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Jerome Flewelling (’97) (center) celebrates his award with Jitka Nelson, Indiana’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and others. (Photograph provided by Flickr.com)

Taylor alumnus crowned Indiana’s top teacher

Jerome Flewelling wins 2018 Indiana Teacher of the YearBy Grace Hooley | Echo “I liken the entire process to riding a roller coaster in which the hills get higher every time and the coaster pauses at the top of the hill so you can see/feel/anticipate the drop! Then when you […]

by · October 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Kevin Johnson, professor of history, brings his love of all things Egypt into his office decor. (Photograph by Riley Hochstetler)

Uncovering Taylor’s own Indiana Jones

Ancient Egypt is more than just mummiesBy Elyse Baron | Echo Guards yelling at him in Egyptian and sand filling his shoes with each step, Professor Kevin Johnson raced up an embankment that seemed determined to prevent him from reaching the top. His goal was not to escape authorities with […]

by · October 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Joy emanates from Travis Trotman in all he does. (Photograph provided by Travis Trotman)

A heart for the Taylor students

Meet Travis Trotman, Gerig and Breuninger’s new assistant hall directorBy Abigail Roberts | Echo Born and raised in Barbados with a heart for conversations on race, diversity or just about anything, Taylor welcomes Gerig and Breuninger’s new assistant hall director and Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) student. Travis […]

by · October 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
“What a riot when somebody contacts you and says, ‘I found your wallet from 20 years ago. It was just here in the ground,’” Aron Griffis (’99) said. (Photograph provided by Aron Griffis)

Missing wallet returned 20 years later

Students reunite Taylor alumnus with lost walletBy Becca Robb | Contributor  On a chilly Sunday afternoon in May, two students turned up a piece of history in a pile of dirt. Junior Andy Willson and senior Michael Mundwiler were biking around Taylor’s softball field when they noticed an object lodged […]

by · October 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Freshman Chelsea Carter poses with her service dog, Bronx. (Photograph by Halie Owens)

New paws on the block: (Wo)man’s best friend

Who’s the girl with the service dog?By Halie Owens | Echo Interests of many have been piqued after seeing the new Taylor freshman with the service dog. Her name is Chelsea Carter, and her service dog, Bronx, is a medical alert dog. While many may be used to seeing service […]

by · September 29, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Sophomore Ethan Rice knows the difficulty of relationships, but that doesn’t stop him from being bold. (Photograph provided by Ethan Rice)

Steps toward boldness

This film major strives to overcome social awkwardnessBy Abby Gonzalez | Contributor Meet sophomore Ethan Rice. Rice describes himself as “a person who likes being around people but doesn’t know exactly how to do that.” This started in high school, when Rice claims he started caring about his social life. […]

by · September 29, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Steve Williams stands proudly next to one of the cars he detailed for Daniel Schmitt & Co. (Photograph provided by Steve Williams)

It’s all in the detail

This aspiring producer holds the dream summer job of every car enthusiastBy Erin Cozad | Contributor Steve Williams, a sophomore film major, spends his summers similar to many other college students: working. Williams has been a mechanic at Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Car Gallery in St. Louis for two […]

by · September 22, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Richard and Marilyn Perhai, Taylor’s 2017-18 missionaries in residence. (Photograph provided by Richard Perhai)

This year’s missionaries in residence

New pilot program takes offBy Abigail Roberts | Echo When Flown all the way from Ukraine, missionary couple Richard and Marilyn Perhai make Taylor their home for this academic year. In 2001, the Perhais moved from Auburn Hills, Michigan to Kiev, Ukraine with SEND International. At the time, Richard Perhai […]

by · September 22, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
John Reishus smiles at his welding project as it smiles back. (Photograph by Halie Owens)

Fabricated findings

The history of Professor Reishus’s welding hobbyBy Becca Eis | Echo When driving on the country roads of Grant County, there is seemingly not much to look at . . . unless you come across John Reishus’s yard. “A lot of the steel sculptures from getting my master’s are in […]

by · September 15, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features
The women of Second South English enjoy the pick-a-dates Perry’s Archery Center provides. (Photograph provided by Alora Pradel)

Hidden gems

You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to have a good timeBy Hope Bolinger and Hannah Stumpf | Echo Living at a school deemed in the middle of a cornfield, students often struggle to find activities to do outside the university. After one exhausts the options found in the […]

by · September 15, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features