Monday, February 24, 2014
The Daily Tar Heel
Credit transfer to be simpliﬁed
By Madeline Will
State & National Editor
CARY — For many students who have transferred from a community college to a UNC-system school, the transition was complicated by a tangle of red tape.But now, a new agreement should make it easier for community college students to transfer course credits to a North Carolina public university.On Friday, the leaders of the UNC system and the N.C. Community College system joined together to sign the new Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. It had taken two years to update the origi-nal 1997 joint agreement.The revised rules, which will go into effect for new college transfer students in the fall, are meant to give students a more direct and clear path to a four-year institution. The agreement establishes foundational courses that will transfer to any system school to meet general edu-cation requirements and requires coursework to help students map their academic progression.It also guarantees that community college students who transfer will be juniors with full credit if they have completed an associate degree.“It’s certainly going to save time, but it’s also going to save money because students have to pay tuition if they have to repeat a course,” said N.C. Community College System President Scott Ralls. “It’ll also save money for taxpayers because our courses are supported (by taxpayer money) in both community colleges and the university (system).”He said this agreement will also help the thousands of students who take some college courses while still in high school.UNC-system President Tom Ross said the more streamlined process will help transfer students be suc-cessful at system schools. About 24,000 students who start-ed at a community college in the state are now undergraduates in the UNC system — accounting for 54 percent of all transfer students in the system.Latisha Edwards, 31, is one of those students. She transferred from Fayetteville Technical Community College to Fayetteville State University and is set to graduate in May as a chemistry major.She is considering going to phar-macy school, and UNC-CH is one of her top choices.She credited the transfer pipeline for preparing her academically. After graduating high school, Edwards took some time off before going to college.“I didn’t take the traditional route,” she said. “I didn’t see myself going to pharmacy school or even being able to compete to get into Carolina, and now I feel prepared.”Gov. Pat McCrory applauded the agreement in a statement.“I came to office promising that we were going to break down the silos in education, and this clear and concise plan is a powerful example of this,” he said. “When we focus on the interest of students, amazing things can happen.”
Transfer students with associate degrees would come in to UNC as a junior.
David Snyder, left, and Mark Dappert, right, participate in the 12th Annual Revolutionary War Living History Day in Hillsborough Saturday.
Hillsborough o≠ers re-enactment of the War of Independence
ASG preps for new leaders
By Graves Ganzert
As the smoke cleared at Hillsborough’s Revolutionary War Living History Day, the red coats were not greeted by hordes of angry patriots, but visitors looking to peer into life during the war.The town of Hillsborough offered the public an opportunity to experience firsthand the history within the town Saturday.The event offered war-themed guided walking tours, craft activities and re-enacted military practices. The entire event com-memorated British General Lord Charles Cornwallis’ occupation of Hillsborough with his 1,900-man army on Feb. 20, 1781.Bill Nichols, a Hillsborough resi-dent, said events like this offer an exciting way to understand the his-tory of America.“I was simply out for a walk when I saw the demonstrations,” he said. “It is always fun to learn from things like this.”Nichols said the re-enactment is a unique way to engage a commu-nity with the town’s history.“I think people should be aware of the history here,” he said. “It’s a delight and interesting to understand what the British were doing in the Revolutionary War at this point.”Karen Snyder, a resident of Efland, said she has been doing 18th century style re-enacting for more than 30 years. Snyder and her husband were both dressed in authentic style clothing while demonstrating com-mon practices of people during the era.“It is important especially for chil-dren to understand where everyone came from,” she said.“We didn’t just appear on Earth. We all have stories.”Lynn Bull, a resident of Goldsboro, has been re-enacting since 1969 and said it has become a growing trend of historical learning.“We try to use the tools of the time and we carry out the same thing with the uniforms, the drill and the equipment,” he said. “We try to be as accurate as possible.”Bull said his passion is to share significant historical experiences with people. Through such events he said he is able to relive critical moments in history.“It might just be a moment in time when you wake up to a camp-fire and for a few seconds it feels like you are almost there,” he said.Brandie Fields, executive direc-tor of Orange County Historical Museum, said the re-enactment offers a way to learn local history that makes people feel they are going back in time.“It is a great way to interact with people and ask questions to the closest thing to the actual historical people,” she said.Fields said the town’s historic background is worth showcasing to the community.“Hillsborough seems to have always been historical in every era of U.S. history,” she said. “You can tell it is historic by walking down the street but you need to hear about it or experience it first hand to appreciate it.”
By Lindsay Carbonell
RALEIGH — With only two meetings left, the UNC-system Association of Student Governments is setting up for its next administration.The association met this weekend at N.C. State University and passed a reform bill and four resolutions. Members nominated a single ticket for president and vice president. ASG, funded by an annual $1 student fee, is composed of stu-dent delegates from all 17 UNC-system schools. Among the resolutions passed were: a resolu-tion to add A-plus to the systemwide grading scale, a list of the ASG’s legisla-tive priorities, a resolution to raise awareness of the use of Congolese con-flict minerals in technology and a resolu-tion on renew-able energy.
