R. Shawn Lewis
At the beginning of the 1988-89 school
year, The Pilot dedicated an entire issue to
the "season of change" that had taken place
during the summer. A major item of change
that year was the installation of Dr. Richard
Franklin at the helm of student develop
ment. Now, a year and half later, once again
Gardner-Webb appears to headed for a
season of change.
With the departure of Dr. Franklin and
Pat Davis, the folks in Student Develop
ment are faced with a great dilemma: How
do you rebuild a newly-rebuilt program?
The answer is not an easy one. The arrival
of new faces on campus in such high pos
tions often only adds to the existing chaos.
New faces mean new ideas and different
To the students, new faces can be good
and/or bad. Fresh personnel can bring with
them* innovation and liberation; on the
other hand, a new dean can mean less
freedom and a return to older, more con
servative methods. The selection of a re
placement for Dr. Franklin must be done
carefully. Franklin has made definite
progress in the improvement of student life
herd at Gardner-Webb. For example, as a
senior I can remember when visitation was
once a month on a Sunday afternoon. That’s
how it was my freshman year.
In order to retain the faith of the students,
the search committee must find someone
that will not take away the few liberties that
we the students now have. To hire someone
who will not keep the ball rolling on ex
tended visitation would be to take a giant
step backwards into the dark ages of
Gardner-Webb history. It would a shame to
■see such a thing happen.
Just a note in passing to the students, staff,
and faculty of the college, the back page of
last week’s Pilot, labeled "Apwil Fuulz..."
was printed in the spirit of April Fool’s Day.
The stories were not true. Thanks.
R. Shawn Lewis
Dr. William B. Stowe
Noel T. Manning, II
Darren Sanders ;
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