NEWS 1/23/14 1:30pm

Elon remembers former staff member Lexie Kamerman

"She was a person who had a dream...and she followed it. And for a lot of us that was really hard to do." - Sarah Paterson, Elon junior and former East Area R.A. Lexie Kamerman devoted her life to students like Sarah Patterson.

NEWS 1/23/14 10:04am

Elon's Colonnades neighborhood hosts 'Walk around the World'

The Colonnades' residential neighborhood hosted "Walk around the World" Wednesday, Jan. 23 in an effort to embrace diversity among students. The event promoted Elon's global awareness toward diversity and against discrimination following the events involving hate messages early last semester. Shena Lucero-Keniston, the resident assistant of first floor Kivette, explained the goal of the evening. "We are trying to expand people's knowledge of other cultures in order to foster that inclusive community," Lucero-Keniston said. Out of the fifteen residential halls in the Colonnades Neighborhood, thirteen of them participated in this event. Students at the event played games and ate food as they "traveled around the world" in Colonnades neighborhood. Small passports were handed out for participants to collect stars when they travelled from hall to hall.

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.