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Drama department to present small-town love
By BETH BUFFINGTON
A beautiful young girl, an attrac
tive wild stranger and a respectable
wealthy boy and the dilemma of their
love triangle will captivate and
entertain audiences in "Picnic," the
first Department of Dramatic Art
(DDA) undergraduate student pro
duction of the year.
Set in 1952, William Inge's "Picnic"
is about the turmoil that an intriguing
stranger brings to a small town in
The stranger, Hal Carter, visits his
college friend, Alan Seymour, a
hometown boy. While visiting, Hal
develops an attraction for Alan's
'girlfriend, Madge Ownes, and she for
ihim. Everyone in the town thinks that
! Madge and Alan should marry, so
Ithis new attraction between Madge
land Hal stirs up the community,
especially since Hal comes from an
.'unacceptable background and is
Idown on his luck.
! In the end, Madge must decide
! whether to stay in this small town
I with her family and Alan or break
laway and leave with her enticing new
! "This play is a shift away from what
Ithe DDA has done in the past because
lit is first and foremost entertaining,
land it is a love story," said director
'Dede Corvinus, DDA lecturer and
Viruses, bacteria and worms
infecting computer networks
By ANDREW THOMPSON
A "computer infection" that closed
down 6,000 computers of a nation
wide network last week also attemp
ted to break into UNC computers.
. Computer infections are similar to
biological infections. However,
instead of being caused by organisms,
computer infections are caused by
programs. Produced by "hackers," or
computing experts, these programs
can seriously disrupt the normal
operation of other programs and
There are three main types of
overlapping infections: viruses (the
term often used for all three), bacteria
. . A virus enters into the host pro
gram. When the host program is run
. the virus program is also activated,
causing some specific function, such
as the erasure of data files. Another
characteristic of a virus is that it will
replicate itself in the host computers
, and then spread to other computers.
A computer bacterium does not
carry out a specific function. Instead,
this program replicates so often that
it clogs the processing power of the
A worm is a program which strikes
a computer network, a system of
linked computers. There is only one
worm per computer and the damage
is caused as it tunnels through the
memory. A worm can only be trans
mitted via the network.
Viruses and bacteria are mainly
spread by masquerading as a bene
ficial program. These infected pro
grams can be in the form of a
borrowed disk, such as a bootleg
version of Microsoft Word, or taken
from a computer network "bulletin
Program combines trade
By CRAIG ALLEN
A little-known opportunity for
traveling abroad exists in the
Student Union. The UNC
chapter of AISEC, a French acro
nym for International Association of
Students in Economics and Com
merce, is a 1 0-year-old exchange
program at the University.
. AISEC's international organiza
tion, founded in 1948, is a student
run, non-profit, non-political organi
zation with representatives in 67
countries around the world.
The UNC chapter is small but
group members said they planned to
change that with a membership
drive in January. "We're gaining a
lot of recognition just recently," said
chapter president Leigh Cameron, a
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head of undergraduate studies. "But,
if you want to dig deeper, there's a
second meaning there, too."
"Basically, I want (the audience) to
have a good time rather than to go
home with a message," she added.
In the play, two couples represent
two generations of characters, she
said. While Madge and Hal represent
the younger set, Rosemary Sydney,
a spinster schoolteacher, and Howard
Bevans, a respected businessman, are
part of the older group.
"The younger generation is trying
to decide who they really are,"
Corvinus said. "They see themselves
as they've been seen by others.
They've already been slotted. The
older generation, on the other hand,
is fighting to conform to values and
to follow that rigid judgmental system
they've established for themselves."
The idea behind the story is about
the need for inner change, she added.
"Both couples come together out of
a need to change something about
their lives. While Madge tends to
break away from the system, Rose
mary fights to change from within the
Melody Williamson, who plays
Madge, said her character is not sure
what's going to happen to her in the
future. "Sometimes she wonders if she
really exists," Williamson said.
"Everyone thinks of her as 'the
board," where programs are shared.
