NEWS 1/16/15 5:45pm

From outside the bubble: Transitioning to Elon

While hundreds of freshmen were receiving acorns at convocation, first-year Cora Abdoo was far from being Under the Oaks. "I still have the acorn," Abdoo said, "but instead of saying 'I sat here with a bunch of people,' I have a more unique story." Abdoo's convocation took place on a rural field in Wyoming during the first part of her Gap Semester program. "Even though it was less traditional and less formal," she said, "I think that it was still helpful and good." Abdoo believes her trip across the country and to Costa Rica readied her for the college atmosphere. "It made me so much more prepared to go here.

NEWS 1/13/15 12:05am

Elon student creates clothing company

Elon student Brett Spelker founded the Bahama Llama clothing company this fall. Spelker was inspired to start the business after he and his brother went shopping at the local outlet mall. "We went to a Polo store.

NEWS 1/12/15 12:41am

Jeffrey Cook's reaction to father being 2015 commencement speaker

Dad, political correspondent and commencement speaker. All three titles describe Elon's 2015 Commencement speaker, Charlie Cook. But there will be one graduating student in the audience who calls him first and foremost, dad. Jeffrey Cook is a senior strategic communications major who said he's thankful that his dad was chosen as this year's speaker. "I think it's going to be a great memory," said Cook.

NEWS 1/11/15 5:12pm

Death of Elon junior Trent Stetler

Article updated 5:50 p.m. According to an email sent Sunday Jan. 11 from Dean of Students Smith Jackson, Elon junior Trent Stetler has died. Dean Jackson's email says the Burlington police are still investigating, but say Stetler appears to have taken his own life. Elon Local News spoke to Dean Jackson Sunday night.

SPORTS 1/9/15 12:36am

Bryant fuels comeback as Elon beats William and Mary in CAA home opener Down by seven with with 7:13 to go, Elon freshman Elijah Bryant went on a tear, scoring 16 points over the remaining time to spark a comeback and ignite the Alumni Gym crowd in an 85-79 win over William and Mary in the inaugural Colonial Athletic Association home game for the Phoenix. Elon outscored William and Mary by 13 over the final 5:36 of the game, coming away with point on 13 of its last 14 possessions of the game. "Our guys made some big shots and just enough plays defensively to battle back and get the victory," Elon Head Basketball Coach Matt Matheny said.

SPORTS 1/5/15 11:48pm

Elon snaps win streak in loss at Towson

The Elon University Men's Basketball Team saw its four-game win streak come to an immediate close as Towson jumped ahead early and held off a furious Phoenix comeback to leave SECU Arena with a 57-53 win on Monday, Jan.

NEWS 1/5/15 12:52am

Elon rolls past Delaware for first CAA win

It was a debut to remember for the Elon University Women's Basketball Team as it took home its inaugural game in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 60-50 win over the University of Delaware. The Phoenix was led by a trio of Zora Stephenson, Malaya Johnson and Lauren Brown who all scored 10 apiece to fuel a strong shooting performance in which Elon hit nearly 50 percent of its shots. The win was sparked by a quick run to grab the lead early, and the Phoenix grabbed it for good with 7:21 left in the first half and never looked back as it led for 37:25 of the game's 40 minutes. Elon was strong on defense throughout, holding the Blue Hens to 18-of-50 shooting and forcing 23 turnovers The Phoenix, however, struggled from the free throw line, making just 30 percent of its attempts on the night. Up next, Elon travels to Williamsburg, Va.

SPORTS 1/3/15 9:12pm

Bryant, Phoenix hold off Drexel for first ever CAA win

Freshman guard Elijah Bryant shined once again, leading the Elon University men's basketball team over the Drexel Dragons 77-67 in its inaugural Colonial Athletic Association game in Philadelphia. Bryant, a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week, came off the bench for the Phoenix and scored a season-high 32 points while tallying seven rebounds and three assists.

NEWS 12/24/14 11:11am

March for justice and racial unity in Burlington

On Tuesday Dec. 23 in Burlington, NC, local clergy and community groups marched in support of the national movement to end racial disparities. According to the press release, the Black and Brown Lives Matter: March for Justice and Racial Unity was in solidarity to those peaceful protestors across the nation calling for equal protection under the law. Tuesday's participants offered their support to the improvement and enforcement of all laws prohibiting racial profiling by marching 1.25 miles from the Ebenezer Baptist Church to First Christian UCC in Burlington. There was a short press conference before the march, where three pastors from different Burlington churches spoke, as well as Burlington Chief of Police Jeffery Smythe and Barrett Brown, president-elect of Alamance County NAACP. Rev.

NEWS 12/1/14 9:53pm

Students protest Ferguson decision at luminaries ceremony

Monday night during the annual Festival of Holiday Lights celebration, better known as Luminaries, more than 60 Elon students and staff members held a silent protest of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male in Ferguson, Mo. "We were angry.

NEWS 11/25/14 10:28am

Eating my way around the world

As a girl who loves to eat (and isn’t afraid to share that love with the world), one of my favorite parts about traveling with Semester at Sea has been trying new foods in every country we’ve visited. Though I could go on for days detailing all of the delicious dishes I’ve devoured so far on my journey, I figured I’d spare you and instead make a list of the five must-have meals I’ve enjoyed this semester.

NEWS 11/25/14 12:33am

Battling Depression on a college campus

An American College Health Association, National College Health Assessment in 2011 study found that 30 percent of college students surveyed said they were "so depressed that it was difficult to function at some time in the past year." If that number applies to Elon, that could be roughly 1,500 students. Some students might catch themselves saying "I'm depressed" and not really understanding the seriousness of that statement.