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Volume 93, Issue SO
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Editor's note: This story is part of an extensive series
focusing on University academic departments.
By KATY FRIDL
The radio, television and motion picture depart
ment is a popular one at UNC, and, says department
Chairman John Bittner, the faculty stands at the top
But several RTVMP students say they are
dissatisfied with the department's lack of sufficient
classes, teachers, facilities and equipment.
The department's relatively high enrollment attests
to its popularity. But therein lies one of the problems
the department now faces, students said: The limited
facilities and faculty simply cannot provide enough
course selection to fit the needs of many students
enrolled in the curriculum.
The department has too few professors and
classrooms, limited classes and archaic facilities, said
Jill Ortman, a senior RTVMP major.
"It's sad that so many thousands of students come
to Carolina for the RTVMP department, because it's
very disappointing," Ortman said.
"You get the feeling that neither the University nor
the department cares about whether you're graduating
with experience in your field," she said.
The department has two classrooms and a converted
warehouse studio to meet the needs of about 550
undergraduate and graduate majors, Bitnner said.
"We've now started to use other buildings on
campus to handle our enrollment," he said. "We're
running at maximum capacity. We cant physically
fit any more students than we already have.
Bittner said that the department needed a new
building but that a change of that magnitude required
planning and time. "We just can't do it overnight,"
Another continuing problem facing the RTVMP
department is the dilapidated condition of those
facilities, Bittner said. "This is the most serious
constraint we're facing right now," he said. "The
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By LOUIS CORRIGAN
Come Thursday night, if you are
sitting at home with a tray of Milky
Way bars, Tootsie pops and red apples
ready for trick-or-treaters, you will not
be a student because Chapel Hill
literally will howl with student activity.
Halloween is one great excuse for a
party, several parties if you plan your
evening right. Frightening figures will
bustle about campus from a Union
sponsored costume party contest in the
Pit to the Mangum Haunted House,
then to numerous bars and clubs
holding Halloween celebrations and.
Yet, lest it be forgotten, Halloween
began as a seasonal, religious holiday
of the Celts that became Christianized
and maintains religious importance
For the Celts, Oct. 31 marked the
end of the year and the beginning of
winter, the season of death. Druid
priests quickly gave this holiday reli
The folkloric customs mingled with
Christianity. In 844, Pope Gregory IV
established All Saints' Day, a Feast
beginning at sundown on Oct. 31, said
Father Tim O'Connor at the Newman
Center. This Feast honors all saints,
those not recognized by the Church as
well as those canonized, and reminds
us that all people are called to be saints,
Halloween, then, comes from All
"It really means to make hallow the
eve of All Saints," O'Connor said. The
Newman Center offers U Thursday vigil
Mass at 7 p.m. and 12Tl5 and 7 p.m.
Masses Friday. Most other Christian
churches also hold services.
The custom of dressing up in costume
grew out of a custom where people
dressed as saints. O'Connor said the
faculty needs to be freed from the shackles of its
Although Bittner acknowledged the lack of
facilities, he also said he saw many positive aspects
in the curriculum.
"The curriculum today is much more liberal," he
said. "This orientation operates under the philosophy
that we provide students with the broadest base of
education as possible.
"The curriculum was revamped three years ago.
Some schools are very vocationally oriented. WeVe
moved toward a solid liberal arts orientation which
is more appealing to the student body," Bittner said.
"We found that a vocational emphasis, of which
production is a part, became limiting for some
students. The student with a highly technical track
can be trapped into that track when they graduate.
"The new curriculum has a broader base, so a major
in the department will have a wealth of opportunities
when they graduate."
But some students said they opposed the emphasis
on theory in the curriculum.
"The emphasis is placed on theory, criticism,
aesthetics and legal matters," said Shaun Wallace, a
senior RTVMP major and production manager for
Student Television, an independent student organi
zation. "They can tell you how to do something
forever, but until you practice it, you wont learn it."
Other students agreed, saying hands-on experience
was more important or at least as significant as media
theory classes. In production classes, students use
cameras and other equipment to make commercials
or short films, but students said such classes were
scarce. ' -. n.; ; '
"Everything I know about using television
equipment, tape editing and the operation of a
videotape machine I learned from my work with
Student Television," said David Palmer, a senior
Peyton Reed, another senior RTVMP major,
agreed. "I think theory is important, but I think theory
classes should be supplemented by more operational
classes," he said.
"When I first started my RTVMP major, I wanted
to concentrate in film," Reed said. "The one film
production class I really wanted to take at UNC
RTVMP 87 was closed last semester, but I was
promised I could get into it my senior year. But this
year they canceled the class, they said, because the
equipment needed for it might not last."
Richard Simpson, an RTVMP professor and
director of production, said the shortage of up-to-date
equipment in the department was a problem.
; "Production work is very cost prohibitive,"
Simpson said. "Costs can run as high as $400 to $500
to produce a five-minute film."
