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UJ Women’s Volleyball Season Recap

The Jimmies of University of Jamestown’s women’s volleyball team had a season to remember. The Jimmies started off the preseason 9-0, losing zero sets. However, once they entered conference play, their first regular season match was a different story. The Jimmies played Northwestern College in Iowa and ended up playing a five set match. This was something the Jimmies hadn’t faced during preseason, but they pulled out a win. The next 17 games played were within the GPAC, with the exception of Valley City State. The Jimmies went on to win all 17 games, losing a mere two sets. They were ranked #1 in the country throughout this time.

The Jimmies came out as regular season GPAC champions and remained #1. The Jimmies were eager to win a third straight conference championship, and they did just that with a sweep of Concordia University. Jamestown went into nationals as the top ranked team. In the first round of nationals, the Jimmies played McPherson College at the Harold Newman Arena and came out with a sweep. A week later, the Jimmies headed to Sioux City, Iowa, for a chance at a national championship. The Jimmies won their pool, beating Texas Wesleyan and Indiana Wesleyan. They moved onto the elite 8, who they swept as well. In the semifinals, they met up with #4 Park University. Park University had a three time NAIA player of the year, who had played on the Egyptian Olympic team in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The Jimmies played tough, but they ended up losing in the national semifinals, forcing their season to come to a close just one game short of the chance to win a national championship.

Although the season did not end the way the Jimmies had hoped, they have much to be proud of. The Jimmies ended the season with a 35-1 record, losing just 9 sets out of 106. They were GPAC regular season champions for the second year in a row, GPAC tournament champions for the third year in a row, and one of the top four teams in the nation for the third year in a row as well. One loss does not define a season, and it sure did not for the Jimmies of University of Jamestown. The Jimmies have made Jamestown proud.

UJ Study-A-Thon

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Do you have any finals you need to study for? The Jamestown Activities Board, or JAB, is having their annual Study-a-thon this Sunday, December 12th, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Student Success Center, located in the Raugust Library. The past several years the University has been using this event to help alleviate student’s stress when it comes to cramming for finals. $25 Walmart gift cards will be given out every thirty minutes and a larger finals survival basket is given out at the end. This basket will include a blanket, movies, popcorn, uno, a coloring book, colored pencils, and chocolate. For the gift cards, students will go up to the main table and write their name on a piece of paper to enter the giveaways every thirty minutes. Every time a student writes their name on a piece of paper, they will be entered into the final prize drawing. Students must be present to win prizes and the longer they are there studying, the more chances they will have at winning. The University of Jamestown is also hosting their finals breakfast from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Knight Hall Cafeteria. Staff and faculty will be serving students pancakes, eggs, sausage, and hash browns. This event is free to all UJ students, so no swipes are necessary. Be sure to grab some breakfast Sunday night and then head on over to the Raugust Library to get some studying in and have some chances at winning prizes!

Trick or Tea

There were many festivities around Jamestown during the week and Lexi Krapp held a Trick or Tea party to kick off Halloween in a sweet way. The event was held at her nutrition location that is on campus called Modern Wellness which is a healthy nutrition option for students and athletes on campus. She posted through the company’s Instagram about the event being held. She encouraged us to wear our costumes and to remember to grab a goodie bag on the way out. There were games for the kids to play which included bowling and a candy bowl game. She featured her Halloween menu and kid teas which she posted about at the beginning of the month. The flavors for the teas are poison apple, Dracula’s blood, hocus pocus, jack-o-lantern, abracadabra, wicked, witches brew, Casper, bloody brain, and mummy madness. While her crew of workers were making the orders Lexi was capturing photos in the little area, she set up to post on Modern’s Instagram story. I went in and said hi to everyone and tried Casper tea which is Blue Blast and blue raspberry flavoring. I enjoyed the tea since I am not a fan of sweet drinks. When looking at the setup of everything I found it festive and cute for the space she has. Lexi is very welcoming and can help you out with any questions you have about teas, shakes, and other Herbalife products.

Freshman Interview: Hershell Jefferson

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Hershell Jefferson. I’m from Pensacola, Florida. 

How has your first 6 weeks gone here at Jamestown? 

The first 6 weeks have been treating me well, nothing crazy but the classes are different. 

What is your favorite thing about your experience at Jamestown?

My favorite experience were the activities they hosted for us the second week of school meeting new students. 

How have you gotten involved on campus?

I’m on the football team, other than that I haven’t really been involved but look forward to getting more involved. 

How is this experience different from your experience at home? 

Seeing new people and getting to make new friends is all new to me coming from Pensacola where everybody knows everybody. 

Do you love being a Jimmie?

1000% love being a Jimmie! Let’s goooooo!

An Inside Look at Jimmie Hockey

Anticipation rose for the first Jimmies Hockey game, at the Wilson Arena on Thursday night. With new talent and fresh faces of 4 new freshmen playing for the D1 team this year, such as Philippe Lessard and Mario Decapite, among familiar faces, with the likes of our goalie Tyson Brouwer and our Captain this year, Jason Richter. The season started off with the Jimmies’ first game against Minot State, with an exciting first period. No goals were conceived, and none scored, but that didn’t portray the level of competition displayed by both teams in the exciting first period.

The second period is where things got interesting. Canadian Sophomore, Greg Susinski, scored the first goal of the game and the first goal of the Jimmies hockey season in this case, giving the Jimmies a 1-0 lead against the Beavers.

Minot State came back scoring the tiebreaker, followed closely by another goal, meaning the Jimmies were 2-1 down at the end of the second period.

Hope was slowly diminishing for the Jimmies, until Greg Susinski scored the sensational tying goal, with 12.2 seconds remaining of the third period. This led to overtime, when unfortunately, the Beavers claimed the game within the first few minutes, resulting in a 3-2 win to Minot State.

This is only the beginning of the season for the D1 Hockey team, with so much potential and talent, there is no doubt that they will have a successful season.

The next home game is against Midland University on October 15th, where talent and determination will definitely be displayed.

Campus Life: Big Orange Drumline

You may have heard the group playing at home athletic events last year, and with the Big Orange pep band this year. The drumline exists as a separate group from the pep band and was established in the fall of 2020, led by Dr. Jason Kihle, who is always looking for more students to join. You don’t need to be a band student or start with any familiarity with playing drums. The drumline meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 4:50. Members of the group learn percussion techniques and play pieces ranging from pep band chants to complex ensemble performances. Henry Kersey-Russell is a new member of the drumline. When asked what he likes about being a member of the group he said, “I like learning rhythm. As a music major, it’s a good thing that I’m in the drumline now because now I can get better at staying on-beat and counting. It will help me with my career.” 

The drumline plays for a variety of home athletic events, including football, hockey, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Each spring the group is featured on a full concert performing idiomatic works for the ensemble; This past spring the group performed Dr. Kihle’s original composition, “The Rise of the Roman Empire.” Dr. Kihle says that the title and subject for the spring concert will be revealed later this fall. The spring concert is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 3rd in the DeNault Auditorium in the Reiland Fine Arts Center. The Pride of the Big Orange drumline will also be playing after the band at the Homecoming concert at 7:30 pm next Friday, October 8th

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