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Town to Request Return of Funds Withheld by State
By Colin Suker
Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy will
lobby Gov. Mike Easley next week to
return more than $1 million in funds
impounded as a result of the state of fis
The state government is withholding
more than $1.04 million in funds desig
nated for Chapel Hill because of a pro
jected S9OO million state budget shortfall
for the 2001-02 year. Foy said the move
has sent the town’s budget into crisis.
The reduction in funds comes on top
SBP Candidates Analyze Capacities as Leaders
The student body president
must juggle dealing with
administrators and sharing
the opinions of the students.
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
Students have been swamped with
information about the student body
president candidates’ views on the issues
of tuition, parking, curriculum and
these issues during
the campaign, ulti
mately, it is their
that likely will
define their term.
Young said the job
comes down to the
ship abilities. “You
can’t foresee (some
urgent issues) hap
pening,” he said.
A five-part series
and how the
to address them.
■ Monday: Tuition
■ Tuesday: Parking
■ Today: leadership
“It thrusts you into a role you never
thought you would fill.”
Many of the issues that have defined
Young’s term likely will continue to
remain at the forefront of campus
debate. Next year, UNC’s mission will
be tested again in continuing discussions
about keeping at par with peer institu
tions and expanding the University.
Student body presidents must walk a
fine line between their relationship with
the UNC Board of Trustees, campus
BOG's 5-Year Tuition Plan
Could Begin a Year Earlier
By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
The UNC-system Board of Governors
moved forward Thursday with its discus
sion of tuition increases for UNC cam
puses -with recendy announced budget
cuts and an ever-worsening economy
looming in the background.
The BOG’s Budget and Finance
Committee made several changes to its
plan for dealing with campus-initiated
tuition requests in the long and short term.
At its meeting, the committee voted
to modify the BOG’s earlier proposal
that all 16 UNC-system campuses con
struct five-year plans for tuition and fees,
starting with the 2003-04 academic year.
Instead, the committee approved a
motion that calls for the five-year plans
to start in 2002-03. Because all 16 UNC
system schools have made or will soon
make decisions about the 2002-03 year,
the motion essentially forces all schools
to draw up four-year plans starting with
the 2003-04 school year.
While there was some brief discus
sion about the change, committee mem
bers agreed that it was best to move up
the time frame for the tuition plans.
“I would prefer that at this point,
of a $975,000 shortfall that forced the
Chapel Hill Town Council to cut pro
grams in November. Officials say the
state cuts, which Easley announced
Tuesday, will cause more already under
funded programs to be cut significandy.
The N.C. Metropolitan Coalition, a
voluntary organization made up of state
mayoral offices, is meeting with Easley
on Wednesday to demand the return of
funds to local governments.
“This is money that the state collects
for the local governments,” Foy said.
“(The money) needs to be passed on to
the local government. We’ve had no
administrators and their main con
stituency - the students.
Relations With the BOT
Once a candidate is elected, he or she
will have to adjust to the fragile balance
between serving as a voting member of
the BOT, whose responsibility is to the
entire University, and acting as a repre
sentative of the student body.
“I think the student body president has
the tougher role to fill because on one
hand they are trying to represent their
constituency, which isn’t always consistent
with the pan-University point of view,”
said BOT Chairman Tim Burnett.
Burnett said many students might not
understand that the president’s job is to
consider the University as a whole in
addition to the student perspective.
“Every trustee has multiple hats from
other points of view,” Burnett said. “But
when all is said and done, they vote in the
point of view of the entire University.”
But write-in candidate Charlie Trakas
expressed views that were not consistent
with Burnett’s, saying one of the roles of
a student body president is to know
when to let the BOT have a final say.
“Some things need to be out of the stu
dents’ hands,” he said.
Write-in candidate Nathan Katzin
also said he wants to see BOT members
publicize more of their decision-making
process, even though he does not want
to be directly involved.
Former UNC-system President Bill
Friday said a student body president’s
first responsibility is to the students. “A
president’s first duty is as student repre
sentative to speak to the point of view of
their constituency,” he said.
Candidate Will McKinney said he
will speak on behalf of the students,
even when it conflicts with the BOT’s
since this is the first time that campuses
are (constructing long-term plans), that
it be for as short of time as possible,”
said committee member Jim Phillips.
He added that as campuses gain
experience with constructing long-term
tuition proposals, plans could be made
for longer periods of time.
The motion regarding the five-year
plans is expected to be voted on by the
full BOG today. The committee also
decided to require that each campus’s
five-year plan be submitted to the BOG
by next fall so the committee can exam
ine them at the BOG’s October meeting.
The committee also discussed adding
at least one more meeting between now
and March 6 - when the BOG is
expected to vote on all campus-initiated
tuition increase requests for the 2002-03
year - to give the board more time to
consider the issue.
About a dozen UNC-system schools
are expected to bring requests before the
BOG. In March, the board also is expect
ed to vote on an inflationary, systemwide
4.8 percent tuition increase and perhaps
make changes to its tuition policy.
The committee’s discussion of tuition
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way to plan for this.”
Foy said the withheld money represents
6 percent of the town’s budget for the next
five months, adding that the state reneg
ging on its promise makes it difficult to run
a balanced budget. He also said the state
did not consult local municipalities before
announcing the specific budget cuts.
“We’ve planned for this money in our
budget,” Foy explained. “This behavior
by the state makes it impossible to plan
Foy added that the state is acting irre
sponsibly by putting the burden of its bud
get shortage on individual municipalities.
