How Word Travels…

Good morning ETA readers!

Just a quick post today…recently, there was an article in Elon University’s student newspaper, The Pendulum, which discussed President Lambert’s recent visit to the Student Government meeting.  In that meeting, President Lambert mentioned that future plans of the university included construction of a multifaith center at Elon University.  This story was then picked up by an organization (University Society of Hinduism) who praised Elon’s commitment to this project.  To read more, check out: http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/hindus-laud-prestigious-elon-university-over-construction-plans-of-multi-faith-center_100189280.html.

Thus even Elon’s student newspaper is viewed and monitored by those outside of the Elon area!  Happy Reading!

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Laboring on Labor Day

Happy Monday to everyone!

It is officially ‘Labor Day’ here in the U.S. where most people in this country traditionally have the day off – but not at Elon! We are still open for business (which is a good thing because I have a number of different things that I need to take care of before I leave for Asia!) However, before I talk more about that, I will provide you with a recap of the weekend events here at Elon.
Friday was Move-In Day (as you can tell from my last post) which meant that Saturday was the official welcome to the university for our new students. New Student Convocation is a wonderful ceremony where new students and their parents are welcomed by people such as Dr. Lambert, the President of the Student Government, a parent of a currently enrolled student, and many more. Most importantly, it marks the start of a student’s experience at this university and this is demonstrated by a ‘gift’ that Elon gives each student. To symbolize the start of a new chapter of their life, Elon gives each student an acorn at New Student Convocation. This is one of Elon University’s traditions and there is a similar tradition when a student graduates from Elon University. I will leave that to you to figure out what the ‘gift’ is when a student graduates…(think acorn and growth!)
Saturday was also the home opener for the Elon University football team! Saturday’s weather was probably not the most ideal weather for a football game (sticky & humid with temperatures in the high 80s), the Phoenix were able to start the game right on time – despite a heavy downpour only an hour before game time! Here are some pictures from the game:
Rhodes Stadium before kick-off

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Go Phoenix!
The crowd for the game was over 10,000!

Getting ready for a play…

But despite the Phoenix effort, the Richmond Spiders prevailed over us, 28-10. However, it was a good evening with friends and most importantly, it was great to see such a strong turnout for the team! To read more about this game, as well as our other athletic teams, visit the Elon Phoenix website.
And that brings us to today (Monday) which means that my countdown to my travels in Asia is at 1 day! Well – maybe two…I will be in Los Angeles for a one-day orientation. I am definitely looking forward to traveling, especially because I have never been to Asia before. I also figured out how to post blogs using my cell phone and it is my plan to continue to update this blog as often as I can. I will not be able to post any pictures (unfortunately) so I will just bombard you with those when I return later in the month of September. And since I am leaving tomorrow, it means that I have 1,001 things to take care of before I leave – and thus I bid you farewell until I am either out in CA or in Asia!
Next stop: Los Angeles, CA