Archive for the ‘Elon Events’ Category

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Lupe Fiasco and DJ Girl Talk take center stage at Elon University

May 7, 2009

Jessica L. Dexheimer

May 7, 2009

More than 2,300 sets of eyes were on Lupe Fiasco as he took the stage at Elon University May 1. Wearing sunglasses, sneakers – and at one point, an Elon basketball jersey – the Chicago-based hip-hop artist didn’t disappoint. 

Near the end of his performance, Lupe Fiasco donned an Elon University jersey and was greeted by chants of "E.U! You know!"   (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

Near the end of his performance, Lupe Fiasco donned an Elon University jersey and was greeted by chants of "E.U! You know!" (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

Lupe Fiasco is a four-time Grammy nominated hip-hop artist, and has recorded with industry heavyweights such as Kanye West and Jay-Z. On May 1, he was the headlining artist for the Student Union Board’s annual spring show, making 2009’s event the most widely attended concert in at least  four years. 

“This is only my second time working at a SUB event, but it’s definitely the best,” said sophomore SUB member Carolyn Baumgarten. “We didn’t think that we were going to get Lupe because of scheduling conflicts and just the sheer cost of it, but I’m so glad it worked out because I think everybody was just blown away by this show.”

Lupe Fiasco performed about two hours worth of songs from both his 2006 break-out album “Food & Liquor” and his better-known 2007 album, “The Cool.”

Many of his long-time fans sang along, with Lupe occasionally extending the microphone into the crowd, while newer fans danced to the hip-hop beats.

Lupe Fiasco entertained crowds with songs from his two Grammy-nominated albums.    (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

Lupe Fiasco entertained crowds with songs from his two Grammy-nominated albums. (Photo courtesy of Christina Cooper)

“I had heard of Lupe before, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what he is famous for,” said senior Lauren Bieler. “But this was a really, really good live performance, and it makes me want to find out more about his music.” 

Lupe Fiasco also played music from some up-and-coming Chicago artists that he is trying to support, telling audience members to find the groups on social networking Web site MySpace.

Cult favorite DJ Girl Talk opened for Lupe Fiasco, and gave a crowd-pleasing performance in his own rite. Pittsburgh-bred Girl Talk is famous for “mash up” style remixes in which he combines samples of hit songs that share a common theme, riff or beat to create new, upbeat singles. Girl Talk was joined on stage by 200 students dancing among the streamers, toilet paper, confetti and beach balls that Girl Talk’s entourage regularly threw at the crowds. 

The concert ended around midnight, and as many students left the building, they were still dancing to memories of Lupe Fiasco’s songs.

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Elon’s fraternities and sororities heat up gym with annual dance competition

April 25, 2009

Jessica L. Dexheimer

April 25, 2009

The basketball court was turned into a dance floor Wednesday night as 16 teams performed dance routines for a rowdy audience in Alumni Gym.

The event was Elon’s annual Greek Week Dance competition, the much-anticipated highlight of a week-long series of events targeted towards the Greek community.

Each of the university’s eight sororities performed a choreographed dance routine that many had been practicing for at least two months. The seven fraternities presented skits or interpretive dances that often included loud rap music and partially closed brothers. The eight NPHC organizations, which traditionally have fewer members than the PHC sororities and fraternities, competed as one organization and were judged as a fraternity. 

Each seven-minute routine had been pre-approved for theme, content, costumes and music by the Greek Week Committee, headed by Director of Greek Life, Jay Anhornn, and his intern, senior Kammie Shaw. 

The dances were judged by a panel of nine members of the Elon community, including professors, a cheerleading coach and Jodean Schmiederer, Assistant Dean of Student Life. The event was open to non-affiliated members of the university and surrounding community, and tickets cost $5.

Ultimately, Sigma Kappa sorority won the competition for the second year in a row, winning bragging rights and $1,000 for their  philanthropy, Alzheimer’s disease research. Sigma Phi Epsilon placed first for the fraternities. Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the NPHC both came in second, followed by Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Sigma Chi.

