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Screenshot from the virtually Faculty Committee Meeting on Friday, June 19, 2020 to discuss the Carolina Roadmap.

'This road leads to a disaster': Faculty express reopening concerns in letters

UNC faculty have expressed concerns about the University's reopening, along with student leaders and campus workers. Through a public letter published in The Charlotte Observer and a letter from Chairperson of the Faculty Mimi Chapman, faculty have expressed their fears of returning to campus and of community spread of COVID-19.  “We are willing to do our part,” Chapman wrote. “But at this point, I believe that our University and perhaps the entire UNC System is being asked to turn straw into gold.”


UNC System workers march across campus towards South Building on Friday, July 17, 2020 to protest the university’s approach to reopening.

Campus workers delivered demands to University officials. Their deadline just passed.

Director of Housekeeping Services Herb Richmond received a petition from UNC housekeepers on July 22, which demanded a response within the next five business days. To date, campus workers have heard no response, said Penny Elliott, crew leader for UNC Housekeeping.  The petition addresses concerns such as providing proper personal protective equipment, requiring health checks at work, extending administrative leave and requiring the University to be transparent about the private contractors hired to clean. 


Screenshot from the virtually held Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity meeting regarding UNC's fall reopening on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

UNC student commission resolution: ‘All courses must be offered virtually'

The Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity's resolution calls for full remote instruction and limitations on the number of students living on campus. The resolution came in response to the concerns students and Chapel Hill residents have expressed regarding UNC's reopening plans. “The only way we can make sure that everyone is safe, and everyone has access to an equitable education experience, is by offering all courses virtually and de-densifiying our dorms,” said Chairperson Lamar Richards. 


A peer counselor at the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid gives financial advice to an incoming transfer student. Students with work study jobs are eligible for SNAP benefits, but few UNC students use the program. 

Here's what you need to know about CARES Act emergency aid for UNC students

UNC announced plans in May to begin releasing emergency funding from the CARES Act to students with a demonstrated need for aid. In the months since then, confusion has run wild through the student body about what exactly that would entail. In particular, students pointed to a lack of timeliness, clarity and transparency on the University's part about the emergency grant funding.


Donald Strickland and Martina Brooks at the Carrboro Hampton Inn & Suites inspect safe breakfast procedures. Photo Courtesy of Laurie Paolicelli.

Here's how COVID-19 has affected Chapel Hill tourism

“We are a safer community to be in than many other places,” Aaron Nelson, the president and CEO of the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, said. “People looking for a safe place with great food and a walkable community, we’re a great place for them to come.”  


An empty Boshamer Stadium as pictured on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

The DTH sports desk picks its best walk-up songs ahead of MLB Opening Day

After a near five-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball is back in action with Opening Day slated for Thursday and Friday. With no fans in the stands, walk-up music as players approach the batters box will be some of the only noise echoing through ballparks during the abbreviated 60-game regular season. Here are the tracks some members of our sports desk would choose.