JMU vs PSU… Or Dogs vs Cats… Take One

Since I have transplanted myself from dog-land (JMU) to cat-land (PSU) I have been comparing the two. Honestly in most ways they come out even. Same kind of school spirit. Same kind of students (nice, smart, friendly, hold doors for others, hard partiers, etc). Same small town feel.

But I have found two big differences so far. Let me elaborate:

1) Parking.
No one complains about parking at PSU. There are not legions of parking police crawling every inch of every parking lot writing tickets. Students do not wait in line for 30 minutes in parking lots waiting for a space to open up. There is not an us versus them mentality. In fact, parking at Penn State seems to be very functional and well thought out. Amazing for a school twice the size. After observing this seemingly miraculous condition for a semester I think it is because (1) a large percentage of the students/faculty/staff walk, ride bikes, or take the bus to campus. A large percentage. And (2) The bus system, both on and off campus, works well is dependable and reliable. It's not free into the city ($1.25 per ride) but a lot of people do it every day without complaint.

Score one for the cats.

PSU

2) Inclement Weather.
Well, JMU wins this one hands down. Take today, for example. We are in an ice storm. Full blown ice storm. Not snow. Ice. Covering everything. Thick. And is Penn State closed? Nope. Was it delayed? Nope. Will it close early? Nope. Crazy. JMU would have closed last night at the announcement of an ice storm. Ha ha. The best Penn State can cough up is an announcement to keep your cars out of the parking lot after midnight so the physical plant folks can clear them without obstacles every few feet. Umm hmmm… Yep. They're hard core up here. JMU wins. No contest, really. I will miss the 5-10 snow days each year.

Score one for the dogs.

JMU

Contest so far: All tied up with an edge towards the dogs. Snow days are awesome.

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JMU visits PSU

My friends came up last weekend… yay! Here are some highlights:

… visiting every landmark and photo opp at Penn State
… arriving just as 107,000 people exited the football stadium. That is a LOT of people in case you were wondering.
… really good Indian food, really good pizza, and really bad bar food (and service)
… driving around on Saturday night yelling the "We are… Penn State" cheer out the car windows.
… watching the JMU football team whoop #1 App State's booty on TV. We are now #1. Yesssssssss!
… ice cream run at 10 pm
… probably lots of other stuff I'm forgetting.

Enjoy this photo tour of the weekend…

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Happy 100th Birthday, JMU!

This week our beloved university turned 100. It was fun and yet another opportunity for us to all wear purple and gold for the week. I ❤ our school spirit. It's one of my favorite things about JMU.

So, my top ten favorite memories:

10) free snowcones on Wednesday
9) free cotton candy on Thursday
8) free ice cream on Friday
7) free birthday cupcakes on Friday
6) the commissioned Orchestral piece "Portraits in Bluestone"
5) Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine's speech at the Convocation
4) the painted Duke Dog display
3) the new James Madison statue
2) the giant inflatable Duke Dog
1) the giant human 100 shot from an airplane

Our birthday in photos. Enjoy!

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