Looking for something fun and relaxing to do in the winter months? Look no further than Books and Coffee, a series of events beginning once again this January, where members of the Valparaiso University (VU) community review bestselling books. Directed by Walter G. Friedrich Professor of Ame…
As finals approach, the Christopher Center Library offers resources for students who are stressed about upcoming exams and papers. Associate Professor of Library Science Rachael Muszkiewicz details different programs and activities the library provides for students.
Through the combined efforts of both the Political Science department and Sociology department, students of the Political Science 350 class have launched this year's Humanitarian Law event. Those who are enrolled in the class are instructed in the meaning of International Humanitarian Law an…
Valparaiso University’s Christ College’s (CC) 49th annual Freshman Production titled Moralititanic: Bermuda Triangle's Got Nothin' On This took place last weekend, Nov. 12-14. The production is an integral part of the first year curriculum, and is a course in which freshmen CC students are t…
Salena Anderson, an Associate Professor in Valparaiso University’s English Department, specializes in the unique fields of Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), over the course of his prolific career, has found a method of so outwardly and vibrantly sculpting his own worlds that it seems he has continuously pushed the barriers of filmmaking. There is an unabashed euphoria met with the mile-a-minute sight ga…
Bad Wolves’ newest release “Dear Monsters” offers an incredibly diverse selection of pieces within the metal genre; from the heaviest of the heavy metal, to power ballads, all the way to an alternative rock vibe. There is truly something for every type of metal and rock enthusiast in this album.
This article contains spoilers for “Antlers”.
Valparaiso University’s Christ College (CC) hosted its annual “CC Day” event on Nov. 4. CC Day celebrates the original founding of the College when a committee was appointed by President O.P. Kretzmann on Oct. 29, 1964. The event is typically held on Oct. 29, but was postponed to avoid confl…
The Lambda Chi Alpha (Lambda Chi) fraternity hosted Valparaiso University’s annual St. Baldrick's event on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Christopher Center Community Room. The university has held this event annually since 2011, with the exception of 2020 due to COVID. Lambd…
There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in the Catholic community in Valparaiso, Ind. The St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center (St. T’s) is a Catholic church directly across from Valparaiso University (VU) on Laporte avenue, where students can get involved in activities, mass…
Valparaiso University’s newest club on campus, disc golf, is already enjoying a successful first semester.
Parkhurst, Earthtones, and The Office of Sustainability have partnered to make dining at Valparaiso University more sustainable.
The Sirko Maker Space provides Valparaiso University students and faculty opportunities to express their creative and artistic passions. The space is located in room 1417 of the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA) and opened fall 2021 for students to access.
Tommy Dean is a Valparaiso University alumni who attended the university from 2002-2006. On Oct. 12, he visited campus to speak at a Wordfest event, through the English department, and read some of his work. His published works include several “chapbooks” or small books, including “Special L…
For the Fall 2021 semester, the Brauer Museum of Art has reopened with limited hours. After being closed in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The new Valparaiso University bioengineering lab was blessed on Friday, Oct. 1 as part of homecoming week. The lab is a new addition to the Donald V. Fites Engineering and Innovation Center.
Throughout October, Valparaiso University’s Office of Sustainability has hosted events for Campus Sustainability Month, a national initiative by the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) aimed at informing people about sustainability and the climate crisis.
As the semester drags on, Fall Break represented a moment of relief for students across campus. That said, the possibilities are endless when it comes to filling time outside of class. Whether you’re a freshman or transfer student who is new to the area, or even a returning student or Indian…
Over Homecoming weekend, Meier Hall opened to alumni for a “grand reopening.” The reopening took place on Oct. 2 and was prompted by the combining of the Education and Social Work departments. Last year, the Secondary Education and Social Work programs were evaluated for discontinuance. Seco…
With Halloween quickly approaching, Valparaiso University’s student organization Haunt is hard at work preparing for their yearly haunted house.
Valparaiso University’s Professor Todd Hillwig, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy grant with the purpose of funding his current research on binary star systems.
After a limited menu was available for both students and faculty last year, the Campus Cafe is offering new selections for the 2021-22 school year.
