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Get off the bandwdgon
After all the commotion and protests against a Wal-
Mart Supercenter moving into the former Sayles
Biltmore Bleacheries, opposers to the proposed site can
almost rest easy.
On Sept. 5, Asheville's Board of Adjustment decided
not to grant developers an exception to a city rule that
prevents vegetation within 50 feet of the Swannanoa
River from being disturbed.
The developers would have to build two bridges and
excavate about 1,600 feet of riverbank, which would
disturb vegetation. River-front soil would have to be
carefully removed to avoid flooding problems.
A Wal-Mart the size of a Six Flags amusement park
would create unbelievable amounts of traffic in the
already congested area of east Asheville.
Drive down either side of south Tunnel Road on a
weekend and see the constant bumper-to-bumper
traffic. Imagine traffic three times worse, every day of
Stores and businesses close to the bleachery would
have to deal with constant commotion, noise and
possible accidents. This could hinder employees from
getting to work on time. Customers could possibly be
diverted from going to stores around the area in order
to avoid the traffic created by Wal-Mart.
Sure, Asheville is a growing city, but placing a king-
size Wal-Mart on a two-lane road in a run-down
bleachery directly next to a river is not exactly intelli
The road cannot possibly be widened, due to the
Swannanoa River running directly beside the road.
Not only would widening the road contaminate the
soil, but it would also force small businesses along the
river to shut down. The widened road would take
over most of their property.
The proposed Wal-Mart site seems more trouble than
it is worth, so pro-Wal-Mart activists should give up. It
is not going to happen.
Finding our place
It appears that UNCA has "fallen short" in its goals
to be a successful Division I school.
Now, wait a minute, all ye easily riled by any nega
tive mention on the athletic status. This evaluation has
come from an educated outside source, namely Gene
Corrigan, a man thoroughly qualified to assess the
We do, however, have the motivation in our adminis
tration and faculty, according to Corrigan, to improve
The problem seems to be, yet again, funding. Student
fees don't seem to be the answer, since a significant
percentage of current students are already offended
that they have to pay lots of money for services they
Neither raising private funding or obtaining state
money seem feasible either. Asheville has just been
recently tapped by large, successful fundraisers for the
university, and an upgraded athletic system would
need a constant flow of funds. Since state money is
strapped as it is, it doesn't seem likely that we would
get a helping hand from the head honchos.
So where does this leave us? Broke and broke down,
with a good athletic program we can't support in the
division we're in.
Wouldn't it just plain make sense to move to a divi
sion in which we could take advantage of the facilities
we have available to us? We do not have bad facilities,
just bad facilities in relation to other Division 1 schools.
We have great faculty and staff, just not enough of
them to get us up to par.
This is not to say that we should abandon the idea of
being a Division I team. It seems that we are overlook
ing what a great program we have by constantly
comparing ourselves to schools that have more money,
more people, more resources and a different focus.
UNCA is becoming known for its outstanding aca
demics. Isn't this enough for a good start? If we take
some things in stride, we might be able to w^lk a lot
SGA attempts more student contact
New staff, voting procedures, office hours to encourage participation
There comes a point in every life
cycle where change is imminent.
Some fight this change with seri
ous opposition. Some are apathetic
to it and just sit back and do noth
Yet there are those who anticipate
this change, embrace it fully, and
then move to make a change for the
Over the last year, UNCA has felt
only a taste of some great changes
happening, not only here on our
campus, but all across the state of
Led byourchancellor,Jim Mullen,
UNCA is striving to be the best
liberal arts institution of higher
learning in the country, and those
who believe in the cause will be the
greatest benefactors ofwhat UNCA
will achieve in the future.
This same principle of change is
one that we have adopted in the
Student Government Association
this year. Too many years have gone
by with changes happening and
students simply not being involved.
Is it because students just don’t
care? Of course not. How could any
student not care what they’re going
to be eating, how and where they
have to park their cars, or how
much money they’re going to have
It’s in these kinds of issues that
SGA strives to make your voice
heard at UNCA. It is the goal of our
administration not to let any cam
pus-wide decision be made without
some sort of student input.
“That’s great,” you say, “but how
are you going to do it?”
The simplest answer? Hard work
and dedication. I’m proud to say
that we have an excellent staff of
SGA members in this year’s admin
istration , and they have already been
proving themselves as effective,
The first step in making changes is
awareness. Only if you are aware of
a problem or issue will you have the
knowledge to do something about
This year, SGA plans to have more
contact with the student body in
every way possible.
For the first time ever in UNCA’s
history, we will be having online
elections, starting with the fresh
man senator elections next week.
Designed by our own computer
center, online voting is completely
anonymous and will not only de
crease any possibility of voter fraud.
but it will increase the accessibility
of voting to simply going to a Web
site from the convenience of a com
puter lab or your own home.
SGA is going to utilize the Internet
to have the most complete and in
formative Web site available. This
should be yet another mechanism
to help voice your concerns and
Through our site, you will be able
to get the latest campus news that
truly affects you; election informa
tion; SGA representatives’ infor
mation; our online calendar; past,
current and future legislation ideas;
and give us feedback easily.
Another step we have taken in
restructuring involves our office
hours. You can now come by the
SGA office any time Monday-Fri-
day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and find
someone in the office to help you.
It’s just another way we are at
tempting to increase our accessibil
ity to every UNCA student.
