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President Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman holds a town-hall style meeting on Oct. 29 in Martin Chapel. Huxman held this “President’s Town Hall” as a way to discuss the direction that EMU is heading and some of the changes that may be happening in the future.

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From the moment I walked through the door, Food.Bar.Food was my new favorite restaurant. The cool, robin’s-egg-blue walls were decorated with murals, canvases, vintage windows, and a giant plastic spider for the spooky season. A room divider made of tastefullydistressed, white, wooden doors created a little wall beside the entrance, with the other side surrounded by large, colorful plants. The rugs on the concrete floor were woven from

white and purple strips of cloth. Similarly-designed vibrant pillows rested on the repurposed church pew along the back wall, which acted as a row of seating for larger parties. The cool tones of blue, white, and silver, with the soft pinecolored furniture gave the restaurant a modern-butcomfortable atmosphere. I ordered the egg scrambler and the Asian chicken and pancakes with a side of smoked bacon to share with my companion, totaling around $23. A twist on a Southern meal Continued on Page 4

As part of its annual collaborative Augsburger Lecture Series, EMU has invited theologian and New Testament scholar Nicholas Thomas Wright to visit campus. Wright is scheduled to speak at six events on campus on Nov. 13 and 14, including a chapel gathering, two keynote presentations, a Campus Worship event, a Lunch Dialogue event, and a Q&A session. The purpose of the Augsburger Lecture Series is to host prominent evangelical speakers who will “address pertinent topics in the area of Christian evangelism and mission for the stimulation and development of a vision for evangelism and missions

for the students, faculty and staff of EMU,” according to EMU’s website. Since news of N.T. Wright’s scheduled visit has become public to EMU students, some students have expressed alarm, frustration, or outright disappointment in the university’s decision to host Wright because of his socially conservative views and controversial statements toward gay marriage and the LGBTQ+ community. Over the years, EMU has taken strides to create a supportive and accepting campus environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community, making it all the more head-scratching for some students as to why EMU would choose to invite someone to campus with such contrasting views.

“I was unaware of those views when we invited him,” said Campus Pastor Brian Burkholder. According to Burkholder, EMU has since been addressing students’ concerns. “Once we knew there was concern, we invited N.T. Wright to have an open forum with students addressing his views on sexuality, sexual behavior, and sexual preference. He declined, saying that it is not his intent to speak on these themes. He wanted to stay true to the original invitation and stay focused on the lectures that he already was preparing.” Despite some student opposition, Burkholder believes there is still “integrity in engaging with N.T. Wright on our campus because of his Continued on Page 2





Restorative justice facilitator training serves as a testament to EMU’s continued commitment to work towards social justice.

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The women’s [volleyball] season came to a close at Bridgewater in a 0-3 loss with the set scores of 1225, 17-25, and 8-25.


MISTER ROGERS We can feel angry, we can feel hopeless, but then we must decide to respond with acts of caring and compassion.



This week’s canvas features sophomore Haleigh Monahan’s watercolor and ink on linen.


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Harrisonburg’s City Council since 2015 and is running for re-election, is one of two Democratic candidates. One of Jones’ main focuses in this forum is his proposal for the creation of a Sustainability Coordinator position in order to further address and combat the serious threat of climate change on a local level. Two of his other leading focuses included criminal justice reform and public education. Sal Romero, who came to the United States as a Mexican immigrant in 1991, is the second Democratic candidate. Romero believes he holds a

unique outlook on the city of Harrisonburg as an immigrant who has spent his entire life here. The safety of the people of Harrisonburg is Romero’s number-one concern. He stressed the fact that any person can be vulnerable at any given time, and because of this it is important to care for and reach out to all communities. Romero presented his view that students should be educated about the environment from a young age. Carolyn Frank, an independent who has spent eight and a half years on City Council, discussed different

ways she has been involved in bettering the community over the years, including the creation of the city’s first soccer club, advocating for children in foster care, and helping to create smoother transitions for ex-prisoners who are attempting to integrate back into society. Responding to a question about environmental care, Frank stated her opinion that, at the moment, the city does not have the funds to put a ton of emphasis on the environment, and that it is young people like EMU students who play critical roles in discovering more

With exactly one week until November’s midterm elections, all five candidates running for Harrisonburg City Council visited campus on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Each candidate was able to share some of their views and proposals with EMU students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Held in the University Commons Hall of Nations, this assembly was formatted in such a way that each candidate was allotted an equal amount of time to give an opening statement, respond to three separate questions prepared by EMU students, and reply to three different questions from community members during the Question and Answer session. This event was organized by EMU’s Civic Engagement group, a combination of various clubs that have been working to increase political awareness and involvement on campus. The five candidates are running for two available seats on Harrisonburg City Council. Three of the candidates are running as independents, while the other two are running as Democrats. Senior Adam Harnish introduces the five candidates for Harrisonburg City Chris Jones, who has been on Council on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the University Commons.

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economically-sound ways to deal with our city’s trash. Paloma Saucedo is another independent candidate running for City Council. Saucedo introduced herself as an openly-queer Latina, and argued that it is time for more women and members of the LBGTQ community to be elected. She stressed her views that addressing issues from a restorative justice approach, and confronting the actual causes and roots of the major issues we see today, are the best ways to manage our city’s problems. Last but not least, Frank McMillan is the third independent who will be listed on Tuesday’s election ballots. McMillan believes his experience running a small business in Harrisonburg allows him to relate to members of the community. He believes in promoting and supporting private, non-profit organizations who will take a “hand up, not hand out” approach to helping the city’s most vulnerable communities. He supports working with environmental-friendly companies like BioFusion to begin moving away from Dominion Power and toward reliable solar and wind power. Virginia’s midterm elections are from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.


