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Growing buzz about the JMU board’s vice-rector’s potential presidential campaign

On Jan. 25, a bunch of potential 2016 Republican presidential nominees appeared at the Iowa Freedom Summit for a dress rehearsal. Right there on the speaking bill, beside big names like Cruz, Christie and Perry was Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the current vice-rector of the James Madison University Board of Visitors […]

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A Lesson in Free Speech: Homophobic Preacher Drowned out by Love and Tolerance at JMU

At public universities, it is not uncommon to find Christian preachers “evangelizing” in common areas on campus.  Not quietly, and usually shouting and waving a bible.  I remember such antics near JMU’s D-hall in the late 90s.  There were two separate preachers that showed up at different times throughout my tenure there.  Both were typified […]

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Student Social Media & The JMU Sexual Assault Controversy

Last week, social media was flooded with shares and retweets of JMU student Sarah Butters’ alleged sexual assault by three JMU fraternity brothers on a 2013 spring break trip to Panama City Beach, Fla. In a video of the incident that was later shared with dozens of people, Butters is allegedly shown topless while the […]

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How a Board Game Developed at JMU Could Help End Pastoralists’ Boom-Bust Cycles in Rural Kenya

This story was written by Alisha Huber. A board game developed by JMU researchers and Maasai pastoralists is gaining attention among Maasai communities in Kajiado County of southern Kenya. This game, called Eramat (“Mind your cattle,” in Maa), models pastoralist life as a game. Its developers believe it can help Maasai communities explore ways to […]

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Explaining The Draining: Why Newman Lake Is Almost Empty

If you still haven’t crossed a dip in Newman Lake off your JMU bucket list, now’s the time to plunge deep into its once murky waters without even getting your toes wet. A few weeks ago, a construction team at the university began draining the lake and rumors about why and what would be found […]

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Some Undocumented Virginia Residents Will Become Eligible for In-State Tuition at JMU, But It’s Unclear How Many Students This Will Actually Affect

On Tuesday, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginians who are “lawfully present” under the federal DACA program and otherwise meet residency criteria are eligible for in-state tuition at the state’s public universities and colleges. At JMU this academic year, tuition for a full-time undergraduates costs $4,588 for in-state students and $11,827 for out-of-state students. […]

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Get Amped on MACRoCk: local webzine drops the science

We’re stoked about the super-rad brand new local webzine Worst Week Ever.  They’ve put together an awesome collection of who’s who and what’s to do for MACRoCk XVII and you should definitely read the whole dang thing.  Personally I’m pretty stoked about the organizers’  choice of a cicada for the 17th iteration of this always loud, […]

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Misrepresenting the Valley’s Latino Youth

This article was originally posted on the Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino Initiative website.  SV-SLI is a mentoring and scholarship program for youth in the Shenandoah Valley.  We at OSH believe that this is an important discussion for our community and thus the need to share this insightful reflection from a local professor. Misrepresenting the Valley’s Latino […]

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JMU Recognized for Protecting Freedom of Speech

In a just-released report, the nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, assessed how policies at 427 American universities, including 323 four-year public schools and 104 large and/or prestigious private institutions, affect free speech and open debate on campus. Congratulations are in order to James Madison University, which was one of a very […]

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A Final Chapter on Collicello Gardens

Collicello Gardens is in the history books. The urban farm that convinced the city to legalize urban farming wrapped things up after the 2013 season. Sam Frere and Dan Warren, the pair behind the effort, have both now graduated from JMU and are looking forward to new farming projects. The two had the production side […]

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