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Legislator: Finalized Tuition Plan Near
By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
Legislative budget writers moved one
step closer Tuesday afternoon to imple
menting a 9 percent across-the-board
tuition increase for all UNC-system stu
Budget writers were putting the fin
ishing touches Tuesday afternoon on a
continuing budget resolution that would
finalize the tuition increase and fully
fund the University’s enrollment
Two months into the fiscal year, state
lawmakers have yet to put together a
budget and have passed several contin
uing resolutions to keep state agencies
Bill Will Die
A bill written to give the ASG president
a vote on the Board of Governors passed
the House by an 83-26 margin in April.
By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
As the legislative session draws to a close, the student vote
on the Board of Governors has once again died at the hands
of one state senator.
Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland,
informed Andrew Payne, UNC
Association of Student Governments
president, last week that a bill granting
the ASG President a vote on the BOG
will not pass this session.
Rand, who chairs the Senate Rules
Committee, has repeatedly blocked the
passage of the legislation giving a vote to
the sole student member of the BOG
despite widespread support from legis
lators, student leaders and UNC-system
officials. The bill overwhelmingly
passed the House in April.
The bill then moved to the Senate
Rules Committee, where it has been stuck
ever since. As chairman of the committee,
Rand has the power to determine when,
if ever, bills are heard on the Senate floor.
In 1999 and in previous years, Rand
has simply allowed the bill to sit idle in
the committee until the end of the ses
sion - essentially killing the legislation.
Rand said he met with Payne last
Thursday to inform him of his stance on
the bill and to talk about issues concern
ing the university. “I like talking to stu
dents as often as I can,” Rand said. “I
was a student once myself.”
Payne said he was disappointed with
the meeting and the decision to leave
die bill in committee. “The Senate lead
ership has made it very clear that they
will not allow this bill to pass,” Payne
See STUDENT VOTE, Page 8
Police Mull Lot Investigation
By Lizzie Breyer
University police are advising students to be
cautious when buying parking spots from private
Sources as they begin preliminary inquiries into
a parking service that came under fire last year.
But the owner of the service, Chapel Hill res
ident Gustave Frederick Mueller, said there are
no problems with his lot this year.
University police said they had not deter
mined the source of fliers being distributed on
campus, but they suspect the fliers came from
Mueller, who has operated a parking lot on
U.S. 15-501 South since 1995.
Last year, Mueller met with criticism from stu
dents who bought his spaces only to find that
The most recent continuing resolu
tion expires a week from today.
Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, who
chairs the Senate Appropriations
Committee, said Tuesday that lawmak
ers were finishing up work on the next
resolution, which could extend into mid-
The proposed resolution not only will
allow the state government to continue
to operate, but it will also include a 9
percent across-the-board tuition increase
and more than S3O million in funding
for increased enrollment and develop
ment of distance-education programs in
the UNC system.
The 9 percent tuition increase would
raise in-state undergraduate tuition at
UNC-Chapel Hill by about S2OO and
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The student vote was
stalled by N.C. Sen.
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Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., sits between Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
at a dedication ceremony on campus in October 1999. Helms reportedly will announce his retirement from the Senate today.
Helms Could Announce Retirement
Staff and Wire Reports
RALEIGH - Sen. Jesse Helms, the former
newspaper editor and TV commentator who
has been one of the most fiercely conservative
voices on Capitol Hill for three decades, has
decided not to run for re-election next year,
sources said Tuesday.
The five-term Republican will announce the
plans Wednesday night on Raleigh TV station
WRAL, where he made his reputation during
the 1960s with his editorials condemning com
munists and civil rights marchers, said two
said he is
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promised features were not present He reached
a $5,200 settlement with some of the students
involved, who were represented by Student
Legal Services. “We had a lot of frustrated peo
ple who bought parking last year and didn’t feel
like they got what they paid for,” said Lieutenant
Achie Daniel of the University police.
But Mueller said he was indeed responsible for
the fliers in question and that the situation is very
different this year.“We made a mistake with the
representation of the lot. We agreed it was a prob
lem and refunded the money,” he said. “(Claims
about safety) are not on our flier this year - there
is absolutely no misrepresentation about the lot”
Mueller described the condition of his lot as a
combination of gravel, grass and paving. Lights
are present, but there is no security and no gates.
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out-of-state tuition by about SI,OOO.
Those increases will be retroactively
charged to students for the fall 2001
Lee said the resolution could clear the
Senate as early as today and could reach
the House floor either Thursday or early
But Lee said lawmakers were two to
three weeks away from coming to an
agreement on the state budget due to
persistent disagreements about various
tax increase proposals.
“We have yet to reach any sort of
agreement on how we can increase rev
enue,” Lee said. “We are at least two
weeks away from completing the budget
Senate Democrats have proposed a
Even though the lot currendy appears muddy
and construction equipment is present on the
site, Mueller attributes the condition to unrelat
ed road work being done on U.S. 15-501.
