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Monday, Feb. 26 6:33 p.m.: A student reported the theft of laundry from the Goldberg Hall laundry room. Loss: $392. Tuesday, Feb. 27 8:32 a.m.: Units and paramedics responded to an 18-year-old male student having a possible seizure at Sequoyah Hall. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics. 11:38 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a white ’00 Honda Civic in Lot 502. Loss: $1,200. 3:05 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a gray Specialized Stump Jumper mountain bike from the bike racks on the west side of Tioga Hall. Loss: $400. 3:10 p.m.: An 80-year-old male staff member suffered a broken nose after falling at the Center for Molecular Genetics. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics. Wednesday, Feb. 28 2:37 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a black and red K2 mountain bike from outside Center Hall 205. Loss: $1,000. 7:57 p.m.: Officers arrested a 20-year-old male student for misuse of a handicap placard in Lot 309. Cited and released. Thursday, March 1 9:30 a.m.: Missing juvenile located and detained at Goldberg Hall. Transported to Juvenile Detention Facility. Guardians were notified. Friday, March 2 3:57 p.m.: Officers impounded a black ’95 Acura Integra from Lot 206 for having more than five unpaid parking citations. Stored at Star Towing. Saturday, March 3 1:12 a.m.: A student reported burglary to an ’83 Toyota Celica in the Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $150. 11:38 a.m.: A nonaffiliate reported burglary to a blue ’96 Ford Escort in Lot 208. Loss: $920. 12:43 p.m.: A nonaffiliate reported the theft of a briefcase from a restroom at Thornton Hospital. Loss: $1,025. 3:27 p.m.: Officers ordered a 36-year-old male nonaffiliate off campus for seven days after causing a disturbance at Revelle Plaza. Sunday, March 4 2:42 a.m.: Officers detained a 17-year-old female nonaffiliate for being drunk in public at Tioga Hall. Released to parents. ...

Muir Organizing Board to Raffle Parking Space

Starting today, Muir Organizing Board will sell raffle tickets on Library Walk for a chance to win a reserved parking spot anywhere on campus. Tickets will be available for $1 apiece until Friday, March 16. Special deals will be available for students and staff members purchasing a large number of tickets. Those prices will be advertised at the booth on Library Walk. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. March 16 in Muir Quad. The booth will be on Library Walk from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for these next two weeks. The raffle is a fund-raiser for Muirstock, an all-campus festival sponsored by Muir College Council, which will be held in Muir Quad on Friday, April 20. The winner of the raffle will meet with Parking and Transportation Services to choose where to place his reserved spot. The permit awarded can also be used in “”A,”” “”B”” and “”S”” spots anywhere on campus. “”Basically it’s an omnipermit, and you get your own parking spot,”” said M.O.B chair Jonathan Cole. “”You can place it anywhere around campus except for handicap and metered spots.”” The permit will be good for spring quarter 2001. The winner will also be reimbursed for the money he has already paid for parking for the quarter, which comes out to $114 for students with “”S”” passes. “”This will be a great opportunity for students who currently have a problem dealing with the great parking crunch,”” Cole said. M.O.B. has been working with Parking and Transportation Services since fall quarter to obtain the reserved spot for the raffle. M.O.B. member Brendan Nelson negotiated with Parking and Transportation Services Customer Service Coordinator Cleo Phillips to purchase the spot. “”As a student organization, we’d be able to get the parking permit for one quarter and it would be charged to M.O.B.,”” Nelson said. “”Apparently, Parking and Transportation Services leaves a number of parking spaces for groups to reserve,”” said co-chair of Muirstock, M.O.B. and MCC member Ben Epperson. The musical performances in two-stage festival for which the raffle is raising money will begin at 4:20 p.m. in the Muir Quad. Local bands, including Thrice, Taken, NZ Rough, Sometimes Y and 34 Below are on the ticket, with Common Sense headlining. The headliner is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. “”There’s going to be … entertainment other than bands, also,”” Cole said. The festival, beginning at 2 p.m., will feature a “”dueling DJs”” performance by the DJs and Vinylphiles Club, a vendor fair, an inflatable obstacle course, free food and booths sponsored by local radio stations. The DJ competition will occur in the hour preceding the bands’ performances. MCC is looking for outside DJs to participate in the event. ...

