LIFESTYLE 5/13/23 12:08pm

Always Dancing: A Photo Story

Charles Richardson grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with his parents and sister, but he moved to Burlington, North Carolina, in 2012 when he was 15 years old. Throughout his life he was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder and delayed learning disability, but nothing ever felt right with his mom, Yvonne Whitley. It wasn't until he transferred to Southern High School in Graham, North Carolina, she said, that he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. 

LIFESTYLE 5/10/23 2:27pm

Guide to Elon University commencement, senior activities for class of 2023

A comprehensive and interactive calendar for Elon University's class of 2023 graduation and commencement events. The bulk of events occur from Tuesday, May 16 to Friday, May 19. Commencement guest parking will open at 7:30 a.m. and Schar Center parking will only be available for guests during the ceremony they are attending. Participating graduates must ensure that tickets are in the possession of the guests who will attend the diploma ceremony by May 19.

LIFESTYLE 5/8/23 11:49pm

Burlington community celebrates return of Carousel Festival

The Burlington community celebrates  32nd annual event and return of Carousel Festival held May 6 to 7 at City Park. The 100-year-old landmark site sits inside a newly built carousel house. The last time the festival occurred was in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and construction and renovations. The carousel is now open for the spring and summer on Friday, Saturday and Sundays and costs $1.50 a ride.

LIFESTYLE 5/7/23 1:56pm

Elon Community Garden hosts 14th Strawberry Festival

Elon University's Community Garden held its annual Strawberry Festival on Friday. The festival, which is now in its 14th year, celebrates the spring season and the fruit that comes with it. The festival took place in the Community Garden, located on East College Avenue, between Hillel and the Powell House. The garden is a student-run project that promotes sustainable agriculture and provides fresh produce to the local community.

LIFESTYLE 5/1/23 10:48pm

Smooth Progressions hosts 10th anniversary concert

A night full of music filled Whitley Auditorium as Smooth Progressions performed its 10th Anniversary Spring Concert on April 29. The a cappella group invited its alumni back to Elon to celebrate and to perform with them on stage. President of Smooth Progressions and sophomore Nick Edge says the group is unique compared to other a cappella groups on campus — a quality that heavily influences performances like this one. 

LIFESTYLE 4/29/23 1:45pm

Elon University community celebrates $260 million fundraising campaign

Friday evening, over 400 Elon University students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and families gathered in Schar Center to celebrate Elon LEADs, the university’s largest fundraising campaign to date. Over the course of seven years, the campaign raised over $260.5 million from 34,000 donors, according to Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs Jim Piatt. The effects of the campaign are already present on campus, through expanded scholarship programs and new buildings, such as the Schar Center, Innovation Hall and Founders Hall. 

LIFESTYLE 4/28/23 1:17pm

Elon University Student Undergraduate Research Forum highlights disability, neurodiversity

  Elon University’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum was held all day Tuesday. With no classes, students and faculty could visit oral presentations and poster sessions from students who completed or were almost complete with their respective research projects. This year, there were six research presentations that dealt with topics of disability and neurodiversity, a term that says brain differences are normal rather than deficits, according to Understood. Examples of neurodiversity include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. 

LIFESTYLE 4/28/23 11:05am

Elon University student starts YouTube channel teaching Spanish

When junior Dejour Banks was in middle school, he took Spanish as one of his required classes, and found that he had a gift.Banks grew up in Raleigh, which he said only contains pockets of Spanish speakers, so it wasn’t until years of practicing grammar and concepts when he had his first conversation with a fluent speaker. Banks said he couldn’t understand the speaker, but the experience is what pushed him to learn everything he could about the language.

LIFESTYLE 4/28/23 9:43am

Kappa Phi Lambda of Elon University hosts information session teaching history of henna

Elon University’s Asian-interest sorority, Kappa Phi Lambda, hosted an information session about the South Asian practice of henna art to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. The session included a presentation on the history behind the cultural use of henna, followed by henna art for all to participate. Academic chair of Kappa Phi Lambda, junior Lindsey Mathew, led the session with a brief presentation on the background of henna, including different names and various styles depending on the region.

LIFESTYLE 4/28/23 7:14am

Next cohort of Elon University Multifaith Scholars selected for 2023-25

The Multifaith Scholars consists of Elon University juniors and seniors who will participate in a mentored undergraduate research program related to interreligious studies. Scholars design their own research project to devote time to, and undertake a major or minor in religious or interreligious studies. Scholars will receive a $5,000 grant annually to support their research and academic development.

LIFESTYLE 4/27/23 1:00pm

Elon University Department of Performing Arts debuts Deep Water Ballad

On the April 28, the department of performing arts will debut a workshop of “Deep Water Ballad,” an original musical that has been over a decade in the making. “Deep Water Ballad” is set in the fictional coal mining town of Deep Water, West Virginia. When a devastating mining disaster happens the area spirals into the paranormal and the residents struggle to rebuild. The story follows a girl who tries to reconnect with her broken family in both the spirit world and natural world. 

LIFESTYLE 4/22/23 11:53am

Elon University student starts Pancakes for Parkinson’s chapter on campus

A love for ’80s movies and a passion for a cause turned into a new endeavor for sophomore Ari Turobiner. One of his favorite movies is “Back to the Future,” and Turobiner had an idea based on one of the actors in the movie: Michael J. Fox. Turobiner started a chapter on campus of Pancakes for Parkinson’s, an event that benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research. Turobiner lost his great aunt to the disease and wears a bracelet each day in her honor. 

LIFESTYLE 4/19/23 7:25am

Elon University’s Department of Music hosts spring orchestra concert

A mainstay on campus since 1916, the Elon University Orchestra held its 106th annual spring concert April 18. The performance, which occurred in front of a packed crowd at the McCrary Theatre, was organized and conducted by musical director Thomas Erdmann. This was Erdmann’s last show, as he is retiring after 34 years in Elon’s Department of Music.

LIFESTYLE 4/16/23 4:08pm

Elon Muses hosts first concert

Upon walking into Yeager Recital Hall, not a single person sat still in their seats. The crowd filled with friends and family of the performers as Elon Muses hosted its spring concert April15. The performance included a series of songs from Hamilton, Hercules, Taylor Swift, Adele and more. Each song was accompanied with choreography, a cappella, acting and featured soloists. 

LIFESTYLE 4/15/23 1:20pm

Elon University students write, produce and perform set-specific theater

Elon University’s club for student playwrights, NewWorks, is set to premiere a series of site-specific theatrical pieces written, directed and performed by Elon students April 23 to 25. These performances will not take place on stage and will instead be scattered throughout campus in spots that directly represent the sets of the five different scenes.

LIFESTYLE 4/14/23 11:57am

‘Empathy through empowerment’: Ashley Judd delivers Elon University’s spring convocation address

Editor’s Note: This article includes discussion of sexual violence and suicide. The audience went from laughter one moment to tears the next in Alumni Gym Thursday night as Ashley Judd delivered Elon University’s Spring Convocation address. The actress and activist candidly spoke about her life, journey of healing from trauma and the search for discovery, peace and resilience.