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UNC senior Rida Bayraktar sits at Polk Place on Friday, April 14, 2023. Bayraktar is the most recent vice president of the UNC Muslim Students Association which sets up a table every Friday and reaches out to other clubs on campus, in order to bring more people into the community and celebrate holidays, such as Ramadan, together.

Muslim students strive for visibility on campus

The UNC Muslim Students Association provides a space for students to pray, socialize and learn more about the culture. But attaining that space — both physically and figuratively — is something that students continually strive for.  During Ramadan, a holy month marked by spiritual reflection and community, MSA has been able to reserve rooms in the Student Union for prayer — specifically for Taraweeh, a prayer that takes place every night of Ramadan. “On any Christian major holiday like Christmas, Easter, there's no exams, there's no assignments due that day,” Sidra Qayyum, the most recent president of MSA said. “It's just a little frustrating when there's other religion’s holidays that aren't taken into account as well.”

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UNC seniors exit the Bell Tower during the annual climb, hosted by the UNC General Alumni Association on Monday, April 19. The event is an iconic tradition for graduating seniors at UNC.

Seniors unable to sign Bell Tower during climb express frustrations

The classic UNC senior tradition of climbing the Bell Tower took place on Wednesday, with one twist — seniors weren't allowed to sign.  "I think telling students that they can't partake in this tradition is like telling students not to drink water from the Old Well on the first day of class," said one student. The UNC General Alumni Association said students were not allowed to leave their signature on the tower this year to preserve the "structural integrity" of the historic building. 

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Areas in Chapel Hill are classified as a 'food deserts' due to lack of grocery store accessibility

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, areas with large numbers of "households with low incomes, inadequate access to transportation and a limited number of food retailers providing fresh produce and healthy groceries for affordable prices" are commonly referred to as food deserts. Although Chapel Hill is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the country, communities in some parts of the Town don't have access to affordable and healthy groceries. 

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