Opinions

LEVY: Use spring break to relax, however you need to

3/16/17 6:02pm

It’s that time of year again: The time when every adult you know is asking “what are your doing this summer?” “What are your plans for after graduation?” And for many of us, it’s the time of year we die a little inside, put on a smile and try to hide the fear of uncertainty. At this point, ...

NTIM: Spring semester offers many reasons for students to smile

3/15/17 5:51pm

Take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but find something you enjoy doing. Engage in projects that inspire you in your everyday pursuits. For those us in need of a do-over, let’s start afresh. It will not be easy, but I hope this season will motivate all of us for part two of the semester.

EDITORIAL: Elon community cannot forget impact of House Bill 2

3/15/17 5:50pm

Almost one year ago, former governor of North Carolina Pat McCory signed into law House Bill 2, a law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status and requires that individuals only use public bathrooms or changing facilities that align with the biological sex on their birth certificate. Immediately after the bill was passed, Elon University issued a statement denouncing the bill and reaffirming Elon’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity and ensuring students feel safe on campus.

BENSON: Dress codes encourage judgement of women's bodies

3/15/17 5:50pm

I’ve grown up in a world that is over-sensitized to bodies. As a young girl, I was exposed to billboards over which sprawled airbrushed women in lingerie, commercials featuring flawless goddesses in sensual attire and magazines rife with models sporting the newest trend — each somehow more revealing than the last. I was taught by television, movies and the lyrics on the radio that in order to get the boys I wanted and the friends I needed, I had to dress like everyone else and flaunt my body, because physical beauty was just as important, and sometimes even more important, than the things in my head or in my heart.

CAMPUS VOICES: #SeeMeElon aims to promote inclusivity on campus

3/10/17 9:55am

Diversity demographics can be quantitatively defined. Elon University has made significant strides in becoming more diverse, with the percent of diverse students increasing from only 8 percent in 1999 to 20 percent racially and ethnically diverse students in the Class of 2020. Inclusion, on the other hand, is a feeling and sense of belonging that cannot be compiled into a statistic.

BENSON: Take off your ‘busy’ buttons and stop complaining

3/1/17 8:51am

We see it all the time here, in the land of acorns and squirrels: A peer sports a backpack covered in pins and buttons boasting their heinous spread of campus involvement, including SPARKS, Student Government, 110% sorority allegiance, SUB, Club Soccer — you get the gist — and drops it down on the seat next to you in your 2:20 class.

NTIM: This is why diversity matters

2/23/17 7:44am

Reaching out to minority groups enriches social and academic conversations on campus. It can help us fine-tune our minds to become better global ambassadors, understanding the influence of culture in academia.

BENSON: Please ignore the fraternity and sorority tier system

2/21/17 8:00pm

Maybe you’ve seen yaks about it, heard chatter about it or been directly affected by its abstract presence, but the stereotypes in our greek community revolving around one “tier system” have simply got to go. For those of you who don’t understand (in which case I either applaud your ability to focus on what’s really important or urge you to get out from the rock you’re living under), the so-called “tier system” is built on the belief that, in Fraternity and Sorority Life, there is a totem-pole style ranking of coolness or widely-known reputation from one sorority/fraternity to another.

CAMPUS VOICES: A good man like him is hard to find

2/15/17 8:32am

After posting on Facebook just last night about the void left by the loss of our dear Dr. Earl Danieley, I was jolted this morning by the news that Dr. Leo Lambert is stepping down as President of Elon University. I am deeply happy for Lambert, his wife Laurie and their family.