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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Volume 96, Issue 98
Friday, December 9, 1938
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
News Sports Arts 962-0245
Business Advertising 962-1 163
A fairy tale dance for
a!i ae page 9
By JENNY CLONINGER
Assistant University Editor
The Carolina Inn is having finan
cial problems because intense com
petition from new hotels in the
Triangle area has lowered its occu
pancy rates, UNC officials said this
The inn is still making a profit, but
revenues have declined for the past
three years, said Edward Rehkopf,
director of hotel and conference
While solutions to some major
financial problems must be found, the
inn isn't in danger of going out of
business, said Wayne Jones, associate
vice chancellor of finance. "If we
didn't do anything it would (close),
but it's not like we're going to close
the doors next year or anything," he
AIPO Own stomas tiree
From staff reports
It wasn't quite "The Grinch Who
Stole Christmas," but it was close.
Two Sigma Alpha Epsilon frater
nity brothers stole the Alpha Phi
Omega Christmas tree from the Pit
Wednesday night, according to Chris
Kennedy, APO inter-chapter rela
A Chapel Hill police officer saw
the two men carrying the tree across
campus at about 12:30 a.m. and
followed them. The officer didn't
catch the students, but he saw them
leave the tree at the SAE house on
By CHARLES BRITTAIN
Representatives from the North
Carolina Department of Transporta
tion (DOT) answered questions and
obtained public input Thursday on
proposals to widen South Columbia
Street between Manning Drive and
The DOT is in the early stages of
a planning study on four proposals
Try not to panic:
Students cap beat
I By BETH RHEA
It's 2:30 a.m. before that cumul
ative final exam you've been
dreading all semester. Four essay
questions in two hours. It doesn't
. I help that you haven't even read
I the last two books the exam will
!be based on. As if that weren't
enough, the exam is worth 60
percent of your grade. No
The heavy doses of caffeine
you've consumed are starting to
wear off, and that soft pillow is
. looking more and more appealing.
Maybe, you think, you could set
, your alarm and get up and study
at 4:30 a.m. ... or maybe you
could just cross your fingers and
If this sounds like where youH
be during the next few weeks, take
heart. There are ways to handle
. stress and be good to yourself so
it doesn't paralyze you.
"Try to be realistic in your
expectations," says John Gorman,
a clinical psychologist. "Just try
not to distort your performances
and try to be accurate in your
appraisals. (Then) there's no room
for dissatisfaction and discontent.7
He suggests applying his sugges
tions to exams and the holidays
For many years, the inn was one
of few hotels in town, Rehkopf said.
But in the last five years, the number
of hotel rooms in Chapel Hill and
the Triangle has more than doubled,
lowering occupancy rates
Seven new hotels have been built
in Research Triangle Park during the
last two years, with a total of 1,400
new rooms all aimed at the same
market, said Mel Lewis, Raleigh
Convention and Visitors' Bureau vice
" All the hotels in our area of study
are experiencing a drop in occupancy
and room rates," he said. "The size
of the pie has not grown, but the
number of people eating the pie has.
There's no way anybody could have
Big Fraternity Court, Kennedy said.
The officer called the SAE pres
ident, Beau Stoneman, to ask about
the incident. Stoneman gave the
officer the names of the two men who
stole the tree.
The students promised to return
the tree and to pay for the lights they
had broken on the tree: APO declined
to press charges.
"We got the tree back, and that's
all we care about," Kennedy said. The
students stole the tree as a prank and
intended to return it anyway, he said.
The tree should be back in the Pit
p D DTI D O DU
to widen the existing two-lane road
to either our or five lanes.
All four proposals deal with about
one-half mile of street expansion
beginning at the South Columbia and
Pittsboro street intersection and
merging with improvements sche
duled for U.S. 15-501.
The proposals are basically similar
except for the number of lanes
suggested and the location and
afterward. If you imagine, for
. example, that family time during
the holidays will be pure joy, youH
probably be disappointed when
you find yourself having occa
sional disagreements with parents
And if you imagine, unrealisti
cally, that youU wind up with a
B in the class that you've missed
for the last three weeks, youU be
in for a shock when you wind up
Stress occurs this time of year
for a variety of reasons, according
to Molly Peters, a social work
trainee at Student Health Service.
"It (UNC) is a real high
expectation place, she said.
Many UNC students excelled in
high school, and they assume that
they will continue to succeed
academically at college. This can
be an especially difficult adjust
ment for freshmen, she said.
Even the approaching holidays
can cause stress. Many students
become frustrated that before they
can begin to enjoy the holidays,
they must first get through exams.
Christmas vacation itself can
also be a trying experience, Peters
said. "Undergraduates are trying
See STRESS page 3
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maintained their occupancy with that
kind of new competition coming in."
Although the Triangle is growing
quickly and has a strong economy,
the need for hotels is not growing as
quickly as the supply. The demand
could take from 18 months to three
years to catch up with the supply, but
the supply won stop growing during
that time, Lewis said.
"The development will continue,"
he said. "It hasn't stopped in the area
and it probably won't."
The inn's occupancy was at 80
percent between 1978 and 1982, 20
percent above the national average.
Last year, occupancy dropped to 70.2
percent. That 10 percent decline has
meant about $250,000 in losses each
See INN page 4
this morning, he said.
"APO members take a lot of pride
in doing this for the University, and
it hurts when somebody does some
thing like that," Kennedy said. "It was
our gift to the campus."
