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Monday, August 24. 1981 The Daily Tar Heel15A
By RACHEL PERRY
DTI! Starr Writer
Chapel Hill's new noise ordinance, approved by the town .
council in early June, is a more restrictive ordinance that should
be easier to enforce than the old one, town officials and student
leaders said last week.
The new noise ordinance allows no noise permits to be issued
except for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. From Sunday
to Wednesday, no one will be able to get a permit to exceed the
standard noise level.
In effect, outdoor amplified music can only be played on
Thursdays from 5 to 1 1 p.m., on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.,
on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, and only with noise
Another major change from the old ordinance is the penalty
upon violation of the noise ordinance. Violators will have their
noise permits suspended for six months with the new ordinance,
as compared to a $25 fine with the old ordinance. .
Without a permit to exceed, all events will have to be held
inside a building with doors and windows shut in order to re
main within the prescribed noise level
The noise level will be measured from the property's boun
dary line instead of from 75 feet away, as the old ordinance pro
The maximum sound levels allowed are about the same as be
fore, but restricted to certain days and hours. According to the
new ordinance, nighttime sound levels (11 p.m. to 8 a.m.) may
not exceed 50 decibels expect on Thursdays, Fridays and Satur
days. Daytime sound levels (8 a.m. to 1 1 p.m.) may not exceed
60 decibels except on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
On Thursdays (5 to 1 1 p.m.), Fridays (5 p.m. to I a.m.) and
Saturdays (10 a.m. to 1 a.m.), the noise level cannot exceed 70
decibels without a permit, and cannot exceed 85 decibels with a
' The new noise ordinance, the result of extensive coordinated
efforts between the town and the University, should result in
'more quiet time for Chapel Hill," said Capt. Arnold Gold of
the Chapel Hill Police Departments
"It provides the town with a certain number of quiet.days a
week, and also a certain number of days with noise allowed, he
Gold said student leaders had considerable input into the for
mation of the new ordinance, and were making efforts to edu
cate University students about the ordinance. T -
."This is one of the most energetic programs I've ever seen
anyone get on,' he said. "Everybody's gone the extra yard this
year.'; . ' ' v;.;- ; . .. ' : "';
. Student Body President Scott Norberg said fte and other stu
dent leaders had met regularly with the town council for more
than a month on the noise ordinance issue. . .
"Except for the mayor, the town council members were look
ing to us to iron out something that would work," he said.
Council .member? agreed that the prevailing spirit of cohesive
ncss between the council and student leaders would render the
new ordinance more effective than the old one.
"This spirit of working together will ease the situation and
make a more livable Chapel Hill," said council member Bev
"The developing relationship between the town and the Uni
versity over the past few years is reflected by the new noise ordi
nance," council member Bill Thorpe said. "The University
worked very closely with us on that, and it's working very well
because of the students involvement." '
Council member Joe Herzenberg said the new ordinance re
quired a certain amount of compromise on both sides.
"Neither side was absolutely satisfied, but 1 think the ordi
nance will protect the rights on both sides," he said.
"It is a compromise, but they (the council) got what they
wanted, which is a stricter ordinance," said Tony Lathrop, exe
cutive assistant to Norberg.
"It is necessarily more restrictive there are more things that
people need to be aware of,' Capt. Gold said. "But ! don't
think it's too restrictive. It seems like a fair balance to me."
Norberg said he was satisfied with the new ordinance.
"I'm satisfied, but I'll wait and see how it goes. It's important
to take into consideration that we have neighbors. It should
But not everyone is pleased with the new ordinance as a work
"I doubt that it's going to be more effective than the last (or
dinance)," council member Kawalec said. "It's not as clear as it
should have or could have been.
"The solution for this fall is not the ordinance itself, but the
prevailing attitude. In three or four years when the students who
are involved are gone, we'll be right back where we started from
Others disagree with the ordinance's penalty of six-month
. "I guess it's better than arresting people, but it's sort of
unfair to campus organizations to have the permit suspended
for six months," Lathrop said
"It seems like there would have been a better way to get peo
ple to obey the ordinance than a larger penalty," Kawalec said.
But Norberg expressed satisfaction with the six-month penalty.
