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Friday, April 18,2003
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Professors speak
Students, faculty attend war forum
Laurie Pinkert
Pilot staff
The Gardner-Webb War Forum
held at 7 p.m. on April 7 in Blanton
Auditorium not only gave people
the opportunity ta become more
informed about the status, history,
and impact of the war in Iraq, but it
also gave them an opportunity to
speak.
“A sense of community was
accomplished,” said Sophomore
Summer Hess. “There was a will
ingness to listen and respect each
others’ opinions. That doesn’t hap
pen every day.”
Approximately 150 students,
faculty and members of the commu
nity attended the forum.
Featured speakers included:
Don Berry, professor of missions
and world religions in the school of
divinity; Kent Blevins, associate
professor of religious studies and
philosophy; Kevin Plonk, assistant
professor of psychology; Chad
Raymond, assistant professor of
political science; and David Yelton,
chair of department of social sci
ences.
Audience members were given
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Assistant Professor of Political Science, Chad Raymond, speaks with students, faculty and
Boiling Springs residents at the War Forum on April 7.
the opportunity to write questions
on note cards and to have those
questions addressed by the panel of
speakers. At the conclusion of the
forum, audience members were also
given an opportunity to share their
thoughts and concerns.
“I was five years old when
bombs were falling on the house
next door,” Joanna Woyciechowska,
a community member from Poland
said. She explained that during the
war, she and her family hoped that
the American forces would rescue
them. “I wish you [America] suc
cess.”
Increase: cost of university to go up
increase from page 1
Administration will then esti
mate how much revenue they will
take in - they do this before consid
ering raising students’ admission
price. Other sources of revenue
include endowments, which were
down this year, donations and money
from the North Carolina State Baptist
Convention.
“We work on the budget and get
it as bear bones without tuition wor
ries,” Campbell said. “Then we try to
harmonize tuition increase.”
In addition to the other expendi
tures, the severance package for for
mer president Christopher White did
not help the $50 million plus budget.
Campbell said that when a university
has any expenditure of any kind the
money is automatically set aside to
take care of that obligation.
“There was no way for [the set
tlement pay] not to have an effect on
the budget because it is an expendi
ture of the university,” Dixon said.
Both Dixon and Campbell said
Comparing numbers
Campbell University - ‘’01-‘’02 -
$17,401
Presbyterian College - ‘’02-‘’03
-$25,142 ■
Mount Oliver College - ’02-‘’03
$7,205
Average cost for universities in
the south - $3,198 (tuition and fees)
Average cost for universities in
the nation - $3,754 (tuition and
fees).
that the increase in the cost of enroll
ment does seem like a lot, especially
to students. “I just want to assure the
students the budget work was done
with our best effort to keep Gardner-
Webb education affordable,”
Campbell said.
For many students, the effect of
the increase may not be felt. Some
students have scholarships that guar
antee 80 or 50 percent of tuition no
matter how much it increases. Other
students, however, have a fixed
scholarship.
Dixon said that when tuition
increases, financial aid will also
increase roughly 1/3; however, this
may not apply to every student.
Dixon said that the financial aid
office works hard to distribute as
much money possible to all students.
“We understand that cost is an
issue for everyone - whether they are
coming or staying,” Dixon said. “We
try to help people afford schooling.”
In the long run, Dixon said the
university will benefit from the
seemingly expensive cost of the uni
versity. With new majors, such as the
art major, and new programs, such as
YUSA, more students are expected to
start attending the university that
would not normally choose the insti
tution.
“Every one person adds • to the
budget, and, maybe one day, we can
hold it down more,” Dixon said.
“The more numbers we have, the
more the share of the cost burden.”
NEWS IN BRIEF
Students attend
international conference
The international student conference
was held at the N.C. Baptist Assembly in
Ft. Caswell the weekend of April 4-6. The
theme was “Back in the Day:
Remembering Our Childhood.” It is a bi
annual conference sponsored by The
International Committee of the Baptist
State Convention.
Twenty-two students went with
Campus Minister Andy Byers and Carolyn
McKinney, assistant director of admis
sions.
“In such a season of global friction it
was truly a joy to see students from all over
the world laughing together, playing soccer
on the beach together and sharing their life
stories together,” said Byers.
The weekend began Friday night with
an informal fellowship time, where the stu
dents could get comfortable with each
other. The conference continued all day
Saturday with small group discussions,
dances, an international culture hour and
free time to play sports on the beach. A boat
ride concluded their stay on Sunday.
— Brenda Goodbrad
Students present at
honors conference
Four Gardner-Webb University honors
students represented GWU at the Southern
Regional Honors Council Conference in
Greensboro, N.C. on April 10-12. Senior
Brantley Paschal presented her honors the
sis entitled “Internal Analysis Help
Orphanages and Developing Nations to
Operate More Efficiently and Effectively.”
Several students held a panel discussion
dealing with topics addressed in the Death
and American Culture honors seminar
course, taught by June Hobbs, professor of
English. The student panel was comprised
of junior Emily Killian, junior Laurie
Pinkert and sophomore Summer Hess.
— Angela Lachney
Freshman wins award
Gardner-Webb freshman Megan Berry
recently won third place for her age group
in the local Erma Drum Poetry Contest.
The contest is held annually with stu
dents of all ages sending in their poetiy
from the Cleveland County area. This was
the first year that Gardner-Webb has been
involved in the contest.
This is' the first poetry contest that
Berry has entered.
There was a reception for all of the
winners, who will have their poetry pub
lished in The Star, along with their pictures.
Berry plans to keep writing in the
future. She is currently writing a novel.
Berry is a double major here at GWU,
studying Journalism and Religious Studies.
— Erin Aldridge
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