to the max. At 8 p.m., Boston-native and rapper, Sammy Adams, jumped—literally—onstage to greet the mass of screaming admirers in the crowds. …

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LEAD Team Consultants Helps Students Discover Their Unique Leadership Skills

NOVEMBER 18TH, 2013

LEAD Team Consultants Helps Students Discover Their Unique Leadership Skills

The word “kijiji” in Swahili means village. For LEAD Team Consultants, Chris Scroggins and Cameron Young it means the same. Through their roles as Consultants, they aim to “help students discover their passions so they can go out and make a difference in the community,&rdquo…

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Ratatouille and Peanut Butter Pie!

OCTOBER 17TH, 2013

Ratatouille and Peanut Butter Pie!

Sous chef at E-hall and JMU alumni, Timoty Topling is a charismatic and endearing individual who should have his own cooking show. Throughout his two hour Cooking Workshop, hosted by Off Campus Life (OCL) on Friday, October 11th, Timoty taught attendees how to create a well-b…

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Super Sweet Late Night Breakfast

SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2013

Super Sweet Late Night Breakfast

The kingdom of King Kandy, the ever-reigning monarch of Candyland, engulfed Festival on Thursday night, September 12th, as UPB hosted a Candyland-themed Late Night Breakfast.Members of JMU’s Club Swimming team served out a menu of breakfast food that would make any candy lover’s mouth water: candy castle eggs, princess…

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JMU Clubs and Organizations Rocked the Lower Turf

SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2013

JMU Clubs and Organizations Rocked the Lower Turf

Student Activites and Involvement sponsored a successful Student Org Night August 31st on the UREC lower turf. St…

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University Unions Employee Ritter Clevenger Receives All Together One Award

MAY 15TH, 2013

University Unions Employee Ritter Clevenger Receives All Together One Award

The All Together One Awards were created to recognize and thank the individuals who embody the spirit of community at JMU. They are hosted and organized by JMU’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a National Leadership Honor Society. The first annual All Together One Awards ceremony was held in the spring semester of 2000, and ODK ha…

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University Unions Recognitions - April 2013

MAY 6TH, 2013

University Unions Recognitions - April 2013

University Unions would like to recognize our hard working and dedicated employees. For the month of March, the following people received a shout out from their colleagues: A Shout Out to Jackie Robinson “Jackie has been awesome since the day she sta…

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Study Unions Spring 2013

APRIL 25TH, 2013

Study Unions Spring 2013

University Unions hosts its annual Study Unions at Madison Union (Warren Hall and Taylor Hall) and Festival from Sunday, April 28th  through Wednesday, Thursday 2nd from 6pm to 7am. Each location will be open around the clock, offering stress relief and good-humored videos, massage therapists providing head and neck…

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UPB Spotlight Series: Singer Songwriter Circle

APRIL 24TH, 2013

UPB Spotlight Series: Singer Songwriter Circle

As the semester is coming to a close, and amidst a stressful week, there is nothing more relaxing than good music and junk food. UPB held another successful Spotlight Series, entitled the Singer Songwriter Circle, on Wednesday, April 17th. Unlike many past Spotlight series events that feature one primary artist, the night c…

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Madipoolza III Vamps it Up

APRIL 17TH, 2013

Madipoolza III Vamps it Up

Madipoolza III on Saturday April 13th, 2013 on the Festival Lawn proved to be a great way for JMU students to celebrate the new and much appreciated spring weather.  Artists Joe Robinson, Ella Mae Bowen, The Last Royals. Shwayze, Many Nights Ahead, The Lonely Biscuits, and Foxy Shazam took the stage throughout the day, leaving…

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take a “Victory Lap”

APRIL 15TH, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take a “Victory Lap”

The Convocation Center shook from bass and a hype crowd last Monday, the 8th, as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis raised the bar for UPB’s annual Spring Convo Concert. The event sold out approximately 30 minutes before Macklemore took the stage around 9:00. “The turnout has been great! We just sold out at …

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University Unions Recognitions - March 2013

APRIL 3RD, 2013

University Unions Recognitions - March 2013

University Unions would like to recognize our hard working and dedicated employees. For the month of March, the following people received a shout out from their colleagues: A Shout Out to Sean Maher “Sean did so much work to make the OCL website student-friendly! …

