Coronavirus Coverage

NEWS 4/29/21 11:28am

Taking a recess, how Elon Law adapted to a hybrid learning environment

Elon Law has faced many challenges in its transition to an online learning environment, including switching classes to a hybrid model, preparing students for a virtual bar exam and making adjustments to its student mentor program. Elon Law implemented a hybrid format for classes throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Students can attend classes either in person or online, depending on their preference. 

NEWS 4/20/21 11:26am

Asian business, residents grapple with pandemic discrimination

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way many local businesses operate. In a study conducted by Business Wire in October 2020, 43% of small to mid-sized businesses in the United States reported significant or severe impact since the beginning of the virus, resulting in layoffs and closures. For Asian businesses, the economic hardships of the pandemic has an added layer.

NEWS 4/19/21 11:37am

Elon University sees increase in applicants, admissions, despite pandemic

The pandemic-altered years of 2020 and 2021 have amplified the difficulty of the college application process. This year’s class of high school seniors will be making decisions on where to continue their education with COVID-19 regulations augmenting their campus visits, and the deadline of May 1 to commit to most schools is fast approaching.

LIFESTYLE 4/18/21 4:32pm

Local florist industry is blooming, but supply can't keep up

Local florists in the Burlington area, including Roxie’s Florist, are experiencing an increase in demand as events resume. However, the surge in business has left the florist industry facing a major supply shortage. Longtime Roxie’s employee Wendy Grady said the pandemic didn’t decrease the demand, but it did decrease the supply.

LIFESTYLE 4/16/21 2:33pm

Some Elon businesses hope to see a better future in 2021

Downtown Elon’s businesses, stretching from Pandora’s Pies in the northeast to MaGerk’s Pub and Grill in the southwest, are watching closely as COVID-19 vaccines are administered around North Carolina and the weather heats up. The owners of the assortment of shops in downtown Elon are hoping the events of the next few months, including graduation, will increase sales.

LIFESTYLE 4/16/21 10:44am

Spring production of "Macbeth" brews stylistic prophecy

“Macbeth” is a Shakespearean production based on the idea of how power corrupts, but following the insurrection at the country’s capitol, the play’s director, Kim Shively made it a priority to convey the work in a way that did not bear any resemblance to the political discrepancies occurring in the US. 

NEWS 4/14/21 4:20pm

Interaction guide for vaccinated students

All Elon University students are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises individuals who receive the vaccine to still follow many of the same guidelines they followed prior to getting their vaccine. 

SPORTS 4/8/21 9:36am

Elon spring football: A tale of two quarterbacks

Since Week 3, Elon has been rotating back and forth at quarterback between freshman JR Martin and redshirt freshman Justin Allen. Martin has appeared in four games for Elon, recording a team-high 396 passing yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Allen, meanwhile, has recorded 290 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in three games played.

LIFESTYLE 4/2/21 4:35pm

Suspension of Broadway leaves Elon music theatre majors in limbo

When seniors in Elon’s music theatre department began college, no one expected in four years to graduate into a stagnant job market, after more than a year of virtual performances. Music theatre students have not only adjusted to physically classes and the loss of live theater, but program seniors seeking post-graduate employment are facing an additional burden — the shutdown of Broadway. 

SPORTS 3/30/21 3:50pm

Elon football game postponed due to COVID-19 related protocols

Elon University’s football game against William & Mary on April 3  has been postponed due to “COVID-19 related protocols,” according to a press release from the Colonial Athletic Association. In a previous interview with Elon News Network, CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said schools would be able to make their own decisions regarding opting out of game play.

LIFESTYLE 3/29/21 12:52pm

A year into pandemic, professor mental health suffers

Professor of psychology CJ Fleming — who specializes in clinical psychology and mental health — said she has noticed two main things when considering professors’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: fatigue and capacity for working memory. She said fatigue is probably what has affected her most, since she has had to reformat many of her consistently taught classes to fit an online or hybrid format.

NEWS 3/26/21 11:14am

Elon University to have in-person commencement for class of 2021

Elon University announced they will host an in-person ceremony for the class of 2021 with a limited number of guests being allowed to attend. Students will receive at least two guest tickets, according to an email from Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient Committee. Commencement is set for Friday, May 21.

NEWS 3/26/21 9:32am

Pandemic cuts student activity fee allocations

Elon University students paid $146 each semester in student activity fees in 2020-21 tuition, a price determined by the board of trustees. However, the allocation of these fees by the Student Government Association has been handled differently due to the coronavirus pandemic and an increase in virtual settings.

NEWS 3/23/21 5:48pm

Elon University set to distribute COVID-19 vaccines this Saturday

Elon University will begin administering Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to students, faculty and staff on campus this Saturday by appointment, according to an email sent to those eligible to receive the vaccine. Any faculty and staff working in person or students with a qualifying medical condition have been notified if they are eligible to sign up for the vaccine.