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popularize Asian languages
By Robin Lowe
Last week George Bush struggled to improve trade rela
tions with the Far East, but an increasing number of American
students have chosen to take diplomacy into their own hands.
Enrollment shows that many students at UNC are turning
to Asian language courses instead of the traditional Romance
Jerome Seaton, professor of Chinese, said that all the
classes in the East Asian Studies curriculum are closed and
overloaded again this semester. When Seaton first taught
Chinese in 1 968, only four students signed up. This semester
thecapacity of Chinese 1 classes was reached at 100 students.
'This is just the take-off point," Seaton said. "I expect it to
grow even faster."
J.D. Eyre, a professor of geography, said the attraction
stemmed from a "general broader awareness of the impor
tance of the Pacific area in international affairs." Students
choose to study Chinese or Japanese out of a basic cultural
inquisitiveness and as a practical thing. Eyre said.
Seaton attributed the recent popularity to both cultural
awareness and business incentives. "A long time ago, in the
'60s, students were interested in Chinese as an alternative
culture," he said. "Today it's business." Seaton said only
about 1 0 percent to 1 5 percent of his students take Chinese for
Although most people don't associate China with boom
ing business, trade centers like Hong Kong and Singapore
speak the Chinese language, Seaton said.
Keiko Inoue, a lecturer in Japanese, has especially noticed
the growing number of business and economics majors
taking her classes. "American students are wondering why
the Japanese economy is growing so fast, and this leads to
cultural interest," Inoue said.
But Marcia Harris, director of University Career Planning
and Placement Services, said not many employers had asked
for students proficient in Japanese or Chinese because lan
guage skills aren't needed for entry level jobs. "There's no
immediate advantage," Harris said. "In the long term (know
ing Japanese or Chinese) could lead to mobility overseas, and
it may give students a slight edge in international jobs. For the
most part, it's not realistic to expect foreign language skills
to win you a job, although it may be helpful down the road."
Many students choose to use their language proficiency
through the JET teaching program and similar opportunities.
This year, the Japanese government has invited 10,000 English-speaking
people with bachelor's degrees to teach in
Japan, Inoue said. The positions pay as much as $26,000 a
year, $3,000 more than someone with a master's degree earns
teaching Japanese in America.
"Most people usually extend their contracts," Inoue said.
"They can make more money there."
Seaton said a former student in one of his Chinese classes
was now the vice president of the Hong Kong branch of
The media also play an important role in shaping students'
choices, said Jing Wang, an assistant professor in Chinese
language and literature at Duke University. After the
Tiananmen Square incident in the summer of 1989, Wang
noticed her class enrollment drop drastically.
Seaton said the same thing happened at UNC, but since
then there has been a steady recovery in Chinese enrollment.
In 1985, when Inoue taught Japanese at the University of
Oregon, her class enrollment tripled after the television mini
series "Shogun" aired.
"Enrollment is very sensitive to media," Wang said. "It's
like a fashion. If China made a drastic improvement in human
rights, enrollment would soar."
Another factor in the increasing interest in Asian lan
guages is the growing number of Asian-American students.
In the fall of 1987, 1.6 percent of UNC's undergraduate
population identified themselves as Asian or Pacific Islander.
That number grew to 3.3 percent in the fall of 1991.
Asian-Americans are naturally attracted to their back
ground and heritage, Inoue said. "They want to know more
about their culture."
Liz Kim, a freshman who lived in Korea for nine years,
took Chinese 1 last semester and is continuing in Chinese 2
now. "I would have taken Spanish," she said, "but it was at 8
o'clock." Kim said her main incentive for taking Chinese was
to fulfill the General College language requirement, but she
also wanted to learn more about the culture. "I'll probably
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Congress fortifies off-campu voice
By Shea Riggsbee
Student Congress passed a resolution Monday night
redrawing campus electoral districts andadding six new seats
to congress, including an at-Iarge seat for graduate students.
Tim Moore, Student Congress speaker, said the resolution
made districts fairer by adding representatives for off-campus
UNC has about 6,000 on-campus undergraduates and
9,500 off -campus undergraduates, but the old districts gave
more seats for on-campus representatives, Moore explained.
