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A course beginning Tuesday
aims to teach students how
to lobby the N.C. General
Assembly more effectively.
By Philissa Cramer
A lobbying course Student Body
President Jen Daunt proposed last month
that will teach students how to present
their issues to state governing bodies will
meet Tuesday for the first time.
The course has been designed so that
students interested in learning how to
be effective at influencing die N.C.
General Assembly can now be formally
Daum said the
course will present
issues that are rel
evant now as the
budget cuts from
hard budget times,
we need to be as
informative as pos
sible to ensure that
the state remains
said students must
stay active during the
state's budget crisis.
The course will meet twice a week
for three weeks and is open to all stu
dents. One hour of credit will be award
ed to students who attend five of the six
The classes will be Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m. at a
place that is yet to be determined.
“Any student is welcome to sit in on
any session and come to as many ses
sions as they want,” Daum said.
Political science Professor Thad Beyle
will be the course instructor. He is the
faculty adviser of “N.C. Student
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UNC Not Sure About Matching Child-Care Fees
By Jessica Sleep
UNC-Chapel Hill officials say that
although they have begun meeting with
involved students, it is still too early to deter
mine whether the University will be able to
match funds generated by the recently
approved child-care referendum.
Before student voters passed the referen
dum last February, the Chancellor’s Child-
Care Advisory Committee made a formal rec
ommendation to the administration that the
University match any revenue generated
from the increase in student fees.
Students, Faculty Encourage More Activism
By Jamie Dougher
Students and faculty at UNC said this
week that they want the University com
munity to encourage strong on-campus
activism, which many believe has sub
sided since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Royster Society of Fellows, an
interdisciplinary fellowship program for
graduate students, held a forum
Wednesday titled, “Can you Say that on
Campus? Perspectives on the Limits of
Free Speech at UNC-Chapel Hill.”
Organizers intended to discuss how
students and faculty are exercising their
rights to free speech, noting the teach-ins
that followed the Sept. 11 attacks.
Graduate student David Pizzo, who
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Formation of Tuition Committees Stagnates
By Mike Gorman
Administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill
and N.C. State University have made lit
tle progress in organizing committees to
study long-range tuition plans.
In January, the UNC-system Board
of Governors approved a proposal ask
ing system schools to develop collabo
rative five-year tuition plans. The BOG
asked schools to have plans ready by the
October board meeting.
But since then, administrators have
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But Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs, said a discussion about matching
funds is premature because the 75-cent stu
dent fee increase has not officially been
approved by the necessary governing bodies.
Kitchen said the Student Audit Fee
Committee, the Chancellor’s Committee on
Student Fees and the UNC-CH Board of
Trustees all must approve the increase before
it is implemented. If those three groups
approve the increase, it then can be consid
ered by the UNC-system Board of Governors,
who ultimately approves all student fees.
Kitchen said die increase will not be con
sidered by the BOG until 2003. Because the
attended the forum, taught at one of sev
eral teach-ins scheduled after Sept. 11 to
address issues related to the attacks and
subsequent military action.
The teach-ins elicited concern from
many who labeled them unpatriotic,
prompting hundreds of angry e-mails
sent to campus administrators.
Anthropology Professor Catherine Lutz,
who spoke at one of the teach-ins, said at
Wednesday’s forum that she even
received a death threat after the event.
Pizzo said that overall, the teach-ins
enabled students, faculty and the com
munity to come together and react in the
wake of Sept. 11 and that he thought they
were a good example of how the campus
allows speech regardless of its content.
But now, more than six months after
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made little planning progress.
UNC-CH administrators said in
March that they planned to have a
tuition planning committee in place by
early April, although officials now say it
will be in place before the end of the
UNC-CH Provost Robert Shelton
met with UNC-CH Student Body
President Jen Daum Wednesday to dis
cuss the committee’s future.
“We’ve been waiting until she set up
her administration and Cabinet before
proceeding with plans to establish a
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January, the results of the February referen
dum could not be considered for the next aca
demic year. The earliest increase would be
implemented for fall 2003, Kitchen said.
Kitchen said that if the BOG approves the
increase, University administrators could begin
to consider the possibility of matching the gen
erated funds. “If the fee goes into effect, then we
would look at a request (to match funds) during
the University’s budget process,” she said.
While the possibility of matching funds is
uncertain, advocates of improved child-care
options are pressing forward to complete the
necessary paper work in order to have the rec
the attacks, many believe interest in
actively speaking out has tapered off,
especially in students. “It’s hard to sus
tain interest,” Pizzo said. “People are
confused, and they lost interest or
they’re afraid to address these issues.”
Student Body President Jen Daum
said that while she agrees activism has
waned on campus, she thinks it is prob
ably because of other issues facing stu
dents, such as academic responsibilities.