"I think it seems fair," he said. "The only time someone is go-
ing to get slapped with a violation is when they're really asking
"The town is really serious about this, and we're reaJJy serious
about helping to enforce it, too." : : ;; ;' : "
Lathrop said Student Government was conducting meetings
with fraternity and sorority presidents, their social chairmen and
residence hall governors to familiarize them with the new ordi
nance. ' ': v .;'
"It's going to be a year-to-year thing," he said. "We may
hold these seminars every year to educate people about the noise
Student Government is printing copies of the ordinance and
the specific days permits can be obtained, Lathrop said. Four
sound meters have also been purchased to allow students to
measure their noise levels.
fmsierm for customers
Dy RACHEL PERRY
VI-UTH Staff WtUir
Southern Bell Telephone Company's
new $12 million electronic switching sys
tem installed during the summer will pro
vide Chapel Hill and Carrboro customers
with faster, more efficient telephone ser
vice, a Southern Bell official said recently.
The biggest change customers will no
tice is the elimination of access codes for
long-distance dialing, said Mike Carson,
Southern Bell's district manager.
In addition, all University administra
tive numbers beginning with 933- have
been changed to 962-. Residence halls and
private residences with 933- numbers have
not been changed, Carson said.
But the dialing method from campus
has been altered. Phone users must dial 9,
then all seven digits of the number instead
of 3 and the last four digits.
The electronic switching system, which
replaces a 50-year-old electromagnetic
system, is more reliable and efficient in
handling calls, Carson said.
"The new system switches calls a lot
faster than the old system there is al
most instantaneous ringing after the num
ber has been dialed. It (the new system)
can handle calls at the rate of 240,000 per
"It's also more reliable. (There should
be) no more instances of calls not going
through, or of calls reaching the wrong
number," he said "
A telephone service complaint cited
frequently by University students is the
difficulty in placing long-distance calls
between 11 and 11:30 p.m. because of
Carson said the 11-11:30 p.m. jam
should be eliminated with the new switch
ing system. It will be put to the test during
the next few weeks as the semester gets
underway, he said.
"That problem was caused by two
buildings with switching systems, one on
Manning Drive and one on Rosemary
.Street," he said. "Our new office is lo
cated entirely on Rosemary Street, so it
eliminates the full circuits between the
The problem in placing long-distance
calls after 1 1 p.m. lay in the overloaded
circuits between the two buildings, not in
placing the long-distance calls themselves,
"The student population in general
probably is more aware of the discount
calling rates, so the peak calling time here
is when the rates drop (at 1 1 p.m.)."
The new electronic switching system
also provides customers with new options
on telephone service, Carson said.
Touchtone dialing is available for off
campus phones. Custom calling features,
including speed dialing (programming
frequently-dialed numbers into the tele
phone) and call waiting (putting one party
on hold while talking to another party)
are available for on- and off-campus
phones. Three-way calling (a conference
call arrangement), and call forwarding
(programming a phone to forward calls
to another number), are also available for
both on- and off-campus phones, he said.
' The package rate for all four special
features, is $7.45 a month. Call waiting
and 3-way calling both cost $3 each, and
call forwarding and speed calling cost $2
The new computerized system will be
less expensive for Southern Bell to main
tain, Carson said.
"A computerized system requires less
energy to operate. That is cost-saving to
us," he said. "Because the system requires
fewer people to maintain it, the mainte
nance cost is also less."
Carson said the basic difference in the
new modular design and the old design
was that the internal parts were now plug
in units instead of wired-together rigs.
The plug-in units speed up the call switch
ing process, he said.
Despite the financial savings Southern
Bell will net with its new electronic switch
ing system, Carson said a rate increase for
telephone installation still was planned.
With Southern Bell's proposed rate in
crease, on-campus telephone hook-up
would increase from $15.55 to $56.65,
and the off-campus installation fee would
increase from $20.90 to $62.00, he said.
The impact of inflation and competi
tion necessitates the rate increase, Carson
Folic to eiiffoFce alcoHol laws
Dy NANCY DAVIS '
DTHSurr Writer '
Even the beer-drinking capital of the
world has laws dealing with the consump
tion of alcohol,
Chapel Hill police are beginning to en
force those drinking laws more, strictly,
Chief Herman Stone said. The police will
hold a meeting at 9:30 a.nv Wednesday
with area merchants and Alcoholic Bevi.
erage Control board representatives to
discuss the situation.
., In cooperation with the ABC board,
police will monitor businesses with some
officers in plain clothes. Stone said.
The crackdown results from the large:
number of stores and restaurants ' not
checking for proper identification as well
as from some traffic deaths associated, ,
with drinking. V
Of 19 traffic fatalities in Orange County
last year, 18 were directly attributed to V
drinking drivers, Stone said; V
"Drinking is a problem In this town.
