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Caring. About students. About its image.
Caring enough to expand its campus,
curriculum, enrollment financial base and
expectations of each teacher and student
who enters "the golden door."

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by Bernadette Hearne

Reprinted with permission of the

Lauri Crowder, a senior at Elon
College, knows many people in
North Carolina think her school is
second-rate, but she never expected
to hear it from a professor at a com-
peting school.

"I decided to go to summer school
in Wilmington and be near the
beach," Crowder said. "Near the end
of the session, this professor started
in on me about why was I wasting
my time at Elon? That I was too
smart for Elon. I couldn't believe it."

"I told him he just didn't
know what he was talking
about. Almost every class I've
taken here was better than
his. This school is so much
better than people think."

What Crowder encountered
was an attitude about Elon
that has dogged the 2,800-stu-
dent liberal arts college near
Burlington since the 1960's.
With justification, Elon offi-
cials concede, the school ac-
quired a reputation as an
open-door institution that ad-
mitted anyone with a diploma,
a place that hired its own pro-
vincial graduates to teach —


most without doctoral degrees. Its
academic program was said to be
thin, its demands on students low.

But changes have occurred. In
the past decade, the percentage of
doctoral degrees among Elon's fac-
ulty has risen from 30 to 70 per-
cent, and those degrees
are as likely to be from Harvard,
Indiana State, Georgia, Mississip-
pi, Ohio or Oklahoma as from the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill or Greensboro.

In the past five years, library
holdings have tripled from 50,000
to 150,000 volumes. New pro-
grams of study include computer
science, communications and
Elon's first master's program in
business administration.

This fall, the college is installing
cable television hookups in every
dormitory so students can watch
the closed-circuit campus televi-
sion station emanating from the
sophisticated production facility
Elon just built. Microcomputers
are plentiful, and students have
ready access to them virtually any
hour of the day. Construction of a
major fine arts center is scheduled
to begin this fall.

Despite all the investment,
Elon's endowment has grown from
less than $2 million to nearly $8
million during President J. Fred
Young's 1 3-year tenure.

Courtyards, a fountain and
acres of carefully-tended grounds
have replaced parking lots and
maintenance depots making Elon's
one of the most beautiful cam-
puses in the state. Adding to that
beauty is the fact that the school's
graceful Georgian buildings give
no hint of the deferred mainte-
nance slowly eating away at so
many small colleges.

Meanwhile, student enrollment
has grown from about 2,000 a dec-
ade ago to nearly 3,000 this fall.
Applications are up 40 percent in
the past three years; rejections
have doubled.

Ironically, at a time when the
number of traditional 18 to 25
year-old students is declining, Elon
has succeeded in increasing its en-
rollment even as it has tightened
its admission requirements.

In the past three years, average
College Board scores among Elon's
freshmen have climbed 50 points
with 30 points of the increase com-
ing just this year. The college cele-
brates its centennial, it intends to
reject anyone with less than a 2.0.

Nan Perkins, assistant to the
president, also is tlie mother of an
Elon sophomore.

"As a parent, it's very important
to me that the word gets out about
how good this school is," Perkins
said. "We don't need to promote it
to attract more students or to show
off. We're trying to give it more
respectability. Those students in
the middle deserve an education
that has a respectability, just as
the top students do."

Elon . . . promotes itself as a
caring place, a college where every
student receives personal attention
and where every professor is a po-
tential friend and mentor.

"Now that we're turning more
students away, we're getting nega-
tive feedback from parents whose
children weren't admitted," said
Joanne Soliday, the school's direc-
tor of admissions. "They say, 'We
thought this was a place that
cared,' which really translates,
"We thought you took anybody."

When you put yourself up front
as a caring institution and you
start turning so many down, it's

difficult to communicate."

Former president Danieley is
one of those for whom Elon was
"the golden door."

