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News Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Emergency manager starts job following hiring controversy

Administration filled vacancy without listing position online based on safety concerns By Kendall Brooks Staff Writer

In an interview last week, new Emergency Management Coordinator Sylvia Farrington confronted rumors about her qualifications and said she looks forward to helping UNC Asheville prepare for potential disasters. “No parent should have to send their child to school and they not make it back. That’s the key. You have to provide a safe environment,” said Farrington, a long-time Federal Emergency Management Agency reservist. Administrators hired Farrington without searching for other candidates because they thought it was important to fill the vacancy as quickly Bill Haggard as possible, said Bill Haggard, vice chancellor for student affairs. Budget cuts forced UNCA to delay hiring an emergency manager until this year, Haggard said. “There was special funding for this position, and we had to send it back as part of our budget cuts. It was just recently that we had the flexibility to fill the position” he said. “The money we received was for this position, It’s not money we could have spent anywhere else.” According to public records, Farrington makes $72,500, about $15,000 more than the same position at Western Carolina University. UNC Asheville has fewer than 4,000 students, and WCU has almost 10,000. Administration cited the H1N1 pandemic as a reason for the haste hire. UNCA’s suspected cases rise to nearly 20 while WCU reports more than 100. “I don’t know what the position description is for the person at Western or where

“We have a lot of potential hazards that can impact any area. The thing about it is, you never know when that disaster is going to happen.” –Emergency Management Coordinator Sylvia Farrington

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Newly appointed Emergency Management Coordinator Sylvia Farrington previously served as a FEMA reservist. they would report in their structure,” Haggard said. “Each campus has a different administrative structure.” Chief of Campus Police Steve Lewis said some universities hire emergency coordinators within the police department at the same level as the chief and others hire above. “Compared to how Western did theirs, it is a higher level in the university structure here,” he said. “I have no quarrels with reporting to a new person. She’s already made it clear that she wants to involve students as much as possible, which is always a great thing.” In light of national emergencies, Haggard said it was the administration’s responsibility to quickly hire an emergency manager. After the Virginia Tech shootings, he said, people asked why the university was unable to prevent the incident. “If you watched the news post-Virginia Tech, immediately the news networks went

in and weren’t as concerned with what happened, but more with why the university let it happen,” he said. “They asked, ‘What did the university do wrong that allowed this to happen?’” Following a recommendation from the UNC Campus Safety Task Force, state legislators recently approved funding for universities to create emergency management positions. “We were behind in fulfilling the recommendations for the task force report,” Haggard said. “We found we really needed central leadership over emergency management.” In response to rumors that she is related to Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Farrington said their relationship is strictly professional and played no part in her hiring. She said she helped the mayor in the past with campaigns and fundraising. “She’s a great lady and I agree with many of the things she stands for, but there is no

family relation,” Farrington said. Someone posted anonymous flyers in several campus buildings last week questioning Farrington’s experience and her relationship to a “prominent official.” Multiple attempts to reach Bellamy for comment were unsuccessful. Last year, Farrington was one of five finalists chosen, by the Asheville City Council as a possible replacement for retiring councilwoman Holly Jones. She withdrew her name from consideration in December, citing “family priorities,” according to news reports. According to Farrington, possible disasters include fires, school shootings, storms and pandemics. “We have a lot of potential hazards that can impact any area. The thing about it is, you never know when that disaster is going to happen. It can be impromptu or even just civil unrest,” she said. Emergency planning involves drills,


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SGA passes legislation for campus fermentation program By Josh Robinson Staff Writer

UNC Asheville pursues a brewing program in hopes it will tap into the local brewing culture. “As of right now we have passed legislation and are now seeking the support of the administration to integrate the program into UNCA’s craft campus,” said Student Government Association Executive of Internal Affairs Andi Mariategui. Although not all students would want to be involved it, even then, there is still support from those who have no particular attachment to the subject matter, Mariategui said. “Even though I’m not personally interested in it, it’s something that can definitely enrich our school’s culture, as brewing is sort of a big deal in Asheville anyway,” said senior multimedia student Matthew Metcalf. Just the mention of a program like this has gained attention from not just UNCA students, but others from around the state. “I think something like this will definitely enrich the culture of UNCA and Asheville alike. Asheville is already somewhat wellknown for its breweries, so with more brewers around, festivals that focus on the art of beer making may come to Asheville and UNCA,” said N.C. State student and Asheville native, Kenny Eichler. Even though it is still in the preliminary stages, the program has support from faculty. “As part of the craft campus, I think it’s great. Craft brewing has long been a part of the culture of this region and was also an important feature in the culture of our nation early in its history,” said humanities lecturer Dennis Lundblad. A program like this will require classes in many different departments, according to Mariategui. “We’ve done a lot of research on other universities in the United States that have a fermentation sciences program as a major and, for the most part, they involve chemistry, biology and public health classes,” she said That’s not the full extent of what the program will cover, Mariategui said. It will include a lot more because of UNCA’s liberal arts pedigree. “Since UNCA encourages interdisciplinary studies, a fermentation sciences

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Steve Schwartz Highland Brewery sales representative, left, and Grant DaSantos, marketing tasting room manager, stand at the counter of the Highland Brewery tasting room in Asheville. A possible realm of the fermentation program would include internship opportunities for students with local breweries. program at our craft campus could also include courses in other disciplines, such as an anthropology course on the culture of fermentation, brewing and alcohol throughout the world or a history course on the history of fermentation in Appalachia,” Mariategui said. Lundblad echoed these sentiments, saying, “Before Prohibition, there were hundreds of small breweries all over the place. Since federal and state laws about home brewing began to change in the 1970s, it’s moved from being a hobby into being a new industry. Not only has that made new jobs available, it’s also like seeing part of America’s past coming back to life.” Mariategui said that a program like this could really help UNCA become more assimilated with the local culture of

Asheville. “The program would provide a lot of positive attention to UNCA and possibly also corporate or local sponsorships, which some of the other U.S. universities that have the program receive. It would also serve to integrate us more into the local culture, as home and micro-brewing are popular in Asheville and something the city is known for nationally and internationally,” she said. Eichler and Lundblad have both experimented with brewing their own beer. “I’ve always been interested in brewing, but have only been trying my hand at it for about nine months now,” Eichler said. Lundblad tried his hand at brewing in the early 1990s. “A friend invited me to help brew a batch

and I had a great time. I brewed with other homebrewers for several years before brewing on my own,” he said. The fact that this brewing program will not be closed to people outside of the university will greatly enhance the effects of the program in the community, according to Mariategui. “It would not be limited to current UNCA students, but would be open to community members as well, providing more attention to the university and more revenue from community members taking the courses,” she said. Eichler and Lundblad said they are both pulling for the program’s success. “I’m excited that UNCA is planning this curriculum, and I hope it brings more beer to Asheville,” Eichler said.

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Obama’s health care address sparks controversy By Ashleigh Joyner Staff Writer

Health care reform has been a hot-button issue in most presidential elections, but President Obama plans to ensure all Americans will have access to health insurance without being limited by the private insurance sector, according to a speech he delivered to Congress on Sept. 9. “I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last,” Obama said. Obama plans to enact a universal health care system where every American is insured, whether through their own private insurance company or the government-offered plan. “There is some- Shirley Browning thing positive to be said that everyone has minimum basic access to health care, just as we say everyone has minimal basic access to education,” said Shirley Browning, professor of economics. In the new plan, the monthly premiums will be $70 for an individual, $140 for a couple, $130 for a single parent family and $200 for all other families. Americans spend more on health care than on food or housing, according to the health care reform plan. “How this will shake out in the long run in terms of personal or family debt, I don’t know,” Browning said. “For any given individual or any given family, it just depends on random luck.” The plan also allows young adults to remain on their parents’ plan until the age of 25. “Once we graduate, we don’t have to worry about having another bill on top of rent, food and gas,” said Pete Clausen, sophomore international studies student. “It will be one less thing for people who are probably already in debt coming out of college to worry about.” The United States spends $2 trillion a year on health care, but 46 million people don’t have health insurance, according to recent national statistics. “The money goes to deliver health care, but obviously not every member of soci-

