Made in Illustrator for Information Graphics and Design class. Click here to go to the interactive graphic made in Google Fusion.
Made in Illustrator for Information Graphics and Design class. Click here to go to the interactive graphic made in Google Fusion.
Posted by Brittany Washington on May 7, 2013
by Stephanie Petrich and Brittany Washington
The 2012 presidential election has made the College Democrats and College Republications at Elon University very busy organizations this year. From recruiting students to holding a campus-wide debate, these organizations have been working hard to find support for the candidates and to discuss the issues.
“The College Democrats are definitely more involved than last year,” said senior Ben Waldon, a participant in the campus-wide debate. “I think they’ve been doing a really good job of getting the word out and getting promoted.”
“It’s a lot different this year,” said Jack Minor Jr., a member of the College Republicans. “There’s a presidential election and a governor election; there’s a lot more at stake than there was last year. So we’ve been very active.”
College Republicans has been encouraging students to volunteer for the Romney campaign by doing work through the NC Victory 2012 Burlington office.
“Having the opportunity to really immerse yourself in this election has kind of been our key goal,” said Patrick Brown, chair of the College Republicans. “I think we’ve provided a good opportunity for students to do that.”
On Saturday about eight or nine students volunteered with the Romney campaign. Brown said that the College Republicans have had many students volunteer and they’ve received a lot of great feedback from the campaign.
“I think it’s great that people took time out of their day to volunteer and knock on doors or make phone calls,” Brown said. “It’s been a great experience for a lot of people to see how the grassroots of a campaign works.”
The campus-wide debate covered issues such as education, same-sex marriage and healthcare. In addition to Republican and Democratic debaters, there were students that represented the international and independent perspective on the issues.
“I participated in the debate because I just wanted to make that everyone was informed because there’s a lot of misinformation going around,” said Cameron Crowder, a first-year student and member of the College Democrats.
“I thought it was interesting way to bring national politics to the students and to Elon and to get people interested about politics,” said Waldon. “At the end of the day, we won the debate if we got people to actually care about it and get people to vote.”
But after the hype of the election dies down, will the College Democrats and Republicans presence die down?
“What I’ve heard is that College Republicans and College Democrats are on a four-year cycle where they are extremely active during the election years, have three years of almost dormancy and then get really active again,” Brown said.
Brown is interested in ending this apparent four-year cycle.
“College Republicans goal is not only to have been active this year, but to be active in the spring and in the upcoming years,” Brown said. “We’re thinking about having social events, charity events, and we have some speakers lined up.”
Crowder said it could go either way.
“After the election, people have an excuse to start focusing on other clubs that call for more of their attention,” Crowder said.
On election night, the College Democrats are hosting an election watch party. College Republicans are planning to have an event after Election Day.
Posted by Brittany Washington on November 6, 2012
After Newsweek announced the end of its print publication in December on Oct.18, people, and journalists especially, had to ask a question that was first asked with the rise of the Internet: is this the end of physical editions of newspapers and magazines?
With such a prominent magazine as Newsweek going all-digital, other magazines are sure to watch and take its lead. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports in its 2012 State of the News Media that total digital and mobile revenues are up for magazines. And with tablet ownership growing to 18 percent, going digital might not be a bad idea.
“I think it’s the right move for them,” said Jeff Stern, a junior at Elon University and online managing editor for the student newspaper, the Pendulum. “I think they’re forward-thinking. Initially, they might struggle but in the long-term it will benefit them as long as their content is top-notch. It’s all about content.”
Elon University’s own newspaper has worked on expanding its online presence. This semester, the Pendulum decreased the number of print publications produced per semester, while increasing its emphasis online. New content is posted to its website, www.elonpendulum.com, daily and release teasers of the content via social media. The Pendulum is now only printed twice a month.
Editor-in-Chief of the Pendulum, Caitlin O’Donnell thinks the decision for Newsweek to go all-digital was abrupt.
“While I won’t argue that the online realm of journalism is growing, I still believe there is a place for print reporting and it would have been in Newsweek’s best interest to decrease in their print publication, perhaps, rather than entirely eradicate it,” O’Donnell said.
