VOLUME 112, ISSUE 31
Sections, faculty may be cut
BUDGET CRUNCH MAY FORCE UNC
TO CUT AS MUCH AS $10.5 MILLION
BY MEGAN SEROW
A 1 percent to 3 percent cut to the
UNC budget might seem like a drop in
the bucket, but after three years of cuts
amounting to more than SIOO million,
University officials said further reduc
tions could greatly affect the University.
The University still is waiting to see if
cuts, ranging between about $3.5 mil
lion and $10.5 million, will be enacted
by the legislature. As officials wait, they
BY MEREDITH MILLER
A UNC student who claims he
was assaulted as a result of ethnic
intimidation will meet with the
Chapel Hill district attorney
Wednesday afternoon to discuss
Gagandeep Bindra, a senior
who was bom in Punjab, India,
was assaulted March 27 on
Franklin Street after three teenage
boys called him al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden.
Though the teenagers each
were charged with simple assault
and the incident was classified as a
“hate crime,” Chapel Hill police did
not file charges for ethnic intimi
dation, a misdemeanor charge for
assault based on religion or race.
Bindra, who 1s Sikh, said he
thinks the incident was a racially
biased crime and will discuss his
concerns with the district attorney.
He will ask that the assailants be
charged with racial intimidation, a
Class 1 misdemeanor. Simple
assault is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
But Chapel Hill police Chief
Gregg Jarvies said the police did
not think the physical assault had
a direct link to the verbal com
ment. He said that although he
does not disregard Bindra’s claims,
he is not sure if the attack was
racially motivated or just “a simple
assault by street thugs.”
“You can’t act on what you feel.
You act on the facts,” Jarvies said.
After Bindra learned that the
boys were not charged with ethnic
intimidation, he met privately last
Thursday with Jarvies to discuss
“I had a concern about the
charges,” Bindra said. “These people
called out ‘bin Laden’ not because
they were my friends, but because
they wanted to intimidate me.”
Jarvies said the meeting was an
opportunity to discuss the possible
discrepancy of the charges, adding
that he will attend Wednesday’s
meeting with the district attorney.
“I don’t think (Bindra) has
accepted my perspective, and that’s
understandable,” Jarvies said.
He cautioned that reporting the
incident as a hate crime shows
there is a strong possibility that the
assault was racially motivated.
But Bindra said he wants the
police to consider his account of
the incident so that the charges are
fair. “I have to explain what hap
pened,” he said.
Bindra said he did not have the
chance to speak to the magistrate
when the initial charges were filed
because officers told him it was not
necessary. He said he thinks that if
he had spoken with the magistrate
about the incident, the teenagers
would have been charged with
“The police talked for me,”
Bindra said, “This was more than
just two guys fighting.”
District Attorney Carl Fox will
review the incident at the
Wednesday meeting and offer guid
ance on how to pursue the case.
Jarvies said, “The case is not
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continue to calculate how the cuts could
alter many aspects of the University.
The size of the faculty could be
reduced, class sizes could grow and cam
pus and technology services could suffer.
Provost Robert Shelton said that he is
optimistic that there will be no budget
cuts but that if there are, they might be
seen in many different forms. “Something
will have to give. Classes may get larger,
sections may be cut. We can’t keep taking
money away and not see any effects.”
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Senior Will Hall (left) shows off his Edward
Kidder Graham Award to senior Caroline Tilley
after a ceremony Monday at the George Watts
Hill Alumni Center. Hall received the award for his
involvement with the Society of Janus, a student
group dedicated to residence hall life. Eleven Graham
New telescope project to launch in Chile
Astronomy Professor Wayne
Christiansen said his idea to build a
high-performance telescope reflect
ed a line he heard in the 1989 movie
“Field of Dreams.”
“You know when the ghost says to
the man, ‘lf you build it, they will
come?’” he asked. “(The telescope)
was just a dream that started in
Christiansen, director of the
Morehead Observatory, said the
launch of the Southern Observatory
for Astrophysical Research on Friday
will put the astronomy program in
UNC’s Department of Physics and
Astronomy on the map.
The telescope, which has a 4-
inch thick mirror that is more than
13 feet wide, is atop Cerro Pachon, a
Among the changes that will occur
next year are decreases of between 30 to
60 course sections. Ten to 30 vacant fac
ulty positions will be eliminated, and
about 20 will go unfilled.
Shelton said the most critical change
would be the loss of faculty. With even a
1 percent budget cut, some filled posi
tions might have to be eliminated.
But he said there are some counter
balances in place for remaining faculty.
