4/13/2020 8:55pm

Earlier this year, Bridge the Gap Mission of the Urban Ministries of Wake County brought lunch and hats for the people they help. Photo courtesy of Carrie Pitts-Densmore.

Social assistance organizations in the Triangle refocus efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak

As individuals in the Triangle experiencing homelessness navigate increased unemployment and widespread closures during the COVID-19 outbreak, the organizations that serve them are working to respond — all while following social distancing guidelines. These groups are grappling with how to provide housing and services to those who need it most, and they know need isn't going to slow down any time soon. “For many of us, this time is a matter of staying at home and missing out on certain activities,”  Stephani Kilpatrick, residential services director at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service,  said. “But for IFC’s members, it could mean that basic needs are not met.” 

4/13/2020 8:05pm

North Carolina's director of track and field and cross country program Chris Miltenberg attends the Dick Taylor Carolina Challenge in the Eddie Smith Field House on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati.

Why Chris Miltenberg left powerhouse Stanford to lead the UNC track and field program

“His energy is contagious," said UNC cross country redshirt senior Alex Milligan about director Chris Miltenberg. "He’s going to bring out the best in you, and every day at practice, his energy, his drive, and his own work ethic, rubs off on us. We see how much he puts into it and you want him to respect you and you want to reciprocate the same work ethic he’s putting in.”

4/13/2020 7:18pm

Ryan Smoot

Column: Practicing mindfulness in times of fear

"Fears are as biological as any virus, simple byproducts of evolution and our environment. We all carry them with us — whether it’s a fear of dying, loneliness or forgetting to mute while Zooming on the toilet. But I truly believe, even for someone as anxious as I’ve been in my past, that we can control the extent to which our fear consumes us."

4/9/2020 11:01pm

Vanessa, a 20-year-old sophomore at UNC, whose name has been changed for personal safety and legal concerns, is a member of a growing trend of sexual content creators selling subscriptions to their “Premium” Snapchat accounts. 

'hmu for my premium:’ UNC student’s Snapchat porn scam exploits rising industry

Offering a range of subscription packages to customers who can pay up at the tap of their phone screens, sexual content creators in the "Premium” Snapchat industry have found it a lucrative one. But the relatively-new Premium world has proven ripe for scammers.  Vanessa, a 20-year-old sophomore at UNC, is one of those scammers. She can make $1,000 in a single day without ever taking a picture for her Premium subscribers, but the strategy is a complicated one. “I make sure it’s never anyone from (my hometown) or really anyone from North Carolina, because I’m not trying to get murdered."

4/9/2020 10:25pm

Traffic on the corner of East Franklin Street and North Columbia street leaves trails of light on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.

Are stay-at-home orders really reducing pollution in the Triangle?

Unlike other areas in the U.S. and around the world, the Triangle has not yet seen a significant change in its air quality as residents have been ordered to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts say that residents will experience health benefits from having less pollution regardless.

4/9/2020 9:26pm

A group of residents enter the West building at Granville Towers amidst two incidents of vandalism and verbal racial harassment that are now under investigation. The two incidents involve the defamation of Chinese New Year door decorations.

Op-ed: How COVID-19 has affected UNC's class of 2024

"I fear that I will miss out on the significant milestones in this new chapter of my life. Living away from my family, experiencing the difficulty of college classes and making lifelong friends, for instance, will all be shadowed by the influence of this virus."

4/9/2020 7:03pm

Chapel Ridge Apartments is an off-campus apartment complex where many UNC students live.

Students struggle to pay rent and negotiate leases due to economic impact of COVID-19

As the pandemic continues, it is becoming harder for students to keep up with housing payments. Some students have tried renegotiating their leases, but not all landlords have been willing to cooperate. Legal experts said landlords have different levels of flexibility, and may be unable to reduce rent or waive fees. However, they still encouraged students to discuss any issues with their landlords.