NATIONAL-POLTICS


4/21/2020 6:05pm

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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. 


4/20/2020 8:34pm

Durham Public Schools volunteers help distribute food at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. Durham FEAST distributes free breakfast and lunch prepared by Durham restaurants to 24 pickup sites nearly every weekday, according to a news release. Photo courtesy of Durham Public Schools.

Durham Public Schools resumes feeding program after coronavirus-related shutdown

More than 60 percent of the district’s students receive free or reduced-price lunches, he said. That’s why Durham Public Schools launched a daily meal support program on March 23 after closing schools a week before. For two weeks, district employees distributed meals to students at 81 sites across the county.  But on April 6, the district stopped the program after an on-site employee tested positive for COVID-19 and most of its staff applied for state emergency paid leave through April 30. 


4/20/2020 8:13pm

Senior defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge (55) tackles USC’s quarterback during the Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, August 31, 2019.  

Former UNC football players Heck and Strowbridge prepare for a virtual NFL Draft

There won’t be war rooms, a live crowd or even a chorus of boos for commissioner Roger Goodell as the NFL Draft gets started on Thursday. Instead, the draft will be done virtually with all team personnel in separate locations. For two former UNC football players who will have their names called, the new coronavirus world has changed the way they are experiencing the draft process.


4/19/2020 10:19pm

The Old Well pictured on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Editorial: Thank you, UNC professors, faculty and staff

There is always time to hold the University accountable for its missteps, but right now the Editorial Board wants to express our gratitude to everyone involved with supporting students and the greater UNC community. In these unprecedented times, it is comforting to know that our community will still be the same resilient, supportive community until we (eventually) return.


4/19/2020 8:58pm

Campus-goers approach the Old Well and South Building on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

'Harder to justify': Students consider taking time off if fall semester goes remote

Spring 2020 unexpectedly went remote due to the spread of COVID-19. University Media Relations said in a statement that UNC is working with the UNC System to determine how to move forward in fall 2020.  Some students are considering taking a semester off if fall 2020 continues with online instruction.  One student, sophomore Luke Zhou, decided to take the next semester off for a variety of reasons, including the potential impact of COVID-19 on his parents' income. Sophomore Erin Lee said she is considering taking a gap semester if UNC goes online next semester because the things she likes about college are mostly gone.