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Students Cautioned After Armed Robbery on Campus
University police are looking for these two
men, wanted in an armed robbery that
occurred Saturday night in the parking area
behind Morehead Planetarium. Police
created these composite sketches based
on descriptions given by the two students
who were robbed Saturday night.
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Bush: Year One
President Bush wins his first tough
political battle when the U.S. Senate
approves conservative former
Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft to the
post of U.S. attorney general.
Bush faces his first international crisis
when an American military plane is
forced to land in China after a midair
collision with a Chinese plane.
Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords leaves the
Republican party and becomes an
independent, throwing control of the
U.S. Senate to the Democrats.
Tax Cut Passed
Bush fulfills a major campaign
promise when the U.S. Congress
approves a 51.35 trillion tax cut.
Stem Cell Research
President Bush announces that he
will support federally funded research
on existing stem cell lines despite
opposition from conservative groups.
Attack on America
Terrorists crash two planes into the
World Trade Center, toppling the New
York landmark. Another plane crashes
into the Pentagon, and a fourth
crashes in Pennsylvania.
America Strikes Back
The United States begins airstrikes
against the Taliban regime in
Afghanistan, the nation where
terrorist Osama bin Laden is expected
to be hiding.
ABM Treaty Abandoned
President Bush abandons the
30-year-old Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty,
opening the door for construction of a
national missile defense system.
Bush administration officials reveal
that executives of Enron, a Texas
energy company that made large
campaign donations to the president,
asked for federal aid only days before
it declared bankruptcy.
Past Activism Influences Current Leaders
By Jeff Silver
In 1999, UNC-Chapel Hill student
leaders faced a tuition increase proposal
that could have raised tuition by as much
After protests that included organizing
400 students to storm the UNC-CH
Board of Trustees meeting, the final prod
uct was lowered to S6OO over two years.
Two and a half years have passed, but
students are still up against tuition
increases of a similar nature. In recent
weeks, students have been working
against proposals that could have led to
hikes of as much as $3,000.
And as student leaders gear up for
Thursday’s BOT meeting, where trustees
will consider a one-year, S4OO increase
A universal feeling, whether well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded.
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George W. Bush started his presidency on a rocky note a year ago, still dealing with the controversial 2000 election. Since then,
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and military actions in Afghanistan have prompted most Americans to rally behind him.
Change Marks Bush's Ist Year
In August, “The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart
devoted a nightly segment of his talk show to jok
ing about President George Bush’s lengthy vaca
tions and seemingly unending stream of verbal gaffes.
Move forward one month.
When “The Daily Show” resumed broadcasting after the Sept. 11 ter
rorist attacks, Stewart described to his audience, with tears in his eyes,
how “subliminably” was no longer a punch line.
The temporary abandonment of “Bushisms" as national punch lines
after Sept. 11 is indicative of some of the changes in public perception
Bush experienced during his first year in office.
At the beginning of Bush’s term on Jan. 20, 2001, the nation was still
largely divided over the outcome of the hotly contested 2000 presiden
tial election, and international leaders saw a political newcomer more
interested in unilateralism' than allies.
But a lot can happen in a year.
The Sept. 11 attacks changed Bush’s policy focus, unified the nation
behind him and prompted the president to organize an international
coalition to fight terrorism. But even though public perception of Bush
has fluctuated, experts say Bush’s stance on and approach to issues
recommended by the Task Force on
Tuition, their predecessors say they won
der if students will be as vocal as in 1999.
“I’m curious about what the student
voice is going to say,” said law student
Lee Conner, who headed the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation in
1999-2000. “There hasn’t been as much
activism on campus to this point."
Past leaders said they had many
advantages over the current student gov
ernment in opposing a tuition proposal.
For one, the BOT voted on the
increase in the middle of the semester
rather than the start of the semester.
“The misplaced schedule made it a lot
harder for these students,” Conner said.
In addition, some said the presenta
tion of the increase in 1999 contained
figures large enough to make mobilizing
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An armed robbery reported on cam
pus Saturday night has placed the
University on a heightened state of alert.
A male and a female student were
walking together when they were held
up at gunpoint shortly after 9 p.m. in the
parking area behind Morehead
Planetarium next to Coker Arboretum,
according to University police.
By Mike Gorman
the student body an easier task - $2,000
as opposed to the S4OO increase.
“When we were protesting in 1999,
we were protesting a huge sum," said
Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber. “We had a big number to
throw in everyone’s face.”
Former student leaders said they were
successful by combining efforts. “We had
a really great coalition," said Michal
Osterweil, who was a member of the now
defunct Progressive Student Coalition.
Student Body President Justin Young
said several current campus organiza
tions have formed the Coalition for
Responsible Tuition Decisions, which will
work with student government to
increase student input in deciding tuition.
