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Correction: In a previous version of this article it stated that Matthew Hoh had served in Afghanistan three times, he has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan for a total of three times. Elon News Network regrets this error.
Shannon Bray is running for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian. Bray said he hopes to create a stronger voice for libertarians to create a space for voters who don’t fall in line with the two major parties, and he finds the two party system to restrict people’s liberties.
Trey Allen is a Republican running for the North Carolina Supreme Court because he was concerned with how many people view the court as a political entity.
The debate over abortion rights has become inseparable from this year’s midterm election campaigns, with 50% U.S. voters reporting they are more motivated to vote this fall because the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to recent polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Leonard Harrison, one of six candidates running for a seat on the Alamance-Burlington School System Board of Education, dropped out of the race during the Oct. 11 ABSS Board of Education candidate forum. The forum, cosponsored by Elon University, was moderated by Ann Bullock, dean of the Jo Watts William School of Education.
Ted Budd and Cheri Beasley, North Carolina’s two major candidates for U.S. Senate held a debate Oct. 7 where they discussed inflation, immigration and health care. The debate was hosted by Spectrum News 1 in Raleigh.
Kari Taylor, deputy chief of staff at Elon University, shared upcoming events the 1923 Engagement Committee is planning at Elon’s Student Government Association meeting Oct. 6. The 1923 Engagement Committee is focused on remembering the fire that took place on Elon’s campus in 1923. This committee is now working to plan events starting in 2023, as that will be the 100th year anniversary of the fire.
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Robert Aguirre’s work to address segregation in Virginia. Aguirre was referring to segregation in public schools near James Madison University, rather than within the university itself. Elon News Network regrets this error.
Kimberly Holt, owner of Pandora’s Pies in downtown Elon, said her decision to close early during the hurricane weather for the safety of her employees meant losing out on business from one her business’s busiest weekends of the year.
Climate change has led to more intense and more frequent storms, including hurricanes, according to Amanda Chunco, professor of environmental studies. Between changing temperatures leading to higher winds, and higher sea levels leading to more flooding, hurricanes have caused more devastation in recent years.
Students and members of the Elon University community had the first opportunity to meet the first of three candidates for the next provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Kristy Eriksson, parent of Elon freshman Sara Morrison, said after driving from Baltimore to campus last night through tropical storm conditions, she was excited for the beginning of Family Weekend events this morning.
Rebecca Kohn, Elizabeth Sayrs and Robert Aguirre have been announced as finalists to become Elon University’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs, according to a Sept. 30 email from co-chairs of provost search committee Jason Husser and Janet Williams.
Elon University’s Student Government Association gave funding to three student organizations on campus during its Sept. 29 business meeting. Additionally, SGA appointed three students that were either new members joining SGA or current senators taking on additional roles.
In order to vote in midterm elections, residents of Alamance County need to register to vote prior to Oct. 14 or register in person while early voting, according to the North Carolina Board of Elections. This year, there is also a new early voting location on Elon’s campus at South Gym.
Monkeypox was declared a global health concern over the summer and on Aug. 19, Alamance County had its first case of monkeypox. This is a disease that, according to the CDC, is spread through physical contact on the monkeypox rash itself, through touching objects that have been used by someone else with monkeypox or contact through saliva.
Both within North Carolina and across the country, grocery stores are choosing to eliminate single-use plastic bags for customers. States such as New York, California and Connecticut have already implemented plastic bag bans, and earlier this summer, grocery chains Wegmans and Walmart announced plans to remove plastic bags from their stores. Rather than single-use bags, which are made from thermoplastic materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene, stores are promoting paper or reusable alternatives.
Naeemah Clark, professor of cinema and television arts, said she was moved to tears when she saw the list of faculty members involved with starting Elon’s new advancing equity initiative, centered on the addition of a four-credit course focused on racial equity. The course will first be introduced as a requirement for the class of 2027 next fall.
Correction: The original secondary headline for this story incorrectly stated the percentage decrease of voters from the previous year. The turnout for the freshmen election dropped 68%. Elon News Network regrets this error.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died Aug. 30 at the age of 91. Safia Swimelar, professor of political science and policy studies, explains Gorbachev’s efforts to democratize Russia’s political system, his role in the breakup of the Soviet Union and why Gorbachev’s legacy is crucial in understanding modern Russian and world politics, including the Russian-Ukrainian war.