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10BThe Daily Tar HeelMonday, August 29, 1983
CHHS students seek
the other side of town
By CLINTON WEAVER
College is the great escape for most
college students from parents, high
schools and curfews. Even Chapel Hill
residents turned UNC students feel
they're "off at school."
"It's sort of as if you're going away,
as you're going to another college,"
says Nina East, a 19-year-old sopho
more who has lived in Chapel Hill 15
years. "And you don't. have to go
through all that orienting."
East lives on campus at the request
of her parents. "They made me move
into a dorm," she says with a laugh.
"They made me leave home."
But it's still nice to know her folks
are nearby. "You can go home if you
need a car," she says, "or if you're
David Pfaff, a 19-year-old sopho
more from Chapel Hill, also chose
dorm life. "Living in a dorm, you see
and live with a totally different set of
people," he says. "I don't think it's the
same town at all (as in high school).
"It's very much like being away at
college. The phone calls home are free
and I don't call very much."
His parents don't intrude on his pri
vate life, he adds. "It took my mom
four months to see my room We
just don't see that much of each
Several of Pfaff s Durham Academy
classmates also chose to come to UNC,
he says, but he has made many new
friends here. "I don't see that many
people (from high school). If I see
them, I say hey, but I don't see them
that much. I imagine it (college) could
be a continuation of high school, but it
doesn't have to be."
East agrees. "You don't ever feel like
you're still in high school Every
day you're gonna see people from high
school. But it's OK, even if you can't
John Hughes, 19 and a Chapel Hill
residentstudent, has a different view
point. "A lot of people from the high
school go to UNC, so it's sort of like an
expanded high school," he says. "It's
kind of a drag, because it's the same
town. College should be a get-away."
There are lots of familiar faces for
Hughes on campus. He and about 45
Chapel Hill High School students came
to UNC in 1982, and 131 applied this
year from a graduating class of 362.
But . the picture isn't all bleak.
Hughes sees some bright spots in .
hometown college life. "For most peo
ple, it's great," he says, "because
they're immediately a Tar Heel. That's
one of the biggest advantages, because
you're a native and all these other peo
ple are from out-of-state."
Pfaff was a Tar Heel long before he
was a student. "You become a pretty
big fan," he says. "You've watched the
teams closely over the years and you
just get into it I had gotten caught
up in the whole Tar Heel thing."
He also got caught up in the campus
social scene while still in high school.
"The older we got, the more we didn't
want to do stupid high school things.
We wanted to go to parties on
campus." In December of his senior
year, Pfaff realized he wanted to go to
East says she vowed never to attend
UNC when she was in the 11th grade.
Later, though, she had a practical
change of heart. "It made so much
more sense to come to Carolina be
cause of the money," she says. "It's
the best school for the money."
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Even at freshman camp, man can meet his wife-to-be
By KAREN COTTEN
What's so great about freshman camp? Along with
the advantage of having extra time to get acclimated to
the University life, develop social habits and forge exotic
friendships, the lies an opportunity to meet that truly
This proved wonderfuly true for Dr. Paul Coughlin.
On September 10, 1970, he participated in UNC's first
coed freshman orientation camp. At that time orienta
tion week was sponsored by the YMCA and held at
Camp New Hope. Among the first batch of freshman
women, Paul Coughlin met Barbara Bitler, and on July
10, 1976, about 6 years later, they were married.
Bitler came to Chapel Hill a little more confident than
most freshmen. Living in Raleigh and attending a large
high school, she said she'd always felt close to UNC and
at ease with a large campus. Coughlin was not lacking in
confidence either, having attended boys schools for most
of his education. He had high hopes of being UNC's
Casanova and entertaining all the women the school had
"But," Mrs. Coughlin said as she laughed, "I changed
The fairy tale romance began at Camp New Hope.
Coughlin had spotted Bitler earlier in the week. His first
impression of her was that she was "charming and very
Determined to meet her, he switched places with a
waiter at breakfast one morning. He waltzed up to
Bitler's table, put on his best smile and quoted the menu,
complete with egg souffle and country ham. The menu
may not have been realistic, particularly for freshman
camp, but as Paul said, "It did the trick."
