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Amish “bonnet rippers” examined in alumna’s book, published by Johns Hopkins University Press

Amish “bonnet rippers” have become massively popular in the past decade, Valerie Weaver-Zercher told an audience of fellow-alumni and faculty during Homecoming 2013 at Eastern Mennonite University, Oct. 11-13. A new Amish romance is published about every four days, with at least 86 released in 2012, said Weaver-Zercher at a Saturday ...More

Author Shirley Showalter

Shirley Showalter ’70 shares steps in her journey from conservative Mennonite upbringing to college president

Shirley Showalter is named for the iconic curly-haired child star, but, as a youngster, she wasn’t allowed to watch Ms. Temple’s performances. “I think it might have been on Youtube that I first saw `On the Good Ship Lollipop,’ ” Showalter admitted from the comfort of her Harrisonburg home last week, letting out an infectious chuckle. With an easy smi ...More

EMU Fall Semester Begins Aug. 31

EMU’s annual faculty-staff conference, offered last week, traditionally marks the divide between slower summer days and the excitement of the new academic year. Shortly after the conference, students begin to trickle onto campus. Fall semester classes at EMU begin 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. The fall semester runs through Dec. 17. Students begin to arrive ...More