ety is receiving access to fered health care will all levels of health care,” differ from the private Browning said. sector. The question is already “I think there is “When you are being raised as to how some degree of poputalking about health list uproar about ramuch control the government will have over health care, you are talking tioning health care, care, according to supportwhich you can’t really about a fundameners and opponents of the get around,” Kauffplan. mann said. “We altal aspect of “(The government) is ready ration health people’s lives.” already there with Medicare on people’s abilcare,” Browning said. ity to pay.” – political science “It’s not like this is a brand Obama’s plan professor Bill Sabo new idea.” promises to ensure the Some worry that the adgovernment-offered dition of a governmentplan and public insuroffered plan will drive out ers will offer the same the private companies. care to everyone. “(The plan is) designed If a private insurer to compete with the private sector to drive withholds affordable care, they will be down costs, but really what it’s going to do charged a fine, according to the health care is cloud out the private sector and it will be reform plan. the only option, which will end up raising “I believe it makes more sense to build costs,” said Matthew Kauffmann, sopho- on what works and fix what doesn’t, rather more philosophy student and vice chair of than try to build on an the UNCA College Republicans. entirely new system The private sector will not be driven out from scratch,” Obama because if those that already have an insur- said in a speech to ance company like it then they can keep Congress. their plan, according to the health care reObama also plans to form plan. ensure that, if a person “Medicare and Medicaid certainly have is laid off from their not eliminated the private sector,” Brown- job or leaves their job, Bill Sabo ing said. they will still be inSome believe that insurance companies sured. have too much control. “We’ll do this by “The insurance companies are already creating a new insurance exchange – a controlling people’s health,” Clausen said. marketplace where individuals and small “It’s about time the government got in- businesses will be able to shop for health volved with everyone’s general health.” insurance at competitive prices,” Obama The plan has proven to be controversial, said. with both sides of the political spectrum Obama guarantees it will be against the weighing in with their opinions. law for insurance companies to deny cov“There are two fundamental reasons erage because of a pre-existing condition, why I think this plan is controversial,” said drop individuals once they become ill or William Sabo, political science professor. place a cap on the amount of coverage. “The first is when you are talking about “We will place a limit on how much you health care, you’re talking about a funda- can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses mental aspect of people’s lives. The sec- because, in the United States of America, ond is that you’re talking about a dramatic no one should go broke because they get change.” sick,” Obama said. Some say the president is trying to turn Despite differing opinions, most said the nation into a socialist country. they agree that some form of health care “That criticism resonates with lots of reform to the industry does need to happeople, and it’s a very simple way of pack- pen. aging a complex argument,” Sabo said. “It’s a government institution and we Some said they predict government-of- have a right to change it,” Clausen said.

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education and prevention programming, and must be maintained and constantly updated, Haggard said. “This isn’t just a one-time deal. There’s constant work that needs to be done, constant planning,” he said. “We must be able to respond to current situations, like the current H1N1 situation. After H1N1 is over, history shows there will be something else.” Campus officials plan to start performing safety drills and exercises in preparation for various emergencies, Lewis said. “We’re talking about incorporating fire, EMS, police and even hospitals,” he said. “And having someone in that position to coordinate and get these things into place, I feel, is a benefit to the university.” Haggard said the administration plans to incorporate emergency notification via text messages and sirens. “There are still some bugs to work out in that system. And the reason that hasn’t happened yet is we didn’t have anyone who had the real time to dedicate to drilling that system down,” he said. Environmental safety and campus security’s responsibilities overlap, and emergency management is the umbrella overseeing the two, Farrington said. Farrington said she communicated with UNCA officials for several years in an attempt to start different disaster-planning and education programs. “I am very involved with the University of Colorado at Boulder. They have an international think tank on emergency management, analyzing everything from climate change to tsunamis.” she said. “In 2005, knowing that I wanted to come off the road with FEMA, I contacted the chief of staff and proposed UNCA have a similar think tank.” FEMA previously employed Farrington as a disaster assistance employee in the Southeast, where she helped with longterm recovery and training for mitigation of damages, she said. Farrington said her job at UNCA differs from FEMA in scope, but the significance of responsibility remains the same. “I hope the students here would know that there’s an obligation at all levels for us to ensure each others safety,” she said. “The primary role of that doesn’t come at the time of the incident but comes before.”

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Officials debate future of WNC Gang Task Force By Caitlin Byrd Staff Writer

Asheville gang violence stops at neither district lines nor supposedly dangerous parts of the city. Gang members reside in different parts of Asheville and cross various socioeconomic boundaries, according to Detective Michael Lamb of the Asheville Police Department. Involved with the Western Carolina Gang Task Force for one year and the Gang Suppression Unit for another, Lamb said citizens cannot assume that one part of Asheville harbors gang members. “West Asheville has a bad reputation, and it was one of those areas that for a time had more stuff happening over there. But, then it moved to another area. It just goes back and forth,” the Asheville native said. Lamb credits this constantly shifting gang activity to many factors. “Some of it has to do with them going to jail, and some of it has to do with the increased focus of (police) activity in that area. But, then it moves onto another area,” Lamb said. Improved tactics of gang members present additional obstacles in eliminating gang activity in Asheville. “When we first went out and started doing a lot of suppression work with the violent crimes and with the drug activities, we were successful, very successful. So, they’ve changed their ways, and we’re constantly having to adapt to those changes,” he said. The Asheville Police Department must also adapt with gangs’ use of ever-changing technology. According to the 2008 Comprehensive Assessment of Gangs in North Carolina, 32 percent, or 164 gangs, maintain a Webbased presence either through Yahoo, AOL, MySpace or have their own Internet Web sites. “It used to be a gang member could mark their territory from graffiti and then word of mouth. Now gang members are able to go on YouTube and post video representing their gang,” Lamb said. The 34-year-old detective said he also recognizes changes within the gangs over the years. “It used to be you could go to an openair drug market and you could see a drug dealer, a gang member, who’s standing out in the open and be able to contact them and

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Passersby often confuse downtown and West Asheville graffiti and tags for gang symbols. Asheville Greenworks recently created a board of volunteers removing graffiti. investigate them,” Lamb said. “They’ve changed methods of concealment. They use a lot more cell phones now. They changed their tactics, so we’re having to change our tactics as far as being able to catch them.” Though the level of calls related to gang violence decreased in 2008 by 12 percent after a 24 percent increase from 2003 to 2007, gangs still reside in Asheville. According to Lamb, of the 69 gangs listed in the Asheville Police Department’s database, only 20 of them impact the Asheville community. “Most of the crimes that occur are done by the street gangs,” Lamb said. “As far as what we have in our street gangs, some are mixed gangs where they have AfricanAmerican, Caucasian and Hispanic members. We have the historically AfricanAmerican street gangs, which includes the Bloods, Crips, Folk Nation and People Nation. We also have Hispanic gangs which the majority of the members are Hispanic, Mexican, Salvadorian, Guatemalan, Cuban and Puerto Rican.” These street gangs do not limit themselves to the streets of Asheville. Gang presence occurs within school walls. According to the 2008 North Carolina

School Violence and Gang Activity Survey, of 369 N. C. high schools, 64 percent reported a gang presence within the school. Junior Katherine Mauterer attended Asheville High School and said she knew gangs existed within her school. “The administration at my school definitely took measures to try to reduce the presence of gangs and gang violence within the halls of the high school, including rules about where people could be during lunch and how times before, during, between and after classes could be used by students on campus. Also, dress code was strictly enforced in an effort to reduce showing gang symbols, like the way someone wears their hat and such,” the 21-yearold said. Despite these measures, Mauterer said she didn’t worry about gangs too much. “There really isn’t very much acknowledged gang presence in Asheville. It exists, but not many people know much about it, so people just try to prevent what they can guess might happen,” she said. This idea of prevention exists in the Buncombe County Gang Violence Preven-

tion Project. With the intention of prevention, intervention and programming, the BCGVPP provides free services to youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 who are actively involved in gangs or are at risk for gang involvement. UNC Asheville alumna Megan Leschak serves as the project coordinator. “I think prevention is important, but I think if we’re being realistic you have to know you can’t prevent everyone from joining the gang. So with being realistic, I think you have to offer intervention and ac-

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Wednesday September 23, 2009

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Local organization races to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Gangs By Heather McHaha staff writer

Anyone affected by or aware of the widespread disease known as Alzheimer’s will have an opportunity to race for the cause at the Race to Remember on Oct. 10, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. “This race is very important to me and my family. We have been affected by this disease,” said Nancy Lauffer, UNC Asheville alumna and Race to Remember co-coordinator. “Many of our loved ones have passed from AlzheimJanice Banks er’s, and our hope for this race is to bring awareness and raise money to help find the cure. There needs to be a cure.” The race for runners and walkers of all abilities will be held in Etowah, and consists of a 10k and 5k course and begins at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 by Sept. 28 and $30 anytime after. If anyone wants to register, donate or has any questions, they can do so through the Web site. Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal brain disease that has no cure. It is the most common form of dementia and, while it gets worse over time, it soon becomes fatal. Alzheimer’s is the world’s seventh leading cause of death in the nation, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, a voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and research. “We watched my 80-something-year-old grandmother go from a vibrant intelligent woman to a complete vegetable,” said Janice Banks, member-visitor relations specialist at the Reuters Retirement Center. “She always had a very keen mind and could rattle off dates of every family member’s births, deaths and anniversaries. At the end, she couldn’t even remember who we were.” Banks is one of millions of Americans whose family has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Her grandmother passed from the disease years ago, and now her mother is at the point where she is a stranger to her. Lauffer has also been affected by Alzheimer’s, “too many times,” she said. Her grandmother, aunt, great aunt, great uncle and grandfather-in-law all passed from Al-

