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UNC-system happenings for Oct. 22, 2014

Hagan speaks at N.C. State

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan spoke to about 40 people at N.C. State University on Monday.

Hagan, who is in a close race with Republican challenger Thom Tillis, discussed education and the importance of preserving federal education funding, such as Pell Grants.

“As far as the education standpoint, there’s no question that Kay Hagan’s record is what students are in need of,” said Ben Stockdale, president of N.C. State College Democrats.

He said he hopes the high level of interest on current issues, especially regarding education, will encourage students to turn out to vote. Early voting begins Thursday.

“Hagan coming today proves that she is a voice of all the people,” Stockdale said.

“It’s increasingly important that we have someone that stands up for us and realizes that we can’t cut programs that finance education.”

UNC-G chancellor retires

After seven years in the position, UNC-Greensboro Chancellor Linda P. Brady

announced on Monday that she will retire on July 31, 2015.

Brady will become the seventh UNC-system chancellor to step down since spring 2013. She said in a statement that she hopes her early notice will give a search committee adequate time to find a successor.

Brady recently made headlines for allowing the firing of three UNC-G employees, who might now face prison time after being accused of working a second job on university time, according to The News & Record.

She said the timing was a coincidence. The university recently launched an 18-month plan that will prepare UNC-G for 2016 to 2026. Brady said in the statement that it’s important for the new chancellor to lead UNC-G through the plan.

During her time at UNC-G, Brady stressed the importance of student success, interdisciplinary research and globalization. 

She said she looks forward to returning to the classroom.

WCU sponsors war panel

Western Carolina University professor David Dorondo founded the Carolina Roundtable on the World Wars nearly two decades ago — and the tradition will continue today with a World War I event.

The roundtable’s primary goal is to educate, and it hosts three talks per semester about both World Wars and the inter-war period of the 20th century, Dorondo said.

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These discussions have generated interest across North Carolina and nearby regions, such as Georgia and Washington, D.C., especially this year, the 100th anniversary of World War I.

At Wednesday’s event, Richard DiNardo, a professor of national security affairs at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., will speak about the military offensive launched by Germany and Austria during World War I on the Eastern Front. 

“The roundtable has been a nice and significant success for what we try to do here at Western in terms of reaching out to western North Carolina and expanding our connections with the community,” Dorondo said.

Early voting an issue at UNC-C

If students at UNC-Charlotte want to vote in the upcoming midterm election, they will have to walk nearly a mile off campus to the closest voting site. 

UNC-C has never had a midterm election voting site on its campus. Students can vote at the University City Regional Library, but Jennifer Byrd, a women’s and gender studies lecturer at UNC-C, said it’s a trek, and some of the path is not paved.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and the university have discussed having a site on campus, but due to construction and the upcoming homecoming football game on Saturday, they could not find a suitable place for voting.

Byrd has worked with campus groups to arrange shuttles to the library every 20 minutes and is hoping student drivers can transport those without cars to the site.

“Hopefully in four years when the school is even larger, it will be a non-issue at that point,” she said.

“So if I can do anything to make that happen, that’s a goal.”