The highs today and
Wednesday will be
approximately 60, and the
low tonight will be near 40.
The chance of rain is 20
percent today and 10
UNC defensive tackle Dee
Hardison was named ACC
defensive lineman of the
week Monday. This is the
second time Hardison has
been selected this yeer.
Volume 85, Issue No. 37
Liberal coalition for
By DAVID WAITERS
Students will know the future of bus
service in Carrboro long before the success
of the town's experimental route is officially
evaluated in Spring 1978, according to Rich
Eisenstadt, assistant director of
transportation for Student Government.
"We will know whether we will keep a bus
system in Carrboro on election day (Nov.
8)," Eisenstadt says. "If the Carrboro
Community Coalition wins a majority of
seats, then we will still have a bus system. But
if they lose, the future of the bus system is
The Carrboro bus route, a part of the
Chapel Hill Transit System, began this fall
on a trial basis. UNC is paying a $30,000
subsidy for the route, and the town is adding
The route primarily serves UNC faculty
and students living in Carrboro. The liberal
Community Coalition, one of two political
factions in Carrboro, says the route should
be supported financially by the town because
it serves students who pay taxes there.
Opponents, namely the Allied Citizens, say
the service caters to renters and not
permanent town residents.
Bob Drakeford, a candidate for mayor
and member of the Coalition, said he
believes Carrboro should pay for part of the
"Both directly and indirectly, students pay
a large share of Carrboro's taxes, so they
should have these services provided them,''
Drakeford also favors the town using
more buses during peak periods in the
mornings and late afternoons, and
expanding to include a night service.
Eisenstadt says the Carrboro bus system is
"definitely needed because of the number of
cars it keeps out of Chapel Hill." The daily
ridership of the buses is approximately 1,600
fares per day, which Eisenstadt says keeps
more than 500 cars off the streets of Chapel
Mary Riggsbee, an organizer of Allied
Citizens of Carrboro, says that while she is
not against the bus system itself, she does
oppose the town subsidizing the system.
Rigsbee says that since the town has
voted against paying for a bus system in
three referenda since 197 1 , the present Board
of Aldermen did not represent the
sentiments of the town when it approved the
trial bus system last spring.
Riggsbee says she believes students should
not be able to vote in local elections because
they are temporary residents. "They support
the bus system, and then leave the debts for
the other citizens of the town to pay off."
In Raleigh until Oct. 22
State Fair offers variety
in a carnival atmosphere
By JEFF BRADY
Life is a carnival,
believe it or not;
Life is a carnival,
two bits a shot.
The North Carolina State Fair, now in
its 1 10th season, is indeed a carnival if the
above definition holds true. Its variety of
attractions offers something for
On any day or night through Oct. 22,
you can, among other things, see the
world upside-down from three different
rides, get licked in the face by a goat, talk
to a freak in the side show or make your
date watch the striptease and find life
in all of them.
But, "believe it or not," if you want to
stick by the definition, journey over to the
booth where the guy is pointing at you
and shouting, "Hey buddy, this is the
chance of a lifetime." Then, lay down
your "two bits" and fire a softball through
that toilet seat.
For these are games of chance, and we
are victims to the take. One fellow let his
cigar go out while trying his luck at the
"Skill Cranes." He spent another dollar in
dimes at 10 different cranes trying to pick
up a lighter to relight it.
If the softball does not go through the
toilet seat, try throwing it into a
sombrero, a milk can or a wooden
clown's big mouth. And if those do not
work, try the opposite: the rings. With the
rings, there is a better chance, since half of
the ring tosses are thrown at pyramids
tacked to the heads of huge stuffed
animals. Convince yourself that you are
going to take the pyramid home, not the
Saint Bernard under it. And if that does
The cold, biting storms of last week broke Saturday, bringing atentative clear spell to
the Triangle area. Staff photographer Fred Barbour watched the Saturday sunset
over a pondjiear Hillsborough.