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Inaugural Ball 2013

MARCH 18TH, 2013

Inaugural Ball 2013

On Thursday, March 7th, University Program Board welcomed well-dressed guests to their Inaugural Ball. Festival Ballroom was decorated with a luscious atmosphere of purple lighting, drapery, and various plants provided by University Events. Five acapella groups—the Madison Project, Exit 245, Low Key, Bluestones, an…

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University Unions Recognitions - February 2013

MARCH 15TH, 2013

University Unions Recognitions - February 2013

University Unions would like to recognize our hard working and dedicated employees. For the month of February, the following people received a shout out from their colleagues: A Shout Out to the Events Staff “For all of their help and work with new system …

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Jazz Trio Langston Hughes Project Visits Wilson Hall

MARCH 13TH, 2013

Jazz Trio Langston Hughes Project Visits Wilson Hall

On January 21st University Program Board hosted a jazz trio—the Langston Hughes Project, lead by trumpetist, Dr. Ron McCury. Blue light eliminated the trio on stage in Wilson Hall as the performers filled the room with their musical creation. In the background of the group, was a black and white image of Langston Hughes, with…

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COE Hosts the 6th Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition in Memorial Hall

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2013

COE Hosts the 6th Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition in Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall took breather from the usual university students on Sunday, February 17th as it was crowded by the local PreK-12 th graders and their families for the 6th Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition. 133 pieces of young student’s artwork, from both public and private schools in Rockingham County, now line the ha…

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Pinterest Party Gets ‘Re-Pinned’

FEBRUARY 7TH, 2013

Pinterest Party Gets ‘Re-Pinned’

Students crowded into TDU for the first ever Pinterest party hosted by UPB last Wednesday, January 30th at 8:00 pm. Tables were lined up and filled with supplies for attendees to make the crafts pinned on their ‘Arts and Crafts’ boards on Pin…

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Festival’s Spring Semester Kick-Off

JANUARY 23RD, 2013

Festival’s Spring Semester Kick-Off

The Office of Student Activities and Involvement (OSAI) and UPB presented a united front at Student Org Night (SON) and Late Night Breakfast last Thursday, January 17th. Student Org Night lasted from 8-10pm after which the participants could relocate from the Festival Ballroom to the dining area and Festival Lower Drum for the game show theme…

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An Island Escape

DECEMBER 10TH, 2012

An Island Escape

The laid-back Island sound of the Joe Moorhead Band flowed through TDU Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. Students gathered at the UPB hosted event to hear the band and enjoy food and games. “I was pleasantly surprised when I came here to study,” said Gabby Poore, a senior International Affairs major graduating in May. L…

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Comedy For a Cause

DECEMBER 5TH, 2012

Comedy For a Cause

The laughter heard coming from TDU on Saturday, December 1st did more than just make the pipes rattle. Organizers from the Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha sorority who hosted the event found a way to turn that laughter into real change in the Harrisonburg community by making it a fundraiser for the Harrisonbur…

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A Magical Late Night Breakfast

NOVEMBER 26TH, 2012

A Magical Late Night Breakfast

Walking into Festival around 10:30pm-12am on Thursday, November 8th felt like you were entering a Disney movie. In reality, however, it was UPB’s Magical Kingdom Late Night Breakfast. The event was high energy from the start as students crowded in. Everyone enjoyed a fourth meal and the reminiscing and reliving of childhood memo…

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Dizzy for Disney

NOVEMBER 12TH, 2012

Dizzy for Disney

TDU was jammed full of jittery students looking to cure the ‘election hangover’ with University Program Board’s Mad Hatter Tea Party and Disney Karaoke event on November 7th from 7-9pm. UPB’s Center Stage Committee warmed guests physically and emotionally from delectable tea and scone offerings to the playin…

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Dukes Debating Dukes

NOVEMBER 6TH, 2012

Dukes Debating Dukes

‘Is it our job to police the globe?’ ‘What is the role of the Environmental Protection Agency?’ ‘What should our nation’s health care system look like?’ Last Thursday, November 1st, attentive students and community members filled Warren Hall to hear these questions answered by JMU’s v…

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Purple and Gold Pancakes with the Duke Dog

OCTOBER 30TH, 2012

Purple and Gold Pancakes with the Duke Dog

On Thursday, October 25th, E-Hall was full of students excited for UPB’s annual Homecoming Late Night Breakfast. What made this year’s event special was that attendees had the chance to take a picture with the Duke Dog and receive a free JMU Homecoming 2012 t-shirt. The event was especially spirited thanks to the presence of the J…

