If you have looked at Facebook statuses, talked to friends, or walked in any bookstore, then you may already be familiar with The Hunger Games series. The Hunger Games is a popular young adult trilogy. However, people of many ages have read and enjoyed these books.
The soft science fiction books feature a teenage girl, Katniss, who is one of two selected adolescents to represent her district (similar to a US state) in a competition. However, this competition is nothing like any other. The members selected must say goodbye to everyone they know and fight to the death in a manipulated outdoor environment. The contestants are forced to survive in the wilderness and kill the other players while the entire country watches them on television. The last person alive wins the competition and becomes rich and famous instantaneously.
The author, Suzanne Collins, wrote The Hunger Games as a satire of modern reality-TV. The three books are a fast, enjoyable read that will surely keep you hooked regardless of age. I read the first two books over Winter Break and am now reading the third book. These books are so much fun to read and will definitely keep you interested. I stayed up all night finishing the first book and the second book I finished in just a few days.


These books are great. If you don’t believe me after my small synopsis you will just have to trust me and the millions of other people who just can’t put this book down!

And speaking of hunger and games, a great event to eat and play will be happening this Thursday Night! Willy Wonka Late Night Breakfast & Student Org Night will be happening in Festival! Come enjoy some breakfast, games, and brouse the clubs on campus! I wonder if there is a Hunger Games Club….


~Hannah Cox, Spirit & Traditions Committee

UPB Peace in the Land of Grown Up

As this four year chapter of my life quickly comes to a close, like many seniors, that are a number of issues that causing anxiety in my life. For one, I don’t have a job and don’t even know what I want to do with my life.  Furthermore, I’m taking 19 credits of all upper level classes just to walk in May. Needless to say, I have quite a bit of professional, personal, and academic issues on my plate. So how on earth am I going to survive this semester…?

Here’s How:

The two-fold conclusion to this predicament is music and UPB. Music has always been a part of my life and will surely be utilized to calm the spirit throughout this time. On the other hand, music can only do so much to get my mind off the multitude of tasks I have to ensure a successful life in the real world. Thus, I will not take advantage of every opportunity to focus on stuff that doesn’t effect the rest of my life. I am a justice major and am not going to pursue a career in hospitality, advertising, or event planning so UPB isn’t specifically relevant. However, the UPB office is going to be my oasis throughout the semester. While UPB can be hectic at times with event after event, it is a different kind of craziness that I love. Every day is something new and is always fun. While at the beginning and the end of the day my focus will be school, UPB will give me an opportunity to unwind and relax. UPB is going to be my escape from the reality that the real world is coming fast.

For those of your that aren’t graduating this Spring, I really encourage you to check out because UPB is currently hiring. During this time of growing up and stress, a little UPB peace can go a long way.

~ Luke Blum, Vice President of Membership Development

A Howie Holiday

Christmas is a celebration which includes spending time with family, decorating the entire house, and shopping for the people you love. This year we had a new addition to our family for Christmas, Howie. Usually we go to Omaha, Nebraska to visit my dad’s side of the family and freeze in the negative temperatures. However, my grandparents decided to pay for my whole family to go on a cruise this year to Jamaica. I got home from school and the next day packed a bathing suit, some shorts, and Howie and got on a plane to Florida. My two little cousins wanted to take Howie everywhere so he got to explore the whole ship and spent a good amount of time in the video arcade with my twelve year old cousin, Austin. When he wasn’t killing dragons and playing Skyrim, Howie has with my eleven year old cousin, Allison, catching some rays on the top deck.

We got back on Christmas Eve and my sister, Howie, and I spent the night putting up decorations and singing along to Christmas music. We then made cookies and stayed up all night watching Christmas movies. Christmas morning, my family always makes breakfast together, opens presents, and spends the entire day together…just us four. However, the next day, we drove to D.C. to spend time with my mom’s side of the family. Howie met my other little cousins who showed him the neighborhood, took him on the swings in the backyard, and made fudge balls with him. Overall, Howie thoroughly enjoyed his Christmas and sightseeing as he traveled to Jamaica and D.C.

~Kate Bailey, Spirit & Traditions

Be Happy, JMU!

Heading back to JMU can be a really happy time for most people. However, there may be some of you that have been feeling a little homesick.
My advice is to indulge in the things that make you happy. Make yourself a care package. Forgo the salads to splurge on Chik-fil-A. Upgrade from Hershey to Ghiradelli, from Keurig to Starbucks. The vente – with extra whipped cream. And don’t forget the chocolate chunk banana bread. For you ladies, lose yourself in an issue of Vogue or an episode of Grey’s. (Or the guilty pleasures of Cosmopolitan and self-deprecating reality TV. Perhaps you’re not a woman. In which case I’d advise the male equivalent: a hearty dose of Chipotle, COD, and the Victoria’s Secret holiday catalogue.

I’ve spent over a year compiling virtual sources of happiness I know I’ll be revisiting. Most of our generation is dependent on pixels and sound-bites for entertainment, and I am not an exception. On the desktop of this Macbook is a folder named, “The Happy File.” This is an on-going compilation of songs, videos, and images that make me smile on the worst of days. Some are adorable snippets of cheek-pinching cuteness, like the Baby Eating Ice Cream and Butterball, a staircase challenged puppy. Also included is a wide range of humorous treasures, the witty (Looking for Treyshon), the awkward (Happy Family Photo), and the downright silly (Thumb Man). I have an entire selection devoted to children , as well as cute elderly people. Most cherished are the photos I’ve stolen from friends’ Facebook pages that include two of my residents celebrating after a goal (Sam and Haley) and a ridiculously captured shot of a highschool friend attacking the cameraman – I can assure you she’s a very lovely girl in real life.


I’m sharing my favorites with you in the hopes that you will start your own folder. Make it great. Make it your own. I’ve included pictures of my brother and I growing up, as well as audio clips of the loon calls I hear back home in Maine. Remember the things that make you happy and incorporate them into your life, whether that is a friend, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, or your favorite scene from Jackass.
~Megan Chandler, Director of Spirit & Traditions