The Daily Tar Heel

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Tuesday September 27th


Looking back on a year of good news, bad news and unanswered questions

At The Daily Tar Heel, it was another year of covering breaking news while in class, studying for exams between finishing print pages and navigating the lines between being a student and a journalist. These are some of the many questions the DTH strives to ask in order to hold the University accountable. That is and has been our promise to readers. We have our own unanswered questions and we’ve dealt with our own challenges this year. But one thing is for sure: The DTH will strive to continue being a publication that pushes the boundaries of journalism to their furthest limits.

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Lauds is a Wilmington-based indie rock band featuring UNC students and alums. Photo courtesy of Mary Hannah.

UNC students and alumni play in local indie rock band

Members of Lauds, an indie-rock band from Wilmington, share a love of music, their hometown, and UNC basketball. The band has released two EPs in the last year, Holt III said, and is currently in the works of writing and producing their first studio album. They work with Fort Lowell Records, a Wilmington-based indie-rock record label. 

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Rameses stands for the playing of the national anthem at men before UNC basketball's home game against Michigan on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. UNC won 72-51.

'He's given me meaning': UNC senior talks about his time as Rameses

For the past four years, senior Daniel Wood has portrayed UNC's mascot, Rameses, cheering on the Tar Heels on the field, as well as during hospital visits, birthday parties and charity events. And he's not leaving the Ram Team just yet. After graduation this spring, he will become UNC’s mascot coach — the first one ever at the University. “He's given me meaning, allowed me to connect with thousands of people that whether it's across small events, football games or whatever," Wood said. "There's a memory that's being made and it's a real privilege to be a part of that.”

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Senior human development and family studies major Trang Le signs her name at the top of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

'Don't take anything for granted': UNC seniors leave their signatures at Bell Tower

On Wednesday, UNC seniors wrapped around the lawn of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower to sign their names on the inside wall, which has been a tradition at the University since 2003. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, UNC seniors wrapped around the lawn of the Bell Tower to sign their names on the inside wall, which has been a tradition at the University since 2003. The climb is 128 steps. “It's definitely something that I've looked forward to, and now that I've been able to do it, it's kind of a cap on my career here," senior Cade Darnell said.

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Research shows significant inequities in UNC faculty salaries

There are significant racial and gender-based inequities within faculty salaries at the University, recent research shows. The research was based on data from previous studies and was led by Misha Becker, a UNC professor and chairperson of the linguistics department. She presented the work at recent Faculty Council and Faculty Executive Committee meetings. “You have to realize that the situation is bad when a faculty committee has to point this out in a public space,” Deb Aikat, journalism associate professor, said. “I mean this is terrible.”

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The Unsung Founders Memorial is located in McCorkle Place and was built to commemorate the enslaved men and women and their descendants who built the University.

History commission talks University land acknowledgment

The University Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward was founded in 2019 to engage and teach the University’s history with race.  At their Monday meeting, commission members discussed the UNC Land Acknowledgment, the Barbee Cemetery ground-penetrating radar survey and the Universities Studying Slavery Spring 2022 Symposium.

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