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Broadcast Fly-out: Pendulum

Live Stand up in front of Pendulum sign on College Ave.





Shots of office (0:04)




Shots of campus store in Moseley (0:14)




Shot of newspapers (0:19)


Shot of computers and people working (0:25)



Still image of the design of the building (0:32)


Shot from across street of Pendulum showing traffic (0:39)


Shot of Alex Ward with name and “First-year student” (0:45)




Live Standup (0:52)


The Pendulum will have a new but temporary home soon when the current office here on Williamson Ave. is torn down.


It is going to be replaced by a much LARGER building. The building will hold more than just the student run newspaper.  The building is going to be the new home of the campus store, Elon University offices and the Pendulum.


—–SOT (O’Neill)—–

“It’ll be good for the people that are here. It will be a better place. With double the space, it can only mean good things.”


The 24-thousand square foot, 4 million dollar development will also mean an expansion in the size of the campus store. The store will be in a more locally focused location.

—–SOT (Ward)—–

“People don’t go to the bookstore that often. More people that don’t go to Elon will go now because they don’t want to go all the way to Moseley.”


This project is another step in the expansion of Elon. When ground breaks in December, Williamson will start its transformation. In Downtown Elon, this is Alex Hadden.





Broadcast In-Class Assignment: Construction





“It will probably only be a couple days, not significant. There was nobody hurt, you’ve got to keep telling yourself that.”






Common Reading Author Reissues Views On Chinese Future

Rob Gifford discusses the Chinese economic situation with Elon

The political climate in China is changing and “China Road” author Rob Gifford has witnessed this shift first hand. On Tuesday evening, Gifford delivered an updated outlook from his 2007 book, which stressed a more nervous stance on the future of China.

“China Road” was the 2010 common reading for the Elon University community. The Elon website states, “The common reading should always challenge our students to move beyond their assumptions about an issue or a particular part of the world and to ask questions about how they might understand and engage with people and situations outside of their own experience.”

Gifford leveraged his firsthand experiences in China to further inform the students, faculty and community members in attendance about the problems – “fault lines” – that exist in modern Chinese society that may not be on the mind of an average American. During his journey on Route 312 across China, Gifford witnessed both the urban and rural lifestyles of China that co-exist under its Communist government.

“It all looks monolithic and very powerful and very dynamic as it moves into its new position as the new world superpower, but underneath there are a lot of problems and a lot of anger,” he said.

The urban culture that exists in China is what makes the country appear to be hopeful and promising for the future – but the underlying cultures in the countryside suffer when the government decides to focus on urban, middle class cultures. While there are 200-300 million new members of the Chinese middle class, there are also 700-800 million peasants in rural China that are receiving less attention because of the new focus on the middle class.

Gifford said that over the last 20 years, as the government has loosened its restrictions on the people of China, the fallout out from this has been the state retreating from rural areas, meaning a reduction in health care and economic growth in rural areas. The economic and social gap between the urban and rural parts of China is what worries Gifford.

He said, “When the crunch comes, as it always comes in an industrialized nation, I’m not convinced [China] can make the jump over from the position its in now to any new political system.”




Interactive Media for St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum

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Musharraf offers Middle Eastern insight at Elon Fall Convocation

Former Pakistani president and general discusses Pakistani conflicts and solutions

As the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf dealt directly with Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11, 2001 as the Taliban fled across the Afghani border into Pakistan. Former Pakistani president and general Musharraf was more than qualified to deliver the address to an eager audience.

Students, faculty and Elon community members filled the Alumni Gym nearly to capacity Tuesday afternoon for a lecture on the current political and military situation in the Middle East for Elon’s Fall Convocation.

His insight on the current political and military structure of the Middle East began with a brief history of Pakistan and the surrounding area so the audience would have some context for his opinions and what he faced while he was in office and since he has left.

Musharraf asserted that many of the issues that have plagued the Middle East since the 1940s were only addressed in the Western world after the attacks of September 11, 2001. While the political battles after these attacks were fought by the Western world, Musharraf suggested that they need to be centered in the Middle East so they could be dealt with directly.

“Military is the short term symptom, but the real way to solve it is to use politics.”

Musharraf identified conflicts such as the Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the many wars that have taken place in Kashmir as the major problems that Pakistan is currently facing.

Because of the many political, social, and military issues that exist in the Middle East, Musharraf believes that the issues need be directly addressed so that the war can be won. “As a military man, I believe you have to defeat them in a central gravity.” Musharraf wants to handle the problems in the middle east head on.

