UNC first-year student Hunter Sigmund.

Sigmund, 19, came out as gay during his junior year of high school in St. Louis. This is his story.

Hunter Sigmund, a swimmer from St. Louis, came out as gay after years of struggling with being open about his sexual identity. Now a first-year at UNC, Sigmund is finally comfortable with who he is as an athlete, student, son, boyfriend and person. 

Chancellor Carol Folt attends the UNC football game against Virginina Tech on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Chancellor Folt issues apology for University's involvement in slavery

On its 225th birthday, UNC-Chapel Hill’s administrators, faculty, staff and students pledged to look back on its checkered history to help UNC adapt to a modern age. In a year where debates surrounding Silent Sam have taken precedence in campus discourse, many University Day speakers emphasized the need to carry the lessons of UNC’s past into its future.


A look at University Day throughout the years

Throughout the years, UNC's celebration of University Day has included a variety of event and guests. Despite all the changes the University has seen over the years, the celebrations have remained mostly the same. Here's a look back at previous celebrations and demonstrations from University Day throughout UNC's history, including fights for equal rights, visits from past presidents and celebrations from the student body. 

Liz Howard plays Jesus in Company Carolina's production of Godspell which opens on Nov. 1, 2018.

Jesus is portrayed as a Black woman in Company Carolina's modern 'Godspell'

Her name is Liz Howard, and she's playing Jesus.  The sophomore theater talent began her musical theater career at UNC with apprehension after being told that it just wasn't her "niche." But now, with two lead roles under her belt, Howard is a powerful young actress, bringing purpose and inclusivity to the stage.  This year, UNC Pauper Players is performing "Godspell," a show structured around parables. Howard is using her remarkable range as a vocalist and her personal faith to leave audiences with a fresh perspective, one that breaks barriers and unites communities.