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Monday October 18th


From left to right: Senior Sage Atkins, junior Toby Turla, and junior Sonam Shah, are co-founders of Peer2Peer. “We are offering a remote peer support system for people within the UNC community to talk about a shared experience,” Turla said.

By students, for students: Peer2Peer offers mental health resources at UNC

Founded in 2020, Peer2Peer is a student-run organization that offers mental health resources to UNC undergraduate and graduate students. The organization aims to de-stigmatize asking for help and normalize mental health struggles experienced by college students. It sets itself apart from University services, such as Counseling and Psychological Services, by providing one-on-one sessions with peer responders who are also students at UNC.

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Joshua Schaffer, known virally as WeathermanJosh, dresses as Mario and rides a go-kart through the Pit on Sept. 22. "Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel," he prompted people as they stopped for pictures.

Viral "Mario Kart Man" travels through Chapel Hill, UNC's campus

Joshua Schaffer was wandering the streets of Chapel Hill and UNC's campus driving a go-kart dressed as Nintendo's Mario. Students accordingly dubbed him the "Mario Kart Man." Schaffer runs multiple social media accounts where he has amassed a large following — most notably on TikTok where he has over 900,000 followers. Spreading joy is a large theme on both his Instagram and TikTok pages, where he shares videos of his shenanigans. Patrick McPode, Schaffer’s social media manager, said the two are performing the social media gag in different places across the country. 

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