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The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, March 31, 19873
Research takes stadleinite out off classroom aedl into Mh
Dy TOM MCCUISTON
As pre-registration for next semes
ter's classes begins, many students
will search desperately for the course
which is an easy A. But others will
sign up for such courses as Biology
98 or Chemistry 99, and thus assure
themselves of spending many hours
in a campus laboratory doing
Why do these people subject
themselves to such grueling torture?
For students like Ben Sutker, a
senior biology major from Charlotte,
the decision to do research was an
Ml was tired of sitting in class all
day just listening to a professor
lecture," he said. "Research gives me
the chance to apply what 1 learn in
class in an inquisitive manner."
Many departments within the
University offer undergraduates
opportunities to conduct research
and gain valuable laboratory expe
rience. Topics of campus research vary
from the morphology of fungus to
the presence and absence of drug
metabloites to the effect of account
ing figures on stock prices.
Most departments require that
students do research in order to
graduate with honors. Students
usually receive three credit hours for
each semester in which they conduct
Students working toward a degree
in pharmacy with honors are typ
ically required to work two semesters
under the supervision of a faculty
member, said Ralph Raasch, an
associate professor in the School of
Pharmacy and chairman of the
Pharmacy Honors Committee.
Most professors are eager to have
students help them on research, said
Kitty Ellison, a representative for the
chemistry department. "We have
over half of our professors taking
on four to five students a semester,"
she said. Professors require students
to commit themselves for at least two
semesters of research.
"Research is good for students
wanting to pursue graduate studies,"
Ellison said. "It gives them expe
rience (in areas) they will encounter
as graduate students."
"We guide students and train them
to think independently," said John
Koeppe, associate professor of
biology and director of the under
graduate honors biology program.
Koeppe said undergraduate stu
dents pursuing research in biology
have more opportunities 10 think on
their own since they conduct their
own research. "Students are given
their own projects, generate their
own data and communicate their
own findings with the advice of a
Undergraduate students can gain
research experience in the non-science-related
Students enrolled in Psychology
99 can receive three credit hours for
doing research under the supervision
of a faculty member, said Barclay
Martin, a professor of psychology.
"If an undergraduate is interested
in graduate school, research is very,
important," he said.
While some students gain expo
sure to research on campus, others
learn research techniques in nearby
Research Triangle Park (RTP).
Although there are no definite
figures on students working at RTP,
Robin Joseph, experiential learning
coordinator at University Career
Planning and Placement, said that
the majority of the firms in the Park
sought chemistry, physics, biology,
computer science and pharmacy
Carol Willis, a General Electric
specialist in human resource pro
grams and practice, said the com
pany hires computer science majors
from UNC. She added that these
students do work comparable to that
of full-time employees.
"We find that students gain val
uable learning experience, and we get
projects done," Willis said.
Sandy Whitt, employment super
visor for Burroughs Welcome, said
the company employs many medical
students and chemistry and biology
majors. She said these students do
support work in 45 to 50 different
Sutker gave his advice to other
students wanting to do research.
"Make sure you have a topic you
are genuinely interested in and the
time to expend," he said. Although
students will spend between 20 and
30 hours a week in the lab, Sutker
said, the benefits easily outweigh the
loss of free time.
'Top Gun9 video craises to top
with sales of 1.9 million copies
By BILL YARDLEY
We all knew it was coming; now
we must face it.
" Top Gun mania is sweeping the
country," said Bob Klingensmith,
president of Paramount Video,
shortly after the release of the home
video "Top Gun" to stores March
Keep your seats there's more.
Apparently Americans could not
get enough of Tom Cruise and the
heroic flying efforts of real Navy
pilots in movie theaters last summer.
Before its release to stores, "Top
Gun" already set a sales record of
1.9 million pre-orders, according to
Tim Clott, senior vice president of
Paramount Home Video. By March
19, Paramount already had 600,000
back orders, bringing its total sales
up to 2.5 million copies of the movie,
Although Paramount's suggested
price for the movie is $26.95, some
Chapel Hill stores are selling it for
as low as $24.95.
Part of the reason for the low price
of "Top Gun" is Paramount's co-
promotion with Pepsi-Cola, Clott
Pepsi commercials, one of which
premiered during the Grammy
Awards telecast in February, feature
action scenes with Top Gun Naval
Academy pilots and also have a
special promotion for the home
video at the commercial's conclu
sion, he said.
Because the advertising expendi
tures for the movie are being divided
between the two corporations. Para
mount can sell "Top Gun" at a lower
price, Clott added.
