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BORO Weekly
Feb. 20 - 26, 2017
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Experience ‘Kazual Mania’ Wednesday at EU

Three brothers. One cousin. Over 150 shows. Countless genres. Kazual (pronounced “casual”) brings their eclectic mix of R&B, pop, country, hip-hop and a cappella to Edinboro's campus on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Opening for pop icons Beyoncé and Nelly and country superstar Randy Houser, Kazual has performed for large audiences across the country.

The performance in the Multipurpose Room of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center is open to students, faculty/staff, alumni and the public. Digging into their tour stretch in Pennsylvania and New York, Kazual recently performed at California University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY).

Gaining national attention after appearances on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and Maury Povich’s “Next Big Superstars of Tomorrow” and also spots on BET and MTV, Kazual also found themselves performing on the historic “Showtime at the Apollo.”

Kazual’s shows include a cappella versions of popular music and original songs. Expect music for all guests, as the group hits each genre with their a cappella covers.

Check out Kazual on Facebook or Twitter, or listen to their collection on Spotify. For more information about the group or the setlist of songs, visit

Laugh/Riot performances of 'Deviant Behavior' continue

Laugh/Riot Performing Arts Company's improv show, “Deviant Behavior,” continues this week in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Check it out Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Please note: The Saturday show is intended for mature audiences.

General admission is $10; $5 for EU faculty, staff, non-EU students and senior citizens; and $3 for EU students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Interested in joining the fun? Laugh/Riot will host auditions for the final production of the season, "Trojan Women," on Monday and Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. For more information, contact Rob Connick at 814-323-1147 or

Sharing stories of #EULove for Valentine’s Day

Jeffrey and Jeannie Campbell Smith met at Hendricks Hall in 1973. Kevin Chelton and his fiancée, Karina Valenti, met as sophomores at a Sigma Sigma Sigma formal blind date. Wes and Ali Taliani hired friends to play bagpipes at their wedding in honor of Edinboro University.

More than 30 couples have shared their Edinboro University love stories – just like these ones – on our social media channels. With a photo and a brief story, students and alumni shared their stories using the #EULove hashtag on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All of the user-submitted photos were collected and shared on Facebook in a special Valentine’s Day photo album. Thousands of people from around the country tuned in to hear accounts about meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right, right here on campus.

Pertrina Marrero

Check out the photo gallery to view then-and-now photos and read about Edinboro students and alumni and their stories. Use #EULove to be part of the collection.

What is your #EULove story? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see these and more stories.

Sigma Tau Delta announces poetry, prose open mic night

EU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will host a “Raise Your Voice” open mic night on Thursday from 7- 9 p.m. in the Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room.

The event, which celebrates poetry and prose, is a great opportunity for students to present their writing, meet other creative students, make new friends, and enjoy complimentary snacks.

Those interested in presenting during the event are asked to send an email with their name, major, academic year, title and genre of the work to Presentations must be five minutes or less, or roughly three pages of poetry or double-spaced prose.

Planetarium presents 'The World at Night'

Edinboro University’s Planetarium will present the family-friendly show “The World at Night” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Cooper Science Center. Children age 1-12 are invited to join EU’s Planetarium team, led by Dr. David Hurd, and journey into the world as seen through the eyes of our animal friends during the nighttime hours.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are required. Please use the online registration form, or call (814) 732-2493, and indicate the number of seats you need, your last name, and your email address.

Implicit Bias Training open to all

Ronald Wilson, Director of Social Equity and Title IX Coordinator, will lead Implicit Bias Training on Wednesday from 10:30 until noon in Reeder Hall.

The training, which will address the formation of biases and how they influence daily interactions, is free and open to all members of the campus community. Please RSVP to Jordan McMillan at

Join UPB for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

The University Programming Board will present “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday at 5 and 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Scot Cinema, located in the Pogue Student Center.

The film follows the adventures of writer Newt Scamander as he navigates New York City’s secret community of witches and wizards in 1926 – a full 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. The PG-13 film was nominated for 31 awards, including Oscars for Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Production Design, and has won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Year End Blockbuster, PFCS Award for Best Costume Design and the BAFTA Film Award for Best Production Design among others.

Admission is free for all EU students with valid University ID. The cost of general admission is $1, and free popcorn will be available.

Alumnus LaFuria joins University Communications

Pertrina Marrero

Edinboro University alumnus Christopher LaFuria began work last week as a communications manager in University Communications.

LaFuria, a lifelong Erie County resident, is originally from North East, Pa. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies from Penn State Behrend. In 2013, he completed the teaching certification program at EU, and hopes to complete his master’s degree in Education sometime in the near future. He previously worked as the editor of the former Edinboro News and as the education coordinator for the Erie Times-News.

When he isn’t working, LaFuria is a huge fan of the outdoors, where he enjoys hiking, camping, photography and fishing.

In his new role, his responsibilities will include managing content on the university’s social media accounts and providing an open channel for communication with students. Contact him at (814) 732-1793 or by email at Welcome to EU, Christopher!

Music scholar delivers Harry T. Burleigh lecture at EU

Pertrina Marrero

Nationally-known American Music scholar, Dr. Jean E. Snyder, spoke at Edinboro on Friday regarding the influence of Harry T. Burleigh on American music, a lecture she will give again Thursday at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Music and Theatre Department faculty member Dr. Daniel Burdick will accompany a group of students to the Capitol to attend the lecture.

Dr. Snyder has been featured on national broadcasts on PBS, BBC and NPR, and has presented at all leading national conferences on American Music. She has spent 40 years studying the life and music of Burleigh, one of Erie’s most famous sons. Burleigh, the first African-American composer to create a significant body of work, preserved and transformed African-American spirituals. He was praised by an international roster of opera and recital singers as among the best of their time.

The culmination of Dr. Snyder’s lifelong study has been her book, “Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance.” For more information on her lecture at the Library of Congress, visit:

What's happening in the community 

"G is for Games" screening party
WQLN Public Media
8425 Peach St., Erie
Monday from 10 a.m. until noon
Click here to learn more.

TEDxErieSalon Night
Calamari's Squid Row
1317 State St., Erie
Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Essential Oils 101
Edinboro Branch Library
413 W. Plum St., Edinboro
Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon
Click here to learn more.

Painting it Forward: Goodell Gardens
Unity in Edinboro
130 Meadville St., Edinboro
Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Calendar of Events

The Great Debate on Mission Work,” a talk and discussion led by student Cait McCarthy, will be held Tuesday from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. in Pogue Student Center Room 309. Please email Dr. Stephen Sullivan at for more information.

The Financial Aid Office will host a FAFSA workshop on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Butterfield Hall Computer Lab 104 to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

As part of EU's celebration of Black History Month, the University Programming Board will host a Diversity Thinkfast Game Show on Saturday from 8 until 11 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Pogue Student Center.

To submit an event to the calendar, please fill out the Submission Form here.

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Athletic Events

Women's basketball vs. Slippery Rock University
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Men's basketball vs. Slippery Rock University
7:30 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Clarion University
Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men's basketball vs. Clarion University
Saturday at 1 p.m.

Get the latest news from the Athletics Department and access the spring sports schedule at

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