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UNC-Chapel Hill must revert $4.4 million
to the state and will accrue the money
with by-percentage cuts to all departments.
By Brook Corwin
UNC-Chapel Hill officials have decided to distribute the
burden of a recent state budget cut equally among all
University departments -a strategy they say should prevent
any area of the University from being severely affected.
On Feb. 5, Gov. Mike Easley ordered all UNC-system
schools to return 1.3 percent of their state funding as a result
of the state’s budget crisis. As part of the cut, UNC-CH must
revert about $4.4 million.
Provost Robert Shelton said Thursday that the University’s
overhead fund will absorb one-fourth of the cost, leaving the
remaining three-fourths of the cuts to be equally distributed
by percentage across all University departments.
Shelton said the overhead fund - which is used to pay for
a variety of expenses such as repair and renovation costs and
guest lecturers - could not absorb the entire budget cut
because the money returned must be state funds, preventing
private contributions to the overhead fund from being cut.
“The only real question during our decision process was
how much the fund could absorb,” Shelton said. “We con
cluded that this was the most we could absorb centrally.”
Shelton said the remaining cuts were passed on to each
University department, with administrators in each depart
ment having the authority to determine how the cuts would
be distributed within individual departments.
He said the amount each department would have to cut
varied slightly but that almost every department would cut
about 1 percent of its operating budget. “Basically, everyone
took the same percentage,” he said.
Richard Cole, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, said the school was able to absorb the cuts
without cutting staff positions or faculty salaries.
Cole said the cut came from personnel money normally
used to pay for part-time faculty or guest lecturers.
Dee Reid, communications director for the College of Arts
and Sciences, said the dean’s office was able to absorb an
additional portion of the cuts by reducing non-personnel allo
cations - funds used to pay for administrative equipment and
office space costs.
Reid said that after the cuts were made to the dean’s office,
each academic department within the college had to absorb
the remainder of the costs, which amounted to a cut of about
0.6 percent for each department.
The budget cut is the second Easley has ordered since
November, requiring UNC-CH to revert a total of about sls
million to the state.
Laurie Charest, associate vice chancellor for human
resources, said the combined effect of this year’s cuts has
forced the University to eliminate 15 occupied staff positions.
But Shelton said that because UNC-CH officials expected
the state to make its most recent cut, each department had
time to prepare for the funding loss.
“The good news is that we anticipated this,” Shelton said.
“We contacted each department last fall and told them, ‘We
expect this cut, so plan your budget accordingly.’”
Shelton said he does not anticipate that the state will make
any additional budget cuts this fiscal year.
But he said he has warned each department that - based
on next year’s projected state budget shortfall - more cuts
could be on the way.
“The question now is, ‘How do we prepare for next year?”’
Shelton said. “Next year, I think, could be even worse.”
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Administrators: University Globalization Still a Possibility
By Krista Faron
When Chancellor James Moeser
announced earlier this month that UNC
would not open a satellite business
school in Qatar, some considered the
situation to be a completed chapter in
the University’s history.
But according to UNC officials, the
Qatar negotiations did not mark the first
- or the last - time a foreign nation
would court the University to establish
a campus abroad.
In 1996, the University considered
opening a satellite branch in Jakarta,
Indonesia, after a wealthy family offered
to finance the venture. But UNC aban
doned the proposal in early 1997 after
officials determined that the country’s
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Crime Grows, but Police Budget Doesn't
By Colin Sutker
The Chapel Hill Police Department is combat
ing a large crime increase during the first six
months of this fiscal year, Police Chief Gregg
Jarvies said Wednesday.
Jarvies gave a presentation before the Town
Council on Wednesday night that included data
indicating a 29 percent increase in part-one crime,
which includes homicide, rape, robbery, aggravat
ed assault, motor vehicle theft and larceny. Jarvies
could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins
said that during this time period, robberies
increased about 89 percent, from 28 incidents to
53. Burglaries rose from 240 incidents to 349,
about a 45 percent increase, she said.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the police department
proposed an $8.9 million budget for next year -a
2.1 percent increase over this year’s estimated
$8.78 million budget.
But the town asked the police department to pre
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political situation was too volatile.
Qatar negotiations began last year in
June when the Qatar Foundation for
Education, Science, and Community
Development, a charitable organization
established by the Qatari emir,
approached UNC about creating an
undergraduate business school in the
capital city of Doha.
