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Volume 24, Number 20
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE
March 7, 1996
The Asheville city water system will
be flushed March 16 through 18 and
March 23 through 25, resulting in
muddy or discolored water.
During phase one, the main lines
will be cleaned. This means that ev
eryone on the Asheville-Buncombe
water authority system will experi
ence discolored water, according to a
notice sent to Asheville residents by
the water authority.
For UNCA, there are two factors
concerning the flushing, said Pete
Williams, director of housing. First,
the housing office is still receiving
information from the water author
ity of Asheville and the newspaper
about the flushing, he said. The other
factor is the weather. If the weather is
cold the dorms will need heat and
that would increase the demand of
water intake, according to Williams.
Students living on campus will be
provided with drinking water, said
Williams. He also said the water foun
tains and the washer and dryers would
be turned off while the lines are being
flushed. Toilets will not be turned
off, said Williams. However, when
toilets are flushed during this time,
the sediment in the lines may “mess
up the seal on the toilets and the
toilet will continue to run,” he said.
Williams said he thinks this will be a
minor inconvenience. If that hap
pens, maintenance crews will correct
the problem, he said.
“We’ll have the same problems as
Pete with housing. We’ll just have it
for the whole campus,” said Steve
Baxley, director of the Physical Plant.
With many upcoming events, the
Physical Plant is trying to figure out
what to do about the heating system,
according to Baxley.
“We have parts to fix problems. If
we don’t have parts we can get them
the next day,” he said.
For six weeks after the flushing,
Baxley said he expects calls on indi
vidual heating and plumbing prob
lems. On March 17, the water lines
oni Broadway will be flushed and that
will definitely affect UNCA, accord
ing to Baxley. The city is anticipating
that the water lines will be clear on
March 19, but “we won’t know until
we go through it,” he said.
While the lines are being flushed,
residents have been advised to not
use any more water than is necessary,
“We will continue to provide heat
depending on the weather,’ he said.
He also said maintenance people will
continue to check the heating sys
The water lines in west Asheville
will be flushed on March 23 and 24.
UNCA might see some residue from
that flushing but the campus will not
experience the same impact as on
March 16 and 17, said Baxley.
Marriott Dining Services is taking
several precautions in order to ensure
the food and drinks are safe, includ
ing ordering 500 gallons of bottled
water, according to Beth Palien, ser
vice manager of Marriott. The bottled
WATER cont. on pg.8
Early-morning patrol leads to arrest of three for breakina and entering
According to nubile safefv renorts. meet pirls. After retaining the sub- or Candler; and Timothy Dw
A UNCA student praised members
of the public safety department after
the arrest of three teenagers who were
caught breaking into cars on campus
“Most people give campus security
a lot of flack, but they’re just doing
their job, and they did a great job of
catching those guys,” said Todd
Wright, a student whose car was bro
According to public safety reports.
Officer Richard Reynolds came upon
a “suspicious” vehicle in the gravel
lot behind the dining hall during a
patrol of campus. Reynolds said he
noticed three white males inside the
car trying to hide from sight.
Reynolds asked the males to get out
of the car, and he saw a cellular phone,
a car stereo, and several flashlights
lying in the back seat, according to
the report. Reynolds said that when
he asked the males what they were
doing, they replied they were there to
meet girls. After retaining the sub
jects, Reynolds said he noticed two
adjacent vehicles had been broken
One of the owners. Shelly Eller, was
contacted and identified the bag
phone as her property. The subjects
were then arrested for vehicle break
ing and entering and transported to
the Buncombe County Jail, accord
ing to the report.
The three teenagers, Phillip Mickey
McMahan, 18, of 5 Laurel Avenue,
Asheville; Joseph Reed Flannigan, 17,
Dockery, 18, of Kingston, Tennes
see, were each charged with three
counts of felony breaking and enter
ing of a vehicle and intent to commit
larceny. Bond was set at $5000 for
each count of breaking and entering,
or $1500 for each of the subjects.
According to arrest reports,
McMahan is a student at Erwin High
School in Asheville and Flannigan-
and Dockery are both unemployed.
ARREST cont. on pg.8
Campus growth alternatives presented at meeting
Master planning consultants proposed six
different sets of alternative plans to the cam
pus community on March 5 in the Owen
Alyn Pruett gave a 45-minute speech on
eleven separate drawings of possible master
plans, and asked for reactions from students
and faculty members in attendance.
