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Robin Lee, a beloved housekeeper in Kenan Residence Hall, poses for a portrait on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

'We need a raise:' Housekeepers express salary concerns during Appreciation Week

The recent UNC Housekeeping Employee Statement of Demands asks the University for increased pay, and share concerns that employees don't have enough compensation to pay for necessities like rent, food, child care, transportation and health care bills. Last Thursday, the University held an event to celebrate International Housekeepers Awareness Week. "We are just making a little bit more than minimum wage," Emily Barbee, a housekeeper said. "That’s nothing! Just go to the grocery store and you spend that money, and you pay bills. That’s it.” 

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DTH Photo Illustration. A student reads emails from the ROML Listserv on her laptop.

Column: Listserv Survival Guide

"For those of you who don’t know about the listserv emails I’m referring to: consider yourselves lucky. The chain emails began my freshman year. I remember the day vividly: I was sitting in my Morrison dorm room, absentmindedly reorganizing my hand sanitizer and disposable mask collection, when all of a sudden I heard a familiar noise. 'Ping.' And then again. 'Ping.' 'Ping.' 'Ping.' 'Ping.'"

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President Rosa Elias and Vice President Michelle Jamanca of UNC SUIE pose for a portrait at Wilson Library on Sept. 12, 2022. 

Heather Diehl

SUIE fosters immigrant advocacy on campus

SUIE was started in 2008 to raise campus awareness about different issues that prevent immigrants from enjoying basic human rights.                                                                     “When I came into UNC, I saw a predominantly white community — I didn't see a lot of diversity,” Rosa Elias, the president of SUIE, said. 

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UNC's Campus Health, which houses CAPS, is pictured on Sept. 12, 2022.

UNC colloquium aims to expand mental health conversations

The Heels Care Network plans to host a mental health colloquium virtually on Sept. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to continue the conversation about mental health on campus. The theme of the colloquium, ‘Identity, Cultural Awareness and How to Support One Another,’ was inspired by requests from the community to discuss how mental health and identity intersect, according to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Amy Johnson. “One of the things that we heard very clearly from folks is that mental health, dealing with it and addressing it, doesn't happen in a vacuum,” Johnson said.

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Wilson Library, highlighted in Queerolina's online oral history, stands tall on Sept. 12, 2022.

Queerolina exhibit aims to preserve LGBTQ+ history at UNC

Queerolina, an online oral history exhibit in the Wilson Library Special Collections, works to tell the history of the LGBTQ+ community at UNC through stories and archives.  The name “Queerolina” was generated as a reparative label, reclaiming what was once a slur used to refer to the University’s progressive nature compared to other public schools in the Southeast.

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The Carolina Latinx Center is set to kickoff Latinx Heritage Month,  photographed on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.

The Carolina Latinx Center kicks off Latinx Heritage Month this Thursday

Sept. 15 marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month and the Carolina Latinx Center is ringing it in with a kick off in The Pit, where there will be student organizations, University departments, music and food.  Throughout the month, the CLC will also host a number of events, including a dinner at the Top of Lenoir, which broke out into a conga line last year, a keynote address by Laurie Hernandez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, and a Carnaval on Oct. 15. 

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UNC junior Jonpaul Escobal rides his electric scooter down Pittsboro Street in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

Column: Reflecting on the electric scooter epidemic

"Forget pedaling your bike or God forbid, walking, up and down campus’ various hills - scooting students are now flying up them at unreasonable speeds, the buzzing hum of each passing motor doubling as a mocking laugh that says to each on-foot observer, 'I can see your sweat through your shirt, come and join me.' This opinion writer is taking a stand — I will not come and join you!"

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DTH Photo Illustration. Graduate student stipends cover about 65% of the cost of attendance at UNC.

'The stipend isn't keeping up' — UNC graduate students struggle with cost of living

The minimum graduate student stipend only covers approximately 68.5 percent of the cost to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, a recent study by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation found.  A personal emergency like a health crisis, loss of transportation and housing, or other situations could make a graduate student unable to afford to survive in Chapel Hill another semester. "The genesis is that it gets more and more expensive to live here," Graduate and Professional Student Government President Theodore Nollert said. "The stipend isn’t keeping up.”

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Sones de México Ensemble, pictured, will be hosting the Sones de México Ensemble Concert & Workshop at the Stone Center on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of Juan Dies and Photo by Henry Fajardo.

Sones de México to bring ensemble to UNC's campus this Friday

From performances in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Grammy nominations and their ability to collectively play 80 musical instruments, the Sones de México Ensemble is no amateur group. And soon, they will be bringing their talent to Chapel Hill. Sones de México will be coming to UNC on September 9 to host a workshop and concert in the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center. 

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DTH Photo Illustration/Rebecca Du

Who qualifies for federal student loan forgiveness at UNC?

In August, the Biden Administration announced plans to cancel up to $20,000 of student loan debt for some borrowers, including that of current college students.  Factors that determine whether or not a student qualifies for forgiveness include when they took out a loan, how much money their parents make and the type of aid they receive while in college. According to the Department of Education, even some students who paid off their federal loans previously are eligible for a refund.

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UNC’s Institute for the Study of Americas, located in the FedEx Global Education Center, pictured on Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022.

Knowing our neighbors: UNC-Duke consortium bridges Latin American community

The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies facilities collaboration between the two campuses across disciplines.  “I think it's important for the citizens and residents in North Carolina to learn about Latin America and its history, culture, politics and economics because increasingly, Latin America is coming here,” Louis Pérez Jr., co-director of the consortium, said. 

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