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UNC Falls to Fifth in Public School Rankings
UNC's ranking in faculty
resources fell, possibly
leading to the University's
decline in overall rankings.
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
UNC, in the U.S. News & World
Report’s annual list of the nation’s best
colleges, fell three spots - knocking the
school out of the nation’s top 25 univer
sities - to tie with Tufts University at
UNC’s ranking among the nation’s
public colleges fell by two, making it the
sth best public university nationwide.
Lot in Violation
Of Zoning Laws
Gustave Mueller has until Oct. 1 to remove
cars from his lot, located off U.S. 15-501
near Southern Village, or he will be fined.
By Stephanie Horvath
Assistant University Editor
A local privately owned parking lot that has undergone
scrutiny during the last year is in violation of zoning ordi
nances, town officials said.
A letter was sent Tuesday from the Chapel Hill Inspections
Department to the owner of the property, a Nations Bank
branch in Durham. But spaces in the parking lot, which is
located on U.S. 15-501 near Southern Village, are being sold
by Gustave Mueller, who is part of the Mueller Corporation,
the business that is leasing the property.
Mueller’s lot came under fire last year when several UNC
students bought spaces and found it did not have the features
they were promised.
Several students went to Student Legal Services because
they were dissatisfied with the lot’s condition, and SLS
lawyers helped them reach a $5,200 refund setdement with
Mueller. But at the start of the fall semester, fliers advertising
Mueller’s parking lot once again appeared on campus.
According to officials in the Chapel Hill Inspections
Department, Mueller’s parking lot is zoned
neighborhood/commercial. This zoning allows small business
- such as banks or health clubs - that support residential areas
but excludes commercial lots that do not have structures.
“That parking lot has been used as a parking lot in the past,
and that’s never been authorized,” said Roger Walden, direc
tor of planning for Chapel Hill.
According to the letter, notification of the zoning violation
was first sent in November 1999. The situation was supposed
to be corrected by Dec. 10, 1999. But Walden said the lot is
still in violation of zoning ordinances. “We’ve contacted the
owner and asked that the violation be corrected.”
Mueller declined to comment on the letter, saying he had
not yet received a copy of it. But he said many parking lots
in Chapel Hill are in violation of zoning. “If they’re going to
go after me, they’ll have to go after everyone,” he said.
According to the letter, the parking lot owner has until Oct.
1 to remove all the cars parked on the property. For every day
after the deadline that cars remain on the lot the owner must
pay a $25 fine.
Lance Norris, inspections director for Chapel Hill, said the
owner of the lot must meet certain requirements in order to
sell parking spaces legally. Norris said the owner must apply
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Broad: BOG Wary of More Tuition Increases
By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
UNC-system President Molly Broad
said Thursday that the Board of
Governors has a number of issues to con
sider before it would be ready to Approve
a campus-initiated tuition increase for
UNC-Chapel Hill this year.
A slew of campus-initiated tuition
requests during the past two years has
prompted the BOG to consider a review
of its tuition-setting policy, adopted in
The annual report, which will hit news
stands Monday, is a popular guide for
prospective college students. But many
college administrators publicly have dis
counted the rankings’ importance.
Last year, the University was ranked
25th nationwide and 3rd among public
schools - topped only by the University
of California-Berkeley and the
University of Virginia.
UNC tied with the University of
Michigan-Ann Arbor and University of
This year, UNC was behind all four
universities in the public school rankings.
UNC also fared poorly in the nation
wide rankings compared to what admin
istrators have dubbed its “peer schools.”
While UNC fell three spots, the nafion
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Former North Carolina coach Mack Brown announced his intention to leave North Carolina to lead the football program
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But in his State of the University
address Wednesday, Chancellor James
Moeser announced that he will bring a
five-year plan for tuition increases before
the UNC-CH Board of Trustees this fall.
Broad said the present tuition-setting
policy requires that any campus-initiat
ed tuition increase approved by the
BOT is also approved by the BOG,
adding that she thinks a recendy ended
tuition debate in the state legislature this
summer has made BOG members wary
of granting additional requests.
“Frankly because there was so much
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al rankings of UC-Berkeley and UM-Ann
Arbor are unchanged from last year. UVa.
and UCLA both fell by only one spot
All four schools now rank between
two and eight spots ahead of UNC in the
nationwide rankings - unlike past years
when the five major public universities
were grouped closer together.
Provost Robert Shelton said the gap
between UNC and the other top public
schools reflected changes at private
schools, adding that UNC’s scores in
individual categories were more impor
tant than its overall ranking.
A university’s score is based on sever
al criteria, including faculty resources, aca
demic reputation and financial resources.
UNC showed great decline in faculty
resources, which is primarily based on fac
Showdown With Brown
activity this summer concerning tuition,
I think it would be best to let the dust
settle before we do anything else with
tuition,” Broad said.
The BOG’s tuition-setting policy that
was implemented three years ago per
mits two types of increases. The first
allows the board to recommend sys
temwide tuition increases aimed at off
setting rising operating costs.
The second part of the policy gives
the BOG the power to grant campus
based tuition increase requests under
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ulty pay and benefits. “The benefits pack
ages are noncompetitive - that’s the polite
way to say it,” Shelton said.
He said a S6OO tuition increase
passed last year, the second year of
which was implemented this fall, would
help improve faculty salaries.
Despite UNC’s low faculty resource
score, Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said she was not bothered by the
University’s overall drop. “I’d be much
more concerned about a change in my
blood pressure or cholesterol than this.”
But Estroff also said she was not sur
prised by the low faculty resource
scores. “Our total compensation is ter
rible,” Estroff said. “We’re about 23rd in
See RANKINGS, Page 2
Mack Brown helped make North
Carolina football history.