zheimer’s. “I miss them all very much. We next victim, such as Banks. do this race in honor of “I do understand Althem,” she said. zheimer’s can be herediBanks said her grandtary,” Banks said. “This mother’s condition concerns me, as I have “Our hope for worsened in the past now watched two genfour years, and now erations of my family go this race is to bring her family is facing the through this. I wonder, awareness and raise am I next?” decision of inserting a feeding tube since her However, drugs on the money to help find weight has significantly market can slow down the cure.” decreased in the past six the process of Alzheimmonths. er’s. Banks said her – Race To “My grandfather mother had been taking Remember passed away twelve Aricept and responded years ago from Alzheimwell to it for a while. co-coordinator er’s, and it affected me a “I do know that stayNancy Lauffer lot because we had only ing active, keeping your a few opportunities to mind busy with classes interact with him when and social activities and he was fully present,” doing puzzles is a good Courtney Ruiz, an education student said. way to help prevent Alzheimer’s,” Banks An Alzheimer’s patient can affect all said. “It’s not a cure, nor will the disease people with whom they interact because of keep it from happening, but it helps delay the severity and progression of the disease. the process,” Banks said. Since the disease manifests itself through When asked what brought up the idea for diminishing mental capacities, this is very the Race to Remember, Lauffer explained difficult for loved ones to witness, said that she and her sister are both avid runners Jay Cutspec, director of student health and and race participants. They have donated counseling at UNCA. to the Alzheimer’s Association for years “The most common emotional conse- but felt they needed to do more. quence is the feeling of grief and loss of “What a perfect way to exercise, have losing the person that they have known for fun and raise money for the cure,” she many years,” Cutspec said. “Alzheimer’s said. “This will be an annual event, and we disease changes the personality of the in- hope it will be successful for many years dividual, and the condition continues to to come” deteriorate over time.” Lauffer expects 100 participants, but The five-stage grief process consists of wants to exceed her expectations. Her goal denial, anger, bargaining, depression and is to raise at least $5,000 for the Alzheimacceptance, according to Cutspec. er’s Association, and she intends to raise A person who is facing these issues can this amount next year and continue holding do a variety of things to prepare for as- these races. sistance: getting education about the Alzheimer’s disease process, arranging for respite care, developing a plan for when the condition worsens, reaching out to family and friends for assistance with daily For more information about activities and seeking emotional support the with a professional counselor or pastor, Race to Remember go to said Cutspec. Lauffer explained family and friends should realize Alzheimer’s is a mind-alterFor more information about ing disease and try not to take it personally. the She expressed that a person needs to be Alzheimer’s Association go to strong and present because loved ones with Alzheimer’s will have moments of clarity. Family members or friends who have watched a loved one suffer from the disease become worried of one day being the

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knowledge that those people are not throwaways,” Leschak said. For Leschak, she said it is important to view these young people as individuals and human beings. “I love working with at-risk young people because I was one, and I know that approaching me in a very judgmental way only made me want to do something even more,” she said. “You have to meet people where they are and show them respect.” Junior drama student Lydia Cauley said she believes this accepting approach is the most helpful when dealing with young people involved in gangs. “Generally people join these gangs because they feel like it’s the only thing that will help them do something with their life. People need to realize that even though the kids are in gangs doesn’t mean they are a hopeless case. ” Cauley said. “They join a gang because their ‘boys’ believe in them. Maybe if their community started believing in them too they won’t feel the need to turn to violence and drugs to feel cool.” Cauley attended Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham. According to Cauley, the gang presence in Asheville looks like nothing compared to her high school. “Honestly, I hardly see any gang presence here. I mean, I don’t generally go outside the UNCA bubble, but I don’t see a lot at the mall or downtown,” she said. Though gang presence is not as prevalent in Asheville compared to other cities, Detective Lamb said the gangs cannot be ignored and preventative measures, such as the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, must start earlier. “Our target age range is usually middle school because that’s when we see where kids are trying to make the decisions of who their friends are, what kind of activities they’re going to be in and what kind of clubs they’ll be in. But, we’re starting to see now, and research has shown, that we need to start in elementary school, unfortunately,” Lamb said. To Cauley, these preventative measures should continue, but there is only so much that can be done. “I think that schools can do as much as they can for prevention and awareness, but no matter what they do, students are smart and they will find ways around it,” she said.

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Stimulant prescription misuse increases By David Milton Assistant News Editor

Misuse of stimulant prescription drugs, often prescribed to manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, spiked significantly among teens from 1998 to 2005, according to a recent study. “There’s two populations it is given to. It is given to adolescents with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is also prescribed to adults with attention deficit disorder, but that is much more rare,” said Tom Britton, director of clinical services for ARP/Phoenix, a provider for substance abuse services in Asheville. The study, published in the August edition of Pediatrics, monitored nationwide calls from parents and emergency room doctors to poison control centers concerning stimulant ADHD drug abuse over the eight-year period. The number of calls rose 76 percent, and four deaths were reported. Adderall and generic amphetaminebased ADHD medications pose a danger when in the wrong hands, Britton said. “Chemically, it is a stimulant,” Britton said. “It is literally the same chemical composition as amphetamines that could be bought on the street and used for illicit purposes.” The stimulant characteristics of amphetamine-based ADHD drugs have reverse effects for people who have the disorder, he said. “For people that truly have attention deficit disorder, it will make them calm down and focus and be much more in the normal range,” Britton said. “But if I took it, and I don’t have it, I would be cranked and wired for a long period of time.” There are two types of stimulant prescription abuse, recreational use and “performance enhancement,” according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Stimulants used as performance enhancers suppress appetite, sharpen focus and increase alertness, according to the NIDA. “The obvious motivation is that you get high,” Britton said. “There’s a feeling of being high from taking it. It’s not like taking a whole ton of caffeine. It also makes you feel really euphoric.” But it is a costly and potentially addictive euphoria, Britton said. Prescription stimulant abuse can produce an array of side effects.

“If you took too much it could cause arrhythmia, hypertension and, in the worst case scenario, it could cause a heart attack,” Britton said. “It depends on the duration use, like anything else.” Shire Pharmaceuticals, the producer of Adderall XR, warns of heart-related side effects and potential side effects regarding mental health on the Adderall XR Web site. “Short-term side effects include paranoia and sleeplessness,” Britton said about misuse of amphetamines. “Long term effects could include psychotic disorders.” Ryan Barnett, a 22-year-old art student, said his Adderall prescription produces only minor side effects. “I guess it depends on how I’m feeling during that particular day,” Barnett said. “Sometimes it makes my heart rate speed up, or it makes me feel jittery if I don’t eat enough or if I’m not hydrated enough.” Adderall does not have the “speed” effect for Barnett, he said. Doctors diagnosed Barnett with ADHD as a child and originally prescribed him Ritalin, another amphetamine-derivative medication for attention deficit disorders. “I have ADHD,” he said. “I was first prescribed Ritalin at the age of six or seven because I couldn’t concentrate in class.” Now, Barnett is prescribed Adderall XR, the extended-release version of the medication. Barnett responsibly uses his prescription, he said. “I only take it when I have really big projects or tests. It makes me focus, which makes me more interested. If I wasn’t focused, it would be harder for me to care,” Barnett said. Often the problem with amphetamine prescriptions is their illicit distribution and

use, not issues with those originally prescribed, according to Britton. “The biggest problem is the prescribed population giving it or selling it to other people that don’t need it,” he said. “We see it in kids. Some of them that are validly prescribed it, will trade it with other kids for other drugs. They’ll sell it on the streets.” Locally, methamphetamine is a much larger substance-abuse issue than amphetamine because of its low cost and greater accessibility, Britton said. “There’s a difference between amphetamine and methamphetamine,“ Britton said. “Methamphetamine is what you hear much more about on the streets, what they’re cooking in bathtubs.” Issues of o v e r- p r e scribing also concern Britton, he said. “Part of it is that a lot of these drugs are being prescribed in family physician offices, rather than by a psychiatrist. So the family doctors don’t always have the level of training to identify what is an overactive kid versus what is a kid with ADHD,” Britton said. “It is a major difference.” In 2007, surveys concluded that 4.5 million children, or 7.2 percent of the population ages 3 to 17, were diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Non-amphetamine medications pose a new alternative to traditional stimulants, Britton said. “There are other drugs; Strattera is one of them. Strattera is a non-stimulant medication that is used for attention deficit disorder, both in kids and adults,” he said. Barnett will continue to take Adderall after college, as long as it continues to help him focus minus any side effects, he said.

