<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:52:10 -0400 Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:52:10 -0400 SNworks CEO 2022 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[UNC men's soccer team misses chances, ties Mount Olive in exhibition match]]> The No. 24 North Carolina men's soccer team tied the Mount Olive Trojans, 1-1, Monday night at Finley North Turf.

What happened?

Both teams went back and forth in the contest's early goings until the Trojans found an opening in North Carolina's back line. A lofting pass looked to open up a Mount Olive scoring chance, but redshirt freshman goalkeeper Andrew Cordes crept out of the box to boot the ball out of bounds.

In the eighth minute, UNC earned its first corner of the day. Sophomore forward Luc Granitur blasted a right-side shot but his boot was met by a wall of Trojan defenders.

Three minutes later, Granitur drew a Mount Olive penalty in the box to give the Tar Heels a prime chance to get on the board early. Junior midfielder Ahmad Al-Qaq twisted the free chance into the bottom left corner of the goal to give UNC the lead, 1-0.

North Carolina continued to ramp up the pressure with two corner kicks in the 36th minute. On the second attempt, first-year defender Charlie Harper's leaping kick nearly doubled UNC's lead, but sophomore goalkeeper Alex Engren's diving save pushed the ball left of the goal.

In the second half, North Carolina continued to find opportune scoring chances.

The Tar Heels' second penalty-kick shot came after another Trojan foul in the box, but Al-Qaq failed to score his second goal of the night. Moments later, North Carolina earned another penalty shot - an attempt Engren would punch wide of the goal.

UNC's offensive woes came back to haunt the Tar Heels in the 87th minute. Mount Olive drew the first North Carolina foul in the goal box, and senior midfielder Pedro Franca sent home the equalizer with his penalty-kick goal.

Mount Olive's late-game stinger proved to be the game's final scoring play, and the contest ended in a draw.

Who stood out?

In the low-scoring affair, every scoring opportunity was magnified. Granitur's physicality in the Trojans' box helped earn UNC's first penalty kick, leading to North Carolina's lone goal of the match.

With the departure of many fifth-year seniors from last season, junior midfielder Yaya Bakayoko has emerged as an early leader of this year's team. The Bronx, N.Y. native's speed and communication led to multiple Mount Olive turnovers in UNC's end of the field.

When was it decided?

Al-Qaq's early penalty-kick goal helped give the Tar Heels a leg up in the early goings of the game. North Carolina would continue to put pressure on the Trojans in the first half but failed to increase its lead.

The second half mirrored the same result, with UNC earning multiple free and corner kick chances. However, the Tar Heels failed to land any of its opportunities in the back of the net, and Franca's late goal for the Trojans led to the exhibition ending in a tie.

Why does it matter?

With the tie, the Tar Heels fail to sweep its two home exhibition games. Many of the questions surrounding this year's squad have yet to be answered, namely UNC's search for a go-to option in its attacking line.

UNC's offensive struggles were exposed against the Trojans, as North Carolina converted just one of its three penalty kick attempts. Scoring one goal scored despite numerous chances is something the Tar Heels will need to address before the start of the regular season next week.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will hit the road to conclude its exhibition schedule against James Madison. Friday night's bout is set to start at 7:30 p.m.


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<![CDATA[North Carolina's COVID-19 state of emergency expires on Aug. 15]]> Gov. Roy Cooper has lifted North Carolina's COVID-19-related state of emergency on Aug. 15.

In a July 11 press release, Cooper said the new state budget allows the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to have the same pandemic response flexibility as it had under the state of emergency.

Some of the aforementioned powers include waiving rules for beds in nursing homes to expand capacity and allowing ambulances to continue having one emergency medical technician on board instead of two.

Locally, the state of emergency's expiration has consequences outside of public health,
including changes to regulations on how councils and other governing bodies are able to meet.

According to Chapel Hill Town Council member Adam Searing, the council will begin meeting in person following the expiration - something they had not done since the beginning of the pandemic.

"We have a lot of controversial decisions we're considering and I think being able to see how many people are interested in these decisions in person and hear from people in person really makes a difference," he said. "I think it's really time to get back to that."

Due to state law, Searing said, councils are prohibited from holding "hybrid" meetings - meetings where some members are physically present, while others are attending remotely through a service such as Zoom.

Searing added that smaller subsidiary committees may want to keep meeting either completely virtually or in a hybrid format. He said such committees are not limited by state law in the same way that councils are and are permitted to hold virtual or hybrid meetings.

According to Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, boards and commissions will continue meeting remotely for now while the Town works on hybrid models going forward.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said that while the Carrboro Town Council has already returned to in-person meetings, some committees want to continue having the option to meet virtually.

"There has continued to be interest, especially among our volunteer advisory board, in having flexibility around virtual meetings," he said. "There's been a sense in which that's almost made those meetings more accessible to more people."

Seils further added that Carrboro Town staff, alongside the Town's attorney, are evaluating new legislation to see if there's room for local governments to "craft their own rules" regarding virtual meetings.

Although the state of emergency has lapsed, Seils said there have been some positive changes in emergency response stemming from the pandemic.

"I think there's a lot clearer lines and more open lines of communication around emergency response in the county," Seils said. "If we need to respond again, or if for some reason, to go back to a state of emergency of some kind, we know and understand the structures for doing that better than we did before."

In an email statement sent to The Daily Tar Heel, NCDHHS underscored its continued efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19.

"NCDHHS remains committed to responding to COVID-19 and moving North Carolina forward from COVID-19, as outlined in the Moving Forward Together plan," the department said in the statement.

The plan focuses on prioritizing equity and empowering people to make informed decisions based on their risk level, alongside collaborating with local health care providers and maintaining emergency response capacity in hospitals and care centers.

The department further emphasized that COVID-19 vaccinations are still the best protection from severe illness and death and are available for anyone 6 months and older. Information on where vaccinations are available can be found by visiting the NCDHHS website.


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<![CDATA['This has been my childhood dream': UNC student set to publish debut novel]]> When UNC sophomore Victoria Wlosok was just fourteen years old, she began participating in a tradition that changed her life.

National Novel Writing Month, known in the literary world as NaNoWriMo, occurs every November and sees participants attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. Successful young-adult authors such as John Green and Rainbow Rowell have participated in the past.

Wlosok's NaNoWriMo in 2020 proved to be a successful one, as that fateful first draft ultimately landed her a two-book deal with a respected publishing company during her first year of college.

"This has been my childhood dream since I was literally like five years old," Wlosok said. "So the fact that I've managed to achieve it while I was a freshman in college, without even taking any English classes for my major yet - that was pretty cool."

Wlosok's novel, a YA thriller titled "How To Find A Missing Girl," is set to release in fall 2023. The novel will be published by Little, Brown under the Hachette Book Group.

"It's a sapphic YA thriller about a 17-year-old amateur sleuth who decides to investigate the disappearance of her ex-girlfriend a year after her own sister went missing," Wlosok said. "And her ex-girlfriend happens to be the creator of a notorious podcast - a notorious local true crime podcast - about the disappearance of the main character's sister."

Wlosok cites Holly Jackson's "A Good Girl's Guide to Murder" series and Karen M. McManus' novel "One of Us is Lying" as sources of inspiration, as well as the TV series "How To Get Away with Murder" and the video game "Life is Strange".

"How To Find A Missing Girl" features coming-of-age themes of trauma, grief and isolation, as well as LGBTQ+ joy.

Wlosok's literary agent, UNC alumna Jessica Errera, focuses on acquiring diverse voices for her pieces of literature.

"Victoria mentioned in her query letter that the whole cast was largely LGBTQ, which was something that was super intriguing to me," Errera said.

After reading the first three chapters, Errera was already impressed.

"I read them, and they were just so voicey and good," she said. "And it didn't sound like an adult trying to sound like a teen - the voice was just incredibly authentic and riveting. I got to the end and I was like, 'Well, damn, I have to read the entire book in a day now, because I need to get on this fast.' And that's exactly what happened."

Wlosok signed with Errera in September 2021, submitted her work to editors at publishing companies in January 2022 and landed a publishing deal two months later with Little, Brown - all while being a full-time UNC student.

Wlosok finds that balancing academics with her writing is "definitely something that can be really hard," and tries to work on balance.

Wlosok's work ethic impressed her high school teachers and college professors alike.

"I'm glad she's not inclined towards world domination, because we'd all be doomed," joked Clint Alexander, Wlosok's high school English teacher and creative writing club leader.

Alexander introduced Wlosok to NaNoWriMo in her first year of high school and recalled Wlosok's drive, humility and dedication to NaNoWriMo fondly.

"She would just blow [NaNoWriMo] out of the water," he said. "That was just her cracking her knuckles. And we would try to do it with the whole club and we would kind of gradually watch everybody else kind of slacking off or not finishing. But every year, I don't think there was one year that she didn't finish."

Wlosok's UNC poetry professor echoed Alexander's praise.

"I think Victoria is a one-of-a-kind young writer and I think she is at the start of a long and wonderful career," Ross White, the director of creative writing in UNC's Department of English and Comparative Literature, said.

As Wlosok eagerly waits for her book to hit shelves nationwide, she'll continue to juggle her dual life as an author and busy student.

"It is hard to be a student and an author at the same time," Wlosok said. "But I think I've been handling it pretty well so far. And I'm just excited to keep doing it."



Photo by Chris Ocana, courtesy of Victoria Wlosok.

<![CDATA[Chapel Hill Police Department offers safety training program for bar, restaurant workers]]> Content warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault.




The Chapel Hill Police Department and UNC Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services (VPAS) are offering two bar safety programs for restaurant staff on the second Monday of every month.

The program includes two back-to-back courses - Being a Responsible Server (BARS) and Raise the Bar.

Together, both courses teach strategies for legally serving alcohol and preventing sexual violence at bars and restaurants.

BARS is facilitated by the CHPD and taught by Investigator Mondrez Pamplin. He said the course is meant to educate restaurant employees on the laws surrounding alcohol sales and the drinking age.

"The whole philosophy of our police department is: we try to educate the community," Pamplin said. "By having this monthly training, it gives the employees an opportunity to come in, ask questions and get clarity on some of the laws when it comes to alcohol."

He also said some of the laws covered in the training include age restrictions on alcohol sales and service and how to evaluate different forms of ID.

CHPD officers periodically conduct compliance checks on local restaurants with alcohol permits. These operations, per an email from Chapel Hill Community Safety Public Information Officer Alex Carrasquillo, involve investigating whether or not an establishment will sell alcohol to an underage customer.

Pamplin said restaurants that fail a compliance check will first be educated on the laws surrounding alcohol sales rather than immediately receiving criminal citations.

According to the CHPD, on a July 23 check, five out of 19 tested establishments failed to comply with alcohol age laws. During the previous investigation on June 25, seven out of 19 establishments failed, including Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery.

Raise the Bar is facilitated by UNC VPAS. Sloan Thompson, the violence prevention coordinator for VPAS, said she has been the primary facilitator of Raise the Bar since December 2021.

Thompson explained that Raise the Bar teaches workers at restaurants and bars how to identify potentially violent situations, assess their severity and intervene when necessary. She said the course's primary mission is to empower workers to recognize what they are able to do to prevent sexual assault.

"Bartenders on Franklin Street and in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are on the frontlines of preventing sexual violence and gender-based violence in Chapel Hill," Thompson said. "If we can empower them, we can go a long way towards curbing sexual violence in our community."

Training restaurant workers as a team can be more effective than training one staff member at a time, she added.

Steve Woodham, owner of Goodfellows Bar, said he encourages his staff to attend the training because he wants them to be educated on proper alcohol sales protocol and sexual violence prevention strategies.

He said that it's a "must" for him to make sure his staff is educated on how to handle these situations.

"As bar owners and managers and bartenders, people are coming into our businesses to spend money and have a good time," Woodham said. "We're responsible for looking out for their well-being and making sure they have a safe and enjoyable time."

Individuals who work at restaurants and bars in the community can sign up for the training on bit.ly/BARStraining. The next training will be held at the Chapel Hill Courthouse on Monday, Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.


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Andrew Phillips, a senior EXSS major from Canton, Ohio, examines (my) ID at Goodfellows on Franklin St. The bar-back has worked at the bar for almost two years and says he can pretty quickly tell the difference between a real and a fake ID.

<![CDATA[Tar Heels in the Pros: Daniel Bard, Zac Gallen making impact on the mound in 2022]]> As the calendar inches closer to fall and the Major League regular season begins to wind down, two North Carolina baseball alums have been making an impact within their respective organizations.

Both right-handed pitchers, Daniel Bard and Zac Gallen have been steady in recent years, continuing the long pipeline of MLB talent coming from the Tar Heels' baseball program.

Here's a look at how their careers have shaped up thus far, as well as an evaluation of how they have been performing this season.

Daniel Bard

Perhaps no professional baseball player in recent memory has experienced a journey quite like Daniel Bard.

After a productive three-year stint as a Tar Heel, Bard was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He was a solid reliever from 2009-2011, but when coaches inserted him into the starting rotation at the beginning of the 2012 season, his career fell off the rails.

Bard's velocity dipped and he immediately lost his ability to throw strikes, leading some to believe he suffered from the yips - an inexplicable state of nervous tension that prevents athletes from performing basic skills. After appearing in only two games in 2013, he wouldn't make another appearance for the next four seasons, leading to his retirement in October 2017.

Then, almost as miraculous as the way he fell off, Bard began his climb back to the sport's top stage.

Hoping to resurrect his career, Bard was invited to spring training with the Colorado Rockies in 2020 and was immediately assigned to the team's Triple-A affiliate. During the COVID-shortened season, Bard made the team's Opening Day roster and pitched well enough to earn the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Following a slight dip in production in 2021, Bard has put up the best numbers of his career in 2022. Boasting 24 saves and a 2.16 earned run average, he has staked himself as one of the game's best relievers at the ripe age of 37 years old.

Although the Rockies currently sit at the bottom of the NL West division, Bard will be a free agent at the end of the season - potentially giving him the opportunity to bolster the bullpen of a contender as early as next year.

Zac Gallen

After brief stops in the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins organizations, Zac Gallen has found a home with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Since being traded to the Diamondbacks in July 2019, the 27-year-old has emerged as one of the top young starting pitchers in baseball, posting a sub-three ERA in three different seasons. His best year was 2020, when he struck out 82 batters in 72 innings en route to a top-10 finish in Cy Young Award voting.

Although the Diamondbacks will likely finish the season with a losing record for the third year in a row, Gallen has been one of the team's bright spots in 2022.

He bolted out of the gate, giving up just five total runs in his first seven starts. Despite a rough month of June - when he gave up 15 runs in just under 26 innings - Gallen has responded nicely since then, as his ERA currently sits at a solid mark of 2.94.

As the Diamondbacks continue their rebuild, they will aim to build around Gallen and the rest of the young talent on the team to push their way toward contention.


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<![CDATA[Office DJ: TikTok tunes I can't stop playing]]> Anyone who knows me knows I am mildly addicted to TikTok. And anyone who knows TikTok knows that it's a vehicle for virality, especially when it comes to music.

If a sound bite on TikTok gets its own affiliated trend, the artist responsible for the sound can get substantial exposure.

Examples of TikTok's influence come in various forms.

A dance to Doja Cat's song "Say So" made her a household name virtually overnight. An audio snippet of Kate Bush's music that appeared in the fourth season of Stranger Things landed her in the top 10 in Apple Music's charts in 34 countries. And last July, trends with Måneskin's cover of the song "Beggin'" helped it get into the Global Top 200 on Spotify despite the song being released nearly five years prior.

Because of this, artists self-promoting sounds with their music is inevitable.

Even already-popular mainstream artists have had their musical successes exacerbated by TikTok. Olivia Rodrigo's hit "drivers license" and Lizzo's "About Damn Time" were initially popularized on the app. So if such big-name artists can benefit from the app, it's only natural that less popular musicians can do the same.

As is common in today's "holier than thou" internet culture, when a trend emerges, a trend making fun of it follows close behind. And now, because so many musicians promote their music TikTok, making fun of them has become its own trend.

This can sometimes have the effect of promoting the music even more. Mockery means more clicks, more views and more of a chance it ends up on my phone screen.

One of my favorites that's popped up is "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals. This song has a groovy psychedelic undertone, making it the perfect song to accompany an evening of self-care or a midnight walk. It's the musical embodiment of glow sticks, of the feeling you get right before you're about to go to sleep and you think you're falling.

Another favorite of mine is "Wait a Minute!" by WILLOW. This is the throwback to my soft indie rock youth that I didn't know I needed until the song blessed my ears. WILLOW's voice is uniquely addicting and the musical accompaniment is just enough to enhance her sound without feeling "over-produced."

Complementing all that angst but in a totally different way is "Stick Season" by Noah Kahan. Kahan is a spectacular lyricist and this song, which hit No. 25 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Chart, proves it. It's one of those songs that almost sounds happy until you listen to the words - some folky upbeat earnestness that feels too close to home with lines like "Doc told me to travel, but there's COVID on the planes." I genuinely cannot get enough.

Lastly, we need to discuss "Looking Out for You" by Joy Again. This is a song that you can't help romanticizing your life to. Something about it sounds nostalgic and rosy-toned, like the sound of a cool autumn finally hitting Chapel Hill.

As the semester begins, I know my media consumption is going to drop drastically. Soon I'll be discovering new music from (gasp) friends, instead of my never-ending 'For You' page.

So to mark the end of an era, here's a collection of songs made popular by TikTok that I think are well worth the listen. Plus, listening to this playlist will help you learn more than just the couple random lyrics that you've heard on loop a million times.



<![CDATA[New updates to Chapel Hill Transit system service Town residents and students]]> Chapel Hill Transit, a free-to-use bus service that runs throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC's campus, will be updating its services in the new school year.

Instead of coming from bus fares, Chapel Hill Transit's funding comes from the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, as well as fees paid by UNC students.

Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield said this model makes the system convenient for people without other options for transportation, including students. It also reduces demand for downtown parking by incentivizing residents and visitors of Chapel Hill to utilize public transit, according to Litchfield.

Chapel Hill Transit services

The Tar Heel Express provides service to home football games from the Friday Center, Southern Village and Downtown Chapel Hill near the Carolina Coffee Shop. Riders can pay $3 for a one way trip or $5 for a roundtrip to ride the shuttle to and from Kenan Stadium.

Another feature is Safe Ride, a late-night service that operates on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays along the T, G and J routes. It will be available on Aug. 18.

The Town is also developing a bus rapid transit project between Eubanks Road and Southern Village that will reduce travel time between stops by giving buses dedicated lanes and signal control to reduce wait time at lights.

In the past, transit users have been able to track the real-time location of buses using the TransLoc app. However, the devices that tracked the location of buses were outdated, and new locating equipment will be arriving in September.

"Sometime throughout this school year, we'll have a completely new system that will have better features," Litchfield said.

