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ELON, NORTH CAROLINA | SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010 | VOLUME 36, EDITION 15
COREY GROOM | Staff Photographer
As the regionals for the 2010 NCAA
softball tournament were announced,
the Elon University softball team
erupted in cheers when they saw that
it would not face the No. 1 overall seed
in the tournament, the University of
Alabama. After being one of the final
regionals announced and watching
other teams learn their fates in the
NCAA tournament, the Phoenix finally
found out where it would be headed in
the first round —Athens, Ga.
But for a team who captured its first-
ever Southern Conference tournament
win, which resulted in an automatic bid
in the NCAA tournament, it was worth
"This was 10 years in the making,”
Elon head coach Patti Raduenz said.
“We have a young team this year that
has put in the hours, that has worked
hard, stayed positive.”
Raduenz is in her 10th season
coaching the Phoenix, and this year the
team recorded a program-best 38 wins.
“They have the passion day in and
day out,” Raduenz said. “I have two
of the best assistant coaches in the
country that help me bring the best out
of these players.”
The Phoenix found itself in the
Athens Regional, along with Radford
University, Florida State University and
its first-game opponent, the University
of Georgia. The Phoenix’s first game of
the tournament was at 5 p.m. Friday,
May 21 against the Bulldogs.
Sixty-four teams in the NCAA
softball tournament are broken into
16 regionals. The winner of each
See SOFTBALL I PAGE 15
Recent graduates get creative with job search
^ . ioh ” he said. “I had to sit and think for at the North Carolina General Assembly reached o.
Online Programs Director
Graduation day isn't a scary day. Dont believe
it? Last year on graduation day, ‘09 graduates niight
not have bought it either. According to a survey from
National Association of Colleges and Employe^, on y
19.7 percent of graduates last year had a job by the
they walked across the stage. The association reporte
this spring that employers plan to hire about 6 percen
more graduates this yecir than last. .
But some Elon University seniors will still toss tneir
caps in the air today without knowing what exactly e
job market holds. What do 2009 alumni say to that.
Don’t worry. „
“People focus too much on after college,
graduate Alex Nickodem said. “They should be making
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the sake of have a job,” he said. “I had to sit and think
and pray about where 1 should be.”
And he decided where he should be was in Buena
Vista Colo., working with two friends from Elon for
Noah’s Ark, a whitewater rafting company. He was a
cook, combining his love of bringing people together
over meals with taking time to find himself.
“I had four years of college and feel like the time
frame is really man made,” he said. rr,r.r,pr
Nickodem spent the winter working at Copper
Mountain Ski Resort in Summit City, Colo, and was
considering returning to Noah’s Ark for another season.
BurtL changed when he applied for the Phoneathon
Coordinator position at University Advancement,
aSut plans in motion to return to his home of four
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graduate Alex Nickodem said. “They snouia oe b ifs Elon," tie saia. i ^
this much or have this job. Some of the happiest people responsibility as this, so being around Elon
I’ve seen now arp wnrkint? for AmcriCorps or diiiGre nrettv awesome place to have the adven ur .
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I’ve seen now are working for AmeriCorps or dittere
non profits.” . u ^ ^Lindsay Borousch is now a special
When he received his diploma last year Nickodem had initiative, but she was another
a few job offers, but decided not to take any of them. ^ Sjjg burned to the ^^orked
“I didn’t want to jump into an entry level job jus during her last semester. The represen ^ ^
for at the North Carolina General Assembly reached out
to the political network in Washington, D.C. After two
phone interviews and an in-person interview, the joint
Center for Political and Economic Studies in the capital
offered her a job.
“I lucked out timing-wise,” she said.
The week that the job offer was finalized was also
her last week working for the North Carolina General
Assembly. She started the job just two days after the
“1 felt really lucky because D.C. is one of the larger
alumni associations,” Borousch said. “My roommate
has even helped some people in my graduating class get
^”*^Borousch said recent graduates should remember
that even if they don’t have a job, they shouldn’t let their
resume have a blank spot. She suggests volunteering
or working a summer job, so a potential boss doesn t
ask the graduate to explain six months of not doing
anything. • u »
“Vour first job might not be your dream job — not
everyone finds that their first year out, but don’t be
deterred,” she said. “If you put in your time, you will get
to where you want to be.”
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