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Michael Collins, a certified phlebotomist at Sera-Tec Biologicals, prepares to take plasma from fellow employee
Susan Rozelle Thursday. Many students donate plasma to earn a little extra spending money.
Medical Experiments Provide Quick Cash
Call them noble volunteers or call them
the “Pretty Women” of the medical circle,
but many UNC students are making good
money while helping science progress.
From participating in studies of drugs,
asthma and smoking to giving plasma,
eggs and sperm, students are selling their
time and bodies to earn a couple of bucks.
Gene Oninger, director of UNC Hospi
tals’ Clinical Research Center, said exact
statistics on participants were not available
but that students comprised a sizable por
tion of study subjects.
“It’s a fair number —a lot,” he said.
Elizabeth Migoya, a fellow with the
Department of Pharmacology who is as
Tuition Debate Focuses
On Low Faculty Pay
■ A portion of the possible
S4OO increase would go to
attract and retain professors.
AND JAMES LEWIS
As the Board of Trustees prepares to
meet Thursday to discuss a possible S4OO
increase in tuition, controversy and debate
on campus are
cent of the rev
enue generated by
any tuition in
crease must, by
mandate of the
General Assembly which approved the plan
this summer, be used for need-based finan
cial aid. The remainder will be directed to
faculty salary increases and library re
“I believe this is nearly a once-in-a
lifetime opportunity to change declining
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sisting with a smoking study, said about 90
percent of the subjects were students.
“It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, ”
she said. “We get the studies done, and
students get the money. That’s why a lot of
the ads are placed in the DTH.”
Jeremy Swinson, a junior from Raleigh
who has participated in six different drug
studies, admits that many people think
volunteering is odd or dangerous.
“ Alot of people think I am a freak when
I tell them I am doing it,” Swinson said.
Swinson, who has participated in stud
ies at UNC Hospitals and at Pharmaceuti
cal Product Development in Raleigh, said
the studies are usually easy money.
For the first PPD study he participated
in, Swinson received SI,OOO. The UNC
studies typically pay SIOO per night, he
faculty salaries,” said Interim Provost Ri
UNC’s faculty salaries have fallen in
comparison to its peer Research I institutes
in recent years. According to the 1994
Front Line Report issued by Student Gov
ernment, in 1980-81, UNC ranked in the
top fifth of the American Association of
University Professors rankings in salaries
for professors, associate professors and as
By 1992-93, however, UNC had fallen
to the third quintile for professors and
associate professors and the fourth for as
“The salary increase of S4OO, if ap
proved, will push us into the top quintile
with two ranks and perhaps three,”
Calvin Cunningham, student body presi
dent, said he thought better faculty salaries
were necessary to attract and retain the
best teachers in the nation.
“An integral part of our being a nation
ally-ranked institution, a top quality insti-
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Walker Hicks, a junior from Raleigh,
said he has participated in two PPD drug
Hicks admitted that he initially had some
reservations about participating in the stud
“I was worried,” he said. “My parents
But Hicks said that the directors of the
studies always tell the volunteers exactly
what they are going to do.
“They were very thorough as to how
dangerous (the studies) were,” he said.
“They were not dangerous.”
Swinson said that he had always been
carefully briefed before the studies and
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Michael Clontz poses with one of the locals he befriended while performing volunteer work in rural Senegal. Clontz,
who spent part of his youth in Africa, went back this summer to teach English and help with reforestation work.
Candle May Have Caused
A.M. Blaze in Carmichael
■ Housing officials might
hold two students liable for
$25,000 in building damages.
BY J.C. JOHNSON II
Thursday morning at approximately
2:33 a.m., residents of Carmichael Resi
dence Hall were evacuated because of a
fire in room 425. No one was injured.
One of the beds in the room apparently
caught on fire when a flame from an unat
tended candle spread at about 2:33 a.m.,
according to a University press release.
The cause of the fire is still under investiga
tion, the releases stated.
