FROM THE HILL
New Building for SIlS, Other Projects Move Closer
They're called the "red spots" on the Campus Master Plan map - the places designated in red where consultants and UNC architects
believe new buildings and additions logically could go
but that are on the back of the stove, unfunded and in
some cases their uses unidentified.
Some of the red spots moved up a burner or two in
March, when cam-
pus planners began
approval from the
town of Chapel Hill.
They range from a
new headquarters for
the nationally top-ranked School of
Library Science amid
dormitory-dom-inated South Cam-
pus to a vast addition
to the dental school
and more modest
• SILS has
square-foot Manning Hall, which plal1l1ers say cannot
be renovated to meet SILS' technology needs. The new
building would be 125,000 square feet, located just east
of the Kenan-Flagler Business School parking deck.
The future use of Manning has not been determined.
• The existing Dental Office and Dental Research
buildings would be razed for a new 175,000-
square-foot Dental Science Building, which would enable the
dental school to increase its enrollment 50 percent.
• Davie Hall, which consists ofparts built in 1926
and 1967, would be replaced with a three-floor,
75,000-square-foot building. The current building on
Cameron Avenue is out of date for the psychology
• In the vast area of the Bell Tower parking lot,
three genornics-related buildings would go up behind
Mitchell, Wilson and Coker halls as well as a new office
building for the medical school and a pedestrian bridge
over South Road. A parking deck originally planned for
1,600 spaces has been scaled back to 710 spaces. The
remaining spaces would comprise a three-level addition
to the Craige parking deck on Manning Drive.
• UNC wants to consolidate magnetic resonance
imaging and other medical imaging in a new building
next to the Lineberger Cancer Research Center.
• A new 230-space parking deck would be built on
the site of the tennis courts that were behind Hinton
James dorm, with tennis courts added on top of it.
UNC also is seeking approval to add 8,804 seats to
Kenan Stadium, which probably would entail demol-
ishing the 1927 Kenan Field House and closing in the
stadium's east end. Athletics also wants to expand
Boshamer Stadium with additional seats, restrooms and
concession areas. Both stadiums could get box seats.
Approval is sought for an addition to the George
Watts Hill Alumni Center.
With the exception of the SILS move and perhaps
the parking deck with tennis courts, none of these is a
surprise to those who have followed the planning
schemes. The projects are in various stages offunding
approval. The genome science and dental science
buildings are UNC's top priority for consideration in this
year's legislative session. Several of the others are in the
University's request from the 2005-07 biennial capital
projects budget. Parking decks are paid for with
parking revenues. UNC would move ahead with planning
and construction as soon as funding is in place.
The athletics and Alumni Center additions, to be
built with private money, have no fum timetables.
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administration is the higher selectivity rates
at those peer schools - all four take a substantially higher percentage of their stu-
dents from the top 10 percent of their high
In a presentation to the trustees, Dean
Bernadette Gray-Little of the College of
Arts and Sciences, citing a 2004 study, said
the key factors in failure to graduate are
becoming academically ineligible, low
fust-year grades and a patrern of intermittent
enrollment; low educational and income
levels in the home; and lower levels of
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"academic and social engagement."
Gray-Little said that the fust class of
Carolina Covenant students slightly
exceeds the student body as a whole at
staying in school after the first year, and
that Summer Bridge students graduate at
the same rate as the entire student body.
The trustees also are concerned about
the reasons some students take five and six
years to get their degrees - generally
taking a dim view of those who stretch college
in the absence of extenuating circum-
stances. The stretch may be a growing trend
- Vice Chair Jean Kitchin ' 70 said she
hears from parents who don't expect their
kids to graduate in four years. Trustee Rusty
Carter ' 71 said UNC needs to resolve what
he called a "disconnect" in which 120
credit hours (an average of 15 per semester)
are required to graduate but UNC's mini-
mum to stay enrolled is only 12.
Student body President Seth Dearmin
said he recalled hearing former UNC System President Dick Spangler ' 54 say that a
student who's smart enough to get in Car-
olina is smart enough to figure out how to
stay there five years. The UNC trustees got
a laugh out of that, but they don't find
much levity in the practice of tarrying
beyond the standard eight semesters.