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Downtown offers lucrative venues for street performers Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Balloon-twister, magician and fire-juggler Kenny the Clown is one of Asheville’s many buskers who make a living out of an upturned hat or open guitar case on the sidewalk—and still have a home and a running vehicle. “There are a lot of people that make a living on the street and prefer to,” professional street performer Kenny Cowden said. Any downtown Asheville street corner can become a platform for a working busker, who may seek more than cigarettes, food or alcohol. They are not all homeless. “We definitely get grouped into that category occasionally, which is valid. It’s a common misconception,” said Shane Conerty, who has busked all around the world. “And there are a lot of homeless buskers for sure, it’s just more that they do it for booze or something to eat and we do it to pay our rent.” Conerty plays guitar in a local threepiece band, Now You See Them, who established themselves in Asheville through busking. “We’ve never had to question going out and finding a real job since we got here because, as long as we were out on the street working, we were paying our bills,” drummer Jason Mencer said. Busking paid the band’s rent, but always required a very frugal lifestyle, according to the third member Dulci Ellenberger. “You have to be hitting the streets every day, and it doesn’t matter if it’s sprinkling out, it’s a Wednesday and there are no tourists in town,” 32-year-old Mencer said. Now You See Them treated busking as a full-time job to earn an audience and a venue in the city, as well as cash, according to the band. “As long as we’ve been busking we’ve been trying to get legitimate gigs,” singer Ellenberger said. The band now has a full October schedule of performances at festivals and venues in Greensboro, Charlotte, Pittsboro and Asheville and considers busking paid practice time. “The term busking or buskers is pretty common anywhere else besides America, especially in European countries,” said Conerty, a Pennsylvania native. “In a lot of foreign countries it’s common and

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Street performers John and Lyric strum acoustic guitars and sing in front of Bistro 1896. Some street musicians, also known as “buskers,” have earned a living by performing acoustic music downtown. more accessible as a profession than it is here in America. But in Asheville, it’s pretty easy to do it.” Cowden learned the trade throughout a 17-year career as a street performer. He performed in many different acts around the world, from the Caribbean to Japan, all over Europe and in Canada. There’s a healthier respect for street performers internationally, according to the Asheville local. While twisting balloons together to form a miniature Jerry Garcia, Cowden listed several U.S. cities, including Miami and St. Augustine, Fla., where civic law no longer allows busking. “There aren’t too many places you can still do it in this free country,” the 39-yearold street performer said. “We’ve been

kicked out of a lot of places. Sometimes it had to do with the homeless people saying they aren’t panhandlers but street performers, and they screwed it up for everybody.” The practice merges social classes and often creates tension between the professionals and nonprofessionals, according to the buskers. “It’s really interesting to see the people that are homeless or traveling, train jumping from city to city, and the way they respond to us,” Ellenberger said. “A lot of times we see distaste in their eyes, and they think we don’t deserve it because we have a car and a house.” Cowden does not mind paying for a permit, as required by some cities, because it keeps certain undesirable characters from

performing on the street. “A lot of people are just bums that found an instrument from wherever,” said busker Sarah Holloway of the O’Reallys. “Paul and I have been playing professionally for three years. We moved to a town where we don’t know anyone and it’s hard to get a gig here. We gotta feed ourselves.” Holloway and Paul Mozo moved to Asheville three weeks ago and spend several days a week performing on the street to make some money, but ultimately look for shows. “It’s kind of the means to an end, trying to get exposure,” said Mozo, who is from St. Simon Island, Ga. The presence of this unique subculture affects the business atmosphere, accordSee BUSKERS Page 10

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‘Grossology’ makes science fun for children By Alex Hammond Staff Writer

Snot. Warts. Belches. All the nasty, dirty, smelly things about the human body used to be taboo. Now, they have an exhibit, and it opens in Asheville Friday at the Heath Adventure inside Pack Place. “I had an epiphany when I was clipping my toenails. This was about 15 years ago now, and I started thinking about that gunk beneath my toenails. I thought, ‘Whoa, kids like gross stuff. I’ll just make up a new science called Grossology,’” said Sylvia Branzei, a former schoolteacher from Oregon. It stunk. Er, stuck. Sylvia Branzei wrote her first book in 1995 to try and hook students into wanting to learn. Now, she has an entire series of books based on the approach of embracing the nasty and smelly and not-sonice parts of the human body. “A friend told me, ‘You’re either going to sell one book or a million.’ Now here we are,” she said. The book series ranges in topics from the human body, animals and experiments, then finally Grossology and You. “We were really conscious when we did the series that they come out in an order,” she said. “Grossology and You is like an advanced Grossology book.” Branzei also has an exhibit, developed by Advanced Animations, LLC, that tours internationally. The Health Adventure is

getting the larger of two national exhibits for a cut rate this year, she said. “They were able to get the large exhibit because of the economy,” she said. “We’ve dropped the price, that’s for sure.” According to Jan Shoener, account executive at Advanced Animations, the exhibit’s arrival in Asheville is a symptom of the economy. “We had a date come available,” Shoener said. “And (the Health Adventure) was able to host it.” “Mission Children’s Hospital is actually sponsoring Grossology,” said Becky Brown, one of Mission Children’s Hospital’s marketing managers. “We actually have one of our physicians who said that he’d seen this exhibit, I think in Texas, and he said that it’s really good.” Brown also said the exhibit provides a chance to reach out to children in a way that other programs do not. “The different exhibits just seem to fit in real well with a lot of what the physicians at Mission Children’s Hospital do,” she said. “We feel like Grossology really has a lot of health education to offer to children.” Stephanie Kiser, director of community health and corporate wellness at Mission Hospitals, said health care education is one of their biggest concerns. “A lot of time people don’t think of hospitals having a vested interest in the health of the community, but it’s in our Photo Courtesy of Advanced Exhibits mission statement,” she said. See GROSSOLOGY Page 13 Sylvia Branzei wrote a series of books about Grossology. An exhibit based on her work opens inside Pack Place on Friday.

HOLA’s salsa dance night improves campus interaction By Dannielle Elms Staff Writer

The Hispanic Outreach for Learning Awareness held its first “salsa night” of the semester on Friday, bringing students together for a celebration of Latin dance culture. “For a while, there was no room on the dance floor. We had a salsa lesson by Andres Montoya, a local salsa promoter and dancer. Lots of people had their first salsa lesson and danced to music that was new to them. To me, that alone means the night was a success,” said Tirzah Villegas, advertising vice president of HOLA. HOLA works toward equal college access and improved diversity on campus. Members said approximately 60 people attended the dance social, which involved Ian Hayes - Staff Photographer free salsa lessons, food and the opportunity HOLA, a Latin advocacy group at UNCA, hosts monthly salsa dance nights to meet new people. “At a typical salsa night, people meet in the Highsmith Union and strives to improve campus diversity.

each other, receive beginner’s dancing lessons and dance closely with a partner,” said Jensel Garcia-Robles, co-president of HOLA. “I enjoy the salsa nights because I’m not the best dancer, and it allows me to relax with some new people and friends who are trying this for the first time and other friends who are better-versed in the sexy art of the dances. I get to dance with some of the beautiful people who attend. We also raise money while doing so,” Garcia-Robles said. HOLA says every salsa night is a fundraiser for a different Latino cause. The get-together aided a nonprofit organization called Nuestro Centro, which deals with under-documented people living in America. “Nuestro Centro is currently still working with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on Mills factory

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Caffiend continues benefit series By Erica Grabon Staff Writer

A light-up shirt, techno music and a dog with a glow-in-the-dark collar set the stage for Caffiend’s second benefit concert Saturday. “I wanted to get all different facets of electronica music, not just necessarily the dancing,” said show coordinator Nicholas Rake. Keep Asheville Wired featured techno and electronica acts DJ Position, KIMATHIR, Iam Somnus and Joe Flash. Rake provided the intermission music as KNI KNOO, aided by the Alf doll from the original shop where he worked as a barista. “I was hired as a barista about a month and a half into Caffiend. After a certain point, I stepped up to help Matt with some of the managing of the shop,” he said. “I was very upset once we had to close down. I am hoping to come back and be a major part of this 2.0.” Matthew Hebb, owner of Caffiend, said he is happy with the energy produced by this show. “I think a lot of people had a lot of fun at this one,” Hebb said. A newcomer to the electronica scene, Hebb said he enjoyed the show. “I liked a lot of what was played. The musicians we had were really talented and really Matthew Hebb creative,” he said. Colby Beam, a UNC Asheville alumnus, agreed. “It went better than expected. It’s good to see a lot of people come together. Whether directly or indirectly involved, they will at least come together as a community to help each other out and make


ing to some downtown vendors. “It’s gotten to where everyone thinks they’re a musician. I mean, I’ve got a soccer ball and football at my house, but that doesn’t make me an athlete,” said Chris Sizemore, manager of Bistro 1896 in Pack Square. Constant acoustic plucking and the voices of street musicians has become a hit-ormiss ambient feature that Bistro 1896 is known for, but has no control over. “We don’t mind,” Sizemore said. “Sometimes it helps business, sometimes it doesn’t.” A hostess at the Bistro, Kate Gardner, said she really enjoys the steady music and

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Jimi Rentz, manager of Barley’s Taproom downtown, organized Brewgrass to introduce people to good beer and up-and-coming bluegrass bands.

something of it,” the 27-year-old said. “I think from here it can only get larger.” In the original shop, due to size, live shows were difficult to run, Beam said. “Matthew’s always wanted bands to come to Caffiend when they were on Merrimon, and that actually worked out pretty well. Only problems were parking and space,” he said. Now, with the new location, two more concerts are in the making for October and one for December, Hebb said. In the weeks prior to the show, Hebb, assisted by friends and supporters, organized a car wash and a garage sale to raise money. “The garage sale really impressed me. I told everyone to be at there at 4:30 in

the morning, fully expecting nobody was actually going to show up,” he said. All 12 volunteers arrived early or on time and proceeded to set up tables and merchandise donated from friends for the cause and place last minute fliers in the area surrounding the Garage at Biltmore. “It was really heartening to see everyone actually turning out,” Hebb said. “Best off, it went well. I think people wanted to help out because it was a good cause and there was a lot of good stuff there.” For people who know little or nothing about the shop, Caffiend is on many social networking sites. Its Web site,, is updated regularly.

