VOLUME 111, ISSUE 129
Nonresidents may see tuition hike
BOT MULLS RAISING TUITION
TO LEVEL OF PEER SCHOOLS
BY EMILY STEEL
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Nonresident students could face
a potential $6,000 three-year
tuition hike if members of the
University’s governing board fol
low through on Wednesday’s dis
cussions to place rates on the high
er end of market prices.
Such a move would place UNC-
Chapel Hill’s nonresident tuition at
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Junior Travis Senor hopes to become the youngest person ever to reach the South Pole by skiing across Antarctica in November. Senor, who
will be 21 when he embarks, is trying to raise the $65,000 it will take to make the two-month expedition through UNC and private donations.
STUDENT SETS SIGHTS
ON SOUTH POLE TREK
BY GREG PARKER STAFF WRITER
It might feel cold in Chapel Hill, but for a UNC junior aiming to become
the youngest person on record to reach the South Pole, temperature is rel
TVavis Senor, a peace, war and defense major, plans to ski across the icy
continent of Antarctica, where the average temperature is 56 degrees below zero
Fahrenheit, during the winter 0f2004-05.
Senor will be 3 years younger than the for
mer record-holders, a pair of 24-year old
Norwegians who made the trek in 2000.
Senor’s plans aren’t cheap: his trip will cost
$65,000. He has begun a fund-raising cam
paign, soliciting donations from private indi
viduals and corporations.
Senor also is receiving help from Dean
Bresciani, UNC interim vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs. “It is a long way from becoming a
reality, but I am impressed with (Senor’s)
understanding of the challenges involved,”
Officials say state flu cases dropping
BY KAVITA PILLAI
The flu is on the decline in
North Carolina, state health offi
cials say, though a report from the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention indicates that the state
is one of 42 still experiencing
widespread flu activity.
“Our actual numbers are drop
ping,” said Debbie Crane, public
affairs director for the N.C.
Department of Health and
Human Services. “Colorado and
Texas have followed pretty much
the same pattern we have, and
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most expensive peer institutions.
The Board of Trustees is per
forming a balancing act, deciding
what goals UNC-CH should pursue
as it develops groundbreaking
tuition guidelines likely to be final
ized at its Jan. 22 meeting.
“As we talk about our means, let’s
keep in mind our ends,” Chancellor
James Moeser said. “It is very
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Bresciani said. “He has thought through the
many issues that are involved.”
Bresciani said he had some personal expe
rience with such fund-raising projects and is
eager to help Senor find both private and
University funding sources.
Senor’s unique desire began at a young age.
“I lived in New York, and I always loved the
ice and snow,” he said. “Then, a couple of years
ago, public awareness of Antarctica increased,
and I got really interested. I read a lot of books
on the Antarctic and from there one thing led
their peak was about a month
Nine North Carolina children
have died from the flu this season,
making it one of the worst in
recent history thus far. The aver
age number of child flu deaths is
15 per season.
The virus is not easy to track
nationally, but 53 locations in
North Carolina, including UNC
Health Services, keep track of the
number of patient visits with flu
like illnesses, she added.
Crane said a peak occurred the
week ending Dec. 13, with 8.7 per-
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important that what we do in terms
of tweaking and changing our rev
enue streams is for that end.”
The discussion was spurred by
the notion that N.C. taxpayers
shouldn’t subsidize nonresident’s
education, but the dismissal of that
information as false by a national
business firm has not altered
aggressive efforts of some board
members to increase out-of-state
During a tuition workshop
Wednesday, some trustees pushed
to raise nonresident tuition $6,000
the largest hike in recent histo
Senor plans to participate in an expedition
are set to begin in November and conclude in
January 2005. He would be on the Antarctic
continent during its summer, when daylight
persists for 24 hours.
Despite constant sunshine, Antarctica is far
from a hospitable environment. “Besides the
cold it is ridiculously windy,” Senor said. “You
get white-out conditions every four to five days.”
Preparing a journey to the South Pole also
involves months of physical conditioning.
Senor already has begun both a general fitness
regimen and one that is more specific to the
physical stresses of his journey.
In order to accommodate all the necessary
supplies Senor will have to tow a sled weighing
up to 150 pounds.
“Other than the resupply halfway through,
you have to carry all you need to survive for
about a month.”
