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Volume 110, Issue 69
Plan Spares UNC From Deep Cuts
Officials say budget
compromise is fair
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
Legislative budget leaders reached an
agreement Monday on a higher educa
tion spending plan that embodies the
best-case scenario for the UNC system.
Budget writers from both chambers
agreed on a 2.4 percent systemwide cut
-a total of about $42 million. The cut
is identical to the one proposed by the
Senate and is about $lO million less than
that in the House proposal.
A conference committee - composed
mostly of Democratic leaders from both
chambers - has been working to recon
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U.S. SENATE: REPUBLICAN
Dole is expected to run away with the
Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Local, State Candidates Make Final Push
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
In the last full day before today’s primaries,
U.S. Senate hopefuls scrambled to make last
minute appearances across the state while state
Senate candidates Ellie Kinnaird and Howard Lee
took a more laid-back approach to campaigning.
Sens. Kinnaird and Lee, both D-Orange,
strolled among throngs of school children and
clusters of potential voters Monday at Orange
County’s 250th birthday celebration at the cour
thouse in Hillsborough.
Lee -a keynote speak
er- invited Kinnaird to
join him at the podium
though the two will be fac
ing off in the Democratic
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Lee’s move came only days after the race
between the two incumbent senators took a neg
ative turn when the “working families” of the
State Employees Association of North Carolina
began circulating an attack ad claiming Lee had
misrepresented his stance on certain issues.
“I was so pleased with the graciousness with
which Howard Lee invited me to stand with
him,” Kinnaird said, reiterating her disapproval
of SEANC’s negative campaigning.
Lee said he called Kinnaird to his side largely
because he was asked to speak at the event before
the two were were forced to run against each
other in the primary election.
“I don’t think any of us thought Senator
Kinnaird and I would be competing for the same
seat when I was invited to do this,” he said.
Last year’s legislative redistricting placed
Kinnaird and Lee in the same single-member dis-
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John F. Kennedy
cile the differences between the two
budgets since the House passed its bud
get Aug. 13. The Senate passed its ver
sion of the budget June 19.
The compromise plan must now
head to both houses for a vote, which
conference committee members say
could happen by the end of the week.
Under the compromise proposal, the
legislature will provide the necessary
$66 million to fully fund enrollment
growth at campuses across the state. An
additional $4.5 million - excluded from
the original Senate budget - is slated for
student financial aid.
The proposal also provides full fund
ing for graduate student tuition remis
sions, which essentially allow some out
of-state graduate students to pay in-state
tuition rates. Higher education officials
have argued that tuition remissions make
U.S. SENATE: DEMOCRAT
Blue has run a largely grassroots
campaign with few television ads.
trict, Senate District 23, which includes Chatham
and Orange counties.
Kinnaird said that after the anniversary cele
bration she was going back to business as usual.
“I’m going to work,” she said. “I actually work
for a living.”
Lee said he was headed for a series of meetings
with various groups and an afternoon filled with
last-minute phone calls.
While Kinnaird and Lee were wrapping up
campaign efforts in Orange County, candidates
vying for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by retir
ing U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., were busy jet
ting around the state.
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth
Dole traveled by plane, making stops in
Asheville, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh,
Greenville and Wilmington.
Dole spokeswoman Janet Bradbury said Dole’s
last-ditch effort extended her previous efforts to
reach all N.C. citizens. “It’s been a grassroots
campaign, and she wants to get out in the state
and encourage people to vote,” she said.
Bradbury said Dole was planning on meeting
briefly with supporters at each stop, fielding ques
tions and urging people to cast their ballots.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Erskine
Bowles also trekked around the state Monday,
making his way by car from Raleigh to
Greensboro and then on to Charlotte. “This is just
traditional campaigning,” said Bowles spokesman
Brad Woodhouse. “Erskine has always thought
you have to get out there and do more.”
Woodhouse said that to draw attention to the pri
maries, Bowles traveled to as many different regions
of the state as possible during the course of his pri
mary campaign, and Monday was no exception.
“It’s important to bring as much attention as
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system graduate programs more com
petitive with peer institutions’ programs.
The agreement reached Monday also
allows the system’s research institutions
to retain all of their overhead receipts -
a total of more than $l2O million. A pro
vision in the House budget would have
taken $7 million in overhead receipts
from UNC-Chapel Hill and redistrib
uted the funds to the UNC system’s
seven focused-growth institutions.
In each case, the UNC system has
been granted the best possible option
from the two different plans.
The generous higher education bud
get proposal is largely a result of system
officials’ efforts, said House
Appropriations Committee Chairman
David Redwine, D-New Hanover.
“We were generally persuaded by the
(UNC system) that the tuition remission
DOWN TO THE WIRE
U.S. SENATE: DEMOCRAT
Erskine Bowles has raised more money
than any other Democratic candidate.
