Olivia Zayas Ryan


Recent Articles

RYAN: Mental illness affects everyone — let's take it seriously

11/8/17 8:22pm

We all need to do more talking and a lot more listening.  Elon University is no stranger to suicide. In the last three years, we’ve lost Trent Stetler and Demitri Allison to suicide. We lost two bright, beautiful and promising young lives, and I cannot help but wonder whether these losses could have been prevented. 


New alumni network brings Latinx and Hispanic community members together

10/31/17 6:21pm

Homecoming Weekend brings hundreds of alumni back to Elon University to visit the campus they once called home. This year, a new alumni group is making their debut: the Elon Latinx Hispanic Alumni Network (ELHAN).  The creation of an alumni network for Latinx- and Hispanic-identified students has been in the works for several years, but considering the growth of the Latinx/Hispanic population at Elon over the last several years, many saw now as the perfect time to create a formal group. 


Grading the greek effect: The effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance

5/3/17 7:00am

A study published last month in the Economics of Education Review journal titled “The effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance,” quantified and analyzed the effects of fraternity and sorority affiliation on academic performance, and the results are applicable to Elon University. The study occurred at Duke University, which has a deferred recruitment policy similar to Elon’s.


Elon Eats: Warm atmosphere at Filament Coffee and Tea

3/1/17 8:00am

Something about the twinkling lights across the ceiling and local art hanging from the walls make Filament Coffee + Tea feel like home. Less than 30 minutes west of Elon University in downtown Mebane, Filament is a cozy cafe dedicated to serving fresh coffee, tea and pastries, as well as showcasing the work of local artisans. One of Filament’s baristas, Karly Thomas, said that the cafe attracts a variety of customers, making it an interesting place to spend your time. “One of the things I love is the diversity of the people that come in,” she said.