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Monday, August 24, 19$!The Daily Tar HedlIB
By LYNN PEITHMAN
DTH Staff Writer
Waiting in line
Get used to it ... it's a fact of Carolina
life. But make the best of it and start a
conversation with the person in front of
I have heard the perfect roommate de
scribed as "someone who doesn't get an
gry when you come in late and trip over a
chair someone with the patience of mo
ther, the loyalty of a Saint Bernard and
the talents (minus the puritanism) of Ann
To help make things go easier with your
roommate, here are some suggestions:
As soon as possible, take time to lay
down some mutual ground rules. Some
topics you may like to discuss:
which bed is whose
drinks (not just Coca-Cola); decide
if it is all right if you drink alcoholic bev
erages in your room.
atmosphere, in your room: study
quiet, social rowdy.
visitors: your roommate just may
mind if you, Jane, have friend Dick over
for the night the entire night.
Basically, be considerate. If the walls
ever start to crowd in on you, do not
blame your roommate. Take a walk in
stead. Food for thought: on Franklin Street
There arc several good places just on
Franklin Street. All are within walking
distance from campus.
Biscuit Towne: Biscuit Towne, near
Granville Towers, specializes in biscuits
and ribs. It is one of a few places in town
open 24 hours a day.
Blimpie's: Blimpie's is in the heart of
Franklin Street and has good sandwiches
of all kinds on submarine, rye or pita
bread. Delivery to dorms for 50 cents ex
tra is available after 6 p.m.
Carolina Coffee Shop: Another good
Franklin Street restaurant, with a touch
of class and classical music. The food is
basically good burgers and other sand
wiches and dishes. Breakfast with pan
cakes and fresh fruit is their specialty.
Four Corners: Four Corners has large
photographs of past Carolina basketball
players on the walls. Hamburgers, quiche
and salads are served in a contemporary
Golden Dragon: A small Chinese res
taurant near the middle of Franklin Street,
this place offers good food for moderate
prices. Most food is take out, but there
are a few tables inside. It seems to have a
Hardee's: This is the char-broiled,
fast-food hamburger place, also open 24
hours a day. It is on Franklin Street near
Harrison's: To get to Harrison's, you
descend a flight of stairs to a cool, dark
garden atmosphere. Quiche, salads, fibs,
sandwiches and casseroles are the standard
Hector's: A convenient stop on the
way from downtown to campus, Hector's
has Greek sandwiches (the grilled cheese
is popular) and fast food. It is open until
2:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and
until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Looking Glass: In University Square,
this is another place in town open 24 hours,
and it has good hamburgers. It also offers
all kinds of sandwiches, a salad bar and
breakfast in the atmosphere of large glass
windows and lush hanging baskets. The
Looking Glass opens a patio for dining
during the warm seasons.
Papagayo Mexican Restaurant: A
classy Mexican restaurant and bar. On a
warm evening, try dining on the outside
patio under white lights.
The Porthole: A favorite of Tar Heels
for years, this restaurant has a simple
charm and delicious, home-style cooking.
The Ramshead Rathskeller: Another
Chapel Hill tradition, the Rat, as it is
fondly called, has been open since 1957.
It offers steak, sandwiches, lasagne and
spectacular apple pie. It is located off an
alley off Franklin Street.
w Sadlack's: A New Jersey-style delica
tessen in a pristine atmosphere, it has a
large selection of special sandwiches, sal
ads, subs and heroes. Delivery service
after 6 p.m. is 50 cents extra. -
Spanky's: This place has a warm, oak
en candlelit charm. The food nice-sized
hamburgers and other yummy dishes is
Swenson's: Though a chain ice-cream
store and restaurant, it makes much of its
ice-cream right there. One of the best fla
vors is Cookies and Cream: vanilla and
crunched-up Oreo cookies.
Subway: This takeout place has great
hoagie sandwiches, of which there are all
kinds. Sandwiches come in plastic bags.
White Horse Ltd.: This one is not
within walking distance from campus, but
it is worth it to find other transportation.
Both food and atmosphere are excellent
up to par with other White Horse restau
rants in Charlotte, Matthews and Rock
Hill. Try the yummy Nitty Gritty Grinder
or one of their spuds with cold Sangria in
the nautical atmosphere among rich oak
These by far are not the only good res
taurants in town. There are several on
Rosemary Street, a block north of Frank
lin Street, and throughout Chape! Hill.
If there's not something going on in
your dorm on the one next door, there are
plenty of clubs or bars in town. Also,
many restaurants turn into drinking es
tablishments during late evenings.
The Bacchae: This is a flashy disco
that caters more to dancers than to drink
ers. There's a pinball machine room, too.
The cover varies, and membership is not
The Cat's Cradle: A laid-back bar
specializing in live music rock V roll
and bluegrass and imported beer. There
is usually a cover charge. Cat's Cradle is
on Rosemary Street.
