VOLUME 111, ISSUE 127
Study to inform tuition talks
BOT MEMBERS TO DISCUSS PLANS
FOR CAMPUS-BASED TUITION HIKE
BY EMILY STEEL
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
University officials have based
recent tuition discussions in part on
the belief that the state subsidizes non
residents’ education, but numbers from
a national business firm indicate out
of-state students actually pay $294
more than it costs to educate them.
The cost to educate an undergradu
ate student at UNC-Chapel Hill
amounts to $15,626, according to sta
tistics from the National Association of
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Ruling may affect
UNC student's fate still uncertain
BY EMILY STEEL
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
A recent decision by a federal
appeals court could trickle down
to preserve the anonymity of the
UNC student accused of making
songs available for downloading.
The student has enlisted the
help of the American Civil
Liberties Union and has filed to
quash the latest subpoena, issued
Nov. 12 by the Recording
Industry Association of America
as part of its battle against illegal
The RIAA withdrew its first
subpoena, filed Oct. 6, because it
was filed in Washington, D.C., and
was invalid in North Carolina.
Judges in the U.S Court of
Appeals in Washington ruled
Dec. 19 that Internet service
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Residents now pay $4,072 in tuition
and fees at UNC-CH while nonresi
dents pay $15,920.
While operating under the belief
that the state subsidizes nonresident
undergraduates by $1,500 to $2,000,
the UNC Board of Trustees rejected
Nov. 20 an across-the-board tuition
increase in favor of raising nonresident
tuition at a higher rate.
The issue of state subsidies arose
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providers are not required to
release the names of computer
users who share songs.
Aden Fine, a staff attorney for
the ACLU, said the federal court’s
decision most likely will affect the
result of the motion filed by the
ACLU Nov. 21 at the U.S. District
Court in Greensboro.
“By stating that the RIAA’s
actions are unconstitutional, this
case should certainly have an
impact,” he said.
David Parker, senior associate
University counsel, said
University officials are waiting to
release to the RIAA the name of
the UNC student accused of ille
gal file-sharing until a judge
makes a decision on the case.
SEE RIAA, PAGE 6
this year when the UNC-system Board
of Governors considered raising the 18
percent out-of-state enrollment cap.
BOG member Brent Barringer stat
ed in an e-mail to UNC-CH Chancellor
James Moeser that he believed an
almost $2,000 state subsidy should be
removed before considering a cap
The BOG tabled the enrollment cap
issue Nov. 7, but UNC-CH officials have
said they will continue to push the
issue, and trustees have openly said
they are taking that into consideration
when reviewing tuition increases.
UNC-CH Provost Robert Shelton
will present today the business officers’
calculations and assessments on poten
New graduates enjoy
Dec. 21 in the Smith
Center. More than 1,300 students
were awarded degrees. Michael
Hunt, an author and Everett H.
Emerson professor of history at
UNC (left) spoke at the ceremony,
continuing the tradition of facul
ty speakers at December com
mencements. Hunt delivered his
address on “Looking Beyond
September 11." He included topics
N.C. tobacco laws earn F’s
BY CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
North Carolina is doing a terrible job
keeping tobacco out of the hands of chil
dren and otherwise stopping the spread of
tobacco use, according to the American
Lung Association, which rated states’
tobacco and air pollution laws in a report
“We are so far behind other states in
addressing tobacco problems,” said Sarah
Cox, program and advocacy manager for
the American Lung Association of North
Carolina. She said die primary reasons for
the state’s bad grades F’s in all categories,
which range from cigarette taxes to youth
access are because the state has one of
the lowest tobacco tax rates and has passed
little legislation that prevents children from
possessing tobacco products.
“It’s harder to pass this kind of legisla
tion in a tobacco-growing state because
perceptions exist that when we do some
thing to benefit to the public health, the
economy is hurt,” Cox said.
Many states, including North Carolina,
were criticized in the report for not using
enough of the money from a large tobac
co settlement with major U.S. cigarette
tial effects of targeting nonresidents for
campus-based tuition increases.
Although no final decision will be
made at the board’s tuition workshop,
their discussions will form the building
blocks of the campus-based tuition hike
expected to be approved this month.
