Opinions


OPINIONS 10/21/15 2:11pm

Be more than 'practical'

As someone who teaches courses within the arts and sciences, specifically in the Department of Religious Studies, I often hear students say some variation of the following: “I love my courses in religious studies (insert any other arts and humanities field here), but I need to take a major that will get me a job after college.”


OPINIONS 10/21/15 8:00am

All debates are worth watching

Republican and Democrat events, ideologies and politicians receive polarized treatment here, and it detracts from everyone’s awareness of the political climate as we approach the 2016 presidential elections.


OPINIONS 10/20/15 5:53pm

Sports need to take concussions more seriously

Sports culture encourages athletes to play through pain. It romanticizes toughness, grit and perseverance. That culture also breeds the mindset that a broken bone or a torn ligament will heal, but the chance to compete in sports will be gone before you know it.


OPINIONS 10/19/15 4:40pm

Parliament of World Religions

I write this from Salt Lake City, at the 6th meeting of the Parliament of World Religions. The Parliament was founded in 1893 in Chicago and has been considered the beginning off the global interfaith movement.


OPINIONS 10/16/15 4:10pm

Alumni have plenty to offer

This weekend can be more than a time for reconnecting. It also offers a rare opportunity for alumni to form new connections with current students and for current students to learn from former Phoenix who have been “out in the real world” for as little as a few months or for as long as a few decades.


OPINIONS 10/7/15 3:52pm

The silence of hopelessness

As you all know, last week’s school shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, was the fourth mass murder this year of Americans by American gunmen and approximately the 200th since 2006 in this country. The questions we should ask are simple: “Why does it keep on happening?” and “How can we stop it from happening again and again?” The answers are, unfortunately, not that simple. 


OPINIONS 10/7/15 1:00pm

Respect requires political tolerance

When I toured Elon University my junior year of high school, I was mesmerized. Not only was the campus beautiful, but every student was passionate about something, whether that was art, traveling, service, politics or truly anything else imaginable.


OPINIONS 10/6/15 7:00pm

Encourage bus service for more opportunities for students

Recently, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) has established a new express bus route running between Greensboro and Chapel Hill: Route 4, or the Alamance Burlington line. As the name might imply, this bus route has a stop in local Burlington — the Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) — only about four miles from campus.


OPINIONS 10/6/15 3:00pm

Lessons from Piper Kerman

Lucía Jervis     The Secrets of a Life in Prison: A talk with Piper Kerman   People are usually excited to listen to someone else’s story, either if it is a love story or a horrible story.


OPINIONS 10/5/15 5:10pm

How many voices do you hear?

Elon University offers a fantastic array of cultural opportunities and diverse organizations to fit and benefit the entire student body. However, colleges tend to lean toward the left, and the presentation of all sides of the political spectrum need to be addressed in the classroom, cultural events series, etc. 


OPINIONS 9/30/15 1:20pm

Ending hazing is up to students

As part of on-going efforts to end hazing at Elon University, the recently established Hazing Prevention Coalition organized events last week to participate in National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW). The Coalition has brought new energy to the fight against hazing at Elon, but there is still a long way to go.