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The war may seem to be drawing to a
close, but the spirit of service is still very
much alive at Gardner-Webb.
For a number of years, Gil Blackburn,
coordinator of special programs, has wanted
to bring ROTC, or Reserve Officers Training
Corps, to GWU, and it looks like his dream
will come true soon. GWU is currently talk
ing with the ROTC chapter at University of
North Carolina at Charlotte.
Blackburn is very excited about the
prospect of ROTC at GWU, especially con
sidering recent events in Iraq.
“People need reminding,” said
Blackburn. “This is not just a program — it
is a way of serving your country.”
ROTC began in 1960 to train and com
mission troops for the army. Cadets are com
missioned as second lieutenants upon gradu
ation and guaranteed a job — some placed
on active duty.
The benefits of the ROTC are tremen
dous. There are no obligations for the first
two years, and freshmen in the program are
paid a $250 stipend for 10 months. This
increases $50 per year of service, along with
a $600 book allotment per semester.
Uniforms are provided, and scholarships are
offered. Scholarship recipients get their
tuition paid for by the army, and Gardner-
Webb will pay room and board.
GWU’s ROTC will be part of the UNCC
chapter until it is large enough to have its
own. For GWU to have its own chapter, five
or more students will have to be enrolled in
the program. Army instructors will come to
GWU to teach ROTC course electives. When
GWU has its own chapter, the teachers will
reside permanently to teach.
College of Arts and Sciences
A College of Arts and Sciences
has been proposed at Gardner-Webb
University, leaving many members of
the student body and faculty question
ing why such a large change may take
Frank Bonner, provost and senior
vice-president at GWU, stated that
most universities today are comprised
of different schools. GWU already has
the School of Nursing, School of
Divinity, School of Education and
School of Business. The rest of the
programs offered at GWU fit into a
category of arts and sciences, making
up the liberal arts disciplines.
“The most efficient way to orga
nize all of the separate arts and sci
ences departments is to have them to
come together into one large college,
or school, of arts and sciences,” said
Bonner. “It is a good-universal struc
ture for the whole academic program.”
Bonner also stated that a college
of arts and sciences would be more
logical and efficient for GWU as far as
oiganizational structure goes. There
will be a dean of the college that all of
the department chairs will report to
instead of many different departments
and chairs being on their own.
The proposed college of arts and
sciences will consist of the following
departments: English, Fine Arts,
Foreign Languages, Mathematical
Sciences, Natural Sciences, Physical
Education, Wellness and Sports
Psychology, Religious Studies and
Philosophy and Social Sciences.
Bonner and Frank Campbell,
interim president of GWU, who both
proposed the College of Arts and
Sciences, believe that the change
would bring an advantage and an asset
to GWU. However, there are some
that are not so sure that this large
change is the right thing for GWU at
“There is a lot of hesitation
because we don’t know what the col
lege will really mean,” said Barry
Hambright, professor of political sci
ence and history. “I see this as coming
a step down from where we are now,
because the department chairs will no
longer report to someone on senior
David Yelton, professor of history,
is also worried about the chain of com
mand. “Being the chair for the depart
ment of social sciences, I can usually
take any problems I have straight to
administration,” Yelton said. “But
with this proposed change, I will have
to report to the dean of the college,
who then has to report to the provost,
and then the president.”
Some professors, although some
what hesitant, are willing to consider
the change. “I am willing to give it a
try,” said June Hobbs, professor of
English. “But I am concerned that we
won’t have a voice speaking for acad
emics in the president’s cabinet.”
Students are also concerned about
what changes will occur at GWU if the
college is approved.
“I don’t know if the college is in
the best interest of all of the individual
departments,” said sophomore Jorgia
Rogers. “It seems that they could func
tion better if more individual attention
was given to them instead of grouping
them altogether as a whole.”
The final decision of whether or
not to create this new college will be
the president’s. If the proposed idea
passes, it may begin sometime in the
coming academic year.
War 101 — Part II
Students remember the Gulf War
Pilot copy editor
Twelve years ago, Amanda Pippin sat
in her fourth grade homeroom class eating
cookies and watching scenes from the
Persian Gulf War on television.
Like many children at the time.
Pippin did not understand the reasons for
“To a fourth grader, it seemed to be
about oil,” said Pippin, now a senior.
She said that her views of the war
were because of her young age.
Most students can say they experi
enced the first Gulf War in a similar way.
The majority of Gardner-Webb stu
dents were in elementary school during
the war and do not have a clear idea of
what the Gulf War was about.
Senior Jessica Philbeck said she did
not have any understanding of the war.
“1 didn’t understand the causes or
even why we were at war,” said Philbeck.
Gas prices, T-shirt slogans, controver
sies over weapons, tanks and the like all
seemed to run together for junior Jerry
Wease, who also felt that he did not
understand what the war was really about.
Though memories of the Gulf War are
a blur for these GW students, they are able
to more clearly process the events of the
Pippin isn’t sitting in homeroom eat
ing cookies anymore. Now she under
stands the world around her.
And although Philbeck didn’t follow
the Gulf War too closely, she is keeping
up with Operation Iraqi Freedom.
*part 3 of War 101 will be in the next
issue of the Pilot
WORLD IN BRIEF
Iraq to be
WASHINGTON, April 16,
2003 — Iraq is likely to be
divided into two or three mili
tary regions, with U.S. Marines
responsible for security in one,
most likely the north, and the
U.S. Army in the south and in
and around Baghdad, a U.S.
military official said
Gen. Tommy Franks will
likely soon set up a headquar
ters in Iraq, although not neces
sarily in Baghdad. He has been
running the war from nearby
On Tuesday, the U.S. Army
accepted the surrender of the
Iraqi 12th Armor Brigade, a
regular unit, in Al-Ramadi. It
had been defending the main
road that connected Jordan to
Baghdad, said Brig. Gen.
Vincent Brooks, a Central
Command spokesman in Qatar
— United Press
WASHINGTON, April 16,
2003 — World Health
Organization officials said
Wednesday they now are cer
tain a new virus never before
seen in humans is the cause of
the global outbreak of severe
acute respiratory syndrome.
To date, SARS has infected
3,293 people worldwide and
Health officials have sus
pected this new virus was the
cause of SARS for weeks
because it had been detected in
several ill patients, but it had
not conclusively been shown to
cause the symptoms of the ill
To confirm whether the
new virus, which is being
called SARS virus, was indeed
the cause of the illness, scien
tists in the Netherlands infected
monkeys with the pathogen.
They found the virus caused
similar symptoms — cough,
fever, breathing difficulty — in
the monkeys that has been seen
in humans with SARS, provid
ing strong scientific evidence
the pathogen is the causative
— United Press