THC LlbKAKY It. Andrews Preib^terinfi Colleij MAR 7 1991 LANCE VOLUME 29 March 5,1991 Issue 8 ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE National Drug Awareness Week March 4-10 By John Cohen Staff Writer In support of the continuing battle against drugs, St. Andrews is join ing other colleges across the coun try in celebrating National Drug Awareness Week, which last from March 4 through March 10. During this time, St. Andrews will also be conducting “a week- long Wellness Week,” in which many different health-related activi ties will be occurring. Patty Wilson, the new Drug and Alcohol coordi nator at St. Andrews, played a lead ing role in coordinating the events. One of the events will be a Health Fair on Monday March 4, at which there will be given free vision screen ing, free cholesterol screening and appearances by “all different types of health-related people from the community.” This will take place in Belk Main Lx)unge at 4:00pm. On Tuesday March 5, there will be a yoga workshop in the Pate Main Lounge at 4:00pm, and adance workshop with Pam Riemer at 6:00 pm in Belk Main Lounge. Many of the events will be tak ing place that week. Further infor mation will be presented as the week nears. Wilson looks forward to National Drug Awareness Week. She says that the “Wellness Week” events will, “present healthy alternatives to drug use.” New Computer System Proposed for Campus By Abe VanWingerden Staff Writer Many of us have spent long nights in the LA building typing, or attempt ing to type, papers on a computer system that offers more challenges than opportunities. Professors have spent long nights attempting to read the high quality dot matrix printing that can disorient the mind. Some students use the more up-to-date computers in the library, but how many of us finish our papers by 10:30 pm when we are rushed out? Well, we may now have the opportunity to alle viate these problems through a pro posed new computer system which would put terminals in each dorm room that will link up with a system offering a wide array of options in cluding text, color graphics, images, sound application software such as Lotus 1-2-3, WordPerfect, and Dbase III+, and an assortment of reference software such as an encyclopedia and The Congressional Record. All of this available in the comfort of your room and at your convenience. Does it sound too good to be true? Without confusing myself and oth ers with the technological jargon that is mind-boggling at times, it is a fact aiat St. Andrews could be entering an exciting era of change. Computers are ushering in the Information Age and transforming the way people do their work. The expectations of employers are being changed and, in turn, new requirements are being placed on education. Whatever field of study, today’s college-educated person needs to be computer literate, and soon, St. Andrews might be offering the type of system needed for this education to students as well as faculty and other constituents of the college. This proposed new system will enable the students to have computers in their rooms that provide extensive amount of options. The computer would be connected to acampus-wide network that includes the above-men tioned options as well as access to laserprinters,colorprinters, and other sophisticated machinery on both sides of the lake. Voice, music, video, and data capabilities will enable the net work to function as a campus-wide extention of the classroom. The pro gram contains an assortment of self training software so that even the beginner can easily adapt to the sys tem within a matter of weeks without having the hassle of finding a tutor. The system will also feature an Elec tronic Mail System which would al low students, as well as faculty, to send messages to different dorms or offices. So if you wake up late for that 8:00 class, the professor will be able to contact you from his or her office without much trouble. I guess there are disadvantages to every system. Additionally, the program is en tirely optional. If you desire to have a computer in your room, then you will have the option of signing up at the beginning of the semester for a certain fee, which will be discussed later in this article. Each room will be equipped with a jack that will allow easy access to this multi-media net work. If you already own a computer, adapter jacks will be available for most systems so you can also benefit from this program. For those who do not wish to have a computer in their rooms, the existing LA computer lab and the William Somerville Micro computer lab in the library will be equipped with the exact same termi nals and will be available most of the day. COST. This new system would operate under a rent-to-own program. The proposed cost would be around $300 a term, which includes a moni tor, keyboard, floppy disk drive, and access to printers and other hardware and software at various stations across campus. This would reduce the amounl of space that the computer would occupy in the dorm room. The buyout option in the rent-to-own program is structured so that at the end of four years, the student would pay an addi tional semester’s rent and he or she will