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BOT Passes Revised DPS Budget Proposal Via Mail
By Jeff Silver
At least nine members of UNC’s
Board of Tmstees have voted to approve
the administration’s revised plan for the
Department of Public Safety’s budget,
guaranteeing the proposal’s passage,
officials said Monday.
Although some mail-in ballots are still
outstanding, only seven votes are
required for a quorum, said Marsha
Ferrin, who tallies votes for the BOT.
The vote follows unanimous approval
of the plan Thursday by the BOT’s
Audit, Business and Finance Committee.
An official at Yale University
says the university also
is considering eliminating
its early decision process.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s decision to scrap
the early decision application option for
undergraduate students has made other
colleges reconsider the benefits of the
UNC-CH officials said last week that
they would eliminate early decision
applications - which required binding
commitments from accepted students -
because the process gives an unfair
advantage to students from higher eco
nomic backgrounds. Under the policy,
students had to submit applications by
Oct. 15 and would find out if they were
accepted by the end of November.
Denied students were deferred.
Gretchen Bataille, UNC-system
senior vice president for academic
affairs, said UNC-CH’s decision will
probably have an effect on other
schools nationwide. “To have a school
the caliber of (UNC-CH) say we’ve
looked at this and it didn’t work for us
and we’re going to get rid of it, that has
a big impact,” Bataille said.
Richard Shaw, dean of admissions
and financial aid at Yale University, said
the university is considering revamping
its admissions process and getting rid of
the binding early decision policy.
He said the university is watching the
actions of UNC-CH to consider the
impacts of abolishing the policy.
“We continue to be very interested in
the area of making changes,” Shaw said.
He said Yale officials take issue with
the fact that early applicants are bound
to go to a school without knowing about
financial aid packages.
But Shaw said the main reason for
the misgivings about the early decision
system is that Yale officials do not want
to force students to make such an
important decision under pressure.
“Our position ... is that early pro
grams in general tend to have the
impact of forcing students to decide
early,” Shaw said.
The University of Virginia also has a
binding early decision program. Under
UVa.’s policy, students who are not
accepted are denied admission instead
of just being deferred.
John Blackburn, dean of undergrad
uate admissions at UVa., said officials
will not consider revamping the univer
sity’s admissions policy any time soon,
even though there is debate about
changing the policy.
He added that the number of stu
dents admitted through the school’s
early decision program has been on the
rise in the last decade.
Blackburn said UVa. does not intend
to remove the binding aspect of its early
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The plan, set to be ratified by the
trustees May 23, compensates for the
$566,650 of the $2 million DPS budget
deficit that administrators originally hoped
to raise through a night parking plan.
On March 28, the BOT sent back the
administrators’ original plan that would
have charged more than SIOO per
semester for a night parking permit.
The revised proposal makes up the
money by eliminating the new EU bus
route, reworking the University’s con
tract with Chapel Hill Transit and mak
ing internal cuts within DPS.
The remaining money, about $ 1.5 mil
lion, is made up by increasing prices for
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Making Tough Decisions: Subjective Ethics
By Lizzie Breyer
Seeing a mouse decapitated by a pair of
scissors or violently thrashing from a seizure
likely is difficult for anyone to watch -but
is it really inhumane?
After a video filmed in UNC laboratories
by a member of People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals was released April 18,
viewers were confronted with that question.
But in reviewing that video, UNC officials
were forced to make difficult decisions about
the necessity of pain in medical procedures
and the ethics associated with research.
In using a living subject, a number of fed
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NCAA Considers New Standards
By Nathan Perez
Officials in the National Collegiate
Athletic Association are considering a
series of tougher academic standards for
The new standards were proposed
Thursday by the Management Council of
the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.
Management Council member Jack
Evans said the only approved change is
the increase in core high school courses
required for athletes entering college.
The proposed reforms still on the
NCAA’s agenda include an alteration to
the sliding scale used to admit athletes,
a thorough review of athletes’ progress
toward graduation and penalizing teams
for poor academic performance.
“The motivation behind (the pro
posed changes) is to take steps to
improve graduation rates,” Evans said.
“But the logic is that if kids are better
prepared at the start, the more likely
they are to be successful in their fresh
man year and succeeding years.”
But Evans said the future of the pro
posed changes remains in limbo. “Once
(changes) are proposed, there is not a
precise flowchart,” Evans said. “But
depending on the topic of the proposal,
it might go to one of the legislative coun
cils for comment.”
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day parking per
mits and gating
several campus lots
to trim enforce
ment costs - parts
of the original pro
posal the BOT did
Stevens, who sup
ported the revised
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said he was pleased
Jen Daum says she
supports the DPS
Evans said the
NCAA’s Board of
Directors has the
final say in whether
the changes will be
director of compli
ance, said higher
dards for athletes
would have little
effect on UNC
CH athletic pro
grams because the
says that academic
standards for athletes
must be increased.
dards are already highly demanding.
