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ALETHEIA Volume XXVII, Number 11 Montreat-Anderson College January 28,1994 Dr. M. L. K., Jr. Forgotten? By Chad Smith "How can this college give us S.A.L.T.(Servant and Leadership Training) and yet neglect to give at tention to one of the most prominent servant leaders this nation has ever seen?" remarked freshman Henry Logan, after the nation observed Mar tin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 17. Schools and businesses across the nation paid special tribute and respect to a man that has forever changed this nation, Martin Luther King, Jr. However, that was not the case at M-AC. Many students expressed their feelings and opinions on the matter and wondered why there was not even mention of his name or how lie has affected the lives of not just the minor ity, but people of all races and all cultures. "I feel somewhat disap pointed that M-AC does not attempt to recognize Dr. King, Jr.’s Holiday. I do not say this because I am an African-American, but because this man is a significant individual in his tory. He stood for equal rights for all individuals, not just blacks. Failure to recognize his importance, to me, means that somebody does not care to realize his importance to all our lives today," commented concerned student Shon Snipes. Suspected Students Busted By Authorities Action Taken Against Illegal Drug Use By Daniell Hartness and Kathryn Letterman Four students were suspended last week after a police investigation, in coop eration with M-AC. The parties involved were chaiged with all or some of the follow ing: contributing to the dilenquency of a minor, hosting parties where illegal dregs were possesed or consumed; possession, consumption, and distribution of illegal dregs. Vice-President forStudent Develop ment Charlie Lance explained that origi nally,the rumors aboutstudentsusingdregs began last semester. Then, the situation became more serious as other students and staff membersexpressedconcemandeven- tually, specific names were disclosed. Lance contacted the Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) and compared notes. Lance assumed the MEG, based on their reaction, had an investigation already inprogress. Infact,LanceandtheMEGhad in common the names of the students that were allegedly involved. Lance heard direct eyewitnesses, police testimony, and saw hard police evi dence against the suspects. He was, how ever, asked to refrain from taking any action on the students. ThepoliceinfonnedLance that there was another student in question, and cxplair>ed that taking action against the others atthistimemaytipthe other one off. The investigation continued through out last semester, and police finally moved on the Wednesday following registratioa One suspect’s room was searched, how ever, the police chose not to bring charges against the items that were found. The MEG gave jurisdiction of the matter to Lance and the situation was handled ad ministratively. The four students involved admitted guilt to all or part of the charges given, and all were suspended with atwenty-four hour time period in which they had to be off campus. All charged withdrew officially from the college, and this discrepancy vrill not be on their acedemic record. The four students will technically be eligible to reap ply in the fall. Some students were angry about the action taken by the administratioa "I think the school is more concerned about its name thanaboutthe people involved Iftheyareso convinced that these peqple are ’dmggies’, then why didn't the school offer them scane help?" exclaimed student Cindy Willis. Willis’ roommate, Julie Giegerich added "What’s a ’Christ-centered’ image anyway?' ’ Senior Eric Bush offered a different approach, "I think it’s very sad that this had to hafpen, but I also find it wrongheaded to expect the college, or any other institution, to be Christian on our behalf. If people really care about those who were caught, they should caU them or go see them and offer whatever suRX)rt is needed." Snipes was not alone in her state ment, many students commented that it did seem odd that nothing was done to honor the respectable Dr. King, Jr. "It's a shame that we can't support America-what made America, and what changed America. Why was there no reflection made on the man that was the essence of a servant leader?" noted junior Shalimar Kinsey. In talking witii President Hurt, he stated that nothing was intentionally done to neglect students from celebrat ing this holiday, and that he will look to be better prepared for next year's holi day commemorating the late Dr. King, Jr. "When I first came here, it used to really bother me that nothing was done for Dr. King, Jr.’s Holiday, but 1 have learned that it is not intentional and meant to offend students. Last year I read a part of one of Dr. King, Jr.’s speeches, but with such aheavy workload this semester, I wasn’t able to prepare anything. One person can’t do it by themselves. It takes everybody pulling and working to gether," shared senior Donna