It’s Good To Have A Best Buddy

The value of a friend is extremely underappreciated and quite often taken for granted in our society. Best Buddies has given me the opportunity to touch people’s lives in a more unique way than I ever thought possible!

Best Buddies is an international, non-profit organization, and the chapter here on JMU’s campus is very special. We, as Best Buddies members, work with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to form one-to-one friendships with college students. Social acceptance and inclusion for the small community of people with disabilities is our number one goal!

Okay, all the business talk aside, Best Buddies has changed my life. Since starting the chapter at my high school and continuing on into college, Best Buddies has taken me places and shown me things (literally and figuratively) that have changed me for the better. This organization has opened my eyes to the world around me. It has shown me that some people are very unfortunate, and that in grim times, the most important thing that you can give someone is your friendship!

All that being said, I cannot wait to bring my Buddy to December’s edition of Funny Freakin’ Friday, TONIGHT at 8PM in TDU! We crack jokes all the time, so I know he will get a kick out of the comedian, Watt Smith. Best Buddies is thrilled to be co-sponsoring their first event with UPB for FFF. Hope to see you there!

-Bryan Herbert, Best Buddies JMU President

My Country Accent

This year, I am a member of UPB and love my position, serving as the hospitality chair for the Spirit & Traditions Committee.  When comedians come for events like Funny Freakin’ Friday, I help to arrange for their amenities while visiting JMU, which can include anything from transportation to hotel to food and anything in between. 

This year, I have encountered two comedians and these interactions can be quite interesting due to my friendly personality and my Southern upbringings.  Some people would call me a Southern belle, but I have a country accent and am normally overly talkative and personable.  These qualities are enhanced by being pretty tall, for a girl – 6′ to be exact – and being picked on for my abnormally southern accent for being from Virginia is a completely normal part of my life since coming to JMU.  Last month, I was made-fun-of again when Nore Davis was the Funny Freakin’ Friday comedian.  He had some good jokes on and off the stage towards me and my parents, who were visiting me for Parents’ Weekend.  Like I said, the most common form of picking I encounter is pure mockery of my accent, and this is the first thing that Nore did when I spoke to him on the phone as he arrived on campus.

Funny Freakin’ Friday is an event held the first Friday of every month; so I have plenty more comedians to meet before the year is over and I am curious to see if every one of them mocks my accent.  However, November 5th is our next Funny Freakin’ Friday which is also being sponsored by the Latino Student Alliance, featuring Cesar Cervantes.  I cannot wait to be there to hear his jokes and see you guys there this Friday in TDU at 8pm for some free laughs and fun! 

~Maribeth Jones, Spirit & Traditions Hospitality Chair

Missing the Family

I am beginning my third year away from home now. Being on my own has taught me a lot about independence, living with others, and time management. Not having a curfew and being treated like an adult by my professors is also a plus. I am definitely enjoying my freedom away from home, except for one thing. I miss my mommy.

Now, I am from California, so my mother is a long plane flight away and it is almost impossible to visit home and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer: fresh-baked cookies and milk, family gossip, warm Sunday breakfasts, walks on the beach, funny movies, and more. Though I could do all these things without mom, it just not the same. We have a connection. The woman gave me life for crying out loud!

Thankfully, she misses me just as much and will be flying to Harrisonburg on the first Friday of October to visit for Family Weekend! Now I have been debating on what there is for a mom to do in the college scene–because let’s face it–moms don’t exactly fit in all that well. I was in need of family fun that was a little more mature than a G-rated movie. After looking at the event schedule, I realized that the comedian, Nore Davis, will be performing in TDU for Funny Freakin Friday. A free comedian is a perfect family event! For those of you that are also trying to find fun things to do with your family with a little explicit content, come out to Funny Freaking Friday on October 1st (8 PM in Taylor Down Under) and turn “family fun” into “family funny!”

~Natalie Hamlin, Spirit & Traditions Campus & Community Outreach Chair

The Sun-Day Forcast: 8/29/10

Welcome Back JMU!  And welcome to campus Class of 2014!

Everyone here in UPB hopes you had an amazing and relaxing summer!   However, we are looking forward to an even better semester ahead!  This Fall, we are bringing many exciting programs your way:  from comedians and motivational speakers to blockbuster movies and concert series, this semester’s events are going to be better than ever!  That being said, here’s a look at whats happening on the JMU Campus this week:

 Crazy Commons

Welcome “Back to School with Jimmy Madison” this Tuesday from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Commons.   This is the first Crazy Commons of Fall 2010!  Enjoy free food, gifts, and sneak peeks of upcoming events for the fall semester.  And make sure you don’t miss the announcement of our Fall Concert Series!




Accents Tour 2010

The Accents Tour 2010 is a uniquely designed music series showcasing rising European and Australian artists on the verge of international success!  Performing at Festival Drum Thursday September 2nd at 8 pm is Via Tania, Freddie Stevenson, and JMU’s own Trinity Edralin.