Mrs. Coughlin recalled her first impressions of her
husband similarly. She remembers that he was deter
mined to meet her and that when she first talked with
him she though "he was great simply wonderful." He
asked her to the first football game of the season, but
she already had another date. That didn't stop Cough
lin. The two dated throughout their undergraduate years
but managed to cultivate other friendships, too. "We
felt it was important to see others and to branch out,"
Coughlin said. "Our relationship was slow and steady;
we simply enjoyed each other."
Mrs. Coughlin agreed. "We never really thoughtabout
marriage, particularly that first week at freshman
He waltzed up to Bitler's table, put on
his best smile and quoted the menu,
complete with egg souffle and coun
Even after they graduated and Coughlin went toTJNC '
medical school and she decided to go on to UNC. law
school, Mrs. Coughlin remembers thinking, "Ah, we'll
just keep on dating."
However, Camp New Hope emerged again in their
During the summer of 1975, Coughlin took Bitler"
back to Camp New Hope for a picnic. Coughlin said,'
"Barbara should have known that after five years of,
dating I was going to propose." But Mrs. Coughlin said
she was "taken by complete surprise."
"Camp New Hope had become quite a memorable
place for the two. They had met there as freshmen five
years before, been co-chairmen of the camp when they
were UNC seniors, and in 1975 they were there together
again and engaged. .
Mrs. Coughlin said their relationship was good for her
during those undergraduate years. The two had similar
classes smce both of them had originally started out pre
med. "It was nice to have Paul to study with," Mrs. Cough
lin said. "After a few hours of studying, we'd head to
the dairy bar, which was located beside Hector's, for a
hot fudge sundae." Coughlin agreed. "Having Barbara
around me those years really helped my studying habits."
He noted that being pre-med meant a great amount of
studying, and it made it a lot easier when he knew some
one else was studying with him.
On Weekends they'd frequent the Rathskeller and en
joy coffee and doughnuts at the Carolina Coffee Shop.
They were also regular diners in the Pine Room.
They attended as many football and basketball games
as they could. "Back then," Mrs. Coughlin said, "we
could walk into the basketball games without waiting in
line. That all changed in 1972."
As for the romantic side of their relationship, the
. Coughlins were not as talkative. Mrs. Coughlin said they
spent a lot of time in the arboretum but quickly added,
Wait a minute that doesn't sound too good."
The Coughlins have been married for seven years. She
is a lawyer in Raleigh with Young, Moore, Henderson,
and Alvis. He is chief resident at Duke Medical Center.
Nine months ago they had a daughter, Sara, who,, if
all the gene were transferable, will be entering UNC
freshman camp in about 17 years.
Looking back on those first years at UNC, the Cough
lins have nothing but positive thoughts.
. "Chapel Hill has such a stimulating environment. The
education is outstanding; even for the nonacademic there
is a variety of different people and different cultures,"
Mrs. Coughlin feels just as strongly about UNC.
"UNC had a great impact on my life and it was all for
Any last comments? They both agreed. "Thank good
? ness for freshman camp!"
Owning and enjoying pets breeds responsibilities
By JANE OSMENT
When students leave home to come to
college, they often leave friends behind.
Sometimes they even leave man's best
friends their dogs.
Many students, however, are now
realizing the joy and fun of bringing their
dogs to school with them, and others are
acquiring new dogs while at college, rather
than confiscating the family pet.
However they acquire their dogs, these
student pet owners share two things in
common: they all may enjoy the pleasures
of owning a dog, and they all must face
the responsibilities of being masters a
responsibility many pet owners do not
"Students are some of the worst pet
owners," Mary Kennedy, secretary at the
Chapel Hill Animal Shelter, said. "It's
awfully hard for a person who works or
goes to school to adequately take care of a
pet especially a dog."
Tina House, a senior geology major
from Plymouth, agreed that keeping a dog
poses a large responsibility for a student.
"My roommates and I talked about
dogs before we moved in, and we decided
not to get one," she said. "Our apartment
was too small, and we knew we'd be away
But House was speaking about the past,
about a time before she and her room
mates met Onyx, a little black puppy with
big brown eyes.
"We came home from school one day
and found her (Onyx) outside our apart
ment door. We brought her inside and fed
her and played with her,'.' House said.
"She was so cute and affectionate that
we just couldn't turn her out again." '
According to House, Onyx's adoption
brought with it all the pleasures of Owning
a pet and all the responsibilities as well.
