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Student leaders say the new
parking plan is a "slap in
the face" to TPAC, whose
proposal differed greatly.
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
Student leaders were shocked and
disappointed Tuesday evening over a
new parking and transportation pro
posal that includes an across-the-board
increase in the cost of permits and a
night parking fee.
The final proposal came as a surprise
to student leaders, who were briefed on
the plan Tuesday afternoon by Carolyn
Elfland, vice chancellor for campus ser
vices, and Nancy Suttenfield, vice chan
cellor for finance and administration.
“I am in total shock and disappoint
ment with the proposal,” said Student
Body President Justin Young.
Young and other student leaders
were upset that the vice chancellors did
not take the parking suggestions made
by the Transportation and Parking
In February, TPAC voted to recom
mend a night parking proposal that
included a $.5 per semester increase in
student fees rather than charging for
separate night parking permits.
“We’re especially disappointed that
they chose to go ahead with the type
of night parking program that the
committee overwhelmingly chose not
to support,” said Student Body Vice
President Rudy Kleysteuber.
Originally, student leaders were not
satisfied with TPAC discussions sur
rounding night parking.
But after additional TPAC meetings
and debate, committee members were
able to approve the recommendations
drawn up by graduate student Emily
Williamson. Young said the fact that the
chancellors and vice chancellors did not
use TPAC’s recommendation calls the
committee’s purpose into question.
“It is a slap in the face,” Young said.
“A lot of careful thought and hard work
went into the recommendation.”
But administrators said the TPAC
recommendation was not feasible
because it required the University to
commit $265,000 before the student
fee could be levied.
Suttenfield said that because of bud
get cuts and limited funding from the
state legislature, the University did not
have money to cover the commitment.
Young said the $265,000 was not
just a one-time cost - it also signaled a
commitment that the University had a
vested interest in reconciling the park
ing situation. He questioned why
Elfland did not bring up feasibility
concerns during the TPAC meetings.
“The commitment showed a uni
fied front and support on the part of
the University,” he said.
Student Body President-elect Jen
Daum also said she was concerned
about the safety of students who wanted
to access campus facilities late at night.
She said she is worried about stu
dents who will use the designated free
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Spillman Named to Succeed Newcomb as Attorney General
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Undergraduates at UNC have anew
student attorney general who is already
taking over many of the daily chores
associated with the job, although she is
awaiting official approval.
Junior Amanda Spillman, who is cur
rently managing associate attorney gen
eral, was chosen March 8 to succeed
Attorney General Brad Newcomb,
Finalized Parking Proposal Set for Trustees
The proposal would institute
on-campus night parking permits
that would cost $122 per year for
students and $166 for faculty.
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Top administrators approved Tuesday a com
prehensive parking and transportation proposal
that includes the implementation of a night park
ing program and across-the-board permit price
increases for next year.
Officials said the proposal would generate $2.1
million, which would cover the Department of
Public Safety’s budget shortfall of about $2 million.
Under the proposal, which the UNC Board of
Trustees will consider next week, night parking
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“1 am still technically the student
attorney general, but I gave her the keys
to my office, and she and I are consult
ing on everything,” said Newcomb.
“She’s pretty much doing the job now.”
Spillman’s duties will include investi
gating alleged violations of the Student
Code and deciding if there is enough
evidence to warrant an Honor Court
She and her associates will also rep
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permits would cost students $122 for the academ
ic year and cost faculty $166. Weekend parking
would remain free, but weekend parking times
would begin at midnight Friday instead of at 5 p.m.
Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor for
campus services, said people who purchase day
permits will be allowed to use them at night as well
-a measure Elfland said administrators took
because they did not want to punish students, fac
ulty and staff with day permits whose schedules
require them to stay on campus past 5 p.m.
The night parking plan diverges from most of
the recommendations that the Transportation
and Parking Advisory Committee made after
extensive meetings last month. TPAC voted 18-4
on Feb. 20 for a resolution that would have
increased student fees $5 each semester to help
cover the DPS’s budget shortfall.
Administrators said Tuesday that because it is
too late to levy new student fees for the fall semes
resent defendants charged with viola
tions of Student Code.
Spillman said she is now concentrat
ing on learning the computer system
and making sure the transition goes
But soon she will be working toward
some bigger changes.
“My top priority is increasing overall
efficiency,” Spillman said.
She said she also plans to increase
faculty involvement in Honor Court
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procedures and has been discussing
ways to reach that goal with her associ
Spillman said these goals were espe
cially important in light of ongoing
efforts to reexamine the Honor Court
Spillman has been approved by
Student Body President Justin Young,
and her appointment must now be con
firmed by the Student Congress' Rules
andJudiciary Committee and by the full
ter, the proposal would have required too much
University contribution for the budget shortfall.
In addition, Elfland said TPAC’s proposal did
not leave any lots free, a cause of concern for cam
pus administrators. “The vice chancellors group
felt strongly there should be free lots,” she said.
The proposal approved Tuesday allows for
free parking after 5 p.m. in the Bell Tower Lot
and the Bowles Lot on South Campus.
