<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel]]> Sun, 20 Jun 2021 14:29:30 -0400 Sun, 20 Jun 2021 14:29:30 -0400 SNworks CEO 2021 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[Chapel Hill Town Council discusses Juneteenth, racial equity, Aura development]]> The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday to discuss a countywide racial equity plan, changes to the land use management ordinance and the Aura development project.

Mayor Pam Hemminger started the meeting by welcoming Eugenia Floyd, the 2021 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, who teaches fourth grade at Mary Scroggs Elementary School and graduated from East Chapel Hill High School in 2005.

The council proclaimed June 16, 2021, as Eugenia Floyd Day in Chapel Hill.

Council member Allen Buansi, who graduated from ECHHS with Floyd, said he was honored to present this award to his former classmate.

He said Floyd has strived to eliminate the achievement gap and dismantle systemic racism during her teaching career and encourages her students to make the world a better place.

"My heart is so full," Floyd said. "The elements that made me proud to be raised here and even more proud to be an educator in this community are still present."

The Town Council also recognized June 19 as Juneteenth, which Chapel Hill and Carrboro proclaimed as an annual holiday last year to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans.

Council member Hongbin Gu said she urges residents to take the day to reflect and work to improve equality. She also encouraged residents to celebrate Black culture by partaking in the festivities organized by the towns.

"Juneteenth is a time to reflect and take stock of the progress since the abolition of slavery, as well as the progress made and not made," Gu said.

The council then discussed a racial equity plan that Chapel Hill has worked on with Orange County, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Sarah Viñas, the assistant director of housing and community for Chapel Hill, presented the plan.

Viñas said the collaboration marks the first time that different towns in the United States have worked together to create a county approach to racial equity.

Rae Buckley, director of organizational and strategic initiatives for Chapel Hill, said the group has utilized a tool that establishes a process and questions to address racial equity in decision-making.

"The end focus is building our overall capacity to advance racial equity and integrate racial equity into all our systems," Buckley said.

The plan does not speak to tactics, she said, but instead addresses principles in shifting power through engaging the community with the government.

Colleen Willger, the Town's planning director, then presented an amendment to the land use management ordinance to include short-term rentals in the Blue Hill District.

Willger recommended that the council adopt a resolution of consistency and approve the amendment to the ordinance.

Assistant Planning Director Judy Johnson then presented the Town's work on the rezoning of the Aura development, which will be located on 16 acres at 1000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Johnson said residents raised concerns about the development regarding issues such as traffic and stormwater during a May meeting, and she presented revisions the Town has made to address these concerns.

Kumar Neppalli, a traffic engineering manager, said implementing a traffic signal to accommodate multi-use paths, bike lanes and incoming crosswalks could be a solution to the traffic issues.

Johnson then addressed stormwater concerns and said the flow of water to the north of the new development will be reduced by 50 percent from the original plans.

The Town Council will next meet on Monday.


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<![CDATA['Hannah's Hope': Hillsborough gallery hosts art exhibit in honor of former OCS student]]> The "Hannah's Hope" exhibit honors the life and work of Hannah Gettes, a former Orange County Schools student who died in February after experiences with anxiety and substance abuse. The exhibit is on display at the Margaret Lane Gallery in Hillsborough from June 16 through July 11.

Hannah's mother, Edith Gettes, said Hannah's expressive art style showcased her funny and courageous nature. Gettes said art was a constant throughout her daughter's life.

"There would be pencils and papers and paint spread out on her floor," Gettes said. "You'd go in the middle of the night, and she'd be lying on her belly on the floor, painting or drawing."

After Hannah Gettes' death, her former visual arts teacher from Cedar Ridge High School, Lori Shepley, said she approached gallery owner Mary Knox and asked if she would be willing to host a show in memory of Hannah Gettes. Knox said the gallery would be happy to.

Shepley said they were able to find and frame around 30 of Hannah Gettes' works, covering a wide range of mediums. She also said she found some of Hannah Gettes' original write-ups to accompany the work.

"The first artwork she did for me was handled so beautifully. I was blown away," Shepley said. "I thought, 'Oh my goodness, this girl has so much talent. I'm so lucky to have her in the program.'"

Other students of Shepley, she said, contributed works to support the intention of the show, which is to honor Hannah Gettes and shed light on the issues surrounding mental illness and substance abuse.

Shepley said the exhibit excites her because it's helping Hannah Gettes' parents establish a legacy.

Hannah's Hope is showing in the Green Gallery, located at the back of the Margaret Lane Gallery. The gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Knox said COVID-19 precautions are still in place, so the gallery is running air purifiers and providing hand sanitizer, a hand-washing station and free adult- and child-sized masks if needed.

"We believe it's important because there are still people that are not yet vaccinated," Knox said. "To not require masks serves to exclude people."

The gallery will host a reception for Hannah's Hope on June 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Art Therapy Institute - a local organization that Hannah Gettes had hoped to volunteer for after the pandemic - will be at the reception to serve as a resource and answer questions about art therapy.

Knox additionally said the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be there to provide information and copies of the book "Finding Hope: A Practical Guide for Families Affected by Mental Illness Drawn from the Experience of Families Like Yours" by Donna Kay Smith and Susan Willey Spalt.

Those involved with the exhibit hope it will go beyond just displaying Hannah Gettes' array of artistic talents and shed light on the issues surrounding mental illness and substance abuse.

"If even one person has a less tragic outcome in their life by virtue of anything they see or learn at the show, that will be great," Edith Gettes said.

Gettes also said there will be another reception on July 11 for friends and family members who were unable to make it to the June 25 reception. She said her daughter's meticulous, perfectionist nature meant that she often didn't think as highly of her art as others did, and didn't show it off very much.

"Being able to see so much of her art in one place at the same time is going to be a unique opportunity," Gettes said. "We've never seen so much of her art in one place at one time."

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<![CDATA[All about that bass: UNC Bass Fishing Club nets a quality finish in championship]]> The UNC Bass Fishing Club has been flying under the radar for a while now.

The club has been making its mark on the collegiate bass fishing world since its founding in 2013, going from fishing in local competitions at University Lake in Chapel Hill to finishing in the top 20 percent of all boats in the Boat U.S. Collegiate Bass Championship at Lake Murray in South Carolina this May.

At a school full of Division I programs with storybook histories and Hall of Fame coaches, it's easy to overlook the success of some sports teams - especially those who fall under the club category - but the bass anglers at UNC are not letting this hold them back.

Some anglers in the UNC Bass Fishing Club have been pursuing their dream of fishing at the collegiate level for years now, while others join mainly to learn and enjoy the outdoors.

That's part of what makes the club what it is - an opportunity for bass anglers of all backgrounds and skill sets to get together and enjoy the one thing they all have in common: a desire to be out on the water, reeling in fish.

"There's two sides of the club," Ryan Tezzi, the club's incoming vice president, said. "There's a side where it's just fun fishing, you know, going out and enjoying nature and being one with the fish, and then there's also the second side where you can do that and you can also do competitive tournaments if you have the skills."

At the end of the day, the art of fishing is what brings many to join this group and the experiences shared together are what makes the commitment worthwhile.

Fishing the hyper-competitive national tournaments is an experience like no other for those lucky enough to do so, but this group finds its footing at nearby University Lake. The bonds made from teaching and learning in this setting are special for all who are a part of the club, regardless of their skill level.

"When we do our University Lake tournaments, we all get out there," outgoing president Will Missert said. "Normally the president or some sort of executive leadership will get a list of everyone who is fishing and try to match people up and try to put a really experienced person with someone who is less experienced."

Helping others to master their craft and catch their first big fish is a key part of what helps this group thrive.

"I'm sure there are a lot of clubs on campus that teach people," Missert said. "But, I think that holding up your first big fish is really a very unique first experience for people. It does really kind of feel nice teaching people to get into the sport."

Holding up that first big fish may be an exciting and unique experience, but it does not come without hard work.

Mason Atwell, the incoming president, is one of the UNC anglers who fishes competitively, and he understands the dedication needed to land big bass consistently.

"Bass fishing is not a static sport," Atwell said. "It's something where you are constantly going and it's a mental challenge, so you really have to be adaptable, and you have to be mentally prepared for difficult days of fishing all in hopes of getting a better day."

Searching for a better day is what drives many of the anglers to go the extra mile.

Tezzi and Atwell, who paired up to bring home the club's 33rd overall finish in the championship, realize the importance of putting in work off the water and familiarizing themselves with the bodies of water that they are fishing.

"Once we're off the water, we're deliberating what we're gonna do the next day," Atwell said. "We pull up graphing and mapping applications on our laptops and we're breaking down the lake. Time off the water is just as valuable as time on the water depending on how you spend it."

Preparation is key when fishing the big tournaments, but even then there are no promises in this sport.

Pressure is at its highest at these national tournaments, with anglers coming in from schools all across the country. The 175 boats roaming the water at Lake Murray was significantly more than their typical outings at University Lake.

In these two-day tournaments, there are two anglers to a boat and each boat can bring in only five fish per day. The boat with the highest combined weight between all ten fish is declared the winner.

Tezzi and Atwell started off slow in practice a few days prior to the start of the tournament, but the pair was able to gain some traction as their stay in South Carolina progressed.

"We did horrible in practice," Tezzi said. "We caught a few fish in practice, but Wednesday morning we really started to put it together. We went through drop shots early in the morning and ended up catching more fish than we had expected."

Sometimes that's the way fishing goes. You never know when things might take a turn for the better or the worse out on the water.

The stakes are high and the level of commitment intensifies as you move up the competitive ranks in the world of fishing, but for those who have grown up around it all of their lives - like Tezzi, Atwell and Missert - they wouldn't have it any other way.

"The adrenaline rush of fishing like that after only fun fishing, there was no looking back for me," Atwell said. "That moment forward I knew that competitive fishing was something that I would be super passionate about."

The passion is there for this group.

This club may not have the notoriety that some of the higher-level programs at UNC do, but its drive to succeed is no different than any other team, regardless of the sport.

"Throwing on the UNC jersey is definitely something that feels awesome to do and that's definitely a big motivator for us being out there and representing our school," Atwell said. "We're out there putting on that jersey and our hearts are racing just as hard as the basketball or the football players would when they're ready for tipoff or ready for kickoff."

Going forward, the club hopes to grow not only its numbers but its brand, and the future looks bright.

Next year Atwell and Tezzi will take over the head leadership roles for the club, but Missert will still be around to provide guidance as he transitions into graduate studies.

With many schools across the southeastern U.S. reeling in big-time sponsors and garnering the attention of professional anglers, Atwell hopes to attract some of this attention to Chapel Hill in his last two years at UNC.

"There's a lot of certain SEC schools and even surrounding schools, like N.C. State, that draw a lot of attention from professional anglers and professional sponsors," Atwell said. "One of my big goals is to grow our name and grow our base of fishermen in hopes of growing to the size and extent of programs further down South like Auburn or Alabama."

Only time will tell if the group is able to reach the heights of those powerhouse programs, but there is one thing that is certain - the UNC Bass Fishing Club is making strides and has a clear vision in mind.

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<![CDATA[UNC Police arrest individual for possession of firearms in Campus Health parking lot]]> CORRECTION: A previous version of this article contained a photo that may have suggested that Chapel Hill police was involved in this story. The photo on this article has been updated to more accurately reflect that UNC Police was the arresting agency. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.

UNC Police arrested and charged an individual with possession of firearms on campus Tuesday.

A security officer observed Joseph John Radomski III sleeping in his vehicle in the Campus Health parking lot at approximately 6 a.m.

Multiple firearms, including two rifles and a shotgun, a machete and ammo were found in the vehicle.

Radomski was immediately detained by UNC Hospitals Police, and UNC Police took him into custody, according to a statement from Media Relations.

He was then turned over to the Hillsborough magistrate and charged with felony possession of weapons on school property.

No injuries or deaths were reported, according to an Alert Carolina message.

Students who are experiencing anxiety as a result of the incident are encouraged to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services.



<![CDATA[Chapel Hill Town Council member Karen Stegman announces her bid for reelection]]> Chapel Hill Town Council member Karen Stegman announced her bid for reelection in early June, which she celebrated through an event at Italian Pizzeria III on Franklin Street this weekend.

Stegman, a Chapel Hill native and UNC graduate, is finishing up her first term on the council and is the first member to announce her plans to run again. She said she is excited to start up community conversations about the upcoming election.

She is running for re-election, she said, because the council has been extremely successful during her time in office, especially in regard to the pandemic, and she wants to help Chapel Hill rebuild as it exits the crisis.

"There are a lot of things we have momentum on that I really want to see through," Stegman said.

Last summer, the council organized a Re-Imagining Community Task Force, she said, which was aimed at increasing public safety and racial equity in Chapel Hill.

The group will soon be releasing its recommendations, and implementing these recommendations remains among her top priorities, she said.

Other issues Stegman has been working on recently, she said, include reinventing community safety, affordable housing and finalizing the new Climate Action Plan.

Joal Broun, a board member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, said she has interacted closely with Stegman through their work on the Board and the Council.

She said Stegman's most important work in the town has been her emphasis on affordable housing, the appropriate level of policing and making Chapel Hill adaptable for living for people across all income levels.

"Making Chapel Hill more affordable will allow more teachers to move into the area, and we really would like our teachers, if it's possible, to live in the community in which they teach," Broun said.

Alyson Grine, Stegman's wife, said she has helped to increased the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. Grine is the only openly LGBTQ+ member serving as a Superior Court judge in North Carolina.

"Karen has been able to raise the profile of LGBTQ+ issues, and I know that there is some person somewhere feeling overwhelmed as they're dealing with the oppression, and they're like 'that gives me a little spark','' Grine said.

Grine, additionally, said Stegman is incredibly passionate about her work on the council, and she works very hard to stay on top of issues affecting vulnerable members of the community.

Stegman also works a full-time job at IntraHealth International, a Chapel Hill nonprofit aimed at increasing accessibility to health care, as the director of business development.

Stegman and Grine's daughter, Hazel, said Stegman makes a lot of really important changes within Chapel Hill, and she brings a unique perspective to the council.

"I also think that she's just really inspiring," Hazel said. "As her daughter, I feel really empowered when I see my mom in that role and leading the town toward good changes."


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<![CDATA[Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin to step down; Penny Rich considering role]]> Mark Dorosin announced he will step down from the Orange County Board of County Commissioners after serving for more than eight years.

Penny Rich, who lost her District 1 seat in 2020, said she is considering putting her name forward to reassume the role.

Renee Price, the chairperson of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, said it is ultimately up to the BOCC to make the appointment for the next commissioner.

From Dorosin's resignation on July 31, the board has until September 29 to make the decision, Price said.

"How we move into the recovery from the COVID pandemic will be the most pressing issue, and the pandemic exacerbated some of the disparities we already knew existed," Price said. "I think that's going to be big and how we're able to manage the funding that we have, while also moving forward with the new normal."

Dorosin will pursue an associate professorship at Florida A&M University College of Law and will become the director for the university's clinical program, he said.

He will step down from his current position and start his new job in August, he said.

Dorosin was first elected to the BOCC in 2012 and reelected in 2016. He won again in 2020 after beating Rich in the primary by a seven-vote margin - newcomer Jean Hamilton received more votes than both to take the other District 1 seat.

Dorosin said during his years in office, he helped push the BOCC to include $5 million in a bond for affordable housing, and he focused on adopting and administering equitable county policies for residents of color.

"I've worked hard to bring issues of racial justice and economics justice to the forefront of county decision-making," he said.

Rich previously served on the Chapel Hill Town Council and then as a county commissioner for a total of eight years.

Rich said she is considering putting her name forward particularly because of her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which she and three mayors worked with all Orange County departments to help ensure the health and safety of residents.

"I'll certainly put my name in because there were 12,400 people that voted for me, and I think it would be a letdown to those people who supported me to not put my name forward," Rich said.

She also received the Old North State Award in recognition of her efforts in local government.

"I hope the Orange County commissioners continue to support policy that protects women and the LGBTQ community," Rich said, referring to some resolutions she proposed before leaving office.

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<![CDATA[Compass Center fills the gap in emergency housing for victims of domestic violence]]> Orange County has not had a domestic violence emergency shelter for 30 years. The Compass Center for Women and Families' Safe Homes, New Lives program changes that.

The campaign launched last July with the goal of raising $675,000 to fund three apartments across the Orange County area for the next three years. These apartments serve as shelters for victims of domestic violence to stay for up to three months.

When the campaign wrapped up in early June, Compass Center had raised $1 million.

With that money, the center is able to fund a fourth apartment, which will be available to house clients by the end of this year.

Natalia Rivadeneyra, the emergency housing coordinator for Compass Center who designed the program, places victims in shelters and then supports them while they stay there. She said that during that time, she works with them to achieve their goals, which can vary from client to client.

"I like to tell them that I'm their kind of personal assistant, their tool," she said. "Some clients escape the abusive environment and need to get their identifying papers. They left everything because they were running away. And then other clients just need someone to talk to, they have been completely isolated and they need to process."

Clients also have access to all of the services that Compass Center provides, including English- and Spanish-language support groups, lawyer referrals and court advocates who go to court with the client, a crisis hotline that operates 24/7 and a mental health program, Rivadeneyra said. Staff can also refer the client to any outside resources.

The apartments have already housed clients, and Rivadeneyra said she's created a strong bond with each of them.

"(A client) said, 'I thought no one would ever care. I thought no one would ever, no one would ever help me, but you're helping me. I can breathe,'" she said.

Once the client transitions out of the apartment, they have access to transitional housing and can receive financial support for rent and other housing costs through the center's Housing Micro-Grant Program.

Compass Center's goal is to raise enough money to expand the program to six apartments and add an additional case manager to help more survivors.

