Christie, who serves as a COMP 110 teaching assistant, said they informed fellow TAs at a meeting about the missing unicycle. They said colleagues were so upset they convinced Christie to create a GoFundMe page for a replacement unicycle.
Kris Jordan, a teaching assistant professor in the computer science department, and other members of the department have already donated to the page.
“I really like unicycling everywhere and I feel like it’s been a really big part of my experience at UNC,” Christie said. “It feels really weird to just be walking everywhere now. I just feel like something really big is missing, so it makes me feel really good that a lot of my coworkers donated.”
The GoFundMe page has already reached and surpassed its maximum goal after circulating on Facebook for just a few days, Christie said.
“The fact that it’s gone significantly over the goal amount means that I’m going to buy potentially a bigger unicycle or more accessories, but it’s all going to go toward the unicycle,” Christie said.
UNC students Ella Carter and Austin Tyner, both friends of Christie, agreed that Jasper not having their unicycle makes campus culture feel less complete.
“It really brightens my day to see Jasper and their unicycle everywhere,” Carter said. “It’s such a big part of their identity, and I love them for it. I really miss having the unicycle around.”
Tyner said she was surprised Christie's unicycle was stolen because it is such a unique means of transportation. She said she was excited, however, to hear that they will soon be able to purchase a new unicycle because it is such a big part of their identity.
“Jasper and their unicycle is like peanut butter and jelly,” Carter said. “They brighten my day as a pair. Jasper is a wonderful person and their unicycle is part of what makes them so wonderful.”