Transportation from the two lots to main campus
locations would be provided from 5 p.m. to mid
night. Security guards also would be positioned
at the lots to increase safety, administrators said.
The new proposal would not eliminate resident
student parking, an idea TPAC considered. Instead,
the cost of permits will rise for all permit holders,
including faculty and staff. Some permit prices
would go up by as much as 40 percent, Elfland said.
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It’s not the kindergarten you remember. In fact,
there isn’t much in N.C. schools today that
most adults would recognize from their own
school days. Increased emphasis on early child
hood education, accountability, individual atten
tion and school choice are changing the face of
education in North Carolina and
The 1990s saw a wave of new
public education initiatives
under then-Gov. Jim Hunt. “Years ago
our public schools were down near the
bottom among the states,” Hunt said.
“We decided we needed to improve our
North Carolina’s education system
now targets children before they enter
school through pre-kindergarten pro
grams like Smart Start and Gov. Mike
Easley’s More at Four initiative.
Smart Start, which provides child
care, health services and education to
preschoolers, began in 1993 under
Hunt. More at Four. Easley’s new program for at
risk 4-year-olds, provides state funds for local pre
In turn, children are expected to know more
when they enter kindergarten.
“We know more about how children learn,”
said Carolyn McKinney, president of the N.C.
Association of Educators. “Children can learn
more than perhaps we thought.”
Kindergartners were once expected to count
only to 10, she said. “We know now that they can
count much further than that. Many people would
say we are teaching in kindergarten what we used
to be teaching in first grade.”
But social learning, which once dominated
kindergarten classrooms, still needs to be taught,
McKinney said. “Learning to play together is just
as critical as learning to count or to read.”
Higher expectations also translate into
Educators say there has been an increased
emphasis nationwide on standardized testing in
Robert Patton, the principal of East Burke
Middle School in Icard, said that he’s seen plen
ty' of changes in his 24 years as a school principal
but that the “biggest change is that state focus on
the standard course of study ”
The standard course of study dictates when and
how subjects will be taught. Students are tested on
the material by standardized tests beginning in the
“Typically, though, that’s just a pro
forma - they just rubber-stamp the
choice for student attorney general,"
Blair Sweeney, chairman of the
Rules and Judiciarv Committee, said
his committee will vote on Spillman’s
appointment 7 p.m. Monday, and the
full Student Congress should vote
Newcomb, a junior, said he was part
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The proposed changes, which would take effect Aug. 15, indude anew
fee for night parking permits for students, faculty and staff. The plan
also increases rates for 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. permits. Parking fees for
faculty and staff also will increase according to the lot.
■ New Night Parking permit (5 p.m. - midnight)
‘only needed for those without daytime permits
$122 (Students/per academic year)
$166 (Faculty and staff/per calendar year)
Changes to Daytime Parking Rates
Category of Student Rates Student
Parking Lot for 2002-03 Increase
■ Reserved $497 SB3
■ Gated $4Ol $67
■ Surface Parking $305 s6l
■ PR Lot $230 $lO2
■ MCLot $127 s2l
SOURCE: UNC PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
third grade and continuing through high school.
Before the tests were implemented, the standard
course of study was not strictly enforced.
Beginning this academic year, children in
grades three, five and eight will have to perform
at grade level on end-of-grade tests to be auto-
By Rachel Leonard
school exit exam by 2005.
Proponents of standardized testing
claim the tests set a common standard
for all students and can quickly identi
fy areas where children perform poorly
“The focus is not on testing; the focus
is on the curriculum," said Johnston
County Schools Superintendent Jim
Causby Standardized testing helps
keep teachers on task, he said. “There’s
very little wasted time in school any
But many states have gone “test
crazy,” said Robert Schaeffer,
spokesman for Fair Test, a group
opposed to widespread standardized
in North Carolina.
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testing. “More testing doesn’t improve education
any more than weighing a baby more frequently
makes it bigger and stronger,” he said.
A grow ing number of students, teachers and
parents oppose standardized testing, he said,
including local officials who resent national inter
ference in state-run education systems.
“There is a backlash, a rebellion against class
rooms becoming test-coaching centers,” he said.
“The heavier the hand of testing, the more back
lash there’s going to be.”
But students aren’t the only ones being put to
the test. In 1996, North Carolina adopted the
ABCs accountability program, which holds
schools and teachers responsible for student per
One part of the ABCs ranks schools on the
basis of student performance, with the state send
ing in assistance teams to help low-performing
schools or even replace staff.
The program also measures growth in student
achievement: Teachers at schools who meet test
score improvement goals receive bonuses
North Carolina is one of the first states to
implement such programs.
“We’ve become a real national leader,” Causby
A Tailored Education
Despite an increased focus on standardized
testing, individual attention and personalized edu-
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of a selection committee that narrowed
down the options to two candidates -
Spillman and Special Investigations
Associate Attomev General Aaron
In the end, the committee chose to
recommend that Young select Spillman
for the position because of her expen
ence as a managing associate attorney
general and because her skills were
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matically promoted to the next
grade. North Carolina has also
considered implementing a high