Part of the reason I was initially interested in attending Elon was to get away from Chicago winters.
It’s safe to say Elon University brings to mind a specific kind of person — typically someone way over-involved, over-committed and who responds to the question, “How are you?” with “You know...I’m alive.
Of Elon University’s 15 people on senior staff, 13 are white, 11 are men and 10 are white men. These 15 people who sit in the highest positions at our university are simply not representative of our student body, which is 59 percent female and 20 percent racially or ethnically diverse. Though Elon prides itself on its unprecedented commitment to diversity, if our university’s highest held offices are still primarily filled with white men, then we are not truly amplifying the voices of diverse perspectives. The university has come a long way in its efforts to not only recruit students of diverse backgrounds, but also make them feel like they belong at Elon.
After six months of protests and peaceful and prayerful resistance, the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) Camp has largely been evacuated.
In the current media landscape, consumers can very easily feel overwhelmed. Our CNN apps notify us about every one of President Donald Trump’s executive orders, our Twitter feeds refresh with breaking news stories and our Facebook friends are constantly sharing articles that frustrate them. For many, the news today is consistently negative and at times scary, and the need to consume it is as constant as it is exhausting. This constant stream of negative news is resulting in a phenom now being referred to as resistance fatigue, or the tendency to become exhausted by the feeling of constantly needing to protest against unpopular government policies. In the first few weeks of his presidency, Trump has already passed a number of executive orders that will directly affect many marginalized groups in our nation, causing students and people across the country to march or protest in resistance.
I remember covering a Donald Trump political rally earlier this year and walking into the media box.
Ever since President Leo Lambert announced his plan to step down from his role as president, the Elon University community has been wondering who will fill his role. While some students are campaigning for former president Barack Obama to become our next president, many have already begun thinking of people they would like and qualities or characteristics they hope for. The next year is going to be a challenging and transformative time for Elon as we prepare to recruit and choose a new university president.
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.
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.
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.
The last few weeks have been filled with controversy over the inauguration, the women’s march, censorship, walls and bans.
We’ve all been there; at a busy party or reunion with family and friends, just trying to make it to the bathroom for a moment of silence when the sister of your aunt’s cousin begins lightly interrogating you and poses the question, “So, do you have a boyfriend?” Here we go again, you think to yourself. And it’s not necessarily the question that bothers you, but the answer you get, regardless of what you tell them.
As some Elon University students were preparing for their Friday night, applying makeup and cologne, three friends and I quietly made our way to Durham.
Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration last week, my Facebook feed has been filled with post after post about our new president, various social justice marches and politics in general.
When we trust the places we call home and challenge the oppressive and closed minded, the march to justice and freedom might be burdensome but is indeed not long.
Elon University ranks #1 in the country for study abroad in the U.S. News & World Report. This high standing is advertised on the homepage of Elon’s website and on almost every brochure or publication about the university.
It’s there in print, on the right-hand side of this page, in bold, white, Oswald: O-P-I-N-I-O-N-S.
Democracy can hurt. Our competitive system forcibly leads to winners and losers. These titles bring an array of emotion, from euphoria to melancholy.