The need for domestic violence emergency housing

The idea for Safe Homes came from a community needs assessment done by researchers at the UNC School of Social Work, which included participation from over 200 Orange County leaders, professionals, service providers and survivors.

The assessment determined that emergency housing was one of the most critical gaps in serving domestic violence victims in Orange County.

Rebecca Macy, a professor in the School of Social Work and one of the researchers who worked on the assessment, has been studying intimate partner violence for 19 years. She said housing is one of the biggest obstacles in attempting to leave an abusive relationship.

"Survivors said to us, 'I stayed in a relationship much too long that was violent because I just didn't have any place else to go. I didn't want to uproot my kids again,'" Macy said.

In 2019, 253 people requested emergency housing, but the Compass Center was only able to place 15 adults and five children for brief hotel stays.

Prior to the Safe Homes project, the only other option was traditional shelters, which Macy said can have downsides, like not being accessible for victims with disabilities or being unable to accommodate people who don't speak English or have dietary restrictions.

"Shelters work for a lot of people, but they don't work for everybody," Macy said.

Macy also said perpetrators might know the location of a shelter. Research has shown that one of the most dangerous times for people who are trying to leave an abusive relationship is the initial time when they start to separate and try to establish safety.

After conversations with community stakeholders, they settled on the scattered emergency housing strategy as the best way to meet the needs of the community.

"Having a place where people could go to be safe to kind of begin to get their lives back together, to reflect and to begin to implement some safety strategies was clearly the most pressing need that we were hearing from the community," Macy said.

Prevalence of domestic violence in Orange County

Jeannie Denuo, a member of the Compass Center's Board of Directors and a chairperson of the Safe Homes campaign, said that during the fundraising campaign for Safe Homes, people didn't know the county had no emergency housing options.

"Nobody thought there was a need," Denuo said. "To be honest, a lot of people in Orange County think, well, it just doesn't happen here."

Amber Keith-Drowns, the victim services coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff's Office's Special Victims Unit, said the number of domestic violence protective orders has steadily climbed over the years.

In 2019, the sheriff's office filed 121 protective orders, according to information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office. In 2020, 164 orders were filed.

In both 2019 and 2020, around 94 percent of the total clients the SVU served were victims of domestic violence. But the actual number of clients who were victims increased from 1,236 in 2019 to 1,457 in 2020.

Denuo said that once they explained the need, people were eager to help.

"It is so heartwarming to see the incredible generosity of people," Denuo said. "(It) was really great to see."

Some of the apartment furniture was donated by community members, and Rivadeneyra said many community partners help the program. For example, the hunger-relief organization PORCH helps with groceries, and A Lotta Love helped decorate the first apartment.

The UNC School of Social Work has started planning a follow-up evaluation study with Compass Center that will hopefully be launched late summer or early fall.

Macy said the assessment was a community effort.

"It wouldn't have happened if people didn't show up and give their opinions, their time and energy," Macy said. "It really renewed my faith in our community."

Denuo said Compass Center relies heavily on volunteers and is always looking for people who are interested. To learn more about volunteering, visit the center's website.

To make a donation to Safe Homes, visit the project's webpage. The program also has an Amazon wishlist of items it needs.


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<![CDATA[The end of an era: Crook's Corner closes its doors after nearly 40 years]]> Crook's Corner, a staple of the Chapel Hill restaurant scene that served Southern cuisine since the early 1980s, announced its closure in a statement via Instagram on Wednesday.

"With an incredibly heavy heart I must share the news that we are closing," the statement read. "The position we find ourselves in, exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis is no longer tenable."

First run by Rachel Crook, the restaurant started as a fish market in the 1940s and assumed many identities over the years. From taxi stand to pool hall to bait-and-tackle shop, Crook's, like its menu, changed with the seasons.

Gene Hamer and Bill Neal opened the small restaurant now known as Crook's Corner in 1982. Between the food - including iconic dishes such as honeysuckle sorbet and shrimp and grits - and the history, it's hard to tell which is richer.

"It's been a heartbreaking few days to hear from so many people, both that are here now, or have been here in the last 40 years," owner Shannon Healy said. "The outpouring has been amazing."

Crook's Corner was named a James Beard America's Classic Restaurant in 2011 for having timeless appeal and serving quality food that reflects the character of its community.

Rising UNC sophomore Waverly McIver said she will miss the French toast with bananas, her favorite choice for Sunday brunch.

For McIver, dining at Crook's was a tradition passed down through generations. Her parents went to Crook's when they were UNC students, she said, and they took her there before she moved in this year.

"I remember having jitters about the semester before our meal, but feeling so comforted by the food and memories they shared with me that were jogged while eating at Crook's," she said.

The love for Crook's extends beyond the food - Healy said he will miss the regular customers and the relationships he has developed with them.

"We've known them for years, so we will miss them dearly," he said. "Friendships grow from getting to meet these folks, and they're the reason that we've fought so hard to keep Crook's open."

There are no plans of reopening as of now, Healy said.

McIver said she's sad about the loss of the restaurant but grateful for the time she spent there.

"Please step away from sustaining this special restaurant for so many years with peace knowing that you touched many generations of customers through good food and unmatched service," she said.

When asked if he could say one thing to his customers, Healy said only this:

"Thank you."

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<![CDATA[UNC boasts at least two Honda Sport Award winners in Matson and Daavettila]]> For just the fourth time in the school's history, North Carolina will have at least two recipients of the Honda Sport Award.

On Thursday, fifth-year senior Sara Daavettila was announced as this year's recipient of the Honda Sport Award for Tennis. Daavettila joins fellow Tar Heel Erin Matson, who was named the winner of the field hockey award on June 2.

What is the Honda Sport Award?

The awards - which have been around since 1976 - are given annually to the top women athletes in twelve NCAA-sanctioned sports. The winners are determined by a voting panel of approximately 1,000 administrators from NCAA member schools.

The twelve recipients of the award become finalists for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, the winner of which will be presented with the 2021 Honda Cup.

UNC's history with the awards

The Tar Heels boast past Honda Award winners from a wide array of sports, from cross country to lacrosse to soccer.

For a school to have more than one winner in a year is a rare accomplishment. The only other times Carolina Athletics has claimed multiple winners was in 1990 with Leslie Lyness for field hockey and Shannon Higgins for soccer, 2004 with Shalane Flanagan for cross country and Catherine Reddick for soccer, and in 2013 with Kara Cannizzaro for lacrosse and Crystal Dunn for soccer.

Never before has UNC had three winners in a year, but that has the potential to change as senior goalkeeper Taylor Moreno was named as a finalist for the lacrosse award on Monday. The winner of the lacrosse award will be announced next week.

UNC women's tennis gets first Honda Award winner

Daavettila will be breaking ground as the first UNC athlete to win the award for tennis. After losing out on last year's tournament because of COVID-19, the senior decided to use her extra year of eligibility and return for her fifth season at UNC.

Daavettila's 149 career singles wins are tied for second-most in program history. Last season, she was ranked as high as No. 1 in the ITA national rankings, while winning Most Outstanding Player in the ITA indoor tournament and ACC Player of the Year.

Daavettila earned the top seed in the NCAA Singles Championship where she made the semifinals, and she has the most career quarterfinals appearances in program history with three.

Matson continues her dominance

Few Tar Heels have ever won the Honda Award back-to-back, but that's just what Matson did after leading UNC field hockey to yet another championship.

It's hard to overstate just how incredible the junior attacker's run has been at UNC. She has won three championships in three years with the program and has only lost a game once in her college career.

Last season, Matson led the nation in goals per game with 1.45. She scored 29 goals last season, which accounted for nearly 45 percent of the team's 65 goals. The next-highest scoring players were in a three-way tie with six goals each.

Considering Matson's awe-inspiring numbers this past season, she should be in serious contention to be named the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Soccer legend Mia Hamm is the only UNC athlete to have ever hoisted the Honda Cup. Like Matson, Hamm won consecutive Honda Awards in 1993 and 1994, the latter year being the one in which she won the cup.

This year's awards ceremony will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network on June 28 at 9 p.m. Whether or not UNC will come away with the cup, one thing is for certain: the Tar Heels will be well represented as their women's sports programs make history once again.


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<![CDATA[Former fine dining restaurant Provence to reopen as Mosaic Café & Bistro in Carrboro]]> Provence of Carrboro is reopening as Mosaic Café & Bistro, a change helmed by chef and owner Baptist Knaven.

The restaurant is rebranding its emphasis on fine French dining to an exploration of gourmet bistro foods, General Manager Brian Cansler said.

Mosaic Café & Bistro will use locally sourced ingredients and fine cooking techniques to elevate North Carolina staples such as clams and seared pork belly.

Carrie Brogren, the founder of the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group, said she is excited about the rebranding. She said she had a chance to sit down with Knaven and see the new menu and space.

"Provence was a big part of Carrboro for a long time, but with the pandemic, they decided to reopen with some changes," Brogren said.

By day, the restaurant will function as a cafe, serving baked goods and pastries. At night, the café will switch gears into explorations of gourmet food and wine.

But not everything from the French dining experience is leaving. Mosaic will keep some popular items from the previous menu, including escargots and the onion soup.

"We'll miss that French flair and those menu items, but the new menu will retain some of that, so it's not going away entirely," Brogren said.

Cansler also is excited about reopening and recovering as the pandemic eases, he said.

"We've always loved Provence and the French fine dining concept, but we realized it was not the right restaurant for the community," Cansler said. "We wanted to do something that was more local, sustainable and affordable for the people in our community."

Cansler said he and chef Knaven have decided to transition to an expansive view of food, looking beyond French cuisine to explore a more universal menu.

He and chef Knaven have decided to transition to an expansive view of food and explore a global menu, Cansler said, and they will employ a small plate concept to allow customers to sample a variety of ingredients and dishes.

Mosaic will open on June 16, and reservations and the updated menu are available on its website.

"We're so excited to start celebrating unforgettable moments with you again soon," a press release on the Provence of Carrboro website read. "We hope you're as eager to make new memories at Mosaic as our team is to welcome you in this summer!"

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Baptist Knaven, head chef of Mosaic Cafe and Bistro, poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Brian Cansler.

<![CDATA[Members of UNC Black Pioneers release statement calling for BOT to grant Hannah-Jones tenure]]> Twenty-one members of the UNC Black Pioneers - an organization of Black alumni who graduated between 1952 and 1972 - released a statement on Wednesday calling on the Board of Trustees to take action in granting Nikole Hannah-Jones a tenured position at the University.

Black Pioneer James Cofield said the organization was created to help Black alumni from those years share their unique experiences and to lend their voices on important issues in the larger community.

"The undersigned members of the UNC Black Pioneers fully support the joint statement of support for tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones issued by the Carolina Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at UNC," the statement read.

In their statement, the CABJ and the NAHJ wrote that the two previous Knight Chairs at UNC arrived with tenure, and Hannah-Jones would be the first to not receive the same treatment - despite overwhelming support from Hussman faculty.

"After the state-sanctioned anti-Black violence and police brutality during summer 2020, the University committed to prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion through emails and miscellaneous committees," the statement read.

But when Black community members called for action on Hannah-Jones' tenure, the CABJ and NAHJ said, UNC didn't live up to these promises.

"Black journalism students are met with University leadership telling them, telling us that our education comes second in the face of state politics," the statement read. "That the diversity of staff we have so earnestly begged for does not matter and that Black thought, intellect, work and labor is not valuable."

Cofield said it would be an awful mistake if the University were to have its financial interests interfere with University operations, and called for clarity regarding the statement made by Walter Hussman.

Edith Hubbard, a Black Pioneer and the second Black woman to graduate from UNC, said she was concerned, hurt and angered by the Board's non-action. She said she doesn't understand why the previous two Knight Chairs received tenured positions and Hannah-Jones did not.

"Why all of a sudden, is that not a part of the package when it's a Black female?" she said.

Hubbard said the fact that the other two Knight Chairs were white highlights a larger issue with racial discrepancies in income and accessibility to the system.

She said she is heartened to see faculty and students rallying in support of Hannah-Jones.

Coefield said he believes Hannah-Jones is "eminently qualified" for a tenured position and called for the University to address equity and fairness issues without any reservations.

"The University's purpose is to serve all students, and the entire University community," he said. "And the failure to do so is a failure on the part of the University."



<![CDATA[Analysis: Breaking down women's lacrosse coach Jenny Levy's Hall of Fame career so far]]> North Carolina women's lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy often says, "The game has no memory."

Levy was named to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on May 26 as part of the class of 2021, forever enshrining her legacy as one of the greats of the game for which she says has no memory.

This accolade just adds to the illustrious career, both as a player and coach, that Levy has had.

Levy played on the women's lacrosse team at the University of Virginia from 1988-1992, winning the national championship in 1991. She was a two-time All-American during her time at Virginia and was named the NCAA Attacker of the Year in 1992.

At UVA, Levy played under Jane Miller, who she will now join as a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame - Miller was inducted as a player in 2003. Levy has surpassed her college coach in win total, more than doubling Miller's 144 wins as a head coach.

After a short stint as an assistant coach for the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams at Georgetown University, Levy was named the first-ever head coach of the UNC women's lacrosse program in October 1994.

Twenty-seven years later, Levy has led the Tar Heels to 22 NCAA Tournament bids, 12 NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances, six ACC titles as well as two national championships in 2013 and 2016. She has amassed a 373-118 record during her time leading the team in Carolina Blue, winning over 75 percent of the games she has coached in.

Levy won't be the only UNC coach to have been an active Hall of Famer while leading their team. Among those select few is recently retired men's basketball coach Roy Williams, who coached 14 seasons as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Like Williams, Levy will try to sustain her dominance while adding more championships onto her already lauded career.

But Levy was able to accomplish something that Williams never did - building a dynasty from the ground up.

Only one other coach currently at UNC can say that they led a program from its inception and went on to have similar success, and that's legendary women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance. Levy still has another few hundred games to win if she wants to catch up to Dorrance, who has over 1,000 combined wins from coaching the men's and women's teams. However, Levy's ability to build a dynasty is still just as impressive as Dorrance's, and this past season is as great of an example as any.

Twenty-straight wins (27 including last year's shortened season), an ACC Championship, two Tewaaraton finalists and an NCAA Tournament semifinal appearance. Levy and the Tar Heels dominated all season, winning eight games against top-10 foes and 18 games against ranked opponents. The team also outscored opponents 328-138 - or by about nine goals per game - allowing just 6.57 goals per game all season.

In addition to dominating the NCAA the past few seasons, Levy also heads the USA women's lacrosse team. A former member of the national team in the 1990s, Levy was named head coach in 2017.

Ahead of the 2022 World Championships, the tryout camp roster for the USA team is littered with players that Levy has had to plan for as well as players that she has coached in Chapel Hill. Twelve of the 61 players - roughly one out of every five - have played at North Carolina under Levy. Engineering dominant players that can compete both on the domestic and the international level is something that makes Levy as great of a coach as she is.

Levy is a lacrosse legend, and although she says this game has no memory, she's sure to be remembered long after she's retired from coaching.


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UNC women's lacrosse coachJenny Levy is given a Gatorade bath by players Caylee Waters (right) and Naomi Lerner (left).The North Carolina women's lacrosse team defeated Maryland 13-7 to capture the NCAA championship on Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

<![CDATA[Student Health Action Coalition provides accessible health care to the UNC community]]> Student Health Action Coalition, also known as SHAC, is the first student-run free clinic in the nation and is devoted to providing the UNC community with accessible and high-quality health care.

SHAC is an interdisciplinary team made up of medical students, pharmacy students, nursing students and public health undergraduates. The team works together to serve patients in the general Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.

There are various clinics within SHAC that provide specific services such as vision care, oral care, hormone replacement therapy, mental health services and OB/GYN care.

Taruni Santanam, SHAC co-director and UNC medical eeeestudent, said the clinic encourages and prioritizes serving uninsured and underinsured patients, but they are available for anyone who chooses to use their services.

SHAC is run entirely by student volunteers, and Santanam said there are certain benefits to student involvement in the program.

"I think having students be a part of SHAC's mission is a nice intersection of service and education," she said. "And we're happy to support both of those missions."

Heather Shams, SHAC co-director and UNC medical student, said she works with the general clinic but there are others within the coalition. The biggest subdivision is Bridge to Care (BTC) which deals with chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Other subdivisions include ophthalmology, mental health, gender-affirming care and a physical therapy clinic. They are also starting a new clinic called Healthy Living that is going to be focused on weight loss.

Santanam said that, while most of the medical service clinics are operated by medical students, SHAC collaborates with inter-professional schools for other services.

She also said as they are transitioning back to full clinics, SHAC is encouraging partnerships and revamping a lot of their clinics so they can provide more services.

Additionally, Shams said there is a team of medical students and social workers dedicated to serving the social drivers of the patients' health needs. These services can include assisting in filling out charity care and unemployment forms and providing food.

Shams said SHAC has a subdivision named Flourish, which works to equip low-income individuals and families with the resources they need to make healthy meal choices. Flourish works with a food bank in Durham that coordinates weekly food donations.

SHAC has volunteers that pick up 10-14 boxes with perishable food like milk, yogurt, fruit and vegetables every Wednesday.

"It's available for all our patients, or even just community members," Shams said. "If we know a patient or community member that is food insecure, we tell them they're welcome to come by Wednesday and pick up a box for themselves or neighbors."

Elizabeth Laska, the SHAC chief marketing officer, said the COVID-19 pandemic had various impacts on how the clinic operated. She said there was a time when the clinic was effectively shut down.

"We reopened Wednesday nights on July 3," Laska said. "Then we also operated telehealth services, which we're actually still doing here. And they're definitely prioritizing more in-person when we can just because it's a bit more holistic and a better approach to patients."

