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Advising Imperfect But Improving
By Jason Arthurs
and Eric Meehan
UNC’s academic advising program
has initiated major changes for the sec
ond straight year, trying to resolve the
woes that typi
plagued it in
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Academic Advising Carolyn Cannon said
the new features have made the advising
process more efficient and convenient.
But some students said they don’t know
Demand Debt Relief
By Faith Ray
RALEIGH - Off-tune singing, fiery
declarations and cardboard protest signs
stating “stop the war against the poor”
marked a Tuesday rally in downtown
Raleigh promoting debt relief for Third
About 25 activists gathered at the
Fayetteville Street Mall to protest the
heavy debt that 40 Third World coun
tries are required to pay private banks.
Witness for Peace, a group that pro
motes human rights issues worldwide,
organized the event.
N.C. State University student
Jonathan Perry, a Spanish major, said he
attended the protest to raise awareness
of Latin American countries’ debts.
Perry said he wants to help the coun
tries because of his involvement in a
study abroad program in Peru.
“I’ve traveled to Third World coun
tries, and I have seen the atrocious liv
ing conditions,” Perry said.
The rally also protested the World
Bank and the International Monetary
Fund, groups that protesters say enact
policies that burden Third World coun
tries with debt.
Six elderly members of the protest
group, the Raging Grannies, wearing
straw hats adorned with American flags,
joined in the protest, singing, “Go tell
the IMF time is running out.”
Ruth Zalph, a member of the Raging
Grannies, claimed Third World coun
tries are repaying their debts repeated
ly due to increasing interest rates.
Zalph said the goals of the World
Ward Rallies UNC Republicans
By Monica Chen
Republican congressional candidate
Jess Ward spoke about cutting taxes and
including more minorities in the party
at a College Republicans meeting
Ward, who is running against incum
bent Democrat David Price for the 4th
County, said the federal government
plays too large a role in local communi
ties. “Less government intervention is
the way to go,” he said.
This fall’s elections, including Ward’s
race against Price, have the potential to
shift partisan power. The Democrats
need to win six seats from Republicans
to claim a majority in the U.S. House.
Ward, a Cary Town Council mem
ber, has denounced Price’s vote against
eliminating the estate tax and the mar
riage tax penalty in the past.
Ward is calling for a tax cut, citing a
statistic that ranks North Carolina as
43rd among states in the ratio of the
He had only one vanity: he thought he could give advice better than (anyone).
about the new programs and that com
munication is still a problem. And admin
istrators say retaining advisers and other
issues still hinder the advising process.
Last year’s changes include the team
adviser structure, the mailing of PINs
and flags on registration that require stu
dents to see their advisers.
Changes continued this year, adding
advising Web sites, improved C-TOPS
programs, online appointment schedul
ing, more staff, increased e-mail com
munication and online class registration.
“It’s made for a much smoother oper
ation,” Cannon said. “(The new system)
gives students a lot more flexibility.”
The new advising structure, initiated
Bank and the IMF have not been real
ized. “I think the World Bank and the
IMFs purpose to eradicate poverty has
done the opposite,” she said.
Members of Witness for Peace hope
the federal government will pay private
banks the remaining debt owed by
Third World countries to ease poverty.
“Other developed countries, like
Great Britain, have stepped up to their
share of the cancellation, but not the
United States,” said Eric Stanford, a
Witness for Peace volunteer.
Stanford said it is time for the U.S.
government to relieve the debt of poor
Latin American countries marked by a
lack of education and substandard living
Collection baskets at the rally over
flowed with relief supplies like Advil
and dried beans for the countries.
The rally protesters also signed a let
ter they will present to Sen. Jesse Helms,
R-N.C., requesting Helms to use his
influence to abolish the debt.
Helms is chairman of the U.S. Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.
Stanford said the U.S. government
should reallocate funds from fighting the
war on drugs to relieve the debt of Third
He alleged that the Mexican military,
operating with the aid of U.S. anti-drug
funds, uses force to attempt to swing
“The military is intimidating local
people for their votes,” Stanford said.
“We’re paying for those troops.”
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Jess Ward, GOP candidate for the 4th District, tells College Republicans
on Tuesday that he will send Democratic incumbent David Price packing.
money it sends to Washington and the
amount its given back. “I feel like the
citizens deserve some money back,” he
said. “We have a $4.6 trillion surplus.
But David Price seems to think that the
government is better able to solve your
Jones Gets Hot
Marion Jones places first in heat
for 200 meters in Sydney.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
for the fall 1999 semester, consists of
eight advising teams focusing on different
majors. The system is composed of eight
full-time advisers, five assistant deans, 32
part-time advisers and three to five peer
advisers per team.
In the old system, 42 part-time advis
ers were individually responsible for
roughly 250 students. Now, each team
advises between 1,100 and 1,600 students.
Cannon said this year’s freshman advis
ing process was going much more smooth
ly than last year’s. “We knew that the first
year would present lots of challenges,” she
said. “(There were) lots of growing pains.”
