Top 5 Places to Study for Finals

It’s that time of semester again……. Finals! A time where students complain about all the studying they have to do to make up for all the work they didn’t do during the semester. It’s a vicious cycle indeed but no semester is complete without it. I’m feeling the stress this semester with 4 finals coming up. The one I’m most worried about is my Principles of Finance. Elon is certainly a fun and active school and often times classes don’t take too much time away from play time, but the courses are challenging and when time comes to finish up strong, sometimes those extra play time hours have to become study hours. Luckily though, Elon has so many comfy places around campus to spend those long hours on review sheets and note cards. Here are my Top 5 favorite places to study during the week of finals,

1. Belk Library

A classic. The Library here at Elon is 3 floors high and contains almost every book and database you could possibly need for any subject you’re studying. If you don’t need a book or online information though, you can find a spot on any of the floors to post up and study hard. The first floor has a computer lab, printers, a tutoring center, a writing center and plenty of space for group projects. The second floor is more secluded and used for independent study amongst the many shelves of books. There are rooms to grab (if you’re lucky), comfy plus couches and chairs, desktops and even cubicle style seating to allow for more secluded studying. The third floor is reserved as a quiet study area. If you so much as open your backpack too loudly, you might be met with some unfriendly stares. Brush the hater’s off though because this is a great area to pop in some headphones and get lost in that 26 page review guide for the Business Law final you’ve been dreading.

2. Lindner Hall Inman Reading Room

Otherwise known as the Harry Potter room, this study space is quiet and prestigious; filled with old looking lamps, massive leather chairs and vast tables made of hand carved wood. (I actually don’t know whether the tables in this room were hand carved but they are big and provide a lot of space to spread out all your study accoutrements). The room is designated as a quiet study space which means there’s no talking. This guarantees you a chunk of time, distraction free, to highlight and memorize your whole entire textbook in preparation for the Stats Exam you have tomorrow morning.

3. Moseley Student Commons

This is a new development in Elon study spaces. Moseley just underwent renovations to create their Student Lounge. It’s a cool place with funky chairs and decorations that look like they came straight from a startup business’s office. The area also features several student organization offices (including the SPARKS office where you can grab flavored condoms… although I hope you won’t be needing those during your studies) and a full kitchen, just in case you start craving a little homemade snack while cranking out all those note cards. What makes this study space though is the location. It’s right in the middle of our student center which means it’s central to campus, and even more importantly, close to dining locations. Lakeside Dining Hall, Freshii’s, Topio’s, Biscuitville and Irazu are just a few steps away for some brainfood.

4. Moseley/Lakeside Patio

While technically this isn’t a study space, it is a nice area to sit and do work. With the weather being so nice,, temperatures in the 80′s (Farenheit) and consistent sun, there’s no better place to be than outside this time of year. If I can learn what I need to know and catch some sun rays at the same time, then I call that a productive study session.

5. Classrooms

What better place to study than the place you’re taking the exam right? Studies have actually shown that you do better on tests if you study in the room that you take them. I don’t know where the studies are but based on personal observations and performance, I can vouch for the theory. Meeting in classrooms is also a great way to study with a group of friends or other classmates. It’s a location everyone can find and fit in but is still isolated from the rest of Elon’s campus.

 

Wherever you choose to study, Good Luck!

 

Strawberry Field’s Forever

GetImage.ashxThis Friday, the last Friday of classes, in the Elon Community Garden will be the annual Strawberry Festival and Heirloom Plant Sale. The event is hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies and the Center for Environmental Studies as well as the Elon Academy and Elon Hillel. They’ll be serving light strawberry themed refreshments including strawberry shortcake, ice cream and strawberry and kale smoothies.

I’ve never been to this strawberry festival before, but if it’s an annual thing, then I’m sad I missed it last year. Strawberries are my favorite summer time snack. You can’t get much better of a treat than a sweet and juicy North Carolina strawberry. The strawberries at this festival will all be garden-raised and freshly picked by the student’s of a spring semester “garden studio” class.

The festival will also feature a Plant Sale where guests can purchase garden-raised heirloom plants and herbs such as basil, peppers and tomatoes. With the weather taking a turn for the warm, it’s the perfect time to get a little plant for the porch, who knows maybe you’ll even get a little snack out of it. All of the proceeds from plant sales at the festival will go back into the community garden.

Elon is a school that highly values sustainability and the environmental studies and I think it’s great to see student’s within the environmental studies department find a fun and refreshing way to get the community involved. As the temperatures here begin to reach upwards of 90 degrees farenheit, I think a strawberry festival is just what we need!

If you’re around campus, head to the Elon Community Garden tomorrow, Friday May 9 between 1:30-5:30 for strawberries, plants, good weather, great scenery and fun times.

A Hump Day Treat Elon SGA Style

With finals just around the corner and most students slipping into the spring semester slump, our Student Government Association decided to give the student’s of Elon a little treat to help them over the hump day. Last Wednesday afternoon students, faculty, staff and visitors crowded around Young Commons’ hills to ogle and pet Oscar and Niles, a pair of Camels.

The Camel’s belonged to Darrell and Candice Stanley of Carolina Camel Rides. After retiring, Darrell said helping out with a nativity drama at his church is what sparked his interest in his business. The couple now owns 3 camels and travels around working as a party attraction. The gentle giants are sociable and enjoy the attention they receive from guests and spectators. They are available to ride and can carry more than one passenger so the whole family can climb aboard.

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Oscar and Niles weren’t giving rides though. Instead they hung out on the Commons as passerby’s gawked at the sight of two large Middle Eastern animals in the middle of our campus. Many students stopped to pet the animals, take pictures and even snap a selfie.

