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UNC, Housekeepers near end of legal battle
■ The two sides signed an
agreement Tuesday that
could end the lawsuit.
BY JOHN SWEENEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
UNC administrators and leaders of
the UNC Housekeepers’ Association
signed an agreement Tuesday that could
mark the end of the 5 1/2-year-old dis
crimination suit filed by the housekeep
ers against the University.
The settlement proposal, developed
by mediator Jonathan Harkavy, a Greens
boro lawyer, includes plans for retroac
tive salary increases, career training pro
grams and regular meetings between the
housekeepers and University officials
among other things.
Employees of the housekeeping ser
vices department met Friday night in Hill
Hall to discuss the proposal and over
whelmingly approved it by a vote of 212-
1, with two abstentions.
The tentative plans for renovation of the Undergraduate
Library will involve the complete interior demolition of
Q This area will be renovated into an
electronic and self-service reserves
The twin staircase will be altered in an
attempt to reduce traffic bottlenecks.
Anew reference classroom will offer
students a chance to learn databases.
The far right-hand area will become an
electronic reference room.
@ This room will be changed into an
additional photocopy room.
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Students could get more flexible P/D/F
BY SARA YAWN
Looking to safely expand your aca
demic horizons by taking a class pass/
D/fail? If so, the Academic Affairs Com
mittee of student government will be
proposing some changes that might in
The committee is recommending that
students be given more time to decide if
they should declare a class P/D/F, said
Sarah Schweitzer, a freshman from Oak
Ridge, Term., and a member of the com
mittee. The committee also said students
should be allowed to choose to receive
letter grades even if they have declared a
class P/D/F. Often, students must, de
cide to declare a class P/D/F before any
grades or tests have been given.
“Students have to decide so early that
they don’t know what they’re getting
Tobacco funds affect universities’ research
A threat to tobacco-company-funded
medical research might not harm N.C.
universities significantly, but the possible
effects remain unclear.
An American Medical Association
editorial published in July recommended
14 steps to decrease tobacco use, AMA
spokesman Dan Meyer said. However,
the N.C. Medical Society, an organiza
tion 0f6,000 doctors, voted down three
ofthe 14points, including one that would
deny tobacco corporation funding to
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“We believe this settlement under
scores the University’s exceptionally
strong commitment to making condi
tions on tht job better for housekeepers
and other employees at the lowest salary
grades,” Chancellor Michael Hooker
stated in a press release.
Housekeepers attorney Alan McSurely
agreed. “This is a real step toward collec
tively solving the problems of the house
keepers,” he said.
Most of the initiatives listed in the
proposal will go into effect Jan. 1,1997,
and continue through at least 1999.
But the retroactive salary increase
could be carried out before Christmas.
That increase, if approved by the State
Personnel Commission, would give the
housekeepers four months of back pay
from a pay raise that was originally an
nounced in July but was not included in
paychecks until last week.
About 340 housekeepers will share
$121,000 —anywhere from s2ooto S6OO
each depending upon years of service to
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into,” said Louise Flaig, a freshman from
Dallas and a member of the committee.
The changes would also reward stu
dents who work hard in P/D/F classes,
members said. “I think it’s unfair for a
student who works hard in a class to still
not be able to get an A or a B,” said
committee member Vanessa Ramsey, a
sophomore from Snow Hill.
“(The proposal) encourages students
to strive to do the best that they can and
still have that security blanket.”
Chairman Bryan Winbush, a sopho
more from Havelock, said students who
ended up excelling in a class that they
were not accustomed to taking should be
allowed to earn a grade.
The current system was adopted after
lengthy discussion between students and
faculty, Provostßichard Richardson said.
This system allows students to take
four hours P/D/F each semester and 11
medical schools and research institutions.
“We reject the recent AMA recom
mendation concerning tobacco compa
nies funding research because we think it
is unfair to single out one industry, ” said
a spokeswoman from Bowman Gray
School of Medicine at Wake Forest Uni
The major N.C. medical schools re
ceive varying amounts of money from
the tobacco industry, leading to confu
sion about how much the proposed regu
lation would affect state research.
The UNC School ofMedicine received
a minute amount of funding from to
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A local photographer won
a state grant to document
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reers Training Program, will help house
keepers and other University employees
by allowing them to overcome the social
and economic forces working against
them, McSurely said.
The plan for the training program in
cludes requirements that UNC provide
funding of no less than $400,000 during
the next three years and describes pos
sible elements to the program, including
computer support and training in con
junction with Durham Technical and
“This is die University of North Caro
lina, and its mission is the business of
educating,” McSurely said. “It should be
creating more options for people, not
But McSurely said the real sellingpoint
in the agreement was the regular meet
ings between University administrators
and housekeepers’ leaders, including the
Housekeepers’ Association Steering
Team, something he said administrative
law judge Brenda Becton could not have
ordered the University to do.
“What we believe was offered in this
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hours total. No perspective courses or
major credits can be taken P/D/F.
Richardson said the system gave stu
dents the option to take classes outside
their general knowledge and experience.
“It enables students to be experimen
tal and exploratory ... without fear that
they are going to jeopardize their grade
point,” he said.