Deibler said the UNC-system Board
of Governors regulates standards more
stricdy than the NCAA does. “We like to
think of ourselves as more of an acade
mic conference, like the Big Ten,” she
said. “This won’t do a lot of damage.”
But Deibler said the proposal might
create problems for some universities.
“I’m sure there would be (universities
with issues), but I wouldn’t want to
name them,” she said.
Evans said that the debate over colle
giate athletics has been raging for close to
20 years and that it is still difficult to pro
ject how changes will affect individual uni
versities’ athletic programs. “The topic is
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come up with a plan most people can
accept “Everybody worked very hard to
find a workable solution,” Stevens said.
Student Body President Jen Daum,
who said she did not vote in the ballot
because she will not be installed until
May, said she nonetheless supports the
new recommendations. “I gave this my
enthusiastic endorsement,” she said.
The BOT’s approval of the revised pro
posal puts an end to an eventful yearlong
process to patch up DPS’s budget deficit
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come up with a solution acceptable to
eral guidelines apply to help researchers
design their experiments, but ultimately,
decisions are subjective, based on analysis,
history and even some instinct.
And researchers said the same type of risk
benefit analysis helps them make decisions in
protocols involving both animals and humans.
Lester Kwock, the chairman of the
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee,
said difficult questions arise for which there are
only limited guidelines to help find answers.
He cited the amount of pain caused to an
animal - the central ethical concern in most
protocols -as an example of the subjectivi
ty of ethics in research with living subjects.
“Animals feel pain like humans. We are
almost perpetually on the agenda,” Evans
said. “But I have no idea how (the pro
posal) might affect different institutions.”
Bill Friday, a former UNC-system pres
ident and an active proponent of reform
ing college athletics, said that the NCAA’s
increased standards for athletes are a step
in the right direction. “If I were the presi
dent of an institution graduating 25 per
cent (of athletes), I’d be embarrassed,”
Friday said. “To ignore them or let them
leave without any preparation would be a
sharp criticism of that institution.”
Friday said institutions are obligated
to promote the academic success of stu
“We’re not running professional
teams,” he said. “We have a moral duty to
help them make a career.
“All of these efforts (of the NCAA) are
done in acknowledgement of a very
important statistic - fewer than one in
100 make a career out of a college sport.”
NCAA officials acknowledge that
there is a long way to go in improving
athletes’ performance in the classroom.
“We need to give schools incentives to
recruit students who can do the work and
disincentives to schools with students who
can’t complete the work," Evans said.
“But the details remain to be worked out”
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One plan, considered in late February,
called for increasing student fees $lO per
year to make up part of the deficit. But
because the deadline for increasing stu
dent fees for the following year had
passed, the plan would have required
UNC to make a one-time $265,000 con
tribution to fix the budget deficit
Because of budget constraints,
University officials said they were unwill
ing to make the payment. Instead, offi
cials released a plan that included charg
ing for night permits -a plan student
government objected to, saying that it
denied students access to campus and
that the decision-making process did not
cognizant of the fact this is not a benign thing
we are doing to these animals - the question
is, How far do we take it?” Kwock said. “It’s
a judgment call, and we hope we make the
Most of the ethical issues regarding animal
testing revolve around two points: deciding
when it is appropriate to cause pain in animal
subjects and assessing the level of pain expe
rienced by the animal during the protocol.
Dwight Bellinger, interim director of the
Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, said
there are clues to when an animal is in pain.
He said animals show some signs of dis-
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include enough of a student voice.
Nancy Suttenfield, vice chancellor for
finance and administration, announced
at Thursday’s committee meeting that a
group of faculty, staff and students will
begin forming a long-term plan soon.
Daum said a meeting will be held today
to ensure that next year’s parking
process runs more smoothly.
She said she will stress the impor
tance of student involvement in the
future. “We are going to ensure that stu
dent input continues to be important”
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Two other on-campus cases,
one armed robbery and one
sexual assault, reported this
semester are unresolved.
By Addie Sluder
University police have officially
closed the investigation of a sexual
assault that occurred on campus Feb. 27.
University police Capt. Mark
Mclntyre said Monday that the assault
victim positively identified the assailant
as an acquaintance and decided not to
The incident, reported March 22,
involved an 18-year-old female student
who was attacked at about 2:30 a.m.
while walking alone to her residence
hall from Franklin Street.
The student reported being forced to
the ground near Alumni Hall before
blacking out. She said she was covered
in bruises and scratches when she
awoke an hour later.
At the time the incident was report
ed, University Police Chief Derek
Poarch said the victim had been “clear
ly sexually assaulted." Police never
described the incident as rape, but it
was considered a sexual assault.
Two other recent assault cases are
still unresolved. An armed robbery
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