Lifestyle

Elon Eats: Warm atmosphere at Filament Coffee and Tea

3/1/17 8:00am

Something about the twinkling lights across the ceiling and local art hanging from the walls make Filament Coffee + Tea feel like home. Less than 30 minutes west of Elon University in downtown Mebane, Filament is a cozy cafe dedicated to serving fresh coffee, tea and pastries, as well as showcasing the work of local artisans. One of Filament’s baristas, Karly Thomas, said that the cafe attracts a variety of customers, making it an interesting place to spend your time. “One of the things I love is the diversity of the people that come in,” she said.

'My Black is' project hopes to break down barriers

2/28/17 12:26pm

“My Black is,” is a simple yet complex phrase- just like blackness. For senior Chann Little, it is the title of his recent video project which displays what black students on campus define their blackness as with a one-word answer. Little was inspired for this project after seeing the phrase “my black is solid,” printed on shirts that students wore during Black Solidarity day, a day-long event sponsored by the CREDE for students that identify as black. “My black is black people labeling themselves in positive ways,” Little said, “I just wanted to add on that and make it where we can reclaim our own blackness because I feel like society labels black people a lot.”   This project is part of Little’s blog “Chann Daily,” which he began in November of 2016.

Less is more

2/22/17 8:00am

Minimalism is not a fleeting fad of the social media sphere but rather a simple and rewarding lifestyle.

'Senzenina' celebrates Black History Month and diversity

2/22/17 8:00am

On Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Theatre, the Elon Department of Performing Arts will present “Senzenina”, a multimedia performance intended to remember and celebrate Black History Month. Featuring a variety of singing, dancing and speaking, “Senzenina” examines racial segregation and apartheid in South Africa plus the country’s battle toward freedom. Likewise, the performance intends to relate these past events of injustice to current incidents of inequality that the black community in the United States faces today. “I try to bring reality and what is happening now to what we are remembering,” said Jason Aryeh, the director and choreographer of the show. In order to make history relevant today, the production expands upon the meaning of “Senzenina”, “What have we done?” and asks, what can we do now? Throughout the black South Africans’ struggle toward equality, these individuals would constantly ask themselves, what have we done? Addressing this question in a new context and time period, Aryeh said he hopes that the audience members will ask themselves what they can do now to make permanent strides toward freedom and creating a more unified community.

Senior pursues dreams with release of 1st EP: Hello Sunshine.

2/22/17 8:00am

Since watching Selena for the first time at age 2, senior  and Musical Theater major Auston Henderson has always knew he wanted to be a singer—and now with the release of his first EP just a few weeks away—his dreams are beginning to come true. Henderson—a Houston, Texas native—grew up singing choir and for his senior year in high school, decided to move to Virginia and attend the Governor’s School of the arts where he could study musical theater more seriously.

Bringing Zenitry to life with student mural

2/21/17 12:17pm

Almost every day senior Alaina Kiesel wears a combination of two sun and moon necklaces. This piece of her will soon be translated onto a mural she is painting on a wall in Zenitry at Timberline Station. “I just feel really connected to the sun and moon,” Kiesel said.

Elon's Gospel Choir Director finds strength through singing

2/20/17 8:16pm

Lana Logan, sophomore, is involved on campus, like many students. She’s a SMART mentor, the community outreach chair for Black Student Union, a member of the National Council of Negro Women, and an LGBTQIA ally. But last spring, unexpectedly, she was given a leadership position, Director of Elon’s Gospel Choir. “I’d heard nothing about it and I look around at the other people and I’m like, “Oh okay.” And so I began being the sole director in September,” Lana Logan says. As a freshman, walking into gospel choir she felt a positive energy and vibrant atmosphere that enticed her to join.

Student receives grant from the Maker Hub after starting jewelry business

2/15/17 5:00pm

Frustrated by expensive jewelry prices, Elon University sophomore Jocelyn Pietro decided to start her own business, crafting handmade, metal-stamped bracelets and necklaces for the fraction of the cost of local retailers called Impressions Jewelry Co.  To start, Pietro reached out to Greek organizations, offering to make stamps with the letters of the sororities.

LGBTQIA Alumni Network launches new blog

2/15/17 8:00am

As members of Elon University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA) Alumni Network, Elon graduates Ashley Fowler and Jon Shutt created Ignite, the official blog of the network, to enhance the community and encourage its members to contribute. “We wanted to give our network members a voice and a way to connect, share and interact with each other,” Shutt said. Launched on Feb.

Elon Eats: Zack's Hot Dogs

2/15/17 8:00am

Zack's Hot Dogs has two main entrances, and around noon on any given day--besides Sundays, when the restaurant closes its doors-- both are obscured by a jumble of bodies, waiting hungrily for a taste of classic American cuisine.

Student uses laughter to make a difference

2/15/17 8:00am

Junior Maddy Gross wants to use the tools she has to make a difference—and for her that means making people laugh. As the head writer for Elon Tonight, Gross has lots of experience writing comedic material, but eight months ago she took the dive into stand-up comedy.

Elon students create Coca-Cola commercial for competition

2/14/17 12:36pm

Growing up, sophomore Lillian Engel felt as if she was embarking on an adventure whenever she saw movies in theaters. This childhood memory inspired her to write a script for a commercial that is now one of five finalists for the Coca-Cola and Regal Films program- a student filmmaking program that invites up-and-coming student filmmakers from top film schools across the nation to participate in creating a 35-second film about the moviegoing experience. Engel had the desire to write something that brought the adventures that she saw on the screen into reality.

Blase challenges societal norms through student-run magazine

2/14/17 12:23pm

About a year ago, sophomores Nabriya Ware and Nic Zuhse were sitting down at dinner when Ware brought up an idea for a new project. She was attempting to find her niche on campus, and found things she seemed interested in but didn’t match her own outward style or internal struggles with race and ethnicity.

Vagina Monologues highlights women’s issues

2/8/17 8:00am

            The Vagina Monologues has become a Valentine’s Day tradition for the Elon community and this year, while the topic of Women’s Rights hangs in the air around the country, the performance aims to be even more poignant than years passed.             The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler that premiered in 1996 and is performed all around the world each year.  The play consists of monologues that Ensler composed after conducting interviews with over 200 women about their experiences.