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Friday, February 23, 1S32 Chcps! Hill, North Carolina
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By SCOTT BOLEJACK
Alex Haley, author of "Roots" a bestseller and television
mini-series, told a receptive audience in UNC's Memorial Hall
last night that everyone should look for and be proud of then
roots. "Be proud of who you are and what you are," Haley said.
"Try to learn more of who you are and what you are and share
that knowledge with others."
v Haley said people should begin the search for their roots by
consulting their grandparents, especially their grandmothers
who had remarkable memories for detail.
"Ask them to tell you what they can," he said, "After a cou
ple of hours... they can leave your mouth sagging wide open.
"After you collect all the info, get it written up, get it copied
and send out a unit to every member of your family. You will
start noticing that your relatives have an entirely different look
at you a respect for you."
Haley also said it was important that families hold reunions
and that photographs be taken of the reunion. He said the
photos were priceless treasures.
Referring to his novel "Roots," Haley said "it was the story
of the generations of a family and everybody can relate to that.
We all belong to some family and we all have some native
Inspirations for "Roots," Haley said, started as early as age
four when, for a birthday present, he received a section of a
large tree in which the rings had been labeled with dates impor
tant to his family's history.
Another inspiration, came from the oral history he learned
one summer from his grandmother and her sisters, he said.
"They talked about Tom Murray, Chicken George, George's
mother Kizzie and Kizzie's father, a man called Kinte," Haley
said. "They told these stories night after night; there was no pat
tern to them no pattern at all." '
Haley received his first writing experience while in the Coast
Guard. Haley's aptitude for writing letters got him a job writing
love letters for his shipmates. Haley's interest expanded to
magazine writing, but he received hundreds" of rejection slips
before, little by little, things started to get published.
Haley resigned from the Coast Guard to become a free-lance
writer. It was after an interview with someone, whose name he
cannot remember, that Haley walked past the National Archives
Building. He entered the building and it was there that "Roots"
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this country a history kept and even revered by God and coun
try," Haley said. : ;
,The book took nine years to research and three years to write.
It is in its 38th translation. I : i
Haley's lecture was sponsored by the Carolina Union Forum
Committee and was the culmination of the Union's celebration
of Black History month.
Menwick to appeal court decisions
Alex Haley, author of "Roots" spoke to UNC students at Memorial Hall last night
. t...he tpld audience to search for. their own family history
By BEVERLY SHEPARD
Hayden B. Renwick, associate dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences, said the
he would appeal a decision made in
Orange County Superior Court in
Hillsborough Monday that dismissed a $3
million libel and invasion of privacy suit.
The suit was filed in October against The
Raleigh News and Observer and the
Greensboro Daily NewsRecord
"I haven't given up," Renwich said
Wednesday. "I think we will have a bet
ter chance in a higher court."
Both companies requested that the suit
be discussed on grounds of insufficient
evidence. Superior Court Judge John
Martin granted that request.
. Renwick' s suit stems from an editorial
written by Raleigh Times editor A.C.
Snow. The editorial appeared in the
paper on April 22, 1981. The editorial;
titled "And he calls it bias," stated that
some of the charges made by the federal
government against the University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill regarding the
institution's minority recruitment prac
tices were "obviously unfounded" and
serve "so ridiculous they only widen the
gulf between reason and resentment..."
The editorial also alleged that "the latest
barage is based on allegations by Hayden
Renwick... in a 1978 newspaper article."
Snow's comments refer to an article
written by Renwick which appeared in
The Chapel Hill Newspaper on Sept. 17,
1978. These and other allegations made in
Snow's editorial were misquoted and
taken out of context with the original
statements of the 1978 article, Renwick
The Times retracted one element of the
editorial and its refusal to retract other
allegations in the editorial resulted in
Renwick' s filing the suit. Renwick also is
sueing the Greensboro Daily
NewsRecord Publishing Company for
re-printing the Times editorial.
