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Religious leaders from across campus came together Monday afternoon to show their support for the Muslim community in the wake of the terrorist attack in New Zealand, where a gunman killed 50 people and injured 50 more at two mosques. Nearly every seat was filled in the Numen Lumen Sacred Space to reflect, pray and support one another.
You could feel it as you walked through the doors of Arts West Monday morning. Sadness. Weight. It’s a palpable loss.
Four of the six academic deans at Elon University are women. Rebecca Neiduski, dean of the School of Health Sciences, is one of them.
L.M. Wood, associate professor of art at Elon University, passed away in her sleep Saturday night. Her husband, David Schaeffer, who also taught courses at Elon in the art department, shared the news.
Sharon Eisner has formed many close relationships within the Elon University community since joining staff as an adjunct professor in 2007. For 12 years, Eisner has been an active member of the Elon community, spending extra time advising students and loving her job in the School of Communications. In October 2018, she publicly decided to join the push for a union of non-tenure-track faculty and currently sits on the Organizing Committee of Elon Faculty Forward. Her experiences as an adjunct faculty member — and as a woman — have shaped the path that led her to make that decision.
In 2013, then Elon University President Leo Lambert called for the start of the Presidential Task Force on Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Experiences Implementation and Assessment Team (IAT) to be established. The task force, which consists of Elon faculty and staff, works to asses the experience of African-American students, faculty and staff and write recommendations on how to improve them.
Last Friday, the U.S. government published the National Climate Assessment supporting the claim that global warming may cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars per year, kill thousands of U.S. citizens and potentially lead to the extinction of some species of animals and plants. President Donald Trump continues to deny rising temperatures and claims that fighting the threat will only harm the economy. Janet MacFall, professor and chair of the department of Environmental Studies, explains the report’s implications.
As of the 2017-2018 school year, Elon University’s student body consisted of 503 self-identifying Jewish students. Like other religions, Judaism can take many forms, but at Elon, there is only one Jewish organization available on campus. According to Phoenix Connect, there are 278 registered members of Hillel, but some Elon Jews have not yet found the community they were hoping for.
Senior Ashley Berman had trouble finding her place at Elon when she arrived on campus three years ago. But what started as an office manager job for Elon Volunteers turned into a community of people who have helped define her college experience. Now, as executive director for leadership and development for Elon Volunteers, Berman says the Kernodle Center has been her favorite part of her time at Elon.
In hope of turning societal expectations of what’s important in college on its head, senior Ryan McElhinney began brainstorming ways to elevate and support students’ creativity.
In his house, working hard was never an option. Tyrone Jean, assistant dean of students and director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education (CREDE) at Elon University had this message instilled in him from a young age by his mother, born in El Salvador, and father, born in Haiti.
Kate Heck, manager of Elon's newest bar, drove 450 miles down the east coast to be a part of MaGerks Pub and Grill. Elon students don’t even have to leave campus.
Leslie Gydos terminated her first pregnancy over 21 years ago in what she recalls as “a trip through a war zone.” Now, after decades of soul-searching, Gydos lives in Burlington, North Carolina, with her husband and twins, who, for her, represent that God has forgiven her for “murdering” her first child.
Elon University Junior Brendan Duff’s brother, Daniel Duff, hid in a closet at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as shots were fired on Feb. 14, 2018, as a school shooting unfolded in Parkland, Florida.
Elon University’s dance team is much more than “people shaking their pom-poms on the sidelines,” said senior Elly Dirks, captain of the team.
Abbey Ojemann visited her best friend at Florida State University and in one day was caught up in its Greek culture. In particular, she said she noticed the narrowed focus on drinking, partying and harassment.
Correction: The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation does not live on a reservation, as previously reported by ENN, but rather are considered a urban tribe who use their local ancestral tribal grounds for Powwows, Talking Circles, Events and Ceremonies. Elon News Network regrets the error.
Last week, Elon University’s College Democrats, Elon Feminists for Equality, Change and Transformation (EFFECT) and the women’s, gender & sexualities studies department hosted a drop-in screening of Planned Parenthood’s virtual reality film “Across the Line.” The film puts viewers in the shoes of a woman visiting a health center for an abortion. The viewer is faced with the bombardment of pro-life protesters yelling real-life recordings of slurs yelled at women across the country.
Gabby, whose last name has been excluded to protect her identity, remembers an incident two years ago as “the most aggressive form of sexual assault” she had ever faced; but earlier this month, when the #MeToo campaign resurfaced on social media to support survivors of sexual assault, the thing that hit Gabby the most was: “I don’t have one story, I have multiple.”
This year, SGA continues to make changes to an Elon University tradition by bringing hundreds of alumni and students together each year.