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Volume 110, Issue 127
Tuition Proposals Set for Task Force Vote
1 of 3 proposals
will be sent to BOT
By Arman Tolentino
The Tuition Task Force will meet
Dec. 19 to vote on which of three tuition
increase proposals to submit to the
UNC Board of Trustees.
After months of debate, mostly cen
tering on the plan’s distribution of
tuition revenue, the group will choose
from three specific proposals crafted by
task force Co-Chairman Provost Robert
Shelton. Shelton was unavailable for
Look by BOG
By Matt Crook
As the UNC-Chapel Hill campus nears
action on another tuition increase, the UNC
system Board of Governors Budget and
Finance Committee will meet today to discuss
tuition policies - including a possible mora
torium on tuition increases.
Committee members will discuss thoughts
and proposals for tuition increase requests that
might come before the board this year, said
committee Chairman Addison Bell.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow
members to complete preliminary work
instead of waiting until 2003, when the full
board will meet to vote on possible increases,
But Bell said he does not know for certain if
the committee will discuss a moratorium on
increases for the 2003-04 academic year. “There
is one item on the agenda - tuition,” Bell said.
BOG Vice Chairwoman Teena Little, also
a committee member, questioned whether the
term “moratorium” is appropriate for the
action the board is considering. To install a
moratorium, tuition increases would have to
be a more habitual action for the UNC sys-
See BOG, Page 10
Chancellor Moeser apologizes to the
Employee Forum for his salary decision.
To Regain Trust
By John Frank
and Rachel Hodges
Campus leaders called for Chancellor
James Moeser to work cooperatively to rebuild
trust on campus and
across the state after
his judgement was
questioned and criti
cized by UNC-sys
tem officials concern-
See Page 5
ing the compensation agreement with General
Counsel Susan Ehringhaus.
On Monday, Moeser said his decision to
See MOESER, Page 10
The proposals call for three-year
increases of S3OO, $350 or S4OO per
year, generating $20.5 million, $23.9
million or $27.3 million respectively.
All three proposals earmark funds for
faculty salary increases and a percentage
increase to close the gap in teaching
assistant salaries and set aside 40 percent
of increases for need-based financial aid.
They also provide that any excess funds
be used for either financial aid or TA
salaries, with the distribution at the
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said the council will discuss the
proposals at its meeting Friday. “The
main question here is, ‘What should
tuition money be used for?’” she said.
The proposals have resulted in much
“We’re going to work late into the night to get the campus ready. It’s really nice that there are no classes (today). ”
BILL StOCKARD, Chapel Hill Assistant to the Town Manager
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Above: Junior James O'Boyle (right) catches a few of the first snowflakes on his tongue while sophomore Allen Bell looks on in the
Pit on Wednesday afternoon. Below: The snow was a rare event for Sheena Gray, a sophomore from Maui, Hawaii.
WITH WINTER WEATHER
Ist snow in Triangle area brings fun for students, hazards for drivers
By Rachel Hodges
And Amanda Jepsen
Polk Place echoed with shrieks of laughter as
snowballs whizzed across the quad.
Cars struggled up hills, and more than 40 minor
accidents, including a jackknifed tractor trailer on
Interstate 40, occurred as Chapel Hill endured its
first snowfall of the season.
UNC officials assigned the lowest advisory level
to the University on Wednesday after more than a
half-inch of snow fell in the area. UNC will remain
open and operational today unless weather condi
tions worsen overnight. Officials said the weather
probably would not affect the start of finals Friday.
Jon Holbrook, a desk supervisor at the
Undergraduate Library, said libraries also will be
open today. Individual departments will be open
today at the discretion of their department heads.
Local officials said they would announce
changes in bus schedules, canceled activities and the closing of any facili
ties early this morning. Residents were advised to check for closings or
revised schedules before venturing out. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
and Orange County Schools are closed today.
Bruce Heflin, director of the Chapel Hill Department of Public Works, said
trucks were spreading salt, focusing efforts on Rosemary and Hillsborough
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debate among students, faculty and staff
because of the possibility of using tuition
revenue for staff salary increases.
The S4OO per year proposal allocates
42 percent, or $11.5 million, for faculty
salaries while allocating 11 percent, or $3
million, for staff salary increases. The
$350 per year proposal allocates 48 per
cent, which will still equal $11.5 million,
for faculty salaries and only 4 percent, or
$900,000, for staff salaries. The S3OO per
year proposal is the only one that does not
include money for staff salary increases.
Student Body President Jen Daum,
who spoke out previously against using
tuition money for staff salaries, said her
position on the task force reflects stu
dents’ opinions.“ Students have decided
that faculty salaries and TA stipends are
There is salvation in snow.
UNC faces Santa Clara in
women's soccer final four.