This type of infected program is
known as a "Trojan Horse." Paul
Jones, a systems programmer at UNC
Academic Computing Services, con
sidered this an appropriate term
because "it looks like a gift of the
gods for free, and then when you take
it in, it burns your city to the ground."
Another means of transmission is
when an infection is directly intro
duced into a network. Robert Morris
infected the vast UNIX computer
system with a worm in this way. The
UNIX system included defense,
academic and commercial computers.
The damage that an infection can
do to a program or computer network
is largely dependent on the original
intentions of the hacker who designs
Last fall, a virus designed to
eradicate all the files it had infected
on a particular date was discovered
at Hebrew University. The date was
a Palestinian anniversary.
In contrast, Morris worm was
designed to be benign. However, a
programming error meant that the
worm spread much more quickly
than planned and slowed down many
of the UNIX computers.
"Interestingly enough, most of the
people who want to hack aren't evil
geniuses, but are mischievous geni
uses, less like Satan and more like
Loki (an impish Norse god)," Jones
Whatever the motives of the
hackers, an arms race has developed
between them and the experts who
are trying to protect the computer
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junior public policy communica
tions major from Winston-Salem.
AISEC is a reciprocal exchange
program a student from UNC
has a traineeship to work abroad
while a foreign student has one to
work in the United States at an area
business. By convincing these area
businesses to participate in the pro
gram, group members also have the
chance to polish their selling skills.
Students from Japan, Poland and
Austria are now in Chapel Hill
working with the UNC program.
Cameron said she had become
much more aware of current situa
tions around the world through her
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beautiful girl,' and the one person that
makes her feel real, Hal, has just left
Although Madge loves her family,
she realizes that she loves Hal, and
that she may lose him, Williamson
"The growth of the play the
revelation is in her choice to leave
town," Williamson said.
According to Walt Spangler, who
plays Alan, everyone in the town
expects Madge to go with Alan
because he's rich and she could have
a successful life with him, but with
Hal she could break out of society's
"By the end of the play, Alan
doesn't know if he will break away
from the mold," Spangle said. "He's
stuck in the stereotype, and I think
that Alan perhaps would break way
if the play went on."
Madge and Hal's relationship is
paralleled by Rosemary and How
ard's relationship, according to Deb
Teitelbaum, who plays Rosemary.
"There's a certain amount of age
difference between the two," Teitel
baum said. "Madge hasn't become
jaded yet, and she's still got her whole
life ahead of her, while Rosemary is
desperate and living on memories,
dreams and illusions. Rosemary is a
product of that whole environment
and she sees this (marriage to How-
Because the UNIX section of the
UNC computer science department is
a primary node in the system, it was
a ripe target for Morris worm.
Fortunately, safety precautions had
"It was UNC's good hygiene stand
ards which stopped the worm from
getting in," according to Joe Hewitt,
a communications researcher in the
At other universities the worm
entered the system through a feature
of the mail system, ironically named
"debug." The UNC computers had
this feature switched off so the worm
could not enter. Even so, as an added
precaution at UNC a program which
destroyed the worm program was run
on all the UNIX computers.
Hewitt emphasized that academic
systems were generally more suscept
ible to infections than sensitive
defense systems. Security costs a lot
of money, and it is inconvenient for
students trying to gain access to the
academic networks to deal with
complicated security systems.
However, students can protect
their own programs and data from
infection by ensuring that their
programs are not bootlegged and by
being careful about swapping disks
The more important defense sys
tems have the added advantage that
many of the programs are developed
solely for defense purposes. The
programs are very specific in their
function. Both these factors make it
difficult for infections to reach
sensitive programs, and Hewitt con
cluded that a computer infiltration of
defense sytems is very unlikely.
involvment with AISEC. "It has
made me a lot more confident, a
much better speaker, and I've gained
a lot of friends," she said.
AISEC holds regular meetings
and conferences, discussing subjects
such as marketing, public relations
and time management. During fall
break, the UNC chapter hosted the
southern regional conference, featur
ing speakers including Kristen Paul
son, assistant deputy secretary of the
U.S. Department of Commerce, and
Tom Brown, president of the Trian
gle Chapter of the World Trade
To check out the opportunities
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ard) as her last chance at making it."
