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Saturday May 28th

Community Members Attend Inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Events

Data shows mental health decline for adolescents, minority populations during pandemic

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, 37.1 percent of high school students experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. For East Chapel Hill High junior N’Zai Davis, the increased disconnection from their friends during the pandemic contributed to their poor mental health.  “I was coming to terms with some things in my own personal life, so it was a great time for change as well as a hard time to get through because it felt like a lot of people were disconnected and it felt lonely,” they said. “It honestly just felt very lonely.”

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Photo contributed by Valerie Foushee.

Valerie Foushee loses progressive endorsement after accepting contentious funds

After taking over $165,000 from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an organization that donated to 37 Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election, N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee, D-Chatham, Orange, lost an endorsement from a progressive group in her race for the fourth congressional U.S. House district.  On April 17, the Progressive Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party made the decision to retract their endorsement after financial disclosures revealed that Foushee took financial support from AIPAC.

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Rameses stands for the playing of the national anthem at men before UNC basketball's home game against Michigan on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. UNC won 72-51.

'He's given me meaning': UNC senior talks about his time as Rameses

For the past four years, senior Daniel Wood has portrayed UNC's mascot, Rameses, cheering on the Tar Heels on the field, as well as during hospital visits, birthday parties and charity events. And he's not leaving the Ram Team just yet. After graduation this spring, he will become UNC’s mascot coach — the first one ever at the University. “He's given me meaning, allowed me to connect with thousands of people that whether it's across small events, football games or whatever," Wood said. "There's a memory that's being made and it's a real privilege to be a part of that.”

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A red wolf rests in the shade in an enclosure at the Carolina Tiger Rescue on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Carolina Tiger Rescue welcomes critically endangered Red Wolves to sanctuary

On April 5, the Carolina Tiger in Pittsboro welcomed two new red wolf sisters, Caroline and Mist. Red wolves are the only canid species indigenous to the United States, and are the most endangered canid in the world.  “We just feel really privileged to be able to have a small part in helping do what we can to save endangered red wolves,” Louise Orr, communications director at Carolina Tiger Rescue, said.

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UNC wide receiver Tylee Craft is honored at the Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The game was dedicated to Craft, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

UNC football team rallies around Tylee Craft following his cancer diagnosis

In mid-March, UNC football's Tylee Craft was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. Despite the shock and worry that came with Craft's diagnosis, an overpowering sense of unity has emerged in the locker room since. The Tar Heels have rallied around Craft, dedicating this year's spring game to him. To them, it's not a matter of if, but when he will rejoin his teammates — his family — on the field.

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Senior human development and family studies major Trang Le signs her name at the top of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

'Don't take anything for granted': UNC seniors leave their signatures at Bell Tower

On Wednesday, UNC seniors wrapped around the lawn of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower to sign their names on the inside wall, which has been a tradition at the University since 2003. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, UNC seniors wrapped around the lawn of the Bell Tower to sign their names on the inside wall, which has been a tradition at the University since 2003. The climb is 128 steps. “It's definitely something that I've looked forward to, and now that I've been able to do it, it's kind of a cap on my career here," senior Cade Darnell said.

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