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For 5 Percent
Cut to UNC
The budget proposal calls for systemwide
enrollment growth to be funded by money
raised from an as yet nonexistent lottery.
Bv Alex Kaplun
RALEIGH - Gov. Mike Easley unveiled his budget pro
posal for the 2002-03 fiscal year this week, which contained
mixed blessings for the UNC system.
The $14.3 billion budget calls for cuts to many state pro
grams in an effort to fill a possible fiscal hole of about $2 billion.
Easley’s budget will now head to the N.C. General Assembly,
which also has begun to work on next year’s budget.
At a press conference Tuesday, Easley touted his budget
as one that will protect classroom instruction at all educational
levels without raising taxes.
“Our commitment to education and protecting classrooms has
been, and must continue to be, the central guiding force in shap
ing the budget,” Easley said. “Education clearly serves that role
in the budget I am submitting today. It trumps all other items.”
Easley’s budget does call for about a 5 percent reduction to
the UNC-system’s recurring budget, a total of about S9O million.
But that reduction is smaller than the proposed budget cuts
for most other state agencies - many of which are more than
Even though Easley proposed a cut beyond what some
University administrators had hoped, UNC-system President
Molly Broad said that with a 5 percent budget cut UNC-system
administrators would be able to shield classroom instruction from
feeling the impact of the cuts. “We have pledged that with a cut
at 5 percent there will be no harm to classroom instruction,” she
said. “The core strength of this University will remain intact”
Easley’s budget also calls for a net reduction of about 500
positions across the UNC system, but no permanent faculty
will be eliminated.
Easley’s budget does meet the University’s full need for enroll
ment growth and need-based financial aid for the 2002-03 aca
demic year, a total of about SBO million.
See STATE BUDGET, Page 5
Ducote to Focus
On Student Voice
As ASG President
Jonathan Ducote was voted in as the next
president of the association May 4, beating
James Haltom and Greg Drumwright.
Bv Elvse Ashburn
GREENSBORO - Pledging to “hit the ground running,”
Jonathan Ducote was elected the UNC-system Association of
Student Governments’ president for 2002-03 at the group’s
May 4 meeting.
“I can’t wait to get going,” the N.C. State University rising
junior said minutes after his election. “It’s time to go.”
After holding the position of ASG treasurer in 2001-02,
Ducote said he looks forward to working in anew capacity.
“I’m excited about the possibilities for next year,” he said.
Ducote’s running mate, N.C. Central University student Kian
Brown will serve as the 2002-03 ASG senior vice president.
Prior to the vote, many ASG delegates, including UNC-
Chapel Hill Student Body President Jen Daum, endorsed
“Next year is a big year,” Daum said. “The association will
have lots of money, and we need somebody in the position
that we can trust. I give my support to Jonathan Ducote.”
Ducote and Brown received 31 votes from the ASG dele
gates, while UNC-CH junior James Haltom and his running
mate received 11 votes. Greg Drumwright, a junior at N.C.
Agricultural & Technical State University, and his running
mate received six votes.
The UNC-CH delegates were Daum, junior Melody
Rodgers, and former UNC-CH Student Body President Justin
Young. Ducote received two of the Chapel Hill delegation’s
“I am really excited about working with Jonathan and Kian
next year,” Damn said after hearing the election results. “I
know the association is in good hands.”
See ASG PRESIDENT, Page 5
Class of Last Hurrah
Bv Brook Corwin
A crisp morning wind sent balloons scat
tering through the skies above Kenan Stadium
moments after members of UNC’s class of
2002 received degrees that will help them do
the same across the
state and nation.
More than 3,000
ates, master’s stu
dents and Ph.D.
candidates received their degrees in
Commencement ceremonies held during a
sunny but unusually cool Sunday morning.
As they awaited their final moment as
UNC students, members of the class lis
tened to several speakers, including Sen.
John Edwards, D-N.C., a UNC School of
Law alumnus who delivered the event’s
keynote address. In his speech, Edwards
stressed the importance of living a post
graduate life of decency and compassion.
“The people who succeed in this world
are the people who pay less attention to their
own needs than to the needs of others,”
Edwards said. “Society changes when each of
its members is changed, changed for the bet
ter through the meaningful action of others.”
Edwards’ address was preceded by short
speeches from a number of University offi
cials, who each directed congratulations and
praise towards the graduating students.
“This is your day!” shouted Chancellor
Vice Chancellor Moore to Leave University for Boston
Bv Meredith Nicholson
Marian Moore, vice chancellor for infor
mation technology, announced May 8 that
she has accepted a position at Boston College.
She will leave UNC to begin her new job
Moore has been with the University since
1997 and was instrumental in the implemen
tation of the Carolina Computing Initiative.
Moore is from Boston and worked at
Boston College before coming to UNC.
“Boston’s my home, so that obviously was
one of the drivers in this decision," she said.
But she said accepting the position was a
difficult decision for her to make.
Moore also said that although the cycles of
budget cuts over the years are not conducive
to building new programs, she believes UNC
has one of the best technology programs in
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Graduates of the class of 2002 celebrate during the Commencement ceremony Sunday morning (above).
Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., congratulates the graduates during his speech (below).
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James Moeser as he opened the ceremonies.
“All of us join you in this traditional cele
bration of academic excellence.”
