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The Pendulum
Dr. Fred Young Organizes President s
Club for Academic Excellence at Elon
By Paige Garriques
In an effort to inspire higher
intellectual standards here on the
Elon campus. Dr. Fred Young
has organized the President's
Qub for Academic Excellence.
The purpose of his club is to
recognize and encourage
academic excellence among
students so their leadership can
be used as a force to improve the
overall institution. Dr. Young
feels this will offer him a
valuable opportunity to get better
acquainted with the students and
will be useful in carrying out
certain projects helpful in
promoting college activities.
The club will develop into a
long-term relationship which will
function as a unit during the year.
Dr. Young said. "1 hope to be
able to call on the group for any
special leadership roles. The
immediate objective is a
recuirtment campaign to better
the academic standards of Elon.
and the club is uniquely placed to
help with it."
Dr. Young's second project
proposal is to prompt the club to
strive for improvement in
student participation and
enjoyment of cultural and
intellectual activities offered at
Elon. "If these students aren't
going to help support some of the
finer things here, who is? They
can create a force for moving the
institution forward." he said.
Luncheon meetings were held
with each class, excluding
seniors, and the recruitment
campaign was explained to the
students. This involved the
option of returning to home high
schools to tell academically
oriented friends about Elon and
encourage them to enroll.
Follow-up meetings were held to
discuss the results of the
students' campaigns.
Reactions to the recruitment
project were varied, and some
students responded with mixed
emotions. One sophomore said.
"They're not making it selective
enough; it's hardly an honor. But
it's good that they're starting to
recognize students and place
more emphasis on academics.
A junior took a stronger stand. " I
know what they're up to. and I
don't even want to be a part of
it."
More positive feelings were
expressed by another
sophomore: "Elon's got plenty
to offer students if they'll just
take advantage of these
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Concerts Sponsored by Coffeehouse
Add Excitement on Boring Weekends
By Priscilla Turner
and Derrick Boissiere
Many students often complain
that there is nothing to do besides
homework on week nights. The
Coffeehouse has, in addition to
showing movies, been
sponsoring free concerts in
Harper Center for the last seven
weeks.
The music starts in the early
evening and lasts for one or two
hours. Bluegrass bands, classical
guitarists, folk-rock groups and
rock ‘n' roll bands have all
performed at the Coffeehouse.
Thus far the majority of
entertainers have drawn crowds
large enough to fill the lounge in
Harper Center. The Willis
Wahoo Review, a bluegrass
band, and a folk duet Warren and
Pros and Cons About
The 1975VU Psi Cli
This year’s Phi Psi Cli has
shown some improvement over
last year's. The new yearbook
uses more toned pages and has
better layout.
Looking through the book, one
notices more candid pictures
showing students in sundry
situations. Women’s sports are
covered in greater depth.
Ken Toda, Pierce Evans.
Candy Smith, Pam Turner and
Karen Royster round out the
photographers for the 1974-75
yearbook. Candy Smith and
Karen Royster designed the
symbolic cover.
There were some mistakes.
such as the dates, but as Editor
Leslie Turner said, "People
should think about the time spent
putting a yearbook together
before being critical." Leslie felt
the staff worked well together.
There were some
restrictions—reference to
alcohol being one that she felt
should not have existed because
"the book should be more
realistic.” Summing up, Leslie
said, "I hope the yearbook will
continue to encourage students
to be involved on campus."
Director of Student Affairs
Bill Sharpe served as adviser to
the staff.
opportunities. This recruitment
project is striving for long-range
improvements which will benefit
us all in the future." It was also
approached from otherangles; "I
don't think we as students are
qualified to determine who
should be accepted." Another
junior said. ■ They're being too
idealistic if they think better
students will be automatically
attracted. It's not that easy to
change the image of a college.
Dr. Young made no apologies
for his goals. He said Elon's
enrollment is down and this
could develop into a critical
situation. He stressed raising the
academic standards and seeing
the students take advantage of
every good thing offered here.
The President's Club
comprises the top 35% or top 100
people in each class based on the
descending order of their grade
point averages. They will meet
again at Crumpton Conference
Center next fall to discuss further
plans.
Elon Orchestra
and Guitarist
Alexa De Valera
By Derrick Boissiere
On April 28 the Elon College
Community Orchestra gave a
concert in Whitley Auditorium.
