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lack basic math skills
RALEIGH More than half of
North Carolina's eighth-graders lack
basic math skills, and fewer than 10
percent can handle the type of problems
they should master before they enter
high school, a study says.
The report was issued by the Na
tional Assessment Governing Board, a
group of educators, employers, schol
ars and others trying to produce a set ot
national standards for what students
need to know.
Most national tests report student
scores relative to other participants. The
board is trying to measure what stu
dents know against a standard.The News
& Observer of Raleigh reported.
For example, the study says, a test
might ask eighth-graders: "What is the
value of x5 when x3?" The board
says students with basic math skills
should be able to answer that question.
Based on that approach, 57 percent
of North Carolina's eighth-graders lack
Parent testifies for son
in Little Rascals trial
FARMVILLE A father testified
Thursday that he didn't connect his
son's fear of bathrooms to alleged sexual
abuse until he was convinced some
thing happened at a day-care center.
Randy Hollowell, whose son was an
alleged victim at the Little Rascals Day
Care Center, said his child avoided bath
rooms so much that he seemed to forget
his toilet training.
"He had a lot of fear of going in the
bathroom," Hollowell said. "He would
use the closet in our bedroom, the linen
closet." Once, he caught his son urinat
ing in the garage, he added.
The low-key testimony wrapped up
the sixth week in the trial of Robert F.
Kelly Jr., 43, who is charged with 1 83
counts of sexually abusing 22 children
at the center.
N.C. taxpayers to learn
about appeal rights
RALEIGH Revenue Secretary
Betsy Justus announced Thursday the
development of the N.C. Taxpayers'
Bill of Rights, designed to inform tax
payers of their rights and avenues of
appeal in the state taxation system.
"I'm very pleased to announce the
development of this brochure, which
will help educate our citizens about
their rights as taxpayers," Justus said.
"It is our goal to apply the tax laws
consistently and fairly so that taxpayer
rights are protected and to ensure that
our citizens pay only their fair share of
North Carolina tax."
The taxpayers' bill of rights covers
concerns in the areas of confidentiality,
examinations, representation, appeals,
collections, penalties and assistance.
'. To receive a free copy of the bill of
rights, call (919) 733-5327 or write:
Revenue Public Affairs, P.O. Box
25000, Raleigh, N.C, 27640-0001.
Woman got first kiss
from Andy Griffith
MOUNT AIR Y Long before Andy
Griffith's alter ego met Ellie the drug
gist or schoolteacher Helen Crump.there
was Jessie Pruett Jones.
Jones recalls it was around 1940when
Griffith grabbed the kiss her first.
"We were probably 13, and there
was a party going on next door and
Andy walked me home," she said.
He grabbed her by the cheeks and
"really planted" a kiss on her lips, she
said. "He just grabbed a kiss and ran."
As he j umped off her porch, he landed
on a hydrangea bush and flattened it.
"Mother walked around in the yard
for a week with a rolled-up newspaper
after every neighborhood dog that
strayed near our house, to punish them
for breaking our 'Snowball Bush.' I
walked on air for days and days."
The Associated Press
Towns prepare report on federal housing money
By Amie Lane
The Chapel Hill Town Council will
hold the first public hearing Monday
night on a community housing plan that
will allow governments countywide to
improve low-income housing facilities.
Housing authorities in Chapel Hill,
Carrboro, Hillsborough and the rest of
Orange County now are assessing their
overall housing needs for the next five
The U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development is requiring Chapel
Hill to prepare a Comprehensive Hous
ing Affordability Strategy before re
ceiving any funds for housing assistance.
Chapel Hill is the only governmental
body in Orange County with this re
quirement, but local governments in
Orange County also are preparing such
Officials from area governmental
bodies decided there would be a better
chance of receiving housing assistance
funds if the CHAS document was con
solidated to include the low-income
housing needs of the entire county.
"We are working at a way to send off
one consolidated document," said Tina
Vaughn, director of housing and com
munity development for Chapel Hill.
