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By CHERYL POND
Halloween's popularity in
Chapel Hill creates a brisk business
for local merchants who carry
"Just before Halloween our sales
increase tremendously," said Liz
Politi, the manager of the PTA
Thrift Shops. People come to the
thrift shops looking for outfits that
depict a certain era or just some
thing bizarre, she said.
The Halloween celebrations in
Chapel Hill attracted the owners
of Special Occasions in Durham to
lease space in Huggins Hardware
to sell their costumes. '
We did really well last year, and
we Ye doing even better this year,"
said Donna Pinkston, the owner
of Special Occasions.
- The Shrunken Head prepares for
Halloween by stocking up early.
The store displayed costumes,
masks and accessories three weeks
prior to Halloween, said owner
Shelton Henderson, who has been
selling costumes in Chapel Hill for
Though sales have been good so
far, retailers expect business to be
booming Friday and Saturday.
"Every year, Halloween day is
extremely busy," Politi said. "In
fact, we usually have trouble
getting the door closed." College
students are typically last-minute
shoppers, she added.
"I usually wait until the last day,"
said Doug Blizzard, a junior from
Smithfield. "It's more fun that way.
Instead of planning for weeks, I
prefer to be spontaneous."
No trend has emerged this year,
but the Jim and Tammy Bakker
masks have been very popular,
according to Henderson. Masks of
political figures are also selling
well. Ronald Reagan masks are a
Ann Davis, owner of Costumes,
said she has had several requests
for pig and raisin outfits.
Cats, mice, cavewomen, pirates
and clowns are the big sellers at
Huggins, Pinkston said. More
women than men are looking for
costumes, she said. Many couples
are searching for matching
The price of costumes varies
widely among the stores and
according to style and type. A full
costume can cost anywhere from
$20 to $40.
The cost of renting a costume
is comparable. Davis expects to
rent all of the 400 costumes in her
Though retailers expect to sell
most of their Halloween inventory,
many students prefer to create their
"I might buy some make-up or
a wig, but I would never buy a kit,"
said Lisy Brown, a senior from
Philadelphia. "I don't think they're
Bruce Lillie, a senior from
Chapel Hill, agreed.
"It's important to make your
own (costume)," he said. "Then it's
a personal statement. I really want
to do something spectacular. You
don't want to be just something
The high prices deter some
students from buying or renting
"Ill definitely make a costume
this year because last year, when
I thought about purchasing one,
they were too expensive," said
Devra Steinreich, a senior from
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iioff summer comminoeer
By GUINEVERE ROSS
The UNC Orientation Office is
recruiting full-time students to work
as orientation commissioners next
"Orientation commissioners are an
integral part of the orientation
process," said Shirley Hunter, direc
tor of the Orientation Office. "They
have the majority of the
Each year, the Orientation Office
holds orientation programs for fresh
men, transfer students and new
graduate or professional students.
Hunter said most of the commis
sioners' work comes during the
summer freshman orientation pro
gram, called C-TOPS (Carolina
Testing and Orientation Program
Sessions). But their responsibilities
continue for the entire year they serve
Commissioners can earn between
$1,100 and $1,200 a year, and they
receive a housing allowance equal to
the price of a double-room occu
pancy. They are required to live on
campus during the summer C-TOPS
programs, but they can live off
campus during the year if they wish.
Each orientation commissioner is
responsible for a group of about 20
freshmen during each of the sessions.
Commissioners take their groups on
campus tours, answer questions from
freshmen about college life, and
attend programs with their groups.
Other responsibilities include plan
ning and carrying out programs for
the whole body of freshmen. Senior
Randy Masters, who was a commis
sioner last summer, said they acted
out a skit for the freshmen and their
parents about life at Carolina.
One skit for the freshmen was
about what to expect and what not
to expect from roommates. Another,
designed mainly for the parents, was
about what to expect from college
The recruiting process for commis
sioners begins with applications and
interviews. Hunter said students who
get interviews should be outgoing,
show leadership ability, and have an
enthusiasm for UNC.
Roni Harbert, a senior who was
a commissioner last year, said people
who want to help others through their
first ! days at Chapel Hill should
consider the job. "If your heart's not
in it, it will show."