"Owning a dog requires paying an extra
$10 per month for apartment rent," she
Although the extra rent is a set fee,
House told about ways she and her room
mates can curb other economic respon
sibilities of pet ownership.
"One of the things we do to economize
is buy the 50-pound bag of dog food," she
said. "We also find old tennis balls, old
socks and shoes and things she can play
with instead of going out and buying her
Onyx may be missing out on a Hartz
squeaky, plastic hamburger toy, squeaky,
plastic french fries and a Hartz plastic
newspaper called the Daily Growl, but
House is sure Onyx doesn't mind,
"Dogs are like babies," she said. "You
give them a big expensive present wrapped
up so pretty, and they'll play with the
Although House has found many ways .
to cut the expenses of owning a pet, she
said she doesn't feel she can afford any lit- .
"We do want to get her spayed," House
said. "And we're going to call the animal
shelter. They have cheaper rates."
Kennedy explained why rates at the
animal shelter were cheaper than those
charged by most veterinarians.
"We go through a New Jersey organiza
tion called Friends of Animals," she said.
"To apply, you just come by the Animal
Shelter for an application."
Kennedy said that along with sending in
the application, pet owners must send $35
to have a female dog spayed and $20 to
have a male dog neutered. Cat prices are
$19 for female spaying and $13 for male
neutering. All pet owners are eligible for
these reduced prices.
Through the animal shelter, House can
have Onyx spayed for almost half the price
charged by many veterinarians. Conse
quently, House and her roommates can
spend less time with pet responsibility and
economizing and more time enjoying
"She (Onyx) is a great study break,"
House, said. "She's a smart dog and learns
things very quickly."
House also seemed glad of Onyx's
canine instinct. "I really feel safer with her
in the apartment because she barks when
ever she hears unusual things outside. A
lot of times a bark may scare someone
Onyx's warning bark never frightens
House, however, for House is always
eager to come in from the outside to see
"She (Onyx) is so nice to come home
to," House said. "And she is always so ex
cited to see us too."
According to House, that moment of
excitement shared by owner and pet make
all the responsibilities of owning a dog
seem very wormwhlle; . v
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everyone couldn't keep pace as they
stumbled through what seemed like a 78
rpm version of the hit song. But the mood
was high, and the crowd rocked hard all
In 1972, when Ziggy Stardust hit the
stage, Bowie was on the leading edge of
Glitter Rock along with Elton John and T.
Rex. But the outrage of the Glitter Rock
era burned out fast.
Bowie, meanwhile, was looking for
something else something more. Ziggy
Stardust became more than just a stage
character. Ziggy came to be the driving
force behind Bowie.
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I found that I was living like that
character, that the character was slowly
evolving and taking over." Bowie was liv
ing the life of Ziggy.
And then he evolved into a new
character called The Thin White Duke and
released, in 1974, David Live. Bowie later
said of that album, "That record should
have been called David Bowie Is Alive and
Living Only in Theory."
In 1975 came the release of Young
Americans and the hit "Fame," Bowie's
biggest single to that point. At the end of
his 1976 tour he crashed in Berlin, empty
During the "cleaning-up" period that .
followed, Bowie released Low, "Heroes"
Bowie may be more at peace now, but it
wasn't an easy or clean break from his
"There is no definitive David Bowie," ,
he once said. And although he has shed
the characters of Ziggy and the Duke,, he '
still rmains an enigma. . ' .
In his 1979 album Lodgers, he attempt
ed to bury his old personas. But it wasn't
until Let's Dance that Bowie really seemed
to be free.
In between Lodgers and his latest
album, he released 1980's Scary Monsters
(and Super Creeps).
Two of his best songs, "Ashes to
Ashes" and the title track, came off that
LP. Bowie still hadn't found a definite
sound, but at least he was picking up the
pieces. As he says in Ashes to Ashes: "I've
never done good thingsI've never done
bad thingsI've never done anything out
of the blue."
An earth-colored balloon appears on
stage, spots focused brightly on the globe
as the crowd silences itself in tense an
ticipation. Sitting quietly near the back of the
stage, Bowie strums his acoustic guitar.
"Ground control to Major Tom. ..."
he sings ominously. "Space Oddity" has
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