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President of the University of California Richard C. Atkinson will be joined by over 500 researchers, 19 UC student researchers and many others Tuesday for UC day, which will take place in Sacramento. This year’s event is themed “”On the Threshold of Opportunity”” and will celebrate the University of California’s leadership and accomplishments. The UC Alumni Association will sponsor the event and will also present Legislator of the Year awards to Sen. Joseph Dunn from Garden Grove, Calif. and Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg from Van Nuys, Calif. Also during the daylong celebration, several student researchers from several UC campuses will present their work, which deals with public issues and other areas. Hewlett Packard Grants $5 Million for Digital Network A $5 million Digital Village Grant from Hewlett Packard will now enable local Indian reservations, in collaboration with the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association and the University of California, among others, to wire San Diego reservations for Internet service. The grant will fund such projects for three years and will build high-speed, broadband connection between 17 Indian reservations to facilitate the Internet. UCSD will take advantage of the new connection to lay the foundation to draw more Native American students to the university. Historically, Native Americans have been the most under-represented ethnic population at UCSD, and the grant from Hewlett Packard will help make more Native American students eligible for UC admission. The Digital Village Grant is given annually to underserved communities. San Diego’s grant is one of two awarded this year. Producer of Cellulose Acetate Grants Money to UCSD Celanese Acetate LLC of Charlotte, N.C., the world’s largest producer of cellulose acetate, has awarded UCSD a donation that will provide patents, patent applications and trademarks for the invention of a new variety of anti-wound dressing. The company chose UCSD for the donation because of its prominence in the field of medicine and wound management. The package given to UCSD will allow it to manufacture and license this technology for other companies. UCSD’s impressive technology transfer program was also cited for the donation. The new product would provide a viable alternative to current products on the market and would be manufactured using cellulose acetate. The new technology would prevent the dressing from adhering to the surface of wounds. UCSD to Offer New Undergraduate Biology Course Beginning spring quarter, UCSD will offer a new lower division biology course, BILD 7, titled “”How Life Begins.”” The course did not make it into the catalog, but students can still enroll. Professors Martin Yanofsky and Ethan Bier will co-teach the class, which will focus on the growth of complex organisms from fertilized eggs. The course is intended for nonmajors, but biology majors are encouraged to enroll. Other topics to be addressed in the course include the effects of genetically modified plants for consumers, the problem of screening for disease in human genes, and the availability of individuals’ DNA sequences to outside agencies. The course also satisfies general education requirements for Eleanor Roosevelt College, John Muir College, Earl Warren College, Revelle College and is currently being considered as a general education elective by Thurgood Marshall College. ...

