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Learning to report on a controversial topic: Covering the GST proposal vote

by Grace Elkus
Senior reporter

Writing the article regarding the GST proposal vote required more reporting than I had originally thought it would, but I subsequently learned a significant amount about how decisions like these are made at Elon and why some people are more willing to talk about them than others.  It wasn’t until I learned how many years of work were put into the proposal that I realized how big of a vote this was, and the fact that it was put to a full faculty vote meant it was of extreme importance.

Although I was hoping to attend the meeting during which the votes were cast, I was informed that the presence of a reporter might affect faculty participation in the discussion.  It would have been helpful to see the specifics as to how the meeting was run, who participated in the discussion, etc.  Instead, I knew that I would have to talk to faculty the following Monday.

I wanted to get a range of faculty opinions on how they felt about the proposal being voted down, but getting clear answers from some faculty proved difficult.   I was constantly re-directed to different people to talk to, and some simply said they didn’t want to comment.  Although the majority of the faculty who participated in the vote voted the proposal down, no one I talked to would explicitly say they voted no.

When it came to writing the story, it proved challenging to not have the story seem biased or one-sided because of the lack of sources I had that were against the proposal.  No further discussion was held immediately after the vote, so my first follow-up story consisted of two students’ opinions on the result of the vote.  I thought it was interesting that one of the students mentioned an over-arching concern regarding a lack of communication between faculty and students concerning these types of proposals/votes.  I think it is true that many students did not know about the GST proposal, which is one of the reasons why I was happy I got to write about it for The Pendulum.  I will be doing a second follow up for this weeks paper, which will include the specifics of what was discussed at various meetings following the vote.

For more on this subject, check out this week’s issue of The Pendulum.


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Oct. 3 Sweep

Don’t have time to read in-depth reports on the major news stories of the moment? Not to fear! Check the News Blog every week for a run-down of the top stories that matter to you and where to find out more. 

Occupy Wall Street

Day 13 of Occupy Wall Street begins with a march through the streets of lower Manhattan, at around the time the bell rings on Wall Street on September 29, 2011. The protesters in the "leaderless resistance movement" have gained traction, but are short on specific demands or a long-term strategy. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

A movement that started Sept. 17 by a group of activists claiming to stand against the United States’ crippling debt and greedy corporate officials has gone viral as more protests pop up across the nation. As reported by the New York Times, the idea behind the movement was to camp out for weeks or even months to replicate the scale of protests in Egypt earlier this year.  On Oct. 1, New York police arrested about 700 participants as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, as some claim they were coerced onto the bridge and subsequently arrested. Similar groups are now planning to march in areas of North Carolina.

Want to know more?
*Read a column from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof.
*Watch a video that claims to prove police entrapment of the 700 arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge.
*Check out the group’s website, which describes participants as “the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”

Look for a report on Elon students and alums involved in the movement in an upcoming issue of The Pendulum.

Anwar al-Awlaki killed

ANWAR AL-AWLAKI. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

In the months following the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda operative and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki remained a close second target. He was killed in a drone attack Friday, Sept. 30 in Yemen and while his death is a huge blow to al-Qaeda’s ability to function, many are questioning Obama’s decision to deny a citizen the Constitutional rights to a fair and speedy trial and to be innocent before proven guilty by due process of law.
The U.S. State Department has issued travel warnings in anticipation of potential anti-American attacks fueled by al-Awlaki’s death.
Want to know more?

*Read an article in the Wall Street Journal about al-Awlaki’s importance.
*Read an article in the Atlantic about violating al-Awlakis’s rights as an American.

Amanda Knox freed

Amanda Knox, right, spent four years in an Italian prison before being released Monday. Photo courtesy of Time.

Amanda Knox, an American student jailed for the alleged murder of her roommate while studying abroad in Italy in 2007, was released Monday. Knox plead innocent and spent four years in an Italian jail before being sent home to Seattle and would have faced more than 25 years in prison had she been convicted. Knox’s family is said to have incurred debt well over $1 million because of the cost of lawyers, legal fees, international travel to Italy and other expenses, and multiple organizations have been started to fundraise for Knox’s family.
Want to know more?

*Read a column from the Chicago Tribune on why Knox being wrongly targeted as the perpetrator
*Watch the appeals verdict

Debate over the Jobs Act

President Barack Obama deliveres remarks at the Brent Spence Bridge in Ohio Sept. 22, urging Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

Since announcing his plan to put America back to work in a joint session of Congress Sept. 8, President Barack Obama has traveled the country pitching the plan, boiling the complicated proposal into two simple meanings:- putting people back to work and putting money back in their pockets. Included in the plan is tax cuts for businesses who hire new employees, $4.4 trillion deficit reduction and the expansion of job opportunities. While many doubt the Republicans will support the plan, members of the president’s own party are balking at the bill, proposing it be broken down into smaller chunks, making it easier to pass through Congress.

Want to know more?
*Check out a graphic from the New York Times about the reality of the American Jobs Act.
*Read a transcript of President Obama’s speech to Congress announcing the Act.
*Watch Obama’s Oct. 1 weekly address speaking in support of his plan.

Look for a report on the Jobs Act and what it means for students in this week’s issue of The Pendulum.

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A Town in Transition

by Natalie Allison
Senior Reporter

New businesses coming to the Town of Elon include BJ's Wholesale Club, Kohl's and Dick's Sporting Goods. Photo by Julia Murphy.

Burlington is a growing place. I wish I had been smart enough to start my own time-lapse photo series six or so years ago to document how this city has grown and developed. It’s almost hard to clearly recall the time when Alamance Crossing was nothing but a field (that no one could really see — because there were virtually no roads over there) when I was younger.