A shortage of bus operators impacting Chapel Hill Transit have caused some routes to have less frequent service. The system is currently operating at about 80 percent of its normal service, according to Litchfield.

While Chapel Hill Transit is hiring new workers, it will take time to return to normal levels of service, said Emily Powell, community outreach manager for Chapel Hill Transit.

"While we have made some really good ground lately on hiring new employees, it takes them 12 to 20 weeks to get them in place and out on our routes," she said.

Powell added that she hopes reducing service with certain times and routes may lead to increased reliability across the board.

Chapel Hill Transit is also working to combat the worker shortage through the student operator program, a job opportunity program designed especially for students at UNC and other surrounding colleges. The program includes paid training and offers a wage of $16 per hour.

"You're going to stay connected to campus and other students," Powell said. "The whole job is optimized to fit your schedule."

Pam Hemminger, the mayor of Chapel Hill said that the Town has reduced the amount of parking available per 1,000 square feet of residential and commercial space in hopes of encouraging more people to ride public transit.

"We have two of the biggest employers in the state: UNC and UNC hospitals," Hemminger said. "There're a lot of people that come into our community from outside and trying to get them onto transit is one of our goals."

Additionally, discussions are underway for a system that moves beyond buses entirely, including a project on a commuter rail between the Raleigh, Durham and Garner areas, she added.

Although it would require federal and state funding, she said she hopes this proposal, along with the bus rapid transit project, will go forward.

"I can see the future having many different kinds of options," Hemminger said.

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<![CDATA[Chapel Hill-Carrboro identity-based cultural centers provide resources for community]]> The Chapel Hill-Carrboro community is comprised of a wide range of cultural backgrounds, identities and lived experiences.

The Daily Tar Heel has compiled a list of some of the identity-based cultural centers in the area as an introduction to the resources and opportunities they provide.

El Centro Hispano

With multiple locations throughout the Triangle, including 201 W. Weaver St. in Carrboro, El Centro Hispano primarily strives to strengthen and advance the Latinx community through equity and inclusion, according to its website.

The center has five focus areas- education, economic development, community support, civic & community participation and community health.

Some of the center's initiatives and resources include connecting workers and employers in the area, teaching English as a second language, providing health support and promoting advocacy and self-sufficiency within the Latinx and Hispanic communities.

Emilia Ismael-Simental, the manager of the civic & community participation department, said that although the organization is grounded in the Hispanic and Latinx communities, El Centro Hispano's services are available to everyone.

Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association Community Center

The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association Community Center is a hub for residents of the historically Black Rogers-Eubanks neighborhood. The center offers after-school tutoring, a summer enrichment camp, a food pantry and advocacy and education programs with local government and school system members.

The center has been working in the community for almost 40 years and moved into its current location at 101 Edgar St. in 2014.

RENA hopes to both fight for environmental and social justice in its community and also support neighborhoods across the nation with knowledge and resources, Robert Campbell, the president of RENA, said.

"We are city-grown, but we are nation-wide," he said.

Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center

The Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center, located at 1609 E. Franklin St., strives to provide a space for American and Turkish people to widen their perspectives on each other's cultures.

Aziz Sancar and his wife, Gwen Sancar, co-founded the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation in 2007. The community center opened in 2021.

Gwen Sancar said the center hosts educational exhibits and events and helps students and community members from Turkey adjust to life in the United States.

"It's important to stress that the Sancar Center is open to everyone." Gwen Sancar said. "The fact that it says it's a Turkish cultural center does not mean open only to Turks - it's open to everybody and we want non-Turks (to) come too, and come with an open mind and a perspective of learning."

Refugee Community Partnership

The Refugee Community Partnership is a volunteer-driven organization that works with migrant and refugee communities in Orange County to provide critical information and resources in their primary languages, its website states.

One of its initiatives is the Hive, a virtual space where RCP interpreters translate critical announcements and information into various languages to inform and support non-English-speaking communities.

Through another initiative, RCP volunteers build relationships with local migrant residents, caring for their present needs, such as housing and employment and supporting their future goals, like attending college.

Chapel Hill Islamic Center

The Chapel Hill Islamic Center is a mosque located at 103 Stateside Dr. in Chapel Hill. It is open daily for the Quran halaqa before Isha prayer. On Fridays it is open for the Juma Khutba and Prayer and on Sundays for Fajir prayer, khatira and then breakfast.

Jawad Syed, a junior at UNC, has attended Friday prayers at the center and said he believes having a mosque near campus is critical for Muslim students to build connections with others who understand their faith and experiences.

"To have that environment to go into and keep yourself grounded and revitalize your beliefs, your practices, your whatever it may be that's dwindling elsewhere, that's crucial for one to hold on to their identity," Syed said.

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, located at 512 W. Rosemary St., works to record the past and preserve the future of Chapel Hill and Carrboro's historically Black neighborhoods, according to its website.

The center achieves this mission through resources such as From the Rock Wall, a website that preserves the oral histories of long-time residents of the Northside neighborhood, with the goal of building up the Black community with reconciliation and equity.

The center also has various educational and community services. The Northside Neighborhood Initiative is a housing justice program that helps long-term residents keep their homes and preserves land for the neighborhood's future community.

The Jackson Center also supports the Heavenly Groceries food bank, hosts neighborhood events for the Northside community to connect and offers a self-guided neighborhood audio tour called "Histories of Home: A Walk with Northside Neighbors."

Compass Center for Women and Families

The Compass Center for Women and Families provides services at the intersection of gender equity and economic justice. It offers domestic violence crisis and prevention services, referrals to community services, assistance with legal services, youth health programs and career and financial education, according to its website.

These services are available to people of all gender identities and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Compass Center's 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline can be accessed by calling (919) 929-7122. For other services, visit 210 Henderson St. in Chapel Hill or call (919) 968-4610.


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<![CDATA[Matson and Sholder begin final ride with UNC field hockey in exhibition win]]> For Erin Matson and Meredith Sholder, it was a no-brainer to return for one final year in Chapel Hill with the North Carolina field hockey team.

"I was like, 'There's nothing to talk about,'" Matson said. "Like of course I'm freaking coming back."

The two super seniors were back in action for UNC field hockey as the team kicked off its season with an exhibition game Sunday against Appalachian State. While the results were unofficial, North Carolina scored 13 goals in regulation and the overtime period, showcasing the offensive firepower this team wields.

"I think that our cohesion on the field really, really showed," Sholder said. "The passing was really good, the movement was awesome. Everyone contributed."

Sholder, who is technically a sixth-year senior, is a co-captain alongside Matson this season. Both have shone brightly in their own right, as Matson will likely leave as the greatest field hockey player in UNC history, while Sholder made the All-ACC Second Team in her last two seasons and played with the U.S. National Team in 2021-22.

As both of them have won three national titles as Tar Heels, they understand how essential it is to create good habits on the field early, and more importantly, a team identity. Scoring lots of goals is okay, but those goals have to come off of smart passes and communicative team play.

"(Head coach Karen Shelton) just always reminds us that we're a passing team so it's in our blood," Matson said. "We came out here on day one of preseason and it was passing, unselfishness, trustworthiness out on the field."

In Sholder's mind, UNC's brand of field hockey is "a passing sport." It's that sharing mindset from Matson and Sholder that's become ingrained in the team's chemistry, leading to electric offensive performances.

From their stick skills to their precision passing, the Tar Heels created numerous team goals that Shelton and her seniors ran through over and over again in practice just days ago, as four of the first five goals were tap-ins.

"We talk about this area in front of the goal that we want to score in, that's where most of the field goals come from and we created those," Shelton said.

But leaders don't just lead on the field - they must be a voice in the locker room, the engine keeping a team invested in itself.

With nine combined years of team experience, Matson and Sholder know this better than anyone.

"As a veteran, I just want to be there for all the girls, be a shoulder to lean on," Sholder said. "I just want to leave everything on the field that I can, and I would hope to rub that off on everyone else."

After all-time great careers wearing Carolina Blue, Matson and Sholder feel it is now their turn to give back - not only to impact the program now, but for years to come when they are gone. The biggest part of that to them is leading by example, with their play and their presence.

And with Matson and Sholder returning, talks of a storybook ending at Karen Shelton Stadium are surely swirling. Shelton, for her part, is grateful to have number 1 and 2 back for one more season.

"When your best players are your best leaders, that's special," Shelton said. "I hope that they just savor it, enjoy it while it goes on."


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<![CDATA[N.C. court extends voting rights to tens of thousands with felony convictions]]> Following a March ruling from the Wake County Superior Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals officially expanded voting rights on July 27 to tens of thousands of North Carolinians with felony convictions who are not in jail or prison.

The 2-1 ruling in Community Success Initiative v. Moore said the denial of voting rights to people on probation, parole or post-release supervision violates N.C. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because the denial discriminates against Black individuals and restricts all people on felony supervision from their voting rights.

The court also decided the statute violated the Free Elections Clause of the N.C. Constitution by preventing elections that would accurately represent the will of the people.

Before the ruling was implemented by the Court of Appeals, people with felony convictions who were not in jail or prison could not vote under a 1973 general statute. Once all sentences and post-release supervision, probation or parole were completed, voting rights were automatically restored.

According to evidence cited in Community Success Initiative v. Moore, more than 56,000 people who have been denied voting rights under the almost 50-year-old statute will become newly eligible.

Traci Burch, a political science professor at Northwestern University and expert witness in the case, estimated at least 20 percent of the people denied voting rights would vote in the next election.

This percentage would be at least 11,000 people, a number that would be enough to substantially impact future local and statewide elections, according to Burch.

The case is being appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court by lawmakers, including N.C. House of Representatives Speaker Timothy Moore, R-Cleveland, who is the named defendant in the case.

Marques Thompson, a lead regional managing organizer at nonprofit Democracy North Carolina., said he was disappointed that the decision was appealed at all.

"If we really believe in democracy, then we should support as many voices being able to be heard as possible," Thompson said. "It really makes us all better when we can hear from the greatest and the least of the people in every situation, and especially people that we don't usually prioritize."

Disproportionate impacts

People of color, especially Black people, were disproportionately denied their voting rights before the decision.

The court said the ruling in the 1970s to preserve the denial of voting rights "was itself independently motivated by racism."

According to evidence cited in the case, Black men make up just over 9 percent of the voting-age population in the state, but about 37 percent of those were denied voting rights because of parole, probation or post-release supervision.

While registered Black voters make up 21 percent of North Carolina's total electorate, more than 42 percent of people previously denied voting rights because of a felony conviction were Black.

The number of Black individuals denied voting rights on community supervision relative to overall voter registration was three times as high as white individuals on community supervision under the statute.

Barbara Foushee, a Carrboro Town Council member andChapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Executive Committee member, said the issue is more about racism in the criminal justice system than denying voting rights to people with felony convictions.

"Black folks are always disproportionately impacted about something," she said. "I think all that goes back to racism. I feel like that's at the root of a lot of our issues - driving while Black, sleeping while Black, walking while Black, jogging while Black, the list goes on and on."

Foushee said change only comes through electing representatives and judges who can fight for underrepresented communities, including people of color.

She said she has tried to use her network and a program through her church to promote political participation in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.

"Sometimes folks miss that opportunity to vote these folks in that can help effectuate the kind of change in the criminal justice system that we so desperately need," Foushee said. "I think it's all about elections."

Voter confusion

Lack of education and confusion about eligibility also factored into the court decision. Even in states where voting rights were automatically restored upon the completion of a sentence, like North Carolina, voters and officials often don't understand voting restoration.

According to testimony from an N.C. Department of Public Safety official during the trial, some of the forms the DPS provides to people with felony convictions contradict one another. The official, DPS's deputy director of community supervision, testified that she did not know if people under felony supervision could vote.

Kate Fellman, the founder and executive director of You Can Vote, a N.C. voting rights nonprofit, said the best way to spread the word about the rights of people with felony convictions is to interact with them directly.

"Every day we're out doing community work, we run into folks who tell us they can't vote," she said. "When you dig a little deeper, it's because of a misconception or preconceived notion that once you have a felony on your record, you can never vote again."

Education through partnerships with other nonprofits and community services is crucial to helping otherwise marginalized people understand what their rights are, Fellman said.

Echoing Fellman's sentiment, Thompson said Democracy N.C. works with places like food banks to register new voters and inform them of their voting rights.

Thompson added that a potential overturning of the decision by the N.C. Supreme Court would not only further confuse these new voters, but actively harm them.

"It would be painful for this population that already could feel like we as a society are mistreating them or giving up on them or that we don't care about their situation," Thompson said. "The reason why we have some of these nonprofits to engage with issues is because we don't always give them the services that they need to succeed."


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<![CDATA[UNC makes the switch from Sakai to Canvas]]> After years of UNC students and faculty using Sakai, recent rumors around campus indicate that the University may now be moving away from the software.

The rumors are true. The University will continue transitioning to Canvas - the learning management system with the largest market share in North America - as its primary course website hub.

Professors will have the option to use either Sakai or Canvas this upcoming semester, allowing for a smooth transition period. This means students might be using both learning systems this semester depending on their professor.

Suzanne Cadwell, UNC's director of educational technologies, said she hopes the University will fully transition to using Canvas so that it does not have to support and use both systems.

"We hope that it happens sooner rather than later, but it is absolutely at the discretion of the academic units to make that decision - so we support them," she said.

Students seem to agree with Cadwell.

UNC junior Emma Brown said that while she has never used Canvas before, she prefers that the University use only one application.

"It's just kind of important to me to have everything consolidated as much as possible," Brown said. "So, I'd prefer to fully use Canvas or Sakai."

The University started the switch to Canvas during the fall 2021 semester, by having a small cohort of eight courses pilot the application.

"It was interesting," Cadwell said. "We had a smaller cohort for fall, and that particular cohort actually skewed more positively for Canvas. With the larger cohort, it came out essentially a little in favor of Canvas but really very close with Sakai for preferences."

The larger cohort was composed of 52 courses in the spring 2022 semester. Cadwell's team found a correlation between a student's year and their preference of application, she said.

The majority of first-year and sophomore students favored Canvas, while junior and senior students preferred Sakai.

"Students are more comfortable with a system that they have more experience using," Cadwell said. "So for juniors and seniors, they may have not come from a high school that was using Canvas."

However, Cadwell said one thing was the same for both cohorts - there were rarely any technical support issues reported.

Canvas provides 24/7 support via an online chat or phone number for students to use if they have any technical issues.

"You've got a problem at 2 a.m.? Then there's someone who works for Canvas, who's a Canvas specialist, who can help you with your problem," Cadwell said.

Professor Tina Souders was part of the smaller cohort, where she taught a graduate-level social work course. She was excited to share positive feedback regarding Canvas' technical support and recalled an evening when she was having issues setting up her class modules.

"So I tried out their chat option," Souders said. "And somebody came on and chatted with me in real-time and helped me solve the problem and then also sent me a transcript of that chat session, if I needed it to follow directions."

Another benefit of using Canvas is the application layout - formally known as the interface.

Professor Eric Hastie was part of the larger cohort, where he taught Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology. He said he is leaning into Canvas "full speed ahead."

"It was extremely intuitive, very easy to use and it just looks cleaner," Hastie said."It's more modern."

Lillian Craven, a UNC junior, said she thought Sakai was user-friendly, but that she was not a fan of the interface.

"The user interface was ugly," she said. "But it was functional."

Cadwell said many students prefer Canvas not only because of the aesthetically pleasing interface, but also because of an available app that keeps track of assignments on mobile devices.

Overall, most of the feedback received from UNC users about Canvas was positive.

"I really think it's a good system that integrates well with all the other learning tools we're using," Hastie said.



<![CDATA[Construction on East Rosemary Street to bring new economic and research opportunities]]> The East Rosemary Street Redevelopment Project, a joint venture between the Town of Chapel Hill and Grubb Properties that aims to incentivize business growth and research development in downtown Chapel Hill, is scheduled to be completed by next summer.

Construction for the project started in September 2021, and it will feature a parking deck and office building with wet labs - research laboratory space for handling hazardous liquid chemicals.

Dwight Bassett, the economic development officer for the Town, said construction on the office buildings will be finalized by the end of the year and should be operational by next summer.

"The project will provide economic development and opportunities for Chapel Hill, creating new space for research and businesses to locate downtown, and for partnerships with the university and the business community that's currently lacking," said Michael Stevenson, principal at Perkins Eastman, the architecture firm involved with the project.

According to the project's webpage, the new parking deck will be located at 137 E. Rosemary St. Although the structure consolidated preexisting parking areas, Bassett said the garage will include 1,100 parking spaces, adding a net total of 250 parking spots to downtown Chapel Hill.

Bassett added that the University will lease 100 of the spaces, supporting the Undergraduate Admissions and Visitors Center offices that may move to Porthole Alley next to Carolina Coffee Shop pending further redevelopment discussion.

The land at 137 E. Rosemary St. was exchanged to the Town by Grubb Properties for the Wallace Parking Deck. As part of the deal, Grubb Properties will renovate the two conjoined buildings at 136 E. Rosemary St. and 137 E. Franklin St. to house offices and wet lab space.

Bassett said the lab space would help attract more entrepreneurs and allow Chapel Hill to keep research occurring in and around the UNC community.

"There's over a billion dollars of research that happens on UNC's campus," he said. "And when that research goes into companies, the vast majority of it either goes to Durham or (Research Triangle Park), because we have no wet lab space."

In April, Grubb Properties leased about 20,000 square feet of 136 E. Rosemary St., a third of its total space in the buildings, to Innovate Carolina, the University's team that supports entrepreneurship and economic development on campus and in the community.

The organization will build a hub to help start companies and create new technologies, products and services. The structure will also benefit Launch Chapel Hill, an organization that helps start-up businesses. The organization plans to relocate to the new space in 2023.

If the new office building turns out to be successful, Bassett said that Grubb Properties plans on building another 250,000 square feet of office and wet lab space in place of the Wallace Parking Deck.

Sheidy Rios-Vazquez, a sophomore exercise and sports science major at UNC, said she thinks students are actively seeking research opportunities like those that may be offered from the new lab space.

"To have a wet lab to be close, to have the opportunity to kind of immerse yourself in an experience like that is great for students who are eager and looking for ways to be integrated into the science community itself," she said.

Other than building renovations, the Town also plans to extend Varsity Alley and Post Office Alley to connect East Franklin and East Rosemary streets.

In addition, new trees and a widened sidewalk will be added to East Rosemary, making the street more walkable. A park and a town green will also be built near the project buildings as a way of providing the community with new green spaces.


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<![CDATA['We have something to prove': UNC women's soccer ready to bounce back after last season]]> Following a long summer of battling the humid Southern heat, the North Carolina women's soccer team gathered indoors for a different type of challenge.

The gauntlet standing before them was the beep test - a running drill where players line up and run 20 meters between timed intervals.