Revelle Rape Prompts Concern on Campus

A reported rape on the Revelle College campus has led to an investigation and an effort to educate students on rape and how best to deal with and prevent it. Feb. 20 at 11:10 p.m., a female student reported being raped in the Revelle residence halls. San Diego police detective Nate Floyd said a stranger did not perpetrate the alleged rape. “”The offender was not unknown to the victim,”” Floyd said. San Diego police detective Douglas O’Dell said the rape was not rape in the sense that many people think of it. “”The rape under investigation would fall under 289 of California’s Penal Code – rape with a foreign object,”” O’Dell said. “”It can be anything: fingers or toes, anything. It is rape with something other than a penis.”” O’Dell said a suspect has been identified and charges are currently being reviewed by the district attorney’s office. Kevin Jones, resident dean of Revelle College, said the university is also investigating the incident to possibly take disciplinary action against the suspect. Jones offered students some tips on how to avoid being raped. “”Be careful who you are with,”” Jones said. “”And then be careful to not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so to not allow your faculties to be diminished.”” Renee Barnett-Terry, dean of Revelle College, said that Revelle has many programs that bring awareness on how to prevent rape and to promote the various services offered on campus. “”During orientation and Welcome Week there are activities that deal with the issue of rape,”” Barnett-Terry said. Barnett-Terry said no new measures will be taken in response to this incident. “”We will not do anything new, but we will continue with programs we have,”” Barnett-Terry said. Nancy Wahlig, director of the Student Safety Awareness program, said the majority of rapes are committed by individuals known to the victims. “”Eighty-five percent of reported rapes are committed by someone known to [the victim],”” Wahlig said. “”[The victim] could have a class with the offender, have met at a party, or could be a friend of a friend.”” Wahlig also said that when a female is raped by someone she knows, she cannot automatically count on the support and public outcry that the classic model of rape by a stranger is given. “”Many times, rape cases committed by a stranger are treated as a crime, whereas rape committed by someone known is not seen as bad or not even considered a crime in some cases,”” Wahlig said. “”[Thus] it is hard for the victim to know whom to trust or turn to.”” Referring directly to the alleged rape at Revelle College, Wahlig said it is remarkable that the student reported it, because, she said, rape is the most underreported crime of all. “”The fact that the student was willing to report the rape talks about her drive and courage,”” Wahlig said. Wahlig said that the Student Safety Awareness program serves as an on-campus resource to educate students on how to prevent rape, the many myths associated with rape, and what to do when raped. Victim counseling is also offered. One of the myths Wahlig said her program seeks to dispel is the date rape myth: the idea that because a woman acts a certain way she condones violence by a male. “”In a date rape type of situation, the blame often falls to the woman, but she never asks to be harmed like that,”” Wahlig said. Wahlig offered tips on what students should do if raped. “”First, find a safe place,”” she said. “”Second, tell a trusted friend. Then find out all your options, one of them being calling the 24-hour Rape Crisis hotline at (858)272-1767. Or you can use the Student Safety Awareness program. We are here for the students.”” ...

Administration Proposes Modified Schedule

The administration is currently looking into a proposal to shorten the 15-minute interval between classes to 10 minutes. This proposal is being considered as part of a solution to improve the efficiency and usage of classrooms and lecture halls on campus. The proposition, along with several others, is being discussed in order to provide a solution to the growing needs of UCSD. In particular, the rising number of students and the subsequent demand for additional classes poses a scheduling problem for the university, as the number of available classrooms and lecture halls will more than likely remain the same. “”Because of a record number of applications to the UC system, UCSD is being asked to raise its target of 3,625 and 1,200 enrolled new freshmen and transfer students, respectively, by 200 to 300 additional students,”” said Joseph Watson, vice chancellor of student affairs. The need for additional classes to accommodate this rapid influx of new students at UCSD has become a conflict, however, since classrooms and lecture halls are already stretched to maximum usage between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. “”We’re just faced with a major problem,”” Watson said. “”Our enrollments have gone up, our classrooms have not kept pace with the enrollment growth and as a result we can’t get classes within the traditional or preferred times of the day, and we’ll have to spread the day out.”” One solution being discussed within the administration is the possibility of shortening the interval between classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 15 to 10 minutes. Classes would then start on the hour every hour. If implemented, the first class of the day would start at 8 a.m. and end at 8:50 a.m. Students would have 10 minutes to get to their next class, which would start at 9 a.m. This cycle would repeat throughout the rest of the day, freeing up about 50 minutes, which administrators would use to squeeze in an extra class for every classroom or lecture hall. Other solutions on the table for discussion include scheduling classes in the evenings, starting classes at 7:30 a.m. and even the possibility of holding classes on Saturday. Some administrators claim that the 10-minute proposal, however, would create various scheduling benefits for the university. First, under the 10-minute proposal, additional classes would not have to be scheduled either late at night or early in the morning, a move the administration fears would be unpopular with both students and faculty. Second, the 10-minute proposal can be implemented relatively quickly, responding to the current and increasing demand for classroom and lecture halls needed for additional classes. Third, the 10-minute proposal is cost efficient. While the logical solution is to simply build more classrooms and lecture halls, funding from the state for such projects will not come easily. Therefore, supporters of the 10-minute plan point out that using the existing classrooms and lecture halls more efficiently provides a solution that bypasses any financial obstacles imposed by the state. Several years ago, UCSD operated under a 10-minute interval between classes. The change to 15-minute breaks was thought to provide students with several benefits. “”It was done for a number of reasons,”” Watson said. “”One, it gave students a little more time, so they wouldn’t have to either leave early from a class or come in late to a class. Also, it provided some extra time for students to speak to faculty members outside of class.”” Shortening the breaks between classes has provoked some concern among the administration. The growing size of the campus, for instance, has led many to believe that 10 minutes is simply not enough time to traverse from one end of the campus to the other. Specifically, the walk between York Hall and Warren Lecture Hall raises significant concern. For many students, this walk takes longer than 15 minutes. Students who have a class at York Hall followed by a class at Warren Lecture Hall will inevitably be late for class. The administration is anticipating some opposition from students. “”I think that the administration should look at other options before doing that,”” said Katie Martin, a Roosevelt sophomore. “”It really takes a lot longer than 10 minutes to walk all the way across campus.”” Nonetheless, the university is facing real problems that warrant an immediate solution. The administration acknowledges that reverting back to a 10-minute break may not be popular among students and faculty members, but it may be the best solution in light of the demand for additional classroom and lecture hall space. “”One of the things we must try to do is work this out in a collective fashion,”” Watson said. “”One of our roles is to try to present to the faculty and students what’s needed, what classes need to be taught, how to schedule them and then what’s the best way.”” Discussion and extensive consultation will continue on in the future before any new policies are implemented. The professors and students who comprise the Academic Senate will make the final decision, which may not take place until January of 2002. ...

