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charged with two
counts of felony
larceny and one
for three laptop
thefts on campus.
The suspect turned
himself in to police
By Jenny Immel
The suspect in three recent campus
laptop robberies was arrested
Wednesday night after turning himself
in to the University police.
UNC freshman Andrew Marcum,
18, was charged with two counts of
felony larceny and one count of
attempted felony larceny.
The larcenies occurred at Morehead
Laboratories on Oct. 1 and the
Undergraduate Library on Oct. 3.
The attempted larceny took place in
Davis Library on Nov. 8, but in this
case, the victim confronted Marcum,
causing him to leave the laptop and flee
the scene. The Davis victim provided
details for a composite sketch that
matched surveillance pictures taken in
the Undergrad on Oct. 3.
Students who knew Marcum identi
fied him as the suspect to University
police after seeing the sketch accompa
nying an article in The Daily Tar Heel on
Wednesday, said Capt. Mark Mclntyre.
“The biggest thing that helped us was
(the DTH) running the picture,” he said.
The students gave specific details that
See ARREST, Page 4
Road safety is a key
issue on campus
By Dave Szwedo
Despite several recent accidents, the
Department of Public Safety’s ongoing
pedestrian safety campaign seems to be
DPS Deputy Director Jeff McCracken
said the number of reported on-campus
accidents involving pedestrians and vehi
cles has declined compared to last year.
During the 2001 calendar year, 11
on-campus pedestrian accidents were
reported to University police. So far this
year, three have been reported.
But pedestrian safety has risen to the
forefront of University attention because
of the frequency of recent accidents.
A 19-year-old female UNC student
was hit Sept. 23 by a vehicle as she
attempted to cross Cameron Avenue at
a crosswalk in front of Phillips Hall.
An accident also occurred Nov. 5 when
a female victim was struck by a car within
a crosswalk while crossing South Road.
See PEDESTRIANS, Page 4
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Task Force Delays Vote on Tuition
By Daniel Thigpen
The Tuition Task Force stopped short of voting on a long-term
tuition plan for UNC-Chapel Hill on Thursday, but the group
clearly laid out its priorities for future tuition hikes -and for the
first time ever, staff could be included in the picture.
Task force members will choose from three specific tuition pro
posals -most ljkely involving three-year increases of S3OO to S4OO
per year to generate S2O million and $27 million respectively -
at their next and final meeting of the year, Dec. 19, during Winter
Break. Task force Co-Chairman Provost Robert Shelton is expect
ed to craft the proposals to be considered at the meeting.
Much of the group’s debate centered on both the length of the
plan and whether tuition should be increased by a fixed dollar
amount or by a certain percentage. Members discussed numer
ous options for earmarking tuition funds, eventually deciding that
in this tuition cycle, increasing the student-faculty ratio with $12.5
million in new faculty positions would not be a priority.
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Jack Cooper (left) adds up the money left in Yvette Harris' drawer at the end of her shift. Harris works as a cashier
at Lenoir Dining Hall, and she commutes to work from Hillsborough on the Triangle Transit Authority shuttle van.
UNC to Help Staff Stretch
Salaries With New Homes
By Alison Ross
A one-bedroom apartment in
Chapel Hill. A three-bedroom place in
Which costs more?
If you guessed the flat in
Hillsborough, you’re wrong, a fact
UNC employee Yvette Harris learned
first hand when she began searching
for housing in the area last summer.
A cashier at Lenoir Dining Hall
since July, Harris and her husband first
looked into renting a place in Chapel Hill but quickly found
the high prices to be a rude awakening.
“My husband makes good money, but I make $7 an hour
and we have four kids,” Harris said. “To pay the rent and take
care of them is hard. You can five in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
if you’re rich - or if you don’t want to five in a good, nice,
clean area because that’s all that you can afford there.”
The couple ended up renting a trailer home in
Hillsborough, and Harris takes a 30-minute bus ride to work.
Stories like the Harrises’ aren’t uncommon in Chapel Hill,
where increasingly high housing prices have forced most UNC
employees and faculty to live outside the town’s borders.
