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The Task Force on Tuition
plans to submit a proposal
by Jan. 17, which is in time
for the Jan. 24 BOT meeting.
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
Establishing regulatory guidelines
and discussing possible uses for a tuition
increase will be the main topics of dis
cussion this morning at the Task Force
on Tuition’s second official meeting.
The committee’s meeting last Friday
was canceled because nearly a foot of
snow made it impossible for many
members to reach campus. Members
met once before Winter Break but only
to disseminate information and handle
Provost Robert Shelton, who is co
chairman of the task force with Student
Body President Justin Young, said he
hopes the committee can get through
today’s agenda so its final meeting,
scheduled forjan. 15, can be spent writ
ing proposals with precise amounts
included. “First, we’ll talk about the
principles that guide us with tuition, and
then we can talk about specific uses for
an increase,” Shelton said. “Without a
specific use, there is no increase.”
Today’s meeting begins at 10 a.m. in
105 South Building. It is open to stu
dents and is scheduled to last two hours,
but Shelton said it might take longer.
Shelton has set a strict deadline ofjan.
17 for the committee to finish and release
its proposal -a move that is designed to
allow campus groups to weigh in on the
proposal before the Jan. 24 UNC Board
of Trustees meeting where trustees are
slated to act on tuition.
The tuition committee was formed
last semester after Chancellor James
Moeser suggested at the Nov. 15 BOT
meeting that officials examine the need
for a campus-based tuition increase.
After the last task force meeting was
canceled, some members were con
cerned about the shortened timeline’s
impact on developing a thorough pro
posal. “We have to ensure that we have
enough time to truly and adequately
address the problem,” said Young.
Shelton said he is confident the com
mittee will be able to meet the Jan. 17
deadline because members had time
during the break to examine informa
tion regarding tuition increases. “We’ve
collected a lot of information over break
and already have some strawman pro
posals to look at,” he said.
Shelton also said the short timeline
means the task force will have to work
productively during its two meetings.
“It’s sort of like having a final exam,”
he said. “We have a deadline, and we
can’t afford to miss it without disenfran
chising the University community.”
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UNC's Peppers Declares for NFL Draft
North Carolina defensive end
Julius Peppers will enter the
2002 NFL draft and not play
basketball for UNC this year.
North Carolina defensive end Julius
Peppers will forego his final year of col
legiate eligibility and enter the 2002
NFL draft, he announced Tuesday. In
addition, Peppers will not play basket
ball this season for the Tar Heels.
“As has been previously reported, I
will forego my final year of football eli
gibility and enter the 2002 NFL draft,”
Peppers said. “In the past few days, I
Committee —a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours.
TPAC Meeting to Look at University Finances
By Eshanthi Ranasinghe
The Transportation and Parking
Advisory Committee is kicking off the
semester today with a meeting to discuss
financial issues and set a calendar for
continuing debate about parking issues.
TPAC is having its first meeting of
2002 at 3:30 p.m. today at the
Department of Public Safety Emergency
The committee’s agenda for the meet
ing focuses on the University’s financial
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Students crowded Student Stores on Tuesday afternoon buying textbooks and
school supplies in preparation for the new semester. Despite measures taken
by Student Stores, long lines stretched out from almost every register.
have also contemplated my immediate
future and have decided not to play bas
ketball this season. For the most part,
my decision is based upon the difficult
reality of balancing academics, basket
ball and preparing for the NFL draft
A 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior,
Peppers started the last three years after
redshirting as a freshman. A unanimous
All-America selection in 2001, Peppers
became the first Tar Heel to win a major
college football award when he won the
Lombardi Trophy as the nation’s top
He also won the Chuck Bednarik
Award as the nation’s top defensive play
er and was named the 2001 Chevrolet
Defensive Player of the Year. Beginning
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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shelter shoulders a greater burden.
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status. The committee will receive an
update on a court ruling that could force
UNC to revert parking ticket revenue to
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools if
the ruling is upheld by the appellate
court. The meeting also will cover finan
cial information about the 2002 parking
budget, fund balance and debt projec
Associate Vice Chancellor Carolyn
Elfland said the committee will specifi
cally look at financial issues that will arise
out of the University’s Development
Plan during the next eight years.
next season, Peppers’ No. 4!) jersey will
haij£ trom the Kenan Stadium facade.
r>‘ “Julius was a gr eat leader for us this
season, and I appreciate everything he
uiid.fo' die team and the University,”
said head football coach John Bunting.
“I think his best playing days are ahead
of him, and he has the potential to be an
Peppers finished the 2001 season with
63 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss
and 9.5 sacks, and had a team-high three
interceptions. This season, he intercept
ed more passes than any other defensive
lineman in the country.
