Sherar - Chief Photographer
and Traffic Committee will meet tomorrow to continue formulating permits
rates for the still-under-construction Rivers Street Parking Deck.
parking deck permit suggestions range from $250-$500
Survey: Majority of students support short-term
meters, seniority system
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Initial permit rate
suggestions for the Rivers Street Parking Deck based on the results of
an online study range from $250-$500 for one year, said Vice Chancellor
for Business Affairs Jane Helm.
What were doing right now is looking at various alternatives,
Final rates the progressing parking deck have yet to be formulated by
the Parking and Traffic Committee, said Helm.
The proposed rate for a non-reserved space permit in the parking deck
is $250 per year. The suggested rate for a reserved MondayFriday,
8 a.m.5 p.m. space is $350 per year, according to rate suggestion
documents obtained by The Appalachian.
A space reserved 24 hours a day, seven days a week would be $500 per year,
the document also shows.
Helm said these rate suggestions did not include any revenue from other
parking spaces. This [rate suggestion] would work if we funded the
deck fully from parking deck revenues, said Helm.
There were 2,709 students, 426 staff and 285 faculty members who responded
to the online survey. Students said they would pay an average of $93 and
a maximum of $400 for a non-reserved space, an average of $34 and a maximum
of $500 for a reserved MondayFriday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. space and
an average of $73 and a maximum of $600 for a space reserved 24 hours
a day and seven days a week, according to survey results.
The results also show 56.94 percent of students who responded to the survey
said meters for short-term parking should be included in the deck, and
72.02 percent of students said visitors should be allowed to use the deck
during special events at the average cost of $5. The majority of students
also said they would like to see a seniority system used for the parking
Helm said the next step for the committee would be a Wednesday meeting.
We will continue to get information and talk about proposals,
said Helm. The committee broke up into sub-committees at the last meeting
and discussed different rate suggestions, said Helm.
One group proposed parking rates based on salary, said Helm.
We will continue to get information and talk about proposals,
We will then make a recommendation to the chancellor and Board of
Trustees, said Helm.
As far as the survey is concerned, Helm said the results were interesting.
Student responses favored students, faculty responses favored faculty
and staff responses favored staff, said Helm. It is what you
would expect in every way.
Southern Conference Tournament
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senior Donald Payne swings around UNC Greensboro guard Luke Boythe in
the two teams Feb. 18 contest.
end for senior trio
Chris Boyce -
University seniors Donald Payne, Jonathan Butler and Buddy Davis play
basketball with a simple attitude. No regrets and nothing to lose.
For the three seniors, this weekends 2002 Southern Conference
Championships in Charleston, S.C., signifies not only the end of a season
but also the end of their Mountaineer careers.
And nothing has come easy for these leaders on a team loaded with youth
and struggling with losses.
Both Davis and Butler tasted success at an early age, advancing to the
1999 Southern Conference Championship game before losing to the College
of Charleston. But both claimed rings the next season, part of the Tyson
Patterson-led squad who beat the Cougars and earned a trip to the NCAA
tournament for the first time since 1979.
Payne meanwhile enjoyed winning as well, advancing deep into the national
community college championships before he transferred.
But tough times followed success, in the form of the 2000-2001 season
for the seniors. The first of which was the devastating loss of Appalachian
State guard Rufus Leach in the summer of 2000 to a drowning accident.
The death of Leach rocked the Mountaineers, who also lost their coach
Buzz Peterson to Tulsa shortly afterward. New Mountaineer coach Houston
Fancher took the reins of the defending Southern Conference champs,
but more rough times followed. Contributors from the championship squad,
Corey Cooper and Shawn Alexander, were dismissed from the team in December
2000, and the Mountaineers endured an 11-20 campaign that ended with
a loss to Chattanooga in the second round of the 2001 Southern Conference
This year, Appalachian State enters the tournament with a 10-15 overall
record and is in last place in the north division.
But the seniors are hopeful their experiences, both good and bad, will
enable Appalachian State to make an impact at the tournament.
We know what it takes to get to that championship status,
said Butler. It takes hard work and dedication, and we had some
good seniors to follow. We saw how hard they played, and we want to
do the same thing to help our team.
I think about it every day, said Davis, about his championship
Especially coming off of the court after a loss, and you see the
disappointed look on a lot of these young guys faces, and you feel bad.
You want to get there so bad for yourself and for your team, said
Being leaders on a team filled with new faces including transfers and
freshmen has been a role all three embrace.
Leading rebounder Donald Payne leads by his play both on and off the
Im not a real vocal leader, but on the court Im a
leader trying to get everyone to play harder and stay playing hard,
We got forced into leadership roles last year, which was hard
to adjust to, but we all did because we had to give some of these younger
guys something to look up to, said Butler.
