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A higher systemwide tuition
increase and a lower cap on
campus-based increases is
one proposal for the BOG.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
UNC-system administrators offered
mixed responses Monday to the fact
that officials at the system’s two largest
campuses are standing by tuition
increase requests that conflict with a cap
being considered by the UNC-system
Board of Governors.
Both UNC-Chapel Hill’s and N.C.
State University’s boards of trustees
have approved one-year, S4OO tuition
increase requests that the BOG is sched
uled to consider March 6.
But at a meeting last week of the
BOG’s Budget and Finance Committee,
committee member Robert Warwick
proposed a $250 cap on campus-initiat
ed tuition increases at both institutions.
Warwick also suggested that the
BOG adopt a 10 percent systemwide
increase - instead of a 4.8 percent
increase previously discussed by the
BOG - largely to fund enrollment
growth and need-based financial aid.
Although Warwick’s proposal gar
nered mixed reviews from board mem
bers, administrators at UNC-CH and
N.C. State University have said they
have no intention of modifying their
proposals and bringing $250 tuition
increase requests before the BOG.
Warwick’s proposal called for all
campuses to submit their modified
tuition plans to the BOG by March 1.
Despite the possible cap, the N.C.
State trustees approved a S4OO tuition
increase Friday, and UNC-CH
Chancellor James Moeser said
Wednesday that UNC-CH’s trustees
had no plans to alter a S4OO tuition
increase request it passed injanuary.
But Warwick said BOG members
would work with individual campuses
to determine appropriate tuition levels.
“There’s room in this situation for
people to have honest differences of
opinion,” he said. “And we’re not saying
that (UNC-CH) and (N.C.) State don’t
need S4OO. We have the responsibility to
match (the universities’) need with the
ability of the students to pay that tuition.”
Warwick said he proposed the cap
and the 10 percent increase partly
because he does not want students to
pay more than they can handle.
“That 10 percent across-the-board
increase and the cap was a proposal to
get something on the table for the Board
of Governors to talk about,” he said.
“We had to put a cap on the campus
based tuition increases so that they
wouldn’t be too large."
BOG member Jim Phillips said there
is a perpetual tension between campus
initiated and systemwide tuition increas
es. “I think, to some extent, those things
are in conflict,” he said. “I think there’s
a choke point where you can set tuition
increases too high. ... We just have to
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Town Council Gives Nod to Next Step in Rizzo Project
By Michael Chen
The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unan
imously Monday night to expedite review for
a special-use permit for UNC’s PaulJ. Rizzo
Conference Center, meaning construction will
most likely start before the end of the summer.
The center, located in the Meadowmont
mixed-use development off N.C. 54, is owned
and operated by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler
Business School. The business school primar
ily uses the building for social functions.
On Feb. 11, the council tabled discussion of
a petition sent by the University requesting an
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Committee to Bring Proposal for $6 Fee Hike
By Jessica Sleep
Members of the Student Congress
Finance Committee voted 4-2 to recom
mend a $6 student fee increase after meet
ing with members of three student groups.
The recommendation will be consid
ered today by the Rules and Judiciary
The original purpose of Monday’s
meeting was to discuss three proposals
that would establish separate student
fees for the Carolina Union Activities
Board, Student Television and WXYC
radio. All three organizations are now
guaranteed funds from the student activ
ities fees by the Student Constitution.
Finance Committee Chairman Tony
Larson said CUAB, STV and WXYC
receive 42 cents of every dollar collect
ed from student fees.
He said the original proposals were sug-
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Residents Link Property Use, Value
By Jocelyn Oberoick
When looking for contributors to the exis-
tence of local poverty,
Chapel Hill’s landfill
and the expanding
quarry in Orange
County continue to be
the focus of heated
But there are few sta
tistics to back up the
dents near both the
quarry and landfill
have expressed their
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expedited review of a special-use permit for
additions to the conference center. Bruce
Runberg, associate vice chancellor for facilities
services, said the town’s approval will speed
up the process for reviewing the Rizzo Center
project, which might start as early as June.
Runberg said he is pleased with the deci
sion because it prevents the project from being
delayed by a de facto moratorium on new
development that the town passedjan. 28.
He said the council now likely will consid
er whether to grant a special-use permit some
time in the next six months. Without the expe
dited review, it could have been as long as a
year before the council considered whether to
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gested to create more funding for other
campus groups by freeing up money in
the student activities fees that now goes to
these three groups. “The amount of stu
dent activities on this campus is growing
rapidly,” Larson said. “We received
requests for $500,000 from student
groups, and our budget is only $155,000.”
But representatives from all three
organizations voiced their opposition to
creating separate fees for their funding.
Bill Burton, chairman of student edu
cational broadcasting for WXYC, said
he strongly opposes the proposal. “This
is a backdoor method to increase stu
dent fees,” he said. “It’s an attempt to
charge students something extra for
something they already get now.”
Under the new funding program, the
student body would have to approve any
increases requested by the organizations.
CUAB President Krisi Young said she is
concerned that subjecting future increases
frustration and dissatisfaction with the effects of
those land uses on local neighborhoods.
They say the landfill and quarry have caused
a lowered social and economic status for the
people living in these areas.
The Orange County Regional Landfill was
created in 1972 along Rogers and Eubanks
roads, an area that was still rural at that time.
