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    VOLUME 112, ISSUE 110
Cuts mean UNC must give back
UNC-Chapel Hill is scrambling to
find about $2.85 million to give back
to the N.C. General Assembly after
it handed down a 0.75 percent bud
get cut last week to all state groups,
including the UNC system.
Officials said the cut will put a
strain on the University but not
push it to the breaking point.
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Students line the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library qn Monday afternoon to protest the proposed acceptance of funding from
the Pope Foundation for a program in Western studies. Several faculty members also expressed concern about the potential program funding.
Pope funds prompt uproar
Students lined the walls of the Pleasants
Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library on
Monday afternoon, holding signs that urged
officials to reconsider accepting money from a
controversial conservative think tank.
Faculty members also aired their concerns
at a meeting that mostly dealt with the possible
sl4 million donation from the John William
Pope Foundation, which would fund a pro
posed program in Western studies.
The protesters said they were worried that
the University’s academic freedom would take
a hit from the foundation, which they said
could exert influence over the campus’s intel
lectual life.
“It would devalue education and harm the
reputation of the University,” said senior Chase
Foster. “Most people in academia know the Pope
Foundation is against the University’s ideals.”
The Popes are the founders of the John
William Pope Foundation, the John Locke
Foundation and the John William Pope Center
for Higher Education Policy.
The Pope Center, which is independent from
Global aims include public service
In Manhattan’s 843-acre Central Park,
the first urban landscaped park in the
United States, children have been able
to ride a carousel since 1871.
About 25 million people visit the area
every year —some to get married, some
to glimpse its 26,000 trees, some to run
around its 21 different playgrounds.
Halfway around the world, in an area
roughly the size of Central Park, one out
of every five people is HIV positive. More
than 80 percent of youth aged 18 to 30
are unemployed.
And ethnic strife, and even war, always
loom around the corner.
That’s what life is like for the people of
Kibera, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, that is
also the largest slum in all of East Africa.
After spending six weeks in the area on
a Burch Fellowship to study youth prob
lems and ethnic violence, University alum
nus Rye Barcott decided to take a stance.
While a student at UNC, he imagined
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“It’s all relative,” Provost Robert
Shelton said. “It’s a significant
amount of money. I’m not going to
pretend that it’s good news. I’m not
saying it’s going to be simple.”
The nonrecurring budget cut will
help the state cover hurricane relief
efforts and will cost the 16 system
schools a total of $13.3 million.
The University has yet to decide
what can be eliminated, but
“I have no reason to work in this University if we
don’t guard academic freedom."
the other groups, has openly contested and criti
cized UNC for offering courses in women’s stud
ies, mandating a cultural diversity requirement
and selecting “controversial” books for the sum
mer reading program.
But Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, told her colleagues that the
Popes have not intervened in the proposal and
will not be allowed to control any curricula.
“We must say ‘no’ to funds that want to exer
cise that kind of influence on courses,” she said.
She explained how Art Pope and his father,
John, a former member of the UNC Board of
Trustees and president of the Pope Foundation,
came to the University seeking to donate about
sl4 million.
After the Popes proposed the donation, the
Office of Development began searching for a
specific program to receive the funds, and fac
ulty members decided that a Western civilization
creating youth programs in Kibera that
would provide residents with the resourc
es they need to break the cycle of poverty.
“I figured I would raise a little money
and invest in a sports program in Kibera,”
Barcott said.
But he created a program that extends
far beyond sports.
Carolina for Kibera
Inc., an international
organization housed at
the University Center
for International
Studies, has estab
lished a youth sports
association, girls’ center, medical clinic
and nursery school in the slum.
Barcott was not interested in giving
handouts. Instead, he wanted to create
a program that allowed the citizens of
Kibera to help themselves.
“The whole goal of this organization is
to have a project run by the residents of
Kibera, with decisions made by the resi-
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Shelton said officials probably will
follow past protocol making a
one-time cut across the board but
protecting special projects such as
scholarships and libraries.
“They’ve done really good by us,”
said Shirley Ort, associate provost
and director of scholarships and
student aid. “None of those cuts
will be passed on to the students.”
Ort said that if her office receives
dents of Kibera,” he said.
Barcott, who now is stationed as a
Marine in the Middle East, said he sees
the program as part of the University’s
greater mission to internationalize.
“It’s a symbol of expanding the public
service mission of the University overseas
in a place of desperate need,” he said.
The University’s Academic Plan
describes UNC declares internationaliza
tion as one of the University’s top priorities.
