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UNC-System Tuition Advisors Consider 4 Percent Hike
By Kathleen Hunter
State & National Editor
The UNC system’s tuition advisory
committee Wednesday tentatively rec
ommended a 4 percent tuition increase
for all of the system’s in-state under
The committee is also considering
increasing tuition by the same dollar
amount for out-of-state undergraduates
at each system school.
The increases, which would offset the
Aims to Fill
A selection team hopes to
begin its national search
soon to replace Director of
Greek Affairs Ron Binder.
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
As the UNC Greek community
comes to grips with the surprise resig
nation of the director of Greek affairs,
officials say an interim director and a
search committee will be selected soon.
Director of Greek Affairs Ron Binder
announced his plan on Monday to resign
in mid-October, pursue another job and
move to the Midwest His tenure of 6 1/2
years will officially
end Nov. 1.
vice chancellor for
said she will be
responsible for the
process of hiring a
new head of
She said her
first priority will
be to fill the post
with an interim
director who can
take over until a
Efforts to replace
Greek Affairs Director
before Jan. 1,2001.
replacement is named.
“We ideally want to find someone who
can work with Dr. Binder now before he
steps down,” Wolf Johnson said.
“We’ll look to try to find the best per
son available and look to find someone
with availability as soon as October.”
Wolf Johnson said her goal is to name a
permanent director byjan. 1,2001.
She said a search committee com
posed of students, faculty and staff will be
created as soon as the interim director is
chosen. “We’ll do a nationwide search to
get the best person available,” she said.
She said the committee will name sev
eral finalists, who will then have the oppor
tunity to participate in public discussion
sessions on campus. “There will most def
initely be opportunities for students to
interview finalists,” Wolf Johnson said.
She said that the search will be as
open as possible throughout, but that
candidates often request their informa
tion be kept confidential until the final
stage of public appearances.
After the forums, the committee will
submit a list of finalists, and Wolf Johnson
said she will make the ultimate decision.
She said she hopes the committee
will focus on finding a candidate who
shares many of the ideals that distin
guished Binder while he was in office.
“We want somebody to pick up the
great work Binder has done and move
it forward,” she said. “He has done a
great job enhancing the quality of fife in
the Greek community, and we want
somebody who can work as well as he
did with die students.”
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system’s rising operating cost, would
mean all UNC-Chapel Hill students
would pay an additional $75 in tuition
beginning the 2001-02 school year.
The committee meets annually to
adjust tuition rates based on rising oper
ating costs and fluctuations in the econo
Wednesday’s preliminary tuition dis
cussion comes seven months after the
Board of Governors approved special
tuition requests at five system schools -
including S3OO tuition increases for the
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Easley and Republican candidate Richard Vinroot participate in a debate
at the N.C. Natural History Museum in Raleigh on Wednesday morning.
Candidates Face Off on Education
Debate for First, Last Time
By Cheri Melfi
RALEIGH - Caustic remarks and heated accusations filled the
halls of the N.C. Museum of Natural History on Wednesday when
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Easley and Republican
candidate Richard Vinroot faced off in this year’s only scheduled
debate between major-party gubernatorial candidates.
The debate, sponsored by the N.C. Education Coalition, an edu
cation lobbying group, focused on just one issue - education.
Easley has been the N.C. attorney general since 1992, and
Vinroot was the mayor of Charlotte from 1991 to 1995.
Nearly 100 county commissioners, parent-teacher association rep
resentatives, college students and other education advocates attend
ed the debate.
While both Easley and Vinroot said their main priority is improv
ing the state’s elementary and high school education, the two can
didates touted quite different mechanisms to achieve this goal.
Vinroot said he wants to provide poorer children with vouchers.
The Campus Rap Sheet
UNC Director of Public Safety Derek Poarch said the overall campus environment is very safe,
but he said last year's increase in property crimes on campus is disturbing.
Violent Crimes 1996 1997 1998 1999
Murder 0 0 0 0
Forcible Rape 0 10 1
Robbery 4 4 2 2
Aggravated Assault 13 5 6 5
Total 17 10 8 8
Breaking and entering 40 6 12 26
Larceny 594 530 468 520
Motor Vehicle Theft 8 10 5 7
Total 642 546 485 553
Arson 9 3 2 4
TOTAL CRIMES 668 559~ 495 565~
SOURCE: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
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The BOG also
approved a 2.1
board increase at
the same time.
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or opportunity scholarships, which will give them state subsidies to
attend a private school.
“These opportunity scholarships and vouchers will provide
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including eight students.
