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Weekend Weather: Chance of roin Saturday nigk Highs in the /O's, lows in the 50's Remember the 80s? 4 UNCA's paddling club 7 Reflections on Tupac 10 The Blue BANNER Volume 25, Number 3 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE September 19, 1996 LONGER SCHOa YEAR MAY BE PART OF UNCA'5 FUTURE M The Humanities 414 lecture entitled “The Consequences of the 1960s-The 70s and Beyond” will be given by John McClain at 11 a.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium on September 20. It is open and free to the public. B The men’s soccer team will be playing a home game against East Carolina University at 4 p.m. on Fri day, September 20. The game will be played at Greenwood Field and is free to all faculty, students, and staff with ID. John Hodges Staff Writer The Board of Governors has been asked by UNC system president C.D. Spangler to study increasing the num ber of class days from 150 to 160, according to a press release. Although the request for an investigation made no actual changes to the length of the school year, some students are appre hensive about the possibility of a longer school year. Many students feel that increasing the school year by ten days would not be a good idea for UNCA. They said that they feel the school year is long enough. “I really don’t like the idea of length ening the school year by ten days,” said junior Michael Slaughter, a me teorology major. “I think that 16 weeks is a long enough time period to cover material in a class.’ “20 to 30 years ago, colleges gener ally had 190 days of classroom time,” said Spangler. “It’s a natural question for a university system president to be asking.” In June, Spangler asked all 16 sys tem schools to meet a minimum of 150 days in their academic calendars. At that time, most of the schools had plans for between 140 and 146 days. Some students at UNCA said that they would not particularly like the school year to be length ened. They also said that they do not un derstand the rea soning behind this idea. "I really don't like the idea of lengthening the school year by ten days." —Michael Slaughter “Frankly, I am a bit shocked by this idea,” said Marla Stecki, freshman. “I don’t really think that this is neces sary. “These ten days seem to be just an extension so the UNC system presi dent can say that we go to school longer,” said Stecki. “How are ten days going to really benefit anyone?” “I am unsure of the purposes of this idea,” said senior David Ely, a politi cal science and history major. “If the president has a good reason for this idea, I can be open to this. But as long YEAR cont. on pg.8 H On Saturday, September 21, the UNCA women’s soccer team will be playing the University of Mary- land-Baltimore County at 2 p.m. The game will be at Greenwood Field and is free to all faculty, staff, and students with ID. H Classic blues and rock guitarist Lewis McGehee will perform a con cert at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 20, in Dante’s at the Highsmith Cen ter. McGehee has toured with several national acts such as Ry Cooder and Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac. The concert is free to UNCA students, faculty, and staff All others are $4 at the door. H The Richard Merritt Exhibition and the Rhett Thompson Exhibition will be showing through October lin Owen Gallery. The Merritt Exhibit is in the first floor gallery and the Th ompson Exhibit is in the second floor gallery. H The deadline for Soars Grant Application and Fall Research Grant Apphcations is September 20. The NCUR Travel Grant Form and Re search Scholar Nomination Forms are due on November 1. H The Humanities 124 lecture entitled “Significance of Myth,” will be given by David Hopes in the Hu manities Lecture Hall at 11 a.m. The Humanities 214 lecture entitled “The Middle Ages,” by Robert Yeager, will be given in Lipinsky Auditorium at 11 a.m. on September 23. The lec tures are free and open to the public. UNCA student represents party rooted in transcendental meditation Alex Self Staff Writer A September 24 demonstration in the Owen Conference Center will introduce spectators to “yogic flying,” the Natural Law Party’s solution to the nation’s problems, said a UNCA student who is running for public office as a Natural Law Party candidate. “If you can have enough people that are medi- ' « —j taring on a certain level, then you can reduce stress, which can prevent crime,” said Scott Lamb, a UNCA student and the Natural Law Party’s candi date for Buncombe County Commissioner. Regarding local and university concerns, Lamb said he was unsure of how to address them. “I’m not too aware of all the issues that are out there,” said Lamb. “One of the things that the Natural Law Party does support, besides commu nity policing, is looking at some ways where juve- UNCA student Scott Lamb is mnning for Buncombe County Commissioner as a Natural Law Party candidate. Photo by Del Delorm niles and young people can feel like they’re a part of the community.” The type of meditation the Natural Law Party says will solve mankind’s problems is “yogic fly ing,” a form of transcendental meditation (TM) that makes the body want to rise up and float, said Lamb. The party was formed in 1992 and is based on TM. Although Lamb has never seen yogic flying in action, he says that it is a documented phenom enon. “To be honest with you. I’ve