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Students at N.C. Central University, one of UNC system's five HBCUs. Photo courtesy of Keisha Williams. 

HBCUs on the fringe: what NC's U.S. Rep. Walker and the government can do to support them

North Carolina has its fair share of HBCUs, each with unique personalities. However, these schools face financial difficulty, and the government wants to step in to help. 

U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., is an organizer of annual meetings between legislators and historically black college and university leaders. Staff writer Michael Meeks spoke with Walker about his work with HBCUs, as well as future plans for higher education. 


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Want a better life? Log off social media

As a way to focus more on studying, Maddie DeVries decided to unplug from social media when midterms began. Now, she's realizing how much better she is without it, and she's staying logged off.


Charlie Rose is photographed on Nov. 7, 2016 at the NYPL Library Lions Gala in New York, New York. (Erik Pendzich/Rex Shutterstock/Zuma Press/TNS)

How the #MeToo movement is affecting university awards

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many colleges, including UNC, have been navigating the decision of whether to revoke honors and awards given to prominent figures accused of sexual misconduct -- from TV host Bill O'Reilly to film producer Harvey Weinstein. 


Graphic courtesy of James Markham

UNC professors create graphic book to help simplify the prison system

"The idea of a graphic novel, to me, seemed perfect for this new generation of people that are coming into our system in adult correction,” said Shane Tharrington, North Carolina Department of Public Safety employee who helped with the book.  The state prison system can be complex, but a professor in UNC's School of Government created an educational graphic novel featuring illustrations and diagrams to simplify the incarceration process for accused young people entering the system.


UNC students participate in a self-portrait drawing activity at the Love Your Body event in the Student Union on Thursday night.

'Love Your Body' explores body positivity, combats social beauty standards

“I think on campuses we compete a lot with each other, and it’s really easy to kinda get caught up comparing yourself,” said junior Aryana Ainolhayat.  Love Your Body attendees celebrate their bodies by sharing their experiences with the dreaded freshman 15 and struggles in accepting their bodies in light of media representation.