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The Daily Tar HeelFriday, April 14, 19895
By ANNA TURNAGE
omeone has finally broken the
.stereotypical sorority mold.
Last fall, Jacquie Broady, a
senior from Teaneck, N.J., joined a
sorority. The thing that makes her
different from hundreds of other
sorority members is that she is the
first black woman to join an other
wise white sorority at UNC, making
Pi Beta Phi the first white sorority
to "induct a black member.
Broady went through white soror
ity rush in 1988. Pi Beta Phi became
her first choice, and she was
ul never really felt uncomfortable
about doing it at all, said Broady.
"I just wanted to know what it was
like to be in a sorority and the girls
at Pi Phi made me feel really com
fortable and at home."
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One of the greenhouses at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens
By DIANA FLORENCE
outh Campus is more than
brick and basketball. At
'the outer border of
Ehringhaus dormitory, there are
more than 532 acres of wildflow
ers and other native Southeastern
plants. This is the North Carolina
The garden was originally
limited to the Coker Arboretum,
created in 1905 by UNC botanist
William Coker, said Charlotte
Jones-Roe, assistant director of
"Although it began pretty
humbly, with the dual purpose to
aid in teaching and to enhance
the campus with an attractive dis
play of trees on the grounds, it
has evolved into the most com
plete collection of native Sou
The present size of the garden
is a result of various public and
private donations. Former UNC
botany professor H.R. Totten
and his wife, Addie Williams
Totten, left their estate to the
garden in 1974.
The garden is devoted to the
study, conservation and interpre
tation of plants indigenous to the
Southeastern region of the Uni
ted States, according to Jones
Roe. "It features primarily the
native and naturalized flora from
; all regions of North Carolina."
The garden arranges its collec
; tions by region, and visitors are
invited to stroll through numer
; ous displays of mountain plants,
coastal plants and plants of the
In addition, there are many
: rare plants, carnivorous plants
such as the Venus's-flytrap, and
an aquatic collection which
includes water flowers, frogs and
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According to Broady, a black
woman rushing a white sorority
didn't seem like an unusual thing to
do. "I have friends at other colleges
that are members of interracial sor
orities. Carolina is the only college
that I knew of that didn't have it."
Other people tried to tell her it
wouldn't work. "They would say
things like, This is the South, how
can you think it wouldn't be a prob
lem?' " she said. "But it really wasn't
any problem at all."
Broady said she was also a little
concerned that her friends questi
oned her motives. "1 especially
didn't want my black friends to look
down on me and think that I was
trying to be something that I'm not.
That wasn't the case at all."
Broady said her decision to rush a
white sorority was based on individ
Perhaps the most interesting
part of the garden is the Plant
Families Garden and the Herb
The Plant Families Garden is a
collection of plants arranged in
beds representing major botanical
families. According to Jones
Roe, this collection appeals to all
types of visitors because of the
pleasing colors and attractive
forms. "It also provides an excel
lent introduction to plants for the
The Herb Garden was started
in the late 1940s as a source for
healing herbs in an era before
antibiotics and modern synthetic
drugs. "It is fast becoming a col
lection of national importance.
The traditionally useful plants are
displayed by categories, some cul
tural and some functional," she
The garden also contains a
Culinary Garden with more than
90 types of plants used to season
meats and vegetables, and to
make a variety of teas. There is
an economic herb section which
includes plants used for making
dyes, fiber plants and essential
oils. for fragrance and flavor.
But the most fascinating sec
tion for visitors, according to
Jones-Roe, is the Poison Garden,
which contains more than 90
types of poisonous plants.
An important goal of the
garden is ecological conservation.
All plants are obtained and main
tained with regard for the envir
onment, she said.
"We believe in teaching
through our actions. We obtain
our specimens through plant cut
tings and seeds as well as
volunteer-directed plant rescues
(plants taken from areas that will
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racial barriers in
ual choice and preference. "1 didn't
do it to make a statement, she said.
"I did it because it's where my inter
ests were. One of my regrets, I guess,
is that I didn't rush a black sorority.