Katrina Poplett, a 2016 alum and current sophomore Center for Justice and Peace student, was first inspired to create a Restorative Justice (RJ) training session at EMU after attending one in New York during her sophomore year. Poplett, who describes RJ as a “paradigm shift that involves looking at justice as a more holistic concept, including the voices and opinions of those who have been harmed, those who caused the harm, and the communities around them,”

saw the need for such a training at EMU. It seemed only fitting to Poplett that EMU, home to the Zehr Institute of Restorative Justice, and CJP offers opportunities for its broader community to be exposed to RJ and interact with it. Thus, after working together with Jonathan Swartz, she developed a plan for what RJ training would look like at EMU as part of her honors capstone presentation. This past Saturday, Oct. 27, Poplett’s dreams came to fruition as EMU held its first-ever Restorative Justice Facilitator Training in the Discipleship Center. The

seven-hour training, open to EMU undergraduate, graduate and seminary students, was attended by 25 participants in addition to faculty and staff. The morning portion of the training exposed participants to the foundations of RJ theory and demonstrated examples where RJ can be used. After a quick lunch break, participants had the opportunity to practice the skills they had learned by participating in roleplays where they grappled with conflicts and how to approach them from an RJ standpoint as a facilitator. Sophomore Ruth Reimer-

Berg, wanted to learn more about the possibilities of using Restorative Justice in her future classroom. Reimer-Berg added that “the simulations were most impactful as it allowed [her] to compare different responses to a singular situation, examining different ways to achieve justice” and she left the training wanting to change the way we as a society treat those we have harmed. The training was run by Co-Director of the Zehr Institute of Restorative Justice, Johonna Turner, and Associate Dean of Students and Res-life,

Jonathan Swartz, while graduate students Poplett, Mikayla Waters-Crittenton, and Fabiana Espinal served as assistant trainers. Throughout the training, they answered questions and provided insights and emotional support for the participants. They are optimistic about the possibilities of offering future trainings. The new availability of Restorative Justice Facilitator Training serves as a testament to EMU’s continued commitment to work towards social justice and equip students with tools needed to navigate hard situations.

is harm and hurt in inviting him, but we didn’t invite him to speak in any way on sexuality, sexual preference, or sexual behavior, and we wouldn’t have.” Burkholder added that he supports engaging with people, like Wright, who have different points of view. “We would do well to acknowledge those differences, and engage with dignity and respect. “Furthermore, we’ve never thought that every speaker we bring for

Convocation or Campus Worship would be aligned with EMU on all issues. “We’ve always imagined we would engage across differences. Personally, I don’t think the differences that we would have with N.T. Wright are at the level that we would not invite him, and choose not to engage with him, but that’s my personal opinion.” Asked about what he would say to students who believe Wright’s views contradict EMU’s

platform, Provost Fred Kniss responded, “My answer would be that this is a university, and views of socially conservative folks, even if they clash with some of our values, are aired. “When there are controversial issues, people should be free to speak from all sides… That’s what a university does. “The word [university] is based on ‘universal’ – we open our arms, and anything is fair game to talk about and debate.” He

added, “People have to be free to discuss questions, even when they clash with the positions of the university.” Putting aside Wright’s specific social views, Burkholder and Kniss hope that Wright’s experience and knowledge as a Biblical scholar and theologian will make for an enjoyable, productive lecture series for EMU students who are hoping to learn more about Christian evangelism and missions.


prominence as a New Testament theologian. “The reasons for inviting him, I think, still stand. Prominent voice, prolific writer, many many people have found his perspectives to be helpful in the application of the Christian faith and culture. “Is there this other side? Yes, there is. And that’s also true across the Church. So we acknowledge that there

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Jacob Myers, Staff Writer

Warm laughter echoes through the chilled night air. A group of people crowds around the table, flashlights flickering off their faces. Some hold knives, which they deftly use to remove the tops of their respective pumpkins. Next, a spoon or hand is thrust into the orange gourd, pulling long orange fibers and white seeds out. These pile up in the bowls and bags provided. Some are rescued by a student. These will be roasted later. Then comes the creativity: choosing a design. Some pick elaborate faces, while others feature

simple shapes. All are beautiful, especially when lit from the inside. A few bystanders enjoy cinnamon rolls as they watch. The pumpkin carving party described was hosted by the Rotaract Club on Monday, Oct. 29. Many people don not know what Rotaract is. The club only had its beginning last year. “I was in a Rotaract Club back in my own country, in Burkina Faso,” explained senior Linda Ouedraogo who is a founding member and vice president of Rotaract. “I came here to the U.S., no Rotaract at EMU, [which was] sad for me.” This fall-themed gettogether is only one of the

events hosted by the club, with the goal of letting people know who Rotaract is and what they do. First-year Rodrigo Barahona stated at the event, “I was always interested in the social work stuff…after this I think I will definitely come more.” The goals of the club are to create more service opportunities on campus, connect with the Harrisonburg community, and help students network with community members through the club’s ties to Rotary Club of Harrisonburg. “It’s supposed to be a club that goes after just four years of college and into the future,” said junior Donaldo Lleshi,

