On Thursday, UNC celebrated everyone’s favorite October holiday. Halloween? Think again: It could only be University Day.
But wait — what is University Day anyway? University Day is celebrated every year on Oct. 12, the date the cornerstone of Old East was laid. There’s a lot of history behind the holiday, but basically, University Day is a time for UNC to celebrate its history as America’s first public university.
Staff writer Giselle Pagunuran asked UNC students what they knew about University Day. Some had a little more to say than others, but if there was anything students had in common, it was the overwhelming relief of having a small — but much-needed — break from classes.
Nereida Rodriguez Cruz
First-year, nursing major
“All I know is that we don’t have classes, which is very relaxing and very relieving, because some of us have exams.”