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Copyright The Daily Tar Heel 1932
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Monday, August 23, 1982
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By DAVID LAMBERTH
Bryan Murray found out about his tri
ple about four days before arriving at
UNC. The freshman from Nags Head is
one of many newcomers who have found
themselves overcrowded this fall. "We all
get along everyone is considerate so
far," he said. "The biggest drag is you
never get an empty room for entertaining
A freshman enrollment larger than ex
pected by the UNC Admissions office has
caused overcrowding in the assignment of
some 175 freshmen to temporary housing
on campus. Included in that are
assignments to study rooms in many
residence halls and triples in high-rise dor
mitories on South Campus.
Figures on the exact class size and
number accommodated in housing change
constantly. As of last Thursday, the end of
freshmen enrollment, the class size was
3,291, said Tony Strickland, admissions
officer in charge of freshmen. "We had
hoped for something around 3,225."
Fewer freshmen were admitted this year
than last, yet more enrolled. "11,794 ap
plications were received for the freshman
class, and 5,090 total were admitted. Based
on last year's figures, 3,179 would enroll,!',.
Strickland said. "We expect between 621
and 63 percent to enroll on admissions. It
hasn't varied much from year to year."
Strickland noted a higher rate of enroll
ment in out-of-state students, namely
children of alumni. "For that group, the
number of accepted applicants enrolling
vent up 25 percent." Out-of-state
children of alumni are considered under
the same criteria as in-state students.
"We accepted 80 less out-of-state
students in general and have 10 more com
ing than last year. That's most unusual,"
Strickland said. He noted that the enroll
ment of non-alumni students from out-of-state
remained about the same.
Strickland cited the economic situation
as the main reason for increased enroll
ment. He also credited noteriety gained
from sports and the press in general, in
cluding The New York Times Guide to
Figures for the resultant housing crunch
also vary from hour to hour. "We don't
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Raising the flag
Orientation counselors from Henderson Residence College
claim the territory of center court in Carmichael Auditorium,
home of the national champion Tar Heels.
IDorm cooking policy
By PAM DUNCAN
Assistant University Editor
The new University housing policy , that limits cooking in
residence hall rooms to low heat appliances and enclosed high
heat appliances has drawn much controversy at UNC. Although
the policy will not be final until the spring semester, Residence
Hall Association President Scott Templeton said that educative
enforcement would begin this semester.
While adrninistrators in and connected with the housing de
partment seem in agreement on the need for the policy change,
RHA and Student Government two of the most influential
student groups on campus are not.
Student Body President Mike Vandenbergh said he felt the
University had not explored all the options in the issue of cook
ing in dormitory rooms, while RHA has endorsed the decision
to make the policy change since the North Carolina Department
of Insurance recommended to restrict cooking in the rooms at
In a letter to Russell Perry, associate director of operations
for University housing, Deputy Insurance Commissioner Ken
Dixon said the rising use of high heat appliances had increased
their fire losses. ,
"Therefore, this department is recommending that all such
appliances as hot plates, deep fat fryers and electric fry pans be
prohibited in student rooms," Dixon wrote in the letter.
In April, a grease fire in Aycock Residence Hall caused about
$800 worth of fire and smoke damage and was "30 seconds to
one minute away from disaster," said Jody Harpster, acting
director of University housing at UNC.
Steve Flury.'UNC fire and safety officer emphasized that no
one wanted to cut out cooking in the rooms altogether. "I
don't. The concern is to phase out the kind of cooking that is a
fire hazard," he said. "What the safety office is concerned with
is grease and deep fat cooking."
The University's alternative to restricting cooking in the
rooms was to install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in each
room, Harpster said. That would cost about $50,000 per
building, Flury said.
The possibility of very high damage and injury or death oc
curring in a dormitory where they have cooking in the rooms
with grease is very real, said Jim Roberts of the State Depart
ment of Insurance.
The decision to change the cooking policy for residence halls
was made this summer by an ad hoc Student Affairs Committee
on Residence Hall Safety. The committee consisted of Area
Directors for residence halls, Harpster, Vice Chancellor for Stu
dent Affairs Donald Boulton, James Cansler, associate vice
chancellor for student affairs, assistant vice chancellors Edith
Elliott and Sherry Morrison, Templeton, and Maria Long and
Max Smart, RHA representatives.
The ad hoc committee was pulled together to respond to a
crisis situation, Harpster said, although they never met together
at the same time. "It's a big change to make without the stu
dents here," he said.
