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An evening of music, focusing on a variety of classical genres including opera, oratorio and musical theater, by baritone singer Cory Schtanz and pianist Brian Osborn, will help expose audiences to a different type of classical music at a vocal recital, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium.
Each week, a group of 20 students travels 30 minutes each wayto Rosewood Farm in Mebane. The distance, though, is worth it to the Elon University equestrian team to participate in riding lessons, care for their horses and prepare for horse shows against other collegiate riders.
Senior Zoe Ross-Nash was called No-Ass Ross-Nash throughout her childhood and high school, so she wrote it down, then tore up paper and her insecurities.
Over the past several years, Jewish Life at Elon University has grown, bringing with it increased interest and support for the on-campus Jewish population. To create new and grow existing programs at Elon Hillel, Jessica Waldman will be joining as the new Director of Jewish Life.
With a double major in English and communications, senior Lauryl Fischer finds every chance she can to write. But when she decided to enter the 17th annual Philip L. Carret Endowment Thomas Jefferson Essay Contest this spring, she had no idea that she could — and would — win.
Starting May 21, junior Cody Hoyt will start a summer journey known as SC2SC on a bicycle across the United States as part of the Bike & Build program, taking several days off along the way to help build affordable housing.
Many children dream of becoming famous musicians, athletes or scientists, but for four Elon University students, that dream is one step closer to becoming real. Three sophomores — James Setzer, Brett Cashmer and Matt Snow — and junior Mike Hagen connected musically upon their first weeks as students. Forming the band that would become The Tripps, the men were signed by Elon’s Limelight Music Group.
“Pulse” is usually used to describe heartbeat — but to Elon University’s dance majors and faculty it’s much more. The jittery beats of the heart have become the overarching theme of the emotions of the dance concert, “Pulse.”
In October 2012, Elon University School of Law student Ragan Riddle was a senior at Wingate University when a visit to the doctor changed everything — she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the blood and lymph nodes that is 80 percent curable.
Education on the achievements of African Americans will take on a new form with a dance celebration that combines an original collaboration between faculty and students in an event that combines dance, spoken word and singing to celebrate black history at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Yeager Recital Hall.
In a Shakespearean play that likens love to war, a unique rendition created by the cast and crew of Elon University’s Department of Performing Arts’ Winter Stock Theatre stayed true to the traditional tale of “All’s Well That End’s Well” while adding innovative elements to enhance the storytelling for modern audiences.
Senior Sydney Harris arrives at The Oak House and immediately goes to order a cup of tea. Sipping it, she notices how it in no way compares to afternoon tea she had daily during her past semester in London.
Communicating an order is key to getting the meal you actually want from a restaurant. However, for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing this can be impossible to understand, which is where sign language helps, but a fraction of the population knows it.
Students are hosting a dinner to raise awareness for American Sign Language (ASL) and the local deaf and hard-of-hearing community Monday, April 27 in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. The dinner benefits the Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (CSDHH) in Greensboro.
“This is a unique event,” sophomore Elizabeth Zimmerman said. “We are having a taco dinner and the wait staff are trained, certified sign language interpreters and we will have menus that have translations with the signs.”
Students came up with the event for SEM 427, a practical course within the Sports and Event Management major that allows students to apply the principles they learned in earlier classes to planning their own events.
The SEM 427 course, as a practical service-learning class, requires students to create, promote and manage an original event that will benefit a local community. Students must select an event and then plan, organize and execute it, Sport and Event Management department chair Hal Walker said.
“In SEM, we stress the importance of transferable skills, and there is no better way to learn these skills than by running a live event,” Walker said. “Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, organizing, leading, budgeting are all critical skills necessary for success in the real world. Students take ownership for each of these aspects, and they always learn a great deal about themselves and others.”
The idea of a sign language restaurant was first proposed by a student who was also taking an ASL course. As a whole, the class was interested in pursuing this unique and fun concept and raising awareness of a local organization.
“The event was inspired by a restaurant in Toronto called Signs,” freshman Lauren Miscovsky said. “This restaurant hires only deaf waitresses and waiters, which encourages the hearing world to be exposed and to use American Sign Language and menus are created so each item is shown with its corresponding sign in ASL.”
The “Event Management” students thought it would be an engaging challenge to bring a restaurant like Signs to Elon. When deciding on the event, the class thought recreating the signing concept was a different way to bring awareness of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to the Elon campus. They decided on a taco bar where patrons would be able to say exactly what toppings they wanted using sign language they learned from images on the menu.
“We decided on serving tacos so people can learn multiple different types of signs for all of the toppings that come with a taco,” Miscovsky said. “I am extremely excited for the event and I think it will be a great success.”
Along with organizing the event, students also needed to find a specific organization to support. To keep the awareness local, they decided on CSDHH.
“CSDHH focuses on giving deaf people in the central North Carolina area resources they need to succeed in a hearing-based world.” Zimmerman said. “Our goal is to raise funds and awareness to things they and we are passionate about. We wanted to stay local, to show that the Elon community cares about the people in the surrounding areas.”
The event serves as a way for both the students to organize an event on their own and for the community to learn more about the CSDHH and deaf and ASL culture.
“By putting on this event, we hope to raise awareness for the sign language community and the cause, but also to raise funds,” Zimmerman said. “Our goal is to put on a professional event at the end of the day and that we can be proud to have made a difference.”
Elon University alumnus and local author Jeremy B. Jones ’04 captures a piece of his home in his book “Bearwallow,” a collection of nonfiction essays about his life in the Appalachian Mountains.
