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Friday, June 14, 2024
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Taylor Theatre is set to perform Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’


Taylor Theatre presents its Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 film of the same name. The book is by David Ives and Paul Blake, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The production will run Nov. 11, 12, 18, Dec. 2 and 3  at 7:30 p.m., and  Nov. 13, 20 and Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. in Taylor University’s Mitchell Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office: 765-998-5289 and

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Matter + Spirit creates space for introspection


Matter + Spirit, a traveling Chinese American art exhibition, is making its way to Taylor University this November. The collection of art includes over 50 pieces of art made by 25 different Chinese and North American artists.

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Parnassus compiles, showcases collection of student artwork


“Each edition of Parnassus captures what Taylor cares about and is making art about,” Professor of English and Parnassus faculty advisor Aaron Housholder said. “It’s a way to record what we’re doing right at this moment.” Since 1960, Taylor students have collaborated to create Parnassus, Taylor’s journal of art and literature featuring poetry, prose and art created by students. This year’s edition will be the 61st published edition. 

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Matter + Spirit: a Chinese/American exhibition


What is the place of the spiritual in contemporary life, particularly in highly materialistic—and increasingly secular—cultures, like the US and China?  Rachel Smith, Taylor professor of art Gilkison chair, said, “This is the central question of Matter + Spirit: A Chinese/American Exhibition, a collection of over 50 works of art in a variety of media and styles by 25 Chinese and American artists that engage the great diversity of issues it raises and a range of perspectives on them.”

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Students prepare for this year’s ‘birthday party’ themed MyGen


Fall is stumbling into winter, and a similar despondency is visible around campus as students mulch over the midterm rut that inevitably pops up every semester. Taylor’s endless barrage of activities steam on, unaffected by the whims and moods of the general public, as it strives to change those “meh’s” into “YEAH!’s.” The next big event that you don’t want to miss out on is MyGen — short for My Generation.


Band from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Release Original Songs


Taylor Theatre’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” closed its doors months ago, but the music that was weaved throughout the story is being revived. This revival is happening in the form of the band recording an album of music they played during pre-show, intermission and set changes.


New course ‘Intro to Art Therapy’ to debut at Taylor this J-term


Art therapy is a form of therapy that uses various forms of art and creativity to help individuals process their emotions and gain psychological insight through examining their art. Art therapy may be used on its own, or it might also be used as a component of or complement to another mental health treatment. 

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Fall Fest offers casual, creative outlet for students


On Saturday, spectators gathered on the Boren lawn with cups of apple cider and donut holes, facing the stage decked out with fall foliage as the Mainstage team finished their final preparations for Fall Fest.  Mainstage, the organization responsible for events like Silent Disco, presented Fall Fest on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in front of the Student Center. Fall Fest is an acoustic concert that offers a casual opportunity for the Taylor community to see performers that don’t typically have the opportunity to grace the stage. 

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Women’s Chorus Cultivates Community Through Music


“I just love it. I really do. Part of it is, I think, we're there to sing together and to sing well and to produce good music. But we're also there to have fun and to glorify God doing it,” junior Violet Hammack said. “And I think that mindset, whether consciously or unconsciously, really adds to that community.”  The community Hammack referred to is the Taylor University’s Women’s Chorus. This organization cultivates a community of women who sing together, build relationships together and grow together. 

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Fine Arts Feature: Katie Ito

My name is Katie Ito and I am a senior Pre-Art Therapy major with a special focus in sculpture and liturgical art. The vase titled “Persimmon Summer,” is 18” high, handbuilt with coils, and covered in hand-painted blue persimmon branches, laden with ripe fruit.


Chapel band balances Christ and congregation


Sometimes, worship is work. Few people understand this more than those leading worship. Taylor chapel band members have song selection, sound checks, practice and rehearsals — all before they even get on stage to lead.


'All or Nothing: Arsenal' goes behind the scenes of club's season


Amazon’s original series “All or Nothing: Arsenal” was released on the Prime streaming service on Aug. 4, 2022. The very first season of “All Or Nothing” in 2016 followed the Arizona Cardinals and provided a groundbreaking insight into life behind the scenes at an elite sports team.

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Heart & Soul provides space for poetry writing and appreciation


It can be difficult when away from family and familiarity to find a sense of home. Junior Mikaila (Rain) Taylor has found that sense of home in the Heart & Soul poetry club. Started just a year ago, the club has already provided a space to write and appreciate poetry for Taylor and many others on campus.

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Multicultural Worship Night unites students


Worship means something different to everyone, yet similarities can still be found. Taylor’s Multicultural Student Association (MSA) aims to explore what worshiping differently but together looks like in their Multicultural Worship Night event. “The event is a night where students of different cultures can come in and worship in the way that they feel that they express back home,” MSA Co-President senior Joanna Vasudevan said. 


Film Department wins awards, works as a team


“Without teamwork, this piece would not have happened, and the inspiring story would not have been told,” said Taylor senior Anna Rodman.  The documentary, which Rodman produced as a part of department co-chair and professor of film and media production Kathy Bruner’s Documentary Filmmaking class, is titled “Lizzi: Deeper Than Water.” Directed by Gabriel Burch, the eleven-minute film tells the story of Paralympic swimmer Lizzi Smith as she overcomes social and physical battles.