Jerry Wilson wipes sweat from his face while wearing a noose around his neck at an Aug. 20 protest against Silent Sam, a Confederate monument on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus. His friend, Cortland Gilliam, joined him in this gesture. They both vowed to wear these nooses whenever they were on campus until the statue was taken down. This was intended to represent the oppression and white supremacy they feel the statue represents. The pair did not have to wear the nooses long, as protestors forcefully tore down the statue only a few hours later at 9:20 p.m. on August 20, 2018. 

Wilson and Gilliam put the nooses back on following Chancellor Carol Folt and the Board of Trustees' Dec. 3 proposal to establish a University History and Education center to house Silent Sam.  

Graduate students have been at the helm of campus protests at UNC since the 1960s, from George Vlasits, an anti-Vietnam War protester in the 1960s, to Maya Little, a current UNC graduate student of history who faced Honor Court and criminal charges for staining Silent Sam with red ink and her own blood last April. We took a closer look at why that is.





Solomea Asfaw, a senior biology major, says she has no problem with the use of quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., by non-people of color as long as they understand the context and sympathize. "If you don't understand it, then it is kind of a problem," Asfaw says.

When is it OK to quote Martin Luther King Jr.?

Student activists protesting a recent Faculty Executive Council meeting told Chancellor Carol Folt that she was a disgrace, and that she should "never utter MLK's words again." This sentiment shared by student activists sparks the question of how acceptable it is to quote Martin Luther King Jr., especially relating to politics — and a question of whether or not it is admissible for white people to use his words. We talked to UNC students to see where they stand on the issue.


UNC sophomore Shawn Duncan rehearses one of his songs at his home studio in Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Music has always been Duncan's passion, and he has recently begun uploading his own songs to SoundCloud, a popular steaming site for up-and-coming musicians.

Now that you're here, check out my SoundCloud

It's the age of the college-student-gone-SoundCloud-rapper, but the phenomenon has empowered creatives to make music without all the expensive equipment.  “All you have to do is have a mic, a computer and a place to record, and you can be the next Lil Pump — theoretically."


UNC First Year Maya Logan is the creator of the non-profit organization "Sisters in STEM" or "S.I.S.". The S.I.S. Movement is an initiative to increase African-American women involvement in STEM programs. Her current major is biology-chemistry with a minor in public policy. Logan shared her inspiration and accomplishments with the S.I.S. movement in Davis Library on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

Meet the UNC first-year working with the Obama Foundation to help Black women in STEM

Did you know that there is a student among UNC's class of 2022 who has created her own non-profit organization, worked with a program under former President Obama himself, is a leader in activism and a prominent advocate for African-American girls in STEM?  Maya Logan founded The S.I.S. Movement to help young Black girls in her South Carolina hometown gain confidence and leadership skills through STEM education. Find out how she did it and what's next for this Tar Heel.


NC State forward Wyatt Walker (33) guards UNC forward Luke Maye (32) in PNC Arena Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. UNC defeated NC State 90-82.

Team effort cements rivalry victory for UNC men's basketball over N.C. State, 90-82

Over the course of the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s matchup with the Wolfpack on Tuesday night, Roy Williams saw one of the most frustrating performances from his team all season.  But as much as the performance was frustrating, in certain ways, it was the best this team has played all year. The Tar Heels left with their sixth consecutive win in PNC Arena, 90-82 — a win characterized by a first half led by Maye, and a second half propelled by the entire team.