West Dorm as Summer Resort in 1909

Katie Nash May 21, 2014

West Dorm, early 1910s

West Dorm, early 1910s

As the campus prepares for commencement exercises on May 24, 2014, we can’t forget about all the history and interesting stories that have involved West Residence Hall since it opened on campus in the fall of 1906. As the campus community and guests enjoy the shade and cool breezes under the oaks and facing West Residence Hall during commencement, here’s an interesting story about West during the summer of 1909. Here’s to the beginning of summer!  Continue reading


The Loy Center ‘Spirit Rock’

Julia Mueller May 9, 2014

Bill Loy and Loy Center rock, circa 1997

Bill Loy and Loy Center rock, circa 1997

In 1997, the Elon College Greek Courts were renamed from the Greek Lodges to the Loy Center in honor of William (Bill) E. Loy, Jr. and in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Apple Loy ’47.  Two rocks were added to the neighborhood.  The first rock belonged to Mrs. Loy’s family, and was placed in the Greek circle.  A plaque commemorating the Loy family is attached to the rock.  This rock is not to be painted.  The second rock became known as the ‘spirit rock.’ Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration–“His Past. Your Future. One Dream.”

Julia Mueller
January 17, 2014

MLK, Jr. events, King Walk, 1988

MLK, Jr. events, King Walk, 1988

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Celebration at Elon
University commemorates the life and service of MLK, Jr. It also celebrates tolerance and diversity on campus. Elon Teaching Fellows, DEEP, the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the Multicultural Center, the Black Cultural Society, the National Panhellenic Council, the Office of Student Activities, and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life organized the 2014 program.
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Hats Off to Elon College’s First Homecoming King

Julia Mueller
November 6, 2013

King and Queen David Bynes and Holly Good, show their excitement of capturing their titles.

King and Queen David Bynes and Holly Good, show their excitement of capturing their titles.

In 1993, the first Homecoming King at Elon College was crowned.  David Bynes (Class of 1997), a Communications major, represented the Black Cultural Society.  Holly Good of Alpha Omicron Pi was crowned Homecoming Queen.  The nominees represented twenty organizations, and the theme of Homecoming was “Hats Off to Hollywood.”  Each nominee wrote a personal statement and was interviewed by a Student Government Association Homecoming committee.  This constituted 40% of the score.  Popular vote accounted for the remaining 60%. Continue reading

Student Uniforms

Katie Nash
August 24, 2012

Students, 1890-1899

What if Elon students were required to wear a uniform while on campus and/or attending classes? Today students have a choice about what to wear each day, but that was not always the case for Elon students. The first mention of students wearing uniforms appears in the 1890-1891 Bulletin of Elon College catalog publication. It states, “For economy and to avoid unpleasant distinctions in dress, young ladies will be required to wear a black uniform. The trimmings and scarfs to be determined by the individual’s taste. It is desired that the quality shall not be expensive, but heavy enough to hold the color and last through the winter. Young men need plain and substantial, but not expensive clothing. As a general rule, the more money a student spends on dress the less time is given to study.” It was understood that the uniform for men and women would be worn on all public occasions.

Students, 1900-1919

The uniform changed slightly for women in 1895 to a navy blue uniform that was also to be worn on all public occasions. For commencement, women were expected to wear a white lawn dress. As stated in the 1895 Bulletin, “Cost not to exceed 80 cents per yard.” Beginning in the 1901-02 Bulletin the statement about uniforms changed to say, “Each girl is required to wear for a winter uniform a suit of plain black goods; for the spring white pique skirt and white waist of any kind. The Oxford caps are worn all the year. Uniforms should be made at home, whenever convenient to do so.”

The uniforms for women changed again in 1906-07. The Bulletin states, “Young ladies will wear, during the fall and spring waists of inexpensive material and plain black or blue black woolen skirts. During the winter jackets of the same material as the skirts will also be worn. On Sundays and all public occasions during the fall and spring plain white pique linen or duck skirts and plain white waists may be worn; during the winter plain black or blue black woolen skirts and jackets, and waists of any inexpensive material. Oxford caps will be worn throughout the year.”

Graduating class, 1900-1919

Beginning in 1912-1913, there was no official uniform required for students. The uniform statement in The Bulletin reads, “No uniform is required, but simplicity in dress, both for young men and young women, is required. Decollete dresses will not be permitted. On all public and evening occasions, except at Commencement, simple white dresses shall be worn. Parents and guardians are earnestly requested not to let their daughters spend too much on dress, and the right is always reserved to refuse to allow a dress to be worn that in the opinion of the Faculty is too expensive or too elaborately made. Dress hats may be worn on Sunday morning, but shall not be worn on any other public occasion at the College nor to recitations. When possible all clothing should be made at home.”

The dress code changed again in 1920-21. While no uniform was required, “…simplicity in dress, both for young men and young women is required. Young women are permitted to wear evening dresses only on such occasions as are declared formal by the College authorities. The Dean of Women will be glad to confer with parents at any time in regard to suitable wardrobes for young women.” This statement was included in The Bulletin until the 1933-34 edition, and then beginning in the 1935-36 catalog there was no mention of a dress code.

In summation, Elon students were required to wear a uniform beginning in 1890 and ending in 1912.

Commencement Traditions: Oak Tree Saplings

Katie Nash
May 18, 2012

Oak saplings at Commencement

Commencement at Elon in 1991 marked the first time tree saplings were handed out to graduates. Furman Moseley (Class of 1956) was the Commencement speaker that year, and gave graduates California Redwood saplings. President Fred Young (1973-1999) decided to carry on this tradition at the 1992 Commencement by giving each graduate an oak sapling. According to the Elon Traditions web site, “Upon graduation, each graduate is given a Shumard oak sapling to celebrate the growth they have experienced throughout their time at Elon as well as the growth they’ll encounter as lifelong learners. ” This tradition is continued today, and may your oak sapling thrive!

Read more here about the tradition at Elon.