Memorial Hall is Carolina Performing Arts' largest venue. Carolina Performing Arts plans to implement sensory-friendly systems to make their productions more inclusive for patrons. 

For student groups looking to perform on campus, it can be difficult for them to actively express their creativity due to a lack of available performance spaces across campus and the trivialities associated with securing a performance venue. 

Student performance groups can book venues through Carolina Performing Arts or Reserve Carolina, the Carolina Union’s online reservation system. 

“Reserve Carolina all semester has not functioned properly," said Bridget MacPherson, a member of Chapel Hill Players comedy group. "We can't see our own reservations once we have made them. We have to go to them and ask for a pdf print out, which is not the way that it should be functioning.”

A row of houses on Hill Creek Boulevard, pictured on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, sits next to a force main pipe that pumps sewage up toward the wastewater treatment plant in Chatham County. Briar Chapel residents are requesting neighborhood developers to reduce the odors and change the location of the wastewater treatment plant.

Briar Chapel residents fight against expansion of wastewater treatment plant

Briar Chapel, located in Chatham County just north of U.S. Highway 15-501, is a mixed-use development, with a variety of energy efficient homes connected by 24 miles of walkable greenways. Stop Chatham North Coalition is a group of Briar Chapel residents working to oppose the ownership transfer of a wastewater treatment plant and an expansion of the managing company's operations. They cite concerns over unpleasant odors, spraying outside permitted spray areas, raw sewage leaks and contamination of waterways as a result of the management by Envirolink, the company that operates the plant. 

William Sturkey, an assistant history professor at UNC, gives a talk about the history of race at UNC and the University's failures to reconcile it. The talk was at Chapel Hill Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

'What an incredible injustice': UNC criticized for handling of racist past

The subject of Tuesday's “Conversations on Equity” lecture on equity and race relations quickly turned to the complicated history of race relations at UNC. Many in attendance expressed their disappointment in the University and its failure to confront its troubled past. William Sturkey, an assistant history professor at UNC, was the featured speaker at the meeting. He specializes in the history of race in the American South and teaches courses about southern history and the Civil Rights Movement.

DTH Photo Illustration. President Trump signed Executive Order 13856 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 allowing the government to withhold research funding from colleges and universities that fail to protect free speech. Trump emphasized this measure as being for those "challenging rigid, far-left ideology."

Free expression survey found UNC students are self-censoring their beliefs in class

A recent report conducted by political science professor Timothy Ryan, English and comparative literature professor Jennifer Larson and business professor Mark McNeilly, studied free expression and constructive dialogue at UNC. The report had many findings — one being that a significant undergraduate students across the political spectrum self-censor in class.  The study also looked at social media, with a question about whether students were concerned someone would post critical comments about them on social media if they stated their sincere political views. Junior Ali Montavon, co-president of UNC Young Independents, said social media is something "changes the game" for politics on campus. 

Sophomore dramatic art and English major Grace Sword checks lighting while filming "Black and Blue, "a show she is developing with UNC Student Television, on campus on Wednesday, Feb, 12, 2020. 

How UNC student filmmakers are building a community of their own

Many students arrive on UNC's campus with no prior experience working on a film set. But the production sets for organizations like the the Carolina Film Association and UNC Student Television are like microcosms of professional sets — all run by students.  At UNC, students filmmakers gain valuable experience in production by using what they have, often requiring improvisation and flexibility. But in the end, these filmmakers gain so much more than industry experience — a distinct community, driven by a shared love for storytelling.