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Lottery Gets Mixed Reviews From BOG
By Rohit Patel
Gov. Mike Easley’s proposal for a state lot
tery, which will fund enrollment growth
throughout the UNC system, has drawn crit
icism from several members of the system
Board of Governors.
The governor’s proposal, which was
included in the budget that he submitted to
the N.C. General Assembly last week, called
for a statewide lottery to provide $66 million
in enrollment growth funding for the UNC
system. All told, Easley expects the lottery to
provide about $250 million in revenue for the
state during the next fiscal year.
The BOG approved tuition hikes in March
of 8 percent for in-state students and 12 per
cent for out-of-state students to fund about
half of the UNC system’s enrollment growth
The 2002 short session of
the N.C. General Assembly
will focus primarily on the
$2 billion budget deficit.
By Alex Kaplun
RALEIGH - With little pomp and a
daunting task before them, state lawmak
ers convened Tuesday for the 2002 short
session of the N.C. General Assembly.
While there was little discussion on
the session’s first day about the state’s
budget deficit - which has grown to
approximately $2 billion for the 2002-
OS fiscal year - it is sure to be the main
topic of discussion for lawmakers in the
next few months.
The budget crisis, one of the worst in
state history, is the result of both
increased spending for some state pro
grams and decreased revenue collections
due to the state’s sluggish economy.
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The Library of Congress ruled last week
that the radio station would not have to
pay royalties for its Internet broadcasts.
By Meredith Nicholson
The Library of Congress rejected a recommendation from
the Copyright Arbitration and Royalty Panel on May 21 that
could have caused WXYC, UNC’s student-run radio station,
to stop broadcasting online.
The panel has until June 20 to make further recommenda
tions to the Library of Congress, which is responsible for all
cases involving copyright laws.
In February, the panel recommended legislation requiring
royalty fees, reports on items to be broadcast and restrictions
on what can be broadcast over the Internet.
Had the legislation passed, stations simulcasting online
would have been required to do extensive reporting on the
music they broadcast over the Internet.
The song title, artist, album title, record label, copyright
number and other items, would have had to be displayed on
the Internet broadcast.
All the required information would be difficult to obtain
because much of WXYC’s music collection contains old
records and because the station’s staff, composed of student
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needs -a total of $33 million.
Lottery proposals are nothing new to
North Carolina, having been debated sever
al times in the state legislature over the past
But no governor has lobbied as hard as
Easley for the educational benefits that may
arise from such a lottery.
Nevertheless, many leaders from across the
state have criticized the governor’s plan in the
last week and are concerned about the effec
tiveness of the lottery.
Robert Warwick, a member of the BOG
and a vocal proponent of the tuition increase
approved by the BOG in March, said he does
not support Easley’s proposal.
“I do not believe that enrollment growth
should be funded through a nonexistent rev
enue source,” he said. “The lottery is on the
governor’s wish list but has not yet been
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Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, speaks to the N.C. Senate at the opening of the 2002 short session Tuesday.
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UNC Plans for 5-Year Budget
By Brook Corwin
A comprehensive five-year plan to
serve as a road map for UNC-Chapel
Hill’s financial growth - including
future levels of tuition - was discussed
by University officials at last week’s
Board of Trustees meeting.
During presentations to the BOT’s
Audit, Business and Finance Committee,
Nancy Suttenfield, vice chancellor for
finance and administration, presented the
timeline for the plan, which calls for long
term financial plans in each University
department to be finalized by the end of
the calendar year. The plan includes a
phase to craft a five-year tuition increase
proposal that will be ready for approval
by the BOT in spring 2003.
During the meeting, University offi
cials acknowledged that long-term plan
ning is uncommon in higher education
but said the mounting state budget
deficit makes it necessary to outline
long-term growth. The state is facing a
budget shortfall approaching $2 billion,
which might mean cuts of at least 5 per
cent to the UNC system.
“We must keep our focus not just on
managing these cuts but also in looking at
the long-term horizon,” said Chancellor
James Moeser. “It’s important that we not
become obsessed or depressed with the
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approved by the legislature.”
When the BOG approved the increases, it
vyas operating under the assumption that the
money would be used to fund additional
But through his budget proposal, Easley
does not plan to use the tuition increases to
His plan calls for a state lottery to fund the
full $66 million, a move that Warwick oppos
“I believe that the lottery is an unstable
source of revenue,” he said.
“In my opinion, the governor should have
honored our request. We approved the
increase with the understanding that the rev
enue would be used specifically for enroll
But BOG member H.D. Reaves said he
supports Easley’s actions.
plan comes more
than four months
after the UNC
system Board of
each of the 16 sys
tem schools sub
mit a five-year
tuition plan by the
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pledged to form a tuition committee
composed of administrators, faculty and
students, but the committee has yet to be
Provost Robert Shelton said he plans
to name the committee members and
have the committee meet this summer
to begin work on drafting a tuition pro
posal by the end of the fall semester.