It's a party town, and naturally so. But it
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relief on erecma
By DEBORAH GOODSON
OTH Stan Writer
As a result of legislation enacted in the Genera) Assembly this
Vsummercpnsuniers will find an'added relief Ihtheir'credit card
charges ' : ' r!?- " '"' '' V ' .
Rep. Jeanne Fenner, D-Wilson, was responsible for sponsor
ing legislation that banned interest charges on an' entire credit
charge purchase when part of the charge had been paid.
Under the bill, a consumer only has to pay interest on the. because they do not have the sufficient income required to have
amount of purchase he does not pay initially. a charge card or to have an established credit line. .
In the past, individual banks could decide whether to give :.. students generally use parents' credit cards or have cards
credit to any payment, if the account was not paid in full before issued m their names with parents being responsible for the debt,
a finance charge was added. ' v ' ; - - .
If a person charged a $1 ,000 item and paid $900 within the Gov- Jm Hunt commended Fenner for "one of the most un
allowed time, he was required to pay interest on the entire P01 of legislation for consumers that was passed in
jl QQ0 the General Assembly."
With the new bill, consumers would pay interest only on the
$100 he owed. : .
The ,biir whidhappUes to all credit cards, becomes effective
January 1 ,'ancf haJ 6pen mtrcuced anoTdeTeatedlri twoprevi
ous sessions of the General Assembly.
According to bank credit card officials in the Chapel HUI
area, credit, cards usually are not issued to many students,
mti-Medfly quarantines continue insouthern states
By DEAN LOWMAN
DTH Staff Writer
Although California officials claim to have averted
their own insect problems, nearly the entire Sunbelt
region of the United States is maintaining full or mod
ified quarantines against produce shipped from areas
infested by the Mediterranean fruit fly.
The fruit fly, or Medfly, infests crops just as they
are ripening for harvest, damaging both the crops
and the plants it feeds on
So far, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia,
Georgia, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, West Virginia,
Alabama, Louisiana and Kentucky have adopted
monitoring programs to ensure that none of the af
fected produce has entered their states.
North Carolina's quarantine requires that all trucks
carrying produce into the state from California be
accompanied by certification that the produce has
been fumigated if it came from areas where Medflies
have been found, said John W. Scott, plant protection
specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture.
If the produce is coming from an area of California
where Medflies have not been found, certification
that the produce came from an unafflicted area is
needed, Scott said.
"If we were to find a fly living or dead on a
quarantined truck, we would seal and fumigate the
truck to make sure that none of the insects survived,''
Scott said. "In addition, we would set up traps near
favorable host crops in a nine square-mile area to
make sure that no stray flies were present:"
North Carolina's quarantine on produce shipments
from California will continue "as long as the federal
government continues to quarantine the region,"
Scott said. ;
California officials, however, have said that other
states are overreacting in their efforts to prevent the
spread of the Medfly.
"We're very concerned about other states reac
tions," said Tina Taggart, information officer in the
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
"The eradication effort and the area involved include
only a small area of the state," Taggart said. "It is
centered around the Santa Clara Valley which b pre
dominantly suburbs and full of people, not crops.
The rest of the state is free."
The quarantined area of California includes San
Joaquin, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Merced and Tuo
lumne counties and covers 2,427 square miles. .
The counties are rich growing regions within Cali
fornia's 500-mile-long main farming valley.
Taggart said California had spent $25 million so
far on eradication of the pest. "Through our sprayf r
ing and trapping programs, we've kept a pretty closer
watch on the problem. ' , ,
"Because so many people are moving in such a
small area, we feel that the Medfly was probably
brought into the area by someone coming into the ?t
area from outside California," Taggart said.
: Meanwhile, in Tampa, Fla., beekeeper Burton
Rushing said he found thousands of bees dead after
the insecticide Malathion was sprayed from the air
Wednesday to fight Medflies found there.
Florida officials said they hoped to finish the aerial
spraying late last week after being hampered by heavy
rains from tropical storm Dennis. .
(the law) hasn't been enforced like it
should," Stone said.
In addition to state laws prohibiting the
sak of sjcohol to minors, Chapel Hill law
prohibits the consumption of alcohol on
public property. That includes all city
property, streets, sidewalks, public park
ing lots and some alleys.
But the law does not prohibit the dis
play of alcohol. As long as you arc not
caught drinking it, you're within the law
to cany a beer on the street, Stone said.
Town laws also apply to the University
campus, slid Sergeant Walter Dunn of
the University Police. It may come as a
surprise to Carolina football fans that
Kenan Stadium is considered public prop
erty, making the consumption of alcohol
at games illegal.
