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Pain and stubbornness put Hattie Berg on a now-loved path through EMU

Her back pain began sometime during her sophomore year of high school. It wasn’t too bad at first, nothing out of the ordinary. Aches and pains are part of a basketball player’s life, especially when that basketball player plays as long and hard as Hattie Berg had. The sport had been her life for as long as she could remember: rec leagues, summer leagues, summer camps and eventually on to t ...More

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Street dedication, community enrichment programs, to highlight MLK Day of Service and Learning

The dedication and renaming of a city street is just one of the highlights of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning, Jan. 15-23. “Events throughout the week will focus on the MLK Jr. way of emphasizing issues of justice, pacifism, Christian faith, activism and service, and relationship building,” said Brian Martin Burkholder, campus pastor at Ea ...More

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Student writes unflinching play, now staged, about 17-year-old dying of cancer

Two weeks before his senior thesis project due date, Eastern Mennonite University senior theater and writing studies major Michael Bodner decided on a path he’d never tread: He wanted to write a tragedy. “I’ve written a lot of comedy, satire and even horror, but I’ve never w ...More

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Children’s choir, youth orchestra combine for annual fall concert, Nov. 24

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir and Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra – both of which fall under the Eastern Mennonite University umbrella – have started a tradition of typically convening once annually, just before Thanksgiving. The goal is educational in two ...More

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Annual gala concert ushers in winter season

The Eastern Mennonite University music department will be celebrating the start of the winter season by holding the annual gala concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 inside Lehman Auditorium at EMU. The hour-and-a-half-long show will feature a wide variety of music, showcasing the diverse talents of EMU’s music department, including the ...More

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Carnival de Resistance brings earth-friendly performances, art, parade to Harrisonburg

Bicycles generated the necessary power, with a gently audible rhythm, for the sound system at gatherings of the recent Carnival de Resistance. Volunteers, including EMU students, took turns pedaling for the electricity. The energetic Carnival troupe began its two-city tour with 10 days in Harrisonburg, camping on ...More

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Carnival highlights concern for earth, community and social justice, with EMU support

A free arts carnival coming to Harrisonburg this week will highlight the connections between environmental stewardship and theology and shed a light on “cutting edge” environmental work being done in the area. The Carnival de Resistance, which starts Friday [Sept. 13] and will run through Sept. 22, will feature theatrical performances, crafts, games, music and co ...More

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Frank X Walker to open 2013-14 Writers Read series

Frank X Walker, a multidisciplinary artist and Al Smith Fellowship recipient, will open the 2013-14 “Writers Read Author series,” on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 p.m., in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium. As founder of the Affrilachian Poets, Walker is editor of: ...More

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Students make ‘As You Like It’ creatively their own at two-week camp, culminating in show, Aug. 28, 30 and 31

For Izzy Howard, it’s hard to choose between her passion for play writing and her love of performing. Lucky for her, she doesn’t have to. For the past two years, the 16-year-old Eastern Mennonite High School junior has been participating in CrashHouse Collaborative Theater — a project started in 2008 that allows local high school students t ...More

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Alum Explores Joy of Musical Freedom in German Grad Program

As an undergrad at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Nathan Bontrager loved to experiment with music, a characteristic that has taken him through a master’s degree in modern cello in Maryland and into a second master’s program in early music in Germany. “I am trying to be a musician playing the music I care about,” said Bontrager in an interview with an EMU reporter. For ...More