Rosemary has some hard choices
in front of her. "Howard is like the
establishment, the white Anglo
Saxon Protestant, while Hal is the
erratic kind of animal type in all of
us," Teitelbaum added.
Williamson said that the setting
and time period of the play date it
somewhat, but the ideas are timeless.
"It's very much a play of the '50s,"
she said. "But it shows (the audience)
another time period and a whole new
set of norms. It's a play about
families, and you can always relate
'House with a heart' comforts
families of hospitalized kids
By ELLEN THORNTON
Iwelve-year-old Annie was
greeted with hugs, smiles and
U sighs of relief when she
returned to the Ronald McDonald
Doctors at the hospital had told
Annie the good news; she could go
home. For six weeks, Annie (not her
real name) and her family had been
staying at the house on Old Mason
Farm Road waiting to see if she
would survive an inoperable brain
Scenes such as this are common
at the "house with a heart." The
Ronald McDonald house provides
temporary lodging and a support
network for families with children
undergoing treatment at North
Carolina Memorial Hospital. Child
ren being treated on an outpatient
basis also stay at the house.
After a tense day at the hospital
with their children, guests can come
to the house to relax, chat and eat.
Warm blue and peach colors, invit
ing couches, airy rooms and a fire
place make it easy to relax in the
house. Beautiful quilts on the walls
and huge stuffed animals in every
corner help cheer up guests.
"These people have been through
a lot," said Jennifer Donner, assist
ant manager of the house. "The
house enables them to better help
their children and keep the family
Professor takes break to
By RANDY BASINGER
Martha Nell Hardy, a graduate of
the University of North Carolina and
a professor of speech communica
tions at UNC, has taken a semester
leave to refresh her spirits as a
The move took her to Marietta,
Ga., and earned her high marks for
her performance in Lee Blessing's
"Independence" at Theater in the
Hardy has had a long career in the
theater of the Southeast. She founded
the Carolina Regional Theatre (now
the North Carolina Theatre in
Raleigh), in which she served as
executive director for six years and
executive-artistic director for three.
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4 p.m. Math Club will meet
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5 p.m. Campus Y Public
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that back to your own family," she
added. "It's a check your brain in at
the door and have fun type of play."
Other cast members are Amy
Dawson, Lane Hoff, Amy Rosen
berg, Allen Simpson, Kristine Watt,
Deidra White and Michele White.
"IVe been very happy with the
cast," Corvinus said. "Most of them
IVe directed or had in class or both,
so we started out already with a
working vocabulary. It's been a
wonderful experience for me. IVe
gotten a lot of help from the cast and
the technical staff. It's very much an
Families who are able pay $8 per
night to stay in the house. Guests
receive private rooms and the use of
common areas, including a TV
room with games and a VCR, a
generously stocked playroom for
kids, a library, a living room, a kit
chen and a dining area. Guests are
expected to provide their own meals,
but the kitchen does stock pastries
and coffee all day, as well as basics
like bread and milk.
"The house makes such a big dif
ference," Donner said. "It's impor
tant that the guests have something
to be a part of, something to do to
keep their minds off their
Donner said one of the main
benefits of the house was that
siblings of the sick children can
come and stay with their parents.
"Before the Ronald McDonald
House, I didn't have anywhere to
stay," one guest said. "I used to
spend the nights in a chair at the
Another guest said the Ronald
McDonald House has been a great .
help. "If you have to stay away from
home, you can't ask for anything
better," she said. "If I had to sit in a
motel room, I would lose my mind."
One of the outpatient children, a
16-year-old girl, said her favorite
thing about staying at the house was
watching the college guys play golf.
The back window of the house has a
Hardy starred in her one-person show
"Tamsen Donner" that toured for two
years and was featured by public
television in the Southeast. She also
performed in North Carolina's famed
outdoor drama, "Unto These Hills,"
for 20 years.
Adding to that list is her portrayal
of Evelyn in "Independence."
Michael Home, the play's director
and one of Hardy's former students,
asked her to perform in the play.