"Paramount is the best overall
distributor because of its low sell
through prices," said Walter McFall,
owner of Show & Tell Video on
"By lowering the actual buying
prices of movies, Paramount hopes
to encourage customers to start their
own home video library," he said.
McFall said that he still had a few
copies of the movie in stock.
North American Video, located at
Rams Plaza Shopping Center, is out
of stock of the video, but the store
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pass fail proposal a few days after
Tuesday's meeting, Fletcher said,
and if the proposal is recommended,
it will be presented to the council
If the council approves the pro
posal, it will probably take effect in
the spring of 1988, he said.
At Tuesday's meeting, committee
members will listen to recommenda
tions from students and faculty
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to mention the issue briefly at the
meeting. "It's important that we get
something done this semester."
Fleagle said he may ask Student
Congress to pass a referendum
requiring the University to plan an
Stephanie Ahlschwede (Dist. 14),
chairman of the Student Affairs
Committee of the congress, said
Monday that the congress could
consider a referendum similar to the
one Fleagle proposed. But such a
referendum could only recommend
that the University develop an
evacuation plan, she said.
about changing the pass fail system.
The committee has not yet
addressed several of the problems of
implementing the proposal, Fletcher
said. Decisions have not yet been
made about whether students will
have to select a target grade, and
whether students who surpass their
target grades will receive the higher
Bailey said the proposal will
benefit everyone." It's good for the
faculty because it encourages the
students to work hard, and it's good
for students because they have a
Under the proposed system, Bai
ley said, students could broaden their
education by taking more courses
outside their majors without taking
the risk of lowering their GPAs.
"Say you're a computer science
major and you take Philosophy 20
and like it, and you find one of these
philosophers and you think you want
to find out more about him, so you
take another philosophy course,"
Bailey said. "But then you start to
do badly, and say, 'Man, Descartes,
he could really mess up my GPA,
it's not worth it.' "
Students who want more informa
tion about the proposal should
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Austin Wallace, store employee.
Those who cannot fork out the
big bucks needed to make "Top
Gun" the newest part of their video
libraries can always rent it.
Well, not quite always. Both
McFall and Wallace agreed that the
best time to rent the movie is during
the middle of the week, since it is
nearly impossible to get it on the
Who's buying this video?
"Mostly women are buying it,"
Wallace said. "We usually have
teenage girls (buying the video), or
their mothers buying it for them."
"Our customers have been pretty
balanced between women and men,"
McFall said. "Women usually buy
it for Tom Cruise and the storyline,
and a lot of men buy it for the
10 a.m. Career Planning and
Placement Services is hav
ing an IBM Corporation
open house in Rooms 208
9 of the Union. Open to
any graduating technical
major. Bring your resume.
5 p.m. Lab Theatre presents two
one-act "plays -66-Gf a
ham Memorial. Reserva
Students for Educational
Access will meet in the
Union to discuss financial
aid cuts and handicapped
7 p.m. UNC Pre-Law Club is
sponsoring a panel discus
sion in the Haywood
Room of the Law School.
Career Planning and
Placement Services spon
sors a presentation by
Services in 210 Hanes.
Open to all students.
8 p.m. Medieval Studies Commit
tee will have a lecture by
Professor D. Bullough of
the University of St.
Andrews, Scotland, in the
Hanes Art Building on
"Which Fathers? The
Latin Patristic Heritage in
the Early Middle Ages."
UNC KOALA Week will
present "Cocaine Blues," a
film presentation and
panel discussion address
ing the use and abuse of
cocaine, in the Union
Southern Accents Fine
Arts Festival presents
Robert Coles, social critic,
in Murphey Hall.
UNC Young Democrats
will meet in Room 224 of
the Union. Candidates for
club offices will present
Items of Interest
All Campus Calendar announce
ments are due by NOON on the day
before they are to run in the DTH..,
Yackety Yack is holding free
portrait sittings until April 3. Call 962
3912 1259 for an appointment.
The Pre Med Pre-Dent Advising
Office has extended the deadline to
turn in student adviser applications
until Friday, April 3.
Sophomores and juniorsbe a
career peer (a trained volunteer
assistant for students coming for a
resume evaluation) with Career Plan
ning and Placement Services. Appli
cations available in 211 Hanes.
Deadline is April 7.
Appointment sheets for English
majors to pre-register with their
advisers are posted opposite 212
1987-88 Glee Club Auditions will
be March 30 - April 10. Contact
Director Michael Tamte-Horan, 225
Hill Hall or 962-5695 1039.
The Carolina Symposium 1988
applications are at the Union desk.
They are due April 10 in Suite B of
Interested in buying a 1985-86
Yackety Yack or another previous
edition? Come by Room 106 of the
Union or call 962-3912 1259.
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