As the team paced back and forth, head coach Anson Dorrance grazed the sideline and witnessed something he had yet to see in his 44-year tenure. By the time the test concluded, more players had finished with 40 or 50 reps than any previous year.

The 2021 season was an aberration for a program accustomed to being viewed as one of the nation's best. After a year of dubious firsts - missing the ACC Tournament entirely and dropping the opening game of the NCAA Tournament against South Carolina - the hunger to get back on top has resonated with the No. 10 Tar Heels throughout the grueling offseason.

"Last season left a sour taste in my mouth, for sure," junior forward Avery Patterson said. "I think we have something to prove, so that's our main goal."

Top to bottom, Dorrance said this roster is the deepest he has ever coached. While seniors Aleigh Gambone and Tori Hansen have taken over in terms of leadership, the team's talented group of incoming first-years have arrived to Chapel Hill ready to make an immediate impact.

First-year Tessa Dellarose, who will play left back, shattered the program beep test record with 57 reps. First-year Tori DellaPeruta, who joins her older sister, Talia, already netted two goals in the Tar Heels' two exhibition wins.

But perhaps no addition is as intriguing as Ally Sentnor, the former United States Coaches' All-American High School Player of the Year. Despite tearing her ACL in an exhibition against UNCW last season, she is already playing for the United States in the U-20 World Cup just 12 months later.

"She's the best player of her generation," Dorrance said. "Now, are we going to see the best player of her generation right now in August? No, ACL full recovery is an 18-month process. We're certainly going to invest in her, but we're not going to put the pressure on her that she had coming in last year."

Although the team views its depth as a strength, returning 10 of 11 starters from last season, the Tar Heels lost a key defensive cog in former goalkeeper Claudia Dickey - a three-year starter that graduated and signed a pro contract with the OL Reign.

Throughout the preseason, senior Marz Josephson, first-year Nona Reason and redshirt first-year Emmie Allen have all spent time in net, giving Dorrance a plethora of starting options for the team's season opener against No. 11 Tennessee on Thursday.

"We can't replace a player of (Dickey's) caliber, but we have a great three-way battle brewing between three outstanding goalkeepers that are committed to their craft," Dorrance said.

While on-field progress has taken most of the spotlight, several players have noticed the team bonding has also risen to a new level.

From preseason soccer tennis tournaments to scavenger hunts on scooters, the Tar Heels have spent more time together off the field, which the team hopes can translate to improved production.

"I think this year's team chemistry is off the wall," senior defender Maycee Bell said. "I don't think I've been on a team with chemistry like this."

For a program with 20 NCAA championships, it might seem like an unusual predicament for the Tar Heels to be chasing teams ranked ahead of them. But with 10 years standing between the team and its last national title, such is the reality for the team this fall.

In the minds of the players who take the field, they know their Hall of Fame coach's mindset hasn't wavered. Instead, it will be up to them to rise to the challenge.

"He's always expecting excellence, so he hasn't changed in that aspect because our goal is always the same," Patterson said. "Last season was on us, so I think it's our mentality that has changed."


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<![CDATA[Column: OB-GYN care in a post-Roe world]]> Content warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault.




In May, Netflix debuted "Our Father," a shocking documentary that took Twitter and TikTok by storm. The film highlighted the grave violation of autonomy and privacy by a fertility doctor who, without consent, inseminated patients with his own sperm.

The story brings to light a debate of male prevalence in female health care.

As the film quickly racked up 42.60 million viewing hours - making it one of 2022's most popular Netflix documentaries thus far - it raised questions for viewers about who is occupying positions of power in reproductive health care settings.

It's time to think critically about male prevalence in female health care, and how the standards of the industry should better reflect patient autonomy rather than the interests of practitioners and the legal frameworks they work within.

This film, and others like it, echos a trend in popular culture. Reproductive rights are an increasingly pressing topic of conversation, especially since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, leaving abortion regulations up to individual states and reducing access to care.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends seeing an OB-GYN for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15, and getting a pap smear for the first time after the age of 21. And sometimes, as college-age students seek care for the first time, men are the only practitioners available for patients to see.

Women are systematically disadvantaged in their influence in STEM industries, including medicine. For instance, less than a third of doctors are women while men dominate 37 of the 43 medical fields. And despite 41 percent of OB-GYN doctors being men, only 8 percent of patients who seek OB-GYN care prefer a male doctor, according to an article from the Dayton Daily News.

There are certainly benefits to having men in reproductive care spaces - and we want to be clear that everyone, regardless of gender identity, should have the opportunity to pursue career paths that focus on women's health issues. Transgender and gender diverse patients in particular may benefit from the ability to choose a health care provider that they feel best suits their interests and identity.

But while these benefits exist, it's still crucially important for women to have power in spaces that concern their health and safety.

Since Roe was overturned, those impacted by the decision have taken to social media to share how women should protect themselves. Viral tweets urge women to delete their period apps to avoid authorities potentially using fertility information against them. Other posts encourage women to not disclose the date of their last period to primary care providers.

These fears are not unfounded. Patient privacy has been completely uprooted since women's decisions regarding their reproductive health have become an unprotected right. And part of the fear of health care professionals taking advantage of patients stems from a lack of female providers.

In a world where people who can get pregnant are ever-so careful with their personal health information, we must turn to creating health care spaces that value the struggles women face, rather than uphold regressive legal precedents. In an industry that has potential to take advantage of women in vulnerable positions, patients must be able to discuss intimate health issues with providers who can identify with their concerns and who are also personally impacted by legislation limiting their privacy.

Health care professionals, including female practitioners, are not immune to their own beliefs and biases. But increasing the number of female professionals in a field that fundamentally impacts them is a step toward elevating their voices and needs.

The demographic of practitioners is changing. In 1970, seven percent of gynecologists were women, whereas now, they make up 59 percent of the profession. Women succeeding in these fields is indicative of important progress being made towards equality, both for the women giving and receiving care.

In a post-Roe world, the ongoing debate of men overseeing female care needs to shift to consider the protection of female patients. Men in these positions of power need to advocate for their patients and listen to the women in their fields.



People protest the leaked, proposed overturn of Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade on May 3, 2022, in Chapel Hill, NC.

<![CDATA[Ryleigh Heck and Ashley Sessa look to make immediate impact on UNC field hockey]]> Before UNC field hockey first-years Ryleigh Heck and Ashley Sessa officially stepped foot on campus as students, they were already well-known faces in the locker room.

Heck had been selected to play in the Senior Nexus Championship in July alongside eleven other current Tar Heels and was just recently named to the 2022-23 U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team. As for Sessa, who already had a year under her belt on the national team, she saw playing time in Karen Shelton Stadium with UNC players in the FIH Hockey Pro League this spring.

Though Sessa and Heck grew up separated by the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, they were brought together at the WC Eagles training center and became fast friends in grade school. This season, the two experienced newcomers will look to make an immediate impact on UNC's offense.

"I think they're the top two freshmen in the nation," head coach Karen Shelton said.

The two separately received the praise after accomplished high school field hockey careers. Heck earned All-America honors three times, was named USA Today's National Player of the Year in 2022 and led her team to three New Jersey state titles. Sessa won two gold medals with the United States Indoor Team, and at 17 years old, was the youngest player on the women's national team.

Meeting in the middle of their two hometowns to play club field hockey, Sessa and Heck formed a sister-like relationship off the field, going to family dinners and sparking arguments about stealing each others' hair ties. But on the turf in club games, they were a dynamic duo, both playing in the middle of the field or in the attacking front.

"We would either be playing right next to each other, or I would just feed her a bunch of balls," Heck said. "And she would just have some great goals."

Although the pair had visited UNC when they were in grade school for camps and had always been Tar Heel fans, Heck and Sessa expressed that their decisions to commit to North Carolina were completely independent of one another.

"We both knew we'd just go where we felt the most comfortable," Sessa said. "I committed before Riley, so when she chose UNC, I was ecstatic."

Now sharing a slightly over-decorated room in Avery Residence Hall, Heck and Sessa have not only reunited with each other, but with UNC teammates that they've played with or against in the small field hockey world.

In just the first week of training on campus, the two have spent as much time completing drills and fitness tests as they have participating in team bonding activities.​​

The two got to know the team as they traveled to junior back Dorrit Eisenbeis' lake house this past week for a retreat filled with wakeboarding, eating corn on the cob and playing the Psych! party game. Heck also recounted going to 411 West for a team dinner and trivia night and sitting next to Matson, her old Eagles teammate. Laughing, she bragged about being the only member of the team to guess the bonus trivia question.

"The question was 'Where was Karen Shelton born?' And everyone was like 'She was probably born in Pennsylvania or something,'" Heck said. "I was like, 'Nope. She was born in Hawaii.'"

Passionate about UNC, talented in their sport and already well-integrated socially into the team - it's no secret that Heck and Sessa will gel with the rest of North Carolina's roster this year. They will fill in the gaps of UNC's attack and midfield, giving Matson the reinforcement needed on the offensive end to spark a revenge season for the Tar Heels.

"Yes, they're freshmen," Shelton said. "But they won't play like freshmen."


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<![CDATA[UNC football running back British Brooks to miss 2022 season with lower body injury]]> North Carolina football running back British Brooks suffered a season-ending lower body injury during practice on Saturday night, team officials confirmed to the Daily Tar Heel.

The graduate back began his career at UNC as a walk-on, and eventually established himself as a key special teams player. Brooks earned his first start at running back in the 2020 Orange Bowl, where he rushed for 53 yards. Last season, he shined against N.C. State, rushing for 124 yards on 15 carries.

Brooks was presumed to be the first-option running back for the Tar Heels this season, ahead of junior D.J. Jones, sophomore Elijah Green and sophomore Caleb Hood. Jones played in nine games last season, accumulating 325 all-purpose yards. Green and Hood saw less action, but both played limited snaps on offense and special teams throughout the season.

First-years George Pettaway and Omarion Hampton are the other two running backs on the roster that could compete for minutes. Both were 247Sports 4-star recruits.

"We want to play three (running backs), and British is the one with the most experience and he's the best blocker, and he's the most secure with the ball, so he'll probably have one of those spots when we get through," head coach Mack Brown said during the first day of training camp on July 29.

Brooks' injury is the second serious blow to UNC's offense in the past week. On Aug. 8, Brown announced that senior wide receiver Antoine Green suffered an upper-body injury in scrimmage.

Green is expected to miss six to ten weeks, leaving junior Josh Downs as one of the few veteran skill players available to start the season for UNC.


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<![CDATA[No. 10 UNC women's soccer displays depth in 2-0 exhibition win over No. 3 BYU]]> Earlier this week, head coach Anson Dorrance claimed this year's North Carolina women's soccer team was the deepest he had ever coached.

He didn't point to any of his 21 teams that won national titles. Instead, the Hall-of-Fame coach identified his current squad as the one with superior depth - a surprising claim for a team fresh off a first-round exit in the NCAA tournament.

But UNC's 2-0 win over No. 3 BYU spoke to that depth, as the Tar Heels' ability to maintain fresh legs helped them secure a second exhibition victory this week. By the end of the match, UNC employed a total of 17 reserve players.

"We have extraordinary depth, and I'm not talking about at one or two positions, I'm talking about at all 11 positions," Dorrance said. "(The depth) is going to make a difference - not just when we compete today, but in the training environment."

Sending out multiple lineups throughout the game, Dorrance saw the possibilities within his defensive unit expand.

Led by senior Maycee Bell, the Tar Heels play a pressing-style defense centered around aggressive movements. In the first minutes of Saturday night's contest, this relentless ball pressure was visible as BYU struggled to establish itself on the attacking end.

"Our mentality is to high press the entire game so having a deep roster allows for us to do that for 90 minutes," junior midfielder Avery Patterson said.

As North Carolina's defense began to settle in, the offense started discovering openings within the Cougars' back line.

Just over 12 minutes into the match, after a UNC shot bounced off a BYU defender, forward junior Sam Meza found the ball and zipped a pass to first-year forward Tori DellaPeruta, who with one touch blasted the ball into the top left corner of the goal.

"Tori can play," Dorrance said. "She is a baller, she is smart and she plays the game (right)."

DellaPeruta's powerful finish gave the first-year standout her second goal in just two games. The Cumming, Ga. native said the transition to the college game hasn't been as easy as it may appear, but her teammates have helped her find early success.

"I'm just super hungry to score," she said. "And I'm super hungry to win - this whole team is. It makes it easier to play together when everyone is competing together."

In the 26th minute, UNC made its first substitution of the night - a modest change of two players. One minute later, North Carolina called in three more substitutes, followed by another trio of reserves shortly after.

Despite outshooting BYU by nine shots in the first half, North Carolina held just a one-goal lead at the intermission, but a corner kick early in the second half bounced around the box to Patterson, who booted in UNC's second goal.

"My role last year was more defensive," Patterson said. "Now I've shifted into more of the attack in the left forward position so I'm hoping those goals are going to keep dropping for me."

By the midway point of the second half, leading by two goals, the Tar Heels were noticeably more rested than the Cougars thanks to UNC's multiple lineups. Every bounce of the ball appeared to be met by a Tar Heel two steps faster than any nearby Cougar.

One of the leaders of last year's squad, Patterson said the speed and quickness were a direct product of logging fewer minutes, and the fresh legs have already paid dividends.

"We have new freshmen coming in this year that absolutely smashed all of our athletic tests," she said. "(Dorrance) wasn't kidding about the depth, that's for sure."


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<![CDATA[Column: Beating the heat on campus poses a challenge]]> Picture this: Excited for their first day of college, a naïve, innocent first-year who's grown accustomed to COVID-19 isolation decides to dress up.

They wear a collared shirt and a pair of pants and embark upon their 20-minute walk from South Campus to the FedEx Global Center. Once they get there, they rush to the bathroom only to realize they are drenched in sweat.

Last year, dear readers, I was that innocent, wide-eyed first-year.

How did this happen? In attempting to answer those questions, I, a writer for a college student newspaper, acknowledge that I can't single-handedly reverse the effects of climate change. But there are factors beyond climate change that contribute to the heat on campus - some of which are in our control, others not so much.

For one, even when we retire to our dorms, a lot of students grapple with faulty air conditioning and ventilation.

Our dorms are old and repairing them is difficult, but heating and cooling problems are still important to address. Unsafe or uncomfortable conditions make it harder to study or get work done in our rooms, which pushes students to search for other places on campus to do their work.

So that begs the question: Are there places to sit outside without risking an involuntary tan?

Well, we used to have tents in the quad, but they were taken down after widespread complaints that they were an eyesore. Although I don't disagree with that assessment, people were using them up until they were taken down, so the lack of an alternative is disheartening.

Many students and staff enjoyed being able to smell the fresh air, get a little bit of shade and take advantage of the tents' chairs. With that gone, all that's left is an uncomfortable, muddy landscape.

I'm sure no one would want to sit there.

Therefore, the last resort we have against the heat on campus are the libraries, dining halls and other buildings on North Campus. And while concerns regarding indoor transmission of viral diseases seem to have declined in the last few months, these spaces can still be dangerous for COVID-19 transmission.

Furthermore, noise echoes off the walls of these buildings and it's hard to truly relax in such congested indoor spaces.

It's sad to think the University's only alternative to the sweltering heat in my dorm room or the crowded, risky environment of a library is working outdoors, a situation only made worse with the quad's tents lost to the ages.

With the lack of a real solution to these issues, UNC students need to do two things.

Firstly, there needs to be a push for administrators to assist us. My dorm room should have working air conditioning and I should also have places to sit outside that aren't scaldingly hot.

Secondly, and more easily, students should take the necessary individual measures to peacefully exist amid the heat. If you feel like the weather could be an issue for you, feel free to show up to your lectures in a T-shirt and short shorts. It's not like you'd impress anyone by dressing up anyways, considering that we're all focused on either the lecture or online shopping.

You'll also get used to walking around throughout the course of the semester, but you still should probably wear deodorant. I don't mind if you don't have a problem with the heat, but please don't cause problems for me.



<![CDATA[Chapel Hill Art + Transit partners with local artists for LGBTQ+ themed designs]]> Chapel Hill's Art + Transit program unveiled a new LGBTQ+ themed bus and bus shelter after partnering with two local queer artists.

The bus, titled "Can't Stop Pride," is a collaboration between Art + Transit and the Town's LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group.

Staff members of the group chose Durham artist Wutang McDougal for the bus' design, which features LGBTQ+ imagery within a bright color palette. McDougal did not respond to The Daily Tar Heel's requests for comment.

Raleigh-based installation artist Jane Cheek designed the bus shelter, "We Knew Intersectionality Was the Way Forward," which features overlapping circles that display the colors of the Progress Pride Flag.

Including the Pride installation, nine new bus shelters and one art bus now join the more than 30 art installations on local transit infrastructure. Art + Transit, an initiative led by Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and Chapel Hill Transit, began its initiative in 2018 to make commutes more vibrant through bus and bus shelter art.

Steve Wright, the public art coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said Art + Transit wanted to focus specifically on LGBTQ+ Pride.

"For the bus wrap, we definitely knew we wanted to have a wrap themed for Pride," Wright said.

In their artist statement, McDougal said they wanted to represent pride in Black queerness, the transgender community and queer love through the design.

Cheek said that while the Town didn't give specific thematic guidelines for the piece, her focus involved building community and increasing queer visibility.

"I know for me personally, one of the things that makes me feel welcomed or safe is seeing Pride flags," Cheek said. "So incorporating that into my work has been kind of a theme recently."

Brian Litchfield, Chapel Hill's transit director, said the Art + Transit program centers around enlivening the community, making art more accessible for community members and supporting local artists.

"This year one of our focuses was on supporting local artists and also providing an opportunity to express our support and values related to the LGBTQIA+ community," he said.

The other new bus shelter installations feature varying themes, ranging from Antonio Alanis' "Sun," which draws inspiration from Latin American designs, to Sally Gregoire's "Barning Around in North Carolina," which is an acknowledgment of the agricultural history of North Carolina, according to her artist statement on the piece.

Collage artist and photographer Sara Roberts said her installation, "Blooms Over Chapel Hill," was primarily aimed at bringing joy to community members. Roberts said her art is heavily inspired by her time spent in nature while growing up in North Carolina.

"For this particular installation, I just wanted to capture the bright things in the community," Roberts said. "I just wanted people to find some light."

Her floral design incorporates Chapel Hill landmarks like the Old Well and Varsity Theatre, and each petal features her original photography from the area.

Roberts said a large part of the project involved giving back to the community in a way that was readily accessible.

"As artists, we love people," she said. "And the best way we can give back to people is through public art, and I think it's super, super important."

Wright said Art + Transit plans to continue its public art initiative in the spring when there will be a new round of bus shelter installations and an additional art bus.


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<![CDATA[University enters fall semester with loosened COVID-19 policies ]]> As the University begins its first completely mask-free semester since spring 2020, UNC announced modifications to its COVID-19 policies in a campus-wide email July 29.

