Page 1

David Wells’ Pendulum Portfolio

I began taking photos for Elon University’s student newspaper The Pendulum my freshman year. I applied for a position and was made assistant photo editor during my sophomore year. I then took over as the Photo Editor for my junior and senior years. At the Pendulum, I was in charge of formatting and taking photographs for the weekly school newspaper and daily online Web site. I also assisted designers and editors in laying out and designing pages and writing cutlines. I managed all newspaper and staff photographers and worked in the newspaper office at least 7 hours per week. This portfolio shows examples of my photography, design and written work.


Focus. Focus. Oops! Jenga! A NEW TASTE IN FOOD Students battle it out during the 2008 Sportsfest PAGE 23

ARAMARK chef Tag Gray is back from the Olympics (and likes seahorses)








Hurricane Ike slams gas stations before Gulf Coast Lesley Cowie Reporter

DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor

Junior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins makes a catch just inches in front of the endzone. The Phoenix went on to score nine touchdowns during the Saturday game.

Six join sports legends in Elon Hall of Fame Michelle Longo Sports Editor


t halftime of Saturday night’s football clobbering, even after all the players had exited the field, eyes and ears were still glued to the green turf where five former Elon athletes and one non-athlete stood, beaming from ear to ear. They are the 38th class to be inducted into

the Elon Sports Hall of Fame. Formally inducted in a smaller, more intimate ceremony held earlier in the day at Whitley Auditorium, the six inductees were additionally recognized at the halftime ceremony. Football star Quinton Ballard, baseball player Paul Braxton, head football and wrestling coach Macky Carden, President Emeritus Dr. J. Earl Danieley, football player Randy Oxendine and women’s soccer

See HALL OF FAME | Page 22

Lighthouse opens with a bang, then a splash Ryan Catanese Reporter Friday night marked a muchanticipated event on Elon University’s social scene as Lighthouse Tavern re-opened. The crowd’s enthusiasm was evident — chants of “Lighthouse!” could be heard reverberating through the door.

The bar, a student favorite in the past, closed in January 2008 when the owner, Grayson “Chad” Snyder, was caught allegedly trafficking the daterape drug GHB. It was clear from the large turnout on Friday that this incident was just a bump in the road for the venue. The bar was packed from the stage to the back tables and the newly

extended bar was lined with students the entire night. Senior Jen Johnson was one of the many in attendance. “I had a blast,” Johnson said. “Going to Lighthouse was something we did every Thursday my freshman and sophomore year. I’m glad that it started with a bang.”


For local residents, filling a gas tank last Friday was no easy task. Lines at area gas stations stretched through the parking lots and nearly into the streets. As the country anticipated the arrival of Hurricane Ike, fears — and gas prices — surged in the Southeast. Although the storm came nowhere near Alamance County on Friday, residents still felt its effects. Several stations ran out of gas, causing drivers to rush to the next closest station. As a result, flocks of cars headed to the same stations only to be met with long lines, Myra Fuqua, a service attendant at the South Church Street Shell, said. “Five or six gas stations in the area have already run out of gas,” Fuqua said. “We only have about 500 gallons left, and that’ll probably only last us another 30 minutes.” The Shell station on the corner of St. Mark’s Church Rd. and Chruch Steet didn’t limit gas consumption, but other stations in the area did. “I went to the gas station over by Elon [University], and I could only get 10 gallons of gas,” Susan Fitch, an Alamance County resident, said. “That wasn’t enough to fill up my car, so I came to this service station.” The line at each Shell pump was about four cars long. The Texaco station located across the street from Shell encountered the same problem. For the most part, citizens calmly remained in their cars while they waited in line, gas station attendant Andrew Ross said. Many drivers thought getting gas that day was necessary, despite the nuisance of waiting in line. Elon University junior Anne Chichester said she wanted to get gas then to avoid paying a higher price later. “A lot of oil wells in Texas have closed and have been evacuated,” Chichester said. “So now everyone here is running out of gas.” The Gulf Coast comprises one of the world’s largest concentrations of oil refineries. Many companies shut down early Friday morning so that employees could evacuate. “It’s because of the hurricane,” Ross said. “I hear that gas in South Carolina is expected to be close to $5.” Unleaded gas rose from $3.69 on Friday to $3.99 on Saturday at the South Church Street Shell station. Similar price jumps took place throughout the Triad. At the Exxon station at the Friendly Center in Greensboro, unleaded gas went from $3.61 a gallon to $3.85. The situation was eerily similar to what took place in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. Gas prices in the Triad jumped about 70 cents per gallon in the days after the storm hit, and many gas stations had fuel shortages.


A humbling defeat But can Elon still make the playoffs? PAGE 22


When ‘going dutch’ means more than splitting the check PAGE 12






Elon students prefer Obama, more engaged than ever poll says Olivia Hubert-Allen Editor-in-Chief Sen. Barack Obama is the preferred presidential candidate among Elon students by nearly two to one, according to a CBS News, UWIRE and Chronicle of Higher Education survey released Monday. Sixty-four percent of Elon students plan to vote for Obama, while 34 percent say they’ll vote for Sen. John McCain. The survey was completed at 49 colleges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina between Oct. 6 and Oct. 19. Elon University returned the most number of surveys than any school with 1,149 students

participating. The results are in line with polls at North Carolina public universities, most of which attract in-state students. Elon, a private school with 60 percent out-of-state students, is voting in the same way as in-state students at public universities, challenging some traditional questions about voter demographics. Geographic home and income is having little impact on how students are voting. “The amount of interest all across the board has really surprised me,” said George Taylor, professor of political science. “The interest, the enthusiasm, the depth of the interest — it's a phenomenon.”

Of the 13 schools surveyed in North Carolina, Elon had the third highest support for Obama. The survey also found that more than one-third of Elon students will vote for a different candidate than at least one of their parents, a striking statistic that could signal a generational disparity in how the votes will fall this November. “It’s not a situation where they feel like I’m negating their vote if I’m voting for someone else,” said Kim Duggins, a psychology major who took part in the poll and plans to vote for a different candidate than her parents. “My parents are pretty open and understanding.”

The results are increasingly important in a state that could play a large role in the 2008 Presidential election. North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes, which have long been a stronghold of the Republican Party are up for grabs as campaigns close in on the final week before the election. Forty-five percent of Elon students are registered to vote in North Carolina and half of those will vote in Alamance County. For most college students, this November will be the first time they will cast a ballot in a presidential election. Like most adults in the

See POLL | Page 7

SGA finalizes legislation for $7,500 Fun Fund


Shelley Russell Special Projects Editor

david wells | Photo editor

Juniors Christopher wood and emily Rice lead the elon theatre department in its rendition of stephen sondheim’s ‘sweeney Todd, the demon Barber of Fleet street.’ wood plays the role of sweeney Todd, the insane barber who seeks revenge in his town. Rice plays Mrs. lovett, sweeney Todd’s partner in crime. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and shows through Nov. 1, and again Nov. 7-9 in McCrary Theatre.

McCullough returns to Elon for Baird Lecture Amanda Kennison Reporter As the country approaches the end of a historic election, Elon welcomes back a highly esteemed historian. David McCullough addressed the Elon community as part of the university’s Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture Series, but his lecture also marked a special return. McCullough gave the inaugural Baird Lecture in the fall of 2001, just days after the Sept. 11 attacks. History Professor Charles Irons introduced McCullough, praising him for his “exercise of moral courage, [which] brings out the best in those around him.” This accolade fittingly introduced McCullough’s speech, “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know.” Highlighting Elon’s efforts to

enhance faculty scholarship and continuing education, McCullough discussed the great importance of education. McCullough credited 19th century scientist and professor Louis Agassiz for finding “the finest lessons in scholarship and learning.” He said Agassiz brought “a gust of fresh air to Harvard,” with his teaching methods and in order to understand what one is studying, they must go beyond the image in front of them and really study all the parts that make up the whole image. McCullough carried this lesson throughout his life. “It’s not just want you find,” McCullough said. “It’s how you look at what you find, and what you do with it.”

See BAIRD | Page 8

My NguyeN | Photographer

Historian david McCullough offers insight into the importance of education.

The Student Government Association voted on Thursday to further develop a fund that will benefit student entertainment on campus to the tune of $7,500 each year. Students would be able to use the money in the fund for anything from a slip n' slide in front of Moseley, to a trip to the local bowling alley. The idea was passed with the expectation that the fund will be open to students during spring 2009. Jeff Casullo, SGA’s executive treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee, began planning the Fun Fund this summer. He became interested in the idea after learning Wofford College held about 35 programs last year through a similar fund. “The hardest part about developing the idea was figuring out where the money would come from,” Casullo said. “We didn’t want to take away money that we already allot to other student organizations.” Each semester, Elon students pay an activities fee of $215 to help SGA fund events and give money to other student organizations. Money for the Fun Fund will come from SGA’s contingency, in which money is set aside in the event of a low enrollment. Due to Elon’s high enrollment, SGA has accumulated money over the past few years. “Since money from the fund is coming from the activity fee, it’s almost like every student in the university is endowing this program,” Casullo said. The $150,000 endowed fund will leave SGA with $7,500 each year to give to students for the sole purpose of having fun. The program is geared toward individual students who may not have the means to get funding through student organizations. Casullo said he could see the fund benefiting freshmen that may not be as involved in student organizations. But the fund is not restricted to individuals. It’s open to all student organizations as well. Through an application process that will include required itemized budgets from all applicants, the fund can help cover anything from advertising, security, bands and food for an event.

See FUN FUND | Page 8

A team all their own

Elon Mythbusters

Secret underground passageways on campus? You asked. We found out. PAGE 12

Faculty and staff take on students in intramurals







Elon honors Fleischmann one year after disappearance Andie Diemer News Editor

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

an elon

elon alumni and current students gathered at Rhodes stadium for the Homecoming football game against Western Carolina on saturday.


Alumni flood campus to celebrate PAGE 2

Distinguished alumni receive honors during halftime Miriam Williamson Design Editor When alumni returned to Elon for Homecoming 2008, one of the most interesting things to learn was what they had done with their lives. Five graduates have made large impacts in their chosen professions and brought honor to Elon University. To show its pride, Elon honored them at the football halftime show with Alumni Association Awards. The Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna of the Year Awards are given to Elon graduates who are prominent in their professions and communities. This year, the award

for Distinguished Alumnus of the Year went to Noel Allen, a member of the class of ’69. Bonnie Baxter of the class of ’88 received the Distinguished Alumna of the Year award. The Young Alumnus and Alumna of the Year Awards are given to alumni who have graduated within the past decade, but still possess the same qualities as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year. The Young Alumnus of the Year Award went to Laith al-Majali, an ’05 graduate, and the Young Alumna of the Year Award went to Lundon B. Sims of the class of ’02 . Joan Summers Drummond, a ’52 graduate, was awarded the Alumni Service Award. It is given to an alumnus or alumna who has dedicated service to the community.

See ALUMNI | Page 5

Two students involved in hit and run Senior charged with DWI, felony hit and run; no serious injuries Whitney Bossie News Editor Two Elon students were involved in a hit and run accident early Saturday morning. Senior Elizabeth Creekmuir was driving on Haggard Avenue around 2:30 a.m. when she was rear-ended. Creekmuir had slowed her car near Belk Library to offer a ride to Mason Barker, a junior, when her car was hit. “She asked me if I wanted a ride, and before I even realized who it was, another car slammed into her,” Barker said. “The other car revved up, backed up and sped off. I was in complete shock.” Senior James Williams was driving the car that rear-ended Creekmuir’s. According to a police report, Williams was apprehended near Colonnades and charged with DWI and felony hit and run.

Creekmuir was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital by ambulance as a precaution. She said she has a concussion and whiplash, but was released around 7 a.m. “I was shaken up,” she said. Creekmuir was driving a rental car at the time of the accident because her car was being repaired. She was recently involved in another accident. “I was really upset,” she said. “I had just been in an accident, and then this happened. I also knew I needed to get up early in the morning because I was the maid of honor in my sister’s wedding, and I needed to do things for her.” The rental car was “pretty damaged,” Creekmuir said, but wasn’t totaled. Creekmuir said a police car sped by shortly after the incident, and Barker flagged it down to ask for assistance. The policeman left, but

sent other officers to the scene, along with an ambulance. “He [the officer] said he would be right back,” she said. “I don’t know if he was trying to catch the person who hit me or was on another call, but another police officer showed up right after that.” Barker said the officer’s response time was quick. “A cop must have been nearby and heard or saw the accident when it happened,” Barker said. “They were there pretty soon after to get our information and to check on Elizabeth.” Creekmuir said she has spoken with Williams and that he has been cooperative with police. “He [Williams] sent me a really kind apology letter,” she said. Williams declined to comment for this story.

When Elon alum Kyle Fleischmann went missing on Nov. 9, 2007, many of his family members and friends never thought they would be gathering together a year from that day with almost all of their questions unanswered. The cause for convening was the 2006 graduate’s disappearance after a night out in Charlotte. But those who met to remember Fleischmann worked to create more awareness about his situation and raise funds for his charity, the Kyle Fleischmann Foundation. Senior Ryan Stimmel is the President of Kappa Alpha Order, Fleischmann's fraternity while at Elon. KA was one of several groups to sponsor events last weekend in Fleischmann’s honor. “We’re continuing to keep him fresh in people’s minds,” Stimmel said. “By no means have we forgotten, but we’ll keep making an effort in the hopes that someone out there will notice and come forward with information that could lead us to information about finding out what happened to Kyle.” At the young alumni party at Lighthouse on Friday, a table was set up to pass out information, collect donations and hand out Kyle Fleischmann Foundation wristbands. On Saturday morning, a vigil sponsored by Elon’s religious life met at the National Pan-Hellenic Council garden. More than 30 brothers and alumni attended and used the event as a forum to reflect on their relationships and time spent with Fleischmann, Stimmel said. Before, during and after the football game against Western Carolina, more information regarding his situation was passed out and more donations were collected. While there was no specific goal set, the group raised more than $500 for the Kyle Fleischmann Foundation this past weekend. “We didn’t have any idea what to expect from people or what kind of reception we were going to receive,” Stimmel said. “It was amazing how many people came up and remembered the same thing from last year and how many people remembered his story. They are obviously sad it wasn’t resolved, but they were glad to see we’re still out there a year later trying to find some resolution to his situation.” Stimmel said KA will continue to work with the foundation and assist with any event they may be sponsoring. A golf tournament was held in his honor in Charlotte on Saturday, and KA sponsored a hole on the course. Fleischmann’s father, Dick, attended the tournament Saturday in his son’s honor. He told Phoenix14News he still misses his son. "We take it day by day. It's very



A look insid e Elon’s ‘gre enest’ buildin g:



Early March snowstorm cancels class, creates power outage


Check online for photos and video about how Elon handled Monday’s snow day






North Carolina nonprofits suffer in recession Margeaux Corby News Editor

While North Carolina commercial businesses continue to flail against the unrelenting waves of economic decline, nonprofit and volunteer agencies have become the newest victims of the statewide recessional tide. The state’s revenue records are the worst they have been since the 1950s when records started being kept. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced she will most likely cut more than $3 billion from the budget recommendations for the next fiscal year. Many nonprofits fear a slash of this severity will not only limit but eliminate nonprofits funded by the state. “I think that a lot of people don’t understand that with these cuts, they will affect what we now consider pretty core services in our community,” said Pam Kiser, human services professor and board member of Family Abuse Services. “These are not fluff services.” Kopper Top Life Learning Center, which is a local nonprofit that uses a nonclinical atmosphere and techniques such as therapeutic horseback riding and horticulture for those with disabilities, is supported by several agencies which are funded by the state government. Even for those nonprofits not directly financed by the state, budget cuts could still be a blow to the organization. “They’d be hurting the clientele and participants in the program, which would be lower income people with disabilities,” said Deborah Meridith, director of Kopper Top. “It would be devastating, not just to our program, but to participants we serve and to our animals. We’re not just a program that just has four walls but also animals and mouths to feed.” In response to this potential financial threat, more than 60 state nonprofits formed “Together N.C.,” a group hoping to persuade legislators

to leave nonprofit budgets intact. Despite the group’s various efforts, which included a press conference and delivering letters to lawmakers last week, getting out of the red is the legislature’s main focus. “Obviously the number one priority is simply balancing the budget,” said Andrew Dugan, legislative research assistant to Senator Linda Gerou, co-chair of the North Carolina appropriations and budget committee. While Dugan made it clear the specific nature of budget cuts — whether it be the amount or departments affected, is still being determined — he emphasized state-funded programs need to be practical. “We’re still in the very preliminary stages of the budget,” Dugan said. “If you’re receiving funds from the state, you need to be realistic about it and modify your expectations about it.” According to Kiser, nonprofits not only have to contend with the possibility of state cuts but the reality of decreasing individual donations. “If people are losing their jobs, and with just the general economic downturn, the general public does not have (money) to spend and support causes,” Kiser said. “The nonprofits are really getting it from both ends. It sort of leaves us with nowhere to turn.” Dugan said many agencies have developed various savings techniques unique to their organizations but the bottom line is that nonprofits need to have a reasonable view of their finances. “You just have to know your own budget,” Dugan said. According to Kiser, for nonprofits to know their budget means knowing there is no money to spare. “We’re vigilant about controlling cost and we’ll try as hard as we can but there is not a lot of wiggle room there,” she said. “These are the types of organizations that are already operating on a shoe string.”

DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor

Matt Evans, diagnosed with down syndrome when he was a baby, has been a participant at Kopper Top Life Learning Center for more than 18 years. Evans and his twin brother, John, have benefited from the services at Kopper Top, including the HOOVES program, which involves therapeutic horseback riding. Now, the brothers help out on the farm whenever they get a chance.

