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ELON, NORTH CAROLINA | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 | VOLUME 36, EDITION 1
HAITI; AjNATION IN CRISIS
The aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti,
which killed thousands and left much of the
Caribbean nation devastated on Jan. 12, has lead
to a surplus of rescue efforts in the United States.
Events and fundraisers at Elon University are [
both underway and planned to help in the relief |
A current Elon student as well as a 2009 alum I
that were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake ]
have made contact with family in the United
States. Two other current students and several
alumni have heard from relatives who were in the i
The earthquake, which is the worst on record
in nearly 200 years, has reportedly left as many
as 200,000 dead, accordirtg to Associated Press
reports on Monday night.
The U.S. death toll in Haiti, according to the j
Wastrmgton Post, has risen to IS. Twenty-three
other AmericansTrrc reported to be injured.
An uprising of violence in Port au-Prince I
has officials worried that criminals and frantic
citizens will hamper efforts. Widespread looting |
and fights breaking out has been reported I
throughout the capitol. Officials hope to quell the |
fighting with the nearly 3,500 U.S. troops.
Many Elon students have expressed concern I
for the situation and wish to help. Tuesday, Jan.
19, students met in Moseley to discuss options for |
providing support and assistance to the struggling
Last week. President Obama pledged $100 |
million and the help of American troops for
relief efforts. Seventy-three other countries have
reportedly sent aid and relief to the stricken
The relief is fairly uncoordinated and slow
to reach victims, according to various reports.
With time, efforts are hoped to become more
Population of Haiti: 9,780,064
557,650 more than North Carolina
Population of Port-au-Prince: over 2 million
. 1,851,947 more than Alamance County
wk Death toll: 200,000
\ More than 3 million affected
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Text the word “HAITI”
to 90999, which will
automatically donate $10
to the American Red Cross
and charge to you cell
phone bill. Elon partners
with the Red Cross
throughout the year.
To learn how you
can help, visit
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SARAH COSTELLO | Graphics Editor
The Town of Elon settled a case
out of court and awarded $50,000 to
John W. Paylor, of Elon. The incident
in question occurred on June 18, 2006,
when Paylor was shot by an Elon police
officer twice with a Taser.
The ACLU sued Officer Harold
Dunn, James Giannotti, Candace
Ripple and Captain Craig Andrews,
members of the force at the time of the
incident, as well as the Town of Elon
Police Department, on behalf of Paylor.
Officer Harold Dunn was responsible
for both shou.^^ lown Manager Mike
Dula, the Town of Elon paid a tax
deduct able fee of $10,000, while $40,000
was paid by the town’s insurance
company. Selective Insurance.
Dula said attorntys from both sides
of the case, met for a mediation in
November and came to an agreement
about the issue.
“I think most cases like this get
settled,” Dula said. “(The insurance
companies) take just a practical view
of what the odds are "
Dula said he thought the original
request for settlement from Paylor
was around $300,000. Charles Coble,
of Brooks Pierce Attorneys and
Counselors, who represented Paylor un
behalf of the ACLU, said there was no
truth to this claim.
Coble said he was happy the
settlement was made, but that he would
have been willing to go to trial on the
issue, since the decision to settle was
ultimately Paylor's. “We were certainly
ready to go to trial if we needed to," he
Paylor’s case claimed that the use of
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Sandy’s loses Phoenix Cash privileges
Elon students who make the walk
down Haggard Avenue to Sandy’s Subs
will need to not only remember their
phones and keys but also their wallets.
Sandy’s is no longer accepting Phoenix
Cash due to a breach of contract with
Elon, university officials said.
Eric Townsend, director of Elon
University’s news bureau, said the
university ended its contract with
Sandy’s due to a violation on Sandy’s
part. Townsend said the contract was
confidential and he would not elaborate
on what the violation included.
Greg Saldanha, the owner of
Sandy's, said the university accused
the establishment of selling alcohol to
minors, something Saldanha said was
“We never serve alcohol to anyone
underage,” Saldanha said. “If we
had known we could have gone and
checked our security tapes. If they (the
university) had come to us we could
have addressed the problem.”
Saldanha said the university cited
one alledged incident where a student
was sold alcohol underage. He said if
the university had contacted him about
the incident he would have looked at his
security tapes to correct the situation.
Townsend said the university would
not comment on this claim since the
contract was confidential.
“We always card,” Saldanha said.
“We never give anyone underage
drinks because it is a big liability.”
Ken Mullen, assistant vice president
for business and finance, said when
Elon looks at the Phoenix Card and
Phoenix Cash it must be consistent
with the mission of the university.
“The Phoenix card is here to provide
a great service,” Mullen said, “and
also as a convenience and as a safety
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Sandy’s Subs is a popular bar that many Elon students frequently attend. Recently, Elon
prohibited students from using Phoenix Cash as a method of payment at Sandy’s.
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