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Volume 110, Issue 91
UNC Departments Must Cut sl2 Million
Most are non-personnel; none to libraries
By Stephanie M. Horvath
UNC officials determined
Wednesday that the University faces
more than sl2 million in budget cuts
But Chancellor James Moeser said
the recent cuts will have only a modest
impact on UNC. “The cuts were less
Campus Use of
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Assistant State & National Editor
In the batde for the top tier of high school
seniors and prestige among peer institutions,
universities and colleges are adding computers
and information technology to their arsenals.
But public universities might be fighting
an uphill battle.
Private universities often have the funding
and freedom to implement sweeping moves
like computer initiatives, experts say. But
public universities are accountable to law
makers and laymen alike.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Computing
Initiative - which requires incoming fresh
men to have laptops and provides a comput
er for those in financial need - is a variation
of the norm, and it’s likely to remain that way.
“It’s harder to be a trendsetter today,” said
Jay Dominick, chief information officer for
information services at Wake Forest
University. “It is vastly more difficult for state
schools to do things like this.”
Although most schools -
public and private - don’t
require computers, they
strongly recommend that stu
dents bring them.
Many have made sweeping
infrastructure changes with
thousands of miles of wires
retrofitted into buildings older
than the students who use
them. But representatives at
many schools say they aren’t
ready to require computers.
Georgia Institute of
Technology officials have
debated whether to require
that students have a comput
er, said Renita Washington,
academic assistant in math,
“I wouldn’t say
it was just to
keep up with
the Joneses as
much as it was
to provide the
best services for
attend here. ”
Florida State University
science and engineering at Georgia Tech.
“(Students) are not required to bring com
puters to school,” Washington said. “But we
suggest that they do. Most of the students
bring them to campus anyway.” Students at
Georgia Tech have high-speed Internet
access in their residence hall rooms.
The university has set up labs in locations
across campus and has an expansive help
desk to provide assistance, but lines in labs
get long when exam time looms, she said.
Other schools have similar policies and
problems. Duke University “does not require
students to have a computer, but strongly
encourages it,” the Office of Information
Technology’s Web site states.
Florida State University undergraduates
have high-speed Internet connections in their
residence hall rooms and access to four 50-
terminal computer labs on campus. Officials
contend that programs like CCI aren’t nec
essary for academic success.
Wake Forest University, a private school in
Winston-Salem, started a computing program
for students in 1995, three years before UNC.
Students receive a laptop - which is includ
ed in the cost of tuition -as a freshman then
trade that one in for anew computer as a junior.
It would be difficult for the university to
provide lab services for all of its 5,000 stu
dents - especially at peak times, Dominick
said. He added that having a personal com
puter is easier for students. “Have you ever
tried typing a paper in a computer lab?”
Dominidc said the university’s initiative adds
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than we feared,” he said. “The legisla
ture really protected the University.”
State legislators finalized the state
budget late last month - almost three
months into the fiscal year -with
UNC’s final blow coming to about 3
percent, a number significandy smaller
than what University administrators
The cuts have forced officials across
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One year before all UNC undergraduates will have Carolina Computing Initiative laptops,
statistics show that students are taking full advantage of campus technology but that few
professors are using them in the classroom.
Educational activity slow to incorporate CCI program
By Jeff Silver
Assistant University Editor
Everyone seems to be using them - students
frantically typing papers, professors beaming class
notes on to classroom screens, and administrators
showing investments at Board of Trustees meetings.
The IBM-made laptop computers introduced to
campus as part of the Carolina Computing Initiative
program almost five years ago have undoubtedly
made an impression on the University.
But is this how innovators of CCI envisioned the
computers being used? Although campus officials
are quick to point out how eagerly students and
most faculty have embraced the new technology,
they acknowledge that classroom instruction has not
fundamentally changed as a result of the program.
Marian Moore, former vice chancellor for infor
mation technology who now holds a similar position
at Boston College, said the main goal of the program
when conceived was not to integrate laptops into
classrooms but simply to make sure students have
access to technology. “Although (technology and the
classroom) go hand in hand, it’s not up to us to make
that decision (if the computers are used),” she said.
Provost Robert Shelton said CCI will, ideally,
result in classroom integration of laptops -a process
he said is progressing slowly. “The ultimate goal is
the broader use of computing in the classroom.”
But many officials stressed that even equipping
students with the most modem technology won’t
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the University to make difficult decisions
about what posts to leave vacant and what
classes to cancel. “I don’t think there’s any
area that’s not impacted,” Moeser said.
He added that the libraries were the
only part of the University that was
spared from cuts.
Provost Robert Shelton doled out the
cuts to all areas of the University, but
individual units will determine for them
selves where to trim dollars.
Risa Palm, dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences, said most departments
automatically improve in-class education.
CCI laptops offer only one method of quality
teaching, said Risa Palm, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences. She added that traditional tech
niques can also be effective. “The computer can be
a tool for education, but the tool doesn’t necessari
ly cause a better education,” she said.