The new districts are designed to represent 700 to 900
students for each congress member, but there are some
discrepancies, he said. District 13, which comprises STOW
Residence College, has only 500 students, Moore said.
The 27 new districts were drawn around population cen
ters and major thoroughfares, which caused some previous
districts to be split, he said.
"If you get this too big . . . you lose the responsiveness," he
said. "If you're going to have districts, they might as well
District 1 1, the at-large graduate district, will serve as a
guinea pig for a future congress elected totally at-large
without districts, he said.
Daryl Grissom, finance committee chairman, proposed a
amendment that would provide an at-large undergraduate
seat as well, but the amendment failed after some debate.
"My reason for wanting an at-large district is just to help
stimulatecongress," Grissom said. "(At-large elections) could
be a movement to make Student Congress more fluid."
Congress members elected at-large would be more likely
to be supported by advocacy groups, such as the Sonja H.
Stone Black Cultural Center, that are more in tune with
campus issues, he contended.
Mark Shelburne, Dist. 19 representative and speaker pro
Heyd vs. Moore: Is a conflict
damaging student government?
By Jennifer Mueller
Members of government walk a
fine line between hurting and helping
their constituents when using a sys
tem of checks and balances.
Some Student Congress members
believe Speaker Tim Moore and Stu
dent Body President Matt Heyd are
treading this precarious ground that
could destroy an effective student
"I think that a lot of things went
through congress (last year) because
of a relationship between the speaker
and the president that does not exist
this year," said Carl Clark, Dist. 18.
Congress members believe the un
derlying tension between Moore and
Heyd surf aced at the last Student Con
gress meeting in the fall, when Moore
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tempore, said: "You've got to think about the idea of one
person representing the entire campus. ... There's some
thing wrong with that."
Congress also approved Student Body President Matt
Heyd's nominees for Elections Board chairman and vice
Chris Bracey, new Elections Board chairman, vowed,
'This time around there's not going to be the fun and games
there was before.
'"Keep it Clean' will definitely be a
theme for the election."
Bracey said he also wanted to de
crease the number of poll sites while
balancing the number on North and
Melvin Davis, Elections Board vice
chairman, said he hoped to avoid con
troversy and to ensure a fair process.
In other business. Congress passed a
resolution to direct the Elections Board
to conduct a hand-counted public vote
for all races in 1992 student elections.
Moore said Bracey supported the
proposal and explained that there had
been discrepancies in the past when
votes were counted electronically.
"Elections have been ... kind of
screwy in the past," Moore said.
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Se habla lab tape
Bryan Tate, a senior from Elizabethtown, listens intently to his Spanish 4 lab tape. The language lab was filled
with students trying to get a head start on their studies and to escape Monday's wet weather.
Council to discuss
Top of the Hill site
By Emily Russ
Top of the Hill, theconvenience store
located on the corner of Franklin and
Columbia streets, will be replaced by a
three-story, multi-purpose building if
the Chapel Hill Town Council approves
a development proposal tonight.
Town residents will have the oppor
tunity to let council members know
how they feel about the proposal at a
public hearing to be held in the Chapel
Hill Town Hall council chambers.
Riddle Commercial Properties, a
Fayetteville-based real estate firm, has
applied for permission to construct a
33,000 square foot building on the south
east corner of the downtown intersec
tion. Joseph Riddle, who applied for the
special-use permit, said the owners of
School Kids Records, which is pres
ently located at 144 E. Franklin St.,
have made tentative plans to relocate in
the proposed building if the project was
Several other prospective tenants also
have expressed interest in occupying
the proposed building, Riddle said.
Council member and mayor pro tern
Joe Herzenberg said the project was
generally well-received by the council
members. The proposed building would
be very handsome and would boost the
economy of Chapel Hill, he said.
"I do think this is a very interesting
project," Herzenberg said.
Herzenberg said the gas station that
currently occupies the site is not condu
cive to public safety. Traffic entering
the intersection from the gas station
makes accidents very likely, he said.
Chapel Hill Town Manager Cal
Horton said the proposed building is in
keeping with the atmosphere, scale and
mood of downtown Chapel Hill.
