The Pendulum

Mynhardt lawsuit moves forward in Alamance County (Feb. 11, 2009)

A follow-up story about the case of John Lee Mynhardt, a former Elon student who sued Elon University, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and individual members of the fraternity following an altercation at a 2007 off-campus party that left him paralyzed from the neck down. This piece was written when the lawsuit transferred from Guilford County to Alamance County and new details about the case emerged. I also placed in the top 20 in the Hearst Spot News Writing Competition with this story.

Elon employee arrested, case now dismissed (May 6, 2009)

Royster case raises questions on confidentiality of sexual abuse victims (May 13, 2009)

The first article is a story I broke about Elon’s coordinator for personal health and community well-being, who was arrested by the Town of Elon Police when she refused to disclose information a rape victim told her confidentially. The case was quickly dismissed by the Alamance County district attorney. The second article is an in-depth story the editor-in-chief and I co-wrote about the ramifications of the arrest.

ACLU files Taser lawsuit against Elon Police (April 8, 2009)

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who was tased during an altercation with an officer from the Town of Elon Police. The incident occurred in 2006 but the lawsuit had just been filed when I wrote this article.

New strategic plan allows students to ‘Imagine Elon’ with a brighter future (Sept. 16, 2009)

A news story outlining the early stages of ‘Imagine Elon,’ the university’s strategic plan for 2020, and some of Elon’s goals for growth in the next 10 years.

Forty-five years of funny (Dec. 9, 2009)

Feature about Jeanne Robertson,  a 66-year-old Elon trustee who has spent the past 45 years working as a humorist and professional speaker. The story discusses how she used the experience she gained speaking as Miss North Carolina to start a career making people laugh.