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UNC Leaders Work Together to Influence Senate Budget
■ The Senate’s proposed budget
allocates an additional $59 million
to the UNC system.
BY MARVA HINTON
After the N.C. House’s budget sfeshed funds
promised to the UNC system, University leaders,
from the administration to student government,
started working to get a more “University friendly”
budget out of the N.C. Senate.
The fruit of their labor was revealed last week
when the Senate proposed allocating $59 million
more than last year’s budget to the UNC system.
Douglas Dibbert, president of the General
Alumni Association, said the GAA had been in
forming alumni about the budget process and
meeting with legislators.
Through the Tar Heel Network, a committee of
the GAA that encourages alumni to be politically
active for pro-University candidates, the GAA
sent out two mailings to I,oooalumni encouraging
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Mixed-Use Zone Proposal Draws Objections
With the UNC Board of Trustees set to
vote on Master Land Use Plans for the
Horace Williams and Mason Farm tracts
in September, Chapel Hill Town Council
members are scrambling to develop a zon
ing district to fit large tracts like those being
Monday night the Council discussed a
plan that would create anew zone called
the Mixed Use-Unified Development Dis
Dwight Merriam of the law firm
Robinson & Cole developed the plan.
“This district encourages mixed uses of
residential and industrial uses,” Merriam
said. “It has flexible design standards and
Annual Outdoor Concert Cut Short by Bad Weather
The North Carolina Symphony’s an
nual outdoor concert on Polk Place came
to an abrupt end last Thursday, when a late
afternoon rain shower began about 10 min
utes into the group’s performance.
About 200 people showed up to watch
the free performance, only to see the or
chestra pack up and leave after two songs,
when the inclement weather threatened to
damage the musical instruments.
Leann Wilder, a spokeswoman for the
orchestra, said the danger to the musi
cians’ equipment was the primary consid
eration in ending the concert early.
“If there had been a cover, it would have
been fine,” Wilder said. “But some of the
string instruments the musicians use cost
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them to call or write their legislators.
“We had a very strong response to the mail
ings,” Dibbert said. “We’re quite convinced that
the mailings were successful. We know from the
Senators's comments that they certainly felt the
In addition to the mailings, the GAA sponsored
a reception for all the legislators May 28. Dibbert
said a large number of legislators attended the
Dibbert said that GAA connections in the Sen
ate also helped their cause.
Tony Rand, chairman of the GAA, also serves
as a N.C. Senator.
“He (Rand) has been instrumental in negotiat
ing with his colleagues in the Senate,” Dibbert
Dibbert said he was especially encouraged by
the money the Senate allocated to UNC-Chapel
Hill and N.C. State University to match the S4OO
increase in tuition.
The administration also worked to influence
the Senate’s budget.
Chancellor Michael Hooker wrote a guest col
umn to The (Raleigh) News & Observer encourag
all the initiatives are
Chapel Hill’s com
cussed the proposed
zone in broad terms.
The plan is a four
step process that
decreases town in
First of all, a de
veloper must apply
for the zone the
zone the land with
out an application.
Then, general plans
FLOYD said town and
was crucial to develop
anew large-tract zone.
are developed with intense Council input.
as much as $1 million.”
Wilder said she knew of at least one
violin used by a member of the orchestra
that was made in the 17th century. Such
instruments could be ruined by water.
Rick Gardner, a programs advisor for
the Carolina Union Activities Board, said
the alternative site for the concert, Memo
rial Hall, was not used because of logistical
Gardner said CUAB made the final
decision to keep the concert outside Thurs
day afternoon when the skies looked clear.
Moving the concert to Memorial Hall after
that point would not have been feasible
because of the amount of time involved in
airing out the auditorium and transporting
the orchestra’s equipment.
“When we do an outdoor concert, we
have a ‘point of no return’ where we have
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ing legislators to focus on education.
Hooker was also a part of a closed door meeting
between senators labelled as “University allies”
and University officials about the budget.
Students who are members of the legislative
strategy team also talked to senators and encour
aged them to support the UNC system.
Student Body President Aaron Nelson said he
thought what the University had been able to
accomplish in the legislature had a lot to do with
the Senate’s budget.
“I think the University’s effort in the last two
weeks had a great impact on the Senate’s budget,"
Nelson said. “I think that we were successful in
conveying the message that education is the future
of our state.”
Despite the efforts of the University, many
leaders were not expecting the Senate’s budget to
allocate the amount of money it did to the UNC
Reyna Walters, the student body president’s
assistant chief of staff, said some legislators led her
to believe funding for some projects was out of
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Over time the plans become more specific
and the decision-making power lies more
in the hands of the developer.
While many people said Merriam’s pro
posal was a good starting point, all agreed
the plan needed to be developed further.
Martin Rowdy, vice chairman of the
Chapel Hill Planning Board, said the board
could not support the proposed ordinance.
“We find die document to be very use
ful butonlyasabeginning process,’’Rowdy
said. “There are specific provisions that
need revision. We think the Council ought
to set up a collaborative group with
Carrboro and Orange County because the
impact of whatever zoning we propose
here will be intensified on adjacent juris-
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to decide whether it’s going to be inside or
outside,” Gardner said.
Gardner said the symphony would not
have to refund the money CUAB spent on
the performance since it had arrived and
“Contractually, we’re obligated (to pay
them) if they show up and the weather
doesn’t permit,” Gardner said.
