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TIi« University of Noith Ca#ojSaa at Asheville Volume 25 , Number 20 NEWS BRIEFS Overseas drug warning The U.S. Department ofState has issued public service messages to warn college students of the dan gers of possessing or using drugs in foreign countries. Each year more than 2,000 U.S. citizens are arrested abroad. More than half of these are held on charges of using or possessing drugs. Addi tionally, the State Department warned students about violating local laws regarding the use of alco hol in public places, being intoxi cated in public, and drunk driving. Once an American leaves the U.S., the laws of the foreign country ap ply. An American abroad is not protected by the U.S. Constitution or U.S. laws. American consular officers can visit Americans in for eign jails but cannot intervene in a foreign legal system on their behalf Americans suspected of drug viola tions have often spent months or years in pretrial detention, and in some countries are subject to the death penalty for violating drug laws, the State Department said. The State Department offers a free pamphlet entitled “Travel Warning on Drugs Abroad” that students can order from the Bureau of Consular Affairs at 202-647- 1488 or view onhne at http:// j travel.state.gov. AmeriCorps seeks recruits AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, has launched its annual drive to recruit up to 25,000 men and women to apply for a year of na tional service. AmeriCorps volun teers serve one or two years with local non-profit and national orga nizations. Volunteers receive a monthly living allowance and an educational stipend ^f $4,725 at year’s end to pay college tuition or student loans. AmeriCorps*VISTA seeks 1,500 recruits 18 years of age or older, particularly college graduates, to serve in disadvantaged communi ties. AmeriCorps*NCCC seeks 1,000 people, aged 18 to 24, to serve in a full-time residential pro gram whose main priority is restor ing the environment. For information, contact AmeriCorps at 1-800-942-2677 or visit their website at http:// www.cns.gov. Champs! ! Student levels charges UNCA wins Big South conference title. PHOTO BY DEL DeLORM Kyle S. Phipps Sports Editor The UNCA men’s basketball team won its first ever Big South regular season title on Feb. 22 by defeating Winthrop University 81- 70. Preseason polls picked the Bull dogs to finish seventh. Instead, UNCA set a school record with 11 wins in the conference. At season’s end,the Bulldogs finished tied with Liberty University with 11-3 conference records. However, UNCA beat Liberty twice in the See CHAMPS page 7 By Catharine Sutherland staff Writer Ryan McGarghan is one student who does not feel that the new stu dent conduct system is working. He claims the new system violated his constitutional rights and placed him on specific probation, one step below expulsion from the university, with out his knowledge. McGarghan, a UNCA junior, said last week that the student conduct system denied him his right to a fair trial, due process of law, and the ability to prepare an adequate de fense. His charge came after a stu dent conduct committee “tried, con victed, and sanctioned” him during a Feb. 6 meeting at which he was not present. ‘If you don’t show up to a conduct committee meeting, they assume you’re guilry. In the United States, I m innocent until proven guilty,” said McGarghan. Under the old student court sys tem, a student who failed to appear for a trial would be charged with contempt of court and fined $25, a charge that would appear on a student’s court record. Under the new system, the conduct committee considers cases regardless of a student’s attendance. “When the appointment is made and not kept, the case is still re viewed, advisor viewed said Ellie Marsh, faculty of the committee that re- McGarghan’s conduct matter. “Students who choose not to show up at the meeting will have their case re viewed with out their in- Ryan put.” McGarghan M^^a:Bhan’s failure to ap pear for his student conduct meet ing appears to be the result of miscommunication between uni versity and student due to incom plete address records, and not a “blatant disregard for authority,” stated the conduct committee in its review of his actions. Following an incident report filed with the housing office last December, which charged McGarghan with noise and pos sible alcohol violations inside a residence hall, the housing office turned the case over to the stu dent conduct system when McGarghan failed to appear for an arranged meeting with a hous ing office administrator. The conduct system followed regular procedure and mailed let ters to McGarghan’s address in January notifying him of his up coming student conduct commit tee meeting. The only address the university had on file was a permanent Hendersonville address, however, after McGarghan, who had resided on campus at the time of the inci dent, relocated to an ofF-campus address at the start of the spring semester and failed to give the uni versity his new address. It s the student’s responsibility to have the correct address on the computer system,” said Sue Hintz, assistant director of student devel opment and head of the student conduct system. “I’ll only send let ters to the permanent address if that’s the only address listed. If there is more than one address. I’ll send it to the one that’s local.” Hintz said she labels letters from the student conduct system “Dated and Confidential Material,” so that even if a student’s parents were to receive them they would realize the important nature of the mail and contact their son or daughter. Reliance on this technique did not prove sufficient in McGarghan’s case, however. I do not live in Hendersonville. I do not have contact with iny mother. My mother does not open up my mail,” said McGarghan, See CONDUCT page 8 New conduct committee questioned By Catharine Sutherland staff Writer Only six months into its incep tion on campus, the student con duct system faces its own bout of trials as some students question the new system’s ability to protect their constitutional rights. “I don’t think students’ rights are being looked out for as much under the new system as they were under the old one,” said Charles Yeganian, a senior political sci ence major and former public defender in student court. “Neither system is what I would consider ideal, but if I had to choose the lesser of the two evils, I would choose the old system, and I think the majority of the students who have been through the