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TPAC Votes on
To Ease Shortfall
TPAC is divided between the three different
ways to compensate for the Department of
Public Safety's $2 million budget shortfall.
Bv Meredith Nicholson
Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee members
voted Wednesday on a series of recommendations for revenue
sources to alleviate the Department of Public Safety’s esti
mated $2 million budget shortfall next year.
After some debate among committee members, many
members said they did not feel that it was their duty to present
Chancellor James Moeser with a complete budget but instead
to provide him with guidelines by which to draft a budget.
“1 believe the details are important, but I don’t think it’s this
committee’s job to come up with those," said Ted Zoller, a
TPAC representative from the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Members voted on amounts for each of three revenue options:
increased day parking permit prices, an increased department
transit tax or a minimum funding contribution from UNC.
Because the committee members did not come to a clear
consensus on what amount was best for each revenue option,
the members decided to send Moeser the breakdown of their
votes on several options. Moeser will consider the committee’s
recommendations and present a finished budget to the UNC
Board of Trustees on March 28.
According to most TPAC members, the most important ele
ment of the recommendations was the increase in parking per
mit prices. Members voted on different amounts for an
increase in all daytime parking permit prices. Four members
voted for a maximum increase of 5 percent, nine members
voted for 10 percent, and 10 members voted for 20 percent.
Members also voted on different amounts for an increase
in the department transit tax. Four members voted not to
increase the tax at all. Two members voted for a maximum
increase of 50 percent, 14 members voted for 100 percent, and
two members voted for 150 percent.
Committee members also said they felt it was important
that the University contribute to the budget every year or allo
cate a lump sum that DPS can distribute at its own discretion.
“The University has to participate,” said Willie Scroggs, a
senior associate athletic director for operations and facilities,
and TPAC member. “Even if that gets shot down, I don’t want
to sign my name to a proposal without it."
Two members voted for a $250,000 annual contribution.
Nine members voted for a $500,000 annual contribution. Three
members voted for a $750,000 annual contribution and nine
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Town May Cut Funds,
Increase Taxes to Aid
Mayor Kevin Foy proposed compensating
for the cuts with a 7- to 8-cent tax hike in
addition to an already planned increase.
Bv Jocelyn Oberdick
A significant cut in state funding to Chapel Hill is likely to
force both a cut in town department services and a rise in
taxes for residents.
The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday with offi
cials from the local finance, police and fire departments to dis
cuss the town’s budget for the upcoming year.
The budgetary discussion was affected by Gov. Mike
Easley’s decision to withhold funds from state municipalities
to compensate for a S9OO million state budget shortfall. The
withheld funds will mean a $1.4 million cut for Chapel Hill.
Mayor Kevin Foy said Wednesday that a 7- to 8-cent tax
increase might be necessary to compensate for the lost rev
Foy also said that before learning of the governor’s cuts,
Chapel Hill Town Manager Cal Horton already estimated that
a 5-cent tax increase would be necessary to fund the town’s
original budget. The previously planned 5-cent increase plus
Foy’s 7- to 8-cent prediction could bring the total tax increase
to as much as 13 cents.
But Foy said these numbers are purely speculative because
the state has yet to determine the exact magnitude of the cuts.
Without the exact figures, Foy said, the town cannot accu
rately project its budget for the next fiscal year.
“You can see that we don’t have firm numbers to rely on,"
“We don’t know what the economy or state is going to do.
It’s difficult to form firm figures.”
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Basnight Retracts Graduated Tuition Proposal
Bv Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
One of the state’s most influential politicians
has backed away from an idea to tie tuition with
in the UNC system to family income.
Senate President Pro Tern Marc Basnight,
D-Dare, asked his staff injanuary to examine
possible changes to the UNC-system’s tuition
policy, including a graduated tuition plan.
Amy Fulk, Basnight’s press secretary, said
Basnight asked her to look into graduated tuition
systems. “He threw out the idea of a graduated
tuition increase to try to make colleges more
affordable to lower-income students," she said.
But Fulk said Wednesday that Basnight has
1 Streak Saved in CNC's Home Finale
Seniors Kris Lang (left) and Jason Capel joke on the bench in the closing minutes of UNC's
win Wednesday night. Lang and Capel finished their careers 37-18 at the Smith Center.
Stockman Fires Away Early, Fades Away Late
Bv Rachel Carter
Larry Shyatt might want to contact the FBI.
In the first half of Clemson and North Carolina’s
Wednesday night contest. Tiger sophomore guard
Tony Stockman exploded for 28 points on 8-of-10
shooting from the floor. All of his made baskets
In the second half, l-of-6 shooting, no 3s.
Invasion of the body snatchers, anyone?
“I was really hot," said Stockman, who tied
career bests in made field goals, 3s and total points
(30). “It was fun while it lasted.”
Problem was, it didn’t last beyond the first 20
Stockman singlehandedly kept Clemson in the
game in the first half, leading the charge to cut into
North Carolina’s 19-point lead, the largest of the
He hit back-to-back 3s, his fourth and fifth of the
half, and sank four straight free throws after getting
fouled by Jackie Manuel and Melvin Scott.
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recently decided to abandon the plan and is
now going to focus his efforts on ways to
improve the state’s need-based financial aid
program by making it more user-friendly and
cutting down on bureaucratic red tape.
