Blake Hodge

UNC Ranked Best Value Education in Country

UNC is checking in atop a national ranking for the 14th year in a row. Carolina offers the best value of any public school in the country, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, which publishes the annual list. “UNC ranks number one for both in-state and out-of-state [students],” says editor Sandra Block. “UNC is just a bargain for what you get.” Block says that UNC’s ability to provide financial aid to students is paramount to maintaining their positioning on the top of the list, but there are other factors – including “[the] student-faculty ratio, [the] admission rate – which is 27%, very competitive – [and] undergraduate debt, [which] is lower than average.” Block mentions that UNC is the top ranking public university on the combined public-private value list, checking in at number 22. She says the list is dominated by private universities because of the amount of financial aid at the disposal of the schools – including one just down the road from UNC. “Duke is number 10 on our combined list,” she says. Both UNC and Duke excelled at graduating their students in four years. Duke has a four-year graduation rate of 87%, while Carolina’s is 81%. Block adds that public universities face some obstacles that private institutions don’t – including state budget cuts. The recent revelations of academic irregularities at UNC involving student athletes have dominated headlines...

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No Death Penalty in Case of Murdered Professor

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall will not be seeking the death penalty in the case of a murdered UNC professor from July of this year. 59-year-old Feng Liu was hit in the head with a landscaping rock on July 23rd, while he was walking near West University Drive and Ransom Street and died the next day at UNC Hospitals. Two men were arrested in connection with the case the next day. They’re charged with first-degree murder – a capital crime – but Woodall says there are issues that exist with the death penalty, in its current form. “The...

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Chapel Hill Police Looking for Two Breaking-and-Entering Suspects

Chapel Hill Police are searching for two suspects believed to be responsible for breaking into a vehicle, in the Meadowmont community. Lieutenant Joshua Mecimore, of the Chapel Hill Police Department, says the break-ins occurred last Wednesday, on Sprunt Street. He adds the suspects quickly used stolen cards to run up quite a bill. “Those cards were used at several stores, just inside Durham,” he says. “And were used a couple of times shortly after that at other locations. Those totaled close to $5,000 in charges.” If anyone has information concerning the identities or whereabouts of these individuals, please call...

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Town of Chapel Hill Named among Healthiest Companies in Triangle

The Town of Chapel Hill has been named one of the 35 healthiest employers across the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Jason deBruyn, with TBJ, says he is very excited about a new program that has been launched by the Town of Chapel Hill. “They do some pretty progressive stuff,” he says. “They have a free employee health clinic. That’s staffed with a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a health coach that are all employed by UNC Health Care.” deBruyn says that the clinic is open to all town employees – eliminating many of the excuses we...

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Two Hillsborough Mills Granted Landmark Status

The Town of Hillsborough has adopted an ordinance that will grant local historic landmark status to two of the town’s mills. The former Bellevue Manufacturing Company and Eno Cotton Mill buildings will enjoy the new designation after the ordinance passed the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens says this decision will spur growth in the area. “That will help in their redevelopment,” he says. “It will be great for economic development and provide a lot of new residencies and amenities in Hillsborough.” Stevens adds they have proof of the potential ramifications because the Eno Mill has been...

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Temporary Process To Report Suspicious Academic Activities Unveiled

Plates were full for administrators, faculty, and students at UNC this holiday season, with commencement, final exams, and reviews from the UNC System Board of Governors. There was certainly a lot to cover on Friday, and Chancellor Folt made an effort to touch on everything in front of the Faculty Council. She encouraged as many as she could to come to commencement on Sunday, and celebrate the hard work of the approximately 2,100 students who will be graduating. Chancellor Folt also took a moment to praise the faculty for their presentations to the UNC System Board of Governors –...

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