Santanam said they had to change operations to adhere to the CDC guidelines but now they are ramping back up. SHAC will soon increase undergrad volunteer opportunities primarily by helping clinic flow - which is a role they had before the pandemic. She said there is a tab on their website that undergrads can click to find more information on volunteering.

Laska said SHAC's goal is to provide accessible health services to the local community who otherwise would not be able to receive them.

"I think our goal there is to continue running and to hope that we can continue to provide these services despite what the world throws at us," she said.


<![CDATA[UNC to change graduate student payment schedule from monthly to semesterly]]> The University will soon implement a new system for graduate student payments, according to a May 25 email from Suzanne Barbour, dean of The Graduate School at UNC.

The system, which will change the schedule for graduate student payments as well as the income classification of some fellowships, is scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 1, Beverly Wyrick, the director of finance and administration at The Graduate School, said.

Implementing changes

Graduate students are currently paid on a monthly schedule. The new system will pay students three times a year, Wyrick said, but the total amount students receive will not change.

Additionally, most fellowships are considered income for tax purposes, associate professor Scott Williams said.

Wyrick said some of these fellowships will now be considered financial aid, which will have implications for taxes. She said the changes will not affect students who receive their funding for payroll.

The changes are being implemented in order to keep policies consistent and to protect financial aid across the University as a whole, Barbour said.

"The federal government has very strict guidelines on how financial aid is allocated," she said. "If we are doing it incorrectly even for one award, there's a potential we could lose all the financial aid coming to the University."

Implications and reactions

Williams said there are no specific dates for the payments, so it will be harder for graduate students to manage their budgets effectively.

"This is a big ask for many students who are new to financial independence," he said. "Many come directly from college, where you're not essentially responsible for your own finances for long periods of time. Asking them to have to be this responsible is a difficult thing."

And navigating these new tax implications can present challenges. Barbour said the University cannot provide tax advice, but can refer students to outside sources.

"I wish it were different, but unfortunately, that's where we are," she said. "There will also be a town hall Q&A where students can ask questions."

Williams said these changes create an equity issue. He said most people who have heard about these changes view them as a disincentive to apply to the funding and training grants that are intended to help students.

A small but significant number of graduate students already work under the new systems. Williams said he has seen the direct effects his students have faced under the new tax implications.

"Changing how payments are viewed, no longer as income, but as financial aid, can have huge effects on your ability to secure credit for car loans for mortgages," he said.

Graduate student Jean Marie Mwiza said his family was denied a house because his fellowships were considered financial aid rather than income.

Williams said a lot of banks will not consider scholarship aid as income, even with letters from University officials.

"They will reject this as income, and they also view a scholarship as being something that is unstable," he said.

Doctoral student Emma Hinkle said she wanted some clarification from the University on these new policies - especially the reasons for the changes.

"Communication has been my biggest problem," Hinkle said.

Although the University cannot provide direct tax advice, Hinkle said she would like to see more services provided to students to help them navigate these changes. She said she'd like to better understand exactly how her fellowships will be declared on tax forms.

Wyrick said she encourages students to reach out to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid if they need help navigating these new policies.

"We know it's not always easy, especially with things like taxes," she said. "Just reach out. That's the message I want us to get across."



Polk Place, or the quad, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

<![CDATA[Hussman says he was 'concerned' about his core values of journalism and 1619 Project]]> Walter Hussman told The Daily Tar Heel on Friday that he was concerned about Nikole Hannah-Jones and the 1619 Project overshadowing his core values, which are written on the wall of the journalism school named after him.

In September, the UNC megadonor and newspaper publisher expressed concerns about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hannah-Jones' hiring and tenure offer through emails to UNC Hussman Dean Susan King, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Vice Chancellor for University Development David Routh and one member of the UNC Board of Trustees.

Core values

Hussman said he was concerned about Hannah-Jones' "celebrity" status and that the school would become more closely identified with the 1619 Project than with his own core values of journalism.

The 1619 Project is an initiative from The New York Times Magazine that aims to reframe U.S. history to be centered around the contributions of Black Americans and the consequences of slavery. The project was developed by Hannah-Jones.

"I really was hoping that the core values was going to be the one thing that really distinguished the school in the minds of the public," Hussman said. "And I think that could be a bit overshadowed."

Hussman's core values, which are printed on the second page of his 10 newspapers, are written on a wall in the lobby of Carroll Hall, the home of UNC's journalism school. The core values are objectivity, impartiality, integrity and truth-seeking.

Hussman donated $25 million to the journalism school in 2019. He said King had initially approached him asking for a large donation in exchange for naming the school after him and his family.

"I said, 'Look, you know, if we do this big of a donation, we'd like the school to adopt these core values,'" he said.

Hussman said he felt the core values would help restore the public's trust in the media, and that the school supported the values.

Ryan Thornburg, a professor in the school, wrote a Twitter thread about Hussman's core values.

"We - the ~50 faculty, the 1K+ current students, the 17K+ alumni - did not 'adopt' his core values when we accepted his beyond-generous donation to support PR, advertising, design ... & many flavors of journalism at the School," he wrote.

Objectivity as a journalist

Hussman said he believes the role of objectivity in journalism is to protect the credibility of a news organization and to gain respect from readers, rather than telling them what to believe.

"I don't think the public wants journalists to tell them what they should think about," he said. "I think they want to get the facts and make that determination themselves."

Hussman said he didn't want to speak on Hannah-Jones' objectivity as a journalist. However, he said he sees her as an advocate.

"Hey, there's nothing wrong with advocacy in journalism," he said. "I just believe that belongs in the opinion pages, not the news pages."

The DTH reached out to Hannah-Jones, whose assistant said she had no comment at this time.

Hussman said he believes journalists have a right to share their opinions privately with people like friends and spouses, but they shouldn't take public positions on controversial issues.

"I think impartiality means you're pursuing truth," he said. "So I don't think those two are in conflict at all."

Hussman said the problem comes when a journalist thinks they are smarter than their readers and that they know what the absolute truth is. When a journalist is sure they know the whole story, he said, they often miss what is really going on.

Daniel Kreiss, a professor in the journalism school who teaches political communication, said he thinks credibility is enhanced when journalists own their politics and values while still producing work that is informed by defensible evidence.

"Just because you perform that you have no politics doesn't mean that you actually have no politics," he said.

Journalism professor Erin Siegal McIntyre said that with the serious issues of racism, employment discrimination and academic freedom in play, there is a need for full and transparent reporting on what happened, both for the UNC community and the nation.

"Ms. Hannah-Jones is not a local journalist," she said. "This is now an issue with international prominence, apparently in part thanks to Mr. Hussman sharing his opinion."

"Not the proper role for a donor"

Hussman sent his emails about Hannah-Jones' hiring in September, but parts of them were first published on May 30 by The Assembly, a North Carolina digital magazine.

Hussman said it was suggested to him that he should share his emails with the rest of the Board, but he said he didn't know anyone else on the Board.

"And I thought, well, that wouldn't be the right thing to do either, it looks like I'm lobbying the Board to not hire Nikole Hannah-Jones," Hussman said. "And that's really not the proper role for a donor."

Hussman said that in his emails, he wasn't voicing his concerns as a donor.

"I was really expressing my opinion as someone that was concerned about the journalism school and what's really best for the journalism school," he said.

When he first read the 1619 Project, Hussman said, some parts troubled him. He said he specifically took issue with the claim that the American Revolution was fought to protect slavery.

"I abhor slavery, I think it was horrible," Hussman said. "But slavery got to be a big problem after the founding. And we did have some slavery then. But it became pretty clear to me that the Founding Fathers thought slavery was bad and they wanted to get rid of it."

Hussman then referenced a speech Abraham Lincoln gave in 1856. According to the Abbeville Institute, Lincoln said in the speech that the Continental Congress met in 1774 and passed a resolution to abolish the slave trade.

But the importation of slaves was not outlawed until 1808.

According to the 1619 Project, there were calls to abolish the slave trade in London by 1776, which would have upended the economy of the colonies. Much of Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers' confidence for the colonies to break away from England came from the profits of slavery.

"In other words, we may never have revolted against Britain if the founders had not understood that slavery empowered them to do so; nor if they had not believed that independence was required in order to ensure that slavery would continue," the project stated. "It is not incidental that 10 of this nation's first 12 presidents were enslavers, and some might argue that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy."

Hussman said he thinks it is fine to question accepted history and that the United States needs to reckon with its past in order to move forward.

"But I think it has to be done in an honest and fair way," he said. "And not just embellish things to try to make your story sound better."

But when Hussman voiced his concerns, he said, he never asked for anyone to agree with him.

By contrast, he said, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a health philanthropy, asked specifically for the Board of Trustees to respond to CEO Richard Besser's call to tenure Hannah-Jones. He said he believes the foundation leveraged the millions it has given to UNC. The foundation has given more than $131 million in grants to the University since 1972, according to foundation records.

According to reporting by The Assembly, King said she feared Hussman was trying to influence Hannah-Jones' hiring.

"I was clear with Walter throughout the process about my worries and that his involvement might be seen as trying to influence the board, the last stop on the tenure process," King wrote in a statement, according to The Assembly.

King declined to be interviewed by the DTH until the Board takes action.

Deb Aikat, a professor in the journalism and media school, said the role of a donor is twofold: they support the institution and its plans, and their name becomes associated with the school.

"In many ways, the donor's role could be that they are investing in what we do in our school," Aikat said. "And so I think we would leave it at that, because I can tell you what is not a role of a donor, which is to exert any influence in the day-to-day decisions of our school."

But Aikat said the issue at hand is bigger than just Hussman's role in UNC's journalism school - instead, it is about the very heart of journalism.

"Mr. Hussman is not only just a donor who has given us money, he is not only just somebody whose name is associated with our school, he is an alumni of our school, he is a prominent journalism figure in our field, and so the root of this issue is very complex," Aikat said.

Aikat said he thinks Hussman is concerned about the future of journalism and that his traditional philosophy - to be objective and balanced when reporting and to reflect both sides - is in stark contrast with Hannah-Jones' philosophy. Hannah-Jones, he said, posits that reporters can't afford to show both sides equally in every situation.

Aikat also said he doesn't think Hussman had reservations because of his money, but rather that he was concerned about the future of his alma mater if the school were to hire a faculty member with a different view of journalism than his own.

"Anybody who is a passionate supporter of our school as alumni would have an opinion," Aikat said.

"A very fraught moment for the University"

Kreiss said he was stunned to learn that Hussman sought influence over the hiring process in a way he thought signaled that Hussman's donations could be at stake. He said Hussman made the situation worse by doubling down on his criticisms of Hannah-Jones and not apologizing for his backroom dealings.

"I think (Hussman) has not thoroughly engaged with Nikole Hannah-Jones' work, and has provided mischaracterizations of it publicly," Kreiss said. "And frankly, I don't think that's in accord with Hussman's own values - they're on our wall."

Kreiss said Hussman, in an interview, mischaracterized an essay by Hannah-Jones. Hussman asked, in response to the essay, if Hannah-Jones was a Black separatist, when the essay was referring to state-enforced segregation.

Kreiss said he feels Hannah-Jones' work is a great example of the pursuit of truth that Hussman calls for in his core values. He said Hannah-Jones is presenting a dynamic, evidence-based counterargument to the static version of American history traditionally taught in schools.

A Slate article that Kreiss co-wrote with Alice Marwick, a professor of communication at UNC, said Hannah-Jones' non-tenure was part of a larger disinformation campaign aimed to undermine any work designed to cast light on present-day racial inequality and the ways that it was influenced by American history.

"There's a set of patterns that exists behind campaigns to deny tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, to criticize and critique her work, to the banning of things like critical race theory in K-12 education across the country right now," Kreiss said. "And those things are misrepresenting both what's in Nikole Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project and also what critical race theory actually says."

As the situation surrounding Hannah-Jones' tenure offer has gained national media attention, Kreiss said he hopes people will treat this as the crisis that it is.

"This is a very fraught moment for the University," Kreiss said. "This denial of tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones is almost unprecedented and poses a serious risk to the University."


The Statement of Core Values, created by Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is in Carroll Hall.

<![CDATA[UNC men's golf finishes fifth in NCAA Championship, looks to future with Peter Fountain]]> After securing a second-place finish in the 2021 NCAA Men's Golf Noblesville Regional, the sixth-seeded UNC Men's Golf team headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, with the hope of bringing the national championship title back to Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels had visited Arizona previously for their final regular season tournament, so they had some experience with the desert conditions. However, they arrived in Scottsdale five days before the tournament began to assure they were prepared.

"That helped us formulate our game plan going into the national championship," head coach Andrew DiBitetto said.

Round one of the NCAA Championship was underway on May 28 at the Grayhawk Golf Club, as UNC competed against 30 other teams vying for a championship. The Tar Heels shot their highest score in their past five tournaments, with no North Carolina golfer shooting under par. Although the team made efforts to prepare for the tournament, first-year Peter Fountain explained that it is different in real time with the adrenaline rush of competing.

"There's an element that you can't prepare for in a tournament," Fountain said.

The second round was far more successful for the Tar Heels, who were able to settle down and climb ten spots to fifth place. This impressive jump was in part thanks to the 2-under-par 68 finishes by Fountain and junior Ryan Gerard. Fountain's 68 was the third-lowest score ever shot by a UNC first year in the NCAA Championship.

The second round was the first time that the North Carolina team scored under par in a round of the NCAA Championship since 2017, and it was their best finish in a championship round since 2002. Fountain attributes some of this success to the team's early arrival.

"The teams that got there later definitely struggled more than the teams that got there earlier," Fountain said.

Sunday's third round resulted in a 7-over-par finish for North Carolina, dropping them one spot to a sixth-place tie. Because the Tar Heels ended round three in the top fifteen, they advanced to the fourth round of the tournament for the first time since 2018.

On Monday, North Carolina fell two more spots in the standings and just made the cut for match play, placing them in an eight-team bracket to compete for the title. As the No. 8 seed, UNC faced up against No. 1 Arizona State, a match for which they had high expectations.

"Golf is a sport where it's very difficult to win," DiBitetto said. "Our expectation and belief is that we're going to go to every tournament and win it."

Despite the confidence, Arizona State proved too much for the Tar Heels as the Sun Devils won three matches and split another to defeat North Carolina in the quarterfinals.

"We obviously wanted to come away with a victory at the end," senior Austin Hitt said. "Unfortunately, it did not end up that way."

However, the NCAA Championship wasn't all bad for the Tar Heels. UNC ended the tournament with a fifth-place finish, the program's best since 1993, but this competitive team wanted more.

"They're not celebrating it," DiBitetto said. "The only thing they were really focused on is that Arizona State beat us in the quarterfinals. That leaves a sour taste in their mouths."

Fountain won his match against Arizona State and was named a first-team All-American by Golf Coaches Association of America, something that did call for celebration amongst his team.

"Everybody's extremely happy for Peter," DiBitetto said. "Not only is he amazing on the golf course; he's even more incredible off the golf course."

As the team looks towards the future, Fountain said his goals for next season are to be named a first-team All-American again next season and not finish outside of the top 20 in any tournament. Hitt, who is leaving behind his team after five years, is hopeful for their future success.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what they do moving forward," Hitt said. "The coaches have done a great job establishing a super good culture around the team."

Despite the impressive end to the season for the UNC Men's Golf team, they left Scottsdale looking for more and they're eager to see what the future holds with the young Fountain leading the way.


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First year Peter Fountain completes a swing at the Chapman Center in Chapel Hill, NC on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Photo courtesy of Jeff Camarati for UNC Athletic Communications.

<![CDATA[Chapel Hill Transit to use electric cars, buses in move toward sustainable future]]> Chapel Hill Transit is set to begin using electric buses and cars in a move toward more sustainability.

Brian Litchfield, the director of Chapel Hill Transit, said 16 electric cars have been purchased so far, and these vehicles will replace their gasoline counterparts that have reached the end of their useful life.

Litchfield also said three electric buses will be in service after they arrive between July and August. The department plans to order an additional seven buses, which will arrive in late 2022 or early 2023, he said.

"Chapel Hill Transit's use of electric buses is an important step in continuing our community's reduction of greenhouse gas emissions," Michael Piehler, UNC chief sustainability officer and special assistant to the chancellor for sustainability, said.

The Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County and UNC are partnered with the transit system, Litchfield said, to push toward a greener future.

Chapel Hill Transit's move to electric cars has been met with enthusiasm from activists and students.

"Any step towards lower emissions is encouraging," Julia Straight, a rising sophomore and member of The North Carolina Public Interest Research Group, said. "I'm definitely more likely to use Chapel Hill transportation now that it's becoming more sustainable."

But the transition to electric vehicles is not without its challenges, Litchfield said. The electric cars - all of which are Nissan LEAFs - are inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, he said.

He said Chapel Hill Transit is working to identify which midsize vehicles could allow for the transportation of people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Litchfield said he is hopeful that as the use of electric cars becomes more widespread, solutions for inaccessibility will be available.

Straight said introducing electric vehicles is a step in the right direction, but it plays just one of many roles in combatting climate change.

"Three electric buses aren't going to change Chapel Hill's carbon footprint," Straight said. "The Town of Chapel Hill needs to plan on making large, continuous strides towards sustainability."

Litchfield said he hopes Chapel Hill Transit's move to electric cars will inspire others in the community to follow suit.

UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill already have worked closely to develop initiatives and strategies to work toward creating a more sustainable community, Piehler said.

The implementation of electric vehicles also is part of UNC's Climate Action Plan, a 15-year plan that aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Over 75 percent of the short-term strategies have been put into motion since the plan's publication in 2009.

