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What does the NC State Belltower have to do with Memorial Day?

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The Belltower on Hillsborough Street is an iconic landmark on NC State’s campus.

When the Wolfpack win a major game, students and fans go and rally around the Belltower, that is lit up RED in celebration.

People go and look at it when they take a tour of the school.

When someone thinks of images that define NC State, the Belltower is near the top of the list.

We all know it’s nostalgic, but what the heck is the Belltower? Why is it significant? What is it’s origin? Why was it built in the first place?

With yesterday being Memorial Day, it’s fitting to give a cliff notes education on NC State’s legendary Belltower.

The Belltower is in fact the “Memorial Belltower.”

The Belltower was originally constructed to honor NC State alumni who died in action during World War I.

  • In 1920, a planning committee was formed, and an architect was hired.
  • Construction began in 1921, with the cornerstone being laid, and 10 feet was added in height in 1924, 1925, and 1926.
  • Construction stalled during the Great Depression and World War II.
  • Stonework was finished in 1937.
  • Clock donated in 1938.
  • Floodlights donated in 1939.
  • Chimes, Shrine Room and Memorial Plaque were completed in late 1940’s
  • Officially dedicated on November 11, 1949.

Random Facts

  • 35 names are on the Memorial Plaque, but only 34 alumni died in World War I. One former student was wrongly reported killed in action. That 35th name was changed to honor all unknown fallen soldiers.
  • 115-feet tall.
  • Cost $150,000.
  • 1,400 tons of granite.
  • 700 ton concrete base.

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NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Rank in Top-15 in Preseason Polls

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For the 1st time since 2007, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are ranked in the Top-15 in the Preseason Poll.

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The Women’s team won their third straight ACC Championship last year, and the Men finished 3rd. The ladies finished 13th at the NCAA Championships last year, and the fellas finished 11th.

The Women’s Cross-Country team are in the Preseason Top-15 for the 4th year in a row, and the Men find their way in the Top-15 at the start of the year for the first time since 2014.

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Money Magazine Ranks NC State as the 40th Best College for the Money

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Recently Money Magazine ranked the best colleges in America for the money heading into the 2019-20 school year, public and private, and NC State is ranked 40th. Behind Duke, they are the ranked as the 2nd best school in North Carolina, and the #1 Public School.

Going to college shouldn’t mean a lifetime of debt. To find the schools that successfully combine quality and affordability, MONEY weighed more than 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings. Explore our list, then build your own. (Money)

Here’s what they had to say about North Carolina State University:

North Carolina State University is a school with deep-rooted tradition and local pride. In fact, many current students have parents and grandparents who are NC State alumni. Probably best known for its agricultural science program, as well as its science research majors, NC State offers its 34,000 students some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Take your pick from animal science, extension education, forest management, meteorology, poultry science, textile engineering, and more. With its location in Raleigh, there’s always plenty to do, both on campus and off. Hundreds of student clubs are constantly recruiting on the Brickyard, State’s central quad, and Greek parties run late into the night. But nothing brings the community together as much as cheering for NC State’s Division I sports teams, embroiled in a century-old rivalry with nearby UNC. Students and professors go all out, dressing in red, roasting pigs at tailgating sessions, and pitching tents in parking lots before games. When it’s time to study, the Learning Commons offers a quiet escape. Undergrads say that professors are attentive and almost always available. The university has a solid 79% graduation rate, which is slightly higher than would be expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of NC State Raleigh’s students, according to MONEY’s calculations. In their first three years after graduating, alumni tend to earn an average salary of $55,800, according to PayScale. (Money)

 

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CNBC Ranks NC State #22 Public University that Pays off the Most

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CNBC released a report this week exploring the Top-50 U.S. Colleges (Private & Public) that pay off the most. To understand all of the details that went into their calculations, click here, but in a nutshell, they calculated the net cost to attend each college, and divided it by a graduates expected annual earnings.

NC State ranked 22nd out of all the Public Universities nationally.

NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a public university that enrolls roughly 35,479 students. The public university is known for its veterinary medicine program.

Average net cost (income $48,001-$75,000): $13,244
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: $55,800
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $104,700
Salary average, early and mid career: $80,250

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Other ACC schools represented on the list:

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5. Georgia Tech

17. Virginia

22. NC State

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10. Duke

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NC State’s Athletic Program Ranks 26th Over the Past 5 Years Among Power 5 Schools

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Yahoo did a good job compiling some data to figure out which Power 5 schools have been the best over the past 5 years. They calculated each teams average finish in the Director’s Cup over a 5-year span, and then ranked them accordingly.

NC State ranked 26th.

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

Best sport: men’s swimming. Trajectory: down. The Wolfpack were a slight victim of their 2018 success, sliding back 11 spots from a Top 15 year. N.C. State did well in a number of fall and winter sports, but once again had their greatest success in the pool. The women finished seventh in the NCAA championships and the men were fourth. It was the fourth straight fourth-place finish for the men’s program.

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ACC Athletic Programs Ranked Over the Past 5 Years

8. UNC

10. Virginia

10. Florida State

16. Notre Dame

19. Duke

26. NC State

29. Louisville

34. Virginia Tech

40. Syracuse

51. Miami

53. Clemson

56. Wake Forest

60. Boston College

62. Georgia Tech

65. Pittsburgh

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