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UNC to Offer 16 Fewer Summer Classes
By Jamie Dolgher
UNC-Chapel Hill officials have decided to
reduce the number of summer school classes
offered by 2 percent - about 16 classes - in
anticipation of additional state budget cuts.
A plan based on a 4 percent budget cut
that was submitted to UNC-system officials
last week indicates that summer instruction
stands to lose funding.
Jim Murphy, dean of UNC-CH Summer
School, said officials planned for potential
cuts last October and were able to combat the
Tax Deadline Spurs
Chapel Hill's main post office
extended its hours Monday
to allow area residents who
had not filed taxes to do so.
By Kellie Dixon
For at least the second year in a row,
the post office on Estes Drive added
about eight more hours to its working
Hundreds of Chapel Hill residents
scrambling to have their taxes post
marked by the April 15 deadline.
On Monday, local residents flocked
to the post office at 125 Estes Drive,
griping about the government or their
tax returns in general as U.S. Postal
Service employees cheerfully sorted out
the different forms.
Flat, larger Internal Revenue Service
forms in the bins on the left. Smaller let
ters to the right.
This year, the post office on Estes
Drive kept its curb open until midnight,
giving procrastinators an extra opportu
nity to mail off their forms in time.
However, latecomers who dared to let
the minutes slip by took the chance of
having their tax returns postmarked
Hal Patterson, a clerk at the post
office, said people in Chapel Hill enjoy
the frenzy of tax time.
“If you come back here around 11:30
p.m. tonight,' there will be throngs of
people," he said. “They enjoy doing it.
It’s tradition. There’s many people in
Chapel Hill who enjoy the camaraderie
of everyone who waited till the last
But David Jones, an assistant lacrosse
coach at Phillips Middle School, said
other factors delay taxpayers. He added
Experts: Seniors Face Tight Job Market
As the nation emerges from
an economic downturn, UNC
seniors will enter a fiercely
competitive job market.
By Meredith Nicholson
Senior Carroll Smith said she made
two trips to New York and interviewed
at four law firms before landing a job as
a legal assistant for after graduation.
But Smith said she thinks she is lucky.
“Compared to a lot of people I know,
it was easy,” she said.
As graduation nears and the unstable
economy continues to make jobs tight
nationwide, University officials say
patience, networking and flexibility are
key to overcoming the shortage of jobs
available for graduating seniors.
Although economic experts say the
recession has come to an end, the eco
nomic downturn is still making jobs
scarce, and certain fields - such as
The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
problem when it arose.“ The summer program
planned to be about 2 percent less than last
year because we might have budget cuts and
we might have tuition increases,” he said.
Murphy said summer school officials chose
which classes to eliminate by determining
which courses have alternate options or serve
the same purpose as other classes. Both dupli
cate sections and entire classes were cut.
But Murphy said he anticipated few prob
lems due to the reduced number of classes
because demand might be lessened.
He said tuition increases for the fall and
spring semesters would make students want to
that he thinks it’s a good idea that the
post office extends its hours to accom
modate people such as schoolteachers
and coaches who can’t make it there
during regular business hours.
“Plus, I owed, so I waited until the
last minute,” he said, smiling.
But some deadline pressures aren’t
necessarily self- or government-inflicted.
Janet McGovern of Chapel Hill said
although she is a non-practicing accoun
tant, her family members rely on her
during tax return time -a move that
increases her stress surrounding tax
“My problem is that I always say,
‘Yeah, sure I’ll help you out,’ and I get
the forms late, so no it doesn’t help my
stress level,” she said. “But I think every
one in the nation procrastinates.”
McGovern, who bought two books of
stamps Monday, mailed about 10 forms
total around 5 p.m., beating the post
office’s deadline with hours to spare.
Last-minute filers could purchase
stamps at the post office, but tax forms
were not available.
Jason Coleman, a clerk at the Estes
Drive location, said that while he under
stands the hectic nature of tax time, he
thinks the situation can be avoided.
“From my experience, I think every
one should have filed their taxes early,”
Other residents said that although
they appreciated the post office’s efforts,
the government should figure out anoth
er way to handle taxes.
“Get rid of the graduated tax system
in this country,” saidjohn Huffstetler of
Chapel Hill. “I have an accountant that
charges me SIOO an hour, and he can’t
understand the tax code.
“He told me it’s just a shot in the
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investment banking, consulting and
advertising - have been hit particularly
hard, said Marcia Harris, director of
University Career Services.
Economists have predicted earlier this
year that the economy will rebound 2.5
percent or 3 percent from a recession
they say started in March 2001, although
experts maintain that it is a slow recovery.
“It’s definitely a tighter job market
year,” she said. “It’s frustrating to stu
dents, particularly for those who have
done all the right things.”
Jay Eubank, director of career services
in the School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, said seniors are having a
hard time finding jobs because they are
not only competing with other recent
graduates but also against people who
have gained experience in their fields.
