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Monday November 28th

Arts & Culture


Tiffany Melenzio, founder and owner of Cup of T, poses for a portrait with their signature handmade items. Products range from tote bags to crocheted tops. "Now, that's my cup of t," smiled Melenzio.

'Colorful, bright and deserving of space': UNC student starts crochet business

Tiffany Melenzio has been knitting and sewing since they were a kid. But it wasn’t until quarantine that the UNC junior turned their hobby into local, Black-owned business, Cup of T. “I decided that if I love it enough then other people will love it too," they said. "One of my love languages is gift giving so I decided what better way to do that than have a business.” 

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Artists and viewers admire the art of the thirteen LatinX artists on display for the Being and Belonging exhibit at the Fedex Global Center on Oct. 5.

'Part of what's here': Being and Belonging exhibit hosts Latinx artists across N.C.

The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 12 and aims to introduce a greater audience at UNC to a Latin American aesthetic sensibility.  "Being and Belonging" was organized by UNC Global in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas. The artists featured in the art exhibit are: Antonio Alanís, Tina Alberni, Adriana Ameigh, Georges Le Chevallier, Gabriela Costas, Alexandre Emmanuel, Lina Fernández Giraldo, Gloribel Irizarry, Leandro Manzo, Peter Marín, Renzo Ortega, Alexander Lee Quiñonez and Tina Vasquez. 

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Joshua Schaffer, known virally as WeathermanJosh, dresses as Mario and rides a go-kart through the Pit on Sept. 22. "Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel," he prompted people as they stopped for pictures.

Viral "Mario Kart Man" travels through Chapel Hill, UNC's campus

Joshua Schaffer was wandering the streets of Chapel Hill and UNC's campus driving a go-kart dressed as Nintendo's Mario. Students accordingly dubbed him the "Mario Kart Man." Schaffer runs multiple social media accounts where he has amassed a large following — most notably on TikTok where he has over 900,000 followers. Spreading joy is a large theme on both his Instagram and TikTok pages, where he shares videos of his shenanigans. Patrick McPode, Schaffer’s social media manager, said the two are performing the social media gag in different places across the country. 

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