A8 The Daily Tar Heel Thursday. August 25. 1977
By AMY McRARY
Students looking for furniture for their
apartment or dorm room have two options: to
rent or to buy. In either case, they have a wide
choice in quality and price.
To save themselves the trouble of transporting
furniture from home, to satisfy the need for
temporary furniture or for cheaper payments on
a short-term basis, many students rent
furnishings from one of the two furniture rental
companies in the area.
These two companies, Cort in Raleigh and
Metrolease in Durham, offer a special three
room student packageThis consists of living
room, bedroom and dining-room furniture at a
monthly fee of $29. Additional tax. makes the
actual fee higher, though.
Metrolease also has another charge, a waiver
agreement, which raises total monthly cost to
$32.68. Under this agreement, which raises total
monthly cost to $32.68. Under this agreement,
Metrolease will repair free any damage done to
the furniture while the student rents it. There is
no limit to the amount of repair, but manager
Anna Hewett warns that customers are charged
with malicious damage for such items as
furniture clawed by pets. Both Cort and
Metrolease require a security deposit.
Both companies also have a purchase-option
plan. At Metrolease, monthly rental fees go
toward 75 per cent of the furniture. When this
amount is reached, the student then has the
option to pay the balance. If the balance is not
paid when payments reach 75 per cent, the
customer is paying rent on what will someday be
his. with those payments not going toward
Some apartment complexes also rent furniture
to their apartment dwellers for a monthly fee
added to the apartment rent. The monthly rental
cost adds between $35 and $40 to the rent, and
the occupant is responsible for damages. A
separate furniture deposit also is required. For
example. Roberts Associates furnishes the two
bedrooms, the living room and the dining room
for $45 monthly and a $50 deposit, Kingswood
manager J. Brent Bobbit said.
If a student does not want the responsibility of
living with someone else's furniture or wants to
use the items for a long time, buying is the
answer. Yard sales, often advertised in
newspapers, offer good used furniture at low
prices. Yard sales have become so successful that
they nave cut into the used-furniture industry,
said Tom Watts, manager of High Point
Chapel Hill-Carrboro furniture stores can be
divided into two groups: those that sell used
items and those with new items.
Although the PTA Thrift Shop at 508 W.
Franklin St. carries more used clothing than
furniture, donated furnishings are sold in a
backroom. Because all items are secondhand,
they must be carefully inspected before buying.
More mattresses and boxsprings at $10 per set
are sold to students than anything else, assistant
manager Kim Peace said. The mattresses have
not been cleaned, but "a can of l.ysol would do
the trick," Peace said. Couches with an average
price of $5 and chairs, about $4, also are big
sellers for apartment dwellers. Used appliances,
$1 bedspreads and soiled draperies for 50 cents
also are available.
The Trading Post, at 106 S. Greensboro St. in
Carrboro, is probably the largest volume
supplier of unfinished wood funriture at low
costs. Unfinished bookcases priced at $19.95 are
the best-selling item, owner Richard Moody
said, followed by unfinished desks and tables.
Moody also carries the kits to stain the furniture
and will demonstrate how to do it properly.
Bedding is more expensive here than at the
Thrift Shop, but it's new. Boxsprings with a
mattress cost $90. Metal bedframes sell for $25.
There are also factory seconds, along with a
variety of low-and medium-priced antiques.
Delivery charges are from $2 to $5.
Another place to browse for a used-furniture
bargain is Charlie's Used Furniture and
Appliances, on Highway 54 East. A painted
totem pole sells for $65. Like the Thrift Shop, all
items are used.
No refunds or exchanges are allowed, and the
delivery charge is $3. A healthy assortment of
odds and ends, such as $5 chairs and $ 10 tables in
various conditions fill the room. Second-hand
mattresses and boxsprings sell from $40 to $60.
Owner Charlie StanceU's most popular items
are dorm-room refrigerators. Larger units sells
from $35 to $125, while six-cubic-foot units are
priced at $100. However, the UNC housing
department has ruled that beginning in the fall of
178, no refrigerator larger than six cubic feet
will be allowed in dorm rooms.
On the other side of the furniture market are
stores selling mostly new merchandise. Two are
Riggsbee-Hinson Furniture and High Point
Furniture Outlet, both in Carrboro. Students
buy more bedding at these stores than anything
else, the managers said. Cost for a set at
Riggsbee-Hinson is $89 and up, while High
Point Outlet will deliver a set for $99.50.
