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Inspired by Romanian survivors of sexual trafficking, Rebekah York takes the lead and stands for #Stand4Freedom

On Tuesday, Rebekah York stood in Thomas Plaza – sometimes alone, sometimes with a crowd – surrounded by ghostly chalked outlines of feet that marked those who had stood, even briefly, to show their support for ending modern slavery. York, a junior at Eastern Mennonite University, was making her Stand For Freedom for 12 hours in so ...More

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Newest Yoder Scholars bring artistic, athletic and academic talent to EMU

Each year, a new group of highly motivated and gifted scholars is invited to join the Eastern Mennonite University Honors Program. From this group, two prospective students are selected to receive the annual full-tuition Yoder Scholarship. Nicole Litwiller of Sarasota, Flo ...More

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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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Student-organized vigil shows solidarity with deported pastor Max Villatoro and his family

About a hundred people gathered at a candlelight vigil this week on the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) campus to show their support for Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro. In the center of Thomas Plaza, burning candles were placed on a pile of ice. A nearby sign proclaimed the vigil’s theme: “Melt ICE,” a reference to the unrelenting, and some would say, disturbing policies of U.S. ...More

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Safe at home: Royals baseball coach Ben Spotts makes local recruiting a key contributor to success

Eastern Mennonite University head baseball coach Ben Spotts has a simple recruiting philosophy: Do not lose local athletes to other Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schools. That’s a tough goal, considering the proximity of three recruiting rivals in the Valley: Shenandoah University, ranked 11th in Division III ...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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Comedian and mental health activist Kevin Breel highlights fourth annual Walk for Hope, March 28

Participants in the fourth annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, March 28, will wear, for the first time, the same t-shirt. For the past three years, walkers who joined the trek to raise awareness about depression and suicide among college students donned t-shirts in colors that marked their affiliation to one of four area colleges ...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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Men and women’s basketball teams gear up for 2014-15 ODAC tourney

Updated February 26, 2015 Winter 2015 held some uncertain moments for the Eastern Mennonite men’s and women’s basketball teams, but both squads are expected to be a force in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, which begins February 27 in Salem, Virginia at the Salem Civic Center. Lady Royals Powerhouse Record Includes Home Winn ...More

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy celebrated with solidarity march, music, chapel and service opportunities

What creates systems of discrimination and oppression? What power and motivation do people have to resist these systems? Where do they take comfort when hatred acts? These questions were asked during the Jan. 15-20 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted by Eastern Mennonite University. Activities included lectures, chapel meetings and talkbacks; reading ...More