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Co ght 1984 The Dmity Tar Hee
Volume 92, Issue 40
By KEVIN WASHINGTON
After numerous complaints from
students and faculty about noise levels
in dormitories and surrounding areas,
the Residence Hall Association and the
Office of Residence Life of University
Housing have set down guidelines to
reduce noise in these areas.
Under the policy, created by a joint
committee of the two organizations:
Stereo speakers are no longer to be
placed in or near windows;
Students may not make noise which
will carry beyond their closed dormitory
room doors from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
By FRANK BRUNI
To Odetta, time seems irrelevant. At
S3, she can neither recall the specific
dates of events in her own life nor
perceive too much of a difference
between the way people felt 20 years
ago and the way they feel today. Basic
human needs, she contended, have not
changed, and folk music has survived
for precisely that reason.
"We all feel love, hate, fear, want,
hunger, joy, frustration," the legendary
folk singer said in an interview at the
Carolina Inn yesterday. Because folk
music is "not calculated" in the manner
of rock In' roll or classical music, Odetta
said, "it rings of a center or a truth that
touches each of us."
Folk songs, she said, were written by
people trying "to soothe the anger and
the sadness and the lonesomeness in
them." She said the songs have the
subsequent effect of a "healing balm"
Garbed in a lavendar robe and
adorned by sunglasses, a bulbous
turquoise ring, a forehead ornament
and a medallion with the engraving "I
Am," Odetta seemed an icon from a
decade pastHer soft .. but resonant -speaking
voice was punctuated by deep
drags on a cigarette and a booming
laugh that hinted at the power of her
'I'm not sure what I
want to do when I
grow up. It occurred
to me that I'd be
singing at 97 even if
I couldn't sing. I'd be
If Odetta smacked of the ethereal in
terms of her serene, earth-mother
composure and spiritual concerns, it is
a predisposition she has had since
childhood. A student of voice at 13, the
young Odetta was most interested in
oratorio. Years later, when she traveled
with a theatrical road company from
her Los Angeles home to San Francisco,
she was introduced to folk music, which
is similar to oratorio in its emotional
The rest, as they say, is history. Using
a guitar given to her by a friend, Odetta
returned to the early '50s folk scene in
San Francisco a year later and landed
a weekly club engagment. From there
she went on to similar engagments in
New York and Chicago, garnering
enough praise to launch a concert
Compounding her attraction with a
unique stage presense that still includes
flowing caftans and burning incense,
Odetta went on to play Carnegie Hall,
to headline folk festivals throughout the
world, and to entertain the late John
F. Kennedy at the White House.
She said that the music industry's
decision to "put its spotlight on folk
music" in the '60s aided the success of
singers, like herself and friend Pete
Seeger, who fit perfectly into the
decade's climate of political reform
because of their inherent liberalism.
The robustness and range of a voice
that received classical training have
made almost any musical showcase
possible for Odetta. Over the years, her
concert appearances have ranged from
solo performances (she refers to her
accompanying guitar as "my baby") to
engagments with the symphony orches
tras of various U.S, cities. However she
prefers the kind of solo setting that will
characterize her UNC appearance.
"I like a configuration where I can
change my mind on stage," she said.
She added that her rapport with her
audience is integral to a performance,
and that she likes to be able to change
musical gears depending on the mood
of the situation.
Her love of interaction with other
See ODETTA on page 6
When asked to reduce noise levels,
students must comply.
According to a letter outlining the
new policy to dormitory residents,
persons creating excessive noise will be
subject to the housing disciplinary
Mark Stafford, RHA president, said
the policy was a result of complaints
about noise last spring.
"When Davis Library opened, faculty
and graduate students with carrels
facing Old Campus dormitories said
they were bothered by stereos blasting
out of windows," he said.
In addition, students also complained
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44 assignment on campus.
By ANDY TRINCIA
The North Carolina economy is
expected to grow in all four quarters
of 1985, according to a recently released
The forecast, the UNC Charlotte
First Union National Bank economic
forecast for the third quarter of 1984,
predicts a 1 .6 percent rise in gross state
product (the total of all goods and
services produced in North Carolina)
next year for a total GSP of $86,579.7
million by the end of the year.
goods will go up. The situation with
durable goods looks good, " said James
Singleton, media relations manager for
First Union in Charlotte. "As far as non
durable goods like textiles, well see a
decline. This is an on-going decline. It's
nothing new," said James Singleton,
By Kevin Sullivan
In an effort to decrease the number
of hand bills and tape cluttering walls,
telephone poles and trees in the Frank
lin St. area, the Downtown Chapel Hill
Association will ask the city to build
stationary kiosks downtown.
