The Hangover Warning

Seeing as the delightfully hilarious movie “The Hangover” is one of the features offered at Grafton this week, I found myself curious at what a hangover actually is and what specifically causes it. Being the enlightened student that I am, I immediately threw aside my Photoshop assignment and sought out the answer. I credit the incredibly helpful site, howstuffworks.com as the source of my information.

picture from spicymoviedogs.comA hangover refers to the uncomfortable symptoms experienced by a person after a night of heavy drinking. Common symptoms include: headache, dehydration, sensitivity to light and sound, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, trouble concentrating, difficulty sleeping, and weakness. It is generally agreed upon that the more a person drinks, the worse a hangover will be although this varies from person to person. Drinking on an empty stomach, sickness, performing physical activity while drinking, and not getting enough sleep are also factors that increase the intensity of a hangover.

When alcohol enters the bloodstream, it blocks the creation of vasopressin. When the body does not have enough of this chemical, the kidneys send water directly to the bladder, as opposed to reabsorbing it. Studies show that 250 milliliters of an alcoholic drink cause the body to get rid of between 800 and 1,000 milliliters of water. This is why the bathroom becomes a very popular place when people are drinking.

After a night of heavy drinking, the body is in complete disarray. Organs try to make up for the loss of water by taking picture from fanpop.comwater from the brain, which causes headaches. Frequent bathroom trips also get rid of salt and potassium necessary for correct nerve and muscle functioning. When these levels dip too low fatigue, nausea, and head aches can occur. Alcohol abuse breaks down glycogen stored in the liver, which is partly at fault for some of the weakness and fatigue felt the next morning.

I think it is, perhaps, most important to note that a hangover can occur from as few as two or three drinks. Although everyone is different, the consequences of drinking should certainly be considered beforehand. Also I must insist that if you choose to drink, please do so responsibly.

– Steven Butler

Chronicles of a Middle-School Art Prodigy

Hello my name is Emily Grochowski, and I am the Executive Assistant for UPB. Anyone who knows me personally can confirm, I may be one of the most inartistic people around. I am extremely inept at anything that requires drawing, painting, sculpting, or cutting in a straight line. Even my handwriting looks like an awkward, 4th grade Emily Grochowskiboy’s. With this kind of introduction to myself, it may be hard to believe that back in the day I was a regular Michelangelo. These are the chronicles of a middle-school art prodigy.

First period art class at Rachel Carson Middle School had never seen such expression as when you handed me a pack of pastels. Landscapes, portraits, pottery, collages, I could do it all. Throughout the course we were instructed to illustrate highly complex subjects, including a shoe, a vase of flowers, and my personal favorite, an artistic display of leaves. When the annual art show rolled around, several pieces of my highly diverse collection were showcased.

The night of the show, tensions were high as the judges circled the cafeteria analyzing each individual work. After much deliberation, the awards were distributed. I won two blue ribbons for my tribal vase and Monet-inspired watercolor painting, and was recipient of the greatest honor, “7th grade artist of the year.” I’m not sure I have ever been so proud.

I wish that I could tell you that I went on to accomplish great things in the artistic world, inspiring new movementsYou Made It! and reaching new heights…but I didn’t. Unfortunately, that was the end of my short-lived art career. Pretty much a week after the art show, I lost any skills that I ever possessed. Is it possible that I never actually had talent? Most likely the case. However one thing I do know, every since that fateful day I struggle to draw a stick figure.

Today, the University Program Board will be a hosting You Made It! Night at a local paint-your-own pottery venue downtown. I encourage all of you to come showcase your own artistic whims and enjoy the extended hours and student discounts that You Made It! has to offer JMU. Although my creation may hold a strong similarity to the teapot I painted for my mom in first grade, you bet I’ll be downtown tonight. There’s even a bus shuttle available that will be running between the Godwin bus stop and You Made It! Hope to see you there.

– Emily

The 7 Wonders of UPB Take Flight

Greetings and Salutations all!

Just in case we haven’t met yet, I’m Erik, this year’s Film Director. Woot! You may have seen me the past few years at the luxurious Grafton-Stovall Theater, my second home. I’m usually the one with the huge grin asking if you want a popcorn with your ticket. Still don’t know me? <(T_T)> <–(That is a crying Kirby.) Stop by Grafton sometime or the UPB office cause I love chatting about movies.

