Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-04-021
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Tuesday, April 2, 1985 Weber State College Vol. 45 No.40 SCe page 10. Medical ethics is major issue in deciding on heart transplants by Betty Edmondson Assistant News Editor When Dr. William DeVries contemplates implanting an artificial heart in a human patient, he faces moral dilemmas unknown to physicians 50 years ago. DeVries discussed some of these ethical considerations when he spoke to a Weber State College audience of nearly 200 people Friday night as guest lecurer of the Ritchey Natural Sciences Lecture Series. The noted heart surgeon, who has implanted the Jarvik-7 artificial heart into three patients to date, said there are a great many ethical questions connected with experimental surgery on human beings, and most of them are in "gray areas" having no easy answers. When is it permissible to perform medical experiments on human beings? What constitutes an acceptable quality of life for a heart implant patient? Who should have the right to turn off the machine if life quality is unacceptable? How sick must a patient be before the advantages of implanting an artificial heart outweigh the disadvantages? What happens if a family member thinks a patient is suffering so much he should be allowed to die? These are some of the hard questions the heart implant team must grapple with, said DeVries. DeVries said FDA regulations and the patient review board exist to minimize the risks and to provide valuable guidelines to protect both patients and doctors. He added that these regulations, though necessary, also tend to stifle creativity and inventiveness."The patient review board is responsible for the safety of the patient, to make sure the patient is fully informed of the risks he faces in undergoing the ex-' perimental surgery and to ensure that the benefits outweigh the risks," DeVries explained. "All important breakthroughs in the field of heart surgery have been accompanied by risk," said DeVries, as he traced some surgical milestones. Charles Philamore Bailey, who developed a procedure for replacing defective heart valves with artificial ones, lost his first eight patients while the technique was being perfected. His ninth patient lived 20 years, said DeVries. (see DEVRIES on page 3). ' . I - World renowned heart surgeon Dr. William DeVries addresses approximately 200 people on the subject of heart Signpost photoJeff Bybee transplants. DeVries is the man most responsible for the' progress made in artificial heart transplants. Testing for drug abuse to begin at WSC Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series concerning the Athletic Department's decision to test athletes for- drugs: This installment deals with the reasons for the testing. The second installment will provide feedback from the athletes themselves. by Loretta Park Staff Reporter Reports of drug abuse among collegiate and professional athletes have increased over the past several years, and Weber State College is not immune to the problem. The Athletic Department at WSC has begun an alcohol and drug awareness program this quarter. Thomas E. Abdenour, athletic trainer, said the alcohol and drug awareness program will feature an educational program and drug testing for the athletes. "This will be part of the privilege of participating in college sports at WSC," Abdenour said. Abdenour said he did not think there were any athletes at WSC who have a serious drug problem. Due to peer pressure or the pressure to succeed, an athlete, like-any other student, could become vulnerable to use illegal drugs, he said. The educational program will feature brochures, seminars, and courses that are currently available to all WSC students. Also, special speakers will be invited to speak to the athletes, Abdenour said. The testing procedure will be urine analysis. This test can determine if an individual has used any one of a variety of street drugs such as: marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbituates, LSD and opiums. Abdenour said the break-down products from the drugs will still be in the urine, anywhere from a few days to several weeks after a person has used them. Therefore, cheating will be impossible. Athletes will be tested randomly and without prior notice, Abdenour said. Testing for steroids will not be done because the cost per test is expensive, (see DRUGS on page 3). Chubby Checker to headline Crystal Crest Chubby Checker by Dan Dickson Managing Editor "Come on baby, let's do the twist." The "Twist" was the biggest dance craze of the 1960's. Debutantes did it, Jackie Kennedy did it, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor did it, as well as just about every high school student in America. But no one did the "Twist" better than Chubby Checker. Ernest Evans, a.k.a. Chubby Checker, will be the guest performer at the Third Annual Crystal Crest Awards Ceremonyto be held June 1 in the Val A. Browning Center auditorium. Checker was selected to perform at Crystal Crest over performers such as Phyllis Diller, Marie Osmond, Mariette Hartley and Ray Charles. According to Tina Walker, ASWSC executive vice president, Checker was selected because of his versatility as an entertainer, as well as being the most affordable. ASWSC had allotted $12,500 for the feature entertainer; Checker will receive $10,500. Checker began singing at the age of 14; impersonating singers Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and many others. He harmonized on the street corners of South Philadelphia with his singing group, the "Cointrells." In 1960, Checker changed forever the way people danced when he started doing the "Twist." The dance went with a song he recorded of the same name. The song and dance became an instant hit. The recording of the "Twist" became the only song in pop history to reach number one on two separate oc-cassions.Evans was given the name of Chubby Checker shortly after. When he appeared on American Bandstand, Dick Clark's wife thought he looked like Fats Domino. Thus, she called him chubby. Checker went on to record 20 albums and over 40 singles, creating a body of work that will stand forever as a landmark of choreography. Checker is still going strong today; performing more than 40 concerts a year, and is on the road for over 300 days of the year.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-04-02, Vol. 45, No. 40|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|