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The Daily Tar Heel Friday, January 30, 19873
Bug to study computer science
goes down, but not terminally
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These workmen were busy 'way past dark Thursday night in Phillips
Hall. The entire building has been undergoing a complete renova-
By MICHELLE EFIRD
Several Chapel Hill residents
urged the Town Council Wednesday
night to place the soon-to-be-constructed
town library downtown
rather than in a suburban area of
In the Nov. 4 elections, voters
approved $4 million in bonds to
build a new library. Bonds will also
be issued to provide improvements
for streets, parks and open space,
meeting rooms and offices, and fire
Chapel Hill resident Edwin Jack
son, a former librarian in Hartford,
Conn., was one of the citizens who
asked the council to build the library
in a central location.
"1 don't understand why the
present library is where it is,"
Jackson said. "The new central
library should be put as near to the
center of town as it can be put."
"The parking lot on West Franklin
Street (across from University
Square) would be a very good
location for the library," he said.
Jackson also said downtown
merchants should get behind the
project because Chapel Hill residents
could combine trips to the library
with shopping and having lunch
The design of the library should
be more conservative and not a
"monument to the architect" like the
Walter Royal Davis Library on the
University campus, he said.
Chapel Hill resident Lightning
Brown agreed that council members
should look for a new downtown
location for the library.
"Uptown is the right place. . . .
The business district needs to be the
vitality and life of Chapel Hill," he
"If we try to choose a suburban
location we will find that what we
thought was a good location will not
be," he said.
Brown also said the library should
By KRISTEN GARDNER
Billy Warden and his band the
Floating Children will appear on
WRAL's "Live at Noon" news show
The band will perform the song
"She's a Pineapple" live, and talk
about the video it plans to produce
with Student Television.
Warden described the song "She's
a Pineapple" as a sort of rap song.
He said it was co-written by Sammy
Doddy and based on a real life
"Sammy really loved this girl,"
Warden explained, "and I found him
in tears, sitting in the gutter. Through
his tears, he said to me, 'My girl is
a pineapple.' " Warden said the song
is about what this phrase means to
Warden and the band also plan
to play at the Capitol Towers
retirement apartments in Raleigh at
1:30 p.m. Saturday. Warden said
Wednesday it would be a set of
The Floating Children will make
a second appearance at Cat's Cradle
on Thursday, Feb. 5 with Matt
"ItH be a huge show," Warden
said. "ItH probably have to spill over
into the SAC."
The band features Warden, a self
described "harmonica whiz," on
vocals, his brother Ramone Warden
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contain space for local citizens to
meet with their elected
Resident DeWitt Brown agreed
with the central location idea and
said the location should be within
walking distance of campus and
Columbia and Franklin streets.
Board of Adjustment member
Robert Joesting said the library
should be the second-most culturally
oriented place in town, next only to
If the library is not centrally
located, it could prove detrimental
for low-income families, he said.
However, Councilman David
Godschalk said he did not think both
sides of the library-location .issue
were represented at the meeting. He
said he had received calls and letters
from residents who did not think the
library should be located downtown.
The council agreed to form a
committee, and member Julie
Andresen said she thought the
library heads and community leaders
should work with the town staff in
selecting a location.
The council has tentative plans to
select the site by 1987, have the design
completed by 1988, and complete
construction in 1990.
In other business, Eckland
Kamens Enterprises of Chapel Hill
petitioned the council to purchase
the old police department building
at 100 W. Rosemary St.
A spokesman for the group said
it wants to convert the building,
which is presently being used as a
shelter for the homeless, into a bed
and breakfast inn.
Bobette Eckland charged that the
building was presently an "eyesore"
and a "disgrace to the homeless."
But Andresen said the council
needs to "consider all the municipal
needs for this building" before
making a decision.
Town Manager David Taylor will
issue a report on alternative uses for
the building in about a month.
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on lead guitar, Richie Giersch on
acoustic guitar, Chip Cheek on bass,
Sammy Doddy on rhythm guitar
and Alan Heller on drums.
Warden and the band plan to
make a video with STV for the song
"Sprinkler," which Warden describes
as "funk played by monster thorn
bushes a funky vegetarian kind
of song." The song is about Warden's
favorite front-yard item. "I think it's
great when inanimate objects bring
so much joy to human beings," he
The video will feature local celeb
rities such as news anchor Charlie
Gaddy. Warden has approached
Dean Smith, but so far has no
commitment. "I've offered Dean
Smith everything short of my body,
and he's still holding out," Warden
Warden said of his "Live at Noon"
appearance, "It's a live program.
Anything can happen. I hope my
pants stay on, and my wig doesn't
The Floating Children has been
together since September, when the
band Snatches of Pink invited them
to perform with them at Cat's
Warden and the band have
released an album called "Wizzy
Wazbone" that was produced by
Mike Kurtz, guitarist for the band
Three Hits. The song "Sprinkler" will
be released as a single in late March.
tion over the past few months. New
agenda for improvement
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By LEE ANN NECESSARY
College students in undergraduate
studies across the nation are not
enrolling in computer science pro
grams as eagerly as they did five
years ago, a national survey at the
University of California at Los
Angeles has found.
But at UNC, graduate enrollment
has increased, said Dr. Jay Niever
gelt, chairman of the department of
computer science, although under
graduate enrollment of computer
science programs is down.
On the national level, UCLA
found that about 1.6 percent of all
freshmen who entered college last
fall wanted to major in computer
science, compared with 2.1 percent
in 1985 and 4 percent in 1982.
Although enrollment at UNC has
declined from 160 students to 100
in the past two years, Nievergelt said
the number of doctorates conferred
per year nationwide increased to 300
400, compared with 200 a few years
Nievergelt said the decline in
undergraduate enrollment is a good
sign, because enrollment in com
puter programs was unreasonably
high due to a computer trend in the
"Up to about five years ago, the
typical computer science department
had less than half the enrollments
it has now; then it got flooded with
enrollment by people who thought
it was a trendy thing to do," Nie
Nievergelt said emphasis should
be placed on the long-term aspect
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of enrollment in these programs.
"If you look at this long-term
trend, the program is still growing,"
At the University of North Carol
ina at Greensboro, Paul Duvall,
head of the mathematics depart
ment, said their programs' enrol
lment had basically remained the
same compared to last spring's
figures, with only a slight decline of
three or four students.
Nievergelt said students enrolling
in the computer science program
were not aware that computer
science is a technical study.
"Now the students are more aware
and more serious," he said.
Because UNC does not offer a
bachelor's degree in computer
science, students wanting a back
ground in the computer field receive
a mathematical science degree with
an option in computer science.
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