The negotiations were terminated for
financial reasons after months of debate
and discord among University factions.
While the recent Qatar negotiations
attracted unprecedented attention to the
University’s international presence, the
story of UNC’s globalization efforts
began long before last year. The influ
ential Salim family, owners of Central
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pare a budget based on a likely zero percent increase
in funds, meaning the town does not want the police
department to bank on an increase in funding.
“This is a very tight budget year,” council mem
ber Pat Evans said Thursday. “We’re having to not
add on (programs) to balance the budget. We do all
we can with the resources we have.”
But shortages in the police department com
bined with the town’s budget cuts have put a strain
upon the department’s ability to perform, Maj.
Tony Oakley said Thursday. “We’re 16 posts short
over the last couple of months, up over the usual 10
short,” he said. “That’s a big decrease when you’re
only talking about a hundred-man work force. I
don’t see us getting any more (this year).”
Oakley added that the rise in crime is tied to a
faltering economy, citing that a lot of the crime
occurs in low-income areas.
“Some of this has to be attributed to the eco
nomic situation,” Oakley said. “Some folks can’t
get a job and move toward the crime aspect to
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A police car sits at Pritchard Place while police check out an incident.
Local police are facing an increase in crime without any more money.
Budget Cuts May Affect
Carrboro Parks, Arts
By Katie Davis
Carrboro officials predict this year’s budget short
falls will delay the realization of some projects outlined
in the Vision 2020 plan for downtown Carrboro.
Since Gov. Mike Easley’s decision to withhold
funds from state municipalities to compensate for a
S9OO million state deficit, the town anticipates los
ing $299,284. The town’s budget for the 2001-02
fiscal year is $12.3 million.
Vision 2020 is a comprehensive project with the
goal of improving downtown Carrboro by making
it more pedestrian-friendly. The plan was intro
duced as a way to cater to all Carrboro residents by
emphasizing local arts and providing every resident
with a voice in the community.
Carrboro Planning Department Director Roy
Tuition Plans Get Mixed Reviews
By Mike Gorman
Student leaders and political lobbyists are divid
ed about the merits of two state-funded programs
under review by the N.C. General Assembly that
provide financial aid to N.C. residents attending
private institutions in the state.
The N.C. Legislative Tuition Grant program allots
SI,BOO to every state resident attending one of the
state’s 36 private colleges, and the State Contractual
Scholarship Fund gives colleges $l,lOO for every full
time state resident enrolled at these schools.
Both programs, which have been in place for more
than 30 years, provide S7B million in financial aid to
all students at private colleges, regardless of need.
N.C. Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, chairwoman
of the House Education Subcommittee on
Universities, said the legislature is examining both
programs to determine if there is a need for revision.
Insko said any funds reclaimed from scaling back
the programs would probably be used to help allevi
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Williford said he believes that while certain aspects
of the plan might be delayed, the Board of
Aldermen is working to ensure that the town won’t
be severely affected. “The board is trying to do as
much as it can to not affect the raw maintenance of
the town,” Williford said.
Although the town’s basic needs might not be
affected by this year’s budget cuts, Williford said
aesthetic improvements - namely those involving
parks - might fall under the chopping block.
One important aspect laid out in the Vision 2020
plan involves the beautification of Carrboro
through an increase in the development and main
tenance of parks.
The town anticipated receiving a fraction of the
S2O million in funds set aside for parks and recre-
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ate North Carolina’s budget shortfall, which is expect
ed to be more than $1 billion for the next fiscal year.
Insko said one option is to scale back both pro
grams and award financial aid on the basis of need.
“If we allocated funds to these institutions based on
the number of students in need, more money would
go to schools with lower-income students,” she said.
Under the current program, a portion of state-pro
vided funds goes toward campus improvement.
Legislators are trying to determine if military per
sonnel who are enrolled in off-campus distance
learning curriculums and do not actually use campus
facilities should be included in the grant programs.
Andrew Payne, UNC-system Association of
Student Governments president, said he applauds
the legislature for looking at the programs as a source
of potential funds. “If students are going to be asked
to fund enrollment growth, scaling back these pro
grams would be an excellent way for the legislature
to match what students contribute,” he said.
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