10 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005 BOARD EDITORIALS ROLLING IN DOUGH The expansion of the Carolina First campaign is exciting because administrators have their priorities straight for spending the money. It’s no secret that the University brought James Moeser here from Nebraska because it thought he could be a heck of a fundraiser. Now, Moeser is delivering. The Carolina First campaign, his major fundraising effort, is bringing in the bling at a fantastic rate so fantastic, in fact, that UNC is increasing the campaign’s goal from $l.B billion to $2 billion. That’s good news in and of itself. With the state budget tightening each year, public universities in the Tar Heel state need private contributions to fund growth and expansion. And since donations appear to be steady, increasing the goal and extending the target date was a smart move. Furthermore, whatever you think about Moeser and the rest of the South Building officials, it’s hard to deny that their work on Carolina First is a tribute to their leadership. While many including this page often disagree with the administration’s fiscal decisions, they can’t be afraid to give credit where credit’s due. It’s good that our financial future is in the hands of people who know what they’re doing. IT’S TIME TO DERAIL light rail is a good idea for the Triangle, but its current incarnation is an impractical waste of taxpayers’ money that’s become difficult to defend. This week, The (Raleigh) News & Observer is publishing a series of articles that, for us, highlight a basic truth: At the end of the day, the light rail system planned for the Triangle is just a colossal waste of money. It’s not that the idea of light rail in the Triangle is a bad one. The urban sprawl and environmental impacts of the area’s development merit a strong pub lic response, including smarter growth, better public transit and an increased focus on open space. But with a $759 million price tag that keeps on rising, the current light rail system just isn’t worth it. Even the Triangle TYansit Authority, the organization that would be administering the system, estimates that a paltry 14,000 riders would immediately use the alternative to driving. To be fair, the system started out sounding good. For a mere SIOO million, a mass transit rail system was to link Orange, Durham and Wake counties and would be up and running by the year 2000. Alas, it was simply not to be. Years behind schedule and facing costs seven times the original estimate, the light rail’s supporters can’t even predict that it will make a significant dent in SHOW A LITTLE LOVE As the tuition task force winds down with its work, it’s important for our trustees to do what they did last year and keep that work in mind. It seems that every year, the idea of tuition talks makes everyone tense and gear up for battle. But deciding who has to pay more doesn’t have to be as ugly as it has been if the Board of Trustees listens to the campus’s tuition task force as much as it did last year. The task force —a group of three students, three faculty and three administrators is a valuable resource charged with researching the University’s needs. It consistently does a good job of determining what UNC needs and how we should get it. But the task force isn’t worth a dime if the men and women who direct our tuition requests to the UNC-system Board of Governors don’t listen. Last year, things seemed to go well. Trustees sent out a recommendation of a $950 out-of-state tuition increase and a S2OO hike for in-staters numbers that were close to the task force’s recommendations, though they put more of a burden on nonresidents than the task force would have liked. Debates in the 2003-04 academic year turned vicious, however, when the trustees proposed a $1,500, one-year hike for nonresidents after the task force recommended S9OO during a three-year EDITOR'S NOTE: The above editorials are the opinions solely of The Daily Tar Heel editorial board and were reached after open debate. The board consists of four board members, the associate opinion editor, the opinion editor and the DTH editor. The 2005-06 DTH editor decided not to vote on the board and not to write board editorials. Address concerns to Public Editor Elliott Dube at email@example.com. READERS’ FORUM DTH should show support for democracy, not disdain TO THE EDITOR: Democracy on this campus is under attack. By suggesting the student body of this great university is unedu cated, The Daily Tar Heel edito rial board has insulted students and our very system of self-gover nance. If students are not informed enough on stipends, how can they vote for their own representatives? And who determines how educated students are? If there is concern that stu dents are uninformed about the issue, the answer is not to deny them the right to vote, but to inform them. The petition and referendum do not propose to end stipends, but to give students a choice. In fact, one of us is for stipends and the other against, but we believe the matter is best settled by our constituents. Tell your representatives in Student Congress not to treat you like children. Go to http:// congress.unc.edu. You put your trust in us in the last election; now we’re putting our trust in you. Rep. Caroline Spencer Student Congress Rep. Dustin Ingalls Student Congress But the best part about the higher goal for the campaign is that S7O million will fund scholarships and SIOO million will go toward