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UNC falls to UConn 86-54 in the
team's fifth consecutive loss.
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University police stated in a press
release that the suspects took an undis
closed amount of money from the stu
dents. Police are seeking two men in con
nection with the crime. Both robbers are
described as white men in their early 20s,
police said. The release stated that one
man had blonde hair and facial hair, and
the other was thin and had brown hair.
University Police Chief Derek Poarch
said although police have no official sus
pects, they are investigating several leads.
remains fundamentally unchanged.
Lessons in Foreign Policy
In the months after the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush trans-
formed from a foreign policy “novice” to an international unifier, said
Albert Eldridge, Duke University professor of political science.
“Through his actions in creating an international coalition to combat
terrorism. Bush demonstrated that he understands the complexity of the
world system,” Eldridge said. “He demonstrated an understanding that
the United States doesn’t have the unilateral power to take on the world.”
Eldridge said Bush’s decisive handling of the Sept. 11 attacks - both
domestically and internationally - resulted in public confidence.
According to a Sept. 15 Newsweek poll, Bush’s post-Sept. 11 approval
ratings of 82 percent were as high as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s in the days
following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
In early October, Bush’s approval ratings peaked at 92 percent. As the
conflict in Afghanistan intensified, Bush kept approval ratings high with
continuous televised updates as the joint Northern Alliance-U.S. military
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Students storm the steps of Morehead Planetarium
to protest a tuition increase in October 1999.
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He could give no further information.
The robbery was the first of its kind
in recent history, Poarch said. “This is
the first time a firearm has been used in
a crime on campus in over three years.”
Officials have posted composite
sketches of the suspects and details
about the crime throughout campus to
heighten awareness of the incident.
University police also issued a news
release Sunday morning that was distrib
uted to all UNC students via e-mail. In
To Survey Student
Student government will use the results
of the tuition survey, which goes online
today, to inform the BOT of student opinion.
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Student government officials said Monday they hope an
online survey will give administrators an accurate view of stu
dent opinion on a proposed one-year, $4OO tuition increase.
Students can vote online today via Student Central from 7 am.
to 10 p.m. on several options for a campus-based tuition increase.
Student government officials plan to use the survey results to
define the student body’s stance to the UNC Board of Trustees
on Thursday, when trustees will vote on the tuition proposal.
The online poll provides background on the proposed
increase recommended by the Task Force on Tuition and out
lines possible allocations. Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber said students will be forced to read the back
ground before they proceed to voting.
The survey explains what areas the proposed tuition
increase would address, including faculty salaries and the stu
dent-to-facuity ratio. The figures outlined in the survey are
based on the task force’s report, which Provost Robert Shelton
released Wednesday on his office’s Web site.
Students can choose tuition increases that are the “lowest
reasonable,” the “highest affordable” and “personal prefer
ence,” based on the background provided beforehand. The
options are $O, $lOO, $2OO and $4OO in tuition increases.
Kleysteuber said the survey will provide students the
opportunity to voice their opinions about a tuition increase
when their input might otherwise be neglected. “There has-
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UNC Faculty Council
Of Tuition Revenue
Money from the proposed hike will fund
four areas, but some faculty have concerns
about how the money will be divided.
By Brook Corwin
Faculty members and student officials expressed concern at
Friday’s Faculty Council meeting about how the money from
a proposed tuition increase will be used to meet specific needs.
Faculty, student and administrative officials weighed in on
the topic of a one-year, $4OO tuition increase recommended
by the Task Force on Tuition last week. The UNC Board of
Trustees is expected to consider the proposal Thursday.
Chancellor James Moeser opened the meeting by empha
sizing the importance of alternative revenue sources in light of
an expected state budget shortfall. “Given the circumstances
of our state budget, campus-based tuition increases are among
the revenue sources that will be essential to making UNC the
top public university in the nation," Moeser said.
Provost Robert Shelton, who was co-chairman of the tuition
task force, said the proposed tuition increase would be spent
to raise faculty salaries, hire 135 new faculty members,
increase the number of classes with fewer than 20 students and
increase teaching assistant stipends for graduate students.
But several faculty expressed concern that the $5.8 million
generated by the $4OO, one-year increase - after 40 percent of
the revenue is set aside for financial aid - would fall short of
the $7.6 million necessary to fully fund those needs.
Faculty members also said they were unclear about how the
projected revenue would be distributed among the needs.
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the message, officials advocated traveling
in pairs and using University or Chapel
Hill Transit services whenever possible.
“We continue to encourage people to
follow our safety tips,” Poarch said.
He said students should avoid the area
where the incident occurred and other
areas that are dimly lit and isolated. “It is
certainly not an area we would encourage
people to walk through," Poarch said.
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