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In a move that aims to expand the
Department of Physical Therapy master's
program at Elon University, the school recently
ijought the former Smithfield Ham building
located on Haggard Avenue, near University
Assistant Vice President for Business and
Finance Ken Mullen confirmed the property
had been bought during the summer. The
building itself is planned to be renovated
and opened by summer 2011, according to
Associate Dean of Physical Therapy Elizabeth
Rogers, and it will be renamed Danieley East.
The property would likely be used to house
the Department of Physical Therapy, according
to Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs Steven House. He said it would give that
program a larger facility as well as opening
up space on the ground floor of McMichael
science building, where the DPT is now.
“We want to give them a bigger space,” House
said. “It’s going to give me some additional
space for undergraduate sciences.”
For Rogers, the expansion process started
well before she approached senior staff
members at Elon in the spring to lay out the
department’s plans, which included a move to
the Smithfield building.
She said she and other staff in the
department have been talking about how to
expand since November of last year. Now,
since the move has been approved, she said
the program could see a new facility as soon
as next summer.
The plans for the enhancement of the
department come in nine parts, Rogers said.
The developments will be taken on separately
during the next few years, and though they
were developed before the school’s newest
strategic plan. The Elon Commitment, they are
meant to meet many of the plan’s university-
The nine aspects of enhancing the
department include developing scholarship
money fo.r the program’s students, hiring
a full-time faculty member, researching
equipment funds to replace older equipment,
finding support for global and domestic study
experiences, developing a post-professional
doctoral degree program, refurbishing the
Danieley East space, meeting a goal to be
recognized in the next accreditation cycle,
planning DPT homecoming events and
continuing education courses and creating a
model for clinical education.
The department is also looking into
developing a Physician’s Assistant program, as
well, Rogers said. A proposal for that will be
submitted this fall to the Board of Trustees.
See SMITHFIELD I PAGE 3
LINDSAY FENDT [ Photo Editor
Creating a pbce to worship:
New multi-faith center seeks to raise
awareness and acceptance for students
Three Elon University students from different
religious backgrounds stand in the potential
location of the university’s proposed multi
faith center, which will seek to raise awareness and
provide a place for all religions to practice on campus.
From left, Reem Hindieh is a junior and Muslim, Raj
Rawal is a junior and Hindu and Eden Avraham-Katz is
a junior and Jewish.
Rawal is one of two students on the committee
developing plans for the center, along with professors
and senior staff members. All three of the students
said they wanted to see more non-Christian religious
awareness on campus.
With a higher number of students with different
faiths on campus this year — including an increase
that more than doubled Muslim students on campus
— more students are seeking awareness for religious
differences. Hindieh, for example, can’t eat until after
dining halls close because she’s fasting for Ramadan.
The students said more than anything, the benefits
of the center will be raising awareness about thier faiths
on campus. With the help of the professors and staff
on the committee, students are seeking to find a place
for their own religions on campus. With 15 members of
the committee working to bring the plans for the center
to life, the project has yet to move forward and get an
official plan for developing architectural renderings or
set construction dates.
See the full article about the multi-faith center on page 3.
Indecent exposure cases continue despite recent arrest
On Thursday, Sept. 2, a man —
described as a young, light-skinned black
male — indecently exposed himself to
two Elon University sophomores. The
incident took place less than two weeks
after an Elon man was arrested for
indecent exposure and secret peeping.
At about 3:30 p.m. the two students
were headed to their home at Evellien
Apartments when a man in a gold or tan
four-door Honda Civic approached the
women at the corner of East Haggard
Avenue and Lawrence .Avenue. According
to the police incident report, the man was
masturbating and smiling at the women
while reclining in his seat.
The victims described the man as
having short or balding hair, in his late
20’s or early 30’s, heavy set and wearing
a gray short-sleeved shirt. The suspect’s
car has a tan or gray interior, a spoiler
on the back and a North Carolina license
plate with the letters “YZK.”
This is the fifth indecent exposure
case in 2010 and the second case of the
academic year. On .Aug. 23 Phillip Brent
Wagner, 2224 Phibbs Road, was arrested
and charged with secret peeping and two
counts of indecent exposure. The arrest
stemmed from an Aug. 18 incident at the
Old Trollinger Apartments.
According to a police incident
report, an Elon University senior saw a
man outside of her apartment window
masturbating. When she stepped outside,
the man walked away toward the back of
Witnesses chased the man toward
Summerbell .Avenue, where he left in a
silver minivan. All the witnesses and the
victim gave the same description; six
feet, about 250 pounds, mid- to late-30s,
no glasses, “scruffy looking” and wearing
a red T-shirt and blue shorts.
Wagner was held on SI,500 secured
bond and was released later the same
day. His trial date is Oct. 4.
Wagner has been identified as the
suspect in other indecent exposure cases,
but there was never enough evidence to
charge him. Town of Elon Police Chief
LaVelle Lovette said. It was thanks to the
multiple witnesses in the recent case that
the arrest was made, she said.
Besides W'agner, there are several
suspects in the indecent exposure cases,
Lovette said. Students should be aware
that despite an arrest, indecent exposure
cases could keep occurring.
There were two indecent exposure
incidents in 2009 and four cases in 2008.
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