The University will no longer require unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals to test regularly and will no longer provide voluntary asymptomatic testing.

Kayla Vanhoy, a senior studying radiologic science and an intern at UNC Hospitals, said while she understands the University's actions, she thinks the loss of voluntary testing does "more harm than good."

"Having asymptomatic testing for anyone who wanted it on campus was reassuring to a lot of people," Vanhoy said.

Masks continue to be required on public transit and in all health care settings, including UNC Health and Campus Health.

Audrey Pettifor, a professor in the department of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, said while masks are no longer required, those worried about the pandemic should consider wearing one in high-risk situations.

"Wearing a well-fitted mask will protect you, even if folks around you aren't wearing it. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing," she said.

Pettifor said students and community members should anticipate a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus at the beginning of the semester, though the data may be less accurate considering the loss of voluntary on-campus testing and the increase of unreported at-home testing.

Symptomatic testing for students will continue to be provided at Campus Health. The former testing centers in the Rams Head Recreation Center and the Student Union will no longer be in operation. At-home test kits are available on campus at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health and typically in the vending machines in both Rams Head and the Student Union.

Positive results from off-campus testing and at-home testing must be reported to Campus Health, and any student who reports a positive test must isolate.

Students living in residence halls can isolate at home or in their dorm room. More detailed isolation information can be found on the Campus Health website.

Pettifor said students should have a conversation with their roommates about comfort levels regarding the ongoing pandemic.

She added that although masks are encouraged but not required in the classroom, it's important for students to be compassionate and understanding about the mask preferences of those around them.

"I don't foresee this semester being really any different from spring semester," Pettifor said.

Faculty and staff should get tested at their health care provider instead of Campus Health. They must report positive results through the COVID-19 Wellness Check and should follow CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine.

In order to be excused from class due to COVID-19 isolation, students must now submit a request to the University Approved Absence Office. Positive tests conducted at Campus Health will automatically generate a University Approved Absence form.

Pettifor said that although the long-term effects of COVID-19 are relatively unknown, an unpublished study from the Gillings School found that 20 percent of UNC students who have had COVID-19 have experienced symptoms that last a least one month, which she said is "significant."

The University is not requiring vaccine attestation or re-entry testing for the fall semester, though both are encouraged.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available on campus at no cost to students, staff, faculty and community members over the age of 12. Vaccines will continue to be available on a walk-in basis between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health Pharmacy.

The University said it continues to monitor conditions and is prepared to make changes to the COVID-19 standards if necessary.

Justin Lessler, a professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, said he thinks more combative policy changes are unlikely unless there is a major shift in the trajectory of the pandemic, such as an uptick in severe variants or a global increase in mortality reates.

"The policies that are still in place are more of a risk mitigation approach rather than a control approach," he said.

Lessler said students and community members should see precautions as courtesies to peers rather than mandates.

"You don't know who people are going home to," he said. "When you see somebody wear a mask, maybe they're just being careful. Maybe they're going home to an elderly relative. Maybe they have a roommate who is immunodepressed."

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A mask lies in a puddle in front of the Student Stores Building in January.

<![CDATA[Study abroad applications open for spring 2023]]> While many UNC students spend their days sitting on Polk Place or doing their homework in Davis Library, some ditch the traditional experience and pursue their studies abroad.

Spring 2023 study abroad applications opened on August 1 through the UNC Study Abroad Office. The office's website says it welcomes students to learn about the basics of studying abroad while receiving advice from advisors within the office.

As individuals return to campus without masks for the first fall semester since 2019, studying abroad has looked a little different for students over the past few years.

"Little by little it's been opening up more and more every term," Mallory Minnehan, the communications and marketing manager of the Study Abroad office, said. "This summer is the first time we saw students studying abroad in the same numbers as students in 2019, pre-pandemic."

Throughout the pandemic, participation in the UNC Study Abroad Office dropped from 1,724 individuals in the 2018-2019 school year to 386 individuals in the 2020-2021 school year.

Minnehan said the office will consider removing countries as eligible study abroad locations if the U.S. Department of State encourages the general public to reconsider travel under COVID protocols - specifically when countries carry a travel advisory of level three or above.

Certain countries are listed at a level three advisory or higher because of border or visa complications while others are listed as such because of pandemics or dangerous conflicts.

Though COVID precautions will continue to be monitored, they will not affect the financial aid available for students. Minnehan said the office awards over $1 million in scholarships every year for various components, such as a student's major, hometown or financial need.

She said students interested in financial support simply must indicate that they would like to be considered on their application.

"If you go abroad during a semester, then your financial aid will travel with you," Minnehan said. "If you pick a program that is similar in cost to being in Chapel Hill - has a similar cost of living in terms of housing and meals - then you might even almost break even."

The study abroad office says it encourages students to consider a multitude of factors when choosing an international program. Some of these factors include location, academics, program type, cost, duration, languages and identity.

Ellen Garfinkle, a senior at UNC majoring in global studies and political science with a minor in middle eastern languages, studied abroad in Israel in spring 2022 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"I really loved getting to learn both languages that are spoken there because when I was out and about, I really got to use them and the immersive process really helped me in my learning," Garfinkle said.

Garfinkle said learning about a country's history within the country itself creates a grounded connection to academics abroad.

Isabella Patterson, a senior double majoring in management and society and communication studies, also studied abroad this past spring. Patterson spent her semester in Florence, Italy, and said one of the highlights of studying abroad was using her experience as a launching pad for a widened global perspective - traveling to 15 different countries all while living in Italy.

Patterson found the application to be relatively easy and said information sessions were provided to prepare students for their experience. She encouraged other students to consider the experience.

"UNC offers so many opportunities," she said. "They want you to go, so just take advantage of all of those opportunities."

The study abroad office will be sending 350 students to countries around the world this fall and applications to study abroad during the spring semester are due September 10.



Ellen Garfinkle, left, a senior global studies and political science major with a minor in middle eastern languages, studied abroad in Israel this spring at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Garfinkle is pictured with Asaf Avrahami, right, whom she met while in Israel. Photo courtesy of Ellen Garfinkle.

<![CDATA[Potential crisis diversion center to offer behavioral and mental health support]]> A potential crisis diversion center in Orange County hit one of its first major milestones on Aug. 12, as architectural firms and crisis service providers submitted applications for their roles in the project.

The crisis diversion center would provide options other than incarceration or hospitalization for people experiencing behavioral or mental health issues. It will likely begin construction within the next two years, according to Caitlin Fenhagen, Orange County's criminal justice resource director.

The Crisis/Diversion Facility Subcommittee under the Orange County Behavioral Health Task Force is leading the effort to develop the center. This subcommittee includes representatives from the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit, Orange County EMS and UNC Health Care, among others.

While the 24-hour center would mainly serve patients after interactions with law enforcement or emergency medical services, walk-ins would also be accepted.

The center will provide treatment and social services networking, as well as criminal justice and medical services. The Crisis/Diversion Facility Subcommittee used similar facilities in both Buncombe and Wake counties as a reference to determine best practices and treatments.

Consultants and partners for the facility will be chosen in the coming months, and a location for the building is scheduled to be chosen by December. The final design will be completed early next year, and Fenhagen said the facility might be operational in three years - although this is a tentative timeline.

"The facility will be purposefully designed to be very welcoming and very integrated into the landscape, wherever the site is," Deputy County Manager Travis Myren said.

In April 2019, more than 30 stakeholders from Orange County met to evaluate gaps in Orange County's criminal justice system. One issue discussed was the absence of a no-refusal intake service for law enforcement to divert those who may not be best served by incarceration or an emergency room.

The facility subcommittee was formed later in 2019 to develop a center that would fill the gaps the stakeholders identified.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said the facility would be a great help to people who need it, as nobody would be turned away from getting help.

"This facility, when it exists, I think is the perfect compliment to all kinds of really smart programming that's been in place both in Chapel Hill and across our county for a long time," Blue said. "But we haven't been able to fully realize those philosophies because of the absence of such a facility."

According to a presentation from the subcommittee, about 400 cases could be diverted to the center each month, decreasing emergency room overcrowding and costs and helping to provide more appropriate services for patients other than the criminal justice system.

Fenhagen said the diversion center could help decrease the number of people taken to detention centers due to a lack of funding and other options.

In addition to providing services within the facility, she said staff would also connect patients with other resources in the area. Street Outreach and Harm Reduction and Deflection Program, one such resource, helps people experiencing homelessness find housing and support.

The CHPD Crisis Unit, an organization of social workers who respond with law enforcement officers to calls, recently hired its first peer support specialist - a licensed professional with knowledgeable behavioral health experience.

Fenhagen said the diversion facility would also be staffed by these peer support specialists, who may be able to help combat the stigma surrounding behavioral health.

"Behavioral health concerns don't impact just people who are involved in the criminal justice system," she said. "It hits everybody regardless of your social status, of your age. It's just a constant struggle to educate everyone that that stigma shouldn't exist."


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Cars drive down Franklin Street on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

<![CDATA[Column: Minimizing chronic exhaustion post-pandemic]]> I am operating on my third double-shot espresso of the day and it's only 1 p.m. At the risk of sounding like one of those corny signs my mom would find at HomeGoods - coffee is life.

Jokes aside, I struggle most days to function without an extra energy boost. My backpack typically contains a Bang Energy or two (they're not that gross once your stomach adapts to the acidity) and ibuprofen for when my caffeine-headache rears its ugly head around noon. Despite these measures, I often find myself fighting the urge to doze off as the day progresses.

Chronic fatigue has never been a stranger.

In high school, I went about each day functioning like a robot. I woke at 6 a.m. for a two-mile run. I stayed busy until midnight because of homework or tennis practice or debate tournaments or community service. Though I felt drained, my lingering exhaustion was manageable.

Then COVID-19 struck. My once-stellar work ethic began to suffer.

For the first time in my life, I struggled to complete basic tasks. Making my bed or washing my face in the morning became hard work. I scrolled through TikTok with my Zoom camera off during class. It took me hours to squeak out a single paragraph for my Common App essay or complete a one-page math worksheet for AP Statistics.

To make matters worse, I also experienced various life-altering changes during the pandemic. My father had extramarital affairs, which marked the genesis of my parents' contentious divorce. He unexpectedly left home and moved to another state. I attended two funerals. Several family friends contracted COVID-19 and had to be hospitalized.

These stressful events further exacerbated my inability to function normally.

With the help of a great therapist and time, I am finally healing. I continue, however, to endure the physical repercussions of trauma. I am tired all the time. No matter how many hours I sleep each night, I never feel refreshed. I lost my zip. I live in a chronic hazy mental state.

My experience is not unique. This phenomenon is endemic among students at UNC, who must navigate a rigorous course load as they simultaneously attempt to heal from their own uniquely traumatizing experiences post-pandemic.

"Youth in the United States are reporting that the biggest impact of the pandemic is on their mental health," reports Andrea Hussong, professor and associate director of clinical psychology at UNC. Most importantly, she acknowledges how individuals belonging to marginalized groups may experience these effects disproportionally.

Pandemic-related data concludes that the warning signs for a decline in mental health tend to present themselves physically.

"People may also experience physical symptoms, such as tension headaches, gastrointestinal issues, the inability to relax or to sleep, nightmares, flashbacks and other symptoms," said Psychiatry Chair Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody.

So how do we collectively move forward? Dr. Meltzer-Brody recommends prioritizing self-care, and she urges policymakers to further invest in mental health services.

UNC needs to take proper action to minimize student and faculty burnout. Though wellness days are a step in the right direction, the University should consider giving students additional time off to rest and reset.

Recent trials done abroad suggest how transitioning to a four-day work week, or simply granting individuals more flexibility in work hours, may yield tremendous mental health benefits.

Countries such as New Zealand and Iceland, which launched trials in 2020 testing how weekly work time reduction improves employees' mental health, model how the United States could feasibly restructure our current system as well.

Similarly, British nonprofit groups 4 Day Week Global, 4 Day Week UK, and Autonomy recently began a four-day workweek pilot program that includes thousands of employees across 70 companies.

These measures may seem extreme to those like myself who grew up in societies that glorify "hustle culture" - the idea that work-life balance is gratuitous and an individual should always aspire towards "more" (more money, more titles, more success).

But desperate times call for desperate measures. In the midst of today's mental health crisis, the University has an obligation to protect student and faculty well-being above all else.

The pandemic undoubtedly caused immeasurable harm, but the silver lining is that it also forced us to reevaluate the status quo. As a national leader in research and innovation, UNC has the opportunity to play a crucial role in modeling a new work culture that yields better mental health outcomes for students and faculty.



<![CDATA[N.C. Green Party to appear on the ballot in midterm elections after controversy]]> After allegations of fraud and a past denial of certification by the North Carolina State Board of Elections, the N.C. Green Party was recently certified as an official party and will appear on general election ballots for the 2022 midterms.

The NCSBE voted unanimously to recognize the Green Party on Aug. 1, according to a press release. The Board will be creating new voter registration forms that include the Green Party.

However, this certification did not automatically guarantee that the Green Party would appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The deadline to submit nominees for this year's elections was July 1, but the NCSBE denied the party on June 30 in a 3-2 vote. But an Aug. 5 decision by the U.S. District Court means the party will appear on the ballot.

In the June decision, the board cited an ongoing investigation into "evidence of fraud and other irregularities in the petition process used to seek ballot access for the party," according to a June 30 press release.

How parties are certified in North Carolina

The process to be certified as a recognized political party in North Carolina requires that the party meet one of three criteria. The Green Party failed to fulfill two criteria - receiving 2 percent of the votes cast in the most recent general election or having a candidate on the general election ballot in at least 70 percent of the states in the most recent presidential election.

Because of this, it was forced to pursue the third option: petition process. This process required the party to create a petition that received signatures equal to at least 0.25 percent of those who voted in the most recent election for governor.

The Green Party was last recognized as a political party in 2021 after being added to the ballot in 2018, when the NCSBE changed the policy regarding political party certification.

"Until 2018, I think there was a threshold of 90,000 signatures that you needed, which is not insubstantial - it would take a lot of effort to get 90,000 unique signatures," William Goldsmith, a UNC professor of public policy, said. "So it was very difficult for third parties to get on the ballot in North Carolina for many decades."

The Green Party's lawsuit

After its certification was denied in June, the Green Party filed a complaint in federal district court on July 21 against the NCSBE.

The Green Party's complaint stated that it had complied with all the requirements to qualify as a new party, saying the Board was investigating unspecified allegations of fraud in petition signing for the certification.

"They provided no evidence, so how can we defend ourselves against it," Michael Trudeau, secretary of the state Green Party and candidate for District 16 in the North Carolina Senate, said.

The NCSBE did not respond to The Daily Tar Heel's request for comment by the time of publication.

The party's complaint also included a section stating that petition signers for the Green Party began receiving texts and phone calls requesting they remove their names from the certification petitions.

In the complaint, the Green Party said some individuals who identified themselves as part of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said the Green Party "takes votes" from Democrats. The Green Party added that others falsely claimed to be members of the Green Party.

The complaint further alleged that a law firm with close ties to the Democratic Party and a legal intern in the office of Gov. Roy Cooper submitted separate public records requests about the Green Party using the same wording.

"I'm not suggesting we know anything more than that, but it certainly seems like more than a coincidence that public records requests would be filed using the exact same language," Oliver Hall, one of the Green Party's lawyers, said.

The N.C. Democratic Party did not respond to the DTH's requests for comment.

Rejoining the ballot

On Aug. 5, four days after the NCSBE certified the Green Party, the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the party, stating that it must be allowed to appear on the ballot in November.

The Green Party will be placing two candidates on the ballot according to the document: Matthew Hoh, a U.S. Senate candidate, and Trudeau.

Trudeau said the Green Party is a left-wing, anti-capitalist alternative to the Democratic and Republican parties. He said some specific policies the party calls for are free public higher education, decriminalization of drug use, decrease of the military budget and implementation of universal health care.

"We are a social justice, racial justice and ecological and environmental justice platform and think that all those issues are intertwined and you can't have some without the others," he said.

Goldsmith said that while he does not think that the Green Party will gain traction in North Carolina, the additional party on the ballot could split the vote for Democratic candidates.

"Anytime we have these very narrow races, there is always the chance that, however few the votes might be that would go to the Green Party, that it would be enough to affect the outcome of the election," he said.

Trudeau added that the Green Party held a rally after the ruling to celebrate the district court's decision. He said that, despite the success, he thinks the reputation of the Green Party has already been damaged because of allegations of fraud, which he denied.


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<![CDATA[UNC and Harvard affirmative action cases to be heard separately by SCOTUS]]> UNC and Harvard University's affirmative action cases will no longer be heard together by the Supreme Court, per a July 22 order.

This order is a reversal of a decision to consolidate the cases into one hearing, which the Supreme Court released about six months ago.Both cases are part of 2014 lawsuits filed by the Students for Fair Admissions, a private nonprofit membership group.

UNC law professor Eric Muller said the Supreme Court hears cases together when they deal with the same legal issue - which, in this case, is the constitutionality of using race as a factor in college admissions decisions.

Since the announcement to hear the case was released in January, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed and sworn in to the Supreme Court.

However, Jackson will not participate in the ruling of the Harvard case, as she was formerly a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers - an alumni association that counsels the school's governance and organizes external assessment. Muller said her exclusion from the Harvard ruling is the main reason for the cases' separation.

"As a matter of judicial ethics, she has to recuse herself - she can't hear it, she can't be involved in any way," Muller said. "But that's not true for the UNC case. She can hear the UNC case, because she has no affiliation, never had an affiliation with UNC."

Because the cases are now separated, the Harvard ruling will be decided by eight justices - six of whom have historically voted along conservative lines . The UNC ruling will be heard by the full bench of nine justices.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from both Harvard and UNC on Oct. 31, and a decision is expected sometime in 2023.

Legal implications

From a technical standpoint, Muller said, the fact that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the UNC and Harvard cases means that there are at least four justices who believed the issue to be worth revisiting. The court reaffirmed the practice of using race as a factor in college admissions as recently as 2016 in the Fisher v. University of Texas case.

In that case, the Supreme Court found the use of affirmative action to be constitutional, provided it was narrowly tailored for the compelling interest of promoting educational diversity.

Traditionally, the Supreme Court takes cases when there is going to be a change of precedent, Osamundia James, a law professor at UNC said - and the court's current conservative majority is a sign that a change in precedent may occur.

"There is now a majority of justices that feel differently about affirmative action in general and the diversity rationale in particular," James said. "And so, the fact that they're willing to hear it less than six years since the last time it was heard signals a change is on the horizon."

The phrase "narrowly tailored" refers to the Supreme Court's tiered review system of discrimination cases. Cases involving alleged racial discrimination are looked at under strict scrutiny - James said that race must be used in a specific and limited way that impacts as few people as possible, while achieving a compelling state interest.

