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Happy birthday,
Charlie Brown
In celebration of the fortieth
birthday of the vulnerable and
venerable Charlie Brown, the Chowan
Players are delighted to bring the
peanuts gang to the Turner stage for a
few hours on March 27-31,1990.
Auditions on Febuary 1 resulted in
the casting of the following roles.
Munro Parker will play the title role of
Charlie Brown and Amy Thompson
will play Lucy. The character of
Snoopy will be played by Rebekah
Todd. Other cast members include
Justin Cox as Linus, and Lisa
Sampson as Patty. John Underwood,
Jenny Mowry, Chris Glasby, Ron
Rogers and Luisa Urea round out the
Matinee performances are
scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 at
10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, March 28
at 1:00 p.m. Evening performances at
8:00 p.m. are scheduled for Thursday
through Saturday, March 29-31.
Chowan College Students will
receive free tickets upon presentation
of their i.d. in the fine arts office the
week of March 26-31. Ticket prices
for the public will be $5.00 for adults
and $2.00 for students. Group reser
vations will be handled by the fine arts
office (398^101, ext. 236)
Overcoming the gottas
By Dr. Robert J. Kriegel
Editors note: Robert J. Kriegel,
Ph.D. — best selling author, former
All-American athlete, and mental
coach for Olympic and world class
athletes — lectures and consults with
major corporations worldwide on
peak performance, leadership and
strategies for dealing with change.
The alarm sounds. “6 a.m. I’ve
really gotta hustle. I’ve gotta finish
that outline, talk to Professor Jones,
stop by the lab, read 100 pages for
my noon psych class and be at work
at 3 p.m.”
Today’s college campuses are
pressure cookers. In fact, theNuprin
Pain Report, the first national study
on pain in America, documented
that more people 18-24 suffer from
stress and pain than any adult age
As I’ve toured the country visiting
college campuses, students tell me
the most common causes of their
stress are; too much to do, too little
time; exams; money; relationships;
interviews; family and career choices.
So, get rid of stress. Right? Wrong.
Stress is neither good nor bad.
How you handle it can be. Learning
to make stress work for you can help
you concentrate better and think
more clearly under pressure, have
more energy, be more creative and
make college more enjoyable.
But many of us handle stress
Some people panic and work too
fast under stress. Others procrasti
nate. Neither response is productive
and both are caused by what 1 call
“sabotage thinking” — common re
actions to stressful situations that
work against rather than for you.
Two common types of sabotage
thinking are: “the gottas” and “the
Let’s look at the gottas and
methods to overcome them.
The gottas usually occur when
you think you have too much to do
and too little time to do it: “1 gotta
study for two exams... 1 gotta read
two chapters... I gotta call financial
aid about my loan... 1 gotta get a
date for Friday night... ”
The gottas make everything seem
harder than it really is. You get into
the panic zone, rushing to get it all
done. You walk too fast, talk too
fast, think too fast, write too fast,
eat too fast. You can’t concentrate
or think clearly. You make careless
mistakes, blank out on exams and
forget things you already know.
Everything seems like a life or death
I was talking to a junior at U-C
Berkeley who had a bad case of the
gottas about a forthcoming exam.
“I gotta get an A,” he said. I asked
what would happen if he didn't. ■
“If I don’t get an A, I won’t keep
up my 4.0 average. Then I’ll never
get into a really good graduate
school, and then I won’t get a top
job, and then I’ll never make a lot of
money... ”
By the end of his discourse, not
getting an A on this test was akin to
his life being ruined.
When he stopped and thought
about what he’d just said — that if
he didn’t ace this test his life would
be down the tubes — he started
laughing, “I must be crazy.”
He was not crazy, just not think
ing clearly or realistically. Many of
us get that way under pressure. This
type of desperation thinking makes
us overreact and causes panic. The
cure is to shift from irrational to ra
tional thinking. Do a reaUty check.
When you get the gottas take a deep
breath, exhale slowly and ask your
self, “What is the worst thing that
could possibly happen?” and “How
likely is that to happen?”
This type of reality thinking puts
the gottas in perspective. Sure, not
getting an A would be a drag, but it
wouldn’t be the end of the world nor
would it land this A student in the
ranks of the homeless.