Bittner said the department purchased four
inexpensive cameras last year. "That equipment is an
experiment for us because you run a risk that it wont
hold up to heavy student use, especially in a
department such as ours," he said. '
The RTVMP department needs new camera and
production equipment, Simpson said. "If we could
beef up the portable equipment, we could teach
advanced single-camera technique," he said. "Ideally,
production classes should work at least 50 percent
in the field.
"We're weak in equipment, and that's where we're
concentrating to improve," he said. "But we're not
a professional school, like journalism or business. We
dont pretend to train professionals.
"The best we can do is get students acquainted with
equipment and techniques they might see in an entry
level job in the industry," he said.
"North Carolina State's communication depart
ment is not as ; well-known as UNCV RTVMP
program," said Amy Dorsey, a senior, "but their
students get more production and field operation
Matt Drabnick, an instructor in the speech
communications department at N.C. State, said the
telecommunications division there combined a hands
See RTVMP page 3
By ELISA TURNER
Staff Writer .
Students for Wes Hare for Mayor
held a forum Monday night to
increase student awareness of what
town and local organizations are
doing about national and interna
School Board candidate Fred
Battle, Chapel Hill Mayoral candi
date Wes Hare, Chapel Hill town
council candidate Joe Herzenberg
and Proposition Paz representative
Diana McDuffee were guest speak
ers at the forum. Only four students
attended the presentation.
"We wanted to get students
involved with the Chapel Hill com
munity but it's hard when no one
shows up," said Janet Dickman,
spokeswomen for Students for Wes
Dickman said the desired outcome
would be to direct students to get
involved in local politics, especially
the upcoming Chapel Hill-Carrboro
elections, and in community action
"Students dont think that their
votes count, but they do," Dickman
said. "The students need to take an
active interest in the community they
Battle also encouraged students to
get involved in Chapel Hill and
"Students do make a difference
and I hope tonight will inspire some
enthusiasm," he said.
Hare agreed saying, "I believe this
town and its students need to get
aggressive in national and interna
Herzenburg also expressed the
importance of student involvement.
"Students can make a whale of a
difference," he said. "For example,
in only two precincts there are 2,485
McDuffee represented Proposi
tion Paz, a community referendum
on peace in Central America.
McDuffee said the group disagreed
with N.C. Rep. Bill Colby's ideas on
U.S. involvement in Nicaragua.
"We feel very ignored by Colby,"
McDuffee said. "He represents us
and is an embarassment to our
policies. We wanted to be heard and
therefore decided to offer a commun
ity referendum to appear on the
Chapel Hill elections ballot in
November. It will contain seven
points about a matter that affects the
well-being not only of Central
America, but the United States as
McDuffee said that the referen
dum, which will appear as an
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whole holiday had lost its religious
While many have forgotten its reli
gious significance, the feast grows
yearly. A party is a party is a party.
'.-'Halloween activities m the area include:
Mangum dorm's fifth annual
Haunted House, open 9-12 tonight and
Thursday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission
is SI. All proceeds go to the N.C. Burn
Center. "A lot of the guys try to be
cool," dorm president Eric Quinn said.
"It's fun when you scare them. We
always scare the girls." He expects 400
people tonight and 1,300 Thursday. The
line gets long, so get there early.
Costume Contest in the Pit 8:30-
10 p.m. Thursday, sponsored by the
Carolina Union Social Committee and
featuring mikeman Jeff Taylor as
emcee. Judging begins at 9:15 p.m. The
grand prize is dinner for two at La
Residence. Many other prizes will be
awarded. Call Jean Mitchell at 962-1 157
for more information.
Masquerade Ball Friday from 9
p.m. to 2 a.m. at Craige Dorm Cof
feehouse, sponsored by the Carolina
Gay and Lesbian Association. The
event is a benefit to fight AIDS.
Contributions will go to the N.C.
Lesbian & Gay Health Project. Call
962-4401 for more information.
Union movies. "The Innocents,"
based on Henry James ghost story
Turn of the Screw," will be shown
tonight at 7 and 9:30. "Nosferatu,"
based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula,
will be shown. Thursday at 7 and 9:30
p.m. "Ghostbusters" will be shown
Friday at 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. and
midnight. Admission Friday is $1.50.
Papagayo's Halloween Ball, feat
uring a costume contest from 10-11 p.m.
The winner of the grand prize, based
on audience applause, will receive
f ; -m J
Rob Collins of Fayetteville and Kathy Cox of Winston-Salem carving a pumpkin at Cobb dorm to get ready for Halloween festivities beginning Thursday
formal dinner for six. "It can be as
elaborate or as simple as they want,"
Manager Lisa Townsend said. Sangria
specials will be featured.
