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Community Members Attend Inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Events

UNC junior forward Anya Poole answers questions from the media in the North Carolina locker room during the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

'It was really bad': UNC women's basketball discusses steps toward equity in NCAA Tournament

As they start their 2023 March Madness run — and yes, the women's tournament now uses March Madness branding  — several Tar Heels have reflected on how their tournament experience has changed over the years. In August 2021, the NCAA’s extensive report found that, on average, the association spends more money on male athletes than female athletes. This discrepancy is because the organization views men’s championships in a different regard than women’s championships.  "Because of the way that the structure’s in place, it’s more lucrative for your men’s basketball team to be more successful," UNC women's basketball head coach Courtney Banghart said. "The politics of that is real.”

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Junior forward Anya Poole (31) tips off the UNC women's basketball game against Clemson University in the second round of the ACC Championship in Greensboro, NC.

Preview: UNC women's basketball to face No. 11 seed St. John's in NCAA Tournament

Despite it being Courtney Banghart’s 11th postseason appearance and UNC’s 29th NCAA Tournament appearance, the level of excitement for the Tar Heels this March is still the same. The first step in No. 6 seed North Carolina’s trek back to the Sweet 16 is its contest against No. 11 seed St. John’s at 4 p.m. on Saturday. “We’ve seen lots of really good players, lots of dynamic threats, lots of deep teams,” Banghart said. “You hope that what you’ve been prepared for all year, in terms of the talent that you’ve played against, prepares you well for an opportunity like this.”

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UNC junior guard Caleb Love (2) jumps toward the basket during the game against Virginia in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at Greensboro Coliseum on March 9, 2023.

UNC men's basketball season likely comes to fitting end at ACC Tournament

Moments after UNC’s likely season-ending 68-59 loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, a somber mood swept through the visitors locker room at the Greensboro Coliseum.  Last year’s March magic seemed to provide an alibi for each puzzling underperformance, and the experienced group seemed to have a figuratively never-ending hourglass to figure it all out. Although UNC is still not entirely eliminated from the Big Dance, Bart Torvik’s metrics currently give the team a microscopic 1.3 percent chance of earning an at-large bid. And the aftermath of the loss suggested that Thursday was the Tar Heels’ final swan song.

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UNC's Environmental Law Project fosters community for students

At the UNC School of Law, the Environmental Law Project is a space for students interested in the field to socialize, serve their communities and engage in mentorship opportunities.  Specific programs include pro bono work and research opportunities, as well as a recycling initiative.  “The core of what we do is giving people the knowledge of what this field looks like, giving them the resources they need to pursue it further,” Rachel Coutinho, treasurer of the ELP,  said. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. A UNC student smokes CBD on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. CBD products, which are currently legal in North Carolina, are made from marijuana but lack the psychoactive effects of THC.

Bill to legalize marijuana for chronic illness care passes in NC Senate

On March 1 at 4:20 p.m., the North Carolina Senate passed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical needs. If passed in the House, the "N.C. Compassionate Care Act,"  would legalize the use of marijuana for patients with cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. According to the bill, those with qualifying conditions or a designated caregiver will be able to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries with the use of an identification card.  “I'm very optimistic about the conversations that are being had in Raleigh right now and about people's interest in this across the state,” N.C. Sen. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange, Person) said. “And I do think that we will likely see legislation moving ahead over the course of this year.”

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DTH Photo Illustration. A state grant of $1.2 million will enhance interactions between Orange County law enforcement and individuals during a mental health crisis.

Orange County receives $1.2 million grant for non-law enforcement response team

Orange County recently received a $1.2 million grant to create a community care and response team for individuals with mental health illnesses or disorders who come into contact with law enforcement. The grant was awarded by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

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