Students charged with marijuana possession, stolen property Laura Smith News Editor

h R oa d rd Churc

203 Colonnade Dr.


203 Colonnade Dr. Investigators discovered 31 grams of marijuana and stolen property at this address.


Dalton McMichael Drive

Elon University

Danieley Center



enix Drive Pho

North O

Rhodes Stadium

University Drive

735 E. Haggard Ave. Police found 491 grams of marijuana and an indoor grow operation at this address.

ve n


line Road Power

e ms on Av en u

Wi llia No r th

rR Gerringe


g Hag East


735 E. Haggard Ave.

Eight Elon University students were charged with possession of marijuana Feb. 26 after two search warrants led several local police departments to ultimately discover 552 grams of marijuana, an indoor grow operation, paraphernalia and stolen property, the Town of Elon Police Department said Friday in a press release. In an article released Monday in the Times-News, a few students, who remained unnamed, have withdrawn from school. The Gibsonville Police Department, Graham Police Department and Alamance County Sheriff’s Department, in association with the Town of Elon Police, executed the warrants that led them to the students. Sophomores Dylan Barbash, Ryan Fletcher, Emily Gauthier, Tyler Hegamyer, Andrew Mayo-Smith, Sean Smith,

Nicholas Wilt and Anna Zavala were all arrested, but under various counts of possession. Sophomore Lewis Hoss was also issued a citation for possession of a fraudulent identification card at the time. The charges are as follows: Gauthier was charged with aggravated possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a dwelling, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of stolen property. She was placed under a $45,000 secure bond. Wilt was charged with aggravated possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a dwelling, possession of a schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed under a $45,000 secure bond and $6,000 secure bond from Gibsonville Police for breaking


CAROLINE FOX | Graphic Designer


at A l o ok


PAGE 16, Reel Talk with the A-Team podcast


n’s succe s



SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW he says, she says



Go online to view daily updated videos and blogs

Elonthon results announced, Pie Your Professor Videos

Post-college plans Video, page 14


COLLEGE COFFEE, 4/12 Sports Wrap-Up Sports podcast






Students charged in undercover drug operation Margeaux Corby and Laura Smith News Editors

Last week, the Town of Elon police arrested 15 people on charges of drug violations and illegal alcohol possession, 12 of whom are Elon University students. Elon police conducted searches and arrested one Elon student May 1, six students May 6, three May 7 and two May 8 for various charges, including possession of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and illegal alcohol possession. According to an Elon Police Department press release, arrests made on May 6, 7 and 8 were in response to an undercover drug operation that began on May 1 when members of the Elon Police Department as well as members from the campus safety and police executed search warrants in numerous on- and off-campus locations. According to Alamance County Courthouse arrest warrants and bond records, Elon sophomore Meredith Haggerty was arrested May 1 after police found her in possession of 29.2 grams of cocaine and a 2004 BMW, which the county claimed Haggerty used to keep and sell cocaine. She was placed under a $20,000 secured bond and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine and two counts of maintaining a vehicle and dwelling for keeping and selling drugs. “Over the course of the past couple months, we’ve been

hearing about certain names on campus,” said Town of Elon Police Lt. Cyndi Ring. “Once we arrested Haggerty, some more of those names came up again.” Many of the arrests took place in Danieley Center apartments and Sheridan Place. “We had information that the people who resided at those residences had drugs and/or were selling drugs,” Ring said. According to Ring, once the information was gathered, the police department put together a search warrant which went in front of a magistrate, who confirmed there was probable cause to investigate these claims. “The possibility does exist that we could make more searches and more arrests,” she said. The following students were charged: Junior William Elliot was charged with possession of cocaine and was placed under a $1,000 bond. Senior William Ferrell was placed under a $500 bond after being arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia of two bongs, smoking pipes and rolling papers Senior Zachary Glazer was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia of two bongs, smoking pipes and rolling papers. Glazer was placed under a $500 secured bond.



david wells | photo editor

Senior Pat Irvine takes a swing in a game earlier this season. He hit the game-winning home run against Western Carolina to secure the No. 1 seed in last week’s Southern Conference Tournament. The Phoenix won the game 13-11 in 11 innings.

Conor O’Neill Reporter

Last weekend, the Phoenix baseball team traveled to Western Carolina in need of only one win in three games to capture its second straight regular season conference championship and third in the last four years. Senior outfielder Pat Irvine hit a two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning to win the game, 13-11. Irvine’s home run makes the Phoenix the No. 1 seeded team in next week’s Southern Conference Tournament. The team will attempt to continue a

winning tradition at the tournament, as it will also be going for its third tournament championship in four years. “One of the reasons I came to Elon is because of their strong baseball tradition, and to be part of the class that’s taken it to the next level is something we take pride in,” Irvine said. This season, Irvive has been a major part of Elon’s potent offense with a .408 batting average and 17 home runs. Last season, the team captured the regular season title with a record of 19-8.


Royster case raises questions on confidentiality of sexual abuse victims Andie Diemer and Alexa Milan Executive Editors

The arrest of an Elon employee on April 29 and the case’s dismissal last week have brought confidentiality laws to the forefront of campus discussion. Leigh-Anne Royster, coordinator for personal health programs and community well-being, was arrested on charges of resisting a public officer. According to the arrest warrant, Town of Elon Police Detective Kelly Blackwelder arrested Royster for “refusing to provide (an) officer with vital information related to a sexual assault that had occurred within Elon Police Department jurisdiction.” According to a press release from

the Town of Elon Police, “The Elon Police Department needed to determine the identity of the alleged perpetrator in order to initiate criminal proceedings. It was these circumstances that culminated in the filing of a charge against Royster.” Royster said she did not reveal the information to the police because the victim spoke to her about the assault confidentially. “I was upholding Elon’s, and my own personal, policy of confidentiality regarding students who have experienced sexual violence,” Royster said. According to a statement released by the university a few days after Royster’s arrest, the university said it believes Royster was following established protocols and acting in the best interest

of the victim. Jana Lynn Patterson, assistant vice president for student life and associate dean of students, said the administration is currently in dialogue with the town about Elon’s protocols. The Student Handbook states the university holds reported incidents of sexual assault in the highest confidence and the victim will retain control over whether his or her identity will be released. The Handbook also states, “the names of accused students will not be released as directed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.” Royster’s position at Elon relates to sexual assault response and prevention. Her primary job in terms of response is to explain to students who have experienced

sexual or relationship violence what his or her options are, and, to help them decide which course of action to take. Royster said she was shocked and confused when the police arrested her outside of Moseley Center upon her arrival at work April 29 and placed her under a $500 bond. She said the police handed her the warrant, but did not talk to her directly. According to the Town of Elon Police press release, the department’s energy is currently focused on working with the university to develop procedures that will protect the identity of sexual assault victims while providing the police with the information they need


For the latest inFormation on elon news, visit

GO ONLINE TO CATCH WHAT YOU MISSED Commencement rehearsal “Salute Your Seniors” senior picnic “We are ALL THAT” senior gala ROTC commissioning ceremony

Baccalaureate Leaders of the 21st Century MBA graduation and more

FULL COMMENCEMENT COVERAGE: Photo slideshow Time lapse of graduation day Recap of the day



Online at

McBride prepares for final chapter as chaplain



SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2009



Jumping for joy

Elon’s 30,000th graduate to walk the stage this year CMENC, which is the collegiate version of the music education conference, and of Mu Phi Today, 1,179 Elon University Epsilon, Elon’s music fraternity. students, both undergraduate Like many of the other 1,179 and graduate, will receive students, Fetch is anticipating their diplomas signifying their the future that awaits her after graduation and the finale to Elon. “I’m looking forward to the accomplishments they have being able to start achieved during their the new part of my time at Elon. life and the new “It’s a chapter,” she said. commencement The milestone that every senior of the 30,000th remembers,” said diploma is just Susan Patton, one of the many associate registrar. “It significant awards is very well thought given throughout out … it’s done for the the ages as more student.” students continue In addition to to walk across the having the honor of susan Fetch stage Under the handing the diplomas Music Education Oaks. to registrar Mark The graduating Albertson during the class of 1910 marked the 200th ceremony, Patton will hand over the 30,000th diploma in diploma given, having only Elon history this year. 17 graduates in the class that Senior Susan Fetch from year. Cary, N.C. will be the one to The first graduating class in accept this significant diploma. 1891 had three graduates and This of course can change in 1986, when many of today’s depending on students being graduating seniors were born, dropped from graduation in light of failed grades or other there were only 451. Last year, there were 1,216 reasons. graduating seniors. Fetch is a music education Patton said she hopes the major and is also a member of number of graduates will the North Carolina Teaching remain around the same Fellows program. She is hoping number as today. to teach high school chorus. “I’d like to see it stay about Fetch calls her years at Elon the same because we have a “an amazing journey.” nice commencement,” she said. “It’s just been a dynamic experience I never thought I “We want it to be as personal as would have when I came to possible.” Elon’s graduation ceremony college,” she said. is in its 118th year. In addition to the Teaching “I truly believe Elon students Fellows program, Fetch has are fully prepared when they studied abroad for a semester graduate,” Patton said. “The in London and has completed ceremony itself gives the senior multiple education practicums at elementary, middle and high and the parent the honor they have of crossing this school levels. milestone.” She is also a member of Laura Smith News Editor

david wells | photo editor

Seniors Danielle Durst, left, and Stacy Laue, two senior class officers, jump through the commemorative balloon archway at the senior picnic Wednesday afternoon. Seniors were able to reminisce on their past four years with faculty, staff and friends.

Picnic kicks off senior week Ashley Barnas Online Editor-in-Chief

Walking under the arch of maroon and gold balloons topped with “2009” was one way to mark the beginning of senior events leading up to today’s commencement. The “Salute Your Seniors” senior class picnic Wednesday was a way to reconnect with friends, faculty and staff that the seniors may not have seen in the past few years. Blowing in the light breeze were paper graduation caps with names scrawled in silver that lined the food tents to mark the seniors who donated to the class gift, endowed scholarships for study abroad.

“I thought it was a good way to contribute back to the school,” senior Dan Sembler said. “And I wanted to make sure I could do that in some way and this seemed the best way to do it.” The feelings were bittersweet as hugs were passed out, hands were shaken and words of congratulations and sentiments were exchanged in the sunshine. “I think one of the best parts about today is everyone getting to celebrate in a relaxed environment,” said Lindsay Hege, assistant director of alumni relations for young alumni. “It allows them a chance to get together, talk about what the year has meant to them and talk about their plans for the future.”

School of Law celebrates charter class Margeaux Corby News Editor

Elon School of Law will graduate its inaugural class of 107 students this weekend, with David Gergen delivering the school’s first ever commencement address in downtown Greensboro on Sunday. Gergen is world-renowned for his prowess in the areas of politics and education, serving as director of communications for President Reagan, senior political anaylyst for CNN and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He also holds the title of chair of the Elon School of Law Advisory

Board. His address will be followed by a processional to the graduating classes’ reception in Center City Park in Greensboro. Elon University’s School of Law opened in 2006, two years after the university board of trustees launched the law school initiative with Greensboro community leaders. The school was formally dedicated by former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in September. “It's quite clear that Elon Law is already a force with which to be reckoned,” O'Connor said at the September 19, 2006 dedication ceremony. “You have created a marvelous law school facility here.

It's equipped to meet the demands of contemporary legal education.” Although the class has only spent three years at Elon Law, these thirdyear law students have contributed more than 21,000 hours of community service to the Triad, established the Law School Alumni Association and have been featured in Greensboro News and Record columns. "You have shaped the character of the law school and established a tradition of excellence that will benefit future classes for years to come,” Lambert told charter class members at the President’s Reception for third year students last week. “Largely as a result of what you have done in creating a culture of engaged

learning, community service, and public leadership, I can already see that Elon University School of Law is going to make significant impacts on legal education across the country."

ServiCe hourS CoMpLeted By CLASS of 2009 hoNor • 760 hours providing free legal assistance in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina • 500 hours mentoring high school students about the intricacies of practicing law • 280 hours investigating innocence claims made by prisoners through the university’s Innocence Project • 160 hours offering free wills clinic for lowincome residents to assist with estate planning and will drafting

For the latest inFormation on elon news, visit


artist profile:

TRAViS BUTlER presents a detached reality in his art PAGE 18

EloN ClUB SWiMMiNG Elon swim club competes in the regional championship PAGE 20

GoT MilK?



Find out about local dairy and where it comes from

Elon celebrates student role models

Exploring what makes this year’s volleyball team soar









Students experience string of indecent crimes Anna Johnson Senior Reporter

gov. Launched by the N.C. Division of Public Health and N.C. Association of Local Health Directors, the site offers resources on the new law and health hazards of smoking. Last week, Perdue said owners and managers are being notified of the changes. Informational packets are hitting the front doors of businesses across the state explaining the terms of the new law, including the requirement to post no smoking signs at public

In the past two weeks, Elon University students have been subject to an array of crimes ranging from peeping toms and indecent exposure at off campus apartments to breaking and entering and public urination in residence halls. On Oct. 30, two separate incidents occurred at different locations less than 30 minutes from one another. The first was at 9:25 p.m. at East Summerbell Avenue. According to Elon Police records, a 21-year-old Elon student was alone at her residence when she heard a knock at her window. A man, described as older than a college student, had a strong southern accent and facial hair and spoke to the victim. The suspect allegedly said he loved the victim and her roommate and that his name was “Dave Smith.” The suspect also said he lived in the area near the victim. Less than 35 minutes later, Town of Elon Police were dispatched to East Haggard Avenue to investigate an indecent exposure. A 21-year-old female Elon student was home alone and heard a suspicious knock at her back door. The victim called the police about the knock and a second call came to the police from a neighbor saying the suspect was exposing himself and possibly masturbating at the door. The only description of the suspect was he was a white male with dark hair and a white shirt. According to Elon Police Chief LaVelle Lovette, the two incidents are believed to be different individuals and unrelated to each other. Lovette said



david wells | photo editor

Burlington resident and Elon alumnus Sal Mazzurco sits at the bar at Red Bull Tavern on Church Street and smokes a cigar. Red Bull is one of the few restaurants in the area that still allows smoking indoors. North Carolina’s smoke-free restaurants and bars law will require enclosed areas to be smoke-free by Jan. 2.

North Carolinians must find new places to light up in the new year Web site aids transition for owners and customers to be smoke-free Allee Bennett Reporter

Come the new year, Elon students and Alamance County residents will notice there is something less smelly in the air when entering restaurants and bars throughout the state. North Carolina’s new law requires enclosed areas of restaurants and bars to be smoke-free by Jan. 2. The smoking ordinance, passed in May, bans smoking in any establishment where food or drinks are prepared for profit.

Alamance County will see many changes in the food service establishments, with 300 sit-down restaurants and 100 food stands that currently allow smoking in some or all parts of their facilities. “A lot of restaurant owners wanted to (go smoke-free) before, and now they are more than willing to comply with the law,” said Barry Bass, director of the Alamance County Health Department. Gov. Beverly Perdue encourages businesses and customers to visit the state’s new Web site, SmokeFreeNC.

New SGA policies to affect student body soon Rebecca Smith Senior Reporter

Elon’s Student Government Association has made many proposals during the semester that have the power to affect the student body. Here is a look at some of the changes: Participation in organizations Vice President and Dean of Student Life Smith Jackson requested the SGA make a recommendation on whether part-time students, graduate students, faculty and staff should be allowed to participate in student organizations. Some organizations, particularly professional-

oriented clubs, include graduate students and faculty in their bylaws. Two examples of these groups are Student Entrepreneurial Enterprise Development and Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity. Currently, the SGA has a statement that says “all university student organizations have the discretion of admitting graduate and parttime Elon students into their membership. Additionally, we recommend that no faculty nor staff members are to be granted membership into any university student organization.” However, the Senate has not agreed to this statement

and has requested that the SGA President Justin Peterson introduce the idea to the Student Life Committee, receive their feedback and report the findings to the Senate. Graduate students, part-time students, faculty and staff do not pay student activity fees. This raises the question on whether they should be allowed to participate in organizations that are funded by full-time students. Another question being asked by the SGA is if students want faculty and staff to have the opportunity to join traditionally student-run organizations. “My feeling is that student

organizations should be governed by the students,” Jackson said. “There is a lot of learning that occurs when students have a passion for forming a club or organization and then there is leadership development as they run that organization. I don’t think that faculty and staff should vote or be able to hold office.” Constitutional Revisions ad hoc committee Democracy requires a checks-and-balances system, even on the college level. This realization inspired a constitutional revision to implement a judicial branch. “As president, I have

appointed a lot of people, and nobody checks that,” Peterson said. “This new judicial branch will be able to check the actions of the executive board.” The current Honor Board will adapt to create the judicial branch that will be comprised of nine students. The preliminary idea is that there will be three students each from the senior class, the junior class and the sophomore class. Another responsibility of the judicial branch will be to monitor how organizations spend university money. They will make sure each organization spends money in a

See SGA | PAGE 4

For the latest inFormation on elon news, visit




The Pendulum SPORTS









u/pendulum for Visit www.elon.ed the 2009 season video previews of d football. for men’s soccer an

le “take care of Hudgins and Ridd ld” together, but business on the fiee on after football also get their gam es. Go one-on-two games and practicey talk about when with the pair as th seasons ago, their they first met twoes, the big goal for leadership qualiti gether and more. their last season to


h See how head coacthe d an l el Darren Pow plan men’s soccer team 08 20 r ei to continue th ce Southern Conference this an m perfect perfor season.

The boys are

back in town.. .


oto Editor

| Ph DAVID WELLS ack of the erb art qu g (right) is med the startin Terrell Hudgins dle (left) was na r wide receivereiver. ack Scott Rid Junior quarterbas a freshman in 2007. Senio g rec din lea e -tim Phoenix team Southern Conference’s all Elon’s and the


NEVER MISS A BEAT Catch every pass online with The Pendulum SPORTS pendulum Find national sports commentary www.pendulum sports.wordpress. com



LS | Photo







Pam Richter Sports Editor

It’s not often that a true freshman quarterback is named a starter in Division I football. But when now-junior quarterback Scott Riddle was named the starter of the Phoenix team at the start of the 2007 season, a new phase of Elon football began. “I heard he was cocky to be honest with you," senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins said. "But you have to give everyone a chance. Don’t read the book by its cover. After talking with him and watching him, he’s become one of my best friends.” Even before Riddle began his Elon career, Hudgins was a First Team All-Southern Conference selection by the media and a Second Team All-Southern Conference pick by the league’s coaches in his freshman season. But when the two took the field together for the first time in 2008, a new excitement was in the air. “I was coming to games before I played here and got a chance to see him play,” Riddle said. “I was excited to play with him.” In, 2007, their first season together both players had career seasons. Hudgins led the Football Championship Subdivision in receptions per game with 10.6 and receiving yards per game with 134 yards. As a freshman, Riddle averaged 347 yards of total offense, good enough for a SoCon single-season mark as well as an NCAA freshman record. “We didn't really have a starting quarterback when (Scott) came in,” Hudgins said. “We had a (offensive) coordinator that threw the ball 90 percent of the time. We had a bond then, on the field. We’re like Batman and Robin.” Last season was the duo’s second season together and the expectations continued to rise. As a junior, Hudgins became Elon’s and the SoCon’s alltime leader in receptions with 272, and also set the same records in touchdown receptions and receiving yards with 36

and 3,617 respectively. Riddle became Elon’s all-time leader in completions, 609, passing attempts, 935, and passing yards, 6,688. He also set the same record with touchdown passes, 55, and total offensive yards with 6,615. Their chemistry is a testament to the success the two have had. “We’ve been clicking a little better than the other guys since we’ve been doing it for three years,” Riddle said. This season will be the duo’s last together, and the expecations are greater than ever. In his senior year, Hudgins has taken more of a leadership role. “He has taken more ownership being part of the receiving core,” Riddle said. Earlier this summer, Hudgins said he tried to help the defensive backs out during practice showing them different schemes to look for when guarding wide receivers. For Riddle, Hudgins and the rest of the Phoenix team, the expectations are high this season. “We feel like we’re players that have big roles on the team, and can do big things for us and take us where we need to go,” Riddle said. The goal is simple for both players — to win every game. Personal accolades are irrelevant for the two players on a mission. “I'm focused on winning and getting a championship,” Hudgins said. “I think I broke enough (records) for a career so I'm focused on us winning and executing what we have to do.” Regardless of the outcome this season, Hudgins and Riddle have cemented themselves in the record books of Elon football. “I try not to think about it being all over,” Hudgins said. “Sometimes I’m sitting in the room thinking and I realize this is my last year with Scott. It’ll be sad at the end, but if we go out on top … it’ll be perfect.”