Looking at past wins helps, too.
After all, he already had a 4.0 aver
age, and had done well on difficuh
exams before. Reminding himself of
his past success on similar exams
helped him relax and restored his
Learning this early in life will be in
valuable in the future, because no
matter what you do or where you do
it, there’s always going to be things
you gotta do.
James Earl Dilday, Associate Dean of Students
Dilday helps students solve problems
By Jennifer Allen
Dean Dilday first came to Chowan
in 1%9, just out of graduate school
and interested in Education Ad
ministration. He became the Dean of
njen for six years and then the Federal
program director for the following
five years and then the assistant direc
tor of athletics up until 1984 when he
became Associate Dean of Students.
The Dean says he likes to work with
students and their problems and
especially likes to see them overcome
those problems. Before coming to
Chowan, Dean Dilday taught and
coached at the high school level,
which he really enjoyed and that ex
perience has been one of his best
teachers. Much of what he has learned
from his coaching days has been a
benefit to understanding and helping to
solve the problems of college students.
The Dean teaches one class each
semester and says he enjoys teaching
and feels that to be an important aspect
of college life, for the student as well
as the teacher is learning to get along
with people. The Dean’s advice to the
student body, “Pursue academics
seriously, instill good self discipline,
and always follow the golden rule!”
Dean Dilday can be located in
Penny Hall 103 and is willing to help
with any problems or just talk with
anyone, so feel free to stop by and talk
to him.
First Wachovia Corporation
releases N.C. business statistics
Business activity in North Carolina
increased 0.6 percent in the fourth
quarter of 1989, according to the First
Wachovia North Carolina Business In
dex. Over the past year the index has
risen 1.8 percent.
Two of the index's four components
improved during the quarter. Non-
agricultural employment was up 0.6
percent, and the value of building per
mits, which reflect construction plans,
rose 1.6 percent. The average
manufacturing workweek decreased
slightiy to 40.5 hours. Initial claims
for unemployment benefits increased
3.6 percent.
Nationally, non-agricultural em
ployment was up 0.4 percent for the
quarter. Over the past year npn-
agricultural employment has grown
1.9 percent in both North Carolina and
the nation.
North Carolina manufacturing em
ployment was off 0.1 percent for the
quarter. Employment was higher in
the chemical, non-electrical
machinery, lumber and food
processing sectors. Lower em
ployment was reported in ftimiture,
apparel, textiles and electrical
Non-manufacturing employment in
the state increased 0.9 percent during
the quarter. Higher employment was
reported in wholesale and retail trade,
government, services and con
North Carolina’s seasonally ad
justed unemployment rate for the quar
ter was 3.0 percent, down 0.7 per
centage point from the previous quar
ter. The national rate was 5.3 percent,
up 0.1 percentage point from the
previous quarter.
The First Wachovia North Carolina
Business Index measures the state’s
economic activity quarterly. Using
1976 as a base of 100, it reflects in
dicators of the state’s economy. Data
are adjusted to smooth the effects of
historical seasonal fluctuations and
other statistical aberrations.
Art Club is
busy with
Spring plans
By Jennifer Allen
The Chowan College Art Club is
busy making plans for their Spring
Semester. They have been selling
Valentines for a dollar each to raise
money for a trip to King’s Dominion,
which they are planning for sometime
in March.
The organizational committee,
which consists of Suwana Jenkins,
Tony Smith, Tyrone Whitley, and the
officers, who are Enid Jenkins,
president; Todd Dollar, vice
president; Jackie Wilson, treasurer;
and William Ratliff, secretary; are
planning a Valentine’s Day party on
the fourteenth of February for Art club
members and their guests.
The scrapbook committee which
consists of Sean Willis, Jennifer
Allen, Mamie Frey, and Holly Blythe,
is working on the scrapbook and a
T-shirt design for the club’s T-shirts.
The members of the Art Club are
Enid Jenkins, Jackie Wilson, Todd
Dollar, William Ratliff, Reggie
Taylor, Mamie Frey, Curtis Quick,
Suwana Jenkins, Gary Stanley, Scan
Willis, Tyrone Whitley, Tony Smith,
and Jennifer Allen, with sponsors Mr.