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entertainment in front of the restaurant. “I’ve dated a few buskers and written poems and put them in their cases,” the UNC Asheville women’s studies student said. “Most people have a perception that they’re pitiful and have no means for money, but they’re actually in bands and have jobs,” Gardner said. Nevertheless, people on the street who actually stop and listen don’t often ask for autographs, according to Now You See Them. “There’s a certain psychology to the way you dress,” said Cowden, who carries business cards. “If you dress like a bum,


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you’ll get pocket change. If you dress like a professional, they’ll treat you like a professional and pay you well.” One must relate to the crowd in a different, more personal way, as a street performer, according to Cowden. “Overall, Asheville is an amazing city for busking because, not only do the tourists care about you, but the locals see you. It makes them want to come out and see a show,” Mercer said.

Now You See Them will perform in the Glass House next to Ramsey Library with UNCA’s John Wilkes Boothe and the Black Toothe tomorrow at 9 p.m.

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Student band tackles the surf rock genre By Katherine Lancaster Staff Writer

It isn’t unusual that there’s a student rock band on UNC Asheville’s campus, but the Dick Dale Earnhardts have something different to offer: they play surf rock. The Dick Dale Earnhardts are a fourpiece group with junior Andrew Barger on drums, junior Jake Francis on guitar, senior Gabe Karabell on guitar and junior Peter Mencher on bass. They formed last October around Halloween. “Peter, Andrew and I got together to play a cover show last Halloween disguised as Dick Dale & the Del-Tones. After the Halloween show, Jake joined the band,” Karabell said. Some members experimented with the surf rock genre before forming the band last year, and the style eventually came to define their sound. “There have been a couple of incarnations of some of us playing surf music in the last couple of years. During our freshman year, Gabe, Peter, Adam Edwards and I got together and played some surf songs, just sort of piddling around,” Francis said. “Then last year, Gabe asked me if I wanted to play in a Dick Dale cover band for Halloween. Andrew, Peter and Gabe made for an awesome Halloween party. At the next show, I jumped in on rhythm guitar and Peter started playing the bass.” When discussing what type of music to play, Karabell said it was a quick decision to do surf rock. “We were all sitting around listening to the Ventures one day and just decided to


last year. Many families still have court dates in Charlotte, and Nuestro Centro offers rides. This is important because we don’t want people going to court dates driving without licenses to Charlotte,” Garcia-Robles said. HOLA said they sell paintings, pottery and prints that UNCA students donate on the night to help raise funds. They also hope to collaborate with the Tango club soon to help promote another student group on campus. “Nuestro Centro also monitors road blocks and license checkpoints to make sure officers are working within legal bounds. This cuts down on racial profiling during the stops. Nuestro Centro makes sure undocumented people are treated humanely, especially when going through the deportation process and make sure that under-documented people are being

While balancing schoolwork and music, Francis, a biology student, said school always comes first for him. “The most important thing to me is school because that’s what I’m here for, and the great part about this band is that we’re really low-key. We practice whenever we play for an upcoming show, and if you can’t make a practice you don’t play,” Francis said. “We have really good communication, and everyone’s really good at improving and performing on the fly that we don’t have to practice as much.” The Dick Dale Earnhardts played a show Friday night to a full house of nearly 100 people. The band planned the event and played along with other local Asheville bands in the area. They closed the event with a mix of cover songs and some of their new material. Gillie Logan, a junior, attended the concert and said she likes their music because of its “danceability.” She said she’s also a Photo courtesy of The Dick Dale Earnhardts fan of the band because she likes the Dick The UNCA surf rock band, The Dick Dale Earnhardts, formed last OcDale concept. tober and have played at a handful of local gigs and parties. “They were on Friday night because it was electric and energetic, and they really do it. There really wasn’t a whole lot to vived in the 21st century when Pulp Fic- captured the Dick Dale vibe,” she said. Sophomore Sabine Moses was also at it,” he said. tion was released, and it had both Dale’s The band finds their inspiration through and the Lively Ones’ songs on its sound- the concert and said she thought the band was good, but she had not heard of the many instrumental surf bands, from track. groups such as Dick Dale & the DelThe band covers 1960s surf songs and band until they played that night. “They were really interesting and the Tones, the Tornadoes, the Lively Ones, writes their own music. Some titles inthe Trashmen and the Phantom Surfers. clude “Hot Dog King,” “Empty Quarter,” songs were fun and exciting,” she said. “I wasn’t familiar with the Dick Dale EarnDale is considered the father of Ameri- “Ash Tray” and “Taco Wagon.” can surf rock and instrumental rock ‘n’ “We pick covers that are good to dance hardts until Friday night, but they all had roll. Dale, along with bands such as the to and try to write songs with interesting a pretty cool sound and made for great Ventures and the Lively Ones, made the melodies and changes that aren’t too com- party music,” she said. Besides the concert last Friday, Francis genre popular in the 1960s. plicated. We want to stay simple, fun and The genre is a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, pop exciting. Surf music is fun music,” Kara- says they’re going day by day. They have no upcoming shows. and surf music styles. The genre was re- bell said.


paid at work. They are almost always the first line of defense for people of the under-documented community,” GarciaRobles said. HOLA said they e-mail more than 500 people, but have about 20 to 30 active members during the semester. Members say anybody can join HOLA, since there is no Spanish language prerequisite. “All are welcome to join. It is not a language club, although we do have a weekly Spanglish hour. Anybody who is interested in tutoring, human rights, the Spanish language, college access for all, dancing and so many other things is encouraged to check us out. The people I have met through HOLA and the experiences I have had with those people make some of the best times I have had since I began attending UNCA,” Villegas said. HOLA hosts a range of events, includ-


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ing Spanglish conversation hours on Thursdays and ESL tutoring and childcare every week. HOLA will host a conference and scholarship festival and are collaborating with Defensa Comunitaria to start a “Know Your Rights” forum. “I joined HOLA because I like to help out in the community, especially the Hispanic community. I really enjoy the salsa parties because I love to dance. The night was a success because everybody was having fun,” said Patricia Tomas, fundraising vice president of HOLA. “The new goal for HOLA is to be an active group with issues that extend past our campus. I saw how many concerned (undocumented) people there were and knew we could make some kind of a difference in these local people’s lives,” GarciaIan Hayes - Staff Photographer Robles said. Nick Renehart and Marcela Garza dance The next salsa night is on Nov. 20. at salsa night.

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Scarlett Johannson steals the show on Pete Yorn’s latest release By Noor Al-Sibai Staff Writer

Break Up, the latest musical venture of indie guitar aficionado Pete Yorn, proves, if nothing else, that Scarlett Johannson can sing. The duet album, which spans genres from electronica to country (often in the same song), reintrolisteners to JoAlbum duces hannson without the Review critical context of her last album Anywhere I Lay My Head, which was mostly a failed attempt to mimic Tom Waits. As the legend goes, Yorn woke from a sleepless night before a headlining tour convinced he needed to record an album in


the vein of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot. Who better to be a modern Bardot than Johannson? That same sense of unexpected immediacy, teamed with the intimacy of Yorn and Johannson’s vocals, gives the album a playful aspect found only in duets of the highest caliber. “Relator” opens the album with Johannson reminiscing amidst the borrowed Beatles line, “I write home everyday,” as Yorn laments a perceived lack of conversation fodder. The rollicking guitars both compliment and contradict Johannson’s lo-fi vocals, while the demure brass chorus recalls the glory of love at first sight. As in any good break-up album, Yorn and Johannson manage to naturally depict the highs and lows of a relationship. “I Don’t Know What To Do” is the beginning of the

end. Perhaps the most ambitious track, the song manages to incorporate ambient electronic beats, disco-era balladeering and a western waltz, ending with Yorn screaming, “I don’t want you coming here.” Accessible metaphysics follow on “I Am The Cosmos,” the album’s abstract centerpiece. Johannson croons about coping mechanisms alongside Yorn’s slow and sweet guitar riffs in a moment that is both poignantly vulnerable and, toward the end, quietly optimistic. The most affecting track on the album, the dreamy, underwater instrumentation two-thirds of the way through the song, induces the bittersweet feeling of breaking up that the lyrics, however well-timed, don’t express. “Someday” portrays the distinctly mellow finality of the end of a relationship. As unhurried guitars merge with persistent



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“I helped with creating the Web site and with what donations I can,” Beam said. “I wanted the Web site to be easy to update, even for people who may not be that technical. That way, if Matthew didn’t have time or gave someone that job, it wouldn’t be too hard to manage.” Caffiend is important to many people, Beam said. “It’s one of the few places I can go that is non smoking, and it is just a good community of people. I’ve made a lot of friends there that I wouldn’t have made otherwise,” he said. “In my opinion, the shop is already open.” For Rake, it is the community and the hours of the shop that made it most important to Asheville. “It was the absolute gratitude people have when they otherwise had nowhere else to be. People would show up at 4 a.m., just ecstatic that there was someplace there for them,” he said. The best example of this is when Rake swore to Matt he would work Christmas. “We tried closing on Thanksgiving that year and it didn’t work out so well, so I decided to keep the shop open for Christmas,” he said. “It turned into our busiest day because there were so many people just thrilled that there was a place open for them when the entire city was closed.” That sense of community is what brought people together to try and reopen this small business, Hebb said. “I mean, yes, it is your standard coffee shop in the sense that someone can just walk in, buy a cup of coffee and leave without ever talking to anybody,” he said. “Generally speaking though, people who came there often became part of something Steven Hall - Staff Photographer greater than just a customer to a coffee DJ Position, 25, played at the Garage at Biltmore for the second of shop. They became something that, I feel, is very much the essence of Asheville.” three planned Caffiend benefit concerts.

snare drums, Johannson and Yorn sing: “The feeling cannot survive,” even in the face of the evident ambivalence brought on by unexpected bass beats. Chronologically, Break Up unfolds traditionally: boy meets girl, they fall in love, problems arise. Yet Yorn and Johnannson highlight often-overlooked aspects of the natural progression of a romance—reluctance to opening oneself up, vulnerability and the nameless feeling when falling too deeply. Yorn’s guitar mastery mixed with Johannson’s alt-country styling achieves a perfect symbiosis, yet with the unexpected result of fresh-faced whimsy in a world where actress-songstress crossovers are a dime a dozen. Break Up sounds, in all the best ways, like the sound track to a romantic comedy without a happy ending.

