The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, October 09, 1981, Page 1, Image 1
Fair Exchsngo Fair and mostly sunny today with a high of 70; low of 43. Carolina spirit Pep rally today at 5 p.m. at Ehringhaus Field; free beer will be available. Come join the fun. Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Volume tit Issua Friday, October 9, 1831 Chapel Hill, North Carolina NwsSportArU 982-0245 BusirwesAdmrttsing 9S2-1163 Local laundre SS f 1 recalls several 1L AA(C patrons jrolics 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 dryers. 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 right." Another story Whitt told concerned a man who was carried in by some companions and stuffed into one of the dryers. "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 off." 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 me."' 71 ir!imaiiiim mm Jinnmioxn) St M L X ...... . . . " Kathleen Whitt, ot the Chapel Hill Cleaners on East Franklin Street ... has witnessed many bizarre happenings during 25 years in the business OTHAI Steele 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 adventure film. The son lives deep in the Sierra Mountains of Mexico and she has gone to visit him several times, most recently in January. "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 students. 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. C7 '?tv rwrftfiif By -KEF 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 discretionary fund. ; "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 uncommitted. 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 and voting. 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 then. 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 Thursday. 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 Cunt create concern MOQ repoirt 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 Ronald Secrist. 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," Godding said. Transportion Board Chairman George T. Lathrop also expressed concern about the possible cuts in rederal aid to the tran sit program. Lathrop said a loss of operating funds which had been received in the past was a distinct possibility if the proposed cuts were enacted. . "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 were passed. .- "In addition, we would have to discover some new sources of revenue," Lathrop said. He said the Town of Chapel Hill and the University probably would be depended upon to come through with additional funds.. The town is hard at work trying to pre vent the cuts in federal aid to transit pro see TRANSIT on page 2 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 said. 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 - said. 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 Windmill fences uncertain fate 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 repair it." 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."