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Medical school students
learn reality of health care
By Kimberly Perry
Often doctors stand at the top of high-rise hospitals,
watching their patients walk down the stairwell and back
home into theircommunities, unsure of whether theirpatients
will follow their medical instructions or receive the aftercare
But the UNC School of Medicine wants to change all that.
Health of the Public, a national grant program based in 17
academic health centers in the United States and Canada, is
giving money to help medical schools address deficiencies in
the health care system.
'The goal of Health of the Public nationally is to make
health affairs more in tune with the people they serve," said
Dr. Alan Cross, co-principal investigator of the program.
'The gap is widening between research and the needs of
the people." He said academic medical centers focused more
on medical research than basic health care.
But even without a national program, medical student Bill
Logan saw a need to close this gap. On his third day of
medical school, Logan joined Geriaction, a medical student
organization focusing on health care of the elderly, because
he said this would be one of the only opportunities he would
have for clinical exposure during his first year at medical
Logan's experience in Geriaction led to a summer spent
researching elderly health services in Orange County.
"I tried to sort out the structure of how geriatric services
were delivered to this large group of people with a whole
gamut of needs," he said.
When the summer came to an end, Logan had discovered
some fundamental problems with community health care
Departments compete for funding to provide geriatric
services. For example, Logan said, the Orange County Health
Department and the Orange County Department of Aging
squabbled over which one would give flu shots.
And there were social barriers to meeting the needs of
Orange County's elderly people because black and white
elderly people did not want to intermingle, Logan said. Logan
found the centers were located in the bad parts of town. "I
wouldn't want to send my grandmother there," he said.
"The services are great for the six people who use them,"
Logan said sarcastically. There are many elderly people in
Orange County who are not using the services, and the few
who do use them did not find out about them from their
physicians, he said.
Logan didn't realize then that the work he did on his
project would become one of the elective courses added to the
UNC School of Medicine curriculum as part of the Health of
the Public program.
'The whole idea of the community health project is to give
students a dose of reality, an opportunity to look at commu
nities and see what they're up against in delivering services
to real people," he said.
The UNC School of Medicine will target all levels of
students for this new program, he said, but it may be more
attractive and effective for first and second-year students.
Logan reflected on his experience. "I feel like it gave me
a ... realistic look at the way communities have to fight to
"Doctors send their patients out into the community, and
they do not do well there. I do not think doctors know what
patients have to deal with at the community level to get
services," he said. Logan said if he taught residents, he would
have a different perspective.
"Physicianshave roles. First of all, they are the gatekeepers
to the health care system traffic cops that send patients
See MEDICINE, page 2
Bibbs resigns chief justice position
By Anna Griffin
Assistant State and National Editor
and Heather Harreld
Hours after the Student Supreme Court voted unani
mously to dismiss a lawsuit against Mark Bibbs, the candi
date for student body president resigned his position as chief
Bibbs announced his decision to resign during the Resi
dence Hall Association candidates' forum Monday night.
Earlier in the day, the court voted unanimously to dismiss
a lawsuit filed against Bibbs by third-year law student Brad
Torgan. The lawsuit alleged that Bibbs should resign as chief
justice because of his student body president candidacy.
"The campaign needs to be focused on the issues of
experience and qualifications rather than whether I am the
chief justice of the Student Supreme Court," Bibbs said. "In
resigning, I feel I can finally lay that issue at rest and go on
to the next week of the campaign, focusing on the issue."
Bibbs said his student body president opponents used the
issue of his court post to avoid discussing concrete issues.
"Most folks understand that I'm the candidate with the
most comprehensive experience," he said. "Folks over the
past few weeks have exploited the fact that I am chief justice
and that I refused to step down. But that is not my reason for
Bibbs challenged the other student body president candi
dates to resign from posts which might present a conflict of
"I further challenge any other candidate who has potential
conflicts of interest to resign from their perspective positions
as well," Bibbs said.
Mark Shelbume, student body president candidate, said it
was a wise move for Bibbs to resign.
"I do believe he was in violation of the code, but now he's
not," Shelburne. "I think he's lost all the face he was going to
John Moody, student body president candidate, said he
was sad the elections got caught up in this issue. "I really don 't
care one way or the other."
