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4The Daily Tar HeelFriday. November 13.1981
Mo ney and' enjoyment are main, arrtactions for topless dancers
B CATHY WARRKN
In the small dressing room behind ihe stage, tiny
bits of clothing and high heel shoes are pulled out
of suitcases to the sound of gargling and "A Piece
of the Rock" by Mother's Finest.
There is loud, slightly tense pre-show laughter
punctuated by lewd jokes as the dancers gyrate
seductively in front of the mirror, getting them
selves up for their next set.
"How did you do? a returning dancer is asked.
"I did all right." ,
The newest dancer counts her five $l-bills in tips
and heads for the bottle of Signal mouthwash.
Loud music, beer-breath kisses and waving dol
lar bills these are all part of the job for the top
less dancers at the Keg in Raleigh and Keg West in
Chapel Hill. (Keg West recently closed. The man
agement could not be reached to comment on the
Working four sets a night of up to 15 minutes
each, dancing and enticing and returning kisses for
dollars, they attract an audience that ranges from
the fraternity brother to the farmer to the motor
The crowd this night consisted of mostly stu
dents, who generally claimed that this was their
first time here. The regulars sit around the black
lighted stage with their dollars ready, while new
comers hung back at the surrounding tables.
"1 just wanted to see what it was like," one said.
Another said he stopped in because "he just
wanted to have a beer."
Diane jokes with her attentive admirers as she
rubs mens' caps between her legs' and shakes her
long blonde hair to such lyrics as "when you're
giving me the feel tonight," and "let's skip talk
A teacher in the crowd said he liked her style.
"She's fantastic," he said. "Kind of racy and
making fun of it loo. Nice combination."
He said he didn't go in lor the kissing, however.
"Giving a kiss for money. That's prostitution,"
he said. "Why don't they have a nice strip tease.
Then it would be artistic."
Covering a wide range in age and appearance,
the dancers have their own audiences, and their
own style, with appropriate costumes and music to
"Yes I'd say my favorite audience is frats," said
Diane, a 20-year-old dancer whose cocky style and
blonde sexiness make her a favorite.
"She's fantastic. Kind of racy and mak
ing fun of it too. Nice combination. (But)
giving a kiss for money, that's prostitu
tion. Why don 7 they have a nice strip
tease. Then it would be artistic. "
"You've got to get close to these guys as
friends," she said of her audience in general.
"They're great people."
"I enjoy it," she said of her dancing. "I can
dance. It's just something I've always had in me."
The dancers agreed that the primary motivation
for sticking with their line of work is the money.
They don't like to talk about how much they make
but some said it was possible to make over $50 a
night in tips alone.
"I have ambitions," Diane said of the future..
She has hopes of going into modeling. "I have
people photographing me right now."
"I'm raising my little girl and living alone," said
Elisha, a small brunette, who at 21 looks much
younger than the other dancers. "And the money
is real important to me."
Elaine, a five-year veteran of the Keg said it was
hard to back off from the good pay for a regular
The money helps to make up for some of the un
pleasant factors of being a topless dancer.
"I've had people grab me," Diane said. "One
guy grabbed my bpob. I flailed the poor sucker.
"They're usually so embarrassed that they leave
or sit down if one of us hits them," she said. .
She said she dealt with the mental backlash of
getting into dancing in a similarly straightforward'
manner. . .'
"When I first started I was deserted by my :
friends," she said. "Now my friends accept it. If
they don't they're not my friends. .
"I am what I am and I will be to death do us
part," she said and laughed.
For a new dancer, added to the hassles of being
grabbed at, propositioned and tsk-tsked over, are
"It takes guts," said Elisha, who has danced for
the Keg for just over two months.
"The first time I danced I was so nervous," she
said. "My knees were shaking. ! couldn't dance. I
couldn't do anything. I just walked around and
took $1 bills."
Most of the girls got their start in an amateur
contest. Money prizes are given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd
places and contestants are judged by the crowd.
"I've had people grab me. 'On guy grab
bed my boob. I flailed the poor sucker.
They're usually so embarrassed that they
leave or sit down if one of us hits them."
Even with experience there are trying times for a
'l fell once," Elisha said. "It was embarrassing.
But the crowd made it OK. They were concerned
about me. They didn't look at me like 'you dumb
"The better the crowd the better the show," she
"When I look out into the audience and they all
look dead, it really gives me a complex," she said.
"It makes you feel awful, like they don't think
you're any good.
"Sometimes you can just stop and go (she
throws her hands up and makes a pleading expres
sion) and they won't even notice. Some people just
don't understand that you want to be
The difference between a topless dancer and a
call girl is one distinction that customers often fail
to make and dancers are quick to point out.
"It takes guts. The first time I danced I
was so nervous. My knees were shaking. I
couldn 't dance. I couldn 't do anything. I
' just walked around and took $1 bills.
"I had one guy ask me 15 times in one night if I
would go to a hotel room with him and spend the
night," Elisha said. "He told me 'I'll give you this
and I'll give you that' 1 1'm not for sale."