If the United States and the rest of the Western world resolved their political disputes within the Middle East, this will pull the rug from under the terrorists, urged Musharraf, and solve many of the issues that have been plaguing the Middle East for the last 60 years.

Musharraf urged that if the United States and the rest of the Western world resolved their political disputes within the Middle East, this will pull the rug from under the terrorists. Furthermore, this will solve many of the issues that have been plaguing the Middle East for the last 60 years.


Museum opening to bring pirate history to northern Florida

Pat Croce’s love of pirates brings the Pirate & Treasure Museum to St. Augustine, FL.

Pat Croce’s St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum will open its doors to the public in December. The museum showcases the history of all sorts of pirates from around the world.

The Pirate & Treasure Museum is a perfect outing for birthday parties and scouting trips. The museum will also be open to general admission. Tours of the exhibit offer a collection of authentic pirate artifacts that are presented using innovative technology that makes the experience interactive for pirate lovers of all ages.

The museum has exhibits that feature artifacts from all sorts of pirates from history. Some of these include cannons from the 18th century, the only pirate treasure chest with provenance in the world, and props from famous pirate movies of the past. These exhibits are sure to offer a new perspective on the lifestyles of pirates from all points of history. All ages are sure to enjoy the engaging and interesting exhibits offered at the museum.

The museum was previously known as the Pirate Soul Museum when it was located in Key West. Pat Croce, the owner of the museum, moved to St. Augustine, which already had a rich history in Pirate. Croce is an entrepreneur who owned the Philadelphia 76ers from 1996 to 2004. Croce has had a love for pirates since childhood and the museum is a way for him to express his interest and share his passion for pirate history.



Musharraf, former Pakistani president, to speak at Elon Fall ConvocationMusharraf, former Pakistani president, to speak at Elon Fall Convocation

Musharraf will speak in Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

The former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, will address the Elon University Community next Tuesday for Fall Convocation. Musharraf was the President of the Middle Eastern nation from 2001 – 2008. Elon’s Fall Convocation is an annual event that features an esteemed or prestigious speaker.

As the president of Pakistan, Musharraf had many interactions with the United States, especially after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The United States offered Musharraf $1 million if he agreed to not recognize the Taliban as the official rulers of Afghanistan and to help in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East. Even though it sparked tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Musharraf accepted the aid from the United States and helped to oust the Taliban from his country.

After attempting to take too much control of the government in 2008, Musharraf was threatened with impeachment by judges in the country, but resigned before he could be charged with any official sanctions.

When Musharraf speaks before the Elon Community, he will be able to offer insights on the political situation of the Middle East. His military and political backgrounds make him an authority on the situation between many of Middler Eastern nations such as India, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq.

Musharraf made other contributions to his country during his eight years as the leader of Pakistan, including improving the financial situation of Pakistan and making it a viable country for foreign investment.



Steele embraces new political landscape

Chairman of the Republican National Committee discusses student political involvement

Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, urged students to take action with their political lives. He spoke to the Elon University community Wednesday evening. As the mid-term elections approach, Steele acknowledged that the political landscape is changing and that young people – like Elon students – need to get involved.

The Republican Party has faced pressure in the last 14 months from grass-roots movements such as the Tea Party and Steele has embraced this shift as a positive.

Michael Steele addresses students in Whitley Hall

“[The Tea Party] began to dictate in large measure what would happen next,” said Steele, “I think its fair to say they changed the political dynamic and certainly the political conversation.”

Steele urged students to join in this political conversation because of the strong effects they can have immediately on the U.S. political system. He highlighted Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell’s win over Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Primary as a key example of how a movement can make a difference.

Steele chastised voters and burdened politicians for not giving young voters enough reason to participate in the political system.

Politicians need to refrain from making broad statements to their voters and focus on the issues that individual voters actually care about, Steele said. On the other side of the equation, voters are expecting more of their representatives, especially after election. The Tea Party is a good example of both of these philosophies because there is an actual conversation between the voters and the politicians.

Sophomore Ryan Maas, after hearing Steele’s speech, said, “The Tea Party changed the face of what people can interpret from conservatism. It is no long just a rich man’s philosophy.”

Steele said that if the politicians are truthful with their voters during the election process and the voters inevitably chose the representative they like the most, then voters will have no reason to raise their “pitchforks and torches.” Politicians, as leaders, need to understand the positions of their people, accept responsibility and actually represent the people of their state, said Steele.