"I could not have gone to col-
lege if this place was not here,"
Danieley said. "If I hadn't gone
to college, I would have ended
up in a mill or on a farm. I have
so much appreciation for what
this place does in the lives of

"Even now, although none of
us knows all of the students, the
relationship is very much like
that of a family," Danieley said.
"The week before classes started
this fall, I had a student from
La Paz, Bolivia, call me at 10
p.m. from the airport. He said
he'd get a hotel room for the
night and asked if I could pick
him up in the morning.

"I told him absolutely not, got
out of bed and went to get him.
He stayed the night with us and

had breakfast with the family the
next morning. I don't tell that sto-
ry to brag. I tell it because it is
typical of this place."

"Caring" is a word used so often
at Elon that it almost becomes a

cliche. Administrators use it. Pro-
fessors use it. Students use it.
Without exception, it seems, every-
one agrees that caring is Elon's es-
sence and its greatest asset.

"I if now you've heard it 1,000
times, but absolute caring really is
the nature of this entire institu-
tion," said Linda Weavil, a busi-
ness administration professor. "Al-
most anything I can say is so up-
beat it sounds corny, but it really
is the truth."

Thanks to caring, Elon's stu-
dents are, by and large, thrilled
with their college experience. Sur-
veys of recent graduates show 95
percent would return to Elon if
they could relive their college
years. Asked what made their time
at Elon so fulfilling, 97 percent
mention their relationships with
their professors.

In an unscientific survey of stu-
dents encountered on campus, the
result was the same. Everyone of
them, asked what they liked best
about Elon, mentioned personal at-
tention from their professors as the
primary benefit.

But a surplus of care and pro-
tection, particularly in relation to
their social lives, is also a com-
plaint students voice about Elon.

"There are times when they're a
little too protective," one student
said. "They should let us stumble
and pick ourselves up a little more
often. That's a learning experience

Young dismisses the complaint
saying: "Students on any campus,
if you asked them, would say
they should be given more
freedom. They'd probably even
say that in Chapel Hill. That's
just students."

The essence of caring, Elon offi-
cials agree, is personal attention.
Providing it, though, isn't always
easy at a college where the stu-
dent-teacher ratio hovers on the
high side at 20-to-l and where the
average annual teaching load is
27 hours. At most colleges, the
average is 24 hours and the
student-teacher ratio closer
to 17 or 18-to-l.

"The high ratio and heavy
teaching load account in large part
for the college's financial stability,"
Young said. "It is made possible,
though, by the college's dedication
to hiring good teachers."

"There can be no credibility for
an Elon faculty member who is not

an effective classroom teacher,"
Young told the faculty at the
opening convocation of the
1985-86 school year. "Good
teaching has been and will con-
tinue to be our most pervasive

"Teaching is the first and
foremost consideration in grant-
ing promotions and raises," said
Chris White, vice-president for
academic affairs. "A teacher
who can't teach won't last long
at Elon."

"For teachers who want to
teach," White said, "We're about
the top of the line. Above Elon and
a few schools like us, you get into
the research game. That's why
we're so popular with teachers who
really want to teach."

Like all colleges that emphasize
teaching, though, Elon walks a
fine line. To be outstanding, its
teachers must stay current in their
fields. Research is the best way to
stay current, but research and a
heavy teaching load don't mix

Elon's biggest personnel problem
is one shared by countless other
colleges. It has only three blacks
and one American Indian on its
faculty, far too few to adequately
balance the faculty or act as role
models to the students, 9 percent
of whom are black.

"I would say that hiring and

keeping good minority faculty is
our greatest challenge, our most
persistent concern," Young said.
"We're not satisfied with our re-
cord on that point, but we're con-
stantly working on it."

Ironically, another of Elon's
problems is its cost. In North
Carolina, where public education
is such a bargain, parents balk at
paying $3,300 a year for tuition.
The reaction is almost as extreme
in the Northeast, home of increas-
ingly more Elon students each

"We're so much cheaper than
the Northern private schools that
parents look aghast at me when I
tell them the price," Soliday said.
"You can see them thinking that if
Elon is that cheap, it can't be as
good as we say."

