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4The Daily Tar HeelThursday, November 8, 19S0
Going away for Spring Break? .
Make travel arrangements now
By GINGER MEEK
As the weather starts to get cooler,
students wishing to travel extensively
during Spring Break should begin
making plans soon, according to area
"It is getting more and more diffi
cult each year to get anything after
Christmas," said Marie Catlett of
Chapel Hill's Small World Travel.
"We've had about 20 students so
far inquiring and making reservations
they're smart," she said.
Some agencies are offering special
packages for students, while others
are sticking to the regular rates for
that time of year.
The Bahamas Princess Resort and
Casino package is available from
several agencies in Chapel Hill,
Durham and Raleigh. It features
round-trip airfare, hotel accommoda
tions for three nights and other travel
expenses (except departure taxes) for
as low as $229 per person with four
people sharing a room.
Because of damages hotel owners
have encountered in the past from
students, many hotels in the more
popular vacation spots are no longer
accepting student groups during
Spring Break, said Mike Siriello of
Council Travel in Durham.
Some hotels are still accepting
student guests but at a higher rate to
compensate for anticipated damages,
"It is difficult for students to get
space. I would encourage them to
consider other places Europe,
Guatemala or Costa Rica," he said.
Siriello said Berl in was anexcellent
choice for students.
"It has the party atmosphere, and
it's nothing but young people. Espe
cially since the wall is down; it is the
focal point for excitement," he said.
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$500, or $600 with hotel, he said. He
recommended, though, that students
plan to stay in the youth hostel in Berlin.
A youth hostel is a hotel for youth
similar to a dorm. For $6 per night,
students share a room with three others
and are fed breakfast.
"The youth hostel is clean, big and a
great place to meet people," Siriello
He added that students who were
seeking a beach scene should consider
Costa Rica or north Florida.
Students could spend their break at
Panama Beach, Fla., he said, for $450
(inclusive). Costa Rica offers beautiful
beaches and inexpensive hotels acces
sible to students for $400.
Jeff Mallett, of Cole Travel Agency
in Chapel Hill, said Cancun, Mexico,
was a popular Spring Break spot. Not
including a $12 Mexico departure tax,
travelers can fly non-stop from Charlotte
Douglas International Airport to Cancun
for $580 with accommodations in a
Students will ing to spend a little more
can fly from Raleigh-Durham Interna
tional Airport to Jamaica for $ 1 ,200 per
person, said Denise McDuffie of
Durham's Horizons Travel, Inc.
Stepping aboard the S.S. Atlantic to
cruise to Nassau is possible for a group
of four students for $600 each with
airfare included, $430 without. This is
available from Premiere Cruise Line
via Huddleston Travel Agency in Chapel
Susan Trimmer of Huddleston said
they had also booked 96 seats on a flight
out of RDU for a five-day trip to Nassau
including hotel accommodations at
various prices based on the grade of
hotel. Prices range from $630 to $830.
"Reservations are selling out fast,"
she said. Prices are more expensive
than last year because of the situation in
the Middle East. Fuel prices have af
fected airfares, she said.
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Dawn Hoyle, of Pegasus Travel in
Raleigh, suggested that students on a
strict budget try to save money by
taking fl ights out of Atlanta or Mexico,
instead of Charlotte or RDU.
For those with a bundle to spend, a
Club Med representative suggested
three resorts where students could
enjoy their Spring Break. Prices in
clude meals, sports activity and in
struction, and other recreational ac
tivities hosted by the resort
The Buccaneer's Club in
Martinique has reservations available
with a flight out of Miami, Fla., for
$ 1 ,630 and $80 membership fee. The
same features apply to the Cancun
Club for $ 1 ,390 plus the $80 fee.
Seats on a plane out of Atlanta to
resort, are also available for $1,260
plus the $80 membership fee.
Most students, however, will not
be spending such a large amount of
money on travel during Spring Break.
"Some of those packages are out of
the question (financially)," said Pam
Sanders, a freshman business major
from Charlotte. "But as long as it's
not Myrtle Beach, I don't care where
MelindaBoyd, asophomore French
major from Chapel Hill, said she would
like to go to Graceland, the home of
Elvis Presley, in Memphis, Tenn. Her
main objective, though, is to try to
save money, she said.
Other students said they would not
be taking a major vacation for the
"Spring Break is a long time away,
but I'll probably just go home and
work," said Michele Quinn, a sopho
more from Eldersburg, Md., majoring
in international studies and anthro
pology. Whether they travel around the
world or around Chapel Hill, most
students will be grateful for the break.
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Late nights, lots of caffeine go
with territory for WXYG staff
By MARA LEE
Way past midnight, when Tar Heels
were nestled all snug in their beds, while
visions of beers danced in their heads, a
few creatures were stirring upstairs in
the Student Union.
A few people are at their jobs at all
hours of the morning at Kinko's, at
The Daily Tar Heel, at Time-Out. Some
hardy volunteers are up and about too,
manning the microphones at WXYC,
the student-run radio station, on the
graveyard shift: 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.
