Opinions


OPINIONS 11/3/15 12:03am

All in a year at Elon

Five weeks. Five weeks is the amount of time I have left as student at Elon University. There are seven months until I walk across the stage under the oaks with the rest of my class.


OPINIONS 10/28/15 8:00am

Treat Title IX training as a priority

A new population on campus now knows how to appropriately report and respond to instances of sexual assault or harassment: members of fraternities and sororities


OPINIONS 10/28/15 8:00am

Elon longs for longer lunch tables

As Elon Dining, formerly branded as Aramark, moves forward, it has a chance to redesign the university’s dining halls in a way that is much more welcoming.


OPINIONS 10/26/15 10:30pm

Lend a hand

As a competitive player in the “No-Shave November” since I started taking part in my high school’s competition, I view Halloween less as a terror and more as the day my legs begin to grow ... well ... hairier.


OPINIONS 10/22/15 10:13am

A state fair to remember

Once a year, folks from all walks of life find themselves waking in the middle of the night to an inexplicable autumnal energy flowing across time and space, telling them the time has come. The annual people-watching state championship, otherwise known as the North Carolina State Fair, has arrived.


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.