North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
Sunny today and Friday, with
highs in the mid 80s and
lows in the low 50s.
So long, farewell
The sun has gone to bed and
so must we. Goodbye . . .
goodbye . . . goodbye.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Copyright The Daily Tar Hee) 1983
Thursday, April 28, 1983
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By KAREN ROSEN
James Earl Jones looked cooped up in
the front seat of the Datsun carrying him
from his motel to Memorial Hall. An ac
tor of his stature physically as well as
professionally has seldom, if ever, ap
peared on a UNC stage.
On the night of his Chapel Hill debut
as Sam in 'Master Harold'. . . . and the
boys, the 6-foot one-and-a-half-inch ac
tor cocked his head backwards on the
headrest to catch each question. His
characteristically resonant voice
sometimes was lost out the open window.
: It's the voice that boomed Othello's
lines and captivated audiences as King
Lear and Paul Robeson. This voice gave
vent to Jack Jefferson's frustration in
The Great White Hope, lashed out at
Conan the Barbarian and plugged
Polaroid cameras. And James Earl Jones
lent his distinctive voice to Darth Vader.
"Did I want to do an afternoon's work
or not?" Jones said of his decision to
become the audible Empire. "I had no
idea what the work was, film-wise."
Jones did not receive formal credit for
the first two episodes in the Star Wars
saga, but he will be recognized for Return
From all indications, former Jedi war
riors do not drawl, so it's hard to imagine
Jones growing up in Arkabutla, Miss.
"I still retain my Southern accent when
I'm with relatives from the South,"
Jones, 52, said. "I fall back into it."
He shifts in his seat, becoming more
animated. "It's very rare to hear a good
Southern accent on the screen unless they
cast a real Southerner," he said. "It's not
an easy accent to capture. The actor who
played Lyndon Johnson in Blood Feud
(Forrest Tucker), I could tell that he was
not a Southerner. To some extent, that's
In 'Master Harold', his fourth Athol
Fugard play, Jones must work at a South
African accent. Jones is reluctant to
discuss the play's storyline, afraid that
audiences will become defensive or on
their guard, expecting a political play
"I know that reviews are important, in
terviews are important to get the word
out we're in the area," said Jones, who
later admitted he does not find it easy to
do interviews. "There's an old answer to
See JONES on page 10
' " ' J
' ' i ' ' f 1
' ' "' , " ' U& I
- ," - ,',-- I 1
' 'i' j
J::::i.:,v ' i
. ii- .' . . -,-5
. X- v. .
DTHZane A. Saunders
As temperatures in Chapel Hill rose Students on South Campus enjoyed a cold
treat Monday and Tuesday, compliments of ARA Director Howard E Southerland.
to director of Mousin
By JOEL BROADWAY
Russell N. Perry, the director of operations and
maintenance of the department of University housing
who was dismissed last week from his job, is in the
first step of the appeals process to regain his position.'
Perry said that he had received notice of his
dismissal from Jody Harpster, acting director of
University housing, on April 18. Harpster had asked
him to resign after accusations of misconduct, Perry
said. He refused and was dismissed from his position,
The N.C. Landmark published, an article in mid
April which stated that Perry had allowed an employee
to use a shop planer for personal use. ,
' Perry said that he is now in the first step of the ap
peals process to regain his job.
"We've gone through the first step of the appeals,
which is with the director of housing, Jody Harpster,
and he has 10 working days to make a decision,"
Harpster Wednesday could not be reached to con
firm when he would make his decision.
If this appeal is unsuccessful, there are two more
steps in the appeals process before he can appeal
directly to the State Personnel Commission, Perry
Perry saidthat he and his attorney had talked to
Harpster and that he felt certain that he would receive
fair consideration from Harpster.
Perry said that he did not do anything wrong in the
"I feel certain that there has been no violation of
University policy," Perry said. "The planer never left
the campus; it remained in the shop."
There have, been employees disciplined for stealing
equipment in the past,, but not for borrowing it, Perry
"There has never been an employee disci
plined ... for borrowing equipment," Perry said.
"It's hard for me to believe that during the income
tax period there wasn't anyone who took home a cal
culator," Perry said. .
Edwin A. Capel Jr., director of the department of
Internal Audits, said that University employees often
could hot find the time nor space to complete their
work at the office, but there is a procedure they should
go through to take equipment home.
"If you're a research assistant and you wish to take
home a typewriter or an adding machine, there is a
See PERRY on page 11
60 Rams Club parking spots
could save Carmichael Field
By LIZ LUCAS
Assistant University Editor
The future of Carmichael field has yet to be decided
after a meeting of concerned student leaders and
University administrators Tuesday night.