faculty support two of the most pressing needs on a campus that isn’t lacking for them. In fact, we would like to see all the money go to scholarship programs such as the Carolina Covenant and to ensuring that faculty get better pay. An extra S3O million toward either of those ends would go a heck of a long way, especially considering that we hike tuition annually in part to deal with the issue of low faculty salaries. No, it’s not that the Carolina First campaign is just about funding scholarships and faculty; it is a campaign to fund all aspects of the University. Strengthening our endowment and making capi tal improvements should remain priorities, as they should for any serious institution. But if the goal is to be boosted, as it will be, those additional donations should target our most obvious and pressing needs: students and faculty. Those are people who alumni and students alike can agree are worthy of contributions. rush-hour traffic. Not only that, but potential stops at key places such as Duke Medical Center and Raleigh- Durham International Airport won’t be included, despite the huge increase in funds. Even Chapel Hill will be skipped in the project’s first phase. And now the federal government understandably wants answers. You see, TTA is five years behind schedule, and it hasn’t actually broken any ground. In addition, there are now tougher standards on the cost-effectiveness of transportation projects that can receive federal funds. A rating of “medium” cost effectiveness is needed to qualify; under the old guidelines, the standard was “medium-low.” U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat whose district includes Chapel Hill, says the light rail should get an exemption —but that smells a lot like pork-barrel waste. Let’s just face the fact that the rail should be scrapped while it’s only $43 million in the hole. It’s a shame, really, because a light rail system isn’t a bad idea for the Triangle. But right now, there’s no demand for its services especially in a parking-rich area like ours. There’s no end to the spending. And there’s no self-control among its biggest supporters. The rail, at least for now, has got to go. period. Many thought the trustees simply had crafted their own plan with little consultation of any other parties, and those people really didn’t have a good reason to think otherwise. And it’s not as if things were peachy keen last year. The trustees’ tuition proposal was on solid ground, but an llth-hour hike in the athletic fee came amid the protests of both the student fee audit committee and the chancellor’s committee on student fees. Obviously, the trustees are more than willing to go their own way. So we think this message is still important: Please continue to pay attention to the tuition task force. No one realistically expects a freeze on tuition, but inclusion can help stem resentment and anger. And if trustees prove they can’t listen, the school should make them. Require the task force to come up with a set number of recommendations that could meet the needs of the University, and inform the BOT that it must pick one. Until that time comes, we ask the trustees one thing: Either love it or leave it. Don’t waste anyone’s time or money if you aren’t going to take the task force seriously. Bowles' new appointment raises some hard questions TO THE EDITOR: As the proud father of a daugh ter who is about to apply to the University this fall, I have a keen interest in the affairs of UNC. For the past few weeks, I have detected a sickening stench emanating from Chapel Hill. Our University has selected a rich, white man with no higher education background and with a record of financial impropriety as its incoming president. My opinion is that the scenario is both coward ly and disappointing. Immediately, the hero-worship ping begins at the newspapers. Interestingly, not one mention of Bowles’ unethical financial behavior while a general partner at Forstmann Little is ever men tioned, nor is his close relationship with Bill Clinton ever reviewed at least not in the Charlotte Observer. A standard joke in Connecticut is that Erskine Bowles “Enronized” their state. Molly Broad, C.D. Spangler and Bill Friday maintained wonderfully high ethical standards for UNC. I am sorry to see those standards have fallen so far so fast. John Kemp Class of’74 Opinion DTH editorial board ignored the nobility of SAW's cause TO THE EDITOR: I am not a member of Student Action with Workers because I do not necessarily support all that they stand for. For example, I am not a huge fan of unions. I do, however, support the right of UNC dining workers to unionize. Are you too busy to see that people barely make it above the poverty line and that the threat of being fired looms over their heads every day? This whole team cleaning busi ness is completely degrading to the housekeepers. Taking workers out of their familiar groupings and thrust ing them into anew surrounding while commanding them to com plete tasks in a definitive amount of time is indecent. Each housekeeper has a specific task that must be done in a specific amount of time. At the chancellor’s open house, SAW did propose “Team Office Work” to the administration. Chancellor Moeser did not like that too much. It seemed efficient to me. Oh, wait was it insulting? SAW does not have much of a following. But it will put out news letters to inform the masses soon enough. Protests create change. flan Keene Senior