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Volume 13. Issue 6
Thursday, September 24, 1981 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By TAMARA DAVIS
DTH Staff Writer
Gov. Jim Hunt and several other of fi
cials are objecting to the recent U.S. Senate
approval of a modified peanut allotment
program introduced in the 1981 Farm Bill
But some supporters said they believed
the cutback would not affect the peanut .
industry in North Carolina.
The program was included in an amend
ment to the Farm Bill by Sen. Mack Mat
tingly, R-Ga. Mattingly's amendment al
lows peanut subsidies to be given only to
farmers who were growing peanuts at the
time the bill was passed.
The program, which becomes effective
in 1932, provides that acreage allotments
will be suspended so that anyone may
grow and market peanuts. Other major
provisions concern limitations of the
v poundage quota of peanuts.
Hunt strongly criticized the Farm Bill
because the bill included cuts in peanut
and tobacco programs two of the
state's most profitable industries. Brent
Hackney, deputy press secretary to Hunt,
said the governor blamed the Republican
Party and the Reagan administration for
cutbacks in the peanut program.
"We were never in any real trouble
when the Democrats were in the White
House," Hackney said. "The Reagan ad
ministration is not eager to help. We hope
that the House of Representatives will re
store the programs and put them back
Hunt has not directly blamed the state's
two Republican senators, Jesse Helms
and John East, for the cutback, but has
questioned their leadership in the Senate
concerning the program. "They support
ed the current peanut program; however,
they are Republican members of the Sen
ate and share some of the responsibility in
the approval of the bill," Hackney said.
J'The effect of the modification on the
state remains to be seen," he said. "It's"
not going to help the peanut farmers."
Helms, chairman of the Senate Agricul
ture Committee, said, "Considering the
mood of the country and that of the Sen
ate, I feel we have done quite well, and
the diligent work that has gone into pre
serving this important program has paid
off for our farmers."
Helms' press secretary, Joseph Terrell,
said Helms felt the program had worked
. well and that destroying it would create
"If these programs were coming up for
the first time, he (Helms) might not vote
for them," Terrell said. "But the peanut
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motorcyclist exchange a wave and a grin on a local
street earlier this week. The clear skies and cooler
weather of recent days, signs of the coming of fall,
have made many residents of the village more
amiable lately. And the race ... well, it might be
just a little unbecoming for an officer of the law to
squeal his tires on Franklin Street especially if
By JONATHAN SMYLIE
. DTH Staff Writer
Members of the Rules and Judiciary
Committee of the Campus Governing
Council expressed concern Monday over
whether the Elections Board would be
able to implement a new automated bal
loting system as planned for the February
"It would be awful to deal with another
paper-ballot election in February," CGC
Speaker ElChino Martin said. "It may be
too late already. We hope not."
Other committee members expressed
"We have dilly-dallied around long
enough," said Jennifer Cresimore, Dis
trict 9. "Whether or not we can do it per
fectly, we need to make at least an observ
Last spring the Elections Board devel
oped a computerized system, but the
CGC did not allocate the money needed
to do initial research, Elections Board
Chairman Mark Jacobson said.
said. "Dealing with so many slips of pa
per, something can go wrong."
Jacobson said he understood the com
mittee's concern and was working on
finding out how to start the testing pro
cess. "I would love to see it," he said. "If
everything goes as well as we can hope, I
think we can puH it off. But even in an
ideal situation it is going to be kind of
Jacobson said that the testing should
have started this summer but that it was
not done becaue the CGC did not fund
the research part of the project. He said
he would talk with the University com
putation center to see if it would .do the
research at the same price it agreed on last
If everything goes as planned, the de
velopment of the materials needed could
start in late November, and that the sys
tem could be ready by early January, he
The problem lies in whether there will
be enough time to implement the system
Martin said the testing was not funded before February, Jacobson said. ."
because the expense did not fall under the
category of a capital expense.
The problems have developed because
no one worked on the project over the
summer and because the board chairman
was not appointed until this fall, Martin
"The automated system would be
cheaper and still maintain efficiency," he
"The real question comes in the test
ing," he said. "All of this is predicated on
the idea that we have a system that just
needs to be tested. Nobody has done this
before, and there are some unanswered
"Like any research project, no one can
predict how much time it is going to
take," he said.