And when it comes to the Pendulum, O’Donnell doesn’t see it being an online-only publication any time soon.
“While the majority of readers enjoy engaging with our content online, a facet of our readership still looks forward to picking up the print version every week,” O’Donnell said.
Newsweek will release a tablet version called Newsweek Global in January 2013. As for the Pendulum, there’s nothing in immediate plans for an app.
“It’s something we talked about,” Stern said. “But there has to be a purpose for the app. It has to include some special features that works with the GPS or camera of the device. Our website is mobile-friendly so there’s no need for one now.”
Posted by Brittany Washington on October 31, 2012
Fresh doughnuts are readily available thanks to locally-owned shop, NC Jelly Donuts. Burlington residents don’t have to wait until the grand openings of either Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts. The Burlington Times-News reported that both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts are set to open in the city.
NC Jelly Donuts, located at 3260 S. Church, first opened in Oct. 2011. The owner, Kim Chang, is originally from California along with his sister, Kelsey Chao, who is currently in charge of the shop while Chang is overseas.
“It’s just business,” Chao said about the other doughnut shops coming to Burlington. “Even if you are worried, there’s nothing you can do. Customers say they have eaten at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, so I’m not worried.”
NC Jelly Donuts has a wide variety of donuts: cake, old fashioned, French crullers and more. If doughnuts aren’t your favorite sweet treat, they also have danishes, apple sticks and chocolate croissants.
“I like the freshness of the doughnuts and you can have whatever filling you want in them,” said Burlington resident Jo Ellen Santa.
The doughnuts are filled as it’s ordered. So pick a doughnut and a flavor: chocolate, butter cream, raspberry, custard or
lemon and watch it get filled on the spot.
Burlington resident Jennifer Walker discovered NC Jelly Donuts three months ago.
“We just happened to stop by and try a doughnut,” Walker said. “It’s definitely better than Dunkin Donuts.”
“These doughnuts are different from Krispy Kreme,” said Santa. “They are fluffier.”
Prices are different from Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts as well. One doughnut from NC Jelly Donuts cost a total of 85 cents. One doughnut from Krispy Kreme cost 99 cents and one doughnut from Dunkin Donuts cost 95 cents.
NC Jelly Donuts is open from Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Posted by Brittany Washington on October 31, 2012
Elon University is committed to diversity. Its commitment is stated in the university’s 10-year strategic plan as unprecedented. With this commitment, Elon needs to also commit to inclusion: making sure everyone feels safe and welcome on campus. Elon has many organizations, places on campus and initiatives that cater to diversity. Its newest organization is the Inclusive Community.
According to its website, the Inclusive Community includes representatives from across campus of staff, faculty and administrators in multiple offices and fields. These representatives comprise a council, an education team and process advocate team. One of the goals of the Inclusive Community is to create the best climate for all. Everyone doesn’t agree that Elon is inclusive.
“No, I don’t think Elon is inclusive,” said Kanree Wright, junior at Elon and president of Diversity Emerging Education Program (DEEP). “I feel like we’re working towards it. We need to start with the administration and work down. I’ve seen a lot of programs about diversity, but diversity education during orientation would be good to establish that foreground of Elon being an inclusive campus.”
Elizabeth Nelson, the coordinator for Inclusive Community’s education team, is working to on the second goal of the Inclusive Community: significant learning around difference as hallmark of Elon education.
“There are three kinds of prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary,” Nelson said. “When we’re responding to incidents and saying, ‘hey, let’s work it out among the people that were directly affected’, then we’re in the world of tertiary prevention. It’s more responsive, but it’s not necessarily stopping incidents from happening.”
Nelson explains secondary prevention as being the community being a little more proactive.
“We’re less responsive because fewer things are happening,” Nelson said. “We’re building a better climate.”
And in primary prevention, the community is focused on the climate and improving situations.
“The reality of prevention work is that you’re doing the same thing all the time,” said Nelson. “So we what we want to work towards is that before anyone steps on campus, they would know that the campus norm is inclusivity and you can’t get away with incidents against different identities.”
