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technique for a Society for Creative Anachronism tournament Saturday
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By BRUCE WOOD
A new electronic "voice mail" service
now available to North Carolina
businesses may bring an end to large
amounts of paper pushing, according
to David Pharr, general manager for
the Charlotte office of Async, Inc.
Async provides a central system in"
which executives and employees of a
company each have a confidential
mailbox. By dialing a certain number
on any telephone, the owner of the
mailbox can send messages to other
boxes as well as check for recorded
"A non-technical way of putting is
it's a new way of using the phone,"
Pharr said. wlf I were to call (people)
direct, chances are I wouldn't get them.
If there's no need for dialogue, I will
instead call the mailbox and speak the
Pharr said a voice mail user would
typically check his mailbox a minimum
of twice a day. After each message, he
has four options: reply to the message
and send the response to the original
sender, send the message to someone
else, save it for later reference or erase
,wThe major feature of voice mailing
is that you can get a policy out to all
(employees)," Pharr said. "A message
spoken one time goes to 30 people
simultaneously. Within a few hours
everyone will have heard it."
Pharr compared voice mail to the
order electronic mail systems of many
computers. However, the user can
access voice mail through any telephone
and is actually speaking a message
rather than typing it.
Pharr emphasized, though, that this
Films, programs, speakers scheduled
for rape awareness series, April 7-10
Monday, April 7
Noon and The Tin Drum Theatre Group dramatization of
12:40 p.m. rape issues. The Pit
3:00 p.m. Ms. Kathy Shaw of the N.C. Sexual Assault Task
Force to lead a discussion on the marital rape
exemption clause. Sponsored by the Campus Y
Women's Forum. Campus Y Lounge.
6:30 p.m. "Dealing with Rape and Sexual Assault" A
joint presentation by the Orange County Rape
Crisis Center, UNC Police, and Student Health
Services. Sponsored by RHA and STOW govern
ment Spencer Lounge.
Tuesday, April 8
'Dealing with Rape and Sexual Assault" (Repeat
of Monday program.) Sponsored by RHA and
Craige government Upendo Lounge. South
7:30 p.m. Mock Trail: State v. Doe. Date or Rape? JWith
audience as jurors. Great Hall, Carolina Union.
Wednesday, April 9
1 1 :30 a.m., Tin Drum Theatre Group. Theatre in the Pit
8:00 p.m. Film: "Rape Culture" and discussion. Sponsored
by panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils. Delta
Kappa Epsilon House. 1 32 S. Columbia St
8:00 p.m. "Dealing with Rape and Sexual Assault" (Repeat
of Monday program) Sponsored by RHA and
Granville government Granville cafeteria.
1 1 :00 p.m. "Northern Hemisphere Live" WXYC talk show
Discussion on emotional, medical, legal
aspects of rape with Marjorie Land of Student
Health, Karen Winstead of Orange County Rape
Crisis Center, and representative from Orange
County District Attorney's office. (89.9 FM)
Thursday, April 10
3:30 p.m. Self-Qefense workshop with Officer Robert Frick
Chapel Hill Police Department Sponsored by
Panhellenic Coucil. Pi Beta Phi sorority, 109
6:30 p.m. HE SAID SHE SAID: Rape and Miscommunica
tion. With V. Balthrop of Speech Communication
Department and A. Bowden of Dean of Students
Office. Sponsored by Campus Y. Campus Y
7:00 p.m. "Dealing with Rape and Sexual Assault" (Repeat
of Monday program) Sponsored by Scott College
government and RHA Whitehead Parlor.
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service does not replace answering
services or personal secretaries. Async
recommends that businesses use it only
within the company.
"We advise them not to allow voice
messaging for outside calls," Pharr said.
"We still think that answering services
and secretaries will remain for the
Judy Wiles, owner of The Mail Drop,
a local answering service, agreed with
"I can't see how (voice mail) is going
to affect my business in a negative way,"
said Wiles. "Any way that lets a business
run more efficiently is good."
Although none of Wiles' customers
use voice mail locally, an increasing
number of businesses across the state,
such as Apple Computers and Carolina
Freight, are subscribing to it. The
typical voice mail user is the sales
division of a company, according to
At Carolina Freight voice mail is still
in the experimental stage, according to
David Sweat, productions analyst for
the company. Carolina Freight's
national accounts department, with 20
field representatives handling business
for large national companies, has been
testing voice mail.
"We chose to implement (voice mail)
in this department because it's a smaller
area where we could see the effect on
our business," Sweat said. "We're in the
process of evaluating right now. We try
to cost-justify the expense."
