ELON COLLEGE LIBRARY
Volume XXIV, Number 9
Informing the Elon College Community
Faculty examine freedom statement
In Every Issue
Elon at a Glance
A look at the Internet
A Student looks back at lier
expenence in Ghana
Eion prepares for
^"OiOdren of Eden”
The academic freedom state
ment at Elon College is far more
important than many realize. It
deals with the right of every person
on campus to speak with out fear of
repression or punishment, said
Stephen Braye, associate professor
of English and chairman of the Aca
demic Council. This is a very im
portant right that we all use, and
many of us have never questioned
that right. However, at one time,
students did not have this right, and
so the academic freedom statement
was added to the student handbook.
This right also applies to faculty.
The statement that refers to
the faculty is currently being re
written. It has not been revised in
40 years. One of the main reasons
it is being rewritten is that there are
currendy two different statements
in the handbook. One concerns
itself with the legal side and the
other with the church side of this
freedom. They are hoping to merge
the two statements into one with
some slight other changes. Elon is
currently less tied with the United
Church of Christ than previously.
One of the statements was based on
the relationship with the UCC
church, so some revisions will be
made concerning that area. How
ever, Elon has roots within the
church, and their beliefs of respect
of other's opinions and tolerance of
other's views will remain.
Trying to define the academic
freedom statement is very difficult.
The statement allows everyone the
right to voice an opinion, but it
doesn ’ t mean that one can say what
ever he or she wants in a classroom.
It hard line to draw a line between
what is right and what is wrong to C*
talk about in a classroom. The ^
mission of the college is to pursue q
the free expression of ideas. O
“As faculty we have the right
to pursue all kinds of knowledge, ^
see FREEDOM, page 4 r;
Plans for the transitioning of
Elon's new president. Dr. Leo Lam
bert, are already getting underway.
Lambert and current presi
dent Fred Young met last week af
ter the Board of Trustees announced
that Lambert would be the college's
SaraPeterson, who has moved
from the position of the assistant to
the presidential search committee
to the position of transition facilita
tor, said that while no definite tran
sition plans had been made yet,
Lambert was already planning three
to four visits to Elon yet this fall.
Peterson said that while on
campus, Lambert hoped to meet
with members of the senior staff
and others on campus. The purpose
of these visits will be for Lambert to
learn more about Elon and its cul
ture. Lambert will also be meeting
with Young several times.
“The transition is really the
movement of information from Dr.
Young to Dr. Lambert,” Peterson
Lambert will not be on cam
pus for events like Elon's Home
Peterson said that Lambert
does not want to take away from the
specialness of these events for
Young. She said he also planned to
keep a low profile while on campus
so he could be an observer more
While in Burlington Lambert
will also be looking into more prac
tical and personal matters such as
schools for his daughters, Callie,
13, and Mollie, 10.
Peterson said this time will
also allow him to get to know the
area better before moving to
Burlington in mid to late Decem
Jenny Jarnecke/7/je Pendulum
Elizabeth Miller grabs a handful of pumpkin guts in the
pumpkin gutting relay at Saturday's second annual
Lambda Chi Alpha Pumpkin Fest.
^ Parking: What Elon students really pay each year
How much money do Elon
students spend on parking viola
tions and registering their cars?
Last academic year they spent
more than $126,000. This is more
than $34,000 than the year before.
Where does this money come
Each parking ticket costs $25.
Ticketed offenses include parking
in a lot that your sticker does not
permit you to, parking on-campus
without a parking permit and park
ing in reserved spaces, handicap
spaces and fire lanes.
If the fine is paid within 48
hours, the fine is decreased to $ 12.50
unless the violation was parking in
a handicap space or fire lane.
The 1997-1998 academic
year had twice the amount collected
forparking violations than the 1996-
1997 year with more than $22,400
A car with two or more un
paid tickets is subject to towing.
The cost of retrieving a towed car is
$45 before 5 p.m., plus paying all
In the 1997-1998 year more
than $6,500 was paid in towing
fees’. This breaks down to approxi
mately 145 towed vehicles in the
“Probably 80 to 90 percent of
towed cars are towed during the
day, from the two staff lots by the
library and Mooney,” Traffic Of
ficer Nelson Gunn said.
Any unpaid tickets will be
transferred to the bursar’s office
once a semester for collection. The
bursar’s office collected more than
$19,000 from parking fines last aca
Most of the money collected
from parking comes from parking
permits. Commuter students pay
$40 and students living on campus
pay $50 for parking permits.
This year there have been
1,890 permits issued, costing stu
dents anywhere from $75,600 to
$94,500. In the 1997-1998 year,
students spent more than $78,000
for parking permits.
The money collected from
parking gets added to Elon’s gen
eral fund, which is designated for
any number of items, including the
day-to-day running of the college.