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Copyright 1988 The Daily Tar Heel
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 96, Issue 45
Tuesday, September 20, 1988
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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By HELEN JONES
While the purpose of the Smith
Center is to serve UNC students as
well as make money, the primary
criteria for scheduling bands is how
much profit the promoter can expect
from ticket sales, the arena's director
The Smith Center has faced crit
icism from students who want to see
groups that might not attract large
audiences, such as rhythm and blues
bands, in concert at the arena.
But director Jeff Elliott said
promoters have the primary influence
on the Smith Center's concert sche
dule because bands demand large fees
that the state-supported coliseum
"We don't actually go ouf and
contract for ourselves," he said.
First, the promoter buys the act for
the Smith Center. The promoter
might pay a rhythm and blues band
a $50,000 flat fee, guaranteed regard
less of ticket sales, and would also
pay the Smith Center about $25,000
to use the facility, Elliott said.
If ticket sales were to total only
$60,000, the promoter would lose
$15,000 in one concert, he said.
Establishing a fund of about
$100,000 annually "could enable the
Smith Center to ' act as its own
promoter for financially risky acts
including classical performing artists
or children's shows, he said.
Using the University's state funding
for "speculating" on entertainment
would be inappropriate, he said, but
student activities fees could provide
To adapt the . Smith Center to
smaller audiences of about 15,000 or
even 7,000, officials are designing a
curtain to block off part of the
seating, he said. The curtain could
be finished by next spring.
Such a curtain would reduce the
facility's operating expenses for the
smaller shows and would probably
make the arena more attractive to
promoters who fear several thousand
empty seats, Elliott said.
Right now, entertainers who come
to Chapel Hill can only choose
between the Smith Center's 22,000
seats and Memorial Hall's 1 ,600 seats.
Elliott said he would like to
schedule potentially low-drawing
groups at the Smith Center if he could
find a promoter willing to pay the
Archie Copeland, Carolina Union
director, said, "A promoter wants to
play what he considers a sure thing.
And you're hard pressed to find .
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Assistant State and National Editor
North Carolina is one of the worst
states in the nation for providing care
to impoverished children, affecting
both their career futures and the
industrial status of the state, accord
ing to a report published by the N.C.
Child Advocacy Institute.
"Poverty is the underlying cause of
many of the problems children face,"
said John Niblock, president of the
According to the report, one of
many studies of poverty to be released
recently, 52 percent of all single
parent families with children under
6 live in poverty. In 1977 the national
child poverty rate was 16.2 percent;
by 1986, that rose to 20.5 percent.
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By WILL LINGO
The Chapel Hill Town Council
received a wide array of opinion
regarding the proposed closing of
Laurel Hill Road between Coker
Drive and U.S. 15-501N.C. 54 at
a public hearing Monday night.
The University requested to
close Laurel Hill Road to benefit
the N.C. Botanical Garden. The
"garden's activity center is now
essentially bisected by the road.
Peter White, director of the
botanical garden, said there are
two major reasons for the request:
safety and creating a unified
Reading from a prepared state
ment, White said the road is a
hazard to the garden visitors who
have to cross it each day.
"Closing Laurel Hill Road will
remove a busy roadway from the
heart of the garden," White said.
The measure would allow the
garden to become unified and
would improve the garden and its
programs, he said.
"Closing the road will allow us
the greatest flexibility in improv
ing the appearance of the grounds,
the quality of our plant collections
and the use of the garden for
public education and enjoyment,"
But some residents of the area
said there would be greater safety
problems if the road is closed.
The intersection of Laurel Hill
Road and Coker Drive is on a
steep grade, and drivers can now
either go straight through or make
a sharp left turn.
Residents expressed concern
that if drivers were forced to make
the awkwanileft turn, rather than
being able to go straight on Laurel
Hill Road, a dangerous situation
would be created.
Kathy Schweitzer, of Sourwood
Drive, said the curve would invite
accidents, especially in bad
"This is a treacherous,, improp
erly designed and banked road,"
Moyer Smith, of Kings Mill
Road, said the council should not
decide to close Laurel Hill Road
until it finds a solution for a turn
that he said was "dangerous even
in dry weather.
"My major concern is the safety
of neighborhood people who will
have to come down the hill and
make that left turn," Smith said.
Chapel Hill town engineer
George Small said the town could
take steps to improve the intersec
tion, but that the grade would still
be steep, and the turn would still
The main improvement could
See COUNCIL page 5 '
In 1986, 24,460 10- to 19-year-old
girls became pregnant, and in 1987,
16 youths under the age of 16 were
committed into an adult prison.