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ACUI Conference 2010 A Groundbreaking Success

OCTOBER 26TH, 2012

ACUI Conference 2010 A Groundbreaking Success

After a year of meticulous planning, the 2010 Region 5 Conference went off without a hitch. Over 130 guests, including a record-breaking 60 students, attended this year’s conference, held in The Festival Conference Center and Madison Union- the “heart and soul” of James Madison University. Inspired by this year&rsquo…

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Funny Freakin’ Friday: Will Marfori

OCTOBER 15TH, 2012

Funny Freakin’ Friday: Will Marfori

JMU’s Family Weekend was not lacking in laughs as the University Program Board hosted yet another hysterical Funny Freakin’ Friday in Taylor Down Under last Friday, October 5th. As TDU filled with students and their visiting families, the show opened with a non-traditional twist. There were two …

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Funktastic First Concert at The University Park

OCTOBER 8TH, 2012

Funktastic First Concert at The University Park

“I knew this concert was going to be amazing,” said exhilarated Senior Education major Emily Watson. Funk and rock music emanated from the newly finished University Park last Thursday at 7pm. Sponsored by UPB and UREC, it was the first concert to be held at the park. It featured the Harrisonburg native band Midnight …

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Fall Housing Fun

OCTOBER 7TH, 2012

Fall Housing Fun

It was crowded before the event even started at last Wednesday’s Fall Housing Fair hosted by Off Campus Life from 11:00am-2:00pm in Festival. Students learned about the differences between the developments and began deciding on the right fit for them. “It’s nice,” remarked Freshman Kinesiology major Carley Tayl…

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Warren's Birthday!

OCTOBER 4TH, 2012

Warren's Birthday!

Did you know that October 12th is the 40th Anniversary of Warren Hall? Well, mark your calendars folks because in celebration of this momentous occasion, University Unions is hosting a reception you won’t want to miss. Where: Third floor of Warren/on PatioWhen: October 12th, 12:3…

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Wilson Concert Series: Gloriana

SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2012

Wilson Concert Series: Gloriana

Ready, set, wait! Sophomore Josh Mizez stood in line for three hours in order to have the chance to participate in a “meet and greet” with Gloriana before their performance at Wilson Hall at 9:00pm on Thursday, September 20th. The wait was well worth it for Josh, who got to meet the band and take a photo with them. Josh has been a…

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Oregon Trail Late Night Breakfast

SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2012

Oregon Trail Late Night Breakfast

The 2,000-mile Oregon Trail was recreated Thursday night in Festival for the monthly Late Night Breakfast hosted by UPB. The event lasted from 10-12pm with students coming and going throughout the two-hour time period. “I’ve been to a lot of these before and I think they’re great!” said Junior Hospitality Manag…

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Fall Student Org Day

SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2012

Fall Student Org Day

The UREC Lower Turf was fed by a constant stream of fired up JMU students on Student Organizations Day hosted by Colleges Against Cancer and the Office of Student Activities and Involvement on September 7th from 2pm-5pm.  Despite the rescheduling, the usual crowd of curious students and enthusiastic clubs resurfaced with a vengeance.…

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Recognizing JMU's Leadership: Dolley Awards

APRIL 30TH, 2012

Recognizing JMU's Leadership: Dolley Awards

The Office of Student Activity and Involvement received one hundred and forty nominations and 16 students and faculty became the proud recipients of Dolley Leadership Awards. The elegant occasion was celebrated on April 18 in the Festival Ballroom.  The award ceremony, which has been an annual occasion for over three decades, was…

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Madipalooza 2012

APRIL 24TH, 2012

Madipalooza 2012

Looking for information about Madipalooza 2013? Check out www.madipalooza.com. The Festival lawn was once again filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of celebration as the JMU community kicked off the second annual Madipalooza festival.  O…

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Study Union Spring 2012

APRIL 18TH, 2012

Study Union Spring 2012

Rooms in Warren, Taylor, and Festival will be open all night for student use from 6 PM to 7 AM starting Sunday, April 29th, through Tuesday, May 1st. Taylor Down Under will be the relaxation station with food, movies and games. In Festival, the relaxation station will be located in the Lower Drum. There will also be free neck massages…

