Regarding the Nov. 14 editorial “Halt the hikes,” I strongly agree that the UNC schools are not following the N.C. Constitution requirement to be “close to free as practicable.”
Contrary to the sports boosters’ claims that sports make money for the schools, the athletic departments spend millions more than they take in. The losses force UNC system students to pay hundreds of dollars in “athletic fees” every year. In many of the schools, such as UNC-Pembroke or Western Carolina, the fee is over $600 a year. Lower tuition and fees by canning the athletic departments. including UNC-CH’s and N.C. State’s.