100 college presidents want to lower drinking age. Why Lambert’s not on the list. PAGE 9 New Students take part in Convocation, recieve their acrons
Fans flock for Elon’s first football game (huge crowds, but few points)
The Pendulum ELON, NORTH CAROLINA
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2008
VOLUME 34, EDITION 21
Hanna grows over Caribbean, Gustav batters Gulf Coast Storm likely to hit North Carolina coast by weekend Bethany Swanson Managing Editor
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Chaplain Richard McBride holds a folder he keeps on his desk full of information about illegal immigration in Alamance County.
McBride makes a mark on National Public Radio Olivia Hubert-Allen Editor-in-Chief Elon University was on the national radar on August 26 when a story about illegal immigration in Alamance County was aired on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. The radio story touched on some of the complex issues at hand in a local illegal immigration case that has the sheriffs office and county commissioners facing off with local activists. Many Elon community members got involved in advocating for Graham Public Library worker, Marxavi Angle Martinez, after her arrest earlier this summer. Martinez may have been arrested after her illegal status was discovered through county health records. The 23-year-old mother of an American-born child faces deportation to Mexico because of a clause in federal immigration law that permits local sheriffs to carry out immigration laws. The controversial clause is in use in Alamance County, but not in many surrounding counties, so Alamance is in many ways "ground-zero" for immigration reform in the state. Chaplain Richard McBride led a group of people in a vigil outside of a County Commissioners meeting in support of Martinez. He and fellow vigilantes feel that Martinez was unjustly targeted with a clause that was intended for violent criminals. While at the vigil, an NPR reporter got testimonials from several participants. McBride’s name was mentioned in the story, and a short sound bite of his was used. “I’ve heard from friends in San Antonio, Texas; Columbus, S.C.; Mapleton, Utah; and Northern Virginia who have sent me notes out of the blue saying ‘I heard your voice,’” McBride said. The link to the NPR program can be found on The Pendulum Web site. Read the full story about Martinez in the Sept. 10th edition of The Pendulum.
Tropical Depression Gustav, which threatened to be a repeat of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, lost steam as it came ashore Monday, downgrading from hurricane to tropical depression status by Tuesday. But Gustav still managed to pummel the Gulf Coast, inflicting what some news agencies are projecting to be billions of dollars worth of damage to an already crippled region. There seems to be little relief for coastal residents in the United States this week as Tropical Storms Hanna and Ike and Tropical Depression Josephine grow in the Caribbean and off the coast of Africa. What was Hurricane Hanna on Monday temporarily weakened to a tropical storm on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. But an anticipated gradual northwest turn should increase its forward speed through the Bahamas.
Hanna is expected to make landfall along the southeastern coast of the United States late this week or during the weekend, most likely hitting Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina by early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is already causing treacherous conditions off the coast of Georgia and North and South Carolina. Lifeguards have already reported numerous rescues. The high rip current is expected to last through the week. Hurricane Gustav made landfall near Cocodrie, La. Monday morning as a Category 2 hurricane, and struck the Louisiana coast with winds gusting up to 135 mph. By 4 p.m. on Monday, the storm had reduced to a Category 1 with wind speeds of 90 mph, leaving the coast in shambles and slowly heading inland toward Baton Rouge, La., Texas and Arkansas, where 20 inches of rainfall are expected. The storm is projected to stall near the Texas/Louisiana
border. Even as Gustav pounded into the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Hanna grew to a Category 1 storm with gusts of wind up to 75 mph by 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Hanna is expected to turn toward the East Coast, moving through the Caribbean on Tuesday, and is projected to reach Georgia, South Carolina and the southern part of North Carolina late Friday or early Saturday morning. Seven hurricane related deaths were reported from Hurricane Gustav. Before reaching the United States, Gustav was blamed for at least 94 deaths in the Caribbean, the Associated Press reported on Monday afternoon. In New Orleans, the levees that broke three years ago causing much of the flooding that devastated the area remained in tact. There were reports of water sloshing over the strained levees, but they were pronounced to be holding successfully, according to a report by CNN.
Brown & Co. brings back (some) old Elon flair
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The new decor of Brown & Co. features muted tones, black and white old-time photos and new light fixtures.
Similar recipes and decor mimic a local favorite, original owners hesitate Ashley Barnas Reporter Often annotated but never duplicated. That is the saying Joel Brown used to describe how he feels about the return of Brown & Co., the restaurant he opened on Williamson Avenue more than 20 years ago after graduating from Elon in 1975. When Brown sold the privately-owned business to the second owner, he sold the name of the restaurant along with it. And when Elon bought the business seven years ago from its third owner, Dickie Mills, the university bought it all. “I’m sure ARAMARK has done a good job with university food service and I’m sure that they will do a good job with whatever they do with the old Brown & Co.,” Brown said. “Will it be the same? I don’t think so. It’s a business that when I ran it with my wife, we were in there for 16- to 18-hour days. We made a lot of friends there. We were the same age [about 24 years old] as a lot of our customers.” One of the main goals, and also the biggest challenge for Elon and ARAMARK, was maintaining the original feel and taste of Brown & Co. Jeff Gazda, resident district manager of ARAMARK, said he is confident they have accomplished that. Students in recent years may not even know what Brown & Co. is, so alumni and previous Brown & Co. workers were asked for their input. A taste testing was conducted with people who used
to frequent Brown & Co. to make sure ARAMARK had the recipes right. The alumni and locals remembered details like the flavor of the spaghetti sauce and the chill of the mugs when beverages were served. Beyond appealing to the senses, Brown & Co. appealed to the community as a gathering place. “It was as much of a meeting place for friends as it was a restaurant,” Brown said. “We had virtually the same customers week in and week out.” There were not as many restaurants around the area back then, he said, so it was pretty easy to be so popular. “All we had to do was open the doors, serve good food and keep the place clean,” he said. But the original restaurant went the extra mile. Brown went to a local market every day to get freshly-ground meat for burgers, and he went to a local bakery where everything was made from scratch. The legacy of freshness was not continued after Brown sold the restaurant. ARAMARK and Elon did not approach Brown about reviving Brown & Co. However, since the Browns ran it for only three years after it opened, he said, “There would be no reason for the university to do that.” Brown said he maintains a good working relationship with the university and although he would not have been interested in running the new restaurant, he would have preferred Elon to not use the original name. “[But] they have a perfect right to do that. I did not
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New Student Convocation welcomes class of 2012 Kristin Feeney Reporter A week of rain and a morning of ominous clouds did not stop Elon University from holding its annual New Student Convocation outside under the oaks. The convocation, held Aug. 30, formally welcomed incoming students to the Elon community. Before remarks began, students, faculty, staff, family and friends enjoyed a special College Coffee around Fonville Fountain. “It’s hard to believe it’s that time again,” L.D. Russell, professor of religious studies said. “But I’m excited to see these fresh new faces ... and we have every reason to believe it’s going to be a great year.“
Russell was not alone in his enthusiasm for the upcoming year. Chaplain Richard McBride echoed the sentiment in his opening remarks. “No matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you’re welcome here,” McBride said. “You are now at a place that honors your seeking and searching in life and the journey ahead.” Though he was the first, McBride was just one of many speakers to address the class of 2012. Keynote speakers included Student Government Executive President Chase Rumley, President Leo Lambert, Provost Gerry Francis, Professor Jessica Gisclair and Parent’s Council President Robert Badavas. “It’s hard to believe that in 266 days, I’m going to be sitting where you’re sitting
today,” Rumley said alluding to his graduation. “But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s what Elon’s really about. It’s about community and the transformation of things inside yourself to something better than before.” Rumley’s theme of personal growth was echoed by the other speakers throughout the course of the convocation. “I want your curiosity and excitement in learning to become contagious,” Francis said. “More importantly, I encourage you to always reflect on the lessons you’ve learned.” President Lambert also took a moment to speak to the incoming class. Lambert conducted his annual interactive demonstration to show just how few people in the world have received
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Associate Professor of leisure and sports management Jim Drummond carries the ceremonial mace.
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Glenn Scott, assistant professor of communications, looks on as the ceremony begins. This is his fifth convocation.
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Specific areas were designated based on geographical region for new students and parents to get to know one another.
degrees from four-year private colleges or universities. “Your presence here today shows that you are some of the luckiest people in the world,” he said. “Welcome to your lifelong relationship with Elon.” Lambert also said that while students may leave Elon one day, the experience will never leave them. Gisclair took a moment to prepare students for the impending growth each will face. “Start you college career thinking that you will do your best,” she said. “Though you will face many challenges which will cause you to question yourself ... if you do your best, you can make it through." Like Gisclair, Badavas spoke of the power students have
within themselves. “I call it the power of one acorn,” Badavas said. “The possibilities are endless and the opportunity to grow unencumbered.” Following the remarks, students recessed through a welcoming line of faculty and staff, receiving the traditional acorns to mark the beginning of their Elon journeys. Many parents, like Badavas, talked about the road ahead. “We’d heard a lot from alumni about what to expect,” said Cori Tyner, parent of freshman Jake Tyner. “They kept saying ‘just wait, just wait and see’ and now that we have we’re so impressed and so happy and excited for what’s to come.”
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Sophomores Natalie Lampert and Blake Clemmons lead the new students through a line of teachers to get their very own acorn.
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New student orientation leaders carry 39 international flags, the United States flag and two Elon flags.
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Chase Rumley, student government executive president, delivers a speech to new students.
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A new student takes his acorn from the bin held by an orientation leader. At graduation in four years, Elon will then give the student a sapling to signify the growth over the years.
U Building PDATE
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While most of the Elon community was scattered around the country for summer break, many employees were working to make sure campus continued to improve. Take a look at all the projects happening around Elon and how things are shaping up.
Andie Diemer News Editor
1. Live Oak, May 26, 2008 • Some walls removed • Conference space built • Recarpeted and repainted
2. Jordan Gym, July 10, 2008 • Resurfaced with new wood floor • NCAA standard quality
3. Law Annex, July 10, 2008 • Next to Elon’s law school in Greensboro • Converted empty second floor to offices
4. Tennis courts, Aug. 1, 2008 • Resurfaced and repainted 5. Brown & Co., Aug. 15, 2008 • Formerly Cantina • Replaced flooring and décor • Changed menu
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6. Kernodle Center & Multicultural Center, Aug. 15, 2008 • Each expanding in Moseley Center • Each recarpeted and repainted
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10. Octagon Food Court, Aug. 22, 2008 • Freshens relocated to expand food service in Moseley Center • New tables and chairs added to dining area
LEED-CERTIFIED: WHAT IS IT?
AYED 7. McMichael bus shelter, Aug. 15, 2008 • Build covered stop at McMichael Hall 11. N. O’Kelley Avenue, Aug. 24, 2008 • Install GPS display of bus arrival times • Widened from Phoenix Drive to University Drive 8. N. O’Kelley Avenue, Aug. 15, 2008 • Added landscape island with • Installed solar-powered lighted crosswalk information booth for visitors • Created traffic circle at Phoenix Drive 9. Williamson Avenue at Center for the Arts, and O’Kelly Avenue Aug. 15, 2008 • Installed solar-powered lighted crosswalk ED YLighthouse A L 12. Tavern, E D • leadership in energy & environmental Design Sept. 5, 2008 • Nationally accepted • Demolition completed • ensures every project is environmentally • Adding handicap bathrooms responsible, profitable and healthy to be in and access • lindner Hall includes solar electric photo cells, solar hot • Stage framed for expansion water and more sustainable features • Installing new sound system • visit www.usgbc.org for more information • Constructing fenced patio
13. Lindner Hall, July 10, 2009 • Two stories with attic • Steel frame to be erected in September • First LEED-certified Silver building at Elon 14. Powell second floor, Summer 2009 • Communications graduate school location • Install edit bays for technology • Construct offices and elevator • Recarpet and repaint 15. Railroad tunnel, Fall 2009 • Waiting for railroad to process contract • Planning to build underground pedestrian tunnel at S. O’Kelley Avenue and W. Trollinger Avenue intersection • Expect to start work January 2009 16. Koury Field House, Fall 2010 • Expansion of current field house pending • Waiting for funding, floor plan complete • Earliest completion date: Fall 2010
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Elon resident charged with peeping Tom allegation Not linked to last year’s string of exposure incidents Andie Diemer News Editor An Elon resident charged with a peeping Tom incident July 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is not considered a link to any previous indecent exposure or peeping Tom cases around Elon. Director of Campus Safety and Police Chuck Gantos said Jason Lee Dunn, 29, of West Haggard Avenue, does not fit any of the descriptions or patterns of behavior from the complaints filed around campus last spring. Dunn was arrested and charged after the father of a 12-year-old boy said he saw the suspect take a picture of his son underneath a bathroom stall at a shopping mall, according to a Horry County police report. The boy’s father, Jon Cockerham, who had taken both of his sons into the bathroom, confronted Dunn. After Dunn denied taking the pictures, Cockerham followed him into the parking lot and called the police, according to the report. Police confiscated Dunn’s phone,
Jason Lee Dunn
Jason Lee Dunn, an Elon resident, was arrested and charged with a peeping Tom incident in Myrtle Beach. He allegedly took a photograph of a boy underneath a bathroom stall in a mall.
where they found a photograph of the boy in the stall. Dunn, a first time offender, was released on $5,000 bail from J. Reuben Long Detention Center July 21, the Times-News reported. Since the incident took place outside of Elon’s jurisdiction, Elon police are not investigating Dunn, but are assisting by providing or following up on possible leads, Gantos said. “He was charged with taking pictures of an adolescent male, which doesn’t fit the profile of the individual that was doing indecent exposure in front of females,” Gantos said. “I don’t think that links it.” Gantos said campus security forwarded a few leads to the local
police department, where they are still being pursued. Last spring semester, several cases were reported of a man who approached women and exposed himself or masturbated. No more indecent exposure instances have been reported at Elon, Gantos said. He credits the publicity about the effort to find those responsible for ending the string the exposures. “He probably either quit for a while or went somewhere else, which is not usually uncommon for someone of this character,” he said. “But I think the thing we need to be concerned about is that he’ll eventually come back, so we need to find out who he his and get him off the streets.” Gantos said there are about 150 registered sex offenders that currently live in Alamance County, and that it is important to remember to be careful. “These people are not just in Alamance County or North Carolina,” Gantos said. “It’s nationwide. You always have to be cautious and use good judgment and good common sense.”
