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Carolina Connection – Oct. 14, 2017

UNC escapes NCAA punishment for the academic/athletic scandal. Chancellor Carol Folt called the decision correct and fair, but critics said the university got off easy. Gov. Cooper returns to his alma mater for University Day. A new UNC center hopes to use academic research to alleviate poverty around the world. There’s something new at the N.C. State Fair: beer and wine. A local farm has added something to the tradition of pumpkin carving: You can do it alongside goats.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 7, 2017

UNC kicks off its largest fundraising campaign ever. The NCAA delays the release of its conclusions in the long-running academic scandal. Your Sunday morning grocery run now can include beer and wine. A photo exhibit in Battle Park displays stark images of war. A Chapel Hill band brings together three musicians who’ve been friends since middle school. How do tattoos and piercings affect your prospects of landing a job?

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Carolina Connection – Sept. 30, 2017

As UNC leaders decide the future of Silent Sam, some students have designed an interactive app to put the Confederate statue in context. Uncertainty about DACA has left students concerned and fearful. Students from Puerto Rico try to stay in touch with family members after Hurricane Maria. One of the fastest growing sports at UNC is played on a computer, not in a stadium. The FBI’s sports corruption investigation causes shock waves throughout the NCAA. What’s it take to win a competitive eating contest?

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Carolina Connection – Sept. 23, 2017

The Trump Administration plans to change a federal policy on how colleges must respond to allegations of sexual assault. A university team will examine how DACA affects students. A state commission delays a decision on the future of Confederate monuments. A new national study shows one in five college students believe physical violence against speakers who make hurtful statements is acceptable. Cheerwine celebrates its 100th anniversary as a uniquely North Carolina bottled treat.

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Carolina Connection – Sept. 16, 2017

Opponents of the Silent Sam Confederate statue threaten to take UNC to federal court. The killing of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth remains unsolved, five years after she was found dead in her apartment. Women are underrepresented in STEM majors. Local residents protest plans to reinstate fluoridation in Chapel Hill’s water. It’s time for Oktoberfest, the German celebration that – despite its name – happens in September.

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Carolina Connection – Sept. 9, 2017

Protesters interrupt a Board of Governors meeting as the Board limits the powers of the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Chancellor Folt asks for patience as she looks for ways to remove the Silent Sam statue. As students from Texas deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a UNC expert says many North Carolinians aren’t prepared for a disaster here. President Trump’s plan to phase out DACA affects many students. The Hopscotch Music Festival brings known and unknown musicians to Raleigh.

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Carolina Connection – May 6, 2017

As the 2016-2017 school year ends, we look back at some of the biggest news stories at UNC: President Barack Obama came to campus to campaign for Hillary Clinton, but Donald Trump’s eventual victory shocked many students. When a former UNC student was tried for murder after a fatal car wreck, it cast a spotlight on “blunt riding” — driving while smoking marijuana. The repeal of the state’s controversial “bathroom law” brought NCAA championship events back to North Carolina, but local LGBT advocates were disappointed with the compromise. UNC celebrates the men’s basketball team’s national title. An unusual convention in Greensboro brought together wannabe mermaids.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 29, 2017

Students look for alternatives to high textbook prices. The end of classes means the beginning for a drinking binge for some students, and UNC leaders are concerned about it. Students with ties to Syria worry about their loved ones in their homeland. The job market for the Class of 2017 remains stable and relatively strong. The newest member of the UNC baseball team is a golden retriever, but he’s more than just a mascot.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 22, 2017

UNC opens a $3 million substance abuse center for women. A proposed law to crack down on campus protests stalls in the state legislature. UNC hopes to take the lead in LEED energy-efficient building. A simulator shows students the dangers of distracted driving. A group of students has a unique new business – coming to your home to clean to your shoes. After more than hundred years, UNC’s Order of the Gorgon’s Head lodge remains a secretive society.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 15, 2017

Legislators consider raising the state’s smoking and vaping age. The Tar Heels’ basketball national championship has been an economic boon for many local businesses, but the UNC athletic department receives little immediate benefit. “Safe spaces” are becoming more common on campus, but are controversial. UNC will spend $90 million on new sports facilities. UNC is well-represented at Wilmington’s annual Azalea Festival, a celebration revolving around old southern traditions.