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Student Newspnper of St. Andrews Presbyterinn CoOege
Vol. 38. No. 4 St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC 28352-5598 February 18,1998
Admissions expects increase in enrollment
By Suzyn Smith
In some positive news,
the admissions staff has re
ported that enrollment is ex
pected to sharply increase.
“We’re building next
year’s budget on a class of 250
students, and we’re hoping for
even more” President Warren
Board said.
Most of these achieve
ments come fi-om the hard work
of SA’s admissions staff.
Counselors have made more
than 23,000 phone calls to pro
spective students. Nearly 400
students have visited the cam
pus so far this year.
Associate Director of
Admissions Shirley Arnold at
tributed the rise in applications
to “the combination of the con
sulting firm’s suggestions and
Dean Nance’s leadership style
that uses the admissions staff s
strengths to best fit the pro
posed guidelines.”
The admissions office
has already received more ap
plications than it got all last year.
Board also said that the num-
“The pool of students
is geographically diverse,
socio-economically diverse
and culturally diverse,”
-President Board
bers would not mean a drop in
quality of applicants. He stated
that the standards were actu
ally higher. 78.6% of the appli
cant pool has SATs of 900 or
above. 60% have SATs of 1000
or above.
“The pool of students is
geographically diverse, socio
economically diverse and cul
turally diverse,” Board said.
Arnold agreed. “We’re not
looking for just one type of stu
dent. We’re recruiting diversi^.”
Arnold explained, “It’s not
admssions defming St.
Andrews. The stu
dents and profes
sors have to do that.
Many of the
students the admis
sions office has re
cruited had been
quite enthusiastic.
One student, Sarah
Zimmerly, wrote a let
ter to the admissions staff that
was so good, the admissions staff
sent copies of the letter to other
prospective students.
In her letter, Zimmerly
wrote, “At St. Andrews, a person
can think, explore, and try on new
ideas, or even very old ones,
without the fear of being rejected
for taking too long, or breaking
the mold, or looking out of place.”
Mew Major approved
by Board of Ttustees
As expected, the Board of Trustees okayed the
new major in Church Services, which will be offered by
the Religious Studies Department starting next fall. This
major is designed for students who want to go into
church work, but not necessarily the ministry. The first
course in the new major, entitled “Christian Education”
will be taught this spring.
The Board of Trustees approved the program
during its meeting on campus February 12.
The major will feature both required and elective
course work, as well as an internship. It will require
courses in church history. Biblical studies, theology,
and contemporary issues from a religious studies per
spective. In addition, students will choose areas of
specialization, such as youth ministry or counseling,
which require other courses. Major requirements will
be fully satisfied by the student completing other elec
tives and an internship.
Students sad to return from Brunnenburg
by Maya Pottenkulam ’99
A common wish among
little children is to travel and see
the world. Along with that
dream comes the next, to be an
air hostess, to make the first one
possible. As we grow up,
though, we have to forget
dreams and focus on reality, but
I don’t think those dreams ever
die completely.
As it happens, a decade
after those dreams, I found my
self in the United States. I be
lieve I came here for an educa
tion. Battling through new cus
toms, ideas and people, I have
finally adopted this as my new
home. Halfway through my
second term in America, a friend
introduced me to the idea of
taking a semester abroad, per
haps in Italy, China or Ecua
dor. I gave it a thought or two,
but not seriouslyi I was al
ready abroad and wasn’t
ready to jump ship yet.
A year later, I found my
self living with a group of stu
dents in a castle in Northern
Italy. Brunnenburg Castle,
once home to poet Ezra Pound,
was in the German speaking
village of Dorf Tirol. It was
beautiful, just like a postcard.
In the first days we were
introduced to our family at the
castle. Mary de Rachewiltz,
Ezra Pound’s daughter, was the
first person I met, and right
fully so. She is such an
extraordinary woman,
brilliant beyond belief
She could read, write
and speak English, Ger
man, Italian, Greek, Chi
nese, Latin and many
more, I am sure. She
was truly inspiring. I
thought, at this point in
my life, that I had
achieved plenty,
enough to keep me
gloating for a while.
Only when I talked to
Mary did I realize I have
so much more to learn.
I feel I would be letting
her down, not to men
tion myself, if I just settle
for what I have now.
The imposing stone walls of Brunnenburg Castle were
much friendlier on the inside.
Photo by Paul Southwood-Smith
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