The Daily Tar Heel 1984
Thursday, July 5. 1984
Chapel Hill, N.C.
News: 962-0245 'Advertising: 962-0252
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Perhaps out of frustration over the shortage of student parking spaces, or
perhaps for no reason at all this unidentified unicyclist pedaled past the UNC
Traffic and Parking Office earlier this week.
Faculty accepts new guidelines
By ANDY MILLER
Tr Heel Staff Writer
Rising textbook prices at Student Stores
could be controlled if faculty will comply
with the guidelines passed by the UNC
Faculty Council, according to the chairman
of the Student Stores Advisory Committee.
The guidelines, accepted unanimously by
the Faculty Council in April, recommend
that faculty members retain texts for as
long as retention is practical and instruc
tional sound, in order to increase the
supply of used books.
An honor roll will be published of the
departments that submit 65 percent of their
orders by the due date the time when
Student Stores can purchase the greatest
number of used texts, and when students
want to sell books from the previous term.
Chairman William Burke said he did not
think mandatory regulations on the faculty
would be acceptable, because they would
require a costly bureaucracy for
"I think this voluntary action by the
faculty will work." he said.
The guidelines propose that each depart
ment appoint a member to coordinate that
department's efforts to comply with the
The Student Stores each semcmstcr will
inform the Faculty Council of the text
Student Body President Paul Parker said
the faculty guidelines are "a step in the right
direction; the system's not working now."
Since an effort was begun in 1982 to
increase faculty awareness of the ordering
problem, an average of 39 percent of text
orders have been received on time.
Committee member Michelle Killough
said, "There are legitimate reasons for some
late orders, but for the most part faculty
dont realize the importance of ordering on
time, or the money that students can save.
Student savings from buvn used
(See TEXTBOOKS on Page 8
Ram's Club to get spaces
By JAMAL EL-HINDI
Tar Heel StfT Writer
About 175 parking spaces in the McCau
ley Street lot will be going to members of
the Educational Foundation for the upcom
ing football season.
Following the Ram's Club request for the
spaces, the UNC Board of Trustees voted
on June 22 to reverse an earlier decision
which would have made the lot unavailable
for Ram's Club members.
Board member and Student Body Presi
dent Paul Parker said the reversal was the
result of trustees changing their attitudes.
"When it came up at my first meeting, the
administration proposed that the lot be
given to the Ram's Club, but I suggested
that we not put it down in black and white,"
Since the Educational Foundation would
gain close to 800 spaces in the Student
Activities Center lot, there shouldn't be a
need for more, he said. "The committee
agreed with me. But for whatever reason, it
was brought up again when one of the
board members changed his mind."
Parker said that Associate Athletic
Director Moyer Smith outlined a detailed
proposal to the board, and the members
gave their consent.
"I was the only dissenting voice," Parker
The issue of parking in general has be
come a touchy subject, Parker said, due to
the increase in demand and decrease of
(See BOT on page 7)
Elvis celebrates 30th birthday as ( The King9
By EDDIE HUFFMAN
Tar Heel Staff Writer
Thirty years ago tonight,
America needed a hero. The
Eisenhower years of the 1950s
were darkly conservative, coming
down hard on discontented youth
and squeezing the life out of pop
ular culture. Thirty years ago to
night, the Beatles were ordinary
British teenagers and Michael
Jackson was a mere gleam in his
Thirty years ago tonight, a dis
contented rebel named Elvis
Presley entered a Memphis Tenn.
recording studio and made his
first and maybe the first rock
'n'roll record. He proceeded from
there to change the course of all
American popular culture.
Elvis was merely fooling around
in the studio on July 5, 1954, when
he played "That's All Right,
Mama" for producer Sam Phillips.
However, Phillips recognized the
song's potential and recorded it
immediately. Elvis had taken the
most important aspects of coun
try and western music, rhythm
and blues and gospel music to
create something radically new
and different. In a sense, he had
desegregated American culture.
More importantly, he had sown
the seeds for success which would
allow him to so forcefully influ
ence the nation.
Elvis went against the grain.
'Elvis does matter. Thirty years later, you can still
hear the sense of exhiliaration and release... '
Never before and never since has
a singer shattered the cultural
norms the way Elvis did and gone
on to such great levels of success.
Others have tried, most notably
Mick Jagger and Johnny Rotten,
but have all failed. The biggest
stars since Elvis the Beatles and
Michael Jackson were (and are)
supremely talented and challeng
ing, but neither has so drastically
affected the lives and lifestyles of
the entire nation the way Elvis
did. Which is not to say that the Bea
tles and Michael Jackson deserve
less credit; the point is that Elvis
deserves to be at least as fondly
remembered as the Beatles, if not
to have the mass adoration pres
ently paid to Michael Jackson.
People don't think much of
Elvis Presley anymore. It seems
the only attention paid him, now,
is by middle-aged women with
bouffant hairdos and overweight
cowboys with ELVIS license
plates on the bumpers of their
pickup trucks. These faithful still
cherish their memories of the man,
perhaps making the annual pil
grimage to Graceland and buying
black velvet paintings of the King
outside the gates. Most everyone
else remembers Elvis as he came
to be in the 1970s: fat, confused
and, ultimately, self-destructive.
The King rested on his laurels,
wore silly white-sequined suits and
handed out handkerchiefs to the
adoring women who came to his
concerts to worship him until the
end. Elvis became a tragedy, a
good deal worse than a bad joke.
In the collective mind of America,
Elvis Presley had ceased to mat
ter. Perhaps that is the real
Elvis does matter. Thirty years
(See ELVIS on Page 6)