STUDENT LIFE


10/17/2019 3:45am

A SpotterEDU device sits at the front of the room in Hanes 117 as a student writes on the blackboard underneath on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

How UNC got the tech to track men's basketball, football players' class attendance

Emails and financial agreements received by the DTH through multiple public records requests reveal details of the lead-up to and implementation at UNC of SpotterEDU. The technology, developed and operated by a Chicago-based consulting firm, tracks the class attendance of student-athletes through beacon devices with an automatic Bluetooth connection to their smartphones.  Early last month, the DTH reported the existence of the new program at UNC. While the University declined at the time to state which sports it is using the new technology for, new documents suggest that SpotterEDU has been applied only to select players from the football and men's basketball teams.


10/9/2019 7:58pm

Megan Crowley already has two degrees from Notre Dame, but she's not done yet. Crowley has lived her entire life with a rare genetic disease, and she's ready to help people like her. 
Photo courtesy of Megan Crowley, Hey Sisters! Photography. 

Defying expectations: It's Megan Crowley's 'normal'

“I don’t know anything different,” she said. “It’s my normal.” Megan Crowley doesn't let her rare disease dictate her life. She has two degrees from Notre Dame and is working on a a third one in social work at UNC. After being diagnosed with Pompe at 15 months, Crowley's family was told she would never be able to walk or stand on her own, requiring 24-hour nursing care. Told she probably wouldn't live past her first few years of life, Crowley is refusing to conform to the odds she was given. 


8/22/2019 7:47pm

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What's your type? The enneagram, explained

The newest in online personality tests is the enneagram. The concept of finding ourselves in online descriptors of personal strengths and weaknesses is not new, but it is becoming somewhat of a social media trend. As more influencers, college students and avid social media users start to share and publicize their personality results as a form of deeper connection, they also infiltrate the corporate world as a hiring indicator. Myers-Briggs, the Big Five and even astrological symbols have become a form of self-expression and self-labeling that allows people to connect with their peers and contextualize their personality.   While these kinds of groupings may help us relate socially to others, they may not actually be objective u2013 or even totally accurate  u2013 measurements. Students and psychological experts weighed in on the real value of these tools. After all, is it really possible for everyone in the world to fit into seven neat boxes?