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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, November 06, 1981, Page 1, Image 1

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Clouded issue Anniversary concert The BSM Gospel Choir will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a concert Sunday at 3 p.m. For details, see p. 2 Today will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. High in the 70s; low in the low 50s. 61 Serving the students and the University community since 1893. Velum 3 & ISSU3 kk Friday, November 6, 1931 Chapel Hill, North Carolina NewsSport sAiis 962-0245 BskssJAdvertikg 962-1163 o um e I r .&ff& t. 24-hour help mm i fftr hit By JILL ANDERSON DTH SUfT Writer The volunteer counselors at Helpline do not give ad vice to people with problems, but they sometimes give, education, said the volunteer coordinator for the coun seling service. David Donlon said Helpline, Chapel Hill's Crisis In tervention and Counseling Service, was a 24-hour phone counseling center which began Sept. 15, 1979. The ser vice is free. Donlon defined crisis as a reaction to an event. 4 A cri sis is not what the situation is but the emotional reaction to some kind of event that is hard for a person to deal with ... his coping mechanisms don't work,' he said. "This is what we call a 'state of crisis' and it applies to almost any situation in which emotions are involved." Situated in a college town, Helpline gets many calls from college students. Donlon said that one-fourth to one-third of the calls were from college students and re cent graduates. Some typical problems for which students need coun seling include exam worries, romantic issues going in to or getting out of a sexual relationship vacations and relationships with parents. Donlon said he felt that most of these problems could be solved, or were on the way to being solved, within half an hour to an hour of a phone call to Helpline. He said that there were no typical cases that college students had. "They're (the cases) so different that it's hard to say any one is typical." Donlon gives an example of a frequent problem that a younger college student may have. The caller, "... somebody, say a freshman or sophomore, who is pres sured and does something and is feeling uncomfortable. Maybe they've had their first sexual experience, or got really drunk, or did some minor vandalism. They have a 'now what?' situation." v Spending a lot of time talking seems to be the best answer for this type of problem, Donlon said. "We spend a good amount of time talking exploring how they feel. We look at every aspect, check out reality. . "The person may be afraid of one particular thing in the future, some outcome from the problem. We work toward a plan to deal with the confrontation, how best to approach it, what direction in which to go." The volunteer phorie answerers at Helpline must go through training before being qualified as a counselor. This training includes 34 hours of classes in which the volunteer learns communication techniques and strategies. The training also includes lectures, practice role play ing, and experimental exercises. In addition to the 34 hours, there is a 12-hour apprenticeship in which the volunteer learns the mechanics of the phone room and make practice calls. Helpline volunteers range from age 19 to 82, with the average age over 30 years. One-third of the volunteers are students at UNC, some of which are doing graduate work. Donlon is one graduate student who works for Helpline; he is currently working on his M.A. in social work. He started as a volunteer and has been on the paid staff since 1980. Donlon's other experiences with counseling centers have been as a volunteer coordinator for another North Carolina center in 1978 and also as a director fo a center in Ontario, Calif., in 1977. Helpline holds training groups for volunteers four times a year, and each group has a maximum of 25 peo ple. For more information about Helpline and becoming a volunteer or for help in solving a problem, call 929-0479. "I want to emphasize that we do not give advice," Donlon said. "We want to make people aware of all their feelings. We don't have the answers. We believe they (those with problems) have the answers but. need someone else to get to them so things will become clearer." Durham also has a crisis center, Hassle House. Hassle House not only has a 24-hour phone line 688-4353 it also provides face-to-face counseling from 8:30-11:30 . a.m. daily. Hassle House, like Helpline, is situated in a college town and therefore counsels students from Duke Univer sity and North Carolina Central University. Dusty See CRISIS on page 2 ';;. ;x A J . -- . i I , i- I y I .1 c , V 1 K j iiMiMWMMMW Iiri111 1 y : : 1 DTHAI Steele David Denlon, volunteer coordinator for Counseling Service ... Helpline is a 24-hour center geared toward students UNC Stores prof its not to aid athletes By MARK SCHOEN DTH Staff Writer Despite lingering rumors to the contrary, the policy of assigning profits made by the UNC Student Stores to the Department of Athletics for athletic scholar ships has been discontinued. The misconception concerning profits is one of a number that students may have about how their cam pus store operates. They can be sure, however, that when they buy a shirt or book from the Student Stores, no part of the money will go to pay for an athlete's education, Student Stores general manager Thomaf A, Shetley said recently. -, u .r:Js, "Many years ago a small portion did go to the AthT letic Association. That was the policy a long time ago," Shetley said. "That was discontinued though when the trustees (Board of Trustees) decreed that all the earn ings go to provide scholarships for finalcial aid." A portion of that money goes to the Student Aid office and is placed in the general fund, said Mary Garren, assistant director for employment at Student Aid. "The allocation is made by the Chancellor, and the Student Aid office gets some of it," she said. "All the money we receive is for students with a demonstrated financial need. None of it goes to athletes." Garren added that portions of Student Stores' pro fit were awarded to the graduate and professional schools. The Student Stores system is not a money-making venture, Shetley said. "We