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LIFESTYLE 1/8/21 9:33am

Navigating faith in a pandemic

Over 10 months of masks, limited gatherings and physical distancing have affected aspects of everyday life — work, school, social activity and even how people worship during the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to spread, places of worship and people of faith are learning to worship during a pandemic. Thus leaving spiritual leaders and people of faith to navigate their beliefs and hardships of life during a pandemic.


NEWS 12/23/20 2:54pm

New Alamance County health director faces challenges of COVID-19 response

When Tony Lo Giudice took on his new role as Alamance County’s health director on Nov. 30, the position had been in flux for almost five months after previous Health Director Stacie Saunders — who held the position since 2014 — left the department in July and Alexandria Rimmer, Alamance County’s environmental health specialist, assumed the role in the interim.


NEWS 12/11/20 4:09pm

Elon businesses brace for North Carolina’s modified stay-at-home order

The executive order follows consistent record breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state and country. There have been an estimated 423,623 total cases in North Carolina as of Dec. 11, and cases in the state have broken single-day records on three separate days within the past week, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


NEWS 12/10/20 10:37am

North Carolina plans COVID-19 vaccine distribution, as FDA approval nears

According to Alamance County Health Director Tony Lo Giudice, long-term care facilities u2014 which are part of Phase 1b of vaccine distribution u2014 have the ability to partner with pharmacies registered with the state and federal government to provide the vaccine. As soon as doses become available, the state will then give the allotted number of doses to registered pharmacies and providers, who will work with long-term care facilities to vaccinate staff and residents.


LIFESTYLE 12/2/20 12:40pm

Elon panhellenic sorority and IFC recruitment postponed

Recruitment was already expected to take place virtually to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, but now Elon’s Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council recruitment process, which usually takes place during Fake Break has been postponed without a rescheduled date as of now.  


NEWS 12/1/20 8:11pm

Rep. Ted Budd tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Ted Budd, the 49-year old Republican representative of North Carolina’s 13th congressional district, said he is experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. Budd, who won reelection to represent NC-13 which includes Alamance County, released a statement and short video on his social media on Tuesday, Dec. 1, stating that he tested positive for coronavirus and will self-quarantine at home. 


SPORTS 12/1/20 2:09pm

Elon men's basketball activity paused due to COVID-19 case

The Elon University men’s basketball team currently faces a 14-day pause on all activity after a Tier 1 personnel — which includes athletes, coaches and support staff — identified a positive COVID-19 case on Tuesday, according to a press release from Elon athletics. The positive case comes after the Phoenix played its first two games of the season, leading to victories against High Point University and North Carolina Wesleyan College.


SPORTS 11/25/20 5:14pm

Men's cross country holds strong despite pandemic

The pandemic has delayed the start of the season for many fall athletes, stopping players from practicing with each other. Despite this, the cross country team has been able to get back on its feet without a normal season. They are looking to build on a third-place finish at the CAA Championships last fall and a 25th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.


SPORTS 11/25/20 1:28pm

Women's cross country prepares for winter season

As seniors, Bridget Kanaley, a member of the women's cross country team, said they’ve had lots of positive experiences in the past four years. She said that the biggest challenge has been accepting the fact that this season is going to be different than the others, despite their hope that their last year would be the best year.


NEWS 11/24/20 12:08pm

Physical distance regulations change senior experiences

Rather than attending tailgates, formals, the Elon Ball and other group gatherings, Elon University seniors this year must spend their final year at Elon following of mask ordinances and physical distancing regulations. For some seniors, not having the option to attend campus-wide events with friends and family has been one of the hardest changes they have had to come to terms with. 


SPORTS 11/19/20 3:37pm

Elon women's basketball prepares for upcoming season

Disappointment surged through the women’s basketball team last year after the announcement was made that the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For the upcoming season, the team will take the court at Gardner-Webb University on Nov. 25 for their first game of the 2020-21 season. Their first CAA matchup will be against Northeastern University on Jan. 2.


LIFESTYLE 11/19/20 1:21pm

Burlington Animal Services sees increase in fostering

Rather than to connect friends and family, Burlington Animal Services is using online video chatting in a different way — to connect people and pets. Rather than staying at the BAS facility, 90% of their animals are currently in foster homes, whereas before coronavirus, Arias estimated that no more than 25-30% of their animals were in foster care. 


NEWS 11/18/20 10:00am

Zoom fatigue experiment to be done on students

Elon seniors Alexandra Smith and Emily Klevan said that because the idea of “Zoom fatigue” is so new, studies haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly what it is or what may cause it. Smith said that for their initial research, they looked at articles written by the New York Times and the Washington Post where psychologists hypothesized that “prolonged engagement with Zoom calls and video conferencing in general may lead to people experiencing anxiety, worry and fatigue,” as Smith said. 


SPORTS 11/16/20 10:46am

Elon women's soccer enters the unknown without spring schedule

University football and basketball teams have been given a schedule for CAA play, but women’s soccer has yet to confirm that its spring season will actually happen. The team started off practices with small groups of four members and no contact during drills. They’ve now worked up to full team practices with contact and weight training in two groups. 



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