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8 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, February 24, 1986
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By FELISA NEURINGER
"I think we ought to turn Wilson Library into a
huge disco just like the Paladium in New York," said
David Dooley giving his solution to the lack of dance
places for students in Chapel Hill. Dooley is a junior
history major from Charlotte.
Rob Patton, bar manager at Rascals, said that there
was "... never a whole lot of dancing" in Chapel
Hill, and that most students were into drinking when
they went out. However, the demand for dancing has
started to pick back up.
Rascals is one of the few places where Chapel Hill
students can go to dance without needing a car for
transportation. Patton also said that Rascals has done
well since they started offering alternate entertainment,
including strippers, live bands and drink specials. He
added, "People in a college town are on tight budgets."
Patton said that the main reason why there are so
many more places to dance in Raleigh is because Chapel
Hill has only one university whereas Raleigh has N.C.
State as well as many private colleges. He also added
that the Raleigh nightclubs attracted an older crowd
made up of mostly professionals.
Mark Burnett, manager at He's Not Here, said that
in order to run a dance place, there would have to
be a steep cover charge about $4 or $5. When
students pay that much just to get in, they expect
something out of that cover charge, and sound systems
and live bands are expensive. Besides, ". . . you can
buy four beers with $4," added Burnett.
Because most of the possible sights for nightclubs
downtown are in smaller, older buildings, there are
very strict rules for opening up a club said Annie Cole,
lounge manager at Teddys nightclub at the Holiday
Inn in Chapel Hill. She added that it was difficult
to charge reasonable prices because the cost is so high
to run a drinking and dancing establishment.
Teddys had a Disc Jockey for dancing every Monday
through Saturday night, but it attracts a slightly older
crowd because no one under 21 is allowed.
In Raleigh there seemed to be a general trend in
the public wanting to dance said Charlie Williams,
manager at Barry's nightclub. He also said that some
UNC students come to Raleigh to dance.
"There's no comparison between Chapel Hill and
Raleigh. For real entertainment you have to go to
Raleigh. There are great dance floors and popular
bands," said Kristin Honeycutt, a sophomore industrial
relations major from Statesville.
Honeycutt added that there were mostly N.C. State
people at these places because most people do not want
to drink and drive in order to get back to Chapel
"Chapel Hill has a very divided population," added
Patton. He said that some people come to Rascals
just to dance while others come just to drink.
Students shared similar reactions to the lack of dance
places in Chapel Hill.
"Yes, most definitely there should be more places
to dance. I go to Rascals because I love to dance,
and the bar scene is not for me," said Pam Duckworth,
a sophomore journalism major from Charlotte.
"I don't feel that Rascals is large enough for the
Chapel Hill students because so many people go there.
The major complaint of most of my friends is that
you can really dance because it is such a tight situation.
Besides, who wants beer spilt all over them when they
are trying to dance?" commented Leon Staton, a
sophomore RTVMP-speech major from Havelock. He
was quick to add that only one dance place is better
Students are also concerned about the raising of
the drinking age to 21 this fall. Most of the nightclubs
and bars in Chapel Hill have yet to come up with
a solution to this problem.
Patton said that he would like to let those students
under 21 in Rascals, but it would be hard to control
who is drinking and who is not. "But because we are
the only dance club, we will try to find a way," he
Deneen Cooper, a senior RTVMP-journalism major
from Bronx, New York, had her own solution to the
problem. She suggested that students could donate
money to turn an old building into a nightclub for
dancing. That way "... people don't have to go home
every weekend just to party."
Insurance hikes promote dramshop law study
By MATTHEW FURY
North Carolina's food and beverage
industry is working for reforms in the
state's dramshop law because insurance
rates for ABC permittees have soared
since the passage of the law in 1983.
The dramshop law allows the victim
of a drunk driver to sue the establish
ment that served the driver alcohol for
an unlimited amount.
T. Jerry Williams, executive vice
president of the N.C. Restaurant
Association, advocated a $500,000 limit
on dramshop liability when there is
more than one victim of the drunken
driver. If there is only one victim,
liability should not exceed $250,000, he
A bill recently approved by the N.C.
House of Representatives would extend
the amount that an individual could sue
for. Although it has the opposite effect
that Williams favored, he said it was
the perfect vehicle to change the law
because it is generating public
Most restaurants having $100 insu
rance premiums in 1983 now have
premiums of $25,000 or higher, Willi
ams said. Many insurance companies
have stopped writing policies for ABC
permittees, and 25 percent of ABC
permittees in North Carolina are
operating without insurance, he said.
Williams is pushing for further
changes in the law, such as requiring
victims of drunken drivers to bring suits
against restaurants within 120 days of
the accident and not allowing restau
rants to be sued by a victim of a drunken
driver unless they are convicted of
selling alcohol to a minor or a patron
already drunk, he said.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving may
oppose changes in the dramshop law.
"It is hard to imagine what limitation
would be reasonable when you're
dealing with human life," said Carol
York, victim assistance coordinator of
the Mecklenberg County chapter.
Becki Perfect, contact person of the
Durham County chapter, said she had
reservations about dramshop liability
limits. MADD actively supported the
passage of the Safe Roads Act in 1983,
which contains the dramshop law.