By FRANK KENNEDY
u DTH Staff Writer
Although voter registration for Chapel Hill and
Carrboro municipal elections on Nov. 3 is lighter than
normal so far, the number of registrants is expected
to increase as the Oct. 5 deadline approaches, two
area officials have said.
Carrboro Alderman Steve Rose and Chapel Hill
Town Council member Joe Straley, neither of whom
is up for re-election, said this week that the poor re
sponse by eligible voters is to be expected.
"Municipal 'and school board elections aren't very
exciting to the voters,' ' Rose said. -
"There's nothing pressing nor controversial to
vote on this year," he said. "In Carrboro, for exam
ple, things are running smoothly right now, and that
tends to make people complacent, which is unfortu-
Concil member Straley blamed some of the apathy
in Chapel Hill on the fact that there are presently no
more town council candidaterannounced than seats
available.' . V ' '.
"When something like that happens, voters don't
tend to think it is necessary to go to the polls to vote
on uncontested races," Straley said.
"I look for registration to increase, but the excite
ment (of the election) may not start until after it's too
late," he said.
Straley explained that the later candidates file for
office and produce solid contests for given seats, the
less likely it is that unregistered voters will register
before the deadline. .
The deadline for filing for office is Oct. 2, three
days prior to the conclusion of registration.
Although most of the pre-election activities remain
low-key, both Straley and Rose believe the election
will not go over too quietly because many residents
tend to wait until the last minute to register, while
office-seekers often follow the same pattern.
"The light turnout so far concerns me, but it ought
to pick up," Rose said. "We'll have a good, noisy
Straley said that while this negative response by the
public is not surprising, it is uncharacteristic of this
"Traditionally, Chapel Hill has usually had remark
able turnouts, but then the issues at hand were more
pressing. During the Nixon-McGovern race, we had
some precincts registering 85 to 92 percent of the eli
One popularly accepted excuse for low voter turn
out percentages, not only in this area but also the na
tion, is apathy. But, Rose and Straley agree the prob
lem is deeper than that.
"Basically, it is a case of ignorance of what's going
on in the country. Many people aren't supplied with
the right information," Straley said.
The Orange County Board of Elections approved
the. special registration in an August meeting. It will
be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, from 3
to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each registrant is required to present proper identi
fication and proof of Ids local address. Persons not
yet 18 years old may register if they will be 18 by Nov.
Regular registration is being held weekdays at the
Chapel Hill Municipal Building at 306 N. Columbia
St. and the Carrboro Town Hall on West Main Street.
Hours for both locations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and noon to 8
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Residents may register at either location regardless
of which of the two towns they live in.
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Education expands iie off comBiter techmolo
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Students .work at computer terminals
... technological advances expand potential
By SCOTT BOLEJACK
DTH Staff Writer
The computer age is no longer just around
the corner. It has arrived and, with its arrival,
has encompassed such diverse fields as engi
neering, finance and medicine.
But there is another area in which computer
Hse is extensive that may not immediately
come to mind education.
Computers are used by colleges, universities
and technical institutions not only to train stu
dents in computer science, but also to do re
search, keep records and distribute the payroll.
"I don't know of any department not now
using, or one that has not used, our computers,
at least for research purposes," said James
Batter, director of the University's computa
tion center. ,
Erwin Danziger, director of administrative
data processing, agreed. "Most departments
and many organizations within the University
gain a lot of assistance from computer-based
information," he said.
Academically, computers are the necessary
instruments through which computer scientists
should receive their education. Computers
also provide valuable assistance to professors
doing research.- -'
Administratively, computers keep track of
student records, University finances and em-.
ployee payrolls and countless other jobs.
Such extensive use demands that' the com
puters be frequently equipped with the latest
technology. The University is now doing just
that. : r
"Ideally, the useful life of a computer
changes about every four years," Batter said.
"We have two computers in the computation
center. The oldest machine we have was in
stalled in August of 1971; the other was install
ed in 1974 or 1975. We are now in the process
of replacing both of these, and we hope to do
so in this fiscal year.'" Danziger said: "We
also have two computers. One was installed in
1972. It's completely obsolete and is in the
process Of being replaced. The other computer
is about four years old, and it wil last for
another few years."
The older computer is obsolete not because,
it has worn out, but because it has become
economically obsolete, Danziger said. In other
words, it costs more to maintain and fix it
than it does to buy a new computer.
