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™ HERALD N N Recent Domestic Violence Related Homocides Prompt Conversation, Speculation Jessica Feltner, staff writer WRAL reports that on Sept. lO four teen schools in Wake County went on lockdown due to an escalated domestic violence dispute in a nearby shopping center. Forty-one year old Kathleen Betrand was shot and killed outside of Pier 1 on North Woods Village Drive in Cameron Village by her 42 year old ex- husband Christopher John Betrand. He killed himself later that day. The dramatic event was the culmination of a bitter divorce and custody battle. One hundred and six homicides involving domestic violence occurred in North Carolina in 2011 according to a report released by the Attorney General. Sixty-four percent of the victims were female and 76 percent of the offenders were male. Four of the homicides took place in Wake County and ten homicides took place in Dur ham County. These statistics illustrate a slight de crease from 2010 to 2011, the numbers showing one less domestic violence related homicide. So far this year, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) has recorded forty five. In addition to these numbers, WRAL reports that there have been five domestic violence re lated homicides in the last five months, including the deaths of Kathleen Be trand and Agata Flipska Vellotti, who was killed by her husband outside a Raleigh apartment complex on August 30. In light of recent shootings, some are wondering if 2012’s final number of domestic violence related homi cides will show a dramatic increase. Dr. Amie Hess, a sociology professor at Meredith College, explains her take on the numbers saying, “I think there certainly is a perception that they have increased because of the multiple high profile shootings of women by their estranged spouses in a relatively short time span. This has definitely shined the spotlight on the issue of domestic violence—and the relative short-com ings of the legal protections that are in place.” Dr. Hess also comments on the circumstance of the recent domestic violence —cont. page 7 First Year Retention Rates at Triangle Colleges and Universities 77% 79% 70% _ « 61% 54% 57% 61% 62% _cT ^ ^ ^ /V Data from National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education (NCESIPE) Data. Graphic by Mary Baines. Retention Becomes a Strategic Campus Effort Mary Baines, staff writer Campus Analysis — According to Dr. Danny Green, Associate Vice Presi dent for Enrollment Management at Meredith College, “retention and persistence rates are major indicators of the health of an institution in terms of student success, academic progress, outcomes and ensuring financial stabil ity.” Hoping to prove the health of the institution and excel in these areas, the strategic plan currently under construction outlines ways to improve the college’s retention rates. Dr. Green notes that “students stay and graduate from institutions that have strong aca demic programs, excellent faculty, sup portive academic and student services, long-term traditions, loyal alumnae and great community participation. Meredith has great students and we are continually doing all we can to help our students to be more and more suc cessful—academically, personally, and professionally.” Dr.Green notes that Meredith typi cally accepts 60 to 62 percent of first year applicants with approximately 40 percent of accepted students enrolling. Wl)en looking at a three year average, Meredith retains 75 percent of students from the freshman to sophomore year, 65 percent from sophomore to junior year, and 62 percent from junior to senior year. College officials note that the three percent of students leaving between junior and senior year are often in poor academic standing, en rolled in a program that may no longer be offered, lacking sufficient financial aid or feel at odds with the Meredith community. Therefore, the Meredith approach to improving retention rates operates on academic, financial and community levels. A key effort in retaining current students is to accurately promote the unique academic dynamic of the college to entering classes. Meredith College News Director Melyssa Allen notes that “marketing staff work with admissions staff to highlight the aca demic programs offered, the benefits of our location in Raleigh and campus life at Meredith. We also put a spotlight on the rigorous academic experience Meredith students have, including small class sizes, low faculty/student ratio, internships, the undergraduate research program and other experien tial learning opportunities.” With an emphasis on Meredith’s rigorous academic experience, admis sions counselor Grace Sugg elaborates that it is important to the Admissions staff to carefully and holistically evalu ate incoming applications for grades, test scores, coursework, extracurricular activities and recommendations and to select students they believe will be a good fit for and successful at Meredith. Dr. Liz Wolfinger, Vice President for Academic Planning and Programs, speaks to how she is working with faculty and staff to ensure that stu dents are achieving success once here at Meredith. She notes that she “works closely with faculty and staff to review —cont. page 2 Photographer Chris Jordan Discusses Grief, Art, Environment with Meredith Community Shea Pierson, staff writer interview -Chris Jordan is not your average photographer. He describes mounds of colorful garbage as ap pearing “like a Monet painting.” He has been capturing what he sees as beautiful since he was young, but wary of going into a full-time art career, Jor dan went to law school and worked in insurance law for ten years before fully realizing his dream. Twenty-five years into photographing, his work shifted toward an environmental focus. Jor dan dropped his job as a lawyer and dedicated himself to his photographs. On Sept. 19, Jordan visited the Mere dith campus, discussing his work with students, community members and Herald reporters. From Garbage to Gallery After a few years of struggling for artistic recognition, he came into the spotlight in 2004, when gallerist Paul Kopeikin placed on display his Intol erable Beauty series—a collection of photographs of garbage on a massive scale, revealing modern consump tion and waste in a powerful and even beautiful way. Pierson: What initially attracted you to your line of work—or, how did you get the idea for it? Jordan: I had been really fascinated by photography for many, many years—ever since I was a kid. For a long time I was just interested in pho tographing color. And one place where I found a lot of unexpectedly rich, complex color was down in a court of Seattle, where there were these re ally colorful, giant stacks of shipping containers and giant piles of garbage. Standing in front of one of these huge piles of garbage, if you only look at the color, it kind of looks like you’re standing in front of a Monet painting, you know, it’s beautiful. So I started taking all these photographs of these giant piles of garbage, and it was other people who saw them and said, “Hey Chris, by the way, we love all the colors that you’re taking —cont. page 7 NEWS BRIEFS On Tuesday, world leaders congregated for the United Nations General Assembly debate in New York. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyhu will address the U.N. tomorrow. / Princeton University’s first female president Shirley Tilghman is stepping down, becoming the third Ivy League president to leave their post this year. / The giant panda cub born last week in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. died Sunday morning. / Colorado, Oregon and Washington will add the legalization of marijuana to their ballots this fall. / A 25 year old man jumped 17 feet into the tiger den in the Bronx Zoo last week, claiming he just wanted to be “one with the tiger.”

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