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Media Leaks Hamper Chancellor Search
By Katie Abf.e
University Editor
After two candidates withdrew their names
from the running for UNO’s ninth chancellor
because of media leaks, search committee
members are still narrowing their list for the
post.
Broad Calls for $475 Tuition Hike
By Matthew B. Dees
State & National Editor
UNC-system President Molly Broad
recently recommended several tuition
increases that she hopes will buy some time
for the financially strapped state legislature to
fund several pressing needs.
Broad’s plan,
which came after
months of tuition
increase proposals at
several UNO cam
puses, would raise
UNC-Chapel Hill’s
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Of Broad's
Tuition Proposal
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tuition by $475 over three years.
Broad said the move, which she termed a
“stopgap measure,” would allow the N.C.
General Assembly to deal with more pressing
concerns, such as aiding Hood relief efforts.
Later, she hopes, the legislature will return
the favor by funding capital improvements
and faculty salary increases.
Broad’s plan includes a systemwide, $275
tuition increase over three years to help mod
ernize and expand campus buildings.
This marks the first time that students will
be asked to pay for academic facilities.
Students at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C.
Stale University would also be charged an
additional S2OO to raise faculty salaries.
Undergraduates at the University would
pay $32 in additional tuition based on the
increase in the consumer price index, a slan
The President's Plan
UNC-system President Molly Broad is recommending several tuition increases to take effect in
Fall 2000, including a one-year, S2OO increase at the University to fund faculty pay raises.
Here Are the Numbers:
■ Increases ranging from sl6 to $32 for undergraduate students on all UNC campuses.
■ For graduate and first-professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University,
increases of SBB.
■ For graduate and first-professional students at all other institutions, increases ranging from
$34 to $63.
■ A University-wide Capital Facilities Fee of SIOO for 2000-01 is recommended to help provide
financing for the highest-priority capital needs on each of the 16 campuses.
■ Additional increases of SIOO for 2001 -02 and $75 for 2002-03 are anticipated. These fees
could support borrowing to finance projects totaling $375 million.
■ All students at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State will pay an additional S2OO next fall to help
pay for increased faculty salaries at those schools.
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Floyd Bills Prompt
Legislators to Cancel
Undergrad Project
Renovations for the Undergraduate Library
were supposed to start in December but
were delayed by an N.C. budget crunch.
By Lauren Beal
Assistant University Editor
Though Undergraduate Library renovations have been
postponed indefinitely due to the financial fallout stemming
from Hurricane Floyd, University officials are hoping the pro
ject will soon return to the top of the state’s priority list.
“You can’t really argue with something like Hurricane
Floyd,” said Diane Strauss, associate University librarian. “It
Would be nice to have a scapegoat but in this case there real
ly isn’t one.”
The Undergrad renovations, which had been planned for
nearly two years, were one of many statewide capital
improvement projects officially canceled by the N.C. General
Assembly in a special session last month.
Hurricane Floyd compounded an already-tight state bud
get. In October, the state budget office placed a hold on all
capital improvement projects that had not already gone out to
See UNDREGRAI), Page 4
The 14-member committee originally set a
self-imposed December deadline to complete
its search, but last week it scheduled meetings
into February'.
Search committee Chairman Richard
Stevens said Monday that he would likely
announce additional meetings in the next sev
eral days.
dard tuition policy. Graduate and profession
al students at N.C. State and UNC-CH will
pay an additional SBB next fall.
Similar minimal increases will also be
enacted throughout the system, although
none of the tuition dollars will go toward
financial aid. Instead, Broad hopes that when
the legislature reconvenes in May, it will
approve a s3(i.B million need based financial
aid package that would cover costs for low
income students. “ The cost of the proposal
has been increased to reflect the proposed
changes in tuition,” she said.
The original package cost was $32 million.
But the proposal has met with mixed
responses from student leaders and legisla
tors. Sen. Howard Lee, 1) Orange, was wary
of requiring the N.C. General Assembly to
fully fund student financial aid.
