Pine Knolls is a community that has struggled with self-preservation in the past, and today, that self-preservation is still uncertain.
At several colleges across North Carolina, antiwar sentiment has transformed the role of activism both on and off-campus and will continue to prompt student action in the future.
"Within three weeks of going fine-free, Chicago Public Library saw a 240 percent increase in returned materials and an increased number or new users," said Meeghan Rosen, the assistant director of Chapel Hill Public Library.
“Until women’s rights are enshrined in the constitution with an Equal Rights Amendment, everything that has been given to us by law, can conceivably be taken away.”
Last Thursday, voting rights advocates met at the Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss their opposition to voter ID and other issues.
Students who have benefitted from DACA are now facing uncertainty as a decision on the program's future rests in the hands of the Supreme Court. At the same time, colleges and universities across North Carolina are teetering the line between protecting students and complying with the law in a state that allows local law enforcement to collaborate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prohibits sanctuary cities. While several schools have declared themselves sanctuary campuses, others are relying on student activism. No matter what the method is, they say they're trying to help DACA recipients carry the weight.
After UNC-Charlotte's associate vice chancellor for safety and security, John Bogdan, was accused of overlooking human rights violations during his tenure at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, activists are listing their demands for future hirings.
As election day approaches, candidates for local office in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are entering the homestretch of campaigning. For the Next Action Fund and Chapel Hill Leadership Political Action Committee, this means the wait is almost over: in just a few days, they will know if the candidates they endorsed have secured seats.
Students at NCCU remember the death of DeAndre Ballard a year later.
Being in college isn't an excuse to drink underaged. Bar and restaurant owners in Chapel Hill are taking an extra step in preventing illegal alcohol consumption off-campus. Fake ID training and routine checks are some of the ways that law enforcement and alcohol vendors work to prevent underage patrons from being served alcohol. But the mentality surrounding drinking is one that too casually permits the behavioral processes that lead students to drink in the first place.
Pine Knolls is a historically Black neighborhood just west of Merritt Mill Road, where UNC provided housing for some janitorial staff and subsidies for other Black workers facing postwar hardship.