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Town of Elon passes 3 cent tax hike

6/20/17 1:30am

The town of Elon will see a three cent tax hike this upcoming fiscal year. The Board of Alderman passed a $10.7 million budget on Tuesday, which was introduced by Elon Town Manager Richard White and will increase the tax rate from 42 cents per $100 valuation to 45 cents. The tax increase, according to White, will pay for six new positions, including the conversion of a position with the Recreation and Parks department from part time to full time, new equipment for town departments, and a major town project. The budget includes the addition of three firefighters and two police officers, spending $64,000 on an excavator and trailer for the Public Works Department, $138,000 for three police vehicles and $515,000 on water projects.


SGA hosts town hall as part of sexual assault awareness month

4/7/17 6:00pm

The Student Government Association hosted its 6th town hall on Thursday, which allowed students to openly discuss the issue of gender and sexual-based violence on campus.  The event, moderated by Elon News Network Executive Director Jackie Pascale, was meant to facilitate a discussion about what were issues surrounding the topic of sexual harassment, specifically on Elon's campus, and what the role of students is in solving those issues. The town hall was the first event hosted by the incoming student body administration, which was sworn in just a few days after spring break.  Student Body President Morgan Bodenarain said that although there is already a conversation about gender and sexual-based violence on campus, the climate surrounding it is a conversation that the organization wanted to have. "I think a lot of time we talk about how the administration is responding to these kinds of things, but never how the student body is responding to it," said Bodenarain.


Elon freshman shares inspiring battle with cancer

4/3/17 11:55pm

Elon Freshman Olivia Pierce was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer which destroys local tissue and weakens the bone. According to the American Cancer Society, it affects about 450 children and teens under the age of 20 each year. 


HB2 repeal bill passes

3/30/17 5:35pm

After passing in both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the North Carolina state legislature, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a repeal to the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, commonly known as House Bill 2, on Thursday, March 30. 


Republican lawmakers announce proposal to repeal HB2

3/28/17 9:56pm

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger announced a proposal to repeal House Bill 2, better known as HB2 or the “bathroom bill.” The Republican leaders claim that the bill came from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s office, and was met with approval by Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly.


Bodenarain Joins Presidential Search Committee

3/7/17 6:58pm

Before moving into her new office, Student Body President-Elect junior Morgan Bodenarain already has some big decisions to make. In an email sent out to all students, Associate Vice President Jeff Stein announced two students who were appointed to the Presidential Search Committee to find Elon University’s ninth president. Though the committee doesn’t officially meet until March 15, Bodenarain already has an idea as to who she would like to see succeed President Leo Lambert.


Bodenarain appoints new Executive Board

3/7/17 12:15pm

An election that began with no candidates for three out of four executive positions has officially concluded, and Student Body President-Elect junior Morgan Bodenarain has released her decision for appointments for executive vice president, executive secretary and executive treasurer. Elon University junior and current SGA senator Spencer Wagner is the new student body vice president-elect and will succeed Elon senior Mark McGann.


SGA Hosts Town Hall for Students to Discuss Immigration Ban

3/6/17 11:03pm

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries in the Middle East, the Elon University community responded to the ban from University President Leo Lambert issuing a statement to university students, to students traveling to Raleigh-Durham International Airport for protests. 


Students see a textbook delay during first week

2/7/17 7:21pm

It's been almost a week since the spring semester began here at Elon, but many students are still having issues getting their books in time to complete assignments for their classes.  It's a result of a new book-ordering system that was implemented last fall and moved textbooks to a warehouse on Church Street in order to make room in the second floor of the book store for more Elon gear.  Before this process change, textbooks were located on the second floor of the bookstore, available for students to either order ahead of time and pick-up, or for them to pick-up with no previous order. Now, all of the textbooks have moved to a warehouse on South Church Street when, as Barnes and Noble Store Manager Carly Mayer stated, the store noticed that 85% of students would order their textbooks ahead of time.


Elon tabs Bob Shea for new business, finance and technology role

12/21/16 3:08pm

Bob Shea, a senior fellow at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), has been named to fill the new role of Associate Vice President for Business, Finance and Technology. Gerald Whittington, senior vice president for Business, Finance, and Technology, announced the appointment Monday.