Satlg (Tar MM # MB 106 1106 years of editorial freedom Serving the students and the University community since 1893 BOG Members Critique Broad's Tuition Plan By Cheri Melfi Assistant State & National Editor WILMINGTON - UNC-system President Molly Broad faced tough ques tions Friday, as the Board of Governors got its first offi tasteofher pro posed tuition plan. Students and BOG members took issue with Center Questions UNC Spending Policies See Page 5 Broad calling the plan a “stop-gap” or temporary solution, not permitting some UNC-system schools to submit individ ual tuition increase proposals and failing to ensure that financial aid would cover as A 4 DTH/ MEREDITH LEE The Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade winds its way down Franklin Street on Monday, ending at North Roberson Street. A dove, carried by the organization Peace Action and other groups, flew above the marchers. 2000 Election Process Takes Shape By Lauren Beal Assistant University Editor With student elections less than a month away, hopeful candidates and their supporters are hitting the campaign trail to win students’ votes. But members of the 1999-2000 Elections Board have been work ing hard singe November to ensure the process runs smoothly. Election procedures follow a strict timeline and require board mem bers to organize early. Throughout November and December, mem bers must contact poll sites about reserving tables, create a preliminary elections calendar and order new ballots. Although some students announced their intentions to run for office earlier in the fall, petitions and campaign packets were available on the last day of classes in December. Student Groups Share Opinions On Elections See Page 4 In order to be eligible for the Feb. 8 elec tion, student body president candidates have until Jan. 25 to gather 500 signatures. Other candidates have to gather fewer signatures but must also meet the Jan. 25 deadline. While candidates focus on recruiting sup porters and publicizing their goals, Elections If you're going to play the game properly, you'd better know every rule. Barbara Jordan the increase. Broad’s plan would raise student costs at UNC-Chapel Hill by $475 over three years to fund capital improvements and faculty salaries. The BOG will meet Feb. 11 to vote on Broad’s proposal, and if approved, the plan will then be presented to the N.C. General Assembly in May. Broad outlined the need for funding capital needs, faculty salaries and finan cial aid, while presenting her plan as an appropriate solution. She said the capi tal fee would create a “stop-gap” solu tion to funding difficulties. But Jeff Nieman, UNC Association of Student Governments president and BOG member, said calling the capital Board members are busy training volunteers and organizing the elections process. Throughoutjanuary, members must set up absentee voting, arrange for Forum Week and contact student organizations to solicit elec tions volunteers. “We ordered new ballots, we have anew system to tabulate them ... we’re in the process of updating that,” said Elections Board Chairwoman Catherine Yates. During Forum Week, scheduled this year from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, student organi zations host forums for candidates to debate varying issues. In the past, the Black Student Movement, Queer Network for Change, Campus Y and the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies have hosted forums. After candidates turn in their completed petitions and attend the mandatory candidate meeting, they must focus their attention on their platforms. The Daily Tar Heel runs candidate plat forms during the week preceding the election. DTH endorsements, decided by the newspa per’s Editorial Board after interviews with all candidates, run during the same week. The final days before the election are filled with campaigning and publicity. But the candidates, and those working on their campaigns, must adhere to strict rules from the Department of University Housing about where posters can be placed and when door-to-door campaigning is allowed. If a candidate violates guidelines, such as campaigning door-to-door outside of the hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., he or she is subject to fines. Candidates continue campaigning through Election Day, when they usually line the Tuesday, January 18, 2000 Volume 107, Issue 135 fee a “stop-gap” measure was misleading because students would be forced to pay it for the next 20 years. “This is the fee my children are going to pay when they come to college,” he said. Despite the board’s objections, Broad said the increases were needed to cover the costs of projects already in progress. She said $420 million of the total $750 million needed would be used to finish projects the state legislature had already begun to fund. “This is a very pragmatic approach to addressing a very urgent problem,” Broad said. BOG Chairman Ben Ruffin also said the capital fee was necessary. “I’d prefer that we did not have to raise tuition," Ruffin said. “But I went into labs and Elections Timeline Elections season officially kicks off Jan. 25, when candidates begin campaigning. Jan. 25 ■ Petitions due ■ 7 p.m. mandatory candidates meeting ■lO p.m. campaigning may begin after meeting Jan. 31-Feb. 4 ■ Forum Week ■ Elections ■ Runoffs if necessary quads and huddle outside of the polls, armed with posters and brightly-colored leaflets. But for Elections Board members, Feb. 8 will mean a long day filled with work. Organizers must set out poll-site logs for students to sign in, stack ballots and tape up district maps. After the poll sites close, witnesses watch organizers seal the ballot boxes and return them to a locked office until they are counted and results announced later that night. All candidates must remove their publicity and posters within 72 hours of the election, except those involved in a runoff. The University Editor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. saw foil on the tables, I saw university buildings that are in desperate need of maintenance. We must do whatever we can to rectify this.” Broad’s plan consists of a systemwide SIOO capital fee for the next two years followed by an additional $75 increase for the third year. The $275 fee