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Volume 103, Issue 78
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Health Care at UNC:
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Ginny Brown, an allergy nurse at Student Health Services, attends to a student at one of the clinics. More
than 5,000 University students buy the insurance policy offered through SHS.
SHS Study Claims Students Get Bargain
BY RUTH BORLAND
The $132 per semester students pay to Student Health
Services through student fees is a bargain when compared
to private health insurance costs and treatment at local
hospitals, according to the results of a SHS study.
Drs. Judith R. Cowan and Jane M. Hogan, directors of
SHS, compared the cost of health care at SHS to the cost
at local hospitals and at private practitioners for four
common injuries and illnesses: urinary tract infections,
pharyngitis, psychotherapy and sprained ankles. The re
Environmental Croup Gives 3 Candidates Nod
■ Kevin Foy, Mark Chilton
and Richard Franck will now
receive campaigning help
from the Sierra Club.
One Chapel Hill mayoral candidate and
two town council candidates received a
new base of support as the N.C. Sierra
Chib announced its endorsements for the
upcoming election Thursday.
“We needed to be much more active in
Making a mark
Despite facing the daunting task of building a Division I
women’s lacrosse team from the ground up,
head coach Jenny Slinglufffeels she’s got the players and
the attitude to make a winner. That’s why she’s got
BY OLIVIA PAGE
OK, so maybe lacrosse is not a
typical southern pastime; but at
UNC, it’s picking up steam. That’s
because, for the first time ever, the
school will field a women’s lacrosse
team. And at the helm will be some
one who has made lacrosse her life.
Head coach Jenny Slingluff, who
originally hails from Maryland, has
been playing, and loving, the game
of lacrosse since she was six years
“I started throwing and catching
really young, plus I grew up in a
neighborhood of boys, and we
played lacrosse together all of the
time,” Slingluff said. “Everyone
loves the game; it’s kind of the un
official state sport.”
Slingluff has not stopped play
ing team lacrosse since she began in
the sixth grade. Sheplayed through
out junior and senior high school
and then went on to be a star player
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suits, released last March, found that students saved
more than $3 million by using SHS.
The report makes only general comparisons and does
make any specific references to alternative health ser
vices such as hospitals or private practices.
The report was prepared for the Student Health Ser
vices Advisory Board last spring when SHS was request
ing a$ 10 increase in student funding. An $8 increase was
“It is a major way for students to have direct input into
the campaigns,” said Greg Gangi, political
chair of the local chapter, when he an
nounced the endorsements.
In past elections, the organization only
endorsed one candidate whom it felt best
supported environmental issues. Gangi said
this was the first year the Sierra Club had
endorsed several candidates.
Gangi said he was uncertain if the group
would provide financial support to the
candidates, but said plans were being made
for circulating campaign literature as well
as campaigning at Festifall.
Kevin Foy, candidate for mayor, was
endorsed because of his stance on the fu
ture development of Chapel Hill. Gangi
There, she played a leading role
in Virginia’s 1991 lacrosse national
championship as well as its Final
Four showing the following year.
She was also a member of the U.S.
National Team during that time.
All of this experience and hard
work is paying off nicely for
Slingluff. Although being the pio
neer of anew sports program is not
a simple task to undertake, Slingluff
said she felt that playing lacrosse
had given her the confidence she
needed to handle her new position.
“I think lacrosse has made me
the best that I can be at this time,”
Slingluff said. “I’m self-directed,
motivated and self-assured—quali
ties I think I gained from playing
Others who know Slingluff seem
to feel the same way, and are confi
dent that she has the abilities neces
sary to initiate a strong program
and make it a success.
“Jenny is dedicated to the sport,
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Chapel Hill Town Elections
said he had confidence in Foy’s positive
stance on downtown revitalization.
“Chapel Hill serves all its citizens by keep
ing a healthy downtown,” Foy said.
He also stressed the need for the council
to better relations with the University.
“They are partners in the community,”
Foy said. “We are neighbors, and there
fore we should be neighborly.”
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First-ever women's lacrosse head coach Jenny Slingluff (holding lacrosse stick)
has coached field hockey and lacrosse at Georgetown University.
BY CAM NGUYEN
With health care costs rising at double digit rates and
university tuitions increasing, some UNC students must choose
between getting an education or getting insurance.
Many choose education, which can mean financial doom
for students when a serious illness or accident occurs.
Skip Woody, a representative of the brokerage firm that
represents the UNC student insurance plan, said only about
5,000 of the more than24,ooostudents at UNC take advantage
of the plan each year. This year, about 80 percent are graduate
students. Insurance is optional at the University for all but
international and medical students.
Other students have independent insurance plans or are
insured by their parents’ employers.
But many students do not have these options. Judith Cowan,
director of Student Health Services, said about one in five
college students in the nation does not have health insurance.
“I can’t afford it,” said Diem-Thi Tra, a senior chemistry
major from Charlotte who has no insurance coverage. “Right
now, I’m more concerned about tuition and day-to-day ex
Woody said plans offered through many employers have
risen in cost in recent years and students are often ineligible for
parents’ plans after a certain age.
“They have started to increase the premiums for children, or
they have changed to plans which kick kids off earlier,"Woody
said. “Some force you off as early as age 19.”
June Milby, public information officer for the N.C. Health
Reform Commission, said sometimes students’ belief that they
will not need health care turns them away from buying insur
“There is some sort of built-in belief system that (students)
are invincible,” she said. “When in fact very bad things can
happen to them ... serious conditions develop, and they can
never be covered.”
