Archive for October 2009

Male Cheerleaders Are Athletes

October 25, 2009

Cheer1In a school that practically bleeds maroon and gold, Phoenix cheerleaders energize both our players and our fans.

Whether in the air and on the ground, this squad can always be heard. And this year is no different.

“We’re looking really good.  We had a lot of new girls which was a concern at first, but we worked very hard in the offseason and I think we’re actually better than we were last year,” Kelsey Norkett said.

The girls that fly through the air aren’t the only ones who have helped this program get off its feet. Behind the glitter and glamour is pure muscle.

“Guys are a huge part of the team. Obviously for the coed team the girls wouldn’t get in the air if the guys weren’t underneath them,” Norkett said.

It’s not the first time these guys have been out on the field.

“I was a three sport athlete.  I was a wrestler, baseball, and soccer,” Billy Utasi said.

Even for a three-sport athlete cheerleading is more than enough of a challenge. Freshman Billy Utasi learned this quickly.

“Workouts are very intense.  We work out four times a week, varsity gym with personal trainers,” Utasi said. “We just run through for two hours, one and a half hours, of just intense- we do bench, squats, deadlifts, everything.”

Cheer2The guys on the team have been athletes for most of their lives.  They work as hard as anybody out here, but still face stereotypes that other athletes don’t.

But despite this stigma, sophomore James Connolly doesn’t let it hold him back.

“A lot of people give me weird looks and they don’t believe me, but I’m proud to be a cheerleader.  It’s a lot of work,” Connolly said.

-Jacob Selzer

Cinema Bans Cell Phone Use

October 21, 2009

Theaters are taking a stand on cell phone usage during movies. The regulation at the Grand Cinema in Greensboro implemented last month requires moviegoers to leave the theater to take a call or type a text message.

Culprits of the policy will be escorted out without a refund.

There is not yet a set policy on cell phone usage at the Carousel Cinemas at Alamance Corssing.

-Crystal Moyer

Local Teacher Appears On “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”

October 20, 2009

Last Thursday at the Piedmont Ale House, Charles Patton and his group of friends gathered to watch the airing of his episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Charles was on the show three months ago, but Thursday was the first time his friends got to watch him. He was not allowed to talk about how far he got on the show until it aired, so he had to keep that secret from his family and friends.

Charles is a local band teacher at Southern Alamance High School. He has been an avid Millionaire fan from quite some time and he finally was able to appear on the show.

He reached the twelve thousand dollar question, but was stumped by a question about the Memoirs of James Bond. He decided to walk away with the money he won.

-Bill Powers

Watch The Webcast Oct. 15, 2009

October 15, 2009

Second Alamance Co. Tea Party Held In Graham

October 15, 2009

Teaparties are an emerging kind of protest and one hit close to Elon for a second time this Saturday. Both old and young alike joined forces to speak out against what they believe is an expanding government, and what are Republicans really worried about: our future.

Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Krohn tells us what steps college students need to be taking. “You’re the ones that are going to be paying for all this.”

But party leaders are having trouble communicating that to college aged people. Republicans in Graham say they don’t think they can educate students alone. Something even Elon’s professors think is important: keeping up with current events.

-Melissa Lockley

Flu Shots Run Out Fast

October 14, 2009

Swine shotThe Health Center quickly ran out of their 1400 seasonal flu vaccines, canceling Wednesday’s flu shot clinic. On Monday, hundreds of students lined up in the Fireside Lounge to get their jab.

“Well I think there’s a lot of paranoia out there,” said senior Kristen Riggs. She gets a shot every year, this year’s no different. “I’m prone to getting sick, and anything to prevent that is, you know, good to go.”

The shots are for seasonal flu, and side effects are usually just a sore arm. No H1N1 flu shots are available yet, though the health center expects those in a few weeks.

But Alamance County received 200 doses of the H1n1 vaccine last week. This first shipment is reserved for medical workers, not the general public. They’re expecting more vaccines to come this week.

Elon will receive it’s own shipment of H1N1 vaccines from the state soon. The health center wants students to line up again in a few weeks for this new shot.

-Randy Gyllenhaal

Elon Senior Pitches Plan For Late Night BioBus

October 14, 2009

Lindner BioBus ShelterStudents who do not want to walk home from the bars call e-rides and safe rides.  But of the 12,000 who called only 64 percent stayed for the pick up.

Senior Daniel Miller is fed up with the waits, and the late night walking, so he decided to do something about it.

“A twenty minute walk at one in the morning or two in the morning– even if your just at the library is not a fun walk,” Miller said.

Miller created a Facebook group suggesting the busses should run at night and in a week it has nearly 9-hundred members.

“I sent out a message to the group and had about 15 responses on potential places and different stops to go,” he added.

Miller’s idea at the moment is to have the buses run from Trollinger to Partners Place.  He has already discussed the idea with bus director Keith Dimont who proposed a month test run.  His next step is to meet with Dean of Students Dr. Smith Jackson who said in a statement –

“I only have bits of information about the concept, so cannot give an educated opinion… I am not in favor of starting a shuttle just to pick students up at bars. But maybe that is not what is intended, and I do plan to meet with the student who emailed me to discuss his idea…”

-Tim Barber


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