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Declaration of Major Week
to aid sophomores' decision
Tuesday, December 6, 1977 The Daily Tar Heel 5
By MEREDITH CREWS
Sophomores preparing to declare a
major will be relieved tolcnow that help
may be forthcoming. Student
Government has proposed a
Declaration of Major Week which will
be held prior to the Feb. 13 decision
In addition, Student Government is
working with the faculty in planning an
academic mart which will begin Jan. 30.
The mart will bring together
representatives from every department
and school on campus to answer
questions and present information.
Activities planned for the Declaration
of Major Week include panel
discussions, lectures, departmental
tours and discussion groups.
"During the Declaration of Major
Week, anything at all pertaining to
familiarizing students with major areas
is encouraged," said Joni Peters,
Student Government coordinator of
projects. "It is basically up to the
Declaration of Major Week was
predicated upon the concept that
students would benefit significantly
from a more structured, more defined
procedure for major declaration,
according to the proposal.
"The way it is now, they only tell you
to declare your major by spring of your
sophomore year," Peters said. "What
happens is students get caught up in a
flurry of preregistration and don't give
enough consideration to a major.
"By setting up the system within a
certain period, students will give more
consideration to the matter."
During Declaration of Major Week,
both General College and departmental
advisers would be more accessible to
answer questions and give advice on
matters concerning possible majors, she
"Many students have undecided or
vague ideas," Peters said. "If they go to
something like this, many of their
questions can be answered. This
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NCMH tests home abortion method
provides a system that if students have
questions, they know where to go for
"Some students wait too late or try
too early to get in some departments or
schools. There also have been
curriculum changes, such as in the
School of Business Administration, and
it is difficult to know what to do in
By JAY JENNINGS
A hormone suppository that makes home
abortions feasible is being researched at North
Carolina Memorial Hospital.
The suppository contains prostaglandin, a
natural hormone which previously has been used
in other methods of application, such as injection,
to induce abortions.
The new form of prostaglandin being
researched by Dr. James Dingfelder is a slow
melting suppository that is inserted as far as
possible into the woman's vagina.
The prostaglandin induces contractions in
the uterus which expel the fetus, usually within 18
to 24 hours.
As with all methods of abortion, the
prostaglandin suppository works best and with
the least complications in the first trimester (12
weeks) of pregnancy.
Up to about eight weeks, Dingfelder said, the
suppository's effects will resemble "an
exaggerated period," and women can go about
their normal routine. Minor bleeding may
continue for seven to 10 days.
Patients seeking an abortion at the hospital are
offered the prostaglandin method at no charge
and with guaranteed aftercare. The research team
will follow the woman's progress for two years.
So far 11 women, eight to 16 weeks pregnant,
have had successful abortions at NCMH with the
prostaglandin suppository. The results of the
study will be published when 20 have been done.
The suppositories in the study have been
inserted by gynecologists at the hospital, but home
insertion by the woman presently is feasible.
Dingfelder notes that this would make the
prostaglandin method the cheapest form of
abortion, requiring only a pregnancy test, a
prescription and perhaps a checkup seven to 14
A possibility, Dingfelder said, is that the
prostaglandin method may become a routine form
of post-coitus contraception, replacing the
"morning-after pill" with an "end-of-month
suppository" which need be used only once and
with less nausea.
A draw back of the prostaglandin method is that
the contracting uterus causes painful cramps
much like menstrual cramps. Dingfelder said the
cramps tend to increase in severity as the
expulsion of the fetus draws near.
Some nausea typically is caused by
prostaglandin, but anti-nausea medication is
dispensed with the suppository.
The most common form of abortion, the
dilation-and-etraction or suction method, takes
only 10 minutes but its cost to the patient is
relatively high. Also, there is some concern that
suction may damage the cervix.
The effects of the hormone suppository, on the
other hand, closely approximate a natural
Dingfelder said he feels the prostaglandin
suppository may be most useful in
undcrde eloped countries, which lack both
doctors and the equipment to perform mechanical
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Sororities plagued by their new sisters' pranks
By ELIZABETH MESSICK
Most of the 350 UNC women who
pledged sororities early this semester
will become sisters soon, but for the past
few months they've been busy pulling
Chi Omega pledges, for example,
have planned surprise mixers for the
sisters at 7 and 10 a.m. But mixers aren't
the only surprises the Chi Omega have
faced. Their house has been ransacked,
dresser drawers have been turned upside
down and Play Girl pin-ups have been
slipped into their notebooks.