Funny Freakin Friday

Mike E Winfield is one of today’s fastest rising comedy stars.  He has been featured on shows like Showtime’s Comedians Without Borders, and Last Comic Standing on NBC. His story-telling comic style and cutting jokes about his own “big ass teeth,” easily makes him the funniest comedian alive (self-proclaimed of course).  Former Breeze humor-columnist, Michael Larrick will open the show followed by Mike E Winfield!  Come out and …catch a laugh in TDU on September 3rd at 8 PM!  And don’t forget…it’s FREE!
This Week At Grafton
Movies play every week Wednesday – Saturday at 7:00 and 9:30!
7:00Date Night
Steve Carell and Tina Fey are “a match made in comedy heaven” (Ben Lyons, E!) in this uproarious adventure about an ordinary couple in the right place…on the wrong night. Phil and Claire Foster are a sensible, suburban husband and wife slogging through their daily lives and marriage. But a case of mistaken identity sets off a n outrageous chain of events involving small-time thieves, big-city mobsters, corrupt cops and a crazed cabbie, as the Fosters’ “date night” turns into a wild ride they’ll never forget!  (20th Century Fox)
9:30 – Killers
 A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple.  (Lionsgate)
Have a great week JMU!

Sweet Summertime in Delaware

Hey JMU!  My name is Melissa and I’m the Director of UPB’s Spirit & Traditions committee for this year.  I’ve been spending my summer back home in Delaware, in a small-town, close to UD, actually.  Just like Harrisonburg, it’s a college town, so the summers are a little dead, but I can’t complain.  My oldest brother is getting married in a few weeks, and I’m so excited because this is my first wedding as a bridesmaid!

Aside from wedding details, I’ve been working (of course, who isn’t?!)  I usually feel like I do nothing but work through my summer vacations, but this summer has been a taste of something new.  I’ve been working for my dad in his sign shop and learning a lot of things that I never imagined I would take interest in.  Working in a family business is a new experience for me, but very rewarding.  While learning the daily routine of the store, I’ve also been dabbling in the marketing side of things.  I’ll admit that marketing is not my favorite part to be involved in with a business, but I am picking up on some strategies and things that I can totally see coming in handy with UPB and marketing our events…which by the way are quickly approaching and going to be AMAZING!

As much as I love being home for the summer, I am SO excited about heading back to JMU.  And while I am on the edge of my seat for COB 300 to begin 😉  I am really looking forward to seeing events implemented and new plans rolling for UPB.  For me personally with S&T-I am trying to take some crafty and innovative angles with Late Night Breakfasts and possibly add some new twists to Funny Freakin’ Fridays!  I encourage all of the JMU community to keep an eye out for the awesome events that UPB is bringing your way…you don’t want to miss out!

Keep on keepin’ on everybody!


From the Waist Down… and a side of Humor Column

I saw Michelle Buteau at the National Association of Campus Activities Conference in October. The comedian had the pleasure of hosting one of the showcases, and I had the pleasure of falling in love with her! Maybe it was the ghetto side of me, the one that snaps her fingers and swings her head back saying, “Get it gurl!!”

You may be wondering what the title “From the Waist Down” is all about . That’s her signature saying. It’s like adding “in bed” after every fortune cookie (if you’ve never done that you should, it’s hilarious!!) After the showcase I made the rest of our program board run with me to meet Michelle. I stood in line for 30 minutes so I could get a photo and autograph. Then I turned to her agent and said, “I want her at JMU!” We started working on a contract there and I began the anxious wait to see my straight crush again =)

The combination of Michelle Buteau and humorist Michael Larrick from The Breeze has pushed this Funny Freakin’ Friday on February 5th to my number one all time event! I’ve worked on a lot of events with UPB and seen some pretty amazing people. None compare to the happiness in my heart right now. So be there! And get yourself some free Campus Cookies too!! =)

– Patrick

The Sun-Day Forecast 1/31/10

Here’s what you have to look forward to around JMU this week (other than Groundhog Day) :

Looking Through Broken Glass

For National Eating Disorders Awareness Month UPB, SWO, and the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma are bringing speaker Stacey Prussman to campus this Monday. Stacey is a professional stand-up comedian, actress, and motivational speaker. Her presentation tells the personal story of her battle with eating disorders and how she struggled to overcome them. This presentation is brutally honest, with a sense of humor and discusses the media’s influence and the “smoke and mirrors” of magazines and TV.

Tim Blane Band

Come check out the Tim Blane Band this Wednesday in TDU at 8 PM

Ski Spree

Looking to show off your skills on the Massanutten slopes? Sign up with UREC to ski Thursday nights from 4:30 to 10:30 PM this winter at a special discount.

Can It!

Help support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank while enjoying the music of three amazing bands. Eta Sigma Gamma and UPB are bringing Cicero, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, and The Avenue to the Festival Ballroom. The event is this Thursday at 8 PM and admission is either 2 canned food items or $2.

Funny Freakin’ Friday with Michelle Buteau

From HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and Last Comic Standing, Michelle Buteau will be performing her stand up for free this Friday night as part of UPB’s Funny Freakin’ Friday Series. As usual the event is from 8-9 PM in TDU.

This week at Grafton:


The Men Who Stare At Goats


Pirate Radio