Upon hearing the news last November that Donald Trump would be the 45th President of the United States, some of Elon University’s international students felt as if their illusion of studying abroad in a land of freedom and opportunity had been shattered.
For the Shirley Tempos, one of Elon University’s female a cappella groups, the members never imagined scoring an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. However, their dreams will soon become a reality Sunday, April 14 when they will perform in Total Vocal, a contemporary a cappella music concert in Midtown Manhattan, with Deke Sharon, the father of contemporary a cappella who created the event. In this performance, 14 of the 16 Shirley Tempos members will sing four songs, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, “Put on a Happy Face”, “Summertime” and “We Are Home”, while also enjoying arrangements from cast members of the movie Pitch Perfect. In order to receive this opportunity, president of Shirley Tempos Sabrina Campelo ’18 took the initiative.
On Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Theatre, the Elon Department of Performing Arts will present “Senzenina”, a multimedia performance intended to remember and celebrate Black History Month. Featuring a variety of singing, dancing and speaking, “Senzenina” examines racial segregation and apartheid in South Africa plus the country’s battle toward freedom. Likewise, the performance intends to relate these past events of injustice to current incidents of inequality that the black community in the United States faces today. “I try to bring reality and what is happening now to what we are remembering,” said Jason Aryeh, the director and choreographer of the show. In order to make history relevant today, the production expands upon the meaning of “Senzenina”, “What have we done?” and asks, what can we do now? Throughout the black South Africans’ struggle toward equality, these individuals would constantly ask themselves, what have we done? Addressing this question in a new context and time period, Aryeh said he hopes that the audience members will ask themselves what they can do now to make permanent strides toward freedom and creating a more unified community.
As members of Elon University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA) Alumni Network, Elon graduates Ashley Fowler and Jon Shutt created Ignite, the official blog of the network, to enhance the community and encourage its members to contribute. “We wanted to give our network members a voice and a way to connect, share and interact with each other,” Shutt said. Launched on Feb.
In a constantly evolving, fast-paced technological society, Jean-Paul (JP) Lavoie sparked his passion for multimedia.
Watching her great aunt struggle to grip the breaks on her walker, Elon University senior Beth Lester decided to create a design that would enhance the accessibility of this mobility aid. Lester witnessed her great aunt’s loss of mobility from multiple sclerosis and her feelings of frustration with being dependent on a faulty device.
With long strides and a determination to succeed, Katie O’Dunne Kilpatrick bolted through the grassy fields of North Carolina during her first cross country race at Elon University in 2008. Her positive attitude and passion for running propelled her onward, but the more distance she covered, the more she felt an excruciating pain develop in her foot.