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/ 22,199, The University of North CaroDna at Asheville H Volume 27 Issue 5 February 19, 1998 Student fees, tuition will increase in 1998-99 By Gene Zaleski staff Writer \nnaway s. Tuition, student fees, housing costs, and the price of meal plans are all expected to rise in the 1998- 99 academic year, according to university officials. Vice Chancellor of Student Af fairs Eric lovacchini said that stu dent fees at UNCA, which are the highest in the 16-school UNC sys tem, are scheduled to rise nearly four percent, from $541 per semes ter for a full-time student to $562. The revenue generated from the increases will be used to cover man datory salary increases for state employees whose salary is taken from student fees, and to increase certain operating budgets, lovacchini said. A 20 percent rise in the parking and safety fees are part of the overall student fee increase, along with a 14.1 percent increase in recreation fees, which will be used to cover staffing needs of the Justice Health and Fitness Center. There will be an 8.5 percent increase in educa tion and technology fees, with the extra revenue slated to pay for class room and lab materials. A 3.9 per cent increase in the fees used for operation of the Highsmith Center is also planned. lovacchini said that the fee in creases were recommended in De cember by the student fee commit tee, which is responsible for mak ing recommendations for fee in creases and decreases to the chan cellor. The chancellor then takes the recommendations of the com mittee to the UNCA Board of Trustees, who ultimately recom mends a fee structure to the UNC system Board of Governors. “We are in the stage where the Board of Trustees in January rec ommended to the Board of Governor’s for a fee structure for next year,” said lovacchini. “The guidelines proposed by the finan cial staff and general admission is that we should not request an in crease of greater than five percent, which we did not do.” According to Arthur Foley, vice chancellor of financial affairs, tu ition costs will increase by two per cent next year. They will rise from See FEES on page 8 on her vie t is going s culture ige, Modlii lay not be she may no leering, slii round cam that there faculty it raising cam : letters am rs: .ounge Robin in Asheville m. r PHOTO BY LISSA HALL Robin Williams was in the Asheville area last week to shoot his new film, Patch Adams. Scenes of the movie were filmed on Murdock Avenue (pictured above), Annandale Avenue, and at the Biltmore House. Proposed UNCA Student Fee Distribution, 1998-99 B Athletics 34% H Student Center Expansion 18% FI Health Services 9% I I Recreation 9% I Student Center Operations 8% ^ Campus Commission 7% n Educational & Technology 6% ^Parking/Safety 5% IB Student Center Special 2% ^ Cultural/Special Events 2% SOURCE: UNCA FINANCIAL AFFAIRS GRAPHIC BY ERIN KING SGA addresses immediate cliild care concerns Will hold forum to inform parents of current child care opportunities By Chris Brooker News Editor The Student Government Asso ciation has teamed up with the Office of Student Development to address the immediate child care needs of the UNCA community. The organizations are sponsoring “Family Friendly Week” on Feb. 23-27, where information on cur rent child care opportunities will be made available to all interested parents. “We are looking for short-term solutions'to a problem that has been endemic,” said Residential Senator Doug Jones. “We are try ing to help UNCA parents find the resources already available within the community.” The Buncombe County Office of Child Development (BCCD) will be on campus during the week to provide counseling to students and faculty at UNCA with child care needs. According to David Marshall, a commuter senator who resigned his post on Feb. 11 due to personal reasons, low-income students with children are often eligible to receive financial assistance for child care from the BCCD in the form of vouchers. However, Marshall is afraid that parents at UNCA are unaware that such assistance is avail able. “The vouchers allow working par ents to go to school full-time,” Marshall said. “They allow some- “We are looking for short-term solu tions to a problem that has been en demic.” - SGA Residential Senator Doug Jones body to get their schooling out of the way.” While at UNCA, the BCCD will also provide information on how to find the best child care facilities in the area, “They will be advising where the different child care centers are in town, provide information on whether the centers are licensed or not, and whether they are licensed A or AA, which are the two differ ent ratings given to child care cen ters,” said Marshall. A public forum will be held on the night of Feb.25 in which parents at UNCA can learn about various child care opportunities already available in the community. With the help of the Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity, SGA will provide child care for parents who want to attend the forum. “We will probably have two or three child care providers give a three or four minute spiel,” Jones said. “We will give some general information on what our objectives are, and then take calls from the floor.” Jones said that he hopes to recruit a number of individuals at the fo rum who are highly interested in the child care issue to become part of the SGA child care committee. During Family Friendly Week, both SGA and BCCD will conduct independent surveys to assess the actual child care needs of the UNCA community. See CHILD on page 8 Changes in humanities program considered By Amelia Morrison staff Writer The UNCA Faculty Senate is considering a number of modifications to the humani ties program in an effort to more accurately reflect the types of humanities courses of fered at UNCA. “There is a mismatch between what the program goals are right now, unchanged, ind what each of the courses are doing, said Dwight Mullen, department chair. associate professor of political science, and teacher of Humanities 224. The issue of whether the humanities pro gram covers the development of all civiliza tions, or is just focused on the Western civilizations was the focus of the meeting of the Academic Policy Committee (APC) of the Faculty Senate on Feb. 5. The APC has proposed changes in Hu manities course numbers and descriptions in an attempt to more accurately portray the current Humanities offerings. The proposed alterations include chang ing the tide of Humanities 214 from “The Rise of European Civilization” to “The Medieval and Renaissance World,” the title of Humanities 224 from “The Modern World” to “The Modern World; Mid 17th to Mid 20th Century,” and Humanities 414 from “The Future and the Individual” to “The Individual in the Contemporary World.” Another change proposed by the APC in response to the perceived lack of global perspective in the humanities curriculum is the deletion ofa sentence from the UNCA catalog which reads, “The four course hu manities sequence follows the development of human civilizations.” “Since we don’t do that, it is a promise that is not fulfilled. Since the catalog is a contract with the students, we ended up knocking that sentence out,” said Margaret Downes, director of the humanities pro gram and professor of literature and lan- gtiage. “The deletion is not going to turn back the clock or make the courses more Eurocentric,” Downes said. Mullen said that the deletion of the sen tence from the catalog will not have a significant impact on the focus of the hu manities program. “Because of the deletion of the sentence, you can go either way with it now. It just kind of avoids the whole point,” said Mullen. “For me, it does not really alter much. It still allows for a global approach.” Mullen said that the humanities program needs to develop a more expansive ap proach to history. “We need to change the course descrip tions, change the program description, and change the humanities progra/n so that it includes all of humanity,” said Mullen. “We need to understand the rest of the world. “I don’t think we have a choice about See CHANGES on page 8 (

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