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2022: A year in photos

Franklin Street Rush

Fans rush Franklin Street after a historic North Carolina men's basketball win over Duke in the Final Four game on April 2, 2022. UNC won 81-77.

This year, Daily Tar Heel photographers captured moments of joy and defeat, of tradition and change.

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. 

In sports news, the UNC women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams went undefeated all season, bringing home two NCAA National Championship titles. The women’s soccer team ended a hard-fought season just short of the national title

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.  

On campus, the University underwent large-scale testing as lead was found in the water of 100 buildings

Campus activists and leaders made progress on community issues, including advocating for higher pay for housekeepers

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. 

Photographer Cornell Watson, the creator of "Tarred Healing," poses for a portrait in his Durham office on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. "Tarred Healing" is a photo story reflecting on Black history in Chapel Hill and at UNC.

The Bhangra Elite dance team performs during halftime of a men's basketball game at the Dean Smith Center on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. 

Seanna Chen, Katherine Zhang, Grace Chow, and Carina Lin pose for a portrait in the Coker Arboretum on Friday, April 15, 2022. Chen, Zhang, Chow, and Lin are members of UNC's Flying Silk, a Chinese dance group that focuses on ribbon and fan dance.

Rapper Flo Milli performs at the CUAB Jubilee at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

War Paint performs at the CIC's 35th Annual Powwow at Hooker fields on March 5, 2022.

UNC students participate in Holi Moli, an annual event held by students to celebrate Holi, on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

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UNC senior forward Leaky Black celebrates North Carolina's NCAA Tournament 69-49 victory against St. Peter's in Philadelphia, Penn., on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

UNC sophomore guards Caleb Love (2) and RJ Davis (4) embrace after Love edged North Carolina forward with seconds left during the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament against Duke in New Orleans on Saturday, April 2, 2022. UNC won 81-77.

UNC graduate manager Brandon Robinson comforts sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) after a national championship loss to Kansas in New Orleans on Monday, April 4, 2022. UNC lost 72-69.

Members of the UNC women's lacrosse team celebrate a goal during their NCAA Tournament second round match against Virginia at Dorrance Field on Sunday, May 15, 2022. UNC won 24-2.

The UNC field hockey team celebrates their victory after the NCAA Field Hockey Championship game against Northwestern in Storrs, Conn. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. UNC beat Northwestern 2-1.

UNC graduate jack Chris Collins (17) rings the Victory Bell after the game against Duke on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Wallace Wade Stadium. UNC beat Duke 38-35.

UNC senior wide receiver, Antoine Green (3), drives the ball downfield in Kenan Stadium on Nov. 25, 2022, as the Tar Heels face off against the NC State Wolfpack.

UNC senior forward Aleigh Gambone is comforted after UNC's 3-2 loss to UCLA in the NCAA Finals at WakeMed Soccer Park on Friday, Dec. 5, 2022.

Attractions at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh pictured on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.

David Catalano from UNC Environmental, Health and Safety collects water samples from the Old Well to test for lead exposure on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Multiple water fountains at UNC have been found to contain unsafe levels of lead.

An abortion clinic escort volunteer stands outside Planned Parenthood on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

UNC students stand in line outside the voting area located in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History during election day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Kevin Guskiewicz, UNC Chancellor, speaks during a press conference outside of the Supreme Court of the United States after the conclusion of oral arguments in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. vs. the University of North Carolina on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

UNC housekeepers march with posters during the UNC Housekeepers March & Rally on Oct. 28, 2022.

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at the dedication of the memorial for James Lewis Cates, Jr. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

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. 


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