A letter describing the new cooking policy was sent to all
residence hall residents the first week of August. The Student
Affairs Committee drafted the letter on July 12 in order to give
students time to call or write in their reactions to the policy
change, Harpster said.
But he said several delays "prevented the letters from being
mailed on time.
As a result of this lack of student input, the administration
agreed to use only warnings and educational means to develop
their enforcement of the cooking policy during the fall semester,
Harpster said. "During the spring semester, we would utilize
regular disciplinary procedures, which can mean the ternunation
of a room contract," he said.
In the memorandum sent to all dormitory residents, Boulton
said, "The restriction on certain appliances was made with the
intention of limiting dangerous cooking practices without re
moving cooking in the room as a viable food option."
The memorandum also stated that the matter would be dis
cussed with the Housing Advisory Board, the Food Service Ad
visory Committee, Student Government and RHA.
Residents were required to sign a copy of the memorandum
upon arrival at their residence hall, Harpster said. He said the
document did not say the student agreed with the new policy,
but that they had read and understood it.
The housing department and RHA plan to further explain the
new policy to students. All resident assistants have been in
structed to explain the new cooking policy and the dangers of
the prohibited appliances to all residents, Harpster said. The
residence halls will also offer to store the appliances for the
residents, he said.
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APPROVED AND NOT AVi 0TT
BY THE DEPARTMENT OF UMVC-iirY HOUSING
Approved Not Approved
toaster oven open coO burners (hot plate) ' t
microwave oven closed coil burners
convection oven , , deep fat fryer
toaster electric fry pan
low heat 200 F) warming tray hot oil popcorn popper
hot-dogger (steam) electric wok
hot air popcorn popper electric crepe maker
Crock Pot electric war ;ls iron
slow cooker electric grill
blender electric griddle
electric mixer slow cooker convertille to grill
food processor electric hamburger cooker
can opener indoor grill or open brcl'.wT
Any enclosed high heat Any appliance (hih hca:)
appliance (like toaster carrable of heating grease to
ovens) or tow lteat a burning pebt. ,
Atmosphere, beauty bloom with " Flower ladies
By SHARON SF
The women sit in the alley near the Intimate
Bookshop and' inside NCNB Plaza on Franklin Street
with their wares at their feet and the population of
Chapel Hill going by them.
jf eaestnans drop a smile or word of greeting as they
walk past. Some stop to ask a question or make a pur
chase from them, the "flower ladies" of Chapel Hill.
Practically a town institution, the ladies offer
homegrown flowers for a few dollars a bunch.
"They are two and three dollars," explained Hat
tie, who sells in the alley, "and some of 'em, if they're
dressed real nice, you can get $3.50 for them." I
The flowers varieties like bachelor buttons,
snow-on-the-mountain, marigolds, straw flowers, zin
nias, asters, snapdragons, and rooster combs are
arranged and settled in metal cans of water for the
public to examine. Beside their chairs, the ladies keep
newspapers in which to wrap purchases.
On a Wednesday morning, you can watch Hattie set
up shop. Her children help carry things from the car
and after they leave she takes a broom and attacks the
dead leaves and debris that have settled in her spot.
"I come about two days a week Wednesdays and
Fridays," she said. "I come two seasons a year spr
ing and fall." She said she has been selling flowers for
about 20 years. "But not regular," she said, "just off
Hattie brings a raincoat with her, in case of incle
ment weather, but she prefers selling in the alley of the
NCNB Plaza, where several women can be found at a
"I can't sell any flowers down there," she explain
ed; "There's too many people selling them."
At one time the ladies sold their flowers on the
streets, but a town ordinance changed that.
"They can't stand on the streets anymore," said
Maureen Master, an employee at the Intimate
Bookshop, "and a lot of people got upset about
"We can't issue a vending license to sell on the
street," said David Roberts, a Chapel Hill Town Clerk ,
and Revenue Collector. But the ladies were given per
mission to continue sales anywhere back off of the
street, Roberts said. They can sell on private property
if they have a letter of permission from the owner.
"They're not as much a part of Chapel Hill as they
used to be," said Neill Pons, a freshman from Chapel
Hill. "It's too bad they don't let them stay out there
For some of the isdies, however, the move was not
"We like it better in here," said Mallie Allison, who
sells in NCNB Plaza. "We can come on down when
it's cold or whatever, and it doesn't bother us."
Allison has been selling flowers for about 25 years.
Although she sells next to other women, each lady is in
business strictly for herself. They grow and arrange the
flowers themselves. .
