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Letter from the Editor


hanksgiving is an interesting concept. Origins aside, the holiday typically conjures up images of a family sitting around a dining room table — one only used a few days every year, for celebrations like this — enjoying a hearty meal and each other’s company. For me though, Thanksgiving feels a bit more complicated. I come from a broken home, and it’s rare for me to have just one Thanksgiving celebration. I bounce between my nuclear family, my dad’s family and my mom’s, and in many ways, I feel pressured to hold everything together. I’m the only link connecting these three pieces of family, and that quickly transforms the holiday from celebratory to obligatory. My story is, in many ways, an insignificant one, but it’s one many people can identify with, I’m sure. Here at The Edge, we want to challenge you to acknowledge your privilege this November. I, for example, am privileged enough to have three separate Thanksgiving meals. However frustrated I become balancing family challenges, it’s hard to get too upset when I’m able to stuff myself with turkey and cranberry sauce three times a day. We’re privileged enough to be able to consider throwing ourselves a vegan Thanksgiving (pg. 14) or to indulge ourselves in some classic Kanye West fashion (pg. 28), and our spotlighted students are privileged enough to have access to technology that allows them to grow their passions for science (pg. 20). These are things worth being thankful for.

Lindsey Lanquist, Editor-in-Chief


TABLE OF CONTENTS Festive Cocktails Style pg. 6

Denim Guide Fashion pg. 10

Very Vegan Thanksgiving Health & Wellness pg. 14

Star of Elon Features pg. 20

Yeezy taught me Fashion pg. 28

Celebrate like a Celeb Entertainment Pg. 33

50 shades of green Features Pg. 36

Instagrams from the celebrities’ verified accounts.


Editor-in-Chief of The Pendulum Michael Bodley

THE EDGE Editor-in-Chief of The Edge Lindsey Lanquist Design Chief Ingrid Frahm Creative Directors Ingrid Frahm Brooke Lowrey Fashion Editor Brooke Lowrey Digital Editor Katy Bellotte Assistant Editor Kristina Lee Assistant Editor Hannah McCarthy

Features Editor Lauryl Fischer Assistant Editor Alyssa Potter Features Writer Melina Casados Features Writer Carley Richards

Entertainment Editor Amanda Garrity Digital Editor Kate Nichols Assistant Editor Tatum Pederson

Health & Wellness Editor Xernay Aniwar Assistant Editor Courtney Campbell

Business Manager Xernay Aniwar Copy Chief Lauren Phillips Style Editor J.C. Craig Assistant Editor Sarah Baum Photo Editor Virginia Kluiters Photo Assistant Carolina Brehman Social Media Editor Maggie Griswold Videographer Bekah Richin Designers Katy Bellotte Mackenzie Clarken Kristina Lee Haley Longbottom Elizabeth Sheer Photographers Ellie Anderson Lauren Bach Mackenzie Clarken Emily Genzer Jillian Jacobson Virginia Kluiters Haley Longbottom Carley Richards Jane Seidel


Contributors Eric Hernandez Hanna Silverling Kelsey Payne Rebecca Rabiner Hannah Podhorzer Emily Hill Amy Rauch Caitlin Welch

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warm up this fall with our favorite autumn cocktail recipes if you’re

+ 21 cheers! 6 | STYLE

cranberry ginger Ingredients: Cranberries, Lemon, Cinnamon, Ginger Beer, Sparkling Cider Directions: Muddle 5 fresh cranberries in the bottom of your glass. Fill the glass with ice and top with ½ cup hard cider, Ÿ cup ginger beer, a pinch of ground cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon.

apple cider mimosa Ingredients: Apples, Apple Cider, Champagne Directions: Make like a traditional mimosa. Sub the apple cider for the orange juice and garnish with an apple slice.




or many people, fall means more than pumpkin spice lattes and jack-olantern carving. It means touchdowns and tailgates and cheering for your home team. Football season is magical for those who follow it, but it can be a bit confusing for the less sports inclined. Whether you’re an avid fan or a football newbie, we’ve got you covered in our guide to the season.

ABBEY, ’18

GIRL POWER Abbey was the place-kicker for her high school football team, where she played alongside several dozen boys.


play-by-play BLITZ

When some of the defensive players rush at the quarterback before he has a chance to throw the ball.


Begins with the snap and ends when a player has been tackled, a touchdown has been scored or the ball goes out of bounds. Each team has four downs to get a first down.


The area on either end of the field where touchdowns are scored.


An attempt to score three points by kicking the ball through the yellow upright poles.



The one who spikes it to start the play.

Defensive Line

Made up of defensive tackles and defensive ends. These players do the bulk of the tackling.


Have many different responsibilities, including covering receivers, rushing the passer and defending against a run.


Tom Brady, duh.

Running Back

When a player accidentally drops or loses possession of the ball. Not good.