Vice-President Williams said
Elon officials have even discussed
raising the college's costs to better

reflect its improved quality. "If
you don't need to raise costs to
tceep tilings going though," she
said, "It just doesn't seem right to
do it for image."

Ironically, Elon's image appears
to be poorest in North Carolina. It
is best in Virginia, which once sent
Elon 40 percent of the college's
student body, and climbing rapidly
on the Eastern seaboard to the

"The farther away from North
Carolina that we get, the better
the students we get because we
aren't fighting the image prob-
lem," Soliday said.

Added White: "They say that in
academics, whether you're going
up or you're going down, our repu-
tation is a basic meat-and-potatoes
school although that stopped being
the reality about six years ago.
The world just hasn't figured it out
yet. We're gonna see if we can't
change that."


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Even as the college makes a
commitment to an improved public
perception, the students who at-
tend Elon are experiencing some
new beginnings of their own. For
each entering freshman, returning
sophomore or junior, the year
ahead is alive with possibilities. To
begin the journey toward accom-
plishment and maturity is one of
the most important and pivotal
events in a person's life. College
gives us each the potential to grow,
to sharpen our perceptions, to ex-
pand our thinking and to ultimate-
ly change the world we live in.

For the class of 1986, an impor-
tant transition is about to occur.
Their year of new beginnings com-
mences the moment they receive
their degrees and take their places
in the world community. Gradu-
ates of Elon College will return to
their families and hometowns
changed. They will have listened,
studied, concentrated, written and
talked about issues and events that
will impact the way they will live
out the rest of their lives. Now the
real process of education can be-
gin. Now they are truly candidates
to be educated.





There was another dimension
added to the "Essence of Eion"
this year. During the Homecoming
festivities we witnessed the first
Homecoming parade in Elon's his-
tory. The parade kicked off cele-
brations for the weekend on Friday
afternoon. President Fred Young
led the procession beaming from
his famed "Fredmobile" deluxe
Cushman and was followed by
twenty-four other entries. The pro-
cession made a complete circuit of
the campus and was viewed by an
estimated 2,000 spectators.

The Phi Mu and Tau Kappa Ep-
silon floats and the combination
entry of Kappa Alpha and Zeta
Tau Alpha won awards for origi-
nality. TKE, ZTA and KA all don-
ated their prize monies to the
United Way drive. Phi Mu donat-
ed $350 of its $500 winnings to
that same fund.

The festivities continued with a
performance on Friday night by
the band "Sugar Creek". The con-
cert was exciting and well attend-

On Saturday afternoon, the
Elon Fightin' Christians defeated
the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne in both
soccer and football. The final score
in the football game was Elon 33,
Lenoir-Rhyne 27.

For the visiting alumni, a golf tournament was
held throughout the weekend and the alumni
dance (held annually) took place on Saturday
night at the Ramada Inn in Burlington. A recep-
tion for alumni and visiting friends was held on
Scott Plaza.

During half time at the football game. Ann Jividen
was crowned 1985 Homecoming Queen. Jividen
represented Sigma Phi Epsilon. She is a senior
from Raleigh, NC and was escorted by Steve Wil-
liamson, a Sigma Phi Epsilon brother


Enthusiastic crowds cheer for the Fighiin' Christians
in their victorious game against Lenoir-Rhyne.





A picturesque view of Harper Center

Home Away From Home

Jim Saunders unloads necessities of college life.


Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

The inventory of the campus shop tries to match each student to
each class.

Back to the Salt Mine . . .

Bull and his co-worker prepare for the onslaught of returning

Pre-Term Socializing

Students take advantage of the warm
weather to discuss the upcoming semes-




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Blue-collar troubadour Bruce Springsteen was the un- veterans, steelworkers and factory workers hit many

disputed Boss of rock n'roll. His songs about Vietnam responsive chords with all ages of Americans.


