Want to meet Macklemore & Ryan Lewis?

Here are the official ways to win meet and greet passes to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with opener YONAS show on April 8, 2013 at the Convocation Center at JMU. Each winner will get to bring a friend to … Continue reading

Spotlight Shows this Month are…

Three shows.  Three weeks.  Three experiences.  Spotlight is a unique committee within UPB bringing you up and coming talent, mostly for FREE, that you would have to pay to see in a club in downtown D.C.  Come out and see these amazing performances so you can say “I knew them when…”
February 7th: Lighthouse and the Whaler (TDU 7p)

February 17th: The Cool Aid Show feat. DJ Biao (Festival Ballroom, 9p, $3 tickets)

February 22nd: Iron Lion (TDU 7p)

For more information, please look at the UPB Tumblr! 

~Kelly Johnson

Get to Know… Spirit & Traditions Director

When I was first offered the position of Spirit and Traditions Director, I had no idea what the job entailed. As an outside hire, I imagined some sort of exaggerated University Program Board cheerleader with lots of personality and few responsibilities. However, there’s much more to the title than one might first believe.
For those unfamiliar with University Program Board, all general body members belong to one of five committees. Each of these committees is led by a program director. The Spirit and Traditions committee is responsible for two major series events. (Series events are programs that take place every month.) In our case, these are Late Night Breakfast and Funny Freakin’ Friday. Each a staple within the UPB community, these events have become a tradition in their own right. They are always free and always open to every member of our campus! In addition to these series events, S&T is responsible for programming that relates to special holidays and celebrations at JMU. These include Homecoming, Parent’s Weekend, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and many others!
As the director, I lead our committee in the brainstorming, preparations, and execution of such events. I’m helped by five indispensable chairs, cumulatively responsible for marketing, outreach, decorations, hospitality needs, and committee administration. To lead our group, I organize meetings, facilitate voting procedures, and set the agenda for each week. Behind the scenes, I’m responsible for contacting agents, managing our budget, writing contracts for our events, and seeing to many other smaller details. Throughout the week and during events, I’m a resource for committee members and general members of the JMU community.
This is a quick description of what has kept me busy this past year, but if you’d like to know more or meet in person don’t hesitate to contact me! My e-mail address is chandlmr@gmail.com and I encourage everyone to apply to UPB!
~Megan Chandler, Director of Spirit & Traditions

Get Naked

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark holiday” created by chocolate, card and flower companies only to make money.  Maybe it is because I’ve never had that perfect Valentine’s date that movies portray.  Instead, you could compare my Valentine’s days to those of Liz Lemon (30 Rock anyone?!) in which there are many awkward moments and things never go as planned. But even through all these years of being single on Valentine’s Day, deep down I always wish the next year would be different.  Maybe one year I will get that perfect movie scene with a perfect boy, a delicious dinner and a memorable night.  It is that time of year again when I get my hopes up and dream about that perfect night.  I’m determined to have just ONE normal Valentine’s Day. With UPB’s Naked Dating event, this year is bound to be different.  If any of you are out there with me, come out to Grafton at 8:00 on January 24th to get some advice on love.  Naked Dating by Harlan Cohen will reveal a five-step approach to find love in college.  Don’t let the event name fool you though; everyone will be completely clothed! This hilarious mix of motivational speaking, audience participation and music is sure to give you a fun and entertaining night.  You know I will be there in the hopes that this Valentine’s Day will be different! So, come out to Naked Dating on January 24th at 8:00 in Grafton for FREE!  See you there!   -Cara Buchanan, Special Events