Brown family not involved Elon Job Network gives BROWN & CO. from PAGE 1 trademark that name,” he said. “I’m flattered that they think that that name will make it successful.” Vickie Somers, director of auxiliary services, said the return of Brown & Co. was a product of discussions that began as a name change for Cantina, which denoted more of a Tex-Mex menu that did not fit what Cantina was serving. It was decided that since Brown & Co. was so popular with alumni, Elon should use the name again, and try to fuse favorite dishes from the two restaurants. Somers said a courtesy call was made to Mills, the person most people would associate with Brown & Co. since he ran the restaurant for the longest period of time, but he was out of the restaurant business and did not express interest in helping to revive the restaurant.
The layout from Cantina has not been changed much, but the ambiance is different. Obtained through Elon’s archives are old photos that now decorate the woodenpaneled walls with scenes of downtown Elon and the university. The fusion of old and new is apparent as soon as one walks into the restaurant and notices the earthy and bright color scheme of orange, brown and green. Brown & Co. has a homey and warm feeling to it, something to mimic what Brown most treasured about his original restaurant. And although the Browns are not actually connected with the restaurant, their name and motto will carry weight with its customers who are sure to return to Williamson Avenue expecting, “Serious food for good times.”
students tools to succeed Andie Diemer News Editor Elon Career Services released a new version of the Elon Job Network to better fit personal students’ needs and schedules. The Web site, www. elon.edu/e-web/student/ career_center/EJN.xhtml, is now available with an account started for each student. Usernames are students’ regular e-mail address. Passwords were individually e-mailed for protection purposes. Users will now be assisted in finding a job
by using the site, which enables people to: • Maintain an online personal calendar
• Manage multiple resumes, cover letters and other employment related documents • Search for and apply for job opportunities onlines • Schedule on-campus interviews • View and RSVP for career events For questions regarding personal accounts, contact Elon Career Services at 278-6538.
To start your managing job network today, visit: www. elon.edu/e-web/student/career_center/EJN.xhtml.
NEWS IN BRIEF KAPLAN test prep courses and free practice tests on campus KAPLAN is proctoring free practice test sessions for the GRE, GMAT, MCAT and LSAT Sunday, Oct. 12, on campus. They are also offering test prep courses this fall. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.kaptest.com or call 1-800-KAP-TEST to register for a class or reserve a seat for a free practice test. Use the code ELON300 to save $300 on a KAPLAN course. Transition courses available for juniors and seniors Elon is offering one credit Transition courses this fall for juniors and seniors. The courses are designed for specific majors or student interests. These courses help students learn more about who they are, explore how they see themselves in the world, and polish important skills so they can implement their goals and vision. Sign up by the end of Drop/Add, Monday, Sept. 8. WSOE hiring New Media Director WSOE, Elon’s student-run radio station radio station, is hiring an executive staff member for the New Media Director position. WSOE is searching for a creative, energetic and independent worker. All interested and qualified applicants can e-mail WSOE General Manager Erin Fox at email@example.com to set up an interview time. The deadline for contact is Sept. 17. News & Record taking student submissions The News & Record is looking for student-submitted content. The Greensboro newspaper wants short essays or videos about the ways in which the Internet has changed or affected your life. Submissions can be sent to opinions@news-record. com and will be considered for a Sept. 21 package. Electronic ticketing system replaces traditional tickets Athletics and the Center for the Arts box officers will implement a new electronic ticketing system. Ticket policies for students, faculty and staff will not change. Specific details regarding ticket distribution will be sent out later.
Higher requirements for Dean’s List status Andie Diemer News Editor Those students who normally take home a Dean’s List status may need to work a little harder now to achieve that same standard every semester. Last year the Academic Standing Committee altered the criteria for being named to the Dean’s List, which recognizes and encourages excellence in academic work. The change, which was applauded by Elon faculty, is set to go into affect starting this semester, according to Registrar Mark Albertson. The list normally encompasses those students who had no grade below a B– and had a GPA of at least 3.4 in a minimum of 12 semester hours. The university has changed the standards to stay the same as far as receiving no grade below a B– in at least 12 semester hours, but have required students to have a 3.5 GPA. “The Academic Standing Committee and faculty decided it was time to raise
our honors distinction, since we felt that an honor should be an honor,” Albertson said. “We don’t change many rules or regulations that often.” The change follows 19 years of not altering the criteria to receive the distinction and the steady increase of a stronger student body. The administration also felt it was necessary to raise the standard since the criteria for graduating Cum Laude was raised to a 3.5 GPA in 2003. Albertson said this was an important transition since conceivably a person could make the Dean’s List every semester of their time at Elon, but still not be able to graduate with honors. Last spring 39 percent of full time, undergraduate students made either the Dean’s or President’s List. Had the new regulation been instated then, only 33 percent of students would have qualified. “We just felt we needed to raise it so getting on lists would carry some distinction to qualify,” Albertson said. “You want it to have a luster.” After reviewing the
policies in place at other peer institutions across the nation the administration knew a change was necessary since in a few years it was possible for about half of the student body to be qualifying for either the Dean’s or the President’s list. While only about five percent of students would have been affected by the change last semester, Albertson is hoping the new standard will push more students to strive for it. The change was voted for unanimously at a faculty meeting and no one spoke out against it, including the two students on the Academic Standing Committee, he said. However, no changes have been made to achieving President’s List status, which requires no grade below an A– in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Albertson said the percentage of students that fall within that honor has not been growing. Classes passed on a Pass/ Fail basis or classes with grades of “S,” “WD” or “W” are not included in Dean’s List or President’s List eligibility.
What is the Academic Standing Committee? • Four faculty members (one also acts as Chair) • Two student members • Registrar • Representative from the Provost Office • Representative from the Academic Advising Center Information courtesy of Registrar Mark Albertson.
Dean’s List Timeline Year Average Undergrad Full-Time GPA Fall 1978 2.37 Fall 1989 2.52 Fall 2003 3.04 Fall 2007 3.12 Spring 2008 3.17
Requirements for Dean’s List
Grad Cum Laude
3.33 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.40
3.33 3.40 3.50 3.50 3.50
Last spring 1,795 out of 4,605 full time undergraduate students made either the President’s or Dean’s List.
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Elon students experience political history first-hand As the Democrats wound down in Denver, a group of Elon students wrapped up a project of their own. Eight Elon students joined Dr. Chalmers Brumbaugh, associate professor and chair of the political science department, in Denver as part of a two-week seminar at the Democratic National Convention. The students lived and breathed politics for two weeks straight: Between attending various speeches, keeping up with assigned readings and volunteering at the convention, there was little time for anything else.
James Glenos, a senior political science major, attended the convention. Here, he’s in the CNN skybox at the Pepsi Center. Glenos called the unique experience “the epitome of experiential learning,” adding that it wasn’t uncommon to pass CNN anchor Anderson Cooper or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the streets of downtown Denver during the convention.
Photos submitted by James Glenos
The Pepsi Center, shown here on the first day of the convention, acted as the convention’s main hall. However, Barack Obama accepted the party’s nomination in the Denver Bronco’s football stadium in front of a crowd of over 80,000. Obama is the first presidential nominee to give an acceptance speech outside the convention hall since JFK did so in 1960.
ABOVE: A group of Elon students takes a break from their busy schedules to pose outside of the Pepsi Center. Students enrolled in the program had different volunteer assignments during the convention. RIGHT: During the first week of the seminar, Elon students attended a number of speeches. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, pictured above, and DNC Chairman Howard Dean were part of the lineup.
Professor Brumbaugh speaks with Elon students who participated in the seminar. They joined over 350 other student volunteers in Denver.
RNC by the numbers As the Democrats returned home after a successful convention, Republicans headed to the Minneapolis area for the 2008 Republican National Convention. How many... Party presidential nominees: 1 Days the convention will last: 4 Convention team staffers: about 120 (plus volunteers) Convention sites: more than 40 Delegates: roughly 2,380 delegates and 2,227 alternate delegates Check next week's edition for more RNC coverage.
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CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE
Your guide to what’s new at Elon this year
Elon amps up security with cameras, crosswalks Andie Diemer News Editor
Getting more students involved in the E-Alert program: University leaders are working to enroll more of the community in the automatic system, which sends text messages to cell phones in the event of a campus emergency. Sign up for the E-Alert system by visiting http://org.elon.edu/e-alert.
Danieley Center security fence: A fence was constructed to provide additional security to residents.
Required user name for campus computer login: In order to use a computer on campus, students and community members will need to enter their Elon IDs. Visitors can obtain a temporary ID and password at the library front desk. [See sidebar for more information].
Lighted Crosswalk on N. O’Kelley Avenue and Williamson Avenue: In an effort to alert drivers when a pedestrian has entered a crosswalk area, motion sensors will trigger the flashing lights.
In an effort to be prepared for and curb any type of security issue that may arise, Elon has implemented several new safety features. From technology upgrades to computer passwords, security is working to stay at the top of its game. Changes include:
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Motion sensors on N. O’Kelley Avenue and Williamson Avenue trigger flashing lights on the crosswalk to grab the attention of drivers at night.
Printing system altered, get ready to see double Michelle Longo Sports Editor Two years ago, Elon changed the entire printing system to the Pharos system in an effort to conserve the environment and money. The system involved students being allowed to print only three pages at a time without swiping their Phoenix card. Now, Elon is taking the conservation movement to the next level with the duplex system. According to Chris Fulkerson, assistant vice president for technology, printers in all the labs and
the library will now print duplex by default, allowing students to print six pages at a time, three sheets front and back. It is still possible to print simplex (one-sided pages) by just changing the default setting on the printer. Since implementing the print management system in Feb. 2006, Elon has had more than a 70 percent reduction of printing across campus. This cut more than 10 million sheets of paper in 2004-2005 to about 2.8 million sheets in the 2007-2008 school year. Elon’s page usage has been reduced by 7.2 million sheets per year.
Video cameras in four parking lots: The Moseley Center, Harden, East and the Oaks parking lots now possess cameras that monitor and record live activity in the lots 24 hours a day.
Additional buildings requiring swipe access: Only students, faculty and staff with a Phoenix card can gain access after hours.
Traffic circle at Phoenix Drive and North O’Kelly Avenue: Motorists entering campus from University Drive will have an easier time since a welcoming station will now greet them. An island between the two lanes of travel will also slow vehicles to protect pedestrians.
How to use the system: • When you select print in the
program you are using a dialog box will open. • In the drop-down menu, there will be a list of printers to choose from. All printers with the name Duplex will print on both sides of the paper. Printers that do not include the name will print on just one side. • Proceed as normal, typing in your name and a description of your printing job. • If the document is three sheets or less, six pages worth of information, it will print automatically. If the document is more, a Phoenix card will need to be swiped at the Pharos station in order for the print job to go through.
Elon 101 personality tests restructured Bethany Swanson Managing Editor For the first time since the mid to late 1980s, freshmen did not receive the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test before coming to campus last week. The office of Academic Advising made the decision to discontinue the wholesale mailing of the tests.
What does it all mean? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is given to about 2 million people every year, according to KnowYourType.com, an organization that administers the test. The test identifies certain psychological differences based on the work of Carl Jung. It breaks personalities into eight preferences: Extraversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling and Judging vs. Perceiving. It is from these that the 16 types are created. The 16 types are identified by a series of four letters drawn from one each of the eight preferences, for example, INTJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking and Judging) or ESFP (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling and Perceving).
The decision was made because of sustainability and budgetary reasons, said Becky Olive-Taylor, associate dean of academic support. “In the past, as soon as a student sent in their deposit, they were mailed a [test] booklet,” she said. “I realized that not everyone’s book was being processed, so that amounted to a loss of about $1,500 to $2,500 in lost booklets each year.” In addition to budgetary reasons, administrators chose to change the way the test was provided to students because the lost booklets were not compliant with the university’s sustainability plan. By reducing the number of extra booklets sent, OliveTaylor said, the program follows the new set of standards for reducing waste more closely. A move to a newer, more earthfriendly, online version of the test would cost the university $25 a student. The paper version used now only costs the university about $10 a student. Senior exercise sports science major Ashley Poole is a teaching assistant for Associate Professor of biology Matthew Clark. She said her class is full of students who are mostly undecided about their major. “We have some time blocked out, and we’ll probably give the test,” she said. “But I think we’re going to just feel it out. It would probably be really beneficial for the students to give them
some idea about what they want to major in. The test, which identifies its takers by one of 16 personality types, will now be administered only through Elon 101 classes who choose to take it. “I looked at the numbers and the percentage of those students who returned the booklets, and the percentage in Elon 101 classes who used the scores were about the same, so that data will not really change much,” Olive-Taylor said. Elon 101 professors often use the test results in discussions about learning styles and to help students make decisions about which professors to take and majors to pursue. Faculty members and other administrative offices also have access to the scores as agreed to when the students took the test. The Form G, one of the first versions of the Myers-Briggs test, is purchased through CPP, Inc, a consulting firm. Before, it was mailed directly to students and then returned to the university where it is scored by qualified members of the faculty and staff. It is still scored by the university, but the step of mailing to every student is cut out. Any student who wants to take the test is able to do so regardless of whether their Elon 101 professor chooses to administer it or not by visiting the office of Academic Advising in Duke 108.
Username and password now required to use Elon’s computers
Margeaux Corby Opinions Editor Students will now no longer be greeted only by the helpful smiles of librarians and the hushed sounds of group work when they enter Belk Library this semester. Sitting down to any university-owned computer, students, staff and faculty will find that their username and password are now required to access Elon computers. There is now a large poster gracing Belk Library Commons, explaining the new sign-in process. “Now Elon has a password on it,” said Fred Melchor, director of technology support, at a technology student staff meeting. “We need to know who is on our network.” Students must log onto the AS domain while faculty and staff use the FS domain, accessing it through their Elon email username and password. Community members must go to the Library Information Desk and obtain a username and password that is good until the end of the day — when the library closes to nonPhoenix cardholders. Members of the public must provide a photo ID in order to receive log-in information. “Community members don’t seem to mind it, we’ve had positive comments,” said Betty Garrison, a reference/business librarian. “They worked out this system this summer but it will continue to evolve.” When students log in, the computer will automatically connect to their network storage and they will need to log-off at the end of their session.
