Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Admissions committee names4 acceptance priority goals
The admissions advisory com-mittee discussed its priorities instudent recruitment in a meetingTuesday.Steve Farmer, vice provost forenrollment and undergraduateadmissions, noted the four pri-orities admissions has to focus onfor the next three to five years:Providing great care to applicants,recruiting top North Caroliniansand students with a strength indiversity, evaluating applicantsrespectfully and improving trans-fer experience.“We want to attract people witha willingness to work hard and who will make the University better thanit is,” Farmer said. “This institutionruns on the talent and potential of its students.”Preliminary statistics for theincoming class of 2016 were alsodiscussed at the assembly. Theofficial statistics for the freshmanclass will be released in the next two weeks to the Board of Trustees.
Chapel Hill police make twoarrests in Sunday break-ins
Chapel Hill police have arrestedtwo Durham men in connection with five vehicle break-ins thatoccurred Sunday morning. Abraham Rayshawn Wearing,19, was charged with one felony count of breaking and entering a vehicle, one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods, amongothers.Quadell Lamont McCoy, 20, wascharged with one felony count of breaking and entering a vehicle andone misdemeanor count of resistingarrest. Both were taken to OrangeCounty Jail.
— From staff and wire reports
By Chris Xavier
Although the UNC system hasfocused on accepting more transferstudents from community colleges, a new study found the state still ranks below the national average in gradu-ation rates for these students. According to a study by theNational Student ClearinghouseResearch Center, 45 percent of stu-dents who graduated from four-yearcolleges in 2011 transferred fromcommunity colleges.In North Carolina, 39 percent of all four-year college graduates start-ed out at community college. Thestate ranked 28 of 50 states with thispercentage, which is slightly lowerthan the national average.Sharon Morrissey, senior vicepresident and chief academic officerfor the N.C. Community CollegeSystem, addressed the challengesfaced by community college trans-fer students at the N.C. General Assembly’s Education OversightCommittee meeting Tuesday.Morrissey discussed the UNCsystem’s credit transfer partnership with community colleges, which wasestablished in 1995.“It really was the envy of thecountry for a while,” she said. “NorthCarolina’s articulation agreement was studied by other states. So whathappened?”Morrissey said the problem is that66 percent of students transfer with-out an associate degree, making itmore difficult to graduate in a four- year time span.Certain associate degrees — spe-cifically arts and science — allow fora simpler transfer process into four- year institutions, she explained.Of transfer students who enteredsystem universities in 2007, students with one of those two associatedegrees had the highest four-yeargraduation rate — 74 percent.But other degrees, such as appliedsciences and general education, arenot as easily transferable, she said.Better advising for transfer stu-dents could help to alleviate some of these problems, but Suzanne Ortega,senior vice president for academicaffairs for the UNC system, saidshe’s been concerned about the lack of guidance for students.“I can tell you I worry person-ally about whether or not we haveenough advisers,” she said. “They tend to disappear when we worry about classroom budgets.”Some community college advisersare assigned more than 800 stu-dents, Morrissey said.“We have excellent advisers,” shesaid. “But we are woefully under-resourced.” Alyssa Hedrick, a UNC junior who transferred from SacramentoCity College, graduated with anassociate arts degree in anthropol-ogy with honors.Hedrick explained the applicationand transfer process for her degree were not too difficult. But she saidthe stakes are high for community college students.“You have so much riding on get-ting in. If you don’t get in, you’restuck. There are only so many classes you can take at a community college.”
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In N.C., 39 percent of college graduates start atcommunity college.
By Holly West
Carrboro drivers might face trafficcongestion on East Main Street this weekend as a redevelopment proj-ect five years in the making movesforward.East Main Street will be con-densed to one lane between theintersections of West Rosemary Street and Lloyd Street on Saturday and Sunday because of construction work.During the lane closure, waterand sewer lines will be extendedto 300 E. Main — a $20 millionmixed-use redevelopment projectthat developers broke ground on inMarch. A 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites will be the newest additionto the site — and the first hotel inCarrboro.The water and sewer line exten-sions are necessary because theexisting lines will not meet the needsof the hotel, said Laura Van Sant,spokeswoman for the developer,Main Street Properties of ChapelHill, LLC.“On the site before, they had very small sewer lines,” she said.“Basically, we just need bigger tapsthan we had.”The 300 E. Main site housesmany shops and restaurants —including the Carrboro perfor-mance landmark The ArtsCenterand the music venue Cat’s Cradle. Van Sant said the company choseto do the work on Saturday andSunday to minimize traffic disrup-tion.She said there is generally lesstraffic in Carrboro on weekends,especially when there is not a homefootball game at UNC.During the closure, traffic will becontrolled by a flagman and policeofficers.Motorists should also pay atten-tion to signage for directions,according to a statement from 300E. Main.Pedestrians will be able to accessthe route along the north side of thestreet.The first phase of construction, which includes the hotel and theparking garage, began in Marchafter five years of planning.The project is expected to wrapup in late April or early May. Van Sant said despite some obsta-cles, construction is on schedule.“The rain has slowed down somethings, and some of the hot weatherhas made it difficult for the concreteto set,” she said.“All of those problems are behindus now.”Carrboro resident Errol McCauley — who lives directly across from theproperty at 309 E. Main St. — saidshe’s excited to see the project com-pleted.“I think it’s going to be a goodthing for the town,” McCauley said.Linda Carver, who lives two blocks from the development at 202Lloyd St., agreed.“I think it’s going to be nice onceit’s finished,” she said.The development will beexpanded in the next several yearsto include more retail space, restau-rants and Class A office space.
