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Volume 91, Issue 115
Friday, January 20, 1984
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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ACC rule, ESPN decision blackout Saturday's UNC-Dukegqme
By SARAH RAPER
An Atlantic Coast Conference official said
Thursday that Saturday's basketball game between
UNC and Duke would not be televised despite
speculation that a local or regional station might
air the game.
The game was originally scheduled to be tele
vised by the Entertainment and Sports Program
ming Network as part of its Season Ticket but the
company dropped the pay-TV package Tuesday
and announced it would not show the remaining
"ACC rules governing the televising of games
prohibit schools from making their own television
arrangements' ACC Assistant Commissioner
Marvin "Skeeter" Francis said.
The ACC rule referred to by Francis is intended
to maintain a balance of coverage among con
ference schools. It limits the number of any
school's televised games to three times the number
of televised games of the school which receives the
least coverage. Francis said the rule had been in ef
fect for several years.
"A couple ofNteams in the past have said 'Our
basketball program is hot as strong as the others;
we're willing to give up some of our time on televi
sion,' " he said. "Now all of the schools feel that
their programs are strong and want to see a
balance of televised games between the schools.
Televising individual games like the one Saturday
eliminates that balance."
The decision to cancel the 21-game Season
Ticket was made jointly by ESPN, the ACC and
Raycom-Jefferson Productions, which holds the
television rights to ACC games not shown na
tionally, Francis said. He said Raycom and ESPN
would split the cost of cancellation but he declined
to say what those costs would be.
He added that ESPN had asked to cancel
Season Ticket when more than 20 local cable com
panies received court orders to show Season Ticket
games to all ESPN customers, even those who had
not paid for the service. Local cable companies had
charged $75 for the package while the same games
were shown free outside the five-state ACC area.
Raycom Vice President Ken Haines compared
the court orders against the local cable companies
to a grocery story which is ordered to give away
food. "There was no way to survive with those
court orders forcing us to give away the program
ming." Steve Bernholz of Chapel Hill and Sam Maffei
of Carrboro obtained orders forcing Village Cable
and Alert Cable to open the games to all local
Both plaintiffs claim that local cable companies
violated contracts with their customers by pre
empting or blacking out games to non-subscribers
of Season Ticket. Also, Bernholz claims Village
violated its contract with the town to offer six pay
cable services. Season Ticket is a seventh service.
A hearing on these two suits was scheduled to
day but an attorney for the plaintiffs said he
agreed Thursday to postpone the hearing until
Jan. 30 at the request of ESPN attorneys.
The plaintiffs' attorney Roger Bernholz said the
hearing was postponed because ESPN had said
they might televise some of the 12 games remaining
on the Season Ticket package and there was also a
possibility that suits would be filed by Season
Ticket subscribers against ESPN.
In addition to complaints from fans like Ber
nholz, some fans have complained that some of
the best games, including games televised last year,
were included in the Season Ticket package this
year. Four of five UNC games scheduled for this
year's Season Ticket were televised last year.
UNC athletic director. John Swofford said Thurs
day that television scheduling for games begins in
May before each winter season. NBC and CBS,
the two national networks with which the ACC has
contracts, select games for national television.
Raycom is then allowed to select the games it
wants to produce for local and regional television
as well as cable television. The schedule must be
approved by the ACC television committee which
Swofford currently heads. The eight ACC athletic
directors and two faculty members comprise the
Last year Raycom produced 38 games which
were shown on local and regional television in the
See ESPN on page 2
DTHZane A. Saunders
Look out Fritz!'
While other presidential candidates set their sights on New Hampshire, Samuel Lee Graves stumps
on Franklin Street. Graves, a Democrat from Greensboro, said he has collected more than 8,000 sig
natures in his effort to get his name on the ballot. "I've got a 100 percent chance of winning, because
I'm putting God first," Graves said. Graves began his election bid in 1979.
AT&T breakuD creates
dorm phone controversy
By LYNN DAVIS
Because of an unanticipated change
caused by the Jan. 1 breakup of the
American Telephone & Telegraph Co.,
when students in UNC residence halls
have their phone service disconnected,
they must either return the phone unit to
AT&T or pay for it, a company
spokesman said Wednesday.
Alison Peeler, assistant manager of
AT&T Information Systems in Colum
bia, S.C., said that as of Jan. 1, tele
phones in residence halls are being treated
like all other residential phones, which
means that the phone unit must either be
purchased or returned when service is
"In the past, the University has had a
traditional agreement with Southern Bell
that the phones would remain in the
dorms," said Steve Harward, manager of
UNC's telecommunications department.