Mitchell, Mr. Eubank, Mr. Parker,
and Mrs. Fecho.
When to worry
about a fever
Everyone mns a fever at one time or
another. Because normal body tem
perature varies with age and the per
son, the best reaction to a fever
depends on the person’s age.
Although infants up to 8 weeks old
have a normal body temperature of
100 degrees, a fever of 101 degrees or
more is significant. It is hard to tell the
difference between a serious and a
minor illness in infants, since signs of
infection are not clear. Check with
your doctor when an infant runs a
fever. Babies between 2 and 6 months
old are better able to fight illness, but a
temperature over 101 degrees is still
cause for concern and merits a call to a
After age 6 months, a temperature
up to 102 degrees can often be
evaluated by the doctor over the
phone. Signs of infection are easier to
identify, and a child can give some
idea of how he or she feels. By age 4,
a child’s normal temperature becomes
98.6 degrees.
When a child has a fever of 102-105
degrees, a doctor should be called.
Temperatures over 105 degrees are
dangerous for anyone; brain cells start
to die at 106 degrees.
Children usually run higher fevers
than adults. Only a temperature over
99.6 degrees is considered a fever in
an adult. Call your doctor if you have
a fever without symptoms of flu or a
head cold, or if your temperature stays
above 101 degrees for more than a
Fevers usually pass with rest and
lots of fluids. However, by knowing
when to worry about a fever, you can
take care of a serious illness more
Resolution introduced to cut military spending in half
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“With the
funding universities received this year
for the research and development of
weapons systems, our nation could
prevent millions of the world’s
children from dying of hunger and
basic childhood diseases,” said Art
Sinx)n, president of Bread for the
World. “And you have to ask your
self, ‘Which investment would really
make the world a safer place?’ ”
Simon made the statement today as
Bread for the World, the influential
grassroots Christian citizen’s
movement against hunger, announced
the introduction in Congress of the
“Harvest of Peace” Resolution. This
resolution calls on the United States
and other nations to cut defense
spending in half by the end of the
decade, and create a more secure
world where people are able to meet
their basic needs.
The Harvest of Peace Resolution
was introduced by Sen. Hatfield
(R-Ore.) along with Sen. Dale Bum
pers (D-Ark.) in the Senate, and Rep.
Matt McHugh (D-N.Y.) along with
Rep. Silvio Conte in the House of
Representatives. The resolution was
immediately endorsed by the National
Students Campaign Against Hunger
and Homelessness.
The resolution proposes that the
United States take advantage of the
historical changes happening in
Eastern Europe and in U.S.-Soviet
relations to redirect national resources
away from excessive military
spending and towards programs
designed to meet human needs, such
as ending hunger for 20 million
Americans and one billion people
More than 200 colleges and univer
sities have contracts worth $1.46
billion with the Department of De
fense for military research and
development. Seventy percent of all
research and development sponsored
by the U.S. govemment is set aside for
military purposes; 13 percent of that
total is conducted at universities and
other non-profit organizations.
“Once a weapons system is
planned, it becomes all but impossible
to halt its construction,” said Simon.
“If there is to be an effective reduction
in the military budget, it will be
necessary to reduce the amount of
money that goes into weapons re
search and development in the first
place.” Simon also noted that the
United States and the Soviet Union ac
count for 85 percent of all the world’s
expenditures on military res^rch and
According to Simon, common
security for all nations needs to be
redefined to include not only
traditional defense measures, but also
the general welfare of the people.
“When people are well fed and
sheltered, have steady jobs, have ac
cess to affordable health care and the
opportunity for education, and can
take part in the decisions that affect
their lives, then there is less conflict
and need for military involvement. ”
As part of the campaign. Bread for
the World’s 40,000 members will
write letters to Congress, participate in
telephone “quicklines” to
Congressional offices, and educate
their communities on hunger and
militarization issues. If you are in
terested in getting involved in this
campaign, write Bread for the World,
802 Rhode Island Avenue NE,
Washington DC, 20018.

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