FINAL SUMMER ISSUE
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House Budget Proposal Leaves Hole
By Alex Kaplun
RALEIGH - Despite lingering doubt
over what sources of revenue will be
available to lawmakers, members of the
N.C. House began to move forward this
week with build
ing a balanced
budget for the cur
rent fiscal year.
leaders unveiled a
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online this summer for
updates on the
preliminary budget Tuesday that aims to
fill a $2 billion hole in the state’s budget.
But the tentative plan still puts the
House budget S2BB million in the red.
Rep. David Redwine, D-Brunswick,
Three unidentified UNC
freshmen are among the
plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed
in a Greensboro court.
By Meredith Nicholson
A conservative Christian organiza
tion has filed a lawsuit alleging that the
University’s summer reading require
ment violates the constitutional require
ment of the separation of church and
The Virginia-based Family Policy
Network filed a case in Greensboro dis
trict court Monday opposing the UNC
program that requires incoming stu
dents to read “Approaching the Qur’an:
The Early Revelations,” translated and
introduced by Michael Sells, which con
sists of 35 suras, or short passages from
the chief holy book of Islam.
Three of the plaintiffs in the case are
incoming UNC freshmen identified
only asjohn Doe No. l,John Doe No. 2
and Jane Roe. The students are evan
gelical Christian, a Catholic and ajew,
respectively. Terry Moffitt, chairman of
FPN, andjames Yacovelli, FPN’s state
director for North Carolina, are also list
ed as plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs will be represented by
lawyers from the American Family
Association Center for Law & Policy.
The lawsuit claims that the defen
dants are opposed to the University’s
“efforts to indoctrinate students in reli
gious belief and promote a particular
religion in the University.”
University officials said they would
not comment on pending litigation.
University officials have argued that
the reading does not violate the separa
tion of church and state because students
have the ability to opt out of the reading
by writing a one-page essay explaining
their objections to reading the book.
But FPN officials said that this is
insufficient and that students are still
being coerced to read the book.
“This so-called option is really no
option,” said Joe Glover, president of
FPN. Glover said forcing students to
justify their religious objections pits stu
dents against each other and deeply
divides them along religious lines.
Michael DePrimo, litigation counsel
for the CLP, attacked the opt-out policy
in a press release Monday. “Pitting stu
dents who object to the forced reading
of the Quran against those who do not
is the modern equivalent of requiring
the objecting students to wear yellow
stars of David,” stated DePrimo.
“The University claimed that one
purpose of the program is to enhance a
See SUMMER READING, Page 2
If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
co-chairman of the House
Appropriations Committee, said legisla
tors will have to find ways - through
budget cuts or revenue increases - to fill
the S2BB million hole. “What (the appro
priations chairmen) have done is not the
gospel, it is not written in stone - it is the
beginning,” Redwine told members of
the committee. “The intent of this docu
ment is to show you how bad it really is.”
But some Republicans criticized the
plan as an effort by Democrats to push
forward with a tax increase or force
Republicans to propose budget cuts.
Democratic efforts to build a balanced
budget met a roadblock last week when a
bill that would have generated $252 mil
lion in additional revenue for the House
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Joel Scarboro shelves books in the Undergraduate Library, which is scheduled to open Aug. 19. Scarboro, a student at ECU, is working for All
American Moving this summer. The Raleigh-based moving company was hired to help with the move back into the Undergrad.
Remodeled Undergrad to Be Unveiled Aug. 19
By Andy Medlin
Students will soon be welcomed back
to campus by anew and vastly
improved Undergraduate Library.
Scheduled to open Aug. 19, the
Undergrad has been completely remod
eled inside to improve its visual appeal
but more importandy to improve its ser
vices to students.
Larry Alford, deputy University
librarian, said the Undergrad’s new
design provides students with more
Alderman Jacquelyn Gist voices her concerns with the Carrboro budget
Tuesday night. Gist voted against the budget.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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Legislation could limit the number
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budget failed 57-60. The legislation would
have granted local governments the
option to raise the sales tax by one-half
cent in exchange for more than S3OO mil
lion in reimbursements that local gov
ernments annually receive for the state.
The proposal failed when House
Republicans and some liberal
Democrats banded together and voted
against the increase because they said it
places too much of the tax burden on
‘the average citizen.
Several other revenue increase pro
posals were still under discussion as of
press time Wednesday morning. The
budget proposal unveiled by
Democratic leaders also relied on about
$l6O million in additional revenue from
space than the old design but at the
same time creates a more personal envi
ronment for study.
