library It Andrews P-;;;bytriun C THE LANCE 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 FURTHER LAND DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED BY THE COLLEGE 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 pose. 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 property. “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 chosen. 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 noted. 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 campus. “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 historical.” 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 said. “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 Haywood. “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 years. A major part of the com petition will be an interview with a faculty-student com mittee for each senior. GPA St. Andrews’ GPA system has been changed once again by the Faculty Executive Conunittee. 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 fice. 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. This Week TODAY THE 22ND: —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. FRIDAY THE 23RD: —Basketball: DIAC Tournament at Greensboro College. -Women’s BasketbaU: NCAIAW Tournament at Bennett College. —Dist—Distinguished Scholar Week-end (23-24) —Senior Recital: Susan Russell, Voice, 8 PM, Vardell. SATURDAY THE 24TH: -DIAC Tournament. —NCAIAW Tournament. SUNDAY THE 25TH: —CUB Movie: “San Juro”, 7 PM, Avinger, 25‘. SUNDAY THE 2STH: —Mass: 5 PM, Meditation Room—Staff interviews begin. TUESDAY THE 27TH: -Teacher education interviews: Moore County Schools, 10-4 PM WEDNESDAY THE 29TH: —CUB Meeting, 4 PM, Meditation Room. —CCC: Worship Service, 6:15 PM, Meditation Room. -Movies; Assorted shorts, 8 PM, Red Lion.