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!

Spring Break: Break or Not

by Molly Robinson

Depending on your major, Spring Break can mean leisure and relaxation or simply catching up on course work and studying.

For a student in a science or math class, such as physiology or calculus, chances are that you have an exam the week following break. Many may plan on pulling a bunch of all nighters to make up for lost ground. But for those of us who except that all-nighters are more detrimental than not to our bodies and grades, then at least half of break will be filled with course work that, unavoidably, needs to get done before returning to school.

On the other hand, there are those students who will not be returning to a difficult course load when returning from break who eagerly await kicking their feet back at the beach or a cruise and not even dreaming of exams in the future.

Although Spring Break is well needed for everyone, there is, undoubtedly, two completely different spectrums of break usage- to get academic bearing back- together or to have fun and unwind.


Take a Mental Health Day

by Elizabeth Short

A couple of weeks ago I took a day off; I did not do homework, send emails, or think about anything happening the upcoming week. It was perfect and just what I needed after a hectic and sleepless two weeks.  The next morning I woke up feeling great and ready to take on another busy week.

As college students, we need to plan to take mental health days more often. As I walk to work, through Warren, I see many stressed out students rushing through the halls to get things done. Most of our schedules probably don’t allow for days off, but according to the Associated Content article, “Benefits of Taking a Mental Health Day,” having a day off will decrease stress, increase productivity, and provide life balance, three things that college students strive for.

Therefore, make it a goal to take at least one mental health day a month. During your day off take the time to relax, catch up on TV shows, and hangout with friends. I guarantee you will feel refreshed the following day/week!

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