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Pell Grant Funding Shrinks Aid Package
Bv Jonathan Moseley
The UNC system is reducing the size
of its need-based financial aid proposal
in light of federal compensation that was
approved late last year.
UNC-system officials reduced the
package, originally totaling $36.8 mil
lion, to about s3l million last week.
The new price tag is based on an
increase in this year’s maximum Pell
Grant allowance that allowed officials to
more cheaply meet the package’s goals.
He's Not in Nebraska Anymore
Moeser Must Adapt to N.C. Legislative Landscape
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By Cheri Melfi
Assistant State & National Editor
Upon taking the helm of UNC-Chapel Hill, Chancellor
Michael Hooker almost immediately gained a voice in the
One of Hooker’s first courses of action as chancellor
was to fire an administrator who had been having
affairs with University students.
For this, N.C. senators respected Hooker and agreed J
with his views and ideals from the very beginning, said
UNC-CH political science Professor Thad Beyle. That
kind of clout gave him a strong influence within the
legislature when it came to UNC-CH bud-
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Neb. Moeser earned a
Big Move, Small Town for Leader
By Jacob McConnico
Making the move from Nebraska’s
second largest city to North Carolina’s
best-known college town might prove
a daunting task for UNC’s chancellor
James Moeser, 61, will soon pack
his bags and leave the chancellor’s
position at the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln, where he has served since
The municipalities of Chapel Hill
and Lincoln have few similarities, but
local officials agree that the chancel
lor’s ability to work with the universi
ty’s community is essential to success
ful town-gown relations.
Coleen Seng, chairwoman of the
Lincoln City Council, said Moeser had
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Demonstrators block the street in front of the Washington Monument in protest of the IMF/World Bank
meeting Sunday. Prepared to face chemical weapons, many of the demonstrators wore goggles or gas masks.
What is actual is actual only for one time. And only for one place.
The aid package is scheduled to go
before the N.C. General Assembly
when the legislature reconvenes in May.
UNC-system officials plan to meet
today with the chairmen of the
Education Oversight Committee to dis
cuss the future of the aid proposal.
Gary Barnes, UNC-system vice pres
ident for program assessment, said the
original aid package was assembled in
September before Congress fully
approved the grant increase.
The Pell Grant is a federal need
based grant for higher education that is
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“He has really
helped to cement
the city and the
said. “He will be
helpful (in Chapel Hill).”
Although Moeser has extensive
experience with university administra
tion, Lincoln bears little resemblance
to Chapel Hill.
Lincoln, the state capital of
Nebraska, has a population of 191,972
and is known as the “Star City.”
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coming under consideration again this
year. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., recent
ly proposed an additional S4(X) increase
of the maximum Pell Grant allowance.
Although the proposal has been side
lined in a congressional committee since
Tuesday, there is still hope that the grant
increase will be brought back up, said
Steve Brooks, executive director of the
State Education Assistance Authority, a
group set up to handle the state’s finan
“This (setback) is just one round in
reputation in the state as a skilled lobbyist, convincing
lawmakers to increase financial support for the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
But Nebraska and North Carolina are two very
different states, especially in the areas of chan-
cellor involvement in the legislator, the struc
ture of their respective governments and the
role of political parties. Because of these dif-
ferences, whether Moeser’s legislative
influence will transfer to the General
Assembly is yet to be determined.
Beyle said the Board of
Governors and UNC-system
President Molly Broad,
. not the chancellor,
„ were responsible
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“It all depends
on how much
lets the chancellor
have,” he said.
“She’ll probably want
ILLUSTRATION BY DTH STAFF
Chapel Hill, which is known as
“The Southern Part of Heaven,” prides
itself on being a small village of 38,872.
While Chapel Hill can boast of its
bars and Carolina-blue skies, Lincoln
is a center of industry and home to a
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant,
which employs 1,800 residents.
And the largest employer in
Lincoln is state government, whereas
Chapel Hill relies on the University.
In addition to the size difference,
Moeser will notice a distinct difference
in the political landscape of Chapel
Lincoln uses a strong mayor system,
whereas Chapel Hill has a
manager/council form of government,
which places a professional manager
in charge of many administrative
responsibilities. The mayor of Lincoln
what will be a multiple-round battle,” he
said “Eventually some compromise will
But Barnes said issues other than the
Pell Grant - including the elimination of
a SIOO capital fee UNC-system
President Molly Broad proposed in
January and tuition increases at five
UNC-system schools - factored into the
decision to reduce the aid package.
When the capital fee was taken off the
table, aid included in the $36.8 million
package that was meant to cover the fee
to have a little control, so the chancellor won’t just be freelancing."
But Broad said she had reformed the procedure for presenting
agendas to the legislature so each chancellor would have a stronger
voice. She created a Public Affairs Committee, which would take
recommendations to Raleigh from the chancellors and staff from
each of the 16 campuses. “We have really shifted from the presi
dent’s office as the exclusive leadership of the state schools to draw
ing upon the leadership of each university,” Broad said.