WXYC consists of a corridor com
pletely plastered with posters and as
sorted rooms holding floor-to-ceiling
shelves of records, a coffee pot, a stereo
and the control booth room. On its door
reads a sign, "Biohazard. Admittance
Authorized to Personnel Only. Hazard
The door is ajar, and inside is the
outgoing DJ, who, after he signs off,
puts a cigarette behind his ear and
searches for a pencil to record what
songs he played. Richie, the current DJ
with dirty-blond long curly hair and a
beard, comfortably settles into the seat
of power and puts on headphones. He
plays his first song in the dead of this
Along with the personnel are visitors,
the first, a blond woman in a black
leather mini skirt and an Australian
man. They wander around, reading the
notices and discussing obscure bands.
One notice warns against gratuitous
obscenity. Richie explains, "You can
say bitch and ass on the radio now, you
just can't say real curse words. You
can't say f , f , f ."
An outsider asks incredulously, "You
can't say 'sit on my face' on XYC?
That's not in bad taste!"
She and the first DJ drift out, and the
next interloper is a woman who peeks
her head in the door. "Can I request
something?" she asks, "This Mortal Coil
Song of the Siren." Richie seems
puzzled, and rationalizes she came by
because she is an acquaintance. He plays
the song a little later.
In the lull between guests, DJs edi
torialize on the CDs. On the GWAR
CD, an entire treatise is scribbled: "Are
these guys really this stupid, or have
they actually created a multi-dimensional
satire on the biggest money
making genre in music today? To tell
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Brad and Scott show up to break the
monotony shortly before 3 a.m., but
since tonight ends Daylight Savings
Time, it's now 2 a.m. Richie offers, "Do
you want to do a PSA? Speak loudly."
As Scott and Brad accept the an
nouncement about absentee ballots,
Brad says, "I'm just thrilled to be on
XYC. I'm going to tell my friends."
They switch off sentences and ad-lib,
'"Cause you're really not cool if you
don't vote, man. Yeah, man."
Richie asks them while on the air,
"What's the weather like?"
Scott says, "It's pretty chilly, man."
Richie gives the weather, "Yeah,
that's how it was when I came in. It's
chilly, probably getting chillier. Possi
bly getting chilliest right before dawn."
As the rap, African, jazz and alter
native songs play, Scott asks, "So how
do you know what to play, man?"
Richie does have to follow rotation
somewhat, but since only insomniacs
are listening, he has some leeway. "Just
pick it out and play it," he says
"Way cool," Scott says, "You can't
go wrong with that s , man."
Brad and Scott browse through the
CDs and hang around until around 3
a.m., when Brad suddenly says, "I got to
get up at eight in the morning because
my parents are here. I'm going to be
hating life." Before they leave, they
admit they're disc jockey wannabes.
"This would be acool place to work,"
Scott says. "I wouldn't want to work the
two-to-six shift those are the only
hours I sleep."
Brad adds, "If I could get the two to
six shift I'd work it in a minute, but the
test is so hard you have to pass." They
are late-night groupies and joke, "Many
a night we exchange requests for sexual
favors. We're just slandering."
Richie drinks some orange juice for
energy and describes life in the late
night lane. "Requests kind of drop off at
4:30, except for people working at
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"Just pick it out
and play it."
Kinko's and other people staying up
late for various reasons," he says.
"People stay up for exams, say they're
studying, and ask for stuff. Sometimes
you get people who can't sleep asking
"There was this one really freaky
lady that called. She was asking what
kind of subliminal messages we were
sending over the radio. I didn't really
have a conversation with her, I just
engaged in a Socratic dialogue with
As he plays some Beethoven from
"A Clockwork Orange" and some
Beastie Boys, he talks about staying
awake. "They encourage us to have a
couple of people or one person at night.
It helps a lot. I don 't have to worry about
falling asleep with someone to talk to.
"The great god of caffeine helps, I
suppose. I try not to drink too much. It's
only 4: 1 5. I've got another hour and 45
minutes. I'll probably end up making
In between songs, he goes on the air
and asks plaintively, "If you know what
time it is, call us up, because we don't
know what time it is. Usually you set the
clocks back at night, because you go to
sleep. But when you don't go to sleep,
what time is it?"
Mark and Kirk, who go on the air at
six, come in right before five. They also
share the graveyard shift Thursday
mornings. "Sometimes you can get one
guy calling in all the time, asking all
about some band. They think you know
everything just because you work here,"
They all agree that the graveyarc
shift isn't so bad. "You never knov
who's going to drop in," Kirk says.
Richie adds, "Dude, I'm up anyway.
This is when I work anyway."
Mark describes how he manages to
go to classes on the day after his show.
"I'll go into Lenoir about 7:30 and drink
about six cups of coffee. I'll go to my
9:30, then go home and sleep."
At the end of the shift, Richie goes
home and sleeps, and the music plays
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