Harvey Kennedy of Greensboro, an at
torney for Renwick, said the appeal had
been made to the North Carolina Court
of Appeals in Raleigh. The appeal should
be considered in the summer or early fall,
Kennedy said. Meanwhile, both sides will
begin preparing oral arguments to present
during the appeal, a representative from
the News and Observer defense said.
By ALISON DAVIS
During its final meeting Thursday
night, the 63rd session of the Campus
Governing Council passed a resolution to
support a Student Government proposal
to give students more courtside seats in
the new Student Activities Center.
In another major action, the council
approved a bill that would allow religious
and political organizations to apply for
CGC funding from Student Activities
Student Body President Mike
Vandenbergh outlined the seating plan
for students, saying there were not
enough student seats near the basketball
court to get a high level of fan response.
Fan support is "instrumental to the
performance of the basketball team,"
Vandenbergh told the council. "I'd like
to have something from the students
behind me when I meet the (Activities
Center) Steering Committee."
The GCG's support of student par
ticipations in the allocation of students
seating "shows the broad base of support
we (the Student Government) have," he
CGC member Ellen Goldberg (District
10) circulated a petition for the council to
sign in support of changing the proposed
After several minutes of debate, the old
council voted to delete the provision of
the requirements for the application for
student funds that says "programs ser
vices or events of a religious nature are
CGC member Jeff Carnes (District 8)
said the bill was based on a recent
supreme court case involving the Univer
sity of Missouri and a religious group that
sued for use of university facilities for
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor
of the religious group, saying that deny
ing the group the right to use the facilities
was a violation of their right to free
"That's saying that we can no longer
say we can't fund these groups because
we're infringing on their free speech,"
CGC member Phil Painter (District 19)
attempted to get the council to table the
billfn effect killing it for the year. The
decision should be left up to the new
council because they are the ones who will
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Proposed seating sections in Activities Center
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Gro up plans 'silent time9 in pro test
of Activities Center's student seating
"At tip-off, there will be three full minutes of silence in the
student sections, followed by three minutes of hell-raising,"
Leventhal said. '
Vandenbergh had originally supported the "silent time," but
changed his mind late Thursday night. "I have become con
vinced that we have the strong support of the Athletic Director
(John Swofford), and, indirectly, the chancellor, that they will
constructively consider cur proposal."
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By RACHEL PERRY
UNC students opposing the tentative seating arrangements in
the Student. Activities Center will publicize their efforts in a
three-minute "silent time" at tip-off in Carolina's last home
game Saturday. ; ;
Student Body President Mike Vandenbergh has combined ef
forts with "Students Have Pride Too," a lobbying group headed
by Steve Leventhal and Ross Powell, to protest the student
seating arrangement in the Activities Center..
Recession holds inflation down
WASHINGTON (AP) A worsening recession held inflation to a 3.5 percent an
nual rate in January, the lowest pace since the nation was in the throes of its last
recession 18 months ago, according to government figures released Thursday.
Food prices rose steeply for the first time in four months, mainly because of
rocketing increases for fresh vegetables and fruit, and the costs of medical care con
tinued to rise. However, housing costs rose only slightly and transportation ana
clothing costs declined from December, reflecting recession-dampened consumer
Economic plan failing, Hunt says
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Gov. Jim Hunt, pointing to rising unemployment and
sagging tax revenues in North Carolina, argued Thursday that President Ronald
Reagan's economic recovery plan is failing.
"Our nation's economic house is literally on fire," Hunt said at his weekly news
conference. "North Carolina is still not hit as hard as other areas. The very fact that
this is happening to us now means that nationwide, it's even worse."
Revenue officials said Wednesday that the state's general tax collections for
January were almost at a standstill.
Courts wrestle with Hinckley trial
WASHINGTON (AP) A federal appeals panel canceled late Thursday the
March 9 trial date for presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. only six hours
after it was set by a lower court. , i H i
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the trial could not be scheduled until the
government decides whether to seek rehearing of a .decision that barred use of notes
and an oral statement obtained from Hinckley. J ' '
Greensboro plant explodes, burns
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) An explosion that could be heard a mile away sent
flames shooting three stories into the air Thursday, heavily damaging a Greensboro
Only two employees were at the Brin Mont Chemical Co. when the explosion
occurred about 6:30 a.m. Both escaped without injury.