The ones who get the ball from the quarterback and run it down the field until they’re tackled or they score.


Tight end


Wide Receiver


The hand-off from the center to the quarterback that begins a play. When one team’s quarterback throws the ball and the other team catches it. Also not good.

Act both as linemen (blockers) and receivers. Their job varies based on the play. The ones who catch passes.


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The distance from the nearest end zone. The 50yard line is the middle of the field, with numbers decreasing on either side from 50 to 0.

thanksgiving game day The day starts with a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions at 12:30 p.m. in Detroit. The Panthers and Cowboys are both first in their respective divisions, so make sure to catch the game at 4:30 p.m. It’ll definitely get intense. If nothing else, at least pay attention at Cowboys Stadium halftime to watch Mr. Worldwide take the stage. There is nothing like a good Pitbull jam sesh to bring the family together. The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have always been rivals, so they get the last slot at 8:30 p.m. They will be playing in Green Bay.




ropped, flared, skinny. In the words of Rae Sremmurd, we “ain’t got no type.” This season, we’re stacking our closets with a wide variety of denim duds. Here’s our guide to help you prevent predictability.


Man, oh man all torn up Rock an edgy vibe with totally torn, high-waisted skinnies — bonus points if they’re black denim. A loose tunic not only balances out the tightness of the jeans, but also caters to comfort. String the look together with a bolo tie to salute the 70s.


Which do we love more: our boyfriends or our boyfriend jeans? The key to this look is comfort — think loose, relaxed, haphazard. For a laid-back vibe, cuff the legs and rock a half-tucked tee. If you want to add a touch of femininity, put on a simple, sparkly necklace.


ow that summer is behind us and temperatures are dropping, we’re slipping right back into our favorite denim and welcoming it with open hearts. After months of romping around in swimsuits and flip flops, the familiarity of our trusty threads can feel like a fashionable hug. As much as a classic look can sweep in to save us when we have nothing to wear, we love to keep things fresh. Don’t get us wrong — the white tee with ripped skinnies and converse trio will always steal our hearts and catch our eyes, but there’s no reason not to mix it up.

Shorts over all Just because it’s November doesn’t mean you should ditch the shorts quite yet. Fall brings drastic shifts in the weather — you leave the house freezing and return begging for AC. Layer this look to be able to adjust to temperature changes as fast as they happen — start with a collared shirt, add the overalls and cover it all in a cable knit cardigan. As always, polish it off with jewelry.

That 70s Flow Flared jeans are so 70s and so in. Given the loose bottoms, pair them with something tight on top. Pop on an elongated collared shirt to amp up the drama and finish it all off with metallic shoes and a shiny statement necklace.


A very

VEGAN Thanksgiving


Sweet potato casserole 6 medium sweet potatoes 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 1 cup pecans 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup almond meal 3+ Tbsp. agave nectar

1. Boil or steam sweet potatoes until soft then mash them. Put in an oven safe casserole dish. 2. Mix together all other ingredients in a bowl until gooey, then spread over the sweet potatoes. 3. Cook at 350 degrees for 2530 minutes, or until the pecan topping is hardened.

Agave glazed carrots 6+ large carrots 1/4 cup agave nectar

1. Steam/boil the carrots until tender. 2. Place them in a pan and sautĂŠ them with agave nectar. 3. When the carrots are slightly browned, put them into an oven safe dish and roast them for an additional 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees.


Green beans 1 package sliced mushrooms 1 lb cut green beans 2 minced garlic cloves 1 sliced onion 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1. Steam the green beans. 2. Place garlic cloves and onions in a pan and cook until onions are translucent.

Quinoa stuffing 2 cups quinoa 1 package of cubed butternut squash 1/2 an onion 1/3 cup raisins 3 cups vegetable broth

1. Cook quinoa according to package directions in vegetable broth. 2. Roast squash and onions in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. 3. Cut up apples and spinach. 4. Toss quinoa in a bowl with other ingredients.

3. Add mushrooms to pan and sautĂŠ. 4. Add steamed green beans, then pour the balsamic vinegar in the pan for extra flavor.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Pumpkin pie (Adapted from Minimalist Baker)

CRUST: 2 cups pitted dates 2 cups pecans 1/4 cup gluten free oats 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

CRUST: 1. Add dates to a food processor and pulse until well grounded. 2. Remove from processor and add nuts, pumpkin pie spice and oats; pulse until almost a meal. 3. Add back in the dates until “dough� forms. 4. Press into a lightly greased pie pan. FILLING: 1. Place all dry ingredients in saucepan, whisk to combine pumpkin puree and milk until combined.

FILLING: 1 cup pumpkin puree 3 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch 1/3 cup coconut sugar 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice Pinch of sea salt 1 2/3 cup almond milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups nondairy milk 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder 3/4 - 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Stevia or another artifical sweetener

1. Combine all ingredients except the sweetener in blender. 2. Blend until smooth, then pour into a saucepan. Heat and stir until steaming. 3. Pour in sweetener as needed.

2. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking often; reduce heat to medium-low until visible ribbons form when dipping in a spoon. 3. Remove from heat, add vanilla and whisk. Let set for 5-10 minutes and cover with plastic wrap touching the mixture. 4. Refrigerate for several hours until set. 5. Pour filling into crust and spread to smooth. Chill overnight. HEALTH & WELLNESS | 17

EMMA VO Two years vegan and never looking back.


hursday, November 26, 2015 will mark the third Thanksgiving that I choose to pass on the turkey, and the second Thanksgiving that I make my own vegan meal. A vegan is someone who seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. In regard to diet, vegans do not eat any form of meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey (sometimes) or gelatin. These restrictions can scare a lot of people into thinking that veganism is “too extreme.” But as someone who’s remained vegan for two years now, I can tell you that it’s pretty simple and based around a lot of common sense. Unfortunately, as a nation, our diets revolve heavily around animal products. The typical American refrigerator likely holds eggs, milk, meat and cheese. Because of this, we play a giant role in contributing to the torture of billions of animals. Once you learn the facts, it’s silly to try to justify that humans “need” meat or dairy to survive. For starters, I would suggest watching the documentaries “Forks Over Knives” (Netflix), “Cowspiracy” (Netflix) and “Earthlings” (YouTube), which lay out all the facts that prove that you can get all your protein, vitamins and minerals from plant-based foods, while still staying strong and healthy. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for a lot. I’m grateful for parents and a sister who support me no matter what I do. And I am enormously grateful that veganism is the fastest growing social justice movement in today’s world, and that there are 16 million vegan Americans who will stand alongside me on this day. I hope my recipes inspire you to learn more and to give veganism a chance.


Pumpkin*: *

Not just for your lattes.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

• help speed skin cell turnover

Vitamin A

• stimulates collagen production

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS A topical and healthy snack for the fall season that is easy to make and has hidden health benefits. 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 2. Spoon seeds out of cut pumpkin, toss with olive oil and spread on a cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 30-45 minutes. 4. Sprinkle with salt while hot.


• has been shown to improve acne

PUMPKIN FACIAL The soft part of the pumpkin (without the seeds) will help treat a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation. 1. Splash warm water over your face to open your pores. 2. Take a small amount of pumpkin (the soft stuff) and rub it into your skin. 3. Wait 5-10 minutes, then rinse off. HEALTH & WELLNESS | 19

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Helen Meskhidze Lauryl Fischer FEATURES EDITOR

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his is senior Helen Meskhidze’s universe. And it’s ours, too. Helen just studies it, specifically a phenomena called starburst galaxies, for her Lumen Prize project. The topics she deals in sound intimidating to the ear, but they are intimately relevant to some of the biggest questions of the human experience: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Helen fills her days with these questions. She’s both a student of computational astrophysics and philosophy — a double major more related to one another than a skeptic might think — and she’s also a part of a new wave of women joining the STEM fields.

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Simulating the Stars Helen always loved physics. As a child, she tinkered with things, interested in why something was the way it was and how it worked. Her father, a physicist as well, presented physics in a positive light to her, as something she could use, not something to be scared of. And so the field — even with its intimidating math — welcomed her in. Soon after coming to Elon University, Helen found a mentor whose research on starburst galaxies helped guide her Lumen Prize proposal. Her research focuses on simulating these galaxies using supercomputer programming. It sounds complicated — and it is complicated — but it’s the kind of research Helen can do from her desk. “[My supercomputers] are in San Diego. I log in on the computer from Elon,” Helen said. “And I tell it what to do, and then I download the data.” A starburst galaxy is what Helen eloquently describes as a “stellar nursery” — a place where stars are born. An image search on the Internet reveals spirals of fantastic color and light swirling millions of light years away. The colors are the gas and dust clouds of the starburst. They dazzle

our telescopes with their fireworks as stars explode into being. What separates starbursts from other star-forming galaxies like our own Milky Way is that stars form at a much higher frequency. With a high amount of gas stuffed in a small volume converting gas to stars so frequently starbursts consume themselves faster than the average galaxy, becoming, well, something else. What is that something else? That’s the question astrophysicists like Helen hope to discover. “The goal of that overall research is to understand the evolution of galaxies,” Helen said. “Do you start in the starburst stage? Is it happening at the same time [as other galaxies]? And obviously we know our Milky Way is a star-forming galaxy so …what is in the future for our galaxy?” Helen can theorize from simulations she creates, runs and analyzes. She collides her starbursts with other kinds of galaxies, as they often do in real life. She tracks the way they change, observing the so-called spectral fingerprint from simulation to simulation. In this way, she’s tinkering again. It’s why computational astronomy captured her interest. “It’s just really cool to do the stuff that stars are doing on my computer,” she said. “To some extent, you understand what’s happening more, because if you change these parameters …” She trailed off, smiling wide as she illustrated changing the parameters with her hands, moving her fingers from a small gap to a big gap. “I have more control over what’s happening.”