Students in the “Celebrating Black History Through Performance” performed a variety of music and dance Feb. 6 in Elon University’s Whitley Auditorium. The dance and vocal performance celebrated African American culture through the direction and choreography of Jason Aryeh, associate professor of dance.
To create a fun, welcoming atmosphere, hosts and members of the Elon African Society senior Omolayo Ojo and sophomore Kennedy Ojimadu began the show by walking onstage dancing, laughing and clapping. They set the tone for freshman Cassandra Tumasz and sophomore Abby Corrigan, who danced a duet titled “Welcome All” in bright yellow clothes.
After the duet, senior Yasmine Arrington took the stage. Before her performance, Arrington addressed the audience.
“Black history is very rich,” she said. “In all reality, there’s still a long way to go.”
With that introduction, she read the spoken word poem “A Black Prayer” over a soft drumbeat.
Senior Danielle Biggs followed Arrington with a solo dance performance titled “Alone But Strong.” Biggs reflected the song’s title with her movements as she glided across the floor.
Following Biggs, senior Renee La Schiazza sang an a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace/Say a Prayer.” The audience listened to her performance in complete silence, captivated by her soothing voice. La Schiazza’s moving solo served as a smooth transition between dance performances, and it brought a new dimension to the event.
The next dance routine matched the grace of Biggs’ performance but added an element of power. The first dancer of “Sea of Skeptics” walked on stage without music and began her routine as the remaining dancers entered one by one. Music reminiscent of traditional African rhythms filled the room as the dancers performed with intensity and power.
A dance solo choreographed and performed by senior Sophie McNeill followed in the same tone as the group dance performance. McNeill’s expression was intense, and her movements evoked the strength of the song, which was titled, “We Are All Human.”
Next, Aryeh’s West African Dance class performed a short, upbeat number. The group of about 12 dancers moved with energy, bringing a lighter tone to the auditorium as they showed off their classwork.
After Aryeh’s class, a group of vocal students sang “Baba Yetu,” a translation of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. They stood in a semi-circle and wore an array of traditional African clothes representing different regions as they sang the uplifting song in unison.
In a change of pace, junior Dorian McCorey came onstage to sing “Colored Woman” from the musical “Memphis.” It was a powerful ballad that she executed beautifully. This song speaks of the discrimination and hardships women face, and the strength in McCorey’s voice demonstrated the power that all performances that night aimed to showcase.
The show ended with “Drum Dance,” a performance of six girls dancing and playing drums. The performers first came through the audience, chanting and banging their drumsticks together to begin their performance. The piece ended the night with high energy and a pleased crowd.
All of the performers involved in “Celebrating Black History Through Performance” showed off their talents as they executed each performance with passion, emotion and advanced technique. The evening’s performance was an engaging and entertaining display of culture that dazzled and engaged the audience.
This event was a part of the month-long celebration of Black History Month. For more events and activities on campus throughout February, view the link below for more information:
Every new year, people make the same resolutions, with typical goals such as losing weight, volunteering, getting a better job, eating healthier, traveling and being more eco-friendly. But this year it seems like the new trend is for people to neither make resolutions nor stick to one of the traditional “exercise more, eat less” resolutions.
Those who don’t make resolutions feel that they shouldn’t use the New Year as an excuse to make lifestyle changes.
“I make healthy-eating resolutions year after year — however, I really do struggle keeping up with them,” said Elon University freshman Katy Bellotte.
Bellotte plans to work on two resolutions this year: take better care of her skin and improve her vocabulary. Bellotte discusses her motivations in more detail on her YouTube channel, “HelloKaty.”
“When I got home from college three weeks ago, I decided to change my skincare regimen and just focus on keeping my skin bacteria-free and clean,” Bellotte said. “Also, I think having a very good vocabulary is key to succeeding in life, and I hope in 2015 I can learn more big words. I’m very excited about it. I think that if I learn one new word a day, it’ll help me in the long run.”
Resolutions are said to be opportunities to work on a new and improved self with the beginning of a new calendar year. They start with the best of intentions, but can be difficult to follow through on over the course of the year.
“This year, I intend to actually complete and follow through with my resolutions,” Bellotte said. “I’ve made half-hearted resolutions in the past, but this year I hope I’ll stick with them.”
Sophomore Hailey Fleishman hopes to use her resolution for 2015 as a way to get out of her comfort zone. She said being in college has made her branch out and try new things, something she wants to continue to embrace in the New Year. Her ultimate goal is to have a happier, healthier year than the last.
“For 2015, my New Year’s resolution is to venture out of my comfort zone, try new things and go to new places,” Fleishman said. “I plan to enact my resolution by writing down my goals for the year and making lists of the places and activities I want to do.”
Traveling more is a popular category for resolutions, which can influence specific goals of visiting new locations, learning new languages and investigating new cultures.
“I was inspired to make this resolution because I will soon be studying abroad and I want to take advantage of every opportunity I have now to travel to new places,” Fleishman said. “I want to explore more of North Carolina, hopefully get an internship in Atlanta, and I’m really hoping to study abroad next spring in Perth [Australia].”
To Fleishman, a New Year’s Resolution is a “commitment to oneself to find what will make life meaningful and striving to work towards that moving forward.”
Real Simple magazine found that only 8 percent of people actually keep their resolutions. The magazine explained how the top tweeted goals for 2014 were to be happy and to exercise more. They advised readers to put extra thought into resolutions to make goals more attainable.
“If you want to make a positive change in your life, you shouldn’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to begin living your life differently,” Bellotte said.
Following the end of my freshman year at Elon, I went on a Taglit-Birthright trip to Israel from May 25 to June 6. I traveled with members of Elon Hillel, and met groups from other schools upon arriving at the airport.