Tijuana Fats Halloween Party,
featuring a costume contest from 10
p.m. to midnight. Top prize is a $50
gift certificate. Contestants are judged
"basically on originality," Manager Jeff
Gronde said. "The winner last year was
Cat's. Cradle's Halloween Party
with Snatches of Pink, Bad Checks and
Southern Culture on the Skids. Admis
sion is $3 or $4 Music begins around
Rhythm Alley's Halloween Party
with Terminal Mouse.
The ArtSchool's fifth annual
Halloween Contest, Thursday and
Friday, featuring the reggae band
Awareness Art Ensemble. Music begins
at 10 p.m. both nights. The best costume
for the two nights wins $50.
As you might have guessed by now,
wear a costume or youH feel as out of
place as Marilyn looks next to the
New poBiity treqwes :&i$k&
By DEMISE MOULTRIE
An adrninistrative council composed of UNC
system chancellors recently adopted a policy that
requires UNC employees and students to wear seat
belts when riding in back seats of state vechicles.
The requirement is in addition to the state law
that all front-seat drivers and passengers must wear
Richard Robinson, assistant to the UNC
president, said the policy was proposed by UNC
President William C. Friday and adopted by
general consensus of the chancellors.
"The chancellors agreed with the statement, and
they were told to make comments within two
weeks," Robinson said.
B.J. Campbell, director of the Highway Safety
Research Center, said: "It goes a step beyond the
(North Carolina) law. I think general administra
tion is saying that everybody in any kind of vehicle
must be buckled up."
The number of vans used for University activities
may be a reason for establishing a new policy for
state vehicles, he said.
"I think it means that when the University family
is traveling on University business, they ought to
be buckled up," he said. "Research has shown that
in the workplace more people are killed at work
in motor vehicles than in any other accidents."
Safety procedures concerning possibly hazard
ous situations that involve radioactivity and high
voltage are already enforced, he said. "But if you
look at why people are killed at work, the main
reason is because they get in a motor vehicle
He said he would especially urge students to
follow the new policy.
"In this age group, a great number of people
who die in accidents are unbelted," he said. "This
is the leading cause of death among this age group.
"A while back, a state policeman in another state
went to the scene of an accident. It was a volleyball
team. A van had turned over and there were nine
women in it. They were all buckled up and no
one was hurt.
"Seat belts arent perfect, and I'm not saying
that they will prevent all deaths, but they can save
at least two out of three lives of those who would
die in accidents."
Campbell said the seat belt policy had been
enforced in his department for 10 years. "Here,
everybody has to buckle-up every time," he said.
"I think the (state) seat belt legislation is the most
important advancement in highway safety in the
history of the automobile."
Enforcement of the policy was left up to the
. local campuses, Robinson said.
The memorandum announcing the new policy
states that "failure to comply with this policy may
result . . in the withdrawal of an individual's
privilege of using state vehicles."
"Enforcement will be difficult because you cant
ride around with people," said Donald Willhoit,
director of the Health and Safety Office.
"If anyone were injured in an automobile
accident and didn't have their seat belt on, we
would know about it," he said. "Workers
compensation can be reduced if an employee would
violate the policies."
Robert Sherman, director of Security Services
with the University Traffic Office, said he was not
aware of any instruction on reporting policy
"The policy is so new that I don't think
procedures for reporting have been dealt with yet,"
Frank Fearrington, director of purchases and
stores, said the campus policy should be enforced
just as the N.C. law was enforced. Presently, state
cars must carry a sign stating that seat belts are
required by passengers and drivers.
"Enforcement will be difficult as far as the
passengers in the back seat because they dont have
shoulder harnesses, but front seat passengers are
in plain view," he said.
MooiKDirotty Caireeir Fair
By RACHEL ORR
Sixty-six companies presented liter
ature and talked with UNC students in
University Career Planning and Place
ment's fifth annual Minority Career
Fair Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. in
the Carolina Union.
. Marian C. Holmes, a placement
counselor, said minority students had
been targeted for the event because
traditionally they had not been exposed
to companies that hired college
"For a predominately white campus
such as UNC, the minority recruitment
process can be quite critical," said Selvin
McTillmon, a senior economics major
from Greensboro. The fair gave minor
ities a chance to meet representatives
from businesses that hire minorities, he
Although the event emphasized
minorities, many white students also
participated in the fair.
Tan Kirby, manager of management
employment for Hanes Knitwear, said
career fairs are important in helping
students make career decisions. Hanes
participated in an effort to provide
students with information regarding
what the company looked for in
potential employees, she said.
U.S. Secret Service special agent
Synthia Scott, a UNC graduate, said,
"We get to meet quality students who
havent heard of us."
She said some students had returned
from last year's fair to discuss career
possibilities with the Secret Service
more in depth.
Allan Gochenour, a sophomore
economics and Latin American studies
major from Asheville, said the fair was
very beneficial because it gave him a
basic idea of how companies could use
someone with majors similar to his.
Karen Patterson, a junior from
Granite Falls majoring in industrial
relations, said, "It's a good opportunity
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