“The event is really just intended to be fun and bring the Greek community together,” said sophomore Nick Dyer, a Greek Week coordinator for the Interfraternity Council. “It is hard saying that one group deserved to win because everybody did really, really good.” 

Click to see the stepping segment of the NPHC skit. 

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Elon Hillel remembers Holocaust victims, honors survivors

April 22, 2009

Jessica L. Dexheimer

April 22, 2009

More than half a century after the end of World War II, Elon students are working to ensure that the tragedies of the Holocaust are not forgotten. 

Hillel, the campus organization for Jewish students, usually acknowledges Holocaust Remembrance Day (which falls on a different date each year) by having members publicly read the names of some of the six million victims. On April 22, 24 Hillel members took turns standing in front of Moseley Student Center in 15 minute shifts, each student reading victim’s names from two books listing verified Holocaust victims.

“Our goal was to raise people’s awareness and get people talking,” said junior Susan Esrock, the president of Hillel. “When people walk past and hear someone at the podium reading weird names, they’re probably interested to find out what’s going on.”

Senior Amanda Gross reads the names of Holocaust victims outside of Moseley Tuesday. Members of Hillel took 15-minute turns reading the names of victims.

Senior Amanda Gross reads the names of Holocaust victims outside of Moseley Tuesday. Members of Hillel took 15-minute turns reading the names of victims.

This year was the first year that Hillel organized a week of events surrounding Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Monday, April 20, the group invited a Jewish refugee from Germany to have lunch with students and explain her experiences. The next day, Hillel  had a table at College Coffee where they passed out information about the Holocaust and white ribbons to remind wearers of the genocide. 

On Thursday, the group organized multiple events, including hosting a speech by Holocaust survivor and lighting luminaries across campus to represent the lives lost. The week concluded with a Shabbat dinner on Friday evening. 

2009 was also the first year that Hillel partnered with other campus organizations to promote Holocaust Remembrance. They worked with the service organization Alpha Phi Omega, the gay/lesbian/transgender awareness group SPECTRUM and newly formed anti-genocide coalition, STAND. Members from each of these organizations helped to organize, promote and set up for the various events.

Though April 22 served as a reminder of a tragic day in world history, Esrock believes that the events had an overall positive outcome.

“We hope [students] are reminded of everyone who lost their lives in the Holocaust and that this is an event we can never forget,” she said. “Not only should it represent a historical event that should never be repeated, but it should also remind people of the wonderful lives and legacies that were cut short by the Holocaust.”

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New frontiers: Elon plans to launch master’s program in interactive media

April 17, 2009

Jessica L. Dexheimer

April 15, 2009

Elon University will expand upon it’s four existing graduate programs by launching a Masters of Arts in Interactive Media program this summer.

The program is a one-year, full-time program that offers students access to Elon’s cutting-edge communications technology and provides students with the opportunity to travel abroad to work on a complex, multimedia project.

According to the program’s Web site, 36 total students will be admitted in to the program, and both professionals and new graduates are encouraged to apply. But, what exactly is interactive media? 

Ken Calhoun, an associate professor in the School of Communications at Elon, defines interactive media as a two-way system of communications that promotes participation between the audience and the text. Calhoun explains that readers appreciate interactive media as it gives them “choice and control.”

Interactive media is becoming more common, and can be seen in  different types of Web sites, computer games and even some movies. Calhoun says that interactive media is “the must-do for the future of communications,” and therefore, students hoping to break in to the field of communications or journalism could benefit from Elon’s new graduate program.

“I think you can create more options for yourself if you have more skills,” he said to a group of journalism undergrads. “I think it’s important to focus on that one skill … and the more it touches on different types of communications, the more likely you are to find a job.”

 

Click here to hear Calhoun talk about “machinima,” a cutting-edge new trend in interactive media.

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Senior human services majors host HIV/AIDS awareness events

April 9, 2009

Jessica Dexheimer

April 8, 2009

Students from Dr. Cynthia Fair’s Human Services senior seminar course hosted an HIV/AIDS awareness event called ‘No Glove, No Love’ at West End Station bar in Elon, N.C. on Tuesday night.red_ribbon1

Members of the Elon University community paid a $3 cover charge to enter the event, and were given free condoms, flyers with information about safe sex, condom-shaped stickers emblazoned with the logo ‘Just Wear It’ and red ribbons to show support of the anti-HIV/AIDS movement.