N.C. conservation council
By STEVE HUETTEL
When thinking about conservation
groups, one may conjure up images of
birdwatchers meeting in a living room once a
month to sip tea, write their congressman
and watch reruns of The Wild Kingdom.
But ask the American Electric Power Co.,
the Army Corps of Engineers or any other
organization which has collided with the
Conservation Council of North Carolina
(CCNC) and that image will change.
not work, then it's time to move on to the
rides or a side show. There are no
The Dames E. Strates Shows offers
nearly 50 rides this year along with its
midway. The biggies the Super Loop,
the double ferris wheel and the Sky Diver,
provide decent views of Carter Stadium,
Interstate 40 and downtown Raleigh.
The feature this year, though, is not a
ride but the disco soundtracks that
accompany many of the rides. Persons
actually dance to the music blaring at full
volume from the speakers while waiting
in line. One ride even is called the Disco
Next come the side shows, each
offering something unusual. A good line
or a simple flick of the wrist by the booth
will draw you into the tent to see the
wonders of nature.
The sword swallower is quite sanitary,
wiping the saliva off the blade after each
swallow. The rubber man credits his
ability to twist and contort his body
around 17 steel blades in a cabinet to a
rare condition known as "yellow elastic
tissue." The human pin cushion shows
that the best method for holding a tie in
place is to pin it to your neck. And the
alligator skin man and the monkey girl
say they have baffled anatomy classes at
Backstage in his trailer, Melvin
Burkhart describes himself as an
"anatomical wonder." In the side show he
is both the human blockhead and the man
with the hollow stomach. On stage he
drives a nail into his sinuses, shoves an ice
pick up his nostrils, stretches his neck and
sucks in his gut to about a 20-inch
He says it is due to "anatomical muscle
controls" he has possessed since he was a
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Serving the students and the
Tuesday, October 18, 1977,
The CCNC speaks out at state and county
board meetings, lobbies the state legislature
and sometimes goes to court on behalf of
"We feel that somebody must spend the
money, take stands and get people angry for
environmental excellence," says Jane Sharp,
president 3f the CCNC and a Chapel Hill
In addition to these measures, the CCNC
also coordinates the activities of 30 affiliated
local conservation groups, works with other
southeastern environmental organizations,
informs state conservationists of current
issues with its monthly newsletter and
performs various educational functions.
THE COUNCIL, which recently moved
out of its Raleigh office, now operates out of
the basement of Sharp's home in order to
save money to pay off legal debts of over
"We've got to meet our financial
responsibilities," Sharp says, "so we moved
out of our $80-a-month office, had a canoe
raffle, are relying on volunteers to staff the
office and are trying to double our
I f the CCNC can raise half of the money to
cover its debts, the funds will be matched by
an anonymous donor, Sharp says.
The CCNC was founded in 1968 primarily
to persuade the state to purchase Bald Head
Island, an area off the N.C. coast, for use as a
park. The owner had found the island too
costly to develop, but the CCNC could not
get the state to appropriate $5 million for its
Since then, the CCNC has expanded its
activities to encompass the environmental
By DAVID STACKS
She met Elvis Presley at an amusement park in 1962.
And after she threw up on him in a roller coaster, he
hired her as his personal secretary.
"He was nice about it," author Becky Yancey
recalled. "When the roller coaster stopped, he got out
and went to change his clothes. I had asked him for a
job, but he hired me even after I threw up on him."
Yancey and her husband, Jerry, stopped in Chapel
Hill Monday to promote the book she and Cliff
Linedecker of Chicago co-authored about her 13 years
as Elvis' secretary, My Life With Elvis.
"I met him (Elvis) when he came home from the
Army," Yancey said. "I went up to his house in
Memphis and asked him if he needed a maid. I was
surprised when someone called me a few weeks later and
offered me a job as his secretary. 1 thought he had
forgotten all about it."
The 37-year-old author dated the King a few times.
"But it was no big romance," she said. "My tough luck. I
was only 22 at the time.
"I had a crush on him at first," she said. "But our
relationship changed. We were more like brother and
sister later on."
The blonde secretary-turned-housewife recalled Aug.
