6 The Daily Tar HmI Thursday, September
Ben Cornelius, Managing Editor
Er Rankin, Associate Editor
Lou Biuonis, Associate Editor
Laura Scism, University Editor
Elliott Potter. City Editor
Chuck Alston, State and National Editor
Sara Bi'Uard, Features Editor
Chip Ensslin. Arts Editor'
Gene UPCHl'RrH. Snow Editor
Allen Iernigan, Photography Editor.
Rise in per capita income
sign of New South's growth
For many years, the New South was a hollow promise. Talk abounded, but
figures could not be found to back up the rhetoric.
Then the Sun Belt theory came and the proof followed closely behind.
The South was indeed growing, and looked to a future as a major driving
force in the nation's political, social and economic life.
A set of figures released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce
headed, incidentally, by Southerner Juanita Kreps further
substantiates the New South's claim. While the Southeast is still at the
bottom of the list of per capita income on a state basis, it is catching up.
North Carolina, in particular, exhibited growth which exceeded the
national average. In 1975. this state was ranked 4lst out of 50, with a per
capita income defined as total personal income in the state divided by the
state's total population of $4,925. Last year, personal income, on the
average, rose by $528, placing us 38th nationally with a per capita income of
The economic growth in this region has been evident as a trend
throughout the last five to ten years, with a large part of the boom attributed
to the move by the nation's manufacturing interests from the Great Lakes
and Northeast regions to the West and South.
With this redistribution of industry comes a redistribution of wealth
and that is what the New South is all about. Jimmy Carter isn't the only
phenomenon suggesting the rise of an energetic, vibrant New South. The
transformation is a long-standing affair which has yet to peak. Its signs are
everywhere, exhibited in every walk of life.
Giraffe stole the show
The Guardian bemoaned his loss in a sympathetic editorial. The Daily Mail
ran a lengthy piece on the habits of giraffes. And even .the staid Financial
Times got into the act by exploiting the myth that giraffes sleep standing up.
During a five-day period Victor the giraffe garnered national attention in
Britain that rivaled the media treatment given Queen Elizabeth during her
Jubilee week in June.
People in Britain are mourning the passing of Victor, who took a nasty
spill last Thursday while attempting to mate with one of his three female
companions. Despite the efforts of zoo-keepers and veterinarians to lift him
back onto his feet, Victor died Tuesday. Sailmakers from the Portsmouth
naval dockyard had made a special canvas support but Victor, who weighed
one ton, died as he was being lifted into in by a winch. He apparently died of
shock. Giraffes are prone to shock, vets said.
Thousands wrote letters to the zoo with sympathy and advice. And when
the beast died, the story was one of the top three, along with trouble in
Lebanon and a coal miner's dispute, on the British Broadcasting Corp.
For the U.S., media attention to the deaths of animals isn't all that
unusual, but it's normally reserved for famous or symbolic beasts. Smokey
the Bear, for example, was the subject of considerable attention when he
died at a ripe old age last year. The filly Ruffian stirred naitonal interest
when she broke down in the backstretch in a heralded match race against
Foolish Pleasure in 1975. The press followed her progress and the nation's
reaction when she had to be shot.
Victor, however, was just your everyday giraffe in the prime of life. But
the British are generally great animal lovers and the Fleet Street press gave
the public what it wanted to read. The rest of the animals in the Hampshire
zoo, we're sure, weren't the least bit jealous.
'Vendetta' by Media Board forced WXYC to consider leaving
To the editor:
In order to clarify some statements in the
Tuesday Daily Tar Heel ("CGC vote keeps
WXYC on the air." Sept. 2 1 ). I am forced to
write this letter. First of all. our decision to
leave the air was not a threat but a final
option that we were forced to consider as a
result of the petty politicking, foot dragging
and downright ignorance of student interests
a result of a personal vendetta conducted
by some of the politico! on the Media Board.
It should be noted that the management staff
of WXYC was forced to try to resolve a
conflict arising out of locating a federal
document that stated an independent board
called Student Educational Broadcasting
(SEB) was the final legal authority for
WXYC. with provisions for funding by
Student Government - but no control over
programming. In no federal document in our
public file is the UNC Media Board
mentioned. As such, our staff members,
rather than risking their licenses for
operation in violation of certain provisions
of the station license, demanded the
immediate attention of the Media Board.