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ey. “Our other goal besides creating a positive experience is to show people that science is everywhere,” she said. Branzei said that students are far more receptive to exhibits that they can feel with their hands and sometimes, yes,, smell. “The number one question children had asked was, ‘What is a fart’?” Branzei said. There were big concerns about addressing the topic, but Branzei wanted to talk about it, so it went in the book, she said. “It’s something my publisher worried about, but I didn’t worry about it. I do recall having a major conversation with him when I wanted to have a section on farts. He wanted to cut it.” Strangely enough, that might be part of why Branzei has had such success. “What I’ve learned through the years is that they end up walking away with tons of information. It’s almost mindblowing.” Branzei said that’s what she wants with her exhibit. It’s why she wrote the books. “I think part of it is because they’re having such a good time,” she said.

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Publicity people, producers and label owners do not “earn” any money from bands. They tax bands for doing mindless work, while the musicians end up earning far less. Bands ought to do as much of these tasks as possible by themselves. It is not only stupid to rely on someone else’s self-interest, but once a band is far enough into the game, they will compromise their artistic control whether they realize it or not. Major labels hire “artist & repertoire” representatives to serve as spokespeople for the label. They are the link between the corporate office and the band, tracking down artists with high sales potential and explaining contracts. They are not friends of bands, even though record labels select them based on legitimate underground music credentials and their “hipness,” which automatically appeals to naive young talent. Maybe the band gets a big break and a major label A&R rep brings them a fancy contract. The contract offers a more comfortable touring lifestyle and outlines a bunch of jargon that the average musician accepts because the A&R person seems like he’s on the band’s side. According to Albini’s estimations, the best a band will get out of this deal is a $14,000 debt and some more listeners, if they are lucky. Albini’s figures are a little outdated, but the fundamental nature of the music business will never deviate much. There will always be a manager’s cut, legal fees, a recording budget, a producer’s advance, a studio fee, equipment fees, transportation, lodging, catering, mastering, a video budget, partying, fuel and dozens of other expenses that inevitably outweigh a band’s percentage of record royalties, tour incomes and advances. Kerry L. Smith wrote in the preface of The Encyclopedia of Indie Rock, “The D.I.Y. movement is an ideal that indie rock and punk bands have upheld in order to retain more control over their lives, their careers and their music.” Like all capitalist citizens, artists should maximize their profits and personal happiness. The only way musicians can do that without supporting a sea of trivial muck is to stay independent and give a 100-percent effort on their own terms.


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Kiser said the economy changes the way some hospitals run, but Mission is continuing its dedication to community outreach. “Just speaking for Mission Hospital, I can tell you that we have not scaled back our attempts to help the community,” she said. “What we’re seeing is more people with need.” Advanced Animations LLC, a company with offices out of both Vermont and Michigan, approached Branzei a few years after her first books came out. “(Branzei) was involved from the very beginning. What we were looking at was bringing the book to life,” Shoener said. “We took the book and brought it to life, using her book, her characters.” Shoener said that the tours include four human Grossology exhibits and two animal Grossology exhibits in North America, with one general exhibit traveling internationally. Economic problems aren’t just affecting the pricing on exhibits, Shoener said. “Well, just in the museum industry in general, there isn’t the funding that was there a year ago,” she said, “So for them to rent an exhibit, it’s more difficult.” Branzei’s big concern isn’t the mon-

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The “Do-It-Yourself” movement is as relevant now as it was in the 1980s, when bands learned they could earn their own money without the aid of major record labels, publicity people or booking agents. Artistic control, personal integrity and financial risk are the three main reasons bands should remain independent in the music industry. Never mind the few bands that go major and succeed artistically and financially, because those bands are few and far between and probably did everything themselves first. Except now, instead of playing to hundreds of extremely appreciative fans, those bands are playing to thousands, maybe millions of people, whose money mostly goes straight to big record companies. Their albums are almost guaranteed to suck after a few years of playing ball, having been tainted by high-dollar production and input from “producers” who know nothing about the band’s personal voice. MySpace, MP3 files and the growing number of record labels have not changed the fundamentals of the music industry. In 2005, Nielsen SoundScan reported that the “big four” record companies (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Group) accounted for 81.9 percent of the U.S. music market. Independent labels accounted for the remaining 18.1 percent. The one significant change in the music business model, according to MOJO magazine in “The MOJO Collection,” is: “The digital download revolution has opened up further avenues that allow for the greater discovery of music.” Yet the music business remains set up like most other U.S. marketplaces because a few people control the overall wealth. Today, there are simply more outlets that fuel the potential of the D.I.Y. ethos. According to Michael Azerrad in his book, Our Band Could Be Your Life, there were six corporate labels that generated the vast majority of music sales when D.I.Y. began in the early 1980s: Capitol, CBS, MCA, Polygram, RCA and WEA. While media and business tactics are always changing, major labels still account for most of the data. Producer Steve Albini outlined exactly how major-label contracts take advantage of bands in his essay, “The Problem with Music,” which includes statistics that show how these contracts are risky and not profitable. “The system exists to support itself. It does not exist to support bands. The number one mistake that bands make is thinking they can outsmart a self-sufficient system,” Albini said in an interview for D.I.Y. or Die.

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UNCA loses heated contest to Spartans Key injuries hinder Bulldogs

By Natalie Pearson Staff Writer

UNC Asheville men’s soccer suffered its first home loss of the season against USC Upstate, losing 2-1 during a rainy match at Greenwood field. “We showed an absurd lack of competitiveness, maturity and concentration,” said Steve Cornish, head coach for the men’s soccer team. Connor Holzinger, Eli Morrow, David Parra and Jake Hagedorn created multiple chances for the Bulldogs but the team couldn’t find the feet of their strikers. UNCA slipped more in the wet conditions than they had shots on target. The loss came as a disappointment for the team after the Davidson Invitational Tournament from Sept. 11 to 13, where the Bulldogs played consistently well throughout the weekend. “We played very well this past weekend,” Cornish said. “And we played the worst half of soccer I have seen in many years today.” Both of USC’s goals came in the first 25 minutes of the game. The first came from a short corner kick at the 5-minute mark when Spartan forward John Kadane struck the ball from 18 yards out and bent it around the Bulldog goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen. “The first goal was just a bad deflection,” said sophomore defender Morrow. “We handed it to them, they didn’t earn it.” After this the Bulldogs had some solid possession in the midfield, but holes in their defense couldn’t stop the Spartans from scoring their second goal. “We missed the tackle on the side, and they played the ball to an unmarked guy,” Hurskainen said. “Our central defender has to step up and give pressure. They absolutely deserved the goals.” However, Hurskainen doesn’t just put the blame for the goals on the defense, but shares the responsibility

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Susan Israel- Photography Editor

Bryan George and USC’s Hakeem King collide late in the second half during the Bulldog’s 2-1 loss at Greenwood Field on Sept. 16.

“We are not really working as a group right now. I feel that we have a lot of potential and great individuals, but it’s just not clicking.” – Lassi Hurskanien

with the entire team. “We are not really working as a group right now,” he said. “I feel that we have a lot of potential and great individuals, but it’s just not clicking right now.”