Wilder said the cancellation was a dis
appointment for musicians, too. “It’s rare
that something like this happens, but this
time, unfortunately, it did,” she said.
But Gardner said he was optimistic
about CUAB’s next big project, a June 30
outdoor performance by the Army Na
tional Guard Band. This time, Gardner
said CUAB would not take chances with
the weather. “If it even looks like rain, it’s
going to be in Memorial Hall.”
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Senate Loosens Purse Strings for UNC System
The N.C. Senate unveiled its version of the 1996-97 state budget last week. The General Assembly is
expected to settle their differences and hold a final vote by Monday. Here's how the different budgets
proposed by Governor Jim Hunt, the N.C. House and the N.C. Senate would affect the UNC system:
Program Gov. Hunt N.C. Houta N.C. Senate
(Total allocated budget money left unspent)
Percent salary raises for University employees
Academic enhancement for research campuses
Would fund equipment purchases and some salary raises
Adjustment of overhead receipts
Would free funds from research contracts and grants
Health insurance for graduate assistants
Would provide money for major medical insurance
Graduate student tuition remission
Would increase awards by 10 percent
Distinguished professorships endowment funds
Would hike matching funds for endowing professorships
SOURCES: N.C. GENERAL ASSEMBLY, OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
BOG Amends Search Procedure
For Next UNC-System President
BY JEANNE FUGATE
The UNC Board of Governors decided
two candidates for UNC-system president
were better than one and approved an
amendedprocedure to select PresidentC.D.
Spangler’s successor at Friday’s meeting.
Spangler, 64, is expected to announce
retirement plans in August. Board mem
bers said they expected Spangler, who has
led the UNC system for over a decade, to
retire when he turns 65.
Board members said they were inter
ested in finding the best person for the job.
“The ultimate goal is to recruit the best
person," BOG Chairman Samuel Neill
BOG members felt they could make a
more informed decision by allowing the
process to target more than one candidate.
The original search policy established a
four-step process. One committee would
select members of the other three; the sec
ond committee would determine what
qualities to look for in candidates; the third
Rally Cry to ‘Clean Up’
Clean Up Congress hopes
to wash away the politics of
Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
If you drove by the intersection of
Street Mall on Saturday, you probably
saw about 50 people holding signs such
as “Put litter in its place: Can Helms.”
These people were brought together
by a national, non-partisan organiza
tion, Clean Up Congress, that fights to
get anti-environmentalists out of na
tional offices. The group, with over
20,000 volunteers, has seven victories
under its belt. The group said it hoped
to put another notch in its belt with the
NorthCarolinarace between Sen. Jesse
Helms, R-N.C., and his democratic
opponent Harvey Gantt.
CUC has set up headquarters in
Raleigh and Charlotte to fight the 24-
year incumbent who they claim does
not support clean air and water, despite
Helms’ statements to the contrary.
“He says he’s for clean air and wa
ter, but he consistently votes against
it,” said Todd Foreman, director of the
Raleigh CUC office.
Jessica Grayson, aUNC sophomore
who works for CUC, said the environ
mental campaign made sense. “It’s a
good issue because we can prove it,"
on this, because people could say we’re
just taking it out of context.”
Jimmy Broughton, Helms’ admin
istrative assistant, said they were tak
ing Helms’s votes out of context.
“They come out and say he votes on
this, that and the other,” Broughton
said. “They never would report that we
introduced a bill to require newspapers
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would screen the pool of applicants to less
than 50; and the final committee would
submit one name to the BOG.
Members said they wanted the greater
flexibility offered by having more than one
name submitted to them.
“I’d like that flexibility,” BOG member
Kenneth Morgan said.
Other members said that flexibility
would be good, but it could lead to candi
dates ’ names being leaked. And many can
didates would be put in uncomfortable
positions if their current employers found
out about their intentions.
Former Governor James Holshouser,
one of five members of the Presidential
Search Planning Committee, said the com
mittee decided the most important thing
was to maintain the confidentiality of the
process for this reason.
“By trying to maintain confidentiality,
we ended up serving the University best,”
he said. “It keeps the best people in the
Holshouser said candidates would with
draw if they felt their names could come
Protestors hold anti-Helms signs outside the Senator's Raleigh office.
to print on at least 40 percent recycled
He said CUC had not contacted him
to find Helms’s environmental stance.
“They’d rather just trash it and spread
all this misinformation,” he said.
Broughton said it was ludicrous to
think that anyone would be against the
environment. He said Helms’ Wash
ington office had recycling bins.
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out in the open—a greater possibility if the
full board had to discuss more than one
Board member Samuel Poole said he
agreed. “You don’t get (the best candi
dates) if they think their names will be in
Poole said the process would involve up
to two-thirds of the board, so everyone
could play a part in the selection.
“I doubt that anyone would be denied
participation on this project,” he said.
But BOG member Mark Bibbs said con
fidentiality was not guaranteed.
“We’re all kidding ourselves if we don’t
think there’s going to be leaks,” he said.
“There are too many people involved.”
“I’m for having more than one person
for the board to talk about,” he said.
The board approved the motion unani
The board might have cause to be wary
of public attention. When Spangler was
selected in 1986, his name was leaked to
the press on the day before the BOG was
set to approve him.
Julie Gasparini, UNC student body
treasurer and a Helms supporter, said
she agreed about the non-partisan im
portance of the environment.
CUC is banking pn the
environment’s importance in its
grassroots, low-budget fight against the
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