The state could offer salary increases for
the first time in four years to compen
sate for the increased work load.
With an additional 335 students
arriving at UNC next year, changes in
the number of courses offered and the
awards were given to seniors who distinguished
themselves in different organizations while at the
University. Forty seven seniors were nominated for
the awards, which were known as the Outstanding
Senior Awards until they were named in honor of
Graham, a former chancellor.
ridge in Chile. It is designed to pro
duce the best image quality of any
Its near-infrared capabilities com
pete with the Hubble, NASAs space
telescope that was launched in 1990.
“It’s extremely flexible and effec
tive,” astronomy Professor Dan
Reichart said. “We have a better
view of the sky than if you were to
walk outside and look up.”
UNC shares SOAR with the
Ministry of Science & Technology of
Brazil, Michigan State University
and the U.S. National Optical
Astronomy Observatory. UNC will
control 124 half-nights of observing
each year. The construction cost $32
million, with UNC contributing
about sl2 million.
The Henry Cox Remote Observing
Center, located in Morehead
number of students in each section
might pose a problem, Faculty Council
Chairwoman Judith Wegner said.
“Students really want to be here for
contact with experienced faculty mem
bers so in the absence of that, it’s more
difficult to teach effectively, especially
with a larger class,” she said. “It’s harder
to get to know the students.”
Shelton said he expects an increase in
the enrollment growth funding, which
would offer some support but not
enough to fix the problem.
Cuts to class sizes and available sec
tions would be made to each depart-
SEE BUDGET, PAGE 2
Observatory, was built by Astronomy
Professor Gerald Cecil and will house
the control room for the telescope.
Another control room will be
available in the proposed addition to
Phillips Hall on the UNC campus.
Students will be able to use obser
vatories, which will be open for pub
lic viewing, for research.
“This is a big thing,” Reichart
said. “It’s good for teaching, training
and public relations.”
Bruce Carney, who worked with
Christiansen on the plan when they
were the department’s only two fac
ulty members in 1986, said the tele
scope is a significant tool for both the
astronomy and physics departments.
“Telescopes are windows into lab
oratories that you can’t build on
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Discuss need to involve
Greek alumni in plans
BY JENNIFER IMMEL
Running errands in the middle of the night.
Cleaning houses and apartments at 7 a.m. on a
Saturday. Taking hours-long road trips during
time that could be spent studying.
Stories such as these have been told for years
about college fraternities, but this year, the
University’s governing body has made well known
its intentions to stop such practices at UNC’s
Interfratemity Council chapters.
“Students were sleep deprived from having to
work at the house, do errands,” said Rusty Carter,
chairman of the UNC Board of Trustees’
University Affairs Committee, which handles
Greek issues. “They were exhausted all the time.
... Most of the information is anecdotal, but it is
enough that we do believe that in certain frater
nities, pledging is time-abusive, and we are ask
ing the Greek community to clean it up.”
While formal talks about this cleanup began in
January, board members said hazing practices and
personal servitude have been an issue for years.
Trustee Jean Kitchin became active in imple
menting changes to the Greek system, specifical
ly in IFC fraternities, after the Phi Gamma Delta
fire in 1996 that killed five students. Three stu
dents from Kitchin’s former hometown of Rocky
Mount died in the fire.
SEE ALUMNI, PAGE 2
BY CLAIRE DORRIER
AND ALLISON PARKER
Members of the UNC Board of Trustees are
trying to induce a major change to Greek culture
by increasing alumni involvement and imple
menting a more strict code of conduct.
But Greek officials say such a change will come
only after a long and possibly difficult process.
“I think the struggle is going to be when you
talk about a ‘culture change.’ No culture can
change overnight,” said Jay Anhom, director of
Greek Affairs. “I think it may take a little time, to
evolve to something new and different.”
Interfraternity Council President Walker
Rutherfurd also said that such a change will not
come easily and that altering the pledge process
might be difficult “The major challenge is getting
the average fraternity member to recognize that
some activities have no purpose and don’t exem
plify the ideals of the fraternity,” he said.
Separating the negative aspects of the pledge
process from the positive traditions that unify fra
ternity members is a decision each organization
has to make, Greek leaders say.
“We need some change,” Sigma Chi President
Matt Hester said. “It’s a battle of what traditions
you need to keep and what needs to go.”
Views are mixed among chapter presidents
SEE CULTURE, PAGE 2
COURTESY OF DAN REICHART
The Southern Observatory for Astrophysical Research in Chile
is home to anew telescope that is more than 13 feet wide.
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