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School of Communications undergoes curriculum changes Andie Diemer News Editor
Other Changes Include:
To ensure Elon graduates are fully prepared to be leaders in their fields, the School of Communications is implementing seven changes to its curriculum to better prepare students for the future of communications industry. “Many communication schools have a stagnant curriculum that hasn’t substantially changed in a decade or more,” School of Communications Dean Paul Parsons said. “Elon is the opposite. We just went through our second substantive curriculum revision this decade.” By fusing all of journalism together, the school is working to make itself a collective place for all students to find a place to fit in and tailor their courses to their specific career goals. “It’s a dynamic curriculum for the 21st century, and I’m proud that our faculty is staying on the cutting edge,”
he said. Since course changes only affect the junior and senior years, all freshmen and sophomore students will be required to abide by the changes. Juniors and seniors can elect to obtain their major under the new legislation or opt to keep their current curriculum. Changes include: 1. Offering four majors: —Journalism, with print/ online and broadcast news concentrations —Strategic Communications, formerly corporate communications concentration —Media Arts & Entertainment, including broadcast and cinema concentrations —Communication Science, for those interested in research or graduate school 2. Prefix: Starting in January, all JCM prefixes will be replaced with a COM prefix. Some classes will receive number changes, between 100 to 400, to distribute classes on a larger range. For example, JCM 395 Media Law & Ethics will
Course Title Changes: NEW COM COM COM COM COM
COURSE DESIGNATIONS 100. Communications in a Global Age 110. Media Writing 220. Digital Media Convergence 351. Television News Reporting 400. Media Law and Ethics
FORMER COURSE DESIGNATIONS JCM 200. Communications in a Global Society JCM 218. Media Writing JCM 220. Digital Media Convergence JCM 430. Television News Reporting JCM 395. Media Law and Ethics
Full listing: www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/academics/communications/course-compare-web.pdf. become COM 400 Media Law & Ethics. 3. Courses: Each major in the new curriculum concludes with an advanced skills course. Starting in fall 2009, journalism students will take a new course called Multimedia Journalism instead of choosing from a specialty list; broadcast students will take Producing for Broadcast and New Media; and cinema students will take Producing Narrative Cinema or Producing the Documentary. Strategic (corporate communications) students already take Campaigns as their advanced skills course; this won’t change, although the course
24/7 Access: Any student with a Phoenix Card will now be able to swipe it to gain entry into McEwen to work late at night and on the weekends. The outside doors will automatically unlock at 7 a.m. and lock at 6 p.m. Four new professors: Amanda Gallagher, who specializes in strategic communications, comes from Texas Tech University. Broadcast and cinema professor Nicole Triche has worked at UNC-TV for seven years and is completing a Master of Fine Arts in cinema. Linda Gretton, who also has a concentration in strategic communications, is coming to Elon after working in corporate communications and completing her Doctorate of Philosophy. In January Tim McMahon, a professor at New York University, will join the faculty. Internships and careers: New internship director, Nagatha Tonkins, comes from North Carolina A&T, where she received the National Journalism Educator of the Year Award this summer from the National Association of Black Journalists. Maggie Mullikin, who acted as a temporary internship director this summer, will remain on staff to assist with internship and graduate programs. Ross Wade will take over as the assistant director of career services. He will work to help students prepare for their job search and launch their careers.
is being renamed Strategic Campaigns. 4. Capstone A 2-hour course will replace the current 4-hour Great Ideas capstone in an effort to focus on research and professions. 5. Internship Credit: Internships will only be available for 1 or 2 credit hours. While students may complete multiple internships to add up to 4 credit hours, the 0-credit work experience option will be eliminated. 6. Additional Electives: These changes will allow room for another elective in students’ schedules. The administration will slowly add more classes over the next few years,
including Environmental Communications, Sports and Media, Sports Information, Advertising Techniques, Audio in Sound Media and Media Management & Sales. Students will be able to choose and participate in a two-course Optional Emphasis, which would give them a specialty area in advertising, sports communications, audio recording or photojournalism. 7. Public Speaking: Incoming students will be required to take GST 115 Public Speaking for 2 credit hours. While many students previously elected to take this class, only first-year students are required to take it.
Fifth lab: McEwen will now have five digital media labs for student use. The newest lab has been installed in McEwen in room 209. Two current labs are located on the same floor, in rooms 205 and 207. Elon in Los Angeles: Coordinator of Video Projects Jason McMerty taught 20 Elon students in Los Angeles this summer. While there, the students also completed a variety of professional entertainment industry internships. View the webisodes of their experiences at www.elon.edu/communications. Graduate program: An intensive one-year program, dubbed Interactive Media, will be offered starting next summer for 36 students, and will run as an annual program. For more information, view the School of Communication’s Web site, www. elon.edu/communications. Dean’s blog: Dean Paul Parsons has started a blog at www.paulparsons.wordpress.com to talk about the new communications curriculum, share videos from a recent speaker about technology and learning, and discuss the latest jobs and salary data. Information courtesy of Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications.
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Interactive media program links past to present Elon’s fifth graduate program, iMedia, will focus on delivering messages through a variety of media and will make Elon the first university in North Carolina to offer a master’s degree in Interactive Media. Ashley Barnas Reporter To plan and develop a master’s program is not so difficult, but actually implementing such a program and structuring it is not only tricky, but definitely easier said than done, communications professor David Copeland has come to learn. But Copeland has probably picked up a thing or two about establishing a higher-level program, considering he is the director of Elon’s fifth graduate school, the Master of Arts in Interactive Media. His colleagues, especially School of Communications Dean Paul Parsons, have been feeling the pressure of creating a quality institution. “We joke that we’re ready to go as soon as we hire faculty and staff, as soon as we get students and as soon as we get a facility,” Parsons said. “At the same time, we’re very confident.” The program, dubbed iMedia, is set to launch in summer 2009 and will consist of the top 36 creative and spirited students that apply. Initially put on hold in 2000 when the administration wanted to focus on getting the School of Communications nationally accredited, iMedia was crafted with the future, not current standards, in mind. “At the beginning we considered a traditional master’s in
communications program,” Parsons said. But he quickly realized such a program would need to be more cutting-edge to deal with the unknown future and ongoing convergence of media. Because Copeland saw a lack of other interactive media programs across the nation, he faced creating the program as a necessity and a challenge. “In 2000, when we were looking at all of this, no one really knew how it would flush out,” Copeland said. For prospective students who are not communications majors, the program’s appeal comes in its ability to provide new tools and skill sets to enhance undergraduate degrees. These students will begin by taking intensive courses in media law and ethics and media writing during the first summer session. Their communications major classmates will join them in the second session for a digital media workshop before launching the fall semester together. A fly-in during Winter Term will send teams of students and professors to domestic and international destinations to collect material for a project for the public good. Their products’ main distribution means will be the Web. There will be about 22 different sections of the graduate courses, with the lab classes split to allow more
individual student attention. “We anticipate that about half of those [sections] will be taught by our existing faculty,” Parsons said. But they are searching for new faculty this year that will inevitably spill over to the undergraduate school as well. But one of the program’s appeals is also one of its challenges: How to fit all the courses into one year. The fulltime, high-intensity iMedia program will start in July or August 2009 and end in May. In preparation for the first class, this year will consist of hiring a fulltime lab technician and professors, advertising the program, accepting applications and renovating the program’s home on the second floor of Powell as soon as the Lindner Rotunda building is complete. Just as high as the expectations for the program’s success are expectations for the students. Parsons said he wants students to think strategically, know how to communicate and produce strong content in the new media environment. “The first question I’ll have in my mind is who will be the class,” Parsons said. “I’ll say a number of them will be recent graduates of Elon. I picture some in the class being 22-year-olds, [some] coming out of a profession where they want to retool or move in a different direction.” Most importantly, the program offers a professional master’s degree, which should appeal to people who want to overlay their majors with a degree in interactive media. “Interactive media can be an intersection with other fields that can create an exciting environment,” Parsons said. In terms of academic discipline, English, history, music, business administration and other majors should find an easy intersection with
Who: College graduates, current professionals What: A new communications graduate program When: Starting in summer 2009 Where: Powell second floor, Elon University an interactive media degree. Art Fadde, assistant dean of admissions and director of graduate admissions, said the admissions office wants diversity in schools, academic disciplines and age. Most students will probably be transitioning directly from undergraduate institutions, but, “ultimately, we’re certainly going to attract someone who wants to be on the cutting edge,” he said. Another pull for the program is the attraction of being part of the alpha class. Since the program is brand new, the admissions office will be promoting it based on Elon’s reputation and the belief that students know when Elon is going to start a new endeavor, it will be done right. Postcards were sent out to 3,500 prospective students, peer schools and media outlets, and a brochure will be sent to students who request more information. Fadde said he will not be surprised if the admissions office gets at least 100 applications, though they’re shooting for about 150. This allows admissions to accept 50 or 60 students with the expectation that around 36 students will enroll. There is generally a much greater yield in terms of acceptance and enrollment with graduate programs.
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Basirico implements pilot pre-abroad courses Ashley Barnas Reporter In his last act as dean of international programs, Laurence Basirico will oversee the pilot of four 1-credit courses to precede Winter Term classes abroad. The classes will serve as a way to increase time for interaction between students and professors before leaving the country, in addition to several other benefits. This fall, these pilot classes will take place for Winter Term 2009 courses in Ireland, Ghana, South Africa and Belize. Basirico said these Winter Term classes were picked for the pilot because they generally have high enrollment. Once the 1-credit courses were tacked on, he was afraid that students would drop off just because they would have to take an extra course in the fall. Choosing those four popular programs would make harming enrollment less likely. Ireland and South Africa offer general studies courses, Ghana is a
Did you know? In 2007, Elon was one of four schools to receive NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
history course and Belize is focused on field biology. This will give the study abroad center an opportunity to look at how the pilot course works with a variety of classes. Laurence A certain amount of work is required Basirico of students before going abroad for Winter Term. It is often focused on the culture, government, language and other aspects of the particular destination that require a student’s basic understanding before arrival. The students are getting that work done through pre-departure orientation meetings, Basirico said, but the one-credit course will make the load easier to handle and more spread over time. Professors will not have to do anything that is much different from what they have already been doing, he said. “In most cases, the amount of contact hours necessary to receive one credit are already being met by most, if not all, of the pre-departure classes,” he said. “In recent years, these sessions have developed above and beyond logistical preparation to now include significant academic, cultural and personal preparation.” Holding the separate class in the fall will help to set the climate and the perception among students that this is a serious academic experience
Aluminum replacing traditional plastic bottles Cyntra Brown Reporter First the trays in Harden, now this. Elon’s quest for sustainability has flowed right through the dining halls again. Working to reduce the community’s environmental footprint, plastic water bottles are being tossed out in favor of reusable aluminum bottles that will be available in Octagon, downstairs Colonnades and downstairs McEwen. Last year, an estimated 200,000 water bottles were used by students through meal plans. With the addition of the aluminum containers, students can get fresh, filtered water and help the environment at the same time. ARAMARK employee Ryan Moore said he thinks this idea will be the start of something great. Moore works specifically with sustainability projects at Elon and wants students to be aware of how this change greatly impacts their community. “With the implementation of the aluminum water bottle we cut 70 percent out of the 100 percent that don’t get recycled,” he said. Every student that is a commuter, lives on campus or has a meal plan should have received a water bottle through his or her Resident Assistant or campus mail. While filtered water will be available with the meal plan, students can also fill up with other beverages at campus eateries. “I think it’s great because the plastic is made from oil,” junior Alex Bauernschub said. “It’s one of the most green things you can do.” But even though the plan has good intentions, some students are concerned about a few aspects. Some students think that using aluminum bottles is a great way to help out, but feel like it’s a little extreme, like junior Monique Vines. “I feel like Elon is doing too much,” she said. “I don’t feel like I should be forced to carry around the aluminum bottle just in case I feel like I want water. It’s an inconvenience.” Sophomore Brittany Jones is concerned over how long the fad will last. “I feel like I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it for the whole year,” Jones said. “Would I be able to get a new bottle?” ARAMARK isn’t offering new bottles if they become lost. After giving students the tools, Moore said it’s the students’ responsibility to keep up with the bottle if they want to continue to help out the environment and curb their footprint.
• Ability to and not just a trip or vacation, help shap Basirico said. The classes will e new programs provide the assurance that • Hosting Christmas students are choosing to go and graduatio abroad for the right reasons. n parties at his house for Basirico has been at Elon the intern ational for 25 years and accepted the students dean position in March 2005 • Helping to create after serving as interim dean study a broad opp since the summer of 2004. ortunities for faculty Before that, he was chair of the department of sociology and anthropology for 10 years, and will return to dean: teaching full time in the ments as h s li p m o c Ac rnship department next fall. abroad inte d e s a re c A large portion of Basirico’s time r of • In and numbe s ie it as dean has been spent working n u rt o opp ms to strengthen pre-departure ange progra ational h c x e experiences for every Winter Term ed intern • Develop program. If these pilot classes are n campus eriences o p x e t n e successful, all students enrolled d stu abroad Elon study w a in study abroad courses for Winter rs e v O • nd Italy Term 2010 will osta Rica a C in rs te n ce to then be required with faculty • Worked rm study to take one-credit e T r Winte w e n p lo e classes starting in v de ses fall 2009. broad clas Dislikes/won’t miss: a “Before they leave, students • Middle of the night phone still misinterpret calls mid-January that it’s a trip,” • Having to explain to students Basirico said. that their Winter Term course is And the fall classes will “add filled and they can’t go abroad academic culture • Last minute decisions to before leaving cancel a trip because of and ultimately, troubled situations abroad the professors and students will be rewarded.”