recieve a brand new computer with the latest technology. For those who would not participate in the pro gram the entire four years, the buyout fee would be pro-rated for fairness. That student would also recieve a brand new computer, not the one they used forfour years in their dorm room. COST TO THE COLLEGE. Through the rent-to-own system, the cost of this project is totally self- financed. No money would be taken from existing or future projects of the college, and with the potential in creased enrollment that could be pos sible through this system, the coUege budget could increase. This same system was pioneered at Bryan Col lege in Tennessee and they have no ticed an increase in retention and an increase in inquiries about the col lege. For those with computer exper tise, the system will be a PC compat ible, Intel 80386SX 16mhz CPU with 1MB RAM. I recieved no comment Continued on Page 8 Football: A Possibility for St. Andrews gy Joy Berry Andrews, such as Methodist not consistent with the college as well. ^tnff Writer College in Fayetteville, found that the There must be another way to combat retention rate among the athletes was the enrollment problem while staying The causewalk. The bell tower, not very high. In the first year of within the goals of the college,” said SAGA. Golfcarts. The Knight. When Methodist’s program, fifty-two stu- Lenni Jones, we think of St. Andrews, these images dent-athletes were enrolled, yet at the “Coming from the South, I think are likely to come to mind along with year’s end, only thirty-seven re- that it would boost enrollment, but 1 thoughts of Extravaganza, a rugby mained. The second year, seventy alsofeelthatit would take away from game, or a SAGE paper. Things that football players were signed on, and the individuality and personal free- we do not relate to SA might include at year’s end only forty-eight re- doms that St. Andrews promotes. With keg parties (?), high-rise dorms, fra- mained. According to a report com- the addition ofafootball team, cliques ternities and sororities, thought police piled by Athletic Director Mark Si- would form and that is what many and football teams. mons, the football players at Method- people come here to get away from. Or do we? Recently, a committee ist, “were not as gifted as the normal why not fix what we already have?,” was formed to explore the options of Methodist student and they had ‘few said Robin Murzynski. increasing the falling enrollment here more’ football related problems on Senior Sean Coffman expressed at St. Andrews, and starting a football campus.” The ambiguity of this state- some concern about what a football team was one’ of the possibilities it ment is telling. team may do to the level of academics uncovered Football at St.Andrews? Aside from the “football related at St. Andrews. “I think that bringing It seems a highly unlikely thing when problems,” however, there are more a football team to St. Andrews would you put it into perspective with all the financial problems with the forma- seriously detract from our academics, things that mie St Andrews a spe- tion of a football team. First, there is We are having enough problems and cial Place How would a football team the matter of a field, lights, uniforms, I do not think we need to add to them, affect us? buses, as well as a coach. While the I think that money could be better ^ .neakine a football college’s financial status is not des- spent improving academic quality and y . nvoQcpv perate, the cost of Starting a football the physical appearance of the school. team would bnng in as many as *v P Tha. wonld increase enrollment." enty new students tn one yetu s time^ . at alone would ring sj^ions’report. Many students, when cautions against stereotyping football near y $900,000. T e money jj^gyj^gai-^ofthe proposal, questioned players as academically inferior and rom ticket sales and concessi rationale behind it. “If we are thereby deciding they are not “St. would add to that. On the other hand, yearly, o other schools that once found them- ^ ^ ^^at is Continued on Page 8 selves in the same enrollment straits y Senate Results All scores based on a 1 to 5 Likert Scale: 1-Very Poor 2-Poor 3-Neutral 4-Good 5-Very Good Resident Director: Average Addressing problems within hall. 4.0257 Addressing personal problems. 3.8067 Abitility to meet your needs. 4.0979 Resident Assistant: Addressing problems within hall. 3.9049 Addressing personal problems. 3.6548 Ability to meet your needs. 3.9189 Director of Student Activities: Ability to work with student organi zations in coordinating and plan 3.717 ning social activities. Ability to plan social activities at 3.548 which alcohol is not allowed. Ability to provide activities sensi 3.684 tive to the needs of disabled, minor ity, and international students. Dean of Students: Ability to oversee the running and 3.012 maintenance of the Student Life Office. Willingness to follow guidelines set 3.253 forth in Saltire. Willingness to be involved in stu 2.750 dent activities. Ability to address the problems and 2.347 concerns of students. Willingness to listen to personal 2.448 concerns. Ability to effectively communicate 2.234 to students.