In his State of the University address Sept.
29, Chancellor James Moeser talked about
this process, saying it ties in with many
campus-based initiatives and will make
the University a stronger institution.
Bartott is just one of many students
dedicated to fulfilling this mission, and
similar service programs abound at UNC.
“Our University talks about public ser
vice a lot, but we really and truly have
extraordinary engagement and out
reach in this community,” said Marjorie
The second part of a
five-part series exam
ining the University's
mission to become a
leading international
cuts, they will come from the
administrative end and not from
student aid. She added that both
need- and merit-based aid will be
Tuition hike talks also should
remain unaffected, said Richard
“Stick” Williams, chairman of the
Board of Trustees.
“(The cuts) will have little impact
on tuition discussions,” he said.
studies program would benefit the most.
A group of faculty was charged with creating
a proposal for the program to send to the Pope
family. The program has been proposed before,
but a previous donor rejected the idea.
If tiie Popes accept the proposal, they will
provide about $500,000 of funding each year
for the next five years. An assessment of the pro
gram then will determine whether the Popes will
donate an additional endowment of about sl2
Because the endowment has yet to be cement
ed, many faculty members said they fear the
Popes might have the potential to influence the
“I have no reason to work in this University
if we don’t guard academic freedom,” geography
Professor Altha Cravey said during the protest.
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“The tuition task force has been
specific on what (tuition) money
can be used for. The BOT is guided
by that view versus other needs.”
The campus Thition Task Force
finalized proposals Thursday night
to be passed to the board this week.
These include three recommenda
tions for increases, with ratios for
resident and nonresident hikes of
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and $350-to-SBOO.
Shelton added that while the
BOT might take the cuts into con
Powell adds
to myriad of
Rice xmll take on retired general’s post
President Bush has chosen national
security adviser Condoleezza Rice
to replace Colin Powell as secretary
of state, a senior administration
official said Monday.
Powell, a retired four-star general
who often clashed with more hawk
ish members of the administration
on Iraq and other foreign policy
issues, resigned in a Cabinet exodus
that promises a starkly different look
to Bush’s second-term team.
The White House on Monday
announced Powell’s exit along
with the resignations of Education
Secretary Rod Paige, Agriculture
Secretary Ann Veneman and
Energy Secretary Spencer
Abraham. Stephen Hadley, dep
uty national security adviser, will
replace Rice, the official said on
Loss of Powell
to affect Cabinet
While it is common for senior
officials to leave office at the end
of a presidential term, Secretary
of State Colin Powell’s resignation
could seriously affect the makeup
of President Bush’s Cabinet.
“To my mind, the secre
tary of state in these times is
next to the president,” said Lee
Strickland, director of the Center
for Information Policy at the
University of Maryland and former
CIA senior analyst.
“He is America’s ambassador to
the rest of the w0r1d.... If you look
to history, those who are judged
to be the best (secretaries of state
are) individuals respected for their
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Jennifer Ashlock, a graduate student in sociology, picks out a book
for a class reading assignment late Monday night in Davis Library.
The library stays open Sunday through Thursday until midnight
and also keeps weekend hours Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.
sideration, they will not be a driving
force in the tuition decision.
“The good news is that it’s not a
permanent cut,” he said. “A one-time
cut doesn’t detract or enhance the
discussions that the task force has.”
Areas that could see an impact
from the cuts include maintenance,
contracts and equipment purchases,
said Rob Nelson, UNC-system asso
ciate vice president for finance.
“The level of this cut will not
condition of anonymity.
Combined with the resignations
earlier this month of Commerce
Secretary Don Evans and Attorney
General John Ashcroft, six of Bush’s
15 Cabinet members will not be
part of the president’s second term,
which begins with his inaugura
tion Jan. 20. An administration
that experienced few changes over
the last four years suddenly hit a
high-water mark for overhaul.
Senior administration officials
told The Associated Press that
Condoleezza Rice, now national
security adviser, is Bush’s choice
to take Powell’s position.
Speculation also had centered on
U.N. Ambassador John Danforth,
who was considered Powell’s politi
cal foil —a moderate Republican
more likely to dissent on Bush’s for
eign policy.
Bush’s choice of Rice, a longtime
adviser and one of his closest confi
dants, demonstrates that the presi
dent likely wanted someone more
in line with his policies.
“There’s always speculation
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Cabinet member
Colin Powell
resigned as
Bush's secretary
of state and will
be replaced by

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