Hunter said juniors and seniors
make the best candidates, although
freshmen and sophomores are eligible
to be commissioners as well. Also,
students who have been volunteer
orientation counselors have a good
chance. because they have.had exper
ience in leading and managing people
and in planning programs.
New commissioners receive about
40 hours of training in leadership
skills, group dynamics and commun
After the training comes the real
work. Commissioners must start
planning the programs for C-TOPS
and the rest of orientation. During
this time, they also prepare, edit and
publish orientation publications.
Hunter said many of the skills
learned from being an orientation
commissioner, such as leadership,
planning and managing, can transfer
to the work field.
And Harbert said the friendships
she made during her commission
work "were incredible." She added
that she also learned to depend on
other people and to have patience
when things did not go as planned.
She said the most gratifying part
of the job for her was when one
freshman told her: "Thanks. YouVe
helped me a lot. You must really love
Those interested in being orienta
tion commissioners this year should
pick up applications Monday. They
will be available in Carr Building in
Stock market drop may hurt
U.S. agricultural community
From Associated Press reports
CHICAGO While investors eye
world stock markets, U.S. farmers are
watching farm commodity prices
amid predictions that Wall Street's
collapse will make things worse for
U.S. farm income could fall $2
billion in each of the next two years
despite such positive factors for
agriculture as a weaker dollar and
lower interest rates, Terry Francl, an
economist with the Chicago-based
American Farm Bureau Federation,
"The impact of lower equity values
worldwide will offset whatever pos
itive impact you get from the lower
value of the dollar," Francl said.
A weaker dollar would encourage
more foreign buying of U.S. farm
products, and expected lower interest
rates would help reduce the debt load
on farmers, he said.
But a slowdown in economic
growth worldwide because of a
diminished pool of investment capital
caused by the stock market's plunge
would cut' projected farm income in
1988 and 1989 from $40 billion to
It brings out
in all of us.
$38 or $39 billion, Francl said.
Francl said he based his projections
on the Dow Jones industrial average
stabilizing near 2,000 points.
Some analysts believe the recent
sell-off of stocks is a harbinger of
recession, but for many farmers a
recession began long ago.
"I kind of feel like now everyone's
going to feel what the farmers have
been going through for the last four
or five years," said Rebecca Beeler,
a McLean, 111. farm wife and mother
Mrs. Beeler and her husband, Bill,
grow soybeans and corn on their
3,000-acre farm. She said the value
of their land has fallen from $4,000
to $1,800 an acre in five years.
"Our net worth has just shrunk so
much that it makes, things difficult
for our cash flow," she said in a
telephone interview. "We can't bor
row s much money because we don't ;
have as many assets." ' f : 4
Many Wall Street investors might
make the same complaint.
Though stock prices have fallen,
grain and soybean prices have been
fairly stable since they plummeted
along with the Dow Jones industrial
average Oct. 19.
Soybeans sold on the cash market
for $5.1712 a bushel Tuesday, Vi
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cents more than they fetched Oct. 16,
the Friday before the Dow took its
On the Chicago Board of Trade's
futures market, a bushel of soybeans
for November delivery cost about
$5.39 Tuesday. That's about five cents
less than the settlement price Oct. 16,
but the decline hasn't been nearly as
severe as the drop in stock prices.
The gap between cash and futures
prices traditionally widens during the
fall harvest, Francl said.
Meat producers especially beef
farmers may have a tougher time
if a recession cuts the demand for
meat, he said.
Mel Manternach, a cattle feedlot
operator in Monticello, Iowa, said
he's worried about the approximately
five-cents-a-pound drop in cattle
prices since Oct. 16.
"Our main concern is that you can't
figure on. anything, you cant know
what's going to happen," Manternach
Francl said the drop in cattle prices
was probably due more to abundant
supplies than to fears of a recession
related drop in demand.
Farmers are concerned that Con
gress will decide the stock market's
downturn was due to the U.S. trade
deficit and enact protectionist trade
legislation, said Mike Walsten, exec
utive editor of the Pro Farmer
Newsletter in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
In that situation, trade partners
might retaliate by buying their grain
from countries other than the United
States, Walsten said.
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