Crazy Zack's: Zack's in Chapel Hill
is similar to the ones in Raleigh and
Ocean Drive, S.C. It is not just a beach
dub; other music is played, too. It has
weekly specials, but is not within walking
distance from campus. It is on Airport
Henderson Street Bar: This is a
"good ole boy" bar, with a long bar at
which to sit, and country music always
plays on the jukebox. It is, of course, on
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By BETH BURRELL
Pulling out of the Ehringhaus Dormitory parking
lot, I heard my mother's plaintive voice: "Frank, do
you think little Buzz will be all right?"
Little Buzz is my almost-18, almost-6-foot fresh
man brother, who, I hope, by now can take care of
But, as most students find out, leaving home is
never easy. For incoming freshmen, it is not just re
turning to school for the fall semester, but coming to
Chapel Hill for the first time.
Sherry Stuckey from the University Counseling
Center in Nash Hall has some suggestions for those
who may find adjusting to their new environment
"One of the most difficult problems is. the feeling
of being -stripped -of' your Hdentity, '-Stuckey said.
Until students get involved and do things they have
enjoyed doing before, they find it difficult to grasp
that one's identity is not lost with the changing envi
Stuckey also stressed the importance of talking out
feelings of homesickness with roommates, orientation
counselors or resident assistants. Not only can these
people be good listeners, but they can also help in
meeting people and getting involved not an easy
thing to do in an unfamiliar environment.
Dr. Myron Liptzin of the Mental Health Division
of the Student Health Service, said he felt leaving
home as a freshman "represents a great opportunity
it furthers the process of becoming independent,
of defining yourself as a person apart from your
"Some people find the atmosphere here so dif
ferent, they become paranoid early in the semester'
and wonder if they'll seem odd compared to the rest
because they drink or they don't drink, they're sex
ually active or they're sexually inactive."
The sudden panic many may feel can take unlimi
ted forms feeling over your head, academically,
questioning whether you and your roommate will get
along or feeling pushed to get involved and fit in.
"It may be the most trying experience, but poten
tially it is the most valued learning experience," Lipt
His general advice to freshmen is to "back off and
take distance from the situation don't get paranoid
and sucked into feeling helpless or hopeless. Use
friends, counselors, "roommates to talk over what
you're feeling. There's no shame in realizing that this
is not the place for you."
He also encourages students to feel free to come to
the Mental Health Division to discuss their feelings
and gain guidance or counseling.
Encouraging freshmen to go home every weekend
can prove counterproductive, said Louise Spieler, an
RA on 3rd floor Avery. From her own homesickness
as a freshman and her own feelings of uncomfor
tableness at Carolina until after fall break, Spieler
realized it was necessary to give the school a chance.
The longing for home, high -school - friends and
parents is quite natural and is a feeling that subsides
gradually, not overnight, Spieler said. "I think it is
important for those homesick to realize many more
feel the same way and that it helps to talk about it
with your RAs or OCs who have been through the
"As important is realizing the lost feeling associ
ated with homesickness goes away with time, after
getting used to the new environment. Don't expect it .
to go away in a day-Mt's a gradual process," she
As an RA, Spieler said she felt the most helpful
thing she could do would be to "calm some of the
fears freshmen have and let them know it's OK to
feel this way, because most people do."
"Freshmen going home for a visit and not return
ing happens infrequently, even though it has happen
ed," Spieler said. Those who do leave usually leave at
the end of the semester, after they've given the school
a chance and still feel unhappy.
Spieler finds when freshmen go home for Labor
Day weekend and see that home is still there and their
lives have not changed that drastically, they return to
school reassured and more comfortable.
In many cases, freshmen miss their girlfriends or
boyfriends more than parents, said Billy Leland, an
RA from second floor Mangum.
But those who have parents (particularly mothers)
who are keeping in constant contact, either by writ
ing or by calling everyday, face an extra strain.
"You don't need to be continually reminded of the
presence of home," Leland said. Apparently, some
mothers have a more difficult time letting go than
their sons or daughters do.
Like Spieler, Leland encourages freshmen to get
involved and to somehow find their niche at Carolina
realizing it can be a lengthy and sometimes uneasy
Steve Marie!, a freshman from Baltimore, found it
difficult to leave friends at home and at first felt cut
off by being unable to go home as often as in-state
students. But Martel, realizing there is little he can do
about his situation, has accepted it, "although it takes
a while to get used to it,' he said: ' u
On the other hand, Betsy Wright, a freshman from
Charlotte, has not accepted her new environment as
calmly. "I think the worst feeling about missing home
is knowing you are one of thousands who feel the
same way. 1 feel out of touch, out of place with real
ity in the midst of so many people, Coming to school
is the most different situation we've encountered up
until now," she said.