Some examples that Nelson provided for identity are gender, race, ethnicity, ability, disability, socio-economic status and religious affiliation including atheist or agnostic.
“Sometimes, when we talk about identity what we default to saying is we’re really only talking about people who have a non-majority status,” Nelson said. “But one of the things that inclusive community and identity is looking at is how are all of us contributing to an environment that does or doesn’t promote inclusion?”
One major program that involves the Inclusive Community is the winter term theme of diversity.
“The winter term diversity theme came about from work of a subcommittee of the Presidential Diversity Council chaired by Dr. Mary Jo Festle,” said Brook Barnett, chair of the Inclusive Community Council. “She and her committee fleshed out a proposal for the theme. The idea for the theme was also part of the Diversity Quality Enhancement Program proposal too.”
The education team is working on programs and considering partnering with organizations, such as DEEP, on campus to have conversations about inclusive community.
“DEEP’s biggest goal is to be advocates for diversity,” said Wright. “Not so much for race, but celebrating different identities; trying to bring all of those identities together into community.”
DEEP holds events such as DEEP Days where three days are spent on the topic of diversity, Difficult Dialogues, discussion on a particular topic related to diversity and Tunnel of Oppression, an event to shows how different identities have been mistreated or misrepresented.
Other organizations on campus that reflect inclusivity are the Muslim Student Association, Catholic Christian Ministry, Intervarsity, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Black Cultural Society (BSC), Spectrum, the queer-straight alliance and Elon Feminists for Equality and Change and Transformation (EFFECT).
This photo slideshow represents places on campus that support inclusion.
Many students had varying meanings for the word inclusive, but there was a general theme of tolerance and acceptance.
“Inclusiveness means being able to celebrate everyone’s identity; not just being tolerant and accepting,” Wright said. “It’s allowing people to be who they are and come together.”
Junior Kyla Sokoll-Ward agrees that inclusiveness is more than tolerance and acceptance; it’s also about curiosity.
“Inclusiveness is having curiosity about studying other interests and faiths,” Ward said. “I think Elon is inclusive, but the student body could be a little more curious. Students are open to new interests and different faiths, but they aren’t necessarily knowledgeable.”
Some students said inclusiveness is important because problems can occur from an unwelcoming climate.
“Inclusiveness, without a doubt, is of great importance, especially on a college campus,” said junior Dana Mustafa. “Without inclusiveness, learning, creativity, innovation, and teamwork are hindered from flourishing.”
Wright agrees that inclusiveness can be hindering.
“In order for Elon to grow as a community, we can’t have people who are hateful to other people,” Wright said. “To see where other people are coming from can better the community.”
The Bias and Discrimination Hotline was created to allow students to report incidents of bias, discrimination or harassment.
“People can call the hotline for a number of reasons,” said Nelson. “They can call just to say this happened to me and I want someone to know it. But if they need support, someone will be called if they call that hotline. There’s an immediate responder that’s trained on these issues that will immediately call that person back once the responder has been notified.”
The responder can either talk through the issue with that person over the phone or they can meet him or her in person.
“In some instances, a police report may need to be filed,” Nelson said. “It can be really scary to file a police report by yourself. You can have someone accompany you to do that.”
While the website is soft-launched and still being finalized, Nelson wants students to know the bias and discrimination hotline is up and running as well as its online services.
“If you don’t want to call or do it in the moment, there are two kinds of online reporting,” Nelson said. “Sometimes, something happens and you just want someone to know. You may not need any personal follow-up.”
Nelson said that there have been reports made using the online system.
“I do think people are realizing there’s somewhere to tell about something that happened,” Nelson said.
Once the Inclusive Community website is finalized, students, faculty and staff will receive an email with more information. The Inclusive Community will be doing more events in January.
Posted by Brittany Washington on October 11, 2012
While E-Net and other sources noted as Byron Pitts coming to Elon University to give a lecture, Pitts really came to have a conversation. Pitts, a CBS News correspondent, discussed how people are tough and delicate creatures in different scenarios that he’s encountered as a journalist. In connection with this year’s common reading, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, he shared stories about his experience with Hurricane Katrina.