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Mad4U Events

APRIL 15TH, 2012

Mad4U Events

TUESDAYS- Open Mic Night Serving as a showcase for JMU’s raw talent, Open Mic Night in Taylor Down Under is the place to be on Tuesday nights. With low lights, incredible vocals, and catchy tunes, the entire audience is likely to start clapping their hands and singing along. Artists range from Big Creek Reviv…

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Madipalooza 2012

APRIL 12TH, 2012

Madipalooza 2012

Looking for information about Madipalooza 2013? Check out www.madipalooza.com. Madipalooza is an annual "Festival at Festival" on the James Madison University campus. The event is this Saturday, April 14 from 1-7 PM on the Festival Lawn. Rain location is …

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Laser Tag

APRIL 12TH, 2012

Laser Tag

At the blow of a whistle on Monday night, war cries erupted across the Hillside field in a battle of laser tag sponsored by UPB. Students had gathered around the representative from Tactical Laser Tag for a presentation on rules and equipment use at exactly 10:00 PM, eager to play. “I haven’t pl…

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Raising Money for Relay

APRIL 8TH, 2012

Raising Money for Relay

University Program Board co-sponsored Casino night with the JMU Relay for Life organization in Festival Ballroom B. On March 29th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., they pulled off a marvelous event. The sponsors of Casino night created a very interactive atmosphere. The event had a door charge of $3 and participants would get 15 chips that were…

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2012 Role Model Fashion Show

APRIL 2ND, 2012

2012 Role Model Fashion Show

The 4th Annual Panhellenic Role Model Fashion Show, held on March 27th, was another great success. Memorial Auditorium was packed with students who socialized and took advantage of the free food and drinks. As soon as the first young woman took the stage, entering with a spin, thunderous applause broke out. Enthusiastic appreciation continued…

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So You Think You're Funny?

APRIL 1ST, 2012

So You Think You're Funny?

University Program Board’s event ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ showed off the humor of the JMU population. The event was hosted by JMU alum and acclaimed comedian, Tony Deyo. Deyo introduced each of JMU’s 10 comedian hopefuls, who each had five minutes to convince the audience that they were the “Funniest On…

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Space Jam Late Night Breakfast

MARCH 30TH, 2012

Space Jam Late Night Breakfast

March 24th brought some extragalactic joy to those attending University Program Board’s Late Night Breakfast. From 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. attendees enjoyed super sonic treats, games, and prizes. UPB served up hot dogs and onion rings as well as rich brownies and yogurt with colorful sprinkles for dessert. Once re-energized by delici…

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Spotlight Series: Your Kind Of Garage Music

MARCH 29TH, 2012

Spotlight Series: Your Kind Of Garage Music

The University Programming Board has developed a successful music series that breaks the monotony of a busy student’s life. Wednesday nights in Taylor Down Under at 7 p.m. are a must. This week, two bands performed: ‘The Itchy Hearts’ from Brooklyn, NY, and ‘Bison’ from the Chesapeake Bay area pumped up a…

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Funny Freakin' Friday: Paul Varghese

MARCH 22ND, 2012

Funny Freakin' Friday: Paul Varghese

Taylor Down Under was once again full of laughter last Friday, March 16th. Paul Varghese is a comedian from Dallas, Texas who appeared on the hit-show Last Comic Standing a few years ago. This year, he agreed to come perform at JMU for University Program Board’s “Funny Freakin’ Friday”. The free show began at 8:00 p.m.…

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Headphone Disco

MARCH 19TH, 2012

Headphone Disco

Having--or not having--a pair of headphones was the difference between night and day at the Headphone Disco sponsored by UPB on March 1st. The event, DJ’ed by David Taylor from Scotland and Harrison Beacher (aka DJ Beach from D.C), served as a unique, creative medium to announce the Spring Convocation Concert show.

