Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School parents are struggling with whether to send their kids back to school in-person. UNC’s new student body president promises to give marginalized students a voice. This year marks the 45th celebration of Black History Month, but some members of the UNC community say more can be done. The Carrboro Town Council recognizes the artists of two Black Lives Matter murals. Carrboro High School students launch a podcast featuring Black student voices. As gyms reopen, some people don’t feel comfortable returning to their workout routines. A UNC student made a surprising scientific discovery while taking a walk around campus.
COVID-19 has created challenges for people who are struggling with eating disorders. UNC’s mental health wellness days give students a break from the pressures of attending college during the pandemic. The UNC System Board of Governors raises student fees and tuition for some students. A study finds that the key to getting people to wear masks may be positive reinforcement. A Raleigh group is opening a high school to help teenagers overcome drug addiction while earning their diplomas. The UNC baseball team welcomes a new coach in a season that could be overshadowed by COVID-19. A brightly-colored visitor surprised some bird watchers when it appeared in the Tar Heel state.
Students who rushed Franklin St. after the UNC/Duke basketball game defend the celebration, as others raise questions about safety and privilege. UNC is investigating hundreds of possible violations to the COVID-19 community standards as a result of the celebration. Several members of the men’s basketball team who were caught partying maskless following the game will face internal discipline, but no suspensions. Meanwhile, a group of UNC faculty is calling for Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz’ resignation for his handling of the Silent Sam settlement. Students now volunteering at COVID-19 testing centers. We hear how singles and people in pandemic relationships plan to mark Valentine’s Day.