The Democratic presidential candidates met at a debate Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in preparation for Saturday’s upcoming primary election.

The event took place at Myrtle Beach’s Palace Theatre and was hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

It was held at a pivotal time in the state, as the South Carolina’s Democratic primary will be the first Democratic primary to vote in the South during this election.

Monday night’s debate could prove to be extremely important when South Carolinians hit the polls.

“It might help people finally decide how to vote,” South Carolinian Gayle Elvington said of the debate.

“They don’t have their minds made up,” Myrtle Beach resident Maxine Burgess said of South Carolina’s voters. “They need to be persuaded.” Attendi....

It was the end of an era this past Thursday when Elon University administrators officially purchased Lighthouse Tavern and Deli at 131 W. College Ave.

The sale comes a little more than a month after Lighthouse owner, Grayson “Chad” Snyder, was charged on Nov. 30, 2007 with selling and delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and attempt to violate the Controlled Substance Act by possessing the date rape drug GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate).

Initial plans for the building have yet to be determined, but Dan Anderson, director of university relations, said that student input will be considered throughout the decision-making process.

“We don’t want to rush to judgment on what to do with the property,” said Smith Jackson, dean of student life, who is spearh....

A review committee from prestigious arts and sciences honors society Phi Beta Kappa will be visiting Elon Feb. 3 to 5 to evaluate the university’s application for membership.

The committee will consist of four professors who work at universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Professor Don Wyatt from Middlebury College is the leader of the committee.

While at Elon they will be looking at how the school supports students in the arts and sciences, the quality of the professors and teaching, faculty scholarship and academic financing.

“It is a very thorough look,” explained Professor Russell Gill, a member of Elon’s Phi Beta Kappa committee.

The committee will begin their visit with a student-lead tour followed by dinner with the Phi Beta Kappa faculty committee. They will co....

Another week, a few more primaries and still a lot of candidates are left in the game. That seems to be the early story of the 2008 primary season.

In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, this week saw Gov. Mitt Romney win the Michigan primary and the Nevada caucuses, while Sen. John McCain narrowly won the South Carolina primary. On the Democratic side, Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses.

McCain defeated Gov. Mike Huckabee by 3 percentage points in South Carolina, even though the snow threatened voter turnout. The win bodes well for McCain’s hopes to gain the Republican nomination because every Republican nominee has won that state since 1980.

For Romney, the win in Michigan was his first primary win and made the Republican picture a lot fuzzier. In....

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The stakes are high in South Carolina for the Democratic Presidential candidates who are jockeying to win the support of 54 delegates when the state holds its Democratic primary this Sat. Events surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday set an appropriate stage to frame one of the issues at the core of capturing South Carolina – race. Over half of Democratic voters in the state are black and each candidate has been on the move to woo black voters during the past few weeks.

Hillary Clinton

A narrow win in Nevada puts Clinton on the upswing as she heads into South Carolina, but her diminished support among the black voters could throw a wrench into her plans. To add insult to injury, Bill Clinton’s recent criticism of Obama has attracted negative attention fr....

In a well-attended convocation, author and motivational speaker Dion Jordan used personal experiences and comical analogies to explain Martin Luther King Jr.'s influence and inspiration last Wednesday in Whitley Auditorium.

Jordan said that King inspired change through nonviolence by doing three things: sitting, standing and walking.

"If you can dance, stand up," Jordan commanded, engaging the audience. About a quarter of the attendees to rose from their chairs.

"If you are good-looking, stand up." Less than half of the audience stood.

Jordan went on to explain that playing the same game among an audience of kindergarteners prompted most, if not all, of them to stand. He then used the term "kindergarten confidence" to assert that the reason more audience members were not sta....