NEWS 3/2/23 8:47am

Local female police officers share challenges, plans for equity

Local female police officers share challenges, overcoming sexual harassment and plans for equity. Throughout her career, Blackwelder said she felt she had to try harder than her male coworkers while facing sexist jokes and innuendos from coworkers and sexual harassment from superiors as a young officer. 

NEWS 3/1/23 11:04am

Social district to open in downtown Elon

The town of Elon is establishing a social district — an area that allows patrons of downtown businesses to purchase and drink alcohol outdoors — outside of local restaurants such as Pandora’s Pies, MaGerk’s and TANGENT Eat+Bar.

NEWS 2/28/23 6:50pm

Elon University’s Active Citizen Series hosts spring deliberative dialogue on mass shootings

Since the dialogue was first planned four months ago, community and school shootings have only increased into the new year — 94 mass shootings have been reported in 2023 as of Feb. 28, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The discussions were partly led by a guide from the National Issues Forums Institute on How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities, with students, faculty, staff and community members sharing additional ideas for prevention and exchanging views.

NEWS 2/23/23 10:09am

Tuition, loan interest increase amplify Elon student concerns

Junior Jasmine Smith toured colleges knowing she might not be able to attend a four-year university without a scholarship. She had two choices in spring 2020 — the second semester of her senior year of high school —  pay upward of $62,000 per year for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia or pay what was $51,062 per year at the time.  Despite a scholarship, Smith is paying her tuition and fees out of pocket.

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.


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