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19,1% e 1 Jrrently , new to :lasses, ai Lially,” sa :ause it illy pleasi 24,and n the otl :w series enough It does ■ical bac terdiscip nusic, a nore abo hink it k. I do ■e going , the qu a huma lusive of eliminati of West! rceotmi yatUNC 'ights in / campu irement ents, nmitted itionally be cam] humani lien said The University of North Carolina at Asheville www.unca.edu/banner Banner Volume 27 Issue 6 February 26, 1998 UNC-CH requires freshmen to own computers in 2000 UNCA administration has no plans to follow suit By Amelia Morrison staff Writer The administration of the Uni versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) announced on Feb. 12 that it will require that all freshman entering the university in the year 2000 own a laptop com puter. “It is kind of nice to usher in the 2Ist century by requiring laptop computers,” said UNC-CH Chan cellor Michael Hooker. According to Thomas Cochran, UNCA associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, the UNCA ad ministration has no plans for imple menting personal compi^iter own ership requirements. “Ourposition is that it is not something we want to man date,” said |C o c h r a n .' Mandatory purchase of laptop com puters is not in the cards for UNCA.” Hooker said that incoming freshmen at UNC- CH who own desktop computers will be required to purchase new laptop computers, and the exact cost of the required computers has not been determined. The price of laptop computers currently ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. “I don’t think it is fair because many families cannot afford that, and a lot of people already own desktop computers that I think are just fine,” said Lisajackson, a sopho more biology and Spanish major at UNC-CH. Michael Hooker According to Hooker, UNC-CH will offer low-interest loans and increased financial aid to those who cannot afford the cost of the new computers. “We are trying to level the playing field for those who cannot afford laptop computers,” said Hooker. “1 think the computer require ment is necessary, in order to assure that everyone who graduates from Chapel Hill has equal experience using and access to computers,” said Jaime Luton, a sophomore public policy analysis major and secretary of the Academic Affairs committee at UNC-CH. Hooker said that he expects other universities to adopt similar com puter requirements in the near fu ture. Wake Forest University has re quired that all incoming students own laptop computers since 1995, and Western Carolina University adopted a similar computer require ment in 1997. “Years down the road, everybody is going to be doing what we are do ing,” Hooker said. Cochran said that student owner ship of computers at UNCA will likely become universal without an ownership requirement from the administration. “It will be mandatory in the sense that all students are going to feel like they must have one,” said Cochran, “As more computing be comes integrated into instruction and labs, it will be a necessity to have access to or have your own computer. “In the case of Chapel Hill, I think it is probably more public relations than necessity,” Cochran said. Director of University Comput- See LAPTOP on page 8 Drug violations rise system-wide PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY PRESTON GANNAWAY Ninety-eight percent of the drug violations in the University of North Carolina system during the 1996-97 school year involved marijuana. Possession of marijuana was the most cited offense, marijuana trafficking ranked second. By Nicole Miller staff Writer According to the latest annual drug report released by the Uni versity of North Carolina Gen eral Administration, the num ber of student drug violations reached an all-time high in 1996-97. The system began keeping records on drug viola tions in 1988. Drug violations rose from 495 in 1995-96 to 579 in 1996-97. The lowest number of viola tions was in 1991-92, when 98 violations were reported. Vio lations have risen steadily since 1991-92. Of the 579 drug violations within the 16-campus UNC system last year, 541 involved possession of marijuana, and 24 involved trafficking mari juana. Fourteen percent of the reported violations related to pos session of other substances, with the most frequent being Rohypnol (the “date rape drug”) and mushrooms. The UNC General Adminis tration stressed that the report, released on Feb. 12, does not reflect actual drug use at the con stituent universities. The admin istration said that the report was intended to show what the uni versities are doing in the way of prevention programs and activi ties. “The report is a monitoring de vice for the Board of Governors policy on illegal drugs,” said Cynthia Bonner, associate vice president for Student Services and Special Programs at UNC Gen eral Administration. The Board of Governors policy requires that the universities pro vide drug education, interven tion, and counseling programs, and it requires schools to apply at least minimum sanctions against violators. The annual report, compiled from individual institution re ports, “gives the