president of the club. The club’s first event of the year was received very well by attendees from the EMU community and students. Philip Martin, an EMU staff member in facilities management, came with his wife and grandchildren. “It was a lot of fun. [The] kids had a blast,” he said of the carving. “Free pumpkin seeds” were a highlight for junior Gabrielle McMillon. First-year Hannah Neebe said, “It was a lot of fun. I have a good pumpkin now.” Her favorite part was “the [pumpkin] guts.” The gathering also achieved the goals of getting the Rotaract Club out there and bringing the

community together. Firstyear Chretienne Damaska was “pretty excited” about Rotaract after braving the chill weather for the party. “I think I’m going to try it out.” Ouedraogo pointed out, “You saw… those two families. Completely opposite cultures. They maybe wouldn’t have met… but because they were both interested in carving a pumpkin, they came here. They had fun together. Yeah, that’s the goal of it all. People enjoying their time.” Interested in joining the Rotaract Club? Meetings are held in University Commons, room 176 at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit and become an integrated part of the community.

quite a journey not only from Afghanistan to the United States, but also discovering and affirming her identity as a woman in a Western society. “I recently graduated from EMU with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media and a minor in Journalism. These four years of university empowered me in so many ways. “It enhanced my creativity, encouraged me to express myself as an artist, know my rights, raise my voice, and become a role model for other young women in my country,” Wahdat said. Wahdat has done an excellent job learning and sharing about the differences between the two cultures. Her passion is to empower women in her country and serve as a mentor to them. “A few days after my graduation ceremony in April 2018, I moved to NYC for a short internship with a Britishbased organization, Future Brilliance, which runs projects in many countries in south and central Asia, mainly in Afghanistan, to empower the local businesses and artisans

­— particularly women. Wahdat also has a passion for designing jewelry with Afghan design. “I worked with Future Brilliance as a jewelry design intern where I helped the team to come up with a new fine jewelry collection, communicate with the local artisans in Afghanistan, and deliver trainings.” Wahdat’s ambitions are high. She took the experience from EMU, went to NYC, and discovered another stellar opportunity for herself. “After wrapping up my internship in NYC, I moved to Portland, Ore. for another internship in June 2018. I started my internship with Square 1, a marketing and advertising company based in Portland, as a creative concepting intern. This internship allowed me to translate what I learned in classrooms into real work. Working closely with professionals was another great learning opportunity.” Wahdat’s summer was full of activities and skill practice. Her future is getting more challenging considering the

immigration laws that limits all of the international students. “I finished my internship with Square 1 on Sept. 30, 2018. However, I was hoping to get my Optional Practical Training (OPT) to start a job after my internship. “It is required for international students after graduation in order to get a job. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. The process is getting very slow and tough. My application got canceled twice, and it might take longer than usual to get my OPT. At the

moment, all my focus is on putting together my OPT documents and to re-apply.” Despite the struggles along the way, Wahdat still lives in Portland. She said, “My goal is to get a job with another marketing agency as a designer as soon as I get my [Optional Practical Training]. At the same time, during my spare time, I enjoy exploring the city with my camera and take pictures, as well as work on a jewelry collection inspired by Afghan ancient embroidery motifs.”


Xhorxhina Ndoka, Staff Writer

Considering that I am graduating December 2018, my anxiety has risen with time passing. I keep wondering where all the Eastern Mennonite University graduates are in the world right now and if their EMU degree has helped them pursue their dreams. Therefore, I contacted a graduate student from Spring 2018. Her name is Adila Wahdat. “I came to the US from Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014 to pursue my dream of becoming a digital media artist. I started my undergraduate program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in August 2014,” Wahdat stated. She continued, “Coming from Afghanistan, where there are very limited opportunities for girls and women, I was finally able to follow my dreams and explore the freedom that many girls and women do not have access to in Afghanistan.” Indeed, Wahdat has had

ON THE SIDEWALK with Johnny Prioleau III

Downtown Happenings •

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Black Sheep Coffee hosts Coffee and Contemporary, featuring a live dance performance, on Nov. 2 from 7-8 p.m. Advance tickets are $8. Folksinger John McCutcheon performs in Court Square Theater Nov. 2 at 7:30-9:30 p.m. “She Kills Monsters,” a play written by Qui Nguyen, shows Nov. 3 at 4 p.m in the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.

What is your favorite Halloween costume?

“Tinker Bell.”


“Anything Disney.”

“Homemade ones.”

-Chrissy Burchette, junior

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The eggs scrambler came with a side of breakfast potatoes, which were honest-to-God the best breakfast potatoes I have ever had. Breakfast potatoes are a challenge for most

restaurants, as they struggle to find that ideal balance between a crisp outside and a soft and fluffy inside, but Food.Bar.Food effortlessly succeeded. The eggs were moist and bouncy, in the

shape of an omelette. They were not too runny or too dry, but wonderfully fluffy and seasoned to perfection. I find that eggs are difficult to get right, as everyone likes theirs prepared a little

of chicken and waffles, the Asian chicken and pancakes arrived, a crispy fried chicken breast atop two buttermilk pancakes, accompanied by Korean barbecue sauce and maple syrup, both on the side. The barbecue sauce was sweet, with a spice that lingered on the tongue. Its flavor was reminiscent of tabasco, perhaps a nod to its southern inspiration. The pancake was cooked perfectly, slightly browned and delicately crisp on the edges and bottom. The fried chicken was tender and crunchy on the outside and seasoned only slightly so that the Korean sauce could remain the savory star of the show. The tender chicken paired with the soft pancake, all dipped in maple syrup, made for a lovely flavor profile, while I found the Korean sauce paired best with the chicken alone, rather Food.Bar.Food. features a variety of local fares and drink options. than alongside the pancake.

