The Tar Heel
Thursday, August 5, 1971
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by Lynn Smith
A downtown plaza was suggested as a
means to preserve vending without
over-crowding Franklin Street sidewalks
at a Board of Aldermen meeting Monday.
Alderman James Wallace said he spoke
for both local merchants and the vendors
when he proposed the new plan. He
called it a "place for the little man."
The plaza would have a parking deck
with trees, fountains and a public market.
The area would be under city control.
Most discussion concerned the
question of whether Jhe Aldermen, in the
interest of the rrablic good, could
contribute the use of public property for
Alderman Ross Scroggs said 'To allow
vending on the public streets, in effect,
would be to have citizens paying for the
vendors' right to sell."
Wallace agreed that the question was to
what extent the streets should be used by
a few for profit. He said the board had to
weigh the principle of public cost as
opposed to public benefit.
He said his plan took both into
The plan presented by the Mayor's
Advisory Committee on Vending at the
July 12 meeting was not discussed. The
vendors proposal advocated restriction by
space. The Aldermen refused to consider
the plan at the earlier meeting because
they needed more time to discuss the
The Aldermen postponed any action
on the issue until early September.
The controversy over street vending
has raged between Mayor Howard Lee
and the Board of Aldermen since the
town anti-vending ordinance was ruled
discriminatory. The ordinance contained
a clause exempting flower ladies. The
ordinance was allowed to stand without
the clause, prohibiting all vending on
Chapel Hill streets.
by Charles Jeffries
' Staff Writer
The student body presidents of 11
major North Carolina universities held a
press conference in Raleigh today to
reveal their plans to hold a Student
Action Conference ' in Chapel Hill on
The purpose of the conference is to
discuss mutual political and educational
problems and to plan action to solve
The conference is expected to draw
400 North Carolina high school and
college leaders to discuss matters other
than political and educational problems
including drugs, women's rights and black
UNC-Chapel Hill student body
president Joe Stallings opened the press
conference by emphasizing the fact that
since the 26th amendment had given the
18 year-old the right to vote, "We must
now realize that students must have a
voice in the future direction of this state,
and that students must no longer be
treated as second class citizens."
The text of Stallings' speech was
released to The Tar Heel on Wednesday.
"With 139,000 college students and
over 65,000 high school seniors eligible to
vote in the 1972 primaries, we are willing
and ready to use the established political
system to achieve our goals," Stallings
Turning to the conference, Stallings
said that the major focus of the
conference will be voter registration and
he added, "We believe that nearly every
student we can register will vote, but we
must first lessen the restrictive residency
rules, which are obstacles in our path."
Stallings ended by saying that while
the conference will probably be highly
political, it would be completely
non-partisan in its sponsorship and goals.
Further information concerning the
conference is available from Gerry Cohen
in Chapel Hill at 933-5201. ,
by Charles Jeffries
Plans to recruit the-newly enfranchised
1 8-year-old voter have been drawn up by
the Citizens For Voter Registration, an
informal group of high school and college
students and adults in Orange County.
The new voters will be divided into
three distinct groups. First will be those
persons in the 18- to 21 -year age
bracket who are going away to college in
the fall. Secondly, the 18-year-old high
school students, and finally persons of all
ages who are not in school.
John Lindsay, a 22 year-old UNC
student, started the citizens group
because of concern over the lack of effort
to register the 1 8 to 20 year-old voter in
To help initiate the voter drives,
Lindsay enlisted the help of the county
chairmen, women's clubs, young people's
clubs of the Democratic and Republican
parties, the County Board of Elections,
the League of Women Voters, and
individual adults and young people.
Marshall Cates, chairman of the Orange
County Election Board, told a group of
interested persons at a July 29 meeting
that the local board is not "dragging its
feet" on a decision on whether to appeal
a recent federal court . decision that
invalidated the state's one year residency
$ioo stolon from EGOS
Over $100 was stolen last week from the ECOS office in Suite B of the Student
The money was taken from a locked desk drawer. The thief used a ball-point pen
to force the drawer open.
Petty cash from bicycle rentals and Elephant and Butterflies sales has been
moved to another file which has a stronger lock to prevent further thefts.