Then like a cattle driver on the range,
Brown was history, leaving clouds of dust
and hoofprints behind.
His time in Chapel Hill
By the time Brown moved
on, UNC’s record had flip-
flopped from the 1-10 marks his teams post
ed his first two years as head coach in 1988
and 1989. He left having earned six straight
bowl berths and with a No. 6 national rank
ing in ’97.
Brown and his success were instrumental
in getting built the 78,000-square-foot Frank
H. Kenan Football Center, widely consid
ered to be among the nation’s finest facilities.
Players take off their shoes after practice
at the door of the football center before
trekking the half dozen steps across the car
But during the past two years, the
board has granted 11 campus-initiated
tuition increase requests, including a
S6OO increase at UNC-CH.
Shortly after passing a second round
of tuition increases last March, BOG
members said they would re-examine
the board’s policy.
But the board has yet to examine the
policy because members have been
sidetracked by activity in the N.C.
General Assembly, where lawmakers
have passed a systemwide tuition
increase and considered cuts to the
UNC dropped several spots in the annual U.S.
News & World Report public college rankings.
Top Public Universities/Score (out of 100)
1. University of California-Berkeley (82)
2. University of Virginia (81)
3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (77)
4. University of Califomia-Los Angeles (76)
5. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (75)
Top National Universities/Score (out of 100)
1. Princeton University (100)
2. Harvard University (99)
2. Vale University (99)
4. California Institute of Technology (96)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (95)
28. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (75)
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peted hallway to the locker room. The build
ing stands enclosing the west end zone of
Kenan Stadium, almost as a temple to the
accomplishments of Brown’s era.
But Brown never moved into his new
office before the center’s com
pletion in ’9B.
Texas fired Coach John
Mackovic on the last day of its
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4-7 season, Saturday, Nov. 29,1997. Sunday,
Brown said he did not want to consider
other offers while UNC’s season was still in
progress. Wednesday, he interviewed for the
Texas job, was offered it and, according to a
Texas official, accepted the position that
pays him $750,000 in base salary annually.
Brown’s contract with UNC, worth
$165,000 per year, ran through the 2001 sea
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UNC system’s budget. Broad said.
“I’m not sure that any official action
has been taken by the board, but this is
clearly an issue that has the attention of
a lot of board members.”
UNC-system officials said that while
nothing has been concretely decided,
the board probably will re-evaluate the
policy in the next few months. “Well, we
did have a brief conversation about the
policy in the spring,” said former BOG
Finance Committee Chairman Bradley
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In Wednesday's State of the
University address, Moeser
said he plans to propose
a five-year tuition increase.
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
When a committee on faculty salaries
recommended a tuition increase to the
Board of Trustees in 1999, students
claimed the initiative was not a long-term
solution to faculty salary problems.
During Wednesday’s State of the
University address, Chancellor James
Moeser affirmed that further tuition
increases are needed to increase salaries.
Moeser revealed his intentions to
propose a five-year tuition increase plan
to the BOT this fall. “Clearly, we must
continue with graduated and measured
campus-initiated increases in tuition
over the next several years to address
issues about the quality of the education
we provide,” Moeser said in his speech.
Moeser said he will not be presenting
his proposal at the BOPs September
meeting but that he expects his plan’s
framework and specific amounts to be
finalized when the state legislature’s ses
sion concludes, he hopes by November.
“We haven’t put anything on paper
yet,” Moeser said Thursday.
The BOT passed a plan in October
1999 that would have Increased tuition
S3OO a year for five years. Officials were
met with opposition from student leaders
and some faculty members, culminating
in a protest at the Morehead Building
while the BOT met to approve the plan.
The Board of Governors modified
and approved the measure in February
2000 - raising tuition S3OO each year
for only two years. “We need to update
that plan,” Moeser said Thursday.
BOT member Richard Stevens, who
voted against the measure in 1999, said
he is not necessarily opposed to tuition
increases but will need to evaluate the
specific proposal. “1 think all of us desire
to keep tuition as low as possible, but it’s
not possible to keep tuition the same,” he
said. “I’m not opposed to the concept of
tuition increases, I just thought (the 1999
increase) was too much too soon.”
Student Body President Justin Young
and Vice President Rudy Kleysteuber
did not return phone calls Thursday.
In 1999, the committee on faculty
salaries was formed to determine amounts
of the increases and recommend them to
the BOT. While Moeser said he hasn’t
ruled out the possibility of needing a sim
ilar committee this time around, he said
he doesn’t think one will be necessary.
Moeser said insufficient faculty salaries
were the catalyst for his proposal and that
he is concerned wages are not at a level
to recruit and retain quality faculty.
Other members of the UNC commu
nity also said it is necessary to address
the issue of faculty salaries. “We’re get
ting very noncompetitive,” said Sue
Estroff, Faculty Council chairwoman.
“We’re getting virtually no raise this year.
... Our benefits are getting worse.”
Several officials said while tuition
increases might be necessary to raise
salaries, the state should step up to con
tribute sufficient funds to ensure that
tuition remains affordable. Allocating part
of the funds earned from tuition increas
es to financial aid also can help maintain
affordable enrollment, Moeser said, stress
ing that 35 percent of the revenue from
the past tuition hike was committed to
financial aid. Moeser said anew increase
would also revert some money to aid.
“I don’t think we’re denying anyone
access based on need,” he said.
Estroff said she hopes that when
increases are proposed it doesn’t cause a
war between students, faculty and admin
istrators -a repeat of the battle in 1999. “I
don’t think that was helpful for anybody."
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