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Volume 110, Issue 121
UNC PLAYING CATCH-UP
IN FACULTY SALARIES RACE
OTH FILE PHOTO
On Oct. 28,1999, the UNC Board of Trustees voted to
increase tuition by $1,500 to raise faculty salaries.
The BOT is considering a similar action this year.
Tuition increases Over Time
September 1995 Oct. 28,1999 Chancellor James Moeser
The BOT votes to raise tuition S4OO, The BOT votes to raise asks the BOT to form a panel Jan. 24,2002
with 45 percent of the increase tuition $1,500 for all to evaluate tuition increase The BOT passes a one-year,
going to faculty salaries. students over five years. plans and draft a proposal. S4OO increase.
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Oct. 18,1999 Feb. 11,2000 Jan. 16,2002 March 6,2002
The Chancellor's Committee on Faculty Salaries The BOG passes a S6OO The Task Force on Tuition The BOG passes a one-year,
and Benefits approves five-year plan to raise increase over two years for recommends a one-year, S3OO campus-initiated
in state tuition $1,500 and out-of-state tuition all students. S4OO increase. tuition increase for UNC-CH.
New Study Plans to Dig Deeper
Into Faculty Salary Disparities
to be considered
By Jenny Immel
A further study of faculty salary dispari
ties that should be completed by the end of
the semester could result in pay changes for
UNC faculty members.
Provost Robert Shelton announced the
process for addressing faculty salary gaps by
gender and by race at the UNC Board of
Trustees’ University Affairs Committee
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
Student government selects eight students
to fill vacant Cabinet positions.
See Page 3
By Daniel Thigpen / university Editor
In February 2000, the cycle officially began.
The UNC-system Board of Governors approved a tuition
hike of S6OO over two years for UNC-Chapel Hill - the first
■ campus-based increase in years.
In March 2002, the University saw another campus-initiated
increase, this time a one-year, S3OO hike.
With each tuition increase, UNC-CH officials looked to the
University’s less-than-competitive faculty salaries for justification
- the problem could not be addressed without campus-based
increases, let alone solved.
With a semester left in the academic year, officials already are
planning for another three to five years of campus-initiated tuition
See SALARIES, Page 2
An original study was presented to the
Faculty Council on Nov. 3. It now is being
considered a preliminary report and will be
used to determine further action, Shelton
said. The first study examined numerous
factors contributing to salary disparities,
such as levels of qualification, time at UNC
and a professor’s rank.
But Shelton said the study did not include
two key variables: productivity, such as the
number of books and papers published, and
quality, such as outside recognition and
Shelton said these unexamined factors
are the primary determinants of whether
See SALARY GAP, Page 2
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Monday, November 25, 2002
Senate GOP Aims to Topple Basnight
By Matt Hanson
A Republican-led coalition said last
week that it could have enough votes to
remove N.C. Senate President Pro Tern
Marc Basnight from his decade-long reign
over the chamber.
Given the 28-22 Democratic majority in
the Senate’s upcoming session,
Republicans have a chance to vote
Basnight, D-Dare, out of the Senate’s top
position if they get at least four Democrats
to vote against him.
Basnight, who has held the top post in
the Senate longer than any other legislator
in history, often is considered one of the
state’s most powerful politicians.
Senate Minority Leader Patrick
Last-second kick gives
UNC 23-21 win over Duke.
See Page 10
A three-part series
■ Today: Faculty
Perception and Access
Ballantine, R-New Hanover, claimed last
week that two Democrats already have
agreed to vote against Basnight, according
to The Charlotte Observer. He also said a
third senator has promised a vote against
Basnight if a fourth will join the coalition.
Ballantine, who could not be reached for
comment by press time, has not given the
names of the coalition’s Democratic support
ers -a smart move, say some Republicans.
“You don’t go naming people so that the
other side can put pressure on them,” said
Rep. Fem Shubert, R-Union, who will be the
Senate minority whip starting in January. She
added that she thinks that “there are lots of
folks who would like to see changes made.”
But Basnight said he does not believe
See SENATE, Page 2
Will Come From
By Arman Tolentino
Private, not state, funds will pay for
outgoing Vice Chancellor and
University Counsel Susan
Ehringhaus’ salary when she leaves at
the end of December to work for two
will return in
the fall to teach
at the School of
Fund, will pro-
will receive more
than $376,000 from
the UNC-Chapel Hill
vide the money
to pay more than $376,000 over the
next two years to Ehringhaus, who
has an annual salary of $188,321.
Until recently, it was unclear to the
public whether the funds would come
from private or state money.
But Nancy Davis, associate vice
Edwards Pitches Plan
For Tuition-Free Year
eligible for funds
By Kathryn Roebuck
Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., out
lined last week a higher education plan
that would make college more afford
able for deserving students, but its cost
could keep it from becoming reality.
Edwards, often rumored to be a
2004 presidential candidate, unveiled
his plan Thursday in a speech at the
University of Maryland-College Park.
The program, called College for
Everyone, would offer free tuition for
first-year students at all community
colleges and public universities in the
Students who obtain the free tuition
would have to pass college-preparato
ry courses in high school and work at
least 10 hours a week at a part-time
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GOP leaders claim they have almost enough votes to end
Senate President Pro Tern Marc Basnight's (right) reign.
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Tuesday: Showers; H 53, L 31
Wednesday: Showers; H 48, L 22
chancellor for university affairs, said it
always was clear to administrators that
taxpayers’ money would not be used.
“It was assumed all along that it
would be private and not public
funds,” Davis said.
The UNC-CH Foundation, one of
many foundations in the Endowment
Fund, holds unrestricted private gifts
made to the University from a variety
of sources, including individuals,
foundations, corporations and estates.
Chancellor James Moeser was
unavailable for comment Sunday, but
Provost Robert Shelton said Moeser
made the decision to use private funds
to cover Ehringhaus’ salary and like
ly informed the UNC Board of
Trustees of this decision at last week’s
“The chancellor is the person
responsible for making the decisions,
not the BOT,” he said. “The BOT
would have just been informed of his
The salary agreement has sparked
criticism because it comes at a time
when the state is suffering from severe
Although some faculty, staff and
members of the public have criticized
See EHRINGHAUS, Page 2
job or a community service program
during their first year of college.
“If we’re going to make this deal with
students, we’re going to have to ask
something in return,” Edwards said in
But he also said that he thinks the
additional work will have a positive
impact on students.
“The research shows that part-time
work on campus helps students perform
better in college,” Edwards stated. “For
myself, there was no way I was going to
waste my education when I was paying
for it by doing things like unloading
trucks and working on road crews.”
UNC-system Board of Governors
Chairman Brad Wilson said he sup
ports Edwards’ plan, which he said is a
creative method of ensuring equal
access to college. “Any approach that
would advance qualified high school
students to apply to a college or uni
versity is what we’re aiming for,” he
See EDWARDS, Page 2