However, even with the most ac
cessible, energetic and dedicated
student government, the power ul
timately lies in the students’ hands.
We can offer our services as much
as possible and tell you that we’re
here to help, but if issues are not
brought to our attention, or if there
is little effort made on the part of
the students, then things remain
static, and change simply doesn’t
This year, we are going to need the
strong support of all UNCA stu
dents, student organizations, a.n\
the faculty and staff to continue to
provide the highest quality repre
sentation in SGA.
Some of the events that need cru
cial support include our upcoming
student body meeting, “Building
Our Future: The $3.1 Billion No
vember Bonds,” to be held on Tues-
day, Sept. 26 in Highsmith Center
Hopefully you have heard about
the bonds that are going to be
voted upon this coming election
day that will have a serious effect
on the direction of not only our
campus, but the UNC system as a
This student body meeting will be
the best way for you to get in
formed on what the bonds are and
how they affect you, this campus,
and the state of North Carolina.
Special guests will also be in atten
Don’t sit back and watch. Get
informed on the largest bond ever
up for voter approval in the state’s
history, and exercise your privilege
Another major event that is oc
curring this fall in which we will
need your support is our third an
nual Fall Fling.
This year. Fall Fling will be hap
pening on Saturday, Oct. 7th, the
busiest weekend of the semester for
The event promises to be bigger
and better than ever before, with
more attractions on the quad dur
ing the day and an exciting band
For our band that evening, we are
proud to have Mandorico as our
guest, who opened Lawn Party I for
Jump Little Children, and also
played at Belle Chere 2000.
I would finally like to encourage
each student in the UNCA com
munity to not sit back this year and
watch change happen, but to be a
part of the change to better the
university and the community.
SGA is here for you. We want to
hear your questions and concerns
and will fight to make your voice
Be a leader and get ready to make
You can call the general SGA Office
number, 251-6587; Ryan Southern’s
office number, 251-6685, e-mail
SGA atsga @bulldog. unca. edu or stop
by their office in HC 39.
Writing your college film script
The whole drama of college be
gins on the first day of your senior
year in high school. It seems the
whole idea of going to college is like
picking out a role in a major movie,
and it’s really quaint that this year’s
orientation was termed “Project
Yourself Into the Reel World.”
From the very first day of orienta
tion, we were bombarded with
movie posters that foreshadowed
the upcoming soap opera called
What is the perfect plot for a cam
pus drama? The number one drama
at the college box office tends to be
The boy meets a girl. He treats her
like a princess. Then, half an hour
later, he’s moved on to better things.
The girl remains heartbroken.
Hasn’t society suffered enough from
this played-out storyline? Well, clas
sics last forever.
This is the new millennium, and
in today s world, it isn’t always the
guy s fault. The party girl can be
found everywhere on campus. This
is the sweet-talking, fine-looking,
fly chickwho has four guys wrapped
around her pinkie.
The guys are just too stupid to
notice the dog leash reigning them
in at the neck.
It sounds warped, but some guys
enjoy giris with power. Box office
hit number two is born.
Anyone can relate to these two
stories. OK, there might be some
oddballs in the world who have
never had this problem.
Acting out this drama every day
can leave a sick feeling in your stom
ach, so try to find a new role in life,
and give up on the reruns.
Test everything that is put in your
face. It is a sad day in the world
when the whole campus knows your
schedule by heart.
There are some independent
scripts that can be found- on cam
pus. These are the roles with unique
Usually the roles are filled with
people who are trying to find them
selves and their place in life. The
actors are easy to find on campus.
Just look for different signs like
tattoos, piercings and funky hair
The storyline goes somewhat like
this. The boy/girl comes to college.
They are now free to experience
life. This can be a good thing,
unless absorbed in massive quan
Some students go all out, dying
hair and getting piercings. Some
times Mom and Dad aren’t ravingly
happy about these adjustments, but
it’s a part of discovering your own
What’s the big deal with having
green hair? Maybe it’s a way of
expressing a longing to be broccoli.
No matter what the reason, at least
these people are being true to them
selves. They continue to search for
as long as it takes, without con
forming to the masses.
The last great college movie clas
sic is “Animal House.” That old-
time smell ofbeer mixed with vomit
attracts so many young adults.
This stage often follows the “find
ing yourself’ phase. After so much
hard work with the role of life,
people need that break. It is now
time to party.
The role of the drunk helps create
a lapse in memory, which can be
pleasing at times. The only prob
lem is, after appearing in a B-rated
movie, it’s hard to get back on the
track of fame.
The fraternities are home to some
of the best editions of this play.
Every Thursday night, it’s time to
film another segment of the party
Don’t walk into a new world think
ing that it won’t affect you. If you
think you’re not part of the soap
opera, then you’re wrong.
Every choice you make is another
line added to a script. Watch out,
because mistakes will never be for
Do you want to be remembered as
the person who thought alcohol
could make you invisible? It
wouldn’t be very funny when nude
pictures of you turned up on the
Internet ten years later.
There are many different genres
of movies on this liberal arts cam
pus. It is time for all the new fresh
men to find their place in this soap
Everyone has a role waiting for
them, and it s OK to try different
ones. Just be careful when choos
ing your entertainment.
Find your scene, and be the char
acter who rides the shining star of
life. Lights, camera, action.
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