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Wilson Library overlooks Polk Place on March 1, 2021.

University Libraries launches Reckoning Initiative to advance anti-racism work

Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, said that prior to the pandemic, the Libraries held an exhibition examining the historical role of science in creating concepts of race, as well as other exhibitions meant to demonstrate active commitment to the equity and inclusion work stated in the Libraries' framework. “You should belong,” Westbrooks said. “You’ve earned the right to be here, and we want to ensure that you belong, you’re represented and you’re treated equitably.”

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Bob Anthony, curator of the North Carolina Collection and director of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is retiring on May 31, 2021. Photo courtesy of Jon Gardiner.

North Carolina Collection curator Bob Anthony to retire after 40-year career

Bob Anthony, curator of the North Carolina Collection and director of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, is set to retire on May 31 after a 40-year career. Lisa Gregory, program coordinator at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, said Anthony has always been passionate about his work, and that his work has elevated UNC’s status in the minds of people who research the state.

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Photos are owned by the MacArthur Foundation and licensed under a Creative Commons license: CC-BY. Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Photo is of Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC has until Friday to offer Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure or face federal lawsuit

Nikole Hannah-Jones is considering taking legal action against UNC following the Board of Trustees' decision to not take action in granting her a tenured position.  "We are evaluating all available legal recourse to fully vindicate Ms. Hannah-Jones' rights, including possibly initiating a federal action against UNC, the Board and/or affiliated entities and individuals," the letter said.

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Mary Grace and Sebastian Graber pose for a virtual portrait in their home on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. Grace is a transfer student at UNC.

UNC students express frustration at lack of COVID-19 vaccine mandate

As other institutions across the country announce that students must be fully vaccinated before they return, some UNC students have expressed frustration at the lack of a mandate at the University. "If we want the pandemic to end, it’s just logical to make it a requirement to show an immunization record for the COVID vaccine,” sophomore Sofia De Oliveira said.

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The UNC Heelgram club makes cards and sends them to people with disabilities. Photo courtesy of Reagan Fleeher.

UNC Heel-Gram: Sending love one letter at a time

MacKenzie Maddox is a co-founder of the HeelGram club. She has an extended family member who regularly received letters from his community over quarantine. Seeing how much he enjoyed them, she was inspired to bring that dynamic to UNC. “Writing and receiving the letters has been therapeutic for our volunteer letter writers, especially since it provides a break from schoolwork,” she said. “It's just as rewarding for me as those with whom we communicate.”

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Owen Scrudders, Madison McClellan, Markus Haig, and Kevin Barth pose for a photo at their commencement ceremony in Chapel Hill on Saturday May 15, 2021. Photo courtesy of Civitella Witzke.

UNC celebrates class of 2021 with in-person Commencement ceremonies

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Kizzmekia Corbett spoke at the 2021 Commencement ceremonies, marking the end of an abnormal year for the graduating class. Senior Madison McClellan still felt that graduation was a good experience. “It was still a great ceremony because our family and people we have worked with throughout the years were together,” McClellan said.

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Jason Hu, a senior computer science and statistics double major and member of the UNC Rocket League Club poses in front of his computer on Wednesday May 19, 2021.

UNC Rocket League Club connects students through gaming

UNC senior Will Lancaster said he encourages everyone interested in the game to join the club.  “Being a member is a lot of fun,” he said. “It's something you wouldn't exactly expect from joining a mostly online group, but the people of the club have really been able to bond over a common game that we all play.” 

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Cofounders of Lux Libertas Ventures, business and computer science major Sanjeev Musuvathy and business major Nathan Ho, pose for a portrait.

Introducing Lux Libertas Ventures: UNC's first student-run venture capital fund

Lux Libertas Ventures focuses on pre-seed investments into consumer internet startups that attack the problems faced by Generation Z, such as mental health, digital wellness, consumer banking and other areas of exploration.  The organization is run entirely by UNC students with a strong advisory network of executives from Fortune 500 companies and tier one venture capital funds.

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