Scott Peeler and Rashmi Airan, the other student body
president candidates, could not be reached for comment
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agree to address
Officer does not expect 5-year-old
case to be settled through mediation
By Michael Workman
University Police officer Keith
Edwards agreed Friday to an indepen
dent, non-binding mediation of her civil
suit against the University.
But Edwards, who has been battling
with the University for several years
over numerous grievances and lawsuits,
said she did not think mediation would
resolve this case.
"I don't think mediation will work,"
she said. "They haven't had a serious
attitude toward the grievance or the
civil suit from 1987 up to the present."
Lars Nance, UNC's attorney, said
University officials were eager to re
solve the case with as little time and
expense as possible.
"(Mediation is) something the Uni
versity can do to resolve the case," he
said. "This was an attempt to solve her
Edwards said the case would pro
ceed if mediation did not resolve the
Alan McSurely, Edward's lawyer,
said he and Edwards were ready to
begin pretrial hearings Friday morning.
They were surprised by the mediation
proposal, he said.
"We did not hear about the idea until
Nance said the decision to propose
mediation was made Thursday. Nance
informed Edwards and McSurely of the
decision Friday at a pretrial meeting.
Nance said he could not contact
A trial would disrupt the University's
day-to-day operations because several
University Police officers would be
called to testify, he said. University
officials named in the suit would also
have to attend the trial, which could last
Mediation would last only one or two
days, Nance said.
McSurely said the two sides would
agree on a mediator who was an impar
tial trial lawyer or judge with "experi
ence in constitutional and civil rights
cases" and who was specifically trained
to be a mediator.
The suit names six current and former
University officials including Chancel
lor Paul Hardin and Ben Tuchi, vice
chancellor for business and finance,
Edwards is seeking $250,000 in com
pensatory and punitive damages.
McSurely said Edwards' suit in Or
ange County Superior Court alleged
that UNC officials denied her her Four
teenth Amendment right to due process
under the law and her First Amendment
right "to speak out at the University.
"The University violated her consti
tutional right to work in a workplace
free of discrimination," he said.
The suit is based upon an 1 87 1 anti
Ku Klux Klan statute which"gave black
people the right to sue in federal and
state courts when they believe that state
officials have violated their rights,"
Edwards also has cases pending in
the N.C. Court of Appeals and the N.C.
Office of Administrative Hearings.
McSurely said the cases could be re
solved through the mediation process.
"We can try to settle the major law
suit in the mediation," he said. "If they
are interested in looking at the other two
issues, we will talk with them."
Elections Board denies appeal
to return candidates to ballot
By Steve Politl
Four candidates for campus offices
who missed the petition submission
deadline lost their appeal to the Elec
tions Board and will not have their
names on the Feb. 1 1 ballot.
Wendy Bounds and Dacia Toll, can
didates for DTH co-editors; Jennifer
Davis, candidate for RHA president;
and Laura Allen, candidate for
Henderson Residence College gover
nor, filed a joint appeal to the board
after Chairman Chris Bracey ruled last
week that missing the deadline should
result in having their names left off the
ballot. The board decided by a 7-2, vote.
"We were more concerned with the
issue of clarity than the issue of their
confusion," Bracey said. "The board
decided that there was sufficient clarity
the information in the candidates
packet was clear enough."
Bounds said she and Toll would ac
cept the decision and not appeal to the
Student Supreme Court.
"We're ready to get on with the elec
tion," Bounds said. "We still have the
tame ideas; we're still the same candi
dates." Davis said that she did not know if
she would appeal the decision, but that
she disagreed with the board.
"I think there's a letter of the law, and
there's a spirit of the law. The spirit of
this law was not upheld, and I think it's
ridiculous," Davis said.
Bounds, Toll and Davis said they
would pursue write-in campaigns.
Toll said she was confident the team
would make a runoff. "We have a lot of
cross-campus support," she said. "We
can make it to the runoff regardless of
whether our name is on the ballot."
Davis said she would not comment
about the write-in election.