It was with this reality in mind, coupled with a desire to cre
ate more affordable housing options for both employees and
faculty, that last March the UNC Board of Trustees agreed to
sell the Horace Williams satellite tract to Winmore Land
Asa condition of the sale, 25 percent of the single-family
homes and townhouses that Winmore builds on the land will be
priced at $175,000 or less. It’s a price that Bob Knight, assistant
Friday, November 15, 2002
And in the process, UNC-CH’s staff members were granted an
unprecedented wish - to possibly see a portion of funds from
tuition hikes supplement their salaries. Many task force members
were adamant about including staff pay in an eventual proposal
even though they admitted that the UNC-system Board of
Governors likely won’t accept a plan with such terms included.
According to a summary prepared by the task force, $18.3 mil
lion is needed for UNC-CH’s staff in the next three years. Task
force member and Employee Forum Chairman Tommy Griffin
presented the group with a resolution passed by the forum last week
asking that the University’s staff receive some of the tuition money.
Under the state’s fiscal 2002-03 budget, no staff in the UNC
system received any salary increases.
“This was a very hard-debated resolution,” Griffin said. “The
staff need any help and all the help it can get.”
The same issue was brought up at the group’s last meeting, with
some not sure if the BOG would approve a plan with staff salaries
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renters would not pay more than 30 percent of their incomes.
The construction plans have yet to be approved by
Carrboro officials, and Knight said that the sale of the Horace
Williams tract will not be finalized until that happens.
“We’re waiting for the next step,” he said. “But if everything
goes well, building could start next spring.”
Ninety-six apartments and more houses might not seem like
a lot considering the thousands of people UNC employs, but
UNC Employee Forum Chairman Tommy Griffin said
Winmore is an important first step toward offering affordable
housing in an area known for anything but.
“The average salary of a UNC employee is $32,000,” Griffin
said. “And at $32,000, there’s not much you can purchase in
Chapel Hill, where the average cost of a house is $375,000.”
Finding affordable housing in the area is a little easier for
faculty members but still poses a problem, said Sue Estroff,
chairwoman of the Faculty Council.
Estroff said she doesn’t think a lack of affordable housing is
See HOUSING, Page 4
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vice chancellor for finance and adminis
tration, said is well below the median
home price in the Chapel Hill area.
Of those homes, 75 percent are
reserved for UNC and Carrboro
As another term of the sale,
Winmore also will build 96 apartments
and then give back to the University
the land the apartments rest on so
UNC can ensure that they remain
affordable for employees in the future.
The rent for the apartments has yet
to be determined, but Knight said that
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Student Body President Jen Daum (left) and Provost Robert
Shelton preside over the Tuition Task Force meeting Thursday.
UNC Safe Ride
To Off Campus
By Brian Hudson
As UNC’s SAFE Escort program comes to an end, the Safe
Ride service will be expanding to serve an entire new group
of UNC students.
Beginning next semester, the Point-2-Point shuttle service
will gain another bus to run an additional route to many
Chapel Hill apartment complexes, thus making transportation
available to many off-campus students.
“This expansion will serve approxi
mately 60 to 70 percent of the off-cam
pus population, which makes up 52
percent of the entire undergraduate
population,” said sophomore Anup
Dashputre, director of the Safe Ride
Program. “This entire expansion is
geared toward the off-campus popula
The Safe Ride expansion will cost
The new P2P will operate Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3
a.m and will run down Airport Road
from Columbia Street to Weaver Dairy
Road, and cover Merritt Mill Road to
Smith Level Bypass to the University
Commons apartment complex.
The routes, designed by students Sal Cangeloso and Ali
Khoshnevis, will run 30-minute round trips and will service
all the neighborhoods along those roads.
Between one-quarter and one-half of the money for Safe Ride
will come from the SAFE Escort budget, Dashputre said. A stu
dent government committee announced Wednesday that fund
ing to the SAFE Escort program will be cut after this semester.
Although organizers have yet to raise the rest of the
$60,000, they say they are confident they will meet their goal.
Dashputre said the Division of Student Affairs will donate
See SAFE RIDE, Page 4
Bus a Move
The two routes shown are potential
additions to the Safe Ride Program. The
changes are dependent on funding. One
Chapel Hill Transit bus would service each
route, making a round trip every 30
minutes, and would stop at each Chapel Hill
Transit stop along the route. The buses
would run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The bus service would
be open to all members of the community,
not just to students.
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