“There is nothing wrong with our lot,” he said.
Mueller said the crucial difference between
last year’s situation and this year’s was in the
way he planned to conduct business - this year
he said he plans to offer a lease that students
can sign so that their money can be refunded
without legal action if they are dissatisfied.
But Daniel said he would advise skepticism
before signing any lease, including Mueller’s.
“There were a lot of promises made last year -
I suggest to people who are interested that they
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This is like deja vu all over again.
UNC quarterback Luke Huard
says goodbye to the team.
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plan that would raise the state sales tax
by one cent, which would generate SBSO
million in additional revenue, while
House Democrats have called for a com
bination of tax proposals that would
generate $450 million in additional rev
Neither plan has enough votes to pass
the closely divided House where the
Democrats have just a 4-seat majority,
especially because the Republicans are
staunchly opposed to any tax increase
The amount of revenue raised from
any tax increase that is approved could
impact how much the UNC system’s
funding will be cut during the ongoing
So far, the UNC system has been
sources who spoke with staffers in Helms’
office. The sources spoke to The Associated
Press on condition of anonymity.
In an interview with The Daily Tar Heel, Bill
Cobey, the chairman of North Carolina’s
Republican Party, would not confirm Helms’
retirement but admitted there is “strong specu
lation" in various circles that Helms is retiring.
“He’ll speak eight to 10 minutes, and then
the world will know," he said.
The speech will be broadcast by satellite
throughout the country.
Helms, 79, was first elected to the Senate in
largely spared from cuts, but that could
change as legislators continue to build a
Judith Pulley, the UNC-system’s vice
president of academic planning, said she
is relieved that the legislature will likely
decide to fully fund the UNC-system’s
enrollment increase but said she is still
concerned about possible cuts to the
“It’s very good news that the General
Assembly has decided to fund our
enrollment increase,” Pulley said.
“But they could still cut out the legs of
our University if they cut our base fund
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1972. In recent years, he has suffered a variety
of health problems, including prostate cancer,
and, since knee surgery in 1998, has used a
motorized scooter to get around Congress.
Two GOP sources said Helms’ staff members
have begun telling senior Republicans, includ
ing advisers to President Bush, that Helms will
not seek another term.
Eddie Woodhouse, a Helms aide in Raleigh,
refused to say what the televised remarks would
involve. WRAL general manager Bill Peterson
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Chapel Hill resident Gustave Mueller claims that his parking lot, shown above and located
on U.S. 15-501 South, has improved since students complained about its condition last year.
Today: Sunny; H 88, L 68
Thursday: T-storms; H 89, L 70
Friday: T-storms; H 88, L 68
Town and UNC officials met
Tuesday night to discuss the
effect of the Master Plan
on traffic and parking.
By Matt Viser
University officials met with the
Chapel Hill Planning Board and resi
dents Tuesday night as town official!
continue to sift through the University’!
proposed inch-thick development plan.
The main issue of contention at the
meeting centered on how the University
will handle increased traffic during and
after its Master Ran expansion.
University officials are opposed to
increasing traffic volume along
Manning Drive because of the project
ed rise in student population and their
movement along South Campus.
But residents counter that argument,
saying if traffic is diverted to Mason
Farm Road, the value of their home!
“Mason Farm Road will be a thor
oughfare for the student family housing
units,” said Joe Wilber, who lives on
Mason Farm Road. “Traffic volume and
speed have already increased."
University officials said the
Development Han provides solutions that
will help minimize the impact of traffic.
“We must minimize additional traffic
and minimize additional parking,” said
George Alexiou, transportation consul
tant for the Master Plan. “The develop
ment plan displaces 3,880 surface (park
ing) spaces, and the net result is 1,550
Alexiou suggested other ways of reduc
ing traffic, such as more park-and-ride
sites and expanding the town’s bus sys
tem. “There is a lot of potential for more
use of Chapel Hill transit,” Alexiou said
But several residents suggested that
the transit system should not expand
until traffic improves.
“Buses can’t follow schedules when
they’re sitting in traffic jams,” said resi
dent Joan Bartel of 1004 Columbia St “In
order for anew transit system to work, we
first have to reduce the number of cars."
University officials opened their pre
sentation by explaining what their pro
posed 5.9 million square foot expansion
entails and the reasoning behind it “'Wife
must meet enrollment demands, install
sprinkler systems and renovate the high
rises to keep our students on campus,"
said Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs. “We also have a commitment
to ensure that our enrollment will not
have an impact on the community.”
To the lessen the impact on the com
munity, the new zoning requires that
UNC provide a development plan
detailing the University’s moves over
the next eight years of construction.
Under the Development Plan, 11
three-story units will be built along the
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