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The AIDS Memorial Quilts hang in the main lobby of the Student Union for AIDS Awareness Week. The quilts will be on display until Sunday, Dec. 5.
THE HIV, AIDS CRISIS
BY KATHRYN BALES
One day each year attempts to
embed consciousness about AIDS
and HIV into people’s everyday
Wednesday, UNC students and
faculty participated in a variety of
World AIDS Day events to raise
awareness about the life-threat
ening virus, which has increasing
relevance for college students.
“I think it is important for all
students to know (about the virus)
because they are presumed to be
involved in risky sexual practices,”
said Lisa Hightow, UNC research
er and professor. “HIV can be
acquired in college students
need to be aware of that.”
Along with fellow researcher
Peter Leone, Hightow recently
conducted a study of HIV records
in North Carolina that found that
UNC fills ombudsman position
BY SHARI FELD
Chancellor James Moeser announced
Wednesday the two officials who soon
will lead the University’s employee
The new ombuds office which will
provide dispute-resolution services, play
an advisory role in grievance procedures
and identify improvements for the work
environment was created to fulfill the
top recommendation of the Chancellor’s
Task Force for a Better Workplace.
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N.C. cashes in
BY ERIN GIBSON
ASSISTANT STATE AND NATIONAL EDITOR
People take medicine everyday to fight
everything from headaches to cancer.
And North Carolina has cashed in on this
need for medications to create a growing
and developing pharmaceutical industry.
The state now is a large
player in the research
and production of drugs
to combat maladies such
as HIV and diabetes.
Growth in the industry,
especially within Research
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Mary Ann Rhyne, spokeswoman for
GlaxoSmithKline, said one reason the com-
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WORLD AIDS DAY
college students are an at-risk,
accessible population that deserves
HIV prevention initiatives.
The study found that 12 percent
of men between the ages of 18 and
30 who have been diagnosed with
HIV were attending college at the
time of their diagnosis.
But it is not only UNC research
ers who are concerned about the
spread of HIV and AIDS students
also have taken an active role.
Sophomore Amanda Sellers,
a member of the Student Global
AIDS Campaign, is adamant about
the need to combat AIDS and raise
consciousness. “The effects of the
AIDS epidemic are very relevant
to students’ lives, even here on this
campus,” she said.
Senior Marce Abare, also an
active member of the Student
Global AIDS Campaign, said the
day is important in its advocacy
Wayne Blair, who has served as an
associate ombuds officer at Columbia
University since 2002, will serve as the
new faculty ombudsman. Laurie Mesibov,
a longtime professor at the UNC School
of Government, will serve as the half
time faculty ombudsman.
Blair and Mesibov will begin prepara
tions to open the office next spring when
they step into their positions in February.
Blair said his biggest goal is to cre
ate an office that is highly regarded by
the entire University community. He
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for improved domestic and foreign
policy. “This is one time when the
global community can come togeth
er and celebrate fife,” she said.
Sellers and Abare were involved
with the “Act Up ... Get Down ...
Fight AIDS!” gala at Avalon on
Wednesday night. All the proceeds
from the fund-raiser will go to the
UNC-Democratic Republic of
Congo Prevention of Mother-to-
Child Transmission project.
Among other events in the cel
ebration were an AIDS quilt panel
project in the Student Union and a
letter-writing campaign in the Pit,
both lasting all week.
The film “A Closer Walk” was
screened in the Student Union
Auditorium on Wednesday night,
and the Safer Sex Squad and the
Red Ribbon campaign distributed
information on Franklin Street and
in the Pit, respectively. Events con
tinue today with an HIV poetry
and performance jam at 7:30 p.m.
in Gerrard Hall.
The Student Global AIDS
Campaign also sponsored a call
in to Senate Majority Leader Bill
Frist to advocate spending to fight
the AIDS epidemic.
The campaign aims to create
a North Carolina AIDS coalition
and plans to rally in Washington,
D.C., on Feb. 26.
While she applauded these
efforts, Hightow said AIDS aware
ness always should be a high prior
ity. “World AIDS Day is just a day.
