Recently elected into an at-large seat on the Valparaiso City Council, Evan Costas is following in his father’s political and business footsteps. Jon Costas, Evan’s father, served as the mayor of Valparaiso since first elected in 2003 and was succeeded by Matt Murphy.
Active Minds is a recently formed organization on campus which seeks to promote mental health. As a student-run group, Active Minds was officially recognized by the Student Senate on Nov. 5. It’s run by co-presidents and freshman nursing majors Lilly Manke and Anhjee Lowden.
Throughout the year, Valpo’s Physics and Astronomy department hosts open house nights on Friday nights inviting members of the community to visit and learn, experiencing the campus’ observatory.
Nadya Al-Shawi works in the Language Resource Center as a Chinese tutor. A part of her job in the LRC means working with students who want to start language interest groups. This year, she decided to honor her Iraqi heritage by starting her own interest group - one for the Arabic language.
Beginning in the fall of 2013 and hosted in the Center for the Sciences atrium, the Fall Interdisciplinary Research Symposium or FIReS, gives undergraduate students of all disciplines a chance to share their research with the greater Valpo community. FIReS hosted their seventh annual event o…
Senior Natalle Kezy has had a longtime interest in travel, and this previous summer completed her “bucket list” goal of backpacking in Europe. She visited 10 cities in multiple countries throughout her trip, traveling by bus, train and air.
Katie Beirne and Perry Lerit both remember their time at VU fondly, especially their experiences in the communication department. Both students were given the “Outstanding Senior” award from the department at the Excellence in Communication Banquet on April 14.
The Louis S. and Mary L. Morgal Chair of Christian Business Ethics Elizabeth Gingerich’s family history beams brown and gold as it traces back to the early 20th century, making Gingerich a fourth generation at Valpo.
This spring break, students from Saint Teresa’s Catholic Student Center will be visiting the city dumps of Mexico City on their first ever international mission trip.
Richard Sévère has been an associate professor of English at Valparaiso University since the fall of 2016. While medieval literature and professional writing are his specialties, he’s also taught writing for health sciences, Spiritual Friendship for Christ College and the inaugural class of …
Valparaiso University is home a chapter of Enactus, a business and economics club that brings real life experience to its members. The club incorporates a wide variety of fields by taking on projects with a number of organizations that need their help.
Lizzie Heisler is a sophomore nursing major here at Valpo. Two years ago she and her current boyfriend, junior electrical engineering major Connor Russell, started a long distance relationship.
On Feb. 16, Valparaiso University’s International Student Association (VISA), will host their 39th annual World Banquet event. The World Banquet celebrates different cultures and has a variety of exotic meals, musicians and artists.
From Feb. 8 through Feb. 10, Epsilon Nu Tau (ENT) will be hosting the Valpo Innovates competition for the second year in a row. The theme for this year is “Safety and Security.”
Associate Professor of Communication Phillip Powell is one of the few African American male professors to receive tenure at Valparaiso University. While Powell doesn’t have the exact number, he believes he is the ninth or tenth professor of his demographic with tenure at Valparaiso Universit…
Valparaiso University is home to a student-led ballroom dance team that competes and holds free social lessons weekly.
The Black Student Organization (BSO) is an organization at Valpo where students can find themselves surrounded by others who are just like them, even if they find themselves in the minority population. BSO is where African Americans can come and associate with other students of the same race.
Davina Boykin, a senior mathematics major, has already earned multiple opportunities to advance her mathematical passion and career through several conferences and presentations.
On October 20, Pi Beta Phi will be hosting their first annual philanthropic crowning ceremony, Mr. Pi Phi. This is a new event that Pi Beta Phi hopes to organize annually to both raise awareness and money for their philanthropy, Read-Lead-Achieve.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s a busy time of the year for sorority women in Sigma Lambda Gamma. This year, the women have decided to make a larger effort in raising money for their philanthropy, the Susan. G. Komen Foundation, along with raising more awareness ab…
Stranger Scheele: You’re Next, an exhilarating and frightening student-run haunted house, is returning for its second year this Halloween season. It’s a free attraction located on campus in Scheele Hall. The haunted house will be up and running October 27 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., but the line …
Students in Television Producing and Directing, a communication course, are making their own pilot TV show episode this semester and are requesting input from Valpo students to make this production possible.
