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Task Force Proposes Women’s Center
■ In a report released today, the
Chancellor’s Task Force on W omen
calls for UNC to create an operational
women’s center within five years.
BY MARVA HINTON
The University should establish a women’s center that
would be fully operational within the next five years, the
Chancellor’s Task Force on Women will recommend in
its final report, to be presented at today’s faculty council
Among its tasks, the center would bring together exist
ing services for women, develop educational programs
and represent and promote the interests of women through
out the University, the report states.
The report does not recommend a location for the
center, nor does it provide details on how how the center
would be paid for.
Chancellor Michael Hooker will make decisions about
funding, a task force member said.
An advisory board, to be in place by September, would
oversee the development of the center and implement
other task force recommendations.
“I think it makes a lot of sense that all the activities that
are already going on can be coordinated,” said Professor
Student Bill of Rights
May Be Rejected Again
BY LILLIE CRATON
For the second year in a row, the Fac
ulty Council recommended rejecting a Stu
dent Bill of Rights which would have es
tablished codes for faculty conduct in the
classroom, calling it “confrontational.”
The recommendation came in the an
nual report of the council’s Educational
However, the committee, which rec
ommended the re
jection of the draft,
will form a subcom
mittee of students
and faculty to cre-
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3 p.m. Today
ate an alternative draft.
Anthony Passannante, a professor of
anesthesiology and co-chairman of the
committee, did not comment specifically
on the document, but said he questioned
the style in which the document was writ
“It was overly legalistic,” he said. “It
was too confrontational between faculty
The Bill of Rights is a legal document
explaining what students can expect and
demand from faculty members in the class
room. For example, the Bill ofßights states
that students should receive syllabi at the
beginning of the semester listing every as
signment and reading for which they are
Both drafts of the Bill of Rights were
written by students who volunteered to
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Jane Brown, a member of the task force.
Former Chancellor Paul Hardin established the task
force in January 1995, about a year after the student group
Women’s Issues Network had proposed a women’s center
in response to what they called the “chilly climate” for
women on campus. The 21-person committee included
students, faculty and staff.
In addition to calling for the center, the report includes:
■ results from a 1,232 person poll conducted partially
on the Internet in the fall semester;
■ information about resources and centers for women
at 21 other universities;
■ an inventory of existing services for women at UNC;
■ recommendations for services varying from safety to
the overall “campus climate" that affect women; and
■ a brief history of women at the University.
“I think it’s the best thing to come out of the University
in a while, ” said senior Adrienne Lockie, a member of the
Task force members debated whether to recommend a
women's center, said Professor Noelle Granger, co-chair
woman of the task force. “Women were concerned that it
would alienate their male colleagues,” she said. “We
certainly view the center as a place that would service
women and men.” ~
The unscientific poll, partially conducted on the Internet,
showed that women respondents overwhelmingly sup
ported creating a women’s center.
“I think the biggest problem with meeting women’s
work on the document. Passannante said
he thought student-faculty relations would
be damaged by the document.
“We don’t think that’s the way this
issue should be handled,” he said.
Passannante said he thought the docu
ment only discussed the responsibilities of
faculty and failed to discuss the responsi
bilities of students.
“Part of the responsibility of having a
vibrant intellectual community goes to the
student,” he said. “We don’t think a docu
ment that only goes one way will really
accomplish what we want to accomplish. ”
However, the committee’s undergradu
ate student representative Shelly Bao, a
freshman from Raleigh, said she thought
the document had many strong points.
“I think this is in the best interest of
undergrads,” she said. “It’s not as restric
tive as others may say.”
Bao said some professional school fac
ulty said that a syllabus would limit their
classes. Bao also said she thought most
undergraduate class should have a sylla
“It definitely communicates the need
for a change in how things are done here, ”
Passannante said the committee planned
to create a subcommittee of students and
faculty to create anew document that would
detail both student and faculty responsi
“We didn’t feel we could shut the door
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needs on this campus has to do with lack of information,”
one respondent wrote. “I’m sure that there are many
services offered by the University of which I am not aware
... Providing a few base contact numbers would help a lot."
Of the few respondents opposed to a center, one wrote,
“First, there is no need, as women are a majority at UNC
and therefore not marginalized. Secondly, such a facility
would promote division between women and men. Fi
nally, we do not have financial resources for this frivolity. ”
Committee member and Student Body Vice President
Amy Swan said the decision to recommend a women’s
center was influenced by surveying other schools.
“W e did not start off the committee with the recommen
dation that a women’s center be created,” Swan said.
“Every single school like UNC has a women’s center. That
changed a lot of people’s minds on the committee."
“Every school that did not have a women’s center was
in the process of creating one,” Swan said.
According to the task force’s research, schools that had
women’s centers commonly used them to promote cam
pus safety, support victims of sexual harassment and
violence, raise awareness of women’s concerns and pro
vide educational programs to help women develop person
ally and professionally.
“It appears that most major institutions of the nature,
size and composition ofUNC-Chapel Hill have acampus
based women’s center or comparable administrative unit
the report states. The faculty council will hear the
report at its 3 p.m. meeting today in Wilson Library.
THE COALITION FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Hooker’s Ear on
BY MARISA FERGUSON
Greenlaw Hall for sale? Chancellor Hooker
Fliers across campus asking these questions are the
work of the Coalition for Economic Justice, a campus
organization that lobbies for economic fairness at the
Since its formation in the fall, group members have
organized a march to support UNC housekeepers,
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Black Workers Win Some Support for Pay Hike
Although some Chapel Hill Town Council
members agreed Thursday that public workers’
salaries are inadequate, they would not commit to
supporting a proposed tax increase to raise them.