And the adversities all three seniors have endured over the course of
their careers have been beneficial.
Weve been through the good times and the rough times, and
the rough times only make you stronger, said Butler. I came
into the program as a little boy and feel more like a man now. Im
prepared for anything. Im thankful for the tough times, but its
been like a roller coaster.
Me and Jonathan have both been through a lot, being here four
years. We got two rings, lost some good friends and had some tough seasons,
said Davis. Weve seen it all, but Im glad for that.
Thats gonna help us out in the long run, helping us handle adversity.
For this group of seniors, the focus is set on what will be each players
And all three share one common attitude.
Were gonna give it all we got, said Payne.
No regrets and nothing to lose, said Butler and Davis.
But all three hope there will be more basketball to be played once their
black and gold days are over.
Payne hopes to pursue several professional basketball circuits upon
graduation including Europe and the NBAs development league.
Davis, double majoring in advertising and technical drafting, also hopes
to pursue the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) once he
graduates in December.
Butler also will pursue options and is thankful for his experience as
a player for Appalachian State.
Ive built relationships with teammates that will carry on
through life, said Butler. Theres things that I wouldnt
give up for the world. Lifes not all about basketball. Im
gonna have my degree when I leave here, and basketballs been a
love of mine, but its also been a tool to get my education paid
Report: Proposed Tuition Increase
UNC system president:
Recent tuition trend dangerous
of higher education should not be transferred to students, says Friday
Davis - Special Correspondent
William C. Friday,
former University of North Carolina system president, denounced the
recent trend of tuition increases across the state, calling student-pocket
offsets to the state financial crisis dangerous.
The UNC Board of Governors adopted its current tuition policy that
allows small, predictable increases among colleges and universities
of the same size and mission following a 1998 tuition study.
The policy also allows individual campuses to request further tuition
increases in the event of exceptional circumstances.
Since that time, the board has interpreted the policy loosely, approving
special tuition increases for 11 campuses since 2000, with 13 of the
16 UNC system member institutions indicating they will ask for increases
of up to $400 this year when the board convenes March 6.
This has never happened before in the history of North Carolina.
It is unprecedented, said Friday, pointing to a statewide tuition
swell of more than 100 percent since 1990.
Students were never meant to shoulder the burden of lack of state
funding, said Friday.
We can never let the General Assembly transfer costs to the
backs of students, he said.
Appalachian State University effectively lobbied the Board of Governors
last year for a two-year $300 tuition increase to bolster faculty
salaries and generate funds for financial aid.
If the BOG OKs the latest $150 proposal, the tuition rate at Appalachian
in fall 2002 will total $1581, a mark 71.4 percent higher than the
fall 2000 rate. It could be higher if the BOG approves a 4.8 percent
statewide hike at the March 6 meeting.
If approved, a majority of the monies generated would be earmarked
for select staff salary improvements. The remaining dollars would
be channeled to financial aid funds.
North Carolina university support has dropped from 17 to 12 percent
in the last 15 years, said Friday, citing it as the trouble spot for
the latest surge of tuition increases. I am against taxing students,
However, with [the states financial] circumstances being what
they are, the state cannot do anything else, said Friday.
But the tuition increase trend should stop here, he said.
I hope this is the end of the cycle of tuition increases for
some time, he said.
Friday coins himself a long-time advocate of low tuition, referring
to a state constitutional mandate for affordable tuition.
The cost of an education has become so great many families with bright
children do not even try, he said.
young people to college is very important to the state, and its
not happening, said Friday. Were working against
Friday, who served as UNC system president from 1972-1986, said students
and parents have played an important role in keeping tuition low in
Students can marshal themselves against tuition increases,
brace for possible tuition hike
- Staff Writer
For some students
at Appalachian State University, next years proposed tuition
increase just means one more check from mom and dad. For Rachel Johnson,
it could mean no school next semester.
Johnson, a junior majoring in psychology, is taking 18 hours this
semester, every one of which funded out of her own pocket.
Both of my parents paid for their own college educationthey
see it as a good experience that they wanted to pass on to me,
Although Johnson, who hails from Hickory, admits this has made her
value her education more, it also creates plenty of headaches she
deals with on a weekly basis.
For starters, she usually works around 40 hours a week at Wendys,
cutting down to 25 - 30 hours for weeks in which she has multiple
tests. The bulk of her weekly hours usually fall on the weekend, during
shifts that routinely last from 11 a.m. to close, which is between
2 a.m. - 3 a.m.
