As UNC students and alumni join protests across the U.S. against systemic racism and police brutality, some with unstable or unclear immigration statuses are afraid that protesting may pose a risk to their status.
"How can I put such profound, earth-shattering news into one article? How can I sum up every emotion I’m feeling in a mere 700 words? How can my life ever continue on in the same way, knowing a human being with Gigi and Zayn’s genes is going to exist soon?"
UNC alumni and students emphasized that racism toward Asians is not a new concept. These sentiments have always been present, they said, but now racists have an excuse to express themselves. Members of the UNC campus community have reported experiencing prejudice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China. Students and alumni referenced the use of the term, "the Chinese Virus," as well as fear of hate crimes and discrimination. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz responded to "incidents of racism and xenophobic animosity" with a campus-wide email on March 25.
The University plans to implement a new registration for the spring 2021 semester that will include three-hour time blocks and credit-based block assignment.
After midnight on Tuesday, it was announced that junior Reeves Moseley was elected student body president with about 70 percent of the vote. Moseley beat Ryan Collins, a graduate student and his only opponent, by 2,028 votes. Total voter turnout for this election was 4,170, a more than 650-vote increase from the year prior. Moseley's campaign slogan was #BridgetheDivide, and his platform included encouraging student voter mobilization and political engagement. In addition to Moseley's victory, students voted in Tuesday's election for a referendum petitioning for a student activity fee to help finance BeAM makerspaces on campus.
The 2020-21 Student Body President candidates debated on Monday evening.
Reeves Moseley is a junior undergraduate, and Ryan Collins is a second-year law student.
The UNC Board of Trustees approved three new centers at Wednesday's meeting.
From degree changes to the racial makeup of UNC's student population, we looked at how the demographics of the University changed from 2009 to 2019.
The Undergraduate Student Senate discussed student election reform and launched an ethics investigation into a senator at Tuesday's meeting.
The Undergraduate Student Senate held a full senate meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, where they discussed topics such as supporting a new Asian American Center on campus.