Opinions

Become authors of your own worldview and faith

8/25/16 7:48pm

Oh behalf of the Chaplains — Father Gerry, Rabbi Meir, Chaplain Joel, Muslim Coordinator Shane Atkinson, and myself, Chaplain Jan — I want to welcome you! It is a joy to have the campus teeming again with happy and energetic students. Our presence on campus means that Elon cares about your spiritual ...

It's okay not to bELONg here at first

8/24/16 5:44pm

If your first experience at Elon is one riddled with anxiety and uncertainty like mine, perhaps you don’t bELONg. And that’s okay. The challenge is to find where you do belong. The result may surprise you.

An open letter to Kathleen Parker

7/27/16 11:57am

Dear Kathleen Parker, First, I’d like to thank you. The controversy around your visit to Elon University has at times made me so mad that I’ve actually gone to the gym to blow off steam. 

"It's unfair, but that was my reality."

7/13/16 7:46pm

Maybe this is the new norm and I have to accept it. Silly me for thinking I was going to inherit a nation that was supposedly “indivisible,” as I robotically recited in the Pledge of Allegiance in grade school.

Peace, love and difficult conversations

5/7/16 11:33am

The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life has demonstrated a commitment to multifaith engagement that has been solidified with the construction of the Numen Lumen Pavilion in 2013.  The building itself is a representation of our mission to provide a “safe place for spiritual growth, worldview exploration (religious and secular), and interfaith engagement.” However, our work has been met with criticism on many levels.  Instead of using my breath (or in this case, my keyboard) to try and shout why our work is great and why people should listen, I would like to use this piece constructively to express how we can improve our words and actions. One of the main themes emerging in criticisms of interfaith work is that the crowd that we engage gets lumped together in a giant conglomerate of peace, love and neoliberalism.

Summer blockbuster or bust?

5/6/16 11:32am

With the highly anticipated release of Captain America: Civil War at the end of this week, the summer blockbuster season is well underway.

Take some time to practice gratitude

5/5/16 10:00am

Over the past twenty years, social scientists have found that religious beliefs and practices are linked to mental health and functioning. In a study called “Religion and mental health,” Behere et.

Studying abroad is worth the risk

5/5/16 8:30am

Ever since its first trip to England in 1969, Elon’s study abroad program has steadily risen in popularity, and is today considered an essential cornerstone in the Elon identity.

Embrace these final days at Elon

5/4/16 8:35pm

Over my years of chaplaincy I've noticed a trend among seniors. I think it sharing my observations will help you to place yourself in these strenuous days. In the spring of the senior year, and every now and then in the late fall, when you hoped you'd have your best times of all, things tend to fall apart.

Cancelled concerts, missed opportunities

5/4/16 11:50am

As students living in North Carolina, I’m sure you’ve heard all about House Bill 2. (If you haven't yet, do a quick Google before reading this.) One of the ways you’ve probably heard more about it in the news is the fact that many musicians are cancelling their shows in opposition of the discriminatory law. Musical groups and entertainers such as Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil, Boston, Blue Man Group and most recently, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, have canceled their performances in North Carolina to boycott the law. Seeing this headline really makes me feel conflicted.

Another column about media portrayal of sexual assault

5/1/16 3:30pm

A few months ago, I published a column criticizing the overwhelming willingness of the media and society in general to sweep charges of rape and sexual assault under the rug for well-respected males in a feeble attempt to maintain their shiny images.

In CAA, more opportunities for institutional, athletic growth

5/1/16 2:30pm

Elon University’s move to the Colonial Athletic Association, announced May 2013 but not official until July 2014, was met with considerable financial weight and legitimate concerns with regard to travel and level of competition. But about two years in, fresh off the first CAA Championships that Elon hosted, it’s clear that the move was the right move for not just the athletic department, but the institution as a whole. Elon’s Jimmy Powell Tennis Center hosted the CAA Tennis Championships last weekend, with both the Phoenix men and women falling in tight semifinal matches.