"We can only control what we can control," Litchfield said. "So, we have made the choice to move towards zero-emission vehicles. We've taken the lead in doing that and hope to continue to be a leader in that our efforts will influence other departments and other agencies."


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<![CDATA[Carrboro Town Council member Damon Seils announces he is running for mayor]]> Carrboro Town Council member Damon Seils is running for mayor of Carrboro, he announced on June 2, a week after Lydia Lavelle announced she will not seek reelection.

Seils has served on the council for eight years, during which he said he has built relationships with community members and leaders within Carrboro and across the greater region and state.

He said Lavelle set the bar high, and he hopes to build on Carrboro's progressive reputation and on the Town's role as a statewide leader on issues regarding the LGBTQ+ community, racial equity and other items of the progressive agenda that Lavelle secured.

"I want to build on that by making sure Carrboro is leading in that way, but on a broader conversation," Seils said. "That means not only on racial equity and LGBTQ+ issues, but also on economic justice, setting the agenda for more progressive change."

He said he is in a good position to lead important action points and issues the council has made on progress on because of his experience and familiarity with Carrboro.

He said his priorities include:

  • Bringing Carrboro Connects ー the community-led comprehensive plan to guide decision-making in Carrboro over the next few decades on some of the Town's biggest challenges ー to fruition and implementing its recommendations
  • Important decision-making on issues of racial and economic justice in Carrboro and the greater region
  • Improving local and regional transportation

Seils also said he plans to lead Carrboro in using federal aid to emerge from the pandemic by allocating resources equitably in order to assist those most impacted economically by COVID-19.

Tricia Mesigian, the owner of Orange County Social Club in Carrboro, said she trusts Seils' leadership.

Mesigian said she supports Seils because he cares about the smaller tasks such as available parking, municipal trash pickups and communication between the Town and its residents, which are important to local business owners like herself.

"What I like about Damon is that he's in it day-to-day, but he has a broader vision for the future of Carrboro," Mesigian said.

James E. Williams Jr. has lived in Carrboro since 1990 and served as the chief public defender for Orange and Chatham counties. He said Seils is open, accessible and interested in helping the local community.

Williams said he has conversed with Seils on a number of issues of concern to the African American community in Carrboro, and that Seils always has engaged and educated himself on these issues.

Williams went to Seils, he said, to discuss concerns regarding policing issues in Orange County, and he was instrumental in encouraging local police to become more serious about bias-free policing.

"He's someone who values inclusivity and diversity, and he wants to see a town that serves everybody well, and that's important," Williams said. "He's a dedicated public servant."

Williams also is a chairperson of the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, which aims to help the county deal more truthfully with its racial past.

Williams said Seils is serving on this coalition, which demonstrates Seils' willingness to engage in local efforts and recognize that history has impacts on present-day society.

"He's willing to put in the work, and I share his values in the type of town that Carrboro can aspire to be," Williams said. "He realizes that this is an ongoing effort."


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Damon Seils, Carrboro council member, poses beside the Carrboro Town Hall sign on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Seils announced he is running for Mayor of Carrboro.

<![CDATA[Carolina Performing Arts, UNC music department collaborate for Compose Carolina series]]> Carolina Performing Arts, in collaboration with the UNC Department of Music, will host its second annual Compose Carolina series in July, which will virtually showcase the work of UNC community members.

The series will consist of four sessions, each debuting original music scores written by UNC students or alumni with varying genres and style. The sessions will also include interspersed conversations and Q&A sessions with the artists, which will be moderated by a faculty member from the music department.

Three alumni composers are participating in the series as well as a group of undergraduate student composers and musicians, Cat Zachary, the communications coordinator for the UNC Department of Music, said.

The theme of the series is "In The Now," which the composers are encouraged to interpret freely.

Zachary said due to the isolation that resulted from the pandemic, much creativity has emerged over the past year, and the compositions in the series will show how people have grown and how their view of the world has changed.

She also said Compose Carolina is an excellent opportunity for student composers to gain experience with a broader audience since the undergraduate program has only a dozen students.

"It's really important for us to highlight the work that our students are doing," Zachary said. "To give them this bigger platform online where they can really show off what they're doing, it's really such a fantastic opportunity."

Alex McKeveny, a rising senior majoring in music and business administration and a Compose Carolina artist, said a professor reached out to him about participating in the series, and he was intrigued by the concept.

McKeveny also said he is used to the virtual format of the series since he participated last year, but the flow of the conversation is more difficult online.

UNC graduate Stewart Engart, another Compose Carolina participant, said the online format presents some benefits, which he noticed through being part of other virtual performances during the pandemic.

Engart said he was able to meet people who were fans of his work at a previous performance, and he then listened to their music and established a connection in a way made possible by online communication.

The downside to virtual concerts, he said, is the lack of gratification after a performance.

"It's interesting because your piece finishes, and you worked on it for hundreds of hours, and then there's an emoji in the chat, and that's the response to your piece," Engart said.

But he said he is excited about the upcoming series because he looks forward to meeting new people and reestablishing ties to the UNC community.

He also said he is honored to be on the same stage as the two other alumni composers, Cristina "Trinity" Vélez-Justo and Alex Van Gils, because he looked up to them during his time at UNC.

Jess Abel, the marketing and communications manager at Carolina Performing Arts, said this series uniquely enables the audience to get to know the background and inner workings of the music.

She said that after each performance, audience members can ask the artist questions and listen to a professor who is knowledgeable on the subject provide commentary on the piece.

"It allows us to see the process unfold very organically, and it also allows the audience a very close seat into what the artist is thinking," Abel said. "Immediately after the debut of the piece, you can interact, which is new for us in the virtual realm."


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<![CDATA[Even after early exit in NCAA regionals, UNC baseball has a bright future]]> Sunday's loss against UCLA that ended the UNC baseball team's season and eliminated the team from the NCAA Tournament was a tough one to say the least.

After winning their first game of the Lubbock Regional, the Tar Heels dropped consecutive games against Texas Tech and the Bruins, but there are still plenty of positives to take away from the trying 2021 season.

In a challenging year, first-year head coach Scott Forbes is thankful for the opportunity that was presented to him and his team.

"I'm really proud of our team," Forbes said. "If you look back at everything that happened over the last year, it is pretty amazing that we even had a college season, and I am thankful for that. I am thankful for our players and just so thankful for the opportunity I was given to lead these guys."

The Tar Heels won their first matchup in the NCAA regionals against UCLA, but when the teams met again in an elimination game on Sunday, the Bruins dominated from the start. UCLA senior Zach Pettway tossed a complete game as his team's offense piled on the runs.

By the middle of fourth inning, the Bruins had a 10-run advantage, a lead that ultimately proved insurmountable for the Tar Heels.

Coming into the season, UNC had lower-than-average expectations considering the past success of their storied program, but they fought and earned one of the last four at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament when a lot of people were counting them out.

Throughout the season, Forbes had to rely on typical relief pitchers to give occasional starts. Senior Gage Gillian opened Saturday's game against Texas Tech after earning the save the night before against UCLA.

Gillian's outing showed the creativity that Forbes needed in order to piece together starts for the Tar Heels, especially after losing first-year Max Carlson and junior Joey Lancellotti - two key starters - early in the year.

"A lot went into it to be able to be ready to have a season and to find a way to get into the postseason when a lot of people didn't think that we were going to be able to do that, even when we had our two pitchers," Forbes said.

The Tar Heels were dealt a tough card this year, but they showed up ready to play in every game this season and their fight and determination as a team took them a long way.

Sophomore outfielder Caleb Roberts was proud of the grit that his team displayed on and off the diamond this year and the attitude that they took towards every game regardless of the opponent.

"With everything that went on and our season being cut short last year, we were just so thankful to be able to go play a full season," Roberts said. "We weren't sure if we were going to have games cut short, so we took pride in playing every game."

The Tar Heels didn't have a clear path of where they would wind up, after finishing the regular season around the middle of the pack in the ACC, but they did not let their tough losses hold them down.

The early elimination was tough to stomach for the Tar Heels, but they have a lot to build on going forward, especially considering the 31 underclassmen listed on their roster this year.

"We weren't sure if we were going to make the tournament, but we were just happy that we made it and I felt like coming here was a really good experience for us and some of the younger guys," Roberts said. "I will never forget playing here in Lubbock and I feel like this will really help our program in the future."

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<![CDATA[UNC baseball eliminated from NCAA regionals with 12-2 loss to UCLA]]> After losing their second game of the Lubbock Regional Saturday night to Texas Tech, the UNC baseball team (28-27, 18-18 ACC) dropped their elimination game Sunday afternoon against the UCLA Bruins (37-19, 18-12 Pac-12), 12-2.

What happened?

After their emphatic rebound against Army on Saturday, the Bruins were able to keep things rolling again Sunday afternoon against the Tar Heels, scoring five runs in the top of the first to grab an early 5-0 lead. In the top of the third, UCLA struck again, extending their lead to six off of a solo home run to left field from first-year JonJon Vaughns.

The homer by Vaughns was the only one of the day for the Bruins, but they were far from done at the plate - scoring four more runs in the fourth off of an RBI fly out and three RBI singles to give UCLA a whopping 10-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Tar Heels were able to grab their first and only runs of the day - scoring two runs off of two RBI singles from first-years Will Stewart and Tomas Frick to cut the UCLA lead to eight.

The Bruin lead remained steady at eight until the top of the seventh when UCLA was able to grab two more runs off of an RBI double from junior Matt McLain to extend the lead to 12-2. After giving up the two early runs, Senior Zach Pettway settled back down and cruised through the Tar Heel lineup in the later innings, pitching a complete game and guiding the Bruins to a big ten run victory to keep them alive in the NCAA Tournament.

Who stood out?

At the plate, first-years Stewart and Frick were able to drive in the only Tar Heel runs of the day off of two RBI singles. Sophomore Caleb Roberts was also able to register the only multi-hit performance of the day for the Tar Heels, with a single and a double.

Pitching struggled overall for the Tar Heels Sunday, but they were able to get scoreless outings from sophomore Nik Pry, first-year Caleb Cozart, redshirt first-year Max Alba, and junior Michael Oh - who combined for 6.1 innings of work.

UCLA was led by a complete team effort at the plate, with five batters registering two or more RBI's. On the mound, the Bruins were led by Pettway's complete game in which he struck out nine Tar Heel batters on one walk and two earned runs.

When was it decided?

UCLA grabbed a big lead early Sunday afternoon on a day where the Tar Heel bats were cold. The Bruins capitalized on the opportunity to stay alive, gaining an eight run advantage after four frames that ended up being insurmountable for the Tar Heels.

Why does it matter?

The loss against the Bruins Sunday afternoon marks the end of the 2021 season for the Tar Heels, who were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after winning their first game of the Lubbock Regional.

When do they play next?

Fans will have to wait until next February to catch the Tar Heels back in action. The Tar Heels are due to return a lot from a young team, who will look to build off of their 2021 NCAA Tournament appearance under first-year skipper Scott Forbes.

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<![CDATA[UNC responds to letter from Hannah-Jones' legal team as deadline passes to offer tenure]]> UNC responded on Friday to a letter from the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. about Nikole Hannah-Jones' employment, according to a statement from Joel Curran, vice chancellor for communications.

"We look forward to continued dialogue with her counsel," Curran said in the statement.

Curran's statement is the only information the University will share at this time, according to UNC Media Relations.

Hannah-Jones' legal team gave UNC until Friday to offer her a tenured position or face a federal lawsuit, according to the letter, which was obtained by NC Policy Watch on May 29.

The attorneys outlined the case in the letter, including Hannah-Jones' qualifications and the timeline of her tenure application.

"The reasons for UNC's denial of tenure to Ms. Hannah-Jones can only be understood as the product of political and racially discriminatory backlash against her life's work investigating, documenting, reporting, and uplifting Black Americans' fight against generational subjugation through racial oppression and structural injustice," the letter read.

The Board of Trustees did not meet again by the deadline.

Hannah-Jones said in a statement on May 27 that she believes Americans who work to uncover truths about racism, past and present, should be able to pursue this work without their civil and constitutional rights being in danger.

"I had no desire to bring turmoil or a political firestorm to the university that I love, but I am obligated to fight back against a wave of anti-democratic suppression that seeks to prohibit the free exchange of ideas, silence Black voices and chill free speech," she said.

Hannah-Jones is set to join the faculty on July 1 as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She has been offered a five-year contract with the option of being reviewed for tenure at the end.

Chairperson of the Faculty Mimi Chapman said one purpose of the Knight Chair position is to grant tenured positions to practicing journalists.

"That is not a requirement at the Knight Foundation, but that's how it's always been done on this campus," Chapman said. "So, you know (Hannah-Jones) is being considered really differently than her predecessors in the Knight Chair. It's an unusual situation."


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Photo is of Nikole Hannah-Jones

<![CDATA[LGBTQ+ students share how they celebrate Pride]]> For members of the LGBTQ+ community, Pride Month is a time of unapologetic celebration and unity.

UNC students are celebrating Pride during June by uniting in shared experiences, attending festivals and parades, and hosting intimate gatherings for LGBTQ+ students.

What Pride means

For some of the LGBTQ+ students at UNC, Pride Month means a number of different things.

Bri Smith, a rising junior, said Pride is about embracing and being proud of her identity.

"For a lot of my childhood, I wasn't really out fully," Smith said. "And so, Pride connects me to that history of LGBT, queer members."

Queer People of Faith President Kylie Mizelle said she also feels more connected to LGBTQ+ history during Pride month.

"Around this time every year, a lot of the historical background of Pride comes back up," she said. "We're able to really celebrate the people of color and the trans women of color who started the movement, and really embrace those roots."

Mizelle said in her experience, Pride is about living her truth and coming into her own power as an individual.

Student celebrations

Before the pandemic, festivals were held all over the country to celebrate Pride Month - including Out! Raleigh Pride, which will be held as a car parade this year.

In addition to spending time with the people she loves, Jessie Gleason, a rising junior, said she will be reflecting on the importance of last year's Pride celebrations in Raleigh and Durham during the Black Lives Matter movement.

"There were some really cool, queer-organized protests in the name of Black Lives Matter and all of the Black trans women that had been murdered recently by the police," Gleason said. "And just really being reminded that Pride is, as much as it is a celebration, it also is a protest."

In these reflections, Gleason said that going to local gatherings and celebrations this year where the LGBTQ+ community feels safe and welcomed was more important to her than making Pride Month about big corporate events.

Addressing intersectionality

Smith said it is important to uplift the voices of Black queer individuals who were on the front lines of the LGBTQ+ movement, yet received little recognition for their accomplishments. Addressing this intersection is important for making Pride Month a welcoming event, Smith said.

Another important step is to recognize the internal racism, misogyny and transphobia within the LGBTQ+ community, Gleason said.

"Pride is supposed to be for all of us and actually listening to people when they say their needs," she said.

Director of the LGBTQ+ Center Terri Phoenix said Carolina' students, faculty and staff work year-round to develop programs to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. T said these efforts lay a foundation to create a more inclusive environment for students - regardless of their identities.

"We also stand in support of all LGBTQ students and allies during Pride Month as they celebrate wherever they may be," Phoenix said.

For more information on direct support and advocacy resources for the LGBTQ+ community, click here.


<![CDATA[Jones and Scotty bring home NCAA doubles title for UNC women's tennis]]> If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

For graduate student Makenna Jones and sophomore Elizabeth Scotty, learning how to persevere in the face of defeat was how they brought home a national title for UNC women's tennis.

After breezing through the NCAA regionals at the start of May, the undefeated, No. 1 seed UNC women's tennis team traveled down to Orlando, Florida, for the national championships. Over two weeks, the Tar Heels played in the team tournament, then participated in the singles and doubles championships.

In the team tournament, UNC defeated California in the round of 16 and Duke in the quarterfinals, then faced Pepperdine in the semifinals.

It was in this round that the Tar Heels' momentum came to a stop as the Waves stole the doubles point, the first that UNC had lost since facing Texas in February.

"The doubles is such a crapshoot," head coach Brian Kalbas said. "And when you do lose a doubles point, there's not a lot of room for error."

UNC couldn't notch the win after dropping that initial point, losing three of the six singles courts. The 4-3 loss to Pepperdine snapped the Tar Heels' historic 48-match win streak and cost them a ticket to the finals.

"We headed into Orlando undefeated as a team," Scotty said. "Me and everyone else thought we would get a national title and it'd be from the team, so to lose in the semifinals was really tough."

But the athletes did not have time to dwell on the team's loss - the singles and doubles competitions began after just one day of turnaround.

No. 32 ranked Jones lost in the first round of singles and subsequently injured her leg. Defeated and exhausted, she rallied yet again for the doubles championship the following day with Scotty. Despite the pressure, Jones remained in a positive mindset to soak in her final days as a UNC women's tennis player.

"I was like, 'You know what? I'm just going to go out in the doubles and I'm going to have fun and I'm going to enjoy this,'" Jones said. "Because I never knew what day could be my last day."

Jones and Scotty were a relatively new pair, only debuting their partnership in February. Scotty said her aggressive style from the baseline complements Jones' quick, smart moves at the net, giving the pair instant chemistry on the court.

In their first two matches, the No. 4-ranked duo fell behind in the initial sets but came back from both deficits to advance to the quarterfinals. They finally settled in and played confidently through the next two rounds, earning two straight-set victories against Virginia and N.C. State.

"You talk about a symphony, like sweet music playing together," Kalbas said. "That's how they were. They moved together, they covered for each other, personality-wise they just did a great job of understanding what they needed to do point to point."

Then came the doubles finals - the Tar Heels' last chance to take home a title. Their opponents were none other than Texas' rookie duo of Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun - the same pair that UNC lost its last doubles point to in February and UNC's other doubles team, Sara Daavettila and Cameron Morra, lost to in the round of 16.

