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NEWS 10/20/20 8:56pm

Roundtable on pro-Trump caravan makes reccomendations to President Connie Book

The roundtable on the Trump caravan gave its recommendations to Elon University President Connie Book on Oct. 19. The list included 16 different recommendations of action that could be taken to boost campus safety. The group was formed following the pro-Trump caravan, which traveled through campus, and was made up of students, staff and faculty appointed by Book.

NEWS 10/16/20 10:29am

East Haggard to be closed for Homecoming Weekend

East Haggard Avenue will be closed this weekend from noon on Saturday, Oct. 17 through noon on Sunday, Oct. 18 for Homecoming Weekend, according to a press release from the town of Elon. This decision comes after Elon University submitted a revised proposal to the town of Elon asking the town to close Haggard for Homecoming as well as election week.

NEWS 10/14/20 9:13am

Elon University restarts search for director of campus safety and chief of police

Elon University restarted the search for a new chief of police and director of campus safety this fall. The position — which has been open since January — became available after the previous EUPD director, Dennis Franks, stepped down to become the police chief of Stallings, North Carolina. Doug Dotson currently serves as interim director. The search has restarted, and the university is using the search firm Developmental Associates.

NEWS 10/6/20 9:50pm

Board of Aldermen consider university proposal to close East Haggard Avenue

Elon University President Connie Book addressed the Board of Aldermen regarding a university proposal to temporarily close East Haggard Ave at the agenda setting meeting on Monday. The proposal submitted by the university suggested using the street to increase outdoor space for recreational and educational purposes. Book also said safety concerns are another reason to close the street.

NEWS 9/28/20 1:25pm

Democratic county commissioner candidates describe platforms, visions for Alamance County

Democrats Bob Byrd, Dreama Caldwell and Kristen Powers will battle three Republican candidates in the November general election for three open seats on the Alamance County Board of Commissioners.The Board of Commissioners is composed of five elected officials who serve as the governing body of Alamance County. Board members serve four-year terms, and elections for the board are held every even-numbered year. 

NEWS 9/28/20 12:12pm

Makeup of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees — a governing body at the university that aids in decision-making — contains parents, alumni and donors, but is also populated by former CEOs, authors and doctors.The board is composed of 35 individuals: there are 26 male trustees and nine female trustees. 30 of the trustees, or 86%, are white.

NEWS 9/22/20 11:31am

SEIU files charges against Elon University on behalf of former adjuncts

Service Employees International Union Workers United Southern Region filed charges against Elon University on the behalf of two former Elon adjunct faculty members, Robin Gary and Catherine Bush. The two charges, which both allege Elon University violated the National Labor Relations Act by allegedly retaliating against Bush and Gary for engaging in union activity, were filed Sept. 21, according to a National Labor Relations Board Spokesman.

NEWS 9/21/20 1:42pm

Some Elon faculty members dissent on motion regarding Louis DeJoy

Before faculty members voted on the motion asking Postmaster General and Elon University Board of Trustees member Louis DeJoy to commit to improving the service provided by the United States Postal Service and absolve his personal conflict of interests or step down as trustee to the university, professor of biology Dave Gammon gave a speech against the motion.To Gammon, the situation with DeJoy is multifaceted, and he said the proposal was a “very one-sided view” of a complex issue.

NEWS 9/7/20 9:10am

Faculty motion regarding postmaster general passes

Elon University professors voted in favor of a motion asking Postmaster General and Board of Trustee member Louis DeJoy to commit to improving the service provided by the United States Postal Service and absolve his personal conflict of interests or step down as trustee to the university at the Sept. 4 faculty meeting.

NEWS 9/2/20 4:50pm

Louis DeJoy's journey to postmaster general

Many people know him as postmaster general. Some know him as a successful businessman or the former CEO of New Breed Logistics. But members of the Elon community know Louis DeJoy as one of the benefactors for Odyssey scholarships, and as a member of the Elon University Board of Trustees since 2007. 

NEWS 8/27/20 10:01am

Elon University appoints first chief diversity officer

Randy Williams began his work at Elon University as a presidential fellow in 2014 working with the multicultural center, now known as the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education. Williams became the associate vice president for campus engagement following his role as a presidential fellow. His experience as associate vice president allowed Williams to work with both academic affairs and student life before he shifted to being associate vice president for inclusive excellence and civic engagement in 2019.

SPORTS 8/20/20 11:45am

Elon athletics will honor scholarships despite fall sports season suspension

Despite the postponement of the fall sports season, student-athletes who have an athletic scholarship at Elon University will maintain their scholarships. According to Clay Hassard, senior associate director of athletics for administration, compliance and campus relations, athletics will be following the NCAA regulations regarding sports and athletes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

NEWS 8/19/20 4:58pm

Concerns over Elon Trustee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mount amid changes to USPS

Elon University faculty and alumni are raising concerns over the actions of the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the threat these actions could pose to the presidential election in the coming months. DeJoy has overseen budget cuts and temporary slowdowns in postal operations, as well as the reorganization of leadership and the removal of mailboxes and mail sorting machines.

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