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Carolina Connection – Jan. 28, 2023

Though UNC has been mask-optional for about a year, some students and faculty remain concerned about COVID-19. Inflation has started to fall, but local businesses still are feeling the pinch of higher prices.  The lunar new year ushers in celebrations and community across campus. A disputed local photography exhibit moves to the National Civil Rights Museum. A Genius Grant recipient leaves students starstruck. Bird watching hobbyists play a crucial role in conservation efforts.

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CarolinaCast: 25 years after it started, the Leandro education funding case awaits an N.C. Supreme Court decision

In 1997, the NC Supreme Court delivered a decision in the original Leandro case. The decision said that every North Carolinian has a constitutional right to a sound, basic education. More than 20 years later, the Leandro case was back before the N.C. Supreme Court this fall.

This time, the issue in the case is whether the judicial branch can force the Legislature to fund a plan that would seek to address inequity in public education funding.

In this edition of CarolinaCast, Walter Reinke discusses the case with William Christensen.

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Carolina Connection – Dec. 3, 2022

UNC continues to test campus water fixtures for high levels of lead. A student group wants UNC to distribute test strips to detect date-rape drugs. Some local LGBTQ leaders say the same-sex marriage legislation in Congress doesn’t go far enough. UNC fees and out-of-state tuition are likely to increase. An aggressive owl frightens students living on south campus. The Taylor Swift ticket fiasco leaves student Swifties disappointed.

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Carolina Connection – Nov. 19, 2022

Hospitals in the Triangle are overwhelmed by respiratory syncytial virus. An abortion protest on the quad has students debating how far freedom of speech should extend on campus. Critics call on UNC and other universities to reconsider the importance of legacy admissions. A student group works to bring thrifting to campus. American Indian students celebrate their history and culture during November.

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Carolina Connection – Nov. 12, 2022

When fire alarms blare throughout dorms, some students hear an annoyance rather than a warning. The midterm elections increased the power of North Carolina Republicans. Pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Chapel Hill are at a five-year high. A new startup aims to make late-night trips safer for female-identifying students. Carolina veterans reflect on their time in the service and on campus. A new student production brings reality TV to UNC.

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Carolina Connection – Nov. 5, 2022

UNC housekeepers are demanding higher pay. The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in UNC’s affirmative action case. The midterm elections could bring about a new Republican supermajority in the North Carolina Legislature. 30 percent more college students have reported feeling burnt out. UNC students reimagine a traditional Greek play with a North Carolina twist. The basketball season starts Monday, but some UNC students may be distracted by a different team’s success.

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CarolinaCast: The cost of living is going up, but UNC graduate stipends are falling behind

Graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill say their cost of living exceeds the stipends they receive for teaching and research assistance. UNC professors and administrators say they support higher stipends, but the final decision is in the hands of the N.C. Legislature and the UNC System Board of Governors. On this edition of the Carolina Connection podcast, reporter Jailyn Neville talks with Brianna Atkinson about what graduate students are doing to fight for a stipend increase.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 29, 2022

UNC heads to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend Affirmative Action. As election day draws near, some candidates are focusing their efforts on increasing youth voter turnout . UNC’s arboretum is rebuilding its prominent arbor  A new mural commissioned by the Campus Y will promote mental health awareness. Halloween isn’t the only time ghosts walk among us.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 15, 2022

Gun violence across the country – and in the Triangle – has empowered UNC students to take action. A vending machine comes to Orange County to fight the opioid crisis. North Carolina’s Supreme Court will rule soon on funding for poor school districts. A new Chapel Hill business wants to be the Uber of caregiving. Chapel Hill residents celebrate the Festifall arts celebration downtown.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 8, 2022

People who work on Franklin Street say that harassment has become a major problem. Chapel Hill police says there’s been a rise in gun violence throughout the town. UNC will host the World Anti-Bullying forum. A new analysis may change the way you look at characters in Disney movies. Some UNC students get moving on the dance floor.