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Jim Warren of N.C. WARN holds a press conference in Pittsboro to discuss a
meeting N.C. WARN and other concerned parties had Tuesday with CP&L.
May Go Too Far
A UNC-system vice president said faculty
positions would need to be cut to meet a
projected 7 percent reduction in funds.
By Michael Handy
The UNC system’s recently submitted proposal of $125
million in possible budget cuts - which could eliminate close
to 450 faculty positions systemwide - is raising concerns
among some state legislators and UNC-system officials.
Last week, the N.C. General Assemblyjoint Appropriations
Subcommittee on Education requested that UNC-system offi-
cials present a plan to cut 7 percent from
the system’s recurring budget -a total of
about $125 million.
The request is one of many that
appropriations committees have made of
state agencies in the legislature’s ongoing
struggle to construct a budget in the
wake of an SBOO million budget deficit
and a downturn in the state economy.
Jeff Davies, UNC-system vice presi
dent for finance, said all 16 system
schools were asked by UNC-system
President Molly Broad to protect under
graduate programs first, followed by
graduate and professional schools.
Davies said the 16 schools followed
these recommendations as best they
could by proposing cuts in administrative
areas and equipment lines. But he added that if cuts of this mag
nitude were carried out, the schools could not absorb them with
out the elimination of both faculty and nonfaculty positions.
Davies also said cuts could cause serious damage to instruc
tion across the UNC system. “There are reductions of facul
ty proposed at all of (the campuses).”
Many of the proposed cuts also call for drastic reductions
in library, distance education and classroom supplies funding.
Sen. Walter Dalton, D-Rutherford, co-chairman of the edu
cation subcommittee, said they will now begin the process of
reviewing the proposed cuts submitted by the UNC system.
“We’ll be taking suggestions from advisers, committee mem
bers and the public,” he said. “I would hope and think that we
would not be looking at substantial faculty reductions.”
Dalton added that all proposed cuts in the UNC system hinge
on revenue projections based on state tax returns filed by April
15. He said the budget deficit could become much smaller, stay
the same or become larger once the revenue projections are out
See CUTBACKS, Page 5
A five-part series
James Moeser's vision for
the University and how he
will see it to fruition.
Monday: Inheriting a Legacy
Tuesday: Activism's Impact
Today: A World Focus
Thursday: Money Matters
Friday: Funding Priorities
Moeser Wants University to Think, Act Globally
By Stacey Geyer
After completing his undergraduate edu
cation at the University of Texas at Austin,
James Moeser spent a year in Germany as a
Now as UNC’s chancellor, he wants
UNC students to have a similar interna
tional experience and for the entire
University to globalize.
“We have to recognize that part of our
goal of being a great university is being a
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rather than faculty.
Sophomore Toni Mazzaglia tries to knock aluminum cans into a recycling bin Tuesday afternoon at the Earth Day celebration on
Earth Day Event Spreads Awareness
By Jenny Fowler
The springtime sun shining on Polk Place on
Tuesday did not stop many environmentally
minded students and faculty members from
manning nearly a dozen tables with posters,
signs and cloth banners celebrating Earth Day.
The event - co-sponsored by the Student
Environmental Action Coalition, the Carolina
Environmental Student Alliances and the UNC
Sustainability Coalition - included games,
world university," he said. “The greater
understanding we have about the rest of the
world and the people who make up the rest
of the world - that’s going to be an essential
quality of an educated person.”
University officials said state legislation
and a smaller financial base than elite pri
vate schools presents Moeser with the chal
lenge of developing a vision of how a pub
lic university should interact globally.
“It provides an opportunity for
Chancellor Moeser, as a leader of a public
university, to develop the methods of how
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Investigation Renews CP&L Conflict
By Coke Whitworth
PITTSBORO - An internal investi
gation by a federal agency has local
activists optimistic in their struggle
against the expansion of a nearby
The Nuclear Regulatory
Commission’s Office of the Inspector
General is investigating the decision by
NRC staff that allowed Carolina Power
& Light Cos. to expand nuclear waste
storage potential at the Shearon Harris
Nuclear Power Plant. Activists said the
investigation potentially could be a huge
step forward in their 2 1/2-year cam
paign against the expansion.
music, awards ceremonies and presentations.
Organizers hoped to increase knowledge of
Earth Day and its meaning, and also to award
campus environmentalists who have imple
mented change at UNC. “The purpose of the
celebration is to spread awareness of the envi
ronmental issues surrounding us globally and
locally,” said CESA President Jennifer Walton.
Many posters covering the CESA table out
lined President Bush’s policies, which CESA mem
bers claim are anti-environmental, pro-industry
and apathetic toward the issue of global wanning.
