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A week of major events is in store for Messiah students, faculty, and community members, highlighted by the 2015 Humanities Symposium on Tuesday-Friday and the 2015 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional wrestling championships on Sunday.

Below is a rundown of all known organized events and activities taking place on campus this week:

Alternate Chapel

Multicultural Council will be holding an open council on interracial relationships on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Frey 110. A panel of Messiah faculty and their spouses will share on their experiences as an interracial couple, while sharing perspectives on how faith impacts the complexities of interracial relationships. More information available here.

Common Chapels

Kevin Villegas will be speaking at Common Chapel on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. Villegas will be sharing his personal story of spiritual healing and its relation to the season of Lent, as well as talking about the idea of Christus Victor–how Jesus’ death on the cross gives atonement and salvation, as well as transformational healing. More details on Villegas and the chapel can be found here.

Elective Chapels will be held around campus at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Kairos will be led by student chaplains and will meet in Brubaker AuditoriumSalt and Light meets in Hostetter Chapel’s sanctuary, and Logos will meet in Boyer Hall’s Parmer Cinema. A summary of each chapel’s format can be found here.

Special Event

The 2015 Humanities Symposium, entitled “Race in America” will be taking place Tuesday through Friday with most events happening in Boyer Hall. The event brochure, which includes a full rundown of all events, their times, and their locations, can be found here.

The keynote address of the Symposium will be delivered by award-winning journalist Michele Norris on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the High Center’s Parmer Hall. In keeping with the overall theme of the Symposium, the address is entitled “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation About Race”. Admission to the event is free, but a ticket is required; tickets can only be purchased at the ticket office or reserved by phone at (717) 691-6036.


French-Brazilian ensemble Banda Magda will be visiting B-Sides on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Larsen Student Union. The group features a strong mix of international performers from across the world, led by Greek-born singer, accordionist, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou. More information on the band and their musical style is available on the event’s Facebook page and at the band’s website.

Lost Films will be featuring the film Dear White People this Friday and Saturday at Parmer Cinema. Showtimes are 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday and 3, 6, and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $2 for students with their Messiah ID and $4 for guests. The IMDB information on the film can be found here.


After being snowed out over the weekend, Messiah men’s and women’s lacrosse will now officially open their new field in the Starry Fields Athletic Complex this week in Grantham. The women will face Scranton on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. while the men will host Stevenson in early-season Commonwealth Conference action on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Messiah women’s basketball (the #3 seed in the conference) will open Commonwealth Conference tournament play on the road this Wednesday. They will travel to Reading to face #2 Albright, with the game set to tip at 7 p.m. *UPDATE: 90.7 Pulse FM will be broadcasting live from Albright’s Bollman Center beginning at 6:45 p.m. as Ashlyn Miller, Phil Naegely, and Joel Hoover will provide commentary of the game. Listen live here.

Messiah wrestling will be hosting the Mideast Regional Championships in Grantham this coming weekend. Matches will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday in Hitchcock Arena, with places at the upcoming National Championships in Hershey (March 13-14 at the Giant Center) on the line. has compiled an informational page on both the Regional and National Championships, including seating information for the National Championships at the Giant Center.

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