A quick glance at Winter Term
Lesley Tkaczyk / Reporter
In 1969, when Elon switched to a 4-1-4
academic calendar, administrators
foresaw this month as a mere “mini-term.”
Contrary to those expectations, the Winter Term that we know
is an opportunity to take distinctive classes and study
“Over the years, I have seen many improvements to our
academic programs,” Registrar and assistant to the
Winter Term’s enrollment has nearly tripled since 1980
and is currently at 4,418 students. About 700 of those
students are currently abroad traveling with one of 26
different classes. The 3,718 others remain on Elon’s
campus where 141 classes are offered on topics including
“Harry Potter” and quilting.
In 2000, Elon started giving the short term a theme,
beginning with “The Millennium.”
“Globalization,” the current theme, incorporates
classes like The U.S. and Iraq and Alien Cultures, which
offer students a change of pace from traditional
Winter Term also propels Elon’s popularity apart from
its students. It offers students a change of pace but has
also brought national recognition to the university. Every
major newspaper within North Carolina has featured the unique
program, adding to the university’s current hype.
One of the most recent additions to Winter Term, the
“Burst the Bubble” workshops, could increase its
“It’s really just driven by interest,”
senior Christopher Weitzen said. “I was really pleased
to see people show up to classes.”
With such a positive response, Elon plans to continue
workshops next year with new topics and new teachers.
Winter Term is certainly a time to introduce new ideas on
campus. Sociology Professor Thomas Arcaro is hoping that the
term’s unique atmosphere will be a welcoming
environment to launch what is being tentatively titled a
“Current Events Slam” on campus. The
“Slam” was held Wednesday. Students ate a bag
lunch and discussed topics that included the crisis in Darfur
and reactions to the recent presidential address.
“The end goal is to institutionalize a mechanism to let people get together and talk about current events in a non-classroom setting that addresses the whole student body,” Arcaro said. He envisions this becoming a monthly event.