Ethan Smith


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NEWS 9/30/13 6:44pm

Recent incident reveals underlying, ongoing racial tensions

On the morning of Sept. 17, two female students, one Jewish and one African-American, woke up to a swastika, the acronym “KKK” and a sketch of male genitalia drawn on the whiteboard outside their room. “I’m tired of it,” said senior Immanuel Bryant, one of two founding leaders of Better Together, Elon’s multi-faith learning community.


NEWS 9/4/13 12:41am

Campus Recreation installs new gym equipment in accordance with improvement plan

Elon University’s Stewart Fitness Center has changed — but not by way of adding additional floors this time. This summer, Campus Recreation installed several new pieces of equipment in accordance with the fitness equipment replacement plan. “We had equipment that was anywhere from 10 to 19 years old,” said Peter Tulchinsky, director of Campus Recreation at Elon.


NEWS 9/4/13 12:36am

Elon students continue use of popular pre-workout supplement Craze despite national controversy

Put down the pre-workout — that is, if you’re using Craze. Recently, a popular pre-workout supplement, Craze, was found to contain undisclosed, illegal, amphetamine-like compounds following a USA Today investigation. Will Steele, a sophomore at Elon University who has been working out since seventh grade, accidentally took triple the recommended dosage the first time he took pre-workout. “I felt as though I could walk through a brick wall, throw a car across a state with my bare hands and still have plenty of energy to run a marathon,” Steele said.


NEWS 7/30/13 3:20pm

21 things I've learned at 21

My 21st birthday was on July 4th. I sat around and sipped moonshine and talked with people I loved to be around. Which caused me to arrive at an intriguing thought: Now that I’ve lived all this time and cultivated all these relationships, what have I learned from living? So here, each with its own explanation, are 21 things I’ve learned in my life by listening to others, cultivating their wisdom and attempting to implement each lesson. 1.


NEWS 5/1/13 9:11pm

Elon University debates nationwide gun control, violence

Members of the Elon and Burlington communities gathered May 1 to discuss issues, tensions and laws surrounding gun violence in the United States. The evening began with opening statements and concerns from community panelists, which consisted of Elon professors and students alike. “Taking a gun away from a person won’t make them any less violent,” said freshman Samantha Allen.


NEWS 4/24/13 11:37am

Firsthand accounts of the Boston Bombings

Just over a week ago – at approximately 2:50 P.M. on Monday – two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Elon University has 483 students from the state of Massachusetts, and Elon Professor Jeremy Tessem ran in the Boston Marathon. “I finished the race about 45 minutes before the first bomb exploded,” Tessem said.


NEWS 4/15/13 4:32pm

Two more explosive devices found at Boston Marathon

Following up to our original post, two more explosive devices have been found at the Boston Marathon by Boston police and are currently being dismantled, the Boston Globe reports. It is unclear what type of explosives were found by authorities, reports the Associated Press, and no motive has been found for the attacks. See a video of the explosion here.


NEWS 3/14/13 2:48pm

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: The cost beyond a power bill

Mountains don’t grow back. They’re not like trees that produce seeds that can be replanted when one is cut down – when a mountain is gone, it’s permanent. “They’re not just scraping off parts of these mountains,” said Steve Hawk, the executive editor of Sierra magazine who worked on the cost of coal project for the Sierra Club.


NEWS 2/21/13 10:19am

Ross Wade leaving position at Elon to become career adviser at Duke

Ladies and gentlemen, Ross Wade is leaving the building. Wade, the assistant director of career services for Elon University’s School of Communications, announced he will be leaving Elon March 1 to begin a new job at Duke University as assistant director of career services for the masters of engineering program. “This is a great opportunity to learn a lot of new skills,” Wade said.


NEWS 2/13/13 4:37pm

Ross Wade to leave Elon after accepting new job at Duke

Ladies and gentlemen, Ross Wade is leaving the building. Wade, the assistant director of career services for Elon University's School of Communications, announced he will be leaving Elon March 1 to begin a new job at Duke University as assistant director of career services for the masters of engineering program. “This is a great opportunity to learn a lot of new skills,” Wade said.


NEWS 12/6/12 11:26am

Elon names Rodney Parks new registrar

Rodney Parks, coming from the University of Georgia, has been named Elon University’s next registrar. Parks started at the University of Georgia in 2001, serving as the school’s senior associate registrar, and will be succeeding Mark Albertson, who has been at Elon for 34 years. During Albertson’s time at Elon, he “led the campus through numerous changes and witnessed unprecedented growth,” said Provost Steven House in an email.