The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina on April 4, 1991 · Page 3
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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, April 4, 19913 .Habitat addta paid employee to volunteer staff in', iiiim ......in in i i in mil Forum to weigh topics 6f law as 2nd career 4 ' ; A forum for people considering a second career in law will be held at the UNC Law School Saturday. ; "Moving Forward: A Career in Law" will be held in Classroom 1 of Van Hecke-Wattach Hall from 1 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. : ; The forum is sponsored by Second Careers in Law and Parents Active in Law School, two law school student groups. The program will cover four topics: "Support Systems Economics Fitting In," "Combining Law With Your Current Career," "The Job Market" and The Law School Admissions Process." ; Panels of students and law school administrators will discuss each topic. ; For more information on the forum, ;dall Ellen Smith at the law school, 962-056. JVew World Symphony 'director offers class ; ' Michael Tilson Thomas, music di rector of the New World Symphony, "will offer a class Saturday at UNC. ; ' Thomas, a protege of Leonard Bernstein, will coach two student en sembles. The session is free and open to jhe public. ; 1 The class will run from 1 1 :30 a.m. to tI p.m. in the Hanes Art Center audito-;rium. Thomas will answer questions after the session. The class is sponsored by the UNC Music Department. it Students to embark on 'A Spiritual Journey' A group of UNC students will present "Ceremony: A Spiritual Journey" April 10-14 in the Martha Nell Hardy Performance Room in Bingham Hall. ' The play, co-sponsored by the de partment of Speech Communication and the Carolina Union Arts Committee, is an original adaptation of Leslie Silko's jiovel "Ceremony." ' Randal Hill, a visiting instructor in ,the department of Speech Communication, adapted the work and will direct the production. ot Silko is a Laguna-Pueblo Indian from Arizona. Her novel focuses on the dif ficulties of a young Laguna man as he .tries to rejoin his tribe after serving in World War II. - ' His'mitial feelings to rejoin his tribe from his people and land are overcome by acceptance of native communal values, a reverence for all living crea tures and the storytelling. The play shows how people can learn to live with one another in harmony despite radical cultural differences. It will be performed April 10-12 at 8 p.m. and April 13-14 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. No late seating will be allowed. ; Tickets, available at the Carolina Union Box Office, are $4 for the general public and $2 for students. School of Medicine lo study depression People suffering from severe depres sion may be able to find help through a new study beginning at the UNC School of Medicine. UNC physicians are joining re searchers at 16 other U.S. medical centers in evaluating the effectiveness end safety of Fluparoxan, anew form of antidepressant developed by Glaxo Inc. John Haggerty, associate professor of psychiatry and principal investigator for the study, said Fluparoxan appears as effective as traditional antidepres sants, yet is non-sedating, doesn't cause a drop in blood pressure when a patient stands and does not lead to weight gam. . The program hopes to enroll 32 patients for free evaluations and treatment by August. Volunteers must be at least 3 8 and cannot be fertile women. . Fertile women may be admitted to Ihe clinical trials by May or June if study guidelines change, Haggerty said. I Decreased ability to concentrate, lack of appetite, crying spells, irritability &nd loss of interest in usual activities are iome symptoms of depression, he said. I Other symptoms can include low energy, loss of self-esteem, negative thinking and frequent thoughts of death. I Anyone interested in participating in Jhe clinical trial should contact study' Coordinator Eleanor Ilgen at 962-8023. ;WNC-FM reporter ieariis national award ; Adam Hochberg, a WUNC Radio jreporter, will be the recipient next month J)f an award for outstanding investiga tive reporting. Hochberg was selected as a winner in Jhe 57th annual National Headliner Competition for his report "The Caldwell Systems Hazardous Waste Plant. I In the report, Hochberg examined past and current health hazards caused jy the Caldwell Systems plant and dis cussed the state' s delay in shutting down he plant. ; The series, consisting of five three-Jninute reports and a half-hour docu mentary, aired in August on WUNC S1.5 FM. ByDawnSpiggle Staff Writer David Nichols experienced his first day on the job Monday as the new affiliate coordinator of Orange County Habitat for Humanity (HHOC) and became the first ever paid employee of the local organization. Before Monday, HHOC had been a strictly volunteer organization with the exception of one paid construction supervisor for each house, Nichols said. But as the service expanded, the ne cessity of a fully employed affiliate coordinator became evident, he said. "We have lots of volunteers, and the primary thing we need to do is to or ganize them to work efficiently, Nichols said. Nichols graduated from Wake Forest University with a philosophy degree in 1966. He then completed two years of seminary work in Nigeria and Liberia, after which he returned to the U.S. and acquired a master's of divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School - ' 4& X . w nmwnwrnm.'