"I think it's consistent with past
reports and expectations," said C.
Arden Miller, professor of maternal
and child health at UNC.
There must be an improvement of
services across the board, but espe-
By AMY WAJDA
Attention Tar Heels: Oct. 10 is the
last day to register to vote in the Nov.
8, 1988 election.
There are several requirements for
registration. Voters must be U.S.
citizens, be 18 years old by Nov. 8,
1988, and have lived in Orange
County and in their voting precincts
for at least 30 days before the election.
Those who have already registered
and have voted at least once in the
last four years do not need to register
Proof of age, identity and current
address is also required. A driver's
license, picture identification or birth
certificate will be accepted as valid
proof of age and identity. A driver's
license, birth certificate, library card,
bill, lease or letter would serve as
proof of current address.
When students register, registrars
ask them if they have ever registered
before, if they are registered anywhere
else and if they regard Orange County
as their permanent residence. Accord
ing to Betsy Hackney, Democratic
daily on the state level, Miller said.
Counties are too often not required
to run high-cost care programs, and
there is too much inconsistency in the
regulation and application of social
programs on the county level, he said.
The South has a history of not
putting much money into social
programs, said Dorothy Browne,
associate professor of maternal and
child health at UNC.
Pregnancy among teens is a prime
perpetuator of poverty, Browne said,
because teenage mothers usually
don't get married and do not graduate
from high school.
"North Carolina has one of the
highest percentages of female labor
force participation," she said, "but
they have very marginal, low-paying
jobs that keep them bordering the
While all levels of social care need
upgrading, the state needs to focus
on girls of child-bearing age, Miller
said. Efforts to move them through
high school will ultimately reach all
groups, he said.
See CHILD CARE page 2
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coordinator of voter registration for
the Orange County Board of Elec
tions, the board will accept UNC
students as residents "at least while
you're here in school."
Voters must swear that all of the
information supplied is true. The
registrar then tells voters their pre
cinct and polling place.
Voters must register as a Demo
crat, Republican or unaffiliated.
There is "absolutely no pressure" to
register for one party or another,
Hackney said. Unaffiliated voters,
however, cannot vote in North
Orange County residents who will
not be in the county on Election Day
or are disabled and unable to get to
the polling place can vote by absentee
ballot. Absentee ballots may be
requested in writing from the Orange
County Board of Elections, 144 E.
Margaret St., P.O. Box 220, Hills
borough, N.C. 27278. Absentee
ballots must be postmarked by Nov.
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Voter Registration Sites
Franklin St. Post Office
N.C. Memorial Hospital
Walden at Greenfields
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. Sun., Oct. 2
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noon -6 p.m.
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Chapel Hill Municipal Building
Carrborq Town Hall
Chapel Hill Public Lbrary
Orange County Public Lbrary
Hillsborough Public Library
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By LESLIE WILSON
About 80 UNC students will spend
their Fall Break at their old high
schools, talking to minority students
who are interested in applying to
The Tar Heel Target program, in
its second year, is a recruitment
program designed to encourage
minority students to attend UNC.
The program is a committee of the
Black Student Movement (BSM) and
has four phases of operation, accord
ing to Herbert Davis, associate
The Fall Break activities are . the
first phase of the program, BSM Vice
President Tonya Blanks said. The
visits will give high school students
a chance to ask questions.
Blanks, who went back to her high
school in Clarkton as a recruiter last
year, said the high school seniors'
most common concern was that they
would not fit in at UNC, or that they
would be just a "number."
"The students really enjoyed the
program," Blanks said. "They appre
ciated the fact that a college student
would take time out to come and
listen to their questions."
During the next ' phase of the
program, high school students will
visit the campus. The seniors will be
paired with a host or hostess who will
introduce them to UNC with tours
and panel discussions.
Tar Heel Target members maintain
contact with seniors who are accepted
to UNC and continue to answer
questions about preparing to attend
Training for UNC student volun
teers begins tonight. Students will
learn how to relate to the high school
seniors and what questions to expect.
The program is trying to reach a
specific target group of minority
students, said Allan Younger, exec
utive assistant to the student body
president and project coordinator.
"It's ah aggressive program," he
said. "The students that the minority
recruiters talk to have been nomi
nated by their guidance counselors
and are really an elite group: "
A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation. C.E. Ayres