VOLUME 111, ISSUE 138
Professional hikes pass quietly
Trustees OK tuition increases for 7 schools
BY BROOK R. CORWIN
It took the University 1 s governing body
several hours of often heated debate
Wednesday night to approve tuition
increases of $1,500 for nonresidents and
S3OO for residents.
But several comparable hikes for
UNC’s professional schools cleared the
Board of Trustees with relative ease
In about an horn-, the board voted 12-1 to
increase tuition at seven of UNC’s profes
sional schools. The proposals ranged from
a one-year, SSOO increase for resident stu
dents in the School of Law to a $9,000
three-year increase for resident students in
BY MICHELLE JARBOE
Officials still have no insight into
the source of the mystery illness that
struck campus Wednesday, though
more than 60 students have visited or
called the Student Health Service to
report nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Student Health, UNC and Orange
County Health Department officials
met at the healch department’s
Hillsborough office Thursday after
noon to discuss the investigation and
to formulate a weekend action plan.
“We are still investigating,” said
health department educator Donna
King. “No source has been identified.”
More than 50 students flooded
Student Health on Wednesday, alarm
ing officials and sparking a search for
the source of the shared symptoms. In
response, health department officials
developed a questionnaire to pinpoint a
Possible catalysts include water,
food, improper hand washing and the
use of common utensils, said SHS
Director Robert Wirag. “There’s noth
ing out of bounds that’s not being con
sidered at this point,” he said.
Students continue to be surveyed
about gatherings, meals and other pos
sible generators of viral or food-borne
illness. “The plan that was agreed
upon was to continue collecting and
analyzing data, for the epidemiologists
to continue their work in positively
identifying the source,” Wirag said.
State lab analysis of patients’ fluid
samples remains incomplete, as do
evaluations of food samples taken
from Carolina Dining Services on
Aramark spokesman Doug Warner
said CDS is cooperating with die inves
tigation. The dining halls regularly col
lect food samples and keep them for 72
hours, and temperature logs are kept
for the various foods served.
“Obviously, we are continuing to
maintain the best practices we know
how to,” said CDS Director Ira Simon.
“In other words, we’re following all the
procedures we need to.”
No common thread has been found:
Students stricken and surveyed did
not all eat at the dining halls, and they
do not all live on campus, said SHS
Associate Director Mary Covington.
As investigations progress, students,
including suitemates Dave Johnson and
Matt Miglarese, have begun to recover.
Johnson, a sophomore who did not
visit Student Health, spent Tuesday
night and Wednesday morning vomit
ing. Two of his suitemates, including
sophomore Miglarese, simultaneously
Miglarese said he received a call
Thursday from the health department
and was queried as to what he’d eaten
and where he’d been. Feeling better, he
was able to attend a class and to spend
the day reading. “I usually don’t get sick
like that, so it was a surprise,” he said.
Residence hall staff monitored and
notified students Wednesday night,
advising those on the mend to report
to Student Health if they had not
already, Covington said. Housekeeping
staff reported no unusual activity
Thursday, said Peter Reinhardt, direc
tor of UNC’s Department of
Environment, Health and Safety.
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the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Also approved were increases for grad
uate students in the School of Government,
the School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, the School of Social
Work, the School of Dentistry, the School
of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy.
Exempted from the increases are pro
fessional students already paying tuition
in excess of $16,661, the campus’s base
tuition for nonresidents following
Wednesday’s $1,500 increase.
Because the professional schools craft
ed the proposals several months ago,
when it appeared that tuition would be
raised only S3OO for all students, the
approved proposals allow each school to
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puts together a rose bowl arrangement with
a variety of colorful, blooming flowers
Thursday afternoon. The piece is. made up of star
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BOG set to OK
jump in tuition
BY TRISTAN SHOOK
Members of the UNC-system
Board of Governors expressed their
support for a nonresident tuition
increase passed by the UNC-
Chapel HUI Board of Trustees on
Wednesday night, citing the rising
cost of maintaining a premier pub
lic university as a central reason.
Despite opposition from stu
dents and faculty, trustees
approved a $1,500 tuition increase
for out-of-state students and a
S3OO hike for N.C. residents.
“It seems to me to be a logical
and appropriate thing for the uni
versities in North Carolina to
increase out-of-state tuition when
facing diminishing state appropri
ations because of budget prob
lems,” said Jim Phillips, chairman
of the BOG Budget and Finance
Committee. The committee has to
approve tuition increases before
they are sent to the entire board.
Phillips said tuition should be
determined by market rates as
long as increases do not hurt the
qudity of the classes at UNC-CH.
Budget and Finance Committee
member Steve Bowden said he sup
ports the proposal because it is nec
essary to provide a good education.
“We are for high quality education
and high quality institutions,” he
said. “Unfortunately, the cost of
education is increasing. It is not
unreasonable to increase tuition.”
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lessen the size of its increase.
Only the School of Social Work, which
is implementing its first school-based
increase, likely wfll consider such a reduc
tion, Provost Robert Shelton said after the
The sizes and priorities of the increas
es vary, Shelton told the BOT, but all set
aside some money for faculty salaries and
generate revenues solely for the schools
“These funds go directly to the schools’
deans dollar for dollar,” Shelton said.
