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2The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, November 13, 1985
By KAREN YOUNGCLOOD
Staff Writer '
A talk with Stephen Weiss occurs in
bits and pieces. You have to wait for
his phone to stop ringing and people
to quit knocking on his door before
getting his attention.
The associate chairman, director of
graduate studies and professor in the
department of computer science is a
busy man. But his hard work pays off,
since he's one of the most popular
faculty members in the department.
"Teaching is a lot of fun," Weiss said.
"That's the main thing. I like making
a roomful of people laugh. I enjoy
having some impact on some peoples'
Sometimes being a busy man means
you have little time for yourself, but
Weiss doesn't seem to mind the
"I'm Dr. Weiss, computer professor,
an awful lot," he said. "That's part of
the job. If you come here at night, a
lot of the faculty are still around."
Weiss said computers were not his
original interest when he went to college
at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Friends who liked spelunking helped
change his mind.
"As an undergraduate, I got involved
in chemical engineering," he said. "I had
a lot of friends interested in computer
science. I remember having a conver
sation with a friend in a cave about
computers. My junior-senior year I
switched to mathematics."
Weiss graduated from Carneeie anH
department) looking to put people in
industry, not research."
Many computer science departments
at other universities grew out of and
are affiliated with the school's engineer
ing school. A decision was made several
years ago to establish engineering
schools at N.C. State rather than at
UNC. People within the computer
science department said such a school
might help the department.
"Computer science calls on electrical
know-how, which cannot be sufficiently
found in a few people," Nievergelt said.
"If you had an electrical engineering
department next door, you could tap
their resources. The fact that there is
no electrical engineering department is
a historical discussion, and I think today
By KELLI SLAUGHTER
Students who want to own their own
business must first get practical expe
rience, an entrepreneur said Tuesday in
the first of a lecture series. . , . . - , .... ,
. James Maynard, founder and chief
executive officer of the Golden Corral
Steak House Restaurant chain, said a
person needed to prove he could run
a business before obtaining financial
"I don't think there's anything to
replace personal experience," he said.
Maynard graduated from East Carol
ina University with a business degree
in 1965. He said his goal was to learn
enough about finance to be able to
finance his own business. He said he
received insight from companies in
which he worked and studied.
He said he learned foremost that
there was no such thing as saving
enough money to start a business; it's
almost impossible. He said the funda
mental financing scheme seemed to be
obtaining assets land, building and
After years of commitment and hard
work, Maynard and a partner opened
the first Golden Corral in 1973 in
Fayetteville, N.C. There are now 450
of them across 37 states and three
subsidiary companies all under the
Investors Management Corporation
based in Raleigh. Maynard is also the
director of IMC
The company's theme is to grow by
acquisition, Maynard said. "We look
for companies to buy and make them
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Dr. Weiss teaching in the computer science department
went on to Cornell University, where
he found he liked teaching.
"I remember growing up knowing I
didn't want to be a teacher," he said.
"About a year into graduate studies, I
was a teaching assistant and found I
liked it. When it came time to look for
a job, I looked for an academic job."
Teaching came naturally for Weiss,
he said, because he learned special
"Some people ask me the secret to
eooH'tearhin? n ncr?t is IVe had
it should be changed.
"It no longer makes sense to say an
academic discipline is decided once. I
think there should be some engineering
disciplines represented. I don't think we
should bring in smokestack engineering.
In the meantime, we try to provide that
know-how also, but it's not easy."
Duncan agreed. "My feeling is that
it would be possible to distribute
departments between here and State
Another problem the department has
had to face "is a lack of space. A new
building is being constructed but will
not be completed until January 1987,
Nievergelt said. Various parts of the
department reside in six different
When asked about his greatest
marketing failure, Maynard said in one
instance the company failed to do
enough marketing research for the
, placement of a restaurant and it. ended
up closing. He stressed the importance
of doing thorough research." The
company operates on the principle that
people running the businesses should
own a substantial part of it and should
share in the profits, he said.
Companies should employ people
who think entrepreneurially, he said,
adding that the employees should be
self-directed and know what they want
Maynard encouraged students to
consider becoming entrepreneurs and
stressed that now is the best time
because of the high energy people in
their early 20s possess.
Students hesitate because of fear of
failure and the inability of having a role
model, he said, adding that only 5
percent of all Americans owned their
Students should have confidence,
there is no reason not to succeed, he
said. "All the job experiences are the
things that kept coming back to make
me a good decision maker." One must
also be committed to the work and be
able to sell that commitment, Maynard
said, adding there must be ambition to
create worth in a business.
Maynard's speech was part of the new
William Rogers Entrepreneurship Lec
ture Series in the School of Business.
The series is named for William Rogers,
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so many bad teachers that I have a list
of things not to do," he said. "That's
not to say I had nothing but bad
teachers. I had some good teachers,
Enjoying teaching means you like the
students, too, Weiss said.
