Resident reviewer Gracie Brogowski writes that "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is an effective tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played the original Black Panther, as the film shifts its focus to Shuri (Letitia Wright) and her journey.
"The House on Linardi Street," an original play written by senior theatre major Juleanna Green, follows five siblings on a lake house weekend as they debate their inheritance, relive childhood memories and ultimately grow closer. Reviewer Evan Moody writes that the play's emotional range and themes of nostalgia and family linger with the audience, even after the final bow.
Reviewer Jack Calabrese highlights Millie Bobby Brown's role in the second "Enola Holmes" movie. He also writes that the movie succeeds by keeping up with previous mystery masterpieces such as the "Sherlock Holmes" movies.
Though he switched away from a career in education during his time at JMU, Daniel Gardner (’22) is combining his interests in aviation and teaching by becoming a flight instructor. Gardner just earned his commercial pilot’s license, and he hopes to earn his instructor's license by the end of the year.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg has had a large positive impact on the youth who participate in the program. Haley Thomas spoke with Harrisonburg volunteers about the lasting relationships they've made with their Littles.
In this review of Modern Warfare 2, contributing writer Andrew Kwak remarks on how this new addition to the series returns back to the original roots of the game and is very nostalgic for players.
Rihanna's latest single, "Lift Me Up," is her first new music in six years and part of the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever." Reviewer Gracie Brogowski writes that the song is "raw and genuine" — an emotional tune that reflects the themes of the new Marvel movie.
"Tales of the Jedi" dives into the backstory of Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku with new installments into the Star Wars canon. Reviewer Luke Freisner commends the show's animation style and ability to highlight overlooked characters and locations.
The Rocktown Energy Festival recently held its second annual event as part of the National Solar Home Tour in downtown Harrisonburg. The festival served as an opportunity for attendees to learn about sustainable energy methods and engage in conversation.
In this week's edition of A Wealth of Health, Hannah Lifrieri shares ways to avoid getting sick in college and how to recover quickly if you do.
You may see the Dukettes dancing in Bridgeforth Stadium or the Atlantic Union Bank Center, but they're rising in status as a top-tier collegiate dance team. In addition to performing at JMU football and basketball games, the Dukettes dance competitively in events like the National Dance Alliance’s annual National Collegiate Dance Championship.
Malika Carter-Hoyt was selected as the first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and spoke about what she's done in the position so far and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.
While "Black Adam" and its star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, promised to change the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe, DC's latest installment isn't quite the game-changer it aims to be, reviewer Jack Calabrese writes.
In "Takin' It Back," Meghan Trainor returns to her doo-wop roots with uplifting songs that keep it real and focus on her life, marriage and motherhood. Reviewer Gracie Brogowski calls the album "sassy," "nostalgic" and full of "groovy" sounds for fans to enjoy.
WB Games Montreal's Gotham Knights is the latest major Batman video game since the acclaimed Arkham series, though the new release doesn't quite equal the quality of its predecessors. While Gotham Knights does thrive with its range of playable heroes, it falters with a predictable plot and lackluster gameplay.
Contributing writer Evan Moody took to the streets of the 'Burg to find the spookiest houses in town. From towering skeletons to larger-than-life spiders, Harrisonburg residents truly showcased the Halloween spirit.
JMU biology professor Heather Griscom has been working with local cattle famers to aid with reforestation research and climate change mitigation. Through Griscom's research projects, the students involved have developed close connections while studying such an impactful field.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia, located in Waynesboro, Virginia, works to rescue and treat injured wildlife throughout the state, serving nearly 90,000 patients from over 200 species. The Center also conducts public outreach and education to engage community members.
With the release of her 10th studio album, "Midnights," Taylor Swift continues to demonstrate her hold on pop culture and audiences around the world. Culture Editor Avery Goodstine calls the project "a complete surprise" that blends previous eras of Swift's music with a more mature, wiser perspective.
Contributing writer Grayson Banning gives his thoughts on the recently released romantic comedy fil, "Ticket to Paradise." While the film was shot in a beautiful location making it a very aesthetically pleasing to watch, Banning said it over played the rom-com cliches and was ultimately just boring.
As Halloween creeps up, Gracie Brogowski shares some creative ideas for those who want to make their mark this spooky season with a DIY costume.
As Homecoming Weekend is finally here, Luke Freisner spoke with the assistant athletics directer and general mangers of Hotel Madison and Jimmy Madison's to see how these major local businesses prepare for the busy weekend ahead.
JMU's Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its Women for Entrepreneurship Showcase Oct. 18. The event offered participating vendors and attendees the opportunity to network and seek mentorship and advice.
Morgan Vuknic spoke with Richmond mayor and JMU alum Levar Stoney about his time as SGA president and what he's done so far as mayor.
As Halloween quickly approaches, downtown Harrisonburg celebrated with Skeleton Fest. The event attracted nearly 8,000 people and had many events including costume contests, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting contests and more.
In this week's "A Wealth of Health," columnist Hannah Lifrieri looks at the science behind music therapy and music's effect on the mind.
