NEWS 2/21/23 10:48am

Cheating or a resource: Elon University faculty balance ChatGPT in classroom

The bot in question is an artificial intelligence chatbot called ChatGPT, released in November 2022 by San Francisco-based research laboratory OpenAI. It is not the first of its kind — Siri, Grammarly and customer service bots are all examples of chatbot technology. But ChatGPT distinguishes itself with its ability to answer advanced, creative questions and remember the thread of dialogue.

NEWS 2/19/23 9:14pm

Ashton Newhall to be Elon University’s 2023 commencement speaker

Ashton Newhall '98 will deliver the keynote address for the class of 2023 at Elon University's undergraduate commencement ceremonies May 19. The 133rd Commencement Exercises will include two ceremonies for the Class of 2023 in Schar Center. The 9 a.m. diploma ceremony will be for the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education and Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. The 2:30 p.m. diploma ceremony will be for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the School of Communications. 

NEWS 2/10/23 10:17am

Free tutoring returns to Haw River Elementary school for preschoolers

Starting at the end of the month, the Little Village Project, a subset of the It Takes a Village Project, will resume after a three year hiatus due to a lack of resources during the COVID pandemic in 2020. The program, founded in 2014, is designed specifically for pre-K students, in hopes of preparing them for kindergarten. 

NEWS 2/10/23 8:12am

Elon becomes open to AI as campus police departments adopt higher-grade surveillance technology nationwide

Joe LeMire, Elon University’s chief of campus safety and police, first heard about the use of artificial intelligence software to track student social media activity at the annual North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Conference on Feb. 2. During a break in between conference sessions, LeMire spoke to other North Carolinian directors and chiefs of police about the practicality of using AI software as a viable campus safety measure. While LeMire said Elon does not currently use or have plans to implement AI software, the concept is on his mind as the practice becomes more common and effective nationwide.

NEWS 2/9/23 8:16pm

Alamance County activists urge all Oct. 31, 2020 protest charges to be dropped

If it hadn’t been overcast Thursday, those words would have been in the Rev. Gregory Drumwright’s shadow as he urged the Alamance County district attorney to drop all outstanding charges against individuals arrested at the Oct. 31, 2020 “I Am Change” march to the polls. Just three days after he was found not guilty for “resisting a public officer” at the October 2020 protest, and six days after his “failure to disperse” charge was dismissed, 19 individuals stood in front of the memorial as Drumwright demanded justice for the vocal minority who put their lives at risk for change and equality. 

NEWS 2/9/23 2:42pm

History of Black travel presentation at Elon analyzes past, present movements

Charis Tucker said she will always remember every trip and vacation she’s ever been on. The creator and host of the study abroad podcast, STAMPED, considers herself a Black traveler and explorer. But when she learned that other Black and African American individuals weren’t exposed to the same experiences, she knew there was a part of history that needed to be addressed. “There's these gaping holes and things that we don't know about the early experiences of Black travelers from a leisure perspective,” Tucker said. “There's a lot that starts kind of right after the civil rights movement, but Black traveling was long before that and we don't really know a lot about that Jim Crow era.”

NEWS 2/8/23 9:26am

University Bursar to leave Elon after decades of service

Jay Harper first stepped on Elon University's campus as an undergraduate student in 1990. Little did he know, being a Phoenix would become a decades-long endeavor. Harper returned in 2002 and spent more than 20 years working as the university bursar. Harper will leave his role of working with tuition, students and parents to head to Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, where he will work in a primarily remote finance position with the Children’s Clinical Research Unit. Harper said while he will be performing similar tasks in his new position,  he’s excited to become a piece of an entirely new puzzle. 

NEWS 2/8/23 8:15am

Town Council considers extending Link Transit access to Elon

At its Jan. 23 regular meeting, the Elon Town Council voted to continue looking into the option to extend the blue line of Burlington’s fare-free Link Transit bus system, adding six stops in the town of Elon. The Link Transport proposal would mark the first time in 62 years that Elon has been linked with train service using public transport since the Elon College station, served by the Southern Railway, closed in 1961.The Elon College depot once stood on the corner of Lebanon and Williamson Avenues.