Over spring break, UNC professor Matt Randal O'Wain traveled with his wife from their Durham home to their farm in West Virginia, as they typically do when classes aren‘t in session. Now, a stay-at-home order has them stranded there, and O'Wain treks to a nearby McDonald’s three days a week to teach his classes.
An admin for “Kevin G’s Big L Meme Self-Quarantine (UNC)” said the Facebook group's activity peaks around Duke games. When he checked the stats recently, curious how engagement had fared amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he found a spike over three times as tall as the others, and he attributed this activity to the student body’s collective boredom.
“The biggest rule in improv is ‘Yes, and …,’” said UNC senior Emma Haseley. “So, if you say something, you just have to roll with it and keep going. It’s really about engaging in the world that you’re in.” Haseley said that historically, the main comedy troupes on campus have been white male-dominated, but the comedy scene at UNC has become more inclusive in recent years.
Many of UNC's arts organizations had competitions and performances this spring that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the groups try to figure out what to do until they can perform in person again, they hope people will still connect with them online.
"Phones buzzed everywhere Wednesday afternoon when students received the (very expected) COVID-19 email from the University. All at once, thousands of eyes scanned the page, and mixed feelings flooded the student body. It was this moment that sealed our impending enrollment in, as recent internet discourse has called it, Zoom University."
As competition season reaches its height, UNC's Indian dance teams are practicing more than ever. The Daily Tar Heel watched rehearsals and interviewed representatives from four of the major Indian dance teams — Tar Heel Raas, UNC Chalkaa, Ek Taal and Bhangra. Each team has a unique focus and style, but all share a commitment to their craft, practicing up to 12 hours a week. With each performance and each rehearsal, these students get to experience their culture and express their identity.
Carolina for Amani, a Campus Y organization, is holding a bead show in the Pit on Feb. 14. The proceeds from the show will go towards helping the Amani Children's Foundation improve and maintain orphanages in Kenya.
“We don’t care if you’re Jay-Z or if you don’t even consider yourself a good rapper. Like, there are times where the mission is not to be good. The mission is to be real, to be authentic.” Members of the group UNC Cypher perform in the Pit every Wednesday night, lighting up the otherwise quiet campus with their little black speaker and freestyle rap. Almost six years after the campus group was originally formed, the rappers are moving beyond the Pit to record their own music for the first time.
UNC Glee Club prepares for its annual singing festival centered around male choral sound, which will feature the voices of male high schoolers alongside Glee Club members.