"The kissing was started a long time ago and
they just continued it," said Diane, who added
that the dancers were not obligated to kiss any
body." "We're paid to dance and that's the extent of
it," she said.
"A guy came up to me the other night and said
'I'm a lawyer. You need to get out of this.' "
"I just turned around and walked back inside,"
she said. "I mean, he must not have thought I was
a real person." '
Negative outside forces are countered by a sort
of group identification. There are cookouts in
Raleigh and birthday parties for the dancers after
"We all get along," Elisha said. "You have to in
Short man makes
throughout his life
By JILL ANDERSON
DTH Staff Writer
Billy Arthur may be short of stature but he has made large
accomplishments in his 70 years.
According to a Charlotte Observer article, Arthur, who is
around 3 feet tall, was called a "yard of laughs" while he was in
But Arthur does not seem to find his height amusing, and he
said that he had never had any problems with job opportunities
dealing with his height. In fact, Arthur said he "never considers
it (his height)."
"I can't say that I've ever worked at anything I didn't like,"
said Arthur, a Chapel Hill resident since 1954. He has had a
variety of jobs. Before enrolling in college, Arthur was in vaude
ville as a singer. "I had a pretty good baritone voice. I was a
soloist. I sang 'Carolina Moon' three times a day. I did this on
and off for 18 months."
But Arthur's real interest' was newspaper work. He became
the city editor of the New Bern Tribune in September 1933 and
was the only one on the staff besides the woman who wrote a
woman's column. In 1940 he moved to Jacksonville and
bought a weekly newspaper; he turned it into a semi-weekly and
eventually a 5-day daily.
Arthur's interest in newspapers started as a child when he sold
newspapers in Charlotte, his hometown.
"I always wanted a newspaper," he said. "As a young boy I
sold papers for the old Charlotte News. I met a lot of newspaper
folks and when I was in high school I was asked to write about
high school sports." .
Arthur has done freelance writing for trade journals and con
tributes regularly to Tar Heel Wheels and The Chapel Hill
Newspaper. He has also written for the state magazine, Alumni
Review, and other various publications.
"I'm the oldest, not in point of age ... I've been continuously
doing columns longer than anyone else in the state of North
Carolina." Arthur has been writing for newspapers since 1933.
Arthur graduated from UNC with an A.B. in journalism. He
was a cheerleader in 1930 and 1932. He graduated in three years.
He said. he thought, "... there's nothing unusual about that.
It was the depths of the depression ... and it made good sense to
keep on going ... the state was paying for books and tuition.
There was no certain average and no point system ... you just
had to pass 36 courses to graduate."
Arthur said there were other differences in UNC. When he
learned that there were classes with about 450 students in them,
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Once a month, guys are turned away and the fe
male dancers get a rest. This is ladies night when
male dancers take the stage.
Woody Carroll, a 28-year-old dancer from Dur
ham, is also a disc jockey and a bartender with The
Keg and works full time at a Durham tobacco
"Dancing runs in my family," said Carroll,
whose sister teaches dancing and whose parents
like dancing also. His father for example, after
running out of gas on the way back from Myrtle
Beach, went into a club and danced for his gas
money to get back home.
Carroll, who is medium height, with dark hair,
glasses and a rather muscular build, told about
several experiences of dancing in front of a female
"They get wild about 1 1 :30," he said.
"You get rubbed, touched they start rubbing
your leg and whatever else." ,
He said he's had sorority groups come in with
little books for signatures and opinions. A batch
elorette once expressed regret that she was getting
married after seeing him dance and asked if she
could get in touch with him if things didn't work
out, he said.
"A lot of them have in mind that some of us will
pick them up," he said. "At one o'clock they
want to get up with some of us guys and have a
Audience reaction and participation are as big a
concern for Carroll as for the female dancers.
"If I feel like I'm not going to do good, I just
block it out just for that night," he said. "I get
psyched up. I think about whether the crowd will
be like this (he made a bored expression) or
whether they'll be hollering."
Carroll said he overlooked the disadvantages of
dancing, like negative attitudes of relatives and
presumptions of some women who assume that he
Appointment of deans
a complicated procedure
DTH Jay Hyman
UNC alumnus Billy Arthur, local resident since 1957
... holds the record as N.C. newspaper columnist
he said that would have bothered him.
"It would bother me greatly. (Then, classes had) no more
than 20-25, with 30 at the most. We were on a very personal level
with professors. We spoke with them. We were very close."
The size of the university in the 1930s was much smaller than
it is today. At the time Arthur was a student, there were 1,500
students and when he graduated there were about 3,000.
"Everybody knew everybody," he said. "Football players,
athletes, they ate with you at the same table in Swain. Every
body's heart beat at the same time. When an athlete was hurt
everyone felt it."