Stoneman said the action was not
a hazing prank. "We don't want it
to reflect badly on the fraternity," he
said. "It wasn't initiated or condoned
by anybody in the fraternity."
Kennedy said stealing the APO tree
from the Pit is becoming a tradition.
"Nearly every year somebody steals
it," he said. .
amount of property surrounding
South Columbia Street that will be
taken for the expansion.
Glenda Gibson of the DOT. said
the purpose of the informal meeting
was to involve the public as early as
possible in the planning process.
"Through this meeting we are
trying to get public feedback and
comments on the four proposals and
to identify , areas of special concern,"
by JAMES BENTON
The Housing Advisory Board
defeated a proposal by the Depart
ment of University Housing that
would guarantee sophomore housing
Thursday and endorsed a proposal
by the Residence Hall Association
The board defeated the housing
proposal by a 6-2 vote with one
abstention and endorsed the RHA
proposal by a 4-1 vote with three
abstentions. Five of the six members,
who voted against the housing prop
osal and all four who voted to endorse
the RHA proposal were students.
The housing proposal would
Cultural center awaits trustee
By BETHANY LITTON
and WILL SPEARS
Supporters of UNC's Black Cul
tural Center feel positive about
obtaining Board of Trustees support
for a permanent BCC site at the BOT
meeting Friday, Black Student Move
ment president Kenneth Perry said
If the board supports the BCC
today, the BSM's next step will be
to secure funding for the center, Perry
Donald Boulton, vice chancellor
and dean of student affairs, will give
a report to the BOT that will include
the anticipated amount of space
needed for a permanent BCC
13,000 square feet.
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Donald McRoy, a junior from Wilmington, construction on the steps outside Carmichael
negotiates the obstacle course created by Residence Hall Thursday.
The public's comments on the
proposals at the meeting will help
planners decide on a final plan, she
"Aspects of the proposals that will
be considered by our planners are the
public's comments, what the city and
the University want, and special
attention will be paid to the cost of
each proposal," Gibson said.
exempt rising sophomores from the
spring housing lottery and guarantee
their freshman room assignment for
their sophomore year. The RHA
proposal would require all students
to participate in the spring housing
lottery and would guarantee a room
in a South Campus residence hall for
sophomores who are unsuccessful in
Student Congress voted to con
demn the housing department's
proposal Wednesday night. Congress
members said the housing proposal
could affect class composition in
residence halls, enforcement of the
alcohol policy, and parking.
RHA President Jimmy Randolph
Perry will then appeal to the board,
stating the importance of a cultural
center and the heed for more space.
Up to this point, Perry said, the
BOT has not given the BCC proposal
as much support as they need, and
a positive response is crucial for
eventual approval of the program.
"It must be a strong statement from
the board," Perry said. "I don't feel
that we can leave there with anything
less than a strong statement."
There are now no written commit
ments from the BOT concerning the
BCC proposal, so the trustees' reac
tion to Friday's presentation will give
supporters of the BCC an idea as to
their next step in the process of.
gaining support, Perry said. .
Once the BOT expresses its sup
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The DOT is tentatively scheduling
a formal public hearing for May 1989,
when it will present a final proposal
to the public and answer any ques
tions about how the project will affect
the community, she said. '
The project is part of the North
Carolina Transportation Improve
ment Program for 1988 through 1996
and the estimated total cost of the
project is about $5.1 million.
said it was now up to Wayne Kuncl,
housing director, to decide which
proposal to implement. But Ran
dolph said student opinion on the
issue is clear. ,
"The students have said they are
against housing's proposal, and the
council has said they are against it,"
Any decision made by the housing
department will be sent to the
Division of Student Affairs and may
be overruled by Donald Boulton, vice
chancellor and dean of student
affairs, but Randolph said he did not
know where Boulton stands on the
Randolph; said the congress's
port, BSM leaders must decide where
they will go to fund the center.
The BOT may view the proposed
BCC as a part of the Student Union,
which would make it a student
service, Perry said. Student services,
such as residence hall facilities, food
services and the Student Union, can
not be funded by state appropria
tions, said. Frederic Schroeder, dean
Then students would have to vote
on a referendum whether to raise
student fees to fund the center, Perry
But he said other universities do
' not consider black cultural centers as
student services. "Some members of
the administration are making the
assumption that the Black Cultural
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"This early in the project it is really
difficult to estimate the final costs
because now we are considering four
different proposals, and with each
proposal there are different consid
erations to be made," Gibson said. ;
DOT project engineer Whit Webb
said the main reasons for widening
Columbia Street are to increase the
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condemnation of the housing1 prop
osal helped the RHA proposal
because it presented a united student
opinion. "Any other proposal thatis
implemented is in direct opposition
to the students," he said.
Randy Griffin, a freshman frprr
Fayetteville, said the housing system
should be left alone, but the housjng
department's ' proposal could help
sophomores who might not knpw
about other campus areas or housing
off campus. ; . :
"If I moved off campus, I don't,
think I would be ready," he said. ; -
But the housing proposal's popu-;
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Center is a part of the Student
Union," Perry said. : :
At this point, the BCC has four
potential sources of funding, Perry
said. If the center is not considered"
a student service, funding will come;
from the General Assembly, he said.
If the BCC is considered a student
service, then a student referendum,;
private donations and corporate;
sponsorship will provide the neces
sary funding, Perry said. ' J
Perry said he has no preference as
to the source of the funding. "I just
want a Black Cultural Center as soon
as possible," he said. -
Trustee S. Bobo Tanner said
Wednesday that the BOT will prob-'
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