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Forum to Allow Student Input on Qatar
By Krista Faron
Staff Writer
Chancellor James Moeser and facul
ty members will field questions and
weigh opinions today about the
University’s possible creation of a busi
ness school in Doha, Qatar.
The forum, sponsored by student
government and the Campus Y, will be
held at 3:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall and is
open to the public.
Moeser said he hopes the forum will
answer students’ questions about the
possibility of establishing a satellite cam
Republicans File
Suit on Districts
Staff and Wire Reports
State Republicans filed a lawsuit
Tuesday challenging state redistricting
maps that recently received final
approval from the General Assembly.
The lawsuit states that both the House
and Senate plans are unconstitutional
because they split counties and gerry
mander districts to protect Democrats.
New state Senate districts, which split
51 counties, were made final last week.
The House boundaries split 70 counties,
and also received final approval in a party
line 28-13 Senate vote Tuesday afternoon.
New redistricting plans will influence con
trol of the legislature in the next decade.
“They have trashed the constitution of
North Carolina,’’ said state GOP
Chairman Bill Cobey. “They have violat
ed their oath of office, plain and simple.”
But Senate Majority Leader Tony
Rand, D-Cumberland, said the lawsuit
has little legitimacy. “(The lawsuit) is a
public relations event designed to gen
erate publicity,” Rand said.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning,
asks a judge to declare the plans uncon
stitutional and order that new, more valid
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pus in the Middle Eastern nation.
He said the issues raised at the event
wall figure prominently into his decision
about developing the undergraduate busi
ness school. “The essence of the forum is
to have an informal give-and-take,”
Moeser said. “It’s an important opportu
nity to get feedback from students.”
Student Body President Justin Young
said students should take advantage of
the chance to learn more about UNC-
Chapel Hill’s initiative. “I hope students
will get the opportunity to ask questions
and get more information about the pro
posal,” he said. “I think the forum will
plans be created for next year’s elections.
Johnson County Superior Court
Judge Knox Jenkins Jr. immediately
issued a temporary order blocking the
maps’ use in next year’s elections and
set a hearing for Nov. 23 for a perma
nent restraining order.
“What we want is fair districts for the
people,” said Rep. Art Pope, R-Wake,
one of the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs include Cobey, Pope,
Senate Minority Leader Patrick
Ballantine, R-New Hanover, House
Minority Leader Leo Daughtry, R-
Johnston, and a Beaufort County voter.
The lawsuit names House Speaker
Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, Senate
President Pro Tern Marc Basnight, D-
Dare, Gov. Mike Easley, Attorney
General Roy Cooper and state elections
officials as defendants.
Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, a mem
ber of the redistricting committee, said
he was not surprised by the lawsuit.
“We fully expected some to file a law
suit, we assumed it would be the
Republican party,” Lee said.
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raise awareness and allow us to convey
our concerns.”
Some faculty members and students
have been critical of the proposal
because of concerns about safety,
reports of human rights violations in the
country and the program’s compatibili
ty with UNC-CH’s academic mission.
Student leaders also have criticized
the administration for not considering
student input in the proposal’s develop
ment. They were upset that no students
were included in the delegation that
traveled to Qatar this month. Young, a
voting member of the UNC-CH Board
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N.C. House Congressional Redistricting Chairman Thomas Wright, D-New Hanover, (center) discusses possible
changes to the Democratic congressional redistricting plan Tuesday with Rep. Toby Fitch, D-Wilson,
House Delays Redistricting Talks
Bv Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH - The N.C. House
Congressional Redistricting Committee
adjourned Monday night after members
voted against discussing anew redistrict
ing plan because most members said
they did not have time to examine it.
The latest plan was distributed to
members 40 minutes after the meeting
was supposed to start because staffers
Officials Approaching Planned Hike Differently
Bv Rachel Clarke
Staff Writer
The last time the UNC-Chapel Hill
Board of Trustees passed a tuition increase
it was acting on the recommendation of
a committee formed to study the problem
of noncompetitive faculty salaries.
But now, Chancellor James Moeser
hopes to create a committee to examine
where the money from a tuition increase
would go - an increase that he already
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of Trustees, asked to be included on the
trip, but his request was denied. The
final group was composed of about 40
faculty members, three members of the
BOT and two members of the UNC-sys
tem Board of Governors.
But Student Body Vice President
Rudy Kleysteuber said he is confident
Moeser will be receptive to student opin
ion today. “I do expect he will come with
open ears. Make no mistake, the admin
istration wants this to happen, but they
are very open to students’ concerns."
