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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1991 SECTION B C2 i fP J"'"' MMHWHMIij EZ""(aZlil New mame possible for CTC Many residents don't know it's a state college, president says I i ' i I , ,y- - . !:'' , V' - ,1 1 1 to; BY MARK SIEBERT The Cincinnati Enquirer Momentum appears to be growing to transform the 22-year-old, 5,400-student Cincinnati Technical College (CTC) into a community college that would offer more academic programs without abandoning technical studies. The new name of the school would be Cincinnati State Community College. A recent faculty survey reflected overwhelming support for the move. Administrators and members of the board of trustees want to remain neutral during discussions, but they see two main advantages: giving more area students access to college degrees and enhancing the school's image. CTC President James Long said the college continually is confused with a vocational or for-profit technical school. "All. the time, I hear about it," Long said last week. "I talked to a Rotary Club in Springdale recently, and they were very surprised we were a state college." But Long insists that the change would not mean forcing students to swap Techniques of Welding for Shakespeare 101. The college, on Central Parkway in Clifton, now offers 45 technical degrees from aviation maintenance to chef technology to nursing. The change would involve adding two academic degrees to the curriculum, an associate of arts and associate of science degree. Students could then transfer more easily to area four-year colleges such as Mount St. Joseph or the University of Cincinnati, Long said. Tuition would not increase, but Long said he expected that enrollment would. Even with additional students, 85 of the school's programs would remain technical, he said. Also, the cooperative education program, where students alternate their studies with on-the-job experience, would continue to be emphasized. There are costs. Long estimated the move would mean spending $500,000 for instructors and supplies. Half would come The Cincinnati EnquirerJohn Curley Students Linda Hurley, of Mount Washington, and Harvey Baker, of Verona, Ky., work on a frequency response experiment in an electronics class at Cincinnati Technical College. from the state and half from tuition paid faculty members showed 73 favored the Senate. by the new students attracted, he said. change to community college status. "The downside, negative kind of corn-Some faculty members are worried Those who opposed it worried that the ments were focusing on 'Gee, we don't about an eventual weakening of technical new degrees might drain money and other want to injure or downplay all the good programs, long the college's strength. support from technical degrees, said Bob thin8s we're doin8 now'' " Eveslage said. A survey this summer of 100 CTC Eveslage, president of the CTC Faculty (Please see CTC, Page B-2) Camilla Warrick Cost of care is too dear for family Plenty of people think Patricia Ann Wilson has got it made. They see her steady job and her solid health insurance and envision prosperity. They hear her optimism and imagine ease. What they don't see is the woman who waits for the 6 a.m. bus because she can't afford to park downtown. They don't see her moonlighting for a janitorial company. They don't know she had to give up her apartment and move into a house with two other families. And they don't hear her weeping in the bathroom while her children are sleeping. A year ago she wouldn't have believed it either. "But now I know how you can go from normal life to almost no kind of life at all," she said. It can happen almost in the space of a diagnosis. In her case it is Hodgkin's disease, which invaded her son, Tony Grady. They weren't alarmed by his fatigue after rounds of basketball or his craving for greasy fast-food. But these were symptoms of trouble. By the time his cancer was detected, it had progressed to a serious stage, requiring one surgery after another and months of radiation treatments. Sitting next to her 18-year-old son while doctors sucked marrow out of his numbed hip, Wilson realized she would no longer describe childbirth as painful. It was nothing compared to what she was witnessing. Hospitals threatened But Wilson believes in seizing every opportunity for a cure. So she has coached her son through treatment and restricted her lifestyle to contend with the bills. But that part of the struggle seems doomed. ; "Yes, my insurance pays a percent age, she said. But its just not enough." It is little comfort to know that she is not alone. Health administrators ac knowledge that the term "medically indigent now applies to a growing number of families with jobs and insurance.! They also confess that people like Patricia Ann Wilson despite her drive' and self-sufficiency threaten the health of hospitals. If she can't pay her portion of the bills, then the debt gets 'chalked up to "uncompensated careJ' In the Tri-State the amount of uncompensated care rendered by local hospitals has nearly tripled in eight years;. "It's becoming more and more difficult for hospitals to recover costs," said Nancy Strassel, spokeswoman for the Greater Cincinnati Hospital Council. Elsewhere in the country, she said, hosDiitals have been forced out of busi ness by uncompensated care and insufficient reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. Legislators often point to the 38 million Americans who have no health insurance. They make too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to pay for insurance premiums. These are many of the people, they say, who are bringing the health care system to its knees. But people like Wilson should bring1 it to its senses. Long-term answers needed She's already decided that if she or her l 3-year-old daughter get sick, they might as well stay home. She can't afford much more health care for a simple reason: It isn't affordable. And Wilson is lucky. Since she's a Hamilton County resident and Tony has been a patient at Children's Hospital Medical Center, they qualified for help from the hospital levy. This is one of a handful of counties in the U.S. where such assistance is available. The fund didn't just keep one family afloat. It kept a worker productive. But for how long? Wilson is not pleased when people enrrnoct cho crivp tin her iobs and go on welfare, just to get a Medicaid card. To be poor and dependent is no soiuuon. 