Steve Jarrell, interim vice chancellor for informa
tion technology, said his office is in place to help
implement technology for professors who want it -
not to push them to introduce it. But Shelton said
meeting the goal for classroom use of the CCI laptops
is important for modernizing the University and lies
in the hands of UNC professors. “Getting (the laptops)
into the classroom is die responsibility of the faculty."
Only some classes are showing signs of this laptop
integration. A survey taken last semester coordinated
by Rick Peterson, director of information services for
the College of Arts and Sciences, showed that the CCI
laptops rarely find their way into the classroom. Only
36 of the 729 classes offered through the the College
of Arts and Sciences required students to bring them.
But professors still are taking advantage of the
technology. Of the 729 classes, 396 classes had a
course Web page and 410 have assignments that
require using the Internet, Peterson said.
Beyond classroom use, the biggest impact of the
program has been an increase in communication
between professor and student, said Sue Estroff, a
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were trying to absorb the college’s $2.9
million cut mostly by eliminating their
non-personnel budgets, which include
things like paper and supplies.
“We’re probably taking one-third to
one-half of that cut in faculty salary
money,” she said.
The Department of English, which is
facing a 3.5 percent cut, is offering fewer
class sections with lecturers, turning off
its copy machines and stopping its long
distance telephone service, said James
Thompson, die department’s chairman.
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But non-personnel costs only make up
less than 2 percent of the department’s
budget, so it has had to lay off three peo
ple who had contracts, Thompson said.
He said that the department was able to
rehire two faculty who were on leave
without pay but that they might be laid
off if the University faces midyear cuts.
“What looks like a not-so-terrible cut at
the moment is going to get worse,” he said.
Provost Robert Shelton said he expects
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Moeser, others say
no to intimidation
By Eric Declerck
UNC Chancellor James Moeser was
one of 300 top higher education officials
to sign a statement released Monday
denouncing anti-Semitic actions on col
There have been several instances of
hatred toward Israeli or Jewish support
ers on college campuses within the past
few months, the statement said.
By signing the statement, campus
officials agreed not to tolerate intimida
tion on campus.
The American Jewish Committee
published the statement, including the
300 signatures, in an advertisement in
Monday’s edition of The New York
The statement distinguished between
anti-Semitism, which is hatred ofjews,
and anti-Zionism, which is opposition to
an Israeli state.
The statement also expressed the
AJC’s desire to initiate public action
against this behavior. “We were con
cerned about the welfare of our students
and universities,” said Ken Bandler,
AJC public relations director.
He said his phone has been ringing
off the hook with calls from supporters
of the advertisement. The AJC expects
OWASA Officials Make
Pitch for Conservation
By Lauren Biggers
In the midst of the worst drought in
recent area history, conservation efforts
must be stepped up to prevent further
restrictions, University and Orange
Water and Sewer Authority officials said
During a drought forum hosted by
the School of Public Health, panel
members spoke to more than 40 stu
dents, faculty and community members
in the Rosenau Hall Auditorium.
The panel included Larry Band,
Department of Geography chairman;
Brian Billman, anthropology professor;
Ray Dußose, UNC facility mainte
nance director; Ed Kerwin, executive
director of OWASA; David Moreau,
professor in the Department of City and
Regional Planning; and Cynthia Shea,
sustainability coordinator for UNC.
Each member expressed similar
opinions - the drought is serious, and
both the University and the communi
ty’s response must be equally serious.
“Every day we set anew record low,”
Kerwin said. “Our reservoirs are at
around 34 percent, and there is virtual
ly no water flowing in.”
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Chancellor James Moeser said the
cuts were smaller than anticipated.
support to continue as long as the pres
ence of anti-intimidation on campuses
But several chancellors and presi
dents declined to sign the statement
when it was originally presented to them
at the beginning of the academic year
by James O. Freedman, former presi
dent of Dartmouth College.
Chancellors and presidents declining
to sign included leaders of Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, the University of
Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania
and Harvard University.
An MIT representative said school
officials did not sign the statement
because it was too narrow in its descrip
tion of groups affected by intimidation.
Susan Nierenberg, assistant director
of the AJC, said the committee had
intended the statement to reach beyond
the Jewish community.
“We want the broadband emphasis
on all cases of intimidation,"she said. “It
is not just a statement about anti-Semitic
behavior on campus.”
Moeser signed the statement Sept. 25
but said he did not think it addressed the
full issue of intimidation on campuses.
“In the wake of 9/11 there have also
been acts of violence and intimidation
directed to Muslim students and Arabs,”
he wrote on the statement. “I would be
happier if this statement were more inclu
sive. UNC is intimidation-free for all.”
Moeser said that the University does
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Ed Kerwin, Orange Water and
Sewer Authority executive
director, says Orange County's
drought situation will get worse.