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Madison Art Gallery Shows

MARCH 16TH, 2012

Madison Art Gallery Shows

Four different art shows with very diverse styles are being featured in the Warren Nook, Transitions, and Taylor Down Under. In TDU, the work of Erin Ayres, senior and Lead Photographer for Technology and Design, is displayed. This photographer captured old and abandoned h…

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Minute To Win It

MARCH 10TH, 2012

Minute To Win It

University Program Board’s Minute to Win It was arguably as entertaining as the real show. Contestants split up in to eight teams and had 24 tasks to complete, each in 60 seconds. The groups got points for everything they were able to complete, and each task was worth a certain amount of points based on it’s difficulty. Th…

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Spotlight Series: iRon Lion

FEBRUARY 28TH, 2012

Spotlight Series: iRon Lion

University Program Board’s Spotlight Series is known for meeting the interests of all attendees, and Wednesday night’s performance did just that. The event featured iRon Lion, a Rastafarian reggae artist whose soulful music drifted through Taylor Down Under. The concert was an educational showcase featuring black history. Througho…

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‘For Love, For Tyler’…Be Yourself

FEBRUARY 22ND, 2012

‘For Love, For Tyler’…Be Yourself

Free food, free music, and a great atmosphere were offered at this year’s Mad4U benefit gala for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which was celebrated Saturday, February 18. According to the Tyler Clementi Foundation website, Tyler was a young gay man, who ended hi…

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FSL Excellence Awards: Time to Get Recognized

FEBRUARY 15TH, 2012

FSL Excellence Awards: Time to Get Recognized

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life received more than 300 nominations for the 2012 FSL Excellence Awards.  Members of Greek organizations and advisors submitted nominations to recognize individuals and chapters in the community. “We have different awards recognizing them for their work during the year,” said A…

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Madison Galleries Opening Highlights Talented Freshmen

FEBRUARY 14TH, 2012

Madison Galleries Opening Highlights Talented Freshmen

It’s an often-repeated statement that being accepted into James Madison gets more difficult every year, and if yesterday’s gallery openings are any indication, JMU’s Class of 2014 holds an incredible amount of talent. The Galleries at Madison Union display photography and artwork from members of the JMU community, an…

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Lunar Café

FEBRUARY 14TH, 2012

Lunar Café

Quiet, colorful, and serene, Lunar Café’s unique setting at the Skyline Museum in Festival was a ripe environment for a relaxing chat. On February 7th at 7:30 p.m., Mad4U hosted its first Lunar Café of the 2012 spring semester. They equipped guests for poetic conversation with beautiful surround…

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Mardi Gras

FEBRUARY 14TH, 2012

Mardi Gras

Purple, gold, and green filled Festival Lower Drum, trimming Festival with an early Mardi Gras treat. The Late-Night Breakfast on February 9th featured games such as golfing, bead tossing, and an inflatable cash cube. The event also offered commodities you could walk away with such as ‘money’ gum, beads, personal street signs…

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Funny Freakin' Friday: Eric Nieves

FEBRUARY 12TH, 2012

Funny Freakin' Friday: Eric Nieves

On Friday night, Taylor Down Under was filled with laughter as comedian Eric Nieves took the stage. University Program Board’s Funny Freakin’ Friday was yet again a huge hit. Every available seat was filled and the crowd even overflowed into the hall, eager to listen to the comedy show. Nieves knew his audience, and his jokes rang…

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Spotlight Series: A Wednesday Night with Annie Lawrence

JANUARY 28TH, 2012

Spotlight Series: A Wednesday Night with Annie Lawrence

University Program Board hosted a Spotlight Series event featuring Annie Lawrence, a JMU senior and WRTC major. Lawrence’s album, Light is Stronger, is currently listed on iTunes for $4.95 and includes five tracks which she composed herself. This upcoming artist, who first began performing at her local church and regional theat…

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Live at the Drum: January 26

JANUARY 28TH, 2012

Live at the Drum: January 26

Talented performers, free pizza, and beanbag chairs: Mad4U knows just how to draw a college crowd. This month’s Live at the Drum, held in the Festival Lower Drum from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., featured student singer Lexie Hayden and the acoustic quartet Big Creek Revival.  Kristen Sowden, Mad4U Graduate Assistant, w…

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A Sugary Night

JANUARY 24TH, 2012

A Sugary Night

Many childhood memories were evoked as students walked into the Festival Lower Drum on Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. Bubbly colors, various types of candy, and vibrant music had transformed the room into a Willy Wonka themed UPB Late Night Breakfast. University Program Board designed a ‘sweet and sugary’ night for…

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Student Org Night 2012

JANUARY 22ND, 2012

Student Org Night 2012

Student Org Night 2012 showcased nearly 200 student organizations. Each was represented with a combination of vigor, enthusiasm, bright colors, and even prizes in the Festival Conference Room from 9-11pm on January 19th. Though the event was indoors, students were pleased with both the set-up and space provided at this year’s ev…

