Volume XXIV, Number 23
Informing the Elon College Community
April 8, 1999
Olestra: A moving, if
disturbing, success story
McMichael Science Center
Questioning human rights as
the Kosovo crisis rages
Reviews of‘The Matrix,’
“EdTV’and‘10 Things I
Hate About You’
Men’s Rugby comes one
away from the Sweet 16
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. Homerun records broken
Class schedule changes apply to College Coffee, Chapel
Changes in class scheduling
to allow for Tuesday/Thursday de
partmental and committee meeting
times will take effect beginning Fall
The most notable of these
changes will be the movernent of
College Coffee and College Chapel
to a new time and new days. Col
lege Coffee will move from its 9:20-
9:50 a.m. time slot on Wednesdays
to Tuesdays from 9:50-10:20 a.m.
College Chapel, which is held
from 9:20-9:50 a.m. on Fridays, will
move to Thursdays into the same
time slot as College Coffee,
The new schedule will change
the times during which day classes
are held, but not the length of class
periods or the times of evening
The changes will, however,
allow for committees such as Ad
missions, Religious Life, Media
Scholarship, Curriculum and many
more to meet between 3:50 and 5
p.m. during Tuesday and Thursday
A factor in the decision to
change the class schedule was to
enable student committee members
to attend the meetings.
In the past, the committees
have had problems because meet
ings were held during the class pe
riods of their student members.
see SCHEDULE, page 5
Fire in Smith dorm causes
minor damage, no injuries
Workers hang Elon banners to welcome guests to
campus. Emily MacDonnell/TTie Pendulum
No one was injured in a two-alarm fire that broke out in a first floor
room of Smith dorm Saturday night.
The fire started around 11 p.m. in room 109. A couch in the room
caught fire, sending smoke into the first floor hallway and out the window
of the room. The two residents of the room were not home at the time of
First floor Smith CDC Drew Bedard reported smelling smoke just
after 11 p.m. The fire alarm went off at 11:30 p.m.
LaRhonda Johnson, a Carolina CDC who was on duty that night,
was alerted to the fire in the East Area office.
“Drew [Bedard] paged me, but then he ran in and said he needed the
master key since one of the rooms was on fire,” Johnson said. “We ran over
to Smith and met the Campus Security officer who had a fire extinguisher.
When he opened the door to the room, this big ball of greenish smoke came
out the door.”
Bedard and Johnson ran through all three floors of the building
telling residents to evacuate.
“We were yelling and banging on doors telling everyone to get out,”
“I was sitting in a room on third floor when the alarm went off, but
we ignored it like usual,” first floor Smith resident John Kline said.' “It
wasn’t until the CDC on duty ran down the hall banging on doors saying,
‘It’s real!’ that we actually got out.”
see SMITH, page 5
Sourcs: Newsweek Poll, 4n-2
Student carjacked in JC parking lot
An Elon College student was
a victim of carjacking early Mon
day morning in the Jordan Center
According to reports issued
by the Office of the Vice President
for Student Life, the student was
removing groceries from his car
when two males approached him.
The suspects then threatened
him with a handgun and then pro
ceeded to steal his wallet and drive
off in his sports utility vehicle. The
student was unharmed.
According to Director of Pub
lic Safety, Chuck Cantos, the Elon
College Campus Police department
has several suspects, and is con
tinuing to pursue leads in the case.
Cantos also said that the
victim’s wallet has been recovered,
but the vehicle has still not been
Since the case is still under
investigation, details were not re
leased, but Cantos is hopeful that
the case will be somewhat resolved
by early next week.
The descriptions of the sus
pects given by the victim to campus
police described two black males.
dark skinned, 20-24 years of age,
One suspect had a slender
build with dreadlocks or braids and
a NY Yankees baseball cap.
The other suspect was of me
dium to small build and had a shaved
or faded haircut.
Any student that seesanyone
matching the description of the sus
pects or has any other information
is asked to contact the Campus Po
lice department at 584-2407.
The Office of Student Life
encourages all students to travel in
pairs at night and take added pre
cautions in the campus parking lots.