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Whether it's to pay University debts (left) or to
add and drop classes (right), students at UNC
usually end up.waiting in lines, especially during
the first weeks of each semester.
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Reflection of culture and values of today's society
By LISBETH LEVTNE
Hate to wait? Donh come to UNC
By CINDY IIAGA
They amble past the Bell Tower at the
beginning of the semester. They snake
around corners, ease out through doors,
fan into streets, and they huddle on the
lawn at UNCs Traffic Office during the
wee morning hours.
Ever-present, never-ending, they
dominate the lives of UNC students from
matriculation to graduation.
Some pleasant-natured people, deter
mined to enjoy their time in lines, chat
with people around them and make new
friends. ' "
Others go blank while waiting in line, or
Keep quiet and observe the life about them
to see what they can learn.
But most people, who hate, dread and
avoid lines, end up by shaking their heads
and tolerating them only because they
They don't spend much time thinking
about the true signifance lines have in
Dr. Bibb Latane, UNC psychology pro
fessor and director of the Institute for
Research in Social Science, said lines can
be indicators of a society's values.
Time, he said, is a
resource to most people.
So people who have devoted a lot of
time to a line feel they merit some type of
Certain codes of behavior should be
followed while in line, Latane said. ,
No one likes people who break in line,
Lines are also proof that value
judgments are not formed in isolation, but
are made on the basis of other peoples'
If a restaurant has a long line, it is often
assumed that is a good dinner choice.
Latane said the reasoning for this is in
A dividuals- value 7things;that- -other people
As many people seem -attracted 'to a -restaurant,
then, its line may grow even
In many cases, a long line can enhance a
person's appreciation of an event.
It seems the closer a person gets to a
potentially good thing, the more deter
mined he is to have it, and to make sure it
balances with his idealized visions.
One UNC senior, who asked to remain :
anonymous, compared the philosophy of
lines to religion.
He said in religion people are taught
never to lose faith, but to believe that if
they can endure long enough, finally a new
and better day will dawn.
Think about that in the drop-add line
While football players have spent a
good portion of their summer preparing
for the upcoming season, I have devoted
my share of time to training for the first
week back in Chapel Hill. The most effec
tive exercises included two attempts to see
E.T., purchasing half-price tickets for a
Broadway show at the TKTS booth, and
trying to cash a paycheck at lunch hour.
New Yorkers are said to possess a sub
conscious passion for waiting in lines;
could that be why I've been looking for
ward to returning to the Hill? Have I been
deluding myself by thinking I wanted to
see my friends, be reinfected with Carolina
Fever and return to the peaceful but
always exciting campus life? Perhaps I was
really longing to undergo the trauma of
drop-add, wait terminably to purchase
books I iwon't even read, 'and expose
myself to th indignation of waiting a half-I.
hour to enter Purdy's.
Waiting in line has become a way of life
at Chapel Hill. From the moment a
freshman waits to move into his first dorm
room and be photographed for an I.D.
card to the last rites of graduation,
students are subjected to lines. One of the
most surprising observations about our
lines is that many are voluntary. Of course
everyone must wait to buy books or add a
course, but waiting three days for football
tickets to a Clemson game is not part of
the quired curriculum.
Neither is spending a perfectly good
Saturday morning (meant as time to
recover from Friday night) in Carmichael
Auditorium whiling away the hours until
basketball tickets are distributed. As much
fun as it is to see the game live, the fact of
the matter is that the television is a wait
Sporting events aren't the only cases of
voluntary line waiting. It seems that
anything worth doing or seeing (well,
almost) in Chapel Hill has a long line as a
The morning when Jarnes Taylor con
cert tickets went on sale last March, fans
had already been there for 10 (count 'em)
A lively Saturday night on Franklin
Street finds the crowds queued up outside
not only Purdy's but Hamsoi?s and Four
Corners as well.
Face it. North Colinians must have
the same weakness as New Yorkers. They
seem to derive some sort of masochistic
enjoyment from waiting in line. .
Why else would a weary student emerg
ing from Carmichael at 3 p.m. on Satur
day give only a noncommittal shrug of his
shoulders and comment it wasn't so
bad," to a query as to how he endured six
hours of misery?
It is possible to have a hell of a good
time in line with the right attitude and
Witness the lawn chairs, blankets,
radios and coolers set up along the
sidewalk during the now-famous Clemson .
wait last fall. WTVD, the CBS affiliate in
Durham, even thought it worthy of televi
WTVD also couldn't resist documenting
the crowd that willingly waited 40 hours at
RDU to purchase New York Air tickets at
49 and 79 cents. On the 11 o'clock news
they appeared to be having the time of
their lives as they sang the New York Air
theme song and even threw in a kickline.
Approach a line with the right attitude..
