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The Morrison solar panels, as pictured on Feb. 17, 2022. Morrison Residence Hall is the only residence hall on camus with solar panels.

Student sustainability group working to build solar panel resources on campus buildings

Morrison is the only dormitory to have solar panel installations, as well as real-time energy consumption monitors.  But the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee has been working on other solar panel projects that will be implemented for new buildings around campus. “Currently there are plans to use panels that generate electricity at Carolina North and Curtis Media Center, which are both under construction,”  said Cindy Register, executive director of engineering and construction services. “A large solar footprint is also planned at the Kenan-Flagler Business School addition, which is still in the design phase.”

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Theodore Nollert, a third-year PhD student in the English and Comparative Literature Department, has been elected president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government. He smiles for a portrait inside Graham Memorial Hall on Feb. 17, 2022.

UNC GPSG President-elect Theodore Nollert wants to build graduate student community

Theodore Nollert, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, will be the next president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, the UNC Board of Elections announced Wednesday.  In his administration, Nollert wants to build a foundation to tackle both long-standing systemic issues and smaller problems. “There are certain kinds of problems we just can't solve in isolation from one another,” Nollert said. “My challenge is, how do I convince people that it's worth solving those problems and joining those communities to do so.” 

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The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pruitt.

'They see value': Postdoctoral program supports faculty members of color

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity aims to set up scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups for possible tenure-track appointments at UNC or other research institutions. Sarah D. Mills, who completed the program in 2021 and is now an assistant professor at UNC, said programs like the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity can’t be the only solution to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. “These types of programs are really critical to there being change in what faculty at universities look like,” she said. “And I don't think just these programs alone are enough.”

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A screenshot from Dr. Marcia Chatelain’s lecture for Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Award-winning author Marcia Chatelain delivers 2022 Black History Month lecture

On Feb. 9, acclaimed historian and Georgetown University professor Marcia Chatelain delivered UNC’s 2022 Black History Month lecture, discussing her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that explores the relationship between McDonald's and Black entrepreneurship. "There’s really rarely an accounting for the cultural work — and the effective cultural work — that corporations, particularly fast-food corporations, do in ingratiating themselves to Black experiences and Black cultural forms,” she said.

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