Archive for March 12, 2012

Phoenix14News: March 12 Newscast

March 12, 2012

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Vandalism on campus causes increased security

March 12, 2012

By Brandon Marshall

“Late night McEwen” is known to Elon students for serving food from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Students typically go to McEwen dining hall after leaving a bar or grabbing a meal as a study break.

But since the start of this spring semester, an increase in damages have occurred outside of the cafeteria. Over the last four weeks, some students have been charged for stealing and vandalizing picture frames and breaking patio chairs.

Chuck Gantos, director of Elon’s campus police and safety, thinks it unlikely that vandalism will decrease as the weather gets better.

“The timing is usually somewhere between 1 and 2:30 a.m., quarter to three,” Gantos said. “So it’s right when the bars close.”

Hal McLean, a chef for late night McEwen, and his co-workers are vigilant throughout the night in order to ensure students’ safety.

“We don’t know what kind of shape they’re in,” McLean said. “We don’t know what they’ve done before they come through the doors.”

Within the last month, McLean said he has seen acts ranging from students throwing food against the walls of the dining hall to stacking patio chairs into a pyramid.

In 2011, a security camera was installed outside the dining hall to find out when most damages occurred and to charge students if needed.

Safety officials simulate emergency in wake of school shootings

March 12, 2012

By David Hodges 

On Thursday, Alamance Community College planned for the unpredictable: a shooter on campus. With the help of local security firm Enviro-Safe, Alamance County law enforcement, emergency services and school personnel worked for more more than a month to set up an emergency simulation on the school’s campus.

Alamance Community County President Martin Nadelman found out quickly, though, that it’s impossible to prepare too much.

“You think what you write down is absolutely going to work perfectly,” Nadelman said. “And there’s probably fifty things we didn’t think about.”

What happened behind the police tape is just a simulation, but everyone at the scene said the practice it provided is important because an event like this can happen at any school, anywhere.

That’s a feeling a few Elon students know all too well now.

“My graduation day at Episcopal now is not only about me graduating,” said Elon senior and Episcopal School of Jacksonville graduate, Ashton Vincenty. “It’s now kind of about that last contact I had with her.”

Headmaster Dale Regan was shot and killed by Shane Schumerth, a recently fired teacher, at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville in Florida last Tuesday. Schumerth took his own life moments later.

No students were harmed, but Vincenty’s brother Jack Vincenty, a senior at Episcopal who is attending Elon next year, is still having a hard time believing it happened at his school.

“It was just completely overwhelming and I was just in complete shock honestly,” Jack said. “You just kind of think…like did that really just happen.”

From this reporter, who also received his diploma Ms. Regan at Episcopal, it leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts.

“One thing that’s really bizarre…is I painted this picture of graduation in my mind of her handing me my diploma,” Jack said. “That was the image of graduation, and it’s just like, now it’s hard to picture what that will be like.”

Maybe the only thing harder than planning for something so horrifying is imagining a future after it already happened.

Viral video sparks new interest, criticism in global organization

March 12, 2012

By Monica Yantosh

The most recent viral video on the web is a movie made by non-profit, global humanitarian aid organization Invisible Children. It was made by one of the founders and focuses on Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla group leader. The wide success of the movie has sparked a campaign called Kony 2012 whose goal is to bring attention to the issue and raise support for Kony’s arrest.

The Elon Chapter of Invisible Children, led by Co-President Katie Salerno, is working to bring awareness to the situations in Africa.

“I really like the video,” Salerno said. “I think if you aren’t aware of the issue before hand, it’s really easy to get confused.”

However, after the video was posted, critics were quick to say the movie doesn’t give enough information about the situation. Junior Christopher Bosak watched to video, and took time after watching to further research the issue.

“Yes, this dictator seems like a bad guy,” Bosak said. “I certainly don’t like any body who goes out and kidnaps children, but I feel like this is too simple a way to look at it. This seems like a very complex issue and it’s just being glazed over.”

Salerno also agrees that just watching the video is not enough.

“I think that you really need to do your research before because it’s not meant to be informative,” Salerno said. “It meant to promote this idea that this person known, and if you don’t know who this man is you need to go back and look at your facts.”

With attention now on Invisible Children, people are more aware of where the organization spends their money.

Here’s their expense breakdown according to the 2011 annual report: almost 50 percent of donations goes to raising awareness. Thirty-seven percent goes to Central Africa programs. The rest pays for general expenses.

Salerno said the money does go to raise awareness, which is a cause she thinks is just as helpful.

“What people don’t realize is that their money is going to this awareness which is indirectly going into their programs on the ground,” Salerno said. “You can’t have these programs without having people aware of it.”

More than 70 million people have seen the video on YouTube since it was posted March 5.

To get involved with Invisible Children, find them on Facebook. The group will also be hosting a profit share at Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., an event called “Cover the Night” on Friday, April 20 and a screening of “Kony 2012” on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

*UPDATE

The following is Invisible Children’s video response to criticism the group received following the release of the viral video about Joseph Kony.

 

Fraternity raises money, blood pressure for a good cause

March 12, 2012

By Joe Bruno

Twelve hundred, calories, six doughnuts, two miles and one hour. That is the task competitors had to complete at Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Krispy Kreme Challenge, which raised money for the fraternity’s philanthropy, Victory Junction.

Victory Junction is a camp for kids with special needs in Randleman, N.C. It strives to enrich the lives of kids who need special medical attention or with chronic illnesses by providing them with special activities.

Victory Junction has helped more than 14,000 patients and families since its opening in 2004. It’s estimated that last week, Sigma Phi Epsilon raised between $6,000 and $7,000 for the camp.

“We wanted to raise awareness for the cause and raise money for our philanthropy,” said Morgan D’Arcy, philanthropy chair of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

The challenge offered prizes to first place finishers in both the individual and group categories.

“Many people came out here today and knew they weren’t going to win but just wanted to support Victory Junction,” said Jess Gavic, vice president of programming.

More information on Victory Junction can be found at http://www.victoryjunction.org/.


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