SEE ANTARCTICA, PAGE 4
“We are cautiously optimistic that
North Carolina has already peaked.”
DEBBIE CRANE, PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR. N.C. DEPT. OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
cent of patients reporting flu-like
symptoms. By the end of the
month 1 the number was down to
At UNC Health Services, doc
tors have seen fewer flu cases than
before Winter Break, said Dr.
Mary Covington, associate direc
tor of Student Health Service.
But she added that it is still too
ry. The increase would be phased
in over an undetermined period
but could include an initial tuition
jump of SI,OOO to $1,500.
BOT members expressed
Wednesday an interest in continu
ing the University’s commitment to
N.C. taxpayers by providing in
state students with an affordable
and accessible education.
Alternately, the board’s philoso
phy regarding nonresident tuition
leans toward adjusting rates to
align them with the market-driven
value of an education at UNC-CH.
“You are looking at market com
early to draw concrete conclu
“Influenza activity is starting to
come down in North Carolina,
and that’s reflected in what we’re
seeing here,” she said. “But it’s still
really early for us, as students are
just moving back to campus.”
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parability with tuition in order to
provide the resources to the
University,” Trustee Paul Fulton
Details on new policies are up in
the air, and the Office of the Provost
is slated to present anew proposal
at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting.
Models likely will push nonres
ident tuition into the top quarter
and keep in-state tuition in the
lowest quarter among peer institu
tions, Provost Robert Shelton said.
Statistics presented Wednesday
SEE TUITION, PAGE 4
Number of student sharers cut in half
BY CHRIS COLETTA
The number of students who
download music has decreased
sharply since the Recording
Industry Association of America
began filing lawsuits against illegal
file-sharers, according to a report
A survey 0f1,358 Internet users
by the Pew Internet & American
life Project found that 24 percent
of full- and part-time students
older than 18 downloaded music,
both legally and illegally, in
November and December2oO3.
This number represents a
decrease from 56 percent in the
project’s last study, released last
summer. Downloading among all
Internet users dropped from 29
percent to 14 percent after remain
BY KATHRYN GRIM
A hearing to examine the demo
tion of Everette Johnson, the first
and only black officer to be pro
moted to the position of captain in
the Chapel Hill Police Department,
will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.
On Dec. 2, Police Chief Gregg
Jarvies demoted Johnson four
ranks from captain to police officer
111, an action Johnson’s lawyer said
was motivated by racism within
A1 McSurely, Johnson’s lawyer,
described the demotion as “obvi
ously designed to humiliate him
and get him to quit.”
But Jarvies said race was not a
factor in his decision and that offi
cers only are demoted for serious
Junior music and communication studies major Katie
Harris practices her flute Tuesday afternoon in Hill Hall.
Harris, who has been playing the flute for 11 years, is
preparing for the the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra’s concerto
competition Feb. 7- Winners will perform with the symphony.
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Anew tuition proposal for out
of-state students could include:
A $6,000 INCREASE over an
undetermined period with an
initial increase of $1,500
the largest ever in recent years
■ A SHIFT IN POLICY toward
charging the market-value of
an UNC education, not the
■ TUITION REVENUE funheled
to atheltic grants and aid
ing steady for three years.
“This was a huge surprise to us,”
said Mary Madden, research spe
cialist for the project “This was the
biggest drop we’ve seen in any
Internet activity we follow.”
Madden said that the drop indi
cates anew attitude toward overall
file-sharing and that the RIAA’s
lawsuits were the primary factor.
“We are comfortable assuming
that some of the change is attrib
utable to the lawsuits I would
probably say most of it,” she said.
The RIAA’s threat of litigation
came to fruition in July when the
group sent its first subpoenas to
Internet service providers, seeking
the identity of people it claims
shared copyrighted music using
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violations of policy standards.
“I always make sure there’s no
reasonable doubt,” he said. “I’m
affecting their livelihood. I can’t
imagine going home and telling
my family I just got demoted.”
Officers earning the rank of cap
tain earn a starting annual salary
of $50,096. Police officer Ill’s start
at $30,755 a year.
Johnson was hired in 1984 and
became Chapel Hill’s second black
lieutenant in 1996. McSurely said
Johnson’s promotion to captain in
January 2000 arrived on the heels
of protests over racism in the
police department by the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People.
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