Anyways, I am writing you all on this glorious Tuesday to tell you all about my adventure from last weekend (Oct. 1st-4th) at NACA. What is NACA you say? I say its the National Association ofErik Bowen Campus Activities! This year’s theme was “Take Flight,” and basically it is a place for college programming boards to come together, learn, network, and check out the latest & greatest in novelties, musicians + speakers. Can I just say WOW!!! It was amazing! <(^_^)>

One of the greatest things at NACA was going to an educational session and meeting up with film representatives from other schools. It was so amazing to meet other eccentric folk like myself with a passion for movies and event planning. I had never really considered before how awesome JMU is with our film program, as we have showing Wednesday thru Sat just about every week of the semester. Other schools had somewhere between 3-5 a semester, some per year! We really are quite fortunate.

One of the other facets of NACA are the showcases. At these showcases (a total of about 12 hours) we check out the new talent from comedians to speakers to musicians. One of the most hilarious of the comedians was Michelle Buteau with her catchphrases of “spread that rumor” and “…from the waist down.”  You’ll probably agree with me that she is quite fabulous. The best though had to be the Mr. Belding’s Karaoke Jam Party when a group decided to sing All the Single Ladies and our very own Patrick Crosson went up on stage to give him a lesson in choreography. Even better is someone in the audience uploaded this gem to YouTube. How did we live before this website?

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Our team name was the 7 Wonders of UPB!

Finally, the last element of NACA is the Campus Activities Market Place or CAMP for short. It was here that we had the opportunity to chat with the performers of the showcases and also talk with others. We also had a chance to check out the cool new novelties and attractions that we could bring to campus. Some things were quite bizarre such as a strongwomen who challenged me to a bottle cap bending contest (it was quite interesting) and later split an apple on her biceps and broke chopsticks with her butt. There was even a trivia tournament that we won for JMU woot!

Overall, it was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to implement some of these new ideas that I have stirring around in my head. Our beloved Grafton is going to get some exciting new events this year!

~Erik <(^_^)>

Generation Harry Potter

HARRY POTTER DEFINES OUR GENERATION. Our parents had such cultural obsessions as Star Wars or (if they are like my mom) The Beatles. However, it was a kid on a broomstick who captured the hearts and imaginations of many of us. Deathly Hallows alone saw 11 million copies fly off the shelves in the first 24 hours it was on sale. The phenomenon created a frenzy among the masses, and I was no exception. With a total gross of $938 million* for the fifth movie, I’m positive that I’m not alone in saying that I was really excited for the newest film version of J.K. Rowling’s saga about the wonder-child of the wizarding world. I’m now even luckier, because I have yet another opportunity to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on the big screen (as it should be seen) at Grafton Stovall on campus.

Helena Bonham Carter was cast perfectly for the twisted Bellatrix Lestrange

Helena Bonham Carter was cast perfectly for the twisted Bellatrix Lestrange

I practically immersed myself in the book series during my childhood (brace yourselves everybody, because you’re currently reading the blog of a celebrity. I ranked number #1 on the Scholastic Trivia Site …… for a whole day). So naturally when I found out that it was coming to theaters I was ecstatic. However, much to my dismay, the series has been plagued by inconsistencies with the feel of the movies. This is due to there being 4 different directors for the 6 films.

Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets were both directed by Chris Columbus. Now I feel bad being too harsh on the man, since he was involved with bringing us 1985’s The Goonies, but he is really lacking in creativity.   The first two movies were page-by-page cookie cutter versions of the books. The fans wanted more excitement than what Columbus had to offer.

Thus came Alfonso Cuaron (who also directed 2006’s Children of Men) to tackle the third installment. He is by far my personal favorite because he brings an unparalleled cinematography to the project. Unfortunately, it appears that I’m not in the majority on this one, because out of the six movies Prisoner of Azkaban fared the worst at the box office. It took in a MERE $795 million globally.

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Seeing the drop in revenue, the producers decided to once again try to shake things up in the world of Harry Potter filmmaking. Mike Newell (who had just come off of directing Mona Lisa’s Smile) took the helm of Goblet of Fire. This was a good movie, but it would’ve been hard to mess up with such a great book as its source. However, there is something in the fourth Harry Potter that has never stopped bothering me. While the Triwizard Tournament would have been an incredible and enthralling experience for those participating, the ones spectating from the sidelines really got shorted on this one. Hogwarts students were told that they didn’t have quidditch to watch all year…… so they could watch the top of a lake or the outside of a giant bush. If you still aren’t on my side on this issue, just imagine yourself going down to Bridgeforth Stadium. Now instead of watching Mickey Matthew’s team at work, you have the pleasure of witnessing the latest in the exciting world of shrubberies. With me now?