I wanted to, but it was at a different
Broady's membership in the sor
ority has been very well received,
said Leslie Williams, Pi Beta Phi
president. "We've gotten several let
ters from alumni applauding our
choice. They're very proud and
pleased to be the first sorority to do
The sorority's decision to choose
Broady was "no big deal," Williams
said. "I know it's a big issue, but we
really didn't think about it when we
picked her. We chose her because
we liked her. It's the sorority's
responsibility to consider everybody
regardless of who they are or what
be destroyed). We do not ran
domly pull plants out of their
natural habitats, nor do we use
Volunteers and work-study
participants are responsible for
most of the garden's mainte
nance. More than 100 people of
all ages and backgrounds con
duct tours and collect, propagate,
research and label specimens for
"Working in the garden pro
vided me with a relaxing environ
ment where I could escape the
daily pressures of campus," said
Sandy Waggoner, a senior from
Walkertown and a former partic
ipant in the work-study program.
"Although I've always had a
green thumb, I would recom
mend getting involved with the
garden to everyone."
The garden also offers a var
iety of workshops that are open
to all for nominal fees. Topics of
programs include harvesting and
using herbs, and learning about
The garden also conducts pro
grams in hortitherapy, which
serves persons with special physi
cal, mental, emotional or social
needs. "It (hortitherapy) inte
grates environmental education
and therapeutic gardening
through modified activities and
adaptive tools, equipment and
garden structures," said Nancy
Easterling, a horticultural thera
pist at the garden.
But the goal of the garden is to
appeal to everyone. "The garden
is a place for everyone to enjoy,
not just the biology major," said
Robert Peet, an associate profes
sor of biology. Admission to
the garden is free. For more
1 information, call 962-0522.
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they look like."
"I think it's a major break
through," said Becky Mustard, pres
ident of the Panhellenic Council,
which governs the women's Greek
system. "In the past there has been
interest from other girls, but they get
discouraged when they see that there
aren't any other interracial
"I admire Jacquie a lot for going
through it. I hope it will encourage
more girls who are interested to do
it," Mustard said. '
Jimmy Tanner, a member of the
Black Greek Council (BGC), said
Broady's membership represents "an .
acceptance of both races to the pos
sibility of having interracial Greek
"I don't really agree or disagree
with it. I'm not condemning her at
all. I just think that she's missing out
means more than
By KIM STALLINGS
jlhe little girl sitting alone in
the hospital room doesn't
want a new doll or a teddy
bear. She wants to be with her
Thanks to the Ronald McDonald
House in Chapel Hill, children no
longer have to be alone during their
hospital stay. The Ronald McDo
nald House provides inexpensive
lodging for parents whose children
are seriously ill and need to visit the
"Here they have the support of
other families. It is important that
they know they aren't alone," said
Barbara Palmer, manager of the
Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald
When the local house took in its
first families last May, it marked the
1 13th such house established within
the United States, Canada, Europe
and Australia, Palmer said.
Located on Old Mason Farm
Road, the Ronald McDonald House
is now one of more than 120 houses
The original Ronald McDonald
House was created in 1974 when the
daughter of Fred Hill, a Philadel-
phia Eagles star, was diagnosed with
leukemia and had to be hospitalized.
McDonald's agreed to help with
Massages good for body and sou
By LISA ANTONUCCI
t's 12:30 a.m. You've been study
ing at your desk since who
.ULknows when, and there's no end
in sight. Your roommate has given
up studying at the library and is
now perched on the bed hoping the
overhead light will make the entire
academic semester understandable.
It's a well-known scenario and
one that is rapidly approaching with
exams just around the corner. But
this year you can beat exam blues,
avoid mental stagnation and physi
Try giving each other a massage.
"The obvious sometimes escapes
us," said Pamela Collins of Mariela
Health Associates. "Touching is an
age-old remedy. It's the first thing a
hurt child wants from his mother.
People need to stop and take time to
nurture themselves when they are
Massages affect people on three
levels physically, mentally and
For deep relaxation and stress
reduction, massages are an easy way
to overcome physical tension. They
can ease movement and promote
deeper, easier breathing. With mas
sages come better circulation and
lower blood pressure. Moreover,
massages may help strengthen a per
son's immune system and speed up
the elimination of waste products
from the muscles and skin.
On a mental level, massages pro
mote a relaxed state of alertness. By
reducing physical stress, one reduces
mental stress, increasing the capacity
for clearer thinking.
