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The scaffolding behind Lewis and Everett dorms renders 25 parking spaces useless,
but cannot be removed before the first day of classes. Tedious gutter repair was
delayed by heavy summer rains.
O vercrowding worse
at State than here
Although the housing situation at the
University of North Carolina is tight,
the situation is much worse at North
Carolina State University where 1,250
freshmen have been closed out of on
campus housing this fall.
The 1,000 male freshmen and 250
women freshmen on the waiting list
have been forced to seek off-campus
Figures for upperclassmen were
unavailable Wednesday, since the
upperclassmen's waiting list will not be
until the first day of classes.
State's housing department has
requested through television, radio and
newspaper advertisements that anyone
having a room or apartment to rent
please list the vacancy with the
department. This information is then
distributed to the students searching for
room to live.
Unlike UNC, State does not require
freshmen to live in on-campus housing.
State does, however, give freshmen
priority concerning the on-campus
housing waiting list.
N.C. State housing officer J.S.
Fulgham said he does not know how
many students lack housing. But he said
he is optimistic that all enrolled students
will find housing. He said the housing
may not be in Raleigh, but rather in the
Select dorms received facelifts
totalling over $320,000
by Bob King
Housing improvements ranging from
sit-down showers for handicapped
students to recreation rooms have cost
the Department of University Housing
$320,000 this summer. Housing
Director James D. Condie said last
Numerous adjustments were made in
Grimes and Ruffin Residence Halls,
. where several handicapped students will
be housed this fall. Special showers and
furniture have been installed in the
dorms, and wheelchair ramps have been
built to connect sidewalks to the south
door, of each building.
Mailboxes for handicapped students
.have also been lowered to provide easy
access from a wheelchair.
Only one wheelchair student, a
woman, will be enrolled this fall, though
a number of students with other
handicaps will be staying in Ruffin and
"We needed to be able to tell the
admissions people that it was now
all .right to tell people we had the
capability of housing almost anybody,
regardless of physical handicap,"
Railings, lights and some door glass
had not been installed last week, but
Condie said contractors will complete
the improvements by the first day of
Roof and gutter repairs to Upper and
Lower Quad buildings should be
completed in two or three weeks,
Condie said. Inclement weather delayed
the tedious repairs, which were begun
The scaffolding constructed on the
south side of Lewis and Everett dorms
cannot, be removed until the project is
completed. Extending approximately
six feet from the exteriors of each
building, the scaffolding renders useless
25 parking spaces in the adjacent lot.
Installation of ventilation systems in
the once steamy North Campus
bathrooms is also almost complete.
Condie said he hopes the vents will save
long-run costs for painting and plaster
Several kitchens were installed in
North Campus dorms both this summer
and last. Each residence unit on campus
now has a kitchen.
A number of buildings received a new
coat of paint this summer. Women's
Triad exterior, railings in high-rise halls,
much of Cobb's interior; the roofs of
Old East and Old West and a number of
halls and rooms across campus were all
Storage space in Manley's basement,
once inaccessible, will be opened thfs fall
as a recreation room with Student
Stores vending machines and a storage
area for Upper Quad students. A similar
space in Graham's basement will
become a recreation room for Lower
Quad residents. The Graham basement
will also house a computer terminal.
Also during the summer the housing
department purchased 40 rooms of used
furniture from the Carolina Inn to be
used this year in Ruffin. Condie called
the furniture "a bargain at $80 a room."
Security screens for all first-floor
rooms on North Campus will be
installed over the next few years. Used
experimentally on the assistant
residence directors' apartments last
year, the screens are made of a strong
mesh and are nailed into window frames
to prevent break-ins.
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Ramps like this one were installed at the entrances
access for handicapped students
to Ruffin and Grimes to
No raise for housing employees
by Bob King
Although last spring's 17 per cent dormitory room rent increase
is still in effect. Housing Department employees will not get cost-of-living
pay raises, as had been expected when the rent hikes were
James D. Condie, director of University Housing explained last
week that a $100,000 increase in the cost of utilities soaked up the
$96,000 originally budgeted for the Housing department's
employee pay raises. Projected utility costs had jumped from
$750,000 to $850,000 over a period of a few months, he said.