Jones and Scotty fell behind 3-0 in the opening set but fought back against the Texas tandem to tie the score 3-3. They then forced a tiebreaker, winning seven of the eight points to claim the first set, 7-6.

Texas answered with a victory in the second set, 6-4, putting the national title in the hands of a super-tiebreaker third set.

The teams went back and forth relentlessly, tying the score 8-all. Jones and Scotty used all the stamina they had left to answer with two last points to clinch the national title.

"Before the tiebreaker, (Coach Kalbas) said, 'Brave teams are the ones that come out with the wins in the breakers,'" Jones said. "And me moving on match point was basically my way of being bold, and it did pay off in the end."

With that, UNC secured the program's second-ever NCAA doubles title. In their 2020-2021 season, the Tar Heels went 30-1 and finished as ITA's No. 2 team in the nation, the best in program history.

Even after a long season with a target on their backs, the Tar Heels managed to persevere through an NCAA tournament marked by tough tennis, injuries and shocking losses.

And being brave did pay off in the end.

"You can always come back," Scotty said. "You can always finish on a high note."

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<![CDATA[Two N.C. General Assembly bills move closer to criminal justice reform]]> Two bills addressing criminal justice reform are sitting in a North Carolina Senate committee after being unanimously passed by the N.C. House in early May.

House Bill 436, entitled "Support Law Enforcement Mental Health," would require potential law enforcement officers to undergo psychological screenings prior to certification or employment.

The bill would also require officers to participate in two-hour trainings on effective mental health and wellness strategies every three years.

Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange) co-sponsored House Bill 436 and said the bill would provide officers with additional training on mitigation techniques and discern their mental fitness.

"They need to be able to evaluate a situation and have training on how to de-escalate and how to play social worker," Insko said.

Insko said she believes the training is especially important when officers are called to deal with mentally unstable individuals because she is continuing to see poor-decision making based on these situations.

The second criminal justice reform bill, House Bill 536, would obligate law enforcement officers to intervene in and report situations of excessive force within three days.

Rep. Ricky Hurtado, (D-Alamance) co-sponsored both bills and said House Bill 536 would provide officers with a lawful duty to interfere in instances of extreme force.

He said this bill would prevent situations like the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police last May from ever being possible.

"You can tell from the situation over a year ago, officers knew there was an excessive use of force being used," Hurtado said. "This law would make it mandatory for them to intervene."

Daniel Bowes, director of policy and advocacy at the ACLU of North Carolina, said though both bills are a step in the right direction, he believes legislators could do more.

"I think they could go further in terms of acknowledging that it's not always individual police officers who are the problem," Bowes said. "But the institution itself."

Hurtado said he believes both bills are important measures for holding law enforcement accountable and eliminating biases within the criminal justice system.

"When we think about the health and wellbeing of our police officers, that directly translates to their effectiveness in the field," he said. "I think that also reduces risk factors, such as how implicit bias may impact your reactions in risky situations."

Both House Bills 436 and 536 received bipartisan support as both parties would like to see all law enforcement officers resolve situations absent of excessive force, Insko said.

She said she believes these additional measures will also help eliminate unfit individuals.

"I think both Democrats and Republicans believe most of our law enforcement officers are following the law," she said. "But we have so many. So, there are going to be people who really should never have been in the business in the first place."

Hurtado said he believes bipartisan agreement concerning criminal justice legislation will continue.

Alicia Stemper, director of public information and special services for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said in an email that these measures were already a standard for their officers.

Stemper said a duty to intervene has always been included within their policy manual, and all potential hires must pass a multi-stage screening process, including a psychological evaluation and polygraph examination.


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Chapel Hill Police vehicles standby at the Chapel Hill Police Department on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The Chapel Hill Police Department has increased their patrols in and around UNC's campus in response to the sexual assault in the Shortbread Lofts parking deck on Sept. 13, 2019.

<![CDATA[UNC journalism school alumni express support for Nikole Hannah-Jones]]> Almost 300 UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media alumni have signed an open letter in protest of the Board of Trustees' not acting to offer tenure to distinguished alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones.

In the letter, published on May 23, the alumni called for immediate reconsideration and wrote that Hannah-Jones must be tenured as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism. She is set to join the faculty in this position on July 1 under a fixed, five-year contract with the option to be reviewed for tenure at the end.

Hannah-Jones was granted the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2020 for her work on the 1619 Project.

The alumni wrote that they believe it is incredibly valuable to learn directly from practicing professionals with careers in the fields of journalism, advertising, public relations and business.They also called for diversification of leadership.

"We expect a thorough and transparent evaluation to determine how we can best diversify this leadership body to better reflect the Carolina community, and to enrich and improve their decision-making going forward," the letter read.

A group of 1,619 UNC alumni also showed support for Hannah-Jones in an advertisement in The News & Observer on May 26, in reference to the 1619 Project, which garnered criticism from conservatives.

Meredith Clark, who received her doctorate from the journalism school, said the Board of Trustees has a history of making bad decisions - citing Silent Sam as an example.

"I think with that (established) history, the public attention to that history and the outcry of the 1619 Project, the Board of Trustees was primed to take the non-action," she said.

Clark said that because Hannah-Jones is a decorated journalist, there had to have been other motivations for the Board's decision. She said there was no reason for the Board to find Hannah-Jones' work inadequate.

Jonathan Jones, who received his master's degree from the school in 2011, said the non-action is incredibly damaging to the Hussman School and the University at large. He said he thinks the tenure denial will make it more difficult to recruit diverse students and faculty to the University.

Meredith Collins received her master's degree from Hussman in 2019 and is now a doctoral student at the school. She said she did not understand why the Board of Trustees needed more time to consider Hannah-Jones' qualifications for tenure.

"Going through tenure is a really long process," she said. "You have to put together all your accomplishments and achievements. It's a long and lengthy process. I'm not fully understanding what they mean by 'more time to consider (her qualifications).'"

Jeannette Porter, a Hussman graduate, said some people are uncomfortable with Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project. She said the project confronted myths about America's origins and pointed out truths about race in the United States.

Porter said she was shocked and disgusted when she first heard the news of Hannah-Jones not being granted tenure. She said she did not believe the decision was impartial and accurate.

"We need more representation of under-heard voices in newsrooms," she said. "If journalism schools are being told when you hire these voices, 'You will be penalized,' I think it's a terrible thing and it doesn't bode well for democracy in the United States."


Jeannette Porter, alumna of the Hussman school, and Assistant Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, poses for a virtual portrait in her office on Friday, June 4, 2021. Porter signed a letter created by Jeff Jarvis to protest against the action of the UNC Board of Trustees, in support of Nikole Hannah-Jones.

<![CDATA[UNC baseball drops second game of NCAA regional to Texas Tech, 7-2]]> After winning a close one in their first game of the Lubbock Regional, the UNC baseball team (28-26, 18-18 ACC) dropped game two to the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (38-15, 14-10 Big 12), 7-2.

What happened?

It didn't take long for either team to get on the board in front of a sizable crowd at Rip Griffin Park on Saturday night. In the top of the first inning the Red Raiders took an early 2-0 lead off of a two-run homer from first-year second baseman Jace Jung. After falling behind early, the Tar Heels got things rolling in the bottom half of the inning, scoring their first run of the game off of a fielder's choice RBI from first-year Mac Horvath to cut the deficit in half.

The score remained steady through the second, but the Tar Heels struck again in the bottom of the third, tying the score up 2-2 off of an RBI double from sophomore Danny Serretti. Two runs would be all the Tar Heels could muster off of a stellar pitching performance by the Red Raiders, but things were just getting started at the plate for the host team. In the top of the fifth, Texas Tech broke the tie, scoring their third run off an RBI double from junior Braxton Fulford.

The Tar Heels came close to taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth, after Horvath sent a pitch off the top of the left field wall, but he was tagged out on the way to second. The tying run was left stranded on third base after consecutive strikeouts ended the inning, and UNC was sent back to the dugout scoreless in the frame.

After the Tar Heels failed to take advantage of their opportunity, the Red Raiders extended their lead to 4-2 in the seventh, off of their second homer of the day from junior Kurt Wilson. Texas Tech capped their scoring off in the eighth, scoring three more runs off of a bases-loaded walk and a two-RBI single from Wilson.

The Tar Heels got a runner on in the bottom of the ninth, but junior Ryan Sublette shut the door for the Red Raiders, capping off a stellar 3.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts to secure the 7-2 win for his team.

Who stood out?

Things were slow at the plate Saturday for the Tar Heels. Serretti and Horvath drove in the only runs of the game and redshirt-sophomore Angel Zarate finished with the only two-hit performance, going 2-3. Shawn Rapp led the way on the mound, pitching 4.2 innings of two-run ball while striking out seven Red Raider batters along the way.

For Texas Tech, Wilson and Jung provided the spark at the plate - driving in five total runs on four hits. On the mound, the Red Raiders got stellar performances from redshirt-senior Patrick Monteverde and Sublette who combined for 15 total strikeouts.

When was it decided?

Texas Tech blew things open in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs to extend their lead to 7-2. On a slow night at the plate for the Tar Heels, the five-run lead ended up being insurmountable late in the game.

Why does it matter?

After taking game one against UCLA, the loss Saturday night places the Tar Heels in the loser's bracket. The Tar Heels will now need two wins on Sunday to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will be back in action Sunday for their third game of the Lubbock Regional in an elimination game rematch against the UCLA Bruins. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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UNC sophomore short stop Danny Serretti (1) throws the ball at the NCAA tournament game against Texas Tech on Saturday June 5, 2021 in Lubbock, TX. The Tar Heels lost 2-7. Photo courtesy of Elise Bressler.

<![CDATA[UNC baseball edges out UCLA in first game of NCAA regionals, 5-4]]> In their first game of the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in the Lubbock Regional, the North Carolina baseball team (28-25, 18-18 ACC) knocked off the second-seeded UCLA Bruins (35-19, 18-12 PAC-12), 5-4.

What happened?

The Bruins got things rolling in the bottom of the first inning, scoring the first run of the game off of an RBI double from junior Matt McLain to give UCLA the early lead. After falling behind the Bruins early, the Tar Heels responded in the top of the second, tying things up at 1-1 off of an RBI groundout to second base from first-year Will Stewart that scored senior Brett Centracchio.

Stewart struck again in the top of the fourth, driving in two more Tar Heel runs off of a single to center field to give the Tar Heels a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, McLain also delivered again for the Bruins, driving in his second run of the day off of a sacrifice fly to center field to cut the Tar Heel lead to 3-2.

After seeing his team's lead cut to one, sophomore Danny Serretti came up big in the top of the seventh, driving in two runs off of his ninth home run of the season to give the Tar Heels their largest lead of the day, 5-2.

Five runs would be all for the Tar Heels, but the Bruins grabbed two more runs in the seventh and the eighth to make things interesting heading into the ninth at 5-4. The Bruins had a prime opportunity in the bottom of the inning, but senior Gage Gillian came up big with his fourth save of the season - shutting down the UCLA bats with two strikeouts in the frame to give UNC a one-run victory.

Who stood out?

Stewart, who hadn't played in a game since March, led the charge for the Tar Heels at the plate, driving in three runs off of two key hits. Sophomore Danny Serretti also came up big for the Tar Heels at the plate with his two-run homer in the seventh that ended up being the deciding factor in a one-run victory.

On the mound, Tar Heel ace Austin Love delivered with another stellar performance to give his team a chance, throwing 6.2 innings of three-run ball to go along with nine strikeouts.

When was it decided?

In a close contest between two storied programs, the game was decided late. Serretti's two-run homer in the seventh was the deciding factor, but after seeing his team's lead shrink to one heading into the ninth, Gillian closed the door with two strikeouts to secure the 5-4 victory for UNC.

Why does it matter?

With the win Friday night, the third-seeded Tar Heels vaulted themselves into the winner's bracket in Lubbock. In a double elimination format, the opening game victory was huge for the Tar Heels who were able to capitalize off of their ace Austin Love's start and build off of the momentum created by last Friday's victory against rival N.C. State.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will be back in action Saturday for their second game of the Lubbock Regional against the host, Texas Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Instagram account run by UNC sophomore inspires students to pursue careers in STEM]]> UNC sophomore Samantha Townsend uses her Instagram account @stem357 to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.

Townsend created the account in February 2019 to share STEM-related memes and videos. The account now has over 82,000 followers.

One reason she started the account was to make STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - seem less daunting by creating a tight-knit community, Townsend said.

"I just wanted to share my love for STEM and show that there are a ton of other people out there who are in the exact same boat," she said. "We've had this really supportive community centered around enjoying STEM content, making memes and making videos."

Townsend said creating this online community helps STEM students connect with each other through humor, making the field seem less intimidating.

Cameron Jordan, a friend and longtime follower of Townsend's account, said the memes provide more than just entertainment. Jordan said the posts help the learning process by making jokes about course material, and if a joke is hard to understand, other users in the comments will help explain it.

Townsend said despite her large following, she rarely receives hate or negative comments.

"I always say I have the best followers in the world because they're all super supportive of me making content and making my videos fun," she said.

Michael Facci, a recent UNC graduate who studied applied mathematics, said the lighthearted nature of the account makes STEM more accessible to people who are intimidated by it, especially students who may be new to STEM fields or nervous to enter them.

Townsend said students who may be afraid to pursue a career in STEM should know that STEM is a large community with many supportive members.

"I tell everyone to know that you are not alone," she said. "I know it can be scary looking at your course load and seeing all these classes that you may have never heard of. There are a lot of people out there in the same boat."



<![CDATA[Chapel Hill and Carrboro collaborate to host Small Town Pride events throughout June]]> In honor of Pride Month, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro are collaborating to host Small Town Pride, a local month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community this June.

The celebrations will feature raising Pride flags in both downtowns, social media campaigns that highlight local LGBTQ+ leaders, history and milestones, specials at local businesses and the Small Town Pride Video.

There will also be a variety of in-person and virtual events including:

  • Drag Queen Story Time, taking place at Southern Community Park on Saturday, June 12from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • An in-person Pride Food Truck Rodeo and Dance Party, which will take place on Thursday, June 24from 5-8 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons
  • A virtual Pride Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom where "A World Between" by Emily Hashimoto will be discussed

Chapel Hill Town Council member Karen Stegman said this event series is the closest collaboration Chapel Hill and Carrboro have ever had in regard to Pride Month. She said the Towns decided to work together in light of their shared importance placed on uplifting local LGBTQ+ community members.

"Acknowledging Pride is so important," Stegman said. "The LGBTQ+ community continues to face significant discrimination, harassment and violence. Visibility and celebration sends a critical message about our values as a community."

Stegman also said Chapel Hill and Carrboro recently worked together to pass non-discrimination ordinances, including being one of the first municipalities in the state to enact LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination rules for businesses, now that local municipalities can do so legally through the N.C. General Assembly.

This partnership, she said, made the Towns' collaboration on Pride Month an easy next step.

Matthew DeBellis, the LGBTQ+ Liaison to the Chapel Hill Town Manager, said it was necessary for his branch to work with Carrboro to engage the entire community. He said both Towns hope to establish standards for Pride and that those standards grow each year with increased celebrations.

Lydia Lavelle, the mayor of Carrboro, emphasized the importance of recognizing Pride Month in the local community and said both towns have a rich history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

She said Carrboro is a progressive leader in North Carolina, being the first town in the state to offer domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples, to have gay and lesbian mayors and to oppose House Bill 2.

"It's always been a really important value of the Town, so it makes sense that we should lift up that support and really show our community members who are LGBTQ+ how important the community is for all of us," Lavelle said.

Lavelle is the first lesbian mayor of Carrboro, and so she said feels a special connection to the celebrations and feels it is important to recognize Pride Month.

Lavelle said since she has the ability to speak out and support the LGBTQ+ community - whereas many others lack the forum to do so - she can lift up community members who are struggling.

Though this is the first year that Chapel Hill and Carrboro fully planned Pride Month celebrations as a unit, Lavelle said Carrboro hosted a jam-packed Pride celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 2019.

She said some events of 2019 were similar to the upcoming celebrations this month, including the LGBTQ+ book reading, the inclusion of the Rainbow Ram in the Pride march and the dance party.

"Lydia Lavelle is one of the most effective leaders in North Carolina," DeBellis said. "Not only is she inspiring to the LGBTQ+ community state-wide and country-wide, but her work as mayor of Carrboro has been an example of what a progressive, small town in the South should aspire to."

For more information and to register for the book club, visit here.


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<![CDATA[Op-ed: Set a date to review Hannah-Jones for tenure]]> The Board of Trustees (BOT) must set a date to review Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones for tenure.

Over a week has passed since the BOT received the formal recommendation for her tenure, an action that has been publicly reported. Outside of Ms. Hannah-Jones, who now has legal counsel representing her interests, the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty have the most to lose in this situation. Yet, we are completely in the dark. The outcome of the Board's decision will tell us, one way or another, whether our teaching, research and service are respected and valued, or whether our careers are now subject to ideological concerns of members of the BOT or those who appoint them.

Since this situation became public on May 17, outrage and fear have filled my inbox and my Twitter feed; faculty from every corner of the campus have written with their views. The fearful messages stick with me the most. One writer wondered whether the unsuccessful outcome of a promotion decision was based on the quality of their scholarship or outside political considerations. Another asked whether they could trust the tenure process at this institution.

