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By MARK FOLK
The psychedelic drug "ecstasy"
may have a good medical purpose,
Lester Grinspoon, psychiatric pro
fessor from Harvard Medical
School, told a capacity crowd in
Hamilton Hall Tuesday night.
"I believe that ecstasy could have
a great effect on medicine," Grin
spoon said in a speech sponsored by
the Carolina Union Current Issues
Committee. "But we still have a great
deal to learn about it."
Learning about ecstasy is a prob
lem, Grinspoon said, since the Drug
Enforcement Agency has listed it as
a Status I drug, which includes LSD
and marijuana. According to the
DEA, Status I drugs have no medical
uses, can't be used safely and have
a great potential for abuse.
Because of the classification of
ecstasy drugs, Grinspoon said.
Student volunteers bridge generation gap by
By KIMBERLY EDENS
The problems of growing older
may seem remote to many college
students, but the more than 50 UNC
student volunteers who work with
the elderly come face to face with
those problems every week.
Young people can make a special
contribution to the lives of the
elderly, said Mary Chenoweth,
regional representative for the Amer
ican Association of Retired Persons,
which coordinates volunteer oppor
tunities for working with the elderly.
"Older people seem to understand
and have a rapport with younger
people," she said. "There's a better
relationship, a more giving relation
ship at that level. It's like
Campus Y and Alpha Phi Omega
(APO) service fraternity sponsor
programs for students who want to
volunteer to help the elderly.
Campus Y coordinates a student-
The electrical power was out in
two-thirds of the buildings on
campus for about 45 minutes Tues
day because of an adventuresome
According to Ray DuBose, Uni
versity power plant engineer, a
squirrel got into the power station
on Cameron Avenue Tuesday after
noon, damaging some porcelain
insulators that hold high-voltage
"It was a dangerous situation to
have the equipment like that, and
it could've gone down at any time,"
Bryan Hassel gives speech during Tuesday's
researchers aren't allowed to study
"Once drugs are in Status I, then
they never see the light of day,"
Grinspoon said. "We're fighting to
get ecstasy out of Status I so it can
be studied like it should be."
Grinspoon and three of his col
leagues are now attempting to move
ecstasy from a Status I to Status 111
classification. Although drug traf
ficking with ecstasy would still be
illegal if it were classified Status III,
Grinspoon said the move would
allow researchers to learn more
about the drug.
"All the DEA has been talking
about recently is how bad the ecstasy
is," Grinspoon. "But how do they
know, since there hasn't been much
research done on it."
Although ecstasy may have good
medical use, Grinspoon said he
wasn't sure what kind of effect the
Tuesday: Working with Children
Wednesday: Helping the Elderly
O Thursday: Working in Hospitals
Friday: Helping fellow students
elderly exchange and a nursing home
committee, while APO has a "Furry
Friends" program that serves the
Carol Woods Retirement
Organizers said the student
elderly exchange, also known as
Adopt-A-Grandparent, helps to
bridge the generation gap. "It helps
people to understand each other,"
said program co-chairwoman Dawn
Williams. "It's an opportunity for
people from different generations to
know each other."
DuBose said, "so we decided to go
ahead and shut it down so we could
A crew of workers from Duke
Power Co., which supplies most of
the electricity for UNC's campus,
worked from about 6:30 p.m. to 7:15
p.m. while the buildings on the
northern two-thirds of campus stood
DuBose said the power on campus
was also out momentarily at about
3:30 p.m. Tuesday because of the
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drug had on frequent users.
"1 amery concerned about those
who abuse the use of ecstasy, since
we don't know much about it yet,"
he said. "Anyone who uses it should
be very cautious."
Ecstasy was discovered in 1914,
but it didn't become well-known
until 1954, when the Department of
Defense tried the drug in research
of chemical weapons. It was not
illegal to use ecstasy until the early
Grinspoon said that he tried the
drug once while it was still legal, but
that he wouldn't advise using ecstasy
often because of the lack of knowl
edge about its long-term effects.