The committee will make an official
recommendation to UNC-system
President Molly Broad after its Sept. 27
meeting. BOG members will hear
Broad’s recommendation and vote on it
at their October meeting.
Gary Barnes, UNC-system vice pres
ident of program assessment, led the
committee meeting, which was conduct
ed via video conference.
Barnes reviewed the BOG’s tuition
setting policy for committee members at
The gubernatorial candidates field questions from
an audience of education advocates during the debate.
Campus Property Crimes Rise
By Karey Wijtkowski
Assistant University Editor
Statistics released Wednesday indi
cate the number of violent crimes on
campus stayed consistently low last year
while property crimes increased.
UNC Director of Public Safety Derek
Poarch presented the number of crimes
reported at UNC last year to the Campus
Security Committee. He also discussed
the University community’s feelings of
safety based on findings in the 2000
Department of Public Safety Survey.
DPS received eight reports of violent
crimes last year, including two attacks on
women in die fall by an offender dubbed
the meeting’s outset - citing recent data
on the three economic growth indicators
UNC-system officials use as guides.
The 4 percent increase would mean
that tuition for in-state undergraduates
would rise at a slightly higher rate than
two of the indicators and slightly lower
than the third.
The committee also will make a rec
ommendation on graduate tuition, con
sistent with guidelines specifying that
graduate tuition should be higher than
undergraduate tuition but still competi
New Utility Fees
Campus expansion has led to contract
negotiations that will likely require UNC
to pay for water and sewer services.
By Jamila Vernon
The University and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority
have drafted an agreement that will require UNC to pay fees for
water and sewer services.
UNC’s central campus currently is exempt from paying the
fees, but unanticipated University growth has prompted officials
to renegotiate the original contract.
Over the past year, OWASA and University officials have
discussed terms of the conceptual agreement, concluding that
fees will be enforced once UNC expansion exceeds 14.8 million
square feet. ,
The OWASA Board of Directors will discuss the agreement
at a meeting today.
“We’re optimistic that an agreement will be reached,” said
Greg Feller, OWASA public affairs administrator.
The availability fees require the University to share in the
capital costs of a major sewer and water line. The capital costs
are associated with making OWASA sewer and water lines
available for University use.
Once the agreement is activated, fees will cost the University
$1 for each square foot of expansion.
Including construction projects, the University and UNC
Hospitals cover 13.6 million square feet. Current projects
include additions to the Student Union, Beard Hall and con
struction on the Kenan Field House. “The price depends on the
size of the water meter that’s used,” Feller said.
Bruce Runberg, vice chancellor of University facilities ser
vices, who has participated in negotiations, said the additional
costs for construction will come from a utility reserve.
The University originally was the provider of the utilities,
Runberg said, but was required by the state to sell them in 1977.
The electric utilities were sold to Duke Power and water and
sewer turned over to the newly formed OWASA.
Included in the sale agreement was the understanding that
UNC would not pay availability fees on certain areas of
University property, including central campus. Years later, those
areas were clarified in the 1996 Memorandum of Agreement
negotiated by OWASA and the University. But some other
UNC property was not exempted, such as the Horace Williams
and Mason Farm tracts.
Runberg said the guidelines were clear.
“There are no fees when (construction) is tied into existing
systems - on new systems there would,” he said.
The memorandum was necessary Because the University
exceeded the idealized growth plan determined nearly 23 years
before, Runberg said.
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Poarch said this number is quite low
considering UNC’s size. “I would think
we would be looking at 300,400 or 500
violent crimes if you’re looking at a
community of 40,000.”
But he said the increase in property
crimes on campus is disturbing. In 1998,
there were 485 reports of property crimes,
but in 1999 that number rose to 553.
“Stealing and theft are crimes of
opportunity,” Poarch said.
He said students need to be informed
on how to secure their personal belong
ings, especially because many more stu
dents are toting laptops as part of the
Carolina Computing Initiative. “It takes
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tive with similar programs across the
The BOG’s tuition request ultimately
will go to the N.C. General Assembly
Barnes urged committee members to
consider that the state budget will likely
be tight again this year when setting a
“We are coming out of a legislative
session where the legislature pulled out
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10 seconds to steal a laptop.”
Poarch also released die results of
DPS’s annual survey, which was conduct
ed in April of this year and reflects the
responses of 700 students, faculty and staff.
“By and large, during the daytime,
the majority of people feel safe,” he said.
“During night, things begin to fluctuate,
but that’s no different from any other
campus or city.”
He said the survey revealed that police
officers need to become more visible on
campus, adding that recent hires and a
full staff should increase police presence.
The security committee also addressed
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