Ceremonies were held at various limes during the year at
the Vietnam Memorial in Washington to commemorate the
tenth anniversary of the fall of the Saigon government in
Vietnam. The Vietnam Memorial is inscribed with the names
of more than 58,000 dead or missing soldiers from the
Vietnam war.

" A Trans World Airlines jet with 145 passengers and eight
crew members was hijacked in Athens, Greece, in June. The
Sheite hijackers took the plane to Beirut, then to Algeria and
then back to Beirut. Most of the hostages were released
within days but the remaining 39 hostages were held for 17
days. One American hostage was killed.


President Reagan, with his wife Nancy, gives the A-Oicay
sign from his hospital window in July after undergoing
surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his lower intestine.
The 74-year old president was back on the job within weeks
after the operation.


The Kansas City Royals won the World Series. Royals
pitcher Bret Saberhagen embraces third baseman George
Brett after pitching a five-hitter to give the Royals the World

Series crown over the St. Louis Cardinals. Saberhagen, the
winner of two series games, was named as the Most Valuable
Player in the series.



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Four Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise liner
Achille Lauro while on a Mediterranean cruise. One
American was killed. After the ship was released the
Egyptian government agreed to return the hijackers to the
PLO. However, the hijackers were intercepted by American
jets as they were flown out of Egypt and returned to Italy to
stand trial.

FIRESIDE CHAT — President Reagan and Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev talk in front of a fire place at the Fleur
D'Eau in Geneva.




A series of devaslating earthquakes rumbled through
Mexico City in September and the death toll was in the
thousands. Few in the metropolitan area of 18 million
escaped the effects of the first quake, which registered 8.1 on
the Richter scale; or the second quake, which measured 7.5.

Veteran actor and Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson
shocked the movie-going public when he announced his
affliction with AIDS. Hudson's battle with the disease made
international headlines and encouraged thousands of other
AIDS sufferers to come out of the closet. Hudson succumbed
to the disease and died late in 1985.


The space program moved ahead. Space walker James van
Hoften stands tall on the end of the robot arm of the Space

Shuttle Discovery after successfully launching the repaired
Syncom satellite in September.


An entire city block was destroyed in Philadelphia. Police
tried to evict members of the radical group MOVE from
their fortified rowhouse by dropping a small bomb on the
building. A fire was started by the device and about 60
houses were destroyed.


A high school teacher goes into space. Christa McAuliffe a high school teacher from Concord High School in Concord,

folds her training uniform as she packed for a trip to Houston N.H. Her flight is scheduled for January, 1986.

where she began training for her trip into space. McAuliffe is


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DIGGING OUT — A resident of Armero in the
Colombian mountains is helped by the Colombian Red Cross
during digging out efforts, Friday. Many people are still
trapped in mud and are being rescued with the help of
hundreds of volunteers.


The war in the Mid-East continued in 1985. A distraught
Moslem man hugs his son moments after they survived a car
bomb explosion outside a West Beirut restaurant in late
August. They are shown being hurried away from the
carnage by another man as cars burn in the rubble-strewn


Riots were an almost daily occurrence in South Africa as
blacks protested Apartheid. In this photo, a white man runs
from a jeering group of stone-throwing blacks in downtown
Johannesburg as widespread violence continued to breakout
throughout the country.

A Delta Airlines jetliner crashed near Dallas in August,
killing 1 37 people. The plane was on a flight from Fort
Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles with an intermediate stop
at Dallas-Fort Worth. Thirty-four people survived the crash
but five died of injuries later. The plane encountered a severe
wind shear as it plunged to the ground.



