Volume 32, Issue 19
March 3, 2005
Plagiarism has become a
concern at many schools.
See p. 14
^®spel Choir earns honorable
Mention in competition
See p. 18
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and women’s tennis see
See p. 23
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Tj,TlsMl^annon Visiting Professor of Leadership this weel.
Reporter ' .
Christine Todd Whitman
spoke Tuesday in Whitley
Auditorium about her disap
pointment in the indifference
about environmental issues m
the recent presidential election.
Whitman’s speech Tuesday
vvas titled “America,
Washington and _ e
Environment.” She thinks that
people are not paying enough
attention to the environment.
According to Whitman, the
environment was brought up
once in the second of the three
presidential debates, and never
popped up again, mainly
because “voters don’t rank it as
most important,” and therefore
candidates do not focus on it as
a main issue.
Whitman spent most of her
See WHITMAN p. 4
Rape charges brought
against Elon freshman
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t d Saturday on charges of Accoramg lo i>uiui ^uiumm mw,
was arrestea ^ second- rape may occur when a person has
second-degree Bengston sexual intercourse with an uncon-
degree Ai^mance County senting person, including someone
was release under the influence of alcohol who is
Jail on $75, acquaintance of unable to give consent. Rape cases
ontacted Elon campus often involve an offender and a vic-
Bengston, CO ^ ^ ^ tim in a pre-existing relationship,
police . investigation Forcible sex offenses, including
According Bengston forcible rape were reported seven
Tbition increase reflects
desire to keep Elon small
Financial aid and scholarships to gain
support from administrative funding
Alyssa Morley cind Krista Naposki
night before. Police records show
both Bengston and the victim had
consumed alcohol that night, but
date-rape drugs weren’t involved.
According to North Carolina law.
Reporter and News Editor
Tuition, room and board, and stu
dent fees together will increase 7.4
percent for next year, an added
$1,754 to student bills.
Individually, tuition increased the
most with an eight percent increase,
totaling to $1,389 increase. Room
and board increased six percent,
board increased six percent, and stu
dent fees increased two percent.
Most of the increase (six percent)
involves just doing business, Dan
Anderson, director of University
Relations said. Because enrollment
is increasing, the number of faculty
and staff must increase to keep class
Gerald Whittington, vice presi
dent of Business, Finance and
Technology explained that a con
stantly rising tuition is necessary to
accommodate for changes in the
economy and improvements to the
One reason for the increase in cost
is the start of a multiple year process
that will give professors more time
to dedicate to special projects,
research, developing courses, plan
ning community service and work
ing with students outside of the
classroom, Anderson said.
Financial aid for students will
increase 11 percent. Scholarships
for Fellows programs will increase.
For example, five scholarships
worth $3,000 each are being offered
for Journalism and Communications
Fellows. Last year, four scholar
ships of $2,000 were available.
Technology and library develop
ment were also a concem for budget
The current constmction for the
business school is not included in
Room & Board
Room & Board: $6,370
‘05-‘06 Total: $25^14
(‘04 -’05 total: $23,565)
this budget. Money for that con
stmction comes from a sperate capi
tal budget and fundraising efforts.
The law school uses some funds
from tuition costs for start up fees.
Over four or five yeiirs, tuition will
cover $3.5 million. Leaders from
Greensboro have contributed $10
million for the school.
One thing students ask every yeiir
is if tuition will be going up,”
President Leo Lambert said. “It’s
just a given that tuition will
Over the past decade, Elon’s total
expenses have increased an average
of 6.05 percent each year.
Whittington meets with the
University Budget Committee to
establish Elon’s tuition each year.
This committee is comprised of
Whittington, Provost Geiry Francis
and a representative from the
Academic Counsel. For the past few
years, tliis representative has been
finance professor Wonhi Synn.
Whittington said there iire hun
dreds—sometimes, even thou
sands— of requests
See TEACHERS p. 5