Home graduated from UNC with a
journalism degree and now serves as
the producing artistic director and co
founder of the Theatre in the Square.
Evelyn is a mentally ill mother who
trys to hold her daughters close to
her and keep her family together
while the daughters struggle to escape
meet in the Resource
dents will meet in 208
209 Union. Discussion
will be of Zimbabwe.
Everyone is welcome.
Book Club will meet
in the Union. Robotech
II wil be shown; all
comic book fans are
meet in 111 Murphey.
Brother Bilal Hamibul
lah will lecture on
"From Black Muslim to
9 p.m. Union Cabaret will
present Nikki Meets
the Hibochiw, with
Natalie Farr, perform
ing acoustic rock and
Senior Week will go
tri-level tonight with
specials at Bub O'Mal
ley's, Ballyhoo's and
11p.m. WXYC FM 89.3 will
play the new album
from Los Lobos, "La
Pistola y El Corazon,"
in its entirety with no
Health Society will
have a genral body
meeting in the Black
Cultural Center. A
Nash Hall representa
tive will speak on stress
for Christ will have
Thursday Night Live.
Everyone is welcome.
UNC Outing Club
will meet in the Union.
7:30 p.m. The Equestrian
Club will meet in 208
Union. Those compet
ing at Southern Sem
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Heel Thursday, November 10, 19887
The set of "Picnic" was designed ,
by Cynthia Stewart, the costumes
were designed by Jeff Fender and
lights were designed by Michael
Picnic will be presented at 8 p.m.
Nov. 10-13 and 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in
the old Playmaker's Theatre. Tickets
are $7 and are available at Paul Green
Theatre box office. One hour before
the show, tickets can be purchased
at Playmakers Theatre. For more
information, call 962-1121. , '
view of Finley Golf Course.
Many of the guests said the
friendships they had made at the .r
house helped them through their dif
ficult times. Guests often ride to the
hospital together and meet back at
the house for dinner. Some watch .:
TV together and talk over coffee in '
"We all do things to help each
other," one guest said. "It would be
terrible to be by yourself at a time ,. :
Because the $8 charge is not
enough to cover operating costs, ttye
Ronald McDonald House depends:
largely on the Chapel Hill commun
ity. The manager and assistant man
ager are the only paid positions; the
rest are strictly volunteer.
,The University community has
been very helpful in the first few
months of the Ronald McDonald '-
House, Donner said. Alpha Delta Pi
sorority is involved with the housed
bringing baked goods for the guests
each week and treats for special
occasions like Halloween. Donner 1
said she had been working with the'
Panhellenic Council to involve more
sororities and fraternities.
All contributions are welcome
and needed, Donner said. Students
can bring baked goods to the house,
help with fund-raisers, or volunteer
time to work at the house. If you
would like to help, call the house at
act in play
and gain their independence. "The
audience reaction has been striking,"
Hardy said. "People in Atlanta are
able to relate to the characters; they
become real to the audience."
Hardy's performance has been well
received by the critics of Atlanta.
"Ms. Hardy is excellent as she walks
a fine line in eliciting both sympathy
and anger from the audience in her
portrayal," Rebecca Rakoczy of The
Atlanta Daily News said.
"Ms. Hardy as Evelyn handles her
character's incongruities with great
skill," Steve Murry of The Atlanta
Hardy plans to return to Chapel
Hill in January and begin teaching
speech classes once again.
Items of Interest
Union Human Relations
Committee is sponsoring an
"Abortion Forum: Defining Your
Views" on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5
p.m. in 212 Union. The prograrn
includes a presentation from pane
lists focusing on the legal, religious,
medical and personal aspects of the
All' Arte will sponsor an open
exhibition of the work of Will Rand,
David Sollow and Kelly Cross in the
Campus Y lounge. Deadline for art,
poetry, prose, photography, etc. for
the next publishing and exhibition
is Nov. 11. Admissions accepted in
the Campus Y.
Graduate and Professional
Student Federation has infor
mation on obtaining in-state tuition
status on the bulletin board outside
Suite D, Union.