In a public hearing on Jan. 15, the
association will ask the town council
to change a city ordinance that does
not allow kiosks on the sidewalks and
in the public right-of-way. The associ
ation's appearance committee hopes
that about four of the structures can
be built to accomodate the large number
of handbills around town that numer
ous Chapel Hill merchants consider an
"Since our inception two years ago,
we have been working on the problem
of people posting signs on posts, phone
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'RAs across campus are putting more stress on
noise reduction than ever before. But we don 't want
anyone to overreact, and so far no one has. '
of noise levels in the dormitories, he
The letter also said students were
"meeting with resistance when making
a reasonable request of another resident
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The dominant growth sector next
year will be durable goods, with a 4.5
percent increase in production.
"That's not bad. In fact, that's the
only one of our sectors increasing over
four percent," he said.
The forecast is important, not just for
North Carolina, but for the rest of the
country because the N.C. economy is
a good indicator of upcoming trends
in the national economy.
"North Carolina is a leading indicator
of information. From a historical
perspective, since 1952, the rest of the
nation has followed North Carolina's
economic cycle. For example, the state
led the nation out of the 198 1 recession,"
The forecast also predicts a 2. 1
percent increase in employment next
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desires community bulletin
booths, trash cans and even trees," said
Robert Humphreys, association
member and owner of Chapel Hill
Cleaners at 422 W. Franklin St. "We're
trying to get (the fliers) off the buildings
and into a place where they will be more
attractive," he said.
"It's just a big mess," said Dr. William
T. Kohn, who is currently serving as
president of the association. "Different
businesses have been displaying these
handbills for years. They deface build
ings with tape and frankly it disgusts
There is a city ordinance which
prohibits posting handbills on tele
phone poles which has been very
difficult to enforce.
"There is a $50 fine for posting those
things but the police can't enforce it
because people have to be caught in the
Chapel Hiil, North Carolina
aw: no excessive
complaints about blasting stereos came
from library patrons and students in
classes near North Campus dormitories,
all on campus have been included in
"The reason we rationalized doing it
on South Campus was that there is
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end of 1985
year. This means over 50,000 new non
agricultural jobs for North Carolinians.
The N.C. unemployment rate is
expected to decline steadily in 1985 from
6 percent in January to 5.2 percent in
December. That would be the lowest
unemployment rate in N.C. since 1980.
Although the overall economic out
look is good, the construction sector is
expected to decline 4.8 percent in
output, while agricultural output is
expected to drop 3.9 percent. Singleton
attributed the declines to high interest
rates and the state's heavy reliance on
But for the N.C. economy as a whole,
a recession is unlikely to happen next
"Our forecast says it won't happen.
The general feeling is if a recession
comes, it won't be in 1985."
See FORECAST on page 6
act of putting them up," Kohn said..
"I don't think there are enough police
men downtown to catch them."
Association members support the
kiosk plan, although they explored
alternatives such as sign post bulletin
space "like the poles you see where bus
schedules go," Kohn said.
Josh Gurlitz, a Chapel Hill architect
who is serving on the appearance
committee for the association, said the
proposal will include a recommendation
for the type of kiosk that will be used.
"We are researching various kinds of
manufactured kiosks," Gurlitzz said. "A
kiosk is a small, self contained struc
ture which holds, in this case, informa
tion on it. There are a wide variety
available and many companies that
Gurlitz described the kiosks as
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always one student who might be
studying somewhere on campus during
the day and might be disrupted by
noise," Stafford said.
He said that in enforcing the policy,
resident assistants should use their best
judgement. "It's a situational judgement
it's OK to turn (the stereo volume)
up a few notches if no one is being
bothered," he said.
"RAs across campus are putting more
stress on noise reduction than ever
before," Stafford said. "But we dont
want anyone to overreact, and so far
no one has."
Percentage of blacks
here declines again
By STEVE FERGUSON
The percentage of blacks in the total
freshman class of 3,300 has declined for
the third straight year to 10.6 percent,
according to preliminary figures in The
News and Observer.
In 1981, that class was 14.3 percent
black. In 1982, that figure slipped to
14.25 percent and in 1983 the number
dropped to 13.31 percent. Figures also
show that the total number of blacks
applying to UNC has been declining
This year, about 800 blacks applied
to UNC, compared with 1,020 in 1983
and 1,037 in 1982.
Figures for enrollment of all students
also show black enrollment leveling off.
The 1983 Minority and Female Pres
ence Report shows that the percentage
of blacks in the total student body have
been rising until 1982, when blacks
made up 8.7 percent of the whole
student population. That figure
remained at 8.7 percent in 1983.
UNC groups plead
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By MARGARET McKINNON
As Velma Margie Barfield awaits her
Nov. 2 execution in a cell on North
Carolina's death row, UNC students
and faculty members are petioning Gov.
Hunt to grant her clemency.
