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Volume 103, Issue 141
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Students Question College’s Use of OH 1 Fees
BY JOHN PATTERSON
With a s3l educational and technologi
cal fee increase awaiting approval by the
Board of Governors, some student govern
ment members are concerned about how
the College of Arts and Sciences is han
dling student fee money for technology.
Michael Williams, student government
co-coordinatorfor information technology,
said he was concerned because Arts and
Sciences, which received more than
$517,000 in student technology fee fund
ing last year, loaned part of their money to
professional schools that received smaller
Students Will Vote on $12.5
Million Food Renovations
■ The proposal to revamp Lenoir
and expand Chase would increase
student fees by 31 cents a semester.
BY JOHN SWEENEY
Just aftermidnight Tuesday, Student Congress mem
bers voted 13-0-5 to pass on the debate over revamping
food services to the student body by placing the plan to
renovate Lenoir and other campus facilities on a stu
dent referendum for the Feb. 13 elections.
The Food Services Advisory Task Force, a commit
tee composed of students, faculty and administrators,
developed the project over the past year. A 31 cent
increase in student fees
might fund the food service
changes. The proposal will
be sent to the Board ofTrust
ees, which must approve any
student fee increase.
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Students will have the option of either approving
the plan in its entirety or not at all.
“Ibelieve we are on the threshold ofhistoric change, ”
said Student Body President Calvin Cunningham
“Students have the opportunity to seize the moment. ”
The biggest change suggested in the plan would
come from a task force recommendation to have the
University assume the risk for any profit or loss, a
move proponents of the plan said would give students
better control over food quality.
UNC’s current food service contract with Marriott
gives the company responsibility for profits or losses.
Task force members propose to write the new con
tract so that a food service company makes a constant
3 percent of the total profit.
The plan also calls for the renovation and expan
sion of Lenoir Dining Hall, Chase Hall and the Stu
dent Union. The expansions would increase seating
What Does it Take to be SBP?
WANTED: STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
JOB DESCRIPTION: LEADING A STUDENT
BODY OF APPROXIMATELY 25,000
No pay, long hours, but someone has to do it The job
of student body president is not easily described by a
single sentence or phrase. One can imagine that leading
a student body 0f25,000 would require some effort.
During her or his term, the
student body president finds
herself or himself the target of
much criticism and praise.
In April, the “gavel” will
be passed from Student Body
President Calvin Cunningham to one of four candi
dates: Sean Behr, Lee Conner, Michael Farmer and
A Historical Perspective
Prior to 1921, the elected Senior Class president
acted as student body president. Garland Porter, in
May of 1921, became the first student body president
elected at UNC.
D.E. Hudgins, student body president in 1928, em
phasized goals in his campaign speech similar to what
might be heard at a Cabinet meeting today. Hudgins
said he hoped to, “emphasize to incoming freshman
just what student government really is and impress
firmly upon them obligations as members of the student
body." Nelson agreed that this goal still held today.
“Students need to feel an ownership of their govern
ment,” Nelson said. “We’re always striving for the
The Student Code rests executive power in the presi
dent. Title I, Article ID, Section in of the code defines the
role of the student body president as being “to appoint the
chairmen and members of all standing committees ...
and membership on all standing committees and boards
And the Candidates Are...
Student body president candidates
explain their interest in the highest
elected student office. Page 2
amounts of money.
“The educational and technological fee
is the single largest fee that students pay,
except for what they (students) pay to stu
dent organizations,” Williams said. “I
honestly feel that students need to know
that student government is looking out for
Arts and Sciences and the professional
schools receive about 40 percent of the
money generated by the educational and
technological fee, while the Office of Infor
mation Technology gets 60 percent, ac
cording to the student technology fee ex
According to the report, Arts and Sci
capacity in the three facilities by 30 percent. In addi
tion, the inside of Lenoir would be almost completely
rebuilt to house two above-ground floors for dining
and would offer both a food court and an all-you-can
eat facility. Cunningham said the new Lenoir would
be a more environmentally sound facility with better
Construction would begin in spring 1997 and be
completed during summer 1998. In the interim, stu
dents would use a makeshift dining facility located in
the Student Union.
