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.
An anti-gun rally at UNC includes survivors of the Parkland, Fla. shooting and family members of the victims. UNC’s Board of Trustees considers adding historical context to Silent Sam by installing signs and multimedia. Coyote sightings have some Orange County residents reaching for their guns, but officials are asking residents to try to coexist with the animals. Residents of a Chapel Hill mobile home park, many of them undocumented immigrants, fear losing their homes. A UNC expert says it’s difficult to protect your online privacy.
Students walk out of class to remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting and call for stricter gun laws. UNC business students will pay a new $2000 annual fee. Students dance through the night to raise money for N.C. Children’s Hospital. The Daily Tar Heel moves to a smaller office to help deal with financial problems. A UNC study finds that while white men benefit from being taller, black men generally do not. A group of senior citizens has formed one of the Triangle’s most unusual flash mobs.
Tar Heel fans remember former sports play-by-play announcer Woody Durham, who died this week at the age of 76. Though courts have stopped President Trump from ending DACA this month, immigrants face an uncertain future. New tariffs on solar panels are hampering some students’ job search. A UNC sorority loses its house. Students travel to South Africa to document its post-apartheid legacy. UNC’s men’s basketball team advances to the ACC championship game.
UNC Health Care’s proposed merger with Charlotte-based Atrium Health has been called off. Local police are warning motorists about a string of catalytic converter thefts. UNC posted highway signs around the state celebrating last year’s men’s basketball championship, but not everybody was excited about it. A Chapel Hill fast food place wants to add a drive-through window, but some worry that will spoil the character of Franklin Street. Duke students talk about the chaos that surrounds getting tickets for the UNC basketball game.
UNC students are part of a national movement calling for gun control. Meanwhile, the university asks professors and students to think about what to do in the event of a shooting. An Orange County legislator is proposing that “Silent Sam” be moved to a less visible place on campus. Former UNC players are named in the latest revelations about the FBI investigation into college sports. A campus art exhibit examines the issue of citizenship. The sport of curling is becoming more popular.