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Hamilton Hall, one of the buildings on UNC's campus that is currently undergoing maintenance, pictured on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

"A violation of civil rights": UNC maintenance backlog highlights lack of campus accessibility

UNC’s deferred maintenance backlog has reached over $988 million — of which nearly $42 million allocated for elevators and lifts is awaiting funding — according to the Facilities Condition Assessment Program.  “This campus is not at all accessible, or equitable for the things that I can access compared to able-bodied peers of mine,” Sophomore Eleanor Bolton said. “A lot of things that are definitely in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act are ignored for years and years.”

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DTH Photo Illustration. The growing economic instability has affected higher education mobility.

Editorial: The recession is disproportionately hurting students

"The advice offered to students is the same advice they’ve heard for years: 'Learn how to stretch a dollar, spend a little less and make a little more, and make sure to have a budget.' While this advice is helpful, with the current economy, and the outrageous cost of higher education, these efforts have started to go in vain," the Editorial Board writes. " All this said, the only way to get through higher education for most people these days is by borrowing money."

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Christian C. Lentz at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, Aug. 29th, 2022.

Carolina Asia Center awarded $900,000 grant to develop Southeast Asian studies minor

This summer, the Carolina Asia Center received a $900,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. With this grant, the University plans to develop a Southeast Asian studies minor, to expand its Vietnamese language instruction and to spread the study of Southeast Asia to other campuses. “Luce has long been a supporter of Asian studies more generally, but they also know that Southeast Asian studies tend to be a bit overlooked by way of comparison with East Asia, especially China, but also Korea and Japan,” Christian Lentz, an associate professor of geography at UNC, said.

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The Alpha Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega sorority is pictured.
Photo Courtesy of Ivan Richardson.

Founded at UNC, Alpha Pi Omega — the country's oldest Indigenous sorority — turns 28

The country’s oldest Indigenous sorority — Alpha Pi Omega (APiO) — will be turning 28 years old on Sep. 1 in remembrance of Founder’s Day.  The sorority founded its first chapter, UNC's Alpha chapter, in 1994, and now represents more than 130 tribes and has 24 chapters chartered nationwide.  “It’s so important to have an Indigenous sorority on campus because we are the minority of the minority,” UNC senior and Alpha chapter president Hayley Jacobs said.

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Rory the Pig watches over Park Library -located in Carroll Hall on Aug. 24, 2022.

Meet Rory and Joey, the unknown mascots of UNC's libraries

Meet Rory and Joey, the Park Library and Sloane Art Library’s mascots.   There have been collaborations between the two rising influencers. Rory and Joey met in a photoshoot when the Park Library first chose Rory, and in 2019, they came together to celebrate National Lobster Day by exchanging gifts and coloring. 

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Nikole Hannah-Jones is an investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and the creator of "The 1619 Project," which marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship carrying enslaved Africans to America. Photo courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

"Put that listening into action," Campus impact of the Hannah-Jones' settlement

After over a year since the Board of Trustees’ initial failure to grant Nikole Hannah-Jones a tenured position at UNC, a settlement was recently reached between the University and Hannah-Jones.  Three campus initiatives were included in the settlement to extend action of the Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good plan. The initiatives are: training 20 faculty and staff members as search and selection process advisers through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, posting a position for a trauma-informed therapist in the Multicultural Health Program by July 31 and reserving money each fiscal year for events sponsored by the Carolina Black Caucus. 

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