have consistently made profits," he said. "We have to, what with all our earnings other than capital plowed into scholarships. "A year of loss would be devastating," he said. "We can't do anything to threaten service to future generations of students." During the fiscal year ending June 30, 1981, the Student Stores system which includes the stores housed in the Daniels Building, the Caduceus medical book store, and the campus-wide snack bars made a total of $815,242 after expenses. "Over the past decade we have turned over about 70 percent of those earnings for scholarships," Shetley said. "We have no reserve if anything goes wrong." - Although there is no written policy concerning emergency expenses, Shetley said he was confident the operation would survive in the event of an emer gency. "I have no idea that the University would let us flounder," he said. "I would hope they would lend us funds to get by." Standards hurt students V -t! t; ... 1 :::::'::: 4 ..w . ::.:x-:.;, f v Xr Shedey said that many people misinterpreted what the Student Stores were for, and thus would be con fused about the operation's pricing policies. "We serve as a type of commissary for the students, faculty and staff," he said. "The UNC Stu dent Stores also serves as an ancillary purchasing department for the University. "We cannot make our prices too low. If we did, the mercantile community here wouldn't allow it." The stores' narrow purchasing power is the reason behind its admittedly high prices, Shedey said. "There is no formula for pricing general merchan dise," he said. "But we can't compete with Revco and A&P. They have a purchasing power we don't have. They can sell an item cheaper than we can buy it. , "This is strictly a convenience stores," Shetley said. Unlike general merchandise, textbook prices are not controlled for the most part by the Student Stores. "Text prices are set by publishers," Shedey said. "We don't have maneuverability with the textbooks." As its name indicates, the UNC Student Stores are owned and operated by the University. "The stores belong to the University and I report to the associate vice chancellor for business and finance," he said. "My in-store policies are secon dary to the University's personnel policies. , "I am a University employee, as is everybody else here," he said. "We are a part of the University's business enterprises." A student-faculty stores committee helps regulate and set policy for the Student Stores. Four faculty members are appointed to the committee by the chancellor; The remaining four positions are students appointed by the student body president, Shetley said. effllatMFe a cits State re districting plans approved By SCOTT PHILLIPS DTH Staff Writer The North Carolina Legislature ended its second special session of the year Friday after approving two controversial redistricting plans. The plans, which redistricts the state for N.C. House and Senate elections originally had been approved during the legislature's regular session which ended July 10. Lawyers in the N.C. Justice Department, how ever, claimed the population variances in both plans violated the Supreme Court's one-man, one-vote rule and could not be defended in court The special session was called to recon sider the plans. The Senate plan? which has a population va riance of '23 percent between" the '"largest1' and smallest districts, was left intact. The House modified its plan to a variance of 15.6 percent. The NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund has filed a suit in Eastern District Court claiming the plans dilute black voting strength and provide for unequal representation. Beyond getting court approval, the plans also must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department under a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Sen. Charles Vickery, D-Orange, said this week the Senate plan probably would pass the Justice Department review since it was die same plan that had been in effect since 1971. Vickery said the main reason for the disparity between districts was because of a provision of the state constitution which prohibited crossing county lines to draw legislative districts. "This requirement is secondary to the U.S. Constitution and federal law," he said. "Once the courts or the Justice Department gives us the go-ahead to disregard the North Carolina con stitution, then we can draw an accurate map." Vickery said there were four major require ments in drawing district lines. They must en sure equal representation, they cannot dilute minority voting strength or cross county lines, and they must be drawn to protect incumbents. The last is a non-legal requirement. Vickery said the courts had two options in deciding on the legality of the plans. "They can say we did the best we could and no one is sig ruhcandy hurt ancf thereby approve the plans," he said. "Or they can reject the plan by saying the N.C. requirement is unconstitutional as it relates to this process." Neither Chapel Hill nor Orange County would be significandy affected by the Senate plan since it keeps intact the previous district of Orange, Chatham, Randolph and Moore coun ties, he said. There had been proposals to link Orange with either Durham or Alamance and Guilford Counties, Vickery said. "This would have changed us from being the major county in the district to the smallest. We would have been the tail on the dog and gotten wagged." Rep. Patricia Hunt, D-Orange, said the House plan needed a variance of under 10 per cent to be acceptable, but the problem there was also the inability to cross county lines. "The only way to get the variance down is to go to single-member districts," she said, "but to do that we'll have to violate the N.C. Constitution." Hunt said she had taken an oath to uphold the state and national constitutions, but if the two disagreed, as in this case, the national would take precedence. If the district court finds either of the plans unfair, then the three judges deciding the case could redraw the districts, she said. If the plans are sent back to the legislature, the houses must reconvene either by cajling themselves back into session ofby having the governor issue a "state of emergency" proclamation. : Hunt said the House plan could have a major impact on the area since it added predominantly Republican Randolph County to the present predominandy Democratic district of Orange and Chatham Counties. "Voter registration in Randolph is split almost perfectly, but in elec tions it votes substantially Republican," she said. The new district would have four rather than two seats. Before adjourning, the legislature also ap proved a new district map for Congressional See REDISTRICTING on page 2 Building accessibility to continue By JOHN HINTON Special to the DTH Despite the cutoff in state funds this fiscal year, the University has continued to make the campus buildings accessible to handicapped stu dents with money from existing sources, a Uni versity official said this week. "The University did not receive any funding from the North Carolina General Assembly for barrier removal projects for the fiscal year . 