Page 2 / Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Pendulum

Homecoming 2008 DavID WElls | Photo Editor

The Phoenix beat the Western Carolina Catamounts 33-14 on Saturday during the last home game of the season. Elon has two games left in the season and is second in the league.

DavID WElls | Photo Editor

Joan summers Drummond ‘52, lundon sims ‘02, laith al-Majali ‘05, Bonnie Baxter ‘88 and Noel allen ‘69 receive alumni association awards at halftime during the Homecoming football game on saturday.

DavID WElls | Photo Editor

Chase Rumley and sarah Findle were crowned 2008 Homecoming King and Queen at halftime during the football game.

DavID WElls | Photo Editor

At halftime, the Phoenix led the Catamounts 13-0. The final score was 33-14 Phoenix.

Visit www.elon. edu/pendulum for a slideshow on the Homecoming events RIGHT: Former Elon President John G. Truitt wore a smile as he caught up with alumni on Homecoming weekend.

DavID WElls | Photo Editor


The Pendulum

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 / Page 3


The Elon community showed its support of a McCain-Palin administration in a variety of ways, including T-shirts, buttons, posters, hats and, for some students, painted faces and chests.

paints campus

Palin stressed why she was at Latham Park: “I’m here to ask you, are you ready to help us carry this state to victory?”


Palin donned heels that matched her Republican flair. PHOTOS BY DAVID WELLS |Photo Editor

THE SPEECH: Palin rallies McCain supporters TURNING A BUCK: Vendors sell Andie Diemer News Editor More than 10,000 people crowded Latham Park decked out and toting election apparel Oct. 16 for a chance to see Republican vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin stump for Sen. John McCain. “I hope you all got to watch last night’s debate because the man from Phoenix proved once again that he is our

Visit for full articles, slideshows and videos of Palin’s visit to Elon.

best choice to be our next president,” Palin said. This choice, she said, is between a politician in government and a true leader who puts his faith in the American people. “It’s a choice between a candidate that will raise your taxes and the other choice is a true leader,” she said. “John McCain is going to Washington to work for Joe the Plumber and so many of you that own small businesses.” She said these people are the backbone of the American economy and that is why a McCain-Palin administration would be the best choice for America. “Our opponent wants to raise taxes because he thinks like that other Joe,” she said, referring to Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. “They think government is the solution. I disagree with

that. Government too often is the problem and we need government put back on your side.” Only then, she said, will businesses and families be able to keep more of what they produce and earn. “That’s how jobs are created and our economy [gets] moving again,” Palin said. The election is a race between two tickets, one of inspiring words and another of trust-worthy deeds that come from McCain, she said. To Palin, the deeds are greater than empty words and promises. “Now, North Carolina, the choice is yours to make,” Palin said. Palin also mentioned each candidate's track records, the Iraq War, college tuition, national debt, energy and assisting special needs in her speech.

THE OTHER SIDE: Protester shows up, gets arrested Margeaux Corby Opinions Editor Instead of landing in LaGuardia Airport to begin a relaxing fall break at home, one Elon student spent that Thursday afternoon sitting in the Alamance County jail in Graham, waiting for a $500 bail. Sophomore Andy Milne was arrested for disturbing the peace at Gov. Sarah Palin’s campaign stop at Latham Park Oct. 16. According to Milne, he went into the rally carrying Obama signs and began to hand them out to fellow Obama fans. He claims the Republican supporters working the event immediately swarmed him and attempted to forcefully take the signs. It was when Milne also

began shouting, “No blood for oil,” “Obama” and “Don’t shoot wolves from planes” that a police officer grabbed his hands and put them behind his back. Palin responded to the event by calling on police officers to keep Milne in the rally, claiming it would do him some good to stay at the speech. Milne was patted down, arrested and kept in the back of a police car for 30 minutes before being taken to jail, where he was fingerprinted and assigned a $500 bail. “I did go to the rally with the intention of supporting Barack Obama,” Milne said. “I did not go to the rally with the intention of being arrested.” President of College Republicans Nick Ochsner was disappointed with Milne’s

disruption of the rally. “I was hopeful our Democratic peers at Elon could have an orderly exchange of ideas that would allow everyone to have their voices heard,” Ochsner said. “When we have people like him, acting the way he acted, it distorts any discussion we can have.” The rally had a free speech zone set up where protesters gathered to hold signs supporting Obama. “The rally was not a protest event,” Ochsner said. “Everyone was invited if they acted respectfully, and he couldn’t.” Milne was not paid by Obama for the stunt and claims his outbursts were justified and protected by the First Amendment.

election gear for different reasons Miriam Williamson Design Editor Everyone has seen them. Some people are annoyed by them, some people are appreciative of what they have to offer. They are the vendors selling paraphernalia at large events. In this case, they are the vendors at political rallies. They are the ones who call out to rally-goers, trying to sell buttons and T-shirts. The lifestyle is unlike anything someone with a stereotypical source of income could imagine. “We have put more than 10,000 miles on the van in the past two weeks,” said Chris Foran, a vendor from Florida who works for Campaign Curt. Foran and his partner Phil Phunn have been following Sarah Palin’s campaign since August. They have driven through nearly every state, stopping in various cities where political rallies and events are held. The McCain-Palin campaign is not Phunn’s or Foran’s sole source of income. They go to events for both political parties, selling memorabilia to supporters from both sides. “I’m actually undecided for which one I’m voting for,” Phunn said. “I really don’t know. It’s the first time in my life I haven’t known who I am voting for this close to Election Day.” Phunn has been working as a campaign paraphernalia vendor since 1996, following different campaigns. “Everyone wants to talk to me about politics,” he said. “But I really walk the middle aisle. I sell stuff for both campaigns, so that’s just more incentive not to really openly choose a side.”

This is a common quality among vendors — just because they are selling the goods, doesn’t mean they support the candidate. Josh Reyes, a vendor from California, is actually strongly opposed to the McCain-Palin campaign. “I hooked up with my boss and we sell stuff for both parties,” he said. “I’m really just doing this to get money.” According to Reyes, business is booming. He and his boss get 50 percent of the cut while the other 50 percent goes to the campaign. “You can literally make about 1,000 T-shirts for $200,” he said. “It’s a great profit.” Reyes sells his T-shirts for $20, and said he usually has days like the one he had at Elon — he can sell about 40 shirts. Toward the end of the rally though, Reyes usually lowers his price to $10, and has a strategy that he claims usually works. “Once I started pouting, asking people to help me out, it really worked,” he said. Phunn agrees that the job has nothing to do with supporting a specific candidate. “It is a job,” Phunn said. “Everybody’s doing it for the money. Anyone who tells you different is lying.” Phunn and his company don’t give any of their profit to specific candidates. Instead, they donate money to both the Republican and Democratic National Committees so that they will be allowed to go to the events. Phunn agreed that his day at Elon was a good day for business. “And hey, [today] I got to see Hank Williams Jr.,” he said.

Page 2 / Wednesday, April 30, 2008


The Pendulum

Bill Clinton’s campaign stop: Why Elon? Amanda Duberman Reporter With Obama carrying a more comfortable lead against Sen. Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton’s April 24 visit begs the question, why Elon? A confluence of Elon’s rural location and student population is likely to have led the Clintons to Phoenix country for a second time, and the former president’s emphasis on the economic quagmire is likely to resonate with Elon and Alamance County voters still fielding their options. “I think it was apparent on Wednesday that the economy was extremely important to folks in the audience,” Daniel Shutt, president of College Democrats said. “Clinton’s speech focused primarily on issues like jobs, health care and gas prices and people responded well. North Carolina has been hit hard by this recession, and Clinton spoke to our concerns very effectively.” Whether or not Clinton’s visit may have influenced Elon students, who are part of a demographic largely favoring Sen. Barack Obama remains to be seen. “It is a very heated Democratic primary and I am unsure if Clinton swayed any Elon college students to vote differently,” freshman Molly Heffernan said. “But he was most definitely persuasive, a great speaker and brought up many great points that all of our nation’s citizens are concerned with.” Sophomore John Hitchcock said Clinton made Hillary a more relatable figure. Obama maintains a 13-point lead in North Carolina polls, a level of support that may be difficult for the Clintons

to upset in the two weeks leading up to the May 6 primary. Freshman Cece Fitzgerald placed her vote for Sen. Obama in Maryland, and is unsure how Clinton’s visit will affect the outcome of North Carolina’s primary. “I think students were for the most part pleased he was coming, but the speech involved the sound bites we’ve already been hearing on the news for months,” she said. “It’s a bit odd that he came to Elon since most students here are not eligible to vote in North Carolina.” Still, according to the Hillary for President headquarters in Graham, a majority of those in attendance were community members from outside the school. While the question of “Why Elon?” may loom over campus, the more pressing question will be if the Phoenix “rise from the ashes” distinction will translate to Sen. Clinton on May 6. “I think it’s very likely that former President Clinton changed some minds Wednesday,” Shutt said. “No one else has his gifts for making a detailed, logical argument about public policy. By explaining some of Sen. Clinton’s accomplishments and ideas in this area, President Clinton presented his wife as an experienced, knowledgeable and effective leader.” Hillary Clinton is endeavoring to pervade some of Obama’s support among college students as well, having visited Wake Forest University on April 18 as well as dispatching daughter Chelsea to dozens of campuses statewide. If nothing else, President Clinton’s campaign will increase political efficacy in the Elon area. “President Clinton’s visit gives the entire campaign a shot in the arm,”

david wells | assistant Photo editor

Bill Clinton reached out to students and people from rural areas last wednesday with his speech on elon’s campus. Shutt said. “Even if people didn’t attend the event, they read about it in the paper, saw it on TV and heard about it from friends.” He said Alamance County, like most places in North Carolina, will be competitive on May 6.

“If the Clinton campaign continues to send the message that they care about people in this area, Sen. Clinton could do very well here on Primary Day,” Shutt said.

“[Hillary Clinton] is

the best change maker I have ever known, and if I had never been married to Hillary but had just known her, I’d still be working as hard for her. We just need a better system, and Hillary will give it to you. — Former President Bill Clinton

Brian fink | Photographer

david wells | assistant Photo editor

a number of Hillary Clinton supporters on campus and from the local community turned out to Bill Clinton’s speech to voice their opinions.

david wells | asssistant Photo editor

The crowd at Bill Clinton’s speech last week consisted of students, faculty, staff and community members. some had already voted, some were already supporting a candidate and others were still undecided.


Page 10 / Thursday, November 6, 2008



The Pendulum

S A &SM H Photos BY DaviD Wells

Students chuck pumpkins for charity Margeaux Corby Opinions Editor A contraption operated by the Society of Physics Students, which looked as if it should be outside a castle rather than down the field from Harden Club House, chucked pumpkin after pumpkin down the hills of South Campus on Sunday. Shouts of “It exploded in the air!” “Bye-bye jack-o-lantern!” and “It’s still smiling!” came with the flight and eventual crash of every pumpkin by the many children in the crowd. Seven-year-old Kierstin Baute and 5-year-old Raegan Baute came to have their pumpkin, which had a Mr. Potato Head inside, smashed on the grass. Professor Thomas Arcaro came with his two daughters as well. “We came here to watch the pumpkins get chucked and give some food to Loaves and Fishes,” Arcaro said. “It’s fun and it’s a contribution in a meaningful way for people who need food.” For every pumpkin brought to the event, a canned good or dollar donation was required. All proceeds will go to the local Alamance County charity Loaves and Fishes. The catapult-like instrument

used for pumpkin destruction is a trebuchet, a military apparatus used in the Middle Ages to throw stones at enemy armies and fortified castles. “Our whole project started last year when we wanted to build a trebuchet. The question was what to do with it,” said Evan Dempster, SPS president. “The answer was to do it after Halloween and launch pumpkins.” Many other physics students shared the enthusiasm for both a physics and community project, as well as a small history lesson. “Anything done with medieval warfare and weapons is cool,” said sophomore Pierre Cieniewicz. The trebuchet was the same one built the previous year, but several repairs were made due to the deterioration of its main supports. The society promises a freshly built trebuchet for next year. Although everyone cheered for an especially long launch, it was the final smash that enthralled the crowd. “It would be great if they reached the woods,” said Allison Arpin, a 2008 Elon graduate and former president of the society of physics. “But what people really enjoy is seeing the pumpkins blow up.”

TOP: Benny Stein launches a mini pumpkin in a homemade sling shot while the SPS resets the trebuchet for another smash. ABOVE: A local woman carries her son’s “Harry Potter” pumpkin to the launch site.

Raegan and Kierstin Baute sit with their dad as they watch their pumpkins fly through the air and then smash on the ground at Sunday’s “Great Pumpkin Toss,” hosted by the Society of Physics. The society raised $59 and collected 52 cans of food.

the PeNDuluM

WeDNeSDAy, NOVeMBeR 11, 2009 // PAge 17



a cappella Photos by David Wells Photo editor

pounds out impressive tunes Merissa Blitz Reporter

Senior Stephanie Lane and Twisted Measure perform during Pi Kappa Phi’s “Push the Music” event Thursday evening in Whitley Auditorium.

Senior Kelly Wardle of Twisted Measure guest sings in Rip_Chord’s version of “I’ll Be.”

Freshman Ashley Braun sings “Mama who bore me (reprise)” from the musical “Spring Awakening” along with the all-female a cappella group, Sweet Signatures.

Senior Chris Beeson and the all-male a cappella group Rip_Chord sing a variety of tunes from popular Disney movies in “The Disney Medley.”

Student Juried Exhibition blows ‘hot air ’ Lauren Ramsdell Reporter

Who’s full of hot air? Elon University artists, that’s who. The theme of this year’s Student Juried Exhibition, “Hot Air?,” promises to inspire many of the best and brightest artists Elon has to offer. Hosted annually by the students of ART 380: Professional Practice, the SJE is an opportunity for Elon’s artists, regardless of major, to have their artwork displayed in Arts West. “This year, students were able to submit any type of artwork they wish — whether it was sculptural, canvas-based, photography or even video,” said senior Caitlin Rantala, a member of the Professional Practice class. The pieces that make it into the show are selected by an independent three-person jury consisting of graduate students from UNC Chapel Hill who are working on their masters degrees in fine arts. Students who make the cut are eligible

to win up to $50 in prizes. The members of Professional Practice, taught by associate professor of art Michael Fels, are responsible for coordinating the event, including setting the requirements for the artwork to selecting the food served at the opening reception Nov. 12. Professional Practice is a class designed to help prepare art majors for the “real world” of professional art, Rantala said. The students formed different committees to help the organization process go more smoothly. Senior Monica Huang was involved in selecting the jurors, but she also helped with other facets of the event. “It’s a lot of responsibility, in a good way,” Huang said. “There is a lot of student and senior pride to be experienced when putting something this big together all by ourselves.” Rantala said she agrees that the success of planning and executing the exhibit requires the cooperation and determination of everyone involved.

What? SJE opening reception Where? Arts West When? 12 p.m. on Nov. 12 “While we all have certain areas we’re in charge of, the success of it all really boils down to a team effort,” Rantala said. The students are all expected to help with the installation committee, which is charged with developing the gallery space for the artworks. Putting together such a large project creates unity among various art majors from different disciplines and gives them a taste of the curatorial side of art. “I didn’t know many of the other art majors,” said Huang, who is concentrating in ceramics. “I’ve made some new friends.” More than just a final project for ART 380, the SJE art show is an opportunity to see how much artistic talent the Elon student body at large possesses.

After more than 20 years of performance, the Elon University Percussion Ensemble is about to hit the stage yet again. Tonight, the group will perform multiple contemporary, percussion-based songs at 7:30 p.m. in Yeager Hall. When associate professor of music Jon Metzger first started teaching at Elon 21 years ago, there was not a percussion ensemble that would complement the music degree program already in place. Metzger decided it would be best to start a percussion ensemble on campus. “The best part is making such wonderful music with nothing but percussion instruments,” Metzger said. The group uses a number of different percussion instruments. During its upcoming concert alone, the ensemble will use the marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, orchestra bells, chimes, timpani, snare drum, tom toms, bass drum, bongos, tambourine, log drums, steel pan, cymbals, gongs, triangles, sleigh bells, castanets and slap stick, along with others. Metzger said his favorite part of working with the group is the high level of musicianship among the 10 musicians who make up the ensemble this year. Senior Mariana Poole has been a part of the ensemble for every semester of her Elon career. Even before her time at Elon, Poole was interested in percussion. “I started taking lessons from Jon when I was in high school,” Poole said. Living so close to Elon in Pittsboro, N.C., Poole was able to visit the university every semester to watch the percussion ensemble ’s concerts. “I thought they were amazing,” she said. “So when I came to Elon as a music performance major, (this) was the class I looked forward to most.” Senior Evan Small has also been with the group for his full four years at Elon. Small was a percussion enthusiast in high school and moved on to become a music performance major. “I played in the percussion ensemble in my high school and I was really excited to learn that Elon had one as well,” Small said. Every performer in the group plays several types of percussion instruments during the many different pieces. At the concert, the ensemble will perform multiple contemporary percussion pieces, such as “Past Midnight,” “Children’s Songs #9 and #2,” “Ceremonium,” “Sizzle!,” “Oh, Beautiful,” “Taiko” and “Some Uptown Hip-Hop.” “I am most excited for the variety of styles we are going to play, from a piece inspired by the Japanese taiko tradition to pieces written for a traditional percussion orchestra,” Small said. Poole said she looks forward to demonstrating the group’s hard work and love of music. “I’m just glad that I get to share music that I love with an audience,” Poole said. “All of us have worked really hard, and we’ve put together an exceptional program. I just hope everyone else will enjoy it as much as we will.”


Page 12/ Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Compiled and D Shelley Russell Special Projects

The year was a historic time for Elon Univ events that took place. Some highlights inc school campaigns and programs such as E program that are shaping the future of thi “Sweeney Todd” and “Phantom of the Op including the first trip to the SoCon cham the quarterfinals in the MCLA club lacros

The Arts


The Pendulum

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 / Page 13

Designed by l David Wells s Editor Photo Editor

versity. The following images recap the clude visits from two major political figures, Ever Elon and the Elon in L.A. summer is university, stunning theater productions like pera,� and a new era in Phoenix athletics, mpionship for men’s basketball and a trip to sse national championship tournament.



The year at a glance Page 2 // saTurday, may 23, 2009

CommenCemenT issue

The Pendulum

Elon University’s biggest news stories during 2008-09 Compiled by David Wells Photo editor


All photos file photos


The kinetic musical ringmaster known as Girl Talk (or Gregg Gillis off the stage), performed in Alumni Gym May 1 for the spring concert.


More than 10,000 people crowded Latham Park for a chance to see Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin stump for Sen. John McCain.


Elon’s musical theatre department stunned audiences once again with its performance of ‘Nine,’ directed by Lynne Formato.

Octagon Cafe renovations were completed Aug. 22, as Freshens relocated to expand food service in Moseley Center.


Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson briefly addressed the Alamance County Commissioners on recent allegations of ravial profiling at traffic stops. The numbers, which he later claimed were because of a computer error, were under reported by about 800 latinos.


Junior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins powers through a defender against the Western Carolina Catamounts Nov. 8.


Chaplain Richard McBride hugs Linda Lashendock, friend and assistant director of information systems and technology for Television Services, at his farewell reception April 19.

The Pendulum

saTurday, may 23, 2009 // Page 3

CommenCemenT issue



Professor’s children, as well as children from the community, participated in the event with candy, pumpkins and face paint in the Greek Courts.


Snowfall began on the night of March 1, and the next day students took advantage of not having to go to class.


Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco sported an Elon basketball jersey during the Spring Concert May 1.


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addressed the student body during the Spring Convocation for Honors March 31.



Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden hosted a rally for the local community on Oct. 4. Obama ended up winning the state.


Ever Elon: The Campaign for the Future of Our University, is the largest fundraising campaign in Elon’s history.

Junior Christopher Wood and Senior Emily Rice starred in the Department of Performing Arts musical “Sweeney Todd.”

Anderson ‘‘Silver Fox’’ Cooper, an anchor for CNN, visited campus and addressed the Elon community with his talk, “A 360° Look at World Events,” on April 7.


Lindner Hall, Elon’s ‘‘greenest’’ building on campus, is set to run with many sustainable features for the 2009-10 school year.



Style in the

landscape David Wells Photo Editor

The Elon Dance Company performed a collection of site-based dances choreographed by faculty artists on Young Commons Sunday afternoon. A large crowd watched the four pieces on a perfect afternoon during Elon’s annual Family Weekend. The performances’ inspiration came from the physical parameters, architectural elements and environmental characteristics of the space available, including Belk Library and the surrounding area.

Seniors Rachel Fine, right, and Casey Castine perform in dance professor Amy Beasley’s “Ingress.”

Sophomores Kassi Mattera and Jessica Duffy perform in performing arts professor Jane Wellford’s piece, “A Classic Romp.”

Junior Ann Sterling Dale dances during performing arts professor Jen Guy’s piece, which featured artists using the clock outside Belk Library and some of the brick paths in the surrounding area.

Senior soloist Michelle Micca, second from right, moves across boxes, playing a key role in dance professor Lauren Kearns’ dance that featured two dancers who stayed mostly off the ground for the entire performance.

ThE PENDulum

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009 // PAgE 13


Homecoming Photos by David Wells Photo Editor

Elon fanatics, alumni and fans braved the bad weather to enjoy Homecoming Weekend. The football team recorded another victory Saturday afternoon as Elon pushed passed Chattanooga 45-10. Senior Alpha Omicron Pi member Kate Hopkins and


senior Pi Kappa Phi member Clay Winkelvoss were voted this year’s Homecoming queen and king. Homecoming Weekend was full of alumni events, including a golf tournament, a luncheon with the class of 1959, a party at The Lighthouse, a time to share advice with Elon students, a step show, awards ceremonies and much more.

A crowd of cheering fraternity brothers, sorority sisters and fans shout for their favorite pairings as the 2009 Homecoming Court walked onto the field during halftime.

A group of students watch the action on the football field from the lawn.

A number of Elon alumni were recognized during halftime of the football game, including Audrey Seagraves, right, who was named Young Alumna of the Year.

Katelyn lazor | Staff Photographer

Hooded fans try to stay dry with their rain gear as they stand in the rain during Saturday’s tailgate.

ThE PENDulum

WEDNESDAY, NovEmbEr 4, 2009 // PAgE 13



’ n i n Op’ Photos by David Wells Photo Editor

Another Show

The Elon Performing Arts Department began its production of the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” last Thursday. The show features a play within a play as the cast performs William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Senior Christopher Wood stars as Fred Graham, the director of the Broadway-bound musical, and senior Courtney Markowitz plays Lilli Vanessi, Graham’s movie star ex-wife. The show is full of dancing and overthe-top performances by the cast. It continues Nov. 6-8 in McCrary Theatre. See The Pendulum’s review of "Kiss Me, Kate" on page 15.

The “Kiss Me Kate” cast performs a number during the opening of the show.

Senior Christopher Wood, center, as Fred Graham embarrasses senior Courtney Markowitz, right, as Lilli Vanessi by spanking her while on stage in front of “The Taming of the Shrew” cast.

Sophomore Adam Kaplan, left, and senior Eddie Schmit play two men who have come to collect money from Fred Graham for their boss, but instead get wrapped up in the show “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Characters Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham reminisce about their marriage and their days staring together on Broadway.

Senior Chris Staskel, left, leaps in front of Lois Lane, played by senior Julianne Katz, during a scene from “The Taming of the Shrew” in an attempt to impress the flirtacious night club artist.




A journey from pen to production Amanda Kennison A&E Editor

Monday night, members from the Elon community gathered in the Isabella Cannon Room to mark the opening of Elon’s latest art exhibition, “A Journey of Friends.” Art lovers strolled through the room, examining design renderings of some of Elon’s most well-know productions. Costume Designer Jack Smith masterminded the idea behind the show. Along with Scenic Designer Dale Becherer and Technical Director Bill Webb, Smith worked with Associate Art Professor Michael Fels to organize the exhibit. After having many people comment on the fact that they didn’t know exactly how theatrical design decisions were made, or who made them, Smith decided to enlighten them. “It really came about because of a number of funny incidences that all seemed to happen right in a row,” Smith said. “I realized that most people have no idea about how our part of the theater happens. They never see the design process. They see the finished product, but they never see the research that goes into it or the thorough processes behind it. Instead of complaining about the fact that no one knows what I do for this process, do something about it, do this exhibit.” In order to bring the world of theatrical design alive for nontheater people — and to further educate theater enthusiasts — Smith,

Becherer and Webb each chose a few productions that encompassed their respective disciplines. Shows featured in the exhibition include “The Secret Garden,” “Bent,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” Sweeney Todd” and the upcoming “Noises Off,” among others. Boasting the artifacts of what is left after the shows are over, the exhibit provides a mixture of past costumes, light plots, set designs, props and other elements, which are fundamental to bringing a production to life. Each designer chose their pieces based on personal interests and talents. “I am trying to show a side that most people don’t comprehend when they are coming into the theater as a patron,” Becherer said. “One decision factor was what do people not know about creating a show. The other part is just the diversity of look and showing the diversity of approach.” Becherer chose an eclectic sampling of work. He included scene painting, set sketches and also dedicated some of his work to exploring how scenic design and lighting go hand and hand. “A huge amount of strength of scenic design is the relationship it has with lighting design,” Becherer said. “They are completely symbiotic in terms of strength.” The message of interconnectedness among design forms weaves throughout the exhibit. The lights, the set, the props, and the costumes work together and help create an entire world for a production. “Our job is to create a world for

What: “A Journey of “Friends” art exhibition of theatrical design When: Now until April 23 Where: Isabella Cannon Room Cost: Free characters to live in,” Webb said. “We’re creating their space that they will exist in, so we have a lot to say about the world in which these people live. The role of design and production is vitally important to telling a story or to give the audience an impression of what this story is all about.” Many of the displays in the exhibit juxtapose original set or costume sketches with photos from the actual show. Seeing these images side-byside allow people to see how the big production evolves from extensive research and simple drawings on paper. Each display also includes quotes from directors and students involved with the performances, telling how design influences their own interpretation of the show. “A Journey of Friends” will remain in the Isabella Cannon Room until April 23. “If you’ve ever been curious about the backstage part of theater, this will bring an interesting insight into it,” Smith said. “This will be a great way to expose yourself. This stuff normally goes away, so it’s an interesting opportunity to see something you may only have a couple of opportunities in your lifetime to see.”

Costume designer Jack Smith, scenic designer Dale Becherer and technical director Bill Webb are displaying their work at the Isabella Cannon Room until April 23. Works include scene painting, costume and set sketches.

DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor

Oak leaf gate sprouts outside of Whitley Auditorium Camille DeMere Multimedia Editor

Art is springing up in new parts of campus. At the beginning of Winter Term, a contemporary metal sculpture was installed in front of Whitley Auditorium. “Quercus Stellata Gate,” bearing the scientific name of the post oak tree, features wrought metal oak leaves and branches. It was first shown at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition last fall. While it was on display, an Elon staff member noticed the sculpture and initiated talks for Elon’s acquisition of the piece But the sculpture’s ties to the university run even deeper. Jim Gallucci, the artist behind “Quercus Stellata Gate,” is a well-known metalworker in the Triad area, as well as the husband of Elon’s Assistant Biology Professor Kathy Gallucci. Other pieces of Gallucci’s work have previously been featured on campus. In 2001, Gallucci acquired 16 tons of structural steel taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York.

This metal was worked into a creation titled “The Gates.” The sculpture was featured near Koury Business Center for a period of time before continuing its tour of cities and universities across America. Through the years, Gallucci hasn’t forgotten the opportunities Elon provides for artists. The continued development of such opportunities impresses him. “Elon is really growing,” Gallucci said. “It’s nice to see support for the art school increasing over the years.” Deciding where to place Gallucci’s oak-themed gate took some consideration and Tom Flood, the superintendent of landscaping and grounds, was responsible for creating a list of possible locations for the sculpture. The list included multiple locations surrounding the Center for the Arts, the east side of Belk Library, Moseley Green near Health Services and Sculpture Walk on Haggard Avenue. Ultimately, Elon’s treasured tradition of walking “under the oaks” played a significant part in the placement of “Quercus Stellata Gate.”

Flood and a committee of Elon officials decided the lawn outside of Whitley would be the sculpture’s home. After all, freshmen take their first steps and seniors nostalgically take their last as Elon students on the lawn between Whitley Auditorium and McEwen communications building. “The imagery of the oak leaf and the symbol of the gate worked with the symbolism of Elon’s convocation and graduation,” Flood said. Fortunately for Elon, the gate will be sticking around for a while. “Many pieces of sculpture art on Elon’s campus are on loan for a few years,” Flood said. “But we’re excited to have this as a permanent part of Elon’s landscape.” After installing “Quercus Stellata Gate” on campus, Gallucci continues to work on future pieces. In true Elon fashion, Gallucci is on a selfdescribed “oak leaf kick.” Currently, along with a team of six assistants, Gallucci is creating four 55-foot stainless steel towers for the city of Raleigh. Each of them will also feature oak leaves.

CAMILLE DEMERE | Photographer

A sculpture called “Quercus Stellata Gate,” the scientific name of the post oak tree, was installed in front of Whitley Auditorium at the beginning of Winter Term.

Page 14 // WedneSdaY, march 4, 2009

The Pendulum

Style DanceWorks 2009: expressing spirit through dance Amanda Kennison a&e editor

Last weekend, Elon hosted DanceWorks 2009, which was organzied and performed entirely by Elon students, and welcomed everyone from the Elon community to its performances. The show was well received by audiences. And at all five show times performers danced in a packed Black Box Theatre. “I was so pleased with the performances and the turnout of the shows,” sophomore performer Kara Griffin said. “All of them sold out with people standing or sitting on the floor. The audience has had a great energy and was very receptive to our work.” Until this fall, DanceWorks was previously recognized as “Just Dancin’ Around.” In 2004, dance majors Rebecca O’Quinn ('07) and Alena Johnson ('06) organized the first performance. After five years, DanceWorks remains the only entirely student-run production that allows any type of dance and any student to perform. DanceWorks 2009 boasted a one-hour and 20-minute runtime and included 14 pieces. Auditions for the show began in late November, before the selections for the spring show were made and a tentative cast was set. A second round of auditions was held after the first week of spring semester. At this time, final selections for the show were made and the overall design of the show was decided upon. The 14 pieces performed at DanceWorks 2009 created an eclectic mixture. From the opening flag dance to “Tom’s Diner,” a contemporarytap fusion, to traditional ballet pieces, the show offered something for dance lovers of all types. “We collectively chose pieces that we were confident would create a performance of diversity, craftsmanship and artistic integrity,” senior Elizabeth Easterly said. “We chose pieces that would create a collectively entertaining, technical yet kaleidoscopic show.” Equally important were the long months of rehearsals put in by the performers. From the first audition in

david wells | Photo editor

Freshmen Maggie Mial and Jessica Duffy battle in ‘The Only Truth’, a fight between good and evil with dancers junior Sunny Smith, freshman Matthew Meigs, freshman Allison Zmozynski and sophomore Stephanie Lloyd.

November — and in some cases even as early as September — individual performers began practicing. Just as the dances were varied in style and execution, so were their inspirations. DanceWorks vice president, junior Rachel Perlman, choreographed and performed in the piece “The Human Heart has hidden treasure, in Secret kept, in Silence Sealed; the thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were Broken if Revealed.” “It’s a contemporary group dance, inspired by the idea of how a secret and gossip are spread through the metaphor of a rose and rose petals,” Perlman said. Other pieces gained inspiration from everything from songs to specific friendships — which was the case for Griffin’s “The Fire in Your Heart is Out.” The careful audition process and rehearsal time paid off as DanceWorks

2009 left both audience members and performers more than pleased. “I was so excited to perform in this show, because it has a very different feel to it,” Griffin said. “All of the works are our own, so we’re not just dancing to perform. Our hearts have been in these pieces for a while since the roots of them come from within ourselves.” In addition to the excitement performing in DanceWorks brings, the organization helps students hone professional skills, and it provides an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and get a taste of what is yet to come. “I was completely impressed with the core concepts and layers of meaning behind each piece,” Easterly said. “There was a huge amount of professionalism in everyone’s attitude toward design as well as to their

choreography, and it’s unusual to see this kind of teamwork and trust at a collegiate level. There was so much positive energy during this process, that no matter what happened, we knew we were going to have an amazing show and a great time working together.” Perlman said shows like DanceWorks are important to dancers, because they allow a performer to practice and hone skills, as well as be able to demonstrate it to the public. DanceWorks also allows dancers from all backgrounds to come together, learn from each other’s styles and put together a creative, cohesive performance. While the performers benefited from showcasing their talents for people outside of their field, Easterley, Griffin and Perlman all enjoyed seeing the audiences' spirited responses to their pieces.

david wells | Photo editor

TOP LEFT: Freshman Jessica Duffy and sophomore Bill Commander perform “Growing Bones” to the music “Prelude No. 20 in C minor” by Chopin. TOP CENTER: Junior Stuart Richie opened up the program with ‘Parallels,’ a flag number with fellow dancer senior Meredith McNeill. TOP RIGHT: Junior Casey Castine and sophomore Erin Keim perform “Get Ready” to Fergie’s “Here I come.” BOTTOM LEFT: Dancers junior Rachel Perlman, junior Rachael Fine, sophomore Kara Griffin, freshman Emily Falconer and senior Kasey Waters conclude DanceWorks with their performance of “The human heart has hidden treasures, in secret kept, in silence sealed. The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were broken if revealed.” BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophomore Alex Pepper lifts up sophomore Jenna Farley in their performance of “Hey Pachucho,” a swing dance number with fellow dancers Commander and junior Andrea Work.

Page 22 / Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Pendulum

Style Sweeney Todd a ‘shear’ success McCrary Theatre audience dazzled by mixture of dark humor, revenge, angst Amanda Kennison Reviewer On Nov. 1, the cast and crew of “Sweeney Todd” performed to a sold out audience in McCrary Theatre. More than an hour and a half before the curtain rose, a line formed outside the theater doors. From the moment the house lights went out and the first shrill whistle blew, it was clear viewers were in for a treat. For the nearly three hours the show ran, the audience met a fantastic mixture of ridiculous humor and dark angst. The term spectacle definitely applies to this production. The opening sequence of screened silhouettes depicting the rough toils of London’s 19th century industrial workers was amazing. It undeniably set the tone for the brutal storyline. It’s one thing to listen to a description of the concept of a show, an entirely different thing to experience it in action. The dreary sets and the industrial sounds propelling the actions of the musical exceeded all expectations. Juxtaposing the bleak gray and black backdrops with the pops of deep red and rich neutral costumes gave the actors a dominance that reflected the powerful plot. The light scheme was equally important in setting the alternately dark and light atmosphere, helping the audience literally see the characters’ emotions. The ensemble deserves

david wells | Photo editor

Mrs. lovett brags about sweeney Todd’s Tonsorial Parlor that is located above her meatpie emporium on Fleet Street as Todd claims his five pound note from his rival barber Pirelli. special recognition, as they personified a grinding machine. Everyone’s movements were expressed with a choppy fluidity that formed a cohesive, mechanical unit. The company numbers had impeccable choreography. Scenes like the one introducing the tale of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett’s bustling shop combined the talents of many individuals and made them into an assembly line aimed at completing a single task. The fact that “Sweeney

Todd” didn’t turn out to be a big, depressing show is largely because of Emily Rice’s fabulous portrayal of Mrs. Lovett. Though her touching turns belting out tunes like “My Friends” and “Not While I’m Around” were truly heartfelt, it was her awkward hilarity that stood out. A woman who cooks pies from human meat and lusts after a throat slasher isn’t the typical neighbor character. Playing up the unstable woman’s comedic presence, Rice brought a necessary

lightness to the production and won over the audience. People can’t help but like the skewed-minded lady. Describing Sweeney Todd, brought to life by Chris Wood, isn’t an easy task. Words like brilliant, chilling and disturbing come to mind. He simply looked like a murderous barber, if such a look exists. Channeling a psychotic, depressed man intent on avenging the destruction of his family and his wrongful imprisonment isn’t the most natural role for a college

student. But Wood took on that persona and owned it. Perhaps more interesting than his portrayal of Todd's killer side was the way he forced the audience to relate to the madman. The rapport between Wood’s Todd and Rice’s Lovett left the audience wanting more. Todd’s blank responses to Lovett’s sadly overt advances were darkly humorous. Wood’s swarthy, sarcastic quips endeared him to audience members. Yet it was the end scene in which Todd silently welcomes death that proved just how creepily in tune Wood was with his antihero character. Kudos also need to be given to Christopher Staskel’s Tobias. Sweeney Todd was crazy enough, but Staskel took crazy to a whole new disturbing level. Not only does the audience leave feeling sorry for the demonic Todd, but many viewers probably left wanting to donate funds for troubled and abused children. The world simply doesn’t need traumatized children running around slicing throats. Everyone involved with this production deserves a pay raise or some sort of special reward. Unless audience members were completely void of emotion and lacking in taste, they left the show momentarily overwhelmed. But it didn’t take long to realize that yes, the show really was that amazing. david wells | Photo editor

leFT: Junior emily Rice leads the Elon department of performing arts in a sweeney Todd dress rehearsal Monday, Oct. 27 in McCrary Theatre. Rice plays the role of Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd’s partner in crime. “Playing Mrs. lovett is an absolute joy. i have the opportunity to portray one of the strongest female characters in music theatre. it will be a sad day when i have to stop throwing flour and dough around on the McCrary stage,” Rice said.

david wells | Photo editor

Joanna, played by lisa Carter, and her lover anthony Hope, played by Johnny Stellard, profess their love for one another.

david wells | Photo editor

Christopher Wood as Sweeney Todd, the “demon barber of Fleet Street,” prepares to give a customer the “closest shave of his life.” Wood puts on a great performance as the creepy, chilling character.

the PeNDuluM

Hot dogs, horses and face paint Photos and story by David Wells Photo editor

The rain held off Saturday as an overcast day turned out to be the perfect condition for Kopper Top Life Learning Center’s fundraising event. Kopper Top is a nonprofit organization tucked away on a 33-acre farm in Liberty, N.C., and provides therapeutic horseback riding and recreational and animal-assisted therapy for people with and without disabilities. It is also a place where the community can escape from everyday life and enjoy the company of dozens


WeDNeSDAy, MAy 6, 2009 // PAge 17

Ko p p e r Top Life Le a r n i n g Ce n t e r ce l e b rate Spring on s the Farm

of animals. Kopper Top held its 10th annual Celebrate Spring on the Farm fundraiser and open house with a varisety of games, a silent auction, horseback rides, facepainting, food and other fun activities. “We were very pleased with how the fundraiser went off. The weather really came together, the whole thing really, ” said senior Whitney Shafer, a regular volunteer at Kopper Top. Just over 300 people were in attendence and Kopper Top estimates they raided more than $5000.

