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Tuesday October 19th

Men's soccer

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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Graphic by Ira Wilder. Photos by Abe Loven, Brianna Ladd and Ira Wilder and courtesy of UNC Athletics and Dana Gentry.

GoHeels launches project to celebrate 50 years of UNC women's athletics

“We are proud of the women champions, legends and leaders who have contributed to the storied history of women’s sports at UNC,” Sarah Sessoms, Carolina Athletics director of special projects said. “We are excited to celebrate our rich history in multiple ways throughout the year because recognizing this milestone is important to the Department of Athletics.”

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Julián Castro, former secretary of housing and urban development, serves as Carolina's Latinx Center's keynote speaker for Latinx Heritage Month on Sept. 30.

Julián Castro gives Latinx Heritage Month keynote speech

In accordance with the theme, Castro was joined by a variety of members of the UNC community, including Irfaun Delgado Karim, student leadership coordinator for Student Life and Leadership, and Joseph Jordan, vice provost for academic and community engagement. The speakers placed an emphasis on the future, both for the Latinx community and everyone else.

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