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ON THE RUN
Annual Turkey Trot draws
hundreds of participants
Skillz on Wheelz tournament
raises $8,000 for charity
ELON, NORTH CAROLINA | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008 | VOLUME 34, EDITION 32
‘CIVILIZATION’ BREAKS MOLD
ANDIE DIEMER ( Photographer
Removing the plaster from the concrete statue is a tedious process that involves chipping away small parts at a time.
Iraqi visitor bounces
back after statue
Scholar-in-Residence Ahmed Fadaam finally
released “Civilization from the mold" on Monday
morning, when the Iraqi artist and journalist began
the stages of taking the plaster off of his masterpiece,
which had been brutally disfigured by a vandal just
Fadaam freed Civilization, the sculpture of
a Middle Eastern woman with dozens of hands
sprouting from the ground surrounding her, in a four-
hour process. As a waste mold, Fadaam had to break
away the mold piece by piece, all while hoping his
sculpture underneath had not suffered any damages
through the process.
“I’m only worried about one place — here — where
1 think that we have an air gap,” Fadaam said, pointing
to Civilization’s arm. “But if we can open the mold
safely then it’s not going to be a big deal. We can fix if
later. But for the rest. I’m quite confident that it went
Project Pericles Director Tom Arcaro, who worked
to bring Fadaam to campus, said the releasing agent
that kept the plaster from bonding to the concrete
underneath didn’t work as well as they had hoped and
that there was some slight damage to the arm that
Fadaam was concerned about.
“The chipping off process is more tedious and
painstaking than he had planned, but he said that’s
to be expected that any project is going to have any
repairs when you take off the mold,” Arcaro said.
The next step is to repair the places where the mold
didn’t work perfectly.
“If you’re expecting a ready-to-display sculpture,
you’re going to be disappointed at this point,” Arcaro
said. “But it’s a process. You’re stressing away the
plaster and there’s going to be some repairs.”
Fadaam’s sculpture was vandalized Nov. 19
CIVILIZATION I Page 9
University research trip
canceled after terrorist
attacks in IVIumbai, India
* News Editor
On Saturday night, a five-member research group
rom Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center
should have been in New York boarding a plane to
Hyderabad, India, to attend the third annual United-
Natlons facilitated Internet Governance Forum. But
when terrorist attacks broke out in Mumbai, India —
about 430 miles away — on the previous Wednesday, it
Was up in the air if the group’s research efforts would
e jeopardized by the possible safety threat.
Trip organizers began to monitor the violent
Wacks in Mumbai, where the research group’s travel
plans were routed through, since the terrorists were
®rgeting Americans and the British.
The attacks on Mumbai, which is India’s largest
Wy and financial capital, started on Nov. 26 in what
'fulminated as 10 coordinated terrorist attacks.
Indian security forces were able to regain control
nf ^1?'^' before at least 172 people — 34 ,
which were foreign nationals — were killed and
I 'east another 293 were injured. Attacks took place
? a railway station, cafe, popular tourist restaurant,
ospital, Mumbai Police Headquarters and two five-
INDIAI Page 8
Incorrect brick pattern used on
Lindner Hall, workers to try staining
Ten percent of the bricks
laid on Lindner Hall, the future
30,000-square-foot anchor of the
Academic Village, currently under
construction, are the wrong
The Lindner building has a
specific blend of brick called Old
Mecklenburg. This brick pattern
is a blend of multiple colors
handmade to look aged by the
way the bricks are fired in the
brick oven. Some of the bricks in
the formula come out darker and
others redder, creating an overall
color blend that has already been
used on the other buildings in the
“The problem was that the
formula had changed at the
factory,” said Neil Bromilow,
director of construction
management. “What we called
Old Mecklenburg had changed.
It’s as if you bought something
DAVID WELLS | Photo Editor
A section of Lindner Hall has two different types of brick patterns side by side.
On the left, the correct brick pattern has a few dark bricks in each cubic foot.
On the right, the incorrect brick pattern contains too many dark bricks.
in paisley or herringbone pattern
and they changed some of the
Bromilow said that the
brick from the original Old
Mecklenburg formula had
changed over time at the brick
factory. When Elon told the
Lindner Hall’s contractor they
BRICKS I Page 9
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