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differently, but Food.Bar. Food’s eggs scrambler was the ideal preparation. My side of thick smoked bacon was crispy, chewy, salty, and everything an order of bacon should be. Food.Bar.Food partners with local breweries and farms to provide the freshest food and drink options to their clientele. Their bar area overlooks the rest of the establishment, so you can sip your coffee cocktail in style while peoplewatching your fellow brunch goers. The menu features a variety of American, Asian, and Mediterranean fare without the lines between flavor profiles becoming muddled. Food.Bar.Food offers consistently excellent food, service, and overall atmosphere that impresses me more each visit. Try their brunch specials for yourself this weekend at 126 W. Bruce Street, Downtown Harrisonburg.


As the leaves reach their peak of fall color, the Shenandoah Valley becomes full of activities for those who want to be on the move before winter shuts them in. The area is full of opportunities that can be found online. Below, I will list a few of the fall treasures that I have come to appreciate. Hiking in the area is the star of the show. Because we live in a valley, it is relatively easy to find a peak to climb — or drive up so that the view of the fall colors below covers the horizon. Fridley’s Gap is an area

great for hiking, camping, or taking a stroll. For the first 10-15 minutes, there is a small stream with one or two small water holes for swimming or soaking feet. If you are looking to hike for a few hours, a trail goes up to an overlook and a small shelter with a few wooden bunks. Even if you only want a shorter hike, Fridley’s Gap is a viable option because the drive there provides a charming view of the countryside, it’s only 10 miles away, and it is a chance to be outside and enjoy the fall weather. A beautiful location and hallmark of the Shenandoah Valley is Skyline Drive. For this location, I allot at least two hours. The drive

up to the nearest entrance, Swift Run Gap, is about 35 minutes from EMU. However, the drive time is worth it. People can camp out, hike, ride bikes, or drive along Skyline Drive. Throughout the drive, there are spots to pull off and enjoy the view. I was surprised that so many breathtaking overlooks could exist in one location. Driving the entire Skyline Drive takes about three hours. I have not made the trek from one end to the other, but even my short trips up there are more than worth it. The biggest caveat of this location is the entrance fee. It costs $30 per vehicle for a seven-day pass. If planning on going multiple times

throughout the year, I would recommend the annual pass, which is $55. If wanting to stay within Harrisonburg City limits, there are several promising options within biking distance or are accessible through public transit. Hillandale Park is about four miles from EMU’s campus and has picnic areas, a walking trail, exercise equipment, mountain bike trails, basketball courts, a sand volleyball net, horseshoes, and for those who like to embrace their inner child, a playground. A little closer to campus is Westover Park, which has frisbee golf, a recreation center, places to walk around, and, of course, a playground.

Most of the features of the recreation center do cost money. Being only a mile and a half away, Westover is a perfect option for someone who wants to get off campus but does not have a vehicle. It is also close enough that a friend may be willing to drive. Harrisonburg and its surrounding areas have plenty of options for enjoying the beauty that it holds, and most of those options can be found by a simple Google search. When looking for something to do this season, be sure to take advantage of the proximity to the mountains. The foliage this time of year truly is something to behold.

alcoholic singer Jackson Maine, or Jack (Bradley Cooper), stumbling upon sultry Ally (Lady Gaga) singing a song in a drag bar. He went in for a drink, and just had to meet her after witnessing her breathtaking performance. It is a little cliche, and even more so because it happens right away with no real context. From there the movie pretty much goes where it is expected to—Ally and Jack begin a romance, and Ally is thrust into the throes of fame. As the movie progresses, we get into the deeper

stuff: the struggles of being famous, the issues with Jack’s alcoholism, and Ally’s desire to stay true to herself despite the pressure to form an image. This content was wellmeaning, but fell short because of some poorly placed shots and a choppy plotline. Overall, the plot had gaps, and they made the supposed emotional end feel anticlimactic. Everything happened so quickly and how it was expected to, so there was a lot of discord yet predictability between scenes. At one point, Jack showed up at someone’s

house who he had apparently known forever and who he was close to, but it was never explained how. There were also a few moments that were obviously supposed to be cutesy little inside jokes with the character, but came off as awkward. Moments that were supposed to be very emotional made me feel nothing, and usually I am a crier. There were also several seemingly random, outlandish scenes, such as when Ally was invited to Saturday Night Live and the Emmys. The one thing that stood

out in this movie was the vocals. Lady Gaga’s voice was raw and impressive, and Bradley Cooper’s was surprisingly good as well. Their acting was also first-rate, and Cooper’s portrayal of an alcoholic and drug-addict was well done. He captured the look and sound of a man completely lost to addiction. Other than that, however, this movie did not live up to the hype, at least for me. I give it a 4/10, for fairly good acting and singing, but no emotional plot and awkward scenes. It could have been a great movie, but fell just short.


