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Lauren Rhodes

Assistant University Editor

Lauren Rhodes is a 2023-2024 assistant university editor at The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as a senior writer for the university desk. Lauren is a sophomore pursuing a double major in media and journalism and political science with a minor in politics, philosophy and economics. 


UNC's campus shooting: What we know so far

As law enforcement officers responded to a shooting at Caudill Laboratories on Monday, many UNC students hid in dark classrooms and closets. They were told to shelter in place — texting loved ones, searching social media for updates — until Chapel Hill police apprehended the suspect and Alert Carolina issued the "all clear" at 4:15 p.m.


Mike Pence speaks on UNC campus, students protest in response

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was on UNC's campus Wednesday evening, speaking at an event titled “Saving America from the Woke Left." The event was shadowed by a counter-protest by the UNC Young Democrats in the Pit. “I came here tonight to say that I believe we're on the verge of a great comeback for freedom, and I believe we will save America from the woke left, and this freedom generation will lead the way,” Pence said.   “When we think of UNC, we think of progress and opportunity. We don't think of Mike Pence,” said Anderson Clayton, chairperson of the North Carolina Democratic Party.  


'A form of activism': Student drag troupe fights against drag bans

UNC student-led drag troupe "Chapel Heelz" works to feature their art while also making a difference in the UNC community and beyond.  At an event at Cats Cradle, the troupe raised money for those affected by recent anti-drag legislation in Tennessee. “I think that drag is fundamentally revolutionary and fundamentally a form of activism," Logan Dosher, a member of the group, said I think the very act of engaging in drag and engaging in radical gender expression and rejecting the norms that we are fed has activism at its core." 


Delta Sigma Pi no longer associated with Undergraduate Business Program after recruitment complaints

Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed business fraternity at UNC, is no longer affiliated with the University’s Undergraduate Business Program until at least fall 2024. In an email to potential new members, Associate Dean of the UBP Shimul Melwani and Assistant Dean of the UBP Jordan Hale said they received “very concerning complaints'’ from students about the recruitment process.  Melwani and Hale also said they made a formal incident report to the Title IX office of UNC’s Equal Opportunities and Compliance Office, which will conduct its own investigation into the organization, according to the email. 


Guskiewicz introduces new Committee for Academic Freedom and Free Expression

The new Committee for Academic Freedom and Free Speech was formally charged by Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz on Monday, Jan. 30. “This committee will advise the chancellor on ways to advance academic freedom and articulate free speech norms and best practices for the Carolina community,” a University spokesperson said in a statement. “The committee will determine the frequency with which they meet.”

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