"But now the phones belong to AT&T,
and no such agreement exists with them."
Even though the telephones are legally
the.i property- of - AT&T, Harward and
other " University officials are advising
students not to remove the phones for
any reason because they cannot be easily
unplugged like the newer modular units.
The old units are "hard-wired" and
would be difficult to
damage to the walls.
Jim Ptaszynski, associate director of
housing, said Wednesday that since the
phones belonged to AT&T the University
could not charge a student for removing
one from a room unless damage was done
to the room itself.
"Some of the buildings on campus are
very old," Ptaszynski said. "The plaster
in the walls could be easily damaged if a
student tried to remove the telephone."
If a student chooses neither to return
the phone nor pay for it, no one can
guarantee that he or she will not be billed
for it, Harward said.
"Rather than dealing with individual
problems, we are trying to clarify the
issue to determine what changes will have
to be made," Harward added.
University officials have known since
last fall that some changes would have to
be made in the University telephone
system after the AT&T divestiture.
Wayne Kuncl, director of housing, said
that until Jan. 16 he had been under the
impression that the University would
have at least 18 months to decide what to
-"-"WKen asked what course of action the
University would probably take, Kuncl
said, "I honestly don't know what we're
going to do at this point."
Kuncl said the housing department and
Harward were currently negotiating with
AT&T to determine the most practical,
solution before the end of the semester,
when all 3,377 phones in UNC dorms will
Any costs incurred by the University
will be passed along to students through
increased room rent, Kuncl said.
"There's no alternative," he said.
"That's our only source of income."
Kuncl said he had to present his budget
plan along with rent rate recommenda
tions to Vice Chancellor for Student Af
fairs Donald Boulton by the end of
January, so some sort of decision will
probably be reached by then.
The "most likely option," Kuncl said,
is that all of the dorm phones would be
removed at the end of the semester. Dur
ing the summer, modular jacks would be
installed in all rooms, so students could
either buy their own phones or lease one
from AT&T, Kuncl said.
Ptaszynski said another option
available to the University would be to
convert to a CENTREX system. With a
CENTREX system, local service would
be included in students' room rent, and
long-distance service would be contracted
by each student with AT&T,
But this type of system would be ex
pensive, he added, because of the initial
capital expenditures to set it up.
Ptaszynski said another option, that
the University purchase all of the dorm
phones, was also unlikely because the
units are outdated rotary-dial models.
Housing lottery looms
for on-campus residents
By AMY BRAN EN
Just when you thought it was safe to go
near your residence hall ...
Lottery time looms for students hoping
to return to campus housing next fall.
Wayne Kuncl, director of . University
housing, said the process will be basically
the same as in the past but with a few
Sign-up for the lottery will begin on
Jan. 23 and applications will be accepted
through Feb. 10. On Jan. 23. students
may pick up a copy of Hallways and
Highrises, an information booklet about
the residence halls, from their Area
Director. Students should fill out the
housing preference form and take it along
with their housing deposit of $75 to the
Students wishing to apply for residence
in a different area should submit the ap
plication to the Carr Building. The pre
liminary drawings will be held at the Carr
Building Feb. 20 and 21.
Those wishing to reapply for their pre
sent area should submit the application to
their area director. Residence hall draw
ings will be Monday, Feb. 27. A list will
be posted of students who were drawn
from the lottery and will be able to return
to campus housing in the fall. Those who
are not drawn will be put on a waiting
list. A separate drawing will be held Feb.
29 to determine the order of the list.
As usual, Kuncl said he expected that
some upperclassmen who wanted to
return to campus next fall would not be
"If students who are not certain about
their housing plans have their name put
directly on the waiting list rather than go
ing through the lottery, some people who
really want to return to their area will be
. able to," said Kuncl.
Long-distance 'access fee ' delayed
"I think the University has a good
(housing) policy for freshmen," he said.
"It's sort of a, hardship for upper
See HOUSING on page 4
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON The Federal Communications Com
mission on Thursday tentatively postponed until mid-1985 a re
quirement that consumers shoulder more of their local phone
company's expenses by paying a $2-a-month "access fee."
By delaying the introduction of access fees, FCC officials
acknowledged they were canceling most, if not all, of a planned
reduction in interstate long-distance rates. The American
Telephone & Telegraph Co. had hoped to reduce its long
distance rates by more than 10.5 percent in April, but that
reduction was linked to the payment of access fees.
The fees, which would replace payments that are now made
solely by long-distance callers, had been scheduled to take effect
in April. Citing congressional concerns, the FCC said it had
decided to take most of this year to conduct further studies to
determine whether the fees would force customers to give up
their phone service.
