Michael Papich

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Homeless and hopeful below the Alamance County poverty line

3/24/15 4:40pm

The human face of homelessness “It’s been rough as far as our family because we can’t stay together in the building,” Vickers said. he has a six-month-old baby girl, Allie, who she wants to raise in a safe environment, but unemployment has made that difficult. “[Day to day], we apply for jobs and more or less try to keep her entertained and hopefully try to get out of there as soon as we can,” Vickers said. “It’s been a struggle.”

Visiting professor brings agricultural roots to neuroscience

9/15/14 10:29pm

Daniel Herr, nanoscience department chair at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, sees potential for better technology all around him, from the feet of a fruit fly to the DNA replication of his granddaughter. “A baby is assembling bio-bits a million times faster than a factory can put the same amount into a transistor,” Herr said, referring to blocks of biological information.

New Study USA director hired

8/28/14 2:00pm

As any student knows, Elon University prides itself on having a large and well-attended study abroad program, with 70 percent of students leaving the country at least once in their college career.

Love School of Business revamps curriculum

8/27/14 4:42pm

As technology improves, the world continues to change at an exponential rate. To keep up with a world forever changed by computing power, Elon University’s Love School of Business is altering the courses and curriculum for the new school year to teach students how to solve problems and analyze data. The business school is offering seven new courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, to instruct students in data analysis.

Elon Poll shows Tillis in lead ahead of primaries

5/5/14 6:53pm

With primaries for the Senate and House this week, the April 2014 Elon University Poll shows North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis maintaining his lead for the Republican Senate nomination with more than 60 percent of respondents now recognizing his name. In February, the Elon Poll showed that only 38 percent of voters recognized Tillis’ name.

Elon takes on the climate change divide

4/9/14 10:21pm

Students and faculty were invited April 9 to debate and discuss climate change and pick apart why it’s dividing the country. For those who deny climate change, it is a scientific falsehood that could derail needed economic investment.

Buddhist teacher reflects value of positivity at Elon

4/4/14 2:50pm

A touch of Tibet came to Elon University April 3 when Buddhist teacher and expert-meditator Geshe Gelek visited campus to promote strategies for positive thinking. “In my time in the United States, one thing I’ve learned here is that people are very hard on themselves,” Gelek said. Gelek, the resident teacher of Buddhism at the Kadampa Center in Raleigh, led a meditation and spoke at the Numen Lumen Pavilion in a visit sponsored by the Truitt Cente, Elon’s Asian Studies department and Iron Tree Blooming, Elon’s meditation society. Much of Gelek’s talk, filled with laughter and direct interactions with audience members, focused on Buddhist teachings and scholarship from the eighth century and the importance of using control of the mind to control the difficulties people face. “We cannot fix everything,” he said.

NC debates keeping financial incentives for movies, TV shows shot in state

3/17/14 8:00pm

As more and more high-profile movies and television shows are starting to be filmed in North Carolina, the General Assembly is considering making the state’s financial incentives for producers permanent. The incentives, which started in 2005, give film and television crews a 25 percent refund on expenses and can even pay back crews more than they pay in state taxes.