“It is really an educational opportu
nity for all of the trustees,” said BOT
Chairman Richard “Stick” Williams.
“After that, we should have a better sense
of where we should target ourselves.”
Several trustees expressed interest at
their last meeting in reviewing more
tangible information on the impact of
tuition increases after rejecting the
SEE TUITION, PAGE 6
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such as the war on terrorism,
globalization, hunger and HIV,
saying that the graduating gener
ation should consider the avail -
able choices at this “turning
point” at which the world could
experience great change.
Degrees were awarded from the
various University programs,
including the College of Arts and
Sciences, the Kenan-Flagler
Business School and the School of
Journalism and Mass
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so far behind other
states in addressing
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manufacturers to prevent people from
smoking and provide medical assistance
for people with tobacco-related diseases.
The state allocated about $7-9 million this
fiscal year to fund tobacco prevention and
tobacco-related health programs across the
state. TWenty five percent of the state’s total
allocation ultimately will go to the North
Carolina Health and Wellness TVust Fund
Commission, which funds youth tobacco
prevention programs across the state.
N.C. House Democratic Leader Joe
Hackney, D-Orange, said the money was
used wisely, especially considering the
state’s fiscal situation. It went to benefit peo
ple and areas that would be affected
adversely by declines in tobacco sales.
SEE TOBACCO, PAGE 6
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“It's my opinion right now that what the board sees
and what a lot of the students are feeling are the
same thing," said BOG member Jonathan Ducote.
BYCLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
System leaders say their federal lobbying efforts
this year will center around one theme: making col
lege more affordable.
College costs are the first issue addressed in the
Federal Agenda that members of the UNC-system
Board of Governors considered Tuesday, and afford
ability is an undercurrent in many of the agenda’s
With the N.C. General Assembly between sessions
fo' the first half of the year, the board will focus on the
U.S. Congress’ reauthorization of the Higher
The federal act, which was made to strengthen high
er education institutions nationwide, is in the reau
thorization process and should be finalized this year'.
Most board members agree that increasing college
affordability is the most significant issue at hand, par
ticularly in light of the current economic situation
and skyrocketing tuition costs nationwide.
“If not the most important strategic direction or
goal, it is certainly one of the top two or three,” said
Brent Barringer, a member of the BOG Public Affairs
Committee which is drafting the Federal Agenda.
“Bfeing that we already have 16 campuses spread
across the state, we’ve pretty much covered the geo
graphic access, now affordability becomes the practi
The BOG’s Federal Agenda also will focus on
increasing system schools’ share of capital and
research fimding and on increasing the amount of
money that goes to public schools.
because the BOG’s voice will be one of hundreds
vying for the attention of lawmakers, Barringer said,
it is imperative that members “join forces with... other
universities and university systems cross the country.”
“They’re all affected to a large degree by this leg
islation so I’m sure there will be a lot of alliances built
and that already exist.”
J.B. Milliken, UNC-system vice president for pub
lic affairs and university advancement, also empha
sized that partnership is key to success on Capitol Hili.
SEE BOG, PAGE 6
BY JENNIFER IMMEL
UNC’s telephone registration service will end this
month, leaving students with just one method to reg
ister for classes, view grades and make credit card
The Telephone Information System, first used in
October 1990, has experienced a drastic decline in
use during the last five years as Internet use for cam
pus services became more prevalent.
This decrease led to the decision to cancel the serv
ice permanently, Associate University Registrar
Donna Redmon said. Only 5 percent of students cur
rently use the telephone system.
“Registration is a point-and-click environment,”
she said. “As time marched on, (the phone system)
began to get less and less use.”
In addition to more students turning to online
services, Redmon said, the Telephone Information
System cost the University almost $50,000 per year.
John Oberlin, executive director of Academic
Technology & Networks, said the money spent on the
phone system could be used more efficiently for
improving Web services.
“The fact that we can save money on it allows us to
improve the other (online) services,” he said. “Now we
can do other things better for less.'
The system, which can be reached at 962-UNCI,
will shut down at 5 p.m., Jan. 21, the last day students
SEE TELEPHONE, PAGE 6
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