Steph Beckett

Arts are Everywhere at UNC

Piano tunes are something you might hear if you venture to UNC’s campus any time soon. There are 10 of the instruments around campus, nine painted by students. And they’re there for a reason. “Today is the perfect kind of day to prove that even if you don’t interact with arts every day—even if you’re a biology major, even if you’re a computer science major– that you do interact with the arts,” said UNC student and journalism major Elina Rodriguez. “You engage with them and you probably love them.” Rodriguez helped with an event Friday to kick off the initiative—Arts Everywhere....

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Orange County to Support Local Immigration and Refugee Advocates

El Centro Hispano, the Refugee Community Partnership and the Refugee Support Center are all in need of funding. El Centro is seeking to expand its immigration legal services and faith ID program and Refugee Community Partnership seeks to expand its employment, support and opportunity services. The Refugee Support Center needs a space. “The Refugee Support Center was recently notified that they would need to vacate their donated office space, and they are seeking funds to support a new office space and expanded services through their Pathways to Citizenship Program,” said Susan Clifford, Immigration and Refugee Health Program Manager at the Orange...

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UNC Carolina Women’s Center: Making History Weekly

The Carolina Women’s Center at UNC is known for being an inclusive education and work environment,but it’s also known for the events it hosts and helps publicize. Last month the center hosted events such as forums and lectures but also screenings and the center’s regular First Friday Open House. Many of these events were in the name of Women’s History Month. “It was an opportunity for us to bring attention to who we are and what we’re doing,” said UNC Carolina Women’s Center Director Gloria Thomas. “But in terms of program planning, I don’t think it was anything out...

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LGBT Elected Officials Holding Forum at UNC

Fourteen elected officials who identify as LGBTQ will hold a forum Friday called “Being LGTBQ in North Carolina.” The guest list includes former Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Carrboro Alderperson Damon Seils, NC Representative Cecil Brockman and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. Lavelle said it’s a crucial time to create dialogue about LGBTQ representation. “This will be a great gathering, especially in the current climate,” she said. “And especially hearing from folks who were in office not now, but several years ago to hear how things have progressed and also hear from new folks across the state who have been...

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Championship Win Affects Franklin Street Businesses

Take a walk down Franklin Street any day and you’ll see people. But taking a walk down post-championship is a different story. “The National Championship win… even every time the Heels progress, there’s an impact on downtown and it grows,” said Meg McGurk, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. “And with the National Championship it’s not just the game last night and today because if you’ve been downtown right now, it’s a beautiful bananas.” McGurk said winning the championship will of course draw prospective students to UNC, but it also brings tourism downtown. “The phrase that people love...

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UNC Students, Fans Celebrate Big Win on Franklin

UNC fans and students had lined up for hours to get into bars and restaurants on Franklin Street to be at the prime location to watch the National Championship. The game included a night of nail-biting, with Gonzaga leading for much of  it. But a wave of energy from the Tar Heels in the last five minutes sent even more energy through fans and students, and the Heels pulled out a win 71 to 65. Caitlinn LaScala graduated from UNC last May, but said she had to come back this year after last year’s loss to Villanova. “I think...

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Franklin Street Stores Gear Up for Final Four

It’s hard to find a time when Franklin Street isn’t buzzing with cars, shoppers and students. And thanks to the final four game Saturday against Oregon, Chapel Hill Sportswear Manager Holly Dedmond said there’s been even more hustle and bustle than usual. “Business has been great this week,” she said. “We got in several final four t-shirts on Monday, and then the remainder of them came Tuesday. And so it’s just been pretty much wide open full-blast all week. People are very excited about this year’s final four.” Manager of Underground Printing (UGP), Elizabeth Flake said she’s also noticed...

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Hillsborough Working to Make Water Payment Easier

The town of Hillsborough has had its share of problems with its water payment system. The town introduced the new system, run by FATHOM, in November. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said there were some problems from the start, like getting an automatic draft set up with residents’ banks. “We’ve certainly had problems with it, and admit them and we’ve brought that to the attention of FATHOM and they recognize that there have been some very significant problems,” he said. But he said the town is working closely with FATHOM to troubleshoot each issue, and that the town’s finance director...

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Orange County Could Change Election Method for Commissioners

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is split into two districts, in which residents of both vote for its members. District One includes Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and selects three members. District Two includes the rest of Orange County and selects two members. The final two members of the board are elected at-large. Commissioner Mark Dorosin says some residents aren’t happy with the current system. “Folks in District Two, in particular, feel like they are at a disadvantage and many of those folks are conservative and feel like the board has a more homogeneous partisan bent.” Residents vote for...

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UNC Non-Profit Raises Over $400,000 For the Kids

It’s 4:45 in the afternoon on a Saturday and hundreds of UNC students stand pressed against a stage in Fetzer Gym on campus. They’re sweaty, swollen and exhausted. But they’re enthusiastic and excited. They’re listening to a kid tell knock-knock jokes. It’s the annual UNC Dance Marathon thrown by Carolina For The Kids (CFTK). The knock-knock jokes were part of the Kid Co-Captain talent show, only one of the hours in the 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping event. CFTK Executive Director Elizabeth Brown said it’s one of her favorite parts every year. “When I think of Carolina For The...

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