Moyer Smith, vice president of the Athletic Asso
ciation's Educational Foundation, gave students un
til June 15 to find 60 new parking places for Rams
Club members being disldcited from their normal
parking places on football Saturdays due to construc
tion of the new residence hall next to Teague dor
The Rams Club had earlier requested the use of
Carmichael Field, which would provide 120 spaces
for parking on football Saturdays.
Students voiced opposition to parking on the field
last week and approximately 900 students signed Stu
dent Government petitions against the proposal, said
Student Body President Kevin Monroe.
"My main concern is replacing these 60 spaces
first," Smith said, adding that more handicapped
spaces were also needed.
"I doubt we'd'even consider putting new Rams
Club members on Carmichael Field, though we
would consider moving some older ones in closer,"
"The proximity of parking places is a point of
prestige it's just a face," Smith said.
Smith said that if 60 spaces could be found for the
Rams Club, members, cars would not be parked on
Carmichael Field. s ;
"Yoy jusi-eome up with 60 good spaces and I
think we can strike a deal," he said.
Possibilities for, spaces on campus are limited but
not non-existent, said CAA President Padraic Bax
The Town of Chapel Hill has offered spaces on
Rosemary Street behind Rite Aid drugstore, Baxter
The best alternative, and one suggested in the past,
is parking in Scott Residence College, said Director
of the Department of Student Life Frederic
See PARKING on page 10
Effect of universities and industries
Triangle 's jobless rate nation s lowest
By LYNSLEY ROLLINS '
The Triangle area had the lowest unemployment rate
in the nation in February at 4.8 percent, according to a
recent U.S. Labor Department report. County officials
attributed the figure to area universities and high
technology industries, which have been stable during the
North Carolina's unemployment rate for March
stands at 9.8 percent, the N.C. Employment Security
Commission reported last week. This represents 282,000
unemployed workers. County-by-county figures will be
released today, said Dick Johnson, spokesman for the
In the three-county Raleigh-Durham metropolitan
area, Orange County had the lowest jobless rate in
February at 3.9 percent and had the lowest rate in the
state from December through February. Wake County
followed at 4.9 percent and Durham County at 5 per
UNC supports the Orange County economy and is the
reason for the high level of employment, said Kenneth
R. Thompson, Orange County manager.
Thompson said the University had had a steady
budget from the General Assembly, which allowed it to
keep constant numbers of academic and support staff
from year to year. "The only (business closing) that
would hurt us would be if the University ceased to
exist," Thompson said.
Orange County has underemployment instead of un
employment because of low-skilled service and main
tenance jobs at the University, Thompson said. Techni
cal schools best taught the skills needed for better-paying
jobs, he said.
Thompson said many Orange County residents com
mute to Research Triangle Park and Raleigh to work.
The Research Triangle's industries have been growing
and creating jobs, he said. Nearby dairy farms also hire
some Orange County workers and have had constant
numbers of employees, matching the stable price of
milk. "Ours (industries) have been, for the most part,
recession-proof," said Thompson.
Wake County maintains a low unemployment rate
because its economy is based on research, development,
government employment and universities, which are not
cut in a recession, said George M. Stephens Jr., Raleigh
economist and chairman of the economic indicator's
committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Com
merce. Those institutions for the base of the Wake
County economy, around which service businesses grow.
"They can keep working, too, because the base stays
strong," Thompson said.
"Some industries are much more susceptible to
economic influences than others," said E.S. Swindell
, Jr., Durham County manager. The industries of the
Research Triangle Park were stable and were the "car
dinal reason" for low unemployment in Durham Coun
ty, where 85 percent of Research Triangle Park is
located, Swindell said.
"Some businesses can come in and the future looks .
bright, but at an unpropitious time, the recession hits,
and bam!" said Swindell.
But Swindell said counties fared best with a diversity
of types of, industries, as opposed to only high
technology industries.' When cigarettes were in very high
demand, 25 percent of all cigarettes were made in
Durham County, he said. Founding industries in accor
dance with demand was a good idea, he said.
Mecklenburg County had the next lowest unemploy
ment rate after the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area
from December through February, with a jobless rate of
Jerry Fox, Mecklenburg county manager, said
Charlotte had a service-based economy. Mecklenburg
was not very dependent on agriculture or on recession
affected manufacturing industries such as textiles, he
said. Manufacturers are more likely to lay off workers in
bad economic times than service industries are.
Fox said the Mecklenburg economy was based on
basic services such as banking, insurance, education and
medicine. "I think people will continue to bank before
they'll buy a new suit of clothes," he said.
Management personnel of industries which require
skilled labor look at the education level in a community
before locating there, Fox said. He called a good educa
tional system "as important as land, buildings, police,
water and sewers" to industries needing skilled
v Fox said Central Piedmont Community College, a
technical school in Charlotte, designed programs to meet
the. needs of industries moving into the area. He said
such programs and a labor force with technical skills en
couraged the influx of industry to the county, creating
Especially for teen-agers, Fox said education and
work experience are important. He said such training
gives employers greater reason to hire teen-agers over
older job seekers.