Unfortunately there are some people on this
board who are not aware of the fact that the
federal government's and the state of N.C.'s
laws and regulations concerning radio
stations and non-profit organizations take
precedence over the by-laws of the Media
Board. As a matter of fact, it appears thet the
Media Board is acting unconstitutionally
since the Student Body Constitution gives
the Media Board control over publications
not radio station WXYC. This radio
station is much too important, as well as
subject to state and federal law. to allow
certain people to try and jump on the
bandwagon of a successful and professional
organization. Since WXYC went on the air
last March, many far-reaching and
important decisions and changes have taken
place in the station. Those of us who work
for the station are proud of our achievements
despite many adversities. Therefore we
"threatening" to leave the air is rubbish. We
would have left the air. rather than possibly
violate our license provisions further. Wc
were willing to risk possible violation lor a
short time alter discovery ot the I act. in order
85th year of editorial freedom
to keep the students who enjoy 24 hours of
fine progressive music satisfied.
Unfortunately some of the members of the
Media Board though that it was more
important to chastise the Yack for not
getting the holy permission to order some
extra yearbooks, rather than discussing
intelligently and democratically the
problems of WXYC. So be it. Incidentally if
you wish to see proof of the three-ring-circus
atmosphere of the Media Board, attend the
next meeting on Oct. 4. You can see why
federal regulations prohibit amateur
Richard Nixons from meddling with public
communications for their own ends. We
need the continued support of the students in
order to continue as the best college station
in N.C. - even though some of the
politicians are out to destroy or at least
David G. Speigner
Music Director, WXYC
To the editor:
I recently had my car towed while it was
parked at one of the dorms. When 1 went to
get my car. both doors were unlocked. 1
asked the officer if the police had unlocked
my doors and he said that the police would
not unlock the doors on a car to tow it.
I asked the wrecker service it he had
permission by the police to unlock my car.
He said that he had not. hut that it was
common practice to unlock a car so they
would not have to dolly it. There is an extra
charge for being towed this way.
I feel that the man who unlocked my car
was violating my personal rights. If a police
officer is not allowed to unlock my car. 1 do
not think that he should stand by and watch
someone illegally unlock my car. My car was
also left unlocked at the place it was
After talking with a legal aide. .1 was
informed that it any illegal drugs had been
found I would have been arrested I his. I
feel, is in violation ot my personal rights and
constitutes illegal searching ol an
Mountains produce special breed of student
'By MICHAEL HAWKINS
It was Thomas Wolfe, an Asheville
native, who said. "You can't go home again,"
probably during a long weekend here at
Carolina. The poor devil came here during
the 'teens, when the most exciting thing to do
on weekends was go over to the Old Well and
draw water. Along about November he
longed for the night life of cosmopolitan
Check buyingclub savings
Editor's Sate: This advice was prepared by the Student legal Services which
maintains an off ice in Suite C of the Carolina Union. UNC students have
prepaid for this service and may obtain advice at no additional charge.
Student consumers are frequently solicited at their apartments to buy a
membership in a "Buying Club." For a "membership fee" one purchases the
right to buy items, like stereos and televisions through the group's plan at low
factory prices. If the student intends to purchase a large quantity of durable
goods, the club may perform a useful service. However, the average student
frequently is trapped by promises of big cash savings (10 to 20 per cent is
average) which he fails to realize because he lacks the money to purchase
enough goods to realize the savings.
The Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating these types of
purchasing plans. Before joining a buying service or club, students should
compare their prices for real savings value. An honest club may aid the
student's buying power but you should investigate before you sign on the
ADVICE FOR THE DAY: I) Avoid clubs that offer only long-term
membership or once-in-a-lifetime low rates. 2) Understand yourcontractural
obligation and the legal consequences if you should decide to cancel your
"membership." 3) Seek legal advice when in doubt.
Since my rights have been violated. I am
asking that Carolina Exxon be removed
from the list of tow trucks University Police
uses. I also ask that any other tow service
that does this in the future be eliminated
from the list.
Any other students aho feel the same way I
do may write the University Police as I
intend to do.
The evil eye
To the editor:
Concerning the letter by Joseph Cantrell
("Cops smoked weed?" Letter. Sept. 21) Mr.
Righteous. I have two suggestions for you to
preserve our moral fiber from the evil way s
1) Quit watching the "High Nooncrs"
smoke dope, and
2) Become a policeman yourself.
Please make sure that y our life stays lily
pure and perfect as you criticie because now
someone will be watching you.
112 Justice St.
To the editor:
I he obscure logic of your editorial
("Condie harrasses students, blames
marshall for blunder" Sept. 19) escapes me.
