Kelly Fahey

Gov. Cooper, Protesters Take Center Stage at University Day

UNC’s annual University Day celebration took place yesterday in Memorial Hall, commemorating UNC’s 224th year as a public university. Governor Roy Cooper, a UNC alumnus, delivered a keynote speech in which he commented on the polarizing nature of Donald Trump, the great strides taken by UNC students and alumni, and staying optimistic in difficult times. “It is easy to get discouraged but I’m not, and I’ll tell you why,” said Cooper. “So much of my optimism for North Carolina is founded on this place.” Cooper was also the first speaker of the day to acknowledge the Silent Sam protestors...

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Local Breweries and Wineries Part of Inaugural State Fair Alcohol Sales

For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the North Carolina State Fair will offer beer and wine to fair goers. Prior to this year, the NC State Fair was the only state fair in the nation to not offer alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine can only be purchased inside the new fair grounds Public House between the hours of noon and 8:30 p.m. and will only be distributed in four four-ounce flights of beer or four 1.5 ounce flights of wine, which are exchangeable by purchase of a $10 ticket. Fair goers are limited to one...

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Photography Installation Highlighting Combat Marines Comes to UNC

Garmsir Marines, an installation by internationally renown conflict photographer Louie Palu depicting marines in combat, is currently on display in UNC’s Battle Park. The installation is a co-presentation of UNC’s Arts Everywhere and the Click! Photography Festival, and is the inaugural program in a larger initiative to support military communities through the arts. Garmsir Marines depicts ten marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at a small combat outpost in the Garmsir District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Palu explained at the unveiling of the exhibition the value of seeing the human face of war. “I did five years in...

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Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger Threatens Local Media

Right-leaning media behemoth Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed $6.6 billion dollar acquisition of Tribune Media could bring higher cable bills and threaten local news reporting, according to opponents of the deal. Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps calls the deal the “worst merger ever” and referred to Sinclair in a press call earlier this week as the “most dangerous company most Americans have never heard of.” “No one company should be allowed to wield the power that would be wielded by a Sinclair-Tribune merger,” said Copps. “It’s bound to involve higher cable bills, and it’s bound to involve fewer local news reporters.”...

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UNC Opens Veterans Resource Center

UNC opened the Carolina Veterans Resource Center, or CVRC, last week to serve and support their nearly 500 students affiliated with the military. The facility will house a study space, a lounge, conference and meeting space and a lactation room. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt credited the students for being instrumental with the development of the center. “The most important word is dedicated, and this truly is a dedicated space on campus with resources and information for our military-affiliated students on campus who were key to planning this site, site selection and so on,” said Folt. Carolina welcomed 110 military-affiliated...

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Quarterly Police Report Aids in Transparency

A quarterly report chronicling statistics of certain minor misdemeanors has been released by the Chapel Hill Police Department. Statistics recorded in the report include use of force and gender, race and ethnicity of minor crimes such as misdemeanor marijuana charges, no operator license charges and traffic stop data. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue claimed that the police department is still learning how to best report information like this to the community. “It is a report that I can imagine over time will change based on community interest, based on things that we think are worth a closer look,...

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Car Break-Ins Hit Southern Village, Meadowmont

A string of 26 car break-ins late last month taking place in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village and the parking lot of the Meadowmont swim club has the Chapel Hill Police Department urging citizens to take extra precaution while parking their cars. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue stated that the majority of these break-ins happened to cars that were left unlocked. “Those are the kind of things that can really help slow down or prevent those car break-ins from happening, simply locking the door and taking valuables out of the car,” said Blue. Blue also stated that if you...

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Some Urge for Increased Action Over Silent Sam Statue

As the national argument over the appropriateness of monuments deemed offensive to marginalized communities, specifically people of color, carries on, some at UNC are calling for increased action by the powers that be. Chancellor Carol Folt has maintained that she would order the Silent Sam statue to be removed if she felt the university had the legal authority to do so, but cites a 2015 law requiring approval by the North Carolina Historical Commission for the removal or relocation of any monument, memorial or work of art owned by the state. After the North Carolina Historical Commission voted last...

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DOLRT Station Info Meeting Thursday Night in Chapel Hill

The Durham-Orange Light Rail Project has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration to enter the engineering phase. The project is in contention to receive over $1 billion dollars in federal investment. Go Triangle project director Danny Rogers claims that this will bring continued involvement from the FTA. “They take that very seriously,” said Rogers, “because now [the FTA] is going to start investing in our project through partnership and more involvement.” This approval by the FTA also means that any work done on the project is still eligible for reimbursement. The Orange County Board of Commissioners was briefed...

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