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Campus Forum to Center on Growth Plan
The Faculty Council, student
government and Employee
Forum will host the forum
at 5:30 today in Carroll Hall.
By Matt Viser
The Faculty Council, Employee
Forum and student government are
sponsoring a forum today to present the
N.C. Women's and Children's
Hospitals, slated to open
in October, will include an
indoor park and a solarium.
By Ann Hau
Stainless steel. Cold. Sterilized.
For many people, these are words
associated with a visit to the hospital.
But UNC Hospitals officials and staff
hope to ease some patient and family
anxiety with the patient-friendly design
of the newly constructed N.C. Women’s
and Children’s Hospitals, which were
When the hospitals open in late
October, they will serve as anew home
for the women and infant services offered
at the N.C. Memorial Hospital. Plans to
construct the facility began in the mid
1980s when officials recognized the need
to renovate the aging UNC Hospitals.
“We planned the building from the
patient perspective, not the providers,”
said Mary Beck, director of planning
and development of the two hospitals.
The two new towers are located on
Manning Drive next to the
Neurosciences Building. Eventually, a
roadway will link all the UNC Hospitals
to provide easier access.
Beck said patient comfort was a key
consideration in building the hospitals.
Both facilities utilize special fighting, a
clean, modem design and art to create a
more inviting atmosphere.
Construction on the new hospitals
began three and a half years ago. Beck
said the funds for the $166 million pro
ject came from bonds sold with
approval from UNC Health Care’s
Board of Governors in 1995.
The facilities at the Children’s
Hospital are all designed to make the
hospital more inviting for children.
Spacious private rooms and lounges
accommodate family visits. Children can
let loose in the “Play Atrium,” and next
door is the state’s only accredited K-12
school for hospitalized children.
And the Women’s Hospital is
marked by the same attention to detail.
“(The hospitals) will combine holistic
and humanistic care with cutting-edge
technology,” said Valerie Parisi, chair
woman of obstetrics and gynecology at
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UNC Senior Found Dead; Officials Suspect Drug Use Involved
By Kellie Dixon
A 20-year-old UNC senior was found
dead at his Carrboro residence on
Friday, and officials suspect his cause of
death involved drug use.
The deceased student, Daniel S.
Walker of 92 Pine St. in Carrboro was a
student in UNC’s School of Journalism
and Mass Communication.
University’s proposed Development
Plan to the campus community.
The Development Plan, which includes
portions of UNC’s Master Plan, details
campus growth for the next eight years.
The forum will be held from 5:30
p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carroll Hall audi
torium. It will allow students, faculty and
community members to be aware of the
University’s plans for campus growth.
“It’s important to understand the
changes going on right now,” said Student
Body President Justin Young. “There’s a
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Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., speaks about his efforts in Congress on behalf of the Patient's Bill of Rights at the dedication
of the N.C. Children's and Women's Hospitals Saturday. Edwards said the hospitals should set examples for health care in the nation.
Celebration Marks Hospitals' Opening
By Stephanie Horvath
Assistant University Editor
Among balloons, children, sunshine
and music, a 15-year-old dream became
a celebrated reality.
Hospital employees, University offi
cials, politicians and state residents gath
ered in front of the new N.C. Children’s
and Women’s hospitals on Saturday to
witness the facilities’ dedication.
“This is a historic day for UNC
Hospitals and for the women and children
of North Carolina,” said Eric Munson,
president and CEO of UNC Hospitals.
And while much of the dedication
had a jovial mood, Sen. John Edwards,
D-N.C., the keynote speaker, brought
up the serious issue of shortfalls in the
nation’s health care system.
“Too often American health care is
held back by bureaucracy, gridlock and
political indifference,” he said.
Edwards said the new hospitals reprer
sent a medical model the nation should
Carrboro Police Capt. Joel Booker
said Saturday that officials were con
cerned the use of tainted drugs might
have contributed to Walker’s death.
“There’s concern over possible drug
use and the possibility of an overdose or
that there could have been some tainted
drugs in the area,” Booker said.
“We’re not trying to alarm the com
munity. But we’re trying to make folks
aware this potential exists."
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lot of visible construction going on, and
(the forum) will help put into perspective
why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
The forum also will help clarify the
University’s need for growth.
“There’s been miscommunication, not
only with the students about the construc
tion, but with the town and the
University’s need for growth,” Young said.
The construction could add about 5.9
million square feet of building space to
the almost 14 million existing square feet
on campus. Some of the key projects
strive to imitate. “Here in Chapel Hill,
you’ve built a monument to an ideal - that
the best medicine belongs not in some dis
tant laboratory or far-off academy but in
the lives of all our people,” he said.
Edwards went on to outline his con
gressional work on the Patient’s Bill of
Rights, a bipartisan effort that he said is
not supported by President Bush.
