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Volume tit Issua
Friday, October 9, 1831
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By STEVE GRIFFIN
DTH Start Writer
In her 25 years working at the downtown Chapel Hill
Cleaners, Kathleen Whitt has seen some bizarre happen
ings, including a man who stripped down to his under
wear in public, and individuals who climbed into clothes
Whitt handles the dry cleaning services of the East
Franklin Street business, but she also oversees the coin
operated laundry machines in the building.
Whitt recalled several incidents over the past several
years which she considered out of the ordinary.
"One afternoon a girl who was doing a project for her
RTVMP class came in with her camera equipment with a
young man about her age," Whitt said.
"She filmed him as he stripped down to his underwear
and put his clothes into a washer. I felt sorry for him
because they had to do it several times before they got it
Another story Whitt told concerned a man who was
carried in by some companions and stuffed into one of
"They put the man into the dryer and then put in a
dime to start it up. They left him in and I don't know
how he ever got out," she said.
"Another afternoon a girl in a bathing suit came in
dripping wet with a load of clothes to wash. After she
loaded the washer I saw her climb into a dryer that was
still warm from being used earlier until she had dried
Whitt said that not everyone who came into the clean
ers was particularly intelligent. She told one story that
resulted from the placement of a sign in the window that
read "Wash, Dry, Fold" for a certain price.
"A lady walked in one day and wandered around
looking at each machine. Finally she came to me and
asked if we didn't have a machine that washed, dried,
and folded the clothes. I said, 'We sure do, and it's
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Kathleen Whitt, ot the Chapel Hill Cleaners on East Franklin Street
... has witnessed many bizarre happenings during 25 years in the business
Whitt said vandalism had become a problem in recent
years. A maintenance man once came in to fix three
holes in the wall and while he stepped out to get paint so
meone knocked out another hole.
Whitt, the grandmother of a UNC freshman, aid she
still took a vacation from time to time. She visits her son,
an undertaking that sounds like something from a jungle
The son lives deep in the Sierra Mountains of Mexico
and she has gone to visit him several times, most recently
"His farm is 35 miles from the nearest town, and that
distance must be covered on either horses or mules. You
have to cross several, streams on horseback and it is a
good two-day ride," she said.
Whitt said the trip required spending the night in a
very small village along the way that had no electricity.
She also said that travelers had to take baths in mountain
streams, which were always extremely cold.
Whitt seems to enjoy the contact she lias with Univer
sity students and knows many by name. She estimated
that around 75 percent of her business came from
She was the charter mother for the UNC band in 1968.
"I sat with the band at all the football and basketball
games. I'm still a big UNC fan, especially when it comes
to basketball," she said.
DTH Staff Writer
A recent attempt by Student Body Pres
ident Scott Norberg to borrow from stu
dent fee money has raised serious ques
tions over financial processes in Student
Government, officials said Thursday.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Donald Boulton and Campus Governing
Council Chairperson ElChino Martin said
difficulties involving distribution had re
sulted from differing views of Student
Government's and the University admin
istration's roles in handling student fees.
On Sept. 25 Norberg signed a requisi
tion for $175 from the Executive Branch
Discretionary Fund to pay for his enroll
ment in a Law School Admissions Test
counseling program. The $500 discretion
ary fund was established by Student Gov
ernment to be used by the student body
president and, traditionally, has been used
for organizations that needed small
amounts of money quickly.
Norberg said he had received a notice
on Sept. 25 about the LSAT counseling .
program that was to begin that night. Be
cause he did not have the money to pay
forJtfae course, he said he asked Student
Body Treasurer Rochelle Tucker if he
could receive an advance on his' salary
from the fund. The student body presi
dent is given a $1,600 scholarship for his
position, paid in three installments, as
outlined by the Treasury Laws.
Norberg received his last check on July
27 and was not scheduled to receive the
next payment until the week of Oct. 20.
Tucker said she told Norberg that she"
did not know if the requisition violated
the Treasury Laws, but would consult
Martin and CGC Finance Committee
Chairperson Mike Vandenbergh. Neither
was in the office at the time, she said.
"I didn't think anything like that had
been done before," Tucker said. "There
weren't any restrictions (for the discre
tionary fund) in the Treasury Laws."
Tucker said she presented a requisition
form to Norberg for the money. Norberg
said he signed it. as he would any other
form. He said he did not know if it was a
violation, but would send it to the Student
Activities Fund Office for clarification.
"The door was open and people were
running in and out the whole time," Nor
berg said. "There wasn't anything secret
orjfsderhanded about it. It was a simple
question to see if it was possible to do it."
Tucker, who also signed the form, said
she took it to SAFO Director Frances
Sparrow for final authorization and to
see if it would be permissible. The ques
tion was referred to Vice Chancellor for
Business and Finance John Temple who
advised Sparrow not to make payment
from the fund, Tucker said.