Eighteen states have passed dram
shop liability laws and 17 states have
had cases involving victim compensa
tion, MADD reported.
Mickey Yuler, president of the North
Carolina Restaurant Association, said
there should be a cap on the amount
a lawyer can receive for a dramshop
case, he said.
"It's a unique situation," he said.
"We're being sued, not because of
damages we've caused, but because
someone else injures a third person."
Insurance problems could worsen
when the state drinking age reaches 21,
Wade Hargrove, counsel for the N.C.
Association of Convenience Stores, told
the Associated Press.
"Nineteen- and 20-year-olds will
remain just as curious about alcohol as
they always have been, and they will
probably look for every possible means
to break the law. The result will be more
unlawful sales and a resulting expansion
of opportunities for dramshop
Focusgroup Inc., an independent
Chapel Hill research organization,
conducted a statewide telephone survey
of 807 North Carolina residents on the
dramshop law in 1985. Eighty-five
percent of those surveyed said they did
not think a third party should be
responsible for the actions of a drunk
Frugal students say
no to cover charges
By LAURIE MARTIN
In Chapel Hill, as in most college
towns, bars and nightclubs play a
major part in the social lives of
students. But students on low
budgets sometimes avoid the the
cover charges imposed by some night
spots because they don't think it's
worth it, or because they simply can't
"I just don't have the money to
pay a cover charge," said Michelle
Bressette, a freshman from Kill Devil
Junior Phil Reavis from Trout
man said cover charges were all right,
as long as clubs provided extra
entertainment. "I think that if they
charge a cover, they should have
drink specials or a good band, and
a nicer, more comfortable atmos
phere," he said.
Mark Burnett, manager of He's
Not Here, says he understands the
student's perspective. "Some Thurs
day, Friday, or Saturday nights
when we have a band, well charge
a $1 or $2 cover. But we know kids
don't have much money."
"One of the reasons we charge
cover is to pay the D.J," says Jeff
Pierce, manager of Rascals. "To
justify cover charges, we offer drink
specials." Rascals offers free beer on
"In order to keep the club a little
nicer, to have a liquor bartender and
to keep up the dance floor, we have
to charge a cover," Pierce says. "But
we try to keep it as low as possible
for students, even on Wednesday
nights when we have a band."
He's Not Here makes its profit
mainly from the bar, so Burnett says
he tries to keep cover charges low.
"Charging a high cover just exhausts
students' drinking money."
He's Not Here only charges cover
to pay for a band or with their
Tuesday summer special. "We serve
a glass of beer equalling about one
half of a pitcher for only $1.25 on
summer Tuesdays, so we have to
charge at the door to break even,"
Pierce believes that if people want
to have a nicer club, they'll pay the
cover. The cover charge is not unfair,
he says, because the club makes up
for it with their other prices. "If we
wanted to get our prices to match
similar clubs, our drinks would be
at least 25 or 50 cents more."
If bars want to give everyone the
best deal possible, they have to
charge at the door, Pierce said, just
to cover costs.
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troops from advancing.
Enrile told reporters he talked with
Marcos by telephone Sunday and
planned to talk with him again "to
convince him that the matter has
reached a point where the bottom line
is for him to step down."
Aquino, who was in Cebu City in
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the central Philippines when the rebel
lion began, left Sunday for an undis
closed location. Before leaving, she told
reporters she would "at some point"
visit Enrile and Ramos at their camp,
and called on "decent elements" of the
armed forces to support them.
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Winde and shattered the bones in her
hand, which forced her to drop out of
Friday's swimming was even stronger
for the Tar Heels as they increased their
lead over Virginia, 610 to 559. It was
downhill for Virginia from there on in.
UNC had a pair of individual first
place finishes to get ahead that day.
Freshman Wendy Powers won the 100
yard breaststroke and teammate Winde
won the 400-yard individual medley
handily in an NCAA qualifying time
of 4:22. 17.
Powers was joined by Susan O'Brien,
Buddemeyer and Patty Schultz for a
third victory Friday as UNC won the
400 medley relay by 2100ths of a
second over Clemson.
The final day of competition on
Saturday, was much like the second
day. North Carolina picked up an
additional 10 points on the second-place
Virginia team to win the title.
"Each year it got harder for our team
to win at ACCs," senior co-captain
Polly Winde said. "It took a real team
effort to win this year and that makes
this championship the most
Powers and Winde swam to gold and
silver medal performances, respectively,
in the 200-yard breaststroke event, and
Buddemeyer won the 200-yard butterfly
for the second consecutive year with an
NCAA qualifying time of 1:58.88.
Buddemeyer teamed up with Susan
O'Brien, Kim Beattie and Schultz for
a win in the final event of the meet,
the 400-yard freestyle relay, in the
process qualifying for the NCAA
championships and sealing the victory
for the Tar Heels.
Comfort said that the win was a total
team victory. "The Carolina way to win
is with 17 swimmers and three divers,"
he said. Swimmers such as Diane
Dombay, Jennifer Cline, Tina Culling
and Keira Stroupe, who each turned
in personal best times, were a crucial
part of UNC's victory.
Comfort will now get his swimmers
who qualified for the NCAAs prepared
for the NCAA Championships, which
are in Arkansas in three weeks.
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