Ryan Kupperman

My name is Ryan Kupperman and I am News Editor for the spring 2023 semester. I am a sophomore at Elon and have been a student journalist for almost 7 years. Check out my portfolio to see some more of my work. I enjoy long-form, in-depth news and feature writing, and I am hoping to get more experience in broadcast. I also love TV shows — my favorites being Daredevil, Better Call Saul, and Invincible. I’m looking forward to second semester and excited to edit the news!

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NEWS 5/19/23 11:39am

Elon University’s class of 2023 rises from the ashes

The class of 2023 was honored at Elon's 133rd commencement ceremony May 19 in Schar Center. The day was split into two ceremonies — one for the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, and the other for the School of Business and School of Communications. Senior class president Lily Kays deemed graduating students "the class of the Phoenix." Keynote speaker Ashton Newhall ’98 encouraged graduates to bring the aspects that make Elon unique, such as its culture of passion and engagement, to the outside world. 

NEWS 5/18/23 8:15pm

Elon University’s seventh annual Donning of the Kente ceremony cherishes African roots, heritage

Elon University’s seventh annual Donning of the Kente ceremony cherishes graduating students' African roots and heritage. Each graduate received a stole made of kente cloth imported from West Africa, which was presented to them by family, a mentor or friend of their choosing. The event consisted of a dance of celebration, an invocation from the Rev. and Dean of Multifaith Engagement Kirstin Boswell and a welcoming from Elon Black Alumni Network President Akilah Weaver into the EBAN community.

NEWS 5/18/23 1:49pm

Elon University selects School of Communications dean

Elon University has selected Kenn Gaither as its next School of Communications dean. Gaither will begin the role June 1 after serving as the interim dean since August. He has also been at Elon for nearly two decades in the communications department. Gaither said he plans to lead through his four C's: communication, collaboration, culture and community.

NEWS 5/10/23 4:49pm

Family of anatomical ‘silent teacher’ attends Elon University’s Human Donor Memorial

For the first time ever, family members of a human donor in Elon University’s Undergraduate Human Anatomy Laboratory attended the Human Donor Memorial held at the end of each semester. Guest speaker and Chaplain Emeritus Richard McBride also submitted his consent papers during the event, solidifying the donation of his body to Elon's Anatomical Gift Program after death. Students and faculty got to hear about the life of one of their donors from their family members at the memorial, as well as see and hear about why McBride decided to donate his body.

NEWS 4/18/23 1:31pm

Elon University commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with Reading of the Names

Over 27 volunteers will stand at the front steps of Moseley Student Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to read the names of those who perished during the Holocaust.Organized by Hillel, Jewish Life, Jewish Studies and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Elon carried its two decade tradition of honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each year, the volunteers only read just a fraction of the names, honoring the lives lost. Interim Assistant Director of Jewish Life Christy Brooks said this has been an Elon tradition for almost two decades, but it has always been a Jewish tradition. 

NEWS 4/7/23 1:48pm

Elon University requires health insurance information before class registration

Students who have not yet opted out or enrolled in Elon's new Student Blue health insurance plan will be prevented from registering for their fall 2023 classes until they have completed the health agreement form. This form acknowledges that students should either upload their current information or be automatically enrolled in Student Blue. Flags will begin going up on OnTrack accounts and students have until tuition bills are sent July 1 to waive out or pay the insurance bill cost.

NEWS 3/6/23 12:23pm

Elon to celebrate 10th Elon Day

This year, the 10th annual Elon Day also falls on the 100th year since the 1923 fire — amplifying the spirit of community and giving that the Elon community will embody this Tuesday.

NEWS 2/10/23 8:12am

Elon becomes open to AI as campus police departments adopt higher-grade surveillance technology nationwide

Joe LeMire, Elon University’s chief of campus safety and police, first heard about the use of artificial intelligence software to track student social media activity at the annual North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Conference on Feb. 2. During a break in between conference sessions, LeMire spoke to other North Carolinian directors and chiefs of police about the practicality of using AI software as a viable campus safety measure. While LeMire said Elon does not currently use or have plans to implement AI software, the concept is on his mind as the practice becomes more common and effective nationwide.

NEWS 2/9/23 8:16pm

Alamance County activists urge all Oct. 31, 2020 protest charges to be dropped

If it hadn’t been overcast Thursday, those words would have been in the Rev. Gregory Drumwright’s shadow as he urged the Alamance County district attorney to drop all outstanding charges against individuals arrested at the Oct. 31, 2020 “I Am Change” march to the polls. Just three days after he was found not guilty for “resisting a public officer” at the October 2020 protest, and six days after his “failure to disperse” charge was dismissed, 19 individuals stood in front of the memorial as Drumwright demanded justice for the vocal minority who put their lives at risk for change and equality. 

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