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A study conducted by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has revealed that the Orgueil meteorite, which fell to earth in France in 1864, is the first meteorite that can be traced to a comet rather than an asteroid. Asteroids are commonly believed to be the source of all meteorites. The new information about the Orgueil meteorite may lead to an increased understanding of the origin of life on earth. The researchers state in their findings, which were published in the Feb. 27 issue of the “”Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,”” that the meteorite may contain the components necessary to generate life on earth. The amino acids found in the object are the source of what the researchers say may have created life. The meteorite had, however, been studied previously. Jeffrey Bada, a professor of marine chemistry at Scripps, and his colleagues used new technology to study the small amounts of amino acids in the object. The new evidence comes from this more sophisticated approach to looking at the meteorite. UCSD School of Medicine Hosts ‘Mitochondria 2001’ The UCSD School of Medicine, the Mitochondrial Medicine Society, the Mitochondria Research Society and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation are currently hosting a conference titled “”Mitochondria 2001,”” a forum intended to draw attention and look for solutions to the problems created by malfunctioning mitochondria in the human cells. The forum started yesterday and will conclude on March 4. Mitochondria are responsible for converting food into energy inside cells, and doctors, researchers and patients are realizing the dangerous repercussions of the malfunctioning mitochondria, which can lead to organ failure and cell injury. At the conference, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Islandia, researchers and physicians intend to make a plan to bring before the National Center for Health Statistics in Maryland in an attempt to get the disease an international classification of disease code, which would recognize the health problem, since it is an emerging field of discipline. Popular ‘Loveline’ to Visit, Record at UCSD Tuesday MTV’s “”Loveline”” with Dr. Drew and Adam Corolla is coming to UCSD on March 6. The show will be at 7 p.m. at RIMAC Arena and will give UCSD students a chance to address Drew and Corolla with their love and sex concerns. Tickets are $5 for UCSD students with a valid ID and $10 for the general public. The show is intended for those 18 years old and up. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations as well as at the UCSD Box Office in the Price Center. Groups purchasing tickets for 10 or more people will receive $1 off each ticket. Author Diane Farr to Appear at UCSD Bookstore Monday Author and former co-host of MTV’s “”Loveline”” Diane Farr will appear at the UCSD Bookstore on March 5 to discuss her new book “”The Girl Code.”” The book uses common female vernacular, including slang and euphemisms, to amuse women in this guide to the single life, which is subtitled “”The Secret Language of Single Women”” and sub-subtitled “”On Dating, Sex, Shopping and Honor Among Girlfriends.”” In addition to authoring the book, Farr has appeared on “”The Drew Carey Show”” and “”Roswell”” and contributed to several magazines. ...

