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Vol. I, No. 2
Elon College, North Carolina
October 30, 1974
Largest Turnout Ever
For Parents’ Weekend
by Doug Wilkerson
“Parents" Weekend is off to a
bigger start than ever," says
Alumni Director Tom Bass. This
year the number of parents
expected to attend is estimated at
over 1200. According to Mr.
Bass, “The number has
increased greatly each year for
the last three years. Since the
fuel shortage seems to have
leveled off and there is no real
drawback in travel, we are
expecting our largest group this
Much hard work and many
hours have been contributed
towards the organization of
Parents' Weekend by this year's
student committee, headed by
Elana Scott and Debbie Cochran.
Other students on the committee
are Anne Essie, Katie Easly,
Gail Amos, Alice Neal, Yvonne
Byers and Michelle Stitt.
Weekend events will consist of
receptions and concerts and will
be highlighted by the
Elon-Wofford football game
Saturday night. Mr. Bass said
that this was the first year
parents had to pay for the
banquet and game, but the charge
was necessary for financial
S.G.A. Makes
Varied Plans
by Debbie Cochran
The S.G.A. has worked hard
to provide for the needs and
wants of the college and
community, according to
President Mark Mancini.
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
and Pure Prairie League are
slated for Friday’s entertainment
November 22. These concerts
have been scheduled on "off
weekends" to insure a large
Plans are underway for a
faculty evaluation. "This was
done two years ago," explained
Mancini, "but this year there will
be a follow through. Students
won't have to sign their names to
these evaluations, which the
faculty may use at their
discretion. 1 feel if students are
sincere in their criticisms, the
evaluations can only be
Several years ago an
"Elon-Burlington Day" was held
on a Saturday to acquaint Elon
students with Burlington
businessmen and businesses. The
students were to get special rates
on certain merchandise and, in
turn, increase sales for the
merchants. Another such day is
being considered. In addition,
the S.G.A. will seek to improve
public relations by sending
college news to local newspapers
for publishing. "It would really
be beneficial for radio stations to
have an "Elon Talk" show. This
could give students opportunities
to express views and keep the
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Nov. 2
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Parent registration in the large
lounge of the Student Center.
1:00-2:00 p.m.
2K)0-3:00 p.m.
4:00-5:00 p.m.
4:00-5:00 p.m.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 2:00 p.m.
Parents' Association meeting in
Whitley Auditorium
Secular Program for Parents’
Weekend by the Elon College
Choir in Whitley Auditorium
Open House in the Library
Open House in the Library
Banquet in McEwen Dining Hall
Football game: Elon vs. Wofford
at Burlington Memorial Field
Elon College Band Concert for
Parents' Weekend, also featuring
the Emanons
Haddens Share Knowledge
of Modern Chinese Culture
by Patsy Lynch and
Wesley ^nnett
Richard and Frances Hadden
are duo-pianists who were the
first Americans to play in China
since the establishment of the
People's Republic of China in
1949. On October 22 and 24 their
recitals at Elon included a
number of selections from their
famous Peking Concert in 1972.
On October 21 at an informal
press conference, held at Dr.
James Moncure’s home, the
Haddens answered questions
concerning their trip to China
and explained why the invitation
was extended to thim.
Mrs. Hadden's father knew
most of the prominent people in
China at that time. Among the
family friends are Chou En-lai,
the present premier of the
People's Republic of China. It
was because of this friendship,
the Haddens received the
invitation to visit China. It took
them four months to decide to
accept the invitation because
they are also close friends of
Madame Chaing Kai-shek. They
decided to accept Chou's
invitation because they felt it
came out of respect for Bishop
Roots. As Mrs. Hadden said, "It
would not only be discourteous
not to go, it would be wrong."
During their seven-week tour
of mainland China, they gave
several impromptu concerts.
Included was Stephen Foster's
“Oh, Suzanna," based on five
notes, and so suggestive of
Chinese pentatonic scale that the
Chinese people enjoyed it. They
gave concerts in five cities,
culminating inia performance in
Peking's finest concert hall on
Octobers, 1972.
One of the main areas of
discussion during the interview
was the banning of Western
music in China and the
substitution of a genre peculiar to
the aims of the People's Republic
of China. The Haddens noted
that the government involves the
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Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, arrives at Greensboro Airport
today at 3:30. Following an interview and a dinner with the Public
Affairs Committee, Nader will address the college and visitors in
Memorial Gymnasium at 8HW p.m.
Dorms Install Government
by Doug Wilkerson
The beginning of the 1974-75
school year saw several changes
in dorm life for men residents at
Elon. There is a new dean of
students. Dean William I^ng.
Also new is Coach Jerry Tolley
serving as special assistant to the
dean of students.
Under the direction of Dean
Frank Rhodes and Dean Tolley, a
new dorm government system
has been established. Former
proctors are called resident
assistants, and there is now a
dorm government council. Each
dorm has elected a president,
vice-president, and two
representatives for each floor.
The R.A.'s and representatives
from each dorm then form its
own council.
According to Dean Long, "the
formation of the council is to
encourage residents in each
building to assume increasing
responsibility in handling the
guidelines, problems which
develop, and the dorm
atmosphere." He hopes that
eventually the R.A.'s and council
from each dorm will support each
other. One of the objectives of
the deans is to achieve through
the council an improvement in
the dorm atmosphere which will
be conducive not only to better
study habits but also toward a
better living environment, such
as quieter dorms.
Another objective is to
establish a men's interdormitory
council. According to Dean
Rhodes, the bylaws, as they
stand in the students' handbook,
allow for an executive council to
handle any offenses which are
not honor offenses. Dean Long
said, "1 hope the council will
develop so that problems and
violators may be I^ndled by
students who are familiar with
the situation rather than by a
council which is less informed." '
This year a strong intramural
program has been started. The
sports program has already aided
in creating a group unity which
the council can carry over to the
dorm social functions.
Dean Long said the real
complaints in the dorms are a
continuous combination of small
irritations built on top of each
other. With the functioning of
the dorm council, residents can
more easily make known their
Survey Shows
Parking Short
by Michael Pierce
The parking situation at Elon
College is the subject of a
mini-study conducted by Dean
Frank Rhodes of Student
Affairs. Completed on October
10, this study was carried out at
the busiest times on Tuesday and
Wednesday, October 1 and 2,
when the number of cars on and
around campus totaled 965 and
1,131 respectively. The total
number of cars registered at Elon
is 1,715.
The figures for commuter
parking are 395 spaces allotted to
711 registered commuters. This
difference seems to indicate a
problem, but according to Dean
Rhodes, there is extensive
parking available on streets in the
surrounding community.
"Commuters come five minutes
before class time and look for the
closest available space when a
spot a few moments' walk from
campus would suffice," said
Dean Rhodes. No expansion for
commuter parking is planned for
the near future. The report states
that facilities for faculty and
staff are adequate.
The worst area is dormitory
parking. There are 618 registered
cars belonging to resident
students, and 512 parking spaces.
The report cites the need to
improve the dormitory situation
and lists two suggestions: either
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