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FSL Moves to Warren 404

JANUARY 4TH, 2012

FSL Moves to Warren 404

Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) is now on the 4th floor of Warren Hall, Room 404.  Did you know that about 15% of the JMU student body belong to a fraternity or sorority?  Learn more and find the right Greek organization for you at www.jmu.edu/fsl

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Relaxation Station

DECEMBER 11TH, 2011

Relaxation Station

With finals coming up and everyone looking for an escape from studying, University Program Board’s “Relaxation Station” couldn’t have come at a better time. Held on Friday, December 9th, from 8:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. in Transitions, the event was a huge success. The experience featured…

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Local Laughs

DECEMBER 11TH, 2011

Local Laughs

Joe Townsend, a junior SMAD major, opened for nationally known comedian Ace Guillen at University Program Board’s Funny Freakin’ Friday.  Townsend began his comedic adventures at Potomac Valley High School where he was given the unique opportunity to work with S.O.F.A Troupe, a well-known improv group. Th…

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A Very Merry Creative Madison

DECEMBER 9TH, 2011

A Very Merry Creative Madison

Imagine walking into a room on campus in which you had the freedom to do any sort of art and craft.  Well thanks to Creative Madison, you can do anything your mind and heart desires in the Clubhouse (Taylor 202) every Saturday from 7:30 to 10 p.m.  Last weekend, this event was Christmas-themed and Mad4U called i…

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Blast From the Past

NOVEMBER 16TH, 2011

Blast From the Past

Chanting Nsync and Britney Spears lyrics, climbing giant blow-up mountains, and chowing down some Mickey Mouse pancakes were some of the activities enjoyed at University Program Board’s 90’s-themed Late Night Breakfast on November 10th. Since the majority of current students at JMU grew up in the 90s, the Late Night Breakf…

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Cupcake Wars

NOVEMBER 5TH, 2011

Cupcake Wars

Food Network was not the only one celebrating Halloween with cupcakes. JMU’s University Program Board hosted its second annual “Cupcake Wars” on October 26th in Taylor Down Under. Students lined up to register for the cupcake decorating contests and sophomore Emily McGlone expressed her anticipation. “I lo…

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Spotlight Series: November 2nd

NOVEMBER 5TH, 2011

Spotlight Series: November 2nd

As outstanding voices and perfect harmonies drifted through Taylor Down Under, many JMU students were drawn to UPB’s Spotlight Series on Wednesday, November 2nd. Student band Big Creek Revival opened for The Lumineers, a folk group from Denver, Colorado.  Big Creek Revival is an acoustic folk quartet consisting of JMU stude…

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Spotlight Series: October 19th

NOVEMBER 4TH, 2011

Spotlight Series: October 19th

“Check, check, is this mic on?” was the introduction to vibrant guitar playing that engulfed Taylor Down Under as the band, The Will to Survive, played one of its most popular songs. Spotlight Series, a special concert series that hosts JMU-linked bands currently on the rise, staged The Will to Survive on October 19th at 8…

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Elizabeth and the Catapult

OCTOBER 30TH, 2011

Elizabeth and the Catapult

Elizabeth and the Catapult came to James Madison University on October 5th as part of University Program Board’s Spotlight Series Event. This trio, based in New York, performed in Taylor Down Under from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Their music inspired students to sing along and even buy the group’s CDs. Elizabeth and the Catapult also visi…

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Glow Golf

OCTOBER 30TH, 2011

Glow Golf

With music filling the speakers, lights dancing across the ceiling, and energy in the air, University Program Board’s Glow in the Dark Mini Golf event was the place to be on Friday, October 14th. The Spirit and Traditions committee, usually in charge of hosting the notorious Late Night Breakfast and Funny Freakin’ Friday, were als…

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Harry Potter Matinee

OCTOBER 25TH, 2011

Harry Potter Matinee

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 matinee on Sunday, October 23rd featured face painting, trivia, and a raffle where attendees could put their ticket in one of the boxes featuring each of Hogwarts houses: Gyffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. University Program Board hosted an afternoon of fun activities for m…

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Late Night Harry Potter Breakfast

OCTOBER 21ST, 2011

Late Night Harry Potter Breakfast

Anyone walking into Festival on October 13th from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. was in for a very magical surprise. The entire building was transformed into a Harry Potter-themed fantasy world for this month’s late night breakfast. University Program Board’s Spirit and Traditions Committee filled each room and corner with fun activities…