Students in Professor of Psychology Jennifer Winquist’s social psychology class created a fundraiser for Dressed for School, a nonprofit organization that provides children with clothing.
The Writing Center is a resource for students who need assistance with papers and assignments. They will review assignments at all stages of the writing process: from looking at a prompt to finishing the last touches.
Two years after Valparaiso University’s last homecoming, students and faculty are more excited than ever to celebrate homecoming week. Homecoming week was hosted by the University Programming Council (UPC). The events kicked off on Monday, Sept. 27 and went all the way through Saturday, when…
Meteorology majors, who graduate from Valparaiso University, join thousands of other graduates across the country in becoming meteorologists who work for television stations, private companies, academia and the National Weather Service.
This homecoming will feature special events for Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) across campus. In particular, Lambda Chi Alpha is celebrating their 75th year at Valpo. Meanwhile, Phi Kappa Psi is entering a new chapter by celebrating the dedication of their chapter house.
On Sept. 18, Valparaiso University (VU)’s Biology Club partnered with Purdue University’s Pinney Agricultural Center to conduct research on pumpkin growth.
Valparaiso University's Student Senate is looking to fill it’s open positions in order to have a full senate.
Following the recent retirement of the Crusader as Valpo’s mascot, The Torch investigated other former changes to Valparaiso University branding. This is not the first time such an investigation has occurred: inquiries with the University Archives revealed, with the help of Special Collectio…
Valparaiso University Professor of English Martin Buinicki has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board at the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.
This year’s FireFighter Challenge Philanthropy Event, hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE), was hosted on Sept. 19 on the West Lawn from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The entire PIKE chapter is helping to host this light-hearted charity competition with firefighting-themed obstacles.
Valparaiso University alumni Chelsea Hill has recently written a children’s book called “Blue’s Unexpected Adventure.”
On Sept. 17, the Valparaiso University Junior Panhellenic put on a Singing Bee to fundraise for the Circle of Sisterhood, which is the main philanthropic organization for the Panhellenic Council.
The Valparaiso University library staff, along with Active Minds, is hosting a PostSecretU event during the fall semester. PostSecret was an initiative started by Frank Warren in 2004.
Alex Koontz, a graduate student in Valparaiso University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program, has started an Instagram account chronicling her experiences.
The 2020-2021 academic year was difficult for students, especially freshmen and sophomores, to get involved at Valparaiso University due to COVID-19 restrictions. As COVID precautions have been reduced and a new semester has begun, many opportunities have arisen for all students to get invol…
While some students take care of business on the field, others are still needed to take care of business off of it. For those who may be interested in having an on-campus job or internship, the Valparaiso University Athletics Department has positions available.
For Laura Krepp, a freelance graphic designer and Assistant Professor of Communication and Visual Arts (CVA), graphic design is an art form that has existed since the beginning of time.
This summer, Student Life added a new disc golf course to Valparaiso University. The course is nine holes and begins east of the Duesenberg Welcome Center, with a sign at the starting point stating the rules of the course. For now, players will have to bring their own discs, although Student…
Bryan Flynn is a professional graphic designer who gained attention on social media for logos he designed following the announcement of Valparaiso University’s new nickname, Beacons.
Starting fall 2021, Valparaiso University will be offering a new course titled: English 200: Playing with Stories which centers around video games and thinking critically about the stories they tell. This course can be used to fulfill a general education credit for humanities. A Steam accoun…
Valparaiso University has been holding vaccination clinics for students, faculty and staff.
On Sat. Apr. 24, the annual Earth Day beach cleanup was held at Indiana Dunes State Park.
The state of Indiana’s decision to lift its mask mandate on Apr. 6,was met with mixed opinions as citizens now have the option to wear or not wear their masks in most public places.
Although museums, cultural sites, restaurants, bars and stores are closed, students studying abroad are still making the most of their semester abroad.
Following the restrictions that came with the pandemic, Valpo’s Fitness Center began to offer classes streamed virtually.
Valparaiso University has discontinued five programs this year after review from the Education Policy Committee, the Faculty Senate and the Board of Directors.
Following the recent spring recess, breaks are something that has been on the mind of many Valpo students.
Valparaiso University’s annual Dance Marathon raised a total of $72,431 for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.