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Volume 97, Issue 37
By JENNIFER WING
The N.C. Senate appropriations
committee is proposing a bill to
eliminate 346 UNC-system staff
positions, which include almost 100
jobs in the University's Academic
Affairs and Health Affairs depart
ments, despite UNC officials objec
tions to the cuts.
The present draft of the bill
requires that staff positions that are
now empty will be eliminated to
prevent layoffs. But CD. Spangler,
UNC-system president, said that even
though the positions are vacant at the
time, the University still needs the
"Part of it (the problem) stems
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By MARK FOLK
The N.C. General Assembly's vote
on a bill that would outlaw the use
of student fees and tax dollars for
homosexual groups on UNC-system
campuses may be delayed until the
assembly's short session in June 1990
unless the bill is voted on by May
The bill, introduced earlier this
month by Rep. Stephen Arnold, R
Guilford, is now behind about a
dozen bills that are set to go before
a UNC-system subcommittee of the
House Education Committee some
time next week, said Rep. Alex
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By NANCY VYKLE
Student Body President Brien
Lewis and Karin West, outgoing
Order of the Bell Tower president,
met with the Board of Visitors (BOV)
Saturday to make a presentation
about some of the problems of
research from students' perspectives.
4 arrested after protesting cost of
By GLENN O'NEAL
and SANDY YALL
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK
Four protesters from the New
York-based group AIDS Coalition
To Unleash Power (ACT UP) were
arrested Tuesday after they allegedly
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When a subject becomes totally obsolete we
from the fact that there are always
vacant positions because we are
recruiting people. When this is
adequately understood, we will get
The positions to be eliminated are
those that support the faculty, not
faculty and administration positions,
he said. But he said that if 100 of
these positions were eliminated, the
University might not be able to
handle the adverse effects.
Because UNC must compete with
the Research Triangle Park, it cannot
compete in salaries and, as a result,
has a difficult time filling the vacant
positions, he said.
But he said the state legislature
would probably realize this when the
Warner, D-Cumberland, chairman of
If the subcommittee passes the bill;
it would go to the House Education
Committee and then to the full
General Assembly. It must go before
the Assembly by May 11 to avoid
Warner said it was possible that
the bill might not go before the
subcommittee by the May 1 1 deadline
because of the number of bills ahead
Arnold said in a telephone inter
view Tuesday that he would do
everything possible to get the bill
before the General Assembly if
The BOV is a 120-member organ
ization that advises the chancellor
and Board of Trustees on University
A BOV task force investigating
research did not consult undergrad
uates in the original draft of recom
mendation it submitted to the entire
BOV, but students are concerned
entered the Burroughs Wellcome
building illegally and barricaded
themselves in a third-floor office.
A spokesman for ACT UP in New
York said the four were protesting
the price of the AIDS drug azido
"They were asking for a 25 percent
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UNC-system representatives pres
ented this argument. "I think there
is some give-and-take (with the
legislature). We have to cooperate the
best we can, but we must put the best
foot forward, Spangler said.
Wayne Jones, acting vice chancel
lor of business and finance, said
several different types of positions
will be eliminated. "They are all staff
positions, not faculty. They really run
the gamut from housekeeping to
clerical to accounting to personnel."
The first positions to be cut will
probably be the 50 positions frozen
last semester, but the broad range of
cuts will minimize major impact on
See CUTS page 2
neither the subcommittee nor the
Education Committee passed it.
He said he would either put it on
as an amendment to another bill or
ask that the General Assembly rules
be waived so it could go before the
full House without first getting
through the committees.
"I'm really encouraged about its
(the bill's) significance,'' Arnold said.
"I'm going to do everything I can to
get a vote on this bill by the full
Although Arnold said he was
skeptical about the bill's chances in
. See BILL page 3
about research interfering with teach
ing, West said.
"In our experience, we found the
University community has been
placing great emphasis on research.
The task force was working from
the Fisher report, which said students
had relatively few complaints about
the research aspects of the University,
reduction in the cost," said Michael
Signorile, media coordinator for
ACT UP, in a telephone interview.
