Olivia Zayas Ryan
Last week on International Women’s Day, I was so happy to see many of my peers and family members posting photos and statuses on social media celebrating the women in their lives. But most conversations stopped after praising the women they know.
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.
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.
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.
When Elon University first opened the doors of Lakeside Dining Hall in 2013, they also opened up a world of new foods and tastes with the “One World” international station. This station was originally founded by Pinky Varghese, global neighborhood director for Elon dining.
As I boarded a plane to Amsterdam last August, I remember thinking about all of the amazing places and things I was going to see in the next four months.
I remember one of the first times someone called me a leader. I was the only freshman in the Alto II section of my choir class in high school.
On Wednesday, many Elon University students, faculty and staff participated in A Day Without A Woman, a national strike to show value of women in the U.S.
As Elon University continues to expand its campus, more and more trees are being cut down to make room for new buildings and facilities. Just last month, the university began construction of a new parking lot next to the McMichael building.
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.
“You’ve changed so much!” I’ve heard these words too many times since returning from being abroad last semester.
Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration last week, my Facebook feed has been filled with post after post about our new president, various social justice marches and politics in general.