As the Nov. 5 elections approach, candidates have been campaigning hard, going to events on UNC's campus, in churches and other community spaces. Besides what a candidate believes and advocates, there is one other thing the public wonders: how much did their campaign cost and raise? The numbers vary widely across the Chapel Hill-Carrboro races, and they've changed a lot since last year.

“Some state and local campaigns don't cost a lot,” Suzanne Globetti, a teaching associate professor of political science at UNC, said. “Others, especially those that rely on television for campaign advertising, end up spending quite a lot.”





'The show can't go on': A behind-the-scenes look at student theater tech

Ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes of a theater production? We got the inside peek. From lighting to costume design to set creation, the work of student theater techs is crucial to the visual experience. Consider how many times you've been surprised by a sudden, dramatic light change or engrossed by the details of an intricate costume. Working with actors and directors to pinpoint the exact mood and aura of a scene develops a holistic experience for the audience. Naturally, that makes more incredible creativity and hard work. 


DTH Photo Illustration. DFSAs, or drug-facilitated sexual assaults, reportedly make up about 75% of all occurrences of sexual assault. 

Two years later: grappling with drug-facilitated sexual assault at UNC

The term “knocktail” is well-known around campus to refer to the experience of going to a cocktail and experiencing a drug-facilitated sexual assault. The Daily Tar Heel spoke to several UNC students who had experiences with knocktails at distinct fraternities.  The students said these experiences had definite impacts on their lives, including their schoolwork. Of the fraternities contacted by The Daily Tar Heel, The Sigma Nu Nationals Organization said it had no information regarding the incident, while another fraternity denied the accusations. 


Megan Crowley already has two degrees from Notre Dame, but she's not done yet. Crowley has lived her entire life with a rare genetic disease, and she's ready to help people like her. 
Photo courtesy of Megan Crowley, Hey Sisters! Photography. 

Defying expectations: It's Megan Crowley's 'normal'

“I don’t know anything different,” she said. “It’s my normal.” Megan Crowley doesn't let her rare disease dictate her life. She has two degrees from Notre Dame and is working on a a third one in social work at UNC. After being diagnosed with Pompe at 15 months, Crowley's family was told she would never be able to walk or stand on her own, requiring 24-hour nursing care. Told she probably wouldn't live past her first few years of life, Crowley is refusing to conform to the odds she was given. 


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Chapel Hill’s population growth dropped off in the last decade. Is it a concern?

The Town of Chapel Hill's population is decreasing, despite popular assumptions. In fact, growth in this decade so far has been the slowest the town has seen since the 1970s. While this may sound alarming, it's more complicated than that. The rising cost of living has caused people to move to places right outside of Chapel Hill and Orange County, but this poses additional questions for the future of development and growth in Chapel Hill. How will the town expand, and how will they get people to stay?