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WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy; high low 40s TUESDAY: Cloudy; high mid-50s WELL, WELL, WELL: Students hope to stay in Ehringhaus ....CAMPUS, page 3 A's OR B's ON ABCs: Educators debate Report Card findings ...STATE, page 4 ON CAMPUS Faye Wattleton, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will speak at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Oft? MiilM Qr Serving the students and the University community since 1893 1992 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Volume 99, Issue 151 Campus Fiscally stringent legislature aims to streamline requests By Jennifer Talhelm Staff Writer Many campus organizations will see their budgets cut when a fiscally conservative Student Congress sinks its teeth into their student activities fee . requests. Congress members say they want to make sure the more than $200,000 that funds student groups is spent wisely and legally according to the Student : Government Code. Congress will spend the weekend discussing next year's allocations in budget hearings. Rep. Carl Clark, Dist. 18, said he thought congress would cut programs this year. "I foresee some big cuts," Clark mm s mxr:mf Wet winners Trish McHardy, a sophomore from Charlotte; grabs a quick breath Sunday between strokes during the 1, 650-meter freestyle race in the 14th Annual ACC Swimming and 2 new University groups try to answer about effective advising By Jennifer Mueller Staff Writer A quick quiz for UNC students: Do you know how many more credits you need to graduate? What are the specific requirements for your major? Should you be in the Honors Program? What's your adviser's name? Sadly enough, there are students who can't answer any of these questions, but two committees began meeting last week to examine problems in the advising system, said Kathleen Benzaquin, as sistant dean of the General College. An advisory task force will spend the next two months examining the advis ing system in both General Col lege and the College of Arts and Sciences. The task force, appointed by Stephen Birdsall, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, comprises students, faculty representatives from different academic departments and advisers from both colleges. The Student Advisory Committee, formed by Benzaquin, will make rec ommendations to improve the General College advising system. The commit tee comprises mostly freshmen and sophomores. - Birdsall explained two reasons for the task force's formation. "It's been eight or nine years since the whole system has been reviewed," he said. "We decided it was time to do it." In addition, "It just occurred to us that with Caroline, this had the potential of changing the whole advising rela tionshipbetween advisers and students." Joseph Lowman, task force chair man, said Caroline might helpcut down Monday, February 10, 1992 groups said. "We're trying to cut tiie fat." Any group that asks for more than $ 1 0,000asks fortoo much, Clark said. But many groups ask for much more than $10,000. "I think that's when I need to speak to people," he said. "I want to see why they're asking for that much money. I'm going in (to the hearings) saying : 'Convince me you need that much money."' Many congress members echoed Clark's sentiments that conservatism was necessary while hearing fee re quests. Congress Speaker Tim Moore said students supported Student Congress' See CONSERVATIVES, page 3 t questions routine advising matters. "We have had problems for a long time," Lowman said. "Now that we have this great new technology, (the question to consider is): Should we change the advising system?" Preliminary task force suggestions included enabling students to access their records on computer, Lowman said. "They could find out how many more credits they need to graduate with a touch of a button," he said. Benzaquin said all General College advisers would be given a computer with access to Caroline to be able to registerstudents and to find open courses from their offices. Sophomore Drupti Chauhan, mem ber of both the task force and advisory committee, said such a computer sys tem would be extremely helpful. "When I do have problems, I tend to wait until the last minute which is what everyone does and then there's always a huge line," Chauhan said. "It's frustrating not to have an alternative system." Lowman said departmental advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences probably would be examined. "Arts and Sciences gets very special ized," he said. "It's not centralized." Lowman said the task force also might examine the question of full-time vs. faculty advisers. "You don't need to be a faculty member in a department to get some information to students." The task force hopes for a great deal of feedback, Lowman said. Question naires already have been sent to faculty members and advisers. See ADVISING, page 2 await congress By MarcyJ. Walsh Staff Writer Members of several campus organi zations fear Student Congress will slash their student fee allocations because some representatives do not think their groups benefit the entire campus. Budget proposals were submitted to congress Friday and will reevaluated at this weekend's Finance Committee hearings. Tim Moore, congress speaker, said the committee would make its recom mendations at the full congress hear ings Feb. 22-23. Svati Shodhan, chairwoman of the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association, said she was concerned congress mem bers would cut CGLA's funds because congress members thought the group targeted only the homosexual commu nity. "If we are defunded, people will be outraged," Shodhan said. The CCLA is a confidential, safe ..Jtf&a&imim& Diving Championships in Koury Natatorium. McHardy finished second in 1 6 minutes, 40.90 seconds, and the UNC team won the overall competition. SBP ACADEMICS ISSUES Compiled by Birch DeVault Chart by Cucrta and Roscborough WO "UNC students need at least three reading days." She introduced the Peer Advising Program to provide a new perspecuVe to the advising process. ca X 7 RaSHMI AlRAN Believes hiring more instructors who know how to teach is the key to improving academics. Mark Bibbs Will logically reschedule exam times, establish a target grade option with the passDfail policy and move Reading Day off Saturday. I I 3 if CO ohn Moody Plans to challenge the athletic officials to raise the prices of revenue sports tickets by $1 to benefit the library system. J Scott Peeler Majors' unions will establish student input into class offerings and requirements for graduation. Mark Shelburne Think sideways. Chapel Hill, STV denied spot on Feb. 1 1 ballot 3 place for members of the gay and les bian community, but it also educates the heterosexual community about ho mosexual issues, she said. "Every program we do is pertinent to other groups." CGLA members want to educate leaders of other campus organizations because they will continue to be leaders in the community after they graduate, Shodhan said. They must recognize that a lesbian andgay community exists, she said. The CGLA