Sweat says this evaluation should be
done in two to three weeks when
expansion to other departments will
begin, one by one.
"We" think the industry is really
beginning to take off," Pharr said. "The
'plain vanilla' type of customer is sales
and marketing forces, but we also
(serve) hospitals, clinics and some
governmental agencies, such as U.S.
Customs in Miami and the Center for
Disease Control in Atlanta."
With the expected rapid expansion,
Pharr anticipates subscription prices to
come down. They currently range from
$20 $45 per mailbox, depending on
the amount of access. Async currently
has about 4,000 mailboxes serving
200 400 corporate Customers
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Just before taking stage, Harlan
Ellison doused his pipe, smootfied
his linen double-breasted coat, and
strode confidently across the Memor
ial Hall stage. ;
He removed the microphone from
its stand, asked that the houselights
be turned up so that he could see
the audience and glided to the edge
of the stage.
And for Ellison, called "one of the
great living American short story
writers" by the Washington Post, it
was not an alien position.
Ellison spoke before a full Memor
ial Hall Friday night as part of
Carolina Symposium 1986. There
was no organization to Ellison's
lecture. He admitted himself that he
rambled, and Friday night was no
Ellison, who ran away from home
at 13, said that attending Ohio State
University was a terrible experience.
He only stayed there one year.
"By the actual record," he said, "to
this day, my grade point average is
the lowest ever recorded at Ohio
State; a .086."
"If I had stayed in college, I could
have made something of myself," he
Often outspoken, Ellison skipped
to other subjects, from "Star Trek"
anecdotes to religion (Ellison said he
was an atheist), to commentary on
media icons Merv Griffin, People
Magazine and Wally George.
Ellison made it clear that he did
not like William Shatner, Star Trek's
Captain Kirk, when he recalled an
incident during his stint as a writer
for the program.
"(Shatner) would take it amiss
were there riot in each script some
nubile young woman he could make
it with," Ellison said."
In one scene with a woman,
Shatner kept demanding re-takes,
even though the shot had been
successfully made, Ellison said,
adding that Shatner was "copping
a feel" every time.
The woman, distressed, told Elli-.
son during a lunch break that she
. "And," with the cooperation of
everybody on the set, we made some
adjustments to the equipment,"
,, ..When Shatner went towards the
, woman under a boom mike, which
piison said he had loaded with fish
books, Shatner's toupee went flying
over his head.
"Bill gleamed in the light like a
cue ball, gave a shriek like a wounded
creature, dashed off, stomped his
little feet, ran off to his little trailer
and did not come out for the rest
of the day," Ellison added.
Ellison also noted his dislike for
Merv Griffin. He used his appear
ance on Griffin's show to demon
strate television censorship.
"There are only two things you
can't say on TV," Ellison said. "They
are: 'I am an elitist' and 'I don't
believe in God'."
"If you really believe this is all
someone's doing, and you look
around at all the misery, then God
is a shmuck," Ellison said. .
Not only is Ellison's boldness
outstanding, but his works are as
well. His award-winning works
include "Shatterday," "Memos from
Purgatory," and "I Have No Mouth
and I Must Scream."
As for his writing, Ellison said he
was somewhat of a liar. "I'm a paid
liar," he said. "It's what I do for a
living. Whatever weird thing that
comes to me, that's what I write
Ellison, who speaks on many
college campuses, commented on the
shanties protesting apatheid in
South Africa erected in front of
"I travel to a lot of college
campuses and they're not doing
anything," he said. "This is the first
thing IVe seen with any kind of social
consciousness," he said.
"Another thing I like is the wall,' "
he added. It's the exclamation point
at the end of your argument."
After a 15-minutc intermission,
Ellison returned and read "Pallidum
of the Last Hour," an original story
that was produced for the resur
rected television series, "Twilight
Police search for robber of Timberlyne Food Lion
By MIKE GUNZENHAUSER
Police are looking for a black man
between 35 and 40 years old who robbed
the Food Lion Store at Timberlyne
Village Shopping Center Wednesday
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About $1,800 was stolen from the
store, police said Friday.
Witnesses described the man as 6 feet
3 inches tall with reddish-brown hair
and wearing a black coat and. dark
colored sweat pants, police said. The
man was not wearing a mask.
The man entered the store on Weaver
Dairy Road about 9:45 p.m., saying he
ad-aguh; although the maa didnot
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The man asked for all the money in
the safe and then ran from the store
toward Airport Road, carrying the
money in a grocery bag.
"YouVe got to play along with it,"
store manager Mike Allred said Sun
day. "If he produces the gun . . . and
someonft start 'screaming, iiet might
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