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Here's the May Day weekend calendar

Here's tthe Bluffton University arts and events calendar for May. Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

May 2     May Day Musical: “Songs for a New World,” 7:30 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall. Tickets, $13 for adults and $5 for all students, are available online at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or from 4-7 p.m. weekdays at the box office in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

First-year university student named archival intern


Amanda Bartel, a first-year Bluffton University student from Iowa City, Iowa, is this year's recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission archival internship.

"We are very pleased to award Amanda the archival internship," said commission chair Don Isaac. "We hope this will be a rich experience for her, and provide insights for the commission as we document and communicate the story of God's work in our lives."

They'll perform the May Pole dance for the 100th time; here's the complete May Day schedule

Bluffton University will mark its annual May Day weekend May 2-5 with traditional alumni reunions, student activities and graduation events, including the 100th edition of the Maypole dance with which alumni are familiar.

The dance features 16 first-year students who wear colorful costumes and dance in pairs around the Maypole, weaving streamers together. This year’s performance, part of the 11 a.m. May Day ceremony Saturday, May 4, on the Centennial Hall lawn, adds a ninth couple of “legacy” students, who have longstanding family ties to Bluffton.

Kyle Niermann scorches Pioneers with 6-of-7 day at the plate

By Kyle Stover

The Bluffton University baseball team split a crucial conference doubleheader with Transylvania on Saturday, April 20. Errors were the story in game one when the Beavers fell 5-1, but they rebounded with some clutch hitting in game two to win 6-4 while staying in the race for the HCAC tournament.

Bluffton offense recovers for 10-2 mercy-rule win in game two


The Bluffton University softball team discovered that it had in fact packed bats for the trip to Hanover when the Beavers came out and scored eight times during the first two innings of game two on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

After an 8-0 six-inning shellacking at the hands of the Panthers in game one, Bluffton recovered from its two-hit, five-error performance with a 10-2 victory for a crucial series split. Bluffton's win assured the Beavers of their seventh straight Heartland Conference tournament appearance under Coach Bruder.

ILR tea, wedding dress style show planned May 22


Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, an educational program for retirees, will host a tea, lunch and a wedding-dress style show on Wednesday, May 22, in The Commons in Marbeck Center.

The buffet-style lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the style show of wedding dresses from 1939-2012. Cost to attend is $12; for more information, contact JP Schumacher, ILR director, at 419-358-3346 or schumacherjp@bluffton.edu.

Bluffton prepares for HCAC Championships at Sparky Adams Invite

By Bryson Hartzler

The Bluffton University track and field program traveled to the campus of Baldwin-Wallace to compete in the Sparky Adams Invitational on Saturday, April 20. Unseasonably cold weather and snow flurries made for less than desirable conditions, but the Beavers were still able to post several personal best thanks in large part to the throwing contingent.

Riley Creek festival underway at Bluffton University

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on the Neufeld Hall lawn.

“Out of This World” is the theme of this year’s festival, a day of games, prizes, live music and other entertainment. The event is free—except for lunch—and open to the public.

Lunch, to be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
The traditional rubber duck race down Riley Creek will wrap up the festival at 4 p.m.

Academic all-american, two-sport standout honored

Bluffton University presented its top athletics awards April 16 to an Academic All-American in football and a standout in women’s soccer and track and field.

Thomas Gingrich of Goshen, Ind., received the A.C. Burcky Award as senior male athlete of the year, while Maddie Moore of Linn Grove, Ind., won the Kathryn E. Little Award as outstanding senior female athlete. Both student-athletes are majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Bluffton University May Day musical: Many stories told in ‘Songs’


It might seem that the songs in “Songs for a New World” have nothing in common. For starters, the singers range from a Spanish sailor in 1492 to a jailed civil rights leader—and a fed-up Mrs. Claus with a German accent.

But while it’s true that Bluffton University’s 2013 May Day musical has no continuous plot line—or spoken dialogue—and each song has its own context and characters, there is a common thread, says Dr. Melissa Friesen.