This afternoon’s forum panel will
include Moeser, business professors
were still drawing it.
The 19-21 vote against the
Democratic proposal ran mostly along
party lines, with the exception of Rep.
Alma Adams, D-Guilford, Rep. Toby
Fitch, D-Wilson, and Rep. Mickey
Michaux, D-Durham, who joined
Republicans to stop debate on the plan.
All three are members of the Group
of Eight, made up of dissident
Democrats who earlier prevented
Democrats from passing the state budget
has publicly supported.
Moeser announced his intent to pro
pose to the BOT a five-year campus-ini
tiated tuition increase in his State of the
University address Sept. 5.
Moeser said Monday that a commit
tee would form after Thursday’s BOT
meeting to craft a tuition increase pro
posal, which will be presented to the
BOT for a vote in January.
In the meantime, Provost Robert
Shelton said he will present information
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Jennifer Conrad and Bob Adler, and
James Thompson, chairman of the
Department of English, all of whom trav
eled to Qatar. After an introduction by the
chancellor, the faculty panelists will deliv
er brief presentations on their opinions of
the program’s viability and legitimacy.
Campus Y President Raj Panjabi said
this is a good opportunity for students to
share possible objections to the initiative
in Qatar. “Hopefully the decision has
not already been made.”
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and N.C. House redistricting plans.
During the meeting, Committee
Chairman Thomas Wright, D-New
Hanover, said he wanted members to
discuss the bill and possibly vote on it.
But most of the members said Wright
was acting too fast by not allowing time
for public comment and for members to
propose amendments.
“I just saw this plan a few minutes
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about the last two tuition increases and
about how UNC-CH’s tuition matches
up with tuition levels at comparable pub
lic universities to the BOT on Thursday.
“I thought it was inappropriate to pre
sent a proposal before we have all the
data available to give people back
ground," he said. “We need to take a
deep breath - figure out where we are."
The last campus-initiated tuition
increase to be approved by the BOT
came in October 1999. In that case, a
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U.S. Troops
Offer Help
In Kabul
Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld has cautioned
against thinking the hunt
for bin Laden is nearly over.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - American spe
cial forces slipped into the Afghan
capital of Kabul to offer “advice and
counsel" to triumphant opposition
forces, and small numbers of U.S.
troops are operating against the
Taliban in southern Afghanistan,
Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld
said Tuesday.
Rumsfeld was
careful not to boast about the string of
Northern Affiance military successes in
northern Afghanistan against the
Taliban, a stem Islamic militia that has
ruled most of the country for five
years.
He cautioned against concluding that
the Taliban’s retreat from the north
means the hunt for Osama bin Laden
and his terrorist network is almost over.
He said U.S. officials don’t know where
bin Laden is hiding.
With the capture of Kabul and other
northern cities comes the potential for
gaining information on the movements
of bin Laden and other leaders of al-
Qaida and the Taliban, U.S. officials
said.
U.S. forces accompanying Northern
Alliance commanders are searching for
Taliban items like computer disks,
maps and documents that might con
tain useful intelligence, one official
said.
They probably also are interviewing
Taliban prisoners and commanders who
defected to the alliance.
A reporter asked Rumsfeld if he
feared bin Laden would launch anew
terrorist attack out of desperation.
“The idea that we could appease
them by stopping doing what we’re
doing, or some implication that... we’re
inciting them to attack us is just utter
nonsense. It’s kind of like feeding an alli
gator, hoping it eats you last,” he said.
U.S. bombs fell in Afghanistan for a
38th day, and Rumsfeld said that in the
aftermath of the Taliban’s collapse in
the north, the United States has two
short-term goals besides hunting down
the terrorists.
They are opening a “land bridge" to
Uzbekistan in the north and repairing
airports near Mazar-e-Sharif and north
of Kabul, so that more humanitarian aid
can be brought in.
Rumsfeld raised the possibility that
leaders of the Taliban or the al-Qaida
terrorist network might flee across the
Afghan border into Iran to the west or
Pakistan to the south and east.
He cited three possibilities, any of
which he said would lead to the eventu
al demise of both groups. “Thev can flee
and reorganize in the south. They can
flee and melt into the countryside or
they can defect. If they reorganize in the
south, we’re going to go get them. If they
go to ground, we will, as the president
said, root them out. And if they decide
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faculty salary committee was formed
first to examine salaries on campus and
to rate their competitiveness, and the
committee recommended the increase.
But this time, the committee will be
formed after Moeser’s decision that a
tuition increase is needed -a reversal
that Shelton said makes sense. “The
order this time seems logical," he said.
“The idea has to start somewhere."
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