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Volume 121 Issue 4


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rising tuition costs drain bank accounts PETER MASON

It’s a known fact that for several years now, tuition costs have been on the rise. Students take out loans, work and do whatever they can to pay the fees that are charged to them by the school. Some of the things in Radford’s budget that are paid for by tuition include direction instruction (including professors and lab supplies), academic support (including the library, personnel, materials and dean’s offices), student support services (including the dean of students, the financial aid office, admissions office, the registrar), the maintenance, housekeeping and utilities for Radford, and the administrative offices who support all of those things. “The thing that a lot of folks don’t realize is that tuition is earmarked for the education in general program only,” said Lisa Ripath, Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration. “So you can’t use tuition to go towards athletics or to go towards the dining hall or the residence halls. So these are structured and they go to specific places, because certain auxiliaries have to be self-supporting and their sources of funds have to only go for that purpose and the state has certain requirements. Tuition goes for

Radford University’s accreditation with QEP Some main goals of the QEP “are to enhance student learning through real world problem solving and foster a culture of engaged learning and scholarship,” said Webster-Garrett.


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Radford University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is recognized as a plan for the university to demonstrate its academic and student commitment by promoting student learning inside and outside of the classroom. RU’s QEP is a requirement of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation accreditation process. SACS, RU’s accrediting agency, defines their mission as “the improvement of education in the South through accreditation” according to Accreditation through SACS is important to the university as well as its students, faculty and staff because of the many benefits it offers. According to the Radford’s QEP website, it helps to allow eligibility for student loans, increases a faculty’s understanding of the university’s philosophy and objectives, and helps them to grow in professional development, increases cooperation between faculty and staff, leads to recognition and reinforcement of good instructional techniques, and leads to improvement of student performance. RU’s QEP has been developed through a writing team consisting of the university’s faculty, staff and students. “Scholar - citizen” is the name of the center of the plan. By focusing on academics at all course levels, RU plans to recognize “scholar” students in all academic concentrations. Dr. Erin Webster-Garrett, co-chair of the QEP writing team, current director of the QEP and The Tartan Faculty Advisor, explains that the program is

Sophomore students in Interior Design Studio II course designed portable shelters for the homeless. The design began as a way for Associate Professor Joan Dickinson to challenge students to design for people unlike themselves, as well as a way for them to gain civic engagement and social justice understanding. Students intended to benefit local charities by using these designs as a fundraising project. (

Started by junior Ben Perfater, Parks and Tourism 314 Workshop organized a Battle of the Bands to raise money for Kendall Bayne’s medical costs due to her rare cancer, also known as adrena cortical carcinoma. The concert was held on Feb. 9. Bands from the New River Valley as well as Roanoke participated in the event. (

to recognize students that have a passion for helping and can work to connect that passion to academics. Although eight other themes were considered when forming the QEP, “Scholar-Citizen” was what was decided on. Some main goals of the QEP “are to enhance student learning through real world problem solving and foster a culture of engaged learning and scholarship,” says Webster-Garrett. The plan “connects our personal identity with our fundamental and civic identity, which will often tie back to a student’s major and is a way for them to make that ‘real world’ connection.” RU’s QEP writing team is working toward developing a change in the way RU recognizes and awards its scholar students, whether that may be through graduation cords or in some other form. RU defines a scholar-citizenship as “active and scholarly participation in the complex and multicultural world by connecting and applying disciplinary knowledge and academic skills to the challenges facing our local, national and global communities.” Activities that fall under scholar-citizenship recognition include but are not limited to: course imbedded experiences and projects, undergraduate research, public lecture series, co-curricular programs, organizations and leadership, internships, study-abroad, alternative spring break, service learning projects, peer mentoring, film series and performances. The idea is to get students more involved, recognize them for that involvement and have them connect that involvement to the real world and to their own personal futures. “As a people,” says Webster-Garrett, “we are becoming disengaged more and more all the time. Who but not higher education should be addressing these issues? It’s upon us to make a difference. Radford is at the front of this.”

See QEP, 3 A pickup truck crashed into Goodview Grocery in Roanoke on Feb. 13 at around 8:30 p.m. The truck caught fire and killed one of the two passengers, the other was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. There is no word on the condition of the other passenger. (

Radford Campus evolves over time TAYLOR BROCK

The land we now walk to class on today was purchased from the Heth family years before the opening of the State and Normal School for Women at Radford. The first building to be constructed on Radford University’s campus was first known as the Administration Building, later known as Founder’s Hall. The two-story domed building housed classrooms, an auditorium and a gym with a pool. The building was torn down and stood where Muse Hall stands today. Opening in 1915, Tyler Hall became Radford University’s first dorm. Originally only one wing of the building was built, but after receiving federal funds, a second wing was added and called Norwood. A third wing was added shortly after and named McGuffey to honor William Holmes McGuffey, who was a “pioneer in elementary

education,” according to “Investing in Lifetimes.” Eventually all three wings of Tyler became known as Tyler Hall. The Heth House stood on RU’s grounds as the oldest building on campus for 45 years until it was demolished in 1958. Built in 1829, as part of the Heth farm, the building was called Norwood for a time. The house served many purposes during its time on campus. Upon the school’s opening, it served as a dorm until dorms could be constructed. It also served as the department of economics. Located behind the McConnell Library, the building also served as a dorm for male students who attended Radford University during summer sessions. In 1939, Walker Hall was built. The dining hall and a post office back then, Walker Hall was named for Thomas Walker, an explorer of the Southwest region. Norwood hall was also built in 1939 and was named after the original name of the estate on which RU’s campus is built upon. A year later Reed Hall was built to house the science

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and economic departments. These are just some of the stories of the history of how the current campus of RU came about. Many of these changes were made because of the increasing size of the student population. With RU continuing to grow, it is uncertain what new changes might be ahead.

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Fouders Hall, also known as the first administration building was dedicated on August 9, 1913.

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