4 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, August 31, 1977
Pot penalties relaxed;
fine only on first offense
By HOWARD TROXLER
SufT Writer ;
Returning out-of-state students who
smoke pot will find a pleasant surprise
waiting for them this fall: North
Carolina has taken the first step tbward
the decriminalization of marijuana. The
penalty for simple possession of the
drug has been reduced to a fine and no
jail term for a first offense.
Under the new drug statute passed
this summer, the maximum penalty for
first offense offenders possessing under
an ounce of marijuana is $100. A second
offense is punishable by up to six
months in jail and a $500 fine.
Possession of more than one tenth of
an ounce of extracted resin (hashish),
synthetic THC, or extracted THC is still
a felony punishable by up to five years in
jail and a $5000 fine.
Massive Spencer renovations top list of dorm
By AMY McRARY
Residence hall repairs and improvements completed this
summer and continuing this semester will cost the housing
department $325,000. said Russell Perry, assistant director
of housing in charge of maintenance.
Improvements to Spencer Dorm account for the greatest
bulk of the work and money $85,000.
Repairs began last spring and will be completed later this
semester. Renovating the dorm is taking a long time because
there is so much to be done. Perry said.
Repairs to Spencer include new beams, gutters and
waterproofing, as well as complete remodeling of first and
second floor bathrooms on the old wing. The new plumbing
is below the parlor ceiling level, so a new ceiling is being
In addition to the massive Spencer renovations, most
other dorms "had something done to them this summer,"
Perry said. Because chemicals are stored in the 83 residence
hall janitor closets, the state fire marshall ordered vents
placed in the closets.
Air conditioners were installed in study or recreation
rooms in Morrison, Manly, Mangum, Aycock, Ruffin,
Everett and Lewis.
A number of buildings received a new coat of paint this
summer. Outside trim and doors of Cobb, Whitehead,
Winston, halls in Alexander, Connor, Joyner and Mangum
and bathrooms in the high-rises were painted.
Security screens were installed on the first-floor windows
of Manly, Mangum, and the basement office and recreation
room of Ehringhaus. First used experimentally on assistant
residence directors' apartments in 1974, the screens are made
WASHINGTON ,(UP1) - President
Carter 'won key endorsements from
organized labor and southern political
leaders on the Panama Canal treaty issue
Tuesday and said the nation will face hostile
world reaction if the Senate refuses to ratify
Conceding he faces an uphill battle in
Congress, Carter briefed political leaders
from Florida and Georgia on the
controversial treaty as part of his personal
campaign to drum up public support for it.
Shortly before he did so, the Executive
Council of the AFL-CIO unanimously
endorsed the treaty as "a just and enduring
basis for harmony in the Western
Hemisphere" and pledged to use all its
lobbying muscle in the fight for Senate
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The new laws have not affected drug
arrests in Chapel Hill, according to
Patrolman Fred Giles of the University
. . Police. "There's been less and less of this
fjype thing in the past few years anyway,"
rCiles said. "Not one drug arrest of any
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arrests have not been affected by the
new laws either. "It hasn't changed one
way or another," said an unidentified
policeman on Tuesday. "We've about
stopped looking for it.
"You see, we've decided that there's
The UNC housing department installed this stainless steel sinK so
of a heavy wire mesh and are screwed into window frames to
"With these screens, a student can go to sleep and not
worry about someone sneaking into his room," Perry said.
Three hundred security screens for the high-rises and 150
for Avery, Parker and Teague, as well as screens for the lower
quad dorms, will be installed this semester, Perry said.
Installing the security screens on all first-floor windows will
take approximately two years. Perry said.
The dormitory rooms on the first floors of Kenan,
Aiderman and Mclver were also painted. The rooms have
such high ceilings that students could never paint the entire
wall. Perry said.
United Auto 'W.orkers, meeting in Detroit,
said irra resolbtion, "The U.S. Senate should
reject the unfounded propaganda barrage
from the far right and those who have been
misled by the reactionaries."
It urged the Senate to ratify the treaty.
