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Tuesday August 3rd

Student Life


UNC senior human development and family studies major, Kayla Dang, opens a box of free stuff that she won at a UNC event. Photo courtesy of Kayla Dang.

How to get free stuff on campus

UNC has a variety of organizations that host events throughout the year where students can snag free things — including swag, food and health products. But knowing how and where to find these events can get a little tricky. Here’s a first-year’s guide to finding free stuff on campus. 

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Kimberly Abels, the director of the Writing and Learning Center, poses outside of the Student and Academic Services Building on Tuesday, June 8.

Student resources available to all UNC students

Incoming first-years are encouraged to take advantage of as many of the services the University provides since they are free and easily accessible. "The graduating seniors tell us 'I wish I would have come earlier,'" Abels said. "So, a first-year student or a sophomore shouldn't hesitate to make an appointment. You don't have to have a particular reason. Just come to check us out or come to one of our events, and we will be glad to see you."

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DTH Photo Illustration. A recent study at UNC has shown that anxiety in first -year students has increased in the past year with the pandemic and distance-learning.

How to study at a college level effectively

Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult for students. In order to set themselves up for success, students should create positive study habits that help them perform well in college courses. UNC students use a variety of techniques in order to create effective and healthy study habits — such as scheduled study sessions, studying in public places and switching up the content to avoid burnout. 

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The Achordants performed three upbeat numbers.

UNC a cappella groups reflect on building community during COVID-19 and look ahead

UNC a cappella groups reflect on operating during a pandemic, and look ahead to in-person events next year.  President of UNC Cadence, Yolanda Simpson, said she was disappointed that her group was unable to collaborate with other UNC a cappella groups during the pandemic. She said the interpersonal connections between a cappella groups come from collaborating and having events together. 

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First-year students return to on-campus housing at Hinton James Residence Hall for UNC's spring semester on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

Students and RHA plan return to residence halls for a more typical fall semester

Residence Hall Association President Elliana Alexander said RHA plans to host events next year for a more traditional Carolina experience. “Half of Carolina students would not have had a typical first-year experience,” Alexander said. “We are hoping to use our platform to be able to connect people to each other and also to make that transition back to campus life a bit easier for everyone.”

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

'Unsubscribe': Romance studies Listserv spammed with hundreds of emails

On Friday, May 28, students subscribed to the romance studies Listserv were bombarded with hundreds of emails. Despite the inconveniences it posed at the time, recent UNC graduate Cameryn Gonzalez-Gibbs said the email chain was an incident that was able to be laughed off. "If I could say anything to the person who started the email chain, I would say you definitely left your mark at UNC in a very unique and hilarious way," she said.

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People gather in Raleigh on Saturday May 15, 2021 to protest the Israeli Palestine conflict. Photo courtesy of Nadeen Atieh.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict inspires protests, vigil in Raleigh and faculty statement

People in North Carolina have shown support for Palestinians during the Israeli attacks, from protests in Raleigh to a statement signed by faculty from 23 colleges and universities across the state. “This has been inspiring to the Palestinians on the ground,” said Nadia Yaqub, a professor in the UNC Department of Asian and Middle Eastern studies. “To know in this very difficult time there are hundreds of people, just in one state, who care enough to sign a statement like this."

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The UNC Heelgram club makes cards and sends them to people with disabilities. Photo courtesy of Reagan Fleeher.

UNC Heel-Gram: Sending love one letter at a time

MacKenzie Maddox is a co-founder of the HeelGram club. She has an extended family member who regularly received letters from his community over quarantine. Seeing how much he enjoyed them, she was inspired to bring that dynamic to UNC. “Writing and receiving the letters has been therapeutic for our volunteer letter writers, especially since it provides a break from schoolwork,” she said. “It's just as rewarding for me as those with whom we communicate.”

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Jason Hu, a senior computer science and statistics double major and member of the UNC Rocket League Club poses in front of his computer on Wednesday May 19, 2021.

UNC Rocket League Club connects students through gaming

UNC senior Will Lancaster said he encourages everyone interested in the game to join the club.  “Being a member is a lot of fun,” he said. “It's something you wouldn't exactly expect from joining a mostly online group, but the people of the club have really been able to bond over a common game that we all play.” 

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Cofounders of Lux Libertas Ventures, business and computer science major Sanjeev Musuvathy and business major Nathan Ho, pose for a portrait.

Introducing Lux Libertas Ventures: UNC's first student-run venture capital fund

Lux Libertas Ventures focuses on pre-seed investments into consumer internet startups that attack the problems faced by Generation Z, such as mental health, digital wellness, consumer banking and other areas of exploration.  The organization is run entirely by UNC students with a strong advisory network of executives from Fortune 500 companies and tier one venture capital funds.

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