All UNC students pay $132 per semester to SHS as part of
their tuition costs and are eligible to receive some health care
services. Cowan said these services included visits to the SHS
medical climes and to physical therapy, but did not cover visits
to specialty clinics like those of dermatology, allergy and
Cowan said charges were usually three-fourths of what
would be paid on the outside market.
Erin Stinson, a junior communications major from
Greenville, is insured through her parents’ employer. After she
graduates, she said, the company most likely will cut off her
“(Getting insurance) is not really a priority," she said. “It
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tion with the University. Gangi said he
thoughtFoy wouldbestrepresentthe Sieraa
Club when dealing with die University on
Mark Chilton and Richard Franck also
received endorsements for Town Council.
The Sierra Qub said it particularly sup
ported their views on the issues of trans
portationfordowntown. “Chilton has been
a leader in pushing for transportation alter
natives to the automobile,” Gangi said.
Chilton said he advocated the addition
of bus routes while maintaining low costs
fortheresidents. “Mass transit has reached
See ENDORSEMENTS, Page 4
LandM Site OC-17
BY LESLIE KENDRICK
Around 120 residents of Orange County attended the first
public hearing of the Landfill Owners Group at Chapel Hill High
School Thursday evening to voice concerns and fears over the
possible site of the new landfill.
Many speakers at the hearing represented one of the four sites
the LOG is considering for a future landfill in Orange County. Of
these, OC-17, a site in the Duke Forest area north of Chapel Hill,
is the preferred site.
Some speakers came out in support of the Landfill Search
Committee’s findings and spoke in defense of the other three
possible sites: OC-2, OC-9 and OC-11.
OC-2, the LSC’s second choice, located in Bingham township
in southwestern Orange County, was eliminated because it stands
too close to Cane Creek Reservoir, the source of drinking water for
two out of three Orange County residents.
OC-9 and OC-11, both in Hillsborough in northern Orange
County, had transportation drawbacks and would impact the
most working families and natural resources.
However, many residents near OC-17 disagreed. The site, near
Eubanks Road and Millhouse Road, is adjacent to the present
landfill which Orange County established in 1972. Residents at
that time were promised that when the landfill closed it would be
turned into a park and new facilities would be located elsewhere.
“Promises aren’t about what’s convenient or technically fea
sible,” said Ken Brooks, an Orange County resident. “I want to see
Chapel Hill keep its promise to these residents.”
Parents of children at Emerson Waldorf Elementary School on
Millhouse Road also raised their concerns about the landfill at
OC-17. “We ’re having a hard time explaining to the kids what risks
there are if OC-17 is chosen,” said Elise Marshall, a parent. “This
would in all likelihood close the school down. We can’t have kids
next to a pile of garbage.”
Duke University is also disputing the possible selection of OC
-17 because it is part of its Duke Forest property, an area it uses to
do research. But Duke’s intentions were not allowed to be pre
sented at the meeting.
“We have a letter from Duke’s attorneys which says it is
impossible to render Duke’s views on this issue in 180 seconds,”
said Orange County Commissioner Don Wilhoit, LOG chair
man. Duke has threatened legal action if OC-17 is selected.
The LOG intends to make its final decision on Oct. 9 and send
its findings to the Orange County, Canboro and Chapel Hill
governments for official ratification of the site.
Committee Reduces Funds
For Minority Recruitment
BY SUZANNE JACOVEC
An old controversy about minority re
cruitment programs resurfaced Wednes
day night when the Student Congress fi
nance committee met to discuss funding
for campus groups.
A bill for the funding of minority re
cruitment programs drew heated debate,
with committee members split on the is
sue. The bill requested $3,583, and the
committee recommended $978 to the full
Rep. Vince Rozier, Dist. 16, argued in
favor of the act to amend the 1995-96
budget to include funding for minority
recruitment. A minority recruitment pro
gram would increase the number of Afri
can American and Native American stu
dents at the University, Rozier said.
“This is a program where we invite
students who are National Merit scholars
to attend recruitment programs where they
are informed of different things on cam
pus, including programs regarding poten
tial classes and their majors,” Rozier said.
After much discussion, the committee
cut funds requested in the bill and recom
mended it to Congress without prejudice,
which means the committee remained neu
Reps. Jason Jolley, Dist. 17, and James
Kilboume, Dist. 1 spoke against the bill,
and Rep. Jeremy Miller, Dist. 11, spoke in
favor of it. Most representatives said they
voted according to their constituencies.
“The executive branch in the past has
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been allocated money for minority recruit
ment,” Rozier said. “Eighty-two percent
of people who come to the program usu
ally end up coming to the University.”
The recruitment program provides in
formation on various scholarships and
opportunities not otherwise available to
incoming students from the scholarship
office on campus, Rozier said.
However, Rep. Steve Oljeski, Dist. 4,
said he thought there were many reasons
the bill should not be passed.
“This should be something that is
handled by the University administration
because they’re the ones who handle ad
missions and prospective students,” Oljeski
to be appointing money for that.
“No matter how you look at this bffl;
student fee money is being used primarily
for events for persons who are not yet
students here,” he said. “The definition of
minority is really being selectively enforced.
What about Hispanic students? Asian stu
The bill is limited to two ethnicities,
Oljeski said. If Congress renamed the Mil
to include people of all colors, and all
quality students were invited to come to
the University, it would be different, he
said. “It basically says (to non-recruited
students) that their culture and diversity is
not worthy of efforts to recruit them to foe
program," he said.
Rozier said he thought the bill followed
guidelines set by the state and University
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