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    Page 8 The Lance
March 5,1991
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Andrews” material. “In so far as im
proving enrollment is the motivation
for it (starting a team), it is not fair to
assume that an athlete lacks intelli
gence. If we make those assumptions,
we are guilty of stereotyping. I do not
know that stereotyping is any more in
the spirit of the college than a football
team. At the same time, I am against
recruiting people to be athletes and
bodies who are not going to contrib
ute to the St. Andrews community.”
Senior Bill Cox feels that a short
term answer to the enrollment prob
lem may not be the best answer.
“Trying to start a football team is a
quick fix to the enrollment problem
and I do not think that quick fixes ever
solve anything. We need to explore
other options that offer more perma
nent solutions to meet our needs,” he
The faculty and administration
seem to be somewhat divided on the
issue. Dean Greer opposed the idea
and expressed a need for more facts.
“I think that a full study needs to be
done on something like this to deter
mine the advantages and the costs. I
would be surprised if it ever got to the
point where a positive decision is
made. I also think that part of the
study should be on what students feel
about it. I think that is key. Do the
students want a football team at St.
The Director of Admissions, Joe
Rigell, had a more positive outlook
towards the prospect of a football
team. He thinks that the addition of a
team would be an “excellent idea,”
but admits that hq would feel that way
about almost, “any program that would
bring in more students.” Rigell has
experience with initiating such pro
grams. Years back he worked at
McMurray College in Jackson, Illi
nois and had a hand in the start of that
college’s football team. According to
Rigell, the new team brought in sev
enty-five students and paid for itself
in the first year of operation. “I think
the school needs to look long and hard
at any kind of attract
more students, St. Andrews’ image is
not going to do it anymore when put
up against its cost and size.” Rigell
The final decision, to have or have
not, falls ultimately into the hands of
the Board of Trustees. They will make
the call when the time comes. At a
recent meeting of the Board of Trus
tees, the Internal Affairs committee
discussed the proposal and found that
its members were split; about 70-30
opposed the proposal. No decision
has been made yet, pending further
information and review. The decision
to raise enrollment was the issue that
was overwhelmingly supported.
While a football team is perhaps a
drastic measure, it would provide a
solution in what may be drastic times
for many small, private colleges.
Continued front Page 1
from the math department on the ac
tual meanings of these numbers, but it
is important to note that any addi
tional questions and comments should
be directed to Bill Pfeifer in the LA
Computer Lab, or Burt Ridge in the
Sommerville Microcomputer Lab in
the library. They will be happy to
share any information with you about
the proposed system as well as ana
lyzing the results of the recent survey
that was given concerning the reac
tion of students to this proposed sys
tem. If all goes according to plan, the
“Campus of Tommorrow” will be a
reality in the fall of this year.
Continued from Page 7
The once weak St. Andrews Golf
Team has become a team to be reck
oned with. The emergence of fresh
man Dave Spuill and Mark Newton,
along with improved play of senior
Dave Smith, junior Rich Sinopoli,
junior Dave Kaeli, and senior David
Yates has made the competition for a
starting position more fierce than ever
before. When available from his posi
tion on the St. Andrews Tennis Team,
junior William Carter adds to the great
depth of the team.
First year coach, Kirk Chandler,
will have his work cut out for himself
when selecting the starting positions
The season begins on March 11
and the team will attend an Elon Col
lege tournament over the Spring
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affect their lives.
In 1979 Gray began serving Fel
lowship Presbyterian Church - an 85-
member church that had a long his
tory of controversy. “I love chal
lenges,” Gray said. “I was told that to
be successful I had to do one of two
things: make it a viable church or
close the doors and sell the property.”
The controversy was resolved during
the first year of his ministry and the
congregation grew to 210 “active”
members. During the fifth year a
$635,000 new sanctuary was built an
by the ninth year the sanctuary Was
completely paid for.
Fellowship Presbyterian Church’s
recycling project stemmed from
Gray’s 1988 sermon on stewardship
of the environment. The origin four
trash cans (one each for newspaper,
aluminum cans, glass bottles and
plastic) quickly grew to 38 trash cans
and then to Greensboro’s largest col
lection facility with four dumpsters
(two for plastic and two for paper), a
large trailer for aluminum cans and a
40-foot trailer for glass.
“Recycling is extremely important,
not just to the church but to the com
munity,” Gray said. “We have set an
example by this program. We don’t
do for the income - we do it for the
stewardship.” The church’ s recycling
center generates about $200 or $250 a
month - money tha is used to fund city
child care programs an church mis
sion programs, such as Habitat for
Humanity and Greensboro Urban
Ministries, and provide funds for the
many needy people who visit the
“For a chuch like ours to put forth
an effort is a demonstration that we
care for the environment and the Earth
- that is a moral responsibility as well
as a'social responsibility,” Gray said.
“I don’t think we are doing enough to
search for alternative sources of en
ergy. We are quickly coming to a
point where some of the resources
we’ve always taken for granted, espe
cially water, are becoming scarce and
we will be forced into more research.”
In the past 15 years Gray has written
and had several articles published
about the environment and social and
corporate responsibility for environ
mental protection.
Felowship Presbyterian Church’s
“roof framing crew” was one of the
original work teams for Greensboro’s
Habitat for Humanity. The church has
since been involved in the construc
tion of 16 houses and has developed a
second volunteer crew- the lunch crew.
The two groups, which involve about
60 congregation members, work a 12-
hour Saturday each month. Gray
admits that if rain kept them from
working, they have “bent the com
mandments” and worked on Sunday.
“We believe there is an extreme
problem with homelessness and be
cause of that we feel compelled as
Christians to do something. As middle-
class people we can easily identify
with homeownership and the pride
that comes with it.”
Habitat for Humanity offers assis
tance to families tha aply and show a
need and an ability to repay the loan.
Families are required to put 400 “sweat
hours” into the construction of their
home - working side by side with the '
29 different voluftteer crews required :
to build the $30,0(X) to $35,000 homes.
Gray is a man who turns lives -
around, takes on challenges and pio
neers the way. His mother, Martha-
Clark of Elizabeth City, has that same ■
pioneering spirit - having served as -
the first woman elder in her church.
“My father (the late Ellis Clark) lived
his faith in a quiet way,” Gray remem- -
bered. “He never talked much about:
God or faith, but he lived it out in his -
life.” Gray also believes he was influ- ■
enced by his great-aunt’s “quiet spiri
That influence has led Gray to
change the lives of many people in a
positive way. A very active full-time
minister, he preaches every Sunday,
leads various church programs,
teaches a S unday'schootclass on con
temporary issues, makes the usual
visits associated with being a minister
and still finds time to be a very active
and vital community member.
“I think I teach more by being
involved than I could ever say or
write,” Gray said. “Someone once
told me ‘one of your problems is that
when you read the Bible you believed
it’ and I did.”
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