1 Why, she wonders, aren't Americans looking for long-term answers? Why aren't we discussing national- 7A hpaith rare? Whv aren't we de- manrlinn rnnorpssinnal action? Can't We figure out a way to keep the quality of care high and the product accessible? No thinking person would slam the rfnnr anH tell Wilson she can't see a doctor. But that's what she may do to herself out of necessity. Camilla Warrick's column appears on Sundays. 4 ' x .i 1 -"... . lot - XX m ' J I The Cincinnati EnquirerGary Landers ABOVE: Cary Seller of Price Hill is against the levy; he's in favor of reform. RIGHT: Linda Smith of Clifton Isn't sure how she'll vote on the school tax levy. Brutality ruling may hit backlog Man who has AIDS accused officers BY BRENDA J. BREAUX The Cincinnati Enquirer An FBI official said it may take several months before a decision is made whether Cincinnati and Hamilton County law officers used excessive force in the arrest and detainment of a downtown man who has AIDS. Cincinnati police stopped Steven O'Ban-ion, 40, on Sept. 4 for jaywalking. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer after he allegedly scuffled with them. O'Banion, who received bruises after a scuffle with officers at the Hamilton County Justice Center, said he was a victim of brutality by the police and, once in custody, by county corrections officers. The investigation into the charges by the FBI began last week and is expected to be completed within two weeks, FBI spokesman Ed Boldt said Saturday. Boldt said once the local office's report was forwarded to the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division in Washington, D.C., a ruling could take three or four months. "It's not uncommon for several months to pass," Boldt said. "I would be surprised if it did get completed before the end of the year. ' They are backed up." Boldt said that following the Rodney King episode in Los Angeles, in which police officers were videotaped beating a motorist, the Justice Department was ordered to review 1,500 cases in which it had not filed charges. Officials with the sheriff's department said after arriving at Hamilton County Justice Center, O'Banion spit and splashed blood from a nosebleed on a nurse and three officers while threatening to infect them with AIDS. O'Banion was indicted Oct. 17 on four counts each of attempted murder and felonious assault. a O'Banion denied the charges and said he was beaten and subjected to derogatory comments about his homosexuality while in custody. Reached at his home Saturday, where he is being held under house arrest, O'Banion said he and his lawyers had no comment. Levy's supporters launch blitz Electorate shaky, suspicious after slew of district changes Al Tuchfarber, director of UC's Institute for Policy Research, said the campaign for the 9.83-mill levy may have appeared to get under way late, in part, because events have tumbled by so' swiftly. Like Trent, Tuchfarber said the ideal campaign would start long in advance and would play off policy changes that already had resulted in concrete successes. "Does everyone connected with the campaign wish there were two more months?" he asked. "Absolutely. So much has been happening in such a short time; sometimes it's hard to tell what's (the campaign and what's the true change." Consider that in recent months: the district has changed superintendents and treasurers, and has two board members fighting for re-election and a third stepping down. It has weathered a scathing critique from the Buenger Commission which also recommended major change and issued a flurry of tougher policies in the ast couple of months. Normally, Tuchfarber said, "you wouldn't have this much overlap, where you're trying to run a campaign at the (Please see LEVY, Page B-6) BY PATRICIA LOPEZ BADEN The Cincinnati Enquirer With less than 10 days to go, the battle to persuade voters to approve a levy for Cincinnati Public Schools is just now shifting into high gear. The strategy is a time-honored one among political candidates: wait until days before the election, when voter interest peaks then hit them with everything you've got. But in a race where the electorate remains deeply divided on the proposed levy and suspicious of a district which has promised much in the past that may be a fatal error, political analysts say. "There's a lot to overcome here," said Judith Trent, a political analyst at the University of Cincinnati. "To try to convince people with a media blitz at the end, I think that's a mistake." Trent, who specializes in studying political campaign styles, said issue campaigns, are usually plotted over many months. The successful ones literally teach voters over time why they need to vote for the issue, she said. "It's not something you can do in a few days, or a few weeks," she said. qitmmsmmitiitJii Inside Proposals could transform council selection B-7 Council candidates talk about economic development B-7 School board hopefuls back tax levyB-8 Warren County Incumbents face challenges B-8 Impact of new brewery issue In Butler County B-8 School population growth issue In Warren County B-8 Term-limit proposals are popular, state party officials agree B-9

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