Archive for February 2011

Phoenix Phind Dominated

February 23, 2011

By Don Granese

Seek and you shall find something fun to do on Elon’s campus.

This weekend students took part in the annual Phoenix Phind scavenger hunt hosted by RSA and the Danieley Area Council. Even though less than ten teams participated this year, the competition remained intense. One team in particular dominated.
Team Domination won the competition by only twelve points making this their sixth time in a row. Their road to victory was paved by numerous tasks that the team had to successfully complete in order to gain points and beat their opponents.

Each team was handed a list of 150 tasks, with each task worth different point values. A picture of someone with an eyebrow shaved off was 10 points, as well as a picture with a rodeo clown. If a team could find a snowflake it was two points. A rainbow was one point and a picture of someone petting a panda would earn them two points.

“It’s not surprising,” said Peter Cooper, one of the team members. “This is the sixth year of domination. We are team domination. We have proven and effective methods in winning Phoenix Phind. We hope to continue the legacy next year.”
Although not every team was victorious, team Matrix members are proud to have just come in third place. “I’m happy that we placed and that we were kind of journeying around North Carolina as a team,” said one team member. “That was fun. Draining, but fun.”

The outcome of the competition was announced on Sunday night in the Daineley Commons. Team Matrix went home with a prize of $100. Team Phinders Keepers left with a second place $300 reward and team Domination walked away with the $500 first place prize. Every team that participated left with some form of consolation,including T-shirts and candy.

Phoenix14News: Feb. 21, 2011 Newscast

February 21, 2011

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SGA Speeches & Debate Coverage- Thursday 17th, 2011

February 21, 2011

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Home Remedies for the Flu

February 21, 2011

The flu is hitting Elon hard. You can take cough syrup, decongestants and cough drops to help ease your symptoms. WebMD suggests some home remedies that can help you get better.

To help with overall aches and pains you should increase liquids and take a warm shower. You can also put a warm moist washcloth on your cheeks.

If you have a scratchy throat and a clogged nose WebMD has a couple of spices that can help ease your pain. Ginger has antibacterial properties and can help get rid of throat inflammation. Chili peppers are also good for the flu– they serve as a decongestant.’

Lastly, WebMD suggests that you drink a lot of liquids and says you should stay in bed and rest.

Check out WebMD for the full list of home remedies.

New Meal Plan for Fall

February 20, 2011

Elon University will have a new meal plan system starting next year. There will be two categories of plans you can purchase; one of which is unlimited at certain locations.

The All-Access meal plans will let students eat at Upstairs McEwen, Upstairs Colonnades and Harden as often as they like. These plans also come with extended options that let students eat at retail locations like Octagon, Boar’s Head Deli and the Acorn Coffee Shop.

The other meal plan option will give students a choice between either 200 or 300 for an entire year. Both the cost and number of meal plans would be split between the fall and spring semester.

To find out more visit the Campus Dish website.

University officials baffled by Smith Jackson emails

February 17, 2011

A string of emails sent from Smith Jackson’s email account Thursday night is prompting apologies from university administration.

Smith Jackson, Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Life, sent a series of emails to the faculty and staff email lists saying that school was delayed on January 11th.

The last of the errant emails included emails between Jackson and Brian Zaldivar, who is currently a junior at Elon.
In the email that was forwarded, Zaldivar writes “Where have I been… it’s jan 10th what the f**k was I drinking last night”.

Jackson responded with “Interesting”.

University spokesman Dan Anderson tells Phoenix14News that school is not canceled for tomorrow and that he was unaware of what caused the emails to be sent.

“I have no idea what’s going on but school’s not canceled,” Anderson said. “I don’t know what has happened for these emails to go out.”

Jackson responded within minutes of the last errant email being sent.

“Sending this email again, as emails have been sent from my account incorrectly,” the email said. “Apologies to the student whose response to one of the previous emails was sent unintentionally.”

The email continued as follows: “Thanks to all the people who responded, within seconds, to the two emails that just went out about a delayed school opening. They were notices from January 11. The weather is fine. As much as some would like a delayed opening tomorrow, as it will be 74 degrees, Elon will run on the normal schedule tomorrow.”

Baseball, a staple of life for Rasmus

February 16, 2011
By Steve Roth

For Cyle Rasmus, Elon Phoenix shortstop, baseball has always been a part of life. 

Rasmus joins the Phoenix as a junior transfer student from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.

“This team is a little different than most teams I’ve been on,” said Rasmus. “The depth on this team is really tremendous.”

Born in Phoenix City, Alabama, Rasmus and his three brothers have always been surrounded by baseball. Their father, Tony, played in the minor leagues for three years.

