Identity and culture were celebrated through gatherings, dances and club meetings. The Holi Moli festival was the largest student-run event on UNC’s campus, with brightly-colored powders painting the sky. South Asian dance group Bhangra Elite attended the East Coast Showdown competition and won the first-place title, and the Carolina Indian Circle held it’s first in-person powwow since the pandemic.
Students rushed Franklin St. as the men’s basketball team beat Duke twice. In Hubert Davis’ inaugural season as head coach, the Tar Heels earned a spot in the national championship and entered the fall with a preseason number one ranking.
Community members cast their ballots in the midterms elections, and UNC saw the impacts of federal debates on affirmative action and abortion access.
And the University unveiled a permanent memorial dedicated to the life James Lewis Cates Jr. Cates, a 22-year-old Black Chapel Hill resident, was murdered in 1970 in UNC’s campus by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang.
A series of snapshots show a community in action through highs and lows.
2022 — a year in photos.
This work was produced by The Daily Tar Heel’s staff, including Co-Photo Editors Kennedy Cox and Samantha Lewis, Assistant University Editor Ira Wilder, staff photographers Anna Connors, Calli Westra, Cora McAnulty, Aayas Joshi, Dylan Thiessen, Abigail Pittman, Jay'la Evans, former Photo Editor Helen McGinnis and former Co-Photo Editor Caroline Bittenbender.
Text was written by University Editor Liv Reilly and Managing Editor Allie Kelly.