Amethyst Initiative takes a shot at curbing binge drinking 129: Current signatory count Kaitlin Busch Copy Editor
College presidents from more than 100 universities across the nation have started a movement called the Amethyst Initiative to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18, claiming current laws feed into binge drinking on campus. While Elon has been the target of some media speculation for outlandish drinking, it isn’t the only campus in the nation that experiences complications due to drinking. The campaign claims college students everywhere are abusing alcohol and makes the argument that if the drinking age was lowered then students may not drink in excess because it would no longer be illegal, diminishing the rebellious ritual. The debate is also being fueled by the fact that men and women who are old enough to fight for our country in foreign countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan are responsible enough to legally drink. The Amethyst Initiative also sparks a national debate about the current U.S. drinking age and works in hope to further research the ideal drinking age. University presidents currently taking part in the movement include those from Duke, Dartmouth, Ohio State, Syracuse, Tufts and Colgate. President Leo Lambert has decided to not partake in the Amethyst Initiative, since he has to be careful about separating his personal position on public policy issues from his role as speaking for the university, he said. His chief role as president at Elon is to keep the focus on the initiatives and recommendations of
the Presidential Task Force on Alcohol. “We are doing about 50 different things right now to curb binge drinking, which is lowering academic performance,” Lambert said. “There has been substantial progress here in the last year and I am very pleased.” However, Student Government Association President Chase Rumley agrees with the mission of the Amethyst Initiative. “The Amethyst Initiative is all about having a discussion, not so much about just lowering the drinking age,” he said. “I think once evidence was presented for both sides of the argument, then people would be able to more accurately estimate benefits versus consequences.” But the real question in the back of many students’ minds is asking that if lowering the drinking age will really solve any of Elon’s binge drinking problems. Without hard scientific research, those who want the age lowered could claim that students would no longer binge drink, putting a halt to the increasing number of deaths due to alcohol, Lambert said. At the same time, those who are against it also could claim that more teenagers would die due to alcohol consumption. “I think that it could perhaps limit binge drinking. I don’t necessarily know if it would help abate the amount of students that drink, but I think that students might drink less in sittings,” Rumley said. “For example, if students could drink at the bar, they wouldn’t ‘pre-game’ as much,
and I think that would lead to a more moderated culture of alcohol consumption.” Chuck Gantos, director and chief of campus safety and police, recognizes the problem sweeping the nation but doesn’t know if lowering the drinking age is the answer. “I think that this is something that really needs to be studied and analyzed because there are two sides,” Gantos said. “One concern all the universities across the nation have is the problem with binge drinking and the maturity level. There’s a big difference between an 18-yearold and 21-year-old maturity level.” As far as Elon is concerned, the North Carolina state laws and university polices will be applied and enforced as they stand. The university’s main concern is educating the students and enforcing the law, Lambert said. “Elon’s philosophy is to educate our students. We have Elon 101, Freshman Orientation, Res Life, Greek Life, Student Life and the campus police,” Gantos said. “We all put on programs to educate students on the dangers of drinking. No matter what the drinking age, we will continue our programs.” While some college presidents hope to curb binge drinking by taking the new approach to lowering the drinking age, Elon’s president has never lost focus on improving the university. “We know we have a problem with alcohol on this campus and taking on changing the drinking laws is taking away from our primary mission here,” Lambert said.
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Misleading surveys perplex Lighthouse loyals Elon administration’s actions don’t live up to its reputation
he Princeton Review recently claimed that Elon is one of the bestadministered schools in the nation. After recent changes on and off campus, students may argue that this highly efficient administration is also highly unreceptive. Elon administration held three open forum focus groups about the future of Lighthouse, as well as meetings with SGA members. Smith Jackson, dean of students, even attended an SGA meeting and spoke directly with students, fielding questions and, at times, hostile sentiment. Students had differing opinions about the space — some wanted live bands, others desired the bar remained unchanged and a few wished it would become a restaurant. In a school of about 4,900 undergraduates, those involved in the Lighthouse struggle had conflicting ideas about the property’s future purpose but one thing was consistent throughout the polling process — no ARAMARK. Students often struggle against
“ Elon has not changed Cantina into the
old Brown & Co, they merely slapped some new paint on the walls and gave it a different name. ”
ARMARK’s reign over oncampus dining — prices being the main point of contention. Lighthouse began as an off-campus space, free from the high expense of ARAMARK fare. Now ARAMARK has become a looming presence with which all Elon students must contend. Administration claims that because Elon owns Lighthouse, the university can invoke change students want. ARAMARK presence at Lighthouse speaks to the administration’s disregard of student wants. Students did not want ARAMARK tampering with one of the few gathering places close to campus it had not sunk its claws. Now Lighthouse will be serving food from McEwen and ARAMARK
Letter to the Editor As a parent of an Elon sophomore, I was hoping the campus environment would be one of enthusiasm and pride regarding this fall’s Presidential election. However, after reading the most current issue of The Magazine of Elon, as well as the latest issue of the Pendulum, I am quite disappointed, and quite frankly, a little angry at the lack of coverage for the Republican candidate, John McCain. Now, I’m an old guy, all of 47. I know that Obama has an appeal to the younger generation. But this election, like any to follow, should not be about age, race, or simply “change”. For none of these reflect policy. None of these reflect the need to discuss, dissect, reason and challenge views and statements of either nominee. “Hope” is not a policy. “Change” is not a policy. What candidate would approach a microphone and say, “I want to keep things just the way they are!” They certainly wouldn’t get many listeners. Over eight pages of coverage in “The Magazine”, and McCain was mentioned...once. And it was a negative connotation; basically, how old he is. However, there was accolade after accolade for Obama, the Clintons, and Democrats in general. I saw that several Elon students will cover the Democratic National Convention in Denver. What, no bus tickets left to the Republican convention in St. Paul? Or Bethany Massman’s column on her attendance at one of the Democratic debates. She was listening to “two of the greatest political minds of our times”??
Not a single mention throughout either publication regarding McCain’s past, one much fuller and more pertinent than anything Barak Obama has done. Nothing about his imprisonment during the Vietnam war. Nothing about his long years of service in the US Senate, where he has sponsored many bills with Democrats, much to the chagrin of his fellow Republicans. It is extremely disappointing to see such one-sided coverage. I believe it is Elon’s responsibility, both to it’s students and the community, to offer these young men and women a choice; a choice based on facts, fairness and equal time to both candidates so they can make informed decisions. I am extremely disappointed with Elon’s total slant to the left. Give the students the truth about both candidates, and let them decide. This is no way to educate and prepare these young adults for the tough decisions that await them.
Editor-in-Chief Olivia Hubert-Allen
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will staff the entire bar, along with some Elon students. Elon claims they could not find a third party to operate Lighthouse and allow Elon to program, reserve, oversee and make a profit. Is that surprising? No one is buying a business where they play Cinderella — cooking, cleaning,and serving — while a stepmother Elon reaps all the benefits. Administration’s disregard for student input extends to former students as well. When alumni were polled about changing Cantina to Brown & Co the response was ecstatic. Alumni had fond memories of the restaurant, which was not owned by Elon University in the 20 years of its operation. Elon has not changed
Cantina into the old Brown & Co, they merely slapped some new paint on the walls and gave it a different name. Fifteen items on the former Cantina menu will appear on the new Brown & Co menu — Cantina’s original menu wasn’t that long so how much has actually changed? Students and alumni are not getting an old restaurant favorite, they are getting Cantina with a name change and paint job. Students trust the university to listen to their complaints and suggestions and participate in an honest dialogue. If the university was always going to bring in ARAMARK, they shouldn’t have given students the false belief they were finally going to be free of the ARAMARK monopoly. Alumni responding to emails were enthusiastic about the original Brown & Co, not an uninspiring imitation. If administration wants to live up to the praise bestowed upon it by Princeton Review and truly be a school that “runs like butter” it needs to remember the students its serving.
Move-in day dazzles, but group pride suffers Elon’s move-in day was like a wellchoreographed dance—everyone had his or her part, and everything seemed to go off without a hitch. By 8 a.m., the traditional line of cars had appeared laden with linens, lamps and school supplies. The long line moved steadily and surely, thanks to the help of local Elon Police. The traffic patterns allowed for even the smallest parking lot, located right behind HBB, to turn into an unloading dock where Cushmen magically and methodically sucked up the piles and piles of “stuff” that had been crammed into every inch of car space. These items were then spit back out into a dorm, and the process repeated. The orientation staff, armed with sugar and caffeine, made countless trips up and down stairs with neverending smiles on their faces. Their willingness to assist without complaint in the thick summer heat was amazing. One O-Team member was clearly struggling with a large box, but when a concerned parent said that they could go back and get it later, he muscled out a smile and said “It’s no problem!” This scenario played out all day, a testament to the dedication of the orientation staff. Each area was equipped with troughs of plastic water bottles, a contradiction to the new stainless steel models given to on-campus residents. There was upbeat music playing, as well as a “driving guide” to Elon. . Administrators, flagged by nametags with ribbons, walked around and chatted with some new students. Even Leo Lambert himself made an appearance and carried a few boxes into West dormitory. Something new this year was
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Alumni Relations’ gift to Elon legacies. Before freshmen arrived, the staff dropped off dry erase cork boards with “Welcome Elon Legacy!” emblazoned on it.. The sheer number of Elon legacies new to campus this year shows that Elon must be doing something right. Students would not want to come to the same school as their parents if there was not something they absolutely loved about it. The continuation of Elon’s success should pull more and more legacies into the system, creating a community atmosphere similar to Ivy League schools where legacies compile a large chunk of the student body. The only disturbing orientation trend is the ironclad grip on organizations wanting to recruit freshmen. It is understandable to make orientation leaders “disaffiliate” with their numerous campus organizations, but it feels like the rest of the students on campus have been neutered for the week until Org Fair as well. Why shouldn’t upperclassmen be encouraged to wear their organizations tee shirt to show their presence on campus? Keeping freshmen a “blank slate” is indeed beneficial to them, but is it really fair to the rest of campus? Elon’s move in should be a model for other schools. Everyone has heard the freshman move-in horror stories about registering for classes, moving boxes with no air conditioning, and waiting in line for hours to order books. Elon has eliminated that nightmare and created an experience that is dangerously close to fun. One can only applaud all those involved with move-in day and hope that Elon continues this exceptional tradition.
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Opinions Sarah Palin is the perfect vice presidential pick
t’s always exciting to see a shooting star. Observers always point to where it was and stare into the dark sky, hoping to see another one. Hillary Clinton's candidacy was like witnessing Halley’s comet streak across the sky; it was a once-in-a-lifetime event. And just Derek Kiszely like Halley’s comet, she’ll be back. And we won’t have to wait 75 Columnist years. In the meantime, as Clinton fades away for the time being, another star is born. Her name is Sarah Palin, and in one of the boldest vice presidential selections in political history, John McCain has chosen her to be the first woman on a Republican ticket. With astronomical approval ratings, Palin — the first female governor of Alaska — is also the most popular governor in America. Palin has the potential to become an inspirational figure and powerful symbol. She has already become an overnight sensation, exploding onto the national stage like a supernova. Now if you’re reading this article in the hopes of being spoon-fed the specifics of Sarah Palin’s political history, you might as well stop reading now. This article isn’t meant to defend Sarah Palin’s record. She is more than capable of doing that herself. And if you give her a chance, regardless of your political persuasion, Sarah Palin might just surprise you. She is, after all, in many ways a lot like Barack Obama.
Sarah Palin may very well turn out to be a once-ina-generation political “rising star” that can convince the American people that she is a natural-born leader. There’s just something about Palin that draws people to her; it’s like the gravitational pull of the Earth. She is someone Republicans, conservatives, and yes, even Democrats can rally behind. Barack Obama has dismissed experience as a prerequisite for leadership, and has made the case that experience isn’t what counts; it’s judgment. And if there is one thing Palin has going for her, it is her good judgment and her natural ability to lead. She has a record of integrity matched by few elected officials: She has risen to power by battling corruption in her own party. She’s an antiestablishment reformer who has spent her entire political career crusading against the political machine that rules Alaska. Palin is an incredibly accomplished, smart, powerful woman who beyond all of her talents has something it seems no politician possesses: perspective. And so, Palin has become something the Democrats fear more than anything else: A Republican Hillary Clinton. And, at the same time, Palin has become something the Republicans need more than anything else: A Republican Hillary Clinton. One of the reasons 18 million people supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries is because they respected her for being a smart, opinionated career woman who refused to let gender expectations or gender bias stop her from achieving great things. Sarah Palin really isn’t all that different.
And now, win or lose, Sarah Palin has become the face of the future in a party that desperately needs women role models to look up to, just as we look up to the sky for another glimpse of that shooting star. Whatever preconceived notions Americans have about the Republican Party, there is no way anyone can say that John McCain’s presidency would represent a “third term” of George Bush. Dick Cheney, no matter how hard the Democrats try to convince you, does not (thankfully) represent the future of the Republican Party. Sarah Palin represents that future — her vice presidential candidacy marks the beginning of the new Republican Party and will usher in a new generation of leaders. The New Republican Party is multi-ethnic. It is religiously diverse and encourages strong leadership by women as well as men. Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana (the first IndianAmerican Governor in America) and Rep. Eric Cantor (one of the few Republicans in the House of Representatives that is Jewish) are just a couple examples of such conservative “rising stars” on the political horizon. If you still aren’t convinced that the selection of Palin as John McCain’s running mate actually represents the ever-elusive “change you can believe in,” then stop for a second and think of this: at the end of the general election, no matter what happens, an African-American or a woman will hold high office next year for the first time in American history. The presidential election of 2008 is a truly historic event. We have not one, but two rising stars, one on each ticket.