Please tell me the omnipotent source that
allows you to discern the true motives of
another indiv idual. Surely . this being cannot
possess a finite mortal mind such as yours or
mine. If the point of my statements escape
you, I am referring to your comments
concerning Dr. C'ondie's supposed "feigned
concern lor student safety ."One ol the prune
coiiicrns ol the Housing Department
Asheville., Alas, his only means of
transportation was the family horse and he
had an eight o'clock Monday class, so he
hardly had time to go rambling across the
state each weekend. (By the way, Wolfe's
horse was named Angel, and at the end of
each semester he mounted up and exclaimed,
"Look homeward. Angel!" Believe it or not.)
But I disagree. The point is, Thomas
Wolfe helped set a precedent that has
endured to this day: UNC students from the
mountains invariably have fond memories of
philosophy (a philosophy for which Dr.
Condie is largely responsible) is that of
student safety. Great care is taken to insure
that measures designed to secure the safety
of the student do not interfere with the
student's various needs.
Additionally, you imply that the
committee which is to set guidelines for the
construction of lofts in residence hall rooms
will ultimately act as Dr. Condie wishes out
of fear "for loft of job." To suggest that any
of the members of the committee would
prostitute their integrity so as to appease Dr.
Condie has no factual basis.
If the purpose of sound editorial comment
includes the attempts to present intelligent
disagreement with some occurrence or
condition and to stimulate public awareness,
your editorial experiences only partial
success. Intelligenceescapes that experience.
To the editor:
Congratulations! I have been in Chapel
H ill one month and already it is evident that
the mayor, the chief of police and the
president ol U NC. have more hindsight than
the national average for administrative
officials. There is a deadly problem on the
streets that has been ignored for too long. 1
am speaking of the bicycle versus the
W e all realize that the bicycle rider is not
emitting pollutants, helping the economy
and easing Chapel Hill's parking problem.
(Don't we?) So. why does the city and the
University force them to risk their lives each
lime tliev rule" What will it take for these
their homes and, while in Chapel Hill, think
about and miss the mountains. Obviously all
students "miss" their homes in one way or
another, but I think mountain students are
unique in this respect.
For example, have you ever heard any of
your friends say, "I sure miss the Catawba
River." Or, "I'll bet the Dismal Swamp sure
is pretty this time of year." Of course not. (At
least I hope not.) But it's nothing to hear
people talk that way about the mountains; it
has become so common, in fact, that I don't
even think about it anymore.
You want examples? Sure. Have you ever
seen someone become so emotional that he
becomes glassy-eyed and can't speak? I've
seen my friend Jeff that way twice, and one
of those times was when he was talking about
you guessed it the mountains. Two of
my closest friends on campus, Cindy and
Ameran, are the same way. Cindy once told
me, "I like Chapel Hill, but it's so . . . so . . .
flat" She shuddered, as if she'd just seen a
ghost. "How can people live here?"
Another time I was in Ameran's room,
(incidentally, one of the early editions of the
Daily Tar Heel reported "Rumor has it that
a freshman girl in Morrison put her bed
together with railway ties brought from
home." Those weren't rumors. You should
see it) when out of the blue she looked at me
and said, "Gee, I miss the mountains." Gee, I
miss the mountains. Gee, I wish I had a
nickle for every time I've heard someone say
that to me.
It was Cindy who told me that Chapel Hill
would be perfect if only "it was where Boone
is." I agreed with her until I realized that if we
were up there, all those crazies from
Appalachian would be going to school here.
Somehow the implications of such a switch
are too much for me to imagine.
Are all these people nuts? 1 mean, how can
people feel so strongly about inanimate
objects like the mountains? I've heard some
very involved (and boring) sociological
theories trying to explain iLbut I doubt that
the reason is so complex. The mountains
around my hometown have provided me
with an almost constant source of
amusement, pleasure and challenge. When
I'm out camping, skiing or rock climbing,
there is really nothing else in the world I
would rather be doing. It's that simple.
Chapel Hill has its advantages a lot of
advantages but the mountains will always
be special to me.
Michael Hawkins, a junior, is aRTVMP
major from Brevard, N.C.
officials to get up off their brains and act? Do
we have to organize a gigantic rally just to
hear the mayor say that the vity is giving the
problem a serious look?
Mr. Jones, it won't be the mayor's kid that
gets killed, it will be yours. Mrs. Smith, have
you helped your son through bouts of flu and
scrimped to send him to college just to have
him killed while riding a bicycle?
Chapel Hill has had an unusually large
number of bicycle riders on the streets for
many years. Each year the number grows
even larger. The mayor has neglected his
duties to act in the best interests of the
citizens. The chief of police has neglected his
duties towards the protection Vnd safety of
the citizens. Evidently, the president of the
University must live in the Planetarium
because he can not be aware of the number of
his students who come to class on bicycles. If
he would only come out and look around he
would offer some overdue friendly and
forceful persuasion to the city. Surely he
hasn't forgotten his responsibility to the
safety and well-being of his students.
