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By ELLEN THORNTON
t's one of the many injustices
of life. The sun is shining, the
waves are breaking, and we're
standing in line to buy textbooks.
But even if your brain is still
focusing on the savage tan, and
you'd rather be spending that
$200 on suntan lotion, you need
to think about your textbook
The obvious place to buy
books is the Student Stores. They
carry virtually every text profes
sors require you to purchase.
Although there have been many
complaints about high prices in
the past, manager Rutledge Tufts
said the store does not set prices
on most of the texts. The prices
for new books come from the
publisher's list price, which all
Student Stores charges 75 per
cent of this list price for used
books,, according to Tufts. Some
books, such as lab manuals,
come in without this pre-pricing
by the publisher. The store then
sets a price that is in line with the
other text prices.
If you're not up to standing in
the lines at the Student Stores,
you could trek over to Pop's Tar
Heel Textbooks on Franklin
Street. Pop's is set up in much
the same way as the Student
Stores. The. major difference is
that Pop's carries more used
books, but it does have a few new
By LEIGH ANN MCDONALD
Three gold medals and one
silver were not the only sur
prises for Nancy Hogshead
during the 1984 Olympics. The then
22-year-old swimmer met a first
time diagnosis of asthma with com
A doctor made the discovery after
Hogshead completed her last race,
the 200-meter butterfly in which she
was trying to tie the record of most
medals won by a female swimmer in
history. "I was coughing and wheez
ing like I usually did after exercis
ing, and he asked me to get on a
treadmill," she says. "I just didn't
believe that I had asthma I mean,
I had just won three gold medals."
She talks about the realization of
her condition as an eye-opening
experience. Only after she tried
albuterol, an inhaler medicine that
can be taken about 15 minutes
before exercising, did she believe the
"Taking the drug was like putting
on glasses for the first time," she
said. "I had had asthma symptoms
since puberty I would turn purple
and pass out during workouts, and
everybody thought I was just work
ing hard. After using the inhaler I
thought you mean everyone else
can breathe like this?"
Hogshead, now 26, wants other
people, especially children and those
involved in recreational sports, to
become more aware of asthma and
how to control it. When she is not
doing commentary for swimming
events on ABC, she works as a mo
tivational speaker. As honorary
chairman of the American Lung
Association, she spoke about
asthma in 30 cities last year.
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texts. Pop's also charges 75 per
cent of the list price for used .
"The prices here are no more
than those at the Student Stores,
and sometimes less," said Pop's
employee Kerry Collins, a junior
economics major. "The big
advantage in coming to Pop's is
that there aren't as many people
here and it's not such a hassle."
In general, the prices at both
Student Stores and Pop's do not
vary much. For example, the text
for Sociology 30, "Diversity in
American Families," costs $34.65
(new) at both places. The used
book price was also the same.
"I checked the prices on all my
books at Pop's and Student
Stores and they were all pretty
much the same," said sophomore
journalism major Jacki Green
berg. "Pop's wasn't as busy, but
they also didn't have the books
for every class."
Yet another alternative is to
buy used textbooks at the Alpha
Phi Omega book co-op. The
APO service fraternity runs the
co-op on the second floor of the
Union, offering a selection of
around 5,000 books each
Students place these books in
the co-op and set their own pri
ces. The student receives 85 per
cent of this price, while APO
gives the other 15 percent to the
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problems breathing when exercis
ing," she said. But people often .
attribute breathing problems as
simply being out of shape, she says,
and they need to be diagnosed.
If I wasn't diagnosed until I was
22, imagine the other people who
have not been diagnosed."
Dr. Jim Donahue, president of
American Lung Association of
North Carolina, says that asthma
affects approximately seven to 10 "
percent of the population, ranging
from the mild, exercise-induced -asthma
to a more severe, almost"
fatal, disease. The association wants
people with the milder asthma to
realize that it can be controlled, thus
increasing their enjoyment of sports.
"Asthma does not limit you in
sports if it is properly treated and .
controlled," Donahue says."The
symptoms are wheezing, shortness
of breath and coughing. People
often attribute this to poor condi
tioning. But if you run at your peak, .
then you will be short of breath.
Asthma cheats you by narrowing
your bronchial tubes you dont
reach your peak."
Donahue recommends that
asthma patients warm up gradually
for about 15 minutes before they
exercise. They should also refrain
from exercising if they have been
sick recently. And working out in
warm, humid air is much better for
the lungs than cold, dry air.
The slow warm-up is usually
enough to prevent patients from
having an episode, Donahue says,
but if that fails to control the
asthma, the patient should use albu
terol or cromolyn, another inhaler,
or theophylline, a pill. These medi
cines are all sanctioned by the Inter
national Olympic Committee.
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"Texts for the more popular
classes are often three or four
dollars less than the same books ,
in the Student Stores," said
Karen Courtney, book co-op
chairman. "Books for the more
obscure classes are often sold at
bargain basement prices some
times a $26 book will be sold for
If you've shopped around, and
you just can't bear to part with
your money, there is still hope.