Steele demonstrates GOP positions with Elon Students

Steele connected with his large student audience by comparing picking a political party to picking a major in college.

Speaking to members of the university’s student body in attendance, Steele said: “Many of you have matriculated to this fine institution with one major, I would bet that you would probably graduate with another. That transition, that transformation is part of the maturation process. Now because you’ve gone from a philosophy major to a doesn’t mean you stop learning, doesn’t mean you stop being a student, doesn’t mean you stop engaging.”


Call to Honor: Freshmen Pledge to Uphold Elon’s Honor Code

Student leaders remind community of values and call for a pledge

The Elon Honor Code embodies four core values: respect, honesty, integrity, and responsibility. The Call to Honor ceremony on Thursday in front of Lindner Hall, further familiarized First-year students on these values and invited them to sign a pledge promising to uphold these values while they are at Elon.

The ceremony is important because although the code is widely publicized to new students, many students are not aware of its full extent. Senior Suzanna Uliano said, “In a lot of instances, they aren’t aware it applies to social situations.” The ceremony clarifies for students the exact ramifications of what the code is supposed to be responsible for.

Members of the SGA such as Executive President Taylor Martin as well as each class president – including Ryan Budden, the new elected First-year class president, welcomed the Class of 2014. Martin greeted the new class by explaining that the honor code is a “unified code” that applies in both academic and social situations. After Martin clarified this part of the Honor Code, each class president spoke on one of the four values of the honor code.

Senior Class President Michael Nowak helped the Class of 2014 to understand the basic values Elon represents by using anecdotes from his three years at Elon thus far. He urged the First-year students to “take a minute or two to appreciate how beautiful Elon is and engaging the teachers are.”

Samuel Warren and Rebecca Tynes, the Junior and Sophomore class presidents respectively, each gave short speeches on honesty and integrity. Both presidents related the individual to the whole university, stressing that every individual can contribute to the University at large by sticking to these two parts of the Code.

The final student speaker was newly elected Freshman Class President Ryan Budden who compared the acorn given to First-year students at New Student Convocation to their “potential as academic citizens.” Although a newly elected student official, Budden provided his classmates with very wise words on how not to cut corners, how to hold yourself accountable for wrongdoings, and how “every action we take creates a ripple and affects more people than we could ever realize.”

After each president finished addressing the Class of 2014, each lit one candle symbolizing a particular value of the Code. The three other representatives from each class, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, signed the Elon Honor Book. The ceremony also included a reading of the Call to Honor led by University President Leo Lambert and a singing of “Alma Mater.” To conclude the ceremony, each student received a commemorative coin inscribed with the word “Honor” so each First-year student is reminded of the Code they have promised to uphold.




Charlie Cook: Republican wave to take the House

Leading political analyst offers insight to upcoming election

Charlie Cook, a leading authority on political trends, discussed the upcoming Congressional Elections, how this year’s election compares to past Congressional Elections and his large picture prediction that Republicans are going to take control of the House at Elon University yesterday. By looking at American politics through “the lens of the House of Representatives,” Cook was able to examine how the shifts in Congressional majorities have changed and shifted since 1955.

The American political system is moving much faster now, even more so than 15 years ago. While the Democratic Party was able to keep the majority throughout major events such as the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, Vietnam, and three assassination, Cook pleaded that voters are not “showing patience anymore” and will not look past a lot (such as the war in Iraq or an economic crisis) and therefore are more likely to vote for things that they want rather than completely aligning with a single political party.

The point Cook was attempting to make was that the American politics is moving toward a system in which either chamber will flip over every two to four years which is much more rapid than the 40 or even 12 year periods that preceded the change in 2006. Much of Cook’s speech was spent comparing the 2010 Congressional Elections to the 2006 Congressional Elections – the last time that the House “turned over.” In 2006, there was a “Democratic wave” that allowed Democrats to take control of the house by a large margin.

He then analyzed this year’s Elections, comparing the Republican push of 2010 to the Democratic wave in 2006 and how the large Democratic win in the 2008 Presidential Election will actually help the Republicans take control of the House. While Obama does have an 82 percent approval rating amongst all of registered Democrats, Cook does not believe that this will “transfer down” to a love of congress. When this fact is added to the fact that the majority of Republicans (28% of Americans) “really, really, really, really, really don’t like” Obama and that they “loathe and detest” the Speaker of the House and other democrats, it lead Cook to conclude that the Republicans are going to take over control of the House.