The Philosophy of Physics The concept of simulating entire galaxies on computers is packed with philosophical implications — if you ask Helen, that is. When she entered Elon, she declared philosophy right along side her physics major. As a freshman, both appealed to her, but she wasn’t


necessarily interested in pairing them together, even though she felt they were more alike than not. Now marrying the two is possible through a field of study called the philosophy of science, or for Helen, the philosophy of physics. This field focuses on studying the underlying concepts of physics that she has been using in all her research. “I want to bridge the difference,” Helen said. “You might be studying, ‘What does it mean to be using the scientific method?’ ‘What does it mean to be doing science?’ There’s much more nuance than that, too, stuff that I don’t know yet but I’m excited to learn about.” Helen has already used the tools from philosophy in astrophysics, and vice versa. Though philosophy is more argumentative and astrophysics more data-driven, both value the same questions. Both use thought experiments. Both want to know why things work the way they do. Helen pointed to NASA’s 30-year plan as proof. “If you look … at what questions they want to answer, they could very well be philosophy questions. Like where did we come from? Where will we evolve to? That can be taken up by our philosopher and certainly a philosopher of science.” Her interest in philosophy helped guide her to astronomy in the first place. Helen could have picked any branch of the field, from biophysics to mechanical physics. But she chose astronomy because of the clear and obvious overlap, and as she gears up to graduate, she’s researching potential graduate study programs to further her knowledge. “I’ve come to realize that I want a chance to study [the philosophy of science],” Helen said. “A chance to study that in more depth would be awesome. It will be a chance to figure out if that’s what I want to be doing research in, too.”

A Summer at Hubble Helen also got a chance to experiment in the observational side of the field over the summer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the organization responsible for the Hubble Telescope and the James Webb Telescope, the latter scheduled to launch October 2018. “My project was reducing and analyzing data,” Helen explained. “So data was coming from a ground-based telescope in infrared. The data was contaminated, so my task was to make it clean.”

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In a room with no windows, teeming with other interns busying away on their projects, Helen hunched over her personal desk and combed through data, day after day. Her partner on this project was her computer. It was up to her to tell it what to do, and most days were trial and error. “When I first got there, I was like ‘How will this take me the whole summer? This will take a week!’ But it really did take the whole summer,” Helen said, laughing in retrospect. “I think I got through more data than they were expecting me to, but it took me so much time.” She didn’t have any complaints. The best part of her internship, by far, she said, was getting the chance to be in an institute responsible for Hubble and for the community that springs up around such an institute. The world of Hubble housed some of the most brilliant minds in astrophysics, and she got to have coffee with some of them or attend science lectures from others during her internship. But in the end, it cemented her love of computational astrophysics.

Woman of Science Helen’s internship provided her a first-hand look at what it’s like to be an astrophysicist in the field — and what it’s like to be a woman in the field. Helen’s personal experience at Hubble and in other research undergraduate experiences defies the general assumption that the field is not woman-friendly. “[Programs like Hubble] try really hard to get even numbers,” Helen said as she described what her little room with no windows looked like. It’s a room where young men and women worked side-by-side. “We had a fair amount [of women] — we had close to equal numbers.” Elon itself is exceptional in its gender breakdown in STEM fields, especially in chemistry, where women make up 70 percent of majors, as originally reported by The Pendulum. In the physics department, the numbers are not so extreme. They’re closer to equal, which is still better than the national average. In a report released April 2015 by the American Institute of Physics, the combined demographic profiles from the classes of 2010-2012 revealed that men still made up 62 percent of all undergraduate physics majors. And even though Elon’s classrooms fare better, Helen pointed out that the reality of Elon’s STEM doesn’t quite match the student statistics, namely, Elon’s fac-

ulty, which Helen refers to as “disappointing” in its gender ratio. Most of the STEM professors are male. In the school of physics, there are only two female faculty members. And even though Helen says she’s never had problems in the classroom besides the occasional ignorant comment among students, she’s been to women in physics conferences over the past two years and heard from women in other departments who do not have such positive experiences. “There are a lot of stories about blatantly sexist things that were said,” Helen said. “And it’s good to hear those stories — it makes me realize that not every department is like ours.” With programs like Hubble ensuring gender equality within its walls and conferences supporting women in physics, the field is slowly improving. But there are some steps that have yet to be adopted that Helen says can encourage young girls to become interested in science earlier, like she was. She once again pointed to NASA, this time at their budget. “If we look at NASA’s budget in general, 7 percent goes to education funding,” Helen said. “Post-graduate study is where that funding is going. We need NASA to encourage science when girls are much younger.” A general reframing of the field would be helpful, too. “It’s always presented as a very male-dominated field with a bunch of male physicists who have given us great equations and ideas,” Helen said. “And also, making it less intimidating — because people hear physics and think, ‘Wow, that’s a lot.’ But if you’re comfortable with bio or chem, it’s just a little more math than that, and then you get physics.”


