February 21, 2013
Did you know that a major motion picture was filmed on Elon’s campus?
Spike Lee speaking in Alumni Gym, February 1997
Acclaimed film director Spike Lee visited the campus in February of 1997 and spoke to students about the importance of staying in school. He also provided a one-on-one interview with the staff of The Pendulum during which he discussed aspects of his career and gave advice for young filmmakers. Eight months later, Lee returned to Elon to shoot scenes for the movie “He Got Game,” starring Denzel Washington and NBA player Ray Allen. Continue reading
February 14, 2013
For Valentine’s Day this year, we have a story of forbidden love at Elon.
In the early years of Elon College, being a co-educational higher learning institution was relatively rare. Elon, however, offered education to both males and females, though strict conditions accompanied the interactions. In 1907, faculty minutes expose the story of Marie Winn and L.I. Gay and their disobedience toward the college’s social rules. The minutes are as follows: Continue reading
December 21, 2012
For those of you who regularly follow our blog, this post will be different from all the previous entries. Our goal in 2013 is to include more blog posts about what we do in the Archives and Special Collections, as well as include any interesting projects we are working on throughout the year. Let this post be a sneak preview to other posts that will be written in 2013. Enjoy! Continue reading
December 14, 2012
Students gathering at the Old Well in the 1960s.
The Old Well was constructed in 1889 and was Elon College’s primary water source until 1906. It was also the water supply for the Town of Elon. The Old Well received its name because of its long history and age – it is considered the oldest landmark on Elon’s campus. Continue reading
November 15, 2012
Kivette Sisters in the 1990s, Gibsonville
Camille Kivette and Florence Olga Kivette Childress, better known as the Kivette sisters, were notorious for their immense loyalty to Elon and for their grand parties. Daughters of P.L. and Annie Kivette and natives of Gibsonville, North Carolina, the Kivette sisters remained an integral part of Elon’s spirit for more than five decades. Continue reading
“Phoenix Rising” sculpture.
October 26, 2012
What is a Phoenix? According to Herodotus, the ancient philosopher, the mythological bird builds a nest in an oak tree every 500 years. Here, it bursts into flames and then transforms into a baby Phoenix from the ashes. This bird represents immortality, everlasting vigor, light, and knowledge. Ancient philosophers considered the Phoenix a leader and a symbol of hope.
The Phoenix Mascot: On May 9, 2000, Elon announced the new mascot. The reveal took place during College Coffee, and a large egg hatched a 14-foot banner and smoke showing the replacement of the Fighting Christians. After considering about 125 names, the Elon College community members chose the Phoenix as their final choice because of the 1923 fire (that destroyed the Old Main Administration Building) and the college’s recovery. During halftime of the football game on November 4 (Homecoming Reunion Weekend) the Phoenix mascot made its debut. The 6-foot bird with maroon fur, blue eyes, and a gold beak was made by Street Characters, Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Phoenix Rising Statue: On the north side of Rhodes Stadium, a 19-foot bronze sculpture of a Phoenix stands. The Phoenix Rising statue was designed by artist Jon Hair. It is a phoenix rising from flames which engulf a globe-shaped egg. At the top of the sculpture, another flame represents the anticipated return of the Phoenix to fire. It is mounted on a brick pedestal. The sculpture was part of a series of gifts given in 2001 from Irwin and Carol Grotnes Belk, and was dedicated on September, 20, 2003.
October 5, 2012
The Emanons in the 1970s.
During Homecoming this year, the Emanons will celebrate their 50th reunion. In 1962, Dr. Jack O. White organized a jazz band at Elon College. The first members named themselves the Emanons, spelling “No Name” backwards and they played a wide variety of music. From the beginning, the Emanons were an extremely talented group of musicians. Their first annual concert occurred on March 15, 1962 and in 1964, they performed at the New York World Fair. In 1970, Dr. David Bragg joined Dr. White as assistant director, just as the Emanons began their global debut. Over the years, the band expanded their repertoire from jazz to big band and rock. Continue reading