North Carolina Newspapers

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A Weekly^Journal of News and Events At St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Volume 18, Numbe^^lf
FEB 23 1979
Laurinburg, North Carolina
February 22,1979
The planned development of
approximately 250 acres of
college property north of
campus for commercial and
residential purposes will
takeplace at “a slow pace”
with construction of multi
family residential dwellings to
be the next step after an an
ticipated expansion of the
present Holly Square Shop
ping Center takes place, ac
cording to Vice President for
Development J. Bruce Frye.
The multi-family residential
dwellings (apartment houses
and townhouse apartments)
would number approximately
30 units when eventually
completed. Frye guessed that
construction of the multi-
family dwellings would be
likely to begin in 1981 but as of
yet no agreement has been
reached between he Board of
Trustees and a professional
developer for the leasing of
the propety for soda a pur
The development of the
multi-family dwellings would
probably be done in stages “to
the extent that the market will
support those”, Frye said.
Therefore it is not likely that
all 30 units would be con
structed at one time.
The tract of college property
proposed for development
begins approximately at the
tree line by the golf drviing
range, runs to the immediate
north of the maintenance
buildings, and ends where
thedirt road behind main
tenance ends at the cotton
field (which adjoins the
college property to the east).
Presently this land is mostly
covered with pine trees and its
dirt roads used as horseback
riding, cross-country running,
and hiking rails.
A1976 land-use plan done by
aCharlotte architectural and
landuse firm for the Board of
Trustees mapped out
severalplans for the com
mercial and residential
development of the tract.
By John Fewell
which had been recommended
in an earUer land-use study
done for the Board in 1971-72
when the Board began to look
at ways in which they could
generate income from the
“While there was no
mandate” that the land not
needed for educational pur
poses would be deeloped in
some way to generate income
for the college, “it was clear
that that was their intention”,
Frye said, referring to those in
the Laurinburg community
who offered $3 million dollars
and 820 acres of land to the
Synod of North Carolina to
choose Laurinburg as the site
of the new consoldiated
college over the 19 other cities
in eastern North Carolina who
were competing for its
locationin the mid-1950’s.
The first step in the
development of this property
was the leasing to Charlotte
developer Henry Faison in
1976 of 10 acres of alnd, with a
leasing option on another 10
acres, bordering on South
Main Street and the U.S. 74
By-Pass for the development
of a shopping center.
The Board underwent 18
months of consideration on the
shopping center development
in trying to decide which
development options would
produce the most return to the
college. It was decided then
that Laurinburg could not
support an enclosed air-
conditioned mall which the
Board had arlier hoped would
be possible, so the prsent
open-air design concept was
In making the leasing
agreemtn with Faison the
Board shares the respon
sibility in the selection of the
center’s design and its oc
cupants. The college next
submitted a rezoning request
to the Laurinburg Zoning
Board to change the
designation of the 20 acres
from instititonal use to
commercial use. This request
for rezoning of the property
was approved.
“There has been a natural
reaction from some of the
merchants downtown saying
that to do that is to deliver the
final blow to downtown retail
development for Laurinburg,
particularly if the Belk store
were to move out,” Frye said.
“But”, he stated, “whether
the collge was doig it”
(leasing the property for such
development)” or whether
someone else is doing it this
kind of development is going
to take place outside of the
downtown area”.
“Generally it has been
welcomed by the com
munity,” Frye said, incuding
the Chamber of Commerce
which welcomes additionalr
etail opportunities in the area.
The shopping center also
serves to expand thepayroll
and tax base of the city, he
Alvyn Haywood
And The BSU
Distinguished Scholars
“I am a theist”, says Alvyn
Haywood, President of the
Black Student Union. “A
theist,” says Haywood, “is
one who believes in the
creative ability of the God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Haywood, in being
questioned of the BSU’s
recent role on campus,
seemed very concerned about
the wide-spread apathy on
“liie BSU is in part, a part
of this apathy,” he said. “But
we’ve a number of things
working against us, as do
other clubs, that is purely
As brief examples,
Haywood cited that fact that
there were no faculty
members, and no ijeal
factions. “I’m talking about
meaningful dialogue. Rather
than inspire to maturily we
sheepishly tolerate acts of
vandalism and other such
negative behiavor,” Haywood
“For the past two years the
BSU has, as have other
organizations, tried to raise
the consciousness of the
college community by dif
ferent social activities and
cultural exchange,” says
“Hopefully I will be a
reflection of the change that
has occurred in the BSU,”
says Alvyn Haywood. “But I
want not only to affect the
BSU but the entire com
munity and world at large.”
St. Andrews News Bureau
Thirty-six high school
seniors from nine states,
ranging from New York to
Wisconsin to Arkansas, have
been invited to participate in
the competition for
distinguished scholar awards
and honors scholarships at St.
Andrews Feb. 22 and 23.
Dudley Crawford, director
of admissions, has announced
that 10 students will be
awarded $8,000 scholarships
for the four years of un
dergraduate study, and that
15 will be given $4,000
scholarships for the four
A major part of the com
petition will be an interview
with a faculty-student com
mittee for each senior.
St. Andrews’ GPA system
has been changed once again
by the Faculty Executive
Last year the FEC put into
effect a new modernized
system of grading which
made grading more precise,
and which eliminated
needless punitive measures
on the GPA because someone
had dropped from a course
with a fai^g grade.
The new change in the
system makes the rules
governing the W’s (for
Withdraw) retroactive. In
other words, those students at
SA who received an F or WF
in a course and which hurt
their GPA’s, may now
readjust their GPA, leaving
the grade of F or WF out of
the average.
Students with further
questions regarding this new
GPA development should
contact the Registrar’s Of
Presently the developer of
HollySquare is considering
expanding the szie of the
center from its present size of
around 80,000 square feet to
what, they anticipate, would
be an eventual size of aout
250,000 square feet. This ex
pansion which would take
place between the U.S. 74 By-
Pass and theprsent center
would probably include
several small shops anchored
by at least one large depart
ment store.
At the time that the prsent
center was constructed in 1977
the north entrance to the
college was rerouted to enter
the new road which will lead in
the future through the
prosposed residential
development in the interior of
the tract and ultimately
connect with the Johns Road.
The State Highway Depart
ment would not allow there to
be three entrances (the
shopping center entrance, the
entrance to theresidential
road, and the college’s en
trance) so close together “so
that’s the best solution we
could get”, Frye said.
—Seminar: “How Ensymes Recc^nize 3-D” with Dr. Gerry
Mohrig, 1:30 PM.
Morgan-Jones Science Center.
—Writer’s Forum: Granville, 6:30 PM.
—Basketball: DIAC Tournament at Greensboro College.
-Women’s BasketbaU: NCAIAW Tournament at Bennett
—Dist—Distinguished Scholar Week-end (23-24)
—Senior Recital: Susan Russell, Voice, 8 PM, Vardell.
-DIAC Tournament.
—NCAIAW Tournament.
—CUB Movie: “San Juro”, 7 PM, Avinger, 25‘.
—Mass: 5 PM, Meditation Room—Staff interviews begin.
-Teacher education interviews: Moore County Schools, 10-4
—CUB Meeting, 4 PM, Meditation Room.
—CCC: Worship Service, 6:15 PM, Meditation Room.
-Movies; Assorted shorts, 8 PM, Red Lion.

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