Five-dollar horse rides were a favorite as participants lined up to be led around a course on one of Kopper Top’s many horses.

Kids participated in horse races with horse-like toys, running down a field to the finish line.

Kopper Top sold its own logo T-shirts in a variety of designs and colors.

Donations were accepted for hot dogs, chicken-and-dumplings and ice cream.

Some animals were walked around the farm on leashes for people to pet.

Kids walked around with butterflies, hearts and other designs painted on their faces.

Cups of feed were available for community members to purchase and give to the large variety of animals, including goats.

Community members took a hay ride around parts of Kopper Top’s 33-acre farm.




Spinning creativity Elon ceramics program continues to grow with new technology, community projects Merissa Blitz Reporter


Senior Monica Huang demonstrates how to piece together cylinders and shape a larger sculpture.

Working with ceramics involves a multi-step process, including clay throwing, wheel spinning and pottery scraping.

When most people think of ceramics, all they can imagine is art class in elementary school when everyone makes their own pinch pot but ceramics class at Elon is so much more. Classes range from the introductory level, in which students begin learning the form-making process of handbuilding and throwing on the potter’s wheel, to more advanced levels, in which students start experimenting with glaze formulas and working with the kiln, an oven where pottery is baked for hardening and glazing purposes. Ceramic students work on several different types of projects, including functional utilitarian objects, ceramic sculpture and conceptual multimedia works. Professor Mike Sanford heads Elon’s ceramics program. He teaches students the skills and techniques necessary to produce both creative and efficient ceramic pottery and sculptures. “(What students) really want is to learn how to make functional wares, so this is a strong component of each class,” Sanford said. Each semester, Sanford assembles the strongest examples of work to be displayed in the glass cases near the entry of the Arts West building. One student whose work is displayed often is senior Monica Huang. Huang began taking ceramics classes when she was a freshman and decided to major in ceramics during her junior year. Of all the projects she has completed, Huang’s favorites have been self-directed ones. Much of her work revolves around making sculptures that narrate dynamic body movements. “Some of (the sculptures) also consist of more than one figure, because I enjoy using interactions between two

figures to create visual tension in the negative space separating them,” Huang said. As in other majors, the biggest project a ceramics student has to complete is the senior thesis. Every student is required to create a body of work that revolves around a central question or idea. Senior James Hennon is in the planning stages of his thesis. “While I’m not completely solidified yet as to what (my) idea is, I have been investigating a few main ideas such as deconstruction of the vessel, using thrown altered forms to create sculpture with contemporary edge and also explorations in openness, weight, tension and sensuality,” Hennon said. One major project the intermediate and advanced ceramics students take part in every year is the Crossroad Sexual Assault Response and Recovery Center’s annual fundraiser, “Make a Sundae: Make a Difference.” Sanford said every year his classes pledge 100 bowls to support this “very important community-based organization.” The students in the ceramics program prove dedicated to their work. A group of students even helped Sanford build a wooden gas kiln that has given the students the opportunity to diversify their firing techniques. This facet of the art department is committed to growing and diversifying the program. “Certainly this is where we see the future of the program and are sure that this kind of addition to our facilities (will) aid in recruiting talented high school students with a strong background in the ceramic arts,” Sanford said. Students and community members are invited to visit the Arts West gallery and view the work the ceramic students and other art majors are producing. For more in-depth coverage of the cermaics process, check out the Pendulum Online.



Staff Report

Sweet Signatures, Elon’s all-female a cappella group, performed at Lighthouse Tavern on Friday and invited Twisted Measure, Elon’s co-ed a cappella group, to join them on stage. “It was great to be back with everyone,” senior Twisted Measure member Ben Kaufman said. “But it was the first time we had sang for a large crowd with each other since being back at school this year.” The group sees themselves as more of a family and junior Sam Gyllenhaal said they make sure their fun-loving attitude translates to the stage. “Whether they’re sitting down in a concert hall or standing up at a bar, we always want the audience to see how much fun a cappella can be,” Gyllenhaal said. Junior Will Armor said the group loved being in the spotlight, but was glad to step off stage and cheer on other Elon a cappella groups. “It was exciting, it was refreshing,” Kaufman said. “It was a little nerve-racking because we had to remember our music.”

LINDSAY FENDT | Staff Photographer

Page 20 // WedneSdaY, maRch 4, 2009


The Pendulum

Challenging schedule prepares team for league play Conor O’Neill Reporter

Basketball coach John Wooden once said winning a championship takes talent, but repeating that feat takes character. This season the Elon Phoenix baseball team will try to repeat their success as Southern Conference champions and once again advance to the NCAA baseball tournament. This season the team will not settle for just a birth into the tournament. The Phoenix has set its sight on not only winning the SoCon crown but also winning a regional tournament and advancing to a Super Regional, which would make Elon one of the top 16 teams in the country, Elon head coach Mike Kennedy said. “We’ve won our league two out of the last three years and we look toward taking the next step and advancing to a Super Regional,” Kennedy said. The players echo Kennedy’s hope. “There’s pressure to win a regional and advance," sophomore infielder Neal Pritchard said. "We won’t settle for anything less. Being picked to win the SoCon, it would be a major disappointment not to win the SoCon Championship." The team moved closer to that goal over the weekend, sweeping a double header Friday from league foe Appalachian State. There was no difficulty in scoring runs in the Boone environment as the team won with scores of 8-6 and 14-10. The third game of that series was to be played Sunday but was postponed due to inclement weather. In that double header, the team combined to bat an

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

The Phoenix cheers on teammate senior Pat Irvine as he steps to the plate in last Wednesday’s game against N.C. State.

average of .383 with 10 doubles and three home runs. The team also drew six walks and stole five bases. For the season so far, the team has a .320 batting average and has hit eight home runs with 10 stolen bases. “Offense is our biggest strength. Going through our lineup there is nobody that is an easy out,” Kennedy said. “Our sixth, seventh and eighth hitters have just as much power as our third, fourth and fifth hitters.” The key offensive players, preseason All-Americans senior Cory Harrilchak and senior Bennett Davis, have both picked up where they left off from last season. Davis has begun the season with 12 hits in 26 at-bats and six runs batted in while Harrilchak is 12 for 27 with a team-high nine runs scored. Offensive dexterity will be needed when facing teams such as College of Charleston, Western Carolina, The Citadel and Georgia Southern, all of whom Kennedy lists as the other top teams in the SoCon. Kennedy said the team can’t

look past anyone this season. Just as Elon took on Auburn and N.C. State before entering league play, other SoCon teams have challenged themselves with tough non-conference schedules. Georgia Southern earned a victory over Georgia Tech (6-5) and Western Carolina traveled to Los Angeles and defeated the University of Southern California (3-2). “When you play the smaller schools, there is not as much of a challenge compared to when playing powerhouse schools from the ACC and the SEC,” Pritchard said. Elon was able to win two of three games against Auburn but was shut down against North Carolina State, losing 3-1. Other key out-of-conference matchups for the Phoenix include Duke (April 1, 22), Clemson (March 24-25), UNC Chapel Hill (May 5), UNC Wilmington (April 14) and a rematch with N.C. State (March 18). The only home game of these is the April 22 matchup with Duke. Upcoming games for the Phoenix include a matchup

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Senior Bennett Davis prepares to make a hit in Elon’s opening game against N.C. State.

at Latham Park against Wake Forest today before the team travels to Charleston to take on The Citadel for a three-game

weekend series. The first home SoCon games will be played March 13-15 when Davidson College comes to Elon.

Kennedy’s experience carries into the coaching box Reporter

This year, Mike Kennedy celebrates his 13th year as head coach of Elon University’s baseball team. Before becoming head coach, Kennedy was staffed as the team’s pitching coach for four years and was recently appointed to the USA National Collegiate Baseball Team coaching staff as a pitching coach. Kennedy who is recognized as the most successful coach in Elon baseball history - credited with more wins than any other coach at 395 victoriesis - said his favorite thing about coaching is the relationships he develops with his players. “It is neat to see how they stay in touch and come back to support the program because they had a good experience,” Kennedy said. Growing up in Fayetteville, N.C., Kennedy played baseball, basketball and football. When Kennedy began looking at colleges, he knew he wanted to play either football at Wake Forest University or baseball at Elon as a catcher. Coming out of high school, scouts told him he had a better shot at playing baseball. But it was Elon’s former head coach Rick Jones who persuaded him to play baseball at Elon while majoring in physical education. After college, Kennedy went on to play in the minor leagues for the Oakland Athletics in Scottsdale, Ariz., Medford,

He’s a very player-oriented coach. He’ll be the first one to get on you, but he’ll also be the first one to give you a pat on the back. - Mike Hill elON BaseBall alUM

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Men’s baseball coach Mike Kennedy gives signals to a batter during Elon’s opening game.

Ore.,and Medesto, Calif. Kennedy said he hopes other people would describe him as energetic with a Type A personality. “I like to think I’m outgoing and friendly, although at times I’m not,” he said. His players seem to agree

with Kennedy’s depiction of himself. “He’s a very player-oriented coach," Matt Hill, an Elon baseball alumnus, said of Kennedy. "He’ll be the first one to get on you, but he’ll also be the first one to give you a pat on the back.”

Kennedy also said he has a very competitive nature. “I can’t stand to lose at anything, whether it’s a game against Auburn or a game of free throws,” he said. He coached 11 of his 12 teams to winning records, 10 of which had seasons of 30 or more victories. During his last 12 seasons, he has coached the Phoenix in 18 victories over opponents ranked in the top-25. Last year, Kennedy led the team to become the 2008 Southern Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions with a 19-8 conference record and a 44-18 overall record. Kennedy was also named the Southern Conference’s Coach of the Year. One of the keys to Kennedy’s success is working well with the players and their motivations. “He’s incredibly competitive,” Hill said. “His teams that have been very successful have been teams that have matched his competitiveness and his personality. He used to tell us, ‘You can’t just enjoy

Megan Wanner

winning, you have to hate to lose.’ There’s no one on the field who hates to lose more than him.” Kennedy said the best piece of advice anyone ever gave him came from Tom Pound, the Elon tennis coach during Kennedy’s years of attendance. He told him whatever happened in his life would reflect what happened to his children. “He told me to make sure I did the right thing and put myself in the right position to do the right thing down the road,” Kennedy said of Pound’s advice. In order for Kennedy to be successful, he said he knew he had to continue to do well in school and make good decisions. “Whatever you do today will impact your family down the road. I was 17 and was just worried about having fun,” Kennedy said. “When you’re in college, you’re not ready for those types of statements. But for some reason it hit home with me.” Kennedy is currently married with two children, a daughter and a son.


The Pendulum

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 / Page 23

above: eleanor Meacham and betsy sise from “teamwork” celebrate after winning the tug-of-war portion of the competition. this team took the overall title of sportsfest Champion. toP leFt: the girls from team “D3” wear black face paint to intimidate the competition. bottoM leFt: Junior alex King takes a swing at the ball during the home run derby. RiGht: sportsfest announcer Dannika lewis welcomes teams to the annual competition and wishes everyone luck.

‘Teamwork’ wins the prize at

Sportsfest 2008 Photos by DaviD Wells | Photo editor

A hot and sunny Friday afternoon set a perfect scene for Sportsfest 2008 on the South Campus fields. Teams of 10 from all classes and areas on campus worked together in an attempt to be crowned

Sportsfest Champion. Teams battled in tug-o-war, Jenga, cornhole, miniature golf, volleyball, homerun derby and bocce ball. This year, it was "Teamwork" that took the crown followed by "Red Hot."

toP: teams kept track of how they were doing throughout the competition. bottoM: team “Red hot” works together to a final four spot in the tug-of-war. “Red hot” placed second in the competition.

Junior Peyton hairson stares down his line in the miniature golf competition.


Page 20 // WedneSdaY, FeBRuaRY 18, 2009

The Pendulum

Elon football announces 2009 schedule Pam Richter Sports editor


as planning of the 2009 season is underway, the team looks past last season and is hopeful for the next.

The Elon athletic department announced the Phoenix football schedule for the 2009 season Monday morning. The team has 11 games on the schedule — five at home and six on the road. The team opens up the season with three games against nonconference opponents, Davidson, Presbyterian and Wake Forest. “Playing Wake Forest is an exciting opportunity for not only the football program, but for the entire university,” head coach Pete Lembo said. “The game will receive tremendous attention, regionally and nationally, because Wake Forest is in the ACC.” Last season Wake Forest finished with an 8-5 record. The team tied for third in the ACC Atlantic Division and

was a Football Bowl Series team. “That is an important piece of out-ofconference scheduling, to play opponents students can connect with outside of athletics,” Lembo said. “It can add to the sense of pride and excitement about the football program.” The team begins conference play on Sept. 26 against Georgia Southern in a family weekend matchup. Last season, Georgia Southern finished with a 6-5 record and tied for fourth in the Southern Conference. Elon defeated Georgia Southern 22-20. The team then travels to Furman to face the Paladins before returning home Oct. 10 to face The Citadel. Elon has an open date with no games scheduled before playing against University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on Oct. 24. for Homecoming Weekend. The team then hits the road against Wofford. Last season, Wofford finished

second in the Southern Conference and defeated Elon by a score of 55-20. Elon’s last home game of the season is against the four-time defending Southern Conference champion, Appalachian State, on Nov. 14. The Phoenix lost to them on the road last season 24-16. The team finishes up the regular season on the road against Samford, who it defeated 23-17 in the 2008 season. Last season Elon finished with an 8-4 record and ranked No. 17 overall in the Football Championship Series. The team defeated three top-25 FCS ranked opponents and finished with a 6-2 record in the Southern Conference. The team earned sole possession of third place in the conference only behind Appalachian State and Wofford. This year marks the seventh season Elon has been in the Southern Conference and the 11th season in Division I football.

2009 football schedule SePt. 5 davidson (4-7, 7th PFl) SePt. 12 at Presbyterian (4-8) SePt. 19 at Wake Forest (8-5, T-3rd aCC atlantic) SePt. 26: Family Weekend georgia Southern* (6-5, T-4th SoCon) Oct. 3 at Furman* (7-5, T-4th SoCon) Oct. 10 The Citadel* (4-8, 7th SoCon) Oct. 17 Open date Oct. 24: HOmecOming Chattanooga* (1-11, 9th SoCon) Oct. 31 at Wofford* (9-3, 2nd SoCon) nOv. 7 at Western Carolina* (3-9, 8th SoCon) nOv. 14 appalachian State* (11-3, 1st SoCon)


nOv. 21 at Samford* (6-5, T-4th SoCon)

during the 2008 season, elon stormed onto the national spotlight. the 2009 schedule is highlighted with a match up against acc powerhouse Wake Forest.

Athletic success yields need for enhanced facilities michelle longo Online Programs director

As the years have progressed, there is no doubt Elon athletics has taken a step toward the future. First, it was the move to Division I in the Big South Conference. Then the Phoenix joined the ranks of the elite Southern Conference. While being a member of the SoCon has its perks, it also provides Elon with enhanced competition -- in athletics, academics and facilities. “To be honest, we are at the bottom of the conference right now when it comes to facilities, besides the stadium,” head football coach Pete Lembo said. “Most of the facilities were built during the NAIA or Division II era at Elon so they are not up to DI standards or expectations.” The athletic department has committed to enhancing these facilities with the start of construction on a new field house behind Rhodes Stadium and a new golf training facility. The football field house will overlook Rhodes Stadium, sitting directly behind the scoreboard on the north end of the field. The three-story, 30,000 square-foot building will be equipped with a large weight room, meeting rooms, improved locker space and offices for coaches and support staff. “The real challenge now is that everything is in different places,” Lembo said. “That leads to an inefficient set-up.” Lembo said the new facilities will aid in the recruitment process, especially as Elon garners more success and more national headlines and recognition. He likened it to ‘recruiting’ students in different academic departments. Just as future communication majors want to see McEwen and future doctors want to see McMichael, future athletes can’t wait to see where they will be spending a lot of their time. “[The players] want to see not only where they will be playing on six Saturdays in the fall, but where they will be working and learning everyday,” Lembo said. “Being able to showcase the new facilities to potential recruits shows Elon believes it is important to be competitive in the SoCon.”

athletic administration hopes to match team success with athletic supplemental facilities for golf training and field house expansion. FILE PHOTO

The fieldhouse is made possible in part by a $1 million donation by Jay and Amy Hendrickson in name of former Elon great head coach, Horace Hendrickson. Alumnus Zac Walker and Dot Walker also donated $500,000. Zac is a member of Elon's Sports Hall of Fame and his uncle, D.C. “Peahead” Walker is another all-time great coach. On the opposite side of campus, a new golf training center is in the midst of construction. The facility will include an indoor practice area with hitting bays and a swing analysis center, as well as a putting area and players’ lounge. Outside the facility will be an area where players can work on their short game, including two new putting greens in addition to what is there already. “[The facility] will give us the chance to take it to the next level,” head men’s golf coach Bill Morningstar said. “We can have as good a facility as anyone.” A $250,000 donation by former Elon golf player and 1986 alumnus Cecil Worsley III is the main funding behind the new South Campus structure. “I saw the need for a superior training center that has state-of-the-art equipment that can help the men’s and women’s golf teams and help Elon recruit,” Worsley said in a press release. “We have a good golf program, but we’re going to be left behind if we don’t have a training facility.” morE construction Worsley said his gift’s intention was to honor his For more information former coach and current head coach, Morningstar on campus and his former Elon teammate Chris Dockrill,who is construction, see now head women’s golf coach. pages 12 and 13. “We are very fortunate to have people like [Worsley],” Morningstar said. “He is the reason we have an opportunity to build such a facility. It is going to make a big difference in the entire golf program.” In addition to the greens, the new building is state-of-the-art with lights and computerized information for the players. Morningstar said it will be the difference-maker in the types of students he is able to recruit for Elon golf. “DI is an arms race,” Lembo said. “If you are not building, someone is passing you up.”

