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NEWS 3/9/17 10:22pm

Vigil for Offstein brings student athletes, community to Belk Track

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 100 Elon community members — mostly Elon University student athletes — gathered on the hill beside Irwin Belk Track to pray, sing and share stories about freshman Molly Offstein. Offstein, a cross country runner and Honors Fellow, was struck by a car on her morning jog Monday and is now in a medically induced coma at the UNC hospital.

LIFESTYLE 1/31/17 2:39pm

Phoenix published: Young Elon alumnae work in print in national literary magazines

Beckah Porter ’16 was sitting in a coffee shop one May weekend in 2016. She had come there to write, a routine she’d formed since graduating Elon University a short time before. But that day, she didn’t get any writing done. It was the day she got the email that her poem “Vignette” was going to be published in The Prairie Margins, Bowling Green State University’s undergraduate literary journal. “I had to step outside, do a little dance, I was so excited,” Porter said.

NEWS 11/29/16 3:33pm

A handshake and a hug: Danieley move-in tradition remembered

New first-year students stand in a lot of lines their first day on Elon University's campus — long lines for orientation packets, desk hutches and room keys snake through residential neighborhoods. But for those moving into Danieley Neighborhood, at the end of the longest line sat the man the neighborhood was named after: President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley.

NEWS 11/2/16 8:00am

As election draws to a close, so does patience

Elon University freshman Payton Barr doesn’t have a lot of social media accounts — just Instagram — but she still can’t escape this election season’s political posts. And she’s over it. “It gets kind of old,” Barr said. “People just get really aggressive about it. I don’t like to see that kind of negativity in my feed. I get sick of seeing it.” A recent Pew Research Center analysis found that more than one-third of social media users surveyed, like Barr, are sick of political content on their feeds. The study found that 37 percent of those surveyed said they were “worn out by how many political posts and discussions they see” on social media, saying they found it “stressful and frustrating” to read posts from those they disagree with.

NEWS 10/21/16 8:45pm

Homecoming 2016: J. Earl Danieley stars in Schar Center groundbreaking ceremony

The expected people were in attendance — President Leo Lambert, Director of Athletics Dave Blank, Chair of the Board of Trustees Kerri Anderson '79, several dozen donors, the basketball and volleyball teams — but it was former Elon University President J. Earl Danieley who stole the show at the Schar Center groundbreaking ceremony this today at 5:15 p.m. "I know he's had some days where he hasn't been out as much, but Elon athletics owes a lot to Dr. D and the waving of the towel, so [it was] good to see Dr. D out and about," said men's basketball head coach Matt Matheny.

NEWS 9/27/16 6:06pm

"Do you know who Bob Woodward is?"

This Thursday, Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward will deliver the 2016 Fall Convocation address, titled “The race for the White House in 2016: Bob Woodward’s Critical History from Nixon to Obama,” at 3:30 p.m.

LIFESTYLE 9/7/16 8:00am

Elon Eats: Uncovering an aesthetic

Driving through the Graham town square, it's impossible to miss Press Coffee+Crepes. The exterior of the coffee and crepes shop is painted dark blue, a contrast to the light white and pastel facades that line the rest of North Main Street. The interior is just as unexpected — quiet indie music, stone tables, reclaimed wooden chairs, exposed brick walls and , all lit with bare lightbulbs hanging on burnished copper wires from the black applique ceiling.

NEWS 8/26/16 8:00am

You're already making history, so make it loudly

I'm not the first, and I won't be the last, to say this to you today: Welcome to Elon University, Class of 2020. We've heard a little about you already. We've heard you're the largest and most diverse class to date in Elon history. The entire Elon community is excited to get to know the entire class of 1,569 students, 20 percent of whom are non-white. You're already historic, and you've just started here. But also.

NEWS 7/5/16 9:00am

Why Elon Student Health Services clinic is closed for summer

Students on Elon University’s campus for the summer should take special care to wash their hands and sneeze into their elbows, because the Student Health Clinic is closed for the summer. According to Jana Lynn Patterson, associate vice president of Student Life and Dean of Student Health and Wellness, the decision to not keep Health Services open for the summer is revisited every year. “We certainly look at, ‘What is our on-campus population for the summer?’” she said. A realistic count of students on campus during the summer is hard to find — summer enrollment numbers from the Office of the Registrar include both on-campus and online courses, and numbers from Residence Life only include students in on-campus housing. Using those imperfect estimates, though, is the only way to get a reasonable tally.

NEWS 6/15/16 12:10am

Elon, Alamance County communities gather to honor victims of Orlando shooting

With candles raised, almost 200 members of the Alamance County community spoke in unison: “Good is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness. Life is stronger than death.” As they uttered those words, the lights turned on in Life’s Journey United Church of Christ and thus concluded the vigil honoring the memory of the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that claimed the lives of of 49 victims and injured at least 50 others. The candlelight vigil was hosted June 14 by the church, Alamance Pride and the Alamance branch of the NAACP. A similar, yet more intimate gathering of 80 attendees was held June 13 in Elon University’s Gender & LGBTQIA Center.

NEWS 5/21/16 11:18am

Signing in plain sight

She’s standing near the stage in plain sight of everyone at Commencement. She’s wearing colors that contrast with her skin tone, as dictated by her discipline’s ethical guidelines, to make her hands and face stand out even to audience members seated far away.

NEWS 4/23/16 11:56am

Elon Hillel's Passover Seder embraces interactivity, engagement

Why is this night different from all other nights? This night — more specifically, Friday, April 22 — was Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the freedom of the Jewish people. A crowd big enough to almost fill Upstairs Lakeside powered through the rainy weather to celebrate the holiday with Hillel at 5:30 p.m.

SPORTS 4/13/16 10:30am

Giving it all, giving it back

When making her college decision, junior catcher Emily Roper knew she was going to be a student-athlete. “My dad was a big athlete growing up, and with my brothers being college athletes, I understood the process,” she said. “When it came to me it wasn’t a, ‘Are you going to play in college?’ It was a, ‘Where are you going to play in college?’” She found her way to Elon, where she has so played in 143 of the Phoenix’s 145 games since she’s stepped on campus. This season, Roper is batting .333 with five doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI. With numbers like that, it might be tempting to let them define her. But Roper’s career at Elon — and her path to the softball program — is far more three-dimensional than a stat sheet could capture.

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