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Carolina Connection – Mar. 7, 2020

As UNC’s spring break begins, students are dealing with the impact of the coronavirus on their travel plans. It’s been almost a year since a UNC task force detailed the problems students face when they seek help for mental health issues, but progress has been slow. Chapel Hill Transit is adding buses on Sundays, but cutting back service during the week. It’s not easy for Greek houses to embrace recycling and composting. UNC is one of the first schools in the country to switch to recyclable aluminum cups at sports events. A UNC class teaches students to play traditional Cuban music.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 29, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus is affecting Chinese-Americans in the Triangle, as well as UNC students overseas. As Super Tuesday approaches, voters and campaign workers prepare for primary election day. President Trump has proposed eliminating a program that helps students erase their college debt. Charles Scott – UNC’s first African-American scholarship athlete – says he’s disappointed that the Carolina Basketball Museum omits much of his story. UNC researchers find that high intensity interval training is a good way to get in shape. On Leap Year Day, we hear how students are spending their extra 24 hours.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 22, 2020

The chair of the UNC Board of Governors reaffirms that Silent Sam won’t return to campus, but also expresses frustration at the ongoing controversy. A UNC campus organization has organized a trip to Israel and Palestinian territories, but critics of the trip are calling for a boycott. UNC wants to give East Franklin Street a makeover, but it could come at the cost of losing restaurants and other businesses that have been there for decades. As Black History Month comes to a close, a former plantation in Durham presents a lingering memory of slavery. The North Carolina Basketball Museum is missing the story of UNC’s first black scholarship athlete, Charles Scott. A local musician creates a soundtrack for a classic silent film.

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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.