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DTH Photo Illustration. A student reads a Sickle Cell Disease fact sheet provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on Sept. 12, 2022.

'Impacted every aspect of my life': Sickle Cell Awareness Month encourages understanding

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. At this time, the only known cure for sickle cell disease is receiving bone marrow transfusions from a close family member. Gene therapy, which uses the patient's own cells, is currently considered experimental.  “Basic science and clinical research – both will help us better take care of a brand new population of adults that have sickle cell disease,” Dr. Jane Little, director of UNC's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease program, said. 

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Students leave East Chapel Hill High School on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

As North Carolina students return to school, some counties tighten safety precautions

As North Carolina students return to classes for the new school year, schools across the state are working to ensure their safety through a variety of security and preventative measures.  For some North Carolina counties, this means installing body scanners at school entry points or introducing portable detectors for large gatherings. Other programs, including the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System and Crisis Go apps, help students anonymously report threats and quickly connect them to their school’s administrative and security teams.

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Column: Let's gossip

"Water cooler conversations and class GroupMes aren’t chintzy spaces of the public. They’re powerful networks. Their influence is feared by those who are too 'good' to be a part of them. When people in power converse, they are just speaking. When marginalized groups converse, we are dangerous."

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Robin Lee, a beloved housekeeper in Kenan Residence Hall, poses for a portrait on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

'We need a raise:' Housekeepers express salary concerns during Appreciation Week

The recent UNC Housekeeping Employee Statement of Demands asks the University for increased pay, and share concerns that employees don't have enough compensation to pay for necessities like rent, food, child care, transportation and health care bills. Last Thursday, the University held an event to celebrate International Housekeepers Awareness Week. "We are just making a little bit more than minimum wage," Emily Barbee, a housekeeper said. "That’s nothing! Just go to the grocery store and you spend that money, and you pay bills. That’s it.” 

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DTH Photo Illustration. A student reads emails from the ROML Listserv on her laptop.

Column: Listserv Survival Guide

"For those of you who don’t know about the listserv emails I’m referring to: consider yourselves lucky. The chain emails began my freshman year. I remember the day vividly: I was sitting in my Morrison dorm room, absentmindedly reorganizing my hand sanitizer and disposable mask collection, when all of a sudden I heard a familiar noise. 'Ping.' And then again. 'Ping.' 'Ping.' 'Ping.' 'Ping.'"

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VSPTRN, a DJ and producer from Durham, performing at the Tracks Music Series concert in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. VSPTRN is known for infusing hip-hop, techno deep house, and afrobeats into their DJ style.

Tracks Music Series comes to downtown through September, featuring local artists

A variety of musical artists performed at this year's first installment of the Tracks Music Series on Thursday, at the Rosemary and Columbia St. Parking Lot in downtown Chapel Hill.  “The main aim with Tracks Music Series is to give music lovers an opportunity to discover new music and new artists,” Melissa Bartoletta, marketing & communications coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said.

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President Rosa Elias and Vice President Michelle Jamanca of UNC SUIE pose for a portrait at Wilson Library on Sept. 12, 2022. 

Heather Diehl

SUIE fosters immigrant advocacy on campus

SUIE was started in 2008 to raise campus awareness about different issues that prevent immigrants from enjoying basic human rights.                                                                     “When I came into UNC, I saw a predominantly white community — I didn't see a lot of diversity,” Rosa Elias, the president of SUIE, said. 

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UNC's Campus Health, which houses CAPS, is pictured on Sept. 12, 2022.

UNC colloquium aims to expand mental health conversations

The Heels Care Network plans to host a mental health colloquium virtually on Sept. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to continue the conversation about mental health on campus. The theme of the colloquium, ‘Identity, Cultural Awareness and How to Support One Another,’ was inspired by requests from the community to discuss how mental health and identity intersect, according to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Amy Johnson. “One of the things that we heard very clearly from folks is that mental health, dealing with it and addressing it, doesn't happen in a vacuum,” Johnson said.

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Wilson Library, highlighted in Queerolina's online oral history, stands tall on Sept. 12, 2022.

Queerolina exhibit aims to preserve LGBTQ+ history at UNC

Queerolina, an online oral history exhibit in the Wilson Library Special Collections, works to tell the history of the LGBTQ+ community at UNC through stories and archives.  The name “Queerolina” was generated as a reparative label, reclaiming what was once a slur used to refer to the University’s progressive nature compared to other public schools in the Southeast.

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