"I really care about the student and
have a personal interest in the success,"
he said. "But I'm only willing to meet
them halfway. If a student comes here
with a question, and he hasn't done the
reading, then he hasn't held up his end."
buildings: New West, Smith, Evergreen,
West House, Phillips and a building on
"We are quite cramped," Nievergelt
said. "We can't give a desk to every
assistant. Our laboratories are quite
crowded, and worse, we are in different
buildings which is difficult for
Calingaert agreed. "WeVe kept all the
faculty in this building (New West), so
if I need to see a colleague, I just go
down the hall," he said. "There are very
few students in this building, and that
Weir said he liked the fact that the
department was strewn about the
"If we're spread out at least I get out
a 1968 business graduate from UNC.
who provided funds for the lecture
series. The purpose of the lectures is
to encourage UNC students to be
n s Maynard said he and-Rogers agreed
that there really is" a reason to bef a
' business owner as' well as a business
manager. People who own their own
was a compromise measure and may
not go far enough in addressing the
issue. Wallace and Ray Wallington, one
of her executive assistants, will speak
at a meeting of the UNC Endowment
"We're going in front of the trustees
to ask that UNC divest totally," she said.
"We will present comparable-worth
portfolios and also express that, in our
view, the strife in South Africa makes
it a bad place to invest in for financial
reasons as well as the obvious moral
Wallace also said funds collected
from student activities fees and con
trolled by the Campus Governing
Concil were invested in a fund which
had no investments in South Africa.
The fund pays a lower rate of return
than it would if it were invested in a
fund which could not make the same
claim, she said.
J. Clint Newton Jr., chairman of
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An autographed picture of Mr.
Wizard, the TV scientist, hangs on
Weiss' wall. Weiss proudly points to the
picture, talking about the philosophies
he picked up from the scientist.
"I always thought about him because
he related in his show what everyone
was familiar with relating old stuff
to new stuff," he said. "That's something
I go after to give students a new
way of looking at things after they get
out of the course."
When Weiss isn't answering phones
and doors, teaching class or tapping on
his computer, he finally goes home to
his family of three.
"I have a family two boys and
a wife," he said. "I like to do things
you do with small children, like build
model trains and ride bikes."
Weiss said that he had no special
expectations for his children, but that
their interest in computers was essential
to get along well in the future.
"The whole idea of 'Do I want him
to be a doctor or a scientist?' isnt really
important," he said. "I want him to be
happy. I suppose if he wanted, to be
a beach bum.
"I think computers are like cars. It's
so much a fabric of our life that we
have to get kids comfortable with
computers because there's no choice;
they have to deal with them. It wont
be long before someone without "basic
computer skills I don't mean pro
gramming will be as disadvantaged
as someone who can't drive."
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of the building every once in a while,"
The new building also will be able
to house the sophisticated equipment
that computer science departments use,
"This building (New West) is older
than the Civil War, and wiring is a pain
in the neck," he said. "It is a hassle for
us to bring a microcomputer into this
building. The new building is going to
be a great boon."
"Right now, they're pretty pressed
with space," Cutrell said. "Everything's
pretty cramped and access to the
computer is pretty limited. I imagine
that will be alleviated when the new
building opens." ,
business have no cap on what they can
earn, he said.
Maynard's IMC subsidiaries are
Golden Corral Corporation, Oh! Bri
an's Corporation, Nicho's of North
Carolina, Inc. and Church's fried
chicken franchise in North Carolina.
The speech was held in Gerrard Hall
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UNC's BOT and chairman of its
Investment Committee, said he was
pleased that Wallace and Wallington
would present their views to the board
"I have always been on record as
being in favor of divestment according
to the Sullivan Principles," Newton
said. "Foundations at the University,
although not under the . . . (BOT's)
control, do follow the Sullivan Princi
ples by and large."
Herman Bennett, a member of the
UNC Anti-Apartheid Support Group,
said the Sullivan Principles were
"A number of groups have shown the
Sullivan Principles to be as ineffective
and unenforcable as affirmative-action
programs have been here," he said.
( Bennett said he saw Sullivan state on
television that if apartheid was not
dismantled in South Africa in the near
future he would ask that his name be
removed from the Sullivan Principles.
Dale McKinley, also a member of the
Anti-apartheid Support Group, said the
action by the NCSU trustees was a step
toward what he hoped would be total
divestment by that school.
Agents may face disciplining
From wire reports
WASHINGTON Two border
patrol agents will likely be disci
plined for not following guidelines
after forcibly returning a Soviet
seaman to his ship.
The Immigration and Naturaliza
tion Service has submitted to the
Justice Department a 100-page
report charging the agents with
acting hastily and violating agency
regulations by returning Miroslav
Medvid to his grain freighter without
consulting supervisors after Medvid
jumped into the Mississippi River.