will be in effect for 20 years. Broad said the capital fee would gen erate $37.5 million, half of what was nec essary to finance capital bonds to fund the system’s most urgent capital projects. The plan calls for the legislature to match student contribution with $37.5 million for the next fiscal year. Along with the capital fee, UNC- Chapel Hill and N.C. State University MLK Rally Targets Racism ; Education By Kathryn McLamb Staff Writer Carrying banners demanding an end to institutional racism, marchers took to Franklin Street on Monday shouting, “Education is a right not just for the rich and white.” In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Chapel Hill- Carrboro Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition orga nized a rally For Complete Coverage of MLK Day Festivities See Page 7 and march to raise awareness of the edu cational inequity for minority students in the area. A worship service honoring King al the First Baptist Church on North Roberson Street concluded Monday’s celebration. “I think we have a long way to go in this community in achieving justice and equality for people of color,” Carrboro Alderman Mark Dorosin said. 5 Students Join Race For SBP, 4 to Fight For CAA Leadership By Katie Abet University Editor Although the official filing date is still a week away, five students have put their names in the running for student body president, sparking the potential for a hotly contested race. With election day just three weeks away, candidates are already tweaking their platforms and have begun soliciting support from students across campus. Two students announced their candidacy before Winter Break. Brad Matthews, former senior adviser to current Student Body President Nic Heinke, announced his intent tocun for the post Nov. 30, resigning from his position. If elected, Matthews said he would like to expand P2P Xpress Shuttle services, reform C-TOPS and sim plify perspectives in graduation requirements. Junior Michael Harris also joined the race in late December. Harris resigned from his posts as an Elections Board member and counsel on the student attorney general’s stall to pursue his campaign. Harris said public service, increased campus diversity and more student financial aid were core to his platform. Since the start of semester, three other candidates have also publicly declared their intent to run for the post. Junior Josh Ray, a North Campus Residence Hall Association governor, said he sought the post to enhance greater student involvement at UNC. Ray said that if elected, he w ould work for less expen- See RACE, Page 4 students would pay an additional S2OO in tuition to fund faculty salaries. This plank of Broad’s plan follows Boards ol Trustees’ proposals at five UNC-system schools to raise tuition. The plan would not raise tuition at UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte and Eastern Carolina University, although all submitted such proposals. Some members of the board’s budget and finance committee, which will vote on the proposal before it reaches the full board in February, expressed concern about this facet of Broad’s plan. Budget and Finance Secretary Addison Bell and Robert Warwick, vice See BOG, Page 4 “1 don’t think there is anywhere where that is more glaring than in our schools.” The diverse crowd of an estimated 600 people braved Monday’s freezing temperatures to applaud and cheer the issues speakers addressed, including problems minorities face in community schools front kindergarten to the uni versity level. Speaker Erica Smiley, a member of Student Congress, encouraged those gathered to become involved in minor ity educational issues. “We’ve got to get off our heels and pay attention,” she said. “We have to get off the defense and get on the offense: We all suffer from a lack of educational access.” Other speakers addressed the nega tive'trends-faring-minorities in such areas as academic performance and achievement. “Why is it that dropout rates are high er for (blacks and Latinos) than for See MARCH, Page 4 News/Features/Arts/Sports 962-0245 Business/ Advertising 962-1163 Chapel Hiil, North Carolina 6 2000 DTH Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Students Say Fight Not Over Student leaders blamed the lack of protesters at Friday's BOG meeting on scheduling problems, not apathy. By Kathleen Hunter Assistant State & National Editor After months of massive student opposition to proposed tuition increas es, a sparse number of students attend ed Friday’s Board of Governors tuition workshop at UNC-Wilmington. But student leaders who have spoken out against raising tuition deny that stu dent opposition has deteriorated. “Everyone knows that next month’s meeting is where the decision is going to be made,” said UNC Association of Student Governments President Jeff Nieman, referring to the BOG’s upcom ing meeting in Chapel Hill. “There will be a very healthy student presence at that meeting.” Matthew Smith, a graduate philoso phy student and a member of the Coalition for Educational Access, said his group made a decision not to attend the meeting. He said the fact that it was in Wilmington during the first week of classes made it difficult for many stu dents to attend. On Friday, BOG members partici pated in a workshop where UNC-sys tem President Molly Broad formally presented her much-anticipated tuition recommendations for the first time. Broad's plan would increase student costs by $275 over three years in an effort to finance capital improvements. The proposal would also raise tuition S2OO at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University to fund faculty salaries. Nieman, who also sits as a nonvoting member on the BOG, said he had some genuine practical and ideological con cerns about both the capital fee and the tuition aspect of the plan. Before the Feb. 11 meeting when the BOG wall vote on the proposal, Nieman said he would be working to gauge BOG members’ positions on Broad’s plan and constructing a viable alterna tive. “I hold true to the belief that you See STUDENTS, Page 4 Carolina, Speak Out! A weekly DTH online poll What is the most pressing issue facing our generation? ( t 0 V r www.unc.edu/dth __ A to cast your vote. 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