‘A Good First Experience’

Annual Block Party Draws Large Crowd Of New JMU Students

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Posted: August 26, 2013

JMU freshman Katelyn Richardson, 18, from Wilmington, Mass., heads down the Snickers Obstacle Course set up at Turner Pavilion on Saturday. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
James Madison University students reach for Sheetz T-shirts being thrown from the stage near Turner Pavilion after their march down South Main Street on Saturday during the annual Block Party in the ‘Burg.
Mayor Ted Byrd (second from left) walks next to JMU President Jonathan Alger and his wife, Mary Ann, down South Main Street to the downtown block party.
Students pack South Main Street near Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg for activities welcoming freshman and transfer students from JMU on Saturday night.
HARRISONBURG — Many of the freshmen who descended on downtown Harrisonburg Saturday didn’t know what to expect.

Even during prior visits to campus, some of the new students said they’d never…

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