“Really, we developed our hunger from our dad,” Rasmus said. “We never took vacation trips, we took baseball trips. Everything that we had was baseball oriented. For Christmas, we got baseball things. Not your normal toys, we got gloves, bats.”

With four brothers competing in the same sport, competition was never absent.

“We were extremely competitive,” Rasmus said. “Usually, we were big on wiffle ball out in the yard. We had many fights come from it, that’s for sure.”

As the Rasmus brothers grew, they all continued playing the sport. Today, Rasmus’s eldest brother,
Colby, starts for the St. Louis Cardinals as an outfielder. Another one of his brother’s, Cory, is a minor league pitcher for the Atlanta Braves organization, and his younger brother, Casey, is a catcher for Liberty University in Virginia.

Rasmus views Colby as a role model and an inspiration to many.

“Colby is a model that a lot of younger people could look at, even older people,” Rasmus said. “His work ethic is unbelievable…He’s got a lot of talent but he’s worked unbelievably hard.”

With his older brother having the opportunity to play on national television, Cyle makes sure that he either watches Colby’s games or records them to watch them later. “It’s really a treat for me because I love baseball and love to watch him play…It’s really a dream come true. I’d love to be in the big leagues but I got the next best thing, I got a big brother in the big leagues.”

With one brother in the major leagues and the rest working to get there, there is always the possibility of being overshadowed. Occasionally, someone will refer to Rasmus as “Colby Rasmus’s brother.” But this type of thing doesn’t seem to bother Rasmus.

“When people refer to me as Colby Rasmus’s brother, I kind of feel honored and proud of my brother because I know what he went through to get to this point,” he said.

As for Elon’s baseball team, Rasmus is excited for the upcoming season.

“Coach Kennedy is doing a great job of getting us ready to play. We practice hard,” Rasmus said. “I’d like to take that SoCon Championship if we could and I feel like we have the team to do it here. If everything falls together, we should be pretty promising.”

The Phoenix begin the road to that Southern Conference title this Friday as they travel to N.C. State to take on the Wolfpack.

Hook, Barney and Brannock Confusion

February 15, 2011

By Elizabeth Kantlehner

Now that Housing Selection is drawing closer, Elon students are trying to figure out where they are going to live next year.

Some students are planning on moving, but others are planning on staying in their current dorm rooms. Michael Shutt, a freshman currently living in HBB, was planning on squatting. Until he heard a rumor that HBB was going to house only freshman next year.

“When I heard that, I emailed res-life and asked if it was true. They said that it was true, and HBB was going to be a freshman only area,” Shutt said.

Shutt sent three separate emails to Residence Life, and each response that he received conformed that HBB residents were not allowed to squat in their rooms.

But MarQuita Barker, Assistant Director of Residence Life, said that Residence Life never confirmed the rumors.

“We never sent any official communication to students saying that that would be the case,” Barker said. Even when shown the emails sent from, she continually denied any communication with students. Barker said that HBB is not going to be only freshman, and that students currently living in HBB are allowed to squat, if they want to.

There was a breakdown of communication somewhere between the students and Residence Life. The emails received by Shutt clearly indicate that HBB is going to be freshman only next year but our communication with Barker suggests otherwise.

Stay with Phoenix 14 for more information on this story.

Phoenix14News Feb. 14, 2011 Newscast

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SGA candidates prepare to face off in next week’s elections

February 15, 2011

Elections for next year’s Student Government Association officers will be held on February SGA logo22-23.  Voting begins at 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 22 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Feb 23.  Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be able to vote for Executive officers and their respective class officers.  Seniors will be able to vote for Executive officers.

Phoenix14News will cover candidates speeches and a debate between the candidates for Executive President live this Thursday night starting at 7:30.

Results of the election will be announced on Feb. 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Fireside Lounge.  Phoenix14News will bring you complete coverage of the results.

Here is a list of candidates running for each position as provided to Phoenix14News:

Executive President: Matthew Campbell, Samuel Warren

Executive Vice President: Rachel Long

Executive Secretary: Brielle Giordano, Joseph Ross Garner

Executive Treasurer: Nicholas Livengood, Evan Glover

Senior Class President: Andrew Springs, Taylor Martin

Senior Class Senator: Patrick Reynolds

*No candidates filed for VP, Secretary or Treasurer

Junior Class President: David Brown

Junior Class Senator: Alexandra Cerussi, Darien Flowers

*No candidates filed for VP, Secretary or Treasurer

Sophomore Class President: Ryan Budden

Sophomore Class Vice President: Alice Smith, Connor O’Donnell, Gregory Zitelli

Sophomore Class Secretary: Kyrstin Wallach, Ellen Fraser

Sophomore Class Senator: Patrick Brown II, Katherine Andrew, Danyelle Simmons, Alexandra Briggs

*No candidate filed for Treasurer


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