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Chancellor James Moeser and Tim Burnette, chairman of the Board
of Trustees, meet Thursday morning with other BOT members.
To Town's Concerns
About Cost Sharing
Bv Lizzie Bkeyek
And Rachel Clarke
Every time a UNC student sets off a
smoke alarm in a residence hall or runs
to Franklin Street after a winning bas
ketball game, the town of Chapel Hill
picks up the tab.
Although the town has said it isn’t
happy with the cost-sharing situation,
University officials said at the UNC
Board of Trustees meeting Thursday
that they are ready to respond to the
“We indicated to the mayor that after
today, we will be prepared to respond to
the memorandum of understanding,”
said Nancy Suttenfield, vice chancellor
for finance and administration, referring
to a document issued by the Chapel Hill
Town Council on Sept. 10.
The memorandum outlined 17 areas
of cost sharing on which the town and the
University wanted to reach consensus,
and Suttenfield said the chancellor would
send a letter to Mayor Rosemary Waldorf
addressing UNC’s progress on the issues.
Several of these fiscal equity issues
w'ere settled when the Development
Plan was approved, said Town Manager
Cal Horton. In negotiating for the
Development Plan, UNC administrators
agreed to continue their policy of han
dling all trash disposal from University
buildings. They also will maintain new
streets, if the streets are built solely for
University development, and they will
pay for the burden on the transit system
if more students are accepted.
“At a meeting several weeks ago, we
reviewed each of the issues. We con
cluded we had addressed most of the
major issues by way of the Development
Plan and the town stipulations added to
the Development Plan,” Suttenfield said.
But several troubling discrepancies
E-mail Survey Shows Faculty Split Over Qatari Campus
By Jordan Bartel
Survey results released Thursday indicate mixed
reactions from faculty to UNC’s proposed under
graduate business degree program in Qatar,
although almost all faculty members who visited
Qatar displayed positive responses.
The survey was sent to the 42 participants of the
Nov. 2-5 trip to Qatar, as well as 802 faculty mem
bers in the College of Arts and Sciences and 104 fac
ulty members in the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Among trip participants, 69 percent responded
“definitely yes” when asked if UNC should estab-
It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.
remain, and they represent a significant
amount of money, Horton said.
“Every time the University builds
another building, that’s another building
that our fire department has to protect,”
he said. “We think the University should
be paying $1.4 million for fire services,
and right now they are paying $850,000.”
Suttenfield also said several significant
issues, such as a request for the University
to mitigate the adverse effects of traffic and
storm water, still are awaiting negotiation.
The town also holds the position that
all land the University purchases that
could support tax-paying entities, such
as businesses or homes, should incur
property taxes - something to which the
University has not yet agreed.
The town also must bear the extreme
ly expensive cost of cleaning up Franklin
Street after the spontaneous celebrations
that follow winning basketball games.
“The last NCAA tournament cost
$75,000," Horton said. “The University
makes no contribution to that.”
But when Suttenfield asked the BOT
for its opinion on the fiscal equity issue,
trustee Stick Williams said he had some
concerns. He said he hoped the General
Assembly would form a study commit
tee so UNC would not have to set a
Williams also said he wanted to see
the non-monetary benefits that UNC
brings the town, such as research and
intellectual climate, incorporated into
the discussions, even if no specific price
tag can be put on those contributions.
“Before we go give money, I hope
there’s some way we can establish the
kind of contributions we’re already mak
ing,” Williams said. “It’s easy to to say
the University is costing the town, but
they don’t see what benefit it brings."
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lish the program, and another 26 percent indicated
a somewhat positive reaction to the program. Of
the trip participants, 2 percent were undecided and
another 2 percent indicated a somewhat negative
reaction. No one responded that the University
should “definitely not” pursue the venture.
The survey, conducted by the UNC Office of
Institutional Research, was sent via e-mail last
Friday requesting faculty to respond by Tuesday.
Among faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences
and the business school, reaction was mixed.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, more
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By Lizzie Breyer
After weeks of speculation about a potential
campus-initiated tuition increase, members of the
UNC Board of Trustees took the first step toward a
solid proposal at their meeting Thursday morning.
After an informational presentation on past
tuition increases from Provost Robert Shelton, offi
cials called for the formation of a committee to
evaluate if there is a need for anew tuition increase
and to draft a proposal before the BOT’s meeting
on Jan. 24.