“I really am concerned that if we rely total
ly on the Legislature for the financial aid
package, it is too risky,” he said.
Lee Conner, president of the UNC-CH
Gidduate and Professional Student
Federation, also opposed the lack of financial
aid provisions in the proposed increases and
questioned requiring students to pay for con
struction. “I do not like the precedent of hav
ing students pay for capital.”
The Board of Governors will discuss the
plan this week in Wilmington.
The State & National Editor can be
reached at stntdesk@unc.edu.
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Assistant English Professor Bland Simpson
incorporates a rendition of "The Old North State"
into his speech at the December Commencement.
One of these days is none of these days.
English proverb
Wednesday, January 12, 2000
Volume 107, Issue 132
Stevens said the search was still ahead of
schedule because UNC-system President
Molly Broad originally gave the committee a
deadline of May Commencement.
The News & Observer and the Chapel Hill
News published the names of four candidates
Dec. 10, including School of Medicine Dean
Jeffrey Haupt and former executive vice
The Trail to the Tuition Increase
UNC-system President Molly Broad’s request to raise tuition to address capital and faculty
salary deficits comes after nearly a year of studies, proposals and political strategizing.
April 1999
■ Board of Governors consultant Eva Klein submits report indicating
$6.9 billion in capital needs to repair and renovate dilapidated facilities
|s|l; across the UNC system.
Summer 1999
■ The BOG submits a $5 billion bond proposal to the N.C. General
Assembly. The Senate approves a $3 billion bond request, while the
House only agrees to a $1 billion plan that would require a public
referendum. The proposal never makes it out of a House-Senate
conference committee before the summer session ends.
August 1999
■ A UNC-Chapel Hill committee begins discussing ways to raise faculty
salaries.
October 1999
■ A UNC-CH committee recommends combining a $1,500 tuition
increase for in-state students with legislative funding to boost faculty
salaries.
■ The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies and The Daily Tar Heel
host forums for students, faculty and administrators to voice opinions
concerning the proposed tuition increase.
■ Despite considerable student protest, the University's Board of
trustees approves a five-year plan to raise tuition $1,500 to fund higher
faa% salaries.
November 1999
■ N.C. State University Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announces she will
also seek a tuition increase te fund student services. The N.C. State BOT
approves the increase.
■ Students protest the BOG meeting where the system's faculty
salaries study is released. The BOG estimates a much smaller need to
make faculty salaries competitive.
■ UNC-Wilmington also proposes a tuition increase to fund higher
employee salaries.
December 1999
■ UNC-Charlotte and East Carolina University propose tuition increases
for faculty salaries.
■ The Board of Governors host a forum to hear student concerns
about the increase.
January 2000
■ Broad proposes a $275 increase at all 16 system schools over three
years. She also recommends a one-year, S2OO tuition increase at UNC-
Chapel Hill and N.C. State University to address faculty salary needs.
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chancellor Elson Floyd, who is now president
of Western Michigan University.
Others on the list were Carol Christ, exec
utive vice chancellor and provost at the
University of California-Berkeley and
Andrew Sorenson, president of the University
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Police Seek Suspects
In Holiday Shooting
By Kathryn McLamb
Staff Writer
Local police investigators are still
searching for clues in a murder that
occurred al an Orange Water and Sewer
Authority plant more than a week ago.
On New Year’s Day, Michael
Gregory Crosby, 2), of Raleigh was
found dead at the wastewater treatment
plant on Mason Farm Road.
The body was found by a construc
tion worker at the OWASA plant at
approximately 11:09 a.m.
“Investigators have been following
up on leads, interviewing people and
will continue to do so,” Chapel Hill
police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said.
Evidence found at the scene of the
crime indicated Crosby was murdered
at the OWASA plant by a fatal gunshot
wound. However, police would not
release any information about the
details of the case and would not con
firm reports that the gunshot was to
Crosby’s head.
