We invite you to read, enjoy, and learn from the print, television, and radio journalism submitted by Elon students to the 2013 Human Rights and Social Justice Writing Contest.
If you are an Elon student, we encourage you to join the conversation by submitting an entry to this and the other five categories.
Honduras’ presidential elections were plagued by accusations of social injustices, including large scale voter fraud, intimidation, and political assassinations.
Elections were held Nov. 24, 2013. That evening Juan Orlando Hernández of the National Party was announced the winner with a plurality of 36.8 percent of the vote. According to official election records, Xiomara Castro only received 28.79 percent of the simple election vote. Read More
Mountains don’t grow back. They’re not like trees that produce seeds that can be replanted when one is cut down – when a mountain is gone, it’s permanent. “They’re not just scraping off parts of these mountains,” said Steve Hawk, the executive editor of Sierra magazine who worked on the cost of coal project for the Sierra Club. “They’re taking a five or six hundred foot mountain and turning it into a 100 foot mountain.” The consequence isn’t simply loss of land, either. People that work in the industry and live around mining sites pay the cost in loss of health and life. Read More
The elections held in Honduras on November 24, 2013 signified a critical moment in the country’s history. Hondurans, as well as the international community, voiced concerns about whether or not there was the potential for a fair election in a country plagued with intimidation and violence. Members of both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate wrote to John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, indicating their fears for the upcoming election (Weisbrot, 2013). Read More
If someone asked you whether or not you were a good person, you would have little reason to tell her otherwise. At least, by general standards, you fall safely into that category. You and a partner have been running an honest business for years now and have operated successfully with no legal trouble. But one day, you are surprised with a notification from the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services declaring that your company is under investigation of Medicare overpayments. Odd… Read More
I plopped down under the trees at the city park, concentrating on the air around their leaves above me. I let my eyes slip just barely out of focus and an outline began to form around the leaves, changing shape as the leaves shifted with the breeze.
“What are you doing?” Read More
Rana Mohammed, who is sixteen years old, is eager to go home and start on her homework as she hears the school bells ringing. Rana lives in a small village inside of a moderately sized, Arab-majority country. Rana has no idea what is in store for her when she walks out of the school’s front doors. Once she walks down the school steps, her classmate, Abdullah, offers to carry her books and walk her home. They exchange many laughs and enjoy walking together. But Abdullah is not the upstanding individual she thinks he is. Read More
Beyond the hecticness of the everyday operations and the feeling of replacing “Where’s Waldo” with “Where’s Mr. Howard” – something special happens at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) , a homeless day center in Greensboro, NC – something that I hope to one day say I was a part of and maybe even work to build in another organization. Read More
In a documentary special celebrating Elon University's 125th anniversary, students explored the diversity climate at the university today. Students interviewed Elon's first black graduate Eugene Perry about attending the college in the 1960's, and asked current students about what it's like to be "diverse" on a college campus.
Students come and go quickly, North Face backpacks loaded with the day’s studies. Hands cautiously handle the freshly made burgers, pizza, and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, as people eagerly make their way to pay and settle down at tables to eat. Cashiers exchange pleasantries as they swipe cards up and down the register. It’s mealtime at Elon University, a liberal arts college in North Carolina. Read More
Students staged a demonstration at a College Coffee in May, protesting what they claim is intolerance and inaction at Elon University. “Your silence is acceptance,” senior Jasmine Whaley said, starting the protest. In unison, the protestors yelled slurs including “faggot,” “dyke,” “nigger,” “coon,” and “feminazi.” After each slur, an individual student said: “Don’t accept it, speak against it.” Read More
“My favorite class is phys. ed.”
Matt Brennan may never hear his 13-year-old son say those commonly heard words because his son is "not real vocal." But Brennan believes the sentiment behind them will be felt this school year.
He and so many other parents who have kids involved with the Cincinnati Center for Autism in Springdale are thrilled their children will get to take part in gym classes in a “normal” gym.
“Our kids have so many adaptive resources, so to have a real gym with a real gym floor is something I really wanted to do,” said Brennan, founder of the center located at 305 Cameron Road. Read More
Jillian Mourning, like many teens, aspired to be a model. She had no idea that within months of beginning a modeling career at the age of 19, the fulfillment of her dream would lead to a real-life nightmare of rape and sexual enslavement.
Alex Trice was just three years old when a British woman approached her mother and offered to adopt her. The woman promised an education and luxuries Trice’s mother could not provide. After her mother agreed, Trice was forced into child labor and regularly beaten and abused until she was rescued at age 15. Mourning and Trice are both survivors of human trafficking – modern-day slavery that occurs right here in North Carolina. Read More
Although Elon University is an amazing campus, we are not perfect. We are a relatively young university that has had the good fortune to be thrust into the spotlight in the past few years thanks to our ambitious and driven administrators, devoted faculty and excellent students. With rapid growth, there are bound to be growing pains. One of those pains might be acceptance, both in the good and bad sense of the word. Read More
The Roman Catholic Church is often seen as one of the premier pro-life advocacy groups in American politics. Catholic politicians in support of abortion rights (including Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John Kerry) have occasionally been asked to not take communion or denied the sacrament outright, particularly during election years. But according to several parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., voters must take much more into consideration when selecting a candidate. Read More
Since there is still no end in sight for the Government to start up again, I went outside the Elon bubble to find out the effect this could have on businesses in the Triad. I was directed towards a non-profit food bank, Greensboro Urban Ministries, to discuss the implications of what the shutdown means for people who rely on federally funded food programs. Since the Government supplies 95.8% of food to people in need, the shutdown could lead to loss of funding, or even the cutting of these programs to balance the federal budget. As a result, most people will have no choice but to turn to non-profits for food, and food banks like Urban Ministries are afraid they won't be able to handle the overflow.
Electronic Media Link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcFpCJa014g
The Department of Justice is investigating the Alamance County Sheriff's Office for racially profiling Latinos at traffic stops. An ELN investigation revealed that 14% of Latinos were arrested at traffic stops between January 2009- July 2012. The arrest rate for non-Latinos was only 6.2%.
Electronic Media Link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIYd1DpAw8o