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Delon Draws Controversy and Crowds to Elon.

Posted in Uncategorized by wlittle2 on November 21, 2008
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by Bryce Little
November 19, 2008

Sri Lankan rapper DeLon performed at Elon Nov. 13 to raise awareness for his war-torn country.

The 2011 Periclean Scholars invited DeLon to be part of Sri Lanka Week.

“We have been doing stuff all week and we know we 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 Lampert.

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 diplomats. img_4279

“We figured we needed a bigger event to reach people who might not come out to those speakers,” Lampert said.

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 YouTube fame.

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 Internet.

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 I 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 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 the country.

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 nothing more.

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 into it.”


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Elon and Red Cross hold fall blood drive

Posted in Uncategorized by wlittle2 on October 30, 2008
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by Bryce Little    October 29, 2008

Every two seconds someone needs blood and Elon students this week were ready to answer the call. Elon University’s fall blood drive kicked off with lines out-the-door and donors ready give their much-needed blood to the Red Cross.

With Car accidents needing four to 100 units of blood, Leukemia needing two to six and sickle cell requiring ten to fifteen unit’s periodically there is no shortage in the demand for blood. Shortages are often found in the amount of blood being supplied. Blood supply in the United States is continually fluctuating leaving medical facilities without the supply of blood they need.

Anna Cox fear of needles does nost stop her from donating blood at Elon's fall blood drive

Anna Cox's fear of needles does not stop her from donating blood at Elon.

College campuses and high schools across the nation make up nearly 25 percent of all blood donated in the United States. Such an enormous impact has been made that Elon is number one in the area in blood donations. This beat out medical institutions like Alamance Regional Medical Center.

“It doesn’t hurt, I just cant look” said Anna Cox, an Elon Student in the middle of giving blood.

She turns away keeping her face hidden as the nurse swabs her arm with disinfectant. The fear of needles is one of the top two reasons why more people don’t give blood according to a survey conducted by the Red Cross.

Blood Donation Quick Facts

1. If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have    donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save over 1,000 lives.

2. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

3. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.

4. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood

* Information Provided by Red Cross

Red Cross Website