FROM THE HILL
Carolina Has Two New Rhodes Scholars
Aregion, hiked the Rockies and the Himalayas,
and climbed a volcano in Peru.
isha Ihab Saad of Cary has trekked the Amazon
Elisabeth “Lisette” Yorke has conducted AIDS
research in Thailand and Cambodia, been inducted into
Phi Beta Kappa and started a women’s ice hockey club.
These are among the accomplishments that have
made Saad and Yorke Carolina’s latest Rhodes Scholars.
Saad is among 32 American college students to receive
the honor, and Yorke is one of 11 from Canada. They
are the 42nd and 43rd Rhodes Scholars from Carolina
since the first awards were made
in 1904 and the seventh and
eighth in the past seven years.
Both are Morehead-Cain Scholars
at UNC. They will go to England
for two to three years of graduate
study at Oxford University.
Saad will seek a master’s
degree in nature, society and
environmental policy at Oxford.
She hopes to go into environ-
mental law and help build Saad
bridges of understanding among opposing groups to
create solutions for sustainable global development.
“I plan to focus on fragmentation in international
environmental law, toward shaping comprehensive legal
structures that protect equitable resource allocation and
development on a global scale,” she said.
Saad is majoring in environmental health sciences in
the School of Public Health and in Spanish. She is fluent in Arabic and Spanish and has reading proficiency in
French and conversational proficiency in Hindi.
She established and coordinated a weekly Arabic
conversation group on campus.
Saad is on track to graduate
in May as a public service scholar
— a student who, while at Car-
olina, has completed at least 300
hours of public service and met
additional requirements. Her vol-
unteer work has included teach-
ing English to Spanish-speaking
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Tuition Going Up $240 for In-State Undergraduates
Traise tuition $240 for in-state undergraduates ate student increase.
— the maximum allowable under a 6. 5 per- Thorp told the trustees in his recommendation,
he UNC trustees have agreed unanimously to took the task force’s suggestions on fees and the gradu-
cent cap imposed by the UNC System Board of Gov- “We can all acknowledge that the kitchen table con-ernors — for the 2009-10 school year. versations that they have about family budgets and pay-
The campus pulse on tuition remains an annual ing for college have become much more difficult in
curiosity. With the global economy in the tank and these past few months. At the same time, I recognize
with the chancellor having acknowledged that families the need for a long-term view and our fiduciary
are fretting over college cost, there was hardly a mur- responsibility to protect, preserve and enhance aca-
mur of the protests of tuition hikes past. Ten students demic quality and the value of a Carolina diploma.”
showed up at a forum on the subject in November. The Thorp said the revenue generated by the increase
Daily Tar Heel editorialists endorsed the chancellor’s rec- should go to faculty salaries ( 35 percent); quality
ommendation, which the trustees adopted. improvement initiatives such as class-size reduction,
The $240 will be added to the current in-state academic support services and graduate student tuition
annual tuition of $3,705 if the Board of Governors remissions ( 30 percent); and need-based financial aid
approves. Out-of-state students will see their tuition ( 35 percent). The allowance for aid is a typical set-aside
rise by $1,150 from the current $20,603. in any tuition increase.
Fees for all students will go up $75, about 4 per- Shirley Ort, associate provost and director of schol-
cent. Most graduate students will pay $400 more, arships and student aid, reported that aid applications
although the increases in some professional schools will for 2008-09 were up 13 percent from the previous year
be higher. but that the number of students who qualified went up
The out-of-state increase was the midpoint in a by only 2 percent.
range recommended to Chancellor Holden Thorp ’ 86 Tuition has been raised at UNC three of the past
by the Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force, made up five years for in-state students and in each of those five
of students, faculty, administrators and trustees. Thorp years for nonresidents.
The first of the
dorms on South
Campus to be named
will be Nelson Ferebee
Taylor Residence Hall.
Taylor ’ 42, who was
chancellor from 1972
to ’ 80, was the only
whose name wasn’t on
a building, excepting
Paul Sharp (Carolina’s
third chancellor who
was in office for 17
months in 1964 and
1965) and the recently retired James
Carolina’s fifth chancellor, died in
February 2004. The
hall that will bear his
name is the Ram
Village building adjacent to Hinton James
that faces Bowles
Drive. The naming will
become official in the
summer so that current residents don’t
have to deal with an