The Comenian

Editor’s Letter: A Year of Turbulence and Triumph

Some lovely garden art on campus; Photo by: Theresa Dougal

Elizabeth Horn, Editor-In-Chief

April 30, 2020

Dear Readers, This has been one of the most unique and crazy years in recent memory. Somehow, this collided with my first year as editor-in-chief, and I will be honest: it was fantastic.  In the 2019-2020 academic year, we faced tough challenges as a community -- a mumps outbreak in the fall, the co...

Students React to Zoom After Half a Semester

Dietlinde Heilmayr, working at home on Zoom

Christine Wieder, Copy Editor

April 23, 2020

With the College fully operating online now, students and professors alike have been thrust into an unpredictable situation. We now must rely on Zoom to attend class and schedule meetings.  Zoom hasn’t personally affected my experience much, given that I am only enrolled in two courses this sem...

Controversy Over Zoom’s Poor Security and Privacy Safeguards

Updating your Zoom application often is the best way to prevent security and privacy risks.

Elizabeth Horn, Editor-In-Chief

April 16, 2020

Zoom has become one of the main ways that students at Moravian connect with peers and professors.  However, its parent company, Zoom Video Communications, Inc., has been in hot water lately. After a wave of officials and organizations banned their members from using it, the general public started to look...

Eight Questions for Officer Joe

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Gabby Roe, Guest Reporter

April 9, 2020

If you have ever been on Moravian’s South Campus, chances are you’ve bumped into or at least heard of Joe Perno.  A police officer at Moravian College since 2011, “Officer Joe,” as students affectionately call him, partrols mostly South Campus, paying special attention to Main Hall.  The C...

Memoirist Hernández on Finding Community through Writing

The cover of Hernández's book,

Yessica Gomez, Guest Reporter

April 2, 2020

On March 26, award-winning author Daisy Hernández spoke to an online audience of some 50 students, professors, writers, and activists from across the Lehigh Valley as part of Moravian’s biannual Writers' Conference.  Hernández, a former New York Times reporter, is the author of the acclaimed memoir...

Coronavirus Confirmed at Moravian; Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order

The email from President Grigsby confirming the first student COVID-19 case.

Elizabeth Horn, Editor-In-Chief

March 25, 2020

Edited April 1 at 2:31 p.m.: The most up-to-date information now on Moravian's coronavirus cases is now two confirmed cases, one presumed positive case, three cases still awaiting results, and seven negative results. This is according to the email sent by the Office of the President at 2:08 p.m. on ...

Moravian College Campus Closes and Moves Online For the Rest of Semester

Part one of the email from President Bryon Grigsby closing Moravian College Campus and announcing the rest of the semester online.

Elizabeth Horn, Editor-In-Chief

March 20, 2020

After weeks of doubt, guessing, and confusion, Moravian College finally closed yesterday at 7:59 p.m. An email announcement from President Bryon Grigsby, who has been updating the students with daily emails to keep us all connected, announced that the college is closing due to Governor Wolf’s ...

COVID-19: An Opportunity for Gratitude

Students abroad faced a series of unique challenges with the outbreak of COVID-19.

Grace Gilbert, Guest Reporter

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 has spread rapidly through the world, also spreading fear, confusion, and even anger as governments and institutions take precautionary measures.  For most healthy adults, the risk of getting very ill or dying from the novel coronavirus is low. However, the underlying malignance of this v...

Loving the Film “Hair Love”

Loving the Film “Hair Love”

Taylor Porter, Guest Reporter

February 27, 2020

“Hair Love” is the touching, Oscar-winning animated film by Matthew A. Cherry about an African American father struggling to do his young daughter’s natural hair for the first time.  The daughter’s mom, who is sick, had always done her hair, and so the young girl tries to take on the task...

Remembering Dr. John Reynolds

”Roses“ by Christopher Bulle, CC BY 2.0

Brandon Faust, Reporter

February 7, 2020

When Dr. John Reynolds passed away two weeks ago at the age of 68, Moravian College lost one of its most influential and beloved professors.  Dr. Reynolds had been teaching political science at Moravian College since 1979. Any graduate from the past 40 years who took a class on the American politic...

MoCo Students Mentor Young Learners at William Penn Elementary

The front of William Penn Elementary School, where students go to volunteer; Photo Courtesy of:

Elizabeth Schwartz, Reporter

January 30, 2020

Since 2014, Moravian has offered a mentoring program that pairs college students with pupils at William Penn Elementary School. William Penn is located right down the street from Moravian. The school educates children in Kindergarten up to fifth grade.  The goal of the mentoring program is to have...

Moravian College Students Visit Prison for Writing as Activism Class

A student-submitted poem written by Emma Hutchman

Elizabeth Horn, Editor-In-Chief

December 5, 2019

It’s not every day that you hear a college student say they spent the evening in prison. But for the students in Dr. Joyce Hinnefeld’s Writing as Activism course, that has been the norm.  Hinnefeld, a professor of English at Moravian, is helping a group of students learn how to use writing a...