Events

Thursday, March 1 Information: Eating Disorder Awareness The Student Health Advocates will hold an information booth in the Price Center Gallery B. The Student Health Advocates are sponsoring the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 587-3621. Friday, March 1 Concert: Miss Jane Musical Group Miss Jane will perform at Club Ritmo. The A.S. Council is sponsoring the event, which will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Stage in Porter’s Pub. Admission is $5 for UCSD students with a valid ID and general admission is $15. Pre-sale tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and at the Price Center Box Office. For more information call (858) 534-5259. Monday, March 5 Performing Arts: Indian Music Concert The UCSD Music Department is sponsoring the event, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 534-4830. Conference: Tax Workshop The International Student and Scholar Office is sponsoring the workshop, which will introduce foreign students to the U.S. tax system. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. in the International Center. For more information call (858) 534-0603. Tuesday, March 6 Lecture: ‘From the Barrio to the ‘Burbs’ Enrico Marcelli, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, will discuss immigration and urban sprawl. The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies is sponsoring the event, which will take place at noon in the Institutes of the Americas building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 822-4447. Wednesday, March 7 Performing Arts: Taraf de Haidouks Taraf de Haidouks, a band of gypsies from the small Romanian village of Clejani, will perform at Mandeville Center. The University Events Office is sponsoring the event, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Student admission is $12 and general admission is $17. For more information call (858) 534-4119. Performing Arts: Poetry Slamm The University Centers and Porter’s Pub are sponsoring the event, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Stage in Porter’s Pub. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 822-2068. ...

UCSD to Remember Cesar Chavez

March 30 has been declared a state holiday in California in honor of Cesar Estrada Chavez. Chavez was the founder and leader of America’s first successful farm workers’ union and was a prominent figure in the Chicano civil rights movement until his death in 1993. The UCSD Commemoration Committee is sponsoring a variety of events throughout March in celebration of Chavez’s life, including a candlelight vigil, a “”Remembering Cesar”” panel discussion and the Cesar E. Chavez Humanitarian Awards, to be given out at the Barrio Station Annual Dinner. According to American Indian Academic Outreach Coordinator Mark Chavez, UCSD is sponsoring many of its own events to commemorate the civic leader. Beginning April 2 with a showing of “”Fight in the Fields”” at the Price Center Theater, UCSD will show a movie on Chavez and his cause every Monday. Also, members of the UCSD community will be participating in a Cesar Chavez commemorative walk from the corner of Euclid and Logan streets to Cesar Chavez Elementary School. The walk will take place March 31 at 9 a.m. Mark Chavez said he was proud that “”UCSD is taking the initiative to have the essay contest.”” Still, he urged further involvement of the university in the celebration of the political leader’s life and struggle. “”We need to make more of an attempt to be a leader in community activities of this type,”” Mark Chavez said. “”We want to set a precedent for the future and develop a commitment from the university as a whole. We initiated it this year, and hopefully we’ll be even more involved next year.”” As part of the holiday celebration, UCSD, in partnership with the San Diego Cesar Chavez Committee, is sponsoring an essay contest dedicated to celebrating the life and achievements of Chavez. The contest is open to students from grades seven through 12 and challenges contestants to comment on the influence Chavez and his work have had, or might have, on their lives and futures. Members of the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee, as well as representatives from the UCSD faculty, staff and student body, will judge the essays on their originality, historic content and expression of personal viewpoints. Of the contestants, three grand-prize winners will win a new computer. Second-, third- and fourth-place winners will each receive $750, $500 and $250 savings bonds, respectively, to be put toward paying for college. Certificates of honorable mention will be awarded to participants in each of the five regions serviced by UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program. Winning authors will be invited to read their essays at the Third Annual Cesar E. Chavez Breakfast March 30 at the San Diego Convention Center. Winners of the essay contest will also be featured April 7 at the Marshall College Cultural Celebration at UCSD, as well as at other community events commemorating the life of Chavez. ...