But she said that in general, the cam
pus is a place that supports free speech.
“I think we have a very open climate for
a diversity of opinions,” she said.
Organizers of the teach-ins and student
activists now face the task of encouraging
student involvement in new capacities.
Pizzo said professors also could do
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spring training Saturday.
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tuition planning committee,” Shelton said.
He said the committee will likely
have 11 or 12 members drawn from the
student body, faculty, administrators
and UNC-CH Board of Trustees mem
bers. Shelton said the biggest difficulty
will be finding representatives who can
meet during the summer.
Shelton said he wants to make the
body a permanent standing committee
to deal with tuition issues on a month
Daum said the organization of the
planning committee likely will be simi
ommendation considered. Child-care commit
tee member Marc David said Chancellorjames
Moeser received the recommendation in mid-
February and instructed the committee to for
ward its recommendation to the University
Priority and Budget Committee, which makes
funding decisions about the school’s budget
But Kitchen said that in light of the state’s
budget crisis, it is difficult to predict whether
UNC will be able to match an increase. “We’re
in for some tough times. We are certainly going
to have to make some very tough choices.”
Child-care committee members are work-
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more to foster student interest in current
issues. “Professors are afraid to put then
necks out there or afraid of saying some
thing wrong,” he said.
Philosophy Professor Gerald Postema
was one of the panelists at the forum on
free speech. He discussed the distinction
between an individual’s right to freedom
of speech and the academic freedom pro
fessors have to present all sides of an issue.
“I’m not sure academic freedom is
alive and well because I don’t think the
faculty is doing its duty,” he said at the
forum. In a later interview, he said facul
ty should be encouraged to practice aca
demic freedom “concerned with free, no
holds-barred teaching and discussion."
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lar to the tuition discussion panels orga
nized early this year with some changes.
“Naturally we want as much student
representation as possible,” she said.
“We’re making modifications to make
sure the committee is as fair as possible.”
Shelton said he is looking for people
who will be able to meet once or twice a
month during the summer.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is
that it can be just as hard to find available
faculty members in the summer as it can
be to find available students,” he said. “A
lot of professors have projects or research
Area Landlords Fear
Ordinance, $lO Fee
But advocates say the new rental licensing
program won't pass costs on to renters and
that more accountability will benefit renters.
By Adrienne Clark
The mere mention of Chapel Hill’s new rental licensing
ordinance elicits an immediate reaction from Shari Staccio,
property manager of 82 Magnolia at 100 Saluda Court.
“We’re against it,” Staccio said quickly. “I don’t think the
ordinance deals with the issues. They should enforce the laws
already in the books."
And Staccio is not alone in this opinion.
The new rental licensing ordinance, passed by the Chapel
Hill Town Council on Monday, makes landlords’ housing
code violations available online and all landlord records avail
able for renters. Landlords will have to fill out a registration
form and obtain a $lO rental license starting Jan. 1, 2003.
All records will be available at the Chapel Hill Town Hall.
Property manager Heather Brown of Walden at Greenfields
at 103 Melville Loop said the ordinance puts the burden of a
small number of delinquent landlords on the whole commu
“Because of a few bad apples in our community, ultimate
ly cost will be spread to all consumers,” Brown said.
Staccio said she thinks that landlords will be unfairly tar
geted and that renters now will have to pay more to offset the
landlords’ $lO fee.
“This will direcdy affect residents,” Staccio said. “There will
be an increase in overhead cost.”
But Lee Conner, a UNC law and business graduate student,
said any increase in cost to renters is unjustified because the
ordinance is not designed to increase rent fees. Conner sat on
the Rental Licensing Task Force that crafted the proposal for
the Town Council.
“Any landlord that substantially increases rent and blames
it on (rental licensing) simply wants to increase their profit,"
Conner said. “The fee is $lO a year. That’s 83 cents a month.
“The landowners who increase rent are upset they’re being
regulated. No one likes to be accountable.”
Brown said she fears the ordinance will have a negative
impact on Chapel Hill’s rental market.
“(The ordinance will make) Chapel Hill apartment com
munities less desirable than our competition in neighboring
counties,” Brown said.
But Town Council member Edith Wiggins said property
renters in Chapel Hill deserve the right to see past perfor
mance of landlords regardless of the consequences to the
property owners. “Sharing information is our responsibility.
We want to get information out.”
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Community members applaud a speaker at a teach-in Oct. 2. The event
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they conduct during the summer months.”
Daum said she will try to get as much
feedback on tuition as possible from the
student body before the end of the
semester. During the summer, she said,
she will use students on campus to voice
concerns about tuition planning.
Daum added that the committee will
have to wait to establish solid long-range
financial plans until the N.C. General
Assembly votes on tuition increases this
year. “The sooner we start discussing
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