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Budget Cuts Plague Public Universities
University of Washington system
schools face tough decisions,
while University of California
schools anticipate future cuts.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst
cut seven varsity sports.
The University of Washington turned ther-
mostats down in the
The University of
California is consid
ering restructuring its
The University of
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For states facing budget woes because of a
slumping economy, higher education could
be the first item on the chopping block, and
many states, including North Carolina, are
searching for new ways to trim the fat.
The process aims to review
vice chancellors and deans
to determine each official's
strengths and weaknesses.
By Krista Faron
Amid the seemingly endless stream
of exams, projects and presentations,
UNC students might believe they are
the only members of the campus com
munity who face evaluation.
But other University officials, includ
ing deans and vice chancellors, now are
subject to a formal evaluation process
that thoroughly examines their profes-
back for adminis
trators, the evalua
tions have an
effect on appoint
chancellor for stu
dent affairs, is
being reviewed -
the sixth adminis
trator to undergo
the new process.
Vice Chancellor for
is the sixth
to undergo review.
Provost Robert Shelton, who func
tions as the appointing officer for these
evaluations, said he believes the process
is critical for University officials.
“Everyone needs to be reviewed in
life,” he said. “With these reviews, we
wanted to lay everything out and make
it all clear.”
According to an evaluation proce
dure memo released by Chancellor
James Moeser lastjune, each UNC vice
chancellor and dean will be reviewed
by a committee composed of at least
seven members. Anew committee is
created for each administrative review.
Administrators are set to be reviewed
four years after their initial appointment
and every five years thereafter.
Shelton, who selects committee
chairmen and members, said faculty,
students, administrators and individuals
outside the University can serve on the
He said the committees solicit inter
views and offer open-forum opportuni
ties to gamer input from the University
“The committee has to be able to get
the feedback and analyze it," Shelton
said. “They have to be able to coax out
information in a responsible manner.”
After a committee completes its writ-
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Although the UNC system has had to slash
about $64 million from its budget this acade
mic year, North Carolina is not alone in hav
ing to trim public higher education.
Dick Thompson, director of government
relations for the University of Washington-
Seattle, said the school will lose about $23
million this year because of budget cuts. All
told, Thompson said the three-campus UW
system will lose about $55 million.
To make up for the cuts, the regents of the
UW system approved a tuition increase of up
to 16 percent, Thompson said.
He said the university already has used
about $6 million in reserves and that energy
costs were cut first. “All the thermometers
were put down to 65 degrees,” he said.
Thompson speculated that the university will
look first to re-engineering - cutting back on
administrative costs. He also said the governor
of Washington has proposed a hiring freeze.
Thompson said that as the university con
tinues to cut, it will next look to decreasing
the amount of state funding in self-supporting
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Seeks Voice on BOT
By Jamie Dougher
The Employee Forum unanimously
passed a resolution March 6 to ask for
an ex officio seat on the UNC-Chapel
Hill Board of Trustees, a proposal simi
lar to one passed by the Faculty Council
on Feb. 22.
The position would be nonvoting
because it is illegal for any state employ
ee to hold a voting position on the BOT.
Employee Forum Chairman Tommy
Griffin said employees were discussing
their own proposal at the time the fac
ulty passed theirs.
He said UNC-CH employees
deserve a seat on the BOT to “have
some input in the decision-making that
goes on around here.”
An employee representative would
serve as a communication point to and
from the BOT, he said. “We’re looking
for any avenue of communication we
can get,” Griffin said.
Griffin also said the forum would like
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programs that could be paid for by tuidon or
private donations. Then, Thompson said the
university would increase class sizes and- as
a last option - would cut academic programs.
“These are presumed to be permanent cuts
by the state legislature and the budget office,”
Thompson said. “No new programs are being
offered next year, and the university is still
expecting a shortfall.”
Thompson said that because other govern
ment services are often constitutionally man
dated, higher education is often the first to go.
“Unfortunately, in our state for higher educa
tion, it is the largest discretionary expenditure.”
A representative of the UC system said the
system has not experienced the detrimental
effects of California’s budget shortfall, which
totals more than $lO billion for the fiscal year.
“It’s a litde early for us,” said Brad Hayward,
spokesman for the UC system. “We’re just
entering the state budget process. So far we
have not seen any student fee increases, and
we’re not expecting any increases.”
Hayward added that the economic success
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to play a role in
any campus orga
nization or com
mittee like the
BOT. “We want to
make sure we
don’t get left out.”
there are advan
tages to an employ
ee seat on the BOT.
He cited as an
example how he
and other employ
ees would have
liked to offer their
input in the recent
approval of a tuidon hike by the BOT and
the UNC-system Board of Governors.
“I think it would be positive having
some staff representation on the Board
of Trustees," said Employee Forum del
egate Glenn Haugh.
The forum sent the resolution to
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to enter the Sweet Sixteen.
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Volume 110, Issue 12
Fraternity Resolves Fire Safety Suit
Sigma Phi Epsilon passed fire
inspection after a more than
two-year battle with Grinnell
Fire Protection Systems.
By Chris Blow
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
house on Cameron Avenue has been the
focus of a quietly waged legal battle for
more than two years.
A $13,700 lawsuit -and the con
struction problems that led to it - were
finally resolved over Spring Break,
when the house passed a fire code
Since the fall of 1999, Sigma Phi
Epsilon has refused to pay for the instal
lation of a fire protection system, claim
ing the system was not properly
installed, according to court records.
