Columns


OPINIONS 10/7/15 3:52pm

The silence of hopelessness

As you all know, last week’s school shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, was the fourth mass murder this year of Americans by American gunmen and approximately the 200th since 2006 in this country. The questions we should ask are simple: “Why does it keep on happening?” and “How can we stop it from happening again and again?” The answers are, unfortunately, not that simple. 


OPINIONS 10/7/15 1:00pm

Respect requires political tolerance

When I toured Elon University my junior year of high school, I was mesmerized. Not only was the campus beautiful, but every student was passionate about something, whether that was art, traveling, service, politics or truly anything else imaginable.


OPINIONS 10/6/15 7:00pm

Encourage bus service for more opportunities for students

Recently, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) has established a new express bus route running between Greensboro and Chapel Hill: Route 4, or the Alamance Burlington line. As the name might imply, this bus route has a stop in local Burlington — the Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) — only about four miles from campus.


OPINIONS 10/6/15 3:00pm

Lessons from Piper Kerman

Lucía Jervis     The Secrets of a Life in Prison: A talk with Piper Kerman   People are usually excited to listen to someone else’s story, either if it is a love story or a horrible story.


OPINIONS 10/5/15 5:10pm

How many voices do you hear?

Elon University offers a fantastic array of cultural opportunities and diverse organizations to fit and benefit the entire student body. However, colleges tend to lean toward the left, and the presentation of all sides of the political spectrum need to be addressed in the classroom, cultural events series, etc. 


OPINIONS 9/23/15 6:54pm

Tech: It's time to upgrade

There’s an app for ordering appetizers, apps for making appointments, apps for renting apartments, apps for anything you can think of — and this year, that includes the career fair. When’s the last time you heard someone refer to a “program?” Who needs brochures and booklets?


OPINIONS 9/22/15 10:46am

Sports LLC should be less restrictive

If it had been available when I was a freshman, I absolutely would have applied. But the Sports, Participation & Networking (SPN) Living Learning Community (LLC), which is focused on sports and ties in with the Sport and Event Management (SEM) department, is new to Elon University this year. According to its page on Elon’s website, those in the SPN will “participate in intramural sports on campus as well as attend local sporting events” and “plan social events that interest them and engage with faculty members ... outside of the classroom.” The description also mentions meet-and-greets with Elon coaches, group dinners and trips to events such as the ACC Tournament and minor league baseball games. Sounds great.


OPINIONS 9/21/15 6:42pm

Focus less on grades, more on learning

If we apply ourselves to academics with the intention to acquire knowledge, good grades should naturally follow. But by taking the easy route now and only applying ourselves for the immediate reward, we are only enhancing the challenges we’ll face the moment we leave campus.


OPINIONS 9/20/15 7:06pm

The tragical misutilization of English

When my daughter was small and angry with me, she called me the Mean Mean Monkey Queen (Thank you, “The Wizard of Oz”), so I thought that if I ever had a grammar column or blog, I’d use the name Mean Mean Grammar Queen, since having taught grammar, linguistics and writing for four decades probably qualifies me for that title.


OPINIONS 9/17/15 10:43am

The problem with expectation inflation

Lately, I’ve been thinking, “Maybe I’m mediocre.” And even more lately, I’ve been thinking, “So what?” Growing up in the age of participation trophies, I have been led to believe, like many others of my generation, that I am special — perhaps even destined — for great things.