never seen it myself,” Lamb said. “It’s been done.” Some other Natural Law Party members, such as North Carolina Senate candidate, Victor Pardo, said the government should sponsor a permanent group of 7,000 Yogic Flyers to promote national unity, reported John Cochran, a staff writer for the Greensboro News and Record. “The result, they say, would be a radiating spirit of harmony and contentment that would give the nation the strength it needs to fight crime, cure the ailing health-care system, improve public schools in short, to solve all our problems,” reported Cochran. “There have been a couple of articles where it was done at Elon College, where they describe it in detail,” said Lamb. Cochran, an eyewitness to the yogic flying pre sentation at Elon College, reported that the dem onstrators, Ron Pero of Boone, and Eddie Gob of Philadelphia, seemed to push themselves into the air with their knees. “Although it lool?ed as if the men were launching themselves from the mat with a shove of their knees,” reported Cochran in the Tuesday, August 20, 1996 edition of the Greensboro (NC) News and Record. “Gob and Pero insisted it was their higher consciousness that was raising their bodies.” Lamb says that meditation is not a requirement to be part of the Natural Law Party. However, all CANDIDATE cont. on pg.^ GrowingGreek population leads to three new organizations, increased involvement Aimee Campbell Staff Writer Over the past few years, involvement inGreek social organizations at UNCA has grown quite a bit, despite mixed reactions from the non- greek population, according to Beth Daniels, president of the Panhellenic Council at UNCA. “I’d like to say that the school is 100 percent supportive, but I don t think it is, said Daniels. “I think it is really hard for us to stamp out the stereotype of what we’re all supposed to be. “We work all the time to stamp it out, but people have this image in their mind of Greeks as the party people, the people that don t go to class, that flunk out of school, that have nothing better to do, ” Daniels said. Maybe that s true on larger campuses, but our Greek system is different.” “I think it’s appealing because the chapters are smaller, the campus is smaller, and the Greek system is much more diverse than at larger schools,” said Daniels. “You fit in not because you’re just like the other people, but because you’re something different they might be look ing for, like the missing piece of a puzzle.” “I think students recognize the benefits of Greek life and want to be a part of it,” said sophomore Danielle Almeida, an assistant del egate to Panhellenic for Alpha Phi. The greek organizations have gotten mixed reactions from the majority non-Greek popula tion here at UNCA. “I think some common misconceptions are that we buy our friends and that we only exist to party,” said Almeida, “I have nothing against them,” said senior John Allison. “I have nothing for them. If they don’t harm me, I won’t harm them.” Larger member sizes and new groups on cam pus add to the growth of the Greek community. “I’ve seen a lot of growth, especially in the women’s system,” said Daniels. “When I got here, the fraternities were larger in number and in member size. The sororities were smaller, some numbering only a little over twenty. Total number was at forty, but most of them weren t. “I’d say there has very definitely been growth, said Almeida. “We have three very new Greek organizations on campus; Alpha Phi, Kappa Delta Rho, and Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed service fraternity.” Some believe that the Greek system has a lot to offer the school and the community. “There is always a population of non-Greeks at public functions such as parties and philanthro pies, so we must be doing something right,” said Almeida. “We’re easily the most orga- n i z e d groups on campus, and despite the fact that we’re selective with our member ship we’re all very open and friendly people,” Almeida continued. “We like to sup port each other and the UNCA community.” “They (sororities and fraternities) contribute, some more than others,” said junior Mike Slaughter. “Not so much to the school as to the community, such as doing service like hurricane "I think some com mon misconcep tions are that we buy our friends and that we only exist to party." —Danielle Almeida relief and picking up trash.” “I think at this school it’s better than oth ers,” said Slaughter. “At other schools they cause division in the student body, and here they seem to do more service. They also give some people reasons to keep their grade point averages up.” “I think we offer a tremendous amount to the school, seeing as how the administration, admissions, and a lot of faculty committees all want the residential percentages to in crease and be more of a traditional campus,” said Daniels. “What better way than to be Greek? It gets you involved, it’s a time com mitment and also a commitment to school ing, with scholarship programs that we have to uphold.” “I think we deal with a lot of things like if Greeks sponsor something on campus, there is twice as much security, and a lot more questions attached,” said Daniels. “People just assume that things are going to happen and get out of control.” “We need one called “tappa kegga beer” and we’ll be happy,” said sophomore Jason Allen. GREEK cont. on pg.8

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