The blast rained debris on a field across the street, damaging a passing car but in
flicting no injuries.
It took firefighters about 90 minutes to bring the fire under control. ,
Chapel HiU9 iir population growth
Editor's note: This is the last of a five-part series
concerning future growth in Chapel Hill.
By LAURA SEIFERT
As Chapel Hill has been growing by leaps and
bounds, its surrounding region has developed at an
equally fast pace. The entire area is experiencing
growth and the growing pains that go along
To prepare for even more growth and develop
ment, volunteer and state-appointed committees in
the region are working towards lessening the prob
lems of a growing region.
The Chapel Hill area is part of a region that is
growing at a very rapid pace, area officials have
"This region is growing faster than the state,
and the state is growing at a faster rate than the na
tion," said Ray Green of the Triangle J Council of
Green said the 1970 census showed that this re
gion had a 24.1 percent rate of growth; the state's
was 15.5 percent and the nation's growth rate was
11.5 percent. ,
Green, director of the Physical Resources and
Economic Planning Department of TJCOG, said
the organization, which began in 1972, was trying
to .concentrate on issues of regional importance
that affect more than one unit of government."
. The COG is a state organization, and Green said
it usually did not become involved with a county
problem unless county officials approached it.
"We address short- or long-range problems that
have no respect for local or county boundaries,"
Problems like water quality control and rapid
growth are two issues the Chapel Hill government
must cope with. ';:
Chapel Hill Planning Director Mike Jennings is
responsible for coordinating government efforts to
deal with such issues.
"The traditional growth of Chapel Hill was
parallel to (University) enrollment until the early
'70s!" Jennings said. "But even after the student
population leveled off, the town kept growing."
Officials of Chapel Hill and Carrboro town
governments and the Orange Water and Sewer
Authority recently formed a Joint Planning Com
mittee. That committee presently is working to in
crease the capacity of OWASA's sewer system.
The need to increase the system's capacity arose
because of the rise in regional growth.
New office buildings and stores are springing up
all around" the tdwn. V '
But business construction is not the only area
that is experiencing rapid growth. The surge in the
sheer number of people living in the area has
prompted numerous residential subdivisions and
retirement complexes to be built.
"Chapel Hill bzs become nationally recognized
for the number of people who retire here."
Jennings said, citing Carol Woods Retirement
Village as a prime example. .
Other major attractions are the University,
North Carolina Memorial Hospital and the Re
search Triangle Park.
"North Carolina Memorial is growing by leaps
and bounds and the amount of research is in
creasing," Jennings said. Arid, since there is no
housing in the RTP area, employees must com
mute from surrounding areas like Chapel Hill.
Jennings said a 1977 study showed that 10 per
cent of the professionals 'white-collar workers'
lived within the Chapel Hill planning area,
which incorporates areas outside the town limits.
"But this is not a 'bedroom community' to any
other community," he said. A bedroom com
munity is an area where people live who commute
A high rate of growth would alter Chapel Hill's
village image something its citizens don't want
"Now, the opinion to keep development out of
Chapel Hill is not as strong as it used to be,"
In an effort to effectively manage the town's
growth, the Town Council recently adopted a new
zoning ordinance. Jennings emphasized that it was
not a pro-growth ordinance. "It doesn't try to en
courage development," he said. "It does encour
age proper residential development."
Proper development is an important part of any
area's growth. Part of the TJCOG's role is to dis
tribute information to local governments and to
serve as a coordinating link between the govern
ments in the six-county region Chatham,
Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Wake
A major problem facing the TJCOG now is the
rate at which prime farmland is being lost to urban
This region has a total farming revenue of $1
billion a year, Green said. But industries also
would bring in needed revenue, so there seems to
be no solution to satisfy everyone.
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