October 30, 1974
Campus Exits Hazardous
by Ioanna Peavy
Elon College is surrounded by a beautiful brick wall which is
a traditional landmark of the campus. This landmark is a traffic
Recently, an Elon student pulling out of the Virginia dorm
parking lot collided with a car on Haggard Avenue. Fortunately
both drivers suffered only minor injuries. Why did this accident
occur? One possible explanation involves the brick wall which
encloses the main campus, including all parking areas. When
driving out of the parking lot, students cannot see over or
around the brick wall, not only at the Virginia dorm exits, but at
every other exit around the campus. Cars are allowed to park
on Haggard Avenue along the wall thus obstructing the view of
What can be done about this dangerous situation? The brick
wall could be tom down, but this action would detract from the
beauty of the campus. Another idea would be to prohibit cars
from parking along the brick wall. This action would create
more problems because of the limited space. Concave mirrors
could be installed across the street from each exit. The driver
pulling out could see oncoming traffic without any difficulty.
These break-resistant mirrors have proved to be real life-savers
in blind traffic areas.
Another answer would be to relieve the crowded parking on
campus and near campus by construction of a parking building.
Even one floor would double the number of cars for its area.
Perhaps one floor could be built and more added over the next
Finally, the College could refuse to allow resident freshmen
to have cars at college. After all, most colleges universities are
not so generous. Also, students could walk from the
dormitories to classes!
The Games You Save Are Your Own
by Kathryn Brown
A student center should be just what the name implies, a
center for students. Long Student Center is here for the use and
enjoyment of the entire student body. The Student Center
houses a T.V. room, a listening room, the S.G.A. offices. The
Pendulum office, a pool room, and a game room equipped with
pinball machines, footsball, electronic dart and tennis games,
and a ping-pong room. Also located in the center is the Student
Activities office, which is responsible for the care of the game
rooms and for coordinating various student activities.
Many students have questioned the policy of paying to use
the game rooms. There is a reason for this policy. In past years
the rooms were abused. The use of new equipment this year
demands a certain amount of care and responsibility on the part
of the students. TIfc policy of charging for playing is not
intended as a financial burden but rather to encourage the
student to care for something that is his.
The setup for pool is a penny a minute per table with a
minimum of 25( for the ball and a 50( deposit for each paddle.
The deposit is returned when the paddles are returned. Not an
unreasonable fee is charged. These charges are to assure that
the facilities will be there when you want to use them.
Finally, it is hoped that the Student Center will become a
center for an open exchange of ideas as well as a starting point
for clubs and interest groups. The Rev. William Sharpe,
director of student activities, always listens to your complaints,
ideas, and suggestions. He has bron hit with some whoppers
and no idea defies consideration.
Your help, your ideas, your concern, but most of all, you are
needed to make this your Student Center!
Hey ....Watch out for that ca,.—rminch!
Big Snatch in
Last week the prevailing
apathy was punctured by a few
unnamed persons who took it
upon themselves to alleviate the
situation. In case you didn't
notice the "cute'' display in front
of the Student Union, a brief
description will suffice. The
green bulb area between the
to say that we students have to
have our fun at the expense of
others. The pumpkins could have
been returned as anonymously as
they were taken. Instead, they
were smashed and subjected to
other indignities sometimes seen
in the aftermath of Hallowe'en
O'Kelley Memorial statue and
the front doors of the Student
Union was transformed into an
instant pumpkin patch. A large
sign at the front of this display
read "Apples—ARA ... Yuk It
Up" — undoubtedly a reference
to the poor food service we are
now paying for.
A joke is a joke, but not at the
expense of an innocent person
or, in this case, the Burlington
Produce Mart. It is unfortunate
Actions like these further
demonstrate the immaturity of
students, thus giving ammunition
to the guns of the administration.
If actions like these continue,
any intelligent attempt to
liberalize the present rules will be
met with "You are not mature
enough to handle the
responsibility associated with
more lenient rules."