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Warren's 40th

OCTOBER 14TH, 2011

Warren's 40th

Cupcakes laid out in the shape of Warren Hall and apple cider drew both students and faculty to the Warren Birthday celebration on October 12th from 12:20-2pm. However, it wasn’t just these scrumptious treats that made the set-up so eye-catching; the event also featured a timeline of the JMU/Warren community since it’s start in 1971. The…

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Off Campus Fair

OCTOBER 3RD, 2011

Off Campus Fair

Free t-shirts, popcorn, lemonade, candy, and pens covered the tables of off-campus housing developments and local retailers advertising to students at the Off-campus Housing Fair on September 27th. The fair, hosted by JMU’s Off-campus Life, took place during lunchtime. This was opportune for students at Festival for lunch during the 11-…

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Late Night Homecoming Breakfast

OCTOBER 3RD, 2011

Late Night Homecoming Breakfast

JMU's University Programming Board hosted “Homecoming Late Night Breakfast” as a way to allow students a fun and safe alternative to ‘going out’, says Natalie Hamlin, UPB’s Public Relations director. She adds that on these evenings, UPB encourages tradition, celebration, and a carefree good time. UPB offe…

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Kijiji Kicks Off

SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2011

Kijiji Kicks Off

Maybe you’ve heard of Kijiji as a leadership assembly, or even a cultural student organization, but did you know that Kijiji is a service organization aimed to help the Harrisonburg and JMU communities? Members of Kijiji have the opportunity to create a “Change of Action Plan” that facilitates a long term project to …

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Spotlight Series: Everyone's Heart

SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2011

Spotlight Series: Everyone's Heart

Comfortable chairs, dimmed lights, and great music. As if that trio isn’t inviting enough, University Program Board’s Spotlight Series also offers free cookies. It’s every college student’s dream event. On Wednesday, September 21st, Spotlight Series featured the acoustic Indie Rock group Everyone&rsq…

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Meaningful Message from Dr. Martin

SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2011

Meaningful Message from Dr. Martin

“College is not about IQ. It’s about I will,” Doctor Joe Martin, National Campus Speaker of the Year, insisted during his appearance in Grafton-Stovall Hall. University Program Board’s efforts to hold the event on Tuesday, September 20th were greatly appreciated due to Dr. Martin’s appealing and applicable m…

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Movie on the Lawn

SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2011

Movie on the Lawn

What could be better on a rainy night at the end of the week than a comfortable setting and a movie? University Program Board presented this opportunity for JMU students living on and off campus at 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. UPB provided an appealing atmosphere for a movie viewing including free popcorn, cotton candy, and a showing of …

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Funny Freakin' Friday

SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2011

Funny Freakin' Friday

If laughter is the best medicine, Funny Freakin’ Friday is the cure for all types of school sickness—from senioritis to boredom or stress. The event occurs every Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Taylor Down Under, and is guaranteed to elicit a chuckle. This past Friday, September 16th, the TDU stage feature…

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Student Org Night 2011

SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2011

Student Org Night 2011

With about 250 student organizations represented at Student Org Night 2011, the Convocation Center was off-the-wall with energy and excitement. Tables located outside of the basketball arena doors were stocked with free sodas, hotdogs, pens, and maps of the student organizations. Equipped with these free goods, students were fully prepared to…

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Madison Art Gallery Opening

SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2011

Madison Art Gallery Opening

Calling all photographers! Send your portfolio to Madison Union Art Galleries and you could have your own show—completely free of charge.  Once a month, Madison Union looks for new artists to feature. The show will present around sixteen of your photos, which will appear in Warren, TDU, or Transitions for one month. Each ar…

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MAD4U Weekly Events

SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2011

MAD4U Weekly Events

TUESDAYS- Open Mic Night The lights are low, the acoustic is pulsing, and the entire audience is singing along to sophomore Mustafa Qarghah’s rendition of “Sweet Caroline”.  For anyone without Tuesday night plans, Open Mic Night in Taylor Down Under is the place to be. With artists ranging from …

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Madipalooza is a Success

APRIL 12TH, 2011

Madipalooza is a Success

This past weekend JMU students took to Festival Lawn for a carnival like atmosphere. After months of planning and anticipation, Madipalooza occurred on the afternoon of April 9.  The less-than-desired weather didn’t keep over 6,000 students from attending and enjoying the free food, prizes, games and live entertainment that was off…