The orchestra, conducted by Dr.
Malvin N. Artley, featured Alexa
De Valera, artist in residence, on
guitar during the Vivaldi-Pujol
“Concerto in D Major for Guitar
and Orchestra."
The orchestra opened the
program with the "Russian and
Ludmilla Overture" and then
played the "Carmen Suite. No.
1" by Bizet. The suite is
comprised of six mood-changing
movements with woodwind solos
by Betsy Weaton on flute. Alice
Smith on oboe and David Qine
on clarinet.
Next came Nelhybel's lively
"Music for Orchestra" which
was followed by the Concerto for
Guitar and Orchestra.
The "Blue Danube Waltz"
was a favorite with the audience.
After the "Capriccio Italien" by
Tschaikovsky. the concert was
brought to a close with an
encore.
New Resident Advisers Program
To Be Initiated Next Semester
By Paige Garriques
Bodie. have received the largest
turnout.
Joe and Colleen Lowe,
resident advisers of the Harper
Center, have auditioned
numerous musicians from
Raleigh, Greensboro.
Burlington, but mainly Elon
students, in an effort to provide
students with the best
entertainment possible. Despite a
modest budget, the Lowes have
selected performers to capture
capacity crowds such as folk
singer Bill Grabsch. "Emerald
City," composed of Elon
students, secured a large and
receptive audience.
"The Coffeehouse concerts'
purpose is twofold; providing
good music free of charge to
students and giving musicians a
chance to perform in front of
college audiences." said Joe
Lowe.
Entertainment is for Elon
students and paid for by the
student fees. The Lowes feel that
the majority of the performers
should be Elon students. Anyone
interested should contact the
Lowes for an audition and
everyone else is encouraged to
come and listen.
Elon students can bring their
troubles back in their suitcases
when they return next fall.
Through the efforts of Dean
William Long. Dean Frank
Rhodes and Dean June Looney,
an improved and more complete
resident advisers programs will
be introduced in all dorms. The
RAs will be professionally
trained to handle all sorts of
problems. Dean Long said, "The
whole purpose is to help students
have a better experieiKe and
want to stay here at Elon.”
The principal function of the
resident advisers will be to act as
peer counselors and nnodels for
the other students. About 100
applications were filed and the
names were then narrowed down
to those who would be personally
interviewed by the three deans.
They based their selection on the
overall character of the
individual; he must be
well-rounded, respected, trusted
with confidential matters, and
strong both academically and
socially. They finally chose 36
students to be resident advisers
next year.
The RAs will begin the
in-service training program with
some sessions prior to the end of
school. The total student
personnel staff will be
responsible for teaching them
how to cope with such personal
problems as abortion,
pregnancy, birth control, VD,
drugs, alcoholism, placement
and choosing a career. The RAs
will learn the essential
techniques of peer counseling
and will receive additional
guidance from professional
people within the community.
The primary objective of the
RA program is to solve the
students’ problems without
calling in the authorities. Dean
Long wants this to be a positive
program and hopes the students
“will respect the impositions of
sanctions by a peer
government.” Each dorm will
have its own house government
consisting of the RAs and elected
officials. Dean Rhodes said, "I
know it's idealistic, but I want to
see this concept develop and
grow to the point that each
individual house can handle its
own unit." The head RA will be
ultimately responsible, but will
only act if the self-governing
body does not act at all.
The RAs will serve as
orientation counselors for
incoming freshmen, and keep in
close touch with the faculty
adviser of each student. They
will vigorously promote the
intramural program, because as
Dean Long said, "We believe in
the Greek ideal of a trained body
as well as a trained mind." The
RAs will set up an informal
tutoring program and encourage
the development of "student
self-determination." For their
services the RAs will receive
S250 plus room.
Elon’s Literary Magazine
To Be Distributed Soon
By Lanna
Colonnades, Elon’s literary
magazine, will soon be available
to students at no cost.
Colonnades will include poetry,
stories, and artwork by Elon
students. Two poems from Guy
Owen who wrote The Flint Flam
Man, the first chapter from
Manly Wade Wellman’s new
novel, and two poems by author
Peavy
John Foster West will also be
included.
The editor of Colonnades is
Glenn Spencer and the faculty
adviser is Prof. Phillip Owens of
the English Dept. The date for
the distribution of the magazine
should be during the last week of
term, according to Professor
Owens.
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