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B Liza Harrison, of Adelta
Walters Apartments in Chapel
Hill, reported Saturday that she
had been threatened by a man with
a gun. When police arrived on the
scene, the suspect had left the area.
Police found the suspect, Ralph
Smith Jr., 36, of 8-A Adelia
Walters Apartments, a short time
later, but he had no weapon. He
was arrested and charged with
B Police received a call late
Saturday night about a man who
was lost in his attic. He reportedly
was going to put his suitcase in
the attic and the door closed
behind him. The attic was dark
and the man was unable to find
his way out. Police let the man
out and a neighbor stayed with
him to make sure he was all right.
B Several incidents of vandal
ism to automobiles were reported
to Chapel Hill police this weekend.
Ray Bunnage, of 809 Wilkerson
Drive in Durham, reported Sat
urday that he parked his vehicle
in front of a friend's house on
Seminole Road in Chapel Hill. He
said he was away from his vehicle
for approximately 10 minutes, and
when he returned, he found that
an unknown person had used a
cutting device to flatten his two
left tires. Damage was estimated
Regina Bethea, of Kingswood
Apartments in Chapel Hill, told
police Saturday she had parked
her car in the apartment parking
lot. When she went to work she
found the windshield broken.
Damage was estimated at $400.
UNC sophomore Michael
Forbes Piehler reported Saturday
that someone had dropped two
bottles from the seventh floor of
Granville South onto his vehicle.
One bottle struck the car on the
top and dented it. The other struck
the windshield and broke it.
Police named UNC freshman
Donald Drew Frederick, a resi
dent of Granville Towers, as the
suspect in the incident. Damage
was estimated at $500.
Susan Rebecca Trammell, of
Kingsbury Drive in Chapel Hill,
reported Friday that her vehicle,
which had been parked in the lot
at Kensington Trace, was vandal
ized. The left and right front doors
and the hood were damaged.
Damage was estimated at $600.
Jeff Kersey of Chapel Hill
. reported an incident of vandalism
Mar. 22-Mar. 27
Friday to a car, owned by Crown
Honda-Volvo, that he was driving.
Kersey said he had stopped at the
Seven-Eleven on Ephesus Church
Road, and when he left the park
ing lot and turned left onto Leagon
Road, within 200 feet he met a
beat-up blue Toyota station
The driver of the station wagon
made gestures to Kersey and
Kersey turned around. The station
wagon parked, and the driver got
out and asked Kersey to fight.
When Kersey declined, the driver
of the station wagon struck the left
back quarter of the car, causing
$225 in damage.
B Several residential burglaries
were also reported.
Mrs. Robert Gallman, of Kings
mill Road in Chapel Hill, reported
she found a basement door open
last Wednesday evening as well as
two downstairs windows. She said
she did not notice anything unus
ual until she realized a VCR was
missing as well as some ladies
clothing she had been storing.
Police found no evidence of
forced entry and no signs of
possible evidence. The estimated
value of the stolen property was
Deirdre V. Mask, of Indian
Trail Road in Chapel Hill, told
police she returned to her resi
dence Friday and found a door
standing open. Police found the
residence unoccupied, but a tele
vision set valued at $500 was
missing. The lock on the door was
apparently opened with a screw
driver or sharp object.
Robin Scharf and Alicia John
son, of Airport Road in Chapel
Hill, said that sometime between
March 13 and March 16, someone
took property valued at $940 from
their apartment. Police reported
entry was gained through a sliding
glass door with a broken lock.
Rick Haiighton of Townhouse
Apartments in Chapel Hill
reported he had been away from
his residence Friday night and
there had been a party in the
apartment next to his. When he
returned to his apartment, he
found a bar stool and several
compact discs were missing. The
stool was found in the adjacent
apartment, but the compact discs
could not be located. Entry was
gained through the sliding glass
doors in the rear of the apartment.
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By TAMMY BLACKARD
Almost nine out of 10 Americans
with less than a high school education
can't understand the simplest tax
form, so 15 students from the Uni
versity of Akron in Ohio have
Congress' permission to make the
Internal Revenue Service tax forms
easier to complete.
Two students and their professors
testified before a Senate Finance
subcommittee last Monday, making
history as the first students to testify
before a finance committee.
Paul Genda, a 34-year-old law
student, said, "They (the senators)
were very receptive to our plan
no one doubted what we were
A study by the students found that
instructions for the 1040EZ tax form
Health premioms should rise, speaker' says
By BETH RHEA
Health insurance premiums should
be raised to cover the cost of routine
cancer detection tests, American
Cancer Society President Harmon
Eyre said in a speech Sunday for
However, Deborah Freund, asso
ciate professor of health policy and
administration, said that while Eyre's
suggestion is a sensible idea, there is
no guarantee people would take
advantage of the extra coverage.
