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Parking Proposal Takes Heat on Eve of BOT Vote
By Lizzie Breyer
Two trustees vocally opposed a
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bers of the
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Wednesday to weigh in one final time
Classroom Diversity Varies Widely Among Majors
By Addie Sluder
Sophomore Douglas Bynum has
always been passionate about drama.
Though he did not enter UNC with
the intention of majoring in dramatic art,
Bynum’s experience with the depart
ment prompted him to switch majors.
Bynum is one of nine
minority undergraduate stu
dents majoring in dramatic
art. Though Bynum said he
feels at home, he said he
thinks more diversity would
strengthen the department.
“I do feel at times there is
something I could be con
necting with here that I’m
not,” Bynum said. “Having
minority students just brings
another side to things.”
Provost Robert Shelton
said many variables, including
social pressures and the need
for role models, factor into a
student’s choice of major
The 22.6 percent of non
white students at UNC are dis-
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persed somewhat unevenly among vari
ous majors, according to data compiled by
the Office of Institutional Research. Some
majors, like African and Afro-American
studies, which is 94 percent minority stu
dents, attract a large number of minority
students. Others, like the curriculum in
peace, war and defense, which has a 5.6
percent minority enrollment, have a
below average percentage of minorities.
Many officials said that although it is
difficult to explain disparities in the
racial makeup of different majors, efforts
to attract and support minorities are crit
ical in an academic environment.
Junior Siobhan Johnson is an active
member of predominately minority
groups and interacts regularly with a
diverse cross section of people.
But whenjohnson heads to class in the
School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, she said the absence of
minority students is profound.
“It’s definitely different from every
thing else I do on campus,” Johnson
said. “I’m in groups like the Carolina
Association of Black Journalists and the
UNC Gospel Choir, which are predom
inantly African-American, so when I
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Miranda Turner, 4, of Chapel Hill swings at the Community Center Park
on Estes Drive on Tuesday afternoon. Miranda visits the park
with her grandmother several times a week.
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on the plan, which the UNC Board of
Trustees will hear today.
Trustee Richard Stevens and Student
Body Presidentjustin Young, who sits on
the BOT, offered vehement objections to
the part of the proposal that would create
a night parking permit system.
“The flaw in this plan is night parking
- it’s just not a good idea,” Stevens said.
The meeting began with a presenta
tion from campus transportation planner
George Alexiou about the effects of
come to class, there is an obvious minor
Dean Richard Cole said the school
has traditionally had a minority popula
tion on par with the universitywide
average. The school currendy has 223
undergraduate minority students, 15.4
percent of the school’s total enrollment.
“We are very proud of our record of
diversity and inclusivity,”
For Bynum, a low minori
ty population in his major
does not lower his opinion of
Though there are few
minorities in the department,
Bynum said he thinks there is
a genuine concern for minori
ties and minority issues, espe
cially in the Play Makers
“Play Makers is actively
pursuing the issues of minori
ties in theater,” he said.
Department of Dramatic
Art Chairman Ray Dooley
said Play Makers has adopted
a colorblind casting protocol
that has resulted in minority actors play
ing traditionally white roles.
Dooley also said that he thinks diver
sity is an integral part of the educational
experience and that he hopes more
minorities will be attracted to the dra
matic art major.
“I think we have a number of attrib
utes that would attract minority stu
dents,” Dooley said.
Unlike dramatic art, the public policy
major has an above-average number of
undergraduate minority students - 32.5
Department of Public Policy
Chairman Michael Stegman said that he
is pleased with the relatively high num
ber of minority students in his depart
ment and that he attributes the high
number to the growth of the department
and of the relevancy of issues addressed
in the curriculum.
“There is a focus on problems and
problem solving that touches people’s
lives,” Stegman said.
Erica Lee, a public policy major from
Houston, also said she likes the practical
nature of the discipline.
“I like how public policy is based on
real-life experiences and real-world
issues,” Lee said. “I’m interested in
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campus construction on parking.
Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancel
lor for campus services, then outlined
the DPS budget proposal for 2002-03.
The plan, which was developed by
University vice chancellors after they
received recommendations from the
Transportation and Parking Advisory
Committee, includes increases in the
price of parking permits and the creation
of a system of night parking permits.
Night parking permits, which would
Courtney Jones, right, Cicely Allen and Jimmy Mansfield participate in a Spanish class. Only 14.5 percent
of romance languages majors are minority students, compared to 22.6 of the total student population.
learning how to make the government
work better for me as well as others.”
In addition to actively seeking diver
sity among students, officials said they
are making concerted efforts to recruit
minority faculty members, who make
up 12 percent of the faculty.
“Every recruitment that we make is a
potential to add to the diversity of the
faculty,” said Faculty Council
Chairwoman Sue Estroff.