But N.C. Sen. George Miller, D-Durham, said it was unusual for
chancellors of individual UNC schools to be directly involved with
the legislature. “It is always good for the legislature to get to know
the chancellor and his views, but the policy-making phase rests
with the BOG,” Miller said. “That’s the policy of the system, and
we expect all the chancellors to adhere to that.”
But this policy might be a bit of an adjustment for Moeser.
Chris Peterson, press secretary for the governor of Nebraska, said
UNL’s lobbying practices were vastly different from those of UNC’s.
At UNC, the BOG oversees the 16 system campuses, and any
proposals from one of the schools must be voted on by the board.
If it is approved, the BOG and Broad then recommend the pro
posal to the N.C. legislature.
But Peterson said that in Nebraska, the Board of Regents, UN’s
See LEGISLATURE, Page 2
In a few months, Chancellor-elect James Moeser will leave the chilly cornfields of Nebraska
and head to the Southern part of heaven. Here's a quick comparison between the two.
Type of Government
Median Family Income
Avg. Cost of Housing
Area (square miles)
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works full-time for a salary of $55,000
annually and is responsible for creat
ing the city budget. However, Chapel
Hill has a part-time mayor, who earns
$12,000 a year for her services.
IMF Protest Lands
UNC Students in Jail
By Rachel Leonard
WASHINGTON Over the noise of
police sirens and helicopters, the streets
of Washington resounded with chants of
“This is what a democracy looks like."
At least seven UNC students were
among the more than 600 arrested this
weekend when about 25,000 demon
strators flocked to Washington, D.C., to
protest the meeting of the International
Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Most of those jailed were released
Before the protests began winding
down Monday, police had used tear gas,
pepper spray and smoke bombs to dis
perse crowds that blocked traffic.
A portion of the tuition increases at
UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte,
UNC-Wilmington, N.C. State
University and East Carolina University,
has been set aside for aid, Bames said.
“The added cost for those tuition
increases did not need to overlap, so we
lowered the cost of our system-level pro
gram,” he said.
The lower cost of the package might
make state legislators more receptive to
it, said Clifton Metcalf, UNC-system
See AID, Page 2
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less than 2%
Lincoln’s mayor can make some
administrative decisions without the
support of the council, which is com-
See REACTION, Page 2
The demonstrations, which began
April 9, called for the organizations to
cancel debts owed by impoverished
countries, adopt earth-friendly policies
and stop cutting education and health
programs in foreign countries.
The protests were a follow-up to last
December’s Seattle World Trade
Organization protests, which caused
damage to the city’s downtown area and
landed hundreds of protesters in jail.
The demonstators claim that the IMF
and World Bank are too cosy with large
corporations, neglecting the needs of the
impoverished they claim to serve.
But IMF and the World Bank officials
say they are trying to help lesser-devel-
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Two of the shootings left
UNC-system students dead,
and no arrests have been
made in one of the murders.
By Kristina Casto
An N.C. State University student is
in satisfactory condition after being shot
in an attempted robbery, marking the
third shooting at a UNC-system campus
in two weeks, two of which proved fatal.
Raleigh police said N.C. State fresh
man William Earl Hendrix, 19, was shot
early Sunday morning in an attempted
robbery outside the Farm House frater
The suspected gunman, Dennard
Jemal Frazier, 22, of Raleigh, allegedly
approached Hendrix and several of his
friends and demanded money. Hendrix
was shot in the chest in the ensuing
struggle. Other people at the scene
wrestled the gunman to the ground and
held him until police came.
Raleigh police Capt. Patterson said
Frazier was charged with three counts of
armed robbery, one count of assault
with a deadly weapon and possession of
a stolen firearm.
All three shootings took place at off
campus residences at N.C. State, East
Carolina University and UNC-
In the UNC-P shooting, Senior
Marcus Locklear was murdered April
10 in his mobile home, apparently in a
robbery gone awry.
Five suspects were arrested this
weekend in connection with Locklear’s
murder. Three appeared in federal
court Monday facing federal drug
charges, the Associated Press reported.
Officials are still investigating the
shooting death of Reggie Harris, 27. He
was shot three times at close range at his
girlfriend’s house near the ECU campus
on April 5. Melissa Bartlett, spokes
woman for the Greenville Police
Department, said police had not identi
fied any suspects as of Monday.
Campus police and UNC-system
administrators are hesitant to treat the
violence as a systemwide problem.
They attributed the shootings to ran
dom violence. “If it’s outside of the cam
pus, then it’s outside the jurisdiction of
campus police," saidjoni Worthington,
UNC system associate vice president
But in the case of the N.C. State
shooting, Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs Tom Stafford said off-campus
fraternities would sometimes fall under
university jurisdiction. “We make a
judgment if the activity is a danger to
others in the campus community or if
the perpetrators of the crime are uni
versity' students,” Stafford said.
Worthington said the shooting inci
dents and off-campus safety had not
come before the Board of Governors,
See SHOOTINGS, Page 2
In Developing News
The ongoing town and private
deliberations about the Meadowmont
development on N.C. 54 focused on
the possible construction of anew
retirement home on the property.
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