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Tuition Could Be Raised Another 5 Percent
By Matt Viser
City, State & National Editor
UNC-system students might be faced
with an additional 5 percent added to
their tuition bills this fall to help allevi
ate the state’s budget woes.
The Senate Appropriations
Committee approved their budget rec
ommendations Monday and most edu
cation officials left happy. But all UNC
system students could still face a 9 per
cent tuition increase in fall 2001.
The Senate has recommended a 5
percent tuition increase, which would
come in addition to a 4 percent tuition
increase the UNC Board of Governors
approved in February.
“This is not an ideal way to increase
tuition, for sure," said UNC-system
Mayor Rosemary Waldorf says a proposal to
exempt UNC from Chapel Hill zoning laws
was negotiated behind the town's back.
By Ama Boaten
Relations between UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill
could experience new tension following recent legislative
action concerning the amount of land the University will
receive for Master Plan-related projects.
The North Carolina Senate Appropriations Committee
approved a provision granting the University exemption from
town zoning laws as part of its budget proposal Monday. The
bill has yet to be approved by the General Assembly.
University officials previously asked the town to remove a
cap on building space to expedite the process of obtaining
building permits. The University now has 13.7 million square
feet of floor space either built or authorized for construction,
and will soon reach the 14 million square-foot limit the Chapel
Hill Town Council placed on UNC floor space in the 1980s.
But while town officials support a nine-step voting process
to raise the limit, the General Assembly is considering autho
rizing expansion without Town Council approval.
“The trustees and I support this provision moving through
the legislative process,” Chancellor James Moeser said in a
But Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf said the
University requested exemption from town zoning authority
from the General Assembly without the town’s approval. “I am
very disappointed,” she said. “I think it was inappropriate.”
She said UNC’s action could negatively affect the
University’s relationship with the town.
But Provost Robert Shelton said UNC did not request the
exemption. “The interest originated with the legislature,” he
said. “We certainly continue to stress the importance of work
ing with the town.”
Waldorf said the University has previously worked well
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A variety of new restaurants
are moving into the Chapel
Hill downtown area, filling
Franklin Street vacancies.
By Matt Viser
City, State & National Editor
The business line-up on Franklin
Street continues to change, as several
businesses prepare to open and some
buildings still sit vacant.
Valentino’s, anew upscale Italian
restaurant, will open on the comer of
Franklin and Columbia streets in about
President Molly Broad said. “Hopefully
the pace of tuition increases in future
years will be slower.”
The UNC-system’s budget will be
trimmed by $3.3 million, a far cry from
the $125 million that was originally
quoted to university officials.
“Given the state’s fiscal problems, I
think the universities have been treated
really well,” Broad said. “The cuts are
much lower than was originally outlined
by the Senate.
“It’s a much, much better picture than
what we originally had.”
But in sparing education of such dras
tic cuts, some say the tuition increase is
setting a bad precedent and students are
shouldering a statewide problem.
“The decision was made to put the
burden on the backs of students,” said
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Ali Scott of Carrboro glides through a reverse layup late Sunday afternoon at the Henry Anderson 111 Community Park
in Carrboro. Scott says he shoots around at the park a few times a week. The park also has soccer fields, tennis courts,
a playground and a pond with a surrounding walking path as well as outdoor picnic and grill areas.
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While new businesses arrive on Franklin Street, the building
formerly housing the Wicked Burrito still faces an uncertain future.
“It will feature real authentic Italian
cuisine,” said Mike Crusco, head chef,
who was bom in Italy and is a third gen
eration cook. “There’s no restaurants
around here that serve real authentic
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
UNC-CH Student Body President
But state legislators say the proposal
is the best solution to the ongoing prob
“Education has been spared,” said
Sen. Aaron Plyler, D-Union, co-chair
man of the Senate Appropriations
Committee. “It’s been one tough budget
to put together because of the lack of
money, but we’ve done the best we
Senators are facing the worst budget
crisis the state has seen in a decade. The
Appropriations Committee has had to
deal with an SBOO million deficit, a large
disaster fund for Hurricane Floyd and a
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Italian food right now.”
There will also be several Asian
eateries as well as anew seafood restau
rant opening up soon, said Robert
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Do, or do not. There is no 'try/
Ihe Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended a 5 percent tuition increase, which
would result in a 9 percent total tuition increase for all UNC-system students in fall 2001.
The figures include campus-initiated increases approved by the Board of Governors.