The monthly charges are called access fees by the FCC
because they are tied to the ability of customers to "access" the
long-distance phone network. Currently, local phone rates are
held down for all customers including those who don't place
long-distance calls through hidden payments that are built in
to the rates paid by long-distance callers. -
The FCC wants to eliminate that "contribution," or subsidy,
paid by long-distance callers to encourage competition and
discourage large corporations from building their own private
FCC Chairman Mark S. Fowler made it clear he still believes
access charges are needed to stop the construction of "bypass
networks" by large companies, stating: "I think I speak for all
of us when I say I still believe that bypass poses a real and pre
sent danger to universal service and affordable rates."
The subsidy from long-distance callers to local phone com
panies has been estimated at $6.5 billion in 1984. The FCC had
not planned on replacing all of that revenue with access fees in
the first year, so Thursday's decision affected an estimated $2.5
billion worth of fees.
The commission described its decision as tentative, and
scheduled a final vote Jan. 25. But Jack Smith, the chief of the
FCC's common carrier bureau, said he did not expect any
significant changes to be made.
Under the tentative ruling:
Residential and small business customers would be spared
the payment of access fees until late spring or summer of 1985.
For residential customers, that delays a $2-a-month fee. Small
business customers had faced a fee ranging up to $6.
Large businesses, defined as those with more than one
telephone line, will still have to pay an access fee of up to $6 a
month starting in April. That is expected to cost large business
customers roughly $1 billion in the first year.
A new plan will be developed for residential and small
business access charges, with a maximum cap of $4 a month
maintained until 1990.
See FEES on page 3
Family finds eight is not enough
By MARYMELDA HALL
Whoever said eight was enough?
Certainly not UNC Professor of Sociology Peter Uhlenberg
or his wife Pam. The Uhlenberg bunch - Matthew, 14; Jeff,
12; Alison, 8; Holli, 6; Heidi, 5; Josh, 4; Ben, 3; Aaron, 1; and
Nathaniel, 5 months can attest to that.
The Uhlenbergs are a special family. Special because they
have nine children. Special because seven of the children are
adopted. And special because those seven children are biracial.
Pam and Peter Uhlenberg always wanted a large family and
had talked of adopting before they even had children that were
biologically their own. Then when their son Matt was 6-and-a-half
and Jeff was 5, they heard that Orange County Social Ser
vices was placing children with families.
"We went just to investigate, and they immediately started in
terviewing us," Pam Uhlenberg said.
The Uhlenbergs asked for girls, stated no racial preference,
and Alison and Holli soon joined the family.
Heidi and Josh were the "unplanned" additions to the fami
ly. The Uhlenbergs lived in Korea for a year, where many
children are homeless. So when they returned to the States, their
family included three boys and three girls.
"We felt it would be better for Jokh if he wasn't the only non
white boy in the family," Pam Uhlenberg explained. "So we
went back to Orange County Social Services and got Ben."
The Uhlenbergs then heard about an agency in Maryland that
specializes in placing biracial infants with Christian families.
Thw wJiUawicd the agency and soon adopted Aaron. Later, the
agency approached theni and offered then Nathaniel, the only i
full black child in the family.
Most of the children were under a year old when they were
adopted. The oldest child was 14 months, and Nathaniel was
only three weeks old. Five months is the longest the Uhlenbergs
have ever had to wait for a child.
Naturally, having so many children in one family has its ups
and downs for all concerned. Sharing everything from rooms,
Socker Boppers, doing the dishes, and sitting next to Aaron in
the car can create some unhappiness.
And as Matt puts it, "There's just not a whole lot of peace
and quiet around here."
Having lots of brothers and sisters does have some advantages
though. Matt likes the variety, and Josh likes Christmas. Heidi
likes having someone to play with, and Alison likes "talking and
doing things with them."
"You're never lonely," Jeff adds. "Besides, there's a much
greater chance of Murphy's Law happening in a big family than
in a small one."
For Pam and Peter Uhlenberg, the problems are a little more
fundamental. "Getting enough rest is challenging," Pam
Uhlenberg said with a sigh, "and finding the time to be with
each other. We try to go out to dinner one night a week."
Twelve members of their church help out with things like
babysitting and housework. "We also received money gifts
which enabled us to buy the house," Pam Uhlenberg said.
"As Christians, we wanted to use our lives to serve God. Be-.
ing parents is something that we can do and feel good about. We
See FAMILY on page 5
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The Uhlenberg clan assembles in their yard. From left to right, Alison, Jeffrey, Heidi, Matthew, Nathaniel,
Pam, Joshua, Aaron, Peter, Ben and Holli.