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    The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, September 12, 19895
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Groups aid graduate students
By STEPHEN BRYAN
Staff Writer
Just like freshmen and transfers,
graduate students need to learn about
the UNC campus and the many ac
tivities and programs offered. The
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation (GPSF), along with the
Orientation Office, are trying to make
life a little easier for these students.
The GPSF is launching new ven
tures to help graduate students, and is
currently compiling a manual to be
published this fall. The manual will
offer students survival tips, such as
time management. "We are actively
seeking out new information to in
clude," said Richard Cody, president
of GPSF.
Cody says that there are many
worries facing grad students. "One of
the biggest problems is the signifi
cant increase in workload. For example,
medical students can easily have twice
the workload than experienced at the
undergraduate level." Cody reminds
students that because of the enormous
amount of material, they can't learn it
all. "Being told that this is normal eases
the burden," says Cody. The manual
will offer other advice from current
graduate students taken from recent
surveys.
The Orientation Office also offers
grad students information and advice
to make the transition easier. A packet
of materials, including a graduate guide,
was mailed to grad students over the
summer. In conjunction with the GPSF,
the Orientation Office is planning a
common orientation meeting for all
new graduate students beginning next
fall. Currently, graduate students are
introduced to the University by their
individual departments of interest.
The effect of the orientation pro
gram is being questioned though, by
some students. Mary Ann Davis, first
year graduate student, felt that more
orientation material is needed. "It
would be beneficial to have some
type of graduate orientation for the
whole University, and not just each
graduate department." She feels that
she was somewhat left in the dark
about the University, saying that her
request for a handbook of informa
tion was ignored.
Despite some criticism, both the
GPSF and Orientation Office hope to
welcome all graduate students to the
University. With information guides
from both the Orientation Office and
the GPSF, these offices hope to make
settling in at the University an easier
task.
Traffic expected to worseri
Granville residents express interest
in installation of condom machines
By STEPHANIE JOHNSTON
Staff Writer
Some Granville Towers residents,
as a reaction to the installation of con
dom machines in residence hall
tant at Granville. "They would only
promote safe sex, not condone sex."
"Anytime you can stop pregnancy or
diseases you should do all you can. It
would be a safety measure," said Larry
restrooms, are calling for the machines Stone, a sophomore who lives in Gran-
to be installed in the public restrooms at ville.
Granville Towers. "Granville is an alternative to Uni-
Last week unknown students placed versity housing," said Jill Rosenberg, a
copies of a cartoon, depicting a naked sophomore Granville resident. "If it's
male and female and stating that stu- going to be done there, Granville will
dents can buy condoms on campus but have to do it like University housing.
not in Granville, beside elevator doors
in several Granville halls. The copies
have since been removed.
Melvyn Rinfret, general manager of
Granville Towers, said installation of
condom machines was being discussed
at a higher level of management.
"I've mentioned it to my people.
But some students would prefer that
other projects get higher priority than
condom dispensers.
"I'd rather see the money spent on
increasing the quality of food and doing
small maintenance," said Ted
Townsend, a sophomore Granville
resident. "If students want condoms
They are now discussing the national they can go across the street to Ken's
policy," Rinfret said. Quick Stop. I don't think there would
Officials at Granville said they had be any mass opposition if they put them
not heard from any students who want in. It's a question of priorities."
condom machines installed in the Jonathan Martin, (Dist. 8) one of two
restrooms. Granville Towers representatives to
"Students haven't talked with me. I Student Congress, said some students
wish they would let me know what they had come to him questioning why
think about it," Rinfret said.
Frank Gardner, area director for
Granville Towers, said he hadn't heard
from students either, although he did
hear a rumor about the cartoon.
Most of the students interviewed said
they felt condom machines should be
installed in Granville in an effort to
promote safe sex and because condom
machines have been put in residence
halls.
"They're necessary here if they are
in the dorms in order to be consistent,"
said Jennifer Toplin, a resident assis-
Granville wasn't installing condom
machines when the machines were put
in residence halls.
The Student Congress passed a reso
lution last spring encouraging the in
stallation of condom machines in resi
dence halls. Speaker Gene Davis said
the resolution did include Granville
because it encourages, but doesn't
mandate, the machines installation.
"Those students at Granville Towers
who express an interest in providing
condom vending machines can rest
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By CAMERON TEW
Staff Writer
A study by the Transportation Work
Group this summer predicts that the
transportation problem in Chapel Hill
and Carrboro will increase with no
solution in sight, John Evans, spokes
man for the group, said Monday.
'Transportation in Chapel Hill and
Carrboro is a problem that can only get
worse in the future," Evans said in a
presentation to the Coordination Con
sultation Committee (CCC) at the In
stitute of Government.
The group's objective was to exam
ine the effects of transportation and
traffic around the University. The group
was made up of representatives from
the University, Chapel Hill and
Carrboro.
The group could not find any clear
solutions to the transportation prob
lem, but it did gather information for
the Chapel Hill Town Council and the
Carrboro Board of Aldermen to use in
deciding how to handle transportation
in the area.
"We tried to establish goals that
would appeal to all groups in the area,
but we found most of the desired goals
to be mutually inconsistent," Evans said.
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ten conflict, he said. "With so many
differing points of view, we found our
job to be more informative than decision-making."
There are several areas that need to
be addressed, including traffic conges
tion around central campus, Evans said.
"There are 24,000 trips being made
daily to campus and by the year 2010
that number is projected to increase to
54,000."
Another major concern of the group
was the improvements that need to be
made to Columbia, Pittsboro and
Boundary streets and to Country Club
Drive. Evans said the traffic congestion
on these streets needs immediate atten
tion, but the group had no clear recom
mendations to offer the committee.
The limited amount of parking in
Chapel Hill and on campus should also
be addressed, the committee reported.
Evans said people should be encour
aged to use the mass transit system, but
noted it would only have a minimal
effect.
The group's study showed only 600
of the 6,000 faculty in the Chapel Hill
area use the bus, Evans said. "If we
could get that number up to 15 percent
that would be a heroic effort."
The problems will be difficult to
solve for government officials because
of conflicting opinions of people within
the towns, Evans said. 'This is a study
that the town council will have to make
a decision on without counting votes."
Chancellor Paul Hardin, a member
of the CCC, said he felt mass transpor
tation was a more favorable option than
providing an increased number of park
ing lots.
"I wonder when a small town-will
realize it is becoming a major city and
begin to deal with its traffic problem,"
Hardin said. : ' '
Hardin was disappointed with the
group's failure to give both town coun
cils recommendations to consider, he
said. "I don't mean to be unsympa
thetic, but I wonder where the town
councils go from here." ' '
He added that his disappointment
came from the group's not being faced
with political consequences in making
recommendations. "I've never been in
a situation where so many groups say
the transportation problem cannot be
solved," Hardin said. ''. !
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chairman of the CCC, said a full report
on the transportation and traffic report
would be completed for the next meet
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