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Volume 31 Issue 6
March 16, 2000
New entrance for UNCA
POSSIBLE MAIN QUAD
PROPOSED NEW ENTRY ROAD
I POSSIBLE ADDITION
DIAGRAM COURTESY OF PHYSICAL PLANT
The new main entrance will be between the existing campus entrance and Founders Drive. The new entrance will
feature a roundabout on W.T. Weaver Boulevard.
By Susan McCord
Plans are underway to create a
safer and more aesthetically pleas
ing entrance to UNCA, accord
ing to Tom Byers, Special Assis
tant to the Chancellor.
“Something this campus lacks is
a point where you drive up and
say, ‘we are at UNCA,’ said Byers.
“A lot of people have articulated
that over the years.”
The new entrance to campus
will adjoin a new “roundabout”
constructed on W. T. Weaver
Boulevard, located between the
existing entrance and Founders
A roundabout is a circular fea
ture which forces traffic to slow
down and flow around a small
circle instead of making 90-de
gree turns, according to Michael
Moule, traffic engineer for the
city of Asheville.
Drivers entering campus will
turn off the roundabout and as
cend the hill to a point where they
will “be looking up through the
northeast corner of the quad,
through the Robinson breeze
way,” said Byers.
Designed by the Department of
Transportation (DOT), the en
trance will connect with a new,
enlarged section of University
Heights Road, which curves
The roundabout at the entrance
will be safer than a traffic light
“A roundabout forces all vehicles
to slow down,” said Moule. “With
a traffic light, traffic is either
stopped, or moving at 30 to 40
miles per hour.”
For the volume of traffic around
the main entrance to campus, the
DOT determined that a round
about will be most efficient, allow
ing traffic to keep moving slowly,
according to Byers.
“If there is a collision, it’s likely to
be at a much slower, therefore less
dangerous, speed,” Byers said.
Planners hope the
will become a unique, signature
feature of UNCA. No other
roundabouts currently exist in
Asheville, according to Byers.
“An aesthetic negative (for
UNCA) is to have a lot of traffic
See ROAD page 8
By Davon Heath
Pi Lambda Phi fraternity has cre
ated campus-wide community ser
vice competition by challenging all
UNCAstudent organizations to see
who can volunteer the most hours
at the Irene Wortham Center
(IWC), a center for people with
disabilities, according to a UNCA
press release. .
“We want students to know how
great it is to serve the community
and to tell their friends. The more
people who try community service,
the more people will find out that it
is a great thing to do,” said Ben
Erlandson, a junior multimedia
The student organizations that
have enrolled to date are Alpha Xi
Delta, Theta Chi, Sigma Nu, Inter
national Students Association,
WNC Leadership Scholars, Illumi
nation and Circle K, according to
Ryan Gilliam, a senior biology/pre-
“We are expecting 80 to 100 stu
dent volunteers,” said Gilliam.
“The competition is the brain
child of the two Pi Lambda Phi
members, Erlandson and Gilliam,”
according to the press release.
The fraternity wanted to find a
way to increase philanthropy and
the competition is a way to do that,
according to Gilliam.
An informational banquet on Feb..
21 began the competition, accord
ing to Gilliam.
“It allowed everybody to see what
the goal of the project was and to
understand the competition, said
The competition runs from March
6 through April 21 and the winner
is determined by which organiza
tion puts in the most man-hours.
Organizations can also donate
money with $ 15 as the equivalent
to one hour, according to Gilliam.
“What’s really great is that there is ■
no pressure, no schedule to adhere
to,” said Gilliam. “Volunteer when
you can do it.
Students can create their own
schedules with IWC, so the volun
teering could fit into their free time,
according to Gilliam.
There are currently 26 volunteers
signed up, according to Ann
Hensley, director of program de
velopment at IWC.
“We are thrilled with the turnout
we have had thus far,” said Gilliam;
“Students can still sign up (for the
IWC is a non-profit center that
provides daycare and school facili
ties, as well as group homes for
adults and children. The program
averages between 60 to 65 clients
per day, with ages ranging from 6
six years old to 79 years old, accord
ing to Hensley.
“What the (UNCA) students
learn, do and see will be with them
for the rest of their lives,” said
Hensley. “It is wonderful what the
students are will to do for the IWC;”
“This is great for our clients,” said
Hensley. “These people have nor
mal needs. The students will be
giving time to our clients, and they
will become role models for our
There are several ways volunteers
can help. They can assist with field
trips, reading and dancing with the
clients and painting and cleaning at
the IWC, according to Gilliam.
UNCA participants do not have
to work directly with the clients if
they do not feel comfortable being
around them, according to Hensley.
Students are required to go
through an orientation and tuber
culin skin testing. Students will
spend an hour in each department
in order to make a more informed
decision as to what kind of volun
teer work would be suitable for-
See FRATERNITY page 8
History month for
The events are sponsored by the women’s
studies program with Underdog Produc
tions and Women Act in Liberation.
Sarah Judson, assistant professor of his
tory, will present a lecture March 16 called
‘Deadbeat Dads, Deadbeat State and the
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By Kathryn Krouse
Month with a series of events throughout
March that highlight
women’s history and
according to Pamela
Nickless, director of
the women^s studies
“We are looking at
array of women’s
The goal of the cel
ebration is to raise
However, many of
theeventsarefocused , .
currentissues,ac- Carole Levm (Umversity OT
cording to Nickless. Nebraska) spoke March 2.
The events occur throughout the month, women of Atlanta, just mcred.ble, said
including lectures by many UNCA faculty ~ _ Z
members See WOMEN page 8
rding to Nickless.
“A better title for it
might be ‘engendering
where the white
(country club) women
of Atlanta tried to in
fluence the govern
ment to expand pro
grams like welfare,”
Judson’s lecture is
part of a larger study
she is doing, ‘Negoti
ating White Su
Political Cultures in
according to Judson.
“She has done some
fabulous work on the
Fellows travel to California
By Alison Watson
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BYGRETA HAVEL
A group of Teaching Fellows journeyed to San Francisco, Calif, for their annual trip.
tant they see how diverse this country can Teaching Fellows had a chance to see a play
be,” said Brenda Hopper, director of the after visiting the School of the Arts High
Teaching Fellows program (TFP). School.
Teaching Fellows is a state program that
provides scholarships for four years tc
N.C. high school seniors. Upon receivmg
the scholarship, the student must agree tc
teach in one of N.C.’s public schools or
U.S. government schools in N.C. after
While on the trip to San Francisco, the
Thirty-nine Tcaching Fellow students and
seven UNCA faculty and staff traveled to
San Francisco, Calif, in January to visit
schools and participate in cultural events.
“This trip encouraged students to take
risks and be open to new ideas. It is impor-
The group also went to Buena Vista El
ementary, which features a Spanish bilin
gual immersion program. The school
teaches the children to speak both Spanish
See FELLOWS page 8