Daniela Ocampo

Panelists Host Silent Sam Discussion at Chapel Hill Library

You may not have been able to find parking if you were at the Chapel Hill Public Library last Wednesday night. Around 200 Chapel Hill residents met to discuss the recent controversy surrounding Silent Sam and other Confederate monuments. The discussion panel entitled “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory & Free Speech,” was hosted by six panelists. The meeting was moderated by UNC history professor and director of Carolina Public Humanities, Lloyd Kramer. The panelists were Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, UNC assistant professor of english Danielle Christmas, UNC assistant professor of history William Sturkey, UNC distinguished...

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Chatham County Commissioners Approve Moncure Megasite Public Option

Chatham County Board of Commissioners is one step closer to developing the Moncure megasite, which could bring many job and business opportunities to the area. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners took a vote on Monday and approved the Public Option Agreement for the Moncure Megasite. This approval gives Chatham County the option to purchase the 987 acre megasite from Moncure Holdings LLC and authorizes the county manager and county attorney to make minor changes to the option before it is finalized. County manager Renee Paschal says the option was made to insure infrastructure for the megasite. “The option...

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Local Schools Start Monday

You can expect to see school buses back on the roads beginning Monday August 28 as Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools sends thousands of students back to school. Drivers are reminded to drive the speed limit, be alert in school zones and follow school bus laws. The year will begin with new CHCCS Superintendent Dr. Pam Baldwin visiting every school on Monday and Tuesday to greet students and staff. New this school year are two apps available to parents and students. The Transportation Department introduced HERE COMES THE BUS, an app that shows real-time locations of...

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Two Carolina Students Named Tillman Scholars

Two Carolina students, Charlotte Burnett and Karl Holt were recently named Tillman Scholars by the Pat Tillman Foundation. The Pat Tillman foundation was founded in 2004, and invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships and financial aid. The foundation honors the legacy of Pat Tillman, the NFL player turned Army Ranger who died in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004. Karl Folt worked as a professional speaker and in finance prior to joining the military. Holt enlisted in the Army when he was 29 years old and was a special forces medic stationed at Fort...

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Food for the Summer Program Comes to a Close

This Friday marks the end of this year’s Food for the Summer program, which provides free lunches for children at different meal sites in Chapel Hill and Carrboro while school is out. This summer through July 28, Chapel Hill Carrboro City School cafeterias have provided almost 40,000 total meals for children, serving several dozens of children a day. Organizer and coordinator of Food for the Summer, Emma Jenkins Sullivan, says leading the program has been fun and challenging, and encourages volunteers to keep helping. “We’re just kind of on our last stretch here and we’ve had more kids coming...

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Governor Cooper Establishes New Advisory Teaching Committee

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order number 16 last Thursday, establishing the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee composed of 25 teachers and support personnel. The Committee will advise Gov. Cooper on policies and the state budget along with serving as education ambassadors, representing Gov. Cooper at designated events, and maintaining communication with local boards of education and stakeholders. Gov. Cooper also released a back-to-school video on Thursday thanking teachers for their hard work and discussing his upcoming goals for public schools. “I recently named my teacher advisory committee which includes teachers from public schools across North Carolina. They want to...

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Road Closes and Traffic Changes for Silent Sam Protest

A rally protesting Silent Sam, a confederate soldier statue on UNC’s campus, is expected to happen on Tuesday night and has resulted in UNC Transportation and Parking making adjustments and closing off some roads for safety purposes. Cameron Avenue will close to all traffic from Columbia Street to Raleigh Street at 5:30 p.m. Vehicles leaving the lots during that time period may exit, but no additional traffic will be allowed between Columbia Street and Raleigh Street after 5:30 p.m. Morehead Lot will close at 3 pm to entering vehicles, however vehicles may remain in the lot until 5:30 pm....

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UNC Names New Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Robert “Bob” Blouin to serve as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University effective September 18. Blouin has been the dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy since 2003, but was recommended for the position by Chancellor Carol Folt. “When I thought about who could fill this role, it was clear that we already had the best candidate at the University, Bob Blouin, who could begin working immediately to ensure we maintain momentum as we enter the new academic year,” said Folt. “As director of the UNC...

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New Report Shows UNC Start-ups Are Generating Billions and Creating Thousands of Jobs

UNC has been getting down to business. A biannual report released shows that startups and social ventures connected with UNC generate $10 billion in annual revenue, create more that 8,000 jobs in North Carolina and 63,000 jobs worldwide. With a 26 percent increase in UNC related ventures just in the past year, its’ clear these numbers will continue to grow. Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, says UNC has seen a major uptick in business interest. “When the stories become out there and people read the stories- we all have ideas. And so somebody with...

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Release Statement Regarding Charlottesville and Combating Racism in Schools

On Wednesday, community relations for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools released a statement expressing “sympathy, compassion, and solidarity to the families of Heather D. Heyer, Virginia State Troopers HJ Cullen and Berke Bates, DeAndre Harris, and other demonstrators who bravely stood up for human rights in the face of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virgina.” Hundreds of white supremacists took to the streets on August 12 to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate soldier, General E. Lee. The protest turned violent as counter protesters joined the scene, resulting in the death of Heather D. Heyer, and...

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