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Aletheia. volume (None) 1977-1997, September 25, 1997, Image 1

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imaHnsi MONTREAT COLLEGE ALETHEIA Volume XXXI Number 1 Montreat College 25 September 1997 Bears chase Brannock, Haugaard By Daryl Bryant Since the beginning of school, many residents have seen bears on campus. The bears frequent Assembly Inn, across from Lake Susan where the trashbins are filled daily by excess food by the cafeteria workers. The dumpsters offer an in viting treat for the bears. They dig through the trash in search for scraps of food. Sophomore Howerton resi dent, Tim Ferguson, explains, “1 heard that over the summer the conferees would leave food out or make food trails so that they could watch the bears at a close distance. I’ve even heard that freshmen have been leaving food out. Do they know they can get killed by doiii^ iliat?” Sophomore Nathan Haugaard, said, “In the last three weeks I’ve seen 4 bears. I’ve been chased by one around Belk Campus Center and almost hit one with my car. Also, just this past weekend on a camping trip for my Back packing class my sleeping bag sack was torn up and some of our food was stolen by one. 1 guess I’m just a bear magnet.” Senior Shane Brannock, said, “I often watch the larger bear eat out of the dumpsters at Assembly Inn, but I have also been chased across cam pus by the same one.” Homecoming promises big prizes By Tara Massey Tonight, the homecoming weekend will start with a BBQ dinner and Square Dance at 5:30 in the Barn for alumni and stu dents. Music will be provided by the Stoney Creek Boys and former Dean of Students Larry Wilson. lliis year’s homecoming was kicked off with spirit week on Monday and will continue through the weekend. Various activities have also been planned for the incoming alumni, such as reunion dinners and the alumni double header baseball game. The Montreat College Parade will begin at 6:30 pm on Satur day. Students have been invited to decorate their cars and trucks as floats for the parade. The Homecoming game will be played tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. as the men face North Greenville at the new Montreat College/ Library adds By Marcella Arnold During the summer, personal donations and a healthy grant ffointheU.S. Department of Com merce provided the funds to add an art gal lery and a new computer lab in the Nelson Bell Library. Students and college employ ees have speculated that the ad ditions could jeopardize Montreat’s accreditation by tak ing up too much space that should be used for study tables. According to tlie American Li brary Association’s (ALA) stipu lations, Montreat is lacking col lege specifications. The South- Presbyterian Home Soccer Com plex. Stephanie Shaw, a junior soc cer player believes, “It really sucks that women’s soccer is not playing a homecoming game this year. It must be a male chauvin THE 1997-98 HOMECOMING COURT .A. QUEEN Heath Bishop Sheri Asfour ^Shane Branock Susan Dooley David Hickman ^ Lisa Minus TimHulse'|, . Jamie James^' Suzi Mixon ' Janelle Shafer \y ' V ist thing or something.” This year’s Homecoming Dance will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Camp Merri-Mac. During the dance the Homecoming Court will be introduced and the King and Queen presented. The dance will be multi- themed from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Students will dress in retro styles and the best dressed art gallery and em Association of Colleges and School (SACS), who is tlie accred iting body, look at the ALA’s cri teria, but also take into account many other aspects of the college. “I can guarantee 100% that the school will not lose their accredi tation over this,” stated profes sor Dr. Chesky. Montreat’s librarian, Ms. Pearson, reassured that SACS also uses their “professional judg ment” when qualifying factors to consider. In the new lab, 11 Pentium 166 computers are available for use anytime the library is open. The will win tickets to the Biltmore House. Such prizes will be given throughout the weekend as in centives to increase participa tion. “I just don’t think that the school has any spirit,” Glennis Woolven com mented. “No one really cares. They have to bribe people to go and participate in the homecoming activi ties.” Not everyone is down on Homecoming, though. Freshmen Karen Easter said she would definitely be around for it. “It’s a part of being here. This is a new expe rience for me. I’ve been away from it for a while -like 34 years!” Karen stated that while she hasn’t heard that many people talking about it she feels, “They shouldn’t have to bribe people. This is supposed to be the fun part of college.” computer lab computers are equipped with Microsoft office. E-mail, and TI access for the Internet. Unfortunately there are no printing capabilities yet, but our software specialist Tim Hatton says that should change soon. The lab’s renovations and new equipment were made possible through a TIIAP government grant of $64,000. Montreat is one of eight colleges to receive this money through the Appalachian College Association. Also, funds were given through the Janirve Foundation. Morgan Science Bldg renovations complete October 1 By Shayla Gliiotto Joint efforts by Dr. Mark Lassiter, Department Coordinator of Environmental Studies, and President Hurt resulted in a $250,000 grantthat is fiinding reno vations to classrooms and venti lation systems in the Morgan Sci ence Building. Chainnan of the Natural Sci ence Division Lloyd Davis said, “The science building, which was built in the 1960s, is best suited for the needs of a junior college. Once the current iipdtiling is com plete the building will be more frinctional for students who are earning four year science de grees.” When the Environmental Stud ies major began about five years ago, the Science Department real ized the need for modernized fa cilities. Since then, Lassiter and the science department have aimed to better the science build ing. Lassiter said, “W'c’re hoping the improvements will attract more students to the school and its science programs.” According to faculty members. Morgan Science Building was brimming with major safety haz ards. Without adequate ventila tion, vapors from stored chemi cals were spreading throughout the entire building. The newreno- vations will meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The second and third floors are receiving the majority of the re modeling. Construction workers are creating necessary storage ar eas and partitioning the old class rooms to have more useful space. Originally tlie renovations were to be completed by August, but now construction will be com pleted by October 1. Meanwhile, biology classes are being held in (he junior high class rooms of Montreat Church’s Henry Building. Students must sit at knee-high tables and occasion ally at piano benches. However, Environmental Stud ies major Katie Kirk says, “Al though it has been difficult not being able to have the labs 1 need. Dr. Lassiter has done well at im provising and I know he has our best interest at heart.”

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