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9/16/2020 9:31pm

DTH Photo Illustration. Members of UNC’s chapter of the environmental honors fraternity Epsilon Eta announced their decision to abolished the group after former members spoke out about its role in fostering white supremacy. The post read, “As a historically exclusive and majority-white institution with semblances of Greek life, we have contributed to the preservation of white supremacy on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. Our actions have marginalized and silenced BIPOC voices. To address these injustices, we view abolition as the most direct course of action to dismantle white supremacy.”

'Not reformable': Members of UNC Epsilon Eta abolish the honors fraternity

Members of UNC’s chapter of the environmental honors fraternity Epsilon Eta announced the abolition of the group in an Instagram post on Sept. 2 after former members called out the fraternity for its role in upholding a space rooted in white supremacy. “As a historically exclusive and majority-white institution with semblances of Greek life, we have contributed to the preservation of white supremacy on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus," the post said. The letter and abolition of the group has sparked a conversation among UNC students and within Ep Eta’s own former membership group. “It needs to be the act of abolishing it that shows that we don't support those values,” former Ep Eta member Michael Byrd said.


9/14/2020 11:14pm

Meet five of the members of newly-formed UNC first-years' band Gum Box

The Suite Life of Gum Box: First-year suitemate band optimistic despite move back home

Just weeks after they arrived, the members of Gum Box — along with thousands of other students — were moving off campus again. Instead of having impromptu jam sessions in their hallway or doing homework to the sound of a saxophone solo, the group is now facing a semester of Zoom calls and carefully planned recording meet-ups. “We’re all super stoked about the prospect of creating some original content together,” guitarist Harrington Shaw said. The band members are spread from Wilmington to Apex, but they’re prepared for the challenges of distance. In some ways, the distance could even have its benefits. The band is making plans to meet for its first recording session, in preparation for its first livestream performance.

9/14/2020 11:54am

DTH Photo Illustration. With classes for the fall 2020 semester being shifted to an online format, students are turning to virtual platforms to form study groups for classes.

Struggling together: Students recreate study spaces online

Students are finding ways to come together during COVID-19 through Zoom study rooms and GroupMe chats. "I wouldn't say I’m making friends through the group chat, but I definitely feel like I'm not the only one struggling through this, and I've got this group to struggle with me together," Zorah Davis, a first-year communication studies major, said.


9/13/2020 7:21pm

Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at the final UNC Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting of the year at the Carolina Inn on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

Chancellor Guskiewicz discusses learning from the fall and looking ahead to the spring

For the first time since the University moved to remote instruction one week after the first day of class due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the DTH talked to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz over Zoom to discuss the fall semester and plans going forward. "I don't regret any decisions. We've learned a lot — and there's some areas that we know, as we reflect back on the development of that roadmap and the implementation of it in the start of the semester, that I believe we'll look closely at and and modify as we make plans for the spring semester." Guskiewicz said he hopes to bring students back on campus in the spring, and a group is being assembled to begin making plans.


9/8/2020 8:19pm

DTH Photo Illustration. Only two weeks after students were expected to leave their on-campus housing and attend classes remotely, students living off-campus are struggling with internet accessibility.

Off-campus students struggle with internet access during a remote semester

Several off-campus students at UNC are struggling with internet connectivity issues this fall. Since the pandemic caused undergraduate classes to go online, access to internet has become essential. Jeff Sural, director of the North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Office, said the influx of college students and residents using the internet in quarantine can result in slower internet connections for those in the area. UNC is offering students a $200 internet supplement award through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid to help students purchase internet this semester, UNC Media Relations said in an email.


9/8/2020 2:40am

With many UNC students both on and off campus being tested for COVID-19, there can be some confusion as to the reporting process of the results. For those tested through Campus Health Services, their tests are sent to LabCorp, a clinical laboratory company that runs various tests, including screening for COVID-19, but the route is less clear for those who are tested off campus.  Graphic by Matthew Meyers.

How are COVID-19 tests reported at UNC?

Students both on and off campus are being tested for COVID-19 after clusters were identified in 13 residence halls since UNC's reopening. But after the test is administered, where does it go? UNC Media Relations said in a statement that tests performed at Campus Health Services are sent to LabCorp, a clinical laboratory company that runs various tests, including screening for COVID-19. As for tests administered off campus, the route is less clear. Orange County Community Relations Director Todd McGee said in a statement that test results are not typically reported directly to the county.