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Tom’s Shoes: buy a pair and send a pair to South Africa p. 10

Elon University’s Weekly Student Publication

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 • • Volume 34, Edition 2

University buys Lighthouse Tavern

SPECIAL REPORT: see pgs 2, 3, 8 & 9 for more coverage on Democratic debate

Democrats battle at Myrtle Beach

Olivia Hubert-Allen Editor in Chief

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Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards heatedly discussed education, heath care and employement just days before the Democratic primary in South Carolina. Alyse Knorr Design Editor MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— 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.

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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 spearheading efforts to find a new use for the space. “During the next couple of months we will get a lot of input from students on what they consider the best use of the space.”

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Phi Beta Kappa committee to visit Elon Whitney Waters Reporter

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 conduct interviews for two days with the department heads and various committee chairs. Though they will primarily be interacting with faculty and staff members in a series of meetings, they will also have the opportunity to meet

a few honors students, as they are interested in student reactions to the program. Elon applied for membership to Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 and 2003, but this is the first time Elon has moved on to the second round of the process. Since the last application, Elon has made many improvements that may give the university a better chance for selection, Gill said. The quality of the faculty and the student body are continuously improving, as well as the quality of the facilities. Library funding and the number of foreign language programs, two things the Phi Beta Kappa looks

at to determine membership, have also grown. If Elon gains status, it would be in the company of other top universities in the country. “It would serve as an evaluation and approval of the quality of Elon’s arts and sciences program. It would be an honor,” said Gill. “It would also benefit Elon’s image and recruiting.” Elon is expected to hear the final verdict about selection in the fall of 2009. If Elon is selected, the first members will join in the spring of 2010. Juniors and seniors of high academic standing majoring in the arts and sciences are eligible to join.

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RIGHT: Crowd members at Sen. Barack Obama’s Columbia rally Sunday waved signs and chanted campaign slogans like “Be a part of something great— Obama ’08.” BELOW: Democratic primary hopeful John Edwards sits in a pew of Columbia’s Zion Baptist Church Sunday. Zion’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. service is often attended by highprofile politicians Angie Lovelace/ Photo Editor

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Sens. Barack Obama and John Edwards look over the program of Monday’s “King Day at the Dome,” an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in Columbia, S.C. The two Democratic candidates both hope to win South Carolina in Saturday’s primary election.

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ABOVE: A small contingent of locals stands before the South Carolina Statehouse, during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day event to support the flying of the Confederate flag. Monday’s main speech included strong criticism against the flag, which still flies over Columbia’s Statehouse building. LEFT: Sen. Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd gathered in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day memorial events. Although Sens. Barack Obama and John Edwards walked onto the South Carolina Capitol steps together Monday morning, Clinton made her own separate entrance on the steps after the day’s main speech.

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“The most enjoyable thing is hearing him speak,” said Roz Rodriguez, an Obama volunteer attending Sunday’s rally in Columbia. “Once you hear him give a speech, you’re sold forever.”

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Men’s basketball p. 14

Men hope to rebound after close loss to Davidson College Page 14

Tom’s Shoes: buy a pair and send a pair to South Africa p. 10

Elon University’s Weekly Student Publication

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 • • Volume 34, Edition 1

Republicans talk tough on security Angie Lovelace Photo Editor

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During the debate, Republican candidates focused on national security and family values. The debate was the first following the New Hampshire primary where John McCain finished first, picking up seven delegates.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Republican presidential candidates appeared in the last televised debate before the South Carolina Primary to be held Jan. 19. History has shown that since 1980, the winner of the GOP primary in South Carolina has gone on to win the party’s presidential nomination. In the Jan. 10 debate, the candidates discussed their views on foreign policy and domestic issues at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. In attendance were Sen. John McCain, coming off of his recent win in the New Hampshire primary, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who took the Iowa Caucuses on Jan. 3, former Gov. Mitt Romney, winner of the Wyoming Caucus, former Sen. Fred Thompson, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Ron Paul. McCain said he is concerned that the Republican Party has steered away from the “Reagan principles and philosophy and practices.” He said he felt that the party needs to “return to those principles of less government, lower taxes, strong family values [and] strong national defense.” Thompson emphasized his value of the American dream when he said he was proud to live in “a nation where a country boy from Tennessee or a country girl from South Carolina

can grow up and, if they obey by the rules, expect to achieve the American dream.” Giuliani said that he believed that “we have to pursue those principles of lower taxes, restraining spending, devolving power to people [and] getting power to governments that are closest to the people.” As a conservative, Giuliani also believes in a strong national defense. “That’s why my first commitment to the American people is to be on offense against terrorists.” Huckabee made one of the boldest statements of the evening when answering a question about the recent approach of an Iranian fast boat on an American vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, “I think we need to make it very clear … that if you think you’re going to engage the United States military … be prepared that the next things you see will be the gates of Hell.” Thursday was also the one-year anniversary of President Bush’s announcement of the troop surge in Iraq. McCain said he supported the President's decision. “We can win, and then these young people will come home and they will come home with honor.” Paul said that he did not agree with the President's actions during his trip

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Elon remembers former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto RJ Kraft Reporter On the surface there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection between Pakistan and Elon University, but one thread that unites the two is former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto was assassinated Dec. 27, 2007, in a suicide bomb attack after returning to Pakistan two months earlier after she was granted amnesty from corruption charges. Bhutto had become the first female prime minister of a largely Muslim nation at age 35, as well as the youngest head of state in the world at the time. She served two terms as prime minister, from 1988-1990 and 1993-1996. Bhutto spoke at Elon’s fall convocation in 2002 and spent the day on campus, during which time she met extensively with President Leo Lambert. “She was a guest in our home [Maynard House],” Lambert said. “I can remember welcoming her with a

cup of tea in our sun room, talking about our respective families. She was a very elegant speaker and spoke very poignantly about her family. I have often thought how people, no matter what their station in life, all share similar human concerns.” Lambert was thrilled that Bhutto accepted the school’s invitation to come and speak. “She was a very gracious guest and it was an honor to have her at Elon University if only for a short time,” Lambert said. Bhutto’s visit was part of the Globalization Symposium in which she dedicated the Isabella Cannon Center for International Studies and held a question-and-answer session and a press conference in the McEwen Communications Building. Janna Anderson, assistant professor of communications, was at the press conference and briefly met Bhutto. “Few local media organizations thought she was newsworthy enough to cover at the time, and most of the questions were asked by my

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto greets student Katie Gosselin (’03) and President Lambert in fall 2002. Bhutto encouraged students to set a precidence for change during her convocation speech. students,” Anderson said. “It seemed as if we were getting an exclusive Q&A session just for my class. She was a commanding figure, she was a true leader and she connected with

people because she had an air of authority combined with an aura of approachability.”

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Foreman’s family was supported by his friends and Elon faculty at the event.

Honoring Michael Foreman

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A butterfly lands on the finger of one of the event’s attendees.

Students and faculty came together at Young Commons Friday, April 11 to celebrate the life and spirit of Michael Foreman, an Elon student who was killed by a train last year.

Elon entrepreneurs win $10,000

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Butterflies were released to celebrate the spirit of Michael Foreman, who died one year ago last Friday when he was struck by a train a few yards off campus.


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Seniors Ian Baltutis (left) and RJ Yozwiak (right) answer questions during a live TV interview after accepting an award for their entrepreneurship project.

Laura Wainman Reporter For seniors RJ Yozwiak and Ian Baltutis, business administration is much more than a major. After creating their own startup company, “The Vibration Solution, LLC,” as a project for an entrepreneurship program at Elon, Yozwiak and Baltutis won $10,000 as the first place prize from the New Venture Creation Competition at the University of Evansville on April 4. Yozwiak and Baltutis developed the idea for the product their company sells, Silent Feet, through this entrepreneurship program. The Vibration Solution, LLC is the first operational company to come out of the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The entrepreneurship concentration of the business administration major is a component of the new Doherty Center, which was started at Elon in 2007. Students are expected to develop a business idea during their first semester course, and in the second semester, they write a

full business plan. The third semester is devoted to actually running the business developed in the last two semesters. “We simply saw an existing problem that had no good solution,” Yozwiak said. According to the Web site where Silent Feet is available for purchase,, Silent Feet “reduce noise and vibrations caused by your washing machine and dryer from disturbing your living environment." Strempek was so impressed by the business model Yozwiak and Baltutis created that he recommended they participate in the New Venture Creation Competition. The pair took the suggestion, applied in February and submitted their business proposal in March along with 32 other teams. They were one of 16 finalists chosen to compete at the University of Evansville on April 4. Yozwiak and Baltutis gave an eight-minute presentation to a panel of seven judges, all accomplished business leaders in the area.


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Running sugary circles around the competition Elon students participate in Krispy Kreme Challenge Angie Lovelace Photo Desk

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Juniors Anna Davis and Alex Walton competed in the Krispy Kreme Challenge Feb. 27 in Raleigh, N.C. Their team was Zissou, from “The Life Aquatic.”


Run two miles. Eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Run two miles back. The official challenge: Finish in under one hour. The unofficial challenge: Keep all of the doughnuts down. More than 5,000 participants ran in the Krispy Kreme Challenge at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7, in Raleigh, N.C. Participants started at the N.C. State bell tower, made their way to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street and then completed the course in reverse, finishing back at the bell tower. With a dozen donuts equaling 2,400 calories, this race was not the healthiest of road races, but the $16 entrance fee raised over $35,000 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. This annual tradition started in 2004 with 12 competitors catapulting to 5,038 registered competitors for the race’s fifth year. Cameron Dorn of Greenwood, S.C., won the race in 29 minutes and 57 seconds. Elon student Zach Smith has run in the race the past two years because “it’s just one of those crazy things you get to do while you’re in college.” While “challengers” took the race seriously, there were many “casual” competitors who ate as many doughnuts as their stomachs could handle and dressed up in a variety of costumes, including doughnuts, a gorilla, Santa Claus and many more. “One of the most creative costumes I saw was a group of people who were in a cardboard boat running, or rather, ‘rowing’ together,” Smith said. At Krispy Kreme, participants attacked their boxes of doughnuts with a variety of techniques. Eaters did everything from scraping off the icing to dunking the doughnuts in water to help them go down faster. “I was able to apply a lot of the eating techniques that I learned from last year’s race," N.C. State student Andrew Southern said. "This year I rubbed the sugar off on my shirt, squished three together and dunked that into water. I completed the challenge in less than an hour this year which was really satisfying.”

