Itâs that time of year again: The time when every adult you know is asking âwhat are your doing this summer?â âWhat are your plans for after graduation?â And for many of us, itâs the time of year we die a little inside, put on a smile and try to hide the fear of uncertainty. At this point, ...
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.
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.
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.
I remember one of the first times someone called me a leader. I was the only freshman in the Alto II section of my choir class in high school.
A Google image search for “professional woman” returns hundreds of millions of results of the same thing. That’s not a picture of me.
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.
Breathe deep and take some time off in the calm before the “exam storm.” Your studies are important, but don’t sacrifice your mental and physical health for a grade.
The power is in your hands. Resources at Elon can be tailored to help you increase your “technology I.Q.” Be creative with it to address issues that matter to you.
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.
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.
“You’ve changed so much!” I’ve heard these words too many times since returning from being abroad last semester.
I’ve watched Elon University change a lot in the last four years, with varying degrees of success.
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.
“I mean it would be easier for you to get it because you’re, like, not white, you know?” No, I don’t know.
Almost a year ago, I watched Rebecca Hurd tell a joke about pooping herself in Harris Teeter as she opened for Colin Jost.
If you are a woman, please consider wearing a hijab on Thursday. It might not be comfortable, but being an ally rarely is. Last year was the first year Elon University participated in Hijab Day.
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.
Eighteen years ago Elon College waited anxiously for the arrival of our new president. We had taken a few tentative steps in the right direction in the nineties, but now Elon had hired a person we hoped would guide us into the future. Still, the ground felt shaky under our feet.