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The Daily Tar HeelMonday, August 25, 19863
VTiite Trash' cookbook expected to bring in big bucks
By SHAWN STOVER
Amidst Moon Pies and Nehi grape
sodas, author Ernest Matthew
Mickler was right at home Friday
in the Bull's Head Bookshop in the
UNC Student Stores.
Mickler's book, "White Trash
Cooking" (Ten Speed Press $12.95)
is predicted to become a paperback
Mickler, who autographed about
75 books at the bookshop, said it
took 12 years for him to compile the
cookbook. "1 got some of my recipes
from my mother, grandmother,
uncles, aunts and nieces," he said.
"1 went from Texas, Mississippi,
Alabama, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia and Florida."
He added that "white trash" is an
affectionate term for rural sou
therners. White trash, Mickler said,"
"is the food of southerners and it
was a catchy title."
"The book is selling phenomenally
well," said George Sheer, a represen
tative of Ten Speed Press, the
Mandatory meal-plan evaders to pay fee
By CHARLOTTE CANNON
Although unsure of the exact
number, Marriott officials say some
on-campus students, who are
required to buy $100 meal plans,
have not done so.
This year's plan is the same as last
year's, with one major change.
Although the minimum purchase for
Marriott's meal plan is the same,
students can reclaim unused money
exceeding the $100 minimum at the
academic year's end for a $10
processing charge. Refunds must be
applied for in writing or in person
at Lenoir Hall before the first
summer session begins.
Money in a student's account will
transfer from fall to spring semesters
if at least $100 has been spent by
the end of the fall term.
Carolina Dining Service cards also
can be used in campus snack stores
to buy food and sundry items. The
prices of these groceries may be a
few cents higher than what can be
found in a supermarket, but Bill
Dux, Marriott's on-campus director,
said the money saved in transpor
tation and convenience makes the
prices nearly equivalent. v
Prices of food in Lenoir and Chase
Halls are lower than ARA's prices
on some items, and higher on others,
but according to Dux and Charles
C. Antle, Associate Vice Chancellor
for Business and Finance, the Mar
riott Corporation prides itself on
high food quality. That's the main
reason UNC accepted Marriott's bid
instead of lower offers from other
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"They'd say, 'Can we do this?' And
you just say, 'Sure, anything's
possible,' " he said.
OCs also talked about helping
freshmen adjust to college social life.
Sophomore Laura Reis of Mor
ganton said the freshmen in her
orientation group had never been to
a fraternity party before.
"One of them went to the DKE
(Delta Kappa Epsilon) party and had
an experience with a guy, and she
kind of had to run away from him,"
she said. "She thought it was kind
Other OCs said they answered
questions about the drinking policy
and how it would affect campus
"My group asked so many ifs,
ands, and buts about the drinking
policy," said Ann Holland, a senior
from Middlesex. "Finally I just had
to tell them they were underage and
they wouldn't be able to drink on
campus," she said.
Freshmen weren't the only ones
making mistakes during orientation
this year. Scott Bain, a freshman
from Jacksonville, Fla., got direc
tions from his OC that sent him on
a wild goose chase to his adviser's
"1 was going to meet my adviser
and it was in the Public Health
Building, so I asked my OC where
it was so he could show me on the
map," Bain said. "He showed me the
Student Health Service Building, not
"I went all the way to Student
Health and I saw nothing there that
looked like an adviser's meeting, so
1 asked and they told me 1 was in
the entirely wrong place," he said.
"1 actually think 1 Knew more about
the campus than :ny OC did."
Some OCs said getting freshmen
out of their rooms and keeping them
from being homesick was difficult.
"Dealing with homesickness was
a big problem," said sophomore
Mary Dillon of Sparta. "Just getting
them out and motivating them to
leave their rooms 1 had to assure
them they w ouldn't be just a number
if they'd just get out," she said.
At least one OC didn't have any
homesick people in his group. "None
of them were homesick," said Bob
Eaves, a sophomore from Atlanta,
"I just let them know where I was,
in case they needed anything," he
said. "As far as going out to dinner
with me every night, they went out
on their own too, which was fine."
Marc Turner, a sophomore from
Charlotte, said the freshmen this
year were enthusiastic and willing to
participate in orientation activities.
"We were supposed to wear Carol
ina blue to the pep rally," he said.
"So my guys wore bathrobes and
towels, because they didn't have
anything else that was Carolina blue.
"The freshmen this year have a lot
of spirit," he said. "It gives you a
pretty good feeling when they start
to make friends by themselves
knowing that you introduced them
to each other."
Several OCs said they would still
keep in touch with the freshmen in
their orientation groups, although
their jobs are officially over.
"That's the main thing," said
Littlejohn. "It's not being an OC for
a week, it's being a friend for a year."
companies, Antle said.
Dux said Marriott's menus and
prices were not finalized, since
Marriott has been in fall semester
operation for only a few days. He
said prices and menus were likely to
change, and considering what Dux
called a good University-food service
relationship, business should prove
successful once off the ground. The
meal plan is necessary to provide
start-up money for the campus food
service, Antle said.
Those students considering meal
card evasion should think again.
Antle said that during the first or
second week of September, the
University will compare its resident
student list with Marriott's list to
identify students without meal cards.
Resident students who have not paid
their minimum fee will be billed on
their student accounts.
Dux added that off-campus stu
dents could establish an account by
depositing any amount of money
greater than $25 with Carolina
Dining Service. Any unused money
Dux said the food service system
here at UNC is ideal compared to
other schools'. "1 have worked with
six other university food services,
and students lost money in most of
them," he said. At Tulane University,
for example, resident students must
choose between 14- and 19-meal-a-week
plans. Dux said most students
ate roughly 75 percent of the meals.
publishing company that bought
rights to the book from Jargon
Society in July.
Sheer said Ten Speed Press now
plans to sponsor a nationwide tour
for the author.
Mickler's recipes include ingre
dients such as fatback, molasses and
cornmeal and boast names such as
Cooter Pie, Dana Pullen's Chicken
Feet and Rice and Grand Canyon
Some doubt Mickler's seriousness,
but the native of Key West, Fla. said
his culinary concoctions are no joke.
"If you had been at my grandma's
table when I was a little boy, you
would have seen how serious I am."
Mickler will conclude his book
signing tour, "Southern Safari,"
tomorrow. The tour began Aug. 1 3
and included stops in North and
South Carolina and Georgia.
Although the cookbook may
appeal especially to southerners,
even those from "up north" enjoy
Mickler's style. "I liked reading the
colloquial recipes," said Joseph
DeGeorge, who recently moved
from New York to Chapel Hill. "I'm
sure IH set my wife to fix up a
Jeff Beam of Chapel Hill said his
favorite "white trash" dish was
Grand Canyon Cake. The fluffy cake
contains food coloring and malted
milk balls. Almonds represent the
canyon's boulders and cliffs and rum
sauce represents the Colorado River
Mickler said he already has plans
to write a follow-up to his cookbook.
"Why stop now when 1 have such
a good thing going?"
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