25 Random Things About Elon (cont’d)

Good evening ETA readers!

Without further ado, I present to you the 12 remaining items of the “25 Random Things about Elon”.

  1. Every January, students participate in the traditional “Polar Bear Plunge” in Lake Mary Nell.  This is a time where students literally jump into the lake in the middle of the winter!
  2. Like waffles for breakfast?  Harden Dining Hall has a waffle maker that imprints the word “ELON” onto the waffle as it cooks.
  3. The new Lindner Building (which should be completed this spring/summer) will be the “greenest building” on campus.  As part of this, the building will have electricity generated from photovoltaic panels and a solar hot water heater, among other features.
  4. Keeping with the “green” theme, Elon University also participates in the ZipCar program.  Students can reserve a Toyota Prius to drive off campus!
  5. Elon’s average temperatures for the different seasons:
    1. Winter (January) – 38.7 degrees F
    2. Spring (April) – 58.6 degrees F
    3. Summer (July) – 79.3 degrees F
    4. Fall (September) – 70.7 degrees F
  6. I am not the only blogger on Elon’s campus!  Read the Dean of the School of Communications’ blog or a CIS professor’s blog or the Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies’ Study Abroad blogs or some of our alumni Service Learning blogs.
  7. There are a few scenes in the 1998 movie “He Got Game” (directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington) that were filmed at Elon University.  There is a scene outside of our Octagon Cafe!
  8. Dr. Earl Danieley has been at Elon for over 50 years!  He graduated from Elon in 1946 and was President of the university from 1957 – 1973.  He continues today as a professor in the chemistry department.
  9. Interested to learn what student events happen on a given day?  Visit: http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Calendar.aspx  and check out all of the student organizations & their events!
  10. The results from The Elon Poll, the university’s student-driven survey center, has often been quoted in local, regional, and national media outlets.  Students call citizens of North Carolina to ask them their opinions about various local, regional, and national issues.
  11. Want to know the goals of Elon University for this year?  Check out our 2008 – 2009 Institutional Priorities.
  12. For our currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of Elon, as well as parents and alumni, Elon University offers “E-Squared“.  E-Squared is a social networking site for those in the Elon community.

I hope you enjoyed learning 25 new, but random facts about Elon University!

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Elon University student on CNN.com

With less than a week to go before the United States votes on our next President, I wanted to share an article from CNN.com that features an Elon University student! If you visit the following website: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/29/battleground.wednesday/index.html, you can read about one of our seniors, Olivia Hubert-Allen, and her thoughts/concerns with the race for the White House. There were 5 college students selected from different “battleground” states and out of all of the college students in the state of North Carolina, CNN.com selected an Elon student.

This truly caps off a fantastic and dynamic year here on our campus in regards to the upcoming national election. Here is what 2008 has brought Elon on a political stage:

  • A visit from former President Bill Clinton in the spring of 2008 when he was campaigning for Sen. Hilary Clinton when she was a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nominee.
  • A campus-wide debate between Democrats and Republicans that joined both Elon undergraduate students as well as Elon Law School students. Topics included the environment, education, and the economy (among others)
  • The Elon University Poll results have been quoted in several newspapers, newscasts, etc. and the Director of the Elon Poll, Prof. Hunter Bacot, was even quoted in a New York Times article. (Read it by clicking here.)
  • Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin visited Elon University in her campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

I know that people around the Elon campus are excited for the upcoming elections and you can see why – they have had a front-row ticket to politics on a local, regional, and national level! We will see what happens on Election Day (November 4th)!