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‘Distant Witness,’ adapted from journalist Andrew Carvin’s book, immerses audience in Arab Spring

“Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring, and a Journalism Revolution,” an immersive, multi-media play based on the events of the Arab Spring, will make its full stage debut April 8-10 and April 14-16 at Eastern Mennonite University’s Mainstage Theater in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The production is based on the book of the same name by Andrew Carvin, a Washington D.C.-based jo ...More

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Residence director, athletics photographer and soon-to-be-graduate Scott Eyre came from Canada, twice, to become an integral contributor to the EMU community

For Scott Eyre – residence director of Cedarwood Hall at Eastern Mennonite University, sports photographer for the Royals, and soon-to-be-graduate – the journey to the present day has included “a lot of Red Sea parting stuff.” Despite a circuitous route through one hardship after another, the waters have repeat ...More

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With ‘7×7 Laments,’ artist explores revelations of sexual abuse within the church, evokes discord with ‘rays of hope’

When Jerry Holsopple entered his sabbatical at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Luce Center for Art and Religion last year, he wasn’t sure where it would take him. It ended up being a journey through new ground and some rather dark valleys. Holsopple, professor of ...More

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‘This generation’s cigarette’: media and religion professors team up to analyze selfie culture

Cell-phones are this generation’s cigarette. That was one analysis provided by Jerry Holsopple and Linford Stutzman to students participating in an October Living and Learning Forum at Eastern Mennonite University. Holsopple, a visual and communication arts profess ...More

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Graphic designer and marketing expert Kristen Opalinski turns her expertise to explorations of faith and social justice

Kristen Opalinski is a woman on the go. Even as she hustled to complete a multimedia project during an intensive two-week media course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, the graphic designer was in between international travels and media relations work on behalf of Peace Islands Institute (PII), a peacebuil ...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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Art auction aims to benefit EMU, campus community through hosting visiting artists

Painting, collages, and photography will be offered at a silent art auction hosted by the visual and communication arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The three-week fundraiser will help bring professional artists to campus to interact with the campus community and to exhibit their work. Past visiting artists at EMU have included New York City-based filmmaker and cinem ...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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‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More

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Animated “EMU Experience” Showcases VACA Department

A class in the science center, a chapel service, cheering on a Royals sports team and a cross-cultural to the Middle East all figure in a new 45-second animated video created by Chris Stauffer, a 2012 December graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The video follows a student from the end of high school through grad ...More