funds electronically from their bank accounts to the expense accounts. The arrangement is in response to over- whelming student support for the idea, but it has some faculty worried about commercialization on campus. Concern has been expressed about the location of the service center infringing on the purpose of the Pit, and the Faculty Council approved a resolution in November to "specifically call for any re-negotiated contract to remove all exclusive commercial rights not necessary for the functioning of the UNC One Card system." Mter reviewing the specifics of the contract, Faculty Council Chair Pete Andrews ' 70 (MRP) said the council was worried that there was going to be a branch bank in the Pit area and that a Wachovia sign would be facing the Pit, giving the appearance that the University advocated Wachovia. "We are not anti- Wachovia. We just don't want the Pit to be turned into a commercial space." Carolyn Elfland ' 69, associate vice chan- cellor ofauxiliary services, said the idea ofa bank on campus began in 1997, when the University began to issue new One Cards and identification numbers to stu- dents. When administrators learned that other large schools, such as Texas A&M and Florida State, partnered identification cards with banks, they wondered whether UNC students wanted the same. "Eighty-five percent ofstudents said they would like to be able to transfer money electronically from their bank to their One Card instead of having to wait in long lines at the One Card offices," Elfland said. "Close to 65 percent said they wanted to be able to use the card as an ATM card." Wachovia was the only bank to bid on the project, Elfland said. Associate University Counsel David Parker ' 80 allayed legal concerns related to North Carolina's Umstead Act. "The Umstead Act is to prohibit state agencies from selling goods and merchandise in competition with private industries. This isn't happening in this case because the University is not engaging in banking services itselfor requiring faculty, staff or students to bank at Wachovia."
To make it possible for students and
staff to have the advantages of a bank
with the One Card, the University had
to choose one bank, Parker said. "We
provide the One Card, not competition
with a private enterprise."
Students who do not bank with Wachovia
still will be able to conduct business at the
other five ATM machines, which will be
relocated to a building behind Davis Library
due to renovations of the Student Union.
Elfland said that she does not believe
the Wachovia arrangement opens the
door for other businesses to come on
campus, but she does not rule out the
possibility. "I think, in general, we try to
respond to student issues or requests and,
iffuture services come up as an option,
we would form a group with student
government to explore it."
The center is expected to be finished
in the spring.
Bus TOUR FUNDED
FOR A FOURTH YEAR
The Tar Heel Bus Tour, a popular week-long trek across North Carolina for faculty new to the
state, has been funded for a fourth year.
Interim Chancellor William O. McCoy
' 55 recently provided money from the
chancellor's discretionary fund.
The tour, started by the late Chancellor
Michael Hooker ' 69 and initially funded
for three years, gives participants a look
at the state's economy, culture and edu-
cational systems. It will be run by UNC's
new Center for Public Service.
"Given the beneficial effects that the
bus tour provides and what a positive
experience it is for new faculty joining
the campus, we hope the new chancellor
will continue this tradition," said Nick
Didow ' 70, director of the Center for
As in the past, the bus tour will take off
the week after Commencement in May.
Full-time faculty members with tenured,
tenure-track or fixed-term positions who
have come to the University in the previous
three years are invited to apply for the tour.
About 30 faculty members have partici-
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