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Dr. Elizabeth Mann, UNC Medical School Dean of Admissions,
signs an organ donor card in the Pit Tuesday afternoon to kick
Corporations bidding for
University food contract
By Brian Golson
Several corporations are now bid
ding for the University's dining service
contract, but the selection process can
not be discussed until after the award is
made, said Rutledge Tufts, UNC Aux
iliary Services director.
Tufts said that bids are due April 29
and that he expected a decision to be
made within six weeks after that.
The bids are evaluated within the
University and by the Office of State
Purchase and Contracts in Raleigh," he
said. "The authority to issue a contract
rests with the state, so they have the
Marriott Corporation, which has held
the contract for five years, will submit
New York students take
Editor's note: This is the third seg
ment of a five-part series examining the
effects of state budget cuts on higher
education across the United States.
Assistant State and National Editor
In the pre-dawn hours of April 15,
frustrated N.Y. students mounted the
steps of a key campus building, seizing
control of the complex in a last-ditch
effort to protest against rising state tu
At 2 a.m. the following morning,
several Lehman College administrators,
accompanied by 60 armed security
guards, crept through subtunnels and
forced the surprised students to dis
perse. Two days later, the students recap
tured the building.
Similar protests, during which stu
dents chained and barricaded themselves
inside campus buildings, disrupted nor
mal academic activity at more than half
of the 21 campuses in the City Univer
sity of New York system (CUNY). On
five campuses, student actions forced
administrators to formally cancel all
classes until further notice.
Faced with a 60 percent tuition in
crease in less than a year, students at
CUNY thus turned to rebellion as their
Students are enraged at N.Y. Gov.
Mario Cuomo's proposed annual tu-
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off "Donor Awareness Drive." The event was sponsored by the
Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society.
Tufts said he could not elaborate on
the process that will be used to choose
the new food-service corporation be
cause it could unfairly influence the
information presented in the bids. "We
are trying to provide a level playing
field so the proposers will enter their
bids with an equal amount of informa
tion," he said.
All information about the process
will be made public after the contract is
awarded, Tufts said. About six compa
nies will apply for the contract, he said.
Gary Johnson, food-service advisory
committee chairman, said the commit
tee would play an important role in the
decision process. The committee is corn
See MARRIOTT, page 2
ition hike of $500, which follows on the
heels of a $300 increase imposed during
the current academic year. In addition
to the tuition increase, students face
devastating cuts to financial aid, said
Pat Hunt, vice chancellor for Govern
ment and University Relations at the
State University of New York (SUNY).
Even with the proposed tuition in
crease, the CUNY system will face cuts
amounting to nearly $ 1 00 million, while
the SUNY system will battle a loss of
$74 million, Hunt said. These cuts will
inevitably force drastic reductions, in
teaching positions, class offerings and
In recent years, state and city budget
cuts have spurred hundreds of faculty
and staff layoffs across CUNY, forcing
cancellations of more than 3,000 class
Students will essentially be paying
more for less.
"They say cut back, we say fight
back," chant students at colleges and
universities across New York state.
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alker: no personal
By Soyia Ellison
Newly-elected Student Congress
Speaker Tim Moore, the former state
chairman of a national political orga
nization, said he had no personal
agenda for congress this year.
Moore, a junior transfer from
Campbell University, said his task
would be to officiate congress meet
ings, not to advance any political ide
ology. In 1989, Moore served as the state
chairman for Students for America, a
conservative group founded on Judeo
Christian values. He was named the
SFA Activist of the Year in 1989, said
Paul McDonnough, executive direc
tor of SFA's national headquarters.
McDonnough said the organization
holds to the four conservative prin
ciples of traditional family values,
over campus buildings
Student leaders stress the need for a
unified effort to protest these budget
proposals and to avoid the destruction
of the higher education system.