But using the drug once or twice
would probably not have adverse
effects on users, he said.
The drug may be valuable med-
See ECSTASY page 2
about 25 UNC students and 25
homebound elderly people, Williams
said. Interested students apply and
are interviewed by organizers.
Campus Y's nursing home com
mittee also involves about 25 stu
dents in two groups. One group
alternates between visiting Carol
Wood Retirement Community and
Lakeview Nursing Home each Mon-.
day. The other group visits Lakeview
Participants in APO's Furry
Friends program take a puppy or
kitten from the Chapel Hill Animal
Shelter when they visit Carol Wood
"The animals give the students
something to start a conversation
about," said sophomore Lynn Jac
obs, APO vice president. "I know
that a lot of elderly people don't get
a lot of attention, and it brings some
youth back into their lives."
Students gave many different
reasons for volunteering to help the
elderly. Some said they hope work
ing with older people will make
dealing with their own aging easier.
"Those people are going through
the same happinesses and sadnesses
that young people are, just in a
different form," said sophomore
Diane Just, nursing home committee
co-chairwoman. "1 can deal with
getting older because old people
don't scare me."
Other students said they volunteer
because of feelings about their own
"I volunteer because 1 didn't ever
get to know my grandparents.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
HoMsing proposes program
for student-f acuity iiiteractioe
By BARBARA LINN
The Department of University
Housing is seeking support for a
Faculty Fellows program to
increase faculty and student
interaction in residence halls.
The program would allow
students to interact with faculty
on an informal basis through
educational programs and infor
mal discussion, L. D. Newman,
assistant director of housing, said
A recent "quality of life" survey
conducted by University housing
revealed that students want more
opportunities to interact with
faculty in residence halls, she said.
The survey was given to a random
sample of about 1,800 students
"We don't want a program that
the students won't participate in,"
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By LAURA PEARLMAN
Seven faces were conspicuously
absent from Tuesday's divestment
rally held in front of South Building.
They were the faces of members of
UNC's Endowment Board, all of
whom were sent copies of a petition
signed by 95 faculty members asking
them to attend the rally.
The petitions were also signed by
student members of Action Against
In front of seven empty chairs
labeled with the names of board
members, five speakers addressed a
crowd of about 45 people on the
steps of South Building Tuesday.
Junior Bryan Hassel began the
rally by outlining five arguments
against apartheid he said are most
But RHA President Kelly
Clark said Tuesday that not
enough students have been con
sulted about the proposal, and
that only two questions on the
Housing survey specifically
"Nothing was directly said
about a faculty fellows program
on the survey," he said.
The questionnaire asked how
likely it was for students to attend
activities involving faculty
member in residence halls. "Very
likely to attend" was the response
given by 12.2 percent of the
students surveyed, while "Not
likely at all to attend" was the
response given by 10.4 percent.
And 46.2 percent of the stu
dents surveyed said they were
satisfied with opportunities for
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"We can't divest because it will
hurt the blacks whoU be left without
jobs," Hassel said. I think weVe
heard all this before, like about 120
years ago with the freeing of the
slaves, and then again about 20 years
ago with the civil rights movement.
We can't free the blacks because it'll
be too hard for them to adjust to
Later, Hassel compared the board
to the South African government.
"Sure the students and faculty
members want divestment, but we're
being spoken for by a small group
of people. Does that sound like any
other place youVe heard of?"
And if board members think that
investments in South Africa maxi
mize profits. Hassel said, they could
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faculty involvement, while 28.4
said there was too little
According to a draft of the
proposal, University housing
hopes to recruit 20 faculty
members, who will be assigned to
each of the 10 residence areas on
campus. An interested group of
students from each area will be
chosen to commit themselves to
Clark said University housing
officials should list their priorities
in order of student needs. Before
funds are channeled toward stu
dent development programs, he
said, the basic needs of students
should be met.
"This winter, students on
South Campus went weeks at a
time without hot water," Clark
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