Carol Folt becomes the first UNC Chancellor to apologize for the university’s lingering connection to slavery. Several Silent Sam protesters still face trial dates. Some UNC students and faculty hope to nominate Christine Blasey Ford for a distinguished alumna award in the wake of her testimony during the Blake Kavanaugh hearings. Flu season is upon us, and campus health is pushing for students to get vaccinated. UNC’s Gaelic Athletic Athletic Association practices “the fastest game on grass,” in order to keep the traditions of their ancestors alive.
The Brett Kavanaugh hearings – and President Trump’s reaction to them – spark discussion on UNC’s campus. Voter registration trends suggest more young people may go to the polls in next month’s election. UNC Vice Chancellor Winston Crisp has announced his retirement, but university officials say it’s not related to a controversial text he wrote about Silent Sam. Several local high schools are having trouble finding football players. The NCAA federal fraud trial reveals the dark side of money in college sports recruiting. Surrounded by distractions, students find it easy to procrastinate.
As the U.S. Senate deliberates Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, it’s difficult for some sexual assault survivors at UNC to follow the news. UNC-Wilmington’s athletes come to Chapel Hill to make up for lost practice time. UNC solicits suggestions for what to do with Silent Sam. Chancellor Folt announces a fundraiser to help UNC students affected by Hurricane Florence. One student makes a part-time living as a reptile wrangler. Students react to the change of seasons.
Students returned to UNC after an impromptu vacation due to Hurricane Florence. Many in Chapel Hill felt the effects of flash flooding Monday. Shelters have been set up in Chapel Hill for mandatory evacuees from the eastern North Carolina. Students are getting involved in the recovery efforts. Playmakers puts a fresh spin on the classic tale of Robin Hood. A recent UNC grad takes his passion for basketball all the way to Africa. Carolina football looks toward their home opener, and a mysterious red ball rolls its way through UNC’s campus.
UNC prepares for another Silent Sam protest and listens to faculty concerns about the Confederate monument. The protests over the statue continue to affect on-campus events, and many students are ready for a resolution to the debate. As the 17th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, some students struggle to remember the events of the day. It’s a labor of love for students who balance full-time schedules and pet parenting. Paperhand Puppet Intervention brings big puppets and big issues center stage.
As the 2017-2018 school year ends, we look back at some of the biggest news stories at UNC and some of our favorite features: The NCAA said UNC won’t be penalized for the long-running athletic/academic scandal. Protesters continue to call for the campus Confederate Monument to come down. Students join Parkland, Fla. shooting survivors in calling for tougher gun laws. Undocumented immigrants in Chapel Hill fear losing their homes. UNC helps rebuild a historically African-American city after Hurricane Matthew. A UNC expert says the NFL should do more to prevent concussions. Tar Heel fans mourn the death of longtime play-by-play announcer Woody Durham. A group of Chapel Hill senior citizens has an unusual hobby: They’ve formed a flash mob.
UNC is celebrating arts on campus this month, but students say the university needs to spend more money on the departments that teach it. A study shows about a third of U.S. college students suffer food insecurity. A UNC professor is proposing new high-speed ferry service for northeast North Carolina. Campus officials are warning about the environmental effects of glitter left behind by people posing for graduation photos. Chapel Hill’s oldest bar is closing, leaving some musicians without a venue. Researchers might some day generate electricity from an unlikely source: pickles.
A court ruling forces UNC to release records about campus sexual assault cases. As they graduate from college, DACA recipients face uncertainty. UNC remembers alumnus Carl Kasell, the former NPR newscaster who died this week. Juul e-cigarettes are a fast-growing fad, but health advocates worry about their popularity with teenagers. UNC is a leader in studying autism among older adults. Duke University hosts the world’s most extensive population of endangered lemurs.
UNC students with ties to Syria react to this month’s chemical attacks and the subsequent U.S. airstrikes. Latino advocates and local mayors speak out against of a series of immigration raids in the Triangle. Tucker Carlson speaks at UNC amid a debate about his journalist credentials. During autism awareness month, a student with Asperger’s Syndrome reflects on his own experience. A UNC study sheds light on how loggerhead turtles navigate. Swimming is part of the 2nd grade curriculum at one Chapel Hill school.
UNC’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness week sparks more discussion this year because of the #MeToo movement. A planned speech by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson leads to controversy. Spanky’s restaurant has closed after 40 years; the same owners will open a family-style “down home” restaurant in its place. A new Playmakers production documents the economic ups and downs of rural North Carolina. “Arts Everywhere Day” covers campus with painted pianos, spinning chairs, colorful duct tape, and other artistic creations.