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Football / Chapel at UJ

Would you like to join something fun? Then, you must join the event in UJ!

In UJ, students can receive the week schedule that can join. 

In this site, I will show some events that I experienced since begin at UJ. 

If you are going to be an exchange student at UJ, please, check it out!

~Watching football games~

Football is one of the most popular sports in the US. People at UJ are also enthusiastic about it. The football game was taken place in Charlotte & Gordon Hansen Stadium at UJ. Before the game, UJ held the tailgate that is a celebration for people who want to enjoy the comradery of the game in the parking area beforehand. During this time fans were gathered around in small groups enjoying the not only the good weather, but the visual features of the newly built stadium.  My friend and I joined this party and enjoyed eating, playing games, and making new friends.

Going into the stadium, the field and large screen monitor is what caught my attention. Most of the spectators were sitting in the bleachers and watching the game, but this time, I went down to the field where the game was played.

Many UJ students gathered down there in the student section called “ORANGE TIDE”. In this section we were given free drinks! So if you feel you are melting from all the hype and excitement, the orange tide has got you covered!

During the game there was great energy, cheering, and game rituals that I found to be exciting. Honestly, I am not very educated on the rules of American football, but, thanks to the excitement and atmosphere of the UJ student body, I enjoyed watching my first football game. 

The result of this game was victory for UJ! 

I realized that watching football is truly a great event to experience the American atmosphere!

~Worship in Voorhees Chapel ~

I was really impressed by the chapel event because I am not a Christian myself. Worship events at UJ are held in the beautiful Voorhees Chapel, every Thursday.

The event starts at 11:00am and is about 30 minutes long. The students involved, sung the songs around Christianity. Not only did they sing, but also, interacted with people who simply attended to watch. When I joined this event for the first time, I did not know about the songs, but the joyful environment of singing made me join the singing gradually. Aside from it, I got to interact with many new friends. It was my first interaction with the Church of Christ. This event is not mandatory, meaning it is open to everyone!

“Pit Stop Sports” Openings available in Jamestown

Tired of the same weekly routine and looking for something to do in Jamestown? Check out Pit Stop Sports, a brand-new axe throwing and golf simulator facility. Pit Stop Sports opened its doors in late August and business has been picking up speed ever since. The owner of Pit Stop Lube and Pit Stop Sports, Michael Hansen, had been looking for a new business idea after they moved locations for Pit Stop Lube. Extra space when they bought the new building gave them the perfect opportunity to broaden their horizons. From this, Pit Stop Sports was born. 

Pit Stop Sports has four axe throwing bays and four golf simulators. You can rent one, multiple, or all of the game areas by the hour or half an hour. The hourly rate is $45 per area, so if you bring a group of people, you can split the cost between them. Pit Stop Sports also serves food and beverages, the menu ranging from appetizers to pizza and grill items. Pit Stop Sports is open Mon – Sat, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Check out the Pit Stop Sports Facebook page for any rates or deals. You can either reserve a spot by calling Pit Stop Sports at (701) 952-0860 or show up to the physical location at 117 4th ST NW, Jamestown, ND. 

If you are looking for a new group activity, or just need to blow off some steam, Pit Stop Sports is perfect for your next outing!

Entrepreneurship Thrives at UJ

The University of Jamestown football team is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2007 and school spirit is running rampant throughout campus. Tailgates set the tone before the game, an enthusiastic student section on the field cheers players on, and the team sings the school’s fight song after a hard-fought win. Of course, no great athletic program is complete without something for the fans to wear. UJ seniors Adam Lopata and Maxwell Enriquez were in the campus bookstore looking for something to represent the Jimmies and took matters into their own hands after being let down by the selection of Jimmie gear.

Lopata told me that the inspiration stemmed from the overwhelming number of bland options. He said “There’s not that many cool shirts around that are reasonably priced”, when looking for something to wear to support Jimmie sports teams. Lopata also cited the duo’s ability to come up with, and execute, creative designs as part of the reason they decided to take action. Elaborating on the origins of the business, Enriquez and Lopata said the name “Jimmie Mafia” is influenced by the Buffalo Bills fan base who goes by “Bills Mafia”. They aim to keep the trend of pop-culture references going with their future designs. “We’re trying to piggy-back off pop culture to build hype so that people will recognize the designs”, said Lopata when asked about future design plans.

The business partners said it has been smooth sailing to this point. Lopata told me that the main sources of marketing for the company have been creating a following on Instagram as well as word of mouth. They noted that being on a small campus helps news spread like wildfire. Additionally, there are plans to create more interest around the company by adding Jimmie Mafia sponsored athletes. Currently, football player Steven Justice and wrestler Ian Howell represent the Mafia.

Thanks to the quick growth of the company, demand has been high. In addition to selling at sporting events the Jimmie businessmen have been taking pre-orders. Plans for the future are not set in stone, but Lopata and Enriquez intend to keep the shirts coming and the money coming in. Catch Jimmie Mafia at the next UJ home football game selling shirts at the tailgate for between ten and fifteen dollars.

Bringing Back Orange Tide

For students who have arrived at the University of Jamestown post-Covid, this may be the first time you hear about Orange Tide. What exactly is Orange Tide? Orange Tide is a student-run organization that promotes the athletic events on campus and helps organize events within the event such as halftime events and games.

Women’s softball coach, Kevin Gall, had the vision to bring this organization back to life. “Orange Tide is about trying to get as many people to our events as possible. During Covid, we didn’t feel like it was worth the effort to try and get people to attend events when we were telling them to social distance at the same time.” But with restrictions lifted, Gall decided it was time to re-establish Orange Tide and get students involved again.

Orange Tide is looking for students who are outgoing and not afraid to get up in front of people and show their Jimmie Pride. It doesn’t matter if they are an athlete or not. Orange Tide’s current featured event is “CHASE THE ACE”. It only takes $1 to enter for a chance to win the jackpot! This game will be found at many of UJ’s sporting events throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the big black box!

If you are a sports enthusiast or you are just looking to be more involved in athletics on campus, join the Orange Tide! Contact Kevin Gall at kgall@uj.edu or any member of the Orange Tide (Paige Erhardt, Briana Perry, Sadie Meissner, Damian Otero, Jermaine Collier, Brady Higgs, and Carlos Julian) to find out how you can get involved.

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.

Skills & Drills Camp

The UJ Campus Ministry recently held  a skills and drills camp on November 14th for the Jamestown community. The camp was available for a variety of age groups including 4 & 5 year olds 1-2:30pm, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders 3-4:30pm finishing up with 4th,5th, and 6th grade from 5-630pm. The Skills and Drills Camp is one of many ways that the University of Jamestown uses to better connect with the community. Not only does it give college students the chance to lead, but it also is a time for the youth in the community to learn new things. Some may have been discouraged by the $15 price tag for the camp, however it helps knowing that the proceeds will be donated to charity. This camp and future events similar to this are ways that Jimmies can come together to bring good to the community. An event like this that allows student athletes to participate and engage with the community, allows for each student athlete to get work experience. For those that want to be in leadership roles and coach in the future this was a perfect event to help gain experience. As a school we would like to thank everyone that was involved with the camp as they did a fantastic job. If you weren’t able to make it to the skills and drills camp and want to be involved with events like this in the future. Please make sure to get in contact with the Campus Ministry department. Kirstie Dobson is the Director of Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care Coordinator.

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.

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