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ble Blue Banner w 9SI Sports Volleyball wins two Big South matches ■ see page 7 %M:a Volume 34 Issue 8 The University Of North Carolina At Asheville Also inside: Features An evening with “Futureman” Wooten ■ see page 5 Opinions “Solutions to an ongoing issue,” by Justus D’Addario ■ seepage 3 October 25, 2001 in UNCA public safety investigates thefts Lori Brenner Staff Reporter Drea Jackson Contributing Reporter UNCA’s public safety depart- nent has issued two arrest war- ants after two recent series of hefts on campus. One student and four others are )eing investigated in connection vith seven vehicle break-ins that )ccurred on campus from Oct. 7-21. Approximately $3000 worth of terns were taken from seven ve- licles in different areas on cam- _ will definitely make sure my :ar is locked before I go to class,” aid Laura Robinson, a sopho- nore history major. Three of the seven cars were con- ertibles. The soft-top had been ;ut through to gain access to the ■rseWehicles. jCampus officials bel ieve the per- ,cal werrators used a device similar to a oat hanger to gain access to three if the other vehicles, and one of he vehicles was unlocked. Four of the break-ins occurred n the Founder’s Hall parking lot inderneath the cafeteria; one was n the Zageir Hall parking lot; two )ccurred in the parking lot below South Ridge Residence Hall; and me was in the West Ridge Resi lence Hall parking deck. “Walking around campus, I feel safe, I feel that this campus is one )f the safer ones in the system,” said Robinson. Radios, stereos, speakers, and cell shones were j ust some of the items taken from the vehicles. A few of the stolen items have been recovered and are being held as evidence before they are re- urned to their owners. To avoid becoming a victim, all ;xpensive items in students’ ve- licles should be hidden, and stu- A\ lan DREA JACKSON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Sergeant Jerry Adams displays the stolen items recovered by UNCA public safety after the recent thefts which have occured on campus. dents should lock their car doors and keep the windows rolled up, according to Sergeant Jerry Adams. Undeclared freshman John Jacobs, undeclared junior Shawn Westin and undeclared freshman Nathaniel Capps reported items stolen from their vehicles, accord ing to public safety incident re ports. Public safety officers managed to trace some of the stolen items to local pawn shops, and those items will be returned to their original owners, according to Adams, For the Oct. 17 break-ins, warrants were issued for the arrests of Jonathan Marbois-Segall, a freshman at UNCA, and Michael Jonathan Sharp, who gave a 540 Old Marshall High way address. A UNCA public safety officer stopped a suspicious-looking car in the Founder’s Hall parking lot under “I will definitely make sure my car is locked before I go to class ” -Laura Robinson, sophomore history major the cafeteria on the evening of Oct. 21. The officer found three men that were not students and several of the stolen items in the vehicle. Charges are being filed against those three men, according to Adams. More warrants are expected to be issued in the next week, pend ing an ongoing investigation, ac cording to Adams. Employees help charitable organizations in wake of attacks Rae Stephens Staff Reporter UNCA employees, as part of the State Employee Combined Cam- )aign, raised money for over 1,000 lumanitarian organizations that lave decreased in funds siiice the Sept. 11 disaster. Last year, 40,010 state employ es donated over $4.5 million. A otal of 6,203 employees donated letween $120 to $149 in 2000. Our goal is [to raise] $36,000... ind [have] 100 percent participa- ion [from UNCA employees],” aid Ellie Marsh SECC Co-chair >tUNCA. “You never know if you ire going to reach a goal or you’re ;oing to pass it, but why not aim ligh. My grandmother used to ■ay. Aim high. You might only land on a tater hill, but at least you iimed high?’ I think that is true.” As of Oct. 22, only 22.8 percent of the UNCA employees had do nated. The school employees have raised $23,566 since the beginning of this campaign on Sept. 25. “We won’t hit 30 [percent] this year, not unless something really turns around,” said Marsh. “That’s a disappointment, but that is just the way it is. I am hoping people just haven’t turned in their pledges yet.” Nonprofit organizations have been suffering due to a severe de crease in donations since the disas ter of Sept. 11, according to an Oct. 8 Washington Post article by Jacqueline L. Salmon. Fewer people have been attend ing fundraising events, and groups have asked donors to expedite checks so their employees can be paid. Various organizations had to slash budgets and cut staff “Many groups either decided to cancel or delay their fundraising or have retooled their messages along the lines of, ‘Yes, give to the Sept. 11 disaster funds, but please don’t take it out ofwhat you would ordinarily give us,’” said Salmon. Organizations like the Brady Cam paign, a gun violence prevention or ganization, have suffered badly. “The Brady Campaign... reduced its workforce 20 percent by laying off 14 people, the first layoffs in its 27- year history,” said Brendan Daly, spokesman for the Brady Cam paign. Financial donations to Habitat for Humanity have also dropped significantly due to the postpone ment of its September mail appeal. “Direct mail accounts for one- fourth of the group’s $250 million yearly revenue. Habitat was forced to lay off 35 people last week, and ask major donors to accelerate con tributions,” said Daly. High participation percentages is the goal for UNCA this year to help suffering organizations . The campaign, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 26, includes flat donations in cash or check, or a five-dollar minimum payroll deduction for See DONATIONS Page 10 Air pollution gets worse Lana Coffey Staff Reporter UNCA donation history during the past three years: 1998 (42.96% employee participation) 1999 (37.71% employee participation) 20 00 (22.92% employee participation) $30,742 $37,191 $28,785 Pollution in Buncombe County is not only causing visibility problems but health problems as well, accord ing to Richard Maas, chairman of the environmental studies depart ment. “The biggest pollutant that we have in terms of its health affect is ozone,” said Maas. “When you breath it, it burns your lungs and kills lung tis sue. It weakens your lungs and that makes you susceptible to lots ofother respiratory diseases, whether it be a cold or bronchitis or emphysema.” There are some serious air pollu tion problems in Buncombe County, according to Maas. The first problem is visibility, ac cording to Maas. This problem is caused almost entirely by sulfates. The majority of the sulfates causing the problem come from coal burn ing power plants, according to Maas. Most of the power plants that con tribute to the problem come from outside of Bimcombe County. “The majority of it is coming from old TVA (Tennessee Valley Author ity) plants to the west of here that have not put on good pollution con trols,” Maas said. The visibility problems have got ten worse in Asheville, according to Maas. “The natural background visibility before we started burning a lot of coal was probably on the order of 90 to 100 miles and now our average visibility is more like 20 miles.” Not only are sulfates harmful to visibility, but they also have some health effects, according to Maas. “The biggest pollutant that we have in terms of its health effect is ozone,” said Maas. Ozone is formed by three things: Nitrogen Oxide, also known as NOX, hydra-carbons and intense sunlight. More than 80 percent of all NOX in Buncombe County originated from outside the county, according to Maas. Intense sunlight causes NOX and hydra-carbons to react together to form ozone, according to Maas. “The hotter you burn something, the more efficient it turns out to be, like a motor or engine. When we wanted to make our cars more en ergy efficient, we gave them smaller engines and had the engines burn really hot,” said Maas. The same idea applies to the power plants. The hotter the boiler runs, the hotter the steam is made, and the more electricity can be produced, according to Maas. This causes harm ful NOX emissions. State-wide about half of NOX is produced by power plants and half is caused by automobiles, according to Maas. “We are seeing real health effects in Western North Carolina because of ozone,” said Maas. “We can see that here in Western North Carolina, we have a higher rate of respiratory prob lems than almost any place in the country. Air quality is very bad here.” According to Maas, approximately 25 percent of children in Buncombe See POLLUTION Page 10 Serving UNCA Since 1982 WWW. unca. edu!banner

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