Although the Bulldogs did have a final surge at the end of the first half, the frustration of the team became evident when sophomore defender Jake Sides slid in for a rough tackle and received a yellow card before halftime. After halftime, the team came out with a new energy and quickly started making an impact with some close shots on goal from sophomore forwards Alex Koslick and Bryan Bartels. “Bryan Bartels played well with the ball, and without the ball showing examples to everyone else,” Hurskainen said. “I really liked the way some players stood up on the second half and showed an example of how to play hard.” Morrow was one of these players, who, in the 85th minute, scored the Bulldogs’ first and only goal from 15

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Playing without their most valuable player, the women’s volleyball team fell just short of winning the South Carolina State Invitational, losing their final match 0-3 to Wofford. “We didn’t play well and are still without our leading scorer Kelsey Benorden, and I didn’t feel we were playing at the level we needed to in order for us to Julie Torbett win the conference,” Head Coach Julie Torbett said. “We have a nice record and have played a lot of matches to get ready, but we need to get healthy and be more consistent.” UNC Asheville won two matches against Winston-Salem State and Hampton on the first day of the tournament on Friday. Lauren Ficker had nine kills while hitting at 50 percent as UNCA defeated Winston-Salem State 25-8, 25-19, 25-9 in the first match. Ficker had one error on 16 swings to lead the Bulldog offense. Chelsie Kenley added eight kills and Raquel Miotto had 12 digs. The Bulldogs were strong from the service line with 11 aces. “This tournament was another good opportunity for our team to get into a groove before conference begins. We are still without one of our strongest players, so Coach Torbett is fidgeting with our lineup,” said junior Jenna Dover. “Because we are mixing things up a little bit, I try to bring as much en-


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Western Carolina Invitational proves tough for UNCA By Dan Weller Staff Writer

A lone second half goal proved to be too little for the UNC Asheville women’s soccer team as they fell to Elon on Friday at the Western Carolina Invitational. UNCA senior defender Meagan Bradham scored the only goal for the Bulldogs in the 53rd minute when Leilani Halkiotis pushed a through ball, which opened Meagan Bradham up space for Bradham to create a brief scoring chance. Bradham delivered with a 25-yard shot on goal that sailed past the Elon goalkeeper and into the net. “I was given a great pass from our left winger Leilani (Halkiotis), which I dribbled inside and to goal. I was forced even further in by a defender and took a big touch then shot from about 25 yards out. It sank in the right upper 90,” Bradham said. The Bulldogs jumped on the Phoenix early, getting two shots on goal in the first few minutes. “We intended to make positive things happen early in the game and we did. We went in at halftime knowing it was just a matter of time before we got on the scoreboard,” said Head Coach Michele Cornish. “We made a few tactical changes at the start of the second half, and scored a goal as a result of those changes.” The Phoenix followed up on the Bulldogs’ score with a penalty kick from Lauren Griffith within the next minute of play. Cornish said the team did not play aggressively enough following their early second-half goal. “After the goal we appeared to sit back a little and played more defensively, which was not what we needed to do,” she said. “It led to them (Elon) scoring the penalty kick.” The Pheonix took the lead for good when Elon forward Shannon Foley scored in the 88th minute. “We then changed from a 4-4-2 to

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Cecelia Wyrick (18), chases the ball down during the Bulldogs last home game. Kristina Montuori pushes the ball downfield.

“Player for player, we matched up with Elon athletically and technically.” – Meagan Bradham, senior defender a 3-5-3 in the hope of getting more going forward out of the midfield, and we did. But they scored on a corner kick with about two minutes to go and that broke the team’s back,” Cornish said. Although they were down by one with only a few minutes remaining, the Bulldogs continued their aggressive play hoping for at least a tie. Eventually the defense gave up a late third goal to Elon, which sealed the win for the Pheonix. UNCA took their third loss of the season at the hands of Elon. Cornish tried to bring out the positives and

reflect on what the team has learned. “We’ve learned that when we try to do what we work on at practice we are productive in the games,” she said. “We have learned that we need everyone to make their contribution and that everyone has something different that they bring to the game. Even with some injuries to key players, we can still compete well.” Even though the Bulldogs lost the game, the confidence of the team remains unshaken. “Elon was definitely not the better team. They were good tactically, but player for player we matched up with

them athletically and technically. Unfortunately, the weather was an equalizer,” said Bradham. “They were decent in the air and very accurate with corner kicks. They also were able to put a corner kick away when the weather got worse.” The Bulldogs begin conference play Oct. 2 against Radford when they travel to Radford, Va., to play the Highlanders. Bradham, reiterated confidence in the team with the upcoming schedule. “I am very anxious to get into conference play with the team we have this year. We are athletic and getting better technically and tactically every game,” she said. “We’re really beginning to gel, and no team in our conference is unbeatable at this point.” Bradham said the team is prepared and looks to do damage in conference play. “We’re going to peak right before conference, and we plan on getting a ring this year,” she said.

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Left, Brandon Lassen (9) looks on as USC Upstate’s Hakeem King (21) breaks up the Bulldog offense late in the first half. Scott Himelein (24) walks with his teammates off of Greenwood Field following the team’s first home loss of the season to USC Upstate on Sept. 16.

yards out, bouncing off the woodwork before finding its place in the back of the net. “We definitely picked it up in the second half,” he said. Although the Bulldogs continued their attack with a couple more chances just skimming past the goal, it was not enough to score the equalizer, and the final score was settled at 2-1. “We worked good from defense up to the front, but we just couldn’t finish,” said David Parra, a freshman midfielder. Cornish agreed with Parra’s observation. “When we did have possession

our final ball wasn’t very good, and our crosses were non-threatening,” he said. Although the crosses never materialized into goals, Asheville did turn the shots-on-target record around, beating Upstate seven shots to two in the second half compared to Upstate’s better six shots on target to Asheville’s two in the first. The second half also saw an increase in fouling from both teams, with 10 given to Upstate and seven for UNCA in the last 45 minutes. The fouls became more and more intense until Spartan Nick Buxton received a yellow card after he pushed

the referee one step too far by mouthing off after a slide tackle. The tense hostility didn’t stop there, the referee also handed out warnings to Upstate’s Hakeem King and Asheville’s Holzinger for rough plays during the final minutes. Parra disagreed when asked if all the fouls and tackling were partly due to the wet and slippery conditions that even made the referee fall over at times. “It got a little slippery and the ball moved faster, but it’s just the way the game is. It’s soccer,” he said. Even though the rain continued after the game ended, it wasn’t all a dis-

Volleyball ergy as I can to pump everyone up so they forget we are missing Kelsey and stay focused on the match. We would have liked to head into conference on a five-game win streak, but we did not play strong enough to beat Wofford.” In the second match, the Bulldogs took a 25-17, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Hampton. Cindi Miller led the way with 13 kills while Ficker added six kills and Dover chipped in four kills. Miotto once again led the way de-

appointment. The Bulldogs now know what they need to do to correct their mistakes and get the victory in the future. “If we put our asses in the game like we did today in the second half, we can really get some good results,” Hurskainen said. Morrow said he agrees with Hurskainen with how the team needs to play their games. “We just have to come out with some energy in the first half,” he said. The men’s soccer team will play at home against East Tennessee State University on Sept. 29 at Greenwood Field.

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fensively with 15 digs while Bridget Holliday and Rachel Guinane each had eight digs. “We did not play well, but still came out with three wins, which says a lot about our team,” said junior Rachel Guinane. “We are an experienced team led by five seniors. Therefore, we have a solid base of great leaders who are ready to guide this team to the NCAA tournament,” Talia Ogle said. “You can always expect an exciting match with

outstanding individual performances that lead to extraordinary team accomplishments.” Saturday the Bulldogs (11-5) defeated Providence in four sets to begin the day and, then, fell to Wofford (11-2) 25-16, 25-13 and 30-28. Miotto placed her second 30-dig match of the season as she had 30 digs against the Terriers. Ficker led the team offensively with eight kills, while Miller and Dover each added seven kills apiece.

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The Bulldogs are in dire need of a few home games since their last home game was three weeks ago. The team enters conference play in first place (11-5) in the Big South Conference. “While we did not have the best team performance this weekend, we are all eager to begin conference play,” Dover said.

Lauren Ficker and Raquel Miotto earned All-Tournament team honors.

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Above left, Bryan Bartels advances against the Spartans. David Wood, top right, executes a slide tackle. Below, Bartels breaks away from the defenders while Zachary Odum advances. Alex Koslick fights for the ball.

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Something smells, and it might just be you Personal hygiene affects your health and the health of fellow students What is that horrible smell? Three words: poor personal hygiene. Whether you’re in class, on the quad or in the elevator, you’re bound to smell the stench of something funky, foul or just plain disgusting. Students who neglect to clean their bodies daily affect the physical and social well-being of themselves and others. Physically, these students put themselves and their peers at risk of getting a bacterial infection. Athlete’s foot, herpes and lice are all common bacterial infections transmitted through direct and indirect contact, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Direct contact transmits bacteria through kissing, sexual intercourse, oral secretions and body lesions, according to the CDC. Anyone deliberately willing to come into contact with someone with these infections must want to be infected. Indirect contact includes touching objects or surfaces such as door handles, chairs, tables or windows, according to the CDC. Students and faculty should not have to fear obtaining an infection every time they need to use these objects. It is a simple concept. The university provides bathrooms with personal cleaning materials such as soap, water and hand sanitizer. Everyone should use them. Students should adhere to the personal hygiene tips listed in UNC Asheville’s general health and safety policies. One policy advises employees from facilities management to always wash their hands and to

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clean office areas after they are use. In the interest of students, the university should enforce this policy. When touching commonlyused surfaces such as computers, they should be advised to be more sanitary. Another way to enforce these sanitation requirements would be to provide advertisements, as well as awareness days. Because the university promotes environmental friendliness, it should promote good personal hygiene among the student body. According to the university health and counseling department, ninety percent of UNCA students say they found campus health awareness activities beneficial. These activities include advice on smoking, binge drinking, eating disorders, stress and other topics. If the university provided health activities geared toward personal hygiene, it could prevent the spread of infection, and benefit the physical and mental wellbeing of students. Socially, you may ask, who cares about personal hygiene? Apparently, some students do. UNCA junior Justin Greene says bad personal hygiene affects the amount of friends an individual may have.