As of last night, we know that a candidate for a position in the chemistry department has withdrawn from consideration because of her concern about this situation, raising concerns among other department chairs about their own recruiting efforts. At this point, the campus is being held hostage. To question, ignore or otherwise not address the question of tenure for Ms. Hannah-Jones, as the BOT has done, leads all of us in fields from medicine and basic sciences to the arts and humanities to question whether politicized aspects of our work will result in a tenure or promotion denial at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The exhaustive tenure process creates the foundation by which candidates are thoroughly vetted. No process is perfect, and there are pitfalls in the tenure system to be sure. But a tenure evaluation provides gracious plenty of perspectives on one person's work, creating a balanced look at strengths, weaknesses, and predictions for future success and contribution. Tenure asks if a candidate is a strong teacher, an innovative researcher, a respected scholar.

In the case of a Knight Chair, the tenure question focuses on whether a practitioner in media and journalism has made significant and long-lasting contributions to the field. It has nothing to do with someone's political or ideological beliefs. For those of us who spend hours poring over tenure decisions, the current circumstance begs the question: Are we wasting our time? Worse still, for those faculty currently under the year-long tenure microscope, the question of who will actually judge their work is added to an already anxiety-producing process.

Will their senior colleagues be judge and jury as expected? Or will an entity whose motivations are entirely opaque decide their academic fate? The only group that can answer that question is the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.

Ms. Hannah-Jones has said she will sue if her tenure case is not considered. The silence this week suggests that the BOT plans to call that question. But they should think beyond this one individual. Should it become clear that Ms. Hannah-Jones will not be given a fair hearing and vote as has every other candidate for the position she will hold, faculty will no doubt leave this university. Why stay when promotion or tenure may be delayed or denied because of someone else's politics?

At the beginning of this controversy, I was asked about faculty leaving and I hedged my answer, hoping that somehow this circumstance would be quickly and positively resolved. But, given that three weeks out, we remain completely in the dark as to the trustees' plans and intentions and I am running low on optimism. As faculty, we must know where those who are entrusted with our careers and the well-being of our campus stand. To Chairman Stevens and the members of the Board of Trustees, the time has come to let the faculty know how you view us.

Set a date for the consideration of Ms. Hannah-Jones.

Mimi V. Chapman, MSW, Ph.D.

Frank A. Daniels DistinguishedProfessor for Human Service Policy Information, Associate Dean for Doctoral Education

School of Social Work

Chair of the Faculty,The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


<![CDATA[Preview: UNC baseball to start NCAA Tournament play against UCLA in Lubbock Regional]]> The North Carolina baseball team was awarded an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament on Monday following a highly competitive season, and the team will travel to Lubbock, Texas, for its first stop on the road to the College World Series.

The Tar Heels earned the No. 3 seed in the Lubbock Regional and will compete in their first game on Friday at 7 p.m., where they will face UCLA. It will be UNC's 19th appearance in the tournament in the last 22 seasons.

North Carolina had one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the country this season. The Tar Heels not only played in one of the most competitive conferences in baseball, but they also had a tough slate of nonconference opponents, finishing the regular season 27-25 overall and 18-18 in ACC play.

UNC is one of eight ACC teams competing in the postseason, along with Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Virginia.

The Tar Heels were at risk of losing an at-large bid after a loss to Pittsburgh in the opening game of the ACC tourney, but they earned a competitive victory against N.C. State in the final game of ACC Tournament Pool Play last Friday, 9-6.

North Carolina has won six of its last nine games to carry some momentum into the tournament. The Tar Heels just sneaked into the 64-team field as one of the last four teams to make the cut.

Texas Tech, the host and No. 1 seed in the region, will compete against the Army Black Knights at 12 p.m. to start the day Friday. The Tar Heels will face UCLA later that day in the 2-3 seed matchup.

What to expect in Lubbock

North Carolina leads 8-5 in wins against the Bruins dating back to 1993, and the programs have met twice in the postseason - most recently in 2013, when the Tar Heels suffered a 4-1 loss.

UNC may not be the favorite to win on Friday, but with the outfielder duo of Angel Zarate and Justice Thompson both hitting above .300, redshirt sophomore ace Austin Love on the mound and sophomore Caleb Roberts leading the team in home runs and RBIs, the Tar Heels are likely to play at their best against the Bruins.

UCLA was fifth in the PAC-12 with a team batting average of .286, led by redshirt sophomore JT Schwartz, who held the conference batting title with his .405 average this past season. After ending their 35-18 regular season campaign with a four-game winning streak, the Bruins are riding high going into the tournament.

The schedule for the remainder of the regional will be as follows:

  • On Saturday, the losers of the first two matchups will face off in game 3, while the winners will play in game 4.
  • The following day, the winner of game 3 and the loser of game 4 will play in game 5, and the winners of games 4 and 5 will play in game 6.
  • If needed, a rematch of game 6 will be played on Monday to determine the winner of the regional.

The victor will move on to compete in the Super Regional round against the winner of the Stanford Regional, which includes Stanford, UC Irvine, Nevada and North Dakota State. The team that comes out on top in the Super Regional will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.


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<![CDATA[Students and RHA plan return to residence halls for a more typical fall semester]]> Around 9,000 students live on campus at UNC during a normal school year. But after the University de-densified residence halls due to the pandemic, only 3,000 students lived on campus last year.

With the University anticipating a return to in-person learning and a more traditional semester as COVID-19 restrictions ease, about 6,000 students plan to live in residence halls this fall.

Antonio Zuniga, a rising senior studying neuroscience, stayed in Joyner Residence Hall last year and said it felt more isolating compared to years past.

He said he was not able to study with peers as often, since University policy prohibited visitors in the residence halls.

Zuniga also said that because classes were online and libraries were open for limited hours, he spent a lot of time in his room.He felt like he was living in only one space, so it was more difficult to stay motivated, he said.

Elliana Alexander, a rising senior and president of the Residence Hall Association, said the RHA had to rethink its internal structure and come up with creative ways to foster community during the pandemic.

She said the RHA hosted some virtual events such as Duke-UNC watch parties and games of Among Us and Cards Against Carolina.

Incoming first-year Brianna Martin said she plans to live in Ehringhaus Residence Hall and is excited to move to campus and feel the UNC spirit.

"Being on campus is much more immersive," Martin said. "You're with other people that are also going through the exact same thing, which probably helps that experience and amplifies it."

She said she hopes there will be a lot of events within the community, and she hopes to get involved with many different organizations.

"If you're at home, you feel less connected to the school," she said. "You don't see all the traditions."

While RHA is still waiting for the CDC and the University to distribute official guidelines for the 2021-22 school year, Alexander said they are hoping things will return to normal.

She said the RHA plans to host outdoor events next year -either masked or unmasked - such as a silent disco, Duke-UNC watch parties and a multicultural festival.

The RHA is partnering with vendors to set up various services to facilitate the transition back to a typical residential experience, Alexander said.

Some of these services will include a laundry service with pickups, cleanings and drop-offs. There will also be a program that can put micro refrigerators, carpets and linens in students' dorms before move-in.

"Half of Carolina students would not have had a typical first-year experience," Alexander said. "We are hoping to use our platform to be able to connect people to each other and also to make that transition back to campus life a bit easier for everyone."


<![CDATA[Campus Safety Commission discusses Nikole Hannah-Jones, trauma response protocol]]> The Campus Safety Commission held its last meeting for the 2020-2021 academic year on Wednesday.

During the meeting, members discussed the letter the commission wrote on May 21 concerning Nikole Hannah-Jones' non-tenure and also the racial and political trauma response protocol.

What's new?

  • Minister Robert Campbell and commission co-chair Frank Baumgartner discussed the letter it sent concerning the Board of Trustees' non-action on Hannah-Jones' tenure.
    • Baumgartner said he worked very quickly to put out a statement denouncing that decision by the Board of Trustees, and was very upset by that decision.
      • "I'm quite confident that professor Hannah-Jones is fully deserving of a tenured appointment at this University," he said. "And I hope that she'll get it as soon as possible."
    • Campbell said Hannah-Jones' non-tenure doesn't only affect what happened at UNC, it affects what happens in the community.
      • "A lot of people look at UNC, as a leadership to change the way democracy is going," he said. "But if we allow this to continue to happen, we're still going down the rabbit hole. So it is time that we voice our concern to make change really happen."
  • A group of graduate students then introduced and shared the racial and political trauma response protocol to the Campus Safety Commission.
    • BT Parker, a student at the UNC School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health, said the protocol was created by the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine in order to help students cope with trauma.
      • "We can support each other by creating policies and guidelines that faculty and students can follow," Parker said.
    • Parker said the plan outlines the need for an urgent response from the institution. The steps include acknowledging that an event has occurred, providing flexibility with assignments and attendance, reaching out to students who are most affected and then making sure the students are not retaliated against.
    • Parker said it is important to have standard operating procedures in place to help students cope with trauma.
      • "So we thought to ourselves, there has to be a better way," Parker said. "Even though I, at that time, was an affected student, it's inevitable that other students are going to be affected in the future too. So we, as a group, asked ourselves, how can we help change how that experience happens?"
  • Baumgartner said he will be drafting the annual report soon and he welcomes anyone in the commission to send him information they want to include.
    • The annual report will include the commission's accomplishments during the academic year and is expected to come out by the commission's next meeting.

Who is on the commission?

  • The Campus Safety Commission is a 16-member commission made up of students, faculty, staff and community members.

What's next?

  • The commission will meet again on July 7.



<![CDATA[Roy Williams speaks after reports that Mike Krzyzewski will retire after next season]]> Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire following the 2021-2022 basketball season, according to a tweet from Stadium's Jeff Goodman on Wednesday.

Krzyzewski has served as Duke's head coach since 1980, and over his 40-year career with the Blue Devils, he has accrued five national championships and 1,170 wins, the most of any Division I college basketball coach.

Krzyzewski's retirement will come just one season after Roy Williams retired as head coach of the North Carolina men's basketball program. The Hall of Famers competed against each other for 18 seasons in one of the fiercest rivalries in sports.

Williams guided the Tar Heels to three national championships and retired as the third-winningest head coach in Division I men's basketball history with a total of 903 wins over 33 seasons - behind only Krzyzewski and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.

"Mike's been fantastic for the game of basketball, he's been fantastic for college basketball, he's been fantastic for the ACC and the greatest rivalry in sports, Duke and North Carolina basketball," Williams said Wednesday. "He's been a good friend. He's been a guy I've respected a great deal. He made everybody bring their A-game for years and years."

Krzyzewski is working with university officials to finalize a search process and name Jon Scheyer as his successor, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 33-year-old Scheyer played for Duke from 2006-2010 and has served on the coaching staff since the 2013-2014 season. He was named the program's associate head coach in 2018.


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<![CDATA['Unsubscribe': Romance studies Listserv spammed with hundreds of emails]]> French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese are just a few examples of romance languages - but the conversation in the romance studies Listserv was anything but romantic.

On Friday, May 28, students subscribed to the romance studies Listserv were bombarded with hundreds of emails.

The romance studies Listserv is used to distribute academic information about courses and study abroad programs to students enrolled in romance studies courses.

Ashley Logue, a first-year political science major, said the incident started when someone asked to be removed from the Listserv with "reply all" enabled. Hundreds of additional emails were then sent in the same chain, and new chains were created.

"Tons of other people were asking to be unsubscribed," she said. "People then started exchanging social media and talking about memes."

But the emails didn't stop that evening. Recent graduate Cameryn Gonzalez-Gibbs said the nonstop notifications continued well into Monday night.

"My phone was bugging out because I had never got that many notifications so consistently before," she said. "It had been vibrating for ten minutes straight."

The massive influx of emails made viewing any other exchanges on Outlook impossible. Logue said she couldn't tell if any important information was hidden in between the email chain notifications.

Students are signed up for Listservs automatically based on the classes they have taken, regardless of whether or not they have a major or minor in the subject.

Yet some students were unaware they were on the romance studies Listserv until the spam began. Biology major Case Redmond said he didn't understand why he was on the Listserv in the first place.

"I was automatically put on it even though I am not a romance studies major," Redmond said.

Gonzalez-Gibbs said two GroupMe chats were created in an attempt to deter people from using the email chain as a message board. However, this diversion ultimately proved to be ineffective.

"People kept emailing to be unsubscribed even after people explained that it doesn't work like that," she said. "It was clear that it was emailing over a thousand students and not solving any problem."

Despite the inconveniences it posed at the time, Gonzalez-Gibbs said the email chain was an incident that was able to be laughed off.

"If I could say anything to the person who started the email chain, I would say you definitely left your mark at UNC in a very unique and hilarious way," she said.

On June 1, Amy Chambless sent an email to the Listserv apologizing for the incident and stating that the reply settings have now been fixed so that recipients will no longer be able to "reply-all."

"We can assure you that no other message will be sent out to this list until it is updated in Fall with new students enrolled in our courses," Chambless said. "However, anyone still wishing to unsubscribe from the list (aka, "leave the distribution group") can do so for themselves."


<![CDATA[Perennial Cafe on Franklin Street reopens its doors after a year-long temporary closing]]> Perennial Cafe, a coffee shop located at 401 W. Franklin St., reopened to eager customers on May 28.

In response to the pandemic that tested the resilience of local businesses, the cafe had temporarily closed its doors last year, and customers have missed its unique atmosphere and artisanal beverages ever since.

"You can once again enjoy lovingly and expertly crafted coffee beverages, select bites to eat, & much more, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., & Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.," Perennial Cafe said in a press release.

Nupur Shah, a UNC senior, said she is excited to go to the cafe again because of its airy and spacious atmosphere.

"I used to go in there whenever I had a big paper to write," Shah said. "I would put on a cute outfit, go to Perennial, sit there for five hours, get some coffee, and it got to the point where I would get excited to write long papers."

The cafe has also partnered with Carrboro Coffee Roasters, a small-batch coffee roaster company that provides coffee to local coffee shops such as Perennial.

"We are so happy to have the opportunity to have them reopen," Carrboro Coffee Roasters president Scott Conary said. "We consider them very like-minded, embracing the craft of beverage-making - innovative but also focused on the quality."

Conary also said the timing of the reopening seemed hopeful, since more people are leaving their homes with increased vaccine rollouts and consumer confidence.

Michelle Temple, the manager and spokesperson for Perennial, said the cafe's short-term goal is to navigate the current phase of the pandemic and to see how they can improve their customers' experiences. In the long term, the cafe plans to open up indoor seating, expand business hours and craft new seasonal beverages.

Because of the pandemic, she said the cafe decided to close and take time to reconsider how it would respond to the crisis and reopen the business.

"So many of the past customers have mentioned their support on social media, like our Instagram, and in-person as they come back to see us in the Cafe," Temple said.

Kait O'Sullivan, a senior at UNC, said she used to go to Perennial up to five times a week before it had temporarily closed its doors.

"I used to go there a lot," O'Sullivan said. "The interior and the decorations; they were pretty, but they weren't distracting. I could sit there all day and get my work done. It was very easy to be productive."

O'Sullivan said her favorite menu item is the vanilla and lavender iced coffee with almond milk.

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<![CDATA[Breaking down the tenure process at UNC and why Nikole Hannah-Jones' case is unusual]]> UPDATE: This article has been updated to include additional information on tenured faculty at the University.

The UNC Board of Trustees' decision to not take action on offering Nikole Hannah-Jones a tenured position sparked outrage in the UNC community. But what exactly does it mean to have tenure?

Here's a comprehensive look at tenure - the definition, the process, the implications and why Hannah-Jones' case is an unusual one.

Defining tenure

The UNC Center for Faculty Excellence includes Merriam Webster's definition of tenure in its new faculty guide, which is "a status granted to a teacher after a trial period that gives protection from summary dismissal."

Seth Noar, the journalism and media representative on the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and a professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, said tenured positions offer a lifetime appointment at the University, but also protect academic freedom.

Chairperson of the Faculty Mimi Chapman said professors at UNC typically fall into two categories: those who are on a tenure track and those who are fixed-term.

As of 2019, 1,384 UNC instructors were tenured and 425 were on the tenure track, while 1,906 were on fixed contracts, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Chapman said those on a tenure track are professors who either have tenure or who are working toward it, while fixed-term professors have a predetermined contract with the University. In recent years, universities have become more reliant on these fixed-term faculty - leaving fewer tenured positions available.

Within tenure positions at Hussman, there are two tracks that candidates usually follow. Francesca Dillman Carpentier, a tenured professor at the journalism school, defined the two tracks as research and professional.

Carpentier said the research track is what is most commonly associated with perceptions of the University and academia, with a "publish-or-perish" culture. The professional track has a number of required courses the candidate must teach per year. She said tenure is granted differently with different expectations for the two different tracks.

Tenure process

For professors on a tenure track, the process is long and involved.

It usually takes five years, but Noar said this has started to change at UNC to allow flexibility. They are now focusing on "meet-the-mark criteria," so if a candidate is ready before the five-year period is up, they can be put up for tenure earlier.

Chapman said the beginning of a typical tenure process starts with an assistant professor. Throughout those initial five years, their progress is reviewed by their department to make sure they are on the right track, Noar said.

At the end of the five years, the tenure candidate compiles a tenure dossier - a collection of their research during their time at UNC, Chapman said. The dossier includes examples of their work from over the years, including book chapters and articles.

Noar said that for the journalism school, the dossier includes three pillars: teaching, research or professional/creative activity and service.

Carpentier said if the candidate is on the professional track, the dean's office sends the dossier to four external reviewers from peer universities or other well-known professional institutions, making sure there are no conflicts of interest.

"External reviewers write a letter to the dean providing their recommendation for whether the candidate qualifies for tenure based on our criteria," she said. "And explaining how/why the candidate does or does not meet expectations."

Additionally, the chairperson or dean of the department typically writes a letter in support of the candidate, Noar said.

