Letter from the Editor
Sophie Rosenthal | Managing Editor of The Pendulum
Elon News Network’s annual Best Of edition surveys students, faculty and staff on what they think are the best parts of the local community — from academics to dining and more. The goal of the Best Of edition is to create a guide to our campus and local community. We hope our readers will use Best Of to find new favorites and revisit old ones.
This past year has seen both a return to normalcy and the introduction of new facets of our community. While in some ways Elon is back to standard, in others, it has grown.
Over the past two months, my team of reporters, editors and designers have worked to find the best of Best Of. They spoke with students, faculty, staff, business owners and more, immersing themselves in the community in order to best represent it.
I can’t wait for you all to experience this edition of The Pendulum. Happy new year, and welcome to Best Of 2023.
Letter from the Designer
Caroline Mitchell | Design Chief
As the Design Chief for Elon News Network, one of the most exciting parts of my role is the publication of our annual “Best Of” special edition. Throughout my time working at Elon News Network and specifically on this edition, I have had the amazing opportunity to learn more about myself and my love for design. It has also taught me what it means to be a part of a community and how to lead and encourage those around me.
The Elon community is colorful, energetic and bright, which I wanted to amplify throughout my design process. I was also inspired by bright colors and typography trends when thinking about this year’s Best Of design. Each section has a unique layout and color palette that come together to create a cohesive design. I chose to do this because I wanted to create something visually appealing and attention-grabbing for readers.
My successes this past year would not have been possible without the help of all those that have worked alongside me to create designs like this. I am excited about what is coming next in the new year and for the future of this organization as a whole.
This experience has been so important to me, and I am grateful every day to creatively represent Elon students through my work. I hope you enjoy Best Of 2023!