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No. 4 October 14,1994
The Official Campus Newspaper
Boiling Springs, NC
Alleged rape arouses much controversy
by Michael Owens
In the history of Gardner-Webb University,
few incidents, whether actual or alleged, have
aroused more controversy than the incident that
took place the night of September 12.
As described in the police report, a female
student went to a fellow male student's off-cam
pus home with the intention of watching a movie
and studying. The report fiuther stated that both
parties mutually started kissing, and afterwards,
intercourse took place.
After the incident, the alleged victim returned
to her dorm and “became worried.” According to
Officer Clary of the Boiling Springs Police De
partment, her fiiend called 911. She was then trans
ported to Qeveland Memorial Hospital where a
rape kit was administered.
Since the incident took place, rumors have
infiltrated convCTsations all across campus. One
of these rumors suggests that the alleged perpe
trator was charged with sexual assault Clary states
that this is untrue, although the North Carolina stat
ute of limitations allows the victim two years to
An investigation by the police department has
taken place and Clary maintains they see no need
to pursue charges. Although the victim has the op
tion of pressing charges, she has yet to do so.
One of the concerns raised by both faculty
members and students was the involvement of the
university's administration in the incident Dean
of Student Development, Jerome Scottrhas spo
ken with both parties involved and maintains that
the university simply jffesented the alleged victim
with her options. While she had the assistance of
the Abuse Prevention Council in Shelby, no legal
counsel was consulted on her behalf.
After the presentation of these options by the
administration. Dean Scott said that the issue was
resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. He will
not suggest or divulge any disciplinary actions,
citing the privacy of the students involved; how
ever no such right is given in the student hand
Because of this incident, several questions
and concerns have arisen. When asked about the
possibility of getting a verdict satisfactory to both
parties. Dean Scott began to explain GWU's judi
As described by the student handbook, when
an allegation is made, both students will appear
before the judicial officer, Dean Scott. As cases
are brought before him, he sees that they “are not
about punishment, but prevention.”
When he renders his verdict concerning the
case, it is then closed unless the defendant is not
satisfied with the decision or punishment recei . ed.
If this happens, the case goes before a juc^c\a\
council comprised of students, faculty and admin
istration. Once they have reached a decision, ei
ther to uphold or to reverse the decision previously
made, both the defendant and Scott have the right
to appeal the verdict again to the President's of-
please see Alleged rape page4
Noel program continues to improve
by Brandy Faught
Freshmen Jody Riillips claims she came to
Gardner-Webb because, “the Deaf program was
excellent” I have a doorbell, fire alarm light and,
phone access with Telecommunication devices for
the deaf. Interpreters also go to classes with me.”
Riillips is one of many students who benefit from
the Noel program.
The Noel House is the center of services of
fered to students with disabilities. The program
aids students who have medical problems, learn
ing disabilities and mobility impairment.
Programs at the Noel House have been
around for many years. As a result, many students
are often referred to Gardner-Webb by other
schools who have heard of its reputation.
“The Deaf program started in 1977 and the
blind program began in 1982,” says Director
Sharon Jennings. “Now we have services avail
able for all disabled students.”
Students in the Noel program do not always
begin school in the program. “We have quite a few
students who come on campus and later decide
they need our services,” said Jennings.
Many of the handicapped students have other
students take notes for them. Currently, approxi
mately forty-fifty note takers volunteer their notes
for the students to use.
Phillips, who suffered spinal meningitis when
she was eleven months old, claims this whole ex
perience is new to her. She, along with other fresh-
please see Noel program page4
mmrn OMi nnti.
The Tower above Craig was recenily renovated ami
given afesh coat of paint. Many projects are taking
place in order to beautify our campus.
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