NEWS 5/27/24 2:55pm

Family remembers Elon community service officer as full of love, ‘one of a kind’

Monte Markley — an Elon community service officer — died of a stroke on May 18 at 43 years old after roughly nine years working at Elon University. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 1 at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington. Markley is preceded in death by her son James Markley, who was a sophomore at Elon when he died in 2020. Monte's sister Amanda Kilcrease said she wants Elon to know how much Monte loved the community. “I just want people to know that when she loves, she loves hard. She loved her job at Elon.”

NEWS 5/24/24 10:31am

Elon University class of 2024 triumphs at 134th commencement ceremony

Elon University’s class of 2024 took flight as phoenix officially joined the ranks of alumni at the 134th commencement ceremony on May 24 in Schar Center. Two ceremonies were held throughout the day, with the first kicking off at 9 a.m. and the second starting at 2:30 p.m. Senior Grace Ackermann, the first-ever nominated student commencement speaker, began the ceremony by remarking that it was the class of 2024’s first real graduation — since this year’s seniors graduated high school in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEWS 5/23/24 9:25pm

Elon University’s eighth annual Donning of the Kente ceremony celebrates graduates, African heritage

At Elon’s eighth annual Donning of the Kente cloth on May 23, faculty readers read statements written by the person selected by the graduate. The ceremony recognized two masters students and a number of graduating seniors, who are encouraged to wear their stoles to their commencement ceremony tomorrow. Graduates had their stoles — made from the kente cloth — presented by a family member, friend or mentor. The cloth symbolizes prestige in many African societies and the stoles presented at the ceremony were handmade from Ghana, Randy Williams, vice president for inclusive excellence, said.

NEWS 5/29/24 10:21am

Elon, local community prepares for commencement

From getting ready for an influx of guests at hotels to gardening crews making sure the flowers look as beautiful as can be, Elon University — along with the surrounding area — has been preparing for the commencement ceremony. The Facilities Management department has had multiple teams getting the campus ready for commencement, Senior Director for Facilities Management Raymond Fletcher, said.  There are 240 workers divided into multiple teams, including grounds and landscaping, moving and setups and environmental service. The team has completed over 50 work orders related to commencement activities this year, Fletcher said.

NEWS 5/23/24 8:53pm

Legacy scholars embrace Elon community during transition to alumni

Brian Feeley ’03, assistant vice president for University Advancement, welcomed students and their families to the 2024 Legacy Reception on May 23 in McKinnon Hall. As the class of 2024 piled into the reception with their families, Feeley thanked them for taking time out of their day to celebrate their identity as Elon University Legacy students. Legacy students are students who have a family member, or family members, who graduated from Elon. 

NEWS 5/23/24 7:34pm

Photo Gallery: Class of 2024 school receptions

Elon University hosted receptions across campus on May 23 for class of 2024 graduates and their guests as an opportunity for friends and family to spend time with faculty and staff within their schools of education. Receptions were held for the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education at LaRose Student Commons; the Elon College, College of Arts and Sciences at Lindner Patio; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at the Chandler Fountain; and the School of Communications in the Snow Family Atrium.

NEWS 5/23/24 4:03pm

¡Celebremos! charges Latinx/Hispanic graduates to take flight

Class of 2024 graduates within Elon University’s Latinx and Hispanic communities took flight — embodying the Monarch Butterfly — at the ¡Celebremos!: Graduates Take Flight on May 23 in the Lakeside Meeting Rooms. The ceremony is an annual tradition to honor Latinx, Hispanic students that are graduating with bachelor's or master's degrees. The Monarch Butterfly was also adopted within the last couple of years as a symbol of spreading one’s wings and moving onto the next stage of life. Senior Manny Sanchez attended the ceremony, and said he was proud to be a part of and give back to the Latinx and Hispanic communities. 

NEWS 5/23/24 3:31pm

New Title IX regulations coming to Elon University in fall 2024

New Title IX regulations are coming to Elon, effective Aug. 1, according to an email from Megan Karbley, director of compliance and Title IX coordinator. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance, according to the United States Department of Education’s website. Some key points of the new regulations are enhanced protection for pregnancy, mandatory reporting of sex and gender-based harassment and expansion of response options, Karbley wrote.

NEWS 5/22/24 11:49pm

Senior Celebration lights up graduating class

The class of 2024 gathered at Rhodes Stadium on May 22 to celebrate their successes ahead of  graduation on May 24. Friends and family gathered to celebrate the graduating class — sharing food and laughter and ending the night with fireworks and dancing. Senior Dezirae Zaman said she is grateful that Elon gave her the opportunities to build long-lasting relationships throughout her time as a student. “The most rewarding part about Elon is all the people that I’ve met,” Zaman said. “I’m excited to just celebrate senior year with everybody here in one place. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

NEWS 5/22/24 9:33pm

Elon University encourages graduate students to continue lifelong learning

If a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle progressed at the rate of technology today, the car could drive a million miles per hour, Andre Valcour, the graduate commencement address speaker, said. Valcour said because of how quickly technology is progressing, the only way to keep up is to continue aspiring to learn. Held on May 22, the commencement ceremony recognized graduates of Elon’s six graduate programs — masters of science in accounting and in business analytics, master of business administration, masters of arts in interactive media and higher education and master of education.

