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Graduate Students' Minimum Pay Gets Boost
Graduate students did a
Study showing the cost of
living in relation to their
salaries to support the raise.
By Eric Meehan
The minimum pay for graduate
teaching fellows and teaching assistants
will increase by S3OO next fall as part of
an attempt to help UNC attract the best
graduate students and provide them
Curry Spurs Tar Heels
To Win Against 'Pack
By T. Nolan Hayes
N.C. State wanted to make it ugly and succeed
ed. There the Wolfpack players were, bumping and
grinding North Carolina
on every inch of the
Smith Center floor.
But the Tar Heels were
ready to get physical.
Sparked by big efforts
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from football stars Ronald Curry and Julius
Peppers, UNC knocked off the Wolfpack 76-63
The victory clinched at
least a share of the ACC
regular-season tide for the
Tar Heels, their first since
1995. UNC can secure the
tide outright if it beats
Duke on Sunday.
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“It definitely feels good that we’re sharing the
title,” UNC center Brendan Haywood said. “But
our goal is to win the tide out
right. We know our job isn’t
done, and we can’t relax.”
It was Curry who got the
Tar Heels going Wednesday,
leading them in scoring in the
first half with 11 points.
He batded through flying
bodies and basketballs - the
two teams combined for 18
fouls and 26 turnovers in the
first half - to hit all three of his
field goals and all five of his
“It was Ronald’s day,” said
guard Joseph Forte, who fin
ished with a game-high 27
points. “He was driving in the
lane and scoring. We need
him to be more aggressive.”
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2 CAA Cabinet Members Fired
By Kim Minlgh
On the heels of a caustic and contro
versial race for Carolina Athletic
Association president, the organization
itself is continuing to struggle with inter
CAA Press Secretary Tiffany Black
and Homecoming Co-Director Devyn
Spence were dismissed from the CAA
Cabinet on Tuesday night, allegedly for
violating organizational policy.
CAA President Tee Pruitt said Black
and Spence allowed their allegiances to
the campaign for former CAA president
candidate Michael Songer to interfere
with their CAA responsibilities. “They
explicitly did things they know and have
been told are wrong, and if you’re going
to do it you, have to suffer the conse
quences,” Pruitt said.
But Black said the reasoning for her
and Spence’s dismissal - which she says
Pruitt has failed to thoroughly detail - has
no grounding in policy. “It’s because I had
an opinion, and I wasn’t afraid to express
it even if it was different from Tee(’s),"
Black said. “Everyone (in Cabinet is)
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with a competitive salary.
The increase, which was announced
Tuesday, is the result of a collaboration
between the College of Arts and
Sciences and the Office of the Provost
and raises the minimum stipend per
course from $4,100 to $4,400 next fall.
In the fall of 2002, that amount will
rise to $5,000 per semester.
Aimed at helping the University com
pete for top graduate students, the
increase will take effect one year after a
tuition increase designed to help the
University recruit and retain faculty.
Raising the minimum pay will
Curry was just that. He and Peppers helped
UNC (23-4, 13-2 in the ACC) close the first half
with a 6-2 run that swung the game’s momentum.
Curry drove the lane for a layup with 18 sec
onds left to put UNC ahead 32-27, and then he and
Peppers trapped Archie Miller and forced a
turnover on N.C. State’s next possession. Forte
turned the miscue into a dunk to send the Tar
Heels into the locker room with a 34-27 lead.
“We trapped a lot in the first half, and that real
ly helped us,” said UNC coach Matt Doherty, who
became the first coach in ACC history to win or
share a conference tide in his first season.
Curry kept things going early in the second half,
banking in a desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock
was expiring to put UNC ahead 37-31. It was the
team’s Only trey of the game.
After that, the game became a mess. The two
teams were whisded for nine fouls, including tech
nicals on N.C. State’s Anthony Grundy and
UNC’s Jason Capel, in a two-minute stretch.
Enter Peppers. He put down a thunderous two
hand jam, converted a reverse layup and then
scared of them, and
I refuse to be
scared. I refuse to
let people walk all
Pruitt said CAA
has a policy that
reserve public crit
icisms as a last
option to express
with the group.
that Black is famil
iar with this policy
and has given pre-
has no sympathy
for Tiffany Black
and Devyn Spence.
sentations about CAA public relations
while acting as press secretary.
But Pruitt said Black and Spence’s
Point of View column in Monday’s Daily
Tar Heel supported Songer and criticized
current practices of the CAA, thus vio
lating the policy. “Within (that) column
there were some pretty inflammatory
remarks that we’re not too happy with,”
he said. “I don’t feel that’s in die best
interest of the organization, especially
since ... everyone has been crystal clear
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increase will come
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waivers for the
assisted on a dunk by
Haywood on consecutive pos
sessions to give the Tar Heels a
It was part of a 12-4 run that
blew the game open. UNC led
by 16 with 9:49 to go, and
N.C. State (13-14, 5-10) never
cut the lead to fewer than 11.
A large reason why was the
re-emergence of UNC’s
defense. The Tar Heels
allowed Virginia to shoot 47
percent from the field Sunday
but limited the Wolfpack to
Grundy, N.C. State’s lead
ing scorer, shot 5-for-15 for 12
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about our expectations of them when it
comes to outward expression.”