“We broke the upper level into more
discrete spaces so students don’t feel like
they’re crammed into one big room,”
Alford said. “These rooms feel more
Almost all of the desks and carrels in
the Undergrad have network and elec
trical outlets for laptop computers. In
addition, wireless Internet access will be
available in the entire building.
The reserve room features anew sys-
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legislation that had yet to pass the House
as of the end of the day Tuesday.
And Democrats have made efforts to
revive the sales tax legislation. “There’s
some compromises being discussed and
considered,” said Rep. Bill Owens, D-
Camden. “There’s negotiations taking
place on both sides of the aisle.”
House Appropriations subcommittees
began meeting this week to hash out
individual parts of the budget and look
for additional cuts they could make to
their sections of the budget plan. The
House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Education met for the first time Tuesday
to examine a tentative proposal budget
See BUDGET, Page 2
tern for reading periodicals and reserves
that allows students to browse the mate
rial in the room without having to check
The room also has two walls of floor
to-ceiling windows that overlook the Pit.
Alford said the room could become a
popular study area because of its view
and the easier access to its materials.
The Undergrad’s main computer lab
is on the lower level and will provide
students access to 65 computers, 24
hours a day. “My guess is that this will
again be one of the most heavily used
Carrboro Aldermen Approve Budget
By Jon Dougherty
Despite finalizing a budget Tuesday
night, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen
had faces of concern as the future con
tinues to look uncertain for towns all
over the state.
With last Wednesday’s rejection of a
half-cent sales tax increase and budget
disputes continuing to wrack the floor of
the N.C. General Assembly, the board
resigned itself to approving a budget
many members were unhappy with.
“I’m not happy about voting for this
budget” Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson
said. “We’ve had to reduce and cut things
that concern me how we’re going to
recover over the next five years.
Rep. Douglas Yonque, chairman of the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Education, discusses budget cuts to education.
labs on campus," said Alford.
The Information Technology Services
response team will move from Wilson
Library into a larger area on the lower
level of the Undergrad.
Leah McGinnis, assistant head of the
Undergrad, said the new facility will
improve service because it keeps the
entire support staff in one area.
McGinnis said a ribbon-cutting cere
mony will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 in
front of the building to mark the official
See UNDERGRAD, Page 2
“We’ve been handed a horrible situa
tion, and I think we’ve done the best we
are going to be able to do.”
AldermanJoal Broun echoed Nelson’s
sentiments. “A lot of cities have had to cut
services, cut jobs, because of this crisis,”
Broun said. “I can only say to our citizens
that we’ve done the best we can.”
After months of meetings, untold
hours of debate and seemingly unend
ing difficult decisions, the board voted
5-2 to make permanent the interim
budget it has been operating on for the
last month. The idea of the interim
budget was, as Town Manager Bob
Morgan put it, “to hopefully have
more information before we nail down
a tax rate.”
Morgan said the town had no more
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By No Tax
Many towns did not plan on
receiving the half-cent sales
tax the General Assembly
voted down last week.
By Laura Hinson
Local officials say the N.C. General
Assembly’s decision to vote down a
half-cent sales tax increase for local
governments will affect certain projects
but will not completely demobilize the
The primary purpose for the pro
posed sales tax was to replace the reim
bursements from the state that the coun
ties might not receive for the third year
in a row.
The money from reimbursements
will be used to help balance the state
budget, which is suffering due to the
decline of both the state and national
The governor is constitutionally
mandated to turn in a balanced budget
at the end of the fiscal year, and with
holding the reimbursements was one of
the steps he has chosen to take to fill the
Chapel Hill will not be directly
affected by the legislature’s decision to
refuse the sales tax.
The town did not expect the sales tax
or state reimbursements, so its budget
was proposed excluding the revenue
from both, said Jim Baker, finance
director for the town.
“It would have been nice to get that
money, but it didn't happen,” Baker
Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, voted
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data from the state with which to make
a decision on the $12.6 million budget.
He recommended the board approve
the budget with the 2.8 cent tax increase
The hope of more state funding the
board had been holding on to faded in
what Alderman Alex Zaffron called “the
most indescribable display of partisan
thinking I have ever seen.”
Zaffron, who often acts as a liaison
from Carrboro to the General Assembly,
said legislators were unable to put aside
their partisan allegiances and do what is
right for the state’s population.
“We were so close last week to solv
ing a lot of local government problems,"
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