Long lines and new COVID-19 safety measures marked the first day of early voting in Chapel Hill. University officials are encouraging asymptomatic students to get tested for COVID-19 frequently at the free Carolina Union testing site. UNC ranked 37th in the nation for the school’s free speech protections. The Town of Chapel Hill is working on a new project to help prevent flooding near Eastgate Shopping Center. Despite new pandemic restrictions, the Tar Heel women’s cross country team started their season with a win. Students are playing Dungeons and Dragons to escape the real world and create a magical new one.
After a chaotic start to the fall semester, some students and faculty members are concerned about how UNC will conduct the spring semester. Students are using Instagram to call out their peers for violating COVID-19 restrictions. UNC leaders say they’re addressing concerns that new federal sexual misconduct guidelines don’t protect survivors. The Adams School of Dentistry hosts a free clinic to honor the memory of the victims of the 2015 Finley Forest murders. Dating during the pandemic can be hard, but some students’ new relationships are blossoming. PlayMakers Repertory Company is giving UNC students virtual access to its performances for free.
Musicians across the country are facing unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are finding it difficult to adjust to social distancing requirements in recording studios, the closing of concert venues, and a general lack of social interaction. This means they’ve had to fundamentally change how they make music.
College students are stepping up to help with the national shortage of poll workers due to the coronavirus. UNC health experts are encouraging people to get their flu shots. A new app hopes to help healthcare workers with their mental health. First-year students reflect on their first few weeks as Tar Heels. While UNC’s isolation dorm is now almost empty, a few former residents say their experience was less isolating than the name suggests.
UNC student groups are virtually helping new voters register to vote in time to cast their ballots this year. The Chapel Hill community honors the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a march focused on her fight for equality. Some members of Greek organizations across the country say fraternities and sororities need to be abolished. UNC’s history department will not accept new graduate students in 2021. A team of students is continuing to grow gardens on campus, while also growing community.
With UNC moving classes online and cutting back campus operations because of COVID-19, some students worry about the future of their on-campus jobs. Some of these fears were realized last week when Carolina Housing announced that student employees’ jobs would be terminated at the end of October. A new mural coming to Carrboro will honor the fight for an end to systemic racism, while a movie theater in Chapel Hill shines a light on Black stories to start community conversations on race. Because of Coronavirus restrictions, some couples are turning to courthouse weddings. UNC’s oldest co-ed a capella group, Tar Heel Voices, adapts to singing virtually.
The Tar Heel football team returns to Kenan Stadium this weekend, but because of COVID-19, no fans will be there. A UNC study finds that obesity is a COVID-19 risk factor and can lead to more complications with the illness. With students returning to college across the country, some campus health services are struggling to keep up with testing. Meanwhile, some students have decided to put a pause on their education. For some UNC musicians, being forced to stay at home has led to creative breakthroughs.
North Carolina’s beer industry adds billions of dollars to the state’s economy, but with breweries shifting to take out only, the industry is hurting. In this edition of the Carolina Connection podcast, we’re looking at North Carolina’s “Beer Economy” and how it has been affected by the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nursing students to try to complete their clinicals online. UNC mourns the loss of a longtime professor who was a leading scholar on Hip Hop culture. Public school employees across North Carolina are working to make sure that children still have nutritious breakfasts and lunches, even if their school buildings are closed. Meanwhile, remote learning has been a struggle for many school children who lack Internet access. Pet adoptions have become more common since the pandemic started, but shelter managers remind new pet owners that they’re making a longterm commitment. A UNC student comedian uses laughter to help relieve the stress of staying at home.