16, w hen Elvis died at his home in Memphis. "1 didn't
University community since 1893
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
over Horary aecim
By MEREDITH CREWS
A decline in the national and regional
rankings of UNC libraries over the past
13 years has UNC officials upset.
Claiborne Jones, executive assistant
to the chancellor, said last week that the
decline could mean a decrease in the
amount of federal research grants the
"The emphasis on national ranking is
misleading," Jones told the Board of
Trustees Thursday night. "What is
important is that unless the University is
able to maintain and improve library
holdings, the federal grants could
UNC's national ranking in library
acquisitions dropped from 20th in 1964
to 28th in 1976. UNC's ranking in total
library expenditures dropped from 25th
in 1964 to 30th in 1976.
The report on UNC's current
standing in library rankings was part of
a revised five-year plan for the
University that has not been approved
yet by the Board of Trustees. The
trustees discussed part of the plan at
Figures for UNC's national rankings
in 1977 will not be available until
Chancellor N. Ferebee Taylor,
University Librarian James F. Govan
and the trustees also expressed concern
over the decline.
But Jones said the significance of the
decline could not be determined until
future rankings show whether it is
temporary or continuous.
"The University receives several
hundred federally funded research
speaks for environmental protections
problems of the entire state. Some of its
efforts have included:
Fighting the Army Corps of Engineers'
plans to create the B. Everett Jordan Lake.
The CCNC contends that pollutants from
the Haw and New Hope rivers will make the
reservoir unfit for its intended uses as a water
supply and recreation area.
Democratic chairperson opposes succession
By DAVID STACKS
The head of the Orange County
Democratic party says he opposes the
proposed constitutional amendment that
would allow the state's governors and
lieutenant governors to run for second
"I think North Carolina has done very well
without a two-term governor," says Hugh
Wilson, party chairperson.
Wilson says he does not oppose Gov. Jim
Hunt, who will be allowed to run again in
1980 if voters approve the amendment next
month. Wilson says he is against the
amendment because it opens the way for
machine politicians to take over state
"I voted for Jim Hunt in 1976, and would
probably vote for him again if the
amendment passes," Wilson says. "But I
oppose even the idea of machine politics.
"The power of the governor is already very
strong," he says. "1 believe it is better for the
state to restrict Hunt's power to build up a
sleep very well that night," she said.
Although she felt close to Elvis, Yancey had not seen
him in over a year before his death and had not worked
for him since 1975.
"It was unbearably hot the day of his funeral," she
recalled. "The high temperatures, the emotion of the
event 30 or 40 women passed out on the lawn outside
the funeral home. Some people even said they didn't
believe Elvis had died.
"Some people still think he's alive. They ask me, 'Is he
off resting somewhere?' or 'When is he coming out of
My Life with Elvis is about Yancey's experiences and
the King's private life in Graceland Mansion. Though
she was his personal secretary, Yancey did not
accompany Elvis on his concert tours. "I'm the one who
paid his bills.
"He always liked cars. He had a Rolls Royce, a pinic
Cadillac and a Mercedes limousine. The first Rolls I
ever saw was his."
Elvis prized his private life, the Memphis author said.
"If he wanted to go to the movies, he rented the
theater. When he got interested in horses, he bought a
ranch. When he liked slot cars, he bought a track.
"But when he grew tired of a hobby, he sold it for
charity. You can't say he was a recluse. He got up in
front of audiences of 15,000 for years."
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grants each year," Jones said. "The
performance of research is dependent
on adequate library resources.
"It may take a long time to happen,
but if no plans are made for
improvement, research grants could
decline as the library declines."
The report also noted a substantial
deterioration in UNC's regional library
UNC was third in regional
expenditures for books in 1964 but
dropped to seventh place in 1976, falling
behind the universities of Emory,
Houston, Texas, Virginia, Georgia and
The report said these figures were
West German commandos
rescue hijacked hostages
BONN, West Germany (UPI) West
German anti-terrorist commandos stormed
a hijacked Lufthansa airliner at Mogadishu
and rescued all 86 hostages in an Entebbe
type raid that took only seven minutes, the
West German government announced
All four Arab-speaking terrorists were
reported killed in the lightning attack in
which the commandos blew open the
aircraft's doors with explosive charges, and
shot dead the hijackers before they could
carry out their threat to blow up the plane
and all of the hostages.
