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ELON, NORTH CAROLINA | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2008 | VOLUME 34, EDITION 30
DAVID WELLS 1 Photo Editor
Elon alumni and current students gathered at Rhodes Stadium for the Homecoming football game against Western Carolina on Saturday.
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Distinguished alumni receive honors during halftime
When alumni returned to Elon for Homecoming 2008,
one of the most interesting things to learn was what they
had done with their lives. Five graduates have made large
impacts in their chosen professions and brought honor
to Elon University. To show Its pride, Elon honored them
at the football halftime show with Alumni Association
The Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna of the Year
Awards are given to Elon graduates who are prominent in
their professions and communities. This year, the award
for Distinguished Alumnus of the Year went to Noel Allen,
a member of the class of ’69. Bonnie Baxter of the class of
'88 received the Distinguished Alumna of the Year award.
The Young Alumnus and Alumna of the Year Awards
are given to alumni who have graduated within the
past decade, but still possess the same qualities as the
Distinguished Alumni of the Year. The Young Alumnus
of the Year Award went to Laith al-Majali, an ’05 graduate,
and the Young Alumna of the Year Award went to Lundon
B. Sims of the class of ’02 .
Joan Summers Drummond, a ’52 graduate, was awarded
the Alumni Service Award. It is given to an alumnus or
alumna who has dedicated service to the community.
See ALUMNI | Page 5
Two students involved in hit and run
Senior charged with DWI, felony hit and run; no serious injuries
Two Elon students were involved in
a hit and run accident early Saturday
Senior Elizabeth Creekmulr was
driving on Haggard Avenue around
2:30 a.m. when she was rear-ended.
Creekmulr had slowed her car near
Belk Library to offer a ride to Mason
Barker, a junior, when her car was hit.
“She asked me if I wanted a ride,
and before I even realized who it was,
another car slammed into her,” Barker
said. “The other car revved up, backed
up and sped off. 1 was in complete
Senior James Williams was
driving the car that rear-ended
Creekmulr’s. According to a police
report, Williams was apprehended
near Colonnades and charged with
DWI and felony hit and run.
Creekmulr was not seriously
injured, but was taken to the hospital
by ambulance as a precaution. She said
she has a concussion and whiplash,
but was released around 7 a.m.
“I was shaken up,” she said.
Creekmuir was driving a rental car
at the time of the accident because
her car was being repaired. She was
recently involved in another accident.
“I was really upset,” she said. “I
had just been in an accident, and then
this happened. I also knew I needed to
get up early in the morning because I
was the maid of honor In my sister’s
wedding, and I needed to do things
The rental car was “pretty
damaged,” Creekmuir said, but wasn’t
Creekmuir said a police car sped
by shortly after the incident, and
Barker flagged it down to ask for
assistance. The policeman left, but
sent other officers to the scene, along
with an ambulance.
“He [the officer] said he would be
right back,” she said. “1 don’t know
If he was trying to catch the person
who hit me or was on another call, but
another police officer showed up right
Barker said the officer’s response
time was quick.
“A cop must have been nearby
and heard or saw the accident when
it happened,” Barker said. “They
were there pretty soon after to get
our information and to check on
Creekmuir said she has spoken
with Williams and that he has been
cooperative with police.
“He [Williams] sent me a really
kind apology letter," she said.
Williams declined to comment for
one year after
When Elon alum Kyle Fleischmann
went missing on Nov. 9, 2007,
many of his family members and
friends never thought they would be
gathering together a year from that
day with almost all of their questions
The cause for convening was the
2006 graduate’s disappearance after
a night out in Charlotte. But those
who met to remember Fleischmann
worked to create more awareness
about his situation and raise funds
for his charity, the Kyle Fleischmann
Senior Ryan Stimmel is the
President of Kappa Alpha Order,
Fleischmann’s fraternity while at
Elon. KA was one of several groups
to sponsor events last weekend in
“We’re continuing to keep him fresh
in people’s minds,” Stimmel said. “By
no means have we forgotten, but we’ll
keep making an effort in the hopes
that someone out there will notice and
come forward with information that
could lead us to information about
finding out what happened to Kyle.”
At the young alumni party at
Lighthouse on Friday, a table was
set up to pass out information,
collect donations and hand out Kyle
Fleischmann Foundation wristbands.
On Saturday morning, a vigil
sponsored by Elon’s religious life
met at the National Pan-Hellenic
Council garden. More than 30 brothers
and alumni attended and used the
event as a forum to reflect on their
relationships and time spent with
Fleischmann, Stimmel said.
Before, during and after the football
game against Western Carolina, more
information regarding his situation
was passed out and more donations
While there was no specific goal set,
the group raised more than $500 for
the Kyle Fleischmann Foundation this
“We didn’t have any idea what to
expect from people or what kind of
reception we were going to receive,”
Stimmel said. “It was amazing how
many people came up and remembered
the same thing from last year and
how many people remembered his
story. They are obviously sad it
wasn’t resolved, but they were glad to
see we’re still out there a year later
trying to find some resolution to his
Stimmel said KA will continue
to work with the foundation and
assist with any event they may be
sponsoring. A golf tournament was
held in his honor in Charlotte on
Saturday, and KA sponsored a hole on
Fleischmann’s father, Dick, attended
the tournament Saturday in his son’s
honor. He told Phoenixl4News he still
misses his son.
"We take it day by day. It's very
See FLEISCHMANN | Page 3
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