Shelton said the BOG has placed less
emphasis on finishing the tuition pro
posal because of uncertainty regarding
the state budget deficit but that he still
wants to get started on the process
before anew budget is in place.
“We have to get the ball rolling on
this,” Shelton said. “My guess is that
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“I’m happy with Governor Easley’s lottery
proposal,” he said. “It’s irrelevant how the
state chooses to raise the money for addition
“Our main priority should be to ensure
that our universities are accessible to as many
people as possible.”
The BOG included a provision in its
tuition plan that stated that if the legislature
raises more than $33 million for enrollment,
the increases would be scaled back propor
But both Warwick and BOG member Ray
Farris, who was one of only a handful of BOG
member to vote against the tuition increase,
said they do not expect the tuition increase to
be scaled back even if the lottery is approved.
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outlook for the
once the state budget clears in August,
the BOG will want to see a tuition plan
as soon as possible.”
But Tom Stafford, vice chancellor for
student affairs at N.C. State University,
said the school has not made any
progress in drafting a five-year tuition
plan because it was given indication
from UNC-system president Molly
Broad’s office to wait until the new state
budget is approved.
“The sense we got was that the pres
ident’s office probably wanted to wait to
see how the budget would pan out,"
Stafford said. “The intent (to draft a
tuition plan) is still there, but we were
told to put all that work on hold.”
A cloudy budget forecast was also
cited by N.C. State officials as the prima
ry reason why the school has no inten
tion of drafting a five-year financial plan
like the one UNC-CFI just announced.
Shelton said that because future state
funding for higher education is difficult to
anticipate, UNC-CH’s financial plan will
focus on identifying areas of resource
emphasis and will not set in stone bud
getary figures for another couple of years.
“This plan basically outlines the bud
get process,” Shelton said. “It will give
us a sense of where we’re going.”
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Police Chief Gregg Jarvies says the town
should repeal some of the crowd control
procedures put in place for last year's bash.
By Alison Board
In response to complaints from Chapel Hill residents and
Franklin Street merchants last October, the Chapel Hill Police
Department will recommend a revision to its approach to the
control of the unofficial celebration of Halloween this year.
Reverting back to the public safety polices that governed
Halloween 2000, traffic will be able to enter the downtown
area again, although barricades will remain on Franklin Street
at Church Street and Boundary Street. Alcohol and weapons
checks will also remain part of the program.
The changes must still be approved by the Chapel Hill
Last year, the police erected barriers at nearly all the major
intersections on the town’s circumference within a 1 1/2-mile
radius of the downtown area. These barricades were intended
to reduce crowd size and divert incoming traffic so fewer peo
ple would crowd the downtown area, said Chapel Hill Police
In addition to the barriers, the town had 300 law enforce
ment officials on hand to control the crowd. The total cost of
running and policing the festivities was $112,000.
While the crowd size was reduced from a previous 50,000
revelers to under 30,000, the barriers and their effects on the
party atmosphere angered some merchants, residents and vis
itors alike. Extreme traffic congestion resulted, and many res
idents felt their freedom to move had been restricted.
Jarvies and the town hope to combat traffic congestion by
potentially using a shuttle service originating at University
Mall and dropping passengers off on Franklin Street.
“We hope this solution would allow traffic to be reduced
in the downtown area while still allowing residents their free
dom of movement,” he said.
Bar and restaurant owners expressed frustration, voicing
their grievances at a public forum held last week. They also
reported to the police directly that they lost money because
the big profits that are normally associated with the Halloween
celebration did not materialize as thev had expected.
Jarvies pointed out that other merchants were delighted
with the results of last year’s public safety measure because fit
ter, damage and vandalism were reduced. He emphasized
that, “Our approach to Halloween is essentially crowd safety.”
“The more people you have, the more things can get out of
hand, but if the citizens of our town want to participate, it is
our responsibility to manage it.”
Managing Halloween crowds of such proportions is noth
ing new to a police department well-acquainted with large
scale gatherings that have traditionally occurred following
major UNC basketball and football victories.
Last year’s celebration had a stronger undertone of concern
due to the still-fresh events of Sept. 11 and numerous anthrax
scares the town had received in the aftermath. The more strin
gent policies were a direct result of the more intense environ
ment that such scares had fostered.
The change in policy for this year reflects an underlying
change in the country and town’s mood. Jarvies and the
department do not perceive the same threats to Chapel Hill
that they did last year.
“We just want to plan the best for the community and for
the people who are in town visiting,” he said. “We hope they
have a good time, but we also want them to be safe.”
The City Editor can be reached at email@example.com.