The Undergraduate Library has a
text reserve program, started by
the student government. The
library allocates money each
semester to expand the list of
available books. Reserve librar
ian Gillian Debreczeny then
chooses new books based on
course popularity. ,
Texts for over 35 of the most
popular courses can be checked
out for a two-hour period at the
reserve desk. Many of these
books come from introductory
courses with high enrollment,
such as Astronomy 31, Psychol
ogy 10, and Economics 10. If you
reserve a book at 10 p.m., you
can keep it until 9 a.m.
"These books are well-used,"
Debreczeny said. "This is an
excellent alternative for students
who simply cannot afford the
high prices of textbooks or for 1
those who left their textbook
behind and want to study in the .
asthma with a shot of epinephrine at
the emergency room," Hogshead
says. "This is pure adrenalin, and it
is like taking speed." The drug
works on opening up the lungs in a
one to one ratio with the heart. For
every one unit that it opens the
lungs, it stimulates the heart a unit."
"Inhalers are the safest method,"
Donahue says. "They don't affect
the heart, and the dosages are safe."
People need to know that they
can get their asthma under control
with these safer drugs, Hogshead
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way, salty french fries and an
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choice is yours. '
Eating healthful foods may seem
like a difficult task, but with the
help of certain University programs,
nutritious alternatives are available.
Students may gain valuable infor
mation in a variety of health-related
topics, said Susan Chappell, coordi
, nator of the Wellness Resource Cen
ter in Fetzer Gym. "Students come
here and in the past their mom has
cooked for them," she said. "They
don't think about cooking food.
They go to Franklin Street restau
rants and order pizza at night."
The center has identified these
habits as the biggest problem stu
dents face, and it offers nutrition
consultants to help students find a
solution. The consultants, usually
graduate students, first ask for an
account of the student's eating hab
its in the past few days. From this
food recall, the consultant can gain
a general idea of what may be lack
ing in the person's diet.
Discussions with consultants may
include advice on fast food, fad
, diets, calorie counting or sports top
ics. "It's a really good opportunity
to talk one on one, to answer ques
tions and to get information," Chap
Students also may visit the cen
ter's Fit Stop program and resource
says. And then they must take those
precautions before exercising.
One way she is helping people to
become more aware of asthma is by
writing a book about world class
athletes with asthma. The book,
which will come out in the fall of
1989, is called "Exercising With
"We want people to understand
what they have and then put it on
the back burner," Hogshead says.
"Then they can carry on with their
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can learn what their body fat per
centage, heart rate and blood pres
sure should be. Books with specific
health topics are available for stu
dents at the resource library.
Students who choose to eat at
Lenoir or Chase dining halls also
have healthful food alternatives.
Instead of fried foods, a smarter
choice could be baked or steamed
meats and vegetables. Salad and
potato bars are also good choices.
Frozen yogurt and fresh fruit are
better than ice cream and cake.
A new program, Thank Goodness
I'm Fit (TGIF), will begin in a few
weeks. Sponsored by the Carolina
Dining Service, the Wellness
Resource Center and IM-REC, the
program offers healthy dining spe
cials as well as exercise benefits to
IM-REC instructors will hold
aerobics classes every Monday and
Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m in
the Carolina Court, formerly called
the Commons, according to Charles
Hackney, marketing manager at
Carolina Dining Service.
"We wanted to bring this program
into the public," Hackney said. "It's
located in a central location of cam
pus, and is a nice aerobics facility. It
should be a lot of fun."
Beginning next Wednesday,
Lenoir will host a TGIF program,
"Stress and Time Management."
Different topics, including "Sports
Nutrition and Myths," "Fad Diets
and Eating Sensibly" and "Fast
Food Facts and Wise Choices," will
alternate between Lenoir and Chase
halls each Wednesday. ,
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p.m. Each Monday at Lenoir, the
Fit Stop program will be available
to students for blood pressure and
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To encourage participation, a free
three-month membership to Nauti
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at the end of each month until
December. Each time a student asks
a question, gets information from a
Wellness Resource Center represen
tative or participates in aerobics
classes, he or she is eligible for the
"The idea is to participate, to get
involved in some way," Hackney
said. All of these programs are free
of charge. ;
In weeks to come, TGIF dinner
specials will be offered with calorie,
sodium, and fat counts included.
Eating junk food and eating out
are the biggest temptations to
unhealthful eating, according to
some students. Granette Trent, a
senior English major from Hertford,
said getting into a regular eating
schedule is most helpful.
"When I moved on campus from
Granville, I tended to eat more junk
food, to grab something quick like a
hamburger," Trent said.
Some students said it was difficult
to eat healthful meals in general, but
especially during stressful times.
"The only stuff good tasting in
Lenoir is food that is bad for you,"
said Alisa Carrigan, a sophomore
pharmacy major from Mooresville.
Carrigan said she usually cooks in
her room. "You buy food for your
room, buy only food that is good
for you. If bad food is not available,
you won't eat it."
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