Opinions


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.


OPINIONS 4/30/15 11:04am

Closing the gap between job needs and getting degrees

Just over a week ago, business policy group ReadyNation released a report saying Illinois could be short 150,000 qualified workers in a variety of fields by the year 2020. ReadyNation says the number 150,000 comes from the fact that 69 percent of the 2.3 million job openings in Illinois require postsecondary education, but only 62 percent of Illinoisans have reached this level of education, creating a 7 percent gap — or 150,000 workers. Inevitably, this is a situation that brings a plethora of economic issues for the state of Illinois, such as making the state less competitive, and the apparent solution, according to Sean Noble, state director of ReadyNation, is putting more funds into early childhood education.


OPINIONS 4/28/15 4:41pm

Column: Decision making with Rich Skrosky

Let’s hope this doesn’t become an annual question. Spring practice is over and as we progress into the summer and fall, the same question surrounds the Elon University football team. Who’s going to start at quarterback? It’s head coach Rich Skrosky’s second season, and it’s the second straight year this is at the forefront of discussion.


OPINIONS 12/10/14 12:45pm

Column: Did USCAA opponents fog Elon's vision?

The distraction of final exams whisked into the past, the Elon University men’s basketball team should have a clear set of eyes heading into Thursday’s game at the University of Missouri. But the two-game mini-homestand against two United States Collegiate Athletic Association opponents might have fogged up the Phoenix a bit as it prepares to face not only Missouri but second-ranked Duke University on Monday, Dec.