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Student Body President Justin Young presides over a January meeting of the Task Force on Tuition. Working
effectively with administrators and trustees is one of the roles a student body president must fulfill.
ideals. “I am not elected by the BOT, I
am elected by the students, and I am
responsible to them.”
Candidate Bennett Mason said his per
spective as a student will help the BOT
understand more student issues. “You get
student support and go into meetings (with
the administration) armed with that infor
mation,” he said. “You go to the top and
try to influence the BOT or chancellor."
Candidate Jen Daum said the board
needs to more thoroughly consider the
impact its actions has on students, which
she said she can facilitate by providing
'Carolina Week' Hosts Candidates on Air
By Philissa Cramer
Student body president candidates
responded to a mix of serious and fun
questions during Thursday’s taping of
“Carolina Week,” the television news
duced by students
of the School of
Senior Tim Nelson moderated the
debate, which six candidates attended.
Write-in candidates Correy Campbell
and Charlie Trakas did not attend.
The program began with a discussion
about what traits are important for a stu
dent body president to have.
Candidate Will McKinney said
knowledge is the single trait that a stu
dent body president most needs.
“I think a student body president
needs to know the University,” he said.
Write-in candidate Nathan Katzin
said the most important trait is the abil
ity to be an effective and charismatic
leader. “You need to be able to get peo
ple involved,” he said.
Candidate Fred Hashagen said the
student body president’s role is to moti
“Student mobilization is one of the
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“We have been careful over budget
responsibility,” he said. “For'the state’s
budget problems to be shoved on to us
is unfair. This is a state budget crisis, not
a local government budget crisis.”
Jim Baker, Chapel Hill’s financial
director, added that the finance depart
ment will be meeting with the Town
Council on Monday to discuss further
cuts in services for the rest of this fiscal
“(The budget) is not doing very well,”
Baker said. “Earlier in the year, we
made a report to the council and gave
them a list of things we need to do to
the student voice. “The BOT needs to
make sure they understand their oppor
tunity costs when making a decision.”
Candidate Fred Hashagen said he
expects the BOT to listen to his repre
sentation of the student voice and to act
upon it as well. “If students are demand
ing something, I would not sugar-coat it
(as a recommendation),” he said. “If stu
dents demand something, we expect
(the BOT) to do it.”
Several candidates said the most dif
ficult part of dealing with the BOT is
gaining members’ respect as a tempo
key things that any student body presi
dent can do around any issues like
tuition, parking or grade inflation,” he
Candidate Brad Overcash said it is
important for the student body presi
dent to foster campus unity, and he said
his proposed student summit could
“The idea behind it is to gather as
much of the student body into the Great
Hall,” he said.
Much of the “Carolina Week” discus
sion centered on tuition issues.
Candidate Jen Daum said rising
tuition has made UNC inaccessible for
some prospective students.
“We need to show the administration
and the General Assembly what they’re
losing,” she said.
Candidate Bennett Mason said he
wants students to cooperate with the
UNC Board of Trustees in discussions
about tuition issues. He said that as stu
dent body president -and subsequent
ly a voting member of the BOT - he
would strive to work with trustees effec
tively. “If we try to work with them as a
voting member, we can really accom
plish a lot,” he said.
McKinney said he plans to work
toward a degree of predictability for
tuition increases. “It’s not totally infeasi-
shorten our expenditures by $975,000.
“Right now we’re trying to assess the
impact of the additional $1 million
Town Council member Pat Evans
said Chapel Hill might be forced to raise
taxes in the next fiscal year to provide
services essential to the town’s daily life.
“I think the state, county and town
will be reducing services and increasing
taxes,” Evans said.
“Some of the services that need to be
rendered are very critical, such as edu
cation, fire, police and public works,”
she added. “Capital improvements will
rary, student member. Candidate Brad
Overcash said the BOT members tend
to treat the student as an inferior when
that is not the case at all.
Write-in candidate Correy Campbell
said the way to gain the BOT’s trust is to
compromise and work together with the
board members. “I would get to know
the BOT and be professional about it.”
Relations With Administrators
But working with the trustees is not
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Student body president candidates relax during a brief commercial
break at Thursday night's forum, which was hosted by Carolina Week.
ble,” he said.
Another portion of the program
focused on the plausibility of the candi
dates’ platforms actually being imple
Hashagen said that while his platform
is long, its more than 70 points are all
attainable. “Some are feasible in a year,
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have to be delayed.”
Foy said the town, unlike the nation
al government, is unable to run on a
budgetary deficit and that hard choices
must be made in the short term.
He said the town will have a hard
time bouncing back from this loss of
“We don’t have any way to raise
funds in this short of time, period,” Foy
said. “We can’t raise taxes at this time. I
don’t know what we’re going to do.”
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Robert Shelton is working
from Switzerland, while
Nancy Suttenfield works
on cuts from UNC's campus.
By Nikki Werking
Despite the fact that UNC-Chapel
Hill Provost Robert Shelton is in
Switzerland until Feb. 10, he and other
are working on
ways to cut $5 mil
lion from the
But it is unclear
what, if any,
trators have made
how the $5 million
in cuts will be dis
tributed among the
Gov. Mike Easley
asked the UNC system to return about
1.3 percent of its funds to the state to
help offset the state’s S9OO million bud
get shortfall. When added to cuts made
in October, UNC-CH has had a total
budget reversion of about sls million
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and some are long-term goals,” he said.
Katzin said his platform of progres
sive energy reform is realistic.
“(My platform) aims big with the
understanding that maybe not every
thing will happen, but a lot of it will," he
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is in Switzerland, but
UNC officials say he
is in close contact
about budget issues.