Condie also said residence hall improvements totaling
approximately $320,000 were also partly responsible for the rent
increases, which were announced April 8 by the Housing Budget
The General Assembly spent its 1975 session tightening the
overall state budget and, in the process, eliminated state employee
pay raises. The legislature promised the employees it would atone
for its austerity during its next session, Condie said.
The Housing Department is obliged to pay its workers by the
same pay schedule state employees work under.
Condie said staff salaries will account for 14 percent of the 1976-
77 Housing department budget, if the promised cost-of-li ing raises
are granted. Had the legislature approved this scar's raises.
Housing employees vould have received a 9 per cent salary
Workers employed by the Housing Department tor one or two
years receive an automatic pay raise of 5 per cent each year.
Thereafter, raises are awarded on the basis of merit.
Once he receives his sixth raise, an employee has reached his
highest salary level. This pay raise system was not affected by the
legislature's refusal to grant cost-of-living salary increases.
Meanwhile, Housing's perennial battle to receive state funds is
continuing. Most state college housing departments are at least
partially subsidized with state funds.
"We still believe strongly that living in a residence hall is an
educational process," Condie said. "Student Affairs knows it. and
so does (consolidated university) President (William) Friday. It's
just a matter of convincing the legislature.
"For now. we have to look at Housing as an economically
balanced department. 1 feel that the two. economic balance and
education, are not truly contradictory.
"For instance, we collected over $9,000 from students who'd
caused damage in residence halls last year. When you have to pay
for something, you learn its value."
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Overcrowding slightly up from last year
by Bob King
. Approximately seventy rooms will be tripled this fall, an
increase from last year of approximately 10 overcrowded
rooms, Director of University Housing James D. Condie
said last week.
But the memory of fall, 1973 still shapes housing policy.
That year, 582 rooms, one-third of all campus housing, were
"Our objective for the past few years has been to eliminate
massive tripling," Condie explained, "and we've done it by
saying we won't allow a number of other undergraduates to
return" to University Housing. Freshmen must live on
campus for at least one semester.
Housing's main priority is to place all freshmen on
campus, to expose them to the "educational process involved
in living in a residence hall," Condie said.
In addition to the freshmen housed in University
Residence Halls, approximately 500 freshmen will live in
privately-owned Granville Towers. Granville must be
approved each year by the University to qualify as freshman
Approximately 60 freshmen have been granted waivers to
live at home or near the University with relatives.
Three hundred students who were closed out of their
dorms after the hectic spring sign-up returned to the
Housing office to request dorm space in the fall.
In May, 400 students who had been assigned spaces
cancelled their contracts. "1 assume that these 300 who
registered with us immediately after sign-up got spaces," said
Nearly 600 names remained on Housing's waiting list at
the end of June. Cancellations and placements have reduced
the list to its present size of 95.
A program to help people looking for off-campus housing
began in May, said Condie. Housing secretary Iris Ellis has
acted as a personal counselor for these students.
Landlords in both Durham and Chapel Hill have notified
Housing of their openings, but a number of students still
need off-campus housing. The department has run
newspaper ads and radio spots asking local people to list
with the Department if they have room.
Special use permit may soon be granted
by Lynn Medford
Assistant News Editor
After months of debate over proposed
renovations to the Delta Upsilon fraternity
house, neighbors and the fraternity may
reach a compromise on the renovation plan
in early September.
Neighbors' complaints about noise
coming from the fraternity have twice
thwarted Delta Upsilon's attempts to secure
special use permit from the Lhapel Hill
Board of Aldermen.
The fraternity located at the corner of
Rosemary and Hillsboro streets was granted
a special use permit to renovate their house
in 1972. However, 30 to 35 per cent increases
in construction costs, dissent within the
fraternity on plan details and drops in
fraternity membership forced changes in the
renovation plans, DU representative Alan
Pugh explained recently.
A request to modify the original special
use permit specifications was filed in May of
this year. The fraternity proposed adding a
dining and meeting facility, a patio and a
parking lot to the rear of the present
structure facing the neighboring houses.
