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From: Public Affairs
James Madison University students are eager to get outside, enjoy the nice weather and spend time with friends. Which is exactly why they planned The Big Event and Madipalooza.
The Big Event, a service event, and Madipalooza, an outdoor concert and festival, will take place April 9. Students planned the day of service and fun as a way of providing the student body with a common experience that will start a tradition at JMU.
Senior Emily Govel has spent the last two months working on the planning committee for Madipalooza. "On Saturday, April 9th, Festival Lawn is the place to be," said Govel. "I promise that if you come out to Madipalooza, you'll have a blast. Bring your friends and a little bit of that JMU spirit and enjoy a beautiful spring day at our favorite place on earth."
Billed as the "Festival at the Festival," the outdoor event will run from 1 to 7 p.m. on the Festival Conference and Student Center Lawn. In case of rain, Madipalooza will move inside to the Sinclair Gymnasium in Godwin Hall.
Two stages will feature headliners Eric Hutchinson, a singer-songwriter, reggae band The Movement and Brenton Duvall, a disc jockey who specializes in mash-ups. Local acts including the Casey Cavanaugh Band and DJ Yanzee will also perform.
Free food, including barbecue chicken sliders, corn on the cob, funnel cakes and vegetarian options, will be available. Inflatable games, a photo booth and food challenges will all contribute to the festival-like atmosphere.
Big Event co-chairs Andy Eblin and Cori Kendrick have been extremely pleased with the response from JMU students. "We have exceeded our goal of having 500 students sign-up," said Eblin. "The Big Event is an excellent opportunity for students to interact positively with and say thank you to the Harrisonburg community through service."
Students who have preregistered will meet on the Quad at 10 a.m. April 9 to receive their service assignment. Working in teams, students will volunteer around downtown Harrisonburg.
Event organizers want JMU students to come out and enjoy the events on Saturday. JMU transit has added five buses to the schedule for April 9. One bus will do a continuous campus loop and four will shuttle students from off-campus housing complexes to the Festival Lawn. Check out www.hdpt.com for the Madipalooza bus schedule.