Cy Neff


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Biology Chair Larry Gilbert dies, leaving legacy of focus and success

It’s no secret that UNC’s Biology department has something of a reputation. The biology major is the University’s most common, and is known throughout the school for its difficulty.  Much of UNC’s massive research budget runs through the department, and the department’s growth shows no signs of slowing down. Much of the Biology department’s current status is owed to one man: former professor and department chair Larry Gilbert, who passed away on Monday.

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Word on the street: How do you feel about Halloween?

Halloween - a time of year as American as apple pie, as wild as literally anything from Australia.  Halloween and Halloweekend are major events at Carolina, so staff writer Cy Neff ask students what they  thought about this horrifyingly hallowed Holiday.

Juhi Patel, a senior computer science major at UNC, volunteers twice a week at the Orange County Animal Services in Chapel Hill. 

Students find owning a pet is no walk in the park

Living independently in college can bring unforeseen responsibilities: dealing with landlords, utility bills, cooking and loneliness. Some students adopt a pet, thinking it will add comfort and joy to their lives.  But pets can bring on unexpected problems, something that junior Asia Chance became familiar with after adopting their dog Simba. 

Police watch over a group of protestors near the Silent Sam statue during a demonstration on Thursday afternoon. 

Students explain legal push to remove Silent Sam

Citing Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act, students and faculty from UNC signed onto a letter threatening a lawsuit if the University did not take down Silent Sam. The letter was sent by lawyer Hampton Dellinger to UNC Systems President Margaret Spellings and Chancellor Carol Folt. 

Peter Williams discusses his life's artwork in response to personal experiences of racial and historical events as a part of the Hanes visiting artist lecture series on Sep. 12.

Peter Williams' art confronts America's racial issues

Around halfway into his speech Tuesday night, painter Peter Williams projected a photo of a tree with multiple lynching victims hanging from its limbs.   “This was not uncommon in the early 20th century. As blacks prospered, entire towns were wiped off the map,” Williams said. “Because a lot of people saw it as ‘you got too big in life, you’re coming down.'”

UNC’s on-campus energy plant. Photo by Chris Griffin.

UNC advances in sustainability rankings

 Environmentally conscious students now have a new reason to be proud of UNC: the University jumped from rank 39 to 28 on the Sierra Club's rankings of sustainable universities.