Daniela Ocampo

Chapel Hill Town Council Unanimously Supports Continuing Refugee Protections

The Town of Chapel Hill voted unanimously last week to support the continuation of Temporary Protected Status for those who live in North Carolina and Chapel Hill. Since 1990, Temporary Protected Status or TPS, a program created by Congress, has provided protection from deportation and employment authorization to individuals from countries that have experienced war, environmental disaster, or other life-threatening conditions such as crime and cannot safely return to their home countries. Council Member Maria Palmer led the motion and invited present TPS beneficiaries who live in Chapel Hill to join her and stand at the front of the...

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Four UNC Alumni Honored with Davie Award

The UNC – Chapel Hill Board of Trustees recently presented four alumni with its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award, in recognition of their “dedication, commitment, loyalty and service.” The award recipients, Alston Gardner of Chapel Hill, Sheldon Peck of Boston, Massachusetts, Sallie Shuping-Russell of Chapel Hill and John Townsend of Greenwich, Connecticut, were honored at a dinner at the Carolina Inn by trustees and Chancellor Carol Folt. Established by the trustees in 1984, the Davie Award is named for the Revolutionary War hero who is considered the father of UNC-Chapel Hill. It recognizes extraordinary service to the...

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Chapel Hill Campus and Community Coalition Leads Conversation on Underage Drinking

A campaign called “A Conversation Worth Having” facilitated by the Chapel Hill Campus and Community Coalition is educating and encouraging parents to speak with their children about the dangers of underage drinking. The coalition, a community-wide organization working to reduce the negative impacts of high drinking, is leading the campaign and has partnered with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, the Orange County Health Department, the Town of Chapel Hill and several other community organizations. Campus and Community Coalition director  Elinor Landess said the campaign is evidence-based and, therefore, specifically targets parents. “Research tells us that parents are actually a leading...

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Mural of North Carolina Painted by Carolina Meadows Artists Made Into Puzzle

A Winston-Salem-based company, Heritage Puzzle, is turning a North Carolina-themed mural painted by three artists from Chapel Hill retirement community Carolina Meadows into a puzzle. Margaret Zircher, one of the artists, says the theme of the mural began with Carolina Meadows’ annual fundraising efforts. “Every year Carolina Meadows supports several major fundraising activities like United Way and the food bank, and one of the others that we support is UNC-TV public television and public media, and so the mural was done as part of a month-long activity on calling attention to UNC-TV and the fundraising effort that we did....

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Chapel Hill Takes Over Four Affordable Housing Units from Non-Profit CASA

The Chapel Hill Town Council met last week and agreed to purchase four condominium units at Ashley Forest for minimal cost from CASA, a Raleigh-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing rental housing for homeless veterans and people with disabilities. Mayor Pam Hemminger says the condominiums will be used as affordable rental housing to low-income households. “They’re going to be part of our transitional housing program though; right now we’re working toward people who can transition from public housing to the next level up and save up some money toward the next level in home ownership.” The council authorized use...

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18 UNC Students from Orange County Inducted into Heralded National College Honorary Society

The nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 18 UNC students from Orange County as new members in a recent induction ceremony. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol, at the induction ceremony which featured a keynote address by Martin H. Brinkley, Dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and Distinguished Professor of Law Arch T. Allen In total, 165 UNC students were inducted into the society, 103 of whom are from North Carolina. Eligibility requirements for membership to the society are open to undergraduates in the college...

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OCRCC Hopes ‘Me Too’ Campaign Increases Awareness

More and more individuals have begun coming forward about sexual assault on social media amidst increasing sexual assault allegations against public figures like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. The campaign, called #MeToo, originally started in 2007 by Tarana Burke, but was turned into a hashtag last month after actress Alyssa Milano posted on Twitter asking followers to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault using the phrase “Me too.” Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s development and administrative coordinator Gentry Hodnett says the social media efforts help the stigma of sexual violence because more people are feeling comfortable coming...

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UNC Employees Publish Book Linking Autism and Substance Abuse

Up until recently, substance use disorder was considered rare among those on the autism spectrum. Clinical instructor at UNC’s Addiction Detox Unit in WakeBrook in Raleigh Elizabeth Kunreuther and faculty member at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC Ann Palmer decided to research and write a book about the topic but found little information on the subject. Kunreuther says at first they weren’t sure they even had enough information for a book. “As we started researching after the initial ‘there’s not enough for a book here; we can’t do this,’ we realized there was a real need,”...

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Incumbents and Foushee Win Carrboro Seats in 2017 Election

Carrboro mayor Lydia Lavelle has been reelected against opponent Mike Benson in this year’s election with 3,196 votes. Lavelle has served as mayor for two terms while Benson formerly owned Carrboro restaurant the Southern Rail. Leading the race for the town’s Board of Alderman was newcomer Barbara Foushee with 3,267 votes, who previously served on several town and county boards and is the secretary of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP. The three other seats will be filled by current Board of Aldermen members, Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Sammy Slade. This year’s election for Board of Aldermen had...

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School of Law Faculty Release Statement Calling for Silent Sam Removal

The faculty of the School of Law is now among the growing list of groups that want the statue of confederate soldier Silent Sam off of UNC’s campus. The school released a statement last week requesting that the UNC administration take immediate action to remove Silent Sam, because the statue sends a message of white supremacy that the university should refuse to endorse. The statement refers to the speech given on June 2, 1913 by Julian Carr when the statue was erected, where Carr talks about what the confederate soldier meant to the “Anglo Saxon race” as well as...

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