“There is a limited amount of infor
Congress Offers
Aid to Students
Affected by Flood
N.C. college students whose families were
hit by Hurricane Floyd can now apply for
federal financial aid through Jan. 21.
By Colrtney Obringer
Staff Writer
North Carolina college students with families suffering
financial devastation from Hurricane Floyd’s wrath might be
now able to tap additional hurricane relief funds.
Congress’ House Appropriations Committee allotted $lO
million in emergency student aid to families affected by
Hurricane Floyd on Tuesday, in an attempt to keep flood vic
tims enrolled in college.
To obtain funding, each university’s financial aid office must
gauge the magnitude of the school’s need. Student aid offices
must then complete a form by Jan. 21 that will determine how
federal funds will be distributed.
Students will receive the aid in the form of Federal
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, a type of fund
ing that does not have to be repaid to the government.
Thomas Bates, spokesman for Rep. David Price, D-N.C., a
member of the appropriations committee, emphasized the
importance of helping North Carolina students stay in college.
“The bulk of the money will probably go to eastern North
Carolina because they had the most devastation,” he said.
Bates said universities were currently calculating their esti
mated needs. He said students would be able to use the money
for the next three semesters.
Financial aid representatives at East Carolina University, the
UNC-system school that was most affected by Floyd, declined
to comment on the status of financial aid at the school.
But Mary Garren, assistant director of the Office of
Scholarships and Student Aid at UNC-Chapel Hill, said the
University was still trying to assess its financial need for the
upcoming semester.
She said a mass e-mail message was sent out to students
from the eastern part of the state in September urging them to
contact the student aid office if they were financially hurt from
the hurricane.
During fall semester, the office tried to utilize all available
money to aid hurricane victims, Garren said.
“We tried to assist students as best as we could with the fund
ing we had available,” she said.
Julie Rice-Mallette, director of financial aid at N.C. State
University', said she hoped that more students in need of hur
ricane relief would come forward to receive aid.
She said most families did not know that specific student aid
existed for hurricane victims. “We need to be more proactive
in our approach to reach out to students,” Rice-Mallette said.
She said her office was trying to convey aid options via e
mail and word-of-mouth. Rice-Mallette said students had been
vocal about financial problems to faculty. She also said finan
cial difficulty had forced some students to withdraw from the
university.
Last semester N.C. State tried to accommodate hurricane
victims through additional financial aid and by granting aca
demic clemency to those students who needed to miss classes
due to the hurricane, Rice-Mallette said.
“The university has made exceptions across the board both
financially and academically.”
The State & National Editor can be reached at
stntdesk@unc.edu.
mation we can release on an ongoing
investigation," Cousins said.
Cousins also could not comment on
possible motives for the crime but said
several experienced investigators had
been working on the case. “We have two
investigators working full time on this,
with others assisting them,” she said.
“We have also contacted the State
Bureau of Investigation for assistance.”
The investigation of Crosby’s murder
has been the first homicide investigation
the Chapel Hill Police Department has
faced since 1996. However, Cousins
said the police investigators have had
previous experience with homicides,
and she was confident in their capabili
ties.
Although the body was found at the
wastewater treatment plant, no connec
tion has been established between
Crosby or the murderer and OWASA
or its facilities.
“Investigators have assured us there
is no connection to OWASA, the plant.
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Wednesday
Web Watchers
Many analysts see the recent merger
between America Online and Time
Warner as the next step toward
making the Internet the country’s most
prominent medium. See Page 5.
New Faces, Same Rat
New owners of the Rathskeller say
despite a few minor interior changes,
patrons will still be able to enjoy the
traditional atmosphere for which the
popular eatery is famous. See Page 6.
You've Got Taxes
State residents will see anew line
on their tax forms this year for them
to compute the state’s 6 percent sales
tax for purchases online and through
the mail. See Page 10.
Today’s Weather
Sunny;
Low 60s.
Thursday: Cloudy;
High 60s.
    

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