Live from Elon! Headlines start flowing on news ticker

The Town of Elon recently granted the university's request to activate the scrolling news ticker on the south end of McEwen Communications Building, facing Citrone Plaza on Williamson Avenue.

During the March 15 broadcast of “ELN Morning,” Elon University turned on the news ticker outside the Jane and Brian Williams Studio. Pictured (from left) are Christopher Waters, chief information officer, Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications, and Meagan Gitelman ’19, an ENN reporter.
​​Elon University formally activated the news ticker on the façade of McEwen Communications Building during a March 15 broadcast of “ELN Morning,” a live telecast produced by the student-run Elon News Network.

Headlines provided by Reuters news agency began flowing when School of Communications Dean Paul Parsons and Elon’s Chief Information Officer Christopher Waters symbolically pushed a large green button, to the applause of technology staff members and communications faculty members in attendance.

After the ticker was powered on, Dean Parsons (center) shared a laugh with Joseph Rich (left), Elon’s integration project lead, who worked on the ticker’s installation. Also pictured is Colin Donohue, director of student media.
​The news ticker faces Citrone Plaza where students enter the Snow Family Grand Atrium from downtown. The ticker wraps above the windows of the Jane and Brian Williams television studio.

Associate Professor Rich Landesberg helps set up the “ELN Morning” live shot on Citrone Plaza. Looking on are students Samantha Casamento ’21 and Camille Behnke ’19.
​​“We want our students and the community to be informed about what is going on in their world as it happens,” Parsons said. “This way, students can catch the latest headlines as they head into classes and when they go across the street to eat or shop.”

On March 13, the Town of Elon’s Board of Aldermen granted the university’s request to start operating the news ticker.