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Volume 110, Issue 84
House Committee Rejects Cancer Center
By Elyse Ashblrn
State & National Editor
Funding for anew $ 130 million cancer
treatment center at UNC-Chapel Hill was
blocked in a close vote in the N.C. House
Finance Committee late Monday night.
Committee members voted down 14-
13 an economic incentives provision that
proposed funds for the cancer treatment
center along with a biopharmaceutical
research facility at N.C. State University.
Many representatives said they voted
Committee to report
in January 2003
By Stephanie Jordan
A 10-member commission charged
with studying the structure of the UNC
system Board of Governors has yet to
meet despite a quickly approaching
Although the commission members
were appointed in April at the request of
the N.C. General Assembly, no action has
been taken on the study. The commission
is scheduled to report its findings in
January 2003, the start of the next session.
Lawmakers said the commission will
not meet until the end of this legislative
session, which likely be in the next cou
ple of weeks.
“The studies are conducted between
sessions,”said Rep. Joe Hackney, D-
Orange, co-chairman of the commission.
The General Assembly passed legis
lation last year calling for the study after
several key legislators questioned the size
and impact of the BOG on the UNC sys
tem. Some have said the BOG, which
has not changed since the system’s incep
tion in 1971, hinders the effectiveness of
the system’s flagship universities - UNC-
Chapel Hill and N.C. State University.
BOG Chairman Brad Wilson said the
study of the board’s structure under
standably has taken a back seat to the
state’s budget crisis. “The lack of action
shows that the budget process is difficult
and complex, but that doesn’t mean that
the restructuring isn’t important,” he said.
Wilson said he still expects the com
mission to carefully examine the way the
UNC-system governing body works and
to compare alternatives to the structure.
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against funding for the two facilities
because the session is nearing its end and
there is not ample time to discuss appro
priations of the magnitude proposed.
“All of this is too much too late,” said
Rep. Leslie Cox, D-Lee. “It just seems to
me to be a bad time to do it.”
But Senate Appropriations Chairman
Howard Lee, D-Orange, said lawmakers
had adequate time to review the proposal.
“I think there has been more than
ample time for them to familiarize them
selves with the bill,” he said. “I think it
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Town Officials Could
Scale Down Duplex Ban
By Jon Dougherty
Duplexes, which appeared to be doomed in
Chapel Hill only a few weeks ago, might become
illegal in only one section of town, officials say.
After a Sept. 21 public hearing on the town’s
proposed development ordinance, Chapel Hill
Town Council members say they came to a real
ization that a townwide ban on duplexes might
not be the best response to an old problem.
“Our concern is a sweeping ban would prevent
diverse housing stock in town,” council member
Mark Kleinschmidt said. “We saw most of the com
plaints were coining from Northside residents.”
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could have been properly reviewed.”
An economic incentives bill that orig
inated in the House was approved by
representatives Aug. 26 and sent to the
Senate for consideration. Senate leaders
then tacked the provision designating
state funds for the two centers onto the
original economic incentives bill.
The revised bill was approved last week
in the Senate Finance and Appropriations
committees, and the new provision was
sent to the House for consideration.
“This is a tough bill to have to come
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Third-down woes doomed
UNC in three loses.
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down for or against,” Cox said
Choosing between providing funds for
medical improvements or reducing state
expenditures is a difficult task, he said.
“It’s a double-edged sword that you’re
going to be held accountable for whether
you vote for or against it,” Cox said.
Rep. Russell Capps, R-Wake, said the
choice was an easy one. “I can’t believe
we’re thinking about spending more
money,” he said.
But Rep. Joe Hackney, D-Orange,
said funding the cancer treatment center
Northside, which was founded many years
ago as a black neighborhood under the name
Potter’s Fields, has in recent years become a hot
spot for developers looking to use the neighbor
hood’s low rent and proximity to the University
to build housing for students. ,
Increased student renting has, however,
prompted resident complaints of trash, noise
and parking problems.
Estelle Mabry, a Northside resident, said ban
ning duplexes in only her neighborhood is not
enough. “There are other neighborhoods with
the same problems as us,” she said. “Banning the
See DUPLEX, Page 4
would be permissible because funding
was slated to come from tobacco settle
ment money, not the state budget.
“This has nothing to do with the bud
get,” he said. “This money is from the
tobacco settlement. This is an appropri
ate use for that money.”
Lee said committee members neglect
ed their duty to future North Carolinians
by voting against the provision. “I think it’s
very shortsighted, but we knew it would
have rough sailing in the House,” he said.
Senate leaders might ignore the
By Lance Johnson
As the leader among colleges fighting
for the fair treatment of apparel factory
workers, UNC has the power to push
for better accountability, executive
director of the Worker Rights
Consortium Scott Nova said Friday
when he visited campus.
But that power might be in jeopardy
with budget cuts forcing University offi
cials to reconsider their memberships in
workers’ rights organizations.
The University financially supports
both the WRC and the Fair Labor
Association, donating 1 percent of all
licensing royaldes to each.
For the 2001-02 fiscal year, this
equated to a $41,000 check to each
The WRC and FLA are nonprofit
organizations whose stated purpose is to
enforce the manufacturing codes of con-
Academic Task Force Meets
To Discuss Central Themes
By Kate Harrington
The Academic Plan Task Force met
Monday to look over and discuss a pre
liminary draft of its plan for bettering
the academic community at the
The task force, which was formed last
spring, is composed of 24 faculty mem
bers, administrators, staff members and
Once a final draft has been written,
the proposal will be submitted to sever
al administrative review boards.
Chancellor James Moeser has asked
Members of the Academic Plan Task Force discuss at a meeting
Monday ways to better UNC's academic atmosphere.
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House vote and present the full eco
nomic incentives legislation - including
funds for the cancer treatment center -
to the full Senate body today, Lee said.
“We may go ahead in the Senate and
send the bill we support,” he said.
If the two chambers pass different
versions of the same bill, leaders from
both houses will meet in conference
committee to decide the bill’s fate.
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duct - regulations ensuring that factories
producing goods bearing university
logos respect the basic rights of workers.
The University is one of 91 colleges
and universities affiliated with the WRC.
Rut Tufts, UNC’s director of trade
marks and licensing, said a tight budget
could force the University to cut funding
for one of the two organizations.
The independent and aggressive
nature of the WRC makes it more like
ly than the FI A to continue receiving
University funds in the event of a bud
get cut, Tufts said.
About two years ago, the University
was reluctant to join the WRC when it
first started as a fledgling competitor to
the FLA. Activists on campus blasted the
FLA for being dominated by corpora
tions, instead advocating for the WRC.
Heeding a campus labor advisory
committee’s recommendation, then-
See WRC, Page 4
the task force to have a final plan by the
end of October. The group’s next meet
ing is slated for Oct. 21.
Committee members broke the plan
into seven areas: academic strengths;
intellectual climate; interdisciplinary
education, research and service; faculty
development; engagement; internation
al affairs; and diversity.
“The committee is elaborating (on
the seven areas) and identifying mea
surable goals, which will track the
University’s progress toward realizing
the plan,” said Professor Darryl Gless,
See PLANNING, Page 4