Opinions


OPINIONS 8/25/16 8:49pm

AAPI Phoenix, we see you for who you are

When I first toured Elon University, it seemed like the perfect school. When I arrived here, it almost was. I loved the small class sizes. I had fantastic professors. I enjoyed the courses that I took. I felt like I was growing as a student. I became involved in InterVarsity, so my spiritual needs were provided for. To top it all off, the campus was beautiful. But despite all of the wonderful things Elon offered, I wanted to transfer a month or two into my freshman year. I’m a first-generation Filipino-American, and I didn’t feel like my ethnic identity was welcomed or supported on Elon’s campus.


OPINIONS 8/25/16 7:48pm

Become authors of your own worldview and faith

Oh behalf of the Chaplains — Father Gerry, Rabbi Meir, Chaplain Joel, Muslim Coordinator Shane Atkinson, and myself, Chaplain Jan — I want to welcome you! It is a joy to have the campus teeming again with happy and energetic students. Our presence on campus means that Elon cares about your spiritual self, and your whole self. Our mission, in the Truitt Center, is to provide you resources to explore, consider and deepen your religious or spiritual commitment. We also offer you opportunities to understand and interact with those who follow different paths. And we provide events and moments to support religious and non-religious students to think together and learn from each other.


OPINIONS 7/27/16 11:57am

An open letter to Kathleen Parker

Dear Kathleen Parker, First, I’d like to thank you. The controversy around your visit to Elon University has at times made me so mad that I’ve actually gone to the gym to blow off steam. 


OPINIONS 5/7/16 11:33am

Peace, love and difficult conversations

The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life has demonstrated a commitment to multifaith engagement that has been solidified with the construction of the Numen Lumen Pavilion in 2013.  The building itself is a representation of our mission to provide a “safe place for spiritual growth, worldview exploration (religious and secular), and interfaith engagement.” However, our work has been met with criticism on many levels.  Instead of using my breath (or in this case, my keyboard) to try and shout why our work is great and why people should listen, I would like to use this piece constructively to express how we can improve our words and actions. One of the main themes emerging in criticisms of interfaith work is that the crowd that we engage gets lumped together in a giant conglomerate of peace, love and neoliberalism.


OPINIONS 5/6/16 11:32am

Summer blockbuster or bust?

With the highly anticipated release of Captain America: Civil War at the end of this week, the summer blockbuster season is well underway.


OPINIONS 5/4/16 8:35pm

Embrace these final days at Elon

Over my years of chaplaincy I've noticed a trend among seniors. I think it sharing my observations will help you to place yourself in these strenuous days. In the spring of the senior year, and every now and then in the late fall, when you hoped you'd have your best times of all, things tend to fall apart.


OPINIONS 5/4/16 11:50am

Cancelled concerts, missed opportunities

As students living in North Carolina, I’m sure you’ve heard all about House Bill 2. (If you haven't yet, do a quick Google before reading this.) One of the ways you’ve probably heard more about it in the news is the fact that many musicians are cancelling their shows in opposition of the discriminatory law. Musical groups and entertainers such as Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil, Boston, Blue Man Group and most recently, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, have canceled their performances in North Carolina to boycott the law. Seeing this headline really makes me feel conflicted.