Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Carolina #1!

. Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It's been a rough past couple of weeks for the University of North Carolina. After a fantastic 2009 in which the men's basketball and women's soccer teams both won national championships, the men's baseball team was ranked #1 in the country for pretty much the entire season, the football team spent much of the year in the top 25, the men's soccer team played in the national championship game, two UNC seniors were selected as Rhodes Scholars, the university received endless awards for scholarship, beauty, service and leadership, the last week of 2009 and the first week of 2k10 has not been very fun for the Tar Heel nation.


On December 26th, the UNC football team lost a heartbreaker on a late field goal (in a game they should have won) to Pittsburgh at the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Then last night, the UNC basketball team, 2009 National Champions, were shocked by lowly College of Charleston in OT. CoC hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game into OT and then won the game shortly after. They were unstoppable from beyond the arc, draining 13 three-pointers to Carolina's one.

What can help pick us all up and restore school pride as we begin a new semester in Chapel Hill? Ahh yes! Although we may be getting destroyed on the athletic fields, in the classroom we're still kicking some major @$$! For the 13th year in a row, Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked UNC the #1 overall best value in public higher education.
Kiplinger’s said Carolina retained its top ranking “in part for its ability to attract and keep highflying students. Three-fourths or more of its incoming freshmen scored higher than 600 on both the verbal and math portions of the SATs, and almost all – 96.5% – stay on after freshman year.”

The story described Carolina as “an academic superstar that competes with the Ivies” and had held fast to its commitment to providing students with both need- and merit-based financial aid.

“Besides boasting top students, an outstanding faculty and a historic campus, Chapel Hill enjoys one big advantage over many other public schools: strong state support for financial aid,” Kiplinger’s reported.
Nice to see that the profs and tas are still imparting knowledge on students in the classrooms and the university is making funding available to top-notch students both inside the state of NC and around the country. This piece of news makes me feel good, especially after that shallacking we took last night. Although a win over College of Charleston would've made this news even better.

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