by Mike Bock

Yesterday I reached the midway point of my intramural season by finishing the second of four Co-Rec Ultimate games at the ISAT field (for those of you confused, Ultimate is the official name for Ultimate Frisbee.) Our team got destroyed 12-2, and even though I’m not thrilled about losing, we learned a lot and should be better prepared for the next game.

I love intramural sports at JMU. I was a one-sport athlete in high school, and didn’t really get a chance to play for fun until I got to JMU. Sports sponsored by UREC give people like me a chance to meet up with their friends for an hour or two per week and burn off some steam (and calories) in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere. Club and intramural teams range from the conventional (like soccer and flag football) to the more “fringe” sports (like the Triathlon club and the newly created Battleship league.) No matter what sport or team you’re interested in, you can bet that UREC has a team for it.

With national obesity rates rising and with plenty of exams and tests to study for, it’s more important than ever that we commit to an active and healthy lifestyle. Intramural and club sports teams can play a part in making our years at JMU a healthy and enjoyable experience.

Bucket List

by Elizabeth Short

Last week I wrote about the JMU bucket list, particularly about different activities I want to do before I graduate. That got me thinking about making a bucket list of things I want to do during my lifetime. In the past I have thought of many different activities I want to do, places I want to visit, and risks that I want to take, but I have never written anything down.

Over the years I have learned that it is never too late to start something new, so I’m going to start my very own bucket list. Here are a few things that are on my list,

  • Visit every continent;
  • Visit every state in the United States;
  • Go skydiving;
  • Run a marathon;
  • Learn to surf;
  • Be in Times Square on New Years Eve.

Some things on your bucket list may be small, some large, some cheap and some expensive, but whatever it is go for it and don’t let anything hold you back!  What are some things on your own bucket list?


by Mike Bock

Like I’m sure plenty of you have experienced at one time or another, I just finished a stressful, homework-filled weekend. Recently completing 4 days of non-stop Carrier and ECL have made me crave a little relaxation time—that’s why I’ve decided to cover Wednesday’s Satsang with Jivanjili for the University Unions website.

Satsang, which means “gathering of people who are seeking Truth”, is a meditation event that will be held from Wednesday through Saturday (times differ through each day, so check the website for exact times.) I’m not exactly looking to discover the mysteries of the universe here, but I’m approaching the project with an open mind and hopefully I’ll get something out of it.

If you can’t make any of this week’s meditations, be sure to check our website for a recap of how the sessions go.

The Print Says Spring

by Molly Robinson

When the first spring clothes roll out in department stores and thoughts of spring and summer breaks are in the air, it’s amazing how quickly magazines and pamphlets bounce back to the same article subjects year after year.  New and improved diets, exercise routines, outfits to make you look and feel slim, and titles along those lines invade the surfaces of displays as you go through the checkout line at the grocery store, peruse the magazine aisle at bookstores, and reading the” Potty Mouth” pamphlet on the back of bathroom stalls, if you’re part of the JMU community. Not that these articles are, by any means, a bad thing, but why is it that every year a good portion of us Americans suddenly forget that we read pretty much the same content of the articles last year? Perhaps there is something about the word “new” that makes us consumers believe that if we read that article, we will suddenly shed enough pounds and sprout 5 inches so that we can look like Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie swimsuit models. One thing is for sure; a new season doesn’t necessarily mean a change in the way dieting works or the way magazines pull us in year after year with the same hooks.

Senior Year Bucket List

by Elizabeth Short

With about seven weeks left in the semester, many seniors are probably having mixed feelings about graduating’ I know that I am. I want to graduate, but at the same time I don’t. I’m going to miss JMU and the Shenandoah Valley a lot. There are also many activities that I have wanted to do before graduation that I haven’t completed yet. Like everything else that needs to get done, I have procrastinated! I don’t want to leave JMU feeling like I missed out on something, so I created a Senior Year Bucket List.

Here is my Senior Year Bucket List:

  1. Go to Reddish Knob
  2. Jump off the rock at Blue Hole
  3. Hike a trail in the Shenandoah National Park
  4. Eat at certain restaurants downtown: Jack Brown’s, Beyond, and Blue Nile
  5. Go to the Green Valley Book Fair – Next opening is March 26 – April 10

Some of the activities require warm weather, so they will just have to wait a couple more weeks, but as for the others, I plan on checking those activities off sooner rather than later.

What is on your bucket list of things to do before you graduate from JMU??

Mid-March Activities

by Mike Bock

Well, readers, after months of looking forward to a break from classes (and for some, a week of sun and fun), Spring Break has come and gone. It would be easy to sink into a funk, with eight more weeks of class left and warm weather still days away, but I’m here to tell you that there is hope on the horizon for the last few weeks of March.

JMU has plenty of programs and events in the next few weeks to keep your mind off the Mid-March doldrums. A new Art Gallery Opening at Madison Unions will let you indulge your creative side, and you can even get a chance to make your own art at Creative Madison (March 19 at the Taylor Clubhouse). Comedy shows on March 18 (at Taylor Down Under) and March 22 (at Grafton-Stovall Theatre) will tickle your funny bone and keep you laughing all week. For relaxation and a nice change of pace, try Madison Meditates with Jivanjili, a meditation expert who will help you rediscover your inner peace. And finally, let loose by hitting up Club Gilty on March 24 or the Wiz Khalifa concert on April 2.


Buffalo Mash

by Mike Bock

Ever since I was a freshman, I have been obsessed with D-hall.

Buffalo Mash is hands-down my favorite food offered at JMU. This combination of chicken, mashed potatoes, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, and a little bit of celery, all thrown together in a bowl, is so delicious that it could be considered proof that God loves us. And I’m not the only one who thinks Buffalo Mash is great— dozens of people I’ve talked to agree that Mash is among the best of JMU’s on-campus food. You’d think that, if JMU Dining has created a wildly popular dish, they’d want to serve it all the time… right?

Nope. D-hall only serves Buffalo Mash a few times per month, and usually only at weird times like Monday afternoons. I’m sure that they have a good reason for doing so, but I can’t help but think that myself and others would have a higher opinion of JMU Dining were to serve our favorite foods more often.

Fortunately, there’s something we can do about it. Next time you go to D-Hall, write on a comment card that you’d like to see Buffalo Mash (or whatever your favorite dish is) on the menu more. With enough cards, we can make a difference!

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