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This month the recruitment process for Valpo’s fraternities took place. Chapters hosted their individual events to appeal to potential new members across campus, and sent out their bids to the promising young men they met during this time. The bid signing ceremony, where new members may acce…

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By pouring glasses and filling plates of food for the public, Cafe Manna has created a close community of people that not only care deeply for one another, but are also full of support. It’s a place where guests and volunteers can be open and trusting, all over a meal.

Sorority recruitment and its corresponding events took place this previous week, Jan. 6-12, giving new potential members a chance to explore sorority life. Students who are new to the sorority life were able to get a taste of each sorority and saw how each one operated, making it easier for …

Dot Nuechterlein is a former professor and Valpo alumni. During her time as a student, Nuechterlein was a Theology major, involved in a youth leadership training program. She later went on to complete a Masters degree in Sociology, and as a professor, two of the areas she taught in were gero…

Freshman mechanical engineering major Elias Anderson felt there was a need to create a space for Orthodox Christians on Valpo’s campus. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), an organization with chapters at colleges nationwide, has officially kicked off their start of their club.

Valpo students have volunteered with The American Red Cross and are working to host Rules of War Week. In partnership with the Red Cross International Humanitarian law Youth Action Campaign, the event will take place after Thanksgiving break, from Monday, Dec. 2nd through Friday, Dec. 6th.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…