The three highest unemployment rates in North
Carolina from December to February were in rural
t counties. Dare, Swain and Graham according to
ESC reports. County managers said these counties had
seasonal employment based in tourism, construction or
fishing, or had major employers in recession-tied in
Unemployment in February reached 41.9 percent in
Dare County, the county with the highest unemploy
ment rate in the state since December. But this is not a
year-round average rate, said Norman L. Pendleton,
manager of the Elizabeth City office of the ESC. He said
that Dare County experiences seasonal unemployment
because its economic base is in tourism, construction and
fishing. 'Everything has done a complete reversal in
March," he said. He pointed out that businesses along
the coast close when there is no tourist trade and reopen
in the spring. .
Pendleton said many Dare County residents have
received $125-5150 in unemployment insurance during
eight off-season months of the year and had been doing
so all their lives.
"Swain County is owned by the Federal
government," said Barry Hipps, Swain County
manager. He said that 82 percent of the county is Great
Smokey Mountains National Park, the Tennessee Valley
Authority's Fontana Lake and dam, a Cherokee Indian
reservation and U.S. Forest Service land. Hipps said the
county could neither build oh nor impose property taxes
on these lands.
, In Graham County, in the Western tip of the state,
unemployment reached 29.7 percent in February, third
highest in the state during the winter months. Jack M.
Ayers, Graham County manager, said furniture
manufacturing, construction and farming were the prin
cipal means of employment in the county,
Ayers said the demand for furniture had gone down
"One whole shift they laid off," he said.
He estimated that 15 percent of the labor force had
worked at the furniture plant before the lay-offs.
Ayers said there were not many construction jobs in
Graham County. "Those guys (construction workers),
they live here but go somewhere else and build roads and
stuff," he said. "Since we don't have the jobs, they have
to go somewhere else."
N.C. a national leader
in economic recovery
By KYLE MARSHALL
North Carolina is expected to be on
the forefront of economic recovery that
is taking hold nationwide state com
merce and industry officials said this
"Gradually, we're seeing positive
signs about the economy in North
Carolina," said Steve Meehan, N.C.
assistant secretary of commerce., "We
feel that the state wiH be leading the re
covery nationwide as it's occurring."
The state's major industries, which
were hard-hit by the recession par
ticularly textiles, furniture arid housing
are beginning to show improve
ments in sales and earnings, Meehan
said. And high technology industries
that were not as affected by the reces
sion will continue to expand and create
"Almost everyone feels the recession
has bottomed out, and we are on our
way to a healthy recovery," Meehan
said. "But in contrast to the 1974-75
recovery, this will not be a tremendous
one," he said.
Charles Renfro, director, of regional
economics for Chase Econometrics, a
Pennsylvania-based forecasting 'firm,
said the economy in North Carolina
would come back very well.
"North Carolina is one of the grow
ing areas of the country," Renfro said
Wednesday in a telephone interview.
"It has a good image in the eyes of the
rest of the nation."
North Carolina's economy is affect
ed greatly by textiles, he said. "If you
take textiles out of the state's economy,
the recession picture would look a lot
different. There have been a lot of job
losses in textiles."
The recession hit early for the textile
industry in 1979 and 1980, Renfro said.
"Outside of textiles, the recession has
been evenly spread in North Carolina.
Other industries were not as hard-hit."
Textiles represent the state's largest
industry. About one-fourth of all tex
tile products manufactured in the
U.S. are made in North Carolina.
The areas of North Carolina with the
most diversified economies are the
areas that have weathered the recession
best, Meehan said. The Triangle has
fared better than almost any other
region of the state and nation due to its
universities, high technology industries
and governmental employment, while
the far western part of the state has
been the most severely hit.
Far western and coastal areas have
seasonally-based, economies which re
ceive an annual boost from summer
tourism, Meehan said.
The recovery in North Carolina, by
industry, indicates gradual improve
ment for textile and housing manufac
"The indication we have right now is
that business will return to normal this
year," said Charles Dunn, executive
director of the N.C. Textile Manufac
turers Association. "Barring a major
problem in consumer confidence, there
should be a gradual upward trend for
The textile industry is tied closely to
several components of consumer
spending, such as auto sales and hous
ing starts, Dunn said. "With the recent
increase in autos and housing, and with
the tax refunds for consumers in April
and May, we should begin to see im
proved demand for textile products,"
Business activity is also up for the
furniture industry, Meehan said.
"From talking to furniture officials,
they feel business" is definitely up,
although it's nothing extraordinary,"
he said. "But there's no question it's
up more than it was a year ago."
See ECONOMY on page 6