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BOG to Act on $486 In-State Tuition Hike
By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
The UNC-system Board of
Governors will vote today on a propos
al that would increase in-state under-
graduate tuition at
Under the pro
posal, tuition for
In a late-night
that lasted more
than two hours,
the BOG Budget
Board of Governors
Budget & Finance
Full Board Meeting
and Finance Committee waded through
about a dozen tuition proposals before
reaching an agreement on one plan.
The plan calls for a systemwide
increase for in state students of 8 per-
BOG to Vote Today
On Whether to
Raise Student Fees
BOG policies prohibit increases of more
than 5 percent, but UNC-CH's proposal
calls for an increase of about 8 percent.
By Mike Gorman
The UNC-system Board of Governors is slated to vote
today on student fee increases that officials say typically result
from the poor state of the economy and rising health care, edu
cation and technology costs.
All 16 UNC-system schools recently submitted student fee
increase proposals, in addition to campus-initiated tuition
increase requests, to the UNC-system Board of Governors.
If the proposal is approved by the BOG, student fees at
UNC-Chapel Hill will increase by about $62.10, an increase
of about 8 percent. Students already pay about $773 in fees
Tuition fees pay for instructional costs, but student fees pay
for supplemental services provided by the University. At most
UNC-system schools, athletics, health care and expansion
programs are funded either in part or completely by student
fees. Individual campuses review student fees on a yearly basis
to assess the need for extra revenue to cover the rising costs
of academic and institutional programs -and officials tend to
raise those fees every year.
Andrew Payne, president of the UNC-system Association
of Student Governments and a nonvoting member of the
BOG, said the board has been monitoring student fee requests
during the past few years to make sure they do not grow out of
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Proposal to Add Faculty BOT Seat Sparks
Debate Among University, State Officials
By Krista Faron
and Jeff Silver
University and state officials are voic
ing differing opinions about the possi
bility of adding an ex officio seat for
UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to the
University’s Board of Trustees.
A resolution passed at the Feb. 22
Faculty Council meeting called for pro
viding the chairman of the Faculty
Council with a nonvoting position on
the BOT. The resolution states that pro
fessors deserve representation on the
board because of their interest in the
well-being of the University.
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said the board’s decisions are
important and warrant faculty perspec
tives. “These are people who are making
decisions for all of us, and we’d like to
have a voice in that process," she said.
But BOT Vice Chairman Stick
Williams said faculty already have
enough access to the board and said BOT
cent, a total of $lB6 at UNC-CH. For
out-of-state students, the committee sup
ported a 12 percent increase, a total of
about $1,478 at UNC-CH.
The across-the-board increase was
prompted by the UNC system’s need
for SBO million to fund enrollment
growth and need-based financial aid.
Previously, board members had hoped
to secure the full amount from the N.C.
General Assembly, but as the state’s fis
cal situation continued to dim, that goal
became less and less likely.
The systemwide tuition increase will
generate about S4O million, and BOG
members said they hoped that the leg
islature would at least match that
“For me, and I believe for this board,
the number one priority has to be
enrollment," said BOG member Jim
Phillips at the start of the committee
meeting. “The General Assembly will
not fund enrollment growth this year -
certainly not all of it."
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members often solicit faculty members’
opinions and encourage them to attend
meetings. “I think (the faculty) have a
tremendous amount of influence,”
Williams said. “I’m a little bit surprised at
the premise that they have to be a mem
“If a board is to govern
an organization, there ought
to be a seat for those
who are being governed. ”
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ber of the board to
have an impact."
But even if the
BOT supported fac
some say giving fac
ulty a seat would
at the state level.
Sen. Tony Rand,
said such a move
likely would require amending the
Higher Education Reorganization Act of
1971, which organized die 16 UNC-sys
tem schools under one governing board
and set the policies for those campuses.
Rand said he would prefer a systemwide
move instead of campus-specific changes
because the structure of all UNC-system
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But in a tuition workshop prior to the
meeting, BOG member Ray Farris said
he objected to using tuition to fund
enrollment, arguing that it would set a
“For 71 years this board has refrained
from funding enrollment; it is the
General Assembly’s responsibility,”
Farris said. “We do it this one time, and
it will come back to haunt us.
“We are charged with administrating
the university; the General Assembly
funds the university. This is their prob
lem, not ours - we are not a revenue
But Farris seemed to be one of the
few voices of dissent, as most board
members agreed that dire circumstances
called for the UNC system to consider
funding enrollment growth this one time
to keep the system accessible to all
Last month, Gov. Mike Easley
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Sen. Virginia Foxx, R-Watauga, also
said faculty interests are being served
without a faculty presence on the BOT. “I
don’t think (adding faculty) will do as
much good as they think it will,” she said.
