Elizabeth Bilka


Elizabeth Bilka, from Rochelle Park, New Jersey, is the Executive Producer of Elon Local News. She is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Elizabeth enjoys quoting The Parent Trap (1998) and eating chicken parmesan from Little Italy in Burlington.


Recent Articles

Donald Trump returns to North Carolina for first time after becoming Republican nominee

7/25/16 10:39pm

WINSTON-SALEM -- Donald Trump returned to North Carolina after becoming the Republican nominee at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland. He spent most of the rally at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds discussing the economy and criticizing his Democratic rivals, including soon-to-be presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her running mate Tim Kaine and former Democratic presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders.


Dr. Danieley celebrates 92nd birthday with Elon community

7/24/16 6:27pm

James Earl Danieley celebrated his 92nd birthday Sunday early with members of the Elon community at the Elon Community Church. He officially turns 92 on Thursday. Church members, university staff, and students gathered in the Community Life Center to wish him a happy birthday. While Danieley retired from teaching after last academic year, he remains an active member of the Elon community.


Elon student charged on multiple drug charges

1/31/16 6:52pm

Elon University freshman Lorin Myer Tobey, 19, of Fairfield, Connecticut, was charged by Elon University Campus Safety & Police on January 30 for multiple drug charges. Elon Campus Safety & Police did a walk through of Smith dorm Friday evening when Elon University Police conducted a short investigation. Tobey's charges include possessing a fraudulent ID, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, possessing marijuana paraphernalia and consuming alcohol underage. Bond was set at $5,000.


Bill and Chelsea Clinton campaign for Hillary Clinton in Des Moines, IA

1/18/16 10:35am

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1mlJ6WZGpg?rel=0] Bill and Chelsea Clinton attended an organizing event for Hillary Clinton's campaign at Lincoln High School in Des Moines on Saturday. With the former president and first daughter at opposite ends of a "Fighting for us" campaign sign, the two explained to the crowd why the former First Lady and Secretary of State is right for the job. "Everything I care most about is at stake in this election." said Chelsea Clinton. She listed issues such as a women's right to choose, climate change, and core American values that she said have been "under significant assault". "I've known my mom my whole life," Chelsea Clinton joked to the crowd, "And I think that's pretty awesome." She then turned the microphone over to Bill Clinton, who she said has known Hillary Clinton longer. Former president Clinton echoed similar statements President Obama made in his State of the Union address. In regards to the economy, Clinton said, "We are the best positioned big country in the world." He also discussed the decreasing life expectancy of non-college educated, middle-aged white people. "These people are dying of a broken heart because they think the American Dream is out of reach." he said. He concluded that Hillary Clinton will not give up on those people as president and work to give all Americans a better life. Hillary Clinton returns to the state Monday for an organizing event in Toledo, IA.


Marco Rubio holds town hall meeting in Johnston, IA

1/17/16 2:46pm

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xc85tx40As?rel=0&w=560&h=315] Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio held a town hall meeting at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, IA. At the event, Rubio focused on appealing to demographics from millennials to Baby Boomers. He discussed his plan to make some changes to Social Security and Medicare, but not to get rid of these programs like other candidates have suggested.


Chris Christie returns to Iowa with multiple campaign stops

1/17/16 12:35am

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lryd0j5YkkE&noredirect=1&w=560&h=315] New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie returned to Iowa Saturday with multiple campaign stops Christie began the day with a breakfast meet and greet at Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale. The Republican presidential candidate greeted supporters over breakfast while also having conversations about topics such as the economy, the military, and healthcare with some diners. Christie then traveled 45 minutes to Ames to host a town hall meeting at the Brick City Grill.


Drake University class analyzes campaign messages in 2016 election

1/14/16 10:49pm

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUN-_1fPxA?rel=0&w=560&h=315] While Elon students are spending part of their winter term in Iowa to study the Iowa Caucus, students at Drake University in Des Moines are also studying this major statewide event. Drake University offers the winter term class "Strategic Messaging and the Iowa Caucus." Sophomore Evan Guest is one student participating in the class. Guest says the class goes to various political events across the state and keeps a class blog to analyze the messages of each candidate. This will be the first presidential election Guest will be able to caucus for.


Carly Fiorina greets supporters at event honoring new legislative year

1/13/16 12:56am

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stopped by the Iowa State Historical Building in Des Moines to attend a welcome back reception for the Iowa State legislature. While Fiorina did not give a speech at the event, she did pose for pictures with supporters while encouraging them to take part in the Caucus on February 1st. Elon Local News was able to speak with Fiorina at the event about her plans for student debt. "Well the first thing I'm going to do is get the government out of the student loans business," Fiorina said. She claimed that the federal government took over the student loan business following the passing of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.


Dr. Ben Carson brings "We the People" town hall meeting to Jefferson, IA

1/12/16 1:26am

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry2lNtcXA5s?rel=0&w=560&h=315] Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson held a town hall meeting today at Abundant Life Ministries in Jefferson, Iowa. Carson told the audience to encourage their family and friends not to specifically vote for him, but to vote for anyone on the conservative ticket. He noted having another progressive as president would be detrimental for the country's future. Carson encouraged the audience to think ahead with the future generations in mind. "We have to start thinking what are we going to do for all our children and grandchildren and all those after that" he said. Carson referenced the Bible's view on taxation while explaining his14.9% flat corporate and household tax rate. A nurse in the audience asked Carson about his plans for healthcare reform.


Kernodle Center reports increase in service at Elon

7/15/15 2:58pm

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement released new statistics on service at Elon University, with increases in student participation and completed service hours. Over 3,000 student volunteers completed 128,869 hours of service during the 2014-2015 academic year.


Anonymous website gives Greek life a rating

2/23/15 11:38am

Kasey Sullivan, the former head of Panhellenic Recruitment, said the website Greek Rank has become a sounding board for individuals to express their dislike towards Greek life. "I think that is just another form of cyberbullying" she said. Current chair of Panhellenic Recruitment, Courtney Sola, agreed. "None of the comments that are made really speak to the values of any organization and it doesn't speak to their sisterhood," she said. The website allows anyone to anonymously rank Greek organizations based on six qualities: looks, popularity, classiness, involvement, social life, and brotherhood for fraternities and sisterhood for sororities. "Looks, popularity, that is just not important when joining a sisterhood.