JMU Students Respond to "I'm Shmacked" Arrival


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- According to their social media accounts, organizers with I'm Shmacked are in Harrisonburg.

The group visits hundreds of colleges to rank the party scene and make a video.

Students at James Madison University had mixed feelings about the group's arrival.

Some students were excited about the group coming to Harrisonburg, saying it will be positive marketing for the school, while others worry it would harm Madison's reputation.

Aaron Culver, a junior at JMU, said the group's arrival could positively market the school.

He said, many of his friends choose what school they go to, based off their parties.

"I know in my college searching process, one of the number one things people look for on College Board or any other website, is the party reviews," said Culver.

Other students worry this kind of exposure will not put the school in the best light.

Julie Hirschhorn, a member of Madison's student government, said it is a small part of the school's population that is taking part in this. She also said it is more important for the school to be recognized for its academic excellence.

"Parties are a part of any college culture. I think those students that go here know it is a wonderful school that has so many opportunities and is known for so much more than who is throwing down on the weekend," said Hirschhorn.


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