"It's undoubtedly true that if
University honorary society inducts new members
By KATIE BECK
The Order of the Golden Fleece
tapped its 3,000th member as it
inducted 28 new members last Friday
in a secret ceremony held in Gerrard
Eight inductees are juniors, 15 are
seniors and five are honorary
Anson Dorrance, UNC women's
and men's soccer coach and a newly
inducted member, delivered the
Frank Porter Graham Lecture on
Excellence, the annual speech given
at the ceremony. Past speakers
include Terry Sanford, Dean Smith,
Richardson Pryor and Charles
To be chosen, a candidate "must
be a person of high character, loyal
to the University and possessed of
such personal distinction as may be
evidenced by high achievement which
require a 8.45 grade reading level,
while the Wall Street Journal requires
only a 7.1 grade reading level.
uIt has gotten to a point where the
tax code and regulations are a
problem to everybody," said Mike
Whitaker, 45, a graduate student
working on the committee.
The students got involved with the
program after one of their group
leaders, James Childs, talked with
Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., chairman
of the finance subcommittee.
"Sen. Pryor met Childs in New
Orleans and took an interest in the
students' work," said Damon Thomp
son, press secretary for Pryor. "He
brought them to Washington to
present their ideas and findings to the
Pryor said the finance committee
was concerned that the difficulty of
people have coverage, theyH use the
service more often," she said. "If
people are covered for cancer detec
tion tests such as routine screening,
the disease will most likely be detected
(if the person has cancer). But people
are extremely shortsighted."
Freund said cancer detection tests
are not usually included in health
insurance because insurance is meant
to cover risks such as illnesses that
are unlikely to occur. Insurance is not
used to cover events that are certain
to happen and can be anticipated, she
has enhanced the University expe-.
rience," according to the group's
The Order, begun in 1908, is the
oldest honorary society on campus.
Past inductees include Chancellor
Christopher Fordham and former
UNC-system President William Fri
day. The members, called Argonauts,
are chosen every spring by active
Argonauts, said George Lensing, the
group's faculty advisor.
Students, faculty and active
members nominate prospective
members, Lensing said. Junior induc
tees become active members of the
Order, who research the nominees
and choose new members, he said.
The organization was modeled
after Skull and Bones, a secret honor
society at Yale University, said
Douglass Hunt, special assistant to
the chancellor and Golden Fleece
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the tax forms is triggering penalties.
Tax penalties may be regressive if 50
percent of the general population
can't understand the tax forms.
"The students are offering a fresh
breath of intellectual curiosity to the
problem," said Childs, director of the
Tax Clinic at the University of Akron.
"Technicians are writing instructions
for accountants and attorneys . . . EZ
forms need to be easy."
But simplifying tax forms may not
be possible and effective, said James
Wilde, UNC associate professor of
"The tax forms could certainly be
written simply, but there's no way to
be simple and unambiguous," Wilde
But the tax code does need to be
rewritten, said Betty Francisco, an
accountant at H&R Block in Chapel
"If you're sure you want to have
a test, why not just save your money?"
she said. "Why would you want to
pay Blue Cross Blue Shield for the
privilege of them paying, just to pay
for the administration costs?"
In an age of rising health costs,
increasing insurance premiums would
only aggravate the problem, but
patients have other options, accord
ing to Kathy Higgins, manager of
public relations for Blue Cross and
Blue Shield of North Carolina.
"People can participate in our
HMO (health maintenance organiza
In 1976, the Order examined the
state of the University's Honor Code
and led a successful campaign to
revive interest in the Honor System,
New members are:
Kenneth Martin Perry, Suzanne Elisabeth
Bolch, Liem Thanh Tran, Eileen Renee Carlton,
Patricia Lyn Hurst, Sophie Sartain, Robin P.
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"True simplification starts with a
new tax code," she said. "We can
rewrite the instructions, but that's not
the root of the problem."
Tax laws are extremely difficult,
and even tax professionals have
problems with the new tax codes,
"The project is going to take a lot
of time, but the good response that
weVe gotten from the government
and the media has given us initiative,"
The students will present their
proposals to the finance subcommit
tee in September.
They hope to simplify versions of
the W-4 withholding form; W-2 year
end wages-earned statement; 1099
interest-earned form; and the basic
1040, 1040 A and 1040EZ forms.
tion) as opposed to traditional
coverage," she said. The HMO plan
includes coverage of early detection
Andy Landes, a registered health
underwriter with Landes and Asso
ciates of Chapel Hill, said most
insurance carriers do not adequately
cover such early detection measures
as cancer screening.
To complicate the problem, he
said, insurance carriers receive little
guidance from the federal or state
government as to what their health
coverage priorities should be.
Kimmelman, Durral Ray Gilbert, Firoozeh
Kashani-Sabet, Mary Susan Scholl, Kathryn
Louise Mulvey, Claude Ricketts Maechling,
James Thomas Farmer, Rochelle Monique
Brandon, Ellen Marie Barnard, Victoria Kathleen
Marjorie Donovan, Lucy Dell McClellan, Michael
Egues, William Forrest Yelverton II, Carol Parks
Geer, Andrew Bennett Taubman, Darrin Maurice
Poole, Wendy Sue Gebauer, Anson Dorrance,
Nancy Bolish, Eleanor Morris, Craig Calhoun
and Harold Wallace.