If the student body approves it, the project would
be paid for by a 31 cent per semester fee increase
beginning in the 1997-98 school year.
The actual cost of the construction would be $29.98
per student each semester, but Cunningham said most
of that will be covered by present fees and several
reserve funds. The task force also estimates a 20
percent increase in business once renovations to Lenoir
Cunningham called the proposed 31 cent increase
a conservative figure and said it could be significantly
lower, depending on several other fund-generating
plans the task force recommended.
The plan for the redesign of the facility was devel
oped by Thomas Ricca Associates, an award-winning
consulting firm from Englewood, Colorado.
The firm recently participated in the redesign of
food services facilities at the University of Delaware.
During the first year following the renovations there,
food costs dropped 2 percent and labor cost dropped
3 percent. The $12.5 million estimate for the plan was
confirmed by Director of Facilities Planning Gordon
Rutherford and is based on conceptual plans drawn
up by Thomas Ricca Associates.
In other congress news, a resolution to call for a
referendum to constitutionally fund the Yackety
Yack failed. Rep. Michael Holland, Dist. 7, the most
vocal opponent of the bill, said he was opposed to
using graduate student fees to fund a project few
graduate students have shown interest in.
Student body president candidate Aaron Nelson speaks Tuesday to the Greek Women's Issues
Group, while candidates Michael Farmer, Sean Behr and Lee Conner look on. See story, page 3.
not established by this Constitution.”
The description of student body president in the
Student Code establishes the student body president as
a medium between the administrators and die students.
He or she must preside at the meetings of the student
body, enforce laws and represent the student body.
A Day in the Life
Cunningham said the reason he decided to run for
student body president was for the benefit of the
students. “This is the type of position that holds the
most opportunity to do good things for the student
body,” Cunningham said. “This job is a day-to-day
I was so mive as a kid , I used to sneak behind the bam and do nothing.
Chapel Hill, North Carofloa
Former Charlotte Mayor Richard
Vinroot is gunning for the
Governor's mansion. Page 6
ences loaned $40,000 to the Department of
Information and Library Sciences last year
to upgrade its student computer lab. Infor
mation and Library Sciences, which re
ceives about $20,000 a year in student
technology fees, must pay back Arts and
Sciences during the next two yeats.
Within Arts and Sciences and the pro
fessional schools, allocation of the tech
nology fee money is based on student en
Arts and Sciences’ larger enrollment
means that it receives substantially more
money than smaller schools, the report
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A typical day for the student body president be
yond the normal class schedule would include meet
ings with administrators such as the Board of Trust
ees or the chancellor. Meetings with several student
organizations would take place to hear complaints,
concerns or suggestions.
Throughout history, an important aspect of being
student body pres ident has been communicating with
the students. With more than 3,000 incoming fresh
man this year, candidates agree that this task is
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tended to be used immediately to enhance
student technology, ” Williams said. “How
ever, by loaning money out and getting it
back two years later, money is not getting
Stephen Birdsall, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, said loaning money to
professional schools in need of technology
updates was appropriate.
“We were asked by the Office of Infor
mation and Technology to forgo some of
our expenditures because some of the
schools do not receive enough educational
and technological feemoney, ” Birdsall said.
“We make choices about how to spend the
money, and that is part of our administra
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UNC today to sign his book and
share his love for hoops. Page 3
Birdsall said Arts and Sciences was ac
tually spending more money on student
technology than it received from the tech
In the upcoming year, Arts and Sci
ences will spend about $950,000 on stu
dent technology to upgrade labs and facili
ties in several departments.
“The whole question is whether or not
we are using student fees adequately,"
“We believe we are; if other people were
in charge, then they might make different
decisions.Butthen again, they might make
the same decisions we do.”
Former Carrboro Mayor
Running for N.C. Senate
BYROBYN TOMLIN HACKLEY
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
A former mayor of Carrboro made the
leap from local to state politics Tuesday as
she announced her candidacy for the N.C.