She is also a member of numerous organizations, including the Student
Government Association Senate, where she said she recently watched
in frustration as the University Board of Trustees approved a $150
tuition hike for next year, despite not having clear intentions for
If they cant tell us exactly where the money is going,
then they should fully expect students to question it, said
And questioning is exactly what Johnson is doing, for if both student
charge increase proposals on the docket are approved for next academic
year by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the
North Carolina General Assembly, she said her planned graduation date
of May 2003 will most likely be postponed.
Next year I would have to definitely work two jobs to come close
to making it work, said Johnson. But a more likely solution
could be to just take the semester off and make enough money to get
me through my last year.
The latter solution looks to be the most probable since Johnson will
have to take summer school this year in order to stay on track with
Staying up here this summer will basically use up almost all
of the money I make during that time when you factor in tuition, housing
and food, said Johnson.
Johnson expressed her disappointment about how tuition has risen from
a level around the $900 mark when she came in as a freshman.
That number could very well be doubled for next year if the Board
of Governors approves the $150 campus-based increase request at its
March 6 meeting.
Next years tuition figure could climb still if the board approves
an expected 4.8 percent statewide hike at that same meeting. The General
Assembly has final say on all UNC system tuition rates.
If approved, the hike would be the second campus-based hike Appalachian
State officials have successfully shepherded through the trustees,
BOG and General Assembly in the last two years. A two-year $300 hike
was approved by all three bodies last year, with the second of two
installments aimed at bolstering faculty pay slated to be implemented
With the implementation of that installment and the potential approval
of the current proposal, tuition could climb by $300 next year.
Johnson also denounced the common claim the current hike isnt
that much money.
For students paying their own way, $300 is a lot, said
Johnson. I am already stressed for time and money, and this
would just make me work even more. If Johnson does go to school
next semester, she said she will have to drop several of the clubs
shes involved with, as well as face the possibility of cutting
down on an already unhealthy four hours of sleep a night.
Life is hard and sleep is overratedthat has become my
motto this year, said Johnson.
But she admits even she cant tough it out some days when the
exhaustion of a late work night or term paper is just too overwhelming.
Ive certainly missed some classes because I just sleep
through my alarm, said Johnson. It gets really hard to
focus on school sometimes when I have to worry about other things,
like paying the rent.
The developing tuition trend also concerns Johnson; if tuition continues
to rise like this, she said, the university may not be reasonably
priced any more and some students will simply miss out on coming here.
However, all she can do now is wait and watch as the Board of Governors
makes its decision. For Johnson, it could mean the difference between
going to school or going to work.
Non-discrimination statement lacking
Forbes - Staff Writer
to take steps to improve their environment for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender (GLBT) students through changing policies and programs
as well as creating places free of harassment, said Dr. Annie Stevens.
Stevens, the associate vice president for Student Affairs at the University
of Vermont, spoke Thursday night in Plemmons Student Union as part
of the Choices, Changes, Challenges diversity series sponsored
by Student Development, Student Affairs, the Chancellors Office,
the Office of Academic Affairs and the Multicultural Office.
Everybody in college has the same dreamto graduate,
said Stevens. Some of you wont graduate because you identify
as GLBT and were not supported by the community.
Stevens advocated changes in university policies such as including
GLBT students and faculty in diversity and non-discrimination statements,
as well as providing domestic partner benefits to GLBT employees and
inviting national speakers and a GLBT alumni group to visit the campus.
Reading ASUs Web site, I noticed that they dont
include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination statement,
and that they dont provide domestic partner benefits,
said Stevens. If a university doesnt have a lot of these
items, then the climates probably not that great.
There is an additional challenge of helping GLBT students on a rural
campus such as Appalachians, said Stevens.
Boones not exactly a Mecca [for GLBT students]. This puts
even more pressure on the campus to make sure the GLBT community here
thrives and survives, she said.
Stevens also emphasized the need for a GLBT center on campus.
A center can help the campus to understand why it hurts them
to have a negative environment. It breaks down a barrier and is a
place where people can go to be educated, she said.
A GLBT center at Appalachian has been suggested by the campus chapters
of Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies Associated for Diversity (B-GLAAD),
the American Civil Liberties Union and some members of the Student
When I was coming through college, there was nothing, nada.
This topic can be very invisible, said Stevens, who is openly
According to data provided by Stevens, GLBT students usually have
higher GPA and SAT scores and are extremely diverse with regards to
race, religion, age and politics, but are two to three times more
likely to be suicidal.
Ive worked with many students that are suicidal or have
drug and alcohol problems due to homophobia, said Stevens. If
the administration really wants its students to graduate, the climate
Stevens has been researching and writing for the past eight years
on the life experiences of GLBT students in college and has recently
published a book Out and About Campus: Personal Accounts by
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender College students.
Stevens pointed out that according to recent North Carolina Census
data, the number of same-sex households has risen 720 percent in the
past 10 years.
Something is happening, whether politics help it or not,