The dossier and letters are then submitted for review. The process varies slightly by department, but because Hussman is its own school within the University, it has its own promotion and tenure committee that reviews tenure appointments.

Chapman said these committees are typically made up of tenured professors. The committee members will read the candidate's packet and vote on whether or not they want to advance the candidate to the next step.

If the appointment passes the vote, it goes to the dean of the school. For the journalism school, this is Susan King.

After the dean's approval, the candidate's file moves to the University level. The materials are sent to the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee, on which Noar has served for a year.

Noar said the APT committee doesn't have its own set of guidelines for what a candidate should look like, but rather looks to make sure that the departments and schools are applying their own guidelines.

If the tenure applicant passes this step, the dossier and letters move to the provost, who then sends them to the Board of Trustees to vote on.

Carpentier said when the candidate reaches the Board of Trustees - which governs the University system - it is technically out of the University.

The process takes months to complete, and often years of preparation.

Implications of tenure

But making it through this convoluted process comes with benefits. Noar said the job security that comes with a tenured position has implications beyond salary.

Noar said when candidates are on tenure track, they are more likely to undertake projects that will be shorter-term and bring more reliable success.

"Once you get tenure, then it's wide open," he said. "You can think about longer-term projects, taking risks, doing bigger things that might take years to get going."

Another benefit of tenure is the academic freedom that it brings. Noar said tenured positions allow professors to study the topics they are passionate about without political interference.

"In my mind, we want people at the University to be studying difficult topics, challenging topics, topics that some people think of as controversial," he said. "We want people engaging with those topics - if not at the University, where, right?"

'An unusual situation'

Hannah-Jones will enter UNC in a Knight Chair position. The Knight Foundation endows professorships for professional journalists across the United States with the goal of bringing industry experience to the classroom.

The Knight Chairs in Journalism released a statement to the UNC Board of Trustees on May 20, writing that they oppose the Board's decision and stand in solidarity with Hannah-Jones and the Hussman faculty.

"The fact that UNC's trustees chose to withhold tenure from Hannah-Jones speaks volumes about the pettiness of those who would try to diminish her 20-year track record of award-winning journalism," the statement read.

The statement's signatories include 23 Knight Chairs from institutions such as Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and Syracuse University.

Chapman said one goal of the Knight Chair position was to bring practicing journalists into tenured positions.

"That is not a requirement at the Knight Foundation, but that's how it's always been done on this campus," Chapman said. "So, you know (Hannah-Jones) is being considered really differently than her predecessors in the Knight Chair. It's an unusual situation."

One important aspect of the tenure process is that decisions are not determined by whether or not the committees agree with the candidate's conclusions, Chapman said. She said competing viewpoints will exist - no matter the discipline or field.

"You're not voting on, or making a decision about whether someone's point of view, or the conclusions of their scholarship or their body of work is correct," she said. "People are evaluating whether you did what you did with integrity, and whether you did it following basic kinds of rules of scholarly investigation."

Chapman said the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article where other scholars criticized Hannah-Jones' work, but still believed she should have received tenure.

"The idea that you could say no to someone's tenure based on whether or not you happen to agree with a position that they've taken is not the purpose of tenure," Chapman said. "The purpose is to say, this person's ideas, approach and conclusions are worthy of continued support and the freedom to investigate ideas that might be controversial."



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<![CDATA['Climbing the Hill': UNC History class develops a podcast on the history of women at UNC]]> In spring 2020, HIST 179H students at UNC were disrupted by the pandemic while creating an ambitious project aimed at recounting the stories of women at UNC. A year later, they've finished what they once started - an online exhibit, a campus tour and a podcast, "Climbing the Hill."

Ash Curry, senior communications major and producer of the podcast, said "Climbing the Hill" is broken up into segments that explore certain themes - such as community, civil rights and gender equality - and how women contributed to them, while highlighting the struggles they experienced.

Curry said the students searched throughout the database of the Southern Oral History Program for a variety of interviews and anecdotes from women who shaped UNC.

"These students put together all of the ingredients to make this podcast happen and then the semester afterward, they sent it my way," she said. "I downloaded onto my computer about 70 hours worth of interviews from the Southern Oral History Program."

Katherine Turk, a history professor and the course instructor, said the main event was supposed to be an exhibit at Wilson Library, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed these plans.

"The students had pulled out all of their documents and photos and interview clips and everything was ready pretty much right when they left the spring break in 2020 and of course, nobody came back," she said.

After students were sent home in the spring of 2020, Turk said the exhibit switched to an online format, but she hopes to still be able to put on an in-person exhibit.

Turk said one of the students suggested naming the podcast "Climbing the Hill" because it captured all the documents and the stories they traced. The name implies the tension between moving forward and making things fairer while acknowledging the continuing struggles.

Rising senior mathematics major Marlee Walls was a student in the podcast course. She said the class worked closely in Wilson with the librarians and researchers to come up with resources for the podcast.

"We dealt with a lot of newsletters and visuals, like some old dance cards," she said. "Some pretty cool things from Wilson archives back from when a woman started to attend UNC."

At the end of the semester, Walls said her class wrote the podcast scripts together, but they all recorded the podcast separately with Turk facilitating it.

"It was weird not to see the class end in the exhibit in Wilson and not to have the podcast created because that was what the entire class was building up to," she said.

Walls said it was tough not to be able to physically see what they created at the end of the class, but she is grateful that she was able to still finish the podcast.

Curry said throughout the process of producing the podcast, she learned a lot about how women in UNC history developed and cultivated feminism, LGBTQ rights and rights of people of color -specifically for Black women and women of color.

"I hope that this brings to light the variety and the nuances that are told, in an oral sense," she said. "When you talk to people who created this history who were there when it happened, you get so much more perspective and respect."

Recent graduate and student in the course Skyler Singleton said she thinks the biggest takeaway that she got is just how related the information still is today. She said she's seen the connections between women's history and current events - citing Nikole Hannah-Jones' non-tenure as an example.

"Somebody linked a part of our exhibit where we talked about Sonja Stone and how she was denied tenure as an overly qualified Black woman," she said. "And they were sharing our exhibits as part of their evidence to show that this was an ongoing trend with UNC, unfortunately."

You can listen to the podcast here and visit the course's Twitter for more information.


<![CDATA[NCAA semifinal loss leaves North Carolina women's lacrosse wondering 'if only']]> TOWSON, Md. - If only two more of the North Carolina women's lacrosse team's 21 shots on goal had gone in, then the Tar Heels would have been playing for a national championship on Sunday.

If only.

That's the takeaway from Friday's NCAA Tournament semifinal game: if only. If only this had happened. If only that had happened. But that's not the way the ball bounced for the Tar Heels in their 11-10 loss to Boston College on Friday.

This year's team had a chance to become the first in program history to have a perfect season but was stopped short one game from the national championship. The Tar Heels had the ingredients to win it all: a powerful offense, a stingy defense, postseason experience and a Hall of Fame coach. They had everything.

But what no one anticipated was the outstanding play that Boston College junior goalkeeper Rachel Hall would have. She notched 11 saves in the Eagles' victory at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University.

"Rachel is an unbelievable goalie, and I think the game ball goes to her," Boston College junior attacker Jenn Medjid said. "I think just seeing her make those ridiculous saves, it just pumped up me and all my teammates for us to just finish the job."

If only Hall didn't have a career day, who knows what the outcome would have been.

If only.

Owning a 3-1 lead less than six minutes into the game, UNC had the momentum and was on the brink of breaking the game open. But Hall made an incredible save off a shot from senior attacker Katie Hoeg on the crease right in front of her face, which flipped the script for Boston College.

Following that save, the Eagles scored five goals in less than 13 minutes to take a 6-4 lead and control of the game. Meanwhile, UNC's momentum was completely stopped. The Tar Heels scored only one goal in that same 14-minute span as Hall stifled the UNC offense with one stellar save after another.

The Tar Heels were on the verge of a comeback in the final five minutes of the game after trimming the Boston College lead to two at 11-9. But there was Hall again. She stuffed two UNC shots in the final five minutes to thwart the Tar Heels' rally.

If only just one of those shots had found the back of the net, the Tar Heels could have scored another to tie the game and complete the comeback.

If only.

"I think it just shows anyone can beat anyone on any given day," first-year attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger said. "We played a great, great Boston College team, and we've gotten everyone's best game the entire year, so we always know going into a game to respect the other team."

For the Tar Heels, Hoeg gave it her all every game, including what would be her last wearing Carolina Blue. UNC's all-time leader in assists tried to will her team to the championship. The UNC attacker finished with four points off three goals and an assist and finished her storied career as one of the legends of the North Carolina women's lacrosse program.

"Integrity, character, work ethic, passion for the game," head coach Jenny Levy said. "She's just great. We've loved her. She's had an unbelievable career, and she manages her business day in and day out in a very noble way, and she's been a great leader for our entire program for five years."

For Hoeg and everyone else on this Tar Heel team, they leave Towson with the same thought in their minds.

If only.


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<![CDATA[Second quarter run buries No. 1 UNC men's lacrosse in NCAA semifinal]]> Eleven minutes and fifty-eight seconds brought on the end for the North Carolina men's lacrosse team.

In that second quarter span, there were six consecutive goals. Players in dark blue jerseys with Virginia printed on their chests in orange scored every one.

Thirty minutes later, it was over.

Even for No. 1 North Carolina - the team that always rode its opponent as the clock ticked down, dominated possession in moments of desperation and found a way to score when it mattered - the deficit was too much to overcome on Saturday.

The nation's top-ranked team was stopped one game short of the one that really mattered, falling to Virginia in the NCAA Tournament semifinal.

As the buzzer rang to signal the end of the Tar Heels' season, UNC was unable to get a last-second shot off in front of Virginia's cage. It was UVA 12, UNC 11.

"We had our chances, but I give our kids a ton of credit - all year they've been resilient, they've been tough, they've been gritty," head coach Joe Breschi said. "We just kept fighting and battling, and we just ran out of time."

With just under 13 minutes to go in the second quarter, the Tar Heels took a 4-3 lead - and they didn't look to be slowing down. All four had come from three of North Carolina's most reliable veteran stars: graduate student Connor McCarthy and seniors William Perry and Chris Gray.

All year the Tar Heels relied on a varied attack, but when their stars were clicking, the team bordered on unstoppable.

However, after Perry scored the fourth and final first half goal for North Carolina, the Cavaliers showed that their talent was equally capable of ending a game in a matter of minutes.

Virginia attackman Matt Moore drew first blood in the run, juking to his left from behind the net and bouncing the ball through first-year goalkeeper Collin Krieg's legs. UVA 4, UNC 4.

At the 6:43 mark, attackman Charlie Bertrand gave the Cavaliers the lead. UVA 5, UNC 4. That's when the real run started.

Forty-nine seconds later, another goal. UVA 6, UNC 4. Fifteen seconds later, another. Just over a minute later, another. With 16 seconds remaining in the half, the Cavaliers struck again.

UVA 9, UNC 4. A halftime deficit that all but struck the nail in the coffin with the North Carolina team facing the reigning national champions.

"There wasn't gonna be too big of a question mark coming out of (the) half, we just said 'fellas, there's a surge coming, there's a storm coming," Virginia head coach Lars Tiffany said. "Don't get involved in the ups and downs and the emotions, just stay steady and make the next play."

In the second half, North Carolina did find its game again. The Tar Heels' stars were dominant - with Gray and Perry combining for six points in the half. They won the faceoff battle, picked up more ground balls, earned five man-up opportunities and outscored Virginia seven to three.

Perry was the biggest bright spot for a North Carolina offense that tied its lowest scoring output of the season on Saturday, as he finished with five goals earned through his powerful long-range shooting.

"Will is our best shooter, just from range, he can stretch the defense," Breschi said. "He's done that all year, he's stretched the defense and he was able to put some big goals in when we needed it to make a run in the end."

But in the end, 30 minutes just wasn't enough time to avenge the 12 in the second quarter that ended UNC's season. As the final whistle blew, the Tar Heels were diving on the ground in front of the Cavaliers' cage, unable to come up with the ball to take one final shot.

"It was pretty incredible, the way we were able to rally back and cut the deficit down," Gray said. "No quit in our team. I think that's the most important part, and that's something to be proud of for us is that we didn't give up. We battled back."


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<![CDATA[Black community and culture to be celebrated at inaugural local Juneteenth festival]]> The first annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth celebration is set to take place on June 18 and 19.

The event is a joint effort between the two towns and local organizations, such as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, to celebrate Black community and culture.

Juneteenth - a portmanteau of June 19 - commemorates the end to slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, the practice of slavery was not officially abolished until the summer of 1895. The holiday originated in Texas following the end of the Civil War and came to be celebrated with music, art, food and other activities.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro celebration this year will feature both virtual and in-person events over the course of the two days.

"We're kicking off the event on Friday, June 18 with a virtual welcome video," Melissa Bartoletta, the marketing and communications coordinator for the Town of Chapel Hill's Community Arts and Culture division, said.

Friday's virtual events will showcase Durham-based country music singer Rissi Palmer, poets laureate CJ Suitt and Fred Joiner, and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Annette Gordon-Reed.

"The rest of the weekend is kind of like a choose your own adventure," Bartoletta said.

All weekend long, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP is initiating the Buy Black campaign, Bartoletta said, which will involve a scavenger-hunt-style contest that encourages community members to eat and shop at local Black-owned businesses.

The largest in-person event is the motorcade on Saturday, June 19 at 4 p.m., which features two routes that wind through historic Black neighborhoods. Community members are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and drive or cheer on the cars.

Saturday will also feature a host of musical performances from Triangle-based artists. Local artists such as SunQueen Kelcey, Lydia Salett Dudley, Kevin "Kaze" Thomas and Souls of Joy will perform virtually and in-person, and performances will also take place on Franklin Street that night as part of Downtown Chapel Hill's Save The Music Series.

"I want people to feel good vibes but at the same time possibly have some element of education to it," Thomas said. "I have a song called 'Wake Up' that's dedicated to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice - I name a lot of names."

Though this is the first time Juneteenth will be held on a large scale in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, there already is hope that the celebrations will continue to flourish in the coming years.

"We have a lot of great African American businesses, talented musicians and local historians within our community," Charles Harrington, the recreation administer for the Town of Carrboro, said.

Thomas said he was very flattered that the Town asked him to perform at the festival. The celebration puts a well-deserved spotlight on Chapel Hill and Carrboro's Black community.

"I might not be J. Cole or Kanye or anybody like that, but that they felt that I was relevant to our community and that my music was relevant to Juneteenth meant a lot," Thomas said.

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<![CDATA[University Libraries launches Reckoning Initiative to advance anti-racism work]]> University Libraries launched its Reckoning Initiative, a layered approach to advancing diversity, inclusion and antiracism work within the library system, on May 13.

The Reckoning Initiative aims to raise awareness of inequity through five broad, intersecting categories:

  • Education and training opportunities for library staff
  • Programmatic work
  • Systems analysis, intervention and change strategy
  • Integrating antiracism practices into library work
  • Tracking and assessment.

Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, said that prior to the pandemic, the Libraries held an exhibition examining the historical role of science in creating concepts of race, as well as other exhibitions meant to demonstrate active commitment to the equity and inclusion work stated in the Libraries' framework.

Westbrooks said inclusive excellence has been part of the library's strategic framework since 2018, but the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black individuals became a call to action to elevate the "seeds" that had already been planted. She said the last three categories of the Reckoning Initiative are new focal points University Libraries aims to integrate within its daily practices.

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Council leads library efforts in creating an equitable environment for library staff and users. The council takes charge in proposing goals and recommendations, developing training and programs and collaborating with other UNC organizations for the purpose of furthering anti-racism awareness within the library system.

Monica Figueroa, interim librarian for inclusive excellence and chairperson of the IDEA Council, said academic librarianship everywhere - not just at UNC - is predominantly white, so University Libraries is exploring how to attract and retain a diverse staff.

Figueroa said the Libraries held discussions about Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" to push staff to think about racial equity in a direct manner, and to bring those conversations into the library system and workplace.

University Libraries also participated in a 21-day racial equity challenge, where staff members were encouraged to engage with resources that deal with racial equity on a daily basis.

Figueroa said they have also addressed accessibility, including making electronic resources available to people who use screen readers and other digitally inclusive technologies.

Westbrooks said an integral part of the Reckoning Initiative includes IDEA Action grants, which support employees who intend to contribute to the library system's work toward inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. $250,000 has been allocated over two years for the grants.

"This is actually our second round of project proposals that we're going into this summer, and some really great project ideas," Figueroa said.

The first round of project proposals accepted in March involve ideas surrounding equitable and inclusive transcriptions regarding oral history recordings, translations for exhibitions of key marginalized communities and other plans to bolster accessibility and racial equity.

Kristan Shawgo, social sciences librarian and chairperson of the IDEA Action committee, said she thinks the IDEA Action grants demonstrate a commitment of leadership for supporting anti-racism and social justice through University Libraries' work in a tangible way - both with funding and making the time and space available for people to put their projects in practice.

Shawgo said the IDEA Action committee held several ideation sessions where they invited people to discuss projects they had in mind. She said she could feel the energy and passion individuals had for the work.

"Conversations are happening in a way that they hadn't happened before Elaine Westbrooks' leadership and the framework of the Reckoning Initiative," she said. "It's exciting because it's opened up the space to think about deep structural change in everything we do."

For students and faculty looking to get involved with the Reckoning Initiative, Westbrooks said feedback could help University Libraries understand how to meet expectations, as well as when they meet them.

"You should belong," Westbrooks said. "You've earned the right to be here, and we want to ensure that you belong, you're represented and you're treated equitably."