“I knew a girl from one of my previous classes that had really bad hygiene,” Greene said. “She would always stink when she came to class. I wasn’t the only person that noticed it.” Because no one knew a respectable way to tell the girl about her odor, everyone in class tried to ignore the matter, Greene said. “No one knew if she realized that she stunk or if she just didn’t care,” Greene said. “I wonder if she knew why people didn’t want to be around her anymore.” How do you tell someone they stink? It should be done in a private and respectable manner. A simple suggestion of improving personal hygiene can be offensive. Although this may be a comical matter, it could lead to damaging friendships, relationships, anger, frustration and embarrassment. In any case, addressing the problem to your peers would be a personal, yet effective, way of in-

The university provides bathrooms with personal cleaning materials such as soap, water and hand sanitizer. Everyone should use them.

fluencing good personal hygiene. Some students who claim to be “naturalists” may protest personal hygiene. Some students may not even care. Whatever the reason may be, it is an issue that seems silly, childish and socially-ignored until there is a serious bacterial infection.

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All colleges need a medical amnesty policy By Tom McLean

Co-Campus Voice Editor

Although medical amnesty policies remain a controversial topic in society, it’s something every university should consider to maintain student safety. Medical amnesty policies, also known as good samaritan policies, let students call medical services without campus repercussions for a person overdosing on alcohol or drugs, according to the Higher Education Center, a group sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Amnesty does not, however, prevent legal consequences. Nonetheless, every university should consider an amnesty policy. Opponents of amnesty policies say such policies encourage alcohol and drug abuse on campus, according to the HEC. How much encouragement students need to take drugs and alcohol, especially with permission from a policy, remains subjective. But this means, of course, that opponents perhaps envision dorm rooms turning into heroin dens and students turning empty soda cans into homemade pipes. It’s the same paranoia showcased in Reefer Madness. If students simply wait for a policy to come into place as their “Get Out of Jail Free” card, then they probably didn’t need much encouragement to take drugs or drink alcohol in the first place. But, we’re talking about when moderation turns into extremes. It’s well-known and championed in American culture that college is a time of experimentation. Drugs, sex, alcohol – anything’s game. Expecting a policy to solidify this message seems redundant. Students visiting the emergen-

cy room hopefully only need to go once to understand what constitutes too much. Really, somebody over the limit on, say, painkillers, most likely only needs their stomach pumped once to realize drugs aren’t a game. Maybe the student with brain damage after a massive alcohol binge can serve as a reminder of what students should consider moderation. Although drastic, such examples show that the emergency room should be the last resort. The HEC recommends preventative programs be in place to discourage alcohol and drug abuse on campus. Sure, some exist, but a medical amnesty policy offers an excellent time to re-focus on prevention. Also, students who don’t receive direct repercussions from campus administration for calling when a fellow student overdoses should be required to attend an abuse class to dissuade the behavior. Ideally, the students only attend the class once and learn their lesson. This shuts out the revolvingdoor types who don’t know when to quit and probably shouldn’t be in college anyway. The same idea applies for the legal aspect, too. If the campus allows amnesty, then the law should, as well. Not doing so might hold some students back from calling the E.R. Rather than allow students to simply leave the hospital after the ordeal, the law could require students to take a class to reduce abuse. It’s important to note here that medical amnesty should only be reserved for emergencies. Students who get caught with drugs can’t be allowed to claim amnesty. The same goes for un-

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American culture champions college as a time for experimentation. derage drinkers. To do so negates the purpose of the amnesty policy. Treating medical amnesty policies as some kind of gate-opening encouragement for students to engage in drug and drink alcohol abuse makes about as much sense as throwing an occasional, unearned A grade to a consistently D student. It won’t change behavior. Acting as though college students, who are adults, need administrators’ permission to begin

drug and alcohol use is comical at best. Here’s the skinny: If students wish to do drugs and alcohol, they will. If they don’t, they won’t. If a policy pushes someone into drinking and drugging, the student probably would have given in to peer pressure anyway. Medical amnesty offers more than protection for students. It offers, above all else, guaranteed medical services because no student will have an excuse for not calling.

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Concerned faculty must speak out Anonymous flier raises valid concerns about public dissent By Jonathan Walczak editor-in-chief

An anonymous flier posted in several on-campus buildings last week questioning new Emergency Management Coordinator Sylvia Farrington raises valid concerns in a dubious manner. Even though whoever posted it may have a good reason for invisible protest, there are better, alternative avenues available for airing concerns. An institution based on unfettered discussion and debate cannot properly function when faculty, staff or students feel it necessary to cloak their criticism in anonymity. Whoever posted the flier was most likely a faculty or staff member, since it appeared late at night when students wouldn’t have access to most buildings. If Farrington’s appointment concerned a member of the campus community enough that he or she spent time creating and posting the flier, why not speak out in a public manner? The obvious answer is concern about job security, which is understandable in today’s economy. Nobody wants to publicly rock the boat at a university that lost dozens of positions because of a substantial budget shortfall. And following several highprofile layoffs in recent years, including that of Maggie Weshner, former counseling center director, perhaps faculty and staff members feel vulnerable at the hands of a relatively new administration. Yet, if publicly raising issues seems difficult for whatever reason, university employees must find other ways to vocalize their concerns. The Blue Banner does not normally publish nameless rumors. Editors engaged in a lengthy debate before deciding to publish the flier. In the end, we decided it raises

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Letter to the Editor:

Sex column fails to cite expert sources Dear Editor,

I am deeply concerned with the intentions of the new “Sexual Scholars” column. As a university student, I am here to receive an education and I fear this column does not have such intentions. Perhaps I am biased because I am a certified peer educator whose goal is to help educate my peers on making healthy decisions concerning all sorts of wellness issues. However, I think that, through our liberal arts education, we should be building on our ability to think critically and analyze material, whether in our classes or our local newspaper. Did you know that sexology is a rare field of study? Did you know that UNC Asheville has one of four or five sexologists in the state of North Carolina? The availability of resources such as these should be made widely known to our university and not secluded by writing articles that not only do not yield any information about where students can go to find educational materials, but also hinder one’s education on the topic. - Certified peer educator

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Student Health Services offers three types of birth control: the common pill, condoms and the The flier drew comparisons between new Emergency Management Coordi“depo-shot.” nator Sylvia Farrington and former Gov. Mike Easley’s wife Mary. They also offer Plan B, the more questions than just about the rectly about her relationship with “morning after” pill, which is not hiring of a single administrator, Mayor Terry Bellamy and her ex- used as a regular form of contraand therefore warranted publica- perience, something the unknown ception and does not contain a tion. critic who created the flier was large dose of hormones. As the voice of UNCA, The presumably unable to do. Student Health Services does Banner has a duty to investigate It’s important to remember The not offer injectable birth control controversial issues. Banner is here for all members of implants. They do offer Depo For example, we had the capa- the campus community, faculty Provera liquid injections. bility to question Farrington di- and staff included.

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The Blue Banner’s View Vote on illegal immigrants maintains unfair status quo The North Carolina Board of Community Colleges made the right decision when it cast an important vote last Friday allowing illegal immigrants to attend community colleges. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, citing the struggling state economy as a reason illegal immigrants shouldn’t fill community colleges, cast the only dissenting vote. What seems to be lost on most opponents of the vote (and even those who support the decision) is that it will hardly change things for either North Carolina’s community colleges or its illegal immigrants. On the surface, it may seem like a great opportunity for those who were brought to this country illegally as minors, but they will still be at a huge disadvantage when it comes to attending college. Those who wish to attend, as part of the agreement, will be required to pay out-of-state tuition, which officials estimate costs nearly $7,000 per year.


In addition, this new policy will not take effect for six months While some may see this as a sure sign of the to 12 months, at the most. While some may see this as a apocalypse, to others it appears to be what it sure sign of the apocalypse, to truly is: an empty gesture. others it appears to be what it truly is: an empty gesture. The odds are still stacked They will also be the low- tially correct, the real truth is that against these people, and the opest priority applicants, meaning the argument is all just noise. portunity provided to them is dithat anyone legally in the United It is highly unlikely that many minished when factors like cost States and applying to the same potential students will even be are taken into account. institution will get priority. Fur- able to afford the $7,000-per- year Beyond that, anyone who can thermore, noncitizens who are ac- tuition. afford the tuition payments and cepted will not be able to apply It is also unlikely that many is actually accepted into a comfor financial aid. who can afford it will ultimately munity college won’t even be Vocal critics vehemently op- even be able to get in when pri- able to work legally in this state posed to illegal immigration will ority and community college en- or in this country, despite the destill make a bigger deal out of this rollment are taken into account. gree for which they will have paid than necessary. They claim it is Community colleges have seen $14,000. amnesty and a waste of taxpayer 20 to 30 percent increases in enLet them get a proper educdollars. rollment in the past year. tion, and allow them to work afThose in favor of the move say These high school graduates ter graduation so they may benefit it’s a great opportunity for the will not take the place of students the society that has given them so children of illegal immigrants to who are here legally, they will not much. get an education and contribute waste taxpayer dollars, they will North Carolina must provide to the society in which they’ve not receive amnesty and they will those who had no choice to come grown up. not really even have any new op- here with an opportunity to better While both sides may be par- portunities. themselves.

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