Students agreed with Richardson. “It
allows you to take a class that you have
an interest in without having to worry so
much about it," said junior Erika Bono,
a psychology major from Charlotte.
Junior Rachna Mahlotra, an interna
tional studies major from Rocky Mount,
said taking classes P/D/F made college
Winbush said the committee’s pro
posal would be sent to the Office of the
Provost and the College of Arts and Sci
ences before Winter Break.
bacco interests in North Carolina last
year. “In the 1995-1996 fiscal year, two
combined awards worth $158,146 were
given,” said Dr. Robert Lowman, associ
ate vice provost for research. He said the
Council for Tobacco Research, a non
profit organization funded by tobacco
companies, gave the grants.
Lowman said funding for the medical
school last year totaled $122.8 million.
“Avery small amount of research money
was from tobacco companies or their
nonprofit affiliates,” he said.
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Mother Teresa, listed in
unstable condition, awaits
more tests in a hospital in
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The University and the Housekeepers’ Association agreed on a settlement last
week that could end the five-and-a-half year old housekeepers lawsuit. Among
the agreed-upon items:
■ Regular monthly meetings with
■ Retroactive salary adjustments
■ New career training programs
■ Continued support for scholarship
programs for employees
■ Funding and support for improved
health care and preventive care
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agreement was more than Judge Becton
could have given us,” he said.
The agreement must still be approved
by Becton, who has overseen the case
since 1993. If she approves it, the house
keepers have agreed to dismiss their class
Despite that, McSurely said he thought
the agreement marked the end of only
Library to get face lift
for 21st-century look
BY RICK CONNER
Students have complained that the
not-so-modem Undergraduate Library
needs a face lift, and administrators are
“The Undergraduate Library definitely
needs renovation and updating,’’ said
Brandon Davis, a sophomore business
administration major from Statesville.
Reba Brennan-Wagner, facilities plan
ner for the Department ofFacilities Plan
ning and Design, said the renovations
would bring the library up to more mod
“The plan is to design the library to
embrace the technology of the future and
provide more computer resources for stu
dents,” she said.
Joe Hewitt, associate provost for Uni
versity libraries, said Information Tech
nology Services would move into the
new Undergrad’s lower floor. This level
would include a larger computer lab and
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■ Continued restructuring ofthe
■ Formation of a commission to
study and commemorate the
contributions of black employees
■ Increased support for employees
with child or elder care concerns
one phase ofthe housekeepers’ struggle
to end practices they believe discrimi
nated against blacks.
“(The agreement) will go almost until
the year 2000, and maybe by then it will
give the University some guidance on
how to treat the 28 percent of the state’s
population that up until a few years ago
couldn’t set foot on this campus.”
hands-on classrooms to teach computer
and information literacy. The second, or
entry level, would house the periodicals,
circulation desk, classrooms and elec
tronic reference area.
“We’ll also be developing things like
electronic reserves that are self-service,
so students won’t have to stand in line to
make copies anymore," Hewitt said.
Plans for the upper level include indi
vidual and group study areas, more class
rooms and a snack lounge.
The proposed renovations resulted
from student surveys and studies con
ducted about the existing Undergrad,
which identified the most common com
plaints of poor lighting, noise level and
traffic in and out of the building. Thenew
building will remedy those problems,
“The library committee traveled to
the University of Southern California
and Austin, Texas (The University of
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■ Doctors say the drug
might help treat depression
associated with the disease.
BY VICKY ECKENRODE
The FDA’s Monday approval of
Prozac to treat eating disorders, which
affect up to 31 percent of UNC women,
is just one step in a long recovery process,
local doctors and a recovering bulimic
“It’s not a magic bullet,” said Bruce
Vukoson, a physician at Student Health
Service who often sees patients with eat
ing disorders. “Just taking Prozac does
not stop bulimia.”
SHS will continue to prescribe Prozac
to students with eating disorders on a
case-by-case basis, said Dr. Erica Wise,
chairwoman for SHS’s psychological
department. Thirty-one percent of 187
UNC women questioned in an informal
survey this fall by Stacy Ferrari and Joan
Harper, graduate students in the School
of Public Health, reported binging, purg
ing and using laxatives.
Many doctors already prescribe
Prozac, the world’s best-selling anti-de
pressant drug, to counteract depression
felt by those with eating disorders, Wise
Vukosonsaid, “What has been shown,
particularly concerning binging, is that
Prozac seems to help some women with
the depression associated with bulimia. ”
Doctors use a number of anti-depres
sants to treat bulimia but consider
Prozac’s side effects to be less serious,
Christy Gonzalez, student facilitator
for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated
Diseases, UNC’s eating disorders sup
port group, stressed the need for overall
treatment that dealt with the patient’s
feelings and self-esteem.
“You may not be as obsessed about
eating by taking Prozac,” said Gonzalez.
“But it won’t heal, and it won’t stop the
Gonzalez said bulimia is a serious
problem for many women on UNC’s
campus. She pointed out many female
students develop bulimic behaviors once
they undergo the stressful transition of
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