Kate Szambecki, Front Page Editor

It is every artist’s dream: a famous person stumbles upon you. He loves you— he spends an evening with you and promptly invites you to sing with him onstage. This is exactly what happens in the first ten minutes of Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born.” Having this scene right off the bat meant that there was not really much explication of the characters, which was a bit confusing. The movie jumped right into the thick of it with a famous,

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“Hi, my name is Leah Wenger. I am 20 years old and I was born in December. And my favorite cheese is Gouda. Maybe. I haven’t decided yet.” Besides being an indecisive cheese aficionado, Leah Wenger is a stellar goalkeeper for the EMU women’s soccer team. She had eight saves in the team’s game against Shenandoah as well as five stops against Ferrum. Wenger’s save percentage is a whopping .763 and she is currently sixth in the ODAC with 58 saves. “Our defensive line has been incredible this year,” Wenger said. “We have so many strong defenders on the team. Every success I have is only due to their hard work, and I couldn’t be more thankful for my back line.” Head Coach Ted Erickson is also thankful for Wenger’s hard work. “Leah has been extremely consistent for us in goal this season. Being a goalie isn’t the easiest position on the field,” Coach Erickson said. “When a goalie makes a mistake, there typically isn’t anyone behind them to help fix the error and so the result is a goal for the opposing team. Leah has done an excellent job of limiting those errors this year and allowing us to

ROYALS RECAP Rachael Brenneman, Editor in Chief

Women’s Cross Country The women’s cross country team ran in the ODAC Championships, which was hosted at Shenandoah University at Kernstown Battlefield. In the end, the Royals left the meet with two All-ODAC finishers with junior Elizabeth Nisly and senior Laurie Serrell. Both also earned their first All-ODAC Second Team honors. Overall, the women’s team came in fifth. Nisly crossed the finish line with a time of 23:46, a season best, and claimed 12th place. Serrell followed soon after with a time of 23:59, seizing 13th for the Royals. Juniors Abigail Shelly and Emma Hoover came

have more chances to win games this year.” This is Wenger’s third year on the team, and she feels empowered to take on more leadership this season. “Being an upperclassman now, I feel like I’ve been much more confident in myself, and I feel that improving my play, even if it’s just making a split-second decision. And I feel like I can mentor to the younger players, too.” The team graduated 10 seniors last year. Wenger feels that the young team this season has been able to gel and work together well. “I think that we are able to work better together because there’s less of a divide,” she explained, “less of a ‘you’re old, you know better’ sort of thing.” Wenger spent last spring on cross-cultural in India, and found summer training to be a good way to ease the culture shock. “When I got back, I started regularly working out and going to the gym, and that was like a really good way for me to integrate myself back into the American culture, and it helped me to have a purpose here,” she said. Wenger is double-majoring in Psychology and Vocal Performance, with an Honors minor. She is excited that her future could hold anything from neuropsychology to opera. “I’ve decided that I don’t want to have the same career

my whole life and I think that’s an important decision to have made. I want to embrace the opportunities that come my way and that fall into my lap,” she said. “I want to do big things, but I don’t know what those are, and that’s fine. So I just take it as it comes.” The question of free time made Wenger get philosophical. “Ha. I laugh at the concept of free time. I don’t believe in free time. If I treat the time that I’m ‘free’ different than the time that I’m in classes or doing homework or something then it’s just such a different lifestyle for both of them.” After pausing thoughtfully she said. “I can be free when I’m doing homework. I can be happy and curious and wanting to learn when I’m in class, and that’s just as joyful for me as reading a book.” She also likes to listen to music and sleep. “Sleep. I love to sleep. Sleep is great.” Wenger is excited to see where her team goes in the future. “I think we have a lot of great [opportunites] to build in the next couple of years,” she said. “I think that so often people don’t expect us to be great, so that plays to our advantage in that we really have nothing to lose... like to them it’s going to be an easy win, but we can flip the tables

upside down, you know what I’m saying?” This Saturday’s game against Washington and Lee will determine whether EMU’s team gets into the ODAC Tournament. They need to at least tie the game to make it into postseason play.

in 27th place with a time of 24:53 and 44th place with a time of 26:27, respectively. Finishing out the Royal’s run were first-years Allison Shelly in 51st place with 27:07 and Kellie Serrell with 29:54 in 68th place, a new personal record.

ished 76th at 32:08 and 78th at 32:22, respectively. Senior Ivan Harris finished 95th with a time of 39:04 in his first time running five miles.

from senior Erik Peachey at the 81-minute mark, giving the Royals their first and only goal. Even with the score, EMU had more shots on goal than Roanoke did, with 9-4 and 4-2, respectively. This game ended the season for the Royals with an overall record of 9-9-1 and 6-4 in conference play — the most ODAC wins for the men’s team since 2011. This was also the final career game for seniors Emmanuel Kampanga, Boamah, Peachey, Dominic Powers, and Dave Drafton.

