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The Daily Tar HeelFriday, August 23, 19855A
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Though sporting more beards and
fewer blank expressions than the
freshmen now wandering campus
brickways, they are just as new to the
University. Squatting on the third floor
of Steele building, juggling packed
brown envelopes of purple, white and
blue sheets of instructions, they try to
find answers to questions without
looking like those who graduated from
high school two months ago. But for
them, it is not the first time.
Junior transfers come here from two
year community colleges and four-year
university programs around the state
and across the country. By Aug. 20,
UNC admitted 840 to the College of
Arts and Sciences and to the Schools
of Education, Business Administration
and Journalism, said Sandra Harris,
assistant director for undergraduate
admissions. Last year UNC admitted
The University accepts junior
transfers and even actively recruits at
N.C. community colleges to compete
for solid students who chose to go
elsewhere after graduating from high
"There are a lot of very good students
out there who want to transfer to a very
good 4-year school," Harris said. . . .
We don't want to close the door."
Admissions standards for transfer
students are neither higher nor lower
than for incoming freshmen, Harris
said. Work completed in freshman and
sophomore years forms the basis for
selection. UNC asks students to supply
SAT scores for use in counseling, but,
unlike freshmen, they need not give the
scores to apply.
Transfers from two-year colleges
usually want a four-year degree. Those
coming from four-year programs have
a wider variety of motives.
Some were not content with choices
made during the senior year of high
school. "I just pictured State the way
this place is," said junior transfer Brian
Betex of Huntington, N.Y.
Seventeen percent of junior transfers
are out-of-state residents, Harris said.
Others developed interests their
universities could not satisfy. "I knew
they (UNQ had a good political science
department," said Alan Culton, a
Sororities and fraternities both will
hold orientation sessions tomorrow in
Great Hall to introduce students to
Greek life and to provide information
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Still other transfers look for a more
glamorous and salable name on their
diplomas. Chapel Hill, Betex said, "has
more of a name than State."
Once here, junior transfers, particu
larly those from small community
colleges, face many of the same chal
lenges as freshmen.
"It's huge, impersonal and disorient
ing, but I like it," said Pamela Prince,
an English and journalism major who
transferred from Queens College in
Charlotte. "I'd just like it a lot better
if I knew what I was doing."
Orientation for junior transfers began
Aug. 17 and is less intensive than the
"We treat them like they basically
know what's going on and just need a
little guiding," said Gina Humphrey, a
junior transfer orientation counselor
and commissioner on the Orientation
Scheduled events range from the
mandatory Aug. 18 convocation in
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Students from around the
fraternities to present rush orientation Saturday
booths, providing aspects of sorority
life, including social, scholarship and
philanthropic aspects. They also will
provide information about rush. The
representatives -will- not identify them-
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Memorial Hall and Aug. 20 drunk
driving program to such lighter bashes
as a nighttime outdoor pool party Aug.
19. The most difficult tasks for the
orientation staff, Humphrey said, was
explaining drop-add procedures and the
Transfers from smaller schools par
ticularly are surprised by the bureau
cracy, paper work and time spent
waiting. "They're not used to the huge
lines in Woollen," Humphrey said.
Some of the longest lines came Aug.
19, when 500 junior transfers waited up
to two hours to see 14 Arts and Sciences
advisers on the third floor of Steele
The problem is annual, and secretary
Alice Dawson had . just one piece of
advice for junior transfers who thought
they had left such delays behind two
years ago: "What I tell them is to bring
pencils, pens, something to read and
something to munch, because it's going
to be horrible but itll come out in the
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transfer women may attend the open
house between 10 a.m. and noon
tomorrow in Great Hall. Upperclass
women should attend between 12:30
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will be in Great Hall at 3 p.m. tomor
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By NANCY ATKMSON
With every fall semester, the talk of
campus seems to be the freshmen
their pratfalls and considerations but
UNC also is the new home of many
other people, including incoming grad
uate students, international students
Coming from 37 nations and entering
with weighty responsibilities in their
programs, these diverse newcomers
have an even more difficult job becom
ing oriented than the most naive
The International Center and Office
of Student Affairs worked to make this
orientation successful through separate
and combined efforts.
The activities are more informative
than social. They aim to assimilate the
10 percent of the university population
that is scattered in the less accessible
areas of Craige . dormitory, married
student housing and throughout the
Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities.
Jill Bulthus, director of the Interna-
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an introductory slide show about
fraternity life. After the presentation,
there will be a reception during which
the , representatives will answer ques-
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tional Center, said the foreign students
were tested in English and were briefed
on North Carolina, finances, health
care, health insurance and academic
requirements. "That information would
include their rights and responsibilities
as immigrants in the United States," she
Another program sponsored by the
Association of International Students
is "Survival Signals," a discussion led
by other foreign students on cultural
differences such as American pace of
life, friendship patterns and social
Besides this information and testing,
the students have begun their social
orientation with activities such as an ice
cream social, dinners, a jazz concert and
Many of these activities are open to
American graduate students and pro
fessionals, Bulthus said, "primarily
because 95 percent of our students are
Because the graduate students and
professionals also are oriented through
their departments and usually live off
campus or with families, it's harder to
arrange campus-wide activities for
graduates, said Shirley Hunter, orien
tation director through the Student
"I think the single graduate student
rather than the married one is more
interested in social activities, and a great
many graduates are settled into a
family," she said.
One activity offered to these groups
but not to undergraduates is a bus tour
of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. "If they
(the graduates and professionals) get
involved, they will get involved in town
issues," Hunter said.
The students said they found the
"I think it's adequate because grad
uates come in with a different attitude
toward school," said Jill Petrie, a
graduate student in math from Indiana.
"They are more academically minded
and have more of a purpose."
Susanne Breckinridge, a graduate
student in occupational therapy from
Virginia, said she attended Monday
night's jazz concert.
"Only about 100 out of the 600 people
in Craige came," she said, "but the
people that showed up were the ones
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interested in meeting people."
Winston Buckley of Jamaica is here
to work on his doctorate in statistics.
"Meeting people kind, caring people
has been the most enjoyable to me,"
Buckley also said he had been
impressed with the "almost poetic" film
presentation of North Carolina. He
said, "North Carolina seems to have
everything: the mountains, the beach,
whatever you want."
Dr. Aurora Velazquez, . a graduate
student in Public Health from Nicara
gua, also said she was pleased with the
area. "I like this place," she said,
"because the vegetation and the weather
is like my country."
Some students mentioned that the
organization and its orientation were
"To go through registration with such
a large group of students in two days
is amazing," said Narinder Kathuria of
India, a graduate student in business.
Bidur Basnet, a graduate in mass
communications from Nepal, said he
thought the orientation had helped
prepare him culturally. "One aspect that
I liked was when other foreign students
told us what to expect," he said.
The directors already are thinking of
what can be done to increase effective
ness and attendance for the next
orientation. The Office of Student
Affairs is thinking of increasing adver
tising in busses and banks and also of
communicating directly with the differ
ent graduate programs.
The AIS is distributing an orientation
evaluation form. Bulthus said the new
weekend orientation caused a transpor
tation problem for the many foreign
students who live off campus.
"We ended up organizing car pools
at the last minute to get the students
to the orientation activities," she said.
"If they have orientation on the wee
kend again next year, they'll need to
provide full-time bus transportation for
With impressions still being formed
and activities continuing, the overall
success of this orientation has yet to
be determined. But one thing is certain:
by the time it ends, the new international
students, graduates and professionals
all will be Tar Heels, too.
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