Author: Kit Apostolacus


Confessions Of A Biblical Studies Major

Since starting at Eastern, I have truly learned the sacrament of confession. And I must confess a number of things about my beloved major department, biblical studies. Eastern’s biblical studies courses are not designed to be like a Bible study at your youth group back home. As valuable as those […]


Christian Colleges Request Title IX Exemptions

On Jan. 20, a representative of the Department of Education told reporters that a searchable database of universities that have been granted waivers to Title IX will be accessible to the public “in coming months.” The development of the database was started after eight lawmakers, including Sens. Ron Wyden and […]


ISIS Attacks Three Cities

On Thurs. and Fri., Nov. 12-13, terrorist groups attacked three different cities: Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris. The group claiming responsibility for the attacks in all three cities calls itself “The Islamic State” (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL), but in the Arabic world, and increasingly in the West, they are known as […]

Center Spread

Faith, Reason and Economic Justice

In light of the recent faculty and staff layoffs, recommended by the Organizational Design Task Force and approved by Dr. Duffett, many might be wondering what sort of financial situation our university is really in. Are we really in financial danger? Or in danger of being in danger? Additionally, questions […]


After Same-Sex Marriage

The advent of LGBTQ rights is upon us, not just in the United States, but around the world. Contrary to what the religious right and the liberal left will have you believe, LGBTQ rights are far more complex and numerous than just “gay marriage.” While they are not perfect or […]


CCCU Struggles Against Potential Split Over LGBTQ Rights

On Sept. 21, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) convened to evaluate the memberships of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Goshen College after the two Mennonite schools became the two first CCCU member institutions to include the categories “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in their non-discrimination policies. Though […]


Conversation on Human Sexuality: Phase II

Last spring, rigorous conversations about human sexuality continued from the previous summer and fall in the form of intentional public conversations and lectures. These events were the fruit of a task force that was first convened by Dr. Duffett in the summer of 2014. This task force was formed in […]


Goshen and EMU’s New Policies Demonstrate Commitment to Justice

As Jordan Kolb wrote in “Goshen College, EMU Change Hiring Policies” on page 1-2, Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) both changed their hiring policies regarding LGBT faculty. Over the summer, both Mennonite schools announced their additions of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to their non-discrimination policies—a motion contrary […]


“W^TW”: Brands Matter

I have met very few people who unabashedly like this new brand Eastern adopted last spring. Perhaps it’s just the people I surround myself with, but to me, the brand comes off as pretentious and almost as an attempt to distract from EU’s own internal problems. The most immediate problem […]