At Wednesday night’s council meeting, Black
Public Works Association members asked the
council to approve a 2-cent tax increase to fund
pay raises, saying current salaries were too low to
allow workers to five in Chapel Hill.
Council member Joe Capowski said Thursday
the only way to raise the workers’ pay without a
tax hike would be to cut funding from other areas.
Council member Richard Franck said the town
could achieve salary increases without raising taxes,
UNC Hosts National Literacy Conference This Weekend
BY DEANNA WITTMER
Experts will address literacy education and its
links to social issues this weekend when the Stu
dent Coalition for Action in Literacy Education
hosts its national conference, “Partnerships for
Power," at UNC.
SCALE will bring together college students,
literacy professionals, community leaders and new
readers to address partnerships between literacy
programs and other community programs, said
Kim Gordon, managing director of SCALE.
“SCALE is working to build the skills and
knowledge necessary to develop effective literacy
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Members of the Coalition for Economic Justice participated in a protest against privatizing
housekeeping services during a national environmental conference last October.
have met with members of the General Administra
tion to present alternatives to privatizing housekeep
ing services, have held a speak out supporting
affirmative action and have attended a privatization
picket in Raleigh.
“Ever since the Black Cultural Center struggle in
the early ’9os, there has been a need to form a
coalition of progressive organizations on campus,”
said junior Robin Ellis, a member of the coalition
and the Student Environmental Action Society.
“The need to react quickly to privatization was kind
of a second calling.”
Although the coalition also focuses on voter
registration and financial issues, such as tuition
increases, that affect students, fighting privatization
of housekeeping services has been its biggest
but it would be a difficult process to complete.
“We’ve got quite a bit of money for pay in
creases," Franck said. “However, as (the BPWA)
said at the meeting, a good chunk of that goes to
people in the higher wage areas. We can reallocate
some of that or pull money from other areas, but
that won’t be popular.”
The town’s workers receive annual pay in
creases, but Franck said he believed the process by
which the raises are awarded was unfair.
“The problem has been that every year, pay
raises have been on a percentage basis, so it’s the
same for every worker,” Franck said.
“And, a worker making $30,000 a year with a 2
percent increase receives a lot more then a worker
making SIO,OOO a year with a 2 percent increase. ”
Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf said
programs by exploring the intricate links between
literacy and social justice issues, such as crime,
poverty, homelessness and racism,” Gordon said.
The conference begins today at 10:30 a.m. with
a welcoming presentation and will continue all
day today and Saturday. Students, faculty and
staff can attend one or both days. Registration is
$lO a day.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. RobertColes,
a child psychiatrist and professor at Harvard Uni
versity, will deliver the keynote address Saturday
at 2 p.m. Coles has devoted much of his life to
community service and has written more than 50
books, including “The Call of Service, A Witness
to Idealism.” The free, public speech will be held
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Women at Carolina
Some highlights of recommendations from the
Chancellor's Task Force on Women;
■ Create committee to
address elder care issues
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■ Coordinate efforts of
existing safety groups
■ Create advisory group
■ Increase funding for
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■ Make formal effort to
promote qualified women
staff to higher staff
positions and ensure
women applicants from
within the University are
considered for new
■ Hire career development
counselor for staff
■ Create scholarship for
faculty and staff to
participate in career
■ Hire a full time
at Student Health Service
■ Increase SHS education
efforts about issues like
eating disorders and
■ Coordinate SHS and
community resources like
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■ Drastically expand Greek
system gender education
■ Add resources to the
Office of Student
Counseling to assist
■ Hire adviser for faculty
who need leave for
pregnancy, adoption, etc.
■ Establish UNC-wide
maternity leave policy
The coalition involves 11 campus groups,
including the Women’s Issues Network, People
Organizing for Women’s Empowerment and Rights,
the Black Student Movement, the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People
and the Student Environmental Action Coalition.
Coalition members started researching
privatization in the fall after the legislature commis
sioned a General Administration study on the
economic benefits of privatization. The final study is
scheduled to be released April 15.
The coalition claims that Chancellor Michael
Hooker has been inattentive to their concerns about
housekeepers’ working conditions, salaries and
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Thursday that when Town Manager Cal Horton
brought back the town’s budget proposal in mid-
May, he would suggest that the lower paid work
ers receive a higher percentage pay raise than those
in the higher pay brackets. Horton will also pro
pose to eliminate the two lowest pay brackets,
Franck said if a 2-cent tax increase was ap
proved, it would be incorporated into the 1996-97
budget as a property tax increase that Chapel Hill
residents would not pay until Jan. 1,1997.
“I said a few weeks ago that I thought that we
could go further to increase pay for our lower
wage workers," Franck said.
“I’m glad that they came to us and brought this
to the table. It’s given the council an idea of what’s
possible and what’s feasible.”
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The conference also will include workshops, a
panel discussion with literacy experts and a recep
tion. Anyone interested in learning about literacy
and its link to social issues was invited to partici
pate in the conference, Gordon said.
“SCALE seeks to address inequalities in com
munities,” Gordon said. “We are trying to incor
porate literacy in a variety of social programs.”
The expert panel, which will be held Friday
afternoon from2:ls p.m. to 3:45 p.m., will include
an interactive dialogue involving all conference
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