Many students appeared to take
Moeser’s words to
heart. Although each
student wore a tradi
tional Carolina blue
cap and gown, many
adorned their outfits
with feather boas,
or an assortment of
giant balloons. Before,
during and after they
took their seats behind
the west end zone of
the stadium, the
be heard shouting in
celebration or in an
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attempt to find their parents in the crowd.
In contrast to the external jubilation of the
undergraduates, most of the graduate students
sat quietly in front of the stage on the field as
they were honored with their degrees.
Speaking on their behalf, Graduate and
Professional Student Federation President
Mikisha Brown praised graduate students
for their continued work ethic and dedica
tion. “Today is proof of your ability to fol
low through to the end,” Brown said.
Edwards, who along with medical human
itarian Verne Chaney and philanthropist
Julian Robertson Jr. received honorary
“I am absolutely thrilled with my years at
Carolina, but it’s time to move on,” she said.
Provost Robert Shelton said Moore’s leav
ing is a tremendous loss for the University.
“Marian has been an excellent leader in an
area that is very difficult,” he said.
There are enormous demands placed on
information technology officials, Shelton said.
He called Moore’s work with CCI and the
Knowledge Works program, which encour
ages faculty to use technology in classrooms,
an asset to the University.
Shelton said Moore is respected and well
liked by faculty and said that has helped infor
mation technology use to develop and grow
on campus. “I’m most impressed with the way
she resonates with and communicates with
Chancellor James Moeser issued a state
ment May 8 calling Moore’s contributions to
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degrees from UNC on Sunday, said improv
ing the lives of others would require physical
and moral courage - raits he hopes graduates
had developed during their time at UNC.
“My oldest daugh-
ter, Cate, had a
favorite saying in high
school: ‘A ship is
safest in port, but
that’s not what ships
are for,’” Edwards
said. “Ships are for
making that coura
geous voyage. You
can keep your ship in
port, but at UNC,
you’ve been taught to
sail courageously, and
I urge you to do so.”
The tragedies of
Sept. 11 and the
slumping economy were cited by several
speakers as harsh realities the graduating
students would be forced to confront.
But Senior Class President Ben Singer said
that after several years of growth, each mem
ber of the class of 2002 is prepared to combat
these problems and work to improve the local
and national community. “The world has
changed a lot over four years, but so have we,”
he said. “Let us not underestimate our ability
to improve the future. Our time is now.”
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the University “invaluable.”
“Under Vice Chancellor Moore, Carolina
has become the leader in information technol
ogy among major public universities because
of the success of the Carolina Computing
Initiative, wireless technology deployment and
other innovative programs," he stated.
Moore said she is certain that work on CCI
and other technology issues will continue
smoothly after she leaves.
“We’ve done a spectacular job with tech
nology, but it’s not me - it’s the faculty, staff
and students I work with,” she said. “All these
things are going to keep rolling along.”
Moore said the University recently
renewed its contract with IBM to continue
CCI and that IBM is extending its grant pro
gram to help faculty use technology in their
Moore also has been instrumental in the
fight to ensure that all off-campus students
On a Freeze
Public universities and
community colleges may
only hire classroom faculty
due to the budget shortfall.
By Rohit Patel
Public universities and community
colleges throughout North Carolina are
operating under a hiring freeze due to
an executive order issued by Gov. Mike
Easley earlier this month.
The hiring freeze comes as a result of
the state’s ongoing
budget crisis. The
state is predicted
to incur about
$1.5 billion bud
get shortfall for
the current fiscal
The move is
intended to pre
vent hirings to fill
all vacant universi
ty positions, but it
tional faculty. Also
this mandate are
positions in law
said the hiring freeze
at the University has
had little impact on
health care and public safety and employ
ees who were offered jobs prior to May 2.
UNC Provost Robert Shelton said
the exemption for instructional faculty
means there will be little impact on
classroom activity. “Our first priority in
this situation is to protect instruction,”
he said. “An overwhelming amount of
our budget is used to pay people, par
ticularly in the classroom.”
Laurie Charest, associate vice chan
cellor for human resources at UNC, said
much of the responsibilities of unfilled
positions will be shouldered by other
employees. “We have a number of state
funded positions that need to be filled,
but cannot be,” she said. “Therefore
much of the burden will have to fall upon
current employees to get the job done.”
The mandate lasts until June 30, the
end of the fiscal year.
Officials are hopeful that the employ
ee shortage will not create long-term
problems. “Since the hiring freeze only
last until July 1, we are operating under
the assumption that these vacant spots
will be filled after that date,” Charest said.
Tammy McHale, UNC senior asso
ciate dean of finance and planning,
offered another perspective. “We are
expecting further budget cuts being
handed down from the state legislature
in the future,” McHale said. “But as a
University we are hoping that we are
given more control and regulation over
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have access to the Internet. But she said it
would be impossible for the University to sub
sidize off-campus connection, especially dur
ing a budget crisis.
She said it might be feasible in a major
market but that UNC cannot run its network
off campus and that Chapel Hill does not
have enough competition among high-speed
online providers to allow the University to
bargain for better rates for students.
Shelton said the search for anew vice
chancellor for information technology has not
yet begun but that when it does, he will look
for someone with technological expertise,
problem-solving skills and a familiarity with
research universities. He said an interim vice
chancellor will hold the position until the
University finishes its budget deliberations.
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