It’s great to have a day where we
think about HTV prevention and
treatment, but it needs to become
something we think about all the
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said conveying an environment of dig
nity, respect and fairness is key to the
initiative’s success. Blair also highlight
ed how important it is for employees to
feel comfortable and confident that they
will be heard.
Blair said he is thrilled by the positive
reactions so far from the campus com
“Everyone is embracing the concept
of this office and this program, and
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2004
DESPITE REDUCED SANCTION,
STUDENT TO APPEAL UPWARD
BY JENNY RUBY
The University Hearings Board
voted Wednesday to uphold an
Honor Court ruling but opted
to lessen the sanction placed on
sophomore Katherine Milan.
But she is planning to take the
case to the next level by appeal
ing the decision to Chancellor
James Moeser, said Glenna Goldis,
Milan’s defense counsel.
Milan was appealing an Oct.
27 Honor Court decision on the
grounds that her basic rights were
violated and that the sanction was
“We try to be very careful in the
way we conduct these hearings,” said
Virginia Carson, chairwoman of the
Hearings Board and director of the
Campus Y. “We find the rights were
not violated in a manner that affect
ed the outcome of the hearing.”
During October’s Honor Court
hearing, Milan was found guilty of
possessing marijuana and aiding
others in the purchase of the drug.
She originally was sanctioned with
a semester of suspension, a semes
ter of probation and 30 hours of
The Hearings Board decided
Wednesday to amend Milan’s sanc
tion to a semester of retroactive pro-
Sophomore Katherine Milan listens during her appeal to the University
Hearings Board on Wednesday regarding an Oct. 27 Honor Court decision.
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Campus leaders gather. ; air grievances
BY ERIC JOHNSON
In an effort to address long-sim
mering tensions between UNC-
Chapel Hill and the systemwide
Association of Student Governments,
campus leaders met for more than
two hours TUesday night with ASG
President Amanda Devore.
The meeting was the culmination
of correspondence between Devore
and Student Body President Matt
Calabria regarding the ASG’s pur
pose and effectiveness.
In October, Student Body
President Matt Calabria sent Devore
a five-page letter suggesting reforms
to her organization, receiving a 10-
page response in early November.
Tuesday’s exchange was
described by all sides as produc
tive, but the conversation served
to underscore fundamental dis
agreements between Chapel Hill’s
student government and the sys
Calabria, backed by his Cabinet
and Student Congress Speaker
Charlie Anderson, said the organi
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bation her records will indicate
for the next 10 years that she was on
probation this fall semester.
Milan still is required to complete
the community service hours.
“From further appealing it, we
hope to get it thrown out,” Goldis
said. “We just want some respect
for rules in the system.”
Milan decided to open her case
to the public in hopes of shedding
more light on the honor system,
marking the second time this year
that a student has done so. Senior
Chase Foster opted to open an
appeal before the Hearings Board
Milan’s case began in November
2003 when Chapel Hill police
found 13 grams of marijuana in her
Granville Towers room after receiv
ing permission to conduct a search.
After several correspondences
and meetings with University offi
cials, Milan was charged in March
with the honor violation.
During the appeals hearing,
Goldis argued that the time between
the incident and the filing of the
infraction surpassed the honor
system’s statute of limitations.
“Katherine’s right to a speedy
hearing was obviously violated,”
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zation could be making more effec
tive use of its $170,000 budget by
focusing on lobbying the N.C.
General Assembly and the system
Board of Governors.
“That’s what we pay in to get
out,” Calabria said during the
meeting. “Is that a self-interested
Devore argued that the ASG
serves as more than just an advoca
cy group and that UNC-CH would
see a benefit from being more
involved with the organization’s
“It’s not just lobbying,” Devore
said. “(Other schools) feel as though
Chapel Hill isn’t interested in being
involved and assisting with and
helping with all these other things
that are going on as well.
“They feel like Chapel Hill only
wants to be there when they see a
direct benefit, but they’re missing
out on all the things Chapel Hill
could give to the organization.”
Matt Liles, ASG vice president
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