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The Daily Tar Heel
staff writer, University Desk
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.
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.”
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.
STUDENT LIFE — UNC students are spending their time during quarantine making calls to senior citizens to make sure they don’t get lonely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HIGHER EDUCATION — The outbreak of coronavirus in China threatens all non-essential travel to China, which may include study abroad trips.
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.
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.
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.
HIGHER EDUCATION — During a UNC Board of Governors’ meeting on Thursday, committee members grappled with two pending legal cases against the University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HIGHER EDUCATION — Some UNC faculty released a letter in support of graduate students arrested when protesting a Confederate monument in Pittsboro.