FINALLY, THOSE BEHIND THE HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE FOUND THEIR ROCK IN DAVID YATES. After the massive success of Order of the Phoenix (grossing $938 million globally, second only to Sorcerer’s Stone at the time), Yates was signed to direct all of the remaining films. This has greatly appeased my problems with the series’ lack of a consistent style and I’ve gotten a lot more enjoyment out of the films. Being that this is a quality film and a landmark in your generation, you owe it to yourself to go see Yate’s newest Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince playing this week for the same low $2.50.

Like my views on the movies or think I couldn’t be more wrong? I’d love to hear from you. Think you can beat me in some HP trivia? Bring it on.

– Stephen

All box office numbers according to www.boxofficemojo.com

Pictures from the Third Eye Blind Show

If you didn’t make it to the show last night, you missed an amazing experience. Even the band’s opener BlueSkyReality went above and beyond my high expectations for the show. I know that I’m not alone in UPB when I say that I am still exhausted from last night (taking down that intricate stage was quite a production). We will have more about the behind the scenes of the concert later, but for now I just wanted to leave you guys with some of the photos from last night:

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Interview with Third Eye Blind

With the show a mere three days away, I’m sure many of you are getting anxious for Third Eye Blind coming to JMU. Rest easy, because I have something to tide you over for the time being. I was lucky enough to have a few questions answered by drummer Brad Hargreaves on behalf of the band.

– A lot of fans have always wanted to know, how’d you come up with the name Third Eye Blind?

It was just a play on words that fit the mood at that time in San Francisco.

– You guys performed at JMU way back in November of ’98. How do you feel that you’ve evolved as a band since then?

We are all lifers in music and that journey involves constantly trying to grow as writers, musicians and performers. I would like to believe we have all individually honed our craft over the last 10 years and are a better band because of it.

– Going against the grain in the music industry, you’ve made a bold move to be self-managed. What was the drive behind this decision?

I think 75% of good management is desire. The band has the desire to do things that are authentic to the music and adding a layer of management can dilute that.

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– You recently released the much anticipated Ursa Major to great commercial success despite declining CD sales across the country. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 charts, but this kind of success isn’t anything new for you guys. You’ve been able to span generations and have experienced a rare longevity in this industry with a generally short shelf life. What do you think it is that makes Third Eye Blind such a unique band and allows you to thrive in the music realm?

I think people are very keen when it comes to sensing whether a band has something to offer or whether it is BS. Third Eye Blind has something to say on a lot of levels and perhaps people relate to that.

– Third Eye Blind was out of the spotlight for a few years. The new album is appropriately named Ursa Major,representing the band coming out of your “hibernation.” Can you go into your inspiration for your latest material?

Our inspiration is our fans. The band was really rejuvenated by our fans support of our 10 year anniversary shows a couple years ago. That really inspired us to finish this record.

– We’ve heard talk about a CD being released with tracks that didn’t make the newest collection. What’s the status on Ursa Minor?

We have a number of songs that will be released as Ursa Minor. The plan is to really have it well rehearsed by the end of this October tour and then go into the studio and record and mix a song a day.

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– After year’s of performing, you’ve gotten a lot of tour experience under your belts. What is one of your more memorable performances?

Playing in a monsoon on Mt Fuji was quite memorable. I was told the stage started sinking.

– What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?

Ursa Major’s big debut after six years without a record is pretty high up there. I would say Stevie Wonder playing a harmonica solo on jumper at a show was pretty special as well.

– What do you guys think is the next step for the band?

The next step for the band is to keep it rolling. We have the ability to release music whenever we want now and that is pretty liberating. We plan on touring and recording a lot over the next year.

I personally can’t wait to see the band perform…. and hang out with the guys when I run the Meet and Greet with the band on Thursday night. If you don’t have your tickets yet you can still buy them at the Warren Box Office (and you’ll get a free poster along with your ticket) or you can order them online. See you all there!

– Stephen