Alex Parker, student body president of N.C. State University, and Leigh Whittaker, student body president of UNC- Asheville, who have been friends since high school, are running uncontested next month for president and senior vice presi-dent of the association. ASG President Robert Nunnery and Senior Vice President Olivia Sedwick had won last year’s elec-tion as write-in candidates, but Nunnery said he doesn’t foresee Parker and Whittaker losing.Parker said he and Whittaker have already begun discussing plans for the organization if they win, which will be made public next month during the campaign.The election will be held dur-ing the ASG’s March meeting.
Bills and resolutions passed
The highly contested A-plus resolution squeaked through the ASG’s general assembly after stalling in committee for three months.The resolution recommends the addition of an A-plus to the systemwide grading scale, a numerical equivalent of 4.333. The overall GPA is capped at 4.0, and grading is ultimately up to the instructor’s discretion.The Clean Energy Act, which voices the association’s support for 100 percent renewable ener-gy in the UNC system by 2050, almost didn’t go to the floor.But after the association heard a presentation led by Caroline Hansley of the N.C. Student Energy Network, the resolution was passed unanimously. Hansley said Duke Energy controls 83 percent of North Carolina’s energy grid, and the system spends $226 million per year on energy.Once the resolution is intro-duced at the Appalachian Energy Summit on Tuesday in Greensboro, discussion of a spe-cific plan can begin, she said.Three months after UNC-CH almost left the association because of its organizational issues, ASG has passed a struc-tural reform, the first in a set of reforms introduced by NCSU del-egates, including Parker.The reform passed was to con-solidate the ASG’s five committees into three, and it passed 24-6 with three abstentions. Nunnery said he plans to veto the bill for word-ing issues and then resubmit it for the next meeting, with Parker’s support. He has 10 days to veto.Nunnery said the committee structure was a scapegoat dis-tracting from the real issue.“(The issue is) delegates who seem more worried about, ‘Hey, what are you doing tonight at the bar?’ versus ‘Hey, what are you doing tonight at the committee meeting?’” he said.Crystal Bayne, student body president of UNC-Greensboro, was one of the delegates who supported the resolution.“We get it, everyone’s taking personal responsibility,” she said. “It’s time to pull the trigger.”
The Association of Student Governments met this weekend.
is N.C. State University’s student body presi-dent and is running for the position of ASG president.
Student’s nonproﬁt works to spread solar power
By Tyler J. Rouse
Molded by a dynasty of solar energy entrepreneurs, UNC sophomore Alexander Wilhelm has ventured beyond U.S. borders to increase access to solar with his own nonprofit corporation.“Putting solar energy into developing countries is a hobby now,” Wilhelm said. “Creating the nonprofit aspect of it just makes it legit.” Wilhelm, recently admitted to the Kenan-Flagler Business School, said his parents, Markus and Cathy, served as role models and educators after they started their own real estate company for green homes in Chapel Hill before turning it into Strata Solar LLC in 2008. Wilhelm’s interest in renewable energy, coupled with his passion for helping underprivileged com-munities, influenced his decision to create United Solar Initiative Inc. USI Inc. aims to positively impact communities in the United States and abroad by providing the tools necessary to have a sus-tainable source of electricity.He said he is currently net- working to gain sponsorships so he can hire a paid full-time staff. Wilhelm interned with his par-ents’ company one summer and gained experience in the field of finance.“He saw us when we were only five employees,” Cathy Wilhelm said about her son working at Strata Solar. “He saw the growth and knew what it took to make (his nonprofit) work.”USI Inc.’s solar energy systems provide lighting, water-pumping capabilities and other general electrical needs for underprivi-leged communities.Kenya and Nicaragua are two prospective areas Wilhelm has cho-sen to focus on. In these countries, his nonprofit will target schools, hospitals and girls’ shelters. Wilhelm said that an advan-tage to placing solar energy in schools is that adult literacy classes can be taught at night. He hopes to provide solar energy to hundreds of schools, both inter-nationally and domestically.Michele Hoyman, a profes-sor of political science at UNC, taught Wilhelm the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship and was instrumental in Wilhelm’s decision to pursue his nonprofit.“He’s your model UNC student,” Hoyman said. “He definitely rep-resents Carolina values.” Wilhelm’s enthusiasm for solar energy also pushed him to join UNC’s Student Environmental Action Coalition, where he now serves as co-president with UNC sophomore Megan Neligan. Wilhelm and Neligan were specifi-cally asked by SEAC advisor Greg Gangi to revamp the declining environmental group on campus.“Alex is someone that’s really thinking of how to make a differ-ence,” Gangi said. “He really has a vision. He’s actively creating the world he wants to live in — a world powered by renewable energy.”
A Kenan-Flager student hopes to push alternative energy abroad.
Sophomore Alexander Wilhelm, a business major, created a nonprofit corporation to spread solar energy to Kenya and Nicaragua.