First reports said a stewardess and one of
the 60 commandos involved were wounded
in the raid in the Somalian capital of
Mogadishu on the east coast of Africa.
Lufthansa spokesman Franz Cesarz said
28 of the raiders blew out the Boeing's doors
at five minutes past midnight 7:05 p.m.
The CCNC has fought the Corps of
Engineers in federal courts since 1970 and
recently appealed a U.S. Middle District
Court decision in favor of the Corps' plan.
Joining other conservation groups to
form the New River Preservation
Committee, which opposed an attempt by
the American Electric Power Co. to build a
"He (Hunt) has already built up a sizable
political machine. Give him another four
years and there's no telling how big state
government will become."
Wilson says he believes Orange County
voters will not approve the measure Nov. 8
because Hunt has taken a stand on the
I nterstate-40 corridor that is unpopular with
many Orange County residents.
Hunt has refused to overturn
Transportation Secretary Tom Bradshaw's
decision not to hold a second hearing on the
Wilson says he has not yet complied with
directives from the executive committee of
the N.C. Democratic party asking county
chairpersons to appoint local campaign
directors to get supporters of succession and
six other issues to the polls.
He says he will probably appoint another
party leader to the post, instead of taking on
the task himself.
"Since I am opposed to the idea of
succession, I feel I shouldn't do it," Wilson
says. But he says he has not decided who in
Although she met him under less-tnin-auspicioui
circumstances, Becky Yancey was Elvis Presley's secretary for
13 years. She was in Chapel Hill Monday to plug her bock My
Life With Elvis. Staff photo by Allen Jernigan.
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alarming because the universities of
Emory, Houston, and Georgia have
smaller libraries than UNC.
"The decline indicates we are not
holding our own in terms of our peer
institutions," Govan said. "It is
definitely a cause of concern.
"The rankings reflect comparisons
with other universities in library growth.
It's a little disappointing."
Taylor cited inflation as the main
cause for the slipping rate of library
"The rising costs of books exceed the
costs of living," Taylor said.
The UNC Health Sciences Library is
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EDT Monday. After a brief shootout the
first rescued passengers emerged two
minutes later. By 1 2 minutes past midnight it
was all over, and all 86 persons were safe.
The hijackers were two men and two
women, two of them members of a West
German terrorist gang and two of them
members of an extremist wing of the
Palestine Liberation Organization.
Among those rescued were 11 West
German beauty queens and an American
woman, Mrs. Christine Santiago, 44, of
Santee, Calif., and her 5-year-old son.
The raid was directed by Gerd Boeden,
head of the anti-terrorist squad of the
German Federal Police, and Ulrich
Wegener, head of the raiding troops.
The 60-strong commando unit U nit 9 of
the Federal Border troops had flown to
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hydroelectric dam on the river.
The committee was successful in getting
Congress to include the New River among
those being studied for inclusion in the
Scenic River System. No construction is
allowed while the two-year study is being
made, and the power company reportedly
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the local Democratic organization should
take the job.
"We (Orange County Democrats) are
promoting the thing, just because we are
Democrats," he says. "But I have little to do
with it myself."
Local supporters of succession say Wilson
is crying wolf, that the proposed law has
built-in safeguards to prevent a political
machine from taking over the state.
"People are assuming the governor will be
re-elected after four years if the amendment
passes," says Ellen Matthews, president of
the UNC Young Democrats.
"But that's not true," Matthews says. "The
amendment gives voters the opportunity to
evaluate the governor after i four-year term.
That can be to the governor's advantage, but
it can also work against him."
The Young Democrats have approved
unanimously a resolution supporting
succession, four other proposed
constitutional amendments and two
statewide bond issues.
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