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Carolina Connection – Feb. 15, 2020

After a judge voided the controversial Silent Sam settlement, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz reaffirms that he doesn’t want the Confederate monument back on campus. Early voting is underway for the 2020 primary, but it’s not clear how many students will turn out. UNC has started a new Korean Studies major, and the popularity of K-Pop music is one of the reasons. As UNC commemorates Black History Month, some minority students are questioning the university’s commitment to equality. UNC’s football team has won an off-the-field honor. The new facilities at Kenan Stadium have been named among the nation’s best.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 8, 2020

Faculty, staff, and students are calling for UNC to end its moratorium on renaming buildings, so that the names of white supremacists can be removed. Voting rights advocates march in Raleigh. Demolition will soon get underway to make way for a new journalism building at UNC. Can doulas play a role in reducing mortality among black infants? Speakers at a conference call on the global health community to become less colonial. Even though it’s been a rough year for the UNC basketball team, students still line up for hours for the Duke game. Cowboy churches, a growing trend in religion, mix Christianity with cattle.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 1, 2020

The spread of the Coronavirus is disrupting studies for college students worldwide. As many as 45% of U.S. college students are food insecure, but some face a stigma that makes it hard for them to seek help. UNC trustees approve the creaction of an Asian-American Center. There’s a growing trend of college students running for public office. Students protest a planned campus appearance by “Food Babe” blogger Vani Hari. Acclaimed opera singer Lucia Lucas, a powerful voice for transgender rights, appears in Chapel Hill.

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Carolina Connection- Jan. 25, 2020

The Daily Tar Heel has filed a lawsuit against the UNC Board of Governors, which could void the controversial settlement that gave Silent Sam to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Hundreds of Haitian immigrants are living and working in the small town of Mount Olive, N.C., but the federal government may send them back to Haiti. A UNC researcher discusses the coronavirus outbreak. Students and faculty at NCSU are experimenting with vertical farming. In Playmakers’ latest production, actors play different roles in each performance.

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Carolina Connection – Nov. 23, 2019

Federal officials say UNC violated the Clery Act by underreporting crime and mishandling sexual assaults. The UNC College Republicans hosted President Trump’s former campaign manager for a keynote speech, but banned journalists from recording the event. Some UNC students are still struggling to register for next semester’s classes because of a lack of available seats. Local high school students say it’s common to see teenagers vaping products with THC, despite the increase in vape-related illnesses. UNC has its first new women’s basketball coach in more than 30 years. A local businessman is trying to make home milk deliveries popular again.

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Carolina Connection- Nov. 16, 2019

Some of UNC’s older buildings lack accessible entrances for people with disabilities, and university officials say it’s not easy to bring them up to date. Two professors are developing an app to help get UNC Hosptial pediatric patients out of bed. A new business on Franklin St. mixes coffee, chocolate, and books. Local middle-schoolers are trying to fight climate change by encouraging people to turn off their engines while waiting in the carpool lane. A campus Moviefest gave students a week to produce short films. All-nighters are common for students who are cramming for exams, but they may not be an effective way to study.

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Carolina Connection- Nov. 11, 2019

Some students are criticizing a report into UNC police conduct during several campus incidents involving Silent Sam and Confederate protesters. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigned in Raleigh and promised to tackle government corruption. UNC alum and astronaut candidate Zena Carman visited UNC and talked about “Artemis,” NASA’s next moon mission. Mellow Mushroom’s Franklin St. location has closed after 7 years, but high turnover is nothing new for restaurants on Franklin Street. 400 years after slaves were first brought to America, a local exhibit explores the impact of the year 1619 on the U.S.

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Carolina Connection- Nov. 2, 2019

The NCAA may allow student athletes to profit from their names and images, and reaction at UNC is mixed.  Mold has been a problem at both on-campus and off-campus dorms this school year. UNC Senior Tai Huynh is hoping to be the first student of color elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council. Transgender students say there’s a lack of appropriate housing choices in UNC dorms. Organizers hope a women’s self-defense class can become an official part of the curriculum. We experience Halloween through the eyes of students who are new to the United States.

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Carolina Connection- Oct. 15, 2019

An anti-abortion group set up a graphic display on campus, sparking student-led counter-protests and even an arrest. While breast cancer awareness month is almost over, fighting the disease is a year-long effort for affected women. As Halloween approaches, creative students are making their own costumes with 3-D printers and other tools. Meanwhile, the town of Chapel Hill is planning for the thousands of people who are expected to flood Franklin St. UNC is considering centralizing data science classes into one curriculum as a part of an effort to help students compete in a data driven world.

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Carolina Connection- Oct. 12, 2019

UNC celebrates its 226th birthday with the annual University Day celebration. The ceremony highlights the university’s dedication to service. The LGBTQ+ community celebrated National Coming Out Day, but the day is meaningful to many UNC students for many different reasons. UNC alum and Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly has returned to UNC to coach the next generation of female soccer players. College enrollment has dropped nationally because of the strong job market.