Hot and fresh facts If stacked, the boxes used during the challenge would stand more than 16 stories. If stacked, the doughnuts eaten during the course of the day would stand more than twice as tall as the BB&T building at Two Hanover Square, the tallest building in Raleigh.

Participants started at the state bell tower, then ran two miles to Krispy Kreme where they ate doughnuts. They then ran the two miles back to the bell tower.

Collectively, the Krispy Kreme Challengers ate more than a third of a ton of doughnuts on the day of the race. This year’s competitors ran more than 4,000 miles. The number of calories eaten on the day of the race is enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for more than 125 hours.

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Some competitors used strategies to eat their doughnuts more quickly. These techniques included wiping off the sugar and dunking them in water.

Corrections In last week’s news story “Elon graduate files lawsuit against university and fraternity,” Charles Caldwell and William Hartness were incorrectly listed as members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. It has also not been confirmed that $20 million is the amount John Lee Mynhardt is suing for. But according to Mike Petty, one of Mynhardt’s attorneys, it will likely be “in the $20 million range” once a life care planning expert finishes determining how much it will cost to provide Mynhardt with 24-hour nursing care for the rest of his life.

IT’S JUST GREEN BUSINESS Stimulating the economy through localized sustainability projects



ake a look at the label of your T-shirt. Does it say “Made in China” or “Made in Bangladesh?” Well Eric Henry of TS Designs in Burlington, N.C., has launched a T-shirt project that will sell shirts made entirely in North Carolina. Cotton of the Carolinas is designed as a collaboration between farmers and manufactures, producing T-shirts that support the local economy and have a low transportation footprint.

Food and fiber Locally produced goods offer additional advantages of societal independence. “Food and fiber to me is a national defense issue,” said Wes Morgan of the Rolling Hills Gin in New London, N.C. “If something does happen and we can’t get stuff around the world, we need to be able to feed and clothe our population, that’s a very basic necessity of life,” Morgan said. According to the Berry Amendment, the Department of Defense (DOD) is required

to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home grown products, including “cotton and other natural fiber products, clothing and the materials and components thereof and food.” These products are required to be of 100 percent domestic origin. “I think that’s important that we keep our infrastructure so we can do that if we need to and on a normal basis. Everyone can’t have office high-rise jobs in New York City shuffling paper, we need to keep everything else going too,” Morgan said, emphasizing the importance of maintaining agricultural and manufacturing infrastructure in the United States.

Local cotton production

Ronnie Burleson, a third generation farmer has been farming in Stanley County, N.C., his whole life. His family was the first to bring cotton farming back to the Piedmont region in 1991 after it disappeared due to the boll weevil forty years ago. Burleson’s farm, Thurman Burleson & Sons Farm, is the first step in the Cotton of the Carolinas project that TS Designs of Burlington launched to reconnect locally, producing conventional cotton T-shirts that are grown, made and sold in the Carolinas. When the cotton is ready, it travels less than a mile After the cotton is ginned, it is spun, using a series of machines that turn the cotton into yarn. Cotton of down a street the Carolinas cotton is spun at Patrick Yarns in Kings Mountain, N.C. barely wide enough

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for a truck to Morgan at the Rolling Hills Gin. One of the goals of Cotton of the Carolinas is to leave a small transportation footprint. A typical T-shirt can travel 17,000 miles, while a Cotton of the Carolinas T-shirt only travels 700 miles, according to Eric Henry, president of TS Designs. “It’s just wasteful in my opinion,” Morgan said. “You’re wasting resources to haul cotton all the way around the world and back to make a T-shirt.” In 2007, there were 565,060 acres of cotton harvested in North Carolina, making North Carolina the sixth highest state cotton and cotton seed producing state in the U.S., according to the agricultural census. “Keeping it closer in, you don’t waste all of that transportation fuel, energy, natural resources, you’re also keeping people employed here,” Morgan said.

Helping your neighbor According to Morgan, in the last six months it has been more important to keep people employed in the local community. “You hear, more friends and neighbors getting laid off, things are downsizing.” “It’s a world economy, we all know that now, but I think people are realizing that our money going overseas it not necessarily a good thing, and they don’t mind supporting their neighbor,” Burleson said. Burleson said he thinks people will want to help their neighbors stay in business, even though it might cost them a few cents more. “In the long term, you may expect your neighbor to help you one day,” Burleson said. He is optimistic that Cotton of the Carolinas could “help hold, produce and develop more job opportunities here in the Carolinas.”





Henry said, Cotton of the Carolinas has reconnected 700 people who are involved with the finished product, many who were previously excluded from production when the product went overseas. According to the U.S. Agricultural Census, there were 77,400 hired farm workers in North Carolina in 2007. Henry believes that if he wants people in the local community to be his customers, then he also needs to support them with jobs.

Reconnecting locally “The most important thing you can do for the economic stimulus is to reconnect locally,” Henry said. “Ultimately creating a product that is grown domestically, made domestically and sold domestically, will be our best long-term impact for jobs and economic development.” Once the cotton is grown by Burleson, it goes down the street to the Rolling Hills Gin to separate the cotton from the seed. From there the cotton is spun, knitted, finished, cut and sewn all in the state of North Carolina before it gets to TS Designs in Burlington where it is printed and Ronnie Burleson is the farmer who grows the cotton for the dyed. Cotton of the Carolina shirts. “Fifty years ago, we could have done “I feel good about (Cotton of this in Stanley County, we could have the Carolinas). Not only is it grown it, ginned it, produced T-shirts, good for everyone involved, but that it’s a product that we can the whole nine yards. Now, no shirt produce and use here in the is done like that in the U.S., period,” state,” Burleson said. Morgan said. The “Harvest ’08” product was entirely produced in North Carolina, but Henry said they plan on expanding to South Carolina in the future. The first two batches will also be sold entirely in North and South Carolina through retail and wholesale channels. TS Designs now makes two different kinds of T-shirts. Its original product is called Clothing Facts and is made from organic cotton, free from pesticides and all other chemicals. Cotton of the Carolinas is made with conventional cotton from North Carolina. The Cotton of the Carolina T-shirts cost $8 to $12 depending on the dye and printing of the shirt. “The biggest challenge is definitely education,” Eric Michel of TS Designs said. “You say organic and automatically people get it. They might not know what it means, but they get that it’s going to be more expensive. But when they think of a conventional cotton shirt that’s made with a very small transportation footprint, they’ll probably think cheaper so it’s just about the education on why it’s more expensive.” Elon student Sarah Babcock, who owns three TS Designs shirts said, “More companies need to start running their businesses like TS Designs. While it may be hard to pay higher prices for shirts as college students I believe that it is an investment in our future.”



The cloth is finished at MoCaro Dyeing and Finishing in Statesville in order to to wash out particulate matter, bleach or dye, and to shrink the fabric as much as possible.




Anderson Cooper visit creates frinzy at Elon Angie Lovelace April 7, 2009 Anderson Cooper took his mom’s advice and wore vertical pinstripes today for his visit to Elon University. Cooper told the audience of 2,400 people in Alumni Gym that when he asked his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, for advice for the first job interview he ever had, she responded, “Wear vertical pinstripes because they’re slimming.” Cooper, host of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” created excitement across Elon’s campus with his visit today, touring the School of Communications, speaking and participating in a Q-and-A. During his speech, Cooper told graphic stories of war, malnutrition, disease, genocide and rape, but then alleviated the depressed stigma in the room with lighthearted tangents. Traveling the world, Cooper has seen many atrocities

of mankind and emphasized the importance of “bearing witness.” After finishing high school, Cooper said he drove a truck across Africa. “Africa really opened my eyes and quickened my pulse,” he said. Cooper graduated from Yale in 1989 with a liberal arts degree in political science. “I may have gone to Yale, but I really feel like I was educated in Somalia.” Cooper decided to become a war correspondent after graduating from Yale. “I thought if I went to places that were incredibly dangerous, I wouldn’t have much competition,” Cooper said. “In a war zone, you’re running towards what everyone else if running away from,” he said. “For the first three years I lied to my Mom because I didn’t want her to know what I was doing,” Cooper said. Cooper was invited

to interview President Obama, his first interview with a sitting president. “It’s surreal to walk into the Oval Office and have the President waiting for you,” Cooper said. Cooper confirmed reports that Obama keeps his office warm. “You can feel the heat emanating before you even walk in,” Cooper said. Cooper said he was sweating under the hot lights during his interview, but Obama was not. “President Obama was cool as a cucumber.” “As a newscaster, I believe in facts, not opinions,” Cooper said. “The last thing you need is another over paid, over blow-dried anchor telling you what to believe,” Cooper said. “Don’t worry, I don’t actually blow-dry my hair,” Cooper jokingly reassured his audience. Cooper addressed the state of news and the changing platform


Before the event in Alumni Gym, the audience was asked to silence their cell phones, Anderson Cooper did not, his phone went off during his own speech. “I’m not allowed to turn my phone off; it’s one of the quirks of my job.”

of media. With everyone having the capability to be a journalist and report using the Internet, Cooper said that it is important to be cognizant

of where news is coming from. He emphasized that news must be verified, checked and double checked.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ impacts the Oscars, even those who didn’t watch took notice By Angie Lovelace Feb. 23, 2009 The 81st annual Academy Awards aired on ABC Sunday night, yielding an underdog the Best Picture winner. “Slumdog Millionaire,” a film set in the slums of Mumbai, follows the life of an impoverished boy as he chases the love of his life, all in the context of the popular game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” “They took a different culture and made it applicable to everybody so they could enjoy it,” Elon junior Amanda Kennison said.