Men’s Cross Country The men’s cross country team also ran in the ODAC Championship and the team came out of the meet with sixth place, beating their preseason poll spot by two placements. First-year Isaac Alderfer was the first of the team to cross the finish, with a personal record of 27:39, earning 19th place. Next was sophomore Justice Allen, who earned 34th place with a time of 28:49. First-year Isaac Andreas and senior Derrick Chirinos weren’t far behind with 35th and 28:54 and 47th and 29:47, respectively. First-year Charles Thornton took 67th place at 31:29, and senior Collin Longenecker finished soon after at 31:47 in 71st. First-years Andrew Nord and Jake Myers fin-

Field Hockey The Royals season came to a close against Roanoke College with a 1-6 loss. Sophomore Kayla Maret scores the Royals only goal at the 35-minute mark. The team had several more shots on goal, but all were blocked by Roanoke’s keeper. Senior keeper Kelsey Troyer finished her college sports career with 511 saves, breaking EMU’s 24-year record. She also finished at the top of ODAC, with 170 saves. Men’s Soccer The Royals were taken down in the ODAC quarterfinal round by Roanoke College with a final score of 1-2. The winner of this game moved on to the semifinals. Roanoke lead on the scoreboard most of the game before senior Emmanual Boamah found the back of the net by heading a free kick

“If we just leave everything that we have on the field... then the season will be a success either way,” Wenger declared. “I think this has been a successful season, and it will stay that way no matter how far we get in the postseason, because I think that our future is bright.”

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Women’s Volleyball The women’s season came to a close at Bridgewater in a 0-3 loss, with set scores of 12-25, 17-25, and 8-25. The Royals ended the season with an overall record of 8-20 and 2-10 in ODAC play. Senior Maria Yoder finished out the night with five kills along with junior Meredith Stinnette. Sophomore Carly Gingerich had nine assists throughout the game, while first-year Tarynn Clack defended in the back row with 12 digs.

Yoder finished out her college career with 706 kills, 123 aces, and 195 blocks, achieving No. 8 in the Career Sets Players list with 378 sets. Women’s Soccer The Royals came up short to earning their position in the ODAC tournament this year, losing to Washington and Lee with a final game total of 0-3. The women’s defense was able to keep Washington and Lee out of the goal until the 25th minute. The other two goals came soon after in the 32nd and the 37th minute of the first half. Despite not allowing any more goals in the second half, the Royals couldn’t manage to close the distance. Junior goalkeeper Leah Wenger saved a total of 13 shots on goal. This was the last game for seniors Logann Braun and Sylvia Mast. The Royals ended the year with an overall record of 6-8 and 4-6 in ODAC Conference play.

November 1, 2018


OPINION T h e We a t h e r Va n e


Erin Beidler, Editor in Chief

At the beginning of each episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Mister Rogers would begin by asking his viewers, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” The longstanding children’s show was a favorite of my parents when they were children, and later reruns of the series became one of mine when I was growing up. Through chats with the friendly neighborhood policeman,

Officer Clemmons. and the postman, Mr. McFeely, and trips to the neighborhood of make-believe with Daniel the tiger and King Friday generations of kids were taught countless lessons. Perhaps the most important ones of these are the value of emotions and the importance of unconditional neighborly love whether a neighbor is near or far away. Rogers, rather than avoiding these emotions, would address them either through himself or through the help of his characters and would end his message each time with the comforting assurance of “No matter what, I like you just as you are.” As news broke this week of a fatal shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Rogers’ hometown of Pittsburgh, the all-too-familiar feelings of anger and disbelief came as they have with

the other 296 mass shootings in the United States that have happened so far this year. Mister Rogers’ real-life former home is located in Squirrel Hill just a few blocks away. The synagogue was in his neighborhood. I was recently reminded of a song from the show. It begins, “What do you do with the mad that you feel when you feel so mad you could bite? When the whole wide world seems oh-sowrong and nothing you do seems very right?” It is easy to feel hopelessness in the wake of violence as it becomes increasingly more prevalent and more innocent lives are lost when hate infiltrates communities of love. Mister Rogers ends the song saying, “I know that the feeling is really mine, know that there’s something deep inside that helps us become what we can.” In the days ahead, we

can embrace these emotions. We can feel angry, we can feel hopeless, but then we must decide to respond with acts of compassion. Whether hateful acts happen in our own geographical neighborhoods or in a wider sense, we have the opportunity to counteract these acts in even small ways. Find small ways to show the people in your life that you love them; volunteer within your community or help a neighbor in need. Over the years Mister Rogers never shied away from a difficult conversation. The show covered topics such as death, grieving, and divorce. Throughout it all, he encouraged viewers to grieve and emphasized that it is important to come together with others who are grieving. By sharing these feelings during times of hardship

and hopelessness, we are able to relate and unite with one another in meaningful ways. By being vulnerable, we can grow closer. In order to do good, we must also remain hopeful. Rogers once said that when he was young, during difficult times, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” As difficult as it may be, try to give less attention to those who have committed the atrocity and look instead for those around who are doing things for good. Going forward, we must embrace our feelings and let them help us become what we can be, both as individuals and as a nation. We must try to become a nation that strives to show compassionate, neighborly love in the face of hatred no matter who you are or who your neighbor may be.

