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Innovation Challenge has students
look for value everyday objects
Fifteen teams of Elon students
participated in the Elon Inno\ ation
Challenge, which required them
to add social, financial or even
humorous value to water bottles.
The contest was held in
coordination with the Stanford
Innovation Tournament, which
challenges students around the globe
to use an everyday object to create as
much value as possible. The w'eeklong
event began with a kickoff on Nov. 12,
where the object was revealed.
Junior Summer Curtiss, who
helped organize the competition,
said finding value in water bottles
presented unique problems.
“It’s just easier and^more socially
acceptable to use biodtgradable cups,”
she said. “But, if you think about it,
it may be better to use water bottles
instead of 21 cups a week."
Junior Angela Sparrow was part of
the Alpha Omicron Pi team, along with
six other people. Her team created
a raft out of plastic water bottles.
Sparrow got the idea from a professor
who mentioned finding research
about illegal immigrants who saved
up water bottles to create makeshift
rafts to float up the Rio Grande River.
“We didn’t want to do a project on
recycling,” Sparrow said. “We wanted
to think outside the box, and we
thought everyone would do recycling.”
In addition to the IS teams of Elon
students, teams from Wake Forest
University, Lenoir-Rhyne University,
the UNC Charlotte, the UNC Chapel
Hill and Brevard College participated.
Greg Palin, a senior lecturer in
entrepreneurship and executive
director of the Entrepreneurship
Education Initiative, served as the
challenge's adviser. He said there
were 500 global participant entries,
meaning that Elon accounted for 4.2
percent of the entries worldwide.
“I’m very pleased with the
involvement from Elon and other
universities,” Palin said. We 11 repeat
this process to build future success.
Curtiss said she thinks the turnout
with grow from year to year.
“The response has been really
good, especially for the short-term
notice,” she said. “I think it will
be even better next year, because
people will know more about it. More
fraternities and sororities might
participate as a philanthropic event,
because the top teams get to donate
money to a charity of their choice.
The first place team will win S300,
the second place team $200 and the
third place team SIOO.
“It’s really good to see students
step out of their daily routine and
go out and make a change,” Curtiss
said. “It’s a great opportunity for
All teams had until Monday at
noon to submit a video of three
minutes or less that explained the
added value. The videos were judged
on content and creativity, not the
quality of video production.
Sparrow said her team spent a total
of about 10 hours creating the raft
and taping and editing the video.
“I think it was awesome to be able
to teach people about a subject I’m
passionate about and put a different
perspective on something we use and
take for granted everyday,” she said.
Challenge participants had to be
resourceful and creative, which Palin
said was the point of the competition.
“Creativity is such a part of
entrepreneurship, and this is a
creativity competition that gives
students an opportunity to experience
in a short time frame the need to find
creative solutions,” Palin said.
The Challenge was sponsored by
the Doherty Center for Entrepreneur
Leadership and will culminate today
with a showcase in Koury Business
Center at 4 p.m.
Women’s track team gives back
The women's track team went door-to-door in the local community to collect canned
foods for the Harvest Baptist Church food pantry in an effort to help the less fortunate.
Their coach, Mark Elliston, said he is proud that the team came together to help otheis.
Students celebrate, protest marriage ban
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Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Vermont, New Jersey and New
Hampshire offer civil unions, while
Maine, Washington, Maryland and
the District of Columbia allow
domestic partnerships, which grant
same-sex couples limited benefits.
Helms, who is from the Charlotte
area, said most of the people
who passed by during Saturday's
protest were supportive or at least
“There was a surprising amount
of people who honked or waved
back," she said. “Even the people
who didn't weren't disrespectful. I
was expecting a different reaction." ,
Helms said she is optimistic
about the direction of the state.
“I think the [presidential) election
results, with North Carolina going
for Obama, showed that people
in the state are becoming more
progressive,” she said.
Artist mends damage, refuses to be derailed
VANDALISM from Page 1
could have just been going around
randomly, or had found the wrong
“When 1 saw it, it was like a fist in
the gut,” Arcaro said. “It was like ‘Oh,
my gosh, I can't believe somebody
would do that.' I've seen all the work
that he’s put into it and it’s a literal
blow to see the destruction.”
While it is very disturbing, Arcaro
said he had the same reaction as
Fadaam to redo the creation and move
“I know about the kind of skill that
1 have, and I told [Arcaro] 'Don't worry,
no matter what damage is done to the
statue I can fix it and bring it back
again,” Fadaam said.
He returned Sunday to begin
Fadaam doesn't believe the statue
was targeted intentionally, but that the
vandalizers were ignorant people who
found an open door and thought they
may find something valuable. Instead,
he thinks they were excited at the site
of the work and damaged it.
“I want to believe this was random,”
Fadaam said. “I came to this country
and found lots of great things and
lots of great people. I don’t want to
spoil this image that I have drawnin
my head about them by thinking that
someone would attack my statue just i
because I'm Iraqi.”
Part of the mold that had been
applied to the clay to be cast was
damaged, which means he has to
remove the mold and reshape thecla)
“It was a delay, but its not
something that can stop me,” he
said. “After five years of war, this is
He said the setback won’t impact
the unveiling of the final product,
since the committee deciding where(
will be placed on campus still hasnt
settled on a location and the base rot
the statue still hasn’t been construct
Five years ago, Fadaam saw his 3
school and studio in Baghdad being ^
looted by similar people.
“When 1 came to the States, 1 was"
expecting to find the same .
here that would target an art piece
vandalize it,” he said. j'Jl,;.
saying that the Iraqi’s who ‘
own buildings and destroyed the
statues are ignorant, so why are)
doing this now?”
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