Both Hattie and Allison said that growing the
flowers is expensive.
"Oh, it's a lot of work, you can say, you can bet
that," said Hattie. "This is my last year. I'm tired of
it. .And I don't make enough money from the flowers
to help, so, I'm just going in the hole.
"It just really about working me to death, so I'm
gonna let it go. I might raise a few to look at."
Hattie enjoys meeting people when she's selling.
"The people are so courteous," she said. She said the
"flower ladies" have seen a lot of foreigners during
the last couple of years. "They've been buying real
good from us," she said.
At first, she said, these people weren't very friendly.
"They acted like they were afraid of brown-skinned folks.
Wv.t now they is in the talking mood."
According to Allison, the students are the biggest
"Each week my roommate and I took turns buying
them," said Ruffin resident assistant Anne Shoulars.
"It was in the summer and it just put us in a good
Neither Hattie nor Allison could say how many
bunches of flowers they sell a day. "I never sell out,"
Hattie said. She just arranges the flowers before her
for the public to examine and choose from.
"What they love, they pick," she said. "It's kind
of like a farmer with vegetables. So, I just fix them and
try to fix them nice and neat so they can pick their
"They're beautiful," said Dome Pentes as he stop
ped to examine the flowers in NCNB Plaza. "God's
greatest gift is the flowers, I think."
"I'm really glad they're still here," said Pons, who
lived in Chapel Hill until she was 12. She then moved
to Atlanta, but spent summers in Chapel Hill. "I can
remember being really young and begging my mother
to buy some every time we walked by.
"Here there's only a florist where you can get ar
rangements," she said. The "flower ladies" sell dif
ferent kinds of flowers than the florists do. "But I like
them better," she said.
Local florists claim they are not bothered by the
"flower ladies" and do not believe them to be any real
"I think that both of us do render a service for the
public," said Selenah Huffman, an employee at Uni
versity Florist. "Of course, we deliver, which is a ser
vice they don't offer."
"They're not competition for us," said Pansy
Flynt, an employee at Flynt's Florist. "They're not a
florist. They don't have the services that a florist can
give you." She said, "a flower lady is like the man sell
ing cotton candy and popcorn on the corner. She's not
"They have what you call yard flowers. We sell
strictly first quality flowers."
"I would hate to see them go," Master said,
"because it's one of the things that makes Chapel Hill
Financial aid : some
checks will be late
By CHARLES ELLMAKER
. About 2,000 UNC students who have
received financial aid packages this year
may be in for a surprise when they try to
pick up their checks this week.
According to Eleanor Morris, director
of the UNC Student Aid office, about
2,100 students had not acknowledged
their aid packages by the August 11
deadline, and so will have to wait until at
least next week to receive their checks.
"About 1,900 checks will be ready for
students to begin picking up on Monday,
and an additional 1,300 will be ready for
the second disbursement on September
2," Morris said last week.
The remaining 800 students will be able
to pick up their checks six business days
after they have notified the Student Aid
Another 5,000 students did not apply
for financial aid until after the March 1
deadline, about 2,500 of which Morris
estimated would be eligible for aid.
"We've just begun processing those
applications, so those checks won't be
ready until sometime in October." But
Morris did say that ineligible students had
"It's so important to apply on time,"
she said. "I could understand if a beginn
ing freshman missed a deadline, but
there's no excuse for upperclassmen
who've been through this before."
She predicted that by the March
deadline all UNC grant and scholarship
funds would already have been expended
to earlier applicants.
The delays in applications and accep
tances would not have affected the pro
cess so severely if the aid office had had
as much time to process applications as it
usually has had, Morris said. But the
federal government regulations defining
eligibility parameters we-e not released to
colleges and universities unti' June 15.
"This gave us less than two months to
process all of our applications," Morris
said. "We weren't nearly so short on
money as we were on time."
The complexity of the application pro
cess also hampered efficiency. This year
for the first time, income and expense
figures on each application had to be
matched with corresponding tax form
"Not only was this step very time con
suming, but each time there was a
discrepancy between the forms, the entire
application had to be sent back to the stu
dent, who then began the process all over
This additional step involved hundreds
of students, Morris said.
In addition to student aid processed by
UNC, Morris said about 2,500 students
would oe receiving financial assistance
through the Guaranteed Student Loan
program. GSLs are processed by a stu
dent's home state, and the student's loan
check is then sent to the school for
Only about fifty GSL checks have ar
rived at the student aid office so far,