“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.
For many current and former students, it is hard to picture Elon University without President Leo Lambert.
I think it’s time to learn a new word: kairos. The Greek word kairos literally translates to “time,” but in the field of rhetorical studies, kairos means more than that.
Incoming college students pack their bedding, clothing, laptop, and many of the morals, values, and opinions from their pre-college lives.
They say it’s not a Muslim ban. They say it’s a safety concern. They say this is all a preventive measure.
Black History is a living, breathing movement that our forebears started with hopes of cultivating a better environment for us. Their legacy is left to us. We, as in every human being, are capable of redirecting longstanding perceptions of race.
In the weeks leading up to last fall’s presidential election, Elon University’s campus was filled with political activism by and for students.
Another day, another scroll through your Facebook feed. It’s not long before you stumble upon a controversial video, shared by your lab partner from sophomore year of high school, with over 40 comments from fuming adversaries who evidently think their opinion is superior.
The anti-Muslim and anti-refugee actions taken by the current administration have provoked protests across the country.
When I was seven, I hated what came out of my mouth. It was too thick. Laced with difference and heavy with otherness.
“The next episode of 'Grey’s Anatomy' will play in 15 seconds,” you read on your screen as Netflix churns out the next chapter in the McDreamy saga. Without even having to blink an eye, you are soon watching season 8, episode 12, and wondering how you got here.
On Jan. 21, I attended the Women's March on Washington. I was excited and a little nervous for the size and spectre of this event.