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Volume 99, Issue 76
Wednesday, September 18, 1991
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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on spring fees
By Soyia Ellison
; Two UNC-CH student fee increases
passed last spring may be reinstated
next semester despite a systemwide
moratorium on fee increases.
: UNC-system President CD.
Spangler decided to allow schools to
submit requests for spring student fee
increases that are essential.
Wayne Jones, UNC-CH associate
vice chancellor for finance, said Uni
versity officials requested approval to
charge students for the a.p.p.l.e.s. pro
gram and the cost-of-living inflationary
increase. Both new student fees were
approved in a February student referen
dum. "We evaluated the situation and de
termined that only those fees already
approved by student referendum should
be requested," he said.
Spangler issued the freeze on student
fees in June, citing the 20 to 25 percent
tuition increase as the reason for the
moratorium. He could not be reached
for comment Tuesday.
The moratorium followed news that
University administrators were consid
ering a $200 technology fee increase.
Student Body President Matt Heyd
said he hoped the fee increases for
a.p.p.l.e.s. and the cost of living would
"I think it's a positive move in the
right direction," he said. "Now it's im
Housing rate hikes
By Bryan Strickland
. Students may soon find it cheaper to
live in an apartment than in the
University's residence halls, said Scott
Peeler, Residence Hall Association co
president. Residence hall rental rates are pro
jected to increase 5 percent in each of
the next five years.
"If the rates are raised too much, the
housing department will be shooting
itself in the foot," Peeler said.
could help budget woes
motorists' response low
By Jennifer Mueller
Students and alumni have a chance
to help the University handle its bud
get crisis by buying special UNC com
memorative license plates, but they
don't seem to be interested in the idea.
Officials in the N.C. Department of
Motor Vehicles said Tuesday that re
sponse to the plan has been minimal.
Carot Howard, DMV assistant di
rector of registration, said the depart
ment will begin to produce special
tags for UNC-system schools once it
has received at least 300 applications
for the plates.
"At this time, there is no school near
the 300 mark," she said.
The General Assembly approved
the distribution of commemorative
school license plates beginning in July.
The official plates will cost $45 a
year, $25 more than regular license
plates. For each tag sold, $15 will be
given to the school that it represents.
No UNC-CH officials have con
tacted the DMV about receiving the
needed 300 applications, Howard said.
"We are working with various col
leges and universities on plate designs,
but the University of North Carol ina at
Chapel Hill is not one of the ones that
has contacted us," she said.
Steven Tepper, associate director
of the Bicentennial Campaign, said,
"The whole idea started as a proposal
portant that a.p.p.l.e.s. is funded."
Allowing People to Plan Learning
Experiences in Service is a program
designed to allow students to combine
community service with classroom ex
periences. Denise Beal, full-time program co
ordinator, was to have been paid with
the 90-cent fee increase for a.p.p.l.e.s.
She started work three days before the
moratorium was issued.
A.p.p.l.e.s. student coordinators and
members of student government are
working to find other money to pay her
"We owe it to her because the stu
dents, not the University, brought her
here," Heyd said.
"The cost of living (increase) we
wouldn't mind seeing that funded, but
a.p.p.l.e.s. is far and away our top prior
ity." Legislators have asked what UNC
students give back to the state, Heyd
said. "A.p.p.l.e.s. is a demonstrative
way of how the students, when they are
still students, give back to the state."
Betty McCain, a member of the UNC
Board of Governors, said the board's
Budget and Finance Committee had
discussed lifting the fee moratorium.
"We're very hopeful that we won't
have to do that," she said.
Students already have been hit hard
by the tuition increase and do not need
to pay additional fees, she said.
But although the trend toward higher
rent in University housing is "disturb
ing," residence halls are still a superior
value, he said.
The actual rate recommendation for
next year will not be decided until De
cember or later. Rental rates for this
year increased an average of 8 percent
from last year.
Peeler said that despite his position
with the RHA, he might consider mov
ing to an apartment if the increases are
Wayne KuncI, housing director, said
First State University
for a (UNC) bicentennial plate, then it
was picked up by other schools."
Tepper said he expects the plates to
increase income for the University.
"I think a fairly conservative esti
mate would be about $200,000 in the
first year," he said. Florida State Uni
versity now makes almost $1 million
annually in license plate sales.
The recommended design for UNC
CH hasn't been approved yet by the
Alumni Association and the DMV,
but applications should be available in
November, Tepper said. :
"We hope the plate will reflect
something about (UNC) being the first
state school," he said, f .
Proceeds from the bicentennial
plates would be used for Bicentennial
After the bicentennial celebration
is over, another University plate would
be designed. Officials are not sure
how funds raised from sales of the
second plate would be used.
Student Congress Speaker Tim
Moore, who lobbied for the bill, said
the bill was a way to raise revenue
without raising taxes.
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make apartments appealing to students
the projected 5-percent rate increase
was based on the estimated cost of refi
nancing Carmichael Residence Hall and
renovating Old East and Old West. The
University is also selling over $9.8 mil
lion in bonds to cover the expenses.