1981- 1982," said Douglas S. Hunt, a special assistant to the chancellor in charge of the school's legal compliance with legislation for the handicapped. "The legislature did allocate $75,000 for the 1982- 1983 fiscal year for barrier removal pro jects," he said. , A fiscal year lasts from July 1 to June 30 of the next year for the University. Hunt said he did not know why the legislature did not fund for barrier removal this fiscal year, but that there was money remaining from pre vious years with which the University would fund projects. State and federal regulations require that pu blic buildings be made accessible for the handi capped. Because the University meets the fede ral guidelines, it should meet the state guidelines also, Hunt said. "This University started making this campus accessible for the handicapped students under state law years before the federal guidelines took effect in 1977," Hunt said. "We will con tinue to make the campus accessible for handi capped students." Tom Shumate, an architect in charge of building improvements at the University, said there were new projects to accommodate handi capped students. The University will replace doors hindering handicapped students at Rosenau Hall and build an interior ramp and elevated walkway for Venable Hall, Shumate said. ... Ramps were recently completed at Steele Building and Murphy Hall for disabled stu dents. About 82 handicapped students are en rolled at the University, Hunt said. "The University is doing all it can for handi capped students," said Laura Thomas, an assis tant dean for handicapped services. She said that no campus in the UNC system received money from the General Assembly for handi capped projects. A handicapped student said that cutoff of funds might hurt the University's plans to make the campus accessible. Michael Dixon, a senior from Elizabeth City said she hoped that the University would make attempts to replace the lost money. " NCo scliools affected Iby taiieli ciiits By SUZETTE ROACH DTH Staff Writer Federal budget cuts in the school lunch pro gram are having a strong impact in North Caro lina schools this year, and school officials say needy and non-needy children alike are being affected by the cuts. Almost $9 million has been lost to North Carolina's school lunch programs as a result of the budget cuts said Ann Smith, director of the child nutrition division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Although reimbursements for free lunches have not been reduced, the subsidy for reduced price lunches has been lowered from 82 cents to 69 cents, and for paid lunches from 16 cents to 10.5 cents. Students also have been affected by tightened eligibility standards.. Many students who were receiving free lunches now must pay a reduced rate of 40 cents. Since many of these students are from large families, the costs add up quick ly, Smith said. The number of children participating in the reduced-price ' program in Chapel Hill has decreased from 150 last year to75 this year, Mary Carmichael, director "of school food ser vice for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools said.. "This is a result of both tightened eligibility standards and a reduction in participation caus ed by the increase in price," she said. ' "The bottom line is that we have lost support in program participation," Smith said. She said there had been a drop in participation of more than 13 percent so far this year, or 113,000 fewer meals being served in North Carolina everyday. Smith said price increases had caused many students to stop buying lunch. "Systems have been forced to increase prices about 20 cents from 65 to 85 cents per plate in most districts, she said. VA lot of parents felt like they just couldn't afford that," she said. Participation also is down in the Chapel Hill Carrboro schools. "Our participation is way. down in the first few days of school it was down 29 percent," Carmichael said. Decreasing participation increases costs for schools, which operate most cheaply and effi ciently at a high volume of participants, Smith said. "Anything that keeps student participa tion at the highest possible level allows everyone to have cheaper meals," she said. 1 Innovations such as salad bars, buffet lines and giving students more choices are being tried to attract students to the lunch program, Smith said. Other measures also are being taken to offset the budget cuts. Smith cited a general tightening up and increased efficiency in buying and pre paring meals. "We're cutting corners every where but in (the quality and amount of) food," she said. Many schools are trying to cut their labor costs as well. Smith said more attention was being paid to the number of hours it took to prepare and serve the food. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools have changed to having one server on the line instead of two in an effort to cut costs, Carmichael said. Carmichael stressed the importance of public relations in attracting people to the lunch pro gram. "It's still the best bargain in food there is," Carmichael said. rfi - ; .:::::- v JL 4. 4 i ( :: . ; .o:-v IN s t .Ay "J i if .-J Pep rally DTHScolt Sharps As part of Homecoming activities, the UNC cheerleaders encourage crowd participation at the pep rally held Thursday in the Pit. Festivities will continue today and Saturday as the Heels get ready for their showdown with Clemson.

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