When I took over the University Desk last August, I wondered what “my thing” was going to be — what big event would hit headlines and define my time in the newsroom.
Nine months later, as I write my last story as University editor, I've been reflecting on news cycle, how we covered each story and what “my things” turned out to be.
Here’s a recap of the 2022-2023 UNC news:
The year began with the first full maskless semester on campus since spring 2020, as the University released new COVID-19 policies just weeks before the fall semester began.
University leadership shifted throughout the beginning of the year as new deans and administrators filled their roles. After months of holding the interim position, María Estorino officially became the University librarian and vice provost for University Libraries in January.
Christopher Everett was elected as the 2023-2024 student body president, taking over after Taliajah “Teddy” Vann's term. Everett’s platform focuses on a “Carolina for Everyone” and making UNC an inclusive space for all students.
In September, it was reported that the University had been using an AI-based service called Social Sentinel since 2016. The service used "geofencing" to filter keywords and phrases on social media in the Chapel Hill area, alerting the administration about protests like the 2018 toppling of the Silent Sam statue. UNC’s contract ended with the company last October.
In October, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the oral arguments for Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. The University of North Carolina, a case that will affect the future of affirmative action at universities across the nation.
While the decision is not expected to arrive until June, students and the campus community continue to hold conversations about what the future of diversity will look like at UNC and beyond.