The Pendulum


Wednesday, December 3, 2008 / Page 23


Tournament fundraiser rolls to inspire change Professors and students in the Leisure and Sport Management Society raised an estimated $8,000 through its annual Skillz on Wheelz fundraiser held Friday, Nov. 21, in Alumni Gym. All proceeds from the third annual tournament benefitted the North Carolina Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association, which works to provide a competitive hockey environment for people who need wheelchairs. The department put its own spin on the competition, playing basketball instead of hockey with teams of six. A total of 21 teams competed, having three players from each team on the court at a time, in two fiveminute halfs.

Associate leisure and sport management professor Jim Drummond throws the ball down court in the Skillz on Wheelz tournament Friday, Nov. 21, in Alumni Gym. Drummond was one of many leisure and sport management professors who participated in the department fundraiser for the North Carolina Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association.

Senior Travis Meele dribbles down the court while he looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to. Photos by David Wells, Photo Editor

A team and its fans celebrate after it scores a basket in a match. During play, students were allowed to carry the ball while they wheeled twice, up and down the court.

Junior Alex Drayson rolls down the court and prepares to take a shot during the third annual Leisure and Sports Management Society Skillz on Wheelz tournament.

As part of the fundraiser, a silent auction of sports memorabilia and local gift packages was held throughout the event until the championship game. A signed North Carolina Panthers football helmet was among the items up for bid.




Men’s tennis swings into conference play Justine Schulerud Reporter

The men’s tennis team will travel to Samford Friday to open its Southern Conference season before taking a trip to Chatttanooga, Tenn., the next day. The Phoenix currently has an overall 5-4 record, with its only losses to nationally-ranked teams. “We just have to concentrate on keeping that,” head coach Michael Leonard said about the team’s success so far this year. “It’s a little bit of a challenge.” The team was supposed to face No. 70 Radford in a nonconference matchup last Saturday, but due to inclement weather it was postponed. The match was rescheduled for 2 p.m. March 29 at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. Last year the team finished second in the Southern Conference with a 7-2 record and an overall record of 17-9. The team will return eight of its varsity letterwinners and only lost two letter-winners from last year. They have added two freshmen to the team this year, Alex Crockford and Carlin Murray. Over the past three years the team has won 24 of its 27 regular season Southern Conference matches, followed by six of its eight tournament matches. Within the past three years the team has captured two regular season SoCon titles and one conference tournament title. But the team looks to build off past success for the 2009 Southern Conference season. As for the upcoming season, the team is ranked among the top three teams in the conference, along with Furman and the College of Charleston. Leonard said Samford is seen as a great addition to the conference, and its quality athletes will make the conference stronger. In regards to their first two matches against Samford, Leonard said it will be good to open up against such a strong team. “It’s hard to know where (we are) in the conference,” Leonard said. The team has great prospects for its season, including the doubles team of senior Damon Gooch and sophomore Philip Nemec, ranked in the top 20 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national doubles rankings. Gooch is also ranked No. 61 in

ANDREW DODD | Staff Photographer

DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor

Senior Damon Gooch is ranked nationally for his continued victories.

Sophomore Oscar Podlewski tries to continue early season success.

national singles rankings. Both of these are the highest rankings in Phoenix tennis history. “We are capable of playing with anyone, (we) just have to control getting better and having quality wins,” Leonard said. This year’s Southern Conference tournament will

be at Elon’s home court, the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. The tournament starting on April 23. The team is looking forward to having the tournament here, Leonard said. “We are excited and want support from the Elon community and students,” Leonard said.

Kensrue aces on and off the court Sam Calvert Assistant Sports Editor

Time is a valuable thing to a college student, and it is something a collegiate athlete has very little of. Junior Paige Kensrue knows the feeling of being short on time all too well. Kensrue plays No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Elon Phoenix while also being an Honors Fellow. “She does an incredible job balancing school and tennis,” said junior Laura Graybill, Kensrue’s roommate and cocaptain. “If she’s stressed out, she never shows it. She’s always so composed.” Kensrue doesn’t just

participate in a Division I sport. She leads. The rest of the tennis team elected Kensrue, as well as Graybill, to be a co-captain of the team. “I always strive to be the best teammate on and off the court,” Kensrue said. “As captain, I try to be the best leader I can be, to make this the best time of their lives.” It is not just her leadership that makes her a valuable member of Elon’s women’s tennis team. Every time Kensrue steps out on the court, she said she leaves nothing behind. She posted a winning singles record in both of her spring seasons with the team, with a record of 4-5 so far this season playing three ranked teams: No. 36 North Carolina State, No. 60 Virginia Tech and No. 13 University of North Carolina. Head coach Elizabeth Anderson is just one of the many people that sees this enthusiasm. At the end of 2008, Kensrue won the “Heart and Hustle” award, given by the team. “Paige has a lot of passion for the sport and likes to be successful in all areas of life,” Anderson said. “She doesn’t expect anything less, and that radiates to the rest of the team.” Although athletics occupies a great amount of Kensrue’s time, it does not take away from her academics. Instead, she claims tennis actually improves her ability to finish everything. “Being an athlete really helps me,” Kensrue said. “It helps me organize myself. I know I only have a certain amount of time to get things done, so it makes me do it.” She works to make every minute count and brings schoolwork to do between matches, said Anderson. Her hard work has paid off so far, as she currently has a 3.84 GPA as an exercise/sport science major and Honors Fellow. Three weeks ago, the Southern Conference recognized Kensrue’s academic and athletic success by naming her the “SoCon Student Athlete of the Week.” She was the first women’s tennis player in Elon history to win the award and only the second Phoenix athlete this year. “Paige always sets a good example,” Graybill said. “When she’s down, she’s always fighting. And when she’s up, she’s cheering for everyone else. Everyone looks up to her.”

DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor

Junior Paige Kensure balances her commitments as the co-captain of the Phoenix squad and as an Honors Fellow. Kensrue has a 3.84 GPA.

DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor

Kensrue and her doubles partner, junior Anna Milian, prepare for the remainder of the Southern Conference tournament play.

Get to know Paige Hometown: Tampa, FL Height: 5'7" Major: Exercise Sports Science GPA: 3.84 Accomplishments: Honors fellow, No. 2 singles player and No. 1 doubles team for the Phoenix, winner of 2008 Phoenix “Heart and Hustle” award, and co-captain of the Phoenix tennis team.


ThE PENDulum

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009 // PAgE 21

Softball swings through successful fall season, shifts focus toward spring Finishing out its fall season play Friday night, the Elon softball team secured two wins in its double-header against Louisburg College. In the first matchup, sophomore Erin O’Shea warmed up the pitching circle, controlling the game until junior Pam DelPizzo entered, finishing off the Louisburg Canes with a 14-1 win. Starting off the second game was junior pitcher Lauren Taylor. After a quick seven innings, Taylor took the second win of the night in a 5-0 final. With the fall season coming to a close, head coach Patti Raduenz spoke of the team’s successes which she hopes to carry them into the spring. “Not only as individuals but as a team, we have grown so much,” Raduenz said. “We want to avoid getting stale this spring. We want to build on our successes, and continue to grow with every practice.” Primarily a young team, the Phoenix has five freshmen and no seniors on the roster this season. New players, including freshman catcher Camille Hill and right fielder Tomeka

Watson, are creating new chemistry on the diamond, sophomore shortstop Danielle Lafferty said. “Our freshmen this year came in with different attitudes than what we were expecting,” Lafferty said. “They are open, fun girls. We have already formed good friendships, and it is showing on the field. We are rowdy and supportive of each other throughout every inning.” Raduenz said she is focused on the emotional aspects of the game this year just as much as the physicality it requires. “Energy, attitude and passion: a winner’s mentality,” Raduenz said. “I am aiming for all the girls to maintain these three characteristics. They are key when you are trying to win games. They will allow us to peak when we are matched up against conference opponents later in the season.” Raduenz also said the team needs to control the tempo of the games. “We are going to need to avoid slumps,” Lafferty said. “Consistency is important, not just in our fundamentals, but mentally as well. We need to keep up the positive attitudes and maintain our

We’re amazing and we’re shooting for nothing less than the Southern Conference championship. You’ll just have to watch and see. - Tomeka Watson FreShman ouTFielder

Sam Parker Reporter

communication.” Watson added her excitement for the start of the spring season. “We are ready to work hard,” Watson said. “We’re fired up for the season. We’re amazing, and we’re shooting for nothing less than the Southern Conference championship. You’ll just have to watch and see.” Raduenz said she is confident in her team’s ability once the spring season begins. “The SoCon championship is ours this year,” Raduenz said. “We are going to be number one, not number nine this season. We just need to work hard.”

david WellS | Photo editor

TOP: Junior outfielder Emerald Graham connects with the ball for a hit during Friday’s match up against Louisburg College. ABOVE: Sophomore Erin O’Shea hurls a pitch during the first of two games Friday. The Phoenix won the first contest 14-1.

ONE ON ONE Erik Kendall and Conor O’Neill Sports Commentators

Broncos and Bengals — two early surprise teams? Five weeks into the NFL season and there have been more surprises already this year than all of last year. Teams are overachieving, underachieving and all the ESPN experts have been proven wrong again. Who is not who you thought they’d be at this point in the season? CONOR There are plenty of teams playing well right now, but as i just watched the denver Broncos move to 5-0, i still don’t know how they’re winning. i know they brought in Brian dawkins, and Knowshon moreno was a great draft pick, but 5-0? With the Jay Cutler saga last spring and the Brandon marshall whining episode this summer, i had this team pegged to finish with maybe five wins. Now it looks like they might not lose five games this season. although i don’t know how i can say this, they honestly look like a Super Bowl-caliber team at this point. ERIK obviously the Broncos have been the most surprising because of the early season success they have experienced. it is clear to me the defense is the main reason for that success. mike nolan has gone back to what made him great before he made the leap to head coach in San Francisco, which is being a coldblooded defensive coordinator. elvis dumervil is a star as is Brandon marshall, and as unlikely as it might have seemed during the preseason, it has clicked, and they are off to a great start. But for me, the biggest surprise of the year has been the Tennessee Titans and the lack of success they have experienced. i know albert haynesworth is a great player, but his departure to Washington

apparently was much bigger than anyone anticipated. all of a sudden they have no identity and are not playing like a Jeff Fisher-coached team. CONOR Yes, albert haynesworth was a major part of that vaunted defense, but i feel like the leash has to get tight for Kerry Collins. Fisher, like Jeff Fox for the Panthers, can only stick with a sinking quarterback for so long. But I’m surprised you didn’t take the first opportunity to promote your Bengals. The league knows Carson Palmer can be an elite quarterback, and Chad ochocinco was at one point considered a top receiver. how is this defense playing so well, though? Coming into this season, i could name you maybe three players for the Bengals on defense. You talked about mike nolan going back to what he knows best, how about the job marvin lewis has done with that team this year? i thought he was going to be axed two years ago and now they’re a miracle play away from being 5-0. are the Bengals for real? ERIK i think you are forced to take them seriously at this point. They have beaten all their divisional opponents, including the ravens last Sunday, but as we all know you have to go through Pittsburgh in January to compete for a championship. also, it would be nice for the Bengals to win a game convincingly. either they are always playing to the level of their competition or they love the adrenaline rush that comes with last-second victories. Whatever it is, i like it and you have to love the unpredictablity of the nFl.

david WellS | Photo editor

Elon offensive players, including freshman midfielder Lindsey Nusdeo, center, who scored the game’s only goal, fight for the ball during Sunday’s victory against Western Carolina.

Freshmen lead Phoenix to fourth SoCon Victory Justine Schulerud Reporter

Elon women’s soccer team is gearing up for its game today at 7 p.m. against Greensboro College. Last Sunday, the Phoenix tallied another win, defeating Western Carolina to improve its record to 4-1-1 in Southern Conference play and 8-3-2 overall. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Nusdeo scored off a header from a corner kick taken by freshman defender Elizabeth Palmer. Palmer’s assist was her fifth of the season. “We came out really strong,” Nusdeo said. “(Head coach Chris Neal) had a formation he wanted us to play and we did. It was nice to contribute to the win today.” Elon outshot the Catamounts 7-6. Senior goalkeeper Sydney Little added another shutout to her season with four saves. With the combined effort of Little and the strong defense, the Phoenix recorded its fifth shutout of the season. Western Carolina won the SoCon Tournament Championship last year, as well as in 2004. “I couldn’t be happier,” Neal said. “With (Western Carolina) winning two of the past four years in the tournament this is a great victory.”

Against the Catamounts, 21 of 29 Elon players saw playing time. As the season gets longer and injuries start to occur, fresh legs need to be used in the second game of a weekend, Neal said. The women’s soccer program has not had this many wins in conference games since 2000. That year they went 5-1-0 in conference play. The women’s team faces Greensboro College today for its last non-conference game of the season. Greensboro is 6-51 overall on the season, and 4-1-1 in the USA South Atlantic Conference. The Pride is currently tied for third place in its conference. “(Greensboro) is having a great year,” Neal said. “But we don’t know too much about them.” The Phoenix gets back into conference play Friday against the Chattanooga Mocs. Chattanooga is currently 1-4-1 in the SoCon and 6-4-1 overall. In the 2008-2009 season, the women fell to the Mocs 2-1. The Phoenix is ready to adjust to anything that comes its way against Chattanooga. “We play each opponent a bit differently,” Neal said. “You can’t approach any team the same way. The other teams do scouting reports, too, so every game we have to adjust some things.”

UARY 22, 2009

will not apologize r way of life, nor e waver in its se. And for those eek to advance aims by inducing and slaughtering ents, we say to ow that, ‘our s stronger and t be broken; you t outlast us, and ll defeat you.’ e know that our work heritage rength, not a ness.”

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009 // PAgE 4


Inauguration: A Global Perspective South Africa

Reported by Dan Rickershauser

“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”


s from President ma’s inaugural ess

so to all r peoples governments are watching y, from the dest capitals e small village e my father born: know America is nd of each n and every woman and who seeks a e of peace and ty, and we are y to lead once e.”

Obama inauguration reminds South Africans of their own historic election. For South Africa, citizens of the rainbow nation welcome the inauguration of Barack Obama with a great sense of excitement and hopefulness. To many, it is reminiscent of the '94 election of their first black president, Nelson Mandela. "Being a black person during the apartheid was tough in South Africa, and Mandela did a lot to make us all one," said Grace Tseleni Mothapo, a teacher at Ekukhanyisweni Primary School in the Alexandra Township near Johannesburg. As a teacher of social studies, Mothado teaches her students about the similarities between South Africa's recent history and America's history in the making. Peter Rebello, an account manager from Cape Town, also sees the similarities between Obama and Mandela. "To me, Barack Obama is Nelson Mandela in his youth," said Rebello. "[Obama] is going to create unity. He is going to pull the nations together." Bram Jumna, an account manager from Durban, also sees the similarities between Obama and Mandela. "They have taken their carriage and grown their support from values, and they are true to their word," said Jumna. Jumna's family in Durban was taping the entire inauguration process. Jumna says the recording, along with his signed copy of Bill Clinton's memoir, will be passed down in his family for generations. For Jumna and Rebello were both in Johannesburg on a business trip. While both have family in the United States, they agreed that it was a historic day for the world. "From our side, I'm proud America has taken this great step forward, which I think is greater then the first steps on the moon," said Rebello. "Obama to me is one small step for America, and a giant step for the world to see."


Reported by Jennifer Clements, Alexa Milan & David Wells

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.”

“The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.”


At bars across the city, huge television screens are tuned to CNN as patrons eagerly await the moment Barack Obama is sworn in as the United States’ first black president. Red, white and blue decorations adorn the walls, and some venues will not even seat customers unless they had reserved a seat for viewing the inauguration in advance. As Lil’ Wayne’s song “A Millie (Obama remix)” plays, the crowds go wild. When Obama is officially sworn in as president, everyone claps and cheers. But this excitement isn’t just coming from Americans. In Prague, Czechs, Britons, Romanians and Americans alike were celebrating this historical moment together. Even days before the inauguration, people across Europe were already discussing their excitement about America’s new commander in chief. “Everyone here loves him,” said Leena Letterman, a 25-year-old native of Munich. Letterman said Obama is well received throughout Germany because he is different from Pres. George W. Bush and he represents the kind of change people around the world want. While a lot of people internationally looked forward to seeing Obama take office, not everyone shared the same enthusiasm. Ben Hubble, who owns a pub outside London, said he has never seen anything as monumental as this inauguration. “In England we don’t celebrate anything like this,” Hubble said. “If there’s a football match on we’d rather watch the football match.” Hubble said he finds it hard to relate to people’s enthusiasm about Obama because young people don’t get as excited about politics in England. “But this is still history in the making,” said Corrie-Ann Wilson, who owns the pub with Hubble. “It’s a shame. I wish we had more passion about our country.” Though some Europeans struggle to relate to the massive scale of this inauguration, others are still hopeful that Obama can bring about change. When asked what citizens of Afghanistan thought about America now, Akbar Ayazi, director of Radio Free Afghanistan, replied, “How many more hours does Bush have left?” Radio Free Afghanistan, a subdivision of Radio Free Europe, is bringing Obama’s inauguration into the homes of the people of Afghanistan. Two reporters selected and translated portions of Obama’s acceptance speech that were most relevant to Afghanistan. The radio station, which is based in Prague, features call shows that last two hours and create platforms for democratic debate on differing subjects. The next call show is scheduled for Thursday and will discuss Obama’s presidency and what it will mean to Afghanistan. “There is a hope and a change with Obama,” Ayazi said. “Afghans want this.”




Elon falls to Wake, looks toward Georgia Southern

availaBle online Highlights of Saturday’s game vs. Wake Forest Taligating at Wake “Scene In” BB&T Stadium Podcast of a preview for Saturday’s Georgia Southern game will be online Thursday For more of Saturday’s game, visit: www.pendulumsports.

top five things to look for at the elon vs. georgia southern game Elon will play its first conference game of the season on Saturday against Georgia Southern. last season, the Phoenix defeated Georgia Southern 22-20, with a total of five field goals in the game. Andrew Wilcox kicked a field goal with 10.2 seconds remaining in the game for the win. Elon is one of four SoCon teams with an overall record of 2-1. Appalachian State University is the only team to defeat Georgia Southern in three consecutive seasons, in the mid-1990s. Elon has defeated Georgia Southern in two straight seasons. Last season against Georgia Southern, senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins had 199 receiving yards on 13 catches. Last Saturday against Wake Forest, Hudgins had 13 catches for 113 receiving yards.

sam Calvert Assistant Sports Editor

Saturday, in front of a crowd of 31,454, the Elon football team charged out onto the field at Wake Forest University ready to play under the lights of BB&T Stadium in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest defeated Elon 35-7 in only the Phoenix’s second showing against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in the team’s history. Elon, 2-1 for the season, will take on Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home in a Family Weekend matchup. Last Saturday, Wake Forest finished the game with a total of 426 offensive yards, with senior quarterback Riley Skinner passing for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Elon’s junior quarterback Scott Riddle completed 24 of 43 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown leading the team to 263 offensive yards. “Things didn’t work out the way we wanted it to,” Riddle said. “We had opportunities and just didn’t take advantage of them like we should have.” Riddle’s one touchdown pass came with just 7:38 left in the fourth quarter, when he completed a 13-yard pass to senior wide receiver Terrell Hugdins. Hudgins had 13 catches for 113 yards in the game. Wake Forest’s offensive game plan revolved largely around the “run-it-first” mind-set, Elon head coach Pete Lembo said. The Demon Deacons finished the game with 132 rushing yards, and more than 10 different players carried the ball. Elon rushed for 68 yards, led by sophomore running back Jamal Shuman with 54 rushing yards.

