NATIONAL-POLITCS


4/22/2020 8:17am

An empty shelf of baby food, a Women, Infants and Children Program product, at Lowes Foods in Wilkes County, North Carolina. WIC products such as baby food have been selling out at increased rated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting WIC participants under extra duress.

Recipients of WIC program struggle to find approved food during pandemic

Policies regarding the Women, Infants and Children Program have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic as recipients of the program struggle to find approved foods. If grocery stores run out of the specific foods that WIC recipients are able to purchase, then they may leave empty handed. “We’re concerned about the ability for WIC participants to meet their nutritional needs during this time given the absence of many staple food items at many grocery stores,” Suzy Khachaturyan, a policy analyst with the N.C. Justice Center, said. 


4/21/2020 8:41pm

A professor shares class slides on Zoom during the first day of online classes on Monday, March 23, 2020. UNC has moved to online learning for the remainder of the semester. 

‘Increasingly strenuous:’ Online petition asks BIO252 lab instructors to ease course load

A student in Biology 252L, Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, expressed their concerns about the class's rigor during this remote instruction period in an online petition which has over 180 signatures. “In general, the transition from in-person to online should not warrant this degree of difference in the difficulty of this course," the petition reads. 


4/21/2020 6:05pm

Kyende headshot

The odd traditions of the Nacirema: The moral of the story

"I have made sure to document their odd practices each step of the way. I am aware that the articles may at times feel over-exaggerated, paternalistic or pessimistic. This is because, out of respect, I have been doing my best to follow the same writing style that the Nacireman folk use when writing about the African continent — that is, portraying a single story."


4/20/2020 8:58pm

Choose from elections for president, governor and general assembly to compare the vote shift between the 2012 and 2016 elections compared with U.S. Census demographics. 
Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina State Board of Elections

'Living inside a bubble': How N.C. voters broke along lines of income and education

With competitive elections for nearly every office in the state on the ballot this fall, two counties on opposite sides of the state with differing population dynamics serve as examples of a greater statewide trend.  Between the 2012 and 2016 elections, North Carolina counties' vote shift tracked with their median income and education level u2014 counties with higher income and education levels tended to shift towards the Democratic Party and counties experiencing more poverty shifted their vote towards the Republican Party.


4/20/2020 8:56pm

The State Board of Education for North Carolina is seeking a federal test waiver following the United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' announcement that allows for the cancellation of testing. The waiver is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to school closures.

Here's how the pandemic is influencing graduate exams in the near future

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, many graduate school admissions exams including the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT are altering their exam format, proctoring and delivery. Jeff Thomas, the executive director of admissions programs for Kaplan Test Prep, shares his thoughts on the exam changes along with UNC students and how these changes have impacted their post-undergraduate plans. 


4/20/2020 8:51pm

Many UNC students who are dating have had to adjust to dating in quarantine. Rylee Parsons and Noah Friedman demonstrate what one of their Zoom dates would look like on April 14, 2020. 

Keeping love life alive in the time of quarantine

Now that University closures and social distancing regulations have become the norm, many UNC students are finding unique ways to stay connected romantically and meet new people. Some students share how they've managed to date amid the pandemic.