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Building a better future

Her first international trip from Ghana to the United States was to come to Bradley University. Coming to a new country with no immediate family nearby can be quite challenging, but Eugenia Akurang, a sophomore civil engineering major, believes this is all the more frustrating…

Avellino’s final bow

A lot of hard work paid off for a Bradley performer. Jordan Avellino, a fifth-year vocal performance major from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, has been preparing for her senior recital since her junior year. She gave her last recital in the Dingeldine Music Center on Saturday. Avellino…

Heather McCord at your service

On Bradley’s campus, Heather McCord is known as the assistant dean for budget and administration for the Foster College of Business. But beyond Bradley, her passion for volunteering and leading others has spread across Peoria.  McCord also serves as the president of the board of…

The dancing queen

Most know the tune of the hit song “The Git Up,” but few can properly do the dance to go with the song. Even fewer can perform it as well as Bradley’s homecoming queen Lexi Petrella. At the homecoming pageant, Petrella, a senior nursing major,…

Amateur drawer to book illustrator

There are countless paths at Bradley one can take to further their passions, and sophomore Keelan Rodgers recently found an opportunity to advance his art career in an unlikely place: an assignment from his COM 103 instructor. An animation major with a passion for drawing,…

Houser makes scientific strides

By coming up with medical solutions, Jennifer Houser, a senior biomedical major is wasting no time getting started with her career. After seeing there was a crisis in drug resistance, Houser began an 18-month long project that started her freshman year. The project consisted of…

A new voice for the Speech Team

Andrew Eilola’s path in forensics speech began in high school when he attended speech camp. He was a 2011 national finalist in persuasive speaking while at Concordia College in Minnesota and coached at Moorhead High School. After competing and coaching teams against Bradley while he…

Working hard, dreaming big

Among FUSE posters and stacks of books about Latin American history, Lorena Chica works toward her degree. Chica, a senior history major with women and gender studies and sociology double minors, has been studying part-time at Bradley and working full-time in the interactive media department.…

The new cop on the block

Last semester, the beloved Lt. Sean Savage left Bradley, but now BUPD welcomes Lt. Jerel Jones. “The Jones’ have always been in the police force, so it’s been in the family,” Jones said. His numerous badges are proudly showcased on the desk in his office.…

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