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University Programming Council’s (UPC) annual Valpo Vibes returned this spring after a two year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic. This year’s outdoor concert featured artists Olivia O’Brien, Jany Green and Flamingo Haze.

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April 29, 4:31 p.m., a 911 call was made reporting the smell of smoke inside the Art-Psychology building located on the east side of campus. Fire Engine One of the Valparaiso Fire Department arrived on site and entered the building to confirm no one was inside.

A new student organization was launched on campus this academic year to help give greater opportunities to commuter students. The Commuter Program Council (CPC) is a group that aims to give commuter students and their residential peers fun, entertainment-based programming as well as events t…

Student Senate unanimously approved a Senate Resolution (SR) that addressed their constituents’ concerns regarding campus lighting and safety on April 25. The (SR) encourages the Valparaiso University Police Department (VUPD) to take various measures for student safety, particularly near the…

In the wake of declining enrollment and difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Valparaiso University has gone through a series of budget cuts which have rippled through the campus, altering the course of Valpo’s history. Among the changes that have followed was the discontinuance of …

The Senior Studio and Digital Art Thesis Exhibition Art Walk took place on April 29 in various locations around campus. Eleven graduating art majors displayed their thesis exhibits in five University buildings. An array of project mediums were present, including photography and scannable QR codes. 

Student Senate Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates took place April 18 in preparation for the opening of elections on April 20. Rising senior Sophia Behrens and rising junior Allison Howard vyed for Student Body President, whereas Ian Chenoweth was in an uncontested race for Student B…

Relocations of major Valparaiso University entities were announced on March 28. The President’s Office, the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP), Alumni Engagement and the fundraising and operations teams within Advancement are among the affected. 

On Wednesday, April 20, students will have the opportunity to vote for their 2022-2023 Student Senate representatives. Sophia Behrens (pictured left) and Allison Howard (pictured right) are campaigning for president, while their running mates Ian Chenoweth and Emily Bakri, respectively, are …

In September of 2020, the Valparaiso University Social Work Department was under review for a potential discontinuance by the University. Due to high support by alumni and students, the Education Policy Committee (EPC) voted in favor of continuing the department as none of the criteria for d…

On the evening of April 2, from 7-9 p.m., Alliance hosted its annual Drag Show in the Harre Union Ballrooms. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this was the first drag show performed on campus since 2019.

The intentional deactivation of OneCards (student IDs) impacted nearly 450 graduate and undergraduate students after the University returned from spring break. Following the Feb. 28 deadline for submitting proof of COVID-19 vaccination with a booster, individuals were identified as compliant…

A decade of miracles was celebrated on April 2, revealing a shimmer of normalcy from the COVID-19 pandemic. Valparaiso University’s Dance Marathon 2022 (ValpoDM) marked two historical moments for the event: most money raised thus far and its recovery from the pandemic.

In a unanimous vote, Student Senate marked a historical moment by passing a set of new bylaws, addendums and a revised Constitution. It has been approximately 30 years since such substantial updates had been made to Senate’s procedures.

Following heightened tensions between the two countries, Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. Russia had initially denied intentions of invading, however U.S. intelligence indicated that this was untrue, and an invasion was likely imminent. Throughout February, Russian troops and…

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A Student Senate resolution that passed in spring 2021 has been fully implemented for the spring 2022 semester. The addition of SR002-SP21 called for the implementation of pronoun options on DataVU. In a Feb. 22, 2022 campus-wide email, students were informed of the change to the software.

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The American television series, “The College Tour,” visited Valparaiso University during the summer of 2021 to film an episode for their third season. The show is an Amazon original series, which was created as a way to showcase colleges to prospective students across the country when travel…

The Christopher Center Library staff announced a restructuring of some of the spaces in the building. These changes were incorporated with the hope of alleviating mental health and wellness worries among the student body. The initiatives include a variety of resources and stress-reducing int…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic establishes ever-lasting difficulties within the campus community, including a significant toll on student life and involvement, student organizations continue to persevere. New groups at Valparaiso University, Beloved and the Association of Aspiring Healthcare Profe…

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to take a financial toll on Valparaiso University. In order to help alleviate some of the budget deficits, Valpo released an Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) to faculty and staff. The plan provides a one-time offer for eligible faculty and staff to v…

Changes to the student organization event planning process have been made for the 2022-2023 academic year. Primary differences include a calendar planning meeting, a more structured pre-event advising process and a special classification for events considered to be “major.”

COVID-19 continues to establish lasting difficulties as student organizations experience a significant decrease in member recruitment, commitment and retention for the 2021-2022 academic year. Despite an upgraded MyValpo software, the University’s over 100 student organizations have been str…

With the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and continued concerns with the Delta variant, the Valparaiso University Health Center will be conducting polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 testing (PCR) for students in the East Promenade Apartments’ lobby on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. an…

The space formerly known as the Campus Cafe in the Harre Union had its grand re-opening on Jan. 27. With the unveiling, the new name of the updated space was revealed: The Bell and Beacon. The name pays homage to the University’s nickname and historic Victory Bell.

Shortly after winter weather advisories were issued for counties north of Indianapolis, Ind. on Jan. 24, Valparaiso University Provost Eric Johnson sent out an email reminder to all students, faculty and staff on the importance of being prepared and staying safe and informed throughout the w…

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Valparaiso University Student Senate’s general body meeting on Jan. 24 voted on new senators and highlighted financial matters. Discretionary Funds Committee grant application openings and a potential new finance structure were among the financial discussions.

Valparaiso University hosted their annual Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day celebrations and discussions on Jan. 17, 2022. The event consisted of focus sessions and keynote speaker Ed Gordon. Events took place in the Harre Union, the Christopher Center Library and the Chapel of the Resurrection.

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While few changes have been made to the day-to-day policies on campus, Valparaiso University has implemented additional COVID-19 requirements for students returning to campus. In addition to requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to provide proof of a negative COVID test result,…

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Valparaiso University announced new policies for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. According to an email sent out from Student Life to the campus community, “a booster shot is needed six months after an initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series, or two months after a J & J v…

Valparaiso University students, faculty, staff and city residents celebrated the 11th annual tree lighting ceremony. Free activities were part of the festivities housed in the Harre Union.

On the Nov. 10 President’s Roundtable, Valparaiso University Dining’s ‘No Frills Menu’ was discussed. Student organization leaders were reminded of the long-standing campus policy to consult with dining services when hosting events with food.

With the fall semester coming to a close, Primary Sorority Recruitment for Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) will begin in Jan. 2022. This will be the first opportunity for freshmen to go through the recruitment process.

Valparaiso University will welcome back graduates from the class of 2020 for a commencement ceremony on Dec. 19, 2021. The event will provide the graduates with an in-person experience, unlike their original, entirely virtual ceremonies held in May 2020.