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Alex Berenfeld


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Will Vizuete, 44, and Connor LaMontagne, 25, are the bassist and drummer for The Unsustainables, a band brought together by their mutual love for the environment and the traditional sounds of the Jaimaican ’Ska’ genre. Vizuete is an Associate professor in the Environmental Science and Engineering department at the Gillings School of Public Health, while LaMontagne works in the same department as a PhD student. The band is composed of environmental scientists, engineers and even one EPA employee. According to LaMontagne, Ska is the predecessor of reggae. “It’s a cool mix,” LaMontagne said. “We’ll be playing just a regular reggae tune and then Trent will call out dub style and we’ll [make] what he describes as a ‘subtractive art’. It’s not about making a bunch of noise, it’s more about what you sounds you remove and sort of tastefully messing with the arrangement.” Vizuete agrees that the band’s mutual love for this era of music makes the group so amazing. “What’s really hip about it is that we’re all writing new songs,” Vizuete said. “It’s something new and contemporary, because [we’re] writing about stuff in [our] own life, but it’s within this kind of era of sound that we love. And that’s the fun part, trying to recreate that sound.” The Unsustainables create this sound through the use of drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and conga. They are in the process of trying out a new piano player, according to Vizuete, which would bring the total number of members from seven to eight people. “Just being able to play has really been keeping our sanity,” Vizuete said.

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Evan, Amelia and Will: Ron, Hermione, and Harry

From left to right: Evan, nine, Amelia, eight and a half, and Will, nine, point their wands in preparation for Halloween night in Durham on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The three, who have all known each other their whole lives, will be going as Harry, Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter. Amelia lives across the street from Evan and Will, who are identical twins and just five and a half months older than Amelia. They all agreed that they are most excited to get candy and play corn hole on Halloween.

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Evan, Amelia and Will: Ron, Hermione, and Harry

From left to right: Amelia, eight and a half, Evan, nine, and Will, nine, point their wands in preparation for Halloween night in Durham on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Amelia lives across the street from Evan and Will, who are identical twins and just five and a half months older than Amelia. The three, who have all known each other their whole lives, will be going as Harry, Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter. They all agreed that they are most excited to get candy and play corn hole on Halloween.

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Heather Brutz, 40, stands at the entrance of the Chapel of the Cross early voting site on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Brutz, who graduated with an MBA from the UNC School of Business, works for N.C. State at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center. "I've worked in three general elections before," Brutz said, "but this is my first time doing early voting."

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Taryn Ward, born and raised in Chapel Hill, mans the Orange County Democrats table outside of the University Mall early voting site on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Ward has been completing on various tasks meant to increase voter participation. "I've distributed information around the neighborhoods, helped with voter registration and today, I've signed up to be a greeter," Ward said. "I want to try and encourage people in our community to get out there and make positive change. Your vote matters. Please vote."

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Matthi Shalev, born and raised in Kibbutz, Israel, stands outside of an early voting site in the University Mall on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. "I've been here for eight hours today," Shalev said. "I feel energized. I can't wait. I'm anxious. I want my life back." Shalev, who is retired, says he joined the Orange County Democrats campaign months ago on behalf of all the people with jobs who cannot. "I feel crazy," Shalev said. "This is beyond any differences between ideology or anything with substance. It's just about sanity and regular life."

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