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6The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, March 28, 1989
By SIMONE PAM
The Elections Board will hold a
special election today to fill three
vacant Student Congress graduate
seats in Districts 2, 5 and 7.
The election is being held because
the winners from the Feb. 21 election
failed to submit their financial forms
by the 5 p.m. deadline the day after
the election, said Elections Board
Chairman Wilborn Roberson. The
winners were disqualified and the
seats became open.
In each district, the candidates are
eDectiomi today to foDI vacaiimtt congress seats
The candidate from District 2 is
Bill Brown. Brown was out of town
Monday and could not be reached
The candidate from District 5 is
Jim Taylor. Taylor, a second-year
medical student from Chapel Hill, is
running for re-election. Taylor could
not be reached for comment Monday.
Both Brown and Taylor were the
winners from the Feb. 21 election.
Winners are not usually disqual
ified, Roberson said.
"I don't know why they didn't hand
their' forms in," he said. "Two of
(today's) candidates were the ones
who won." .
The candidate from District 7 is
Andrew Cohen, a graduate philo
sophy student from Melville, N.Y.
Cohen's prime goal is to improve
fund raising for student groups and
activities. "Fund raising would reduce
the burden on Student Congress
allocating funds, as well as having to
raise student fees," he said. "There
are a great number of openings that
students have to directly support
Cohen, who did not run in the Feb.
21 election, said he had not consi
dered running in the first election
because he did not know this was an
option for him, but when he learned
of the new election, he decided to take
advantage of it.
It's rather disappointing the elec
tion must be held over because of
paperwork, Cohen said. "It's got to
be done right in order to get the ball
It is the responsibility of Student
Congress to make students realize
that Student Congress is worthwhile
to participate in, Cohen said. It seems
there is a bigger problem in the
Roberson said if a seat had been
left vacant in the past, it would not
be filled until the fall. However,
several members of Student Congress
thought the congress should be filled
before the new academic year.
Voter turnout is expected to be low
because the elections are in graduate
districts and because it is a special
election, Roberson said.
District 2 includes the School of
Education, School of Social Work
and the computer science
District 5 includes the medical
school and the School of Nursing. '
- District 7 includes art (history and
studio), biology, botany, chemistry,
classics, comparative literature, dra
matic art, ecology, English, folklore,
geology, German, library science,
linguistics, marine science, math,
music, pharmacy, philosophy, phys
ics, religious studies, romance lan
guages, Slavic languages, statistics
Write-in votes will also be
accepted, Roberson said.
The two polishes are Davis Library
and the Health Sciences Library from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. .
Graduate student turns talent to 1 st nove
By ELIZABETH MURRAY
I he sleeve of his debut novel
sums up the past and present
11 Paul Lyons well: "Paul Lyons
experienced in his own person the
improving influences of the pool hall
in his early youth, but seems deter
mined to waste his prime in the pro
fessorate. At present, he is living in
Chapel Hill, N.C."
Lyons is not a professor but a
teaching graduate student at UNC
who has just had his first book,
"Table Legs," published by New
Amsterdam Books. He is still in the
midst of completing his formal aca
"As far as the storyline goes, it's
about someone w ho's a senior in
high school who plays pool a lot,"
Lyons said. "He's from an upper
middle-class family and goes to a
pretty posh private school. There is
the family expectation that he can
go to college and play it straight ver
sus the preference: the life of excite
ment that he can find in the
Like most authors, Lyons found
the basis for his novel in personal
experience. "I actually was a middle
class kid playing with some very bad
characters, and 1 love the game of
pool," he said. "I'd been writing for
a long time . . . When I went back
to choose the subject, the thing I felt
strongest about was that experience
of playing pool. I like to write about
things that I feel something about."
His first-person account of a tee
nager reads, in many ways, like a
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long short story, according to one
reader. Lyons' style includes incor
porating parts of his previous writ
ings into his book. "What I do with
books a lot is pass notes and stories
into them," he said.
He had written much of the ma
terial he used in "Table Legs" in ear
lier works. Lyons said he began
thinking about the piece as a novel
while he was studying for his oral
exam during the summer of 1987.
"Table Legs" was published in
October and is now on sale at Bull's
Head Bookshop. It can also be
ordered from most local bookstores,
including the Intimate Bookshop.
In addition to writing, Lyons is
also working on his dissertation and
teaches creative writing and Ameri
can literature at UNC. While many
graduates and undergraduates at
UNC have had books published,
very few have faced circumstances as
demanding as these.
"Paul is obviously very talented
and well-disciplined to be able to
carry his graduate studies and do the
teaching he has to do, and write a
novel too," said Joseph Flora, chair
man of the English department.
Discipline is part of the key to
Lyons' success, according to Robert
Bain, the professor in charge of
directing Lyons' dissertation. The
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dissertation is "a very complicated,
difficult, stylistic study of the way
Melville treats different styles,". Bain
said. "He (Lyons) is certainly one of
the better graduate students that
we've had in this department in a
In addition, Lyons teaches Eng
lish 23 VV, a loosely structured crea
tive writing course that introduces
its students to some of the kinds of
writing that Lyons himself does. Tre
Jackson, a sophomore English
major who is presently taking the
course, said, "It's a different kind of
class. With writing, you can't be so
dependent upon deadlines. For a
creative story, you can't be creative
when someone tells you to. He
Although Lyons enjoys his writ
ing, it is not his first commitment.
He plans to continue teaching and
hopes that his book on Melville will
be published. Lyons, who is in his
fifth year of graduate studies, said
he wants to remain in Chapel Hill
for at least a year after he graduates.
He is trying for a short-term posi
tion in the English department.
Lyons has already completed a
first draft for his second novel. He
does not know when it will be ready
to be published.
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Paul Lyons is a graduate student and author of 'Table Legs'
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The other possibility is for a man
agement company contractor to be
"None of those alternatives have
been explored in any great depth,"
he said. "No detailed plans have been
Hardin's comment surprised him,
Rehkopf said. "We're in the explor
atory stages of looking at different
options. We're not anywhere close to
deciding which way to go."
Associate Vice Chancellor Wayne
Jones said another option for the
Carolina Inn is exempting it from
state personnel purchase regulations.
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The Inn's financial troubles are the
result of a combination of factors.
Staff members of the Carolina Inn
are state employees, and the annual
salary increases they receive are
running the hotel into the ground,
Rehkopf said. "That's where the real
The decision .the University makes
will affect the staff, and Rehkopf has
met with staff members individually
to discuss the ideas being suggested
and the complications it will have for
them, he said.
Jones said increasing competition
also plagued the Carolina Inn.
Mel Lewis, vice president of sales
for Raleigh Convention and Visitors'
Bureau, said 25 new hotels have been
built in the Raleigh Wake County
area in the past 30 months. Another
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corporate business community. The
Carolina Inn is in direct competition
with them for that market, Lewis said.
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The Carolina Inn's financial trou
bles are compounded because the inn
The renovations will likely be
financed through private donations
or loans, Jones said. To borrow the
money, revenue must be generated,
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