"We try at the gates not to let anyone
in with alcohol. If wc see a potential pro
blem, we try to correct it, Assistant
Athletic Director William Scroggs said.
But residence halls are considered stu
dents' homes, Dunn said. "They can drink
there just the same as I can have a beer in
my house. , .
While local teenagers are more likely to
be caught for drinking under age, college
students . are more likely to violate the
public-consumption law, Stone said.
The enforcement of the ordinance is
usually accompanied by a warning. Police
"Training Officer Ralph Pendergraph said,
adding that officers use considerable dis
cretion in giving it.
With the influx of freshmen, some not
yet 18, local restaurants and bars also
have to increase their efforts to control
the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.
'-. Bars should request a driver's license
for identification, Stone said. "I wouldn't
accept a University ID (which does not
display a birth date). But it's up to the
: jmerchant. If be doesn't go far enough, he
cu!4 te mrouble."
Any-establishment caught serving alco
noJ to a minor could have its license to
; lerve afcfohol suspended by the state ABC
The biggest problem occurs with the
18 to 21 -year-old age"group, said Four
Corners restaurant manager Arthur Stoll
mack. For example, a 21-year-old may try
to buy a mixed drink for an 18-year-old.
The restaurant's monitors, bouncers and
cocktail waitresses watch for that, Stoll
mack said. .
HAIR UNLIMITED, ING
405 W. Franklin Street
next to McDonald's
o USED FURNITURE o
o LARGE SELECTION of Used Chests, Sofas,
Chairs, Bedding, Lamps, Bookcases, Desks
o LARGE SELECTION of Unfinished Furniture
o New Mattress and Box Springs at
ICS S. Greensboro St.Carrboro
Mon.-Frl. 10 am-5 pm. Sat. 10 am-4 pm
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
SET) W (QMM&
BIG BUDDY PROGRAM
University students become big
buddies for children in the community.
The objective is to introduce
senior citizens and students on a
one-to-one basis with the hope that
a friendship will be established.
(CUE) Students examine both
short and long term projects for im
proving the educational experience
An exciting December weekend
of colorful crafts and
craftspeople volunteers needed
for preparations and selling. .
Formed to enhance the partici
pation of UNC students in Opera
tion Cross-roads Africa. Particip
ants are invited to join in en African
cultural social-work experience. .
; Dillon School is a popular new
'program which provides juvenile
delinquent with outside friends
and provides volunteers with chal
This program offers an Informal
setting for faculty and students to
come together in a private home
for a potluck dinner end the discus
sion of a selected topic.
"FOOTFALLS" ROAD RACE
An annual November event to
benefit the Campus Y; a 2 mile1 OK
Fun Run. i .
A three day pro-bilsntatlon look
at ccSege for about 160 incoming
freshmen and ah excellent chance
to meet professors and student
leaders." " . '
GLOBAL ISSUES (NIEO)
Recently organized to facilitate
and encourage public education on
Third Work?' Development issues,
specifically the New International
Economic Order. ' ,
The Committee plans and con
ducts many activities to heighten
students' awareness of both world
and campus food problems. The
major project of the Committee is
its annual sponsorship of a 24 hour
Fast for a World Harvest
This Committee is still in the
planning stages and open to any
new ideas and suggestions. It will
publicize on campus the oppor
tunities with the Experiment in In
This Committee helps provide
recreation and companionship to
children of varying degrees of retardation.
For Mcro Information, Stop By Room 102 Of Tho Campu3 V Bunding
Watch For Information About
Y Ksrteen? Day, Tuaaa ay, Captarhbari 1, 1C31 In Tho Pit
. (Rafn dato, Sept. 18)
Volunteers perform an invalu
able service by bringing outside di
versions and ono-to-one contact to
nursing home patients.
Formed from an interest in the
causes and problems of poverty,
mis Committee has focused its ef
forts to combat poverty on the local
and state level.
A Committee created to inform
the campus and community of the
numerous activities of the Campus
Y and it3 cornmittess.
TUTon:nd v .
Tutors offer encouragement and
friendship as well as educational
aid to students in the Chapel Hill
and Carrboro public schools.
The Umstsad Committee ena
bles students to work as volunteers
in the John Umstsad Psychiatric
Hospital at Butner.
WALK FCH KU.'.!A!ilTY
Each spring the Y cponsors a
long dlctanco Waft to draw atten
tion to the social problems of
hunger and poverty In tho commun
ity and In the world.