For 1986, members of the PHI PS I
CLI staff wanted to give the college
community the unique opportunity to
compose their own self-portraits. We
trained a camera against a blank brick
wall and invited students, faculty and
staff to pose, preen and present their
best (?) sides for Elon posterity. As
incentive, we offered a fifty dollar cash
prize to the individual or group who
displayed the most creativity in
composing their photo. Here then, are
the best and most bizarre images of

Betsy Phillips




The Zucchini Brothers


The Paper Shredders

Pis.sed Off

Turn About is Fair Play


VONDY'S Charm School Students

Lauri Crowder is no Dumb Bunny

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Caught In The Middle


All Tied Up

Too Cool For School

What About Me?


Herbert and Earnest


Glenn Miller Is In The Mood

Spando Bando


Watch out Rambo. here comes Rambette.


Ready and Waiting

The Exterminator


Self Miiggiiig

What Color l),>es She Not Have On?


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Camernian 's Frusi ration


Fiiliire Markelers

"About my request for anol
Weaving ..."

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The 1986 Phi Psi Cli staff would like to
thank the participants of our photo contest.











The Martha and Spencer Love Foun-
dation made a $1 million gift to Elon
College during 1985. The donation was
the largest private gift in the 97 year
history of the college.

The funds will be used to endow the
business school, which trustees have vot-
ed to name the Martha and Spencer
Love School of Business in memory of
the foundation's benefactors.

Announcements of the gift came at a
news conference on December 6 on the
campus following a meeting of the foun-
dation board of trustees. Charles Spen-
cer Love, chairman of the board and son
of Martha and Spencer Love, made the
announcement, surrounded by other
Love children and trustees and college


On Wednesday, October 23 the Board
of Trustees voted to move ahead with the
construction of the entire Fine Arts Cen-
ter. Groundbreaking ceremonies were
held on November 7. Pictured here are
Mr. Royall Spence and Mrs. Alysse Coo-
per turning a shovel of earth on that oc-

Charles Love announced the $1 million gift at a press conference. He is shown here with Dr Fred

Elon College President Fred Young
said the gift signifies a new chapter in
Elon College history.

The Business Administration program
is the largest academic program at Elon
College and involves 14 faculty mem-
bers. Last year, the college established a
new MBA degree, which will also bene-
fit from the Love Foundation Gift.

William Proxmire, maverick United
States senator from Wisconsin, paid a
visit to the Elon campus on November
10th and 11th. His two-day visit was
sponsored by the Student Government
Association and the Liberal Arts Forum.

In a speech to an overflow crowd in
Whitley Auditorium on Sunday evening,
Proxmire blasted the federal deficit,
military spending and inflation. "The
U.S. economy is headed for disaster," he
said, "unless we take rough, crude



Former US President Ger-
ald R. Ford visited the Elon
campus in February of 1986.
President Ford spoke to ca-
pacity crowds in the Alumni
Gymnasium on "The Future
of the Republican Party"
and conducted a press con-
ference in the LRC TV pro-
duction studio. President
Ford was welcomed to NC
on the Elon campus by Gov-
ernor James Martin. This
was President Ford's second
visit to Elon — he visited the
campus in the late 1960's
while he was House Minority

Other stories that meant big news on the
Elon campus included the outcome of Su-
per Bowl XX — played this year in New
Orleans. Pictured here are Chicago Bears
Jim McMahon and Kicker Kevin Butler on
the sidelines during the game. The Bears
beat the New England Patriots 46-10. We
won't speculate on how much Elon students
won or lost in bets on this game.



Elon students watched in horror the unfolding of
events surrounding the explosion of the Space Shut-
tle CHALLENGER in January. The explosion was
the first in-flight disaster in 56 manned US space
missions. Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from New
Hampshire, a subject of one of the photos in our
Mini-Magazine, was one of the seven crew members
who perished.



The Honorable Charles Robb, Gover-
nor of the Commonwealth of Virginia,
addressed an assembly of over 300
graduating students during the 1985
Commencement Exercises last May.
Robb was a popular candidate to deliver
a parting message to the class of '85

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