In response, Grinnell Fire Protection
Systems, the system’s installer, filed a
claim of lien in February 2000, which
argued that the business was entitled to
$13,700 worth of the Sigma Phi Epsilon
Because the fraternity continued to
seats on the BOT,
Sen. Tony Rand
says the board
should take into
account all interests.
of the late 1990s helped the UC system stay
afloat during California’s deficit. “We received
some very healthy funding in the late 1990s
when the economy was good,” he said.
But Hayward and many others in California
expect cuts to come in the 2002-03 fiscal year.
Hayward said programs that received addi
tional funding in the past will probably be the
first on the chopping block. “Programs that
received generous funding in those years
might be most able to absorb a reduction,” he
Ferrel Guillory, director of UNC’s
Program on Southern Politics, Media and
Public Life, said how states shield their insti
tutes of higher education will have a large
impact on the future of those states.
Guillory said, “Those states which come
out of this recession with the least amount of
damage to their schools are going to have a
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withhold funds, Grinnell filed suit in
April 2000, demanding that the house
be sold and $13,700 of the proceeds be
given to the company.
Roy “Bud" Wilson, the general con
tractor for the fraternity, said Grinnell
should not have gotten money for work
they did not finish. Administrators and
lawyers for Grinnell refused to comment
Wilson said Grinnell cut an under
ground power fine and refused to repair
it, which led him to discover that both
the sprinkler system and fire alarm sys
tem were installed improperly.
Chapel Hill Chief Fire Marshal
Caprice Mellon acknowledged that the
alarm systems were not installed until the
first week of March 2002. But fire depart
ment inspection records from 1999 indi
cate that the system was deemed “func
tioning, accepted and approved.”
Mellon acknowledged the 1999
inspection was flawed, and Wilson said
he is angry because he thinks the mis
take directly contributed to his inability
to resolve the problem with Grinnell.
“That mistake cost a lawsuit against my
company, against my client and a lien
on the property,” Wilson said.
But fraternity members said the real
issue is with the work done by Grinnell.
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To Transfer After
North Carolina guard Brian Morrison is the
second Tar Heel to transfer this season,
though he is undecided where he will go.
By Mike Ogle
The turnover ratio will be even higher than expected.
North Carolina’s Brian Morrison, a sophomore guard on
the men’s basketball team, announced Monday he will trans
fer to an undetermined school. The transfer marks the season’s
second and leaves the Tar Heels with three scholarship upper
classmen on next year’s team after an 8-20 season.
Jonathan Holmes and Will Johnson will be seniors and
Adam Boone, now the only remaining member from his
recruiting class, will be a junior. Redshirt freshman Neil
Fingleton transferred to Holy Cross during Winter Break.
“This was a very difficult decision for me to make, but I
believe it is best if I pursue another school to finish my colle
giate basketball career,” Morrison said in a released statement
“Despite some speculation, this is a decision I made only this
week while I was on Spring
Break as I had time to think
what was best for me.
“I don’t want people to
make judgments about the
coaches, my academics, the
University or my feelings for
Carolina basketball. I just
think I will be more successful
if I move on to another situa
tion. I appreciate Coach (Matt)
Doherty’s willingness to help
me find another school.”
Morrison started four games
as a sophomore, but his erratic
ball-handling prevented him
from getting consistent minutes
off the bench. He scored a
career-high 21 points in 23 min-
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utes in UNC’s first win against Georgia Tech but followed the
performance with seven turnovers in 21 minutes at Kentucky. He
compiled 73 assists and 62 turnovers in 2001-02 while averaging
7.1 points on 33.9 percent shooting. He led the team in 3-point
field goals with 42 and scored in double figures 10 times.
“Brian and I met (Sunday) night and agreed it was in his best
interest to find another opportunity for him to finish his college
career,” Doherty said in the release. “I am disappointed Brian
will be leaving UNC, but I understand it is best in this situation.
“I told him my staff and I will do everything we can to make
sure he lands at a school where he will have the best chance
to play and improve as a basketball player. Brian is a terrific
person and tremendous athlete. We’ll miss his athleticism, his
ability to take the ball to the basket and his long-range shoot
ing, hut we’ll miss him as a teammate even more.”
Prior to Fingleton, the last player to transfer from UNC was
Larry Davis to South Carolina in 1994. Neither Morrison, from
Redmond, Wash., nor his parents wanted to comment further.
He plans to finish the spring semester and possibly stay in
Chapel Hill for summer school and basketball camp.
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“I don’t think that the fire department
has in any way, shape or form had any
thing to do with our lawsuit,” said Philip
Dixon, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
“The problem is that we paid this money
-a lot of money -to do the job that they
didn’t do right in the first place.”
Since a 1996 Phi Gamma Delta frater
nity fire that claimed the lives of five UNC
students, University fraternities and soror
ities have had to spend thousands of dol
lars installing sprinkler systems required
by the Chapel Hill Town Council.
Wilson said he and Grinnell officials
eventually met informally at the end of
February to negotiate the final settle
ment out of court.
Wilson also said that despite the
lengthy lawsuit, an agreement was
reached in which the fraternity would pay
a reduced cost for the system as long as the
house passed inspection. “There was a
handshake and an agreement,” Wilson
said of the meeting. “We’re going to pay
the final payment, which was substantial
ly reduced from the $13,700 in the law
suit.” Wilson would not comment on the
final settlement amount.
Fire Marshal Barry McLamb said a
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