Because areas of study and inquiry at
the University are far-reaching, Estroff
said she thinks it is imperative that the
faculty is diverse. She cited budget con
straints and retention problems as cen
tral causes of what officials have called
a lack of minority faculty.
“When another university can offer
them a lot more money, it’s hard for us
to compete,” she said.
Dooley echoed Estroffs budget con-
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Young Reports on Last 6 Months
Young says issues like
tuition, parking and the
satellite campus in Qatar
took time from his platform.
By Jamie Dougher
Student Body Presidentjustin Young
released his March Report on
Wednesday, detailing the issues he tack
led during the last six months of his term.
Young said unexpected issues such as
parking, tuition and the proposed estab
lishment of a satellite campus in Qatar
prevented him from fulfilling some of
his platform goals. “Given all the issues
we had to deal with, our time was bet
ter spent on those,” he said.
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Tar Heels come from behind
to score two wins.
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allow the user to park in any campus lot
after 5 p.m., would cost students $122 for
the academic year and cost faculty $166.
Students also would have the option of
parking for free at night in the Bell Tower
Lot or the Bowles Lot on South Campus.
Day permits would be valid at night.
After the presentation, Stevens imme
diately raised financial concerns relating to
the night parking plan. He said he is con
cerned students will not be able to afford
night permits and said he would prefer the
students do not make
up a consistent per
centage of students
majors offered at UNC.
heads and school
deans say they want
to increase minority
presence in their
classes to achieve a
more accurate reflec
tion of the general
Endowment was a
key issue on
when he ran for
student body pres
ident in 2001.
his stipend of
$2,400 to create a
grant program for
students on cam
pus. Young said his
through on fund
raising for the program because other
issues took precedence. “It’s a big disap
pointment for me,” he said.
Young said he has not yet decided
alternative proposed by students on TPAC
- levying an across-the-board $5 student
fee increase to generate revenue. “We’ve
hit students pretty hard already with the
tuition increases coming from the (UNC
system) Board of Governors, and this is
one more thing added on,” Stevens said.
But Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said it is too late to impose a fee
increase for this year and that the only
other option is to have faculty and staff
bear responsibility for the rest of the rev
Undergraduate Academic Breakdown by Major
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Journalism and Mass Communication
0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000
Number of Students
African and Afro-
0 20 40 60 80 100
Number of Students
SOURCE: UNC DEPARTMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH DTH/BRIAN WASSON
what to do with the $2,400.
Young cited tuition increases as the
most pressing issue facing his adminis
tration this year. He said he attempted to
rally students to lobby trustees through
letters and protests, but he said the poor
attendance at thejan. 24 UNC Board of
Trustees meeting where a tuition vote
was taken was “very frustrating.”
But Young said it was important that
he helped establish the Carolina Lobby
Corps last semester to teach students how
to lobby members of the N.C. General
Assembly about issues like tuition.
Young and his officers also dealt with
parking-related issues throughout the year.
Faced with the proposal for night parking
charges and the possible loss of on-campus
parking for resident students, Young
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cites tuition as the
biggest issue facing
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enue, which she said she did not support
“I don’t think throwing out the whole
plan makes sense, but we also can’t tol
erate a 30 percent increase - we need to
think about equity and fairness regard
ing cost and access,” she said.
Trustees then addressed safety con
cerns, with several administrators and
trustees saying they support the securi
ty that would be put in the free lots.
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5695 M Cut
The state cut to education
could be part of an overall
$1.2 billion cut to state
agencies due to fiscal woes.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
The bad news is that state legislators
are considering cutting $695 million
from the state’s education budget next
And for both state legislators and
UNC-system officials, the good news is,
State legislators returned to Raleigh
this week and began searching for ways
to cut about $1.2 billion from the 2002-
03 state budget in an effort to overcome
one of the worst fiscal situations in state
Education, which makes up about 60
percent of the state’s $14.7 bilhon bud
get, could bear the brunt of the pro
posed cuts with the $695 million reduc
tion. Other state agencies will be
expected to trim a total of $5lO million
from their budgets.
Next week, appropriation subcom
mittees in the state legislature are slat
ed to begin investigations into how
much can be cut from state agencies in
the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
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The Supreme Court heard
oral arguments involving
a lawsuit that could remove
North Carolina's 13th District.
By Elyse Ashburn
Assistant State & National Editor
WASHINGTON - A U.S. congres
sional seat hangs in the balance. The
deciding factor: 900 residents.
The batde began when Utah sued the
U.S. Census Bureau over census data
gathering techniques that cost Utah a
congressional seat, handing it to North
The showdown - Utah v. Evans -
made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court
Wednesday and had the justices ques
tioning the constitutionality of “hot
deck” imputation -a practice used to
gather census data.
Hot deck imputation is the process of
assigning occupancy to a residence based
on the data of the nearest neighbor.
The U.S. Census Bureau has used
hot deck imputation to determine pop-
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