(public universities) can do this,” said
Raymond Farrow, development director for
International Studies and the College of
Arts and Sciences. “It’s going to be a (Effer
ent path than private universities."
But Director of International Studies
James Peacock said the bond between a
public university and state can survive in a
“Public universities need to respond to its
constituents,” he said. “The state is moving
in a similar (global) manner; therefore, the
University can respond to the state and
I am at two with nature.
Activists from Orange and Chatham
counties met with executives from
CP&L on Tuesday to discuss concerns
regarding the expansion of waste storage
potential at the plant Those who attend
ed the meeting said it is a possible step
in the right direction.
Jim Warren, executive director of the
N.C. Waste Awareness & Reduction
Network, said the meeting called by
CP&L officials could be a significant
development in the ordeal.
But Warren said the investigation,
which started in late March, could have
“We are pretty confident the NRC
investigation is going to bear some fruit
and justify the position we’ve taken all
along on this matter,” Warren said. “We
feel that if the inspector general looks at
the evidence presented, it will be deter
mined that the NRC staff and the (Atomic
Safety and Licensing Board) were influ
enced by pressure from CP&L.”
Gary Phillips, chairman of the
Chatham County Commissioners and
one of the activists, said the meeting
called by CP&L was a promising devel
opment in the ongoing struggle. “I’m not
going to say the meeting was a lovefest,”
Phillips said. “CP&L has put out an olive
branch here. The meeting was hopefully
the start of some constructive dialogue on
the issues of concern.”
Keith Poston, spokesman for CP&L,
said the meeting was very productive
Bush has decreased his campaign promises
on clean air and has already reversed several of
Clinton’s initiatives on drinking water. And his
administration is now in the process of with
drawing its support from the Kyoto Protocol, a
1997 global warming agreement
SEAC members also made their voices heard
by playing games for gift certificates and candy
prizes. SEAC members used their posters and
games to promote their two main projects pre-
See EARTH DAY, Page 5
move in a global direction.”
The path for UNC so far involves three
areas - increasing the number of under
graduates who study abroad, establishing
relationships with international institutions
in cooperative research and service, and
improving the global atmosphere on cam
When Moeser traveled to Monterrey
Tech in Mexico a month ago, steps were
made toward all three areas.
“They would like ultimately 500
Mexican students with an opportunity to
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and was typical of the company’s con
cern for the area.
“We are passionate in our commit
ment to serve this area as safely and
effectively as possible,” Poston said. “We
really looked at this meeting as a part of
our ongoing commitment to the com
munity that we serve, and we feel like
we are doing our best to answer the
many questions and concerns of those
from the area.”
Warren said both CP&L and NRC
officials have admitted that Orange
County consultant Dr. Gordon
Thompson was correct in his calculation
of the damage the area would sustain in
See CP&L, Page 5
Congress also gave the nod
to CAA Cabinet appointees,
marking the first time its
approval has been required.
By Rachel Clarke
Student Congress breezed through its
meeting Tuesday night, passing every
bill with minimal discussion.
The only proposal voted down was a
motion by Finance Committee
Chairman Tony Larson to suspend the
rules to possibly discuss a bill calling for
an investigation of the Carolina Athletic
On April 10, Congress members
voted down a bill to create a committee
that would have investigated allegations
of wrongdoing this year within the CAA
For Larson to reintroduce the bill,
Congress’ rules would have to be sus
pended, but Congress members voted
Tuesday against this motion.
Congress members approved every
appointment put before them. They
also set their meeting schedule for the
upcoming year and authorized a special
election to fill congressional holes.
All four of CAA President Reid
Chaney’s picks for his Cabinet were
approved. The 82nd Congress passed a
bill in early April requiring Congress’
approval of CAA’s four main adminis
Jon Kanipe will serve as the new
CAA vice president, Vicki Wade as the
secretary, Chase Choplin as the trea
surer and Mike Kuhn as the chairman
of ticket distribution.
Kanipe said he plans to make CAA
more accessible and accountable. “One
of our first ideas, I guess our main goal,
is to start a campus outreach,” he said.
Congress also approved a special
election to fill the 14 empty Congress
seats. Students can cast their vote on
Student Central from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
See CONGRESS, Page 5
come to this campus, with the opportunity
for 500 Chapel Hill students* to study in
Mexico,” Moeser said.
“It’s actually moving on a fairly rapid
track, but I think that it will be a gradual
process being that large of an exchange
process, of course."
Efforts in the three areas will be aided
because foundations already have been
Nearly 800 undergraduates study abroad
See GLOBAL, Page 5