And diversity is one of the few "compelling interests" that has been accepted by the Supreme Court precedent as sufficient reason for involving race in admission policies - at least for now, James said.

"If the court decides that diversity is no longer a compelling interest, you're not justified in using race in pursuit of that compelling interest anymore," James said.

Case history and differences

SFFA alleged in its original complaint against UNC that the University's practice of using race as a factor in admissions decisions violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The complaint in the Harvard case is slightly more particular, alleging that Harvard's admissions practices discriminate against Asian American applicants specifically.

"It's the presence of Asian Americans as a plaintiff group or a party that's been harmed that makes the cases new," James said.

The United States District Court of the District of Massachusetts ruled in favor of Harvard in Sept. 2019, asserting that Harvard does not intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants.

Two years later, in October 2021, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled that UNC's admissions process was largely holistic and that its use of affirmative action was consistent with Supreme Court precedent.

"When UNC does consider race, it does so only alongside all other factors," the University said in a July response brief. "As the district court found, readers do not evaluate candidates of different racial groups separately, nor does UNC impose quotas of any kind. UNC's consideration of race is neither mechanical nor formulaic."

UNC Media Relations referred The Daily Tar Heel to the current admissions policy for information in reference to the case.

One small difference between the cases is that the universities are governed by slightly different laws in regard to to alleged discrimination. UNC is a public university and will be judged directly based on the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment.

However, because Harvard is a private institution, it is not directly constrained by the Constitution - rather, it is bound by federal laws passed by Congress regarding discrimination.

"As a practical matter, I don't think that the (Supreme Court) is going to determine that that makes a big difference," Muller said. "A differently configured court might conclude that there should be more room for private universities to engage in affirmative action than for public universities. But I doubt that this group of justices is going to be interested in making that distinction."



<![CDATA['It's a family reunion': CPA prepares for first in-person season since pandemic]]> After years of COVID-19 precautions in the theater, Carolina Performing Arts is looking forward to gathering in person for the upcoming fall season. CPA will reprise fan favorites and introduce new works to the program.

"It's a family reunion, bringing our artists back, bringing our audience back, bringing students back to campus fully," said Alison M. Friedman, the James and Susan Moeser executive and artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, CPA has produced a hybrid of both digital and limited in-person experiences, but the fall 2022 season is scheduled to be completely in-person. Friedman compared the feeling of being back in person to waking up from a long and sleepy dream.

"Carolina Performing Arts fall of 2022 is incredibly exciting," she said. "It's been multiple years of disruption and we are so excited to plan a full fall semester of fully in-person performances, workshops, talks and artist experiences."

CPA practices a multi-year process when planning for a show, Friedman said - including conversations with artists, agents, different groups, creating potential new works and more. However, she said the planning process has been interrupted the past few years.

Despite the previous complexities that the pandemic caused, officials at CPA discovered ways to enjoy the arts in unprecedented situations.

"How do we still present arts experiences in a way that people can enjoy and engage with, but knowing that they won't be coming to the venues?" Jane O'Hara, associate director of marketing and communications for CPA, asked.

Throughout the upcoming season, O'Hara said that CPA remains committed to the safety of its audience as they welcome back a fully open and interactive season with pre-pandemic capacities.

CPA will begin their season with a performance by The Soul Rebels and special guest Big Freedia, an American hip-hop artist. The Soul Rebels are a brass ensemble band with a New Orleans sound whose concert will welcome audience members into the pit so they can fully immerse themselves in the music and dance.

The fall 2022 schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 23 The Soul Rebels with special guest Big Freedia
  • Oct. 7 Why Not Theatre: Prince Hamlet
  • Oct. 15 Africa Fest 2022: Meklit
  • Oct. 28-29 Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: "What Problem?"
  • Nov. 11-12 Bobbi Jene Smith: "Broken Theater"
  • Nov. 18-19 David Neumann and Marcella Murray for Advanced Beginner Group: "Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed"
  • Dec. 2 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Dianne Reeves: "Big Band Holidays"
  • Dec. 7 Emanuel Gat Dance: LOVETRAIN2020

O'Hara said that CPA looks forward to welcoming students and community members back to its performances to celebrate togetherness as a community.

"We are excited to welcome new and existing audiences back to campus - or to campus - for these different events," she said.

Select seats for all CPA performances are available to UNC students for only $10. Carolina Covenant and Buckley Public Service scholars are eligible for free admission to any art experience at CPA.

Ye-Bon Hong, a sophomore majoring in dramatic art said that theater is something that should be as accessible and expressible as possible, but is sometimes only available to the upper class.

"Theater is a luxury," Hong said. "Being able to afford to go to the theater, being able to participate in theater - that's a luxury that kids don't get access to. It's wonderful they're doing that because I think Carolina really needs to embrace the diversity that we do have and also showcase what it can be."

For more information regarding this season's events, visit carolinaperformingarts.org


<![CDATA[Editorial: Revamp your study routine this year]]> When summer comes to an end, getting back into the swing of school can be difficult.

For most students, early morning classes and a growing list of assignments can be daunting. However, the jolt back to student life after a lengthy break doesn't have to be painful. To help you navigate your return to being a full-time student, the Editorial Board shares ways students can combat a loss of motivation and organization right in time for FDOC.

Organization and time management come easier to some than others. However, adopting new routines and habits can be helpful organization tools, even for those who struggle.

The best way to stay on top of assignments and due dates is to invest in a paper planner or a planner app.

Online agendas like myHomework can send reminders on assignments and lay out your workload for the week, all on one screen. Inputting each class' syllabus into your planner during the first week can help avoid the stress of adjusting to a new schedule.

Another helpful habit is separating your living area from your studying area.

The comfort and coziness of our beds may feel impossible to leave at times, but relocating to the library, a coffee shop or any other dedicated study spot can help elevate productivity. Our bedrooms and living quarters are where we eat, sleep and binge-watch Netflix. Therefore, they can subconsciously keep our brains at that resting mentality.

Whether it is getting fresh air on the quad while reading a book for class or grinding out a paper on the eighth floor of Davis Library, leaving your bed is a good option to revamp your productivity.

Having social incentives to get work done can be helpful as well. Finding friends who are taking the same classes and working together on assignments is a great way to make connections and get resources. A go-to classmate to work on group projects could even become a new friend outside of class.

For those of us who are more introverted or independent, finding personal incentives may be more effective. The digital Pomodoro timer is one example of a study tool in which you focus on your work for an interval of time with a short break to follow.

Creating a reward or reason to get your work done can also be valuable, whether that's scrolling on TikTok or treating yourself to an iced coffee. But the honest truth is that everyone must take the time to find out what is most effective for them.

Aside from these tips for getting back into the swing of things, it's also important to prevent bad habits that summer break may have encouraged.

Summer classes, internships and jobs are great ways to keep up with time management and stay in the groove during summer break. Over shorter breaks like Thanksgiving or winter break, reading is another way to maintain those same habits.

Vacation time and breaks from school are well deserved and necessary to recharge from our stressful lives on campus. However, reducing the extreme differences in lifestyle from school breaks back to daily classes and assignments is the best way to bounce back from a break.

Keeping a steady routine and allowing your mind to stay buzzing and curious can create a more seamless transition into the next school year.



<![CDATA[Analysis: Three recruits UNC football hopes to land in the class of 2023]]> Since returning to Chapel Hill for his second stint, head football coach Mack Brown has worked hard to improve the Tar Heels' performance on the recruiting trail.

In his first three recruiting cycles, Brown reeled in some of the highest-rated recruits in program history, including five-star prospects Tony Grimes, Zach Rice and Travis Shaw. As North Carolina looks to finalize its next class, the Tar Heels await the college announcements of numerous recruits.

Here's a look at some key prospects in the class of 2023 whose decisions could help UNC secure a fourth consecutive top-25 recruiting class.

Daevin Hobbs

Ranked the No. 2 prospect in the state of North Carolina according to 247Sports, Daevin Hobbs stands as one of the top uncommitted recruits left on UNC's radar.

The 6-foot-4-inch four-star defensive lineman possesses the speed and versatility to excel as a defensive end at the collegiate level. Hobbs' wide range of skills was on full display during his time at Jay M. Robinson High School, where he led the Bulldogs in sacks during his junior season while also playing on offense at tight end.

Hobbs' athletic talents stretch beyond the gridiron. In 2022, Hobbs helped lead Robinson to an NCHSAA 2A state title in basketball. In the state championship game, he scored 16 points and snagged 17 rebounds to bring home the state championship's MVP honors.

After initially setting his decision date for Aug. 1, Hobbs pushed back his announcement to an undetermined date. Some of the schools that made his final list include North Carolina, Alabama and Michigan.

Kaveion Keys

With the recent commitment of defensive lineman Joel Starlings, the Tar Heels hope to secure another four-star player from Virginia in Kaveion Keys.

In his junior campaign, the fast-twitch linebacker led Varina High School to its first-ever Class 4A football state title with a 28-21 win over Broad Run last December. Keys takes snaps at a number of positions, serving as one of Varina's top pass rushers while also occasionally lining up at wide receiver and running back.

Aided by his quick instincts, Keys plays the majority of his snaps as an edge rusher while occasionally dropping back into coverage to the outer portion of the field. With his speed and strength, Keys fills the demands of the "jack" position perfectly for Tar Heels - a new position created by assistant head coach of the defense Gene Chizik whose sole duty is to rush the quarterback.

Keys is set to announce his decision on Aug. 27. To date, the Richmond, Va. native has only taken official visits to North Carolina and Penn State, suggesting those two schools are the favorites to land him.

Paul Billups

With his commitment set for Aug. 24, North Carolina is looking to land receiver Paul Billups to secure its third wideout commit for the class of 2023.

Hailing from Chesapeake, Va., Billups serves as the lead target for Western Branch High School. This past season, his play propelled the Bruins to a 10-3 season that ended with a playoff loss to eventual state champion, Oscar Smith.

Standing at 6 feet, 2 inches, Billups has been one of the Bruins' top deep-ball threats and has frequently been able to open up the field for his team's offense. Moreover, his rangy build and strong hands allow Billups to make contested catches look routine.

Like many top high school prospects, Billups plays both sides of the ball, also lining up at safety on defense.

With his commitment date quickly approaching, Billups' recruitment is winding down. The three schools he will choose from are North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Michigan State.


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<![CDATA[Viewpoints: The ultimate guide to surviving FDOC (and every day after that)]]> Early morning alarms. Long lines at the Stone & Leaf Cafe. First-years lost on their way to the Genome Science Building. The first day of classes is upon us.

Whether you're a first-year or returning for your last semester, the Editorial Board has been there. We've survived 20-page-long syllabi, packed lecture halls and the midday rush at Lenoir. With that in mind, here are some of our tips for surviving today, tomorrow and every other day that starts with an 8 a.m.


When you think about being well-rested, I doubt it is the firm plastic exterior of a dorm mattress that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the hours you spend in your twin XL dorm bed are absolutely essential to surviving the throes of college life. My advice is to nap. Frequently. Do not let periodic snoozing prevent you from attending to your coursework or extracurriculars, but do take advantage of your downtime with some well-deserved shut-eye. Major in the science of napping - 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to energize amid a busy schedule. Napping in 90-minute increments allows you to enjoy the entire duration of a sleep cycle. Get a full night's sleep, caffeinate whenever possible and when all else fails, nap.


The alarm I set the night before FDOC is the alarm I stick with all semester. The morning ritual I do on FDOC becomes my ritual all semester. Take FDOC as an opportunity to start a healthy routine. Start wearing sunscreen everyday, pack your lunch, do some yoga, brew some herbal tea. Find joy in the simple things that can make your days better. Use the first day of class to set yourself up for a habitually successful semester - not academically, but mentally.


Going back to school isn't just an activity. It's a state of mind.

When I was younger, buying a fresh pack of crayons and a stack of wide-ruled composition notebooks made me feel like the embodiment of academia. The pinnacle of preparation. Despite first-day nerves, I felt excited to tackle the new year with my fancy new Target backpack and walked into my new classroom feeling ready to go.

Now as a college student, my supplies consist of an uncharged laptop, an overpriced coffee that I bought mainly as motivation to get to class and, if I'm lucky, an extra hair tie thrown in the bottom of my backpack. My lack of preparation inevitably shows in my attitude when I arrive to lectures overwhelmed, exhausted and potentially over-caffeinated.

This year, I'm breaking the cycle - and you should too. Take time to replenish your supplies (just remember to reuse and recycle first) and take a few moments to practice self-care before jumping into the semester. It will pay off in your work and in your perspective.

And heck - grab some crayons while you're at it. It will help you get into the spirit, I promise.


Every year, I forget how hot it gets walking to class during FWOC … and arrive sweaty and disheveled (it's honesty hour, okay?). Check the temperature before heading out and make sure you'll be comfortable trekking to class in whatever you're wearing.

Create harsh boundaries for balancing school and social life. I try not to leave campus until I have all my work done for that day, so going home feels refreshing and restful, instead of like I have something looming over me there too. We all need some sort of reprieve from the craziness that school can bring, so even doing work in a common area or at a kitchen table ensures your room will be a haven away from papers and deadlines.

Lastly, no shame in eating at Med Deli or CholaNad in Bottom of Lenoir multiple times a week. Now that I think about it ... maybe that advice was more just for me.


Be realistic and accept that the first day isn't actually until next week (or perhaps until September, if we're being honest).

Be as organized as you can on the front end - your future self will thank you. Synch your calendars with exam and assignment dates. Ask your professors and TAs questions (seriously, we want you to). Gather your supplies (pens, notebooks, new laptop decals, university merch and masks). And remember that we have fall break in roughly 65 days (not that I'm counting or anything).

Making the transition from trying to live your best life for three months to having classes five times a week is daunting. Further, it's impossible. Switching from summer mode to school mode is a challenge and you won't get it right your first try. So, take a couple days (or weeks) to get there - just make sure that you eventually do.

And speaking for the many graduate students who are in the same boat and perhaps teaching a recitation you may be enrolled in, we won't be ready either!


Do regular check-ins with your roomie. Chances are you two will go through a "honeymoon phase," in which cohabitation is conflict-free for a while. As the year progresses, however, you may pick up on some annoying, yet easily fixable habits. Does your roomie frequently leave their dirty dishes lying around on the floor? Do they rattle you awake when they return from dance practice at 1 a.m.?

Keep in mind, it's likely that you have some irritating tendencies too. Maybe you often forget to let your roomie know when you're having someone over, or fail to regularly clean your side of the room.

Don't let these minor (or sometimes major) living differences result in prolonged, pent-up resentment. Make it a habit to communicate with your roomie on a semi-weekly basis. The conversation doesn't have to last longer than a couple minutes. If both of you are constantly busy, you can simply shoot them a text asking "how are we doing this week?" By establishing open communication, you maximize the probability that you maintain a healthy relationship.

With these tidbits of advice in mind, go forth and prosper. Good luck, Tar Heels.



<![CDATA[Editorial: New mental health hotline paves way for more accessible care]]> Content warning: This article contains mention of suicide.




Since the start of the pandemic, local, national and global crises have contributed to a steady rise in community mental health issues. Increased funding and more accessible mental health resources provide solutions, and connect those suffering with quality care.

This academic year, UNC has an opportunity to take advantage of advancements in mental health care and better the University's existing support systems for students, faculty and community members.

A new suicide and crisis lifeline is currently available for community use, according to the UNC Counseling and Psychological Services website. The number - 988 - is only three digits, making it much easier to remember compared to its 10-digit predecessor: 800-273-8255.

Instead of police, dialing 988 will link the caller to a national network of local crisis centers. The goal of the number is to reduce calls to 911 for mental health crises, hopefully reducing law enforcement response during mental health emergencies, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A lack of police training for mental health emergencies has resulted in two million people with mental health issues being jailed within the past year. Furthermore, SAMSHA reported that almost a quarter of fatal police shootings within the past year involve those with mental illnesses.

People of color are disproportionately impacted by police brutality. For instance, Black men are twice as likely to be killed by police as compared to their white counterparts, according to the Washington Post. Therefore, they are even more likely to be killed in violence stemming from mental health-related emergencies.

In addition to the new hotline number, federal financial support for mental health has increased. Instead of the previous $24 million allocated, the Biden administration has invested $432 million toward mental health services to support anticipated calls to 988. This money will support local and backup call centers as well as a subnetwork for Spanish speakers who use the hotline.

Funding for mental health resources has also been a topic of UNC community conversation.

UNC has historically struggled to meet the demand for quality mental health resources on campus. In recent semesters, waitlists for brief individual therapy sessions, insufficient funding and a lack of options for long-term mental health care have been ongoing problems associated with the University's CAPS program.

This past spring, students expressed concerns regarding UNC's mental health resources, and a petition circled around the community calling for increased CAPS funding. In response, CAPS was confirmed to receive $81,667 in additional funding for the 2022 fiscal year, and $140,000 for the 2023 fiscal year.

Both UNC and the nation as a whole have worked to make mental health a priority. But to cultivate the best possible environment for student mental health, we must do more to continue these efforts locally. This includes pushing toward the goal of receiving of long-term mental health care services on campus, maintaining these increases in CAPS funding and spreading awareness of the mental health crises hotline.

Topical issues such as inflation, climate change, the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war and more permeate our daily lives. These highly impactful events inevitably create an atmosphere of pervasive stress and anxiety and negatively impacts our community's mental health. Challenges we will face in the coming year could even exasperate this.

These stressful events will not disappear any time soon and neither will the mental health problems that come alongside them. Community mental health resources are vital to well-being. 988 is a step in the right direction.

If you are seeking immediate or long-term mental health care, see the list of local and national resources compiled by the DTH Editorial Board.



The Campus Health Building, where the University's CAPS program is located, pictured on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

<![CDATA[UNC health experts explain the monkeypox outbreak]]> As monkeypox case numbers continue to rise in North Carolina, UNC is continuing research and taking action to flatten the curve.

UNC is one of only three academic medical centers in the U.S. conducting monkeypox testing. According to Media Relations, Campus Health is prepared to identify symptoms and test when clinically indicated.

Although ​​Campus Health has been approved as a monkeypox vaccine provider by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, they have not yet received any vaccine doses due to supply chain availability, per Media Relations.

As a "think tank" and a medical epicenter, Dr. David Wohl, a UNC professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, thinks the University should look beyond the immediate threat and to the bigger picture. Wohl is familiar with epidemic crises, having researched treatments for Ebola and other diseases around the world.

"I know we're reacting to monkeypox, but what's the next big thing that can happen ​​and where will it come from? And what can we do now to make that not happen as a University?" Dr. Wohl asks.

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox was first recognized in 1958 in primates and is endemic to West and Central Africa, Dr. David Weber, a professor of medicine, pediatrics and epidemiology at UNC, said.