Riggsbee-Hinson delivers free.
M ost items in these two stores are out of many
students' price range, but both have bsanbag
chairs from $13 to $30. High Point Ov.llet also
has the Bargain Den, a room full of slightly
damaged furniture and odd tables and chairs.
Cost here depends on the item's condition.
Certain housing department rules may restrict
how students furnish their abode. No waterbeds
or barbells are allowed, as their weight damages
floors, said Peggy Gibbs. assistant to the director
Mattox takes title seriously;
plans birth control program
By DAVID WATTERS
Nancy Mattox decided to apply a
literal interpretation to her title of
Student Health Advocate when she
assumed that position last spring.
"I believe my job is to be an advocate
for the health in general," she said.
So in addition to acting as the liaison
between Student Health Services and
the student body, she plans to initiate a
birth control education program to be
presented to various student
organizations. She also plans to
Girls often take the pill
because it is easy to use.
But they also need to be
aware of the risks of tak
ing the pill.'
Student health advocate
distribute material informing students
pf the mental health services available to
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: Because she held the post only a few
days last spring, Mattox said she plans
to continue her efforts for determining
the health needs of students.
Mattox said many students at UNC
are uninformed about methods of birth
control and are reluctant to practice
birth control. This results in many
unwanted pregnancies each year a
problem Mattox believes a birth control
education program could help solve.
: "Every year many girls have to leave
during the semester because of an
unplanned pregnancy," Mattox said.
She added she believes a birth control
education program for both women and
men should show students the many
alternative methods of birth control.
The program will also warn students
of the risks involved in some forms of
birth control, Mattox said. "Many girls
often take the pill because it is easy to
use. But they also need td be aware of
the risks of taking the pill."
Mattox said the mental health
division of the Student Health Service
should be used to prevent minor student
problems from compounding and
becoming major mental health risks.
"Students get lonely and feel the
pressure of being away from home,"
Mattox said. "Thre JLs an awful lot of
churning going on inside some students,
especially during exam periods, and it
must be very depressing."
A booklet printed by the Student
Health Service states, "The mental
health division is aware of the problems
and stresses of university life, therapists
are available, at no cost, to assist you."
Each semester students pay $37.50 in
fees to the Student Health Service, and a
portion of the fees pays for the mental
health program. ' -. .. ,
Mattox said the number of student
visits to the mental health division
increases heavily during exam periods.
She believes one reason for this is the
absence of people who were willing to
help students during orientation and the
beginning of the semester.
Many problems Mattox said students
face during exams could be eased if
students could just talk about their
problems with other students. So she
plans to initiate a "support group"
program in dormitories to provide such
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Mattox said she also will monitor the
success of the classroom-smoking ban.
If the ban is being ignored by many
professors, she said she would press for
Mattox plans to coordinate a health
symposium this fall, and she also hopes
to update the Consumer Health
Handbook, a guide to health care in
Chapel Hill published by the Student
Consumer Action Union.
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Parking woes remain for UNC students
By LAIR A SCISM
The UNC traffic office, which annually issues approximately
120.000 traffic citations, will use stiffer fines and a pro-active
enforcement policy to reduce the number of eampus parking
violations this year.
A new parking and traffic ordinance has also set guidelines for
displaying parking decals. Improper display will carry a fine of $2.
The pro-active enforcement policy consists of stationing student
traffic monitors at entrances to what officials call"probIem" parking
lots. The monitors check cars for valid permits and warn drivers that
cars will be towed if parked illegally.
The policy was used last spring, and traffic officials say it proved to
be the most effective means of reducing violations.
"If they (drivers) are told they can't enter a parking lot, and they do
it anyway, they can expect that their car will be towed," said Ted
Marvin, director of campus security services.
Patrolling and towing in student parking lots begins today, said
Abbott Mason, coordinator of the traffic monitor program.
Patrolling and towing in staff parking lots began Monday.
Approximately 1,100 student permits are still available, most of
w hich are for South Campus lots. But Bill Locke, administrator of
traffic and parking, said he anticipates some cancellations for North
Campus permits, which were sold out during preregistration.
Approximately 100 to 150 staff permits are still available.
Temporary permits will be issued to those applying for them
during the first two weeks of registration and classes. Permanent
parking stickers will be issued Sept. 6.