But Sen. Elbe
Orange, said she
thinks the faculty’s
request is valid,
though she doubts
share her opinion.
“If a board is to
govern an organi
zation, there ought
to be a seat for
those who are being governed,” she said.
But Estroff stressed that the Faculty
Council drafted the resolution carefully,
leaving out any request that would require
legislative action. She said they recognize
that the law prohibits faculty from having
a vote because they are state employees.
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Board of Governors member Ray Farris studies a proposal for
tuition increases during the BOG's tuition workshop Tuesday.
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of the UNC system during its restruc
turing in the early 19705, said he gener
ally is not opposed to the idea, but he
would prefer a systemwide alteration.
But UNC-system Board of Governors
member Bradley Adcock said the chair
woman of the Faculty Senate at
Appalachian State University holds an
ex officio position on that school’s board.
Chancellor James Moeser, who has
voiced his support of the faculty pro
posal, also noted the faculty presence at
ASU. “I think it’s not inconsistent with
the policy of the UNC system," he said.
Estroff said she thinks the support the
faculty resolution has been met with is
increasing the prospects of its initiation.
She added that while a faculty seat on
the BOT would be a significant alteration
to an institution that seldom changes, fac
ulty will continue to push until they gain
representation. “Tradition dies hard here,
but 1 think this is the right thing to do.”
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Clarence Thomas Visit
Causes Boycott at UNC
By Lizzie Breyer
U.S. Supreme Courtjustice Clarence
Thomas is scheduled to speak on cam
pus today, an event that some UNC
professors say they plan to boycott.
Gene Nichol, dean of the UNC School
of Law, said Thomas will meet with stu
dents and faculty members at the law
school throughout the day, culminating in
a speech to law students at 4:30 p.m.
Nichol said the speech is not open to
the public because it is being held in the
Carolina Club, which does not have
enough seats to hold all law students. “We
don’t have enough room to accommodate
the whole law school community, so we
had to have students apply for tickets for
admission,” he said. “Also,Justice Thomas
has asked that it not be a public event.”
But not everyone in the law school
community wants to attend the day’s
events. On Feb. 28, five members of the
law school faculty drafted a letter
expressing their intention to boycott
Wednesday, March 6, 2002
Student leaders are urging
students to attend today's
BOG meeting, where tuition
levels are slated to be set.
By Christen Broecker
Students from across the state are plan
ning to rally at the UNC-system Board of
Governors meeting today in a last-ditch
effort to convince board members to pass
the smallest reasonable tuition increase.
The BOG is slated to vote on tuition
increases today. The board’s meeting
starts at 1: 15 p.m. and will be held at the
UNC-system General Administration
Under the proposal, yearly tuition at
UNC-Chapel Hill would increase by
$486 for in-state students and $1,778 for
UNC-system Association of Student
Governments Vice President James
Haltom said that in order to increase stu
dent presence at today’s meeting, the
UNC-CH student government has orga
nized transportation that will begin shut
tling students to the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
The shutdes will run about every five
minutes from the ATMs behind Davis
Library to the General Administration
Building on South Road. ASG President
Andrew Payne said he expects many
students to attend the meeting despite
its proximity to Spring Break. “Most of
our campuses are planning to have
some sort of student presence,” he said.
Payne predicted that a large student
turnout could be a decisive factor in the
BOG’s decision. “We’re going to be like
the sixth man in basketball, and hope
fully we can convince them to shoot
toward the smaller increase.”
Payne said students at the rally will not
directly oppose a tuition hike but will urge
BOG members to approve a smaller
increase. “They’re going to raise tuition,"
he said. “There’s no question about it The
question is whether die increase will be a
large one or a small one.”
Following the tuition workshop on
Tuesday, Payne said he thought the
board’s actions would encourage an
active student response. “There’s so much
division on the board that student partic
ipation will dictate the outcome,” he said.
UNC-CH Student Body President
Justin Young, who helped organize the
protest, said he is confident that the coop-
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The letter is signed by all the law
school’s black faculty members -
Professors John Calmore, Adrienne Davis,
Charles Dave, Kevin Haynes and Marilyn
Yarbrough. “While many law students,
faculty, staff and alumni are expected to
participate in the day’s events, we the law
school’s five African-American faculty
members will not join them," the letter
states. “Although it has been reported in
the local press that the law school is
‘delighted’ to have Justice Thomas visit,
we emphatically do not share that delight”
The letter cites concerns about
Thomas’ political views and several of
the votes be has made since his appoint
ment to the Supreme Court in 1991.
“Justice Thomas is not just another
Supreme Court justice with whom we
disagree,” the letter states. “Since Justice
Thomas’s appointment to the Court,
replacingjustice Thurgood Marshall, he
has provided the critical fifth vote in a
number of decisions that have set back
the quest for racial equality and social
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