Hunt opposes resolution
SAN ANTONIO. Tex. (UPI) - North
Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, warning that
deregulation of natural gas could touch off a
new spiral of inflation and recession, voted
against a resolution Tuesday calling for an
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Carolina's step toward decriminalization.
. end of fuel price controls.
' The resolution was adopted rO-2 by the
Southern Governors' Conference, with a
provision that President Carter and
Congress delay their current energy plans
until a nationally televised series of debates
can be arranged to air all sides of the issue
Gov. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia,
who voted with Hunt, did not comment on
the volatile deregulation rule a major
priority pushed by host Gov. Dolph Briscoe
of Texas and Oklahoma Gov. David Boren,
who had wanted unanimity on the
Before the vote was taken. Hunt surprised
other governors with a detailed explanation
of his dissent, saying he realizes prices may
be too low to spur gas and oil exploration
. now. but that deregulation may cause them
to soar in the near future. Instead of
deregulation he said the government should
allow increased but still controlled
"You have to pay enough, but it seems to
mc that you ought not just turn it loose."
Hunt said. "That will put us back in the kind
of inflation that led to the recent and very
serious recession that we experienced."
H unt said natural gas should be regulated
just as states regulate public transport and
utility monopolies because consumers can
neither do without it nor "go out and shop
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Fiberglass shower stalls were installed on an experimental
basis in Joyner, Winston, Connor and Alexander. The new
stalls are being tested to see whether they last longer than the
old metal ones and whether students like them.
The apartment and office for the Parker residence director
was remodeled and a new office built on the second floor.
Future changes will be made for handicapped students
living on the first floors of Grimes and Ruffin. The two
kitchens will be remodeled so that handicapped students can
use them. Nothing in the kitchen will be above table height.
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Meany criticizes Carter
WASHINGTON (UPI) - AFL-CIO
President George Meany went back on the
attack Tuesday, saying President Carter had
failed to keep a campaign promise of making
jobs a No. I priority and was not doing
anything to boost a sluggish economy.
Meany said employment has been
sacrificed by the administration to the
economic policies of Federal Reserve Board
Chairman Arthur Burns.
"1 am not optimistic about the state of the
economy," Meany declared. "It seems to be
quite sluggish and I don't know that
anything's being done really to give it a
RH A head proposes to return revenues
from hall vending machines back to dorms
By BETH PARSONS
Approximately $12,000 in additional
funds may be available to campus residence
halls if a Residence Housing Association
(RHA) proposal is approved. RHA
President Bain Jones said Tuesday.
The proposal, now before the University
administration, would return monies
collected from dormitory recreational
vending machines to residence halls.
The funds presently collected from pinball
and other game machines are given to the
UNC Student Stores for scholarship money.
Jones stressed that dorms would actually
receive less than $12,000. however, because
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slowly being moved
By AMY McRARY
Although moving upperclassmen
from study rooms in which they are
temporarily housed is beginning this
week, it still will take two to three
months before all the students in
crowded conditions arc relocated,
Assistant Director of He using Peggy
Gibbs said Tuesday.
"Relocating the upperclassmen in
study rooms is going fair," Gibbs said.
Moving the students out of the study
rooms began Monday, the official day
to count "no-shows" students who
signed a housing contract but failed to
return to school.
"There were only 41 no-shows, as
compared to 95 last year, so we didn't fix
up as many students as I had hoped to,"
The 21 upperclass male students in
study rooms in Ehringhaus, Winston,
Old West, Old East and Alexander have
been offered permanent spaces in other
dormitories throughout campus. But
only 10 of the 21 had accepted by
A student can refuse the first offering
of a permanent room but must accept
All male upperclassmen in study
rooms will be relocated by the first of
next week, Gibbs said. "But it will take
several more weeks to relocate the
women now in study rooms," she said.
Sixty-seven female upperclassmen
were assigned to study rooms in James,
Parker, Morrison, Aycock, Joyner and
Whitehead. Four cancelled their
' housing contracts, and two failed to
return to school. Forty-seven of the
remainder have been offered permanent
Because many of the 47 have the
option to refuse the first permanent
space available, about 20 women will
still be living in study rooms.