<![CDATA[Horvath's grand slam powers UNC to victory over N.C. State in ACC Tournament]]> After falling behind early in its last three contests, the North Carolina baseball team reversed its fortunes Friday night against rival N.C. State.

Although Tuesday's loss to Pitt eliminated the No. 6 seed Tar Heels from the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, Friday's game gave them one last chance to prove themselves worthy of an at-large bid in front of a big in-state crowd in Charlotte.

For a young team that has come up short in many key situations this year, Friday was a different story for the Tar Heels - but head coach Scott Forbes has not been shy about his team's struggles with runners in scoring position this season.

"To get the bases loaded with no outs - it's been a year where we've gotten them loaded with no outs ... and early in the season, I think we were at Pitt - and you get one (run)," Forbes said. "You come in the dugout and say that's probably gonna getcha."

After having the bases juiced early in the first inning on Friday, UNC did not return to the dugout scoreless. Forbes' team put up six runs to take a big, early lead.

First-year third baseman Mac Horvath led the charge for the Tar Heels from his first at-bat.

With one run already on the board in the first, Horvath grabbed the big blast that the Tar Heels had been missing - hitting the team's first grand slam since April 2019. It barely snuck over the left field fence, but it was all the team needed to turn things around at the plate.

The umpires initially ruled the hit in-play, but a review following a challenge by Forbes changed the call to a home run.

"I hit the ball and I saw it going, and I think I touched first and I saw it bounce and I was like, 'Is that not a home run?'" Horvath said. "I was like, 'You have to challenge that,' because it's the difference between four runs and one, and it turned out in our favor."

After the early offensive onslaught in the first, the Tar Heels were not done.

A pair of young Tar Heel batters tacked on two more in the second - with Horvath driving in another run off of a single through the left side of the infield and first-year catcher Tomas Frick coming through with an RBI double down the left field line to extend the lead to 8-0.

The Tar Heel bats cooled off for a while, allowing the Wolfpack to cut the lead to five in the bottom of the third, but Horvath was not done yet.

In the top of the fourth, the first-year plated his season-high sixth RBI of the day off of a sacrifice fly to score sophomore Caleb Roberts from third base.

The Wolfpack made things interesting later in the game, cutting the lead to 9-6 in the eighth, but Horvath and his team's early offensive firepower ended up being the deciding factor in the crucial win for the Tar Heels.

For a young but highly sought-after prospect who struggled early in the season, Friday night marked progress for Horvath and his teammates, but there is still work to be done.

"Obviously N.C. State is always a big in-state rivalry between us two," Horvath said. "I think moving forward, it's definitely a big boost for us and we're playing well. We still have things to work on, but it's always good to leave here at least with a win and on a good note."

The Tar Heels sure left Charlotte on a good note. Horvath's performance might have just saved the Tar Heels' season, as they were selected as one of the last four into the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

After falling short of some key opportunities this season, the young Tar Heel bats came through when they were needed most, and now they have a chance to show the college baseball world what they can do Friday night as the third seed in the Lubbock Regional against the UCLA Bruins.

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<![CDATA[UNC baseball comes out on top against NC State to finish out ACC Tournament play]]> After dropping their opening game of the ACC Tournament to Pittsburgh Tuesday night, the Tar Heels (27-25, 18-18 ACC) were able to grab a win Friday in game two against third-seeded N.C. State (29-16, 19-14), 9-6.

What happened?

The Tar Heels came out of the gates hot Friday night, scoring six runs in the first inning against their in-state rival. Redshirt-sophomore Angel Zarate got things rolling for UNC in the first with a leadoff double, followed by a hit-by-pitch and a walk to load the bases early for the Tar Heels. With the bases juiced, sophomore Danny Serretti ripped a single to right field to drive in the first run for the Tar Heels, giving them an early 1-0 lead.

After scoring their first run, the floodgates opened. With the bases still loaded, first-year Mac Horvath stepped to the plate and cranked a grandslam that barely snuck over the fence in left field, extending the Tar Heel lead to five. Graduate player Brett Centracchio wrapped up the big inning for the Tar Heels, scoring their sixth run from third base off of a wild pitch. In the second, the Tar Heels responded again, scoring two more runs off of an RBI single from Horvath and an RBI double from first-year catcher Tomas Frick to give the Tar Heels a whopping 8-0 advantage heading into the third.

The Wolfpack started clawing their way back in the third, scoring three runs off of an RBI single, a fielder's choice RBI, and a walk that scored a run with the bases loaded - cutting the lead to 8-3. After seeing their lead cut to five, the Tar Heels responded again in the top of the fourth, with another RBI from Horvath in the form of a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Serretti from third. The Wolfpack put up a fight late, responding with a run in the bottom of the inning off of an RBI single from sophomore Tyler Mcdonough.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Wolfpack scored two more runs to cut the lead to three, but that is where the score would stay. Junior Caden O'Brien stepped to the mound in the top of the ninth and shut the Wolfpack down in emphatic style to give the Tar Heels a much-needed 9-6 victory.

Who stood out?

First-year Mac Horvath had a career night for the Tar Heels at the plate. Horvath drove in six runs off of two hits and cranked the first Tar Heel grand slam since April of 2019. Sophomore Danny Serretti and first-year Tomas Frick also had big nights at the plate for the Tar Heels - batting 4-5 and 3-4.

On the mound, the Tar Heels got another solid start from ace Austin Love, who threw 5.2 innings of four run ball while striking out nine Wolfpack batters along the way. The Tar Heels also got solid outings from relievers Shawn Rapp, Gage Gillian, and O'Brien - who gave up two runs on six strikeouts as a group in 3.1 innings of work.

When was it decided?

After taking an early 8-0 lead in the first two innings, the Tar Heels didn't look back. Horvath's grand slam in the first ended up being the deciding factor in a high-scoring contest.

Why does it matter?

With their chances of making the Tournament in limbo heading into Friday night after the loss to Pittsburgh, the Tar Heels grabbed a key win in their last guaranteed game of the 2021 season over the third-seeded Wolfpack. The big win Friday night pads the Tar Heels resume as they await a decision from the tournament selection committee.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels now have to wait and see how things turn out in the rest of the conference tournaments before they receive their assignment for the upcoming NCAA Tournament, where they hope for an at-large bid.

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<![CDATA[UNC women's lacrosse loses 11-10 to Boston College in NCAA semifinals]]> North Carolina women's lacrosse (20-1, 9-0 ACC) lost in the NCAA semifinals against Boston College (17-3, 8-2 ACC), 11-10 on Friday to bring an end to the Tar Heels' undefeated season.

What happened?

In the first half, Boston College scored first just a little over a minute into the game. UNC answered back with three goals of their own in the span of two and a half minutes, with senior attacker Jamie Ortega either scoring or assisting on all three. The teams then traded goals to put the score at 4-2.

The Eagles then went on a scoring streak of then own, scoring four goals in 10 minutes and putting the Tar Heels down two. Graduate midfielder Kerrigan Miller answered back for the Tar Heels, bringing the Boston College lead back down to one. The Eagles then pulled away again, scoring two more before the half to give the Tar Heels their first halftime deficit since their April 10 game against Notre Dame.

The two teams came out of the half with each team giving up a goal. Boston College then took control scoring two more before the halfway point in the second half, putting the Tar Heels down five. Freshman attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger brought that lead down to four after a goal of her own and then fed redshirt senior attacker Katie Hoeg to bring the Boston College lead down to three.

Hoeg, not wanting her career in Carolina blue to end just yet, willed herself to the goal and scored with five minutes to go. Boston College's junior goalkeeper Rachel Hall came up big in the final five minutes, making two big saves to stop the Tar Heels from getting any closer.

After two yellow cards on the defensive end, UNC made a stop and with a second left, senior midfielder Ally Mastroianni scored to put the Tar Heels down one, but it was too little, too late. On the ensuing draw, the final buzzer sounded, and UNC's perfect season was over.

Who stood out?

Hall was the difference maker in this semifinal matchup with her 11 saves. There were multiple chances for the Tar Heels in the crease, but Hall denied what would have been goals that would've likely turned the momentum in North Carolina's favor.

In one notable example when the Tar Heels were up 3-1, Hoeg had a 1-on-1 opportunity against Hall. The Eagles goalkeeper saved what would ordinarily be a goal for the decorated UNC attacker, denying North Carolina the opportunity to run up the score.

When was it decided?

This game was decided when junior attacker Scottie Rose Growney's shot was saved with 1:53 left in the game. This put the ball in Boston College's possession, which with the shot clock, allowed the Eagles to run out nearly the rest of the time in the game.

Why does it matter?

This game ends the Tar Heels' perfect season, and the No. 1 team in women's lacrosse will return to Chapel Hill without a championship to show for it. In 2019, UNC lost to Boston College in similar fashion in the NCAA semifinals.

With the extra eligibility year, many of the starters from this year's team will be able to return. However, for players like Hoeg and sixth-year defender Caroline Wakefield this was their last game in Carolina blue.


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<![CDATA[UNC announces vaccinated students won't have to participate in asymptomatic testing]]> The Carolina Together Testing Program Team announced on Friday that students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to participate in asymptomatic testing in the fall.

Starting June 1, there will be a COVID-19 Vaccination Certification tile on ConnectCarolina's Student Requirements Dashboard.

Students returning to campus this fall will be asked to acknowledge whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the campuswide message.

Students who are unvaccinated or choose not to respond will be required to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program in the fall. Unvaccinated students who test positive for COVID-19 during the semester will be required to move to isolation housing.

Campus Health will continue to offer symptomatic testing for those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact.

"Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 virus, while contributing to a typical, in-person experience at Carolina this fall," the message read.

To find more information on locations of vaccination clinics, click here.



<![CDATA[Preview: No. 1 UNC men's lacrosse faces stacked field in Final Four]]> For the first time since 2019, a Division I NCAA men's lacrosse championship will be won on Monday. After a year full of COVID-19-related uncertainties, the only question left is who will be hoisting the trophy.

With the No. 1 North Carolina men's lacrosse team as one of four teams left standing, the Tar Heels have some familiar foes standing in their way.

As the Tournament broke in the direction of chalk - No. 1 UNC, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Virginia compose the Championship Weekend field - there will be a dangerous slate of teams playing in Hartford, Connecticut, starting with the Tar Heels and Cavaliers on Saturday.

Here's a look at the Final Four field, and North Carolina's keys to coming out on top and hoisting its sixth national championship trophy.

Standing in the way

UNC has already played the best. The ACC made sure of that. In the regular season, North Carolina faced six of the teams that advanced to the 16-team NCAA tournament field - including two matchups apiece with fellow semifinal qualifiers Virginia and Duke.

The Cavaliers and the Blue Devils are the only teams to have defeated UNC this season, having split both series during the regular season.

Against Georgetown in the quarterfinals last Saturday, the Cavaliers showed why they entered the Tournament so highly-touted: blowing out the No. 5 Hoyas, 14-3. Averaging 22.69 points-per-game, Georgetown carried one of the best offenses in the country before being held to a season-low against Virginia.

If UVA is able to maintain its defensive momentum against the Tar Heels - who were held to 12 goals in the quarterfinal, a low mark for the highest-scoring team in the country - UNC could run into trouble, especially when considering Virginia is a team that can light up the scoreboard itself, notching 18 goals in its last matchup with UNC.

Facing the No. 3 team in the nation according to RPI, advancing to Monday is anything but assured for the Tar Heels.

But if they do, it won't get any easier.

Both Duke and Maryland are traditional lacrosse powers, and this season has maintained that trend.

The Blue Devils also share the ACC title with their crosstown rivals and are just as battle-tested as North Carolina heading into Hartford. And while they may not be the heavy favorites to win it all, as Duke was before the season, a national championship is still the expectation in Durham.

The last time UNC won a national title, the 2016 crown, it was over Maryland - and with five national championship game appearances in the last 10 seasons, the Terrapins have a deeper track record than anyone at making deep runs.

Keys to success

Score, score, score. It's what the Tar Heels do best - better than anyone in the country - and if they hope to leave Hartford on a high note, they'll have to do it with consistency.

Against Rutgers in the quarterfinal, UNC struggled to get on the scoreboard - matching its lowest regulation total of the season with 11 goals - but ultimately came out on top due to some timely plays. In order to win a title, low-scoring appearances likely won't get the job done, and maintaining offensive success starts with senior attackman Chris Gray.

Gray is second in the nation in points-per-game and is one of the finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top collegiate lacrosse player. Last Saturday, he was held goalless - a trend that can't continue if UNC wants to play for and win the championship on Monday.

But while Gray does have to get balls into the back of the cage, his supporting cast has to be excellent, too. If there was an offensive bright spot on Saturday, it was the emergence of sophomore Lance Tillman. The underclassman notched four goals against the Scarlet Knights and provided a change of pace for a veteran offense - relying on quickness to work his way to the front of the cage.

Even after his success on Saturday, Tillman only has nine goals this season. His further emergence would only complement a potent North Carolina offensive attack, which includes six players with 20 or more goals on the season.

While the quarterfinal win over Rutgers may not have been the usual, dominant performance UNC has shown this season, the rest of the way will not be easy either.

If the Tar Heels continue the every-player effort they have shown all year, the team is more than capable of coming away with two more victories.


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<![CDATA[A guide to cultural events in Chapel Hill this summer]]> With COVID-19 restrictions easing up, spring and summer events are coming back in full force. From concerts to art exhibitions, there are plenty of opportunities to break routine and enjoy the season in Chapel Hill.

Here are some events residents can attend in the coming weeks.

Chapel Hill Farmers' Market

The Chapel Hill Farmers' Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with local vendors selling seasonal produce and artisanal products like baked goods and pastries.

As the pandemic winds down, manager Kate Underhill said she has noticed a decline in patronage. People are traveling more than they have for the past year, and restaurants in Chapel Hill are resuming indoor dining, which diverted customers away from the farmers market, Underhill said.

"It was such an unusual year for everybody," Underhill said. "It might be that we're closer to what we were before, in 2019. We hope that things will balance out and that we'll see them back after the abundance of summer produce reaches the market."

Southern Village

Chapel Hill's Southern Village is organizing events that showcase talent and artisanship within the community. It will host a concert on May 30 with local musicians Barry Gray and Wes Collins. The concert is part of the Sundays at Sundown Music Series, which will continue throughout the summer.

Additionally, La Vita Dolce in Southern Village is hosting "Wine Down Wednesdays," a weekly event where guests can enjoy discounted wine and live music, and children can get free toppings for their gelato.

To find more information about Sundays at Sundown, Wine Down Wednesdays and other events planned, visit Chapel Hill Southern Village's website.

Gizmo Brew Works

Gizmo Brew Works, a brewery and taproom, is also hosting live music throughout the summer.

Stray Local, the husband-and-wife duo of Jamie Rowen and Hannah Lomas, will perform on May 29. The pair is set to tour the state throughout the summer, with another performance at Gizmo scheduled for July 9.

More information about this performance and others that are planned can be found on the brewery's website.

Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum is hosting events throughout the spring and summer, including a virtual Drawing in the Galleries event, where attendees can recreate and discuss a piece selected by instructor Amanda Hughes.

The museum will also host a virtual Museum Pictionary event, where guests will draw a painting based on descriptions alone. The event will feature works from "Drawing Attention," a collection of European and American works curated from over 570 pieces.

More events can be found on the Ackland's website.


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<![CDATA[Carrboro's Mayor Lavelle announces she will leave office at the end of her current term]]> Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle will not run for mayor again after her term ends in December, she announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lavelle said she has loved her time as mayor, but she felt it was important to offer others the chance to lead Carrboro. Lavelle has been the mayor since 2013 but has been involved in local government for many years beforehand, working on town advisory boards in both Carrboro and Durham.

She said she feels confident leaving office in light of the progress she and the Town Council have made throughout her term.

Lavelle said she has worked on many significant projects during the course of her tenure, from the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic to pushing the progressive politics and reputation of Carrboro.

"I really feel like if people know anything about Carrboro, they know that we are a progressive beacon and that we stand up for our values," Lavelle said.

She led Carrboro to be the first town to fight back against House Bill 2, a state law requiring public facilities to only allow people to use the restrooms designated for the sex on their birth certificates.

Susan Romaine, a Carrboro Town Council member, said Lavelle served as an incredible leader to Carrboro, especially in regards to the pandemic. She said Lavelle is leaving behind big shoes to fill.

"I have served on the Town Council mostly during a time of unprecedented economic and public health crises," Romaine said. "I think it's during a time like this that a leader's true qualities are on display, and we have seen that in Mayor Lavelle."

Romaine said Lavelle always came to meetings well-prepared, listened closely to views that differed from her own and was a great communicator with nearby municipalities and county departments.

Romaine is greatly appreciative of Lavelle's ability to insert lightness and humor into difficult situations and to have an unparalleled work ethic in all times of crisis, she said.

Carrboro Town Council member Damon Seils said Lavelle has had a great impact on both the council and the whole town during her tenure as mayor.

"Lydia has led by example as a steady, collaborative, and thoughtful colleague," Seils said. "Lydia's leadership has been a great gift to the town, and her service continues to have statewide impact."

Lavelle also has a day job as a professor in the North Carolina Central School of Law, and she said she plans to continue teaching after her after leaving office. She said she is exploring different opportunities this summer as to how she will spend her free time.

During her final months in office, Lavelle said she plans to find a talented and capable individual to replace David Andrews, the Carrboro town manager, who just announced his retirement.

She said Carrboro is also receiving half of its COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government this year, and she is focusing on how best this money can aid local nonprofits and businesses to lift themselves out of the pandemic.

"I've really enjoyed my time as mayor," Lavelle said. "I think there's a lot I'm really proud of."


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CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this article used incorrect wording to describe Lavelle not running for reelection. The article has been updated with the correct wording. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.