Pruitt cited Songer’s dismissal from
the Cabinet in late January, which
stemmed from internal conflicts with the
organization. “Trying to mar the image
of this administration is not in the press
secretary’s direct responsibility,” he said.
Pruitt said Cabinet members are
allowed to support candidates as long as
their duties in CAA come first Pruitt indi
cated his support for Reid Chaney during
the election, testifying on his behalf dur
ing a Board of Elections investigation.
But Black said that such a policy is cos
metic, and that Pruitt has an agenda to
push -with or without the support of his
Cabinet. “I’m frustrated with CAA, peri
od,” she said. “Anything (Pruitt) wanted
to do, he went right over our heads.”
Spence agreed, saying that a lack of
communication plagued CAA. “Everyone
knew there was tension without knowl
edge of the source,” she said. “There was
n’t ever a time that the air was cleared and
people knew what was going on.”
Black said Pruitt’s tendencies to act as
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majority of graduate students, as well as
health insurance for all students.
Provost Robert Shelton, who started
work at UNC last month, said graduate
students played an active role in gaining
the salary increase.
He said students presented a study
that compared the cost of living in
Chapel Hill with their salaries as evi
dence that a pay raise was needed.
The study indicated that graduate stu
dents’ salaries are inadequate when
Chapel Hill’s cost of living is taken into
“(Graduate students) did a study and
said the plan has
been in development
for some time.
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Jason Capel. Joseph Forte (at left) holds the ball as the clock winds down in UNC's 76-63 victory.
Bush's Budget Plan
Earns Mixed Reviews
Bush won wide praise for
his address to Congress,
despite the questions raised
about his proposed tax cut.
By April Bethea
While political pundits agree
President George W. Bush appeared
personable and well-organized during
his first televised speech before
Congress on Tuesday night, they dis
agree on the merits of his budget plan.
The plan, dubbed “A Blueprint for
Progress,” was formally presented to
Congress on Wednesday and includes a
$1.6 trillion tax cut, while increasing
spending for education and defense.
But the proposal calls for reductions
in the budgets of several top govern
ment departments - including justice
UNC political science Professor
showed the cost of living, so even before
I came on the scene, the University had
stated the goal of moving the salary to
$5,000 a semester,” Shelton said.
Risa Palm, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, said the plan has
been developing for some time and is
the result of cooperation between her
“It’s been something we’ve been
looking at for a long time,” she said.
“We started looking very intensely
and came up with this package.”
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George Rabinowitz said he believes crit
icism over the tax cut centers on its size
and concerns over who would benefit
most from the plan. “I think one of the
main concerns is the extent of the tax
cut and the extent to which the tax cuts
benefit the wealthy as opposed to the
lower income,” he said.
Bush’s plan calls for reducing taxes in
all tax brackets, which now range from
15 percent to 39 percent Each would be
lowered by roughly 5 percent.
Opponents have argued the cut
would disproportionately benefit the
wealthy, despite the similar percentages.
Rabinowitz also said he questions
Bush’s use of 10-year projections in out
lining his budget plan and said he thinks
it is better to re-evaluate the economy
every two years. “It makes more sense
to have a short-term horizon,” he said.
But Chad Cowan, director of com
munications for the fiscally conservative
think tank Americans for Tax Reform,
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Thursday, March 1, 2001
School officials expressed
concerns about the effects
of proposed development
on already crowded schools.
By Geoff Wessel
The University and its architectural
contractor are using this week to work
for cooperation with various groups that
will be affected by the Master Plan.
Officials for the Master Plan, the
University’s blueprint for growth for the
next 50 years, met with members of the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of
Education on Wednesday morning to
discuss plans for the University’s
Horace Williams property. •
The meeting was a precursor to a
meeting with the entire school board.
A similar presentation to the
take place on
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meeting allowed planners to update
school officials on the plans and to
receive input on concerns the school sys-
tem would have
with those plans.
included how the
would change traf
schools and where
children of new
attend school in a
Jack Evans of
Ayers Saint Gross,
said he thought the
Master Plan meeting
developing most of the Master Plan,
said there had been concern that the
Horace Williams Master Plan was to be
submitted soon to the Board of Trustees,
which he said was unwarranted.
“While the campus Master Plan is
rather well developed, there is a lot
about (the Horace Williams plan) that
still remains to be filled in,” Evans said.
He said discussion with community
partners such as the school board and
neighboring residential associations
would play a role in the development of
the plan before it would be submitted to
“Just because it’s laid out here does
n’t mean it’s going to go on overnight,”
said Master Plan Director Jonathan
Howes. “It’s going to be a long-term
development, over the next 20 to 30 or
even 50 years.”
After Howes and Evans presented
various aspects of the plan, school
board member Nick Didow and
Superintendent Neil Pedersen raised
several issues that the plan could affect.
“Asa board member, Ido worry
about what happens 30 years from
now,” Didow said.
Although the issues were not
resolved at the meeting, participants
said the meeting was successful in rais
ing the issues and now they could begin
to be addressed.
“I think that this is a very helpful first
step in enabling us to provide (Master
Plan officials) with some thoughts,”
Didow said. “We’re very grateful for this
Howes said he was happy with the
outcome of the meeting.
“The partnership with the schools is
one that is very complex,” Howes said. “I
think we have an even greater apprecia
tion of that now. These meetings will be
very helpful for us as we move forward.”
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