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Lauren Fichten


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Muslim students strive for visibility on campus

The UNC Muslim Students Association provides a space for students to pray, socialize and learn more about the culture. But attaining that space — both physically and figuratively — is something that students continually strive for.  During Ramadan, a holy month marked by spiritual reflection and community, MSA has been able to reserve rooms in the Student Union for prayer — specifically for Taraweeh, a prayer that takes place every night of Ramadan. “On any Christian major holiday like Christmas, Easter, there's no exams, there's no assignments due that day,” Sidra Qayyum, the most recent president of MSA said. “It's just a little frustrating when there's other religion’s holidays that aren't taken into account as well.”

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'We've had death threats': UNC's Baric Lab is subject of internet conspiracies on COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, the Baric Lab has been the target of internet conspiracy theories, ranging from accusations of engineering SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — to allegations of bioweaponry. There is no evidence to support these claims. In 2021, the National Intelligence Council determined the virus “was not developed as a biological weapon” and most intelligence agencies assessed that COVID-19 was likely not genetically engineered. “When things happen that hurt people — and a virus that crosses the planet and kills a lot of people definitely hurts people — they want to have a reason for why that happens,” Rachel Graham, an assistant professor of epidemiology, said.

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'Kind of a dream come true': Ackland Upstairs highlights N.C. Black Feminisms and more

From January 10 to March 20, Ackland Upstairs is hosting installations created by UNC faculty members to compliment their courses.  Courses include "First Year Seminar: North Carolina Black Feminisms," "Introduction to Fiction Writing," "Picture That: History of Photography from Tintypes to Instagram" and "Research Methods in Film Studies: Histories of Moviegoing."

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