When it is a clearly unavoidable part of the
day's agenda, it's necessary to accept it as
such. Don't become frustrated and impa
tient, because tantrums won't make the
line disappear. ;", V
The following are some suggestions to
help make the line a less unpleasant and
more productive experience.
1. Balance your checkbook. .
2. Bring some friends, a Frisbee and so
meone to hold your place in line.
3. Make copies of a crossword puzzle,
-1 hand it out to the people around you and
work on it together.
4. Bring and friend and a picnic lunch.
5. Listen to your favorite tunes on a
6. Make an effort to meet the people
around you. One will probably turn out to
be yoiir next door neighbor's ex-wife's col
lege roommate's cousin.
7. Plan your dinner menu for a week
: and make a grocery list.
8. Write a letter to your dog.
. 9. Bring a cooler. Note: size of cooler is
directly proportional to length of line.
K). Make a list of things to do once you
get out of that stupid line.
Lisbeth Levine, a sophomore English
major from Millwood, N.Y., has written
her dog five times this week.
Public service announcements must be turned into the box outkle DTH offices in the Carolina Union by
noon if they are to run the next day. Each item will be run at least twice.
- Th AflgBcu Student Fdowahip welcomes everyone to Holy
Communion at 10 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cross. Refreshments
and fellowship will follow the service.
UNC Rugby dub win meet in the Carolina Union lobby.
The Wesley Foundation, the Student Methodist Center, will
meet at 6 p.m. for a fellowship dinner at 214 Pittsboro Street.
The $1.30 dinner will be followed by a square dance.
The Sexuality Education and CounseBng Service win meet at 7
p.m. in the SECS office. All former counselors who wish to work
with the service again this year must attend.
The Covenant Ptayen are hi Iowa! Come join them at noon in
There wii be coloquhim featuring John Glauert of Man
chester University, Manchester, England on "The Manchester
Prototype Dataflow System" at 2 p.m. at 210 New West Hall.
The UNC Cycling Club will meet at 7 p.m. in 207 Carolina
Union. Anyone with an interest in cycling, from touring to rac
ing, should attend.
The UNC-CH Men's Soccw Ciib is holding tryouti for the fall
season. All students, faculty, and staff interested in playing com
petitive soccer should meet at 7 p.m. on the steps of Otrmichad
Sociology majofi and prospective majors, as well as those with
intadisdplinary majors and a concentration in Sociology, are in
vited to an organizational meeting to plan activities for the
1982-83 academic year at 3:30 p.m. in 131 Hamilton Hall.
The first meeting of die Latter-Day Saint Student AssocfaBoa
Institute oT ReBgkM will be held at 7 p.m. in 203 Dry HalL
Nibongo O Hanasa Kah Join us and enjoy Japanese conversa
tion at noon Thursday in the Frank Porter Graham Lounge in the
Carolina Union. Anyone interested is welcome.
Tax cuts for toaopory corporation, high unemployment,
people at poverty level and more rate hikes for Southern Bdl and
Duke Power Company. When will kail stop? Join the Public In
terest Research Group at 7 p.m. Thursday at 220 Carolina Union
to Tight against corporate interests.
The Housing Committee of the Student Government will meet
at 4 p.m. Thursday. Place TEA. Please try to attend.
There wB be a smeting of the Student Government State aad
National Affairs Committee at 4 p.m. Thursday in Suite C. All
members are strongly urged to attend.
Attention aB water skiers! Come to the first meeting of the
UNC Water Ski Club at 8 p.m. Thursday in 210 Gardner Hall.
Skiers of aO abilities are welcome.
The Society of Physic Studenti will hold its first meeting at
7:30 p.m. Thursday in 277 Phillips Hall. AO interested physics
students are invited to attend.
UNC Sorority Rush Convocation for Rushes will be held
Thursday in Memorial Hall. Upperclassmen will meet at 5 p.m.
Freshmen will meet at 6:30 p.m.
The Pre-Law dub will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in 217
Carolina Union. Mrs. Bemholz will speak on "Being Pre-Law at
Students considering dramatic arts majif are welcome to at
tend a Dramatic Arts Majors meeting at 3:30 Thursday in the
Paul Green Theatre.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
EflMuxiasflc? Hardworking? Want to get involved? Come
work at the "Student Hotline" an information service of the
Student Government for the student body. Persons interested
should stop by Suite C and ask for Kathy McNulty, or call the
Hotline 9664084 or 4085.
Any member of the UNC community can contribute their time
or ideas to the 1983 Fine Am Festival. Please leave a note in Box
1 3 of the C arolina Union if you would like to join the committee.
The Sexuality Education and Counseling Service is now talcing
applications for counselors for 1982-83. Applications are
available at the SECS office in Suite B, Carolina Union and at the
Al freshinea who onlaed Frtshmen Registers must pick them
up at the Alumni Houe on Columbia Street at 3 p.m. Friday.
Extra Freshmen Registers will go on sale Monday at the Alum
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