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Let’s really commit to this green thing, OK, Elon?

Last week, I went into the McEwen School of Communications around 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, to print something. The large flat screen TV inset in the wall in the foyer was on, flashing its usual images advertising workshops, speakers and the like. And in the main lobby, the other large flat screen TV was blasting CNN at its full volume and image level. I ask, who is standing in the McEwen lobby watching CNN at 7:30 on a Saturday morning.

This afternoon, I crossed through the first floor of Alamance to get out of the rain for a few minutes around 6:30 p.m. The small TV screen in Alamance was on, again with CNN, although granted it was muted. I ask, who is EVER standing in the center of Alamance watching that TV on a Sunday evening. Or ever, really.

These two events illustrate a phenomenon on Elon’s campus: while crowing about a commitment to energy savings and efficiency across campus, the university is not fully doing its job practicing what it preaches. TV’s are on at all hours of the day and night. Eerie blue lights shine from windows in various academic buildings whenever it is dark out, indicating a projector on, although I doubt students are watching any sort of presentation at 3 a.m. Computers in labs undoubtedly sit on far more often than they’re actually in use.

And what is the point of all this? To save the 30 seconds it takes to fire these devices up again? Before Elon continues in its never-ending quest for energy-efficiency in new construction, it should take a good look at the wasteful use occurring in its existing facilities.


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Freedom of speech…for all?

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that members of the Westboro Baptist Church have the right to protest at the funeral of vetrans.

The church believes that the wars in the Middle East are the work of God punishing Americans for the sins of homosexuality. Members show up outside churches and funeral homes across the nation with signs like “God hates f-gs” and “Pray for more dead soldiers.” Initially, a lower court ruled that the church had to pay damages to the family of a soldier killed in action for protesting, but that ruling has been overturned.

Is it right that people can use other people’s funeral as a soapbox for their own radical ideas? Probably not. But is it right that the Supreme Court is sticking up for the citizens of the United States and their right to say whatever they’d like to say?

Stick with The Pendulum, and pick up next week’s issue to read our staff editorial on this issue.

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Tomorrow, you’re always a day away

But on Tuesday, tomorrow is even more exciting because it means Wednesday is coming, and with it, a fresh edition of The Pendulum!

You can see this week’s print issue here, but I hope you pick up a print copy, too! It’s hard to do the crossword on a screen.

Our staff ed this week is about some of Elon’s oldest residents…the beautiful trees that dot the campus landscape, many of whom will be torn down in the next few months to make way for new construction projects. There’s a very nice photo by Tracy Raetz, staff photographer, and another great cartoon by Libby McGuire.

Why only one staff ed, you say? Well, we had a letter to the editor come in at the last minute. Now, we don’t post that online anywhere, so if you want to read a moving letter about a pressing topic, hunt down a copy of the paper anywhere on campus.

There are three columns about extremely important topics. Kassondra Cloos writes about gun laws on campus, accompanying Anna Johnson’s news article on the same topic. Ashley Jobe and Alexa Johnson both address the issue of abortion, with Ms. Jobe writing about the black population and Ms. Johnson attacking the federal cuts to the funding of Planned Parenthood.

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It has begun…with a bang

At just after 8 a.m. this morning, a steady pounding began, rattling windows, distracting students and signaling to everyone that construction on the Elon Town Center has officially begun. This is a picture from just a few weeks ago:

And here we are in the same spot today (pardon the finger):


Thus far, the only problems posed have been pedestrian safety. But if this excessive hammering sound continues, making chairs jump and pencils roll from desks, we may have a bit more to complain about.

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A look to Wednesday

Production night at The Pendulum is in full swing, and we’re all chugging along, preparing the Feb. 23 edition of the paper.

This week, if you pick up the paper, as you all should, you’ve got some interesting content to look forward to throughout, although I can really only speak to the Opinions section specifically.

The lovely staff over here has tackled two important topics in the Editorial section this week: the Student Government Association, whose elections are this week, and the proposed federal budget cuts that may effect Elon University students. Design editor-turned cartoonist Libby McGuire takes another turn at penning a great cartoon for us. She’s been a wonderful addition to the section in the last few weeks.

There’s also a letter from a reader (not local), commending a reporter for his efforts.

And finally, the columns. Kyra Gemberling tackles the emotions felt as Elon turns its attention to the incoming class instead of the current freshmen. And Ryan Maas and Neima Abdulahi, accompanied by the graphic work of Mark Capozolla, take on the crisis in the Middle East and North Africa.

So, pick up The Pendulum this Wednesday! Leave a comment here, on the website, or drop us an e-mail. We’d love to publish your comments. Happy reading!

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Transparency would be a welcome change

In the last few weeks, The Pendulum and Elon’s SGA have been at odds. But this is nothing new. Government and the press have been at odds for as long as the two have existed. And even we, in our little collegiate bubble, are not immune.

