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The Times quoted Bruce Michaels, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,which has a 1,700-square-foot meditation room,as saying, 'Maybe they walk out calmer and have a better perspective about whatever they are dealing with.' Michaels said that 'meditation space is vital because it gives students an opportunity for their minds to expand and their souls to grow', the Times reported.
Bruce Michaels, UNCG's assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and director of student life, said students had requested a place for quiet reflection during planning for the center's renovation."It's a busy world, not only within our community but on campus," he said."What we were looking for was a combination of things (so that) multiple people could be in the space simultaneously and not impact each other," Michaels said.The university doesn't track how many students take advantage of the space, but Michaels said its use includes sleep, study and meditation.The university plans other improvements, such as putting in a water feature to create some kind of white noise."It's a very quiet space, which serves the purpose," Michaels said.
After I wrote an article criticizing that decision, I came under fire from many people, including Bruce Michaels, the Director of UNCG's Office of Student Life.Relying on numerous reports from people who spoke to Michaels and from comments he made in news interviews, I learned that Bruce was accusing me of lying in my coverage of the recent UNCG controversy.Here's one news excerpt dealing with the negative PR that UNCG experienced after my column about the porn star, oops, I mean, sexual health expert:"The letters, calls and complaints were mostly from people who were misinformed, because of Mike Adams' column" said Michaels.One of the "lies" Bruce accused me of proffering was a reference I made to Taormino as a porn star.Now that I have had time to think about it, I realize that Bruce was right.But my good friend Bruce Michaels still insisted that her first visit (funded by student fees) was perfectly appropriate.Well, believe it or not, after reading the reviews of the return of the self-described "poster girl for anal sex," I am convinced that Bruce Michaels is right again!I have been forced to change my mind due to the intelligent questions she fielded from the audience on her return visit to UNCG.For example, one person asked the size of the largest male sex organ that had ever been used to sodomize the health expert.Her answer was thirteen inches.Isn't that a healthy practice that only a "sexual health expert" could discuss with a bunch of college students?I have to take my hat off to Bruce Michaels.His superior moral judgment is paving the way for a brighter future in higher education.The Board of Trustees should give him a pay-raise effective immediately.Although all of this talk about anal sex has caused some to refer to UNCG as "UNC-Gomorrah," at least their "sexual health experts" encourage people to wear condoms.Because of that, I guess there's no chance that UNCG will be referred to as UNC-Gonorrhea.Since I have obviously been unfair to Bruce Michaels, I am hereby calling for a truce with the Director of UNCG's Office of Student Life.In fact, I am going to do more than call for a truce.I am going to send this column to Governor Mike Easley asking that Bruce Michaels be given special recognition for raising the quality of student life at UNCG.Most of all, they can be right there in close contact with UNCG's Office of Student Life, led by Bruce Michaels.
Bruce Michels, UNCG's assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, called Taormino's speech appropriate for a college audience. "She's a controversial speaker, there's no doubt about that," Michels said.
"There's one area on the ground floor that people seem to recognize," said Bruce Michaels, UNCG director of student life, whose old office is where the new coffee bar now stands."Everything else is completely different.It's difficult for people to comprehend where things are." A few students who took a sneak peek at the new building last week had to dodge workers in hard hats, who spent last week finishing the job.Most students will get their first look at the new campus center today, when classes resume after the winter break. "Our plan all along was to open this the first day of class the spring semester," Michaels said."And we're going to make it." Contact John Newsom at 373-7312 or firstname.lastname@example.org See details of all the day's news in tomorrow's News & RecordSubscribe today | Electronic archives