It's only been three weeks into the fall semester, and already more than 700 bricks went missing from the pathways and sidewalks on Elon's campus.

Some call it an innocent tradition, but others, a criminal offense.

Danieley Center Resident Assistant Kelle-Anne Gecawich isn't a fan of the tradition.

"One of reasons why I hate it when bricks are being stolen, is the fact that when they are found, we have to carry them," Gecawich said.

Upperclassmen share their views on the tradition as well.

Senior Village resident Ben Perron chooses not to steal bricks because it goes against what he considers moral.

Perron referenced the Bible, concerning especially the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Senior Jimmy Stevenson chooses not to steal them because of the dangers that loose and missing bricks can cause when riding bicycles or skateboards.

"If you go over ground where missing bricks are, you can face plant," Stevenson said.

Stevenson then made reference to unfortunate personal experiences the tradition has caused him.

Elon Campus Safety and Police are penalizing offenders with fines, and second time offenders can receive misdemeanor charges.