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March 28, 2015

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Beheading’ reveals real J. Denny(s)

Bluffton University mascot J. Denny Beaver is one busy beaver, as appearances at about 70 events (and counting) this academic year would attest J. Denny is so in demand, in fact, that it has taken three Bluffton students to perform his duties.

Their identities were revealed at halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 13, during a “beheading” ceremony that traditionally marks the only time that college mascots remove their costume heads in public.

Bluffton women take down Yellow Jackets 62-47 on Senior night

By Ryan Schadewald

The Bluffton University women’s basketball team was able to earn revenge against their arch-rivals on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Beavers were defeated 54-32 in Defiance in their first meeting against the Yellow Jackets back on January 2.

However, Bluffton was able to turn the tables and defeat Defiance, 62-47, in a game they never trailed in the Sommer Center on Wednesday night. Bluffton also honored its lone senior, Lauren Hutton (New Riegel), on Senior Night prior to the contest.

Bluffton men squash Yellow Jackets 75-55 on Senior night

By Evan Skilliter

The Beavers welcomed Defiance College to the Sommer Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13, desperately needing a win to keep their conference tournament hopes alive.

A dominating inside presence coupled with a career-high 12 assists from Ryan Ebbeskotte (Ft. Jennings/Delphos Jefferson) sent the Beavers to a 75-55 victory over their biggest rivals on Senior Night, helping seniors Tyler Neal (Bluffton), Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) and Matt Gerdeman (Delphos/Jefferson) end their home career in victorious fashion.

Tonight's the night: The "beheading" of J. Denny Beaver

It’s that time of year again at Bluffton University  - J. Denny Beaver is about to lose his head.

The Bluffton mascot will do just that tonight (Feb. 13), when he is “beheaded” at halftime of Bluffton’s men’s basketball game against Defiance College. Tipoff will be at 8 p.m. in the Sommer Center.

200 attend weekend peace conference at Bluffton University

Peggy Gish (left) speaks with Tamara Al-Sammarraie, a Bluffton University junior from Iraq, after presenting a workshop about Christian Peacemaker Teams’ efforts in Iraq at the 2013 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship conference, hosted by Bluffton Feb 8-10.

Gish, who has been active in peace and social justice movements for 45 years, has worked with CPT in Iraq since October 2002, five months before the beginning of the Iraq War. “I really fell in love with the people and the culture,” said Gish, who has made roughly 16 trips to the country.

Bluffton handles Manchester 65-52 to complete season sweep

By Ryan Schadewald

The Bluffton University men’s basketball hit the road on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and they defeated the Manchester University Spartans, 65-52, in a Heartland Conference battle.

The Beavers improved to 10-12 and 6-9 in HCAC play, while the Spartans dropped to 4-18 and 1-14 in HCAC play. Bluffton's win was crucial as it pulled the Beavers into a tie with Mount St. Joseph for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming HCAC tournament.

The Beavers also moved a game ahead of Anderson after the Ravens fell at Hanover.

Beavers stay in HCAC tournament hunt with 57-49 win over Spartans

By Evan Skilliter

Bluffton welcomed Manchester University to the Sommer Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6, looking to improve their record to 11-11 on the season.

Strong performances from Lauren Hutton (New Riegel), Brenna Kurilec (Mt. Gilead/Gilead Christian) and Taylor Knight (Perrysburg) helped the home team do just that as Bluffton pulled away late to beat the Spartans, 57-49.

The victory helped Bluffton (6-9 HCAC) pull within a game of both Manchester and Rose-Hulman for the fifth and sixth slots in the upcoming HCAC tournament.

Bluffton University to host winter instrumental concert

Paul Baransy will conduct Bluffton University’s Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band in the annual winter instrumental concert, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in Yoder Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken during intermission for music scholarships.

Global Weekend set at Bluffton University

Film, food and entertainment are planned for Global Weekend at Bluffton University on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16.

The weekend will begin Friday with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the 2002 film “Whale Rider” in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

The Commons in Marbeck Center will host Saturday’s events. An ethnic meal will be served from 5-6 p.m. and an international variety and fashion show will follow at 6:30 p.m. A piñata will be available for children before the show, at 6:15 p.m.

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