"The whole document, whether con
solidated or not, is to address housing
needs and to outline proposed means to
try to address those needs."
to provide campus
updates to students
By Jenny Mclruiis
Confused about registration? Want
to know more about campus groups?
Angry about construction?
Students who have questions, con
cerns or comments about the Univer
sity can call student government's new
information line, 962-INFO, beginning
The line will serve as a centralized
information source for the campus, said
Ann Thornton, director of the informa
Anyone can call and ask for help,
complain about problems at the Univer
sity or receive information such as tele
phone numbers, she said.
Student Body President Matt Heyd
proposed the idea of a centralized infor
mation source during his campaign,
The information line phone, which
will be located in Suite C of the Student
Union, will be staffed by volunteer students.
"They can volunteer for as many or
as few hours as they want," Thornton
'This is a great way for freshmen to
get involved and learn a lot of things
about the campus."
Student Body Secretary Jennifer
Ravenel said campus groups also can
benefit from the line.
"Any groups or organizations can
advertise their group when they answer
the phone," she said.
The service will be free to students
and will be available 24 hours a day.
An answering machine will be used
when the line is not staffed by volun
teers, Ravenel said.
Students who leave their numbers on
the answering machine will be con
tacted when a volunteer arrives, she
This is the first time the information
line has been used at UNC, Thornton
"We are excited to see what kind of
questions will be asked and what it's
going to turn out like," she said.
Elections, turmoil in Russia
cause cancellation of visit
Local elections in the Soviet Union
and the after-effects of the September
coup have caused the Chapel Hill
Saratov sister cities delegation to can
cel its trip.
Chapel Hill Mayor Jonathan Howes,
Carrboro Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird and
Soviet sistercities program leader Dirk
Spruyt had planned to travel to Saratov
the first week of September, but So
viet officials denied the delegation's
request for visas because of the coup.
The group then planned to go in
mid-October, but scheduling conflicts
caused the committee to reconsider.
UNC history professor Don Raleigh,
who arrived in the Soviet Union at the
beginning of the coup, recently re
turned and advised the delegation to
wait until the spring, Howes said, Ra
leigh will return to Russia at that time.
"Don Raleigh came back a week
ago with some stories about it," Howes
said. "His opinion was it would be
more productive afterthe dust settled."
Howes also said local elections in
"The mayor, who is a good demo
crat, with a small 'd,' wouldn't be
available while we would be there,"
Howes, who is not running for re
election this year, said he was looking
forward to visiting Saratov before the
end of his second term.
"I was disappointed we weren't
going in September,"he said. "It would
have been exciting to have been there
during that time. I also would have
liked to have been there to observe the
elections. ... It's also disappointing to
me personally not to go as mayor."
Howes said he hopes to remain a
part of the delegation, though he will
step down in December.
"I hope to stay involved with the
sister cities program," he said, adding
that the next mayor will decide who
travels to Saratov in the spring.
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we do not feel it would be appropriate
for Carmen to represent the University
and its athletic program. Coach (Bill)
Lam and I have therefore decided to
suspend him from our wrestling team
until the situation has been settled."
Lam said in the release that he had
discussed the matter with Catullo.
"I have talked to the young man and
even though he is a non-scholarship
athlete and maintains his innocence, he
understands he cannot represent our
program until the matter is resolved,"
Tara Fikes, director of housing and
community development for Orange
County, said that in the past, much of
the money for housing in the county has
come from the state.
"I think if we can get funding directly
from HUD, it might be more benefi
cial," she said.
that requires local governments to esti
mate housing assistance needs of low
income, handicapped, disabled and
homeless people for a five-year period.
It is a new requirement resulting from
the adoption of the National Affordable
Housing Act of 1990.
CHAS replaces the Housing Assis
tance Plan and the Comprehensive
Homeless Assistance Plan.
The preliminary draft of CHAS for
Chapel Hill estimates 2,234 "very low
and low-income families" in need of
"The availability for low-income
housing is diminishing," Vaughn said.