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Alex Lee, a junior at N.C. State, works to finish a puzzle started by other guests at the SECU Family House. He is awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
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By Andy Willard
As his wife rests in her room, James“Buddy” Turnage washes the dishes.It would be easy for an outsider to forgetthey aren’t at home.Turnage and his wife have been living in theState Employees’ Credit Union Family Housesince July, when she started treatment for a bone marrow transplant at UNC Hospitals.The Family House is an organization thatprovides housing to UNC Hospitals’ patients.Seriously ill patients and their families cometo the house through the hospital system’sreferral and arrive to find a community striv-ing to provide support and care.The house, which opened in March 2008,recently hosted its 100,000th guest.Greg Kirkpatrick, executive director of thehouse, said reaching the 100,000 mark dem-onstrates the need for such an organization.The Ronald McDonald House next doorprovides similar services, but for children lessthan 18 years old. The SECU Family House isopen to all critically ill patients. Alex Lee was a student in aerospace engi-neering at N.C. State University before comingto the Family House.He said he has to go to the hospital threetimes a week, and being able to stay at thehouse makes it much easier.The house, which has 32 rooms and eightsuites, according to its website, has been work-ing at near full capacity since it opened.Guests can stay in a private room for $35 a night or a suite for $50 a night.If there is not enough room in the house — which there frequently isn’t — guests can stay in a local hotel for a discounted price.Debbie Dibbert, a member of the house’s board of directors, said the house is already making plans for expansion. After washing his dishes, Turnage motionedto the pantry and said all the food is providedthrough donations and shared with the resi-dents.Turnage said good deeds are the norm inthe community.Betty Hutton, a volunteer in the house, saidthere are 80 volunteers that work every week,compared to just six people on the staff.She said a patient could come to the Family House with nothing but the clothes on his orher back and find anything they need. And the interest in the organization goes beyond the medical community.UNC fraternities and sororities often cometo make meals for the families, and many of the University’s a cappella groups have comefor evening performances. Kirkpatrick saidmen’s basketball coach Roy Williams went tothe house for a fundraiser.“Chapel Hill is a unique community wherepeople are looking for an opportunity to give back,” Kirkpatrick said. And as for Turnage, he finds comfort in thesense of community found in the house: “When you can’t get home, it’s the next best thing.”
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By Kirsten Ballard
This year’s Ackland Film Forumaims to connect art and cinema tocultivate global dialogue.The diverse lineup of films beginstonight with the documentary “Cedars in the Pines: A Documentary on the Lebanese in North Carolina.”The Ackland Art Museum beganthe film forum in the spring of 2011to facilitate the discovery of art incinema. The films screen at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street.In the 2011-12 school year, the Ackland showed 30 films at the Varsity.“We’re aiming for the sameambitious schedule,” said AllisonPortnow, events and programscoordinator at the museum.She said the forum aims to show films that appeal to students andthe general public. UNC depart-ments collaborate with the museumto show films relevant to courses.“There is always a mix of people who have to see it for class and peo-ple who are interested in the topic,”Portnow said.The first of four miniseries inthe forum — Cinema of the GlobalMiddle East — is a collaboration between the Ackland, the Carolina Center for the Study of the MiddleEast and Muslim Civilizations, andthe Duke-UNC Consortium forMiddle East Studies.Each miniseries showcases eitherthree or four films, one per week.The Cinema of the Global
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The Varsity Theatre
The series kicks off theAckland Film Forum,which will span the year.Traffic will be condensedto one lane this weekenddue to construction.
Middle East films are free and opento the public. There will be threefilms in the fall and another minise-ries in the spring.Tonight’s screening of “Cedarsin the Pines” will begin withan introduction by UNC AsianStudies professor Sahar Amerand the film’s executive pro-ducer, Akram Khater, directorof the Khayrallah Program forLebanese-American Studies atN.C. State University. After the 60-minute film, Amerand Khater will lead a question-and-answer session.The film is a documentary aboutthe rich 120-year history of theLebanese in North Carolina, saidRegina Higgins, outreach directorfor UNC’s Middle East Center, oneof the forum’s sponsors.“There are not many people whorealize Middle Eastern immigrationis not a new thing,” Higgins said.“Art and cinema can deepen under-standing of culture.”Khater said his film is part of a larger project to research, docu-ment and preserve the history of the Lebanese in North Carolina.“The film is based on oral his-tory interviews we have beenconducting for about two years,”he said. “The art is in the humanstories — the individual storiesthat have been put together as a communal narrative.”
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