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Students should take
Public transportation is better
The Pendulum seeks to inspire, entertain and inform the Elon
community by providing a voice for students and faculty as
well as a forum for the meaningful exchange of ideas.
advantage of BioBuses
for environment and relieves traffic
Students and faculty members alike have been
overheard scoffing at the seven new BioBuses,
especially the University Drive line that rolls with a
nearly empty body to Target and Alamance Crossing.
They see the vacant big-bellied vehicles, which
contain only 20 percent bio-fuel and constantly idle
in front of buildings, and feel resentful.
It is easy to dismiss the utility and sustainable
power of the BioBuses from such a shallow and
The BioBuses are only 20 percent bio-fuel but the
other 80 percent is ultra-low sulfur content diesel
(ULSD). In regular diesel, the chemical element
sulfur undergoes combustion in the engine and
forms harmful acidic by-products in the atmosphere.
According to ExxonMobile, ULSD contains 90 percent
less sulfur content than regular diesel and is just as
effective in fueling an engine.
“If you’re in your own vehicle and if you're
going to drive to campus all by yourself there is
definitely a more intensive carbon emission,” said
Sustainalsility Coordinator Elaine Durr.
The largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas
emissions is carbon dioxide from fossil fuel
combustion and has accounted for 79 percent of
global warming potential weighted emissions,
according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
By riding a BioBus, whose 20 percent bio-fuel is
more than any regular gas-guzzling car can claim,
carbon emissions are reduced and students and
faculty are doing their part to contribute less to
drastic climate change.
Students driving from Danieley to the Moseley
parking lot or from campus to Target in their own
automobiles should understand the gasoline in their
cars has a carbon content per gallon of 8.71 and B20,
the bio-fuel used by Elon’s BioBuses, has a carbon
content per gallon of 7.85.
As for idling, it takes a lot of energy to start a
car, and buses have a maximum lag time of every 20
minutes. . ,
“For a short time, like pulling up to a stop waitmg,
idling is better than turning off and starting the
engine every 10 to 15 minutes,” said Keith Dimont,
supervisor of automotive services. “It takes energy
from battery and wear and tear on the starter to start
Elon students’ tuition pays for every new battery
and starter on the BioBuses. It's in the interest of
student pocketbooks to let the buses idle.
If members of the Elon community are upset that
they see these BioBuses driving around with empty
hulls, then they should ride them and encourage
others to do the same.
“We’d like to see more students riding,” Dimont
said. “We’d like to see the buses full.”
Elon is a small private school and is lucky to have
such a comprehensive public transportation system
that many larger public universities still lack.
At the end of October, University of California at
Los Angeles students formed the Bruins for Traffic
Relief group and protested on the sides of a high-
traffic boulevard in an effort to extend the subway
rail line to relieve traffic congestion. Elon has a total
population of 5,628 students, both graduate and
undergraduate, and has a transportation system that
26,928 undergraduates and 11,548 graduates in Los
Angeles would envy.
“Using the BioBuses is not only better for the
environment but better for each individual person,”
said David Vandermast, assistant professor of
biology. “Mass transit is a good thing and is better
than having students driving all the time.”
Last month’s average number of riders on the
University Drive line was 442, compared to the
12,200 that rode the Danieley tram. The bus line
numbers need to be higher.
The long-distance rides on and off campus should
be used in order for Elon's campus to be successfully
sustainable, to prevent students from spending
money for their own gas and to decrease traffic
congestion between classes.
ILLUSTRATING THE ISSUES: ColOnnacJeS CUStOtTIS
Cracking down on contraband
The phantastic Phoenix
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Cartoon by Lars Bredahl
As the holidays approach and our
moods become more rephlective and
sentimental, it is only natural that our
thoughts turn toward Elon and all of
the things that make it so phantastic,
phabulous and unphorgettable.
But singing all of Elon's praises
in just one short staph editorial is a
phormidable task indeed.
At times like these, one must
ask oneself: What is it about this
institution that makes it so phirst-
class? What is it, exactly, that makes
Elon, this glorious place of secondary
education, as phine as it is?
It could be the beautiful campus.
No other college can boast the phancy
landscaping and phragrant phlowers
that Elon has. It doesn’t matter whether
it's winter, spring, summer or phall—
the grounds of Elon always seem to
be bursting with phertile plants and
lovely phloral arrangements.
Elon's campus also has students as
high-class as its plants. Elon students
are phriendly, phair-minded and
phlexible. There are phew students at
comparable institutions who are as
phorward-thinking and phree-spirited
as those who are at Elon.
Then there's the phirst-rate
phaculty. Their phierce commitment
to academic scholarship, phascinating
classes and phun approaches to
teaching make coursework a treat.
There's also the phlashy admissions
videos and phamous awards that make
Elon stand out. These help spread
the word about Elon to the rest of the
country and let everyone else know
just how phortunate we are to attend a
school like this.
And of course, there's the school
spirit, which does not stop with the
Phoenix Phanatics. School spirit is
apparent in all of the phearless phans
who attend Elon's home phootball
games; in the marching band, the
Phire of the Carolinas; and even in the
loyalty of people who have lepht Elon:
alumni and phormer prophessors and
Elon is also always a phestive place.
No matter what the event, Elon does it
At homecoming, the Phoenix Pheast,
part of the Phoenix Phiesta, brought
the community together phor delicious
phresh phood and phestivities.
The Phoenix Phind brightens up
spirits during the cold winter months
by sending students on a phun-philled
scavenger hunt, and the Phoenix Phun
Zone at phootball games phills the
parking lot outside Rhodes Stadium
with inphlatable bouncing zones phor
These successes aside bring us to
the thing that truly makes Elon the
wonderphul place it is: its marketing
campaigns and use of slogans and
Do Phurman or Wake Phorest use
the clever, catchy puns Elon does at
every reference of the word “Phoenix?
Do Duke or Davidson rewrite
the English language to name every
campus event that has occurred
since Elon's mascot changed from the
Phighting Christians to the Phoenix?
This is what makes Elon stand out,
and we should never phorget it.
The years at Elon phly by, and its
easy to phorget to stop and think about
what makes these years so phull of
happiness and love.
As Pherris Bueller once said: Liphf
moves pretty phast. If you don't stop
and look around once in a while, you
could miss it."
No matter where the holidays take
us or what the phuture brings, one
truth will always remain the same.
Elon will never phade.
Come on, Elon. Did the “ph s get on
your nerves? They're getting on ours.
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