Kappa Kappa Gamma pledges have
been busy advertising their sorority
house for sale in the Daily Tar Heel,
rolling the yard and hiding their sisters'
bedsheets. They've also stuffed shower
stalls and phone booths with newspaper
in the middle of the night and awakened
sisters at 5:30 a.m. for a surprise mixer
by playing reveille on a trombone,.
Another sorority had trouble
preparing for a mixer, but not because
the mixer was a surprise. Phi Mu sisters
were in a business meeting one night
when pledges switched and hid the
sisters' "bathroom buckets," which
contain items like soap and shampoo,
an hour before the mixer. At the same
time, alarm clocks set for 4 a.m. were
hidden under the sisters' beds.
Kappa Alpha Theta sisters have had
many late night surprises, too. One
night license plates from their cars were
strung across the back yard and their
yard was rolled. Another night, pledges
dressed as fairy godmothers brought
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sisters fairy food at 3 a.m.
The Kappa Deltas were awakened
early one morning for another kind of
surprise. They were taken to jog at the
Fetzer Field track. They also have found
tiny plastic spoons replacing regular tea
spoons on the table at dinner. Their
pledges have planned a surprise mixer
and led paper bag skits for the sisters.
Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters left the
chapter meeting one night and found
that their front porch had been uniquely
decorated. Pledges had removed one
distinctive bra from each sister's dresser
and strung them across the porch.
Another night pledges surprised the
sisters with freshly baked cookies at 1 1
Alpha Delta Pi pledges have planned
an early morning mixer and turned
pictures on the walls upside down.
Pi Beta Phi sisters were left at the Zeta
Beta Tau fraternity house at 6 one
A sorority does not necessarily need a
house to be a victim of pranks pulled by
its pledges, though.
One day Alpha Chi Omega pledges
dressed like spies and kidnapped sisters.
Another time they sent sisters on a
scavenger hunt and then took them to a
Delta Delta Delta sisters stressed that
having pledges does not necessarily
mean having pranks. Tri-Delts try to
treat their pledges like sisters beginning
the day they pledge. They stress that
their pledges should not play pranks.
Tri-Delt pledges have held a surprise
doughnut breakfast and a surprise
assistant to Helms, said Monday. "He is sendinga
tape of the meeting the family had with the
refugee. We'll feed it through a polygraph machine
to determine if the man is telling the truth, but we
don't have any reason to believe otherwise."
Helms and Rep. Benjamin Gilman, R-N.Y.,wiU
be working together on the case, Fuller said.
"We hope to set up a conference with the,
refugee, Helms, Gilman and a representative from
the Defense Department," he said.
Gilman could not be reached Monday for'
comment. Joe Southerland, an administrative
assistant to Gilman, had no details on the story,
but admitted having "heard rumblings."
Both Helms and Gilman have been pressing for
a full accounting of the MIAs.
Gilman served on the House Select Committee
on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia, organized
in 1975. The committee was chaired by G. V.
"Sonny" Montgomery of Mississippi. The 10
members heard testimony from nearly 50 military
officials, former POWs and MIA families.
The committee decided that there was no
evidence that Americans still are being held in
Southeast Asia. Only four of the members
"When the committee closed up' "Shop in
December 1 976, Ben felt there was a lot more work
to be done," Southerland said.
"Helms has introduced a number of bills calling
for a further investigation of the MIAs," Fuller
said. "But so far, we haven't had much luck. This
story could lead to something big.
Schrump has been campaigning for the MIAs
since he returned from Vietnam in 1972. He spent
nearly five years in prisoner-of-war camps in
Vietnam and Cambodia.
"I'm one of the few former POWs who is
speaking out," he said. "I made a promise to the
men who were in camp with me that I would press
for an accounting. I'm just following up on a
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dinner on Dec. 13 from 5
to 7 p.m. For your Satur
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the Pine room will open
at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
10. The Union Snack Bar
and ChaseCafeteria will
close Friday Dec. 16 at 1
p.m. and re-open Jan. 9.
The Pine Room will
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