Asa sophomore in 2000, Peppers led
the nation in sacks with 15 and estab
lished a school record with 24 tackles for
loss. His 15 sacks were just one shy of
UNC's men's basketball team
prepares to battle Maryland.
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Members also will discuss the results
of the Office of Institutional Research’s
final survey on parking and then con
clude with an evaluation of a meeting
calendar proposed by Chairman Bob
The committee does not plan on
addressing at today’s meeting the recent
controversial proposals of charging for
night parking and eliminating on-cam
pus parking for students in residence
halls. Knight said issues of such great
concern to the student body require a
meeting all their own.
Lawrence Taylor’s school record. In
1999, Peppers was named first-team
Freshman All-America by The Sporting
News, leading the Tar Heels in tackles
for loss and sacks.
Despite playing just three seasons,
Peppers finished his career second on
UNC’s all-time lists for sacks with 30.5
and tackles for loss with 53.
Peppers also played in 56 games over
a two-year stretch for the UNC basket
ball team, averaging 3.7 points and 5.7
“My staff and I certainly wish Julius
all the best,” said basketball coach Matt
Doherty. “He has been a great ambas
sador for Carolina football and basket
ball. I look forward to watching him
play on Sundays for many years.”
Knight’s goal for this meeting and
future meetings include improving com
munication among committee members
and the student body.
To accomplish this goal, members of
the committee plan to organize cam
puswide forums to discuss these issues
and get input from all members of cam
pus, Elfland said.
Both she and Knight said the com
mittee’s goal is to get all the information
on the parking issue out and available to
the entire campus before deliberation
BOG Slated to Review
Length of School Year
Students in the UNC system attend
class about two weeks more than
students at similar universities, thus
causing conflicts for other pursuits.
By Chase Foster
Students might receive longer vacations if the
UNC-system Board of Governors approves a pro
posal allowing UNC-system universities to shorten
their academic calendars by up to two weeks.
Gretchen Bataille, UNC-system vice president
for academic affairs, will submit a proposal to the
BOG’s planning committee this week that would
allow each UNC-system school to create its own
Bataille’s proposal would reduce the minimum
amount of class time to 750 minutes per credit hour
earned, which would include exam days.
UNC-system schools currently have to offer 75
class days a semester, excluding exam periods.
Bataille said the proposal would allow UNC-sys
tem schools to reduce the required amount of class
time by one week each semester by including exam-
BOT Expected to Continue
'Hold Harmless' Grants
By Brook Corwin
University officials are confident that a UNC
Board of Trustees policy will ensure all students
who qualify for financial aid are able to afford the
cost of a potential campus-initiated tuition increase.
Shirley Ort, UNC’s director of scholarships and
student aid, said she expects the BOT to continue
“hold harmless” grants, which allocate 35 percent
of all funds generated by a tuition increase to the
Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.
Ort said the policy, which the BOT has institut
ed for all campus-initiated increases since 1996,
provides enough funding for students who already
qualify for federal aid, regardless of the size of the
“The money is sufficient enough to offset the
needs of all students, whether thev are in state or
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“As chairperson, the most that I hope
we accomplish is that we have a very
broad and deep discussion and really
come to a consensus,” Knight said.
Although committee members hope
that additional survey and research
information released at committee meet
ings will add to student awareness and
discussion, some students expressed dif
Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber said the committee seems
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ination periods as part of the total number of minutes.
UNC-system students attend school about two
weeks more than students at comparable schools -
a scenario that Bataille said creates many problems,
including a lack of adequate time for students tak
ing classes in summer school or participating in
She also said UNC-Chapel Hill’s longer calendar
makes it more difficult for the campus to integrate
and collaborate with other institutions through pro
grams like the Robertson Scholarship Program, a
joint undergraduate program with Duke University.
Sue Estroff, UNC-CH Faculty Council chair
woman, said Bataille’s proposal was encouraging.
The Faculty Council approved a resolution in
September asking the BOG to shorten the acade
“This is exactly what we wanted,” Estroff said.
“It’s best for the faculty and the students.”
She said many professors at UNC-CH feel lim
ited in their ability to research and examine possi
ble course improvements because of the 150-day
Estroff said Bataille’s proposal would give profes
sors more freedom in organizing their class schedule
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out-of-state,” Ort said.
The BOT is slated to vote on a proposal for a
tuition increase at its Jan. 24 meeting following a
recommendation from the Task Force on Tuition.
The task force was formed last month to examine
the issue and will hold its second meeting today.
Provost Robert Shelton, who is the co-chairman
of the task force with Student Body Presidentjustin
Young, said he has seen strong support to protect
the “hold harmless” grants for any tuition increase
“Everyone I’ve talked to has said it’s extraordi
narily important that we keep that policy,” Shelton
said. “I can’t imagine there would be any dissent on
Young said he thinks the 35 percent figure pro
vides adequate financial support for students who
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