The University Recreation Center (UREC) hosted a Q&A panel Nov. 9 to discuss mental health, featuring three voices from across JMU to share their insight. Kevin Kustral, a junior at JMU who’s involved in mental health awareness; Matthew Hunsberger, the coordinator for mental health in the Dean’s Office; and Magali Laitem, a licensed clinical psychologist who works at JMU’s Counseling Center, took questions on taking care of mental wellbeing, resources available at JMU and how to help others in need of assistance. 

With the Nov. 8 midterm elections right around the corner, it’s crucial that Harrisonburg voters stay informed on who’s running in the district. Positions on the ballot in Harrisonburg include three Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS) school board seats, two city council seats, one special election city council seat and the U.S. House Representative for the 6th congressional district. Here’s who’s on the ballot next week.

Halloweekend is the all-encompassing term for not only the days leading up to Halloween but the events, gatherings, parties and preparations for the holiday. However, after three gun-related incidents in the past few weeks, students have their safety concerns. Contributing Writer Jane McConville spoke to students and staff about ways to stay safe this weekend. 

City councilmembers announced Ande Banks as the new Harrisonburg city manager, discussed the recent increase in crime in Harrisonburg and heard allegations of unfair treatment of the Northeast Neighborhood at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate passed the JMU Anime Club’s request for contingency funds, denied the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s request for contingency funds and passed a Bill of Opinion for American Sign Language (ASL) to be included in JMU’s curriculum during Tuesday’s meeting. 

Students, alumni and other visitors to campus will have plenty of events and activities to choose from during this year’s Homecoming weekend from Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 23. Here are highlights of the weekend’s events.

One person died in a car accident involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle on Tuesday afternoon near the Steven Toyota in the 2900 block of South Main Street. Harrisonburg's director of communications, Michael Parks, was unable to name those involved in the crash and said an investigation is ongoing.

This year’s Family Weekend is from Friday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 2, featuring a fun-filled weekend of activities and events for students and visitors to campus. The Breeze highlighted some of the weekend’s events.

The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) has implemented a new bus app called Passio GO for commuters and students in Harrisonburg, leaving students with varied opinions on the new app. 

 

Flo Milli will headline this year’s Homecoming concert Oct. 20, announced Monday by JMU’s University Program Board (UPB). The decision was met with varying opinions from students and a barrage of complaints and praise on social media. The Breeze spoke with a member of UPB about the planning and decision-making that goes into organizing the Homecoming concert and picking a performer for the event.

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate nominated senior Emily Butters to the position of SGA Representative to the Faculty Senate, ratified an amendment to the SGA Constitution and approved a statement condemning a recent hate crime at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) at Tuesday’s meeting.

At Tuesday's Harrisonburg City Council meeting, the council signed a proclamation recognizing International Community Day, approved a reallocation of budgeted funds for the General Capital Projects Fund, voted to draft a municipal solar ordinance and proceeded with a special zoning ordinance for houses owned by Oxford House. 

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate voted to update its spring 2023 elections policy and approved a $720 contingency fund for Quizbowl, a competitive academic club available to all members of the JMU community.

JMU will begin Carrier renovations in the summer of 2023, with an anticipated reopen date in fall 2026. While JMU has added a variety of libraries and other facility renovations over the years, this is the first major renovation of Carrier in 28 years. Print managing editor Ashlyn Campbell spoke to JMU Libraries about how its preparing for the renovations and what students can expect to see once the renovations are finished.

JMU Police Department (JMU PD) vehicles will have a new look this fall. Andrew Genese, senior media arts and design (SMAD) major, recently worked with JMU PD to rethink and redesign the appearance of the department’s cars.

Adam's Law — put into place after Adam Oakes, freshman VCU student, died as a result of hazing — is requiring student organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia to participate in an in-person, anti-hazing training program. Adam's Law went into effect July 1 and training began at JMU in August.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced nominees for the Board of Visitors (BoV) of universities across Virginia, including five new members for JMU. As Youngkin is Virginia’s first Republican governor since 2014, this could shift education initiatives across the commonwealth, and the BoV itself. The Breeze spoke with the new members about their goals for their terms and what they hope to bring to the table.

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate held its first meeting of the 2022-23 academic year Sept. 6. The Senate voted to approve an amendment on behavioral misconduct and appointed a senator as the JMU Student Representative to the Harrisonburg City Council.

Starting this semester, JMU has implemented a new virtual parking pass system, where driver’s license plates are now their parking passes. Students must now register their vehicle and license plate on the Parking and Transit Services portal. 

JMU has announced new senior administration hires — Kristina Blyer, the new associate vice president for health and well-being, and Malika Carter, JMU’s inaugural vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer — and additions to the president's cabinet for the 2022-23 academic year. The Breeze spoke with Blyer and Carter about their backgrounds and what they hope to bring to the university.

 

 

At this week's Harrisonburg City Council meeting, Richard Baugh was sworn-in, council approved a focus on sustainable transportation for the Environmental Action Plan, a potential free concert series was introduced and the monthly rate for water and sewer was increased.  

At the May 24 Harrisonburg City Council meeting, the council approved a budget for 2022-23, increased the real estate tax rate and introduced a new potential art installation on the north side of downtown Harrisonburg.