Heel Talk Podcast

Heel Talk Podcast

PODCAST — The Daily Tar Heel’s Heel Talk Podcast brings you the news you need to know in Chapel Hill and Orange County. Each episode covers the most pressing stories of the week, with reporting and analysis by DTH journalists.

Your guide to returning books during a campus shutdown

Your guide to returning books during a campus shutdown

STUDENT LIFE — Textbook returns will look a little different this year, with students being off campus for the most part due to COVID-19. Here’s how students can return their rentals from Student Stores and campus libraries.

As online exams approach, UNC community members offer advice, recognize compromise need

As online exams approach, UNC community members offer advice, recognize compromise need

HIGHER EDUCATION — “I want to encourage students to be kind to themselves — to acknowledge that they’re under tremendous pressure. Perfection is something that is not possible to achieve in circumstances like this.”

These campus and local groups are seeking to provide education on sexual violence

These campus and local groups are seeking to provide education on sexual violence

HUMAN INTEREST — Campus members weigh in on the prevalence of gender-based violence in surrounding communities and share their thoughts on how to best support survivors.

‘Just talk to somebody’: UNC students call local senior citizens during quarantine

‘Just talk to somebody’: UNC students call local senior citizens during quarantine

STUDENT LIFE — UNC students are spending their time during quarantine making calls to senior citizens to make sure they don’t get lonely.

UNC Hospitals develops COVID-19 testing kits, responds to pandemic

UNC Hospitals develops COVID-19 testing kits, responds to pandemic

HEALTH — With 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the UNC Hospital System is testing patients for the virus and working to support the medical professionals still on the job.

President of Ambulatory and Post-Acute Care Ian Buchanan said clinical microbiology experts at UNC developed their own testing equipment. UNC Health has also formed a COVID-19 response group of health care experts to address the pandemic at the state level.

From jazz to LFIT, UNC professors plan how they’ll take their classes online next week

From jazz to LFIT, UNC professors plan how they’ll take their classes online next week

HIGHER EDUCATION — With the transition to online learning coming up on March 23, UNC professors are planning on how to make their classes remote. For some areas of study like music and physical fitness, this online transition presents unique challenges. The University has extended spring break by a week to give professors time to prepare for online learning.

Students plan further activism regarding Silent Sam case

Students plan further activism regarding Silent Sam case

HIGHER EDUCATION — Student activism has continued after Judge Allen Baddour dismissed the Silent Sam lawsuit between the UNC Board of Governors and North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc.

UNC student starts group to address local sex trafficking

UNC student starts group to address local sex trafficking

HUMAN INTEREST — UNC first-year Caitlin Davis began UNC-CH Students Against Sex Trafficking to address the complexities of sex trafficking in the state, educate students on warning signs and support local recovery resources.

It’s ‘The Bachelor’ season: UNC students gather for weekly viewing parties

It’s ‘The Bachelor’ season: UNC students gather for weekly viewing parties

HUMAN INTEREST — “The Bachelor,” an ABC show in its 24th season, is taking UNC by storm. Here’s how the Chapel Hill community hosts viewing parties and celebrates the show.

Coronavirus puts UNC study abroad programs at risk

Coronavirus puts UNC study abroad programs at risk

HIGHER EDUCATION — The outbreak of coronavirus in China threatens all non-essential travel to China, which may include study abroad trips.

Nostalgia v. innovation: UNC takes suggestions on revitalizing Porthole Alley

Nostalgia v. innovation: UNC takes suggestions on revitalizing Porthole Alley

CITY — Meetings about Porthole Alley on Franklin Street have given students and community members an opportunity to voice their opinions about how to improve the space.

UNC graduates who were active in Civil Rights Movement lend voices to Silent Sam case

UNC graduates who were active in Civil Rights Movement lend voices to Silent Sam case

HIGHER EDUCATION — A group of alumni plans to submit an amicus brief to the Orange County court system by Wednesday. Some of those involved would like to see the money from the settlement returned to the University in full, and the monument destroyed as a public safety hazard.

Students partner with civil rights group to reverse Silent Sam settlement

Students partner with civil rights group to reverse Silent Sam settlement

HIGHER EDUCATION — UNC campus community members called on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to take legal action against the Board of Governors’ $2.5 million settlement over Silent Sam.

DTH lawsuit discussed in closed session by BOG Governance committee

DTH lawsuit discussed in closed session by BOG Governance committee

HIGHER EDUCATION — During a UNC Board of Governors’ meeting on Thursday, committee members grappled with two pending legal cases against the University.

‘War is never the answer’: Students protest Iran conflict on the steps of Wilson

‘War is never the answer’: Students protest Iran conflict on the steps of Wilson

CAMPUS POLITICS — UNC students and members of surrounding communities gathered outside Wilson Library on Monday afternoon to protest the potential war with Iran. Some attendees shared their reasons for opposing conflict in Iran, including personal ties to the country and a hope that the United States will not divert money toward this conflict.

UNC faculty express opposition to Silent Sam deal through department statements

UNC faculty express opposition to Silent Sam deal through department statements

HIGHER EDUCATION — Various community members share their thoughts concerning the UNC Board of Governors’ decision to pay $2.5 million to the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans for the Silent Sam statue. These thoughts follow the release of several statements by several academic centers on campus suggesting their opposition to the statue settlement.

‘From every single possible direction’: Environmental steps over the decade

‘From every single possible direction’: Environmental steps over the decade

HIGHER EDUCATION — From creating the Coal Free 2020 initiative to the current Three Zeros program, here’s what UNC has done to address climate change over the last decade.

‘Reparations, retract or resign’: Guskiewicz challenged on $2.5 million Silent Sam deal

‘Reparations, retract or resign’: Guskiewicz challenged on $2.5 million Silent Sam deal

HIGHER EDUCATION — At a Faculty Council meeting on Friday, student protesters called on Guskiewicz to make reparations, retract or resign with regard to the Silent Sam settlement. Faculty also called for the administration to publicly oppose the BOG decision.

Faculty sign letter in support of student activists arrested in Pittsboro protests

Faculty sign letter in support of student activists arrested in Pittsboro protests

HIGHER EDUCATION — Some UNC faculty released a letter in support of graduate students arrested when protesting a Confederate monument in Pittsboro.