Angela Alimi

My name is Angela Alimi. I am a 3rd year student here at UNC-Charlotte. I am majoring in Public Health and minoring in Philosophy. I've always thought that journalism was an important part of ones life. Writing down your own stories and going out to find new ones and write about them were always important to me.

Summer housing opens up in Miltimore Hall and Greek Village

Summer housing will be available for UNC Charlotte students taking classes for both sessions. Housing will be available in Miltimore Hall and Greek Village.

If you are living on campus during session one, check-in will be in Miltimore Hall on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checkout is on June 25 at noon.

The process of checking in and out of housing during the summer is identical to how it is done over the fall and spring semester.

If you are living on campus during session two classes, check-in will be on June 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and checkout will be on August 7 at 3 p.m.

The deadline for housing registration is May 1. There is a $50 housing deposit that comes with this for both of the sessions.

Students who are registered for the Fall 2014 semester and are currently enrolled this semester are eligible for summer housing. Incoming freshmen for the Fall 2014 school year are not eligible. Roommate requests and roommate assignments are also the same as living on campus during the fall and spring semesters. Every effort is made to honor a roommate request. However all roommates must submit a housing application at least three weeks prior to the check-in date.

The rates for summer housing vary among room size and location.

If you would like to have a meal plan for the summer it will only be in declining balance instead of meal swipes.

Late arrivals to check-in comes with some hefty consequences. If you are not checked in by 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 for Summer I session or Sunday, June 29 for Summer II session, your housing contract can be cancelled. If you are unable to arrive by this time, you must notify Housing and Residence Life in writing or via email.

May 1 is the last day to cancel your housing for the summer one session and by June 6 for the second summer session. You will be refunded the $50 if you cancel by this time.

Some students believe that summer housing is necessary for students.

“I think that it summer housing is absolutely necessary,” said Junior Mitchell Abdullah. “Since a lot of people aren’t from Charlotte and some are not even from the US, they would not have a place to stay if they were taking summer classes and were living in dorms, or had a ten month apartment lease that would end.”

Campus over the summer is convenient and the best option for some students that don’t have transportation to and from campus as well.

For more information, click here.

Italian minor added to list of academic minors

Benvenuto! Italian is now officially offered as a minor for students to take at UNC Charlotte.

The idea arose in 2012. One year later in December, the proposal was approved and added to the list of programs that students can minor in.

The program consists of 18 to 20 credit hours which can be broken into six three-credit classes and up to two one-credit classes above the level of 1202.

To succeed in the minor, students would need to take two language classes at the intermediate level and two language courses at the advanced level. They would also need two “topics” classes at the 3000 level in Italian language, film or culture.

The Italian film and culture classes are taught in English but have a one-hour additional language component that is worth one credit towards the minor.

Another class 49ers can now take to put towards their minor is a 3000 level course that is an adjunct of work done through Moodle and a study abroad program. The study abroad program takes place during spring break.

For the study abroad portion of the class, students will be travel to the region of Veneto, Italy with Italian Director of Italian Programs and Assistant Director of Film Studies Daniela Cunico Dal Pra.

The study abroad program is called La Serenissima; Journey to the Region of Veneto.

Students who go will visit numberous historic locations in Italy such as Vicenza, Padua, Venice and Verona. Since this program is part of the class, students will be doing academic work as well. It is predicted that only about 10 students will have the opportunity to travel with Dal Pra to Italy.

Dal Pra is also the co-author of the textbook for first and second year students in Italian.

The program is expanding rapidly throughout the department and is an up and coming language to the students at UNC Charlotte.

It would be Dal Pra’s dream come true to have Italian offered as a major as well. “Among the varying of students that take Italian, there is an increasing number of Spanish speaking students that take courses in Italian,” said Dal Pra.

Not only do Italian courses help Spanish speaking students learn another language, but it helps them improve their Spanish as well.

Having latin as the base root of Italian makes it easier for speakers of other romance languages to take these Italian courses. Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese are just a few.

Italian courses meet twice a week.

According to Dal Pra, it is best for students to meet three times a week face to face. That way the students would be more interacted with the classroom environment and speaking the language amongst one another.

Classes will be offered over the summer which will be four days a week and are three to four hours a day.