“Slumdog” won a total of eight Oscars, among them, directing, music (song and score) and film editing. In a convenience sample of the Elon University (N.C.) community, 96 people were polled in an informal survey a day after the Academy Awards. Sixty-four percent of the people surveyed knew that “Slumdog” won the prize for Best Picture. However, 42 percent of these people knew without watching the Oscars. Only 46 percent of the people polled had seen the movie. The movie’s heart-warm-

ing message won audiences over. “It was just a beautiful movie and I think anyone that saw it left the theatre a little bit happier than they entered the theatre,” Elon junior, Jessica Flammer said. “It was the underdog of all of the pictures, and it blew up and became this really big thing,” Kennison said. “It’s got all of the little things that would make it attractive, it’s got some “American Idol” stuff, it’s got some third-world cute kids,” Associate Professor Katie King, who did not see the movie, said.


Elon presidents, past and present

The panel shares advice about leadership and reminisces about the past By Angie Lovelace Feb. 24, 2009 In 1969, the student body president, Noel Allen found out first-hand about the importance that Elon College placed on its grass. He led an “anti-panty raid” protesting women’s curfew by marching around the newly built Staley dormitory— marching on the freshly seeded grass. “A few days later I received, from Dr. Danieley, an invoice for $103 to reseed the lawn,” Allen said. The next student march he led to tack the student’s list of concerns on the president’s door, he was heard loudly whispering, “stay off the grass.” A panel this evening at Elon University (N.C.) explored leadership by bringing together presidents from several levels and at several different times. Former Elon president Earl Danieley, current president Leo Lambert, former student body president, Noel Allen and current student body president Chase Rumley came together to discuss the influence

of leadership on the university’s progression. timeline-copy Danieley, who was president from 1957 to 1973, said his leadership was less dictatorial than the president that came before him, but was still autocratic compared to today. “It was a one-man show,” Danieley said. “Over the years, we made some changes, we began to move towards more involvement, we established the academic council, we arranged for the election of faculty committees and it was a little less autocratic at the end than at the b e g i n n i n g ,” Danieley said. Allen, who was student body president for the 196869 school year, served while Danieley was president and brought with him to the panel a letter that Danieley signed, encouraging him to come to Elon.

As a leader of the school, one of the significant change he influenced at Elon was ended the required Chapel once a week. He noticed that many of his peers were of non-Christian faiths and he felt that this requirement needed to be changed. Instead of approaching this issue with vocal protests, he tactfully approached the issue by soliciting letters from local ministers advocating for doing away with

the requirement—an approach that was successful. Lambert was influential in the decision to change the school’s name from “Elon College” to “Elon University in 2001. “You’ve got to stick to your guns at times,” Lambert told the young leaders in the audience. “When you make a decision, you’ve got to stick with it and ride out the rough patches. Rumley spoke about

his struggle to find a way for Elon students to give back to the University. With only a year as president, he said he wants to make sure to equip someone else to carry his vision forward. Four leaders of Elon gave advice to many future leaders in the audience. “Solicit, consider, take or reject advice,” Allen said. “Take that advice, way it and go forward.”

Gay Filmmaker challenges Islam and homosexuality

By Angie Lovelace Feb. 21, 2009 There is no one kind of Muslim. There are 1 billion Muslims in the world and they are all different. Filmmaker Parvez Sharma is Muslim and he is gay. On Friday, Sharma spoke at Elon University on “Perspectives on Islam and Homosexuality.” In his film “A Jihad for Love,” Sharma exposes what life is like for gay Muslims in what he calls, a complicated film that brings together complicated issues. The film, which was filmed over five and a half years, in 12 countries and in 9 languages, has been viewed by 700,000 people in 35 countries. “I’m not a speech-giver, I’m a filmmaker,” Sharma joked. Sharma told students

about the struggles he faced to make his film. He faced the issues of using money to intrude into the lives of silent communities. Often internally struggling with whether to use money to make his film for thousands to see or to give the money to his characters who needed help immediately. He sought to uncover the behaviors that many gay Muslims reserve for their private lives and are never addressed in public. Sharma joked that he used his “gaydar” to find the subjects of his film. He gained most access by going through HIV education programs. In the Muslim world, gay people are used to living in invisibility. He spoke about the troubles he faced convincing people to participate in his film, and said he benefited

from being able to speak most of the languages that his subjects spoke. “My camera was a necessity, but it was also a vice.” Sharma would also disguise his intentions and pose as a tourist to deceive officials in many of the countries he visited. He filmed tourist footage at the beginning and end of all of his tapes in case it was searched. In today’s society, “Jihad” has the connotation of ‘holy war,’ but its literal Arabic meaning is ‘struggle’ or ‘to strive in the path of God,’ which is the message that Sharma searched for in his film. He was in search of “a Jihad for Love,” pushing for a global dialogue of tolerance. “Religion is going to be the single most issue of humanity,” Sharma said.


Volunteers help keep Windy Knoll Farm ‘green’


Phil Pons climbs into an apple tree to prune the top branches.

By Angie Lovelace Feb. 24, 2009 The Green Team pruned trees at Windy Knoll Farm on Saturday. The Green Team is an environmental service learning organization at Elon University (N.C.). This group of volunteers works throughout the year on various projects, including river cleanups, fundraisers, and Earth Week. Saturday was the second time that the team volunteered at Windy Knoll Farm. They pruned apple trees to open the trees up to sunlight and fresh air, preparing them to bear fruit. Windy Knoll Farm is owned and operated by Dr. Andy Angyal, professor of English at Elon. The farm has a vineyard, apple orchard and other berries and exotic fruit. Andy Angyal teaches Meredith Naughton and Logan Riddle what to look for when pruning an apple tree.

“We always enjoy going to Dr. Angyal’s farm because he is a great educator,” Meredith Naughton, Green Team coordinator, said. “Dr. Angyal offers a love for environmental stewardship that cannot be summed up in words.” “It is an emotional and spiritual experience to work in nature and Dr. Angyal really encourages his students to get in touch with that experience,” Naughton said. Angyal has owned

the farm since 1996. He is a strong advocate for supporting local farms and healthy foods. “Students need to think locally and seasonally, and plan their meals and diets around that. They need to buy fresh produce and cook for themselves, not eat junk food,” Angyal said. “We need to continue to raise awareness here at Elon about healthy food, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles,” Angyal said.


Andy Angyal teaches Meredith Naughton and Logan Riddle what to look for when pruning an apple tree.

Cultural identity examined through the camera lens

Photographer Lauren Greenfield speaks about her work By Angie Lovelace raphers working today. She is Feb. 18, 2009 known for her work on youth Anorexia, cutting, exhibi- culture, including projects Fast tionism, self-esteem and money Forward, Girl Culture, THIN, are among the many and Kids + Money. cultural issues of With a background young people that in anthropology, photographer Lauren Greenfield strives to Greenfield has exlook at people through plored in her 15 year a cultural context. study of body image. “I was really inGreenfield spoke spired by the work of at Randolph Comstreet photographers munity College in in the 60s and 70s, Asheboro, N.C., toand I wanted to reveal night as a part of the issues through the Jerry Howell Lecture Lauren Greenfield photographer’s eyes,” Series. The lecture Greenfield said. series began in 1996 as a means Her first project in Los Anof bringing presenters to Ashe- geles was Fast Forward, which boro. examined the loss of innoGreenfield was named by cence among kids who grow up American Photo as one of the quickly in Hollywood. 25 most influential photogThe everyday lives of L.A.

From “Fast Forward” by Lauren Greenfield

youth reflects the values of Hollywood. Materialism, trends, and image characterize Fast Forward and these ideas catapulted her other projects, next moving onto Girl Culture. “Girl Culture came from my interest in the ways girls construct their identities,” Greenfield said. The project looked at the self-esteem crisis among girls and how the body had become the primary means of expression for girls and women. Girl Culture grew into more than a photojournalism project and went out into the public as an education tool for teachers to use in high schools and universities. It is also a traveling exhibition which has been viewed by more than 600,000 people.

THIN, Greenfield’s first feature-length documentary, focused on eating disorders and the Renfrew Center treatment facility in Coconut Creek, Fla. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction in 2007. In this film, Greenfield followed girls as they struggled to accept themselves and overcome their eating disorders. THIN is a multiplatform, multimedia project which was Greenfield’s first experiment in filmmaking, which was filmed over a 6 month period. “Control is really what an eating disorder is all about,” Greenfield said.

From “Girl Culture” by Lauren Greenfield




Social justice MADD director demonstrates drinking dangers Pam Richter Sports Editor

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Wrongfully-convicted murderer Glen Chapman, left, joined by mitigation specialist Pamela Laughton, showed the diaries he kept while in jail. He was never given pads of paper, so he taped cardboard to sheets of paper and made his own.

Wrongfully convicted death row inmate talks about ‘life after death’ Angie Lovelace Reporter

GREENSBORO — Locked behind iron prison bars on death row for 4,887 days, Glen “Ed” Chapman knew he was innocent, but no one would listen. Chapman lost 14 years of his life in a jail cell for two murders he was wrongly convicted of. Monday night, the Elon University Innocence Project brought Chapman to speak at the Elon University Law School about his ordeal. Chapman was convicted in 1994 of the murders of Betty Jean Ramseur and Tenene Yvette Conley in Hickory, N.C. When the sentence was read, “a cold chill ran down my body,” Chapman said. “I thought, somebody help me, somebody help me, but there was nobody there,” he said. “I just wanted to throw in the towel.” When Chapman thought there was nothing left for him, he said he received support from his fellow inmates who encouraged him to keep fighting. He started studying his case and sent approximately 5,000 letters while in jail. “You’ve got to have something to occupy your mind,” Chapman said. In November 2007, Chapman was awarded a new trial when it was discovered that detectives had withheld evidence that pointed to Chapman’s innocence. On April 2, 2008, the district attorney dismissed both charges and Chapman was released from prison with 10-minutes notice. Then came the hard part: living on the outside. Chapman missed his grandmother’s funeral. He missed his mother’s funeral. And he missed watching his two sons, now ages 20 and 17, grow up. Chapman was joined for the presentation by mitigation specialist Pamela Laughon, associate professor of psychology at UNC Asheville, who worked for five years toward Chapman’s release. “It took me about 75 interviews and a couple of years to come to the conclusion that Ed was innocent,”

A closer look at wrongful convictions: There have been 234 postconviction exonerations in the United States since 1984 due to advances in genetic testing. According to the Innocence Project, wrongful convictions are attributable to judicial system failures including: Eyewitness misidentification Unreliable or limited science False confessions Forensic science fraud or misconduct Government misconduct Informants or snitches Bad lawyering

Laughon said. After realizing his innocence, Laughon printed a copy of his mug shot, wrote "Free Chapman" across it, posted it to her office door and committed herself to obtaining his freedom. “It’s easy when we are working on the cases to forget that there are actual people behind the files,” Elon Innocence Project President Jenny Ruby said. “By bringing in a speaker who spent so many years in prison and then (was) released, it shows us that the work we are doing is important and can make a difference.” Each semester, the Elon Innocence Project reviews about six innocence claims to put the skills it is learning in the classroom to use in the real world. After completing its reviews each semester, the Innocence Project presents its findings to the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, and if there is a valid innocence claim, the case will continue for further review. Students also worked to raise more than $500 for Chapman to assist in his transition as a free man. Chapman was overwhelmed and brought to tears by the gesture. “It’s not about me,” Chapman said, “This situation is bigger than me.”

North Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for deaths by drunk driving. But according to Craig Lloyd, the state executive director for MADD, the state is continuing to move up the charts in a negative way. Lloyd, who has been at MADD for three years, spoke to Elon on Monday night at an event sponsored by campus sorority Phi Mu. “The goal was to increase awareness of the use of alcohol,” said April Kirby, a junior at Elon and the membership director of Phi Mu. “We looked into different speakers that would connect with the Elon community.” MADD started in Sept. 5, 1980 in order to raise awareness about drinking and driving. Lloyd estimates around 330,000 lives have been saved since the organization began. Lloyd began the presentation with an informational video about MADD. The organization provides services for anyone who has been involved in a drunk driving incident. “I’ve never been to a drunk driving accident,” Lloyd said. “It’s never an accident. People know what they are doing.” Thirty-seven percent of drunk drivers are repeat offenders. In North Carolina alone, there are 80,000 DWI arrests per year, but MADD estimates law enforcement only catches 1 in 200 intoxicated drivers. MADD, as an organization, tries to focus on prevention of drunk driving and also underage drinking. “We work with law enforcement,” Lloyd said. “The number one thing that we found stops drunk driving is check points. People remember when we have check points up to seven or eight years later.” Lloyd also said technology helps to reduce drunk driving. This year, Toyota released a steering wheel that will be able to detect alcohol levels through the driver’s pores. It is over the legal limit, the car will not start. Advanced alcohol sensors will be another technological advancement that will help lower the rate of drinking and

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Craig Lloyd, State Executive Director for MADD, demonstrates the dangers of drinking and driving with different simulations. Sophomore Kaelin Lutz uses beer goggles to show the disorientation that occurs with drinking Monday.

driving. These sensors now will have cameras in them. Like the steering wheel, if a driver is over the legal limit, the car will not start. With this technological campaign, Lloyd and MADD said they hope drinking and driving will be completely eliminated within the next ten years. At MADD’s demonstrations, they use the beer goggles to demonstrate the effects of alcohol. On Monday night, sophomore Kaelin Lutz demonstrated with the goggles. “I had a really hard time with them,” Lutz said. “It put things in perspective about how disoriented you are when you drink, even when you don’t realize how bad you are.” MADD’s programs begin in kindergarten and do not only focus on drunken driving. A main focus of the organization is underage drinking and prevention. “We want you not only to look out for yourself, but others as well,” Lloyd said. Kirby said the organization will continue Lloyd’s message on campus by running a red ribbon campaign in the upcoming weeks.

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NPHC defined by purpose, not race Black Greek organization chapters at Elon remain small but strong Jasmine Gregory Reporter


The Company Shops Market had its grand opening on Saturday and boasts locally grown, organic produce. A $100 membership per family guarantees not only perks but voting rights for co-op decisions.

Cooperative organic market opens in central Burlington Angie Lovelace Reporter

Local, organic and sustainably produced food will be available in Burlington when Company Shops Market, a cooperative grocery store and café, opens for business. The market will be opening in downtown Burlington at 268 E. Front Street. On April 4, more than 700 people attended the afternoon open house at the new location and approximately 160 new members signed up, bringing the membership total to 1,105 as of Monday. But they need 1,500 members to begin renovation and 2,000 to officially open the doors. Buying a membership to the co-op provides people with various benefits and perks but, most importantly, it buys ownership in the cooperative. Owners get to contribute to and vote for decisions. An individual membership costs $100 and a family membership is $150. Customers will not be required to buy a membership to shop at the co-op. “I think everyone has in their

mind that it’s going to be a farmer’s market, and that’s not really what it is,” project coordinator Jill Durba said. “It’s going to be a fullservice grocery store. Our goal is to keep things within a 250mile radius, what we call ‘locally grown,’ to ensure freshness and to support that local idea.” In North Carolina, the market value of crops produced in 2007 was more than $2.6 billion, according to the agricultural census. But most of the food produced in the region is exported and the food consumers are buying has been imported from abroad. According to Andy Angyal, professor of environmental science at Elon and a member of Company Shops Market, “local food is fresher, is seasonal and it is grown more sustainably. “Buying local, first of all, supports the local economy, it supports local farmers and it keeps them in business and prevents them from having to sell their farms to developers,” Angyal said. “There is a more direct relationship between the grower and the buyer. You can

ask the grower directly how they’re growing and what they’re using on their crops and fields. And you can buy with more confidence and buy with less danger of food illness.” Durban said she thinks people who have been in this community for a long time will want to support local farmers, and that people can make a conscious choice. If they want to eat healthier, the Company Shops Market will give them that opportunity she said. Angyal owns a small farm in Gibsonville, N.C., and he currently sells his produce to local restaurants and the Deep Roots Cooperative in Greensboro. “I don’t think people yet realize the value of local, sustainable food production,” Angyal said. “Most people just buy from Harris Teeter or Food Lion, if they cook at home at all, and I think that many, many people simply eat out all the time.” For Company Shops Market to be successful, Angyal said, “I think there’s enough suppliers, the question is whether there are enough buyers.”

Meditation club blooms in tranquility Midterms just ended, but finals and graduation are looming around the corner. Jobs, internships, undergraduate research, homework, tests, papers, friends, parents — does anyone have time to breathe anymore? One organization has found the secret to staying cool during stressful times. Iron Tree Blooming, Elon’s Zen Meditation Society, is all about slowing down, something all students could benefit from. “We’re just a group of people who believe you need to stop and smell the roses occasionally,” sophomore Kristen Feeney said. People take up Zen for a variety of reasons. Some are interested in its New Age, Asian feel. Some come for the spirituality. Others come for the deep sense of relaxation that can’t be found anywhere else. “In eighth grade, I sustained a knee injury that would continue to bother me throughout high school,” sophomore Jett Burr said. “ I could no longer solely rely on exercise to make me feel good and relaxed. I learned about Buddhism in my ninth-grade class and was attracted to the

whole ‘mind over matter’ concept, so I looked up some meditation pointers on the Internet and began meditating on a regular basis.” He joined Iron Tree Blooming his freshman year and is now the organization’s president. “Generally speaking, our group does have a core set of attendees who enjoyed their first sit and keep coming back," Feeney said. “But the real fun is that every sit is a surprise. You never know who will show up.” The best part is that everyone is welcome — students, faculty and staff can all meet and unwind. The group meets every Tuesday from 4:15 p.m. to around 4:50. The first 20 minutes of the meeting consists of silent, spiritual mediation. Participants are encouraged to sit as still as possible and to try to overcome fidgety urges. After 20 minutes, a short discussion takes place where members talk about the meditation, plans for the group, or anything else they want to. Sometimes the group hosts special events, such as trips to Namaste, an Indian restaurant in Burlington. In addition to group outings, Iron Tree Blooming also holds special campus-wide events. Last month the

“ But the real fun is that every sit is a surprise. You never know who will show up.


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group hosted a speaker series in an effort to reach out to students and raise awareness about the practice of Zen. Last month the speaker set included English professor Barbara Gordon, philosophy professor Anthony Weston and religion professor L.D. Russell, as well as students freshman Maggie Castor and Burr. All are experts in the field and were eager to share their knowledge about the often overlooked practice of Zen. According to Feeney, the series was less about attracting members as it was about getting people to see that “the pathway to Zen is not some cookie-cutter trail. There's plenty of room for making it your own.” No experience is necessary, and new people constantly come to sits. There are no group requirements or expectations.

Nearly a century ago, in the days when black Americans were facing a great deal of discrimination, a number of Greek organizations formed, especially on predominately white campuses, aiming to unite those with similar goals and ideals to bring about a positive social change. Today, the nine largest of these organizations form the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which was organized in 1930 at Howard University. Elon University currently has six active chapters of fraternities and sororities under the umbrella of the NPHC. These include fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Phi Beta Sigma, in addition to sororities Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta. “NPHC organizations are more similar than they are different from one another and other fraternities and sororities,” assistant director of Greek Life Zach Thomas said. “They are all committed to service, scholarship, brotherhood, sisterhood and leadership.” About 35 percent of Elon students participate in Greek organizations, but only a small percentage of these students are brothers and sisters under the NPHC. In comparison to the organizations under the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, the NPHC is drastically smaller. Of the black students at Elon, about 40 of them participate in NPHC organizations. “The African American pool is very slim here at Elon,” NPHC Chairman Brandon Helton said. “With six organizations choosing from the same pool, it’s very difficult for each chapter to really have that significant growth. IFC and PHC are very strong in numbers. They actually have quotas that they meet as far as the bids that they give out and membership intake each year. We don’t have those set quotas, and it’s basically based on interest and who decides to apply. That’s the big difficulty as far as numbers in NPHC organizations.” The small size of these organizations creates a closer bond between members. “Because of our numbers, I feel like we’re closer knit,” former NPHC chairman James Williams said. “Because our fraternities average around six members and our sororities average around eight to 10 members, we’re a lot closer.” The small size allows members to hold multiple leadership positions within their prospective organization and the NPHC as a whole. The NPHC council’s size also gives it another unique edge. The fraternities and sororities have close relationships where they often collaborate with one another. “Because our council is relatively small, our organizations have to work together and rely on each other to make NPHC as great as it is,” Helton said. “There are rivalries and competition that exist amongst our organizations, but at the end of the day we understand that we have to remain a unified body.” One of the most noticeable aspects of these organizations is that they appear to only consist of black students and are not integrated. “NPHC organizations where originally founded for African Americans who were not granted access to other fraternities and sororities,” Thomas said. “Now NPHC organizations have a vast majority of races within their organizations. They are integrated and open to all people.” Like the majority of Greek organizations, many of the NPHC organizations have stereotypes. “Collectively we are seen as intimidating, or the ‘Greek Elite,’ on campus,” Thomas said. “Some organizations have their own stereotypes that they are labeled with. Alpha Kappa Alpha is known as the ‘pretty girl’ sorority. Kappa Alpha Psi is known as the ‘pretty boy’ fraternity. Omega Psi Phi is typically labeled as the more rowdy fraternity. Each organization has its stereotype.”




