12 The Tar Heel Monday, August 18. 1986
Increase-in parking meter and permit rates in effect
By BILL LOGAN
Parking meter rates at UNC have
risen 250 percent per hour, and
parking permits prices have gone up
$25 per permit effective July 1. traffic
UNC Director of Transportation
Mary Clayton said that the increases
were necessary to cover the costs of
providing new parking and maintain
ing current parking areas.
"In prior years, parking was priced
to accommodate the physical
changes that impacted the parking
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situation (new construction taking
over lots, restructuring of current
lots, etc.) In the past couple of years,
this couldn't be done."
Clayton said that parking, like
other University service departments,
needed to be self-sufficient.
"This year, the Board of Trustees
approved an increase of less than
what we asked for," she said. "As a
result, the maintai nance and new
parking costs will be twice what we
will receive from the permits and
Clayton also cited abuse of the
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parking meters as a reason for the
increase in their cost. The meters were
never intended for long-term student
use. However, some individuals had
been parking in the metered spaces
for long periods of time, sometimes
"Students were parking and put
ting money in the meters then just
leaving their cars. They seemed to
have found it cheaper to pay the fine
than to pay for the meter," Clayton
"We also studied the parking in
Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh
and found that we were about 15
cents cheaper per hour than they
WXYC escapes monotony
By JAMES BURRUS
WXYC, the University's campus
radio station, brings an opinion out
of everybody, but all students agree
that the station located at 89.3 FM
is definitely unique.
According to station manager Bill
Burton, WXYC is recognized as one
of the 10 or 12 best college radio
stations in the nation. "Definitely the
best in the state, and probably the
Southeast," he says.
The most obvious reason that
XYC, as its affectionately called, is
so unique and highly regarded is
because of the variety of music it
plays. It is the only station around
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She said that the transportation
office was seeking to simplify parking
rules and make them uniform
throughout the area.
Overall, the parking meters on
campus have been raised from 10
cents to 25 cents per hour. Rates for
parking permits, which cover the fall
and spring semesters, have been
increased from $108 to $132 per year
for the Ram's Head lot, located
across from Kenan Field House.
Clayton said that the increases were
just the beginning.
"We are seeking permanence," she
said. "We are looking at structural
where one can hear something from
Willie Nelson, followed by the Gang
of Four and then something totally
out-of-date like the Bee Gees. So
what if everyone was hoping they
would never hear the brothers Gibb,
minus Andy, again. "Well play
anything that's good," says Burton.
This station definitely has some
thing for everybody's taste. Disc
jockeys play traditional rock 'n roll
tunes that all double V fans have
heard, plus obscure groups that are
just trying to break the ice on
commercial radio. But there's more
to music than rock 'n roll, and XYC
is out to prove it. Anything that can
be classified as music has a chance
for airplay on XYC. It is not uncom
mon to hear jazz, country and funk
mixed in with the rock during any
stretch of XYC's air time. "Variety
is the spice of life," Burton quotes.
On area commercial stations, such
as G 105 and 94Z, one tends to hear
the same pop songs over and over.
According to Burton, commercial
stations limit themselves. "They are
boring to work with and to listen to,"
he says. XYC is on the air 24 hours
and broadcasts no paid
Jocks at XYC have a lot of
freedom to play, what they want.
Barbara Behen, a disc jockey during
the summer and the regular school
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parking in the future, like decks. A
deck space will cost from five to six
hundred dollars to build and main
tain." She said that buildings and
other structures will soon take all of
the available standard parking, and
decks will be the only alternative.
The traffic office is also working
on ways to decrease the costs. "Many
campuses are moving to universal
campus transit systems for which all
students would pay a fee," Clayton
said. "Also, automation would pos
sibly decrease the cost. We have the
in-house computers, and we are
looking into software."
year, says, "Being able to inflict your
tastes on other people is great.
Especially getting phone calls from
people saying, 'That's the worst song
IVe ever heard' or 'That's a really
good song' is fun."
People who listen to XYC escape
the pop syndrome. This explains why
Burton figures that a little more than
half of the student population turns
its dials to 89.3. "Almost all people
who listen to contemporary music
listen to us at some time or another,"
he says. He estimates that 20 percent
of the student population perman
ently park their dials at XYC.
According to Burton, a year and a
half ago when XYC was on the ballot
as a referendum item for constitu
tional funding, they received more
votes than all of the student body
president candidates. "It shows that
people cared more about XYC than
who was going to be their next
student body president," Burton says.
Burton also figures that 10 percent
of the student population hates XYC,
"but at least they know we are here."
Burton says of XYC, "Listen if you
like it, if you like it tell your friends
about it, if you don't like it sorry.
That's what college radio is all
The station offers more than music
See WXYC page 35
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