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University Schedules Weekend Classes
All students and faculty will
receive a letter in the mail
today informing them of the
upcoming weekend classes.
By Geoff Wessel
Students will have to cut some of
their cherished weekend time short this
semester to make up classes canceled
two weeks ago after 16 inches of snow
blanketed the campus.
Interim Chancellor Bill McCoy
announced Tuesday that classes would
2nd Tuition Plan
By Matthew B. Dees
State & National Editor
The Board of Governors will have to
weigh a host of ideas, including a pro
posal from a UNC-Chapel Hill student
leader, when it meets Thursday to deter
mine the best way to reconcile univer
sities’ needs with fiscal constraints.
The BOG will meet in Chapel Hill to
finalize its budget request to the N.C.
General Assembly, marking the final
round in the UNC-system’s tuition-set
ting process that began last summer.
Members of the BOG Budget and
Finance Committee said the board had
been debating the best strategy for rais
ing faculty salaries and improving cam
pus infrastructure without placing undue
burden on students.
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Graduate student Matthew Smith discusses how to increase student
opposition to the proposed tuition increase at Friday's BOG meeting.
Coalition to Continue
Crusade Against Hike
By John O'Hale and
As UNC’s struggle to remedy its
financial woes enters the most critical
stages this week, student protesters are
still fighting for their voices to be heard.
Members of the Coalition for
Educational Access met Tuesday to map
out a silent protest at scheduled Board of
Governors meetings Thursday and
The students, who have crusaded
against the increase since October, are
once again rallying for students to
attend the meeting and are planning a
series of events to bolster student
involvement in the cause.
The BOG will decide the fate of
UNC-system President Molly Broad’s
proposed three-year tuition increase this
week in a two-day meeting at the
Broad’s current proposal calls for a
$275 across-the-system tuition increase
to fund capital improvements and a spe
cial S2OO boost at UNC-Chapel Hill
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be held on
Sunday Feb. 27,
8 to make up
for lost time when winter weather closed
the University for three days injanuary.
Administrators called for makeup days
to satisfy a UNC-system General
Administration requirement that all sys
tem schools have 150 class days each year.
McCoy decided on the makeup sched
ule Tuesday after the Student Advisory
Committee to the Chancellor last week
advised adding weekend classes.
Provost Dick Richardson said all stu-
a plan UNC-sys
Molly Broad pre
sented to the BOG
last month, Jeff
Nieman, a UNC
CH senior and
ber of the BOG,
sent a letter to sys
Tuesday offering a
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says a proposed
would hurt students.
mendation to raise student fees across
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and N.C. State
fund higher facul
bers, student gov
ers planned visu
als, media rela
tions and the dis
persion of fliers
during the next
the BOG outcome.
two days that will encourage students to
attend the BOG meeting.
Association of Student Governments
President Jeff Nieman especially rallied
the presence of students who are now
running for student body president.
“Considering the fact that all candi
dates placed fighting the tuition increase
as a top priority in their platforms, I
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dents and faculty would receive a letter in
the mail today telling them to attend class
on the scheduled days. He said more
than 27,000 letters had been printed.
“There was a good amount of student
and faculty input in the decision (of
when to hold the makeup days),”
Richardson said. “I think this is a good
decision that reflects that input.”
Other options considered were taking
days from Spring Break or from the exam
reading days. These options were both
opposed by students on the committee.
Classes on the makeup days will be
held for the full day at the same time
and place as usual, though professors
have been asked not to give exams on
By Karey Wutkowski
In 1955, UNC had only three
black undergraduate students, but
current student body president can
didates must address a student pop
ulation that includes more than
5,000 minority students.
Race relations continues to be an
issue at the forefront of student body
forms, as the
dents at the
with problems such as minority
representation in the executive
branch and student organization
“Being a historically southern
university, we face challenges,” said
Archie Ervin, director of the Office
of Minority Affairs.
“(The University) tries to develop
a climate supportive of women, of
people of color, of people of differ
Student Body President Nic
Heinke said it was important for stu
dent leaders to bolster campus race
“The most important thing on a
personal level is being an accepting
person,” he said.
“There should be a conscious
knowledge of the need to reach out
more to people who might not be
comfortable approaching you.”
Heinke said any student body
president must also work with
Hospital Awaits Probation Decision
A state subcommittee has
advised a six- to 12-month
probation period for UNC
Hospitals' Trauma Center.
By Derick Mattern
Before the end of this month, a state
advisory committee will decide whether
or not to place UNC Hospitals’ Level I
Trauma Center rating on probation.
Citing problems with documentation
and failure to improve performance, the
Trauma Subcommittee of the State
Emergency Medical Services Advisory
Council encouraged a six- to 12-month
probation period for the Trauma Center
Subcommittee members were con
cerned because the records tracking the
movement of patients each year through
the center were missing.
