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Cross-cultural reunion, ‘Jubilee’ memories, alumni awards, one-man drama, sports, mark successful 2014 Homecoming

“I was on a low-level adrenalin rush the whole time during my cross-cultural,” said Tim Swartzendruber at the 20th anniversary reunion of his Eastern Mennonite University group that spent a semester in France and Ivory Coast. “It was learning at its highest level.” Seventeen of the 28 in the group flew in from as far ...More

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Chapel speaker describes God’s hand in guiding her from the Amish schoolhouse killings to restoration

Eight years and one week before giving a chapel talk at Eastern Mennonite University on Oct. 8, 2014, Marie Roberts (as she was then named) was a stay-at-home mother of three. At age 28, she was living her life’s dream, married to Charlie, who had asked for her hand when she was in high school. On the morning of Oct. 2, 2006, Charlie walked his two school-aged children to their sch ...More

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$2.2 million renovation of Roselawn now complete, offering pleasant office, class and interaction spaces

After more than six months of intensive construction work and a $2.2 million investment, the Roselawn renovation project at Eastern Mennonite University is complete. The former residence hall now houses departmental offices and several more classrooms on the revamped second and third floor. Its first floor, remodeled in 2012, continues to house the Intensive English Program. “We’ve b ...More

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Medicine should promote flourishing, not just getting rid of symptoms, says integrative medicine expert

The purpose of medicine is to remove disease, or at least the symptoms of disease. Right? Not according to David Mercier, who currently works as an acupuncture therapist. He claims that medicine should promote more than healing. He advocates that patients should work with their doctors and therapists to pursue flourishing. In a Suter S ...More

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MCC’s relief sale continues successful annual run

If engaged in a bidding war for a bag of kettle corn at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, Jalyn Sneary knows how high she would go. “Probably $10,” the 11-year-old Harrisonburg resident said. Meanwhile, if it’s Laotian egg rolls on the ...More

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Coach Jason Lewkowicz pursues excellence to the glory of God with his track and cross country athletes

It was, he’ll tell you, something of a crazy decision to come to Eastern Mennonite University. Jason Lewkowicz and his family were settled and happy in Hannibal, Missouri, where he’d spent three years building the first track and field program at Hannibal-LaGrange University. The year before he came, those programs at EMU were hanging on by a thread. The men’s cross country team ha ...More

Engineers for a Sustainable World, a club tackling problem-solving projects

Reprinted with slight edits from the student-produced Weather Vane, Oct. 2, 2014. Written by first-year student Harrison Horst. Engineers for a Sustainable World, referred to by its members as ESW, is only a year old, and though it has already achieved significant results, still has not been heard of by the majority ...More

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Author-scholar to talk on repressive impact of Red Scare on Black artistic community

Students of Cold War history know of McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Red Scare. But what were the effects of such government repression on African American artists and authors, many of whom challenged the conventional conservative views of race, racism and integration during the 1950s? Author and cultural historian Mary Helen Washington focuses on this decade of marginalized Africa ...More

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Black students and faculty produce, tweet, #DontShoot photo in solidarity with national protests

“Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead by Police” The black-man-killed headline (above) could appear in any newspaper, in any city in the United States, where “land of the free” appears to not extend to an African American male’s freedom to keep his life. Motivated by this realization, 27 faculty, staff and students of Eastern Mennonite University gathered on the steps of Northl ...More

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