NEWS 1/20/14 8:21pm

After six months, unemployment insurance may return to NC

The United State Senate’s top priority for January has been the extension of expired federal unemployment insurance – a reality in North Carolina for nearly six months. Federal unemployment insurance ran out at the end of 2013, and the Senate is currently working on legislation to extend those benefits until March.

NEWS 1/20/14 7:48pm

Semiconductor technologies key to revitalizing U.S. manufacturing industry

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced that North Carolina State University will serve as the head of his manufacturing technologies initiative.  This public-private partnership between universities, companies and research institutions will work to create more efficient and sustainable methods of powering electronics. For the past 50 years, electronic devices have relied on silicon-based semiconductors to convert electrical energy into power.

NEWS 1/20/14 7:03pm

Elon Law's new dean to build on university's strengths

The Elon University School of Law now has its third dean, with Luke Bierman taking over for the school’s previous dean, George Johnson, starting June 1. Before accepting the position at Elon, Bierman was a distinguished professor of practice of law at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, as well as the school’s associate dean of experiential learning. Faith Rivers James, professor of law and co-chair of the search committee for the school’s dean, said the committee looked for candidates who could use the strengths of Elon to improve the relatively young law school. “Elon’s outstanding record in terms of engaged learning is an important foundation for the law school,” James said. James said Bierman’s background and experience shows that he can combine university education with practical, hands-on teaching.

NEWS 1/20/14 5:25pm

Former faculty member Alexis Kamerman dies in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Last Friday, Elon University lost former faculty member Alexis Kamerman in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Kamerman served as assistant director of residence life for the East Residence Area from 2012 to 2013. In June 2013, Kamerman took a job at the American University of Afghanistan.  She wanted to inspire young women to seek higher education.

NEWS 1/19/14 8:05pm

'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' chosen as common reading for next school year

The recently selected 2014-2015 common reading selection, William Kamkwamba’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” is designed to show incoming students the world through the eyes of a boy growing up in third world Malawi, one of Africa’s poorest countries. The nonfiction book was chosen by the Elon Common Reading Program (ECRP) to combat stereotypes and poverty through ingenuity, according to Jeffrey Coker, chair of the ECRP and director of general studies. “It’s empowering,” he said.

NEWS 1/18/14 7:06pm

Former Elon staff member killed while working in Afghanistan

Former Assistant Director of Residence Life for the East Residence Area, Alexis Kamerman, known as Lexi, was killed Friday evening during an attack on a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to an email from Smith Jackson Saturday evening. Kamerman, a 27-year-old Chicago native, was working in residence life at the American University of Afghanistan. Her family released this statement to the Chicago Tribune via an email from her aunt, Julie Pfeffer: "She was an amazing young woman -smart, strong, beautiful, funny, stubborn and kind.

SPORTS 1/17/14 2:56pm

Elon stuns Davidson with overtime win

Down 14 with under five minutes to go in regulation, it seemed the Elon University Men's Basketball team was headed to its fifth straight loss against Southern Conference rival Davidson. But the Phoenix caught fire, going on a 16-2 run, culminating in a Jack Isenbarger three to send the game into overtime.

NEWS 1/15/14 6:51pm

Obama puts future of electronic innovation in North Carolina's hands

Following a disappointing December that saw job creation fall to a three-year low, President Barack Obama visited North Carolina State University (NCSU) Wednesday to announce a $150 million public-private partnership to fund the future of energy-efficient electronic chips and devices. NCSU will lead a group of six universities and 18 private companies, the Next Generation Power Electronics Institute, in developing smarter and more affordable electronic chips, which run everything from cellphones to industrial motors. “We’ve got to do more today to connect universities like NC State with companies like Vacon to make America the number-one place in the world to create new businesses and new jobs,” Obama said to cheers from the sold-out crowd of 2,000 inside the J.W.

NEWS 1/15/14 5:45pm

Obama, McCrory discuss job creation for graduates at Air Force One

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NEWS 1/13/14 4:56pm

A remodeled West End rings in Winter Term

Students returned from winter break to find that Elon’s signature bar, West End Station, underwent a massive transformation. West End’s new owner Harold Hill bought the bar at the end of the summer with the goal of creating more variety in the Elon community.

NEWS 1/13/14 3:38pm

Duke University professor offers unorthodox solutions for U.S. income gap

As a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. 50th Anniversary Speaker Series, William Darity, Jr. spoke about economic justice Wednesday at Elon.  Darity serves as the chair of the African and African American Studies department at Duke University.  His research focuses on economic inequality. The talk focused on his plan to end unemployment and racially fueled wage discrimination. “The United States is characterized by a long-standing pattern of large structural racial inequality that has deepened further as a result of the economic down-turn,” Darity said. Despite the efforts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the unemployment gap and the racial gap have remained about the same nationwide. The joblessness rate for black male teen high school dropouts is 95 percent, according to Remapping Debate, an advocacy group based in New York. African-Americans with some college education or an associate’s degree earn less than white high school dropouts, on average.