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Carolina Connection – Oct. 1, 2022

UNC Graduate students advocate for a livable wage. After a sudden change in leadership, the Kenan-Flagler business school looks to the future. Some UNC graduate schools will no longer require the GRE test for admission. Navigating the Biden Administration’s student loan forgiveness plan can be difficult for students. Students commit Acts of Random Kindness to help their classmates get through midterms. The Good Neighbor Initiative holds a cookout to educate students about the communities they live in. 

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Carolina Connection – Sep. 24, 2022

UNC has found dangerous levels of lead in the water in six buildings with the potential for more. North Carolina schools face an increase in teacher and staff vacancies. UNC students struggle to afford housing as rent prices have spiked. Alumni are fighting back against the University’s decision to tear down the ROTC building. Zombies invaded campus this week to urge students to prepare for emergencies. 

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Carolina Connection – Sep. 17, 2022

People who live near campus want the town to crack down on disruptive partying. UNC’s business school dean unexpectedly announces his retirement. A $25 million donation will fund a new suicide prevention institute. A split in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ issues leaves local congregations re-affirming their values. Students get cheap new wheels at a campus bike auction.

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Carolina Connection – Sep. 3, 2022

Some North Carolina cities are helping restaurants and bars rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating social drinking districts. The arrest of a Carolina student sparks outrage across campus. UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media welcomes a new dean who hopes to address diversity concerns. A rare trip to Boone for the Tar Heel football team has led to high ticket prices. Seniors are excited to experience their first normal semester in three years.

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CarolinaCast: After a series of accidents, Chapel Hill address pedestrian safety

An electric cyclist lost his life in a traffic accident at a Franklin Street intersection in late January. The tragedy has sparked a debate around bike safety in Chapel Hill.

Meanwhile, even before the January accident, town leaders were working on new road improvement projects to make walking and biking safer for residents. It’s part of an initiative called “Vision Zero.” The town adopted the plan in October with the goal of reducing  traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2031.

Carolina Connection reporters Elijah Imlay and Brianna Atkinson talk with Jayda Williams about the latest developments.

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CarolinaCast: After UNC canceled a controversial photo exhibit, it’s now on display off campus

The public can now see the controversial images that led UNC to cancel an exhibition by a local photographer. In February, UNC leaders abruptly canceled an exhibition by Durham photographer Cornell Watson that documented Black life and Black activism in Chapel Hill. They said some of the images detracted from the message of “reverence” for the Black community that they hoped the exhibition would convey. Watson called the decision censorship. His photos are now on display at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Carolina Connection reporter Jade Wilson talks with Jayda Williams about the controversy.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 30, 2022

UNC administrators have been reading faculty members’ emails, but it’s still not clear which faculty members were targeted. A new report finds politics have a heavy influence on UNC System governance. A program seeks to help people who were incarcerated re-enter society. Graduating seniors look for jobs – and homes. As students take their final exams after a turbulent semester, parents gather to show their love.

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CarolinaCast: The bizarre rise and fall of Coursicle – a course planning app founded by a UNC grad

In February, though, Coursicle app users began receiving push notifications that said things like “Twitter dies today” or asked for nude photos. At one point, it displayed a large photo of Mark Zuckerberg with a vulgar insult. At first, many users thought Coursicle had been hacked, but Coursicle founder Joe Puccio – a 2016 UNC grad – soon admitted he was the one responsible. Carolina Connection’s Sierra Pfeifer talked with Puccio, and she discusses the story with Jayda Williams.