2000-01 Tuition February's 4 Percent 5 Percent Proposed
BOG Increase Increase
Bssideni Non-resident Resident Non-resident Resident Non-resident
UNC-CH 1,860.00 11,026.00 2,234.00 11,400,00 2,327.00 11,951.00
ECU 1,195.00 9,058.00 1,393.00 9,256.00 1,453.00 9,709.00
UNC-C 1,132.00 8,402.00 1,360.00 8,926.00 1,417.00 9,346.00
UNC-G 1,108.00 9,562.00 1,302.00 9,756.00 1,357.00 10,234.00
SOURCE; THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ADMINISTRATION DTH/COBIEDELSON
UNC Officials Sue Porn Site
By Geoff Wessel
UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC
Board of Governors have filed a lawsuit
against the creators of the pornograph
ic Web site www.uncgirls.com for trade
The suit, which seeks up to SIOO,OOO
in damages and requests that the
domain name be transferred to the
University, claims the site violates fed
eral trademark laws by using “UNC."
The suit names Jack Erickson as pres
ident of Valuable Assets Leave
Unrivaled Estates Holdings, Inc. and
two other companies listed as defen
dants. April Erickson is named as secre -
tary of the companies. It is not clear
whether the Ericksons are related.
“One of the components of the
University’s trademark licensing pro
gram is to ensure that unauthorized or
inappropriate uses of the University’s
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are due today. Turn them in
at Union Suite 104 by 5 p.m.
name don’t occur,” said Director of
Auxiliary Services Rut Tufts.
He said ensuring appropriate use of
the University’s trademarks is very
important to UNC-CH. Associate
University Attorney David Parker said it
is hoped the suit would help protect
“The University’s reputation is obvi
ously important, and so are our trade
marks,” Parker said. “The value of them
is affected if we don’t protect them."
According to wire reports, Erickson,
who could not be reached for comment,
claims he has not worked on the site for
a year and is no longer responsible for it
But the suit charges the Ericksons
with “failure to observe the corporate
formalities" and therefore identifies
them as personally responsible for all
debts of the corporate defendants, which
the suit claims.
A database of registered Web
addresses now lists the site as registered
Thursday, May 31, 2001
UNC's Board of Governors
supported a state Senate
proposal to make system
schools more flexible.
By Geoff Wessel
The UNC Board of Governors held
a special meeting Tuesday morning to
discuss a potential restructuring of the
UNC system that would give system
schools more room for action indepen
dent from BOG oversight
N.C. state legislators are considering
giving trustees at the campuses of the
system’s 16 constituent universities
more purchasing authority and the
authority to raise tuition and hire facul
ty and administrators.
“We are looking at the whole issue of
the need for the universities to have
more flexibility to
serve students bet
ter,” said Sen.
Linda Garrou, D-
Forsyth, one of the
we’re saying is
let’s allow diem
the flexibility so
that they don’t
lose time, they
don’t lose energy
and they don’t
The proposal is
the Senate’s bud-
says the proposal
would benefit both
the state and
get bill, which passed for the first of
three times Tuesday. If passed again, it
will be sent to the North Carolina
House of Representatives today.
Rob Lamme, spokesman for Senate
President pro tempore Marc Basnight,
D-Dare, said increased managerial flex
ibility at the campus level would help
enable system schools to compete on a
national and international level.
“There’s been a desire on Senator
Basnight’s part for a while to give the
campuses more flexibility,” Lamme
said. “I think it’s also been a priority of
(BOG President Molly Broad) and
something that a good number of the
individual campuses have wanted for a
BOG Chairman Benjamin Ruffin
opened Tuesday’s meeting by praising
the board’s quick response to the situa
“We have a real responsibility to do
the best work we can,” he said.
“Sometimes we have to do it in an
emergency situation like we have
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to Eric Draven of Pennsylvania. The suit
also alleges Eric Draven is or has been
an abas used by Jack Erickson, although
the source for this allegation is not given.
The site was down as of Wednesday
morning, but an archived version of it
mentioned in the suit included hidden
HTML code with the phrases “Chapel
Hill" and “UNC." The suit alleges this
code would lead “Internet users search
ing for genuine UNC-CH sites on the
Internet” to the defendants’ site.
Another page on the archived site
contains pictures of the Frank Porter
Graham Student Union building and of
street signs in downtown Chapel Hill.
“The public, upon seeing such marks
on items, including Internet web sites,
believes that such items are authorized,
sponsored, approved, and/or main
tained by UNC-CH,” the suit states.
Geoff Wessel can be reached at