Discussion on the increases centered
on allocations of revenues for need-based
financial aid, which was included in vary
ing amounts in all the proposals.
TVustee Philip Carson cast the only dis
senting vote on the proposals, referring
the board to comments he made
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Miles spent the day preparing arrangements for
upcoming weddings which bring a high volume of
business. Chapel Hill Florist relocated this year
from University Square, their home for the previ
ous decade, to West Franklin Street.
“The taxpayers of
are the ones
STEVE BOWDEN. BOG MEMBER
Charles Norwood, a member of
the Educational Planning,
Programs and Policies Committee,
said that a tuition hike is needed to
meet the University’s demands, pri
marily in retaining faculty and staff.
Though the proposal had the
almost unanimous approval of the
trustees and an indication of sup
port from some BOG members, it
has raised the ire of many students.
But Bowden said nonresident
students wouldn’t be bearing the
financial burden unfairly. “The tax
payers of the state are the ones
building these institutions.”
Budget and Finance Committee
member Hannah Gage also said an
increase in out-of-state tuition is
fair. “I recognize the value that out
of-state students bring, but my pri
ority will always be with the stu
dents in North Carolina,” she said.
Committee member Edward
Broadwell said retaining top facul
ty members would benefit the
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Wednesday opposing tuition increases for
Carson was one of two trustees to vote
against the S3OO tuition increase for non
residents Wednesday, citing a state man
date to keep tuition as accessible as pos
sible for North Carolinians.
“It’s not being true to the spirit of the
mandate,” he said Wednesday. “I cannot
vote for an increase on North Carolina
The board also unanimously approved
a sl2l increase in student fees previous
ly recommended by the BOT’s Finance
Allocation plans for the $7.2 million
discretionary funds generated by
Wednesday’s tuition increase will be
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Union opening postponed
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
At the back entrance to the
new Student Union a sign
depicts construction workers
throwing their hats skyward
and reads, “Hats Off, The
Entire Union Opens at the End
But officials central to the
old Union building’s renovation
said workers won’t be able to
remove their construction hats
until Feb. 10 at the earliest.
Don Luse, director of the
Union, said plans to have a
grand reopening next week
have been postponed due to a
variety of minor remaining
“Mostly it’s things that we
could have taken and said, ‘Do
it later,’ but it’s much easier to
go ahead and get it done and
get it done right,” he said.
Everything that needs to be
completed is written on a
punch list, a sheet commonly
used in construction to detail
the finishing touches of a proj
“It’s a lot of things like clean
up,“ he said. “There’s not one
thing necessarily that you could
He was careful to mention
that UNC officials are delight
ed with the contractor charged
with completing the job and
that the project will still finish
ahead of schedule.
Joe Fenton, projects archi
tect with Clearscapes, is the
representative working on the
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BOG to make choice
in early session today
AND LAURA BOST
A special session of the UNC-system
Board of Governors will convene this
morning to appoint anew chief executive
officer for the UNC Health Care System.
Members of the BOG will decide
between two candidates for the highly
esteemed position at today’s special meet
ing, said Michelle Williams, a communica
tions specialist in the office of the UNC-sys
State Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland,
who served on the search committee, said
he thinks one finalist is William Roper, the
current dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School
of Public Health.
Rand said the committee, which has
been meeting since November, attempted
to find the best person for the job.
“We wanted somebody who would be a
distinguished leader of a major school in
the university and the North Carolina
health care system,” Rand said. “It’s a com
plex job and a large job.”
Fellow committee member David Lee,
professor and chairman of the Department
of Biochemistry and Biophysics, also noted
the significance of the position.
“No other appointment, besides that of
the chancellor, is so sensitive,” Lee said.
The post is a high-profile, three-tiered
The CEO of UNC Health Care System
will serve concurrently as dean of the
School of Medicine and vice chancellor for
medical affairs at UNC-CH.
Roper was a finalist for the UNC-CH
provost position in 2000 and also has been
considered for the presidency of the
University of Alabama-Birmingham.
He also served as the head of the feder
al Centers for Disease Control and
Attempts to contact Roper were unsuc
cessfiil and his office declined to comment
on his purported candidacy.
Charles Sanders, chairman of the search
. committee and former chairman and CEO
of Glaxo Inc., did not return calls Thursday.
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Construction delays have pushed back the reopening of the
renovated Student Union from next week until at least Feb. 10.
project. His company drew the
plans and set a timeline for
He neglected to give a firm
completion date because of sev
eral unforeseen conditions such
as leaks in duct work and faulty
“The final date, to be honest,
if it were adjusted would be
sometime in March,” he said.
“But we never put that in paper
because (the project) went so
However, Fenton attributed
the delay to conflicts in inspec
tors’ schedules and said prob
lems such as Luse mentioned
are common in projects of this
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He said the inspections will
take longer than originally
“We thought we were on
track for a real smooth landing,”
Fenton said. “We haven’t hit
any show stoppers except for
(inspectors’) sign off and it’s just
the physical time of doing it.”
Fenton worked on several
other UNC construction proj
ects, namely the Kenan-Flagler
Business School and Memorial
Hall, and praised the contrac
tors involved in this endeavor.
“This job has been a model,”
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