Maddie Ellis

Articles

A resident enters Spencer Residence Hall on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020. Built in 1924, Spencer was the first all-female residence hall, but is now co-ed.

After first being terminated effective April 1, UNC RAs will be paid through April 30

Carolina Housing announced Monday that resident advisers will be paid through April 30, alleviating uncertainty about what campus residence hall closures would mean for student staff. This announcement came following a letter signed by hundreds of people urging Carolina Housing to pay their student staff during the time campus would be shut down. The decision is a reversal of previous guidance sent to student staff in a March 18 email which said their positions had been terminated, and suggested reaching out to the Financial Aid office for guidance on this "reduction in income."  


The north side of Spencer Residence Hall faces Franklin Street on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020. Built in 1924, Spencer was the first all-female residence hall, but is now co-ed.

Hundreds co-sign letter asking UNC to pay campus RAs through the semester

After receiving an email stating that their positions will be terminated on April 1, a group of resident advisers wrote a letter to Carolina Housing, requesting to be paid the remainder of their stipends following the COVID-19-related residence hall closures.  Before sending this letter, student staff received an email from Carolina Housing updating their status, stating that no final decisions have been made about compensation after March 31. While Carolina Housing said it will wait for guidance from the UNC System, other universities such as N.C. State and UNC-Charlotte have made plans to compensate RAs. 


A resident enters Spencer Residence Hall on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020. Built in 1924, Spencer was the first all-female residence hall, but is now co-ed.

'What does this mean for us?': RAs and other student employees feel COVID-19's impact

On March 17, the University announced that residence halls would be closed for the rest of the semester for students without exemptions, as UNC makes the transition to online classes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After that announcement, campus resident advisers were notified that their positions had been terminated  RAs are just one group of student employees who lost their campus jobs due to coronavirus-related closures. Student employees who have lost their jobs are now faced with the realities of losing their source of income — along with other uncertainties that stem from the pandemic.  


The CIC was started in 1974 to provide a community for Native students.  The annual powwow is just one of the many ways that CIC is able to fulfill their three-fold mission, said CIC President Jamison Lowery.
CIC aims to raise awareness about the issues Native Americans face, represent Native culture appropriately and provide a space for Native students to feel supported on UNC’s campus, Lowery said. 

'Bringing everyone home': Carolina Indian Circle hosts 33rd annual powwow

The CIC was started in 1974 to provide a community for Native students.  The annual powwow is just one of the many ways that CIC is able to fulfill their three-fold mission, said CIC President Jamison Lowery. CIC aims to raise awareness about the issues Native Americans face, represent Native culture appropriately and provide a space for Native students to feel supported on UNC’s campus, Lowery said. 


CFA executive board member junior Melissa Tomczak is photographed working on the set of a project on which she serves as an editor on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Despite Oscars' neglect of women in top categories, UNC female filmmakers fight on

The Academy Awards were held on Feb. 9, honoring what many would consider to be the best of film. In the category for best director, no women were nominated. In the 92 years of Oscars awards, five women total have been nominated for best director. Only one has won. But despite this lack of recognition, many female directors at UNC are far from disheartened. Through academic programs such as film studies in the communications department to student organizations like Carolina Film Association, female directors on campus are actively striving to break through this gendered barrier.