Fulk said that in addition to questions that
the plan raised about equity and fairness, offi
cials were not sure whether revenue gained
from charging higher-income students
increased tuition would be enough to cover
the costs of lower-income students.
Fulk also said it would be difficult for
administrators to draft state and university
budgets because revenue would fluctuate
from year to year.
Fulk said she found examples of other uni-
Stockman’s 10-0 run against the Tar Heels cut their
lead to nine.
North Carolina came back, but the team could
n’t escape the half without giving up three more
Stockman 3s - his new career high.
But then, halftime came and went. So did
“Better defense. More alertness,” said UNC
coach Matt Doherty to explain the difference.
“They run a play that we run. We just weren’t alert
Doherty decided to assign Manuel to the task of
guarding Stockman to take advantage of the 6-foot
-5 Manuel and his long arms to eliminate the open
looks Stockman had.
Scott and Adam Boone, both 6-2, drew much of
the defensive duty in the first half.
“I’m thinking I’ve got to try to make it as hard as
possible for him to get his shot off,” said Manuel
of his defensive plan against Stockman.
It worked. Stockman’s shots wouldn’t fall when
See STOCKMAN, Page 4
versifies that tried similar methods of charg
ing tuition, including the University of
Michigan system. All the schools Fulk
researched stopped using the sliding scale sys
tem after one or two years or abandoned the
idea before it was ever implemented, she said.
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James
Moeser, who spoke out against Basnight’s
idea when it first surfaced earlier this month,
said that other options are available for stu
dents who need financial assistance, making a
graduated system unnecessary.
“I understand the senator’s intentions,
which I thought were noble, but I thought the
proposal was riddled with problems," Moeser
said. “I think we can do everything the senator
With Wednesday's win, the
Tar Heels extended their
home winning streak against
Clemson to 48 games.
By Mike Ogle
North Carolina seniorjason Capel fell
to the paint as Clemson’s Chris Hobbs
hammered him Wednesday night.
The whistle blew, the layup fell
through the hoop, and Capel pointed at
could have been a No. 1, as in ranking.
In 2002, the gesture stood for the one
streak UNC had remaining by the last
game at the Smith Center - Clemson’s
complete futility in Chapel Hill.
Capel, unhappy about a similar pre
vious exchange that went uncalled,
yelled at the official just before his free
throw extended UNC’s lead to 22 mid
way through the second half.
Behind Capel’s career-high 28
points on Senior Night, it was the sec
ond time this season the Tar Heels
defeated Clemson, this time 96-78.
The win pushed UNC (8-18, 4-11 in
the ACC) to a 6-9 home record and a
last-place tie in the conference. And the
Tigers fell to 0-48 all-time in Chapel Hill.
“We did salvage the streak,” Capel
said. Capel got UNC off in that direc
tion shortly after pregame ceremonies
with the seniors (Capel, Kris Lang,
Brian Bersticker, Orlando Melendez
and Joe Everett).
Capel hit his first shot, a fading 3-
pointer. Three was how many bombs
he drained in the game’s first 2:19 as the
Tar Heels jumped out to a 10-0 start.
“This was my last game here," Capel
said. “I was going to shoot the ball.”
The first-half lead got as high as 19
until Clemson’s Tony Stockman
warmed up. Stockman was Clemson,
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Clemson guard Tony Stockman unleashes a 3-pointer in the Tigers'
96-78 loss at UNC on Wednesday. Stockman was 8 of 10 behind the arc.
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wanted to do with need-based financial aid."
Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-
Cumberland, said the idea had good intentions
and made people think about other tuition
plans. “It engendered a lot of conversation
from a lot of people about tuition increases.”
But Jeff Davies, UNC-system vice presi
dent for financial aid, said financial aid essen
tially already makes a system in which stu
dents pay based on their means.
Davies said, “In essence, that is a sliding
scale, globally, because lower-income stu
dents do pay less for tuition."
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hitting eight of his
10 3s in the half
and compiling 28
of the Tigers’ 40
4-12) had clawed
back into the
“I really thought
the game could
swing two ways if
they kept j-ing it,”
n’t, though, and
finished with 30,
tying his career high.
UNC’s career highs kept falling.
Adam Boone dished anew personal
record eight assists to go with his 13
“Tonight, especially being Senior
Night, I wanted to find guys when they
were open,” Boone said.
“It was a lot of fun out there to see
the seniors go out on that note, to see
Jackie Manuel break out like he did.”
Manuel upped his career high to 16
points in 21 minutes. Jawad Williams
had 14 points, and Bersticker rounded
out the double-figure scorers with 10.
Lang’s last appearance before the
home fans wasn’t as spectacular. He
fouled out with 4:26 left and six points
on just three field-goal attempts. “Ideally,
this is the way you’d like your senior
game to go,” said Doherty, citing Lang’s
numbers as an exception. “Otherwise,
we couldn’t have written a better script”
Lang, all smiles in the locker room,
didn’t let his night bother him. Before
heading to the locker room, the team
stayed on the floor for an impromptu cel
ebration with the cheerleaders and band.
Melendez sprinted into the stands
and swayed with the horn section. Lang
and Bersticker stood with Doherty and
the singing cheerleaders. They looked
and didn’t see Capel.
He was already heading down the
tunnel, and the seniors had to urge him
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UNC senior forward
scored a career-high
28 points Wednesday
in his final game at
the Smith Center.