Many students already have taken
advantage of this year’s initiatives, includ
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Lori Hoyt (center), Nancy Woods (left) and Carolyn Dorisdotter (right), members of the Raging Grannies,
protest for global economic justice in Raleigh on Tuesday.
problems than you are.”
Ward also emphasized reaching out
to the black community. “We don’t ask
(blacks), so they don’t come,” he said.
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ing scheduling appointments online.
“I got an e-mail about (online
appointments),” said Alicia Wildfire, a
sophomore international studies and his
tory major. “I’ll probably use it more if
it’s available online.”
Team 65 Adviser Marilyn Wyrick
said online advising allows her to be
more prepared for appointments
because she knows students’ specific
concerns from the appointment form.
“(Students) seem to like it OK,” she
said. “I have had 15 appointments today
because of preregistration and the rest of
the week looks about the same.”
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Town Leaders, Residents
To Probe Master Plan
By Matt Mansfield
Chapel Hill residents can share their
thoughts about UNC’s plan for future
growth with University officials at a
public forum tonight at Town Hall.
The forum will give Town Council
members a chance to learn the details of
the UNC Master Plan and to determine
whether the University could alter it to
relieve neighbors’ concerns.
The Master Plan, a blueprint for cam
pus growth, has raised residents’ con
cerns that the University’s boundaries
will push into the town limits.
Without the town’s authority, the
University cannot carry out the Master
“We need to work joindy with the
town to accomplish the plan because it
controls zoning regulations,” said Linda
Convissor, UNC project manager of the
She will join Chancellor James
Moeser and other UNC officials to pre
sent the plan and answer questions.
Increased use of e-maiL-Advisets are using e-mail listeervs to inform students of advising
Online appointments Students can schedule appointments online and avoid waiting in fine
to make an appointment. Officials say this system is more secure because other students cannot
scratch out previous appointments.
Advising flags/blocks These make sure students who need to see their advisers make an
appointment Because they cannot register without doing so.
Mailing PINs Students are mailed their PINs so they do not have to see their
adviser to get it if they are not required to do so.
C-TOPS programs Smaller groups are addressed by full-time advisers, which officials say
improves the efficiency of freshman registration.
SOURCE: UNC ACADEMIC ADVISING PROGRAM
The plan calls for the construction of
large-scale research facilities and two
parking decks that would be adjacent to
In addition to being so near the
neighborhoods, several residents are
worried that the new parking decks will
create considerable traffic congestion in
the nearby areas.
“The neighbors have developed a
number of questions regarding the
plan,” Town Council member Joyce
Brown said. “(And) the town’s compre
hensive plan includes protecting neigh
Brown, who shares residents’ con
cerns, said she also has a personal inter
est in holding the forum.
“I am part of the neighborhood
which is just a block from the proposed
parking deck,” she said.
“I put forth the resolution for holding
a public forum.”
Residents’ negative responses to the
plan has prompted its planners to alter
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Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Tar Heel Parking owner
Gus Mueller paid $5,200
in settlements to students
upset with his services.
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
Students’ legal battles with a local
parking service have finally reached an
Gus Mueller, owner of Tar Heel
Parking, has paid $5,200 in settlements
to students dissatisfied with the services
his company provided, said Dorothy
Bemholz of Student Legal Services.
“I’ve settled it - we represented 26
clients,” she said. “Two were able to
stop payment on their checks, and 24
recovered money. We worked on a very
close basis with Gus Mueller.”
Mueller said his company has never
refunded money in the past and that the
refunded parking spots will remain
empty. “We thought we would go ahead
and refund the money,” he said. “We
decided not to sell any more spots since
the first of September.”
Complaints began pouring into
Student Legal Services in late August
and early September after students pur
chased S3OO parking passes for an off
campus lot. After visiting the lot, which
was advertised by fliers slipped under
residence hall doors, many students
were dismayed with the condition of the
facilities. Rubble from a demolished
building littered the property, and stu
dents said the 24-hour-a-day lighting
and security advertised on the fliers
were not present.
Mueller told The Daily Tar Heel in
late August that the condition of the
facility, which he said was not even the
true location of the lot, was not his fault
and that he was making efforts to
improve its appearance.
He said Tuesday that he has recent
ly covered up the spot where a building
was demolished, regraveled, planted
grass and added lighting.
But many dissatisfied students con
tacted Tar Heel Parking to get a refund
-and found the company unwilling to
return their money.
“I called to get a refund, but I could
n’t get one,” said Heather Castelli, a
freshman biology major who purchased
a space from Tar Heel Parking. “They
offered a sublet, but no one else wanted
to buy my space because of the bad
publicity around the lot”
Bemholz began negotiations with
Mueller on behalf of Castelli and the 25
other students, and settlements accept
able to all parties were finalized by
Tuesday. “A lawyer makes demands
against a potential defendant when the
negotiations begin,” Bemholz said. “I
am duty-bound to take offers to the
client, which they can accept or reject”
Bemholz said she continued the
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