Fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” are likely to remember the
highlight of last year’s Fallfest. HBO, a sponsor of the event, brought the Iron Throne used in the show to campus. Although
we didn’t get to keep the throne, HBO is still free for any UNC student living on campus.
rebranded for grand opening
Franklin Street’s only restaurant dedicated to crepes
changed its name from “Crepe Culture” to “Crepe Traditions” after the original
name was met with backlash. One year after its opening, Crepe Traditions is a
brought first-years together
Last year, Bryan Stevenson’s book “Just Mercy” brought
students together by sparking conversations about the criminal justice system
and racism in modern day America.
year’s book, “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande, was chosen with the hope of being
just as successful in inspiring discussion and connections.
against Silent Sam statue
The Silent Sam statue in McCorkle Place was spray-painted with
the words “Who is Sandra Bland?” It had been vandalized earlier in the summer
with phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” and “KKK”. The statue is a memorial to the 321 North Carolina soldiers that died fighting for the confederacy
during the Civil War. Many have argued that a statue which idolizes those who
fought for slavery has no place on UNC’s campus. The Real Silent Sam Coalition,
a student group trying to relocate or remove the monument, was formed in 2011.
At the national level
Donald Trump made his first proposal for a wall to keep
immigrants out of the United States in late June of 2015, but the topic remained at the forefront of public discussion through last August.
The U.S. flag was raised over the American embassy in Cuba for the first time since the 60s, marking the first significant signs of diplomacy since the
A plane crash in Indonesia left no survivors, and "Straight Outta Compton" was a box office hit.