Student Spotlight:

Christian Seitz An inquisitive mind committed to chemistry

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igh school — Christian Seitz picked up a newspaper and read a story. A child with a rare disease was featured. The story described a situation in which the disease was likely curable, but scientists and pharmaceuticals didn’t want to spend their time and energy making the drug — with such a small clientele, there was little opportunity for profit in order to save a life. The story would stick with Christian four years later, when it came time to choose his major. The article Christian read in high school sparked an interest in finding solutions that combat such diseases from a chemistry standpoint. With research in the chemical field, Christian said, he hopes to someday be able to make drugs and find cures that others don’t, or won’t. “It’s a good blend [of] personal fulfillment — helping people — with academic fulfillment, doing something I enjoy,” Christian said. In retrospect, the article had a hand in changing his academic trajectory. Since declaring, Christian has undertaken multiple research endeavors, partnering with Elon University faculty, winning the Lumen Prize and traveling to California and Germany for different projects. “All of the projects I have done so far and ones I want to do in the future have been in different areas of chemistry because I want to build broad-based chemical knowledge,” Christian said. “In the future, if I come across a problem, I can start working on it right away, or at least have a better base to start working.” His Lumen Prize project is an exploration of the characteristics of an organic chemical reaction, commonly found in many facets of chemistry, but looking specifically at to what extent the

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characteristics are present in different reactions. “My project is theoretical,” Christian said. “I’m doing it computationally, working on computers, not with a white coat and goggles.” A fun fact, he said, is that he is able to use one of the fastest computers on Elon’s campus for his research. “The computer takes wave functions, which are mathematical equations where they should be able to find electrons in atoms,” Christian said. “It takes the equations and optimizes them —

adds more terms to make them more realistic — and then the wave function tells where the electron will be in relation to the atom. That will tell us how far atoms will be from each other.” The effects Christian are looking at are called resonance and inductive effects — the sharing of electrons throughout molecules and charge differences, respectively. His research, through computations on the computer, is able to determine exactly how much each effect contributes. By this winter or spring, Christian said, he will have finished his project. “After I finish, I’ll be writing a journal article for it, presenting at various conferences in the meantime across the country,” Christian said.

Christian explored other aspects of chemistry in both Germany and California. His internship in Aachen, Germany, focused on designing a polymer-based drug delivery system in an experimental lab environment. Thus, Christian used his foundational practice at Elon to begin developing strategies for achieving his other passion — drug creation and disease prevention. Then, last summer, Christian worked at California Institute of Technology, predicting the structures of proteins that allow for smell. Post-grad, Christian said he won’t be able to continue the research he conducted at Elon. “I’m applying to a Fulbright program in Germany to do a different project and a master’s program in England where I could work on more research projects, and also graduate school in the U.S.,” Christian said. He hopes to continue to conduct research in a multiplicity of subsets of the chemical field, furthering his chances to ensure articles like the one he read in high school are less prevalent. One such rare disease is Visceral Leishmaniasis, a disease found in rural Africa, South Asia and parts of the Middle East with nearly a 100 percent mortality rate. Treatments are ineffective and costly, especially for those who travel far from their towns and villages to spend a month of continuous hospitalization for a treatment that may not work. But the alternative — not seeking treatment — will inevitable cause an untimely death. Christian, who proposed a solution, was nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship, and said he may pursue that research in graduate school. “There are very different ways to combat different diseases, but having a broad base would allow me to have a lot of ideas as to see how to combat making the drug, and be able to have some really concrete ideas as to how to combat very specific diseases,” Christian said. “I’m interested in studying this in graduate school and afterward, but I’m not tied down to something like that. I’m open to other options, too.” FEATURES | 25

Student Spotlight:


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hen Sophomore Julia Filloon was nine years old, she went to space camp, and it changed her life. She fell in love with space craft, space travel and aviation so much that she returned to the camp five more times throughout her childhood. Julia’s fascination with space is deeply rooted within her, and it has guided her to where she is now — an aerospace engineering student at Elon University. “At the time, I didn’t really know that I wanted to become an engineer,” Julia said. ”I just knew that I wanted to do something space related. I love helping people out and using my imagination to come up with new designs.” The engineering program at Elon is a Dual Degree Engineering Program. This means that Julia will spend three years at Elon before transferring to one of the affiliated schools within the program for two more years before receiving a bachelor’s degree. “The plan is transfer in 2017, “ Julia said. “After I get my bachelor’s in aerospace engineering, I’m planning on getting a masters in both aerospace engineering and astrophysics.” With dreams to either design space crafts or become an astronaut for NASA, Julia understands that the years ahead of her require much dedication. In addition to her intense coursework, Julia serves as the treasurer for Physics Club, secretary for the Engineering Club and the head of the Rocket Team, a new organization within the Engineering club with goals to compete on a national level. “We’re working on building a rocket to compete in

