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Michael Jordan visits his alma mater Tuesday to cut the ribbon for the new Institute for Families at the School of Social Work. Jordan, who donated $1 million
for the new facility, said he thought society's problems could be solved by working with families.
left vacant all year
BY JIM NICKS
Nearly 100 positions in the house
keeping division have been vacant since
last year because of ongoing reorganiza
tion, said Barbara DeLon, director of
“The positions have not been filled
because we’ve been looking at reorgani
zation of the department, privatization
and other measures,” DeLon said.
The housekeeping division did not
want to fill the positions and then have to
lay those people off due to restructuring,
But housekeepers Marsha Tinnen and
Larry Fenar disagreed, saying the empty
positions had caused an additional
workload for some housekeepers with no
Breast cancer survivors
kick off awareness month
BY ROBIN SMITH
RALEIGH Five years, 11 months
and two weeks ago, Dondi Alston became
a breast cancer survivor.
Since then she has worked to educate
other women about the disease she
escaped. “I do it to let ladies know they’re
not the only ones going through this,”
she said Tuesday evening at the statewide
kickoff for National Breast Cancer
Alston joined other survivors, women,
men and children, all wearing pink
ribbons, at the State Capitol Building in
- Waltye Rasulala, WRAL Public
Affairs Director and Mistress of
Ceremonies, stressed “early detection is
the best protection,” as she welcomed
everyone to the ceremony.
Leah Devlin, Deputy State Health
Director, emphasized the importance of
breast cancer awareness.
“In 1996, more than 4,800 women in
North Carolina will be diagnosed with
breast cancer, and we expect 1,100 to die
from breast cancer.” Through early
detection and good treatment, chances
for survival can be increased, she said.
“There’s much to be done, much
difference to be made in the lives of
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“Thepositions have not been
filled because we *ve been
looking at reorganization of
the department, privatization
and other measures. ”
Director of University Housekeeping
“We have to do extra work, but we
don’t get paid extra,” Tinnen said.
While Ferrar said he had not experi
enced an increased workload, he said he
had heard other housekeepers talking
about the extra work required because of
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“In 1996, more than 4,800
women in North Carolina will
be diagnosed with breast
cancer, and we expect 1,100 to
die from breast cancer. ”
Deputy State Health Director
women,” Devlin said.
Breast cancer survivor Andria
Aikman-Dickson also spoke about her
battle with the disease.
“On January 27, 1995, my life was
changed forever,” Aikman-Dickson
Recognizing the many people who
had supported her, she said: “They are
my heroes. Without them the road I
traveled in my fight against cancer would
have been impassable.”
Kendra Hunt, daughter of a breast
cancer survivor, gave a testimony as well.
“Combine the normal fears and
confusions of adolescence and the news
that your mother has breast cancer and
you get internal chaos,” she said.
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A Holocaust survivor told
students about living in
Nazi Germany before
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Insko’s record, reputation helps quickie campaign
■ Insko entered the District
24 state House race with only
eight weeks left to campaign.
BY ERIC FLACK
Verla Insko might be anew name in
this year’s race for the N.C. General
Assembly’s 24th District, but she is far
from being a newcomer to the political
scene in Orange and Chatham counties.
Having lived and worked in the area
for 31 years, the 60-year old former jun
ior high school science teacher believes
acclimating herself to newcomers in the
local political scene is her toughest ob
“My biggest challenge will be reach
ing newly registered and unregistered
voters,” Insko said. “People who have
not lived here long.”
Anne Barnes, longtime 24th District
representative, dropped out of the race in
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Breast cancer survivor Dana Litaker urged the Raleigh crowd to sign petitions
for the government to provide $2.6 billion for breast cancer research.
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served as a county
board member and
August for per
Insko took over the
Sept. 9, eight weeks
would be too short
a time to run a suc
but Insko said her
experience sets her
have lived here
know my name," she said. “I’ve been
active in the Democratic party in this
area since 1968.”
Insko’s government experience ex
tends back to 1977 and includes eight
years on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board
ofEducation, three years as chairwoman
of the Democratic Party of Orange
County and four years as an Orange
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Jordan cuts ribbon on
Institute for Families
BY MARVA HINTON
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
One of UNC’s most famous alums,
Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, re
turned to UNC on Tuesday with his
mother, Deloris, to cut the ribbon for
UNC’snew Institute for Families, which
will bear the Jordan name.
Michael Jordan committed $1 mil
lion, the largest donation ever to UNC
from an active professional athlete, to
support the institute’s work.
