All posts filed under: News Stories

Elon’s second annual TEDx offers practical solutions to change

ELON — Elon University’s second-annual TEDx pushed the ideal that changing the world starts with the individual. Nearly 125 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in Yeager Hall Feb. 22 as six speakers presented ideas on a range of topics pertaining to this year’s theme, “Waiting on the World to Change.” The event, directed by Elon students Johanna Rosen and Meredith Berk, was organized to bring TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading” to Elon. “We live in a society where so much change is either not happening at all or is happening much too slowly,” Rosen said. “So I felt having a wide variety of speakers address some of these issues would make a powerful statement. And if you ask me, it definitely did.” The afternoon’s first speaker, Jennifer Thompson, a New York Times best-selling author and judicial reform advocate, recounted the story of her brutal rape as an Elon senior nearly 30 years ago. The man Thompson accused — Ronald Cotton — was tried, convicted and jailed. Ten years later, DNA proved Cotton …

Author, Wall Street veteran talks importance of career prep in college

Ben Carpenter, author, entrepreneur and finance-industry CEO, visited Elon University Tuesday to share with students his tips for success: be aggressive, do what you’re good at and stay happy. His talk was hosted by the Student Professional Development Center, in conjunction with Greek organizations Delta Upsilon, Sigma Kappa and Alpha Omicron Pi. Carpenter’s recently published book “The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals,” is about his journey to finding the right career path, the people he encountered along the way and his best advice for students approaching college graduation. “You don’t have to get a job; you get to get a job,” he said. Carpenter has publicly advocated for proper career training for students in The New York Times and through a series of events at colleges around the country. At Elon’s event, 125 students received a complimentary copy of his book. His daughter Avery inspired the book. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and English, she was living back at home and struggling …

‘A Path Appears’: A push to end poverty

ELON – America’s leading advocacy journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn visited Elon University Thursday as part of Fall Convocation’s Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture Series. Their visit rides on the heels of the release of their new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, in which they hope to encourage readers that everyone has the capacity to make a difference in the world, WuDunn told an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members. The husband-and-wife pair, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, provided numerous examples of the ways in which a small act of generosity can change lives. The ripple effect is one of the easiest ways to give back, Kristof said. For example, because of the generosity and goodwill of a grade school librarian, he said, a student was able to use literature to learn, and later become one of the first African American lawyers in Arkansas and a champion of the civil rights movement. “The greatest inequality isn’t in money, it’s in opportunity,” …