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Writing for the screen and stage minor students Lauren Ragsdale, Grace Siplon, and Christian Pressley rehearse 'Hand Me Downs' at the Swain Hall theater on Oct. 27, 2021.

UNC performance groups navigate a return to the stage

UNC's Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre, Company Carolina and Kenan Theatre Company all found ways to perform amid COVID-19 restrictions, and their programming has evolved throughout the year.  "I think it was frustrating being home or having a lot of restrictions doing in-person theater," Company Carolina producer and treasurer Ethan Sichel said. "I think it's also allowed us the opportunity to really be creative and explore the possibilities of theater and the capabilities of theater here at UNC.”

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Some of the biggest UNC headlines in 2021 include the tenure vote of Nikole Hannah-Jones, community demands for a vaccine mandate, mental health on campus, the retirement of Roy Williams, the emergence of food trucks on campus and the opening of the Asian American Center. 

2021: The year in review

So 2021 wasn't "normal." It wasn't a classic college experience, or a callback to life before the pandemic. Instead, it was a year of setbacks and progress, grief and joy. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. The UNC Climate Action Plan was originally published in 2009 and pledged to make UNC carbon neutral by 2050.

Column: The biggest science headlines of 2021

"Although these just scratch the surface of scientific discoveries over the past year, they are just proof that science prevails in times of funding losses, restrictions on travel and office work and through a pandemic. If this year was any indicator, 2022 looks bright."

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High school senior and Chapel Hill resident Maliah Austine receives her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Friday Center  on Monday, Mar. 22, 2021. Austine,  a member of N.C. vaccination Group 3, has been working at her in-person job for several months during the pandemic.

A look back at UNC's COVID-19 vaccine response

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to front-line healthcare workers about a year ago, with no knowledge of when college-aged students would be eligible for the vaccine. As of November 30, the University has reported that 94 percent of the student body and 90 percent of all employees are fully vaccinated.

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