She said Sparrow returned the requisi
tion to Norberg, based on a clause in the
Treasury Laws, which disallowed expen
ditures for personal gains to any member
of an organization.
"As soon as I found out about the im
propriety of it, I said that I certainly did
not want to take it," Norberg said. "This
is why " I have a treasurer; I don't deal
with the money. I am not the financial
wizard around here." '
Boulton said Thursday he could under
stand Norberg's actions, given the loose
guidelines governing the discretionary
fund. "I said to Scott, 'You made a mis
take join the club'," he said.
But the incident provided an example
of problems in the system, Boulton said.
SAFO was organized by the chancellor in
1933 to handle the funds for Student Gov
ernment' and other organizations,' Since '
that time, problems have arisen because
no one knows who has ultimate authority
over SAFO, he said.
Norberg and past student body, presi
dents had been suspicious that the Uni
versity Administration wanted to take
control over the money, Boulton said.
"It is a situation that needs to be looked
at, not the individual," Boulton said.
"(Scott) ought to understand that not
one of us works in a vacuum in the Uni
versity. I don't have complete control and
neither does he."
Both Boulton and Martin said the pro
blem resulted partly from the change in
presidents each year. Students should not
be expected to know everything about the
laws when they are in office for such a
short time, Martin said. But he pointed to
smaller problems that, he said, Student
Government officials could solve, includ
ing the establishment of guidelines for the
; "When it comes down to the interpre
tations of the law who do you turn
to?" Martin asked. "It's got to be some
body in the administration.
"I would prefer that it didn't happen,
but I don't see any alternative."
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON President Reagan
picked up more Senate support Thursday
for his sale Of AWACS radar planes to
Saudi Arabia but an Associated Press
count shows the lineup still against him,
57 to 30.
Republican Nancy Kassebaum of Kan
sas met with Reagan and then became the
eighth senator in two days to speak out in
behalf of the $8.5-billion package.
"I think the assassination of President
Sadat makes it crucial that we reach out
to all moderate governments in the
region," the senator said.
She said the United States should make
the sale and "take a gamble that it will be
productive" in enlisting Saudi support
for the U.S. Middle East peace initiative.
But the AP count now shows 50 sena
tors committed against the sale and seven
leaning against it.
It shows 21 senators firmly in favor of
the sale and 9 leaning that way.
The remaining 13 senators say they're
Two separate compromise efforts are
. under way, however. And Senate
Democratic Leader Alan Cranston, a
leading opponent, conceded this week
that Reagan might be able to sway several
opponents to his side.
Cranston said he remained .confident
the sale would be defeated.
And the AP count shows that if the.
president can win a stunning come-from-behind
victory, it will be a squeaker.
With House rejection virtually assured
next week, the president will have to win
all 13 of the uncommitted senators and
turn around at least seven of the Senate
opponents save the sale. Assuming all 100
senators voted, it would take 51. to kill the ;
In transit programs
deal. However, the procedure requires
just a simple majority of those present
The $8.5 billion sale, the largest single
arms sale in U.S. history, goes through
Oct. 31 unless both the House and Senate
approve veto resolutions against it by
The sale includes five Airborne Warn
ing and Control System radar planes,
plus 1,777 Sidewinder missiles and fuel
pods and fuel tankers to increase the fire
power and range of 62 F-15 jet fighters.
Reagan stands a chance of winning
over four Senate opponents and one un
decided senator in one swoop in one of
the compromise efforts under way, al
though a Senate aide said that effort was
only in the discussion stage.
Rich Galen, an aide to Sen. Dan
Quayle, R-Ind., confirmed that Quayle
and the other four Republicans met with
White House officials on the possibility
The five senators proposed that the ?
president guarantee the Senate in a letter
that he would seek overthe next four
years to win specific Saudi agreements on
security and operation of the planes, and
a Saudi agreement to cooperate in some
sort of Middle East peace effort.
The Saudis have already agreed to
most of the conditions but have their own
' eight-point peace plan and have shown
no willingness to cooperate in the
U.S.-backed Camp David plan for phas
ed peace steps.
The five senators include Quayle and
Sen. Mack Mattingly, R-Ga., who are
leaning against the sale; Sens. Bob
Kasten, R-Wis., and Slade Gorton,
R-Wash., who are co-sponsors of a veto
resolution against the sale, and Sen.
Frank H. Murkowski, R-AIaska, who is
undecided.-- , - v
By GREG BATTEN
DTH Staff Writer
Plans for another round of federal
budget cuts have created concern about
local transit programs among Chapel Hill
officials, said Interim Town Manager
If a proposed .12 percent reduction in
federal transit assistance is enacted as plan
ned for fiscal year 1982, the result would
be obvious, town transportation director
Robert Godding said.
"Obviously a reduction in services and
increase in fares, or probably a combina
tion of the two, would be in the works,"
Transportion Board Chairman George
T. Lathrop also expressed concern about
the possible cuts in rederal aid to the tran
Lathrop said a loss of operating funds
which had been received in the past was a
distinct possibility if the proposed cuts
. "These funds constituted between one
fourth and one-third of last year's
transportation budget," Lathrop said.