NEWS 5/22/24 3:56pm

Elon University celebrates success of first-generation seniors, people who supported their growth

When Gisselle Garcia-Jose was a freshman in high school, she did not believe she would be able to attend college. Now, as a first-generation, graduating senior and student keynote speaker at the first-generation stole ceremony, she said she is filled with gratitude for those who supported her and hopes to inspire others to achieve their dreams. During the ceremony on May 22, 36 first-generation, graduating seniors were recognized and presented with stoles by Elon mentors or friends. This event recognized students who are the first in their family to obtain a higher degree.

NEWS 5/21/24 11:41pm

Class of 2024 Baccalaureate ceremony emphasizes diversity in community

The class of 2024 gathered Under The Oaks to celebrate their Elon University achievements at the 2024 Numen Lumen Baccalaureate ceremony on May 21. It was there where seniors participated in the annual tradition of lighting candles and receiving oaks saplings. Senior Jillian Shor shared a powerful sentiment from the Jewish community during the event — a prayer known as the Shehechiyanu. This is a Jewish tradition that explores blessings and gratitude. Shor said this was a great way to show her appreciation for the Elon community, which has helped her to build new friendships, embrace her identity in the Jewish community and become the best version of herself.

NEWS 5/20/24 2:28pm

Elon community service officer dies at 43 years old

Elon Community Service Officer Monte Markley died on May 18 at 43 years old, according to an email sent out to the Elon community by University President Connie Book. Markley is survived by her mother Lynn Cobb, her father Harold Prince, her husband Wade and her sister Amanda Kilcrease. Markley was also preceded in death by her son James Lee Yancey Markley. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 1 at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington. People may also show their support by purchasing and planting a memorial tree in Markley’s honor.

NEWS 5/20/24 11:56am

Barry ‘Mr. Elon’ Bradberry retires after 48-year legacy

Barry Bradberry’s journey to Elon dates back to his high school years when his principal Jeff Davis — class of 1950 Elon graduate — encouraged him to apply. Bradberry joined Elon’s Office of Admissions officially as a counselor soon after his Elon graduation with the class of 1975 and ends his 48-year career at Elon as associate dean of admissions. When Bradberry first joined admissions staff, total university enrollment had just passed 2,000 students with a graduating class of 400 students. As of the 2023-24 registrar's report, Elon’s total enrollment numbers have surpassed 7,200 and the graduating class amounts to over 1,500 students.

NEWS 5/19/24 5:44pm

Eggs thrown at pro-Palestinian, Elon apartment in Mill Point

Elon senior Lauren Hill woke up the morning of May 14 to discover broken egg shells and egg yolk all over her Mill Point front porch. Being a part of the Students for Peace and Justice, Hill had hung up many posters with slogans such as “Stand with Palestine. End the occupation now,” “Lead with love. Eyes on Rafah” and “Liberation for all requires resistance from all.” Hill and the SPJ had created these posters for their peaceful walk on May 7. Following the incident, Hill filed a report to campus police — who later discovered it was one individual who will remain unnamed.

NEWS 5/16/24 9:26pm

Train gate malfunction causes traffic disruption downtown Elon

Traffic on South Williamson Avenue and East Trollinger Avenue has been disrupted on the evening of May 16 due to a railway line malfunction. Police officers on scene, who declined to give their names, have blocked traffic from crossing the tracks and said the train company is on the way to fix the problem u2014 though the issue and how long it will take to fix is still unclear. As of 11 p.m. on May 16, there is no traffic disruption and South Williamson is no longer blocked off. 

NEWS 5/16/24 4:35pm

Elon University delays freshman parking program, permit prices still set to increase

The project to move all freshman parking to lots near the Danieley and Francis Centers was delayed from starting in the fall to the 2025-26 school year due to an updated construction timeline. Yet, parking permit prices will still increase from $160 to $225 in fall 2024 — except for Global Neighborhood permits which will double from $50 to $100. According to Chief of Campus Police and Safety Joe LeMire, the price increase in student parking permits is a “market increase.” Mill Point residents also saw parking increase from free to a $160 permit beginning in fall 2023. 

NEWS 5/16/24 3:54pm

Seniors launch educational campaign on pedestrian safety at Elon University

As part of their senior seminar, senior policy studies students Ciara Longsworth, Ethan Haqq, Mike Sanderson, Morgan McGlynn and Sidra Kennedy were given a project to work with the Town of Elon to investigate the issue of pedestrian safety on campus. As part of their project, they conducted a survey of over 200 students on pedestrian and road laws — followed by the creation of an educational campaign in the form of a video. According to the Elon Police Department, there have been 9 pedestrian-related incidents reported since 2020. 

NEWS 5/15/24 11:37am

Elon Poll finds Americans fear abuse of AI in 2024 presidential election

A national survey conducted by the Elon Poll and Elon University’s Imagining the Digital Future Center found that 78% of American adults expect that abuses of artificial intelligence systems will affect the outcome of the 2024 presidential election. Director of the Imagining Digital Future Center Lee Rainie said that focusing the study around this upcoming election cycle was a key factor. The results also found that 73% of respondents believe AI will be used to manipulate social media, 70% believe AI will be used to generate fake information and 62% believe AI will be used to convince people not to vote.

NEWS 5/14/24 7:24pm

Rainfall causes road damage on East Haggard Ave

The road between Crest Apartments and North Oak Street has sustained major road damage due to heavy rainfall, according to an E-Alert sent May 14. Though another E-Alert also stated that East Haggard is closed due to a gas leak, Chief of Campus Safety and Police Joe LeMire clarified that that message was a mistake and there is no gas leak. LeMire recommended that everyone get off East Haggard Avenue entirely leading up to Oak Street. As of 9:40 p.m., Campus Police reported that East Haggard has been temporarily repaired by using gravel to level the road.