Pummeling the Paladins Men’s basketball grabs third win in four games Michelle Longo Online Programs Director

Monday night’s 74-66 win over Furman University saw the not-so-well rested Phoenix turn in perhaps its best offensive performance of the season, boosting the men to their third win in the last four games. By halftime, Elon already poured out 41 points, the most against a Division I opponent this season. Despite a late surge by the Paladins, Elon held on for its fifth Southern Conference win. The Phoenix now sits at 5-9 in the SoCon. The once-struggling Phoenix has cause for optimism as the calendar quickly flips to February. Last season, also sitting at 5-9 in conference, Elon exploded in the early part of the month, garnering three consecutive wins. Recent performances indicate the team may be looking in a mirror. The win Monday was led by an offensive surge drastically different than the performance that resulted in a loss Saturday against Appalachian State. Elon went 14-27 in free throws on Saturday, only a 51.9 percent shooting rate. As a contrast, Elon nailed 13 of 16 free throws against Furman, an accuracy of 81.3 percent. “Once everyone on the team gets confidence in shooting, it is contagious,” junior forward T.J. Douglas said. “We shoot a lot better when everyone is confident and they think it is going in. If you start out like that, you are going to play well the rest of the game, even on the defensive side.” From the 3-point line against Appalachian, Elon managed 5 for 15. In Monday’s game, the Phoenix downed 7 of 8 from long-range,

almost 90 percent. Douglas helped that statistic, nailing all four of his shots from long-range, in a span of 4:24. This was amid a 21-4 run by the Phoenix that bridged halftime and gave it an 18-point lead, the largest lead of the game, early in the second half. “[Douglas] does that every day,” senior forward Brett James said. “Every time he gets the ball, he knows we want him to shoot. I wouldn’t be surprised if he made his next 10. That’s how he is. He can shoot the heck out of the ball. It’s a lot of trouble [for opposing teams].” James had 12 points, including nailing three jumpers in the first five minutes of the game. In Saturday’s game, James fell to the floor in pain after blocking a shot. He was diagnosed with a contusion to his humerus in his right arm, causing his hand to go numb for a while, as well as a hip injury. “[My physical state] is struggling,” he said. “But when I start playing I forget about it. When you’re going up and down and trying to compete, you don’t really think about it. “ James wore an arm sleeve all game, which helped to compress and diminish the pain in his shooting arm. The Phoenix goes back on the road, which has been nice of late, Thursday to face SoCon foe Chattanooga. When the Mocs visited Alumni Gym earlier this season, Elon pulled out a grinding one-point win in double overtime. From there, the Phoenix head to Samford Saturday for a Valentine’s Day showdown. “We know we can beat Chattanooga and we feel like we gave the Samford game away,” James said. “We got a good feel for Samford’s defense now. We know what to expect so that gives us a little bit of an edge.”

The Busy Buddies Monday night’s game marked the third game for the Phoenix in five days. The Southern Conference schedules games Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, then the cycle starts all over again with teams getting two days to rest in between, not accounting for travel time. “It is not good for the kids,” head coach Ernie Nestor said. Last Thursday, Elon traveled to Georgia Southern for a night game and returned to campus around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Saturday night marked yet another game. In the month of February alone, Elon plays 10 games. “We basically play one-third of our schedule in two weeks,” Nestor said. “It favors teams more athletic because they can recover faster.”

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Junior forward Adam Constantine leaps over two Furman defenders to help the Phoenix win in a 74-66 victory over the Paladins on Monday.

Men’s basketball celebrates historic 100th season


A collection of former Elon men’s basketball players are introduced during halftime of the Elon men’s basketball game on Saturday against Appalachian State. This halftime recognition and a dinner Friday evening celebrated the 100th season of men’s basketball at the school.

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The banners were released and new pieces of history hung from the rafters of Alumni Gym. During halftime of the men’s basketball game against Appalachian State Saturday, Elon retired the jerseys of two former basketball players — Jesse Branson and Tommy Cole. This halftime celebration capped off a weekend of festivities commemorating the 100th season in program history. The athletic department hosted a dinner Friday night, bringing together past players, alumni, donors, faculty and current players. There was a display of Elon men’s basketball memorabilia including old nets, pictures and an old piece of basketball court. President Leo Lambert was in the audience for both events along with President Emeritus Earl Danieley and several other prominent faculty members. Former Fox 8 Sports Anchor Rich Brenner emceed the event Friday evening, which consisted of a dinner, a video tribute and player speeches. “It’s a cool thing just seeing all of these guys,” said Montell Watson, a former Elon basketball player. “There are a lot of great players here dating back to the 1950s.” Watson was just one of many players in the audience who had a decorated Elon career.

Throughout the night, one name continued to resonate through the crowd: Bill Miller. Miller, a former men’s basketball coach at the school, still holds the most victories for a head coach in the program’s history with 331 wins. Branson played for Miller and set 17 Elon basketball records in his career. Current Elon Golf Coach Bill Morningstar played with Branson and praised his play on Friday night. In his speech, Morningstar told several anecdotes about the team, including stories about Miller. A few years after Branson’s decorated career with Elon began, another Elon great took the court for the Fighting Christians — Tommy Cole. “It’s the greatest moment of my life. I’ve waited 37 years for this moment,” Cole said at the dinner. “It’s the greatest accomplishment that an athlete can achieve.” Don Bolden, editor emeritus of the Burlington Times-News, remembered watching Cole as a young player. He called his play unbelievable. Both of these players will be forever remembered in Elon sports history with their jerseys dangling from the roof of Alumni Gym. It was the first time in program history that jerseys were retired and formally displayed. Former players were in the audience for Friday night’s celebration and were able to get a glimpse of the past days in basketball history. Many of the players spoke about the days driving


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cars themselves to the games. It was a great leap from today’s games with chartered buses. The program has undergone many changes from playing in the NAIA, which Bolden referred to as an upper-level high school league. Now the program plays Division I basketball. “You’re in the big leagues now,” Bolden said. “It’s as good as it gets.” Elon athletic supporter and alumnus John Truitt describes his favorite moment: the Southern Conference championship game last season. “I think [the program] will grow and do extremely well,” Truitt said. “I’m sure there will be new buildings that will go up.”


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Busting the bracket: Men’s basketball team looks to rebound this week

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Guard Brett James shoots over an Appalachian State defender in a 77-63 loss earlier this season. James scored 8 points in that conference game.

With two key games coming up this week, the Elon men’s basketball team is focusing on finishing the season strong. On Thursday night, the Phoenix hosts Western Carolina in a Southern Conference matchup. Then the team travels to UNC Wilmington to play in a BracketBuster game Saturday night. “We’re trying to get refocused as we begin this last push,” Elon head coach Ernie Nestor said. The Phoenix is coming off back-to-back losses against UT Chattanooga and Samford. The team is 8-16 overall and 5-11 in the Southern Conference. “We just have to get back to being a better team. It’s a combination of offense and defense and executing. We did not shoot the ball well,” Nestor said. Elon has five regular season games remaining before the Southern Conference tournament begins March 6 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Phoenix faces Western Carolina on Thursday night and then travel to UNC W on Saturday night for the ESPN BracketBuster game. “When you get that team a second time around at home, it’s definitely an advantage,” senior forward Monty Sanders said. In the previous meeting this season with Western Carolina on Jan. 10, the Phoenix lost 74-67. Currently, Western Carolina sits at second place in the Southern Conference’s North Division behind UT Chattanooga. On Saturday, Elon travels to UNC W for an outof-conference ESPN BracketBuster game. In the midst of a challenging conference schedule, a nonconference game will be able to relieve some stress. “Every game matters, but it’s not a conference game, it’s not as stressful,” Sanders said. UNC W is in the Colonial Athletic Association and has made four NCAA tournament appearances since 2002. Nestor said the team will focus on UNC W on Friday and a little bit Saturday morning before the game. In Thursday's game against Western Carolina,

Elon hopes to improve its recent shooting woes that have been a problem in the past two games, as well as a consistant issue throughout the season. In the game against Samford, Elon was held to 47 total points. This tied the team’s lowest point total for the season. In the opening game against West Virginia, Elon was also held to 47 points. “You can’t shoot at the level we’re shooting the basketball and expect to be successful,” Nestor said. “We have to make more shots to give ourselves a fighting chance.” Elon is in the midst of a four-day layoff before its next game Thursday night. This break will provide much needed rest for the team. “It’s a long season,” Nestor said. “We’ve played 24 games so far and have a lot of games on a lot of guys so far. It gives them a chance to renew themselves.” Out of the team’s next five games, three of them are at home. The Phoenix only had six wins on the season at the Nest. Nestor said the team must improve on winning at home. The team lost its last two games going into Thursday night’s matchup, but it is focusing on finishing the season strong. “We haven’t been able to close out games or sustain leads,” junior forward Adam Constantine said. “We just have to play 40 minutes of basketball.”


WHAT IS A BRACKETBUSTER GAME? BracketBuster games pit NCAA Tournament hopefuls against one another. There are 13 nationally televised games during the season. This season, the games take place Feb. 20 and 21. The 51 games include 102 teams from 17 conferences.


Pam Richter Sports Editor


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Team’s efforts extend beyond basketball for a great cause


Ola Atoyebi goes up strong for a shot against a UNC G defender. Atoyebi finished with a team-leading 17 points in the Phoenix’s loss.