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SGA really went all out this hump day. Thank god for their “Fun Fund” and their creative minds for thinking of such an exotic and cool event that blew the entire student body population’s Instagram feeds up with camel photos.

 

 

 

Greek Week!!

Greek life here at Elon isn’t always that big of a deal but there is one event every year where all sororities and fraternities come together to fund raise, bond, compete and most importantly DANCE! Greek Week isn’t just one event though, it’s a whole entire week, from Thursday until the following Wednesday of Greek Life hosted events for all chapters here on campus. For every event that is hosted, a chapter receives points based on how many members attend. All of these points go to the overall Greek Week ranking but a large portion of the total score comes from the points earned for each organization’s Greek Week Dance.

Each sorority and fraternity choreograph and put together a dance, complete with outfits, hair and makeup and music that matches their theme. This year featured some crazy themes from the matrix to fight club to rock stars. Here are some photos from the night,

sigpi sigmakappa sigmaWhile every organization brought their best dance moves to the floor, only one fraternity and sorority walk away with the first place title. Congrats to Delta Upsilon and Delta Delta Delta for winning first place and busting some killer moves.

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Top 5 Countdown is back!

So as tradition on this blog would have it, it’s time for a top 5 countdown. With all the dreary weather we’ve had here at Elon lately I think the only appropriate countdown to have would be…….

Top 5 Things to do at Elon when it Snows!

1. Sledding down the hills of the intramural fields… or any hill for that matter!

2. Grabbing hot chocolate with friends at Acorn (because most likely they’ll be the only dining place open..)

3. Staying in, cuddling up and watching movies with friends

4. or if the power’s out playing a good ol’ fashion game of Cards Against Humanity (vulgar.. yet fun… )

5. Bonfire, Campfire, Fireplace fire… anything to roast some weenies and s’mores over and keep you warm in the meantime!

Happy (belated) Birthday Elon!

Yesterday marked Elon’s 125th birthday. “A Day for Elon” was celebrated with a special Founders Day College Coffee with special guests, J. Earl Danieley, J. Fred Young and Leo M. Lambert, the three living presidents of the University.

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University’s 3 Living Presidents during Founders Day College Coffee

Elon Student’s gathered around the Phi Beta Kappa plaza, decked out in their maroon and gold, to wish Elon a Happy Birthday as well as to grab some delicious birthday cake. (What birthday is complete without a cake?)

During the celebration, Twisted Measure, one of Elon’s a capella groups, sang Happy Birthday to our school and a tree was planted by the 3 presidents as a special Founder’s day tradition.

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J. Earl Danieley, J. Fred Young and Leo M. Lambert planting a tree in honor of Founder’s Day and Elon’s 125th birthday

It was a beatiful day at Elon for a birthday. Here’s to a successful 125 years and an even more successful 125 years to come!

The Day Elon Stood Still

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This weekend was an especially odd one here at Elon. As students nestled into bed Thursday evening, wrapped up in blankets and sweaters to escape the cold, an ice storm began to encroach.

I woke up Friday morning, dreading having to drag myself out of my comfy bed for an early class, only to see an email from Smith Jackson himself with the headline “University Main Campus Operations Delayed.” Great, my class didn’t start until 11 now and I had another hour with my bed. I hit the snooze button.

An hour later my alarm clocks buzzing again. I check my email once more just for safe measure and sure enough, there it was, the email sweet dreams are made of, “University Main Campus Closed for March 7, 2014.” Hallelujah, no class!  Except now it was too late to go back to sleep so I bundled up and decided to head out to a friends house. Upon exiting my building though, having not thought to look out my window while getting ready, I was appalled to see not just an inch or two of snow on the ground as usual snow days went here; but rather, everything was covered in ice. From tree branches to the handle of my car, everything was frozen. No wonder classes were cancelled.

After struggling for quite sometime to defrost my car and get it running again, I finally set off down Haggard in an effort to find warmth as soon as possible. The roads weren’t bad, icy but able to drive on. It was the trees that posed a serious threat. All of them were frozen solid from the roots to the tips of their bare branches. Some were leaning as if someone was holding their tips to the ground. Others were missing branches or had just completely snapped in half. There was one tree in particular though whose downfall marks a moment in history here at Elon.

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Large Tree fallen on an Academic Pavilion building

Falling trees wasn’t the least of our worries though. When I finally arrived at my friends house and tried to flick the switch on, nothing happened. The power was out. We all sat in silence for a moment contemplating what our next steps should be. We had no food, no power and nothing to do. We checked our emails again and as expected there was another Smith Jackson email regarding University operations on this near apocalyptic Friday. Lakeside was open for a continental breakfast and Acorn was open during the afternoon (as usual, that place braves every storm). The email also informed all students that if they had no power and were not able to stay in their dorms over night, they were welcome to sleep at friends, Belk Library or Moseley Center. This was a perfect opportunity for a sleepover at my apartment that still, by the grace of God, had power. We grabbed our board games and a plethora of movies and set out to grab a bite to eat and settle in for the day.

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Elon Students hanging outside under the sun

Despite the lack of power and frozen everything, Elon moved fast to remove the debris (including that big ol’ tree in a building) and bring back the power. Elon wasn’t the only thing moving fast though. North Carolina weather patterns were shifting. Before we knew it the day was coming to a close and there was a beautiful sunset in the horizon. We had low expectations for Saturday’s weather but to our surprise we woke up to the sun, a clear blue sky, chirping birds and melted ice. It was a perfect Elon spring day to hang outside with friends and good company.

Within just 24 hours Elon had gone from a Tundra to a warm spring day in the south. North Carolina’s weird weather strikes again. While all is back on track now, Friday March 7, 2014 will go down in history as The Day Elon Stood Still. (At least in my mind anyway).