Rise'n Roll Bakery, 1320 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, cut the ribbon for it’s grand opening on Tuesday. Although the bakery has been open for a week, its grand opening ceremony officially kicked off the start of the company with prizes given out to customers.
Valparaiso University sororities celebrated 100 years of sisterhood during the month of October. The first sorority on campus, Alpha Phi Delta, was founded in October of 1917, which started a long tradition of thriving sorority life on campus.
As the first campus service opportunity of the year, two faculty members and around 80 students joined together for the annual Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore service project.
After a shocking change of events, junior Amy Kinzie was given the opportunity to attend college alongside her twin sister, Aly Kinzie.
The women of Kappa Delta participated in the No Excuse for Child Abuse Awareness Walk this past Saturday, April 29.
The Social Action Leadership Team’s $4,000 Week, a week in which SALT intended to raise $4,000 through events that took place each day, ended the year with annually anticipated events Color 4 A Cause and the Battle of the Marks.
Six bands performed in the basement of the Phi Sigma Kappa house during WVUR’s Sourcestock concert on Friday, April 28.
Finishing out the English Department’s Writer Series for the year was the Wordfest Writing Contest Awards, which took place on Wednesday, May 3.
Women of Worth hosted a yoga and relaxation night as their last event of the year on April 26. The event was led by yoga instructor Sam Rus, who showed the group beginner moves as well as soothing music and breathing exercises.
Junior Stephen Sekoulopoulos was crowned Mr. Valpo during Alpha Phi Omega’s inaugural Mr. Valpo pageant on Friday.
Songfest 2017 took Valpo back to the early 2000’s on Sunday with nostalgic music and dance moves.
Valpo students promote their Greek organization by rocking their favorite letters on campus. Handmade letters surely make an impression, as do the professional ones. From Star Wars to Doctor Who patterns, Valpo surely has a mixture of fun fabric-wearing students. As Tim Gunn, American TV per…
Alliance hosted their third annual Drag Show on Sunday, April 23. The theme for the event was “High Heels and Boy Bands.” It featured a couple of professional drag queens, including Dita Ritz, who was on Ru Paul’s Drag Show. Along with the professionals, a number of students performed. The s…
Valpo’s Social Action Leadership Team is preparing to brighten campus during their annual Color 4 A Cause run.
As I’m plugging along in the last few weeks of my college career, I’m realizing that I’m about to be thrust into the adult world headlong and nothing I can say or do will make it stop, which absolutely terrifies me.
The latest craze in entertainment has made its way to Valparaiso. Espionage Escape Rooms opened in January and is bringing a family-friendly twist to the hour-long adventure. Located off of Highway 30 next to Viking Chili Bowl, the escape room is creating a new way to interact with mystery a…
The University Programing Council announced Jon Bellion as the headliner for their annual spring concert, with Smallpools performing as the opener.
Celebrating the Islamic faith has been the focus of a number of events hosted by the Muslim Student Association this month.
Alpha Phi Omega is hosting their first ever Mr. Valpo contest, which will pin men from various organizations on campus against each other to win money for their selected philanthropy.
Theatre and engineering go hand in hand for senior Abby Campbell.
This month Valparaiso University’s LGBTQ+ and ally organization, Alliance, is sponsoring GAYpril, hosting events to educate, entertain and bring together the community in a variety of ways.
The annual tradition of having a student design the Paschal candle at the Chapel of the Resurrection continues this year with sophomore Cody Wilson.
The Tunnel of Oppression offered many impactful inside looks into ongoing issues, such as racism, mental health and the refugee crisis.
Affectionately known as “Mrs. Z,” JoEllen Zromkoski has affected the lives of students and staff members with her positive attitude and mindset since 2008.
Tears and shouts of joy erupted on Homer Drew Court when the Dance Marathon executive board revealed the event had raised a record-shattering $69,872.05 for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
March is Women’s History Month, and Women of Worth wrapped it all up with their second annual Women’s Empowerment Tea on Saturday, March 25.
On Saturday, students will be dancing “for the kids” of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, but they aren’t only dancing for strangers, they’re dancing for their classmates.
Floral patterns have found their way out of the closets of Valpo students and onto the sidewalks of campus. Floral is a typical spring wardrobe essential and seems to be suiting the Valpo community just fine. It keeps students fashionable and can always bring something fresh to the table. Fr…
Every year the university community comes together to dance and fundraise in support of programs that aid children struggling with illnesses.