9/24/2020 1:40am

Two examples of students’ home screens customized through iOS 14. Photos courtesy of Kayla Dang (left) and Grace Lena (right).

Students customize homescreens in iOS 14 update

The update has been an outlet for self-expression for students everywhere, to the point that reorganizing your home screen has become a TikTok trend. Students have taken vastly different approaches to their home screen decor, each creating their own aesthetically-pleasing look. 

9/23/2020 10:50pm

Mauricio Salazar-Saenz, Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill, sits at his desk for a virtual portrait on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 from Medellin, Colombia. He is on a leave of absence for the Fall 2020 semester due to financial issues caused by the university's handling of international graduate students during the COVID-19 pandemic and is using the time to conduct research from Colombia.

International graduate assistants abroad face unemployment under new policy

A new University policy this semester mandated that graduate students needed to be physically present in the U.S. by Aug. 10 to serve as teaching or research assistants.  In an email statement, UNC Media Relations said over the past few months, the unprecedented suspension of visa services indicated that many graduate students wouldn’t be able to get visas in time for the start of the semester. Patricia A. McAnany, chairperson of the anthropology department, said her department does not have a large endowment, and determined that it was infeasible to support students outside of the country with a TA position. 

9/22/2020 8:20pm

UNC could experience financial losses of $400 million between the onset of the pandemic in March up to the middle of summer 2021 and their plans to recover remain unclear. Graphic by Matthew Meyers.

'A perfect storm of financial problems': How UNC’s losses could extend to $400 million

The University is facing revenue shortfalls, and it's unclear how they plan to make up for the deficit. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said on Aug. 28 the University suffered a $100 million loss from March until the end of the 2020 fiscal year in June.  Then at last week’s September Faculty Council meeting, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Nate Knuffman said UNC could see an additional loss of $300 million in revenue during this fiscal year — which runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. “The good news is that enrollment has stayed steady,” Guskiewicz said at the meeting.