Elon’s campus gets a facelift

 

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Despite the looming summer heat, construction workers restore one of Elon’s brick walkways. With good strides of progress, the path outside Long Building will be completed before students return for the fall semester. This is one of the many renovation projects on Elon’s campus.

 

 

Student Worker

It was May 31 when Nick Cook, 24, put on his engraved Elon name tag and tie for the last time before trading his weekly attire for an Elon baseball cap, pull over hoodie and sneakers.

Nick, a 2015 college graduate from the University of Elon, had just finished his last day of work as the assistant director of Admissions at Elon. He had been working at the office for the past two years before deciding that he wanted to pursue a masters degree through Elon’s Interactive Media program. With it now only being a few days away from the start of school, Nick has had to mentally prepare for the upcoming role transition. He now stands at a crossroads between being an active on-campus professional and a full-time student.

Nick explains that there has been a need to change his mindset to mentally prepare for his role as an Elon student. He admits that, at first, it feels “weird” not being in the office.

Nick Cook is one of many scholars who have had to transition between the role of a working professional and a student on campus. As colleges find more opportunities to offer their recent graduates on-campus jobs, there has been a growing mix of “student workers” that make up the alumni-network.

Several studies indicate that encouraging recent graduates to hold these duel-roles of student and on-campus professionals benefit the university tremendously. The biggest benefits of these role transitions being the promotion of student engagement, loyal alumni, and “work ready” graduates. With those benefits in mind, it is understandable why there have been more student workers like Nick.

Black voices: Michelle Obama’s experience with racsim

For our class’ writing analysis I reviewed an article from the Huffington Post. The article, “Michelle Obama Addresses Racist Attacks She Endured As First Lady”  was published in the Black Voices column of the Huffington Post website. I chose to review this article from the Huffington Post because the Black Voices column is one of my personal resources for information regarding politics, social issues, and celebrity news.

The article provides a clear and concise story, focusing on former first lady Michelle Obama’s statements during the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s anniversary event. Michelle Obama spoke about her experience facing racism during President Barack Obama’s time in office. The article highlights strong direct quotes from Michelle Obama.

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

The quote choice offers a visual of Michelle Obama’s conflict with the acts of racism she endured despite her efforts as first lady. While the article upholds AP style practices (capitalizes titles appropriately, has correct numeric choices, etc.), the article could benefit from adjusting the handling of Michelle Obama’s name through the body of the text. In several cases, the article refers to her as “Obama.” While it is clear that the article is focusing on Michelle, there is a split-second of opportunity for confusion for the reader to decipher if the article is referring to her husband, Barack Obama.

From this analysis, the article serves its purpose well. I was able to read and digest the main points of the story quickly and effortlessly. Two key lessons from this analysis are:

  1. Powerful quotes are short segments that offer a visual and emotional reaction.
  2. To carefully consider the sole use of last names in the body of text. (Notably when there is more than one publicly recognizable individual who has the same last name.)