general admin istration an idea ofwhat is going on in terms of education,” said Bonner. Pulley said that the general administration’s main concern is student welfare. Intervention, education, and treatment of drug abusers are more important than simply seeking to punish offend ers, she said. Of the 579 cases in 1996-97, schools permanently expelled five students, temporarily sus pended 78 students, placed 405 on probation. Seventy-eight cases were dismissed, and 13 cases have not received sanctioning at the time of the report. All pen alties imposed were in compli ance with the UNC policy on illegal drugs. For the past two years, UNCA has reported three drug policy violations per year. Winston- Salem State University and Elizabeth City State Univer sity were the only two system schools with fewer violations than UNCA. The three UNCA drug of fenders in 1996-97 were sen tence by the student conduct system to probation and par ticipation in UNCA’sdrugand alcohol rehabilitation program. Appalachian State University (ASU) had the highest number of reported violations, rising from 73 in 1995-96 to 135 in 1996-97. However, school of ficials attribute the increase to Stronger enforcement of the school’s drug policy, and the See DRUGS on page 8 iANNAWAV rs Matt I time Big South champs for asbestos continucs By Gene Zaleski staff Writer leville PHOTO BY TRAVIS BARKER The UNCA men’s basketball team clinched the Big South regular season championship with a wm over Winthrop on Feb. 21. Robert Stevenson (pictured above) scored 20 points. See story on page 6. The Office of Facilities Manage ment is surveying all campus build ings for the presence of the carcino gen asbestos. Floor tiles containing asbestos were reinoved from residence halls in the Governor’s Village over Christmas break. According to UNCA Safety Of ficer Tom Goddard, the Governor’s Village still has a number of tiles containing asbestos. “The Governor’s Village has vinyl floor tile underneath carpet in some areas,” said Goddard. “It does not pose a health hazard or risk because it is what we call contained or en capsulated, because the carpets are on top of it.” Goddard said that the tiles con taining asbestos are not dangerous because they are not friable, which means that the asbestos is pulver ized into tiny particles. He said that only friable asbestos poses danger. “The only exposure a person could have would to be to takea jackham- mer and break up the floor,” said Goddard. “We try to determine what is likely to happen and what probably will happen. No resident should be doing anything that could disturb the asbestos.” “It is not considered a safety haz ard,” said Pete Williams, director of housing and residence life. “The tiles themselves are safe. It is only in the removal of the tiles that would be harm ful to anyone.” The floor tile was tested in Founder’s Hall in December and was found not to contam asbestos. The other resi dence halls were built recently and should not contain the as bestos compo nent, said Goddard. “Building material used after 1978 does not contain asbestos, said Goddard. Goddard said that the building contracts for the South Ridge resi dence hall and West Ridge resi dence halls specified that the build UNCA Safety Of ficer Tom Goddard said that the as bestos currently on campus does not pose a threat to the UNCA com munity. ings would be asbestos-free. According to Goddard, UNCA classroom and administration buildings are currently being tested, and some have been found to con tain non-friable asbestos similar to what is in the Governor’s Village. “Parts of Carmichael Hall and Phillips have vi- nyl asbestos floor tile, which contains about two to five per cent asbestos,” Goddard said. “We have checked the me chanical rooms and boiler rooms first, be cause that is where the asbes- tos was more likely to be,” said Goddard. “In some areas where it has been identified that there is no as bestos we put up a sign that says, ‘There is no known asbestos in this room.’” “If floor tiles contain asbestos we make sure the tile is washed and waxed,” said Goddard. “This is the primary concern if the asbestos is not friable. Goddard said that extra care has been taken to remove asbestos from locations on campus before con struction or significant renovation is undertaken. “When there is construction work to be done, then an abatement will be done to remove the asbestos,” Goddard said. “Qualified abate ment contractors come in and re move it to give us a space free of asbestos. The most recent asbestos abate ment project done on campus was in the sports medicine wing of the Justice Center. “The space they went into had a molding that was sprayed on and it contained small percentages of as bestos,” said Goddard. “It was re moved by an abatement contractor prior to that space being renovated.” Goddard said that the asbestos currently on campus does not pose a threat to the UNCA community. “I cannot swear to youthat I know where every bit of asbestos is, but we are in a process to determine what is and what is not asbestos laden,” said Goddard. “This does not mean the build ings are unsafe,” Goddard said.