"It's difficult for low-income people to
find housing in Chapel Hill they can
Jacquelyn Gist, a board member on
the Orange County Community Hous
ing Coiporation, said the low and mod
erate housing issue is important. In
Carrboro, it is estimated that 3,483 citi
zens, out of almost 1 1 ,000, fall into the
low-income range bracket.
"It's an issue we have to constantly
be addressing," said Gist, a member of
the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.
After the public hearings on CHAS
have been completed, the towns of
Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and
the rest of Orange County are expected
to recommend that the documents be
incorporated into a final document. The
deadline for submitting the final docu
ment to HUD is Oct. 31.
In addressing the needs of low- and
moderate-income housing, the law re
quires local jurisdictions to provide
public hearings for generating citizen
participation in developing strategies.
Carrboro has set a hearing for Tues
day, and the Orange County Commis
sioners will listen to public comment
Wednesday. The Hillsborough Town
Board has planned a public hearing for
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette drives home his
point during the fall 1 991 Reed Sarratt Lecture Wednesday night
in Howell Hall. Marlette is the creator of the syndicated strip
"Kudzu" and draws cartoons for New York's Newsday.
UNC offers graduate school advice
By John Broadfoot
Potential graduate students now have
an established source of information
and help as they begin planning for
The Office of Pre-graduate Advising
was created in January to help juniors
and seniors prepare to enter arts and
sciences graduate programs.
Robert Kirkpatrick, head of the ad
vising office, said he was concerned
that students were not aware of fellow
ships and other financial aid available
to graduate students.
"We have found that our seniors are
not aggressively competing for the
graduate fellowships at UNC as well as
universities all across the country,"
"Thus, last yeartheseniorcjass presi
dent set up the pre-graduate advising
office to make students aware of dead
lines for the Graduate Record Exam,
fellowship applications and other op
portunities," he said.
The pre-graduate advising office held
an information forum in April at which
the graduate school dean, the honors
program dean, a representative for the
Fulbright scholarship and others fielded
questions from potential graduate stu
dents. The office wants to set up similar
sessions this year, Kirkpatrick said.
Students who plan to enter business,
law or medical schools should seek
advice from advisers in those depart
ments. One source of information for cur
rent graduate students is the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation.
Jane Roper, GPSF president, said she
thought the organization was an excel
lent resource for graduates in all fields.
"We give out announcements during
the Senate meetings, and the represen
tatives relay the announcements to their
respective departments," she said. "In
addition to the meetings, the GPSF pub
lishes an announcement sheet, which is
posted in each department."
Laser printing service has low student turnout
By Peter B. Smith
The student government executive
branch plans to continue offering laser
printing at the Phoenix office despite
the lack of student turnout the first week.
Phoenix Editor Charles Overbeck
said he thought students would take
advantage of the service as soon as they
heard about it.
"We've had people come in at differ
ent times of the week wanting to use it,"
he said. "People don't know when it is
The service, which started last week,
is open Fridays from 8 a.m. tp noon. The
Phoenix office is located in the back of
the Student Union.
Josh Siegel, student body treasurer,
said publicity was not the problem.
"I think peoplejust haven't worked it
into their schedules yet," he said. "We' re
advertising it in (The Daily Tar Heel's)
Campus Calendar, and the Phoenix has
run ads for it in last week's magazine."
The service allows students to
laserprint documents such as resumes
or term papers.
A lab assistant is in the Phoenix of
fice during the specified hours to help
with the printing. Students are charged
50 cents per page, but the service is free
for any student organization.
The executive branch is paying for
the lab assistant, the paper and the
printer's toner cartridge.
But easier ways exist to provide laser
printing for the campus, he said.
"You could put one in the library and
hook it up to an ID card reader," he said.
"There it could be ready all the time."
The agreement between the Phoenix
and the executive branch is working
well, Overbeck said.
"As long as the student government
holds up their promise, everything
should be all right."
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