Changes in the traffic and parking ordinance account for the stiffer
fines for parking violations. Parking without a U NC decal now costs
$ 10, double from last year's fine. Parking at an expired meter is $2 for
t he first violat ion and $ I for each additional three hours. Parking in a
marked fire lane costs $10 and on sidewalks and lawns, $5.
The new ordinance also includes rules on display of parking decals.
Expired decals must be removed from the windshield; otherwise the
fine will be $2. Scrapers are available at the traffic office and at
Decals must be affixed to the lower right corner of the passenger
side windshield. Transferable decals must be displayed on the
passenger side of the dashboard. Improper display of decals carries a
Decals must be displayed this way to aid enforcement and for
saiety reasons. Mason said. Displaying expired parking decals is a
violation of state motor vehicle law.
The "problem" parking areas that will have beefed-up patrols and
blocked entrances are at Morrison Dorm, Carmichael Auditorium,
the Union, Swain, Hill, Ackland and Carroll halls and the Bell
Tower. Other lots will be patrolled, too. "We'll move with the
problems," Mason said.
Consumers overlooked Common Cause
WASHINGTON (UP1) hederal
regulatory commissioners consulted
industry lobbyists 10 times more often
than they saw consumer spokesmen last
year. Common Cause reported
The self-styled citizens' lobby said it
surveyed the usually confidential
appointment calendars of 39
commissioners in 1 1 regulatory agencies
that supervise major business fields, and
found a "gross imbalance" of contacts
suggesting bias toward the industry
The survey showed that 46 per cent of
the commissioners' outside contacts in
1976 were with industry representatives.
Only 4 per cent were with
representatives of consumer or public
In addition, it said 44 per cent of the
commissioners surveyed reported no
official contact at all with consumer
The Common Cause report said these
findings reinforce public, opinion polls
that show Americans are losing
confidence in the federal regulatory
Chapel Hill taps Haw?
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The Haw River has been frequently
mentioned as the next choice for emergency
water, but OWASA has rejected the river's
water on the grounds that it is unfit for
human consumption. The N.C.
Environmental Management Division,
although, gave it the same rating given to
water in University Lake.
Now under consideration by OWASA is
piping water from the Eno River, tapping an
Orange-Alamance treated water line,
digging wells in the University Lake
watershed and installing a Lake Orange raw
water line that would skirt the Hillsborough
As a conservation measure, the University
Department of Engineering and
Construction has drilled seven wells on
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campus that are producing from L5 to 65
gallons per minute.
Lack of rain, unusually high temperatures
and increased water consumption have
contributed to the severity of this summer's
water shortage, according to town officials.
The Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen
adopted a five-stage water conservation plan
on July 18. The town has been observing
stage-three restrictions since University
Lake. Chapel Hill's only reservoir, dropped
to 72 inches below its normal level.
Under stage-three restrictions, shrubbery,
flower and vegetable gardens may be
watered only between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on
Saturdays. Lawn-watering is prohibited,
and water flow in swimm ng pools must be
reduced to the minimum amount required
for maintaining operatior Water-cooled air
conditioners and other equipment that does
not recycle water may not be used unless
necessary for health and safety.
Washing motor vehicles, includingthe use
of commercial car washes, is prohibited.
Water may not be used to wash outside areas
such as patios, sidewalks and driveways or
for decorative fountains, pools and ponds.
Restaurants may serve water only on
. Violations of the ordinance will result in a
misdemeanor charge punishable bv a fine of
not more than Jou or impi tsoiuuent lor not
more than 30 days.
If the lake drops to 96 inches below
normal, tighter stage-four restrictions will be
enforced. Stage five, the crisis stage, will go
into effect if University Lake falls to 132
inches below normal.
Stage one, voluntary reduction of water
. consumption, applies when the water level is
36 inches below normal and stage two at 48
In addition to the stage-three restrictions,
residents are also urged to use these
Take showers instead of tub baths and
limit them to four minutes.
Reuse household water for watering
plants. (Biodegradable soaps, detergents and
shampoos will not harm plants.)
Do not let taps run while shaving,
brushing teeth or rinsing dishes.
Limit use of washing machines and
dishwashers. Be sure they are loaded to
capacity when used.
Install water-saving devices such as
bricks, plastic bottles or commercial units in
Install water-flow restricters in shower
heads and taps.
Use disposable and biodegradable
Limit use of water-cooled air
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