"Students united will never be de
feated," said Ian McGowan, editor of
the Lehman newspaper and a leading
Student outrage is compounded by
the fact that this represents the second
round of simultaneous tuition hikes,
financial aid cuts and budget slashing to
hit CUNY and SUNY in just six months.
"Our message is that we're not happy
with the proposed tuition increase and
budget cuts, and we're not going to take
it," said Raffael Alvarez, the day stu
dent body president at the City College
campus (CCNY) and one of the leaders
of the CCNY Takeover movement.
"What Cuomo is doing is closing
the doors to access for thousands of
students in the CUNY system. If stu
dents can't make it at CUNY, where
else can they go? Tell me where?"
CUNY is the urban state school that
serves many of the minorities and un
derprivileged students in the N.Y. met
ropolitan area. With the proposed tu
ition increase on top of cuts to financial
aid, "minority students will be locked
out of higher education," said Alvarez.
Cuomo, in his proposed budget, calls
for cuts to the Tuition Assistance Pro
gram that will cost students up to $400,
which is compounded by elimination of
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
By Bonnie Rochman
A N.C. Senate bill that would give
certain schools in the UNC system more
control over their budgets was referred
to a special subcommittee Tuesday.
The UNC Fiscal Accountability Bill,
proposed by Sen. Howard Lee, D-Or-ange,
would allow the General Assem
bly "to increase fiscal responsibility
and accountability on the part of desig
nated constituent institutions of the
University of North Carolina," the bill
The ad-hoc subcommittee, which will
meet next week, will either amend the
bill or draw up a substitute, a spokes
woman from Lee's office said. Sen.
Kenneth Royall Jr., D-Durham, will be
the subcommittee's chairman, she said.
lousing board to investigate
segregation visitation policies
By Burke Koonce
Newly created University commit
tees will study voluntary segregation in
residence halls and consider revisions
to the housing visitation policy.
The Housing Advisory Board cre
ated the committees Tuesday at their
last meeting of the school year.
The committee that will examine the
visitation policy will be composed of
Housing Advisory Board, Resident Hall
Association and University housing
department representatives. Nick
Franzese, an advisory board member,
will serve as chairman.
Franzese said: "I'm not saying I defi
strong national defense, a strong free
enterprise system and limited govern
Moore's conservative political views
have raised some controversy in con
gress. Members said Moore planned to
cut funding of the Carolina Gay and
Lesbian Association and the Black Stu
Moore denied that he had any plans
to cut these funds. "I basically don't
want to and can't defund organizations,"
Tim Allen, who was recently ap
pointed to the Student Union Board of
Directors by Moore, said Moore had
talked about cutting funds to The Phoe
nix because it had failed to interest most
Moore said he had not made any
official statements about The Phoenix,
and that the Student Government Code
did not allow him to give his opinion
"They say cut back, we
say fight back."
chant by N.Y. college
and university students
the Regents Scholarship Program, the
STEP and C-STEP scholarship pro
grams and cancellation of the governor's
own much-publicized Liberty Scholar
ship before even the first was given.
The economic impact of the tuition
increase, exacerbated by the reductions
in financial aid, may force some stu
dents out of the classroom and into the
workforce. Alvarez estimates that more
than 6,000 of the 14,000 CUNY stu
dents will have to decide between work
ing a paying job or dropping out of
Faced with these economic realities,
students envisioned little alternative to
their drastic actions.
"We're not afraid," Alvarez said.
"When there is so much at stake, we're
prepared to stay and fight for as long as
it will take."
Their efforts have been successful in
completely shutting down five CUNY
campuses: City College, Hostos Com
munity College, New York City Tech
nical College, York College and Bor
ough of Manhattan Community Col
lege, according to Rita Rodin, spokes
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Jay Robinson, chief lobbyist of the
UNC-system Board of Governors, said
the bill might be asking for too much
and was likely to encounter opposition.
"There's a lot of diverse opinions
about it," Robinson said.