Both men said the new systems would be at
once smaller and more powerful than their
predecessors because of advances in technology.
Funding for data processing and the com
putation center comes from two sources.
"One is state appropriations," Batten said.
"Also, if a professor, whose research is being
funded, uses our computers, we charge them.
"We do a small amount of computing for
areas outside the University. For example, we
might do some work for the Chapel Hill
school system or the town of Chapel Hill. But
even here there must be some affiliation with
the University," he said.
Danziger said, "Our funding is two-thirds
state appropriations and one-third sales of ser
vices to groups who have income."
What is the future of computers?
"Well, there's definitely going to be one,"
Batter said. "More people will be going toward
the personal computer, the Radio Shack TRS
80 and the Apple II. Within the next 10 years,
just about every family will own their own
computer. It may not be 10 years; it may be
Though Danziger was unwilling to make any
predictions about the future of computers, he
did say computer use would continue to grow.
"The field is changing very rapidly, so it's
hard to make any predictions," he said. "But
I do agree with Mr. Batter; we will all use com
puters more and more in our daily lives."
7XYC disc jockey , v ;
By LAWRENCE TURNER
DTH Staff Writer
Disc jockey. ,
The term may conjure up the image of
a young person blasting loud music
through the radio airwaves, but one disc .
jockey at WXYC describes the profession
as a craft.
"Knowing the difference between
knowing when two records will mix well
is the difference between being a record
player and a disc jockey," said Dan
Greenfield, adding that he received that
advice from Nancy Lee, program director
Greenfield, a junior RTVMP major
from New York City, hosts a program of
old rock 'n roll songs at WXYC on Sun
"The reason I wanted to start the show
was because I thought it would be fun.
And I didn't hear any show that played
good '50s music for its artistic value,"
So he attended a training session last
January for those interested in becoming
disc jockeys for the station. The next
month, Greenfield received an hour for
his show. - . ' .
Now the show, "Jukebox," . featuring
V 'Doo-Wop' Dan," airs from 8 p.m. to
11 p.m. Sundays. , i '
Dean Foust, a junior journalism major
from Durham, said, "I know it's an ex
perience that in the back of everybody's
mind they'd like to do and I'm no
different. It's a great experience."
Foust works on Tuesday mornings
from 10 a.m. to noon. "I try to keep my
format'eonsistent," for the audience and
play "mid-tempo rock," he said. He has
worked at the station since'this summer.
"When I'm there for the two hours,
basically, I'm in charge of the continuity,
to make sure the station doesn't go-off
the air,". Foust said.
But another disc jockey, David
LaTowsky, explained that the position
also included other duties. "You have a
announcements) to be announced at cer
tain times and to keep the music flowing,''
said LaTowsky, an economics and an
thropology major from Wyckoff, N.J. '
: "It's a good way to get acquainted
with a lot of music," he said. "It's an en
joyable couple of hours spinning the
discs and shooting the breeze."
LaTowsky began working this summer
and works Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 5
p.m. this semester. ;
"You have about 80 percent leeway on
what you want to do," he said.
Yet, the station's disc jockeys follow a
strict format regarding some content on
For each time segment a disc jockey is
on the air, certain record selections are
placed on reserve by WXYC. Station
manager Bill Burton said, "You have
about 65 percent of your own with what
you want to play. And what you have to
do is shape your show around the music
(placed on reserve) in the 'play' box."
The only exception to the reserve music
program sheet with PSA's (public service " requirement is the four special shows the
station uses. They include a jazz show, a
new wave show, a show of rock 'n' roll
songs from the 1950s and 1960s and a
show featuring bluegrass and country
The station uses close to 70 disc jockeys,
"I look for a certain amount of creati
vity, a good bit of boardwork (handling
the controls), a certain amount of intel
iegence with respect to the music and a
little personality (from disc jockeys)," he
Although WXYC is not taking any ap
plicants for disc jockeys now, interested
persons can still work at the station,
Foust said. Those interested can work
with departments including traffic, public
service announcements and news,
Disc jockeys other duties include an
swering the telephone for requests,
looking for records in the station's music
library and setting up and exchanging
A student gets experience as disc jockey at WXYC
.;. job Includes selecting records, maintaining continuity