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Legislators Call for Study of BOG Structure
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RALEIGH - On the last day of the
legislative session, the N.C. General
Assembly passed two pieces of legisla
tion that could alter the structure of the
UNC-system Board of Governors.
A legislative bill that will remove
minority quotas from the BOG election
policy passed both chambers Thursday.
Currently, at least two women, two
members of a minority race, and two
members of the minority political party
University's Mission: Benefit State ... and Qatar?
By Lizzie Breyer
It has been repeated so often it has almost become a mantra.
“The mission of the University is to serve all the people of
This part of the University’s mission statement is con-
stantly cited to explain why UNC is different
from other public and private schools nationwide.
But UNC’s mission goes far beyond just service
to the state, outlining ways for the University to teach its stu
dents and providing a framework for the campus climate, j
The proposal for a UNC business school campus in *
Doha, Qatar, has led many students, faculty and officials to
question the mission of the University, both how it has changed
over the years and how this program might serve it.
The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and
Community Development approached UNC this summer to
ask it to establish a satellite campus in Doha, offering to pick
up the full operating costs of the program.
Chancellor James Moeser is expected to make a decision I
about the program before the end of the calendar year.
Officials have said there are several areas in which they j
want to ensure that the University’s mission is adequately jfj
represented abroad and that its interests are served
in every institution that bears
UNC’s name- even in a small
and distant Middle Eastern nation.
One of the most prominent sec
tions of UNC’s mission reads,
“The University exists to teach__,
students at all levels in an envi-”
ronment 0f... free inquiry.”
And this part of the mission is so important that it’s not just
mentioned once. The mission also states, “To fulfill this mission,
the University must provide high-quality undergraduate instruc
tion to students ... while committed to intellectual freedom."
In keeping with that emphasis on academic freedom, many stu
dents, faculty and officials have raised concerns about whether fac
ulty will have the freedom to teach what they want, especially
regarding the expression of diverse religious, sexual and cultural
viewpoints, which often are stifled in the Middle Eastern nation.
Sue Estroff, chairwoman of the Faculty Council, said she has
been concerned about the issue of academic freedom since the
Qatar program first was proposed. “We’ve pushed on this issue
and asked very specific, pointed questions. But how it will play
out in the classroom, no one can really answer yet," she said.
“I think we all have the best intentions, but we have to under
stand we’re going into a very hierarchical monarchy, which
although it is fond of democracy, is not a democracy yet."
But administrators have consistendy assured faculty and stu
dents not to worry. Moeser also has stated publicly that one of
the conditions on which he will base his acceptance of the pro
posal is the degree to which University officials will be allowed
to determine the curriculum.
Provost Robert Shelton said that although faculty will be able
to teach what they want to, there likely will be less dissent out
side the classroom and less opportunities for student activists to
voice opposition. “Will there be David Horowitz speaking on
campus with protesters in the quad? Certainly not,” he said.
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Survey Results May Not Settle Issue
By Ruthie Warshenbrot
The preliminary results of a survey
on night parking will not be a determin
ing factor in the Transportation and
sion on the issue,
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UNC officials are not
sure of the financial
implications of night
vey, which was created by the
Department of Public Safety and sent
out to students, faculty and staff Nov. 30,
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
must be elected to the BOG every four
Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, said
the quotas were constitutionally suspect
and that the amendment will make the
BOG election process legal.
Senate President Pro Tern Marc
Basnight, D-Dare, said abolishing the
quotas probably will not diminish
minority representation on the BOG.
“It’s not going to damage that kind of
representation," Basnight said. “It would
probably enhance it.”
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had 9,034 responses as of Tuesday.
The preliminary results were given
on Tuesday to members of TPAC,
which is considering whether to charge
for parking on campus at night.
The final decision probably will be
made in February, although officials said
the timetable is still far from certain.
Cheryl Stout, assistant director of park
ing services, said the survey was released
mainly to determine who is driving to
campus at night, why they are coming
and where they are parking. “I don’t
believe that this is a decision-making tool
as much as it is an informational tool.”
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Thursday mandates a legislative com
mission to study the structure of the
BOG. The study has the potential to ini
tiate changes in the composition and
function of the BOG.
The commission’s 10 members will
be appointed by Basnight and House
Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg.
The legislation was amended
Thursday to call only for a study of four
structural aspects of the BOG - how
members are elected, the size of the board
and length and number of terms allowed.
Previously, the legislation would have
Some critics have expressed concern that the Qatar program is not in line with the University mission to serve the state,
although UNC officials have emphasized aspects of the program that enhance educational opportunities for N.C. residents.
By Stephanie Horvath
Assistant University Editor
While the proposal to establish a
business school in Qatar could affect
multiple segments of the University
community, the decision rests with one
man- Chancellor James Moeser.
“I have no idea whether we will ulti
mately move forward with this,” Moeser
said in an interview Monday. “I don’t
want to put a percentage on the chances
-1 would say slighdy better than half.”
Although many campus decisions
must be approved by both the UNC-
Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and the
UNC-system Board of Governors, these
bodies have no role in the Qatar decision.
