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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.…

Photography professor picture perfect

Prints of photographs laid scattered in boxes around the room. Standing out most prominently, a picture of a green, vine-like plant curled around its chipped reddish pot similar to a tiny dragon around its vast hoard. Houseplants are assistant professor of art in residence, James…

Popping the ‘Bradley Bubble’

While many Bradley students become engulfed in the magic of the “Bradley Bubble,” some make an effort to connect with the surrounding area. Senior public relations major Misa Nagase has a long history in impacting the Peoria community. She currently works as an intern for…

Family roots itself on the Hilltop

As Sgt. Nick McCumber of Bradley University Police Department patrols campus now, he remembers graduating at the fieldhouse where Markin now stands. He imagines his parents meeting here as undergraduates and might wave to one of his three children on campus. McCumber graduated from Bradley…

From the Hilltop to Prague

Not many people can say that they have traveled to 15 countries, let alone that they have visited all of them in the span of nine months. Bradley alumnus Chris Vergatos has done just that and more while teaching English to fifth through ninth grade…

Forged in Fire, Tempered in Rain

Last week, I traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices with the Bradley sculpture faculty. I’ve never worked with iron before—it isn’t easy. It requires heavy physical labor, and the furnaces used to melt the metal can…

An award-winning animator

Most people, at least once in their life, have created a truly hideous video game avatar. Whether it was on the Wii or “The Sims,” humanity loves to inflict cruel and unusual punishment on these unsuspecting characters, but not many people can say they’ve won…

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