According to Director of University
Housing W ayne Kuncl, if a candle is proven
as the cause of the fire, the student respon
sible for lighting the candle will be required
to pay for the damages.
Officials estimated losses at $7,000 in
personal belongings and $25,000 in build
ing damages. It will take about a week to
restore room 425.
All University housing residents must
sign a contract before moving into their
rooms that places responsibility for fire
prevention on the students. The contract
prohibits open flames such as candles and
oil lamps. “Open flames are forbidden and
can’t be used in residence halls," Kuncl
said. “It’s very clear, and that’s one of the
major concerns we have.”
Kuncl said the two female residents of
the room where the fire occurred were
being relocated to another room in
Back to School: Johnson Doesn’t Regret
Turning Pro Despite Getting Passed Over
BY JUSTIN SCHEEF
' SENIOR WRITER
The 5-foot-10,202-pound running back
strides out of the Kenan Field House locker
ball” on his
shorts and T
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Yet he is not a football player—at least
not for the University.
Curtis Johnson is merely a student who
happened to be cut by the Dallas Cowboys
in July. After giving up his senior year of
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Room 425 of Carmichael Residence Hall remained empty after a fire broke
out early Thursday. Officials have not yet pinpointed the cause of the fire.
Carmichael. The question of whether the
fire was set intentionally will decide
whether or not the guilty party will remain
in University Housing, Kuncl said. The
person who lit the candle will have their
case heard by housing officials.
The two residents have told officials
they had left the room to go to a vending
machine and came back to find it in flames.
The fire alarm went off at 2 a.m., and the
building was evacuated. The hall’s 485
residents were not allowed to return to
theirroomsuntil4:ls a.m. Three fire trucks,
and several ambulances and police cars
eligibility to enter
the NFL draft,
Johnson is back in
“I get to use the
facilities, work out,
run,” he said.
“They’ve got extra
lockers in there.
feels different. But I
don’t let things get
to me a lot. It’s his
toiy, so I might as
well let it go. All it’s
rushed for 1,999 yards
and 20 touchdowns in
his three years at UNC.
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covered the parking lot, witnesses said.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department con
firmed that the damage to the room was
fairly extensive. Wooden cabinets, the bed
and bed frame were burned beyond repair
while the room sustained water and smoke
Other damage was minimal. The door
lock to room 424 was broken, and fire
officials said the room also sustained mod
erate water, smoke and light heat damage
like the other rooms in the suite.
The residents of room 425 were un
available for comment.
going to do is mess your head up, so I let it
Unfortunately for Johnson and the Tar
Heels, it’s an extra locker that he is using,
not the one he used as a star in Carolina
blue. But now it’s too late. Unlike in bas
ketball, football players cannot return to
school and regain their eligibility within 30
days after the draft.
“I think that it’s a real tragedy for a
y oungguy, ” UNC head coach Mack Brown
said. “It’s not good for our football team,
and it’s not good for Curtis Johnson.”
See JOHNSON, Page 7
It is the poorest and least-devel
oped of all of the populated conti
It is frequently depicted by the
mass media as a place of rampant
famine, bloody political disorifcr and
an AIDS-ridden populace.
But in the rural village of Kuer
Momar Sarr, a town of about 900
people in Senegal, Michael Clontz,
a senior international studies major
from Chapel Hill, found a little hope.
Clontz spent six weeks this sum
mer in Senegal through Operation
Crossroad Africa, an organization
that places volunteers in often rural
settings where they can aid the local
community with tasks like reforesta
tion and irrigation.
And while he didn’t have the most
glamorous summer vacation, Clontz
had roots in Africa that pulled him
back. “When I was little, I lived
there for a year, in Togo,” Clontz
said. “And 1 spent a semester abroad
in Ghana in the spring 0f’94.”
Clontz said that he heard about
Operation Crossroads through word
of-mouth, and that he decided to go
with the program so that he could
visit a rural setting, instead of the
primarily urban environments he had
been exposed to previously.
See CLONTZ, Page 2