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H Sports Women s basketball defeats CCU Features f Toughman Contest a battle of knockouts See page 4 I Volume 31 Issue 4 February 24, 2000 Miller part of English revision By Kathryn Krouse staff Writer Gary Miller, professor of environ- nental science, along with about 20 other master teachers from around the country, will travel to England this summer for a special month-long exchange program at Bath University. really excited about this,” ;aid Miller. The program started several years igo, and began as an alternative ixchange program with science teachers from teachers con- lue to travel England. England is re tooling their universities to resemble join an international school. Bath illeges in the America. En- University is a center for a large gland decided in the last decade that their science programs were igh, and felt that a national curriculum was needed, irding to Miller. In order to determine what the curriculum should consist of, they invited teachers from all over the British Empire and the United States. “In the last decade, they have gone through a radical change,” said Miller. The program is four weeks long. Teachers go through an orienta tion, take a tour of Bath and study the historical development of sci ence education in Britain. The education system in England changed drastically by implement ing a national curriculum with a mandated set of requirements for each grade level, according to Miller. “It is interesting for our teachers to hear how complex a task it was,” said Miller. The professors go to classes matched as ngland and specialty United possible so they teachers nterparts different tyles of teach- around the They get a »Jorld, accord Miller. how common The program education funded by he teache handled, such Wthough the student de English profes corum, parent nvolvement salaries, equip- ted States tnent and bud gets, according Miller. The The candidates’ platforms By Davon Heath staff Writer A range of issues have already been addressed this year by the four main presidential candi dates. Using these platforms, Ameri can voters can choose to educate themselves about the different can didates views. Bill Bradley, a democratic senator from New Jersey, served in the U.S. Air Force and played professionally for the New York Knicks as a start ing forward, winning two NBA championships. The republican from Texas, Gov. George W. Bush, was a fighter pilot in the National Guard and former managing partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. He recently won the South Carolina (S.C.) pri mary. Vice President A1 Gore, a Tennes- see democrat, was a senator and representative for Tennessee before he became vice-president. He has won seven state primaries. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Bush maintains a strong approval from within his party, as does Gore, according to CNN. Arizona senator John McCain, a republican and former pris oner of war. McCain was a rep resentative for Arizona during the 1980s and has received nu merous awards for bravery in the armed services. McCain won the Michigan and Arizona state primaries over Bush. The N.C. primary will occur on May, with Virginia follow ing on Feb. 29. Gary Miller, professor of enviromental science, points toEngland. teachers also iternational summer training program for teachers from all over the British empire. American teachers enroll in a short course of their choice for that week. “In the following week, I teach an environmental short course. I pick See ENGLAND Page 8 Issues Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) George W. Bush (R-Texas) Al Gore (D-Tenn.) John McCain (R-Ariz.) Abortion Pro-choice Pro-life Pro-choice Pro-life Tax Reform Pay national debt be fore tax cuts and op poses flat tax. Simplifiy and reduce taxes, favor flat tax. Some tax cuts, opposes flat tax. Simplifiy and reduce taxes, favor flat tax. Education Opposes organized Favors prayer in schools. Smaller classes, more programs. More testing, favors prayer in schools. Environment Pro-gasohol, anti-pol- lution. De-regulate environ mental laws, voluntary clean-up. Cut carbon dioxide, more parks, less cars. End farm subsidies. Defense Spend less money on ■ defense. More engaged in de fense, rebuild nuclear weapons. Build down nuclear weapons. More engaged in defense, spend more money. Gun Control More gun laws. More gun laws, more gun rights. More gun laws. More gun laws, more gun rights. Drugs Less money spent on drug war. More education. More kid’s programs. More penalties. Civil Rights Racial unity, favors af firmative action and gay rights. Anti-quota, favors af firmative action, op poses gay rights. Pro women’s rights, favors affirmative ac tion and gay rights. Anti-quota, opposes af firmative action and gay rights. Technology De-regulation and self censorship. No Y2K lawsuits Pro Internet regulating No Internet tax, favors porn filters. Capital Punish- Favors. Favors. Favors. Favors. Kosovo No intervention, need exit strategy. Distrusts Serbia. War okay to stop eth nic cleansing. War okay to establish U.S. power. Principles and Respect people of all Compassionate con servatism. Re-invent govern- Set an example. Sophomore survey monitors quality of UNCA PHOTO BY JASON GRAHAM Luke Weber, a sophomore business managerrreni maior, fills out the survey before the Feb. 25 deadline. By Alison Watson Staff Writer Every other year, UNCA partici pates in a survey for sophomores that helps evaluate institutional performance, according to a repre sentative of UNCA. . “It certainly reveals our strengths and weaknesses. We have used the survey results to make important spending decisions,” said Archer Gravely, director of institutional research. The survey given by the state re quires a 90 percent response rate, so each sophomore must fill out and return the survey or have a hold imposed on their registration. “We are serious about getting our response rate. The hold is a neces sary device to get that 90 percent,” according to Gravely. The sophomore survey is only one in a series of surveys given by the state. There are also surveys given to new students, new freshmen, graduating seniors and alumni. All 16 public universities in N.C. are participating. The goal of the survey is to moni tor the quality of professor instruc tion, student services and the fi nancial needs of the school. The results for the survey, given out in February, will not be avail able until the summer. All 16 schools must return the survey be fore the results are released. The last sophomore survey had a direct link to the new recommen dations made for the 1999-2000 expansion budget. Some points of the survey include faculty contri butions, campus safety and student services. “What students do not realize is taxpayers contribute to student’s fees to a tune of about $8,000 a year,” said Gravely. “The general assembly and the taxpayers want to make sure their money has been well spent.” The assessment made by the sophomore survey, along with the other surveys, helps in deciding whether teachers receive promo tions or tenure. The surveys also identify priori ties among students’ needs. It helps to allocate human, physical and financial resources for the school as well. In the past, the sophomore survey has led to the hiring of more secu rity officers. There has been an improvement in campus lighting. The computer center has also hired more lab managers. The response rate has been very high for earlier surveys. Around 95 percent of the sophomores required to take last year’s survey responded. “We do not want to make stu dents angry. They need to under stand this survey benefits them,” said Gravely. Students who do not respond to the survey have usually decided that they are leaving UNCA. Also, some students do not have valid addresses with the school. Their registration is not affected, according to Gravely. “If it helps the school with im provements, everyone should take it, especially if the state requires it,” saidAmandaGaines,an undeclared sophomore. Yet, “students need to (be informed) of that.” Gaines said some students com plain about the survey because they do not understand the purpose of The answers given in the survey are completely confidential. “Students get upset when we ask about their socioeconomic status, but that is a major factor in decid ing how much we get in financial aid,” according to Gravely. Recommendations include hiring office managers for the career cen ter and increasing their operating budget. It was also suggested that the out- See SURVEY Page 8

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