LIFESTYLE 5/7/21 8:56pm

Lavender Graduation honors Elon’s graduating LGBTQIA+ students

After over a year of limited opportunities for Elon’s LGBTQIA+ community to gather in person, Lavender Graduation took place in-person on Friday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. in McKinnon Hall. Unlike previous years, only lavender graduates, professional staff and the staff of Elon’s Gender and LGBTQIA+ Center were in attendance.

LIFESTYLE 5/4/21 12:49pm

Elon alumni and family transform 150-year-old farm into wedding venue

Murchison Farm has been in the Cockerham family since 1876. Located in pastoral Alamance County, the farm holds the beloved memories of the Cockerham's. Robin Murchison-Cockerham and her family decided to turn Sytz Rickert’s wish of being married on the farm into a reality, marking the start of the family's journey to transform the farm into the wedding venue it is today: Hayfield at Murchison Farm. 

LIFESTYLE 4/30/21 4:46pm

Q&A with an Elon arborist

Arborists like Wendy Williams and Cameron Holmes are helping to protect and preserve plant and tree life on campus, especially after former president Leo Lambert designated Elon as a botanical garden in 2004. Williams and Holmes both hope their knowledge and upkeep of Elon’s plant life will help oak trees and other plants to continue to provide a canopy of greenery on campus for many years to come. 

LIFESTYLE 4/28/21 12:42pm

New mural hopes to drive business to downtown Burlington

An explosion of colors, shapes and patterns facing Spring Street, Gina Franco’s mural “Dance it Out” is the latest effort by the Burlington Downtown Corporation to cultivate a more creative community and economic growth in Downtown Burlington. The nonprofit organization contracted by the city of Burlington put out a call for mural artists. 

LIFESTYLE 4/23/21 12:49pm

Barefoot Dialogues offers safe space for vulnerable conversations

Elon’s Barefoot Dialogues organization offers Elon students an outlet to participate in “barefoot” conversations where vulnerability — and taking off one’s shoes — is encouraged and accepted. Elon sophomore and Barefoot Dialogues facilitator Morgan Chisholm said being barefoot represents a mindset that is cognizant of one’s own vulnerabilities and circumstances and those of others. 

LIFESTYLE 4/19/21 6:46pm

Instagram page showcases dogs on campus and for adoption

The Dogs of Elon Instagram features dogs seen around campus by Mallorie Sievert and fellow students who send their own photos to the account to be posted under the PAWparazzi story highlight. Captions introduce each dog, and at the end every dog earns an enthusiastic 13 out of 10 rating from Sievert.

LIFESTYLE 4/19/21 1:47pm

22-year-old cancer survivor prepares for cross-country bike ride

At 16 years old, Catherine Nester was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, that she would battle for the next three years. Now at 22 years old, Nester has been recovering from nerve damage to her legs and ankles following treatment. Nester, a junior at Elon University, is preparing to tackle her next challenge — a 4,000-mile bike ride across the United States over 50 days.

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 4/17/21 5:20pm

NPHC Garden renovations celebrate history

Elon’s National Pan-Hellenic Council Garden will reveal renovations in a celebration this Sunday, April 18. The garden, located by the Janice Ratliff Building, is dedicated to the historically Black fraternities and sororities on Elon’s campus. Elon’s NPHC Garden was first unveiled in September 2005, and was inspired by traditional plots at historically Black colleges and universities.

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.