“The competition was as good as we’ll see all year,” Lembo said. With the end of the Wake Forest game came the conclusion of non-conference play for the Phoenix. Saturday, Elon will play its first Southern Conference opponent, Georgia Southern. The team is looking to learn from the three games it has played already this season, Lembo said. “Even though Saturday’s game was a loss, there’s still a great deal to be built upon,” Lembo said. “(The Georgia Southern game) is different because it’s a conference game.” The Elon-Georgia Southern rivalry Elon and Georgia Southern have played each other only nine times in the history of their football programs. The Eagles lead the series 7-2, although the Phoenix has won the past two meetings. Only Appalachian State University has ever proved victorious against Georgia Southern for three consecutive years, which was in the 1990s. “(The Wake Forest game) is already out of our system and we’re going to Georgia Southern,” Riddle said. “If somebody asked me if I’d rather beat Wake or Georgia Southern, I’d say Georgia Southern because they are in our conference. If we start off 1-0 in the conference, that would be big for us.” Last year with 10.2 seconds left in the game, Elon’s then-senior Andrew Wilcox kicked a 34-yard field goal to win the game 22-20. Elon recorded 509 yards of total offense, while Georgia Southern posted 339 total offensive yards. “Hopefully this will be the third year (we beat Georgia Southern),” senior defensive lineman Eric Ludwig said. “There is some animosity between our

teams right now.” Last year at Georgia Southern, Riddle threw for 308 yards, completing 27 of 45 passes and a touchdown, compared to Eagles’ quarterback then-sophomore Antonio Henton, who completed 20 of 40 passes for 232 and a touchdown. Both quarterbacks threw two interceptions. Georgia Southern is now playing two new quarterbacks, starting sophomore Lee Chapple and backup junior Kyle Collins. Elon’s then-sophomore running back Brandon Newsome led Elon in rushing in the game against Georgia Southern last year, with 24 carries for 148 yards, but Newsome has been bothered by injuries in the first few games of the 2009 season. “Georgia Southern is pretty strict in what they do,” Ludwig said. “We just have to be one step ahead of them and roll with the punches. Hopefully, after the fourth quarter is over, we’ll feel pretty good about it.” In the game this year, Elon is looking at “big, stout guys” up front and linebackers similar to the ones at Elon, Lembo said. “Georgia Southern’s defense is among the best in the conference,” Lembo said. “Their defensive line is just part of the challenge.” The Eagles have already played a conference game this season against Western Carolina on Saturday. Georgia Southern won 27-3 with 461 yards of offense, while only allowing 194 yards to the Western Carolina offense. The Catamounts recorded -12 yards rushing. “The SoCon is such a competitive league because everyone is pretty much the same,” Ludwig said. “The first game is always the most exciting. It’s going to be a fun game.”

Junior defensive lineman Brandon Ward left Saturday’s game with a knee injury. His status is unknown for Saturday’s game. Ward has nine tackles for a total of 18 yards lost.

BY the numBers BREAkinG doWn THE WAkE FoREST GAME

aBove: elon junior linebacker Brandon Wiggins reaches to tackle Wake forest junior running back Josh adams in last saturday’s game. left BeloW: Wake forest senior quarterback riley skinner passed for 289 yards, a career high, to lead Wake forest to a 35-7 victory. right BeloW: senior wide receiver terrell hudgins leaps up for the phoenix’s only touchdown against Wake forest last saturday.

DavID WellS | Photo editor

1more offensive play for Elon than Wake Forest


more minutes of possession time for Wake Forest than Elon

6 total penalties in the game 8 broken-up passes from junior quarterback Scott Riddle

35 yards returned after an

interception by senior defensive back Cameron McGlenn


yards Elon drove down the field to score its only touchdown of the game

80 -yard pass Wake Forest

quarterback Riley Skinner threw for a touchdown — the longest touchdown pass in BB&T Stadium history

113 receiving yards for senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins on 13 catches.

426 total offensive yards for Wake Forest

Page 2 // WedneSdaY, SePTemBeR 9, 2009



The Pendulum



takes the prize at

SPORTSFEST 2009 DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Sloan Rangers member, freshman Kara Frasca, surprises herself and her teammates after she made the game-winning cornhole shot Friday.

X-factor member sophomore Brandon McRae races back to the bucket carrying a waterfilled sponge in an attempt to fill the bucket first. Team X-factor won the overall title.

Sportsfest 2009 included an impressive 64 teams, compared to last year’s 30. Resident assistants and orientation leaders pushed the Campus Rec event to members of the freshmen class as a way to bond with others on their halls. This year, the event was held on a Friday as part of Campus Rec’s Friday Night Lights program, which gives students alternatives to drinking. Teams competed in classic events such as tug-of-war, cornhole, putting and dodgeball, as well as new events including sponge races, a tire flip, water balloon toss, chipping and a punt-pass-kick competition. Team X-factor proved to have what it takes, as it took home the team title for overall champion. Senior Conner Greg leads his team to a first-place finish in the tug-of-war contest.

Seniors Kyle Banks, left, and Colin Campbell sported crazy outfits as a part of the team spirit competition.

Freshman Jessica Shepps pulled for her team, the Inglourious Bastards, during the tug-of-war battle.

Senior James Bryant keeps an eye on his shot during the championship match of the putt contest.

Freshman Wes Sankey lobs a bean bag toward the board for the cornhole competition.



DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Junior Brittany Hallberg, left, fights for a ball in Sunday afternoon’s matchup versus the Furman Paladins.


Freshman Ceci Jensen, left, passes the ball off to an Elon forward as she races toward the goal.

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Senior strikes goal to secure SoCon victory Pam Richter Sports Editor

The Phoenix is looking to build off its dramatic double overtime win on Sunday as it prepares for its Friday afternoon matchup against Southern Conference opponent Georgia Southern. The Eagles are 0-1 in conference and 0-8 overall so far this season. The Phoenix will travel to Davidson on Sunday to take on the 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the SoCon, the Wildcats. Senior foward Molly Calpin led the Phoenix to defeat the Furman Paladins 2-1 last Sunday in a sudden-death double overtime thriller at Rudd Field. With 17 seconds left in the second overtime, Calpin kicked a shot that flew over the Furman goalie and plopped in the back of the net to secure a Phoenix victory. “Our team continues to show extremely high levels of character,” Elon head coach Chris Neal said. “Our team really showed a lot of resolve after Furman grabbed the momentum in the second half.”

The victory puts Elon at 6-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon. Sunday’s game was the first time in the program the Phoenix defeated Furman, who currently sits at 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the SoCon. The Phoenix will use the momentum from this victory for the next few games, including its next SoCon game against Georgia Southern on Friday, Neal said. Last season, the Phoenix finished with an 8-8-3 record. The Phoenix’s start this season is the best start for an Elon team since 1996. It is also the first time the Phoenix has opened up SoCon play 2-0. The Phoenix jumped to an early lead in the game last Sunday with a goal from freshman midfielder Scarlett Fakhar. Fakhar scored her first career goal off a header on a corner kick delivered by freshman defender Elizabeth Palmer at 9:13. The Paladins responded at the 71minute mark with a goal from Claire Hodge to tie the game. Phoenix senior goalie Sydney Little finished the game with four saves, including one in the first overtime

period. After a scoreless first overtime period, the teams battled tightly with neither pulling away until Calpin’s shot with 17 seconds remaining in the second overtime. As a senior, Calpin has been part of the growth of the Phoenix program, helping the team’s record improve in recent years. “We have proven that we never give up, and I think that will help us throughout the season,” Calpin said. The addition of 13 new freshmen has provided a new outlook this season. With her assist in Sunday’s game, Palmer increased her streak to four consecutive games with an assist. Palmer was one of five freshmen to start Sunday’s game for the Phoenix. Neal said Palmer and the rest of the freshman compliment the upperclassmen members of the team. “It’s funny how different freshmen have found a way to make an impact on the games,” Neal said. Besides Fakhar and Palmer, the three other freshmen to start last Sunday’s

game were defender Shannon Foley, defender Clair O’Keefe and midfielder Ceci Jensen. The Phoenix still has the majority of conference play left this season. “At this point, everybody is our competition,” Calpin said. “The way they have the SoCon tournament now is that they have only four teams that get to play. Every regular season game is just as important as those conference games.” Looking beyond the Georgia Southern and Davidson matchups, Neal mentioned one team in particular that may be the Phoenix’s biggest competition later in the season — UNC Greensboro. UNCG is the three-time defending regular season champion in the SoCon. Last year when the teams battled, Elon was defeated 2-0. In 2007, the Phoenix played UNCG twice, first on Nov. 1 to a 3-0 loss and then Nov. 4 to a 1-0 loss in the first round of the SoCon tournament. This season, the two teams don’t square off until the last regular season game on Oct. 29 in Greensboro.



1win Elon has against Furman university all-time


overtime games for Elon this season, Elon is 2-0-1 this season in those games

4 straight games Elon freshman

Elizabeth Palmer has had an assist

6 wins, the best start for an Elon

team, letting the Phoenix stand at 6-2-1 overall


wins, the number of total wins for Elon last season

11 shots on goal for Furman compared to 10 total for Elon

15 career goals for Elon senior forward Molly Calpin

17 seconds left in the game

against Furman when Calpin scored the game-winning goal

72 minutes into the game in

which Furman scored the gametying goal

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Shannon Foley, left, dribbles the ball up field in Sunday afternoon’s double-overtime conference game against Furman.

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Senior forward Molly Calpin, right, is embraced by teammates after scoring the winning goal in the final seconds of play against Southern Conference opponent Furman on Sunday.

Page 24 // WedneSdaY, march 11, 2009

The Pendulum

Sports Harrilchak’s unconventional journey to Elon leads the Phoenix At the conclusion of a recent Phoenix baseball practice, some players headed to the locker room. Other players went to their cars. A few players tossed snowballs at each other. And two players remain in the batting cage, still working on their hitting, working toward perfection. One player in the cage is senior team captain Cory Harrilchak, who has extra motivation to work hard this year. Harrilchak was named one of the top-10 returning seniors in the nation by and was named a first team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Preseason AllAmerican. He was also placed on the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List. “It’s quite an honor to receive such notice,” Harrilchak said. “It’s motivation to keep working and putting time in. It’d be great to get the same recognition at the end of the year.” Harrilchak, who is an outfielder and pitches, is building from his success last season. In the first seven games he had a .394 batting average and 10 runs scored. If he keeps playing at his current level, Harrilchak can expect the same recognition as last year. Last season the Phoenix started on a 10 game winning season, but it didn't start out as well as it could have for Harrilchak. After struggling to transition from Surry Community College, he had a meeting with head coach Mike Kennedy, who thought he was pressing “He told me not to worry about the results and to have

“ Ever since Cory came here, he hasn’t stopped working. When he was struggling last year, he just kept at it and kept working. - Mike Kennedy Head BaSeBaLL COaCH

fun,” Harrilchak said, who ended the 2008 season with a batting average of .410. He was also named the Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player after hitting .591 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Harrilchak's strong offense lead the Phoenix to become the 2008 Southern Conference tournament and regular season champions. “Ever since Cory came here, he hasn’t stopped working,” Kennedy said. “When he was struggling last year, he just kept at it and kept working.” Harrilchak’s teammates have also taken notice of his work ethic and on-field success. “He works hard. He’s in the cage right now,” junior second baseman Chase Austin said. Elon was the only Division I school to heavily recruit Harrilchak as he came out of community college. Harrilchak hurled seven shutout innings against thenNo. 4-ranked UNC Chapel Hill last season in Elon’s 2-0 victory over the Tar Heels. As for his decision to come to Elon, Harrilchak said the draw for him was the same for many students who come to here.

Conor O’Neill reporter

“It’s a great school and a beautiful campus," Harrilchak said. “I also like the coaching staff a lot, I enjoy playing for them.” The coaching staff said it enjoys having him and recognizes the contributions he makes. “As our leadoff man, he puts a lot of pressure on the opponent because of everything he can do,” Kennedy said. “With his speed and power, we could have him hit third or fourth for us.” At the conclusion of this season, Harrilchak said he would like to be drafted and play professionally. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play professional baseball,” he said. He said once he graduates, he’d like to return to Elon, as well as stay in sports. Harrilchak would also like to stay in sports after graduation. But now, his focus is on setting the table as the leadoff hitter for Elon. If the future leads to a professional career in baseball, Harrilchak said he would welcome the opportunity to get paid to do what he loves.

david weLLS | Photo Editor

After this season, senior Cory Harrilchak said he would like to play baseball professionally.


david weLLS | Photo Editor

Harrilchak, who is an outfielder and pitches, ended the 2008 season with a batting average of .410 and was named the Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Getting to know Harrilchak Year: Senior Position: Outfielder/Pitcher Hometown: Cary, N.C. Bats: Left Throws: Left Favorite sports other than baseball: Hockey, wrestling Favorite Professional Team: New York Yankees Favorite Music: Classic rock Major: Broadcast journalism david weLLS | Photo Editor

Harrilchak was named one of the top-10 returning seniors in the nation by and was also named a first team Louisville Slugger/ Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American.

Favorite Major League player: Mickey Mantle

Page 24 / Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Pendulum


DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Head Coach Pete Lembo leads the Phoenix as it storms out of the locker room to a 46-point lead after the first half. It would go on to score 66 points, the most since 1983.

Phoenix dominates with 66 points Michelle Longo Sports Editor Halfway through the first half Saturday night, a young Elon fan launched her maroon and gold colored balloons into the night sky above Rhodes Stadium. Just as she waved goodbye to them, Elon scored its sixth touchdown in as many possessions, prompting Presbyterian College to also wave goodbye to any hope of victory it still had left. The Phoenix went on to own the Blue Hose 66-12. “That’s probably as impressive of a first quarter in all three phases of the game that I’ve seen in my eight years as a head coach,” Pete Lembo said. “Maybe even my entire career.” The Phoenix rolled up a school-record 667 yards of total offense, passing the previous amount of 633 set back in 1983. Elon’s 66 points mark the highest total since they clobbered Concord State with the same score in 1968. Elon scored rapidly and effortlessly as the team amassed 45 points on seven straight scores to begin the game. For the first 23 minutes of the game, Elon scored

on every possession. It was smooth sailing from there. By halftime, with the score at 52-6, senior captain Bo Williamson had already nabbed 222 all-purpose yards on his way to a careerhigh 287 yards and two touchdowns. A.J. Harris, red-shirted reserve, joined Williamson in the campaign with a career-high 132 yards and three touchdowns. “We had to prove something not only to [ourselves] but everyone in the SoCon,” Harris said. “We’re Elon, and we’re here to play.” Despite all of the preseason hype and polls, Elon (2-1), started the season with a loss to the University of Richmond at home. The following week, Elon earned a 30-20 win at Stony Brook, despite playing in the middle of a hurricane. “Last week, we got a little lead on Stony Brook and Coach [Lembo] said we got a little overexcited and we were out of control on the sideline,” Williamson said. “So now we just want to keep pouring on points, as many points as we can. That’s what matters most to us.” Quarterback Scott Riddle, who threw 308 of his 386 yards in the first half, said the usually explosive Phoenix

offense has been struggling lately. They used the extra time in the game to really ramp up their plays for next week. The No. 18 Phoenix travels to Georgia to take on the No. 14 Georgia Southern Eagles (2-1) in a SoCon clash on Saturday. The Eagles defeated Northeastern on Saturday to improve their record to 2-1 for the year. Both teams will be looking for that elusive first conference victory. “We are a results-oriented organization, so you can feel like you are pretty good, but [it doesn’t matter] until you show that you are good,” Lembo said. Both players and coaches agreed the monumental win against Presbyterian would not cause them to be overconfident heading into next week's game. “We didn’t feel too happy with our improvement from game one to game two,” Williamson said. “Game two to game three was a big difference and hopefully the momentum will carry over. We know we've got to refocus. It’s a whole different focus level. We can prepare for these teams the same, but once we get into league play then it is all different.”

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

senior Charles Ball celebrates after Bo Williamson blocked a punt for Ball to return for another Phoenix touchdown.

Football Notebook: • A scout from the New York Football Giants came to Saturday’s game to watch senior punter Brandon Lane and senior kicker Andrew Wilcox. Wilcox kicked one field goal good for 36 yards. He tallied 11 kickoffs for 630 yards with an average of 57.3 yards. Because of the explosive offense, Lane only got one chance to punt, good for 39 yards. • Midway through the second quarter, Scott Riddle cut his right hand when he caught it on a Presbyterian facemask while following through on a completion. Riddle said he was fine and downplayed the cut as “no big deal,” despite the fact that it bled excessively. • Donny Kirby entered the game in the fourth quarter, marking his first appearance of the 2008 campaign. He was 4-for-6 for a gain of 35 yards with a long of 20 yards. He was not sacked once. • Defensively, Corey Weaver and Andre Campbell each had one sack for four and seven yards respectively. • Of six receptions, Terrell Hudgins tallied 80 yards with one touchdown. • The last time Elon scored more than 66 points was in a 1949 game against the Edenton Marines with a final score of 80-0. • Elon’s 35 first downs came in three shy of the school record from 1992 against Wingate University.

DaviD Wells | Photo editor

Bo Williamson sprints down the sideline for one of his two touchdowns in the Phoenix win Saturday night at Rhodes Stadium. Williamson had a career-high 287 all-purpose yards.




Starting off on the right course Erik Kendall Reporter

History was made Saturday morning at Elon’s intramural fields, where the university hosted its first-ever cross country meet. Many Elon supporters and visiting fans came out to support their favorite teams and take a look at the new course that was set up to host not only the first meet of the season, but also the Southern Conference meet at the season’s end. Elon hosted a few SoCon opponents — Furman, College of Charleston, UNC Greensboro, Georgia Southern and the Citadel — as well as Lynchburg College, LeniorRhyne, Belmont Abbey and North Carolina A&T State University. Elon inserted itself right into the middle of the competition with successful showings from both the men's and women’s teams. WOMEN Elon finished with four girls in the top-10 and nine girls finishing within the top20. The fastest of the Phoenix runners was junior Emily Fournier, who finished with a time of 18:50, which was

good enough for third place. Overall, the Phoenix had a second-place finish, just behind Furman. “For most of us, that was our first race in about four months,” Fournier said. “But now we are all hungry to compete, and we can set better expectations because we know what it feels like to race again.” At 9:15 a.m. on race day, the women tested out the new course. The course is considered fast compared to many of the other conference venues. Appalachian State’s has an up-and-down design through the mountains. Other top finishers for Elon were senior Caitlin Beeler, with a time of 19:08, freshman Jacqueline Alnes, who also ran a 19:08, and sophomore Allyson Costa with a time of 19:16. “I was very pleased,” head coach Christine Engel said. “It was good to see us in a race situation, and I think we did very well.” She said she sees her team improving as the season goes on. “With the women finishing second to Furman by only one point, I know they will be hungry to improve,” Engel

said. “And we will improve.” MEN The men ran in the second heat of the day, which began at 10 a.m. They started at the same place as the women, but unlike the 5 K course the women navigated, the men's race was 8 K. Elon’s men also looked to capitalize on the new found home course advantage and ran a great race, both individually and collectively, to capture a team win against Furman by just one point. The Phoenix had two runners finish in the top-3 and what seemed like the entire team finish in the top half of the field. The fastest Phoenix was junior Justin Gianni, who ran a time of 26:05, good enough for second place individually. Following not too far behind was sophomore Willie Schefer who posted a time of 26:12, putting him in third. “I was really pleased with the performance of the men today, and I was really exited that they were able to pull out the win,” Engel said. The next time a competitive event will be held on the grounds will be the conference meet at the end of the season Oct. 31.

