International


NEWS 3/20/14 3:42pm

U.S wins 2 gold medals in Paralympics

Evan Strong grew up in Hawaii with dreams of becoming a professional skateboarder. Ten days before his 18th birthday his dreams were shattered when he was struck by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle.


NEWS 3/10/14 8:21pm

Bitcoin redefines traditional currency as digital alternative

For many people, the first time they saw or heard the term “Bitcoin,” it was on the pages of the business section or on CNBC or Fox Business as analysts reported that large quantities of the digital currency went missing. While there are only around 200,000 registered Bitcoin addresses with at least one bitcoin, what made the news of this relatively underused digital currency grab headlines is that the disappearance of these bitcoins represented a loss of around $460 million. Bitcoin was the first “cryptocurrency,” created in 2009 as an all-digital form of money that can be spent between individuals using a peer-to-peer public ledger that keeps track of all transactions. While many other forms of digital currency have come since Bitcoin was unveiled, including the Canadian government-backed MintChip, Bitcoin has remained the most widely used cryptocurrency. “You assign your computer to do some hard math problems in its spare time and when it’s done, you’ve mined one bitcoin.


NEWS 3/4/14 7:17pm

Winter Term 2015 offers new study abroad opportunities

March 5, the Global Education Center unveiled its Winter Term study abroad programs for 2015 at the Winter Term study abroad fair. This year there are more programs being offered than ever before, including the first upper level GST study abroad course, among several others. Bill Burress, assistant director of international programs at the Global Education Center, said he is very excited for Winter Term 2015. “We have a really good variety of courses this year,” Burress said.


NEWS 2/26/14 5:28pm

Elon student remains hopeful for Ukraine's future

After three months of civil and violent unrest, a new day has risen for Ukraine. President Yanukovych has been ousted by Parliament leaving its people wondering what's next. Since November, thousands have taken to the streets protesting the fate of the country.


NEWS 2/16/14 11:16pm

Synchronized skating shoots Lauren Snow to the top

While most encounter international competition through TV, one Elon student experienced it firsthand by competing with her synchronized skating team, Skyliners. Lauren Snow, a junior at Elon, began to skate when she was 3 years old and then started Synchronized Skating when she was 5 years old. "It was at my rink, I wanted to get involved with a team sport because I was tired of skating individually and that just seemed like the best fit," Snow said. What started out as a fun event held by her orthodontist turned into hard work and dedication. "I skated thirty hours a week: on ice, ballet training, off-ice training.


NEWS 2/12/14 4:22pm

Nigeria's intolerance of homosexuality disturbs human rights activists

DUBLIN- Nigeria’s recently passed anti-gay laws are not something one would expect to encounter outside areas of major media coverage, nor would Dublin be the place one would expect to encounter coverage of this legislation. Founded in 2000, Metro Eireann is Ireland’s leading multicultural newspaper, catering mainly to the diverse population of Dublin.


NEWS 1/22/14 9:35pm

Douglas Foster speaks on post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africa is celebrating its 20-year anniversary since the end of the Apartheid. Reporter Douglas Foster has spent the last eight years writing his book, After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa, about the situation in South Africa since the end of the Apartheid through the eyes of six young South Africans. Foster has worked as a reporter in developing countries for 30 years.


NEWS 1/22/14 7:54pm

Elon students earn Pulitzer Center fellowship to Ecuador

I will miss meandering through the open, European-esque plazas of Old Quito. I will miss the walks through the dozens of parks teeming with joggers, dogs, futbol players and the occasional couple.  I will miss the sound of Spanish rattled off at lightning speed, the friendliness of Quito’s people, the food and the stunning scenery that surrounded me at every turn. All things considered, it was both an enjoyable and successful ten days in Quito, Ecuador, documenting the education system in the South American country for a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. While in Ecuador, my partner and I spent three days alongside members from the iMedia program interacting with and interviewing students (the children were the cutest), teachers and alumni from the Escuela Nuevos Horizontes del Sur, a tiny, rural private school a winding and mountainous 45-minute drive outside  Quito. We also spoke with professionals involved in the higher education system in Ecuador, including a member of the university accreditation board, the head of a language immersion program for both exchange students and native Ecuadorians and an American professor who helped revamp the teacher training programs in dozens of schools across Ecuador and other nations. The interviews helped shape the narrative of a nation that for many years, and even still to this day, lacked quality education for its citizens, but now is trying to turn the tide to provide a better life for its people. Once upon a time, children in rural areas who spoke an indigenous language struggled to succeed in a Spanish-speaking school system.


NEWS 11/18/13 9:50pm

Overcoming challenges and changing the future

A troubled childhood left 17-year-old Anna Malika searching for love. "All these things that I had been wanting to hear my whole life, I was finally hearing from him," Malika said. She met her 40-year-old ex-boyfriend while working at a movie theater.