“A recession means that there are fewer
jobs out there and more competition for
the jobs that are out there,” he said.
Eubank said it is important for stu
dents to be flexible geographically and to
know where to apply. .The most impor
tant thing students can do is be patient
File sharing continues to increase
on college campuses nationwide.
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pursue employment during the summer rather
than spend more money on their educations.
The 2002-03 school year will be the third
in a row in which tuition will increase S3OO.
But Murphy said summer school tuition
has not increased during recent years as much
as tuition during the school year.
“The summer school has been trying to
hold its tuition in check the last two or three
years,” he said, citing a tuition increase of
about $5 per credit hour for the summer
school in the last few years.
Murphy said officials determine summer
tuition by charging enough to offer the courses
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Jason Coleman, an employee of the post office on Estes Drive, stands outside the post
office Monday afternoon and sorts income tax forms that are ready to be mailed.
and continue laying foundations that will
help them secure a job, he said. “Finding
a job is not about sending cover letters
and resumes to people,” he said. “That is
a very hit-or-miss way of doing it.”
Eubank said networking is critical
because even when the economy is
good some of the best jobs are not well
Students should seek out profession
als in their fields for advice and cultivate
good relationships, he said. “Even if they
don’t have job leads, they have a lot of
information for you.”
Officials also say students need to be
flexible with what type of job they are
willing to accept.
Harris said students who originally
planned to work for Fortune 500 com
panies after graduation can choose to
work at a smaller company or accept a
lower-level job at the company they
want to work for and work their way up.
“Students should look at their first job
as a stepping stone for their greater
goal,” Harris said.
That philosophy has proven success
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students want but not so much that it is too
expensive to attend summer school at other uni
versities. “If we don’t charge enough, we can’t
offer the courses,” he said. “We need to find a
balance that keeps us feasible and competitive."
Tuition for this summer is slls per credit
hour for in-state undergraduates and $340 per
credit hour for out-of-state undergraduates.
Registration for the first session of summer
school classes is now at 5,128 students. Last
year the final number enrolled in the first ses
sion was 6,420. The second session, which is
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ful for some.
Kelly Brown graduated from UNC in
December with a degree in psychology
but couldn’t find a job in social services
or teaching that would allow her to con
tinue living in Chapel Hill.
So Brown accepted a job in human
resources at Target Inc. although she
knew it was not something she wanted
to do in the long term. “I felt that I had
to be more realistic than idealistic at this
point,” she said.
But Brown continued attending job
fairs and making contacts with area prin
cipals. She starts her new job as a
teacher in August.
Harris also said applications to law
school and graduate programs are up
this year but that students shouldn't use
graduate school as a way to hide out
from finding a job.
“If they don’t have a solid reason for
going (to graduate school), it’s going to be
hard to explain to a potential employer,
especially if their degree has nothing to do
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To Study Group
Before week's end, House Speaker Jim Black
is expected to tap the remaining members
of a commission that will study the BOG.
By Nathan Perez
Senate President Pro Tern Marc Basnight, D-Dare, recently
made five appointments to a legislative commission that will
examine the structure of the UNC-system Board of Governors.
Legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in
December provided for the 10-member UNC Board of
Governors Study Commission.
Basnight appointed Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-
Cumberland, to be the co-chairman of the commission. His
other four appointments are Sen. Linda Garrou, D-Forsyth;
Sen. John Garwood, R-Wilkes; Sen. Jeanne Lucas, D-Durham;
and Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus.
Basnight’s five appointments are expected to be comple
mented this week by the five selections from House Speaker
Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg.
To ensure that the UNC system is being well-managed, the
commission will evaluate the size of the board, the member
election process and the term particulars. Basnight stated in
a press release that the BOG’s structure is more than 30 years
old and that with 32 members it is far too large.
Amy Fulk, Basnight’s press secretary, said Rand was select-
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UNC Group Responds
To Mideast Violence
With Medical Care
Intrah, a UNC group, will temporarily change
its mission to performing emergency medical
procedures on victims in the West Bank.
By Will Arey
A representative from a UNC organization that has long
worked to boost health-care infrastructure in the Middle East
will depart for the region today to implement the group’s redi
rected strategy to respond to violence in the region.
Hammouda Bellamine has spent the last several days meet
ing with officials at UNC’s School of Medicine to determine
how the UNC group - called Intrah - can best help respond
to recent violence in the West Bank.
Bellamine, Intrah’s director of performance improvement
and training, said the group has decided to focus for the next six
months on providing emergency relief in the West Bank rather
than on developing long-term health care in the entire region.
The West Bank area is a strip of land that was occupied by
Palestine until 1948 whenjordan took control. Israel has con
trolled the land since 1967
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Student Body President Jen Daum feeds a camel in the Pit on Monday.
The camel was part of Israel Fest, a one-day event sponsored by N.C.
Hillel. Other activities included having your name written in Hebrew.
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Wednesday: Cloudy; H 90, L 60
Sunday: T-storms; H 86, L 57