Phoenix lose sixth straight game, looks to rebound against Samford Michelle Longo Online Programs Director


Junior forward Amber Wall fights for a rebound against Western Carolina’s Kristen Feemster. Wall finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Basketball team drops 17 straight game but said they are seeing the bigger picture Sam Calvert Assistant Sports Editor The Nest was filled with action Monday night as the Elon women’s basketball team battled against the Western Carolina. The Phoenix fought hard, but could not conquer the Catamounts losing 78-50. The Phoenix fall to 1-17, 0-11 in the Southern Conference. Amber Wall led the Phoenix with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Elon freshman, Erica Keto made her first collegiate start, and recorded a career-high seven rebounds. The Phoenix matched the Catamounts in most areas, including steals, turnovers and free throws. But, the numbers didn’t come close in field goals and threepointers, with Elon shooting 27.7 percent and 10 percent respectively. “Tonight we tried our hardest,” freshman Aiesha Harper said.“We aren’t doubting ourselves because we see our potential.” The team continues to stay optimistic and players said they believe they can succeed together. One example of a small success Monday night was improved free throws. Elon was 13-19 from the line, nailing 68.4 percent of their free throws.

“We attack with a lot of speed,” Elon head coach Karen Barefoot said. “We’re aggressive and quick, so we expect to be fouled.” The players now have another reason to be reminded to work hard, and that lies in their shoelaces. All players were wearing one pink shoelace in honor of Kay Yow, a former Elon head basketball coach. Yow, was the head women’s basketball coach at N.C. State for 34 years until she stepped down from her position on Jan. 6, 2009 because of her ongoing battle with breast cancer. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. It has come and gone and Yow has said in various interviews she now has to focus her energy on recovering. The disease reoccurred in the 2004-05 season, forcing her to miss 16 games of the season. Elon is holding a “Pink Zone” game on Feb. 7. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Elon will also sell Pink Zone T-shirts and shoe laces at the game. For the Phoenix, that one game is not sufficient enough to remember Yow’s continued fight, Barefoot said. “She left a mark on the game, and I want the team to

know the history,” Barefoot said. “I want them to fight hard until the buzzer. We can keep fighting. I want them to remember not to give up.” The Phoenix has to follow this loss with two conference road games in the next week one Saturday at the College of Charleston and one Monday at Georgia Southern. Both opponents stand at 6-4 in the Southern Conference. Barefoot said she hopes to change the recent shooting trends of her team in time for the next few conference games. “I want to breakdown tape, show them the good shots from the bad shots,” Barefoot said. “We take too many quick and off-balanced shots. We settle too much for jump shots.” The team has played hard on the road, especially against tough opponents. They said they are carrying that experience with them for their next two games. Barefoot and members of the team agreed they are not going to let themselves be discouraged simply because of their record — with the zero in the wrong column. “Our whole team is taking little steps and just trying to leave our mark,” Harper said. “We are just going to stick to the plan and execute.”

With a little more than three minutes left in Saturday’s game against UNC Greensboro, freshman guard Josh Bonney reached down to pick up a bobby pin on the court, left by one of Elon’s cheerleaders. Bonney threw the pin to the side, off-the-court, but it ricocheted off the stands right back onto the hardwood. He didn’t try again. The pesky pin’s hindrance was indicative of not only the game, but Elon’s less than gratifying season thus far. The 89-72 defeat at the hands of SoCon and cross-town rival UNC G drops the Phoenix to 4-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play. The loss also tops a six-game losing skid dating back to Dec. 22, 2008. “We came in thinking if we could win this game we could turn our season around,” junior forward T.J. Douglas said. “We were hoping to come out, win big and gain some confidence. Obviously, we are lacking confidence in a major way.” Douglas finished his night with 11 points, including three three-pointers in an attempt to keep him team in the running. Four other Elon players scored in the double-digits, including team-leading Ola Atoyebi, who scored 17 points. Atoyebi was coming off a career night against Davidson earlier last week, in which he netted 19 of his career-best 27 in the second half alone. Saying UNCG was gunning for him would be an understatement. Three different players covered Atoyebi during the 40-minute game. A pattern for future teams may be developing. “We knew [Atoyebi] was capable of having a big night so we worked hard and tried to limit him,” Spartans head coach Mike Dement said. “But you can’t limit a player like that. He’s one of the top players in this league.” Despite his 8-for-12 night, Atoyebi could not singlehandedly lead Elon to a much-needed victory. “When we are struggling to score like [Saturday], everytime you get the ball to [Atoyebi], you expect him to score, but he is only human,” Elon head coach Ernie Nestor said. “The key to our team is being able to score some other way. No team is going to let us throw the ball into him all night anymore.” As a possible bright spot for the Phoenix, it committed only 12 turnovers in Saturday’s game, its second lowest of the season behind eight against Virginia Tech. Turnovers have been a puzzling piece of the problem for Elon lately, and although it was not solved completely, it may be a step in the right direction. On the other hand, the 89 points scored marked the fourth time this season the Phoenix surrendered 80 or more points, already tying last season’s overall total. “We hit a wall,” Nestor said. “We went through a period where we didn’t score and they did and basically we lost energy defensively. We have to have a better effort to be successful.” The Phoenix completes the last two games of a threegame homestand later this week with a game at 7 p.m. tonight against Samford University and one on Saturday versus Chattanooga. Samford is 3-4 in the Southern Conference and sits in third place in the North Division standings, while Chattanooga is 4-3, good enough for second place. “We put ourselves in a tough position, and we are going to have to fight hard to get out of it,” Nestor said. “You just have to keep working. That is our only option.”

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Davidson’s Matheny hired as new men’s head basketball coach Pam Richter Sports Editor

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Elon athletic director Dave Blank (right) introduces new men’s basketball coach, Matt Matheny on Sunday during a press conference. Matheny was a former assistant coach at Davidson for 16 seasons.

As Matt Matheny took the podium to be introduced as the new men’s basketball coach, an eruption of applause filled the Atkins room in the Koury Athletic center Sunday afternoon. He shook Elon athletic director Dave Blank’s hand then stood and received a standing ovation from the packed room. Elon fans were excited and so was Matheny, who was wearing the maroon and gold in his tie and an Elon Phoenix pin. “It took two minutes for me to get excited about this,” Matheny said. “There’s something special going on here.” On Sunday, Elon University announced the hiring of Matheny as the new head men’s basketball coach. He became the 17th head coach in program history. The announcement came 20 days after former head coach Ernie Nestor was released. During his Elon career, Nestor compiled a 67-117 record at Elon over six seasons. “We were looking for someone who is committed to the importance of the co-existence of athletic and academic excellence, who has been in that environment and would understand what we need to do here at Elon University to maintain integrity in both areas,” Elon athletic director, Dave Blank, said. Matheny, 39, was named the

associate head coach of the Davidson University Wildcats in 2003. This past season marked his 16th season on the Davidson coaching staff under Bob McKillop. “When I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home,” Matheny said. During his time at Davidson, Matheny experienced much success. The Wildcats won nine out of the last 13 Southern Conference division championships. “I’m excited about this. Matt is the right person for the job,” Blank said. With spring break this past week at the university, the players were not able to meet the head coach before his hiring was officially announced. “I met with the players from last season and they were really confident that I know them and would make the right choice,” Blank said. This was Blank’s biggest hire in three years at the university. Blank previously hired a new women’s basketball coach, men and women’s cross country coach, women’s soccer coach and women’s track coach. Last year, Blank hired women’s basketball coach Karen Barefoot to replace former coach Brenda Paul. The team has its first meeting Sunday night. This will be the first chance for players to meet with Matheny. “I’m really excited,” sophomore guard Chris Long said. “I think he’ll be a great fit.” In addition to success on the court, Matheny said he is committed to helping the athletes succeed off the


Half of North Carolinians oppose constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, according to recent Elon Poll Margeaux Corby News Editor

North Carolinians may not support full marriage rights for gays and lesbians, but the latest Elon Poll suggests a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage would not be passed. Half of the latest Elon poll respondents opposed statewide constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, while 28 percent supported civil unions or partnerships but not full marriage rights. Republican lawmakers filed Senate Bill 272 “Defense of Marriage” earlier this month. If the bill passes, it will place the amendment as a referendum on the November ballot, leaving the decision in voters’ hands. Senators supporting the bill stress the sanctity of marriage is at stake and North Carolina nuptial laws must be protected. The bill also defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. “We are sponsoring this legislation because we firmly believe North Carolina’s

marriage laws are at risk of being redefined by activist courts to include same-sex couples,” Sen. Jim Forrester told WRAL TV. “At any moment, a lawsuit challenging our marriage laws could be filed by a same-sex couple from our state that obtained a marriage license in a state where samesex marriage is legal." Freshman Kevin Newman is gay and believes people such as Forrester are scared that allowing same-sex marriage will make homosexuality seem more acceptable and cause a stream of people to step out of formerly locked closets. “People don’t want their kids to grow up to be gay,” he said. “They fear it could lead to a gay society.” A rally of more than 1,000 people gathered on March 4 to demand state lawmakers give them a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment concerning same-sex marriage after the bill was reintroduced Among the groups represented were Return America of Davidson County and


The latest Elon Poll, which took place March 15-19, reports half of North Carolina residents oppose a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Many advocates for same-sex marriage have been protesting in response.

NC4Marriage. “North Carolina is the only state in the southern United States that has not protected marriage in its State Constitution, which makes us a prime target for samesex ‘marriage’ activists,” said Tami Fitzgerald, NC4Marriage Executive Director in a February press release.