“This is really the beginning of our discus
sion about alternative concepts,” Pruett said as
he started the presentation. “We will be fol
lowing this up with another trip in April,
where we hope to combine these plans into an
overall comprehensive facilities master plan.”
Pruett began with a drawing of an alternative
plan for the expansion of academic buildings.
This plan showed five new buildings and three
additions to present buildings.
The buildings would include a four-story
science building, a new office wing for
Carmichael Hall, a new Humanities Lecture
Hall, a new music building, and a new admin
The additions include an expanded Belk The
ater, three different additions to Zageir Hall,
and an addition to Owen Hall.
All of these proposed buildings would be
built inside the loop of University Heights.
This would keep the central core of the cam
pus compact and everything would be within
a ten minute walk.
Pruett said the administration favored this
By keeping the new buildings inside the
loop, the university would lose two parking
lots and all the wooded area between Owen
Hall and Carmichael Hall, Pruett said.
Pruett showed a second drawing that had the
same number of buildings, but some of them
were moved outside the loop.
The science building moved to the wooded
area beside the Dining Hall and the adminis
tration building moved to the parking lot
located across from Ramsey Library.
This plan would keep the loop from getting
too densely populated and keep open the views
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Photo by Jeanette Webb
Pete Williams, director of housing (left), discusses construction on a part of campus during tfie master planning meeting Wednesday. Alyn
Pruett (right) gave a presentation during the meeting on possible options for construction and renovation on campus.
of the surrounding mountains, Pruett said.
The second set of plans Pruett presented focused on
alternatives for expansion of housing.
The first drawing showed two new dorms located
in the wooded area beside the Dining Hall and
renovations to the existing Governors Village.
This plan would put the Dining Hall in the center
of the housing area. It would also raise the number
of beds to 1500, Pruett said.
The second drawing showed the Governors Village
being replaced by the two new dormitories if the
wooded area beside the Dining Hall gets used for a
new science building.
This drawing included a complex of new apart-
ment-style dorms built above the parking lot across
from Zageir Hall.
Pruett said these new dorms could be designed to
accommodate non-traditional students, faculty
members, or alumni members.
The third drawing showed the possibility of
building a dormitory where the Physical Plant is
This drawing also showed the Governors Village
being replaced by two new dorms.
In the third set of plans, Pruett showed alterna
tives to parking and traffic flow.
The first drawing proposed a large, three-level
parking deck that could be constructed on the
parking lot that was formerly the tennis courts.
In a second drawing, Pruett presented the idea of
PLAN cont. on pgr. 10
Testing coordinator says portion of GRE is not available to students in October
The October test date for the gen
eral portion of the Graduate Record
Exam will no longer be offered, ac
cording to staff members.
“It definitely was not a UNCA de
cision. In fact, I was so alarmed by
that,” said Nancy Williams, UNCA’s
graduate testing coordinator.
In anticipation that students would
be concerned, she called the career
center, advisors, and The Blue Ban
ner, to get the word out, she said.
Williams is a contract employer for
the Educational Testing Service
(ETS), and she gives the paper and
pencil test at UNCA.
The testing service, ETS, is located
in New Jersey and establishes the test
dates and provides the tests. “I have a
contract that tells me the procedure
to follow,” Williams said.
Williams explained that ETS has
decided that nationally they will not
give the General Test in October
anymore. The subject portion, for
example psychology or English, will
continue to be offered.
Williams said, “We have more stu
dents who take the general here
(UNCA). Always at each test date we
test about 100 to 120 people. In the
general but not in the subject. There
is usually only 20 that take the sub-
“It will catch some people by sur
prise at the last minute,” said Dale
Wachowiak, the director of the ca
reer center. “It probably will involve
some advanced planning and frus
tration, “ he said.
Williams said the general test is
available on the computer year round
locally, but students are hesitant to
give up the paper and pencil test.
“Students have real mixed feelings
about not taking it as a paper and
pencil test,” she said.
She called ETS and explained to
them that the students do not like to
take a test on the computer because
the differences in scoring and the
actual experience of the test. “They
said for me to write them a letter,”
said Williams. They implied that
there were others who had called and
were upset as well, she said.
Williams asked ETS if this was a
way to force students to take this test
on the computer, even if that is not
what they want to do. Williams said
ETS “wants to eventually hive all
testing computerized and this is a
way to phase out paper and pencil.”
“We are in those years right now
where students have a choice to take
it on paper and pencil or computer,”
said Williams. “Eventually they won’t
have any choice at all.”
There is no widespread test prepa
ration for the computer test, but there
is a preparation software package
available in the career center. There