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UNCW awarded for being a bike-friendly community

Sarah V. Howard | Staff Writer

October 25, 2011

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 On Oct. 10, 2011, UNCW received national recognition in the form of the Bicycle Friendly University award. This award has been presented to only 25 other universities in the U.S by the League of American Bicyclists. UNC Greensb...

Economy slowly recovering, faculty predict Wilmington will grow faster than state and nation

Sasha Johnson | News Editor

October 19, 2011

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UNCW faculty announced at the Eighth Annual Economic Outlook Conference Oct. 11 that the local economy is expected to grow faster than the state and the national economy.Economists predict that the Wilmington Metropolitan Statis...

Physics department concerned about visibility after merging of two departments

Corey Strickland | Staff Writer

October 19, 2011

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After a 15.8 percent budget cut (or $16.6 million) passed down from the UNC Board of Governors this past year, UNCW has been forced to make many drastic decisions to accommodate these cuts.The proposed merger of the physics and p...

Teal Trail opened in UNCW employees’ honor

Jessica Ferrer | Staff Writer

October 19, 2011

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It's time to break out some walking shoes. In honor of Employee Appreciation Week, the Teal Trail was officially opened Oct. 4. The trail was created by Wellness Wave, UNCW's wellness committee.The idea for the trail came up af...

Obama asks students to set their sights on college

Jessica Ferrer | Contributing Writer

October 12, 2011

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It's not just parents who want their kids to go college. Now the president wants them to go too.President Obama delivered his third annual back-to-school speech Sept. 28 to students at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in W...

Offshore wind energy a possibility in NC

Sasha Johnson | News Editor

October 12, 2011

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The Sierra Club and Oceana, together with UNCW, brought a community forum on offshore wind to campus Wednesday, Oct. 5. Pinwheels modeled after wind turbines lined the entrance to Warwick  Hall and volunteers from both organiz...

New York Times bestselling author helps women achieve dreams

Shelby Purvis | Contributing Writer

October 12, 2011

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College is difficult for everyone. It's even harder for women who are trying to juggle college classes while working and raising a family.That's why Linda Lael Miller, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of western novels, deci...

Chancellor creates and fills new position to expand university partnerships

Sasha Johnson | News Editor

October 5, 2011

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Chancellor Gary Miller has brought in Wilmington local and UNCW alumna Jenni Harris to fill a recently created position: Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships.Chancellor Miller has been planning for this positi...

Helping, giving, living, loving: a tribute to UNCW student Amanda Johnson

Sasha Johnson | News Editor

October 5, 2011

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When someone truly values life, they not only live it, they give it.Amanda Johnson, 28, lived a life of passion, joy, gratitude and service to others. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, and is survived by a supportive family, her well-loved cats and a community that remembers her for her zealous love of life and passion for helping people."She invested her spirit, mind and body into everything she did," said Amanda's mother, Pam Johnson. "She had a very full life."Amanda was working on her liberal arts master's thesis at UNCW and was a program assistant for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Pam said that Amanda worked until the day she died, and that when Pam had to go to OLLI to inform Amanda's supervisor and coworkers of her death they asked in earnest, "Was she sick?"Amanda was born with a devastating heart condition that she had to cope with her entire life, but it never defined her, nor did it stop her from doing the things she loved."She was not at all disabled. She would say ‘I'm just a normal person living my life.' She did an awful lot with what life gave her," said Pam.Amanda attended East Carolina University and earned a B.S. in communication and media production. An exceptional student, Amanda graduated magna cum laude, received the Outstanding Graduate Award in the School of Communication, and was a member of ECU's most distinguished honors society, Phi Kappa Phi. She was also a recipient of the W. Keats Sparrow Award for excellence in writing and research, and her passion and skill in photography won her first place in a statewide 4-H contest."Those things meant a lot to her, but really she wanted to live her life," said Pam.Amanda moved to Wilmington in 2006 because of her love for theatre and cinema. According to Pam, that was the real reason; her excuse was that she was going to get a master's degree.Her interest in cinema and performing arts led her to become one of the founding members of the Magnolia Arts Center in Greenville, and while living in Wilmington, Amanda volunteered her time at the Cucalorus Film Festival."She did any kind of volunteering that would get her connected with people," said Pam.While pursuing her master's, Amanda interned at WHQR for more than a year and continued to volunteer with them after she became employed at OLLI.Amanda had an avid desire to be connected with the world, and for this reason her family hosted several exchange students. She traveled all over the U.S. during her lifetime, from L.A. to New Orleans, all the while making strong and everlasting connections. Amanda also worked for the Center for Cultural Interchange to connect international travelers with host families."She loved to be part of the bigger world," said Pam.But Amanda's love of travel did not stop there. She rejoiced in her freedom, which took her down nearly every bike path in Wilmington. It was her goal to ride them all, said Pam.Amanda faced challenges that most people cannot imagine, but she was grateful for everything she had, every kindness she received and every second that she was alive. She didn't just get by; she excelled in everything she did, and she never asked for anything. She was an inspirational young woman, and she leaves behind a legacy of love.There will be a remembrance for Amanda at Old Books on Front Street Oct. 2. She was a regular contributor to Heifer International, and she said her dream was to one day purchase a whole ark of animals for a village, so in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Amanda's name to Heifer International, Women in Livestock Development Projects (Wild), 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202, www.heifer.org.

Stop Titan activists dominate last day of air permit hearings

Samuel Wilson | Contributing Writer

October 5, 2011

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After a lukewarm turnout for the initial two public hearings by the NC Division of Air Quality held Tuesday, an energetic and eclectic crowd of more than 350 showed up Thursday night at Kenan Auditorium for the final public hearin...

CFCC and NC Wesleyan partnering to offer bachelor’s degrees

Corey Strickland | Contributing Writer

September 29, 2011

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North Carolina Wesleyan College and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) are partnering to offer students bachelor's degrees in business administration and elementary education."Students would apply for the program through NC Wesleyan," said...

Student activists attend bike rally, undeterred by weather

Samuel Wilson | Contributing Writer

September 28, 2011

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A sullen procession of heavy, grey clouds and a rainy morning forecast did little to dampen the spirits of the fifty-odd students and activists who biked down Market Street Saturday to participate in Moving the Planet, an internation...

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