BOT Chairman Tim Burnett said the
the Qatar proposal decision is a purely
administrative one and therefore is outside
Derek Poarch, director of DPS, said he
has not interpreted the results of the sur
vey. He said it is too early to analyze the
data because the results are preliminary.
Stout said DPS will accept responses
to the survey until next Friday.
Student Body President Justin Young
said he still needs to digest the survey’s
results, but he said he is not convinced
of their accuracy. Young has expressed
concern about respondents’ abilities to
submit the survey more than once.
He also said he is worried about the
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called for a more sweeping study of the
board’s powers and effectiveness.
In recent weeks, some UNC-system
leaders have voiced opposition to the
study, complaining it is poorly timed.
But Sen. David Weinstein, D-
Robeson, said the study is necessary and
is not a threat to BOG members. “Every
board needs a review every four to five
years,” he said. He added that if there
are deficiencies in the function of the
BOG they need to be detected.
Proponents of the study bill have said
they wanted to examine if the structure
the BOTs jurisdiction. “I just think the
BOT has an assigned set of responsibili
ties, and this is not one of them,” he said.
Neither the BOT nor the BOG has a
role in the decision because a satellite
campus is not classified as the creation
of anew degree program, said UNC
system Gretchen Bataille, vice president
for academic affairs.
But Moeser said he still wants outside
approval, even though neither body is
forced to give it “Legally, it is not required
-but clearly I wouldn’t want to move for
ward if I felt there was opposition, espe
cially from the BOT level,” Moeser said.
Moeser said he also wants input from
the student body, mainly from a seminar
on Qatar organized by student govern
ment “Being viable members of this com
munity, it is important to hear what stu
dents have to say," said Student Body
Officials at the Department of Public Safety conducted an online survey from Nov. 30 to Tuesday to gauge student faculty and staff needs for
parking after 5 p.m. on campus. The results of the 9,034 responses received were forwarded to the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee.
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of the BOG hindered the UNC system’s
two flagship universities - UNC-Chapel
Hill and N.C. State University.
Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, said he
favored the study because the flagships
have dropped in national rankings recent
ly. “I, along with other people, have had
growing concerns about the standing of
our flagship universities,” he said,
Lee said the purpose of the study is
not to disband the BOG but to examine
whether it is properly structured.
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President Justin Young. Young said he is
not sure how much student input will fac
tor into the decision, but Moeser said he is
interested in the comments generated.
“The good news is no decision will be
made by the time the seminar is fin
ished,” Moeser said. “I am fascinated by
what students have to say.”
But Young said Moeser has not
always seemed willing to listen. “Initially
it appeared the chancellor was a little
resistant to hearing the student perspec
tive,” Young said.
The decision Moeser is facing mirrors
one that former Chancellor Michael
Hooker wrestled with five years ago. In
1996, UNC-CH was approached by a pri
vate organization in Indonesia about
establishing a campus in the Asian nation.
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British Prime Minister Tony
Biair says the final collapse
of the Taliban is quickly
approaching as anticipated.
The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban
agreed Thursday to surrender
Kandahar, their last bastion and birth
place, if their warriors were not pun
ished and safety was guaranteed to
leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, who
once vowed to fight to the death.
America said it would not accept any
deal allowing the
cleric to go free.
The promise to
give up the city
and begin handing over weapons as
early as Friday marked the final col
lapse of the militant movement that
imposed strict Islamic rule on
Afghanistan for five years.
Personal rivalries among anti-Taliban
leaders and the fate of Omar still could
wreck the fragile agreement. The head
of the new Afghan transition govern
ment, Hamid Karzai, refused to say
whether Omar would be arrested as
Washington, D.C., has demanded.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said the United States would not stand
for any agreement that lets the Taliban
leader go free.
Pakistani intelligence officials, speak
ing on condition of anonymity, said
radio intercepts had picked up no com
munications by Omar in three days and
that he appeared to have lost contact
with senior Taliban commanders.
“It seems that the final collapse of the
Taliban is now upon us," said British
Prime Minister Tony Blair, President
Bush’s closest ally in the war. “That is a
total vindication of the strategy that we
have worked out from the beginning.”
The murky surrender pact made no
mention of Osama bin Laden, accused
of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks
on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, and left unclear the fate of
hundreds of Arabs, Pakistanis,
Chechens and other foreign fighters of
his al-Qaida terrorist network.
After briefing members of the Senate
on the situation in Afghanistan,
Rumsfeld was asked what the United
States would like to do with Omar.
“We would prefer to have Omar,”
Rumsfeld replied. He said “There’s still
a good deal of confusion” about the sur
Karzai, however, said the United
States had not been consulted. “This is
an Afghan question,” he told the BBC.
In eastern Afghanistan, meanwhile,
B-52s hammered suspected mountain
hide-outs of bin Laden and his fighters.
About 1,500 anti-Taliban forces have
been attacking the region around the
Tora Bora compound for two days.
In Washington, U.S. officials said al-
Qaida fighters are believed to be oper
ating from five to 10 cave complexes at
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