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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Monday, May 20, 2024
The Echo



Spanish Club presents opportunity for culture, conversation


There’s something life-giving about sharing cultures through conversation. The warmth of a meal. The richness of a language. The context of an idiom that is otherwise lost on a non-native speaker. There’s beauty in it all, and it has a practicality that has brought new meaning to an old hobby for junior Janie Lee Allen. 

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Rhona Murungi: Uganda to America


From Uganda to America, Rhona Murungi's (‘10) life is marked by God's provision.  "Looking back for me, I see God's hand at work,” Murungi said. “God connecting so many dots to the point where if you took one dot out the whole thing would collapse."

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Charlie Brainer inspires a love of culture


“When you make a friendship in another culture, you really begin to value that culture and in a much deeper and meaningful way,” Charlie Brainer said. As the dean of international programs, higher education adjunct faculty and director of Spencer Centre for Global Engagement, Brainer has had the opportunity to share his passion for global engagement with students, faculty and others.


J-term: teaching English in Indonesia


This J-term, many students had the opportunity to visit various locations across the globe. From Belize to Ireland to Greece to Kenya (and other locations), Taylor students and faculty gained unique cultural experiences filled with learning and excitement.


Brennan embodies pursuit of excellence, persistence


Fort Wayne, Indiana native and fifth-year senior Abbey Brennan put an exclamation mark on her career as a part of Taylor women’s cross country and track and field. The 10-time All-American quietly went about her business and now leaves a legacy full of achievement matched with unwavering humility.

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Hannah Marella: life in Qatar

Thirteen years in Qatar changes you. Sophomore Hannah Marella has lived most of her life in the Middle East, experiencing an intersection between Arab, Indian and Jordanian cultures.


Student Senate works to improve campus


“Not a lot of students notice it.” Siwon Heo, a Chair member of the Taylor Student Senate, wasn’t exaggerating as she sat down at her desk, a list of committee members on the computer screen in front of her. 

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Alumna describes story behind nonprofit, The Boaz Project


Formerly an English education major at Taylor, April Jurgensen (‘91) had no desire or idea that she would later start a missions organization. After the university sent out a letter announcing their new writing major, an idea sparked in Jurgensen’s mind.

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Rice Pilaf reflects on first two shows


The members of Rice Pilaf are grateful for what they consider a “weird energy” that surrounds the group this year. Rice Pilaf, often shortened to Pilaf, is Taylor’s improvisational comedy club.

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JP Susantio takes a look behind the lens


Come to any major TU football game, and it’s likely you’ve seen sophomore JP Susantio.  Though he’s not a journalist or an athlete, he’s found himself on Trojan sidelines all the same. With his camera in his hand, Susantio has embraced his own form of storytelling — and he’s fully dedicated to making the most of his major in film.