present worship on Nov. 14. This particular fact seems to have caused a bit of a stir on campus, since EMU is hosting a speaker whose views can be interpreted as homophobic. While there are many aspects to this issue, one aspect in particular is worthy of emphasis: free discourse. Echo chambers are all too easy to construct nowadays, and only getting easier as our discourse becomes more divided. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to honestly listen to the people we disagree with. Even if it seems like that person’s views come straight from the pit of hell, they can’t just be discarded because we dis-

agree with them in principle. Intellectual honesty requires thoughtful consideration of all perspectives—anything less can all too quickly descend into dogmatism and intellectual tribalism. More than that, it seems to me that this discussion has sort of missed the point of having Wright come in the first place. Wright is a well-renowned theologian, and the title of his Convocation reflects this: “The Day the Revolution Began: Atonement the Right Way Round.” His coming presents students with an opportunity to hear an expert’s opinion on atonement: what it means to follow Jesus, to be redeemed, and how God’s

kingdom is both a hope for the future and a promise for the present. This is not meant to be a divisive matter, but a chance to learn. It allows students to hear from the ongoing discussion about the Christian faith. Whether one adheres to those particular principles or not, it still presents an opportunity to broaden one’s intellectual horizons. A separate-but-related issue is that Convocation is a requirement for first-year students. This convocation could potentially create an unsafe space for some. While I would argue that first-years are not being forced to attend this particular Convocation, I am not privy to all

situations, and there is always an exception. All I can say on that matter is that if there are issues, contact Brian Martin Burkholder. The administration of the school is not out to get anybody; they will work with you. It is not my intent to voice an opinion as to whether homosexuality is a sin or not. Similarly, my intent is not that everyone who reads this article agrees with my logic; I fully expect a rebuttal within the week. My hope is that this article would spark discussion about Wright’s visit, and hopefully refocus it on something we can all appreciate about his visit: free exchange of ideas here at EMU.

this community, only six blocks from the synagogue in question; I have even attended several services there with some of my Jewish friends. The Jewish community in Squirrel Hill is incredibly welcoming and kind to any and all, and for this to have happened is appalling. There is no reason for the violence and there is no understanding as to why it happened; we can only deal with the aftermath, which brings me to the purpose of this article: our President responded to this atrocity in an entirely unsatisfactory way. Trump’s immediate comment on the shooting was to condemn it as an “evil anti-Semitic attack,” and “an assault on humanity.”

However, he did not leave it at that as he should have and felt the need to provide the follow-up of, “If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him.” While this is not a surprising comment considering Trump’s past rhetoric surrounding gun violence, it is the wrong comment and shows a sincere lack of empathy. To say that an armed guard would have stopped him is to say that there should have been an armed guard present, and by extension the victims are responsible for the fact that there was not one. The fact of the matter is that the shooter is an evil human being. He had a

plan to kill as many Jews as possible, and no one could have possibly known that he was going to do that. To say that a community should be responsible for being prepared whenever tragedy strikes, and that it is their fault if they are not, is ludicrous and insensitive. Many community members just lost family and friends, as well as their sense of safety living their daily lives, and telling them it was preventable is not going to help their grief. The appropriate response, in my opinion as a member of that community, is exactly what it has been from the community. The Jewish community came together to support the families and

friends of the victims. The Muslim community also showed support through raising over $200,000 as of Wednesday for the families of victims to pay for funeral proceedings. A leader of the Muslim community gave a speech urging the Jewish community to reach out if they need anything at all. Specifically, he stated that if they need people standing outside of their services, they will be there; even if they need someone to go shopping with them so that they feel safe, they will be there. This is the necessary response after a tragedy. Everyone who cares about the people involved should rally around them and show them love, not blame them.


Josh Holsapple, Copy Editor

Worship at EMU is a chance for students to hear from guest speakers on a variety of topics. N.T. Wright, a British theologian and former bishop, is one such speaker. He is set to come


Thoreau Zehr, Staff Writer

On Saturday, Oct. 27, a mass shooting was committed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. Eleven Jewish people were killed in cold blood by an anti-Semitic terrorist as they worshipped. I am from Pittsburgh and grew up in

November 1, 2018


OPINION T h e We a t h e r Va n e


Elliot Bowen, Opinion Editor

As college students, many of us are of a generation that stresses the importance of

promoting a cultural change shifting away from leniency in sexual assault and misconduct cases. There have been multiple protests of politicians’ and executives’ language towards women, yet the music many college-aged individuals listen to does not spread this same message. Women are equated to collectible items such as fine china in Chris Brown’s song “Fine China.” Brown’s song is not the only example of misogyny in music. Songs such as “Talk Dirty,” “Blurred Lines,” and countless others portray women solely as objects to be used to give sexual

pleasure to men. Some artists even describe and promote sexual, physical, and emotional violence towards women. In “Karate Chop,” a song by Future and Lil’ Wayne, one of the verses describes mutilating female genitals in the same manner that Emmett Till was brutally beaten and murdered. If we are serious about ushering in change about sexual violence, we cannot acquit these pop artists of their lyrical crimes simply because they are rich and famous in a wealth-centered United States just as Emmett Till’s killers were acquitted of their crimes

simply for being white in a white man’s United States. If we are so utterly offended by President Trump boasting that because of his status he can practically walk up to a woman and grope her, why do so many people listen to music that portrays women as objects to be taken advantage of? Why do we march on Washington but not on Universal Music Group? We stress the importance of listening to survivors of sexual violence, yet we are rendered deaf when popular music promotes the violence that has hurt so many people.

We must listen when our family, friends, and those we’ve never met share about their experience with sexual violence. We must listen when our government fails to collect data on sexual violence of indigenous women. We must do more than listen, however; we must act. This does not mean that the only form of action is to march and protest. We must first bring change within our own lives before we condemn the lives of others; this means listening closely to the music we listen to. Our actions must resonate with our beliefs.

activities. It has also been found that compliments can trigger the same neurological response one would have when receiving cash. This highlights the impact compliments can have, alluding to the power of a potentially harmful compliment. I cannot speak for others on the potential harms of compliments but I can offer anecdotes. Certain circumstances in the past have negatively impacted my perception of my weight, diet, and body. This has led to particular lifestyle changes that help me feel in control of these things. However, in doing so I developed excessive habits that could be perceived as “healthy” but have had negative repercussions. In the United States, health and wellness are virtues. If you are able to maintain a strict diet, exercise regiment, and “healthy” — (read, “lean”) — physique, then you are often held up as exemplary.

