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After graduating, Valparaiso University alumnus Ben Lehman has become a regional manager who is in charge of product distribution for Leo M. Ellebracht Company (LME). This company that typically creates fire fighting equipment has created a new disinfectant system called KLEAN/pak used to di…

Many nurses who graduated from Valparaiso University are lining up to face COVID-19. These alumni are joining the thousands of other healthcare workers fighting outbreaks across the country. According to the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ website, 99.2 percent of graduates are cu…

Even as school and work piles up, it can be difficult to find ways to keep yourself busy and connect with others during social isolation. Staying six feet away from others means no hanging out with friends, and in many states stay-at-home orders restrict leaving for anything non-essential. T…

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With the United States now the country with the most confirmed Covid-19 cases according to a “New York Times” article, practicing social distancing is important now more than ever before. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. 

Over spring break Valpo students embarked on six different service trips to help those in need across the country. According to an email from President Heckler’s, students were able to travel to places such as Central Appalachia, Bioxi, MS., and New Bern, N.C. Students participated in home r…

To Valpo’s chapter of Pi Beta Phi, encouraging reading, and a love of reading, is an important part of their philanthropic efforts. According to their webpage, their Read > Lead > Achieve effort “inspires a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential creating a more literat…

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Following the cut of the men’s tennis and soccer teams, there has been a growing wariness of more programs being cut at VU. Valpo’s Jazz Program was believed to be in danger of this, but has proven that it won’t go down without a fight. 

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Among the many opportunities Valpo plans to offer this upcoming summer, and studying abroad in Ireland is just one of many. The benefits to going on this specific trip, include earning a college credit for coursework completed on this trip while also getting to venture out and explore the ci…

If you’re in a relationship this Valentine’s and want to impress your partner with a special gesture, don’t stress--there’s no need to break the bank. The important thing about any gesture is that it’s not about the money, but the thought you put into doing something nice. Here’s a guide to …

The trend with most winters is that, with the short days and cold, many people feel down, or lethargic. Seasonal affective disorder, often known as seasonal depression, is a type of depression that occurs mostly during the winter months.

The Indiana Dunes State Park has over 2,000 acres of beaches, sand, swamps and forest. The best part about the Dunes is the prime location; only about a 20 minute drive from campus. While one might think that there would be nothing to do at a state park in the wintertime, the Dunes actually …

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Senior Carmen Vincent has enjoyed telling stories since she was young. Now, she uses documentaries to tell both her own stories and others.’ Vincent began her journey making these stories around two years ago, after spending two weeks filming in Bethlehem, Palestine for an internship, where …

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The annual Valparaiso Special Olympics Polar Plunge is set to take place on Feb. 15 outside the ARC in front of the Victory Bell. The event is through Special Olympics Indiana and is being coordinated by Phi Sigma Kappa and the Valparaiso University Police Department. Valpo has held the Pola…

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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.

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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.

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Nina Corazzo, associate professor of art and Walter E. Bauer Endowed Chair of History, has been working at Valpo “probably since the Pleistocene period,” she jokes. Corazzo teaches art history as well as freshmen Core. 

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.

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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 …