uses its funds for Lesbian-Gay Awareness Week, adminis trative needs and a newsletter, Shodhan said. The CGLA's newsletter. Lambda, has 150 subscribers and reaches stu dents on and off campus. Without suffi cient funding, fewer newsletters will be printed, she said. "Fewer people would have access to the CGLA and the gay community on . X. 1 . . . . mmmmm DTHErin Randall ROLE OF GOVT Government must fight for a freestanding Black Cultural Center, departmental status for the African and AftoAmencan curriculum, recruitment of NativeAmerican faculty and a.p.p.I.e.s. Government should coordinate grassroots political involvement in state and national campaigns. Student leaders must help establish a freestanding Black Cultural Center, obtain more campus security to battle the number of rapes and assaults, raise the amount of student financial aid and work with the General Assembly to solve the problems faced by students. Government should aid in the founding of a multicultural center io aneviaie racial tensions, establish an Afncarmerican department, increase the number of bicycle racks on campus and work to increase the number of business hours at Union Station. Government must find a.p.p.I.e.s. temporary funding, help raise money fa the Black Cultural Center, focus on the needs of graduate students and lend support and attention to University housekeepers. Student government should revamp its committees. The finance Committee must focus on the budgeting of student groups, the Rules and Judiciary Committee must work to avoid contradctjons in laws and the Student Affairs Committee must have control over onetime allocations. Edward DeBono North Carolina budget scrutiny campus and in the area," Shodhan said. "It's essential that it remains." The CGLA is requesting less money from the Finance Committee this year, she said. Toija Riggins, Black Student Move ment minister of information, said the issue of cutting the BSM's student fees surfaced every year. The BSM is thought of as a minority group, not one that reaches the entire campus, she said. With the Opeyo! Dancers and the BSM Gospel Choir, BSM reaches the entire campus and not just the black community, Riggins said. "It's seen as a cultural outlet," she said. "It's all a subjective choice. If they don't think we've been productive, they cut it." Black Ink, the BSM-sponsored news paper, has had a problem getting funds, Riggins said. 'There's no way we can improve if we don't have enough resources to im prove what we have." Student fees might aid town buses' operation By Deborah Ann Greenwood Staff Writer Campus officials are considering a plan to use student fees to aid Chapel Hill transit because recent federal fund ing cuts have ravaged the bus system's budget. Student government, along with the Chapel Hill Town Council, proposed to use a $2.5 million transportation trust fund created by student fees to help the bus system next year, said Caitlin Reed, student liaison to the town council. "We want to use the money from this trust fund since students are the main riders of the buses," Reed said. "We are trying to work with the town until the Chapel Hill transit system's funds are restored." Reed said that next year's federal grant would decrease significantly and that other systems would share the funds for the first time. "About one-third of the funds for the buses come from the federal govern ment," Reed said. "They will have $800,000 less next year and will be sharing $ 1 . 1 million with Durham, less STUDENT FEES ENVIRONMENT lb An appointed development officer will research alternative funding resources for student projects. Will fight for the total environment, citing the South Loop Road as a primary battle. Will fight "relentlessly" tc student fees as low as possible. Cost-efficient lights should replace older ones In residence halls and campus Congress should allocate more money to graduate student programs, and student government salaries should be discontinued. More recycling stations are necessary and he will empty them himself If Executive branch should be a Permanent recycling bins on the first floor of all classroom buildings will make recycling a permanent practice at UNC. watchdog on student fees and should consider alternatives to increasing student fees. Will establish a policy requiring the consent of Experience with a national erNironmental action organization during the past summer will help him face the needs of UNC, including South Loop Road. students tor tee increases to give students power. Ni-wttSpoiWArM 962-02-19 BiuimWAdvenblng 962-1163 BSM has had just enough money t get by in past years, she added. ; Nunci Locklear, Carolina Indian Circle president, pointed out that every group would be hurt financially be-; causemoney was scarce. "There's noth-; ing we can do about it." Congress will recognize how much the Carolina Indian Circle has contrib uted to the campus, Locklear said. Programs such as Native-American Heritage Month, the oral performance group Unheard Voices, films and cam pus powwows benefit and educate the University community, she said. "There is a widespread need for edu cation about Native Americans," she said. The Carolina Indian Circle will have to cut back expenses for powwows and speakers if congress cuts its funding. Moore said congress members made individual decisions about groups that should be supported. "Congress will fairly evaluate all the groups requesting funds." than what Chapel Hill receives alone right now." Student Body President Matt Heyd said the fund was made up of the $25 collected annually from each student for transportation costs. "The fund was raised from the $25 student transportation fees, but in the fee study that the BOT (Board of Trust ees) approved it was clear that unspent money like this could be used for the program," Heyd said. The fees originally were intended to improve service for student riders, since the University already contributes sub stantial funds to the bus system, Heyd said. "The fund was supposed to help establish such things as lower fares and more routes but could also be used in special situations such as this." Heyd said he would meet with Reed and Transportation Director John Devitto to discuss different options for helping the bus crisis. 'The use of the fee has been ap proved by the Board of Trustees and Governors," he said. ' But it will prob- See BUS, page 5 WHY RUNNING c3 To open up student politics to ensure accessixlity and the production of tangible solutions by working with all students. His experience and leadership abilities will help him face Internal challenges and unite the campus to fight budget cuts as a community. To address the daytoday problems lacing all students in a logical, straightforward manner in the form of a student who wants to serve. necessary. To listen, hear and act in his campaign to decrease the amount of talking about student problems and increase the amount of action to solve them. To support the efforts of student groups without interfering in them, create a voice for the student body where It has none and strengthen that voice where I exists.