Cannabis Study Proposals Approved

The UCSD-based Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced the approval of its first proposals for the study of cannabis as a treatment for specific medical conditions. The studies selected include an inpatient study on the effects of smoking marijuana to alleviate peripheral nerve pain associated with HIV infection; an outpatient study of the effects and safety of smoked marijuana versus a placebo for the treatment of muscle spasms, loss of function, and related pain in patients with multiple sclerosis; and an outpatient study on the acute and long-term effects of repeated administration of medical cannabis on driving ability. CMCR Director Igor Grant described the process by which 13 proposals were narrowed to four. “”We have followed a careful process of protocol review, engaging senior scientists from around the country on our scientific review board to evaluate proposals and recommend funding for those that meet our high scientific standards, within the strict procedures established by Health and Human Services, the DEA and the FDA,”” Grant said. The CMCR is a state-funded collaboration between UCSD and UCSF. It was established last year as a result of a bill sponsored by state Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, and signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis in October 1999. The law provided for $3 million in state funds for the center. Additional federal funding may come later. California voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1996, but the guidelines for administering cannabis are ambiguous. Vasconcellos’ legislation called for a three-year program of high-quality medical research. “”These approved studies will begin to gather evidence to determine whether or not marijuana is effective as a medical treatment for certain conditions,”” Vasconcellos said. It is anticipated that additional studies will be reviewed and approved to begin in late spring 2001. ...

Week Draws Attention to Eating Disorders

UCSD’s Student Health Services and Advocates operated a table at RIMAC from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.on Monday to mark the beginning of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which continues through Friday. Pamphlets regarding this year’s themes, “”Every BODY is Beautiful”” and “”Celebrating Every BODY,”” were offered to students, along with the opportunity to talk to trained professionals about body image, fitness and nutrition issues. The goal of the programs this week are “”to bring awareness that there are eating disorders on campus,”” according to Heather Kurata, a dietitian with Student Health Services. Today from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be an information booth in Price Center Gallery B. Students will be able to view videos about body image and talk with professional physicians, psychologists and dietitians. Other students in recovery will also be present to talk with students about issues regarding body image. There will also be a booth on Library Walk from noon to 2 p.m. today. Videos, information and give-aways will be available, along with the opportunity to talk with peers and professionals. This year’s themes are intended to encourage people across the country to celebrate the diversity of body shapes and sizes. They come in response to current trends in eating disorders, which can result from body image issues. “”We’re trying to shift the focus more toward body acceptance,”” Kurata said. Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a nationally recognized program. “”Most universities do something during this week,”” Kurata said. The pamphlets available contain a large range of information on various aspects of eating disorders. One pamphlet is called “”Eating Disorders: What Everyone Should Know,”” and contains information about the symptoms and signs of eating disorders, how to help a friend, what causes eating disorders, tips for athletes and strategies for combating unsafe eating habits. Another pamphlet contains information about the focus of this year’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week: body image. “”Help on the Way: Female Athlete Triad”” is another pamphlet available. The “”Female Athlete Triad”” is a combination of three disorders: disordered eating, lack of menstrual periods and bone weakening. Active women, including college athletes, are at risk for this. The pamphlet includes information about the signs and risks of Female Athlete Triad, as well as prevention tips. College students are often at high risk for eating disorders because of all the changes they experience. Kurata named some of the factors, such as being away from home for the first time, having to select their own meals in the dining halls, and the weight limits that some sports teams impose. Students being treated for eating disorders at Student Health Services see a combination of three people to aid their recovery: a dietitian, a psychologist and a physician. “”We do a multi-disciplinary approach,”” Kurata said. ...