See Page 12
Thursday, December 5, 2002
the only appropriate areas to use tuition
revenue for,” she said.
Task force member Rebekah Burford,
a junior, said she is in favor of the S3OO
per year proposal. “The staff is a very
valuable part of the University,” she said.
“But tuition money is paid by students for
their education and increasing the quality
of their education. It is the state legisla
ture’s responsibility to fund staff salaries.”
But Employee Forum Chairman
Tommy Griffin said the General Assembly
needs to do a better job in funding educa
tion. “If the General Assembly provided
enough funds, we wouldn’t have to decide
upon a tuition increase,” he said.
Griffin also said the task force should
See TUITION, Page 10
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Most of Mainstreet Lenoir shut down Wednesday evening, while the Top
of Lenoir and Subway remained open. If weather conditions do not wors
en, Top of Lenoir and Chase Dining Hall will be open as normal while
restaurants in Mainstreet Lenoir will decide individually whether to open.
See WEATHER, Page 10
Raising Tuition... by How Much?
To increase faculty and teaching assistant salaries,
Provost Robert Shelton has proposed to the Tuition Task
Force three options for increasing student tuition. Even
though tuition would be increasing for all students, all
of the proposals protect those students in need of
financial aid by reserving 40 percent of the money for
need-based financial aid The task force will vote on one
of these three proposals Dec. 19 and take its decision to
the Board of Trustees in January.
increase for each of three years^
• 40 percent for need-based
• 8 percent for TA salary increases
• 48 percent for faculty salary
•4 percent for SPA staff salary
V. increases j
SOURCE: TUITION TASK FORCE
streets, Cameron Avenue and Sage Road.
Mike McFarland, director of University com
munications, said people can check the weather
advisory link on the University’s Web site for the
conditions and get updates on the latest warning
level by listening to radio station 1610 AM.
University grounds employees worked over
time Wednesday, clearing hospital and emer
gency areas first, said UNC Director of Grounds
Kirk Pelland. “We’re going to work late into the
night to get the campus ready,” he said. “It’s real
ly nice that there are no classes tomorrow.”
Regular Point-2-Point and Chapel Hill buses
kept rolling Wednesday, although slower than
usual, while the P2P Xpress buses stopped ser
vice because of the weather, he said.
Bill Stockard, assistant to the town manager,
urged residents to limit driving. “(Public trans
portation ) will be running as long as (it) can do
so safely,” he said. “We’re continuing to operate
and provide service to the park and ride lots.”
Today: Wintry Mix; H 37, L 24
Friday: Partly Cloudy; H 43, L 16
Saturday: Mostly Sunny; H 50, L 23
'MOO/year increase for each of three yearT N|
• 40 percent for need-based
•8 percent for TA salary
• 42 percent for faculty
S3OO/year increase for each of three years
• 40 percent for need-based
• 9 percent forTA salary increases
• 51 percent for faculty salary
Legislators say some
want Moeser to be fired
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
Outraged over administrative salary nego
tiations at UNC-Chapel Hill, many legislators
are shifting the focus of their ire from fiscal
excesses to Chancellor James Moeser’s job.
“Moeser needs to be fired,” said Rep.
Russell Capps, R-Wake. He added that he has
gotten an earful from constituents angered by
the almost $320,000 severance agreement
reached between Moeser and the University’s
outgoing Vice Chancellor and General
Counsel Susan Ehringhaus.
“People have been expressing outrage about
this,” Capps said.
Hanover, said he also
has been inundated
with complaints about
Moeser - both from
constituents and fellow
“I hear from a lot of
people that say the
chancellor has to go,”
he said. “Joe Public
and Susie Taxpayer
are very concerned. I
hear all the time about
the arrogance and out-
landish extravagances of the universities.”
But Ballantine said he thinks calling for
Moeser’s removal is extreme. “I’m not to the
level where 1 think we need to remove the
He did, however, caution that change in
the University’s management policies must be
made because public perception is souring.
“It just seems like one embarrassing matter
after another,” Ballantine said. “I personally
love our universities and know what jewels
they are in North Carolina, but I recognize
that there has been a pattern of indiscretion
that appears like lavishness.”
UNC-system President Molly Broad said
that though Moeser’s actions arguably were
extravagant, he has apologized and is more
than capable of continuing to lead the state’s
flagship university. “I have confidence that
Chancellor Moeser can provide adequate
guidance for the University,” she said.
A committee of the UNC-system Board of
Governors also has asked that Broad draft a
policy addressing severance agreements for
administrators to ensure that Moeser or other
chancellors do not overstep their bounds again.
Though the board’s action has reduced the
See LEGISLATORS, Page 10
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said Chancellor James
Moeser can continue
to “provide adequate
guidance” for UNC.