Massages can even affect a person
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on a lot of history and tradition by
not rushing a black sorority," he
However, Tanner said that he is
all for interracial functions within
the Greek system. During the past
year, the BGC, Panhellenic Council
and the Inter-Fraternity Council
have been working closely together
to promote more interaction
between the groups
"We had a very successful interra
cial mixer earlier this year," he said.
"It was a very enlightening
Tanner said that he hopes to see
more of these types of functions
next fall. "It seems like the idea has
really caught on, so it should go
According to Eileen Dordek,
chairwoman of fraternity sorority
fund raising to purchase a building
to provide parents of hospitalized
children with a place to stay. The
company bought and renovated an
old house solely for this purpose.
The idea caught on internationally
and the numbers of these houses
increased dramatically over the next
The local Ronald McDonald
House has 20 bedrooms, each with
two twin beds and a crib, if needed.
The house also contains a large kit
chen and several social areas, which
allow parents to interact with one
Families in residence can cook on
a grill which is provided on the
patio. There are also playrooms for
children that have come along with
their parents. Children undergoing
treatment rarely stay there, unless
they have had outpatient treatment.
There are no medical facilities
located at the Ronald McDonald
We try to provide a home away
from home," said volunteer Lorrie
One parent commented, "We
could not feel more at home unless
we were at home." House policy ,
prevents residents from disclosing
their names. ' :'
The house receives many families
and is full every Saturday night.
emotionally. The less anxiety a per
son feels, the greater the feeling of
personal well-being. This can lead to
an increased awareness of what Col
lins called "stress patterns."
"When people become aware of
what makes them tense, they will try
to avoid it."
The UNC Wellness Resource
Center sponsors several massage
workshops throughout the year.
These workshops are free and are
held in the Center itself, as well as in
dormitories across campus.
"Not only do we sponsor open
workshops, we train peer educators
who then give workshops in the
dorms upon RAs' (resident assist
ants') requests," said Susan Chap
pell, director of the Wellness Center.
"Massages are wonderful," sopho
more Nancy Portlock said. "They
completely clear your mind."
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relations on the Panhellenic Coun
cil, the feedback about other interra
cial functions has been very positive.
"The most important thing about
the system this year is that it's focus
ing on race relations," she said. "A
lot of organizations have seen the
advantage of having these
Members of the BGC and the
Panhellenic Council have been
attending each other's meetings to
keep up with each group's activities.
They also plan to combine the three
systems in one location so they can
work closer with one another, Mus
Dordek said that they plan to get
a more involved race relations pro
gram off the ground by next year.
"This year we've at least laid the
However, there are a couple of
emergency rooms reserved for par
ents who need them. "We have
never had a family wait more than
one night for a room," Palmer said.
Families usually don't stay more
than two or three nights at a time.
The base price for a night is about
$8, depending on how much the
family can afford. The actual cost of
maintaining the rooms is $30 a
night, according to Palmer.
The house is supported by fund
raising and donations. There are
about 60 volunteers who work one
three-hour shift a week.
The Ronald McDonald House
generally accepts parents whose
children are patients in the pediat
rics ward. The parents are usually
informed about the house by the
hospital staff, if they are not already
aware of its services.
The house's main priority is to
provide a place for parents to relax.
uOne of the nicest things is that we
have cool colors and comfortable
furniture, in contrast to the busy
atmosphere of the hospital," Palmer
One of the parents said, "Ronald
McDonald House is truly a blessing
from God. We couldn't have made it
through our trauma without its help
and support. It is doing a great thing
to help people in need."
"People love them," sophomore
Kelly Furr said. "There really is no
right or wrong way there are
some basic techniques but it is
really whatever feels good."
Furr did mention that one should
be careful not to put too much pres
sure on the lower back. As for walk
ing on people's backs, one should be
careful not to slip off their shoulders
onto the neck.
And if no one is around to give
you a massage? "Massage yourself,"
Collins said. "It is easy to do your
hands, feet, legs, arms and even your
Furr had an additional sugges
tion. "Starting at your toes, tense
every part of your body and then
relax. It is another way to release
Chappell agreed. "It's a great way
to kick back and relax."
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