Democrat Eleanor Kinnaird said she
wanted to run a grassroots campaign to
unseat 16tfrDistrictN.C. Sen. Teena Little,
R-Moore. “I am running for the state Sen-
ate because of my con
cerns over the direction
in which our state is
going,” Kinnaird said.
Kinnaird served as
the mayor of Carrboro for eight years. Her
term ended in December. In deciding to
run for the office, Kinnaird has pitted her
self in a primary race against two other
Democratic candidates who have already
filed to run for the office.
A May 7 primary will give voters the
choice between Kinnaird, current N.C.
Sen. Fred Hobbs, D-Moore, and former
N.C. Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange. Lee
lost his seat in the Senate in 1992 after
serving for two terms. Before taking his
post there, Lee was also the mayor of
Chapel Hill during the late 1960 sand 70s.
Hobbs, a Southern Pines engineer, was
elected in 1994. An attorney for N.C. Pris
oner Legal Services, Kinnaird has pin
pointed environmental issues as the cen
tral focus of her political agenda in the
race. “This past year grave problems arose
when massive amounts ofhog waste threat
ened our rivers and fish kills mined large
areas on the Neuse River,” she said. “The
legislature must address those issues force
fully and for the good of the public, not the
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Cool, rainy; high 40s.
Thursday: Rainy, chance of
sleet high 40s.
When North Carolina traveled to
Durham to play Duke last year, Mike
Krzyzewslri watched the game on TV.
As he rested his surgically repaired back
in his Durham home, the Duke basketball
coach watched his youth-laden squad battle
back from a 17-point deficit and force a
second overtime on
Jeff Capel’s 3-point
prayer before falling
“I wasn’t very
emotional at that time in my life, but I was
very pleased with how hard our team was
fighting,” Krzyzewslri said Tuesday. “At
the game at Cameron, it looked like North
Carolina was just going to blow us out. But
then our kids hitbigshots, and their kids hit
big shots it was an incredible game.”
Seven games later, Duke hopped the
short distance down Tobacco Road to the
Smith Center looking for revenge. With
CoachKmissing from the Blue Devil bench
again, the Tar Heels shot an incredible 70
percent in the second half to scorch Duke
99-86 on Senior Day.
“I just felt disappointed for the kids
proud of them, but disappointed,”
This year, Coach K is back.
And as the No. 8 Tar Heels (15-4 over-
all, 6-1 in the
the Blue Devils
(12-7, 3-4) bade
to town at 9 to-
night, both teams anticipate another crowd
wailing, ESPY-nominating, down-to-the
“I know what to expect,” said UNC
freshman Vince Carter, who was recruited
by Duke, on Saturday. “I was there for a
visit, and I witnessed it. I already know
what’s coming toward me and coming
toward the team as a whole.”
And that’s a big, blue, angry train.
Tonight’s game marks the 195th meet
ing between the two conference foes. The
Tar Heels are the co-league-leaders, while
the Devils have won three straight.
But in this series, records don’t matter.
After all, UNC advanced to the Final Four
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said she wanted to
focus on a proposed
protecting the pub
lic water supply and
on enhancing the
state’s public trans
chose not to run for
a third term as
mayor, said she was
concerned with the
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level of importance that current legislators
haveassignedtothe University. “Ourgreat
University has been eroded by the cheap
political tactic of ‘Who can give the biggest
tax break. ’ The UNC library system, which
was once 10th in the nation, is now almost
off the list,” she said.
Members ofthe Coalition for Economic
Justice, a UNC organization that opposes
the privatization of UNC’s housekeeping
services, listened to Kinnaird as she spoke
of her views on how the legislature has
failed non-faculty University employees.
“Our workers deserve to be paid a de
cent wage. That indudes the staff who
support the faculty, the grad students who
work without health benefits and adequate
pay from appropriated funds and the house
keepers who are in danger or being worse
off through privatization,” she said.
Kinnaird said she would introduce leg
islation for geographic-based pay for Uni
versity workers. TTiis, she said, would al
low workers who live in towns with higher
costs of living to survive.
Dean E Smith
Center, 9 pm
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her decision Tuesday.