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 “Spirit Rock” Unveiling Highlights the Madison Society

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 vari…

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Events for a Good Cause

MARCH 1ST, 2011

Events for a Good Cause

Every year fraternities and sororities at JMU hold events to raise money for their respective philanthropies. Many of these events will be occurring over the next couple months. Events include speakers, 5k races, live bands, tournaments, and proceed nights. Some of the philanthropies that the organizations raise money for include the Leslie G…

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For Love For the Gulf

FEBRUARY 22ND, 2011

For Love For the Gulf

For Love, For the Gulf gala attracted students in the mood to raise money for a good cause and have fun at the same time. At 7:30 p.m. the doors were opened to the 2nd Annual For Love For the Gulf functions. Tickets were $3 in advance and $5 at the door, a small price to pay considering that the proceeds went to the United Way for …

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Kijiji Applications Now Available

FEBRUARY 4TH, 2011

Kijiji Applications Now Available

Kijiji, Swahili for “village,” is a program dedicated to bringing students together on the JMU campus who have a passion for making a difference in their community. When asked, “What is Kijiji?” Staff Member, Dehat Jalil, said, “Kijiji is a program to help students discover their passion and give them the tools a…

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February Madison Art Gallery Openings

FEBRUARY 4TH, 2011

February Madison Art Gallery Openings

The Madison Union Galleries will be hosting two openings on February 8 and 10, both from 6-7p.m. On Tuesday, February 8, there will be an opening in the Warren Nook for a stylish collection of black and white photographs by Michael Watkins.  His visually striking work incorporates seemingly mundane objects, including an enig…

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Pay It Forward Campaign

FEBRUARY 1ST, 2011

Pay It Forward Campaign

The idea of paying it forward has been around for a long time, but the release of the book Pay It Forward in 2000, sparked an international movement based on repaying random acts of kindness by doing the same to someone else. University Program Board Coordinator Carrie Martin liked the idea of the movement so much that she decided to…

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A Great Start to the Semester with New & Improv.'d

JANUARY 27TH, 2011

A Great Start to the Semester with New & Improv.'d

On January 22, students filled Taylor Down Under (TDU) to watch New & Improv.’d’s first show of the semester. Their slogan, written on the back of their shirts, “Like Before Only Funny,” could not have been more true that evening. Although at times it was hard to hear what was being said from the back of the room, …

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Funny Freakin' Friday, Feb. 4

JANUARY 26TH, 2011

Funny Freakin' Friday, Feb. 4

UPB is proud to bring breakout comedian Helen Hong to JMU for February’s edition of Funny Freakin’ Friday. This hilarious night of stand up will be held on Friday, February 4, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Taylor Down Under (TDU). A rising star in the New York City comedy scene, Helen Hong is kno…

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What is Love? - Ben Lerman

JANUARY 26TH, 2011

What is Love? - Ben Lerman

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, UPB is excited to showcase “What Is Love?,” an evening dedicated to discussing the various aspects, types and perspectives of love. Featuring musician and songwriter Ben Lerman, students are invited to submit pieces of work to UPB that help answer the question “wh…

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Funny Freakin' Friday, Jan.14

JANUARY 12TH, 2011

Funny Freakin' Friday, Jan.14

The University Program Board is excited to kick off the new semester with welcoming emerging comedian, Eric Patrick to JMU for the first Funny Freakin’ Friday of the year. This entertaining night of stand up will be held on Friday, January 14, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Taylor Down Under (TDU). Eric Patrick is best known as one of…

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JANUARY 12TH, 2011

UPB is proud to bring one of 2010’s best films, “The Social Network” to Grafton Stovall Theater for January’s matinee movie. The movie will be shown on Sunday, January 16th at 2 p.m. The movie costs only $1.50, and as always, popcorn is 50 cents. “Every age has its visionaries who leave, in the wake of th…

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Chillin With Cartel

OCTOBER 22ND, 2010

Chillin With Cartel

Before the concert, raffle winners got to spend a few minutes of one-on-one time with the Cartel.  Sophomores Katie Pullis and Mandy Jenkins, two out of the few JMU students who won the opportunity to meet the band, have been fans since their middle school days. They described it as an experience they won’t soon to forget and said,…

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