Dal Pra says that overall, the students who take summer courses will get more out of them because professors will have more one-on-one time with the students.

All of the professors and lecturers of the Italian courses offered at UNC Charlotte are native Italian speakers who try to interconnect students with the heritage and culture of Italian, not just with the language.

For more information on the Italian program, click here.

Editor’s note: This article was also published in the  Niner Times paper publication. Please note that the writer should be  Angela Alimi, an intern for the Niner Times.

Photojournalist Saul Flores travels 5000 miles to, through and from Latin America, speaks at Cone Center

Saul Flores, a photojournalist, recent graduate from N.C. State and a migrant from Mexico, told UNC Charlotte about his journey through Latin America on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The Walk of Immigrants is a project brought forth by Saul Flores in his effort to see what the immigrants from Latin America go through in order to get to the United States as his mother and father did.

Traveling by any means necessary, Flores’s expedition was over 5000 miles. He encountered dangerous feats along the way and met remarkable and inspiring people. He saw and experienced things that normally, people would never see unless in their dreams.

His mother and father migrated from a small city in Mexico. Flores’s mother left everything she loved behind in order for Flores to have a better life and a better education. When his  mother and father arrived to New York, they had nothing and consequentially “started from the bottom.”

“My father worked a variety of jobs; a paperboy, a pizza boy, etc. and my mother was a nanny and cleaned homes. We literally started from the bottom,” Flores said in his speech.

“I never knew the impact of a photograph until I was traveling and trying to explain to my mother the culture I was seeing,” he said.

Flores learned photography in order to get into the School of Design at N.C. State. He was informed that he would need a diverse portfolio, so he started picking up photography more, which was then just a hobby.

“Four things that I wanted to accomplish on this journey was first, to be a metaphor for the millions of immigrants that come to the United States every day. The second was to use photography to connect Latin America and the United States. I will teach people about our lives. Third was to use photographs to help rebuild the school in my mother’s hometown in Mexico. Lastly, the fourth was to make it back alive to share the story with everyone,” stated Flores.

He tried passing through the dense forest of the Colombian and Panamanian border. Without prevail, he was poisoned by a dart frog and was caught by the Colombian army, who forced him to go back to Colombia.

He sat in the border town, contemplating on how he was going to go to Panama until a random man sitting in a log canoe showed up.

The man offered to help him.

When Flores asked the man why, the man replied, “You were in need of help, so I helped you.”

He brought Flores to a beautiful town where the water was transparent and the brightly colored fish swam.

Saul described it as a dream.

He was grateful for the man that had helped him on his journey, commenting that not many know the lives of these people. Getting to know these people was a beautiful experience.

The experience made Flores understand how hard it was for all the migrants that were trying to come to America every day. He had a first-hand experience of how difficult the struggle was.

Saul met a large amount of different people, took thousands of pictures, and continues to tell his journey through Latin America with passion. However, he has many more things yet to come.

To learn more about The Walk of the Immigrants  you can visit his website at

To hear his Ted Talk on The Walk of the Immigrants you can go to

Shigella outbreak announced in Cabarrus County, right down the road from the university

Coughing, sneezing, and boxes of tissues are becoming more and more abundant as we get closer to winter time.

However, Shigella, an infection that lasts from five to seven days, was reported to be an outbreak in Cabarrus County this past week. The infections may be acquired from eating contaminated food.

Sixty-four people reported symptoms of a typical infection; 21 of those people have a confirmed infection. The Cabarrus County Health Alliance published reports encouraging people to stay at home.

“Hand washing with soap and water is key in preventing further spread of this infection, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom. It is important to note that hand sanitizers are not effective in killing this bacteria,” said Emily Stewart, the associate director of Clinical Services at the UNC Charlotte Health Center.

“This illness is very uncomfortable for those who are infected, but usually these people recover without complications. Sometimes being infected with Shigella can be more serious, especially with children.  It is important to follow the guidance of health officials to avoid this illness,” states Stewart.

If people comply with the instruction from the Cabarrus County Health Alliance, the spread of the infection to others should be minimized and the outbreak contained.

Antibiotic treatment is recommended for patients with severe disease, bloody diarrhea or compromised immune systems. Doctors also recommend to wash hands with soap carefully and frequently, especially after going to the bathroom.

For more information on the UNC Charlotte Health Center, visit