Utah,” Julia said. “If we stay on track, we’ll be able to compete next summer.” Julia also partook in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) this past summer under Dr. Sirena Hargrove-Leak’s guidance. In her experience, she focused on three aerospace engineering design topics that helped her create both a photocatalytic oxidation air filtration unit and a wind tunnel. Being a part of the SURE program has been one of Julia’s favorite experiences at Elon so far. “I really like being able to only do research,” Julia said. “I didn’t have to focus so much on academics, and I was able to really think about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Julia’s determination is her guiding force as she refuses to lose sight of her dreams. She noted that people often have misconceptions about her, a common one being that her deafness prevents her from living a traditional life. “I was born profoundly deaf,” she said. “I got my cochlear implants when I was young, and they help me hear, but some people don’t realize that I can actually talk and do things.” Julia is at a stage in her life where she has learned to focus on herself. As a natural born builder, leader and explorer, she knows there is much to look forward to in the years that lie ahead. “I’m a very goal oriented person,” she said. “Not a lot of people recognize that, but I have a lot of plans for myself. I’ve got a big bucket list, and 15 years from now, I’ll know I’ve made it if I’m shooting out into space.”



t’s the moment fashion girls and lax bros alike have been waiting for — sweats are trendy. No, we don’t mean the infamous groutfit, so paws off that ratty “I heart NY” sweatshirt haunting your drawers. We’re looking at joggers, textured crewnecks and cool kicks. Did we spend a full hour choosing which joggers will go best with our boxy pullover, or did we just roll out of bed and take to the streets? No one will ever know, and we have no problem keeping them guessing. Though athletic wear used to only make a grand appearance at the gym, it’s just as common among blogger babes and fancy fashionistos as of late. When life gives you comfortable style, grab it by the waistband and never let go. Creating high-fashion looks with sweats may seem counterintuitive — are elastic waistbands actually, dare we say, chic? — but we stuck to a monochromatic palette, totally inspired by the almighty Yeezy collections. It’s hard to go wrong with black, gray and white — they’re universally flattering and easyto-style for college students.


We said groutfits aren’t allowed, but this look is the exception — take different shades of gray to create a gradient or choose a single hue to create your own set. Accents of black pop polish the look.


Dare to be bold with textures and prints. To highlight the statement piece, keep everything else simple — plain fabrics and solid colors are your go-tos if you want one piece to steal the show. Don’t be afraid to take risks — after all, that’s what made Yeezy so successful.


Forget the LBD and look to the LBS (Loose Baggy Sweats). Black will forever be a classic color that’s hard to mess up, so this look is one to recreate if you’re hesitant to test the trend.


Whether you plan on jogging or not, these pants are worth a wear every now and again. Fitted at the ankles, they are much more presentable than a typical pair of sweatpants. Pair them with a bold top or tie a crewneck around your waist to take them to the next level.


Celebrate like a Celebrity:

Thanksgiving Edition Decorate like a champ (or a Kardashian) Put on your Martha Stewart hat and break out your finest China this Thanksgiving. The Kardashian clan truly puts an average place setting to shame, so this year, add a touch of glam to your table. Fresh peonies? Check. Tiffany glassware? Check. Diamond encrusted silverware? You get the idea.

Turkey time We’re talking tofu turkey. Sounds appetizing, right? Believe it or not, the tofu turkey has revolutionized the way vegetarians celebrate this holiday and is a staple favorite for celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres. Test out the tofu this Thanksgiving and see if you can taste the difference. Just like your traditional turkey, proper preparation is key to a tasty chef d’oeuvre.

Pie on pie on pie Give thanks in the best way possible — with pie, of course. Give yourself options this year because, frankly, a smorgasbord of decadent pies is the way to go. Go beyond the standard apple and pumpkin. The wonderful world of sweet goodness awaits. Pose with your supermodel bestie, who also happens to be your big sis — we all have that one person we can’t live without, so why not show your favorite person how much you appreciate them by posting a cute candid on Thanksgiving. Aim to have the best caption in the game — #blessed is a solid default but so last year.

Yes, we want to see it all. We all know that the best part of Thanksgiving is the dinner plate. Capture the essence of your holiday meal by taking a picture (or two) of the masterpiece itself. Because if you didn't take a picture, did it even happen?