The funds raised from the cover charge and all donations were donated to Alamance Cares, a local HIV/AIDS awareness organization.

Amy Gatto, a student from the human services class that organized the event, said that the total amount of money raised has not been counted, but they expected to make a large donation to Alamance Cares.

“The turn out was amazing,” she said. “We’re going to be able to make a much larger donation than we initially anticipated, which is great. We’re also really happy that we were able to educate Elon students about safe sex and not discriminating against people who do have HIV or AIDS.”

The human services class will also offer free HIV testing in Moseley Center today.

Update: More than 100 students were tested for HIV yesterday. All students were provided with information on how to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

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Snowstorm means no school for Elon University students

March 3, 2009

Jessica Dexheimer

March 2, 2009

Students at Elon University (N.C.) awoke Monday to find the campus covered in snow.

The snowstorm began around 8 p.m. Sunday, and overnight, nearly 4 inches of snow accumulated. According to The National Weather Service, the Raleigh (N.C.) area has only experienced March snowstorms of more than three inches 11 times in 122 years.

Most of main campus was still unplowed as of 9 a.m.

Most of main campus was still unplowed as of 9 a.m. (Photo by Jessi Dexheimer)

 

Originally, the University planned to operate on a 4-hour delayed schedule, but by 9 a.m., administrators made the decision to cancel classes altogether.

However, the snow day was not as relaxing as some students had hoped. The storm caused power outages in many dormitories and off-campus apartments, and students seeking heat were advised to go to Moseley Campus Center or Danieley Commons. Duke Energy estimated that 4,145 Alamance County residents experienced a power outage.

“Most students were excited because the snow day gave them a chance to sleep in,” said Amy Schilling, a senior who lost power in her West End apartment. “But not for me, I was up early just trying to find enough clothes and blankets so I could stay warm.”

By mid-afternoon, the snow and ice had melted significantly. (Photo by Leila Wall)

By mid-afternoon, the snow and ice had melted significantly. (Photo by Leila Wall)

Power was restored on-campus by 10 a.m., and power was restored to most Alamance County residents by 11:30 a.m. 

Many students opted to use the day off to have fun, building snowmen and igloos and having snowball fights.

However, the fun seems to be short-lived, as The National Weather Service expects temperatures to reach 68 degrees by the week’s end.

Sarah Delphias, 3, makes a snow angel in the snow at Elon Intramural Fields.

Sarah Delphias, 3, makes a snow angel at the Elon Intramural Fields.

Update: Elon University has announced that classes will be held as scheduled on Tuesdsay, March 3. Alamance County Public Schools will open two hours late.

Update: The Alamance County School System has announced that students will attend classes on Saturday, March 7 to make up for the snow day Monday. Classes will begin at the regularly scheduled time, but will be dismissed 2 hours early.

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Club field hockey starts spring season with doubleheader

February 22, 2009

Jessica Dexheimer                                                                                                             Feb. 22, 2009

Elon University‘s club field hockey team kicked off the spring season with a doubleheader against Davidson College and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Feb. 22.

Elon sophomore Libby Dean keeps the ball from Davidson.

Elon sophomore Libby Dean keeps the ball from Davidson. (Photos by Jessica Dexheimer)

The Elon Phoenix soared over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks with a 2-0 win, but later lost to the Davidson Wildcats with a score of 2-1.  

Because several of Davidson’s players were unable to attend the game, both teams were forced to play only eight players at a time, instead of the usual 11.

The game marked the beginning of Elon’s spring season, which will continue March 1 at High Point University.

“Our double-header was a great kick-off to spring season,” said Elon senior Molly Donahue. “We only had two weeks to practice, but we played great. Our girls had good stick skills and communicated really well. I’m excited to see what we can do with more time and practice.” 

Elon freshman Katherine Mantz dribbles the ball down Firehouse Field.

Elon freshman Katherine Mantz dribbles the ball down Firehouse Field.