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r Put them on cold Partly cloudy and cold today with a high in the upper 30s. March at Fort Bragg About 100 UNC students and faculty will join a rally at Fort Bragg Saturday to pro test the training of Salvadoran soldiers. See page 3. Serving the students and the University community since 1893 . ?p of Volume Issue 1i4 Friday, February 23, 1S32 Chcps! Hill, North Carolina NwsSportsArU 862-0245 BusiimsAdvartisJng 962-1163 Author of 'Roots9 .Haley tre e th e f amily w In o o f '- - ' " - , A j &&tty;. v. j :i , ' -v -w -v ;- f:V T - ' V' ' ' ' - s. I -7 . ... -f . ...7 ( I I ' i ''f ? By SCOTT BOLEJACK Staff Writer 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 land." 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" ' began. -; .-. 'i . : - "The whole atmosphere of the building was of the history of 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 OTHAI St" 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 Editorial Assistant 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 publishing companies. "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 contended. 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. CGC passes: By ALISON DAVIS Staff Writer 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 Fees. 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 said. CGC member Ellen Goldberg (District 10) circulated a petition for the council to sign in support of changing the proposed seating plan. 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 nonfundable." 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 meetings. 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 speech. "That's saying that we can no longer say we can't fund these groups because we're infringing on their free speech," Carnes said. 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 See CGC page 2 Educational Foundation v . 1 sS. sS. ii fl n n n U-Z a. - Students section I i n I r i .: ' k I i ; b z . - . 1 1 x. .. nnnnnrf yv Faculty j sS Proposed seating sections in Activities Center ...lower level (left) and upper level (right) 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." 7 See COLISEUM on page 2 By RACHEL PERRY University Editor 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.. News Briefs 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 demand. 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 chemical plant. 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 Staff Writer 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 with it. 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 agreed. "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 Governments. 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," Green said. 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 to work. A high rate of growth would alter Chapel Hill's village image something its citizens don't want to lose. "Now, the opinion to keep development out of Chapel Hill is not as strong as it used to be," Jennings said. 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 counties. A major problem facing the TJCOG now is the rate at which prime farmland is being lost to urban development. 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. See GROWTH on page 2

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