NEWS 1/17/15 12:30am

Duke's Muslim call to prayer brings hundreds

Hundreds gathered outside of Duke University's Chapel for the Muslim call to prayer Friday afternoon, despite the University allowing, then denying, the prayer to be broadcast across campus from the bell tower. Yesterday's prayer was amplified from a small speaker, despite Duke University officials originally announcing earlier this week that the Islamic weekly call to prayer, or the adhan, would be broadcasted from the Duke Chapel tower. Duke University officials said that the primary reason to change their previous decision was due to a "credible and serious security threat." The University had also received heavy criticism from Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Reverend Billy Graham and head of Samaritan's Purse,. At Friday's prayer, Duke students brought signs to the event to protest Duke's reversal on the decision and were not shy to voice their opinions. "I think I would voice my concern with what I feel is a unilateral decision by the administration to cancel the event without really without consulting the communities involved," second-year Duke Univeristy Divinity student, Robert Densmore said. Densmore was among many there in support of the Muslim call to prayer and held a sign reading "Let Us Worship Together." There was no visible opposition to the call to prayer before or during worship. For more on participants and Elon's reaction, tune into Elon Local News on Monday at 6 p.m.

NEWS 8/28/14 9:49am

'Lessons within Ferguson, MO.' opens communication within Elon

"It just feels as if it's a bad dream for everyone." Elon student and Ferguson resident Mia Ginae Watkins remembers pacing around the house while watching news updates in disbelief with her family on August 9, when an unarmed 18-year-old African-American male named Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. "Behind my backyard is the main street where the riots took place," said Watkins, a third-year student.

NEWS 7/24/14 1:21pm

Affordable Health Care decisions explained

On July 21, two United States appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the availability of subsidies that help many Americans afford health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Here is a breakdown of the decision, which could potentially affect millions. What was the issue? The cases centered on the Affordable Care Act, specifically a part of the law that says subsidies will be available “Through an exchange established by the state.” The law does not specifically say if those signing up on the federal exchange are also eligible. Opponents of the law challenged the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the law, saying subsidies can only be offered through state-based exchanges. Proponents of the law say the lawmakers intended for subsides to be offered by both federal and state exchanges. Currently, only 14 states and the District of Columbia have their own exchanges, which means the decision could affect the 4.7 millionAmericans who signed up through the federal exchange. What was the decision? The D.C.

NEWS 6/7/14 7:41pm

Dr. Maya Angelou: "A Voice for Justice, Equality and Love"

"Life is a constant choice. Will you choose to reach out or draw in? Will you choose to speak out or shut up?" President Bill Clinton reflected upon Dr. Maya Angelou this morning at the poet's memorial service held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author died in her home Wednesday May 28. Many famous guests such as President Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and TV star Oprah Winfrey attended. "Dr. Angelou's words sustained me on every step of my journey," said First Lady Obama.

NEWS 4/22/14 10:14pm

Students reflect on Boston Marathon bombings, one year later

Patriots day and marathon Monday have always been special for many Massachusetts natives, including Ottavia Pomazon. "It's just kind of ingrained in you that it's a special day and I guess its def something that sets boston apart and makes us unique in the fact that we do celebrate this day.

NEWS 3/17/14 8:30pm

Millennials detached from politics, religion, study finds

Millennials, the term coined for the emerging youth generation between the ages of 18-33 in 2014, are detached from political parties and organized religion, according to the results from a Pew Research Center study. The study, released March 7, also found Millennials are more connected to social networks and other technologies than past generations. The study was based on a survey of 1,821 adults, including 617 Millennials, and was conducted in Febuary.

NEWS 2/10/14 8:11pm

President Obama outlines federal minimum wage increase

The State of the Union address usually serves to rally the nation for a new year, but this year, President Obama introduced a new policy to raise the minimum wage for federal workers by executive order. In the plan laid out after the address, the Obama administration would only provide federal contracts to companies that pay their employees a minimum of $10.10 per hour.

NEWS 2/5/14 4:39pm

GMOs now 90 percent of corn, beets and soy in US

In 2013, 90 percent of all corn, beets and soybeans planted in the United States were genetically engineered (GE) according the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is a 65 percent increase since 2006. According to Renée Maas from Food and Water Watch, a grassroots organization leading the campaign to get GE food labeled in North Carolina, the so-called misconception of the dangers involved in genetic engineering is a grim reality that negatively affects the health of Americans. Maas said that the impact on American health is easily seen, but not so easily confirmed. “It’s hard for doctors and scientists to link them to genetically engineered foods because they aren’t labeled,” she said.