Wright's roommate, Lori Williams, also from
Charlotte, said she would probably talk to Betsy
first, and then her orientation counselor if she began
to feel homesick.
"I'm not yet, but ask me again in a week and you
might get a different answer," Williams said.
But, as counselor Stuckey and RAs Spieler and
Leland recommend, getting out and discovering new
interests or finding new friends with your old interests
can make an incredible difference in feeling at home.
; "Adjusting without high school friends and feeling
like you have to start all over again can be difficult,
but the important thing to realize is what an exciting
place Carolina is and to get out and become a part of
it," Spieler said.
a '60s flair, usually has a good mix of
people. Upstairs, the indoor bar has sev
eral pinball machines and electronic
games. Downstairs, there is a grassy yard
to sit on and drink your choice from a
wide selection of imported and domestic
beer. It is off Franklin Street, behind the
Kirkpatrick's: Kirk's is another basic
bar, with a few pinball machines. It is on
Linda's: Linda's is your basic drink
ing bar with a few pinball machines and a
television. It is behind Spanky's.
Purdy's: On Franklin Street, this one
is a private club admission if you are a
member or a guest of one. This is a disco
that has a little higher class complete
with a lit dance floor. It features weekly
The Station: The Station, in Carr
boro, features a variety of new wave and
rock W roll bands. Tuesday night is for
clogging and square dancing. There is
usually a cover charge.
Troll's: A dark, down-home drink
ing joint, Troll's has good prices on beer.
Country music usually plays'on the juke
box. Troll's is on Rosemary Street.
Finding your way around:
Use that map of the campus. It really
helps. So what if you look like a fresh
man? It is better than getting lost.
Remember: The Old Well is North,
South Building is South, Old East dorm is
east and Old West dorm is west. Then
take Astronomy 31, learn the constella
tions and if you get lost at night, you can
find your way home with the help of the
stars and the previously mentioned land
marks. If you get lost during the day, just ask
an upperclassman ... then hope he is tell
ing you the truth.
Your best friends
General College adviser: One of your
first best friends here is this person, a
good resource, especially when you need
information on classes, majors and re
quirements. Listen to your advisers. They
are there to help you take advantage of
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Resident assistant: These people are
there to help you with your problems or
just to talk to. If you don't have a prob-
' lem, stop by and say hello to this friendly
person (being friendly is a requirement
for the job). Besides, they sometimes get
lonely in that room all by themselves.
Same as above for your orientation
counselor their jobs don't necessarily
end after Orientation Week.
Quiet places ... where to study
Undergraduate Library: Once upon
a time, the Undergraduate Library was
listed in some magazine as one of the Top
10 "pickup" places in the country. It is
' not known how true this really is, but it is
a friendly place. If you need a minimal
. amount of noise to study, which some
people do, this is not a good place. A
quieter place within the Undergraduate
Library is the Honors Reading Room
Wilson (graduate) Library: This is
more like a real library it is large and
usually very quiet, and there is plenty of
room in the stacks with few people around
Elsewhere: When it is warm, many
people prefer to study outside, in the sun
. or on the grass in the quads. But, beware
of flying frisbees.
There arc several departmental, libraries
that are good, quiet, study rooms., And
if it is not too loud In your dorm, your
own room may suffice.
The cheapest and easiest, if not the
quicklest, way to get yourself around
campus is on foot. You may think at first
that the UNC campus is too much to
handle, but it does not take long to get
used to walking. But you may need a.
good pair of waterproof shoes for those'
rainy days when the dust from the latest
construction project turns to slippery mud.
A bicycle is a good way to get to class,
but make sure you have a reliable lock.
Bicycles have a way of disappearing. Also ,
register your bike with the Chapel Hill
Police Department it may help in find
ing your bike in case it does get stolen. A
bicycle registration dinic is scheduled for
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thurs
day and Sept. 1 and 2 in the Pit. The Po
lice Department is in the modern building
on Airport Road.
Teaching assistants and professors:
Same as category above ... get to know
these people and take advantage of their
office hours (those are there for a purpose
most TAs and professors do not enjoy
twiddling their thumbs when no students
come by to see them). The worst that
could happen is that they might learn your
name. They are also great for contacts
and references later. And since many un
dergraduate classes are very large 100
people plus office hours give you a
chance to get to know your instructor.
Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars
on campus; but, if you want to go home,
try finding an upperclassman with a car
who is going your way. If worse comes to
worst, try placing an ad in The Daily Tar
Heel classifieds. Or, you can ride the bus.
Call the Trailways bus station on Franklin
Street (near Fowler's grocery store) at
942-3356 for their bus schedules.
To get to the outer limits of Chapel Hill,
you can use the town's bus system. Call
Chapel Hill Transit at 942-5 174.
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