High-profile scandal is bad news for Democratic party
Barnes & Noble policy is unfair and costly
t was never going to be an easy election for the Republicans. Faced with the disastrous war in Iraq and the failing economy, it is no surprise that according to a July 31 poll by CNN, 76 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction. Most pundits agreed that this sort of attitude would probably signal a change in political parties at the White House come Inauguration Day in January. The Republican candidates were generally perceived as tepid at best and mundane at worst, while their Democratic counterparts presented history-making possibilities. Some confidently predicted at the race’s commencement that the only people that could beat the Democrats in November were the Democrats themselves. Well, guess what? Amazingly, the Democrats are doing it. It started with the incredibly drawn out primary, from which it is stunning that any candidate’s character survived. While Sen. John McCain quietly secured his party’s nomination in early March, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton continued to fight it out until June. On paper, this seems like a good thing: rather than unfairly relying on Iowa and New Hampshire, every state gets to have their voice heard. The problem was the constant mudslinging. Inflammatory character assassinations dominated the news, to the point where the average American would have been hard pressed to remember anything but Rev. Wright and Bosnia in November. This month the final blow has landed, and again the Republicans had nothing to do with it. The National Enquirer uncovered that former senator and 2004 vice presidential candidate John Edwards had an extramarital affair with campaign filmmaker Rielle Hunter and may have fathered her child out of wedlock. In many ways Edwards is the Democrats' golden boy. Physically attractive, the former senator stands for everything the Democratic Party believes in: equal rights, universal healthcare and supporting lower class families. No other presidential candidate in recent history has done more for the poor than Edwards. He has built up so much good will in his years campaigning that many initially
discredited the story when it was first raised months ago. Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, the story is true. On Aug. 8, while most Americans were busy watching the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, Edwards quietly admitted his mistake on ABC’s Nightline but denied he was the father of Hunter’s child. Edwards half-heartedly apologized, saying that although he had kept this information from the public while he was running for president, he had been 99 percent honest. If only this were the case. Even in his apology, Kevin Clang it appears that Edwards Columnist may not be telling the whole truth. According to friends of Hunter, Edwards may have lied in the interview about the timeline and nature of the affair. Democrats have wisely chosen to distance themselves from the disgraced senator, attempting to salvage whatever good will he has left. Unsurprisingly, Edwards did not attend the Democratic National Convention. An appearance in Denver would have been a black mark on four days of unity and celebration. These days it seems like we get a new political sex scandal every month, but none featuring people as high profile as Edwards. His most interesting quote from the ABC interview was: “I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissitic.” Politicians, especially high profile ones, are very powerful people. It takes a unique sense of character and dignity that few possess not to abuse this. In some ways, the Democrats are very lucky. Imagine if Edwards had won the primaries and was their presumptive presidential nominee, only to have this story break. It would be devastating for both the party and the country. Stories like this go to show us one thing — not everyone has the makeup to be president.
Justin Berger Guest Columnist ith the start of fall semester, students have begun to order books for school. Some are content to pay the Barnes & Noble bookstore prices, but others hit the Web in search of the best deal they can find. While searching the Web for better deals, it quickly becomes apparent that it would be a lot easier to search for books if the ISBNs (International Serial Book Numbers) of the books were provided. Unfortunately, they are not listed under “required materials” when Elon students access their book list using OnTrack (which redirects to a Barnes & Noble Web site). Students, persistent to save some money in these tight times, continue on by calling the bookstore. The campus shop’s first response is that they cannot give ISBNs out to students because they don’t have the staff to do that for everyone who called. It is silly for Barnes & Noble not to just list them on the Web site as is done on other textbook online stores. The real reason students are not provided with the ISBNs is because it is “Barnes & Noble national policy to not provide these numbers” and that “plenty of information was provided for students to go out and find the book on their own.” This is not always the case when titles are ambiguous, abbreviated and cut down to letters, ellipses and symbols. It can get difficult — especially when the publishers
are abbreviated. The McGraw Hill Web site alone has links to 20 different smaller publishing divisions (http:// www.mcgrawhill.com/edu/ default.shtml). Finding books merely through publishers, which may seem simple, is not helpful for students trying to save money. Now it’s one thing for the bookstore to not have the staffing to provide ISBN numbers for inquiring students (which is slightly understandable), but it is nearing thievery for Barnes & Noble not to include this information; it would not be difficult for them to list it on their Web site. The lack of specific, helpful information is wrong; this is clearly an attempt by Barnes & Noble to make it difficult for students to find the required materials at better prices. It just isn’t right to rob college-age students and their families at a time when the housing trend is in the largest slump since the Great Depression. In this case, blame should not be placed on the staff at the campus shop. It is not their fault, they play no role in the corporate policy of Barnes & Noble. In addition, Barnes & Noble should not be painted as a bad company, because it’s not — it offers plenty of worthwhile experiences through book clubs and reading promotion experiences. What Barnes & Noble should do is better their reputation by creating a better experience for its customers through consumer action.
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Compiled by Shelley Russell Special Projects Editor
Summer can mean surf, sun and relaxation for most, but several Elon students made the most of the three months away from homework assignments and on-going projects. From internships, to study abroad, to service projects, Elon students were spread across the world, and are now back to tell their stories.
Stephanie Moeller, senior, sits at her internship in Los Angeles, at E! Entertainment.
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Harrison “Alex” King Communications Class of 2009 This summer, I spent 10 weeks interning with the Urban Marketing Department at Jive Records in New York City. During this internship, I was challenged, stretched and worked until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Some nights I stayed in the office until 11:30 p.m., and I also worked on the weekends. I created marketing plans for artists, designed tours, created videos for Usher and Barack Obama and worked with artists on their image and promotions. While this internship was a lot of work, I did take advantage of the opportunities to watch two Chris Brown shows from backstage, as well as Usher’s one-night-only appearance and show at the historic Apollo Theater. I was also able to explore the city during
various tasks and runs for my supervisors to places such as the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), PLUG Digital, Def Jam Recordings and Bad Boy Entertainment. An amazing staff of people mentored me throughout my internship. I have come away knowing some of the most creative minds in the industry. Although there were a lot of perks to my internship, this job was incredibly intense. People in this industry are always five steps ahead of the game and paying attention to a fickle audience. There’s no room for error and only the strongest class can survive. I am proud to say I have put my foot in the door as a part of that class. I still have a long way to go but I have a good start.
Jackie Moss English Creative Writing, Literature Class of 2009 I went into my internship at Harper’s Bazaar not knowing the difference between Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, and ended the summer being able to tell a Blahnik from a Louboutin just by the heel of a shoe. As the editorial assistant’s assistant, I wasn’t expecting to get as much into the world of fashion as I did. I saw myself on the editing side of things, with less glamour and more work. My main duty was to write a daily news brief of the gossip pages that were sent out to the entire staff, but I also helped out in any department that needed assistance and I went on many errands. I didn’t realize how integrated the separate departments of a magazine were until I had been at Bazaar for a few weeks. Even now, it awes me how in-sync art, fashion, features and photo needs to be for the desired end product to become reality. Spending time in each department and working closely with the heads of those departments proved to me just how important teamwork really is — especially at crunch time, right before each issue went to print. During this ‘real world’ experience, I learned that it is essential to take every possible opportunity offered, because a moment’s hesitation could cost someone a byline, or possibly a job. I’ll use this new knowledge until I have a big white desk, my name in the masthead and a view of Central Park— and of course my pick of shoes from any collection as well.
“During my summer I met Chris Brown, Ciara, Yung Joc, Twista, Raheem DeVaughn, Leslie Roy, Fantasia, Michelle from Destiny’s Child, Usher’s mom and Hot Stylz,”Harrison “Alex” King said. King (left), stands here with Big Boi from Outkast.
Kevin Kline Broadcast Communications, Political Science Class of 2009 This summer, I worked as a reporter, anchor, photographer and producer at WEIU-Television News Watch in Charleston, Illinois. The program gathered 12 student interns from California to Carolina to run the PBS affiliate's daily 30-minutes newscast. I lived and worked near the campus of Eastern Illinois University and faced quick deadlines. Our news director would assign stories in the morning and we had to travel, shoot, write and edit news packages by the 5:30 p.m. show. While our schedule changed throughout the summer, I reported and/or anchored the news three days a week, seeking out some amazing stories. Some were similar to what one may see near Elon, while others were completely new for me. I was in Terre Haute, Ind., soon after the flash floods hit earlier this summer. In addition to covering the flood, I also put together stories about how corn growth in the area is behind schedule and how high fuel prices are affecting area pilots. I even covered the blooming of a rare flower that smells like rotten flesh. I also had the opportunity to prepare and manage the newscast throughout the day as a producer. Overall, WEI was an amazing experience. Each day I would return to the newsroom amazed at what I had accomplished. The combination of off-air and on-air work will prepare me for the working world. While life outside Elon is looming even nearer, I feel more and more ready to face it. Overall, WEIU was an incredible experience.
Kevin Kline, senior, sits with his co-anchor durin Television News Watch in Charleston, Illinois. Kli interns to run the daily 30-minute newscast.
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What a wild ride! The 2008 Democratic National Convention is wrapping up after some incredible speeches and experiences. Eight Elon students joined Professor Chalmers Brumbaugh in Denver for two weeks as part of a Washington Center seminar on the DNC. For the first week, we became acclimated to the area while being joined by an impressive lineup of guest speakers such as Howard Dean and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. The real fun didn’t come until week two of the program when the convention officially began. Each of the 370 or so students in the Washington Center program had a volunteer assignment during the convention; for example,
With a huge soft spot for celebrity gossip, I couldn’t pass up an offer to intern with E! Entertainment — especially while I was in the city that is virtually the world capital of celebrity news. Working with E! gave me the opportunity to attend exciting events and meet people that others would only see behind the TV screen. In addition to all the advantages I received from work, being in such an exciting city also yielded the opportunity for Elon students to attend movie premieres and screenings, make ourselves comfortable at world-famous restaurants and clubs and butt heads with some of the biggest names in the business. After such a positive experience this summer, Elon can have me for one last year, but L.A. hasn’t seen enough of me yet. Hollywood, meet Stephanie Moeller.
some students worked with media outlet personnel such as CNN or the Washington Times, while others were stationed in the Pepsi Center (the site of the convention) to check participant credentials. Others spent their time with state delegations and other dignitaries. Each evening of the convention brought more energy to the Democratic movement to elect Barack Obama president of the United States. Michelle Obama kicked off the convention on Monday night with a charismatic speech that emphasized family values, and Hillary Clinton proclaimed her unquestionable support for Obama in a notable speech on the second night.
Elon students walked away from the DNC having observed it from a unique perspective of volunteering. It was not unusual to pass by Anderson Cooper or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi while volunteering at the DNC. In addition to lending a helping hand, Elon students were required to keep a journal of their experiences, complete assigned academic reading and conduct interviews with people at the convention. Regardless of all the academic requirements, this DNC experience has been the epitome of experiential learning and I would highly recommend it to any student at Elon.
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After spending my spring semester abroad in Kenya, I just wasn’t ready to leave the continent yet. I spent all of May and June backpacking across East Africa, and it was a chapter of my life that I will never forget. First, I took the popular form of transportation, the matatu (minibus) through western Kenya where a majority of the postelection violence of 2008 had taken place. We passed many Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps and were able to hear many stories from victims of the violence. We also went to the Nile River in Uganda — home to some of the best white water rapids in the world. The water made me sick, but it was definitely worth it to raft the rapids! Camping was amazing and I met so many interesting travelers there. Following our stay in Uganda, we were ready to head to Rwanda. After 12 hours on a bus, we arrived in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, where we saw several
genocide memorials and “Hotel Rwanda.” We also went into the North to see the mountain gorillas. We were literally surrounded by over 20 gorillas; a silverback even punched one girl. After Rwanda, I headed back to Kenya to meet my family for the last part of the trip. We climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, to raise money for
the Amani Center for Street Children in Moshi, Tanzania. It was the hardest nine days of my life but I loved every second of it. After the climb we visited the kids at Amani and then headed out to safari. We went to several game parks and I was finally able to enjoy a real shower, something I really hadn’t had for about five months. My journey across East Africa was full of ups and downs. In the end I had a lot of great stories and a life experience I will never forget. I miss it every day, and can’t wait to return again someday.
Sam Christenbury Leisure and Sport Management Class of 2010
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This summer I took on the cause of raising funds and awareness for people with physical and mental disabilities. I accomplished this by raising $5,200 for Push America philanthropy and by cycling across the United States, from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. covering 4,000 miles. My 24man Journey of Hope team was comprised of Pi Kappa Phis from chapters all over the country. I decided this cause was worthy of my efforts because helping disabled children smile and forget about their troubles for a day is something I am capable of and therefore felt obligated to do. Along our journey, we participated in friendship visits where we had barbeques, went swimming and shared in recreational activities with individuals that have disabilities. My favorite friendship visit was in Napa, Calif. where our
team was the audience of the Southside Ensemble, a musical group of people with disabilities who live in the area. This visit gave light to many talents and abilities of people who are handicapped. As a cyclist, I rode anywhere from 25 to 115 miles, six days a week. It was a trying experience that demanded endurance both mentally and physically. I feel that my physical training and support from my chapter brothers played the biggest roles in helping me to complete the 4,000 miles. I am proud to say that we conquered the three major mountain ranges of the U.S.: the Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies and the Appalachians. I truly hope that over the course of my 64-day journey I improved the lives of individuals with disabilities, because they definitely gave me the best summer of my life.
sam Christenbury, right, stands with Pi Kappa Phi brothers during his 4,000 bike ride across the country to raise $5,200 for the Push america philanthropy. Christenbury and fraternity brothers Dan Cariello, senior, and Ben Kaufman, junior, also participated in the cause.
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Style The Culture of Beer Pong: Colleges crack down Margeaux Corby Opinions Editor It’s a tense moment. Across the wide expanse of the table are two friends glaring intensely and a handful of red plastic cups filled with golden foam. After a beautiful arm arch, the tiny white ping-pong ball plops beautifully into the lukewarm beer. All joy in this victory is lost when campus security and police come bounding into the on-campus apartment. According to the Elon University Student Handbook, playing alcohol drinking games is considered a ‘behavior that endangers the health and safety of self and/ or others.’ A first offender is subject to a guaranteed disciplinary probation with possible disciplinary suspension for one year, 30 campus restitution hours and a $150 to $300 fine. This is not including the charges that come with possessing and consuming alcohol if you are under 21 years old. Elon’s policy concerning drinking games, most often manifested in the everpopular beer pong or Beirut, is following a more national legal
trend against the game. In 2007, Georgetown University banned beer pong including official beer pong tables, beer funnels and “possession or use of alcoholrelated paraphernalia in university housing.” Dartmouth University went even further to ban water pong — where the Solo cup contents are replaced with water instead of beer — since water intoxication or hyperhydration can be lethal. In 2007, a woman died of water poisoning after drinking as much water as she could without going to the bathroom in a “hold your wee for a Wii” contest hosted by a local California radio station. It is not only colleges and universities that have made harsher restrictions against beer pong — Belmar, New Jersey outlawed outdoor beer pong in a 2005 city ordinance. Virginia and Pennsylvania have passed laws prohibiting beer pong tables in bars. Beer pong’s popularity has crossed into North Carolina as well. According to myrtlebeachonline.com, the two top sellers at Sam’s Quik Stop, a convenience store close to Duke University’s
campus, are Busch Light cases and ping-pong balls. As a result, Duke president Richard Brodhead is joining the Amethyst Initiative — a national movement made up of university presidents challenging the 21 yearold legal drinking age and discussing the lowering of the legal drinking age as a way to combat such types of binge drinking. Elon is working to educate students about practicing safe drinking and partying habits with “Party Smart” programs. These classes, sponsored by university officials and Town of Elon police, will be offered tonight at Sheridan Place apartments and Friday afternoon at the corner of West College Ave. and Williamson Avenue. They will offer tips about having fun off campus without being destructive. Elon has not yet done anything as dramatic as Duke’s president but with the current trend of municipalities and colleges, fiercer beer pong restrictions might be in the university’s future.