Buggs. Buggs continued to comment that stu dents need to get involved and change things they have compassion about, adding that if students are offended or hurt by what goes on at this college then they need work with one other to share the dreams that they have. Temperatures Plunge Below Freezing... M-A Hall Not Equipped to Handle Merciless Winter Weather By Joyce Downs AfuriousArticairmass from Canada that swept across tlie Mid and Eastern parts of the U.S. was reqx)nsible for last week’s bitter cold weather that hit M-AC ard its neighboring towas. On Sunday, January 16, Asheville hit a record low of-1F aid Black Mountain went down to a chilling negative three degress. Professors and students alike have been forced to cope with this fiercely cold weather. Due to freezing rain, on Monday January 17,variousM-ACprofessorswere not aMe to leave their Ixxnesbecauseofthe very hazardous road conditiais. This re sulted in the cancellation of many classes. English and French professor Dale Britton who lives in Hendersonville, located an hour drive from the college, was forced to stayhomethatday. "Tlierewasalayerofice on everything," exclaimed Brittoa Student’s concern was to try to keep warm, espredally residents of M-A Hall, because of the problems with the radiators ardwirdows. M-AHaU’s Resident Direc tor Paula Johnson states that there have been many canpiainls about the radiators not generating enou^ heat to warm up the roans aid that the chilling air penetrating through the wirdows added to their discon tent The maintenance crew was helpful as to atteid to the dorm's problems by cleaning out the radiators ard moving furniture away from them so tliat the heat could easily circulate. As far as the proMems with the windows, "I gave them duct tape," re marked Paula Johnson. Off-campus students as well as on campus residents fell victims to the grim cold spell that this part of the country was expe riencing. SGA Vice President Janie King who resides off-campus was without run- ningwalerforfourdays because theextreme cold temperatures violently raptured a water pipe in the laurdry roan, forcing the build ing to shut off its running water. 'Tve had to go up to school to shower...etc„" replied King when she asked how she was ceping with this situatioL Deq)itethe biting weather however, exchange student from South Africa Queen Musengwaexpiessesaliking towardiL She claimed, "Ifsaftinexperiaice." ChrisCauley, a senior, ard Katherine McDwain, a junior, agreed except that they "wished it would srx)w". Onthecontrary,StephanieHairison from Hickory, North Carolina expressed, "I’m ready forsummer." She may have the right idea as temperatures are predicted to wami back up into the 50's ard 60s for the next few days. 6.6 California Earthquake Damages Kramer's House Friends and Relatives of Oblander, Shoemate, Wright Affected By Danieil Hartness Southern California received their wake up call by an earthquake about 4:30 Mondaymomingon January 17. Theearth- quake reached a 6.6 c*i the Richther scale. The earthquake effected residents up aid down the eastern coastline fton San Diego to Seattle, Washingtoa ThLswasthelaigcst earthquake in California since the 7.1 tremWor in San Francisco in 1990. This earthquake seemed more trau matizing than most because earthquakes usually arise deep within the earth, aid when it does nsach tire surface, the impact is not as intense. This one, however, was shallow ard started near the surface of tlie earth. Therefore, tlx; initial blow aid the aftershocks were intensified. The actualquakelastedforaboutthirty secords, which is more lengthy than most, ard after ^xx:ks were still occuiing a week after the earthquake. There have been over one thousand aftershocks siixethe irxidenL Students Jennifer Kramer, Denise Oblaidcr, Kleigli Shoemate, and Mark Wright werediiectlyaffected by the disaster. Kramer, a fresiiman, lives in Chatsw'orth, California. Chatsworth is near the Epicen ter, which was the center of the earthquake. Kramer’shousewasseverelydamageffhow- ever, ix) one in Kramer's residency was seriously injured. Shoemate, new student aid sopho more, is from Bakersfield, located an tour from Los Angeles. Shoemate's family sur vived unscathed. OMaider, a freshman from Visalia, received no damage. Her graidparcnts, however, live in Los Angeles but were not hurt Wrighfs graixlpaients live in Vista, which is csie tour away from Los Angeles however, they, too reported IX) injuries. In tense damage occured ixrnethcless. Tliere were tdek walls ard chimneys down, water pipes were broken, buildings were levelled- -in some cases destroyed, also there were freeways and airports tom down and out of ' electricity and water. Some say that this earthquake shows the wrath of God. Kramer expressed that "God was definitely there because through all the damage, there were rx)t a lot of casualties.’’ Although this may show the grace of God, OWander offered another peipective, "I feel God has to create natural ' disasters for us to wake up aid realize what ' Ls important-our lives, ix)t material items."