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The Tar HeelThursday,' July 16, 198721
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By USA RICHARDSON
The Student Health Service,
located on South Campus, offers
health care for students enrolled
for the current semester. The
service operates on an appoint
ment basis, but same-day appoint
ments are also available.
According to Judith Cowan,
director of SHS, the service makes
every effort to take care of students
who feel extremely ill but haven't
made appointments. "If there's
anyone who feels he's acutely ill
and needs to be seen (that day),
he will be seen," she said.
Sheila Sturdivant, administra
tive manager for SHS, said the
student health fee at $98 per
semester is quite a bargain.
"(Students) should really take
advantage of it," she said.
SHS has regular weekday
hours, but a central nurse's station
is staffed at all times, including
weekends, most holidays and
SHS services include the clinical
medicine staff of nine doctors and
three nurse practitioners to take
care of most health needs. Stu
dents who come to SHS for
routine health care are asked to
choose a professional to be their
regular health care specialist.
"This way, the doctor gets to
know the patient and the patient
gets to know the doctor," Sturdi
vant said. "This ensures that there
is some continuity of care."
SHS has several specialty clin
ics, including the sports medicine
clinic, which provides physical
therapy and treatment for many
injuries; the mental health staff to
help students discuss stress, lone
liness and other problems through
crisis intervention, individual
therapy and stress management;
and women's health, staffed by a
gynecologist and two nurse prac
titioners, who provide pregnancy
tests and routine care.
This past year, SHS also added
a dental clinic, where students can
have dental problems diagnosed.
No dental work is done in the
clinic, but students may be referred
to the Dental School for routine
SHS also has a cold care center,
a do-it-yourself service which
allows students to save time by
determining if their illnesses
require the care of a doctor; the
allergy clinic, which administers
vaccines; and the pharmacy, which
fills prescriptions written by SHS
doctors and sells over-the-counter
Cowan said health education is
a top priority at SHS. "We print
a large number of pamphlets on
every kind of medical problem,'
she said. "All of our physicians and
nurse practitioners consider
(health education) to be a basic
part of the job."
SHS is an ideal service for
students. Cowan said. "We are
able to offer the student fairly
comprehensive care, and most of
it will be covered by the student
health fee," she said., "Students
who use us feel quite positive
about the service."
Services not covered by the
student health fee will be directly
billed to students through the
cashier's office in Bynurh Hall.
Swimming test gets students to take the plunge
By TRICIA WHITE
Since the mid-1940s, UNC
students have been jumping into
Bowman Gray pool in Woollen
Gym and dog-paddling, freestyl
ing, or doing whatever will keep
their heads above water for 5
minutes. This is the swim test, one
of the University's rites of passage.
"There are a few brave ones who
show up and try to pass the test
even though they can swim," said
Charles Lockee, a teacher's assist
ant in the Physical Education
department. "They are the ones
who usually fail the test."
Students who don't know how
to swim are encouraged to take
the beginning swimming course
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taking the test.
The test is generally understood
to be a requirement of the General
College, and is noted as such on
page 45 of the Undergraduate
Bulletin. It was instituted during
World War I when the Pre-Flight
division of the Navy was training
at Carolina and donated the
outdoor pool. Bowman Gray
donated the indoor pool, but a
stipulation accompanied his gift:
that a swim test be instituted, so
that every student who might use
the pool would be able to swim.
If you're no Mark Spitz, don't
despair. All you really need to be
able to do to pass the swim test
is keep from drowning. In this way
the test is more a precautionary
measure than it is an assessment
of your ability to swim like a fish.
The test consists of jumping into
the pool, swimming to the end and
back using any stroke (in the case
of some people, you might not call
it swimming, exactly) and then
staying in the pool for a total of
five minutes. The stipulations are
simply that you touch neither the
sides nor the bottom of the pool
during those five minutes.
If you are not a particularly
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good swimmer, but can manage
even a slowish clip at the dog
paddle, you will be able to pass
This year the swim test will be
given at the following times:
November 6, 10 a.m.-noon and 1
3 p.m.; March 25, 10 a.m.-noon
and 1-3 p.m.; April 6, 10 a.m.
noon and 1-3 p.m.; and April 29,
Although there is usually no test
scheduled for the summer months,
this year it will be held on Juiy
17, 1-2 p.m. as well. The exception
was made because an unusual
number of seniors failed to take
their swim test by graduation.
According to the P.E. Depart
ment, a senior will not receive his
diploma until he has completed
the swim test.
"It's one of those things that you
can easily put off," said '87
graduate Richard Tooke. "Pru
dent people always take it when
they are freshmen, when they're
supposed to. It's one of those
things like having to get a shot or
going to the dentist I didn't take
it until April of my senior year."
Students who want to bypass
the test can. get waivers under
certain circumstances, according
to Richard Cramer, an associate .
at the College of Arts and Scien
ces. A waiver would require a
petition to the Appeals Commit
tee, however, a procedure which
has a reputation for being some
what strict. Your best bet is
probably to go ahead and take the
course during your freshman year
and sink or swim.
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