Topics: Campus Y

Campus Y is a student organization that works to promote social justice on and off UNC’s campus.

It originated from the YMCA, which was organized at UNC in 1859 and the YWCA, which was started in 1935. In 1963 the two organizations joined to become Campus Y.

Together with the Black Student Movement, Campus Y helped the predominantly black cafeteria staff rally for wage increases during the food workers’ strike of 1968-69. The group was at the forefront of causes such as desegregation, civil rights, women’s equality, environmental rights and Vietnam War protests. During the speaker ban controversy of 1963-68, Campus Y leaders challenged the ban on Communist speakers Herbert Aptheker and Frank Wilkinson.

The organization has an estimated 2000 members each year. Recently they have been pushing for gender equality. In January 2014 the organization opened a gender nonspecific bathroom in their building on campus.

New coffeeshop opening in the Campus Y aims to invest in students


A new coffee shop on campus promises to be for the students and by the students.

Sophomore Scott Diekema, junior Lauren Eaves and senior Keegan McBride co-founded The Meantime, a nonprofit coffee shop they plan to open Sept. 6 in the Campus Y.

UNC students join organization to support solar energy

Solar Head of State, an international nonprofit dedicated to awareness and solar energy usage, has strong ties to UNC. 

Year in Review: Margaret Spellings will take the helm after a long year for the UNC-system

After current UNC-system President Tom Ross was forced to resign in January, a controversial and closed-door search process resulted in the hire of former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in October — a replacement many have opposed.

Campus Y calls for Margaret Spellings' dismissal

One of UNC’s largest student groups is challenging Margaret Spellings’ appointment as UNC-system president.

New system saves Campus Y fees

UNC’s Campus Y recently created a new, more efficient way to distribute and keep track of money.

Professor: solitary confinement is torture


Imagine being confined to an area no bigger than a parking space almost all day.

Panel: courts too tough on teens


In North Carolina, no one can buy a lottery ticket, watch an R-rated movie or vote for a lawmaker at 16 — but courts still prosecute many 16-year- olds as adults.

In the North Carolina system, anyone older than 16 can be tried as an adult in court.

UNC students call for higher wages

The message portrayed to students was clear.

Service learning program APPLES turns 25


Coming from humble beginnings, APPLES has served the University and its community for the past quarter century.

SBP candidates call for renaming of Saunders Hall


The three remaining candidates for student body president all came out in favor of renaming Saunders Hall during a forum Tuesday night.

New group Sonder Market pushed out of Student Union

A new student organization was forced to relocate its supply storage after the Student Union asked the group to move on Oct. 29.

Students will vote for Campus Y co-presidents Tuesday

Student government isn’t the only organization looking for fresh faces on Tuesday.

New Campus Y signs should spread across campus

During winter break, the Campus Y designated its bathrooms as gender-neutral.

Campus Y opens gender nonspecific bathrooms


Despite the Board of Governor’s decision to shut down attempts at gender neutral housing, students have continued to try to make smaller gains for the cause.

UNC Campus Y to give out $10,000

Long-term projects that deal with social justice in any way — such as minority empowerment or gender equality — are eligible for a grant from the program.

However, clubs aiming to promote social justice could get financial help from the Campus Y’s YFund, which received a $10,000 grant last spring that campus groups can benefit from.

Campus Y forms committee on gender equality

When a Carolina Kickoff camper approached A.J. Karon asking why there was no Campus Y committee dedicated to gender equality, Karon decided to do something about it.

Student groups hope to curb derogatory use of ‘retard’

Groups across campus are coming together this week to promote a campaign to help end the derogatory use of the words “retard” and “retarded.”

UNC students head to Washington to lobby for student interests

Students from around the Atlantic Coast Conference are gathering in Washington, D.C. today to represent their schools’ interests directly to members of Congress.

Students vote in favor of divesting from coal


The poster was decorated in broken hearts. “Hey, UNC,” it read. “Tell coal that we are never, ever getting back together.”

Campus Y holds advocates Human Rights Week with series of events

Campus Y committees will be holding a series of events through this Friday to advocate for Human Rights Week.