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Working hard to put in hard work: Ryan Gehman and why he runs

On a bleak and bitterly cold February afternoon, Ryan Gehman leaves campus for a run, heading south toward one of Harrisonburg’s city parks. Dirty snowbanks line the streets and a stinging wind blasts him in the face. He’s been looking forward to this moment all day. Gehman, a senior kinesiology major, looks forward to running every day. When he’s running, he feels free, happy, at ...More

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In choosing EMU, Ygarza sisters share a friendship of on-court memories and off-court successes

In the semi-finals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball tournament, junior Alicia Ygarza and her teammates had an extra special fan in the stands among friends and family. Her sister Bianca, a 2014 graduate and a former Royals teammate, was in the Salem (Va.) Civic Center to cheer them on – and support them through a f ...More

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Intensive English Program proves to be Huimin Yu’s bridge from old life in China to new life as tutor and future teacher

For Huimin “Winifred” Yu, the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University served as a bridge between life in China and as a massage therapist and life as a budding English-language teacher. Yu, a native of Canton in the south of China, holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Shenzhen University. In 2012, Yu came to ...More

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A ‘Royals’ following: Siblings find EMU the right place to thrive and grow

Dig a bit into the student population of this “Christian university like no other” and you’ll find about 100 who are sharing their campus experience with siblings. Basketball players, religious studies majors, Iraqi STEM students, and missionary kids are among the siblings who have chosen to attend Eastern Mennonite University together. Some commute from nearby homes; some crossed ...More

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Junior Charlie Good shows creativity in chemistry research, website management and tuba playing

Charlie Good synthesizes organic chemicals, websites, and contemporary band music – fusing the realms of creation and analysis. “There’s definitely art in science,” says the third-year chemistry major at Eastern Mennonite University. Advanced lab work depends more on technique than step-by-step instruction. When recrystallizing a su ...More

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The BruCrew: EMU junior spins demand for odd jobs into business employing his classmates

The average junior in college is better known for ridiculous behavior or pulling all-nighters to finish a paper put off until the last minute, not running a successful business that employs fellow students. Everett Brubaker, though, is getting ready for the third summer of operating “BruCrew,” a self-proclaimed “community-driven workf ...More

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Joshua Mensah emerges as strong communicator, innovator, fulfilling hopes of his Nobel-winning mother in his own way

Joshua Mensah landed at Eastern Mennonite University because his Nobel prize-winning mother, Leymah Gbowee, wanted him to go to a Christian college that emphasizes community and peacebuilding. “Coming from an African culture, your parents are in c ...More

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EMU senior, volunteer EMT, shows dedication beyond his years

Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Company rescue captain Blake Rogers [a senior who is double majoring in biology and environmental science at Eastern Mennonite University] reflects on what he considers the most memorable moment of his time ...More

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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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Andrew Thorne: From succeeding at basketball to wanting to help at-risk boys and girls, like he’s been helped

When Andrew Thorne was fresh from high school and needed a lifeline in August 2009, two weeks before college move-in day, basketball coach Kirby Dean threw him one. Dean first met Thorne when he went to see a game at Skyline High School in Front Royal, Va., during Thorne’s senior year. Dean saw Thorne as a perfect fit for ...More