UNC School of Law professor Daniel
Pollitt, English professor Doris Betts,
philosophy professor E.M. Adams, and
history professor George Taylor sent a
letter to Hunt last week urging him to
postpone a decision on Barfield 's fate
until after the Nov. 6 elections.
"The decision should not be made
under these circumstances," Taylor
Pollitt agreed. "The Governor knows
whatever he does everyone will think
it's political, " he said. "The Helms
crowd will hound him (Hunt) either way
"Hell either be pegged as the first
governor to kill a woman in 35 years
or hell lose support at the polls because
the majority of North Carolinians
support the death penalty," he said of
Pollitt he said plans to send another
letter to Hunt outlining questions to be
considered in the Barfield case . In the
letter, he points out to Hunt that only
13 women have been sentenced to death
in North Carolina and only two were
denied clemency. Both were executed
"There's no doubt she's a murderer,"
Pollitt said. "Velma killed her mother,
fiance, and two elderly women she was
caring for by poison and admitted she
was guilty in court.
"But she was an abused child, who
married an alcoholic, and became
heavily addicted to prescription drugs.
In prison, she is now clean and has
become very useful as a grandmother
boards in downtown area
"usually two to three feet wide and
about seven feet tall. There are three
to four surfaces, or they can be round."
Kohn said the association would
remain active in the planning for kiosks.
"If our proposal (for the council) goes
through, then the town council, the
planning board and our appearance
committee will probably work together
on the project," Kohn said.
The association has a particular
interest in the appearance of the
downtown Chapel Hill streets because
most of the 70 members are merchants
in the area.
"We're made up of residents, profes
sionals and business people in the
downtown area from the public library
to Carrboro which includes Franklin
and Rosemary Streets as well as the side
streets," Kohn said.
Many of the area shop owners and
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David Fussell, a Grimes dormitory
resident assistant, said he thought the
policy was fair. "After all, Grimes is no
more than 200 feet from Hamilton Hall
and Davis is right across the street,"
he said. "All that noise makes it hard
to teach classes."
"Students still have weekends to listen
to their stereos," he added.
Aycock RA Susan Bullock said she
thought the system was working. "On
the other hand," she said, "we havent
hit the time to study yet like for
midterms and finals."
UNC officials feel the total percen
tage of blacks at UNC will remain about
the same this year, according to The
News and Observer.
The news comes at a time when the
UNC system is trying to fulfill a 1981
desegregation agreement with the U.S.
Department of Education. That agree
ment states that the system will have
10.6 percent black enrollment at its
predominantly white institutions and a
15 percent white enrollment at its
predominantly black institutions.
UNC and UNC-Wilmington are the
only two predominantly white cam
puses in the UNC system to show a
decline in black students.
Figures for four of the five UNC
schools with mostly black students
weren't available. Those include Eliza
beth City State University, N.C. A&T
University, N.C. Central University and
Winston-Salem State University. At
Fayetteville State University, an
increase in white enrollment was
confessor to younger prisoners on
Spokespersons for Students Against
the Death Penalty, a Campus Y organ
ization, said their organization would
not only petition for Barfield life but
also seek to change attitudes on campus
about the death penalty. According to
SADP co-chairmen Karen Smith and
Chris Cain, the group will hold a church
service and vigil the night of the
execution. "The outcome does not look
good, but everything we can do helps,"
Cain said. Like Pollitt, SADP thinks
the circumstances of Barfield 's human
itarian aid to fellow prisoners make her
case particularly important.
"Why should we put someone to
death who's making such a valid
contribution?" Smith said. "Velma
Barfield reallly is an exceptional case.
If she is not granted clemency by Gov.
Hunt, things will look worse for our
cause. It will be even harder with Rufus
Edmisten or Jim Martin, who want the
death penalty for first-degree rape.
"Yet the political bit is so incredibly
entangled in the governor's decision,"
Hunt's deputy press secretary Lynne
Garrison said Hunt would consider
Barfield 's case on its own merits before
making a decision on whether to grant
her clemency. "Gov. Hunt believes in
the death penalty for first-degree
murder cases only, but he also believes
that each case should be judged on its
own merits," she said.
Garrison said Hunt would review the
letters from UNC's professors and the
student petitions along with other
evidence before making a decision on
She did not know when Hunt would
announce his decision.
managers support the kiosk plan even
though they feel it may not stop the
"I don't think the handbills look good
taped up all around town," Bob Simp
son, manager of Town and Campus
said. "Most of us (merchants) spend
money decorating and cleaning the
buildings. When I find them on my
store, they come down."
"I doubt it will keep them from
putting them up," Simpson added.
"There is no control on those political
handbills. Since they're doing it now,
I doubt that bulletin boards will stop
them but eventually it should work."
Richard Layne, the manager of the
Record Bar on Franklin St., said that
once people get used to looking at the
kiosks for information, the handbills
will stop multiplying.