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Thursday December 2nd

Unc-Chapel Hill


The sign for Cosmic Cantina hangs above Franklin St. on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

'We're a part of the campus:' UNC's long-term plan for Cosmic Cantina

Cosmic Cantina has been serving up low-cost, high-quality burritos for 20 years in Chapel Hill. Although a recent UNC plan proposes replacing it and other businesses with a welcoming gateway to campus, changes are years down the road.  Part of the UNC Master Plan proposes using an entire section of buildings surrounding Porthole Alley for a number of projects. This plan left students and store owners confused about the future of Cosmic Cantina, a beloved Mexican restaurant on Franklin Street. 

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Chancellor Carol Folt takes questions during the media availability of the UNC Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 2018 at the Carolina Inn.

Search for UNC's 12th Chancellor kicks off at the Carolina Inn

After a Board of Governors member interfered with a chancellor search at Western Carolina University by independently contracting a firm to look into a finalist's background, the BOG reformed the guidelines of the process.  Multiple third-party search firms will be involved, as well as deep background checks. UNC will foot the bill for most of it. UNC system president Bill Roper came to a Board of Trustees meeting to brief the board on the revamped selection process, which will get underway with the selection of a diverse search committee.  The search committee will work with a firm contracted to find suitable candidates, but the firms' business model leads to an emphasis on confidentiality, keeping the public out of the process. A University of Florida professor explains how external firms have taken power away from students and community members by conducting interviews by airports to keep chancellor candidates' identities a secret. 

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Tammy McNair, Chapel Hill Transit bus driver, smiles before driving the T route on Friday May 31, 2019.

A day in the life of a Chapel Hill Transit driver

The grip of Tammy McNair’s leather-gloved hands tightened as she watched the red light turn to green. Her foot eased off the brake as she spun the wide steering wheel, turning the bus onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in one smooth motion.  She cruised toward campus, keeping a careful eye on the pedestrians on the sidewalk as she pulled onto one of Chapel Hill’s many narrow streets. McNair slowed to a stop at the side of the road, greeting three passengers as they got on the T bus.  While many Chapel Hill residents were just then heading to work or class, Tammy was already on her second route of the day. 

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