Instead, Edwards said Bush is support
ing another bill that is popular with health
maintenance organizations. “It promises
rights but doesn’t give patients a real rem
edy to enforce those rights,” he said. “This
is not a bill of rights - it’s a bill of wrongs.”
Edwards also said he supported afford
able prescription drugs for seniors,
expanding health care for uninsured chil
dren and funding for undirected research.
Other speakers at the ceremony
included UNC-system President Molly
Broad, UNC-Chapel Hill Provost
Robert Shelton and Dean of the UNC
CH Medical School Jeffrey Houpt.
Houpt pledged to provide the best
Booker said police were not certain
what type of drugs Walker might have
used or even if any drugs were used at all.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office
in Orange County performed an autop
sy on Walker this weekend and deter
mined that there was no foul play
involved in his death, Booker said.
Because drug use was suspected, Dr.
Tom Owens, assistant medical examiner
and pathology resident, said certain tests
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include new residence halls, student fam
ily housing and the Ramshead project,
which will provide new parking, student
dining, recreation and grocery facilities.
The plan also includes additions to
Memorial Hall, anew arts area around
Hill Hall and the Ackland Museum, the
replacement of Venable Hall and three
new UNC Health Care buildings.
The plan has not been void of debate.
Town residents have expressed concern
at past meetings, sometimes vehement
ly, about proposed growth along South
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Claire Horn, one of many entertainers in the festivities, performs
a Modern Extension routine for the opening of the new hospitals.
medical care possible to the state -a
goal Shelton said fell in fine with the
were run - the results of which should
be available in a few weeks. “They won’t
know until they get toxicology reports
back,” Owens said.
“That usually takes weeks. It’ll prob
ably be a month and a half before any
word is settled on.”
Carrboro police will continue to
investigate the incident
Booker said Walker’s body was found
by one of his roommates at 10:30 a.m.
Campus, particularly in the Mason
Farm Road area.
The Chapel Hill Town Council is
scheduled to vote on the plan Oct. 3. It
must approve the plan before construc
tion of any of the projects can begin.
The Town Council will hold a public
hearing Sept 19 to give residents anoth
er chance to air their concerns before
the council makes a final decision.
The City Editor can be reached
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Friday, adding that he was last heard in
the residence by his roommates
between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Members of Walker’s family, who
five in Hendersonville, declined to com
ment on the incident.
Funeral arrangements have been
made but not announced as of Sunday.
The City Editor can be reached
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Asks to Cut
The Faculty Council has
requested more autonomy
in determining the length
of the academic calendar.
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
The UNC Faculty Council passed a
resolution Friday asking for more
autonomy when determining its acade
mic calendar in hopes of decreasing the
number of classroom days.
The resolution urges the UNC-sys
tem Board of Governors to allow each
institution in the 16-campus system to
modify its 150-day academic year.
In their first meeting of the year,
council members also asked that the
to a shortened
140- to 144-day
school year in an
attempt to accom
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school year to 150
days in 1996 in the
final days of former UNC-system
President C.D. Spangler’s administration.
Spangler implemented the extension in
hopes of enhancing the educational qual
ity of the state’s public universities.
Faculty members who support die res
olution claim that a 150-day academic
year causes complications in collabora
tive efforts with other universities and
hinders students’ participation in summer
education. The council’s Educational
Policy Committee presented the issue
with the concern that the current calen
dar does not allow enough time between
the end of summer school and the begin
ning of the school year.
Committee members have particular
interest modifying UNC’s academic
schedule so students who partake in sum
mer enrichment activities - such as
studying abroad and interning - have
enough time to complete them. “This is
an issue of students who do participate in
research, in summer activities," said
Douglas Crawford-Brown, chairman of
environmental sciences and engineering.
Proponents of the change cite the dis
crepancy between Duke University and
UNC’s school years, causing problems for
the new Robertson Scholars program.
The program allows students to take class
es at both schools. Scheduling conflicts
arose when the program’s officials real
ized that Duke’s fall semester began on
Aug. 27, while UNC’s began on Aug. 21.
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said faculty are not attempting to
cut back on work days. “(The resolution)
simply refen to classroom days," Estroff
said. “The students have the 75-day
semester, (the faculty does) not” Anew
calendar would give faculty more time to
revise their courses, the resolution stated.
The council also approved a measure
Friday for more thorough reviews of
departmental grading standards. To
assess grade inflation, the resolution
calls for annual departmental evalua
tions of grading standards and submis
sion of reports to their deans.
Former Educational Policy Committee
Chairman Boone Turchi proposed an
amendment, which also was approved,
that would require the committee to
report the evaluations to the Faculty
Council at least once a year. “I think the
intent of the amendment is to keep the
issue from being buried.”
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said faculty are not
trying to cut ba<k
on their work days.