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Gonzo Opens with Gusto

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. The Black Box filled with students anticipating the first Gonzo theater of the year Inside the University Commons, past Common Grounds and the Art Gallery last Thursday. Gonzo Theater, known as Gonzo, is a student run theater group w ...More

First Flash Seminar of Semester: Chilean Coup d’Etat

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. Carol Snell-Feikema, EMU professor, led the year’s first Flash Seminar last Thursday, Sept. 18. The seminar focused on the Chilean coup d’etat that occurred on Sept. 11, 1973 and the resulting years of tyranny and injustice under ...More

Common Grounds Coffee Talk Stirs the Pot for EMU

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. A Nicaraguan coffee farmer and a local roaster teamed up last Thursday to discuss their efforts in supplying Common Grounds coffee in a way that is responsible and fair to the global community. Jamie Miller talked mainly about the challenges of coffee farming in ...More

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Undergrad gets hands-on STEM teaching experience through NASA camp, following Kenya stint

Abby Pennington, a biology and education major, was exposed to a highly privileged educational experience and a highly deprived one – all in the summer before her senior year. Going from a three week cross-cultural in Kenya to a ten-day educators’ camp funded by NASA, Pennington emerged hungry t ...More

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Smiles, music, hugs, dancing, food, beauty, love, can be found at the International Festival this Saturday

More than 9,000 people are expected to flow through the Harrisonburg International Festival this Saturday (09/27/14) swaying to music from a half-dozen areas of the world, partaking of food from multi-cultures, perusing international crafts, wearing or viewing national costumes, and making unity flags at a booth staffed by ...More

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Counseling professor explains how alopecia areata led to her baldness and, more importantly, to embracing impermanence

Four years ago, Chereè Hammond joined the faculty in the master’s in counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. Shortly after beginning the semester – it was a Wednesday, she remembers – she shaved her head. She was tired of combing out clumps, of seeing precious strands between her fingers when she casual ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir opens season with famed Jose-Luis Orozco at international festival

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) will be performing with renowned bilingual educator and musician Jose-Luis Orozco at Harrisonburg’s International Festival on Sept. 27 at 2:15 pm. Orozco, who ...More

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Week of multi-faith events sparks interfaith dialogue and intercultural awareness

“Religious Life” is the kind of topic one would expect Eastern Mennonite University to pick as its 2014 theme for International Education Week. It may surprise some, though, that this Christian university used the words “religious life” to refer to more faith perspectives than Christianity exclusively. Then, again, this is a Christian university that says it is “like no other. ...More

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Student wins award for speech that questions sponsor’s policy

In a 2014 bi-national peace oratorical contest, Eastern Mennonite University student Seth Stauffer won second place in a speech that questioned one of the policies of the contest’s sponsor, Mennonite Central Committee. The policy has to do with how people working with MCC talk about t ...More

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EMU grows in depth and breadth, setting records for enrollment and diversity while adding grad programs

Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University this fall set new records, including a record-high number of students who are ethnic minorities or come from other countries. The 2014-15 figures were released by the registrar’s office on Sept. 10. A total of 1,870 students registered for class at the beginning of the fall semester – a 4.4 percent increase over last fall’s 1,789. The numb ...More