"The thances are good that all the
women in study rooms will receive their
first offer of a permanent space by the
first of next week," Gibbs said.
Relocating students housed in study
Federal pay raise
WASHINGTON (UPI) President.
Carter announced Tuesday he will go along
with a proposed pay raise for about three
million federal white collar and military
personnel effective Oct. I, and reported to
run at least 7.05 per cent across the board.
The 7.05 per cent was proposed by a
cabinet-level advisory group to make
government employment more attractive by
putting the pay on a par with that pf private
industry. Another group consisting of
federal employee union leaders has
suggested an even bigger boost.
of rent and maintenance bills for the
The proposal, if approved, would take
Other RHA proposals include the
possibility of allowing dorms to collect bids
from town businesses for items such as beer
for keg parties.
Included among Jones' campaign
proposals last spring was the possibility of a
fall break, which RHA is now considering.
But Jones ruled out a break this fall.
"A fall break this semester is out of the
question," Jones said, "since the academic
year for 1977-78 has already been approved.
We are, however, working on a proposal for
a fall break for the academic year 1978-79."
RHA is attempting to deal with basic
problems of residence halls, Jones said. He
encouraged students to bring their problems
to his attention and to seek help from RHA if
their resident advisers (RAs) or assistant
residence directors (ARDs) fail to offer
If a student's problem is his RA, Jones
urged him to talk with the RA. "Students,"
he said, "should not be afraid to let people
know they're not doing their job."
"In general." Jones said, "this year
hopefully has the potential to be the best year
in housing life."
W hat has made it the best so far, he said, is
rooms is given priority over moving
freshmen in tripled residence hall rooms
because other students need the study
areas, Gibbs said.
Moving freshmen men out of tripled
rooms will begin next week after all the
men's study rooms have been cleared,
Gibbs said. "There are a lot of freshmen
men in triples, and only a few freshmen
women, so de-tripling both will take the
same amount of time, even though
moving the men will begin sooner."
drops in July
for third month
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The
government index, designed to signal future
economic trends, declined for the third
straight month in July but administration
economists said Tuesday they were neither
surprised nor dismayed.
The Commerce Department said its
Composite Index of Leading Indicators
dipped 0.2 per cent last month. The index
also fell 0.2 per cent in May and June.
Before May, the list of indicators had
fallen in only four months since the recession
ended in the spring of 1975. The most recent
was in January, but that was caused by
severe winter weather which crippled
industry in many sections of the country.
Courtenay Slater, Commerce's chief
economist, acknowledged the indicators in
May, June and July were "flat." However,
she said "no pause in economic growth is
signaled, in my judgment."
She said the "very small changes" in the
index demonstrated that there will be "some
slowing in the growth rate of the economy,
but that is consistent with what we the
administration have been saying."
The economy grew at a 7 per cent rate
during the first half of 1977. Treasury
Secretary Michael Blumenthal and Federal
Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns, among
others, have predicted a 5 per cent growth
rate during the final six months of the year.
In another economic development
Tuesday, Commerce said new orders for
manufactured products in July, a sign of
future business demand, dropped 3 percent.
It was the largest decline since December,
1974 when it dipped 6.3 per cent.
The department also said shipments fell
1.3 per cent after increasing 1.3 per cent in
June and inventories increased by 0.5 per
There is an economic axiom that when' the '
index of leading indicators declines for three '
months in a row, it could be a warning of a
recession in coming months.
Both Slater and Feliks Tamm, another
department economist, said they put no
stock in that assessment.
"That is a myth that has grown and I don't
Know the source," said Slater.
Tamm added: "There's nothing holy
about that number three?' i
He did acknowledge, however, the three
months of downward movement was
"definitely an interruption in the early trend
of strong growth the economy experienced
last winter and spring."
Six of the 10 indicators available for July
dropped, while four increased.
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cooperation with the housing staff, student
leaders and University personnel. "There's a
more cohesive feeling in RHA now than ever
before," he said.