“What surprised me the most when I got to New Orleans, on the second day, is that I saw bodies on the interstate,” Pitts said.
Pitts, having seen 49 deaths during his career, ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the earthquake in Haiti, is no stranger to death. What struck him was that no one had taken time to clear the bodies from the road.
“Not long before that, I’d covered the tsunami in Indonesia. And for religious and cultural reasons, bodies were removed as soon as they were identified. I thought how odd that in a developing nation, people pause long enough to deal with the dead in a dignified way, but here in our country, the most powerful country on Earth, we allow our citizens to be left out on the highway.”
Pitts said the worst in human nature is exposed in disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
“There was looting,” Pitts said. “Some did it to help their families; some took advantage of a bad situation.”
But disasters can also bring out the best in people.
“I saw people risk their lives to save other people. The gentleman focused on in the book was one of the heroes of Katrina the first few days after the disaster. He went and saved people.”
Pitts answered questions from the audience for the rest of the time and shared a lot of stories. After he was asked if there was ever a time in his career that he felt his life was in danger, he shared a story about one experience in Afghanistan.
“When I went to Afghanistan in Oct. 2001, before US military forces were on the ground, there was about 16-20 journalists killed in the two months I was there,” Pitts said. “I felt vulnerable. We were traveling by ourselves. I had a colleague that was killed while we were there. I felt nervous.”
The $50,000 bounty for Western journalists added to that nervousness when they were traveling at night and the car ran out of gas.
“We siphoned gas from an abandoned car and kept moving,” Pitts said.
At one point, Pitts asked the driver, an Afghan teen, to drive faster. Not only did the driver refuse, he stopped and demanded more money. After a failed negotiation attempt lost in translation, Pitts got the translator to communicate a threat to the driver that got them on the road again.
Pitts touched on the strength of the human spirit with stories from 9/11 and Haiti. A 19-year-old Marine stood bravely in the face of danger and didn’t let the person he heard die alone. A courtyard in Haiti served as a hospital as an earthquake. In the midst of pain, a woman starts singing the Haiti National Anthem and the sea of people join her.
At the end of his conversation, Pitts gave out his email and address and phone number to students.
“I believe in the power of paying forward,” Pitts said. “If I could ever help you, email me. And the only I ask in return is that when you reach your goals professionally, you give your information to a young person that you can help.”
Posted by Brittany Washington on September 20, 2012
By Natalie Dupuis and Brittany Washington
In a competitive industry such as business, one can’t rely on a degree alone. Experience is necessary to obtain a job. This point is pushed in the Love School of Business at Elon University by requiring business students to complete an internship before graduation.
“A student can complete an internship all four years,” said Jan Pagoria, director of internships for the Love School of Business. “So I try to connect with students early. Jane Mehringer, the associate director of Career Services for the Love School of Business, has developed a four-year plan to help students with their internship and job search.”
The internships must be business-related which Pagoria says has a lot more flexibility than people realize.
“Accounting majors can get an internship at a public accounting firm or in a corporate or non-profit setting,” said Pagoria. “There is so much out there, I encourage students to look at the intersection of their skills and interests.”
When students come in to see Pagoria, she’ll examine where you want to go and what you’ve done so far.
“I’ll help identify those gaps and what you want to complete,” Pagoria said.
Pagoria encourages students to use the Elon Job Network, where Elon alumni are looking for Elon students as interns and employees.
“Students often go after internships that other people think are valuable,” Pagoria said. “Ultimately, what they want to do when they graduate from Elon is what matters.”
Some places business students have interned include the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Branch, the Atlanta Hawks and the Make a Wish Foundation.
Senior accounting major Tina Lanciotti, interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, one of the Big Four accounting firms, this summer in New York.
“I worked on a team that audited two different companies,”Lanciotti said. “I went through retirement plans for about 50 people in a day and a half.”
She worked with some of PwC’s big clients such as Louis Vutton and Tori Bruch. Lanciotti said the office was very welcoming of the interns.
“I really got to know everyone in the office,” Lanciotti said. “They helped bring us into the company.”