"Wall Street analysts say Burroughs
is making an 80 percent profit."
The protesters Lee Arsenault,
41, Blane Mosley, 24, and Peter
Staley, 28, all of New York City; and
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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di research tteaclhii
The main problem is that incen
tives exist for research but not
teaching, Lewis said. Good teaching
must be rewarded, he said.
"Incentives to teach must come
from the top."
More teaching awards need to be
established for teachers, he said.
James McGrath, 32, of Providence,
R.I. allegedly entered the building
Tuesday at 10 a.m. and barricaded
themselves in the office, said Kathy
Bartlett, spokeswoman for the phar
They were not armed and were
asked to leave, she said. When they
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Editor's note: This is the second
of three artkles examining the prob
lem of low faculty salaries and poor
benefits at UNC.
By WILL SPEARS
UNC is losing some of its most
distinguished and valuable faculty
members as a result of low salaries
and poor benefits.
Because other universities have
been able to recruit faculty members
from UNC's ranks, many University
departments are in danger of having
their hard-earned reputations
Two of the more notable losses this
year have been in the political science
and art history departments. Merle
Black, a political science professor,
has accepted a position at Emory
University. Richard Shiff, a former
assistant chairman of the 'art history
department, left UNC after last
semester to accept a position at the
University of Texas at Austin.
"It was a tremendous loss to the
University, the department and the
community," Mary Sheriff, director
of graduate studies for the art history
department, said of Shiff s departure.
"It will hurt recruiting at both the
faculty and the graduate student
Shiff said his decision to leave
UNC for the University of Texas was
not hard to make. The decision was
based on professional, and not
personal, reasons, he said.
make it a required course. Peter Drucker
of the National
The task force failed to address the
effects of priorities that place research
ahead of teaching, he said.
"Research is where the money and
. Research grants offer money that
professors need to conduct studies,
"Professors are pressured in the
refused, deputies from the Durham
County Sheriff's Department
arrested them, Bartlett said.
McGrath, one of the protesters,
said the four were released from the
custody of the Durham County
Sheriff after each posted $5,000 bond.
The protesters' first court appear
red with betteir offers
Faculty in Flight
Tuesday: Defining the dilemma
.Wednesday: 3 professors' stories
Thursday: Staying competitive
"The real matter here is that there
wasn't a choice to be made. It's a
question of having an opportunity
and taking it."
UNC's attitude toward faculty
research helped Shiff make his
decision, he said. "It was the attitude
toward faculty who do research (that
affected my decision). They were
much more receptive of my ideas and
interests here (at Texas)."
The total package Texas offered
Shiff salary, research money, a
research assistant and benefits was
double what UNC offered, he said.
"My research wasn't being sup
ported by UNC. Someone else came
and supported me."
UNC made a counteroffer, but
Shiff said he did not accept it because
it came too late. "When this kind of
thing happens (faculty being recruited
by other institutions), UNC feels it
can just turn around and make a
counteroffer. Still, the fact that you
were here (at UNC) for 10 years and
they made no such offer before makes
you distrust them. That's why faculty
gets stolen away so easily.
"UNC tends to get interested only
because someone else is interested. By
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number of roles they have to fulfill."
Teachers are in a position where
they must do research to progress in
their field, Lewis said. They some
times must also do it to justify the
salaries they receive, he said.
. Demands 'are made of faculty
See RESEARCH page 2
ance is scheduled for May 4 in
Durham, McGrath said in a tele
phone interview from a Durham
The protesters said Burroughs was
making too much money from AZT
See PROTEST page 3
then it's too late."
The art history department will feel
the loss of Shiff in a number of areas,
Sheriff said. "Richard is someone
who is on the forefront of the field.
To find someone to replace him will
"Richard was someone who,
because of his prominence, was highly
visible. He participated in the intel
lectual life of this University."
Sheriff said the department would
hold Shiffs position until January
See SALARIES page 8
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Focus On Graduation: The
real world lies ahead 7
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