"(The proposed building) will pro-
"(The proposed building)
will provide a use that is
more consistent with the
character of downtown."
Chapel Hill town manager
vide a use that is more consistent with
the character of downtown," he said. "I
think the arch itectural proposal is pleas
ing as well."
The proposed building, which would
include three levels and a basement,
would also include areas allotted for
office, restaurant and retail space.
A two-story facade would face
Franklin Street and a three-story facade
would face Columbia Street.
The basement and the first floor
would be used by retailers. The second
floor would include office and retail
space. A restaurant or office space is
projected for the third floor.
The proposed development meets all
regulations outlined by Chapel Hill's
development ordinance with three ex
ceptions. New developments are required to
provide off-street parking, but Horton
said in a report to the council that the
site would be too small to accommodate
adequate and safe parking.
As proposed, the building also vio
lates the ordinance's floor area and
height limitations. But Horton decided
the design of the proposed building fit
well on the site and recommended in his
report that the council allow the build
ing to be built as designed.
The proposal received a favorable
recommendation from the planning
board, the design review board and the
town's appearance commission.
North Carolina bounces back at home, shells Terrapins, 96-76
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By Neil Araato
Dean Smith does not think starting a
basketball game is all that important.
Five players get introduced and get their
feet wet first.
Brian Reese and Hubert Davis, a pair
of mainstays in the UNC lineup, were
not among the UNC coach's starting
five for the Tar Heels Monday night,
but they certainly proved they belonged
Davis scored 26 points and Reese
scored 16 two shy ofa career high
as the Tar Heels turned a 10-point half
time lead into a 96-76 Atlantic Coast
Conference victory versus Maryland in
front of 21,1 13 in the Smith Center.
UNC, which dropped from No. 8 to
No. 14 in the latest Associated Press
poll following Saturday's loss to Notre
Dame, upped its record to 1 1-2, 2-1 in
the conference. Maryland fell to 7-7, 0
4 in the league. The Terrapins, who got
32 points from guard Walt Williams,
have lost six consecutive games.
Davis continued his familiar 20-a-night
scoring trend. The Burke, Va.,
native has scored at least 20 points in
seven games and has led North Carol ina
in scoring 10 times this season. He was
three points away from acareer-high 29
established early this season in a 68-65
win at Houston.
"Hubert didn't start simply because
hedidn't grade out quite as highly in the
Notre Dame game as we wanted," Smith
"Maybe I'll have him come off the
bench all the time. He can hardly wait to
get those shots and make them."
Davis got his first shot a3-pointer
with 15:33 left in the first half after
entering the game at 16:45. He buried
the shot to break a 4-4 tie and hit another
trey 38 seconds later, sending him on
his way to his highest point total in ACC
play. His 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting
came in just 30 minutes of play.
Davis, UNC's lone senior, was his
usual solemn self afterwards, saying he
had done whatever it took to win.
"I always want to help the team,
whether I'm on the court or on the
bench," the 6-foot-5 guard said. "I can
cheer if I'm on the bench or lead by
example on the court."
Reese, who chipped in six rebounds
and four assists in 21 minutes, said
defense, not scoring, was his main con
cern. "I try to work on my defense first,"
Reese said. "My defense is what gets
my offense going. I've tried to maintain
my stamina and combine it with my
Added Smith: "This was a good ex
perience for Reese and it should help his
When Maryland threatened to close
the gap early in the second half, Reese
displayed some of his physical skills.
With UNC leading 43-33, Reese fol
lowed a miss on the fast break with a
rim-rattling dunk that kept the Tar Heels'
lead above 10. After a basket by
Maryland's Evers Burns closed the gap
to 1 0 with 1 7:2 1 left in the game, Reese
canned his second 3-pointer of the night
to give UNC a-53-40 lead with 17:11
left. A jumper by Davis and a jump
hook by Kevin Salvadori forced Mary
land, down 57-44, to call a timeout with
"I thought we made several good
opportunities to start a run, but it seemed
like we couldn't get over the top to
affect (UNC's) confidence," said Mary
land head coach Gary Williams. "I'm
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