I remember, when I was a kid, how my family would take Saturday evening trips to Greensboro once a month or so. The trip (which was sort of a big deal, I might add) allowed us to make stops at Target, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Kohl’s and a few other places. It’s really sort of ironic how things have changed! I can now make a round trip to Target — driving there, running in and leaving — in less than 15 minutes. And I do it often. Sometimes I make several trips a week. I could also go to Best Buy or Old Navy just as easily now, and in a matter of weeks, will be able to browse Kohl’s or even go to BJ’s (if I know someone who gets a membership) without going farther than a few miles from my house.

So as you (or if you) read my article this week about the new stores coming to the area, or even as you go to those stores in the next few weeks, count your blessings that we have these modern conveniences in Alamance County today. OK, kidding. But seriously — Burlington could be worse. It sure has grown a lot from what it used to be.

Want to know more about Natalie? Check out our “Contact” page to learn more about the Town of Elon native. 

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The Pendulum Goes Abroad: Danish life

This semester, The Pendulum will be working with a select group of international correspondents in study abroad programs all around the world to bring you first-hand accounts of the stories you would otherwise only find in major newspapers. From stories investigating culture and hard-news articles to photo stories of life abroad and the correspondents’ thoughts about their experiences, we’ll have you covered. We’ll even bring you the best recipes and travel tips. Once a week until school starts, check back here at the News Blog to see the thoughts of a new correspondent as he or she gets ready to embark on a new adventure.

This week, read the story of Peter Gallagher, who left for Copenhagen, Denmark Aug. 20. Keep up with Peter and our other correspondent in Denmark, Kelly Huston, throughout the semester as they write about life in Copenhagen.

To my own dismay, my Danish experience so far has consisted of the occasional consumption of Entenmann’s Danishes and nothing else. My lack of an understanding for the culture in Denmark is the main drive and force behind my desire to learn and experience Danish culture and society this fall. Until reading the description of the program on Elon’s study abroad website, I had never considered a Scandinavian country as my destination for studying aboard. But after exploring the Danish Institute for Study Abroad website and researching the programs it offered, my mind was set.

As an Environmental Studies and Political Science double major, I feel that Copenhagen, Denmark, has the perfect combination of environmental awareness and governmental involvement for my academic interests. I have enrolled in the “Sustainability in Europe” program, with my core class revolving around sustainable development and exploring environmental, political and social issues. Taking classes relating to the processes and goals of sustainable development while studying in one of the most environmentally advanced cities in the world seems like a combination that can’t be beat. Being enrolled in two political science courses should also be very interesting, as Denmark has a very liberal and socially involved central government.

Along with my courses and academic learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, Copenhagen offers a wide variety of opportunities. I hope to be living with a host family for the semester, and this immersion into all aspects of Danish culture is both unsettling and exciting. Having the chance to truly be a part of a completely different family, thousands of miles away from my own, will hopefully allow me to look at different cultures and lifestyles in a new light. I am also excited to explore the history of Copenhagen.

As a correspondent, my hope is for Elon students to stay up-to-date on international news and to be able to draw parallels with American culture and their own lives in the United States. As Denmark is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, and its people are considered some of the happiest, my time abroad gives me a terrific educational opportunity which I hope to share with others. By the end of the semester, I hope to be knowledgeable and understanding of Danish culture, and I hope that when Elon students hear the word “Danish,” their immediate thoughts are not of stale Entenmann’s but of a remarkable Scandinavian country.

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What to look for this week…

Want to stay informed about everything related to Elon and the community? Don’t forget to check The Pendulum daily for constantly updated news and coverage of campus that matters to YOU.

Here’s what you can expect from us this week!

Tuesday, Feb. 22: Coverage of campus visits and speeches from JC Watts and John Moellering.

Wednesday, Feb. 23: Look for updated information on the graffiti on campus from last weekend.

Thursday, Feb. 24: Look for coverage of the SGA meeting as well as election results.

Friday, Feb. 25: Check out an article on how the Elon Commitment is funded.

Saturday, Feb. 26: Check this News Blog for updates from news editors and reporters about the stories they worked on this week and what to expect in the following week’s issue.

Sunday, Feb. 13: Check this News Blog for next week’s “Sunday Sweep,” providing a wide range of information and links to an issue that matters to you.

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Sunday Sweep: SGA elections

Elections for Elon’s Student Government Association will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday. How much do you know about the candidates? Here are the editors’ top five ways to get involved with choosing the next leaders of your class:

1. Take a look at the list of candidates running for office.  Many candidates are running unopposed and several positions have no candidates at all.

2. Check out the sophomore class candidate profiles, junior class candidate profiles, senior class candidate profiles and Academic Council candidate profiles

3. Read Assistant News Editor Melissa Kansky’s coverage of the executive presidential debates

4. Brush up on SGA’s governing documents, including its constitution and senate by-laws.

5. Be sure to vote online or at a Moseley table Feb. 22 or 23.

Don’t forget to follow The Pendulum on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and watch out for this week’s issue, hitting the stands early Wednesday morning.

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Winter Term Issue

Transitioning back to a schedule from a long, relaxing winter break can be challenging, especially for a new staff at the newspaper. But with a lot of hard work, cooperation and continuos teamwork, we produced a great product we can be proud of. This week, the News team covered some in-depth and breaking stories that affect everyone on campus. From the astounding number of A’s awarded on campus last semester, to a federal investigation into an Elon award recipient, to the issue of cyberbullying on campus, these are stories you need to know about. And where would we be without the great editing, photography, design and multimedia teams that make it all possible?

Check out the Pendulum online, on Issuu and in print around campus! And look for our next issue February 2.



-Caitlin O’Donnell, News Editor

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