The World of Jenks

Think about heading, by yourself, into an environment you had never even thought about before. This is what Andrew Jenks does on a weekly basis.

As a young documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks is interested in showing his generation what the world is really like. His series on MTV, World of Jenks, premiered this past September and was an instant hit. On his documentary series, he spends one week in extraordinary people’s lives. Some of the Jenks’ subjects were a homeless woman, a rapper, and a man living with autism, a NFL cheerleader, and a rising comedian.

Jenks’ college tour is now underway and he will be traveling to colleges all over the United States in hopes of spreading the word of his experiences and teaching his generation all that this world consists of. He will make his JMU debut on February 17th and will be speaking about how he got his start, what he’s been doing since then, and what he hopes to accomplish in the future.

On a past episode of World of Jenks, Andrew spent one week shadowing and recording a young comedian’s triumphs and pitfalls. He followed Dan St. Germain around documenting each gig he performed.

Jenks was with Germain before and after each show and really showed the world what these young comedians go through. His audience got to see that comedy isn’t always funny, and it takes actual work, rehearsal, and dedication. The viewers were mentally submerged into Germain’s world for an hour or so but had the opportunity to take so much more out of the viewing experience.


For once on TV it wasn’t about the sappy, good life story. The audience saw a man put his heart and soul into a career only to be told that he didn’t have what it takes to make it big in the comedy world.

On Thursday Feburary 17, 2011 Andrew Jenks will be appearing in JMU’s very own Wilson Hall. Tickets are available now at Warren Box office for $5 in advanced and $10 at the door, for students and the general public. Doors will open at 7pm and the event will start at 8pm. Come out to hear about Andrew Jenk’s amazing journey to show the world what’s actually happening outside their own front door.


UPB’s Anthony Banks!

UPB is excited to welcome documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks to JMU.  He is featured on MTV’s show “World of Jenks,” where he lives for a week in the life of diverse and inspirational people across the country. Jenks says of the show, “Every young person I meet has a unique way of speaking to our generation. Their story is personal but their message is universal: to make a difference and leave their own unique stamp on society.”   This Thursday at 8 pm in Wilson Hall, Jenks will talk about his experiences, show clips from his show, and conduct a Q&A session.

Inspired by his upcoming visit, check out our parody video featuring UPB’s own “Anthony Banks”!


~Mitch Ramey, Public Relations Director

Get To Know… Director of Special Events

21 committee members. 14 fellow Exec members. 18,000+ students. As one of the five Program Directors with UPB, it’s our responsibility to make each of these populations come together.

In a typical week, my job is to facilitate a one-hour committee meeting where brainstorming, planning, and decision-making for the upcoming events are the main goals. The rest of the week is spent coordinating office hours for the 21-committee members so that not only does the necessary work get done, but also each member’s personal and professional development is at work. Everything from researching possible events to contacting agent or other schools for details to making marketing banners is accomplished in a week.

In the fall semester, Special Events planned and executed six events. Among which were Kenya Safari Acrobats, Michael Ian Black, and Cupcake Wars. All committees have different focuses but the thing I like the most about my job is that we don’t really have a limited focus. Special Events is by far the most ambiguous committee because we do anything that isn’t covered by the other committees.

If creativity, planning, and working with a larger group of people sparks your interest, then Director of Special Events is the position for you!

~Amy Remmer, Director of Special Events

Cupcakes, Glorious Cupcakes

I’ll be honest–like most students, I spent the majority of my Thanksgiving break dreading the return to classes.  But as Sunday night crept ever closer, the only thing keeping me going was my excitement for JMU’s first-ever Cupcake Wars! 

Around the office and among all my friends, my name has become synonymous with baked goods.  To say that I love to bake would be a gross understatement.  I live for baking–almost literally, as I teach cake decorating classes at Michael’s.  I love experimenting with new recipes and challenging myself to try new techniques, so naturally when I heard UPB was planning this event, I was positively ecstatic.

The only thing better than baking is baking is competitive baking.  Ever since I happened upon it a few months ago in a fit of summer boredom, I’ve loved watching Cupcake Wars on Food Network.  I would give anything to compete on the show (and, believe me…I’ve spent plenty of time scouring Food Network’s website for information on auditioning; alas the option is unavailable.)!  For now, though, I’ll settle for judging tonight’s competition.  I can’t wait to see what designs you all have in store!

~Josie Eller, Film Committee Member and Cupcake Wars Judge

Let The Battle Begin…

Are you ready for the cupcake battle of the year?!! Well it’s time to start preparing for battle since there’s only two weeks left until Cupcake Wars: JMU edition! In order to “prepare,” this past weekend I munched on some cupcakes and caught a rerun of Food Networks Cupcake Wars, which I can only describe with one word; INTENSE! Not only do competitors have to create cupcakes with really odd ingredients, they also have to make and decorate 1,000 cupcakes in only 2 hours! Luckily JMU’s edition of Cupcake Wars won’t be as intense; in fact it will be quite relaxing (for those who aren’t competing and can therefore feast on holiday treats). The showdown will take place in TDU from 8:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday December 1st. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s best efforts in our three decorating categories; JMU, holiday and freestyle. We’ll supply your weapons (cupcakes and decorations) and you bring the fight (your creative prowess). So this week as the holidays approach, don’t be afraid to release your creative spirit. You may just win something sweet.  And did I mention it’s FREE?!

 See you there! Let the battle begin…

~Jordan Lawson, Special Events


Present day Oktoberfest has more then 5 million attendees each year.  It is a three-week long festival that runs from mid-September through the first week of October.  Traditional German food is served including Würstl (sausages), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Brezn (pretzels), Kasspatzn (cheese noodles), and various Oktoberfest beverages.

 The history of Oktoberfest dates back to October 12th, 1810 in Munich, Germany.  Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and in order to commemorate their marriage, a great horse race is thrown.  The horse race went over well (I mean really who doesn’t love a festival?!) and it was decided to make the festival an annual celebration.

Unfortunately most of us cannot afford to fly to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest with them.  Now, UPB and SafeRides have found a way to bring it to us. This Friday, at 9:00pm, on Festival Lawn, JMU is going to have their very own “Octoberfest”.  The activities that will be there include a haunted SafeRide, pumpkin painting, and a costume contest. I hope I win the iPod Touch!  There will also be free food and a cappella performances.  Hope to see you all there!

 ~Kelsey Coffin & Samantha Long, Spirit & Traditions

Laugh Out Loud!

The countdown has begun; only 4 days until Michael Ian Black! Can you believe it? The show is next Thursday October 21 at 8PM in Wilson! Tickets are only five dollars (I already bought mine) and 2 tickets to the sold out B.o.B show will raffled off!

If you regretted not seeing Aziz Ansari like I did last year, you can’t miss this! Many of you have probably seen Michael Ian Black’s smirk around campus and hopefully you recognized him. I’m a fan of his quirky commentary on “I love the…”  70’s,80’s and 90’s shows on VH1. If you’ve seen his comedic prowess then I’m sure you’ve  already bought your ticket. But for those of you have not (yet)- check out Michael Ian Black on  twitter ( and Youtube some of his stand up. You don’t want to miss out on this, it’s going to be hilarious!

~Jordan Lawson, Special Events