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Thursday, August 2, 1984
Student Athlete Center to help academic careers
By ANDY MILLER
Tar Heel Stall Writer
Charles L. Carr, UNC assistant athletic
director, said Monday that the $1.4 million
Student Athlete Development Center
would provide improved facilities for UNC
athletes to pursue their academic work.
The center, approved in June by the
UNC Board of Governors, will reflect the
University's concern for the academic
careers of its student athletes, Carr said.
"There is a tremendous generalization
that colleges dont care about athletes as
students," Carr said. "We at North
Carolina have tried to negate that
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"We are very concerned about student
athletes as students. The center won't
change our format but will enhance our
facilities. We don't know if it will be a cure
all, but it will enhance our objectives to
help the kids."
The center will house weight training and
rehabilitation facilities on the first floor and
the academic areas on the second floor,
Paul Hoolahan, UNC athletic fitness
director, said the academic areas would
include a computer center, typing facilities
and rooms where the athletes could study
or meet with academic advisers.
He said that under present conditions,
some players had experienced difficulty
finding an adequate place to study while
waiting for practice.
No academic classes will be held in the
center, Hoolahan said.
Carr said the center would be located
next to Kenan Fieldhouse and would be
funded out of the athletic department
budget. The state must approve the facility
before architects' bids can be accepted, he
Hoolahan said the center's weight
training area would be a great improvement
over current facilities.
"The present weight room is approxi
mately 2,000 square feet," he said. "The
University of Nebraska has one with 13,000
square feet and Clemson University has one
with 10,000 square feet."
The center's weight room, he said, would
be about 7,000 square feet.
The rehabilitation center area, Hoolahan
said, would include machines that can test
athletes and predict their physical wea
knesses and imbalances, which then can be
corrected by flexibility or strength training.
Hoolahan said he was not certain when
construction of the center would begin.
"The ideal situation would be to break
ground the day after football season ends,"
Area radio stations in transition
By CAROL SCOVIL
Tar Heel Staff Writer
Two area rock 'n' roll radio
stations are going through a
period of transition one con
firming its successful format and
the other preparing to entirely
switch its format. WDCG
recently won Billboard maga
zine's Station of the Year award,
and WQDR is going country and
WQDR station manager Lau
rel Smith said the switch is the
result of an extensive research
project, which shows that many
Triangle radio listeners would
enjoy a country music station.
Smith said that although WQDR
has provided good rock music for
11 years, now is the time for
change. The new format will give
the station a chance to dominate
the country music market in this
area, she added.
The station is able to broadcast
100 miles in every direction and
will still feature news, traffic
reports and UNC sporting events.
Smith said the station will be
basically the same, with just a
little difference in audience,
Smith said that while the
switch has been "emotionally
difficult" for many listeners,
others in the local audience are
excited about the change. The
employees of WQDR, including
the disc jockeys, are also quickly
adjusting to the new format,
Smith said. '
Although many listeners will
miss WQDR, according to
Smith, several stations in the area
will fill the rock 'n' roll void left
One of those area stations is
WDCG, sometimes known as
"G105," the winner of Billboard
magazine's Station of the Year
award for 1983. Program director
Rick Freeman said the station's
policy of "mass appeal" is the
reason for the success of WDCG
in recent years.
"Billboard took a very clear,
hard look at programming and
how the station gets involved with
the community," Freeman said.
WDCG concentrates on the "bas
ics of broadcasting," which
include colorful disc jockeys and
hit music, Freeman added.
According to Freeman, the disc
jockeys are personalities "who
have a good time with what
they're doing." Freeman said the
disc jockeys have a free reign,
within certain guidelines, about
what they say and do on the air.
The music played is also very
important, Freeman said. "We
play solid hits," he said. In order
to determine whether or not a
song can become a hit, the station
plays it for a period and then
waits for audience reaction, he
said. Sometimes the station will
wait until it needs a certain type
of song before releasing some
thing new. Freeman said many
factors are involved in deciding
which songs to play and when to
Freeman said that because the
station is doing so well right now,
no changes in format or program
ming would occur in the near
future. According to Freeman, as
long as audiences like what the
station is doing, nothing will
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Wild lion harasses town
The Associated Press
CHICO, Calif. A 200
pound mountain lion has been
spotted chasing wild turkeys
on a. golf course, the fourth
time the lion has been seen in
town in three days.
An employee of the Bidwell
Golf Course said he saw the
beast about 6:30 p.m. Mon
day, near the eighth hole. It
was first spotted Saturday
near the Chico State Univer
sity football stadium.
On Sunday morning, the
animal eluded police by jump-.
ing a nine-foot fence at Chico
High School. Then it tried to
enter a closed bakery, and was
seen lolling on the sidewalk
outside a downtown bar early
Police, animal control offic
ers and game wardens met
Monday to plan capture of the
animal, possibly with a tran
Mike Erpino, zoology
instructor at the university,
warned that mountain lions
are fast, strong and dangerous
if they get cornered or
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