Lanciotti discovered her internship opportunity at a meet and greet on Elon’s campus hosted by the local chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors business organization for accounting, finance and information systems students and professionals. But before her phone interview and office visit with PwC, she used the resources available.
“I definitely used the Elon Job Network,” Lanciotti said. “I had to apply for the internship through the network. I visited the internship coordinator and we went over my resume.”
Lanciotti got to experience every intern’s dream: being offered a job.
“When people get job offers they send you to Disney,” Lanciotti said. “My partner pulled me aside one day and told me ‘you’re going to Disney.’”
Lanciotti will be getting more than a free trip to Disney: PwC will pay for her exams to become a certified public accountant. Lanciotti, who’s from Long Island, is excited to be returning home. Some advice she offers to students is to use all the resources available.
“Go to every recruiting event and be personable,” said Lanciotti.
Posted by Brittany Washington on September 20, 2012
Every Tuesday between 9:40 and 10:20, there are no classes. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to mix and mingle and promote their organizations over coffee and muffins at an event called College Coffee. College Coffee first began in 1984 and currently takes place at Scott Plaza in front of the academic building Alamance. It was moved from the Phi Beta Kappa Commons because of the construction of the multi-faith center. The multi-faith center plans to help bring people of different religions together as seen at the last College Coffee. Three different faiths said prayers as Elon took time to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11.
While coffee is a staple of this tradition, hot cider, water and juice are also available. The food typically rotates between bagels, muffins and donuts. On special occasions, there are some unique goodies. Next Tuesday, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, there will be churros and sopaipillas.
Posted by Brittany Washington on September 12, 2012
Charlie Cook, the “Picasso of election analysts” as stated by the Wall Street Journal, stopped by Elon University on Sept. 10 and painted a few possibilities of what is to come with the upcoming presidential election. Cook summed up his speech in one sentence before going into details: “if President Obama gets re-elected it will be despite the economy and because of his campaign and if Mitt Romney wins it will be because of the economy and despite his campaign.”
Cook explains that this has been a very close race and that it was closer prior to the Republican National Convention. Romney’s campaign focused too much on convincing people that the terrible economy is President Obama’s fault and not enough time convincing people that Romney is someone the people can trust as president.
“Well, frankly, I think most people can figure out that the economy is in terrible shape without relying on the Romney campaign to tell them that,” Cook said.
The Romney campaign put out biographical advertisements too late. The Obama campaign had already done some damage with their advertisements: attacking Romney and Romney not doing much to address them. There was a window of opportunity to show the “real Romney,” at the Republican National Convention but was closed quickly by the late hour his speech was shown and having Clint Eastwood introduce him.
“Clint Eastwood? Are you kidding me? That’s how you want to use your sixty precious minutes?” Cook said.
Cook questioned whether Romney had the gregarious, outgoing personality necessary to be the president.
While Cook said that the people in charge of Romney’s advertising campaign out to be sued for malpractice, President Obama’s campaign has been doing well. But the bad economy has the highest potential for ending the president’s run in the White House.
“Generally speaking, when the economy is this bad, presidents don’t get re-elected,” Cook said.
Cook acknowledges that President Obama inherited a bad economy and a poll showed that most Americans agree.
“But what happens when you take the Oval Office is that every month that goes by, you take a little bit more ownership of the economy and you’re more and more invested in it so by the time you run for re-election, you may not own the whole economy, but you own a big piece of it. In other words, people expect you to have been able to do something with it.”
The president faces a challenge with what he’s done or the lack of what he’s done for the economy. There is a recession and the economic downturn is worse than anyone expected. Voters will remember the stimulus package.
“If you take a poll, Americans would say the stimulus package didn’t do any good and a good chuck of them would say it was a waste of money.”
Posted by Brittany Washington on September 10, 2012
by Ashley Fahey, Rachel Southmayd and Brittany Washington
The Democratic National Convention attracted not just politicians and the press, but colorful characters and outspoken protestors. From “Obama Shuffle” dancers outside of the Charlotte Convention Center to jazz musicians playing in the main square of uptown Charlotte, an abundance of activity and clamor could be seen and heard throughout the Queen City.
Posted by Brittany Washington on September 9, 2012