Kelly Fahey

UNC’s Neighborhood Night Out Seeks to Connect Students and Community

UNC’s annual Neighborhood Night Out takes place tonight at the Hargraves Community Center, located on Chapel Hill’s Northside, a neighborhood which has seen a large amount of comingling between Chapel Hill residents and UNC students. The event is part of the larger Good Neighbor Initiative, which UNC’s director of fraternity and sorority life and community involvement Aaron Bachenheimer says seeks to bridge the gap between those two groups and foster good will and positive relations between students and full-time residents. “We’re really trying to encourage through this event the appreciation and understanding of what it means to live in...

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Fatal Hit-and-Run in Chatham County

A fatal hit-and-run took place yesterday on US 421 in Chatham County. The victim was Thaj Lamar Singleton, 18, of Siler City. Singleton traveling on his black moped just south of Gilmore Lodge Road when he was struck from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene. He was ejected from his scooter and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the suspect vehicle is an early 2000’s model International Box Truck similar to the one in the image above, possibly white in color. Damage to the right and center of the front bumper is likely. Investigators are...

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UNC Ranks Among Top Public Universities

UNC has been ranked fifth among national public universities for the 17th straight year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. For the 13th consecutive year, Carolina has also placed first among national public universities and ninth overall in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which is based on academic quality and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt says that the university’s consistently high ranking is a testament to an enduring commitment to excellence made by all those involved with the university....

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Timeline Established for Orange County Early Voting

The Orange County Board of Elections has laid out a timeline for this year’s municipal elections. Early voting will open on October 19 at the Orange County Board of Elections office and on October 23 at the Carrboro Town Hall, Seymour Senior Center and Chapel of the Cross. Early voting will end on November 4, and Election Day is set for November 7. Early voting will run from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. at the Board of Elections office, and from 12 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the rest of the locations. Chapel of the Cross will be closed...

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UNC Collects Record Setting Fundraising Dollars

UNC announced last month that the university received over $500 million in donor commitments in the most recent fiscal year. This nearly $50 million improvement over last year marks the third consecutive record fundraising year for UNC. Vice chancellor for university development David Routh said he believes that excitement surrounding the university has helped fuel these unparalleled fundraising numbers. “I think we’ve gotten better as a university over the last several years about telling the story of the breadth of incredibly good things that are going on at Carolina,” said Routh. This announcement came just over a month before...

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Students Make Noise For Silent Sam Protest

Dozens of UNC Students and community members gathered outside of UNC’s South Building on Wednesday afternoon to protest Silent Sam – the Confederate monument on the campus – by banging on drums, blowing through horns and whistles and shaking noise makers. The purpose, protesters said, was to make Chancellor Carol Folt aware that until the removal of the statue, there would be no more “business as usual.” Among the first on the scene was protester Alex Joustra, who said that one of the objectives of this protest was to demand Folt’s attention. “[Folt] hasn’t shown up to any of...

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UNC Named to “Cool Schools” List

UNC has been ranked 28th among over 200 participating universities in this year’s Sierra Club “Cool Schools” annual sustainability report. The university moved up 11 spots from last year’s 39th place ranking. UNC was recognized with high scores in the categories of innovation, co-curricular activities and planning. Chief sustainability officer at UNC Brad Ives said he is glad to see all of the university’s planning and hard work recognized on such a national scale. “We’re really proud of the movement of going from 39th last year to 28th this year,” said Ives. “I think that reflects a lot of...

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NC Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Winners Announced

The 2017-2018 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award has been awarded to 19 artists living in North Carolina. The winning artists receive a $10,000 fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. The Artist Fellowship Program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline. This cycle’s disciplines were literature, musical composition and songwriting, and the next cycle will be visual film, video and craft artists. Among the winning artists in this cycle were Lee Weisart and Wes Collins of Chapel Hill, Eric Smith of Carrboro and Elisabeth Lewis Corley of Pittsboro. The deadline to apply...

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Congressman Price: “Districts Should Represent Communities”

In the wake of North Carolina Republican Legislators’voting to approve new legislative maps, proponents for redistricting reform are calling for an overhaul of the process that allows for gerrymandering to exist in the first place. Senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation Mitch Kokai noted that while the balance of power leans toward Republicans in the House and Senate currently, it wasn’t always that way. “Back when the Democrats were in charge of the General Assembly, there were some elections in which you ended up with a very close split between Democrats and Republicans,” said Kokai. “And that’s...

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Ackland Museum Store to Relocate

The Ackland Art Museum announced earlier this month that it will relocate its museum store to inside of the museum. The museum store was formerly located on East Franklin Street, but Director of the Ackland Kate Ziglar said that the store coming to the museum “feels like a homecoming”. “We are very pleased that we can bring the museum store to the museum,” said Ziglar. “It is an amenity people wish for while visiting the Ackland.” The store will remain in its current location on Franklin Street througth Sunday, September 17, and will maintain the same hours as the...

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