'Wheels are already kind of turning': UNC community reflects on spring semester plans

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced the formation of the new Campus and Community Advisory Committee in a formal notice on Sept. 15. 

  • Selected by Guskiewicz, this group of faculty, staff, students and community members will give feedback as spring reopening plans develop.
  • Vice Chancellor of Communications Joel Curran said in a statement that the new advisory committee aims to "ensure that as many voices as possible are heard" and provide critical feedback.
  • Some still feel that it won’t be enough to change decisions.

Elevate: Amplifying voices in our community

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Rabbi Bluming speaking to the crowd right before the High Holidays last year. Photo courtesy of the Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill.

Jewish students find new ways to celebrate Yom Kippur in isolation

Although the diverse members of the community all observe Yom Kippur in different ways, many would typically celebrate by fasting throughout the day, attending services at a synagogue and attending a break-fast at the end of the day.  This year, virtual gatherings and social distancing are being emphasized as the method to observe the holiest day in Judaism.


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. 


Sophomore Aashna Shah is the UNC Sangam Secretary of External Affairs.

Elevate: South Asians need to forget 'What will people think?'

"According to some parents, having a mental illness can be shameful, so they are told to suppress their feelings. Conversations about mental health are on the rise, especially amongst our generation; however, in South Asian households, it still seems to be a taboo."