.1.1.'!1.!.1 " J ... .v.v.v.v.waw.w.'.w.w.'.'av :::S::::r:w ;:':::S:& " J -CN Surrender scoundrel! Jess DeHac, a sophomore from Charlotte, playfully bashes Clint Curtis, a freshman from Iowa City, Iowa, with a Chinese yo-yo. Downtown commission eases budget crisis by becoming a volunteer group By Cheryl A. Herndon Staff Writer The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Downtown Commission will continue to operate smoothly despite recent budget problems, said Joe Hakan, president of the commission. At a closed meeting held last Thurs day, board members decided to make the commission a volunteer organization. Consequently, Executive Director Bruce Holsten and Director of Special Projects Dianne Pledger, the only two paid staff members, were laid off. Hakan said the commission was no different from every other organization or business suffering from the present economic situation. "When we ask for money, people have good meaning and good intention and want to help us, but they're just not able to right now, he said. Financial troubles are partly the re sult of fewer private donations, Hakan said. "Private donations have dried up considerably," he said. "We have the same problem the state's having, the Laser tool reduces anxiety of By Laura-Leigh Gardner Staff Writer If the thought of going to the dentist conjures up visions of horror, the American Dental Laser may put an end to your fears. The laser, now available at a dental practice in Chapel Hill, vaporizes tooth and gum tissue by using a narrow pulsed beam of light. The laser delivers pulses of energy too short to triggef a neural response, so many dental procedures can be performed with no pain and no anesthesia. Dr. K. Carroll Kennedy, whose practice is located in University Square, began using the laser in March. "The laser is a wonderful little machine," he said. "It's a pleasant instrument to use. It doesn't make much noise and there is usually no pain." There are more than 200 lasers in use in the United States and more than 400 in use worldwide, said Susan Goldsmith, spokeswoman for the American Dental Laserof Birmingham, Mich. Kennedy's laser is the fifth one in North Carolina, she said. "(Dentists) are just flipping out over this piece of equipment," Goldsmith said. The laser was developed in 1983 by Terry Meyers, a dentist, and his brother in 1971. Shortly following seminary school, he settled in Chapel Hill. But, not ready to commit to seminary work, Nichols opened up a cabinet and carpentry business, a trade which he said had supported him through college and seminary school when his father experienced financial difficulties. It was his involvement in HHOC which rekindled his interest in seminary work as a profession, Nichols said. "After I got involved in Habitat a couple of years ago, I realized how important it was for me to make a career change back towards divinity and seminary work," Nichols said. His background in seminary and carpentry work were complementary assets for the job, Nichols said. Also, his contributions to HHOC had become so time-consuming that an official position did not really demand that much more time, he said. "I've been doing almost full time for the last few months as a volunteer," Nichols said. Currently HHOC is working on a SSt JF vm M - - x M - - : V-::-:-xC":-SRi: ....a- (University's) having, the government's having and the town is having. There's just not any money out there. ... The economy is forcing everyone to take a new look at how they do business." A petition has been distributed to the business sector of Chapel Hill to see if merchants and owners will support an increase in the district tax, Hakan said. Hakan said the petition would show the commission if the businesses are going to further support what the commission does. "If they don't vote that in, if they don't want it, obviously they're saying they don't need or don't want the downtown commission." If the needed money is not raised, the commission might have to cut back on the services it offers to Chapel Hill, Hakan said. The new district tax, if approved, would increase the present 7-cent tax to a 15-cent tax. Hakan said most towns have tax ranges of 15 to 35 cents. If the commission is successful at getting funding, going back to a paid staff of no more than two people would be a possibility, Hakan said. Holsten William Meyers, an ophthalmologist. Terry Meyers was one of the first ophthalmologists in the United States to use lasers in eye surgery. The laser was initially developed to treat tooth decay, . but is now used for a variety of other dental procedures. "One thing I've done a lot of with the laser is removing fibronals (growths on the inside of the mouth)," Kennedy said. He said he also used the laser in soft tissue surgery, gum shaping and removal, desensitizing sensitive teeth and preparation for crowns. He said it was especially useful in treating moderate and minor gum disease. The laser has many advantages over conventional methods, said the American Dental Laser Company in a release. It is faster and more efficient in many cases and bloodless in most cases. Its versatility and small size allow the dentist to reach difficult areas in the mouth. Because the beam vaporizes only a specific number of cell layers within its circumference, dentists have precise control and can vaporize diseased tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact. The fact that dentists can do procedures with the laser without anesthesia or pain is its greatest advantage, Goldsmith said. "People can visit the dentist without pain," she said. v i i i - AVyj i - -fl- ' -----Stofrt f 1 David Nichols three-year plan to complete the construction of 34 houses in the Chestnut Oak neighborhood with seven houses already standing, Nichols said. 4 DTHStepham Holzwarth 1 f trli He, surrenders by waving a white flag. The students were mocking a U.S.