"We just can't afford to lose that kind of money," said Dev Joslin, an ECOS
Several other robberies in the Union were reported last week.
A wallet was taken from the ECOS office while the owner was present. Joe
Stallings, student body president, lost uncashed checks totaling over $50 when
Suite C was robbed last Tuesday night.
by Mike Parnell
One of the leaders of the food
service strike against SAGA food
service two years ago has been
released by Servomation-Ma-thias,
Inc. for failure to perform
Mrs. Elizabeth Brooks was
released by the food service for
failure to uphold her
responsibilities as supervisor in
the Union Snack Bar, according
to Robert Greer, director of
Servomation at UNC.
Mrs. Brooks told The Tar Heel
Tuesday she had been fired for
failure to sign a responsibility
slip for a shortage of money in
her cash register Friday night.
The shortage in the cash
register was $4.91. When Mrs.
Brooks was asked to sign the
responsibility slip, a normal
procedure for all employes of
Servomation, she refused.
She claimed she was not
responsible because three other
persons had handled the cash
register. Greer claimed, however,
that as supervisor she was
responsible for the shortage.
Mrs. Brooks said the problem
began because she did not
consider herself a supervisor. "I
was led to believe at the
beginning of the summer I
would be a cashier instead of
supervisor this summer," she
Greer replied that there was a
misunderstanding about Mrs.
Brooks being supervisor, but
they had cleared it up prior to
the incident Friday night. Mrs.
Brooks had signed a paper saying
she understood she would be
supervisor and that she accepted
the job's responsibilities, Greer
Mrs, Brooks' signature was
found on this particular
Greer said the Friday night
incident was not directly
responsible for the release of
Mrs. Brooks. He cited five
previous incidents where Mrs.
Brooks had signed warning slips
The warning slips are a normal
procedure for Servomation
employes, said Greer.
The previous warnings, issued
between February and May,
occurred on two occasions when
Mrs. Brooks was more than an
hour late for work, and for three
"failures of duty" as a
These failures occurred when
Mrs. Brooks was found out of
the Snack Bar and her employes
didn't know where she was,
when Mrs. Brooks was held
responsible for the lack of
napkins and eating utensils in
their proper places in the Snack
Bar and when Mrs. Brooks was
held responsible for three
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employes who were found to be
slack in their duties.
The supervision of personnel
and the supervision of the eating
utensils are part of Mrs. Brooks
duties, according to Lawrence
Joseph, director of personnel for
Servomation at their home
office in Baltimore, Md.
Joseph was in Chapel Hill
Wednesday making a routine
check of the Servomation
Mrs. Brooks answered some of
the charges against her Tuesday.
She said when she began last
fall she "had no idea of what a
supervisor was supposed to do."
Concerning the warning slips
Mrs. Brooks said she had
notified the director in advance
on the two occasions she had
been late. She said it was
impossible for a supervisor,
expected to also handle the
duties of cashier, to keep check
on her employes at all times
because of the amount of work
She explained the incident of
her being away from her post
when she said she was in the
bathroom for only five minutes
and that the employes knew
where she was.
That report was filed against
her by Arthur Nielson, manager
of the Snack Bar, and Merrit
Catlin, director of Servomation
until May, when Greer took
Mrs. Brooks said she thought
the firing was due to "my
"If I feel I'm right, I speak
out. I went to Mr. Nielson and
Mr. Catlin and argued different
points with them in an attempt
to improve work conditions for
myself and otherworkers.
"I think they are firing me
now because they know that if
they fired me in the fall there
would be a chance of another
strike and they don't want
She referred to the two strikes
against SAGA food service at
UNC two years ago. The strikes
resulted in the SAGA workers
receiving back pay owed them
and in the formation of a union
for the workers.
The union has since dissolved
and SAGA left campus in favor
Greer and Joseph both said
they felt Mrs. Brooks has shown
she was unfit to be a supervisor
due to the previous problems
mentioned on the warning slips,
as well as occasions' she was
found lax in her duties when no
warning slips were filed.
Mrs. Mary Smith, co-leader of
the strike with Mrs. Brooks two
years ago. refused comment on
Greer said he "hated to let
Mrs. Brooks go. but a supervisor
has to set a good example, which
she was not doing."