Out with the old, In with the new Skip your traditional Thanksgiving plans and brave the cold at a football game or Thanksgiving parade. With a warm cup of cocoa and your best friends by your side, you’ll forget about the chilled November weather. Plus, shivering in the cold may work up your appetite for another round of potatoes. ENTERTAINMENT | 33

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The grand finale

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rat parties aren’t for everyone, but music is universal. Throughout North Carolina, cool concert venues are tucked away in the mountains, and some only require a 30-minute drive. If you’re looking to step outside the bubble and in the need of a concert fix, here’s a guide to the hippest venues around. Disclaimer: Gas money is not included in the ticket cost. So, you’ll need a car. Or a friend’s car. Or a really expensive Uber ride.


Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw What to expect: Set in a former cotton mill, this music venue is literally in the middle of nowhere — yes, literally. But the balcony, exposed brick walls and massive windows make it an unforgettable experience. Who to expect: X Ambassadors / Oct. 28


Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro What to expect: Tucked behind the back of an old shopping center and across the street from a cute coffee shop, they have a main room and a back room, and most nights there are two shows happening at once. Who to expect: The Academy Is… / Dec. 6

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The Ritz, Raleigh What to Expect: Typically described as a metal box on the side of the road, this venue has attracted big names such as Bastille and Jay Z. Earlier this year, this live music haven received a facelift, giving music lovers a ritzy VIP area and an outdoor patio. Who to expect: Andrew McMahon and the New Politics / Nov. 8

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The Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte What to Expect: Giant chandeliers hanging over the audience give this concert hall a touch of elegance. This venue is a port of the NC Music Factory, so there are plenty of bars, comedy clubs and restaurants within walking distance. Who to expect: Mac Miller / Dec. 8

50 Shades

of Green





unday afternoon: work boots, seven pairs of Birkenstocks and bare feet walk the aisles of the Elon University greenhouse. Dirt-covered fingers plunge into the earth, sowing seeds and pulling up weeds. The water pump gurgles, and two girls stand drinking out of hollowed-out green bell peppers and laughing. Leafy green kale and plump, red tomatoes decorate the various plots. It’s been four hours of plowing, digging, raking, watering and nurturing. Finally, the community of aching arms throw down their shovels and gather at the picnic table for pizza. With their bellies full, one of the members cheerfully bids her friends farewell. Same time next week? People come to the Garden Club for their own reasons. For sophomore John Youmans, the club drew him in because of its easy, calming atmosphere. Club co-founder Alyssa Adler was inspired by her passion for plants and fresh foods. The community aspect is a draw for most. But according to its founders, the club’s mission goes deeper: to promote a sense of responsibility to the Earth, inspire positive self-image and encourage cooperation among students and other organizations on campus. The Garden Club isn’t just a club — it’s an opportunity to be exposed to the unique challenges, struggles and joys of community gardening.

broaden their horizons and practice the techniques they learn in class in a real-world farm setting. Many of the members of the Garden Club are environmental studies or environmental science majors, although that isn’t a qualification to join the club. “[What the club] really wants is for any student, regardless of their major, to find peace and relaxation away from the stress of school life,” Alyssa said. John looks forward to the club every week just for that. “It never feels like a commitment,” he said. “Almost everything is optional and that means that, in general, everyone who comes is genuinely glad to be there. It has the feel of a group of friends rather than just an organization.” The Garden Club is behind a number of events on campus each year, too, including the Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival, which took place in late October. Students carved pumpkins, enjoyed some baked goods, got their faces painted and listened to music in the community garden next to Hillel House. The Garden Club will also be holding the Strawberry Festival in the spring and is looking into projects like building pizza ovens or organizing farm-to-table dinners. Events like these allow the club to bring students into the garden to see what it’s all about. Students also get a chance to enjoy what the club produces — which some members remark is one of the best parts of the club. Ellen elaborates on what that feeling of gratification is for her. “Nothing compares to the satisfaction of taking home dinner you have grown from seed!” The club’s events also teach their fellow students that a garden can bring more to a community besides vegetables. So far, it has provided those interested in bettering their environment a chance to meet others just as passionate — and work with them.

“Nothing compares to the satisfaction of taking home dinner you have grown from seed.” Ellen Lana

Founding The Garden Club has its roots in environmental studies, specifically Professor Michael Strickland’s garden studio class. This class planted the seeds of the Garden Club in then-seniors Allison Hren and Eric Lagueruela’s minds. They started the formal application process before passing it over to current seniors Ellen Lana and Alyssa after they graduated. Now Ellen and Alyssa run the club, which is still quite “green” to the Elon community. Since this year’s Org Fair, Garden Club has amassed an overwhelming 130 members. For many, Michael’s course and others like it go hand-in-hand. The club becomes another way to