process would agree with me,” said Yeganian. Many students and administrators involved in the creation and work ing of the new conduct system dis agree, claiming the new system, which gives students the option of meeting with a housing administra tor or with a three-person conduct committee to discuss conduct inci dents, is a great improvement from the old, “Judging from how many com plaints we had about the old court system and how few we have had about the new conduct system,” the new system has so far proven a suc cess with students, said Nina East, director of student development and supervisor of the student conduct system. “I think it’s far and away a better system than student court,” said Brian Pittman, a junior history major who served on the Student Affairs Task Force on Student Conduct that re vised the student court system last spring. “My biggest reason for getting in volved with the task force and the new system was because I thought the old court was not helping stu dents. If anything, student’s rights were being violated by the old sys tem,” said Pittman, now in his third yearofinvolvementwith the campus conduct system. According to SGA senators Stephen Gross and Josh Littlejohn, the student conduct system will soon be receiving sug gestions from SGA as to how the organization believes the process could change for the better, SGA’s list starts with the need for confirmation of the accused, a concern stemming from a recent case in which a student did not receive notification of his student conduct meeting due to incom plete address records filed with the university. Miscommunica tion in the notification process led to sanctioning decisions being made and put into effect without the student’s knowledge. The student should sign a form saying that he or she received a subpoena and that the suggested time is okay with the student, said Gross, referring to the effectiveness of the subpoena system used in the former student court. Despite the assurance of student notification guaranteed by subpoe nas, they may not be the best route to take in the notification process, according to Sue Hintz, assistant director ofstudent development and head of the student conduct sys tem. “Student prosecutors and clerks had to track down students. It was a tough job and everyone hated See SGA page 8 UNCA reinforces AIDS awareness UNCA skiing discounts Sugar Mountain Ski Area is offer ing mid-week discounts on lift tick ets to UNCA students through the end of the season. Monday through Friday day or twilight skiing tickets are $16, half-day tickets are $11. Sunday through Thursday night tickets are $11. Scholarship fund honors slain man Friends of Gerald Allman, one of the men who was shot and killed on May 17, 1995 at the Union Butterfield plant in Asheville, have established a scholarship fiind in his name at UNCA. Russell Truluck, a business friend of Allman’s and president of In form Systems Data Document, Inc., has organized the effort. Through his work, $10,000 has been raised to endow the fund, which will pro vide scholarships for students with financial need. Truluck recently presented a check for $7500 raised during the first annual Gerald Allman Golf Tour nament to Beverly Modlin, UNCA vice chancellor for university rela tions. By Stephanie Hunter Staff Writer The UNCA health promotion program sponsored four films last week in order to create a campus- wide awareness of AIDS, accord ing to the chair of the health and fitness department. Hoping to reinforce the issues presented in the drama department’s production of “An gels in America,” the health pro motion program wanted to have other events on campus to rein force AIDS awareness, said Cheryl McClary. “The chancellor has al ways wanted the campus to have an AIDS event to make our cam pus more aware of AIDS, and to make the student’s interest peaked enough to become educated,” said McClary. Furthermore, anytime during the month of February, a university can designate a week as AIDS awareness week on campus, and UNCA chose last week, said Vicki Brunnick, adjunct instructor in the health and fitness department. Students in the peer education class chose two of the films, and the student Hippocrates organiza tion chose the other two, said McClary. Through the peer educa tion class, taught by Brunnick, the students learn how to better com municate health education to other students, said McClary. “Your peers can teach you more than a professor ever can,” said McClary. These two organizations screened “AIDS: The Women Speak;” “Sex, Condoms, and Video Tapes;” “And the Band Played On;” “AIDS Re search: The Story so far.” One of the selected videos entitled “And the Band Played on” shows how AIDS came into this country and how no one took it seriously. “That’s why it spread like wildfire,” said McClary. “We thought in this age of antibiotics, modern medi cine, and technology that there could never be another disease that we couldn’t control, and we were wrong,” said McClary. According to the Centers for Dis ease Control, 650,000 to 900,000 people living in America have AIDS, and the CDC expects this number to continue to increase almost than 5 percent. The CDC believes that the epi demic appears to be slowing down overall and with more efforts and education this number will decrease. In North Carolina alone, 6,887 people have AIDS; furthermore. North Carolina ranks 19th in the number of AIDS cases reported na tionwide. UNCA Health Services offers test ing for HIV, said Linda Pyeritz, clinic coordinator. An HIV test indicates the antibodies that will eventually, if a person is HIV positive, develop AIDS. “The testing that v.'e do here is anonymous testing,” said Pyeritz. Pyeritz defines anonymous as noth ing such as a name or social security number is associated with the labora tory work which leaves the infirmary. “All of our lab work leaves in an anonymous state,” said Pyeritz. UNCA Health Services uses a pri- vate laboratory in Asheville, and a courier picks up the blood from the UNCA Health Services office for delivery, said Pyeritz. “I do require that students see me and that we talk a good 30 to 40 minutes prior to drawing blood, and that is called a pre-HIV test counsel ing. I do require that students come back and talk to me again to get their results because I won’t give any re sults for any blood work over the phone,” said Pyeritz. See AIDS page 10 Study Break PHOTO BY JENNIFER THURSTON Jeff White, a senior music major, practices Pat Metheny’s “Better Days Ahead” in the music depart ment in Lipinsky.