But at last week’s SGA debate, one of the main issues discussed was transparency, and that is a movement we at The Pendulum can definitely stand behind. A democratically-elected government makes decisions for its constituents, and the press, at its most basic function, serves a gatekeeper function, filtering and diffusing information, revealing what needs to be revealed and reminding both sides where the limits of power exist.

So get out there and vote this week. Vote for our new student government officials this week. And vote for transparency in government. If they uphold their end of the bargain, we will certainly uphold ours. And if they don’t, we will still work tirelessly to shoulder both burdens.

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Editorials and Columns for the week

Here’s a wrap-up of what you can expect when you open the latest issue of The Pendulum!

In the Editorial section, we have a piece about The Pendulum’s response to a recent debacle with the SGA. There’s also one on campus safety in the wake of recent crime on campus.

On the column front, three lovely ladies stepped up this week to share their opinions on alternative grading, Winter Term classes at Elon and summer internships.

Finally, online only, there’s one about the Super Bowl and its popularity in the United States.

Thanks for reading The Pendulum and of course, the Opinions section! Stay tuned for more posts and make sure to pick up your hard copy all around campus or read it on!

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Super Bowl in a super community

Last night was Super Bowl XLV. In the basement screening of the McEwen School of Communications, a group of nearly two dozen gathered to eat pizza, talk and watch the game on the big screen. This room coincidentally shares a wall with the temporary office of The Pendulum.

Super Bowl parties are about sharing a good time. For many, their cherished teams were out of the running long ago, so the interest in who actually wins is minimal. People choose sides for the sake of choosing sides, not for any personal convictions, save maybe the fans of those teams eliminated in the play-offs by the Steelers or Packers.

The Super Bowl is also about the commercials. People are quieter when the game broadcast pauses than when it’s actually on. The Super Bowl is also about the half-time show. And this year’s was no dissapointment.

But what struck me most about this year’s Super Bowl was the fact that behind some steel support beams and drywall, sat a few of the Pendulum staff, dilligently working to prepare pages for our weekly Monday-night production. The celebration of community I was attending was directly adjacent to one of the voices of the community, and the indisputable link between the two was striking.

It’s easy to forget who we represent in the world of journalism. But when we remember, it’s a wonderful feeling. Because the people cheering on players charging up and down the field are the same people affected by what we publish. And we owe them. We owe them big.

Even bigger than that man owes the gopher/woodchuck/beaver creature owes the guy in the Bridgestone tire commercial.

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The “global citizen”

Here at Elon, one of the main goals of the administration is to make students “global citizens.” I’m not really positive what they mean by that, but if they want students to be concerned about the world around them, both on a public and personal level, I think they’ve done a pretty good job. The current unrest in Egypt has had an impact here, an ocean and most of a continent away from the African nation (which is being discussed on the media as more of a Middle-Eastern state).

We had six students at the American University in Cairo when the fighting broke out. Luckily, they were away from the city for a great deal of it, and when they returned, five were able to get on one of the few flights leaving, making it safely to Istanbul, Turkey.  The sixth remained in Egypt with family. But for a while there, it was scary! To think that members of the Elon community, which some would call a family, were in the midst of a political fallout getting more and more dire with each passing day is truly a fearful thought.

Elon students would do well to remember that when we study abroad, we’re not just transplanting our life here to a life there. We are becoming active members of the new environment we live in. Their troubles are our troubles and sometimes, that means actual danger or at least, the risk of danger.

We should also recall that we have faculty members and students here who are from Egypt and have family there. Being a global citizen is about more than just knowing what CNN is showing on television; its about having empathy and genuine concern not just for our own personal interests, but for those of the people who surround us each day.

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A new chapter

Hello all,

My name is Rachel Southmayd and I will serve as the Opinions editor for The Pendulum through the 2011 year. I apologize that I was absent from the blogging world for the first month of this year; I was focused on starting our Resolution Project blog, a compilation of the efforts of five Pendulum staffers as they try to maintain their new year’s resolutions.

But I am back now, and as it is a Wednesday, I encourage all of you to pick up a copy of the latest edition of our fine paper. It’s a quick 8-page read this week, but never fear, it will be back to our normal size next week. For those of you who are not on campus, you can read the latest Elon news at In the edition, we have a staff ed about recent events involving Elon award recipients as well as a wonderful column by Caitlin O’Donnel, one of our news editors, about sustaining our giving spirit past the holiday rush. This ties in with Caitlin’s resolution to help more in the greater Elon community.

So if you haven’t already, add this to your blogroll or the list of websites you frequent. I’ll try to add a few posts each week, either about Elon or about the world in general, and feel free to comment. Conversations are what move us forward, both in history and society.

Thanks for reading!

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