Previously, the disease was mostly observed sporadically, possibly mainly transmitting from animals to humans, Dr. Myron Cohen, a professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology and epidemiology at UNC, said.

Dr. Cohen said the virus spreads through close physical interaction with infected individuals, most often by prolonged skin-to-skin contact, commonly during sexual intercourse. However it is not a sexually transmitted disease.

"You can get it through sex, but it's not the sex that's giving it to you - it's the skin-to-skin contact," Dr. Weber said.

Additional concerns have been raised about transmission via inanimate objects or through the air, but there isn't enough evidence to support this, Dr. Cohen said.

"The CDC is saying, 'We don't really understand the rules,' and UNC Hospitals is saying, 'We don't really understand the rules,'" Dr. Cohen said. "Therefore, we're going to use a lot of precautions to try to prevent further spread, and among those precautions, we're going to try and avoid contaminating inanimate objects with monkeypox."

Monkeypox in the U.S.

According to the CDC, 99 percent of reported monkeypox cases in the U.S. occurred in men, 94 percent of whom reported recent male-to-male sexual or close intimate contact shortly before exhibiting symptoms. However, Dr. Wohlsaid he is confident the spread will start to be seen in other populations.

"I think it's foolish and narrow-minded to think that this is going to only be something that we see among men who have sex with men," he said. "(Monkeypox) clearly will be spread through intimate and close contact.

"That means that cis-women will get infected from men. This means that some women might transmit it to other women. This means that athletes might transmit it to each other. All that has to happen is the right pathways for the virus to find routes of transmission from person to person."

Symptoms are seen within three weeks of exposure to the virus, including fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, clear or pus-filled bumps and rashes.

Dr. Weber said Campus Health faculty members are helping lead a soon-coming national clinical trial of Tecovirimat - a treatment drug for the monkeypox virus.

Handling the virus

Currently, vaccines are available to people with known or suspected exposure to monkeypox, as well as men who have sex with men or transgender individuals who have a history of multiple or anonymous sex partners. Certain health care workers designated by public health authorities are also eligible, according to Campus Health.

Any person meeting one of the above eligibility criteria may call 919-560-9217 to request vaccination at the Durham County Department of Public Health.

"We have a bunch of tools at our disposal and we're pretty prepared to recognize the infection and deal with the infection," said Dr. Cohen. "We don't anticipate this is going to be common among college students; it's not our anticipation that this will become a common infection. And the way people can reduce their probability of infection is by judicious intimate behavior."

Campus Health has also compiled a monkeypox FAQ with additional information about the virus.

Health officials and researchers have advocated for greater attention to the sources of these infections rather than their consequential "spillover events," such as Ebola or monkeypox, Dr. Wohl said.

"If more people were protected against monkeypox, we would never have an event like this where it's starting to spread across the world and causing all this issue," he said. "So I think that as a University, we should realize we do have a global responsibility."



<![CDATA[Chapel Hill and FlashVote partner to address community needs, increase engagement]]> The Town of Chapel Hill recently partnered withFlashVote, an online survey platform that works with local governments to gather feedback from residents on important issues to the community.

FlashVote has partnered with local governments in over 25 states and works to reach a broad range of residents by phone, text or email. Respondents remain anonymous.

Ran Northam, communications manager for the Town, said Chapel Hill's work with FlashVote began in spring 2022. The program will help acquire statistically valid information directly from the community to better serve residents on local government issues.

The survey questions are professionally written by FlashVote and final results are delivered to the local government within 48 hours after launching the survey.

According to a press release from the Town, the surveys will take community members less than a minute to complete and they do not plan to send more than one poll per month.

Northam said that Chapel Hill has a population of more than 60,000 people when students are living in the area. In a previous survey about the effectiveness of Chapel Hill's weekly newsletter, there were about 600 responses, Northam said.

"As you can see, that's a tiny percentage of our community and we want to be able to get more opinions, and not just from people who are connected to our channels," Northam said.

He said he hopes to see the community embrace FlashVote's surveys because the process is a quick and easy way to weigh in about local government.

Kevin Lyons, co-founder and CEO of FlashVote, said that he started work on the organization in 2013 and it started taking local government contracts in 2016.

"We had to do a lot of testing and iteration and user interviews to really figure out how to get regular folks to take surveys - how to make them something they would enjoy taking, participate, complete fully and keep coming back and taking more surveys," Lyons said.

While Northam said that there has been some community hesitation about FlashVote, he said the Town will work to show residents that it can grow into the platform and use it as a helpful tool.

Adam Oppenheimer, a resident of Chapel Hill, said he believes the use of the platform brings a number of problems.

He expressed concern over the limits of FlashVote's community reach, noting that some residents may not often use the internet or social media. Oppenheimer said that the surveys may disproportionally reach a younger or non-working class audience.

"The Town has publicized this vote on Twitter, which probably appeals to people between 20 and maybe 40 by now, but sure doesn't reach out to everyone," he said.

Oppenheimer also added that he is worried about self-selection, research bias resulting from participants' abilities to choose to participate, and a lack of coverage stemming from some communities having limited access to the internet.

Some areas in rural Orange County do not have reliable internet access - about 6,400 homes are in the process of being given access to Wi-Fi through the Orange County Broadband Initiative. This process could take up to six years, Orange County Commissioner Sally Greene told the Daily Tar Heel.

In response to critiques, Northam said Chapel Hill is working with FlashVote to get a well-rounded representation of the community.

"We know that we're going to have to grow into this platform, and again, use it as just one of the many tools that we have to gather public input from our community," Northam said.

The FlashVote sign-up information can be accessed here.


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<![CDATA[UNC American Indian Center to host community 'Welcome Extravaganza' ]]> After students spent the summer away from campus, the UNC American Indian Center is preparing to host its annual Welcome Extravaganza to reunite the University's Indigenous community with live music, food and festivities.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center as part of the University's Weeks of Welcome. Students will be able to enjoy dinner and entertainment from a Native music artist as they celebrate and have the opportunity to meet the new AIC director, Danielle Hiraldo.

"This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our Indigenous contributions, and the contributions to come for our students, our faculty and staff, and then to welcome our friends and community members to this new year at Chapel Hill," Hiraldo said.

A member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, Hiraldo began serving as director in July. After the slower summer months, she said that she is looking forward to students returning to campus next week.

"When the students are back, and faculty and staff are going, there's just a different energy that you can find," Hiraldo said. "There is a lot of excitement on campus for what the new year will bring, and I'm excited to see that and I'm excited to see what our native student leaders will do this year."

The extravaganza typically features live performances by a "Next Generation Artist" through the Music Maker Foundation. This year, southeastern N.C. native Lakota John will perform.

John is a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina who combines blues music with traditional indigenous music and instruments.The Center found it important to feature a local Indigenous artist, Hiraldo said.

The extravaganza will be held directly in front of the Center and will be open to students and the public, including local American Indians.

Zianne Richardson, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi and Nansemond tribes and president of the Carolina Indian Circle, said the extravaganza is meant to be inclusive.

"It's open to the public, anybody can come - native and non-native alike," she said. "And it's just a moment for the AIC to bring us all together right at the beginning of the year, especially when we have new students coming in."

At the event, American Indian student groups such as the Carolina Indian Circle and the First Nations Graduate Circle provide information about their organizations to prospective students.

"It's just an opportunity for those new students to see how many people are here to support them and where we are across campus," said FNGC President Marissa Carmi, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

Representatives will also be available from various departments across campus, including the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program and the Center for Student Success.

Hiraldo explained the importance of not only recognizing the historical contributions of indigenous peoples in the state, but also recognizing the current contributions on campus and across North Carolina.

"It's important to recognize that Indigenous peoples have a rich history in the state, but they also continue that legacy today," she said.

The Welcome Extravaganza provides many current and first-year students with a place to reunite with friends and meet staff at the AIC. Tia Hunt, the Political Action Chair for the CIC and a member of the Lumbee tribe recounted the emotions she had when attending the event as a first-year student.

"I was very excited for it," she said. "It was one of the first events I went to by myself and I'm really glad I did because I met so many of my close friends on campus."



<![CDATA[UNC women's soccer picks up second exhibition win in 2-0 shutout against BYU]]> In its second exhibition match of the season, the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels knocked off the No. 3 Brigham Young Cougars, 2-0, Saturday night at Dorrance Stadium.

What happened?

From the first kickoff, North Carolina established an aggressive presence on defense. The high-press tactic deployed by the Tar Heels helped cause multiple BYU turnovers early on.

UNC's defense eventually turned into offense, as North Carolina earned its first free-kick of the game in the fifth minute. But a mistimed header by senior defender Maycee Bell allowed sophomore goalie Savanna Mason to make a routine save.

The Tar Heels' offense continued to churn out prime scoring chances over the next seven minutes of game action, but North Carolina came up empty in all of its early shots attempts.

In the 13th minute, UNC found the back of the net. After a missed Tar Heel shot landed at the feet of junior forward Sam Meza, the preseason All-ACC selection found first-year forward Tori DellaPeruta streaking down the right side of the goalie box. DellaPeruta blasted the night's first goal - her second goal in two games.

Yet, UNC's attack was just getting started.

After the Tar Heels drove the ball down the left side of the field, first-year defender Tessa Dellarose lasered a cross through the heart of the Cougars' defense. The low-dribbling pass found sophomore Emily Colton steps from the goal, but her shot chipped off the side of her foot and wide of the goal.

By the end of the first half, North Carolina's success on the offensive end resulted in 11 shots, nine more than the Cougars.

North Carolina picked up from where it left off after the halftime intermission. After a UNC corner kick dribbled amongst a mass of white and blue jerseys, junior midfielder Avery Patterson chopped in a goal to double the Tar Heels' lead.

As North Carolina's offense continued the thrive, BYU struggled to establish its attack past the midfield line.

In the 79th minute, Patterson looked to finalize the Tar Heels' win, but her shot deflected off the hands of Mason and tinkered off the right post to reject UNC's third goal attempt.

However, North Carolina's two goals proved to be enough, as the Tar Heels came out victorious, 2-0.

Who stood out?

In just her second game donning a North Carolina uniform, DellaPeruta shined again. Her early goal helped the Tar Heels get on the board first - a lead UNC would not relinquish.

Moreover, Patterson's experience at midfield paid dividends on both ends of the field. Her tenacity in the midfield helped hold BYU to six shots, and her second-half finish gave North Carolina a two-goal advantage.

When was it decided?

After failing to capitalize on early opportunities, North Carolina found its groove. DellaPeruta's goal opened up Tar Heels' potent attack and awarded the tireless efforts of UNC's defense.

Patterson's strike off a second-half corner kick extended North Carolina's lead to two goals - clinching the team's second exhibition win of the week.

Why does it matter?

Though the contest won't appear on North Carolina's official record, a win over the third-ranked team in the country should provide the Tar Heels with a confidence boost heading into the regular season.

Likewise, UNC displayed its depth during its commanding win with head coach Anson Dorrance playing 15 players off North Carolina's bench. With its deep roster, North Carolina looked to be the fresher team throughout the contest, helping the Tar Heels seal the win.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels begin regular season play on Thursday when they host Tennessee at 7 p.m.


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<![CDATA[Preview: UNC field hockey uses first true post-COVID-19 offseason to prep for 2022]]> When asked for one word to describe her approach to the 2022 season, UNC field hockey senior midfielder Meredith Sholder paused. For 57 seconds, exactly.

Just one word to express the pent-up urge to avenge last season's poorly-met expectations? A tough task.

UNC field hockey had a worse-than-normal season last year, posting a 13-7 record and dropping its opportunity to win its fourth consecutive national championship. Holes in the defense and the attack, a tough travel schedule and residual COVID-19 effects left the team sputtering to a halt by the end of the season.

Reflecting upon last fall and how the team is moving forward into 2022, Sholder finally conjured up a word after her drawn-out moment of thought - relentless.

"We have so much potential coming into this fall," Sholder said. "But we need to be relentless if we want to turn that potential into something great."

The Tar Heels have worked tirelessly during their first true offseason since the COVID-19 pandemic to address the shortcomings of the 2021 season, prioritizing conditioning, signing new coaches, implementing better defensive strategies and picking up new talent for the roster.

Inconsistencies in the young backfield last year were at the top of North Carolina's offseason to-do list, addressed by the hiring of assistant coach Caitlin Van Sickle. As a starting defender for UNC's 2009 national championship team, Van Sickle brought not just veteran leadership to the team, but strategies in footwork, man-marking and zonal defense.

Implementing new drills and a renewed mindset, Van Sickle is working to gel the backs, spearheaded by senior Romea Riccardo, to form a tight line. Volunteer assistant coach Manuel Garcia Nieto will also join the Tar Heels on the sidelines, bringing 15 years of professional coaching experience to the team.

Despite graduating key midfielders last year, the Tar Heels still possess seasoned weapons in their offensive foundation. Senior forward Erin Matson is exercising her fifth year of eligibility to continue to play for the Tar Heels after leading the nation in scoring in 2021. Previous starters in the midfield, Sholder and senior midfielder Paityn Wirth, are also returning for their sixth and fourth years, respectively.

"I think sometimes when you have a lot of returners, you have this anticipation that you're going to be really good," head coach Karen Shelton said. "You start looking ahead. We don't want to do that."

Prominent additions to UNC are first-years Ashley Sessa andRyleigh Heck on the attack, alongside goalkeeper Kylie Walbert. All of the newcomers have already clocked experience with older UNC teammates during the offseason. Sessa played alongside Matson and Wirth in the FIH Hockey Pro League in Europe, and Heck and Walbert played in the Nexus Championship alongside 10 other current team members.

"I've only practiced for one day," Heck said. "But I think we definitely have a very good chance of being back where we were two years ago."

The Tar Heels will open their season with matchups against Michigan and Iowa - two of the top teams in the nation. Both foes defeated UNC in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge last year, giving the Tar Heels their worst start since 1992.

"In our sport, it's the ACC and the Big Ten, and the ACC has been so dominant for so long," Shelton said. "Last year, we stumbled and we don't know exactly why, but the ACC has a bit of a revenge mentality as a whole to get back on top."

Even coming off of a lackluster 2021 campaign, Shelton still believes there will be a target on the backs of her dynastic team. And armed with new weapons, the team will be prepared to fight their way back to the top - relentlessly.

"I don't think we will be an underdog, to be honest with you," Shelton said. "I think we're going to still take everybody's best shot."


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<![CDATA[Carrboro Fire Chief David Schmidt to step down Aug. 31, search for replacement underway]]> Carrboro Fire Chief David Schmidt will step down on Aug. 31, with Carrboro Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Carl Freeman serving as interim chief while the department searches for a permanent replacement.

Schmidt is resigning to move back to his home state of Illinois to be closer to family.

He joined the department in January 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said he helped the department adapt to new restrictions and situations.

"His entire tenure with the Town has been defined by that experience and as fire chief," Seils said. "He's been responsible as the Town's main point of contact with our county-wide emergency response. Chief Schmidt has been kind of that staff-level professional expert that we needed to have on the ground during the pandemic response."

Despite being with them for less than three years, he said Schmidt has had a big impact on the department.

"In his short time with the Town, Chief Smith has really upped the professional game for the entire department and has been well-liked by staff," Seils said.

The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department has 37 full-time employees, and it covers both the Town of Carrboro and the Southern Orange Fire District - an area with a population of more than 25,000.

Not only does the department respond to calls; it provides educational resources and fire risk reduction services. The department also supplies COVID-19 resources to the community.

Schmidt said he managed Carrboro's emergency food distribution site during the pandemic, along with distributing masks and other protective equipment.

Sometimes, Schmidt said, firefighters would hand out masks to community members when on calls. He said the fire department was a hub for mask and food distribution to the community for much of the pandemic.

Schmidt said managing Carrboro's emergency response during the pandemic required quick adjustments and adaptations to what the community needed.

"It's like building a plane while you're flying," he said. "We didn't know what we didn't know."

Since he had only been at the department for a few months when the pandemic began, Schmidt said the onset of the pandemic was a challenge for him.

"Coming into a new organization trying to learn new firefighters and new community members, and then to be thrust into the pandemic and into the shutdown and the isolation or quarantine, it was an absolute challenge," Schmidt said.

He said he appreciates the passion Carrboro's firefighters have for helping other people and stepping up to the challenge the pandemic created.

"Some people just take the job for benefits, some take it for the money," Schmidt said. "But this group of firefighters that I've been working with almost three years, they take for the right reasons, and that's to help."

Freeman, Schmidt's interim replacement, will take the helm with plenty of experience under his belt.

"Deputy Chief Freeman has been employed at the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department for more than 30 years," Town Manager Richard J. White III said in a July 26 press release. "I am certain that his knowledge and experience will continue to be huge assets to the department and the community during this interim period while he leads the department."

Julie Eckenrode, Carrboro's human resources director, said Freeman's experience, on-site knowledge and administrative skill will be important for the interim chief.

"You really have to have a good balance of the operational and administrative sides of the fire service, and that's something that Carl's been working towards throughout his career," Eckenrode said.

The search for a permanent replacement for Schmidt is already underway, Seils said. It will take place over the next several months.

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<![CDATA[Safety is sexy - a guide to safer sex on campus]]> College students have a lot of sex, statistically.

However, college students are using contraceptives and condoms less and less each year. A 2018 study of college students across the country published in the Journal of Sex Research found that males not in a serious relationship and females in a serious relationship indicated the largest decreases in condom usage.

Sexual health is as important as ever. Contraceptives and condoms, especially, help promote safer sex, as they are effective against unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.

The term "safer sex" refers to anything that lowers the risk of sexually transmitted infections. While some call it "safe sex," no type of sex with a partner can be guaranteed to be 100 percent safe.

Caress Roach, the health promotion and well-being programs coordinator at UNC Student Wellness, emphasized the importance of sexual education and the importance of violence prevention coordinators in helping students get the access to resources they need. For example, the SAFE at UNC program allows anyone to file a report to law enforcement and/or the university, with an option to report it anonymously.

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSC) also provides resources for all students and employees who have been impacted by sexual violence.

"Part of your well-being and your wellness, whether you are someone who identifies as wanting to have sex or not, if you're practicing or not, I feel like just making sure that all students are getting the proper knowledge and information that is accurate and relevant for them," Roach said.

Safer sex supplies are available at no cost at several campus locations. Condoms are available in the Student Union bathrooms near Alpine Bagel, and other safer sex supplies can be found at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health.

Students may also request safer sex supplies from Resident Advisors (RAs) and Community Directors (CDs).

UNC organizations such as the Healthy Heels Ambassadors (hha!) and the Pleasure Activists plan to provide services surrounding health and wellness during the upcoming semester.

"At hha!, our mission is to inspire change towards better wellness for all through education," said Brooke Lester, co-president of the Healthy Heels Ambassadors. "Facilitating open discussions about health and wellness is a large component of that."