Recently, school administrations nationwide have been increasing restrictions on the popular drinking game beer pong.
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DUST in the wind
New exhibition explores humans and landscape Alexa Milan A&E Editor
This semester’s cultural calendar features presentations and performances by nationallyrecognized artists. But throughout September, the Arts West Gallery and the Isabella Cannon Room in the Center for the Arts will display the talent of some of Elon’s own. Faculty from the art department will get the chance to show what they have achieved outside the classroom. Samantha DiRosa, assistant professor of art, is one of the artists participating in the exhibition. Can you describe the work that you will have featured in the exhibit? Samantha DiRosa: “Gathering Dust: Sediment/Sentiment” is a collaborative project with a friend and former colleague at Washington State University who teaches in the landscape architecture department. The larger project will eventually integrate images, poetry, video and sound to convey layered narratives regarding geology, memory and human occupation of the landscape. “Gathering Dust” uses the concept of sedimentation to explore issues of sentimentality, both of which allude to the processes of setting down material and layering. In linking sediment and sentiment, the project extends the language of science to reveal how humans experience and remember the ground. It examines how people inhabit and are products of landscape processes. “Gathering Dust: Sediment/ Sentiment” translates the vocabulary of science into the vocabulary of lived moments. The photographs specifically displayed in the Isabella Cannon Room are landscapes of the Pacific Northwest juxtaposed with direct scans of collected sediment.
How long did it take you to complete that work?
DiRosa: The work is actually still in progress. What I’m exhibiting is an experiment within the larger body of work that has been going on for about a year, but these pieces specifically took about a month to create.
What sparked your interest in art? DiRosa: I didn’t take my first official art class until college. In high school and earlier I was heavily involved in music and pursued music as well in college. I decided to take a drawing class, I believe, out of curiosity, and my interest greatly expanded from there. After some “dabbling” in other art classes I became convinced that it was my path, so I transferred to a different university and became an art major.
What do you like about the art department here? DiRosa: I am just starting my second year at Elon. I really like the faculty here. I have forged some wonderful friendships, both in the department and within the larger university. This is a special thing that often can only happen in small liberal arts colleges where faculty are small and interested in interdisciplinary dialogue. The art department is also quite active across campus and in study abroad. They are an inspiring group of people to work with.
DiRosa and her fellow artists use photos of the Pacific Northwest and scans of collected sediment to create several of the photographs that will be on display in the two galleries on campus through Sept. 24.
IF YOU GO: WHAT: Faculty art exhibition opening reception
WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m. starting Monday, Sept. 8, through Sept. 24 WHERE: Arts West Gallery (work will also be displayed in the Isabella Cannon Room in the Center for the Arts) FEATURED ARTISTS:
Samantha DiRosa, Michael Fels, Ken Hassell, Judy Henricks, Young Kim, Mike Sanford, Garima Saxena, David Schaeffer, Anne Simpkins and LM Wood
What inspires your work? DiRosa: Things that most people typically find uncomfortable or boring inspire my work. It could be the way a flock of birds are flying or a dead insect on the windowsill. Often it’s what people typically disregard or don’t even notice. Discovering the poetry in all things transitory is a large motivation behind what I do. So inevitably, death and suffering are big subject matters that
I tackle. Politics and gender issues inform my work as well.
an “Aha!” moment and it is the work I am most proud of.
What’s your favorite piece that you’ve done?
What do you do when you’re not teaching?
DiRosa: A piece called “Containing Lightness,” which is a wall installation composed of silver bubble blowers, wax tealight candles and insects. The body of work explored tensions between union and disintegration, impermanence and permanence and lightness and weight. It came together in
DiRosa: Making art is a big one of course. Travel is another big one … and gardening. But I am also expecting a child, so at the moment a lot of our “spare” time is going to preparation for her arrival.
Kal Penn returns for Obama Actor travels the country to ignite voters Alexa Milan A&E Editor
ALEXA MILAN | Photographer
Penn spoke for a half hour at West End Station about the importance of college-aged people getting involved with politics.
Though actor Kal Penn is best known for his work on-screen in films like “The Namesake” and the “Harold and Kumar” movies or in TV shows like “House” and “24,” lately he has turned his attention to politics. Penn returned to Elon on Aug. 31 to stump for Barack Obama, discuss the importance of voting and take questions from students. Penn first visited Elon on May 4 to tell students about the importance of voting in the primaries and Obama’s One Stop Early Voting program.
During his talk at West End Station, Penn discussed the Democratic National Convention, where he worked as the floor manager for the Virginia delegation, and why he supports Obama. Penn’s talk served as the kick-off event for the Elon University Students for Change, which emphasized the fact that even though the majority of Elon students are from out of state, they can still register to vote in North Carolina. If you missed the event, you can listen to The Pendulum’s interview with Penn and watch his speech in our Web exclusive at www.elon. edu/pendulum.
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Marching to the beat of their own drums Fire of the Carolinas brings team spirit to Rhodes Stadium Kristin Feeney Reporter Ask any Elon student and they’ll tell you, the number of credit hours for a course usually reflects the amount of effort the course requires. Meaning that 4-credit biology course you’re taking takes up far more of your time than your 1-credit racquetball class. Ask any member of the Fire of the Carolinas and they’ll tell you a different story. At 1-credit hour, MUS109: Elon University Marching Band is not just a class, it’s a way of life. Arriving over a week before classes start, band members spend an entire week participating in an intensive band camp. “Despite popular belief, it’s not some Van Wilder, American Pie kind of experience,” sophomore trombonist Amanda Ketner said. “You’re up early everyday, running drills for hours in the heat and playing pieces until they’re perfect. It’s hard work, but I love it.” Ketner is one of 125 members of this year’s Fire of the Carolinas. The Fire of the Carolinas is in its sixth year under the direction of Tony ‘T-Saw’ Sawyer. “As a director, I wear many hats,” Sawyer said. “I’m involved with all aspects such as instrument purchasing
david wells | PHOTO EDITOR During the first football game of the season, The Fire of the Carolinas rocked the crowd with classic favorites such as “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Carry On Wayward Son.”
and repair, scheduling logistics, designing and writing music, and uniforms. It’s all about making it work and keeping it working.” Sawyer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music performance, is no stranger to the other side of marching. He pulls from his administrative and experience to help come up with new ways to evolve the fall programs. “I really try to add a few new things every year,” Sawyer said. “This year we’ve got a new post-game performance, a dedicated symbol marching line, a new freshman batontwirler, it’s great.” The post-game performance comes
as an addition to the preexisting pregame and halftime performances. “I’ve seen a lot of other schools have post-game performances,” Sawyer said. “It’s a bit more work, but it really seems to contribute to atmosphere and that’s what we want.” Energy is something which continues even after the course ends. Even during football off-season, there’s no rest for the band. A spirited group of 30 to 40 members comprise a pep-band that plays at men’s basketball games. Members of both the Fire of the Carolinas and the Pep Band receive small university scholarship awards for their participation. “It’s not much,” Sawyer said.
“But it’s enough for us to show our members we really appreciate everything they do.” Sawyer emphasized how proud he was to work with such a diverse group on campus. “I have a class of 125 students who come from each and every school of study,” Sawyer said. “I don’t know of too many teachers who have that opportunity on campus.” Many band members echoed Sawyer’s love for the diversity of the group. “Honestly, if it wasn’t for how amazing and different we all are, I wouldn’t be here,” junior flutist, Erin Southard said. “You can’t beat it. I love these people. They fire me up!”
‘I get by with a little help from my ... bike’ Elon works to encourage bike use and safety
classes would be better than 15 — especially if a class gets out late, the timing can be tight.” As an increased number of students are relying on bicycles to get around campus efficiently, the university is Shelley Russell taking measures to give more students Special Projects Editor the opportunity to use them. Campus Recreation offers a bike rental program The continuing expansion of Elon to all students for $25 each semester. University from South Campus to the “Bikes go really quickly,” said Julia Colonnades residence hall has caused Jacobs, a facilities manager for Campus the diagonal walk across campus to Recreation. “They’ve always sold out.” easily take up to 20 minutes; leaving The rental system, which replaced many students relying on bicycles to Student Life’s Ride, Rack and Relax get to class on time and questioning program, has been successful from the the transition time between classes. start. “A lot of freshmen usually rent Junior Katie Hlavinka brought the bikes,” said Campus Recreation her bike to school at the beginning employee Andrea West. “But with an of sophomore year. “It cut the time increase in parking fees, I can see more in half for me when I lived in the students participating.” Danieley Center,” Hlavinka said. “I Campus Safety and Police Captain used it mainly because I had backVickie Moehlman to-back classes in expressed concern McMichael and the about bike security Performing Arts at Elon. While the Center, where I had department offers to change for dance a bike registration class.” program, Moehlman Senior Dan • Bike is given a said that only about Sembler remembers 20 to 50 students registration sticker a much smaller register their bikes campus just • Serial number can be each year. three years ago. Bike registration, traced if bike is stolen “Freshman year, a free service, places Koury Business • Chances of bike a blue registration Center wasn’t here sticker on the bike return are greater yet, so my classes and leaves the were all contained serial number and in East Area and I description with lived in Brannock.” police. Sembler, an accounting major, “The sticker is a deterrent for recently purchased a long board criminals,” Moehlman said. “It’s because most of his classes are in KBC. really sad because we have a lot of Other students bought bikes as a bikes stolen, and very few of those are result of a move off campus. Junior registered.” Kristin Williams didn’t have trouble The program allows police to making it to class as a freshman track the bike in the National Crime because she lived in Staley. Information Center, a central database “Now that I live off campus, a bike and nation-wide program under FBI is really helpful,” Williams said. “I Information Systems. If stolen bikes think 20 minutes transition between
Benefits of Bike Registration
lindsay fendt | ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR Malanie Walsh rides her bike across campus, taking advatage of its speed to cut down on her travel time.
are sold at pawnshops and the sale is reported, the serial number can be traced. Moehlman also encourages students to purchase heavy-duty bike locks. “The ‘U-Bolt’ is the best bike lock,” Moehlman said. “A lot of students are using the cables, but most of them are deceptive. Cheap cables are coated in thick layers of plastic and the actual cable is about the width of a clothes hanger wire.” Spending the money on a goodquality lock can save students a lot of trouble and money replacing a stolen bike. “Why are criminals criminals?
Because they’re lazy,” Moehlman said. “If you make it easy to steal, they’ll do it.”
To register your bike or any other possessions with the town of Elon, visit “Operation ID” in the Moseley Commons from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 3,17,18,24,25,29,30.
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The Carolina Theatre
The N Club
GOING Greensboro provides entertainment, food,
OUT shopping, and art all within a short drive Alexa Milan A&E Editor
THE GRANDE 16 AND CAROUSEL CINEMAS: Any movie not playing in
Though Elon is located by the small town of Burlington, Raleigh and Chapel Hill are easily within driving distance. But if you want to find entertainment outside of Burlington and not spend as much money on gas, Greensboro is only about 30 minutes down the road. Here are a few Greensboro hot spots worth visiting.
FRIENDLY CENTER: This 75-acre shopping center is a Greensboro staple. Similar in set-up to Alamance Crossing, only much bigger, Friendly Center provides a beautiful environment for walking, eating and shopping. For a complete list of shops, visit www.friendlycenter.com. EDWARD MCKAY USED BOOKS: At
10,000 square feet, the Greensboro location is the Edward McKay chain’s largest. It has books, movies, textbooks and music at low prices and features both new titles and hard to find older ones.
Burlington will likely be showing at one of these two theaters. The Grande at Friendly Center features 16 screens, and the Carousel is the sister site of the new theater at Alamance Crossing. While it shows mainstream titles, it also has a bistro section for foreign, independent and art house films.
P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO: Located at Friendly Center, this sit-down Asian restaurant is a far cry from the typical Chinese take-out joint. The rich Asian cuisine is meant to be shared around the table, and a reservation is essential. Signature dishes include crispy honey chicken, pepper steak and the Great Wall of Chocolate. YUM YUM'S: This Greensboro landmark has been around for more than 100 years. To this day, it still only serves hotdogs and ice cream. Located on the UNC Greensboro campus, the restaurant is always crowded but the service is fast. Though it may look a bit run-down, its hotdogs and ice cream are regarded by most Greensboro natives as the best in the city.
GREENE STREET CLUB: This little music venue in downtown Greensboro showcases cover bands, touring bands and local bands like Mercy Mercedes. Upcoming shows include Straylight Run and New Found Glory. THE N CLUB: This music and dance club is one of downtown’s biggest hot spots. Past artists have included Sister Hazel, Elliot Yamin and Edwin McCain. Wednesdays are College Nights and women are admitted for free. GREENSBORO COLISEUM COMPLEX:
The Coliseum is the venue for all the major events in Greensboro, such as concerts, Broadway touring shows, the circus, monster truck rallies and fairs. Upcoming events include Janet Jackson in concert, the Annual Central Carolina Fair, Arenacross and the touring company of “Mamma Mia!”
TRIAD STAGE: Located in the heart of downtown Greensboro, Triad Stage is a non-profit professional theater organization. It features well-known plays like “The Night of the Iguana” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and original works like the Christmas show “Beautiful Star.”
THE CAROLINA THEATER: This historic theater in downtown Greensboro features plays and concerts. The Community Theater of Greensboro’s performances are held here. The theater also periodically screens movie classics from “Casablanca” to “Pulp Fiction.” LYNDON STREET ARTWORKS:
Lyndon Street Artworks isn’t a typical gallery. The hip and laid-back atmosphere has studio space where visitors can see the artists working and a gallery with paintings, sculptures, metal work, stained glass, pottery and jewelry at all price ranges. And if you don’t see something at the price you want, an artist can make something else for you.