-lraqi encounter in the Pit Wednesday. and Pledger, however, might not be returning to their former positions, he said. "They have no obligation to be rehired," he said. "We would certainly welcome that direction, but we're not trying to make them have a commitment when we can't pay them." When asked if the commission would be able to do the same things as a volunteer organization as it did with a paid staff, Hakan said: "We'll have to. We started out as a volunteer organization. We didn't have any paid staff for a year." Some of the responsibilities of the commission include financing the downtown trolley program and the continuous daily sidewalk sweeping, and putting but newsletters focusing on new marketing ideas and new stores. The commission also gives the Downtown Pride Award to deserving merchants. "As the real issue, we look for new businesses to come into the downtown and try to promote the ones that are already here, in conjunction with the downtown association," Hakan said. visits to dentist Kennedy said he often did not need to use anesthesia when he used the laser. "We don't have to use as many injections, or in some cases, no injections at all," he said. Goldsmith and Kennedy agreed that the laser's only disadvantage was that it could not do everything. It can only penetrate soft tissue, not hard tissue such as tooth enamel, so dentists must still use conventional methods for procedures such as filling a cavity. But Kennedy said he recently used the laser to desensitize a boy's teeth before putting in a filling and was able to perform the procedure without any anesthesia. The laser costs approximately $52,000, Goldsmith said. The high price has led some dentists to charge more for procedures done with the laser. Kennedy said he does charge more for laser procedures, but in the long run, it is less expensive for the patient because he does not have to do follow-up work that would be necessary in conventional treatments. Kennedy's patients are happy with the laser, he said. "The response has been very, very positive, especially from people with periodontal disease." The American Dental Laser would soon be in dentists' offices all over the country, Kennedy said. "That's where I fit in as a coordinator, to help volunteers work this thing through," he said. Future projects may include another three-year plan to expand HHOC involvement in the northern section of Orange County, Nichols said. "My goal is -to broaden the organization's outlook and involve churches and administrative groups from all over the county to address the affordable housing issues," he said. The position of affiliate coordinator is challenging because of the complexities involved in a volunteer program of HHOC's magnitude, Nichols said. "I think the most difficult thing is realizing how much time and effort is required to pull off a program as complex as a construction business that operates on gifts," he said. In addition to the actual construction of houses, HHOC provides budget counseling for new homeowners and must handle mortgage payments, purchase construction material, and delegate volunteer administrative positions, rm 1 own receptive to UNC recycling plan .but douhts feasibility By Jennifer Dickens Assistant City Editor Town officials commended the University's official Waste Reduction and Recycling Policy, but said the entire Chapel Hill community must participate to eliminate excess waste. Chancellor Paul Hardin approved a policy March 25 that urges all students and employees to recycle and conserve. "The town is delighted that the University is making waste reduction a part of its official policy," said Blair Pollock, Chapel Kill solid waste planner. "But Chapel Hill as a town has a long way to go before it reaches its conservation goals." The University's policy outlines several steps to reduce waste on the UNC campus, including printing on both sides of paper and avoiding excessive packaging. But town officials said they wondered about the plan's feasibility. "I hope people are willing to make the extra effort necessary to carry out the plan," said Wendy McGee, Chapel Hill recycling coordinator. "It will take extra time and money to make it work." People need extra time to run paper back through a copy machine to make double-sided copies, McGee said. And people will need extra instruction to learn how to operate the machines in such a manner, she said. If the University replaces old copy machines with new ones that automatically make double-sided copies, employees must learn how to operate the new machines, she said. The University's recycling effort is coordinated by the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, which is a part of the UNC Physical Plant. The plant recycles about 50 tons of paper, glass, aluminum cans and cardboard every month. The plan has both environmental and economic value, Pollock said. The University must pay $20 for every ton of waste it deposits