The group regularly hosts workshops about facilitating discussion about important characteristics of healthy relationships, such as communication strategies and defining individual wants, needs and boundaries.

The workshops actively benefit students by allowing a safe space for them to comfortably discuss and ask questions about topics related to all dimensions of wellness, Lester said.

Naima Cooper, a UNC alumnus and one of the founders of the Pleasure Activists, said discussing safe sex is imperative - not only in the UNC community but worldwide.

"If someone has a desire to have sex, they are worthy and deserving of having a pleasurable experience," Cooper said. "However, without the proper education or resources, sex can very easily become physically and emotionally damaging."

Cooper said many college students receive very little or inaccurate sex education from schools, family members, peers and media due to sex being seen as taboo. In addition, Cooper said many students are taught that relationships look a certain way.

"This is why we must take an active role in destigmatizing these conversations, unlearning false and oppressive notions around sex and pleasure and equipping ourselves with the necessary information around how to practice safe sex," Cooper added.

The Pleasure Activists plan to host several events during the fall semester, such as workshops about healthy relationships, body confidence, sexual health, boundaries, sexual literature and pole dancing.

For students who want to learn more about sexual health awareness at UNC, Student Wellness provides Sexual Health and Relationship Education (S.H.A.R.E.), which guides students through existing health and sexual health resources and creates non-judgmental spaces for discussions. Students can schedule a meeting on the organization's website.

Free and confidential STI testing is also available to students at Campus Health, the Orange County Health Department and Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC).


DTH Photo Illustration. UNC provides free supplies at a variety of locations around campus to help students engage in safer sex, including condoms.

<![CDATA[Queer FallFest to help foster on-campus LGBTQ+ connections]]> UNC's LGBTQ Center is hosting Queer FallFest, which promotes queer-affirming and queer-centric organizations on campus while allowing students to connect with them and fellow students.

The event will be held on Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Upendo Lounge in the North Student and Academic Services Building.

Terri Phoenix, director of the UNC LGBTQ center, said T oversaw all programming for the event and worked with the center's assistant director and administrative support specialist to prepare for the event.

"One of the things that we know from research is that when people have supportive peers, when they have relationships with supportive peers, that they do better academically, they do better psychologically, and so this event is going to help facilitate those connections with supportive peers," Phoenix said.

Queer FallFest is aimed to help students get connected with other queer and transgender students and organizations, while also learning what resources are available to them, T said.

Phoenix said T thought Queer FallFest is more personal than FallFest, an annual campus-wide event that aims to welcome back students to campus.

"I've been to FallFest every year since I've worked at the University, and that's been since 2005, and it's always really fun, but it's kind of overwhelming for some folks, and I think that the smaller, more focused way of connecting with the student orgs is better for a lot of folks," Phoenix said.

Esmé Kerr, a senior who plans to attend Queer FallFest, said the most beneficial part of attending will be seeing how connected students can be to a queer community in a university setting.

"Just chatting with other queer people that maybe don't have the same interest as you, because I know that that's always such a comforting thing to me, is just being like, 'Wow, it's normal to be queer'," they said.

Kerr said up until now, they have only met other queer people through WXYC, the University's student-run radio station. Kerr also encouraged other students to attend Queer FallFest as a way to get integrated into the UNC community.

During the pandemic, Queer FallFest was held virtually. However, Phoenix said holding the event in person will facilitate more conversation and interaction. T said students of all years are encouraged to attend.

Cade Klimek, a rising senior who also plans to attend the event said he has not attended Queer FallFest before and the virtual format the past few years turned him away from it.

"I think that people kind of have been waiting for a way to really interact with the LGBT Center in a way that isn't virtual," Klimek said.

Phoenix said T hopes students can take away a sense of belonging, acceptance, and connection to other queer and transgender students from the event.

The center promoted the event on its social media pages - however, Phoenix said T would like to see all identity center events be highlighted more by the University.

Klimek said he hopes Queer FallFest will be similar to FallFest, which he said had a great atmosphere.

"There's a feeling of value when people reach out to you and you walk by a table and they see that you're part of the LGBT community, and I think that representation and feeling seen is really important, and it's really validating as member of the queer community," Klimek said. "And I think that representation is what I really look forward to."



<![CDATA[Preview: UNC men's soccer brings in key transfers, looks to rebound in 2022 season]]> Coming into last season, the expectation for the North Carolina men's soccer team was clear - compete for a national championship.

The Tar Heels were fresh off a trip to the NCAA Tournament semifinals and returned nine starters from their 2020 squad. With its plethora of experience and talent, UNC was tabbed the No. 4 team in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll.

Yet, costly injuries and struggles in ACC play contributed to North Carolina finishing the season unranked. The Tar Heels' second-round exit in the NCAA tournament marked an underwhelming finish for a team once presumed to be one of the nation's best.

This season, the team is looking to bounce back and return to the level of play seen in years past. Here's a look at some of the preseason headlines as the Tar Heels look to regroup following last year's disappointment.

Replenishing the defense

The Tar Heels were anchored by their back line in 2021, which surrendered only 1.05 goals per game - the third lowest in the ACC.

The group was spearheaded by graduate defenders Joe Pickering and Filippo Zattarin and also featured First-Team All-ACC selection Alec Smir. However, all three players have exhausted their college eligibility, raising concerns over who will replace their production.

To make up for those departures, head coach Carlos Somoano hit the transfer portal and lured two new graduate defenders to Chapel Hill - James Person and Til Zinnhardt.

Person, a graduate from Saint Mary's, brings heaps of experience to UNC. He started in all but two matches during his four seasons with the Gaels, with the exception of the 2020 season which he missed due to injury. Arriving from Tulsa, Zinnhardt comes to North Carolina fresh off being named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region's first team.

With these arrivals, and the maturation of multi-year Tar Heels like junior Riley Thomas and sophomore Matt Edwards, North Carolina could be on its way to boasting another strong defensive unit.

Finding an offensive spark

While the defense will feature a number of new faces, the Tar Heels are returning most of their offensive weapons.

Three of the top five goal scorers last season - junior Ernest Bawa, senior Cameron Fisher and graduate Milo Garvanian - will look to take North Carolina's offense to the next level. That trio found the back of the net 12 times last season, led by Fisher's five goals.

However, UNC's offense suffered a major hit when leading scorer Tega Ikoba signed a homegrown contract with the Portland Timbers. The ACC All-Freshman honoree became the seventh Tar Heel since 2008 to sign an MLS homegrown contract, and his abrupt departure left a gaping hole in UNC's attacking front.

But Somoano found another key transfer to help fill the void left by his star first-year. Graduate midfielder Sebastian Schacht, who started every game for Saint Mary's last season and was named to the All-WCC First Team, will likely play a significant role from day one.

With the addition of Schacht and North Carolina's returning core, offensive talent isn't a question for the Tar Heels. Rather, discovering a go-to goalscorer will determine if UNC can elevate its attack to greater heights.

Rebounding from disappointment

Unlike last year, North Carolina has little spotlight or expectations headed into this season. With its No. 24 ranking in United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, the Tar Heels are ranked below five conference opponents.

With less pressure, UNC has an opportunity to rebuild and return to college soccer's greatest stage. And with the combination of talented transfers and polished veterans rostered by this year's squad, the Tar Heels may have what it takes.


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<![CDATA[Column: Welcome to your college student era]]> I hate to break it to you, but you're not in Europe anymore.

To the person reading this who is in the (what feels to be) small minority of people who actually stayed in the United States - or even North Carolina - this summer, good news! This reality check might hit you a little less hard.

Summer is gone. We're trading in sun-drenched days for fluorescent library lighting and the sound of pool splashes for bell tower chimes.

Days spent taking summer classes in historic French cities are now spent in brick buildings on the quad. You're not walking out of the subway to your dream internship - you're walking to Phillips Hall.

You were in your "city era," "beach era" or aforementioned "study-abroad-summer era," but now it's all been leveled. Like it or not, we're back in our "college student era."

As a collective, we've begun to blur the lines between fiction and reality.

No doubt a product of social media trends, we see ourselves as main characters and, instead of simply living life through its respective seasons, we've begun to label them with token "eras" that shape how we might act, dress or live.

So when the credits roll on your "hot girl summer," what comes next? When we specifically define periods of our lives, it can lead to a harder time transitioning between different phases. However, accepting where we are as opposed to striving to be somewhere else can help combat this.

At the end of the day, romanticizing your life is a double-edged sword.

On one hand, it might deepen your appreciation of what's around you when you see it through that lens. For example, it's easier to get through a late-night paper writing session when you picture yourself as the quintessential college student.

But on the other hand, it can result in conflicting thoughts or emotions when the things around you can't be romanticized. It was a tumultuous summer in many ways - from virus surges to Supreme Court decisions - and sometimes we need to feel and process the not-so-romantic parts in order to cope.

Homework and tests will come. Winter might feel bleak at times. There will be lows, but doesn't that make the highs so much sweeter?

You're not in Positano anymore, sipping a limoncello spritz on a Mediterranean balcony. You're in Lenoir Dining Hall, eating lukewarm tater tots - and that's okay.

Possessing the ability to see the value in a memorable season of life but not consistently wishing your current one away is key. Embrace where you are for what it is. Be expectant for what's to come without counting down the days until it gets to you.

So, welcome back to campus!

For sure, organizing a schedule or sprinting to an 8 a.m. class doesn't compare to running around Amsterdam with friends or living out your summer by the water. Your fill-in-the-blank era has reached its end, but it doesn't have to be a bitter one.

We're all adjusting and getting into the new rhythm of a new school year. I challenge you to try this: take the time spent attempting to curate your life into something it might not be, and instead just live it, label-less and "era" free. Although, when the leaves are falling on campus and there's a slight chill in the air, a little romanticizing won't hurt anyone.



<![CDATA[Black business owners in Chapel Hill and Durham impact and serve community]]> Loretha Johnson opened Ms. Mastic's Crystals & More in 2020 to help the community with natural healing products, following in the footsteps of her ancestors.

"My ancestors were healers through herbs and working with the land and things like that," she said. "I was drawn more to it as I got older."

Ms. Mastic's Crystals & More is a business that seeks to improve the well-being of others. They offer crystals, aromatherapy, artisan soaps and body products from their store at 109 N. Graham St. Suite 203.

Johnson said she aims to teach younger people in the community about holistic and natural healing options that are available in the forms of physical well-being alongside the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of well-being.

She said she hopes this spread of information can be used to help get more healing products in Black homes.

"I want business, but more importantly, I want people to get involved with their products," Johnson said.

One of her main influences when creating her business was Delores Bailey, the executive director of community development for non-profit EmPOWERment Inc.

Johnson described Bailey, who works to be an advocate for those in Chapel Hill, as a knowledgeable source who can help give guidance to starting and growing businesses.

"She is the Energizer Bunny with regards to getting information out there to Black business owners and encouraging people to take that route," Johnson said.

Black-owned businesses like Ms. Mastic's Crystals & More serve their communities across North Carolina.

August is nationally celebrated as Black Business Month. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro area has many Black-owned businesses to shop at.

Trevor Holman, the owner of Trevor Holman Photography has also done important work to help those in the community. His business has locations in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Holman said he offered complimentary headshots to those who were unemployed. By doing this, Holman said he hoped to jumpstart their careers.

"I'm just trying to help as many people as possible," Holman said.

He was recognized for his work by the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, which awarded him the Community Impact Award at the 2022 Business Excellence Awards.

As another avenue of finding assistance with starting Black-owned businesses, Holman mentioned the U.S. Small Business Administration. He said the organization offers many funding options and contacts for minority populations.

Holman also said he had had success working with the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, which he said offers local resources for small and large business owners.

Margo Newkirk, the CEO of Blend of Soul, works with her partner Kiera Gardner in Durham to create locally sourced juicing options for the community. Gardner said they started the business after noticing the lack of healthy food and drink options available.

She said she takes inspiration from Madam C.J. Walker, who was able to start a business from the bottom up and eventually become the first Black woman in America to become a millionaire.

Blend of Soul actively teams up with the Black Farmers Market to help ensure they are including fresh ingredients in their juices, Gardner added.

When starting their business, she said many resources needed to launch weren't readily accessible. She said assets are especially scarce for people of color.

She said that while she's noticed new grants for minority groups, it's also hard to find information on how to start a business. She believes there must be more organizations dedicated to business education.

She also said their main goal is to stay active in the community, especially regarding impactful subjects like systemic racism.

"We're more than just juicing, we're Black women that juice," Gardner said.

To help stay involved, Gardner said they are constantly using their social media to spread awareness about juicing and other issues, allowing their clientele to know what is important to them and their business.


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Loretha Johnson, the owner of Ms. Mastic's Crystals & More, stands outside Midway Market on Aug. 8, 2022. Johnson began her business at pop up shops hosted at Midway Market.

<![CDATA[Preview: UNC volleyball looks to build on last season, faces tough 2022 schedule]]> After finishing sixth in the ACC last season with a 21-9 record and securing its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016, North Carolina's volleyball team enters the 2022 season with high expectations.

The Tar Heels open their non-conference schedule with a road trip to Colorado, where they will face Colorado State, UC Santa Barbara and Northern Colorado on Aug. 26 and 27. Last season, both the Colorado State Rams and the Gauchos of Santa Barbara finished second in their respective conferences. Northern Colorado - with an impressive 24-win season - won the Big Sky Tournament last year.

When Colorado State traveled to Chapel Hill last September, UNC overcame a 2-0 deficit to narrowly escape in five sets. The Rams' defense, which recorded six blocks and 55 digs in that last meeting, will likely test the Tar Heels' offense again this year.

Before starting conference play, the Tar Heels will have two more opportunities to gauge their ability with back-to-back September tournaments. On Sept. 9 and 10, they will play Michigan and Michigan State in Carmichael Arena as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. A week later, the team will travel to the VCU Invitational to face off against Old Dominion, VCU and UMBC.

There's not much of a break for North Carolina once it begins conference play, as three of their first four opponents finished within the top five of the ACC in 2021.

The Tar Heels start with a challenging road matchup against Pittsburgh, which finished second in the ACC in 2021 with a 30-4 record. UNC then travels to Virginia and plays host to Miami and Florida State. This four-game stretch will be critical for the Tar Heels to stay in the mix of the ACC's top teams early in the season.

Another pivotal four-game stretch will come later in November when UNC hosts Louisville and plays three road games against Notre Dame, Louisville and Florida State.

The Tar Heels will have to adjust to life without some of their former key players, notably now-graduated Nia Robinson, last season's leader in kills. Other departures include hitters Emily Zinger and Amanda Phegley, setters Meghan Neelon and Annabelle Archer and defensive specialist Ryan Shannon. Zinger and Phegley tied for the team's fourth-most kills last season, while Neelon led the team in assists.

However, UNC still returns many key contributors and brings in several promising transfers and first-year players. The Tar Heels return ACC Freshman of the Year Mabrey Shaffmaster, who led the team with a total of 436.5 points and finished with the fifth-most blocks. Shaffmaster will likely have to increase her production, as two of the Tar Heels' top-four leaders in kills from 2021 have left the team.

Junior middle hitter Kaya Merkler, who finished the 2021 season ranked third on the team in kills, will return and help fill the void hitting void left by Robinson, Phegley and Zinger. In addition to Merkler, the Tar Heels added hitting help with the transfer arrival of former two-time All-ACC outside hitter Charley Niego from Notre Dame, who led the Fighting Irish in kills in three of her four years with the program.

On the defensive side, UNC returns starting libero and 2021 digs leader senior Karenna Wurl. Although the return of Merkler ensures the team will be with its leading blocker, the Tar Heels lost their second and third-leading blockers in Phegley and Zinger. The team will need senior middle hitter Skyy Howard - who finished fourth on the team in blocks last season - to help fill the blocking production gap left by the departing players.

UNC starts its season on Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. with the blue and white scrimmage before hosting an exhibition game against High Point on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Column: What to do now that Roe v. Wade is overturned]]> On June 24, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion. The decision leaves us facing an America where not everyone is afforded the same access to reproductive health care.

With abortion rights no longer protected at the federal level, legislation is now left to individual states. Many states are beginning to ban or severely restrict abortion access.

Access to abortion and reproductive care

One of the most important aspects of abortion advocacy is knowing the dangers of anti-abortion legislation, and why abortion rights are absolutely crucial to healthcare. Before the 1800s, abortion was completely legal nationwide. It was not until the mid-to-late 1800s that states began to pass laws making abortion illegal.

However, the criminalization of abortion did not prevent individuals from receiving the procedure.

Many people who attempted to self-induce abortions or went to untrained practitioners were killed or suffered serious medical complications.

Procedures coined "back alley abortions" can be fatal, even today. However, legally sanctioned abortion care provides safer options. The Roe v. Wade decision made it possible for individuals to receive abortions from well-trained medical professionals, resulting in fewer pregnancy-related deaths and injuries.

Without Roe, many individuals from states with strict abortion bans will be forced to travel hundreds of miles to receive abortion care, or submit themselves to illegal and potentially dangerous abortions.

Abortion bans most severely impact people in marginalized groups who already disproportionately struggle to access quality health care. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and people living on low incomes are often prevented from accessing safe reproductive care.

In the first month following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, 11 states - all in the South and Midwest - either banned abortion completely or implemented a six-week ban. North Carolina is not among these states.

Abortion currently remains legal and North Carolina. The state will likely become a destination for people from the southeastern region to go for safe, quality abortion and reproductive care.

Post-Roe political implications

Although abortion currently remains protected in North Carolina, there are still factors threatening access.

The North Carolina Department of Justice recently moved not to lift the injunction in Bryant v. Woodall - an injunction that currently prevents the state from enforcing its 20-week abortion ban.Over the summer, abortion opponents in the state had advocated for the ban's reinstatement.

This makes North Carolina's abortion access incredibly fragile. The future of abortion rights in the state may be challenged in the upcoming November elections.

Gov. Roy Cooper is an advocate for abortion rights.

In one statement regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, he said, "For 50 years, women have relied on their constitutional right to make their own medical decisions, but today that right has been tragically ripped away. That means it's now up to the states to determine whether women get reproductive health care, and in North Carolina they still can."

Other state representatives do not share the same sentiments - and those same politicians are the ones who currently hold the majority in the state legislature.

Senator Thom Tillis said of the June decision, "(Overturning Roe v. Wade) is historic and monumental and affirms my belief that all life is sacred. Each state government and its duly elected representatives will now make the determination about the types of laws they wish to have in place."

Our Republican-dominated majority in the state legislature currently lacks the votes to override a promised veto from Gov. Roy Cooper of any new anti-abortion legislation.

Abortion will likely be a major campaign topic in the N.C. General Assembly election this year. And if Republican candidates regain their supermajority after the election, they could pass legislation to severely restrict or ban abortion in North Carolina.

This makes November's election crucial for reproductive rights in our state. Who we elect will determine the future of our abortion access in North Carolina.

