extraordinary it was to wake up Sunday morning and read the newspaper." How did relations with the General Assembly deteriorate so badly? Univer- sity officials say a lot of the Legislature's reluctance to grant UNC's financial requests in recent years has had to do with account- ability concerns. Student and faculty rep- resentatives who lobbied on behalf ofpay raises and health insurance last summer often were shocked at the opinions legis- lators held. "Almost every legislator had a story about a UNC student who claimed to have only been taught by teaching assistants, or who was in classes so huge that he or she never got to meet the professors," Brown said. "Clearly, we needed to do a better job of explaining our commitment to teaching
and the value of teaching assistants."
they wanted to see cuts in the University
budget. Spangler refused to discuss that
notion, leaving legislators fuming.
Obselvers say COll1l11unications improved,
however, with the appointment last year of
Bill McCoy ' 55 as the new vice president
for finance for the UNC System. Also,
Spangler allowed individual chancellors to
go to the Legislature in 1996 to plead for
measures they specifically wanted for their
campuses. For Hooker, newly arrived as
chancellor at UNC, his first visit to Raleigh
was an eye-opener.
"When [ first talked with legislators, I
heard two seemingly contradictory opin-
ions," Hooker said. "The first was a fierce
pride that UNC was a great university and
ought to stay that way. The second was an
almost universal conden1l1ation of UNC as
*Legislallve e-nrail addresses had /lot been assigned to nelV legislators by press time; readers with [lltemet Qaess call visit tire N. C. General Asselllbly hOllle page at
hllp: IIIVWIV. ncga.state.nc.us a/ld fi/ld e-mail links to legislators tlrere.
Rep. James "Jim" Walker
Crawford Jr. ' 60 (BS);
Rep. Stanley H. "Stan" Fox
' 49 (BSCOM); ~Grallvi/le
Rep. G. Wayne Goodwin
'89 (AB, '92 JD);
Rep. R.obert Grady ' 72
(BA); R- O/lSIOII'
R ep. Lyons Gray ' 66;
Rep. Larry T. Justus ' 54
(AB) ; R- Hmderso/l
R ep. William Edwin "Ed"
McMahan ' 66 (BSIR );
Rep. Linwood E. Mercer
' 68; ~Pitt
R ep. George W . Mi ller Jr.
' 54 (BSBA, ' 57 LLB);
Rep. Charles B. "Chuck"
N eel y Jr. ' 65 (AB); R-Wake
Sen. Patrick J. Ballantine
' 87 (BA); R-New HOllover
Sen. Roy A. Cooper III ' 79
(AB, ' 82 JD); ~Naslr
Sen. Walter H. Dalton ' 71
(BSBA, ' 75 ]D);
Sen. James S. Forrester ' 76
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