Michael Jordan said supporting the
family was a top priority for his family.
“We feel obligated as a family to try to
come back and somehow strengthen other
families to give them a chance to succeed
in life even though they’re going to deal
with some turmoil in their lives,” he said.
The Jordan Institute for Families is
designed to find solutions to problems
such as inadequate day care and teenage
Michael Jordan said he thought
society’s problems could be solved by
stronger family units.
“We see in our society that we have a
lot of problems, and I think a lot of it
starts at home,” he said. “We want to
make sure that families at home are edu
cated enough to deal with some of these
The institute is part of the School of
In addition, Insko has twice served on
the National Democratic Convention
Selection Committee, acted as UNC
School ofMedicine administrator for the
sickle cell program and was the chair
woman of die Orange County Women’s
She received her master’s degree in
Public AdministrationfromUNCin 1993
and currendy works as a consultant spe
cializing in public policy issues.
David Lowery, a UNC professor of
political science who has known Insko
for 12 years, said the late start should be
of little consequence.
Insko is definitely not an unknown
candidate, Lowery said.
“She’s run for the state legislature be
fore and she’s an experienced local poli
tician,” he said. “People know Verla
Insko. She’s in a Democratic district, and
I don’t think she’ll have a difficult time.”
Jan Allen, chairwoman of the Demo
cratic Party in Orange County, is not
quite as confident as Lowery but is still
Residents find opportunity
to volunteer through sports
BY JIM MARTIN
Mike Calnon watches his son dribble
down the basketball court, stop andshoot.
The shot dances on the rim momentarily
before falling through the net. The boy’s
face lights up with elation.
Calnon, who volunteers as a boy’s
basketball coach with the Chapel Hill
Parks and Recreation Department, said,
“When you see their faces light up, it’s
More than 40 University students con
tribute their time and effort to similar
teams, including girls’ and boys’ basket
ball, boys’ baseball and girls’ softball.
The Peewee Group, 6 to 7 year olds,
offers coed programs in basketball, base-
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on higher education issues.
Four panelists will discuss the ways in
which today's political climate affects the
University -and students' pocketbooks.
There will also be time for the audience to
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Social Work. Deloris Jordan, an advo
cate of strong family values, has written
a book on the importance of family,
“Family First,” and serves as an adviser
to the school.
Deloris Jordan said the institute was
needed to educate parents on good
“(Parenting) is not easy,” Deloris Jor
dan said. “It’s a lot of work, and I’m
thankful for what Mr. Jordan and I have
been able to bring to our five. But it’s so
many out there still struggling.”
Deloris Jordan said she hoped the
institute would be able to help families
throughout the country.
“I’m hoping through the (institute) we
will be able to reach across the state and
the nation andbring professionals here to
leam,” she said.
One project of the institute with po
tential for widespread success is the
School Success Profile Instrument. The
Instrument, already used by the School
of Social Work, identifies the specific
types of help kids need.
Michael Jordan said he decided to
donate money to the institute rather than
other programs because and had the po
tential to help a lot of people.
“We wanted something that could
benefit everyone across the board,” Jor
dan said. “We feel that this is going to
help everyone, not just a certain group.”
optimistic that Insko’s longtime service
will work to her advantage.
“She’s a good candidate with cam
paign experience and name recognition,"
Allen said. “It’s obviously a short time
period, and it is an uphill battle, but I
don’t think it’s insurmountable by any
Kay Wijnberg, chairwoman of the
District 25 State Employer’s Association
and Insko’s campaign treasurer, said the
abbreviated race has stressed the
campaign’s fund-raising effort.
“Given the time we’ve had to raise
money, we’re makingprogress, but there’s
a lot more to be done.” she said. “There
are a number of things on the drawing
board and we’re doing all right, but you
can always use more money.”
Joe Hackney, who has held the other
24th District seat for 16 years and will be
on the ballot with Insko this November,
is less concerned with the short time
“There’s plenty of time,” Hackney
said. “The campaigns are just starting.”
Part five of a five-part series
ball and softball.
Recreation Superintendent Leon Cot
ton said the department tried to work
with the college schedule as much as
“We have a lot of college students that
participate, especially in basketball,”
Cotton said. “We really couldn’t do it
without the college students.”
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The forum will be held at 7:30 tonight in
the Carolina Union Auditorium.
All are welcome to attend, including organi
zations who are interested in handing outvoter
information after the forum.
Any questions should be directed to Carolina
Vote Project coordinator Kirti Shastri at
962-5201 or DTH Editor Jeanne Fugate at