Bike paths are the obvious solution and we
will eventually get around to building some.
However, each passing day is a dangerous
gamble. A colossal game of Russian roulette
is taking place right now. Everyday, each of
us puts the gun to our head. If the bullet is in
the wrong chamber, it means death, serious
injury or a charge of manslaughter.
"If you are not part of the solution, you are
part of the problem." Get on the ball City
Hall and get those bike paths built. Until
they are completed we must come up with a
temporary solution. I would like to offer a
suggestion, only because I believe that
something should be done tomorrow. If not,
the consequences will be more tragic than
any inconvenience to the motorist.
Since we can't make bikes as big as cars,
why not make them as big in the eyes of the
motorist? In the downtown-university area,
put bikes in the traffic flow instead of
dodging it. Advertise so that everyone will
know, on those streets marked in Chapel Hill
same old time,
same old tune
By MARC FINLAYSON
Here we are once again in mid
September. The days have become
brisk, leaves are beginning to change
color, little boys pull footballs out of
closets and the T.V.-viewing public is
once again made a fool of.
One can't turn on a television set after
July 4 without being besieged by the
"New This Fair's or "The Brightest
Stars." In reality, what the audience gets
is the "Recycled This Fall" and the
"Same Old Stars."
This fall, CBS and NBC have been
trying particularly hard to find a
winning show since ABC routed them in
last year's ratings. Unfortunately for
those two networks, and especially for
the viewers, their programmers have no
more imagination this year than last.
For instance, N BC is try ing to get the
viewing public to turn on every week to
watch two California motorcycle cops
cavort up and down the highway solving
crime and making clever remarks to
female drivers. CBS provides us with yet
another Mary, Tyler Moore adaptation
as Betty White becomes the fourth
offshoot of that originally excellent
show. She follows Rhoda and Phyllis
and, also this year, Ed Asner in his new
series. The most well known figure on
television, it seems, wiHe the kitten that
purrs at the end of every MTM
One can't change the channel to avoid
the networks' insipid promos either.
Undoubtedly, there's one being aired on
every station simultaneously. Viewers
can't help but grimace as Rod Taylor
tells his son how much the Indians
frighten him on The Oregon Trail. It's
too bad the show isn't called "Donner
Pass," because surely it will be gobbled
up by the competition when winter
NBC and CBS do not have exclusive
rights to forgettable new shows for the
upcoming season. ABC's twelve-hour
extravaganza about Washington in and
around Watergate was a $7.5-million
waste of talent for some fine actors and
actresses. Two other fine talents which
could be wasted this new season are
Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. Pryor's
special of last spring was funny but he's
already threatened to quit his new show
if NBC keeps censoring his material.
Foxx is another nightclub comedian
whose risque jokes may not make it
across the desks of ABC bigwigs.
And as if the new shows aren't
ridiculous enough, the networks have
brought back some of our favorites
from last year. What does the viewing
public have to do to get away from
Donny and Marie and Charlie's Angels?
The answer is at our fingertips. Get up
and press the off button.
Marc Finlayson, a junior, is a
journalism major from Charlotte, N.C.
(signs or special road paint), bicycles should
be treated just like an automobile. Warn out
of town motorists with billboards that
bicycles will be in the lanes of traffic just as
you would expect an automobile to. Bike
riders should be aware of the added
responsibility and remember that they will
be ticketed for running red lights, improper
turns or not using hand signals. I think it
would be wise to require a driver's license
from those who will ride bicycles on these
specially marked streets. Motorists will be
ticketed for following a bicycle too closely or
turning in front of a bicycle. If a motorist
should get upset because he has to follow a
slow bicycle, he should not drive in
downtown Chapel Hill. That would rid us of
two more problems, parking and traffic.
We must all act now. Call City Hall and let
them know where you stand. Go down to the
police station and ask the chief why he
doesn't just point his gun at you and pull the
trigger? Walk into the President's office and
ask him if he saw "Meteor Mouse" while he
has been in the Planetarium.
' Mr. Mayor, Mr. Police Chief and Mr.
President, hang up your car keys and ride
your bikes until you have alleviated this
To the Motorists: Remember, until
something is done, every time you park your
car and open the door to get out, there is a
bicycle rider coming up behind you. He is
either going to run into the sudden wall made
by your door or swerve out into traffic. Are
you going to call an ambulance or will the
shock of seeing a mangled human being turn
you to stone? For God's sake, turn around
and look before you open that door.
Rt. 3. Box 599
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