Groups in opposition to the bill state that it would not deny domestic partnerships and civil unions, as well as marriage. Many gay rights activists argue that the institution of marriage is constantly evolving and same-sex unions are a natural progression. “Banning gay marriage gets us

nowhere,” Newman said. “People should just learn to adapt.” The poll, which surveyed 620 North Carolina residents with a margin of plus or minus four percentage points, was conducted March 15-19. Fifty percent of respondents said they oppose a constitutional





ATHLETIC RESULTS MARCH 4 - MARCH 9 MEN’S BASKETBALL March 6 Elon 62 Wofford 55 March 7 Elon 78 Chattanoga 79 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL March 5 Elon 57 Georgia Southern 54 March 7 Elon 52 Western Carolina 71 BASEBALL March 6 Elon 8 The Citadel 12 March 7 Elon 17 The Citadel 5 March 8 Elon 5 The Citadel 8 Mar. 9 Elon 10 LaSalle 8 SOFTBALL March 6 Elon 0 North Carolina 8 March 7 Elon 6 Princeton 7 Elon 2 Georgetown 12 March 8 Elon 8 Michigan State 7


Elon’s women’s ultimate frisbee team sweeps field at tournament Emily Silva Reporter

Both of Elon’s Ultimate Frisbee teams dominated at last weekend’s “Chucktown Throwdown” tournament in Charleston, S.C. The women’s team won the entire tournament, finishing first out of 10 while the men’s team finished sixth out of 20. The tournament was important for Elon, whose women’s team has competed there for the past four years. “This is definitely the strongest our team has ever been, and that was apparent this weekend because we dominated,” said senior Katy Branston, co-captain of the women’s team. Elon's men’s team also finished well overall, junior men’s co-captain Ryan Bleam said. “We didn’t have practice all last week because of the snow and then the wet field once the snow melted,” Bleam said. “So coming off that, there were challenges with being in sync and being able to last the whole game. But overall, the things we wanted to work on, we worked on.” The men’s team played four games on Saturday. They won three and lost one to the University of South Carolina. “It was a really good experience because we got to play a good mix of levels of teams,” Bleam said.

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Senior Liz Olszewski puts on a hard mark against Appalachian State during the tournament this weekend in Charleston, S.C.

Many of those schools’ women’s teams will come to Elon to compete the weekend of April 4 for the sectionals tournament.

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WOMEN’S TENNIS March 6 Elon 7 Samford 0

ELON SPORTS THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 3/11 Baseball @ Wake Forest 6 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. UNC Greensboro - 3 p.m. FRIDAY 3/13 Baseball vs. Davidson - 6 p.m. Track and Field (Coastal Carolina Invitational) - 4 p.m. SATURDAY 3/14 Baseball vs. Davidson - 1 p.m. Softball vs. Western Carolina 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Winston-Salem State - 9:30 a.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Wofford 1 p.m. Women’s Tennis @ Western Carolina - 1 p.m. Track and Field (Coastal Carolina Invitational) - All Day SUNDAY 3/15 Baseball vs. Davidson - 1 p.m. Softball vs. Western Carolina 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 1 p.m.

This is the first year Elon will host both days of the sectional tournament. Coming off of the high from last week’s tournament,


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Russell Varner and Andy Harris Sports Commentators

This past week marked the start of the second annual World Baseball Classic, baseball’s version of the World Cup. Some of the best players from around the world will be taking part in this year’s event, but team owners are worried about their player injuries and fan displeasure with the event. So, is the World Baseball Classic really that important? RUSSELL I say that this is a very important event. You just need to take a look at how seriously players from other nations take this event to know how much it means to them. In other countries, like Japan and the Dominican Republic, their players are worshipped just short of gods. Players treat it as one of the greatest honors to play for their nation and respect their country. So yes, it is that important. ANDY Is it important? Yes. Do Americans act as if it is important? No. Think about how many U.S. players decided to sit out the Classic. As good as this current roster is, do you really think it’s the best one we could put on the field? We could fill our rotation with five aces if we wanted, but instead Jeremy Guthrie is our No. 3 starter. On top of a lack of interest from so many players, most major league clubs look at it as a thorn in their side, telling many of their players — even the healthy ones — to sit it out. It’s really a shame because this tournament could be very entertaining if America were to take it as seriously as the rest of the world.

RUSSELL I’ve always found it interesting how little we as Americans care about most world events like this. We definitely are not fielding our best team possible since so many people backed out, though some were because of injury, so I understand that. But it’s like that in all world events. The basketball team for the Summer Olympics and the World Baseball Classic for example. The only sport that we don’t have people back out of is the World Cup and, sadly, few in America seem to care about that. ANDY I really wish we as Americans would rally around global competitions. I think the reason we don’t is because our collective sports passions are split between about 50 different cities and hundreds of different colleges. Our sports fans identify with a city rather than our country. A New York Yankees fan won’t look at Josh Beckett and think to himself, “Hey, Josh is a great American pitcher, I’m glad to know that he’ll be representing our nation one day.” He’s thinking about how much he hates Beckett because he plays for a rival city. RUSSELL One day maybe we can overlook our differences and come together under the American flag and recognize each other as Americans, not Blue Devils and Tar Heels, not Yankees and Red Sox, not Sooners and Longhorns, not Giants and Dodgers. One day, maybe one day we can do that. Until then, I don’t think Americans will take world events as seriously as they should.

Branston has high hopes. “It’s really big for us,” Branston said. “It was probably the best tournament I’ve seen our team play so far.”

SPORTS IN BRIEF Gooch, team rise in the ITA rankings In the most recent Division I men’s tennis singles rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, senior Damon Gooch climbed to a program-high No. 56, rising from No. 61, where he sat last month. The Phoenix also secured a spot in the ITA Division I team rankings at No. 75. This is the first time in Elon’s men’s tennis history the team has ever been ranked. Milian grabs SoCon Athlete of the Week title The Southern Conference awarded junior Anna Milian the Southern Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week Wednesday. Milian also won the title in January 2008, becoming the first player from the program to do so. Tennis rolls through Samford, Chattanooga Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Samford on Saturday to take on the Bulldogs. The women won 7-0, only losing one match at No. 2 doubles. The men followed suit 6-1, with a loss at No. 3 singles. On Saturday, the teams journeyed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The women only gave up two matches at No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles, winning 6-1 over the Mocs. The men are now 7-4 on the season, and the women are 6-6.

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The Phoenix catches fire Elon softball wins first two games of the season, more non-conference games ahead Last weekend, Elon won two of its three home games. On Saturday they defeated N.C. A&T 6-3 and lost to No. 24 Southern Illinois 6-5. Sunday the Phoenix won 13-1 against N.C. A&T in five innings, bringing the team 2-5 for the season. Against N.C. A&T on Feb. 21, freshman Danielle Lafferty hit a two-RBI single in the fourth inning to put the Phoenix up 2-0 in the game. In the fifth inning, Elon added three more runs.

In the Southern Illinois game, senior Melanie Helterbran hit a grand slam to close the lead to 6-5. On Feb. 22, Helterbran pitched five innings, gave up one run and six hits and struck out two players. This was her first victory of the season. On Thursday ,Elon hosts Siena in a non-conference game. The Phoenix will play several non-conference opponents before beginning conference play on March 14 against Western Carolina.

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Sophomore Pam DelPizzo pitches against the Salukis of Southern Illinois. Sophomore Ashlee Crewe looks on at first base in a Phoenix loss.

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Sophomores Ashlee Crewe and Jacqueline Gonzalez high-five during Saturday’s game. Both Crewe and Gonzalez recorded an RBI in the game.

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Elon freshman Danielle Lafferty tags Southern Illinois’ Alicia Garza in the Phoenix’s 6-5 loss on Saturday. The team begins conference play on March 13.

Women’s basketball racks up losses Justine Schulerud Reporter

The Elon women’s basketball team has received strong performances from many players throughout the season. This trend continued again Monday night as the Phoenix lost 7560 to Furman in the final home game of the season. The team fell to 1-18 in the Southern Conference and 3-25 overall. Freshman guard Tiara Gause finished the game with 16 points. It was her fourth out of five games scoring in the double digits. Junior forward Urysla Cotton rounded out her last home appearance of the season with her seventh consecutive doubledouble. “You never give up no matter what the score is,” Gause said. “We just lack (the) 40 minutes, we have mental break downs.” The game started out with Elon winning the jump ball, but Katie Johnson, Furman’s second leading scorer in the game, made a layup. Elon’s Courtney Medley responded with a three-point basket. The game swayed back and forth until the Paladins started to pull away with a margin in the double digits with 6:54 left in the first half. The first half ended with a three point buzzer shot made by Candace Dowell putting Furman up by 18. The second half started with a jumper by Johnson. Elon answered with a layup made by Gause. As the second half proceeded, the Phoenix continued to chip away to minimize the final margin to only 14 points. “We play very hard, but then we

go flat,” said Elon’s head coach Karen Barefoot. “We get careless at times with such a young team.” Sophomore guard Julie Taylor finished the game strong, scoring seven of her nine points in the second half. “We take it one point at a time, and point by point,” Taylor said. The women’s team will be traveling to UNC Greensboro, who has a Southern Conference record of 9-10, Friday to finish out its regular season. Tournament play will start in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 5th. “It’s anybody’s season,” Barefoot said. “We have to keep fighting, everyone is 0-0 when the tournament starts.” The tournament will be a time for the team to start fresh again. The Phoenix plans to rotate players and use its depth that many other teams lack. It scored 32 points in the paint, and 24 from the bench against the Paladins. In the team’s next game against UNC G, the team wants the bench to continue to contribute and score in the paint. It is hoped the Phoenix can use that to its advantage in next game. Last season the Phoenix made it to the Southern Conference tournament semi-finals before losing to Western Carolina 72-66. The Phoenix is seen as the underdogs because of the team’s last place standing in the Southern Conference. “There’s no pressure (because) no one expects anything from us. We’re just going to believe,” Taylor said.

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With more losses than wins, the women’s team is considered an underdog in Friday’s game- at UNC Greensboro.


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Running back Dontay Taylor is taken down by defensive powerhouse Walker White.

