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                                            the          Witness                                                                                               August 27, 2009
    Vol: Fall 09 - Issue 1 | A student-run, weekly publication, serving as a voice for the Wilmington College student body

WC welcomes class of 2013 CLEP, Pass/Noyour
                          A reminder of
President DiBiasio encourages new students to get involved on campus
Dear      New Students,
                                                                                                                              options at WC
       Welcome! Your ar-                                                                                                      Amanda Toney
rival marks the beginning                                                                                                     Copy Editor
of another exciting year
at Wilmington College –                                                                                                             There is a lot to take in as a college freshman
the 139th in our history.                                                                                                     (and let’s face it – not many students read the
     It will be a year filled                                                                                                 college catalog front to back), so even if you were
with challenges and                                                                                                           informed at some point in time about everything
learning opportunities,                                                                                                       you need to know about Wilmington College, you
both inside and outside                                                                                                       could probably use a reminder about a thing or two.
the classroom. The en-                                                                                                          You may not have known that WC participates in the
tire campus community                                                                                                         College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) – something
is eager to assist you,                                                                                                       worth mentioning because it means you have the
and we pledge to pro-                                                                                                         opportunity to receive credit for an introductory
vide you with an educa-                                                                                                       course you are already knowledgeable about at any
tional environment that                                                                                                       point in time in your college career. According to the
fosters active learning,                                                                                                      College Board, the program’s sponsor, CLEP can help
passionate engagement                                                                                                         you “overcome time and financial obstacles” and/or
in service and leadership,                                                                                                    simply move to higher-level course work at a faster rate.
and intentional encoun-                                                                                                               So, whether you are an underclassman who
ters with the values of                                                                              WITNESS/MELISSA MILLER
                                                                                                                              wants to get ahead, an upperclassman who still
peace, social justice, and                                                                                                    has general education requirements to fulfill, or
                                Freshman Orientation: New students joined together during the 2009 Fresh-                     even a desperate senior struggling to graduate on
global citizenship. We
                                men Orientation that ran August 20 through the 23.                                            time, CLEP could be extremely beneficial to you.
also hope you will be-
come active and involved        Wilmington College Un-       So please, seek our ad-    Sincerely,                              CLEP exams are offered year-round and are taken on
in campus life. Wilming-        dergraduate Catalog and      vice and counsel because                                         a computer at a CLEP test center. Since WC happens
ton offers a wide variety       the Student Handbook         we are all here for you.   Daniel A. DiBiasio                    to be one of the 1,300 CLEP test centers, you will
of experiences from cul-        contain important infor-     Best wishes for a great    President                             not have to go far. However, keep in mind that WC
tural arts programs, ath-       mation, especially regard-   year.                                                            does not offer the English Composition with Essay
letics and recreational         ing campus policies and                                                                       exam, according to Judy Harvey, coordinator of the
activities, to an array of                                                                                                    Student Resource Center and assistant professor of
student       organizations.
                                procedures. Please be-
                                come familiar with these         “It will be a year filled                                    English. Harvey coordinates the CLEP testing at WC.
                                                                                                                                    “Most test takers are successful the first time,”
       A big part of being
successful at Wilmington
                                two publications as well.
                                    However, you will find
                                                                 with challenges and                                          said Harvey, adding that students who wish to take a
                                                                                                                              CLEP exam can call her to set up a convenient time.
is knowing what we ex-
pect of you. Professors
                                that the people here are
                                your best resource for
                                                                 learning opportunities”                                               CLEP has 35 different tests in five different
prepare and distribute a
syllabus for each course;
                                success. Faculty, admin-
                                istrators, and support
                                                                 -Dan DiBiasio,                                               areas: business; composition and literature; foreign
                                                                                                                              languages; history and social sciences; and science and
so please read each one
carefully. Similarly, the
                                staff are ready, willing,
                                and prepared to help.
                                                                 President                                                    mathematics. A passing score on an examination gives
                                                                                                                              you credit for an equivalent course at the 100-level,
                                                                                                                              with the exception of some tests that are equivalent to
                                                                                                                              200-level courses. The credit hours granted vary with
                                                                                                                              each examination, but every test is meant to cover the

   Rock solid traditions at WC                                                                                                same amount of material in a one-semester course.
                                                                                                                                 It is recommended that you review the information
                                                                                                                              you will be expected to know before the exam,
                                                                                                                              seeing as you must pay $72 and will want to do
                                                                                                                              well. Exam descriptions can be found on the College
                                                                                                                              Board Web site. There is also a CLEP Official Study
                                                                                                                              Guide ($25) and individual subject study guides ($10
                                                                                                                              each) that you can purchase if you feel the need.
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                                                                                                                              The Witness approaches
                                                                                                                              newest WC students
                                                                                                                              Letter From the Editor
                                                                                                                              Hello Wilmington College Class of 2013!
                                                                                                                                As the first week of classes is winding down, The
                                                                                                                              Witness staff is gearing up for another semester full
                                                                                                                              of events, opinions, and even a controversy or two.
                                                                                                                                 The Witness is Wilmington College’s student-run
                                                                                                                              newspaper. This publication is used as a channel
                                                                                                                              through which students, faculty, staff, and other
                                                                                                                              members of the WC community may express their
                                                                                                                              ideas or publicize events.
                                                                                                                                 Since this publication serves as a voice for the WC
                                                                                                                              student body, we ask the students to keep us up-
                                                                                                                              dated on any issues, stories, or events that occur on
                                                                                                                              campus. Our staff attempts to cover every program,
                                                                                               WITNESS/MELISSA MILLER
                                                                                                                              guest speaker, and current event, but sometimes we
                                                                                                                              need help from eyewitnesses across campus.
   Each year, during Freshmen Orientation, every new Wilmington                                                                  If you have any interest in editing, writing, pho-
                                                                                                                              tography, or graphic design please do not hesitate to
   College student traditionally signs the rock outside College Hall.                                                         contact one of our staff members.
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