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Carolina Connection – Oct. 24, 2020

Chapel Hill town officials are discouraging people from attending the annual unofficial Halloween gathering on Franklin St. A UNC researcher is leading a study which uses genetics to help diagnose and treat eating disorders. Despite opposition, a proposed affordable housing development moves forward. UNC Pauper Players are trying to keep the annual Rocky Horror Picture Show performance alive by doing the “Time Warp” virtually. Turning 21 in the midst of a pandemic may mean that some people wait to order their first drink.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 17, 2020

Long lines and new COVID-19 safety measures marked the first day of early voting in Chapel Hill. University officials are encouraging asymptomatic students to get tested for COVID-19 frequently at the free Carolina Union testing site. UNC ranked 37th in the nation for the school’s free speech protections. The Town of Chapel Hill is working on a new project to help prevent flooding near Eastgate Shopping Center. Despite new pandemic restrictions, the Tar Heel women’s cross country team started their season with a win. Students are playing Dungeons and Dragons to escape the real world and create a magical new one.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 10, 2020

After a chaotic start to the fall semester, some students and faculty members are concerned about how UNC will conduct the spring semester. Students are using Instagram to call out their peers for violating COVID-19 restrictions. UNC leaders say they’re addressing concerns that new federal sexual misconduct guidelines don’t protect survivors. The Adams School of Dentistry hosts a free clinic to honor the memory of the victims of the 2015 Finley Forest murders. Dating during the pandemic can be hard, but some students’ new relationships are blossoming. PlayMakers Repertory Company is giving UNC students virtual access to its performances for free.

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Carolina Connection – Oct. 3, 2020

College students are stepping up to help with the national shortage of poll workers due to the coronavirus. UNC health experts are encouraging people to get their flu shots. A new app hopes to help healthcare workers with their mental health. First-year students reflect on their first few weeks as Tar Heels. While UNC’s isolation dorm is now almost empty, a few former residents say their experience was less isolating than the name suggests.

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Carolina Connection – Sep. 26, 2020

UNC student groups are virtually helping new voters register to vote in time to cast their ballots this year. The Chapel Hill community honors the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a march focused on her fight for equality. Some members of Greek organizations across the country say fraternities and sororities need to be abolished. UNC’s history department will not accept new graduate students in 2021. A team of students is continuing to grow gardens on campus, while also growing community.

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Carolina Connection – Sep. 19, 2020

With UNC moving classes online and cutting back campus operations because of COVID-19, some students worry about the future of their on-campus jobs. Some of these fears were realized last week when Carolina Housing announced that student employees’ jobs would be terminated at the end of October. A new mural coming to Carrboro will honor the fight for an end to systemic racism, while a movie theater in Chapel Hill shines a light on Black stories to start community conversations on race. Because of Coronavirus restrictions, some couples are turning to courthouse weddings. UNC’s oldest co-ed a capella group, Tar Heel Voices, adapts to singing virtually.

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Carolina Connection – Sep. 12, 2020

The Tar Heel football team returns to Kenan Stadium this weekend, but because of COVID-19, no fans will be there. A UNC study finds that obesity is a COVID-19 risk factor and can lead to more complications with the illness. With students returning to college across the country, some campus health services are struggling to keep up with testing. Meanwhile, some students have decided to put a pause on their education. For some UNC musicians, being forced to stay at home has led to creative breakthroughs.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nursing students to try to complete their clinicals online. UNC mourns the loss of a longtime professor who was a leading scholar on Hip Hop culture. Public school employees across North Carolina are working to make sure that children still have nutritious breakfasts and lunches, even if their school buildings are closed. Meanwhile, remote learning has been a struggle for many school children who lack Internet access. Pet adoptions have become more common since the pandemic started, but shelter managers remind new pet owners that they’re making a longterm commitment. A UNC student comedian uses laughter to help relieve the stress of staying at home.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 18, 2020

UNC’s class of 2020 will have to wait until at least this fall for its commencement ceremony. One UNC student, already stuck at home during the pandemic, had to evacuate because of a tornado. Student radio station WXYC has stayed on the air, even though its studio is off limits. Kids face special challenges because of the pandemic. Stay-at-home orders have closed the state’s craft breweries, and that’s hurt other businesses, too. ESPN has pushed up the debut of its long-awaited Michael Jordan documentary. Unable to go to barbers or salons, students are taking hair care into their own hands.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has scrambled post-graduation plans for international students who want to find jobs in the U.S. The cost of the pandemic will lead the UNC System to seek millions of dollars in additional state funds. A judge has ordered the Sons of Confederate Veterans to return most of the money UNC paid as part of a shortlived legal settlement over Silent Sam. Many students who went home after UNC closed its campus have to keep paying rent for their empty off-campus apartments. Some North Carolina manufacturers have quickly pivoted to making emergency supplies. The stay-at-home order has prompted some students to pick up new hobbies.