THE Finn DTK OF IHE YEAR 2000 The Daily Tar Heel p 106 years of editorial freedom Saving the students and the University community' since 1893 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 More Coverage Of Broad's Tuition Proposal See Pages 8 and 9 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. SOURCE: NEWS SERVICES Dlll 'I UAH IER TOOL) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR THE GRADUATES A jM H moioconmsYofuncnkws skrvicks dansi ars 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. SOUK: DTII ARCHIVES DTH/MEGAN SHARKEY 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 See SEARCH, Page 4 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 email@example.com. 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. Sec MURDER, Page 4 News/Features/Arts/Sports 962-0245 Business/Advertising 962-1163 Chapel Hill, North Carolina © 2000 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. 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. 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