President Obama comes to UNC to rally young voters for Hillary Clinton, while College Republicans in North Carolina do some last-minute campaigning for Donald Trump. For many college students, this election is their first. For student veterans, UNC is trying to ease the transition from the military to the classroom. Local beekeepers protect the balance of nature. Alumni return to Chapel Hill for homecoming.
Chapel Hill leaders want to make the annual Halloween celebration smaller, while UNC leaders want to make sure students show up for class the next morning. The NCAA holds a five-hour hearing on UNC’s longrunning athletic/academic scandal. Critics say the campus bookshop has lost its “quirkiness.” You may be wearing a piece of UNC history right now.
Jury deliberations begin in the murder trial of former UNC student Chandler Kania. Kania’s DWI trial has focused attention on driving while smoking marijuana – a popular but dangerous trend. Hurricane Matthew devastates some students’ home towns. Margaret Spellings is formally installed as the UNC System’s president. The State Fair is the setting for an unusual fraternity social.
As a murder trial begins for former UNC student Chandler Kania, other students say they’re careful about not driving drunk. UNC’s marching band has new rules for members who want to protest at football games. A community near Salisbury welcomes a legal settlement that will clean up coal ash. Students prepare for Hurricane Matthew. Coffee houses take all kinds of forms in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Students stage a campus protest in reaction to the Charlotte police shooting, while a UNC researcher looks into the relationship between race and traffic stops. Some students are apathetic about the upcoming election. A UNC senior writes in the New York Times about “blackout drinking.” A Chapel Hill record label is working both to preserve old southern music and promote new artists.
UNC defends its sexual assault policies after a student claims the university didn’t take her complaint seriously. The NCAA and ACC pull their championships from North Carolina, and student athletes will pay the price. A student suffers from a rare case of Lyme Disease. The home football season begins, and fans will notice some new features in Kenan Stadium.
9/11 is commemorated by UNC students — even those too young to remember it. Transgender restrooms cause more controversy on campus. The UNC Board of Governors holds a relatively calm meeting. Four years after her death, the family of Faith Hedgepeth still hope police will find her killer. A student tries to down an eight-pound pizza to win cash.
In our “Year In Review” episode, we look back at some of the top stories of the 2015-16 school year. Margaret Spellings takes over as UNC System President, but attracts campus protesters. A UNC employee is at the center of a lawsuit over North Carolina’s controversial LGBT discrimination law. A fatal car crash leads to a crackdown on fake IDs, but underage students are hesitant to stop using them. UNC tries to break the stigma of mental illness.
The number of sexual assault reports at UNC has increased after the university changed the way it responds to sexual assault. Meeting graduation requirements is more difficult for transfer students. UNC researchers use a new app to study postpartum depression. A local band tries to capture “homegrown freedom” in their folk and bluegrass music. Seniors look back at their years at Carolina.