N.C. SENATE: DEMOCRATS
HOWARD LEE & ELLIE KINNAIRD
Redistricting has forced two long-time
allies to compete for one N.C. Senate seat.
possible to this election because it’s at a different
time than it’s supposed to be,” Woodhouse said.
Because of drawn-out legislative redistricting,
the state’s primary elections were moved from
May 10 to today.
“(Bowles) just wants to get everybody to vote,”
Woodhouse said. “Of course, he wants them to
vote for him, but most importandy he just wants
them to vote.”
Jim Snyder, Dole’s nearest competitor for the
Republican nomination, also made his way around
the state by plane, departing Figure Eight Island
early Monday morning and making stops in
Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte and Lexington.
Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Dan Blue, D-
Wake, appeared in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and
Greensboro before returning to Raleigh.
Voting booths in Orange County open at 6:30
a.m. today and will remain open until 7:30 p.m.
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was needed for graduate students and
that overhead receipts needed to be
retained to encourage research,” he said.
The budget proposal reflects not only
system officials’ efforts but legislative
leaders’ continued support for higher
education in the state, said UNC-system
President Molly Broad. “Given the situ
ation that the state finds itself in fiscally,
this is an extraordinarily fair budget for
the UNC system,” she said.
Broad added that the appropriation
of $4.5 million for financial aid is a
major victory for the system.
“We have a deep commitment to
expanding access,” she said. “One of the
barriers to that access is inadequate
funding for financial aid.”
Lawmakers avoided deep systemwide
See BUDGET, Page 8
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U.S. SENATE: DEMOCRAT
Elaine Marshall is the only candidate who
has held elected statewide office.
By Jon Dougherty
With today being the last day voters can par
ticipate in the primaries, candidates for the three
seats open on the Orange County Board of
Commissioners are mounting their final efforts to
Incumbent Alice Gordon said the campaign
ing she did Monday amounted to putting up signs
and attending Orange County’s 250th anniver
sary celebration. She used the remainder of the
day preparing for the board’s work session
“Even with the election, life goes on,” Gordon
Incumbent Stephen Halkiotis said the cam
paign won’t interfere with the work he does as
director of auxiliary services for Orange County
“I worked today, and I’m working tomorrow,”
he said. “I’m glad it’s almost over,” he said. “It’s
been a long, arduous process.”
Halkiotis said the campaign process is not usu
ally this difficult.
“I can’t believe we’re having a primary now,”
he said. The primaries were originally scheduled
See COUNTY PRIMARIES, Page 8
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Campus Officials Could Restore
Some Previously Cut Funding
By Daniel Thigpen
For months, UNC-Chapel Hill offi
cials have been anticipating the worst in
budget cuts, but after a move in the N.C.
General Assembly on Monday, it seems
leaders are breaking into optimistic,
albeit hesitant, applause.
Appropriations Committee chairmen
from both the House and the Senate
approved a 2.4 percent cut for the UNC
system - significantly less than UNC
CH officials had been expecting.
Asa result, more than two months
into the fiscal year, University adminis
trators say they might be able to formu
late a more flexible spending plan than
In May, UNC-CH’s deans and
department chairmen began preparing
for cuts of up to 5 percent, cutting class
sections and positions. Officials were
told that the state might withhold the
system’s overhead receipts for research
expenses, and faculty salaries possibly
See UNC-CH, Page 8
UNC plans to add
By Erin Ganley
University officials say expansion of
UNC’s Honor Program- one of
Chancellor James Moeser’s goals laid
out in his State of the University Address
on Wednesday - will benefit a greater
number of UNC students once the pro
gram secures the necessary funding.
James Leloudis, associate dean of the
said a plan for
been in the works
for several years.
before any expan
sion can take
place. In his
Moeser said a $25
enable the pro
gram to secure
it will keep
in the Honors
faculty lines to support the expansion.
“We’re looking out over a five-year
horizon,” Leloudis said. The expansion
will gradually be phased in as funds are
received and faculty become available.
The Honors Program invites 200 to
225 incoming freshmen - the top 6 per
cent of the incoming class - to join the
program, Leloudis said.
He said that by the expansion’s com
pletion, 10 percent to 11 percent will be
allowed to participate. “The idea is to
double the number of students invited,”
Leloudis said. This will be done by
increasing the number of faculty avail
able in each department to teach honors
By increasing the program’s size, the
capacity for students who aren’t in the
program to participate will increase as
well, Leloudis said. Any undergraduate
student can take an honors class, and by
expanding, more spaces for non-honors
students are created. “This is not a pro
gram with a wall around it,” Leloudis said.
An expanded Honors Program also
will be beneficial to the students already
in the program, said Kathryn Compton,
co-chairwoman of the Honors Program
See HONORS, Page 8