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Tuesday August 3rd

UNC SBP Mary Cooper holds second tuition meeting

mary cooper tuition forum, 6pm, upendu lounge of sasb

girl student - Mary Cooper
guy student - Mark Laichena, on Opinions Desk, he was one of the panelists for the forum, he's basically super student extroardanaire who is somehow part of everything on campus
adult lady - Terri Houston, interim vice chancellor for diversity and multicultural affairs, she was the person who facilitated the forum and organized the questions from the students to ask the panelists (mc?  why am I forgetting the word for this)
Buy Photos mary cooper tuition forum, 6pm, upendu lounge of sasb girl student - Mary Cooper guy student - Mark Laichena, on Opinions Desk, he was one of the panelists for the forum, he's basically super student extroardanaire who is somehow part of everything on campus adult lady - Terri Houston, interim vice chancellor for diversity and multicultural affairs, she was the person who facilitated the forum and organized the questions from the students to ask the panelists (mc? why am I forgetting the word for this)

More than 70 students ­— an increase from Monday’s turnout of roughly 30 — attended Student Body President Mary Cooper’s second tuition forum Tuesday.

“Carolina in Crisis: Securing our Education” differed from Monday’s forum, which featured only Cooper.

Students posed questions and offered ideas to a panel of five representatives, including Daily Tar Heel columnist Mark Laich?ena and Vice Provost for Finance and Academic Planning Dwayne Pinkney.

Today’s forums are in Murphey 116 at 4 p.m. and the Campus Y Lounge at 7 p.m.

Is there any possibility of having tuition increases equally met — for example, raising out-of-state tuition $800 and also raising in-state tuition $800?

There are opportunities for other options where we would increase by a dollar amount rather than a percentage amount. Is a real dollar amount something that makes more sense, or does a percentage amount make more sense? If people think the dollar amount makes more sense then that’s what we’ll go and advocate for.

UNC

I think what we can all understand is that if we end up with a University with high tuition that is more like a private institution, we probably aren’t going to walk that back. Do we say, perhaps, that these are going to be tougher times but we need to remain the type of University that we want the state to have for the next 200 years?

The state has competing demands and these have an impact on the funds available here. This University in particular advocates aggressively in the legislature for the University and for higher education.

How are you going to promote students to get involved in other ways to impact these decisions that are being made beyond the University?

UNC

We are continuing to seek student involvement to make the case for Chapel Hill. Students can have a strong voice. I represent y’all, but it helps if you say something.

Cooper held another talk with students after the panel discussion. Only 12 students attended that event.

“We’re doing as much PR as we can,” she said.

“This is the window of opportunity to say something. This is the chance.”

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