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We have a lot of those updates today: Between NCAA hearings, student arrivals and controversy surrounding Confederate monuments, the week leading up to FDOC (that's the first day of class for all you first-years) has been filled with news.
Here's what you've missed on and around campus:
- Call yesterday the third installment of the Twilight series, because there was an Eclipse! The moon covered 93 percent of the sun in Chapel Hill at ~peak darkness~, which thousands of people witnessed at Morehead Planetarium.
- If you haven't been paying attention to the Board of Governors this summer, fear not! We've got you covered.
- Back in town and already looking for ticket sales? Check out our Arts editors' picks for what concerts you should see in September.
THE STATE OF THE CONFEDERACY
Much like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been abuzz following a white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, V.A. What transpired there has breathed new life into ongoing community debates about the place that Confederate symbolism has in today's society.
- Both Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have banned Confederate flags, swastikas and other designs and symbols associated with the KKK in their dress codes.
- Counter protestors flooded Durham on Friday in anticipation of a KKK rally that never truly materialized.
- Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger wrote a letter to Chancellor Carol Folt asking that UNC take down Silent Sam. While this process is complicated by a 2015 state law, Governor Roy Cooper has authorized UNC to take the statue down.
- This may have been inspired by an email Folt sent out yesterday warning the campus of a potential rally around Silent Sam tonight. The email did not specify which group would be rallying, only that it was not one associated with the University.
Before FDOC comes move-in day, FallFest and a host of other events welcoming new and returning students to campus. Here's what's happened:
- Students packed into Hooker Fields to sign up for clubs (and our newsletter!) at this year's FallFest.
- Today in "does the University have a vice chancellor of alliteration?," we covered the inaugural use of Carolina Housing's Haulin' Heels, which aim to make the move-in process much less painful. Back in my day, you hauled your mini-fridge up to the sixth floor of Craige on your own, but I guess I have to embrace change.
- Move-in wasn't all fun and games, however — several students were asked to shuffle around their housing assignments over the summer to accommodate a larger-than-anticipated Class of 2021.
- The eclipse unfortunately ended before sunset, crushing my dreams of a truly apocalyptic Sunset Serenade. You'll get 'em in 2045, moon.
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