After struggling with an eating disorder, junior health sciences major Hayes Staszkow launched her own podcast: "Pretty, Hot and Taboo," or PHAT. Staszkow brings on a variety of guests, including JMU faculty and staff, and discusses taboo topics like body image and health behavior change.
After Active Minds disbanded during the COVID-19 pandemic, students Emmalee Stokes and Claire Sumner worked to bring back the club to JMU's campus. Active Minds provides students with resources and hosts discussions about mental health.
Now that She-Hulk has smashed through buildings, enemies and the fourth wall, staff writer Luke Freisner reviews the first season of Marvel's "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law." Though the hero's debut has seen a divided fanbase, Freisner values the show's world building and Tatiana Maslany's dual performances as Jennifer Walters and She-Hulk.
The highly anticipated sequel of Overwatch, Overwatch 2 serves as the logical next stop on the game franchise's journey, contributing writer Andrew Kwak writes. However, exciting updates to gameplay and visuals are met with a questionable new monetization system, leaving much to be desired.
With a stacked ensemble cast, "Amsterdam" was sure to impress. However, while leading stars Christian Bale, John David Washington and Margot Robbie impress with wonderful performances together, confusing plots and weak character arcs sink the film, contributing writer Tag Hilliard writes.
Not sure how to spend your time off? Staff writer Gracie Brogowski provides some tips for ways to relax and reconnect whether you're staying in Harrisonburg or back home for this year's Fall Break.
As students prepare to make the important decision about where to live during the next year, knowing if a place is furnished or unfurnished may play a role in that choice. In this listicle, Abigail Elia provides five places students can go to find cheap furniture to furnish their off-campus living.
After freshman year, Dukes face a dilemma: whether or not they should move off campus. Contributing writer Morgan Blair spoke to three students about their experiences living off campus and the pros and cons of moving.
The Three Notch'd Valley Collab House, located on East Market Street, serves as a community hub hosting many events for locals to enjoy. Nick Branson, head brewer, said Harrisonburg's college town status serves well to keep business booming.
Amid mental health crises in the JMU and Harrisonburg communities and across the country, young adults are at risk of substance abuse and misuse. Contributing writer Billy McKeon take a look at the resources available in Harrisonburg to find support and fight addiction.
As students begin to sign off-campus housing contracts, it may be difficult to decide if a house or an apartment is better. In this article, three students share their experiences in both types of living situations and talk about the positives and negatives of both.
For those who want to get into the spirit this Halloween season but aren't too fond of getting spooked, Gracie Brogowski provides a list of 9 classic Halloween movies that are sure to put you in a spooky mood without any lasting nightmares.
Resident reviewer Jack Calabrese shares his thoughts on the recent release of the film "Don't Worry Darling," staring Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde. After the production of the movie caused quite the internet frenzy, Calabrese shares his feelings on why the film was a bit of a let down.
Contributing writer Grayson Banning presents a list of scenic vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley region that are great options for students to visit with their family's during parent's weekend, especially as the Valley changes from it's summer to fall colors.
First-generation students often come from family backgrounds with low income, making a visit to Harrisonburg for Family Weekend a costly challenge. Three first-gen students share their experiences, good and bad, in anticipation of the annual tradition.
After starting X2 Comedy in 2018, Dawn Davis Womack brought her husband, Chris Womack, JMU kinesiology professor, on stage to perform standup comedy. The two work to expand the local comedy community and hope to expand their JMU student audience.
In this weeks edition of A Wealth of Health, Hannah Lifrieri talks about a variety of resources available at JMU to help students in their classes as well as with general life skills such as interview prep.
Amid a recession, understanding finance is critical. Contributing writer Alexander Weisman talked with Brad Barnett, JMU's director of financial aid and scholarships, about his course Dollars and Sense and other strategies to improve your financial literacy.
As we're halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, contributing writer Mateo Csernecky spoke with co-presidents of the Latin Student Alliance, as well as a current member, about the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month and what events the organization is holding.
With Halloween on the way, contributing writer Jules Perez provides a lineup of the biggest horror novels coming out in the coming weeks.
In her review of "The Woman King," Gracie Brogowski commends Viola Davis' award-worthy performance as General Nanisca, the leader of the Agojie tribe from the African kingdom of Dahomey. Additionally, stellar cinematography and costume design enhance the movie's authenticity and roots to the tribe's true story, Brogowski writes.
Gemeinschaft Home is a halfway house that provides resources and structure for ex-prisoners on parole who are transitioning to life outside of prison. Travis Trout, a current resident of Gemeinschaft, hopes to open his own tattoo parlor once he reaches more stable circumstances.
Maryam Sharifian, a professor in the College of Education, is originally from Iran. Prior to coming to JMU in 2017, Sharifian worked with refugees around the world in countries such as Tanzania and Syria in addition to Iran. Now, she works to create a more open-minded community in Harrisonburg.
"The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical" was the first theater production to take place at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts this semester. Produced by Stratford Players, a student-run performance organization, the show only had a month before it was performed to a sold-out crowd. Bigger themes of dealing with COVID-19 among other student life struggles are prevalent in the show.
With fraternity and sorority rush having just finished, it's important to acknowledge Greek life may not be for everyone. JMU has hundreds of clubs and organizations available to all students that still allow people to be involved on campus.