But with the development of neighborhoods
within its vicinity, the landfill has caused an out
pouring of complaints.
“The perception of the (residents) is that it
has had a negative impact,” said Gayle Wilson,
an administrator with the landfill. “But if you
ask what are those problems, they will have a
Although administrators for these areas
maintain that the quarry and landfill are not the
grant the special-use permit, Runberg said.
“This helps immensely for the construction
of two additions to the Rizzo Center,” he said.
“If it was not passed, construction would be
delayed about five months.”
The Rizzo Center project is one of four
projects that gained approval from the Town
Council Planning Board before Jan. 28 and
was given the opportunity to move forward
before the town finishes revamping its devel
opment ordinance, which officials plan to do
Many council members said allowing the
project to go forward is logical. “There is no
reason to delay it any longer,” said council
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to a student vote could be detrimental to
her organization. “We are given one-third
of student fees for a reason,” she said.
“We’re not supposed to be subject to what
ever the political climate on campus is."
After a two-hour discussion, Larson
said many pertinent issues had been raised
that questioned the need for the proposals.
“This discussion leads me to rethink that
maybe we should raise student fees.”
Larson then proposed a motion to
recommend a $6 increase in student fees
instead of establishing three separate
fees. Members initially failed to pass the
increase in a 3-3 vote.
Committee members discussed post
poning their recommendation to the
Rules and Judiciary Committee but
decided it was not timely to do so.
The committee then voted on the
motion for a second time, and the $6
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cause of these alleged negative social and eco
nomic effects, residents still argue otherwise.
“It devalued the property and upset the qual
ity of living,” said resident Melvin Parrish in
regards to the expanding quarry near his home.
“I am disappointed with Chapel Hill and what
they have done to me, a taxpayer.”
The complaints coming from residents
around the landfill have focused on the conta
minated water that was allegedly caused by
debris in the landfill.
Residents say the water was not only causing
illness but also that it was a main reason for the
area’s lower economic status.
Ida McMillan, the reverend at Faith
Tabernacle Church near the landfill, said with
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member Mark Kleinschmidt. “We are placing
it under expedited review because it is a wor
thy project, and approval was only delayed
due to procedural problems."
Although the council has approved overall
plans for the Rizzo Center, the University
must get the town approval before starting
construction. The total tab for the Rizzo
Center project is $lB million, but Runberg
said the cost of delaying the additions could
be about $60,000 a month.
University officials and council members
agree that the additions to the conference center
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Bill Burton, chairman of student educational broadcasting for WXYC,
opposes separate student fees for WXYC at the Congress meeting Monday.
Decides to Transfer
At Semester's End
After a record-setting 2001 season, the
Tar Heels' Darian Durant said Monday that
he would transfer after the spring semester.
By lan Gordon
After a year of quarterback controversy, North Carolina has
found itself in yet another predicament.
Redshirt freshman Darian Durant announced in a Monday
press conference that he will transfer at the end of spring
semester to play football at a yet-to-be-disclosed school.
“This was not a spontaneous decision,” said Durant, who read
from a statement at the start of the press conference and left after
embracing UNC coach John Bunting.
“It’s also a decision that’s not based on
competition. Competition brings out
the best in people, and it’s something
that I thrive on tremendously.
“It’s also not a decision based on
the coaching staff. I’ve pondered over this a long time, thought
hard about it, and I feel like it’s the best thing for me to do.”
Durant, who declined to answer reporters’ questions, did
not specify the circumstances behind his departure or hint at
where his destination might be.
The decision came as a surprise to many following the success
Durant had in 2001. The 5-foot
-11, 227-pound quarterback set
UNC freshman passing records
for touchdowns (17), comple
tions (142), yards (1,843) and
total offense (1,971 yards) while
splitting time with senior Ronald
Curry in the Tar Heels’ 8-5,
Peach Bowl-winning season.
“I’ve spoken with Darian’s
high school coach, we’ve spo
ken with his father,” Bunting
said. “Nobody’s really sure
what took place except that
he’s ready to go and get into
another environment and play
some more ball.”
Bunting said he spoke with
Durant three weeks ago and that
the quarterback was excited about upcoming spring practices.
But Bunting said he realized a week later that Durant, his
likely spring-practice starter, was thinking about transferring.
“He’s made a decision. We’ve asked him to think about it
several times," said Bunting, who indicated he would welcome
Durant’s return if the quarterback were to change his mind.
Durant’s 2001 season was filled with ups and downs after his
successful debut in relief against Oklahoma on Aug. 25. As
Curry struggled early, Durant gained the confidence of UNC’s
coaching staff. He eventually would split time evenly with Curry.
But Bunting said the November death of Durant’s step
mother took a toll on Durant, who admitted late in the sea
son that he had battled homesickness in his two years at UNC.
On top of that, Bunting said Durant twice before had spo
ken to him about transferring, once before the team broke for
summer break and again after summer camp ended.
Several North Carolina players declined to comment
Monday, but sophomore quarterback CJ. Stephens -a con
tender for Durant’s vacated spot - said teammates knew lit
tle more about Durant’s decision than anyone else.
“There were rumors among the guys,” Stephens said. “I
hadn’t had a chance to talk to him about it, but I don’t think
even his closest friends knew he was going to leave. Even now,
I don’t think they know where he’s going.”
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