Also lacking was analysis of problems
that had been encountered in earlier
reviews. Another disconcerting issue for
reviewers was the hospital’s record of
trauma helicopter transports. The hos
pital had turned down about 200
requests because of lack of aircraft.
Since 1982, UNC Hospitals has held
these days, Richardson said.
The three dates will correspond
chronologically with the Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday missed.
But staff will not be required to work
on the weekend makeup days, he said.
Scott Myers, director of Carolina
Dining Services, said this would not be a
problem for students. “We will be open
ing more formats and more hours in
locations where classes will bring stu
dents,” Myers said. “We’ll try to stagger
(shifts) and utilize part-time people.”
The recommendation of the student
committee was to hold makeup classes
on the Feb. 27 and March 25 dates, as
weli as on Good Friday, April 21, which
DTH FILE PHOTO
Former Student Body President Mo Nathan rallies for diversity
in University admissions during an April 1997 protest in the Pit.
University officials to develop cross
cultural campus programs.
Candidate Matt Martin said com
munication was key to achieving bet
ter racial understanding at the
“1 would like to see more dialogue
programs between groups that repre
sent different cultural and ethnic back
grounds,” Martin said.
“They foster a real climate of
Martin also said the composition of
the executive branch needed to reflect
a more diverse sector of the the stu
the Level I designation, which places it
in a category that contains only four
other hospitals in the state.
According to information received
from the state Department of Health
and Human Services, a Level I Trauma
Center offers a variety of emergency
care such as injury and rehabilitation
services. It also has a trauma surgeon on
call around the clock.
The subcommittee made its decision
based on a staff recommendation com
piled by a site team. The team was com
prised of both in-state and out-of-state
physicians and nurses recruited by the
N.C. Office of Emergency Medical
The team made an announced visit to
the Trauma Center on Dec. 2 of last year
and reviewed its operations.
“In the process of evaluating all this,
they made a (negative) recommenda
tion,” saidjim Jones, spokesman for the
Department of Health and Human
Hospital officials could not be
reached for comment.
Jones said the advisory committee
would take into account further infor
mation from other reports as well as the
staff recommendation before making a
final decision about the probation.
A probation is normally only tempo
drew criticism from some students
because of religious considerations.
SACC Chairwoman Monika Moore
said she agreed with McCoy’s decision.
“I feel that they did the best they could
to accommodate students,” she said.
Not all students were so content with
the situation. “Having class on the week
end is bad for everyone,” said freshman
Ben Apple of Birmingham, Ala.
“Everyone should skip these classes, and
most people probably will.”
But creative writing Professor Bland
Simpson said he supported the sched
uled extra classes.
“There should not be too awesome a
hardship on anyone,” Bland said. “I’ll be
“When creating the Cabinet and
other positions, I would surround
myself with people who are represen
tative of different population groups
The power of presidential appoint
ments is one of student body presi
dent candidate Erica Smiley's main
Through an application process,
the student body president is in charge
of appointing the executive branch
The student body president selects
rary, Jones said.
“It means that they are under a time
limit to fix their problems,” he said.
If an institution loses its Level I status,
it does not fall to Level II - rather, it
ceases to have any ranking, he said.
“There is no incremental drop,”
Jones said. “You either are what you ask
for or you’re not. You don’t go down.”
The probation does not change the
hospital’s ability to provide services, only
rates the competency of the service,
UNC Hospitals President Eric Munson
told The News & Observer on Monday.
He added that the hospital was taking
the situation seriously but that they still
provided quality service.
If UNC Hospitals does not solve its
problems, what happens next is unclear.
“I don’t know - this would be bad,”
This is the first year reviewers have
been able to make such recommenda
tions, he said. New rules were put into
effect in August 1998. “These are the first
site visits since the new rules,”Jones said.
“There’s been a big change in how they
could enforce their decisions. This is the
first time they’ve had a cattle prod to
compel (the hospitals) to fix problems.”
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glad to mane it up. I like the classroom.”
Richard son said professors who had
already ch. ,nged their plans to fit a short
ened semesiei would still have to make
up th< time in some way, even if they
only held a review session on the make
up day. “We’re going to try to make this
as normal as possible under a difficult
situation,” Richardson said.
“There will be exceptions certainly,
but the main thrust is that there will be
classes - useful things will go on in
them, and students will get the 150 days
of education they paid for.”
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As part of our
coverage, the DTH
will examine the
top five student
issues based upon
the paper’s survey
of 300 students.
The accessibility of
Cabinet positions and spearheads the
selection of more than 200 external
appointments to serve on various stu
dent government committees.
The president selects people to
serve on a transition team, which
reviews applications for the officer
positions. The officers then help with
all other appointments.
“Part of the problem is the structure
of how people are appointed (in the
executive branch),” Smiley said.
“The first thing is that positions
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safety for players.
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