Chiara Evans

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UNC System workers march across campus towards South Building on Friday, July 17, 2020 to protest the university’s approach to reopening.

Campus workers delivered demands to University officials. Their deadline just passed.

Director of Housekeeping Services Herb Richmond received a petition from UNC housekeepers on July 22, which demanded a response within the next five business days. To date, campus workers have heard no response, said Penny Elliott, crew leader for UNC Housekeeping.  The petition addresses concerns such as providing proper personal protective equipment, requiring health checks at work, extending administrative leave and requiring the University to be transparent about the private contractors hired to clean. 


A summer facilities worker walks to the edge of Wilson Library while wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

'On the front lines': UNC facilities workers consider costs of fall return to campus

As the start of the fall semester approaches, questions from housekeeping and facilities workers about the practicality and implementation of safety guidelines for on-campus operations remain.  Part of the community standards for sanitizing these public spaces involve housekeeping staff disinfecting “high-touch surfaces,” like restrooms and elevator buttons, four times every day, and cleaning all classroom surfaces nightly.   "For them to do the cleaning the way they want it done in every building, it’s not possible,” said one housekeeping crew leader.


Headshot of Samantha Meltzer-Brody. Photo courtesy of Samantha Weiss.

UNC faculty member selected for prestigious O. Max Gardner Award

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, chairperson of UNC Department of Psychiatry and director of the UNC Center for Women Mood Disorders, was named the 2020 recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who, during the academic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.


A student puts on a mask before leaving his house on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

UNC community considers implementation of face masks in fall

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday the initial logistics of returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester. As a part of Carolina’s Roadmap for Fall 2020, the University is planning to adopt new safety standards to reduce risk of transmission, which include asking community members to wear face coverings.