Opinions


OPINIONS 8/31/15 10:14pm

Not a ‘Fun Home’ at Duke

Allison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” is no stranger to controversy. Since its initial publication in 2006, the graphic memoir has been repeatedly studied, scrutinized and summarily rejected for its unflinching portrayal of harsh subjects.


OPINIONS 8/26/15 11:27am

Make Elon 101 more collaborative

On paper, the TA serves only as an assistant to the faculty or staff member instructor and explains parts of Elon the instructor isn’t familiar with. But the TA should take a more interactive role that allows him or her to better engage new students and prepare them for life at Elon both inside and outside the classroom.


OPINIONS 8/26/15 9:22am

Get your geek on

Let your geek flag fly. Because we all have a passionate geek inside us if we’re willing to admit it, and we are all are a heck of a lot more interesting when we connect our social lives with our intellectual ones and let our inner geeks out.


OPINIONS 8/26/15 9:18am

Experiences over expectations

Coming into college, many of us were told, “Watch out for the Freshman 15,” those pounds you may or may not pick up after late-night snacks and forgetting to go to the gym for a few weeks in a row. It doesn’t end with freshman year, though.


OPINIONS 8/22/15 2:43pm

Persistent, progressive momentum

The past year was not an easy one for Elon University. After repeated bias-caused incidents challenged Elon’s goal of creating an open and safe environment, the community made considerable progress toward finding solutions that would benefit all. It would be a shame to let that progress stagnate.


OPINIONS 7/31/15 5:08pm

Column: Examining the academic side of Elijah Bryant's transfer

When word got out that rising sophomore Elijah Bryant planned to leave Elon University, many speculated as to the reason the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year chose to leave. Earlier this week, Bryant committed to Brigham Young University over Butler University, University of Miami and University of Dayton, all of which offered him. Questions still remained, as Bryant did not respond to requests from The Pendulum and other media outlets that covering Elon.


OPINIONS 5/6/15 1:02pm

Letter to the editor

Written by Cheri Armour Samples ’09 I graduated in 2009 from Elon, and throughout my incredible four years there, I remained incredulous each year when, each April, on a beautiful afternoon, the walls and carpets in the residence halls would be streaked with mud. Incriminating footprints would lead from the bottom of the stairwells to the top, and often, a frustrated RA (me throughout the final three years at uni) would have to report the mess to Physical Plant, who, in addition to their typical duties, had to add “cleaning up after a bunch of over-privileged brats who write condescending pieces in to the school paper blaming the school for their sloppy behavior without so much as a thanks” to their to-do list. I was horrified when someone submitted “University should minimize Festivus damages,” a piece that outlined the reasons why Elon was somehow responsible for the mess that students left behind following the  Festivus romp in the mud.  The reasoning provided for why Elon was responsible was because Elon had not provided students with hoses to clean off with, despite the fact that the school has, for years, attempted to disassociate itself from the activity.


OPINIONS 5/6/15 12:54pm

Elon should support current international students

Elon University boasts about its international population in many of its publications and all over its website, but this population is marginalized even as the university works to expand it. The university has a small international student population and is making an effort to further develop the program, but in its attempt to increase the number of international students it has forgotten to provide adequate support for the international students already here. According to the Elon Fact Book, 6 percent of all graduate and undergraduate students at Elon — 386 out of 6,483 — are international students.


OPINIONS 4/30/15 12:19pm

Doctor's Orders: An open letter to Kanye Omari West

Doctor's Orders is a weekly satirical column in which two unprofessional, definitely fake doctors offer up prescriptions for their Phoenix patients. This past week, the Elon University Student Union Board sent out the list of potential artists for our Fall 2015 Homecoming Concert.


OPINIONS 4/30/15 12:12pm

University should minimize Festivus damages

Elon University administrators did their part in muddying up campus when they chose not to provide hoses outside residence halls for students celebrating Festivus Sunday, April 26. Traditionally, students who participate in Festivus leave trails of muddy footprints and ruined clothing behind them as they trek home to shower and recover from the festivities. This year, lacking hoses — and perhaps sobriety — with which to clean off, these students undoubtedly created a mess for Physical Plant staff, who don’t deserve such treatment. The mud students tracked across campus and into their dorms had to end up somewhere. Robert Buchholz, associate vice president for facilities management and director of Physical Plant, said some of it ended up plastered on buildings. The university hasn’t always deprived students of the tools necessary for cleaning off. MarQuita Barker, associate director of residence life for operations and information management, said the university has provided hoses for students to use after the event for the past few years. But this year, administrators decided against it because Festivus is not a university-sponsored event, and they didn’t want to “enable students.” According to Barker, the goal of not enabling students with hoses was to stop the growth of Festivus as a campus tradition.