NATURAL SCIENCE CENTER: The Natural Science Center offers a closer venue for viewing animals than the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Its Animal Discovery Zoological Park features tigers, monkeys, reptiles, a petting zoo and more. The center also has constantly changing exhibits and a domed planetarium theater.
Great movies on the horizon for fall Adam Constantine Reporter
Righteous Kill (Sept. 12)
Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino team up in a mystery thriller. The two veteran officers of 30-plus years are faced with a struggle with the real meaning of justice and the legal system they have sworn to protect. When it hits too close to home, one of them takes matters into his own hands. Now both men have not only sworn to protect the law, but also each other as the hunt for the “cop serial killer” continues.
Burn After Reading (Sept. 12)
Check out this newest film by the Coen brothers for curiosity’s sake at the very least. “Burn After Reading” brings together Brad Pitt, George Clooney and John Malcovich in a comedy that looks puzzlingly funny. With Pitt as an overzealous personal trainer and Clooney as a character who is also a little off his rocker, this movie seems to be a love it or hate it type of film by Joel and Ethan Coen. With the underlying plot centered on sensitive CIA information, this movie is sure to be one wild ride.
Eagle Eye (Sept. 26)
As two complete strangers
(Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) are living their lives, they become puppets for a mystery organization. Both in positions that force them to go against their will, they must break the law in many ways in order to stay alive. The two must work together and come up with a plan or be killed in the process.
Saw V (Oct. 24)
What more is there to say about graphic displays of violence that the first four films haven’t already portrayed? Expect more mind (and body) bending puzzles in the fifth installment of the ever growing “Saw” series.
RocknRolla (Oct. 31)
With Gerald Butler of “300” back in an action movie, he finds himself hired for a scam that could earn him millions of euros if done correctly. The only problem is that he and his group have no idea what they are getting themselves into as some of the other players also trying to get the money have a lot more experience in certain areas, such as killing. This highflying, guns-blazing film is sure to attract those seeking a thrill.
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(clockwise from above) Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace,” Shia LeBeouf and Michelle Monaghan in “Eagle Eye” and Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt in “Burn After Reading.”
James Bond: Quantum of Solace (Nov. 7)
In what seems to be a quest driven by revenge, James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes on another mission that seems to be going out of control. He seems to have lost touch with reality to the point where even his own agency is out to catch him. The question is: Will Bond be stopped before he does irreparable damage to himself and the 007 name?
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WSOE’s top ten alternative albums of the summer Erin Fox Reporter While most students spent their summers working hard at an internship or relaxing poolside, the WSOE staff was at Elon sorting through the hundreds of albums it gets sent every month in search of the best new music. Here are their picks for the top 10 albums they received this summer, all of which are now spinning for your listening pleasure on 89.3 FM.
2. Coldplay – Viva la Vida Standout Tracks: Lost!, Viva la Vida For many alternative music fans, Coldplay has been given a stigma for being an over-hyped mega-pop group whose songs tend to sound exactly the same. Enter Brian Eno, best known as keyboardist for Roxy Music and the producer behind some of the largest alternative music forces of all time (U2, Talking Heads). The collaboration between Eno and Coldplay pushed the group to a more authentic, creative level — complete with strings, timpanis, and haunting lyrics.
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Fleet Foxes – Self-Titled Standout Tracks: White Winter Hymnal, Oliver James. The debut album from Seattle’s own Fleet Foxes dropped early this summer courtesy of Sub-Pop — the independent record label that made Nirvana famous. This five piece band may have been unknown to the majority of the alternative music world six months ago, but because of their gorgeous airy harmonies and traditional folk sound, they quickly became one of the most talked about independent artists of the summer.
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direction with this self-titled, solo LP. With hints of country, rock ‘n’ roll and blues, these tracks play like a soundtrack to directionless travel through the highways of the West. One listen to “Get-Well-Cards” and you’ll see why he’s gained his reputation as the new Bob Dylan.
follow-up to their 2006 release, “Costello Music.” The Fratellis write some of the catchiest Brit-pop in music today, thanks to organ grinding piano and the loveable Scottish swagger of singer Jon Fratelli.
somethings who aren’t afraid to still ride BMX bikes. With songs that mention Sega, Cheerios and Star Wars, Inglish and Rocks aren’t buying into the typical “rapper” persona. 9. Oxford Collapse – Bits Standout Tracks: The Birthday Wars, A Wedding A trio of Brooklyn natives, Oxford Collapse is well known for their rough, garage rock sound. Vocals echo behind distorted guitars as if in the background, and the recording seems to have been done quickly on purpose. In turn it takes a few repeats to gain perspective on how fun their noisy college rock can be.
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3. Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head – Glistening Pleasure This very young and very eclectic foursome are currently causing quite a bit of buzz in the indie rock world — and not only for their odd name. Thanks to a dazzling array of synths, NPSH’s retro-electro will rocket you back into the 1980s. The in-yourface tackiness of their music and appearance is so absurd that you can’t help but laugh along with the recent high school graduates. And thanks to the extreme catchiness of their sound, you can’t help but sing and dance along either.
5. Death Vessel – Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us Standout Tracks: Block my Eye, Bruno’s Torso Joel Thibodeau, the man behind Death Vessel, creates soft, gentle folk music that can only be described as “lovely.” The acoustic guitar is lightly finger picked and floats around banjos, an upright bass, bells, toy pianos, tambourines and even a wine glass. This debut LP is the perfect soundtrack for a sunny summer afternoon.
7. Beck – Modern Guilt Standout Tracks: Crazy, Orphans Beck has never been one to pin himself down to a genre, and his newest LP produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley) is no different. With backing vocals provided by Cat Power, this 30-minute short album is proof that the hippie from Los Angeles might be growing up.
4. Conor Oberst – Self-Titled Standout Tracks: Cape Canaveral, GetWell-Cards Lead singer of the emo-approved group Bright Eyes packed up his poetic lyrics and unique, weathered voice and moved it in a slightly different
6. Fratellis – Here We Stand Standout Tracks: A Heady Tale, Mistress Mabel You’ve heard them on iPod commercials, and now they’re back with the highly anticipated sophomore
8.The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale Standout Tracks: Black Mags Chicago duo Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks are the men behind this rap meets electro-pop duo. Like Lupe Fiasco’s song about skateboarding, “Black Mags” is an anthem to 20-
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10. Watson Twins – Fire Songs Standout Track: How Am I to Be, Just like Heaven These identical twin sisters first gained attention for their collaboration with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis on her solo album, “Rabbit Fur Coat.” This summer introduced the Watson Twins as their own entity, songstresses of sweet alt-country and folk. The gem of this record is without a doubt their rendition of the Cure’s “Just like Heaven,” a slowed down version of the 1980s classic.
Tune into WSOE at 89.3 FM to hear these artists as well as many of our other favorites!
From Elon to Beijing: ARAMARK chef works at ‘08 Olympics Ashley Barnas Reporter Tag Gray isn’t an athlete. He isn’t even that interested in sports in general. In fact, when it comes to the Olympics, all he can think about is food. That’s why, in October, he put in an application with ARAMARK to be a chef for the Beijing Olympics. Gray was one of more than 200 ARAMARK managers selected, and he left for China on June 24 and returned Aug. 31. As a sous chef for the Olympics, Gray was one of the food service directors. He worked with other cooks one-on-one, following recipes he was given and acting as a manager. He worked with close to 2,000 cooks from China. His family stayed home, but they made a list of things they wanted from China, including a kite, a lantern and sushi. “They don’t understand that’s not Chinese,” Gray said, laughing at his children’s requests. Gray said he wanted to see some of China, especially the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors. “I would like to go see a standard place where people cook,” he said, where he can see how they cook things and what ingredients they use. He did not know his schedule
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before leaving, but was told that he would be working in catering. There were four food venues at the Olympics: One served nothing but athletes, another was for media, another for Olympic staff and a fourth venue was for spectators. Each venue had catering for special events as well. Gray was most excited for just the opportunity to be an Olympic chef. “I got to see something that a lot of people were’t able to see: China,” he
said. He couldn't wait to learn more about Chinese customs and culture. But when everything about the opportunity seemed perfect, Gray had to face one large challenge. “Right off the bat was the language barriers,” he said. “They stressed to us that we’re going to be working with a lot of people who don’t speak English.” The majority of food he prepared was authentic Japanese and Chinese
food with a certain amount of European or Western food. Gray has been working at Elon for four years, and is food service director and executive chef. He also works with catering. Gray applied to work at the Olympics back in October but didn’t hear anything for months. He was in his office in the Colonnades when he received an e-mail saying that he was going to be offered a position to help with the Olympics. He was “stoked” when he found out and called his wife right away. With the Olympics, the fourth time is the charm for Gray. He wanted to work the Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney, and Greece, but was unable to drop what he was doing to go. By working at the Olympics, Gray gained self-perseverance. He’s already very patient, but having to manage people who speak a different language was a good lesson for him, he says. The most appealing thing about the Olympics, Gray said, is that “different countries can put their differences aside and rally together even if it’s just for a week or so.”
learn more about Tag Gray’s Olympic cooking experience in Beijing from his blog at: www.dspchef. blogspot.com
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Ten days of loss hits Entertainment Industry The summer is usually a time when Hollywood is filled with blockbuster movie premieres, CD releases from the most popular musicians and countless other forms of entertainment. But as this summer drew to a close, Hollywood suddenly lost three talented artists within the span of 10 days. The shocking deaths of actor and comedian Bernie Mac, actor and musician Isaac Hayes and musician LeRoi Moore rattled the entertainment industry, but they will live on through their craft. Here is a brief look at the lives of these artists gone too soon.
and he was nominated for two Emmy Awards. He continued to make his mark on screen with films like “Bad Santa,” “Transformers” and “Ocean’s Eleven” and its sequels. Throughout his career, Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease, but the disease went into remission in 2005. He was hospitalized with pneumonia in July, and though it was reported he should recover, he succumbed to the disease on Aug. 9. Mac had several films in post-production at the time of his death which will be released in 2008 and 2009. He leaves behind his wife of almost 31 years and his daughter.
Bernie Mac (Oct. 5, 1957-Aug. 9, 2008)
Isaac Hayes (Aug. 20, 1942-Aug. 10, 2008)
Alexa Milan A&E Editor
Bernie Mac, born Bernard McCollough, grew up in a rough Chicago neighborhood and came from a lowincome family. Tragedy struck when his mother died while he was in high school. Mac decided to channel the challenges of his upbringing into comedy and worked the stand-up circuit photo courtesy of tv.yahoo.com throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. Mac made his big screen debut in 1992 with “Mo’ Money” and worked steadily in film during the 1990s. But it wasn’t until 2000 that he was featured in “The Original Kings of Comedy” alongside Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer that he got his big break. In 2001, Mac landed his own sitcom, “The Bernie Mac Show.” It ran for five seasons
Isaac Hayes was raised by his grandparents in Tennessee after the death of his parents. He dropped out of high school but ultimately obtained his diploma at age 21 before starting a recording career in the early 1960s. After releasing several albums, Hayes composed music for the “Shaft” soundtrack in 1971. photo courtesy of www.s9.com He became the first black composer to win an Oscar for best original song for the “Theme from Shaft.” He filed for bankruptcy in 1976 but ultimately found success again with more recordings and films like “Escape from New York,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Hustle and Flow.” Hayes was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He is perhaps best known to modern audiences as the voice of Chef on “South Park,” but his character was killed off after he resigned because of the show’s
negative portrayal of Scientology. On Aug. 10, Hayes’s wife found him unconscious next to a treadmill in their Tennessee home. Authorities ultimately revealed that he died from a stroke. Hayes will appear alongside the late Bernie Mac in the film “Soul Men” this fall. LeRoi Moore (Sept. 7, 1961-Aug. 19, 2008)
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Saxophonist LeRoi Moore was born in Durham, N.C., and raised in Virginia. He studied the tenor saxophone at James Madison University and became a professional jazz musician in the Charlottesville, Va., area. Moore met musician Dave Matthews at a bar in Charlottesville in 1991 and became a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. He co-wrote a number of the band’s songs such as “Stay (Wasting Time).” Moore was skilled with many instruments, including five types of saxophones, the flute, the clarinet and the penny whistle. In June, Moore was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in which he broke several ribs and punctured his lung. The accident left him unable to perform on the remainder of the Dave Matthews Band summer tour and he was hospitalized again in July. Moore died from complications from his injuries on Aug. 19.
Jabali Afrika brings culture to McCrary theatre Paul Mirek Reporter In August their tour schedule included sites as diverse as a Christ Aid Kenya concert in Maryland and the 6th Annual Michezo International Festival in Toronto. Their Web site’s biography lists Singer of the Year
What: Jabali Afrika When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 4 Where: McCrary Theatre Admission: Free
and Cultural Ambassador awards, as well as the Operation Recovery Silver Award for their work in Kenya following the bombing of the U.S. embassy in 1999. And on Sept. 4, international touring act Jabali Afrika will add Elon University to its storied history. The trio includes Joseck Asikoye, Victor Elolo and Justin Otongo, native Kenyans who first came together as members of the Kenya National Theatre Dance Troupe. The site also relates how in 1993, the three splintered away, along with former members Evans Chagala and Robert Owino, because of unhappiness with the artistic choices and censorship of the troupe. Jabali Afrika formed from these ashes, named after the Kenyan word for “rock”, where the members first met in order to discuss their futures. As can be expected given the group’s unique beginnings and the varied histories of its members, the Jabali Afrika’s musical performances are known for their eclecticism. Asikoye’s online profile reveals that his father was a musician who played with many notable Kenyan artists in the fifties, and that Asikoye himself was a talented disco dancer in his neighborhood as a child. According to their profiles, all of the members are accomplished
choreographers as well as musicians, bringing a unique energy to the shows which, early in their career, gave them the opportunity to perform at the United Radio and Television Network of Afrika awards. Since then, Jabali Afrika has toured Europe and Japan and is now making itself known in the United States, thanks in part to appearances on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Good Morning America,” BET and MTV. They also appeared at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Marley Magic tour in honor of the late Bob Marley. This gives a suggestion of what listeners can expect at their Elon performance. In addition, the group’s Web site offers several songs for streaming, including the upbeat “Train to Burma” and the ballad “Cry Afrika Cry.” Joy Baxter, the student programs coordinator for the Diversity Emerging Education Program (D.E.E.P.) on campus, is one of the people responsible for bringing Jabali Afrika to Elon. She said she was introduced to them by her adviser, Jessica Tiller, after she decided to find a new act for Elon’s multicultural year-opening event, which has featured the comedy troupe N.W.C. for the past two years. Baxter was inspired by an African drumming group which had been featured earlier in the year. “D.E.E.P. wants to expose the incoming freshmen to that same type of culture while also adding something new,” Baxter said. She also promises that there will be “a little more dancing” than previous performances have featured. On Sept. 4, Jabali Afrika promises to kick the 2008-2009 school year off in style, and D.E.E.P. will continue to provide multicultural events during the year. Baxter highlighted the annual D.E.E.P. Days event in October and the Thanksgiving with a Twist program in November, which brought Native Americans to campus last year in order to provide a “new perspective” on the traditional holiday. More information about both will be available later in the semester.