Arthur is now retired at age 70 after being in the retail busi
ness with his wife Edith, from 1962 to 1974. He owned the Billy
Arthur craft supply store in University Mall. He also has been
writing books and has jiist recently finished one on North
"It's by a North Carolinian, about North Carolinians ...
humor taken from 1795 papers as well as books, folklore. With
speeches by politicians and educators." :
A second book is a compilation of excerpts of newspaper
columns in The Chapel Hill Newspaper. Arthur says that he,
"always tries to do two hours of work a day, in writing."
By CHARLOTTE HOLMES
DTH Staff Writer
The appointment and reappointment of
deans and department chairmen is a com
plicated process that is always ongoing at
The appointment of a dean involves the
Chancellor in a one to six month process.
"First, the dean must agree to be reap
pointed," said Chancellor Christopher C.
Fordham III. The dean of the school then
meets with his Committee of Instructional
Personnel to review the proposal. The
committee makes a decision and in turn
takes it to the chancellor who reviews it
with his staff. Then, the board of trustees
must stamp their final approval, he said.
Assistant deans serve at the recommenda
tion of the dean, usually for three to five
With 42 departments, Dean Samuel Wil
liamson, dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences, said the appointment and reap
pointment of the chairmen was one of the
most important thing he did.
VThe single most important thing I do
on a daily basis, besides faculty appoint
ment, is appointing or reappointmenting
the department chairman," Williamson
He said he spent an average of 40 hours
per chairman in the decision of each ap
The appointment procedure begins with
the dean of the school conducting
15-minute interviews with each faculty
member, asking for opinions of the person
applying for the chairman's position,
"After faculty interviews, I go through
a careful and deliberate process of deci
sion," Williamson said, and try to make
my decision in the best interest of the
department and on the basis of the faculty
The appointment procedure, which Wil
liamson said was vital because it shaped
the future of the college, derjartment and
faculty, varies from school to school.
At UNC, some people make it known
they are prepared to serve if asked, while
others agree to serve only one term upon
their initial appointment. Often, chairmen
simply do not choose to seek additional
terms, he said.
Fordham announced the appointments
of seven department chairmen recently.
Those appointed were .Capt. Alfred M.
Koster IV as chairman of naval science,
Dr. Walter L. Smith as chairman of
statistics and Col. Paul L. Grimmig as
chairman of aerospace studies.
Those reappointed as department chair
man were: V. Leiahd Bounds, curriculum
in administrative justice; Dr. Sagar C. Jain,
department of health administration,
School of Public Health; Dr. James W.
Pruett, department of music; and Dr.
Alan E. Stiven, curriculum in ecology.
Show focuses on need for increased security
In an effort to make students more aware of the need for in
creased security on the UNC campus, Crime Prevention Officer
Ned Comar has put together a slide show for resident assistants
to show to residents.
The show, "Security Blues," tries to entertain while focusing
on a less interesting subject. The show combines humor and
song with security tips and police statistics.
Aimed at freshmen, the slide show has already been given to
the Spencer, Triad and Old Well area RA's who made many posi
tive comments, Comar said. .
He said the University Security Services received about three
reports eacn ot theft amounting to losses of under $200 each
Recently, a student did not even know his wallet had been sto
len until someone called asking for the access code to his
banking machine card, Comar said.
In the card theft incident the caller identified himself as an
officer at the campus police. Fortunately, that student called the
police to verify the call and discovered the officer named did not
exist, but Comar said more students needed to be aware of such
Runge said these motivations varied, "the primary
political motive is recognition of the'elements of society
that support the Reagan program. The automobile in
dustry is one. The pharmaceutical industry is another,"
In an economic recovery plan partially predicated on
economic growth and the elimination of waste, the effec
tiveness of the president's regulatory relief plan is a
significant factor for success. "The impact of deregula
tion is extremely unclear," Runge said. "It's impact on
economic production and growth will be realized in the
long rather than the short term, if it is realized at all."
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"It is singular how long the rotten will hold together, provided you do not
handle it roughly." Picture a rotten eppla hanging on a tree, or elsewhere, it
holds together a long time unless it fails or is handled a little roughly, and
then you have "rotten apple sauce." One meaning of "corruption" is
"rottenness." The earth becsma corrupt, or rotten in the days of Nosh. God
handled it rather roughly, It went to pieces and there was none left except the
man who found grace in God's sight, the man who feared God, and obeyed
There is much rottenness and corruption in the home and family life of our
nation; there is much rottenness and corruption in the political life of our
nation; the main cause of the-corruption and rottenness In the family and
governmental life of our nation can be traced to corruption and rottenness in
our Protestant Christian Church life, and every one of us who have taken
such vows are especially responsible! Did not God handle us roughly when
He permitted our President to be. assassinated? No doubt in our mind but
that this "permissive providence" of The Almighty is a rebuke to the entire
Generally speaking, The' Church refuses to "get rough" with its own
rottenness of unbelief, apostacy, rejection of God's Laws and Word, and so
the corruption holds together and increases; the civil powers of government
refuse to "get rough" with murder, robbery, vile Immorality, and therefore
corruption and rottenness "hold together."
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