The code states that write-in candi
dates must adhere to all regulations
governing official candidates, except
submitting petitions or attending the
mandatory candidates meetings. This
includes listing candidates by their full
legal name on the ballot.
But Bracey said the Elections Board
would not strictly enforce voters writ
ing in the full legal names of the write
in candidates. "We want (voters) to
know their names and write them down."
Toll represented thecandidates at the
appeal hearing. "There really was con
fusion out there," she told the Elections
Board. "Most folks, even those we're
running against, admitted that."
She said that a information packet
given to all candidates was misleading
about the time of the meeting and the
time of the deadline. She added that a
definite time was not known at an initial
candidates' meeting earlier in the month.
Staci Hill, an Elections Board mem
ber, asked Toll why she didn't ask the
board about the deadline.
"It would have been very simple to
pick up the phone and verify that infor
mation." But Toll said she was convinced the
petitions were due at 7:30 p.m. "At the
time, I wasn't confused."
Nigel Long, board member, asked if
the board should be expected to bend
the rules for a few candidates.
Toll said she wasn't arguing against
the clarity of the code, but she was upset
with the way information was presented
in the packet given to all candidates.
"I just don't have (a copy of the
code). I have no interest in the code,"
Toll said. "With the entire Elections
Board present, it makes sense to hand it
in at (the candidates' meeting)."
Toll said it was difficult to explain
their dilemma to students, and many
would not understand the technicalities
of why their names were omitted.
"That's a hard message to get across."
Softball on short end of fiscal stick
Editor's note: First of a two-part
By Bryan Strickland
Assistant Sports Editor
North Carolina's Softball team re
ceives significantly less funding than
most of the University's other varsity
sports programs, and some Softball
players say they are tired of it.
The program has received no more
than three athletic scholarships per
year since gaining varsity status in
1984. The NCAA allows its member
institutions to issue as many as 1 1
scholarships for softball.
Sophomore pitcher Paige Lauby
said the scholarship situation was just
the tip of the iceberg.
"We seem to be shoved under the
bridge anytime that anything comes
around," Lauby said. "When (the ath
letic administration) was talking about
cutting scholarships, we thought we
would be first."
Lauby also said that the University
was not providing the team with ad
equate road-trip funding. She said she
became frustrated when comparing
Softball's situation to that of men's
sports on campus.
"The thing that really bothers me is
that when they go on the road, they
stay at nice hotels and eat at the best
restaurants," she said. "We end up
staying at places where we will prob-
"We end up staying at
places where we will
probably get murdered
and end up eating at
Wendy's every night."
ably get murdered and end up eating at
Wendy's every night.
"Just because we're female, I don't
think we should get less money than
Lauby said that on the road, the soft
ball team members usually received $3
to $4 each for meals per day, had to
squeeze four to five players into each
hotel room and traveled in two small
vans that were less than comfortable.
Senior outfielder Theresa Buscemi
said she was bothered by the inequality
of funding for baseball and softball.
"Our sports are very similar, yet, at
this point, we're not at all considered
equal," Buscemi said. "Everything's
handed to them. It's just outrageous."
Donna Papa, entering her seventh
season as the softball head coach, said
the low scholarship total puts her at a
"I don't look at it as being discrimi
natory," Papa said. "It's just more of a
Beth Miller, UNC's associate ath
letic director for non-revenue sports,
said the softball program was trapped
in the numbers game.
"We were in a situation where we
had to make some decisions," Miller
said. "There's only so much money
and so much we can and can't do with
Mi I ler said it was unfair to compare
the baseball team's financial situation
to that of softball. "Baseball has a
much stronger tradition," Miller said.
"There's a lot of history there."
The baseball team received 13
scholarships for the 1 99 1 -92 year, the
maximum allowed by the NCAA.
Dick Baddour, senior associate ath
letic director, said the fact that the
softball team had not been in aconf'er
ence in the past might have contrib
uted to the lack of funding. "At this
point, softball is not an ACC sport,"
Baddour said. "You set some priori
ties in your sports program."
UNC will join Georgia Tech, Vir
ginia and Florida State to form the
ACC's first softball conference this
spring, but Baddour said the change
probably would not lead to increased
See SOFTBALL, page 5
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