Library Budget Clipped
As Book Prices Rise
Adviser, Dr. Mary Ellen Priestley
Published by the Communications Media Board of Elon College in
conjunction with the Student Government Association. All
corre^potidence and articies: Box 5272, Elon College
by Judith C. Dean
There have been many
complaints heard about budget
cuts on the campus in the last few
months. The library book budget
has probably been one of the
hardest hit by these reductions; it
is operating at about half of what
was allotted last year. This is the
lowest budget since 1969, Rising
inflation is the main cause.
Theodore Perkins, head
librarian, explained that other
factors are also involved in the
Last year the college spent
$69.20 per full-time student (or
equivalent) on books. This year
the amount has been reduced to
$56.73. Once again because of
rising inflation, this money will
buy less than it did the year
before. One of the most
disturbing reasons given is that
the student is using the library
less frequently this year than he
has in the last five.
In spite of these setbacks, the
library has made many changes.
One of the most noticeable is the
new location of the reserved
books. They may be found in the
basement periodical room. This
move was made mainly because
the increased numbers of
reserved books took all the
available space at the front desk.
Having the reserve desk
downstairs also allows the library
to keep the periodical section
open full time.
Staff changes have also been
made. Mrs. Oma U. Johnson,
curator of the historical
collection, has retired. Guy
Lambert has assumed her duties.
Augie Ahn, assistant for
periodical and reference, has
been replaced by Mrs. Helene
A handbook has been made
available to all students
concerning the rules, regulations,
policies and other information
about the library. This booklet
may be obtained at the front
by Marshall Morgan
You are probably well aware
of the Elon College cockroach. It
has been here for many years and
will probably be here for the next
few. The cockroach is
everywhere—in your stereo-TV
food, clothing, and in your desk.
It seems to be particularly
attracted to sleeping bodies; that
is, until one is awakened by
something crawling across his
Girls faint or scream as the
cockroach scurries across the
floor. On the other hand, guys
think of endless ways to kill the
insect slowly. The cockroach,
then, becomes a symbol of hate.
Who wants the token of their
visits? Cleaning up after them is
not the most pleasant of chores.
The cockroach may serve a
useful purpose though. Students
who have fish or other pets can
use the cockroach as a snack or
treat. The savings can add up.
To rid Elon College of the
coachroach, one other household
insect could come to our aid—the
common ant. In their feeding
habits, ants are carnivorous.
They would eat the cockroach
eggs, thus destroying the larvae.
Young cockroaches would have
to be on the alert, too, as they are
unable to protect themselves
from an army of hungry ants.
In time you would see
desirable effects. The ant has an
average lifespan of about six
years; the cockroach only about
a year, and so the ant would soon
overwhelm the enemy. As the
cockroach eggs are eaten, the
survivors would either die or be
forced to leave. These two
insects have been deadly enemies
for more than a million years.
Just place the two together and
watch the battle begin!
by Kirk Reid
This year Elon College has
more than 800 commuters. These
people have now organized and
are demanding to be heard.
In past years commuters have
been considered the “silent
majority" who came to classes,
left to go home for work and
never participated in student
activities. At the same time these
commuters were expected to pay
student activity fees.
Commuters found at the
beginning of this year that there
are not enough parking spaces
and they are again disappointed
to find that it was difficult to get
involved in extracurricular
activities. To add to their
problems there is no place they
can sit and relax and talk to
fellow commuters. When
intramurals started they were
never asked to participate on a
team because they weren't
On October 10 commuters met
in the Student Center to discuss
the problems facing them. It was
decided that their interests would
be best advanced if they could
have two representatives in the
Senate. By this representation,
they would have a voice in all
major issues facing Elon
students. Other changes
commuters seek are: ample
parking spaces, campus mail
boxes for all, a comfortable
lounge, car pools, meals at
special student rates, and I.D.
cards for students with less than