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Banners fly on UNC's South Building on Oct. 11, 2021.

Detectable levels of lead found in drinking fountains of eight campus buildings

Lead has been detected in drinking fountains in eight campus buildings this month, according to emails sent to building occupants and further confirmed by a University spokesperson. The affected buildings include Hamilton, Fordham, Manning, Phillips, Carrington and Issac M. Taylor Halls, South Building and Wilson Library. Drinking fountains in multiple buildings yielded over 25 times the detectable lead threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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UNC graduate student Rachel Simone smiles with her dog, Oliver, in Coker Arboretum on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. Simone brings Oliver to UNC's campus as part of his training to become a therapy dog.

'He brings so much joy:' Meet Oliver Huss, therapy dog-in-training

Therapy dogs are used in public spaces to relieve emotional discomfort and promote well-being, often serving alongside their humans.   Oliver is a three-year-old Bernedoodle — half-Bernese mountain dog, half-poodle — currently in his last stretch of training to become a certified therapy dog. His owner, Huss, refers to Oliver as a “chief pawsitivity officer,” spreading comfort to those around him. 

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Robin Lee, a beloved housekeeper in Kenan Residence Hall, poses for a portrait on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

'We need a raise:' Housekeepers express salary concerns during Appreciation Week

The recent UNC Housekeeping Employee Statement of Demands asks the University for increased pay, and share concerns that employees don't have enough compensation to pay for necessities like rent, food, child care, transportation and health care bills. Last Thursday, the University held an event to celebrate International Housekeepers Awareness Week. "We are just making a little bit more than minimum wage," Emily Barbee, a housekeeper said. "That’s nothing! Just go to the grocery store and you spend that money, and you pay bills. That’s it.” 

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

Column: Listserv Survival Guide

"For those of you who don’t know about the listserv emails I’m referring to: consider yourselves lucky. The chain emails began my freshman year. I remember the day vividly: I was sitting in my Morrison dorm room, absentmindedly reorganizing my hand sanitizer and disposable mask collection, when all of a sudden I heard a familiar noise. 'Ping.' And then again. 'Ping.' 'Ping.' 'Ping.' 'Ping.'"

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President Rosa Elias and Vice President Michelle Jamanca of UNC SUIE pose for a portrait at Wilson Library on Sept. 12, 2022. 

Heather Diehl

SUIE fosters immigrant advocacy on campus

SUIE was started in 2008 to raise campus awareness about different issues that prevent immigrants from enjoying basic human rights.                                                                     “When I came into UNC, I saw a predominantly white community — I didn't see a lot of diversity,” Rosa Elias, the president of SUIE, said. 

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UNC's Campus Health, which houses CAPS, is pictured on Sept. 12, 2022.

UNC colloquium aims to expand mental health conversations

The Heels Care Network plans to host a mental health colloquium virtually on Sept. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to continue the conversation about mental health on campus. The theme of the colloquium, ‘Identity, Cultural Awareness and How to Support One Another,’ was inspired by requests from the community to discuss how mental health and identity intersect, according to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Amy Johnson. “One of the things that we heard very clearly from folks is that mental health, dealing with it and addressing it, doesn't happen in a vacuum,” Johnson said.

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Wilson Library, highlighted in Queerolina's online oral history, stands tall on Sept. 12, 2022.

Queerolina exhibit aims to preserve LGBTQ+ history at UNC

Queerolina, an online oral history exhibit in the Wilson Library Special Collections, works to tell the history of the LGBTQ+ community at UNC through stories and archives.  The name “Queerolina” was generated as a reparative label, reclaiming what was once a slur used to refer to the University’s progressive nature compared to other public schools in the Southeast.

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The Carolina Latinx Center is set to kickoff Latinx Heritage Month,  photographed on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.

The Carolina Latinx Center kicks off Latinx Heritage Month this Thursday

Sept. 15 marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month and the Carolina Latinx Center is ringing it in with a kick off in The Pit, where there will be student organizations, University departments, music and food.  Throughout the month, the CLC will also host a number of events, including a dinner at the Top of Lenoir, which broke out into a conga line last year, a keynote address by Laurie Hernandez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, and a Carnaval on Oct. 15. 

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