"We are sensitive to the danger in
volved in increasing student rent," he
said. "I have to maintain rates at a level
where students can afford to come to
Apartments pose a threat to residence
halls, but they aren't immune to rent
increases, KuncI said. "If our prices go
Former SBP to run for governor in 1992
By Laura Laxton
Former UNC Student Body Presi
dent Marcus Williams will join the
Democratic primary race forN.C. gov
ernor, emphasizing that his clean politi
cal slate and lack of special interest
backing will give him the edge over his
Williams, 37, must beat former Gov
ernor Jim Hunt and state Attorney Gen
eral Lacy Thornburg for the Demo
craticnomination. Other candidates may
still announce their bids for the office.
"Not being as well-known as Hunt
and Thornburg may be a help instead of
a problem," Williams said. "Even if I
don't have a marquee name, I have a
Lack of bureaucratic and special in
terest support will allow him to be more
objective and impartial, he said.
Students experience hassles with UNC One card
By Matthew Mlelke
The UNC One Card was designed to
make a student's life easier, but some
have found that it only creates more
problems than solutions.
Carey Johnson, who works at the
Undergraduate Library's circulation
desk, said students can no longer check
out periodicals and other materials with
their student identification cards.
"Because of the UNC One Card, we
can no longer hold onto the I.D. cards
for liability reasons," he said. "But a
student can still use their driver's li
cense or their semester registration
to four; when
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The line wrapped around the building and
too high, we could push ourselves out of
the market. But you have to ask yourself
what's going to happen to the rates in
town over the next five years."
In a survey of six area apartment
complexes, five said their rates for one
bedroom apartments increased in the
past year. The sixth reported a decrease.
KuncI said two basic rental levels
existed for UNC residence halls. Rates
for Ehringhaus, Hinton James,
Morrison, Graham and Aycock are
$1,696 for the 1991-92 year. All other
residence halls, except Craige, are
"My supporters will be grassroots
advocates, progressives and those who
are concerned about the future of North
Carolina and the condition of its chil
dren," he said. "What's great for North
Carolina is what's great for the poorest
child in North Carolina."
Williams has served since 1987 as
the executive director of Legal Services
of Lower Cape Fear, a federally funded
legal agency for low-income residents
in seven counties.
Before he took that position, Wil
liams served in the same capacity with
a similar agency based in Ahoskie that
served 1 1 counties. Although he has not
held a state political office, Williams
said he would implement specific policy
changes if elected.
In the first 90 days of office, Wil
liams would like to make cost assess
ments of each state government agency
and call for the voluntary resignation of
A few students have complained
about the change, Johnson said. "The
students who complain are the ones
who bring their I.D. up to the desk and
realize that they have forgotten to bring
their license or registration card."
Rutledge Tufts, director of auxiliary
services, said: "We tried to anticipate
what the problem areas were. We did
not think of the particular problem with
Tufts said the library is working to
fix the problem.
Mike Wilson, a junior from Char
lotte, said money from his expense ac
count is sometimes taken off his meal
account, he said.
"It makes it difficult when you are
very angry swear. Mark Twain
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forced employees to sell one set of two
waiting in line, participants were able to
$ 1 ,870. The rent for Craige is $ 1 ,848.
KuncI said dorm government re
ceived $9.25 from every student's rent
The average rent for one-bedroom
apartments at six area complexes was
$3,652.47 for a nine-month period. If
the apartment were occupied by two
students, each would pay about $ 1,826.
But unlike students living on cam
pus, apartment dwellers must pay for
utilities. Officials at the six complexes
said the average monthly electric bill is
the heads of those agencies that are not
performing their jobs. Bringing in new
talent is another way to enact change by
example, he said.
The new talent would help put the
state government more in touch with
the working people, Williams said.
His dissatisfaction with the current
candidates and his general desire for
fresh leadership prompted his decision
to run, he said, adding that his UNC
connections should serve him well.
In addition to serving as UNC stu
dent body president, Williams was ac
tive in dorm government, serving as
treasurer for the Morehead Residence
Council and working as a resident assis
tant. Williams also served on the N.C.
Inmate Grievance Committee and
helped implement the current student
governing council during the '74-'75
See WILLIAMS, page 7
trying to live off a budget," Wilson said.
"Some of the stores I found would take
money off my meal account, but the
Circus Room wouldn't."
Tufts said stores in South Campus
residence halls use the meal plan ac
count, but other campus stores are a pan
of Student Stores and use the expense
William Braun, a junior from
Hickory, said promotions for the UNC
One Card were misleading. "I should be
able to use it for everything, like I was
told," he said. "At the beginning of the
year, I wasn't able to use my card to
check out something from my dorm."
Desk staffers in several residence
halls said they still take identification
CDs, tapes or albums per customer. While
enjoy pizza provided by local restaurants.
KuncI said transportation expenses
and deposits to utility companies often
make apartment living more expensive
than it might first appear.
Area utility companies require a re
turnable deposit of $ 1 30 to $ 1 50, and an
all-routes bus pass from Chapel Hill
Transit is $162 for one year.
"When you start adding up all those
extra costs, most students would hon
estly have to say it costs more to live off
campus," KuncI said.
See COSTS, page 3
cards when students want to check out
items from the desk, though the cards
have money on them.
Anja Thomas, who works in
Carmichael Residence Hall, said: "We
have to take some sort of I.D. when
students want to check out something
and the picture I.D. is included. But, if
they need to, they can leave a driver's
license or a key."
Tufts said the UNC One Card had
solved more problems than it had cre
ated. "I know there have been problems,"
he said. "I think that is going to happen
when you issue 10,000 to 12,000. But
by and large, there are a lot fewer prob
lems this year than last year."