Cartel

by Molly Robinson

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, ‘’They [Cartel] were really nice; they were really cool. We had some witty banter with them.”

JMU’s own Casey Cavanagh band opened for Cartel. The audience enthusiastically welcomes the lively student band that vocalist/guitarist, Casey Cavanagh, describes as mix of “Rock and Roll with an Alt-Country flair and pop sensibilities.” The band’s set list showcased a variety of different musical styles, from their classic rock-inspired, “The Weight” to their alternative sounding song, “Coming Home.”

Each of the band members- including, Casey Cavanagh, John Giardinere (guitar/ backup vocalist), Sam Gillett (guitar/drums), and Jeff Pober (bass guitar/backup vocals)- manage to juggle their class work, organizations, and jobs and internships with fostering the success of their band. Casey, who has been a fan of Cartel for years was honored to open for them and described the experience as “surreal.”

Magenta lights, black pants, bass notes that shook the stage…Cartel’s concert on Friday, September 24th proved to be an energetic and enjoyable experience that left that audience wanting more.  Large sections of the seats in Wilson’s auditorium were left vacant, but not because of low attendance levels– the energetic fans circled around the active stage. Grey and magenta light washed over the band and highlighted the unique style of band members Will Pugh (vocals/guitar), Joseph Pepper (lead guitar), Nic Hudson (guitar), Jeff Lett (bass), and Kevin Sanders (drums). Cartel played about ten songs including their smash-hit, “Honestly”,  “Say Anything”, “If I Fail”, and a cover of Oasis’s “Wonderwall”.

A Revamped Madison Union

by Elizabeth Short

While students were enjoying their summer vacation, faculty members at James Madison University were hard at work making changes to Madison Union.

Taylor Down Under (TDU), a popular hangout spot for students went under partial redecoration this past summer. After leaving suggestion cards for students to fill out in TDU last year, Assistant Director of Madison Union, Mark Cline, and his office learned that students wanted more comfortable seating. After working with designers, furniture (couches, chairs, and tables) that complements the newly painted walls was purchased. This $18,000 project, according to Cline, “provides students with a more welcoming and comforting feeling [in TDU].” Students seem to agree with that statement; Senior Marketing major, Kelley Smith said, “The area is a lot more opening and inviting. TDU feels more like a living room and is a nice place to relax.”

Another upcoming change includes adding rugs and floor lamps to each seating area. Students will be able to control the setting of the floor lamps. This control will add to the welcoming atmosphere of TDU. These changes should be implemented by the end of the month.

To add to the “welcoming” atmosphere, student artwork is displayed along the walls of TDU, and, by the end of the month, a slideshow of student artwork will be shown on the three flat-screen TVs hung on the far wall of the entrance.

Because of the remodeling of the patio area, the Grafton and Bluestone Dr. entrances of Madison Union were closed off during the first couple weeks of classes. The patio project has been in planning since September 2009, but it wasn’t until this past spring that renovations began. This $160,000 project includes an entire makeover of the patio area. Cline called in designers to help choose paint colors for the walls and ground that coordinate the elements of the space. Last spring, suggestion cards were handed out around campus to find out what students wanted to see more of. A majority of students wanted more of the white bar tables; more bar tables, umbrellas for the round red tables, and benches were purchased for the patio area. These tables and benches will be grouped together to give a community feeling to the area. Future plans include adding a roof off of Grafton to provide a shaded area for students to enjoy.

In addition, some subtle changes were made to Madison Union, including the switch from incandescent light bulbs to LED blubs, for a more green feeling, and the installment of a new surround sound system in Grafton-Stovall Theater.

As JMU continues to change, so will Madison Union.  Student opinions are important to the faculty of Madison Union and will always be taken into consideration. Students should keep an eye out for more changes that will be taking place in the future.

Another week at University Unions

Tuesday:

  • Kenya Safari Acrobats – A thrilling hour filled with stunts and high-flying action. Free! 8pm, Wilson Hall.
  • Open Mic Night in TDU – The JMU community is welcome to perform on the TDU stage. As an acoustic, small ensemble, or soloist showcase, take this opportunity to perform! 7:30pm-11pm.
  • Madison Meditates – Jared Featherstone will instruct “Mindfulness” Meditation, a non-religious practice that uses breathing and awareness of the body. No experience is necessary. Cushions, mats, and chairs will be provided. Everyone is welcome! 12:30pm-1:30pm, Taylor 405.
  • “One Night, One Ride, One Life” Speaker – Sponsored by Saferides. 6:30pm-9pm, Grafton Stovall Theatre.