Thus, you are on the receiving end of compliments for things like weight, diet, fitness, and willpower. I have been on the receiving end of many of these types of compliments. Though well-meaning, these accolades have reinforced and perpetuated my damaging relationships with food, exercise, my body, and my weight. Those delivering the compliments did not mean to hold me accountable, but I still felt the urge to persist in my dedication to these behaviors. Through these affirmations, my worth had become rooted in these parts of my life. In an unhealthy mindset, it is not easy to remove oneself from the full extent of the situation. Easing up on my attentiveness to things like my weight or diet could mean losing the chance to garner these compliments and the validation they brought. Thus, I felt obliged to continue living in this way,

prolonging the praise from others and maintaining a vicious cycle. Despite the adverse effects some compliments have had on me, I have also had many positive experiences with meaningful compliments, particularly when people have affirmed my skills, gifts, and dispositions. I might not have recognized these valuable characteristics without the guidance through these compliments. It can be hard to appreciate innate gifts and talents without the recognition from others. At times of doubt, words of praise can fuel inspiration and motivation to pursue paths that seemed unreasonable. In times like college, where many of us are trying to discover who we are, compliments can reinforce value and confidence in important aspects of our lives that might go unnoticed otherwise. When we give compliments, we should be

careful as to how we approach positive affirmations of certain things like appearance, weight, diet or other things susceptible to fluctuations. Instead we could direct our compliments toward the more permanent aspects of each other like favorable personality traits and innate gifts. Compliments can yield great gain for both the giver and receiver. As givers, we can be careful and compassionate in how we word and direct compliments. As receivers, we can accept compliments with thanks, taking time to reflect and validating them to ourselves. At times when a compliment has good intentions but might carry negative consequences, we can accept it in the same way we might accept Great Aunt Bethany’s classic jello mold: with graciousness and recognizing the intention but politely moving it to the garbage disposal.

Y. Recently, politicians have been calling for people to act on a mob-like mentality. “And if you see anyone from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they are not welcome anymore, anywhere,” said now-infamous Maxine Waters during a rally in Los Angeles. Is this where politics has ended up in 2018? Mob mentality? This is exactly what our founding fathers were worried would happen if we had a two-party system. They did not want the United States to have any parties to speak of. John Adams summed up the issue with the statement, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each

other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” Do not get me wrong, I think that the Republican Party has done its fair share of inciting mob mentality, especially with Trump at the helm. If you would like to see an example of this, I would urge you to look up the video in which Trump supporters surrounded Nancy Pelosi and forced her to hide from them as they pounded on a door while yelling profanities. If you have been reading my opinions so far, you will have picked up a foundational theme that I am against political parties. I believe that they are ultimately only for their own gain and will use supporters to get what they want. These events only cement this in my mind. Political parties are actively turning us against each other when we should be

trying to connect with people we disagree with and learning from them, not despising them. One of the main reasons this happens is because people find their identity in their political party. I see this very often, especially in young people. They get railed up for their political corner of the boxing ring; then, they end up being lost in the crowd of people and lose the individuality of thought they might have once, or maybe never had, but now have no chance of finding. This is not exclusive to one side, and I think that the second- biggest mistake one can make is assuming that they are an independent thinker when, in fact, they may be nothing more than an echo chamber for their political party’s agendas. I am aware that this is a strong opinion. I simply think

that there are not enough young people fully aware of this issue. We have become so dependent on the media to tell us what the issues are that we miss the largest one we face. The root of the issue I find in our view of politics is the search for Truth. I would argue that we all know in the back of our heads that there must be a Truth, and with the way that we are going with our political views we are liable to end up with the logical end of civil war. Red vs blue, Republican vs Democrat. I am legitimately afraid of what might happen if we do not address this issue and tensions continue to rise. It is time for the people to stand up and begin to hold ourselves to higher standards that beg us to be civil adults and to stand against the political parties that aim to divide and subjugate us. P.S. I am not calling for Communism.


James Dunmore, Staff Writer

One of the greater gifts of human interaction is the compliment. As noted in the Oxford Dictionary, a compliment is statement of “praise or admiration.” Praise and admiration sounds all good, but compliments can be a double-edged sword. At their best, compliments can be a great thing. One study showed that compliments have the power to increase performance of certain


Will Ewart, Photography Editor

“We owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there is some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose,” said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi during an interview with 92nd Street

November 1, 2018


CANVAS T h e We a t h e r Va n e

Alan (watercolor and ink on linen, 16x20) This is a painting of a close family friend, Alan Kleinberg. When he was younger. he was a photographer and producer; he was even nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for the film “Down by Law.” His photography is how he met my aunt, who for many years was a well-known model for “Vogue and Mademoiselle.” They were friends since they were young artists, and now she is his caretaker because he has pretty severe Alzheimer’s, which also makes his bipolar disorder worse. But he has a big heart and he’s very sweet. His face is very expressive and you can read his emotions really easily, which is why he’s a great subject. – Haleigh Monahan, sophomore Art major and Honors minor

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