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Defense springs to life, defeats offense for the win Michelle Longo Sports Editor If the slogan “offense wins games, defense wins championships” holds true and the spring game is a precedent of what is to come for the Elon Phoenix football team, next fall should be an exciting showdown. Burning from its defensive slump toward the end of last season that ultimately left them out of the playoffs, the defense was determined to show its best. And the best it showed as the defense defeated the record-breaking offense 31-20 in the spring game at Rhodes Stadium on Saturday afternoon. “I was pleased with today in terms of the basics, like being in position,” head coach Pete Lembo said. “We did the basic things well that we usually struggle with in the spring.” The rejuvenated defense, decked in white, held the maroon offense, a nationally-ranked unit in the Football Championship Subdivision last fall, to just one touchdown coming into the final seconds of the scrimmage. The men in white also forced four turnovers, three interceptions and a

fumble. The defense was led by sophomore free-safety, Cameron McGlenn, who tallied all three of the defense’s interceptions, two of which were caught in the end zone. He also recorded three tackles and a sack. “[In the off-season] the defense worked hard and got better to help the team,” McGlenn said. “We know we have to finish and not give up for the next season.” After going the entire fall with no pick-offs, McGlenn almost recorded five in the scrimmage. Two potential grabs were just out of his reach, including another one in the end zone. McGlenn said he was just “working hard because Coach Lembo tried to make it like a game situation.” In addition to the defense, the special teams unit also enjoyed

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Sophomore quarterback Scott Riddle runs the ball, trying desperately to gain yards through the improved defense in Saturday’s scrimmage.

success. Junior kicker Andrew Wilcox hit nine of his 10 field goal attempts, including one from 48 yards out. Junior Brandon Lane booted six punts for an average of more than 40 yards per punt. “I was very pleased with our punt unit,” Lembo said. “Lane crushed the punts into the wind and Wilcox was solid.” An offense that broke record after record and received a multitude of awards last fall was limited to 261 total yards, 11 first downs and only one touchdown in 78 plays. Sophomore starting quarterback Scott Riddle completed just 15 of 36 passes for 138 yards with one interception and one touchdown. Terrell Hudgins grabbed seven balls for 62 yards and one touchdown. “If there is any disappointment it is that we never got in sync offensively,” Lembo said. “We never got in rhythm. This should leave the offense humble.”

After a rigorous battle between offense and defense, it was time for the Phoenix to have a little fun because, after all, it is spring football. At the conclusion of the scrimmage, Scott Riddle, Terrell Hudgins, Nolan Ward, Corey Weaver, Tim Applegate and David Harrison marched up to the entrance of Rhodes Stadium and took their seats behind a long wooden table decked with blue and black Sharpie markers. Everyone was already waiting. Fans, family and friends had already assembled a neat line waiting for their favorites to come up and give their autographs. The audience was well-equipped with new 2008 football season posters in their hands, gleaming brightly from the sun and the finishing gloss. All the posters seemed to be screaming, "sign me." Sign them is just what the Phoenix did. For more than 20 minutes, the Phoenix sat and chatted and joked with the audience as they let their hands do a different kind of talking. All enjoyed the process, especially parents who seemed to fuel the never-ending line. Just as it seemed the line was dwindling, players’ parents would find those extra posters and capitalize on the opportunity exclaiming, "Oh just one more, I promise." Of course, sometimes the posters piled up too fast and Weaver, being first on the systematic table, was caught offguard and forced to rush. “Ah, I messed that one up,” he said. “See, I start with the O and go up to make it look good. But I messed up that time.” All-in-all it was a productive day for the Phoenix, on the field and off.

The usually explosive duo of Hudgins and Riddle was kept quiet by the defense, never tallying too many yards at a time. On the last play of the scrimmage with less than 40 seconds left, Riddle and the offense scored their only touchdown, an eight-yard pass, to Hudgins. “It was good to get the monkey off our back, even if it took all day to do it,” Riddle said. “It showed how much the defense has improved from last year.” A team plagued by injuries at crucial crossroads during last season, the Phoenix has emerged from spring football unscathed. “We were able to get through the game without injuries and through the entire spring,” Lembo said. “It is a really good thing and is somewhat rare. That is a credit to Aaron Walker

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Junior Andrew Wilcox kicks the ball through the uprights in Saturday’s scrimmage. He was 9-for-10 that day.

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Filling in the holes: Elon’s own ‘brick master’ Angie Lovelace Reporter

Every morning, Elon’s resident brick mason, Travis White, drives his Cushman up and down Elon’s five and a half miles of brick paths, searching for holes where bricks have “disappeared” overnight. At Elon, taking bricks from the campus is a student tradition he acknowledges. “The bricks seem to be highly valued doorstops or souvenirs,” said Tom Flood, superintendent of landscaping and grounds. “I understand that college traditions are college traditions, but I am mostly concerned with safety issues.” The brick sidewalks and buildings are symbolic to Elon. “It’s just taking a little bit of Elon to remember,” sophomore Katy Burns said, who admits to having an Elon brick. So every morning at 7 a.m., White loads up his Cushman with six to seven different-sized bricks and begins his hour and a half journey. “I try to get to the main walks before the students start walking to class,” White said. “And I first check where I know the president, vice president and the head of Physical Plant are going to walk on their way into work.” White began working in brick masonry after he finished his service and returned home from the Vietnam War. Before coming to Elon, he worked for Heath Masonry of Greensboro for 30 years. But his ties to Elon go back to the late 70s, when his crew was contracted for the Chandler, Colclough and Maynard dormitories. White comes from a family of brick masons. His father was a brick mason, and he has uncles and cousins who are brick masons, totaling eight family members. “The missing bricks ticked me off at first, but then I got used to it and realized that safety for the students is really what’s most important,” White said. White is always on-call for potential safety hazards on campus. “One time I had to come in on a Sunday during parent’s weekend and I saw parents leaving, I saw girls on benches crying and for the first time I saw my kids in the Elon students,” White said. “The reality hit me that every student here is someone’s child and I needed to keep them safe.” Stanley Greeson, assistant director of Physical Plant, said White is very

safety-conscious. “Usually people with that background aren’t as safety-conscious, especially in the construction field,” Greeson said. Elon’s brick sidewalks are vulnerable to students taking out bricks in the middle of the night, but often times they must also be repaired due to the abuse of time and the elements. The walks are not consistent. They were built at different times by different contractors and in different ways. Not only are their visible patterns unique, but the concealed foundations are different, too. Some are built on mortar, some on concrete and others on sand. These different substances can cause the paths to settle, loosen or even warp. White is responsible for fixing all of these problems that occur. “To me it’s a personal thing. If the walks don’t look good, it’s my fault,” White said. “When I get through with it, I want it to look like it hadn’t been fixed. Because if it did, we’d have patchy places all over the walks.” For West Residence Hall, the oldest building on Elon’s campus, which opened in 1906, “we found some brick out of a church that was built in the 1700s and those bricks, it just so happened, matched perfect.” White is known to the students as “the brick fairy.” “For some students, (taking bricks) is almost like entertainment or a test to see if the brick will really be replaced within 24 hours,” Burns said. “Considering the amount of money we spend to go to Elon, I feel like we are entitled to take a brick as a souvenir,” junior Jess Shade said. In the past, students have taken bricks that are cut in abnormal shapes and that are under tables to test White. White’s job doesn’t only involve repairing the brick walks, but also helping out wherever he is needed. “I do ceiling tile, floor tile, bathroom ceramics, pour concrete, whatever needs to be done in case of an emergency,” White said. “Travis is a good asset to our program and he does the work without a lot of supervision, so he’s a really good worker,” said James Stovall, manager of building maintenance and White’s boss. But that's not what White strives for. “With my job, you don’t see the work I’m getting done because the goal is to make it look like nothing has changed,” White said.

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Brick Mason Travis White replaces missing bricks every morning on his “brick run.” He rides Elon’s five and a half miles of brick paths to check for missing bricks to make sure that the campus is safe before students start walking to class.

Building the big picture: The man behind the set-up Lindsay Fendt Reporter

It’s 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and C.C. Cowan and his crew are working on a task they would ordinarily have a full day to do. They have a small window of time to convert Elon University’s Alumni Gym from a stadium full of basketball fans to a carpeted arena full of chairs for “The Night of the Phoenix.” Cowan and one of his “guys” are pulling a table, with 75 pounds of weight on it, across the carpet to smooth it out, a task for which his b o d y b u i l d e r ’s physique is C.C. Cowan well-suited. Manager of moving and As manager set-ups of moving and set-ups, Cowan is in charge of moving virtually every piece of furniture on campus. He works on every event from graduation to College Coffee and even outfits the dorms at the end of each summer. “I have furniture hidden in practically every building,” Cowan said, jokingly adding, “I hide them like a little rat.” Cowan has been at Elon since 1981, when he attended the university as a student. He worked for the Physical Plant for two years while taking classes

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C.C. Cowan, manager of moving and set-ups, is in charge of putting together events such as graduation, College Coffee and convocation. Cowan has been working at Elon since 1981.

and began working full time after graduation. He eventually became the manager of moving and set-ups. “It’s been wonderful to be here and to be part of the success,” he said. “I take pride in the way the place looks, the way it functions and having the reputation as a very happy place to be.” Cowan’s knowledge of the campus grounds has been invaluable to him, especially because he was born with macular degeneration, a medical condition that causes vision loss in the center of the eye. “I have no depth perception,” he said. “But I’ve been here for so long I know the facilities, so I’m not hampered too much.” While Cowan’s vision is impaired, his brain is not. George Troxler, dean

of cultural and special programs, works with Cowan to plan events on a regular basis. Troxler has been at Elon for 40 years and also taught Cowan when he was a student. “I remember how intently he listened and still does,” Troxler said. “He works from memory, absorbing everything.” Although setting up events seems like it would require an eye for detail, Cowan compensates for this with his ability to see the big picture. “Where I’m not visual, and I’m not able to see, my brain operates in a different way,” Cowan said. “There are a lot of good things that have come out of me not being able to see.” Cowan can ramble off where he has tables and chairs set up in every

building on campus and he can recite the contents of a work order without looking at one. “The tasks he has to complete on a daily basis are huge,” director of Moseley Center Michael Williams said. “His work ethic is second to none. He is definitely the right man for the job.” Cowan’s mind isn’t the only thing built for the job. He has lifted weights for the past 30 years, which serves as great preparation for moving furniture. “I’ve done power lifting and bodybuilding,” he said. “That’s really my basic passion.” And it’s a passion that Cowan has been able to draw from everyday at work. Even though he leaves the smaller stuff for his crew, Cowan does his share of the actual setting up. “When the heat comes, I roll,” he said. “Just like these guys.” Back at Alumni Gym, barely more than 24 hours later, the crowd is shuffling out after the night’s event. The caterers are hurriedly putting away the glassware and the flower arrangements. Cowan and his crew are standing in the corner, surveying the scene. Cowan is listening carefully as one of the guys explains what is going on in the room and how long until they can start “breaking everything down.” He turns back, smiling, going over what needs to be done in his head. “Twenty years ago I had no idea I would be doing this,” he said. “But I’m glad that I am.”

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