Communications FROM THE DAY’S NEWS Its a tribute to leadership on campus , to the great volunteer leaders that we have, the wonderful product that we have” MATT KUPEC, vice chancellor for university advancement, on the Carolina first campaign EDITORIAL CARTOON Bi picked +ke LesF COMMENTARY Efforts against superprecinct only serve to silence students Jesse Helms never got the chance to put up a fence around Chapel Hill, but his Republican successors in the state have shown that they are quite adept at containing the liberal UNC student vote. They’ve set back student efforts to simplify voting on campus and managed to trum pet their xenophobia for voters back home all in a stroke that would make Senator ‘No’ proud. Credit goes to William Knight, a Republican member of the Orange County Board of Elections. Knight cited the lack of a mandate for voter identification as his reason for voting against the “superprecinct” measure, which would have allowed stu dents to vote at sites such as the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center on Election Day. His one dissenting vote on the three-person elections board was enough to squash the mea sure, which needed a unanimous vote. He also has the support of N.C. Sen. Andrew Brock, R- Davie, who told The Daily Tar Heel that identification is a criti cal part of life. “It should be mandatory,” Brock said. “You can’t get on a plane, train or motor machine without identification.” Plains, trains and automobiles, eh? Steve Martin and John Candy make a great duo in that movie. But I don’t see what motor vehicles have to do with voting reform, unless Brock sees voting reform as the next battlefield in the war on terrorism. Until somebody demonstrates a need for voters to have a solid form of identification at the polls, I don’t see a reason to stop people from casting a ballot just because they don’t have cars or driver’s licenses. Focus on African poverty was lost at Live 8 concert TO THE EDITOR: Daily Tar Heel staff writer Beth Dozier must have attended a differ ent Live 8 UNC concert than I did, because what I saw was a complete disaster. To say that this concert was a complete success is a severe overstatement. When the crowd wasn’t whooping and hollering for the performers, it was suffering through half-heard speeches about statistics. The speakers were read ing directly off papers, and it’s hard to be inspired by monotone. The thing that struck me about the concert the most was the lack of pictures and video of actual suffering in Africa. How can you convey the magnitude of the suf fering and pain these people face with statistics and words? Live 8 at the University was a way for certain individuals to pat themselves on the back for a job well done without actually doing anything. Way to go, guys; you did it. You had a free concert to pro mote the end of poverty in Africa, and all you promoted was Edwin McCain’s new album. Tara Whittington Sophomore Political Science m JEFF KIM NO LONGER A VILLAGE Should the fact that you’re poor also make you ineligible to vote? It makes Knight’s dissent just plain infuriating. The pro posal would have made voting much easier for students, who are divided into a ridiculously confusing map of six different precincts. Knight’s action also stops the wheels of motion on a politi cally intelligent proposal that was years in the malring and that had involved several student body presidents. The way it stands right now, a voter in Craige Residence Hall has to go to a polling place a long way from the site required for the voters registered in Carmichael Residence Hall —and both of the polling sites are off campus. It’s almost as if the system were designed to keep students from voting at all. Students can vote at the Morehead Planetarium during early voting, but on Election Day, they can’t. And so many of them stay home shutting students out of the local political scene. Knight wants to delay a reform of that system for an ID provision? (Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to go to Davie County and cast 10 votes for Andrew Brock just as much as anyone else. But those like me are probably pretty few in number.) Requiring voter identification sounds to me like double-speak for keeping undocumented Speak Out We welcome letters to the editor and aim to publish as many as possible. In writing, please follow these simple guidelines: Keep letters under 300 words. Type them. Date them. 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A recent report, for instance, by researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine showed that 60 percent of Latino poultry workers had suffered work-related injuries in the past month, yet only 9-4 percent of poultry workers reported injuries. These workers sometimes made the same cutting motion as many as 40,000 times a day. Asa result, 45 percent of those work ers had injuries to their hands or arms. Another 36 percent had neck or back injuries from tripping and falling on floors littered with water, fat and chicken excrement. They’re letting these injuries go by unreported, yet we’re con cerned that they might cast an illegal ballot? Give me a break. Republicans are running a completely unnecessEiry political circus in Chapel Hill. The off chance of an illegal vote is no reason to fence in UNC’s student voters. In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve got already got a zoo in Asheboro. 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