Lauren Rink, Author at The Echo News

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Professor Profiles

Professor Profiles

New communication professor Julie Borkin shares heartBy Victoria Lawson | Echo New Assistant Professor of Communication Julie Borkin is defying the stereotype that communication is a career path suited only for extroverts. As an only child from Dearborn, Michigan, Borkin preferred to engage in what she describes as introverted hobbies: […]

by · September 21, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
New communication professor, Dr. Timothy Berkey, shares his story of determination and devastation in this week’s Professor Profile.

Professor Profiles

Meet new communication professor Timothy BerkeyBy Victoria Lawson | Echo There it was. After sitting abandoned in a Texas barn for 20 years, $250 later, it was his. The black 1969 Volkswagen Beetle would need a lot of tender love and care, but Instructor of Communications Timothy Berkey knew he […]

by · September 21, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times, Uncategorized
During Welcome Weekend, Judd made his rounds to meet many of the Taylor students moving in. Here he is pictured smiling with the residence leadership of Wengatz Hall.

Judd the Therapy Dog lends a paw

Therapy dog brings services to TaylorBy Kassidy Weemhoff | Life and Times Co-Editor Fluffy, happy and always excited to see you, the Counseling Center’s newest therapy method has a visible effect on students and members of the Grant County community. Judd the Therapy Dog and handler Shari Wallace started coming […]

by · September 14, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Drew Kemp, the general manager of Greek’s Pizzeria in Upland, prepares a pizza for one of his customers. Kemp arranged the event at Greek’s to give back to the volunteers of the Blackford County Animal Shelter.

Pizza and puppies: What could be better?

Event for animal shelter continues despite rainBy Kassidy Hall | Contributor The city of Upland has a population of less than 4,000. But when Greek’s general manager Drew Kemp advertised an upcoming “Pizza and Puppies” event on Facebook, the post was viewed over 13,500 times. Customers were encouraged to bring […]

by · September 14, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Prepare for competition

Prepare for competition

Open house ranking to begin this yearBy Kassidy Weemhoff | Echo Red, White and Breu. Techno Night. Swalloween. Justin Timbercake. If these names don’t bring excitement to your very core, you haven’t experienced one of the many legendary Taylor open houses. Whether you’ve never been to an open house, are an […]

by · August 31, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Plunging into the community

Plunging into the community

One of Welcome Weekend’s most beloved traditionsBy Lauren Rink | Echo Community Plunge is an annual Welcome Weekend event that encourages students and faculty from Taylor to help out in the Upland community. This event is designed to bring the Taylor community and the Upland community together for a common goal. […]

by · August 31, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Freshman Abigail Pyle demonstrates the classic confusion of not knowing how to navigate around the many campus landmarks.

Welcome Weekend tips and tricks for freshmen

We help calm the crazyBy Kassidy Weemhoff | Echo   Freshmen, we get it. We’ve all been where you are: excited, nervous and very overwhelmed. With meeting so many new people, trying to organize your room, figuring out how to live with a roommate you hardly know and braving the endless […]

by · August 24, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Finals week encouragement from professors

Finals week encouragement from professors

Need to power through this week?Compiled by Lauren Rink | Echo   Dr. Jeff Cramer: Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering It’s important to remember that whether you nailed it or bombed it, this semester does not define you. I’m sure you flourished and floundered. It’s a journey and this semester […]

by · May 11, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
These witty performers put on Rice Pilaf, an improv show that has the audience laughing hysterically every time.

Rice Pilaf graduates four seniors and prepares to give back

What is next for this comedy groupBy Carly Wheeler| Contributor Rice Pilaf, Taylor’s improvisational comedy group, is known for the crazy games and bellowing laughter experienced at each show. In a couple weeks, Rice Pilaf will say goodbye to its four senior members: Marissa Gabel, Nathan Mortensen, Max Partain and Paje […]

by · May 4, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Freshmen Will Ritsema, Elissa Erb, Jacob Ferguson and Lily Walter display their Taylor pride and enthusiasm as they lead the freshman class.

Freshman of Inter-Class Council reflects on first year

Planning events and changing perspectivesBy Victoria Lawson | Echo Freshmen Elissa Erb, Jacob Ferguson, Will Ritsema and Lily Walter of the Inter-Class Council (ICC) cabinet are thankful for what they consider to be a successful and meaningful year. “We care about more than just about events,” said Walter, the freshman ICC […]

by · May 4, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times