JUSTINE SCHULERUD | Staff Photographer

RIGHT: The men’s team trio of junior Justin Gianni, front, sophomore Willie Schefer, middle, and junior Matthew Richardson, back, work together over the 8 K course. FAR RIGHT: Freshman Morgan Deneke beats a College of Charleston runner at the finish line of the Elon Invitational. BELOW: The men’s team takes off at the start of the Elon Invitational Saturday at South Campus and placed first, ahead of conference foe Furman.

JUSTINE SCHULERUD | Staff Photographer

LINDSAY FENDT | Staff Photographer


Freshman Chrissy Pacewicz, left, and junior Taylor Zorski race in the first Elon Invitational last Saturday.


1 point by which the men’s team beat Furman to win first place

1 point by which the women’s team lost to Furman to take second place

4 Phoenix upperclassman set

personal bests in the first meet of the season


miles, the distance of the women’s course

5 miles: the distance of the men’s course

26:05 the time Elon’s top men’s finisher junior Justin Gianni completed the five mile course


days until the Southern Conference Championship at Elon University


seconds, the spread between the women’s top seven runners

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE PHOENIX Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete Saturday at the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. The men’s 8 K will begin at 9 a.m. and the women’s 5 K will begin at 10 a.m. Both teams will race against a number of conference opponenets, as well as some key nonconference teams. LINDSAY FENDT | Staff Photographer

Page 24 // WedneSdaY, SePTemBeR 9, 2009

The Pendulum


OPENING STATEMENT: Elon defeats Davidson in season opener, prepares to face Presbyterian Saturday

available Online Highlights of Saturday’s game vs. Davidson Press conference highlights Full press conference clips “Scene In” Rhodes Stadium Podcast of a preview for Saturday’s Presbyterian game will be online Thursday For more of Saturday’s game, visit: www.pendulumsports.wordpress. com

TOP five THingS TO lOOk fOR aT THe elOn vS. PReSbyTeRian game elon’s 66 points last season against Presbyterian on Sept. 13 was the second-most scored by a Southern Conference team last year. appalachian State scored 70 points against Wofford on Oct. 31 last season. Senior defensive backs Carlos Sullivan and nolan Ward and junior linebacker Travis greene will all make their season debuts in Saturday’s game after missing the davidson game for team disciplinary reasons. In Saturday’s davidson game, junior quarterback Scott Riddle also acted as a punter, punting the ball three times for a total of 142 yards with an average of 47.3 yards per punt. last season, elon had 667 yards of total offense against Presbyterian. against davidson, the Phoenix had 575 total yards. Riddle had 326 passing yards against davidson on Saturday. against Presbyterian last season, Riddle passed for 386 yards. Junior defensive back Terrell Wilson left the davidson game with a high ankle sprain. his status is questionable against Presbyterian. he started all 12 games last season.

TOP: Senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins catches a 55-yard pass from Scott Riddle to the Davidson one yard line. Hudgins tallied 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the win against Davidson. BOTTOM SERIES: Junior quarterback Scott Riddle makes a 3-yard dash to the end zone during the first quarter to put the Phoenix up 14-0 in the first quarter.

Pam Richter Sports editor

When the Elon football team took the field in its season-opener Saturday night against Davidson, the team exploded with a punch to the Davidson defense. After scoring twice in the first quarter, Elon cruised to a 56-0 victory against the Wildcats. “I was really pleased that nobody was overlooking Davidson,” Lembo said. “Everybody was coming out focused on what we need to do.” Elon started its first drive on a 20yard pass from junior quarterback Scott Riddle to senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins. Two plays later, Riddle connected with Hudgins again for a 55yard pass that was one yard shy of the end zone. “Throwing the ball to Terrell (Hudgins) is not a hard job,” Riddle said. “I just throw it up there and let him go get it.” The drive was completed by a oneyard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jamal Shuman. Riddle passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns in the game.Hudgins led all receivers with seven receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It was Hudgins’ 19th career game with 100 receiving yards or more. Throughout the preseason, Lembo emphasized working other receivers into the offense because Hudgins is widely targeted by opposing teams’ defenses. “It’s not a question of if, but when (Hudgins) is doubled (teamed), we trust

we can go elsewhere with the football,” Lembo said. Junior wide receiver Lance Camp caught five passes for 55 yards. Camp also returned a punt 54 yards with 3:47 left in the first half. He averaged 13.2 yards per punt return Saturday. Camp was named the SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Shuman finished the game with 20 carries for a total of 115 yards, with an average of 5.8 yards per carry. “I’m going to give all the credit to the (offensive line),” Shuman said. Junior running back Brandon Newsome has been nursing a sore foot, and Lembo said a lot of the load will fall on Shuman again in Saturday’s game against Presbyterian College. The Phoenix finished with 575 total offensive yards, compared to Davidson’s 104 yards. In Saturday’s game, the Phoenix ran and threw the ball an equal amount — 37 times. For Saturday’s game against Presbyterian, Lembo said the team needed to do a better job of limiting both turnovers and penalties. Against Davidson, the Phoenix had two fumbles and lost both of them. The team also had five penalties for a total of 34 yards. Last season, Elon defeated Presbyterian 66-12 at Rhodes Stadium. In Saturday’s match-up Lembo is convinced that the Phoenix will face a tougher Presbyterian College team. “Presbyterian is going to be a much more challenging opponent than Davidson was,” Lembo said.

In Presbyterian’s first game of the season, it was defeated by Furman 45-21. Despite the loss, the Blue Hose racked up 432 total yards of offense. This is a significant improvement from last year for the Blue Hose. Last season against Elon, Presbyterian had only 185 yards of total offense, compared to the Phoenix’s 667 yards. Lembo said Presbyterian’s offense is similar to the Phoenix’s in the sense that both teams throw the ball a lot “down the field.” On the other side of the ball, Presbyterian’s defensive coordinator, Tom Evangelista was the special teams coordinator and the corners’ coach last season at Furman University. Lembo said he anticipates a similar type of defensive attack that Furman executed last season. “Furman did have some success against us last year applying pressure,” Lembo said. “I would think that would be part of their plan.” Since both teams have similar offensive styles because both teams throw the ball down the field, Lembo said that should help Presbyterian. “They’ve prepared against our style of offense all preseason,” Lembo said. Last season, Presbyterian completed its transition period to Division I athletics. This is the first season the team can compete for the Big South Championship. Saturday’s game marks the second non-conference game of the season for Elon. The Phoenix will begin conference play at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 against Georgia Southern at home.

BReakIng dOWn The daVIdSOn game

by THe nUmbeRS

3 times junior quarterback Scott Riddle punted for the Phoenix

4 red-zone scores for elon allowing it

to convert all its opportunities within the 20-yard line

8 third down conversions the Phoenix had, leading the team to complete eight out of 13 conversions in the game


games hudgins has played with more than 100 receiving yards


first downs the Phoenix had in Saturday’s game, Davidson finished the game with seven


yards junior wide receiver lance Camp ran back a punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter

104 yards of total offense for



receiving yards for senior wide receiver Terrell hudgins

1954 the year of the last matchup between the elon and davidson football teams

DavID WellS | Photo editor

elon fans painted up and cheered on the team as the Phoenix dominated Davidson.

Page 16 // WedneSdaY, June 24, 2009

The Pendulum

Sports ’09:

Seven Elon players selected in draft, Austin picked in fifth round

a record-setting


Pam Richter Summer editor


Chase Austin drafted by: Florida marlins highlights: during the 2009 season, austin was named Co-Southern Conference Player of the Year. he had an elon record 23 home runs and tied the team record with 82 RBIs. He finished the season hitting .359 and was one of only three elon players to start all 59 games this season.

Elon junior infielder Chase Austin was the first Elon player selected in the 2009 MLB draft. Austin was selected in the fifth round and 158th overall by the Florida Marlins. This selection made Austin the third highest Elon player drafted since 2002. He is the highest Elon position player selected since Elon’s switch to Division I. “He had an unbelievable year," said head coach Mike Kennedy. "We saw that at times last year. He put in consistent effort and had a great year. I’m happy for him.” Senior outfielder, Cory Harrilchak was the second Phoenix player selected going in the 14th round and the 418th overall pick to the Atlanta Braves. Dallas Tarleton, a senior catcher, was the third Elon player selected. He was picked in the 20th round to the Colorado Rockies. Senior Pat Irvine was selected in the 33rd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Senior pitcher Tom Porter went to the San Diego Padres in the 40th round. Junior outfielder Justin Hilt was selected in the 41st round by the Oakland Athletics

and senior infielder Bennett Davis went in the 42nd round to the Tampa Bay Rays. Hilt has one year of eligibility left. It is unknown if he will return to Elon or not for his senior season. “We’re going to wait and see,” said Kennedy. “He’s going to talk with Oakland. In the 41st round (Hilt being selected) we have a great chance of getting him back. He’s going to be the one that makes the decision.” Hilt has not yet signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics. Austin and Irvine will make their professional debuts on June 19 in the New York-Penn League. Austin will be playing with the Jamestown Jammers and Irvine will be suiting up for the State College Spikes. Harrilchak, Porter, Tarleton and Davis have signed contracts, but haven’t started their seasons yet. Seven Phoenix players selected in the same draft year is a record for the program. The previous record was three players, last year in the 2008 draft. “I think it’s exciting for our program,” Kennedy said. “It shows the levels of players we have.”


2 3 4 5 6 7


Cory Harrilchak drafted by: atlanta Braves highlights: harrilchak batted this season .336 with 18 doubles. he scored a program record 79 runs this season and also set the school record with 256 at bats.




Dallas Tarleton drafted by: Colorado Rockies highlights: This season, Tarleton batted .293 and had 13 home runs, eight doubles and two triples. Pat Irvine drafted by: Pittsburgh Pirates highlights: Irvine batted .402 during the 2009 season and was named both to the SoCon all-Tournament team and was named First Team all-Southern Conference. Tom Porter drafted by: San diego Padres Highlights: Porter finished his Elon career with 68 career appearances, tied for 10th-most in program history. Justin Hilt drafted by: Oakland athletics highlights: In one season at elon, hilt hit .289, and hit 12 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs. Bennett Davis drafted by: Tampa Bay Rays highlights: he scored 63 runs and had 64 RBIs, which is the fourth-most RBIs in a season in school history.



All Photos by DAviD Wells | staff Photographer

Page 24 / Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Pendulum



DaviD Wells | Photo editor

The Phoenix defense owned most of the game, garnering three sacks, two interceptions and three fumbles. in the third quarter, elon did not allow Furman to capitalize on any possessions.

Elon crushes Furman for first time in eight years Michelle Longo Sports Editor A wind of change blew over Rhodes Stadium on a cloudless Saturday afternoon. At the end of 60 football minutes, the scoreboard read Elon 31, Furman 10. This is the same Furman University football team that has defeated Elon the last eight years in a row. The same team that helped eliminate Elon from its first-ever postseason appearance last year. It’s also the same Furman team Elon’s defense surrendered 52 points to less than a year ago. “Last year, to lose a game like that and the way we struggled on defensive, it was certainly extra motivation,” Elon Head Coach Pete Lembo said. “But it is living in today, this year’s team and taking pride in what we do. This is a big step for this program.”

It was a statement game. No longer can Elon’s defense be ridiculed for losing the 2007 season. And no longer can Elon be known only for its aerial game led by the combination of Scott Riddle and Terrell Hudgins. Last season against Furman, Riddle threw for a leaguerecord 534 yards. Saturday afternoon, Riddle threw for a career-low 160 yards. Similarly, Hudgins racked up 207 yards on 16 receptions in last season’s game. He managed five catches for 64 yards last weekend. He also dropped a total of five passes, including two in one possession. “Every year is a different year and every year the team is going to have different strengths and weaknesses,” Lembo said. “Every week, every year is not going to be like that. The circumstances are always changing.”

Times have certainly changed, and this time around the record books opened for different players. Recent phenomenon Brandon Newsome racked up 190 all-purpose yards, 161 of those rushing. In the past three games, he has tallied a total of 478 yards and has produced most of the Phoenix’s ground yardage. All together, Elon ran the ball 35 times for 231 yards. Riddle threw the leather 30 times. For the first three quarters of the football game, the Phoenix defense allowed one field goal. When the Paladins threatened in the second quarter, safety Nolan Ward came up with a diving interception in the end zone to stop a Furman touchdown. “We just kept fighting play after play,” Ward said. “The defense can bend but not break in situations like that

and I think we came up big for the team today. We had a couple mistakes, fixed those on the sidelines and kept fighting play after play.” Nine minutes and a Phoenix touchdown later, Elon defensive end Jordan Daniel recovered a forced fumble to give the ball back to Elon. The defense owned the third quarter, stopping all three Furman drives. On fourth and two, the line stalled a rush on the Elon 11. In the next series, Ward forced a fumble recovered by Terell Wilson at the Elon 21. Fittingly, Daronce Daniels intercepted a pass to end the quarter and cap off an impressive defensive stance. “I could tell every time they came out on the field after we scored or got a turnover, the next drive, we still carried the momentum and continued to jump on them down after down,” Ward said.

Furman went 8-for-17 on third-down conversions and recorded three fumbles and one interception. Elon’s defense also sacked junior quarterback Jordan Sorrells three times for a loss of 21 yards. “[Elon] are a good football team,” Furman Head Coach Bobby Lamb said. “Their defense is really fast. The difference in their team this year and last year is: N0umber one, they can run the ball with success, and number two, their defense is very athletic.” Elon finished with 391 yards of total offense and held the Paladin offense to 72 rushing yards on 28 carries. “I think we showed that we can pull our weight in all three phases,” Lembo said. “We didn’t have hardly any big plays on offense. It was just about pounding. This was kind of an old-school day, which is kind of neat.”

Page 24 // WedneSdaY, OCTOBeR 7, 2009

The Pendulum

Sports ells y David W Photos b tor Photo edi Pam Richter Story by tor Sports edi

The LINe


The first quarterb duty sophomore Shafto h ack and holder C there areas is to make su hris and mar 11 guys on the re freshmank his spot with k field Shreiner, Adam Shreiner.icker is “try to the first thing h For and get get my line dowe does of wherea visual perspec n he said. the goal posts ative eight yar Shafto sets up a re,” scrimma ds behind the linbout takes thr ge. From that, S e of steps ov ee steps back a hreiner n er to get in positiod two n.

D L O h e h T

iner Once Shre , is set up s Shafto call e, the cadence catches th akes ball and m ces sure the la they are out. “If I spin aren’t out, e ball it and tilt th so it toward mea little gives him kick,” bit more to . Shafto said

The KI


Low g off on rass is bet also p , Shreiner ter to kick like to ointed out said. He footba kick with kickers like to lls, but qu older, softe The o use the nearterbacks r better lder footba wer balls. After off the foo lls bounce hold, the line up t, he said. the ki Shreiner geand the focus ck. “I really ars up for little t ing on the am just my pl hings that one or two solid cant foot rig I need. I ge Shrein ontact wit ht and makt shoul er said. “A h the ball,” e d take f care oter that, it f itself .”

IT’S GOOD! . ShReineR kickeD the game-Winning fielD goal laSt SatuRDay againSt fuRman With 6 SeconDS Remaining .

Page 24 // WedneSdaY, OCTOBeR 28, 2009

The Pendulum


Photo illustration BY DaviD wells | Photo editor

The returners from the 2008 men’s basketball team huddle after last Friday’s practice. The team will be led by the four returning seniors this season, which kicks off Nov. 14 against Lipscomb University.

Men’s basketball looks for season of renewal Conor O’Neill Reporter

Change has arrived for the Phoenix men’s basketball team. It came March 29, 2008 when Matt Matheny was named the new head coach for Elon. Now Phoenix fans are closing in on the date when they can see that change for themselves. The season officially starts Nov. 14, when the Phoenix travels to Nashville, Tenn., to take on non-conference opponent, the Lipscomb University Bison. The first thing fans will notice this year is the change of pace the Phoenix will bring to the court. “Offensively, we’re going to push the ball and try to score

early in transition,” Matheny said. “In an ideal world, we would score between 35 and 28 seconds on the shot clock.” But the first-year head coach is quick to point out this style of play should not create careless mistakes. “If we don’t get a good shot in that time, we’re not just going to take any shot,” Matheny said. “We’ll attack and push … and if we don’t, then we’ll run a motion style offense.” An uptempo style offense could be just what is needed for a Phoenix team that averaged only 65.8 points per game last season, ninth out of 12 teams in the Southern Conference. On the defensive end,

Matheny said he wants his team to play with a hardnosed aggressive style to wear down opponents as games wind down. To make a smooth transition to Matheny’s style from that of former head coach Ernie Nestor, who resigned after last year’s season, the players will need to adapt and become comfortable with the new style. “Because of the (practice) time we had in the spring and the fall, I think they have gotten pretty comfortable with our staff and the way we are going to coach,” Matheny said. Not surprisingly, Matheny is quick to assert the four seniors on the team will

be vital to the Phoenix’s success. Devan Carter, Adam Constantine, T.J. Douglas and Jon Ogolo will be relied on heavily. “They’ve been through the battles in the Southern Conference and nothing’s going to surprise them,” Matheny said. “It doesn’t matter where we go. They’ve been there, and they will impart that knowledge onto the younger guys.” Not only will the seniors need to guide the team emotionally, they will have to improve their scoring. Gone from last year’s team are the two leading scorers, Ola Atoyebi and Brett James. They averaged a combined 27.1 points per game last season.

Improving the team’s performance on the road is also a necessary change. While the Phoenix was 8-6 in Alumni Gym, the team had a record of 2-14 on the road. “When you have senior leadership, those guys will help us overcome any hurdles that we may face,” Matheny said. But the most important aspect for the Phoenix this season is for it to improve throughout the year. Matheny said he wants the team to be playing its best basketball when it matters most — at the end of the season. “We have put no expectation on number of wins,” Matheny said. “What we’ve said is that we want to play at our best in March.”


Pendulum Portfolio  

This is a compilation of some pages of The Pendulum newspaper that I contributed to via writing, photography or design.