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Jabali Afrika is being brought to campus by D.E.E.P, Elon’s diversity education program.
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Fall sports kick off While most of the student body was moving in this past weekend with much of their attention focused on which futon to buy or which color table looked the best, the studentathletes of the Elon Phoenix were in a different situation. Their attention was focused on things like which player
from the opposing team would score the most points and which strategy would earn them that first victory they have been working toward the entire off-season. For every fall sport, this past weekend was the first step of many in an interesting season to come.
Men and Women's Cross Country
The men fell victim to the High Point Panthers Friday night, losing a come-from behind battle from the Panthers 2-1 in a non-conference matchup that served as the 2008 season opener for both teams. Elon was the first to attack less than two minutes into the game. After a fantastic diving stop by senior captain and goalkeeper Kyle Boerner, Daniel Street streaked down the field, beating his defender and passing off to Erfan Imeni who downed the ball into the net for the early score. High Point painted the scoreboard later in the half on a header for the game-tying goal. Only a minute later, the Panthers struck yet again for the go-ahead goal and the difference-maker for the game. The teams shut out one another for the rest of the game. Boerner finished the night with five saves while in goal for the Phoenix. Elon held the shot advantage 14-13 but the Panthers took the corner shots, 7-5. The men spring back to action Friday, Sept. 5 as they participate in the UNC Greensboro Classic. First up for the Phoenix is Old Dominion at 5 p.m. in the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
The cross country teams opened the 2008 season at the Wake Forest Relays where both teams ran to a third-place finish. The men earned 41 points to take the slot, while the women finished with 36 points. Men’s runners Matt Richardson and Eric Lewandowski topped the men’s team, finishing 12th out of 22 teams with a time of 48:33. They were followed closely by the combination of Justin Gianni and Jason MacCollum who finished 14th. Senior captain Rick Myers and William Schefer secured the 15th spot with a time of 49:04. The men continued to trickle in after that, claiming the 17th, 18th and 22nd slots. On the women’s side, the duo of Caitlin Beeler and Emily Fournier owned the only top10 Phoenix finish, placing 9th in a 30-team field with a time of 38:47. Alissa Wilke and Catherine Rossi took 13th, while teammates Katie White and Lauren Fredrickson claimed the 14th spot. Rounding out Elon’s runners, the Phoenix grabbed 17th, 19th and 23rd on its way to a third-place finish. Both teams are set to race again Friday, Sept. 6 when they travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for the Eye Opener Invitational.
The all too familiar lack of offense for the women’s soccer team did not change much in the off season as the team lost its season opener to North Carolina State 5-1 Friday night. But that same lack of offense would come back on Sunday to produce a win against University of Maryland 1-0. N.C. State’s All-ACC forward Lindsay Vera tabbed the Phoenix for three goals in the game, two from beyond the 15 yard line. Elon’s offense produced a point and avoided the shutdown in the 71st minute on a goal from senior captain Kerri Speers off the pass from Katina Boozer. Although it was the Wolfpack’s third game, Speer’s goal was the first the team allowed in the 2008 season. The women were back in action Sunday night as they battled another ACC foe, University of Maryland. Despite being outshot 21-2, Elon’s Molly Calpin managed the only shot that really mattered, the game winner. After a scoreless first half, the Phoenix struck in the second half and the Terps were never able to counter-attack giving Elon just their second ever victory over an ACC team. Fittingly, the last win came in 1988 with a 2-0 victory over Maryland. The first home game is up next for the Phoenix in a 7 p.m. contest today against High Point University.
The women’s volleyball team began its season on the right foot, winning the Hilton RTP/NCCU Tournament in Durham, N.C. The tournament crown also marks the first time Elon has won its opening tournament under head coach Mary Tendler. In the first game of the tournament hosted by North Carolina Central, Elon shut out UNC Asheville 3-0, while notching a .338 hitting percentage. In the second game of the day, Elon defeated Maine 3-1 on their way to a tournament crown. On the second day of action, Elon’s momentum came to a halt as it fell to Florida Gulf Coast 0-3. The Phoenix managed just a .177 hitting percentage while the Eagles tallied .419. The setback proved little for the Phoenix to overcome as they defeated University of Charlotte 3-1 to get the victory. Freshman Traci Stewart was named to the all-tournament team while fellow freshman Carolina Lemke was named tournament MVP. She finished with 35 kills, eight digs, four assisted blocks, three assists and one service ace. Elon will welcome Campbell University, UNC Wilmington and North Carolina A&T to Alumni Gym for the third annual Elon Volleyball Classic Sept. 5-6 as the team tries to win its second consecutive tournament.
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Collegiate football’s top awards go to ... Joey Accordino and Chris Bunn Sports Commentators
Collegiate National Champion Joey: All of the preseason polls right now are pegging Georgia as this year’s national champion. But it’s another Southeastern Conference team, the Florida Gators, who will finish this season at the top of the heap. They have a brilliant coach, an athletic defense, a dynamic wide receiver and an improved running back corps. Oh, and I almost forgot: They return the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, a maestro at running Florida’s deadly spread offense. Chris: I have to disagree. Ohio State got to the title game last season on the strength of a bevy of talented, youthful players like running back Chris Wells and linebacker James Laurinaitis. This year,
Griffin: Tim Tebow is about to become the second two-time Heisman Trophy winner in college football history. Since Griffin recorded the double in 1974 and 1975, athlete after athlete has tried and failed to match that feat. But Tebow has the running, passing and leadership skills needed to make history.
they have 19 starters back and those young players are now experienced stars. If the Buckeyes can win at University of South Carolina on Sept. 13, they will be hoisting the crystal football in January. Joey: Florida destroyed a loaded Ohio State team in the title game two seasons ago thanks to superior team speed and toughness forged in the SEC. The Buckeyes may well get to the title game, but they’ll fall to the Gators once again. Chris: That was two years ago and these are not your daddy’s Buckeyes. I don’t see any team coming out of the SEC this year and competing for the national title. The SEC is just too loaded. I’ve got Ohio State over Oklahoma in the Bowl Championship Subdivision title game.
Heisman Trophy Chris: I’m picking Knowshon
Chris: Tebow may very well be the best player in the country. But with the improved running game of the Gators this year Tebow’s carries and rushing touchdown opportunities will diminish. As those chances shrink, so will Tebow’s Heisman chances. Photos couresy of www.sportsbooks.ro Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno, left, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow may go head-to-head for the Heisman trophy this year. Moreno of Georgia. Although Matt Stafford is a quality quarterback, the Georgia passing game is a little suspect, so look for the
Georgia rushing game to capitalize and Moreno to rack up the yardage. Joey: Move over, Archie
Joey: Even if Tebow puts it in the end zone a few less times he is still the most outstanding player in the country, and the voters will recognize that. And in a year of elections, Tebow is destined to win the most important one of them all.
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• Named in honor of trustee Bob McKinnon ’62 and his wife, Ray • The playing surface is identical to many NFL stadiums, including Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte and Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami • The turf is made up of 108,000 square feet of TifSport brand Bermuda natural grass • The field has a spectacular drainage rate which allows McKinnon to receive more than a foot of rain and still be playable just an hour later
Belk Track and White Field
• Home to Elon track and field • Opened in 2002 as part of the North Athletic Complex • It is an eight lane, all-weather, 400-meter track that includes complete facilities for all field events • Named for Irwin Belk, long-time supporter of Elon and longtime athletics director Alan White and his wife, Norma White
THE COURTS THE FIELDS THE TRACK
• Was built in 1949 and is home to the volleyball team during the fall season and the Phoenix basketball teams during the winter • Nickname: The Nest • It often holds lectures and speeches by special guests, including freshmen orientation and Fall Convocation • The stadium’s full name is Koury Alumni Gym, named after the Koury family, longtime supporters of everything Elon, especially athletics.
• Home of Elon Football • Opened in 2001, the stadium is eight years old • Named for trustee Dusty Rhodes, his wife Peggy and their family • Mainly used for hosting football games, but it hosts about two or three soccer games during the season • Before Rhodes opened, Elon played at the high school stadium, Burlington Memorial Stadium • There are 260,000 bricks in Rhodes Stadium • The stadium was designed by the Ellerbe Becket firm, the same firm that designed Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Stadium. They also renovated historic Notre Dame Stadium, New York’s Madison Square Garden and Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
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Sports Game holds historical bright spot even in loss
David Wells | Photo Editor
The Elon defense lines up against a top-rated Richmond offense early in the first half of Saturday’s season opener. The defense forced one fumble but failed to record an interception. Pam Richter Reporter Fans packed into Rhodes Stadium Saturday night for the start of the 2008 Elon University football season. The 10,847 fans marked the second-largest crowd in the stadium’s eight year history. The largest crowd was recorded last season with over 13,000 fans coming out to watch Elon battle eventual champions Appalachian State, soon after they pulled out the upset win over Michigan State University. This time around this one game held much more historical significance for the teams, the league and the stadium. “I thought the entire atmosphere was terrific to have over 10,000 people here at the opener,” Elon head coach Pete Lembo said. “To have that kind of turnout was phenomenal and everyone in the program appreciates the support. I think they got an exciting game tonight.” The night was truly capped off by the slogan, a first for everything. The marquis match up pitting then-No. 4/6 Richmond against then-No. 15 Elon was the first Football Championship Subdivision top-15 contest to ever be held at Rhodes Stadium. The game featured arguably one of the best programs in the nation against one of the fastestgrowing. It was the premier contest as the match-up was the only game in the FCS taking place between two top20 teams for the weekend. For the first time in the Lembo era, the Phoenix opened a season at home,
forcing Lembo to place a one in his loss column. The Spiders' head coach, Mike London, earned his first career coaching victory for his alma mater Saturday night as he successfully continued his first collegiate head coaching job. Coming off its first winning season since 2000, Elon was highly anticipated and expected to make some commotion in the FCS this year, including a possible upset of Richmond’s program. Both teams are expected to cause some major hype in the league. It was the first game for each team to prove the polls right and display what they had been so eagerly working on all season. Richmond did exactly that, Elon did not. Wide receiver Terrell Hudgins said even though the game was so highly analyzed, it was not a bigger let down that they lost. It was the same as all the losses before. “They are a pretty good team but a loss is a loss, it hurts. We felt like we could come in and win as long as we didn’t turn the ball over and penalties but things just can’t go the way you wanted [them] to.” Although it was not the first game in which Richmond and Elon battled, it was the first game in almost a generation. The last time the two programs faced off was Oct. 20, 1928. To put that in perspective, the legendary Disney figurehead, Mickey Mouse was just an infant that year. And although the Mouse has changed many times in the past 80 years, the final outcome of an Elon-Richmond game has managed to remain
the same. The Spiders crushed the Phoenix 34-0 that autumn day eight decades ago. Elon could have used some Disney magic in the 28-10 season-opening loss Saturday night, extending their record against Richmond to 0-2. For an Elon team that gave up about 41 points in its last few games last season to blow a first-place Southern Conference standing, the Phoenix defense stood its own against one of the nation’s best FCS teams. It was the record-breaking, polltopping offense that didn’t come through this time. The Phoenix was held scoreless in the second half, after a dramatic exit in the first half. Senior wide receiver Bo Williamson finished the night with 223 total yards- 4 rushing, 92 receiving, 103 kickoff return and 25 punt return. The usually animated Hudgins polished off the night with 10 catches for just 78 yards. “It was frustrating just because of the fact that we didn’t score many points...we had plenty of opportunities,” Williamson said. Quarterback Scott Riddle threw for 243 yards on 23 completions in 39 attempts. The yardage is the secondlowest he has thrown in a single game since last season. “There were two huge momentum swings, the apparent touchdown we dropped, I guess, and then the turnover deep in the red zone there,” Lembo said. “Even if one of the things goes the other way we are in a much tighter ballgame down the stretch.”
Elon’s Football Notebook Elon’s next game: 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Stony Brook, N.Y. •
Last season, then-No. 24 Elon defeated the then-America East Conference member Stony Brook 38-24 in the final game of the 2007 season. Neither team managed to make the playoffs.
It was the first-ever football meeting between the two teams. Elon now holds the upper hand 1-0 in the all-time series record.
Stony Brook is playing its first season in the Big South Conference, a conference that formerly held Elon also.
Stony Brook stands at 1-0 after defeating Colgate University in its home season opener 42-26.
Elon’s previous game: then-No. 4/6 University of Richmond defeated then-No. 15 Elon Saturday at Rhodes Stadium 28-10. •
The recorded attendance at 10,847 was the secondlargest crowd in Rhodes Stadium History.
It was the only weekend matchup that bragged two top 20 FCS teams battling it out on the turf.
The rain shower that passed through the area about an hour prior to the game left the atmosphere sticky and muggy, which many players and coaches blamed for countless cramping in the game. In the third quarter, it seemed after almost every play an Elon player went down with cramping.
Redshirted freshman reserve A.J. Harris filled in for the injured Dontay Taylor. He tallied 73 all-purpose yards but head coach Pete Lembo nixed any idea he might become the starter. o
“Dontay Taylor had an outstanding spring and camp before he got injured and certainly when he is healthy and gets the necessary reps to get ready to play he is going to have the opportunity to keep his starting job,” Lembo said.
Special teams had a good outing and Lembo said they achieved all of their objectives in that category. Elon blocked a punt, Andrew Wilcox kicked a 42-yarder through the uprights as well as a good extra point attempt. Bo Williamson had 102 kick return yards and 25 punt return yards.