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DeLon’s performance draws controversy and crowds
Sri Lankan rapper DeLon
performed at Elon Nov. 13 to
raise awareness for his war-
The 2011 Periclean
Scholars invited DeLon to be
part of Sri Lanka Week.
“We have been doing stuff
all week and we know wo
needed to use all kinds of
people and different kinds
of ways to attract people to
learn about Sri Lanka,” said
2011 Periclean Scholar Natalie
The 2011 Pericleans
brought a wide array of
speakers from Sri Lanka
to meet with students this
week. Speakers ranged from
Buddhist monks to Sri Lankan
“We figured we needed a
bigger event to reach people
who might not come out to
those speakers,” Lampert
DeLon’s mix of party and
political hip-hop has made
him popular in both the
United States and Sri Lanka.
His public beef with M.I.A,
another successful Sri Lankan
hip-hop artist, has brought
him much publicity as well as
His video “All I Wanna do
Diss,” set to the beat of M.I.A’s
“Paper Planes,” received
10,000 hits in the videos
first 12 hours posted on the
The video was shown at the
concert, while the gruesome
footage and heated lyrics left
the Elon crowd in awe.
"First off let me get some
facts straight: You represent
terrorism in the worst way.
LTTE inventors of the suicide
bomb,” Delon said in his
song “All 1 Wanna do Diss."
“Freedom fighters, is that
what you call that? The same
freedom you took away from
them, you can’t hide no
matter where they live, you
extort, money launder and
steal their kids.”
The video was created after
DeLon noticed that M.I.A was
putting tracks on her records
that glorified the terrorist
organization Liberation Tamil
Tigers of Eelam.
The series of disses and
threats is part of a much
larger issue facing Sri Lanka.
The LTTE and the Sri
Lankan military have been
engaged in a civil war since
the late 1970s. The LTTE want
a separate Tamil state in the
northern part of the country
and have been using suicide
BRYCE LITTLE | Photographer
The 2011 Periclean Scholars invited DeLon to perform at Elon as part of Sri Lanka week, which they hosted.
attacks and heavy military
movement to secure the land.
The war has caused nearly
60,000 deaths and has forced
nearly 800,000 people to leave
In an interview with
Pitchfork, M.I.A. said in
response to the video that
DeLon is using these attacks
on her as self-promotion and
This heated battle between
both artists left some
students at the performance
interested about the current
political state of Sri Lanka.
“I learned a lot from it,”
sophomore Katie Frisch
said. “I had no idea that was
going on in Sri Lanka and I
definitely want to look more
KRISTIN SCHULZ | Photographer
Host institutions for the conference included University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University and Appalachian State University. Some
attendees, pictured above, also participated in the Sustainable Solutions Expo, an exhibition with representatives from businesses that also emphasized sustainable practices.
AASHE conference opens doors, minds to sustainable relationships
On Nov. 9, several Elon University
students attended the second annual
Association for the Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education
in Raleigh. AlDout 1,700 other
university staff members, students
and faculty gathered to focus on
how to make college campuses more
The conference was held at the new
LEED-certified Raleigh Convention
Center, which worked to ensure the
weekend was environmentally sound.
No disposable materials were used
to serve food, all greenhouse gas
emissions were offset and participants
Were held to high recycling standards.
For three days students attended
presentations, panels, workshops,
discussions and keynote speakers
all revolving around the topic of how
universities can work to embody
sustainable practices on their
“We have to encourage everyone
to realize how the concept of
sustainability is connected to
everything in life,” senior Colleen
She said the idea is to have
college students embrace sustainable
practices now so they will carry those
principles with them throughout life,
their everyday activities, workplace
and eventually instill them in their
Senior Jill Medhus echoed Higgins’
viewpoint, saying that through
incorporating environmentalism into
higher education, students will be
empowered to create a sustainable
future by being informed consumers,
conscientious employees and engaged
She said professors shared ideas
on how to incorporate the values of
sustainability across disciplines.
These included facility managers
speaking about how to reduce carbon
emissions as well as administrators
and students discussing how to
What is Eton’s Sustainability Master Plan?
• The Executive Summary and Outline of the plan defines “sustainability
as “Development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
• The committee created a list of recommendations, which include.
carbon neutrality, university organizational structures, university as a
teaching tool, partnership with others, energy and atmosphere,
materials and resources conservation and indoor envronmental quality.
engage a diverse student body
in learning about the issues —
highlighting social and environmental
justice — to work together towards
Even though it is a young
organization, AASHE already has
more than 600 college institution
members and has placed an emphasis
on the importance of a personal
relationship with the environment.
“There seems to be a human-nature
disconnect that needs to be bridged
in order for people to truly embrace
sustainability,” said Blake
(WAITING FOR NAME), an Appalachian
University grad student.
He said each session highlighted
what the environment is on an
individual basis, so everyone can
feel a sense of connectedness and
responsibility to the future.
Higgins said sometimes it’s
forgotten that the environment is
not just the air, water and trees, but
also includes homes, schools and
“We can’t keep looking at
environmentalism like it is some
liberal, hippie movement. It must be
re-branded as something that applies
to everyone,” Medhus said.
For sustainability to really take
place, for people to start to want to
make decisions that are good for
today and better for tomorrow, AASHE
plans to educate and empower youth.
Junior Jennifer Burns was
particularly moved by the message of
keynote speaker Peter Senge, a senior
lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. He is also a founding
chair of the Society for Organizational
Learning, a global community
of corporations, researchers and
consultants, which claim they are
dedicated to the “interdependent
development of people and their
“He talked about how our culture
gets so caught up in the idiosyncrasies
of life that we forget about what's
important,” Burns said. “Our lifestyles
should reflect what we want for today
and how we can ensure the best for
our future as well.”
The students said they returned
from the conference full of new ideas
and were uplifted by the passion there
was for change in all the attendees.
Burns said some Elon students
are a little discouraged by the lack
of sustainable practices currently
implemented at Elon in comparison
to other campuses. Even though they
see Elon moving in the right direction
with the sustainability master
plan, efforts to decrease carbon
emissions and new courses focusing
on environmental issues popping up
across disciplines, there is still more
that can be done.
This push needs to come from the
students, Medhus said.
“It’s not about becoming an
environmentalist with a capital ‘E’, it’s
about starting to incorporate small,
environmentally conscious practices
into your everyday life,” said Julie
Burton, sustainability coordinator at
Tacoma Community College.
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