He also said reduction in services would
be inevitable if the cuts in transit programs
.- "In addition, we would have to discover
some new sources of revenue," Lathrop
He said the Town of Chapel Hill and the
University probably would be depended
upon to come through with additional
The town is hard at work trying to pre
vent the cuts in federal aid to transit pro
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Nursing programs to be considered
. By SUZETTE ROACH
DTH Staff Writer
The University of North Carolina Board of Gov
ernors plans to vote today on a report recommending
that the nursing programs at three predominantly
black schools be continued. -
The Committee on Educational Planning, Policies
and Programs of the BOG voted last week to recom
mend the extension of the nursing programs at North
Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T
University and Winston-Salem State University de
spite low passing rates on the state licensing exam by
graduates of these schools.
In 1977, the BOG resolved that the schools must
achieve a two-thirds passing rate on the exam by 1981
and a three-fourths passing rate by 1983 or be closed.
Only 28 percent of A&T graduates passed the exam
in 1981, and 54 percent and 64 percent passed at
NCCU and WSSU, respectively.
But UNC President William C. Friday and the
Planning Committee have said the programs deserve
more time to improve their rates. v
"The decision to extend the program at A&T rests
solely on faith in the administrators and their ability
to bring improvements," Friday said. The school has
a new chancellor, vice chancellor and nursing school
dean. Since they were all appointed this year, they
need to be given time to improve the situation, Friday
Other improvements in A&T's nursing program in
clude tighter admissions standards, new graduation
requirements and filling vacancies on the staff with
qualified applicants, said Arthur Padilla, assistant
vice president for academic affairs. -
Morale also has been a problem. "The pending
closing of the schools has not done much for the
morale of teachers and students," Padilla said.
Friday said, "The negligence in the last four years
is not solely their (A&T's) fault. We (the BOG) take
part in the blame.
"I believe there will be continuing and hard atten
tion," he said. "If hard work can do it (improve the
nursing program), it will be done."
Friday advocates the continuation of the programs
at NCCU and WSSU because of apparent improve
ments at the schools, especially the improved passing
rates on the state licensing exam. The nursing pro
grams have shown substantial gains and are close to
the goals of the state board of nursing, he said.
Padilla said NCCU had a new curriculum insti
tuted by a new program director, and also had ad
dressed the former heavy reliance on part-time facul
ty by hiring good, committed faculty members.
At WSSU, the priority on nursinghas been tighten
, ed, Padilla said. The nursing curriculum has been re
vamped and the faculty quality improved. "They
(WSSU) have not been found deficient in any area by
us or the state board," Padilla said.
The small number of students in the nursing pro
gram at WSSU is a concern, however. Eleven stu
dents graduated in 1981, and eight are expected to
. graduate in 1982.
"We think as word gets out that these programs
are good, more students will be attracted, and the
productivity question will take care of itself," Padilla
The decision to keep the schools open was not bas
ed on the consent decree between the UNC system
and the Department of Education, Padilla said, since
the resources would stay at the schools even if the
programs were closed. Instead, the decision was bas
ed on the progress the schools have made since 1977.
"The concern of the board has always been with
the students. Improvements will help the students in
successfully writing the exam," he said.
This windmill, located In Cccno, may soon bo removed
... a Hawaiian company is considering buying the structure
By JAMEE OSBORN
DTH Staff Writer
A windmill on Carpenter's Knob near Boone, which has
been out of operation since January, may be torn down and
sold to a Hawaiian electric company.
Hawaiian Electric has been approached about buying the
windmill, said Bob Bumgarner, district manager for the
Watuaga County branch of the Blue Ridge Electric Member
ship. "In an area like Hawaii, where the energy costs are high
and the wind are high, the machine would be a good invest
ment," Bumgarner said.
The Department of Energy had stopped funding the wind
powered energy project because energy costs in the area cut
down on the amount of profit that could be made. "If you
put the windmill in another area, the payback is much higher
and it is a better investment," Bumgarner said.
The windmill, which is federally owned but operated by
BREW, is a project of the DOE and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Bill Rankin, an engineer with the DOE in Atlanta, said the
budget for research on wind machines had been cut severely
by President Ronald Reagan's budget cuts. "The main thing
we wanted to demonstrate was that it would be commercially
and technically feasible to run a wind machine in this area,'!
he said. "That has been established."
However, damages to the windmill have made the cost of
repairs exceed possible revenues that could be gained by
operating the machine. "
"Back in January, many of the bolts in the windmill
broke," Bumgarner said. "NASA did not have the funds to
Bumgarner estimated it would take $500,000 to repair the
broken bolts. "The machine was built as a research
machine,' he said. "It met all its objectives in this area.
However, the DOE is going out of the research business as
far as wind machines are concerned."