“I would like to get together a group, have them
chew on the data, think about what other data we
need and consider possible scenarios,” Shelton
said, meeting with approval from Chancellor
James Moeser and BOT members.
Student Body President Justin Young, a voting
member of the BOT, said he met with Shelton after
the meeting to iron out the committee’s potential
composition. He said they tentatively decided to
have a 10-member committee, which would
include three students, one graduate and two
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Results from the Qatar survey initiated
by Chancellor James Moeser show
support for the program from trip
participants, but a mi* of positive and
negative reactions from faculty overall.
Forty-two trip participants and 305 other
faculty members from the College of Arts
and Sciences and Kenan-Flagler Business
School responded to the survey.
SOURCE: OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH
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undergraduates. The other members would be fac
ulty members, trustees and administrators.
The subject of tuition was first raised by Sue
Estroff, chairwoman of the Faculty Council, in her
opening remarks. Estroff said she was aware that
the BOT would be discussing tuition and asked
them not to justify an increase in the name of fac
The last campus-initiated tuition increase at
UNC came in 1999 after the Chancellor’s
Committee on Faculty Salaries and Benefits pro
posed a 5-year, S3OO increase to help close the gap
between average faculty salaries at UNC and those
at its peer institutions. “I would like to unlink a
tuition increase specifically from faculty salaries,”
Estroff said. “Posing a tuition increase in this way
creates a division between faculty and students that
we have in the past found untenable.”
Discussion about the motivation behind a poten
tial tuition increase dominated the remainder of the
The two problem areas on which Shelton’s pre-
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Found in Raleigh
The Associated Press
RALEIGH - A trace of anthrax was found at a Raleigh
mail distribution center Thursday night. The trace was so
small that public health officials deemed it “not medical
The trace was found on a shrink-wrapped pallet, kept in
a locked vault at the Westgate Road distribution center,
according to Gov. Mike Easley’s office. Health officials said
the trace posed no threat to the public.
Easley spokesman Fred Hartman said late Thursday
that he was not sure of where the pallet came from.
Hartman said he hoped to have more details at a brief
ing Friday morning.
“Even though this trace has been deemed not medical
ly significant, the governor made it clear that he is going to
keep the public informed on any information regarding
their health and safety,” Hartman said.
Siege to Final
A U.S. official, speaking on the condition
of anonymity, says there is some fighting
near the center of the city of Kandahar.
The Associated Press
BANGI, Afghanistan - Northern Alliance forces and
Pashtun tribesmen encircled two of the
Taliban’s last remaining strongholds at
opposite ends of the country Thursday.
The Taliban's supreme leader vowed to
fight to the death and to seek the “extinction of America.”
Backed by U.S. warplanes, the alliance laid siege to the
northern city of Kunduz, where the defenders include an esti
mated 2,000 to 3,000 foreigners loyal to Osama bin Laden.
In the south, the Taliban clung to tenuous control of its
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UNC Not Only School
Qatar Has Courted
For Satellite Campus
Virginia Commonwealth University has
already opened a satellite school in Qatar,
and Cornell University's will open in 2002.
By Michael Davis
As UNC explores the possibility of a business school in
Qatar, several peer institutions also are forging relationships
with the Middle Eastern nation.
Both Cornell University and Virginia Commonwealth
University have agreed to or have created schools in Qatar.
The University of Virginia considered the option in 1998
but decided against a satellite campus.
Richard Toscan, VCU’s dean of the School of Arts, said the
institution opened an arts and design school in Qatar in the fall
VCU agreed to a 10-year, SSO million contract for the campus
in Qatar, Toscan said, adding that a formal campus branch will
open in 2002, accommodating 23 faculty and administrators and
120 students already at the school.
The agreement also provided for the construction of a $lO
million, 70,000-square-foot building, which Toscan said was
funded solely by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science
and Community Development. The foundation is a nonprofit
organization based in Qatar working to improve that country.
Toscan said the satellite campus, which is in its fourth year,
is a major success. “We’ve been very pleased with the results."
But the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks alerted the school to place
more emphasis on security issues, he added. Toscan down
played the potential of a security threat at the Qatar campus.
Tracy Hickenbottom, media coordinator for the Weill Medical
College of Cornell University, said the Qatar campus will provide
the country with a medical institution to cater to its citizens' needs
when it opens in 2002. “The whole idea is to provide medical
assistance to that part... of the world,” Hickenbottom said
According to Cornell’s Web site, funding for the school's fet
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