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Elon resident Eleanor Ketcham sat on the steps of town hall, holding a sign with phrases like “Love is love” and “Kindness is everything.” Not long after she sat down, she was joined by Elon resident Katherine Floyd. The two 92-year-old women sat side by side outside the town of Elon Board of Aldermen’s May meeting, waiting to listen to other residents speak in support of an anti-discrimination ordinance in Elon.
At the May regular session, Mayor Jerry Tolley declared the town of Elon will keep its current mass gathering limits in place until after Elon University graduation on May 21. The Board of Aldermen also approved phase one of the East Haggard Corridor Study, reviewed the budget for fiscal year 2021 and heard from community members who spoke in support of adopting an anti-discrimination ordinance within the town.
Updated as of May 6, 2021 at 8:25 p.m. to include video.
Updated as of May 4, 2021 at 7:11 p.m. to include information from Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee.
Every Monday morning throughout the spring semester, Franklin sits at one of the 12 testing tables in Alumni Gym. She said she and other volunteers try to bring levity to students’ weekly testing, whether by telling jokes about the “shortage” of cotton swabs or simply asking about a student’s day.
Data from the 2020 Census determined that North Carolina gained 9.5% more residents from 2010 to 2020 and a 14th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. While the national data is available, redistricting data will not be available until August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Occupy Graham demonstrators gathered at Sequential Park, commonly called Wyatt Outlaw Park, this evening for their bi-weekly demonstration. The demonstration was held to protest the decision by Elizabeth City sheriff’s deputies and a judge not to release the body camera footage from the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., as well as the arrest of two protesters in Graham yesterday. The protest was followed by a sit-in at the Graham Soda Shop, which is located to the left of the park and the Confederate monument in front of the courthouse.
Jason Husser, professor of political science and policy studies, will be the chair of the Academic Council for the 2021-22 academic year. Husser, who is also the director of Elon Poll, was voted in unanimously and will be taking over from Paula Patch, who stepped away from the position to focus on her role as assistant director of the Elon core curriculum.
Updated April 22, at 12:36 p.m. to include video.
Emily Sharpe loves to walk through downtown Elon. From visiting local businesses to enjoying the outdoor seating and Carolina blue skies, Sharpe said she often finds herself downtown at least once, if not twice a day. When Sharpe saw both frontline workers and the downtown businesses struggling at the beginning of the pandemic, she wanted to do something.
The Board of Aldermen discussed adopting a local non-discrimination ordinance at the regular meeting held April 13. At the meeting, the Aldermen approved the addition of Elon University Dean of Student Development Jodean Schmiederer to the arts advisory board and heard from Jeff Stein, chair of Ready & Resilient Committee, regarding the university COVID-19 update.
Of every 10 undergraduate students who walk Elon University’s brick pathways, six identify as women.
For some, religion serves as a community, a place of support. It can serve as a common identity shared among family members or a set of beliefs one has held since childhood that governs their lives.
Joseph LeMire began his new role as Elon University’s new chief of campus safety and police on March 29. LeMire entered the field 28 years ago after he was inspired in high school by his uncle, who worked for the Chicago Police Department. LeMire comes to Elon from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as the chief of police and the incident commander for COVID-19 response.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the town of Elon’s executive order for mass gathering limits at their March 9 meeting. The board also discussed Elon University’s financial contribution to the town, which includes $80,000 annually to the fire department with a 2% increase each year to account for inflation.
Updated March 10, 2021, at 10:08 p.m. to include video.
Updated March 4, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. to include information from a member of the union.
After the National Labor Relations Board reaffirmed the non-tenure track faculty members’ right to unionize, Elon University’s Academic Council and chapter of the Association of American University Professors both released statements urging the university to begin bargaining with the union.
Joseph LeMire will serve as Elon University’s chief of campus safety and police starting March 29. The university chose the former University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police chief after restarting the search process in the fall. The first search was conducted last spring, but was paused and ultimately stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the months following the debut of Elon University’s diversity, equity and inclusion action steps, efforts to create a more inclusive environment for faculty and staff continue.