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Elon vs.
Volume III, Number 4
Elon Cdlege, North Carolina
October 21,1976
Julie George crowned
by Dana Hill
Upon receiving the
assignment of interviewing
Elen’s Miss Homecoming for
1976, this reporter was
admittedly elated. Just the
thought of talking with one of
the 17 lovely contestants was
enough to tide me through the
first half of the football game.
After the halftime ceremonies
were completed, however, I
began to have second thoughts.
What would I say to a girl who,
only minutes earlier, had
garnered probably the supreme
compliment that a girl at Elon
or any other school could
obtain? What’s more, I knew
nothing whatsoever about what
this girl was really like. After
some contemplation, I passed
her off as being "just a girl.” A
more erroneous thought could
not have been conjured up by a
team of idiots (as opposed to
only one).
Julie George, a Phi Mu girl
representing TKE fraternity on
the Homecoming Court, is most
definitely a good distance
beyond being just a girl. Julie,
19, has blue eyes, light brown
hair, and stands 5’7” in height.
She was a little shy about
divulging information
concerning weight and
measurements, so I, being the
gentleman that I am, did not
press the matter. It can be
safely said, however, that Julie
does possess the physical
attributes that one would
associate with a Miss
In addition, I was pleasantly
surprised with what turned out
. to be the real Julie George.
Figuring I would need a
hammer and chisel to break
through the veneer of
pseudo-sophistication which I
was sure a Miss Homecoming
would possess, I soon found out
how lanfocused my assumptions
had been. Julie is sophisticated
to be sure, but in a natural and
unassuming way.
The 1976 Miss Homecoming
is the daughter of Donald and
Joanna George of Springfield,
Va. Her father is the chief of air
traffic control at Washington
National Airport, and her
mother is a cafeteria worker in
a nearby school. Julie heis two
older brothers, Keith, 27 and
Chris, 25. Growing up in this
atmosphere, Julie became, as
she says, "a real tomboy.” She
played basketball with the
guys; never with the girls. In
fact, Julie enjoys all types- of
sports, her favorites being
basketball, swimming, baseball,
and football. With reference to
intramural football she
maintains, "On defense I’m a
receiver. I’ve got great hands!
On defense I like to rush the
quarterback to see if I still have
the speed.” Julie also likes to
sew and sometimes gets in the
mood to cook. She enjoys trying
her hand at exotic dishes just to
see how they’ll turn out. The
new Miss Homecoming also
enjoys taking walks in cool,
brisk weather and is partial to
autumn and spring.
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The Missouri Hogshead Exposition, local band, to play at
Elon Oct 31.
Oct. 31 promises busy day
in Whitley.
Hallowe’en is shaping up to
be a very busy day at Elon. At 4
p.m. the music department will
have choral vespers in Whitley
Auditorium. At 7 p.m. the
SQA President Sam Moore crowns Julie George "Miss Homecoming while her escort Jimmy
Mantanzo looks on. Miss George, 19, is a sophomore from Springfield, Va.
Cancer-chemicals handled improperly
shown in Whitley.
"Waiting for the Great
pumpkin” will consist of
bluegrass music played by Ihe
Missouri Hogshead Exposition,
Auditorium. At 7 p.m. the from the
Liberal Arts Forum will present by a Arts.
"Waiting for the Great N.C. School oj^
Pumpkin” by Staley Lake. At 9 Itefreshme ^
p.m. "ChamL of 4rrors” and bring a blanket and be by t
"Wait Until Dark” will be lake at 7 p.m.
PIRG recently called on the
administrator of the U.S.
Environmental Protection
Agency to halt experimentation
with substances classified as
'' h a E a r d o u s ’ ’ in EPA
laboratories throughout the
U.S. until basic steps are taken
to assure the safety of the
workers. According to PIRG, the
EPA conducts experiments with
hazardous substances in over 25
laboratories across the country.
Four such laboratories are
located at Research Triangle
Park, N.C.
North Carolina PIRG bases
its request on its investigation
of safety procedures at one of
the EPA laboratories at
Research Triangle Park (RTP).
The deficiencies found at the
RTP lab are, according to PIRG,
indemic in the entire EPA
laboratory system.
"Lack of coordination and
failure to plan for the safety of
its workers characterizes EPA’s
worker safety program to-date,”
said N.C. PIRG Director Peter
W. Brown. "We are asking the
EPA to take stock of its
commitment to safety in the
workplace and respond
immediately with some
common sense -safety
guidelines. The EPA has had all
the evidence and tools in its
hands for months. The time to
act is now.”
In March 1976, N.C. PIRG
investigated a safety complaint
brought to its attention by a
worker at one of EPA s
laboratories at Research
Triangle Park. The laboratory
investigated was conducting
experiments involving a
hazardous cancer-causing
substance, diethyl-nitrosamine
(DEN), using improper facilities
and equipment. DEN, like
many hazardous substances,
has long-term effects (cancer
tumors may develop as long as
30-40 years later) rather than
short-term chronic effects
(nausea, headache, fever,
sore-throat). It is even more
insidious and warrants even
greater caution and planning in
experimental use, PIRG says.
After further investigation it
was found that none of the
laboratories at EPAs complex
at Research Triangle Park had
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Diagnosis of writing ills
A conference on student
writing, sponsored by the
English Department on campus
last Thursday aiiernoon,
focused on the inadequacy of
college student language and
expression and ways the
department hopes to correct the
problem. About half the college
faculty attended the 90-minute
meeting in Mooney Theater.
The chairman of English, Dr.
Robert G. Blake, explained why
there was a need to talk about
writing. He said that "every day
we encounter students who
after 12 years of schooling are
still not able to write a coherent
paragraph.” Dr. Blake told the
group that his department had
for several years emphasized
the reading of good literature
and had hoped that models
would help students to write.
Since about 1973 he had become
convinced that this approach
did not work.
The committee on freshman
English, headed by Prof.
Jennings Berry, had worked for
a year on alternatives. Dr.
Blake said, and had shifted the
emphasis in two freshman
courses, Eng. Ill and 112,
which were now striving to
produce more effective writers.
But no one course, or two, could
do this job without the help of
all faculty members.
The coordinator of the
conference. Dr. Mary Ellen
Priestley, limited her remarks
to the ways in which language
itself posed problems for
students. Students bring the
dialect they learn at a very
early age, usually in the family,
with them to college, she said. If
this language is standard —
socially, academically and
economically acceptable — the
student may have few problems
later. But if he has heard and
has spoken a sub-standard
version for 18 or 19 years, that
language has become a part of
his muscles, his hearing, his
very being, she said. It then
takes months to make the
student even aware of his
problems. Dr. Priestley
commented on current trends in
speech and writing, such as the
drift from the concrete- and
specific to the abstract and
general, if not vague. Many
people, she said, choose the long
Latinized noun in preference to
the verb "on which good prose
The new courses were
explained by Prof. Berry who
emphasized the positive side of
a student’s learning what is
good about good writing instead
of thinking of English as
mistakes. It is practice with
suggestions by the instructor
that helps a student. Individual
work is necessary, he said, and
this is why the classes of
freshman English are limited to
20 each.
Prof. Betty Gerow illustrated
her talk on correcting papers by
showing the group a theme on
the screen and then marking
corrections for mechanics,
diction, and organization. She
answered several questions
from members of the audience
about the time such grading
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