INS Commissioner Alan Nelson
said the agents should have retained
Medvid at least overnight. Medvid
was later questioned by State Depart
ment representatives. The State
Department said Medvid stated
repeatedly he wished to return to the
Soviet Union. He was allowed to
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By BRUCE WOOD
Students seeking jobs in the health
sciences field had the opportunity to
meet with recruiters from 49 hospitals
and health organizations at the Health
Science Careers Fair Tuesday.
The purpose (of the fair) is just to
introduce students to employers so they
can make contacts when they start their
jobs," said Marian Holmes, a placement
counselor for health sciences and social
Some students said the fair increased
their career options and gave them
information they otherwise would not
have known. Daphne Bell, senior
nursing major from Charlotte, said she
was interested in pediatrics but was
unaware she could begin work imme
diately after graduation.
"You find out what everybody's
offering," she said. "I wouldn't have
known I could start in pediatrics."
"When you live in an area with a big
medical center, you only see what is
immediately available to you," said
Brenda Jarvis, a nurse from Children's
Hospital of the King's Daughters in
Norfolk, Va. "(The fair) lets them see
what's out there."
Most of the recruiters said they were
pleased with the outcome of the fair,
but some said they had complaints. The
Service organizations describe
concerns at forum on Monday
By BETH OWNLEY
Representatives': from ' area' service
1 organizations aired their groups future
needs and guidelines at a Community
Human Service Needs forum Monday
Beth Open, a volunteer mediator with
the Dispute Settlement Center, told the
Human Service Advisory Board that
the center deals with cases ranging from
separation and divorce to landlord
tenant problems. Open said a number
of the center's cases relate to problems
that separated and divorced couples
have. The center helps the couple reach
agreements on property settlements and
Open said, that the center has seen
a rapid increase in landlord tenant
cases because of the rapid growth of
apartments and condominiums. She
said that some apartment managers live
in the area and have little or no
authority, while the owners live outside
of Orange County.
Other problem areas that the Dispute
Settlement Center dealt with last year
include employer employee situations
and consumer business transactions.
The center helps employees who have
been having trouble with a supervisor
or who have been fired for unclear
reasons. The center also helps consu
mers who have been overcharged for
Jim Deloatch, who spoke for the
Orange County Volunteers for Youth,
said the program is designed to promote
positive role models for youth who are
in trouble with - school and juvenile
authorities. He added that volunteers
are encouraged to spend at least four
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Explosion kills 4, injures 24
BEIRUT, Lebanon A suicide
bomber crashed into a car loaded
with explosives at a monastery where
tChristian politicians were meeting
near the U.S. Embassy Tuesday,
killing four people and injuring 24.
The injured included the apparent
targets of the attack, Christian
politicians critical of a Syrian
mediated militia peace plan. They
had gathered at the monastery.
Among those injured were a former
Lebanese president and his son.
Their injuries were said not to be
biggest complaints dealt with finding
parking spaces and locating which
building their booths were in. Booths
were set up in Berryhill Hall, Brinkhous
Bullitt and Carrington Hall.
Betty Swindler, a nurse from the
Baptist Medical Center in Columbia,
S.C., said hospitals liked to participate
in health fairs such as the one Tuesday
but added it was expensive to send
"I really feel like it's not worth our
time," she said. "I'm sorry to say that
because I think you have one of the
best nursing schools in the country.
"But I think you would get more
people, and they would be satisfied, if
you solved some basic problems like
Recruiters also complained about the
lack of a common area.
"It would benefit everyone if all were
in one facility," said Theresa Bailey, a
recruiter from Johns Hopkins Univer
sity in Baltimore.
Housing the fair in three buildings
was the best alternative because there
isn't a single facility close enough to the
health sciences students that could
house a large number of recruiters,
"We have to make due with what we
have," she said.
weeks with a child. Deloatch emphas
ized the need for more volunteers "so
Jwe can1 serve more kids:''" " " j'"
Deloatch also told the board that the
community needs more structured and
positive activities for youth. "There's
not a lot of positive community outlets
for children," he said. He recommended
that activities such as the Teen Center
be provided for children under 18. The
volunteer program serves youths 10 to
15 years old.
Lauren Demming of the Orange
County Literacy Council, told the
board that there are more than 5,000
nonreaders in Orange County over the
age of 18. "That's a low estimate," she
Demming said the Literacy Council
would like to see Chapel Hill offer a
special program for town employees
such as the one offered by Durham. The
Durham program includes a two-hour
per week tutoring session in reading,
and city employees agree to spend two
hours of their own time reading. The
council is funded by United Way, a
Vista grant, and donations from area
churches and other organization.
Mike Showers, a local pediatrician,
discussed area daycare centers. He told
the board that by placing children in
day-care centers, parents save money in
terms of remedial services after the
children are in public school. "There's
good day-care and there's bad day
care," he said. Showers said day-care
costs about $200 per month in Orange
He . also said that it cannot be left
up to individual families to pay for their
children's day-care. City, state and
federal funds are needed, Showers said.
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