The fraternity's neighbors had contended
that this location would increase the noise
from the house.
Planning Board Director Mike Jennings
said last week Delta Upsilon has revised the
renovation plans to relocate the patio
between two parts of the house.
The Planning Board has approved the
revised plan and will recommend its
approval at the Sept. 8 Board of Aldermen,
meeting, Jennings said. ;
Although not legally required to do so the
Board of Aldermen called a public hearing
on the special use permit modifications on
"The Board of Aldermen didn't have to
hold that public hearing," Pugh said.
"They're under a lot of pressure from those
people (the complaining neighbors), and
they're trying to compromise."
At the public hearing, aldermen referred
Delta Upsilon's request to the Planning
Board for review. The Planning Board
unanimously recommended at the July 28
aldermen meeting that the modification be
approved. But a move headed by Alderman
Alice. Welsh succeeded in getting the request
referred back to the Planning Board for
In presenting the Planning Board's
recommendation at the July meeting, board
director Mike Jennings told the aldermen
renovation plans complied with town zoning
laws and the North Carolina Housing Code.
Since the plans included destruction of
two dilapidated structures on the DU lot,
property values would be raised, Jennings
said. He said the Planning Board felt the
noise problem should be handled by the
noise ordinance, not zoning controls.
In answer" to Jennings and the Planning
Board, Alderman Welsh argued that the
design of the proposed changes would
intensify and increase noise in the residential
"One thing that's overlooked is that it is a
residential zone," she said. "Fraternities for
some time have had complaints of noise. The
problem is inherent all over town.
"To say that the burden of solving this
problem is on the neighbors (by resorting to
the noise ordinance) is really an unfair way
to handle this problem. It means throwing
this into the police courts. The noise
ordinance would be very difficult anyway.
To carry around instruments to measure
sound level is very difficult."
Welsh asked the Planning Board to attach
stipulations to the fraternity's modification
plan that would place the patio where noise
would be muffled.
Although Alderman Shirley Marshall
agreed with the Planning Board's contention
that noise problems should be dealt with
through noise ordinances, the aldermen
present voted unanimously to send the
modification plan back to the Planning
Aldermen Gerry Cohen and R.D. Smith
were absent, but both said they would have
voted with the other aldermen. "It was a wise
move, if we can resolve some of the issues,"
Smith said last week in an interview. "I can
sympathize with the neighbors because I
have been bothered with noise before." he
said. "You work all day and you want to go
home and rest not hear a band and loud
Cohen said he feels the fraternity should
be allowed to keep its special use permit, but
"the (modification) plan as it was presented
just wasn't acceptable.
"It is a residential area," he said. "I think
shifting the entrance of the party room and a
couple of other changes needed to be made in
Neighbors who attended the aldermen
meeting gathered outside the Municipal
Building after the meeting and voiced
approval for the board's action.
"We've laid awake nights wondering when
we'd call the police about the noise,"
neighbor Sara Stohler said. "I hope the
Planning Board will do something to change
Margaret Knoerr, of 208 Hillsborough
St., said she was disturbed that the
appearance committee chairperson is Delta
Upsilon's architect, and that Planning Board
Director Jennings was a member of the
When asked at the aldermen meeting
about his fraternity affiliation, Jennings
replied, "If you knew how I feel about
fraternities now, you wouldn't ask me about
DU sympathizers also gathered outside
the meeting room. "We were given a very
difficult task without any instructions from
the Board of Aldermen on how to do it," DU
.representative Pugh said.
"We've made every kind of concession to
the town, from historic preservation to
appearance. Noise is just their last bastion."
"The fraternity has been given the
roughest scrutiny of anyone applying for a
special use permit," Pugh said. "We've had
to deal with all sorts of changes and delays."
In September, the Board of Aldermen will
hold another public hearing on rczoning the
area east of H illsborough Street and north of
Rosemary Street to prevent building of
additional fraternity and sorority houses. If
the rezoning ordinance is passed, revisions to
existing Greek property there will also, be
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wants to expand Its physical plant, but neighbors ere afreld en Incrscsa in ncl-3 w'.Il
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