Access to safe abortion care in North Carolina is hanging by a thread.

It's important to remain informed on the importance of legal abortions and how abortion bans impact marginalized communities. We must fight for reproductive rights - and vote - when abortion is on the ballot in November.

If you are seeking abortion or reproductive services, see The Daily Tar Heel's resource guide.



Supporters of abortion rights gather in Raleigh to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.

<![CDATA[Chapel Hill and Carrboro roads receive redesign during NCDOT road resurfacing]]> The North Carolina Department of Transportation is undertaking a street resurfacing and redesigning project in downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

The project, led by The North Carolina Department of Transportation, includes repaving and repainting parts of West Franklin Street, East Main Street and West Rosemary Street in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro. To avoid daytime traffic, NCDOT has been working during the night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In Chapel Hill, Franklin Street will be reduced to two lanes of traffic but will have new bike lanes, according to Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. She said one reason for this redesign is to improve road safety downtown by slowing cars and protecting pedestrians and cyclists.

Unlike traditional bike lanes that are exposed to traffic, the added bike lanes on Franklin Street will run between parked cars and the curb.

Sarah Poulton, senior project manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, said she hopes the bike lanes make Franklin Street more appealing for people using a variety of transportation methods.

"In addition to benefiting cyclists by adding a bike lane, you also reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians at intersections," Poulton said.

In Carrboro, NCDOT will add a bike lane along E. Main Street, as well as two center turn lanes.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said the Town of Carrboro used the resurfacing as a chance to rethink the design of Main Street. He also said he believes the project will make pedestrians, cyclists and drivers more comfortable navigating downtown Carrboro.

"It's really exciting for Carrboro and for Chapel Hill," Seils said. "It's going to be transformative for our downtown, especially for Carrboro, where it's going to turn what was a four-lane roadway with no bike lanes, no center turn lane or anything into a much more urban streetscape."

For both towns, the street redesigning required approval from NCDOT, as the state owns and maintains the roads.

"We proposed to NCDOT a few years ago a new design to the road, or at least an idea for a design," Seils said. "What they said in response was that the Town would need to first conduct an operational analysis, in other words: what would be the operational impacts on the roadway of a new design?"

He said the operational analysis encompassed assessments of traffic congestion, flow of cars, safety issues and impacts on the roadway. Carrboro did not find any negative impacts from the proposed redesign, Seils added.

According to Poulton, Chapel Hill also found no negative impacts from their proposed redesign.

Hemminger noted that Chapel Hill is also undertaking its own improvements to Franklin Street that go beyond repaving and redesigning. Planter boxes are being added along the side of the road and the Town plans to more regularly power wash the street.

"We're doing all kinds of things in our downtown to clean it up and to make it a lot more appealing and have activities downtown," she said.

Hemminger said Chapel Hill is already looking at more improvements for downtown in the near future. She also said that future projects include expanding pedestrian crossings, making crosswalks more visible and replacing some street parking spots with outdoor dining spaces for restaurants.

"It gives us opportunities to do more things that attract people to our downtown or keep people downtown, so that helps commercial businesses, mostly our restaurants, bars and shopping, improve," Hemminger said.

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<![CDATA[Chapel Hill continues to protect itself against COVID-19 omicron subvariants]]> As students prepare for the upcoming semester, COVID-19 continues to spread, with new mutations leading to infections and reinfections in students and local community members.

Two new omicron subvariants, BA.5 and BA.4, are currently the primary variants of concern.

Over the past several months, the omicron BA.5 and BA.4 subvariants have chipped away at other coronavirus strains to become the two most prevalent.

During the week of Aug. 6, BA.5 comprised 87.1 percent of cases in the U.S., while the BA.4 variant comprised 6.7 percent of cases.

Dr. David Wohl, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at UNC, said that the current dominant subvariants are highly transmissible. He explained that this represents the broader evolutionary progress of COVID-19, as the virus has mutated to spread to more people.

"The good news is the virus has no pressure to become more lethal," he said. "There's no advantage of the virus to kill people. But there is an advantage for it to spread to as many of us as possible."

Orange County response

Public health experts and local leaders continue to encourage community members to take many of the same precautions they have recommended throughout the pandemic in response to the subvariants. These precautions include staying up to date with booster shots, wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces and prioritizing outdoor gatherings.

In Orange County, the COVID-19 positivity rate on Aug. 8 was 18 percent, with a daily average of 51 cases. One hundred and fifty-eight patients were hospitalized in the week of July 29 to Aug. 4, a 13 percent increase from two weeks prior.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said that Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough continue to coordinate their pandemic response, as they have been doing since March 2020.

Although Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger encourages Chapel Hill residents to wear masks in crowded indoor spaces, the Town does not intend to enact mask mandates in response to the current increase in cases.

Susan Romaine, mayor pro tem of Carrboro said the Town does not plan to institute a mask mandate in response to these subvariants.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 77 percent of Orange County residents aged five or older have been vaccinated with at least two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or at least one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of August 10.

However, just 60 percent of Orange County residents have received at least one booster shot.

"We know that protection against the infection from the vaccines declines over time, so people really do need to get boosted," Romaine said.

Dr. Myron Cohen, professor of medicine, microbiology and epidemiology at UNC, said the vaccines continue to be effective against severe cases of COVID-19. He said three or four vaccine doses are most effective against omicron and its subvariants.

"It's going to help you to be vaccinated, and for people who are at greater risk, getting four shots and keeping up with what we're doing with the boosters is really important," Cohen said.

Wohl added that the current vaccines and booster shots have helped reduce hospitalizations. He added that while the vaccines may not be as effective against BA.5 as prior strains, vaccinated people are less likely to be infected than unvaccinated people.

He said that, on average, each person who gets COVID-19 infects between four and 10 other people, which he cited as a reason for people to continue to take the pandemic seriously.

"I don't understand why people are not masking when they're indoors in crowded places," Wohl said. "That doesn't make sense to me."

Cohen said wearing masks and limiting exposure to crowded indoor settings, such as restaurants, are effective measures for anyone who does not want to get infected.

He also said that an increased understanding of how COVID-19 works should help the fall semester at UNC operate more smoothly than in previous semesters.

"Students should enjoy their semester while respecting this virus and doing what they can to stay healthy," he said.


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<![CDATA[First ALDI grocery store in Chapel Hill opens in Eastgate Crossing]]> On Aug. 3, residents from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the surrounding community made their way to shop at Chapel Hill's first ALDI at the Eastgate Crossing shopping center on East Franklin Street.

With a focus on budget-friendly shopping, the German supermarket chain has opened 2,237 locations in the United States as of Aug. 11, including one store in Durham County.

The new location is ALDI's only store in Orange County. ALDI is on track to add 150 new stores by the end of the year, according to a press release sent on Aug. 4.

While the Chapel Hill location is now open to the public, there will be a grand opening event on Thursday, Aug. 18. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m., said Krysta Cearley, the vice president at ALDI's Salisbury Division.

Cearley added that ALDI stores are designed to make grocery shopping a faster and easier process and said the company is committed to sustainability, affordability and quality.

"We're excited to open our first ALDI store in Chapel Hill and introduce local customers to a new, more affordable way of shopping," she said.

Several shoppers who came to the store when it first opened were enthusiastic to see the store for the first time.

"One of my friends is a big ALDI fan, and she got really excited," shopper Heather Tafoya said. "I just dropped my kid off at daycare, so I wanted to come see it."

Serena Hutcheson said that she had just left her pilates class and decided she wanted to check out the store.

"I sometimes go to the one out by (the Streets at Southpoint), but it's too inconvenient - and I figured that since it was the first minutes that the store was opening, I wanted to see it," she said.

Many shoppers said they appreciated the affordability and quality of ALDI. Another shopper, Deborah Santesson, said she wanted to come to the opening to see if there were any good deals.

"I think it'll give us more opportunities, more options, as far as saving money on groceries," Santesson said.

Tafoya, who said she goes to ALDI once or twice a year, said she believes the location will benefit people who cannot afford to shop at pricier stores, such as Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Harris Teeter.

She also said she appreciates ALDI encouraging people to bring their own grocery bags to the store. ALDI plans to eliminate all plastic shopping bags by the end of 2023, according to the press release.

Others said they liked the convenience of the new location. UNC student and ALDI shopper Holly Hutcheson, who was with her mother Serena at the opening, said she had previously used Instacart to order groceries from ALDI in Durham.

"We were talking to a man from Chapel Hill in line, and he was like, 'It's walkable, I can walk here now. It's great - cheaper, more accessible'," Holly Hutcheson said.

Crystal Mitchell, who also visited the new location on the morning of Aug. 3, said she is glad she doesn't have to drive to Durham anymore to go to ALDI. After all, she added, ALDI is her favorite store, one that she believes will benefit the community tremendously.

"It's a happier, healthier place to shop, and the prices are reasonable," she said. "Even with inflation, I know they're going up, but they're still affordable."


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Customers wait in line to shop at Aldi on opening day, Aug. 3 2022.

<![CDATA[University announces plans to install a permanent memorial for James Cates ]]> Content warning: This article contains mention of racially-motivated violence.




The University will install a permanent memorial in The Pit dedicated to James Cates, according to a campus-wide email sent Friday.

Cates - a 22-year-old Black man - was stabbed to death by members of a white supremacist biker gang on the night of Nov. 21, 1970 near the Student Union.The biker gang, known as the Storm Troopers, were found not guilty during the 1971 murder trial.

This memorial announcement comes after years of community initiatives and activism to honor Cates and bring attention to racially-motivated violence.

"The (Board of Trustees) was committed to listening to members of our Carolina community, including alumni, faculty and students, during this process," BOT Chairperson David Bolieksaid in a statement. "This memorial honors James Cates and what his life meant to the University and Chapel Hill, and hopefully this will help bring our campus and community together."

In March 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation to look further into the circumstances of Cates' murder. Cates' case is one of the latest cases opened through the Cold Case Initiative under the Emmett Till Act. The Cold Case Initiative is an effort to investigate decades-old racially-motivated murders.

The James Cates Remembrance Coalition - a group composed of Cates' family, community leaders, scholars, activists and students - also proposed renaming the Student Stores building in June 2021.

"Having the Student Stores building named for James Cates would keep his legacy alive and help move the University away from an era of denial of the persistence of white supremacy and into a future of necessary acknowledgment and reckoning, which can lead to reconciliation," the proposal said.

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz passed the proposal to the BOT in fall 2021.

The Cates memorial will be part of 'Build our Community Together,' one of the eight initiatives of the 'Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good' plan to increase diversity and inclusion, according to the email.

Guskiewicz said that the initiatives are part of ongoing efforts to promote inclusivity on campus. The University recently renamed two campus building with white supremacist ties.

"The Cates Memorial builds on other key milestones from the past year, including renaming buildings for Hortense McClinton, our first Black professor, and Henry Owl, our first American Indian student," the email said.

The University said it will share more details of the memorial as it becomes available.


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DTH File. Students mourn around a memorial for James Cates in 2018 at the site where he was killed in 1970.

<![CDATA[UNC School of Nursing received bomb threat, building cleared after investigation]]> The University received a bomb threat today at Carrington Hall, the UNC School of Nursing building, according to a statement from Media Relations.

The threat was received at 12:46 p.m. on Monday and the building was evacuated. The building has since been deemed safe. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are aware of the incident, according to a UNC Media Relations statement.

"UNC Police and other local agencies, including the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Chapel Hill Fire Department and Orange County EMS, evacuated the building, and using a K9 explosive detection team, UNC Police has deemed the building to be safe," according to a statement from UNC Media Relations.

Earlier today, both Elon University and North Carolina Central University also conducted police investigations due to suspicious devices on campus.

Elon's Moseley Center was evacuated and no suspicious items were found after a search, according to Elon News Network. An Elon E-Alert was sent to employees and students this afternoon confirming that the building had been investigated twice and has since been reopened.

The NCCU Police Department received a call at 11:44 a.m. today about a suspicious package at the university's Department of Nursing building. The building was evacuated and investigated by the NCCU Police Department, in addition to the Raleigh-Durham Airport Police Department, North Carolina State Capitol Police Department and the UNC-CH Police Department, according to NCCU News. No suspicious devices were found and the building was cleared at 1:55 p.m, according to the article.

This investigation is still ongoing. Check back here for updates.



The back entrance of South Building and the Old Well are pictured on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

<![CDATA[Tori DellaPeruta shines in debut in women's soccer's 5-0 exhibition win vs. VCU]]> As the UNC women's soccer team warmed up before the preseason opener against VCU, there was a player wearing a number 24 warmup shirt but number 9 shorts.

It was first-year Tori DellaPeruta, wearing the warmup shirt of her sister, Talia, who is currently away from the Tar Heels as a member of the United States' 2022 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup team.

"Funny story is they didn't have a warmup shirt for me for my number, so I took my sister's," Tori said.

While she wasn't on the field with her sister in Sunday's 5-0 exhibition win, the younger DellaPeruta more than made a name for herself in her first career appearance.

Subbing in at the 30-minute mark at striker, DellaPeruta was in attack mode. She was instantly involved in the offense, creating scoring chances through her movement and passing.

"She understands the rhythm of the game, she also moves to where the ball is going early," head coach Anson Dorrance said. "She moves to the right spot as soon as it's hit because her instincts in the game are very good."

There appeared to be a breakthrough in the 42nd minute, but an offside penalty negated DellaPeruta's goal. After the referee's flag went up and the cheers died down for what would have been her first career goal, DellaPeruta put her head down and kept on playing.

With 16 seconds left in the first half, DellaPeruta had a chance at redemption with a cross flying through the air.

"I was probing in the box and I saw it deflected out, and I saw (Emily) Moxley take a cutting touch and look up, and I was ready to back post," DellaPeruta said. "If it got through Murph (Emily Murphy) and the defenders I was there to clean it up and finish it."

DellaPeruta dove through the air and, as head met leather, she sent home the debut goal that was taken away from her just minutes ago. And with the goal finally counting, DellaPeruta's teammates mobbed her to celebrate her first goal in Carolina Blue.

"The feeling after it was just unbelievable. I actually couldn't believe it," DellaPeruta said. "But I was super happy and grateful for the opportunity to play and get a goal for the team."

After coming off the bench in the first half, DellaPeruta started the second half and finished as one of four goal scorers in UNC's win on Sunday.

"Tori is a baller," Dorrance said. "Her speed of play is magnificent, (her) instincts for me show a player with huge potential."

Junior midfielder Avery Patterson, who had two goals on the day, was impressed with how all of the first-years performed in their first game. Forward Kate Faasse scored her first career goal off a header, and left back Tessa Dellarose had the opening assist to Patterson.

"Credit to all the freshmen, they came in and they were all fit and ready to get after it," Patterson said. "They really made an impact and we're really excited to have them here."

While she was excited to get the team win, DellaPeruta was also playing for her sister who could not be there to compete alongside her in her first match.

"I wish I was able to play my first game with her because that means a lot to me," DellaPeruta said. "Just having that family connection, you know, she's my best friend, so I think playing for the team, also playing for her, is a really good feeling to have."

Since Talia DellaPeruta doesn't return to UNC's squad until later this month, don't be surprised if Tori continues to wear her sister's number during warmups - even when they were apart, it was that sibling spark that gave the Tar Heels the win.


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Junior defender Paige Tolentino (4) keeps possession of the ball during the first exhibition game of the season on August 7, 2022. UNC won 5-0 over VCU.

<![CDATA[Chancellor's committee still drafting report as part of UNC's building renaming process]]> Over the summer, the Chancellor's Committee to Review History Commission Resolution met four times to discuss the progress of its report on removing 10 campus building names with white supremacist ties.

From May to June, the committee discussed the removal of the names of the following campus buildings: Pettigrew, Ruffin Jr., Bingham, Grimes, Graham, Morrison, Vance and Hamilton.

Chancellor's committee explained

This ad hoc committee was convened by Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz after the Board of Trustees approved a policy for the removal of names on university buildings and public spaces, according to the committee's first meeting on Oct. 19, 2021.

The committee was charged with submitting their recommendations based on the University Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward's April 2021 report to Guskiewicz, who would then consider it in concordance with the BOT policy.

As of now, the Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward recommended that the following 13 building names be removed from campus: Avery, Aycock, Carr, Battle, Bingham, Daniels, Graham, Grimes, Hamilton, Morrison, Pettigrew, Ruffin and Vance.

"We believe these names warrant immediate action," the recommendation from the HRWF commission read.

Dossiers containing historical context and specific reasons for removal can be found on the commission's website.

Takeaways from summer committee meetings

This year in the committee's May 5 meeting, Chairperson Mike Smith said that the Chancellor's Committee to Review History Commission Resolution's goal was to get its report draft to Guskiewicz by July 1 so that he would have time to review it before the BOT meeting in late July, where it would be considered.

However, the committee still has not finalized its report.

In its most recent meeting on June 20, Smith said the committee plans to meet again to finish its discussion of Ruffin Jr. Residence Hall and begin discussing the recommendation for the removal of Battle Hall.

In the May 25 Chancellor's committee meeting, committee members considered additional vetting processes for the removal of names.

According to Smith, there could be a possibility of reaching out to historians and experts on the history of the south and peer-reviewing the individual dossiers.

"I want to best equip our chancellor to be able to convince the Board of Trustees to take whatever action he's recommending," UNC Trustee Ralph W. Meekins Sr. said.

Smith also pointed out a difficulty in recommendation decisions, which is that there are often information gaps in the individuals' histories due to a lack of historical evidence.

On June 11, the Residence Hall Renaming Committee, which consists of a group of Residence Hall Association student leaders, residents and Carolina Housing staff, released a survey report that analyzed the implications of residence hall names for UNC students.

The report garnered 1,303 responses - 1,200 of whom were on-campus residents.

The report concluded that "an overwhelming number of students are in favor of renaming residence halls whose names are connected to slavery, the Confederacy or upholding white supremacy."

It explained that many students were in favor of the removal because of the negative impacts they personally experienced and empathy for their fellow students who are negatively impacted by the residence hall names. The report also stated that students of color are disproportionately negatively impacted by the hall names.

The Chancellor's Committee to Review History Commission Resolution had a meeting scheduled for July 20 to continue to discuss the report it will submit to the chancellor, but the meeting was canceled.

James Leloudis, who is a co-chairperson of the HRWF Commission, said the BOT will respond to the removal of the 10 names most likely in the fall.

According to UNC Media Relations, there is no formal timetable for a final decision.

In an email statement, Guskiewicz said that the committee's goal is to provide its recommendations on the possible removal of building names to him by mid-August.

"After thoroughly reviewing their report, I will work alongside our Board of Trustees to consider the recommendations," hesaid in an email statement. "I remain optimistic that we will have an opportunity to put names on buildings and landscapes that honor individuals who represent the shared values of our local and campus community."