Michael Somerby


Michael Somerby, from New Canaan, Connecticut, is a senior reporter for The Pendulum. A Journalism major, Michael enjoys hearing a good story.


Recent Articles

NEWS 5/4/16 9:19am

University supports student-led relief efforts

Tragedy struck Ecuador in the form of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, prompting Elon University students to take action. Despite tremendous relief efforts and searches within the country, there were more than 650 casualties and 16,000 injuries. Reeling from news of the horrifying humanitarian crisis, countries around the world responded by sending food, clothing and money to the survivors.


NEWS 5/1/16 4:59pm

University supports student-led relief efforts

Tragedy struck Ecuador April 16 in the form of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Despite tremendous relief efforts and searches within the country, there were more than 650 casualties and 16,000 injuries. Reeling from news of the horrifying humanitarian crisis, countries around the world responded by sending food, clothing and money to the survivors.


NEWS 4/27/16 1:43am

Eco-Reps welcome environmental engagement

Party for the Planet, an Eco-Reps-coordinated event, was an installment of the Elon Earth Week celebration. Aligned with the goals of prior events, the April 22 Party for the Planet promoted eco-friendly living, celebrated the beauties of the natural world and inspired attendees to strive for a healthier planet.


NEWS 4/27/16 1:32am

Students present environmental research findings during SURF's third session

Roughly 50 students and faculty attended todays Environmental Science Oral Presentation Session held in the Moseley Centers McKinnon E conference room. One of many sessions held under the Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) program, the event was moderated by senior Cassidy Levy, and was sponsored by Dr. Amanda Chunco, assistant professor of environmental studies.


NEWS 4/27/16 1:30am

Students share ethnographic findings at SURF PERCS symposium

Roughly 40 faculty and students gathered in Moseley 215 Tuesday, for a Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) symposium presented by the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies. Titled, “Ethnography across Disciplines: Understanding Global and Local Communities,” the student-run symposium sought to contextualize various cultural identities through the research of Elon undergraduate students. Students presented four individual research projects, each dissecting the cultural identities of local, but vastly different communities.


NEWS 4/19/16 9:10pm

Newcomers School offers English assistance, provides education to immigrants

El Salvador, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan are examples of four countries rife with acts of unspeakable violence, often carried out by the likes of rebel militant forces run amok, drug cartel members, or radical terrorist organizations. Now, 340 immigrant and refugee children from various countries, including those mentioned, face a whole new and daunting life challenge — learning how to speak English in their new home nation, the United States. Elon’s School of Education occasionally sends its students to shadow and assist teachers at The Newcomers school. Marna Winter, lecturer in education and director of education outreach at Elon, said outreach efforts at schools like the Newcomers School are used to train Elon students to take innovative approaches in their teaching methods. “We want to make sure that every student has opportunities to teach at all different types of schools.


NEWS 4/13/16 8:52am

Study abroad safety concerns emerge

U.S. college students are more than twice as likely to die on their own campus than while studying abroad, according to a study conducted by The Forum on Education Abroad. The study reported 13.5 students out of every 100,000 die abroad each year.


NEWS 4/13/16 8:48am

Islamophobia still exists among some

Within an hour of the March 22 Brussels attacks, #StopIslam started trending on Twitter. The trend reflected a larger societal issue in which innocent Muslims are targeted for the actions of a radicalized minority.


NEWS 3/16/16 1:28am

Drugs remain prevalent at Elon

Tyler Gammon looked left and stared down the barrel of a gun. The voice behind the pointed weapon yelled, “Get the [expletive] out of the car, or I’m going to blow your brains out.”


NEWS 3/9/16 9:38pm

Elon professor discusses history of HIV in young adults

Since the mid-1990s, HIV testing and preventive interventions have caused a 90 percent decline in the number of children perinatally infected with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But for Cynthia Fair, Elon University professor of human services studies and public health studies coordinator, there is still room for further progress.


NEWS 3/9/16 2:14pm

Recognizing media bias in politics

Likely U.S. voters argue the media is biased against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump than it is against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted in December 2015.


NEWS 3/3/16 5:39pm

Elon BrainCARE hosts discussion about concussions

Not long ago, people called it “getting your bell wrung”. Today, it goes by a more scientific classification—a concussion. This Thursday, Elon’s exercise science department held its annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium in Moseley’s McKinnon Hall.


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