The recent police shootings, current political climate and protests such as the one Charlottesville, Virginia have led senior Alonzo Cee to combat the negative stereotypes aimed at black males. While interning and doing research at the Alpha Phi Alpha headquarters this summer, Cee came to the realization of the lack of support systems that exist for black males on college campuses. “The books I was reading and researched talked about that there needs to be support groups specifically targeted for black men in order to make them feel like they have some worth, have that connection and have that bond,” Cee said. Cee’s research focused on African American men on college campuses and he came across the subject of support systems in predominantly white college campuses.
Diego Pineda was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, but has lived in Raleigh for most of his life. He is the Photo Editor for Elon News Network. He is a Journalism major and has a minor in Human Services.
Freshman Nikki Gupta is excited to begin her new chapter and cannot wait to set foot on campus, but as a third culture student from India, her outlook on the next four years is a bit different. “To me, it means I’m exposed to a variety of cultural influences,” Gupta said.
Maity Interiano ’07 said it will be an “emotional and special full-circle moment” to return with her family to Elon University’s campus as the Commencement speaker at Elon University’s 127th Commencement ceremony.
Sophomore Sophie Zinn considers herself as the person in her friend group that is constantly encouraging others to talk about religion, a subject that she is very passionate about and that she believes is not talked about as much. "It’s not really in the public sphere of college life or America in general as something that’s positive," Zinn said.
As Gabriela Rosales crossed the Williamson Avenue crosswalk on March 16, 2015, she was excited to attend her first meeting of the Eta Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at Elon University.
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 100 Elon community members — mostly Elon University student athletes — gathered on the hill beside Irwin Belk Track to pray, sing and share stories about freshman Molly Offstein. Offstein, a cross country runner and Honors Fellow, was struck by a car on her morning jog Monday and is now in a medically induced coma at the UNC hospital.
A phone call is no longer the most efficient way to contact an Elon alum.
“My Black is,” is a simple yet complex phrase- just like blackness. For senior Chann Little, it is the title of his recent video project which displays what black students on campus define their blackness as with a one-word answer. Little was inspired for this project after seeing the phrase “my black is solid,” printed on shirts that students wore during Black Solidarity day, a day-long event sponsored by the CREDE for students that identify as black. “My black is black people labeling themselves in positive ways,” Little said, “I just wanted to add on that and make it where we can reclaim our own blackness because I feel like society labels black people a lot.” This project is part of Little’s blog “Chann Daily,” which he began in November of 2016.
Growing up, sophomore Lillian Engel felt as if she was embarking on an adventure whenever she saw movies in theaters. This childhood memory inspired her to write a script for a commercial that is now one of five finalists for the Coca-Cola and Regal Films program- a student filmmaking program that invites up-and-coming student filmmakers from top film schools across the nation to participate in creating a 35-second film about the moviegoing experience. Engel had the desire to write something that brought the adventures that she saw on the screen into reality.
Elon University senior Philip Rodriguez thought Latinos on campus were non-existent. The Cuban-American junior was born and raised in Miami, Florida—a melting pot of racial and cultural diversity. That dynamic environment is drastically different at Elon, which is widely categorized as a predominantly white institution.