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Wednesday May 31st


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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Terra Byte, Gemma Tolstoy and Alexis Carr, members of Chapel Heelz, celebrate after a show at The Station in Carrboro, N.C., on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Photo courtesy of Ira Wilder.

'A form of activism': Student drag troupe fights against drag bans

UNC student-led drag troupe "Chapel Heelz" works to feature their art while also making a difference in the UNC community and beyond.  At an event at Cats Cradle, the troupe raised money for those affected by recent anti-drag legislation in Tennessee. “I think that drag is fundamentally revolutionary and fundamentally a form of activism," Logan Dosher, a member of the group, said I think the very act of engaging in drag and engaging in radical gender expression and rejecting the norms that we are fed has activism at its core." 

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