Wednesday:

  • TeaTime – Join Student Activities and Involvement for a cup of tea and treat as well as an hour’s reprieve from the pressures of the week. 4pm-5pm, Student Activities and Involvement Office, Taylor 205A.

Thursday:

  • Poetry Open Mic Night – Once a month, Madison 4 U invites performance poets, MC’s, page poets and fans of poetry read aloud to step on the TDU stage and take the mic. No one style reigns and every voice is welcome.
  • Madison Meditates – 12:30pm-1:30pm, Transitions.
  • Farmer’s Market – Sponsored by Dining Services. 8am-4pm, Taylor Patio.

Friday:

  • Smash Brothers Tournament – Madison 4U fires up TDU with a Smash Brothers Blast Tournament! Sign-ups start @ 6! Get there early to make sure you have a spot!
  • Tunes at Noon – Enjoy the lunch hour with music selected during Open Mic Night on Tuesday. 12pm-1pm, TDU or on the Commons, weather permitting.
  • Late Night in TDU – A variety… Usually active, sometimes dance, sometimes games. 10pm-12 midnight.

Monday:

  • Kijiji Program – sponsored by the Dux Center. 6pm-10pm, Grafton Stovall Theater.

University Unions This Week

Check out some of the events happening in the University Unions this week!

Tuesday:

  • Open Mic Night in TDU – The JMU community is welcome to grab their “15 minutes of fame” on the TDU stage. This is an acoustic, small ensemble, or soloist showcase. As long as it’s legal, you’re welcome to perform! 7:30pm-11pm.
  • Madison Meditates – No experience is necessary. Cushions, mats, and chairs will be provided. Everyone is welcome! 12:30pm-1:30pm, Transitions.

Wednesday:

Thursday:

  • Live in the Drum – Live music, free pizza… what’s not to love! Student, local, and national acts will be featured during a campus show in the Festival Drum. 9pm – 12am, Festival Drum.
  • Madison Meditates – Meditation will provide an opportunity to practice Mindfulness Meditation and also explore other meditations modalities. 12:30pm-1:30pm, Transitions.

Friday:

  • Funny Freakin’ Fridays – UPB brings you a nationally touring stand-up comedian every month as an awesome way to end the week! This month: Nore Davis! 8pm-9pm, TDU.
  • Tunes at Noon – At Open Mic Night in TDU, a student artist is nominated to showcase for Tunes at Noon. Enjoy the lunch hour with music in TDU or on the Commons, weather permitting. 12pm-1pm.
  • Late Night in TDU – A variety… Come check it out! 10pm-12 midnight.

Feel free to comment with any questions!

This week at the University Unions

Of the many activities going on in Madison Union and Festival this week, at least one is bound to spark your interest!

Here are some of the events going on today through Friday:

Tuesday:

  • Open Mic Night in TDU – The JMU community is welcome to grab their “15 minutes of fame” on the TDU stage. This is an acoustic, small ensemble, or soloist showcase. As long as it’s legal, you’re welcome to perform! 7:30pm-11pm.

Wednesday:

  • TeaTime – Free tea and treat brought to you by Madison 4 U. Greet us with “Happy Humpday!” and receive a free travel tea mug. 4pm-5pm, Student Activities and Involvement Office, Taylor 205A.

Thursday:

  • Free Movie on the Lawn – UPB presents a free screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Bring a blanket and enjoy free popcorn and cotton candy on the Festival Lawn! 9pm.
  • Madison Meditates – Meditation will provide an opportunity to practice Mindfulness Meditation and also explore other meditations modalities. 12:30pm-1:30pm, Transitions.

Friday:

  • Tunes at Noon – At Open Mic Night in TDU, our scouts nominate a student artist to showcase on a Friday for Tunes at Noon. Enjoy the lunch hour with music in TDU or on the Commons, weather permitting. 12pm-1pm.
  • Nintendo Tournament – Here’s an opportunity to dominate in the Nintendo world! 4pm-9pm, Festival Drum and J.Madds.
  • Late Night in TDU – A variety… 10pm-12 midnight.

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