The Seeds of Partnership The Garden Club is currently knee-deep in a partnership with another environmental studies course, FEATURES | 37

a senior seminar called “Environmental Impact Assessment and Policy Development,” taught by Michael as well as Professor Janet MacFall. In this course, students “work as a design and management team” on a semester-long environmental project that recognizes the value of community partnerships. This year, they have decided to create a comparison farm bed — one half will be planted using commercial farm techniques, while the other side will employ biointensive farming techniques. Commercial farming refers to farming for profit, where farmers use large machines and mass-produce crops to be sold on the market rather than solely being consumed by their family. Biointensive farming refers to the use of “double-dug beds,” which are essentially beds with the soil loosened two feet straight down in order to facilitate root growth, improve water retention and aerate the soil so the crop can breathe. Biointensive plots are invigorated by the use of compost to provide nutrients. Beneficial insects are encouraged. A focus on production of calories for the farmer and carbon for the soil ensure sustainability and satisfaction on both ends. Many students in the class are also members of the Garden Club and have a strong appreciation and respect for the earth and what it is capable of producing. Their goal with this project is to define and use the most environmentally friendly and sustainable technique of farming. Their end-goal? To yield the greatest amounts of crops possible while using the least amount of resources. Having the bed at Loy Farm right next to the greenhouse allows for a lot of crossover between the two groups, fostering a natural partnership that reflects the Garden Club’s mission statement. It’s easy for members of the Garden Club to walk over to the beds and help out with 38 | FEATURES

construction if needed. And students in the class can check out the greenhouse and learn from the club, too.

The roots of Biointensive Farming The bed being constructed at Loy Farm by the students will employ the previously mentioned tactics in a split-screen fashion in order to provide contrast. What this means is that one side of the bed will employ commercial farming techniques while the other side uses biointensive techniques. All the other elements are the same between the two plots. The class — and the club — can monitor the differences each technique makes in the growth and health of the crops by controlling these factors. Within the senior seminar, the students are studying the Austrian winter field pea. They anticipate drastically different results, as biointensive farming techniques allow farmers to grow crops using 67-88 percent less water and 50-100 percent less soil. Overall, this technique uses 99 percent less energy, and significantly less resources, than commercial farming would require to yield the same amount of crops. Their specific plot is being erected as part of the Elon University Loy Farm Land Lab, a 40-acre tract of land given to the environmental studies department by the university for the purpose of practicing sustainable farming techniques. The plot sits directly behind the greenhouse that houses the plots the Garden Club works on, so the groups see a lot of each other during workdays. Members of the Garden Club often drift over to the plot to lend a hand in the construction and maintenance of the biointensive bed. Meanwhile, members of the senior seminar class are free to assist the Garden Club in planting, weeding, watering and harvesting their plots. Ellen and Alyssa have been teaching

members of the senior seminar class how to grow plants from seed and how to tend to them in their early stages so they will be healthy when it is time to plant them. Both groups can be found at Loy Farm on Sundays between 12 and 3 p.m. Lana says she often sends members of the Garden Club over to help with the construction of the biointensive bed when they have extra hands. Some of the plants in the garden — tomatoes, flowers, peppers and some of the herbs — were planted last year by the Garden Studio class. “The herb garden is a mix of perennial mint that has been in place for years and basil that we planted last spring,” Ellen said. It is difficult to predict exactly when plants will need to be harvested and how much will be reaped from each plant, as they can be affected by extreme weather such as intense storms, early frost or excessive rainfall. The Garden Club began harvesting last spring’s crops this semester and will continue to do so as long as possible. Students who planted personal plots in the gardens will be able to harvest their vegetables soon, as well.

Beyond the university For students who are interested in getting involved, there are many ways to do so, and contributions can affect Elon and the community directly. “A vast majority of the vegetables we grow go to Campus Kitchen, who delivers and cooks the food

for Allied Churches, who distributes the food to families in need,” Alyssa said. “So people working on the garden and farm can know that their work is truly making a difference in someone’s life.” Ashley Gherlone, one of the students in Strickland’s senior seminar class, has suggested that the class look into developing some sort of farm-to-dining hall plan, but as of right now this is just a consideration of the biointensive project and nothing is set in stone. The Garden Club has workdays on Fridays and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m., and anyone is welcome to come out and get to work. Some people come for experience, some for a therapeutic break in their day and still others just to learn. Club member Charlie Perschau, a junior, says he joined Garden Club to be “a more active part in the production of his food.” “I knew almost nothing about gardening,” Charlie said. He added that he was eager to learn more about it from and with the other members. Prior experience is definitely not a requirement for membership. The only real requirement is working hard. “Farming is an extremely demanding process that requires a good deal of energy and resources,” Ellen said. “There is a bit of a learning curve to effectively planting and harvesting healthy crops.” But the Garden Club members who show up week after week are willing to climb that curve. Whether it be getting down in the dirt pulling weeds and wiping sweat or rooting among rows of green beans searching for the ripest ones, members of the Garden Club take up every challenge and lend a hand to one another when a friend needs it. Laughter carries over the beanstalks and greenhouse walls. Four tools are shared among 10 people, and not a single person gripes or complains. It’s all in a day’s work. FEATURES | 39

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