"If you ask for an awful lot in a
potential bill, you may turn some friends
away," he said. "It's all a matter of
"It's too early to say, but this bill's
loaded with a lot of things," he said.
'The bill has a lot of liability. We'll
have to figure out what we can and what
we can't deal with."
The bill probably will be revised in
committee, he said. "I would be amazed
if it didn't have substantial revisions. I
think even the people that are its stron
gest proponents expect that it will be
nitely want to propose a change. We
just need to take a look at it."
The present policy prohibits residents
from having visitors of the opposite sex
in their rooms between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Monday through Friday and 2 a.m. and
9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Board members agreed the policy
was not always fully enforced. Usually
only blatant violators are disciplined,
Chairwoman Dixie Spiegel said the
process had broken down at the level of
resident assistant enforcement. But RAs
should not bear all the blame if students
do not report problems they have with
the visitation policy, she said.
Shawna Pinckney, advisory board
agenda for Congress
One student congress member, who
asked not to be identified, said that
some newly-elected congressional rep
resentatives said they had decided to
run for office after talking to Moore.
"They said he said that he would help
them with their posters if they would
vote for him for student congress
Moore denied this, saying he had
told friends where to go to get things
done for their campaign, but had not
worked on posters or asked anything of
them in return.
Eric Pratt, Dist. 22, said he did not
think Moore's political opinions would
affect his work as speaker. "Even though
he's conservative, he's not trying to
force his views on anybody," he said.
Moore said he recently resigned from
See MOORE, page 4
in protest of
woman for the CUNY chancellor's of
fice. Two SUNY campuses, Stony Brook
and Purchase, have joined CUNY pro
tests in a show of solidarity and support
for their fellow N.Y. students.
Students at the SUNY Purchase cam
pus have occupied their campus' main
administration building since Monday,
However, academic life at Purchase
has not been disturbed, symbolizing an
important distinction between the pro
tests there and those at the CUNY cam
puses. "We have not shut down any aspect
of university life," said Purchase stu
dent Roger Newton. "Academics are
the whole point of all this."
Budgetary problems, in addition to
crippling many campuses, may cause
the permanent closing of some upstate
colleges, said Nancy Katz, news direc
tor for the SUNY Stony Brook campus.
All of these proposals are still tenta
tive, with final decisions pending the
resolution of a budgetary conflict be
tween Cuomo and the state legislature.
The fiscal year for New York state
ended April 1 , and the entire state appa
ratus has been operating on temporary
budget resolutions until a final proposal
can be passed.
Much of the legislative indecision, as
well as the drastic nature of the budget
proposals, must be viewed within the
context of the most serious financial
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Robinson said he wouldn't take a
position on the bill until the BOG had.
Wayne Jones, UNC-CH associate
vice chancellor for finance, said mem-1
bers of the Senate Committee on Higher
Education had not intended to make any
decisions about the bill Tuesday.
"It was more of an information ses-
sion,"he said. "(The legislators) wished;'
to hear from the University leadership."
UNC-CH Chancellor Paul Harding
N.C. State University Chancellor LarryJ
Monteith and UNC-system President ;
CD. Spangler attended the meeting of
the Senate higher education committee. ',
Hardin said he was "cautiously opti- i
mistic" about the bill. "There seems to ;
be a lot of interest in the bill, and I feel !
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member, said she thought many stu- .
dents felt uncomfortable consulting their
RAs about policy violations because!
they felt guilty.
RHA co-president Scott Peeler said
the policy was "the only thing that pro
tects the roommate."
University housing Director Wayne .
Kuncl said he believed the policy was ,
selectively enforced. "I recognize it puts
the RA in a difficult position as far as
asking someone to leave," he said.
Board member Termain Kyles said
the policy hindered some students who
wanted to study late with a member of
the opposite sex. "I study with females
See HOUSING, page 11
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Depression, according to D. Bruce
See BUDGET, page 7
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