Rampaging Rat Rapped Rapidly!

Miriam Pace – volunteer in Archives
May 31, 2011

The usual serenity of a Sunday morning was broken on January 29, 1950, by a skirmish between man and beast in the halls of South Dormitory.  George Stanley was awakened by the sounds of a rat escaping from a trap set by George Seay.  Seay had been bitten on the ear by one of these rodents and was determined to get him.  And get him he did, but the rat was getting away! Continue reading

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Elon’s Radio Players

Miriam Pace – volunteer in Archives
May 24, 2011

Radio room in Whitley, 1948.

If you’re old enough to remember a time with no TV, no internet, no Nook or Blackberry, then you will remember the radio.  The family gathered around that early entertainment center and listened to “The Jack Benny Show” or “One Man’s Family” or “Your Hit Parade” and thought themselves lucky to have a radio in their home.  By 1947, Elon had completed a radio broadcasting studio in Whitley auditorium on the second floor facing the stage and was ready to launch the Elon Radio Players over WBBB, the Burlington, N.C.  station that would carry the plays.  The room, the wiring, and installation of equipment was done by Professor A.L. Hook and students from his physics classes. Continue reading

O’Kelly Memorial Marker mystery

Miriam Pace – volunteer in Archives
May 9, 2011

O'Kelly monument with urn. Former Elon Presidents W.A. Harper (left) and E.L. Moffitt (right) stand in front of the monument.

October 16, 1929 was a special day at Elon College.  That was the day the O’Kelly Memorial Marker that stands between Alamance and Long buildings was dedicated with President W. A. Harper presiding.  Dr. E. L. Moffitt and Dr. W. W. Staley took part in the program, as did soon-to-be-president Dr. L. E. Smith.  The marker recognized and honored the importance of Reverend James O’Kelly in the founding of the Christian Church, which subsequently founded Elon College. Continue reading