Cynthia Dong


UNC's Pi Lambda Phi fraternity on Little Fraternity Court on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. That Saturday night, the fraternity allegedly hosted a party despite Governor Cooper's executive order about indoor gatherings of over 10 people and the CDC guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

After three clusters and several Chapel Hill Police reports, eyes turn to Greek life

Concerns about Greek life have circulated since UNC’s leadership announced the full reopening plan in May. And now that UNC is shutting down its residence halls, all eyes are on students who remain in off-campus housing — especially those in Greek organizations. As UNC planned its Carolina Roadmap, Greek life organizations also had to assemble plans to comply with county and University COVID-19 rules. During discussions about off-campus community standards enforcement, University leaders said sorority and fraternity houses are privately owned, meaning the majority of enforcement falls to the CHPD. Police Chief Chris Blue said the volume of party-related complaints received by the Police Department in the past month has been on par with years past.

The Carolina Ready app will provide resources for COVID-19 to UNC students, but some people are worried about the safety and security of the app.

Carolina Ready app brings new safety features — and new student concerns

On July 30, UNC announced the launch of the new Carolina Ready Safety App — replacing the LiveSafe app  — developed in conjunction with UNC Police Chief David Perry and his team. The app includes features such as a mobile BlueLight system that connects students to emergency services through location-sharing and is only operational on campus. However, some UNC community members are concerned that software vulnerabilities could potentially leave users open to hackers and privacy breaches. 

DTH Photo Illustration. Two people watch Avatar: the Last Airbender on a laptop.

Analysis: 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' is a show for our moment

"This year has made it abundantly clear that we are at turning points in our own wars. Wars, not against the Fire Nation, but against disease, racism, climate change, inequality and authoritarianism. Like us, Aang and his friends stand on the precipice of great change as the series closes. They choose to remember the past, yes, but not to repeat it, forging a new path of peace and kindness."

Maya Tadross stands outside Koury Residence Hall. Photo courtesy of Tadross.

'These are our lives on the line': Immunocompromised students consider fall return to UNC

According to the CDC, people of any age with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity or moderate-to-severe asthma, as well as people who are immunocompromised, may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  For many UNC students with pre-existing medical conditions, the decision to return to the University in August is quickly turning into a matter of life and death.

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'It’s not on us': From UNC to the courts, restraining order enforcement raises concerns

Both the North Carolina court system and UNC offer differing forms of no-contact orders — commonly called "restraining orders" — to victims of harassment, stalking, abuse or assault when they seek protection from their perpetrators. While each type of no-contact order varies by degree of enforcement and consequences, they all establish, on paper, measures prohibiting contact between involved individuals. But in reality, many victims have found that enforcement of these protective measures can fall on their shoulders alone, leaving them no more sense of protection than they felt before seeking official action. 


Waitlists and frustrations grow as UNC's computer science department tries to keep up

Student participation in the computer science department at UNC has skyrocketed over the last decade, but issues have emerged from the department's inability to accommodate its newfound demand. While the number of declared or intended computer science majors has increased by more than tenfold since fall 2009, the department's faculty total has risen only 8.2 percent over the same time period.  While the University recently extended a hint of incoming relief, the expectation remains that class cuts, reduced enrollment availability and other restrictive measures will make life increasingly difficult for computer science majors.