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Thursday February 9th

The Upside

Caitlin Gooch isn't holding her horses in stopping childhood illiteracy

Based in Wendell, North Carolina, equestrian Caitlin Gooch uses horses to encourage childhood reading, build confidence and increase representation within children’s literature. Savannah Truesdale, a co-worker of Gooch at the children’s daycare, said Gooch’s positivity and passion for her horses captivated her students' attention and made the lesson come to life. Childhood literacy has immense implications for the development of children.

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DTH Photo Illustration. Olivia Rodrigo's debut single "drivers license" was released on Jan 8, 2021 and quickly broke records on Spotify and Amazon Music along with creating new trends on Tik Tok within days of its release.

Olivia Rodrigo’s 'drivers license' breaks records and students' hearts

 “I think that everybody is so obsessed with it because, one, there's so much drama behind the song and everybody loves drama,” senior Taylor Edmonds said. “And then two, it's a beautiful song. And three, people love hearing the sad deep emotional songs, especially if they can connect to it because of their own sad emotional experiences that they've gone through.”

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DTH Photo Illustration. Musicians at UNC have moved to virtual learning and virtual ensembles amid the pandemic.

Performance groups dance around rehearsal amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Some student performance groups are set to resume in-person rehearsals this semester, such as Tar Heel Voices, University Bands and Blank Canvas Dance Company. They are all making sure to follow COVID-19 guidelines to ensure maximum safety of participants. Each group has a contingency plan in place should the University move to a fully remote format once again, including one that could prevent Blank Canvas from holding a livestreamed showcase.

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DTH Photo Illustration. "Ratatouille: The TikTok the Musical" is “the first crowd-sourced musical,” created during quarantine by TikTok users using the hashtag #ratatouillemusical.

Review: 'Anyone can cook’: TikTok’s 'Ratatouille' musical

"Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" hit small screens nationwide Jan. 1 after garnering vast popularity from what started as a TikTok trend. The musical’s star-studded cast spans from popular TikTok creators like JJ Neimann (@jjneimann) to high-profile stars like Tituss Burgess, a Broadway and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" alumnus who plays Remy, the “rat of all our dreams.” Almost cartoonish in nature, the musical’s filter-esque effects play into the silly and lighthearted nature of the whole digital affair. 

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