in the Orange County landfill, Pollock said. "But if the University recycles 50 tons of waste per month instead of throwing it away, it can theoretically save at least Educational program author appointed Jocil professor By Matthew Mielke Staff Writer Howard Maniloff, co-author of a 1985 program that set educational standards for N.C public schools, has been appointed associate professor in the UNC School of Education. The UNC Board of Trustees last month approved the appointment which is effective July L Maniloff has been superintendent of Vance County schools since 1987 and was associate superintendent of public instruction for the state from 1982 to 1987. Maniloff said he was happy to, be coming to Chapel Hill "I'm honored to be a part of that institution," he said. "I will be teaching courses in educational leadership" Donald Stedman, dean of the School of Education, said, "His experience in North Carolina is priceless and his interest in the problems of poor, rural school systems will add strength to our staff here" In 1 984, Maniloff co-authored and edited "The Basic Education Program for North Carolina's Public Schools" fortheN.C. StateBoard of Education. The General Assembly adopted the BEPinl985. "TbeBasicEducationProgram sets out the minimum curriculum standards for the grades kindergarten through the 1 2th," Maniloff said, "And it also Nichols said. Such demands require a lot of organization, he said. One of the highlights of the position is working with people and allowing others to participate in missionary work, Nichols said. "It's exciting to me to provide people with an opportunity (so) that they can be involved with something, and they can make a difference," he said. In addition to taking part in a week-long training program in Georgia with national HHOC workers, Nichols worked with volunteers from around the country to erect an 8,500 square-foot day care center in Americus, Ga. Also, the national director of affiliate training for HHOC spoke in Chapel Hill last January, and next month Nichols will participate in a regional conference in Burlington, he said. In addition, volunteers from Orange County will take part in several events in September to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the national organization, Nichols said. $1,000 per month." During the 1988-89 fiscal year, the University sent 12,359 tons of material to the landfill, said Bill Burston, the physical plant's interim recycling coordinator. During 1989-90, the University sent 7,1 14 tons. The University is also continuing to decrease its waste production, said Herbert Paul, physical plant director. "Comparing last year ... to this year, we have noticed a 20 percent reduction in tonnage," Paul said Tuesday. "(And under the new policy) the amount of tonnage going to the landfill will decrease and the amount recycled will increase." Through an increase in awareness, the tonnage the University sends to the landfill each month continues to drop, Burston said. Paul said the University had cut back on its solid waste production through the following means: recycling aluminum, glass and newspaper; B making double-sided copies B and grinding up yard waste and reusing it as bedding material. The University is making a dent in the waste stream through its present recycling programs, Pollock said. But too much recyclable material still ends up in the landfill, he said. The University's new policy is a way to get people to use the programs already out there, he said. "But it will take a combination of efforts to dramatically reduce the town 's total waste," Pollock said. The policy was designed in accordance with a 1989 State Senate bill that mandated a 25 percent reduction of all solid waste in North Carolina by 1993. "The University is helping us get on our way to reaching that goal," McGee said. "But it's a tough goal and will take the efforts of each and every one of us." Pollock said this year the publ ic works department wanted to expand its curbside recycling and drop-off-site recycling programs to increase resident participation. "University and town officials have made a start, and now it's time for the people to make an effort," he said. goes beyond that." For example, all N.C. high school students must pass a minimum number of science and social studies courses to graduate. The plan defines the number of teachers and instructors needed for each partofthecurriculum and outlines priority areas for the funding of programs such as libraries and art programs, he said. TheBEP, designed to make sure all N.C. students receive an equitable education, covers many areas, he said. "It's almost like the architectural plan for a house. When Maniloff became Vance County's superintendent four years ago, there were no art teachers, he said. The BEP was responsible for bringing art instructors to the county, he said. Chancellor Paul Hardin said in a press release; This adds a top school administrator to our education faculty at a time when we are renewing our ef fortsto reach out to the publ ic schools and to strengthen the preparation of school administrators at Carolina." ' Maniloff, who lives in Henderson, received his bachelor's degree in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1965, his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1966 and his doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1979.

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