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.
For many students at Valpo, one of the optimal things to do in your years in college is to gather as much work experience as you can to help set you up for future jobs. Internships are an ideal way to get that hands-on experience. Luckily for Valpo students, the University has an office dedi…
VU Voices for Animals (VUVFA) is a current active student organization which works towards animal rights and education on vegan and vegetarian living.
On March 22, Valparaiso University’s Incident Command Team released a statement detailing VU’s current relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
Valpo’s Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) has proudly reinstated the Student Retention and Mentoring Team (SMART Connections) program for this semester. After suspending the program for a time last year, the OMP has now been able to get the program up and running once again.
A Valpo student organization, Working Across Vocations Everywhere through Service (WAVES), is making waves in the world through its service projects. Having completed humanitarian aid projects in Haiti and Nicaragua, they are now turning their attention to Guatemala and nearby Chicago, IL.
Every year, the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) works to create more opportunities for students on campus and beyond to empower each other while also working to better the community.
“This event was the first of many that needs to keep happening to wake up our campus to different aspects of dealing with people that are different than us,” said Activities Coordinator of the African Student Association (ASA) Willet Debrah.
LuMin is the Lutheran Ministry on campus, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) , but is all inclusive of all faiths and backgrounds. Kaityln Jedrzejowski, a sophomore theology and ministry and general economics major, started attending LuMin meetings her freshman…
For the past few years, the Valparaiso University Police Department (VUPD) has hosted and sponsored different educational programs for students to learn different safety skills and learn how to protect themselves.
The soon to be graduating class of senior engineers are now undergoing their final capstone projects in the program.
Over six inches of snow blanketed the Midwest on the night of Mon. Feb. 15, causing many problems for commuters.
This past week, Christ College (CC) encouraged students to embrace the snow with their “Super Secret Snow Mission Directive”. The mission, should students choose to accept it, required teams of students to create a snow “creature” or “creation” in the lawn area surrounding Mueller Hall.
Valpo Fraternity and Sorority Life welcomed 185 new members this past recruitment season despite the COVID-19 pandemic. What is usually an exciting time filled with many events took on a slightly different form over zoom.
A student goes to the library to study and is approached by one of its staff members. They are presented with a bag full of fun goodies, like a pin to put on their backpack. This is an opportunity for all students by wearing a mask at the library, or even just wearing it correctly.