Articles written by: Erin Zak

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Inside Convocation: A look into the planning of an online Convocation and how the event honored the motto of “Faith, Reason, and Justice.”

At the beginning of each new fall semester, students and faculty gather together to participate in Convocation: the kick-off for the academic year. This year, Convocation looked a little different. Instead of being together in the gymnasium, all attendees were able to participate from the comfort of their own dorm […]


How to Stay Motivated During Midterm Season

Midterm season is upon us, and it seems as though we’re drowning in a sea of papers, tests, projects, presentations, review packets, and study guides.  With all of this work building up, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, but there several things you can do to stay motivated […]


An Inside Look at “Little Women”: What it’s been like rehearsing for Eastern’s spring musical.

Little Women.  It’s a story that’s been admired since its publication in 1868.  And now, this timeless classic is now making its way onto the stage of McInnis Auditorium. But what goes into the making of a musical, especially when it’s based on a beloved tale of sisterhood, love, and […]

Mei Moerder, a sophomore at Eastern University, balances faith, school, and community outreach.

People of Eastern: Mei Moerder

Eastern University’s motto, “Faith, Reason, and Justice,” is something we’re all striving for during our time here.  One student in particular embodies all three of these values through her studies and her free time. Mei Moerder is a sophomore with a wide variety of interests. She started her academic career […]


Creative Stress Relief For All: Ways to kick back without being artsy

Now that the semester is in full swing and work is piling up, it’s easy to feel like there are no good ways to relieve stress, especially if you’re not particularly artsy.  Some of the most commonly recommended forms of stress relief have to do with drawing, painting, singing, writing, […]

Even though it seems hard to spend time outside during the winter, any source of sunlight can benefit us in the long run.

The Importance of Sunshine: How vitamin D, even in the winter, is vital to our wellbeing.

If you’re anything like me, this time of year makes you want to stay inside and curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea to stay warm and out of the elements.  However, staying inside for prolonged periods of time, even if you’re active, can have negative effects […]


HAHA Week and a Human View of Homelessness: Inside how YACHT celebrated National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Nov. 16 to Nov. 24 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, and one organization on campus, Youth Against Complacency and Homelessness Today (YACHT) has planned an entire week of events centered on raising awareness for these issues. “This week is mainly centered around putting a human face to those […]


Turning Point: An interview with a member of the University’s touring choir.

If you’ve attended chapel or one of Eastern’s Arts Showcases or concerts, then you’ve probably heard the lovely performances put on by Turning Point.  Turning Point is Eastern’s audition-only choir, performing at events both on and off campus. With classes, schoolwork, and multiple performances a semester, the members of Turning […]


A New Chapter: A senior graduating in December reflects on Eastern experience and looks ahead to the future.

For some students, their undergraduate education experience won’t be ending in May like the majority of seniors’ will.  Instead, they will be graduating and moving on in December.  One of these seniors is Christian Mendoza-Laude, a General Music major with a concentration in Music Composition. Mendoza-Laude came to Eastern at […]

Eastern University, with the help of Kimberlee Johnson, has started an educational funding program for incarcerated people

Eastern’s Prison Education Program: Dr. Kimberlee Johnson launches a Prison Education Program where incarcerated persons will have the opportunity to earn college credit.

There are about 2.3 million people in prisons all across the country, 95% of which will be released in their lifetime.  But what will happen to them when they go back home?  They’ll need to find jobs, and many employers are wary of hiring people who have served time in […]