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Spot, an agile mobile robot from Boston Dynamics, wows the crowd at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center as part of UNC Science Expo on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Russell UNC Research.

UNC Science Expo returns to Morehead Planetarium this weekend

As part of the month-long North Carolina Science Festival, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will be hosting its annual UNC Science Expo on April 1. More than 100 booths from over 50 UNC organizations will be set up to encourage participants to engage with scientific concepts through games, demonstrations and other creative means. 

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Paula Gilland, the owner and CEO of Purple Bowl, an eatery in downtown Chapel Hill, has run the restaurant since its inception. She came up with the idea to bring California-style açaí to Chapel Hill in 2017.

Women-owned businesses create welcoming spaces for Chapel Hill-Carrboro community

The Purple Bowl, WomanCraft Gifts and Ascension Tattoo are just a few of several women-operated small businesses in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities that residents can support during Women's History Month. Paula Gilland, owner of The Purple Bowl, said being female-run has contributed to the business’s mission to empower women. “We tried to make decisions early on in the business to support and nurture women,” she said. "So, when we’ve hired women, if they’ve needed to take a maternity leave, we’ve helped cover that — which is really rare in the food industry.”

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The North Carolina Supreme Court in the Law and Justice Building in Raleigh, N.C pictured on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

Column: The N.C. Supreme Court is in crisis

"Ultimately, elections have consequences. N.C. voters chose to give these justices a seat on the court and we’ll have the opportunity to take that seat away from them in a few years. That doesn’t absolve the justices of the harm they can do to the state when making decisions based on partisanship rather than law, but at least it means their influence is not permanent."

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Trustee Vinay Patel (left) and BOT Vice Chairperson John Preyer (right) are top political donors on the BOT — both have primarily given to conservative campaigns and causes.

Trustees donate near $1 million to political causes, spark partisan concerns

Among the the UNC Board of Trustees' current members, there are six registered Republicans, two registered Democrats and two unaffiliated trustees. Their job responsibility is in part to promote "the sound development of its institution." However, there have been recent concerns over politics potentially playing a role in the creation of a new UNC school. Members of the UNC Board of Trustees have collectively donated roughly $717,000 to Republican political candidates, campaigns and committees, compared to roughly $137,000 to unaffiliated ones and $106,000 to Democratic ones. The Daily Tar Heel looks into how each trustee leans politically though their past donations.

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